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    Robbery scares students on campus

    The office of public safety made significant increases in its campus security after a student was robbed at knifepoint, officials said. The robbery occurred on Feb. 26 as a female student was walking to Queens Hall, the former CUNY Law School building. “Public safety has posted an officer along the pathway and increased patrols and random ID checks near Queens Hall and the track. Additionally, surveillance cameras and blue emergency phones are being installed along the pathway,” Rufus Massiah, with the public safety department, said. The student, who had her wallet, phone and social security card taken from her, was not hurt during the incident. The story caused concern throughout the college community. “Of course…

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    The Value of Advanced Placement Courses

    The value of College Board’s Advanced Placement courses has come into question as Dartmouth College has decided to no longer accept any A.P. credits. Over the years, many Ivy League schools have made restrictions involving the amount and types of A.P. credits that are accepted by their college institutions. After almost a decade of deliberation, the faculty at Dartmouth College put the decision to vote and determined that starting in the year 2018, Dartmouth will no longer accept any A.P. credits. Hakan Tell, a classics professor and chairman of the college’s Committee on Instruction, expressed his concern on how “the A.P. has been seen as equivalent to a college-level course and it really isn’t — in…

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    Offensive graffiti increases on campus

    Many students are upset over a slew of anti-Semitic graffiti incidents that have recently occurred on the college’s campus. Several students have come forward with pictures of pro-Nazi swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti that were drawn on classroom desks and bathroom and hallway walls. “I walk into the bathroom and I see a swastika etched on the wall. Being a Jew, it really offended me so I scratched it off,” QC senior Jeffery Smulvitz said. “When I came back less than a week later, someone had redrawn it on the wall.” Germany’s Nazi Party adopted the swastika as its symbol in the 1920s and it continues to offend Jews as a reminder of oppression. Pedro Pineiro,…

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    Death totals have some students spurning energy drinks

    While many students are relying heavily on the consumption of 5-hour ENERGY shots and other highly caffeinated drinks to pull all-nighters, the beverages have possible involvement in 18 deaths, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Just weeks after the FDA found that Monster Energy was possibly associated to five deaths, 5-hour ENERGY has come under similar fire. The company is cited for 13 deaths and one case of a spontaneous abortion during the past four years, says a report from The News York Times published last week. With finals week steadily approaching, many students tend to rely on highly caffeinated products to get through their work. The recent reports…

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    Pathway moratorium fails

    A motion to implement a CUNY Pathways moratorium failed in a heated debate at an Academic Senate meeting on Nov. 8, as several senators and administrators sought to delay it’s implementation past Fall 2013. The meeting dealt with the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee’s report on adding classes to the short list offered by the Pathways program, which was approved by CUNY’s Board of Trustees in April 2012. Pathways was created to establish a system of general education requirements and new transfer guidelines. The hope is to “reinforce CUNY’s educational excellence while easing student transfers between CUNY colleges,” according to the CUNY website. This entails a 30-credit general education common core, which…