Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Baruch College Students Clash with NYPD

Students at Baruch College yesterday clashed with NYPD cops and campus security officers during a protest over proposed tuition hikes — resulting in more than a dozen demonstrators getting busted, NyPo reports.

City University trustees were holding a public meeting at the time to discuss whether to raise fees by as much as $300 in each of the next four years. Baruch is part of the City University of New York system. Hundreds of students began marching at 3 p.m. from Madison Square Park to the school at Lexington Avenue and East 24th Street.

Students were told to head to an overflow room, but instead many pushed through barricades and forced their way into the lobby.

The video shows the students at times using the chants of Occupy Wall Street, "The whole world is watching" and "Shame". The clash appears much more intense though than anything I have seen as part of OWS.

Of course, a public school education, coupled with student demands to stop rate hikes, can be analyzed from many perspectives, especially whether the government should be providing education in the first place. And student confusion about "a right to education" and the fact that someone is ultimately paying for the education---in the case of public education, coerced taxpayers.


  1. I currently attend Baruch College and I don't think it's as big a deal as you make it out to be.
    Almost everyone didn't even notice because they're too busy trying to acquire the skills necessary to get a job, like myself.

  2. @Ben

    Translation: They were off campus.

  3. Why don't they just refuse to pay it (i.e., not attend next semester)? If it really is such a big deal, they shouldn't have much trouble setting up a boycott. If they could get a significant percentage of students to boycott, I bet the college would be ruined in one semester (at least until the state stepped in). That's what people would do against a price hike at Walmart (i.e., stop shopping there, and minus the state intervention part).

    For college students, they aren't very smart. Just another illustration of economic ignorance.