Students Protest At St. Lawrence University To Support 'Occupy Wall Street'
A protest this afternoon at St. Lawrence University in Canton drew dozens of students as part of the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement that's spreading across the nation.
7 News reporter Caitlin Cissne, on scene, saw about 20 participants in front of SLU's student center.
Caitlin was told that at its height, the protest drew about one hundred people.
Participants in the SLU protest said they were walking to show support for the 'Occupy Wall Street' effort. They also raised other issues, including the cost of college and student loan availability.
"It's frustration," said Jonathan Stopyra, one of the protestors, "with the voice of money being more powerful than the voice of the people."
The SLU protest was part of a larger, national effort centered on Wall Street.
"Even though we can't physically be there right now, we are showing our support and showing we stand with them," said protestor Emily Penna.
The Occupy Colleges website called for students to walk out of their classes at noon today.
The website lists over 80 participating colleges and universities nationwide, though none besides St. Lawrence are in the north country.
Specifically, no similar protests are known to be planned for SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam or Clarkson University.
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