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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Brady Still Trying to Protest on Tech Campus

On Tuesday I posted that Virginia Tech was not going to allow one of the Brady "Lie-ins" on the campus Drillfield as it would 1)interfere with plans to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the shooting deaths of 32 students and faculty and 2)the group had not applied for a permit (that the University would deny because they are not a student group).

The Roanoke Times is reporting today that Brady is working with students who were planning to participate in the protest in the hope they can negotiate an agreement with the University.

Tech spokesman Larry Hincker told the Times he would not rule out the possibility of the university giving a permit to a student group to assemble somewhere on campus April 16, but he said events are already planned for the Drillfield that morning and evening and the university doesn't want anything to interrupt the "solemnity" of the day. Hincker told the Times that April 16 is a time for the community to heal and reflect on the lives of people lost a year ago. "April 16 is, to us, truly a solemn day," he said. "It's a day of remembrance."

I agree. I've said before that Brady's plans are in poor taste. In addition, there are a number of students, including Tech's Student Government Association, who have expressed that April 16 is not the appropriate day for one of the Brady lie-in stunts. The SGA passed a resolution Tuesday night asking protesters "to respect the Virginia Tech community's wish to peacefully embrace the university day of remembrance by holding their demonstrations on a different date."

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