The Associated Student Body Senate conducted a mock debate in preparation for the discussion of the Mississippi state flag next week.
The University’s NAACP chapter and College Democrats have drafted a resolution for the ASB Senate to remove the flag from campus in light of the Confederate symbolism controversy that followed a South Carolina shooting in June.
John Brahan, president of the senate, said he wanted his senators to be prepared for the upcoming debate that is expected to cause heated arguments and tensions from organizations among the differing opinions.
“I’m expecting to hear a lot of people in support and in negation,” Brahan said. “Honestly, I don’t know which way it’s going to go. I believe that a lot of people will be coming to this debate, such as the Black Student Union, College Democrats, College Republicans, and we’ve also heard that there might be an appearance from the KKK.”
Brahan said he does not vote unless the decision is at a tie, but if he could, he would vote in favor of the resolution.
Ole Miss Democrats president and ASB senator, Allen Coon, said he believes either way the vote sways, the debate and resolution will bring attention to the issue at hand.
“We feel pretty confident about the success of this resolution,” Coon said. “This is a great chance for Oxford to distance itself from an oppressive symbol. It’s a way that we can make changes and push for progress.”
Senate members learned parliamentary procedure and how to properly debate resolutions. Many newly-inducted members said they are nervous about the upcoming debate. Senior senate member, Ann-Marie Herod said she is looking forward to the big debate.
“It’s going to be very interesting,” Herod said. “I’m excited to be a part of the heat and the fun stuff. Regardless of whether we agree or disagree, it will be a good debate. There will be really great arguments.”
The next senate meeting will be Tuesday night at 7 p.m. The meeting will feature the debate on the removal of the state flag from campus and the ASB has encouraged people to join.