As part of an ever-increasing trend that sees entitled and whiny college brats demanding the world revolve around them, one private New York college is facing tremendous pressure from student activists calling for “A grades for all students” and turning the home of the college president into “communal property,” among other things.
An occupation at The New School began ten days ago to support striking faculty members seeking higher pay and better health care coverage. Rather than kick them out and suspend them, the college allowed the trespassers to remain, and now finds itself facing a second wave of demands – this time from the students themselves.
In a bullet-pointed list of sixteen demands, the student activists outlined their terms to release the college from their hostage taking. The demands range from seeking all As, tuition freezes, and the ability to essentially govern the campus moving forward.
They could just enroll somewhere else or start their own school, but instead they decided to follow the trend of making spineless college administrators cater to their every fanciful delusion and whim. The letter opens with the preamble that said demands were “raised and accepted by consensus of the occupiers” .
Apparently it’s okay to be an occupying force so long as you’re not a white European explorer named Columbus. The opening statement reads:
These demands were raised and accepted by consensus by the occupiers of the New School University Center during the General Assembly on Friday night Dec. 9th – 7 PM – 12 AM. The list was drafted by a group of volunteers over the night 1 AM – 6 AM. Drafted demands were reviewed and finalized by the Assembly on Saturday morning Dec. 10th – 11 AM – 12 PM.
“We demand that every student receives a final course grade of A as well as the removal of I/Z grades for the Fall 2022 semester,” the statement then begins in earnest. “Attendance shall have no bearing on course grade. Grading shall not be conducted by anyone other than the official course instructor or teaching assistant, with no ‘Temporary Progress Reviewer’ allowed to grade students.”
After laying out their platform for grading, which would make effort and results obsolete at the school, the “occupiers” then demand both money back and a freeze on tuition. Amazingly, they wanted money back for a strike which they both supported and participated in.
“We demand all students be refunded for the loss of instructional time due to the strike,” they demanded. “This tuition refund will be proportional to the duration of the semester during which the strike is in effect.”
The letter continued: “We demand a tuition freeze through academic years 2023-24 to 2027-28 and for there to be no fee additions or increases in the event of revised compensation for part-time faculty.”
As idiotic as these claims are – again, no one forced them to attend a private college whose tuition exceeds $50,000 per year – they then moved into the classic Marxist language of appropriating privately-held and owned property for their own pleasure. The pigs are going after Mr. Jones’s farmhouse.
“We demand the President’s townhouse be treated as a communal property of The New School and used for purposes determined by the non-administrative TNS community,” they said.
From there, further insane demands proffered forth. Among asking for needles and sharps disposals at their ready, they also asked for better food in a clear demonstration that they aren’t serious people. Go eat somewhere else if you aren’t satisfied. You’re in New York, for crying out loud.
The occupiers continued:
We demand all future members of the President’s Leadership Team be elected by a majority vote that is open to the non-administrative TNS community, who retain the right to recall that appointment.
We demand the Board of Trustees be disbanded and a participatory process, as defined by the non-administrative TNS community, be initiated for the administration of the School, including the budget. Members of this deliberative body can be reviewed and/or recalled by the non-administrative TNS community at any time.
Fox News wrote that the college responded to this list of demands.
Assistant Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs Amy Malsin commented to Fox News Digital on the unfolding situation: “The university supports peaceful free expression by our students, and we are listening closely to all of our students’ concerns.”
She indicated that “faculty retain autonomy about how to conduct and grade their courses.”
No resolution has been reached at the time of this writing. This is a developing story.
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