March 12, 2013 | CUNY Matters, The University
HAVE YOU HEARD? How President Obama’s State of the Union address praised CUNY? Why Baruch students are lingering longer on campus? Where to quickly find news stories on major world and local events dating from the early 1900s?
Chancellor Matthew Goldstein is one of 10 senior advisers assembled by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to guide The Lincoln Project: Excellence and Access in Public Higher Education — a three-year nationwide initiative that will advocate for the importance of public colleges and universities, which are facing challenges from technological changes, cutbacks in government support and competition from other education providers. The project will organize a series of national conferences and engage leaders in government and industry.
President Obama’s State of the Union address and Mayor Bloomberg’s State of the City address had one common thread: CUNY. Obama praised the Pathways in Technology Early College High School that CUNY helped create, noting that its “students will graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree in computers or engineering.” Two days later, Bloomberg put CUNY front and center in his speech, pledging to continue the partnership to build a state-of-the-art cancer treatment center and to create programs in high schools that “connect students directly to college and work.” The mayor also made note that the “city set the stage for” the major expansion of CUNY’s campuses.
In the 2013 CUNYAC/Con Edison Basketball Championships, it was the CSI Dolphins and the Baruch Bearcats who came out on top. The top-seeded men’s division Dolphins won their record-breaking 13th championship over the John Jay Bloodhounds, 83-68. In the women’s division, the Bearcats bested the Brooklyn Bulldogs, 73-62, making them the winning-est women’s basketball team in the school’s history. The winners advance to the NCAA Tournament.
For Baruch MFE students, it’s been twice as nice. They won second place in the International Association of Financial Engineers’ Academic Case Competition and took third place at the Rotman International Trading competition. “No other high-performing team has been able to perform as consistently as ours,” said Dan Stefanica, director of the Master’s Program in Financial Engineering. “Having our students at the top of academic competitions and case competitions is remarkable and unique.”
The Long Good-Bye: Journalism Dean Stephen B. Shepard and some 350 other Newsweek alumni assembled at the school to bid farewell to the magazine that has been dishing up the news every week for the last 80 years. The print edition’s presses may have stopped, but the collective memory lived on, at least for the length of the party, in reminiscences by the likes of Ed Kosner, Peter Greenberg, Walter Shapiro, Dorinda Elliott and Lynn Povich, Shepard’s wife. Shepard too, is parting: He’s stepping down as dean at the end of 2013 but will stay on at CUNY as a professor, working on special projects for the school.
Study, Study, Study: Crime in the city may be down, but New Yorkers’ anxiety isn’t, according to a survey conducted by Hunter’s Silberman School of Social Work and the East Harlem service agency Union Settlement. Some 77 percent of the respondents put the need for crime reduction at the top of their list. The fear is set against the backdrop of the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy, which assistant professor Brett Stoudt of John Jay was quoted in DNAinfo as saying that the Morris Justice Project survey showed that the policy hasn’t been effective in getting weapons off the street because “nearly all those stopped are innocent.” Meanwhile, a study by professor Stephanie Luce that reported that more than a third of the protesters in the Occupy Wall Street movement came from households with annual incomes of at least $100,000 drew headlines in the Telegraph, the Los Angeles Times and the Gothamist.
A No-Star Review: China Central Television, that country’s equivalent of public TV, was reviewed in CNN.com by College of Staten Island Professor Ying Zhu. Zhu, author of Two Billion Eyes: The Story of Chinese Central Television, didn’t soft-pedal the network’s real purpose, which he wrote is to “try to project the country’s soft power.” His assessment: If it wants to play with the big guys, like CNN, it has to adopt a more independent editorial policy that tackles sensitive issues head on.
Life at the Plaza: Baruch students – and the public — now have good reason to linger longer on campus: 25th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues has been turned into a pedestrian plaza, whose beachy sand-colored gravel is set with bistro tables and chairs that invite everyone to sit for a spell. The interim plaza, which will be replaced with a permanent one after a year, was declared a “transformative event” by President Mitchel B. Wallerstein.
Nicolas Montano has made a name for himself in CUNY history by being only its sixth student to win the prestigious Marshall Scholarship to study in the United Kingdom. A senior, he’s enrolled in the CUNY Baccalaureate Degree Program at John Jay. When he completes his undergraduate degree in Psychology of Juvenile Delinquency and International Criminology this semester, he’ll head to England to begin two graduate programs: a master’s in Research Methods in Social Policy and Sociology at the University of Liverpool, then a master’s in Criminal Justice Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Law School professor Jenny Rivera is “deeply honored” to have been appointed to the New York State Court of Appeals. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said that Rivera, his first nominee to the court, “has dedicated her career to public service and defending the rights of all New Yorkers. Her extensive experience in civil-rights law and her passion for making our state a fairer and more just place will greatly benefit New York.” Rivera, a longtime Bronx resident who has had a distinguished career in public service, said her appointment “demonstrates a true commitment to promoting diversity on the bench and throughout government.” Law School Dean Michelle J. Anderson was among those who honored Rivera at the February meeting of the Board of Trustees.
Fifteen campus-generated ideas — from redeployment of staff to re-thinking of office systems to more efficient trash collection and recycling methods — have received CUNY Executive Vice Chancellor’s Productivity Awards for the current academic year. The projects, which have saved the University hundreds of thousands of dollars since their implementation, were recognized by Executive Vice Chancellor Allan Dobrin at the Jan. 29 CUNY Financial Management Conference. The ideas for improved productivity and sustainability met the criteria of cutting expenditures or generating revenue, while being replicable at other CUNY institutions. Of the 15 projects, two each were submitted by CUNY’s Office of the Controller, John Jay College and LaGuardia Community College. LaGuardia Vice President Richard Elliot received special acknowledgement “for leading and inspiring a record number” of Productivity Award initiatives, nine from 2005 through 2012. This year’s LaGuardia projects sparked reorganization of the college’s cleaning services as well as energy-saving and cost-effective improvements to its chilled-water distribution and air-conditioning systems.