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As Jamaica blooms, so will the School of Business at York College


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Rendering courtesy of York College 

Now that the city has launched its Jamaica Now Action Plan to revitalize the neighborhood, more and more businesses are expected to migrate to the area.

York College, a City University of New York (CUNY) institution that has a 50-acre campus in downtown Jamaica, is hoping to be an incubator and usher in new companies to the neighborhood, and also partner with them for the benefit of students.

The school has already been negotiating with businesses looking to move to and grow in Jamaica through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s START-UP NY tax-free program.

In addition to York’s business networking, the school plans to add a nine-story, 162,988-square-foot Academic Village and Conference Center (AVCC) in the near future. The center will further promote business as it will be anchored by the School of Business at York, providing the next generation of managers, company owners and entrepreneurs with modern classrooms and more services.

The new building, which was approved by the CUNY board of trustees back in 2011, will replace the aging 4,000-square-foot Classroom Building at 94-43 159th St., which was the first structure built on York’s campus.

Updated renderings of the Ennead Architects-designed center reveal a modern glassy exterior. School officials believe it will revolutionize the experience at York not only because of its appearance, but also because of the various amenities in the building. In addition to the business school, the building will house a bookstore, student common and recreation spaces, a conference center and some administrative offices.

“It will sort of serve as our front door,” said York College President Marcia Keizs. “It will really be, in our minds, a critical facility for us.”

Permits have yet to be filed for the new structure with the Department of Buildings, and the project still needs more funding, according to Keizs.

She added that an anticipated completion date has not been decided.

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Citizenship NOW! immigration hotline opens later this month


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of New York Daily News

Queens residents looking for their own paths to citizenship can get the answers they need by dialing the free and confidential Citizenship NOW! immigration hotline between April 27 and May 1.

Sponsored by the New York Daily News and the City University of New York (CUNY), the 13th annual campaign will be open each day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. More than 400 trained volunteers will man the phones to assist callers of all backgrounds with the citizenship process.

Operators will answer calls in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, Korean, Italian, Haitian Creole, Bengali, Polish, French, Yiddish, Arabic and other languages.

“Great public universities such as CUNY are deeply committed to providing public service that improves the quality of life of our people,” CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken said. “The call-in will help thousands of newcomers navigate the immigration maze on the path to U.S. citizenship, consistent with CUNY’s longstanding tradition of welcoming students who hail from countries throughout the world.”

The Daily News and CUNY first held the hotline in April 2004 “to address the lack of access to free and confidential immigration information for the people who need it most,” according to a press release.

“Volunteers will provide callers with information on how immigrants can qualify for legal status and U.S. citizenship under existing laws,” added attorney Allan Wernick, a Baruch College professor and leader of the campaign. “Our goal for the Citizenship NOW! call-in is to empower immigrant New Yorkers. Immigrants can’t wait for Congress and the courts to find them a path to citizenship. They need help now.”

The Citizenship NOW! call-in numbers will be announced on the Daily News website and on WXTV-TV and WABC-TV on April 27.

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CUNY safety training academy holds ribbon cutting for new facility in Jamaica


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Melinda Katz

The City University of New York Public Safety Training Academy now has a brand-new site to call home in Jamaica.

The CUNY safety officers celebrated on March 13, the ribbon cutting of their new state-of-the-art facility in the Gertz Plaza Mall, 92-31 Union Hall St., 7th Floor, Jamaica. The new office consists of smart room technology classrooms, locker rooms, an all-purpose gymnasium and administrative offices. It can accommodate the increased number of NYC agencies for which the academy now provides training.

CUNY Public Safety Training Academy was established in 2002 at Lehman College/CUNY by University Director of Public Safety William Barry with the support of Allan Dobrin, CUNY executive vice chancellor and COO, and Dave Fields, senior university dean/special counsel to the chancellor, to train the 500 peace officers then employed by CUNY.

In 2004, the academy moved to York College/CUNY in Jamaica, Queens, close to a major transportation hub accessed by the LIRR, major subway lines, NYC buses and the Van Wyck Expressway. There, the academy expanded to train the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation’s 650 peace officers.

Each year the academy trains over 2,500 officers in over 100 topics mandated by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services, and the new upgrade to their own facility will help them to continue to accommodate the growing number of candidates.

