Yale grade students recently announced that they will be going on a hunger strike in order to pressure university administrators into granting them better union benefits.
The Yale Daily News reports:
Eight members of the graduate student union Local 33 began an indefinite, collective fast in front of University President Peter Salovey’s home on Tuesday in an effort to persuade Yale to begin collective bargaining.
“What Yale could not stop, they are cynically trying to slow,” Greenberg read from a pamphlet distributed at the rally. “Yale wants to make us wait and wait and wait … until we give up and go away. We have committed ourselves to waiting without eating.”
Wow, how brave.
There's just one problem: apparently the strikers are allowed to eat during their hunger strike.
Former Yale student Dimitri Halikias posted a pamphlet explaining that protesters can leave and eat when they "cannot continue." When they do, they will be replaced by another student.
So pretty much it's a hunger strike without the hunger part. Makes total sense in the current academic world.
Yale spokesman Tom Conroy called the hunger strike "unwarranted", and warned students not to put their health at risk.
“The University cannot compel anyone to refrain from this activity, but strongly urges that students not put their health at risk or encourage others to do so,” Conroy said to the Yale Daily News.
Don't worry Mr. Conroy, we have a feeling they're going to be just fine.