Opinion: Email to Baruch College regarding a security guard acting strange on October 19, 2023. About 9:15 PM. 6th floor.


Greetings Baruch College,  

I don’t believe there are security cameras on the 6th floor. 

A few minutes after we were emailing about the computer room, a Baruch College security guard approached me. 

I was sitting in the hallway on the 6th floor working on my laptop. 

I think the building closes at 10 p.m. 

The security guard walked up to me and said the building is closed, I have to leave. 

I immediately turned on the audio recorder on my phone and said OK, I’ll leave right now. 

Here is the strange part. 

The security guard didn’t leave. 

So, as I’m packing up my things, he’s standing there watching me.  

Then I start walking down the steps, and he follows me into the stairwell. 

I went back onto the main floor area and took an elevator down. 

Maybe the building closes at 9 p.m., I don’t know. 

I thought the buildings close at 10 p.m. during the week. 

Also, I’m not sure why I was being escorted out of the building when the second the security guard asked me to leave, I said ok, and it was 9:15 PM. 

I was minding my own business studying for the Spanish midterm. 

I’ve dealt with situations like this hundreds of times, living in the street homeless. 

It’s no big deal. 

I just thought it was strange that the security guard wanted to escort me out for no reason.  

He was saying something when I saw him again in the hallway. 

I have no idea what, and I didn’t say anything.

Audio from the minute the security guard approached me until I was outside of the building attached. 

I’m emailing the Help Desk now to find out what time the building closes for future reference. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Mark Pine 

Opinion: Email to Baruch College on October 10, 2023, about MetroCards for students receiving public assistance.


Greetings Baruch College, 

First and foremost, I always treat all parties involved in this situation (CUNY Edge/HRA/etc.) with the absolute utmost respect at all times. Treating people respectfully is more important than anything. I understand everyone is doing their best under the circumstances. 

I’ll survive regardless. 

In the past, full-time The City University of New York (CUNY) students on public assistance used to receive MetroCard money from the Human Resources Administration (HRA). 

For the past four years, I’ve always received MetroCard money every week from (HRA). 

If I’m correct, the public assistance students would receive the MetroCard money regardless if school was open or on break. 

Then the MetroCard money was only given when school was open. 

For some reason, last semester, the MetroCard money started a few weeks into the semester. 

It’s October 10, 2023, over a month into the semester, and I’m not receiving the MetroCard money from HRA. 

I’ve politely and respectfully asked Baruch College CUNY Edge about it, and they said they are waiting to hear from HRA. 

I’ve politely and respectfully asked the people at Benefits Access Centers (BAC) – HRA located at 109 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003, regarding the situation. 

They said they didn’t have any information. 

Did HRA cut off all CUNY public assistance students from the MetroCard money? 

Did HRA cut off all New York City public assistance full-time college students from MetroCards?

I’m guessing there are thousands of CUNY students who receive public assistance. 

After all these years, are they cutting the MetroCard money? 

Is there any way to find out if all CUNY public assistance students have been cut off from the MetroCard money? 

I’m trying to find out if everyone was cut off or just some students. 

I just had the idea while writing this note to contact other schools outside of CUNY to see if I can gather any information. 

I’m going to call/email New York City colleges outside of the CUNY system starting tonight and see if they have any information. 

Please advise. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Mark Pine 

Opinion: Email to a stellar Baruch College professor asking for a later date for my homework.


Greetings Professor, 

I see that there are only two people presenting on November 7. 

Can I please present that day too? 

If not, it’s no big deal. 

I just wanted to inquire. 

Regardless of the answer, I’m working on the speech right now in the library and all day tomorrow. 

I was thinking a couple of extra weeks would be excellent because I have a lot of memorization to do for a couple of classes.

I have the essay we are being assigned this week. 

Plus, a few other projects. 

Also, I’m living in the street homeless, and the cold is back. 

Tomorrow, when school is closed, it’s difficult to find places to charge my devices without spending money. 

Thanks to student loans, I have warm clothes. 

Most homeless people can’t say that. 

I’m wearing my winter coat right now. 

It’s not that bad, although there is a lot of wasted time. 

Everything takes longer when living in the street homeless. 

I know not you and the staff at CUNY, although unfortunately, most people don’t have any compassion for homeless people because they think they are all drinking and on drugs. 

I don’t drink, don’t smoke, no criminal record. 

