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Academic Injustices - Fasting for Justice at DePaul

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Article/book #: 66132
Title: Academic Injustices - Fasting for Justice at DePaul
By: Daniel Klimek  
Published in: CounterPunch
Date of issue: Friday, 29 June 2007
Topic(s) addressed: People/entities mentioned in this item:


Each day of this week, while walking through the campus of DePaul University, I passed a statue in front of the university's Student Center of Monsignor John Egan, the late Catholic priest and human rights activist. Below his massive image, the inscription reads: "What are you doing for justice?"

"Fasting," I tell myself. As of Friday I, and several other dedicated students, will officially go without eating anything for over 100 hours, five days of fasting and going strong in protest of the university's blatant attack on academic freedom and disregard for our education. That education, which costs over $20,000 a year, has been undermined and put to shame by President Dennis Holtschneider's decision to deny tenure to Professors Norman Finkelstein and Mehrene Larudee, two of the most respected and inspirational professors on campus.

Each day, while conducting our fast in the Student Center, we have received support from the surrounding community, both close and distant. Individuals passing by, from strangers to more students, to DePaul faculty, to faculty from other Chicago universities, have all voluntarily acknowledged the injustice that has taken place at our school, deciding therefore to sit with us and to encourage our efforts of activism. The reason that this injustice has attracted so much attention and support is clear: the implications do not just touch DePaul but the entire academic community, for they display what a sad state of affairs can exist within the American university, that so-called bastion of open thought and ideas

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