On Wednesday and Thurday night, Occupy Princeton protesters visited information sessions for J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs, respectively. After walking around, shaking some hands and chatting with the recruiters, the protesters chimed in with the now-familiar, banker crushing refrain: "Mic-check!" What follows amounts to a laundry list of offenses committed by the companies' before and after the financial crisis with a particular emphasis on how the culture at J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs defies Princeton's motto. It's unclear if Princeton professor, New York Times columnist and Occupy sympathizer Paul Krugman did a little tap dance in his office when he heard about the actions. Nevertheless, the disruption earned its way onto The Times's Dealbook blog. It would seem that the group accomplished what they set out to do.
"My personal goal is to raise awareness," protester Robert Joyce told The Daily Princetonian. “We’re young. These are some formative years. We’re around very smart people and this is our chance to challenge our views."
We can probably expect a lot more videos of Ivy League Occupy protesters causing a ruckus during campus visits from big banks, but for now, these clips of J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs getting the mic-check treatment at Princeton are winning the web. Though we do enjoy the reaction from the company representatives who are presumably Princeton alums -- there's a lot of staring at the floor as the activists explain how evil the companies are -- the best part about the videos is how well-organized the students seem. They even wore ties!