Black Students End DePaul University Sit-In
CHICAGO — BLACK student protesters have ended their 10-day sit-in at DePaul University's student newspaper, saying school officials agreed to most of their demands.
The protesters left the office of the weekly Depaulia over the weekend. In a statement Monday, they said that the university agreed to all but three of 20 demands, and two of the remaining demands could be satisfied by due process outlined in DePaul's student handbook.
The statement from the Coalition for Concerned Black Students did not say which demands were met. A spokesman for the students did not immediately return telephone messages yesterday.
The university suspended publication of the newspaper after the sit-in began April 5. It will resume publishing this week.
On Friday, the student coalition said it would not be satisfied until the newspaper apologized for a February article that quoted a police report about a melee at a student dance. It said the problem involved ''several M-B's (male blacks) throwing chairs and trash into the crowd.''
Protesters said the quotation was irrelevant and perpetuated negative stereotypes. They occupied the newspaper office April 5, demanding dismissal of the newspaper's editor in chief and a staff writer, among other things. DePaul University officials had no immediate comment on the agreement ending the protest.
Monday's statement from the students said DePaul agreed to give them an office and equipment to prepare oversight committees to implement their demands and for university-sponsored tutors to help students who joined the sit-in. On Friday, the student protesters had vowed to continue the sit-in despite DePaul's offers to step up minority recruiting and other conciliatory measures.