University to Allocate $300K to Trotter Center

Shoham Geva, Michigan Daily, January 26, 2014

The University of Michigan will allocate $300,000 for renovations to the Trotter Multicultural Center, according to the University’s Black Student Union representatives and University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald.

Members of the University’s administration and the BSU met on Friday for the first time.

In an interview with The Michigan Daily, LSA senior Tyrell Collier, BSU speaker, said there is no time frame on the building’s renovations yet. The University is currently evaluating costs and designs, but will identify a committee of students to contribute to the renovation process.

“I can say that was a satisfying conclusion for the Multicultural Center demand because I know a building cannot be built within the span of a year or something, I know it needs to be planned out, designed, all of that stuff,” Collier said. “I was at least very pleased with the allocation of that money for the renovations while they figure out the new building.”

Fitzgerald said the meeting was prompted by the seven demands and Monday deadline announced publicly last week by the BSU at a protest held Jan. 20.

Elizabeth Barry, special counsel to the president; E. Royster Harper, vice president for student life; Dean of Students Laura Blake Jones and Provost Martha Pollack represented the administration at the meeting. {snip}

Since the BSU’s viral Twitter campaign using #BBUM—or Being Black at Michigan—Pollack issued an e-mail promising change in the campus’ diversity climate with a list of several priorities to be implemented by the University.

However, the BSU subsequently protested in a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day demonstration, where they released a list of seven demands and a deadline of one week for the University to address them.

The demands included renovations and a more central location for the Trotter Center, increased minority enrollment and lower-cost housing on Central Campus, among other initiatives.

All seven demands issued Monday were discussed during the meeting, according to BSU executives. BSU members said they will continue to meet with the same administrators once a week for status updates on each initiative.

{snip}

LSA senior Geralyn Gaines, BSU secretary, said in an interview Saturday with The Michigan Daily the organization is pleased with the proceedings so far, but expressed the need for more change.

“I think it was a good outcome but I think there’s so much more work to be done,” Gaines said. “It’s always nice to see the vision but we need to see the vision executed.”

[Editor’s Note: See here for the report noting the threat of “physical action” if the BSU demands were not met.]

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  • MekongDelta69

    …And once again (for the 50 millionth time in the last 46 years), yet another feckless bunch of spineless, leftist whites grovel to the ‘melanin enhanced.’

    • sbuffalonative

      One bright side might be that they’ll self-segregate in their multiCULT center and leave white students alone to earn marketable degrees.

    • Sheik Yerbouti

      It’s hardly an enhancement for them. They can’t lighten.

  • Puggg

    And that’s why they do this. Because it works. They get what they want, or enough of what they want.

  • LACounty

    They gave in. This action will landslide across the nation.

    • MekongDelta69

      As I mentioned below, this has been going on since 1968.

      For a VERY slanted, left-wing view of this, read “Columbia University protests of 1968” on Wikipedia (which is a left-wing site).

      Btw, a lot of those people mentioned (and not mentioned), are either in the present day Dictator’s Administration, past and present Congressmen, and/or past or present friends of NoBama. (And I’m not embellishing or exaggerating.)

  • Frank_DeScushin

    So the university caved to threats. You know what you get when you cave to threats? More threats.

    • Jesse James

      Exactly, once you pay the Danegeld you never get rid of the Dane.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    I wish our universities were run by real men with backbones instead of floppy, ineffectual liberal girly-men who are only too happy to waste other people’s money whenever a minority whines about something.

  • Druid

    Never, be amazed by the craven behavior of academics. They are not noted for their courage.

    • Jesse James

      Which is why they spend their lived hiding in the universities. Cowards, termites, traitors, malevolent weaklings, purveyors of lies, cowering in their Ivory Towers and pouring sewage into the minds of our children all the while sucking on the governments tit.

      • Cairdeas

        Anyone who has to be associated with one of those institutions, even for a short time, should stock up on a good antiemetic.

