Unlike other major universities, USC refused to allow students to conduct a disruptive sit-in at the President's office this week and swiftly brought it to a close with phone calls to parents threatening the students' expulsion.
If students insist on acting like children -- to the extent of bringing kitty litter to the President's office to use as bathroom facilities -- then unfortunately they have to be treated like children, rather than as young adults.
Of course, that old-time political activitist, Tom Hayden, chided the university as "very insensitive," saying that political activism is part of students' growth and "becoming independent."
I would say just the opposite. These students somehow believed that their protest would help others, but instead their activities -- and whiny reaction when the sit-in was nipped in the bud ("I almost felt violated") -- showed them to be pouting children who believe the world revolves around themselves. It's time they learn otherwise.
There are plenty of ways for students to express their points of view. As the vice president of student affairs said, "Universities are open places and we provide lots of opportunity to protest, to make their concerns known."
You just don't get to do it camping out in Bovard Hall, using the President's office as your dining hall and bathroom.
Over the past year I've been extremely impressed with USC's leadership and the way the university is run, and this further solidifies my positive impressions.