Q&A with multi-culti club, GSA members

Junior Fiona Grannan – President of Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

Bagpiper: How does GSA affect your life?

Fiona Grannon: “GSA has been a really wonderful place to be able to express myself and build leadership skills with other people. It’s been an amazing outlet for support and understanding throughout the two years that it’s been ongoing. Being a leader now, for two years, has definitely impacted the way that I look at responsibility and even just, like, organization, it’s forced me to stay on track and focus.”

BP: What do you like about GSA?

FG: “I love that not only is it social, like there’s a social aspect to it, but there’s also an educational aspect to it. You get to learn a lot about queer history and the historical and modern day voices in representation. There’s also a community in it. It’s just really wonderful to see people who experience the same things as you and learn together.”

BP: Why did you join GSA?

FG: “I thought that it sounded like a really great place to be myself and be around other people who I also knew [understood] the things that I was going through and understand where I was coming from on a lot of stuff, and because it’s a fun little place.”

BP: How many clubs are you in, besides GSA?

FG: “I’m also in D&D, Environmental Sustainability, I was in Art Club, GSA, and I think that’s it. If Bee Club comes back, I’m getting into that.”

BP: What celebration or event is your favorite?

FG: “Every meeting is different, and we always come up with something different and creative, but I think our Valentine’s Day meeting, where we talked about the history of LGBT+ greeting cards and anniversary cards and how those have become more and more mainstream. We showed clips of different movies and just people out in the world. We made a little poster and put our handprints on the poster in the shape of a heart.”

BP: What does a typical meeting of GSA look like?

FG: “We show up, we take attendance, we run through a list of things that Ms. Shaffer, Mrs. Conway, [and I] have planned beforehand, ‘The Gay Agenda.’ We almost always put ‘Gay Agenda’ up there. We go through what we’re going to do that day and usually we have a central topic that we go over, like a specific icon or movement in history. We’ve done the Stonewall Riots…we did Josephine Baker. We haven’t done Frida Kahlo, but I’m going to make sure we do that next year. We make quizlets a lot, so it’s a lot of fun and interactive games. Often, we color our own posters, because we can. Sometimes we have snacks. We’re going to get better at that next year.”

BP: How does GSA help students feel more at home in a huge school like FC?

FG: “It just provides an area where you know you are safe. I try to enforce the ‘Don’t be mean, don’t be rude, don’t be disrespectful.’ [rule]. It’s supposed to be a safe place for everyone to come together and just be in the presence of like-minded people where you know you can be yourself. So, we try to make it very comfortable and very understanding.”

BP: What are your plans, as president, for next year in GSA?

FG: “I want to do a winter fundraiser, so badly, and I need to talk to Willman about it to make sure that it’s going to happen. I want to get involved in raising money for a charity, like the Trevor Project, to help LGBT youth in need. I really want to make sure that people know this is a call for everyone. [GSA] is a safe space, it’s for allies and identifiers alike. It just is a place to be safe and not have to worry about gender expectations, societal norms, questioning your sexuality, it’s just a place to be. So, I really want to get people who are allies to know about the club and to join the club because I don’t feel like they know what it is. I want to just listen to what people have to offer and see what we can do about it, because I don’t know how much we can do, but I want to do as much as we can. I know that Highland Hills has their own GSA and a bunch of people want to get in contact with them and make sure they’re doing alright and have open communication between the two.”

Junior Megan Biggerstaff – Member of Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

Bagpiper: How does GSA affect your life?

Megan Biggerstaff: “The GSA club affects my life by helping me better understand what my closest friends go through on a day to day basis. I like to think my support helps other members of GSA feel supported and safe while being themselves.”

BP: What do you like about GSA?

MB: “I like the club because it welcomes and supports everyone! Something I like about GSA club is being able to vote for a leader without discouraging others. I just love that there are students willing to step up to lead and support the entire group.”

BP: Why did you join GSA?

MB: “I joined the GSA club after my good friend Sam invited me. I enjoyed the meeting and was happy to be there to show my support. Everyone in GSA shares a common dream to be accepted for who they are what they believe. I think the club does an amazing job in bringing students who feel out of place into a comfortable environment that fulfills their need of acceptance.”

BP: How does GSA allow students to feel at home in such a large school like FC?

MB: “The clubs helps students feel more at home by giving them a safe place to be themselves while knowing there are other people just like them.”

BP: What is something everyone should know about GSA?

MB: “Something you should know about the club is that they truly accept everyone! So if you’re scared to participate in a meeting, don’t be. Everyone is there to show support and love and it’s a really great and positive environment. To me, GSA is a place I can support and show how much I love my friends for who they are. For others, this club can mean as much as a second family or even a home which all the more reason people should attend!”

Sophomore Wyatt Crain – Member of Multi-Culti Club

Bagpiper: How does Multi-Culti Club affect your life?

Wyatt Crain: “It’s a very interactive club that I’ve been a part of. I’ve learned a lot about the different cultures and languages being part of Multi-Culti Club. I’ve learned a lot of historical facts about different things, like Germany and things about Latin and French and Spanish.”

BP: What do you like about the club?

WC: “I like how during the meetings you can experience the culture based off of the different food they have there. So, in the Spanish meeting, you’d have Spanish [or Mexican] food, in the French meeting, you’d have French food, and you get to have a taste of each different culture. You get to goof around and do different art projects based off of what that culture is about.”

BP: Why did you join the club?

WC: “I originally joined because I was already in French Club, and all of my other friends that were in Spanish Club wanted to join Multi-Culti, so I decided to join.”

BP: How many clubs are you in, and which ones?

WC: “I’m in three clubs. I’m in French Club, Multi-Culti Club, and Science Olympiad.”

BP: Which celebration or event of Multi-Culti is your favorite?

WC: “My favorite was the Spanish one, because there was just a lot to do, and I enjoyed the food.”

Sophomore Gracie Leitner – Member of Multi-Culti Club

Bagpiper: How does Multi-Culti Club affect your life?

Gracie Leitner: “I think it’s a really good opportunity for everyone to get involved, because you can have an opportunity to see what other cultures are like in different countries. I think that’s something that’s really important and that we may not get a lot of living in southern Indiana. So, I just think it’s a great opportunity to really experience some of the things that other people do around the globe.”

BP: What do you like about the club?

GL: “Well, that kind of ties in with [the first question]. It’s just a really good opportunity, and we have an opportunity to really experience other cultures that we might not get the opportunity to in southern Indiana. Overall, it’s just a really good opportunity.”

BP: Why did you join the club?

GL: “I enjoy learning about other cultures, and I feel like, again, we don’t have many options to really learn about other cultures living in the middle of the United States. I think that this is a really good opportunity [to do that].

BP: How many clubs are you in, and which ones?

GL: “I am in French Club and Multi-Culti, and that’s pretty much it this year.”

BP: Which celebration or event of Multi-Culti is your favorite?

GL: “I enjoy the Multi-Culti Picnic at the end of the year, because everybody brings food, and it’s a really good time to expand your [horizons] and eat food that you may not eat on a daily basis.”

*Editor’s Note: Diversity Club interviews will be posted early next week.


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