Coughing students disrupt University System of Georgia Board of Regents meeting

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 1:58 PM
Last updated 5:41 PM
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ATLANTA — About 40 students disrupted Tuesday’s meeting of the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents.

“You are not serving our best interests,” they chanted in unison. “We will stop your functioning.”

They said it might not be immediate but one day, they would halt the University System from its daily operations.

They began by coughing and then stood together. They repeated that several times until the coughing grew loud enough for regents Chairman Ben Tarbutton to stop the meeting and offered the group to appoint a spokesman to address the regents for five minutes.

Instead, the students delivered their message in a two-minute, call-and-response method. They said they were students from nearby Georgia State University and other schools and they were upset about rising tuition and fees. They also blamed the regents for limits the General Assembly put on the HOPE Scholarship last year.

The protesters also complained that blacks were being restricted, leading to the segregation of colleges.

Last, they shouted that the regents deserved a pay cut.

Because the regents aren’t paid, Tarbutton quipped, “Y’all can cut my pay all you want.”

The students finished and walked out of the room, several of them whistling while others waved and shouted goodbye to several regents by their first names.

They marched across the front of the Capitol on the way to the meeting, chanting and drumming on the way. They carried two banners, one about confronting the “regent scum” and the other linking them to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

State troopers were in the room, but they never interacted with the students. Another dozen troopers waited on the sidewalk.

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Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 03/13/12 - 01:03 pm
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Rebels without a clue.

Rebels without a clue.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/13/12 - 01:06 pm
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I was going to ask what they

I was going to ask what they meant by blacks being "restricted," but then I realized that Austin is correct.

icemanw83
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icemanw83 03/13/12 - 01:09 pm
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Yeah the whole, "regents need

Yeah the whole, "regents need a pay cut", "cut all you want, we don't get paid" shows their ignorance.

WMartin
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WMartin 03/13/12 - 01:09 pm
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Great example of what 6

Great example of what 6 decades of progressive socialism in our government-run schools have produced. It's a shame when Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals is given a higher teaching priority than the American Constitution.

dorisday
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dorisday 03/13/12 - 01:11 pm
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This sounds just like the

This sounds just like the scene from the movie "Animal House" when the Delta's were being tried in student court...

raul
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raul 03/13/12 - 01:15 pm
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Very mature young people.

Very mature young people. NOT!

bigclaude
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bigclaude 03/13/12 - 01:24 pm
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Your protest loses any

Your protest loses any credibility when you demand a paycut for people who are not paid. SMH!!

freespeach
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freespeach 03/13/12 - 07:35 pm
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If this is what beneficiaries
Unpublished

If this is what beneficiaries of the HOPE scholarship act like, then cut the HOPE scholarship because they are not being educated properly. Upon further thought, go ahead and cut all taxpayer funding of state universities if this is an example of the product this subsidy produces.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/13/12 - 07:42 pm
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When you don't realize the

When you don't realize the Board of Regents are unpaid, I have to wonder if you belong in college, especially with your tuition partially paid by the taxpayers.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 03/13/12 - 08:38 pm
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The third paragraph sounds a

The third paragraph sounds a lot like a physical threat.

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 03/13/12 - 09:16 pm
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Pay cuts! Well, it sounded

Pay cuts! Well, it sounded good at the time. AS my grandfather once told me; sometimes it is best to remain quiet."nuff said"

judgeandjury
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judgeandjury 03/13/12 - 09:38 pm
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Smooth operators, they are!

Smooth operators, they are!

wribbs
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wribbs 03/14/12 - 04:29 am
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I think they should be put on

I think they should be put on double secret probation.

Cestlavie
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Cestlavie 03/14/12 - 06:29 am
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It is better to be quiet and

It is better to be quiet and thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!

Kendra
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Kendra 03/20/12 - 12:09 am
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The Chancellor of the Board

The Chancellor of the Board of Regents is among the highest paid of American government jobs of all time.
That's who we were referring to, so how about you "GET A CLUE". Goodbye Now! We have a university to save , a capitalist system to get rid of and a socialist economy to help create!

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