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NY Times: Defending Governor Cuomo’s Free Tuition Plan

April 19, 2017 | CUNY in the News

To the Editor: “Mr. Cuomo’s Free* College Plan” (editorial, April 15) contains few details on the program’s merits and even fewer on the program’s alleged flaws. The Excelsior Scholarship has set a national standard for college access by providing free tuition at New York’s public colleges for any family making less than $125,000 per year. […]

NY Daily News: Cuomo bold college aid program

April 19, 2017 | CUNY in the News

For too many Americans, the rising costs of college are putting higher education out of reach. This comes at a time when a postsecondary degree is almost mandatory for earning a middle-class living. In New York alone, 70% of jobs require a college degree, but only about 46% of adult New Yorkers have one. We […]

New Yorker: The Many Lives of Pauli Murray

April 17, 2017 | CUNY in the News

The New Yorker explores Pauli Murray’s pioneering legal work in both civil rights and the women’s movement. The 1933 Hunter graduate also became the first black woman ordained as an Episcopal priest.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency: Rabbi Saul Leeman, who marched with Martin Luther King to Montgomery, is dead at 100

April 17, 2017 | We Remember

Rabbi Saul Leeman, a longtime leader of Conservative congregations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and a civil rights activist who took part in the famed march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, has died at 100. Leeman, who served the Cranston Jewish Center on Rhode Island and later Temple Shalom in Medford, Massachusetts, died April 5. […]

‘A Mean Amount of Money’

April 14, 2017 | CUNY in the News

‘A Mean Amount of Money’ The City University of New York and State University of New York systems are preparing for the conversation about college affordability to shift to the cost of textbooks as the state rolls out its free-tuition plan. Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators announced Saturday they had reached a deal that […]

CUNY Poets Win Two Pulitzer Prizes in Three Years

April 13, 2017 | CUNY in the News

Shortly after a text message this week alerted him that he had won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Tyehimba Jess called a fellow poet who he knew could relate, fellow City University of New York scholar Gregory Pardlo, who won the same prize in 2015.

Huffington Post: Latina Accepted By 11 Med Schools

April 12, 2017 | CUNY in the News

All Chelsea Batista wanted was to get into one of the 18 medical schools she applied to. Instead, she got into 11. “I was absolutely surprised,” the 21-year-old senior at Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College told The Huffington Post via email. “When I received my first acceptance, I was golden. When more acceptances started coming […]

Washington Post: Elephant body awareness

April 12, 2017 | CUNY in the News, Science

Humans have been handing mirrors to animals since at least the early 1800s, when a young Charles Darwin proffered a polished glass to a pair of orangutans at the London Zoo. “Both were astonished beyond measure at looking glass, looked at it every way, sideways, & with most steady surprise,” Darwin wrote in his notebook. More […]

Science Daily: How songbirds teach themselves songs

April 7, 2017 | CUNY in the News

Music can be a powerful form of expression. It’s especially important for songbirds such as zebra finches, which learn the songs of their fathers in order to court mates. Until now, scientists have typically thought of the bird’s vocal development in terms of how one circuit in the brain learns a song. But a new […]

Financial Times: Facebook launches $14M collaborative news literacy project ››

April 7, 2017 | CUNY in the News

Facebook has launched the News Integrity Initiative, a $14m collaborative project to advance the public’s news literacy, in the wake of strong criticism about the social network’s role in the spread of misinformation online.