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Evolution of women’s roles topic of discussion

Jeslyn Lemke

A panel of local women will sit down Tuesday to chat about how women’s roles in Cheney have evolved over the past 26 years.

The Cheney Women’s Oral History Project, which began in 1983 at Eastern Washington University, took a look at women’s position in society through a series of interviews.

With EWU funding, communication students taped women of different ages, ethnicities and economic backgrounds.

“Some (roles) have remained the same. Women are a huge part in building community, but there are ways women have done things that are changing,” said Julie Miller, assistant dean of students at EWU’s main library.

“We’re hoping some of our students will be enlightened about women’s influence in the community,” she said.

Norma Smith, Meta Gibbs and Judy McMillan – all participants in the original project – will host the informal discussion, held in EWU’s Monroe Hall, Room 205, from noon to 1 p.m.

EWU students present crime drama

Under the bright lights of the EWU Theatre, a dark drama of human love and motivation will unfold this week. Directed and performed by EWU students, “Never the Sinner” is an off-Broadway play detailing the true story of the “crime of the century” in Chicago in the 1920s. It opened Wednesday.

Two teenagers kill a younger boy and are quickly caught when one boy’s glasses are found near the murder scene. The ensuing court investigation brings to light some shocking motivations, all dealing in the complexities of love and human nature.

Directed by student Sara Goff, the production continues tonight at 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

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