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Question for my college math professor.

Greetings Professor,

I just signed up for a Math class of yours next semester. 

The last time I took Math was approximately 25 years ago. I passed the Accuplacer to get into CUNY and that was about it. 

I don’t know anything about Math. I’m a journalism major. The reason I’m contacting you is to see if there is anything I can do now to start getting ready for class? 

I don’t know what the rules are about asking a professor if there is anything I can do to start preparing early. I contacted a professor that teaches Spanish and the professor told me what the textbook is going to be early so I guess it’s allowed and up to the professor’s discretion. 

In addition to not having taken any math for 25 years, I also know we have about a month off between this semester and when we start next semester. I am trying to figure out ways to use that month productively. If there is anything I can do to brush up on my math or start studying please let me know. I contacted the math department to ask them too. I’ll also search Google and YouTube.  

If you can provide any guidance or feedback that would be excellent. If not it’s no big deal. I look forward to taking your class. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward, 

Mark Pine 

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Opinion: Email to Baruch College defending myself. October 25, 2021.

Greetings Baruch College,

The following is the answers to the questions I received from you a few hours ago. Please let me know if you require any additional information. 

Dear Mr. Pine – it appears each week I get a complaint or concern reported to me about you.  

Can you please share one complaint you have received about me?  I keep to myself in regards to students. I treat all my professors with the utmost respect at all times. If you look at any email I’ve ever sent to any professor, they are all respectful.  

This time, it appears you did not complete a group assignment where you were to be interviewed or to interview one of your peers for a class assignment. Why did you not complete the assignment as required? 

I was assigned an in class project to interview a student. I respectfully and professionally interviewed a student. I didn’t record that interview but I just recorded a bunch of interviews outside of school for another class project. If you listen to any of them you will hear how polite I am with everyone.  

There was another assignment to go outside, take off our masks and take pictures of a student from class. I respectfully and politely said that I don’t feel comfortable going outside of school and talking pictures of another student.  

Please note that as you advance in your coursework, it will become extremely challenging for you to maintain a good standing in your classes if you continue to object/refuse to participate in group or teamwork in the class. Group work is part of the application process of learning in today’s higher education, particularly in communications classes, and especially if you pursue internship opportunities.   

I didn’t refuse. I just did a project where I interviewed a student. I was professional and respectful. I’ll interact with students.  I just don’t feel comfortable going off campus, taking off my mask, and taking photos of a student. I’ll gladly interact with students inside of Baruch College classrooms.  

Also, I discussed with you several times not to share your personal life with classmates, unless it is pertinent to the classwork. I am told you continue to do so. It is the case?

After all the emails between you and I, I’m not sure where this question is coming from.  

I was interviewed by a student for a class assignment. That is the only time I ever spoke with a student in over a year.  In the interview I spoke about being homeless because it was an interview about me. The student I interviewed spoke about her life.  

Due to the alarming amount of complaints from students against students at  New York colleges I have requested to keep to myself in regards to students. You said no.  Now your asking me not to share my personal information with students? 

The only time I interact with students is when it’s mandatory and that has been one time this year.

Anytime I interact with students and professors I treat them with the utmost respect. I follow the instructions of the assignment and nothing more.  

The one time I respectfully refused to interact with a student is becasue I didn’t want to go outside, take my mask off and take pictures of another student outside of school with no teacher supervision.   

Additionally, we discussed your deleting the following statement from your Baruch e-mail signature, yet it remains: “I always treat everyone at Baruch College with the utmost respect at all times. That includes staff, professors, security guards, and students. Treating people respectfully is more important than anything.” Again, what is the relevance of this statement? It only causes confusion. Do it, don’t write it. 

The reason that sentence is there is to let everyone I interact with at CUNY know that I respect the work everyone does at CUNY.  

I’m going to respectfully request for a new contact at school. In my humble opinion this email is borderline abusive. Especially due to my stellar track record at CUNY.  If I have to continue to receive these types of emails from you I will but I’m formally requesting another contact at Baruch College CUNY.  

Regardless of how you speak with me and or email me I will treat you with the utmost respect at all times. That doesn’t mean I enjoy these types of emails.  I’m not going to speculate why you are signling me out. I will gladly share that I don’t take it personal.  

