Here are some of the links to the stories I have covered for my school, York College.

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Digital Photojournalism: YORK STUDENT SAYS THAT HE TAKES A RELAXED APPROACH TO STUDYING FOR FINALS Story and Photo by Taylor Jacobs Just before #finalsweek is underway, the halls of York are filled with tense students anticipating the last stretch before summer break. Benjamin Commodore, 22, Senior, and aviation management major of Bronx, NY says, "I just try to take it easy. Everything that I need to study is on my iPad," as he sits waiting for a group member to begin preparing for a mock international trade assignment. “Physics takes a lot of my time of all of my four classes. That's the only class I'm struggling with,” Benjamin says about his experience so far this semester. “For now school is my only focus, thankfully I’m graduating next semester” and as for the future, he plans on getting an MBA at Embry Riddele in Florida. “Before then, I’m definitely going to take a break from school,” he says. #yorkjournalism #students #collegelife #finals #aviation

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Smartphone Journalism YORK SENIOR SAYS THAT NEW SEATING IS A GOOD START FOR MANY MORE IMPROVEMENTS TO COME Story and Photo by: Taylor Jacobs This past semester has brought about many changes on the York Campus from the closing of the bookstore, the added seating areas, and most recently the remodeled entrance near the faculty dining room. All of these changes have received mixed feelings from the student body. “This is very convenient,” says Adria Evans, a senior and political science major who resides in Rosedale. It has been two years since Adria has transferred to York from BMCC and as far as she is concerned this effort is “a nice start and a positive gesture but there is a lot more that needs to be done,” she says. A couple of the concerns that Adria emphasizes is the escalators that never seem to be operating and the school bookstore closing. “Let’s just say I am glad to be graduating this semester because I cannot imagine a semester without the bookstore, it is going to be mayhem. This all just makes me wonder, what all of our fees are going toward,” Adria says. “Take this time seriously. It is important that you start to pitch in more,” Adria says in an address to continuing and upcoming students encouraging them to contribute and make their voices heard. #yorkjournalism #yorkcollege #graduate #students #studentlife #collegelife

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Smartphone Journalism IN LIGHT OF CAMPUS CHANGES, YORK STUDENT SAYS STUDENTS AND FACULTY ARE EQUALLY HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE NEED TO FURTHER IMPROVE CAMPUS CONDITIONS Photo and Story By: Taylor Jacobs With #finalsweek right around the corner students were recently surprised with the unexpected appearance of new fixtures spread around the second-floor court area, and the consensus seems to be that though this offers more convenience for everyone, the extra seating and plugs is long overdue. Chaz Woods, 22, junior, elementary school tutor, Aviation management major who resides in Richmond Hills says “if you forget the adapter to your charger, you can use the USB ports on the outlets. It is a nice touch [but] this is the first time I’ve seen changes in the four years I have been here.” Chaz says that students should be privileged with comfortable couches and other nice things to motivate them to want to be around campus. “Those chairs” he says as he points at the cushioned leather seats along the windows near the main entrance by the statue, “use to be okay in the beginning but now they are not comfortable at all and they remind me of airport chairs.” Chaz also argues that though a lot of administrative changes need to be made, something can also be said about each student’s responsibility to maintain these school amenities. “There should definitely be a balance,” he says. #yorkjournalism #yorkcollege #students #campuslife #endofsemester

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Smartphone Journalism NEW ADDITIONS TO YORK TRIGGERS A LARGER DISCUSSION ON CAMPUS ISSUES Photo and Story by: Taylor Jacobs When asked about thoughts on the new seats and outlets in the open court of the second floor Preen Kur, 21, a social work major and Upper Junior from Richmond Hills says passively, “this is a good thing, now more people can sit." After taking a quick intermission to snap a selfie with a friend who accompanied her at one of the new tables, Preen continues, “This is my first time sitting here and I happened to come over just to lounge in between classes.” Preen has attended York for four years and despite the recent efforts made she still expresses criticism for the operations and maintenance of the school over the course of her time here. “There needs to be proper changes made. The people who run for student government, I do not see what they are responsible for because I see no difference. It is like they just want something to add to their resume. I feel that if you are going to run for an important position, you need to make specific changes,” Preen says. According to Preen, York has a bad reputation compared to other CUNY campuses and among students she knows who attend the other sister institutions. “Other schools are (set up) a lot nicer and here looks like a prison,” she says. Preen adds that if it were up to her, one of the improvements she would make a priority is the food offered on campus. “The food is way too overpriced and there aren’t enough options. The healthier choices are more expensive when it should be the opposite in order to promote better eating habits for students. It would also be nice to have an official Starbucks because I do not think this one is affiliated with the actual chain. I have a lot of gift cards and I am not able to use them,” she says comically, in closing. #yorkjournalism #endofsemester #campuslife #campuscafe #students

