By The Jouster
A tent peeks out from the back of the first floor of Falvey Library, representing the Nova99%, the Occupy Wall Street chapter of Villanova. The Occupy Villanova Group has indeed been on campus for a few weeks now, with the Nova99% Twitter account active since November 3rd. This group began in Falvey Lounge, and indeed still meets within this somewhat populated spot. It also situates itself nearby the tent, allied with its table of literature. Yet, nobody seems to sit within the tent, a symbol of a representative chapter of Occupy Wall Street.
The tent represents solidarity with those whom actually sleep outside Philadelphia’s City Hall, with those whom reside in Zuccotti Park. This tent is supposed to be a marker for discussion, a, as the Nova99% Twitter account describes it, “form of communication,” even for “opposing viewpoints.” Yet, is this camping equipment really successful in its purpose? With no person even sitting within it, with no real practical purpose, what does this tent really state about this movement?
Students and faculty may sit around it to discuss the platforms of the Occupy Wall Street movement. They may Tweet, Facebook, and rally around it for discussion. They may also distribute literature on the accompanying table. However, is this not a mocking of the movement itself? A tent, invisible to most other students, to the rest of the 99%, will do nothing in the back of the library. It must be moved to Connelly or Kennedy to even provoke real commentary. Yet even then, somebody must sleep in that tent. If nobody even sits in it, the Nova99% risks the fulfillment of a possible foreshadow for the rest of OWS: the passing and dying in the winter cold of a symbolic movement that could never focus on a specific plank of issues. It will become, quite simply, a hollow edifice, a passing Tweet, and a temporary living space.