They now offer five NYS-certified training programs that consist of recruit training for CUNY, the NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation, the Brooklyn Public Library, the NYS Liquor Authority, the Administration of Children Services and the NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

They also provide Department of Criminal Justice-mandated, in-service training for those agencies as well as for the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz joined the academy at the ribbon cutting and was delighted to see the new facility.

“The academy’s new location in the Gertz Plaza Mall is a modern and spacious facility that will help ensure those trained there will receive the best possible preparation for the public safety duties they will be carrying out,” Katz said. “The new facility is a welcome addition to the up- and-coming Jamaica neighborhood.”

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Op-ed: Obama’s free community college proposal: Why it’s good for our city


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY GAIL O. MELLOW

President Obama’s proposal for two years of free community college for all Americans leaves behind the 20th-century concept that a high school degree is sufficient to have a middle class life. A huge leap toward reviving the notion of an American dream, America’s College Promise is a proposal to spend $60 billion over 10 years to make two years of community college the new standard in public education. While we’ve focused on inequity in K-12, as a nation we have ignored the reality that without a college degree, a viable economic future is nearly impossible. Without education beyond high school, wages are low and the ability to stay in the workforce is compromised.

At LaGuardia Community College, where I have the pleasure of serving as president, we seek to build and strengthen the middle class in our city. We do this for over 50,000 students and their families, fully recognizing that college is what’s needed in today’s world.

America’s College Promise is also historic in that it redefines the role of the federal government in higher education and recognizes that unless federal money is on the table, and used to entice state support, tuition will continue to rise, making it even harder to go to college at a time when employers increasingly require a degree. While community colleges currently educate half of the undergraduates in the U.S., they receive limited public support and are far outspent by private colleges.

LaGuardia is a good example of the necessity of community colleges. When the City University of New York’s new community college was founded in 1971, it grew out of the civil rights movement and was created to serve one of the city’s poorest areas in New York’s fastest growing borough of Queens. Not only would it open the doors of higher education to all New Yorkers, it would study urban problems and innovate educational practices, namely connecting students with work at local businesses. At the time, LaGuardia was free, but today, students continue to enroll at LaGuardia because of their desire to get a college education and transform their lives and the lives of their families.

Unfortunately, the challenges that community college students face reach far beyond paying their tuition. Many of our students are parents; most of them have part-time and full-time jobs.

We have students who travel over an hour to study at LaGuardia, and we’ve lost students simply because of their inability to pay for public transportation. We continue to fight the commonly held misperceptions about what community college students are capable of and what they can become, but we struggle to scale up the programs we innovate to help them. If we’re going to encourage even more students to come to community colleges, we’re going to need more money for the already insufficiently funded support, advising and interventions that we know work for at-risk students.

Time and again we see research proving that investing in public higher education is an investment in our workforce and economy, and yet public funding continues to decrease nationwide. Community colleges are a uniquely American invention — one that creates equality and drives our economy — and we should nurture it as such. As a nation, we are learning that we can only compete in a global knowledge economy with a diverse student population and workforce. It’s time to alter our policies to fit this reality. President Obama’s proposal for free community college is just the beginning of a critical conversation on a system that has too long been ignored.

Dr. Gail O. Mellow is president of LaGuardia Community College (of the City University of New York) and co-author of “Minding the Dream: The Process and Practice of the American Community College.”

 

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Op-ed: An opportunity for our youth to join public service


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY BOB CAPANO

We often hear about the apathy of our youth in regards to government and politics. Indeed, those between 18 and 25 years old vote the least of any age group. As a former high school teacher and current college instructor with the City University of New York (CUNY), I have seen first-hand the lack of interest many students have for public policy and service. Clearly, we need to do more to inspire our next generation of leaders to take an active interest in their government and community. Recently, New York State took an important first step by lowering the minimum age requirement to be appointed to a community board from 18 to 16 years old.

Allowing younger people to serve on community boards will also give those who already have an interest in public service a concrete way to contribute to their neighborhoods and gain valuable experience. Last month, I once again had the privilege of serving as a faculty coordinator for the annual CUNY “Model New York City Council,” a program that allows 51 New York City high school students with an interest in government and public affairs to have a mock debate and vote in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. These driven students attended weeks of Saturday classes where they learned about public policy making and civic engagement. They were assigned the actual districts of sitting Council members so they could study the demographics of those districts so that when they spoke from the desks of City Council members at City Hall their arguments reflected the opinions of their “constituents.”

