Fifty-four people, decked out with blue war paint and glow sticks and donning shirts reading “bigger, badder, blue-er,” could be seen running around campus Thursday as part of the second annual Blue Light Fun Run.
This year, $760 was collected from the run through registration fees and T-shirt sales. All proceeds were given directly to Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates, a 24-hour crisis hotline and online chat for students. Registration cost $10, with the option of paying an extra $5 for a T-shirt.
“It’s really nice to see all of the encouragement from the community,” said Macomb senior and SAPA member Walter Springer. “The donations help us further the service we provide, and even though it is a ‘fun run,’ it sheds light on the topic of safety on campus.”
The program, organized in Sweeney Hall, began last year to help students become more aware of where blue lights can be found on campus. The blue light system is a network of 26 phones throughout campus to maintain safety and help those in need of emergency assistance.
Run creator and Lake Isabella senior Sarah Fiorillo became more aware of the blue light system when she did a project to assess campus safety during her sophomore year and discovered that many students didn’t know where many of the lights were.
“A lot of people knew about the lights but didn’t know exactly where they were,” Fiorillo said. “It’s important for everyone’s safety that they learn where the lights are, especially at night.”