Cooper Union Students Plan Walkout and March to Union Square Today to Protest Tuition

In protest of yesterday’s news that for the first time in its 153 year history the Cooper Union, the elite art, architecture, and engineering university in Manhattan’s East Village, will charge tuition, its students are walking out of their classes today at noon, and plan to march to Union Square later this afternoon.

Yesterday Cooper Union president Jamshed Bharuchar revealed that in 2013 the school will begin charging graduate students tuition, and has not ruled out doing so for undergrads as well come 2017. This afternoon, Gallerist reported and Artnet tweeted, students will march from the school’s campus in Cooper Square north to Union Square, sometime between 3pm and 4pm.

In addition to today’s protest march, Friends of Cooper Union — one of the groups of students and alumni that has been leading the campaign against charging tuition — will hold a summit tomorrow evening on the controversial decision.

— Benjamin Sutton

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