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BREAKING: New School students occupy cafeteria!

UPDATE: The students' site,, is up and working! Also, join their Facebook group!
UPDATE 2: There are reports of anywhere between 40 and 60 students occupying the cafeteria; they've been there since 7:00, and apparently have the place pretty well-barricaded. The doors locked at 11:00, and from what I've heard folks are going to spend the night there. The building they're in, the Albert List Academic Center, contains the now-occupied cafeteria, a library, and offices. Currently the only space occupied is the cafeteria (emphasis on "currently"). Interestingly enough, the List building is scheduled for demolition early next year, to be replaced with a shiny brand-new "Signature Building". The souring economy, combined with hostility from neighbors, has dramatically scaled back and delayed those plans.
UPDATE 3: The New York Times has posted an (albeit short) article on the occupation. Media coverage will be key if Kerrey's to get the boot.
UPDATE 4: Looks like there is a rally scheduled outside the building in about an hour - 10:30 am this morning (Thursday). Updates every half hour are promised at One of the occupants, Dave Shukla, has penned a note here laying out more of the grievances students have against the current incompetent management.

From Indymedia, and about a million other places:


Wednesday, December 10th, the Radical Student Union issued several demands at a demonstration and sit-in at the Board of Trustees meeting for the New School University. With a student occupation underway in the New School cafeteria, the same demands are being brought to the fore with greater force.

The student occupation is happening as I type this (11:54 pm), and I'll be posting more as I get it. Meanwhile, here's a letter they've sent to the New School community, which relists their demands:


What We Want:
  • The removal of Bob Kerrey as president of our university
  • The removal of James Murtha as executive vice president of our university
  • Students, faculty, and staff elect the president, EVP, and Provost.
  • Students are part of the interim committee to hire a provost.
  • The removal of Robert B. Millard as treasurer of the board of trustees.
  • Intelligible transparency and disclosure of the university budget and investments.
  • The creation of a committee on socially responsible investments as defined in our booklet.
  • The immediate suspension of capital improvement projects like the tearing down of 65 fifth Ave.
  • Instead, money towards the creation of an autonomous student space.
  • Instead, money towards scholarships and reducing tuition.
  • Instead, money for the library and student life generally.

Here's video of New School students (apparently on Wednesday) explaining why they want Kerrey out.

Here is their booklet: "The Project for a Socially Responsible University."