Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Mon 27, May 2019 02:39 AM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
 MENU
Home
News
Photo News
Opinions
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
Interviews
Travels
Health
Obituaries
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
Dalai Lama congratulates Indian PM Modi after massive win
Free Tibetans Unjustly Imprisoned: HRW
Merging of Tibetan schools underway: DoE Secretary
No meeting was agreed upon between the Dalai Lama and Xi-Jinping in 2014: Dalai Lama's Office
India may have exercised legitimate concern in preventing Dalai Lama-Xi Jinping meet: Ex intelligence official
Video: Day two of His Holiness' interaction with Vietnamese group
CTA staff top the 2020 TSP final selection
Video: Day one of His Holiness' meeting with Vietnamese Group
No takers for 2019 Miss Tibet crown
US Ambassador to China visits Tibet after four years
 Latest Photo News
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is being escorted to the teaching site at Tsuglakhang temple, May 13, 2019. Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
More than a thousand Tibetans, Uyghurs and supporters protest in Paris to denounce China's repression in Tibet. Xi Jinping will be on an official visit to France from Monday. Under a canopy of flags with snow lions, protesters marched from the Trocadero Human Rights Square to the Peace Wall at the other end of the Champ de Mars. 25 March 2019. Phayul photo/Norbu Wangyal
His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives at Theckchen Choeling temple on the second day of his teachings, McLeod Ganj, Feb. 20, 2019 Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
more photos »
Advertisement
Under the Knife: Proactive, dedicated Geneseo students for a Free Tibet
The Lamron[Friday, April 09, 2010 12:34]
Megan McCormick

The Geneseo chapter of Students for a Free Tibet is taking the necessary strides to bring the despair in Tibet to the forefront of knowledge that the students here contain.

Members of Students for a Free Tibet: Geneseo chapter and Sophomores Sean Gunderman, Orsolina de Michiel and Nicholas Turecamo proudly hold Tibet's national flag in honor of the cause they feel passionately about. (Media Credit: Ben Jay/Photo editor)
Members of Students for a Free Tibet: Geneseo chapter and Sophomores Sean Gunderman, Orsolina de Michiel and Nicholas Turecamo proudly hold Tibet's national flag in honor of the cause they feel passionately about. (Media Credit: Ben Jay/Photo editor)
The inception of the group came about this semester after junior Sean Gunderman told sophomore Orsolina de Michiel of the injustice currently taking place in Tibet.

"It's a pretty big inspiration to fight oppression anywhere in the world," de Michiel said.

Until the college officially recognizes them, the group is primarily focusing on fundraising and raising awareness for Tibet. Gunderman said the group's activities range from selling Tibetan crafts, prayer flags, T-shirts, tabling in the Union lobby, making poster boards and getting signatures to release Tibetan political figures that are held captive in China.

Once the club is officially recognized, the members said they would like to increase membership and take a trip to Ithaca where the Namgyal Monastery, the institute of Buddhist studies, is located.

"We would also like to hand out pamphlets and set up movie nights where we can watch informational and educational documentaries," Gunderman said.

According to the Students for a Free Tibet Web site, the group works in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom and independence. Through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action, the group campaigns for Tibetans' fundamental right to political freedom. Their role is to empower and train youth as leaders in the worldwide movement for social justice.

The situation in Tibet is unbeknownst to many students. According to Gunderman, Tibet was its own independent country in the '50s but was invaded by China, who took away the independence that Tibet had possessed since 1901. A peace treaty between England, Tibet and China ensued and China now claims that it is helping Tibet.

"China just built a railroad to take all of the resources and materials out of Tibet, to China," Gunderman said. "[The railroad] will increase Chinese migration to the [Tibetan] area. Tibetans are now the minority in Tibet."

"Education-wise, Tibetans are at a disadvantage," Gunderman continued. "Their literacy rate is less than 50 percent." He went on to add that "lots of political prisoners are being tortured," explaining, "When he was six, the 11th Panchen Lama was arrested and has been gone for 15 years. No one knows where he is."

Meetings for Students for a Free Tibet are held Thursdays at 6 p.m., upstairs in the College Union lounge by the student activities hall.

"[Oppression is] really everywhere," de Michiel said. "Everybody should be free, all living things, that's the main thing."
Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
Thank you. (pedhma)
Your Comments

 More..
Final Homage to the Sakya Dagchen, Cremation Ceremony to be held soon
BSNL to provide wi-fi facility in Mahabodhi temple premises
Book on Ngari by former MP launched
Dhondup wins Mr. Tibet Toronto 2015
TIPA conclude successful maiden trip to South Korea
Bylakuppe TCV Alumni to honor and celebrate Ama Jetsun Pema’s life
TNSA to livestream GCM football tournament 2016
Tibetans observe Zamling Chisang
4th GBM of Tibetan People’s Movement for Middle Way begins
Bangalore TYC holds 'Gratitude to His Holiness the Dalai Lama' Day
Advertisement
Advertisement
Photo Galleries
Advertisement
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2019 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online
Advertisement