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The Very Near Future of CCNY’s Technology
Breakdown of NYC Mayoral Candidates
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by Carly Trunkwalter by Briana Smith
CCNY is #1 Among Public Schools by - Anika Islam
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Opinions and Features
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Richy Rosario tackles standardized testing. Ashlee Schuppius discusses fiscal intelligence.
September means transition: from new classes to new jobs to even roommates and living situations. The Campus is also going through a transition period as well, with a roster full of fresh new faces and perspectives. Along with our continuing Departmental Overviews, we’re giving you a quick taste of our new Food and Health section. School might be stressful at times, but we hope we can provide you some mental refuge with high quality content this year. - L.O.
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A Look at City College’s Tech Future
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tudents and faculty will soon be organizing their college lives on the brand new operating system created by Oracle corp. This new technology is currently being implemented across the entire CUNY school system. The new program is set to be completed and in full use towards the late Spring of 2014. CUNYfirst, with ‘first’ being an acronym for Fully Integrated Resources and Service Tool, will replace the current Legacy Corporation system E-Sims. The new system is designed to deliver a more user-friendly online experience. Students will still be using the portal as a communication source between instructors regarding Blackboard. For students, the system adds a much-needed self service feature to the course registration process. Course selections and tuition payments can now be expedited in a way that is similar to shopping on Amazon.com. The user can simply sign into their account, choose available courses and then proceed to a check out window. Students and faculty can also create a personal account where they’ll have the ability to update personal information such as a change of address, current PagePage 3 3 Fall 2013 Issue 1.indd 3
banking information, name changes and other pertinent details regarding the individuals’ profile. All of the information entered through CUNYfirst will be immediately updated throughout the entire school system. For example, if a student chooses to swap from one CUNY school to another, their information will automatically be transferred over to the new school’s records department. In the past, students would have had t o reapply entirely if they were considering a transfer to another CUNY school. For students who become faculty members of CUNY, their student records will be converted into their faculty profile. All students and faculty members should expect to receive an email from CUNYFirst sometime this semester introducing the new system implementation. There will be online tutorials available to guide students through the transition. All users of the new CUNYfirst operating system are expected to be completely integrated with the system for the 2014 summer semester classes. In the following fall semester, CUNYfirst will fully replace the existing E-Sims system.
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A breakdown of the leading candidates to become NYC mayor - and how their platforms relate to us By:
New York City has eleven mayoral candidates. That’s eleven different ideas and eleven different plans regarding the best way to run this city. The winner is up to us, but the best results spring from informed decisions. How informed are you? Do you know which candidates have the issues that affect you as a college student in mind? Just in case the only candidate you know by name is Anthony Weiner, here’s is a brief overview of the city’s most likely candidates to win the Mayoral election.
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Bill de Blasio (D) is currently serving as Public Advocate for the City of New York. Blasio graduated from NYU and studied at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He began his career in public service as a junior staffer for former Mayor David Dinkins. He has spent his career fighting to expand early childhood education, tenants’ rights and job opportunities in the five boroughs. His most ambitious goal is universal prekindergarten in New York City, paid for by a tax on those earning more than $500,000.
Affect On College Students: Blasio has a vision: jobs for all New Yorkers. One way he plans to achieve his goal to rebuild the middle-class job base is by giving children the opportunity to receive education that will not only provide them with needed skills, but also job connections. Blasio promises to fight to reverse sate budget cuts that have significantly affected CUNY in particular. He wants to eliminate unnecessary tax breaks to help increase New York City funding of CUNY by 50 percent. He hopes to make CUNY more affordable for all New Yorkers and expand its programs.
