The organizers placed the following message on the Facebook page created for the event:
We are gathering for a show of solidarity for one of MSSU's finest, T.R. Hanrahan. We students fully understand and accept that a protest will not get T.R. reinstated from his unjust termination by our university's shameful and deplorable leader, President Bruce Speck. However, we can exercise our first amendment right to peaceably assemble and show both our dissatisfaction for Southern's flawed leadership and express our love for one of the best men the institution has ever had on its payroll.
Bruce Speck has shown time and time again that he does not care about students. He does not care about first amendment issues. He does not care about treating his faculty and staff justly. He does not care about equality. He does not care about us - any of us. He is a self-serving man who has only driven our once fine institution of higher learning into a perpetual state of regression.
Shame on you, Bruce Speck. Shame on you.