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Lending a hand in the time of need

Students perform at Japan Aid concert Dimtri Zhgenti and Min Ah LeeStudents perform at Japan Aid concert Dimtri Zhgenti and Min Ah Lee

IU South Bend students acted swiftly to lend a helping hand to survivors of Japan's recent earthquake and tsunami with two fundraising events. In the news, we have seen the struggle Japan is facing, because of the recent tsunami and earthquake. The Preface collected donations for Japan Relief before Mara Einstein’s presentation at the IU South Bend Forum. Students who helped organized this event were Sam Hunsberger, Hannah Troyer, Krystal Vivian and Jeff Tatay, which are all involved in the Preface. Professor Yuri Obata said, “They did a great job in such a short notice.”

Krystal Vivian of the Preface shared, “I'm glad that the Preface took the initiative to take donations for Japan at Dr. Einstein's lecture. We definitely feel like this is an issue that hits close to home, as many students and professors have friends and family members in Japan. I'm happy to help because I know it was going to an important cause, and all of the donations went straight to the Red Cross.”

The IU South Bend Japanese Club, in conjunction with the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, presented “A Concert for Japan”. The concert raised funds and awareness of the continuing disasters currently affecting the country of Japan from the earthquake and tsunami damage suffered on March 11, 2011. Kaori Okada and Risa Okina, are music students in the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, who both have family in Japan and were the primary organizers for this event.

Professor Obata added, “I hope that we can carry on this kind of awareness in order to serve the public interest in the globalized world. Things happen on the other side of the globe, and it affects us and it matters to us.”

Music students from the vocal program, Euclid Quartet String Studio, Toradze Piano Studio, and IU South Bend Gospel Ensemble all participated in making “A Concert for Japan” a success to raise funds and awareness. The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts would like to thank all of those who made this concert possible and to all of those who donated to this worthy cause. The IU South Bend Japanese Club is deeply thankful for those who donated their precious time, Jeremy Williams, the stage manager, and Dr. Marvin Curtis, the Dean of the Ernestine M. Racline School of the Arts., Jeremy Williams, the stage manager, and Dr. Marvin Curtis, the Dean of the Ernestime M. Racline School of the Arts., Jeremy Williams, the stage manager, and Dr. Marvin Curtis, the Dean of the Ernestime M. Racline School of the Arts.