Sweet Amnesty

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Students dance to The Asymptotes, who performed “Sea of Love” by Cat Power and other songs.

Students gathered in the Mosaic Café on Tuesday, Feb. 14, to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Amnesty International Benefit Concert.

The evening was bursting with love songs, and also not-so-lovey songs, from a flood of student artists, including senior Suki Berry, junior Laurel Sorenson, Decibella, Ben, Jane Beth Anne Spitz and the Resplendent Quetzals (JBAS@RQ), The Challenged Electrics, junior Emily Nathan, senior Claire Li, senior Nikki Cohen, senior Danny McNeela, and The Asymptotes.

In between performances, students participated in romantically inspired activities like spontaneously composing love poems for each other. Pizza from Flippin’ Pizza and pasta from Yogi’s Beach Bar and Restaurant were donated.

Amnesty International raised $213 from ticket and snack sales. Money raised from the concerts went towards Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian group of doctors and journalists who provide care for victims of armed conflict, malnutrition, and natural disasters.

After senior Nikki Cohen sang a song of liberation accompanied on keyboard by senior Daniel McNeela, she and Kianna Eberle, who both ran the concert, presented club advisor and English teacher Ed Cooper with a bouquet of flowers and their thanks for his involvement in Amnesty. Cooper will be retiring at the end of this school year.