Statement in advance of the Oct. 19 Trump Wall protest and counterprotest at WSU:
PULLMAN, Wash. – As we noted in a message emailed to the Washington State University community earlier this month, WSU cherishes freedom of expression on its campuses. In fact, protecting the free exchange of ideas while encouraging dialogue that is constructive, respectful and civil is one of the university’s core values.
By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries
PULLMAN, Wash. – The familiar return of 20-somethings to Washington State University marks another start to an academic year. But a new historic exhibit on campus is a reminder that WSU during 1969-70 looked very different.
Photos by Becky Phillips, WSU Today)
Scores of students and faculty rallied at noon Thursday on the Glenn Terrell Mall to show support for programs and employees that might be cut as a result of impending state budget reductions. At about 1 p.m., the crowd, picket signs in hand, moved east to French Administration Building where they surrounded much of the second and third floor stairway landings and began chanting demands for information on possible budget cuts, teacher and staff layoffs, and program cuts.
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More than 200 Washington State University students chanted and marched throughout the hallways in the French Administration and Lighty buildings from about 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Student placards and chants called for an end to racism. The students called for a meeting with President V. Lane Rawlins to discuss their concerns. However, Rawlins was out of town. As an alternative, the students were offered the opportunity to meet with several other university executives to discuss their demands, but they said they preferred to meet with the president. A proposed meeting is being arranged in early March between students and Rawlins.
Approximately 60 students and others from the WSU community joined forces Thursday, March 6, to protest the potential war with Iraq. Protesters marched from the CUB to French Ad, where they met with several administration officials to discuss their concerns. President V. Lane Rawlins and other administrators will meet with students again at noon Friday, March 7, in the CUB, to discuss the issue. (Photo by Bob Hubner, WSU Photo Services.)