COLUMBIA — MU's decision not to press charges against those arrested for trespassing on Faurot Field Saturday night elicited some positive reactions Thursday.
Missouri Students Association President Tim Noce was notified of the news while he was walking through Jesse Hall. He said he is happy with the outcome.
“I think it goes to show that students are put first here at the university,” Noce said. “Nobody would really want to gain at the expense of students, especially.”
Charles Davis, associate professor of journalism at MU, was very happy to receive the news through his Facebook group, Free the Faurot Field 30. The group was created Tuesday and by Thursday had grown to include 606 members, many of whom joined even after Chancellor Brady Deaton’s press release on the incident was sent out, Davis said.
“Cooler heads prevailed,” Davis said of the news.
Although Davis doesn’t believe this group had anything to do with the university’s decision, he said he is going to allow it to continue online.
“I’m just going to leave it up and let people comment for a bit,” Davis said. “It was a great little experiment in social networking,”
The news itself came through Deaton's press release.
“After careful review, the university will not forward the summons for trespassing on the field at the MU-OU football game to the city prosecutor,” Deaton said in the statement.
Deaton’s release also urged football fans to comply with requests for safety at future games.
“Our fans must conduct themselves with honor and respect for the values of the university, even during the euphoria of a big win," Deaton said in the release. "We have high expectations for many more wins and must insist on orderly behavior in an effort to avoid any injuries.”