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CUNY Votes to Approve Honorary Degree for Tony Kushner

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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CUNY's Board of Trustees hopes to put a controversy to rest, now that a panel has voted to give Pulizer-Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner an honorary degree. The honor was put on hold last week after one trustee -- Jeffrey Wiesenfeld -- offered a critique on the playwright's views on Israel.

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CUNY Trustees to Reconsider Kushner's Honorary Degree

Monday, May 09, 2011

An executive committee of the CUNY board of trustees is holding a meeting Monday to reconsider granting an honorary degree for Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Honorary Degrees and Controversy

Monday, May 09, 2011

Scott Jaschik, editor of Inside Higher Ed, talk about controversy surrounding City University of New York board of trustee's decision not to award an honorary degree to playwright Tony Kushner.

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CUNY Board of Trustees Holds Emergency Meeting to Reconsider Tony Kushner's Honorary Degree

Thursday, May 05, 2011

The board's chairman called for the meeting, saying that politics should not play a part in awarding honorary degrees and that he was concerned about the last-minute nature of the board's decision.

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WNYC News

Proposal to Ease Transfers Stirs Controversy at CUNY

Monday, May 02, 2011

The City University is trying to solve the longtime problem of students having to repeat classes when their credits don't transfer — but the proposal is sharply opposed by some faculty.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Census Results: What They Say About Queens

Friday, March 25, 2011

John Mollenkopf, director of the Center for Urban Research and Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the CUNY, discusses what the census results reveal about Queens.

→ Listen, Explore Our Interactive Census Maps, Read a Recap, and Add Your Comments at It's A Free Country

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Talk to Me: Celebrating Wallace Shawn at CUNY

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

If the meek are going to inherit the earth, then Wally Shawn will be in the vanguard. The diffident playwright and essayist, known for such works as "My Dinner with Andre," "Aunt Dan and Lemon," and "The Designated Mourner," presented readings of a wide range of his essays and dramas last month at the CUNY Graduate Center.

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WNYC News

Cuts to CUNY Budget Get City Council Attention

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

CUNY officials say that if the Bloomberg Administration follows through with its budget cut plans, community college students will suffer from a domino effect. At a City Council hearing Monday, CUNY officials said cuts to instructional staff will lead to fewer classes, larger class sizes and lower graduation rates. CUNY students also face a five-percent tuition hike.

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Opera in New York City Takes on a Spanish Accent

Monday, November 15, 2010

Opera companies, ballet troupes, orchestras and film festivals focusing on Spanish-language material are increasingly filling seats in teatros across the city.

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WNYC News

IBM and Gates Foundation Fund College-Readiness Programs in NYC Schools

Monday, September 27, 2010

The City University of New York and IBM will open a new high school for grades 9 through 14, as part of a larger initiative to improve graduation rates and college readiness.

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Radio Rookies

Work in Progress: Vampires!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

When Hawa told her mom she’d be doing a story about vampires for Radio Rookies, her mom just laughed, “You could say you’re a vampire because you’re so active at night.” Hawa's actually thought about that before.  She's 'half dead' during breakfast, and usually can't tune into classes until after lunch.  Around 6pm she's ready to start her day, and if her mom let her, Hawa would be up until 1am every night.  The whole immortality thing is pretty cool too.

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Talk To Me: PEN World Voices Festival

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature brings writers from around the world to New York for discussions, lectures and performances that spotlight and celebrate the written word’s ability to bridge the largest cultural gaps.

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WNYC News

New CUNY Program Trains Medical Interpreters

Thursday, December 10, 2009

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As the city's immigrant population grows, so does the need for medical interpreters in the public hospital system. A new 45-hour certification program run by CUNY is training Spanish and Polish speaking New Yorkers to serve as a ...

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Puerto Ricans in New York Struggling...Still

Friday, November 20, 2009

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Puerto Ricans are some of the most prominent figures in New York politics and culture, so some people are surprised when they hear that, overall, Puerto Ricans are among the poorest and least educated New Yorkers. Almost a third in New York ...

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More NYC Public School Grads Choose CUNY

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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More graduates of New York City's high schools are heading to the City University system for college. The Department of Education and CUNY say there's been a 70 percent surge in the number of public school grads from NYC entering two-year community colleges, and a 37 percent growth at CUNY's four-year colleges, just in the past seven years.

Mayor Bloomberg says the enrollment increases come even as CUNY's admission standards get tougher.

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Training Plan to Combat Nursing Shortage

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Amy Smith, a recent graduate of a CUNY Nursing Program spoke at St. Vincent's Hospital today to support the partnership between CUNY and New York City Hospitals.

Amy Smith, a recent graduate of a CUNY Nursing Program spoke at St. Vincent\'s Hospital today to support the partnership between CUNY and New York City Hospitals.

New York City needs more nurses. Due to a growing and aging population, city officials project a shortage of 7,000 nurses in 2020. Yet 575 qualified applicants were turned away from city nursing schools last year because the schools themselves are short-staffed. Speaking at Saint Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village today, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says that in this economy, we should be filling all vacancies.

QUINN: 'These are 575 New Yorkers who want to be nurses, who are ready to work, and may not be working now because we didn't have the proper resources to train them.'

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