World Council Churches: "Pope Francis strengthens condemnation of nuclear weapons"
Pope Francis strengthens condemnation of nuclear weapons (World Council Churches)
Assistant Professor Emily Welty participated in a high-profile Vatican conference on nuclear disarmament. The conference participants included the U.N. High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, NATO’s deputy secretary general, 11 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, and the World Council of Churches (WCC) for whom Welty serves as the vice-moderator of the WCC’s Commission on International Affairs. She was part of a four-person delegation invited to meet privately with Pope Francis. In an historic move, Pope Francis denounced the continuing possession of nuclear weapons in what appears to be a shift from the Church’s prior acceptance of nuclear deterrence.
Welty is a professor of women’s and gender studies and the director of Dyson’s peace and justice studies program.
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El Semana: ‘We Will Not Be Silenced’
‘We Will Not Be Silenced’ (El Semana)
...On the morning of November 9, protesters gathered in the atrium of the Hart Senate office building, silently at first, glancing up at level-upon-level of protesters who had made their way to every floor, patiently waiting for the go-ahead from organizers. At exactly 11:30am, the room suddenly erupted into an overwhelming, boisterous chant of “undocumented, unafraid,” as activists unfurled large banners into the chamber demanding a DREAM Act, denouncing deportation, and bringing forward the December deadline.
The building was packed with protesters wearing identical orange “Clean DREAM Act Now” shirts. Joining them were students participating in a mass walkout from nine Washington-area schools, including universities, as well as hundreds of youth from across the country in what United We Dream said was part of a nationwide campaign in solidarity with DREAMers.
Not everyone there was a DREAMer. Alik Schir, a student in the Washington, D.C. area, said he was sympathetic to the cause while gleefully waving the orange shirt he had been handed. “I know what it’s like to be the odd one out,” Schir said, “so I’m standing here to make sure that DREAMers and immigrants know that we stand with them and that we’re fighting for them so they won’t be deported.”
After about ten minutes of chanting in the building, a signal came to stop, to prevent the risk of arrest due to strict Capitol rules against disruptive protest. In a pre-planned act of civil disobedience, a small number of protesters kept chanting around a banner before being detained by Capitol Police. Rally-goers later announced their names via megaphone, praising them as heroes.
Flowing out from the Hart building, their call for a DREAM Act continued with a march to the Capitol in the hopes of coming face-to-face with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) himself. They crowded onto the sidewalk on Independence Avenue, demanding Ryan show himself. “Show your face, show your face,” they chanted as they passed the Rayburn building, rising into thunderous cheers and applause whenever they spotted a staffer waving or taking photos from their offices.
Ryan, who has sent mixed messages regarding a vote on a replacement for DACA, was the subject of frustration and anger among many attendees — some who jeered, shouting “coward” while below the Speaker’s balcony on the west end of the Capitol, where youth and DREAMers linked arms in a circle and held a speakout for DACA recipients before wrapping up.
“I am here because I have an expiration date, because I have a mother that works three jobs to support our family, because at one point I worked six jobs to pay for my education,” said one DREAMer. “I want to graduate, I want to make America great, I want to give back to my community, I want to give back to the country I love, to the country that I call home.”
“DACA, the DREAM Act, this is a human issue,” said another DREAMer, a student who had joined the Washington event from Pace University in New York. “We’re dealing with real lives. This is not about one, this is about all. Paul Ryan, pass the Dream Act.”
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The Riverdale Press: "DeWitt Clinton safe from state takeover, for now"
DeWitt Clinton safe from state takeover, for now (The Riverdale Press)
The school known as the “castle on the parkway” will remain under the control of the city’s education department.
The state recently announced DeWitt Clinton High School, located at 100 W. Mosholu Parkway S., would not become the responsibility of Albany after the struggling school made headway in a number of areas that concerned state officials, including its low four-year graduation rate.
The state’s education department defines struggling schools, also known as “receivership schools,” as the lowest performing 5 percent of schools in the state academically.
Under the receivership law, the city has the authority to make a number of changes to improve Clinton, like expanding the school day or even the school year, work with a community-based organization to provide support services, and also remove teachers or require them to reapply for their jobs.
Or, in the most extreme circumstance, the city could phase out and close Clinton.
If Clinton fails to show “demonstrable improvement,” the state could have appointed an independent “receiver,” who would take over the management responsibility of the school from the city.
Educators and an education advocate panned the state’s decision to leave Clinton under city control.
“The message (the state is) sending is that we don’t care,” said Jennifer Pankowski, an education professor at Manhattan’s Pace University and former public school teacher.
“I think if the demographics of the school looked differently, I don’t think so many would have turned the other cheek. The school is predominately Hispanic and African-American students with a very small population of Albanian students, and I think that does affect how quick the state is to step in and say, ‘Clearly you tried to do this, it’s not working. We need to take it a step further.’”
Clinton’s academic fortunes have been on the decline since 2009, which a blip of improvement in 2012. However, other issues have plagued the school in recent years, including one former principal allegedly changing a student’s grade, a sexual relationship between a teacher and student, and the high rates of students bringing weapons to school.
