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Another way of feeling

by Leah Myers | March 10, 2015

Sierra DeMulder, a slam poet, recited her writings on behalf of To Write Love On Her Arms in Lee 301 at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.

 Slam Poet Sierra DeMulder presented at UNH on March 7 (Photo by Leah Meyers/Charger Bulletin photo)

Slam Poet Sierra DeMulder presented at UNH on March 7 (Photo by Leah Meyers/Charger Bulletin photo)

TWLOHA found videos of DeMulder reading her poems and invited her to come to speak to campus. DeMulder started writing and has continued to write poems based on her personal experiences in life and with her past battle with depression, which prompted the UNH Chapter to invite her.

Stefanie Perillo, President of the UNH Chapter, said that TWLOHA is a “non profit movement dedicated to providing hope and help for those suffering from depression, anxiety, addiction and other mental health issues.”

TWLOHA was nationally established in 2006. UNH established a university chapter in fall of 2012, and was officially named as one in spring of 2013. Since then, Perillo said that they “helped open the conversation of the stigma of mental illness and helped break it.”

Their e-board secretary found videos of DeMulder’s poems and everyone was touched by them.
“We embody the mission of TWLOHA (a non-profit movement dedicated to providing hope and help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide) through organized meetings and events; our University Chapter serves as a voice of inspiration and support for students and their surrounding communities,” said Jacqueline Guzman TWLOHA Executive Assistant.

TWLOHA believes in community, in the idea that people need other people; we were never meant to go through life alone. So, “by having DeMulder here, sharing her story, she helped us move toward breaking the stigma that surrounds mental illness; she encouraged other people to share their stories and realize that they matter and are part of a bigger community of people who care.”

The TWLOHA website has a list of affiliated speakers that can visit schools and organizations, and DeMulder is the one they chose.

DeMulder is a two-time National Poetry Slam Champion and is currently on tour to share her poetry.
Before finding her passion for spoken word, she went to college for Art Therapy. After she started slamming her poetry, people have mentioned to her that there were videos of her and her poetry on YouTube. She dreaded the spread of the videos until she started receiving messages from viewers saying that her poems have helped them gain the strength to start healing and recovering; in turn, hearing this helped her heal from depression.

She now has two books of her poetry published and is currently working on a novel and a young adult novel.
DeMulder has collaborated with several poets in her lifetime, especially for group poems at nationals. She loves editing both her own work and other poets’ works.

For those wanting to express their writing verbally, she recommends going to open mic events to meet new people and share ideas.

TWLOHA meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Dodds 205 with different topics to discuss every month.
DeMulder can be found on several social media sites, such as Tumblr and Facebook. also has many videos of DeMulder and other great poets.

Zak Ebrahim reflects on being a terrorist’s son

by Leah Myers | March 4, 2015

The American Criminal Justice Association hosted Zak Ebrahim at Bucknall Theater on Feb. 25 at 1:30 p.m. as a part of Tolerance Week.

Zak Ebrahim author of The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice spoke at UNH Feb. 25 (Photo obtained via

Zak Ebrahim author of The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice spoke at UNH Feb. 25 (Photo obtained via

Ebrahim is the son of El-Savvid Nosair, a Muslim man that assassinated Rabbi Meir Kahane of the Jewish Defense League in 1990, and helped bomb the World Trade Center in February of 1993.

Instead of following in his father’s footsteps, Ebrahim chose to live a life fighting for peace, not against it.

During his presentation, Ebrahim shared stories of his childhood, which involved visiting his father in jail, being bullied in school, and discovering the impact of hatred on people. All of these events, he said, helped him become who he is today.

After the 1993 bombing, Ebrahim’s mother cut off all connections with Nosair and he did not have contact with his father until several years later. During contact with his son, Nosair confesses that he regrets his actions, though Ebrahim is not sure about his sincerity. He eventually disconnected with his father due to it being emotionally draining and in questioning his father’s sincerity.

Ebrahim and his family have felt debt in his father’s actions, but no anger towards it. He finds it counterintuitive to love Nosair.

Ebrahim risks his life to put himself out in the open to tell his story in order to combat stereotypes. He is very opposed to terrorism and is terrified for the cause of the attack and the safety of the victims.

