Tuesday, April 04, 2006

NYU: For Rich People Only?

Today's InsideHigherEd.com has an article about our strike which includes interviews with a number of GSOC members. The article points out the importance of the political support GSOC is building from local and state politicians and quotes Richard Boris, executive director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, at City University of New York’s Hunter College, as saying that our persistance coupled with this political support has a good chance of winning us a contract. The article also quotes Elizabeth Bunn, secretary-treasurer of the UAW, talking about the fact that our fight is a national fight.

Nerds think that the tone of the article feels a lot like the tone of the strike right now. We are tired--often exhausted. That makes us sound depressed sometimes. But we are still excited about what we are doing for ourselves and for graduate employees across the country. And we keep on beleiving that some combination of our persistance and our political support will help us win. Our strike may be the longest strike of graduate employees in history, but you still never know when you will win until you do.

Meanwhile, NYU has been busy finding more people to screw over: The Washington Square News reports that NYU is increasing the cost of tuition by 5.3% (the fifth year in which tuition increases are over 5%. This increase brings the annual total cost of tuition, fees, room, and board (a number which does not include books, incidental expenses, travel, etc.) to almost $47,000. The WSN also reports that NYU is the university at which students are most disatissfied with financial aid. This is all happening while schools like Harvard and other elite colleges are guaranteeing full tuition scholarships for low-income students, while other colleges and universities are making an unprecidented committmment to ensure access for poor and working-class students by granting that these students' financial needs will be completely met.

Hmmm...it seems like NYU wants to make sure it is a bastion for the rich and the privilaged, from undergraduates all the way up through Ph.D. students. Well, we aren't going to let them.


Anonymous Annie Rudnick said...

SUPPORT Tuition & Financial Aid Reform at NYU!

OPPOSE the 5.3% Tuition Hike!

TUESDAY, APRIL 11 / 12:15 p.m.

The upcoming 5.3% tuition hike will increase tuition to $33,370!
Lets remind President Sexton that we’re not all Olsens!

On Tuesday during common hour, come join the Tuition Reform Action Coalition (TRAC),
students, faculty, speakers and performers, in a rally calling for a comprehensive tuition and
financial aid reform at NYU. Help make an affordable and accessible higher education at NYU a reality!


4/05/2006 11:11 PM  

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