Just like any school, there’s gonna be troubles, and racism—but that’s everywhere. I love the camaraderie, I love the student body, I love how we come together as a whole, especially when there’s trying times. I love football season, of course. No matter what race, creed, sexuality—we all come together during football season to enjoy the team. We travel with the team. We love each other with the team. I truly enjoy that.
There have been a couple trying times, of course when racism plays a part. There have been times where people have vandalized the MLK statue, people have vandalized what we now call the Malcolm X lounge, which is in Jester, where a lot of the fraternities and sororities and black organizations gather to play cards, dominoes, whatever—when someone comes and vandalizes that with racial slurs. You have to take a stand and deal with that. The university was really kind and they were really on our side to help to fix that situation. It still goes on today. Racism is alive and well. Ignorance will rebirth itself unless you stop it head on.
Adrienne Payne, BS ’01, Life Member