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Solidarity Walk packs the Quad

The Interfraternity Council and Greek Life at Illinois State University came together Wednesday night to enact peace, diversity and positive change for campus organizations

(Nick Thompson / Photographer) Students gathered on the Quad Wednesday to protest against discrimination on campus.

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Students gathered on the Quad Wednesday to protest against discrimination on campus.

Wednesday night, Illinois State University’s Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter hosted a protest to unite its campus against discrimination.

Hundreds of students and several administrators met on Milner Plaza to rally in support of the “Not On Our Campus” event.

Students and organizations were asked to come to the event wearing their organization names and Greek letters for support.

“We are all leaders here at Illinois State University and as leaders we will not tolerate any racist, discriminatory behavior or traditions on our campus,” President of Interfraternity Council Joe Laskey said. “We take pride in who we are, where we come from and what we represent.”

Before the protest began, Laskey gave a speech to the group which called for support of not only African Americans but of all people and other minority groups including the LGBTQ community.

“We need to not only come together as fraternities and sororities, but unite as registered student organizations to be proactive about this here at ISU and to set the example to campuses everywhere,” Laskey said to the crowd.

After the protest, a group of African American students, IFC members and members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon engaged in a group discussion on the Milner Plaza overpass on taking the next steps in creating a more inclusive campus.

(Photo submitted by Rick Lewis) After, concerned students discussed how to make ISU more diversified

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After, concerned students discussed how to make ISU more diversified

Students expressed their concerns and personal experiences with previous attempts to improve race relations. They have made plans with SAE and IFC to follow through with their promises to see this change come to pass.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time to plant a tree is right now,” Vice President of IFC Taylor Kean said.

According to Laskey, fraternity and sorority life will be going on a retreat this weekend with 83 students to discuss the values and traditions that exist on ISU’s campus.

“Following this, we would like to start a committee of people that will get together and give a layout on the path to take to change the traditions that might be taking place in an organization,” Laskey said.

The event was publicized using the hashtags on social networks #notonourcampus and #notonanycampus.

The event received massive support from several organizations including Fraternity and Sorority Life, University Program Board, College Panhellenic Council, Multicultural Greek Council, Alpha Kappa Psi, Associate of Latin American Students, Black and Latino Male Movement, UNICEF, Not In Our Town, Students Today Leaders Forever, The Unite Organization and Student Government Association.

IFC hopes to continue this conversation and host this event annually.

May the odds be ever in your favor

After four months of preparation, this weekend the Illinois State University’s University Program Board will be hosting a Hunger Games filled weekend in the Bone Student Center.

Starting Friday UPB will open up with Double Feature Friday, where they will be showing “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” at 6 p.m. and “Mockingjay: Part 1” at 8:45 p.m. in Braden Auditorium.

All participants are encouraged to bring a canned food item for free admission. Those without a canned food will be charged $1.

Following Double Feature Friday will be The District Games held at 6 p.m. on Saturday in the Brown Ballroom and the Old Main room.

The main event of The District Games will be archery. Students will be put into teams and battle it out for the title of champion as they attempt to hit tributes placed down the middle and sides of the area.

In addition to archery, other activities including trivia, hair braiding and raffles will be available.

“It’s going to be a really good weekend… people that are really big Hunger Games fans will have the opportunity to act like Katniss,” UPB Social Recreation Chair, Erin Chaput, said.

All donations received throughout the weekend will be given to non-profit organization Home Sweet Home Ministries.

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