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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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16 september 97

Distribution Requirement to Change
Too Many Introductory Courses, Says Administration Committee
By Andre Pitanga, Contributing Writer

The Select committee on distribution requirements, formed by the Hunter College Senate, to investigate and propose changes to our problematic system of  requirements, finished their report, and their conclusions lead us to believe that changes are indeed coming.

The report released on Sept. 10 by the committee, chaired by Professor Andrew Polsky, reveals very considerable flaws in the currently used system, and, for the first time in more than a decade, the report seriously faces this flaws. (more…)

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16 september 97

Hunter Spheric Win National Award
CUNY Takes Top Prizes 2 Years Straight
By Sonia Robinson, Contributing Writer

The 2nd annual Campus Alternative Journalism Awards named Hunter College’s Spheric newspaper runner-up as “Best Campus Alternative Publication of the Year.”  Spheric also won first place for Design and Hell Raising, as well as receiving honorable mention for Sense of Humor and Anti-Racist Reporting.

One of the judges, Denise Grabb, of the National Radio Project, says Spheric is “a political and artistic embodiment of life on the New York City streets, situated in America. Deep, moody and truthful.” (more…)

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16 september 97

PSC Urges Stop to Citibank’s CUNY Card
By the PSC, the Clarion

The Professional Staff Congress, the faculty union of CUNY, is stepping up its opposition to the implementation of the Citibank CUNY Card as the ID card at City University campuses.

In a letter dated 18 August, President Irwin H. Polishook called on PSC  chapter chairpersons to mobilize against the card by meeting with their college presidents through campus newsletters and at faculty and student meetings.  CUNY management signed on with Citibank without any real input from students or faculty. (more…)

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16 september 97

SLAM Starts the Ball Rolling
By Keith Mitchell, News Editor

While most students were recovering from the first days of the fall semester, a dozen local and national activists met at the offices of Undergraduate Student Government (USG) to plot some really subversive shit for this coming year. The Student Liberation Action Movement, otherwise known as SLAM!, held its annual CUNY-wide conference last Sunday, and by all expectations the kids still have hell-raising on their minds.

Representatives from five CUNY campuses, high schools, community groups, offices of independent political candidates and national groups such as the United States Student Association and the Center for Campus Organizing converged to discuss issues facing CUNY students: rising tuition costs, workfare, crowded classes, retrenchment of courses and majors and simply the general attack on common decency by Giuliani, Pataki and CUNY Central. (more…)

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