White, a communications major, said he has taken two sociology courses besides the one that's required of all students, because he fell in love with Hyman's teaching style.
"He doesn't have you just memorizing; he gets in depth," White said.
Courtney Smith, a sophomore criminal justice major, said Hyman's passion for teaching makes students want to learn.
"The way he teaches is so different from the rest," she said. "He inspires you to change society for the better."
Students stood outside Ferrell Hall, where the school's president of academic affairs has an office, for more than an hour.
"We want him to come out and face us," Smith said of Byers. "We deserve more of an explanation."
"To be blunt, it's our money," White said. "I'd like a little more information. If something serious is going on, don't we deserve to know? We're adults."
Hyman didn't attend the rally and couldn't be reached for comment. White said the teacher had nothing to do with the demonstration.
"It's rare when students get together for the love of a professor, but it's the least we can do," White said, adding that if their efforts don't work, "at least we're sending him off right."
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