MTSU – MURFREESBORO, TN – During Fall semester 2015, MTSU President Dr Sidney A. McPhee has endured four public protests held on the Middle Tennessee State University campus regarding racial unrest over the a building named after Confederate general Nathan B. Forrest, and American Citizens protesting MTSU’s refusal to sever all ties with Big Lick Animal Cruelty to Tennessee Walking Horses.
PROTESTS CALLING TO REMOVE “FORREST” NAME FROM MTSU BUILDING
PROTESTS FOR MTSU TO SEVER ALL TIES WITH BIG LICK ANIMAL CRUELTY
The latest pubic protest occurred Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, when over 20 persons marched from the MTSU Student Union to the Army ROTC Building which is named “Forrest Hall” in honor of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.
MTSU Students, faculty and alums have put the “Forrest” matter at issue in late August 2015. President McPhee’s response was to appoint a Committee to study the matter. At the beginning of Monday’s protest march, MTSU graduate student Joshua Crutchfield said, “This is our last nice demand for this before this could escalate.” The protesters accused Dr. McPhee of stalling on making a decision on removing Confederate General Nathan B. Forrest name from the MTSU Army ROTC building.
President McPhee showed up to watch the beginning of the Protest and then spoke to reporters. According to the Daily News Journal newspaper, “the process would provide all sides of the debate a chance to speak before a decision is made. If we speed it up just because the students are demanding it, that’s not fair to the process. This is not a simple issue. There are others who feel just as strongly as the students on the other side, With the principle of the university, where we should be open to different views and different situations regardless of how we feel about it, or how repugnant it is, it’s part of our duty to let the other voices here in a deliberative, orderly process, said McPhee.”
Dr. McPhee appointed a Committee in late August to “study the matter”. It met for the first time in October, and its possible choices are: “recommend to McPhee whether the Forrest Hall name should remain, be retained with “added historical” context or be eliminated entirely.”
The MTSU Sidelines newspaper covered both stories on Aug. 26 and 27:
University Petitioned by Horse Rights Activists for MTSU Walking for Education
- BY SARAH GRACE TAYLOR | NEWS EDITOR • AUGUST 26, 2015
MTSU Students, Faculty and Alumni March to Change the Name of Forrest Hall
- BY SARAH GRACE TAYLOR | NEWS EDITOR • AUGUST 27, 2015
Regarding the Animal Cruelty story, the MTSU official spokesperson Mr. Andrew Oppmann immediately provided an Official Statement to MTSU Sidelines reporter Ms. Sarah GraceTaylor.
Then MTSU stuck with its official statement when the Daily News Journal reporter Ms Mary Reeves covered the October 1, 2015, Citizens Protest Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty.
MTSU ended up with egg on its face when MTSU Foundation Executive Director Mr. Joe Bales wrote an October 14, 2015, letter to MTSU Alum Dr. Karen Brown revealing that Mr. Oppmann did not disclose the fact that an official MTSU student group – MTSU Pre-Veterinary Society – put on the 2013 MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show at which Gen’s Ice Glimmer was tortured, and that MTSU directly benefitted monetarily from the 2012-2013 Pre-Veterinary Society horse shows when approximately $10,000.00+ in 2012-2013 went to fund student scholarships at MTSU.
An account of the Citizens Protests Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty appeared in a November 4, 2015 article in the Murfreesboro Pulse written by journalist Ms. Sarah H. Clark:
GEN’S ICE GLIMMER, AMERICA AND WORLD’S TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE
“Oppman issued a statement that included the following: “MTSU does not condone the illegal or unethical treatment of any animal. As home to the state’s largest Equine Science program, the university is a strong supporter of our state’s horse industry. We also recognize that the overwhelming majority of people associated with the industry maintain the highest standards of ethical care for their animals.”
For Seay, however, this is not enough. “The university says they don’t condone the unethical treatment of any animal—but the big lick is animal cruelty,” says Seay; he adds that while MTSU says the horse show “did not benefit the university,” the funds raised from the show went to fund MTSU student scholarships, paying tuition to MTSU, and therefore did directly benefit the university.”
MTSU’s failure to disclose all facts was first confirmed when www.billygoboy.com published the following article on October 27, 2015. http://www.billygoboy.com/2015/10/27/gens-ice-glimmer-tortured-at-2013-mtsu-walking-for-education-horse-show-to-pay-for-student-to-attend-college-at-mtsu-university-spokesperson-concealed-the-truth/
MTSU SIDELINES STUDENT NEWSPAPER SUSPICIOUSLY STAYS ON THE SIDELINES AND FAILS TO COVER THE MTSU ANIMAL CRUELTY STORY
Interestingly, the MTSU Sidelines student newspaper continued to cover the “Forrest Hall” name change issue, but an iron curtain was apparently lowered on the Citizens Protests Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty stories. Nephew Eugene says the $5 dollar word when this happens is “Prior Restraint”, but it can also be called plain old-fashioned “Censorship” by the MTSU administration.
