wheelerIn case you were unaware, or didn’t hear (as a recent Facebook update so aptly put it) the “hella copters” circling over campus, Wheeler Hall has been shut down following protests that have been occurring all afternoon. At the peak of the protests, several hundred people were gathered outside to support a small group of seven individuals who have staked out on the roof of the building in protest of the recent fee hikes.

A live blog of the goings-on can be found here, with further coverage available via Twitter.

Image Source: Amir Moghtaderi

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Hey, what with all this crying and worry, real indignant, over fee hikes recently, we figured you wouldn’t mind hearing a totally crackpot dubious, but potentially valid argument for why fee hikes are actually beneficial. According to these guys, fee hikes serve as an economic equalizer, stinging rich students way worse than the poor ones, assuming  financial aid programs are buffed up to match. Riiiight … Comb through their argument here.

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