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Recent college protests turn away from effective nonviolent methods of yesteryear

Recent college protests turn away from effective nonviolent methods of yesteryear

[ad_1] Film maker and national activist Michael Moore made headlines this week urging more protests like those seen at Columbia University and UCLA:  “As I think this is just gonna continue across the country, I hope it continues. I applaud every student who’s taking a stand on their campus at graduation, whatever. This is the purpose of a democracy is to be able to address your grievances, to assemble, to have free speech, and to disrupt. Yes disrupt, non-violently disrupt,” Moore stated.  “And when I’m talking about non-violence I’m not talking about — you do have the right to take over the administration building. I’ll tell you, just speaking from Flint, we would have no UAW, no Auto Workers Union if back in the ’30s the auto workers, including my uncle, had not taken over the factories. They broke windows, they locked all the doors. They kept all the police and the National Guard out for 44 straight days in the middle of winter, until they won the right to be recognized by General Motors …

36 Best Graduation Gifts (2024): For College Grads

36 Best Graduation Gifts (2024): For College Grads

[ad_1] Securing a degree is always worth celebrating, but the past few graduating classes have overcome more than the standard all-nighters and strict professors. After dealing with an ongoing pandemic, remote learning, and the rising prices of everything from food to fuel, the graduates of 2024 have succeeded against all odds. It may feel tough to find a gift that perfectly summarizes how proud of them you are, but we’ve compiled a list that might help. There are gifts for their first grown-up job, a move to a new city, or some well-deserved summer relaxation as they plot their next adventure. Don’t see anything here you like? Check out our other buying guides, like the Best Laptop Backpacks, Best Electric Scooters, Best Electric Bikes, and Best Cheap Headphones. Updated May 2024: We added the newest versions of all our favorite recommendations. Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off). This includes unlimited access to WIRED.com and our print magazine (if you’d like). Subscriptions help fund the work we …

How Pro-Palestinian Students Pushed Trinity College Dublin to Divest

How Pro-Palestinian Students Pushed Trinity College Dublin to Divest

[ad_1] Discontent over the war in Gaza had been building for months at Trinity College Dublin, but what had been a rumble last week suddenly became a roar. News broke that Trinity had demanded a heavy sum from the student union after protests had blocked tourist access to the Book of Kells, a major attraction for paying visitors. Trinity’s request for about $230,000 enraged students and brought a surge of media attention, and last Friday some anti-war demonstrators set up an encampment like those at American schools. Irish lawmakers worried that the university was trying to stifle independent protest, and there were offers of help from lawyers and pro-Palestinian groups. The university closed parts of its campus that day, citing security concerns. As the campus dispute became a national one, Trinity, Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious university, agreed on Monday to negotiate with pro-Palestinian demonstrators. Capping several head-spinning days, Trinity agreed first to abandon some Israeli investments, a step that nearly all U.S. colleges and universities have so far resisted, and then said on Wednesday …

Student Journalists Face Storm of Campus Protest Disinformation

Student Journalists Face Storm of Campus Protest Disinformation

[ad_1] One of the big topics of dissension was the issue of “outside agitators,” a narrative spread by both the Columbia administration and the NYPD that the protests were filled with protesters from outside of the campus community. Student journalists have been forced to deal with this too: In a story on the protests, Ventura and a classmate found that most of the 13 outside agitators identified by the university were either alumni or people associated with organizations like Students for Justice in Palestine, which has a chapter at Columbia. Karam told WIRED that the Spectator is still trying to verify these numbers. Despite their reporting to the contrary, New York mayor Eric Adams still said in a statement last week that Columbia’s protests had “basically been co-opted by professional, outside agitators.” Similarly, Leon Orlov-Sullivan, a reporter at the City College of New York publication The Campus, told us that the school’s statements didn’t make clear what it meant by “outside” protesters. City College is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, …

South Hampshire College Group launches digital training vessel

South Hampshire College Group launches digital training vessel

[ad_1] South Hampshire College Group (SHCG) has acquired a digital training vessel (DTV) to support a potentially first-of-its-kind further education curriculum for students. Unmanned surface vessels (USVs) like this one are popular with industry and research bodies for surveying, patrolling, and search and rescue duties. Compared with alternatives, they offer zero emissions, lower operating costs, anti-fatigue, consistent routing, and are safer. The new DTV is controlled remotely from either a shore-based mission control centre or on board a mothership through digital remote operations, with options for AI decision making. It’s expected to see use at SHCG’s Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training (CEMAST) in Lee-on-the-Solent near Fareham, and its specialist Marine Skills Centre on the River Itchen in Southampton. The skillsets required for USV Remote Operators combine digital, marine engineering, marine electrical, systems engineering, net zero understanding and navigational knowledge, which until recently were unavailable as a single career pathway. Through a new curriculum being rolled out this coming academic year, students from across traditionally distinct faculty areas will gain experience, knowledge, …

