Committee to Save Cooper Union Legal Fund: Update 1

To the supporters of the Committee to Save Cooper Union: THANK YOU!

We are now 24 hours into our fundraising campaign and have raised over $22,000 toward our $150,000 goal. Our deepest gratitude goes out to all who have contributed. Please continue to share the news with friends, family, and defenders of free education everywhere.

Immediately following the Class of 2014’s commencement ceremony we rallied together to show support for The Cooper Union’s strong and unique identity as a tuition free institution for the study of architecture, art and engineering; and to call attention to the fiscal mismanagement and lack of accountability on the part of The Cooper Union Trustees, leading to the erosion of a 150-year old tradition of free tuition made possible by philanthropist Peter Cooper.

Attorney Richard Emery speaking at the rally

At the press conference held outside the Foundation Building, we heard testimonials from Professor Mike Essl, alumni Adrian Burton Jovanovic & Devin Kenny, and incoming student Claire Kleinman. Attorney Richard Emery of the law firm Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady announced our petition seeking to preserve the longstanding policy of free tuition in light of the Trustees’ decision to impose tuition starting in 2014.

Since the announcement, our campaign has received a great amount of coverage and attention from media far and wide. From the Wall Street Journal article that first broke the story, the New York Post’s colorful commentary, ABC 7 television coverage, NY Daily News video, Hyperallergic, Art in America, and much more.

We later learned that president + executive = prexie

We are so encouraged by the momentum and support to preserve tuition-free education at Cooper Union. Please help us to continue toward our fundraising goals, and please help us Save Cooper Union!

It’s #FolkloreFriday! 

This week we look at Bewitched Butter as told by Miss Letitia MacLintock of County Donegal. Folklore surrounding cursed items, particularly milk, is a common theme. In Bewitched Butter, Mrs. Hanlon lets the neighbouring girl, Grace Dogherty, milk her Kerry cow. After letting Grace milk the cow, it is noted by the Hanlon family that the cow no longer offers a drop a milk. Only after boiling nine fresh iron nails in milk do they rid the community of Grace, who is confirmed to be a witch. You can find the entirety of the tale in Yeat’s Irish Fairy and Folk Tales which is available online here.

[photo: “A Western Irish Peasant Girl Churning’ from]