By Ogden Wright
After the release of the recent news article in the Index titled ‘Students Protest in Class’ and the piece in the opinions section critiquing the protest, members of the campus community have started to get involved in the conversation about the event and what it means for campus.
Students were asked how much they knew about the event and any opinions they may have on subsequent action. Below are excerpts from their answers.
“I did not know about the protests last quarter….I don’t know what happened.”
“I think it’s important that students fight for what they believe in, so if they believe they have to do a protest, then its fine with me.”
“I think it’s really good that they stood up for themselves in that situation, because if they truly felt that they were being ignored due to their race, and the fact that they did that, and they stood up for themselves, I think is a good example for people in the future. I support them full-heartedly.”
“I don’t think the article necessarily reflected the information I heard at first, because I went back to that information and it was basically that the student felt as though their opinions and their comments in the class weren’t necessarily being seen as valid, which, if you have a problem with that, it ought to be brought up with the professor. The protest: I would not have done it but I see people doing it and I’m ok with it. I’m not against it. ”
“I know the protest was about something that happened with Mele, and she wasn’t satisfied. She felt like the teacher didn’t care about her response, and like, she just walked out. I understand that people want to be heard in their opinions, but I feel like this is too much, like they’re making a big deal out of nothing. Maybe she could have gone to his office hours and talked to him about it or something and not make a big deal out of it. ”
Drawing on inspiration from sketch “Jay Walking” on the popular night time television show “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “K walking” will serve as our weekly feature where we ask students from our campus community a series of questions, with the intention of eliciting their opinions and gauging the mood on campus with respect to the questions asked.