Faces of triumph: Students react to Wolfe's resignation

1 year 2 months 2 weeks ago November 09, 2015 Nov 9, 2015 Monday, November 09 2015 Monday, November 09, 2015 4:09:00 PM CST in News
By: Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Interactive Director and Maria Di Bianca, KOMU 8 Photographer
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COLUMBIA - University of Missouri students gathered on Carnahan Quadrangle Monday to celebrate the announcement of UM System President Tim Wolfe's resignation.

Cheers and chants erupted as word came out of a meeting of the University of Missouri Board of Curators. Before the meeting went behind closed doors, Wolfe said he hoped his resignation would lead to healing on campus, where racial divisions have led to protests, incuding a hunger strike by graduate student Jonathan Butler.

One of the key incidents involved MSA President Payton Head, who said someone hurled the n-word at him while he was on campus.

Butler began his hunger strike eight days ago and students gathered on the quad daily since, some pitching tents. Butler ended his hunger strike after Monday's announcement.

Photograph Maria Di Bianca was on the quad when students heard the news.

Below: MSA President Payton Head chants with fellow Concerned Student 1950 supporters on MU’s Carnahan Quad on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Students of all colors stood in solidarity with the movement on MU’s campus.

Below: Laura Danforth, a social work PhD student and graduate instructor, celebrates in finding out UM System President Tim Wolfe’s resignation on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Danforth cancelled class Monday to stand in solidarity with the Concerned Student 1950 group and to fight for graduate students’ rights.

Below: Two Concerned Student 1950 supporters embrace after learning of UM System President Tim Wolfe’s resignation on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015.

Below: Two students chant “I believe that we will win” outside the campsite on MU’s Carnahan Quad on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Supporters danced, chanted, hugged and cried in celebration of the announcement of UM System President Tim Wolfe’s resignation.

Below: MU senior Javier Fernandez­-De La Torre stands as part of a human wall surrounding the campsite to keep media out on MU’s Carnahan Quad on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. The campsite is a safe space for students from Concerned Student 1950 as well as other activists and allies who stood in solidarity with hunger striker Jonathan Butler.

Below: An MU protester chants “power” outside the campsite on MU’s Carnahan Quad on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015.

Below: A human wall was made around the campsite on MU’s Carnahan Quad to keep media out on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. The campsite is a safe space for students from Concerned Student 1950 as well as other activists and allies who stood in solidarity with Butler.

Below: An MU graduate student rejoices after finding out UM System President Tim Wolfe’s resignation on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Many graduate students and graduate professors were present on Carnahan Quad to stand in solidarity with the Concerned Student 1950 group and to fight for graduate students’ rights.

Below: A supporter of Concerned Student 1950 gives thanks to God for UM System President Tim Wolfe’s resignation on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015.

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