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    Rally calls for investment in CUNY

    Students, professors, activists, religious organizations and labor groups rallied in front of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York City office March 10 to demand funding for CUNY. The rally featured the CUNY Rising Alliance that included over 20 organizations, including the Professional Staff Congress, which represents all professors and staff, and New York Public Interest Research Group, the largest student-activist group in the state. “We’re in a state of emergency,” Zakiyah Ansari, advocacy director of the Alliance for Quality Education, said. Earlier this year, Cuomo announced his Executive Budget that cut $485 million in funding for CUNY and passed it to the city. Many—including CUNY administrators—are concerned about these cuts affecting…

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    CUNY recognized in Military Friendliness

    On Feb. 23 Victory Media announced that CUNY is the first public university system of undergraduate colleges to be designated as “military friendly.” Victory Media is a major player in connecting the military and civilian worlds. Its military friendly designation provides military members and their families with data driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. 17 CUNY Schools, including Queens College, were awarded the 2016 military friendly School title for their efforts in aiding Veterans during their time in school and post-graduation. The Veterans Support Services at QC helps veterans seeking an education. “I’m very pleased that the number of military friendly campuses has expanded from seven last year…

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    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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    Adjuncts struggle without guarantees

    Jesse Rappaport is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College and Baruch College. He teaches philosophy, a subject also he studies. “I didn’t have the passion for teaching, but it was something I pursued,” he said. However, Rappaport faced a major problem last year—going broke. Rappaport is one of many adjuncts in CUNY who are unable to make a living teaching because of low pay, excessive work and lack of support. In 1975, 11,300 full-time professors taught CUNY students. Now, less than 8,000 are employed, according to the CUNY Adjunct Project. The roles are now filled by adjuncts. An adjunct often works part-time. At CUNY, they cannot teach more than three…

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    Tips and tricks for the expensive textbooks

    Students at Queens College returned to classes earlier this month for homework, tests and the annoying part—textbooks. There are two forms of textbooks, online and physical. But students want the best bang for their buck. Alisa Ford, a freshman attending Nassau Community College, is new to the textbook-buying scene and, like other freshman students, was surprised at the high costs of her books. “As a freshman, I don’t think that I was really aware of how much my textbooks would cost,” she said. “I ended up getting older editions of books since many of my professors said that they would be practically the same.  In the end, I think that…