In the two weeks following the grand jury announcement, Student Life arranged one-on-one interviews with more than a dozen students involved in the ensuing protests. These students relayed their experiences at various protests throughout St. Louis, shared their reasons for protesting and voiced their hopes for how the protests will evolve within the University community.
Hundreds of students expanded the scope of protest activities on campus Thursday afternoon, including marching through Olin Library and protesting on the lawn of the chancellor’s residence.
In any case where a black person is killed by a police officer, some common points emerge to justify the crimes. If you find yourself grasping for evidence to oppose such claims, I hope that the following responses—more specifically tailored to the Darren Wilson case—can help.
On the first day of classes after Thanksgiving break, Washington University students continued to protest last week’s grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson with a pair of on-campus actions.
Seven Students Against Peabody protesters have been released after being arrested at the group’s final planned protest Friday morning. The students were arrested and charged with trespassing and disturbing the peace after attempting to cross a police line blocking entrance to the Knight Center.
Even though the protests against Peabody Energy ended last week without achieving any of the protesters’ initially expressed goals, I think the sit-in was one of the best things to have happened to the school during my four years here at Washington University.
Apparently the students at Washington University involved in the protests against Peabody Coal feel that the best way to air their grievances is to shut down any voice with which they disagree by walking out of meetings, demonizating their opponents or having them kicked off boards and the University campus.
The Brookings Archway sit-in against Peabody Energy is nearly a week old, and though the protest’s organizers have had their demands rebuffed by Chancellor Mark Wrighton in a meeting Saturday morning, the sit-in doesn’t show any times of ending soon.
As alumni, we write to express our support for the student movement demanding that Washington University break ties with Peabody Energy. Despite a dirty reputation of social injustice and scientific misrepresentation, our alma mater continues to propagate the myth of clean coal and Peabody’s CEO Greg Boyce continues to sit on the University’s board of trustees.
Cradling bowls of homemade chili in their laps as the sun set behind Ridgley Hall, about two dozen students seated in a circle took turns explaining why they were fighting to dissolve Washington University’s ties with Peabody Energy.