‘Occupying Cooper Union to Keep it Free’

Over 50 Cooper Union students and faculty at have been occupying the president’s office since Wednesday morning “to keep it free.”  Recently, Cooper Union President Jamshed Bharucha and the Board of Trustees voted to begin charging tuition at the school, which had been free since the school’s founding.  The occupying students have been threatened with dismissal and denial of their degrees, yet they have vowed to stay to stay — even though none of them will personally be affected by the tuition increase (a nice example of value rationality over instrumental rationality).

Read about the protest here, Occupying Cooper Union to Keep It Free.  You can follow their sit-in and creative actions on Facebook, Free Cooper Union.   The page includes this call for a new president:

“In light of the recent events which involved the president facilitating for private security to militarize the Cooper Union- which included security touching multiple students, nailing shut the bathroom and water fountain and preventing other students from reaching the occupation of Jamshed Bharucha’s office….. WE REALLY NEED A NEW PRESIDENT!!
If you know anyone who would be a good candidate tell them to call the TOLL FREE # 206-376-7054 AND APPLY NOW!”

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