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 â€œI Love CSU day,â€ hundreds converged on the Lory Student Centerâ€™s West Lawn wearing white to show their support for CSUâ€™s first ever â€œDay Without Hate.â€
â€œEven with all of the other events going on, lots of people still chose to wear white and attend the night events,â€ said Loendorf, who brought â€œDay Without Hateâ€ to CSU. â€œIt blew me away. For me, it was a success.â€
The â€œDay Without Hateâ€ event first took place at Westminsterâ€™s Standley Lake High School in 2007.
For those who werenâ€™t dressed for the occasion, organizers gave out free â€œDay Without Hateâ€ T-shirts. The groupâ€™s 200 shirts were snatched up in half an hour.
CSUâ€™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 â€œColumbine,â€ a book about the Columbine shootings in 1999. Cullen took the stage with members of Rachelâ€™s Challenge, a group founded in the memory of Rachel Scott, the first student killed in the Columbine shooting.
â€œThere were people in tears,â€ Loendorf said. â€œPeople felt like the speakers really impacted them.â€
Though cold weather kept many students from showing off their white T-shirts, hundreds signed a cloth emblazoned with a peace sign.
â€œI feel really happy with the way it came together,â€ said sophomore restaurant and resort management major Alice Kirkman, who helped with the event. â€œEveryone 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.â€
The student organization of the same name is looking to do the event next year.
â€œItâ€™s something Iâ€™m very passionate about,â€ Loendorf said. â€œâ€˜Day without Hateâ€™ isnâ€™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 canâ€™t really put into words. This was a great stepping stone, not just at CSU, but in Fort Collins as well.â€
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