Occupy Campus Protests Proceed at a Slow Simmer

Barry Lenson

Occupy Campus Protests Proceed at a Slow Simmer

Occupy Campus ProtestsReporters must have a short attention span. Only a few months ago, the Occupy protests across the country were making headlines in newspapers and on the nightly news. Today, the Occupy movement has fallen right off the front page – and often, disappeared entirely.

But that doesn’t mean that the Occupy protests have stopped, especially on campuses where students are still battling for lower tuition costs, better financial aid, and other needs. Let’s take a look at some recent on-campus protest activity that is very real, even though you might not have heard about it before . . .

  • At DePaul University, 20 students occupied the office of University President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider. They were protesting the University’s plan to hike tuition costs 2.2% next year for current students, and a whopping 5% for incoming freshman.
  • At the University of Denver, student leaders of the Occupy Movement convened a panel on April 3 to find ways to inject new momentum into campus protests.
  • At the University of Vermont, an organization called Occupy Vermont has announced plans to protest when president Obama visits campus there on April 5. The goal is to demand that the president give more support to policies to benefit “the 99 percent.”
  • At UC Berkeley, the administration was forced to back off and lift court orders that prevented protestors from being within 100 yards of campus property.
  • At UC Davis, 12 protestors are accused of shutting down a branch of U.S. Bank that was doing business on campus. They will appear in court on April 27 to face charges of conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor and could spend time in jail.

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