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Spring 2008 Contents

•CSI President Morales Gets Pay Raise, CSI Students May Pay More

•CUNY Chancellor Raises SAT Math Admission Scores to CSI & CUNY

•Look Who USED To Teach at CSI!

•Mayor Bloomberg’s Budget Cuts CUNY

•CUNY Trustee Randy Mastro Dropped

•Is CUNY Going Green?


•American Apartheid

•Phony Soldiers?

•Comrade X: The Fourth Estate & Revolution

•Rush Limbaugh for OxyContin

•CSI Peace Week

•Iraq War Index

•What's the #1 cause of global warming?




•Love Poem

•Tainted Love

•a poem

•Sin Is Only Skin Deep


•A Weeknight Out on the Town for Booze & Brains


•CSI Peace Week

•Look Who USED To Teach at CSI!

•Dark Prague


•a poem

•What's the #1 cause of global warming?



•Letters to the Editors

•Submit or Die!

•Third Rail Bullpen

•Join Third Rail

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CSI President Morales Gets Pay Raise, CSI Students May Pay More

After receiving a $10,000 a year pay raise, CSI President Tomás Morales quickly announced his support for a CUNY plan that would raise CSI tuition.

The CUNY Board of Trustees recently awarded huge raises that ranged from $10,000 to $26,000 per year to top CUNY officials. CSI President Tomás Morales received a $10,000 per year raise after less than two months on the job.  This brings his monetary salary up to $230,000 per year. In addition, CSI President Morales is further compensated with a mansion in an exclusive Staten Island neighborhood, a personal chauffeur, a car and other amenities, bringing his total approximate annual compensation to above $300,000. The increases were justified by the CUNY Board of Trustees as “performance based”, but Morales had only been President of CSI for a little over one month at the time of the increase. 

By contrast, the real wages of CSI and CUNY faculty and professional staff have declined 40% on average since 1971 (when adjusted for inflation), and there have been numerous tuition increases for students since the ending of Open Admissions. Shortly after receiving his $10,000 raise,  CSI President Morales announced his support for the CUNY Compact, a plan  that would raise tuition for CSI & CUNY  students on an annual basis. According to the CUNY Compact, tuition could rise by as much as $160 per year, for every year one registers as a student.

While the State University of New York’s (SUNY) funding from New York State has increased 35 percent since 1990, CUNY’s has actually dropped by 17 percent. That has left state funding-per-student at $5,846 at CUNY, down from $7,023 in 1990. SUNY’s per-student funding has risen from $7,855 in 1990 to $10,677 today. Ironically, those CSI and CUNY students who are receiving less support are paying far more—205% more since 1991. Tuition and student fees now represent 43.8 percent of CUNY’s revenue, up from 21.4 percent in 1991.


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