I will continue to treat you and everyone else at CUNY with the utmost respect at all times.  I have a perfect record at Baruch College and LaGuardia Community College in regards to my behavior.  As far as I know my probation is under appeal.

The only student I have ever spoken with at Baruch College is one woman who is in my JRN 3060 class. The project was to interview each other. I spoke about being homeless. She spoke about the topics she was interested in. It was a professional interview. I acted like I was on an interview for the NYC Comptroller’s Office. 

I don’t drink. I don’t smoke.  I don’t have a criminal record. I do my schoolwork 7 days per week. I treat everyone with the utmost respect at all times. 

In regards to the request to take that one sentence off my email signature, I’m not sure why that’s an issue. It’s an issue to have this sentence at the end of my email signature? 

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

I have completed either 3 or 4 semesters at CUNY while living in the street homeless the whole time. I’m as clean as any homeless person can be. I just had the flu shot, I’m vaccinated, I’m about to get my booster shot. I have a place to shower. I have a place to keep clean clothes. I treat everyone respectfully and keep to myself.

You said I have to interact with students and I did for the one assignment. I don’t think it’s fair to ask me to go off campus with students unsupervised. I’ll gladly interact with students in the school. 

Right now I’m writing this email while sitting on the steps of the subway platform on 77 Street and Lexington Ave in Manhattan. There is another homeless person yelling at me to illegally let him in to the subway through the door. I’m ignoring him.

After I do more homework, I’ll take a nap on the steps of the subway. Usually the NYPD comes around at about 5 AM and wakes up most of the homeless people.

Sometimes the NYPD writes me a $75 ticket for sleeping on the steps. I just paid about $700 to the MTA TAB for those tickets.

Next I’ll change my cothes, take a shower and be at school around 7 or 8 AM. I’m doing the best I can with what I have. I might get a 2.5 this semester, I might get a 3.0. My main concern is that I pass.

Regardless what my GPA is, I’m going to pass all my classes. I’m going to continue to treat everyone respectfully. I’m going to continue to follow the rules. 

In addition to being successful at Baruch College, my goal is to get into an apartment. Baruch College is helping me get there. 

I worked on this email for 3 hours. I can spend another 10 hours on this email but I have schoolwork and I want to take a nap before school. 

Thank you for your consideration.  

Please advise,

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward, 

Mark Pine 

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

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Opinion: Email to Baruch College about being put on probation for one semester.

Greetings,

Thank you for the information. As per our discussion, I’m not going to submit any more student grievances under any circumstances.

I’m not contacting public safety under any circumstances. The only time I will interact with public safety is to say hi or thank you as I’m walking on and off-campus. I am always very polite to the public safety officers. They are very nice.

There is nothing that can happen at Baruch College that would ever make me submit another student grievance or contact public safety again after receiving a probation letter.

I’m going to continue to keep to myself in regards to students. I will continue to treat all staff, professors, students, etc. with the utmost respect at all times anytime I interact with anyone.

If someone pours a can of paint over my head, I will say thank you and then go wash it off. I’m not kidding. I love Baruch College, I want to stay.

I look forward to another successful semester at Baruch College.

I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t have a criminal record. I don’t do anything illegal. I’ve stayed out of trouble for 45 years, even with being street homeless for the last five years.

I’m glad to follow the rules at Baruch College and CUNY.

Just to clarify this letter of probation is for submitting two student grievances:

A student tried to purposely crash into me in clear view of a security camera at Baruch College.

I suggested that more security cameras at Baruch College might make the school safer for students. I also suggested students have access to their attendance record in CUNY First.

I have the utmost respect for you and everyone at CUNY, although I don’t necessarily agree that I deserve to be on probation and I look forward to next semester when I’m off probation. I will be very cautious about how I proceed moving forward at Baruch College.

I assume there is nothing I can do to appeal this decision?

I am literally now walking on eggshells at Baruch College. I earned a 3.975 GPA at LaGuardia Community College. I have a 4.0 GPA at Baruch College. Now I’m one misstep away from being thrown out of school.

I’m going to continue to steer clear of interacting with students because that is where the majority of complaints come from at colleges. That is unless I’m working for RF CUNY.

I’m not sure how being on probation might affect my eligibility to work for RF CUNY, so I might not have to worry about that until next semester. I’ll lose money although it’s a small price to pay. The most important thing is to get back on track and off probation.

