The official Cooper Union school store launched last Friday after months of hard work by the Center for Design and Typography here at Cooper. The store is housed primarily online and, on launch, has over 40 items for sale.The items are broken down in to four categories: The Basics, Throwback, Old School, and Wearable History.Each category is meant to represent a different facet of the Cooper experience, so whether you’re into the old school looks or a Great Hall fanatic, there’s an option for everyone.
Mike Essl (Art ‘96) is now the Dean of the School of Art after serving as Acting Dean since July 2016. In addition to teaching graphic design at Cooper, Essl was also a found member of the Committee to Save Cooper Union. Essl works alongside Assistant Dean Adriana Farmiga (Art ’96), who was appointed this past fall.
The Joint Student Council passed a resolution demanding that the administration immediately addresses any outstanding complaints between students, parents, and the Financial Aid Office. In addition, last Tuesday’s resolution called for improvements to the “efficiency and effectiveness” of the Financial Aid Office to prevent administrative issues from interfering with academics. Prior to passing the resolution, the JSC compiled a list of grievances and presented them to President Sparks and Vice President of Enrollment Services Mitchell Lipton. ◊
An overview of the Board of Trustees Meeting from June 21, 2017 describes an initiative of President Laura Sparks to improve diversity at the Cooper Union. The “Diversity Task Force” is fully endorsed by the Board of Trustees and is expected to launch soon. According to the minutes from this meeting, “the committee will look to external resources to employ best practices and break new ground in this area at Cooper”. Cooper Union has always held diversity in its highest regard, allowing women to enroll in courses in an era when that was uncommon, allowing even those of limited means to benefit from the school’s resources.
This past summer the School of Architecture renovated the computer lab, formally known as the Paul Laux Digital Architecture Studio, on the seventh floor of the Foundation Building. The renovations were spurred by a $2 million donation given to the school about ten years ago. The donor gave the money with the hopes that it would “have a significant transformation for the School of Architecture.”
Student Trustee Election Results
Mary Dwyer (ME ‘19) won the majority of the votes in the school-wide election for Student Trustee against Irisa Llana (Arch ‘21). Dwyer received 116 votes, and Llana received 81. The Board of Trustees will interview both candidates and select one to be a voting member of the board for a two-year term. The new student trustee will replace Jessica Marshall (EE ‘17) and join Julian Mayfield (Art ‘18), who was elected last year. The selected candidate will also serve on the Governance Committee and the Academic and Student Affairs Committee.
The student body selected the candidates in a ranked-choice system, where voters picked the candidates in their order of preference, so the total number votes do not correspond to the total number of voters. Votes were cast online April 5-11.
Dean Baker to Leave Cooper
Vice President of Community Affairs and Dean of Athletics Stephen Baker will retire on June 30, 2017 after 51 years of experience. In his letter, which was sent as a campus-wide email, Dean Baker expressed his gratitude to the Cooper community, and he added: “I know when I leave that I am leaving the college and its scholar-athletes in very capable hands as it continues to carry on our great traditions.”
“Many thanks, Steve,” President Laura Sparks wrote in the same email, “for all you have done and created for The Cooper Union.”
Dean Baker closed his letter with the usual “thanks and C.U. later.”
Get those voting fingers ready, another election season is upon us! Student Trustee voting begins Wednesday, April 5, and it all kicks off tomorrow, April 4, at the Student Trustee Forum hosted by The Pioneer. Together, our two candidates, Mary Dwyer (ME ‘19) and Irisa Llana (Arch ‘21), will participate in the forum in the hopes of winning the student vote and becoming selected by the Board as our new trustee.