Those issues alone, Pankowski maintained, requires the state to get involved.
“Until the City of New York gets its act together, everybody’s got to watch them,” said Charles Moerdler, who legally represents the United Federation of Teachers and American Federation of Teachers.
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Taipei Times: "Chinese, N Korean distrust grows"
Chinese, N Korean distrust grows (Taipei Times)
This article is written by Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, a professor of history at Pace University in New York City.
The six-party talks launched by former US presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to denuclearize North Korea failed to achieve the desired objective, even though China participated in this multilateral platform and ensured that the US would not launch military actions against the North.
Worse still, a nuclear North Korea has destabilized Northeast Asia and endangered relations with neighboring countries.
China cannot draw on its experience of developing atomic bombs in the Maoist period to evaluate the danger of North Korea’s nuclear weapon programs.
A nuclear arms race among North Korea, South Korea and Japan is definitely the last thing that China wants. It has become increasingly clear to China that dealing with a power vacuum in the event of a regime change might not be as bad as preserving North Korea at all cost.
Whatever Kim is doing to antagonize Trump is not within Xi’s level of tolerance.
Like it or not, the denuclearization of North Korea has become an integral part of US-China diplomatic encounters.
The Trump administration has publicly complained that appealing to China for help has achieved little because Washington and Beijing share irreconcilable geopolitical agendas.
As Beijing’s insistence on diplomatic engagement contradicts Washington’s preference for coercive measures, the two powers will not reach a consensus over North Korea’s future.
Emphasizing denuclearization as a prerequisite to holding bilateral talks with the North, the US has yet to demonstrate its capability to mobilize allies and enforce stricter sanctions.
However, the gradual evolution of the US-Japan-South Korea triangular defense alliance, the potential risks of a nuclear conflict in Northeast Asia and the consequences of a collapse of the North Korean state are bound to dictate the pragmatic calculations of decisionmakers in Washington and Beijing.
As Trump and Kim engage in a rhetorical war, one can only hope that they know where the red line is and will not escalate the crisis into a full-scale Korean War II.
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The Journal News: "Making the Grade"
Making the Grade (The Journal News)
Pace’s Learning Assistance Center was featured in Education Outlook, the education supplement of The Journal News. Brian Evans, Sue Maxam and Ross Christofferson were interviewed for the article which focuses on available services for students including tutoring, workshops and mentoring.
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Associated Press: "Story of Louis Vuitton: As travel changed, so did luggage"
Story of Louis Vuitton: As travel changed, so did luggage (Associated Press)
The exhibition’s timing coincides with the holiday shopping season, and the location is in New York’s financial district. But most visitors will likely lack the means to buy Vuitton products, which can run in the thousands of dollars. Still, attention-getting temporary displays like this are becoming a standard way for brands to tell their story.
“Many of these brands pop something up, draw a big audience, get some publicity, get reporters to talk about it,” said Larry Chiagouris, professor of marketing at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. “You don’t need to be there 12 months a year. You just need to establish a little publicity and move on.”
Chiagouris says this type of showcase can also be far more effective than a traditional ad campaign. “Ads are very fleeting and don’t generate the kind of independent interaction with a brand the way an exhibit would,” he said. A show like this “takes something that has almost become wallpaper and suddenly puts it into your current mindset and consciousness.”
Exhibitions also give designers the space and flexibility to fine-tune their message. In this case, the subdued, museum-like atmosphere creates a “mood that reflects the brand, somewhat elegant and somewhat understated,” he said.
Pace University’s Manhattan campus is near the exhibition site, and Chiagouris said his students have been buzzing about the Vuitton show. They’re working on a competition among business schools to come up with a campaign for Ocean Spray, the cranberry brand, and the concept of telling a company’s story this way, through history, products and workmanship, resonated with them.
“It’s an interactive experience not because of electronics or pressing a button,” he said, but because “you get a sense of the identity of the brand.”
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The Journal News: "Career Change: Grill 3 pros who went back to school at 'The Spiel'"
Career Change: Grill 3 pros who went back to school at 'The Spiel' (The Journal News)
Are you thinking about a career switch? Should you go back to school for it?
The next installment of The Spiel, an after-hours professional mixer, will be held at The Journal News office in White Plains on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.
The mixer will be focused on how to change your career by going back to school.
Hear from three people who have been there and done that, and mingle over a glass of wine and nibbles.
Meet a former police officer who now works in business development at a college, a former event planner who is now a nurse and a fundraising expert who works as a health advocate at a hospital.
Who: Cleopatra “Cleo” Mack Scheublin
Before: Event manager, MS, Publishing
Back to School: Bachelor of Nursing, Pace University, pursuing MS, Nursing, Pace University
Current Job Title: Unit Leader and staff nurse, White Plains Hospital Center
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The New York Times: "When Internships Don’t Pay, Some Colleges Will"
When Internships Don’t Pay, Some Colleges Will (The New York Times)
Elizabeth Pooran teaching tech last year at the Senior Planet Exploration Center, where she held an internship subsidized by Pace University. Credit: Drew Levin
Pace was featured in the Education Life section of "The New York Times." From The Times:
"...Pace University posted more than 4,000 internships last year, about 40 percent of them unpaid, and provides grants for many internships in the nonprofit sector.
