USG & NYPIRG City College of New York Resolution for the Divestment of Fossil Fuels:

Whereas, City College of New York-CUNY recognizes the need for immediate action regarding the climate crisis, evidenced by recent events like Superstorm Sandy, the melting of polar ice, and other extreme weather events like unprecedented floods, droughts, and storms in many parts of the world; and

Whereas, we have already exceeded the 350 ppm limit of safe carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere (James Hansen, Columbia University climatologist); and—without major policy change—we are already on track to reach a temperature increase of more than 2 degrees Celsius in the next 15 years (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), a devastating level which the 2009 Copenhagen Accord agreed to stay under; and

Whereas, a 2006 report, “Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change,” shows that the cost of climate change is equivalent to a loss of 5% of Global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) every year, “now and forever,” and could be as much as 20% of Global GDP annually, while the costs of solutions to climate change could be as little as 1% of Global GDP annually—an amount roughly equal to the $674 billion which fossil fuel companies spent on exploration in 2012; and

Whereas, the CUNY long-term investment pool (“CUNY Flash Investment Returns by Manager [net of fees],” April 30, 2013) invests in mutual funds which own shares in the top 200 fossil fuel companies, and by such investment supports continued degradation and destruction of the planet; and

Whereas, fossil fuel divestment is now a full-fledged student-led movement at over 350 US colleges and universities, nine of which have committed to divestment (among them Green Mountain College, Hampshire College, San Francisco State University Foundation, and Unity College); and at CUNY the University Student Senate, the Graduate Center Doctoral Students Council, and the Student Government Association of New York City College of Technology have all passed divestment resolutions; and

Whereas, the CUNY Board of Trustees have approved divestment before on two occasions, once in 1984, divesting from companies doing business in apartheid South Africa, and again in 1991 when they divested from tobacco companies; therefore

Be it resolved, that City College of New York-CUNY urges the CUNY Board of Trustees to divest CUNY long-term investment funds from the top 200 carbon-dioxide polluting fossil fuel companies, to freeze future investments in those companies, and to reinvest 5% of the long-term investment funds in companies promoting solutions to climate change; and

Be it further resolved, that City College of New York-CUNY encourages its members to join the CUNY Divest campaign by organizing climate change forums and educational events on local CUNY campuses, and by passing divestment resolutions in campus governance bodies.

 

AEC Appeals Application Information

The guidelines are as follows:

  • For new clubs, and clubs that have not submitted an application for AEC before: They are allowed to begin applying for appeals from October 14, 2013 and their deadline is November 1, 2013.
  • For existing clubs, and those who have already filed AEC: They are allowed to begin applying for appeals fromNovember 4, 2013 and their deadline is November 22, 2013.
  • On both deadlines the cut off time period is 5:00 PM which is closing of business day.
  • The amount that everyone can ask for is up to but not exceeding $1500.
  • Please return completed applications to the USG Office in NAC 1/111.

Below is the link for AEC Appeals:

http://tinyurl.com/AECAppeals

North Academic Center Shut Down & the Closing of the Morales/Shakur Community Center – Presidential Report

**For Immediate Release**

October 20, 2013

North Academic Center Shut Down & the Closing of the Morales/Shakur Community Center

On October 20, 2013, the City College of New York (CCNY) temporarily shut down the North Academic Center (NAC) building without direct communication to students. For several hours, students were not allowed accessed to the 24/7 Cohen Library in order to study for mid-terms. The shutdown of the NAC building was followed by a heavy increase of CCNY and CUNY Public Safety Officers.

The shutdown of the NAC and the increase of security have been in connection to the closing of the Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Community Center (MSCC). According to the CCNY Vice President of Communications, Deidra Hill, the new Career and Professional Development Institute will replace the MSCC. CCNY administration did not inform the student body, the Undergraduate Student Government or the students and student organizations who use the MSCC.

Undergraduate Student Government does not support CCNY administration’s action to house the new Career and Professional Development Institute within the already existing Morales/Shakur Community Center. In addition, the Undergraduate Student Government does not support administrations statement to take and review student documentation within the MSCC.

Statement from Undergraduate Student Government President – Mel Niere

“I am disturbed by the lack of communication by CCNY administration. Undergraduate Student Government along with the student groups who used the MSCC were not informed about the new plan for student space usage. VP Hill has not only stated the Morales/Shakur Community Center will be replaced, but all student material within the center will be reviewed by administration. The Undergraduate Student Government of CCNY is reaching out to CUNY student governments, local politicians and CCNY administration officials regarding the situation.”

About the Morales/Shakur Center

The Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Community Center (MSCC) was named in 1989 by students that successfully countered a tuition hike. For the last 15 years the Morales/Shakur Community Center has been a valuable resource for the college community — From providing lower-cost textbooks to mentoring to printing facilities to running soup kitchens. The MSCC has run classes and workshops on political education and the history of City College and CUNY and the struggles peoples have fought and won for open admissions.

The Beaver Dome – Presidential Report

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On Sept. 13 the AEC committee passed $50,000 to the CCNY Athletic department to help renovate the Beaver Dome. With $50,000 from AEC and another $50,000 from President Lisa, athletic will be installing a brand new scoreboard.

Congrats again to athletics and lets bring home some W’s.

In partnership,

Mel Niere, President Undergraduate Student Government

Executive Vice President Report

Hello everyone and welcome back! It’s been great seeing old friends and few faces on campus.

I would like to sincerely thank all of those who voted in the last election! As your new Executive Vice President, I along with all of USG will do our best to represent and fight for you. As many of you might have heard, during the summer the City College of New York was ranked the #1 public college in the entire state of New York! So lets keep the movement and the energy going!

This year, we will be bringing back several scholarships to help struggling CCNY undergrads. We will also be working with several alumni in planning events and networking opportunities. USG will also be participating in a conference in the state capital to continue fighting for student rights. As we get moving in this new school year and semester we encourage you all to study hard and get involved!

As always, we value both your input and involvement on matters of the student body, and look forward to working for and with you all in making this year a great one!

With gratitude,

Mohammed A. Alam, Executive Vice President

President’s Report

Welcome back everyone! I first want to thank you all for participating in the very successful 2013 CCNY Student Government Elections. It will be our privilege to serve you in the upcoming year.

Over the summer, CCNY was ranked number #1 on the Forbes list in NYS Public Schools. CCNY is on a rise, beating out all CUNY schools in National Science Foundation Research Grants. New orientation, NSS and mentoring services for freshmen has been implemented. Funding for undergraduate student clubs and organizations has hit an all time high at a quarter million (through both SSC and AEC combined) in additional to being released faster.

USG has refocused themselves to serve the students.

In partnership,

Mel Niere, President Undergraduate Student Government