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Some Wharton Students Say Belittling 99 Percent Movement Was Wrong

On Oct. 21, hundreds of 99 Percenters marched on the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was scheduled to speak but at the last minute canceled after he learned the speech would be attended by the public. As demonstrators entered the building, some Wharton students mocked them by chanting, “Get a job!

Now, the Wharton Journal has published the responses of a number of Wharton staff and students to the protesters and student chanters. A number of the responses condemned the “Get a job!” chanting and expressed sympathy for the 99 Percent Movement. One student even referred to the students who belittled the protesters as “self-parodying ingrates sullying not only Wharton’s reputation but the business community’s as well”:

Business schools nationwide are notorious for being overly sympathetic to corporate ideology with little concern for social welfare. The responses published on the Wharton Journal are heartening and show that not all business students are forgetting about the 99 Percent.