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Town Hall Meeting Huntington, West Virginia January 5, 1975.

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1 Town Hall Meeting Huntington, West Virginia January 5, 1975

2 The Story of Marshall On the evening of November 14, 1970, Southern Airways Flight 932, chartered to transport Marshall University’s football team to Greenville, North Carolina. On the evening of November 14, 1970, Southern Airways Flight 932, chartered to transport Marshall University’s football team to Greenville, North Carolina. On the way back to Huntington, the airplane crashed. On the way back to Huntington, the airplane crashed. There were no survivors. There were no survivors. The 75 dead included the thirty-seven players, coaching staff, athletic director, team trainers, twenty-two boosters, and five crew members. The 75 dead included the thirty-seven players, coaching staff, athletic director, team trainers, twenty-two boosters, and five crew members. The football team was suspended till there was persuasion from the residents and the Marshall students to resurrect it against all odds. The football team was suspended till there was persuasion from the residents and the Marshall students to resurrect it against all odds.

3 Town Hall Panel 5 Years Later Dean of Sports Dean of Sports Retired Sports Writer Retired Sports Writer Member, National Alliance of Mental Illness Member, National Alliance of Mental Illness Pastor Pastor Youth Advocate Youth Advocate Mrs. Mary Jane Tolley (widow) Mrs. Mary Jane Tolley (widow)

4 Please join us in a Moment of Silence

5 Item for consideration Warner Brother Entertainment is making a movie about the tragedy at Marshall University and would like us to support it as a community before it is released. We are gathered here today to discuss the pros and cons of such a proposal. We are gathered here today to discuss the pros and cons of such a proposal.

6 Conflicting Dilemmas portrayed You will see a video clip which portrays the some of the dilemmas that we are facing: You will see a video clip which portrays the some of the dilemmas that we are facing: Was resurrecting the football team itself, and now making a movie of it not allowing the families space to grieve? Are these choices exploitive? Was resurrecting the football team itself, and now making a movie of it not allowing the families space to grieve? Are these choices exploitive? Should we force ourselves to move on in the midst of catastrophic loss and thereby learn how to create new rules, expectations and definitions? Can we teach others by what was learned by Marshall’s football team through Coach Lengyle’s direction? Should we force ourselves to move on in the midst of catastrophic loss and thereby learn how to create new rules, expectations and definitions? Can we teach others by what was learned by Marshall’s football team through Coach Lengyle’s direction? eature= eature= eature= eature=

7 Our Perspectives In order to best shed light on this topic further we have gathered this panel to share their perspectives on what making this movie may mean to them. They each bring with them their own expertise, way of knowing and perspective. Dean of Sports (Constructivist) Dean of Sports (Constructivist) Retired Sports Writer (Rationalist) Retired Sports Writer (Rationalist) Member, National Alliance of Mental Illness (Constructivist, New Paradigm) Member, National Alliance of Mental Illness (Constructivist, New Paradigm) Pastor (Experiential) Pastor (Experiential) Local Citizen/Youth (Authority/New Paradigm) Local Citizen/Youth (Authority/New Paradigm) Mrs. Mary Jane Tolley (widow) (Constructivist) Mrs. Mary Jane Tolley (widow) (Constructivist)

8 National Alliance of Mental Illness Perspective As a parent of someone who suffers from a serious mental illness, I have learned from what Coach Lengyle did for Marshall's football team how to cope and rebuild in the midst of extreme loss. A new paradigm had to be created with new definitions for success, new tools for assistance, and new expectations. I support the making of this movie I support the making of this movie - Kim (Member, National Alliance of Mental Illness) - Kim (Member, National Alliance of Mental Illness)

9 Local Citizen/Youth Perspective I would say that I have multiple ways of knowing.. 1. I learn through the experience of storytelling by others. 1. I learn through the experience of storytelling by others. 2. I also learn by scientific revolutions or paradigm shifting. I look toward the future and the future needs a hero. 3. I also, as a young child, tend to learn by authoritarian way of knowing. I need leadership, guidance, someone to be right...someone to be in command. 3. I also, as a young child, tend to learn by authoritarian way of knowing. I need leadership, guidance, someone to be right...someone to be in command. I absolutely support the movie production. -Diana (Local Citizen/Youth)

