April 14, 2005

Student protests.

I'm trying to get some work done, here in my office overlooking Bascom Mall, and there's a mini-student protest going on. A few kids are lolling on the lawn and there are some signs, but the speaker has a really loud amplifier, so I can hear what he's saying even with my windows closed. He barely needs amplification at all to reach the gathered crowdlet. I'm informed that all the money spent on the military should be re-routed into social programs.

I think I'll take an early lunch break and hope when I get back they'll be dispersed. Or at least turned down.

UPDATE: Oh, this is that walk out of class thing that I blogged about back here. Later, there's a different phase of activities when a small band of students walks up the hill beating drums, carrying signs, and chanting. I was able to grab a picture from my office window just now:

17 comments:

price said...

I hope the noise pollution isn't bothering those people trying to sleep. That is a nice lawn

Dirty Harry said...

I'm sold. They've convinced me. Just look at them. How could anyone disagree? Disband the military and bring on the welfare state!

Robert said...

How many people is that? Like 75?

I love "mass action."

AST said...

When I was in college at BYU in 1967, some students tried to stage a demonstration. The university president came with a bull horn and announced that anyone still there in 5 minutes was expelled, and that was that.

henny said...

But of course. The college educated should not go to war. Leave it to the poor and uneducated. How egalitarian of them all.

Willik said...

ast: your would-be demonstrators are now, sadly, the administrators. I guess paybacks are a a b***h!

Doug said...

They make signs. They sit and listen to some guy declare his simplistic moral opinions. They march. They inwardly congratulate themselves for their superior moral goodness, for being able to see that obviously war is bad, and passing around billions of dollars with which they have no connection is good. They think they do all this because they're avante garde but, really, they do it because they're conformists.

Tyrannosaurus rex said...

Love the posts about the student protests. There is a protest every other day in this town, it seems. Clearly, there is a lot to be really angry and indignant about. And I agree! Someone should really do something about this and that and also that and the other! Its truly touching and wonderful how seriously we all take ourselves. Patriotic, even. A little ridiculous, granted, but certainly worthy of a grudging respect, at the least.

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tim maguire said...

Back in 1989, when I was a student at the University of Florida, a friend and I organized a protest in support of the students at Tiannanmen Square and urging Bush the Elder to show stronger support for deomcracy in China.

Outside of the Chinese students, it was pretty much just my friend and I. No American could be bothered to care.

Even student government declined to get involved in such a controversial political topic as democracy in a Communist country (and the student newspaper wrote a glowing editorial about the SG's maturity and restraint).

Dhun said...

I can barely make it out, but doesn't one sign say "US out of my pants" ?

But, hey, Dissent is ALWAYS patriotic don't you know.

Mary said...

Today there are signs up protesting the nice lawn, the pesticides used to treat the lawn. They are quiet signs.

litterial said...

I concur fully with Ms. Althouse. We all should sit in front of our computer screens like she does and post snide comments to one another, especially about important topics like "American Idol."

nmathew said...

litterial, Ms. Althouse is actualy Professor Althouse. Excuse her for complaining about something making it difficult for her to work, or just breaking up her day a bit. She's hardly sitting on her rear all day long doing nothing.

I thought the fliers stated this was a get the US military out of Iraq and out of the campus event. While I fail to see a real connection, I guess I can understand the sentiment. Apparently, leaving the Iraqi populous to the jackels is part of the social justic movement, whatever that is. I've never seen it defiend. Why progressives hate people in Iraq, I don't know. Maybe they believe an Iraq built by Iran and Syria would be a better place to live?

Whiskey273 said...

Moonbats who don't know just how good they have it due to the sacrifice and efforts of men and women better than themselves.

litterial said...

Nmathew, as Ms. Althouse reminds us constantly, I am well aware that she is a "Professor." She is also wrong much of the time. So are you: The words are "actually," "populace," "jackal," and "justice."

Planet B said...

Whiskey, Nice sentence fragment. Did you actually have a point that might have been made if you actually could write a complete sentence?