In light of World Aids Day on Thursday, December 1, many peer-health advocates from The New School and the greater community of New York City participated in creation of “An Art Exhibit of Transformation.”
When the occupation ended in the early hours of November 25, it left behind a tangible feeling of tension and uncertainty. The ideological disagreements that began at 90 Fifth Ave. had spread beyond the occupation, creating deep divisions throughout The New School’s intellectual community. And as students, faculty and administrators examined the dynamic of the occupation, and the events that had taken place, many worried that its divisiveness would haunt social activism at The New School and cripple any future attempts to bring the values of OWS to the university.
An examination of the financial state of higher education does not reveal a malevolent plot by rapacious trustees swimming in cash — there is no particular person or institution to blame. Nor is there one singular reason for the exorbitant cost of tuition. But there is widespread frustration with a system that lacks regulation and has no prospect of changing as long as students continue to pay up. In classic American fashion, institutes for higher education are in a race to be the best, and students who want to achieve economic prosperity are willing to take on debt and decades of ramen noodles in hopes of eventually getting the career that will provide them with such success.
According to a The New School university survey conducted earlier this year in conjunction with the National College Health Association, roughly four percent of students reported being clinically treated with ADHD medications such as Ritalin and Adderall. However, another 11 percent admitted to using these drugs without a prescription, a 2 percent rise since 2009.
It's Sunday, November 20. My cohorts Steve and Will and I arrive in Green Bay at around 9:30 in the morning after a 17-hour drive that took us through endless cornfields and past dilapidated post-industrial cities like Gary, Indiana. It's cold and grey outside, but a palpable feeling of anticipation hovers in the chilly Wisconsin air. We cruise down Lombardi Avenue, named for the legendary Packer coach of the 1960s, taking in the city on game day. Packer paraphernalia is everywhere. This town bleeds green and gold.
On Wednesday, November 30, and Thursday, December 1, Eugene Lang College’s Student Theatre Collective held its annual One-Act Play Festival at The Tank, a volunteer-run visual and performing arts theatre on W. 46th Street.
Roughly 50 students and faculty members from the Parsons Fine Arts program met with Dean Joel Towers on Wednesday, voicing their concerns about the future of fine arts studio facilities at Parsons and the resources available to students in the program.
I write from Sidi Bou Said, a touristy seaside town outside of the Tunisian capital, which Lonely Planet has informed me was once home to Michel Foucault. It's December 8, 2011 — the middle of the last month of this eventful year — and about three days after I had anticipated arriving in Tripoli, Libya. But upon arrival in Tunis, I found a more general air of concern than I had anticipated. Not only was nearly everyone I spoke to discouraging me from attempting to cross the land border, but apparently it was not possible to fly either. When I expressed my bewilderment to a Tunis Air employee — "What does the closure of the border have to do with your flights to Tripoli?" — she kindly brought me up to speed: about two weeks ago, Tunis Air suspended all service to Tripoli after armed people there boarded a plane full of (obviously unarmed) passengers. The men who boarded the plane with their weapons were thowar, she said — revolutionaries — and they came in search of some Gaddafi-loyalists who were trying to flee Libya.
While working on her senior thesis last spring, Parsons graduate Sophia Sunwoo sought community solutions for global environmental conditions. Now, with Water Collective, the newly developed organization she started this semester, her goals are beginning to take notice.