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ISSUE 117 VOL 14 PUBLISHED 3/19/2004

Musicians play for peace

By Annie Olson
Contributing Writer

Friday, March 19, 2004

After nearly one year of war, resulting in 564 Ame-rican casualties in Iraq, Peace and Justice continued a tradition with Pause for Peace II Tuesday night in the Lions Pause.

Last year, Lucas Paine 06 organized the event "for people to express the way they felt about what [was] going on in the world," specifically the U.S.s unilateral declaration of a preemptive strike on Iraq.

"Were at it once again, voicing our discontent with the powers that be in a peaceful, beautiful way," Pause for Peace II Co-coordinator Emily Dahl 06 said.

Paine, Dahl and the musicians participating in the concert see Pause for Peace II as the perfect venue for using music as a peacemaking tool.

Performers Rachel Winter 04 and Kristen Graves 04 echoed each other when they said, "Music and peace are a great combination."

The audience had positive reactions to the concert.

"Music has the power to unite," Elise Braaten 04 said.

Other students agreed.

"Im here to hear good music and support peace," Matt Nienow 05 said.

This year, Paines concert introduction called for a moment of silence, not only for those who have been killed in Iraq, but also for people affected by war and terrorism all over the world, most specifically those recently killed and injured in the terrorist attacks in Madrid, Spain.

"This year [the concert] was two times better than last year, and next year it will be four times better," Paine said, when asked about the possibility of a Pause for Peace III. "I hope to continue the tradition every year that Im here. I hope its something that will become a St. Olaf tradition &.Its not just about Iraq&Its not just something that Peace and Justice does&Its about reaching out to a broader campus audience&.It can always be bigger."

Paine believes the concert has value because it not only brings together "great musicians in a common project," but also "encourages us to remember current events."

Audience members cited similar reasons for choosing to attend the event.

"Pause for Peace II is something that I believe in," Braaten said. The "pause" is most important, she said, because it encourages students to take time out of their busy week of midterms to connect with other people who support peace.

"Theres a feeling of em-powerment that comes with knowing other people who believe in similar goals," Braaten said. "Being part of a community that has a social conscience really means something."

When asked whether Pause for Peace II represented a liberal bias at St. Olaf, Dana Olson 05 said, "No. Peace is not only a liberal persons goal. It should be everyones goal. I think most people strive for peace."

While Paine recognized his excitement about the event, he also acknowledged the difficulty in affecting change.

"Does music get someone elected or remove people from power?" Paine said. "Probably not."

However, Paine sees music as a tool for positive self-expression and acceptance. "Real change wont happen until peoples hearts change," Paine said, "and music is one way to change them."

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