BY Maura Olek (’17)
All this week, the Comm Arts Department’s Comm 320: Communications Ethics and Law class is hosting Freedom Week.
The week celebrates and demonstrates First Amendment freedoms. It is open to the campus community and the general public. The event concludes Friday, December 2.
Today’s event, being held in the Learning Commons, features a photographic timeline of the last half-century on the Right To Assemble and will include a student-led talk at 1 p.m.
Tomorrow’s gathering will feature local and campus journalists discussing the state of Freedom of the Press. It will be held at 7 p.m. in the Comerford Theatre. Capping off the week on Friday will be a presentation of a petition to administrators for improved WiFi on campus. The 12:30 p.m. event in the Learning Commons Cafe will highlight the Right To Petition.
The week kicked off on Monday with a Free Speech Wall in the Learning Commons, where everyone was encouraged to write messages expressing their right to free speech. Yesterday’s gathering on Freedom of Religion featured a panel of experts who addressed the state of religious freedom in our country today.
I think this event is going to be great for not only students on campus, but also for the members of the public. We all know how important it is for us to have these rights, but we sometimes take them for granted.
Especially with the recent election, it is crucial for college students to familiarize themselves with their rights and be involved, because we are the next generation of thinkers and leaders. I think it is also great that these events are open to the public so everyone can see that we are learning about these freedoms. I know a lot of times throughout this election, I heard a lot of adults comment on how students were not educated on these matters or were not involving themselves. This will be a positive thing for the community to see that we do care.
If you see one of these events on campus this week, exercise your freedoms and get involved!
Maura is a senior advertising and public relations major. She is the social media editor for The Wood Word and Her Campus Marywood. She is on the social media team for Marywood PRSSA and AAF. Maura loves dogs, traveling and coffee.