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Galentine’s Day Celebrates Solidarity

By Gabrielle McLean, Staff Writer

The MCC Feminist Collective hosted Galentine’s Day in College Center’s Cafeteria C on Feb. 14 from 1-3 p.m.

According to the flier, Galentine’s Day is “A celebration of female friendship.” Amanda Lyons, one of the advisors of the MCC Feminist Collective, said, “We hosted the Galentine’s event in the spirit of supporting the One Billion Rising Event.

Lyons said, “[Since violence and abuse affect] women, children and marginalized populations, we wanted to lend our support to the event and connect with those making it happen. The idea of Galantines’ takes the traditional focus of Valentine’s Day being about romantic love and shifts the focus to love based in
friendship and solidarity.”

Denise Rompilla, an advisor of MCC Feminist Collective and Art History professor said, One Billion Rising provided two tables for the club to use for this event. The Hispanic American Club and Democracy House were in the cafeteria, as well.

Lyons printed photos of some of the inspirational women discussed at the meeting, such as Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Emma Watson, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former First Lady Hillary Clinton, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, former First Lady Michelle Obama, Frida Kahlo, and Malala.

Lyons said, “We wanted to create a space and activity at the ‘Galentines’ celebration where we could reflect on and celebrate some of the favorite feminists that we had discussed in our first meeting,” which took place Feb. 7 in College Center room 312
from 2-4 p.m.

Attendees could glue these images along with other art supplies on red, pink, and white hearts to place on
the cafeteria wall.

Lyons said, “An open-ended art experience gives people the space to explore and express themselves.”

“I was grateful to have moments to discuss who some of the women were, and why we admire them. When we open up and share with each other, we all learn, we all grow,” said Lyons.

Students could also pick up Hannah Ensor and Laura Wetherington’s poem about friendship at one of their two tables.
This event drew dozens of mostly female students and Lyons said, “We were so happy that the students who had attended the first meeting came to make Galentines with us, and we invited other people from One Billion Rising and others who were just hanging out in the College Center to come join us.”

However, Lyons wished the event had more space rather than only having one of the three cafeteria sections because it could allow more students to join while they were eating lunch.

Lyons said, “We will be creating an art installation featuring the Galentines in the College Center in the hallway between the Performing Arts Center and the Cafeteria!”

Lyons said, “[MCC Feminist Collective started] as a way to connect and empower students and members of the MCC community, specifically in the spirit of Feminism (which is the support of the political, economic, and social equality of the
sexes).”

The club meets Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. in College Center room 312. The next two club meetings, Feb. 21 and 28, will be dedicated to planning Women’s History Month and all are welcome to join.

Lyons said, “Stay tuned for our Women’s History Month Calendar. We will be kicking off Women’s History Month (aka March) in the lobby of the College Center on Thursday March 7, from 2-4 p.m. with an ‘Ask aFeminist’ Panel and another collaborative art experience.”

For more information, contact either advisor by email at ALyons@middlesexcc.edu or DRompilla@middlesexcc.edu.

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