UVA to try living wage protestors

The student-run Uva Judiciary Committee has brought charges against the 17 students who were arrested for holding a sit-in inside Madison Hall, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. The students, who were demanding higher wages for Uva's lowest paid workers, are being charged with unauthorized entry and disorderly conduct and could face expulsion if convicted. The trial will take place next week.

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Good. They've been violating rulings left and right regarding chalking of sidewalks and posting of flyers, among many other transgressions. Not only are they making more work for the people they're trying to help, an allegedly worthy cause is no excuse to break long-established rules. Lord knows if frat guys pulled some of these stunts, the student government and administration would be taking action.

Okay that's more than a little bit hypocritical of UVA, especially since they let the "athletes" skate for a much more serious crime. Now that similar inconvience (not to mention bad P.R.) has been experienced by the UVA administration themselves.. and since there were no athletes involved.. it's okay to expell the students?? Hypocritical!!

And to the Hook's Blog editor- where's the link to the Richmond Times Dispatch story? It's considered proper blog etiquette when citing someone elses news story (especially as a genisis to a blog post) to provide a link to that material - and not just a link that plugs your own publication.

ALrighty I'm done for now.

Living wage does not work. One only deserves to be paid whatever amount they could replace the job for. Otherwise you are OVERPAID. Here is what happened in DC. They gave people 12.50 an hour. Those people rented nicer apartment and finally got a credit card. A year later the govermnet laid them off because of budget cuts. They only jobs they could get because they were unskilled were 8.50 and no benefits... you can imagine what happened, they ended up WORSE off then before because of the obligations and false sense of security. If these students want to help they should force the city to offer free training to ANYONE who makes below a certain amount. Learn a trade skill and then you can EARN a living wage that you deserve. Otherwise it is just welfare.

I nominate John Casteen, the supposed arresting Satan, for the Tolerance Award of 2006. If a bunch of students had decamped in my office, they'd have been arrested by sundown on Day One!

UVA's wages are not just an issue for UVA employees. By paying such low wages UVA
keeps the wages in Charlottesville in general down. And it's nonsense for UVA to say that they can't pay more to contract employees, they never had to designate
those jobs as contract jobs in the first place. The only reason that was done was
to lower wages without having to take responsibility for it. UVA administrators
are vastly overpaid, especially at the Health Center, there is no excuse for such
low wages at the other end. A fair and living wage isn't welfare, it's justice.
And for those who say people need more training to get a better wage, then who is
going to do the low skill jobs that have to be done? A society that values
philosophers over plumbers, well you know the saying.

Uva Judiciary Committee has brought charges against the 17 students who were arrested for holding a sit-in inside Madison Hall [...] are being charged with unauthorized entry and disorderly conduct and could face expulsion if convicted.

Regardless of where one stands on the issue of the living wage (for or against) the above is the part of the post you should feel outraged about. 2 Athletes (one of them a football player) just a month ago were in the news for something similar, and for absolutely no noble cause. Instead they were arrested for breaking into a private property and starting a brawl. A UVA student Judiciary Committee convicted one of the athletes of trespassing but dismissed the other charges against him. And now he's practicing again with the team - no threat of expulsion, inspite of the fact that he still faces felony charges in criminal court.

The point is (incase anyone is missing it) is that if any of the protesters are expelled, when these two athletes got a "free walk," then that is the height of hypocracy. And attention should be brought to that issue!