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Marshall University to host first Unity Walk

Oct. 22, 2012 @ 12:15 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University will the first We Are ... Family! Unity Walk Celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 24, as part of an effort to bring students together.

The event starts at 6 p.m. near the Memorial Student Center plaza, where students not affiliated with an organization will meet. Those students who are members of any organization will meet in groups in a line expected to extend from Buskirk Field to Old Main, Drinko Library and Corlby Hall.

The song "We Are Family" will start playing, and the students organization groups will start walking to the plaza, where each group will get 30 seconds to speak about their organization. All student organizations, including athletic teams, are expected to be represented.

Maurice Cooley, director of the Center for African American Students' Programs, said the event was created to give all Marshall students the opportunity to come together to celebrate their unity and the fact that they are all part of the same "family" and to recognize their individual differences.

"We all rejoice and celebrate being a part of the Marshall family," Cooley said. "I don't know of any other university where students have as much pride and exhilaration about their university as Marshall University students. We recognize that with the massive amount of students and the large number of organizations, we are all part of the same family, but we have never come together to celebrate together. We've never celebrated as a family."

Faculty and staff also are invited to participate, as are Marshall alumni in the community.