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University Of Missouri Students Celebrate President's Resignation On Campus

"Never underestimate the power of students. Our voices will be heard."

Posted on November 9, 2015, at 12:44 p.m. ET

Moments after University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigned on Monday, students gathered in celebration at Carnahan Quad.

Students and members of Concerned Students 1950, the protest group that formed to apply pressure for change, celebrated on campus.

Tears, hugs and celebration here on Carnahan Quad. #ConcernedStudent1950

Some students linked arms, creating a barrier to keep reporters from interviewing students.

Hundreds of students standing with arms linked in silence around the quad after Tim Wolfe's resignation.

Some were chanting, "hey hey, ho ho, reporters have got to go."

"Hey hey, ho ho, reporters have got to go." @CoMissourian #ConcernedStudent1950


Wolfe's resignation comes a week after graduate student Jonathan Butler began his hunger strike.

The #MizzouHungerStrike is officially over!

Jonathan Butler leaves the campsite to cheers, with a fist raised in the air. "Thank you," he says. @CoMissourian

Butler began his hunger strike November 2 and said he would not eat until Wolfe had been removed as president.

Wolfe garnered widespread criticism for his inaction in responding to protests about reported racist incidents on campus. The tipping point came this weekend when the school's head football coach said the team would not return to practice or play unless Wolfe resigned.

Missouri Student Association president Payton Head praised the power of protest.

NEVER underestimate the power of students. Our voices WILL be heard.


The football team will return to practice on Tuesday.

Mizzou players confirm Saturday's game vs. BYU is on. Team will practice Tuesday. (Monday is normally an off day)

The Missouri Student Association also released a statement calling Wolfe’s resignation “the first of many actions that need to take place.”

A statement regarding Tim Wolfe's resignation.

The student group Concerned Student 1950 held a press conference Monday afternoon where they demanded a meeting with University of Missouri System faculty council, the Board of Curators, and the Governor of Missouri to discuss their demands, which include creating a system of holistic inclusion for all.

"We will not rest until we have achieved full shared governance within the UM system," a member said.

Butler also addressed the media, asking them to stop focusing on his hunger strike, but why it reached that point.

"This is not a moment," he said. "This is a movement."

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