Image via: New School in exile.
New School students really don’t like their president Bob Kerrey. About 75 or more of them have been occupying the dining hall at the university’s Graduate Faculty building at 65 Fifth Avenue with a list of demands, the first of which being the removal of Kerrey as President, and James Murtha as Executive Vice President. This follows an overwhelming no-confidence vote by the university’s faculty last week, the revolt sparked by Kerrey’s decision to appoint himself as the interim Provost after having dismissed his fourth in seven years. Mr. Kerrey told the New York Times last week that the most contentious issue “has been his attempts to transform the way professors appointed and tenure is granted,” though what that transformation entailed was not discussed. Kerrey’s temperament and placement of budgetary concerns over academic excellence have been cited by both anonymous and named sources as the root of the problem. The politics of appointed board members such as Robert B. Millard were also at odds with the left leaning University as were the “moderate” political positions of Kerrey. Via: ArtCal Zine.
UPDATE: An agreement has been reached.