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The Banner has been providing students with Campus and Staten Island news since 1993. The Banner is entirely run by undergraduate students; all business management is also conducted mainly through undergraduate student members of The Banner publication in junction with the CSI Association. The Banner publishes bi-weekly – distributing to all buildings on the College of Staten Island campus – and publishes daily online. The Banner holds weekly ‘pitch’ meetings at its office located at 1C-228 every Thursday at 2:30 PM. If you wish to talk to an editor before attending a meeting, email the Banner at [email protected] or drop by the office to check editor availability times.

Mission: The Banner covers a variety of topics pertaining to the five boroughs and New York state and strives to deliver a comprehensive ‘student’ perspective on everything from urban culture to political movements. Fostering student journalism while delivering thought-provoking and inquisitive view on culture, politics and more.

Student’s Thoughts on the Updated Grading Policy for This Semester By: Carlos Glick On March 30, 2020, the CUNY Board of...
05/14/2020
Credit/No Credit CUNY Grading Policy

Student’s Thoughts on the Updated Grading Policy for This Semester By: Carlos Glick On March 30, 2020, the CUNY Board of Trustees approved the following policy; “During the Spring 2020 semester, all students shall have the option to convert any or all of the (A-F) letter grades they earn in their classes, to Credit/No Credit policy.” What does this mean? Vice President Jennifer Borrero sums it up perfectly. [ 468 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/05/14/credit-no-credit-cuny-grading-policy/

Student’s Thoughts on the Updated Grading Policy for This Semester By: Carlos Glick On March 30, 2020, the CUNY Board of Trustees approved the following policy; “During the Spring 2020 semester, al…

Support the Community and Celebrate Essential Workers  By: Olivia Frasca Although the COVID-19 outbreak has banned in-pe...
05/14/2020
Here’s How You Can Help Out On Staten Island

Support the Community and Celebrate Essential Workers By: Olivia Frasca Although the COVID-19 outbreak has banned in-person gatherings and forced social distancing measures, Staten Islanders have been coming together in a different way to support health care workers, local businesses, and each other. The past few months have shown the importance of essential workers and first responders in providing necessary services to our community. [ 429 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/05/14/heres-how-you-can-help-out-on-staten-island/

Support the Community and Celebrate Essential Workers By: Olivia Frasca Although the COVID-19 outbreak has banned in-person gatherings and forced social distancing measures, Staten Islanders have …

The Surprising Way Automobile Companies are Contributing to the Corona-Relief Effort By: Claudia Buonsante The Coronavir...
05/14/2020
From Vehicles to Ventilators

The Surprising Way Automobile Companies are Contributing to the Corona-Relief Effort By: Claudia Buonsante The Coronavirus outbreak poses challenges to every sector of our economy. Whether you are an essential worker braving public exposure, an employee who’s been laid off, or one of our healthcare heroes working on the front lines, COVID has touched us all. It is important that we take a moment to recognize the achievements of several automobile manufacturers that have adapted to the crisis and kept their workers employed. [ 454 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/05/14/from-vehicles-to-ventilators/

The Surprising Way Automobile Companies are Contributing to the Corona-Relief Effort By: Claudia Buonsante The Coronavirus outbreak poses challenges to every sector of our economy. Whether you are …

Wholesome TikTok Trends to Try at Home By: Veronica Pistek Being stuck inside doesn’t have to be all that bad...especial...
05/14/2020
Stuck Inside with Love

Wholesome TikTok Trends to Try at Home By: Veronica Pistek Being stuck inside doesn’t have to be all that bad...especially when you have TikTok. With the ever growing boredom boom happening, TikTok is at the forefront of viral challenges, dance-offs, and wholesome family content. “TikTok is not just a collection of videos, it’s truly a community where people get to be innovative and authentic,” according to Tik Tok’s Head of User and Product Operations Seth Melnick during a Zoom workshop I had the privilege of attending. [ 564 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/05/14/stuck-inside-with-love/

Wholesome TikTok Trends to Try at Home By: Veronica Pistek Being stuck inside doesn’t have to be all that bad…especially when you have TikTok. With the ever growing boredom boom happening, Ti…

One World: Together At Home By: Valerie Gonzalez For those who don’t know, Global Citizen is a movement of engaged citiz...
05/14/2020
The Concert We Wanted to Attend, But Have on Our Computers

One World: Together At Home By: Valerie Gonzalez For those who don’t know, Global Citizen is a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end and fight problems that involve everyone around the globe, like poverty. This organization has put together a massive concert to raise support for those affected by coronavirus. On April 18th, the Global Citizen organization put together what at least three generations will remember as the best concert they’ve attended. [ 339 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/05/14/the-concert-we-wanted-to-attend-but-have-on-our-computers/

