Occupy Cooper Union

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Occupy Cooper Union
Dec 8, 2012

Finally an occupy demonstration for a worthwhile cause.

Cooper Union is one of the many unknown gems of NYC.  Founded by an industrialist and inventor, agenius with one year of education (first US steam engine, Jello, the transatlantic cable and many other inventions and enterprises) who lived simply and poured his fortune into a school that would never charge a dime's tuition, so that people who lacked means could be educated in art, engineering and architecture.

The building pioneered steel construction.   Among the alumni are Thomas Edison, Felix Frankfurter, a Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Jay Maisel, Daniel Liebeskind and many other notables.

The Great Hall has been the place of speeches by future Presidents, including one by Lincoln that secured him the presidency and changed the course of history.  The NAACP, the American Red Cross and the woman's suffrage movement in the US were founded there.

Well, the people now running it want to start charging tuition to graduate students.  This is just the beginning of the end.   I ran into some protesters in Washington Square.

I told them they should add as a slogan:

More education, less administration

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