“It looks like Penn wants to protect the institution more than the students”
Several University of Pennsylvania climate activists are not happy that school officials informed them of a possible punishment for storming a Penn football game last month.
Specifically, The Daily Pennsylvanian reports that Fossil Free Penn members could be suspended from other student groups for participating in a drive-in protest on October 22.
About 75 students took part in the protest which delayed the second half of the match by more than an hour. Nineteen students ended up being detained by campus police.
The protest was reportedly in support of FFP’s demands that the university make a “complete divestment from fossil fuels,” make direct payments to support Philadelphia public schools, and “publicly” commit to preserving a complex of accommodations.
After the protest, Penn spokesman Ron Ozio said FFP’s antics “do nothing to advance their legitimate political concerns, raise concerns about the University’s actions, but rather infringe on the rights of other members.” of the community to participate in campus life”.
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Sabirah Mahmud, a Penn sophomore and FFP coordinator, said she was told her Penn Band membership was in jeopardy because of her participation in the protest. She is currently banned from any practice or performance “until further notice.”
According to her Linkedin profile, Mahmud started the Philadelphia Youth Climate Movement when she was 16 and she told the DP it was “an integral part of his candidacy” at Penn. She said the threat of membership in a school group means students “have to choose whether to hold people accountable or participate in Penn society.”
“This new administration has only saluted activism and community engagement with disciplinary action,” Mahmud added.
Penn Band member Katie Francis felt the same way, saying, “It seems like Penn wants to protect the institution more than the students within it.”
Francis said she believes it is “essential for Penn students and staff to be actively aware of their place in the greater Philadelphia community and to remain open to uncomfortable conversations.”
Fossil Free Penn held a multi-day camping event on the college green in April; he started another one in September which is still ongoing.
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