EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Protestors marched for several hours Wednesday on the campus of Michigan State University. Students are calling for the school not to let a controversial writer speak at this weekend’s commencement.
6 News Nick Perreault was there during the march.
Close to three dozen students carried their message that they can’t stand by allowing columnist George Will to come to Michigan State University’s campus in light of comments he made in a June column regarding sexual assaults.
They carried signs and roughly 70,000 petitions. Students started their march from the student union, trekked down Grand River, through the student services building and into President Simon’s office.
They’re telling the university it’s their job to stand up for rape victims, starting by not allowing George Will to speak.
President Simon issued a statement on Tuesday saying the invitation was extended to Mr. Will prior to his June column.
While the university doesn’t endorse his comments on sexual assaults that some may find offensive; the university can support the expression of multiple perspectives.
“He was invited here because….concerns are heard,” said Kent Cassela, MSU Association VP, Communications.