Medical school set to open at Harlem’s CUNY campus in 2016

City University of New York (CUNY) will open a medical school on it's Harlem-based City College campus

City University of New York (CUNY) will open a medical school on the Harlem-based City College campus

By Carmen Glover

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday, July 14, that the City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest public university system, which offers affordable tuition to middle and working class families, the poor and immigrants, will open a medical school in 2016, accepting its first batch of medical students that September.

“This new school is another step toward making medical care more accessible for all,” said Cuomo, who also stated that the medical school “increases employment, research and learning opportunities for students and faculty.”

CUNY's City College is located on Convent Avenue in Harlem, New York City.

CUNY’s City College is located on Convent Avenue in Harlem, New York City.

The CUNY School of Medicine will be housed at the City College campus, located at Convent Avenue in Harlem. City College boasts top-tier graduates including retired Secretary of State and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell. CUNY has a reputation for churning out Pulitzer Prize winners, Noble Prize winners and other exceptional graduates, including Lehman College graduate and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, who have made significant contributions in various fields across the world.

CUNY has run the Sophie Davis School, which offers pre-medical classes, as of 1973, and many students at the school got the foundation which allowed them to pursue medical careers upon graduation. With the CUNY School of Medicine becoming a part of the university’s brand, those students, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, will find attending medical school to be more affordable.

James Milliken, CUNY Chancellor.

James Milliken, CUNY Chancellor.

CUNY Chancellor James Milliken said the medical school, which is being created in collaboration with Saint Barnabas Health System in the Bronx, is a “logical and necessary expansion,” while touting the expected scope of the medical school in training doctors to serve in underserved communities through the provision of increased medical access.

Although CUNY initially offered tuition-free education, that changed decades ago and the yearly tuition increases have marginalized many potential students who are too poor to afford the rising costs. Nevertheless, with CUNY revamping itself during the past decade and introducing an Honors Program, many competitive high school seniors have declined admission to Ivy League universities and chosen to accept full scholarships to CUNY instead, boosting the institution’s reputation as a cheaper alternative which provides quality education.

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CUNY was established in New York city 170 years ago and has a rich tradition of educational variety and excellence. President Barack Obama launched his signature initiative for minority boys, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, at CUNY’s majestic Lehman College campus in the Bronx, earlier this spring.–OnPointPress.net.

OnPointPress.net’s Editorial Director earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in counselor education at Lehman College, CUNY.

 

Are the burnings of Black churches meant to incite fear?

 

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Briar Creek Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, burns on June 24.

By Carmen Glover

When the Confederate flag was brought down with pomp and circumstance in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, July 10, after contentious debates in the Legislature, Dylann Roof, whose social media accounts featured him posing with the flag and guns, lost again.

Roof wanted to start a race war when he sat quietly through Bible study at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, on Wednesday, June 18, before casually standing to his feel and unleashing a barrage of bullets into the bodies of trusting, defenseless parishioners, who gave him refuge in the Lord’s house.

Mt Zion AME Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina burns to the ground.

Mt Zion AME Church in Greeneville, South Carolina burns to the ground on June 30.

“You have to go. You rape our women and take over our country,” Roof allegedly said, as he sought strength through terrorizing church-goers with a hail of bullets. Where Roof failed, it appears, according to published reports, other terrorists have taken up the mantle.

During the week of Monday, June 22 to Friday, June 26, six Black churches have been set on fire, some burning to the ground, in Southern states including, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Ohio.

College Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church in Knoxville, TN, burns on June 22.

College Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church in Knoxville, TN, burns on June 22.

Among the churches that were burned are Glover Grove Baptist Church in Warrenville, South Carolina, which burned to the ground on Friday, June 26; Briar Creek Road Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, which burned on Wednesday, June 24; Fruitland Presbyterian Church in Gibson County, Tennessee, which also burned on Wednesday, June 24; God’s Power Church of Christ, in Macon, Georgia which burned on June, College Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, which burned on Monday, June 22 and Mt. Zion AME Church in Greenville, SC, which burned on June 30.

While investigators take their time to unearth all the possible clues before labeling the spate of fires arson, one thing is clear: The aim of the perpetrators seem to be squarely focused on inciting fear in the hearts of African-Americans to soothe the minds of race-baiters who feel threatened by what they perceive as “Blacks taking over the country,” a sentiment that has become pervasive.

