Announcement Comes As Dozens Are Arrested On New Year's Eve

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP)Columbia University will offer a new course for upperclassmen and grad students next semester. An Occupy Wall Street class will send students into the field and will be taught by Dr. Hannah Appel, a veteran of the Occupy movement.

The course begins next semester and will be divided between class work at Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus and fieldwork that will require students to become involved with the Occupy movement outside of the classroom.

The course will be called “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement” it will be run by the anthropology department.

Appel is a staunch defender of the Occupy movement, in her blog she said that, ““it is important to push back against the rhetoric of ‘disorganization’ or ‘a movement without a message’ coming from left, right and center.”

Appel told the New York Post that while her involvement with the movement will color the way she teaches it will not prevent her from being an objective teacher.

The movement which began in September has been met with large amounts of support and resistance.

Dozens of occupiers were arrested shortly before midnight on New Years Eve when police say that they were tearing down barricades surrounding Zuccotti Park.

At least one of the people arrested was charged with assaulting a police officer, others were charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment.

Police are still processing arrests but say some protesters have been released. No other details were immediately available Sunday.

What do you think about the new class at Columbia and the alleged New Year’s Eve antics of the occupiers? Let us know in our comments section…

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Comments (473)
  1. wing15601 says:

    Take all police patrolls away from Columbia University properties and put those officers on the “occupy” demonstrations. At the same time, post notices in Harlem that there are no police services at any of the Columbia sites. Then let the negotiations begin.

  2. RUFUS LEVIN says:

    Hannah Appel

    Post-doctoral Research Scholar
    Committee on Global Thought
    Columbia University

    Hannah Appel earned her Ph.D. in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. With research interests in the daily life of capitalism and the private sector in Africa, in particular, Hannah’s work draws on critical development studies, economic anthropology, and political economy. Her current project – Futures – is baded on fourteen months of ethnographic fieldwork in the transnational oil and gas industry in Equatorial Guinea. The project explores the considerable work required to lubricate the passage of oil to market – not only of labor (whether manual, managerial, or domestic,) but also of material infratstructures, contracting regimes, and forms of governance and regulation. What combinations of technopolitics, labor, infrastructure, contracts and subcontracts, corporate enclaves and corporate social responsibility programs are required to convert Equatorial Guinea’s hydrocarbon from subsea deposit to spot price on the New York Mercantile Exchange? And to what effect?


    1. mac says:

      you are sooooo right!!!! finally… spmeone had the gall to point out a FACT and not just opinion about these mongrels teaching our children how to be bums!

    2. mac says:

      get a life jackwipe

    3. TheTRUTH says:

      Then again, for such a pompous reply, I’d have thought you’d have been able to properly use the word “too” , ..not to mention that you’re either “uneducated” or not. One cannot be “to(o) uneducated”.

      Nice try though dunce!

      1. J says:

        Oh I’m sorry I left off an o in my word “too” and completely missing the point. I’m not pompous, far from it actually; however to call a professor a hippie for teaching people to stand up for the rights that were fought so hard for by our founding fathers and upheld by the men and women of our military is the epitome of classless. It is very disheartening to see how many people agree on this board too! Whether or not you agree with the message isn’t the ultimate point, its their RIGHT to do it given to us by our constitution. Rights and Freedoms are like muscles whereas the less you use them, the more of them you will lose. Case in point the “Patriot Act”, “NDAA 2012” and “SOPA” are all designed under the guise of “protections” for us yet are used to strip us of our rights and the treatment of the OWS movement by the gov’t and police is indicative of that. Open your eyes people and wake up. Rember the Germans didn’t become Nazi’s until they allowed their govt to get out of control in the name of “security”. Those who do not know the past are doomed to repeat it.

        1. Phil Mckracken says:

          @J “Oh I’m sorry I left off an o in my word “too” and completely missing the point.”
          WTH kind of sentence is that? I sincerely hope that English is your second language… At least then you would have an excuse for your repeated illiteracy.

