Macalester students occupying president's office, demanding college dump Wells Fargo [PHOTOS]

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Students occupying Weyerhaeuser Hall say they won't leave willingly until Mac shifts its business to a community bank.
This afternoon, a group of roughly a dozen Macalester students are occupying college president Brian Rosenberg's office and demanding the college cut ties with Wells Fargo.

:::: UPDATE :::: Macalester students end sit-in; administration refuses to dump Wells Fargo

Other students are rallying outside, and this afternoon some faculty members and community members are set to speak at an event in front of the college's administrative building, Weyerhaeuser Hall.

Macalester sophomore Cynthia Scott, 20, is one of the occupiers. From inside Weyerhaeuser Hall early this afternoon, she said that she and other students plan to occupy President Rosenberg's office "until the administration agrees to cut the contract or we're removed."

That, of course, means missing class, but Scott explained that "a lot of professors are supportive of what we're doing and where we are and what's happening."

Scott said that late this morning, President Rosenberg emerges from his office and told protesters he'll be headed to Chicago for a couple days. Still, the occupiers are undeterred.

"We're not leaving the building, so this issue isn't going away," Scott said. "Business as usual won't be able to continue."

Scott said a security guard and one administrator are watching over the students, who are allowed to leave the building but can't reenter once they do so.

Here are a couple photos taken inside Weyerhaeuser Hall today:

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Luke Mielke
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Sarah Knispel

A press release details the students' specific beef with Wells Fargo and their connection to other organizations:
The student campaign is linked to Occupy Homes MN's efforts to mobilize homeowners to defend homes from foreclosure by big banks like Wells Fargo. The students are also members of Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, a coalition that brings together faith, labor, and community groups who recognize that big banks stand in the way of every Minnesotan's future.

"The housing crisis has left families homeless and drained our communities of wealth," said Rebecca Hornstein, who was arrested in February with three other Macalester students protesting Wells Fargo's policies. "In Minnesota, Wells Fargo has foreclosed on more homes than any other bank. Instead of implementing common sense solutions such as principal reduction on underwater homes to end the housing crisis, Wells Fargo continues to make record profits while refusing to give back to the community that bailed them out."...

Kick Wells Fargo Off Campus is a coalition of Macalester College students dedicated to ending their school's relationship with Wells Fargo. The campaign is part of Minnesotans for a Fair Economy and the national student group United Students Against Sweatshops.
Specifically, the students want Macalester to move its business out of Wells Fargo and into a community bank.

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22 comments
keny1
keny1

I think that I am going to occupy the MN DFL's office because I am sick and tired of my tax dollars going to ghetto welfare trash.

brett.srader11
brett.srader11

When we first had this discussion with Mac my senior year, one of the administration's major concerns was that many alumni worked with Wells Fargo and they were "concerned it might harm their relationship with the company". Essentially, the school is afraid it will lose donations and job prospects for our alumni. They could change their p-card service if they wanted to, but they are afraid to lead the way and would prefer to sit back and let other schools take leadership. That is not the Macalester I know and love and I expect more from them!

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

I think Macalester and pretty much everybody else should be doing business with a community bank.  The foreclosure issue is a lot more complicated than most people realize, but that's far from the only reason not to do business with Wells Fargo.  Decent service, lower fees, keeping money working locally are the first few reasons that spring to mind.

And yes, Wells Fargo is involved in fraud up to their elbows in the mortgage debacle, just like all the other big banks.  They'll never pay the billions of dollars in local property tax and title transfer fees they have flouted.And they'll never be prosecuted, or forced to follow any of the laws all the rest of us have to follow on pain of prosecution.

southmpls86
southmpls86

Next there will be a WePay site created to help support them for missing out on working because they were busy with this.

asdf
asdf

Do they own the building they're occupying? No? Then round up these fucking trespassers and haul them off.

LexHam
LexHam

White people are crazy...

keny1
keny1

*yawn*

Losers.


Martha Rigby
Martha Rigby

we've mellowed out since your time, unfortunately! but it's good to see the beginnings of some re-radicalization

Damian Amberg
Damian Amberg

I bet maybe one or two of them even understand why they are there.

Martha Rigby
Martha Rigby

EMERGENCY RALLY FOR KWOC Macalester Kick Wells Fargo Off Campus - KWOC Margo Faulk

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

@asdf That's how it's done in "Merica"... You're fucking stupid.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@Martha Rigby Sitting in an empty office is "Radical"? If they want to be radical, and make a statement they should look at the actions of Obama mentor Bill Ayers.

solaria
solaria

@Damian Amberg Well, we aren't all bright enough to hold our political commentary to the level of a picture of Kim Jong Un riding a pug, so we do what we can.

keny1
keny1

@Damian Amberg Based on the photos above, I would say probably not.

zatarra
zatarra

@olso6311 @asdf how is it a public building?  It is a private school.  Try "occupying" the White House.  That is at least arguably a public building.

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

@keny1 Spoken like two dumb fucks that have no chance of ever being smart enough to get into a school like this.

keny1
keny1

@Drewey Oh, please enlighten me as to what "level" you are on?

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

@keny1 @Drewey It's easier for you if I come to your level  rather than watch you struggle at mine.  It's more fun to have a little back and forth.

keny1
keny1

@Drewey My, such language. Especially from someone who is so highly educated such as yourself.

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