Donald Trump appearance leads University of Northern Colorado students to confront president
October 31, 2016
About a dozen University of Northern Colorado students on Monday confronted UNC President Kay Norton over university officials' decision to let Donald Trump speak at the university Sunday.
The students came to Norton's office on the fourth floor of Carter Hall, apparently without a scheduled meeting, with concerns about Trump's appearance on campus.
Trump spoke in front of 3,000-plus people Sunday at UNC's Bank of Colorado Arena at Butler-Hancock Athletic Center, one of a handful of stops in Colorado for the Republican presidential hopeful.
For the trouble, UNC charged the campaign $4,850, which included costs associated with UNC police, paramedics and a building manager's services.
UNC spokesman Nate Haas said university officials expected not everyone would agree with the decision, but Haas pointed out UNC hosted then-vice presidential hopeful Joe Biden in 2008.
Haas didn't want to get into specifics of the conversation or what Norton's response to students was in a private meeting. But he did share student concerns.
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"The concerns we heard was (Trump's presence) can create a divisive and uncomfortable environment for some," Haas said.
Haas said this election has been particularly polarizing and said as a college campus, UNC is a microcosm of the United States.
The Tribune could not identify students who took part in the discussion, and calls to a number associated with a message about the discussion were not returned.
Haas said there were familiar faces among the students, some of whom university officials saw at listening sessions Norton hosted in fall 2015 as part of her push to address campus climate, equity and inclusivity concerns.
—Tyler Silvy covers education for The Greeley Tribune. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Connect with him at Facebook.com/TylerSilvy or @TylerSilvy on Twitter.