Friday, May 21, 2010
Puerto Rico Campus Protests
As reported by the N.Y. Times, students have effectively halted the academic calendar on several Puerto Rico campuses through sit-ins, strikes, and occupations. The protests, which have apparently been going on for months, are intended to convey students' objections to certain austerity measures that they say will disparately affect low-income students. Students are also demanding more transparency in university financing. Students in California staged similar, although less disruptive, protests on several campuses in response to proposed cuts in state financing for higher education.