“You can’t give into fear,” Ebrahim said, on the topic of ISIS. “You can’t bomb people into democracy.”

In the middle of the question and answer session, Ebrahim was asked what the key is to being tolerant, or accepting of others. He said that tolerance is an everyday effort and everyone deals with it one way or another. We need to recognize it within ourselves, and make a conscious effort to fix a particular view.

Paul Raffile, vice president of the ACJA at UNH, says that Tolerance Week is for discussing important issues pertaining to accepting people of different cultures and races. This is the third annual Tolerance Week at UNH and the first event with a representative speaker.

Last year, TED Talks had the pleasure to host Ebrahim as a speaker.

Following the presentation was a book signing. Over 120 people attended the presentation, with a majority of them being Criminal Justice majors.

Preserving Connecticut’s future

by Kaitlin Mahar | February 25, 2015

Imagine having to pay thousands of dollars more in tuition fees, or going to a museum, only to find that it has been closed due to an inability to keep up with tax fees. These are just a few of the threats posed by the potential change in the way the University of New Haven, along with all other colleges, universities, and municipalities in the state of Connecticut, pay their property taxes.

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Institutions like UNH, along with historical societies, hospitals, museums, and other nonprofit organizations in Connecticut are currently not required to pay any taxes on property because they play a crucial role in the betterment of the community. Instead, the state government reimburses local governments for what they do not collect by making a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT).

However, because of a new proposal that is being raised during the 2015 session of the Connecticut General Assembly, changes may be made to the structure of PILOT that would require colleges and universities, and possibly other organizations, to begin paying property taxes, which would cause a major financial burden for these institutions.

But how does this affect students? Well, for starters, this change in PILOT will potentially deny students access to hospitals, museums and other institutions that benefit, if not serve, as necessities to college students. Furthermore, should the University have to start paying these property taxes, then it’ll have to make up for these extra expenses somewhere, whether it’s through increased tuition fees, the closing down of various University programs, etc.

So, what can students do about this?

Kaplan asked students to participate in the #FutureCT campaign to urge legislators to vote against these changes. Launched by the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC), of which UNH is a member, Kaplan explains that the campaign “promotes healthy, educated residents; spiritual, historical, and cultural vibrancy; and opportunity for all.”

While not all students are completely familiar with the campaign, many are willing to participate.

Emily Fogelquist, a senior, said “I have not participated, but I would consider it! I think it’s ridiculous that [UNH and other affected organizations] would have to pay taxes on land they own… Also if [these organizations] have to pay property taxes, they will increase prices for their services or the quality of their services would decrease.”

Sophomore Kate D’Alessandro agrees. “Forcing non-profits to pay property taxes in that way is absolutely ridiculous when you have big corporations being taxed as low as they are. Tax the corporations higher and leave the non-profits alone. I would absolutely participate in that protest.”

In order to participate, all one needs to do is go to and write a short message to one’s legislators urging them to oppose these changes. The campaign can also be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

UNH welcomes back Thad Henry

by Leah Myers | February 18, 2015

The University of New Haven is honored to welcome back Thad Henry under the position of Special Executive Assistant to President Kaplan.

Thad Henry (Photo obtained via Henry’s LinkedIn profile)

Thad Henry (Photo obtained via Henry’s LinkedIn profile)

From 2000 to 2006, Henry worked for the UNH Vice President of University Advancement. Then he perused similar opportunities at other companies and universities, recently coming from Pfeiffer University in North Carolina, where he was the Special Assistant to the President for Leadership and Advancement, a position he held since 2012.

He was Special Assistant to the Dean for Advancement Strategy at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business from 2010 to 2012 and was a Senior Consultant at Corporate DevelopMint in Charleston, South Carolina, from 2007 to 2011.

One of the reasons Henry is back at UNH would be that Gail Tagliatela, the Chief of Staff and University Secretary, has asked to work part time to start preparing for retirement. Kaplan also combined the Chief of Staff position with being a significant part of the fundraising department, creating the Special Executive Assistant position for Henry.

When President Kaplan generally seeks for people to work directly for him, he expects to find those with a high intelligence, a creative mind, a great work ethic and a strong personality to disagree with him in order to bring a different perspective. A sense of humor is also preferred.

