12/03/2012 04:58 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2013

11 Students Protesting Tuition Have Barricaded Themselves In Cooper Union Building : Gothamist


Eleven students have locked themselves in the Peter Cooper Suite of the eighth floor of the Cooper Union building to protest the institution's decision to charge graduate students tuition. "We're hoping this will show the administration that they aren't able to make these changes under the table, that these things will have to come to light," Victoria Sobel, a 22-year-old senior and spokesperson for the protesters said in a phone interview. Sobel says that while the police haven't attempted to breech the barricades, a school maintenance crew was "physically ramming the barricade for about thirty minutes. We had to tell them there were students behind the door so they'd stop."