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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.

A Conversation with Corey Brettschneider By: Sammy Quarrato CSI held an event in March 19th where a new book called The ...
04/29/2019
The Oath And The Office

A Conversation with Corey Brettschneider By: Sammy Quarrato CSI held an event in March 19th where a new book called The Oath And The Office was released by Corey Brettschneider, a Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University, alongside being an author, now. The College of Staten Island decided to host an event where Professor Brettschneider would inform the audience as to what his book speaks about and what it’s purpose is. [ 507 more words ]
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A Conversation with Corey Brettschneider By: Sammy Quarrato CSI held an event in March 19th where a new book called The Oath And The Office was released by Corey Brettschneider, a Professor of Poli…

NY Knicks Hope for Success in the NBA Draft Lottery By: Danny Cacace The New York Knicks have just been served their 60t...
04/28/2019
Can the New York Knicks Get Any Worse Than This?

NY Knicks Hope for Success in the NBA Draft Lottery By: Danny Cacace The New York Knicks have just been served their 60th loss of the season by the Los Angeles Clippers, and cannot wait for this season to be already over. The Knicks have been searching for some type of positivity for the past few seasons now and just cannot seem to find that beacon of hope. [ 633 more words ]
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NY Knicks Hope for Success in the NBA Draft Lottery By: Danny Cacace The New York Knicks have just been served their 60th loss of the season by the Los Angeles Clippers, and cannot wait for this se…

Potential for Success for The Yankees in 2019 By: Kenny Velez Last year, the New York Yankees got eliminated in the Amer...
04/28/2019
Rise of The Yankees

Potential for Success for The Yankees in 2019 By: Kenny Velez Last year, the New York Yankees got eliminated in the American League Division Series by the eventual World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. This year, the Yankees have a new look and aspirations to win the AL East. But at the same time, they are dealing with several injuries at the onset of their season. [ 554 more words ]
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Potential for Success for The Yankees in 2019 By: Kenny Velez Last year, the New York Yankees got eliminated in the American League Division Series by the eventual World Series Champion Boston Red …

Twitter Honey, What About You? By: Valerie Gonzalez As we all know and most likely have heard, Facebook is trying a new ...
04/28/2019
Facebook and Instagram Say Bye Hate Speech

Twitter Honey, What About You? By: Valerie Gonzalez As we all know and most likely have heard, Facebook is trying a new policy that doesn’t allow content supporting hate speech (more like content that supports white nationalism and white separatism), but hopefully by the end of the year just hate. This new policy has grown into Facebook’s plan for a long time after realizing that the rates of discrimination and violence online have increased in the past five years. [ 473 more words ]
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Twitter Honey, What About You? By: Valerie Gonzalez As we all know and most likely have heard, Facebook is trying a new policy that doesn’t allow content supporting hate speech (more like content t…

The Benefits of an Open-Curriculum By: Maxwell Velikodny College is meant to be a time of discovery, learning, enjoyment...
04/28/2019
Is an Open-Curriculum Worth it?

The Benefits of an Open-Curriculum By: Maxwell Velikodny College is meant to be a time of discovery, learning, enjoyment, and development. It is also perhaps one of the most critical years of our lives because our choices of study essentially dictate our future career paths—although not always. The majors and minors students choose in college often coincide with their career path. [ 571 more words ]
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The Benefits of an Open-Curriculum By: Maxwell Velikodny College is meant to be a time of discovery, learning, enjoyment, and development. It is also perhaps one of the most critical years of our l…

Signs You’re Insecure and Don’t Know It By: Lucia Elmi Insecurity is something we all experience from time to time, ...
04/28/2019
Are You Secretly Insecure?

