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As you probably already know, October is breast cancer awareness month. In support of that, Fontbonne Griffin Gang (the group that works to promote school spirit) hosted a Big Pink Volleyball tournament. This took place after the women’s volleyball team played against Westminster. All the players wore pink jerseys. Also, pink t-shirts, balloons, and even cupcakes were being passed out to the crowd. I loved looking at a sea of pink.

The recreational tournament was unlike traditional volleyball games. We used a giant, and I mean giant, inflatable pink ball. It was actually a lot harder than it looked to lift that monstrous thing over the net. It was fun though; definitely not something anybody can say they play on a daily basis (or even have at all). The team that I played on was #ODKAlltheWay. This was a group of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Leadership Society members. We did not win the tournament, but we all enjoyed ourselves and supported a worthy cause and event. As cliché as it may sound, that is all that truly matters.

Speaking of ODK and a worthy cause, ODK sponsored a campaign the morning after Big Pink Volleyball. The campaign is called It Can Wait, which encourages people to not text while they are driving. Tables were set up in the library, cafeteria, and DSAC so that people could learn more about the dangers of this habit and the statistics. Then, they were able to sign and pledge and receive a car decal as a reminder. Not to brag or anything, but I’m proud that Fontbonne is affiliated with so many great causes and organizations. And, I am proud that I can say that I’m a part of them.




by Deanna on March 9, 2012

in Our Causes

Just a couple of nights ago, I got home late at night from work and I did my usual routine of checking my Twitter and then my Facebook. Repeatedly on Twitter I saw the hashtag #KONY2012. Naturally at first I assumed it was a new political leader in the running for the election this year… I don’t quite pay as much attention as I should, so it didn’t surprise me that I had no clue who it was. But with each tweet, there was a video link along with it. Because I was looking at Twitter via my phone, I couldn’t put headphones in and my roommate was trying to sleep, so I really didn’t want to wake her. I decided it could wait until the morning. After Twitter I moseyed on over to Facebook, and again saw the video linked on many people’s pages. It was everywhere, and seemed to literally be happening within that hour, because when I asked my friends about it they had not heard of it either. I saw a few pictures on Facebook as well.

KONY2012 is not a Presidential candidate. KONY2012 is a movement. A peace movement.

Over in Africa there is a man who is abducting children and forcing the boys to become his soldiers and girls to become sex slaves. That man is Joseph Kony. There is a lot more to this story, and it would make this a very long blog post… So I too will tell everyone to go to YouTube and type in Kony 2012, and please watch it!

It is 30 minutes long, and I understand that is a fairly large amount of time. But it is worth it! Everyone needs to know about this, and everyone must make Joseph Kony famous.

Tonight, over 80 people were gathered in the DSAC Cafe to watch this video and hear from a survivor of Kony’s war in Uganda, and also members of the Invisible Children. It was great to see such a large crowd, and proved that our generation is not as self-centered as the media sometimes portrays us.

Please, just watch the video and see what you can do to help others.

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