New Tax Laws Will Hit Lehman Students Hard

By Thomas Behnke on 1/31/18

“It’s not fair,” Erica Mejia, a Lehman senior, said. “My family made just too much [for me] to qualify for aid, so it’s all on me. It’s bad enough we have to go into debt to get an education. Now even the little breaks are being taken away.” Mejia was lamenting the [...]

Bronx Success Story Ends In Tragedy

By Zoe Fanzo on 1/31/18

“He was the quintessential Lehman student -- determined and dedicated to his family and community,” President José Luis Cruz said in a statement mourning the loss of Lowell Hawthorne, founder and CEO of Golden Krust Bakery & Grill, and [...]

Lehman Students Anguished By Libyan Slave Trade

By Shaiann Frazier on 1/31/18

“As an African, I feel those who have been taken into slavery are my brothers and sisters,” said Felix Mwake, 32, a teacher at Lehman’s Child Care Center. Mwake, who was born and raised in Kenya, was referring to the slave trade in Libya, where [...]

Two Back-To-Back Fires Rip Bronx Residents From Their Homes

By Leonel Henriquez on 1/31/18

2017 ended in flames for tenants of two Bronx buildings that caught fire within 48 hours of one another. The first fire, in the Norwood section of the Bronx, saw an entire building evacuated. Thirty-seven families were displaced after the [...]

Bronx Residents Disagree On Amazon HQ Bid

By Zoe Fanzo on 11/30/17

“An Amazon headquarters in the Bronx will drive out native Bronxites,” Bronx resident and Hunter College freshman Andrew Shkreli told the Meridian. Shkreli opposes the call from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and [...]

New Yorkers Re-Elect Mayor, Reject Constitutional Convention

By Thomas Behnke 11/30/17

“I knew de Blasio was going to win, but I think the convention vote was a missed opportunity. Lehman freshman Jasmin Delgado said when asked about the recent mayoral election results. The vote on the Constitutional Convention [...]

President Cruz Starts Campus Renovation

By Leonel Henriquez on 11/30/17

When Lehman President José Luis Cruz cut the ribbon at the Lehman Performing Arts Center renovation last week, it marked the start of a host of capital improvements slated for 2018.  Next year will see the [...]

Christopher Columbus Inspires Parades, Protests, And Vandalism

By Thomas Behnke on 10/29/17

Contemporary protests of Columbus Day decry how Christopher Columbus oppressed the indigenous peoples of the Americas, as did the wave of Europeans that followed in his wake.  Following the recent demands [...]

Hurricanes Hit US As White House Keeps Pushing Climate Change Denial

By Deirdre Fanzo on 10/29/17

On Oct. 23, Nicaragua announced it would join the Paris Agreement, a global pact to combat climate change, leaving the U.S. and Syria as the lone holdouts from the accord. The statement came five weeks after the [...]

KKK Attempts To Recruit Lehman Students

By Eileen Sepulveda on 10/29/17

On Sept. 29, the Meridian received a letter from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Addressed to the editor, the letter stated that the KKK was under “extreme fire for being a hate group.” This characterization [...]

After Charlottesville Lehman Students Want An End To Racist Violence

By Zayna Palmer on 09/22/17

Following racist violence at a white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville Va. that led to the killing of one protestor, Lehman students feel endangered by this event because they do not feel safe. Students are terrified [...]

Lehman Community Disagrees Over Puerto Rico’s Bid For Statehood

By Shaiann Frazier on 09/22/17

In June of 2017, 97 percent of Puerto Ricans voted in favor of making the commonwealth of 3.4 million America’s 51st state. While they wait to see whether Congress will pass a statute admitting the new state, many Lehman students with ties to the island remain [...]

Dreamers In Limbo: White House Rescinds DACA

By Thomas Behnke on 09/22/17

On Sept. 5, the White House issued a statement through Attorney General Jeff Sessions that it was formally rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The policy, introduced by President Obama in 2012, allowed undocumented immigrant minors [...]

Lehman Undergrads Showcase Activism Through Academia

By Jean Carlos Soto on 04/01/17

The Activism in Academia Symposium, held on April 7 at the Segal Theater of the CUNY Graduate Center, offered academics and selected students from across CUNY an opportunity to discuss and present work that challenged what Lehman English professor Olivia Moy called [...]

May Day Protest Attempts To Spark Change

By Juan Vasquez on 04/01/17

Cries of “No borders! No nations! No more deportations!” echoed through the Lehman quad as a protest organized by the International Socialist Organization and the Lehman D.R.E.A.M. Team fought for sanctuary campuses. Official sanctuary status would mean [...]