University of Florida welcomes Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse

Monday, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse visited the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

Last Monday, the second-term senator from Fremont who served as president of Midland University for five years was named the lone candidate for the presidency of the University of Florida.

Sasse participated in three livestreamed open forums at UF on Monday afternoon: one for faculty, one for students, and one for staff.

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In the first session with the faculty, he was questioned about his previous policy pronouncements and tenure prospects. Concerns were also raised regarding his ability to be welcoming to minority communities, including minorities of color and LGBTQ individuals.

Protesters gathered outside the president’s rooms, occasionally disrupting the question-and-answer session with loud screams of “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Ben Sasse must resign!”

After drinking some water while waiting for the door to close for the room to become silent again, he stated his support for their right to do so.

“Of course, I wish they didn’t hold that opinion, but I respect people’s rights to protest and free expression. Therefore, I will not state that I exactly welcome the protests, but I do welcome them intellectually and constitutionally.

A Tampa Bay Times education reporter posted a video of the demonstration on Twitter.

The Alligator, UF’s student newspaper, also covered the protest, displaying videos of protestors storming the stage after one of the sessions and yelling obscenities, as well as protesters on the street.

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