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BDBN: College campuses face protests

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Credit: Alyssa Ao

What you need to know:

Since April 17, college students around the country have been protesting the Israel-Hamas war. Student have set up tents on their campus lawns and occupied other facilities around campus such as libraries. On April 30, students at Columbia University took over Hamilton Hall. The students are demanding a cease-fire and for their schools to cut ties with organizations that fund the war. Some schools, such as Columbia University, have had to switch to remote classes due to the protests in an effort to “de-escalate the rancor.”

Furthermore, students at Columbia have been arrested for violating their university’s rules by not leaving a space after being asked to do so. According to AP News, 40 students from Yale University, and 133 students from New York University (NYU) were arrested on April 22.

According to US News, on April 24, the University of Southern California (USC) announced that it would be closing its campus for the rest of the week, and that the police would be allowed to detain students who did not comply with campus rules.

Why it matters:

At colleges in Massachusetts, such as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Tufts University, Brandeis University and Emerson College, students are also protesting the war on their campuses.

On April 25 at Emerson College, more than 100 people were arrested and four police officers were injured while trying to clear out tents that were set up. At Northeastern University, 100 people were also arrested and their setups were taken down or taken away. “The escalation of tensions on Friday night made it necessary to restore civility and ensure that our campus is a place where all students — including the more than 8,000 who are celebrating their commencements this week — can share in full and free access to space and facilities,” Northeastern Chancellor Ken Henderson and Provost David Madigan said in a letter sent to the community on Monday.


What are other sources to look at?

Protests at Columbia and other schools escalate” – CNN

College protests updates: Police crackdown leads to hundreds of arrests” – ABC News

Campus protests: Pro-Palestinian demonstrations spread as some schools crack down” – NBC News

Tensions running high at East Coast college campuses over Israel-Hamas war protests” – CBS News

The Revolution on America’s Campuses” – TIME

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Sophia Verma
Sophia Verma, Staff Reporter
Sophia Verma, Class of 2024, is a first year reporter for WSPN. She is part of the peer leadership program at the highschool. Outside of school she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, reading, going to concerts and watching movies. Contact: [email protected]
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Alyssa Ao, Class of 2025, is a co-graphics editor for WSPN. She is also one of the Math Team captains and co-president of the Art Club. Outside of school, she enjoys art, playing piano and watching TV. Contact: [email protected]
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