North Seattle College Sports Denim Blue for Denim Day

Trigger Warning: The following content will discuss Sexual Assault

On April 29, people around the globe wore denim in honor of sexual assault survivors. The significance of denim comes from a harrowing Supreme Court case in Italy in which a woman was sexually assaulted and the perpetrator was convicted. Years later, the man convicted in the case, won an appeal to the court, stating they had consensual sex. The man was released by the Italian Supreme court under the grounds that because the woman was wearing tight jeans, she must’ve helped him remove them, insinuating consent. Women in Italian parliament were outraged by this outcome. In solidarity with the survivor, the women in Italian parliament showed up to the steps of the Supreme Court in jeans in protest. This story was shared internationally and eventually, the California Senate did the same on the steps of the Capitol in Sacramento. The executive director of the organization Peace over Violence saw this and believed that everyone ought to wear jeans to protest the many egregious reasons why Sexual Assault is not taken seriously. The first official Denim Day was held in Los Angeles in April 1999 that day has been held annually ever since.

North Seattle College took part in Denim Day by calling to students on social media to post themselves wearing jeans and tag it with the hashtag, #NSCDenimDay. This was in order to raise awareness and show support for survivors of sexual assault. The North Seattle College Student Leadership Instagram account in particular facilitated this event. They announced it on both their main Instagram feed as well as their Instagram story, cautioning viewers of their Instagram account that this event involves some triggering themes. Many faculty members and students posted images of themselves sporting denim blues in jackets, hats, and of course, jeans. They also shared many Instagram posts on their story with information about sexual assault awareness and the importance of consent. On April 29th, anyone following the North Seattle College Student Leadership Instagram account was flooded with messages saying “believe survivors” and validating the feelings of all survivors of sexual assault. It was a beautiful display of awareness, solidarity, and validation showing an immense amount of love and support for all the survivors out there.

To see the North Seattle College community come together in such a way was truly inspiring. Such a vast amount of love, support, and information was spread during such an unprecedented time and thus, a sense of strength and unity was felt with among all that participated. Whether it was participation by sending in a post to the North Seattle College Student Leadership Instagram account, sharing the stories and posts about it on personal Instagram accounts, or simple starting a discussion about Denim Day with your family and peers, this year’s Denim Day at North Seattle College was positively remarkable, and it’s exciting to see how it will be celebrated in the years to come.

For more info on denim day:

https://www.denimdayinfo.org/


Emilia Valdez

Student Cabinet

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North’s Valentine’s Day Celebration

Shawn Mendes’s “There’s Nothing Holding Back” plays over a speaker. Students eat cookies, celebrate winning bingo, and check out the library’s display at the Student Leadership’s free Valentine’s day celebration.  

Student Jock Litzinger had a one-word answer for why he attended. 

“Cookies,” Litzinger said. He immediately gravitated toward the cookie-decorating station, led by the International Program. People decorate their cookies with pink and red icing, sprinkles, and hearts.    

Students mulled about in the Grove, looking at the different displays for Valentine’s Day yesterday. One display explained the theme of the event, “You are not broken.” This is in reference to aromantic and asexual identities, people who do not experience romantic or sexual attraction.  

“Both … are full identities, not a lack of an identity,” the board said. Romantic and sexual attraction both lie on a spectrum, and each person falls somewhere on that spectrum.  

Student Karinne Barbosa naturally gravitated toward the card-making station.  

“I spend a lot of time [scrapbooking],” Barbosa said. Barbosa hopes to study psychology. She is in her first quarter. 

At Cupid’s arrow toss, Student Leadership Club Coordinator Angel Rodriguez scored the second highest. He originally thought that he won.  

“I walked away with pride and I came back, and my pride was shattered,” Student Leadership Club Coordinator Angel Rodriguez said. “Nicole [Winner of Cupid’s Arrow Toss] is now my arch nemesis.”  

The Library also doing something special for Valentine’s Day. They do “Blind Date with a Book.” Each book is wrapped, with a short description on the front. Students can “go on a blind date” by picking a book on a topic that interests them and reading it. The library is still running this program.  

Krista Cherry

Student Cabinet Member

Student Leadership Team #EventsCoordinator

Welcome to Week 6 of the Fall Quarter! Mid-terms are about half-way through and the weather is beauuuutiful! With Halloween just around the corner, it seems like the perfect time to introduce you to… Eli!

Pronouns: he/him/his

Eli is the Events Coordinator at the Student Leadership office! Eli is the Master Planner of events through the Student Leadership office as well as a master soccer ball juggler. Eli joined Student Leadership because he wants more students to be involved in the events on campus and wants to bring a sense of community to the school. His favorite spot on campus is The Student Learning Center and is motivated by the awesome people he’s surrounded by. Eli enjoys all the water and beautiful viewpoints around the city and Hope’s to transfer to either UW or UCLA after graduating from North (oohhh! Aaahhh!). Eli has a calm and cool demeanor, and always open to having great conversations and new friends!
Drop by the Student Leadership office (CC1446) across from The Grove to see what events are coming up next (or give him a couple of your own ideas)!

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Student Leadership Team #FeesBoard

Hey North Seattle! As we said last week, every week we will be introducing you to one member of our Student Leadership team! On this beautiful second week of class, we introduce you to… Gigi!

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Gigi is the Finance Officer at the Student Leadership office focusing on where the student fees go to make this campus run smoooooothly. She is most proud of her coming back to school after a “looong break” and being willing to learn, make mistakes, persevere, and enjoy herself. She believes every meal should include carbs and is motivated by music and people. She joined Student Leadership so she could learn more about Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and be in a place where people actively pursued conversations and actions centered around EDI. Gigi’s favorite spot in Seattle is Fremont, where she used to walk the canal and get free samples of Theo Chocolate. After graduating from NSC, Gigi plans to go to the UW to major in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts and minor in ASL.

Come by CC1446 to meet her anytime! Welcome to the team Gigi!

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Student Leadership Team #Communications

Hey North Seattle! Every week we will be introducing you to one member of the Student Leadership team! This week we have the pleasure of introducing you to…

Kauser Gwaduri

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Kauser is the Communications Intern at the Student Leadership office, focusing on social media, the student blog, bulletin boards, etc. She is most proud of her current attendance at Seattle University in a Masters program in Student Development. Her favorite spot at #northseattle is the plaza over the Arts and Sciences building (great spot for events!), and her favorite thing about Seattle is the diversity and the cold weather. Kauser is motivated by desserts and the ability to support and empower other people to follow their dreams. She joined Student Leadership because she wants to find different ways that people can get involved on-campus based on their own skills and passions. Last, but not least, Kauser’s secret talent is her ability to wiggle her ears, nose, and eyebrows.

Please feel free to drop by cc1446 on Tuesdays and Thursdays to say Hello! Welcome to the team Kauser!