Kaplan feels that Henry is best for the job because he understands UNH very well from working here in the past. He also understands the school’s mission, is passionate about experiential education, works well with different kinds of people, and is an exceptional strategic fundraiser.

Henry’s fundraising portion of his job is broken down into three parts. One, being fundraising; he seeks donors to sponsor a gift-supported project, such as a residence hall or a classroom building.

Next, he serves as Kaplan’s administrative assistant to more forward in experiential education. These opportunities include internships, the study aboard program, and UNH’s SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship).

The other part is the marketing and branding of the University. We are a smaller university, and even though we are well known in New England, UNH is the best-kept secret, according to Thad. It is important to expand everyone’s awareness about UNH.

Since his first week in office 11 years ago, President Kaplan was impressed with how much Henry had contributed with the growth of UNH. The first thing Thad said to Kaplan was to meet the Tagliatela family, who, at the time, was representing the School of Hospitality. Even though they owned a hotel, the Tagliatela’s felt that their name belonged to an engineering program. Henry was able to work with them to turn what was originally a $2 million gift into what became a $5.25 million gift. This started the chain reaction of gathering other donors such as the Beckerman family and Wachovia Bank to help start rebuilding the campus.

During his hiatus from UNH, Henry has overcame some challenges and has learned some strategies to bring to his other workplaces and now UNH.

“The challenge for universities is how to continue to build on its assets and featured programs to maintain and sustain the competition advantage and higher education,” Henry said.
Henry lives by the following statement.

“The incredible importance for showcasing a university in relevant ways provide a value exchange between its students, stake holders, and partners and demonstrates high impact in its educational outcomes,” he said.

Henry has left a wonderful reputation in strategic fundraising, so when the news came out that Henry would be returning, one of the university’s prestigious donors jokingly said, “Don’t bring back Thad, I can’t afford it!”

An estimate of wealth accumulated from donations from all of our alumni is 15 billion dollars total.

Thad Henry officially began his duties on Jan. 9 of this year and will be officially moved into his new office in Maxcy Hall by the end of February.

Charger Bulletin Oscars Contest!

by The Charger Bulletin | February 17, 2015


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Make it Possible

by Samantha Mathewson | February 11, 2015

With the start of the spring semester, more could be seen around campus than mounds of snow. As a way of expressing thanks to the university’s many donors, the Office of Advancement has posted signs in Bartels and Bartels Student Activity Center.

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The cards that are posted showcase names of donors, which range from alumni, faculty and staff, to parents, friends and even businesses.

“The wall is twofold,” said Marya Neary, director of annual giving. “It is to acknowledge supporters [and] let them know how much their support is appreciated, and to educate current students about philanthropy at UNH and the importance it plays in their education.”

Director of Donor Stewardship, Paula Mortali, explained that the names posted in Bartels are those that have donated over the past year, beginning July 1st 2014, and the names posted in the BSAC are donors that made gifts after Jan. 9.

Overall the posters “help the campus become more aware of who supports the campus and its students,” said Mortali.

Donor thank you cards were first hung at this past homecoming in the alumni tent at North Campus and represented donations that were made since July 1. They were brought inside this semester to welcome students back and will be up until Feb. 12.

“Our donors really appreciate when their names are posted and when they hear directly from students,” said Neary.

On Feb. 25, a Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day Ice Cream Social & Thank A Donor Night will be held in the Student Dining Room in Bartels Hall from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Students are invited to come and write a thank you note to a supporter while enjoying free ice cream. This event is part of the third worldwide Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day.

“The goal of the event is to raise awareness about the impact of Philanthropy in our community. The program provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their gratitude to the individuals who helped shape their educational experience. Students are encouraged to come with their clubs and organizations, roommates and friends or simply stop by in passing after class,” said Neary. “The

Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day Ice Cream Social & Thank A Donor Night celebrates the UNH experience, the growth and transformation of the University and today’s students!”

Students might not be aware of the role they play in the campus community, but when students become alumni, they are forever family, and at UNH, the number of alumni supporters has increased nearly 50 percent over the last six years.

