**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.