RIT Students Defend Open Debate: Campus Marijuana Law Reform Group Pushes for University Recognition 4/3/98

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Students at Rochester Institute of Technology demonstrated outside of an administrative building this Friday to protest President Albert Simone's decision to deny official club recognition to the Rochester Cannabis Coalition.

Approximately 130 students gathered in one of the main quads on campus. As they marched to the administrative building their numbers grew to approximately 300 as they chanted "Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Al Simone has got to go!" Once they reached the administrative building, they set up sound equipment. RCC President Shea Gunther stood on top of a garbage can to address the crowd. "This country was founded on the principle that if you don't like the way something is done, you can work to change it. President Simone is undermining that principle by not allowing us the same rights as other clubs on this campus," said Gunther.

It also happened to be "Prospective Freshman Day" so parents and high school seniors were on hand to watch the demonstration. Unfortunately, the president was not in his office, so he was unable to speak to the demonstrators. RIT has no further comments on the situation.

"We won't give up. An important part of the Drug War is stifling discussion of alternative policies. We will continue to fight for our right to be a recognized club and I call on all who believe in encouraging honest debate of public policy to join the RCC in this fight," said Gunther.

(Help the RCC gain university recognition: call RIT President Albert Simone at (716) 475-2394 or e-mail [email protected]. Shea Gunther can be reached at [email protected].)

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