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    CUNY Board of Trustees announces new final grades deadline

    The City University of New York’s board of trustees has created a new university-wide policy that grants professors two business days after finals week to submit their final grades. Queens College faculty previously had a period of two weeks after the Fall semester to submit grades. The new policy, which applies to both Fall and Spring terms, was announced on September 18, and was shared through a memo to the various departments at QC. In the past, the QC academic senate, which is usually charged with determining academic policy, would set the deadline for professors to submit final grades. “Most of the time changes like these would be discussed,” Alexander…

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    Congress for Clubs Presidents meeting brings awareness to club issues

    Getting more money for club activities from the Student Association, co-sponsoring events with fellow clubs and creating a club directory to facilitate communication between the student groups were among the issues discussed by the members of the Congress for Club Presidents at their recent meeting. The CCP is comprised of all the presidents of Queens College’s more than 100 clubs, and about 60 attended the meeting. Jordan Mendoza, chairman of the CCP and president of the Gender, Love and Sexuality Alliance, said he wants to encourage clubs to work together on various events, a goal he expressed when he assumed the chairman’s role. A primary concern for the club representatives…

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    NYPIRG and SA lobby in Albany for higher education affordability

    Every spring semester, hundreds of CUNY and SUNY students from different corners of New York travel to the State Capitol for Higher Education Action Day. It’s a day dedicated for students to share their desire for higher education affordability, a cornerstone of the New York Public Interest Research Group’s agenda. NYPIRG, along with other CUNY and SUNY faculty and student organizations, brought students to Albany on March 2 to lobby their legislators. The event was scheduled over a week before discussions to decide on the proposed state budget. “My main goal is to push our legislators to have our interests first,” Levi Castle, a freshman at Queens College, said. Castle…

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    Administration investigates recurring vandalism at SU

    The Student Union at Queens College serves as the meeting place for all students. It houses several religious groups, the Student Association and various clubs populate its basement. One unlikely visitor however, has found asylum in this student refuge—a graffiti tag near the basement depicting the letters of Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity. The vandalism was first reported to the building manager on Jan. 24 by custodians but after further investigation, students revealed to the Knight News that the graffiti was spotted on Dec. 14, over a month prior to it being reported. John Andrejack, Director of Student Life at QC, expressed how the administration feels about the act of vandalism.…

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    Test brings headaches for many student teachers

    Among the different assessments that potential teachers must take for New York State certification, one is especially controversial for its standards—edTPA. Developed by Stanford University, the assessment requires students to submit a portfolio that includes of commentaries, student work and at least one video of them teaching. The latter requires parental consent of kids in the video, a challenge for those taking the test. After New York required its use in 2014, the teacher assessment test was by unions and groups, including the American Federation of Teachers and New York State United Teachers. Beverly Falk, director of the Graduate Programs in Early Childhood Education at City College of New York,…