Solidarity ‘March’ loses out to March Madness

Stephanie Garboski, Contributing Writer

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As part of the Solidarity March on Oct. 4., students proceeded from Malesardi Quad to Hufnagle Park, where other students and community members made speeches and gave performances. Many reported a sense of oneness among the student body and faculty in attendance.

I interviewed student leaders, Anthony Giant ’18 and Melissa Walmart ’19.

Do you believe that the march’s performances brought the student population closer together?

Walmart: Yeah, yeah they were good.
Giant: Everyone was united for two hours, or whatever.

Do you believe the campus will benefit from these events that promote unity and solidarity among marginalized groups on campus?

W: Well …

What?

W: Nothing it’s just … [whispered] should we tell her?
G: [whispered back] It’s not like anyone will read her article.
W: It’s not that the campus won’t benefit …
G: We had a better idea for the march but the University wouldn’t support it.

What was the idea?

W: We had planned to change the annual Solidarity March to an annual Solidarity “March.” Like, the entire month of March dedicated to solidarity on campus.
G: It was going to be beautiful.
W: We filled out all of the correct paperwork, planned events for the month, hired guest performers, and…

And?

W: Everything fell through.
G: I received a letter in my mailbox that had been sent in May, but since I don’t check my mailbox I only saw it last week. The request was denied. Apparently the month of March is already dedicated on campus to basketball.
W: March madness, this is madness!

So you don’t believe the Solidarity March was a success?

W: No, we think it was a success, it’s just that it could have been better.
M: Like a whole month better.

*I contacted the University Office of Monthly Planning to comment on this but have not yet received any response.

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