Thursday, November 3, 2011
The old saying by Peter Cooper in the early years of the Cooper Union has in the past few weeks been tested and questioned like never before. As some of you might have already seen in this NY Times article, the school as a whole is faced with a serious financial predicament requiring a critical decision of whether or not to begin charging tuition in aims of diminishing the budget deficit amount. There's been a lot of discussion regarding this issue both on the scale of individuals as well as school-wide forums. The controversy ultimately comes down to whether or not the school can operate or function with its current model and philosophies of education if tuition is charged.
Apart from the indoor discussions, there have also been some peaceful and productive events happening. Earlier today, there was a school-wide “work-out” in which students from all schools took their work and discussions outside for about 4 hours in hopes of showing the community not only dedication to our craft but the unity of the student body regardless of situation. This event concluded in the Great Hall - a historic place of debate and decision making. Alumni, faculty, and students participated in dialogues with one another about the issue. Some of the speeches were transcribed such as this one by David Gersten - who is also my Architectonics professor this semester.
We also have a new president this year – Jamshed Bharucha, but that in itself is for another post coming soon.
There has been a lot going on - maybe too much, but I promise to keep you all the more updated on the situation and my education at Cooper thus far.
Thanks for reading,