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Tomorrow kicks off Sac State’s first ever One Week Event on Campus. The One Week event will combine a selected book, film and philanthropic cause to unite students campus-wide next week. The event will focus on the One Book for this year, One Amazing Thing, the biannual blood drive in the University Union and for the first time ever, a One Film selection, “The Curse of Quon Gwon.”

Tomorrow, One Week begins with a campus screening of the first ever Asian American produced film in the United States, “The Curse of Quon Gwon”. Sac State’s own Ethnic Studies Professor, Gregory Mark, is a direct descendant of the film’s creators and stars. Made in 1916, “The Curse of Quon Gwon” was placed on the Library of Congress National Film Registry, a list that preserves film and only adds 25 films per year, in 2006. The film will be showed in the Shasta Hall Theater from 4-7pm, where food and refreshments will be provided. Family members of the film’s stars will be there also be there to answer questions and give insight on the film.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, The 5th Annual Causeway Class Blood Drive will take place on campus in the University Ballroom from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Students, faculty, and community members can donate blood on behalf of Sac State to BloodSource. Last year Sac State won against UC Davis. This year, we are hoping to do it again. Because blood has a shelf life of only 42 days, it is important to donate so that blood is available when needed. Many people benefit from donations such as cancer patients, trauma patients, burn patients, and other emergency care patients. With Sac State’s help, one pint of blood could potentially save the lives of three people.

This year’s One Book, “One Amazing Thing,” written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, is a novel about nine people who are trapped in a basement in the aftermath of an earthquake. While they are waiting to be rescued they share with each other one amazing thing about their life they have always kept secret. Thursday is Author Day at Sac State, where Mrs. Divakaruni will visit our campus to read from her book and conduct a Q&A for the campus community. Students are welcome to this event held from 1pm-2pm in the University Ballroom. From 7pm-8pm in the University Ballroom students, faculty members, and members of the Sacramento community are invited to hear Divakaruni share the genesis for One Amazing Thing. She will touch upon how in volunteering with Hurricane Katrina refugees that she learned the healing power of storytelling.

Written by Alexis Kersey

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