Although the resignation of Father Lawrence Biondi as president of Saint Louis University caught many off-guard, word traveled fast around campus.
KTRS' Vicki Pinmentel found most students learned of the news online. "I was on Facebook and I read a status and then I eventually got an e-mail about it...The person I was sitting next to told me he just got an email that Father Biondi was resigning and everyone was pretty excited about that...I was actually at home last night so I just heard about it from you that he resigned so I'm kind of in shock, so that's my initial reaction."
Father Biondi has served as the University's president for 25 years. Recent months have been filled with contentious relations between him and many faculty and students.
The University is expected to begin the search for a successor in the Fall.
Irate faculty and students at St. Louis University plan to take their issues with their school's president to the streets of the mid-town campus.
A protest march is planned this afternoon by members of the SLU community against university president Father Lawrence Biondi.
The move comes after Biondi and another high ranking university official canceled an appearance before the faculty senate. The group had hoped to question Biondi about the school's future.
SLU officials issued a statement Monday saying the two did not appear because they were focused on finding a Months ago the group voted no confidence in Biondi. Some have called for him to step down.
The march starts at 1pm this afternoon at the Frost Campus Clock Tower.
It will proceed to Father Biondi`s residence at Cartier Hall, then continue down the main university thoroughfare to Vandeventer.
It will then go north to Lindell, east to Grand and then south DuBourg Hall.
One person is dead after being thrown from a car in an accident off Collinsville Road. A portion of the road was shut down between N 47th St and N 49th St. in both directions in Fairmont City Monday morning and reopened near noon.
The Illinois State Police report a GMC Denali and Buick LeSabre were speeding westbound down Collinsville Road,
Both cars lost control and spun off to the right.
It's unclear if the two cars were racing but the Illinois State police said they were speeding. The accident happened around 4:45 Monday morning.
Fox 2 News reports several parents arrived at the scene as police interviewed several young people.
No names have been released.