‘Love Trumps Hate’ walk moves across Boro campus

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at 4:07 PM
‘Love Trumps Hate’ walk moves across Boro campus by Jenna Giordano

The recent election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States has sparked both dedication and outrage among political parties. Many have used this opportunity to take a stand for what, or who, they believe in.

A group of Edinboro University students stood in front of the Pogue Student Center on Jan. 25 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a “Love Trumps Hate” stand, in solidarity in regards to the recent election.

One student who wished to remain anonymous believes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act could affect many individuals she knows personally. She says her strong belief in feminism and the recent election have played a part in her becoming more vocal about it. She is hoping that her standing will bring more awareness to the impact this has on people in our country and that it will bring about more voices, as well as a sense of solidarity.

Education major Virginia Olds believes that Betsy DeVos as secretary of education is a step in the wrong direction for the academic future of the country. She believes that since DeVos has never been to public school and has not gone through the FAFSA process, she is unable to understand the minds of students.

Olds said: “I didn’t vote for Trump. I did my part in our democracy, and I’m still trying to do my part in our democracy by speaking up and showing our new administration that their job is to be for the people.”

Matthew Muschick has been an activist since very early in his life and has been to a handful of protests. He just recently went to the protest in Washington D.C. after the inauguration and was apart of the Women’s March.

One of his main reasons for taking a stand is he feels that many groups of individuals in our country need to be represented in the correct way. Muschick believes that his time in Washington gave him a bleaker understanding of why people were actually there. He feels many were only marching to take a selfie wearing a pink hat and may have missed the message completely.

In regards to what he wants people to take away from this, he said: “I think a lot of people tend to think it is better to stand in the background and stay silent, especially in small towns. They may see it and they realize it is happening, but you have to make it bigger, expose people to it.”

Torie Witherow believes she was raised and inspired by strong women in her life. Seeing the struggles her grandmother went through as a woman of color, as well as an immigrant, always gave her insight as to how severe the struggles in our country have been.

They would not give her grandmother proper health care, jobs or opportunities, according to Witherow. Although, amongst all of these trials, Witherow says every night her grandmother would tell her she is thankful to be in America.

Her grandmother passed away around the time President Trump announced his candidacy. Witherow realized as he rose through the election and the outcome came closer that she did not want her grandmother, as well as others who have struggles, to have fought for nothing.

She did not want the America they strove for to be destroyed. She hopes that everyone can have the strength to stand up for what they believe in.

Jenna Giordano can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com. 

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