• Student Newspaper Achieves National Recognition

    December 27, 2007 | Newsmakers

    Queens College’s student newspaper, The Knight News, won top honors at the National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C. this October. The bi-weekly was named “Best of Show” and selected as a finalist in the Newspaper Pacemakers Contest at the convention-which has been held annually since 1927. The awards are emblematic of the resurgence of student newspapers at a number of CUNY colleges in recent years. Editors Steven Appel and Lauren Talerman discuss their passion and personal vision for the newspaper, and the challenges in bringing it from a publication “fraught with conflict to one that matters.”
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  • The Cost of Capital Punishment

    December 27, 2007 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

    The death penalty — which exists in the majority of U.S. states — is rarely imposed by the courts. Sentencing anyone to death is extremely expensive due to the high volume of appeals, according to New York University sociologist David Garland. Prof. Garland, who is the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Law at NYU, points out that Texas, the state with the most executions in the last year, has spent $2.3 million on legal expenses for each inmate on death row. In a lecture at the CUNY Graduate Center, Prof. Garland discusses the evolution of capital punishment and how the current moral and political controversies surrounding the death penalty impact the U.S. and beyond.
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  • Baquet: Change The World and Have a Blast

    December 27, 2007 | Newsmakers

    In commencement remarks to the first graduating class of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former Los Angeles Times Editor Dean Baquet promised the class of 2007, “if you approach journalism with humanity….you will change the world in small ways.” And, he added, “you’ll have a blast.” As editor for the LA Times, Baquet opposed newsroom staff cuts, and ultimately resigned rather than scale back news coverage. Baquet is Washington bureau chief and assistant managing editor for The New York Times.
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  • Poet Lynn Emanuel Reads

    December 21, 2007 | CUNY Lecture Series, Hunter College

    Award-winning poet Lynn Emanuel is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Then, Suddenly, which has been described as a fusion of “the noir and the postmodernist impulses.” An English professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Emanuel has been a judge for the National Book Awards and is the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. As part of the Distinguished Writers Series at Hunter College, Emanuel reads selections from her work. She says of Then, Suddenly, “I wanted to write a book that grew eyes, that looked up at the reader.”
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  • Campaign 2008:The Cost of Security

    December 17, 2007 | City Safe

    What’s the price of ensuring the safety of presidential candidates? That question took center stage recently when a man who claimed to have a bomb held three campaign workers hostage at Senator Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Rochester, New Hampshire. Newsweek reported that the U.S. Secret Service-now under the Department of Homeland Security-projected presidential candidates’ security will reach a record-setting $107 million. Joseph King explains why he’s not surprised at the estimate and why he believes the final amount will be even higher.

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  • Dream Act Dies in the Senate

    December 17, 2007 | Citizenship Now! with Allan Wernick

    The Dream Act — federal legislation which would have granted legal status to undocumented immigrants who graduated from high school and either went on to college or served in the military — failed recently to get the votes to advance in the Senate. Allan Wernick, who had predicted its demise, explains why and what it will mean for other immigration measures, like the AgJobs bill.
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  • No Momma's Boy

    December 17, 2007 | Newsmakers

    Television Journalist Dominic Carter tells the tragic, yet inspiring story of his childhood in his self-published memoir, “No Momma’s Boy: How I let go of my past and embraced the future.” Sexually abused by his own mother at the age of seven, it wasn’t until 30 years later that Carter learned she was diagnosed with chronic paranoid schizophrenia, In a candid discussion with students at New York City College of Technology, Carter emphasizes education and a “no excuses” attitude as the key to his success. For more on the book visit www.nomommasboy.com.
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  • Eat Right: Save The Earth

    December 17, 2007 | CUNY Lecture Series, LaGuardia Community College

    For over thirty years, Peter Singer has been shaking his fist at the status quo with his books on the ethical treatment of animals and global warming. In 2007, the Australian native co-authored the bestseller, “The Ethics of What We Eat,” which details the environmental, economic and social impacts of the world’s dietary choices. Speaking at LaGuardia Community College’s “Save the Earth” series, Prof. Singer, currently the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, discusses how America could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by switching to a vegan diet and why the world’s richest nation should lead the charge in reforming environmental policy.
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  • A Food Co-op Grows in South Bronx

    December 14, 2007 | Newsmakers

    A new food cooperative has opened in the South Bronx, and it’s bringing more than just affordable organic foods to the impoverished neighborhood. The only one in the borough and one of five in New York City, the South Bronx Food Cooperative is building community spirit and educating the public on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, says its founding director, Zena Nelson. An MBA student at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, Nelson hopes to expand the South Bronx Co-op model to other low-income, minority neighborhoods around the country.
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  • Professors Analyze New Political Survey of Gays, Lesbians

    December 12, 2007 | City Talk with Doug Muzzio

    Gays don’t always learn from their families how to vote, as other segments of the population usually do. Is that why gays and lesbians are much more politically engaged? Why do the overwhelming majority vote Democratic? Kenneth Sherrill, professor of political science at Hunter College, and Patrick Egan, an assistant professor at New York University, discuss unexpected findings of a recent political survey delving into the backgrounds of lesbians, gays and bisexuals.
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