Transy Men Strap On Heels For A Good Cause

by Jake Hawkins
Staff

A hoard of men in heels is an unusual sight on most college campuses, let alone one parading in front of the columns of Old Morrison at Transylvania. However, thanks to efforts by Transylvania’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Resource Peer Educators (SHARPE), over 30 male Transy students strutted their stuff Saturday morning to raise awareness for violence against women.

The event, called “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” was sponsored by SHARPE to raise funds for the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center. Participants were asked to walk two laps around the academic side of campus in high heels. Everyone was then treated to food donated by Raising Canes and cookies donated by Transy first-year Nika Larian.

Transy senior and SHARPE member Dalton Main, one of the chief organizers for the event, said that SHARPE borrowed 50 pairs of high heels from a local Goodwill and had approximately 40 more pairs donated. After the event, all pairs were sent back to Goodwill.

Monetary proceeds from the event’s sponsors totaled exactly $700, which went to the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center.

“We were very excited about how the event turned out,” Main said. “We were happy to have the number of people we got, we were extremely happy with the amount of donations, and overall everyone had a great time doing it.”

Hinting at the start of a new Transy tradition, Main said, “We just hope that the success of this year’s event will carry over into next year and that in the future it will become an even greater success.”

One of the event participants, sophomore Gray Gideon, said, “I think it was really fun. We had a big showing of people out there. It really showed our support for the rape crisis center.”

“I’m not ashamed to say that I was the only guy that brought (his) own heels,” he added.

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