There was a time when students were told what to do, rather than doing the telling.
And in times past, college was about having fun, having dates, and trying not to have to re-take a class.
I’m not sure all those times haven’t passed.
These days, it seems, the students are in charge.
And at Tulane University, there’s a culture of command.
The youngsters want change, and they want it now.
Hence, a group of attendees is demanding the school establish a $15 minimum wage in response to the pandemic.
Furthermore, they say, the university must divest from fossil fuels.
.@Tulane activists are demanding that the school divest from fossil fuels and establish a $15 minimum wage as part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic.
— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) January 4, 2021
The Washington Free Beacon reportedly obtained a copy of a letter by the bunch, insisting left-wing policies are key to an on-campus return.
The “Spring 2021 Demands” document also reprises the rigid request to eradicate campus police and pay reparations to descendants of slaves.
That goes, at least, for those whose relatives worked on the plantation that eventually became the college’s campus.
Hey, Join the Party: Tulane Univ Black Student Union Demands Free Tuition, Reparations, More https://t.co/wppQHGEHSc
— RedState (@RedState) July 29, 2020
In addition, until vaccines are sufficiently available, the students want virtual-learning options.
Furthermore, they’re calling for a simple pass/fail grading option.
Per the letter, “Having a low income is a health concern.”
Speaking of, the students insist, the fossil-fuel industry causes hurricanes.
Hurricanes make it more difficult to follow CDC guidelines, so in the name of health, Tulane needs to back off support for culprits such as kerosene and propane:
The response to hurricanes—evacuation and sheltering in large groups—is inherently incompatible with the response to COVID-19—staying at home and social distancing. The fossil fuel industry is directly to blame for the climate change that makes hurricane season worse every year, and it is more urgent than ever for Tulane to divest and stop supporting these companies with its endowment dollars.
But not everyone doting on a diploma at the New Orleans institution’s on board.
Speaking with TWFB, Senior Rachel Altman had this to say:
“These (radical) ideas don’t belong in a plan that was meant to improve upon the school’s fall COVID response. I’d like to see a more efficient COVID-19 response too, but it seems to escape these organizers that they’d have more success in convincing Tulane to sign onto this platform if it stayed focused on COVID safety instead of looping in contentious line items.”
Rachel’s reckoning notwithstanding, I’d say there’s no sign of stopping.
“WE SAY NO MORE TO THE RACIST, CAPITALIST, AND IMPERIALIST STRUCTURE THAT TULANE UPHOLDS! TULANE’S INSATIABLE DESIRE FOR PROFIT WILL CONTINUE THE SPREAD OF CORONA VIRUS IN THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS, ON AND OFF CAMPUS. WE WILL NOT STAND BY AS TULANE TOYS WITH BLACK DEATH! YOU SHOULDN’T EITHER !!!”
I wrote at the time:
As for the group’s planned “die-in” to punctuate Tulane’s negligence where the virus is concerned, the school employed the kibosh: As it turned out, the demonstration was going to violate TU’s restrictions…aimed at protecting students from the virus.
On top of that, Taking Action at TU previously helped lead a march against police brutality during which participants eschewed social distancing.
See the protestors who tempt the virus who would like to further tempt the virus in an effort to protest tempting the virus tempt the virus below (Language Warning):
It’s a tumultuous time to be a student.
Not long ago, guys and gals in college were just trying not to be nerds.
Now, they’re attempting to not be oppressed, marginalized, graded, gassed, or health-hurt by a hurricane — all while making more than $14.99 an hour.
Personally, I miss the days when something like this was all the justice anyone could want:
Good luck, Tulane. It looks like you need it.
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