Would rather starve than steal. 

Homeless people can’t open a bank account.

Homeless people can’t get a PO Box. 

The people who need a PO box more than anyone can’t get one.

There are a lot of homeless people like myself who are working or going to school like everyone else. 

I’ve been living in the street my entire 40s, and I’m 47. 

I’m used to it. 

The glass is half full. 

I’m making the best of it. 

I know this isn’t law school. 

I’m just making a little case for myself. 

I love class. 

The readings you’ve assigned this semester have had a major positive impact on my thought process. 

The readings make me slow down and focus. 

Please advise if possible. 

Again, it’s no big deal. 

I’ll be ready for either due date. 

If anyone asks why I was given the later date, I have no embarrassment at all if you say the real reason. 

I’m living in the street homeless. 

I don’t think anyone wants to trade places with me. 

I believe in treating everyone respectfully at all times, no matter what. 

Almost nothing embarrasses me at this point. 

Please let me know if you require any additional information. 

Thank you again and have a great day. 

Mark Pine

Opinion: Email to Baruch College about not being able to have consistent access to the Wi-Fi for years. September 25, 2023.


Greetings Baruch College, 

My current GPA is about 3.8.

This semester’s GPA will probably be about 2.5 to 3.0.

The total GPA should stay above 3.0 because I’m close to graduation.

First and foremost, I always treat everyone at Baruch College with the utmost respect at all times.

Treating people respectfully at Baruch College is the most important thing at Baruch College.

Regardless of how anyone at Baruch College treats me, I treat everyone respectfully.

For the past four years, I’ve been unable to use the Baruch College/CUNY Wi-Fi consistently.

I’m creating several videos to show what’s going on.

I was just in the Baruch College library on the 4th floor.

It was September 25, 2023, at about 11 am.

There was only one other Baruch College student on the floor when my laptop was blocked from using the Baruch College Wi-Fi again.

There were a few people who work at the library walking around, plus one Baruch College student on the floor, and that was it.

I’m connected to the Baruch College Wi-Fi; it’s just not working.

The Baruch College Help Desk is great.

I don’t think this has anything to do with them.

I’m connected to the Baruch College Wi-Fi with several laptops.

None of them work on the Baruch College Wi-Fi, including the laptops loaned to me by Baruch College.

I have about 3 or 4 laptops I bought with student loans, plus I have access to laptops from the Baruch College library.

None of the above-mentioned laptops work properly when I use the Baruch College Wi-Fi.

If it wasn’t for a hotspot from a phone company, I would have failed out of CUNY due to lack of access to the Wi-Fi.

I’m allowed partial access to the Baruch College Wi-Fi.

Not enough to graduate.

In my opinion, a student can’t graduate from college in 2023 without consistent access to the college’s Wi-Fi.

If you’re too busy to respond, its no big deal.

I understand everyone is busy.

I’m making the best of the situation as always.

I have Wi-Fi from my mobile phone company to get me through.

Again, the most important thing for me is to follow the Baruch College/CUNY rules and protocol, plus treat all Baruch College staff, professors, and students with the utmost respect at all times.

Thank you and have a great day.

Mark Pine

Opinion: Email to the office in charge of Baruch College about taking Spanish 1 and 2. September 4, 2023.


Greetings Baruch College,

I wanted to quickly mention something.

I’m taking Spanish 1 – SPA 1001 this semester, Fall 2023, at Baruch College. 

The rule is a student isn’t allowed to take Spanish if they took Spanish for two years in high school.

I took two years of Spanish in high school. 

I graduated high school in 1994. 

I contacted the Chair of the Language Department and the Deputy Chair of the Spanish Department. 

They said it was OK for me to take Spanish 1 and 2 at Baruch College to meet my language requirement for graduation because I took Spanish in high school so long ago (the 1990s). 

I wanted to mention it to you to make sure it’s OK if I take Spanish to complete my language requirement.  

I assume if the language department said it’s OK for me to take Spanish 1 and 2, then it’s OK. 

I’m mentioning it here just to be extra careful and avoid any mishaps that would stop me from graduating. 

Please advise. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Mark Pine 

Opinion: I discovered another scam New York City law enforcement is running on me with my Baruch  College classes. 



I have responsibilities like everyone else except for the members of New York City law enforcement that harass me. 

For example, I have schoolwork. 

The members of New York City law enforcement that harass me, on the other hand, have billions of dollars in resources and can do whatever they want.

