Apparently longing to emulate the student protesters of the sixties, a group of NYU
snot noses students staged a sit-in in a university cafeteria, complete with barricades and bullhorns (live blogged here). Among their demands were:
Annual reporting of the schoolâ€™s operating budget, expenditures and endowment (transparency, donâ€™t ya know)
Thirteen scholarships per year to Palestinian students
The donation of surplus supplies to the Islamic University of Gaza
Permission for graduate student teaching assistants to unionize
A tuition freeze (surprise!)
To its credit, the University was having none of it. Students were advised that if they didnâ€™t leave the building, they would be suspended and possibly expelled. Some left, and others did not. Dozens of students were suspended, and non-student participants will be treated as trespassers.
If I were King, I would have sealed off all but one exit and waited for the students to come out one by one, and as they exited, I would have handed each one of them a notice of expulsion, reminding them that, in the grownup world, actions have consequences.