          1. J says:

            I know you want to beguile us with your knowledge of the english language and grammar Phil but no one cares. I am not writing a paper and am not in school so give it up. I must’ve erased the word “you’re” when clearing up my sentence and for that I apologize Phil, can you ever forgive me?

            1. Rob says:

              Definitely not a native English speaker. My guess would be one of the ex Brit colonies.

            2. Marlene Klim says:

              So, the only time one should use correct language and grammar is when they’sre writing a paper for a grade. Believe it or not, you are being graded by everyone reading anything you write. Right now, it’s about a D-.

              My 4th grade grandson does better.

              1. Sweety Pie says:

                My guess is that J does, indeed, stand for Jackwipe, ans that she has a Columbia Degree, which is a first-rate Junior College..

            3. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

              You also forgot to capitalize “English”…again…

            4. well says:

              So why are you bashing the basic intelligence of anyone who disagrees with you if this isn’t a “who’s smarter than who” contest?

        2. dudefromdixie says:

          If you can honestly say that these occupy protestors are standing up for what this country was founded on, then I have some beachfront property in Tennessee you have to see. Friggin retard. These nut jobs know nothing about the founding principles of this country, the political philisophies of the time, or anything whatsoever about what built this country and what keeps it going.

          And just like free speech doesn’t give one the right to yell “fire” in a crowded theather, it also does not give one the right to advocate the overthrow of our government or our economic systems.

        3. Sam Dennis says:

          They became NAZI’s when they voted Hitler in!

        4. John Campbell says:

          You stand up for the Constitution? You’ve got to be kidding! Have you bothered to study this nations founders? I suggest a read and thoughtful review of the Federalist Papers in their entirety and then focus on Federalist Papers #10. You’ll find that they knew well the likes of what you speak and didn’t abbreviate when they condemned it.

          Rights are not “given to us by our constitution.” Rights preexist the Constitution and are recognized by it as well as protected by it. In a nation whose very existence is founded on the protection of rights one would think that such knowledge would be universally known.

          The problem here is the so called “equality” used by leftists in their forthright effort to overthrow our form of government from within which they make no actual secret of. A quick read of the “Democratic Socialists of America” charter tells all. While pretending that we’re a Democracy instead of a Constitutional Republic might be gotten away with somehow in the nations places of alleged higher learning, such lies and perversion do not escape scrutiny of the mindful grade school student whose parents are a little more attentive in their upbringing.

          In closing, words to keep well in mind:

          “A common passion or interest will, in almost every case, be felt by a majority of the whole; a communication and concert result from the form of government itself; and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party or an obnoxious individual. Hence it is that such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. Theoretic politicians, who have patronized this species of government, have erroneously supposed that by reducing mankind to a perfect equality in their political rights, they would, at the same time, be perfectly equalized and assimilated in their possessions, their opinions, and their passions.”
          ~ Federalist Papers #10

          1. Sam Dennis says:

            John … who is pretending that the USA is NOT a Repubic?

        5. billindallas says:

          J, how you be so right on some points and so off base on others? Of course it is their “right” to protest. BUT, if they had a lick of sense, they’d be protesting at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and The Capitol. That’s where the problem is – Washington. Wall Street has a bit to do with it, but only as a side show. The real problems originate from Washington (and have for about 60 years or more).

          The irony of college credit for a course like this is rich. And , it won’t be cheap, as others have pointed out.

          Yes, I too fear my government more and more as they seek to “protect” me from myself and whatever other boogeymen they choose to manufacture.

        6. Jack says:

          The problem is that the Occupy movement doesn’t protest government. It is against capitalism and free enterprise, the cornerstones to our Country and economy.

          1. sean says:

            You are so clearly mistaken. The occupy movement was was founded against corporate corruption with in Government. It was founded to end money in politics as the primary goal. Maybe you should educate yourself on the founding reasons before you speak the lies that you have heard.

