Following the National Labor Relations Board’s decision that found that many of Starbucks’ actions to its employees who were Cornell students violated the National Labor Relations Act, the Cornell community intensified its questioning of the University’s relationship with Starbucks.
Students and Starbucks employees alike participated in a takeover of Day Hall on Thursday. The occupation was in order to force Starbucks off campus in the wake of the announced closures of the two remaining Ithaca locations.
An uncharacteristic silence swept over Ho Plaza at 12:20 p.m. yesterday as approximately 15 students dressed in all black marched to a podium in front of Willard Straight Hall carrying a casket and a sign that said “RIP Safe Spaces at Cornell.” As a “coalition of concerned students,” these students marched through the Arts Quad to Ho Plaza in a mock funeral procession for Ujamaa, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center, the Asian and Asian American Center, Akwe:kon and the Latino Living Center. The procession stopped in Ho Plaza for students to read eulogies for the program houses and resource centers, where it was joined by more students, faculty, staff and onlookers, before processing to Day Hall.