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"Stand Up Stand Out" on the Quarter Mile

Alissa Anderson on Tuesday, 13 January 2009. Posted in Clubs, Life After RIT, Student Life, Women at RIT

One of the best parts about living on campus is being witness to all the events that come to campus.  My favorite campus events are always the ones created by student organization, because more often then not, the students create crazy shenanigans to raise awareness for their cause. 

The most popular place to hear about is by walking the Quarter Mile.  The QM is difficult to miss if you are living in the dorms because it is the only way to go from the resident halls to the academic side of campus.  Therefore, organizations take advantage of the space and set up fundraisers along the Mile to create awareness. The walk way is constantly covered in flyers and signs shouting-out to upcoming events on campus. 

Greek organizations are notorious for holding events around the Quarter Mile.  During fall quarter Zeta Tau Alpha and Phi Kappa Psi sponsored Mud Tug: a campus wide tug-of-war tournament that raised over four thousand dollars for Zeta's foundations.  Shortly after, the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity mounted a forty-foot utility pole to raise over $1300 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation during their 11th annual “pole sit”.  During the same time, the brothers of Alpha Epsilon Pi and the sisters of Alpha Sigma Alpha took over the breezeway on the QM to raise money of the Special Olympics. The houses built a giant teeter-totter to attract attention and raised over $1600 towards their cause.

This week signs have dominated the QM advertising Zeta Tau Alpha’s new Stand Up Stand Out campaign.  The weeklong event is created to inspire the women of the campus to beak the bars and stand out on campus and in life.  The campaign began on Monday, Heart Healthy day.  The sisters hosted a table in the SAU and gave out information on smoking and healthy living, and concluded the day with a cardio class at 6 p.m. and spinning at 9 p.m.  I attended the spinning class – which was out of control – the room was packed with the women of the campus who all came out to support healthy lifestyles and took a beating on the bikes while we attempted to bike our way into next week.  

Stand Up Stand Out continues for the rest of the week:

Tuesday: Alcohol Awareness @ 6 p.m in Gleason A055

Wednesday: Self Defense in the SAU between 10 and 2

Thursday: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Opposite Sex – a workshop by Dr. Lori Heart Ebert about communication between men and women, gender stereotypes, and overcoming challenges to create healthy relationships.