I will continue to treat all my professors and the staff with the utmost professionalism and respect. The staff at CUNY are doing a fantastic job of providing the absolute best opportunity for students. The City University of New York is a New York City treasure.

I’m hoping to start generating money and get off welfare before I graduate.

If anyone looks at the emails I have sent to professors (I give all CUNY staff permission to look into my Baruch College email account) since I started at CUNY years ago, I go above and beyond to be courteous at all times. I take the high road in all situations.

I am going to use the opportunity provided by Baruch College to elevate my standing in life.

Thank you again.

I’m back to my studies. Today is non-stop Grammar lessons.

Have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

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Opinion: Email to Baruch College staff about maintaining my privacy at school. September 7, 2021.

Greetings,

I just got out of the emergency room at the hospital about an hour ago. Nothing COVID-related or contagious, something else. 

This semester I’m taking three writing classes total. One is about grammar. I am very excited to improve my skills as a writer. 

Thank you for the information. 

I sent you the assignment due on September 20, 2021. The television show project is fantastic and a lot of fun to work on.

I’ve already begun work on homework for the class that isn’t due until October and November. 

It’s not a question about putting in the work. It’s a question about safety and respect for others. 

I would think many students wouldn’t want to be in pairs with homeless people. The same goes for their parents. 

I live in the street and subway. I have been homeless for five years. 

I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I don’t have a criminal record. 

I have a place to shower and keep clean clothes. 

I’m optimistic I’ll have a roof over my head one day soon with the resources and opportunities provided for me by HRA and CUNY. 

As a 45-year-old street homeless person, I don’t think it’s a good idea to mix with students. 

All I need is a D average to stay at Baruch College. So far I have a 4.0 and 3.975 after 4 full-time semesters. 

I’d be happy with a D. If I deserve an F, I’ll take an F. I’d prefer a D 🙂

It looks to me like student interaction is only about 5 to 10 percent of the total grade. If I receive a zero on those assignments I should be able to earn a C or D overall. 

I respect your position and understand that I’ll receive a zero on those assignments. 

I love Baruch College. I’m actually at school right now studying even though all classes are canceled this week. 

I’m going to spend seven days a week at school every day until the end of the semester, so I can have all my schoolwork turned in on time or early. That and I don’t have anywhere else to charge my devices. 

After I graduate from Baruch College, my goal is to attend Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. 

You have always been very helpful to me. I have the maximum amount of respect for you and all my professors. That is in addition to all the staff at Baruch College. This college is remarkable.

Baruch College is the best opportunity ever, especially for me. 

I don’t want to waste your time with a long email, so I will keep this email brief. 

Before I started at Baruch College, I had nothing. Now I have a smartphone, laptop, winter coat, shoes, a place to shower, food, etc. 

In the meantime, I’m contacting members of the city council and people who work for the federal, state, and city governments trying to get a new rule set for students that want to maintain their privacy at schools. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

450 Lexington Avenue #1375

New York, NY 10163

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

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

Treating people respectfully is more important than anything. 

I never participate in controversial conversations at Baruch College out of respect for people’s feelings. 

I love Baruch College and The City University of New York. It’s the best opportunity ever.

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Opinion: Respectful email to Baruch College about the NYPD and their civilian team torturing and sabotaging me.

There are no names or identifying information in this post. The NYPD and their civilian team will probably update the post later to sabotage me because all they do is lie and scam. That’s their job. Google “cointelpro” if you would like to learn more about it.

Greetings,

I always treat everyone at Baruch College with the utmost respect at all times. That includes staff, professors, students, and security guards. Treating people respectfully is more important than anything. I love Baruch College and The City University of New York. It’s the best opportunity ever. 

Any time I interact with you or anyone at CUNY I will treat you and everyone else with the absolute utmost respect and courtesy. 

I’m 100% not contacting anyone at CUNY about the NYPD and their civilian team torturing and sabotaging me. 

What are the rules moving forward? If I have an issue that I would respectfully like to bring up via email should I contact your email, X’s email, or neither? 

Going forward I’m only going to contact agencies outside of CUNY looking for help with the police torturing and sabotaging me. I have no issue with that. The higher-ups at CUNY know that I’m claiming the NYPD and their civilian team are torturing me, there is no reason to contact them again about it. 

