Dances to be made safer for everyone

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In light of the campus rumors, there will be dances this school year, but the question is just how many.

Due to a significant amount of inappropriate student activities and reports of sexual misconducts at the last dance, “Bring it Back Dance,” or previously called, “Boxer Ball” last May, dances will no longer be held in the Stoller Center.

This year, they will all be held in the multi-purpose room, MPR.

“Students need to get involved, to be the solution,” said Assistant Director of Student Activities and Multicultural Interests Pete Erschen.

A discussion amongst the Activities and Cultural Events Board, ACE Board, and staff will continue throughout the school year, talking about student activities, especially school dances. Erschen said the first dance that will be held would be a testing ground for something different.

“Whatever practice that comes out of the dialogue, everybody, including clubs, will need to abide by,” said Erschen.

The sole reason ACE Board puts on dances is to help build the student community and for students to have fun with both old and new friends.

“It’s a student community, not something to be used and abused,” said Erschen.

Sexual misconducts have caused concerns among the Pacific Community.

The Office of Student Conduct needed to intervene between students at the “Bring it Back Dance” because of the high amount of alleged sexual misconducts.

“This is a real concern,” said Erschen. “I would like for students to have dances. I never want a student to question if going to a dance was a good choice or not.”

ACE Board and Erschen are trying to change the image of “Boxer Ball” and are asking students to speak up about their prior experiences at dances.

“I want students to feel just as safe as if they were going to class,” said Erschen.

If you want to talk about your experience at a dance, please talk to any student on ACE Board or Sterling Bax.

“Pacific University is the minority of universities that holds dances on campus,” said Erschen. “It’s up to us to make the change.”




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