Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Living at NYU

NYU has made Business Week's list of the top ten priciest dorms in the United States. And to make it more expensive, they are working on constructing a 26-story dorm in the heart of the East Village that is opposed by hundreds of community members and neighboors. In fact, it is likely that the dorm is in violation of zoning laws due to its improper aquisition of air rights from the historic post office next door.


Anonymous tin397 said...

I have a friend living in NYU and she absolutely agrees with that. Everything in there are quite expensive. She would sometimes say that her salary goes to only a pair of shoes or a plunging neckline dress. Isn't that alarming?

8/24/2006 5:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh...don't you bright lights ever consider RESEARCHING the area where you are PLANNING TO LIVE? Oh, waaaah! Waaaahh! NYC is expensive. You just found that out the day you moved here? What the f*ck are you doing in school in the first place if you are that ignorant? Learn to live without the new clothes, ironic hairdos, mojitos, trips abroad, and all the other things you students are obsessed with. Try living within your means like the rest of the world does. Quit bitching, grow up, and move on. For God's sake, some of you little sh*ts are in school for 12 years or more!

8/29/2006 3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon, how can one "live within their means" if they have a income that doesn't even provide for the basic necessities in NYC, such as food and housing? Overinflated living costs are enough to make an NYU education cost prohibitive for many, including both the middle and working classes.

8/29/2006 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then don't GO to NYU, fucktard. Go to a community college or state school. What's wrong with that? WORK your way through school, instead of WHINE your way through school. No one cares about your white, overindulged, prissy ass. We need another draft to thin the herd out. Too many weak sisters like you.

8/29/2006 7:59 PM  
Blogger specter of marx said...

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8/29/2006 8:51 PM  
Blogger zach said...

I rarely buy new clothes, my hair is fairly un-ironic, i have never had a mojito in my life, and I haven't been outside the US in nearly three years and won't be going anywhere for a while.

My financial situation, despite my austerity, is shit.

If NYU wants to attract good students to botgh graduate school and its undergraduate programs, they need to make themselves an institution where folsk from working-class families can be financially stable without having to go into huge amounts of debt. For the undergrads, that means vastly improved financial aid packages. For those of us who are paid by the university for teaching and research, that means the security of a union contract.

9/01/2006 5:19 PM  
Blogger Bread and Roses said...

I would like to point out that community colleges do not give Ph.D.s, and also that the whole point here is that we are in fact working our way through school (often at 2 or more jobs to pay the bills). The reason we need a union is to protect our rights as workers.

9/08/2006 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are NOT workers, you are students. Why do you refuse to realize this? What you are doing now if paying your dues. It sucks, but there you have it. You chose to pursue a PhD, you were not forced to do so. Working 2 jobs or more is part and parcel of the sacrifice you have chosen to make to obtain your goals. No one owes you anything, you are not entitled to anything beyond a good education and an opportunity for future advancement. Why is it that this is such an issue now? How many other PhD candidate students eat Ramen noodle 3 nights a week, work ridiculous hours, struggle and make-do? There are so many people in this city who are homeless, cannot afford to eat regularly, and cannot provide the basics for their families. No one is out whining for them. Find your gratitude for what you have -- it is NOT a right, it is a privelege.

9/10/2006 2:44 PM  
Blogger specter of marx said...

Anon, we work as part of our fellowships. Therefore, we are both students AND workers. They are not mutually exclusive categories.

We are not "whining." As workers, we simply want a second union contract -- not higher stipends or increased benefits. The rhetoric of privilege masks the labor we perform, as well as its material value to the University.

9/10/2006 3:31 PM  
Blogger Bread and Roses said...

One of the most important reasons why rights for working people of all kinds are so backwards in this country is because the political ethos we rely on suggests that as long as you are doing better than some other person, you should be grateful for the crumbs that are thrown you. If instead all of us who work for a living banded together to fight for greater equality (remembering that the United States has one of the greatest degrees of income inequality in the developed world), we would all be better off.

Many GSOC members do work multiple jobs and struggle to make do. Some of us have children. Some of us have elderly parents or grandparents to take care of. Some of us have relatives in other countries. Some of us are international students prohibited by law from working second jobs. Some of us have hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt from college or other prior education.

Of course we are grateful that we can afford to earn our Ph.D.s. But we are not grateful that the work we do to support ourselves is underpaid, and that the lack of investment in higher education of which our lack of pay is a symptom will reduce the quality of education for undergraduates.

9/10/2006 7:56 PM  

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