In an effort to raise awareness about sexual assault, members of the Colleges’ all female a cappella group, Three Miles Lost, and filmmaker Bree von Bradsky ’16, are creating a music video to their own rendition of Lady GaGa’s song, “Til it Happens to You.” The video will be submitted to “Sing for Survivors,” a contest sponsored by Lady Gaga to amplify the voices of those fighting to end the crisis of sexual assault.
“We all know that sexual assault is an important issue on this campus and all other college campuses and we wanted to start a conversation in a less conventional way,” explains Three Miles Lost member Jessica Bishop ’16.
The Oscar-nominated song was written for “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary that exposes sexual assaults on college and university campuses. Groups from campuses across the nation are participating in the contest, which requires that participants demonstrate how the song relates to their campus specifically.
To demonstrate the impact that issues of sexual assault have had on the HWS campus and others across the nation, Three Miles Lost invited the campus community to join on the steps of Coxe Hall as a symbol of solidarity.
“Sexual assault is something that has affected every one of us in some way or another and we felt that it was important to let the community have an opportunity to stand with us in solidarity,” says Bishop.
More than 100 HWS students, faculty and staff gathered to show their support, including President Mark D. Gearan, Title IX Coordinator Susan Lee, Chaplain Maurice Charles and representatives from Hobart and William Smith Athletics, Pride, Mosaic NY, Campus Safety, Dining Services, Sigma Chi, Chi Phi, Kappa Alpha, HWS Dance, and the HWS Deans, among other campus groups.
“I think sexual assault is something our society often tries to hide, but encouraging awareness of sexual assault throughout our community is very important,” says Dan Bristol ’18, a Sigma Chi brother who participated in the filming of the final shot. “If we can get people talking about the problem, we can start making it so that it’s a problem that no longer exists.”
The video will be submitted later this month. The top three videos will be chosen by popular vote, and the winning video will be selected by a panel of celebrity judges.
The winning group gets a Skype session with Pentatonix, a video master class and discussion with eight-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren and 16-time Grammy winner David Foster; a video chat session with award-winning Music Supervisor and Executive Producer of “Til It Happens To You,” Bonnie Greenberg and Trudy Green; and will have its video submission shared by ROK Mobile.
“Everyone needs to stand together on this issue,” says Campus Safety Officer Richard Schoonerman, who was also part of the closing scene. “It is something that we should all support.”