Neary explained that the increase in alumni support has a ripple effect, that when there is an increase in support, UNH’s ranking increases, which in turn increases the value of students’ degrees.

“When many universities are experiencing a decline in alumni participation, UNH alumni support is going up,” said Neary.

When donors give gifts to the university they have the opportunity to give back to what matters most to them or things that made a difference in their education. This means that, if they wish, they could give back to a specific athletic team, study abroad program, internships, research, college or major or experiential education.

Mortali and Neary explained that many of the donations made come from the university’s Phonathon, which is composed of approximately 30 UNH student callers, who call for ten weeks in the fall and ten weeks in the spring. This semester the Phonathon started Feb. 5 and runs until April 26. Students make calls Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 1:30 to 9 p.m.

“The Phonathon is an important engagement tool to connect with alumni,” said Neary. “Through the Phonathon, we are able to update contact information for our alumni, inform them about important news and events at UNH, let them know about alumni events and benefits and connect alumni with funding opportunities at UNH that are relevant to their UNH experience and life passions.”

Through the Phonathon 70 percent of UNH alumni supporters give back.

“The conversations our students have with our alumni are an invaluable communication tool,” said Neary. “What better way to connect alumni with UNH than through a conversation with a current student?”

Men’s Basketball welcome back event

by Alyssa MacKinnon | February 5, 2015

The University of New Haven’s Men’s Basketball team faced off against Southern New Hampshire University Thursday, Jan. 29.

Men’s Basketball welcome back event, Jan. 29 (Photo by Alyssa Mackinnon /Charger Bulletin Photo)

Men’s Basketball welcome back event, Jan. 29 (Photo by Alyssa Mackinnon /Charger Bulletin Photo)

Students like Jasmine Gonzalez, Vanessa Olmeda, and Melissa Williams crowded the stands to cheer on Jamal Mosley (#5) and wish him a happy 21st birthday. Jasmin Crowell, another student in the crowd said, “I enjoy watching live sports.”

Kristen Wexler, a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma, said she enjoys basketball and hasn’t been to a game in a while.

A few students said the free tee shirts were a good motivator to make the walk to North in the cold. Many of the students in attendance were there for their first game at the University, like Chase Knepper and Cheyenna Chesnut. Tyler Sirois came to the game to spend time with his friends outside the dorm environment.

A group of enthusiastic sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon and Sigma Alpha Epsilon men came out to show support for the athletic department. Elle Cantelmo, Olivia Burglund, and Kiley Pignataro of Delta Phi Epsilon came to show support for the basketball team, which doesn’t receive a lot of publicity on campus and to show that the Greeks don’t keep to themselves, as some may believe, but want to support all the student activities at UNH.

Sigma Chi came out in large numbers and rallied for each of the pep band songs keeping energy high and helping the cheerleaders by getting the crowd in the spirit.
Half time had the score at 18 to 22 and featured the UNH dance team in sleek black gold uniforms and the cheerleaders doing a series of jumps. One small fan escaped the stands and tried his hand at doing a little dance number on the floor until he was rescued by a parent.

The Greeks then had their turn on the court playing knockout against each other. Sigma Chi sent Matt Redding, Thomas Colby and Nick Dione to the floor. Chi Kappa Rho was represented by Stephanie Parrillo, Gina LaBabera and Jessica Paiva. Delta Phi Epsilon was represented by Megan Scutti and Jackie Henricks, followed by Sigma Alpha Epsilon, represented by Mark Guidetti and Anthony Mendes. Mark Guidetti took home the win, earning a free pizza for his skills.

“It was fun, a little nerve-wracking but fun,” said Guidetti.

The cheerleaders came out one last time to lead a crowd cheer as things looked tough for UNH but the game still concluded in a loss of 55 to 77.

More Tracks, More Options

by Elissa Sanci | January 28, 2015

The department opens more doors for incoming students, with the introduction of six new specialized major “tracks.”

The Department of Communication is primarily located in Maxcy Hall (Photo by Elissa Sanci/Charger Bulletin Photo)

The Department of Communication is primarily located in Maxcy Hall (Photo by Elissa Sanci/Charger Bulletin Photo)

The University of New Haven Communication, Film and Media Studies Department has added six new tracks to the pre-existing communication major.

