Student Association President Mackenzie Mertikas canceled the organization’s Nov. 18 assembly meeting, instead leading SA’s cabinet to The Barnes Center at The Arch to support the #NotAgainSU protesters gathered inside.
Mertikas’ decision to join the sit-in reflects what she said has been SA’s goal throughout the #NotAgainSU protest: to support the student movement, not lead it. #NotAgainSU, led by black students, began protesting in the Barnes Center on Nov. 13 in response to racist graffiti found in a SU residence hall.
The protesters presented demands to Chancellor Kent Syverud, who signed 16 of their 19 demands as written. Now that the chancellor has agreed to demands, Mertikas said her administration will continue to support the protesters in their efforts to ensure the demands are met.
“I think we should be involved in some capacity, and we’re going to need to figure out exactly what that looks like,” she said.
Protesters are calling for the resignation of Syverud, Department of Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado, DPS Associate Chief John Sardino and Senior Vice President for Enrollment and the Student Experience Dolan Evanovich. Mertikas and Sameeha Saied, SA Vice President, have not decided if they will support #NotAgainSU’s calls for the resignation of university administration.
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