Dean Baker Featured on NPR's "Only a Game"

December 21, 2012

Dean Baker speaks with the women's basketball team

Dean Baker speaks with the women's basketball team

National Public Radio's sports show "Only a Game" has profiled Stephen Baker, head of the athletics department, and his successful basketball teams.  The segment can be heard here and the show can be downloaded as a free podcast from iTunes.

"Only a Game" often features suprising "out of left field" sports stories.  Dean Baker came to their attention because of Cooper Union's successful basketball program that wins championships despite the absense of a home court. Focusing on how Dean Baker acts as a mentor and a life coach to his scholar athletes, the show features interviews with President Bharucha, students and Dean Baker.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.