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Why Do All The White Boys Live Together? White Supremacy in Greek Life

Lubabah R. Chowdhury on May 27, 2015

I do not want to believe that history repeats itself. When I was younger, I loved studying history for the same reason I obsessively read and re-read “Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Rings”. The strange customs, outlandish clothes and...

You Won't Get a Penny From Me

Sean Estelle on October 02, 2014

The first time I stepped foot on University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Campus was not for a campus tour or a prospective student orientation. It was for a ska/punk show at the Ché Café. The Ché, with its murals...

The Red Tape Remains: Columbia Students in Solidarity with Sexual Assault Survivors

George Joseph on September 13, 2014

Yesterday, in its first public rally, Columbia’s anti-rape group, No Red Tape, called on students to come out and voice their experiences of sexual violence directly in front of Low Library, the seat of Columbia’s administration. Last year, No Red...

Arriba Lxs Que Luchan: Chilean Students Struggling to Win

Alexi S on August 07, 2014

From 2011 onwards, the Chilean student movement, represented by the Confederation of Chilean Students (CONFECH), an organization made up of student federations from major universities across the country, has made the concrete demand for free education, drawing hundreds of thousands...

Reflections From Behind the Brick Wall

Bakri R on August 01, 2014

“SCHOLARSHIP IS ART AND WE ARE ARTISTS. THIS IS IN ALL CAPS TO BE HEARD OVER THE NUMBING SILENCE AND CACOPHONIUS BLABBER OF THE ACADEMY. ARTISTS AND CREATORS AND LIFE-GIVERS ARE NOT APPRECIATED HERE. THERE IS NO BODILY INTEGRITY. NO...

The Fisk Takeover: Wesleyan student's recreate 1969 occupation in short film

The Fisk Takeover on May 27, 2014

Based on the events of February 21st, 1969 at Wesleyan University. Follow us https://twitter.com/RebelXEmpire Check out http://thefisktakeover.tumblr.com/ On Friday, February 21st, 1969, the Black Students of Wesleyan took over Fisk Hall. They brought all academic processes to a halt to...

Since when does free speech require students stay quiet?

Sam Warren on May 27, 2014

Since former University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau declined to receive an honorary degree from my very own Haverford College, commentators have decried the intolerance of the protesters who criticized his invitation to commencement. Student speech obstructed Birgeneau’s right...

Smith Students Stand Up, Lagarde Backs Down

Alyssa Flores and Kimberly Garcia on May 26, 2014

In February, President Kathleen McCartney announced that the Smith College commencement speaker would be Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund. Inviting Lagarde undermined Smith’s claim of building a more diverse community to empower marginalized voices—specifically, voices of...

Abroad at Home: Accounts of the Invisible

Timothy Garcia on May 17, 2014

Abroad at Home: Accounts of The Invisible from Middlebury Film & Media Culture on Vimeo. “Abroad at Home: Accounts of the Invisible” is a short documentary that takes a look into student life at Middlebury college by exploring experiences of...

SUNY Website Highlights Hypocrisy

Jess Rybak on April 28, 2014

It’s ironic, insulting, and revealing of the true nature of SUNY. SUNY – the statewide public university system of New York – is currently masquerading as an institution that offers something it does not: an environment for accessible public education....

23 Columbia Students File Clery Act and Title IX & II Complaints Against University

George Joseph on April 24, 2014

Trigger Warning: The following content discusses specific cases of sexual assault “I don’t trust the University to take my experience or my safety more seriously than they take their own public image.“– Cami Quarta, Columbia survivor and complainant This morning,...

Columbia Students Talk Prison Divestment

George Joseph on April 16, 2014

{Young}ist contributor George Joseph talks to memebers of Columbia Prison Divest about the prison industrial complex, actions the group has taken recently, and their plans for the future.

Why I Walked Out

Anna-Lisa Castle on April 14, 2014

On Thursday, I was one of the hundreds of people who showed up to the Student Assembly meeting to talk about the possibility of talking about Resolution 72, which calls for divestment from six companies that profit from the Israeli...

William and Mary's Legacy of Racism Still Stands Strong

Brittney Harrington on April 09, 2014

I am a descendent of slaves attending a school that was founded with my explicit exclusion in mind. I walk through halls built by my shackled ancestors and I wonder what it means for my body to exist here, for...

Breaking Past the Brochure

George Joseph on April 06, 2014

(Note: Names have been changed to protect students from further administrative reprisal.) Members of No Red Tape,  a Columbia University students’ group, attempted a silent action today at a gathering for prospective students. Following the example of Dartmouth students last...

