Right now, graduate students at Harvard are paid a measly $40,000 per year, a salary they say is not nearly enough for them to survive, especially in the high rent districts of Cambridge and Boston. The Harvard Graduate Students Union (HGSU) recently submitted a proposal to up the annual salary another $20,000 to $60,000, which the group says should be a bare minimum salary for graduate students.
The proposal came after Harvard had the gall to post fliers around campus urging graduate students making just $40,000 per year to apply for SNAP benefits if they are having trouble eating.
"Fuel your body & stock your pantry," the embarrassing fliers read. "Did you know that grad students may qualify for assistance paying for food & groceries?"
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In response to these fliers, Harvard graduate students have begun to rise up and demand that the school treat them better and with more dignity by perhaps pulling a little extra from its obscenely overflowing endowment fund to help them survive.
That a school as "prestigious" and wealthy as Harvard would tell its graduate students to apply for food stamps instead of simply paying them a livable wage speaks volumes about the degree to which crony capitalism has destroyed this once-great nation.
Harvard is more than willing to dip into its $53 million endowment to fund racist DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) programs, as well as LGBT perversion programs, but the school is somehow unable to pay its graduate students a fair salary for their hard work.
Roughly 30 percent of Harvard's graduate students hail from foreign countries, it is important to note, which disallows them from officially receiving any federal assistance, food or otherwise, which makes the school's SNAP fliers even more disingenuous.
When asked about the fliers, a Harvard spokesperson told the media that they were put up simply to notify students about the public assistance that is offered to them, assuming they are American citizens. Beyond this, the spokesperson refused to address the matter any further.
As of this writing, Harvard has not even responded to the HGSU request for more money.
In the past several years, Harvard's graduate students have been on strike twice due to dissatisfaction with low pay.
It turns out that the situation is much the same across the entire Ivy League and across "higher" academia in general. Many colleges and universities across the United States hold massive endowments while paying their graduate students and other workers minimal wages.
"The university isn't going to give up any of that endowment money for such a trivial thing as food security for their students," one disgusted commenter wrote about the greed of Harvard and other similarly corrupt schools.
"Places like Harvard are alumni clubs," wrote another. "People want to go for the access to powerful people. It's not about the education. Most schools don't teach relevant information as it is ... it's all about getting that piece of paper in the end as a resume builder."
"If this is true, then all federal funding for Harvard needs to be cut, and no federal loans allowed," wrote another.
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