MU alumni express new feelings for their alma mater
COLUMBIA - Tim Wolfe’s resignation as UM System President has been a cause for conversation across MU’s campus and the nation as a whole. Following his announcement, there were a variety of reactions on that, along with the end of graduate student Jonathan Butler’s week-long hunger strike.
One MU alumna said Wolfe’s resignation brings empowerment to students.
“I feel like this has shown me that my voice matters and has power and that if we all come together we can create change,” Jalet Hickmonrosa said. “We don’t have to settle for the way things are or were.”
Concerned Student 1950 is the lead activist group advocating for racial equality on MU’s campus. Wolfe’s resignation was one of the main changes the group rallied for, saying he was negligent on race-related issues at MU.
Some students say Wolfe’s resignation proves they aren’t powerless when it comes to matters of making a difference. Mauria Tomlin, a supporter of Concerned Student 1950, said she’s happy the university is finally starting to listen, but it still has a long way to go.
“We need to start cleaning house with all the administrative staff, that also includes our Board of Curators because they chose this man,” Tomlin said.
Hickmonrosa said there is still much to do.
“It makes me proud to be from here to see that people are willing to change,” Hickmonrosa said. “We have a lot of work to do but it makes me proud to see that people are open.”
A main concern for some Concerned Student 1950 leaders and supporters is how to handle people who are against the movement.
“People are still going to be bigots and have their own beliefs, but we can have a conversation about that,” Tomlin said. “At the end of the day it’s really about respecting each other and continuing on with our educations and not putting each other down or claiming that one is inferior to the other.”
Some alumni, along with student activists and supporters, say they do not plan on letting the race conversation die with Wolfe’s resignation.
“I don’t want to stop here, it’s something that definitely needs to continue and we have to keep going,” Hickmonrosa said.
She said she hopes MU continues to work toward promoting a campus of inclusion and one that advocates for the rights of all Tigers.