Pinko Students “Occupy” NYU Cafeteria


Good grief, I thought I escaped the sixties.  But no….

Dozens of students who barricaded themselves inside a New York University cafeteria have rejected the possibility of leaving the building as negotiations with school officials continue into Friday morning.
Members of the coalition Take Back NYU! have been occupying the cafeteria of the Helen & Martin Kimmel Center for University Life for more than 24 hours.

A spokeswoman for the students said that NYU told them that they could face expulsion or arrest if they didn’t leave the building by 1 a.m. Friday.

Well, 1 a.m. came and went…did they get thrown out on their asses, or not? Of course not:

The school had said if its deadline expired it may use force, but now it looks like the two sides may negotiate.

The student occupiers, who chanted for the television news cameras on Thursday night, have said repeatedly said they have no intention of going anywhere, despite the university-imposed deadline.

The occupation began to turn ugly Thursday night when an NYU security guard was wheeled out on a stretcher after claiming she was pushed by a student.

What’s to negotiate?  Among other things they want to force the university to give scholarships to Palestinians, and donate all their excess “supplies and materials” to the  rebuilding of the University of Gaza, all while complaining that their tuitions are too high. Oh…and lift the dreaded “Coke ban”. 

Here’s their list of “demands”:

  1. Amnesty for all parties involved.
  2. Full compensation for all employees whose jobs were disrupted during the course of the occupation.
  3. Public release of NYU’s annual budget and endowment.
  4. Allow student workers (including T.A.’s) to collectively bargain.
  5. A fair labor contract for all NYU employees at home and abroad.
  6. A Socially Responsible Finance Committee that will immediately investigate war profiteers and the lifting of the Coke ban.  (?!)
  7. Annual scholarships be provided for thirteen Palestinian students.
  8. That the university donates all excess supplies and materials in an effort to rebuild the University of Gaza.
  9. Tuition stabilization for all students, beginning with the class of 2012. Tuition rates for each successive year will not exceed the rate of inflation. The university shall meet 100% of government-calculated student financial need.
  10. That student groups have priority when reserving space in the buildings owned or leased by New York University, including, and especially, the Kimmel Center.
  11. That the general public have access to Bobst Library.

“We’re here until they negotiate with us,” demonstrator Julie Kliger told CBS 2 HD.

Kliger is one of the occupants and sent to CBS 2 HD pictures of her fellow occupants, a group of students who said they won’t bend to what they call the shady scare tactics of the administration.

“They’re resorting to things to like these mental scare games like calling your parents to say you know this could lead to expulsion or this could lead to their arrest,” Kliger said.

Here’s a video from the protest  Thursday night…complete with chanting:

According to the “Take Back NYU” blog, things started to go sour for them, this afternoon:

NYU is taking immediate steps against protesters, at risk of its public image and the wellbeing of its students. Right now, several protesters in university housing are being evicted from their residences. This is not OK. Dissent should never make someone homeless.

Dissent should never make people lunchless, either.

The next blog post shows things getting steadily worse :

Near the end of the occupation NYU put some of its dishonesty on wide display. 5 students occupying the building were told they would be offered negotiations with Lynne Brown, and willingly passed their barricades to begin serious talks. As soon as they left, a cadre of NYU security guards swept them away and served them with papers saying they would be expelled. No negotiations ever took place.

All together now:  AWWWWWW!

Hey, just a thought – Maybe your demands were idiotic? How about sticking to your studies, doing your homework, and getting a part time job to help pay for your tuition? And let the other students use the damn cafeteria.

The glorious end to the standoff:

At around 2pm today, members of Take Back NYU! left the Kimmel Center for University Life, ending a 40 hour+ occupation.  Their action made national and international news, and showcased the real power of the new student movement sweeping the globe.

No doubt NYU will begin attempting disciplinary action, but no suspensions, expulsions or arrests can contain what began in the last two days.  This fight will carry on in the hands of the dozens of people who made it inside, and the hundreds more who came out to support the occupation.  NYU showed its irrational need to defend secrecy and its exclusive hold on power, and that alone will drive this movement forward.

Go home and take showers, chumps. When you’re done with that, look up the term, “private institution”. They don’t owe you anything on your list of demands.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers


JWF has more:

I thought with the ascension of Barack Obama to the White House that all was going to be well with the world?

Guess not. These overprivileged punks will always find something to bitch about.

An eye witness weighs in:

A cop eyed the crowd and shook his head.

“It’s pathetic,” he said. “These are privileged kids. These kids have silver spoons in their mouths, and their parents send them here – so they can sit in the cafeteria.”


18 students have been suspended, and barred from campus:

One of the students who led the protest was Farah Khimji, who was ultimately suspended by the administration.

“I am incredibly disgusted, disgusted and enraged at the way NYU administration has handled this,” Khimji said.

Maybe the NYU administration was disgusted and enraged with your silly “occupation”?

“I left at 1 o’clock yesterday. If we didn’t, we were threatened with arrest and expulsion,” she told CBS 2.