Additionally, New York City law enforcement has thousands of full-time and part-time staff that run scams all day long and don’t even think about helping anyone. 

I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

People I know pay New York City law enforcement and other police departments in New York and other states to rob, steal, scam, cover up crimes, etc. 

Law enforcement doesn’t have any oversight, so they have almost no chance of getting caught. 

I know people that have been committing crimes with law enforcement since the 90s. 

New York City law enforcement has a team of employees that manages my situation at Baruch College. 

For example, New York City law enforcement has a team of employees that make sure I have Baruch College students harassing me every day at school.

 I have Baruch College students crashing into me, shoving their phones in my face, etc. 

I just ignore them and walk away. 

I don’t even report it for the most part because they know where all the security cameras are, and they avoid them. 

I just figured out a scam that law enforcement ran on me to sabotage me for the Fall 2023 semester. 

I can’t disclose everything because I’m still a student at Baruch College.

If I disclose everything here, law enforcement will use it against me.

There are a few things I’m very comfortable disclosing.

 Law enforcement waited until 3 weeks before the start of the Baruch College Fall 2023 semester to cancel one of my easiest and most fun classes. 

This is where law enforcement’s lies, scams, and sneakiness really shine through. 

Law enforcement has their plain clothes civilian lie and scam team blow marijuana smoke and vape mist at me almost every day. 

That drains almost all of my emergency. 

It also wastes hours of my day because I have to visit emergency rooms and urgent cares every day to get checked out after law enforcement drugs me. 

Law enforcement held back putting at least one class on the CUNY First booking system.

Then after law enforcement saw that I picked my classes and wasn’t checking the CUNY First system anymore, law enforcement put up classes that they know I would have signed up for. 

Now I know for the future, I have to keep checking because law enforcement is running non-stop scams on me at Baruch College. 

Mark Pine

Opinion: Email to Baruch College about my class schedule getting upended every year before the semester starts.


Greetings Baruch College,

It’s a privilege to be a Baruch College student. 

I’m very appreciative to be here. 

I wouldn’t even have a smartphone or laptop if it wasn’t for being a Baruch College student and student loans. 

I owe everything to Baruch College forever. 

I always treat everyone at Baruch College with the utmost respect at all times. 

That includes staff, professors, security guards, and students. 

Treating people at Baruch College and CUNY respectfully is more important than anything. 

1 of my classes was canceled. 

All the classes I’m looking at now are filled. 

In another one of my classes, the professor was switched. 

I lost half my Fall 2023 schedule.

This keeps happening to me almost every semester, if not every semester, for the past 3 years.  

I’ll survive. 

This has nothing to do with you and your team. 

I have no idea why this keeps happening. 

Even if I did know why this is happening, I’ll make the best of it. 

What choice do I have?

I just wanted to mention it to you. 

I know New York City is losing a ton of money because of a lack of tourism, people working from home, etc., and we are lucky to have a school. 

There are a lot of people that could care less if CUNY disappeared. 

No one cares about a homeless student losing his schedule every semester. 

I’m just politely and respectfully pointing out what’s going on. 

Every class that I want now is booked solid. 

I could have switched the class with the changed professor earlier. 

That was my bad. 

Still, 2 out of 4 of my classes were either canceled or had major changes. 

We’ll see what happens next semester. 

Now I’m going to start keeping closer track of it. 

I’m very appreciative to be a Baruch College student. 

It’s just that I book a schedule, and the whole thing gets flipped around to my disadvantage every semester. 

There is more to the story, although I’m going to keep it to myself out of respect for everyone’s busy schedule. 

Plus, there are things that aren’t going to change, so there is no point in bringing it up. 

If you have any ideas for me, please let me know. 

If not, it’s no big deal. 

I’m going to be totally honest here. 

I’m living in the street, homeless. 

I’m looking for the easiest schedule possible so I can try to earn money to get off the street in my spare time. 

I do my homework sitting on benches in the freezing cold, LOL. 


I make the best of all situations.

I’m going to get back into an apartment 1 day 1000%.

You’re the first person I’m sending a picture of my home when it happens.  

I may send you a YouTube video thanking you and everyone at Baruch College and LaGuardia Community College for lifting me up. 

One of my less intensive classes, as per Rate My Professors, was canceled. 

