As published in the Campus Times
“Making peace must start within me and my campus community. At the University of Rochester, on this day, I, Jerome Nathaniel, [class of] 2011, commit myself, as best I can, to become a nonviolent and peaceable person.”
Looking around the Robert B. Goergen Field House on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 15, one could sense an overwhelming feeling of unity and sincerity as several UR students and community members all took the pledge of nonviolence.
“To respect myself, to affirm others and to avoid uncaring criticism, hateful words, physical attacks and self-destructive behavior,” we all said in unison.
When the circle dispersed, we all walked up the stairs from the field house and received our “I took the pledge” pins and a witness signed pledge sheet.