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IU On Strike Protests Long List Of Student Woes

Demonstrators gathered on the IU campus Thursday but did not disrupt the trustees meetings as previous protests have done.

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    Strikers hold signs protesting high tuition rates

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    Strikers march on the IU campus

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    Strikers chant as they march across the IU campus in Bloomington

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    Demonstrators hold a banner displaying the magnitude of the national student debt

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    Demonstrators march across the IU campus in Bloomington

A march today by a group calling itself “IU On Strike” ended at a meeting of the Indiana University trustees, but without the fanfare of previous sit-ins.

The group started its march across campus in the morning, complete with musical instruments and a bevy of signs. Police and barricades stood and waited, but it was not until the afternoon arrived and rain began to fall that the group made its way to the steps of Franklin Hall, where the IU trustees were meeting.

As most of the group waited outside the doors, the protestors were let in five at a time, their belongings searched and instructions given to remain docile during the meeting. The group followed those instructions.

Though the chanting outside Franklin Hall became directed at specific issues, the variety of the issues abounded, covering everything from student debt to joblessness to anger at Governor Mike Pence for naming trustees, even though he has not named even one in this, his first year in office.

One of the group’s organizers, David Hamilton, called the disjointed nature of the protest one of its strengths.

“While there sometimes is a lack of guidance and kind of a lack of cohesion sometimes, there is a great deal of capacity for people to just participate,” he says.

The trustees made no mention of the protestors during the meeting and by the time the afternoon session was over, the band of more than a hundred had all but dispersed.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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  • Cheyenne Kollum

    This was the worst and most inaccurate article. The strikers stood ground until 11 PM at Woodburn Hall on the IU campus. Then, over 20 police arrived and entered the building forcing (sometimes shoving) people out the doors. I’m not sure who made this Jastrzebski fella the senior editor, but maybe he could learn a thing or two about reporting events how they are actually happened. (Ya know, respectable journalism was once a thing!) There were no “organizers” and I think just about 20 strikers actually wanted to go inside the Board of Trustees meeting. We did not co-operate with the police as a group. Get it RIGHT, or don’t write at all.

  • dv

    bam. dat’s right.

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