15 minutes of dissent: Oxy students fit in protest between lunch and class


Eagle Rock Patch reports that about 50 Occidental College students on Thursday afternoon participated in what was billed as a walk-out from classes to rally in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  But, as Patch points out,  no one actually walked out of class to attend the rally on the front steps of the administration building:

Although the event was billed as a protest walk-out from class on campus, none of the students actually boycotted classes. Rather, in something bordering a symbolic boycott, they were about 15 minutes late for the first afternoon class of the day, which begins at 1:30 p.m.

The tardy students protested one day after two of their classmates were arrested for participating in a downtown L.A. protest related to Occupy Wall Street, reports the Occidental Weekly student newspaper.


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  1. “In something bordering on a symbolic boycott…” they were tardy to class.

    I’ve got chills.

    OCCIpy LAme.

  2. Wow. College students these days are daring.

  3. One could view it as a very efficient protest. 😉

  4. Easy to snark. At least they did something.

  5. If you say so, Libertad.

  6. The system has necessitated ever increasing student loans and dwindling job prospects. Today’s students don’t have the same “liberties” afforded to them as students of the 60s. Education was cheap and many knew a job was waiting for them upon graduation.

    Thanks to the generations before us though for selling out their ideals and leaving their children with this shitty mess.

  7. Michael, a motivated student can still take his or her general-education requirements at a junior college, where courses cost $15 a unit plus $100-150 per class for books; for the last two years, he or she can attend a Cal State or UC school and graduate debt-free or with less than $20,000 in student loans. I’m not saying it’s as easy as it used to be, but when there’s a will there’s a way.

    I strongly advise high-school students to do their best to avoid incurring student-loan debt, especially if they plan to major in English, Chicano Studies, Sociology, or other liberal-arts degrees, where the payback isn’t guaranteed. So what if it takes a student six years to get his or her B.A. or B.S.? It’s better than graduating in four years with $40,000 in loans.

    I graduated w. my B.A. in 1992, during a recession, and I took a job that I didn’t like for a year, lived w. two roommates in a $600-a-month, one-bedroom apartment, saved $700 of every $1400 monthly check, and then went back to graduate school for my M.A. and found a more satisfying job a few years later. Resourceful students will find their way. They always have and always will.

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