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Over the past several months, Harvard's Student Labor Action Movement has been fighting layoffs in solidarity with Harvard workers with support of many members of the student body, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and more. Through protests, a petition, vigils, letters, and more, SLAM has brought the message that workers are valuable members of the Harvard community to the forefront of campus and even Cambridge politics. Recently SLAM worked with the Harvard College Democrats to produce a video about the human cost of layoffs:
There is a bill in the Texas state house (HB 1893) that is calling for allowing concealed handguns to be allowed on college campuses across the entire state of Texas. As is, the bill will allow licenced gun owners over the age of 21 to bring their firearms into classrooms, college cafeterias, student unions, etc.
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Armed with underwear and ramen noodles the youth of America are set to overthrow the failed system! They will wait no longer, they will sit no more and they will apathetically listen to no one but Barack Obama anymore. Young people are fed up, that is for certain, but to what extent and will their record numbers in the polls really revolutionize American political life?
Earlier this month, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed the right of public school students to criticize school policies. The First Amendment Center:
A three-judge panel agreed that school officials in Watson Chapel, Ark., violated the constitutional rights of three students in 2006 who were disciplined for wearing black armbands or wristbands to school to protest a new policy enforcing school uniforms, and for handing out a flier objecting to the policy.
The administrators agreed in court that the student protest did not disrupt classes or order at the school.
The 8th Circuit panel said that despite restrictive decisions since it was handed down, including the 2007 Supreme Court decision in the so-called "Bong Hits for Jesus" case, "Tinker remains good law." Students in both Tinker and the Watson Chapel case were exercising a right of protest against a government policy — something officials in every school ought to celebrate by example, not denigrate.
Six UMN-TC student groups held a war protest in front of the student union today. At noon, almost two hundred students gathered in the grass and waved posters. A representative from each of the student groups spoke about why their group was involved. And then, they marched: through the campus's main quad, around the auditorium and down major roads until they reached the alumni center. The protesters were flanked by an impressive police escort -- over ten bike-police and two more on horseback, plus a squad car following everything and every intersection blocked off by police controlled by an officer.
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College kids are so frazzled they can't sleep or eat. Or study. Good grief, they're even anxious about spring break.
Most students in U.S. colleges are just plain stressed out, from everyday worries about grades and relationships to darker thoughts of suicide, according to a poll of undergraduates from coast to coast. The survey was conducted for The Associated Press and mtvU, a television network available at many colleges and universities.
Four in 10 students say they endure stress often. Nearly one if five say they feel it all or most of the time.
I had my first meeting for my Amnesty International group on campus and although we had at least 15 members that were fully committed, there were only two people that showed up and no one has responded to any of my posts or emails. This is so discouraging and I don't know what else there is to do to revamp this group. We want to do so many things but with so few people (like three) there is hardly anything we can do that would be large enough to raise an eyebrow. Students at University of Houston just don't seem to care, at least on the surface.