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Carlow halts 'Monologues' performances
Friday, February 10, 2006

Carlow University says it will no longer allow student performances of "The Vagina Monologues" on its campus, describing the show as inconsistent with the school's mission and Catholic identity.

A conservative Virginia group, the Cardinal Newman Society, has urged Catholic campuses nationwide to halt the performances. But Carlow spokeswoman Louise Sciannameo said the decision was unrelated to letters Carlow received from the group.

Performances of "Monologues," a verbal collection of female attitudes toward their bodies, have often been staged in Pittsburgh and were held at Carlow the last two years while Sister Grace Ann Geibel was president.

But Carlow's first lay president, Mary Hines, hired last year, decided differently in the fall.

"It's not in keeping with our mission or our orientation as a Catholic liberal arts, women-centered institution," Ms. Sciannameo said. In 2003, the Cardinal Newman Society asked 32 Catholic campuses where performances were held to halt them, said the group's president, Patrick Reilly.

In addition to Carlow, The Catholic University of America, Marquette University, New York Medical College, Providence College and Seton Hall University have said they will not allow the performance, he said.

First published on February 10, 2006 at 12:00 am
Bill Schackner can be reached at bschackner@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1977.
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