Class of 2008
Advertising and Public Relations, and Women's Studies
Nominated by Vivienne Wildes and Caren Bloom-Steidel
When Mallorie McCue learned that Penn State was dramatically reducing the program addressing sexual assault in it's freshman orientation program (FTCAP) she did something about it. Concerned that a lack of information on this critical issue would leave incoming students vulnerable, she rallied hundreds of fellow students to write letters and speak in classrooms to raise awareness about sexual assault as a problem that must be dealt with proactively. Though Mallorie's petition--signed by over 900 students, faculty, and staff--didn't reinstate the 40-minute program, it did prompt a compromise: Mallorie worked with the administration to develop an on-line video module which gives incoming students access both to information about the risks of sexual assault and to critical resources.