What you need to know to be student trustee

By Matthew Grattan (BSE ’19)

A student trustee is a full voting member of The Cooper Union’s Board of Trustees. So, that means you’ll attend quarterly Board meetings, sit on committees, participate in discussions, and vote on important Board decisions. What’s the Board of Trustees? The Board oversees the long-term plans of the school—things like yearly finances, fundraising, or Cooper’s plan back to free tuition. “If you’re interest is in big picture strategy,” writes Board of Trustees Chair Rachel L. Warren in a letter to prospective student trustee candidates, “[…] then Board service might be for you.”

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Engineering Dean Candidates Visit Cooper Union

By Matthew Grattan (BSE ’19)

Two candidates for the Dean of Engineering visited The Cooper Union last week to give presentations to students and faculty. One candidate presented on Tuesday, and the other presented on Friday. The candidates had similar credentials: They both served as department heads at their respective universities, had backgrounds in electrical engineering, and had experience working with the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).

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Resolutions Oppose Contact Hour Change; Dean Announces Forum

By Matthew Grattan (BSE ’19)

Two months ago, the Engineering Curriculum Committee passed a resolution in opposition to the contact hour changes in the Departments of Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. Last week, on April 2, the Engineering Student Council (ESC) followed suit after collecting student signatures for a petition opposing the change. The Cooper Union Federation of College Teachers (CUFCT) has also filed a grievance against the administration.

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Math department releases emails with administration on contact hours

By Brian Frost (EE ’19)

According to email correspondence provided by the Department of Mathematics, President Laura Sparks is “confident” that Dean Richard Stock’s directive to reduce contact hours in some required math classes achieves the “best for The Cooper Union and our students.”

The mathematics department feels that the “policy change will unavoidably lead to a diminution of the depth and breadth of our students’ mathematical preparation, thereby jeopardizing their readiness to excel in the sciences and engineering.”

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Tuneage: Ep 007 (Women in Music)

On this episode of Tuneage, the panel celebrates Women’s History Month and shares songs by their favorite women in music!

Songs featured:

  • Amy Winehouse – “Tears Dry on Their Own”
  • Kehlani – “Honey” (Olivia’s pick)
  • The Japanese House – “Face Like Thunder” (Matt’s pick)
  • Alicia Keys – “Girl on Fire” (Kavya’s pick)
  • Florence + The Machine – “Dog Days Are Over” (Brandon’s pick)
  • Kesha – “Learn to Let Go” (Gabi’s pick)
  • SZA – “Drew Barrymore”

Produced and edited by Brandon Quinere (CE ’19)

This episode’s panel: Gabriela Godlewski (CE ’19), Matthew Grattan (ChE ’19), Olivia Park (ME ’20), and Kavya Udupa (BSE ’19)

Check out a Spotify playlist of songs featured on this episode plus some more of our faves!