Joining communities across the nation, hundreds of Claremore citizens participated in rallies across the city tonight. Organized by two groups, both rallies gathered to raise attention to the death of Minnesota resident George Floyd. Both rallies ended without incident.
The Racial Reconciliation Rally, according to a Facebook event, was organized by two pastors in Claremore. The event began at 7 PM, and less than a hundred people, mainly adults, attended. The organizers and attendees gathered in the NeMar Shopping Center. Opening their rally, the organizers thanked everyone for coming together and choosing unity amidst nationwide protests.
Within 15 minutes, another rally, led by 14-year old Kai Cook, marched towards the Racial Reconciliation Rally. Chanting “hands up, don’t shoot,” the group marched through the NeMar Shopping Center toward the Rogers County Courthouse. For almost one hour, Cook and other protesters spoke about the Black Lives Matter movement.
“This is changing the town, and I’m not afraid about that,” shouted Cook at one point. “We need to get in state and local government, and vote,” called another protester from the crowd.
Rogers County Sheriff deputies were on-site during the rally. Approximately 20 minutes after arriving at the courthouse, law enforcement officers were observed moving traffic barriers to parking lot entrances. Throughout the protest, deputies were observed watching the crowd from the courthouse.
After leaving the Rogers Count Courthouse, the crowd marched past the Amos G. Ward Detention Center and Claremore city offices. Officers with the Claremore Police Department and the Grand River Dam Authority were observed watching the protesters from the City of Claremore offices.
Cook led the crowd to Lynn Rigg Park where refreshments were offered to protesters. From there, the protesters dissipated into two groups. One group remained at the park while another continued down Will Rogers Boulevard.
Many Claremore residents and visitors watched the group move back towards the NeMar Center. While several individuals openly-carrying firearms along the storefronts were observed, there were no reports of violence.
The rallies were attended by multiple students and university employees from RSU.
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Fall RSU Panhellenic Recruitment: What You Need To Know
COVID-19 has made everyone rethink how we go about our daily lives. RSU students received an email on July 20 explaining university plans to keep everyone safe and healthy for the upcoming semester. However, how will this effect things like fall recruitment?
Just like university administrators, our campus’s greek life has had this heavy on their minds with fall recruitment being right around the corner. Here is what students need to know.
Formal recruitment will go on like normal from September 14 to September 18, 2020. Students will be able to spend time with both Panhellenic Council sororities to get know everyone. Additionally, masks will be part of recruitment dress code, and social distancing will be implemented in activities.
“Safety is our number one priority with Alpha Tau, especially because I’m a diabetic so I’m higher risk,” said Alpha Sigma Tau President Camdyn Ellis, “formal [recruitment] is going on as normal; however my girls will be in cute Alpha Tau masks, and we will also have sanitizer and Clorox wipes on hand to keep everything clean.”
The sentiment of staying safe and keeping things as normal as possible is shared by both sororities on campus.
“Alpha Sigma Alpha members are looking forward to being able to still put on formal recruitment despite these unprecedented times,” said Alpha Sigma Alpha President Lynsey Naugle.
“Together our Panhellenic Council, which is made up of our chapter and the Alpha Sigma Tau chapter, is working on making fall recruitment the safest it can be. This will include wearing masks and having spaces that are big enough to allow proper social distancing. “
“Despite these changes, fall recruitment will still be about making connections and helping the women of RSU find their home in one of our two sororities. We cannot wait to meet all of the women who are interested in greek life once the fall semester begins,” said Naugle.
Students can sign up for recruitment online at www.rsu.edu/campus-life/fraternity-sorority-life/how-to-go-greek. The deadline to sign up is September 15, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.