Transgender Student Harassed on Campus

Andraya Williams on April 03, 2014

On March 19th, 2014 I was publicly humiliated and harassed by a female security officer on [Central Piedmont Community College] CPCC’s campus. In attempting to file a complaint about the incident, I was turned away and intimidated. On March 19th...

Dear Harvard: You Win

Anonymous on April 02, 2014

Trigger warning: This article contains graphic description of sexual assault. Editors’ Note: This is a first-person, present-tense account of the aftermath of a sexual assault that took place in 2013. For reasons of both style and substance, we have left...

Students of Color Continue to Target Napolitano, Demand Resignation

The Student of Color Solidarity Coalition on March 18, 2014

“We have been waiting for Napolitano to come… and finally she is here, but she is hiding, she remains in one building and does not leave…where she says she is doing her “listening and learning tour” behind doors with only...

Barnard College Censors Students for Justice in Palestine

George Joseph on March 13, 2014

This Monday, to kick off End Israeli Apartheid Week, the Barnard-Columbia chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine hung up a banner in front of Barnard Hall, featuring a map of historical Palestine. In response, students and parents from campus...

Why Liberal Academics and Ivory Tower Radicals Make Poor Revolutionaries

Nicole Ouimette on February 10, 2014

The revolution will not be cited. It will not have a bibliography, or a title page. The revolution will never happen in the seclusion of the ivory tower built by racist, sexist, and classist institutions. Professional academic researchers in the...

Cornell 'Revamps' Sexual Assault Policy, Not Time for Praise

Anna-Lisa Castle on January 10, 2014

The Huffington Post published an article Wednesday entitled “Cornell Revamps Sexual Assault Policies, Takes Proactive Approach.” The piece, written by Tyler Kingkade, is largely dedicated to lauding my institution’s “proactive approach” to its sexual assault policies—namely, President Skorton’s meeting with...

Columbia Students’ Fight Against Campus Sexual Violence— And For Administrative Transparency

George Joseph on December 27, 2013

Society’s historically racist template for what sexual violence looks like generally confines itself to the dark city alley in which a Black male stranger overpowers a young white girl. But for college students the reality is much closer to home....

Students Fighting The CUNY Machine Learn From , Connect With Frontline Groups

Amity Paye on December 11, 2013

On November 25, student activists and their allies held a protest against the City University of New York’s Board of Trustees meeting. “During the Fall of 2013, the CUNY Machine has joined forces with militarism and suppressing free expression on...

Students Fined $5,000 for Activism by Wesleyan University

Mariama Eversley and Ross Levin on December 03, 2013

The self-proclaimed “Diversity University” is at it again.  Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, is prosecuting three trans* and gender-nonconforming students for taking political action to address transgender discrimination on campus.  This comes just one year after the University reversed...

The Campus Freedom Index Is Not What It Seems

Laurent Bastien Corbeil on November 18, 2013

MONTREAL – There’s nothing as dangerous as the press release in journalism. Press releases are engaging, easy to read, and they can summarize massive amounts of data. This is why newsrooms find them particularly attractive. Instead of scanning through hundreds...

Barnard College’s Sex Restrictions

George Joseph on November 04, 2013

This fall, when students shuffled back into their dorms at Barnard College, one of the nation’s premier all women’s universities, many were surprised to hear that they would only be allowed to have guests sleep over no more than six...

With a Class-Biased Admissions Policy, Who Gets to Make History at George Washington University?

Samuel Nelson on October 31, 2013

“If you want to make history, it helps to be in the thick of it,” it says on the steps of the George Washington University Cloyd Heck Marvin Center. This imagery is part of GW’s shiny new $600,000 rebranding, all...

Students Protest Militarization at CUNY and War Criminal David Petraeus’ New Position

Sharmin Hossain on September 25, 2013

In a political reality where the Senate Foreign Policy committee approves U.S. military intervention in Syria; where we uncover thousands of Iraqi children born with deformities as a result of U.S. chemical weapon attacks; and where the continuous illegal detainment...

Punk, Feminist, Activist and Professor

Suey Park on September 16, 2013

One of my biggest regrets about attending the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign is missing out on the opportunity to take a class with the transnational feminist punk scholar, zinester, and critical fashionista Mimi Thi Nguyen. Lucky for me, Mimi is on twitter...

The University in Ruin: How Janet Napolitano’s Appointment Signals the Death of the University as We Know It

Hira Mahmood on July 15, 2013

According to reports, U.S. secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will resign her cabinet position and will now become the next president of the University of California. Napolitano will replace Mark Yudof who has held the position since 2008, and...