        7. Bee says:

          I agree “J” these comments are so disheartening.

        8. sean says:

          sadly all these people will be dead soon; as they will never wake up.

    4. Steve says:

      That’s “too uneducated”, not “to uneducated”

    5. Phil Mckracken says:

      @ J – The word is “too” not “to” – “I have a feeling you are to uneducated to understand..” LOL
      Talk about uneducated – but then again it appears that you know something about that!

    6. Quad4man says:

      “J” Before you preach about “name-calling” to anyone fed up with the liberal agenda, maybe you should start preaching to your peers. Ignorant liberals are the first and most frequent to call people names. It is their only resort since no “logical” argument can be made on behalf of their social/political position. 2nd grade tactics!

      It is a fact that many “hippies” attended college and became professors during the Vietnam war to avoid the draft. Their liberal ideology has been propagated ever since. One study I read identified 85% of college professors as being liberal minded. Using a +- of 10%, which is greater than needed, this still identifies a disproportionate influence in our colleges. “Hippie” fits.

      1. Bee says:

        How old are you Quad4man?

    7. Nate Dog says:

      What’s funny is that most of the Wall St. players come from Ivy League schools including Columbia.

      1. Sam Dennis says:

        In reality it is tragic, not ‘funny’!

        1. Give me the GreenBack says:

          The tragedy is that these students might actually learn what the Occupy movement is about, causing a form of morality to hit Wall Street. Nah, that’s a dream world. Not when there’s MONEY to be MADE!

    8. Kicker says:

      As a graduate of Princeton University, I can testify to the prevalence of the “hippie” culture at most of the Ivy League schools. It is pervasive. Ranging, in my opinion, from about 30% at Princeton, Harvard, and Yale, to upwards of 80% at Columbia (the worst of the lot).

      They may no longer wear their hair as long (when they have any left), but the mindset and worldview hasn’t changed from Woodstock

      1. george says:

        Aging hippies . . . they’re everywhere, they reproduce, and they vote.

        1. Marta says:

          I don’t know how much reproducing they do. Many in that generation (my own, in fact) are homosexual or lesbian. The straight ones either abort their unborn, or never conceive in the first place. Parenthood requires time and sacrifice, with little time left over for protesting, marching, indoctrinating others, etc.

          “Academia” is indeed full of these people. It is pathetic to see people in their 50s and 60s still spouting the same sophomoric nonsense of their 20s.

          1. gunnyginalaska says:

            Hmmm. I LIKE the idea of liberals aborting themselves OUT of existence. I salute them. America will be better off without them.


          2. Bee says:

            Marta….you’re full of it! You sound very hateful!

    9. Obama the fool says:

      Levin posted a bio, you cant refute it. All we hear in defense is everybody is a hippie and hot air.

    10. BAM says:

      Your comment should read “too” uneducated, not “to”.

    11. Peter J Augusta says:

      i could not have said it better so i won’t even try! Why pay $50k or more for htis garbage. Parents ought to understand what’s being indoctrinated in their children by htese very liberal, yes Marxist schools. No wonder the graduates can’t get jobs!

      1. bettyandart says:

        Oh , they get jobs alright. They become czars for Obama!!

    12. Sam Dennis says:

      Really. This professor is draining Columbia of much needed operating capital by wasting her time, her student’s time, and the University’s resources.

    13. axas says:

      the credentials are by no means a surprise, they in fact come with the territory. The outcome of occupy has not come to fruition just yet. More importantly the debate exists, which is important to the discussion. God save us when both sides have no voice and it is controlled by a mono press.

    14. dee says:

      corrections: “TOO uneducated,.” commas around ‘however,’ semicolon before ‘although and comman after, your last run-on sentence is too big a mess to correct.

      master english grammar; then, present your opinions on education.

