No Confidence Vote For NYU Prez John Sexton Ends Today, Results To Be Announced Shortly

It's been quite the newsworthy week for NYU.

Since Monday, President John Sexton has undergone a no confidence vote by the faculty at the University. This comes after the New York Times ran a piece detailing the inner drama of the school's hierarchy, as well as Sexton's complex personality as a charmer and provocateur. And, of course, fellow Voice scribe Nick Pinto had his in-depth report a few weeks ago that dove into the battle over the school's global presence and here at home with NYU 2031 - an expansion plan that has West Villagers up in arms.

Well, today, the no confidence vote will come to an end.

The faculty is expected to announce the results some time this afternoon. That result will determine what the faculty has to say about their leader's term in office and NYU as a whole. The decision could have enormous consequences for the world-renowned University and, as the Times and Pinto pointed out, higher education as a whole.

The Voice will have the updates here.

May Day! The Voice Staff's Live Coverage of Occupy Wall Street's M1NYC

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Hello and welcome to the afternoon shift of the Village Voice's liveblog of May Day 2012, as the Occupy Wall Street movement calls for a "General Strike" and a day of protests around the city. Our reporters and photographers remain fanned out across the boroughs. We'll continue liveblogging their dispatches right here and bringing you the latest news as it happens. We also invite you follow us on Twitter (@VillageVoice) and you can also follow our correspondents from the scene: Nick Pinto, C.S. Muncy, Victoria Bekiempis, James King, Ben Sin, Sam Levin, John Surico, Robert Sietsema, Tejal Rao, yours truly, and, covering the OWS music events for our sister blog Sound of the City, Maura Johnston.

Stay tuned!

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Occupy Wall Street Protests at Duarte Square: Live Updates [UPDATE]

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Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are currently gathered in Duarte Square, protesting Trinity Episcopal Church's refusal to let them use the land as a campsite. Our own Rosie Gray, Nick Pinto, and photographer C.S. Muncy are there with the "about 300" protesters (Rosie's estimate). Follow them on Twitter (@_rosiegray, @macfathom, and @CSMuncyPhoto) for information as it occurs in the field. Check back here for updates, which will be posted as we receive them.

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"99%" Projected Onto Side of Verizon Building

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This is pretty amazing. Our Nick Pinto just tweeted out this picture of the Verizon Building near the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, where he's covering the Occupy Wall Street march. The march includes workers from the Communications Workers of America, who were out on strike at Verizon and have been working without a contract for some time. We can't imagine Verizon is very happy about having the CWA's message seen on the side of their building. (We must admit, however, that the scary, largely windowless part of the building seems to have a better purpose now as a screen.)

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Occupy Wall Street National Day of Action: Live Updates From Downtown Manhattan

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The NYSE, which protestors did not stop from opening today
Good afternoon, and welcome to the evening edition of the Village Voice liveblog of Occupy Wall Street's Day of Action. Today, November 17, marks the two month anniversary since Occupy Wall Street began in Zuccotti Park. Protestors did not succeed in stopping or even delaying the New York Stock Exchange as they'd hoped to this morning, but it's still been an eventful day all the same. We'll be updating you through out the evening as the after work events begin. Our Nick Pinto (@macfathom) is currently on the 6 train covering "Occupy the Subway," Michelle Anderson (michellejourno) is with a group of students marching up Fifth Avenue, and Rosie Gray (@_rosiegray) is en route to Zuccotti Park. We've embedded live streaming video after the jump and will be updating news as it breaks through out of the evening. Stay with us.

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Ydanis Rodriguez, City Council Member, On Being Arrested at Occupy Wall Street

Ydanis Rodriguez, sporting a cut over his eye that he said police gave him at Occupy Wall Street.
Ydanis Rodriguez, the City Council member who was arrested near Zuccotti Park two nights ago, gave a press conference at City Hall this morning, his face still showing cuts and scrapes where he says police forced his face into the pavement.

Rodriguez told reporters he didn't go down to Zuccotti Park Monday night intending to get arrested. When he was tipped off to the 1 a.m. police raid Monday night by one of the occupiers, Rodriguez, who represents Washington Heights, drove downtown and started walking to the park.

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Occupy Wall Street's Day In Court

Zuccotti Park this morning, with police inside and protesters outside.
After the police moved on Zuccotti Park around 1 a.m. this morning, lawyers working on behalf of the occupiers and their allies sprang into action, securing a temporary restraining order from Justice Lucy Billings.

The order stated that until the matter was heard in court, police and Brookfield Properties, the owner of Zuccotti Park, were "prohibited from (a)Evicting protesters from Zuccotti Park...." and "(b) Enforcing the "rules" published after the occupation began or otherwise preventing protesters from re-entering the park with tents and other property previously utilized."

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Occupy Wall Street Can't Bring Tents, Sleeping Gear, or Zzzzs Back to Zuccotti Park

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OWS legal team after the ruling.
Judge Michael D. Stallman of the Supreme Court of New York just issued a ruling denying Occupy Wall Street's request for a temporary restraining order that would allow them to return, sleeping gear and all, to Zuccotti Park.

Two most interesting parts of the ruling, to us, are these. First, in a way, the judge sided with the protestors on their underlying message (emphasis ours):

It is undisputed that, since its inception on about September 17, 2011, Occupy Wall Street began occupying Zuccotti Park on a 24-hour basis for the demonstrations. Occupy Wall Street brought attention to the increasing disparity of wealth and power in the United States, largely because of the unorthodox tactic of occupying the subject public space on a 24-hour basis, and constructing an encampment there.

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New York City Dorms Are Insanely Expensive

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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Naomi Klein, Michael Moore and Others Opine on Occupy Wall Street

Heavy Hitters weigh in on Occupy Wall Street.
There were moments of last night's "Occupy Everywhere" symposium that felt like a debutante ball introducing Occupy Wall Street to polite liberal society.

To be sure, several dozen occupiers with their sleeping bags on their backs traipsed up from Zuccotti Park to attend the event. But the panelists (Naomi Klein, Michael Moore, William Greider and Rinku Sen, as well as Occupy Wall Street spokesman Patrick Bruner) were mostly addressing an audience of exactly the sort of institutional, establishment liberals you'd expect at an event put on by the Nation Institute and the New School.

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