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Garbage Fashion Show at USC Held to Protest Sweatshops; Students Say No to Coal on Campus

Garbage Fashion Show at USC Held to Protest Sweatshops. The Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation (SCALE) organized a garbage fashion show on Wednesday at USC. The show was meant to be a protest against the labor practices of companies who manufacture USC apparel. The organizer of the event explained, "[this] year we wanted to send a message that we would rather wear garbage than wear USC sweatshop clothing." SCALE plans to continue organizing events around the issue, and is in continuing dialogue with administrators at USC to solve the problem. [Daily Trojan]

Student Government President Advocates Tuition Hikes. Cortez Whatley, the student government president at the University of Central Florida approved and advocated for a 15 percent tuition hike for himself and his fellow students. His position on the issue goes against that of Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who is in favor of freezing tuition rates in these bad economic times. Whatley also sits on the Florida Board of Governors as a result of his student government position, and he convinced fellow board members to vote in favor of the tuition hike, 7-2. Explaining his decision, Whatley said, "I do feel this is tough on the families, but we have to be pro education and look at the long term." [Knight News]

Students March Against Use of Coal on Campus. This week, students and community members marched against the use of coal on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, MO. The participants chanted, "Chancellor Wrighton, we be fightin’ till the coal is gone," carrying huge posters covered in signatures supporting their cause. More than 70 percent of Washington University's energy comes from coal, and the CEO of Peabody Energy, the largest private coal company in the world, sits on the school's board of trustees. "I think that if somebody is going to start changing where we get our energy, it has got to be a university like Wash. U." said one student protestor,  "[i]f we are not taking steps to do that, I don’t know who is going to do it. So I think [students] are the people who need to be the leaders up front." [Student Life]

Colby Students Protest Bob Diamond's Seat on Board. Students at Colby College in Maine rallied last Saturday for the removal of Bob Diamond as the chairman of the college's board of trustees. Diamond, a Colby Alumnus, was ousted from Barclays this summer after the bank was discovered rigging interest rates and potentially costing $88 billion for individuals and governments worldwide. The protesters said that keeping Diamond on the board would "be tacitly approving financial corruption and an unethical role model for students." The next "anti-Diamond demonstration" is scheduled for November 11. [The Portland Phoenix]

Sydney Hofferth is a Communications Intern for Campus Progress. You can follow her on twitter at @squidhoff10.

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