Women fly high with support
Posted March 14, 2008
Lauren Pollard
The lack of strong winds didn’t keep Kaitlin Eckert and Lauryl Blakke from having a great time at Kite Day in Sneaky Park. Kite Day, sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, provided students a unique activity during breaks between classes. Students had the opportunity to walk across the park and design a T-shirt for the Iota Delta’s Clothesline Project.

Troy Doolittle
T-shirts designed by students were put on display in Sneaky Park to help raise awareness of the continuing social problem of battered women. Iota Delta sponsored the event under the slogan, “Air out the filth of society.” The T-shirts will be sent to Washington, D.C., to join thousands of others as part of a national display.

Jennifer Kitzmann
Life Editor

University of La Verne’s Iota Delta sorority participated in a project at Sneaky Park on Tuesday, that was aimed to form awareness toward issues concerning violence to women and children.

This month Iota Delta is taking part in the Clothesline Project, a project that women’s groups such as the National Organization for Women and others around the country participate in bringing awareness to violence against women.

“This is a good program in regards to social issues and what is happening in the world and violence towards women,” Fernando Llanos, a sociology major said.

The Clothesline Project is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt and then hanging the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as a testimony to bring awareness of violence against women.

Iota Delta member, Jodi Balderidge said one of her favorite shirts said, “any woman can be abused, she can be from any religion, economic status, educational background or married, divorced or never married.”

Balderidge said the blue shirts represented incest while yellow stood for survivors of a violent act.

Each shirt is decorated in a different color to represent a variation of violent acts. Participants were able to design shirts on behalf of survivors and victims who died because of violence against them.

The colored shirts in the the Clothesline Project have been displayed at schools, universities, women’s events and all around the world to promote awareness.

Political science major Matt Dominguez was not sure what the event was for and stopped by to see what the shirts hanging on the clothesline stood for.

“At first I was not sure it was for men or women or what color shirt to make,” Dominguez said.

Dominguez thought it was a great idea to spread awareness and made a shirt to support Iota Delta in the project.

Many of the shirts on the clothesline were painted with colorful markers with words of hope and survival such as “Strength Through Non-Violence,”
“No Means No” and others representations raising awareness of violent acts toward women.

“Many times you never know when you could be talking with someone you never knew before and find out that they were abused and it changes your perspective on life, and makes you want to cause more awareness towards these issues,” Iota Delta member Brandy Diep said. The first national display took place in Washington D.C. in conjunction with the National Organization for Women which was first started in 1990 and has grown to 330 plus local clothesline projects nationwide.

“All the shirts made at ULV will be put on a larger clothesline that will be hung in Washington for a larger event that will involve woman’s rights groups from all over,” Iota Delta Despina Kritikos said.

Campus Activities Board games and recreation and spirit chairwoman Claire Boden­hoefer provided students with kites to celebrate “National Kite Day” and also made a shirt to support her Iota Delta members.

“I made a shirt that said ‘Don’t break my heart’ to support awareness for battered women and children.”

Students flew the kites around Sneaky Park not just for fun but to bring more students together to support the project.

Jennifer Kitzmann can be reached at jkitzmann@ulv.edu

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