Petition Against Tuition Increases


As many of you know, I have been a vocal opponent of tuition increases since day one. This year, the SUNY Board of Trustees voted (yet again) to raise tuition to the maximum legal limit. I was one of two “no” votes. This is the sixth time in seven years that tuition has been increased at our state-operated campuses, and untold times at our community colleges.

Now is the time to bring our advocacy to the state level. I released a statement yesterday detailing a provision called “Maintenance of Effort,” a commitment from the state to provide critical additional investment to SUNY schools in the future. It passed both the State Assembly and Senate with bi-partisan support. Now it’s up to Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign it. However, there’s a problem…

He’s vetoed this exact provision before. 

That’s why we decided to launch a statewide activism initiative starting off with this petition. In it, we call for the Governor to make good on New York’s promise of opportunity and sign this critical bill immediately. Please take 15 seconds to sign on and share.

Your commitment to this effort could be the difference between a decade of tuition hikes and finally securing some of the funding we need to thrive as a system. I’m hoping you can sign on and commit to spreading this throughout your networks. As always, we are incredibly grateful for your support in our mission to make SUNY the best it can be.

Presidents, please share this with your student governments and consider endorsing on behalf of your SGA.

Please reach out with any questions.


Marc J. Cohen

President, Student Assembly of the State University of New York
Trustee, State University of New York
Student Assembly of The State University of New York
State University Plaza – Albany, NY 12246
Tel: 518.320.1288   Fax: 518.320.1557 Twitter: @MarcCohenNY

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Volunteer Opportunity at Enriched Housing Program

Good day,

My name is Belinda Balan and I am responsible for the Enriched Housing Program at Ken-Ton Presbyterian Village. This senior apartment is located at 3735 Delaware Ave, Kenmore, NY 14217. We have residents from 65 years old and over. We are regulated by DOH and provide case management, personal care, nutritional services and social activities. We are looking for student groups interested in having inter-generational programs at our facility. The goal is to create meaningful relationships, have fun while learning life lessons. Anyone interested in setting up an activity and/or workshop, please feel free to contact me.

Belinda Balan

Becker Farms CSA

Wellness Education Services is helping to host the Becker Farms Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  They will have a limited amount of free fresh produce available for students on Thursdays between 1:30 and 5:00pm on a first-come, first-served basis. There may still be some produce available on Fridays as well (lettuce, onions, kale, strawberries).  Students can stop by 114 Student Union and take anything that is available free of charge.


ABD Journal ~ Call for Papers

Dear UB Graduate Students,

ABD is an interdisciplinary student journal that was created by graduate students in the departments of Anthropology and Linguistics at the University at Buffalo. After helping produce a successful fourth volume last year, we are excited to begin accepting submissions for next year’s volume.

The theme for the upcoming volume is “Reflections on Public Engagement and the Reception of Anthropological Research”. We encourage interested graduate students from anthropology, linguistics, and other social science disciplines to submit abstracts exploring this theme. Students do not need to be from the University at Buffalo. We welcome submissions from students at other universities and encourage UB students to share this call for papers with their colleagues.

Those interested may submit an abstract of 250 words or less to Hannah Quaintance at no later than September 15, 2017. Please find the full call for papers attached.

All the best,

ABD Editors
Hannah Quaintance (editor-in-chief and archaeology editor)
Ariel Noffke (cultural anthropology editor)
Amandine Eriksen (physical/biological editor)
Stephanie Evers (linguistics editor)