On Thursday, students gathered collectively at Schroeder Plaza with signs and protest demanding answers about the departure of former president Tim Flanagan.
The demonstration began at 12:15 p.m. The flashmob was created by a group of approximately 40 students who take a social movement class together. At the event, an estimated 100 to 200 people showed up to voice their opinion.
The main reasoning behind the flashmob was to continue raising awareness about the issues surrounding Flanagan’s situation, the termination of Patrick Murphy and the role of the Board of Trustees (BOT), Mallie Feltner, senior political science major and one of the organizers of the flashmob, said.
“We want students to see that we have a voice and can make a difference by standing up for what’s right instead of idly sitting by while the administration make decisions that negatively affect us,” Feltner said.
Quoting a previous Vidette article, Flanagan received the money by making a compromise with the BOT. It would pay him the rest of this year’s salary and his next years’ salary which equated to the lesser of two evils.
But, the students’ outcry on Thursday was more than simply the payout to Flanagan.
The flashmob would like accountability from the BOT in the form of a formal apology. They would like a presidential contract protecting ISU in the future which wouldn’t be at the expense of students and taxpayers, Feltner said. A total of 1,300 signatures have been collected in favor of this stance.
Last mont, President Larry Dietz signed a similar worded presidential contract to the one Flanagan signed.
“We want students to be educated on subjects and speak their mind, so from that perspective I applaud it,” Jay Groves, chief of staff, said. “Illinois State is part of the American Democracy Project, so I think it’s important when students get educated on issues get passionate about them and state their passion.”
Groves continued by stating he would answer any questions regarding this situation and has reached out to any group of students wishing to know more about the topic.
Groves can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-438-5677.