10 Retired Sports Writer Perspective I would say that I have a rationalist way of knowing as an extension of my profession. I would say that I have a rationalist way of knowing as an extension of my profession. 1. I learn through knowing the truth, not through sensory, but from deductive reasoning. Deduction is a process in which I derive conclusion through valid arguments, questioning, interviewing, and then conclude that the information I’ve gathered is true. 1. I learn through knowing the truth, not through sensory, but from deductive reasoning. Deduction is a process in which I derive conclusion through valid arguments, questioning, interviewing, and then conclude that the information I’ve gathered is true. 2. I also learn through intuition after learning more about how facts of stories unfold. I absolutely support the movie production. -Alisha (Retired Sports Writer)

11 Mrs. Mary Jane Tolley (widow) Perspective Ms. Tolley realizes that making sense of a world far more complex that she or anyone had imagined. We must understand our location in the "web" of reality in relation to what occurred at Marshall University. There is an important need to unite logic and emotion in order to make sense of this tragedy that has occurred. My character supports the movie production. Ms. Tolley realizes that making sense of a world far more complex that she or anyone had imagined. We must understand our location in the "web" of reality in relation to what occurred at Marshall University. There is an important need to unite logic and emotion in order to make sense of this tragedy that has occurred. My character supports the movie production. - Molly (Mrs. Mary Jane Tolley- widow)

12 Pastor Perspective I am a pastor and my particular viewpoint is that of a critical constructivist. My personal history, collective social awareness, economic and political experiences inform me that companies exploit family crises for greater economic gain. I do not believe that the shareholders of movie making industries care about the hurt, only about their gain. It's policy in corporate America. This is my radical view. I am a pastor and my particular viewpoint is that of a critical constructivist. My personal history, collective social awareness, economic and political experiences inform me that companies exploit family crises for greater economic gain. I do not believe that the shareholders of movie making industries care about the hurt, only about their gain. It's policy in corporate America. This is my radical view. - Ronnie Lee Fleming (Pastor) - Ronnie Lee Fleming (Pastor)

13 Dean of Sports Perspective My approach is constructivist. I am the Dean, so I am a leader to whom people look when they have to make crucial decisions. I have to be very righteous in order to be a leader. I am in favor of making the movie because according to me, the loss that one suffers does not stop life. This does not mean that I lack emotional side in me. I am saying this from my personal loss of my father when I was about 12 years old. I saw how difficult it is to live without a person who meant everything. But, at the same time, I learned the greatest truth of life! However, big the loss is, we can't stop living. Apart from that, I see that production of the movie in a positive way of teaching everyone as to how you can make your life moving when you suffer from loss. As a Dean, I need to be balanced between my emotional and functional side and so I see the production of this film as the balance that I strive to achieve. My approach is constructivist. I am the Dean, so I am a leader to whom people look when they have to make crucial decisions. I have to be very righteous in order to be a leader. I am in favor of making the movie because according to me, the loss that one suffers does not stop life. This does not mean that I lack emotional side in me. I am saying this from my personal loss of my father when I was about 12 years old. I saw how difficult it is to live without a person who meant everything. But, at the same time, I learned the greatest truth of life! However, big the loss is, we can't stop living. Apart from that, I see that production of the movie in a positive way of teaching everyone as to how you can make your life moving when you suffer from loss. As a Dean, I need to be balanced between my emotional and functional side and so I see the production of this film as the balance that I strive to achieve. - Sweta (Dean of Sports) - Sweta (Dean of Sports)

14 Now you get to VOTE! As a community we need to decide if this is something that, despite the multiple dilemmas that have been expressed here, we will support. As a community we need to decide if this is something that, despite the multiple dilemmas that have been expressed here, we will support. Do you support this or not? Do you support this or not? Are there any limitations that should be considered? Are there any limitations that should be considered?


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