Day without hate a success

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Apr 182010
 
Authors: Joe E. Goings

In the eyes of undeclared freshman Beau Loendorf, there was a little less hate at CSU Friday.

Though much of the student body was already sporting the green and gold in celebration of “I Love CSU day,” hundreds converged on the Lory Student Center’s West Lawn wearing white to show their support for CSU’s first ever “Day Without Hate.”

“Even with all of the other events going on, lots of people still chose to wear white and attend the night events,” said Loendorf, who brought “Day Without Hate” to CSU. “It blew me away. For me, it was a success.”

The “Day Without Hate” event first took place at Westminster’s Standley Lake High School in 2007.

For those who weren’t dressed for the occasion, organizers gave out free “Day Without Hate” T-shirts. The group’s 200 shirts were snatched up in half an hour.

CSU’s a cappella group, Resonant RAMblings, performed their versions of pop songs on the lawn Friday evening.

They were followed by David Cullen, the author of “Columbine,” a book about the Columbine shootings in 1999. Cullen took the stage with members of Rachel’s Challenge, a group founded in the memory of Rachel Scott, the first student killed in the Columbine shooting.

“There were people in tears,” Loendorf said. “People felt like the speakers really impacted them.”

Though cold weather kept many students from showing off their white T-shirts, hundreds signed a cloth emblazoned with a peace sign.

“I feel really happy with the way it came together,” said sophomore restaurant and resort management major Alice Kirkman, who helped with the event. “Everyone put in a lot of work, and it was really fulfilling, especially working with the elementary schools. I wish we had a little better turnout Friday night, but the presentations were really inspiring and meaningful to everyone who was there.”

The student organization of the same name is looking to do the event next year.

“It’s something I’m very passionate about,” Loendorf said. “‘Day without Hate’ isn’t just limited to certain students. Anyone can take part in it. For us and CSU to be role models to students in the community is something I can’t really put into words. This was a great stepping stone, not just at CSU, but in Fort Collins as well.”

Staff writer Joe E. Goings can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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