Club Spotlight: Marywood Activists for Compassionate Choices

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MACC adviser, Dr. Sarah Day Kenehan, speaks to the crowd awaiting the video presentation of “-Forks Over Knives.”

Autumn Granza, Community Editor

If you’re interested in a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle and animal rights, there’s a club for that.

Marywood Activists for Compassionate Choices (MACC) is involved in the community and is ultimately trying to make Marywood a healthier place. The club follows Marywood’s core values of respect for each human person and for all creation.

The club’s mission statement is “to educate the University community about various animal welfare issues and to advocate on behalf of the animals.”

“Our members need not be strictly vegan, but simply interested in learning how to integrate the value of  compassion into their day-to-day lives. We get together about twice a month to plan events, but, more importantly, to support one another and to share the joy that comes with taking the value of compassion seriously,” said adviser Dr. Sarah Kenehan, philosophy professor.

Not only does the club share and enjoy vegan food and snacks together, but it also does a number of different activities on campus and around the community. The club visits Indraloka Animal Sanctuary and Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. MACC also hosts a cruelty-free cookie demo around Christmas, and adopts a turkey for Thanksgiving. Last year, the club hosted a movie night showing, “Forks Over Knives.” This semester, MACC is planning on participating in and sharing the celebration of World Vegan Day on November 1.

“Our club has grown tremendously as these topics have become more publicized. Our aim is to educate others, involve ourselves, and advocate for the animals through sharing a cruelty-free lifestyle,” said graduate student and founder, Lindsay Iacovazzi.

Officers include: president: Emily Wargo, vice-president: Colleen Sideck, secretary/treasurer: Ariel Muirhead.

Marywood Activists for Compassionate Choices meets every other Tuesday at 8 p.m. and has a Facebook group that people can like. The group posts when the meetings are held. Also, they promote the club by selling clothing and other accessories at the MACC store: www.cafepress.com/marywoodacc. New members are welcome.