By Jaimie Leasure
The Student Life Committee is looking into adopting a program called “Campus for Compassion” to initiate small steps in a cleaner and “greener” campus.
Western Connecticut State University has already adopted this initiative. The Central’s committee has a number of ideas they plan on pursuing for spring and the upcoming fall semester.
The Fresh Start Project was proposed by student Andrew ‘Wellington’ Pegg. “We really need to unify ourselves as a community and make it a stronger presence of caring especially for the environment and for the people around us,” said Pegg.
The project would entail walking across campus picking up trash along the way, then dividing everything up to recycle it properly. Next, a company in New Britain will turn the recyclables into T-shirts. These T-Shirts are just the ammunition for the rest of the project.
After the original walk on campus, there would be a trash pick–up walk across New Britain. “I want to promote that this planet isn’t going to be around forever if we keep treating it the way we are,” said Pegg. “This is not a Central thing, it’s an everyone thing.”
SGA Senator, Teige Christiano, has his own vision for a campus-wide wellness event that would raise awareness of students with disabilities.
The “It’s not easy being green” movement would be a daylong event with different activities to allow students to walk in someone else’s shoes.
Disabilities like sight, mobility, speech, allergies and hearing are some challenges that people don’t understand. To help with this, some ideas were to have seeing eye dogs and taste testing stations so people could see what it’s like to live with some of these disabilities.
“We need to give students the opportunity to become compassionate,” said Christiano.
“’Cross the Line’ is a way to learn about people that you have preconceived notions about, who maybe you just see them and hated them,” said Cassidy Delaney, a senator.
An example of this would be, who here has ever been sexually abused? If they have, then they will cross the line.
“I learned so much about people I went to high school with, who I thought were just jerks,” Delaney. “A lot of trust goes into it and it shows that being human you judge people before you even know them.”
“Since campus for compassion is such a fresh thing, we need to throw it in people’s faces,” said Joni Moody.
Posters and signs that make people think about what they are saying to others and raising positivity. Having a compliment campaign was another idea by Moody, “Just giving someone a compliment can make someone’s day.”
Wyatt Bosworth believes that a Free Hug Day would be a positive act of kindness all across campus. “It’s such a powerful event,” said Bosworth.
“Hugging people as they go to class and having a table with a pledge on it with how many people you want to hug today,” said Bosworth.
“Somebody recently asked me if we could have a room full of puppies, the guy stated his issues with anxiety and how it would help people like him,” said Emily Gregonis.
Dogs are around during finals week, but college students have stress throughout the whole semester. “Maybe we could get dogs here more than just the end of the semester, because we have tests the whole semester.”