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It’s been more than two years since the protests at the University of Missouri. In 2015, the university was at the center of a national conversation on race relations and student activism.

Today, the campus has undergone a number of changes, including the hiring of a new Chancellor and UM System President, and a new division of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

  The New York Times reports on the dramatic decline in enrollment at Mizzou in the wake of student protests.  A current student leader cries foul while right-wing media gleefully share the story.  Is there enough context? Professors Mike McKean, Earnest Perry and Stacey Woelfel discuss this and more on this week's Views of the News.

The New York Times reports on the dramatic decline in enrollment at Mizzou in the wake of student protests. A current student leader cries foul while right-wing media gleefully share the story. Is there enough context? Professors Mike McKean, Earnest Perry and Stacey Woelfel discuss this and more on this week's Views of the News.

Claire Banderas / KBIA

Last Saturday students, alumni and community members gathered to celebrate Homecoming at the University of Missouri. A yearly staple of the celebration is a parade that includes bands, floats, and the familiar "M-I-Z!" "Z-O-U!" chant.

Last year that chant was used to drown out the voices of a group of African-American protestors, Concerned Student 1950. That student group was protesting a lack of response to racist incidents on campus. Their protests eventually led to the resignation of then UM System President Tim Wolfe. 


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  COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A man charged with posting online threats to shoot black students and faculty at the University of Missouri's Columbia campus has changed his plea to guilty.

Nineteen-year-old Hunter Park admitted Monday to making a terrorist threat.

Authorities say the threats showed up Nov. 10 on the anonymous location-based messaging app Yik Yak. A university police officer says Park admitted he wrote the postings when confronted in his dorm room at a sister campus in Rolla.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: 

Spike Lee Documents Concerned Student 1950 Demonstration for Upcoming ESPN Film

Mar 7, 2016
Ryan Levi / KBIA

Filmmaker Spike Lee was in Columbia Monday shooting footage for a short documentary about the University of Missouri football team for ESPN.

"We've been here since Saturday. We're doing a piece for ESPN. It's a smaller version of 30 for 30, the series is called, 'little joints," Lee said.

Lee conducted interviews with students and faculty on Monday about the past and present campus climate, last November’s Concerned Student 1950 protests and the Mizzou football boycott.

University of Missouri Department of Communication

Interim MU Chancellor Hank Foley released statements on Sunday addressing the police body camera video of faculty member Melissa Click in confrontation with police at the MU Homecoming Parade, after a demonstration by the group Concerned Student 1950. He plans to address the video with the UM Board of Curators.

Most timelines of the events that led to the November 9th resignation of former University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe start when the student protest group Concerned Student 1950 stopped his car at the 2015 homecoming parade. Wolfe was criticized for not speaking with the students, and many believe that perceived slight made him a target. 

Two dozen black protesters twice interrupted a meeting of the University of Missouri system's governing board to read a list of demands for improvements in diversity.

In an email obtained by the Columbia Daily Tribune, former University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe has responded to the events that led to his November 9, 2015 resignation and its aftermath.

On former University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin:

University of Missouri Department of Communication

A member of the board of curators for the four-campus University of Missouri system has joined the call for an assistant professor at the Columbia campus to be fired over a videotaped clash with reporters. 

A group of Republican lawmakers submitted letters Monday to the administration of the University of Missouri calling for the “immediate termination” of Assistant Professor Melissa Click, who was filmed calling for “muscle” to block press during demonstrations at the university last November.

KBIA

Students and on-lookers across the country had many different reactions to African-American student activist group Concerned Student 1950’s recent protests, which led to former UM System President Tim Wolfe leaving his position. The events brought racial discrimination to the forefront of conversations about the university. But have they affected the number of student withdrawing from or choosing to stay at MU?

The University of Missouri Board of Curators held a meeting Friday afternoon to listen to the concerns of multiple student groups. 13 groups registered for the chance to speak to the board and other campus leaders, including newly appointed interim diversity chancellor Chuck Henson, interim UM system president Mike Middleton, and interim MU chancellor Hank Foley.

Tyler Adkisson / KBIA

Protests by University of Missouri black students that forced the administration to address racism and other problems mirror efforts decades ago that led many majority white schools to create African-American studies and other programs.

Tyler Adkisson/ KBIA

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.

Kristofor Husted / KBIA

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.

Nodaway County Sheriff's Office

  A 19-year-old Northwest Missouri State University student from Blue Springs has been charged with two counts of making a terrorist threat.

Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice on Thursday filed one misdemeanor and one felony count against Connor Stottlemyre, a freshman at the school in Maryville.

He's accused of posting a threat on the Yik Yak social media app that read, "I'm gonna shoot any black people tomorrow, so be ready." He was arrested Wednesday in his dormitory.

Bram Sable-Smith/KBIA

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.

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.

University of Missouri Director of Greek Life Janna Basler has been "placed on administrative leave and relieved of her duties as Director of Greek Life while conduct an investigation regarding her recent actions," according to a statement by Department of Student Life Director Mark Lucas.

Basler was seen in a video that surfaced Monday of a confrontation between demonstrators  and Mizzou photojournalism student Tim Tai following the resignation of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe. 

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

After the resignation of Tim Wolfe and the end of the Mizzou hunger strike, groups from outside of MU such as a group of students from Stephens College and a Revolutionary Communist Party from New York came to MU’s campus to show their support.

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.

Tyler Adkisson / KBIA

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.

Students Gather to Support Forum on Graduate Rights

Nov 10, 2015
KBIA

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 System

The University of Missouri senior vice chancellor for research and graduate studies will serve as interim chancellor for the Columbia campus after R. Bowen Loftin's resignation takes effect at the end of the year.

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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