Students are now able to take a specific track when entering the major; these tracks include Journalism, Public Relations, TV Video Production, Film Production, Digital Communication and Interpersonal Communication.

Previously, students were only able to take one of two paths within the communication major: Bachelor of Science, which took a TV and Film production path, and Bachelor of Arts, which focused more on the writing, journalism and public relations aspect of communication.

These new tracks tailor to the students’ interests in a way the old system didn’t; students are now required to take less mandatory credits, allowing them to develop a minor or a double major, which proved to be difficult in the past.

“For the past 40 years, we’ve only had two tracks,” said Dr. Steve Raucher, chair of the department. “That was good for while we were growing, but now we want to expand the program.”

UNH’s Communication Department focuses on experiential learning, and gives students a hands-on experience to help them develop their skills and passions. The department offers plenty of opportunities for its student to learn firsthand how to use radio, film and TV equipment, as well as the opportunity to practice their writing and public relations skills with outside professionals.

“We provide an education that’s crucial to an informed society,” Raucher said of the communication major.

Bryan Lane, a communication professor, said the UNH Communication Department has many qualities that set it apart from other universities. UNH’s program has faculty with past experiences in the field, has a focus on hands-on experience and has a student run radio station and film studio.


Make-A-Wish grants a rocking wish

by Samantha Mathewson | December 10, 2014

Adrian Laureano was granted his wish Dec. 7 to sing with Disney Channel stars Austin and Ally in L.A. Dec. 11. UNH students and many others gathered to celebrate with him and make him feel like a true rock star. 

Adrian Laureano singing alongside his mother, Jasmine Gonzalez, and his brother, Josue Alvarez  (Photo by Samantha Mathewson/Charger Bulletin photo)

Adrian Laureano singing alongside his mother, Jasmine Gonzalez, and his brother, Josue Alvarez
(Photo by Samantha Mathewson/Charger Bulletin photo)

Adrian Laureano got to be a “rock star” for a day, as he was granted his wish from Make-A-Wish on Dec. 7, at Karaoke Heroes in downtown New Haven.

Adrian, 5 years old, was granted his wish to sing a song with Austin and Ally, and will be traveling to Los Angeles on Dec. 11 to do just that.

“I’m excited,” said Adrian, whose favorite singers are Disney Channel stars, Austin, played by Ross Lynch, and Ally, played by Laura Marano, who star in their own TV show, Austin & Ally. Adrian started off his party by singing a Lynch original, “Better Than This.”

Family and friends gathered to celebrate the granting of his wish, along with students from the University of New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University, Glastonbury High School, sisters of Zeta Phi Beta and brothers of Iota Phi Beta. Everyone acted as Adrian’s paparazzi, cheering as he arrived, asking to take selfies with him and to sign autographs to make him feel like a true rock star.

Adrian was also accompanied by two UNH students, Matt Redding and Dylan Jones, who acted as his bodyguards during the party.

“We’re just very thankful for everyone who came out to support us. We didn’t expect it to be like this,” said Adrian’s mother, Jasmine Gonzalez. “It means a lot; it’s unexplainable and very touching.”
After his opening act, students and guests in the audience helped him sing along to songs including “Roar” and “Firework,” by Katy Perry, and taught Adrian how to do the Cupid Shuffle.

“Even though I only played a small role in making this adorable little boy’s wish come true, I felt honored,” said sophomore Jessica Bradt. “It was really nice to see a smile on his face as we all applauded and cheered for him as he walked in and sang for us.”

Adrian was diagnosed with moderate to persistence asthma, tracheomalacia and gerd at six months old. Due to his illnesses, he takes two inhalers at night, along with two medications, and has to use a ventilator for five to ten minutes before going to sleep.

“It’s hard. It’s all year long and worse during the winter and spring because of allergens,” said Gonzalez. “He gets croup cough, and that’s when I have to send him to the hospital to get steroids to open up his airway.”

Adrian Laureano got to rock out with family and friends (Photo by Samantha Mathewson/Charger Bulletin photo)

Adrian Laureano got to rock out with family and friends
(Photo by Samantha Mathewson/Charger Bulletin photo)

Shelissa Newball, assistant director of office of student activities at UNH, along with her fellow Wish Granter Jennifer Canebari, arranged Adrian’s party and wish.

