Protesters disrupt news conference for Ole Miss chancellor announcement


Richard: A CORONATION GAVE WAY TO CHAOS AND CLASHES TODAY AS THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI UNVEILED ITS CONTROVERSIAL PICK OF A NEW CHANCELLOR. GOOD EVENING… AND THANKS FOR JOINING US. I’M RICHARD RANSOM. Katina: AND! I’M … KATINA RANKIN. DOZENS OF OLE MISS STUDENTS AND FACULTY … CRASHED A NEWS CONFERENCE TO INTRODUCE … DOCTOR GLENN BOYCE … FORCING CAMPUS POLICE TO CANCEL THE EVENT. LOCAL 24 NEWS REPORTER BRAD BRODERS … IS HERE NOW WITH WHY PEOPLE WERE SO UPSET. BRAD? Brad: RICHARD AND KATINA – THOSE IN THAT ROOM – MYSELF INCLUDED – SAW OLE MISS POLICE ESCORT OUT AT LEAST ONE DEMONSTRATROR. STUDENTS AND FACULTY WHO PROTESTED ARGUED THE CHANCELLOR SEARCH PROCESS TURNED INTO A BACKROOM DEAL WHICH DIDN’T GIVE THEM ENOUGH INPUT. THIS AFTERNOON – THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES DEFENDED THEIR DECISION – AND DOCTOR BOYCE DEFENDED HIS CREDENTIALS TO LEAD HIS ALMA MATER. BRAD BRODERS/REPORTIN G: IN THEIR PASSION… “What the hell, IHL?” AND THEIR PROTESTS… “Shame ! Shame!” DOZENS OF DEMONSTRATORS AT OLE MISS FRIDAY SHOWED UP WITH SIGNS AND SHOUTS AGAINST THE SELECTION OF DOCTOR GLENN BOYCE AS CHANCELLOR. “Boos, cheers” THE CHANTS DIDN’T DIE DOWN – AND OLE MISS LEADERS SCRAPPED THE CHANCELLOR INTRODUCTION – UPSETTING THOSE WHO CAME TO SUPPORT DOCTOR BOYCE. Chancellor supporter: “We know ole miss and we are going go get through this.’ Chancellor supporter: “I don’t like what I saw, you can’t disrupt a meeting.” DOCTOR BOYCE PREVIOUSLY WORKED AND PAID AS A CONSULTANT DURING THE CHANCELLOR SEARCH. ALTHOUGH DOCTOR BOYCE SAID HE INTIALLY WASN’T INTERESTED IN THE JOB – THE BOARD SAID HE EMERGED AS THE BEST CANDIDATE AFTER A NATIONAL SEARCH. Dr. Glenn Boyce/Ole Miss chancellor select: “I didn’t hire myself – the board of trustees hired me.” THESE DEMONSTRATORS FELT OTHERWISE. Anne Twitty/Ole Miss professor: “There is no part of this that passes the smell test, frankly.” AS FOR THE DIVISIVENESS SHOWN IN THIS ROOM – DOCTOR BOYCE SAID HE’S READY TO ENGAGE WITH OLE MISS STUDENTS AND STAFF – AND PUSH THE UNIVERSITY TO NEW LEVELS. Dr. Glenn Boyce/Ole Miss chancellor select: “I feel like i’ve got tremendous support out there and while we’ve got some work to do and we’ve got some challenges we certainly will tackle those. Brad: AN OLE MISS SPOKESPERSON SAID THE SITUATION OF THE DEMONSTRATOR ESCORTED OUT THIS AFTERNOON IS STILL BEING INVESTIGATED. MAGNOLIA STATE LEADERS – SUCH AS U-S SENATOR ROGER WICKER – APPLAUDED THE SELECTION OF OLE MISS CHANCELLOR DOCTOR GLENN BOYCE. REPORTING LIVE IN THE STUDIO – BRAD BRODERS – LOCAL 24 NEWS.

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