Photo Credit: Buffs for Reproductive Justice

There are two things that happened on CU’s campus that I would like to bring attention to. The first is that Chancellor Phillip P. DiStefano didn’t change campus policy in regards to the White House guidance on transgender rights. In his announcement, he said, “First, I want to state unequivocally that we welcome, support and respect our transgender community and are here to engage you as a vital member of the CU Boulder community. All members of the CU Boulder community deserve to feel welcome, safe and respected.” He then went on to say though whatever regulations are being made in the White House, it does not change CU’s Discrimination and Harassment Policy or the Sexual Misconduct Policy, and that the school “will continue to prohibit discrimination or harassment based on gender identity, gender expression and/or sexual orientation.” Well said Chancellor! Many negative changes are being made by Trump, but we have to remember to always lead with love.

The second thing I want to bring up is that on February 28th there was a rally for Planned Parenthood at the UMC fountains sponsored by Buffs for Reproductive Justice. I unfortunately was unable to go because I had class, but I would have supported the hell out of Planned Parenthood and everything it stands for. It’s silly that the topic of Planned Parenthood is so controversial when it’s purpose is to support women’s health. Why does there need to be a right and wrong way when it comes to women’s health? Most people think it just has to do with abortion, but that’s only one service that they provide among countless others! I feel very honored to be a part of CU’s community. Standing up for what you believe in seems to be common among CU’s students!

Lily is a senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder and will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies along with a certificate in Business. She is originally from Scarborough, Maine, but decided to venture to Colorado for it's beauty and to get back in touch with her birth place which is Boulder. She is a Film Studies major because she is very interested in the behind the scenes of what goes into making a film. Not only that, but her favourite hobby in the world is to watch movies. She recently went abroad to Sydney, Australia to get a taste of a different culture. While being there, she learned to not take life too seriously, and to slow things down. The Australian lifestyle can really teach a person how to be chill. You can find Lily at the movies, hanging on Pearl Street having a beer with friends, or at the breathtaking lookout of Flagstaff enjoying the view.