Christine Quinn (D) currently serves as City Council Speaker. Quinn graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and came to New York City to run the Housing Justice Campaign. She later became the Executive Director of the NYC Anti-Violence Project, working with the NYPD to reduce hate crimes throughout the city. She has spent much of her time fighting for quality and affordable housing, creating numerous programs and passing several acts towards that cause (including the Safe Housing Act which gives the city the ability to repair its worst buildings and then bill the landlords for the work). Her most ambitious
idea: to build 80,000 new units of affordable housing. Affect On College Students: Although Christine Quinn doesn’t specifically mention what she plans to do as regards to college students, her plans for creating jobs in New York should definitely be of concern. For example, Quinn plans to use the different strengths, infrastructure and potential of New York City’s neighborhoods to identify ways new and existing industries can grow. She also wants to get more international business to invest and create jobs in the city. www.ccnycampus.org 9/5/2013 2:53:08 PM
What You Need to Know Before You Vote
William Thompson Jr. (D), former New York City comptroller, ran against Mayor Bloomberg four years ago. Thompson is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Tufts University. In 1994, Thompson was appointed to be Brooklyn’s representative to the New York Board of Education. He also has five terms as the head of the Board of Education on his résumé. That being said, he is most widely recognized as one of New York’s biggest advocates for a better-funded and more accountable public education system. His boldest idea for the city, however: hiring 2,000 new police officers. Affect On College Students: William Thompson Jr. also does not specifically mention a plan that affects college students, but his ideas regarding mass-transit should be of special interests to students at CCNY, as we are a commuter school. Thompson recognizes the hardship caused by rising fares and decreasing service reliability. He is opposed to the M.T.A. fare hikes and wants to restore state funding to the New York City Transit to address the M.T.A.’s budget issues. He also opposes bridge tolls over the East and Harlem Rivers that burden New Yorkers who live outside of Manhattan.
Joseph Lhota (R) is former chief of the M.T.A. and
deputy mayor in Rudy Giuliani’s administration. Lhota is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Harvard Business School. Prior to joining Giuliani’s administration, he was an investment banker for fifteen years. After the Giuliani administration, Lhota held executive positions in Cablevision and the Madison Square Garden Company. His priorities include diversifying the economy, job creation and education reform to better prepare children for college. His biggest push will be to transfer control of bridges and tunnels from the M.T.A. to city government. Affect On College Students:
Unfortunately, Lhota doesn’t seem to have much to say that affects college students in New York City. His priorities seem to be focused around public safety and reducing crime in the City. Obviously, this affects all of us as citizens, but not college students specifically.
More information on these four candidates can be found on their individual campaign websites. To get more information about how to vote in the primary and general elections, visit the “Board of Elections” website at www. vote.nyc.ny.us. There you will be able to find information about registering to vote, the election dates, as well as where to vote. Also running for office are Anthony Weiner (D), Sal Albanese (D), John Liu (D), Erick Salgado (D), George McDonald (R), John Catsimatidis (R) and Adolfo Carrion Jr. (Independent). As students, we are directly affected by the choices our leaders make regarding our education and our future in the secular world. We have an opportunity to choose the person we want making those choices. But in order to make an informed decision, we must be informed. Page 5 Fall 2013 Issue 1.indd 5
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How City College became New York’s top rated public college and how it will continue to carry on that tradition
by: Anika Islam Once called the “Harvard of the Proletariat,” by the 1990s, the City College of New York had been reduced to a last resort institution for college-bound students. Critics believed that CUNY colleges were overflowing with academically unqualified students, mainly of minority backgrounds. In 1997, 72% of all students at four-year CUNY colleges were enrolled in remedial classes for having failed one or more placement exams that tested for competency in high school level reading, writing, and math. That year, average SAT scores of CUNY students in these senior colleges were in the 30th to 40th percentile of college bound high school seniors nationwide. With high drop out rates and low graduation rates, CUNY was spiraling downwards.
