By Nora Ashwood A’23Editors Note: In collaboration with the Union Journal and in celebration of their Zine grant, our staff writer and associate editor Nora Ashwood dove into the world of zines to give a brief overview of their history. Please follow the link below for the PDF:
By Nora Ashwood (A’23)
Do you think your process informs the final appearance of your work or do you think you choose a process appropriate to the look you’re going for?
Bri Al-Bahish: I think my process definitely informs the final appearance. There are certain “looks” that I go for, but I guess when I see one, I immediately associate that look with a process for creating it. They become essentially inseparable to me.
Editor’s Note: The Pioneer gathered a range of responses to questions about their experiences in their respective fields with varying amounts of time at Cooper.
By Minah Ali (CE’23)
(Editor’s Note: The version of the letter published to the website was adjusted for formatting. A link is avaibable to the unchanged article in the body of the text. A link has also been provided to sign the letter here)
A few hours after President Trump tweeted “SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!” on July 6th, the Department of Homeland Security released a broadcast message titled “COVID-19 and Fall 2020”. Seemingly politically and financially motivated, the announcement reeked of xenophobia. It stated that nonimmigrant F-1 students taking a fully online course-load, which the Cooper Union was following as of June 2020, may not remain in the United States, possibly facing deportation. On July 9th, the Cooper Union administration responded to this crisis with an email stating a shift to a hybrid model of learning, which requires all international students to be in the US. However, with the SEVP regulations preventing students from taking online courses outside of the US in a hybrid model, international students would not have the ability to remain in their home countries to continue remote learning. In the administration’s email, this clause was misunderstood, which, given the severity of the crisis, shows irresponsibility. A collective of students took action to ensure that the Cooper Union protects all international students at the institution in a letter emailed to the administration.
The following letter was written collectively over the course of 36 hours and amassed almost 250 signatures before being sent to the administration on June 9th at 8 PM EDT:
By Brighton Huynh (CE’21)
(Editors Note: The content of footnotes have been moved to the end of the article. For those whom the letter is addressed to, I have shortened two job titles and moved the full titles to the end of the article to maintain continuity in the formatting of the letter)
Update (1JUL2020): The Cabinet of the President posted a recent response to the collective letter on June 8th recently.
Systemic racism has plagued the country since its founding and continues to do so. The cold-blooded murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and Nina Pop have prompted a mass movement calling for the nation to proactively confront systemic racism. A collective of students took action to ensure that the Cooper Union transforms itself into an actively anti-racist institution. The following is a statement from some of the students involved accompanied by the body of the letter:
The letter below, addressed and delivered on June 8, 2020, to the administration of The Cooper Union, is by no means exhaustive in scope but hopes to serve as merely the beginning of a series of conversations needed to foster and transform The Cooper Union into an actively anti-racist institution. The actions proposed were initially questions and concerns voiced in a town hall hosted by students on June 1, 2020, as well as informed by other school-wide meetings held during that week. The letter circulated around various social media networks to reach students and alumni across the three schools. The letter was edited collaboratively using Google Docs and any signee was permitted to suggest changes and post comments to the letter. Each of these suggested changes or comments were addressed individually by the organizing members. The hope is that these conversations surrounding institutional racism will continue to develop throughout The Cooper Union.
Since the submission of the letter to the administration, the document has been further copyedited for typographical errors and improved readability.
The original collaborative document is available on Google Docs here.
If you wish to add your signature to the letter, please do so here.
If you wish to join the conversation, please read, comment, suggest, and share the developing list of questions—most of which were delivered jointly on June 8, 2020 with the letter below—which is available here.
By Afshin Khan (CE ‘19)
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.
By Matthew Grattan (ChE ‘19)
The Pioneer interviewed Vice President of Enrollment Services Mitchell Lipton and Interim Director of Finance and Administration Keith Stokeld about changes at Cooper Union since charging tuition.