Students call for candlelit English classrooms
The University of Minnesota made headlines yesterday after a short, 30-minute rally that drew the attention of several students during their walk to class. The rally was staged by the Gothic student group Velvet Death Coalition, and asked for special sections of a University literature class to be held by candlelight. The class in question was Victorian Literature.
A group of about 10 students from the Velvet Death Coalition gathered in front of Coffman for the rally. They held red and black candles and played the song, “Battle Hymn,” by Faith and the Muse on a loop for the duration of the rally. While there was no chanting or even much talking on the part of those rallying, they did hold up signs which portrayed an array of classic Victorian novels, over which occult symbols were superimposed.
The president of the Velvet Death Coalition, senior Blade Lazarus Morde, spoke about the rally, saying, “We think this should happen but, you know, whatever. Nothing really matters anyway.”
The protest went largely unnoticed by University faculty and students, with many stating that they had never seen or heard of the Velvet Death Coalition before. The student group reportedly meets in the sub-basement of the Bell Museum and has never hosted any public events nor collaborated with any other student groups. A representative of the Velvet Death Coalition, junior Amethyst Ravyn, refused to comment on the regular activities of their club, and was heard murmuring under her breath, “You wouldn’t get it.”
“I just don’t understand how it’s plausible to have a candlelit literature class. You wouldn’t be able to see the words on the page very well,” commented sophomore Jodie Clark, an English student. Other concerns voiced by students included fire safety and the fact that laptops would be excluded from these special, electricity-free classes.
“They just don’t understand that the darkness speaks for the words,” replied Morde to the comments of his fellow students. When asked to elaborate on his meaning, Morde refused further comment and walked away.