Baptist church in Elyria, Ohiio, June 17

Baptist church in Elyria, Ohio, burns on June 17

Speaking on WABC’s public affairs program “Here and Now,” with host Sandra Bookman on Sunday, July 12, Rev Marcellus Morris, pastor of St. Luke A.M.E. Church in New York was blunt in his assessment, stating:

“Not all people are racist but people’s true colors are coming out. We live in a time where people have been hiding but not they are coming out. Some people can’t get over the fact that we have a black president.”

The solution, said Rev. Jacqueline Lewis, who participated in the discussion, is activist ministry.

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Nine victims who were murdered during Bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, have all been laid to rest. SC Governor Nikki Haley used nine pens to sign the executive order authorizing the removal of the Confederate Flag, in honor of the victims.

“Black churches and Black people are being attacked so anti-racism work needs to be the cornerstone of our faith.” Lewis referenced another horrific act of church terrorism that still haunts her.

“I remember watching the news with my mother when the four little girls were killed in the church in Birmingham,” she said, explaining that not much has changed with regard to racist sentiment and action, which is why activist ministry in always important.

Four black girls were killed when white terrorists bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

Four black girls were killed when white terrorists bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

In the Black community, church interaction is seen as the bedrock of the community, the beacon of faith and hope. Church serves as the place where people go for comfort and solace. It is viewed as the institution that undergirds the principles by which children are raised, supervised and nurtured. And yes, church can be the source of pain and anguish when abuse is hidden and victims go voiceless. So when a decision is made by a person, or a group of persons, to venture into a church and set fire to a place of worship for one specific community then the message is being sent that “You are not safe anywhere,” and “We will destroy your symbol of hope.”

Terrorizing Blacks by burning down, bombing, or otherwise defacing their churches is hardly a new phenomenon in the history of the racial culture of Blacks across the globe and African-Americans in particular. Prior to  Roof desecrating  the Emanuel AME Church is Charleston on June 18, he stated in his online manifesto that he targeted the church because of its “history.”

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Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where 9 church members were massacred by racist terrorist Dylann Roof, who wanted to start a race war.

Yet while the church has been a refuge to members and non-members alike, it’s central role in the lives of Blacks should not be taken lightly, despite the utter depravity that would inspire the spate of burnings that have destroyed the buildings, but not the faith of those who view the Black church as a symbol of peace, hope, tranquility and solace.

As more attention is being focused on this disturbing pattern of intimidation and terrorism, more members of the media are paying attention to this situation to see what evidence the investigators uncover and whether anyone will ultimately be charged and brought to justice. One thing will remain constant, however, and that is the Black community’s unwavering faith and the solace that is drawn from interactions in church.–OnPointPress.net.

Dominance in women’s sports doesn’t lead to equal pay

Serena Williams is more dominant in her sport than any other athlete. Or is she? Only a couple can challenge her for that title and their all women. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Serena Williams is more dominant in her sport than any other athlete. Or is she? Only a couple can challenge her for that title and their all women. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

By Charles Glover, Jr.

2015 has been an incredible year for women in sports. Momentum has grown for more interest in women’s sports over the past several years as more female athletes have gained more recognition for their performance, not their appearance.

This development was clear on Sunday July 5, when the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) defeated Japan’s National Team to win the 2015 Women’s World Cup to a record number of American viewers. In fact, over 25 million viewers tuned in to see the 5 – 2 victory by the USWNT, the most ever views for any soccer match in American history. Carli Lloyd scored the first hat trick in a Women’s World Cup Final and the USWNT won their third World Cup Title, the most in Women’s World Cup history.

The US Women's National Team won the 2015 World Cup in convincing fashion.

The US Women’s National Team won the 2015 World Cup in convincing fashion.

Fans are more interested than ever in other sports as well. Ronda Rousey has become one of the most recognizable sports figures over the past couple of years while becoming the face of UFC. Rousey’s popularity has largely been bolstered by her in-ring dominance during her mixed martial arts matches. Rousey’s last match against Cat Zingano lasted only 14 seconds and her previous match against Alexis Davis lasted only 16 seconds. Rousey and her patented armband submission have elevated interest in women’s mixed martial arts, while also allowing Rousey to grow her brand beyond the sport.

Rousey has appeared in feature films including “The Expendables 3,” “Furious 7,” and “Entourage,” giving credence to those who feel women should have the same opportunities to grow their brand and earn as men. Rousey is not letting success go to her head, stating “I want to retire undefeated and be known as one of the greatest of all time. That takes a lot more work than what I’ve done so far.”

