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8 ways the Lawrence community shows its Pride all year long

Story by Awa Badiane ’21

To honor the 1969 Stonewall uprising, the month of June is now designated as Pride Month, a chance to acknowledge and celebrate the impact lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals have had on history.

As we celebrate the efforts made by queer individuals on a global scale, we want to recognize the steps toward inclusion and awareness made by Lawrence students, faculty and staff right here on campus. Here are eight ways we show our Pride all year long.

1. Colores 

Colores is a student organization that was originally created to be a space for empowerment for LGBTQIA+ students of color. It has since expanded to incorporate any LGBTQIA+ students on campus and to help educate the wider community on LGBTQIA+ intersectionality. Colores hosts weekly meetings and special events throughout the academic year. Find out how to get involved with Colores here.

2. Pride Prom 

As a way to celebrate our differences and to educate the wider campus on queer history, the student group Colores hosts an annual Pride Prom. Along with the music and food you might find at a traditional high school prom, Pride Prom includes information about queer history and rainbow decor. Organizers feature images, films, articles, and more on queer history throughout the venue. Most importantly, Pride Prom is a chance for members of the LGBTQIA+ community to gather, have fun, celebrate their identities, and feel connected on campus. Pride Prom is open to the entire campus, as well as the Appleton community, and serves as a great opportunity to learn about queer history and to boogie down.

3. LGBTQIA+ Alliance House 

Starting this fall, Lawrence University will have a LGBTQIA+ Alliance house. This house will act as a safe space for queer individuals and allies. As a house, they plan to do lots of community outreach, including a clothing exchange, throughout the Lawrence and Appleton communities to spread awareness and acceptance for queer identities.

Three students posing for a photo wearing graduation caps and gowns. One student is wearing a lavender stole.
Participating queer-identifying students are presented with Pride stoles at the Lavender Ceremony before Commencement.

4. Lavender Ceremony 

To say goodbye and congratulate graduating seniors, Student Life and the Diversity and Intercultural Center co-host an annual Lavender Ceremony. This is a celebration for queer-identifying students as they prepare to graduate from Lawrence. There are speeches on behalf of the seniors and a dinner for the seniors and their guests. The students being honored also are presented with a lavender stole to wear at Commencement.

5. Pride Alumni Network 

There is a newly formed alumni group coming to Lawrence, the Lawrence University Pride Alumni Network. A reception was held during Reunion Weekend to get the conversation started. Look for more details to be released in late summer or early fall.

6. Pride Resource Group

The Faculty/Staff Pride Resource Group is a network for Lawrence faculty and staff who identify as LGBTQIA+ or have family who identify as such. This group offers a sense of community for the faculty and provides an avenue for updates on available resources. Learn how to get involved with the Pride Resource Group here.

7. Queer Thanksgiving

Before we all head home for winter break, the Diversity and Intercultural Center hosts an annual potluck, called Queer Thanksgiving. The annual event is held in the Diversity and Intercultural Center and is open to the Appleton community. It is a way for queer individuals to come together and celebrate over some delicious food.

8. Gender-inclusive bathrooms

Lawrence is expanding the number of gender-neutral restrooms available on campus over the next academic year, after more than 80% of Lawrence students expressed interest in gender-neutral restrooms on a recent LUCC survey. The expansion will increase the number of gender-neutral facilities available to community members, including those who identify as transgender, transgender non-binary, and non-binary.

Awa Badiane ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.

8 Summer events in Appleton we’re excited about

Story by Isabella Mariani ’21

Whether you’re an art connoisseur or a car fanatic, there are always events going on in the Appleton area for you to enjoy. Here are 8 events you don’t want to miss this summer.

Downtown Appleton Farmers Market

This Appleton tradition is a great way to get your groceries. The impressive assemblage of local vendors sells fresh fruits and veggies, meats and cheeses, baked goods, pottery and crafts. Some stands will serve you up a cool lemonade or a hot portable meal that you can savor as you walk the market.

Where and when: College Avenue, Saturdays through October, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Appleton 4th of July Celebration

Bring family or friends to Memorial Park to celebrate the 4th of July. Enjoy live music, concessions and activities for the kids. And, of course, stay for the amazing fireworks display when the sun goes down.

Where and when: Appleton Memorial Park, Wednesday, July 3. 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Paperfest

Paperfest is a community-driven festival commemorating the paper mill industry that thrived in the Fox Valley. This year is the 31st annual Paperfest, held just 10 minutes from downtown Appleton in Kimberly. The free festival boasts live music, food, games, carnival rides and a car show. And what would Paperfest be without a papermaking event and a toilet paper toss?

Where and when: Sunset Park, Kimberly, July 19 – 21

Appleton Old Car Show and Swap Meet

Did you know we have one of the largest car shows in the Midwest right here in Appleton? The whole family will be all revved up about this collection of special and vintage cars, featuring a swap meet, awards and concessions. Admission is free.

Where and when: Pierce Park, July 21. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Heid Music Summer Concert Series

The Heid Music Summer Concert Series is back this year with two different concert experiences in Houdini Plaza. Bring your own lunch or purchase from vendors at Lunchtime Live, where you can enjoy acoustic music by local musicians from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The shows continue later that day with locally popular bands from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., after which you can visit Appleton’s nightlife locations.

