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    CUNY financially tied to private prison industry

    CUNY invests thousands of dollars into private prison companies, said documents obtained by CUNY Prison Divest through a Freedom of Information Act request. The documents revealed CUNY invested $275,200 in total in private prisons as of September 2014. It invested $248,900 in G4S, one of the top private prisons in the U.K. Moreover, it invested $13,300, $8,400 and $4,600 in Corrections Corporations of America, GEO Group Inc. and Aramark, respectively. A private prison operates as a contractor for governmental agencies to house inmates in either public or private jails. Its use surged in the 1980s due to overcrowding, a result of the War on Drugs. This new information gave legitimacy…

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    QC baseball team hopes to strike out 16-year playoff drought

    After spending months in the weight room, the Queens College men’s baseball team was anxious to get out and start playing ball. The season was scheduled to begin on Feb. 28. However, due to inclement weather, the away game in Virginia was canceled. In fact, many games across the country were cancelled, especially in the northeast. “At this point, the significance would be to get outside and play some ball,” Coach Chris Reardon said. Starting on March 7, the Knights were scheduled to compete at Franklin Pierce University, but this game was postponed as well. The team’s season finally began on March 8 with a loss to Franklin Pierce University…

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    Womens Lacrosse: Starting Fresh and Ready to Win

    Last year, the Queens College Women’s Lacrosse team entered the 2014 season with only six girls on its roster, mostly containing players from other various sports. In his first season, head coach Todd Kaiser was faced with the obstacle of finding girls to fill the team, or he would’ve been forced to cancel the season. “I knew that the program was in a little bit of a hole coming in and it was going to take [immediate] rebuilding,” Kaiser said. “I needed to get kids, and get this program back on its feet.” Kaiser managed to compose a team of 11 lacrosse players, three soccer players, two track runners, and…

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    QC graduates honored with Fulbright honors and awards

    Queens College Macaulay Honors graduates were among the 2014-2015 recipients for the highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering grant opportunities for students and young professionals. Once inducted, students participate in international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. “It’s a wonderful program that allows students to be immersed in another culture and allows them to devote full time to a research project, earning a master’s degree or teaching English overseas.” Moira E. Egan, national fellowships advisor at QC, said.  “Students serve as ambassadors for the us. Through academic and cultural exchange, Fulbright’s mission is to…

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    New app offers emotional support for anonymous users

    Cups of Tea is a free emotional support app seeking to put counseling services in the hands of individuals nationwide. Launched last July by psychologist Glen Moriarty, the app connects users with nonjudgmental listeners trained in discussing issues such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders. So far, it’s used in 150 countries, features 130 languages and, on average, hosts 85,000 conversations per week. “The basic, overall goal is to help people know that they are not alone, that we all struggle and Seven Cups is a place where all people are accepted and belong,” Moriarty said. Through the support of Y Combinator, an investment company that funds start-ups, the app…