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"Paint the Bridge" event and protest in the news

Monday, October 3, 2016

Friday, Sept 30 during the annual Paint the Bridge event, the College Republicans, a registered student group, included the words "build the wall" on their panel. This is a well-known campaign slogan from Republican candidate Donald Trump that references his promise to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. if elected. The message has come to symbolize for many the divisive rhetoric of this campaign season and a hateful anti-immigrant, anti-Mexican, Latinx and racist sentiment. Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity, set a tone of positivity when in response to the words painted on the panel next to theirs, responded with "build bridges not walls." A rally was held on Saturday, and many news outlets have covered the event and protest including WCCOKSTPMN DailyWestern Mass News, and MinnPost. A number of additional new stories and opinion pieces can be found on the Campus Climate in the News page.

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Annual Paint the Bridge event stirs controversy

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Yesterday during the annual Paint the Bridge event, where registered student groups and University departments can paint panels on the Washington Ave Bridge to raise awareness for their groups, the College Republicans, a registered student group, included the words "build the wall" on their panel. This is a well-known campaign slogan from Republican candidate Donald Trump that references his promise to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. if elected.

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