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“Yellow It Out,” an annual initiative aimed at suicide prevention and awareness, was marked with a number of campuswide events that brightly illuminated a most noteworthy topic. Events included Tuesday’s dialogue with an expert on “Dealing With Stereotypes,” men’s/women’s basketball games against Lancaster Bible College on Wednesday, and informational tables and other displays of advocacy – from apparel to outdoor lighting – throughout the week.

– Photos by Juvy A. Orillaza and Tim Wegman, student photographers;
Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday;
and Kimberlee R. Rusczyk, manager of social media/online marketing

The Wildcat cheers from the sidelines at Wednesday's doubleheader, sharing team spirit ...
The Wildcat cheers from the sidelines at Wednesday’s doubleheader, sharing team spirit …

... and a vital mental-health lifeline.
… and a vital mental-health lifeline.

Golden uplighting adds to the attractiveness of the M&T Bank Gate at the entrance to UPMC Field.
Golden uplighting adds to the attractiveness of the M&T Bank Gate at the entrance to UPMC Field.

Resource tables at multiple locales, including this one in the Bush Campus Center, offer information and giveaways.
Resource tables at multiple locales, including this one in the Bush Campus Center, offer information and giveaways.

Yellow was the dominant color, on and off the court.
Yellow was the dominant color, on and off the court.

Community Peer Educator Ethan M. McKenzie, of Muncy, vividly leads by example.
Community Peer Educator Ethan M. McKenzie, of Muncy, vividly leads by example.

The Penn College cheerleaders (plus one) take to the air.
The Penn College cheerleaders (plus one) take to the air.

Messages of optimism and faith, written by fans and posted to the event's whiteboard
Messages of optimism and faith, written by fans and posted to the event’s whiteboard

Staffing a resource table – and greeting the gymnasium crowd on Game Night – are student leaders Joey M. Morrin (center) and Zarek L. Price.
Staffing a resource table – and greeting the gymnasium crowd on Game Night – are student leaders Joey M. Morrin (center) and Zarek L. Price.

Batsirai Bvunzawabaya, associate director of outreach and prevention services at the University of Pennsylvania, talks Tuesday about the stereotypes encountered by students of color – and the impact they can have on emotional well-being.
Batsirai Bvunzawabaya, associate director of outreach and prevention services at the University of Pennsylvania, talks Tuesday about the stereotypes encountered by students of color – and the impact they can have on emotional well-being.

Ben Sosa, whose 15 points led the Wildcats' offense, shows his defensive prowess down-court.
Ben Sosa, whose 15 points led the Wildcats’ offense, shows his defensive prowess down-court.

Yellow ribbons adorn trees along College Avenue ...
Yellow ribbons adorn trees along College Avenue …

... that take on an enhanced glow as evening falls.
… that take on an enhanced glow as evening falls.

The guest speaker's evening presentation amplified for students information that was shared in an afternoon session for faculty and staff.
The guest speaker’s evening presentation amplified for students information that was shared in an afternoon session for faculty and staff.

An overwhelming turnout of construction management students, clad in yellow safety vests, emerges from the "Destruction Zone" bleachers for a photo with their feline friend.
An overwhelming turnout of construction management students, clad in yellow safety vests, emerges from the “Destruction Zone” bleachers for a photo with their feline friend.

Free shirts for students were accompanied by a convenient schedule of the week's relevant activities.
Free shirts for students were accompanied by a convenient schedule of the week’s relevant activities.

Dance Team members show off the routines they've practiced and polished.
Dance Team members show off the routines they’ve practiced and polished.

Ja'Quela Dyer (24) contributed 13 points, along with a team-high nine rebounds and four assists, during the night's second contest.
Ja’Quela Dyer (24) contributed 13 points, along with a team-high nine rebounds and four assists, during the night’s second contest.

The campus's landmark red, white and blue takes on an accent color for the week's observance.
The campus’s landmark red, white and blue takes on an accent color for the week’s observance.

Fans rise for a halftime T-shirt toss, hoping to add some swag to their wardrobe.
Fans rise for a halftime T-shirt toss, hoping to add some swag to their wardrobe.

T-shirts, appropriately colored and bearing the #pcthope hashtag, await shoppers in The College Store.
T-shirts, appropriately colored and bearing the #pcthope hashtag, await shoppers in The College Store.

Dancers perform at center court during a game break.
Dancers perform at center court during a game break.

Encouraging words top the spirit table.
Encouraging words top the spirit table.

Sporting their support of a crucial cause, members of the Physician Assistant Club gather with the Wildcat.
Sporting their support of a crucial cause, members of the Physician Assistant Club gather with the Wildcat.

Cheerleaders and their beloved mascot add the week's signature hue to their customary team colors.
Cheerleaders and their beloved mascot add the week’s signature hue to their customary team colors.

In addition to honoring the week's theme, yellow lighting magnifies the natural beauty of Penn College's main campus.
In addition to honoring the week’s theme, yellow lighting magnifies the natural beauty of Penn College’s main campus.

Jesse White, who had 6 points on the night, sends a shot aloft during second-half action.
Jesse White, who had 6 points on the night, sends a shot aloft during second-half action.

Joined by Sammie L. Davis (left), coordinator of diversity and student engagement, "Batsi" engages the audience.
Joined by Sammie L. Davis (left), coordinator of diversity and student engagement, “Batsi” engages the audience.

Putting the "yell" in "yellow"
Putting the “yell” in “yellow”

Lydia Albert launches a free-throw attempt.
Lydia Albert launches a free-throw attempt.

The women's softball team does its part to raise awareness. (Photo provided)
The women’s softball team does its part to raise awareness. (Photo provided)

Dining Services' yellow-topped cupcakes were, not surprisingly, a hit with basketball fans.
Dining Services’ yellow-topped cupcakes were, not surprisingly, a hit with basketball fans.

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