This barefoot man won't put on shoes for anyone
Sophomore claims prejudice, pleads to SGA
Published: Thursday, October 20, 2011
Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2011 20:10
David Wisotsky's feet were dirty and naked when he walked into the Student Government Association's (SGA) weekly meeting on Oct. 4.
Sophomore Wisotsky is currently attempting to raise awareness on issues surrounding his "lifestyle choice" to be barefoot as often as possible.
"I love the feeling of freedom associated with being barefoot," he said in a speech at the meeting. "I would like to speak again about issues regarding prejudice and harassment faced by barefoot students on campus."
Wisotsky's feet were planted firmly on the senate floor, but his voice wavered as he outlined his situation to the SGA.
He has been denied service at dining halls, been kicked off buses and, on multiple occasions, had the police called after he refused to leave a building, he said.
Wisotsky also said that, because of the difficulty of receiving food from the dining halls, he had to appeal and remove himself from his on-campus meal plan.
A specific confrontation at the Bailey/Howe Library has brought the issue to a flash point for him.
After Angus Robertson, who works at the library, asked Wisotsky to put on his shoes, the student refused and inquired about his wrongdoings.
"I wanted to understand what I was doing wrong," he said. "There's no University-wide policy about footwear."
Robertson then called campus police, who proceeded to inform him that he was in violation of "other policies," Wisotsky said.
"They said they're going to try to get me trespassed from the library," he said.
Wisotsky said he assumed the confrontation had fizzled out, but then he received a notice about his upcoming student conduct hearing regarding the incident.
SGA senator Connor Burns is the chair of the Committee on Diversity, Equity and Environmental Ethics (CODEEE).
Burns said he wants to ensure that students on campus are safe from prejudice in all forms, especially from the University.