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Duquesne Event to Call Attention to Homelessness

Duquesne University students will simulate a night of homelessness by camping out on the Mellon Patio, after discussing the realities of being homeless at an event sponsored by the Duquesne St. Vincent de Paul Society. 

A discussion about homelessness will begin on Friday, April 10, at 8 p.m. in Room 104 of College Hall. Food, games and a documentary will follow. 

Volunteers willing to experience something of a night without a home will camp out on the Mellon Patio. 

"The purpose of the event is to show everyone the humanity of the homeless," said Joe Ratay, president of the Duquesne St. Vincent de Paul Society and an undergraduate student in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. "Our goal this year has been to express to the Duquesne and Pittsburgh communities the reality of homelessness and tear down stereotypes."

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