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BY AIDAN GARDINER
The ﬁnancial crisis facing CooperUnion has some people lashing out inanger and others trying to ﬁnd a calmersolution, but it seems like everyonein the school is determined to avoidcharging tuition.At the end of October, Cooper’s pres-ident, Jamshed Bharucha, announcedthat the school was considering charg-ing tuition for the ﬁrst time in roughlya century because a decade of ﬁnancialdifﬁculties had ballooned the school’sannual deﬁcit to some $16 million.Many — both within the school andwithout — were shocked by the newsbecause Cooper had long been laudedfor its ﬁnancial prudence.Now, students, faculty and alumniare trying to both make sense of theproblem and ﬁx it without chargingtuition because they see the free educa-tion Cooper provides as essential to theschool’s success.Doing their part, alumni hosteda forum at Cooper’s Great Hall onMonday. Some speakers pored overﬁnancial tables and others reafﬁrmedin impassioned written statementstheir commitment to what they see asthe fundamental principles of CooperUnion.“It’s not that Cooper Union holds upfree education — but that free educa-tion holds up The Cooper Union,” saidDavid Gersten, an architecture profes-sor at the school and an alumnus.Milton Glaser, a Cooper alumnuswho famously designed the “I
N Y”logo in the 1970s, brieﬂy spoke.“Thank you all for being here anddemonstrating your affection and lovefor this school,” Glaser said. “I feel thesame way.”Unlike the community conversationwith Cooper board Chairperson MarkEpstein at the Great Hall a month ear-lier, the three-hour alumni forum pro-ceeded without incident, save for sev-eral hecklers who occasionally punctu-ated the otherwise calm discussion. When Peter Caﬁero, Cooper’s alum-ni association president, said that itwasn’t the time to look for fault in thepast, but instead forward to a solu-tion, Professor Roderick Knox repeat-edly shouted, “Accountability!” beforestarting to leave. When another man inthe audience loudly scolded Knox, thetwo brieﬂy argued, but quickly stoppedto allow Caﬁero to continue.
Cooper alums try to engineera solution to keep school free
Photo by Tequila Minsky
Trustee Emeritus Milton Glaser, who designed the “I
N Y” logo, was among the Cooper Union alumni who spokeat Monday night’s meeting.
BY LINCOLN ANDERSONANDJEFFERSON SIEGEL
They’ve tried breaking in,and they’ve tried appealingto the conscience of TrinityChurch. Neither worked.Last Saturday, members of Occupy Wall Street tried anew tactic to gain accessto the open lot owned byTrinity at Canal St. and SixthAve. — forgoing food.Just after 1 p.m. onSaturday, three men satdown on the tan-coveredgravel outside the wood-en fence ringing the lot,which is adjacent to DuarteSquare, and commenced ahunger strike. With a signpropped up next to themreading, “Hunger Strike Day1,” Brian Udall, 18, fromMontana; and Diego Ibanez,23, and Shae Willes, 22,both from Utah, appearedcalm, composed and deter-mined.“We are here to apply
O.W.S. hits the wall again; Hunger strike gets stuffed
BY ALBERT AMATEAU
A blue-ribbon panelof architects, design-ers and AIDS activists isconducting a competitionfor an AIDS memorial inthe planned triangle parkacross from the former St.Vincent’s Hospital campusin Greenwich Village.Michael Arad, who wonthe design competition forthe national 9/11 Memorialat the former World TradeCenter site, will head a jury soliciting and judgingdesigns for an AIDS memo-rial in the park. A park atthe site is mandated as partof Rudin Management’s resi-dential redevelopment of theSt. Vincent’s site.Richard Meier, archi-tect of the Getty Center inLos Angeles, museums inBarcelona and Frankfurtand the Westbeth artists res-idence in the West Village,is another member of thepanel.Elizabeth Diller, aPrinceton architecture pro-
High-powered panel is judging designs for AIDS memorial
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