Unfortunately, the story doesn't end here with a community coming together to mourn the passing of a loved one. Sources tell me that instead this independent student initiative is creating controversy. Apparently, elements in the university administration do not want such symbols of solidarity and community on campus. The Division of Student Affairs (DOSA) has objected strongly to students holding this event. According to my informants, DOSA held their own event commemorating Burns. After the event a student and friend of Burns passed out flyers announcing their candlelight vigil. The student was approached by a member of DOSA who demanded that the flyers be handed over. The student refused and was then threatened with a scolding from the Dean of Students. To her credit, the student persisted and the vigil is being organized. Later, the student received an email threatening her with disciplinary action under the student conduct code if she did not cease her dangerous activity of having people light candles and remember the life of Telkia Burns. The student reports that she felt disrespected by the administration and that this is typical of the attitudes of many.
I hope that wisdom prevails and that admin supports this positive show of community support and campus solidarity. Unfortunately, yet again, students have been disrespected. Is this indicative of admin's attitude toward our students as it has been towards our faculty? Is it time to get in the game? Many students think so and are organizing a group to begin to demand a change at CSU. A planning meeting is set for Wednesday and Thursday of next week in SCI 1F. Flyers announcing the meeting are posted around campus.
More information regarding this situation is forthcoming. For now, see below for information on the vigil.
IN LOVING MEMORY
THE CSU FAMILY IS COMING TOGETHER TO HONOR ONE OF OUR OWN IN THE QUAD ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD AT 9 P.M