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02 september 1997

Reynolds Wrapped
By Rob Wallace

After seven years as chancellor of the City University of New York, W. Anne Reynolds resigned in mid July. Ostensibly Reynolds bailed under pressure from  a CUNY Board of Trustees newly comprised of Giuliani and Pataki appointees.

Led by new chair Anne Paolucci and vice chair Herman Badillio, the Board admonished Reynolds for, among other things, withholding information, virtually lying about graduation requirements at the system’s community colleges, and CUNY’s grade inflation. Reynolds also suffered public attacks from Giuliani himself on CUNY standards, hardly tenable terrain for a mayor who has starved New York City’s high schools.

The Times and Newsday fell over themselves to defend the Chancellor. Upon Reynolds’ departure, Newsday editorialized, “Reynolds often seemed happier as an advocate for her students than as someone intent on holding them to a higher level performance” – as erroneous a commentary as anyone can hack up. (more…)

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02 september 1997

What a Long, Strange, trip it has been!
Ann Reynolds 1990-1997

Ann Reynolds, who three weeks ago resigned her post as CUNY chancellor to become head of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, had a tumultuous run as head of the third largest university system in the country. From the tragic deaths of nine people during a rap concert at City College (which led to the creation of the SAFE team) and the firing-re-hiring-firing of CCNY Black Studies’ chair Leonard Jefferies, to the quadrupling of tuition and retrenching of staff and course selections, one would have thought that CUNY students collectively broke a mirror in 1990. Here are some of the low lights:

June 1, 1990 – Ann Reynolds is named chancellor of the City University of New York. The 53 year-old Reynolds was forced to resign her position as head of the California State University system after she gave herself and other CSU board members a 45% pay increase. (more…)

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02 september 1997

Migrants Lose Appeal Right
INS Agents to Decide Refugee Status
By Rakesh Rampertab, Staff Writer

Shortly before the end of the Spring semester, a newly revamped immigration law, drafted last year and called the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Act of 1996, came into effect with President Clinton’s approval, becoming the most recent threat to the vast immigrant community here in the U.S.

In addition to reducing the influx of people into the country, this revised and stringent law will exacerbate the already arduous life that immigrants have here. Still relatively new, this law has been severely criticized by the immigrant community and members of the judicial system for the extreme hardships it will create. (more…)

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02 september 1997

Irish Peace Shattered by Riots
Persistant Protestant Pushing Provokes Pandemonium
By Todd O’Connor, Staff Writer

Over the summer, the north of Ireland was wracked by  intense rioting as Loyalist groups celebrated the British conquest of Ireland by marching through Catholic areas.

Each Summer Loyalist groups, called Orangeman, partake in close to 3,000 marches throughout the northern six counties of Ireland which are still under British dominion. These marches reinforce the domination of the Nationalist population. (more…)

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02 september 1997

Louima in Hospital, Police Still on Street
Keith Mitchell, News Editor

Abner Loumia, a Haitian immigrant from Brooklyn, was allegedly beaten and sodomized with a toilet plunger  in the basement of the 70th precinct in Brooklyn. The case has sparked world attention and stands as a reflection of the rise of police brutality in New York City under the term  of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

Loumia was exiting a club in Flatbush when he was accosted by several police officers. Taken by squad car to the 70th precinct, he was thrown into the precinct basement, beaten and sodomized. When he pleaded for his life, one officer allegedly stated “Dinkins isn’t in power. It’s Giuliani time!” (more…)

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02 september 1997

Mumia Watch:
Judge Sabo Turns Down Appeal
By Will B. Outlaw

Judge Albert F. Sabo, known as  Philadelphia’s “hanging judge”, continues to prevent lawyers for Mumia-Abu-Jamal from introducing witnesses who could refute the state’s case against the Black revolutionary journalist.

Abu-Jamal has been on death row for almost 16 years since his 1981 conviction in the shooting of Philadelphia police officer, Daniel Faulkner. Before that, he had aroused the hostility of the Philadelphia Police Department and entire ruling class establishment for exposing police brutality and misconduct against the Black community-especially the armed police assaults that led to the deaths of 11 people in the radical group MOVE. (more…)

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Hunter College Envoy

the student Voice of hunter college for a real long time

volume liii, issue 2

16 september 97

Hunter

CUNY

Politix: the City and beyond

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16 september 97

Hunter Haitians React to the Louima Case

By Alie B. Sheriff, Staff Writer

At Thomas Hunter Room 302,  seemingly relaxed on the semicircle black leather sofa, Ruddy Lubin and Sabrina Lamour are deeply pondering the fate of Abner who is seeking an appropriate legal measure following his alleged beating by police officers last month.

Like the victim, Sabrina and Ruddy are both Haitian immigrants. The two, who are officials of the Haitian Club Hunter College, will discuss Louima’s case at their upcoming club meeting scheduled for next week. If all works out as planned, they said the police-Louima syndrome will be at the top of the club’s agenda. Sabrina, an accounting major and the club’s Treasurer, reacted bitterly to the sadistic event. She called the incident a “total violation of human rights.” She said Louima is not the only Haitian that has suffered from police brutality. “Police brutality has always been around our community” she added. The sophomore believes that even if Louima emerged as a victor in the on-going legal battle against the police, police brutality against minors is difficult to get rid of. “For now we can do nothing other than pray for Louima to recover from his pain,” she said. (more…)

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16 september 97

Messinger Come to Hunter
Lots of Cameras Catch Not Much Substance
By Keith Mitchell, News Editor

Scores of students and reporters flocked outside of the Hunter West building to catch a glimpse of Democratic-mayoral candidate Ruth Messinger who is seeking additional support after being unable to muster 40% needed to win the Democratic primary.  Now faced in a run-off by the Rev. Al Sharpton, Messinger is trying to continue on campaign promise “Education.”

Blasting Mayor Giuliani on his cuts in CUNY which have led to a $750 tuition increase, Messenger promised she is willing to fight for CUNY and led the students in the chant, “CUNY Yes, Cuts No.” (more…)

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16 september 97

ROTC Marches to Hunter
By Keith Mitchell, News Editor

A new federal act could enable the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) to enter the Hunter College community.  This past spring the 104th Congress passed the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 1997. Besides continuing the further deregulation of the telecommunication industry, the act also denies funds to colleges and universities which “prevent federal military recruitment on campus.” This includes grants from the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education especially used for financial aid.

The act also requires that schools provide personal information about students including name, address, telephone number, age, level of education and major. The only institutions exempted from this act are colleges and universities that have “a long standing policy of pacifism based in historical religious affiliation” or are prohibited for any reason by state law or court order from allowing the ROTC  on campus. (more…)

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