Brown students complain homework is interfering with their activism

Student activists at Brown University are complaining of emotional stress and poor grades after months of protesting, and blame the school for insisting that they complete their coursework.

“There are people breaking down, dropping out of classes, and failing classes because of the activism work they are taking on,” an undergraduate student going by the pseudonym “David” told The Brown Daily Herald Thursday. “My grades dropped dramatically. My health completely changed. I lost weight. I’m on antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills right now. Counselors called me. I had deans calling me to make sure I was okay.”

h/t Xavier

  • xavier

    Ya know life is all about priorities. What’s important? If getting great marks so you can land that dream job somwhere well then you’ll limit your activism to those issues that matter to you If you don’t care about marks and view studying as a white privilege microagression then be a full time activist but yhen don’t snivel if the prof fails you. He/she has obligations to the parents and suits thst Junior learnt something an justifies the supertanker loads of cash to the university.


    • It is amazing. God forbid this generation ever has to fight a real war.

      • Mannie

        We can use them for clearing minefields the hard way.

    • disqusW6sf

      So, so true.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I just spent the last week counting in binary and doing sub-netting drills by hand, on paper, until my fingers cramped up.
    When I finish my Cisco certifications and become a full-fledged network engineer I’ll show them what real oppression feels like.
    Q: “I can’t get my internet to work!”
    Me: “F-U, A-Hole! Port: 80 is for WINNERS!!!”

    • Heh;)

    • Xavier

      IRL BOFH. 😉

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        “Bastard Operator from Hell” was what sparked my interest in I.T.!
        I know, I’m a terribly flawed man. 😉

        • Xavier

          I’ve been studying too, but my goals are less impressive: I am about to attempt both the Technician and General class amateur radio licensing tests on the same day. An electronics and IT background helps, but there’s a lot I don’t know – and a lot of rusty neurons. The brain feels like Novocaine’d lime jello.

  • canminuteman
  • useless opinion

    And their parents are borrowing 40,000 bucks a year to send them to Brown. Fitting justice.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Better off sticking to beer parties and pantie raids.

  • Minicapt

    A Drill Sergeant-Major would be fully employed there. Happily …


  • pdxnag

    Sounds like now would be a perfect time for them to get a job as a landscaper grunt for a couple years. Call it character building.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Who cares? Their money their problem. Who cares if they graduate or not.

    • dukestreet

      True, but we should not have to hear their whining because the choices they made were the wrong ones.
      Also, the parents, who expect their children to succeed,make them work for the money to go to school & expect good marks. Or, they simply stop paying for anything. Most of those kids actually go to school to get an education. The parents who just pay the freight with no expectations are the ones who generally have wasted their money on student activism. Those parents are wasteful anyway.

  • AlanUK

    I read Chemistry, a 3 year course (standard in the UK), graduating with a BSc in 1966. Think, 4 years work covered in 3.
    I had 3 hours of practical each afternoon (2-5pm) for 4 days. (Wednesday pm was kept free for all subjects to allow for inter-university sports.) The mornings (9 am to 1 pm) were divided into 4 50 minute lecture periods, (To allow for over-runs and for us to race to the next lecture – usually in another lecture room, often on another floor.) I had 2 free periods per week. Along with Saturday and Sunday to recover.
    Thus I had 16 + 12 = 28 hours of formal teaching out of a possible 30 hours.
    On top of this we had set work from tutorials, writing up lecture notes and reading round the course material. Did we have many drop outs? Only a few.
    Student activism? DON’T MAKE ME LAUGH!
    Was it worth it?
    Hell, yes!

    • Alan, I’m glad you’re commenting again. Did you fix your problems with the site?

      By the way, I have heard Synagogues referred to as Temples quite often. I think it’s pretty normal.

      • AlanUK

        Problems not fixed but I have learnt to live with them for the time being.
        Fair enough: Temples/Synagogues. I may be quite wrong but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that in the UK. I’m surprised that a Jew would ever call a local synagogue with the same name as THE TEMPLE in Jerusalem

  • Justin St.Denis

    Snowflakes melt when the heat is on.

    These are the voices of people who cripple up and die early. Evolution has a way of pruning them as time marches on. I know the sound loud and numerous, but only because the MSM gives them a big microphone to shout into, and because the academic class actually agre with them, Problem is, seriously normal people studying seriously normal things in order to pursue seriously successful careers do not take these snowflakes seriously. And in the real world, guess who controls the thermostat?