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Cotton balls at the Black Culture Center

LETTER: There was nothing funny about the MU cotton ball incident, only hatred

There's a big difference in losing our sense of humor and letting people get away with hate crimes and racism.

Students plead guilty to littering in cotton ball incident at Black Culture Center

Zachary Tucker, 21, and Sean Fitzgerald, 19, were sentenced to two years unsupervised probation.

UPDATE: Two MU students charged in cotton ball incident

The charge is misdemeanor littering, and not a hate crime. The potential penalty is a fine and a year in jail. Attorneys for the students say their clients will likely plead guilty. A hearing is set for April 29.

MU students arrested in cotton ball incident charged with littering

Zachary Tucker and Sean Fitzgerald, the two MU students arrested in connection with the cotton ball incident, have been charged with littering and face Class A misdemeanor charges.

Two MU students must 'meet an obligation' in cotton ball case

The Boone County prosecutor handling what has come to be known as "the cotton ball case" said Monday that the state will not file charges against the two students who were arrested until the pair has met "an obligation."

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cotton ballers tried to degrade African-Americans

The cotton ball incident was not just vandalism. It was a hate crime.

LETTER: Students behind cotton ball incident shouldn't serve in Navy

The students involved in the cotton ball incident should lose their scholarships and should not be allowed to serve in the ROTC.

TODAY'S QUESTION: How should the students be punished for cotton ball incident?

Sean Fitzgerald, 19, and Zachary Tucker, 21, were arrested on suspicion of tampering in the second degree after cotton balls were scattered in front of the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center. The two MU students have since apologized through a press release.

COLUMN: First Amendment assemblies are the right course of action

Two separate incidences of peaceful assembly were in the spotlight last week. Their actions show that no matter what the argument, the First Amendment gives you the best platform.

Forum following cotton incident to address difficulty discussing race

The Chancellor's Diversity Initiative and Difficult Dialogues will host a discussion on why race conversations are difficult to have and will offer differing perspectives concerning the cotton ball incident at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center.

UPDATE: Students gather in show of unity after cotton ball incident

The event included a candle lighting ceremony in which the candles symbolized unity, respect, faith and education.

Hate crime might be hard to prove for cotton ball prosecutors

Lawyers for two MU students who admitted to spreading cotton balls on the lawn of the Black Culture Center issued an apology on the students' behalf Friday morning.

Statement from two MU students arrested after cotton ball incident

MU students Sean Fitzgerald and Zachary Tucker apologize for their involvement in the cotton ball incident at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center.

Black Culture Center event draws community to unify, support

Students, faculty, and campus organizations turned out to show their support following a racial incident.

UPDATE: Unity ceremony to occur at Jesse Hall

An anti-hate observance, organized in response to the cotton ball incident that occurred at MU's Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the steps of Jesse Hall.

LETTER: More friendships between races will encourage empathy, understanding

Racially motivated crimes seem to be occuring in response to Black History Month, and it is troublesome how they are being performed with such casualness. There is nothing wrong with political correctness when people take into account other's rights and feelings.

Unity celebration planned at scene of MU cotton ball incident

MU organizations will celebrate diversity Friday in reaction to the cotton ball incident at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center this week. "Last Friday, someone picked cotton to send a message," said a Facebook invitation. "This Friday, we pick UNITY to send one back."

Cotton balls incident: What others are saying

Here's what others are saying after the incident that took place Friday where cotton balls were thrown on the lawn of the MU Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center.

How the student conduct review process works

Senior coordinator of the Office of Student Conduct Donell Young explains what happens when a student violates university policy.

UPDATE: Two MU students arrested, suspended after cotton ball incident

Freshman Sean Fitzgerald and senior Zachary Tucker were suspended Wednesday after their Tuesday evening arrest in connection with the scattering of cotton balls outside the Black Culture Center on Friday.

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