December 23, 2009
On Tuesday the New York State Supreme Court granted an injunction preventing Hunter from turning the childcare center into an administrative office. The decision was in the midst of an escalating student struggle to prevent the center’s closing that would result in education becoming unaffordable for many current students who are already struggling to pay CUNY’s rising tuition.
On Monday, students from throughout the CUNY system, NYU, and New School attended a rally outside of Hunter, one of several so far, to demand the center stay open. At one point, the rally attempted to march inside the well-policed building to bring their demands directly to the administrators. One student was arrested in the demonstration and is being charged with incite to riot.
Administrators are beginning to learn it is no longer so easy to disenfranchise a single faction of students as solidarity between students at New York City rapidly strengthens.