So you want to be an activist and protest the school’s administration by going on a hunger strike, but also don’t want to go hungry (which usually comes with hunger strikes)? Simple, just go on a hunger strike which isn’t really a hunger strike, because you are allowed to eat when you get hungry. Some grad students from Yale university aren’t very happy with the union benefits being granted them by the school, so they are organizing a hunger strike in protest.
However, to prevent protesters from going hungry, the fliers being handed around to promote the protest state that protesters are allowed to leave to eat when “they can no longer continue”. They claim the protest is supposed to be “symbolic”.
Reporting by The Washing Free Bacon:
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.
Halikias later protected his account, but by then the tweet had spread and others on social media mocked the “sacrifice” of the Yale grad students.