Students at Howard University (HU) have taken over their administration building as a form of protest against the financial aid scandal uncovered at their school.
HU has been in the news recently because an anonymous writer posted a now-deleted report alleging that university employees had misappropriated close to $1 million in financial aid. Law student/student employee Tyrone Hankerson Jr. became the target for the embezzlement scandal because he came to the campus adorned in high-end fashion, flaunting exotic trips and allegedly driving a Range Rover. The anonymous post accused Hankerson of obtaining $430,000 in ill-gotten aid. Hankerson has since proclaimed his innocence in the matter.
On Wednesday, the school president confirmed the accusation and revealed that a few employees have been let go because of the scandal. However, the students have called for the resignation of the president as one of the goals of their protest.
“The Howard University Student Association stands with @HUResist and the rest of the students in calling for the resignation of Wayne A.I. Frederick”
— Catchr Graphics (@JaleelSpeaQs) March 29, 2018
In a Twitter video uploaded by HuffPost editor Philip Lewis, we see students pack a room in the admin building, where they sing and dance to one of Rihanna’s 2015 hits.
Howard students found out employees stole over $1M in financial aid so they took over their Administration building and started singing ‘Bitch Better Have My Money.”
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 29, 2018
Rihanna has since reposted the video with emojis representing strength and appreciation.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) March 30, 2018
The protest at Howard comes exactly 50 years after thousands of students participated in a four-day sit-in at the administration building seeking, among other things, the resignation of the school president and more emphasis on Black history and culture in the curriculum.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.