A Final LetterIt seems that only yesterday I was standing in the lobby of the Baruch College Vertical Campus, watching baton-wielding Public Safety officers charge peacefully protesting students. I remember it so vividly in my head because I have never seen something more horrific and disgusting. By simply attending a public hearing to seek the latest information regarding Hunter College and CUNY, I was exposed to the chauvinistic elite known as the board of trustees, who will stop at nothing to absorb the wealth of the City University of New York and continue to make decisions that will have detrimental effects on the quality of education and deplete students’ funds. But, it wasn’t until the moment that Chancellor Matthew Goldstein denied that NYPD officers participated in the lobby that I felt I truly knew what my role as the editor-in-chief for a student newspaper really was. Nothing else mattered but the truth. We had an obligation to expose the truth, regardless of who we were up against. Even to this day we are still waiting for the Kroll report to be released. In these times, we have to keep the conversation about violence on campus alive, whether it’s from the cops or disturbed students, we can no longer ignore such oppression.
I hope to always look back on the days where I was reporting and photographing a CUNY protest and remember the faithful activists who fought for higher education and to prevent the death of a once great institution. Pathways, soon to be implemented, will deteriorate higher education as we know it and students will become a number in the system, moving too quickly to see the damage that has been created. Stand up for your education and protest homogenized learning, otherwise the increasing tuition you continue to pay will be for nothing.
Events at Hunter and throughout the CUNY community made myself and the other editors hungry to capture the rising dissent. It says more to publish stories about angry students than to write promotion pieces for the University. It is important that students remain aware of the things happening in the community, because if the press doesn’t cover it, did it really happen?
So much has happened these past three semesters, and I have never been more proud than to be part of a newspaper that had a large hand in covering and capturing the true controversies at CUNY. I will always fondly look back at my time as editor-in-chief and think about the wonderful group of friends I made and the many late nights we spent working on creating a newspaper.
Working with the Envoy has provided me with the deepest sense of community outside my family that I have ever known. Last semester I fought for our office when it was threatened by space redistribution. It is important that every club has a place to belong, this is where friendships form and where great things happen. It has been an honor to work with such a talented, motivated, intellectual and diverse group of student editors throughout the past three semesters. Every editor is so unique in their own way and these friendships and memories will continue to move me long after I am gone.
I am saddened to announce that I will not be coming back in the spring. Our Arts and Entertainment editor, Julian Rivas, will be replacing me. He has been with the Envoy for quite some time, and I am confident that he will continue to deliver and do great things for the Hunter Envoy. In my eyes the Hunter Envoy is the best student newspaper out there, and I know that the editors will continue to keep our name alive.
Yours very truly,