Tag Archives: College protests

Student protest against former mayor’s appointment to elections watchdog agency

Following up on a previous post about former mayor Sebastian Giuliano‘s pending appointment to the CT State Elections Enforcement Commission, students are now organizing a protest in Hartford to show their discontent at the nomination. Check it out:

  • What: protest against Giuliano’s appointment to the SEEC & delivery of a formal complaint charging him with violating state election laws
  • Date: Tuesday, January 17th aka TOMORROW!
  • When: 3:30 PM
  • Where: State Elections Enforcement Commission @ 20 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT
  • Who will be there: Wesleyan and other Connecticut college and high school students, along with various civil rights groups
  • Who to contact: Gabriela De Golia ’13 and Mansoor Alam ’15 (also, let them know if you have a car!)

If you’re in Connecticut and free on Tuesday afternoon, looks like it’s time to get back in the Wesleyan-protesting-swing-of-things.

UC Berkeley Students Protest Fee Increase

UC_Color_Logo

Students at the University of California, Berkeley, have been occupying a major university building all day to protest a fee increase at all UC campuses. From the Wall Street Journal:

The takeover by as many as 50 students and their sympathizers took place before dawn Friday, a day after the UC Board of Regents approved a 32% increase in student fees to cope with California’s long-running fiscal crisis.

Campus police made three arrests in the occupied Wheeler Hall classroom building after discovering furniture and other items propped up against doors at about 5:30 a.m. Friday, a school spokeswoman said. There were unofficial reports of at least one person arrested outside for allegedly crossing a police line marked by yellow tape.

By Friday afternoon, the standoff continued, as an estimated 500 other students and supporters assembled around the building, despite a driving rain. They banged drums, chanted and cheered as some of the occupants of the building used megaphones from a second-floor window to shout encouragement.

Pretty crazy stuff—but it must sound pretty familiar, I imagine, to some of the professors who’ve been at Wesleyan for 20+ years. Read the full article here.

EDIT: Apparently dozens of students have now been arrested in the protest. Updated story on MSNBC.