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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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    Students lobby for affordable education

    On Feb. 26, a score of college students from all over New York gathered in Albany to fight for affordable higher education on Higher Education Action Day. Higher Education Action Day is an event going on in New York for years. The New York Public Interest Research Group, the largest student-directed research and advocacy organization in the state, and the University Student Senate, which includes students from all CUNY governments, among other organizations sponsored the event. During Higher Education Action Day, students come from all over the state to Albany and present their cases for affordable education. The lobbying takes place at a crucial time, only days before the State’s…

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    NYPIRG seeks to end dependence on fossil fuels

    NYPIRG’s Queens College chapter rallied against fossil fuel dependence during a fundraiser held by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Ali Kirkpatrick, a project coordinator for NYPIRG, serves as a campaign leader for Reforming Energy Vision on campus, which raises awareness on alternative energy and fossil fuel divestment. “It is an initiative that is being overseen by the Public Service Commission to completely rethink the way that energy is used and distributed here in the state,” Kirkpatrick said. “With this campaign we have a chance of changing [our dependency on fossil fuels] and basically innovating infrastructure in a way that will provide huge boosts while…

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    Legacy of student activism lives on at Queens College

    Queens College is famous for the roles student activists played not only on campus, but across the U.S. as well. From anti-war rallies to mass sit-ins at buildings, students helped define and change what it means to be an activist over the history of the college. Today activism is still a major part of student life on campus in spite of new issues appearing in society. “Activism is a way to create change through people’s actions. It is creating awareness in the community in order to cause people to take action and demand better political change.” Lorena Carino, senior, said. Carino is a member of the DREAM Team, which aims…

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    College is Back In Session; Will New Yorkers Get a Break?

    With colleges back in session, many students and their families are wondering if they will get a break on rising college costs.  American higher education has seen a dramatic shift in who pays for public college.  America was once a society that valued college education and put its collective money where its mouth is by funding the bulk of the cost of that education. But since the 1980s, there has been a shift in the burden of paying for public college from government to the families of those in college.  The clearest evidence of that shift has been the reduction state dollars going to public colleges and the dramatic increase…