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Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Many Updates and Revisions to the "Black Thursday" Story
Posted 4:57 PM by Karl Born
The first update is that judging by this statement by Dominic Dorsey, the president of the IUPUI Black Student Union and someone who has been frequently quoted by the Indianapolis Star as a leader of this initiative (to sue IUPUI unless it meets certain demands by the deadlines that have been created for it), the word "Black Thursday" (which he also uses to refer to November 2, the day that "Through Our Eyes" was released and the suit against IUPUI was first threatened) is an informal nickname for the initiative. (I do not know why its supporters would choose a name that would make people think of a day of chaos or a stock market crash to describe their initiative or the day it began, but when people are taking their initiative public, they can call it whatever they want.)

Fortunately, this gives us a name to use to refer to this initiative, because it now appears that it is technically incorrect to identify it by the group that had seemed to have been promoting it: the Black Student Union. According to Dominic Dorsey's statement on the BSU web site, "As President of this great organization, I can assure you. The executive board of Black Student Union had no hand in the planning, execution or construction of Black Thursday or the proposal submitted to the Administration. I however did." In my post on Sunday, I credited the IUPUI Black Student Union with "Through Our Eyes" (which was posted on the BSU web site) and the law suit threat. Now, however, this does not seem to be completely true. This is the second update: the initiative was not created by the BSU executive board, but it can be identified by the name "Black Thursday."

The third update is that the meeting on Sunday, which was supposed to have determined whether the suit against IUPUI would go forward, did not. However, it did resulted in the creation of a second deadline for IUPUI to meet (5 PM today), which would have been enforced by demands for resignations.

The fourth update, and the most significant, is that the Indianapolis Star reports today that IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz has given his approval to a version of some of the "Black Thursday" demands, and has agreed to consider some of the others. "IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz today promised a new multicultural center and a full-time campus diversity officer in response to complaints from black students that they have been treated unfairly," the Star reported. He made a few other promises as well, which the Star article also reports.

Dominic Dorsey is also quoted: "Progress is being made, and at this point there is a level of communication between the administration and the students that has never existed before, so that we can definitely be proud of ... We don’t look at anything as a step back right now, and nothing is a failure."

Chancellor Bantz made the promises before 5 PM, so unless they were unsatisfactory to "Black Thursday" activists, he has met the deadline.

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