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Protest? Go to free-speech zone
Like most colleges, Georgia Southern has designated area
Rotunda protest for Web
In this Herald file photo from October 2006, Georgia Southern students are shown gathering at the Rotunda outside the Russell Union during President George W. Bush's appearance at Hanner Fieldhouse. The Rotunda is a designated free-speech zone for protesters.
The lecture of a 1960s radical-turned-scholar at Georgia Southern University Monday spawned controversy for some members of the community, but produced merely a whimper in the form of protests as the event took place. An increased security presence for the appearance of William Ayers, founder of a United States terrorist organization responsible for bombing political buildings in the 1960s and 70s, was rendered null when the area surrounding the Performing Arts Center remained empty of protesters, signs or any indication that a once controversial figure was speaking inside. According to school policy regarding official demonstrations, however, the scene would have been calm even if thousands had showed to voice their disdain for Ayers.
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