Occupy protests head to CSUN

The Occupy movement that has moved across the country will set up camp at CSUN Thursday.

Student activists plan to occupy the Oviatt lawn from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. during a schedule National Student Protest.

Known as Occupy Colleges, this branch of the national Occupy Movement is encouraging walkouts on college campuses throughout the country.

Over 90 college campuses are set to participate in this movement, according to the Occupy College website.

“Around the country, more and more high school students are foregoing a college education because their families can no longer afford it,” according to the Occupy Colleges Facebook page.  “So many more are graduating with inconceivable amounts of debt and stepping into the worst job market in decades.”

In a mass email sent by Edy Alvarez, president of CSUN Greens, Alvarez said he has already sent in the field reservation space form and is awaiting approval.

Members of the group have made a list of plans for students to follow in this last-minute effort. Protesters are advised to set up tents and sleeping bags on the Oviatt lawn in an effort to organize a mock tent city, Alvarez’s email read.

CSUN Greens will be providing vegetarian food and accepting donations to give to Occupy Los Angeles, which is on its 10th day downtown.

Since Occupy Wall Street’s creation on Sept. 17, the movement has grown, spreading across the country to cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C.

Participants in the Occupy Movement refer to themselves as the “99 percent,” the group outside of America’s top 1 percent of wealthy and powerful. Protesters have called for the end of corporate greed, high costs of education and war funding.

“Our nation, our species and our world are in crisis,”  according to the Occupy Wall Street webpage.  “The U.S. has an important role to play in the solution, but we can no longer afford to let corporate greed and corrupt politics set the policies if our nation.”

  • Just checked it out. They have five-six tents and maybe a dozen people occupying a small triangle edge of the lawn. Admittedly I am a bit dissapointed in its size.

    By chance has anyone here seen the ‘End the Fed’ book at the oviatt? It seems to be reported missing.

  • Achilles

    I’m sure the usual suspects will be doing the occupying, all those geniuses who protest semester after semester about the rising cost of tuition and get absolutely NOTHING accomplished. Do yourselves a favor, screw the protest and go get a damn job. Stop being a wastrel of society.

  • David the small-L libertarian

    I’ve posted many pieces about goverment student loans contributing to the high cost of college.  To my knowledge not a single news or opinion piece in the Sundial has ever mentioned this fact—only complaints and “poor me” stories grace its pages.

    For everyone’s benefit I’ll post another from the Wall Street Journal: Student Debt Grows Dramatically .

    Credit to a WSJ reader who posted this: “The government should get out of the student-loan business. Its involvement causes tuition to rise, people to attend college when they would be better off in vocational training and wasted use of taxpayer funds.”