Where and when: Houdini Plaza, every Thursday through Aug. 29.

Wriston Summer Exhibition Series

The Wriston Summer Exhibition Series offers you the opportunity to tour the Wriston Galleries on the Lawrence campus. During the 25-minute tour, July Art at Noon and August Art at Noon invite you to think more about art and artists in the Midwest.

Where and when: Wriston Art Gallery, Thursday, July 18 and Aug. 15. Noon – 12:30 p.m.

Art at the Park

Each year, approximately 200 artists from around the country gather in Appleton’s City Park to showcase and sell their art. With food and music included, this free family event will be the relaxing day at the park your summer needs.

Where and when: City Park, Sunday, July 28. Noon – 11:59 p.m.

Mile of Music

The Mile of Music has been bringing grassroots musical talent to Appleton since 2013. This is one of the most unique events the city has to offer. With over 900 live performances at over 70 venues, the “Mile” stretches from Spat’s Tav on the Ave to the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. This free event encourages a love for music and support of downtown Appleton businesses. What’s not to love?

Where and when: Downtown Appleton, Aug. 1 – 4.

Isabella Mariani ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.

11 most productive places to hit the books before finals

Story by Awa Badiane ’21

As the term winds to an end, students here at Lawrence are entering finals week. And in order to end the term with a bang, we need to make sure we can buckle down and focus on all the assignments and tests. For that, we need a quiet place to study. To help you find your productivity nirvana, I have compiled this list of 11 of the best study spots on or near campus. You’re welcome.

1) Unused Classrooms 

This may come as a surprise to a lot of students, but students have access to classrooms that are not in use. Using your Lawrence ID, students can access lots of the classrooms throughout campus. This gives you access to white boards, larger tables, and sometimes even computers! That can be especially handy when studying with friends.  

2) Science Atrium 

Here at Lawrence, there are two building dedicated to the sciences, Youngchild and Steiz Hall. Connecting these two buildings is a spacious and bright atrium on the first floor. This space is equipped with tables, chairs and lots of natural light, perfect for studying on a sunny day.   

3) Fourth floor of the Warch Campus Center  

The Fourth Floor of the Warch Campus Center is a good choice for all different types of studiers! It is filled with tables, chairs and comfy couches. There are also two meeting rooms that are available to students, and a full computer with a printer. It doesn’t hurt that Warch is where the dining areas are located, so if you get hungry as you study or feel the need for a little snack, food is just steps away.  

4) Sabin House 

The house with the green doors across from Kohler Hall is a space for students to explore their religious identity. But this quiet meditative space doubles as an inviting space for peaceful, quiet studying. Filled with couches, rolling chairs, and a fully stocked kitchen, Sabin House is the perfect space for students who are more productive in quiet places. 

5) Hiett Lounge Rooms 

Arguably one of the best dorms on campus, Hiett Hall is filled with spacious lounge rooms (at least one on each floor). All of the lounges are fully furnished with tables and chairs. Best of all, if you’re starting to feel a bit overwhelmed, there is a fully functioning massage chair in the fourth-floor lounge.  

6) Purple Room in Trever Hall basement  

Most dorms have lounge spaces in their basements, but there is something about the lounge room in the basement of Trever Hall that is especially ideal for studying. Like most lounges, it is filled with chairs, couches, and can hold a pretty large crowd. I think it might be the purple paint in the lounge that really inspires a great study session. 

7) Science Bridge 

The two science buildings on campus are not only connected by an atrium on the first floor, there also is a bridge on the third floor that connects the buildings. With all the same charms as the first floor, there is the bonus of a great view of the Fox River from up there.  

8) Quad 

As the weather warms up, it can be nearly impossible to spend the whole day inside. The wonderful thing about an open campus with lots of green space is you don’t have too! There are many perch-worthy spots outside on campus perfect for studying. The grass on the Quad is a prime example. Just throw down a blanket and hit the books amid the sunshine. And don’t worry about not being able to use the WIFI; thanks to all the houses surrounding the Quad, you will be able to connect to the WIFI without issue. 

9) Third Floor of the Library  

The library is usually the first-place people go to get some good studying in, but what many people don’t know is each of the library’s floors have designated volume levels to fit different learners’ studying needs. As you make your way to the top floor, it gets progressively quieter, with the fourth floor designated for silent study. But if you are just looking for a quiet study spot, the third floor is your best bet. 

10) Cooper Rock  

I’ve learned, sometimes being in the same place for too long can crush your productivity. This is why I like to switch it up a bit and take my studying off campus. Copper Rock café is only a few blocks away from campus on College Avenue and can kickstart some great studying. The café is composed of two sections: the first section is the louder general area where people order and sit down to eat, while the second section is dedicated to soft conversation and quiet study.  

11) Lou’s Brews 

While a change of scenery can improve a study session, I do understand those who do not want to venture too far off campus. This cozy coffee shop right across the street from Colman Hall is an excellent spot to grab a smoothie and crack the books off campus.  

Awa Badiane ’21 is a student writer in the Communications office.