MTSU SIDELINES STUDENT NEWSPAPER FACULTY ADVISOR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR MR. LEON ALLIGOOD AND EDITOR MS MEAGAN WHITE
MTSU VP COMMUNICATIONS AND SPOKESPERSON – MR. ANDREW OPPMANN
MTSU FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MR. JOE BALES
MTSU HORSE SCIENCE PROFESSOR VET DR. JOHN HAFFNER
No student media was present for either the October 1, 2015, and October 15, 2015, Citizens Protests on the MTSU campus. These news events were covered by WKRN Channel 2 TV (ABC), Fox 17 TV, the Daily News Journal (Murfreesboro) newspaper and The Murfreesboro Pulse.
The MTSU Sidelines student newspaper on MTSU website claims it is “editorially independent”, but in the real world a news story is a news story. The facts became clear that the Big Lick Animal Cruelty was hosted and encouraged by MTSU officials on the MTSU campus in 2012-2013 (only discovered when Gen’s Ice Glimmer was rescued on July 28, 2015), yet the MTSU Sidelines did not cover the Citizens Protests Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty on Oct. 1 and Oct. 15 in front of the MTSU Student Union.
The campus newspaper even refused to run a Letter To The Editor written by Ms. Teresa Bippen, President of FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses) regarding the Big Lick Animal Cruelty issue, after over 12,000 people signed a Change.Org Petition asking Dr. McPhee to follow the University of Tennessee and the University of Mississippi and sever all ties that MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) has with Big Lick Animal Cruelty.
Apparently, the MTSU animal cruelty issue hit a nerve with the MTSU administration evidenced by the August 26, 2015 MTSU official statement which concealed the facts:
- An official student organization, MTSU Pre-Veterinary Society sponsored the MTSU Walking For Education Horse Show which featured Big Lick Animal Cruelty;
- MTSU directly benefitted monetarily (approximately $10,000.00+) from the 2012 – 2013 Pre Vet Society Big Lick Horse Shows held on the MTSU main campus.
MTSU DIRECTOR OF AGRIGBUSINESS/AGRISCIENCE DR. WARREN GILL
DR. SIDNEY A. MCPHEE, MTSU BRASS AND ALUMS WILL ESCAPE MTSU CAMPUS PROTESTS BY GOING TO BAHAMAS FOR CHRISTMAS TO WATCH MTSU BLUE RAIDERS PLAY IN ‘POPEYES BAHAMAS BOWL” FOOTBALL GAME
Despite the heavy issues that MTSU President Dr. McPhee faces with social unrest and public protests taking place on the MTSU campus regarding Big Lick Animal Cruelty and racial insensitivity, it was reported in the Daily News Journal newspaper on Nov. 25, that MTSU’s football team, despite suffering through a dismal football season playing in front of empty stands, will now be invited to play in the first annual “Popeye’s Bahama Bowl” football game on Christmas eve, Dec. 24, 2015, which will be held at this soccer stadium which seats 15,000 persons.
Dr. McPhee’s brother Mr. Elston McPhee is Director of Sustainable Tourism in the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. MTSU Athletic Director Chris Massaro (hired by Big Lick supporter Mr. Steve Smith) said players and coaches had their passports ready just in case MTSU received a bid to the Bahamas Bowl.
MTSU alum Mr. Dakota Dexter, who feels strongly about the Nathan B. Forrest name change issue, most likely will not be paying the $3,799.00 to attend the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl which will be held in a soccer stadium.
Mr. Dexter said, “As long as the name is on that building, we will be here to give those that defend it hell,”
BAHAMAS BOWL BOUND!!
Five Days/Four Nights from $425 per day!! Package includes:
• Hotel accommodations at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort,
• Round trip airport & event transfers, and
• One ticket to the ESPN Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
While not using the word “Hell”, these Tennesseans, one whose daughter attended MTSU, and the other who worked in the MTSU Horse Science Program and graduated from MTSU now holding a PhD from Vanderbilt University, pretty much summed it up when it comes to their committment to keep the heat on regarding MTSU severing all ties with Big Lick Animal Cruelty:
Nephew Eugene says it looks like MTSU President Dr. Sidney A. McPhee is going to have his hands full in 2016, first dealing with the world-wide Animal Cruelty reputation that MTSU has earned by its condoning the unethical treatment of animals by Dr. McPhee not severing all ties with Big Lick Animal Cruelty, and then the determined people who want General Nathan B. Forrest’s name removed from the MTSU Army ROTC building.
So far, “The Sore World of Gen’s Ice Glimmer – America’s Tennessee Walking Horse (c) Tortured At MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University), Parts I & II have reached over Two Million (2,000,000) persons.
Shortly after the first of the year, every high school guidance counsellor in the State of Tennessee, and all Tennessee community colleges, will receive information and on-line links detailing MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University) now world-wide association with and reputation for Animal Cruelty earned by its condoning the unethical treatment of animals by MTSU President Dr. Sidney A. McPhee refusal to cut all ties with Big Lick Animal Cruelty. If you have any doubts of the reputation, please click on the following link:
Dr. Sidney A. McPhee doesn’t need to appoint a Committee to tell him that the Big Lick is Animal Cruelty.
MTSU Horse Science Professor Vet Dr. John Haffner has already done that.
It would be fitting if Dr. McPhee, before going off to watch a football game in a soccer stadium in Nassau with Mr. Steve Smith and a bunch of rich alums, would issue a statement on behalf of MTSU publicy severing all ties with Big Lick Animal Cruelty.
That would be a nice Christmas present for Middle Tennessee State University.