The characterized Mr. Duncan’s remarks, at a Las Vegas conference of college financial aid workers, as the start of a “national conversation” about high costs, which have prompted raucous protests across the country and ignited an angry push among some borrowers demanding debt forgiveness, federal grants and interest-free loans. The department used the opportunity to call attention to steps the Obama administration had taken to reduce the net price that students and families pay for higher education and make it easier to repay . But it was clear that the administration was taking heed of the rising furor over tuition increases, and a growing online debate about how much a college degree is worth at a time when few jobs are available for graduates.
By Adrianne Jeffries 12/08/11 11:59am Share this: (stern.nyu.edu) Undergraduate tuition at New York University is around $41,000, but parents can be assured their bright young things are still getting The People’s Education, reports the student newspaper The Washington Square News . NYU plans to offer not one, but two classes on the burgeoning social movement known as Occupy Wall Street, so that the 1 percent may study the 99 at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The Occupy Wall Street movement has, unsurprisingly, gotten a lot of attention. According to a recent Time magazine poll, 54 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of the protesters; take from that what you will. Whether or not you support the protesters, you can’t deny that the movement unmistakably reflects the anxieties of our time— the ones that have to do with the economy, at least. Righteous or whiny, the kerfuffle is separated from Wash.
By Dan Berrett Academics have become frequent visitors to Zuccotti Park, the 33,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza in the heart of New York City's financial district that is now the site of a nearly monthlong protest, Occupy Wall Street. Famous scholars like Cornel West, Slavoj Zizek, and Frances Fox Piven have spoken to the crowd, with their remarks dispersed, word-for-word, from one cluster of people to the next through a "human megaphone." Many others, such as Lawrence Lessig, have lent their support from farther away, as the demonstrations have spread to cities and college campuses nationwide. The movement has repeatedly been described as too diffuse and decentralized to accomplish real change, and some observers have seen the appearances by academic luminaries as an attempt to lend the protest intellectual heft and direction. Certainly, its intellectual underpinnings and signature method of operating are easier to identify than its goals.
Most of the proposed remedies involve changes in taxes and regulations, and they would help. But the single step that would do the most to reduce inequality has nothing to do with finance at all. It’s an expansion of early childhood education. Huh?
At a time when high unemployment coincides with an all-time high in student debt, it’s unsurprising that students are an important demographic at the Occupy Wall Street (#OWS) protests. According to the New York Times , over 20 percent of recent college graduates are unemployed, and of those who do have jobs nearly a third have positions that do not require a college degree. These conditions are symptoms of an ailing economy, which the protesters argue has been exacerbated–if not caused–by Wall Street institutions. Some have remarked that #OWS has galvanized young people more effectively than existing labor unions, perhaps due to the inclusive nature of the protests and its anti-leadership mentality.
Aaron Houston for The New York Times About a dozen students occupied Old Queens, the Rutgers University administration building, in protest on Wednesday. The students, representing a number of campus organizations, said that Dr.
Masses of protestors aligned with the Occupy Wall Street movement are setting up camps in a growing number of cities nationwide. USA Today Collegiate Correspondent Viviana Bonilla Lopez reported last week that thousands of students are joining the demonstrations, especially as they erupt near a growing number of campuses. National news reports indicate the movement is penetrating the nation’s consciousness.
Students protested yesterday at roughly 80 colleges nationwide, demonstrating solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators. A second round of protests is already in the planning stages. “Tell me what democracy looks like, this is what democracy looks like,” chanted an enthusiastic group of about 70 students on the steps of the library at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. UNC had one of the nation’s larger turnouts, Natalia Abrams said. Abrams is one of the organizers of Occupy Colleges , a driving force for college students looking to join the Occupy Wall Street movement through activism on their campuses. Students at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Occupy UNC protest discussed how to take the movement beyond Wednesday.
Natalia-Abrams-Interviews-PR-Press-The-Young-Turks-Occupy-Colleges The Young Turks Online TV Channel Interviews Occupy Colleges about the motives and goals of Occupy Colleges. Natalia discusses this topic and others with The Young Turks.
NEW YORK -- Thursday afternoon, in concert with the Occupy Wall Street movement, students from nearly 150 college campuses across the country will participate in their second protest in as many weeks. As with the nationwide walkout held last Wednesday , the students will band together to make their voices heard -- with many expressing frustration over increasing amounts of student loan debt and the rising cost of tuition, in addition to a paucity of jobs for recent graduates. “We’re planning to do these walkouts and shows of solidarity every two weeks until these issues are resolved,” said Natalia Abrams, 31, who helps to organize Occupy Colleges, a student-led grassroots group based in Los Angeles that helped facilitate both nationwide protests.
Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 10/10/2011 Oct 10, 2011 04:26 PM EDT TheWashingtonPost Unlike carrying a massive credit card balance, student loans have long been considered “good debt.” Students have been told that to get a good job, they need to pay thousands for a college degree.
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In one of the most widespread campus protests in recent memory, students at 150 colleges and universities across the country rallied in front of student unions and administration buildings Thursday as part of the Occupy Colleges movement. The demonstrations were inspired by and supportive of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests, but students are also speaking out against the high cost of college and the lack of opportunities for graduates. "Around the country, more and more high school students are foregoing a college education because their families can no longer afford it," Occupy Colleges organizers wrote on the group's Facebook page . "So many more are graduating with inconceivable amounts of debt and stepping into the worst job market in decades. They take unpaid internships that go nowhere and soon can’t pay college loans." In response, students at 150 colleges registered on the Occupy Colleges website indicating that protests would take place on their campus.
Student Protest in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street When: Thursday 10/13/2011 4:30 EST Thursday could see the biggest student protest on US soil since 1970. Occupy Colleges has announced their next plan of action. A national student day of protest has been set for Thursday, October 13, as part of a nationwide walkout and student solidarity protest in support of Occupy Wall Street . Students at over 100 colleges are planning on participating.