City College, however, has made an outstanding comeback. Last month, in Forbes magazine, City College outranked SUNY Binghamton and became one of the top public universities in New York State. Only the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, placing seventh overall, ranked higher. Remarkably, this premier reputation was reestablished without implementing exclusionary admission standards. Instead, City ColPage 6 Fall 2013 Issue 1.indd 6
lege chose to become more inclusive. Rather than remaining an institution for failing students, City College restructured itself to improve its quality of education while strengthening, rather than sacrificing, its diversity. To bring students of various backgrounds into City College, many scholarships and academic programs were developed. Today, the President’s Community Scholars program provides bright students from upper Manhattan and the southern Bronx an annually renewable $5,000 scholarship. RAP-SI (Retention, Achievement, Professionalism Success Institute) takes promising African American men and guides them through their academic career with peer mentoring and specialized workshops. The Macaulay Honors College and the City College Honors Program, the two college-wide honors programs at City College, offer
“I was empowered by my professors because they made me believe in my capabilities.”
high-performing students tuition scholarships, Apple technology and a challenging core curriculum. Similar curriculum specific honors programs exist across individual departments as well. Through these programs, City College actively and consciously brings in an array of students that can benefit from its many scholastic offerings. Sabeen Perwaiz, an alumna of the Class of 2006, attributes her current success to the mentoring she received at City College: “City didn’t just help me advance me professionally, it also changed me personally,” says Perwaiz, executive producer of TEDxJacksonville and special projects manager at PACE Center for Girls in Jacksonville. “I was empowered by my professors because they made me believe in my capabilities.” City College has also strengthened its focus on delivering its students postgraduate success. Students across the various specialized programs and fellowships are given onthe-job experience and are assisted onto professional tracks. Students of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education conduct fieldwork at hospitals during their summers and are guided to medical schools. Skadden, Arps Honors Program students intern at preeminent law firms and www.ccnycampus.org 9/5/2013 2:53:11 PM
magazine’s list of top colleges and is the leading New York state-supported institution. Additionally, City College was named in the 2013 and 2014 editions of The Best 378 Colleges, an annual college guide by the Princeton Review. Diversity has always been a quintessential part of City College’s identity and is once again propelling the college to the forefront of academic excellence. Today, the ethic makeup of City College is 25% Asian, 21% Black, 34% Hispanic and 20% White. Moreover, the student body is more diverse in aptitude and scholarly pursuits. Committed to its founding goal of diversity, City College is undergoing a revival in academic standing.
receive LSAT prep and law school application assistance. STEM Career Development Institute students complete summer internships and are then aided in applying to graduate school or finding a professional job. Other programs, particularly within liberal art departments, encourage students to strive for higher degrees. This past summer, the division of humanities and arts sent ten students planning to earn doctoral degrees to Stanford University to conduct research. The natural byproduct of all these incentives and opportunities for students has been individual success. Since 2005, City College students have won two Rhodes Scholarships, five Truman Scholarships, two Goldwater Scholarships, three Fulbright Scholarships, and twenty NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. This is not to say that City College has overcome all of its challenges. The mean SAT scores of incoming students—525 for verbal and Page 7 Fall 2013 Issue 1.indd 7
589 for math—continue to be sub par, even among CUNY colleges. City College’s four-year graduation rate is 7% and six-year graduation rate is 42%. However, the implementation of the recent scholarships and specialized programs have paid off with increased recognition for the college, and those behind the college rankings have taken note—and they’ve also altered their criteria. Today, with the cost of college education at an all time high, students seek institutions that deliver results and postgraduate success. Taking this into consideration, Forbes, Princeton and other college ranking organizations of college rankings are placing more weight on student satisfaction, postgraduate success, student debt, and nationally competitive awards.
“One need only look around while walking along Convert Avenue to realize that many colors and races are represented at CCNY,” Erwin Fernandez, a visiting researcher at Stanford University and a City College graduate of the class of 2012, remarks of his alma mater. “It is a place where students comfortably express their sexuality and political leanings, where debates over feminism, multiverses and the use of space by architects during their walk from Shepard Hall to the NAC is not uncommon. CCNY offers a multitude of programs and classes which cover may fields. It provides students with diverse interests the opportunity for exploration in those fields.”
