Fusion suffers repeat intolerance

Dominic Baez

For the third year in a row, the Fusion club’s sidewalk chalk display, which advertised its annual drag auction, was vandalized.

Fusion is Linfield’s gay and straight student alliance and hosts the annual auction to raise money for charity. This year, the worthy cause was the ONE Campaign, an organization dedicated to fighting global poverty and AIDS.

“Even though the chalk was defaced, we still raised $257 for the ONE Campaign,” junior Sydney Abbott said. “It was still a success.”

In a less-than-admirable tradition, the chalk advertising for the drag auction was watered down and smeared to the point of being unrecognizable.

“We know some of it was done on purpose because we did (the chalk art) in covered areas in case of rain,” Abbott said.

After discovering the chalk art was destroyed, the incident was reported to Director of College Activities Dan Ferguson, who in turned reported it to Dean of Student Services and Professor of Economics Dave Hansen.

Hansen said there must be someone who disagrees with the event or the club as this is the third year this has occurred.

“There are far better, more appropriate, more upfront ways to engage in that dialogue,” Hansen said.

There are no leads as to who is behind the vandalism.

“We don’t want to speculate because it would be wrong to accuse someone of something they didn’t do,” Abbott said. “Obviously, though, there are people with intolerance on campus.”

Hansen said any violation of college policy can be dealt with in one of two ways. Either the offender can admit to the crime or deny it. The accused has the option of meeting with a representative from the Dean of Students’ Office or sending the case to the college judicial board.

“I am more interested in modifying the behavior rather than punishing,” Hansen said.

Next year, Fusion plans to use flyers instead of the chalk art to help promote the event. 

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