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    Disability Awareness this October

    The doors need to be at least 36 inches wide, the corridors at least 48 inches wide and the desk needs to be at least 32 inches high for a wheelchair-bound person to be able to maneuver around an office, according to Uniform Federal Accessibility Standard. Nationwide, 18 percent of individuals have a disability of some sort, census data shows. 9,000 of these individuals are students at CUNY, according to its Coalition of Disabled Students. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month; this year’s campaign is titled “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?” CUNY has a variety of programs and groups for disabled students including…

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    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: The Undocumented Immigrant Version

    Students from Macaulay Honors College played host to a conference on immigration reform in collaboration with Arizona State University on Sept. 28. The conference — co-conceived and created by Barrett, the honors program at ASU, and Macaulay, CUNY’s honors program — was considered the action conference after an initial awareness session in Arizona. As a state, New York — at an estimated 489,000 — houses the third highest amount of undocumented immigrants, after California and Texas. CUNY estimates 4,500 as students in the CUNY system. “One of the greatest challenges facing our society is how to take advantage of and direct the dynamism brought by immigrant cultures,” Macaulay Dean Ann…

  • Op-Eds

    Judgment day for the undocumented

    Sofia, a student at QC, is safe for two years, but her family isn’t. Sofia is a 21-year-old undocumented immigrant. She asked that her real name not be used, so I came up with Sofia. Sofia, is safe after signing up for deferred action — a program allowing undocumented students to stay in the U.S. for two years without worry. She came to the U.S. from Ecuador when she was nine. She and her mother each had month-long travel visas, but never left once they expired. In the last month, my mother and I sat in synagogue for Rosh Hashanah — the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur — the…

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    CUNY Pathways sparks discourse, yet again

    Imagine a college in the United States — a community college within a university that prides itself on its diversity and immigrant population — suddenly shrinking its English department by 70 percent. Queensborough Community College saw the possibility of just that on Sept. 12 when the English Department staff — upon rejecting the revaluation of courses based on the Pathways curriculum — was threatened by the vice president of the college, listing “serious repercussions” for their rebuff. These included: cancellation of writing classes, termination of adjunct contracts and a review of the employment of the entire full-time faculty. The letter was signed, “Regretfully, Karen,” by Vice President Karen Steele of…

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    Rain Garden Floods Quad

    Water flooded a portion of the Quad and the construction area in front of Remsen Hall on Thursday, Sept. 13 due to a water main break. The construction is part of a larger plan to build green infrastructure, designed to reduce sewer overflow, in three areas — Remsen Hall, Kiely Hall and outside Benjamin Rosenthal Library. To fix the break, after a one-and-a-half inch pipe was dislodged over a water main, the water on the south side of campus had to be cut off for approximately seven hours. “I’m happy because sometimes you can’t turn around from these things as fast as we did,” head of Buildings and Grounds, Sidney…