SCHWARZ | Reflections on the Cornell Encampment

My Encampment Visits

I have been to the Cornell pro-Palestinian encampment a handful of times, and I have seen nothing that demands dismantling it, especially with end of term approaching. The students are a mix of graduates and undergraduates with a few faculty and staff intermittently in the mix. On Monday, April 29 at 4:30 p.m. I observed the encampment for the first time.I counted about 30 to 35 people within and 55 people  sitting nearby, many of whom were showing solidarity according to one student to whom I spoke. On Tuesday, April 30 at noon, I counted about 15 people within the encampment and 14 sitting nearby; some of those 14 to whom I spoke seemed to have only a vague idea of the issues. On Wednesday evening, May 1 at 7 p.m. the numbers were not so different from Tuesday, with maybe a few more inside and a few less outside.  

On Wednesday evening, many of those inside were having fun, kicking a ball around. My final visit before writing this article was Friday, May 3 from 4:00 to 4:40 p.m. where the number of tents within the camp had increased. But inside and nearby, I saw no more than 50 people, and the focus seemed be to shifting to the inclusion of other topics.  I was told a teach-in on Sudan was scheduled with one on Uganda to follow.

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