Safe Space for Shoemaker Square
In July 2016 Shoe Maker Square became an area open to the public by the department of Southern Miss. Since then there have been protesters from a religious group not affiliated with USM. These people create an aggressive atmosphere around them that escalates quickly--they begin to say hateful words or phrases that can ruin a student's mindset. Whether it be a student passing by or taking part in the protest for an opposing side, no one can be protected from their hatred . From personal experience, I can say that when hateful words are thrown my way by this group it ruins my mood.Southern Miss prides itself on being a safe and welcoming place, but for potential students were to witness a protest from this group, they may be deterred from attending. Making Shoe Maker Square a safe space will allow the students to make it to and from class without fear of persecution from those who believe differently. Shoe Maker Square is a centralized point on campus which can be sometimes hard to avoid. So let us work together as a school and make Shoe Maker Square a safe space for us students and faculty.