December 2, 2016

Students join together for “It’s on us” video

Livie Hal

Webster student Jake Thebeau leads a crowd of Gorloks during the shooting of the “It’s On Us” video in the quad. PHOTO BY: Livie Hall | The Journal

Webster students Kelly Otto, Kaylen Kress, Kara Parr and Jake Thebeau created a Facebook page last week asking for students to come to the Quad Thursday, Nov. 19. A year after the “It’s On Us” campaign began at Webster, Thebeau said President Elizabeth Stroble’s office commissioned the four to direct and produce a video for the website.

Thebeau said the campaign aims to stop and prevent sexual harassment, as well as make people aware of the problem on Webster’s campus.

On the sunny, chilly afternoon, around 100 students gathered on the Quad, right on time at two o’clock. Under the direction of Otto and Thebeau, participants huddled together in their jackets, smiles on their faces. On the count of three, they looked up at the cameras and yelled, “It’s on us,” followed by cheering.

A drone flew over the group with a GoPro attached to it. Once more the group was to yell, but this time it was “It’s on Webster University.”

Otto said video is the way she communicates with people. She said if people could watch this video and just learn about the cause, it would open up people’s eyes.

Associate Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of Global Marketing and Communications Barbara O’Malley was one of the administration who turned out, along with Director of Public Relations Patrick Giblin. She said she came out simply to support the cause.

“It’s great to be here to support the students,” O’Malley  said.

Thebeau said he would be working on editing the video over winter break and it would be ready to roll in January on the university’s website.

“We’re going to put it [the video] on YouTube. Honestly, we’re going to try to put as many eyes on it as we possibly can.

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