Group of La. College Students, Alumni Attend Protest

LCProtest2A small group of Louisiana College students and alumni respond to a protest early this morning.  The event was billed as a prayer for progress.
Anonymous flyers circulated the campus last Thursday, calling for the resignation of embattled President Joe Aguillard.

However, the administration reportedly responded by warning students who participated in a planned strike they would be expelled and faculty and staff would be fired.

Early this morning, alums who joined the students spoke about what needs to happen.

LCProtest1The group gathered early at Guinn Auditorium, but some alumni say they were denied access.  Students had planned a second day of protests for tomorrow, but it now appears that will not happen.

The college board of trustees next meets in April.

Aguillard came under fire after some students and alumni reported the school is having financial problems.  And, others claimed he has been unwilling to let students and faculty speak their minds.  However, recently the chairman of the board of trustees announced the president has the board’s full support.

Photo provided by alumnus, Heather Wise-Matlock.
Photo provided by alumnus, Heather Wise-Matlock.

And students and alumni used cell phones and social media to spread the word about the morning protest at Louisiana College.  This was the scene sent out this morning in front of Guinn Auditorium.  The group gathered in a prayer circle and sang songs.

One participant says it was peaceful.  About 40 people were there.

Last week a spokesman for the college sent out a news release saying no interviews would be granted about the planned protest.

KLAX ABC 31 News 3/24/14