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November 22, 2013
Vol. 55 No. 11

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Festival inspires fair trading

The annual Susquehanna Fair Trade Festival returns to campus this semester from Dec. 5 to Dec. 7.
The Fair Trade Festival, which is ran by the Religious Life Council, will be selling a variety of goods from organizations such as Ten Thousand Villages, Divine Chocolate, Equal Exchange and Church World Services.
The idea behind the festival is to eliminate as many of the middle men as possible and to justly pay the workers.
For example, the cocoa bean people are justly paid for their work that goes into making the chocolate.
More specifically, according to FairTradeUSA.org: "Fair trade goods are just that. Fair. From far-away farms to your shopping cart, products that bear our logo come from farmers and workers who are justly compensated."
Senior Janelle Geist, who has been in charge of the event for the past two years said: "The money raised at the Fair Trade Festival goes to something new and different to create a better world. The larger idea is that the money spent goes to something worthwhile."
Geist said that the most enjoyable aspect of the event is the fact that it is bringing a larger part of the world to our little campus.
With a large variety of products, it's not hard to see why. Geist said that besides the chocolate which everyone loves, Ten Thousand Villages in particular is bringing a wide variety of products.
Products at the festival include such items as purses, ornaments and other decorations to put around the house.
However, through Heffer International, you can directly donate money to buy something for a family in need.
For example, you can spend money that will directly go towards providing for an animal that a family will need.
According to Geist, the Fair Trade Festival at Susquehanna brings the community together by buying stuff and sharing stories.
The Fair Trade Festival runs from Dec. 5 to Dec. 7 in Mellon Lounge in the Degenstein Campus Center.
It runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec.7th.
Geist said that she hopes the festival can create a more sustainable future for everyone involved to have a better lifestyle.

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