NYU Students Hold Sit-in Protest, Give New School Students More Reasons to Think They Are Trendy

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At about 10 p.m. Wednesday, members of Take Back NYU (you’ve probably noticed their purple stencils on the sidewalks – only to be knocked down face-first by someone shouting “Watch where ya goin’, buddy!”) did just that – they reclaimed their territory.  Students staged a sit-in at the third floor dining hall of the Kimmel Center, barricading themselves inside with tables to keep police at bay.  Their demands include full disclosure of the NYU budget, the creation of a student-run finance committee with the power to override administration decisions, and tuition stabilization for all students.

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The style of the protest in many ways mirrors that of the New School’s dining hall protest in December.  Perhaps NYU and the New School will no longer be battling it out for most fashion-forward (apparently Vogue says NYU wins, by the way – take that, Parsons!), now they will have to compete for best protest.  Or better yet: most fashion-forward protest?

Also see additional coverage by The New York Times, NYU Local, and the Washington Square News.

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Photos courtesy of NYULocal

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2 responses to “NYU Students Hold Sit-in Protest, Give New School Students More Reasons to Think They Are Trendy

  1. I’m going to spell out the library issue from a typical NYU student’s point of view. It is hard enough finding space in our 12-floor, suicide-inducing library. It’s always a struggle to find rooms and tables, and if you’re trying to get books from course reserves, you can expect a long waiting list and extremely limited time with your textbook. We don’t want more people in our library—if anything, we want them to get out. It’s one of the few places left where we can study (we don’t have a campus, remember?) and just because YOU (0.14%!) think that people should have public access, doesn’t mean WE (99.86%) will. You can’t argue for stabilized tuition and then open up our library to the public, because our tuition is what keeps the library running at its current rate, so bringing MORE people into our buildings will only increase the cost of maintaining our library. People in New York City pay taxes; let them use what their taxes pay for (yes, the New York Public Library, emphasis on the PUBLIC!) We pay tuition, so let us peacefully use what we are paying for. I think it’s a fair statement.

  2. I love Take Back NYU! A team of the world’s best comedic screenwriters could not have scripted their pathetic last stand to play out any funnier. Corporate Water???? Come on, you have to admit that is the most pathetically bourgeois thing you’ve heard in a long time, no? Water is bad, Apple is good? Take Back NYU is going to ruin the Apple brand altogether; Apples are marketed to slackers, NOT hippies!

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