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Black Student League promotes campus unity

There is nothing better than pink lemonade, sweet treats and washing cars with friends on a hot Saturday afternoon.

All of this could be found at the Rent-A-Wheel on Ashley St. this past Saturday where the Black Student League (BSL) conducted a car wash and bake sale to raise money for upcoming events.

BSL is a community service based organization on campus with the goal of promoting a more fluid transition into and throughout college life by increasing participations in campus and community activities.

This year the BSL sponsors a “Bridging the Gap” theme that stems from the desire to bring together all the different organizations on campus.

“We intend to promote diversity, unity and better communication throughout our organization and other organizations on campus,” Whitney Hilliard, BSL fundraiser chair said.

Other campus organizations supported their efforts through advertising via social networking sites, such as Twitter to help make the event a success.

The energy of BSL members, the bright signature colors of green, yellow, and red, and not to mention the delicious treats offered were sure to catch the attention of anyone passing by. The bake sale consisted of goods such as candy apples, cookies, cupcakes, and sweet lemonade.

BSL is a diverse group of students who hold memberships and positions in many other organizations on campus.

“We have members who are a part of CMVSU, CWVSU, NCNW, and members of NPHC to name a few” said Hilliard.

In collaborating with many different organizations on creative events, they hope to achieve their goal of “Bridging the Gap” on campus and in the community.

One of those events is a community Fall Festival scheduled for Oct. 27 from 11 to 4 p.m. on the front lawn. The event, which will feature bounce houses, face painting and games, is open to all students and the Valdosta community.

“The festival will give children of the community a safer alternative to the normal Halloween tradition of door-to-door trick or treating,” said Hilliard.

Other upcoming events for BSL are Rivers Alive, the annual Hahira Honey Bee Festival and a health fair.

Any students interested in becoming a part of BSL should attend the next meeting Monday at  8 p.m. in the Library Auditorium.

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