“It is a very unique wish,” said Canebari, who said she had to look up who Austin and Ally were.

Adrian and his family will also spend a day at Universal Studios while in Los Angeles.

“It makes me cry sometimes to think that his wish is coming true, and it’s something his family will remember,” said Newball, who has been with Make-A-Wish for less than a year. This is the sixth wish she has granted.

Newball had to contact the venue and all the attendees when planning Adrian’s party.

“Karaoke Heroes donated the venue,” said Newball. “They were so generous in everything they did, and every student contacted jumped at the opportunity.”

“As soon as Shelissa contacted me I knew we would absolutely participate,” said Meghan Boudreau, general manager of Karaoke Heroes.

Karaoke Heroes also knew that Adrian was a Spiderman fan and gave him Siderman toys upon his arrival.

Along with the gift from Karaoke Heroes, Aetna health insurance gave a travel package and the Undergraduate Student Government Association of UNH awarded Adrian a proclamation for his unwavering courage.

“Today’s experience was awesome,” said Adrian’s father, Adaberto Rivera. “He’s [Adrian] very bright and smart, and loves singing and dancing. He always has lots of energy.”

Student solidarity

by Kaitlin Mahar | December 3, 2014

Students Show Support and Stand in Solidarity for Ferguson during a peaceful protest in the Maxcy Quad on Dec. 1. 

“Hands up! Don’t shoot!” These were the cries that refrained through Maxcy Quad as student protestors congregated to partake in a nationwide protest against the ruling of the Darren Wilson case Monday, Dec. 1.

Students partaking in a nationwide protest against the ruling of the Darren Wilson case   (Photo by Kaitlin Mahar/Charger Bulletin photo)

Students partaking in a nationwide protest against the ruling of the Darren Wilson case
(Photo by Kaitlin Mahar/Charger Bulletin photo)

On Monday, Nov. 24, Officer Darren Wilson was not indicted by a grand jury regarding the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 17, in Ferguson, Mo. The grand jury’s failure to find probable cause that a criminal act occurred on Aug. 9, 2014, the day Brown was shot, immediately sparked protests and demonstrations all over the world.

Brown’s family released a statement the next day, Tuesday, Nov. 25, addressing the protestors: “We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.”

Inspired by the Brown’s press release, Scott X. Esdaile, the President of the Connecticut NAACP, advocated for peaceful protests in Brown’s honor, and University of New Haven students, led by senior Ronald Pierce, UNH’s NAACP president, took part in the national protest.

“I got information today about a campus walkout for you to lead your class out at 1:01 p.m., the time Mike Brown was killed, to show solidarity and protest and show that this was not okay,” said Pierce, 21. “I didn’t initially know about it—I just heard and quickly got something together.”

Despite the short notice, Pierce’s protest had over thirty participants, who met in the middle of Maxcy Quad with their hands up, as Pierce simultaneously fielded questions from the media and led the protest. While the participants’ specific reasons for protesting differed, they all could agree on one thing: Mike Brown would not be forgotten.

“We, the vocal underprivileged group, wanted to ban together in order to promote justice for all lives affected by gun violence and police brutality,” said senior Antoinette Gardner.

Social media played a big role in the protest too, as protestors got the word out about the demonstration through Facebook, Twitter, and email, and many wanted to combat the online negativity encircling the Ferguson controversy.

“When you see all the ignorant comments posted on social media, it genuinely makes me proud to stand out here and fight for what I believe,” said Es-pranza Humphrey, Assistant Secretary of UNH’s NAACP.

Tyjee Williams, Vice President of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, agreed. “Everyday, you see different videos on social media about police doing their jobs wrong. It upsets everyone that nothing is being done about this subject,” Williams said. “There will not be any peace until something is done.”

While some student protestors, such as Bridget Koestner, a junior, did not have a direct connection to the protest through their respective clubs and organizations, many came out just to show their support.

“I’m here as an ally,” said Koestner, 20. “I think that our generation needs to be the change, and I’m here to be a part of that.”

For more information or to show your support, feel free to follow the trending topic #HandsUpDontShoot on social media.

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