Sunday, November 07, 2004

The Daily Camera: Schools : Udall meets with protesters

The Daily Camera: Schools: "The inked peace signs on their cheeks and foreheads had faded to match the circles under their eyes by Friday morning. But the 16 Boulder High School students crammed into Principal Ron Cabrera's office had achieved more than they'd hoped with their all-night protest about the direction of the U.S. government.

U.S. Rep. Mark Udall, R-Eldorado, sat at the head of Cabrera's meeting table, with Boulder County Republican Party Vice-Chairman Bill Eckert standing near the doorway.

As the politicians fielded questions from the sleep-deprived youth around the table, three television cameras stared on - one from a tripod planted directly behind the desk, where on a different Friday morning Cabrera might have been finishing the coffee left cold in a Styrofoam cup.
Three days after a close election, Boulder High students' decision to air their concerns about the national debt, military recruitment in schools and disregard for the environment in their school library exploded into a national news story.

Boulder High Senior Stephen Lobanov-Rostovsky, 17, had been working on a half-hour's sleep when he went live on Air America Radio, he said. MSNBC and CNN were among the other national media that had taken interest in the all-night protest of about 85 students he and other students organized. "

By Todd Neff, Camera Staff Writer
November 6, 2004


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