The month of October is always busy at Grambling State University. Student organizations fill the calendar with events specifically for two causes, Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence during this month.
The Student Government Association sophomore class in conjunction with the GSU NAACP Chapter held a balloon release for Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence on Thursday, Oct. 1. The balloon release began with introductions of the various students involved as people gathered around Eddie the Tiger.
Many students spoke words of encouragement and positive memories of those affected by both breast cancer and domestic violence. Some even spoke about how events like this bring such a positive light to Grambling and these events allow the GSU community to grow closer.
Some reflected on personal experiences with dealing with the effects of cancer.
“I worried about how I was going to get through the situation at first, but worry ends where faith began,” said Brenda Lewis, secretary in the Department of English.
Being that it was the second year the sophomore class hosted this event they were definitely expecting a huge turnout.
“I was excited that so many people were able to attend the event and hope that the event was really able to touch people,” said Miss Sophomore Noelle Barnes.
As music played in the background students mixed and mingled with each other as they bonded over the occasion. Miss October was in attendance and passed out cupcakes and other small goodies to students as they gathered at Eddie the Tiger.
Participants were able to write their loved ones named on color-coded balloons. Also, among those who attended were students from Grambling State University Lab School.
“The event was great and was really uplifting for the community,” said Armani Lee, junior, when asked about the meaning of the event. Many students wrote names and inspiring messages on the balloons.
When asked about the future of this event Adarian Williams, sophomore class president, said that he hope to continue this event for years to come.
“I hope to see even more Grambling students in attendance next year,” said Williams.