Earlier today, Cooper Union officials announced that, for the first time, the school would start charging tuition, effective the fall of 2014.
As a result, several hundred students and faculty members staged a walk-out this afternoon.
Per The Nation:
Using similar theatrical tools that activists have employed in previous demonstrations, Cooper art and architecture students ran around the building hugging the walls in a human chain while chanting “Free as air and water...Save Cooper Union.”
The students also held an “Irish wake,” setting a hat ablaze on the pavement and singing satirically in front of the same building students occupied some months ago. While some students seem disillusioned by the school’s decision, many more are angered that the Board of Trustees met secretly in the morning while students were in class to avoid any disruption of their meeting.
Large numbers of the NYPD were also on-hand...
Photos by Bobby Williams.