Category Archive 'Student Protests'

21 Nov 2019

Minority Snowflake Meltdown at Syracuse

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“ ‘This university has stolen my mental health.’ … ‘You want me to pay full tuition that those white students are paying, for what? For a university that stole my mental health? I hate it here.’

Another student yelled ‘I hate it here,’ and protesters joined him in chanting these words.”

Campus Reform reports that the students’ key demand is for self-segregation.

The Chancellor at Syracuse University has stated that he will actively work with a group of students who have issued several demands meant to address a racism issue at the school, including the institution of a new policy that would require students be offered an option to choose that their roommate share the same race.

The demand to allow “students of color” to elect not to room with students of other races was one of several such demands issued by a group of protesting students who aired their concerns about racism on campus during an ongoing sit-in. Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud spoke at the sit-in in a live-streamed exchange.

Calling themselves “#NotAgainSU,” this group of protestors is calling for the chancellor to resign if he does not sign a document conceding to the list of demands by Wednesday. Even before the given deadline, over 1,000 protesters have already petitioned for his resignation online.

“The general consensus is that black students, and we’re talking specifically on behalf of Black students, may feel safer and better rooming with other Black students rather than saying the same race has an implementation of a profile system or a portal system. That includes interests as well as race,” a representative of the student protesters said during the meeting. …

Syracuse University students increased their list of demands after racist graffiti was found in a student dormitory on Nov. 7. The following week, more racist graffiti was found in the campus physics building, along with two swastikas found elsewhere, and an anonymous email sent to Student Association members justifying the incidents.

The university also recently announced their suspension of all social activities within Greek Life for the rest of the semester, after some members of a fraternity hurled a “verbal racial epithet” at an African American Student. Other reports have surfaced of people using racist slurs against individual students.

Among the additional demands is the insistence that the university change its anti-harassment policy to a zero-tolerance policy for “hate speech.” Syverud told the crowd of protestors that he has spoken with people who believe there is a “hazy, unclear line between free speech and hate speech,” and that he is not going to take a position on this policy at the moment.

Students are also demanding that the university spend $1 million on the creation of a “unified, required curriculum that educates students on diversity issues, specifically anti-racism.” Syverud has already agreed to this demand, stating his belief is that “required staffers and planning are not going to be under $1million.”

The university already spent $5 million on a social justice center in 2018.

The protesters are also calling on the university to institute a clause in all new contracts with faculty and staff that mandates diversity training with “new diversity hires,” and for a student-led reform of an existing mandatory diversity course for first-year students. …

The students have occupied Syracuse University’s Barns Center since Nov. 13. They plan to remain in the building all day and night until Wednesday.

“Participation in a peaceful protest given the events that have happened and the dialogue that needs to continue should not be subject to any discipline,” said Chancellor Syverud.

The protestors enjoyed a visit from an emotional support dog and were provided with pizza by the university. Someone even brought toy blocks for students to play with. Protesters continue to shout-down university administrators when they try to field their questions.

“Let’s talk about spending $23,000 to have Sean Spicer come here,” one student yelled, referring to the university funding the College Republicans’ hosting Sean Spicer this coming spring. “That’s gonna make me uncomfortable.”

“This university has stolen my mental health,” she added. “You want me to pay full tuition that those white students are paying, for what? For a university that stole my mental health? I hate it here.”

Another student yelled “I hate it here,” and protesters joined him in chanting these words.

“My girlfriend could tell you how many times I sat down and cried in her f*cking arms,” he shouted.

A third student sitting in the crowd complained that she was supposed to be taught a course on “Critical Whiteness,” but that “all [her] white professor did was make microaggressions to [her].”

RTWT

12 Aug 2016

New Escape Hatch for Berkeley Chancellor

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Daily Californian:

Last weekend, an emergency exit was built near Chancellor Nicholas Dirks’ office as a security measure against potential protesters. The door, which cost $9,000, is located outside a short hallway between his conference room and his office in California Hall. Campus spokesperson Claire Holmes said in an email that the exit in California Hall was installed as a security measure to “provide egress to leave the building.” Construction of the door was requested about a year ago in response to a protest in April 2015 when protesters stormed the chancellor’s suite.”

Last weekend, an emergency exit was built near Chancellor Nicholas Dirks’ office as a security measure against potential protesters.

The door, which cost $9,000, is located outside a short hallway between his conference room and his office in California Hall.

Campus spokesperson Claire Holmes said in an email that the exit in California Hall was installed as a security measure to “provide egress to leave the building.”

Construction of the door was requested about a year ago in response to a protest in April 2015 when protesters stormed the chancellor’s suite.

I’d have installed an oubliette.

Via Boing Boing.


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