Posts Tagged ‘Occupy Wall Street’
It looks like the Anthropology department won’t be offering a class on Occupy Wall Street this semester after all. As someone who thought the syllabus looked pretty boss, I’m a little bummed out, but as someone who has only an opaque understanding of the Committee on Instruction’s rules and regulations, I can’t comment too directly on the odd sequence of events that have led us to this point. I do, however, think that the course (or, rather, the almost-course) tapped into one of the aspects of the Occupy movement that makes Columbia students most uncomfortable: its efforts to promote an alternative idea of education. More »
If you’ve been on the Internet the last few days, you’ve probably heard that Columbia’s Anthropology Department is offering a class on Occupy Wall Street next semester, to the disdain of certain news organizations.
But not so fast–according to Columbia spokesperson Brian Connolly, the course has not actually been approved the Committee on Instruction yet. Connolly told Spectator via email that the course–which is officially called “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, Social Movement” and would be taught by anthropology professor Hannah Appel–has not been considered for approval yet, and that “some departmental postings regarding the spring semester were premature.”
Noah Fischer is a Brooklyn-based artist who graduated from Columbia’s School of the Arts in 2004. Fischer has often focused on alternative and public space as subject for his works, and so, this past October, he instigated the “Occupy Museums” movement. Inspired by Occupy Wall Street, the group hoped to both create awareness about and fundamentally change “the pyramid schemes” on which “the temples of cultural elitism controlled by the 1%” operate, according to the movement’s manifesto.
In a recent issue of The Eye, Ravenna Koenig wrote on this intersection between activism and the art world. Check out her interview with Fischer after the jump, in which they discuss artists’ salaries, private wealth, and where exactly, it all went wrong. More »
Read today’s story by Emma Goss to learn about the members of Occupy Columbia who interrupted last night’s SGA town hall about Barnard’s finances.
The rest of the meeting was devoted to a presentation and Q&A with Barnard COO Gregory Brown and V.P. of Development Brett Silver:
Does the new enrollment policy really make a difference in Barnard’s finances?
- The amount of money lost by Barnard from a student in their eighth semester taking only 1 course (1/5 of the tuition) is $12,000. Considering up to 40 students with part-time enrollment, that number reaches $500,000.
- With an operating deficit of $2.5 million last year, that $500,000 cane be significant.
- Virtually none of Barnard’s peer institutions have eighth semester reduced tuition, and some even have an early graduation fee.
- When asked if it is possible to repeal the enrollment policy if enough support is gathered, COO Brown wouldn’t give a direct answer but acknowledged that is was, “more of a no than a yes.” He also said that other budget cuts that are potentially worse for students would have to come if the new policy was repealed.
Weather: *sticks head out of window* Yup… it’s raining. Wear a coat, kids.
Event of the Day: “Fiction and History Conference: Day 2″ (6 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the Faculty House) E.L. Doctorow, Mark Carnes, John Demos, Jane Kamensky, and James Neal
Filming Nearby: Person of Interest, which as it turns out is not the new Rebecca Black music video, is filming on 79th & Broadway. Sure that’s out of the way, but I’d go pretty far for fame a Rebecca Black plug.
In case you’ve been secluded in Butler for days and missed the news, Mayor Bloomberg’s administration sent police forces to clear protestors from Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning. A group of students headed downtown in the wee hours of the morning to support the protestors during the confrontation, which former Daily Editor Wilfred Chan chronicled on IvyGate (there’s lots of great pictures!). In the wake of this news, students involved in the break-off group Occupy Columbia have adapted the schedule for their Week of Action events here on campus and throughout the city. Yoni Golijov, Occupy Columbia’s leading promoter, said the recent events will make the strike and the actions of this week all the more potent. Tuesday’s open dialogue between professors and students was going to be moved downtown after more than fifty Columbia students expressed their support for the change, however it stayed on campus. While the “speak-out” on Wednesday against racial profiling will occur as planned—by the sundial at noon—Thursday’s citywide student strike will begin with an on-campus rally from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., after which the group will head down to Zuccotti Park.
It’s late. You’re up. Perhaps because you’re a guest here, visiting a friend who is making you sleep in the lounge, where it’s hard to fall asleep because people keep walking through and you feel sort of homeless.
It happens. This alarming trend caused Associate Director of the Office of Residential Programs Scott Helfrich to send out this memo to LLC residents today:
The LLC Resident Advisers are noticing a number of guests of resident sleeping in the lounges, or are being approached by residents seeking permission for guests to sleep in suite lounges. My staff cannot grant such permission and need to document students sleeping in lounges as well as the resident hosting them.
Other Ivies Exist: And they are occupying themselves. Harvard students and professors are chafing at increased security measures for protestors, while Cornell occupiers held up a sign with the words “Stop the Cornell – Wall Street pipeline. Choose the right occupation” at a Work on Wall Street conference in Ithaca on Saturday. [Crimson, Daily Sun]
X-Men News: Writer Chris Claremont is donating his X-Men archives to Butler’s Rare Books and Manuscript Library. [Publisher's Weekly]
XXX News: Universities such as Missouri and Washington are buying .xxx domains to keep their schools’ names from being associated with questionable online content, while Sex Week is looking to gain the administration’s approval to hold events at Yale next semester after its recent ban. [Gizmodo, Yale Daily News] More »
We’re all familiar with the Occupy Wall Street protests. Maybe you’re even taking part in them. But as the Zuccotti Park protests continue, we find ourselves wondering, “who exactly are the people of Occupy Wall Street?”
Here’s an infographic of the 99% to shed some light on the question:
The scene at 125th St and Broadway about an hour ago:
The five-hour march aims to get Black and Latino supporters from upper Manhattan to join with protesters downtown. Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who is leading the march, told the Observer,
“We’re looking to find a way of how to continue supporting the 99% movement. … I believe that this movement is so important for everyone, especially the working class and the middle class, to communities left behind, as is the case for the Northern Manhattan area where the gap between rich and poor is so clear.” [WSJ, PolitickerNY]