Earlier today, we reported that six Howard University student employees were implicated in a financial aid scandal. Even if you didn’t read our article, you likely saw all of the memes, jokes and tweets referencing Tyrone Hankerson, the face of story, all over social media.
In the midst of all of it, Hankerson came forward with a statement, reported by ABC News, proclaiming his innocence.
But it wasn’t enough to appease the student body and today the students protested.
Even before news of this financial scandal made headlines, the students had already released a list of demands that include:
-an end to unsubstantiated tuition hikes
-the implementation of a grievance system to hold administrators responsible
-the hiring of more counselors for mental and emotional health issues
-disarming of campus officers
– the devotion of more food resources to local community combat poverty and gentrification
– the resignation of President of the University Wayne A.J. Frederick and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees
– the ability to influence the decisions of the administration by way of popular vote.
While the university has released a statement about the financial situation. They have yet to speak to the list of demands put forth by this group of students.
But in addition to their list, the students opted for a more “in your face” type of protest. Congregating in front of the administrative building, they sang Rihanna’s “B*tch Better Have My Money”
But it was more than just singing pop songs. The group of students has vowed not to leave the administrative building until certain demands are met. The group has been requesting food and water for their protest which is set to last at least through tonight.