Public meeting of the Board of Trustees, November 28, 2011.
Chancellor Matthew Goldstein summarized to the CUNY Board of Trustees the June 2011 New York State legislation requiring the Board to adopt a new tuition schedule and the University’s efforts enhance its financial aid safety net for students in need. The chancellor reported that the safety net will continue to ensure that nearly 60 percent of the University’s fulltime undergraduates receive a tuition free education. The new revenue will also avert faculty layoffs while also provide funding for new faculty hiring, increased student advisement and other services.
One of the bedrocks of the Jewish religion is a belief in the coming of the Messiah, but for some it can seem at odds with the history of the faith. “It is a fact of singular importance that the people who created the Messiah have never accepted one,” said Leon Wieseltier, who was the keynote speaker at the 16th Annual Irving Howe Memorial Lecture at the Graduate Center. Wieseltier, literary editor for the New Republic since 1983 and author of Kaddish, among other books, delivered a lecture entitled, “Steady Work: The Unmessianic Nature of Jewish Messianism.”
Public hearing of the Board of Trustees, November 21, 2011.
When Mayor Michael Bloomberg completes his third and final term in 2013, a Republican mayor would have been at the helm of the overwhelming Democrat New York City for the past two decades. “There’s is a divide inside the Democratic party itself that leaves an opening for more conservative candidates to pick off parts of it,” said John Mollenkopf, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the Graduate Center, speaking at a panel titled: “What’s the Matter With New York?” sponsored by the Murphy Institute of CUNY. Mollenkopf added that New York voters often feel frustrated by a lack of choice in candidates. “They vote by default instead of conviction.”
Chancellor Matthew Goldstein announced a new initiative to help smooth the way for how CUNY veterans transition from military to academic life. “We’re going to do some very special things for veterans at CUNY,” said Goldstein at a reception honoring CUNY veterans. “It’s about time that we woke up to some of the problems that course through the community-people who have put their lives in harms way for us.” A committee chaired by Tomas Morales, the College of Staten Island president will be formed to study ideas recommended by vets who are CUNY students and suggest changes in policy and administration that affect veterans.
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Each year an estimated 30,000 people in 36 sub-Saharan countries are infected by a tsetse fly-borne disease — Human African trypanosomiasis, also know as sleeping sickness — that hosts in cattle and, if left untreated, is fatal. “Cows are used by women to help plow fields,” said Jayne Raper, professor of biological sciences at Hunter College, explaining the integral part the animals have in the daily life. “They eat grass, don’t drink a lot of water, and the manure is used in the fields and as fire bricks,” Raper said in her CUNY Science Cafe lecture, “Saying ‘Good Night’ to Sleeping Sickness.” Raper recently received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to use for the development of a trypanosome-resistant breed of cattle.
Soon after World War I, many young Japanese women arrived in California as mail-order brides, seeking to better their lives. But future husbands were often a disappointment, or worse. “On the boat, they could not have known that the photographs they had been sent were often 20 years old and that the letters that had been written to them were by professionals whose job it was to tell lies and win hearts,” says Julie Otsuka, author of The Buddha in the Attic. At an event at Macaulay Honors College featuring Knopf Doubleday authors, Otsuka read from her latest novel, which tells the often heartbreaking stories of what became of these women and their families.
The author of a critically acclaimed new book, What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years, insists that although much has been written about the early and middle stages of Armstrong’s career, he was every bit as busy and creative in the last 25 years of his life. “There was only one Armstrong,” says Ricky Riccardi, who is also the project archivist for the Louis Armstrong House Museum research archive at Queens College. “The man who was making those canonical works in the 1920s was also a very funny man who loved doing pop songs, and, in the 1950s and ’60s still played an incredible trumpet,” adds Riccardi, “So why not take all of him.”
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Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Fiscal Affairs, October 21, 2011.