    15. LC says:

      Studies often gather facts in support of a predetermined opinion. There is really no more prestige in completing a study than submitting a blog unless the purpose of the study is undeniably objective. I think we have seen objectivity fly out the door too many times under the guise of research.

      It’s always important to consider the opinions of detractors to test your objectivity.

    16. TruthInSpending says:

      “ESPECIALLY at an institution as storied as Columbia”

      Storied as in past tense. What it and other Ivy League colleges were in the past has no relationship to what they are today, except that they are living on their reputations.

      When the finest cut of meat turns rancid, you don’t eat it because it was once a great piece of meat. It is now worthless. Columbia is obviously a “has been”university, which is commonly used to refer to athletes who no longer perform up to their past glories.

    17. Fred Jackson says:

      These tools are demonstrating how irrelevant and useless an ivy league education really is. I’m wondering if our POTUS spent much of his time in these types of classes at Columbia when he wasn’t doing bong hits.

    18. joekan says:

      Notice she is on the Committee of Global Thought! What the Hell is That???.

    19. Nicholas says:

      Yet you’re the one without an ability to form proper grammatical sentences. Perhaps you need to back to school to receive an education in basic english.

    20. smart dude says:

      Appel: a third rate professional parasite.hystrionic charlatan.

  3. buckeyejack says:

    Sounds to me she is just another lonely old women that can only get laid at a Occupy movement protest.

  4. Paul Ciavarelli says:

    Teaching the class: “Dr. Hannah Appel, a veteran of the Occupy movement.”. Yeah, because for a movement that began four months ago, you want a hardened veteran of the movement. Someone who has only been involved for three months just won’t do. What a bunch of holier than though snobs.

    1. Paul Ciavarelli says:

      “thou”. Autocorrect strikes again.

    2. John Steele says:

      I wonder why they don;t give credit for attending the TEA Party gathering. Oh ya, those are based on Constitutional ideas and NOT Marxism

      1. Tom Koch says:

        I agree, this is nothing more than discrimination against Conservatives. We should all sue Colombia for discrimination and give them a taste of their own medicine.

      2. tony G, CA says:

        I’m surprised that anyone would think that any left leaning college would give credit for a student attending the tea party movement. More like dismissal from the class and possible expulsion from the school.

  5. actandurg says:

    Perhaps Wall Street needs to teach Columbia a “lesson”: in free markets … STOP coming to campus to hire any graduates … then perhaps Trustees at Columbia will wake up. Lack of jobs as a graduate will surely impact their ability to attract future students.

    1. Ruth says:

      I was thinking that myself. Maybe Wall Street firms can overlook this bastion of mind-addled lunacrity when they’re looking for recruits…it seems that they’re “pre-occupied” by the doctrinaire.

      1. Ruth says:

        There is actually an orgnization that attempts to thwart this liberal campus bias. Look for w*

        1. Isaac Davis says:

          This is a bogus site focused on socialism. Shame on Ruth. Silly little girl.

  6. no longer confused says:

    And this is going to help them in the real world how?

    1. Pinouye says:

      When they graduate they’ll know exactly which park bench to plant themselves…

  7. thomas james says:

    Columbia rolls out the red carpet for for iranian crazies, anti semites, black racists,and anti-faith bigots, so why are we surprised that they embrace a movement based on lies , propaganda and hate supported by the progressives,ie the current administration.Just another reason why tenure has to be abolished.You get a grossly overpriced institution offering a smorgasboard of intellectual garbarge.These kids need to protest the screw job they are getting from the universities, not Wall Street.

    1. Ruth says:

      It’s not a surprise at all. The surprise is that something’s not done about it.

    2. tnmccoy says:

      Right on. Liberalism in our institutions of higher learning is a cancer-like event. We must cut it out and treat the schools with does of reality.

  8. Paul Johnson says:

    No surprise. Just standard fare at many universities in this day and age.

