Queens College may not be utilizing capital funds to its fullest

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Queens College received part of $5 million in discretionary capital funds intended for five CUNY institutions from Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.

QC received $1.25 million from the funds, the most compared to the four other colleges.

Katz said that CUNY schools would reach even higher standards to better education because of funds.

“CUNY has a long history of providing a high-quality, competitive and remarkably affordable higher education that produces job-ready graduates with respected academic credentials. This $5 million allocation will help guarantee that the physical infrastructure of these five institutions remains top-of-the-line and fully able to support a first-class experience for CUNY’s hard-working students,” Katz said.

The funds will primarily support the reconstruction of the One Stop Service Center. The new One Stop Service Center is located in the Dining Hall and functions as a help desk regarding financial aid, advising, registration and other issues in a more efficient and steadier pace.

Sophia Halkitis, senior and psychology major, suggests that the majority of the funds should tend to the student-based issues rather than the reconstruction of the One Stop Service Center.

“In my four years as a Queens College student, I noticed and appreciated the many improvements that the college made to accommodate their students such as the shuttle bus and updated technology. As much as I do think the work to the One Stop Service Center was needed, I do believe that QC should have put some money into reconstructing their Wi-Fi to accommodate the multitude of students who need to access it on a daily basis,” Halkitis said.

Though Queens College implemented the creation of a new Wi-Fi, Halkitis believes the Wi-Fi provides lacking signals in classrooms. Moreover, with the increase of technology use in the classroom, Halkitis stressed the need to accommodate students’ daily long-term interactions with academia rather than issues that may be resolved swiftly.

“Students typically make stops to the One Stop Service Center on a routine basis, if not even less than that. Whereas students are constantly trying to access the internet and do not find it to be reliable, despite the college’s efforts to improve it,” Halkitis said.

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