LSU Club Works To Score A Friend

LSU Club Works To Score A Friend

With a message of inclusion to all, Score A Friend works to promote unified friendships.
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Imagine a world full of love that is absent of hate. Hard to picture it, right? Well there’s a club at LSU that’s working to do just that.

Eliana Wackerman and Melissa Morgan started Score A Friend at LSU in 2015. Nationally, Score A Friend is a club that promotes unified friendship through school and club sports. Eliana and Melissa got the idea after researching the Girl Scout Gold Awards, an organization that is close to both girls’ hearts. Score A Friend was started by Sarah Griechen in 2012 when Sarah was just 13. She started it for her Gold Award project because she noticed that her brother, who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, was not included in school clubs and organizations. Score A Friend has three chapters across the country, LSU's being the first on a collegiate campus.

“We realized that LSU did not have a lot of inclusive organizations or programs on campus that focused on Unified Friendships,” said Eliana. “Melissa and I at literally 1 a.m. in our freshman dorm decided we wanted to make an impact on LSU’s campus, and thus we started Score A Friend at LSU.”

As a club, Score A Friend at LSU has been able to work with the Special Olympics and work on the R-Word campaign, a campaign that spreads the word to end the R-word (retarded) in everyday language.

“When people call trivial things in life “retarded” they are saying that that thing is equitable to a person who has an intelligence disability,” said Eliana. “There are so many other words they could use that are more what they mean because an individual with an intelligence disability is not stupid, illogical, trivial or absurd.”

Both Eliana and Melissa have personal ties to the organization. They both note that close friends with special needs has helped open their eyes and has made them strive to work for a more inclusive world.

“This organization to me is a way to bring awareness to others to include everyone regardless of their disabilities and be mindful of others,” said Melissa.

Besides the Special Olympics and the R-Word campaign, Score A Friend is hosting Score A Friend week the week of April 18 through the 22. The week will promote the message of Score A Friend and will make students more aware of how important it is to be inclusive to all.

At LSU, the club got recognition by being nominated for the best new club for the year of 2015 at the Love Purple Live Gold Awards. While they did not win, the members know that they don’t need an award to tell them that they’re doing good work; they see it on the faces of those they work with.

Score A Friend at LSU can be found on all facets of social media and encourages anyone who is interested to message them for information.

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Bailey Posted A Racist Tweet, But That Does NOT Mean She Deserves To Be Fat Shamed

As a certified racist, does she deserve to be fat shamed?
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This morning, I was scrolling though my phone, rotating between Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Snapchat again, ignoring everyone's snaps but going through all the Snapchat subscription stories before stumbling on a Daily Mail article that piqued my interest. The article was one about a teen, Bailey, who was bullied for her figure, as seen on the snap below and the text exchange between Bailey and her mother, in which she begged for a change of clothes because people were making fun of her and taking pictures.

Like all viral things, quickly after her text pictures and harassing snaps surfaced, people internet stalked her social media. But, after some digging, it was found that Bailey had tweeted some racist remark.

Now, some are saying that because Bailey was clearly racist, she is undeserving of empathy and deserves to be fat-shamed. But does she? All humans, no matter how we try, are prejudiced in one way or another. If you can honestly tell me that you treat everyone with an equal amount of respect after a brief first impression, regardless of the state of their physical hygiene or the words that come out of their mouth, either you're a liar, or you're actually God. Yes, she tweeted some racist stuff. But does that mean that all hate she receives in all aspects of her life are justified?

On the other hand, Bailey was racist. And what comes around goes around. There was one user on Twitter who pointed out that as a racist, Bailey was a bully herself. And, quite honestly, everyone loves the downfall of the bully. The moment the bullies' victims stop cowering from fear and discover that they, too, have claws is the moment when the onlookers turn the tables and start jeering the bully instead. This is the moment the bully completely and utterly breaks, feeling the pain of their victims for the first time, and for the victims, the bully's demise is satisfying to watch.

While we'd all like to believe that the ideal is somewhere in between, in a happy medium where her racism is penalized but she also gets sympathy for being fat shamed, the reality is that the ideal is to be entirely empathetic. Help her through her tough time, with no backlash.

Bullies bully to dominate and to feel powerful. If we tell her that she's undeserving of any good in life because she tweeted some racist stuff, she will feel stifled and insignificant and awful. Maybe she'll also want to make someone else to feel as awful as she did for some random physical characteristic she has. Maybe, we might dehumanize her to the point where we feel that she's undeserving of anything, and she might forget the preciousness of life. Either one of the outcomes is unpleasant and disturbing and will not promote healthy tendencies within a person.

Instead, we should make her feel supported. We all have bad traits about ourselves, but they shouldn't define us. Maybe, through this experience, she'll realize how it feels to be prejudiced against based off physical characteristics. After all, it is our lowest points, our most desperate points in life, that provide us with another perspective to use while evaluating the world and everyone in it.

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So get your hot chocolate, eggnog, ugly sweaters and festive pajamas ready because here are 15 fun winter dates that don't involve you and your partner leaving the house at all.

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3. Hallmark movie marathon

Only because my boyfriend's mom LOVES them.

4. Okay so really just any Christmas movie marathon.

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5. Making Christmas ornaments

6. Paper snowflake making competition

7. Baking and decorating (and eating!) Christmas cookies

8. Dance around to Christmas music

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