Standing Up and Speaking Out Together
Blogger: Katherine Kim
As my first semester of college at Oxy comes to a close, I cannot help but to reflect on all that has transpired in the last four months. In the last four months I have moved to live in a new place, become a college athlete, met new people, taken challenging classes, completed my first semester of college, and raced against time to spend enough meal plan money before the semester was over to make it under the allowed rollover amount. While these are all things I am proud of, what I have really grown to admire is the Occidental College student body.
Most of you may be aware that Oxy students held a protest to support diversity on campus. It started as a stand in solidarity with students at Mizzou, but it grew into something much more. Occidental College students decided to take a stand for diversity and had a weeklong protest occupying the Arthur G. Coons Administrative building. It was packed from top to bottom with students, some camped outside in tents, others in the offices that line the bottom floor of the building. It was somewhat intimidating to me, seeing all these people gathered against the president of the college, posting demands on every wall imaginable in hallways of dorms, even surrounding the alumni house as President Veitch was leaving a meeting one evening. But, students involved in the protest made it a point to be open to students who were not as involved, inviting others to seek out the AGC as a place to learn more about the injustices they were fighting for.
I never thought that I would go to a school where a protest like this would happen, let alone did I think that the protest would be carried out the way that it was. Students were able to express their views and organize a protest while remaining respectful. Being able to express yourself is one of the things that I admire about the students at Oxy. Gathering together and carrying out this walkout and sit-in just shows how strong the community amongst students is and how it is such a large part of what makes Occidental unique.