About 350 students and union workers crowded the plaza outside Howard University's administration building Friday morning, protesting a long list of grievances -- including problems with on-campus housing, delays in financial aid payments and labor practices -- and at one point threatening a sit-in before they were turned away from the building's doors.
"We love Howard," said Corey Briscoe, 20, a junior and the director of student advocacy for the Howard University Student Association. "But this impinges on academic freedom."
The students, many wearing black T-shirts as a sign of protest, waved colorful signs and chanted "Students first!" and "We want answers!"