Bloomberg News columnist Michael Lewis wrote a scathing critique of the big banking firms on Thursday. The column, a fake letter from one banker to his colleagues, mentions a stunt that Occupy Princeton pulled off earlier this month, when protesters interrupted a J.P. Morgan info session on campus.
Here's how Lewis described it:
Across the Ivy League the young people whom our Wall Street division once subjugated with ease are becoming troublesome. Our good friends at Goldman Sachs, to cite one example, have been forced to cancel their recruiting trips to Harvard and Brown. At Princeton, 30 students masquerading as job applicants entered a pair of Wall Street informational sessions, asked many obnoxious questions ("How do I get a job lobbying the U.S. government to protect Wall Street interests?"), rose and chanted a list of charges at bankers from JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs, and, finally, posted videos of their outrageous behavior on YouTube.
Business Insider adds more details:
In this brilliant prank, around 20 students masquerading as job applicants disrupted a JP Morgan recruiting session. One student in a suit stood up and shouted "Mic Check" and the other Occupiers repeated after him. [...]
After the recitation when the Occupiers pack up to leave, the woman organizing the recruiting session hilariously pretends that nothing happened and announces that anyone with more questions about JP Morgan can stay in the room.
Here's what the group shouted:
"Mic CheckPrinceton's motto is:
In the nation's service and service of all nations
JP Morgan-Chase, your actions violate our motto
Your predatory lending practices helped crash our economy
We've bailed out your executives' bonuses
You've evicted struggling homeowners while taking their tax money
You support mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia
which destroys our ecological future
In light of these actions,
we protest the campus culture
that whitewashes the crooked dealings of Wall Street
as a prestigious career path.
We are here today
as a voice for the 99%
shut out by a system that punishes them
just for being born without privilege.
What we need is not a university for the 1%,
but a university "In the Nation's Service,
and in the Service of All Nations."
And this is how it looked when it happened:
Although the incident was posted by Occupy Princeton in early December, it's gaining traction now -- evn as the Occupy movement seems to be fizzling out for the winter.