A group of New School students, perhaps numbering 75 or more, are continuing their occupation of a dining hall at the university's Graduate Faculty building at 65 Fifth Avenue. Taking over the room last night, the group announced, "We liberate this space for ourselves, and all those who want to join us, for our general autonomous use. We take the university in explicit solidarity with those occupying the universities and streets in Greece, Italy, France and Spain."

They've hung up some banners, issued a "communique," and at least one student is wearing a beret. According to the manifesto, this is "a response to specific conditions at the New School, the corporatization of the university and the impoverishment of education in general." But that's not all:

It is not just this university but also New York City that is in crisis: in the next several months, thousands of us will be losing our jobs, while housing remains unaffordable and unavailable to many and the cost of living skyrockets...Be assured, this is only the beginning...with this occupation, we inaugurate a wave of occupations in New York City and the United States, a coming wave of occupations, blockades, and strikes in this time of crisis.

Looks like we're gonna need more banners. According to the Times, the protest "echoes dissidence among many of the school’s faculty members, who in the past week have cast votes of no confidence in [New School President Bob] Kerrey’s ability to lead the school." The students demand Kerrey's resignation, as well as other officials' termination; they want the next president, EVP, and Provost to be elected by students, faculty, and staff; and they want to stop the the school from "tearing down" 65 Fifth Avenue.

Graduate student Marcus Michelson tells the Times, "This is about starting a dialogue. And to do that you have to be seen as an equal. People just don’t give equality away, you have to take it." But an unidentified school official who stopped by the nascent autonomous zone grumbled, "You are going about this the wrong way."