Friday, April 9, 2010
After a protest on Tuesday, students are demanding their voice be heard regarding the shooting of graduate student Kofi Adu-Brempong. A handful of students from Students for a Democratic Society met with University President Bernie Machen yesterday to discuss changes they would like to see regarding the shooting as well as changes they would like to see in the future. UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes says President Machen seems receptive to the students' demands which include a police review board as well as better mental health services. Sykes says the meeting was a result of efforts from students and special assitant to the president, Brian Beech. She also says the university is willing to cooperate with the decision by the state attorney's office of whether or not the charges against Adu-Brempon will be upheld. The meeting between students and President Machen demonstrates the true power of the democratic voice and Sykes says she feels that overall, the meeting was a success. She believes that the same group of students will meet with the president again in a week to further discuss future actions and demands.