Hunger awareness banquet to be held at Ozarks

Release Date: 11/13/2006

Students work to raise awareness of world hunger.

CLARKSVILLE, ARK. (Nov. 13, 2006) -- A group of largely freshman students is organizing a banquet for Thanksgiving week at Ozarks that will give the campus a unique view of world hunger.

Students in Professor Jesse Weiss' Critical Inquiry class, a class required for Ozarks freshmen, are preparing presentations on hunger and poverty around the world and will present their findings at the banquet, which will be held Monday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cane Hill room in the Ozarks cafeteria.

The banquet is open to all Ozarks students. Admission is one item of non-perishable food, which will be donated to a local food bank.

"The goal is to raise awareness among people who have plenty of those who don't," Weiss said.

He added that the students are working with guidelines from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) which divide the world's population into high, middle and low income groups, roughly comparable to conditions in the first, second and third worlds.

Critical inquiry classes also include upperclassmen student mentors, who have taken the class as freshmen.

Students in all critical inquiry classes are required to complete a community service project.