We ourselves must protect monuments

The damage done to the Averoff Building is reprehensible, not only because of the building’s architectural and historic value, but also because those who caused it turned on the campus that protects them. We students are also to blame because we weren’t there to protect it. However, it is not easy to lay the blame or to come up with solutions for protecting the Patission complex in the future. This is part of an ongoing debate on guarding the school. As the rallies continue, and general meetings prioritize action, it is hard to talk about the rear guard, but it is an opportunity to make the most of well-attended assemblies to get decisions from student and faculty bodies. The Architecture School insists on remaining in its historic location, wanting direct contact with the city and enjoying studies in a building of architectural importance. The building is also a place of free expression for students but, to retain the privilege of access to it, as well as those of academic freedom and campus asylum, we ourselves must be prepared to protect the framework that supports them.

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