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Students spend five days homeless
Calgary Sun ^ | 3-10-2008 | CP

Posted on 03/10/2008 6:03:32 AM PDT by Braak

EDMONTON -- Students at universities across Canada may come across a surprise when they show up for class this morning -- groups of fellow students huddled against the cold, asking if they could spare something to eat for breakfast.

Dozens of students are camping out on the campuses of 10 universities from last night to Friday night to raise awareness and money for a variety of charities aimed at helping homeless youth.

The students will have no money or access to food, drinks or showers. They will have to survive on donations and must sleep outside unless temperatures plunge low enough to put their health at risk.

"They have a sleeping bag, a pillow, they find some cardboard to sleep on top of to stay dry, their coats and their mitts and their toques," said Chantel Pitcher, a University of Alberta student and part of the national organizing committee of Five Days for the Homeless.


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: canada; education; homeless
Ok, this is useful how?
1 posted on 03/10/2008 6:03:34 AM PDT by Braak
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To: Braak

Do their parents still have to pay tuition and board?


2 posted on 03/10/2008 6:04:43 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: Braak

So these spoiled kids are depriving a real homeless person from a donation.


3 posted on 03/10/2008 6:07:40 AM PDT by LetsRok
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To: Braak
learning how to become an urban outdoors men. With the teaching in Government schools most will end up being one in the future.
4 posted on 03/10/2008 6:09:43 AM PDT by bikerman (_ _ . /_ _ _ /_ . . / / . . . . / . / . _ . . / . _ _ . / / . . _ / . . . //)
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To: Braak

No, they spent five days camping. They were not homeless.


5 posted on 03/10/2008 6:11:17 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: freedomlover

“Do their parents still have to pay tuition and board?”

That would be the real lesson...not just ACT homeless, rather be cut off from their source of funding.


6 posted on 03/10/2008 6:12:02 AM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: Braak

***They will have to survive on donations and must sleep outside unless temperatures plunge low enough to put their health at risk. ***

Get a real job, dum bass! It works for me!


7 posted on 03/10/2008 6:12:22 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Only infidel blood can quench Muslim thirst-- Abdul-Jalil Nazeer al-Karouri)
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To: Braak

BFD. Thousands do this by choice every year

Here’s an example

http://trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=6399


8 posted on 03/10/2008 6:12:38 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: LetsRok

lol!


9 posted on 03/10/2008 6:12:39 AM PDT by HoosierHawk
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To: Braak

No, if they REALLY want to experience what many “homeless” experience, they should:

1) drop out of school and alientate all their relations

2) develop an uncontrollable addiction to alcohol or some other substance

3) get a mental illness

THEN maybe they can say they walked in the shoes of the so-called “homeless.”


10 posted on 03/10/2008 6:14:19 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Braak

wait, students at KU do that to get basketball tickets. How is this different?


11 posted on 03/10/2008 6:14:39 AM PDT by Mercat (The LORD is my Banner)
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To: AppyPappy

LOL!

But I missed the part on Army bivouacs and camping trips that I went on where I was supposed to sit in a doorway and beg for money. Maybe that is “advanced camping.”


12 posted on 03/10/2008 6:16:44 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Braak

Ok, this is useful how?


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13 posted on 03/10/2008 6:17:46 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: Braak
The students will have no money or access to food, drinks or showers.

Ok, that would keep me out of class.

14 posted on 03/10/2008 6:21:27 AM PDT by Pistolshot (Remember, no matter how bad your life is, someone is watching and enjoying your suffering.)
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To: Braak

How stupid are these students? Canada? In March?

Homeless guys go to Florida.


15 posted on 03/10/2008 6:24:48 AM PDT by ryan71
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To: Braak

Galatians 2:10
They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do.


16 posted on 03/10/2008 6:25:52 AM PDT by DungeonMaster (WELL I SPEAK LOUD, AND I CARRY A BIGGER STICK, AND I USE IT TOO!)
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To: Braak

The coeds could shower at my place.


17 posted on 03/10/2008 6:30:58 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Braak
Church I went to in Connecticut planned on doing this to "raise awareness" about "THE HOMELESS."

Until I noted that raising awareness doesn't feed, clothe or shelter any homeless. If they really wanted to help the homeless, take them into their homes and feed, clothe and shelter them until the homeless find jobs and can provide for themselves.

They found other ways to get in touch with their feelings.

18 posted on 03/10/2008 6:32:02 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat; but they know what's best for us)
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To: Braak
Ok, this is useful how?

It just may remind them, rather forcefully, of how important it is to be on the right side of the parable about the Rich Man and Lazarus.

Perhaps you should join them...?

19 posted on 03/10/2008 6:34:05 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: Braak

Maybe this will prompt young people to join voluntary service organizations like Lions and others, which do an excellent job in charity work with almost 100% efficiency compared to the government where money simply goes down a rathole.


20 posted on 03/10/2008 6:37:52 AM PDT by Jack Wilson
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To: Braak

It is all liberal claptrap but it should be a good experience, a lot of kids get this experience by camping with Dad and they don’t ask for donations.