As supporters outside clashed with police outside, 18 students remained in the cafeteria overnight. This morning, as five of them went to what they thought was a negotiating session, they were detained and suspended.

Then, security guards moved in on the rest.

Khimji says she was forcibly removed.

“He grabbed me by the shoulders, picked me up and dragged me to the door. I fought back,” she said.

And then university officials delivered the word.

“You are now suspended. You have to leave NYU,” said University Vice President Lynne Brown.

The 18 students will have judicial hearings at which time a final disciplinary decision will be made.

“We could be expelled depending on the hearing. [Right now we’re] suspended, banned from all NYU buildings,” Khimji said.

Despite their suspensions, some students believe their fight was worth it.

13 thoughts on “Pinko Students “Occupy” NYU Cafeteria

  1. “This is what Democracy looks like?”

    No, this is what childishness and immaturity look like. Democracy would have been to present your case in mature, intelligent manner. This is thuggish stupidity.

    showcased the real power of the new student movement sweeping the globe.

    Really? This showcased the real power of students? What, exactly, did they accomplish?? If this was a showcase of their (and their “hundreds” of supporter’s) power, they are in for a really rude awakening, should they ever venture out into the real world.


  2. I would donate money for one way tickets to Palestine for all of them. They need to live under Hamas rule. They need a taste of sharia law. All of the women would find their collective heads chopped off if they tried this stunt in a muslim country. These whining turds have no idea about they are supporting. This is the result of lefty whack job educators.


  3. At this point in the semester, I would bet that the majority of their tuition money has now become non-refundable. Have an official review of each student’s conduct, make a record, and expell them, then pursue any civil or criminal claims, and let them find out how the real world works.


  4. As an NYU graduate I am embarassed and even surprised. The spoiled rich kids that author Thomas Wolfe taught there and wrote about in “Of Time and the River” were there when I was there, but they were not like that back then. Sparky nailed it: “These whining turds have no idea about they are supporting. This is the result of lefty whack job educators.” This kind of thing has to start long before they got to NYU and is the culmination of long indoctrination.
    More reason we need to pray.


  5. I don’t want to blame the parents, but how did the kids turn out to be such raging pinkos? It’s almost like they’re trying to relive the ‘glory years’ of the sixties somebody told them about.

    I have a son in his freshman year at college. I can’t imagine him ever behaving this way. These kids are ridiculous.


  6. Pingback: Video:The Heartbreaking End Of The NYU Student Occupation « Nice Deb

  7. I love Take Back NYU! A team of the world’s best comedic screenwriters could not have scripted their pathetic last stand to play out any funnier. Corporate Water???? Come on, you have to admit that is the most pathetically bourgeois thing you’ve heard in a long time, no? Water is bad, Apple is good? Take Back NYU is going to ruin the Apple brand altogether!

    All right time for a diet coke; better yet, some corporate water!


  8. Dear god, you Americans never surprise me with how right wing you can get. I mean, when your argument resorts to unbelievably foul racism/homophomic language a la gullybaloo it’s hard to see where the logic is. These students put their entire futures at risk to stand up for something they believe in, including trying to make university more accessible to the less well off and you call them ‘spoilt’?

    P.S. “A Socially Responsible Finance Committee that will immediately investigate war profiteers and the lifting of the Coke ban.” clearly means they want an investigation into a lifting of a ban on Coke that presumably happened before the occupation. But I guess I can’t expect you guys to undrstand sentences more complicated than ‘i hope they all get expelled and drafted into ass raping cult of douchey rich kids’


  9. Sara, thank you for explaining it all to me. My tiny little American IQ was having trouble understanding all the nuances. Now I know what the lifting of the coke ban meant – (not that it was hilarious that such a trivial thing was being listed as a reason for the student ‘occupation’).

    We are all humbled by your brilliance.


  10. I personally disagree with both Nicedeb, as well as Sara. You both miss the point about whole Take Back NYU! was a self-serving, inward focused faux revolutionary movement.

    Take Back NYU! kept their goals too narrow minded and myopic. Why didn’t Take Back NYU! do anything to try to save the Cape Fear River shiner, one of the most endangered fishes on the east coast?

    And how come this revolutionary organization, which supposedly stands in solidarity with the downtrodden masses of the world, did not put pressure of Joss Whedon and Fox Broadcasting to produce another season of Firefly, the best show that was ever on TV?

    Any why did Take Back NYU! neglect all of the over forty adult film actresses, who are forced to work in the “MILF” genre? A true grassroots organization would not have left the MILFs behind, and would have spoken truth to power, forcing opressive corporations like Vivid Video to change the genre’s name to something less demeaning, like “experienced actresses” or something. But, no, Take Back NYU! were just a bunch of sellouts.

    When their occupation first started I was so excited that I almost changed my blogs name to Acre of Independence!; however, I am glad now that the whole domain name change thing was too complicated, because the Take Back NYU! flameout was utterly heartbreaking.

    Bob W (NOT Bob W!)


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