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Geuris German is a young, industrious college student who dreams of becoming a biomedical engineer, but there is a catch. His single-parent family, with an annual income of only $25,000 a year, couldn’t afford the rent on their house. They were evicted, losing most of their possessions, including a couch, china cabinet and TV. “It was hard,” said 18-year-old German, recounting that day. Yet despite his financial hardships, German managed to excel in high school and was accepted to Stony Brook University. Now he struggles to pay for college. German is one of many who is academically qualified but financially unqualified for college. According to the Department of Education, poor students with high math scores are as likely as to graduate college with a bachelor’s degree (41 percent) as rich students with low scores. The probable cause? The average cost of tuition, fees and room and board rose 10 percent…

Undocumented children in America who aspire of one day attending college may never see their dreams become a reality. President-elect Donald Trump has signaled in one of his debate speeches, that once he takes office, he may rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that makes thousands of illegal immigrants eligible for affordable college education.  Trump’s potential decision embodies a sentiment that has gripped America since its inception: anti-immigration.   DACA, an executive policy passed by President Obama in 2012, grants Social Security numbers (SSN) to undocumented children , allowing them access to financial aid and work permits. There are over 3,500 undocumented immigrants in New York who are recent high school graduates. But only five to 10 percent of these students have been granted a SSN and can now afford to attend college, according to the American Immigration Council website. The federal government has issued 844,931 DACA…

On a Saturday morning in Brooklyn, 11 teenage boys sit around in a circle harmonizing sounds. They use  their mouths, hands, pencils and even a piece of hard Starburst candy against classroom desks. “Now that was better than last time,” Program Instructor Samuel Lee, says. This isn’t a traditional Saturday school session. The students aren’t sitting in neatly aligned rows or studying for the SAT. Instead, the teacher gives each student an hour to make a minute-long instrumental for a TV show of his or her choice, using only AudioTool, an online studio program. They’re enrolled in a non-profit organization called Building Beats. Building Beats is a program that teaches life and entrepreneurial skills to underserved youth through the art of DJing and digital music production. Every Saturday, the nonprofit organization Building Beats holds a workshop in collaboration with the homeless youth outreach program Safe In My Brothers Arms (S.I.M.B.A).…

Ohio Governor John Kasich is the first presidential candidate to visit Long Island ahead of the New York Republican primary on April 19. He made two appearances, one at Hofstra University and another in Huntington. Kasich answered numerous questions ranging from women’s health to higher education and gun control. He also responded to a comment about his lack of coverage by media outlets. “How can you claim to be a candidate for women and families when you defunded Planned Parenthood in Ohio, your home state,” asked a Hofstra student attending the event. “I think the organization has discredited itself,” Kasich said in response, “We’re not going to reduce funding for women’s health, there’s no way we’re going to do that. We’re going to have other entities like hospitals where people can go and get what they want.” Kasich continued by citing his increase in Ohio’s Medicaid program, which he states…