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Police clear out protesting students

DDP/The Local · 28 Dec 2009, 08:37

Published: 28 Dec 2009 08:37 GMT+01:00

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According to the protestors, LMU president Bernd Huber appeared personally on Monday morning to ask the students to leave. He told them that their continued presence had made the situation intolerable for university staff.

Contrary to statements from a police spokesman, who said that the police were not used in the subsequent clear-out, eyewitnesses reported the presence of around 60 officers. The police spokesman stated that no charges had been pressed, and therefore the police could take part in the operation.

Many protesting students, who have been occupying lecture halls around the country since early November, had stayed in university buildings over the Christmas holidays. Some at LMU accused university president Huber of attempting to starve them out in the last few days by not allowing people back into the building.

The students are protesting against worsening study conditions, the problems with the new Bachelor's degree, and university fees.

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15:15 December 28, 2009 by DoubleDTown
Call me crazy, but if they want an education there is no reason they should not be expected to pay for it. True, society benefits from having educated citizens, but that's no reason to hand it to the students for free. I borrowed my way through college and graduate school on federal and state sponsored plans and it didn't kill me to pay it back even if it took a decade. I am holier than they.
19:16 December 29, 2009 by Thames
Let them come to the United States! They won't just be starving for a few days will be starving long after they have completed their degrees.
00:30 December 31, 2009 by Talonx

Have you ever heard of 'grade inflation' (google it, or scholar google it)? When admittance to university is based on what's in one's wallet over one's mind grade inflation happens. Private universities operate in quite a different way all around -- in the private university setting (e.g. Harvard) such a great deal of money flows in through tuition that standards are preserved as it becomes arbitrary how much money you have the richer one is. Therefore in the private domain the smartest of the rich are those being admitted (passed).

If we would like to preserve standards, it seems we only have two ways to go. We could make everyone pay harvard prices (for which the globe would reap all the disadvantages of having a stupid populace) or we could share the price of having all students accountable to the standards that a properly funded FREE public university should have. The inbetween of the U.K. and U.S. systems (not to mention many others) is a recipee for disaster.

In sum, I not only argue for the free system, but I also argue that it should be granted funding similar to what the Ivy League has to work with. I predict that this is cheaper than having a stupid population and provides not only equal but necessary access to those bright intellects of the future that would not have the oppurtunity otherwise.

This isn't something that I think we can force, I think it must be something people are willing to do.
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