Club & Greek
- Category: Volume 88 (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)
- Published: 04 November 2016
- Written by BRIAN FOYE | STAFF WRITER
The Student Activities Board (SAB) held an awareness event called “Udder Chaos” on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. outside of Wilson Hall. At this event, the main goal was for people to be exposed to the dangers of animal agriculture and for people to endorse animal rights.
The event had a ‘stuff and fluff’ station for people to make there own stuffed animals, and a food truck with strictly vegan food varying from veggie burgers, falafel wraps, portabella warps, and three different smoothies.
In order to get a ticket to the food truck, attendees had to sign a petition to stop animal cruelty.
There was also a table with much information of making a difference with becoming vegan.
For those who don’t know, an individual who follows a vegan diet produces 50 percent less CO2, uses 1/11th oil, 1/13th water, and 1/18th land compared to a meat eater.
Brenna Sermarini, a sophomore finance student, is the Awareness Chair on the SAB, and planned this event.
Sermarini had a vision for this event. She said, “[The reason is] to expose the dangers of animal agriculture and to promote animal rights. The topic is one that we aren’t taught about in schools, and as a vegan myself, I felt as though many students weren’t being exposed to all of the information.”
When asked the view society has on the consumption of animal products, Sermarini said, “Our society has told us from birth that consuming animal products is natural, and I wanted to challenge that view. Animal agriculture is a deeper issue than it appears on the surface; it is harmful to the animals, the environment, our bodies, and the factory workers.
I want people to see and understand that they can choose to make a difference by providing them with the facts and through an engaging experience.”
SAB brings about two or three different awareness events to campus to bring alertness of different issues in our world to campus.
Mary Harris, a professor of public relations at the University, attended this event and brought her Introduction to Public Relations class along with her. Harris stated, “The vegan movement is an important one for the health of people, the planet, and animals.”
“Having an event like this on campus helps bring awareness to all of us regarding how we can make a difference for not only ourselves but so many other through living compassionately and choosing a nonviolent diet,” Harris continued. “The food was delicious, and it just goes to show how easy choosing plant-based foods can be.”
There was a huge response from the campus about this event with many postings about it on social media, including the official Monmouth University snapchat and Twitter, as well as word of mouth reviews throughout campus.
David Glass, a junior education student, thought the event “went great.” He said, “It definitely sent a powerful message about a really important issue in our country.”
Don’t miss the upcoming Student Activities Board comedy show this upcoming weekend on Nov. 5 at 9 p.m. featuring Joel Kim Booster, who has been featured on Conan O’Brien.
IMAGE TAKEN from TryVegan.com