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In September, Missouri Student Association President, Payton Head, was called racial slurs. “Racism Lives Here” rallies started to take place on campus, and members of the Legion of Black Collegians homecoming court were called racial slurs during their rehearsal for a play.

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin decided to implement mandatory diversity and inclusion training beginning in January for all new students and for faculty and staff, but many weren’t satisfied.

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As the dust settles at the University of Missouri this week, two university administrators’ jobs have been left in the wake. Students have been protesting a lack of action on the university’s part to racist incidents on campus.

The situation made national headlines when the school’s football team got involved to support the cause. Experts say that kind of student-athlete influence is growing and universities have to pay attention to that economic and cultural pull.

MU Black Culture Center Sign Defaced

Nov 12, 2015
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Around 1 a.m. this morning, an unknown person used spray paint to cover the word ‘Black’ on the sign outside of the Gaines-Oldham Black Culture Center.  According to the University Of Missouri Police Department (MUPD), investigators are reviewing video surveillance from the area. The spray paint has now been removed and MUPD Chief Doug Schwandt said in a press release that the safety and security of students are their top priority, and there will be increased security on campus for the foreseeable future.

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Monday, after the resignation of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe and the announcement that MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin would be stepping down at the end of the year, a video appeared that shows an altercation between members of the press and a group of activists gathered on Carnahan Quadrangle – near the Concerned Student 1950 campsite.

Bram Sable-Smith / KBIA

The University of Missouri Board of Curators has announced that Mike Middleton, an MU deputy chancellor emeritus, will be the interim president for the UM System. 

Middleton replaces Tim Wolfe as UM System President, after Wolfe resigned his position on Monday following calls from students for his resignation and a football team strike. 

Middleton says he hopes he can help the system move forward.

Tyler Adkisson / KBIA

For most of this week, the story of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe and MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin resigning amidst protests by a group called Concerned Student 1950 has dominated the national 24-hour news cycle. The problem with the 24-hour news cycle is that context often gets lost in the shuffle, and this story has LOTS of context. Even people who live in the Mid-Missouri community are a little confused by how this story has played out because it’s incredibly nuanced and been ongoing for months.

Nodaway County Sheriff's Office

Police this morning at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo. apprehended a university student at his residence hall, the university said today

  University of Missouri leadership released a mass campus email Wednesday afternoon stating in part “Our campus has experienced significant turbulence, and many within our community have suffered threats against their lives and humanity. These threats are reprehensible. “

In a separate statement to media, leadership added that currently, there are no threats to campus safety, and that MUalert.missouri.edu is the only campus source for emergency information.

It’s been a historic week at the University of Missouri. On Monday, Tim Wolfe resigned as president of the UM System. Hours later, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced he is stepping down from that office at the end of the year. We’ll look at local, regional and national media coverage, talk about challenges to the First Amendment, and examine the role of Mizzou Football. From the Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean: Views of the News.

A Conversation with Tim Tai

Nov 11, 2015
Derek Poore / Missouri School of Journalism

On Monday, University of Missouri photojournalism student Tim Tai made international headlines as a video depicting a confrontation between him and demonstrators on the University of Missouri campus went viral. On Wednesday, Tai sat down with KBIA's Bram Sable-Smith to discuss the experience. 


Tyler Adkisson / KBIA

The morning of Tim Wolfe’s resignation as UM system president was supposed to be a day of celebration for Concerned Student 1950. Their victory however, was overshadowed by controversy.

Students Gather to Support Forum on Graduate Rights

Nov 10, 2015
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Hundreds of graduate students and faculty members gathered at Traditions Plaza on Tuesday in support of the Forum on Graduate Rights, or FGR. The organization is dedicated to acting on issues that affect the lives of graduate students at MU.

University of Missouri School of Law

The University of Missouri Provost announced that Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Trial Practice in the MU School of Law Chuck Henson would be named Interim Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity effective immediately.

Bram Sable-Smith / KBIA

Yesterday was a big news day in our City, and surely, you already know about the high profile resignations at the University of Missouri: both the UM system President and MU Chancellor are out.

At this point, it’s likely you’ve also heard that most of the demonstrators who catalyzed those resignations did not want to talk to the press.

  

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University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigned Monday, a major move in a school year defined by a level of activism and student mobilization that is not often seen at Mizzou. Later the same day MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced he is stepping down from his position, and transferring to a research focused role.

Every story is a long story with a deep history and many layers, but this chapter began on October 10. A group of 11 African American students calling themselves Concerned Student 1950 blocked the homecoming parade, linking arms and forming a line in front of Wolfe’s car. They were protesting racism and discrimination at the university. 

Over the course of the next month protests, walkouts and a hunger strike dominated campus news. On Monday, as major changes were underway, Intersection reporters fanned out across campus to bring you these voices and stories from people including Michael Sam, Jonathan Butler, Tim Wolfe and Mary Ratliff, among many others.  


Rebecca Smith / KBIA

  On the same day the University of Missouri System president resigned, the chancellor of the Columbia campus has also announced he will be stepping down at the end of the year.

Just hours after UM System President Tim Wolfe announced his resignation, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said he will also be stepping down. 

TRANSCRIPT:

Intro: Two high profile executives in the University of Missouri system resigned today  (Monday) following several racially charged incidents on the system’s Columbia campus and student protests. KBIA’s Bram Sable-Smith has a recap of how the day unfolded.

Tyler Adkisson / KBIA

Following Tim Wolfe’s resignation Monday, Concerned Student 1950 held a news conference at Traditions Plaza to talk about the university’s action, and to voice their reactions.

Bram Sable-Smith / KBIA

Teachers and students who gathered in Carnahan Quad on the MU campus this morning celebrated the resignation of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe.

Cheers of glee erupted as protesters learned the news that Wolfe was stepping down. Faculty members and students walked out of classes to support the cause, led by the group Concerned Student 1950. The group has called for the removal or resignation of President Wolfe for months because of his lack of response to racist incidents on campus.

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Janet Saidi / KBIA

In response to recent protests and controversies, University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigned from office in a public statement made at the University of Missouri Board of Curators' special meeting Monday morning. 

Prior to the resignation, on Sunday afternoon, a statement from President Wolfe was released by his office, but he did not make an in-person appearance.

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Janet Saidi / KBIA

There was a rush of local and national media attention Sunday after the students of color on the Mizzou Tigers Football team’s Saturday announcement that they would not take part in any “football related activities” until University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe either resigned or was removed from office due to his “negligence toward marginalized students’ experiences.”

On Sunday afternoon, a statement from President Wolfe was released by his office, but he did not make an in-person appearance.

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Athletes of color on the University of Missouri's football team will no longer be participating in any “football related activities” until the President of the University of Missouri system, Tim Wolfe, either resigns or is removed from office “due to his negligence toward marginalized students’ experiences.”

 

Ross Terrell/ KBIA

  More than 100 students attended a rally held on MU’s campus Thursday. The rally was started by the group Concerned Student 1950 in protest of UM System President Tim Wolfe and in support of Jonathan Butler, the graduate student who embarked on a hunger strike until Wolfe resigns.

The University of Missouri Department of English sent a letter to the UM Board of Curators and UM System President Tim Wolfe Wednesday morning informing them of the department's unanimous vote of no confidence in MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. 

Ross Terrell/ KBIA

 

  About 20 students gathered on the parking lot of University Hall Tuesday morning to address UM System President Tim Wolfe in support of Jonathan Butler. Butler announced Monday morning on Twitter that he would embark on a hunger strike until he lost his life or Wolfe resigned.

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University of Missouri police are investigating another incident of vandalism targeting minorities.