As Women’s History Month comes to an end, Shippensburg University’s Women’s Center held its first presentation of LUNAFEST.
LUNAFEST is a film festival that is by, for and about women that took place March 21 and 22 in the Ceddia Union Building (CUB).
It was free and open to students and the public.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Women’s Center hosted a celebration, followed by a presentation in the Franklin Science Center (FSC) Planetarium, leading to the films held afterward in the CUB.
As students entered FSC, they received five tickets and were able to put them toward prize giveaways.
Kelsey Roman, interim director of the Women’s Center, was in charge of handing out the tickets for the prizes, including chocolate, a jar of skittles, gift cards, “Vagina Monologues” merchandise and a moon shaped light.
Each of the prizes also came with a cup that said, “Consent is sexy.”
Prior to the presentation, students were offered an assortment of drinks and snacks, all correlating with moon references.
There were Milky Ways and Hershey Kisses known as “Moon Rocks,” mints and Eclipse gum known as “Empowermints,” as well as Moon Pies and LunaBars.
LUNAFEST was sponsored by the Clif Bar & Company. The festival received the name LUNA after the Luna whole nutrition bars. This year was its 16th annual film festival.
“The celebration is really promoting the Women’s Center, LUNAFEST and the actual films,” Roman said. Following the celebration, students prepared for the planetarium presentation by physics professor Allen Armstrong.
During the presentation, Armstrong showed different constellations, as well as the sun and the moon with the planets in the solar system on the ceiling of the planetarium.
The LUNAFEST celebration and films benefit and raise awareness for the Breast Cancer Fund.