Walkout turns into loud protest over Board of Trustee's decision regarding winter intersession.

Students barraged through campus during a walkout at noon on July 23, protesting the Board of Trustees’ decision not to restore the winter intersession in the college’s recently approved calendar.

What started off as a small, minimally enthused gathering of about 50 people became a march that couldn’t be ignored, as spontaneous chanting broke out within the crowd.

“Let’s get the media to listen to us since the school won’t,” said Spencer Major, anthropology, to the assembled students. Major was one of the students who helped to organize the walkout. No one person was in charge, Major said. Rather, it was the collective idea of many students.

Students met on the steps of the C Building where several people expressed how upset they were about not having a winter intersession. From there, chanting started and the group marched around campus.

The group chanted loudly as they marched through places such as the Shatford Library, even going up to the third floor study area, and the L Building. The crowd also marched through the C Building, passing the offices of the administration.

David Uranga, political science professor, was a participant and supporter of the walkout. Uranga said he was happy to see his students joining in. “[Students] wanted to take action. They felt powerless. They are doing what they feel will make their voices heard,” he said.

Many students were worried that the college was going to lose its accreditation because of transfer issues that arose late in June.

Robert Miller, vice president of business and college services, explained the college was not at risk of losing accreditation and that all Extended Spring classes would count.

“As far as I know, it’s all taken care of,” he said. “I’m sure if any students who had issues [transferring because of Extended Spring reading as summer] they will come back for assistance,” said Miller. The classes will count toward transfer, but the college’s attempt to label classes “Extended Spring” was rejected when the Chancellor’s Office ruled classes had to be listed as summer on student transcripts.

Kayleigh Sheridan, liberal studies, participated in the walkout but did not attend the July 17 Board meeting when the decision regarding winter intersession was made. “I have no interest in hearing what the school says [because] they don’t listen to what I have to say,” she said.

While there were few people in attendance, members of the group said the protest was successful. “Now everyone on campus has been informed [that there’s a problem],” said Major.

Sam Resnick, history, also said the protest had a good number of participants. “It’s a good turnout for the situation,” he said. Since the walkout occurred during the summer session, and this was the first action taken by the group, Resnick was pleased with attendance.

The next protest by this group is scheduled for the Aug. 21 Board of Trustees meeting.

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  1. PCC Students Protest Loss of WWE Raw

    Students raged throughout campus to protest the cancellation of a special World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) program during an afternoon walkout on July 23.

    What started out as disappointment turned into an angry mob of people demonstrating their need for WWE Raw, a pay-per-view portion of the popular wrestling program.

    “I remember when we could smell(lel-lel-lel-lel-lel) what the Rock was cooking,” said Dave Johnson, media, to the crowd as they responded with an uproar. Johnson was the first to realize that Raw had been cancelled this year; he and a group of friends spread word of the walkout by placing secret notes onto unattended bags and updating their statuses on Facebook.

    The walkout started at noon as Johnson and his friend demonstrated their own wrestling skills against his professor’s will. Brody Smith, humanities, collaborated with Johnson to tag-team a desk before initiating the walkout. As their chants passed by each classroom, others quickly flooded the halls as they supported their cause.

    “When I heard ‘walk-out’, I knew I had to get in on that s***,” said Monica Buntz, undeclared.

    It is estimated that over a hundred people walked out of their classrooms, including several faculty members who allowed non-participants to put their heads down and take a nap.

    Under the workload of PCC, most students rely on televised wrestling to alleviate anxiety. “It helps me study for my finals whenever I see Triple H land the pedigree on someone,” says George Lebowsky, film.

    The protest lasted for an hour before participants went home. The Board of Trustees does not report any property damage at this time.

    “I’m just glad that our students aren’t afraid of expressing themselves,” said a faculty member who requested to remain anonymous.

    World Wrestling Entertainment could not be reached for comment.

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