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ERIC Number: EJ815934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-17
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
A Student Questions How Much Protesters Are Really Learning
Ho, Melanie
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n8 pA36 Oct 2008
At age 27, the author became a chairwoman of the Board of Directors of a $75-million conglomerate, the largest student-governed business in the nation. At Associated Students UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles), four undergraduate and four graduate students serve on the board, which oversees the several bookstores, dozens of restaurants, and five student-union buildings at the UCLA, as well as the licensing of UCLA apparel and merchandise worldwide. At no other university do students run a commercial enterprise as vast in scope and size. In this article, the author shares one particular unexpected and disheartening lesson she learned in the politics of higher education during her stint as a board chairwoman. In 2007, some of their part-time undergraduate employees decided they wanted to unionize under the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. This event made the author realize that these student protesters were taking collective action in order to evade individual responsibility--like the responsibility of going to a person's job even if he'd rather "spontaneously" be somewhere else. This particular scandal also made her wonder what those student protesters were actually learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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