      • saxonsun

        I am an academic, pal, and not all of us are as you describe. And by the way, what exactly have you big, strong, white males outside of academia been doing to re-claim our country?! Absolutely nothing. You want to throw stones…I have some rocks to throw back at you.

        • Cairdeas

          I was an academic, pal, 32 years worth (not counting my time as a student), and I know of what I speak. Yes, there are always exceptions, and I’ll concede that you are one. Your tendency to get belligerent throws some light on my notion that it will be hard for whites to stick together when the SHTF, because we fight over divisive issues such as this, while not being able to stand together. Throw ’em hard, PAL. We Celts can defend ourselves from the Sassenach any day of the week.

  • Jesse James

    Time to stop throwing money down the drain. Time to bring back the fire hoses, dogs and State controlled National Guard.

  • bigone4u

    If the state legislature had even ONE legislator with big ones, he or she would investigate how and why a state agency submitted to blackmail. Depending on the results of that investigation, those who submitted to blackmail should be held personally accountable and laws should be passed to make sure this junk doesn’t happen again.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      $300,000…

      How many full ride scholarships could have been doled out, eh?

      The opportunity cost of “reparations”.

      • bigone4u

        Since I worked in higher ed for 30 years, I can tell you that to an administrator’s mind, $300,000 is chump change. That’s when it’s the taxpayer’s money. Administrative waste would be a national scandal if the public knew how some of the money is spent. Of course, when it comes to their six-figure salaries, the administators love to give themselves bigones–raises that it, no matter how poor academic outcomes.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          Muerte a la inteligencia, viva la muerte!

          I always like to translate that as “Death to the INTELIGENTSIA, long live Death”, which I think is a more accurate reflection of the original quote.

          I used to think it abominable nonetheless, but have come to truly appreciate it, you know?

          Chop chop!

  • Luca

    Academia is part of the problem. It has become a bastion of Liberalism funded by taxpayers and used to indoctrinate future community organizers.

    • Jesse James

      That is what the Dark Enlightenment people mean when they talk about the Cathedral. The Cathedral is the nexus of politically correct thought control that consists of academia, the media and government bureaucracy. These are the three organs of the progressive secular religion that places government in the place of God. In essence it is worship of the state. It is the state which defines their morality. It is the state to whom they appeal for assistance, justice and order.

  • sbuffalonative

    Why does the multicultural center need renovating? Are we talking normal black wear?

    • Cairdeas

      In that case, consider rebuilding.

  • Spartacus

    Gr0ids do not belong in human institutions.

    • negrolocaust

      did anybody notice? this savage is almost as ugly as obama, only minus
      the huge ears. anybody watch the address tonight and see all the white
      clowns applauding for ovomit? ha ha pathetic. sad. what about doug
      potter? oh thats right, he’s still in a coma…frothing at the mouth i
      believe, after a beat-down by two lawn jockeys. will white people ever
      learn?….

  • White students who tried this would have been expelled and then arrested for extortion and communicating terrorist threats.

    Let’s suppose I made demands accompanied by promises of “physical action” if my demands were not met… oh, wait… we don’t have to “suppose”, now do we? I received three years in federal prison.

    • LIBERTYSINCURSION

      Three years in federal prison? For what?

      • Extortion, just like what these clowns got away with.

        • IstvanIN

          And now we know the difference between extortion and “blackmail”.

          • I did blackmail as well, but that actually worked quite nicely with no unfortunate comebacks.

          • IstvanIN

            I actually meant, sarcastically and in general, that extortion is punished and blackmail is rewarded. You know the different rules for Whites and blacks.

          • I don’t mean it sarcastically at all. I usually have hideous dreams, the only bright spot is the music in them. When I can wake up in time, I can write down lyrics. The last song I wrote down after waking up was happy, but this one was the end of the road of the very sad C&W music scene. It was the answer to an old Eagles song. I rattled YouTube’s cage all day long to make certain I hadn’t just heard something while I was asleep.

          • From the single down-votes on each post on that subject, it seems I know who reads my posts about that score.

