9 p.m. update: More than 100 students are addressing the Texas State student senate, calling for the ouster of Student Government President Connor Clegg at a raucous meeting of the student Senate.
Dozens of students carrying signs with messages such as “Don’t defend racism” chanted “Hey hey, ho ho, Connor Clegg has got to go,” before the student government hearing began.
After being addressed by mostly angry students over nearly two hours, Clegg said he would announce whether he will step down within a week. “I didn’t come here tonight to talk, I came to listen to all of you,” he said. “Again, I’m sorry. I’ve taken everything you’ve said to heart.”
Raucous scene at Texas State student senate as students demand removal of student body president Connor Clegg. pic.twitter.com/YPKysitXAF— Jeremy Schwartz (@JinATX) February 6, 2018
Long line of students waiting to speak at Texas State student government hearing, demanding ouster of Student president Connor Clegg. pic.twitter.com/O9gjXgaX7c— Jeremy Schwartz (@JinATX) February 6, 2018
Earlier: A man who claims to be a Texas State University graduate chained himself to the Texas State school’s Fighting Stallions sculpture just hours students are scheduled to hold a protest and march at the statue to demand the removal of the school’s student government president.
The man, who is going by the name Two-Word, told the University Star he is a homeless Navy veteran but would not say if his chaining was related to the upcoming protest. “I’m part of the art installation,” he told the student newspaper. “You figure it out.”
The Pan African Action Committee is demanding the removal of Student Government President Connor Clegg after several of his old Instagram posts surfaced last week with racist and other offensive comments. Clegg had previously clashed with student activists and the University Star after the newspaper printed a column on “whiteness” that Texas State President Denise Trauth called out as racist. Clegg threatened to defund the student paper if the the column’s writer and editor did not resign. Columnist Rudy Martinez was later fired by the newspaper’s editorial board.
Over the weekend, fliers and graffiti targeting Clegg and Trauth were found on campus, according to the University Star. In one flier, a photo of Clegg and Trauth was edited with the label “Racist” over Clegg’s eyes and the word “Enabler” over Trauth. A spraypainted message on a campus building read “President Trauth Supports Racism. Step Down,” before it was covered up.
For more than a year, Texas State has been targeted by neo-Nazi hate groups who have hung banners across campus buildings and distributed racist fliers on a regular basis. The school is also struggling with issues of free speech and last week hosted a Texas Senate committee hearing on free speech on college campuses.