by Peyton Carter
If you’re anything like me, you’ve discovered that Cedar City exists within some sort of confusing, atemporal pseudo-reality where little to nothing ever happens. At this point, I imagine you’re searching desperately for some connection to things that matter. Something at Southern Utah University to help you get involved.
It’s not like you haven’t tried, of course. There are plenty of opportunities on campus: Pizza & Politics, guest speakers such as Maria Hinojosa and an infinite number of social clubs from Human Rights Activism to Anime. However, a trend I have noticed running through all of these wonderful activities is a tendency toward big ideas and big inspiration, with little opportunity to act out. It is sad to see grand efforts so stifled by the serene, small town air.
Maybe it is a matter of morale, or maybe there is an actively conservative presence on campus — whatever it is, I am tired of a school whose only uniting factor seems to be a fear to speak up. It is time to make an impression — as individuals, and as a school.
For a couple of years, Planned Parenthood has been reaching out to SUU students to create a branch of Students For Choice. In this club, reproductive rights and education are the top priority, and student members will have opportunities to make a lasting difference on campus.
Meeting once or twice a month, Students For Choice will plan and host events such ascampaigns for protected sex, consent, or STD testing. We will hold seminars and forums on issues in our society today, to do with reproductive rights, women’s and men’s health, LGBTQ+ awareness. And to top it all off, we will motivate voters in our community to get out and have their say in the matter.
Do you believe that a person has the right to make personal decisions regarding their personal health?
Do you believe politicians have no business making decisions about a person’s reproductive system or gender?
Do you envision a world where every child has a loving home and abortion rates are reduced?
Do you want to be known as ... wait for it ... a Condom Ambassador?
Of course you do! What’s better than advocating for human rights and spreading contraceptive joy to all?
Together, I believe we can create a world where every decision is made with the future in mind. As everyone knows, when pursuing your dreams, be they family or career related, it never hurts to have a Plan B.
Sign up here!