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  •  It should be a far more "boring" protest. (7+ / 0-)

    I really don't pretend to be fluent in the issue here - even as straightforward as it seems, there are undoubtedly nuances to both sides.

    Which is why I am wondering why the administration can't do the simple thing of saying something like this "thank you so much for being concerned, we really really want to hear from you, how do you propose to talk about it? We would be disappointed if you didn't feel strongly, this shows us that you are absorbing the values that we want us all to share. . . lets have an open dialogue, propose a schedule of talks. . . put a committee of students together. . .

    I mean really. Is it that hard to do the right thing here. Threatening expulsion and other drastic measures seems guaranteed to make them set in and then it WILL become dangerous.

    Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick. Message to Repug Fundies: "DO you really wonder "what would Jesus do?" I didn't think so.

    by 4CasandChlo on Thu May 09, 2013 at 03:20:12 PM PDT

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    •  Looks like dialogue already happened (3+ / 0-)
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      Which included some student representation, and opportunity for input along the way; and transparency in posting reports from two "task forces" - one dedicated to ideas for raising revenu, another for reducing expenses.

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Thu May 09, 2013 at 03:26:29 PM PDT

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      •  Felix Salmon has posted on it several times. (24+ / 0-)

        I don't know whether he has any particular bias, but he seems to be a good touchstone for reading up on the background.

        It’s time to air Cooper Union’s dirty laundry

        The fact is, as Iyer clearly lays out, that charging tuition runs in direct violation of Peter Cooper’s vision and his founding principles. Indeed, the original Cooper Union charter held the institution’s trustees personally responsible for any deficit, while ensuring that education was free to all enrolled students.
        But here’s the most astonishing thing, at least to me: no one seems to care how this happened, no one has been held responsible, no one has been blamed. The current trustees talk vaguely about how they “share your sense of the loss” of free tuition, but they don’t apologize for their decision, and not one of them, as far as I can tell, has resigned in protest or shame.

        Make no mistake: Cooper Union suffered a massive failure of governorship, and its trustees have abandoned the principle which underpinned the entire institution. A trustee is someone who governs for the benefit of others — and Cooper Unions trustees have failed, spectacularly, in their first and highest role, which was to preserve Peter Cooper’s tuition-free institution.

        Why Cooper Union can’t be trusted
        As part of that petition, Cooper committed to implementing something called a Master Plan, which involved cutting spending, raising $250 million, increasing the amount that alumni donate to the school, and other things, none of which really happened. As the board of trustees reported in 2011, “three key components of the Master Plan were not achieved as anticipated” — all of which were vastly more germane to the current fiscal crisis than any change in Chrysler Building rents in the early 1990s.

        In other words, there’s really no reason why anybody should trust Bharucha or the trustees — to have any faith that they’re being fully truthful with the rest of the school, or that they’re in any position to successfully execute on their promises.

        -7.75 -4.67

        "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

        There are no Christians in foxholes.

        by Odysseus on Thu May 09, 2013 at 03:36:00 PM PDT

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