“We’re not trying to proselytize with these students, but we’d like their eyes to be open to the second and third sectors in our economy,” said Rebecca Tekula, executive director of Pace’s Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship.
Pace’s Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship pairs students with nonprofits in and around New York City, like Greyston Bakery, Housing Works and the Legal Aid Society. Elizabeth Pooran interned last year at Senior Planet Exploration Center in Chelsea, a community space designed to teach technology, including digital photography and the internet, to older adults to encourage them to lead independent, connected lives. And Latino U College Access, a fledgling nonprofit that works with first-generation college students, has used Pace interns for three of its five years. “I always say that my organization was built with the support and by the hands of Pace University interns,” said Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, the founder.
Students in the Wilson internship program receive $16 an hour, or $4,480 for eight weeks. Some 120 students have participated since 2009, with grants totaling about $500,000."
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International Business Times: "Pace is Ranked the Best Private University in the Nation for Upward Economic Mobility of Students"
Pace is Ranked the Best Private University in the Nation for Upward Economic Mobility of Students (International Business Times)
Pace University was ranked number one among private, non-profit, four-year institutions nationwide in a list published last week by the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Colleges with the Highest Student-Mobility Rates, 2014.”
The list is based on data from the Equality of Opportunity Project’s study, “Mobility Report Cards: The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility” (Chetty, Friedman, Saez, Turner, and Yagan, 2017). The study compared the median parent household income for students at colleges and universities across the country with the earnings these same students achieved after graduation.
“This list reaffirms Pace’s commitment to successful outcomes for our students and that education is the path forward,” said Pace’s President Marvin Krislov.
New York is a national leader in this arena. Six of the top 10 private four-year institutions for economic mobility are located in New York State, while seven CUNY campuses are ranked in the top 10 four-year public colleges.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual earnings for Americans with less than a high school degree amounts to $25,636 while the unemployment rate for the same population is 8 percent, the highest of any of the educational categories. Workers with a high school diploma achieve a median income of $35,256 per year while experiencing an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent. Americans with a bachelor’s degree earn significantly higher with median annual income of $59,124 per year and face a much lower unemployment rate at 2.8 percent. Median annual earnings continue to rise with advanced and professional degrees. In 2012, New York residents with a bachelor's or post-graduate degree earned a median annual income of approximately $70,700, which ranks among the highest in the nation. (New York Building Congress, 2014).
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Battery Park City Broadsheet:"Setting the Pace: Local University Ranked Tops in Nation for Propelling Students Up Economic Ladder"
Setting the Pace: Local University Ranked Tops in Nation for Propelling Students Up Economic Ladder (Battery Park City Broadsheet)
A study that appeared this month in the Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Pace University, in Lower Manhattan, as first in the nation among private four-year institutions for moving students who come from households in the bottom 20 percent of income into the top 20 percent.
The study compared the median parent household income for students at colleges and universities across the country with the earnings these same students achieved after graduation. More specifically, the team of economists at the Equality of Opportunity Project who conducted the research aimed to quantify, "the percentage of all students in a birth cohort at a particular college whose parents were in the bottom 20 percent for household income, and who reached the top 20 percent for individual earnings."
The analysis found that at Pace University, where the median parent household income was $68,000, fully 15 percent of students came from households in the bottom fifth of earnings, and only slightly more than one percent came from households in the top one percent of earnings. But for students who graduated in recent years, the study noted, more than 55 percent were earning in the top 20 percent of income for their age group. When combined with other demographically relevant factors, this tabulates to what the team of the statisticians at the Equality of Opportunity Project call an overall "mobility rate" of 8.43 percent -- the highest in the nation for any private four-year college.
This compares favorably to other, better-known local private institutions: Columbia University and New York University, where only 6.9 and 5.1 percent of students came from households in the bottom 20 percent of earnings, respectively. At these institutions, the mobility rates are 3.63 percent (for New York University, earning it 14th place on the national list), and 3.07 percent (for Columbia University, which translates into 29th place in the nationwide rankings).
These data follow a similar study conducted in 2016, in which Pace University placed second in terms of national upward mobility for students from the bottom 20 percent of household income. In that ranking, the New Jersey Institute of Technology was the only institution that scored higher. In this year's tabulation, six of the top ten private four-year institutions for economic mobility are located in New York State, while seven City University of New York campuses are ranked in the top ten four-year public colleges.
Additionally, Princeton Review ranks Pace as one of the best colleges in the Northeast, while U.S. News & World Report rates its environmental law program as third in the nation, and the Hollywood Reporter lists Pace's undergraduate and graduate performing arts programs among the 25 best in the world.
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