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    Her Story: College activists raise $25,000 for feminine hygiene products for Women’s History Month

    Donations pour in across New York State in Celebration of the History of Feminism This March, Women’s History Month, NYPIRG student activists hosted service drives on seventeen college campuses in New York State to spread awareness of the plight facing women living in poverty. The campaign, involving hundreds of college students, raised nearly 25,000 feminine hygiene products and challenged taboos around homelessness. At Queens College, 250 items were collected and donated to the Queens College Psychological Center. For decades, NYPIRG has worked on combatting hunger and homelessness through educational and service-based actions. The service drives provide students with the opportunity to build community organizing skills and bring aid to people…

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    NYPIRG and SA lobby in Albany for higher education affordability

    Every spring semester, hundreds of CUNY and SUNY students from different corners of New York travel to the State Capitol for Higher Education Action Day. It’s a day dedicated for students to share their desire for higher education affordability, a cornerstone of the New York Public Interest Research Group’s agenda. NYPIRG, along with other CUNY and SUNY faculty and student organizations, brought students to Albany on March 2 to lobby their legislators. The event was scheduled over a week before discussions to decide on the proposed state budget. “My main goal is to push our legislators to have our interests first,” Levi Castle, a freshman at Queens College, said. Castle…

  • Op-Eds

    A NEW POLITICAL CLIMATE BEGINS, HAS ALBANY BEEN HELPING OR HURTING CUNY STUDENTS?

    The expiration of the tuition freeze is approaching and Governor Cuomo is currently working on the new budget. With this new political climate and questionable budget maintenance, many students and their families are wondering if New York State higher education policies are helping or hurting. A college-educated workforce is in demand; a recent Georgetown University study found that by 2018, nearly two-thirds of New York jobs would require a post-secondary education.   What’s more, college-educated workers still earn more than their high-school educated peers – in fact, by an average of $17,500 per year for millennials. Unfortunately, despite the powerful arguments in support of state investments, the opposite has occurred. In…

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    NYPIRG Encourages Queens College Students to Register to Vote

    The New York Public Interest Research Group has spent the first month of the semester encouraging students to register to vote for this year’s presidential election. NYPIRG’s mission is to get students involved in legislative action to effect change in their communities. NYPIRG addresses issues such as higher education affordability, hunger and homelessness, clean air and energy recycling, voter mobilization and other social initiatives. This semester, registering students to vote is a key activity for the nonprofit organization. Project coordinator Alyssa Ellis believes that through their efforts they can reach their goal. “Here at Queens College we’re trying to get 2,000 students registered to vote,” Ellis said. Along with her…

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    NYPIRG aims to increase voter registration

    As the New York State presidential primary election approaches, the New York Public Interest Research Group is working to increase voter registration on campus. New York ranks 46th out of 50 in state voter turnout. NYPIRG, New York’s largest student-direct government watchdog group, hopes to change this. Franklin Rodriguez, senior majoring in psychology and sociology, is an intern with NYPIRG and felt that low-voter turnout in America is a cause of concern. In the 2014 mayoral campaign, only 11 percent of young voters aged 18 to 25 turned out. Rodriguez said barriers preventing underrepresented groups are affecting voter turnout. “America, in general, has the lowest number of people registered to vote compared to…