Tension rises on campus between dorms, sides form for looming revolution

The air in the Bixler/Gerber Quad was dead as flurries of snow settled into a cold March afternoon. The only audible noises were the distant ringing of police sirens and the calamity of an ultimate frisbee match at Kathy Zolad Stadium. Students, hidden behind the dust covered blinds, peaked out onto the quad that was absent of any activity.

In the small laundry room located on the ground floor of Gerber Hall, a contingency of radicals conspired against the current state of the university. Two leaders from the Gerber, Bixler and Bethel Halls all met to determine their next set of moves. They settled on revolution, the aspirations of which would be written and distributed for all to read.

A manifesto was sent to all students and faculty on Monday, with each of the leaders’ names signed at the bottom. A series of requests were outlined in the piece, along with the vision of a new university.


It called for the removal of classist dorm living, taking particular aim towards the first-year counterparts of Westside and Bergami Halls, making note of their “pampered living” with “air conditioning and high-class suites.” The manifesto explains that residents of the Gerber, Bixler and Bethel Halls, self-titled as the “Apizza Alliance” for their underground meetings on Wooster St. in New Haven, are tired of feeling like a “second class” option on campus and demand improvements.

While the manifesto advocated for peaceful solutions, it suggested that violence is welcomed.

“We are monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates as they come,” the University Police Department said in a statement released on Tuesday morning. “Students are to remain indoors and protected from any potential attacks.”

This comes after two students allegedly breached into Westside Hall and organized a strategic attack against the first floor kitchen, according to authorities. Two residents returning from putting their laundry into the dryer allegedly witnessed two people enter the building and move into the kitchen. There, plates were smashed and cabinets were scribbled with graffiti. The suspects remain at large, but the inscribed insignia “AA Coalition” with two pizza slices suggests that they were members from one of these dorms.

The action has divided the campus into two sides. Nicer and newer dorms, such as Westside, Bergami and Celentano have all united to join forces in defense of their way of life. Other dorms, including Dunham, Sheffield and the Forest Hills Apartments have joined the Apizza Alliance, and are reportedly ready to fight for their own living changes.

“We encourage every student to come to a clear, logical and peaceful solution,” the university administration said in a public statement on Monday night. “We will listen to demands, and make the best choices depending on what the people want.”

While the manifesto called for a reworking of the older dorms on campus, the university administration claims to have no plan of doing so, saying “our current living situations have been this way for decades, and we have no intention of changing now.” Despite the suggestions that renovations could be necessary, the university appears to be doing everything in their power to avoid that option.

Leaders of the Apizza Alliance were disappointed by the university’s response.

“Anger has been mounting among students subject to living under these adverse conditions,” the Apizza Alliance leader Susannah Leftwich said. “We no longer can allow the university to sweep these issues under the rug.”

With their messages appearing to fall on deaf ears, the Apizza Alliance appears willing to take the conflict to more drastic measures. The Charger Bulletin recently obtained classified information suggesting that they intend on capturing WoW and Moe’s and establishing a new operating center.

As the calendars turn to April, the movement appears to just be getting started.

“We are here to make a change and will no longer allow the administration to side with these ruling elites,” said Leftwich. “The time for change is now, and we refuse to lay back and let the waves of wealth and power clear our shores.”