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May 16, 2008
Brown student who threw pie at Friedman suspended
PROVIDENCE -- The Brown University student who threw a pie at New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman during his Earth Day speech at the campus was suspended for one semester by the university after an administrative hearing last Wednesday.
The student, Margaree Little, 22, said she was notified of the suspension on Wednesday. She said the university considered her actions in violation of Brown’s protest policy by interrupting Friedman’s speech.
Just as Friedman took his place behind the podium, Little and an unidentified male, ran onto the stage and threw two green Cool Whip pies at him and then fled the auditorium through a side door.
A professor apprehended Little outside the building and turned her over to the campus police.
The "Greenwash Guerillas," part of a grassroots network who confront causes of climate change, later claimed credit for the incident.
The stunt involving the famous author and columnist garnered copious the media attention––a YouTube video of the incident has received more than 75,000 hits and several national newspapers and popular blogs ran the story––including vicious attacks against Little.
Little, an English major, does not face any criminal charges, but her university suspension will delay her.
After all the media attention, and her subsequent suspension, Little said she does nor regret what she did.
“Fortunately, it did succeed in opening up a lot of debate,” Little said. “I don’t have any regrets.”
Little said she has not decided exactly what she will do until she can return to Brown, but she wants to travel and continue to work on social justice issues.
The university had no comment about the suspension, saying only that it does not comment on student disciplinary action.
-- Journal environmental reporter Natalie Garcia
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