Message to a Baruch College staff member about class groups.



I treat everyone at CUNY with the utmost respect at all times. That includes you, students, staff, and professors. 

I think you are great at what you do. I have the utmost respect for your position. It’s almost impossible to land jobs with the city as you have. 

I’m trying to avoid having to interact with students. If my request is rejected, I will treat all the students in my class groups with the utmost respect and professionalism. I’ll be concise, just as I behave myself with you and the entire staff at CUNY. 

There are thousands of complaints by students about students every year in New York colleges. That means there are a lot of students harassing students. I’ve reported students for harassing me at LaGuardia Community College. 

If people realized what a big problem students interacting with students is, it would quickly be optional to break into class groups at college. I predict that it will become an option to get into class groups at some colleges in the next few years. 

You told me it’s mandatory to get into class groups. That includes one on one unsupervised Zoom calls with students. 

I respect your decision. I respect you. I love CUNY. I merely disagree with this one policy. 

There is a small group of students at CUNY who are here to cause trouble. I’m trying to avoid it.

I might be homeless, but I live squeaky clean. I’m rebranding myself, Mark “squeaky clean” Pine. 

I efiled my 2020 Federal tax return to the IRS in February. I’m about to mail the IRS a paper copy of my 2020 Federal tax return tomorrow as a backup just in case there is an issue with the efile. 

That’s the squeaky-clean lifestyle I’m detailing. I file my taxes in February. I do it like that every year. 

I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I don’t interact socially with anyone at school.

I would never get on the phone with a student at college. I’d rather network outside of school so I don’t have to be concerned about issues that can lead back to school. 

For example, the famous saying, don’t X where you eat. Now, after a year at school, it’s mandatory to get on the phone with students. 

I started at CUNY broke, homeless, and without a computer. I believe I’m going to have a roof over my head one day soon. I can’t do it without the support of CUNY. 

It’s not going to happen if I have students making unsubstantiated claims against me because I’m forced into class groups. 

I respect your position. I appreciate everything you say. I’m looking for someone in New York / New York City who will change the policy. I’m going to contact the Manhattan Borough President, the City Council, and others. 

I can not understand how thousands of complaints per year doesn’t lead to a change in policy. 

Thank you again for the consideration. I hope to make you proud one day 🙂

I want you to say, this guy was living in the street, and now he’s in an apartment thanks to LaGuardia Community College, Baruch College, and The City University of New York. Hopefully, the journalism graduate school or CUNY law too.  

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward,

Mark Pine


I always treat everyone at CUNY with the utmost respect at all times. That includes staff, professors, and students. Treating people respectfully is more important than anything. 

I love The City University of New York.