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Where are We Now?

    In the days following the initial showing of the “#ItIsTimeAU” video, which has as of 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21 amassed 145,000 views and more than 2,200 shares, supporters ardently heeded the call to share the video on whatever social media platforms were available to them, the most popularly utilized being Facebook and Twitter.

 

The post received polarizing reactions online. While some students of Andrews felt moved to use insensitive rhetoric such as “Go to Oakwood” and “Stop Complaining,” others commented that they were left feeling conflicted and confused.

On the Monday evening following the Saturday afternoon premiere of the film, President Andrea Luxton issued an email to the Andrews University community with a statement about the video and the university administration’s response to it. In the email, Luxton sought to share the ways in which Andrews is seeking to respond to the concerns that have been raised. She also mentioned an apology she made last October 1 at the Journey to Healing and Understanding event held in Berrien Springs in conjunction with the Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. It should be noted that since the apology was not directly addressed to students and was not offered on campus, many students did not find this apology satisfactory.

Furthermore, Luxton noted two forums that were to be held in response to these events. The first took place on Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. in Garber Auditorium in Chan Shun Hall, and was designed as an opportunity for faculty and staff community to discuss the video and to voice their opinions and concerns to university administration. The second is intended for students, and will take place at Undergraduate Chapel on Feb. 23 at 11:30 a.m. in Pioneer Memorial Church.

As the story continues to develop, The Student Movement will continue to provide full coverage as these events unfold in our next issue, to be published on March 1.
 

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