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‘Give5’ for service, advocacy

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The week­long Give5 Cam­paign designed by the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity chapter of the National Res­i­dence Hall Hon­orary is encour­aging stu­dents to donate five min­utes, five hours or five dol­lars to improve the community.

“We want to encourage stu­dents to give five of what­ever you can,” saidNRHH pres­i­dent Jil­lian Butler, a senior com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies major.

She said this year’s Give5 theme is advo­cacy, with a par­tic­ular focus on making a dif­fer­ence with lim­ited time or resources. As she put it, “It’s not dif­fi­cult to advo­cate for some­thing and make a change.”

This week’s events included a work­shop on lob­bying leg­is­la­tors for polit­ical change, a ben­efit con­cert held in after­hours and a vol­un­teering oppor­tu­nity at the Boston Hope Lodge, a home and refuge for fam­i­lies of chil­dren receiving med­ical care at local hospitals.

On Wednesday, stu­dents painted a banner in the Curry Stu­dent Center, high­lighting their pas­sion for civil rights, the envi­ron­ment and equal access to education.

“I’m not really an artistic person, so I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out,” said sopho­more bio­chem­istry major Becca Van­der­wall, who helped plan the banner-​​painting event. “It was great to see so many people take a break from what they were doing to par­tic­i­pate and advo­cate for what they believed in.”

On Thursday night, NRHH is part­nering with the Res­i­dent Stu­dent Asso­ci­a­tion to host the Second City comedy troupe, which will per­form polit­i­cally inspired improv sketches in Blackman Audi­to­rium. Tickets are $5; a por­tion of the pro­ceeds will be donated to Rock the Vote.

On Friday, the group will lead a walking tour of the sus­tain­ability effort on campus, which will begin at noon in the Curry Stu­dent Center’s Macleod Suites.