Dept. Arts and Sciences

Pay Me to Stop

Each year, #MGA’s English Studies Organization hosts an “Awareness through Literature” program. This year, the program focused on autism awareness. ESO members raised more than $300 for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network with a fun campaign on the Macon Campus called “Pay Us to Stop.”  Students sang off-key, played musical instruments badly, recited terrible poetry, and performed other ear-assaulting “entertainment” until fellow students and faculty/staff literally paid them to stop.

There is more to come. At 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, Clay and Gail Morton will lead an autism information session. At 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, ESO members will lead a book-club styled discussion of the novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, a novel by Mark Haddon that centers around a teen with autism investigating the mystery of a dog’s death. These two events will take place in the Writing Center in the Teacher Education Building, Macon Campus, and are open to anyone who would like to attend.

On Saturday, April 13, ESO members will attend a Theatre Macon performance of a play based on Haddon’s novel. Faculty advisors for ESO are Dr. Shane Trayers and Dr. Benita Muth.

The two students in the image are Benjamin Fincher and Heather Maschenik.