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PHOTO GALLERY: MU students protest Missouri House Speaker's decision to honor Rush Limbaugh

Thursday, March 8, 2012 | 6:54 p.m. CST; updated 4:57 p.m. CST, Friday, March 9, 2012
MU students look at the Hall of Famous Missourians Thursday at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. The students gathered to talk to representatives and senators, and protest Rush Limbaugh's induction into the Missouri Hall of Fame. The Hall houses 39 busts of famous Missourians who have been recognized throughout history. Pictured here, George Caleb Bingham, inducted Feb. 15, 2010, among others such as Mark Twain, George Washington Carver, Stanley Frank Musial, Dale Carnegie and Sacajawea.

State Sen. Kurt Schaeffer said he told MU students at the Capitol Thursday that Rush Limbaugh's comments concerning a Georgetown student were "completely inappropriate," and that Limbaugh's rhetoric would not do any good. Student Nicole Silvestri says the group understood Schaeffer to say that his rhetoric publicly denouncing Limbaugh's induction into the Missouri Hall of Fame wouldn't do any good. The speaker of the House makes selections to the Hall of Fame. An earlier version of this article incorrectly characterized the exchange.

The Missouri Speaker of the House, Steven Tilley, R-Perryville, confirmed that he plans to induct conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, originally from Cape Girardeau,  into the Hall of Famous Missourians this year.

The hall contains busts of famous and historical figures such as Walt Disney, Mark Twain, Walter Cronkite and George Washington Carver.

After a group of House Democrats wrote to Tilley asking he remove Limbaugh from the list, a group of students from the University of Missouri traveled to the Capitol to voice their objections.

State Rep. Mary Still, D-Boone County, shows her support for the Students for a Better Missouri on Thursday, at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. The MU students argued that Rush Limbaugh did not deserve to be inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians.
MU students wait to talk with Gov. Jay Nixon and voice their protest with the induction of Rush Limbaugh into the Hall of Famous Missourians on Thursday at the Missouri State Capitol. The MU students put together a Facebook group late Wednesday night to facilitate the protest.
MU students talk with state Sen. Kurt Schaefer on Thursday at the Missouri State Capitol. Though the induction of Rush Limbaugh is out of the senator's jurisdiction, the students hoped he would be willing to give his opinion on the induction.
MU students, from left, Nicole Silvestri, Megan Pearl, Matthew Dahlberg and Lauren Bale give Barb Shimmens, Constituent Service Director, a signed letter voicing their opinions on why Rush Limbaugh should not be inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians on Thursday at the state Capitol. The students made it to the office of Gov. Jay Nixon and talked with Reps. Steven Tilley and Mary Still, and Sen. Kurt Schaefer in just a few hours.

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