Students “knock out” sexual assault

Analicia Haynes, Administration Editor

Students will compete in a dodgeball tournament to raise awareness for sexual assault 6 p.m. Thursday in the McAfee North Gym.

The tournament, hosted by the student government, is an event supporting the “It’s On Us” campaign.

According to an email from student body president, Shirmeen Ahmad, the aim of the campaign is to create sexual assault and violence awareness and create a positive culture change.

Ahmad said the idea came from the on campus “It’s On Us” committee.

Students will have the opportunity to sign an “It’s On Us” pledge and talk about the campaign before the tournament begins, Ahmad said.

Ahmad said there will be activities for the teams that are not playing such as sexual assault trivia.

“It will educate the people who come out,” Ahmad said. “People showing up will prove that we all want to participate (the campaign).”

The tournament will be based off a bracket system and the team with the most members left wins gift card to the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union bookstore.

Ahmad said there are four teams signed up for sure but people can also show up last minute and either join a team or create one.

“I think we will have a good turnout,” Ahmad said.

Ahmad said students and organizations will also have the opportunity to earn points for attending “It’s On Us” events throughout the semester.

Prizes will be given to the organizations and individuals who accumulate the most points by the end of the semester.
“This tournament is meant to be a fun way to start dealing with this issue on campus,” Ahmad said. “The amount of people wanting to come out shows the potential we have in bringing culture change to campus.”

 

Analicia Haynes can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]