Columbia Bows to Socialist Student Demands and They ‘Disrupt’ Campus Anyway
“student debt is violence”
You can’t satisfy the left. Nothing is ever good enough. How do the people at Columbia not know this?
Campus Reform reports:
Socialist students ‘disrupt’ campus…even after school bows to their demands
Columbia University students hosted on-campus protests, even after the school bowed to many of their tuition demands.
As acknowledged in a statement from Columbia’s Young Democratic Socialists of America chapter, the university’s first round of concessions “would not have happened without the pressure student strikers have put on the administration.”
Accordingly, organizers hosted a press conference outside the home of Columbia President Lee Bollinger, and hundreds of students hosted a “socially-distanced rally” on Sunday. The group was New York City mayoral candidate Dianne Morales and City Council candidate Maria Ordoñez.
During that rally, students displayed a banner that read “Education for all.” One self-identified lamented how she graduated from Columbia Law School with $100,000 in debt. Others at the rally chanted at one point “student debt is violence.”
@TahanieNYC: “Tuition should be free. We should not force people to choose between food on the table and an education…we shouldn’t force our children to make our parents give up retirement and work long hours just to be in debt, chose between owning a home and having a degree.” pic.twitter.com/8Jt6QmFJwc
— Columbia YDSA Tuition Strike (@columbiaydsa) January 17, 2021
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Here’s an idea, you dipsticks. Maybe WORK (I know, another violent word) your way through college, begin paying your debt your first semester in college to avoid interest accrual, and stop expecting everyone else to solve your problems.
Even better, because you are such whiny little babies, don’t go to college—you aren’t mature enough.
One of the hallmarks of a good school used to be the ability to transform adolescents into self-reliant, functioning men and women. The (unofficial) course of study involved forcing the students to understand and exercise responsibility, including the consequences of failure to be responsible. These schools themselves are abject failures.
“student debt is violence”
Part of me wants to suggest that these students be given the chance to experience actual violence, so that they will realize that it simply is nowhere near comparable to every other one of life’s inconveniences.
The way student loans work is to discourage that sort of responsible behavior. No interest accrues as long as you’re in school and not working. If you stop being a fulltime student, then the interest starts adding up.
Then on top of it, the left keeps trying to put more expenses into the student loans. Food, housing, etc. So if you can’t afford rent, don’t look for a job or crash on someone’s couch! Instead, become a student and take out a student loan for rent + food + tuition, and so you’ll be a half-hearted student that will lower standards because the school will look bad if they flunk you out.
It’s very twisted, er make that “inclusive and equitable” in left-speak.
You can work and go to school at the same time. I did. My loans (I admit I didn’t have many. I had some grants to fill in, and my money plus living with my parents and not on campus)
When I attended Oberlin back in the dark ages I could earn $3000 over the summer and the total costs were in the sub $7000 region. That is 40% of the total. Now, with $70K total cost, a student would have to make $30K over the summer. Hmmmm, what has changed here, and why? If any of these students had critical thinking skills they could probably work out who the culprits were.
Most of them could have gotten into CUNY which is much cheaper.
“we should not force people to choose between food on the table and an education”
In point of fact, no one is forced to make that choice. Education comes in many forms. What they are really saying is that they, personally, don’t want to have to choose between food on the table and an overpriced university credential.
Veruka Salt, Willie and the Chocolate Factory
“I want it now!”
It used to be that young people would figure out ways to make it happen:
by hard work, planning, making wise choices and choosing affordable options.
I am weary of greedy, selfish children making demands on me and you. They want OUR hard earned money.
“We should not force people to choose between food on the table and a platinum-plated Ivy-league education from Columbia!”
Fixed it for you.
LOL Columbia is a private school. You chose to be there, it’s just a shame they chose you back.
“Tuition should be free. We should not force people to choose between food on the table and an education.”
Yeah, let’s increase taxes so that the dumb schmucks who are living on a shoestring have to choose between putting food on the table or educating some rich kid.
“You can’t satisfy the left. Nothing is ever good enough. How do the people at Columbia not know this?”
Because they are those who my late father described as “educated fools”.
I had a PhD Biology Department head at a local university tell me that I shouldn’t be embarrassed about not having a degree because colleges are full of professors lacking the sense to stop at the gas station when the little needle points to “E”.