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Bilingual Curriculum Reinforces Success at Bronx School

    By Grisel Mora   Right before classes end for the day, parents start crowding around the exits of the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls, or BGLIG–pronounced “Big League.” Ramona Parra’s daughter Brielle Ciprian, a first grader and a native Spanish speaker, runs out and hugs her mother. Before attending the school, Parra […]

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Jerome Avenue Workers Project Review

    By Juan Rodriguez   In light of New York’s Department of City Planning’s decision to rezone 73 blocks of Jerome Avenue to build new, mixed-income housing units, a group of 16 Bronx-based photographers have unveiled the Jerome Avenue Workers Project. The gallery aims to celebrate Jerome Avenue’s workers and small business owners through […]

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Taking Action on Health and Safety in Carman Hall

    By Juan B. Garcia   Construction projects affected the health of some faculty and staff in Carman Hall since September, 2015. Faculty and staff complained and filed a petition asking the administration to provide a healthy environment. Workers have been removing on the exterior windows existing caulk, which contains Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) and […]

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The “White” African American

    By Christopher Morrow “I have never seen myself as white,” says Sakina Laksimi, 29, a first-generation immigrant from Morocco who teaches Media Studies at Marymount Manhattan College. “Moroccans don’t observe this idea of race and ethnicity, but think more in terms of nationality,” she explains. However, according to U.S. Census Bureau guidelines, Laksimi […]

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Mayor Delivers State Of the City Address at Lehman

    By Christopher Morrow   On February 4th Mayor Bill Deblasio visited Lehman to give his third State of the City address. Deblasio presented a framework for improving the living standards for New Yorkers. The needs of working families such as housing and health care were major themes that were woven throughout the evening. […]

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White People Settle, Brown People Invade: America’s Un-American Anti-Immigration Movement

  By Juan Rodriguez   “Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free/The wretched refuse of your teeming shore./Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.” These lines by Emma Lazarus, affixed to the lower interior of the Statue of Liberty, speak to the monument’s role as a literal and figurative beacon […]

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Lehman Sophomore Radya Shaid Wins CUNY Essay Contest

  By Leah Liceaga Radya Shaid, a sophomore attending Lehman College, took first place in the CUNY Ethics and Morality Essay Contest. Shaid is a member of the Survey Corps and majoring in therapeutic recreation. Shaid’s essay “Ponder and Reflection,” details how contemplating issues can help a person achieve the insight and wisdom needed to […]

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Recollections of a Young Lord

  By Abrian De Luna Carlito Rovira, a former member of the Young Lords, appeared as a guest speaker in Professor Hank Williams’ Urban Writers class in October. The Young Lords started out as a street gang. According to Rovira, when they started in Chicago during 1960s, it was during a period of political upheaval […]

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One of the multiple bullet filled cars by Lucien Smith displayed at “Macabre Suite.” Photo Credit: artruby.com

Bronx Pop-Up Art Show Prompts Questions About Gentrification in the Bronx

By Alivia Lopez   On October 29th, New York based artist Lucien Smith displayed some of his latest works at a controversial one-night pop-up art show held in the South Bronx at an abandoned piano factory on the bank of the Harlem River. In addition to Smith, the event was co-hosted by a number of […]

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Movie Review: ‘The Hand That Feeds’ and the Battle of Undocumented Immigrant Workers for Fair Salaries

                By Juan B. Garcia “They say we are criminals. But they are the real criminals because they are stealing our wages” says Margarito López, a Mexican middle-aged dishwasher at a Manhattan Hot & Crusty deli on second avenue and 63rd street where he makes minimum wage. He […]

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