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    Recognizing Women’s History Month

    March is Women’s History Month, a time that we remember the strong women who have overcome prejudice and sexism throughout the years. We praise the contributions women have made and continue to make that have given them the opportunities they have today. In 1981 Congress passed Public Law 97-28, which declared the first week of March as Women’s History Week. Six years later, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress declared the month of March as Women’s History Month. During Women’s History Month we recognize compelling women such as Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross; Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly by herself…

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    A victory for now

    For the past three months, CUNY was in a state of crisis. Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed in his Executive Budget to cut $485 million and make the city pay for it instead. This is equal to nearly one-third of funding for all senior colleges. Officials at CUNY scrambled to mobilize students and urge state lawmakers to reconsider this cut or, as the Cuomo administration prefers, shift. The Professional Staff Congress, which represents 25,000 professors and staff, organized rallies and even held a die-in in front of Cuomo’s New York City office. Forty-one people were arrested at this protest, but their message was understood—don’t let CUNY die. Cuomo, under pressure, reversed…

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    Athletes draw the line

    On Feb. 27, Queens College men’s basketball head coach Darryl Jacobs no longer lead the Division II program after a number of players complained about abusive behavior. The basketball team boycotted practices and prepared to forfeit the season’s final two games against Roberts Wesleyan and Daemen unless actions were taken. Athletes staging protest to draw attention on important social issues is something going on for decades. Actions speak louder than words. College athletes, as one example, are not afraid to boycott team activities to stand up against something they believe is wrong. Last November, the University of Missouri football team threatened to boycott football-related activities until school president Tim Wolfe…

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    Lights, camera, action at Queens College

    What do “The Confines,” “Person of Interest,” “The Lennon Report” and “Inside Amy Schumer” have in common? They all filmed at Queens College. Queens College is becoming popular among movies and TV shows. It isn’t unusual to see trucks filled with cameras and gear near the campus. Students may have a hard time going into certain areas while something is filmed. A student walking in Remsen Hall, specifically the area with the red lockers, may find a scene in “Still Alice,” the 2014 film about Alzheimer’s disease and starring Julianna Moore and Alec Baldwin, familiar. Students find the idea of famous actors on campus appealing. “Saturday Night Live” filmed a…

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    A cold response from Cuomo

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his Executive Budget early last month, and the news was not good for CUNY. The Democratic governor wanted to shrink the state’s responsibility over CUNY. In essence, it proposed a cut of $485 million and make New York City pay that gap. But Cuomo backed off from the plan after criticism from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, known for his previous conflicts with Cuomo. He said the cuts to CUNY—and Medicaid—were unfair. At a press conference, the mayor said he will challenge the governor over the planned cuts. “There are two items in the budget that are not fair to New York…