    1. murf says:

      Does tuition for the credits in this class include a bar of soap and some deodorant?

      1. GJ says:

        No, that is part of the “lab fee”.

  9. Tony says:

    This pretty much sinks Columbia University in my eyes. If I’m in the future ever in a position to hire someone, I won’t be putting much esteem on a degree from Columbia University; it would be hard to take the school seriously. I think I’d prefer to have a grad who took real coursework at a less “prestigious university.” My point is that I’m sure people who are in such a position will feel that way, even though I am not.

    1. zel durin says:

      you guys are so ignorant, all the schools have fluff classes. UCB has class where students sit in bleachers get credit for attending swim meets. what a waste of an education

      1. tnmccoy says:

        Only Liberal schools have ‘fluff classes’ or credits. You wouldn’t find this sort of nonsense in a real school.

      2. Dave says:

        I can assure you that there are no fluff classes in the engineering departments at Purdue or MIT. The fact that Berkeley grants credit for sitting in the bleachers is not a surprise.

        1. Luis says:

          I can assure you there are no fluff classes in the engineering departments at Columbia.

    2. Tevagirl says:

      I agree one should look at substance over name, and I wish that were true. But coming from an Ivy league (Vassar, Harvard) background, I know that unless one is going for a pure science speciality, people look at the name, and never check the grades or coursework.

      The Ivys and “better” schools are ill served by pretending that this is rigorous academics. It’s just another gut course which does not serve the students nearly as well as the professor, who is using students to do the research (term papers) in order to increase her own CV (publish or perish). They pay, she plays.

    3. Joe R says:

      And my opinion of Yale went in the crapper when I learned that GW Bush graduated from there !!!

      1. rosss says:

        with better grades than kerrey. go figure.

        1. Tom Johnson says:

          for what classes?

  10. Robert says:

    One of the few coherent messages of the Occupy movement is its protest over high tuition and tuition increases far in excess of inflation – especially by institutions such as Colombia – and the resultant back-breaking tuition loan burdens. That Colombia University is giving credit for a protest against itself at least demonstrates that they recognize the problem…. ?

    1. Josh Biggs says:

      Maybe they should cut the professors salaries in half and pass that savings on to the students.

    2. Mike says:

      I must have missed the part where they protested the high tuition costs. I heard them protest the bank loans to pay for the tuition. They are clueless. So now we are supposed to look for solutions to “inequality” from people who sleep in parks?

    3. dks says:

      That’s an incredibly naive comment, Robert. Breathtakingly so…

  11. Magda says:

    Where do the find “professors” like that? What a disgrace to Columbia U.

    1. Paul West says:

      There is no way to disgrace that university

  12. Morton L. Siegel says:

    Unhappily, Columbia continues its decline.

    GSB, ’56

    1. Robert in NYC says:

      I’m becoming more and more ashamed of my degree from that school.

      1. Dufus says:

        Get a Masters from a different school and folks will forgive you for the Columbia degree.

  13. Jim in Houston says:

    That course will really help them get a job. Oh, I forgot, they don’t want no steenking jobs.

  14. Picman says:

    Maybe the students should just occupy the classrooms at Columbia and demand that the University give them a free education. Why should they pay for something that they should be entitled to? Occupy Columbia!!!

  15. Jack Tooley says:

    Columbia, Isn’t that a school where dumb socialist elitists send their dopey kids to be brainwashed by leftist teachers

    1. Jim in Houston says:

      You got it!

    2. Quad4man says:

      I think you are referring to U.C. Berkley. lol

    3. Ron says:

      You “nailed it”, Jack!!!!

  16. karen says:

    Columbia, as a tax-exempt institution, does not pay its fair share. It charges exhorbitant amounts for BS education, and exploits young people. Its graduates often leave college with huge debt and no jobs, while professors mkae huge salaries for doing nothing.

    When Columbia starts to give back, they can let us know. Until then, they are just deadbeats.

