VIDEO: N.C. Central students support Mizzou

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Opinion editor, Melquan Ganzy and mass communications senior Jasmine Holeman set out to find what N.C. Central University students had to say about recent events at the University of Missouri that led to the resignation on Nov. 10 of by university president Timothy Wolfe. Shortly after, the university system chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced that he would resign by the end of the year.

The administration at Missouri was under heavy pressure from students and faculty to address long standing issues of racism and discrimination on campus, specifically racial slurs aimed at black students and an incident in which feces was shaped into a swastika and put on the wall of the Concerned Students 1950, a black organization.

Students and faculty protested that the university was not taking strong enough measures to address the situation.

Pressure intensified when the Mizzou Tigers football team, which is about 50 percent black, announced a boycott on Nov. 8 with the full support of head coach Gary Pinkel. This would have forfeited a Nov. 14 game against Brigham Young University Cougars. The forfeiture would have resulted in a $1 million breach of contract fine. After the resignations the Tigers played the game and won 20-16.

 

Although the imprisonment statistic for black men is increasing every day, Melquan Ganzy decided to take a different path. As a unique maturing man, he has learned to live for what makes him truly happy. Ganzy lives by the quote, “Individuality is the key to living for one’s truth.” Ganzy is a senior mass communication student, who’s also minoring in apparel design. Upon graduating on May 14, 2016, he hopes to attend The New School of Parson in New York City. His ultimate career goal is to become a prominent black fashion creative director and editor. Fashion is his happiness, and freedom of expression. Words from Melquan Ganzy: In my journey as a college student, I’ve grown to live with patience and remain true to one, knowing that everything happens for a reason. It depends on one whether he or she decides to dwell on challenges and to allow the situation to retain one from reaching their fullest potential in life. Staying true allows one to accept the things that possibly permanent. Unfortunately, everyone experience difficult challenges in life, but fortunately everyone has a story. My story could be a positive influence on the next person. In all, I will continue to be patient and true.

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