• This Week's Paper

    Call for More Funding for CUNY Schools in 2020

    CUNY schools are said to be some of the most affordable schools there are for undergraduate and graduate education, but is that really the case? According to Student Debt Relief, the national average for undergraduates during the 2017-2018 school year was $9,970 for in-state residents at public universities, and $25,620 for out-of-state residents at four-year institutions. For four year private schools, the average is $34,740. Either way, more people are graduating with debt than ever.  According to CNBC and the College Board, “the average cumulative student debt balance in 2017 was $26,900 for graduates of public four-year schools and $32,600 for graduates of private nonprofit four-year schools.” CUNY’s website lists…

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    Professor Rachael Benavidez: Adjunct English Professor at Queens College

    Professor Benavidez got the teaching passion later than some professors. She was in marketing and editing before going to CUNY City College for Worker Education, a school which helps adults going back to school. The reason she went was simply due to her devotion to education. In the past Benavidez tutored at CUNY LaGuardia Community College, where she was an admin for first year writing. When asked why she loved to teach, Benavidez expressed that she loves to do interdisciplinary work, and enjoys studying different stories and rhetoric. “Seeing the social, political and historical context [of a story] has always interested me,” Benavidez noted. She cited one of her own…

  • News

    Popularity of Plant-Based Meat Affects The Farming Industry & US Economy

    Whether it’s burgers, steak, chicken or a host of different options, meat has long been a staple food item found in households across the United States. The average american consumes an average of roughly 222 pounds of meat and poultry in 2018 according to the US Department of Agriculture. With the ever-growing market of plant-based meat, that record is heading in the opposite direction. At a time, however, when many Americans clutch their firmly-held beliefs tightly, a switch to plant-based meat would seem destined for failure, but that hasn’t been the case.  Popeyes wasn’t the only fast-food restaurant generating buzz in recent weeks. On Aug. 27, KFC became the first…

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    OP-ED: A lifetime of history in one summer

    Over the summer, I had the opportunity to study in three countries as part of QC Study Abroad. The program was entitled, “History of Art: A Thousand Years of European Highlights.” From July 7 to Aug. 16, 2019, I was able to travel to Florence, Italy, Utrectht, the Netherlands and Germany to learn about different time periods in history. I started the program learning about the Renaissance in Italy, moved to the Dutch Golden Age in the Netherlands and finished by learning about both post-World War I and post-World War II art in Germany. The reason I chose this program was because I had never before taken an art history…

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    CUNY: Tuition hikes affects students lives

    City University of New York prides itself on earning high placements in college social mobility rankings published by sites such as The Chronicle of Higher Education. However, with CUNY constantly raising their tuition, CUNY is putting in danger their affordability and continued enrollment of lower income students, which is the very thing that put them so high up on social mobility lists in the first place.  On June 26, CUNY students received an unexpected email. The email revealed a tuition increase would be effective starting the Fall 2019 semester. Approximately just a year prior to that, on July 3, 2018, CUNY students had received another email. The email revealed a tuition…