‘Clothesline’ helps air dirty laundry

James Breitling, a senior political science major, participates in the 16th annual Iota Delta Clothesline Project. The three-daylong event is meant to raise awareness of abuse and violence in America. The shirts contain messages of peace and will be sent to Washington D.C. where they will join other shirts from schools across America in a nationwide effort to raise awareness. / photo by Jason Cortez
James Breitling, a senior political science major, participates in the 16th annual Iota Delta Clothesline Project. The three-day long event is meant to raise awareness of abuse and violence in America. The shirts contain messages of peace and will be sent to Washington D.C. where they will join other shirts from schools across America in a nationwide effort to raise awareness. / photo by Jason Cortez

by Janelle Krug
Staff Writer

Colorful T-shirts hanging on a clothesline filled the quad last week as part of the Iota Delta sorority’s “Clothesline Project.”

The Clothesline Project is part of Iota Delta’s philanthropy to raise awareness for domestic abuse and violence.

“To show that we care about domestic abuse,” said Corina Dubon, freshman psychology major, and member of Iota Delta.

Each T-shirt was a different color to represent a different kind of violence.

White is for women and children who have died of violence. Yellow is for battery or assault survivors. Red is for rape or sexual assault survivors. Blue is for survivors of incest. Purple is for victims attacked because of their sexual orientation, and black is for victims of gang violence.

“It will help people be hard on what they believe,” said Aimee Burkholder, freshman business major, as she carefully decorated her shirt.

Using puff paint, participants decorated the T-shirts with all kinds of sayings. Some were as simple as “Stop the violence” and others where more personal like, “Why does my dad hit my mom?” “Will someone fix my broken home?” and “Help those in need!”

Iota Delta has been doing the Clothesline Project every spring since the sorority was founded. This year the T-shirts will be sent to Washington D.C. to be a part of a national Clothesline Project, where the T-shirts will be auctioned off for charity.

Sarah Bushmeyer, philanthropy chair for Iota Delta, was pleased with this year’s turnout. “We have a caring community. I’ve seen a lot more shirts.”

This year one of the professors brought her values and critical thinking class to make t-shirts, Bushmeyer said.

Iota Delta had to buy more shirts than anticipated.

“We just get a good turnout every time we do it,” said sophomore Jerrica Perez, member of Iota Delta.

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