I plan on applying to CUNY graduate school after I graduate from Baruch College. Am I allowed to mention to the CUNY graduate schools that they will probably be receiving negative emails or messages on social media from my email accounts courtesy of the NYPD and their civilian team to sabotage me from attending CUNY graduate school? 

The NYPD and their civilian team have been running scams like that on me for years. 

Or am I not allowed to mention that to CUNY graduate school admissions? 

The NYPD and their civilian team can go into any one of my accounts, send one nasty email, and I’m blocked from attending CUNY graduate schools which in my opinion are the best graduate schools in New York City. 

Also, I love CUNY. I have the utmost respect for you, the entire CUNY staff, the professors, and the students. 

What I am about to tell you next does not mean that I don’t love and respect CUNY because I do. 

I have started the process to sue Baruch College.  

There is no animosity attached to this lawsuit. I merely don’t see any other way to try and figure a few things out without a third party involved, in this case, the New York Courts. 

I’m suing for three reasons. 

  1. I want to be excused from having to get into small groups with students. 
  2. I don’t understand why certain students are allowed to pick their classes three days before other students. Then when I go to select my classes the majority of the classes I want to take are full. 
  3. I would like to respectfully challenge having a negative letter on my permanent record because I respectfully emailed two public safety offices, the President of Baruch College, and the Chancellor at CUNY. 

I’m patiently waiting for your response. 

All my professors are amazing. I told them I would gladly accept any reduction in my grade that they see fit because I’m respectfully avoiding small groups with students.

Thank God they all said it’s OK because I don’t want to fail a class. That doesn’t mean I will continue to be so lucky in the future which is why I want to see what the New York Courts think about the student groups issue. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

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I filed a Notice of Claim to sue Baruch College.

I was notified that it’s mandatory to get onto unsupervised Zoom video calls with students at Baruch College. I contacted The City University of New York (CUNY) Chancellor, the Title 9 Coordinator, and others about it. 

I politely asked them if I could be excused from having to interact with students. They said no, I have to get on unsupervised Zoom calls with students. 

I respect their decision. Regardless if I get my way or not, I love CUNY. I always treat everyone at CUNY with the utmost respect at all times. That includes staff, professors, and students. 

I filed a Notice of Claim with the New York City Comptroller’s Office to sue Baruch College CUNY. I was notified by several professors that it’s mandatory to get into private and unsupervised Zoom calls with students. I politely asked if I can be my own group and maintain my distance and privacy from students. I was told it’s not negotiable.

I keep to myself in regards to students. The reason is that rich people I know pay the NYPD and others to torture me. 

One time people broke into an apartment I was living in. They knocked me out with an incapacitating agent. Then they proceeded to inject me in the face with something that won’t dissolve almost ten years later. The lower part of my face around my chin has been disfigured ever since. 

A plastic surgeon injected me in the face with something to try and dissolve the other substance and it didn’t work. The doctor said to me “what the hell happened to your face?” I said people injected me in the face and disfigured it. He said, “why?” I said haters. 

Soon after I was injected in the face with an unknown substance, people were teasing me that I looked like a cartoon character with private parts on my face. 

One thing that New York law enforcement does is have CUNY students who work for them pick up the phone when I call NYPD 911. 

The NYPD has the CUNY students try and pick fights with me on the NYPD 911 line. That is why every time I call I say 911 at the beginning and end of each sentence. 

When I was at BMCC and LaGuardia Community College I had several students try to pick fights with me. The students were yelling at me, threatening me, crashing into me on purpose, grabbing me, pretending to flirt with me on school discussion boards, and cutting me off in the halls. I ignored them and reported the incidents to campus security. 

I don’t know who the students that were harassing me were. One thing I’m sure of is that they were trying to pick fights with me directly in front of CUNY security cameras and they didn’t seem concerned about getting in trouble. 

Yesterday, I filed a Notice of Claim to sue Baruch College. I’m not an attorney. If you require legal information, contact a lawyer. I’m representing myself and I have no clue what I’m doing. I’m winging it. 

I filed a Notice of Claim to sue the NYPD. After the New York City Comptroller’s Office received the claim, they scheduled a deposition. I’m hoping I receive the same treatment with this lawsuit against Baruch College. 

