today’s wedgie is delicious

…A group of Yale University graduate students announced Tuesday evening that they would be undertaking a hunger strike to pressure the administration into granting them better union benefits. The strike is taking place in front of University President Peter Salovey’s home.

“Yale wants to make us wait and wait and wait … until we give up and go away,” the eight members of the graduate student union Local 33 announced. “We have committed ourselves to waiting without eating.”

Yale doctoral students currently earn a stipend $30,000 a year, receive free health care, and have their $40,000 tuition paid in full, according to Yale News. The university administration said in a statement that they understood the students concerns, but “strongly [urge] that students not put their health at risk or encourage others to do so.”…

…As it turns out, the hunger strike might not put anyone’s health in peril. According to a pamphlet posted on Twitter by a former Yale student, the hunger strike is “symbolic” and protesters can leave and get food when they can no longer go on


  1. DougM (flawed)
    Posted April 29, 2017 at 3:12 pm |

    Fast Times at Yale High

  2. Posted April 29, 2017 at 3:38 pm |

    My late Father landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, then marched through France and fought at the Battle of the Bulge. He was a front line combat Infantryman (among many other medals I have his combat infantryman’s badge). He once told me that he wouldn’t have minded leaving either battle but they would have said no, so …

  3. DougM (flawed)
    Posted April 29, 2017 at 7:48 pm |

    I wonder if the local Muslim community complained about the aroma of BBQ pork, sizzling pork sausage, etc.

    (*heh* Muslim guy I know had a pulled-pork BBQ sandwich, thinkin’ it was chicken. He said it was wonderful, and he’d prob’ly think it was chicken again sometime.)

  4. Blake
    Posted April 30, 2017 at 7:50 am |

    As spoiled as my generation was and is, even we knew the difference between theater and real life.

  5. jlw
    Posted April 30, 2017 at 9:16 am |

    what is the average weight gain at a Yale hunger strike?

  6. Posted April 30, 2017 at 10:58 am |

    Most of the “hunger strikers” are probably vegans so a barbecue won’t disturb them. They keep munching their bean-sprout Tofu sandwiches.

  7. mech
    Posted April 30, 2017 at 3:00 pm |

    BBQ, what a great idea!

  8. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted April 30, 2017 at 5:18 pm |

    …undertaking a hunger strike…? More like under achieving.
    Hypocrites, like most Progs. Difficult stuff is demanded or promised while expecting others to do it.