Hiwassee students and former students protest with signs on campus Friday morning after the college’s Board of Trustees voted on March 28 to close the school at the end of this spring semester (May 10). Earlier this week, a meeting was scheduled that was initially thought to be open to the public to address concerns and questions about the closure of the college with President Dr. Robin Tricoli and the Executive Committee. A day later, however, the college’s administration announced that the meeting would be closed to the public and only open to the faculty and staff. Following that decision, the students, alumni and community members voiced frustrations with the lack of answers from Tricoli and the Board of Trustees, staging a protest on campus during the closed meeting in an attempt to be heard. Students were refused entry into the Barker Learning Center, where the meeting was being held, being forced to stand outside the building in the rain with their signs. When students made an attempt during the meeting to enter the building, a couple of faculty members had to leave the meeting to silence and calm the students when law enforcement entered the building with a K-9 dog to escort them back outside. The media was also not allowed in the meeting or near the building where it was being held. See more details in an upcoming edition of The Advocate & Democrat.