Spring 2020 was a semester of many firsts for Cooper students. It was the first time architecture students had studio without an actual studio. It was the first time electrical engineering students couldn’t do their homework on the sixth floor. It was the first time the Art School’s End of Year Show had to be virtual. Despite all the changes happening to the curriculum, the largest change by far has been the physical distance that we put between us. The residence hall was almost empty in the second half of the spring semester and will only be at half-capacity in the fall. However, as August 31st quickly approaches, many still seem unsure of how open the building will operate, and thus are confused as to whether they should try to get to city in some capacity. With that said, The Pioneer reached out to students, both incoming and returning, to ask them where they plan to be in the fall.
I have been teaching a course on the Allegorical impulse in the arts of the 1970s and 1980s in the US. And oddly enough, and maybe fortuitously, I received the following story from a student. This is what she wrote:
The Cooper Union once had an old well with fresh and clean water.
TrioCup, the lid-less, spill-resistant, user-friendly, and economical paper cup by three Cooper Alumni Austin Wong (ME ‘17), Tom Chan (ME ‘17), and Daniel McNulty II (ChE ‘17), had its first commercial trials at the Bean at 3rd Avenue and Stuyvesant, next to the Cooper Union Residence Hall.
As a renowned trumpet player and composer, Wynton Marsalis’s reputation preceded his speech in the Great Hall two weeks ago. Nonetheless, his skill as an orator was a surprise to the packed auditorium.