21 posted on 03/10/2008 6:46:57 AM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: Braak
Guilt-ridden college idiots playing at Pretend Poverty.
Sanctimonious fools.
22 posted on 03/10/2008 6:47:05 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: Braak

"Can you give us some beer for breakfast, eh? These are almost empty."

23 posted on 03/10/2008 6:49:39 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Braak

“Ok, this is useful how?”

Career training for future humanities graduates.


24 posted on 03/10/2008 6:51:19 AM PDT by -YYZ- (Strong like bull, smart like ox.)
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To: Braak

They should have given them all guns and told them to hunt for their food.

Plus a coupon good for a free MadDog 20/20 or NightTrain.


25 posted on 03/10/2008 6:51:39 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Benedict Arnold was against the Terrorist Surveillance Program)
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To: Braak
Why don't they invite some real homeless people to live in these students' dorm rooms, or in the homes of the professors behind this project? That would give those homeless people a place to stay and would give the students & professors a real world experience with the homeless and what they are really like.

BTW, there's a funny French film from way back in 1931 called Boudu Saved From Drowning. A well-to-do academic type man looks out the window of his fashionable riverside apartment and sees a homeless man drowning. He rescues him, and generously invites him to live with him for a while. The man's high society wife and friends are appalled, but the rich man is bored and finds the homeless man entertaining. The homeless man continues to act like a slob. Even so, the rich man insists on keeping him around, being socially committed to improving the life of one of society's less fortunate. But the homeless man eventually falls in the river (on purpose) and fakes a drowning so he can escape and go back to living on the streets again, which he prefers.

They ought to show that film on college campuses instead of An Inconvenient Truth or Bowling for Columbine.

26 posted on 03/10/2008 6:52:51 AM PDT by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: Braak
"They will have to survive on donations and must sleep outside unless temperatures plunge low enough to put their health at risk."

Clearly the best way to help the homeless is to contribute to global warming.

27 posted on 03/10/2008 6:54:27 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Larry Lucido
Excellent post.

The reason why homeless people are homeless is because the last friend or relative who was willing to put up with their mental illness or drug abuse finally said: "Enough!"

28 posted on 03/10/2008 7:17:29 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: puroresu

Down and out in Beverly Hills?


29 posted on 03/10/2008 7:26:31 AM PDT by Free State Four
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To: Braak
"Ok, this is useful how?"

It indocrinates the young ones into the cult of the "poverty pimps."

For a different take on such checkout: John Stossel - Creating Dependency

30 posted on 03/10/2008 7:31:35 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg ("`Eddies,' said Ford, `in the space-time continuum.' `Ah,' nodded Arthur, `is he? Is he?'")
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To: Free State Four
DAOIBH is the US remake of Boudu sauve des eaux.
31 posted on 03/10/2008 7:31:41 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: puroresu
"BTW, there's a funny French film from way back in 1931"

I believe it was remade also in the late 50s early 60s. (IIRC)

32 posted on 03/10/2008 7:33:38 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg ("`Eddies,' said Ford, `in the space-time continuum.' `Ah,' nodded Arthur, `is he? Is he?'")
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To: r9etb; Braak
Perhaps you should join them...?

No, braak should NOT join them in a pointless endeavor.

But those feel-gooders could read about not sounding a trumpet before giving alms as do other hypocrits, or perhaps about noisy gongs or clanging cymbals. Doing such does not help to avoid the fate of the "rich man," which is a separate lesson altogether.

33 posted on 03/10/2008 7:34:26 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido
No, if they REALLY want to experience what many “homeless” experience, they should:

1) drop out of school and alientate all their relations

2) develop an uncontrollable addiction to alcohol or some other substance

3) get a mental illness

THEN maybe they can say they walked in the shoes of the so-called “homeless.”


I'll agree with that assessment.
34 posted on 03/10/2008 7:41:21 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: Braak

In the words of that immortal song: Yip Yip Yip Yip Mum Mum Mum Mum, get a job!


35 posted on 03/10/2008 7:55:10 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Braak

Well just in case they really are this stupid as they appear to be, they may end up homeless beggars so this way, they are being trained for their future. The village idiots in action!


36 posted on 03/10/2008 8:03:34 AM PDT by buffyt (Glowbull warming - Climate Change - the biggest hoax/fraud/deception of the 21st century.)
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To: Braak

So let ‘em freeze their asses off, their brains are already frozen.


37 posted on 03/10/2008 8:24:39 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Braak

>>Ok, this is useful how?<<

Maybe it will convince the kids that homelessness is a thing to be avoided and get better grades?


38 posted on 03/10/2008 8:26:04 AM PDT by RobRoy (I'm confused. I mean, I THINK I am, but I'm not sure. But I could be wrong about that.)
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To: Braak

GET A JOB, YA BUMS!


39 posted on 03/10/2008 10:01:01 AM PDT by bolobaby
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