In response to news that Cooper Union might establish an annual tuition, students and faculty members decided yesterday afternoon to hold classes outdoors to raise awareness of the situation.
This is how third-year student Christian Hincapie described what happened to me via email:
"As a symbol of solidarity among the Cooper Union Community, student, staff and faculty decided to walk-out, work-out, and act out. The studios were brought outside, classes were held in front of the Foundation building and people generally hung out and communed. This was a gesture of unity among the Cooper Union Community that was organized by students in order to communicate to the administration and the President that tuition CAN NOT be on the table. The principles and integrity of the school are at danger if tuition continues to be an option."
Said student Pete Halupka (via email):
"I have attended four other schools besides The Cooper Union. I left every one of those four schools pushing to attend a program and institution like The Cooper Union. That is a school driven by motivated, talented intellectuals and creatives, need blind, and, therefore, creating a tightly knit, highly selective body of passionate individuals. Most importantly, it is not a business. It is not an institution which crafts their decisions around growth and profit."
Hincapie also shot this video...
Runnin' Scared has more on this story here.
Photos by Pete Halupka