With this new state legislation, these students will now have the real opportunity to serve on their local community boards and sit in their own chairs. This will nurture and build their passion for public service so that they are more prepared to become our next generation of leaders.

There are some who question whether 16- and 17-year-olds should be able to serve as full voting members of community boards. As the director of community boards under former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, I had the unique opportunity to attend meetings of Brooklyn’s 18 boards, interview the applicants who wanted to serve on them, and work closely with Council members and the borough president on the appointments made to the boards each year. What was missing was young people serving on and applying to our community boards. In a city where about 20 percent of our population is made up of those under 18, and considering community boards discuss many issues that directly affect our younger residents including parks, after-school programs, education and crime, what could be more appropriate than an added youth perspective on our boards? Serving on one of New York City’s 59 community boards will also provide these younger men and women experience with land use, city service delivery and budgets, all of which will only benefit our future leaders.

We should all embrace this new state legislation, and I urge our borough presidents and council members, who appoint board members, to conduct an aggressive outreach campaign to our high schools and youth groups encouraging 16- and 17-year-olds to apply for membership to their community board. Let us work together to replace New York City youth apathy with participation and empowerment.

Bob Capano is an instructor of political science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and served as director of community boards under former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

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Queensborough Community College receives grant money for new health center


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Queensborough Community College received $11.5 million from a state grant that aims to provide seed money to CUNY schools pursuing educational projects, according to CUNY.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the winner of the CUNY 2020 grant last week as part of a larger 2013-14 executive budget of $110 million to fund tech and health projects in state and city schools. Queensborough has two such projects that received money from the grant. $10 million will go to building a 19,000-square-foot healthcare center in northern Queens, according to the school, where students will work with patients in the community with health problems.

The remaining $1.5 million will go to renovating and equipping a 3-D printing site in the school. The college computer science department plans on creating new courses that will help students, including those from some local high schools, learn to use the printers.

“The $11.5 million dollar award places us as a vanguard to serve two vital industry sectors: technology and healthcare,” Queensborough President Diane B. Call said. “I am extremely proud that Queensborough Community College has been selected for our innovative ideas and leadership to provide current and prospective students the education to pursue promising careers.”

Cuomo appropriated $55 million as part of the 2013-14 State Budget for NY CUNY 2020. The program offers grants for two- and four-year colleges within the CUNY system.

 

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CUNY appoints new Queens College president


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of CUNY

PAULINA TAM

Dr. Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, a former cabinet secretary of the Department of Family Services for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, was appointed as the president of Queens College by The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York (CUNY), the school announced Monday.

“He brings to Queens College an impressive blend of scholarly accomplishment, public service, a strong commitment to student success and a deep belief in the University’s educational mission,” Chancellor James B. Milliken of CUNY said.

Rodriguez graduated from Yale University with a degree on Latin American Studies and later received his Ph.D in history from Columbia University. He is an academic in the status of women in Puerto Rico and he has written and co-written many scholarly works on the topic.

Prior to his recent appointment, Rodriguez served as president of Hostos Community College, another CUNY affiliate, since 2009.

“I look forward to joining the vibrant community of students, faculty, staff and alumni that have made Queens College a beacon of excellence, opportunity and innovation through the years,” Rodriguez said. “In the spirit of Queens College’s motto — ‘We learn so that we may serve’ — I pledge to put all the experience and learning of my scholarly, administrative and public service career at the service of an institution that has, and will continue to serve, Queens, New York City, and the nation with the highest standards of excellence and dedication. Thank you for the opportunity to serve, and I look forward to becoming a member of the Queens campus community for many years.”

 

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Students to analyze Queens waters in summer CUNY program


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

More than 30 high school students will test the waters of Queens as part of a special City University of New York (CUNY) summer program.

Macaulay Honors College of CUNY is hosting the course to sample and analyze water at the Queens base of the Throgs Neck Bridge, Flushing Bay and Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, so students can learn about threats to the ecosystem.

Led by Queens College professor and oceanographer Gillian Stewart, students from Brooklyn Tech H.S. will identify issues facing each body of water and think of possible solutions.

The site sampling is intended to foster students’ interest in science and the environment and the program will begin on June 30. On July 3 students will take a full-day field trip to the sites to sample the bodies of water.