    1. Jacqueline West says:

      Leftest finishing school.

    2. patrick says:

      Karen, Beautifully put!

    3. RalphSchmalph says:

      You’re wrong about their employability. The Columbia School of Journalism places their graduates in the “Mainstream Media” all over the world. And the BS just keeps flowing…..

  17. BigBoa says:

    No doubt, getting arrested will qualify as “extra credit”…

  18. gordon schaefer says:

    It is just another case of liberal nuts running the college classes and brain washing the students too dumb to think for themselves. To the students I say lots of luck with your degrees in any of the social sciences,which by the way aren’t science studies.I just love black studies,gay & lesbain studies,womens studies,and all the other classes that leave one woundering how these graduates will make a living with that education and background when we go broke supporting their govt. loans.

  19. Maria says:

    I don’t see how Columbia has Ivy League credentials anymore. My daughter happens to love New York, but was thoroughly unimpressed with Columbia. It doesn’t even remotely come close to other Ivy League schools, and for numerous reasons. This latest sillyness is just another example of the institution’s lack of credibility.

    1. Ken Heins says:

      What exactly is so great about the Ivy League? Columbia is a bit worse than the rest, but…………

  20. Professor Henry Higgins says:

    Hygiene-free Groping Studies = A

  21. Deeg Againdeeg says:

    I expect nothing less from a university that peddles socialism. What a waste of resources. The University encouraging students to join with groups linked to criminal behaviors is ridiculous. Why not a course in ‘rioting’? Maybe, offer a course shoplifting, looting, begging, and occupying parents basement till 35yrs of age?

  22. Z55 says:

    Everyone can make their own choice on what they feel is right. Pushing Extra Credit to Join/Protest seems a little misguided.

    1. arel says:

      No, the extra Credit are given for actually getting arrested and having a criminal record. That shows that you are smart and seriously involved with this movement.

  23. sp says:

    As an alum, I won’t give another dime to Columbia. How would this “course” help graduates find jobs? Why not a credit for interning at a tech company or a non-profit with a solid track record.

    As an aside, the faculty and staff are bloated and all appeared “tenured”. I’ve visited the compass and many “staff” show up for free food and drinks but appear utterly lacking of any skills or professionalism. And we wonder why college courses keep spiraling up. College campus need massive reforms, just like the public sector.

  24. Ken Brinzer says:

    The occupy people are clueless. They should do well at Columbia.

  25. Josh Biggs says:

    We have all known for quite some time that an Ivy League education wasn’t worth the money you had to invest in it.

  26. Dan Beattie says:

    How much tuition must I pay in order to learn how to be a Mooching Marxist Moron?

  27. IVillageIdiot says:

    Yank their funding….

    Also, so that you’ll understand, these guys are ALL building massive trusts at each college so that ONE DAY…. they’ll have the coin to negate any attempts at moderation by Congress. They will use these Trusts built by shear Capitalism to produce an indoctrination unstoppable by Congress or anyone else, the ultimate goal of which is to destroy Capitalism and the Liberty it represents.

    Better figure out how to stop them soon, or it will be too late, if not already.


  28. M S says:

    Columbia has some pretty pricey 5% type tuition.
    Perhaps the class can save subway fare and protest right on campus until the professors take pay cuts and bring the tuition down!

  29. Bill says:

    Students can protest for free on their own time. Collecting tuition to teach students to protest is a very stupid idea.

    Another way of looking at it is to pay to be taught to be an anarchist. Then, when one goes to get a job and the interviewer looks at the resume that says “I attended school to be an anarchist” the graduate will complain that corporations don’t want to hire them! Then the graduate will compalin that no jobs are available!

  30. Debi Starks says:

    How about some equality & have a similar course in the Tea Party movement? Better yet, how about a course in REAL American history for a change?

