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Mar 27 17 tweets 5 min read Read on X
NEW: Yesterday Vanderbilt students pushed their way into a campus building to conduct a sit-in in the lobby of the chancellor’s office:
They’re protesting the administration’s decision to shut down a student referendum on BDS. Image
This was the scene inside yesterday:
The Vanderbilt Hustler reported that at least seven students were suspended on an interim basis: Image
Here’s more video showing the students taunting a police officer:
The number of students suspended is up to 16.

The university is reiterating its commitment to free expression but indicting that the protestors are violating time, manner, place restrictions and risking campus safety: Image
A reporter was arrested yesterday but later released. It sounds like charges will not be pursued. Image
Later in the evening, the students said the administration brought Panera Bread for security but was denying food and bathroom access to students.

They were peeing in bottles.

Some students started to realize they might get arrested while trying to report that one young woman was in danger of toxic shock:
Students outside chanted, “Let them pee! Let them eat!”
They report that one of the students outside was detained or arrested:
Nashville police (“at least 20 officers in 15 cars”) were called to the scene in addition to the Vanderbilt police who were already there.

The student was arrested for allegedly breaking a lane of glass.…
The Vanderbilt Hustler has a ton of great coverage here:…
Three students have now been arrested:
In the end, four students were arrested (three inside and one outside), and all the students inside were given interim suspensions, which means they can’t be on campus and had to leave by 5pm local yesterday.

Disciplinary hearings start today.

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Apr 18
BREAKING: Police have entered the encampment at Columbia and are preparing to arrest anyone who won’t leave:
They have buses lined up to take people away:
Arrests have begun:
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Apr 11
BREAKING: Harvard has reversed course and will require applicants to submit standardized tests scores in the next application cycle.

“For the Class of 2029 admissions cycle, Harvard will require submission of scores for the SAT or ACT. In exceptional cases in which applicants are unable to access SAT or ACT testing, other eligible tests will be accepted.”Image
Harvard had previously announced it would remain test optional through the next two admissions cycles: Image
The reasons given for the change are similar to those offered by other colleges, i.e., withholding tests scores hurts some students during the admissions process:
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Apr 11
This longer video of the confrontation at Dean Chemerinsky and Professor Fisk’s home shows in more detail just how insufferable these students are.

And Chemerinsky has confirmed it’s a private residence (see below), which, as you can see, they were asked to leave repeatedly.
Here’s his confirmation as well as statements of support for Chemerinsky and Fisk from other UC leaders:

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Apr 6
BREAKING: Reports that multiple Pomona College students have been arrested after rushing into an administrative building to protest.

The president threatened them with suspension immediately upon entering the building.

Police arrived within minutes.

The students say 19+ students were arrested.
They were protesting because the administration had part of their “apartheid wall” removed.

Read 5 tweets
Mar 28
“In essence, they tried to break us. They tried to break our bodies, they tried to break our spirits.”

One of the Vanderbilt protestors speaks after their 21-hour sit-in:

h/t @lawyergonerogue
"We were deprived of medical attention, we were deprived of sleep, we were deprived of food, water, resources."

"In jail I experienced better conditions than at Vanderbilt University."

A Vanderbilt protestor who was arrested talks about his experiences:

H/t @lawyergonerogue
"We hear a lot about cruelty in this world. From Palestine to Nashville, our oppressors are the same. They use the same tactics, they consult with each other."

"We were dealing with some pretty evil people yesterday."

Another Vanderbilt sit-in participant:

Read 4 tweets
Mar 9
When Dartmouth, Yale, and Brown reinstituted standardized testing in admissions, they said it would help them to admit more diverse classes.

The NYT explores a few basic models to illustrate how they can use class as a proxy for race to do so.

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The basic idea is to correct for the facts that lower income students tend to do worse on the SAT and that black and Hispanic applicants tend to be poorer. Image
The first option is to just give low-income students a bump on their SAT scores.

However, “income is a…weak proxy for race in admissions” because while “Black families are over-represented among poorer households in America,” “there are still many more poorer white households.” Image
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