Signs You’re Insecure and Don’t Know It By: Lucia Elmi Insecurity is something we all experience from time to time, some more than others. It can have a debilitating effect on our lives in many ways, including socially, personally, and career-wise. However, some people are better able to hide it from others. They can turn on that charm and walk around like they can take on anything. [ 591 more words ]
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Signs You’re Insecure and Don’t Know It By: Lucia Elmi Insecurity is something we all experience from time to time, some more than others. It can have a debilitating effect on our lives in many way…

Waiting For the Rewards Can Help With Personal Growth By: Philip Sanzone Holding off on something to gain more over time...
04/28/2019
Delaying Good Can Equal Great

Waiting For the Rewards Can Help With Personal Growth By: Philip Sanzone Holding off on something to gain more over time can reap great benefits. This can work in a relationship, a job, or even in a diet. Thinking more about future outcomes or waiting and knowing that things will turn out even better is hard in many respects and ultimately, it takes a lot of discipline. [ 567 more words ]
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Waiting For the Rewards Can Help With Personal Growth By: Philip Sanzone Holding off on something to gain more over time can reap great benefits. This can work in a relationship, a job, or even in …

The Meaning of a Baller’s Pricey Possessions By: Kyle Forbes There was a scene in the film, “Limitless,” featuring...
04/28/2019
Why Do Baller’s View Their Possessions as Toys?

The Meaning of a Baller’s Pricey Possessions By: Kyle Forbes There was a scene in the film, “Limitless,” featuring Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper. De Niro was offering Cooper a promotion and told him that he’ll be wanting a few toys. After watching the two wealthy businessman in a discussion, a question arose. The question was—why do ballers view their possessions as toys? [ 645 more words ]
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The Meaning of a Baller’s Pricey Possessions By: Kyle Forbes There was a scene in the film, “Limitless,” featuring Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper. De Niro was offering Cooper a promotion and tol…

Who Would’ve Thought Spring Break in NYC Could Be This Fun? By: Valerie Gonzalez As the semester goes on, we have more...
04/28/2019
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Who Would’ve Thought Spring Break in NYC Could Be This Fun? By: Valerie Gonzalez As the semester goes on, we have more homework, projects and if you're a senior you’re worrying about your final presentations, but that shouldn’t ever stop us from having some fun on spring break If you're staying at home for spring break and are on a budget, don’t worry! [ 590 more words ]
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Who Would’ve Thought Spring Break in NYC Could Be This Fun? By: Valerie Gonzalez As the semester goes on, we have more homework, projects and if you’re a senior you’re worrying about your fin…

Connecting Through the Individualism of Outrageous Apparel By: Summer Martinez The dating game evolves generation after ...
04/28/2019
Mutual and Ego-less Peacocking on a First Date

Connecting Through the Individualism of Outrageous Apparel By: Summer Martinez The dating game evolves generation after generation, but one thing has always remained the same—we generally tend to conform to dressing a certain way, a way in which we deem our date will likely find attractive. The style clichés of the general population of millennials, for both men and women, are that we either dress sexy for a date or lean casual, or, more likely, some combination of both. [ 638 more words ]
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Connecting Through the Individualism of Outrageous Apparel By: Summer Martinez The dating game evolves generation after generation, but one thing has always remained the same—we generally tend to c…

There is Something for Everyone By: Rachael Gath It’s comes down to when we’ll be having sex, how much sex are we ha...
04/28/2019
A Closer Look at the Colorful Spectrum of Relationships

There is Something for Everyone By: Rachael Gath It’s comes down to when we’ll be having sex, how much sex are we having, or none at all. Non-virgins seek relationships mostly for intimacy, love, and sensuality. They won’t be in a relationship knowing they wouldn’t have sex at all. Relationships are all about having that certain connection with a special person. [ 576 more words ]
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There is Something for Everyone By: Rachael Gath It’s comes down to when we’ll be having sex, how much sex are we having, or none at all. Non-virgins seek relationships mostly for intimacy, love, a…

A Conversation With Corey Brettschneider By: Sammy Quarrato  CSI held an event this March where a new book titled The Oa...
04/28/2019
The Oath and the Office Release at CSI

A Conversation With Corey Brettschneider By: Sammy Quarrato CSI held an event this March where a new book titled The Oath and the Office was released by Corey Brettschneider, a professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University. At this event, professor and author Brettschneider reinvents the civil law information that one learns in a Political Science course into a new, and relatable language. [ 492 more words ]
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A Conversation With Corey Brettschneider By: Sammy Quarrato CSI held an event this March where a new book titled The Oath and the Office was released by Corey Brettschneider, a professor of Politi…

