Daily News from New York, New York on September 29, 1981 · 169
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Daily News from New York, New York · 169

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Tuesday, September 29, 1981
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Staten Island Daily News, Tuesday, September 29, 1981 (Stmf fkni s& rift Acs fttiro - ira ffzPlfo IS fl BUI By MARY ENGELS The City University of New York has committed funds for a special site study for the College of Staten Island, according to Dr. Edmund Volpe, president of the college. Volpe said yesterday that he is working with the vice chancellor of City U to submit a list of architects and planners to look at three sites being considered for the college. - The sites are: Ocean Breeze, on a plot which is vacant and the university owns; Sunnyside, where the present campus is located and also owned by the . university; and the Stapleton waterfront. The Stapleton site is the one favored by Volpe. "LOCATING THE COLLEGE in Stapleton, I feel, would give it a new lease on life," said Volpe. "It would also stabilize an important community which could become again a major business section. "In addition, its excellent waterfront location would be exciting for the college." The Stapleton site's convenience to all transportation makes "it an excellent location," the college president stated. Volpe hopes to begin interviewing prospective architects for the site study within the next two weeks. "We want to have some decision from them by the spring, so that we can begin planning for whatever site is chosen," he said. "It's not academically feasible to continue the way we are now with two separate campuses. "It makes it very difficult to run a fine united program when one campus is in Sunnyside. One, I might add, that was built as a two-year campus for 2,500 students. And the other campus in St. George is a converted office building. "OUR ENROLLMENT at both sites is presently nearing 11,000. We've got to consolidate, and the time for planning is now," he said. Meanwhile, in keeping with this week's theme of City Univesity's 20th year celebration, the College of Staten Island is planning an International Festival for Saturday. It will be held in the Quadrangle at the Sunnyside campus, 715 Ocean Terrace, from 1 to 10 p.m. It will feature exhibitions, entertainment, and refreshments from ethnic orgnizations and groups on the Island, as well as from student groups and the college staff and faculty. Arts and crafts will be for sale, as well as foods that represent various cuisines. The college community and public are invited. - - i ,, J : i Dr. Edmund Volpe is busily choosing sites It's Big Apple College Information Week By bill fakrell Students get help planning future The life of a high school student Is filled with examinations, football games, book reports and proms. But there is more high school is also the time when decisions on college must be made. These decisions run much deeper than whether to continue onto college. , Choices concerning schools, courses, financial aid and career opportunities must all be worked into the formula. To help New York City students sort through all of these options there is Big Apple College Information Week, Yesterday morning representatives from the Board of Education, the borough president's office, students and assorted other school officials gathered aboard one of the Staten Island ferry boats to listen to music provided by the Staten Island Stage Band and hear about the program on Staten Island. ON THURSDAY NIGHT from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Staten Island Mall, representatives from more than 160 colleges, universities, technical, business and nursing schools will be on hand to provide information - about their institutions. Along with the information about the schools, a series of financial aid seminars will be held in, the Sears Community Room. These sessions,, to be held at 6:15, 7, 7:45 and 8:30 p.m.,' will provide parents with information on the wide variety of help that is available. While this is the second year the college-information program is offered citywide, "it is about 10 years old on Staten Island," according to Joel Eisen, coordinator of the Staten Island program. "And," adds Eisen, "it has been very successful here. Last year's event was attended by more than 4,500 students and parents." SPONSORED BY the Staten Island Public High Schools, the event is also welcomed by students who are faced with making those important decisions. "Tliis is certainly beneficial to anyone who plans to go to college," says Joshua Friedlander, a junior at New Dorp High School. "But," chimes in Tom Genzlinger, a New Dorp senior, "they should've given everyone more notice. There are 650 seniors at New Dorp alone, and I don't think that half of them know about, the program." "I hope they put up some signs before Thursday," added Friedlander. Despite the short notice both think the program is worthwhile and agree there should be more like it. "Every school looks good in a book," said Friedlander. Perhaps Andy Sussman of Port Richmond High School put it best. "Without a program like this, someone could really wind up in the wrong school. At least here you can actually talk to somebody from the colleges and get a good idea of what their school is all about. "It might even encourage someone who didn't think he wanted or even could go to college, that with all these schools there might be one he's interested in." After Thursday night in the mall, the program moves tq the other boroughs, starting in Queens on Saturday. iGifiOTwiieBits scheduled! fee By MARY ENGELS New improvements scheduled for the .Staten Island Rapid Transit Operating Authority over the next five years were announced yesterday by Assemblyman Robert Straniere (R-C-S.I.). According to Straniere, neary half of the $25 million in capital improvements scheduled for SIRTOA will be spent on station modernization and improved power distribution. The work, which is expected to be approved soon by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors, will also include line improvements. . Straniere said that "the line has been. plagued I cinr fljc'e'rifeart? byn ,blsletepoe ebnyersfon- $25 M will be spent over 5 years to modernize system and distribution system that is frequently unable to get the trains moving off the platforms." "Some of the electrical equipment to be replaced is 55 years old and prone to frequent breakdowns. Needless to say, I'm extremely pleased that we will now see the work begin in earnest to provide on time performance and generally improve the reliability of the system." According to Straniere, the work to be done through the bond issue funds includes: improve-mentAnd modernization of electrical conversion . antfSdlstribution equipment atfour substations)' power supervision control equipment will be installed at the St. George substation to centralize control and speed system repairs; a new station will be constructed at the Old Town substation. In addition 11 substations will receive new platform extensions, completing the extension of all platforms on the line (eight were done earlier). Two wooden platforms will be replaced; $3 million, will be allocated to line improvements, including new switches at the Tottenville interlocking; $2.3 million is targeted for track and contract, rail work; the Wye track at St. George will be realigned for additional turning area to accommodate four-car trains; $600,000 is allocated for tools ' at workshops; $400,000 for security fencing along the right of way; and $1.9 million for unantici-paydeWergtehcies.:v-'i tvm.w n .wv w Mi-

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