Today’s the first day back to school from summer break for hundreds of thousands of CUNY students. The City University of New York system includes 24 schools and is the third biggest higher-ed system in the nation after SUNY and the UC system. Maybe the next Jonas Salk or Jerry Seinfeld is starting today—all CUNY grads.
New York's a gay-friendly city, routinely topping the lists. It earned its reputation from the Stonewall Riots and keeps it alive today with thriving neighborhoods like Chelsea and a wild Pride Parade each summer. Things are from from perfect for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender New Yorkers, but the city's name still holds.
Fordham University's cafeteria is teeming with life. Rising above the clinking silverware and quiet *blop* of chicken tenders being dipped into ketchup is the conversation of hundreds of college freshmen, newly arrived to the Bronx campus. Classes start Wednesday, and today is the final day of orientation.
The beginning of the fall season marks the time when many people go back to school. For veterans who have served overseas the experience of going back to school can be exciting, but can also come with its fair share of culture shock.