One World: Together At Home By: Valerie Gonzalez For those who don’t know, Global Citizen is a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end and fight problems that invol…

Fortune Feimster Makes a Hilarious Return With Her New Comedy Special By: Brooke Price For those who don’t know, Fortune...
05/14/2020
Swim Practice, a Love for Hooters and More in “Sweet and Salty”

Fortune Feimster Makes a Hilarious Return With Her New Comedy Special By: Brooke Price For those who don’t know, Fortune Feimster is a hilarious comedian from North Carolina. Her most recent comedy special was released on Netflix back in January and is always great to watch for a laugh. In her special, Feimster discussed her childhood and upbringing living in the South as well as her eventual coming out. [ 480 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/05/14/swim-practice-a-love-for-hooters-and-more-in-sweet-and-salty/

Fortune Feimster Makes a Hilarious Return With Her New Comedy Special By: Brooke Price For those who don’t know, Fortune Feimster is a hilarious comedian from North Carolina. Her most recent comedy…

The Banner Staff’s Personal Picks By: Lauren M. Silverman For many, quarantine means having a lot of extra free time. Th...
05/14/2020
Got Time? Read a Book!

The Banner Staff’s Personal Picks By: Lauren M. Silverman For many, quarantine means having a lot of extra free time. This can be stressful—after chores and other responsibilities are finished, the possibilities are overwhelmingly endless. Whether you’re a lifelong literature fan or someone looking for a new hobby, reading is an excellent escape while you’re stuck in the house. Here are some personal picks from The Banner staff, guaranteed to fulfill your literary needs from positive tales to riveting thrillers. [ 335 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/05/14/got-time-read-a-book/

The Banner Staff’s Personal Picks By: Lauren M. Silverman For many, quarantine means having a lot of extra free time. This can be stressful—after chores and other responsibilities are finished, the…

Kind Words and Quarantine Activities for Mental Health Awareness Month By: Sabrina Benet Millions of people face the rea...
05/14/2020
A Plethora of Positivity

Kind Words and Quarantine Activities for Mental Health Awareness Month By: Sabrina Benet Millions of people face the reality of dealing with mental health issues worldwide. On behalf of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, The Banner is celebrating by reaching out to our readers to ask if they would like to share any inspiring words and what they are doing in quarantine to keep busy! [ 762 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/05/14/a-plethora-of-positivity/

Kind Words and Quarantine Activities for Mental Health Awareness Month By: Sabrina Benet Millions of people face the reality of dealing with mental health issues worldwide. On behalf of May being M…

Six Feet Apart Birthday Celebrations  By: Veronica Pistek Ever since quarantine commenced around the world in March, all...
05/14/2020
The One Where I’m…Quarantined?

Six Feet Apart Birthday Celebrations By: Veronica Pistek Ever since quarantine commenced around the world in March, all Pisces, Aries, and Taurus babies have had to spend their birthdays inside their homes. Though this seemed lonely and uneventful at first, people proved that they could make the best of their special days with limited resources. Many people were unique in their approach to celebrating. [ 555 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/05/14/the-one-where-im-quarantined/

Six Feet Apart Birthday Celebrations By: Veronica Pistek Ever since quarantine commenced around the world in March, all Pisces, Aries, and Taurus babies have had to spend their birthdays inside th…

At-Home Happy Hour for Dummies By: Valerie Gonzalez Our normal is not normal anymore. Many of us miss rushing to happy h...
05/14/2020
We Stayed Home, But Happy Hour Won’t Stop!

At-Home Happy Hour for Dummies By: Valerie Gonzalez Our normal is not normal anymore. Many of us miss rushing to happy hour after a long day at work or class (if you’re 21+). For some people, happy hour was that one thing they would look forward to at the end of the week. Covid-19 has cancelled many things, and we have been trying to change and adapt with the situation. [ 384 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/05/14/we-stayed-home-but-happy-hour-wont-stop/

At-Home Happy Hour for Dummies By: Valerie Gonzalez Our normal is not normal anymore. Many of us miss rushing to happy hour after a long day at work or class (if you’re 21+). For some people, happy…

Can We Bury Grief While Carrying It?  By: Sidney Mansueto Without a single warning that a crisis was going to threaten s...
05/14/2020
A Frantic Flare: Putting COVID-19 Anxiety to Rest

Can We Bury Grief While Carrying It? By: Sidney Mansueto Without a single warning that a crisis was going to threaten society, the novel coronavirus disease was declared a pandemic. I was sitting in my World Literature class when my professor started talking about the possibility of schools closing, and I felt uncertain and worried upon hearing this. “How will I continue my studies and adapt to this situation all at once?” I thought as my worry lines appeared and my blood pressure sharpened. [ 680 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/05/14/a-frantic-flare-putting-covid-19-anxiety-to-rest/