“We really just want to take the students out there to show them New York is surrounded by water,” Stewart said. “But New York has one of the most contaminated waterways in the country.”

Students will analyze water samples from the three sites and use tools to identify the pH and oxygen levels, the amount of metal in the water, plankton and the diversity of sea life. They will also identify threats such as the raw sewage that leaks into Flushing Bay and the pollution from car traffic into Meadow Lake, Stewart said.

Although the program will show students issues facing the waterways, Stewart hopes the students stay positive.

“Most New Yorkers don’t realize how threatened those waters are,” Stewart said. “I hope these students walk away with an interest in science and environment…but also the optimism that they could make a difference.”

 

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Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Ambulance Corp slaps neighbor with $13M lawsuit


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Photo courtesy of Twitter / @FDNY

The Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corp recently filed a lawsuit against the collapsed building next door’s owners to the tune of $13 million in damages and lost rent.

Owned by 78-19 Jamaica Avenue LLC, the deteriorating building, which was an abandoned furniture store, crumbled on April 12 last year, leaving a hole in the roof and damaging the adjoining ambulance corp structure.

“That building next door, because of the negligence of that corporation and others, is a danger to society,” said Angelo A. DiGiangi, general counsel of Community Advocacy Center, which is representing the volunteer ambulance organization pro bono in collaboration with CUNY Law School. “The building looks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. If this building continues the way that it is, my client will lose its building.”

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

The Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Senior Center rented space from the volunteer ambulance group, but had to move to a temporary location—American Legion Post 118—after the structure was determined unsafe by the city’s Buildings Department.

Nearly a year later, the collapsed building still has a gaping hole and mold, elected officials said.

After much pushing by local politicians, 78-19 Jamaica Avenue LLC recently paid off $3,200 in fines it owed to the Department of Buildings and hired an architect, according to the agency. However, the building still has eight open ECB violations and a total of $33,000 in fines, $20,000 due in Department of Buildings civil penalties for work without a permit and $7,500 due in  civil penalties for failure to correct hazardous violations, according to the Buildings Department.

“It’s disgusting that it took so long to get to this point,” Assemblymember Mike Miller said. “Seniors have been suffering and they want to be back in the ambulance corp. This is their home.”

The owner of the property could not be reached for comment.

Despite the recent positive movement, elected officials are still unsure of when the owner will actually repair the building.

“I need for work to be done on the building. That would be positive. Paying the fines does nothing for seniors or the Woodhaven – Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corp,” State Senator Joseph Addabbo said. “With that gaping hole in the roof, with the snow and ice, that building is only going to get worse.”

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CUNY selects new chancellor


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of CUNY

In an unanimous decision, the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York (CUNY) appointed James B. Milliken, president of the University of Nebraska system since 2004, as its new chancellor.

“President Milliken is a highly regarded national leader in higher education. He brings to CUNY an impressive record of extensive academic and administrative experience and a demonstrated record of success in working with students, faculty, alumni and community leaders to offer quality, affordable higher education,” Board Chairperson Benno Schmidt said in a statement Wednesday.

CUNY touted several achievements under Milliken’s tenure at the University of Nebraska as examples of his record.

During his tenure, according to CUNY, enrollment at the University of Nebraska in 2013 reached a 20-year high, there have been record investments in financial aid, Milliken has helped lead initiatives to develop new public/private campuses, and he has been a strong advocate of distance education through innovative online courses and programs to connect faculty and students across the state and around the world.

Milliken replaces Matthew Goldstein, who retired this summer, and had held the chancellor position for 14 years.

“I am honored and excited by this appointment to lead America’s premier urban public university,” Milliken said.

“CUNY today has a world class faculty, talented students, an outstanding reputation, rising enrollments, increased academic standards and the most diverse student body in the nation. It enjoys significant momentum and unlimited potential,” he added.

In addition to heading up the University of Nebraska, Milliken also graduated from the school. But he also has a strong connection to New York City.

Milliken earned his law degree in 1983 from New York University, according to CUNY. He also served with the Legal Aid Society’s Civil Division, Chelsea Neighborhood Branch and was an attorney with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft from 1983 – 1988.

 

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Hercules: Aftermath of the storm


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Updated at 12:59 p.m.

