Opinion: Email to Baruch College about a student harassing me (3/11/2022).

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Greetings Baruch College,

This was a very quick one. 

I was walking up the stairs in the vertical building. 

A student walked in front of me, so I slowed down to give him the right of way. He sort of faked like he was going one way and then went another way. Then he started to waive his cell phone in my face. 

This happened on the six floor by the steps, not the escalator side. 

I did nothing as usual. I didn’t say a word, I just kept walking. I have no idea who the student/person is. 

Also, I don’t understand why students would be taking pictures or video recording other students, isn’t that against the rules? I don’t understand what someone might do with that video?

Thank you for the offer to speak with Baruch College security about these issues. I’m going to respectfully say no thank you. 

I don’t want to report any instances of students harassing me unless they are caught on Baruch College security cameras. I would prefer to avoid getting into she said/he said scenarios that would happen during the pre-technology era decades ago. 

Regardless of what anyone does to me, I never say a word so I have nothing to defend. I don’t care if a student put her/his hands on me. I would just run away and then email you or the NYPD.

There is nothing anyone at CUNY can do to me to get me to react in a negative fashion under any circumstances. 

First of all, it’s the way I am. Second of all, CUNY is too valuable to me. 

On a positive note, everything at school is going amazing. I love it here even with some students that I have no idea who they are harassing me for no reason. 

Hopefully one day there will be more security cameras in the hallways although I know that there are a lot of people that have to connect to make a decision such as that at Baruch College / CUNY. 

I’m about to do an informative speech in COM 1010. That is one of my favorite classes. 

I’m going to do my speech about CUNY / CUNY grad schools so I can start to research where I want to go for graduate school. I’m sticking with CUNY. I love being part of the CUNY family. Nothing is perfect, overall CUNY is a stellar offering. 

The only thing that would make me want to leave CUNY is the million to one long shot that my outside ventures start earning hundreds of thousands of dollars. This month I earned about $3 so I’m not quite there yet. 

I owe a lot to CUNY, so I don’t want to give the impression that I’m always complaining. I started to attend office hours with my professors and it’s giving me a huge advantage in my classes. Office hours are such a valuable resource, I can’t believe I’m just learning it now. 

Last thing, I wasn’t even filing my Federal or New York State taxes before attending CUNY. Now I file every year in January. That is one of dozens or hundreds of benefits I enjoy on a daily basis thanks to CUNY. 

I’m going to continue to stay on top of my studies and one day soon I’ll get a roof back over my head. There is a lot of staff members at CUNY that helped me along the way that I can’t wait to go back to and say I’m not homeless anymore one day, including you. 

Thank you again and have a great day. 

Mark Pine 

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