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Tunnel of Oppression Contest Winners Announced

Posted Apr. 30, 2012
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Cathy Henderson's "The Light at the End of the Tunnel"
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Winners of Kent State University at Trumbull's fourth annual Tunnel of Oppression poster and art project were announced.

The purpose of the 2012 project, titled Human Trafficking: From Darkness to Light, was to evoke thought by removing spectators from their comfort zones and causing  them to look beneath the radar at the issue of human trafficking.

The contest had two themes—"Dark" and "Light":

  • Types of countries: Source, transit, destination (Dark)
  • Types of human trafficking: Sex trades, labor or domestic servitude (Dark)
  • Victims (Light) and Offenders (Dark)
  • Countries complicit in trafficking (Dark) or are taking steps to prevent it (Light)
  • Resources, services, policy and legislation to address the issue (Light): International, national, state and local, including Ohio (Dark and Light)
  • Nongovernmental and faith-based organizational efforts (Light)

Contestants had to have been enrolled  at Kent State Trumbull at the time of project submission. Posters had to have been no smaller than 11" x 17" and no larger than 22" x 28." No digital submissions were accepted.

Criteria for judging consisted of overall power of message, clarity and emotional tension, integrity, originality and creativity.

Prizes were awarded as follows:

  • First Place: Cathy Henderson (Kent State University book bag)
  • Second Place: Sonya Melendez (Kent State University sweatshirt)
  • Third Place: Carolyn Hornof (Kent State University T-shirt)

A trio of submissions received honorable mention including Kayla Ellenberger, Lindsay Ware and Roxanne Hoerig.