It is in this more relevant ranking system that City College’s renaissance is rightfully highlighted. Climbing 232 spots from 2012, City College currently ranks 137th of all the colleges in the nation on Forbes www.ccnycampus.org 9/5/2013 2:53:17 PM
Hold that Thought, There’s Someone on the Other Line Ignoring the Gentle Audio Feedback in Times of Love and War by: Hannington Dia illustration by:Nikeeyia Howell We live in dangerous times, dear reader. Single-ride Metrocards are fast pushing the $3 route. A violent collective of rental bikes have drowned the city’s apartment building entrances in blue. And those Atheists are still spreading their messages of lies and rebellion at rush hour on the A train. But beyond the Big Apple, we’ve found an even greater danger. A young man remains on the lam for his act of bravery against fascist U.S. dealings. Let’s call him “Ed,” for simplicity’s sake. In June, Ed revealed top secret documents showing that not only is the National Security Administration collecting phone records of Verizon customers through a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court order (e.g. phone call duration, numbers, when the calls happened), they’ve taken it even further. Enter PRISM, an eavesdropping program that granted the NSA access to entire communications such as e-mails and chat conversations. And your best pals Google, YouTube, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft and Skype gave PRISM direct access to their servers. Whelp. When the smoke cleared and the government fessed to the program, the questions began flying. Why would Ed, a former NSA contractor, screw the pooch on this one? He was making $122K per year, had a smoking-hot girlfriend and prime real estate in Hawaii. He had Americana. Men would Page 8 Fall 2013 Issue 1.indd 8
gladly keep national secrets for a piece of his pie. Why escape to Hong Kong and release such sensitive information? Washington has wanted Ed’s head. Washington still wants Ed’s head. Minority House Leader Nancy Peolsi called Ed a criminal. Secretary Of State John Kerry wants him back on American soil for a flogging. President Obama couldn’t agree more, though his 2008 ethics agenda to protect whistleblowers-that mysteriously disappeared from his website right after The Guardian broke Ed’s storymight think otherwise.
no surprise to anyone in the know. In December 2005, news broke that the NSA was already intercepting our phone calls and internet communications. Less than a year later, former AT&T telecommunications technician Mark Klein revealed the company’s secret room in San Francisco that re-routed domestic internet traffic to the NSA.
Ed has shown us that despite promises, Obama has continued his predecessor’s surveillance work and expanded upon it. Integrity be damned! Finding out what Nancy from Wisconsin was talking about with Sarah in Jordan is a matter of life and “Finding out what Nan- death. That call could’ve been about something important! Maybe the duo’s cy from Wisconsin was hyperbolic time chamber program. Or empirically-tested cure for cantalking about with Sarah their cer. Surely deadly threats to national security...and Big Pharma. in Jordan is a matter
of life and death. That call could’ve been about something important!” Ruh-roh. There goes our big mouths again. But Ed hasn’t budged. Neither has his Russian safe-haven at press time, uninterested in extraditing him. Still, you might wanna be careful, Eddie. Russia’s tolerance for stuff seems flaky. After all, they’re the first country in world history to legally eradicate homosexuality. Who’s to say they won’t be the first to start hanging former Booz Allen Hamilton workers? As exciting a ride this has been though, the hullabaloo should come as
Ed will never be able to set foot back in the U.S. peacefully. His life from here to the end will likely be nomadic, constantly worrying in unisex bathrooms if good ol’ Johnny Law is knocking on the other side of that door. But for what Ed did-exposing this continuing surveillance program, he has more guts than most people in his position would.
Here’s to ya, Ed.
In the meantime, you guys will have to learn to pleasure yourselves without the aid of YouPorn. Lest you want the suits watching your private show. You’ve been warned, manbots and gentlewomen.
