Students say they’re being targeted for activism
October 31, 2013 | The Columbia Journalist
Over a week after City College reclaimed a space used as a student center, two student activists who had vigorously protested the college’s decision to take over the space were suspended from the university.
Tafader Sourov, 19, and Khalil Vasquez, 22, say they’re being punished for their leadership in recent demonstrations against college administrators.
On October 20, students at City College learned their Morales/Shakur Community Center, on the third floor of the North Academic Center, no longer existed. College officials had taken back the space on Oct. 19, saying they needed the space to expand career services.
The disappearance of the center—which was founded in 1989 and is a breeding ground for leftist activism on campus—has prompted three protests so far. Two of them have turned aggressive. On October 21, alumnus David Sukar was arrested for refusing to leave the North Academic Center. And later that week on Thursday, he was arrested and pepper sprayed after, college officials said, he used “his child as a shield” to “bypass public safety officers and enter the Administration Building.”