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What Happened at the University of Missouri?

Posted November 10, 2015

In the last few days, there's been a flurry of news coming from the Columbia campus of the University of Missouri. For most of us, this news came out of nowhere. But these issues have been building on campus. If you're unsure what all went on or haven't heard about this news, here are some major events that have occurred at the University of Missouri:

  • After several racially charged incidents on campus, student activists began calling for systemic changes by the administration to address the presence of racism on campus.
  • Throughout the fall, there have been a number of "Racism Lives Here" rallies to make the University of Missouri campus aware of the presence of racism in the student body and the university as a whole. 
  • Without adequate response from Chancellor of the Columbia campus R. Bowen Loftin and University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe, student organizations call for these leaders to step down along with several other demands. 
  • A graduate student began a hunger strike on Nov. 2, calling for the resignation of President Wolfe. Although Wolfe meets with leaders of the student protests and issues statements showing concern for the student, he does not resign. Many feel that he doesn't understand the reasons for the protests. 
  • Many students and faculty stage a walk out to show solidarity with the hunger strike.
  • Over the weekend, players of color on the University of Missouri football announced that they would not participate in any football related activities until the hunger strike ended. The coach and the rest of the team stood behind these players. 
  • Amid pressure from students, faculty, and the public, Wolfe and Loftin resign their positions. Wolfe says, "I take full responsibility for this frustration, and I take full responsibility for the inaction that has occurred."
  • The graduate student ended his hunger strike, but says that Wolfe's resignation is only the first step for change. 

However, this is only the tip of the iceberg on issues that have occurred at the University of Missouri this fall. For a more in depth look at what has caused these protests, take a look at this timeline from Missouri's student newspaper.