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We know that standardized tests aren’t fair. Isn’t there a better way to judge college readiness? shocked,” she says, “like, how do quite controversial, unfair, and By: Richy Rosario
Who is more effective: A pupil whose admission to college is based solely on a standardized test, or one who is prepared well enough to score an A on his first writing assignment, but has never taken a state examination? That seems screamingly obvious. Still, both students will still have to take standardized tests in order to achieve an education beyond high school, regardless of whether he or she can correctly place a comma in a sentence. Instead of decreasing the number of exams for students, high schools in New York and around the country are adding more tests—and making them harder. Last month, educators reported a dramatic plunge in standardized test scores for local students. Only 30% of New York State students met the math standards and 26% met the reading standards in 2013. Although students failed to meet the expectations of these tests, State Education Commissioner John King says that the scores reflected are the result of a change in standards, not a decline in ability. “These proficiency scores do not reflect a drop in performance, but rather a raising of standards to reflect college and career-readiness in the 21st century,” King told the NY Daily News. The tests scores sparked statewide debate. Some believe that the poor scores reflect the lack of preparation of New York students who make it to college. Kristina Seecharran, a CCNY senior majoring in English Literature, recalls that during her freshman year at City most students in her Freshman Writing Inquiry Seminar (FIQWS) did not know how to use proper grammar. “I was Page 10 Fall 2013 Issue 1.indd 10
you not know that? They couldn’t do things that I already had learned in high school.” Karina Espertin, a former graduate student at CCNY who earned an M.A. in elementary special education, is now a fifth and sixth grade Special Education teacher at CCNY’s P.S. 161M. Espertin notes that the Department of Education has caught on to the students’ lack of preparation prior to entering college, and it has begun implementing new programs and curricula in an effort to better equip students with the skills they need. “The common core standards were created because we realized that kids were graduating high school but weren’t ready for college,” says Espertin, adding that “the standards basically address the things that students were lacking when they entered college, such as research and writing skills and computer technology skills among other things.” But many parents beg to differ. In fact, some wish the exams were completely eliminated due to the high controversy they bring. Parents have tried boycotting the exams, but this only prevents students from getting promoted to the next grade or causes teachers to get fired. Despite these issues, most think standardized test are necessary but can also be unfair. “I think that while we do need a system to gauge whether students are truly learning or not, standardized tests are unfair to different populations of students,” says Espertin. “I don’t think it’s fair that a student with a learning disability has to take the same standardized test that a student with no disability takes and be judged based on that.” While these tests can be
time-consuming, it is important to note that our future teachers are not just being trained in teaching their future students how to take test, but also in the proper skills they need to succeed. Edwin Lamboy, chair of the Secondary Education Department and director of the Secondary Spanish Program at CCNY says that not much time is spent on standardized testing in CCNY classrooms. Instead they teach their students how they can identify and aid their future students’ needs. “We don’t teach our students to go and administer these assessments,” Lamboy says. But he did mention this: “In secondary education every program requires a literacy course, meaning a course in which our students learn how to help their future students develop their reading and writing skills.” Despite the political, social and economic factors that may influence how a student does on these exams or why these exams are given in the first place, Lamboy says it is important to remember “if we value the fact that students learn and demonstrate what they have learned in different ways, then it’s imperative that we continue exploring different instruments to assess their learning.” That would entail eliminating current paradigms in our early education system and establishing new ones, no easy task any way it’s looked at. College students should take note. We might have hated how we were educated while we grew up, or felt that we didn’t learn what we really needed to. Soon, we’ll be the ones teaching children and sending our own off to school. Wouldn’t it be in our best interest as a society to reconsider how we teach our kids? www.ccnycampus.org 9/5/2013 2:53:28 PM
YOUNG, HOPEFUL & FISCALLY IGNORANT Tackling the pesky issue of financing Story by Ashlee Schuppius Photo by Louis Oprisa
