From: Joe Riley
It has been suggested that the space now occupied by the library would be put to better use by renting it as retail space or renovating it to accommodate new revenue-generating programs
This is a quotation from the recently released Executive Summary from the Revenue Taskforce which has been tasked with generating solutions for the Cooper Union’s current financial and ideological crisis.
The idea that replacing the Cooper Union’s library with Starbucks and Gap and the like is a viable solution for preserving the school’s educational integrity and mission is absolutely, 100% ridiculous bull-shit. Even the Cooper Union is falling prey to the capital-bent, learning-be-damned, culture of higher education in the United States.