Man Refuses To Walk His Friend Back To Her Dorm Because She Rejected Him

Man Refuses To Walk His Friend Back To Her Dorm Because She Rejected Him

[ad_1] The so-called “nice guy” has been discussed in popular culture for years now. He’s the guy who acts kind and is “not like other men.” However, in the end, he believes he deserves a relationship in return for his friendship.  A 21-year-old college student on Reddit has been accused of displaying “nice guy” behavior. After a girl he was “friends” with rejected his romantic advances, he proved that he was only a good friend when there was something in it for him.  He refused to walk his friend back to her dorm when she felt unsafe because she rejected him. In his Reddit post, he explained that he’s been friends with a woman named Annie for the last three years after they met during their freshman year of college. On a typical Saturday night, he, Annie, and some of their other friends would usually hang out at one of their friend’s apartments. “After we’re done, I walk her to her dorm first before heading back to my dorm,” he wrote. “This has been the …

Grace College professor ousted after online commentators flag ‘woke’ social media posts

Grace College professor ousted after online commentators flag ‘woke’ social media posts

[ad_1] (RNS) — With glowing performance reviews and above-average student evaluations, by most measures Matthew Warner’s first year as a communications professor at Grace College was a triumph. But he spent most of that first year knowing it could be his last. After four months on the job, Warner was informed by the school’s president, Drew Flamm, that the board had “come to the conclusion that we don’t think it works out to move forward,” according to a recording obtained by Religion News Service. Warner’s termination is the latest in a string professor terminations at Christian colleges seemingly tied to clashes over narrowing and often unspoken political and theological criteria. While Flamm didn’t specify the reasons for Warner’s dismissal, it was preceded by an online termination campaign clear about its goals. Launched by conservative influencers and Grace College stakeholders, the campaign demanded Warner’s removal due to his social media posts about LGBTQ rights, Black Lives Matter and critiques of the GOP. Almost all the posts predated Warner’s employment at the college.   Grace College declined …

Students at Trinity College Dublin Dismantle Antiwar Protest Camp

Students at Trinity College Dublin Dismantle Antiwar Protest Camp

[ad_1] Students who oppose the war in Gaza began dismantling their protest camp at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland on Wednesday evening, after the institution agreed to divest from three Israeli companies listed by the United Nations for their links to settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. Trinity said that it would move to divest as soon as next month, and that its endowment fund would also seek to divest from investments in other Israeli companies in the future. “We fully understand the driving force behind the encampment on our campus, and we are in solidarity with the students in our horror of what is happening in Gaza,” the college said in a statement released on Wednesday evening. “We abhor and condemn all violence and war, including the atrocities of October 7th, the taking of hostages and the continuing ferocious and disproportionate onslaught in Gaza,” it added. “The humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the dehumanisation of its people is obscene.” The statement was approved by the college’s board. Trinity’s protest, which began five days ago …

A Russian Influence Campaign Is Exploiting College Campus Protests

A Russian Influence Campaign Is Exploiting College Campus Protests

[ad_1] X did not respond to WIRED’s request for comment. The posts did not receive a huge amount of engagement, but unlike China’s disinformation campaigns, some seemingly authentic users did respond to the posts. One responded by writing “Fuck Palestine,” while another reacted with an image saying: “Free Palestine.” The covert Doppelganger campaign echoed narratives pushed by overt Russian channels including Telegram groups and state-run media, which have spent the last week highlighting the “threat of deadly police violence against demonstrators” and linking the current protests to the Kent State protests in 1970 when four students were shot and killed by the National Guard. While there have been over 2,000 arrests at campus protests in the US so far, protests have largely been peaceful and no one has been killed. On Facebook, Sputnik wrote: “‘Land of the Free? How US Lawmakers Restrict Students’ Right to Peaceful Protest: US lawmakers have once again demonstrated where their sympathies lie in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by cracking down on student protests against the bloodbath in the Gaza Strip.” The …

L.A. college agrees to vote on protesters’ call to divest from Israel

L.A. college agrees to vote on protesters’ call to divest from Israel

[ad_1] Occidental College’s Board of Trustees has agreed to hold a vote on pro-Palestinian protesters’ calls to divest from companies with ties to Israel, bringing the encampment on the Los Angeles campus to an end after nine days. Leaders of Occidental’s Students for Justice in Palestine chapter agreed the encampment would be taken down by Friday, the group would not return to occupy any space on campus without prior approval and would not impede commencement, according to the agreement signed by the college’s vice president and assistant vice president for student affairs along with two protest leaders. The college said it would not discipline any protester based on their participation in the encampment “so long as Demonstrators do not increase current levels of encampment, signage, or other activities.” As the academic year draws to a close and universities prepare for commencement season, concerns of more on-campus disruptions have prompted schools including USC and Columbia University to cancel their main graduation ceremonies. While protest encampments at multiple campuses nationwide have been the site of violence and …