    1. Perspective says:

      Yup..I wondered how many class credits any University gave students for attending a Tea Party rally, where we pay for our own toilets, seats, platforms etc, don’t park ourselves on land we don’t own overnight, and clean up before we leave.

      SHOULD be worth 10 times the OWS credit since the students might actually learn something of value.


    I would expect nothing less from such an entitled crowd!

  32. John West says:

    All these idiots hate rich people, but can’t wait to be rich themselves.

    They all deserve the hypocrisy award. There isn’t one of them that would turn down a life changing lottery win.

  33. RUFUS LEVIN says:



  34. dlterm says:

    No surprise here. Columbia has really become a radical leftist institution in recent years. They would have hired bin laden to teach international studies if they could have.

  35. RUFUS LEVIN says:



    1. Ken Heins says:

      when you get deep down, OWS is very pro current administration, even though they whine about them like they do everything else. in the end, they will support the current administration because they need the checks. $$$$

  36. Jason Vincent says:

    Bet you a tuna sandwich they didn’t give credit for attending a Tea Party event. Yeah, that’s what I thought too.

    1. Jerry says:

      Have some more kool-aid. You’re not quite done yet.

    2. Dem's Nuts says:

      Calm down Keith G. You’re delusional from sniffing Obama’s throne!

      How about something positive, like course credit for defeating Obama in 2012?

    3. Anonoymous says:

      Troll. Ask any Native-, Asian-, African- or Hispanic/Latino-American (my apologies to those who fall in these categories and prefer simply to be identified as “Americans”) who are part of the Tea Party movement if they believe it is racist. Less rhetoric, more action. Sitting around trying to disrupt our financial systems during one of the worst economic periods in history borders not only on madness, but unadulterated terror. The needs of a few hundred bums do not outweigh the needs of the hundreds of millions in this country and billions worldwide who rely on a functioning economic system.

    4. Fed Up with Occupy says:

      Let’s just compare the numbers arrests and acts of violence per capita at Tea Party events vs the “Occupy” group. Now who is bent on destroying America? Rather than trying to drag everyone down to their level, why not try and send an inspirational message to improve everyone’s life?

    5. Cb says:

      yeah, the Tea Party is worthwhile and the filthy, cop hating, Occutards are the criminals

    6. Mark L says:

      That’s what you think, because your college professors told you so. And you never bothered to attend a Tea Party event, or even peruse some of the speeches or writings of the key players. At what point do we stop blaming your professors for the casual slander you sling around, and start blaming your own willful ignorance?

    7. Jeffrey Locke says:

      Keith…It’s January 2, February 2. You cane out of your hole too early. Go back.

    8. Bill Rowlands says:

      Name one racist, or terrorist action taken by the tea party. Name one violent incident at a tea party rally. You can’t. Occupy leaves hundreds of tons of trash,debris, drug paraphenalia and rape victimes in their wake. They have destroyed several public spaces. The Tea party on the other hand cleans up after themselves and leaves the place better than thye found it.

      The tea party stands for Lower taxes. How are lower taxes going to destroy America?

      Your comment is obviously engendered from a leftist troll seminar.

    9. Jim in Houston says:

      Keep smoking that crap and you will destroy your one remaining functional brain cell.

    10. tom wright says:

      Intelligent, reasoned and well thought out comment supported by facts and data Keith. No knee-jerk ad hominem Lefty response from you…especially that “prison” thingy. Congrats, you should be proud. Thanks for succinctly making everyone else’s point, albeit through the back door and your own expense. Happy New Year.

    11. aliswell says:

      Well, at least your last sentence is correct.

    12. Ed says:

      Keith, you are so blinded by your political bias that you miss the point. You are entitled to your opinions but people who support the Tea Party, at least at the present time, are entitled to theirs as well. To my knowledge no one, repeat, NO ONE has been arrested at a Tea Party event because they, while practicing their right to assembly, did NOT infringe on the rights of others, whereas the OWS folks have repeatedly done so. Civil rights do not apply only to those on the Left. As for your racial comment, more minorities attended Tea Party events than the OWS. Please do some homework before posting your biased, uneducated comments as you reduce yourself to boring Leftist platitudes. Your acceptance of a public university “teaching” only one point of view exposes your inability to grasp the concept of equality thereby making moot your charge of “racism”.

