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CAMPAIGN UPDATE-TUITION HIKES

8 May

We are securing a Facebook page for our campaign.
On Wednesday, May 8th, we will conduct interviews outside
of Hunter College. We are also working on our poster board
and flyers which will be posted in school.

We are meeting after the interviews to finalize our plans.

Group 3, Section 007

Anthony Bynum
Donghyuk Chang
Shahida Haider
Evelyn Almonte

CUNY TUITION HIKE- Group 3, Section 007

23 Apr

CUNY WANTS YOUR MONEY 04-25-2013

Background:

From 2010 to 2013 CUNY tuition fee has been raised from $4000 to $5730/year for NYC residents. It is nearly a 43% increase during the period. Students’ tuition fees have increased dramatically over the past few years despite the fact that CUNY’s main financial resources are the aid from the State and the City. This steep increase in tuition threats not only resident students in the city, but also out-of-state and international students, who pay twice as much. Even worse, the APR for the student loan will increase significantly to twice as high as the average mortgage rate. Our main goal is to rise consciousness on current tuition hike issues and encourage direct action through social media campaigns including interview clips and digital images.

          We will interview students whom are struggling with the financial strain which the CUNY system has created. Reflect on the outlook and opinions of those who are affected. There have been various protests made by the students and those can also be added as pics for the campaign message. Once a student graduates college depending on what degree they decide to pursue it takes them up to 5-10 years to pay off the loans; this is after becoming a professional due to the interest rate hikes and the tuition never ending discourse.

Many third world countries provide free education to all their motivated citizens. The United States is one the most important empire and can certainly afford free tuition for all.

  Our inspiration is derived from our own experience and struggles with the tuition hikes at Hunter college. This is something that every student has to put up with and everyone can relate to. It is constantly left under the rug and students feel impotent in changing the tuition policy.
Research & Image production: Donghyuk Chang
Pitch: Anthony Bynum

Shahida Haider-Research
Evelyn Almonte-Research

THE PHOTOPLAY- E. Almonte

18 Apr

The impression of an image in the mind has the power to make personal dreams come alive.  By remembering one image we can travel through time to the moment where feelings or emotions were birthed.  We relive and experience again, in and through the imagination, important events of our lives; first love, a mother’s kiss, your father’s embrace.  Movies manipulate the imagination and stimulate the mind to react to the images proposed during a film; in the same manner it reacts whenever we remember important events from the vast wealth of images we store in it to help us recollect our memories.  In ‘Kleptomaniac,” a story which portrays factual events, we see the story of two women committing the same crime and the imbalance of justice which favors wealth and condemns poverty. We know the wealthy woman because she is placed in a setting where only the rich would shop.  Her clothes and her carriage are the trademark of wealth and power.  Immediately the mind comes to the conclusion that this is a rich woman.   On the other hand, we see in an almost empty dwelling a woman with two raggedy children which allows our mind to associate the other woman with poverty.  

In “Sherlock, Jr.” we see the evolution of film making from factual presentation of events to one that builds on the associations of the mind. We see the protagonist as a “good” man and the antagonist as a “bad” worthless thief who would do anything to steal his girl from him.  Sherlock intertwines past and present through dreams; the dream of becoming a detective and the dream he has when he falls asleep in the movie house.  During the time we are watching this film the mind elaborates conclusions and expects those conclusions to be the result of the film’s final happy ending.  In the case of “Kleptomaniac” our minds are fixed on the possibility of a judge expressing benevolence towards the poor woman that steals a loaf of bread to feed her children. Unfortunately, the happy end our mind is expecting never comes to pass; it is a recollection of events, like a documentary. 

Character and Personality. Evelyn Almonte

11 Apr

Horatio Alger’s Ragged Dick is a clever and amusing fellow with a sparkling personality. His character helps him through the many afflictions he must endure. Although Dick has no living parents and is alone in New York City he manages to downplay his unfortunate fortune. This is possible through the exercise of the immutable intrinsic values which are part of his character. We have a glimpse of these values when Frank tells Dick “You’ve seen hard times, Dick,” and Dick replied “I’ve knowed what it was to be hungry and cold, with nothin’ to eat or to warm me; but there’s one thing I never could do,” he added proudly. “I never stole,” said Dick. “It’s mean and I wouldn’t do it.” (pg 52 & 53). He proceeds to tell Frank about the time he was fainting from hunger and was tempted to steal one loaf of bread but even then he held off and wouldn’t steal. To his surprise the baker offered him to deliver some goods and he took his pay in bread and cakes instead of money. Another prominent quality is Dick’s compassion towards his fellow Boot Blacks. Although he is not wealthy, Dick manages to buy dinner for his friends and to share his bounty when they haven’t made enough money during the day.

But it is Dick’s bubbly personality that allows him to choose to interpret life in a positive way. Obstacles are viewed as temporary and he always has a “good” answer to every question and situation. Making use of positive manipulation of his feelings, Dick turns events to his favor; such is the case when he claims to have slept on Fifth Avenue when he is really sleeping on a cardboard box on the avenue. And when someone asked which tailor he patronized he comically replied “This coat once belonged to General Washington.” (pg.5). Dick’s optimism and positive attitude during hardship are traits inherent to his personality. These traits, combined with the morals and ethics which are part of his character, are the ingredients of a true super hero.

IMAGE – Resonated Most – Evelyn Almonte

19 Mar

The impact an “Image” makes is what has resonated with me the most.  Whether it is a fabricated image of ourselves or images we are exposed to through media, today an “Image” is like a passport; its like that old credit card line “Don’t Leave Home Without It.” (because you don’t know when you may need it!).  Like that credit card, we carry an “Image” for every situation we must deal with in our everyday lives; fashionista, professional, sports fan,computer geek etc.  We see images in the media, we absorb these images and translate them into our own identity.  Today we build our lives with a totally different formula, and one key ingredient is “the visual vernacular.”   Visual images are responsible for most of the information we capture with our eyes, process through our brains and incorporate into our lives. 

Assignment #3 ea

10 Mar

Follow Integrity, Wisdom and Knowledge – they have the power to change humanity.

Words = Swords

6 Mar

What resonated with me the most about this film is the loss of the African American “Voice” which is a voice that stands for all oppressed people.  We are still dealing with slavery and discrimination today.   In foreign countries women are enslaved for sexual pleasure and profit.  In others, children are exploited in factories and agricultural settings.  Recently there were two relevant issues that are reminiscent of the times when the voices of the African Americans were condemned to silence; the sign in a Michigan Hospital with the father’s request “No African American nurses to treat the child” and the incident in a commercial airline where a man slaps an African American child in the face and proceeds to tell the mother to “shut the little “N-word” mouth.  The loss of the Black Press is a “Voice” we must recover for all people and I mean all, Blacks, White, Hispanics and people of all ethnicities and background.  We are all exposed to some form of discrimination this is why we must pick up the baton for Charlotta Bass, Robert S. Abbot,  Edward “Abie” Robinson, George Barbour, Chester Commodore, James Thompson’s and his double “V” statement, and all the silent heroes that were the voices of the Black Press at the time.  Today’s media can certainly profit from this example; fearlessly defending the rights of the oppressed through the power of the written word.

Evelyn Almonte