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ACTIVISM: MSU Greenpeace Students Arrested Over the University's Use of Coal Plant to Generate Electricity

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Three of the seven Michigan State University students who occupied university President Lou Anna K. Simon's office were arrested Thursday after refusing to leave the building when it closed at 5 p.m.


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Alice C (1797)
Friday October 21, 2011, 4:26 pm
Noted ~ These students should not have been arrested !

Monica D (580)
Friday October 21, 2011, 7:43 pm
The students are right to protest the use of a coal fired power plant. Good on them!

Ellen m (215)
Friday October 21, 2011, 8:38 pm
Bravo..If this is our future things may turn out much better than we hoped...
Shame on the University..and I hope the get a ton of extra credit for this, as well as a pass by the prosecuting attorney.
They deserved medals, not handcuffs!
Thanks Cal.

Stephen Brian (23)
Friday October 21, 2011, 9:53 pm
Their behaviour is commonly known as "trespassing". They have a right to protest, but not a right to use the university president's office to do so. Imagine if I wanted to put up billboards for the next election, and demanded the use of the walls of your home to do so.

I understand that this was an office in a public institution and not a home, but it remains the property of the university and not a public space. The institution possesses many large open spaces where protests may occur (after receiving permits if necessary). Once again, while their cause is appropriate, their tactics are not.

Rose K. (0)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 6:29 am
interesting article. I will have to read the Lansing State Journal to see if there is an article about this

Brian Hamilton (28)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 10:21 am

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 12:30 pm
I disbelieve that the students would have behaved like they did if they had felt that their pleas were heard and that the university was intent on transitioning to clean energy any time soon. If they protest against the coal plant located on the campus, they do so rightfully. Although they were not supposed to stay in that office, their arrest was an exaggerated reaction to it -- can't they just have been taken out? I wish them the best of luck in their endeavors; they are in the right, I believe.

Hartson Doak (39)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 1:01 pm
Nonviolent heroes all.

Fred Krohn (34)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 1:17 pm
Greenpeace is far more competent as a marine wildlife preservation organisation. I support them in that capacity, but I stay out of it when they start fiddling about on land.

Annie A (0)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 1:46 pm
It's pathetic the students were arrested. What ever happened to the Land of the Free. It's a disgrace to see everything our ancestors fought for completely disregarded. Where is the rights to freedom of speech.

Edgar Zuim (47)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 5:53 pm
Protests exists everywhere in the world.

Gloria H (88)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 7:12 pm
MSU Alumni here (1969 BA). Fully support the students. Any petition I can sign? Just got a notice from MSU begging for money....ha ha ha. Maybe if the administration holds a lump of that coal in the hand, in a couple thousand years it will turn into a diamond. How's that for an investment in the future of the planet?

Lori K (56)
Saturday October 22, 2011, 8:58 pm
Absolutely ridiculous!

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Sunday October 23, 2011, 12:22 am
All glory to the students. Nowadays arrest is not shameful but a great honor. These students will be able to hold their heads up high for the rest of their lives because it is on record that they cared about global warming and tried to do something about at least slowing it down to the extent that they did not care about personal comfort or safety.

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Sunday October 23, 2011, 4:47 am
not a smart management

Alicia N (87)
Sunday October 23, 2011, 11:42 am
What happened to " FREE Speech " ??!!!
Those students have the right to say if they are against something and that something
is a very important matter.
- Great for them to speak up but, sucks that they got arrested -

David E (1)
Monday October 31, 2011, 6:46 am
very sad..
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