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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

I have a headache

Just eat. It is not as if anyone is taking you seriously.

First we have nooses, swastikas and an insane Iranian and now this at Columbia.

Columbia Students On Hunger Strike

Six anonymous students at Columbia University have gone on a hunger strike to protest the administration's attitude and position on a number of issues, including Columbia's plans for West Harlem/Manhatanville, a series of hate crimes on campus and lack of an ethnic studies program.

So these geniuses decided to take it upon themselves to have themselves a hunger strike. And they are doing it ANONYMOUSLY.

Although I do not have an Ivy League pedigree, I do know that in order for a hunger strike to be effective, the participants need to expose their identities. Not only to publicize why they are on this strike but to also prove to people they are not chowing down on Chipotle. Also the Hunger Strike, like all forms of protest is a visual act. You can't just say went on a hunger strike. There needs to be evidence of what you have done. Also it shows a lack of commitment. My take is that these kids do not want to risk jeopardizing their futures as the next generation of yuppies

What has led to these extreme measures? Apparently they were slighted by their president.

8:24 PM StudentStriker: So the thing is there is a "why we strike" statement [reproduced after the jump- ed.] and this statement is a collection of the strikers' personal feelings. It is a culmination of individual statements, not to put us on the same level of prisoners who are without rights, expressions, food, or freedom. However, there is the sentiment that if all things were relative, students are in a way robots of this school.

The idea is, the core curriculum is so beautiful and so empowering, a social tool and a social weapon, so we should use it to make intelligent citizens and reform it with input from current events--such as the 5 hate crimes in less than a month. But the administration oppresses idea likes this or ethnic studies or expansion.... and they [the ideas] are literally put into a vacuum. We have had meetings with Bollinger where he outwardly doodles flowers on the demands

No joke.

He has walked out on meetings with students. He has rolled eyes at students. It is really quite disgusting

Of course he walked out you. He probably was thinking to himself. "Oh my f**king god, I can't believe I actually let these idiots into this place. They can't even properly conduct a protest in a coherent manner I need to fire my admissions department."

No wonder Columbia is considered to be the safety Ivy League amongst high school seniors.

And if you haven't heard yet, the market took another beating.

Markets Jolted by Oil Surge and Worries Over Slowdown

Stock markets plummeted and the dollar sank to a record low against the euro today as investors worldwide grew skittish over rising oil prices and the prospect of a substantial economic slowdown in the United States.

Just for fun. Adult Language.