Fiscal education has become increasingly important for the college students facing loans and budgeting throughout their educational tenure. The glitz and glamour of a $40,000 private school seems less appealing when going to a $3,500 per semester public school seems more realistic. The bulk of the class of 2013’s debt is in government loans, with graduates owing an average of $26,000. They also had an average of $19,000 in private loans, $18,000 in state loans, $13,000 in personal and family loans and $3,000 in credit card debt. Government loans were at 3.4% interest rate and were at risk of doubling to 6.8 if congress did not give their final approval on August 1, 2013 to reverse the rise. “This bill saves $25 billion for those students over the next five years”, says California Representative George Miller; we wonder how many students would have known that without actively looking for that information on finance news websites. Congress settled on 3.6% interest rate and all is right in the world again. Okay, maybe not. Many are left wondering if they were left out in the dark in terms of being fiscally educated. “We need to be very knowledgeable and know the facts beforePage 11 Fall 2013 Issue 1.indd 11
hand, exposure is necessary,” says fellow 22 year old CUNY student and Economics major, Leonel Piña. “My high school didn’t even do college tours; I wanted to go out of state because I wasn’t aware of the public universities in my city.” Many students are like Piña: left wondering if they should have been more exposed to FAFSA, PELL grant, and scholarship applications as opposed to NCAA sports program brochures and dorm furniture catalogs. “Luckily I enjoy learning about business, so I’m aware of interest rates and what steps to take to get money from FAFSA.” How do we implement fiscal education early in the curriculums of our children? Do we start in high school, or maybe even middle school to prepare students to keep their grades high to qualify for scholarships? The lack of knowledge can linger until Sallie Mae calls you to start paying your loan with an APR (Annual percentage rate) of 7.4% on your loan. If you’re a college student reading this, think about it. Doesn’t it make all the sense in the world for credit card companies to prey on college students? Why do you think that is? Our lack of knowledge on the subject only hurts us. Here’s three things we can do:
1.Do your own research; Sometimes if knowledge is not handed to you or readily accessible we need to go and find it. This is our money. We should not let our money tame us, but rather learn to tame our money. A great way to tame your money is to analyze how it’s being spent, and identify ways to reduce expenditures. Figure out unnecessary drains on your finances and eliminate them.
2 Become educated; be the educator Spread whatever knowledge you have. Word of mouth is a great source of exposure and can help in a major way. Utilize social media and student-oriented websites that offer free help for tracking your finances. Some basically function as an easier version of an Excel spreadsheet. 3.Discipline yourself. Understand what your main goal is (Example: graduating law school) and what you need to do to get there. If that means only spending $10 a day on food so that you can afford grad school tuition, then that’s what it takes. It’s irrelevant whether or not you think the economy is unfair; you still need to eat and pay rent. www.ccnycampus.org 9/5/2013 2:53:29 PM
This is the inaugural installment of a regular section that will have feature recipes, exercise, or other basic health tips important to college students. Recipes and photos by Natalie Renteria
Mango Chicken Burgers
Blueberry Summer Salad
Ingredients 1 pound of ground chicken 1 cup of chopped green pepper 1 cup of chopped red pepper ½ cup of chopped onion 1 whole mango (make sure it’s ripe) 2 whole jalapenos (pickled or fresh) 3 cloves of garlic 3 tablespoons of olive oil ¼ cup of cilantro (4 branches) 1 teaspoon of salt 2 teaspoons of black pepper 1 tablespoon of bread crumbs
Ingredients 1 ½ cup of chopped cucumber 1 ½ cup of chopped zucchini 1 cup of chopped grape tomatoes 1 cup of blueberries 4 tablespoons of olive oil 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon of salt
Directions 1.Chop red pepper, green pepper, onion, cilantro, jalapenos, garlic and mango. Place chicken in a large bowl and add 1½ cup of chopped and peeled mango, 1 cup of chopped green pepper, 1 cup of chopped red pepper, ½ cup of chopped jalapenos, 3 chopped cloves of garlic, and ¼ cup of chopped cilantro. 2.Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of bread crumbs, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 2 teaspoons of black pepper. Mix thoroughly until ingredients are sticking together. 3.Preheat grill pan or non-stick skillet over medium heat. Form chicken mixture into six patties. Spray grill pan or non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Place the patties on the pan or skillet and cook each side for 7 minutes. 4.To assemble burgers: spread a dollop of mayonnaise on one side of the bun. Serve with arugula on top or on the side. Enjoy!
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Directions 1.Peel and chop cucumber and zucchini into squares. Chop grape tomatoes in half. 2.Place 1 ½ cupof chopped cucumber, 1 ½ cup of zucchini, and 1 cup of grape tomatoes into a large mixing bowl. Add blueberries, 4 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of salt. 3.Mix thoroughly and enjoy!
