this morning, I was startled to discover the parking lot was much more crowded then it normally is on a wednesday. So I parked at the park and ride, and was hence running a little bit late. Well, imagine my surprise when an angry mob of people waving signs like “NO BLOOD FOR OIL” and such had surrounded the building that my class was in and actually would not let me pass.
Apparently there was a dual protest today- the anti-war protestors teamed up with a group that was protesting the increase in student fees. Apparently a ‘walk out’ was planned and they were trying to get as many people to not go to class today as possible.
While I also am upset by the increases in the fees, this semester is already paid for so its just a waste to not go to class. But by wanting to go to class I was treated almost like a scab is to strikers. I was really angry at first, but then the sheer number of people, and their body language, started making me rather frightened; they had surrounded several police cars parked on campus and were kicking their tires and slapping the windshields with their hands. I had a bad feeling it would get out of hand and I didn’t relish the concept of getting batoned for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. So I sweated it out in the Student Union until the mob dispersed/settled down. Fortunately I was able to go to my second class, which was a few hours later.