Diversity on Campus: Concerned Student 1950 news press conference

Colleen Sloyan, J2150U Student Writer

On Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, UM System President Tim Wolfe resigned during a UM Board of Curators meeting this morning. Following this announcement made at 10 a.m., MU students and faculty linked arms to form a circle around Concerned Student 1950 on Carnahan quad to protect them from the media. Journalism student Mariah Brannon spoke of the crowd that gathered and said “Let them enjoy today.” She described the scene as media with cameras trying to push through the circle to get a close shot of Jonathan Butler.

Concerned Student 1950 members shield graduate student Jonathan Butler from the pressing media following the end of the news press conference in traditions plaza in Columbia, Mo. on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Jonathan Butler had been on a hunger strike for eight days until Monday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. when UM System President Tim Wolfe announced his resignation.
Concerned Student 1950 members shield graduate student Jonathan Butler from the pressing media following the end of the news press conference in traditions plaza in Columbia, Mo. on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Jonathan Butler had been on a hunger strike for eight days until Monday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. when UM System President Tim Wolfe announced his resignation.

Concerned Student 1950 held a news press conference in traditions plaza at 1 p.m. The turnout to the press conference was more than just media. Faculty cancelled classes and students of all races stood to witness history at MU. The crowd displayed tears listening to black student experiences and held up signs of support.

The crowd raises their right hand in solidarity to support and continue to support change on MU's campus at traditions plaza in Columbia, Mo. on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Bystanders joined Concerned Student 1950 members on stage in traditions plaza for the last few messages of the news press conference.
The crowd raises their right hand in solidarity to support and continue to support change on MU’s campus at traditions plaza in Columbia, Mo. on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Bystanders joined Concerned Student 1950 members on stage in traditions plaza for the last few messages of the news press conference.

MU senior Frances Silney-Bah held a sign that read, “They think it’s a game. They think it’s a joke. No justice, no peace!” Silney-Bah voiced, “This is just one step. We are not done yet.” Frances feels Wolfe’s resignation is on the way to justice but justice has not yet been served.

Senior Frances Silney-Bah holds a hand-made sign at the Concerned Student 1950 press conference on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 in Columbia, Mo. Attendees shouted chants out loud guided by members of Concerned Student 1950 for all of campus to hear.
Senior Frances Silney-Bah holds a hand-made sign at the Concerned Student 1950 press conference on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 in Columbia, Mo. Attendees shouted chants out loud guided by members of Concerned Student 1950 for all of campus to hear.
Graduate student Reuben Faloughi and member of Concerned Student 1950 maintains a low voice volume while scolding an eager journalism student for invading and intruding upon the group's boundaries during the press conference repeatedly on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 in Columbia, Mo. The student said that it was his job to do that and Faloughi answered him saying, "The next time you try to be intrusive, have some empathy. 'It's my job' is unacceptable."
Graduate student Reuben Faloughi and member of Concerned Student 1950 maintains a low voice volume while scolding an eager journalism student for invading and intruding upon the group’s boundaries during the press conference repeatedly on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 in Columbia, Mo. The student said that it was his job to do that and Faloughi answered him saying, “The next time you try to be intrusive, have some empathy. ‘It’s my job’ is unacceptable.”
An unnamed MU student raises her right hand to show support to marginalized groups on MU's campus on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 in Columbia, Mo. Students of all races were present to celebrate this moment in history for #BoycottMU and #ConcernedStudent1950.
An unnamed Caucasian MU student raises her right hand to show support to marginalized groups on MU’s campus on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 in Columbia, Mo. Students of all races were present to celebrate this moment in history for #BoycottMU and #ConcernedStudent1950.
A reporter and camera man from a news outlet turn toward each other for support after the reporter asks hurried members of Concerned Student 1950, "Why won't you talk to the media?," on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 in Columbia, Mo on the corner of Missouri and Conley Ave. Media representatives pushed forward after the news conference ended to be the first to capture interviews with Concerned Student 1950 members.
A reporter and camera man from a news outlet turn toward each other for support after the reporter asks hurried members of Concerned Student 1950, “Why won’t you talk to the media?,” on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 in Columbia, Mo on the corner of Missouri and Conley Ave. Media representatives pushed forward after the news conference ended to be the first to capture interviews with Concerned Student 1950 members despite numerous requests from the group for privacy to reflect on Monday’s events.
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