Cooper Union hinted awhile ago that they might start charging tuition for its historically free education, putting a damper on many a young high schooler with glistening, art/design/architecture-related New York dreams. This week, the school officially announced that graduate students have to pay the $37,500 a year tuition in September 2013 on a “hybrid-model” — some do, some don’t, some do some, and many are upset.

The students protested yesterday with aesthetically pleasing pink streamers hung capably from the Great Hall’s second- and third-story windows and over the protestors, naturally.

Profesor Tochilovsky shakes his head: “To see this happen to an institution which has [managed to remain tuition-free] for 150 years, through the Great Depression and two World Wars—now, in 2012, is a very damning statement about education.” Damn. (Photo: GalleristNY)