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REVO 2012: Not Waiting on Our World to Change

Lauren Armstrong, May 14, 2012
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On April 29, PUC’s fifth annual REVO event raised money for Project Pueblo—an organization working to eradicate global poverty. PUC has partnered with Project Pueblo twice just this year, taking student mission trips during Christmas and spring breaks to aid underdeveloped communities in Arizona’s Navajo Nation.

Sunday evening on the campus mall, paper lanterns and handmade tissue flowers hung from the trees and pictures from Project Pueblo were suspended from clotheslines. A band made up of PUC students welcomed attendees with live music.

Once the event was in full swing and guests had the chance to fill up on corndogs, quesadillas, rice and beans, and cupcakes, the main band took the stage, opening with The Boys are Back in Town by Thin Lizzy. As the students performed a concert, guests browsed the silent auctions, the Stuff Sale, and food options.

The Stuff Sale was a big part of this year’s event. For months, students have been donating their nearest and dearest items—clothes, shoes, accessories, and more—to help the cause. Clotheslines formed a web among the trees on the mall, holding a multitude of hanging clothes. Shoes and accessories filled up nearby tables.

Christmas lights suspended between tree trunks flickered on as the sun went down and the popular REVO Fashion Show began. Student designers showcased styles, modeled by fellow students. “This year, many of the designers had unique materials in their designs,” said fashion show director Kelly Chung. Designers used materials such as chicken wire, wrapping paper, newspaper, and organic natural material. “Everyone worked very hard this year,” Chung remarked.

The collections were judged by a panel of faculty—Ileana Douglas, associate professor of history, John Nunes, associate professor of business administration, and Tammy McGuire, associate professor of communication. “Your creativity is awesome,” said McGuire during the judging. “I’m impressed by everyone.” The judges chose the “Rubbish and Drab to Dapper and Fab” collection by sophomores Casey Pohren and Meena Kim, while senior Grace Otieno’s “World News” collection won the People’s Choice.

The event also featured REVO t-shirts for sale, a silent auction for artwork by PUC students, a chance to have a meal with friends and a faculty member at a local restaurant, and a table for donations.

REVO PUC is planning several more events in the remaining weeks of the school year, including the third annual Run for REVO on June 3.