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Student Protests During Cornell University's Trustee Weekend
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| October 24, 2009
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Student protests during trustee weekend! Dozens of students from various minority groups from around Cornell University demonstrate to the university’s governing body around Bailey Hall. Despite the frigid temperatures, harsh winds, and soaking rain, the protester’s resolve was fierce. Students could be heard chanting “student voice is not a choice!” The protest was to raise awareness of many of the issues facing Cornell minority students, such as the lack of progress on an Asian resource center, the reassignment of program house director Ken Glover and the overall lack of a say in undergraduate student affairs. “We’ve been given commitments and the administration has fallen through over and over again,” said Cornell senior Ebony Ray, “so we’re trying something new, we’re protesting.” Many trustees seemed to be divided over the issue of the protester’s presence. Some trustees were decidedly in favor of the protesters and their issues. “I think that diversity is very important issue at Cornell and we need to make sure we’re supporting diversity,” said Cornell Junior and student trustee Asa Craig. Other trustees were more hostile towards the demonstrators, including one gentleman who told protesters to “go home, sleep it off guys.” [[audio|file=Student Trustee Weekend Protest 1.mp3|display=embed|size=single|align=center]]
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