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Taking back The New School!

Update!: below is an archival story from Dec, 18, 2008. There was another student occupation on Friday, April 10, 2009. It was ended about 1pm today with riot police. (The students still want Bob Kerrey OUT as President of the school.) More about the April 10th events: here.
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Some New School students are occupying the Graduate Faculty building until demands are met, including removing Bob Kerrey as President of the school. From a statement about what is at stake, posted by Pat Korte:

To President Kerrey and the New School Board of Trustees:

You have made yourselves available and accountable to a university that has a legacy of progressive values. You do not have the authority to use this institution to generate profit for those who oppress, exploit, torture, and kill. You do not have a blank check from us, and you do not have the right to ignore us.

(excerpt from)
New School Occupation Enters Second Day
By Pat Korte at Dec 18, 2008

Re: Updated – Occupation of New School University
Contact: me at chriscrews dot org

New School In Exile Occupation Grows, Moves Into Second Day

(NY)—Over 100 student from the New School University are moving into their second day of occupying the Graduate Faculty building on 65 5^th Avenue. The occupation began Wednesday night at approximately 7 pm. After occupying the building the students established a New School in Exile. Students are committed to occupying the building until our demands are met and are calling for more New School students, faculty, staff and supporters to come and join the occupation…

The occupiers demand the resignation of New School President Bob Kerrey, Executive Vice President James Murtha and Board of Trustee member Robert Millard; more institutional involvement and representation by students within university government; the creation of a university committee focused on socially responsible investing; and the redirecting of financial resources away from capital projects and towards improving student resources and space…

Background: Why the New School has been at odds with Kerrey:

(excerpt from) The New York Times
New School Faculty Votes No Confidence in Kerrey

By MARC SANTORA and LISA W. FODERARO
Published: December 10, 2008

Bob Kerrey, the Vietnam veteran and former Nebraska governor and senator known for his acerbic tongue and iconoclastic tendencies, was handed an overwhelming vote of no-confidence on Wednesday afternoon by the senior faculty at the New School, the Greenwich Village university he has run since 2001.

Mr. Kerrey has clashed with some professors since the day of his appointment as the New School’s president, with complaints that he lacks a Ph.D. and that his politics — particularly his early support for the Iraq war — were too moderate for the unabashedly liberal campus…

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