All posts by Matthew Grattan

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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ESC letter asks professors to “categorically avoid” suicide jokes

By Matthew Grattan (BSE ’19)

In a recent email to engineering faculty, The Engineering Student Council asked professors to “categorically avoid” jokes regarding suicide. According to the letter, students have come forward with reports that professors have suggested to students who performed poorly on assignments that they should kill themselves.

In a meeting on Jan. 22, ESC representatives voted 16-2 to approve the final wording of the letter, which was emailed to engineering professors on Feb. 24.

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The Cooper Story: “To the Trustees of The Cooper Union…”

By Afshin Khan (CE ‘19)

Photo source: groupaffect.files.wordpress.com. The Deed of Trust and the letter to the Board of Trustees can be found at library.coopr.edu.

On April 29, 1859, Peter Cooper and his wife, Sarah Cooper, bestowed upon The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art both the property and land that currently houses the Foundation Building. The Deed of Trust was followed by a personal letter that Peter Cooper wrote to the trustees of the institution. It was not until 97 years later, in 1956, that the letter was published in a pamphlet, to remind its readers of Peter Cooper’s vision for the institution.

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