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Robots Protesting UI Locker Rooms
IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - As the University of Iowa gears up for FRY fest this weekend, one group is planning to take to the campus streets for another cause.
The "Million Robot March," led by a University of Iowa professor, is protesting the school’s pink locker room, which is used by the visiting team. The color of the facility has been a controversial issue on campus for years.
The idea behind dressing as robots for this protest is to fight "absurdity with absurdity".
Famed coach Hayden Fry said he agreed to the wall color because quote "pink is often found in girls' bedrooms, and because of that some consider it a sissy color."
It was painted in 1979.
In 2005 the University of Iowa added pink urinals, showers, floors and lockers, making the color more permanent. Some say, the idea was to make the visiting team feel "insulted" others point to the story that the room was painted pink to subdue the other team because pink is a “calming” color.
The man behind Friday’s march, Communications Professor Kembrew McLeod says on his website he feels this is just one more black mark on campus when it comes to women; the school's issue of sexual assault, most recently coming up again, after another a report was filed just days before the start of classes.
The march will take place Friday night at 5pm at the Coralville Marriott.