The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 27th, 2015
At the University of Missouri at Columbia, long simmering concerns over
poor working conditions for graduate students have boiled over.
On Wednesday, several hundred graduate students, faculty members, and
other protesters marched on the campus to push the administration to
raise stipend levels, offer better housing and child-care options, and
make other improvements. Rallying under the iconic columns at the
university’s Traditions Plaza, the crowd chanted "M-I-Z, shame on you,"
with many wearing red T-shirts with slogans that supported the graduate
The uproar began earlier this month after university officials told
students that because of changes in federal policy they would no longer
receive health-insurance subsidies, a message sent out only hours before
the benefits were set to expire.