#ConcernedStudent1950 speaks after Wolfe's resignation

2 years 8 months 1 week ago Monday, November 09 2015 Nov 9, 2015 Monday, November 09, 2015 1:50:00 PM CST November 09, 2015 in News
By: Chris Gothner, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
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COLUMBIA - Activists from the protest group #ConcernedStudent1950 held a news conference Monday afternoon in reaction to Tim Wolfe's resignation as UM System President.

The group demanded a meeting with the UM System faculty board, the UM System Board of Curators and Gov. Jay Nixon to discuss changes going forward. The group said it wanted students to have a say in choosing the next UM System President. 

The group also wants to see 15 percent black faculty instead of the current 2.2 percent, as well as black psychologists on campus.

Group members described their frustration and anger with Wolfe. They singled out a moment at the homecoming parade, when students who locked arms in front of his car were confronted by counter-protesters.

"We were threatened with pepper spray and pushed out of the way physically, and he did nothing," one speaker said.

Another called Wolfe "too reactionary of a leader."

"We need an educator to lead an education system," the speaker said.

The group said it did not request the MU football team to boycott, but appreciated the team's action.

Graduate student and hunger striker Jonathan Butler addressed the conference. 

"It's disgusting and vile that we find ourselves in the place that we do," Butler said. "This was the Mizzou community standing together for the first time I've ever seen."

Butler said this was the last time he'd answer questions about his health. 

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