Ronda Rousey is 11 - 0 in MMA matches and is dominating her sport like never before.

Ronda Rousey is 11 – 0 in MMA matches and is dominating her sport like never before.

Serena Williams is seeking her 21st major tournament victory this week in London at Wimbledon. If Williams is successful in the semifinals against Maria Sharapova, she will have a chance to win her third consecutive major tournament and hold all 4 major titles at the same time for the second time in her career. Williams is aware of her achievements but also recognizes the disparity between the coverage of the men’s matches versus the women’s matches. Williams made the following observation:

“Every year they’re two men’s and one women’s match on the main courts, Court number one as well as on Centre Court. We’re still fighting on that. We’ve made some progress. Hopefully we’ll keep making more progress. I don’t think it’s limited to Wimbledon. We have this problem at a lot of different tournaments. Pretty much most of the tournaments that are both men and women. So I think it doesn’t start here. It’s a huge conversation we have to have.”

Serena Williams has won the last 2 major tennis tournaments and is closing in on a 3rd straight this week at Wimbledon.

Serena Williams has won the last 2 major tennis tournaments and is closing in on a 3rd straight this week at Wimbledon.

In addition to equal recognition, these dominant athletes are seeking equal pay as well. The USWNT earned $2 million for winning the 2015 World Cup while their male counterparts earned $8 million after being knocked out early in the 2014 World Cup. Nita Chaudhary of the organization Ultraviolet, a women’s rights advocacy group, has started a petition to FIFA to pay women soccer players equally. The campaign has been well received, gathering roughly 60,000 signatures in the first 24 hours since the online petition was initiated. Ultraviolet founder Shaunna Thomas weighed in on the topic adding:

“It’s a testament to how popular women’s soccer actually is and a reflection of the fact that this is not some marginal side-show for FIFA.” But FIFA has described the push for equal pay for women as “nonsense.’

If women continue to dominate in their sports and attract large audiences, it will be a matter of time before there will be large raises in their future. So while the USWNT enjoyed their Tuesday victory parade in California and gear up for their Friday parade in New York City, the topic that will be foremost on their minds is equal pay for better-than-equal work and results.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a senior writer and a licensed insurance professional partnered with HealthMarkets. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com. Check out www.HealthMarkets.com/cglover for your health insurance questions and concerns.

Bill Cosby admits to drugging women for sex, boosting accusers’ assault claims

Bill Cosby admitted under oath in 2005 that he drugged women before taking advantage of them sexually.

Bill Cosby admitted under oath in 2005 that he drugged women before taking advantage of them sexually. The Associated Press got the document unsealed on Monday, July 6, 2015, boosting the credibility of Cosby’s 40-plus accusers.

By Carmen Glover

The Associated Press (AP) revealed on Monday, July 6, the achievement of a feat that many others could not: obtaining the unsealing of documents in the 2005 court case against Bill Cosby by accuser Andrea Constand, a former employee at Cosby’s alma mater, Temple University. Transcripts of the court proceedings revealed that Cosby admitted to drugging women with the intention of taking advantage of them sexually.

Stating that he gave Quaaludes to one woman and ‘other people’ that he wanted to have sex with, Cosby and his lawyers mounted a spirited campaign for decades to hide his sordid predatory habit and discredit his accusers. The unsealed court documents boost the credibility of his many accusers, now totaling 45 by some count, and provides a foundation for them to sue him in court.

Noted women’s rights advocate and attorney Gloria Allred, who is defending several Cosby accusers in court cases and could use the testimony to buttress her cases, addressed the new revelations, stating to The Associated Press:

“This confirms the allegations that numerous victims who have alleged that he had used drugs to sexually assault them. This admission is one that Mr. Cosby has attempted to hide from the public for many years and we are very gratified that it is now being made public.”

Take a look at the deposition below and get the full details about Cosby’s  bombshell admission.– OnPointPress.net.

Happy Independence Day, America!

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The OnPointPress.net family would like to extend Independence Day greetings to all of our USA-based readers and supporters. After all the tragedy of the past month, it is refreshing to take some time to enjoy a long weekend of fun and family.

For our non-American readers, we urge you to celebrate your independence from any relationship, situation or issue that has held you back over the years. Move forward with confidence that a new way of doing things, a new beginning in your decision-making and thought process, offers the opportunity for new, better and exciting results.

Happy Independence Day and July Fourth Weekend America!–OnPointPress.net.