As my senior year winds down, I have been making an effort to be spontaneous and try new things. I have generally had a “why not” attitude with events happening on campus. Last week I got an email asking if I wanted to be a part of a peace mob. And I thought why not?
The email said the inspiration for the peace mob was a flash mob. I have ALWAYS wanted to be part of a flash mob. A flash mob is when a group of people plan a choreographed dance. Then, they meet up at the same place and pretend like they are meant to be there. All of sudden they start music and break out into the choreographed dance. How fun does that sound? So when I saw the email I got really excited.
On Wednesday, a group of more than 100 students gathered and formed a big peace sign on the University Green. Photo Services took pictures from the Bell Tower and it was even filmed from the Bell Tower. Then, they played music and we moved to a different part of the peace sign. Lastly, the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, who organized the event, gave a speech to end the peace mob. Afterward, there was also a peace fair.
The woman who gave the speech talked about how the Center has tried to organize an event every April. A couple of years ago, I participated in Paint 4 Peace, which was a fabulous event. Several violent acts have happened in April, such as Columbine. The speaker said that we should each promote peace and nonviolence in our lives and that together we can accomplish amazing things, such as forming a giant peace sign.
The weather was beautiful and I even got a button that said “BSU 4 Peace.” It is wonderful to be a part of a university who supports peace and organizes fun events to promote peace. Below is a picture of the peace sign, which was taken from the Bell Tower. If you have questions or want to share an interesting way that you promoted peace, please comment. I have also included a link to the Daily News story below.
Find the Daily News story here