Rally for student occupiers and their demands
Tuesday, February 14
South side of Washington Square Park
Sign the petition expressing your support for the students.
My note to the NYU Vice President of Public Affairs John Beckman, in response to an email similar to this statement:
Dear Mr. Beckman,
The NYU administration handled itself in a disgraceful manner in trying to resolve the occupation. This was epitomized by the administration agreeing to negotiations then detaining and suspending the student negotiators when they arrived. That was nothing but thuggish and cowardly behavior. It was certainly not respectful of the "free exchange of ideas" to which you say NYU is committed. I also saw video this evening of a security guard physically assaulting Farah Khimji while dragging her off the balcony. Is that a "measured response"? This is my first semester at NYU and based on the administration's behavior during this occupation I have learned that NYU does not keep its word and it will use physical force against those who disagree with it. This is deeply disturbing to me, as it is to my friends, colleagues and family.
As Take Back NYU! has emphasized, for many months they have been attempting to engage the administration regarding their concerns. NYU showed then, as it shows now, a complete disregard for the valid concerns of its students. That is the other lesson I learned this past week. NYU has no respect nor tolerance for the grievances of its student body when those grievances may affect NYU's business model. That truly shows where its priorities are.