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AccesstotheDebate"ExpressionZone"

Jillian McCarten 80
almost 3 years Story
Access to the Debate "Expression Zone"

Unfortunately the Wash U debate "freedom of expression zone," or protest zone, was not visited by many students.  One reason is probably because the area was so difficult to access.  

The zone could not be accessed through Forsyth.  Students were allowed to walk down Forsyth when exiting the area, but not when walking there.  Students were also not allowed to exit Shepley to walk to there.  The only way for students to access the protest area was to walk to through the 4o to Wydown, and then walk to Big Bend from there.  

A walk that should have taken no more than ten minutes took over twenty-five.  

The most infuriating part was that students were allowed to walk down Forsyth, away from the protest zone, but not to the zone.  This made it seem like the university was trying to prevent students from going, because the barrier was so unnecessary.

The lack of access did not keep Trump supporters out.  Even though there were few students there, the limited access did not prevent Trump supporters from having a significant presence.  At times they dominated the area, which was a major surprise after being on the Clinton dominated campus all day.  

The protest zone had disappointingly few students, probably because seemingly unnecessary restrictions were placed on access.  


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  • Rudy Gelb-Bicknell 57
    almost 3 years ago

    This is actually so aggravating. The idea alone that WashU can dictate where people can and cannot protest is sketchy at best, and the fact that it was so hard to get to is really ridiculous.

    This is actually so aggravating. The idea alone that WashU can dictate where people can and cannot protest is sketchy at best, and the fact that it was so hard to get to is really ridiculous.

  • CarolineAN
    almost 3 years ago

    Yeah it was a pain to get there

    Yeah it was a pain to get there

  • CarolineAN
    almost 3 years ago

    This is crazy

    This is crazy


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