• Editorials,  Editors Choice,  This Week's Paper

    Letter to the Editor: Higher Education Campaign

    The current COVID-19 pandemic has presented additional challenges for Queens College students. On top of the current lack of resources for mental health and financial advising, students now struggle with accessibility to housing, food, and even the internet (which classes require). A large portion of the student population comes from a low to middle class background and are trying to balance work and school to cover college costs. How can we help? How can we actively get involved to ensure students have the right for financial accessibility? NYPIRG (New York Public Interest Research Group) is the state’s largest student-directed organization that fights for higher education financial reform. Over the last…

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    Letter to the Editor: The Young Voters of 2020

    Did you know that people who belong to the age group of 18-29 have the potential to be the largest voting bloc, but actually have the lowest voter turnout? We have come a long way this year. Many young people have gotten much more involved in politics and social issues this year than ever before. From people making informative videos on Tik Tok to others protesting in the streets, we have seen a rise of education and empowerment in younger people. We are now one week away from what many are considering to be the most important election in American History. Many younger people are facing issues of voter suppression…

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    Letter to the Editor: Breakdown of Student Activity fees

    The Queens College Office of Communications and Marketing responded to an OP-ED published in September, entitled “Are Student Activity and Technology Fees Necessary for an Online Semester?” The letter below is a explanation of how Student Activity fees are being allocated and utilized. Any inquiries regarding this letter to the editor can be emailed to Jay.Hershenson@qc.cuny.edu. This article questioned the need for student fees when classes are being held primarily online during the Fall 2020 semester. Specifically, the article cited the lack of transparency in how these fees are being allocated during the Fall 2020 semester. On August 27, the Office of Communications and Marketing posted a comprehensive document, “The…

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    CUNY budget to be slashed at the expense of incoming freshmen

     Dear Editors, We’re writing as the Directors of First Year Writing and the First Year Experience with support from the Chair of the English Department, because we see plans evolving for the fall that trouble us greatly. We think our students will be troubled, too, when these plans become public, so we want to tell you about them now, while we still have time to change them.  As the college considers how to cut its budget for the fall, it’s weighing a proposal to raise the class size in English 110 from twenty students to twenty-five. That increase may not sound significant—we’re talking about five students, or an increase of…

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    Letter to the Editor: QC Department Chairs United Against Budget Cuts

    Dear Editors: We are a group of Queens College department chairs who are deeply concerned about the impending budget cuts facing our college and CUNY as a whole. Even though Governor Cuomo has not yet announced budget cuts for CUNY, the CUNY administration has told each campus to start cutting its budget. At Queens this means cutting large numbers of part-time faculty members, many of whom have very little job security. If these cuts go through, the number of classes offered next year will plummet dramatically. We’re looking at hundreds of fewer seats in both general education courses and courses needed for completion of majors. Worse, Cuomo has announced that…