MAJOR Update: Since the video coverage didn’t happen, the content of this post is being completely overhauled. The video embeds and chats were removed.
What was going to be a meeting/press conference with Michael Roth at 9am turned out to be an informal–and apparently unfilmable–meeting with students, Dean Mike, and President Roth. As I say in the comments, I think it’s pretty crappy that I was asked not to film/broadcast the meeting, but I politely complied. A reporter from the Argus covered the event, and WSA President and Vice Presidents elect Pernick and Carlin were there as well. They will follow up I am sure, and I overheard them informing Dean Mike that they would like to be included in meetings regarding the event.
So I got to the Q&A a bit late. When I arrived early to set up my camcorder, I was told that no meeting time or place had been set. I was promised a phone call with details when they were available, but that phone call never happened. It pays to follow up, so thanks Anon 9:04. When I arrived, I was told that the meeting could not be recorded.
The meeting was smaller than I expected it to be, with only about 22 students in attendance. This is understandable considering the move-out deadline is fast approaching, that many students have already left, and that many others need some sleep. Still, there were a handful of students present who provided first-hand accounts of over-the-top police action. Unfortunately I was unable to keep up with the conversation well enough to provide detailed notes.
Rather than try to summarize the meeting (read my piece-meal account in the comments section), I will wrap this up with a list of things you can do:
- Send your first-hand account
If you don’t have a first hand account, but you heard something from a friend, get that friend to send hir first-hand account to President Roth and Dean Mike (mroth@wes and mwhaley@wes respectively).
- Send a complaint
[Edit] Jacon provided a helpful list of names and addresses of people to whom complaints should be addressed in this post.
- Write a Wespeak
I seem to recall reading somewhere that Wespeaks will be published on the Argus website over the summer, but whether my memory is faulty or not, you can submit a Wespeak online here.
- Contact Pernick and Carlin
Because they are the incoming President and Vice President of the WSA, they are going to be able to represent studnets in places/conversations/meetings where the rest of us can’t go–whether because we’re off campus or because there are too damn many of us. They were at the meeting this morning and I think they will also take accounts from students.