Occupy UM appears to be getting more organized and mobilized; they’ve officially merged their two Facebook presences suggesting all traffic refer to Facebook.com/occupyum from now on. Last week the group staged a mic check event at Mason Hall, and this week, they’ve scheduled a Rally for an Open University on Thursday from 2:30-5:30pm at The Cube near the Student Union. The central theme of the rally is something that anyone who has watched the corporatization of education in America should be able to understand – education suffers when a school is run more like a profit-seeking corporation than a culture-building institution of learning. As the group’s event page puts it, “The university is closing, and has been for the past 40 years. This closure is synonymous with its constant tuition increases; its attack on its workers and teachers waged through incessant benefit cuts and erasure of tenure-track positions; and its insistence on privatizing and profiting from space and work that were destined for public use and erudition“. This is a public event; you don’t have to be a student to show your support for students who apparently care more about education than the regents who are entrusted with mapping the future of that education!