Students gathered outside William Peace University Monday to protest the admission of men to the female college.
It is one of 10 days that students and alumnae plan to protest the proposed change. College trustees announced the change in July, along with a new name: William Peace University. Men will be admitted to the school starting next fall.
Rachel Leigh House, 25, a student who will graduate in December, held a sign reading, “PEACE. I. AM not William!”
“The history, culture and tradition are wiped out,” House said.
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Glenda Kiddoo, a 1980 Peace graduate, held her dog, Dude, and the sign “Honk for Peace” as she waved at cars going by the front entrance. Kiddoo said she is disappointed that alumnae were left out of the conversation.
The students and alumnae who stood in front of Peace College all day Monday are hoping to emulate Mills College of California, whose students protested for two weeks eventually prompting an overturn of the decision to go coed.