Can We Bury Grief While Carrying It? By: Sidney Mansueto Without a single warning that a crisis was going to threaten society, the novel coronavirus disease was declared a pandemic. I was sitting …

Bring Happiness to Your Home By Adopting a Furry Best Friend, and Hurry As Shelters Clear Out! By: Amanda Bengard It see...
05/14/2020
Adopt a Shelter Pet While Sheltering In Place

Bring Happiness to Your Home By Adopting a Furry Best Friend, and Hurry As Shelters Clear Out! By: Amanda Bengard It seems like everyone is struggling during this time of quarantine. Stuck in the house is not the ideal way we pictured spending the months in full bloom. Clinging to positivity can be a challenge when everyday looks the same and the feeling of helplessness is overwhelming. [ 439 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/05/14/adopt-a-shelter-pet-while-sheltering-in-place/

Bring Happiness to Your Home By Adopting a Furry Best Friend, and Hurry As Shelters Clear Out! By: Amanda Bengard It seems like everyone is struggling during this time of quarantine. Stuck in the h…

This Michael Jordan Documentary Shines a Light for All that Need it By: Danny Cacace “The Last Dance” will bring the new...
05/14/2020
Why “The Last Dance” Will be Worth Watching

This Michael Jordan Documentary Shines a Light for All that Need it By: Danny Cacace “The Last Dance” will bring the newcomer fans of the NBA up to speed with Michael Jordan’s greatness and it is also going to benefit charities Jordan supports. According to si.com, “$0, the amount Jordan will bank from The Last Dance. He’s donating his entire share of the proceeds, which should reach at least $3 million to $4 million to charitable causes.” [ 698 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/05/14/why-the-last-dance-will-be-worth-watching/

This Michael Jordan Documentary Shines a Light for All that Need it By: Danny Cacace “The Last Dance” will bring the newcomer fans of the NBA up to speed with Michael Jordan’s greatness and it is a…

How CSI Professors are Adjusting to Distance Learning By: Sabrina Benet  This unprecedented time has brought us a lot of...
04/30/2020
A Learning Curve for Professors

How CSI Professors are Adjusting to Distance Learning By: Sabrina Benet This unprecedented time has brought us a lot of challenges not only as a country but as a community and a school. Governor Andrew Cuomo decided as of March 12th that it was necessary to close CUNY campuses in order to protect the health and safety of its faculty, students, and visitors. [ 574 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/04/30/a-learning-curve-for-professors/

How CSI Professors are Adjusting to Distance Learning By: Sabrina Benet This unprecedented time has brought us a lot of challenges not only as a country but as a community and a school. Governor A…

The Latest on Campus News and Resources  By: Olivia Frasca On April 14, President William Fritz sent an email to the CSI...
04/30/2020
Flattening the Curve at CSI

The Latest on Campus News and Resources By: Olivia Frasca On April 14, President William Fritz sent an email to the CSI community and announced that plans to build a temporary hospital at the Willowbrook campus have been suspended. The decision is consistent with reports of decreasing hospitalizations from COVID-19 in recent days. Governor Cuomo visited prospective sites to convert into temporary hospitals as cases of the virus approached their peak. [ 498 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/04/30/flattening-the-curve-at-csi/

The Latest on Campus News and Resources By: Olivia Frasca On April 14, President William Fritz sent an email to the CSI community and announced that plans to build a temporary hospital at the Will…

As COVID-19 runs its course, Americans worry about how to pay their bills By: Sabrina Benet As our lives continue to dra...
04/30/2020
The Future Cash Payments and What Unemployment has In Store

As COVID-19 runs its course, Americans worry about how to pay their bills By: Sabrina Benet As our lives continue to drastically change daily, it is common to worry about getting by both health-wise and financially. While stimulus checks are rolling out to those who qualify, the government is thinking of a more widespread plan to send cash to Americans. [ 467 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/04/30/the-future-cash-payments-and-what-unemployment-has-in-store/

As COVID-19 runs its course, Americans worry about how to pay their bills By: Sabrina Benet   As our lives continue to drastically change daily, it is common to worry about getting by both hea…

A Variety of Music to Keep You Going By: Lauren M. Silverman Looking to expand your musical horizons in quarantine? The ...
04/30/2020
Personal Picks: A Banner Playlist

A Variety of Music to Keep You Going By: Lauren M. Silverman Looking to expand your musical horizons in quarantine? The Banner staff has compiled a list of our current favorites and packed it into one fresh playlist, just for you! The songs in this playlist range from atmospheric chill-out tunes to upbeat hits, all guaranteed to match whatever mood you’re in. You can find the playlist here.
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/04/30/personal-picks-a-banner-playlist/

A Variety of Music to Keep You Going By: Lauren M. Silverman   Looking to expand your musical horizons in quarantine? The Banner staff has compiled a list of our current favorites and packed i…

