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MSU protesters: John Engler isn't fit to be interim president

File. Students at Michigan State University continue protesting against the administration's lack of transparency surrounding sexual abuse. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

East Lansing, Mich.

Students at Michigan State University continue protesting against the administration's lack of transparency surrounding sexual abuse.

The Friday night protest began at an area on campus known as 'the rock.' After the protest, students marched silently to the administration building with their hands in the air to stand in solidarity with sexual assault victims.

This comes after former Michigan Governor John Engler was made interim president.

One of the protest organizers, Natalie Rogers, says sexual assault needs to be taken more seriously.

"The response from the administration has been pathetic and frankly insulting" she says.

The sophomore says Engler should not have been made interim president.

"I dont think he's in any way fit to lead this institution" he says.

Protesters say they believe administrators hear their message but admit change will be hard.

"We have a lot of laws and institutions working against us" she says.

There have been some actions by protesters at meetings that some people would call disruptive. Rogers says she does not believe those actions are diluting their message.

"I think we have a right to be angry" she says.

Rogers says considering MSU is a Big Ten University, they can help motivate nationwide changes.

"What we want to see is MSU take this horrible, horrible situation and turn it into a positive by really being a leader in the sexual assault revolution" she says.

For more than a week, trustees have said they will support students and sexual assault victims. But Rogers says that hasn't happened.

"But they're going to. I have to believe for my own sanity that were going to make a change and they're going to listen" she says.

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