Petrino DiLeo, Hannah Fleury, Amanda Ginsberg, Doug Singsen and Zach Zill report from New York City on the student occupation at the New School.
December 19, 2008
STUDENTS AT New York City’s New School ended a day-and-a-half-old occupation in the early-morning hours of December 19 after winning important concessions in their demands for greater democracy at their school.
New School President Bob Kerrey, a former senator and well-known figure in the Democratic Party, was forced to negotiate personally with the students, who took over a cafeteria in a building slated to be torn down soon to dramatize their call for a greater voice.
In addition to amnesty for everyone involved in the occupation, the New School administration agreed that students could continue using the building where the occupation took place as a library and study space. In addition, students were promised representation on the Board of Trustees and committees to choose future administrators, plus the formation of a committee on socially responsible investing.
The top demand of the students when the occupation began was Kerrey’s resignation, along with the school’s executive vice president–plus the treasurer of the Board of Trustees, Robert Millard, chairman of one of the largest defense contractors in the country.
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