In the past few weeks of classes, the first-year experience classes have gone through activities with the CEASE and CARE groups.
CEASE, Men Against Violence, is a campus-based group looking to stop the cycle of violence by bringing awareness, education and a new definition of masculinity to EWU and CARE stands for Creating A Rape-free Environment.
The activities the classes did were known as ‘gender mending’ classes. The two-day class consisted of students making lists of why they liked and disliked being the sex they are, and asking questions to the opposite sex.
Questions ranged anywhere from ‘why do guys enjoy video games?’ to ‘why are girls so controlling in a relationship?’
Tracy Anderson, an EWU freshman, said that the class was informative.
In between making lists and asking questions, classes had discussions about what was happening. The discussions at times could get pretty heated, but due to the rules and guidelines set up by CEASE and CARE, the students never got too out of hand. ‘Everyone respected one another during the entire class,’ Anderson said.
If anyone is interested in either CEASE or CARE they should contact Michelle Pingree at 359-4279 or visit her in Showalter 122 for further information.