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Hundreds of Cornell Students Occupy Willard Straight Hall After Delivering Demands to University
Copyright 2017, The Cornell Daily Sun ^ | 09/20/17 | By Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs

Posted on 09/20/2017 12:06:15 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

More than 300 students marched with Black Students United to Willard Straight Hall on Wednesday afternoon and are occupying the building at Cornell University after delivering a list of demands to the University’s president Martha Pollack.

The protest follows the arrest of a Cornell student on Friday who police charged with assault after a black student said he was punched by a group of white men who had called him the N-word in Collegetown.

The group’s 12 demands to Cornell include requiring coursework on “privilege and power,” hiring additional mental health personnel of color, and permanently banning the Psi Upsilon fraternity from campus and converting its building into a cultural center for black students.

More than 300 students marched with Black Students United to Willard Straight Hall on Wednesday afternoon and are occupying the building at Cornell University after delivering a list of demands to the University’s president Martha Pollack.

The protest follows the arrest of a Cornell student on Friday who police charged with assault after a black student said he was punched by a group of white men who had called him the N-word in Collegetown.

The group’s 12 demands to Cornell include requiring coursework on “privilege and power,” hiring additional mental health personnel of color, and permanently banning the Psi Upsilon fraternity from campus and converting its building into a cultural center for black students.

Delmar Fears ’19, a co-chair of BSU, said her mother graduated from Cornell in 1973 and told her on the phone that she is propelling the same movement students were a part of 45 years ago.

“Her daughter is fighting the same fight that she had to fight,” Fears said. “There is an act of racial violence happening on campus again.”

Fears and Celestin met with Pollack on Wednesday morning to discuss BSU’s demands, and both co-chairs said the meeting was positive and that Pollack appears to genuinely want to work with the group on its list.

Pollack, when she was handed the list of demands by students in Day Hall on Wednesday, said she would work with BSU to “do everything we can to rid this campus of racism.”

“I can’t promise there will never be another racist incident,” she said. This is a scourge across the country.”

The dean of students, Vijay Pendakur, and several additional staff members are inside Willard Straight Hall with the protesters. The University provided water and BSU is in contact with members of the administration and Cornell Police, they said.

Imani Luckey ’19, a BSU political action chair, looked over the crowd of students on the floor of the building and said into a microphone, “this is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen since my start at Cornell.”

After silently marching up to the third floor of Day Hall, the administration building, and delivering the list of demands to Pollack, hundreds of students marched to the nearby building and are now sitting on the floor chanting, singing and doing homework.

“Get settled, get water, get hydrated,” Celestin said when students first entered the building behind a BSU banner. “This is your space right now.”

The occupation is scheduled to end at about 4 p.m.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: blm; cityofevil; cornell; ithaca; leftismoncampus
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Ithaca is the City of Evil.


1 posted on 09/20/2017 12:06:15 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Hieronymus; VampireStateNY; governsleastgovernsbest; gaspar; NativeNewYorker; drjimmy; Atticus; ...

City of Evil bump


2 posted on 09/20/2017 12:06:49 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines (Their side circles the wagons. Our side revs up the bus.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

These last few years I’m sure reading the word “demand” a lot. Who, exactly do these people think they are and why do they believe they are entitled to what they are demanding.


3 posted on 09/20/2017 12:08:49 PM PDT by robroys woman (So you're not confused, I'm male.)
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I wish that some college president, somewhere, would tell the protesting students to take their demands, put them where the sun doesn’t shine, and grow the hell up.

Unfortunately, I don’t think this will happen anytime soon.


4 posted on 09/20/2017 12:09:30 PM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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Tear gas. Rifles.


5 posted on 09/20/2017 12:09:32 PM PDT by mbarker12474
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Willard Straight Hall? I am totally triggered by this heteronormativity. I'm headed for my Safe Space.
6 posted on 09/20/2017 12:09:48 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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At first glance, sounds like another fraudulent “racism” charge. There are so many, hard to keep track.


7 posted on 09/20/2017 12:09:52 PM PDT by marktwain (President Trump and his supporters are the Resistance. His opponents are the Reactionaries.)
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8 posted on 09/20/2017 12:09:57 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (DACA: Their dream, our nightmare... will the rule of law prevail or not?)
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a black student said he was punched by a group of white men who had called him the N-word in Collegetown

Is there any actual evidence that this happened?

9 posted on 09/20/2017 12:10:37 PM PDT by madprof98
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Cut the power and water.


10 posted on 09/20/2017 12:10:57 PM PDT by mrmeyer (You can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him. Robert Heinlein)
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Sorry, I don’t believe the assault charge even a little bit.
My money is on it never happened.


11 posted on 09/20/2017 12:11:45 PM PDT by DanielRedfoot (Po Dunk)
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Who would want to employ anyone with an Ivy League degree? These students are nut jobs.


12 posted on 09/20/2017 12:12:34 PM PDT by txrefugee
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🎖. 😭🍿 🖕🏻. So, when will Cornell deliver it's demands? Guess that ain't gonna happen huh?👹
13 posted on 09/20/2017 12:15:11 PM PDT by rktman (Enlisted in the Navy in '67 to protect folks rights to strip my rights. WTH?!)
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Really reads like another false claim.


14 posted on 09/20/2017 12:16:08 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought
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Kick their ignorant silly academic major no standards *sses out.

Now.

Else they graduate and find out that no matter what they think about white privilege, smart privilege will make sure the only jobs they’ll be able to get and keep will be for democrat office holders, university HR collections of vermin, and ESPN slots.


15 posted on 09/20/2017 12:18:57 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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National PSI U closed the fraternity. Turning it over to diversity center.


16 posted on 09/20/2017 12:19:26 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought
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Cornell U admins have a culinary dish named after them.


17 posted on 09/20/2017 12:20:49 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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These students are fore doomed. They live in New York and expect jobs there.


18 posted on 09/20/2017 12:22:04 PM PDT by bert (K.E.; N.P.; GOPc;WASP .... The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column)
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I wish that some college president, somewhere, would tell the protesting students to take their demands, put them where the sun doesn’t shine, and grow the hell up.

This actually happened at Ohio State. The occupiers were told to leave by a certain time or be expelled. They left.

19 posted on 09/20/2017 12:22:23 PM PDT by jalisco555 ("In a Time of Universal Deceit Telling the Truth Is a Revolutionary Act" - George Orwell)
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This reads as satire so I’m guessing it’s probably true. They weren’t very “woke” to have forted themselves in Straight Hall to issue demands. Bad semiotics. Appealing to a Pollack. Bad semiotics. Demanding more mental health practitioners of color. Hilarious, but still bad semiotics. It’s just bad semiotics all the way down. What’s a radical semiotician to do with such a reality?


20 posted on 09/20/2017 12:22:30 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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