Brandeis students really brought it out last week! Thank you everyone who slept out (about 30), came out (over 100), and called in (over 70). The night was beautiful, and people were very receptive to our bill and its cause. By 1am, enough people had called in to fill Speaker DeLeo’s inbox!
We held the Brandeis Sleep Out Thursday March 18th on the Great Lawn, out in front of the bustling Shapiro Campus Center. A crowd of tents of all shapes and sizes huddled in the middle of the lawn. Campus musical groups Up the Octave and Me & My Friends From Jazz Band provided live music on the Campus Center steps. By about 2am participants retired into tents and sleeping bags out under the stars, their stand against dirty energy.
Our campus environmental group Students for Environmental Action (SEA) was club sponsor for the nighttime event. Leadership Campaign efforts on Brandeis campus are carried forth through SEA, which counts the LC as one of its four current campaign groups. (Other campaign groups are Food, Waste & Energy Management, and Bike Culture.) Energy conservation and clean energy are both integral to SEA’s campaigning.
This campus event was a great way to involve more students than usual in the campaign. Many students are aware of the dire situation that US energy production is in, and of its repercussions in Global Climate Change. Actively engaging these students to utilize their own voice in the matter is key. To sway the MA legislature is to influence the laws passed by the state, and to pass state laws is to set and example for the whole country.
Please see the LC Flickr photos for pictures of the event. Waltham’s Daily News Tribune (www.dailynewstribune.com) and Brandeis’s The Hoot (thebrandeishoot.com) covered press for the event.