Meeting the Challenge of Child Abuse

November 30, 2011 | Brooklyn College, Newsmakers

What if scientists discovered a disease that affected millions of children and the exposed could pass it on to their own children? asked James Mercy, acting director of the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “If we had a disease in the headlines that was framed like that, what do you think we would do? But the truth is we have such a disease. It’s called violence against children.” He spoke at the National Consultation to End Child Abuse and Violence Against Children organized by the Children’s Studies Center for Research, Policy and Public Service at Brooklyn College.

New CUNY Initiative To Help Veterans

November 9, 2011 | Newsmakers

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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Louis Armstrong’s Bountiful Later Years

November 1, 2011 | Book Beat, Newsmakers, Queens College

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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Policing Protests: White-Collar Work

October 5, 2011 | Brooklyn College, Newsmakers

The Occupy Wall Street protests, which began on September 17, have shown some distinctive policing strategies, according to Alex Vitale, a Brooklyn College associate professor in sociology who specializes in police response to demonstrations. One thing “has been the use of supervisors — so-called white shirts, lieutenants and up — to do a lot of the arrests and be kind of a front line of interaction, rather than having patrol officers do it,” said Vitale, in an interview at the center of the protests in Zuccotti Park in Manhattan’s financial district. “I think, in part, it’s an attempt to avoid the overuse of force and escalation of conflicts but, unfortunately, some of those supervisors have made mistakes and have escalated the conflict.”
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ASAP Initiative Praised

September 28, 2011 | Newsmakers

A report by Complete College America, a nonprofit group financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation cited CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) for helping graduate more community college students more quickly. Chancellor Matthew Goldstein recently discussed the ASAP at a national conference on community colleges hosted by CUNY. “The cost per student may be more than the traditional model, but the cost of a graduate is less,” said Goldstein.
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Camonghne Felix: Poetry Team for Hostos

September 22, 2011 | Newsmakers

Poet Camonghne Felix, a sophomore at Hostos Community College, was named “New York City Youth Poet of the Year” in 2010 by the famed Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Ka’mone (her pen name) is now organizing a Hostos slam team for the national competition in the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in California, in April 2012. It would be the first time a CUNY slam team would participate in the CUPSI, says Camonghne and “would represent some of the greatness we have on our campuses.”
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500 Pedestrians Injured in City Bike Accidents Annually

September 21, 2011 | Hunter College, Newsmakers

A report by two Hunter College professors, William Milczarski and Peter Tuckel, found that 1,000 pedestrians are hospitalized every year after colliding with bicyclists statewide – and more than 500 of those injured are in New York City. “We were surprised just by the sheer number,” said Milczarski, who discussed the study and its potential impact on the bike-share program which is scheduled to launch next summer. “More bike lanes are going to continue to happen and the bike-sharing plan is going to happen because more people want to bike,” added Milczarski, “But what we need is more education on how to cycle safely.”
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Olympian Power to the People

September 6, 2011 | City College, Newsmakers

Like Zeus, the supreme god of the Olympians in Greek mythology, people will some day be able to control their own destiny, according to theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku. “Zeus could simply think about things and have them come to be; we will have that power,” says Kaku, co-founder of the strong field theory and physics professor at City College. In an interview at his office, Kaku discussed his latest book, “Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100,” and predicts a future where humans will be able to communicate with computers mentally and have access to the Internet via contact lenses.
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Volunteer Voices: 50 Years of the Peace Corps

August 11, 2011 | New York City College of Technology, Newsmakers

More than 200,000 Americans have volunteered for the Peace Corps since its inception in 1961, and for many of them it was a life-changing experience. “We really became more open, more interesting, and always better people than before we went,” says Aaron Barlow, an assistant professor of English at New York City College of Technology and editor of a new collection of essays entitled, “One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories.” Barlow, who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo from 1988 to 1990, explained how his own experience mirrored other stories featured in the book. “We thought we were going to help all these people — the truth is, we helped ourselves.”
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Commencement Speakers Across the University Urge Graduates To Fight Injustice

June 20, 2011 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Newsmakers, William Macaulay Honors College at CUNY

CUNY’s class of 2011 celebrated their achievements at commencement events held across the City. Playwright Tony Kushner, attorney and activist Lynn Paltrow, essayist and The New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik, educator Geoffrey Canada and former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein were among the distinguished speakers who challenged this year’s graduates to achieve and challenge wrong despite overwhelming resistance.
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