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Opinion: NYC should change the private park in Gramercy into a building run by CUNY where New Yorkers can learn computer skills.

There is a huge private park located in Gramercy, Manhattan, New York City. In my opinion, the park is a great opportunity to create a huge brand new building run by CUNY. 

I’m a student at Baruch College CUNY. That’s how I created the idea. I don’t care about credit. I want to help people.

This is the Wikipedia page for Gramercy Park: Gramercy Park – Wikipedia

The building can be a place where New Yorkers can learn computer skills. 

  1. There might be large technology companies that might donate money towards the development of the building. 
  2. The building, if run by CUNY, can be a great place for people not only to learn computer skills but also become acclimated with the outstanding offerings of CUNY. 
  3. Large technology companies might allow some of their employees to teach computer skills at the building. 
  4. Large technology companies might help with the lessons offered so they can eventually hire some of the individuals who work hard to learn new computer skills. 

This could potentially be an opportunity for thousands of individuals to lift themselves out of poverty. Everything is going digital. 

The building I envision will be close to public transportation. It’s also conveniently near many huge technology companies. 

I can envision students going to the building after school and on weekends. I can envision people who might have lost their jobs or want a higher-paying job going to the building to learn new computer skills. 

The space is so big, they might be able to build two buildings. One for adults and one for children. 

Think about how much parents would love for their children to be able to go somewhere run by CUNY and learn valuable computer skills. 

Speaking of CUNY I have to get back to my homework. 

What would have a better impact on New York City? A huge empty private park or buildings where thousands of people can learn computer skills.

We need to step up the opportunities for New Yorkers. 

Thank you for reading. 

Have a great day. 

Ever upward,

Mark Pine 

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Opinion: Email to Baruch College about my probation appeal and NYC law enforcement trying to have me removed from school. November 5, 2021.

Greetings Baruch College,

I’m at school studying for my classes. I just returned from the post office on 23 Street. I sent X the exact same PDF that I sent to you. 

As far as I’m concerned the probation appeal process is over. From now until the end of the semester I will continue to walk on eggshells like I always do. 

Today I was walking into the Baruch College verticle building at about 8 AM. My Baruch College ID wasn’t working and the security guards let me in.

For anyone that isn’t even something worth mentioning. For me, I have to watch every interaction very carefully. The reason is that NYC law enforcement has been harassing me and sabotaging me worse than ever. 

When my student ID didn’t work, I said to myself this is all I need. If one of the security guards says I was rude, I’m gone. And of course, it was a coincidence that my card wasn’t working. Of course, that would never happen here. I’m just saying that’s how my mind works. 

Even with all this, I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t vape, etc. The abuse I take from NYC law enforcement is intense. I have been to the emergency room of the hospital several times this semester from NYC law enforcement harassing me. I don’t need therapy, I need an apartment, money, and law firms. 

I never mention any of this to anyone at CUNY. I don’t even like mentioning it to you but I feel like every so often its good to cover myself because NYC law enforcement is so good at running scams and sabotaging people including me. It’s a miracle they haven’t figured out a way to get me kicked out of CUNY.

I know NYC law enforcement is drooling that I’m on probation. 
They almost got rid of me last semester when they arrested me. I beat the case and got a 4.0 GPA with 12 credits. They have been harassing me every day since I had the charge dropped down to a violation. 

That’s why when I contact hundreds of government agencies nationwide to get help from NYC law enforcement harassing me I don’t blame them for turning their heads the other way and pretending I don’t exist. NYC law enforcement doesn’t play around. When they want something it’s not up for negotiation. 

Thank you again for helping me with the appeal process. 
In regards to school, I’m so far ahead of the game this semester that it feels great. I’m literally studying for Spring 2022 classes today. I’m about to buy one of the textbooks for next semester next week and I have a few sample pages of it already. Instead of wasting my time watching celebrity interviews like I usually do in my spare time, I’m going to study math and Spanish. 

I’m also going to start to document via video how I live in the subway in an effort to raise awareness and try and get help from the general public. I have a place to shower and keep clean clothes. Cold nights I live on subway platforms. I have never been more confident that I’m going to get back into an apartment one day soon thanks to HRA and CUNY. 