A Visit to CSI’s Italian Open House By: Olivia Frasca  There is no better way to connect with someone and understand t...
04/28/2019
Foreign Language Opens Doors To Various Career Paths

A Visit to CSI’s Italian Open House By: Olivia Frasca There is no better way to connect with someone and understand their lifestyle than through language. This past March, CSI’s foreign language department welcomed students to their Italian Open House. The event introduced students to the Italian major and minor at the college. New York contains the highest population of Italian-Americans in the country. [ 540 more words ]
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A Visit to CSI’s Italian Open House By: Olivia Frasca There is no better way to connect with someone and understand their lifestyle than through language. This past March, CSI’s foreign language d…

CSI Takes No Responsibility After Misinforming Graduate Student By: Anthony M. Acevedo A former graduate student shared ...
04/28/2019
Student Expelled From CSI Keeps Going

CSI Takes No Responsibility After Misinforming Graduate Student By: Anthony M. Acevedo A former graduate student shared his experience with the mounting issues CSI is facing within their academic advisement department after being abruptly dropped from his graduate program in Education. Anthony Mulkay, 26, is considering becoming a pastor or deacon one day. He currently takes online seminary courses while finishing his MA in Education with Touro College. [ 764 more words ]
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CSI Takes No Responsibility After Misinforming Graduate Student By: Anthony M. Acevedo A former graduate student shared his experience with the mounting issues CSI is facing within their academic a…

When Will The Kashmiri People Live In Peace? By: Dejon Virgo  This February, Indian forces were attacked by a suicide bo...
04/28/2019
India and Pakistan Tension Over Kashmir Region

When Will The Kashmiri People Live In Peace? By: Dejon Virgo This February, Indian forces were attacked by a suicide bomber in the region of Kashmir. 40 Indian soldiers were killed. The attacker was 19 year old Adil Ahmad Dar, a member of the Islamic militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed that’s based in Pakistan. A couple days later India produced airstrikes in north western Pakistan then Pakistan shot down an Indian aircraft. [ 646 more words ]
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When Will The Kashmiri People Live In Peace? By: Dejon Virgo This February, Indian forces were attacked by a suicide bomber in the region of Kashmir. 40 Indian soldiers were killed. The attacker w…

The First Step Act: Righting The Wrongs By: Sammy Quarrato  Negative news by the mainstream media is the focus of politi...
04/28/2019
Prison Reform Bill Becomes Law

The First Step Act: Righting The Wrongs By: Sammy Quarrato Negative news by the mainstream media is the focus of politics, especially in the Trump Era where it is wall-to-wall coverage of how bad America is and how we may never come back from the depths of political hell. Yet, the mainstream media has ignored a bill that was passed by Congress months ago which states that it would release 53,000 prisoners in the next 10 years, specifically those who are in prison for low level, non-violent drugs offenses. [ 485 more words ]
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The First Step Act: Righting The Wrongs By: Sammy Quarrato Negative news by the mainstream media is the focus of politics, especially in the Trump Era where it is wall-to-wall coverage of how bad …

Staten Island Congressman Stays Silent on Mueller Report By: Shawn Abraham The highly anticipated and long-awaited 450-p...
04/28/2019
Where is Congressman Rose’s Statement?

Staten Island Congressman Stays Silent on Mueller Report By: Shawn Abraham The highly anticipated and long-awaited 450-page Mueller Report was released Thursday morning, essentially confirming what A.G. Barr, President Trump, and many of the other Trump Personnel had told us – President Trump did not collude with the Russians. A.G. Barr during the press briefing that was held that morning said, “After reviewing those contacts, the special counsel did not find any conspiracy to violate U.S. [ 387 more words ]
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Staten Island Congressman Stays Silent on Mueller Report By: Shawn Abraham The highly anticipated and long-awaited 450-page Mueller Report was released Thursday morning, essentially confirming what…

