We morn the death of an Era as new Cooper Union President, Jamshed Bharucha, made a history-altering decision on April 23, 2013, to charge tuition to its students--abandoning Peter Cooper's 153-year old founding principal and belief that education should be as "free as the wind."
"[...Alexander Gorlin, Class of 1978, taught at Cooper and sat on the president's advisory council. "[This is] a sad day and especially ironic at a time when the gap between rich and poor has never been wider," wrote Gorlin in a statement to RECORD. "When the Mayor of New York is worth $17 billion and no one can figure out how to maintain Peter Cooper's 19th-century vision of education as 'free as the wind,' it appears that we are reverting in the 21st century to Thomas Hobbes' insight that the life of man is 'nasty, brutish and short.' As an alumnus of Cooper Union I am ashamed and embarrassed."]"