In November, Leslie Gould ’15 sat at a table in Balfour-Hood with markers, methodically coloring a white paper bag with wide stripes of purple, green and orange. It was a simple decorative act, but it carried a powerful message: Wheaton is about diversity, community and acceptance of all.
The bag was one of 1,200 luminarias used to line the campus for the annual Vespers concert. Each year, Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership and Residential Life collaborate to place luminarias for the evening event.
In the past, the bags have been plain white. However, an incident last semester in which anti-Semitic graffiti was written at the Jewish Life House prompted resident advisors to add value to the luminaria experience this year by initiating a community-centered response.