Haley Broughton, 23News Staff Writer

The 11 original members of Concerned Student 1950 held a press conference at Traditions Plaza on Monday afternoon, Nov. 9. Jonathan Butler, who has been hunger striking since Nov. 2, was present and answered a few questions from the press.

Before the question-and-answer session, Concerned Student 1950 made their next goal clear. “Concerned Student 1950 demands an immediate meeting with the UM system faculty council Board of Curators and the Governor of the state of Missouri,” the group said. “The goal is to abolish inequalities at the intersection of race at the University of Missouri-Columbia.”

They plan to meet with curators to create a system of governance that includes the voices of marginalized students.

“The resignation of Tim Wolfe is a glimmer of hope for historically marginalized students whose voices have been silenced by patriarchal white male institutions,” said a member of Concerned Student 1950 during the press conference. The fight doesn’t end here for the group, however.

The following are questions that were answered during the session by members of Concerned Student 1950. Answers are paraphrased in the words of the 23News staff writer.

Q: What didn’t Wolfe do when he was in office that initiated the push for his resignation?

A: Wolfe failed to address multiple issues that have occurred at MU. When Sasha Courey claimed she had been raped by a football player, he did not enforce an investigation of her allegations and essentially ignored the situation entirely. During the homecoming strike, one of the 11 original Concerned Student 1950 members was hit by a vehicle with no apology from Wolfe until the movement received a major increase in media attention.

Q: Did the group reach out to the football team?

A: No, the football team decided to act on their own. They heard the Concerned Student 1950 message then took action to protest on their own. Now that Tim Wolfe has resigned, they will continue to practice as usual.

Q: Jonathan Butler, how are you doing?

A: Butler wasn’t there to speak on his health, but he did say that he thanks the glory of God for being able to still walk.

Q: Many people were asking Jonathan Butler to comment on the events that had taken place.

A: Butler said he appreciated the prayers and all the support that unified MU students for the cause. When asked to comment on what has been happening on campus throughout the past couple of days, he said “It is important to look at why we had to get here in the first place, not just the Mizzou Hunger Strike … It is disgusting and vile that we find ourselves in the place that we do”. It was very apparent that Butler was willing to give his life for the cause, but the fact that it took that extreme of an action to spur change disgusted him.

Q: What has all of this taught you about love and compassion?

A: “When I first came to Mizzou, I had a culture shock… I felt isolated,” one of the members of Concerned Student 1950 stated. “I have felt so much love these past eight days.” Many people brought supplies to the campsite showed  love to the Concerned Student 1950 members.

Q: Who will be the next UM President?

A: The group is in the works of talking to other UM schools about what they want to see in the next System President. A major point made by one of the 11 Concerned Student 1950 members was “We criticize Mizzou because we love Mizzou.”

Q: Anything else you’d like to add?

A: The Concerned Student 1950 group plans to take the fight to state governors to include more historically marginalized groups in the discussion.

Q: What are their feelings towards the changes in graduate student rights and other issues on campus?

A: After the graduate student health care cuts, many graduate students are living under the poverty line if they hadn’t been already. Members of Concerned Student 1950 state that “we shouldn’t have gotten to this point.” They say it is important to note that “one struggle isn’t greater than the other.”

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