Gratitude Monday: An alternate event for those who want to ignore protests

Valeree Del Guidice

The event will take place at the Student Union. Photo by Pierce Turner

UPDATE 11/19 @ 8 p.m.: The protests will now take place at Alumni Hall at 8:30 a.m. Ken Parker’s disciplinary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m.

Want to avoid the protest and counter-protest Monday? The Student Union has arranged for a Gratitude Monday to take place in the Student Union Plaza from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is meant to provide students and faculty with a place to gather to send an overall positive message to the UNF community and celebrate the upcoming holiday.

There will be food, games and live music DJ-ed by Spinnaker Radio. The Department for Diversity Initiatives will have a booth for painting “Gratitude Blocks.” The International Center will give out temporary tattoos. Games will be provided by Campus Life.

A “No Nazis at UNF” rally is taking place at Alumni Hall on Monday at 8:30 a.m. The rally is a counter protest of the planned white nationalist rally coming to UNF Monday to support suspended student and former KKK Grand Dragon Ken Parker, who posted a selfie a himself with a large rifle on Facebook.

President John Delaney said UNFPD is aware of both rallies in a statement sent to faculty, staff and students.

“Please know we’re working hard to ensure safety, while still following the required processes for student discipline,” Delaney wrote.


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