Cooper Union Students Plan Press Conference for Noon Today
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[Photo: Paul Lomax]Capitalizing on momentum from a seemingly successful student-faculty rally Saturday afternoon, Students for a Free Cooper Union are holding a press conference today at noon. The public event marks one week since eleven students barricaded themselves inside the Peter Cooper Suite on the top floor of the historic Foundation Building.
From the mailbag:
The Students for a Free Cooper Union, having spent one week in The Peter Cooper Suite, invite the press to a conference outside the Foundation Building on Monday, December 10, 2012 at noon. Since last Monday, the Cooper Union community has rallied in solidarity with us, and the conversation around higher education has shifted towards freedom, transparency, and democratic decision-making. We have seen solidarity statements pour in from all over the world; vibrant days of action on our campus; the historic Great Hall filled by a Summit on Debt and Education; student-initiated livestreaming and minute-keeping of a Board of Trustees meeting; signed faculty affirmation of the college’s mission statement; and a peaceful citywide rally and march for a free Cooper Union.
In contrast to Jamshed Bharucha and his administration’s insistence on a campaign of silence, our representative will provide a report from the students in the Peter Cooper Suite and our plans to advance the mission of free education.