CCNY Students Protest Downsizing Of College’s Prayer Space

BARUCH COLLEGE–City College of New York students from organizations such as Women in Islam, the Muslim Student Organization and the Catholic Newman Club showed up to silently protest the recent decision to downsize prayer and club areas in the college. To express their discomfort and unhappiness, numerous members of WII and MSO as well as other Muslim students gathered Friday evening at the historic Shepard Hall to conduct prayers and stand in solidarity against the faculty’s announcement.

The president of CCNY, Vincent Boudreau, announced last spring that the school will be cutting prayer and club areas to make space for lockers for public safety officers. The organizations were informed that they will be sharing their new space with other faith-based clubs on campus. This monumental decision left some students of the college feeling confused and upset.