Missouri U Fires Official Who Shoved a Student During a Protest

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The University of Missouri has officially fired both of the university officials who were involved in escalating the race protest at the Columbia campus in the fall 2015 semester.

In 2015, racial activists calling themselves “Concerned Student 1950” rallied to support the resignation of former UM system President Tim Wolfe amid concerns over the racial climate on campus.

One of the protests banned media from attendance. Students made a human shield to ban reporters and placed signs indicating a “no media safe space.”

Student video journalist Mark Schierbecker recorded a viral altercation between student news reporter Tim Tai and assistant director of Greek life Janna Basler. In Schierbecker’s video, Basler can be seen shoving Tai. At the end of the video, Schierbecker can be heard asking assistant mass media professor Melissa Click for an interview.  She responds with a call for “muscle” to remove him.

While Click was fired soon after the incident, she was later hired by Gonzaga University.

Basler, however, was temporarily placed on administrative leave before she was brought back to the school.

However, due to budget cuts, Basler is now out of a job.

KMIZ reports Basler is no longer working at the University of Missouri, where KMIZ claims her position was associate dean of MU Student Life.

As a result of the protests, the University of Missouri has been seeing a decrease in expected student enrollment. They have been forced to raise tuition, cut jobs, and close dorms to try to stay afloat.

According to the Columbia Daily Tribune, overall student enrollment dropped 6.1 percent for the fall 2017 term.

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