14 Feb '15, 9am

Protests, oil prices add fuel to the divestment fire

It was a move straight from the student activism playbook: On Thursday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m., 34 students showed up and held a sit-in at Harvard’s Massachusetts Hall in honor of the upcoming Global Divestment Day . There were the usual sit-in discussions. Was the offer that the school’s president, Drew Gilpin Faust, made to meet with the occupiers, but in a different building, a sincere olive branch extended towards community dialogue? Or just a ruse to get them out of the building that houses her office? How to handle the campus police, who were trying to encourage the Mass Hall occupiers to leave by keeping them from using the building’s bathrooms? And was a kaffee klatsch with the president even what they wanted? Faust had laid out her thoughts on divestment pretty clearly a year ago. (“The funds in the endowment have been given to us by generous benefactors over many ye...

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