MTSU—Protestors at the MTSU ‘Meet Your Reps’ Town Hall event came to make their voices heard, but many felt like their voices were muted when they were told no more people were allowed in the room for the meeting.
THERE’S NO ROOM
Plenty of protestors flooded the outside of the Student Union Building, or SUB, holding signs and flags representing their cause. Some were advocating for equal rights, while others just wanted to ask the tough questions during the meeting.
But once the protesters filed inside, they learned that there was a line and limited space in the room where the meeting was to be held.
Some protestors, like Gayle Jordan, the former candidate for the 14th district of the Tennessee State Senate, said that the shortage of space could have been prevented.
“It was obvious that this was not going to be an adequate space,” Jordan explained. “They chose not to make any sort of change for that.”
But April Carroll, the president of the College Republicans at MTSU, said it wasn’t the organization’s intention to exclude people.
“We were not expecting it at all,” Carroll urges. “Once we started seeing the protests that were going to happen, we just did not ave enough time due to university policy to get a bigger space to do it with.”
OUTSIDE THE MEETING
Once all that were chosen took their seats in the Parliamentary Room and the town hall began, chanting and yelling could be heard from the hallway.
Sounds of “let us in” and “bigger room” were heard from the protestors who did not make it in the event.
Dalton Slatton, the president of the College Democrats at MTSU, said even though he made it in, he knew the frustrations of those left out.
“The ones that weren’t allowed into the event were really rallying out here making their voices heard,” Slatton explains.
INSIDE THE TOWN HALL
While some were locked out in the hallway, others were able to get inside the event and ask the questions they wanted answered.
The hot topic at the meeting was health care, and many of the questions revolved around that.
The representatives did answer the questions that were asked during the Town Hall, but those out in the hallway still wanted answers to their questions.
The representatives walked out of the building through a tunnel of protesters shouting their thoughts and views.