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Gathering held Friday to support positive view of ASU

A gathering of support for ASU was held Friday. A gathering of support for ASU was held Friday.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama State University is hoping for a more favorable light to be on the school. A group of students and staff held a rally Friday in which it tried to reverse the negative image ASU has recently acquired.

Students, faculty and staff promoted positivity and unity on campus and wants to show support for moving forward with the search for a new president.

After weeks of negative publicity, the group is ready for a change.

"Please look at the direction, the future, and the growth, and stop looking at what a few people might have been involved in," said Darrick Long, a student. "Look at Alabama State University for the structure and the being it has been for so many people," he added.

"Silence gives consent," said Wendy Coleman, chairwoman of the ASU Theatre Dept. "If no one says anything, then the negative stands as truth."

Coleman says the group wants the presidential search to continue. "The university still has to move forward," she said. Long agreed.

Alabama State's board of trustees narrowed down the list of presidential candidates to 5 this week, but the ASU Faculty Senate is trying to halt the search.

Friday's rally is just the beginning of a new push for positivity on campus. Faculty and staff are planning more events and opportunities to connect with students.

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