I’m a people person. I love people. With that being said, I’d prefer to keep to myself at Baruch College. I don’t want to get into a situation that can lead to a misunderstanding. 

I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I treat everyone at CUNY and the New York City Comptroller’s Office with the utmost respect at all times. If I have to interact with students I will. I will be professional and concise. I’d rather not. 

In addition to filing the Notice of Claim, I’m still in talks with various staff at Baruch College and CUNY to be excused from having to interact with students. So far all the staff said it’s mandatory that I get on unsupervised Zoom calls with students. 

I’m 44 years old. Rich people I know still pay the NYPD to torture me. I have a 3.975 GPA after 36 credits at CUNY. When classes break into groups I would prefer to be my own group. Everyone else should have the same option in my humble opinion. 

I love CUNY. 

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Email to CUNY English Department about how to improve classes [opinion].

Greetings Professor and English Department, 

I would like to provide quick feedback, including my opinion on how to improve all the English classes. 

I feel many of the decisions are up to the school, state, federal government, etc. Nonetheless here is my view on how the classes can be elevated. 

There are several digital resources on the web about how to write essays, how to improve grammar, how to be a better writer, etc. As a student, I have no idea which of these resources are credible and apply the English class I’m taking. 

The English department, the school, and the professors can’t replicate all that content. In my humble opinion, they should make use of it. For example, YouTube videos, articles, websites, mobile apps, etc. 

Regardless of what English class it is, the professor, department, and anyone else who is involved should spend a few days, weeks, months, going through the various resources and filter out the quality ones. 

If there is an assignment to write an analytical essay for an English class, provide a dozen additional resources available for free on the internet that would allow students to dig in deeper and write it better. Even if only 3 to 5 percent of students use the digital resources, that will make it worthwhile for the ones who are going the extra mile to learn the material and go for the A. 

I have a feeling the percentage will be higher than that. To illustrate, if you recommend YouTube videos people will watch them. If the school wants to create the content themselves, that’s great, in the meantime, it’s sitting on the web right now. The issue is, we the students need professionals to filter out what’s real and what’s not applicable. 

The professors can share a PDF with all the links at the beginning of the semester. That way students can spend their time productively and learn the information for the whole semester immediately if they take the initiative. The links can also be given as an attachment with each assignment. 

[Opinion] Grammarly.com should be recommended to all students. 

The school should make a deal with them and provide the premium version for free. I’ve become a much better writer because of it. It’s not fair for some of the students to have it and not others. I’m homeless and I have the premium version purchased with student loan money. 

I have a lot more ideas but those two would be a game-changer. I’m confident the powers that be have thought about everything I’ve written, regardless these are my ideas. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward,

Mark Pine 

I love CUNY. 

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Email to the CUNY Chancellor about a remarkable professor.

Greetings everyone,

Professor X is as sharp as a tack.

I’ve been a student at LaGuardia Community College for 3 semesters. I’m transferring to Baruch College next semester.

I’m going on the record right now that the way Professor X set up Blackboard is the most organized I have ever seen it. Regardless if you stick with Blackboard or use another system everyone should see how it’s supposed to be organized. When it’s not organized students miss important information and fail.

I give Professor X a 4.0 for organizing Blackboard, being an awesome professor, and making learning fun. If we were in school I would have had my hand up in every class asking questions.

Furthermore, the preliminary review Professor X provided for my term paper shows how seriously she/he takes the job of teaching.

We need more professors like Professor X.

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.

Disclaimer: I have been homeless for about 5 years. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t have a criminal record. I treat everyone with the utmost respect at all times.

Long story short, there are some people I know who are harassing me. I’ve contacted the proper authorities and hopefully, they will be arrested one day.

The reason I mention this is because people keep going into all my online accounts, email, etc. They sabotage the accounts and impersonate me to try and get me in trouble. I don’t understand why people are harassing a homeless person who minds his business 100% of the time and doesn’t owe anyone anything.

Regardless, I’m not giving up. I’m working 7 days a week to try and get an apartment and succeed at college.

If anyone ever receives an email from this email address that isn’t 100% respectful please alert me so I can forward it to the NYPD. Thank you for your consideration and have a great day.

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.