About 25 students and workers participated in a sit-in outside Chancellor Gene Block’s office this afternoon to protest the suspension of free tutoring programs in Covel Commons. Administrators announced in March that the Covel Peer Learning Labs would be discontinued for next year because of funding issues, which has spurred an outcry from participants and supporters of the program. […] The protesters picketed outside of Murphy Hall from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and gathered signatures from about 150 students for a petition to save the program. At about 2:30, the crowd entered Murphy Hall and marched through the building chanting “Save Covel!” At 2:35 p.m. the protesters reached Chancellor Gene Block’s office where they delivered their petition and demands, and began their sit-in. The chancellor was not in his office. The demands included greater inclusion of Covel employees in the plan for next year’s tutoring services, and inclusion of the workers in the committee assessing the need for the tutoring program, set up by Smith.
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Antonio Gramsci says…"There is no unity between school and life, and so there is no automatic unity between instruction and education."