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Establish Arnhold Hall as a 24-hour building

Are you a student of The New School? Have you found yourself ushered out of a university building before midnight only to be forced to study at NYU's Bobst Library, or had to prematurely end a practice session because your university can't provide proper facilities?

The New School considers itself a serious academic institution and is home to over 10,000 students, yet lacks one very serious aspect of academic life: a place to study, or rehearse, at all hours of the night. How can an institution that refers to itself as "legendary" on it's website feel that its students are being offered all the necessary resources? How can an institution advertise a world class Ph.D program without a proper library, or a space to research undisturbed?

This year, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music welcomed the largest undergraduate class in it's history – though the amount of practice rooms, and building hours, have stayed the same.

Many students seek employment to counteract the absurd cost of living in New York City, not to mention their tuition, and are forced to study during non-traditional hours.

More than 90 percent of The New School's revenue comes directly from tuition and student fees — shouldn't students have a say in how that money is spent? It's time for The New School student body to wake up and realize that tuition dollars, and increasing enrollment, are the only things keeping the university going, and demand a say in how their money is spent. 

So President David Van Zandt, and The New School Administration, this petition is to keep Arnhold Hall, 55 W 13th Street, operational 24 hours per day throughout the academic year. Your university is pouring $300 Million of students' money into the new University Center — a building that many of us will never be able to use — and not providing anything in the interim.

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