Academic year comes to a close

Review of events that occured during fall and spring semesters

By Alana Edgin
On April 28, 2016

   This academic year hosted some major events that affected the world and the student body at ASU. Events like the same-sex marriage law, the upcoming campus carry, new clubs and diverse celebrations dominated the year. Back in the fall of 2015, ASU saw changes that would eventually affect campus life. The addition of the new civil engineering major in that semester helped ASU gain many new students. Two new laws were passed by the Texas and United States governments. These were for same-sex marriage becoming legal, which was celebrated through the nation, and the Campus Carry Law, which will come into effect next semester. “I would have to say that my favorite part of this school year was not only the legalization of same-sex marriage, but the Coming Out Day event during October of  the fall semester and the Drag Rave,” President Ashley Douglass of Rams Plus said. “The Coming Out Day event was the first time since I came to this school that I saw an overwhelming support and acceptance for the LGBT+  community on campus.”
   Rams Plus hosted ASU’s first ever Drag Show and Drag Rave during the annual Pride Week celebration as well, which rocked the campus. Hundreds of students and community members packed the C.J. Davidson Center on April 12 to see a group of drag queens, including mascots Roscoe and Bella, entertain the masses.“Even at the Drag Rave, we did not expect that many people to come and to be so accepting,” Douglass said. “When I saw the overwhelming amount of people having fun and willing to learn about things they didn’t know at these events, I saw the potential for greater things to come for the acceptance and tolerance of students not only for LGBT+ but for straight students as well. Hopefully in the years to come, there will be a normality associated with the LGBT+ community, especially here at ASU.”
   The Campus Carry law became a hotly debated issue earlier in 2015 with many universities and communities on opposite sides. Due to its recent passing, all colleges will allow concealed handguns on campus.“I feel like it will make  campuses safer,” sophomore Mikera Walker said. “While I don’t personally plan to carry a gun, knowing others will do so will provide another layer of protection for students.”
   Besides these three hot topic events, ASU’s Multicultural Center had a hand in many events, such as Diversity Week. The week consisted of many lectures, culture nights and food events that aimed to help students learn about other cultures.“I was really happy to see Pride Week celebrated on campus, as well as Diversity Week,” sophomore Caroline Cline said. 

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