The other professor, who is great and very fair with students, was pulled out of the class and replaced with a professor that Rate My Professors says is a tough grader. 

I signed up for 2 backup classes because it’s the same price to sign up for 4 as it is for 6.

Furthermore, I knew this was going to happen because it happens every semester. 

I never complain to anyone at Baruch College besides you via an email like this. 

I consider this complaining for the sake of asking for advice and seeing if there is a solution. 

I have a 3.8 GPA. 

I’ll live. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Mark Pine

Opinion: Email to Baruch College regarding recording video of myself every day at Baruch College to document my polite and respectful behavior.


Greetings Baruch College,

I love Baruch College.

Your team is excellent. 

In my humble opinion, the CUNY Chancellor, the Baruch College President, and Dean are doing the best job humanly possible. 

Being a Baruch College student is giving me a major amount of credibility. 

I know that, and I appreciate it. 

My younger brother graduated from Baruch College. 

My uncle is a professor at John Jay. 

I’m CUNY for life. 

Example of loom.com recording my polite and respectful behavior. 


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For me, treating Baruch College staff, professors, and students respectfully is more important than anything. 

The majority of Baruch College staff and professors are stellar. 

I’ve navigated some interesting situations at Baruch College and LaGuardia Community College. 

The key to my success at Baruch College was and is always to treat all Baruch College staff, professors, and students politely and respectfully. 

Regardless of how badly I’m ever treated on occasion at Baruch College, I always treat all Baruch College staff, professors, and students with the utmost respect at all times. 

I’m looking at the big picture.  

No exceptions. 

No matter what. 

For example, Baruch College students crash into me, shove their phones in my face, harass me in the bathroom, and much more. 

I’m sure most Baruch College students are great. 

There are a number of Baruch College students harassing other students. 

There was graffiti in the 6-floor vertical building bathroom today. 

The same thing goes for Baruch College staff and professors. 

I just act politely and respectfully and move away when allowed. 

If something is very obvious and I see a security camera nearby, I’ll polietly and respectfully alert Baruch College security via email. 

One time I reported a Baruch College student, and I don’t remember hearing anything further about it. 

I’ve reported students for harassing me at BMCC and LaGuardia too, and I never heard anything further about it. 

I understand that people are busy and they have to prioritize issues. 

I’ve had a small number of Baruch College staff and professor treat me negatively. 

Security guards trying to crash into me in the lobby of the library building for some reason. 

I documented the time and date somewhere if you want to look at the security video. 

I moved out of the way. 

It’s no big deal. 

A lot of people, not me, play that crash-into-people game in Manhattan. 

It’s nothing new. 

I always treat all security guards with the utmost respect at all times, regardless of how they treat me. 

Apart from that one incident, they are all very nice. 

Anytime I speak with a Baruch College security guard, on the rare occasion, I audio record the polite and respectful conversation with my phone to be safe. 

I navigated the situations professionally, politely, and respectfully. 

I’ve dealt with much worse than any abuse I’ve received at Baruch College, so I’m used to it. 

I’m optimistic and in good spirits, as always. 

I’ve proven myself to be a serious, polite, and respectful student at Baruch College, and I’m continuing on the same path. 

I have a 3.8 GPA with approximately 8 classes to go. 

Regardless if I graduate with a 3.8 or a 2.0, the important thing is that I will continue to treat everyone at Baruch College with the utmost respect at all times, and I’ll graduate. 

I’ll respectfully report things occasionally to cover myself. 

I’m going to utilize the Baruch College opportunity to elevate my life. 

I started a little business while I’m here called Mark Pine Opinion. 

I’m working on additional entrepreneurial ventures in my spare time. 

I’m giving my little side entrepreneurial ventures my all and trying to turn them into money, so I have a career before graduation. 

Of course, schoolwork is the number one priority. 

I’m studying for Spanish every day, and the class doesn’t start for 3 weeks. 

I wanted to mention something regarding documenting my polite and respectful behavior at Baruch College. 

My polite and respectful behavior and treating people respectfully is the most important thing at Baruch College. 

I’m always concerned about Baruch College students or others making up lies about my polite and respectful behavior because of how many times I’ve been harassed at Baruch College by people I don’t know. 

Baruch College is very valuable to me. 

I’m guessing the Baruch College students that are harassing me are trying to get me in trouble with the school. 

Why else would they be harassing me? 

The same thing used to happen at the public assistance job program. 

