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Personal Privacy vs. Digital Lives: Business Student Wins David A. Garfinkel Essay Contest

Published: May 06, 2013

Ruby Singh, a Business Administration major, has received the David A. Garfinkel CUNY Community Colleges Essay Contest prize, a statewide writing contest sponsored by the Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York.

Students from approximately fifty SUNY and CUNY community colleges participated in the contest, submitting essays based on Cyberspace and the Law: What are Our Rights and Responsibilities?

Ruby SinghMs. Singh, who chose the issue of Digital Piracy: How to Balance Your Personal Life vs. the Digital World, received a $1,000 award at a ceremony in Albany on May 1, attended by the offices of the Chief Judge of the State of New York, the Governor, the Attorney General, and the Bench and Bar of New York. She is the second student at Queensborough to receive the award. In 2009, Business student Dawar Jamal was named the winner of the David A. Garfinkel Essay Prize.

“The research I conducted for my essay exposed how casual browsing of the internet can have a potentially negative effect on major areas of your life—beyond just job applications.” Ms. Singh will graduate from QCC in June 2013 and continue her studies at Baruch College with a major in Finance and a minor in Business Law.

Read Ruby's essay here.

"The Garfinkel Essay contest has been an amazing opportunity for our students to distinguish themselves as writers and researchers,” said Dr. Christine Mooney, Business. “It is truly an honor to have the outstanding abilities of our students recognized again this year."

After attending an internship fair at QCC last fall, Ms. Singh became an intern at the Central Office of Procurements at the Department of Corrections. There, she purchases various goods for employees and inmates at Rikers Island.

“I’ve learned fascinating things about the intricacies of law through the constant communications with my co-workers.” Ms. Singh added that one day she would like to be a Chief Executive Officer within the finance industry.

Queensborough’s Business Department students who were recognized with Honorable Mentions are: Husni Abdelqader; Kristi Diaz; Jeinson Espinosa; Beatrice LaViscount; Farah Naz; and Sara Sahibzada.

Faculty members of the Business Department who served as mentors are Drs. Christine Mooney and Stephen Hammel, along with Dr. Adam Luedtke, Social Sciences.

The prize-winning essays are published on the website of The Historical Society of the New York Courts.

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