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Appalachian State University stands with Emma. If you don’t know who Emma is, you should get educated here

We, the (un)official App State Feminist Student Union took part in #CarryThatWeight on campus to raise awareness of not only Emma’s story, but to show support for people on our campus who are victims of sexual assault! 

Thanks to everyone who participated in this successful event to raise awareness on our campus! A lot of people may not have stopped but we definitely caught a lot of attention (I saw those side eyes, people)!!! Good job to all!

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This is the 1st Annual Appalachian Hunger Games. Tributes were required to donate 5 cans in order to be entered into the Reaping. The more cans you donated, the more times your name went in. Each tribute was equipped with a flag football belt, balloon, and white shirt. In order to “die” a tribute’s balloon must be popped, belt ripped off, and shirt marked on with a marker. The cornucopia was littered with markers, shields, water, snacks, and lots of other surprises. After the initial bloodbath, several tributes decided to hide in the crowd, so we had Gamemakers run after them with markers in order to force them back into the fray. At the end of the Games, when there were only two competitors left, we announced that all dead tributes had been genetically modified into muttations. All the dead tributes rushed the field and the crowd went crazy. The muttations made quick work of the remaining tributes, so we decided to name them both winners of the 1st Annual Hunger Games. We filled an entire van with cans of food for Hospitality House and it was actually the greatest thing ever. I CAN’T WAIT TO DO THIS AGAIN NEXT YEAR!!!

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The (un)official App State Feminist Union also took part in a silent demonstration that was held in Roess Dining Hall. The signs covered everything from race issues on our campus to gender issues. This protest was for anyone who is the “other” at App State, hence why the hashtag is #OtherAppState. The purpose of the demonstration was to catch the attention of our school administration to show them we are tired of false claims. Every year they say they are working to increase diversity but if you look at the statistics from the past 15 years, the numbers are saying something different! 

Good Job to the Minority Mens Group and ROCA (RAs of Color and Allies) for putting this protest together and thank you to those from the feminist student union for joining in!

Our voices need to be heard!

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I need to write out some thoughts about my school while I have this break.

I attend a predominantly white university. Minorities make up 12% of our student body. That’s total, as in every non-white student. Twelve percent.

This is my fourth semester on this campus, and I’ve had conversations here and there which have given me some insight into how minorities on our campus feel, but I didn’t realize how bad it really is here until this year.

Predictably, the events in Ferguson sparked incredibly racist speech on our Yik Yak and all over campus. There was a protest here, eventually, and that was still more negatively received than I could have ever believed.

Last night I went to a screening of Dear White People, which was followed by a panel discussion about racism on our campus. A very large chunk of the audience who came for the film left before the panel.

Here are the things that stood out to me the most:

When minorities in the theater were asked if they had ever feared for their physical safety on this campus, everyone raised their hand.

When asked if they would recommend this school to their families and friends, only one person said they would.

A large majority stated that if they could go back in time and choose a different school, they would.

Several people shared stories of being singled out in class not only by their peers, but by their teachers as well. Things go on at this school every day that I had no knowledge of because it doesn’t happen to me.

This university has a lot of work to do to educate its majority - faculty and students alike.

I’m glad there is currently a queer people of color panel in the early stages of being set up, but just like last night’s panel, and the panels on sexual assault last week… The people who attend these events are the people who already know there is an issue. The people who refuse to believe there is racism, misogyny, or anything less than total acceptance here are the people who are not attending these events.

The stories I hear and the bias I witness more and more as I open my eyes to it is saddening and unacceptable. People don’t listen, and people don’t learn. They refuse.

I am going to App State this coming Fall and I would really like to meet some people over the internet first so I can at least have some people to go to when I get there.
I have a few friends who go there though!
But still….
Like this is you go to Appalachian Stateeeee