University | 5:42 pm | October 18, 2012 | By Ashton Wackym

Students organize ‘interactive protest’

Roughly 15 Yalies seeking to amplify their peers’ messages converged on Cross Campus Thursday afternoon displaying white boards, drums and a large dry-erase board.

The students were taking part in an “interactive protest,” in which demonstrators encouraged passersby to write down their messages on the dry-erase board. Protesters would then copy that message onto their personal white boards and chant the saying in unison.

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“[The message] can be whatever they want, amplified,” said Martina Crouch ’14, who helped organize the protest, which began around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. “Students here obviously have a lot to say.”

Crouch said she got the idea to hold an interactive protest from her experience with activism on campus and working with Occupy New Haven — which was the longest-running encampment in New England until protesters were evicted in April.

Though the event aimed to encourage students to voice their opinions, some did not take the protest as seriously. One student walked up to the board and wrote “silent protest.” The chanting abruptly stopped.

The protest lasted roughly two hours total, beginning from 12:30 p.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m. with a two-hour break in the middle.

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