The occupation of 90 Fifth Ave. proved to be a contentious and divisive issue for the entire community. For many students, the occupation represented a manifestation of the ideals that they had come to The New School to experience: our historically active and progressive university was, once again, making its voice heard in an important social movement. But plenty of others were opposed to the occupation, and raised concerns about the graffiti on the walls of the Student Study Center, the loss of valuable — and limited — study space at the university, and the perceived exclusiveness of the occupation.
With Eugene Lang College’s undergraduate literary journal, Release, transitioning into 11 and ½, literary publications within the New School community continue to be relevant. 12th Street functions as a journal for work happening in the The New School's Riggio Honors writing program. It also holds web and print launches bi-annually at Barnes and Noble. Lit, run by the New School MFA creative writing program, has featured pieces from many well-respected poets and writers such as Rosmarie Waldrop, K. Silem Mohammad, and Graham Foust.
We are a group of students who acted to establish the occupation of the Study Center at 90 Fifth Ave. that began on Thursday, November 17. Our enthusiasm for the occupation was grounded in our ambitions to open an autonomous space in support of the Occupy movement, which recently had a hasty eviction from Zuccotti Park. We wanted to secure a base for connecting protests and struggles across the city, giving impetus for the further development of the burgeoning student movement.
On a chilly Thursday evening a group of young people stood smoking outside a church on West 22nd Street. They were taking a break from the Alcoholics Anonymous meeting “Never Had a Legal Drink.” Inside the church, after grabbing a cup of coffee and passing on the Oreos, the group found their seats and listened to a story by a young woman about her struggles with addiction. For a moment, the atmosphere felt almost too enjoyable. This was, after all, an AA meeting.
They continued to stare and say nothing, for the doors had opened and the crowds were filing in. As the three friends took their seats, one of them suddenly looked back as if to say, “I know what you meant and I don’t like it.”
A woman covered in can lids danced down 14th Street between Avenue D and First Avenue; the aluminum tops clicking and clacking connected to her clothes could be heard from a block away. When a passerby noticed her, she would gradually move closer and dance suggestively towards them. Art in Odd Places had officially returned to New York City.
Between music theory classes and rehearsals, Mannes students can be found in the fifth floor lounge of the Mannes building on 150 W. 85th St. They might be studying sheet music, taking a nap on a couch, or eating pasta from Tupperware.
According to Alliance for The Arts, the “George Way Collection is gathered mostly from local sources, considered by experts to be the largest collection of 16th- and 17th-century Dutch and English furniture outside the UK.”
The delicate subject matter of the Troy Davis statement, and the discomfort it created amongst certain members of the USS, ignited a broader discourse regarding the USS’s political role within The New School.
“Clearly, people are just fed up with education and its spiraling costs, so this is a sign that things are changing and that society is beginning to place an even greater value on the idea of self-learning.”
October 15 marked the 29th day of Occupy Wall Street, and an international day of action that culminated in mass demonstrations throughout the world. Protests reached as far as Tokyo and Sydney, with the most well attended demonstrations in Rome attracting over 200,000. In New York, an estimated 6,000 protesters met in Washington Square Park before marching to Times Square, for what was coined as an "Occupation Party."
In turning the pages of “Permanent Error,” the seemingly post-apocalyptic aesthetic qualities of Agbogbloshie, a vast space where humanity and cattle alike are disbursed, working on a flat, mundane setting, become distinctly real.