Residents of the B.O.L.D. House welcomed students and faculty into their Maple Street home Wednesday for an open discussion on protesting and its role in modern America.
B.O.L.D. House representative and junior Taylor McElwain explained that this was the first event geared toward protesting history and methods. She cited the recent Charlottesville, Virginia, protests as the motivation behind creating the program.
Junior Marie Ostendorf, a B.O.L.D. House resident, facilitated the discussion on protest history and attendees’ perspectives on issues related to protesting.
“I feel that protesting is looked at with stigma and negativity,” said the two-year B.O.L.D. House resident. “In reality, it has done so much for progression in America.”
The living room of the B.O.L.D. House was left with standing room only by the beginning of the Protesting 101 discussion.
Dean of Students Ellis Hall said he attended the event to learn more about different perspectives on campus.
In his 17 years on campus, Hall has never seen what he defines as a classic protest. He said more students tend to discuss and share their views without demonstrations.
For those who wish to partake in on-campus protests, page 45 of Franklin College’s 2017-2018 Student Handbook, available on MyFC, outlines the college’s policy on public demonstrations and protest.
The policy states that protests are permitted, granted they are conducted in an “orderly manner” and “do not interfere with classes, scheduled meetings and ceremonies, placement interviews or with other educational processes of the college.”
At the closing of the event, McElwain provided each attendee with a poster board and markers to participate in their own protest.
Freshman Zohie Wagner created a sign that referenced recent protests against the national anthem.
“It was reassuring to know that other people care about civil discourse,” she said in reaction to the discussion.