Sadly, last week's great snack-bar takeover at NYU came to an end after only three days. The courageous (if minuscule) group of students who occupied the food court in NYU's Kimmel Center really spoke truth to power, demanding, among other things: "The establishment of a student elected Socially Responsible Finance Committee....An in depth investigation of all investments in war and genocide profiteers, as well as companies profiting from the occupation of Palestinian territories...annual scholarships for thirteen Palestinian students," and, hilariously, "that the general public have access to Bobst Library." And they faced the consequences. No, they weren't gassed, tazered, beaten, shot with rubber bullets, or hauled off in chains to waiting paddywagons. But security guards did tear down their barricades and brutally inspect their NYU ID cards! And, in spite of their pre-emptive call for "full legal and disciplinary amnesty for all parties involved in the occupation," some of them got suspended!!
Happily, one brave young man brought his camera and recorded some of the action, providing a not-to-be-missed 10 minutes of viewing. Highlights: PLO-scarf-girl screaming "HE TOUCHED ME!!!" when a security guard tries to corral her from one spot to another, and the heroic documentarian himself, cataloguing the contents of the backpacks strewn about (in case they get confiscated): macbook, mackbook, ipod, macbook, diary, macbook charger. Their parents must be so proud.
Shakespeare, too (with apologies):
We few, we happy few, [we very, very few] we band of brothers [don't forget the sisters]
For he to-day that sheds his blood [or whines pathetically] with me
Shall be my brother [boyfriend/girlfriend/other]
. . . And gentlemen in England [or Tribeca] now a-bed [or in class, not wasting their parents' money]
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here [but rather home and playing with their wiis]
And hold their manhoods cheap [no comments, please].