          • Rhialto

            That’s not blackmail; it’s effective negotiation.

          • That’s what I thought. Non-competition should involve remuneration. I didn’t mind being bought off at all. How cool is being paid to refrain from working? The way I saw it, I was being paid to shoot my rifles twice a month and do a lot of fishing.

    • SFLBIB

      “White students who tried this would have been expelled and then arrested for extortion and communicating terrorist threats.”

      Not true. The radical students of the ’60s who took over academia then were primarily white. It is ironic that they are now in charge and facing demands by those more radical.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    Seriously, any rational, honest person sees that funding a multi-cultural center (Read: whites not welcome) while decrying a white student union as evil is an obvious and disgusting double standard. We’ve played nice long enough on these double standards. I really wish alumni would cut off funds to their alma mater unless the double standard is addressed or, better yet, a wealthy benefactor bought property around the university and opened a white student union (Read: non-whites not welcome.)

    • Cairdeas

      I agree 1000%. In the US, colleges and universities are ultra-PC ratholes where good is evil and vice-versa. Many of the alumni have also been brainwashed by having attended a similar “school” in the last 60 years, after liberal dogma came to be force fed to the young people back then.

    • Sheik Yerbouti

      Brilliant idea. Be sure to invest in security.

  • Tragically, the demand for chicken-wing vending machines fell through.
    : : : : : s i g h : : : : :

  • king and slave

    You whites in America are all being held hostage by the Black Man.

    • Sheik Yerbouti

      Actually we are held hostage by the government and they are mostly white (and mostly traitors).

  • Jim Barlow

    I hoped Michigan wouldn’t give in, but I knew they would.

    $300,000? I’m sure many lower/middle class white families (that scrimped and saved for years to send their kids to college) helped contribute to that lump sum.

  • dubyasee

    All I can say is, “Don’t let BSU B.S. You.”

    • Pro_Whitey

      Also, the BSU wants to BBUM (I read that as be bums).

  • Truthseeker

    People who achieve things are interesting. People who demand that things be given to them are not.

    White guilt has led to the celebration of blackness throughout the West, but at some point, the historical achievement gap becomes strikingly clear. There isn’t a whole lot about black culture that bears attention or celebration. The more these scant achievements are shoved in people’s faces as something they should care about, the more annoying it becomes. Hey black people, if you want us to care about your culture, give us a good reason.

  • MBlanc46

    That’s right, give into the extortion.

  • Rusty Shackelford

    Renovate the multi-culti center. With a bulldozer.

    • Erasmus

      If they want to do it right, they’ll put in a new holding tank, new padded cells and a detox center.

  • bubo

    Are whites even allowed into the “multikult center?” Would the mere presence of a white face be too much for the multikults to bear? Would it be a form of micro-aggression?

    Is the renovation to the sacred building allowed to be done by white hands?

  • blight14

    Yep!

  • mobilebay

    Do member of the administration have to salute each time they meet a BSU member, or just bow before they cave?

  • RexRazor

    Ah, the progress of AA! When I was a student at U of M in the mid 70s, I witnessed the early cultivation of the wonders of AA in some of my grad level courses. They were inhabited by a few underachieving, under educated and, seemingly, low IQ folks who were admitted solely on the basis of race. Still today, there is no way around the fact that University mandated diversity enriches us all.

  • Brian

    Grad student gibsmedatting.

  • Brian

    Even better than Latinomail.

  • MooTieFighter

    rewarding bad behavior leads to more bad behavior. ignorant, sad, and pandering.

  • MooTieFighter

    Oh yea. I challenge any of you to write an honest comment on their original page. I have wrote several with my and various friends accounts. They will not post any contradictory comments, even if cautiously written.

  • SoulInvictus

    An even more blatant example of rewarding outright violent behavior…

    http://wwwDOTyoutubeDOTcom/watch?v=EBgIxGX_O-0

    Do a search for the full video to see how the white christian ends up leaving with a cross shaped wound on his forehead from a piece of thrown concrete. And then the harassment by the cops after…