UH students and staff protest over Apple's firingUPDATED 8:16 PM HST Jul 31, 2014Video Transcript
New tonight... Student and faculty protests at the University of Hawaii, after learning their Chancellor Tom Apple was officially fired yesterday. Some spent their vacation today... gathering and marching STRAIGHT to the President's office to express their outrage. As KITV4's Nana Ohkawa reports... Lassner says it was a decision HE made. shouting Pumped up and ready to support UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple. Martin nguyen - Tape 1 2245 SOME PEOPLE HAVE TOLD ME HE'S THE LAST HOPE FOR UH MANOA IN TERMS OF A TRANSPARENT ADMINISTRATOR WHO REALLY HAS THE STUDENTS INTEREST IN MIND. 56 A group of about 40 students and faculty members gathered in front of Hawaii Hall to protest his firing. laiana wong - hawaiian language department.- Tape 1 2437 WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY INPUT THIS IS LIKE BLITZ KRIG TACTICS 42 IT'S BASICALLY A FEW PEOPLE FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND MAKING A DECISION THAT AFFECTS A LOT OF PEOPLE 50 nats of intercom shouting while marching They marched to the Presidents office at Bachman Hall-- There David Lassner was ready... Welcoming their arrival. sit down!--show lassner sitting down 35:19 Lassner told ralliers after an executive performance evaluation he decided to let Apple go. He says the main reasons for the termination -Apple's inability to lead a cohesive team and growing divisiveness on the Manoa campus. Also- over the past two years the campus incurred a 20 million dollar operating budget shortfall. lassner-Tape 1 4650 HIS VICE CHANCELLORS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO ADVISE HIM OF THIS I HAVE PERSONALLY TRIED TO ADVISE HIM OF THESE CHALLENGES AND THERE WAS NO APPARENT CHANGE IN COURSE OF ACTION UNTIL THE FREEZE WAS ANNOUNCED WHICH WAS ANNOUNCED AFTER WE BEGAN OUR SEPARATION CONVERSATION 4700 It did get heated at times in the hour long discussion. Some ralliers shouted that Lassner's decision was swayed by outside influences. Tape 2 lassner 1118 I ABSOLUTELY DON'T KNOW WHAT DEANS ARE UNDERMINING CHANCELLOR APPLE! Lassner said he followed U-H evaluation procedures and the decision was his... He did not weigh opinions of students or faculty. Some students and faculty aren't convinced-saying it's not over. Tape 2 GSO 653 WE WILL NOT LEAVE BACHMAN HALL UNTIL WE RECEIVE WRITTEN STATEMENT FROM YOU THAT CHANCELLOR TOM APPLE WILL NOT BE REMOVED AS CHANCELLOR OF MANOA05 Nana Ohkawa KITV4 News. Some insisted they will STAY in Bachman Hall until Lassner changes his mind. Lassner says he will begin the search for an interim chancellor.