Pagan groups at universities across the country are practicing their faith, but some of the campus organizations say theyve faced discrimination. A decision by the Religious Council, which monitors religious organizations at Boston University, to not endorse campuswide neopagan organization Nemeton upset pagans. Seamus McKeon, a religious studies junior and president of Nemeton, said the decision prevents her group from participating in council events and receiving funding from Boston University for religious books and ritual tools. McKeon said the decision was based on stereotypes.
Lincoln Park - Pictures of Tempest Smiths crooked smile and blue eyes are frozen in time - reminders of the ballerina, honor role student, flute player and daughter Denessa Smith called her blessing. Denessas eyes fill up with tears when she remembers My Family, the song Tempest composed and the Sylvester slippers Tempest put on her feet to keep her warm when she fell asleep on the couch. It was a rule that if mom didnt tuck you in, you tucked mom in, Denessa said. Denessa remembers the last I love you from Tempest, the night before the 12-year-old tied a scarf around her neck and hung herself from her bunk bed on February 20. Tempests journal, found under her bed after her Feb.
In the light of the moon, about 30 pagans danced, chanted and read poetry in celebration of the changing of the seasons. Melissa Hill, a member of Green Spiral: MSUs Eclectic Pagan Network, shared a poem and affirmed her growth in the group. Its changed my life, said Hill, a horticulture senior.
Heather said she felt powerless after she was raped by a house intruder when she was 14 in 1985.After the assault, Heather, a Lansing resident, said she would have been more comfortable with a female doctor.At 14, I had a big, burly man doing my examination, she said.
Jim Hines, a 1996 MSU graduate, said when he was 16 a friend told him she was raped. Now he has heard it too often. Ive lost track of the number of friends who have been raped, Hines said.