I’m going to make you and the whole CUNY family proud one day and I’ll make sure to always let everyone know that the only reason I was able to get back on my feet is thanks to HRA and CUNY. Two of the most amazing organizations in New York City. The staff here is as good as it gets and the opportunity is beyond words. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward, 

Mark Pine 

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Opinion: Email to the Baruch College Bursar’s Office. October 26, 2021.

Greetings Baruch College Bursar,

First and foremost, thank you for the outstanding support you have provided me from the day I started at Baruch College.

The support staff at Baruch College could not possibly be doing anything more to aid the Baruch College students in their pursuit for success at school. That’s why I’m succeeding at school 🙂 

The team at LaGuardia Community College is amazing too. 

I have one quick question about my student loans for Spring 2022. 

I just received an email from the Baruch College financial aid office about a revised student loan for Spring 2022. The only difference is that TAP is removed. I received TAP for Fall 2021. 

As far as I know, nothing has changed on my side.

Usually when I contact the Baruch College student loan office, if they don’t have the answer to my question they direct me to the Bursar which is why I’m asking you. Also, if I remember correctly I believe that when I ask the Baruch College financial aid office about TAP they either direct me to the Bursar or TAP directly. 

I know this has nothing to do with CUNY. I’ll probably send TAP an email after I hear back from either you or the financial aid office. 

Thank you again for the stellar services you provide for the Baruch College students 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 my Baruch College professors about being street homeless in regards to student groups.

Greetings Professor,

First of all, I wanted to thank you for your consideration both last semester and this semester. I understand you have a lot of students, and you have always gone above and beyond to help me succeed in your classes. I understand the importance of student groups towards learning how to interact with others and that it’s mandatory. 

In regards to tomorrow’s student pairs, I have one quick question.

I was thinking about when I was in school two or three decades ago. Back then, I knew a lot of students and their parents. In my humble opinion, there are a lot of students and their parents that would not want their child being in pairs with street homeless people. My parents would not have approved of my brother and I being in groups with street homeless people. 

I’m not sure if there is anyone who would approve of their child being placed in pairs at school with street homeless people. Albeit, I would like the decision to be up to the students if possible. 

I just wanted to go on the record and say I am not embarrassed at all about being street homeless. I’ve been homeless for five years or longer. My main goal is to get a roof back over my head. I’m past the point of embarrassment. 

The reason I bring this up is that it would make me feel more comfortable if you ask the class if anyone doesn’t mind being in a pair with a street homeless person. Of course, it’s your class and I’ll gladly follow any instructions you provide. I just thought I’d mention it to you here. 

I’m respectfully going to let the person in my pair tomorrow know that I live in the street during the interview. This way if someone sees me around town sleeping on a subway platform or something like that, they aren’t surprised. 

I’m used to being street homeless, although it gets a little wild living in the streets of Midtown Manhattan, especially these days. I plan to use the writing skills I’ve learned in your classes to share my experiences one day. 

Even though I’ve made it very clear that I would have preferred to maintain my privacy from students, I assure you that I will act like I’m on an interview to get a job at The New York Times tomorrow. During the student pairs, I will be concise, serious, professional, and courteous. 

Thank you and have a great day.  

Ever upward, 

Mark Pine 

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Opinion: Email to the New York City Council Committee on Education about student interaction.

10/3/2021

Mark Pine

Baruch College CUNY student

RE: Student interaction / Student groups. 

Greetings New York City Council Committee on Education,

I love Baruch College and The City University of New York. 

I always treat everyone at Baruch College CUNY 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.

I’ve been living in the street homeless for the past five years. I believe that Baruch College CUNY is going to be my bridge to having an apartment. 

I never intentionally partake in risky behavior. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I don’t have a criminal record. 

I would like feedback from the New York City Council – Committee on Education regarding an issue I’m having at Baruch College CUNY. 

I read that there are thousands of complaints from students against students every year in New York Colleges including New York City. 

I read that CUNY is spending millions of dollars per year to defend complaints and lawsuits from CUNY students against CUNY staff and professors. 

