#SpellCheck

On Wednesday, April 13, students crowded the Highsmith Bridge to protest the arrival of Margaret Spellings, the president of the UNC System.

The protest was lead by the UNC Asheville Socialist Club, which was nicknamed “Spellcheck”. Other groups such as UNC Asheville’s Divestment Coalition joined in. The protesters listed a wide variety of grievances, such as the process in which President Spelling had been elected and the support of House Bill 2. Some went as far as to demand her resignation from the Board of Governors. The protesters listed a wide variety of grievances such as the process in which President Spelling was elected.

I believe that Margaret Spellings was put into office under extremely unethical circumstances and is completely unqualified for the position,” said Carter Smith, a protester at the rally.

Many students believe that Spellings does not represent the student body and that her base salary is far too high.

The Board of Governors announced two days prior that they would conduct their meeting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill rather than at UNC Asheville. According to students who were allowed to sit in on a meeting with Spellings, the UNC President heard the shouts of protesters from the Highsmith Bridge in the board room where she talked with the administration.