VOX: Students for Choice hosts No Pants Party
Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Updated: Thursday, May 2, 2013 23:05
VOX: Students for Choice hosted a No Pants Party Thursday at 7p.m. at the Don Morris Room in the Memorial Student Center to emphasize the importance of equality and healthy lifestyles. Guests were encouraged to wear anything except pants as long as they kept it classy.
Josh Meredith, secretary and vice president of VOX, said the event has been planned for a while.
“VOX has been around for a year, and this is our end of year wrap-up,” Meredith said. “We’re all equal without our pants, and it’s a fun, silly way to talk about serious matters.”
During the night, partygoers enjoyed live music, poetry, games, snacks and raffles. Every 10th guest through the door received a door prize, and one guest was chosen as the grand prize winner at the end of the night.
All guests were encouraged to bring a pair of pants and other clothing items to donate. All donations went to benefit Branches Domestic Violence Shelter. Attendees received a raffle ticket for each donation.
Pam Van Horn, a volunteer of Plan Parenthood out of Charleston, opened the event and talked about safe sex and healthy choices college students have.
“I think the most important thing that this event here has for students is the ability to know that they have choices,” Van Horn said. “Choices about sexual expression, reproduction, and they have choices about things they can do to keep themselves safe and to also plan for their parenthood in the future. This gives them a wide variety of information all in one place.”
The No Pants Party offered guests a variety of entertainment, which included spoken word poetry.
Alicia Torres, a Marshall graduate student, preformed her poetry about domestic violence and body image. Torres said the event was a great way for students to talk about difficult subjects.
“They bring awareness to the community and to the university especially on topics that are kind of hard to swallow such as domestic violence and STIs, and parenthood and pregnancy,” Torres said.
VOX member Dakota Croy, a sophomore theater major, said she will be returning with the campus organization next year and hopes to get more students interested.
“Everyone deserves the same rights and equality,” Croy said. “Everyone has a choice, like talking about sex. It shouldn’t be a taboo thing; it’s something we should be able to talk about. Being involved with VOX gives you a great space to talk about these things and to be open.”
VOX: Students for Choice will start its second year on Marshall’s campus in the fall and is encouraging new members. Meredith said their was a good turn and people responded by giving donations. She said they hope to continue to grow even after several of the officers will graduate in May.
If students want more information about the organization they can message the VOX: Students for Choice Facebook page.
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