I politely asked the Baruch College CUNY staff if I could be excused from having to get into small groups and pairs with students. 

I don’t mind getting into a big group and keeping quiet and observing. 

I’m referencing getting into a small group or pair. 

The Baruch College CUNY staff responded and said getting into small groups and pairs with students is mandatory and non-negotiable. 

Even though I disagree with the Baruch College CUNY staff on this one issue, I hold them in the highest regard and treat them with the utmost respect at all times.

The Baruch College CUNY staff and professors are as good as it gets. I appreciate the opportunity to be part of the Baruch College family. When I graduate from Baruch College I would like to attend a CUNY graduate school. 

For the last three semesters (two at LaGuardia Community College and one at Baruch College) I have been lucky enough to avoid student groups.

I don’t date and I’m not looking to network at Baruch College. I’m a people person and I enjoy meeting people but not under these circumstances.

I would prefer to network outside of college where I don’t have to worry about complaints and getting in trouble at school. 

I will also let all students in my groups know that I live in the street and am homeless just in case the student doesn’t want to be in a pair with a street homeless person. 

I also notified my professors that it’s OK to notify the class that Mark Pine (me) is street homeless. I want the students in the class to know upfront because I’m confident that a lot of students and their parents wouldn’t want their children in small groups with street homeless people.

It’s common knowledge that homeless people, in general, have a bad reputation. 

Please advise if there is anything I can do to respectfully avoid student groups at Baruch College. It’s such a small part of school but has the ability to derail my entire education. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward,

Mark Pine 

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My new email signature at Baruch College. September 25, 2021.

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

CUNY Student Number #

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.

Thanks to Baruch College, LaGuardia Community College, and The City University of New York I was able to pay my phone bill over a year in advance. It’s one thing to be homeless. It’s another thing to be homeless without a smart phone. Being homeless without a smart phone is like living in the 1990’s and earlier.

Could you imagine being homeless, sleeping in a chair on the subway platform, and reading newspapers in bad light? Not my idea of the best time ever.

Being homeless with an smart phone is endless possibilites, ability to study, entertainment, etc. I have a student YouTube premium account so I can watch videos for school off line and without commercials. It’s great.

Not only do I have a smart phone but I have a Samsung A52 5G. If that’s not enough I have insurance with a $100 deductable so I can lose my phone three times per year and get a new phone. I’ve been robbed several times in the subway so the insurance works for me.

Thanks to Baruch College, LaGuardia Community College, and The City University of New York I have laptops. I love my laptops.

Thanks to Baruch College, LaGuardia Community College, and The City University of New York I was able to buy winter clothes so I don’t freeze this winter when I’m sleeping in chairs on the subway platforms in Midtown Manhattan. I tried the homeless shelters, I prefer to be homeless on my own terms instead of at those places.

I’m not going to mention the clothing companies name here, although they have a free repair policy. Anytime I have an issue with my clothes, I can mail them to the company and they fix them for free. It’s the best deal.

Thanks to Baruch College, LaGuardia Community College, and The City University of New York I was able to pay almost all the tickets I received from the MTA in the subway. Now when members of NYPD transit run my name I don’t have subway tickets from 2018 and before on my record. The transit police are always very nice to me. Now when they run my name they will see that I’m following the rules and paying my tickets. That’s respect.

Thanks to Baruch College, LaGuardia Community College, and The City University of New York I have credibility. Instead of being a street homeless person in the welfare job program, I’m a college student at Baruch College. Albeit, a homeless colllege student.

I already applied for jobs at almost every restaurant and retail store in the city and they didn’t hire me. I’m not sure if it’s becasue of my credit, age (45), etc. Also, I tell everyone I’m homeless. I’m not going to lie about it. Long story short, no retail company wanted to hire me. That means I have to sit around the welfare job program every day. Phone doesn’t work up there. No access to a computer. No WiFi. People crashing into me all day long.

Thanks to Baruch College, LaGuardia Community College, and The City University of New York I’m becoming a 10X better entreprenur.

Thanks to Baruch College, LaGuardia Community College, and The City University of New York I learned how the government interacts with private industry.