Queens residents woke up to more than half a foot of snow Friday morning as they prepared to deal with the aftermath of the winter storm.

Snowfall in parts of the borough was reportedly as high as 11.5 inches.

Mayor Bill de Blasio updated the city at about 10:30 a.m. and urged residents to stay off the roadways and be aware of how “deceptively cold” the weather remains. Although the “snow has tapered,” wind conditions have stayed substantial.

There will be a high of 18 degrees on Friday, and a low of zero coming into Friday night, he said.

“This has been and remains a dangerous storm. It is going to be bitter cold today, and New Yorkers need to be extremely careful going outdoors,” de Blasio said. “The best things people can do are to stay off the roads so we can clear them as fast as possible, and to check in on elderly and vulnerable neighbors who might need help this morning.”

Nearly 2,500 plows are working through the 6,200 miles of roadways as of “early this morning,” de Blasio said. PlowNYC is activated for borough residents to track real-time progress of snow clearance. Residents are additionally asked not to shovel snow into the street, which could delay snow clearance.

Despite multiple accounts of drivers’ vehicles getting stuck in the snow, NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Commissioner John Doherty said the agency was “able to keep the city moving no matter the situation.”

As the snow fell throughout Thursday night and early Friday morning, sanitation department members plowed “primary streets,” highways, multiple times to continue to remove snow brought back onto the roads by wind, Doherty said. They then addressed local roads and side streets.

Garbage and recycling pick-up has been suspended until snow removal is complete. All city hospitals and emergency rooms remain open, and additional ambulances have been added.

Alternate side parking regulations are suspended through Saturday and MTA subways are running with service changes. The LIRR is operating on its weekend schedule. Buses are “delayed but still moving,” and the Rockaway Ferry is not running.

John F. Kennedy International Airport closed Thursday night but Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) officials are aiming to reopen at 9:30 a.m. Friday morning, although the FAA ultimately makes that decision, according to a Port Authority spokesperson.

Runways are continually being cleared of snow but the wind is working against them, pushing the wintery mix back to where it started.

At LaGuardia Airport, travelers formed long lines waiting to hear about their outgoing flights.

“This is just crazy. The only good thing is I rather be in here than out there in the cold,” said Jeff P., from Woodside who was traveling to Portland,Ore. for work. “I just hope I make my flight. I got here with four hours in advance.”

Catherine Hidalgo, 27, also made sure to leave her hotel a few hours in advance to make it back home to California.

“I just want to make it to my family safe,” said Hidalgo. “It is crazy waiting but I rather be safe than sorry.”

City schools are closed after newly-appointed Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña made the call Friday morning at about 4 a.m. After-school programs and PSAL are suspended and CUNY classes are canceled as well.

Major highways including the Long Island Expressway reopened at 8 a.m. but city officials continue to urge New Yorkers to stay out of the driver’s seat and off the roads.

 

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Holocaust survivor shares experiences through art


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

As visitors walk through the Queensborough Community College (QCC) Art Gallery, they are taken through the experiences of Rosemarie Koczÿ, who at three years old had her life turned upside down.

Koczÿ was born in 1939 in Recklinghausen, Germany and three years later was taken to a concentration camp together with her family. At a young age, Koczÿ witnessed death, loss and the struggle to survive.

Years later, still having the hardships she shared with many others strong in her mind and making it as a survivor of the Holocaust, Koczÿ began keeping records of the memories through different methods of artwork. The artist began with creating tapestries then moved to drawings, paintings and sculptures. Koczÿ died in 2007. Since September, QCC has had close to 140 pieces of Koczÿ’s art, created over nearly 30 years, on display in an exhibit titled “Art As A Witness” at the campus’ historic Oakland Building.

The series of close to 100 drawings, done with ink on paper, involved in the exhibit are called “I Weave You A Shroud.” Koczÿ used each of the drawings to remember those she saw suffer and die while in the concentration camps.

“They are burials I offer to those I saw die in the camps where I was deported…” Koczÿ wrote in an initial description of her series. “In the Jewish burials the dead are washed; a woman washes the body of a dead woman, a man washes the body of a dead man. The body is then wrapped in a shroud. Sewing a shroud is an act of respect and a rite.”

The exhibit also features wood sculptures and paintings titled “Standing Man,” where Koczÿ honors an unknown prisoner who ultimately gave his life to help and protect her in the camp.

