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Tuition-backing Cooper Union trustees resign, act like sore losers [HUGE UPDATE]

UPDATE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST.

Last night, we learned that five trustees of the Cooper Union suddenly resigned from the board, including the board's recent chairman Mark Epstein. While all five supported Cooper Union's disastrous decision to start charging tuition, Epstein was its head architect and cheerleader. This is an unambiguous victory for anti-tuition organizers and activists, and a victory for the future of Cooper Union.

The New School Occupation: Recaps and Analysis

—The New York Times has a few decent articles on the New School Occupation and the larger context of everyone hating Bob Kerrey, but probably the most useful writing on the occupation was written by one of the occupiers.

VICTORIES at the New School!

Letters of support have been pouring in, most recently one from Todd May of Clemson, and one from student activists at Antioch.

Last night, the occupying students (the Occupation Assembly) listed a set of demands (apart from the larger long-running demands) that they insisted be agreed upon by the administration that night:

UPDATE: Police attempting to break occupation

12:05 PM - Apparently Bob Kerrey made an appearance a few hours ago, and after he left the NYPD started coming in and attempting to pull out students at random. Things are a bit hectic, so I'm waiting on a call for more information, along with how the press conference went. The occupants' blog:

New School Students Hold Sit-in

New School for Social Revolution
Organizers at the New School in New York City recently formed a Radical Student Union there, and all signs point to them really knowing their shit; from what I've read and heard, they're doing all the right things. I got this press release via email:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW SCHOOL STUDENTS HOLD SIT IN – DEMAND TO ADDRESS BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Student Organizers: Use the Economic Crisis to Press Your Advantage

Administrators and Trustees show their true colors

In the face of record budget cuts for universities and colleges across the country -- both public and private -- now is the perfect time for students to assert their influence on important decisions coming down the pike.

Right wing takeover at Dartmouth?

Dartmouth College: Right Wing takeover?Daily Kos had a post yesterday describing an unsettling move by folks on the far-right to reassert themselves on a campus only now starting to recover from its history as a right-wing institution. The jist:

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