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2013 Tunnel of Oppression contest winners announced

Posted Apr. 29, 2013

Mary Blevins - 1st placeWinners of Kent State University at Trumbull's 2013 Tunnel of Oppression poster and art project were announced on Monday, April 29. The fifth annual project, titled “The Power of Forgiveness”, was judged by members of the Kent State Trumbull Diversity Council and/or affiliated members.

According to information provided by the Diversity Council, “Forgiveness is not a western concept. Forgiveness is present in many cultures and traditions throughout the world. Scholars tells us that forgiving is healthy. Releasing of pent up feelings and frustrations can be liberating. Forgiveness is a moral choice though, and not a quick fix to a real hurt or harm.”

Contestants had to have been enrolled at Kent Trumbull at the time of project submission. Posters had to have been no smaller than 11" x 17" and no larger than 22" x 28." No digital submissions were accepted.

Criteria for judging consisted of overall power of message, clarity and emotional tension, integrity, originality and creativity.

Prizes were awarded to the top three overall finishers, including Mary Blevins (first place, Kent State book bag), Robbin Ivory (second place, Kent State sweatshirt) and Janet Blasens (third place, Kent State t-shirt).

A trio of submissions received honorable mention including those submitted by Jennifer Fink, Christine Lee and Kyle Rice. The Diversity Council would like to thank the Kent Trumbull Bookstore and Campus Duplicating Center for assistance with this year's project. 

Robbin Ivory - 2nd placeJanet Blasens - 3rd place