Written by Kayla Stroud, Web Editor
VSU’s Student Government Association approved of a series of resolutions Monday night, including consideration for student parking on Georgia Avenue and a position statement on the current flag controversy.
Several of the resolutions were in reaction to last week’s protest in which several students stepped on the American flag and a veteran was detained by police for trying to take the flag.
The most direct resolution was approved by a vote of 36 to 2 stating that while SGA respects a person’s right to protest, they disapprove of the actions taken during the events on April 17.
“We respect a person’s right to protest,” SGA Vice President Nicholas Buford said. “The Supreme Court made it clear in 1989 that those who were protesting were using their free speech rights.”
Another resolution was passed unanimously to show the VSU student body’s appreciation of our country’s armed forces.
“The resolutions that SGA passed show that we thank those who are serving and who have served,” Buford said.
Buford was pleased of the events during the second demonstration held on Monday.
“It was a great display of Blazers from all backgrounds uniting behind the flag,” Buford said. “I want to commend Kalin Allen and Mia Rawls for their leadership during the student-led protest on Monday.”
SGA also dealt with the overwhelming issues of parking by recommending VSU’s Parking and Transportation to re-examine parking spaces. Resolutions were also passed thanking President William McKinney and congratulating graduating seniors.