2008_12_nokerr.jpgSome New School students have gathered to "occupy" the Graduate Faculty building at 65 Fifth Avenue, in protest of New School President Bob Kerrey and Vice President James Murtha and students' lack of voice in the university's direction. According to the New School In Exile website, "The original idea of the University in Exile, and the New School in general, was to be a safe-haven for academic freedom and scholarship free of oppressive political regimes. It was known for its deep thinkers, its innovative academics, and its commitment to social and political justice as a bedrock of all other scholarship. The New School, under its current administration, is no longer able to fulfill that role of critical engagement and dissent." You can get some more info at the Facebook Group "New School Students with NO CONFIDENCE in Kerrey." Additionally, the students occupying 65 Fifth declare it "an open student study space and intent to keep the building open indefinitely" and invite other students to join in.