Tunnel returns with shocking experiences
Published: Monday, November 5, 2012
Updated: Monday, November 5, 2012 10:11
The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Lumberjack Cultural Association will produce its 5th annual Tunnel of Oppression Tuesday, Nov. 6, and Wednesday, Nov., 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.
In addition the Tunnel of Oppression is reserved for SFA 101 classes on Monday, Nov. 5.
The purpose of the free event is to open students’ eyes to the social issues plaguing society. According to http://www.sfasu.edu/multicultural, “The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive museum which spotlights different types of oppression through interactive theatre and multimedia presentations.”
Guests will start their journey in the BPSC movie theatre watching an educational video compilation. They will then taken through the side door of the theatre and throughout the BPSC in and out of rooms where they’re immersed into skits and scenes of oppression.
The website describes some issues that have been highlighted in the past, “…the event has shed light on issues ranging from human trafficking, genocide and suicide.”
This year the main focuses are on abortion, domestic violence, human trafficking, religious persecution, stereotyping, bullying, and a Trayvon Martin tribute.
Roughly 3000 students attended last year’s event that takes over 50 volunteers to produce.
“We’ve been working on it since the summer, writing scripts. Only one room stays the same; that’s the stereotype room,” said David Jones, president of Lumberjack Cultural Association. There are about 20 tour guides, and most organizations in the OMA help to put on the event.
“People shouldn’t come and be disruptive and should be prepared to be educated on the mishaps in our society,” Jones stressed.