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BTN LiveBIG: Northwestern's Bast striking out bullying

What began as a summer project for Northwestern senior softball star Marisa Bast has quickly become a community-changing program. During her Leadership Certificate Program field study this summer, the softball slugger teamed up with NU assistant athletic director for community relations, Maureen Palchak, to develop a program to address bullying. In the fall, Bast’s field study evolved into “Stand Up and Reach Out and Reinforce Respect” (a.k.a. Stand Up and ROARR). “Anything we’ve ever done in community outreach has always been more successful when students are leading the way,” said Palchak. “And that’s what Marisa’s been able to do.” Bast,