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Smartphone Journalism SENIOR HOPEFUL THAT YORK WILL CONTINUE TO BE IMPROVED FOR FUTURE STUDENTS Photo and Story By: Taylor Jacobs There have been some new additions to the second-floor court of York’s Campus which include metal tables and chairs along with extra seating areas positioned on the base of the single stairwell that spirals up toward the third floor. Accompanied with these seats are additional outlets near the foot of them. Priscilla Tenkorang, a Health Science Major from Bronx, NY says “I feel really good about these additions. It should have been happened. I have been attending York since 2011. It is funny because I recently had a meeting with president Keizs. I told her it was a really good school but some things could still be better. Though I’m graduating this semester, I hope that things could improve. Little problems can be better. I visited John Jay and the way that it is set up is better and more seating is available. So, when I saw this I was so happy.” #yorkcollege #endofsemester #graduate #campuslife

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Smartphone Journalism STUDENT EXPRESSES APPREHENSION FOR THE CLOSING OF YORK'S BOOKSTORE Story and Photo by: Taylor Jacobs York College is one of 14 Cuny schools that is saying goodbye to their on-campus book stores and opting for an online alternative. Students will now have to purchase their books solely online but what does this mean for the students? Shadia Islam, 19, a sophomore and Health Science major from Ozone Park feels that the bookstores are still a commodity for college students and are worth keeping around. "Everything is automated so I understand why this is happening but we can't just depend on online (platforms) because we will always need somewhere physical to go to. Plus, I don't know, I just have a feeling that this will also cause the prices of the books to raise," says Islam. As we all know, the digital age is upon us and everything as we know it is steadily advancing but Shadia poses the question as to whether certain attempts to innovate new and improved ways to convenience everyday life is actually complicating things. #yorkjournalism #cunyyorkcollege #cunyqueens #collegelife #smartphonejournalism #bookstores

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The story above and other local and campus news can also be seen on York College’s online news website:

York Reacts: Barnes and Nobel replaced by Online Based Book Store Fall Semester 2017

Smartphone Journalism BlIZZARD VERSUS SPRING By Taylor Jacobs Photo By Taylor Jacobs Ludny Jean-Alcime a sophomore with a major in Political Science and a minor in Prelaw from East Flatbush weighs in on tuesday's blizzard. The snow that called for a state of emergency a little less than a week ago is now melting as sun is shining on this first day of spring. Ludny says, "This weather is bipolar but I'm not surprised given the pattern of the weather within the last few years. I remember one summer in 2013 I walked outside and it was so cold. This winter I've suffered three colds that were very severe because of the up and down temperatures. One day it will be perfectly fine and then it drastically changes so it's hard to know what to wear." For the last few years now since the notorious hurricane, Sandy swept through with a vengeance, New Yorkers have been experiencing some pretty odd weather patterns that are far from the predictable, blistering cold winters and the scorching hot summers the city is used to. "The weather is so unpredictable that you have to ask whether you can even rely on the weather channels anymore because even they're not always accurate. Your best bet is to go outside and check yourself. I have multiple obligations between school, work, my internship, and church so I'm really expected to be available and the weather threatens that sometimes. I think Mayor de Blasio makes decisions to shut things down too soon. If all modes of transportation are shut down how are people supposed to get where they need to go. I understand it's out of precaution but maybe the way weather is gaged should be improved a little. The previous snow day we had was not as bad as projected so it could have resumed as a normal business day. I am really just concerned with why this is happening. This all just goes to show that Global warming is really in effect. Everyone jokes that the weather is due to Trump being in office but it is time to stop entertaining the jokes and find out the real cause behind these things," Ludny adds. #yorkjournalism #blizzard2017 #firstdayofspring #cellphonejournalism

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