Some of the pieces are owned by the QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York, other paintings are loaned by the Stichting Collectie de Stadshof in The Netherlands, drawings from the Musée Création Franche in France and sculptures are from private collectors.

One of Koczÿ’s sculptures is permanently on display at QCC’s Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives, while another piece, a tapestry made in 1975, is hung above the main desk in the admissions office.

QCC is located at 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside and “Art As A Witness” is free to the public and will be up until Sunday, January 5.

The QCC Art Gallery is closed Monday and opened Tuesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and weekends noon to 5 p.m.

 

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Queens College hosts first-ever Homecoming Tailgate party


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

The City University of New York’s Queens College has taken another step in honoring its past athletic achievers and bolstering its athletic department.

The school hosted the first-ever Homecoming Tailgate party on Sunday to pay tribute to past athletes and allow them to connect with current players.

Dozens of fans and student athletes past and present representing the men’s and women’s basketball, women’s lacrosse, women’s fencing, softball, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams attended the event, which featured food, music and games. There was also a scrimmage soccer match with past and current female soccer players.

“It’s just a celebration of us,” said China Jude, athletic director of Queens College. “It’s just a way to hang out. There is no agenda. Just eat, enjoy fellowship and have fun.”

The event was the culmination of homecoming weekend, which included the annual men’s and women’s basketball season kick-off event, MidKnight Madness, on October 18, and the second-annual Hall of Fame Induction dinner on October 19.

MidKight Madness attracted nearly 1,000 fans for a night of food, music, events and free giveaways. And some past athletes that attended the Hall of Fame dinner also stopped by the tailgate party the next day to connect with current players.

“It’s lovely to see the growth of Queens College,” said Gail Marquis, a Queens College alum who played on the first United States basketball women’s Olympic team in 1976. “We never had a tailgate party before.”

Following years of just the MidKnight Madness celebration, school officials said the Hall of Fame Induction dinner and now the Homecoming Tailgate party makes a full weekend of activities to promote and further appreciate the Queens College athletic department.

“It’s definitely a positive step,” said Carl Christian, a Queens College alum and the current head coach of the men’s soccer team. “It’s vital in terms of development and building a strong foundation not only in terms of competitive teams, but in terms of having tradition and history and respect for what’s come before.”

 

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York men’s soccer dominates in season opener


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Photo courtesy of Verity Rollins

Junior Rachidi Amadou led York College with two goals as the Cardinals shutout Sarah Lawrence College to win their season opener, 4-0, on Thursday.

York (1-0) completely dominated possession and out shot Sarah Lawrence, 41-1.  As the final score reflected, the Cardinals scored early and often, ending with Brandon Yotagri’s unassisted goal in the final minute of play.

Amadou started the blazing offense when he scored in the 15th minute and just over a minute later Rohan Burrell added another goal for the Cardinals. In the second half York picked up where they left off when Amadou notched his second goal in the 67th minute.

With a positive start to the season the Cardinals are looking forward to their next match against United States Merchant Marine Academy on Saturday.

 

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New research center to study Jamaica Bay ecosystem


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NYC Mayor's Office's Flickr/Photo by Edward Reed

A top-tier research center promoting resilience in urban ecosystems is coming to Jamaica Bay.

On Monday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced CUNY will house the new Science and Resilience Institute. The leaders also laid out progress on the cooperative management of Jamaica Bay parkland and waters.

“The new consortium is an all-star team of research institution and nonprofits who will do important work to protect and preserve urban ecosystems from development and from the effects of climate change,” Bloomberg said. “Jamaica Bay is one of the greatest natural treasures any city has within its borders.”

The Science and Resilience Institute will integrate research efforts from across the natural and social sciences, host visiting scientists and provide lab facilities for students and researchers.

The site will be formally established by fall of this year, with a temporary space on Brooklyn College’s campus.

“Working together, we will develop and coordinate approaches to coastal resiliency for Jamaica Bay that can serve as a model for communities around the world,” Jewell said. “In CUNY and their academic partners, we have a consortium of world-class institutions to advance our understanding of climate change and its impact on our natural systems.”

Bloomberg and Jewell also announced progress on several other park initiatives. Those include the formation of a Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, chaired by longtime National Park Service philanthropist Tom Secunda.

 

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