Accusations Alone Can Ruin a Legacy By: Ubong Ekpo Beginning in January, Lifetime released a six part docuseries entitle...
04/28/2019
Surviving Propaganda: Michael Jackson and R. Kelly Documentaries

Accusations Alone Can Ruin a Legacy By: Ubong Ekpo Beginning in January, Lifetime released a six part docuseries entitled “Surviving R. Kelly,” which followed the testimonies of various women that claimed to have been sexually abused by the R&B singer while they were teenagers. The series addressed his controversial relationship with the late R&B singer, Aaliyah. “Surviving R. Kelly” also addressed allegations of an alleged sex cult, where women were allegedly held captive by Kelly. [ 703 more words ]
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Accusations Alone Can Ruin a Legacy By: Ubong Ekpo Beginning in January, Lifetime released a six part docuseries entitled “Surviving R. Kelly,” which followed the testimonies of various women that …

“Pretty Woman: The Musical” Details a Different Type of Love Story By: Brooke Price  Vivian Ward works on the street...
04/28/2019
From The Streets To a Penthouse

“Pretty Woman: The Musical” Details a Different Type of Love Story By: Brooke Price Vivian Ward works on the streets of Hollywood as a prostitute, trying to make her ends meet. One day, she meets the rich and lonely Edward Lewis craving affection and emotional connection, in contrast to the typical services Vivian offers. Edward pays Vivian for a week to be his escort and she stays at his penthouse with him. [ 557 more words ]
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“Pretty Woman: The Musical” Details a Different Type of Love Story By: Brooke Price Vivian Ward works on the streets of Hollywood as a prostitute, trying to make her ends meet. One day, she meets …

Disney Continues To Grow and Gain More Franchises By: George Burkert  On Wednesday, March 20, the Disney/Fox merger was ...
04/28/2019
Disney/Fox Merger Officially Done

Disney Continues To Grow and Gain More Franchises By: George Burkert On Wednesday, March 20, the Disney/Fox merger was officially completed. Costing $71.3 billion and considered the biggest film deal in history, Disney now owns assets held by 21st Century Fox. The deal has lowered the number of big movie studios to five. Besides Disney, there is still Sony, Warner Bros., Universal, and Paramount. [ 694 more words ]
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Disney Continues To Grow and Gain More Franchises By: George Burkert On Wednesday, March 20, the Disney/Fox merger was officially completed. Costing $71.3 billion and considered the biggest film d…

This Origin Story Hits Right in All the Wrong Places By: Salvatore Cento When all of the other origin movies that we’v...
04/28/2019
“Captain Marvel” Isn’t So Marvelous

This Origin Story Hits Right in All the Wrong Places By: Salvatore Cento When all of the other origin movies that we’ve seen are released well before “Avengers Infinity War,” it is quite surprising that “Captain Marvel” is released just a month before “Endgame.” Not only that, but the release of “Captain Marvel” was already on thin ice with Brie Larson voicing her opinion about “old white dudes” being the majority of critics in this medium. [ 552 more words ]
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This Origin Story Hits Right in All the Wrong Places By: Salvatore Cento When all of the other origin movies that we’ve seen are released well before “Avengers Infinity War,” it is quite surprising…

The Hottest City in Sports Becomes Even Stronger By: Steven Aiello The city of Philadelphia has enjoyed a recent string ...
04/01/2019
Tom Brady Signs With the Philadelphia Eagles

The Hottest City in Sports Becomes Even Stronger By: Steven Aiello The city of Philadelphia has enjoyed a recent string of accomplishments with their sports teams. Since winning the Super Bowl against the Patriots, Philadelphia has seen great progress in their sports teams through the acquisitions of talented players, notably Jimmy Butler and Bryce Harper. Now, Philadelphia will enjoy the assistance of the very quarterback they defeated to win their first ever Super Bowl. [ 650 more words ]
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The Hottest City in Sports Becomes Even Stronger By: Steven Aiello The city of Philadelphia has enjoyed a recent string of accomplishments with their sports teams. Since winning the Super Bowl agai…

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