Hi all! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’m back and ready to talk about all of the AWESOME things Scranton has been up to!
Last week, The U put on tons of events: Earth Week, the Sustainability Conference, Take Back the Night, the ISP Ball Roll, the Festival of Nations, 2nd Chance Prom, the Rooftop Carnival, and the Holi Festival to name a few! I attended many of these events, but the two that stuck out to me the most were Take Back the Night and the Holi Festival.
Take Back the Night is a national rally to end sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Everyone is given an opportunity to share their story and show their support for those affected by violence.
At The University, our theme for the 24th annual Take Back the Night is “Remembering our Roots, Growing our Branches.” In my opinion, this theme allows those affected by violence in any way to reflect on their experiences and grow from what they endured. Rather than focusing on the negative aftermath of their experiences, this theme provides victims a positive means to cope with their traumatic experiences. Additionally, this theme gives supporters a way to help victims find strength in themselves to persevere forward.
Rallies such as Take Back the Night are vital to the healing process for many victims of violence. Public demonstrations which promote advocacy and acceptance help those affected by violence mend significantly.
Veronica Roth writes in her novel, Allegiant, “I have always known this: Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage. But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other.”
I am in awe of how responsive the University community was to Take Back the Night. So many people came out to support those affected by violence and truly, we mended each other. I am so inspired by all of the beautiful and courageous people who participated in this event. I feel so incredibly fortunate to attend a school which promotes sharing our voices and encourages healing and acceptance.
Here are some pictures from this year’s Take Back the Night!
On Saturday, I went to the Holi Festival! The Holi Festival is an Indian tradition, where people celebrate spring by throwing colored powder at one another. So, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, The Asian Club, Residence Life and a bunch of other organizations organized our own Holi Festival celebration! We all gathered outside on the Dionne Green, ate authentic Indian food, learned about the history of the Holi Festival, and had a colored-powder fight on the green! The Holi Festival was an awesome way to release stress and just have fun with my friends!
Here are some pictures from the Holi Festival!
Well, that’s all for this week! I hope you all are having a great last few weeks of school! I know I am here at the U! Spring, here we come!