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Military recruiters, confronted by crowd, leave campus job fair
Four military recruiters hastily fled a job fair Tuesday morning at UC Santa Cruz after a raucous crowd of student protesters blocked an entrance to the building where the Army and National Guard had set up information tables.
Members of Students Against War, who organized the counter-recruiting protest, loudly chanted "Don't come back. Don't come back" as the recruiters left the hilltop campus, escorted by several university police officers.
"The situation had degraded to the point where there was a possibility of injury to either a student or law enforcement officer. We certainly didn't want that to happen,'' said Capt. Will Griffin, one of the Army recruiters.
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The group was called "Students Against War" - what are they supposed to do, stand by passively while the recruiters do whatever they want? I understand the courts have ruled in favor of recruiters, but it's good to see some civil disobedience on campus again. There needs to be a spark somewhere to get us out of Iraq. This country is in a coma and needs to snap out of it.
Military recruiters fleeing from college kids is a real bad image for the military effort in the middle east as a whole. And what does federal funding have to do with student groups shouting down recruiters and making them flee? Will funding be tied to keeping your damn mouth shut from now on?