TUnity Plans Busy Semester
February 6, 2009 Leave a comment
by Erica Mundell
While TUnity has only been an official group on Transylvania’s campus for less than six months, they have quickly become a visible force on campus.
“We’re a very reactive group,” said co-leader Patrick Davis. “Because Transy is such a liberal campus, there isn’t a lot of open animosity, with a few exceptions. Getting equality on campus is not exactly the best goal. We feel promoting awareness is a better end.”
TUnity has been sponsoring and co-sponsoring many events on campus. They have started a movie series, which included the film “But I’m a Cheerleader.” The next showing will be “For the Bible Tells Me So.” This film will be co-sponsored by Transylvania Catholic Organization, the Episcopal group, and Disciples of Christ.
The group will also be co-sponsoring the drag show with Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova. This will be part of Drs. Todorova and Gohde’s study of drag culture, which is funded by a grant from the university. It will take place March 25 at 10 p.m. in Carrick Theater.
TUnity will be taking a group to the weekend event of Come Together Kentucky. It takes place every year and, groups like TUnity from colleges all over state attend. There are dialogues between the groups, keynote speakers and a “gender bash prom.” This year it is hosted by Eastern Kentucky University and TUnity has been invited to co-host. Transy will be eligible to host next year. The dates for this year are April 24-26.There is a $10 registration fee for each person.
Vice-Mayor of Lexington Jim Gray was scheduled to come and speak on Jan. 22, but the ice storm caused the cancellation of the event. He is very eager to re-schedule.
Members and supporters of TUnity also participated in the Protest of Propostion 8. “We felt the day went well. It was successful though in that no one got arrested,” said Davis.
At the Re-Involvement Fair, the group passed around a petition to be sent to President Obama to encourage him to begin working on Human Rights Campaign “Blueprint for Change.” This is a list of feasible goals and tasks for the president to achieve and help change the U.S. into a more tolerant country and one with more equality. Some of these goals include repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and passing the Matthew Shepard Act, which involves hate crimes and partner benefits.
“We have a lot of support from the other campus organizations and the student body. We’re very happy to have it,” said Davis.
Ellen Cox is the official adviser for TUnity. Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. in Thomson Conference Center.