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Swarthmore Students Launch Hunger Strike Demanding Termination of Fraternity Leases

Swarthmore Students Launch Hunger Strike Demanding Termination of Fraternity Leases

“until the college terminates the fraternity leases and issues a commitment to create a reallocation process led by queer and trans students of color”

Can you even imagine refusing to eat over something like this? Why not just hold your breath until you get your own way?

Campus Reform reports:

Swarthmore students go on hunger strike amid frat scandal

Students at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania announced a hunger strike Monday after previously occupying the president’s office and a fraternity.

The students demand an apology for Swarthmore’s treatment of protesters during the Thursday and Friday occupation of the president’s office. They demanded the resignation of the campus’ director of public safety and said four students at Swarthmore and two individuals elsewhere will be “refusing food until the college terminates the fraternity leases and issues a commitment to create a reallocation process led by queer and trans students of color, specifically Black and Indigenous students.”

Students who occupied the president’s office previously demanded a permanent ban on fraternities and “reallocation” of housing for “marginalized groups,” according to an op-ed in the Swarthmore Voices. Swarthmore’s two fraternities, Phi Psi and Delta Upsilon, previously announced decisions to disband Tuesday, following a sit-in in Phi Psi after the release of documents referencing jokes suggestive of sexual assault and remarks perceived as bigoted, according to NPR.

Redacted Phi Psi minutes dating from 2013 refer to women at one point as “sluts” and describe one male slapping a female’s rear end, according to The Swarthmore Phoenix. Minutes released by the Swarthmore Voices reference a “rape tunnel” and “rape attic” in the Delta Upsilon fraternity.

After the frats disbanded, student activists subsequently sat in President Valerie Smith’s office from Thursday morning to late afternoon on Friday, with KYW-TV counting 10 protesters in the office and 50 in the hallway.

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Comments

The Friendly Grizzly | May 8, 2019 at 11:51 am

Just the sort of thing to expect from trust fund brats attending a finishing school.

healthguyfsu | May 8, 2019 at 12:28 pm

starve please

healthguyfsu | May 8, 2019 at 12:29 pm

how many of these people actually go through with a hunger strike?

I bet they sneak food on the side.

mochajava76 | May 8, 2019 at 3:58 pm

If they are on the campus meal plan, they already paid for their meals, so the university makes money.

I would also lock the bathrooms during sit-in protests and give keys to administrative staff only.

Swarthmore should take a page from the Israeli prison. Didn’t they grill food right outside the windows of those participating in a hunger strike to break them?

Who knew the spirit of Bobby Sands lives on ?

Reallocation process? Oh, you mean theft?

They should be subject to campus discipline for their doubtless numerous violations of college rules (read the student handbook just as literally for them as for a right-winger) and fail their finals if they don’t show up for them.

And if they don’t eat, how is that anyone else’s problem? Maybe their parents can get them to eat.

I bet they’re all so fat they could go weeks without eating and be the better for it. Not that they will.

“…issues a commitment to create a reallocation process led by queer and trans students of color…”

What a school, Swarthmore. I mean, just how many queer and trans students of color go to this school?

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