There were people trying to pick fights with people to get them kicked out. 

Most of the individuals at Baruch College are here to help each other and elevate their lives. 

As is life, when there are tens of thousands of people in one organization, there are always going to be some looking to start trouble. 

That’s nothing new. 

It’s nothing I haven’t dealt with for decades.

I’m almost 47. 

I don’t drink.

I don’t smoke. 

I don’t party. 

I don’t date. 

I don’t have a criminal record. 

I don’t do anything illegal. 

That’s how I choose to live my life. 

I’ve had many Baruch College students harass me in classes, inside the buildings, in the bathrooms, and off campus. 

I have no idea who the students are, and even if I did, the best thing to do to someone harassing me is to be polite or ignore them. 

I ignore anyone at Baruch College that is harassing me or act professionally or politely if it’s a situation I have to endure.  

Life isn’t perfect. 

I make the best of all situations. 

I’ve had Baruch College students verbally attack me during mandatory in-class student groups. 

I just take the abuse and act politely. 

One time I sat down in a student group with 4 Baruch College students and me.  

Within a minute of sitting down, the 4 Baruch College students started verbally attacking me. 

I never spoke with any of the Baruch College students in the group before in my life.

I don’t know their identities. 

Of course, it bounced right off me. 

I’ve been physically attacked and robbed outside of Baruch College. 

Words bounce off me.  

I keep my cool when I’m physically attacked and robbed. 

I’m used to it. 

I don’t like it, although it’s nothing new. 

I have so many police reports for being robbed in Manhattan from the NYPD I lost count. 

My phone was stolen 3 times last semester. 

I was robbed in Manhattan approximately 4 or 5 times last semester, Spring 2023. 

I just get back up and keep trying to elevate my life. 

Another time I was in a mandatory student pair with one Baruch College student. 

The Baruch College student was verbally attacking me as usual.  

At one point, the Baruch College student told me not to go to the bathroom so the student could continue verbally attacking me. 

I went to the bathroom and acted politely and respectfully.

It seemed like the person was trying to pick a fight or start an argument with me.  

My focus is treating people politely and respectfully, plus my career.

I have a few new strategies to document my polite and respectful Baruch College behavior that I wanted to mention that I’m excited about for Fall 2023 and beyond. 

I purchased new laptops on the web with my student loans for a great price before the cost went up. 

Now I have a little more ability to do more on the web. 

I use 2 types of software to record my polite and respectful behavior at Baruch College. 

I’m using them now. 

They are called screencast and loom.com.

Anytime I’m at Baruch College, without exception, I alternate back and forth from screencast to loom.com

I may add a 3rd software into the mix now that I’m thinking about it. 

Screencast and loom.com are recording my face at all times from my laptop camera.

Screencast and loom.com also record my laptop screen at all times.

I stop and start both screencast and loom.com every 10 to 20 minutes. 

Therefore even if I lose a video clip, I have hours of polite and respectful behavior videos from every day at Baruch College showing that I’m acting professionally, respectfully, and politely at all times.

Screencast and loom.com can also record audio. 

I’m not going to use screencast and loom.com to record audio at Baruch College. 

I will only record video of myself and my laptop screen. 

I hope that’s enough evidence to prove that I’m polite and respectful at all times at Baruch College. 

I also create tons of little selfie videos of myself for social media that I’m constantly posting on the web. 

Of course, when I create selfie videos, it’s just me. 

There are no Baruch College students in the videos. 

I could spend hours working on this email, although I’m going to stop now. 

The most important things at Baruch College:

1. Treat all Baruch College staff, professors, and students with the utmost respect at all times, no matter what.  

2. Never cheat. 

I would never use Artificial Intelligence to cheat.

I’m not an expert in AI, although I think students are going to be getting kicked out of schools a lot trying to use AI work as their own. 

This email is over 1,000 words.

I don’t need AI to write or cheat. 

3. Plagiarism of any kind is an immediate disaster. 

Don’t need it. 

Would never do it. 

It can be easily detected. 

4. Dating is one of the quickest ways to get kicked out of college.

I wouldn’t date anyone at Baruch College if someone offered me $10,000,000 for one date upfront in my bank account. 

There are millions of people in Manhattan.

I’m not dating anyone.

If I were, it would be someone not connected to Baruch College that can go to Title 9 and get me kicked out of school in the blink of an eye. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Mark Pine