BREAKING: Striker CAVAed
Written by Bwog Staff
Butler denizens are reporting that hunger striker Aretha Choi, who appeared to be passed out on a couch in 209, has been carried out on a stretcher by about 10 CAVA staffers. A statement from the support team is posted after the jump.
UPDATE, 2:05 AM: Meanwhile, a Bwog tipster reports that about a half an hour ago a group of about 15 students, evidently intoxicated, gathered at the Sundial to hand out a flyer entitled “Why We Act, Why We Eat.” One girl read from the text of the simple Times New Roman sheet of paper, which is reprinted at their blog and after the jump.
UPDATE, Sunday, 12:50 PM: It’s official: there’s now an anti-striker facebook group. GOP treasurer and Hardball commentator Will Nosal has started Don’t Support the Hunger Strikers, currently with nine members and related groups including Chinese Jews for World Domination and Barnard 2011.
UPDATE, Sunday, 2:20 PM: The group seems to have disappeared. Sorry about that.
UPDATE, Sunday, 5:52 PM: The return of the Facebook group (actually not at all the same as the first one, but still).
“This evening, one hunger striker was admitted to St. Luke’s hospital. She will not continue the strike for personal medical reasons.
Organizers, other strikers, and supporters are aware that risks to the body are inherent in the action of a hunger strike, and we greatly respect her commitment to doing what she and others feel is a necessary action to demand change at the university.
Her hunger strike is over, but her commitment to the demands – support for ethnic studies, an ethical expansion, reform of the Core, and an accountable and supportive administration – continues. We hope that members of the Columbia community who identify with these issues will challenge themselves and others to act for change.”
We eat against a group that seems not to care for the well-being of its students or itself. We eat because we feel the urgency of a student voice that is continually marginalizing itself.
We eat because we don’t want these students to resort to dramatic measures. We want Columbia to negotiate a substantive food benefits agreement which serves to mitigate the food displacement created by the university’s policies and addresses food creation, food related environmental problems, and food-university relations.
With luck, Columbia will see the gorging of our bodies as a bellwether of our growing desperation on this campus. It’s a shame that Columbia was not more alarmed when we said our minds, hearts, and spirits were overfed, too.
Recent acts of starvation, in conjunction with people who don’t eat, in conjunction with people who make us nervous. Lastly we act in solidarity with Dining Services, which we consider a partner in the struggle against needless starvation and purposeful under-nutrition.
WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO, GOT TO DO WITH IT?
About as much as the noose at TC’s got to do with anything. It may have something to do with it, but it’s got nothing.
WHAT ARE THE DEMANDS?
We will not, not continue to eat until these 69 theses are met:
69.A We want dining services to be expanded, physically and responsibly.
69.B We also want ourselves to be expanded, physically and responsibly, by force if necessary.
69.C We want the creation of a Major Foods Department, including the intense study of the historiography and cultural ramifications of nutritionalization. MFD and CUSJ must be granted the ability to make hires autonomously.
69.D Columbia amend its 197-C Proposal to rezone Manhattanville to include the addition of a new McDonald’s Center for Enthusiastic Eating (MCEE)
69.E We demand that Columbia lobby the federal government for less restrictive immigration policies because that would probably make food cheaper.
69.F Finally, we will not stop eating until those who are not eating, eat!
WHO ARE WE?
We are not a campus group. We are human foie gras waiting to happen, just like eggs are meat waiting to happen. We demand that these strikers pull the tube from our throats.
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