Alumnus Andy Roets and Taylor West, a junior art education major, place a piece of tape with their names on it to support the end of the "R" word. DN PHOTO BREANNA DAUGHERTY
Student organization strives to eliminate use of 'R' word
That’s what Ball State’s chapter of Best Buddies is trying to cover up.
The display has a white a sheet with “RETARD” painted across it. Passersby are encouraged to sign a piece of duct tape to cover up the word. There is also a banner for them to sign next to the display.
“It’s a campaign to end the word because it’s offensive,” said Conner Edwards, a junior special education major.
Edwards describes the campaign as an opportunity to educate people about why it is offensive and what Best Buddies is.
Best Buddies is a voluntary organization to create friendships with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Edwards hopes the display grabs the attention of passersby.
“We want people to come over and ask,“ Edwards said.
The Ball State chapter of Best Buddies pairs students with adults with intellectual disabilities. There are 45 pairs in the program.
This year, Best Buddies is having its first 5K Run/Walk. The money raised from the 5K will go to the two host sites of Best Buddies, Beyond I Can and Hillcroft.
Edwards hopes to have the display covered in duct tape by Friday.