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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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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: Baruch College CUNY won’t excuse me from having to interact with students.

This is an email I’m sending to colleges in the United States asking for guidance about a situation I’m having at Baruch College in Manhattan.

Greetings, 

I’m a student at Baruch College CUNY in New York City. 

I’m requesting guidance from you regarding a situation I’m having at Baruch College CUNY in Manhattan. 

I have gone through the proper channels at Baruch College CUNY and asked to be excused from interacting with students in my classes. For example, there are times when professors will ask the class to get into small groups and pairs with each other. 

I always treat everyone at Baruch College with the utmost respect at all times. That is more important than anything. 

I have politely asked the staff at Baruch College if I could be my own group in classes. I don’t feel comfortable getting into groups with students and interacting with them. 

I have had several students try and pick fights with me since I started at Baruch College CUNY. I have no idea who any of them are. I ignored the students and reported it. At this point, I don’t even report when I’m harassed at school anymore. I ignore students when they tease me for no reason, which is often. 

I have been living in the street homeless for five years. All I have right now is Baruch College CUNY. I don’t want to jeopardize my standing at Baruch College CUNY due to unwarranted and unsubstantiated student complaints. 

I read that the amount of student complaints from students against students is out of control in New York. It doesn’t surprise me after experiencing the amount of abuse I have to endure at college. 

I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I don’t date. I don’t do anything illegal. I don’t have a criminal record. 

I’m only using my personal email to request feedback from the staff at various colleges regarding this situation. If you don’t want to respond, I understand. If you have any information that you or anyone at the school can share, it’s appreciated. 

I have already gone through all the proper channels at Baruch College CUNY, and the answer is I have to interact with students. If a student makes an unsubstantiated claim against me, it’s going to be a major distraction. 

I have been informed that student interaction is necessary to create a well rounded student. 

My response to that is I’m 45 years old. I’ve performed web marketing services for dozens of companies. I have experience interacting with hundreds of individuals throughout the years. 

Even though I’m homeless, I’m still trying to launch my own companies. In my spare time, I’m networking. 

Outside of school, I don’t have to worry about people complaining about me and trying to get me kicked out of college. I treat everyone respectfully. I don’t do anything illegal. 

I’m optimistic that one day I’ll have a roof back over my head. In the meantime, I’m street homeless in New York City. 

I prefer to be street homeless than living in a homeless shelter. I have a place to shower and keep clean clothes. I look presentable. 

I’ve been a student at CUNY for two years. After I graduate from Baruch College CUNY, my plan is to attend a CUNY graduate school. 

The CUNY staff and professors at CUNY are very helpful. This is the only issue I’ve ever had at college. 

From your experience in the education field, is there anything I can do so that I can be excused from having to interact with students in my classes? 

Please advise. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward, 

Mark Pine

450 Lexington Avenue Unit 1375

New York, NY 10163

917-815-5415

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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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Email to Baruch College about access to study materials and being harassed.

Greetings, 

First and foremost I treat everyone at Baruch College CUNY with the utmost respect at all times, regardless if I get my way or not. That includes students, professors, and staff.  

I love Baruch College. My professors are amazing. It’s the best opportunity for me. 

The professor of the above class isn’t sharing the slides with the students. That’s fine. I can screen picture the slides as they pop up. The professor is great, that’s not the obstacle. 

The issue is that people I know harass me beyond belief outside of school. They break my laptops, steal my phones, rip my clothes, attack me, go into all my email and social media accounts, and wreak havoc. 

I can produce police reports where they take my debit card and steal my money. I can also show police reports where I have been robbed multiple times. Additionally, I have been denied police reports dozens of times by the NYPD. 

I have been to NYC hospital emergency rooms dozens of times after being attacked. Thank God for welfare health insurance or I would owe hundreds of thousands of dollars. I’m sure the taxpayers are thrilled. 

Even with all this, I have an optimistic attitude. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I don’t do anything illegal. I’m confident if I stay on the right track everything will improve. 

I understand there is probably nothing anyone at the school can do to help. All I’m saying is if I have the slides I will study them. 

If people go into my Google Photos, laptop, email, etc, and erase the slides I can’t study. I’ll still pass but I won’t have a chance to earn an A or B.  

I have contacted the New York FBI, NYPD, Department of Investigations, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, NYPD Internal Affairs, and others. They have not helped me at all. 

The only one who helped was the New York City Comptroller’s Office. Albeit, it’s a slow process and the harassment continues.

I wouldn’t go back to a homeless shelter if the city offered me ten million dollars a night to sleep there so that’s not an option. I’m lucky I made it out of the last homeless shelter in one piece. I’m not trying to press my luck. 

Furthermore, because I’m homeless it’s impossible to fully secure my possessions. 

Please advise if you have any ideas for me. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward, 

Mark Pine