Thanks to Baruch College, LaGuardia Community College, and The City University of New York I learned about how this country was formed. Before Baruch College I had no clue.

Thanks to Baruch College, LaGuardia Community College, and The City University of New York learned about my carbon footprint.

My life is like a video game. The game is to go from homeless to home. That’s what I’m trying to do. I have bad credit and evictions on my record.

On a positive note, I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t do anything illegal. I don’t have a criminal record. I believe with the platform that CUNY is providing for me that I will have a roof over my head before I graduate.

Thanks to Baruch College, LaGuardia Community College, and The City University of New York I filed my taxes. I’ve been homeless for years. I wasn’t filing my taxes. The amazing, super helpful, caring, and stellar financial aid office at LaGuardia Community College advised me to file my taxes. It feels great to have filed my taxes. I thought I was going to jail for not paying my taxes. It turns out that the IRS is very nice. I went to the IRS office at 290 Broadway in Manhattan. I filed a bunch of back tax returns and it turns out I don’t owe that much. At least not enough for the IRS to lock me up. I filed my New York State taxes too.

Thanks to Baruch College, LaGuardia Community College, and The City University of New York I receive food stamps, cash assistance, health insurance, and storage to keep clean clothes.

Thanks to Baruch College, LaGuardia Community College, and The City University of New York I have a place to shower. Not at school. A place I was able to pay for. A nice place.

My goal is to attend Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY or another CUNY graduate school after I graduate from Baruch College.

In my spare time, I’m working on charitable and entrepreneurial ventures. I am working on raising money from professional accredited investors to create a nonprofit that will help people obtain state-issued licenses. For example, a real estate salesperson’s license. I have to consult with attornies and make sure it’s legal.

I’m also working on trying to create several entertainment and media-based projects. For example, a broadway show, television, and movie project about digital identity theft. For example, people editing audio of innocent victims into new conversations to get them in trouble. People editing videos of innocent victims to set them up. People using video cameras to sabotage victims. People erasing evidence. People impersonating others with email and social media.

It’s all about the ways people are using digital technologies to sabotage innocent victims. I would like to create awareness to try and help people.

When I started school, decades ago, we used pensils, paper, and typewriters. I don’t even remember having a typewriter at home. I wrote my homework by hand. I’m enjoying school a lot more now with the technology. It’s a lot more fun. The technology is allowing me to learn valuable information.

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Opinion: Letter to Baruch College about respecting the opportunity.

Greetings Baruch College,

I completely understand you have a large school to run with many students. 

I’m patiently waiting for the instructions regarding the probation appeal.

I’m never submitting another student grievance under any circumstances. 

Being a student at Baruch College has many benefits. 

I just paid my T Mobile phone bill, the best plan with mobile hotspot, for more than a year in advance. That is a huge benefit for a homeless person. That’s great for my studies, my lifeline, etc.

I just paid for MTA tickets I’ve accumulated over the years, so I don’t get arrested in the subway this winter. I could have run into issues with the transit police if I didn’t take care of the MTA tickets. The transit police are always very nice, but rules are rules. 

I was able to buy a new laptop for school today. I was using a Google Chromebook. Now I realize that a Windows computer is necessary for my classes. I picked one up on Amazon for a great deal. 

I can list dozens or hundreds of additional reasons here. 

Last but not least, I’m becoming a 10X better writer thanks to my professors. By next semester, I believe my future professors will see the dedication and commitment I’ve made to improve my writing because it’s such a crucial part of the college experience. 

I used to think college was unnecessary when I was younger. I realize now that college prepares me for the real world because I did everything in reverse order. 

With the platform provided by Baruch College, I will have a roof over my head one day. The sooner the better 🙂 

All my assignments are being turned in on time or early except for one small homework that I couldn’t complete without my windows computer. I let my professor know the situation and he is very understanding. 

I earned two A- on the other assignments. The one I’m late for will be submitted in a few days. In the meantime I’m studying with the laptop I have.  

I appreciate the consideration that you have provided for me as one of the thousands of students. I look forward to hearing your instructions when you are available. 

Have a great weekend. 

Ever upward,

Mark Pine