Monday, October 28, 2013

Light the Night Walk

By Ryan Campbell

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is a global organization that works to promote awareness about various blood cancers such as the two aforementioned and others such as Hodgkin's Disease and Myeloma. They hold events globally that are called Light the Night Walks. These provide the opportunity for members of the community to come together, raise money, and walk with others who care as much as you do about the prevention, and hopeful eventual cure for these diseases that are far too prevalent. The age groups varied from toddlers being pushed in strollers, to elderly people strolling along, but they all had one thing in common: they all wanted to see blood cancers eradicated.

The organization for the UNCG Atheist, Agnostic, and Skeptic Light the Night Team was done by one of our vice-presidents, Grace Shaughnessy, who was our the team captain. Overall, we helped raise $366.15, all of which went to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Then came the walk.  On October 19, Julia Alexander, Jennifer Ethridge, Grace Shaughnessy, and myself went to the Greensboro Country Park where we got to walk around the lake there and see the beauty of all the different colored lighted balloons shining a light on blood cancer. As our president, Julia Alexander, said: "Light the Night was such a humbling, moving experience. As we started out on the trail, it first went uphill and around the curve, following the lake. As we reached the top and looked back, the sheer amount of lit balloons was breathtaking. It was a beautiful, moving, inspirational yet devastatingly sad scene all at once." The beauty that Julia here is mentioning cannot be fully depicted in this photograph but it will have to do.
 
All of the points of lights that can be seen here are balloons that people carried if they raised enough money, out of all of us, Jennifer was the only one who raised the allotted amount but to the rest of us it was not about that, overall it was about being a part of something that is just so moving and heartbreaking at the same time and being able to be part of such a force for good that will change the face of cancer in the future. It was a great experience and I for one, as I am sure others are as well, looking forward to this event next year.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Speaker Dan Linford Discusses: Are Science and Religion Compatible?

 by Christi Sevits

Last Thursday, September 17th, our group hosted speaker Dan Linford. Linford is a physics graduate and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in philosophy, studying the history of atheism as well as how science and religion interact with each other . His topic was "Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?" His talk consisted of a PowerPoint presentation and a Q&A session in which members of the audience, no matter their opinions on his conclusions on the topic, could get their unanswered questions addressed.

Unfortunately, I cannot provide any personal thoughts, as I was not in attendance. The overall turnout was good, with many of our members in the audience. Some even had dinner with Linford beforehand and mingled with him afterward to make him feel welcome and to take advantage of the opportunity to talk with him on a personal level.

Linford also came to our meeting the next evening to provide some afterthought to his speech and participate in our group's discussions. It was great to have a speaker here that is also a student, like most of us. It makes it easier for the audience members to relate to a speaker when the speaker shares a common background with them.

For more information on Dan Linford, you can go to his website to find out more!