Student government proposes apartheid protest day

September 18, 1985

Student government proposes apartheid protest day

The Student Government Association (SGA) Cabinet met with President Dunn late Wednesday night to discuss the possibility of holding a moratorium on classes that Friday. Instead of going to classes, students would be able to go to the all-day anti-apartheid event called “Freedom Friday” that students from the five-college community were holding at UMass Amherst. President Dunn was hesitant to cancel classes, claiming she was too new to her position to know where the faculty stood on these issues. She expressed support for the significance of the event and said she would ask faculty members to excuse student absences, but questioned whether a moratorium was the best way to protest apartheid.

The full Sophian article on the meeting can be found here (1, 3).

A Sophian letter to the editor on Freedom Friday and Dunn’s decision can be found here.

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