Yale Students Put On ‘Symbolic’ Huger Strike – Promptly Get Torn A New One

They got the reaction they deserved.

A group of Yale grad students announced earlier this week that they were going to participate in a hunger strike until the school administration met their demands for better union benefits. They claimed they were committed to protesting in front of the University President’s home until their terms were agreed upon.

The pamphlets at the rally read, “What Yale could not stop, they are cynically trying to slow. Yale wants to make us wait and wait and wait … until we give up and go away. We have committed ourselves to waiting without eating.”

These grad students are already getting a $30,000 stipend every year, receive free healthcare, and even get their entire $40,000 tuition completely covered. Apparently, though, that’s not enough for them.

The school, of course, made sure to cover their own asses while their students pitched fits by saying that they understood the student’s concerns, but they “strongly [urge] that students not put their health at risk or encourage others to do so.”

But it turns out those concerns weren’t even needed. These students aren’t even actually doing a “hunger strike,” they claim it’s all “symbolic.”

Dimitri Halikias tweeted a photo of one of the pamphlets showing that it wasn’t actually a hunger strike, then tried to claim that it was still inspirational.

(He deleted the tweet, but he forgot one important thing… the internet is forever.)

Twitter then proceeded to tear him a new one:

What’s really sad is Local 33’s video about the event, which includes endorsements from the co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association, Dolores Huerta, and vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, Maria Elena Durazo.

These grad students honestly just need to see how good they really have it and stop complaining. If they don’t like being in expensive school programs, they’re more than able to get out there and work in the real world (that is, unless their degree is completely useless, which begs the question as to why they’re getting all this free money in the first place.)



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