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Volume 45, No. 2
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Chocolate for Change

The chocolate was still there in decadent profusion, but the name had changed and with it, maybe, even a bit of the guilt. The event formerly known as “Death by Chocolate”—held each year on the last day of classes to permit Pomona students to lose themselves in a bit of conspicuous consumption before the trials of final exams—shifted into a more charitable gear and became known as “Chocolate for Change.”

In addition to the mounds and bowls full of chocolate, there was a fair featuring local nonprofit organizations and an art show devoted to students artists whose work focuses on topics of social justice. According to organizer Maria Tucker, director of community and multicultural programs for the College, the chocolate itself was purchased, with the help of alumnus Mark Klopp ’80, from local and fair-trade chocolatiers.

“Buying fair-trade chocolate ensures that the chocolate comes from farmers who pay a fair living wage,” Tucker noted. Those who came to devour chocolate also got to do a little good in their own right by making a contribution to the local Adopt-a-Family program or bringing gift items to stuff into holiday stockings for about 45 residents of the David and Margaret Home in La Verne.


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