Students of Howard University in Washington D.C. had the perfect protest anthem as they raised their voices against school officials accused of stealing more than $1million of money meant for low-income scholars.
It’s been more than 24 hours since they began a sit-in after news emerged that six university employees were fired for ‘gross misconduct and neglect of duties’ after school officials discovered financial aid money had been misappropriated.
As part of their protest, a crowd of students sang to Rihanna’s hit B**** Better Have My Money on Friday – a moment captured on camera that has since gone viral.
Student protesters are seen filming the moment everyone broke out into Rihanna’s B**** Better Have My Money
The song’s lyrics appropriate say: ‘Your wife in the backseat of my brand new foreign car.
‘Don’t act like you forgot, I call the shots, shots, shots.’
And the students are getting plenty of support as they continue to protest at their school, including from the star herself, who took to Twitter to show her approval of their song choice.
Rihanna, 30, retweeted a video of the students singing her song and added a flexing arm and a raising hands emoji.
The student activists have a list of demands that include guaranteed housing for students under 21 and the immediate resignation of the executive committee of the board of trustees and of President Wayne A.I. Frederick.
Rihanna showed her support for the cause as she retweeted a video of the students singing her song and added a flexing arm and a raising hands emoji
It’s been more than 24 hours since they began a sit-in after news emerged that six university employees were fired for ‘gross misconduct and neglect of duties’
Reports emerged on Wednesday that an investigation from 2007 to 2016 found that some employees at the historically black university received tuition remission on top of university grants.
That double dipping exceeded the actual cost of attendance, sparking accusations of possible embezzling by the employees.
Though university officials didn’t immediately reveal how much money was involved in the matter, a now-deleted Medium article that first revealed the allegations claimed employees stole $1milion in financial aid funds.
HU Resist, an activist group at the university, tweeted: ‘There are administration that have locked themselves in their offices, we are not stopping anyone from leaving.
‘We remain open to the students, we continue to occupy the building until our demands are met.’
Student activists are demanding guaranteed housing for students under 21 and the immediate resignation of President Wayne A.I. Frederick
The employees are accused of misappropriating financial aid money meant to help low-income students pay tuition
The university’s president says an outside auditor was brought in after learning in 2016 that the university provided financial aid money that might have been misappropriated. Frederick says he received its results in 2017.
Frederick met with students on Wednesday to hear their grievances but those present have said they weren’t satisfied with the encounter.
‘Some things just didn’t add up for us,’ Howard University Student Association President Jade Agudosi told the Washington Post. ‘More specifically, the timeline.’
The misappropriated grant money wasn’t from the federal government, nor was it money donors designated for grants. It came from institutional funds of the university meant to help low-income students pay tuition.
The student sit-in continued as of Friday afternoon.
Frederick met with students on Wednesday to hear their grievances but those present have said they weren’t satisfied with the encounter