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November 8, 2013

Photo courtesy of Emily Danger / As in years past, the Scotsmen will perform tonight in Dahl.

Senior Emily Danger has a vested interest in Alpha Xi Delta’s Touched by an Angel showcase. Started in 2011 by Danger, the event stems from personal experience. She decided to create the event after she was in an abusive relationship. “I was told that I was not good enough and I never want anyone to feel that way,” said Danger.

Students should expect the show to be uplifting and powerful. “Sometimes the show can make some people feel uncomfortable; abuse is not something that you always see in daily life,” Danger said.

There will be a great deal of emotion on the stage. For the first time, Danger will be sharing her personal story with the audience. The show will end with a lantern and balloon release.

Lydia Butler, president of Alpha Xi Delta, said they teamed up with Danger because this is something new for their chapter. The sorority does a great deal with their philanthropy, Autism Speaks, but this is a program that raises awareness about a different topic.

Butler also said this is something that is close to Danger’s heart, and they have enjoyed supporting her these past couple of years.

Danger’s effort has not only raised awareness on this campus but has been awarded national spotlight. Touched by an Angel has received national recognition on Alpha Xi Delta’s Facebook page. This event also won the 2012 Kaleidoscope Award for putting on a show that brings change to Monmouth College and the community.

Since Danger’s first show, which had over 200 attendees, she has done many different activities to raise awareness about mental and physical abuse.

Danger competes in Miss America Pageants, using her platform to spread awareness of mental and physical abuse. She also competes in 5k walks that support this issue.

After Danger graduates, Alpha Xi Delta plans on continuing this annual event. “Hopefully we can see it grow even more than it has over the past two years,” Butler said.

In the future, Danger wants to work with other sororities and create the show at other colleges.

The first 150 people at tonight’s show will get a pair of sunglasses. Taking place tonight at 7 p.m. in Dahl Chapel, the lineup for the evening includes, amongst others, the Sassy Lassies, Scotsmen and the Monmouth College Dance Team.

Kali Nordeen
Contributing Writer

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