By Anna Toth
CSU Joins #WeAreIn Campaign
CSU pledged to fight climate change by joining the #WeAreStillIn Campaign, a direct response to President Donald Trump pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement, originally signed by 195 countries, aims to keep rising temperatures “well below 2 degrees Celsius” and transition to clean energy.
The U.S. was one of the countries to sign the agreement, but has made the decision to leave the Paris Agreement. The process to leave could take up to four years.
The #WeAreStillIn Campaign – signed by CSU and other local governments, states, businesses, and colleges – aims to meet the goals set forth by the Paris Agreement, despite the United States’ departure.
PNC Helps Fund Student Success
PNC has donated $765,000 to CSU to create the PNC Mentoring Program and the PNC Scholars Fund to help new and existing students.
According to CSU, the PNC Mentoring Program will help freshmen acclimate to college life by assigning mentors to the First Year Experience Seminars, a required course for CSU freshmen. Starting this semester, only five sections of the course will have mentors, but the program will expand to cover all 65 sections.
The PNC Scholars Fund will grant up to $3,000 per semester to undergraduate students who have “maxed out of financial aid” and are two semesters away from graduating, according to a statement from CSU.
Dr. Thomas Bynum Named New Director of Black Studies
Dr. Thomas Bynum, a prominent civil rights expert, will serve as director of Black Studies at CSU. According to Cleveland State, Bynum hopes to “further develop cultural initiatives” and help attain stronger partnerships with local organizations.
In a statement to CSU, Bynum said that he was “pleased” to join the university and looked forward to advancing “the tremendous efforts already being undertaken by the Black Studies program.”
Previously, Bynum served as associate professor of history and director of the African American Studies Program at Middle Tennessee State University. He also authored the book, NAACP Youth and the Fight for Black Freedom, 1936-1965.
Cheaper Parking Permit Available to Students
On August 18, Cleveland State University sent out an email announcing Economy Permits; a cheaper parking option utilizing the East 19th Street Parking Lot.
Priced at $140 per semester, the Economy Permit is valid Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The East 19th Street Lot is located at the corner of 19th Street and Central Avenue, south of the Wolstein Center.
Before this, the cheapest parking pass available was the White Permit at $180 per semester, which allowed weekday parking 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., at several lots all located a few blocks away from campus.