Wesleyan Students Revoke Hickenlooper’s Degree

November 17, 2011 in Press, Uncategorized


Demonstrate for Global Day of Action

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Ross Levin – rlevin@wesleyan.edu – 610 888 1541
Daniel Plafker – dplafker@wesleyan.edu – 561 573 6602

Middletown, CT – Earlier this afternoon, Wesleyan University students demonstrated as part of the November 17th Occupy Movement global day of action, culminating in the symbolic revocation of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s, Wesleyan Class of 1974, degree. Almost 100 students rallied through the campus in response to the recent eviction of Occupy Wall Street and Governor Hickenlooper’s ongoing support of evictions and arrests at Occupy Denver.

Students began their march on the steps of the University library, before continuing in a path around buildings central to campus life. They entered the library, administrative buildings, and the student center. Students were accompanied by a marching band and distributed informative flyers as they walked.

Popular chants included, “We are the 99 percent,” “Whose school? Our school,” “End student debt,” and, “Stop police brutality!” The demonstration occurred to voice support for the Occupy movement, as well as condemning the recent evictions and widespread police brutality.

Students chanted in support of inclusivity in higher education and against corporate greed and student debt. At the end of the march, they gathered to watch and participate in a dramatization of a citizens’ arrest of Governor Hickenlooper and the subsequent revocation of his degree by Wesleyan President Michael Roth. Afterward, the assembled crowd called the Governor’s office to inform him of the ceremony.