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"I won't stand for . . . "

April 19, 2013

"I won't stand for . . ."

As part in the "I Won't Stand For . . ." movement, 300-plus students gathered last week to personalize T-shirts with social justice messages.

April 19, 2013

Intolerance. Ignorance. Bullying. Greed. Cheating. These are just a few things Skidmore students won't stand for.

On Friday, April 12, more than 300 stopped by at an all-day social justice program coordinated by Residential Life and based on the USA Network's social initiative "I won't stand for. . .". Participants got T-shirts imprinted with that phrase and wrote in the issue most important to them.

"It was wonderful to see this event come to life. It was empowering to see such a positive message thoroughly embraced by the Skidmore community—both students and professionals alike," said event coordinator Anna Morreale, director of the Howe-Rounds residence hall.

Midway through the day, 300 T-shirts had been given away and students had filled two six-foot-long butcher-paper banners with what the campus community won't stand for. People continued to  stop by and write on the banners even after the shirts were gone.

"It was exciting to see such a large number of students participating in the program, and I was very proud to be a part of it," said Sarah Dean '15. "The whole experience was extremely rewarding, and I think it did a great job uniting students under a common goal." She added, "Given that it was an accepted candidates day, it was also great to see the reactions of prospective students and their parents, several of whom participated."

Photos by Lauren Bosche '15 and Lauren Elsner '13.

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