It happens to almost all NYU students: the moment when you snap, and unleash your pent up frustration at your university in a torrent of rage. For some it happens early, and you become a resigned cynic for the course of your education, for some it turns into a desire to take back your university, for others a fake flier defaming John Sexton.
For Neal Shechter of the College Dems, it turns into this explosive post at the College Dems Blog. Shechter’s post is significant because it comes from an organization firmly in the middle of NYU’s idelogical spectrum (83% of NYU voters voted for Obama), and it latches on to a few key issues for students that NYU:
1. Student Space. NYU’s Bobst Library was built in 1977, Kimmel opened in 2004 but reduced free study-space for students drastically vs. the old Loeb Center. Space for general student use continues to shrink.
2. Community. NYU has a self-perpetuated problem of a meager student-life community. Space issues and a disengaged faculty keep this problem alive. (though I would suggest to Neal that he investigate the Gallatin School if he’s concerned about contact with faculty)
3. Feeling Overwhelmed – Seriously. There’s a lot of problems with NYU. It’s sometimes hard to give a damn when you don’t even know where to start.