Diaz on Writer’s Block

by on February 27, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »


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On writing his last book, The Brief Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz states, “This was a perfect storm of insecurity and madness and pressure and you name it…. Every now and then you catch one, bro, and I caught a f****** bad one.” Click below to read more from a piece published by New York Magazine.

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LEC Scholar Profile: Uneda Powell

by on February 24, 2015 in LEC Scholars with No Comments »


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When I was unable to find a good paying  job with my Associate’s degree in Business Management, I decided to enroll back in school. There was a college fair at my previous college, and I met a representative from MCNY there. I picked MCNY because the classes are smaller, and the schedule is flexible —  I’m a mother of three. I was born in Jamaica and I immigrated here when I was nine. My goal is to complete my Bachelor’s degree and start my business afterwards – I would like to start a transportation company.

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What’s Your Ideal Writing Space and Process?

by on February 4, 2015 in Must Sees with No Comments »


ian mcewanIn this short interview clip, the acclaimed British novelist Ian McEwan talks about his writing space, his writing process, and throwing away a piece of paper isn’t like putting a dish in the dishwasher.

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from “Words Will Never Hurt Me”

by on January 30, 2015 in Must Sees, Uncategorized with No Comments »


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Here’s a short audio piece from Radiolab about euphemisms! Comedian George Carlin rails against descriptors that whisk away the “unpleasant” from view, while writer Adam Gopnik defends ‘em.

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Scholars and Activists Speak Out About Why ‘Black Life Matters’

by on January 21, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »


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This recent post from the Chronicle of Higher Education samples the comments of four scholars and activists from a recent conference at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, called “Black Life Matters.”

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Specialist Hours for Spring 2015

by on January 15, 2015 in LEC Info with No Comments »


How to schedule a session

We find that most students choose to schedule sessions in person, either with their specialist or with our office manager, Sandra Ariza. But you can call and/or email your specialist at any time (see below for current specialist hours in Manhattan and the Bronx) or call and/or email Sandra, ext. 2438, sariza@mcny.edu.

Specialist Hours
 

MATH

WRITING

 

Barrington

(Ext 2449)

Ren

(Ext 2429)

Yasmine

(Ext 2416)

Nathan

(Ext 2418)

Monday

 

12 – 5

 

9 – 6 (M)

Tuesday  

2:30 – 7

2 – 6

10 – 2

9-1 (B)

2 – 6 (M)

Wednesday

12 – 5

3 – 7

11 – 7 (B)

Thursday

1 – 7

11 – 7

 9:30 – 6:00

9 – 5 (M)

Friday
 

9 – 6

 9 – 6:30


Saturday  

10 – 2

   10 – 1 (B)
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LEC Student Profile: Palmer Ashe

by on January 6, 2015 in Paths To MCNY with No Comments »


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When I was a kid, my mom brought me to the Women’s Talent Corps, which was how I first got familiar with the College for Human Services. My mother was a barmaid on a 125th street at the time, and somehow she got plugged into the Women’s Talent Corps program that Audrey Cohen had started. My dad was an alcoholic who prided himself on being the first “Negro” in the NY city post office – he had a congressional award that he had over his bed that he always used to point out.  After the divorce and the domestic violence with my dad, my mom decided that she wanted to do something with herself, and wanted to be a paralegal. She was self-educated, only having a sixth grade education, but she was determined that she was somebody.

There was a lot of talk, these new terms going around, like “empowerment” – that’s what pulled folks to gravitate towards going after the American dream. What they were saying was that education was going to be the way.

I am at MCNY and it feels like a natural order of things. I got my BPS and now I am getting my MBA. My mother came through the system (MCNY) and I look up to her. She was my first role model. It was all about making my parents proud of me, because if they were proud of me, that’s what made me happy.

MCNY’s whole-system approach, the idea that there were a bunch of systems intertwined, was new for me. There was a lot of energy floating around the college. There were a lot of people who looked like me, who had the same values that I had, and some of us even shared the same culture, so I could feel comfortable here. It was a nontraditional, experiential – I didn’t know the term “hands-on” until I got here! I started college at a late age and was very fearful of starting school. There were a lot of people who were also adult learners and that helped me anchor myself here. Some of the professors I met made me feel like I could do it. I am a fearful person, and I always wonder if I can share the same space with educated people, often feeling inadequate. When I got here, there were a lot of positive people  and my negative self-talk began to disappear. I started growing, and thinking out of the box. I wasn’t so shallow, with the-I’m-black-and-you’re-white mentality. MCNY has played a role in helping me grow up. If I hadn’t come here, I’d probably still be doing barbering on 129th Street and Lenox in my small, small world.

 

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Student Recognition Ceremony, Fall 2014

by on December 18, 2014 in Events with No Comments »


One week ago, as the Fall 2014 semester drew to a close and students prepared for their much-earned holiday break, we at the LEC hosted our third Student Recognition Ceremony, in which we honor MCNY students who have had three or more sessions in the LEC this semester. The ceremony was, as usual, held in the 12th floor Art Gallery at the Manhattan campus and M.C.ed by LEC and Mentor Program Coordinator Dwight Hodgson. President Thompson gave a speech in which he announced the college’s permanent move to its Rector Street campus; he was followed by Dan Katz, Vice President for Academic Affairs. LEC Specialists commented next, and then alumna Clarita Liepolt, M.P.A. Emergency Management, gave the keynote address. Closing remarks from Director of Academic Support Parker Pracjek. Fruits, veggies, sandwiches. Pictures below.

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President Thompson.

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Dwight Hodgson and Parker Pracjek.

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Barrington Scott, LEC Math Specialist.

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Keynote Speaker Clarita Liepolt.

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Final remarks.

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Rules Are Never Neutral — Even in Grammar

by on December 12, 2014 in Must Reads with 1 Comment »


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In The Case for Black With a Capital B, Lori Thorps considers the evolution of the descriptor “Black.” In particular, she unfolds how political and cultural disenfranchisement — that is, racism — has been reflected in rules of capitalization in the US.

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December Book Discussion Groups!

by on November 25, 2014 in FYE Read with No Comments »


Join us for our wrap up discussion of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao!  Haven’t had a chance to finish the book? Haven’t even started it? Curling up with a good novel is an excellent way to spend a long, holiday weekend (and sneak away from family!)
Bronx Extension Center: Wednesday December 3rd @ 4:30PM
Manhattan Campus: Wednesday, December 10th @ 4:30PM

Here’s a bit more about the book, about the author, Junot Diaz, and some book club discussion questions to get you thinking. See you next week! And have a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

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