LiNK and the Global Awareness Conference

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”

― Elie Wiesel

 

Hey readers!

Last weekend, the campus showed it’s activist spirit at the annual Global Awareness Conference in Hart Hall, a HUGE event with speakers, demonstrations, and activities showcasing our college’s global spirit! It was a fun festival full of interesting mini-events, with the organizers running the gamut – from local speakers and professors to world-renowned activists. The keynote speakers this year were Gabriel Bol Deng, an activist and former Sudanese “lost-boy” who is working on educational and health programs in the newly formed South Sudan, and Jessica Minhas, a renowned humanitarian working on exploitation and abuse issues around the world through the use of new media.

My club, Students for Global Change, gave a talk about the crisis in North Korea, and had visiting guests in the “Northeast Nomads”, a group of individuals who promote Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) and its cause to college campuses across the country. The Nomads showed a documentary about Danny, a refugee that LiNK helped rescue and start a new life. Shameless plug: If this stuff sounds interesting to you, feel free to come to Student’s for Global Change’s club meetings, Wednesdays at 8:30 in Campus Center 133, and join our facebook group to stay updated with what we are doing!

 

Club Prez Sarah with the Northeast Nomads!

To close out this post, I’d just like to take this opportunity to remind you, dear readers, that it doesn’t take much to be an “active citizen”, but it is a VERY important thing to be. Next time you walk through the campus center, don’t be discouraged by all the groups who seem to be asking you for money; go up to their tables and talk to them! Get to know them, and if you find that they are trying to raise awareness for an issue that you care about, ask how you can get involved. Dedicate time and energy to a cause worth fighting for – I promise you, its worth more than any amount of money in the world.

 

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Hey there! My name is Mark and I am a Cognitive Science major at the State University of New York at Oswego. My main interests are Computer Science and Philosophy. I love thinking about thinking, and I am very interested in social media. I also love thinking about art, including movies, music and video games!
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