As many as 3,000 Miami U. students staged a protest Monday night against holding classes on Tuesday because of the local power outages in the Cincinnati area (h/t Rate Your Students.) According to this story, “Miami University’s public relations spokesperson Claire Wagner says these are off-campus students whose houses still do not have power [as of Monday night]. She says the university, including academic buildings and food courts on campus, is running on a backup generator right now.” Nevertheless, as student A— K—– explained, “We are being forced to take quizzes, exams and attend classes which will affect our academic standing within the university. Our academic standing may in turn affect our careers and the rest of our lives.”
Yes, that’s right A—. This will go down on your permanent record! And I’m sure you’ve never, ever skipped a class before, so the thought of missing a scheduled class makes you apoplectic! How dare the university hold classes when it’s functionally capable of doing so! Like, what if they hold classes this winter because they have snow plows for the campus streets and sidewalks, and they don’t come and plow out your driveway too? “No power! No classes! No power! No classes!,” they chanted on that historic night of September 15, 2008. What was the Civil Rights movement thinking, when it identified access to education as a key to empowerment? Why couldn’t I see it before? The real power is in not going to school! How dare the man take away your right to skip class without penalty? Eh, what can you expect from a “government school,” anyway?
This beats the beer riots of 1998, when for two nights in a row, privileged Miami students swarmed the streets when the bars closed. They chanted “Rodney King! Rodney King!” when the local constabulary started taking kids into custody because of their loud, public, and aggressive drunkenness in celebration of completing their final exams. In fact, it was the very week that Historiann bought her first house right there in Oxford, Ohio, well within shouting distance of all of those drunken freedom fighters! Good times, good times.
UPDATED 9/19/08: According to this report, by Tuesday morning–the day after the protest against classes–the University was back on the grid, as were most local banks, gas stations, and the supermarket in town. Also, by Tuesday afternoon, only 35 percent of Oxford city and township residences were without power. The power outage remained a problem as of Thursday afternoon for only 12,000 Butler County residences.