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February 20, 2012
The campus community rallied for one of its own five days after a reported assault on a [i]Comment[/i] writer who'd written an editorial in favor of gay marriage.[br][br]Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and administrators crowded the quadrangle in front of Boyden Hall for a lengthy rally that was also attended by members of the institution's cabinet. [br][br]"We come together to confront ignorance, violence, hatred and all that constitutes injustice on our campus and in our world," said opening speaker President [b]Dana Mohler-Faria[/b]. "Let today be about commonality, a commonality that motivated our students, alumni, faculty and staff to join in this effort to question what they see and feel and to blaze a path toward a better tomorrow under the banner of social justice."[br][br]Attendees gathered at the Moakley Center and marched across campus to the front of Boyden Hall. Many held signs expressing solidarity with the student, [b]Destinie Mogg-Barkalow[/b], who reported being assaulted last Thursday over an editorial she wrote titled "Prop 8 generates more hate." In the piece, she called those who supported a ban on gay marriage intolerant and bigoted.[br][br]Students served as emcee, read poems and essays and led the throng in a group sing-along of John Lennon's "Imagine."[br][br]The speakers had praise for the students who organized the event, as well as the attendees. They also drove home the message that the campus will not allow intolerance and bigotry.[br][br]"Last week, the most ugly incident. Today, the most beautiful day, the most beautiful people, the most beautiful moment," said [b]Dr. Jonathan White[/b], associate professor of sociology, who helped organize the event.[br][br]Student [b]Juan De Leon[/b], the elected student trustee, recalled how last year one of his campaign fliers was defaced with a swastika. It didn't stop him from running -- and winning -- and there's a lesson in that, he said.[br][br]"Hate and bigotry will never overcome love and tolerance," he said.[br][br]The same holds true in the wake of this assault, Mr. De Leon added,[br][br]"Today marks the day that BSU stands in solidarity with an even greater determination to fight for social justice."[br][br]Several of the speeches can be viewed in their entirety [link]here|http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDE9F9A4E299EBDFE[/link][br][br](Videos courtesy of TVS; Story by John Winters, G '11, University Advancement, photos by Doris Galli, '13)
President Mohler-Faria leads the march to the Quad
A student's shirt says it all
The president and cabinet stood with the student organizers
Sign of the times
Student Juan De Leon addresses the rally

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