• News

    Labor board to review CUNY contract talks

    CUNY submitted a petition to the state’s Public Employment Relations Board calling for a mediator after it could not reach a contract with the Professional Staff Congress. The PSC, the union representing more than 25,000 staff and professors, are in their sixth year of negotiations with administration for a new contract. The last contract expired Oct. 19, 2010. Since then, there were 27 meetings between CUNY and the PSC. Rita Rodin, a spokesperson for CUNY, said the PSC rejected the first offer made on Nov. 4. The union rejected it because of the low salary increase. “CUNY is offering a six-year contract with raises totaling six percent and other non-economic benefits,” she said. CUNY’s petition…

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    Petition made to ban Students for Justice in Palestine

    More than 5,000 people signed a petition, started last November, to ban Students for Justice in Palestine chapters in CUNY. Andrea Karshan, a student at the College of Staten Island, started the petition after members at different campuses chanted allegedly anti-Semitic comments at Jewish students during the Million Student March in November. One sign called for CUNY to divest from “Israeli apartheid.” SJP began in 1993 at the University of California at Berkeley. Since then, there are chapters across the country, including at CUNY colleges. The organization is controversial for criticizing Israel’s presence in Palestine. One tactic it uses is BDS, which means boycott, divest and sanctions. Karshan declined questions…

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    Report estimates cost of free CUNY community colleges

    The Independent Budget Office released a report estimating the cost of free community colleges at CUNY—$138 to $232 million per year. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams requested the report, and it is an idea President Barack Obama raised during the 2015 State of the Union address. “I want to spread that idea all across America, so that two years of college becomes as free and universal in America as high school is today,” Obama said. Adams felt concerned many New York City residents cannot access affordable, educational opportunities. This may cause problems for the city’s economy. “For many students, the cost of tuition prevents them from completing an associate’s degree or substantially delays their completion,”…

  • 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…

  • Editorials

    Change we can believe in

    It’s a new semester, and it’s a new look for The Knight News. Let us explain why. Since February 2015, we were asked by one of our advisers about a new logo after the old one, made in 2009, just did not look good anymore. We agreed and asked a former graphic designer to create one. The final logo was not what we liked, so the issue was shelved. However, a current graphic designer, Melisa Tekin, made a better-looking logo. This is now the permanent logo. Now for the website. In December, we were notified that malware was installed on our site. Despite our best efforts, it was taken down,…