‘I will not squat in Casteen’s office’
The "Charlottesville 17," the students who staged a four-day sit-in demanding a $10.72/hour "living wage" for UVA employees, got some punishments late last night. According to a story in this morning's Cavalier Daily, each of the 17 must write three apology/thanks essays to the University administration, the police, and the Madison Hall workers whose work they interrupted.
The sit-in beckoned big names including both Democratic candidates in the race for Charlottesville City Council as well as best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich.
Despite the big guns, UVA's top administrator, John Casteen, ultimately took a dim view of univited overnight interlopers in his office, according to tapes of the negotiations.
Last night's punishments come from the student-run University Judiciary Committee. The students– and one professor arrested earlier in the protest– may still face Albemarle County criminal charges following their April 15 arrests.
May 2 update: The Living Wage Campaign has released its portrayal of last night's trial. It is posted here as the first "comment."
Later May 2:The Charlottesville 17 face trespassing charges in Charlottesville District Court May 22 at 10am, according to a protest spokeswoman. #