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    Queens College to improve academic quality in four-year plan

    Queens College released its Draft Strategic Plan 2015-2019 that details the college’s intention to improve campus experience for students. The proposal’s four goals are: connect the QC community and the campus, provide support for faculty and staff, ensure academic success for students and improve QC’s infrastructure and operational capacity. President Felix Matos Rodriguez held two town halls on Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 as part of the plan, first conceived under former President James Muyskens. At the town halls, he received feedback on issues facing students on campus. In an email to QC students and staff, President Rodriguez thanked people who attended the town halls to help improve the report’s…

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    NABA helps students with business opportunities

    During the 1960s, many black accountants felt there were not enough promotions for them in the corporate world. However, in 1969, nine people decided to create NABA to help members network and challenge discrimination. Forty-six years later, there are more than 20,000 members with chapters set up at over 150 colleges and cities across the country, including at Queens College The QC chapter was inactive for many years but returned in November 2013. Kevin Lee, a senior and vice president of the club, said NABA was a vital organization to have for students. “[The] chapter was re-established two years ago by Nigel Barker, current president of NABA QC, and me…

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    A variety of resources for use at Rosenthal Library

    The Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library consists of six floors filled with many resources for students and faculty to use. Specifically, the library holds over 900,000 books, 1,000 scholarly articles and 92,000 periodicals. Moreover, there are computers and study rooms available on each floor. The Multimedia Common room, found on first floor, provides free electronic rentals for students. Out of the 15 electronics available for loan, the most popular items are digital cameras, laptops and scientific calculators. “We offer students a variety of equipment they need. Even teachers borrow items like iPods and digital cameras for their class lectures. So we provide electronics for students and faculty who need them,” David…

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    Half of college graduates say college was worth it

    A recent survey conducted by Gallup-Purdue University found only half of recent graduates strongly agree with their college education “was worth the cost.” Gallup-Purdue University, as part of a national survey, selected 30,000 students from both public and private colleges. The goal is to help college professors observe and understand the their overall teaching ability by tracking student experiences, areas where the college can improve and well-being after graduation. Interestingly, the statement about the worth of a college degree was added for the 2015 edition of the survey. The percentage of college graduates who disagreed with the statement surprised Brandon Busteed, executive director of Gallup Education and Workforce Development. “Given…

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    Friend requests on Facebook may determine loans

    Most Queens College students do not think too much when they accept a friend request, although, a potential Facebook patent may change. Facebook is developing a new technology that, if approved by the U.S Patent and Trademark Office, would allow creditors to use a new system to evaluate a potential borrower’s creditworthiness. It would seek information from a borrower’s Facebook friend list instead of their personal credit history. On Aug. 4, 2015, Facebook filed a U.S patent for a new technology examining “the credit ratings of members of the individual’s social network who are connected to the individual.” Students seeking student loans, based on a student’s credit score and other financial information, could be affected…