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Ithaca College Walkout a Mizzou Copycat or Just Coincidence?

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Students confer before the start of Ithaca College rally. (YouTube/IthacanOnline)

By    |   Thursday, 12 Nov 2015 12:03 PM

An Ithaca College walkout by students calling for the resignation of the school's president on Wednesday looked like a carbon copy of protests a few days earlier at the University of Missouri that led to the resignation of the president there.

A group called People of Color at Ithaca College pulled together a "solidarity walkout" that included hundreds of students, according to the New York Daily News. The group appeared to rally around an incident last month where students charged that an alumnus made racially-insensitive remarks to another speaker during a campus event.

"Diversity and inclusion here at Ithaca College is nothing more than an image," student Tyler Reighn shouted to the crowd. "We have no desire to work within this broken structure."

The Ithaca Journal said the students and some faculty members came together at the campus center's Free Speech Rock to start the rally.

"I think that students, faculty and staff as well as the administrators have seen a true lack of quality leadership from President [Tom] Rochon over a long period of time and it's all coming to a head right now, in the fall of 2015 because ... the issues surrounding diversity and inclusion on this campus have not been addressed in equitable ways or ways that students of color, allies, in the campus community believe are good for us," Student Government Association president Dominick Recckio told the rally, said the Journal.

Tom Grape, chairman of the college's board of trustees, backed up Rochon in a statement.

"We understand that the issues are serious and significant, and we are listening," said Grape, per the Daily News. "I am certain that Ithaca College will emerge from this chapter stronger and more resolute in its direction forward, and the board and I are actively partnering with Tom Rochon and other campus leaders to make sure that happens."

In the latest development at the University of Missouri, professor Dale Brigham offered his resignation Wednesday after telling his students a day earlier that canceling an exam because of online threats to the institution would allow bullies to win, said BuzzFeed News.

Brigham, a nutrition and exercise physiology professor, faced a backlash for the comments at the time when university police were investigating several threats made on social media.

KOMU-TV reported that the university did not accept his resignation.

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