For the Cumberland Times-News
FROSTBURG — Frostburg State University will participate in Enough Is Enough, the national campaign to end campus violence, from March 25 through April 5. Each day will have a different theme. Events, workshops and information will be offered throughout. All events are free and open to the public.
On April 4, anti-racism author and activist Tim Wise will lead the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Harmony Walk, the highlight of the Enough Is Enough campaign.
The walk starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Wall Fountain in the lower lobby of the Lane University Center. Then, at 7:30 p.m., Wise will speak in the Pealer Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Wise has spoken before at FSU and on more than 500 college campuses about combating racism. His published works include “Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority,” “White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son” and “Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama.”
The next session in the Sustaining Campus and Community Dialogue Series will be March 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the Lyric Theater at 20 E. Main St. in Frostburg. It will feature guest speakers from the Frostburg faith community, Pastor Everett Spence from God’s Ark of Safety; the Rev. Tim Smith, senior pastor of the Frostburg Church of the Nazarene; and Ken Fisher, president of Neighborhood Friends Care, an ecumenical network of care based at the Frostburg Presbyterian Church.
Each day, an information table will be hosted in the Lane University Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 25 is kick-off day. Black and white ribbons along with Enough Is Enough explanation cards will be handed out.
March 26 is Take the Pledge day, when members of the campus community can sign a pledge to take a stand against violence. On March 27, students from the V-Day committee will host the table to provide information about violence against women. On March 28, for Be the 1 day, participants can create visual displays with an anti-violence and/or unity message.
On April 1, the information table will host a Random Acts of Kindness postcard display from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This initiative builds a sense of campus community and unity by allowing students and community members to share positivity through postcards. On April 2, the table will host These Hands Don’t Hurt, in which students, faculty and staff can leave their handprints as a visible pledge to their commitment to being peaceful members of the campus community and the world.
A series of brown bag lunches will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Lane Center room 111. The first one is on March 26, and it will begin with an interactive presentation of (No More) Violence in My Life by Robin Wynder and the National Coalition Building Institute team. The next is on April 2. The BTGlass video “It Gets Better” will be shown.
The Delta Zeta Sorority will present its Womanless Pageant in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall of the Lane University Center at 7 p.m. on March 25. The pageant will feature men dressed as women. The purpose is for men to understand what women go through to get ready, what it is like to wear heels and how beauty pageants can objectify women.
Delta Zeta is raising awareness of violence against women as a challenge at FSU and elsewhere and within the Greek community overall. It is committed to increasing awareness about this issue by providing information concerning violence through a fun, interactive format. Proceeds from the event will go toward Delta Zeta philanthropic efforts and to an organization that works to end violence against women.
For more information, contact the Diversity Center at 301-687-4050.