By Peter Ciocca
The Iota Tau chapter of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity at Sacred Heart University hosted their fourth annual White Ribbon Campaign on Feb. 17 in the University Commons.
The campaign is an international movement to end domestic abuse against women and have men take a pledge that they will never commit a violent act against a woman.
Many students from multiple organizations, sports teams and other Greek Life organizations showed their support for the campaign.
“We are always excited for this event, it’s always one of the highlights of our year. It’s great to see such a diverse representation of the Sacred Heart University and the local community here to support this great cause,” said junior Ryan Cannata, president of Delta Tau Delta.
The brothers of Delta Tau Delta intend to spread the word and begin the conversation within college campuses.
“We feel that as men here at Sacred Heart we need to create a safe and welcoming environment that denounces any kind of violence,” said freshman Steven Schilder.
The event included guest speakers such as Fairfield Police Chief, Gary MacNamara and First Selectman Michael Tetreau.
Others included survivors of sexual assault who were invited to share their story.
“The victims and now survivors as they identified, showed tremendous amounts of courage going out and speaking out. The speakers explained the significance of speaking out and spreading the word,” said sophomore Nasir Rashad.
The brothers of Delta Tau Delta use the White Ribbon Campaign as a platform to speak out against the issue of domestic violence in our country.
“I can already start to see the lasting and positive effects our fraternity and the white ribbon campaign has had on the school and its surrounding communities,” said Schilder.
The members of Delta Tau Delta continuously stress the importance of the event and claim that holding this event brings them all closer as brothers. They share a specific passion that goes beyond just being in a fraternity.
“This event allows everyone to put their personal issues aside for a cause greater than themselves and work together for a collective achievement of ending domestic violence,” said junior Mike Loria.
During the event Tetreau honored the chapter by presenting them with a proclamation from the town of Fairfield. According to the document, it was herby proclaimed that February 17, 2017 was, “The White
Ribbon Campaign Of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity Of Sacred Heart University Day.”