Every time something goes wrong, every time there is an injustice, and we tolerate it, that is shaping our society, and in the worst way possible. When the state stops playing by the rules, we all have a duty to make it start again.
The University of London needs to start supporting its students and protecting their interests. However, the trajectory of events last week demonstrates that management are unwilling to do this. Until this changes we need our union to stay open, so that we can support each other and campaign to protect students' interests ourselves.
Imagine what would happen to Britain if the Home Secretary had the power to expel anyone from the country "without assigning any reason." Then imagine what it would be like now if the power had always existed: no dissenting voices left, no debate; anyone in a minority either too intimidated to speak out or already deported.
Over one thousand students are expected to protest today against the Government's proposal to sell student loans to private companies. The 'National Day of Action', to be staged at 26 universities across the country including Oxford, Cambridge, Sheffield and LSE will be co-ordinated by the Student Assembly Against Austerity (SAAA).
Aging Tory ministers might be in denial about the reality of climate change and the urgent need to tackle it, but students and young people aren't. We are increasingly aware of the dangers climate change poses for our future and that's why it should come as no surprise that the rising environment movement is young, vibrant and determined to play our part in tackling this huge challenge.
Facing imprisonment and exile, Tropicalia's music was their ultimate Molotov Cocktail against political oppression and traditional modes of self-expression. In search of answers, I decided to approach the director himself.
Over the last few months we've seen a significant rise in student activism at British universities. Prompted by the anti-privatisation 'Occupy Sussex' protest, students around the country have sought to influence the managers of their institutions in increasingly visible ways.
Lads' mags, a further form of sexual objectification which has been lying dormant since before I arrived at university, has been permitted to sell in my Students' Union Shop seemingly innocently alongside less offensive food items.
Student Rights, a two-man group with a history of pressuring British universities to prevent certain individuals that it deems to be 'extremists' - frequently Muslims - from speaking to students on campus, has issued a statement in response to widespread criticism of its activities. It contains several easily refutable arguments.
The Times featured a piece yesterday headlined 'Extremists preaching to students in Britain'. This conflation of extremism with increased religiosity and religious observance is indicative of just how muddled and confused the debate around campus extremism has become.
The hipster level of idiocy has increased ten fold, as apparently educated people go to pathetically predictable lengths to express their "individuality" and general radness, in the irritating form of hipster racism.
What this proposal really shows is that the matter of achievement is associated only with the acquirement of the higher grades and not when a student is awarded with a grade that corresponds with their potential and effort.
In a speech earlier this week, Labour policy review boss Jon Cruddas said that his party is set to consider backing a Swedish-style ban on adverts that target children in the run up to 2015. Very noble, but he might be wise to reconsider; after all, haven't we already decided that such a ban is utterly pointless?
So what happened to us as we evolved from shaggy haired Cold War rioters to studious devotees to our laptops? We know more, we appear to be more independent politically as seen in the diverse reaction to Thatcher's death, surely we should be more politically active?
A revolution has happened and over the last decade increasingly many undergraduates want something different. We want to start our own businesses - inevitably small at first, but hopefully large one day.
Sir David Bell, vice-chancellor of the University of Reading, recently smacked down the employability demands. In a riposte he said that it was vital that academics resisted such pressure in order to protect traditional courses; adding that the demands risk undermining the intellectual integrity of degrees.