March to raise awareness, safety levels for women


Ordinary Women’s annual Take Back the Night march and rally is scheduled to begin tonight at 7 in Bosco Student Plaza and conclude at 10 in Triangle Park, which is on the corner of Anderson and Manhattan avenues.

TBTN is a symbolic march through the K-State campus and Aggieville that raises awareness about the dangers women face when walking alone at night. The march is sponsored by Ordinary Women, a campus feminist group that meets weekly to plan and discuss issues specific to women.

From campus, the march will follow Moro Street through Aggieville to Laramie Street and back to Triangle Park. Melisa Posey, junior in women’s studies and vice president of Ordinary Women, is the main speaker for the event, which will also feature performers Samantha Clemons and The Great Outdoors. Melissa Prescott, sophomore in English, is scheduled to read poetry for attendees with English professor Lisa Tatonetti.

T-shirts for TBTN will be on sale during the event for $15 each.

“TBTN is an empowering event that allows women to get together without fear,” said Mariya Vaughan, staff assistant in the Divison of Continuing Education and OW treasurer.

Men are invited to gather with marchers before and after the event, but are not allowed to march since the event is symbolic of women being able to march alone at night without fear or help of a man. However, men are encouraged to stand along the route and cheer the women on.