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30 is a shared sense that they were a part of something special and truly historical,” Bullock said. “Everyone talked about the energy and passion they felt, the creative use of humor, and the peaceful expression of so many serious concerns; but, above all, how heartening it was to see so many people in the streets. Many confirmed that it made them embrace a new or renewed sense of activism, and this can only be a good thing.” President Bradley W. Bateman said he admired the Randolph students who had the conviction and discipline to organize the trip. “We’re offering an education that prepares students to enter the world and make a difference,” he said. “It’s important, while they’re still students, that they begin to learn how to apply those skills and that knowledge so that they can be more effective when they do enter the world. “If our students are going to make a difference in the world, part of making a difference is expressing your opinions when you agree or you disagree with a policy, and they’re doing exactly that,” he added. On April 22, students had another opportunity to voice their opinions—this time, closer to home. Randolph’s Sustainability Council, along with groups from other area colleges, organized the Science and Earth Day Gathering in downtown Lynchburg. The event was intended to celebrate both Earth Day and the importance of scientific and climate research, and was a satellite event for the national March for Science. Karin Warren, the Herzog Family Chair of Environmental Studies, was one of several Randolph faculty and staff members who helped organize the local event. “Being knowledgeable advocates for science and environmental protection is more important than ever,” Warren said. “By participating in events like the Science and Earth Day Gathering, our students are making a statement to the community that science and the environment are important to society, and need to be supported and valued by our lawmakers.”


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