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Antioch And Wright State Students Join National Protests Against Campus Racism

A large group of Antioch College students and staff members gathered in front of the campus Thursday afternoon to show solidarity with students at the University of Missouri who have accused the administration there of ignoring alleged acts of racism on campus.

Antioch student Marcell Vanarsdale thinks that students at the campus are united in standing up against racism. He was happy to see such a large turnout of Antioch students at the rally.

"It shows a true sense of solidarity, obviously there is a lot of work to be done on our campus as well as other campuses across the country," he said. "But this does definitely shows a result of change and results of progress so that's good."

Antioch President Mark Roosevelt said he is proud of the way Antioch students and staff sent a positive message against racism on campus.  He believes Students in Missouri did as well.

"It is all very positive, it's students just expressing their support for their colleagues around the country who are facing things that need to be dealt with," he said.

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Antioch students assembled to show support for students at the Univ. of Missouri.

More than 25 campuses around the country had scheduled rallies for Thursday afternoon in order to show solidarity against perceived racism at the Univ. of Missouri and other institutions of higher learning.

Several Wright State students also gathered to participate in the nationwide call to action by campus leaders.

Antioch College students marched through downtown Yellow Springs following their assembly on campus.

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