Kimmel Occupation Day 3 Updates

on 20 February, 2009

Untamed heart download.jpg” alt=”dsc_0023″ width=”530″ height=”351″ />After thirty hours of liveblogging the TBNYU! occupation from the Kimmel Center cafeteria, NYU Local National editor and all around bad ass Charlie Eisenhood returned to his bed around 3am this morning. His coverage was more comprehensive than anything else available and his willingness to continue blogging amidst the hostile masses pretty impressive. We tried to arrange a body switch to send in another reporter when he left but the NYU admin was having none of it so we’ll be harassing TBNYU! kids still in Kimmel and administrators alike in search of information for the rest of the day. Check back here for updates and follow our twitter for info as it comes in.

New info after the jump.

9:15AM- NYU PR tells me that no one is allowed access to Kimmel outside of scheduled activities. Walking by Kimmel around 9:30, it was looking more like no one is allowed in period.

TBNYU!’s blog is saying that the internet in Kimmel has been disconnected and there’s “no access to power outlets.” Waiting for confirmation from Lynne Brown. Grad students are currently blogging on their behalf but I wonder how long they’ll last now. I mean, possible expulsion is one thing, no internet is quite another.

Another support ralley outside Kimmel today at noon.

Have received word from two sources that CAS Senator Caitlin Boehne actually left Kimmel shortly after telling Local that she was in it for the long haul at 2:20am today. Texted Caitlin for confirmation, no response yet.

12:13 – Hey, all. Charlie here. I just spoke to Emily Stainkamp and she informed me that administrators and security guards raided the 3rd floor and rounded up the remaining protestors. They are all being suspended.

The team of five negotiators (before this raid) went to negotiate and were apparently detained and suspended as well. It’s currently unclear if any negotiations actually took place.

This is the end I think. Will update with any new news.

12:26 – Lily Q is at Kimmel and informs me that people are still inside and on the balcony. They should be coming out of the building in about 15 minutes. Although the press release says that non-NYU students will be turned over to police, some tips are coming in that a few have left the building and were not give to police. More info forthcoming. Be sure to follow our twitter for comprehensive coverage.

12:43 – 4 protestors remain on the balcony. They say they won’t be leaving until they’re removed. I don’t see what this accomplishes. They’re not going to meet any demands, they’re just going to arrest/expel/pwn you. Working on getting names and photos.

12:48 – Jess is updating the twitter: ryan olander and drew phillips two of the students remaining, 1 student on balcony goes to drew university.

12:50 – Everyone else is out of the building, only the 4 on the balcony remain.

Students on balcony: Sarah Magno (NYU ’10), Drew Phillips (NYU ’10), Ryan Olander (U Minnesota Grad), Krista Hendricksen (Drew).

Farah Khimji, one of the leaders of the protest, left the building around 12:40pm and began to talk to press cameras. Councilman Barron stood alongside her as she issued her statement claiming security guard brutality. Khimji claims she was pushed to the ground and physically subdued by 3-4 NYU security guards. “This is absurd. It’s an outrage. You don’t put a hand on any of the students in the building.” – Councilman Barron.

Barron called upon all elected officials “concerned about citizens of NYC” to come out and support the TBNYU! cause.

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Two non-NYU students, Alex Lotorto of Muhlenberg (left) and Max Stirner of the New School claim that NYU and the police have agreed to not press charges against the students. NYU administration could not confirm or deny this comment. They also claim they have the support of Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky.

UPDATE: NYU’s statement issued here says that the non-NYU students will indeed be prosecuted for trespassing.

Jess Roy says: Be sure to keep updated on our Twitter. According to Entertainment Editor Joe Coscarelli and Local writer Mike Vilensky, a tour of prospective students just walked by Bobst towards Kimmel. LOL. Welcome to NYU, kids.

Looks as if it’s all over. Cody & Lily are working on a new post which will go up ASAP with all the finalized details.

New updates will be posted here.