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Breaking News: NYU Students Begin Sit-In

Mike Burke Feb 19, 2009

Between 60 and 75 New York University students have occupied the third floor of the Kimmel Center for University Life, located at 60 Washington Square South. The sit-in began about 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

A statement on TakeBackNYU.com reads: “NYU is the latest university to join a wave of global student occupations in the name of student empowerment. The Kimmel Center for University life is officially a reclaimed space.”

Charlie Eisenhood of the website NYU Local is blogging from inside the occupied building and has posted a series of photos.

Video of the the NYU occupation is livestreaming at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/take-back-nyu.

The students have issued a long list of demands, including:

* Disclosure of NYU’s endowment holdings, investment strategy, projected endowment growth, and persons, corporations and firms involved in the investment of the university’s endowment funds.

* That the NYU Administration agrees to resume negotiations with GSOC/UAW Local 2110 – the union for NYU graduate assistants, teaching assistants, and research assistants.

* That NYU signs a contract guaranteeing fair labor practices for all NYU employees at home and abroad.

* The establishment of a student elected Socially Responsible Finance Committee.

* That annual scholarships be provided for thirteen Palestinian students, starting with the 2009/2010 academic year.

* That the university donate all excess supplies and materials in an effort to rebuild the University of Gaza.

* Tuition stabilization for all students, beginning with the class of 2012.

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