Students’ War Against Hunger and Poverty facilitated an Oxfam hunger banquet to promote awareness of the global issue of hunger and poverty Thursday, Oct. 29. Information and materials for the banquet were provided by Oxfam, a nongovernmental organization that looks for long-term solutions to injustice and poverty globally. Entering banquet guests randomly selected a card, which stated his or her socioeconomic status for the evening. The high-income guests sat at a table with a place setting and had lasagna as their main course, the middle-income guests were given eating utensils, a chair, and a bowl of rice and beans to eat, and the lowincome groups were given floor seating, a bowl of rice and no utensils. The proportions of wealth in the banquet were divided unevenly with the wealthy being the minority and the poor being the majority. This division expressed the unfair distribution of wealth globally. Over a billion people live in poverty globally, while 37 million Americans are poverty stricken. The banquet offered a unique education experience, allowing Lawrence students to assimilate the challenges of hunger and poverty. SWAHP’s Co-president Chelsey Sand expressed her opinion of the effectiveness and purpose of the banquet. “Lawrence students live in a bubble, [and] the hunger banquet gives students exposure by assimilating a real world hunger experience,” she said. The banquet also featured speaker Jill Mitchler, the Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley’s Coordinator of Funds Development and Volunteering. Mitchler was very supportive of what SWAHP has done on campus and discussed what the emergency shelter has done what can students can do to volunteer with them to be involved in the Appleton Community. The banquet was one of many themed events of the week to promote the Indiscriminate Homelessness Awareness Campaign. SWAHP kicked off its campaign by writing letters to activists and leaders that have supported the awareness of the issues of hunger and poverty such as Senator Herb Kohl, State Assemblyman Penny Bernard Schaber, 57th district, and Representative Steve Kagen, 8th district. SWAHP hosted the Sierra Leone Concert, which included student performers and a 50-50 raffle. Half of the proceeds of the raffle went to SWAHP to aid in funds for their travel to Sierra Leone over the winter break, and the other half went to Momodu Maligi, the speaker of the evening’s event. Maligi was randomly selected as a winner, and he generously donated his winnings to SWAHP. Other activities of the week included three Lawrence professors holding signs with statistics pertaining to hunger awareness issues. A reoccurring message of the banquet and other featured events of the week hosted by SWAHP was that it is never too late to get involved. Poverty and hunger are issues that exist globally and within our own communities. SWAHP will be hosting an alternative giving fair Nov. 19, and students can use this opportunity to become a part of the cause and to get some holiday shopping out of the way at the same time.