• Editorials

    Policing in New York City needs to change

    Sophomore Yibin Mu uploaded a video on Oct. 25 showing an officer apparently placing him in a headlock, a disturbing image for anyone to see. Mu rode his skateboard at Columbus Circle in spite of signs barring it. An officer, once seeing Mu, immediately tackled him to the ground, according to Mu. In contrast, a spokesperson for the New York Police Department told the Gothamist that Mu refused to listen to the officer, leading to his arrest. The Knight News was interested in speaking with Mu, but many other journalists from across the world also wanted to as well. Unfortunately, it does not look likely we will reporting on this…

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    Love is not abuse

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, where we mourn those lost to domestic violence, celebrate those who survived it and connect those with others who fight to end it. Domestic violence is mainly about abusive relationships within a home, as in a couple that lives together and possibly have a child in common, but it is really about violent, intimate relationships in general. Abuse is abuse. Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior that occurs between family members or intimate partners. There are different types of abuse: physical, emotional and sexual. Physical abuse includes, but is not limited to, hitting, slapping, punching, choking, pushing, grabbing and shaking. Emotional abuse…

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    Even with a strike, CUNY is already out

    The Professional Staff Congress announced last month the inevitable—authorizing use of the strike. Why inevitable? Because five years without a contract is unforgivable. How can anyone expect the union not to use the strike? A strike, at this point, does not seem likely. Indeed, Barbara Bowen, president of the PSC, stressed the union is not seeking to strike. Rather, the decision is to show CUNY they mean business if no offer is given. CUNY, time and time again, could have decided to end the issue with an offer. Just one offer. But not one was given under Chancellor James Milliken’s tenure. We understand the political aspects of this. The state…

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    New York Mets, prevent the prophecy

    Thirty years ago, Marty McFly rode in Doc Brown’s DeLorean and began his adventure in “Back to the Future.” In the movie’s sequel, McFly travels back to this exact date, Oct. 21, to save his son. When he makes this trip, a giant screen reads “Cubs Win World Series.” For those unaware, the Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908. This season, with a young and exciting team, the Cubs can fulfill the prophecy. They can end their 107-year drought. There is just one problem—the Mets. The city of New York is rejoicing with pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey along with third basemen David Wright, whose popularity…

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    Say yes to participatory budgeting

    In our previous issue, we highlighted different activist groups throughout Queens College. Considering the college’s rich history with activism, it showed a bright candle of energy can still exist in a dark room of apathy. Students Organization for Democratic Alternatives is an excellent example of this with their idea of participatory budgeting. Participatory budgeting allows for students to choose what ideas they want to proposal, similar to the Your Priorities model created by Icelandic activists, which even the American-led media outlet The District Sentinel Co-op adopted. Much praise must be given to SODA for pitching this idea during election season as students are not hounded by parties pressuring them to…