Notre Dame uses univesity funds to pay for students’ trip to Washington gay rights march

A surprise move from the (Notre Dame)) Student Activities Office allowed five students to attend a national gay rights demonstration in Washington D.C. Sunday, sophomore Jackie Emmanuel, president of the Progressive Student Alliance (PSA), said. The students were granted permission from the Office to use PSA funding to travel to the nation’s capital to participate in the National Equality March over the weekend, Emmanuel said. “The fact that we were University-approved was surprising but it was a wonderful surprise,” she said. “The University hasn’t always been entirely receptive in the past.” Sophomore Joanna Whitfield, a PSA officer and an attendee of the trip, said the support from the University was unexpected.