Timbaland and Swizz Beatz do it for the culture while the world is on lockdown By: Ubong Ekpo The worldwide lockdown due...
04/30/2020
Hip Hop and R&B ‘Verzuz’ battles takeover Instagram during Coronavirus Quarantine

Timbaland and Swizz Beatz do it for the culture while the world is on lockdown By: Ubong Ekpo The worldwide lockdown due to the Coronavirus has birthed new forms of entertainment. Instagram in particular has become a social safe haven with it’s live stream features now maximized. Rappers such as Lil Boosie and Tory Lanez have managed to turn their quarantine to online versions of strip clubs, while legendary producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland created the series entitled ‘Verzuz’. [ 442 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/04/30/hip-hop-and-rb-verzuz-battles-takeover-instagram-during-coronavirus-quarantine/

Timbaland and Swizz Beatz do it for the culture while the world is on lockdown By: Ubong Ekpo The worldwide lockdown due to the Coronavirus has birthed new forms of entertainment. Instagram in par…

A Group of Teenagers Discover That Their Parents are Villains By: Carlos Glick “Runaways” is a show owned by Marvel Stud...
04/30/2020
Marvel Comics’ Runaways Comes to Life

A Group of Teenagers Discover That Their Parents are Villains By: Carlos Glick “Runaways” is a show owned by Marvel Studios and is based on the Marvel Comics. After discovering that their parents are supervillains in disguise, a group of six teenagers band together to run away from their homes in order to atone for their parents’ actions, leading them to discover the secrets of their origins. [ 617 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/04/30/marvel-comics-runaways-comes-to-life/

A Group of Teenagers Discover That Their Parents are Villains By: Carlos Glick “Runaways” is a show owned by Marvel Studios and is based on the Marvel Comics. After discovering that their parents a…

“90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days” Provides Viewers with an Inside Look at the Trials and Tribulations of Long-Distance...
04/30/2020
Different Lifestyles, Beliefs and Potential Catfish, Will Love Prevail?

“90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days” Provides Viewers with an Inside Look at the Trials and Tribulations of Long-Distance Relationships By: Brooke Price “90 Day Fiancé” is a reality show that centers on an American falling in love with someone from another country. The show focuses on how the couples interact and adapt to the lifestyles when they meet their partners in real life and travel to their country. [ 693 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/04/30/different-lifestyles-beliefs-and-potential-catfish-will-love-prevail/

“90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days” Provides Viewers with an Inside Look at the Trials and Tribulations of Long-Distance Relationships By: Brooke Price “90 Day Fiancé” is a reality show that center…

By: Jolie V. Gutierrez I can’t help it. I can’t control it, even if I try. Everything moves  in slow motion. Everything ...
04/30/2020
Blink

By: Jolie V. Gutierrez I can’t help it. I can’t control it, even if I try. Everything moves in slow motion. Everything behind you is a blur. It’s you, me, a bench and a smile. I run my finger on your souls’ silhouette while you undress my layers. I am soft and big eyed. You close your eyes, and I adjust, [ 45 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/04/30/blink/

By: Jolie V. Gutierrez   I can’t help it. I can’t control it, even if I try. Everything moves in slow motion. Everything behind you is a blur. It’s you, me, a bench and a smile. I run my fin…

By: Jolie V. Gutierrez She ran past me and straight into our mother’s arms. Spoke between breaths and gulps of water.  S...
04/30/2020
Catch me if you can

By: Jolie V. Gutierrez She ran past me and straight into our mother’s arms. Spoke between breaths and gulps of water. Sugarcoated rust on wired fences, fresh paint over the cellar door. I took the car keys and left through the back door. I left it open in case I needed to come back. Dust covered ignition and bottles of beer in the back seat. [ 179 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/04/30/catch-me-if-you-can/

By: Jolie V. Gutierrez   She ran past me and straight into our mother’s arms. Spoke between breaths and gulps of water. Sugarcoated rust on wired fences, fresh paint over the cellar door. I …

By: Jolie V. Gutierrez Sober during my depression, but I need another pill to sleep.  One more dream, where I see my lov...
04/30/2020
Someone said Checkmate

By: Jolie V. Gutierrez Sober during my depression, but I need another pill to sleep. One more dream, where I see my lover and I feel their heartbeat. Monday morning coffee, where I can hug my coworker without apologizing for touching them. Everlasting life, its spring break, who cares, right? Obliviate my new year of existence, blow out my candles for me, so I can mourn the dead. [ 153 more words ]
http://thebannercsi.com/2020/04/30/someone-said-checkmate/

By: Jolie V. Gutierrez   Sober during my depression, but I need another pill to sleep. One more dream, where I see my lover and I feel their heartbeat. Monday morning coffee, where I can hug …

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