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May 16, 2024

OP-ED: Looking Back to Understand this Moment at CUNY

In 1968, when attending junior high school in Brooklyn, my friends and I would cut class to travel up to Columbia University to watch and participate in the student-led Vietnam War protests. A year later, in April 1969, when I was finishing my first year at the High School of…

May 8, 2024

Can Curbing CUNY’s Carbon Footprint Help Tackle Its Maintenance Problems?

More than half of CUNY’s buildings are 50 years old or older. That’s a problem for the environment: older buildings tend to consume larger quantities of energy, generating more of the greenhouse gasses that lead to climate change. 

May 8, 2024

CUNY Rising Alliance Continues Advocacy at Board of Trustees Hearing

On April 1st, the CUNY stakeholders attended a hearing with the Board of Trustees to voice their grievances about the current state of CUNY, and to advocate for policy measures. One of these policies includes the New Deal for CUNY, which has received growing support among state representatives since its…

April 25, 2024

Adjuncts fight for job stability

Youngmin Seo was barely making ends meet on his adjunct faculty salary at the City University of New York. He and his then-wife both worked full time as they raised two children, and he took an extra job at the Korea Times to fill the gaps. For 20 years he…

April 22, 2024

CUNY leaders must fight harder against budget cuts

Earlier in April, the Professional Staff Congress provided scripts for students to call for New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and other legislators to secure more education funding from this year’s late state budget. CUNY students, the majority of whom are working-class, juggle jobs or caretaking alongside their studies and who…

April 15, 2024

“The Five Demands” Screening Spotlights SEEK and CUNY Activists

On March 20th in the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library auditorium, QC SEEK screened “The Five Demands” — a documentary about the 1969 student protests at the City College of New York (CCNY) for greater Afro-American and Puerto Rican representation in the student population — and discussed the possibility of the…

April 14, 2024

Columbia and City College hold second environmental justice summit

Columbia and the City College of New York held their second joint Harlem Environmental Justice Summit, drawing students, local nonprofits, and a representative from the New York City Mayor’s administration. The summit included two panels that took place in City College’s North Academic Center and Columbia’s Buell Hall. In between…

April 8, 2024

Baruch faculty and students protest budget cuts, bigger classes

Professors, faculty and students gathered in the William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus lobby, and then marched to the William and Anita Newman Library on April 4 for a rally in protest of budget cuts and an increase to the course caps in Weissman School of Arts and Sciences classes.

March 25, 2024

Proposed “New Deal for CUNY” Would Make CUNY Free for All

As the New York state budget approaches its approval date in April, the New Deal for CUNY bill is once again thrown into the spotlight. “For decades, CUNY has been underfunded, and I would say intentionally underfunded, in order to starve an institution that provides higher education to mostly working…

March 25, 2024

Professional Staff Congress president talks about contract negotiations

The state budget deadline is quickly approaching. It’s been more than a year since the City University of New York and the union representing its faculty and staff, the Professional Staff Congress, have been tied up in contract negotiations. The two groups have held a total of 13 bargaining sessions,…

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