Cooper Union Grad Students Are Pissed They'll Soon Have To Pay For School

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James King
This is a guy dancing on top of the monument in front of Cooper Union. We have no idea how the hell he got up there.

We snapped the above photo in front of our office this afternoon. It's of a protester -- pissed off about something (tuition, apparently) -- dancing on top of the roughly 40-foot monument in front of Cooper Union. The sign he's holding reads "No Tuition It's Our Mission" -- which apparently is in response to the college's decision to start charging graduate students tuition to attend the college.

He's been up there for a while. How he got up there is unclear, but the cops are letting him do his thang (which includes dancing on top of the monument). How long they'll let him do it remains to be seen -- he was still dancin' away at the time of this writing.

It should be noted, however, many people in the crowd were overheard saying "why don't they just hit him with a tranquillizer dart?"

Couldn't have said it better ourselves...

Below is some video we shot (our apologies for the poor quality).




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Aaron James Kuhn
Aaron James Kuhn

dude, you suck. think before you write. who wants to hear you make fun of this kid? he was in fact bravely defending a concept he strongly believes in at the risk of legal penalties and charges. he was up there to rally attention to our cause as a school, and it worked perfectly. you are here to rally attention to how smart and clever you are for noticing him up there and telling everyone what you have to say about it after your brain shat itself trying to think. he got down on his own once before the police even showed up and then went back up to continue protesting, showing clearly that the over 68 cops etc present were not necessary to get him down--he's a member of the rockclimbing club he can do it himself.

Guest
Guest

"apparently" you have no idea what's going on. And your office is right in front of Cooper. And you call yourself a reporter. Shame on you

asterios9
asterios9

I just want to concur with the other commenters that this blog entry was a juvenile piece of crap. And while it's true that we readers like certain kinds of crap (it is the Voice after all), making fun of students for protesting is definitely *the wrong flavor* of crap.

Aaron
Aaron

Apparently you wrote this between bong hits.

Michael
Michael

Graduate students at the Cooper Union have enjoyed free tuition for 110 years.  That policy has enabled many thousands of talented but underprivileged student to enjoy a first-class education in their field.  And now the university is talking about doing away with that invaluable program that has helped so many people improve their lives.  Some people are brave enough to protest that. But you make fun of them for it.  What a sadly ignorant and biased report.

Henry123123
Henry123123

Wow nobody comments on this shit! Is everyone poor that read the vv? I see a ladder are you stupid also?

James King
James King

Sorry, Henry. Pretty sure that's a police ladder.

Hey, dumabass
Hey, dumabass

 How do you know the protestor brought the ladder? Maybe the police put it there for him to use to get down.

Benjamin Degen
Benjamin Degen

There was a time when the Voice was A VOICE for our community.This Community is the "Village" that the name of the paper still alludes to.This "Voice" expressed the progressive and forward thinking ideas of "The Village".SHAME ON YOU!DO YOUR JOB!Your JOB is NOT TO BE A FRAT BOY ("Tranquilizer dart") BYSTANDER.OR TO BE A REPOSITORY FOR WHORE ADS AND ARTICLES ABOUT WHERE TO GET THE BEST CHEESEBURGER.Be A VOICE DAMN IT!This is GARBAGE.James King- go back to school... Preferably one that will put you in debt for 25 years and LEARN HOW TO WRITE A GODDAMNED ARTICLE!

James King
James King

I wouldn't consider this an "article." This is what I had to watch when I walked out of my office yesterday. I shouldn't have given this idiocy the time of day, but a guy making an ass of himself in public is always good for a laugh.What you DON'T see in the photo I took is the roughly 30 cops and paramedics who were forced to waste their time -- and our money -- dealing with this idiot.Do you honestly think that this clown dancing on top of a monument like a buffoon is going to convince the administration at Cooper Union to forget their financial realities and say "shucks, guys, maybe charging tuition is a bad idea." There are ways to wage a successful protest. Dancing around on top of a monument like a fucking jerk isn't one of them.

Aaron James Kuhn
Aaron James Kuhn

don't talk about something you're completely uneducated about, james. that is your first lesson in journalism. don't worry about paying me for that education, it's tuition free. also don't be a cunt

Hope Gangloff
Hope Gangloff

James King, DisRespectfully, You are a Turd Sandwich. I hope you are Fired SOON

So-Crates Johnson
So-Crates Johnson

"There are ways to wage a successful protest. Dancing around on top of a monument like a fucking jerk isn't one of them."

I'm not sure I agree.  It's maybe not the most constructive approach.  But it did draw attention (yours included) to the situation at the school.  It got you to write about it.  I've seen probably a dozen articles today about this kid, and most of those articles went on to discuss (at least briefly) some of the issues behind the tuition debate.  Some of the people who read these stories may not have otherwise been informed about the situation.  So if this kid acting like a "fucking jerk" brings more awareness to this disappointing development, I think that's got to be a win of some kind.

But I guess it depends on how you define "success."

Moocowandthenun
Moocowandthenun

You guys are idiots. Get your facts straight before publishing. Thanks.

jennyeagleton
jennyeagleton

The protest today was almost entirely undergraduate students, not graduate students.

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