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Monday, March 15, 2004

Pop Quiz, Hotshot.
"My parents went through this kind of thing with protests of Vietnam," said Jason Zarro, a sophomore computer science major. "Even though this is not of the same magnitude, it will be part of my history." (Wash Post via Wonkette)
Is this student describing his experience at:
a) a city council vote to reject the Patriot Act
b) a demonstration to denounce the wall being built to isolate Palestine
c) a sit-in to support higher wages for non-salaried university employees
d) a protest staged to oppose the one-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq
e) a celebration/mini-riot after Maryland beat Duke in overtime to win the ACC men's basketball championship

If you answered "E," then I'm sorry to say that you're correct. There is no prize, only the sad confirmation that despite all the psychobabble about the younger generation having it tough and facing all sorts of new problems their parents didn't have to confront, this is truly one incredibly soft bunch of people. Doughy, even.

"I've never been to a riot before, and I wanted to get in on the action," said Oba Opesanmi, a freshman wearing only gym shorts and socks who had just posed triumphantly in front of the line of stern-faced police officers. "We killed Duke."
Yes, yes...this is exactly like placing a flower in the barrel of a rifle. If I had a dollar for every time that I'd posed in front of a police-line wearing only shorts and socks....

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