Mauve. Maroon. Pleasantly pale burgundy. Putridly dark pink from the third ring of hell. A color only a colorblind mother could love. Opinions differ wildly about the color of the pre-owned leather couch, love seat and easy chair now installed in the new Women’s Resource Center, but everyone agrees they are extremely comfy. The bright room, tucked downstairs in the Gander World Studies Center, was recently painted in appealing tones of melon and key lime in preparation for an open house yesterday. Visiting gave you the distinct impression that you were immersed in a delicious sunny fruit salad. With watermelon upholstery.
Well, I say it’s just as invigorating as jumping into a fruit salad when inspired students work together to make a positive change on campus. The Woman’s Resource Center is the inspiration of juniors Emily Mente and Anna Knecht, with support from Town Meeting and many individuals in the community. Senior Nic Petr built beautiful tables from recycled doors and table legs, and many community members brought by books for the center’s growing library. Bookshelves are in the works, as is a mural, and sophomore Cora Lively is working on a “zine” in support of the center.
The idea is to provide a safe space on campus for young women to explore issues of gender, sexism and oppression. Emily said some of their first projects will be a film series, a “take back the night” event and hopefully some guest speakers. Far from excluding people of the guy persuasion, the open house welcomed several male visitors, and Emily was even looking for a likely candidate to lead a discussion on masculinity. Regardless of gender, preference seemed to be evenly divided on whether to use slipcovers or not.