NYU Disorientation Guide 2008!

2008 Disorientation Guide Cover

2008 Disorientation Guide Cover

The 2008 edition of NYU inc.’s Disorientation Guide is finished! The Disorientation Guide is a growing tradition at NYU – the first one was published at the beginning of the 2002 school year, and students have published a new edition annually since. A dozen or so undergrads, grad students and community members worked to make this year’s guide – the first to be published online as well as in print. A link for downloading the guide is below, the print version will be available starting the first day of school.

Here’s a few choice quotes from the 2008 Guide:

“The Board of Trustees have no clue what it feels like to take a full course load and work 30 hours a week. Or to be in debt. Or how it feels to have someone tell them no.” – from NYU’s Student Government is a Sham. So Why am I a Senator?

“NYU’s growth in 2007-8 was a series of firsts (and hopefully lasts).” – from NYU’s Year of Struggles – Looking Back on 2007-2008

“John Sexton is not about to go down in the books as the president of an almost-Ivy. So, instead of measuring figurative dicks in endowment dollars, NYU wants to change the rules of the game and be sized up by its global prowess.” from Exchange Students for Dollars – NYU’s Global Ambitions

“Secrecy only protects corruption and incompetence; democracy can only build NYU into a stronger, more successful and just university.” – from Taking NYU Back! Disclosure, Student Democracy and the Future of NYU

“It is difficult to speak about white privilege in NYU. In an institution which prides itself on being “in and of the city,” complaints of white privilege are often looked at skeptically, if not outright disregarded.” – from Daily Battles: NYU and White Privilege

“Reynolds has made a fortune off of putting students like you in debt – and she helps call the shots on NYU’s tuition hikes.” From Meet the Trustees!

“Two days earlier, President Sexton had emailed every striker, threatening to fire them from
their jobs and blacklist them from future work for as many as three semesters if they did not return by
a set date. These threats were ultimately successful in creating a climate of fear and frustration that
led many to stop striking.” – from NYU Works Because We Do

Download the 2008 Disorientation Guide here

(right click “Save as” to download, Left Click to view in browser)

Full Table of Contents after the cut!

Introduction…………………….………………..………3
NYU’s Year in Struggles – 2007-8 ……………………4
White Privilege at NYU……….……………..……….6
Queer NYUnity……………………………….……….7
Feminism is dead (j/k lol)……….……….…….……..8
Taking NYU Back – Disclosure, Democracy and the
Future of NYU………………………………….………9
If Student Government is a Sham,
Why am I a Senator?…………………………………….11
How NYU Works: A Flow Chart…………….………10
NYU Works Because We Do: An Union Struggles
at NYU……………………………….……………….12
Work/Study/Indenture………….……………………14
NYC Activist Map…………………………………….16
Historic Places in Lower Manhattan..……………17
Rad NYC Resources and Groups..………………18
Exchanging Students for Dollars – NYU’s Global
Ambitions……………………………………….…….20
Activism Schmactivism……………………………..22
Eco-Activism at NYU…………………………..…….23
Vivisection at NYU – A Hidden Nightmare………24
Washington Square Park-The Destruction of a
Perfect Public Space……………..…………………25
War/ SDS……………………………….…………….26
Meet the Trustees!…………..………………………28
Radical Reading List……….………………………..29
Radical Faculty………………………………..……..30
NYU Student Clubs………………………………….31

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8 responses to “NYU Disorientation Guide 2008!

  1. Pingback: 8.20.08 Featured blogs of the day « Student Bloggers

  2. kids in tennessee

    Whoa! consensus says… that’s so cool!

  3. awesome. we’re trying to get a disguide going at columbia, and you guys’ work is a great example.

  4. Pingback: Disorientation Guide to NYU (students moved in this weekend!) includes WSP article within it « Washington Square Park

  5. Everyone should prepare themselves to be there when it is announced at the last minute) at the Un-naming ceremony (hopefully to coincide with the official naming ceremony) of schiT fountain in Washington Square Park. Stay tuned…

  6. Please… Get over the park. These rants are full of exaggeration. “Destruction?” Are f**king kidding me? New grass, lights, benches, a food stall and the ADA compliance of a fountain area is destruction? Why don’t you focus on something meaningful like the thousands of deaths in Iraq or genocide in Africa. Or how about the plummeting US Dollar?

    While you were at home playing in your Republican parents backyards in Connecticut, Michigan and California… we were busy at work cleaning up a legendary park for future generations. Washington Square has been here for 200 years before you arrived and it will be here for another 200.

    Shut up all ready.

  7. er…

    RAY. Trying to call someone petty while picking fights on a blog is a losing strategy.

    And the Disguide does talk about the war in Iraq and genocide in Africa (lord knows it’s always happening in that mysterious Africa-place). Please read carefully.

    Forgive us for ignoring the declining dollar; the fall of American industro-imperialism wasn’t a problem for the folks writing this.

    The question is who will Washington Square Park serve: a diverse, vibrant community, or one made up of self-involved middle management like yourself.

  8. Pingback: Take Back NYU! » Blog Archive » Take Back NYU! Has a Website

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