Students sit in at Low
Written by Bwog Staff
A group of 15 student activists have entered Low Library, and are refusing to leave until President Bollinger re-re-commits to sweatshop-free apparel production.
The sit-in comes just hours before a planned talk entitled “Coping with Globalization” featuring NY Times columnist Paul Krugman. We’re guessing Krugman’s coping doesn’t involve hand-painted signs.
Students at 10 universities are planning sit-ins this week. Spring has arrived!
UPDATE 2:40 p.m.
A few minutes in, the mood is jovial. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich (all organic, we can only assume) was just thrown from one side of the circle to the other. Discussion is centering on Weber and the meaning of “blow your wad.”
UPDATE 5:20 p.m.
The siegers (yes, they’re SEEJ’ers) are still camped out in Low. A number of administrators (Colombo, Hogarty, Chaplain Jewel) have dropped by, but the big man himself is still at an event up at the Medical School campus. The legal observer (read: Law School student with neon green hat reading “Legal Observer) continues to monitor the situation for police– well, Columbia Security– brutality. T minus 1:30 until Krugman shows up.
UPDATE 8:00 p.m.
Sit-in over. Brinkley promises a meeting tomorrow between administrators and student activists. He also promised the University would send a representative to a national conference on Sweatshop-free campuses. Let’s all sleep a little easier tonight knowing a great show was put on for the Day on Campus kids.