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Vol. CLIV, Issue 3
Whitman news since 1896

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Whitman news since 1896

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10 facts about Whitman’s Black Student Union

Illustration: MaryAnne Bowen

1. It is one of the largest diversity clubs that is run through the Intercultural Center with close to 100 listserv members and about 30 core members.

2. The club meets every Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Glover Alston Center.

3. The club regularly discusses issues of diversity that may not get talked about in other venues on campus, such as the recent Troy Davis case.

4. BSU puts on Soul Food Night at Prentiss dining hall once every semester. On top of offering soul food, the dinner also features music and fact sheets with bios of important figures in black history.

5. BSU hosts themed dances, like the “Hip Hop Ya Don’t Stop!” dance. These events offer dancers a different kind of music than is usually played at dances.

6. The club works closely with admissions. Members attend diversity-themed admissions events, and those who live on campus offer to host students who come from diverse backgrounds.

7. BSU holds a candle light vigil on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

8. BSU regularly brings lecturers to campus in February, Black History Month, such as Justice Charles Z. Smith, the first African-American to serve on the Washington Supreme Court.

9. The club works closely with Wakilisha Afrika, the African awareness club on campus, as well as Club Latino.

10. In the spring, BSU hosts a staff reception dinner at the Baker Faculty Center, in which they show a slideshow of their events, and present sashes to graduating seniors.

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