By Timothy Maninger, Features Writer
The recent protests at schools across the country, including Mizzou and Yale, have prompted responses from some of the 2016 presidential candidates. The protests are attempting to bring to the front the issues of systemic racism and discrimination on campus. The resignations of several faculty members at Mizzou including the UM President Tim Wolfe and Mizzou Chancellor Loftin, over these protests have spurred similar movements across the nation. Opinions among the candidates are almost as varied as those among students: some in support and others in opposition. The protesters certainly have the legal right to peaceably assemble, and the faculty of the schools certainly have the legal right to ignore them. The real issues in question here are not about legality but rather ethics.
By Grace Deitzler, News Writer
Just six hours after University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe announced his resignation, MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced his own resignation from the position of Chancellor, effective at the end of this year.
Pressure for Wolfe and Loftin to step down has been building due to the administration’s poor handling of recent events surrounding racial issues. Though tensions had been rising since the events in Ferguson last year, the boiling point was reached earlier this semester when racial slurs were directed towards student body president Payton Head. Following this, the Legion of Black Collegiates was rehearsing a homecoming play and were verbally assaulted by a white man interrupting their rehearsal and yelling racial slurs at the students.
Tim Wolfe, left, and R. Bowen Loftin, right.