• News

    CUNY takes a backseat to city and state power struggle

    Earlier this year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed executive budget included shifting nearly $500 million for CUNY from the state to the city. While the lawmakers in Albany must decide on a new budget later this year, New York City did not account for the change in the proposed budget. In fact, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was informed about the change the night before Governor Cuomo unveiled his budget. Cuomo and de Blasio are often seen as rivals despite being Democrats. The two disagree about issues like housing, funding for city programs and other policies. CUNY is now a major issue between the city and state…

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    Students lobby for affordable education

    On Feb. 26, a score of college students from all over New York gathered in Albany to fight for affordable higher education on Higher Education Action Day. Higher Education Action Day is an event going on in New York for years. The New York Public Interest Research Group, the largest student-directed research and advocacy organization in the state, and the University Student Senate, which includes students from all CUNY governments, among other organizations sponsored the event. During Higher Education Action Day, students come from all over the state to Albany and present their cases for affordable education. The lobbying takes place at a crucial time, only days before the State’s…

  • Editorials

    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…

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    Fight for $15 minimum wage is mixed issue for students

    The Fight for 15 campaign is growing across the U.S., but some Queens College students doubt whether it is possible to do. The campaign calls for the minimum wage to rise to $15 per hour. Under the federal law, minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. But some states and cities have it higher, like Seattle, where it is $15 per hour. Giovanni Deleo, a sophomore, said higher wages may help cover expenses like tuition for students. “With a raise in wages, it could definitely make paying off future loans a lot easier,” Deleo said. Students are fearful of taking out loans without paying it off. One in five Americans over…

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    CUNY to launch medical school in 2016

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the accreditation for the CUNY School of Medicine in July. “This new school is another step toward making medical care more available for all New Yorkers,” Cuomo said. The school, located at the City College of New York, will open next year. The idea developed after CUNY faced two choices—either close down the Sophie Davis Biomedical program or open a new one. CUNY officials decided to do the latter to expand Sophie Davis in partnership with St. Barnabas Health System, located in the Bronx. “CUNY and City College will award a MD degree for the first time in its nearly 170 year history,” CUNY Chancellor James Milliken said. The…