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LaGuardia in The Times

LaGuardia Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY), is regularly featured in The New York Times—indisputably among the leading newspapers worldwide.

Following are highlights—articles written by Ginia Bellafante, Elizabeth A. Harris, David W. Chen, Alex Vadukul, among additional New York Times journalists, which have shed light on the successes and struggles of LaGuardia students, a majority of whom have family incomes of less than $25,000 annually. Additional articles have spotlighted LaGuardia’s accomplished faculty, given LaGuardia President Gail O. Mellow a national platform to spread understanding of the role of community colleges in higher education, and more.


A Young Poet Loses His Rhythm and Finds His Voice

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Hermes Rosa Jr., 20, outside the apartment he shares with his mother and four siblings in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Credit: Amr Alfiky for The New York Times

Hermes Rosa Jr. “dropped out of the 11th grade in 2012, after what he described as a manic episode in his principal’s office during which he broke down in tears, left the building and went home.… The four years that followed were dark; he ‘tapped out of life,’ he said.… In September, Mr. Rosa started as a full-time student at LaGuardia Community College, where he plans to focus on video and media arts. That same month, he wrote a poem called ‘Precious Language’ about self-realization and the power of words. ‘Ambitious, fictitious, reminiscent of yesterday or perhaps a better day,’ he read aloud. ‘I wish there was more to see and less to say.’ As he continued, his words crescendoed and his voice strengthened: ‘I’m just me and who I choose to be.’”

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