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Deconstructing City College A series of articles that take a look inside the various departments at CCNY
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Built to Last by: Rachel Mines Just outside the arches at 137th street, tucked in a quiet corner at the top of St. Nicholas park, is CCNY’s Grove School of Engineering. The school has been producing some of the country’s most successful scientists and engineers since its inauguration as City College of Technology in 1919. It continues to attract award-winning professors and defend its title as one of the top engineering schools in the country.
Quite Some History After its second change in
name, once in 1962 to School of Engineering, City College settled on the Grove School of Engineering after alumni Andrew Grove. A Hungarian-born American businessman, engineer, and author, Grove was a pioneer in the semiconductor industry. He later became the CEO of Intel Corporation where he was named both CEO of the Year and Time Man of the Year in 1997. When he was 20 years old he escaped the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and made his way to the United States. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from CCNY in 1960 and later a Ph.D. in the same field from the University of California, Berkeley. City College’s Engineering School has produced some of the most notable people in history. In 1887 George Washington Goethals graduated with a degree in civil engineering, he later became the chief supervisor of the construction of the Panama Canal. Solomon Kullback, Howard Rosenblum, and Abraham Sinkov received various degrees in mathematics and engineering, which allowed them to build a career working for the NSA. Jonas Salk graduated in 1934 and later invented the polio vaccine. Keep in mind these are only five of the many successful graduates. We’d continue to mention more but we don’t charge you for this magazine and paper isn’t cheap. Page 15 Fall 2013 Issue 1.indd 15
What’s Offered? The school has a number
of degrees undergraduate students may pick from: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Earth System Sciences & Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Students of the engineering school are required to complete their General Education requirements in the Liberal Arts along with the rest of the school, providing them with a well-rounded education. In addition to extraordinary academics, the school offers its students various work and research opportunities to gain real-life experience. For example, Grove School recently launched the Zahn Center for Entrepreneurship in Harlem, which helps digital startups and provides 3D printers for aspiring hardware entrepreneurs. Additionally, Grove School faculty and students participate in over fifteen research centers ranging from transportation to lasers. City College is committed to its community and determined to help shape the minds of America’s youth. For this reason Grove School collaborates with the STEM Institute, a cooperation between NASA and CAHSEE initiated in 1992 to ensure Hispanic Americans, females, and other under-represented minority students achieve excellence. STEM targets high school students who wish to pursue a degree in engineering, science, computer science, business management, entrepreneurs, and mathematics. It allows them to take college-level courses while still in high school, which gives them a better preparation for college and encourages them to participate in research.
OK that sounds great, now what about after I graduate? The Grove School knows the
importance of real-world experience, which is why its academic advisors are constantly updating and advertising internships and job opportunities for their students. The Alumni Partnership Program is one such initiative that encourages CCNY alumni to offer current students a place in their company as an intern for experience. CCNY offers a number of fellowships and scholarships geared to helping students lighten their load and focus on their studies. The Mini-Circuits Scholarship and Grove Scholarship are two such programs.
Who’s Who? Some notable professors
in the school are: Sanjoy Banerjee, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Energy Institute. He teaches thermal/fluid Sciences: environmental and multiphase transport phenomena in addition to founding the Complex Fluids Design Center at UCSB. Alexander Couzis, Chemical Engineering Department Chair, and Herbert G. Kayser Professor Chair. Dr. Couzis has been published countless times and is involved in a number of research interests including interfacial phenomena, templated crystallization, and biosensors, among others. CCNY has been ranked the number one CUNY school - and for good reason. It has jumped over 200 spots to number 137 on Forbes’ list of Top Colleges in the United States. The Grove School of Engineering has no doubt contributed to this phenomenal progress. Its extraordinary professors push their students to be the best they can be. They are hardearned degrees and for good reason.
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â€œI have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.â€? - Martin Luther King, August 28, 1963 The Campus pays tribute to MLK and the March On Washington upon the passing of its 50th anniversary. Thank you, Dr. King.
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