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Columbia students and faculty walked out of classes to rally and march against the war in Iraq. In fact, the Columbia Coalition Against the War called the protest a "strike" and asked professors "to either cancel or allow students to miss class unpunished" so students would be able to participate, according to the Columbia Spectator. The group did request a police permit for 200 people, but expected up to 600 people.

Many students support the strike, although some question what purpose the strike is serving, but Student Governing Board Chair Sakib Khan relayed one atagonistic incident:

"David Judd, Samantha Stanton, and I dorm-stormed Carman [residence hall] on Sunday night. We finished by 7:35 and I had some extra fliers so we're standing outside Carman, handing them out to passer-bys. I extended my arm, holding a flier, to a 6-foot-4-inch Caucasian male wearing a gray hoodie and said 'strike against the war.' He slapped the flier out of my hand, pushed me in the chest and then pushed me in the face. The desk guard at Carman saw the whole thing but thought he [the aggressor] was a friend of mine screwing around."

The Spectator also had an opinion piece about why students should strike. Other colleges and universities also had walk outs and rallies protesting the war today.

Photograph of the walk-out protest at Columbia by Frank Franklin II/AP