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    Stars caught in college admissions scandal

    “[This is the] largest admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice …,” said Boston’s United States attorney Andrew Lelling. According to the Washington Post, 50 people nationwide have been caught illegally getting their children into college one way or another. College officials involved helped forge plans and deviations to get the students admitted to various institutions successfully by manipulating test scores, excusing the children to be tested in a “special facility” in order for someone to take their college entrance exams for them and so on. The mastermind behind this fraudulent ring was William “Ricky” Singer, a college admissions adviser who came up with plans and devices to…

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    Aftermath of Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting: One year later

    Just past the one-year anniversary of the historical Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting, the trauma has taken its toll on two more people, who struggled to live in the aftermath and resorted to taking their own lives. The victims were former students left in the wake of the disaster that claimed the lives of their friends. Sydney Aiello, 19, was passionate about cheerleading and yoga, and had plans to attend medical school one day. She was in her freshman year at Florida Atlantic University. She was a bright and determined student, yet her fears held her back from striving in college because “classrooms now scared her.” She killed herself via…

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    Doctors hopeful after discovering possible cure for HIV in second case

    A second case of H.I.V. was recently cured in a man only known publicly as the “London Patient.” H.I.V. is the condition that leads to AIDS, a retrovirus that claimed the lives of over 940,000 people in 2017. There were approximately 36.9 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS in 2017, according to the United Nations Joint Program, UNAIDS. The virus works by attacking cells of the immune system, particularly T-cells. The virus then uses infected T-cells to make more copies of itself. Eventually, the afflicted person becomes so weak that they are unable to fight off even the most insignificant of diseases; even a cold can easily become deadly. The…

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    CDS Mission: Nothing is Impossible

    COn April 8, the Committee for Disabled Students (CDS) held a momentous event called “Nothing is Impossible.” The exhibition was held in the gallery on the sixth floor of the Benjamin Rosenthal Library, displaying many different pictures of those with residual limbs persevering and doing what they love in spite of having a disability. CDS is a resource on campus for students with disabilities. They work to make Queens College more accessible, offer tutoring for students who need extra accommodations and infrastructure maintenance and help combat stigma by raising awareness. At this powerful exhibit, a model, singer and two athletes with disabilities were shown in candid photos. The “Nothing is…

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    Club Spotlight: Caribbean Student Association

    Amongst the variety of cultures present in the Student Union clubrooms, the Queens College (QC) Caribbean Student Association (CSA) club is an exciting experience that welcomes all who are interested. “I was a transfer student who joined CSA and now I’m an executive board member, which involves oversight of club ongoings. I didn’t expect this but joining this club has been an experience I couldn’t gain elsewhere. The members are like my second family,” noted Vashinie Peter, secretary. “Immediately, CSA had this vibe and good energy,” she added. Witnessing the club from the outside might feel intimidating. However, members of the club always ensure a welcoming environment to all students,…