Rodin agreed to withdraw from the FLA pending the report of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Sweatshop Labor. We asked people on different sides of the issue about the protest, the compromise and the state of student activism in general.
Miriam Joffe-Block (C00), coordinator, PSAS
Students cant change the entire global economy, but because of our link to the University, [the protest] is a way for students to approach it.
I feel good about the outcome of the sit-in. I feel the most important thing is we withrdrew from the FLA. Its really important to get the message out that we arent going to tolerate this corporate self-regulation.
Adrian Jones (W01)
Speaking for myself as a campus conservative, and not as a College Republican, I believe that the goal of campus activism and fair working conditions is laudable, but using Rodins office as a dormitory was a strong-arm attempt to blackmail the university into taking action before administrators and students had time to consider the complex issues involved.
For example, we have a substantial sweatshop problem here in the U.S. ... Unless we want to be hypocrites, I suggest that the U.S. ought to clean up its act before imposing its will upon sovereign foreign nations.
Jonas Fang (EAS03), unaffiliated student
I think protesting sweatshops is a good cause and all, but I wonder how much Penn can really do to effect change. And I wonder if the people in charge of the sweatshops even know that Penn is protesting.
Juliana Bauer (C03), member, United Students Against Sweatshops
Im ecstatic to announce that I have finally found an organization that not only represents a cause, but also progresses the cause which it represents.
Did someone mention something about apathy? I havent seen it for weeks.
Originally published on March 2, 2000