Daily Mail- A Columbia University student who carried a mattress around campus to publicly accuse a fellow student of rape graduated alongside her alleged attacker on Tuesday- and took her controversial prop to the ceremony.
Students applauded in support of Emma Sulkowicz as she carried the 50-pound bed on stage while accepting her diploma.
The German student who Sulkowicz accuses of being a 'serial rapist' who sexually assaulted her and two other women was also at the ceremony.
Paul Nungesser has not been charged with a crime after the district attorney's office found there was a 'lack of reasonable suspicion' and he is now suing the university.
Sulkowicz had vowed to carry the mattress around campus until her alleged attacker was expelled - and refused to shake the hand of President Lee Bollinger as she accepted her diploma, according to the Columbia Spectator's Teo Armus.
The artist earned course credits for carrying the mattress around as part of her senior project entitled, 'Carry that Weight' which was framed as a protest against the university's alleged tolerance of rape and other sexual assault.
'The past year of my life has been really marked by telling people what happened in that most intimate and private space,' Sulkowicz told the Columbia Spectator in September.
'I was raped in my own dorm bed and since then, that space has become fraught for me. I feel like I've carried the weight of what happened there since then.'
Aggressive. I got to say, I pretty much love this move. Then again, it's easy to love the move from a far when you are not the one lugging a fucking tainted mattress all over campus everyday of your life. I am not all that interested in the symbolism of this girl having to carry the 'weight' of that situation with her at all times, but I am a big fan of her destroying this kid's graduation day. Hey bud, uh, maybe should have sat this one out, no? The only reason people go to graduation is to give their parents a day to celebrate the six figure investment they put forth to give them an education. Mom and Dad probably aren't crying any tears of joy when the focal point of the entire ceremony is a mattress that represents their son's sexual deviancy. Probably not too prideful when their graduate's questionable character essentially turned tuition into a a donation. You know on a sitcom when a kid changes their grades on their report card, and the parents are so happy until they find out the truth? Well, this level of disappointment just raped that level of disappointment.
Whether people want to admit it or not, people crying rape when they make dumb, drunken decisions is a problem in this country. Not as much of a problem as rape itself, but a problem nonetheless. You know what kind of person shows up to graduation in a cap and a gown, with a jail cell mattress over their shoulder? That's right, someone who without a doubt got raped. Far be it for me to question her validity as a victim. I already believed her after she brought her mattress to a class or two. Graduation is just icing on the cake. This is why I have always said you never half ass a rape charge. She is far too dedicated to the cause to be counterfeit. How many times does this kid come across this girl on campus and have to avoid eye contact with the lunatic lugging their room and board along with them? If that's not enough of a reminder of his transgressions then his job search certainly will be. Convicted or not, I am pretty sure there is a zero tolerance policy to having your picture associated with a "Girl Carries Rape Mattress" headline. I see a name change in someone's future. Probably for the best anyway. After this graduation debacle your parents might be looking for the quickest possible way to forget that you're their child.
New meaning to the term 'walk of shame'...