Public School Students Take Break From Winter Break to Criticize Mayor

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City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez alongside students from Urban Youth Collaborative.
Public school students from across the city rallied this afternoon inside a room in a New York University building -- calling on the mayor and the Department of Education to do a better job of preparing minority and low-income students for college.

When Runnin' Scared first showed up to the rally, we wondered how all these students -- around 50 or so from elementary to high school ages -- were able to take a break from class and be activists for the day.

But then we realized it wasn't a break from school -- it was actually a break from winter break! For a cause that electeds and students in attendance said is crucial to the future of the city and the public school system.

Spearheaded by the Urban Youth Collaborative, the event marked the official launch of a student-led campaign called "Get Us To College," centered on the troubling statistic that just 13 percent of black and Latino New York City students are prepared for college. One in four throughout the system finish high school college-ready.

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Occupy Princeton Protesters Disrupt Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Recruiting Events

Occupy Princeton -- which, yes, it exists -- mic-checked a J.P. Morgan recruiting event on Wednesday and a Goldman Sachs event, above, on Thursday. This is similar to what happened at Harvard recently, though we haven't found a bizarrely pro-Goldman editorial in The Daily Princetonian yet.

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NYU to Offer an Occupy Wall Street Class Next Semester

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Occupy Wall Street is now official enough to enter the halls of higher education. Next semester, NYU's department of Social and Cultural Analysis will offer a course called "Cultures and Economies: Why Occupy Wall Street?"

The course description:

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CUNY Students to Protest Today; Barricades Already Set Up, Classes Cancelled

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The CUNY board of trustees will be voting on possible tuition hikes today, and students are planning a big action in protest this afternoon. In response, CUNY is planning something of a pre-emptive strike to prevent the kind of disorder that happened last time; the school has already set up barricades and has cancelled all classes after 3 p.m. to reduce the number of students on campus.

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UC Davis Students Silently Protest Chancellor Linda Katehi [VIDEO]


Yesterday, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi attended a press conference to discuss the pepper spraying of a group of passive students. After a long delay, Katehi eventually left the building where the press conference was being held and was confronted by an unknown number of silent students sitting cross-legged--just like their peers who were pepper sprayed the day before. Watch the eerie protest above.


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Columbia Marching Band Banned From Game For Being Slightly Irreverent

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Columbia's marching band was banned (and subsequently un-banned) from performing at Saturday's football game against Brown for pointing out the simple fact that Columbia hasn't won a game all season. After every game, the band plays the school fight song "Roar, Lions, Roar." But after the team gave up 62 points to Cornell last Saturday, the band altered the lyrics, according to Bwog:

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Godlike Yale Boy Chooses Football Over Rhodes Scholarship As World Watches

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Have you been following the saga of Patrick Witt, the most perfect college student in the United States? Witt, class of '12, is a gentleman athlete and scholar who has been faced with a difficult situation: do a Rhodes Scholarship or play quarterback in the annual Harvard-Yale game?

It's been a torturous period but the decision is made: Witt has decided in favor of the football game.

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New York City Dorms Are Insanely Expensive

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The room and board is too damn high -- especially at The New School.
In last week's cover story on student debt at NYU, we noted that part of the issue is that New York City is just a very expensive place to live.

Illustrating that point, a list released today of the most expensive college dorms for the 2011-2012 school year. Surprise! New York schools dominate the list, which tabulates the average cost of a two-room double with meal plan.

NYU actually comes in second on the list (up from 14th place last year), with an average cost of $15,181. Returning this year in the top slot is the New School, at $18,080.

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Cooper Union Students Hold Open Forum in Response to Possible New Tuition

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In the wake of the news that their free university might begin charging tuition, more than 100 Cooper Union students left class this afternoon and took up residence in the middle of Cooper Square. The event, which organizers are hesitant to call a "walkout," currently consists of students and professors "occupying" Cooper Square in front of the Foundation Building; it will continue until 6.

The scene reflected Cooper's diverse student population, which many students believe is itself a result of the lack of tuition: Students solved economics problems on a chalk board, sat cross-legged on the ground with sketchpads on their laps, and lounged on a bright red couch with their homework.


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Cooper Union Students Staging Walkout Today in Protest of Tuition Proposal

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Cooper Union, traditionally free, is considering charging tuition in order to manage an increasingly strained financial situation. As we reported yesterday, students aren't pleased about the proposal. Today, they're staging a "Walk-Work-Act-Out" outside the Foundation Building in the middle of Cooper Square from 2 to 6 p.m.

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