In New York City, students at Cooper Union are occupying the president’s office for an eighth day after the school announced an end to more than a century of free tuition for undergraduates. Cooper Union was one of the last private schools in the United States to offer free tuition. The sit-in began last Wednesday.
Victoria Sobel, Cooper Union student activist: “Our current demand is that the president of Cooper Union, Jamshed Bharucha, step down. We have unfulfilled demands from the previous actions, which include a change in governance, including new faculty and student representation and voting rights on the board, and reaffirmation of the mission statement of the school, which includes the full tuition scholarship. My message to other students in this country is that occupation of institutional space should definitely be very firmly on the spectrum of possibilities in a diversity of tactics campaign.”