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    Tobacco ban across CUNY

    All 23 CUNY campuses are expected to institute a campus wide tobacco-free policy, which bans the use of tobacco on all indoor and outdoor facilities, on Sept. 4. Throughout the year, CUNY colleges have been working toward implementing the ban. While some schools have put in minimal effort to enforce the revised tobacco policy, others have made sure to make the ban a major part of campus life. The ban has been implemented in a variety of ways, including providing training and education to staff and students, posting permanent signage and providing smoking cessation programs, according to the Healthy CUNY website. QC introduced its smoke-free campaign in January, months before…

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    John “Tito” Gerassi

    Instantly recognized on the Queens College campus, his name serves as a fitting headline for any article. Born in France on July 1931, Tito passed away in a hospice center in New York City on July 26, 2012. At 81-years-old, he was the only professor who could walk in to a classroom wearing a spandex muscle shirt and get away with it. Son of French artist, Fernando Gerassi, godson of 20th century philosopher, Jean Paul Sarte, Tito was a man of many labels: activist, author, educator, father and journalist, he made sure that everyone he came across knew his views and that he was not shy in voicing them. Gerassi was…

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    Fifth Avenue Platform for Pride

    Rainbows, wings and headdresses, oh my! New York City’s 42nd Annual Pride Parade marked the anniversary of the legalization of same-sex in New York State and celebrated President Barack Obama’s announcement in support of gay marriage. The June 24 parade was a colorful display of pageantry, celebrating this year’s parade theme: “Share the Love.” Organizers said the theme was based off of their desire for other states to emulate the New York legislation on gay marriage. Cyndi Lauper, iconic singer and grand marshal of this year’s parade, led the march in a rainbow sash and began the day by tweeting, “Happy Pride NYC!! Share the Love!” The day’s festivities were…

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    Computer science and tech all around

    With a growing job market in the field of technology, two companies and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn are working to offer opportunities to Queens College and CUNY students. On July 18, Quinn announced the launch of Tipping Point Partners’, Advanced Software Development Program, as well as the Coalition for Queens’ new program, both of which offer educational tech classes to college students in the hopes of hiring them in the field. According to Quinn, there were 1,700 digital firms in the city and 932 of whom were hiring with 10,000 available jobs. Some of these jobs can pay as much as $100,000 a year, yet there are not enough…

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    Bringing solar power to Flushing

    Solar energy may not be the first thing most think of to power their homes and businesses, but one class at Queens College showed that it can be a viable, though challenging, option in Flushing. During the spring 2012 semester, students of the Solar Flushing class, taught by urban studies professor Tarry Hum, conducted a study on the feasibility of photovoltaics, or solar panels, to be used in Flushing.  They presented their findings on June 1 at the Queens Library in Flushing. The class focused on politics, planning and community participation in solar energy advancement, according to Professor Hum. They covered the areas of Community Board 7, including the Mitchell-Linden…