Clarification: The defaced car mentioned in the article was the result of a "Halloween prank that got out of hand," according to Riley County Police Department. The full story has been linked to provide more context for the incident. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the mistake.
Kansas State University cancelled classes and closed offices for two hours Tuesday afternoon so faculty and students could participate in a campus-wide event promoting diversity.
Jack Ayres, KSU student body president and organizer of the event, said the event, KSUnite, was in response to discriminatory actions on campus challenging the University’s values of diversity, inclusion and equity. A noose was found hanging from a tree on campus in May, and a car was defaced with racial slurs earlier this month.
“We wanted to take the opportunity to come together to reaffirm our commitments, principles and values,” Ayres said. “We don’t want to let other people define what we’re all about here at Kansas State.”
The event was intended to create a dialogue of diversity within the Kansas State community between students, staff and the greater community, Ayres said. The Unity Walk began at 1 p.m. — everyone was encouraged to walk from wherever they were on campus to the main lawn in front of Anderson Hall, the university’s main administrative building. The KSUnite event officially began at 1:30 p.m., Ayres said.