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More Photos + Video

November 10, 2010

More photos from Democracy Shout Out, plus a video from the forum on Thursday.  (Special thanks to Vicki Ryan and Bridgette Piatt.)


Continue the Shout Out!

October 25, 2010

Help make the free speech sheets open to the university so the Shout Out can continue!  Join the Democracy Shout Out group this Friday, October 29 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm in the first floor of the library as we begin typing up some of the responses from the sheets!

Bring your laptop or check out one from the library’s circulation desk and be a part of this continuing project — and free pizza!

Please RSVP on our Facebook page so we know how much pizza to order.  If you have any questions, email

What Happened: Photos from Thursday

September 21, 2010

Over the three days, the free speech boards and blog received over 3,500 comments on topics from all of the topics at right.  The most popular topics included TWU-related issues (parking, tuition increases), immigration, gay marriage, and abortion.  There were also over sixty volunteers who worked the boards, with many working multiple shifts over the week.

Student participation on this project was overwhelming, and many of you showed up on Thursday to view all of the sheets that spanned the entire perimeter of SU 207, as you can see below.  (Special thanks to Bridgette Piatt for these.)

What Happened: Photos from Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

September 21, 2010

Some pictures from last week’s free speech boards.  (Special thanks to Arshia Ladha for many of these.)

What Happens Next – Today!

September 16, 2010

Come to the Student Union 207 today between 12pm and 1pm to learn what the free speech boards had to say about our campus and students.  All of the sheets from this week will be displayed, and the students who organized Democracy Shout Out will give a short presentation at 12:30pm to talk about what happens next!

Those who are unable to attend can watch live via the Commuter Services webcast, by clicking here:

Last Day

September 15, 2010

Today is the last day that the free speech boards will be up, so make sure you stop by and shout out on the following topics — or post on any of the topics from the week by going to the menu at right!

Shout Out Continues

September 14, 2010

Be sure to stop by Day Two of Democracy Shout Out.  Go to the free speech area by the Student Union, the first floor of the library, or the MCL foyer today for the new round today (below), or post online here by choosing any of the topics at right.

Democracy Shout Out Starts Now!

September 13, 2010

Democracy Shout Out starts today!  Look for the free speech boards in the free speech area outside of the Student Union, the first floor of the library, or the MCL foyer — and start writing!  Those who participate may receive extra credit for their classes (per your professor) and all who write on the boards get to keep the marker!

Today’s schedule of topics on campus are listed below, but you can post here all day on all of the issues.  Just click on the topic in the menu to the right.  All comments — both on campus and online — are anonymous.

  • Student Union (9am-6pm) – TWU Parking, the Economy, Democracy, Hillary or Sarah?, Animal Rights, and What Issues Matter to You?
  • MCL Foyer (9am-6pm) – 2010 Tuition Increase, Iraq, Gay Marriage, Church and State, Teacher Pay
  • Library (12pm-9pm) – TWU Class Sizes, 2010 Elections, Afghanistan, Oil Spill, Race Relations

Meet the Student Committee

September 10, 2010

Throughout the summer, there has been a group of dedicated students who have worked on Democracy Shout Out.  From developing such an ambitious idea into a manageable event, attending meetings, distributing flyers, promoting next week in their classes, and having some meaningful discussions about what can happen next, they have been devoted to giving people the chance to speak out about things that are important to this campus.

However, in this week’s issue of the Lasso, the committee was misrepresented to be only a couple of students.  In fact, it has been almost a dozen who contributed, and they are:

  • Lelys Adrian (Government, undergraduate student)
  • Adriana Blanco (Mathematics, undergraduate student)
  • Barroni Brown (Business Administration, undergraduate student)
  • Anastasia Canfield (Music Therapy, undergraduate student)
  • Aisha Chughtai (Biochemistry, undergraduate student)
  • Katie Fogle (History, graduate student)
  • Leslie Lindsey (History, graduate student)
  • Diann Maurer (Women’s Studies, graduate student)
  • Viri Ramirez (Interdisciplinary Studies, undergraduate student)
  • Tiffany Smith-Holmes (History, graduate student)
  • Megan Smith (Psychology, undegraduate student)
  • Karen Webb (Government, graduate student)

This is in addition to the over 75 students who are volunteering their time to work at the boards.  So support your peers in this project and participate online or on campus next week!

Will You Work For Free Food?

September 8, 2010

For those interested in volunteering, be sure to come to the meeting this Thursday, September 9 at 12:20pm in the Student Union, Room 110.  We’ll be giving you some important information about what to expect while working at the boards and passing out some surprise goodies as a “thank you” for donating your time.  TWU’s Office of Commuter Services has also generously sponsored lunch at this meeting, so be sure to attend!

If you have any questions, please email