December 5, 2011 - 2:17am
BY PAIGE PEARCY
A freshman at the University of South Carolina Beaufort was asked to remove a Confederate flag on display in his dorm room window following multiple complaints from students and parents during campus tours, according to a Dec. 1 Associated Press article.
Byron Thomas, who is black, was asked to remove the flag before Thanksgiving, but has since been granted permission to put it back up, the article reported. Thomas posted a video online, which currently has about 70,000 views, explaining why he put the flag up and acknowledging that it may seem strange because of his race.
“When I look at this flag, I don’t see racism. I see respect, Southern pride,” he said in the article.
Pomona community rallies in support of undocumented staff
After 16 undocumented workers from Pomona College were fired last Friday — with one case still pending — students, professors, alumni and other campus employees held a rally in support of the workers, according to a Dec. 2 Huffington Post article.
In a letter sent to 84 employees last month, the college said the employees had until Dec. 1 to submit papers proving their eligibility to work in the country or they would be terminated, according to the Huffington Post.
Two football players die in Missouri car crash
Two Missouri Southern University football players were killed in a car accident early last Friday, according to a Dec. 2 Associated Press article.
Michael McCrimmons and Diondre Johnson — both freshmen from Springfield, Mo. — were driving with two other students when they suddenly drove off Interstate 44 in Southwestern Missouri before being hit by a tractor-trailer truck, the article reported.