Manhattan College announces new public health major


There is now a new major available for Manhattan College students who are both civically and medically minded: public health. It will feature two tracks: community health and health care administration.

Students studying community health will focus on improving health outcomes in the communities they live and work in. Along with hands-on medical care, students can learn about biostatistics, environmental health and health services administration.

It’s common for public health students to go on to become social workers, health educators, or nurses.

Bronx County consistently ranks last in terms of healthy populations among New York’s 62 counties.


SAR students make a splash

Volunteer work is a key part of being a student at Salanter Akiba Riverdale High School. Students of all grades are expected to take part in such charitable efforts not just all over the Bronx, but beyond.

SAR juniors did their part in December when they traveled to Egg Harbor Township across the river to pitch in at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Students packed food, ready to have it shipped out across the state.

It wasn’t all work, though. The school’s Twitter account posted videos of the students flexing their muscles and their aim at a range in nearby Cherry Hill where they threw axes.


Bronx Science junior set for senate youth program

Edie Fine, a junior at the Bronx High School of Science, was one of 100 high school students from around the United States invited to attend the 58th U.S. Senate Youth Program.

Fine will join students from every state and Washington to spend a week in the nation’s capital getting an up-close look at the inner workings of the federal government. Students will be able to watch policy addresses from major players in U.S. politics and attend meetings.

Not only are all expenses paid, but each student like Fine also receives a $10,000 scholarship to apply toward an undergraduate degree.

Organizers hope the program encourages young people to pursue history or politics when they enter college.


Lehman educates students, community members

As part of CUNY’s efforts to push census education and engagement, Lehman College held its second census panel in a series leading up to the beginning of the once–a-decade population count.

“Fact Check: The Census in the Age of Trump” brought together representatives from the New York Immigration Coalition, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and Ese Olumhense, a Bronx reporter for The City blog.

Panelists addressed the fear among immigrant communities after the Trump administration proposed adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, and the real concerns about the ramifications of a miscount.

Some CUNY students will work directly with the U.S. Census Bureau, educating their neighborhoods and communities both on campus and off, hoping to raise awareness in what have been historically undercounted areas.