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Westchester County Business Journal: "Private schools sound warnings as free state tuition plan becomes law in NY"

04/13/2017

Westchester County Business Journal: "Private schools sound warnings as free state tuition plan becomes law in NY"

...Robina C. Schepp, Pace University’s vice president for enrollment and placement, criticized the state’s program in an op-ed for Crain’s New York Business, saying it shuts out private universities with proven records of maximizing graduate earning power.

“When free tuition comes at the expense of attending a school that may offer a better fit and superior career opportunities that lead to decades of higher earnings, it erases the very appeal of the Excelsior Scholarship,” Schepp wrote.

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CBS New York: "Neil Gorsuch Sworn In As 113th Justice Of The Supreme Court"

04/11/2017

CBS New York: "Neil Gorsuch Sworn In As 113th Justice Of The Supreme Court"

. . . Longtime Pace University law professor Bennett Gershman tells CBS2’s Brian Conybeare that Gorsuch, while conservative, is not as hard line as Justice Scalia was.

“Judge Gorsuch is clearly, absolutely qualified for this position,” Gershman said.

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Journal News: "New documentary explores a traditional Passover tale"

04/11/2017

Journal News: "New documentary explores a traditional Passover tale"

Documentary filmmaker Allen Oren has taken a traditional Passover story and given it new life.

The story — about four sons at the Passover table asking questions about faith, customs and practices of Jewish life — that Oren and countless generations have heard dating back to childhood, is the subject of his latest documentary.

"Four Sons and All Their Four Sons: A Passover Tale,"  is based on the story typically read from the Haggadah at a Passover Seder.  The 51-minute film will air on PBS  Apr. 9, 10 and 14.

The Four Sons story details a father's treatment of his four sons:  a wise son, an evil son, a simple son and a son that doesn't ask at the Seder table. The boys ask the father specific questions about Passover in the parable and their questions and answers are explored.

The Passover Seder is the meal served in Jewish homes commemorating the struggle and exodus of Jews leaving Ancient Egypt.  It marks the beginning of the seven-day observance of Passover.

"The story is beloved, despite being just a short fable about four boys at the Seder table and how they’re treated by their father," says Oren, a filmmaker and Pace University Communications professor.

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CBS News: "Federal investigators accuse Google of underpaying women"

04/10/2017

CBS News: "Federal investigators accuse Google of underpaying women"

WASHINGTON -- In recruiting videos, Google says it wants more women at the top of the company.

“We want to see more women in senior leadership positions,” says one video. “We want to see more people from underrepresented groups because it makes us a better company.”

But the Department of Labor is investigating the tech giant for gender pay discrimination.

At a court hearing Friday, a Labor Department official said the agency found “systemic compensation disparities against women” at Google.

The government sued Google in January, demanding statistics on employee compensation. Federal contractors are required to comply with federal civil rights law. The government says Google was selected randomly for an audit and refused to hand over data despite repeated requests.

“They run the risk of losing all their federal contracts -- that’s a significant punishment,” says attorney Randolph McLaughlin, who teaches labor law at Pace Law School. “To be accused in this day in age of paying hundreds of thousands of women across the board at a lower rate, that significantly has the potential to damage the brand.”

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Journal News: "Cuomo crafts a budget deal: Editorial"

04/10/2017

Journal News: "Cuomo crafts a budget deal: Editorial"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Red Room at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 in Albany, N.Y. (Photo: Hans Pennink, AP)

. . . The governor's Excelsior Scholarship plan would provide free tuition at any SUNY, CUNY or state community college for middle-class families. Cuomo stood with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders when he unveiled the plan in January. Talk about burnishing your progressive cred. Nevermind that tuition is about a third of the cost of attending a SUNY; it looks good, it sounds good, and it really is a good effort. However, private colleges in the state — and there's lots of them — flipped. Calls for similar student aid access came from institutions like Pace University, ranked No. 2 in the nation for "upward mobility," that is, helping the poorest students get into the upper echelon of earners.

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FiOS1 News: "Education forum at Pace University sets sights on pending state budget"

04/10/2017

FiOS1 News: "Education forum at Pace University sets sights on pending state budget"

At an open forum at Pace University, education leaders joined teachers and students to voice their concerns over the current education system.

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Daily Nurse: "Pace University Launches PhD in Nursing Program on Pleasantville Campus"

04/10/2017

Daily Nurse: "Pace University Launches PhD in Nursing Program on Pleasantville Campus"

Pace University’s College of Health Professions is launching a new PhD in Nursing program on their Pleasantville, NY campus starting in the Fall semester. Students and faculty will work to overcome the root causes of health problems, which they’ve termed “social determinants of health.”

The PhD program will be following objectives of the World Health Organization including an emphasis on reducing social disparities in health; organizing health services around individual needs and expectations; integrating health into all sectors; pursuing collaborative models of policy dialogue; and increasing stakeholder participation.

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Downtown Express: "Pace debaters win hearts, minds, and cash money"

04/07/2017

Downtown Express: "Pace debaters win hearts, minds, and cash money"

Photo: Pace University students Christina Thomas and Rowan Lanning won $3,000 for effectively arguing that a proposal to create 43 oil-barge anchorages on the Hudson needs an environmental review.

A pair of articulate environmentalists studying at Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences took home $3,000 after they scored first place in a debate competition held at New School University on March 30.

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New York Daily News: "The prisoners we should put on Rikers: Bring back inmates from upstate"

04/05/2017

New York Daily News: "The prisoners we should put on Rikers: Bring back inmates from upstate"

"The decision announced Friday by Mayor de Blasio to endorse the central recommendation of an independent commission and close the sprawling jail complex on Rikers Island — by downsizing the city’s pretrial population and housing the remaining detainees and inmates in local jails close to courts — could be a major advance," writes Michael Mushlin, a professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.

"But the plan is missing one critical piece that would mark a real step forward for thousands of families throughout the five boroughs. Namely, we should keep Rikers open to incarcerate people convicted of crimes who would otherwise be sent upstate.

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CBS New York: "Debate Rages Over Proposal To Allow Weaponized Drones For Police In Connecticut"

04/03/2017

CBS New York: "Debate Rages Over Proposal To Allow Weaponized Drones For Police In Connecticut"

GREENWICH, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A debate is raging over police departments deploying weaponized drones as a crime-fighting tool.

As CBS2’s Lou Young reported, the Connecticut State Legislature is the weighing whether the state should become the first in the country to allow police to use drones outfitted with deadly weapons.

In 2015, Central Connecticut College student Austin Haughwout made national headlines when he set up a gun-firing drone and posted video of the device in action.

If police began using weaponized drones, they would be far more sophisticated than Haughwout’s gun drone rig. They would likely be more like a toned-down version of what has become common in 21st century warfare – flying weaponry that kills.

The sudden proposal has sent shockwaves through the halls of the State Capitol in Hartford.

“I didn’t even know this bill was in existence, and for this to go flying, so to speak, through the Judiciary Committee so quickly was a bit of a shock,” said state Sen. Scott Franz (R-Greenwich). “The worry about weaponized drones is that there could be abuse. There could be some operator error.”

The proposal starts by outlawing airborne weaponry in the hands of civilians, and then moves to establish guidelines, training and warrant requirements for deployment of the machines in the hands of law enforcement.

It is a step no other state has yet taken.

“It’s not necessarily unconstitutional, but as a matter of policy — if this were allowed — one would want, again, very strict regulation,” said Pace University Law School Professor Thomas McDonnell.

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