Three Miles Lost, the Colleges’ all female a cappella group, has received an outpouring of support and national attention for the music video they created to accompany their original rendition of Lady Gaga’s Oscar-nominated song, “Til it Happens to You.” The group’s video is competing in the Sing for Survivors national contest to combat sexual assault. Click here to vote for the video to be selected as a top three finalist in the competition.
Since sharing the video on YouTube on Feb. 29, it has received more than 218,000 views and was featured on Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, 13WHAM News and NPR, among other outlets. Lady Gaga also shared the video in a Twitter post, which received almost 4,000 retweets and more than 7,800 likes.
Three Miles Lost partnered with the HWS Title IX Office and organizations across campus and throughout Geneva to host an “It’s On Us” rally, which brought together more than 300 members of the HWS and local community at the Smith Opera House on March 22. The program featured live performances by HWS students, including Three Miles Lost, HWS Dance, Perfect Third a cappella, Kathleen Fowkes ’18 and Hip~NotiQs Step and Dance. A photo gallery of the rally is available on the Colleges’ Facebook page.
“We were so thrilled to see so many people from the Geneva and HWS community come together to continue the discussion about such an important topic,” says Three Miles Lost member Jessica Bishop ’16. “It really is on us to create a change together, and we hope that our rally was just the first of many opportunities to band together.”
Organizations and groups that participated in the tabling at the event included: Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, the HWS One Love Chapter, Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, the HWS Women’s Collective, the HWS Center for Counseling and Student Wellness, and the Title IX Office.
“The event was a testament to the type of community we have here at HWS and in Geneva,” says Kaylyn O’Brien ’12, coordinator of Title IX programming and coordinator of leadership programs for the Centennial Center of Leadership. “With all of the different groups tabling in the foyer, the many students and community members that turned out for the event and the stellar performances, the whole evening helped shine a light on the work being done to combat sexual assault and relationship violence.”
The rally concluded with a screening of Three Miles Lost’s music video, which features more than 100 HWS students, faculty, staff and administrators who came together to show support for the cause, including: President Mark D. Gearan, Title IX Coordinator Susan Lee, Chaplain Maurice Charles, William Smith Athletic Director Deb Steward, Hobart Athletic Director Mike Hanna ’68, P’99, 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 others.
The group’s original rendition of the song was arranged by Nick Bombicino and filmed by Bree von Bradsky ’16. Public voting for the top three finalists of the Sing for Survivors competition runs through Friday, April 1. Check the Three Miles Lost Facebook page for updates.
“It’s On Us helped to energize people to use their voice and contribute to the work that’s being done to combat sexual assault and relationship violence,” O’Brien adds. “Change requires collective effort and we saw that collective effort in action at the rally.”