In weeks past the cross’s display has been discussed by faculty and student groups. The Student Assembly considered and defeated by a 14-2 margin a resolution requesting the decision be reversed. In addition, a group of students and alumni have created a “Save the Wren Cross” Web site (www.savethewrencross.org). Prior to the board meeting, participants in that effort presented board members with an on-line petition seeking to rescind the president’s order.
The decision also was featured on local editorial pages in early November, with The Virginian-Pilot opining that while “Nichol’s intentions are noble . . . [the decision] obscure[s] what is otherwise obvious—Wren Chapel is a Christian chapel and the religious heritage of the university.” An editorial in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, meanwhile, suggested that “The move makes practical sense and reflects the facts on the ground. The cross can be returned to its spot when appropriate.”