Sunday , March 7 2021

Southampton student union president resigns after oath to paint the fresco of World War I

President of the college who caused anger after threatening to paint on a fresco of the university dedicated first World War the soldiers resigned.

Emily Dawes tweeted last month to remove or paint the "white men's mural" at the University of Southampton.

The president of the association had previously apologized for the inconvenience caused by her comments on the artwork, which shows that a young soldier has received a degree.

Her resignation comes after the signing of more than 21,000 people report calling on Mrs Dawes to resign.

Some critics described their comments as "disrespectful" and "ignorant".

She had initially tweeted: "Mark my words – we take down the white men's fresco in the uni Senate room, even if I have to paint over myself."

Along with a photo of the wall painting, he wrote: "A WOMAN OF CARS" is almost a day of armistice, so we cover this wallpaper "AND SAINT S *** F *** YES GRL PWER £ sotonsenatelive".

Painted by Sir William Rothenstein in 1916, the fresco was a memorial of the British universities who served in the war and was presented in Southampton in 1959 by the son of the artist.

Announcing her resignation, Mrs Dawes said: "After careful consideration, I decided that it was best to give up my role. I apologize to all of you for the misconduct and disrespectfulness of my past remarks, which I have misinformed. I felt impressive and therefore I fully accepted how awful and cunning my words were.

"I have spent great time as chairman and I am sad to leave. I thank all those who supported me during my presidency and I wish the group and the union the best."

Κατά τη στιγμή του συμβάντος, ένας εκπρόσωπος του Πανεπιστημίου του Σαουθάμπτον ανέφερε τα σχόλια της κας Dawes δεν αντιπροσώπευαν τις απόψεις του πανεπιστημίου.

Μετά την παραίτηση, το θεσμικό όργανο tweeted ότι τήρησε την απόφασή του και θα συνεχίσει να της παρέχει υποστήριξη.

Πρόσθεσε: "Το πανεπιστήμιο θα συνεχίσει να συνεργάζεται στενά με την ένωση των φοιτητών, την εκλεγμένη ομάδα και προσωπικό."

Ο ρόλος του προέδρου των συνδικαλιστικών οργανώσεων θα παραμείνει κενός για το υπόλοιπο ακαδημαϊκό έτος 2018-1919, με υποψηφιότητες για το άνοιγμα του 2019-20 τον Ιανουάριο.

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