1. Generally speaking, debt is a collective phenomenon suffered individually. Our monthly loan statements are like nineteenth century serialized novels—mass reading material, anticipated by all but read alone. When experienced in this way, by dispersed individuals, debt appears to be merely a fact of life; a kind of required reading material. It can be nearly impossible then to imagine how our personalized loan statements or individual defaults could be fought in a way that forges bonds between us. How loans could produce more than isolating shame, anxiety, and loss. Or how, in a word, we could collectivize struggles against indebtedness and unemployment, and in doing so open the horizon of our futures.
     
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    As I left the Foundation Building tonight after being in class and working late I saw this thing outside. 

It probably has something to do with yet another damning announcement made by Cooper Union the Board of Trustees issued this morning. 

In a nutshell, they’re reneging on the negotiated agreement for a student representative to the trustees that came out of the May — July occupation of the Presidents office. 

Angus Johnston, a CUNY professor and historian of student movements explains the situation much better than I ever could in this recent post. 

The board is interfering in a democratic process, fought for and administered by Cooper Union students — effectively shutting students out of what is likely *the most* important meeting in these times at Cooper Union. 

Students will not stand for this.

    As I left the Foundation Building tonight after being in class and working late I saw this thing outside.

    It probably has something to do with yet another damning announcement made by Cooper Union the Board of Trustees issued this morning.

    In a nutshell, they’re reneging on the negotiated agreement for a student representative to the trustees that came out of the May — July occupation of the Presidents office.

    Angus Johnston, a CUNY professor and historian of student movements explains the situation much better than I ever could in this recent post.

    The board is interfering in a democratic process, fought for and administered by Cooper Union students — effectively shutting students out of what is likely *the most* important meeting in these times at Cooper Union.

    Students will not stand for this.

     
  3. To: The Cooper Union Community
    From: The Board of Trustees

    The Board of Trustees met on March 6th and agreed that the admission
    process for the entering class of 2013 will continue as scheduled for
    each of the three Schools. All undergraduate students entering in the
    fall of 2013 will be admitted on a full-tuition scholarship basis, as
    previously stated.

    The Board of Trustees would like to thank the faculty for their commitment,
    ideas and work in developing the new academic initiatives adopted by
    each faculty. In the weeks ahead, the Board will continue to review all
    options to address our financial challenges. We are grateful to all our
    constituents, for their input and patience as the trustees continue their
    deliberations.

    In addition, the Board has charged the Committee on Trustees to investigate
    and make recommendations at the June Board meeting concerning the matter of
    student participation at meetings of the Board of Trustees.
    — This is awesome news from the Cooper Union trustees. Kicking the can down the road never felt so good.

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    Cooper Union in today’s New York Times
     
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  6. 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
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    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.