Service on MLK Day

Students, university can do more to serve

~Spencer Evans, Staff Writer~

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day that changes as you grow. 

When I was younger, it was more of a day off than anything, a federal holiday that I was happy to get off of school and work. 

Now that I am an adult and I understand the political and social environment that surrounds me, I find a deeper meaning in the day. It seems CNU does too.

This year, there were events that spoke to change on our campus and in the social environment. 

However,  as nice these events were, there still was a greater pull on campus to get the day off. 

Although I can understand the University’s stance on staying open in that they are probably right on the view that people would just use it as another day to slack off and not do anything. 

But this is not why students want the day off. 

Students would like to give back to the community during this day and participate in marches.

 This day could be a campus wide service day in which the whole campus could give back to the community. 

It could involve more people on campus. It could allow the campus to give back on a day that should be dedicated for service, and is nationally. 

There are tentative plans to give students some time off in the day, as well as more events for students to participate in. 

I like these ideas, as this will help students get more involved as well as showing that the campus is changing. 

Bottom line, as nice as the events were, if it were up to me, I would have the day be given off. Unfortunately, I’m not in charge.

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