I’m sure by now many of you reading this have seen the infamous video of student protesters disrupting a Special Olympics ceremony. And although this is relatively old news I wanted to pass along some articles and my own opinions on the matter since I know many of my constituents, personal friends, and other colleagues have a deep personal connection with the Special Olympics, some of whom have spent many years volunteering for.
The protests were put on by United Council, and organization that UW Madison students just months ago voted to remain members of. In my opinion these tactics don’t work but moving beyond that disrupting a Special Olympics ceremony is simply inexcusable and something I do not tolerate. What was supposed to be a pleasant congratulatory ceremony for these athletes became a quick cheap shot for these students to gain 15 minutes of fame. Unfortunately those 15 minutes come with nothing but ridicule from what is now national attention.
To quote Ricky Ricardo: “United Council, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!”
They did hastily crank out a press release immediately trying to distance themselves from this incident. I’m just having trouble buying it. You?
In a recent meeting with Assistant Dean of Students Kevin Helmkamp, he expressed his frustration with the protests and added how he had been fielding questions from angry parents phone calls all day.