As Twitchy reported recently, students at Oberlin were briefly at a loss about what to protest until some decided that the school cafeteria’s Asian dishes were culturally appropriative and so inauthentic as to be “disrespectful.”
At least they have something to eat, even if the rice is undercooked.
Democrat and environmental activist Tom Steyer finds it unacceptable that up to 12 percent of students at California State University are homeless, according to a recent study commissioned by the school that also found 20 percent of students are considered “food insecure.”
1 in 10 CSU students homeless, and 1 in 5 don't have enough to eat. Totally unacceptable. https://t.co/QrwtXKknlV
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) June 21, 2016
Someone should do something. Who’s in charge in California again?
— Rosanna Xia (@RosannaXia) June 21, 2016
One in 10 is homeless? Pardon our math, but wouldn’t that amount to 46,000 homeless students in the system? If that number seems shocking, note that even some students themselves were shocked to learn that they were “homeless” under the study’s definition.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Rashida Crutchfield, an assistant professor who led the first phase of the study, said that “many students and faculty members … were unaware that the definition of homelessness extended beyond living on the street. Some students who couch surfed or lived in their cars, for example, did not consider themselves homeless.”
Of about 1,000 students who responded to a survey, 46 said that they had engaged in “couch surfing,” or staying temporarily with friends, relatives, or people other than a parent, qualifying them as homeless for the purposes of the study.
Before making any smart remarks about not eating or sleeping being part of the college experience, know that the study addresses that the “starving student” myth “normalizes” food insecurity and minimizes the problem of students “struggling to eat nutritious meals each day.”
We’re not sure if billionaire philanthropist Steyer has a plan in mind to allieve the suffering at Cal State, but the study will continue over the next two years to confirm the scope of the problem.