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Marshall Honors College seminar to host clothing drive

The Parthenon

Published: Friday, November 16, 2012

Updated: Friday, November 16, 2012 01:11

Students who have so many clothes they do not know what to do with them now have the opportunity to bring joy to the lives of those less fortunate. The Honors seminar “Rhetoric of Fashion, the Politics of Lifestyle” will host a clothing drive Nov. 26-27. The Honors College Fashion Emergency is a project that was created by the class to encourage Marshall students to make a difference in someone’s life by donating clothes they do not need.

“During discussion one day in class, we were talking about how there are some people in the world who don’t even have enough clothes to be able to go outside or have to hide when their one article of clothing is being washed,”  Alison Wickline, sophomore from White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., said. “We were all really shocked by that and started talking about doing something that would help benefit those in need in our area.”

Susan Gilpin, assistant dean of the Honors College and professor of the Honors seminar, said the students in the seminar were excited about the idea of taking on this project. She said they all wanted to help make a difference. “The students were talking about how much clothing they have that they don’t need and don’t wear that just gathers dust in the backs of their closets and bottoms of their drawers,” Gilpin said. “I think all of that just caught up with us, and we thought of this as a chance to be better stewards of what we own and to be more mindful of what we have and how what we have and don’t appreciate might be so meaningful to someone else.”

Gilpin said she was proud of the students for taking charge to run this project as well as they have so far. She said the class was enthusiastic about it from day one.  
“The students are remarkable and they are genuine in their efforts for this project,” Gilpin said.

Gilpin said the clothing drive will be set up a little differently than other clothing drives. She said the students created specific categories of clothing they are collecting for this drive.

The first category is for homecoming and prom style clothing, such as dresses, dress shirts and pants, ties, shoes and any other accessories that can be worn to a school dance. The second category is for name brand clothing, such as jeans, shirts, hats, sunglasses and athletic wear from “popular” brands like American Eagle, Hollister, Ralph Lauren and Nike. The final category is for winter clothes, such as hats, scarves, coats and jackets, sweaters, socks and any other cold weather gear.

“We identified all of these areas as important for girls and boys in this area, especially the popular brands for students in school who just want to fit in,” Gilpin said. “We also decided that warm winter clothes is something for which there is always a need.”

Students from the seminar will be collecting the clothing in the Memorial Student Center lobby Nov. 26-27 from 9-11 a.m. and from 2-5 p.m. All donations will be sent to Stepping Stones and Golden Girl Group Home, non-profit organizations that help boys and girls in the area.  
Suzann Al-Qawasmi can be contacted at


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