Squads of CUNY students spent Saturday, Nov. 17, helping with cleanup and solace after Hurricane Sandy. Leading the College of Staten Island’s effort was alumna and graduate student Mary Beth Melendez, who is blind. CNN journalist Anderson Cooper had met her after the storm, when she was bringing homemade food to those in need. On Saturday, she and some 20 CSI students, faculty and staff delivered Thanksgiving turkeys that his “Anderson Live” TV show provided; tape was to air Wednesday, Nov. 21, at noon on Fox 5.
In the Rockaways, students from several CUNY campuses wearing special “CUNY Works” T-shirts cleared wreckage, did demolition and spread the word about relief efforts to businesses in part of Council Member James Sanders Jr.’s district. The team included students from the Ernesto Malave Leadership Academy and the CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities. They traveled from Manhattan in a double-decker tour bus arranged by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.