The Orange Coast College student government voted Monday to put the Pledge of Allegiance back on its biweekly agendas, but added that the board of trustees could alter the practice after hearing feedback from students.
At an intense two-and-a-half-hour meeting in the faculty lounge, the student trustees listened to — and often expressed — passionate opinions both for and against making the pledge an official item. In the end, by a 3-2 vote, the board opted to reinstate the pledge as an "opportunity" for any attendees who wish to recite it and promised to hold a forum or take an opinion poll in the near future to determine students' feelings on the matter.
"In my view, this is a fair compromise," said student body president Lynne Riddle, who suggested the compromise that the trustees accepted but is not a voting member of the board. "I feel strongly still that the board made no mistake. However, we have heard additional voices from students and the community."