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On Friday, November 20, 150 University of Rochester students marched and demanded that the university “implement immediate and lasting changes that will reduce intolerable acts of racism that students of color endure at our university.”

University president Joel Seligman has responded, promising to establish a Commission on Racial Relations.

We hear from a student who wants change, and we welcome a pair of University of Rochester administrators. Our guests:

Representatives from University of Rochester are responding to racist, threatening posts on Yik Yak by asking the app to hand over the names of the posters.

Yik Yak is an anonymous posting app. Anyone can download it to their smartphone, share 200 character open messages, and view posts within a ten mile radius. For a bunch of reasons, Yik Yak has really found its niche on college campuses. Students often post about parties, professors, or other people, and sometimes it gets obscene and dark.