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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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16 september 97

Fat Cats, Bigger Fish
Democrat Machine Rallies behind Ruth Messinger
By Keith Mitchell, News Editor

White wine flowed with new money as the Democrats attempted to christen Ruth Messinger the Democratic mayoral nominee.  But to no avail, as the underdog of the race, the Rev. Al Sharpton, was able to steal Messinger’s thunder and force a run-off election in two weeks.  Upstart Sal Albanese was able to receive 21% of the vote and won the Independence party primary, qualifying him for the general election.

Red, white and blue dominated the decor of the top floor ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Hotel, located in mid-town Manhattan.  Signs simply titled “RUTH”” juxtaposed with a crude drawing of an apple stood below the American flags, possibly an attempt to remind supporters of Messinger’s back-to-basics liberal policies upon which her campaign has been based. (more…)

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16 september 97

Transit Workers Strike in San Francisco
By Keith Mitchell, News Editor

Over 2,600 employees of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System(BART) struck on September 6, completely paralyzing San Francisco, Oakland and their surrounding suburbs.

Members of the Service Employees International Union and the Amalgamated Transit Union rejected a $28 million offer from BART which would have raised their salaries three percent over three years.  The union also wants the elimination of a two-tier salary scale where workers hired after 1995 receive lower wages. (more…)

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16 september 97

14th World Festival of Youth and Students
by Andrew Terranova

This past summer over 12,000 young people from 132 countries traveled to Havana, Cuba to participate in the 14th World Festival of Youth and Students.  The ten day festival was organized around the theme “Anti-Imperialist Solidarity, Peace and Friendship” and was designed to promote discussion between young activists from around the world on the issues that they face in common.

In an effort to show their support for both Cuba’s struggle and the theme of the Festival, many countries sent very large delegations to participate. There were over 500 delegates from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, nearly 600 from Mexico and over 400 from both Angola and Puerto Rico.  In what was a surprise to many, the United States’ delegation to the festival was the largest overall, totaling some 850 people.  This is especially impressive considering that the U.S. government maintains a travel ban to this small island, punishable by up to 10 years in jail and up to $250,000 in fines.  By simply attending this international festival, members of the U.S. delegation were in violation of this law. (more…)

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16 september 97

QUICKIES

1% for Hunter

Bucking the trend towards free fall in CUNY’s operating budget, the 1997-8 year promises a 1% increase in general funding available. Administration has responded by beginning a search for twenty-five new faculty positions. These new positions will be added to the twenty-two faculty who joined the staff this fall.*

Hunter Facility Gets $6 Million Facelift

$6.1 million was spent on everything from repainting to tree planting during the 1996-97 school year. Registration was revamped by the creation of the Unified Counter, aka the Oasis, which provides one-stop financial aid services. The majority of the repairs and improvements were structural, dealing with chairs, paint and the simple things. Work was done at the 68th Street Campus, Brookdale, the School of Social Work and the MFA Building. The bathrooms in Thomas Hunter Hall have yet to benefit from the new look. Numerous students report being attacked by rust on the stall doors.* (more…)

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16 september 97

QUICKIES: World

Zapatistas to Start March on Capital

07 Sept 97- The Zapatista rebels and their supporters say they plan to emerge on Monday from their mountain hideouts and set off on a long march to Mexico city, the capital.

The 750-mile trek would be the boldest step by the group since its brief uprising in early 1995, and the rebels first foray outside their stronghold in the southern state of Chiapas. (more…)

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Hunter College Envoy

the student Voice of hunter college for a real long time

volume liii, issue 3

30 september 97

Hunter

CUNY

world

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