By*Justin Wm. Moyer*February 23 at 5:25 AM** At Rhode Island’s exclusive Brown University, where tuition is more than$50,000 per year, times are tough. Students don’t have to go only to class — they also have to fight against injustice.*So said a recent piece in the Brown Daily Herald called “Schoolwork, advocacy place strain on student activists.” Subheadline: “Students struggle with mental health, academic pressures as they act on social justice responsibilities.” “There are people breaking down, dropping out of classes and failing classes because of the activism work they are taking on,” a pseudonymous source told*the Brown Daily Herald. “… My grades dropped dramatically. My health completely changed. I lost weight. I’m on antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills right now. [Counseling and Psychological Services] counselors called me. I had deans calling me to make sure I was okay.” The article cited the demands of*protesting racist columns*published in the student newspaper as well as the ongoing implementation of the school’s “diversity and inclusion action plan.” It also detailed the struggles of one graduating senior: Justice Gaines ’16, who uses the pronouns xe, xem and xyr, said student activism efforts on campus are necessary. “I don’t feel okay with seeing students go through hardships without helping and organizing to make things better.” In the wake of The Herald’s opinion pieces, Gaines felt overwhelmed by emotions flooding across campus. Students were called out of class into organizing meetings, and xe felt pressure to help xyr peers cope with what was going on, xe said. Gaines “had a panic attack and couldn’t go to class for several days.” Another student, forced to complete a project after a professor denied her request to suspend it, noted*the choice between schoolwork and activism “has systemic effects on students of color.” At least one administrator offered support. “If a student is at a sexual assault event, and the student is a victim him or herself, that student might talk to me about it,” Ashley Ferranti, assistant dean of student support services,*said.*She added that students*“might be impacted, something might be triggered or they might suddenly remember more at that event they were protesting.” The premise of the piece —*Ivy League students too wrenched by injustice to actually do their schoolwork —*was pilloried by some commenters. “Students’ responsibilities are academic, period,” one wrote. “If one cannot handle the balance between schoolwork and activism, then one should go elsewhere and give his or her spot to one of the thousands of other deserving applicants who want to come to Brown to learn.”*Another wrote: “It’s increasingly difficult to create effective satire, because reality is clearly more absurd than any fiction imaginable.” “Fox and Friends,” ever impatient with the debate over trigger warnings and similar campus goings-on, also sharpened its knives. “ managed to graduate without anyone ever saying, ‘Oh, here’s some more time. You don’t have to go to class,’” Fox contributor and Princeton graduate*Pete Hegseth*said. “These are coddled elites.” Mei Novak, the author of the piece and a senior staff writer at the Daily Herald, was not immediately available for comment. Justin Wm. Moyer is a reporter for The Washington Post's Morning Mix. Follow him on Twitter:*@justinwmmoyer.