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(en) US, NYC, Students for a Democratic Society* Demand Pace University President David Caputo Step Down

Date Tue, 14 Nov 2006 21:57:00 +0200

Students, SDS demand change and accountability at Pace University.
On Wednesday, November 15th, 2006, students will gather at press
conference on the steps of City Hall at 3PM to call for the resignation
of Pace University President David A. Caputo. Following the Press Conference,
Students for a Democratic Society will hold a protest outside of Pace
University at 1 Pace Plaza. Students at Pace University are demanding change
as the university plummets into a financial crisis. The students will outline
3 key demands: that David A. Caputo step down as University President, that
the Board of Trustees be investigated by the State Regents for corruption,
and that real policy changes take place with more student input.

"I think it's definitely high-time that the University makes major
changes in order to better suit students? needs and promote freedom in
a social and academic setting. I think we are being hindered in those ways,"
says Pace student Lisa Basille.

Pace University is in a financial crisis: enrollment is down, classes
are being cut, a hiring freeze is in place and tuition and fees have risen.
All the while, David A. Caputo, President of Pace University took a
salary raise. Caputo, making near $700,000, is one of the highest paid
university Presidents in the country. Students are demanding his resignation
and that he return his recent raise back to the students. Students also
demand that the Board of Trustees be investigated by the State Regents for
corruption. Beyond this, students also demand that more student input and
representation be included in policies. Current university policies do
not foster the free exchange of ideas and in fact, suppress it. Recently,
students were threatened with arrest and suspension for posting
"unapproved" fliers.

Pace student and member of Students for a Democratic Society, Lauren
Giaccone stated, "We have hope that this university can change for the
better. Pace University has so much potential, unfortunately the
Administration is holding it back. The students must take the
University back for themselves. We need a democratic University that
values the input of its students and respects the rights of everyone."

For more information on Students for a Democratic Society at Pace
University, go to their website at newsds.org/pace

*For immediate release*

For Further Information contact:
Lauren Giaccone: 917-597-3203
Brian Kelly: 845-649-2146
* An antiauthoritarian anticapitalist network
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