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Caroling and Protesting at Boston College

December 7, 2015

Students at Boston College combined Christmas caroling with protesting on Friday, presenting written demands and singing about them outside a Board of Trustees meeting. Students want, among other things, one minority student added to the board (currently no students serve on the board). The protesters -- members of Eradicate Boston College Racism -- also want a detailed plan on diversity. The college has not responded to the demands. Video of the caroling is below. Here are the lyrics:

"Walking Through a White Man’s Wonderland"

(Sung to the tune of "Walking in a Winter Wonderland")

Dear Trustees

Are you listenin’?

A real plan

You are missin’.

Until you agree,

And change we do see,

We’re walkin’ through a white man’s wonderland.


Gone away, is our patience.

Here to stay: demonstrations.

Deans tell us to trust

But we know we must

Keep walkin’ through a white man’s wonderland.


In your meeting you can do some planning,

Decide how you’ll get us to settle down.

If you say, “There’s no problem.”

We’ll say, “No, man?

Try living on this campus

If you’re brown.”


More bad press

You’ll inspire

If reforms, you do mire

In mounds of red tape.

You’ll never escape.

You’re walkin’ through a white man’s wonderland.

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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