Friday Craftivism in University of Idaho.

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Picture Courtesy: WC Facebook Page

By Samragyee Gautam.

Have you all heard about Friday Crafternoon organized by Women Center (WC) every Friday on campus at UofI? During one of my Friday visits to the WC, I witnessed a bunch of students and some staff hanging out in the lounge area engaging in various crafts and painting activities. With some research I came to know about this unique weekly event, which is an amazing opportunity for all the students as well as faculty and staff on campus to meet new people as well as to learn and explore about art.

Iris Alatorre who is the office manager at WC, often leads these crafternoons. According to her, this program started last January with a goal to offer students some weekly space to hang out in the Women Center and help them get to know the staff as well as the services provided by the office. Because of the Women’s Center’s current location, the ground floor of Memorial Gym, not a lot of students are aware of this specific program or resource provided on campus to help and promote women equality. One of the services the Women’s Center provides is this free crafting activity every week. Anyone is welcome to come and do some crafting or just spend some time with friends every Friday anytime between 12pm to 2pm with the exception of Finals week. Continue reading “Friday Craftivism in University of Idaho.”

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A Domestic Violence Survivor

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Picture Courtesy: Takomavoice Website

By Samragyee Gautam.

“That day I came back home only to get an energy drink poured down my face and being flicked in the head all the way to the back of the bathroom and he wouldn’t stop hitting me so I had to push him back and clawed his face because I had had enough of it.” Some of us know what I am going to talk about. Because recent data shows that on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. So most of us must have encountered a story of domestic violence or unfortunately may have been a victim once in their life time.

Domestic violence is defined by the US Department of Justice, as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone. Britne Worl is a survivor of emotional and physical domestic violence who is vocal about her story to raise awareness. Continue reading “A Domestic Violence Survivor”

A Hero in Her Own Words

A portrait of Margaret Witt in her air force uniform.
A hero for the LGBTQIA+ community is coming to the UI campus this week.

By Rachel (Rosemary) Anderson

America has seen firsthand the creation of discriminatory policies in its history, but it has also seen these policies be overturned in favor of equality. To this day, people are working hard to have their voice heard and represented in American society. But it takes a special person to destroy a prejudiced institution, armed with nothing but their own bravery.

Luckily for UI students, we have the opportunity to meet and hear from one of these special people: Major Margaret Witt – an activist, an author, a wife, and a woman who made way for LGBTQIA+ people to serve openly in the military.

Maj.  Witt had an exemplary career with the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves until she was discharged in 2007 under the policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The policy prohibited known gays and lesbians from serving in the U.S. military and expulsed more than 13,000 gay servicemen and women already enlisted.

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WHAT YOUR PARENTS DID NOT TELL YOU!

 

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Picture Courtesy: Facebook page of the event posted by Women Center’s 

By Samragyee Gautam.

In the light of how important sex education is, especially for women, the Women’s Center at The University of Idaho has been organizing various events related to this topic. Lo Que tus Padres No te Dijeron, translated as What Your Parents Didn’t Tell You, is one of the programs co-hosted by the Women Center(WC), the Office of Multicultural Affairs(OMA) and Campus Assistance Migrant Program(CAMP) for students; especially Latinx Students as Latin Heritage Month is celebrated at the UofI from Sep 15 to Oct 15. Previously, WC used to organize a somewhat similar sex-ed event or forum called “GOT-SEX?” that focused on topics of sexual health, birth control, social pressures, and sexual practices. However, it was not focused to a specific student group.

According to Bekah Miller MacPhee; the OVW Project Director, who is coordinating this program, WC, OMA and CAMP came up with the idea as a group. Various surveys and focus groups were held in the spring of 2014 related to sexual education among women of color who also had different cultural backgrounds. This resulted in the fact that Latinx students were under served, both men and women. That’s how it got started three years ago; however, this is the first time this event is called/named in this particular way. Continue reading “WHAT YOUR PARENTS DID NOT TELL YOU!”

“I am Alive”

Strong young woman, flexing her muscles on a balcony overlooking a serene landscape.
Alison Stevens flexing her muscles proudly.

By Lindsey Heflin

“I’m not good enough, yet.”  These were the words churning inside Alison Stevens’s mind as she gazed upon her reflection over two years ago. This is what Stevens thought of herself, despite her being the Salutatorian, the Distinguished Young Woman, and President of her class. She was well-rounded and academically successful, and yet she was disgusted with what she saw in the mirror.

“I never really liked my body. I thought I had baby flab and that it would plague me forever, for the rest of my days. I thought I was weak, sensitive, annoying, and overwhelming. I thought I looked young and soft. I thought I had all the curves in all the wrong places.”

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An Officer of Air and Water: CAPT McAndrew’s Story

CAPT McAndrew posing with her daughter Carly.
CAPT McAndrew posing with her daughter Carly.

By Lindsey Heflin

If an individual were to enter the University of Idaho Navy ROTC (NROTC) department, they would find a hallway with a wall holding framed photographs of all the NROTC staff and faculty.  At the very top is Captain Shaun C. McAndrew, the Commanding Officer of the NROTC unit. She is the only female officer out of all the NROTC staff.

Growing up in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, CAPT McAndrew told her parents in middle school that she was planning on joining the Navy and becoming a pilot.

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Becoming a Sun Goddess

Cadet Berreth smiling in Service Dress
Cadet Berreth in Service Dress
Cadet Berreth looking fierce as a Cadet Training Assistant
Cadet Berreth as a Cadet Training Assistant

By Lindsey Heflin

Out of all the career paths in the United States Air Force, there is no occupation more coveted than that of an Air Force Pilot. For many, the ‘road to wings’ is one of hardship and individuals face more defeat than success, because becoming a “Sun God” is no small undertaking.

In order to become a pilot in the Air Force, one must first be offered a pilot slot. In order to be given a slot, a candidate must complete the following six categories: Commander’s Ranking, GPA, Physical Fitness Test, Field Training, the Pilot Candidate Selection Method and the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test. All the scores are then combined to form an “order of merit” numeric score and then the candidates are chosen by ranking.

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