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University of Alabama Student Receives College Credit for Occupying Wall Street

occupy wall street hashtagThere are many students who are participating in Occupy Wall Street in New York City. There are also many more students who are participating in local versions of the demonstration in cities across the country. But Henry Perkins is the only student I have heard of who is earning college credit for participating in this event.

Perkins is a 21-year old junior at the University of Alabama. Recently, he approached his professors with a plan for an immersion research project that would allow him to earn credit while living in the open-air “frat house” that is Zuccotti Park in New York City.

“I asked my professors and they said to go for it,” said Perkins. “They’re living vicariously through me.”

Perkins is taking full advantage of his current situation. He took a train from Alabama to New York City. His only possessions are a cell phone, a computer, a toothbrush, a tarp, and a few books.

“I learned a lot here,” he said. “I realized that I never want to be in any system, and you can make it work.”

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