• Arts & Entertainment,  This Week's Paper

    The man behind the masks: Stan Lee

    On Nov. 12, 2018, Stan Lee, the face of Marvel Comics and the creator of several beloved comic book characters like Spider-Man and Iron Man, passed away at the age of 95.   Known for his famous comic book superheroes and movies, Stan Lee touched the lives of so many people, both children and adults. Lee once said, “People are building bridges and engaging in medical research, and here I was doing stories about fictional people who do extraordinary, crazy things and wear costumes. But I suppose I have come to realize that entertainment is not easily dismissed.” With all that Lee contributed to the worlds of dreamers and story-lovers…

  • This Week's Paper,  World News

    Hungary’s ban on Gender Studies education

    On Oct. 12, 2018, Hungary’s prime minister decided to officially start defunding and removing gender studies programs from all Hungarian universities in the 2019 academic year.   “Let us arm ourselves with the weapon of knowledge and let us shield ourselves with unity and togetherness,” said Malala Yousafzai, a well-known advocate for female empowerment and education, to the United Nations in 2013. Five years later, these words are still as relevant as ever. As bigotry and misunderstanding damage our world and hurt the people around us, the most prevalent solution is education. Yet, just this past month, academic education on identity and sexuality has been crippled in Hungary. The prime…

  • News,  This Week's Paper

    New York State Schools Shed Light on Mental Health

    This past summer New York State issued a law that states all N.Y. schools must integrate the topic of mental health into their health classes’ curriculums.   One of the most alarming complications children, teens and young adults in the United States face today is something most people do not notice from plain sight, and that is exactly what makes it so troubling. This issue that affects so much of the nation’s youth – mental illness. While a lack of mental health may not be as visible as, for example, a broken arm or leg, its effects on an individual can be just as, if not more, pernicious. Far too…

  • News

    Striding Towards a More Inclusive CUNY Community

    On June 19, CUNY officials announced their decision to grant name and gender marker changes to all CUNY students.   The CUNY General Counsel for Legal Affairs issued a statement on June 18, regarding the topic of name and/or gender change requests on school records. In this memorandum, the CUNY community was informed of the recent agreement of the counsel to allow both students and employees alike to choose what name and gender appears on their non-official documents and files.   The motivation behind this official statement stems from frequent inquiries to the Legal Affairs office on possible modifications to a person’s personal information. Realizing the significance that these changes…