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    Strike authorization vote to begin

    While CUNY students prepare for their finals, professors and staff have an assignment of their own—a vote to authorize use of a strike. The Professional Staff Congress, the union representing more than 25,000 professors and staff at CUNY, notified their members that a vote for a strike authorization will begin from May 2 to 11. The union’s vote is a response to the lack of a contract for employees since 2010. In a message to members, PSC President Barbara Bowen noted the vote does not mean the union will go on strike. But, she explained it would show CUNY it is prepared to get a contract. “Think about what just…

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    “Everybody Wants Some!!” lets the good times roll

    “Everybody Wants Some!!,” directed by Richard Linklater, is told with the perfect touch of lightness and complexity that comes together in a terrifically fun and insightful movie. The 2016 film is told with a loose storyline that meanders in all the right directions. It is amazingly rich and has an unforgettable ensemble of characters. “Everybody Wants Some!!” depicts the seemingly never-ending good times of a group of hard-partying college kids on a school baseball team. Set in the 80’s, the film is full of short shorts, mustaches and disco. The film is deeply nostalgic, while still seeming universal and timeless. Although this film will particularly resonate deeply with college students,…

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    Test brings headaches for many student teachers

    Among the different assessments that potential teachers must take for New York State certification, one is especially controversial for its standards—edTPA. Developed by Stanford University, the assessment requires students to submit a portfolio that includes of commentaries, student work and at least one video of them teaching. The latter requires parental consent of kids in the video, a challenge for those taking the test. After New York required its use in 2014, the teacher assessment test was by unions and groups, including the American Federation of Teachers and New York State United Teachers. Beverly Falk, director of the Graduate Programs in Early Childhood Education at City College of New York,…

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    A dream-like play by students to begin

    The Queens College Theatre Guild will begin their production of “Cloud Tectonics,” a play written by Jose Rivera, at The Little Theatre in King Hall on May 19 at 7:30 p.m. The play explores the relationship between three characters, Celestina del Sol, played by Victoria Gomez, Nelson de la Luna, played by Michael Alvarado and Anibal de la Luna, played by Christopher Guevara. “The play begins when a lonely romantic, Aníbal, picks up a beautiful and very pregnant hitchhiker, who, over the course of one night, opens his mind to a new perception of time and a truer meaning of love,” Rina Dutta, the play’s director and a senior theatre…

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    NYC Men Teach aims to address racial disparities among teachers

    Research has shown that students benefit from being taught by those with similar life experiences. As part of his Young Men’s Initiative, Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced NYC Men Teach, a program designed to increase the number of male teachers of color in the city’s public school system. According to the NYC website, the YMI was founded in 2011 “to address the increasing economic and social disparities faced by black and Latino young men.” It is estimated that by 2020 a majority of U.S. children will be youth of color. NYC Men Teach hopes to address this changing diversity in its city’s classrooms by adding an additional 1,000 men…