June 2008 • Vol. 87: No. 3 : Around the Arch

Deconstructing poverty

Freshman Alex Squires holds sections of cardboard together and attempts to tear a piece of duct tape off the roll on his arm while constructing a cardboard shelter during Habifest April 2 at the Tate Plaza.

The event began with a poverty banquet, where students were assigned a social class and received the same portion of food that someone of that class would typically eat. Afterward they spent the night at Tate Plaza in the cardboard shelters they built. Sponsored by UGA’s Habitat for Humanity chapter, Habifest is a nationwide, student-initiated day designed to raise awareness of the conditions of poverty. It is the main event of Habitat for Humanity’s Act! Speak! Build! Week.

For more information, visit www.uga.edu/habitat/.

Photo by Peter Frey.