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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A rally well executed

Last night about 300 people attended a "No Place for Hate" rally and speakout on our quad. I'd call it a great success. Led by Bret Tate, president of the student group called Queer Straight Alliance, our students and their allies cheered for the numerous calls for acceptance of a wide range of behaviors, lifestyles, and choices. That's as it should be in a university community. Nearly everybody who spoke found their way to a common theme: an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us, and it's up to all of us to show support for one another. This morning, I tip my cap to the students who orchestrated the rally, march and speakout. It was civil, energizing and very effective.

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