      1. bbs428 says:

        LOL –

        I was getting ready to tee off on “the tool of the left” Keith when I read your comment Ed.

        Well said mate!

        Any chances these well rounded Columbia upper classmen will get credit for going to a Tea Party protest or a meeting?

        I’m sure Dr. Appel would allow that in the name of research and truth in journalism… o.0

  37. Steven Moshlak says:

    Another “Mick” class to pad someone’s GPA, resume and transcripts. What is the objective to this course? Obviously it is not intended for people to get a job.

  38. Terry says:

    This training qualifies you to blame others for your problems. No wonder the world loves it so.

    By the way: you already know how to do that. So like everything else in this world, it is nothing.

  39. what a joke says:

    It’s no wonder why the rest of the world mocks our education system. You think I’m lying, just look around your class and see who’s getting the best grades.

  40. Wolf says:

    This is totally absurd. Now a respected ivy league college is going to teach our country’s youth that its ok to be lazy and not earn your way up the ladder.

  41. John says:

    And when the economy improves and the protestors are able to find jobs will this school make sure to send their students out to… nothing? Dr. Hannah Appel doesn’t sound very bright.

  42. cheryl lynn says:

    This professor should be arrested for inciting violence.. Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

    1. Dufus says:

      Don’t arrest too many of the fools or there may not be enough to teach the classes. Thin them our gradually, like pulling cactus thorns from someone’s butt.

  43. DanTe says:

    So how much student loan funds are going to be borrowed for this? And that it’s somehow UNFAIR to make the idiots pay the loan back. And my taxes should pay for it?

  44. RealityCheck7 says:

    I would love to hear the job interview, So, Ms. Hairy-armpit. You want a job and your qualificaitons are? Ahhh, so you protested against my corporaton making a profit and you want me to hire you, right? Okay, your wage will be $1 a year that way we won’t have to make a profit off of YOUR salary.

  45. Naftali says:

    Where can I get a job teaching “stupid”

  46. The Realist says:

    How much is the “Occupy” CORPORATION paying this professor?

    1. Deeg Againdeeg says:

      It is hysterical to note the Occupy Corp. That enriches a few at the top while the lemming volunteer ‘Occupiers’ cluelessly march their way to the edge. That same corporation that has taken donations and taken from the protestors for perusal gains by those managing the funds.

  47. Billy says:

    Truly pathetic. And this is considered one of the better schools in the country. It is no wonder why we are in decline as a nation. and I thought the height of educational stupidity was the masters in the Beatles. Liverpool Hope is looking brilliant compared to columbia.

    1. The Realist says:

      Now we know where PROFESSIONAL PROTESTERS are trained.

  48. BobbyONJ says:

    God forsaken country? Then move to Cuba or Venezuela.

    1. Liann says:

      God-Forsaken, like Rick Perry prayed for rain as a political stunt and got more drought, a whole year of worse drought, because God has abandoned those who turned their back on the poor. Google: “Rick Perry’s Drought”. Yes, god-forsaken.

  49. kit says:

    maybe the students will occupy the school until 99% of the students get the 1% of the teaching jobs. What goes around…..

  50. Raymond Leslie says:

    Being classitied as black since birth in this god forsaken country i was often taunted about how it must feel by white people? Well…?

    1. HELLo says:

      Oh, forgot to add that we classify you as a savage when you kill and murder your own

    2. Perspective says:

      What on earth are you talking about?? If you believe that this country is God-forsaken, I recommend you try living in ANY other one and see how well that works out for you.

    3. RUFUS LEVIN says:


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