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    Bridging the divide: Student Advisory Boards

    With the gradual disappearance of the Student Association on the Queens College (QC) campus, it’s imperative that now, more than ever, students remain connected to the administration. After all, if students are going to proceed through semesters of rigorous coursework, it’s only fair that there be an open line of communication between students, the faculty and the administration. One solution may be the creation and implementation of student advisory boards.  Student advisory boards are a focus group, composed of several students that actively provide input to college administrators about emerging trends on campus, issues their peers encounter whilst taking classes, and how the College can improve itself. QC currently lacks…

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    PSC-CUNY SUES CHANCELLOR MATOS OVER ADJUNCT LAYOFFS

    Since the pandemic’s start, the catastrophic effects of the budget cuts against the City University of New York (CUNY) have trickled down to all corners of the community. Recently, CUNY laid off approximately 3,000 adjunct faculty members. This left many without financial stability and healthcare, among other basic needs. It’s worth noting that CUNY received $251 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). The CARES Act is a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill that was passed as a result of the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The CUNY Professional Staff Congress (PSC) filed a lawsuit against the university’s upper-level administration, arguing that funds from the…

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    Music Review: Taylor Swift drops new album entitled folklore

    On July 23rd, Taylor Swift surprised the world by announcing the release of her latest album entitled, “folklore.”  The album is a heartfelt tale of many different stories. Swift’s fans, often referred to as “Swifties,” have shown nothing but complete adoration for Swift’s recent release.  Whereas I wouldn’t necessarily categorize myself as a Swiftie, the album certainly had me “in the feels.” My personal favorites from the album were “cardigan,” “seven,” “the last great American dynasty,” and “illicit affairs.” The debut song, “cardigan” premiered on YouTube with its own music video had many (including myself at one point) reaching for a tissue box. It reached number 1 on the Billboard…

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    Is Queens College in Violation of NYC Open Meeting Laws?

    College officials and student government delegates often claim that they promote full transparency to the student body in their everyday business practices. Yet, how much of this holds true? For example, CUNY Queens College has several administrative boards that govern its finances, but meetings of these boards occur quietly and behind closed doors. Are they being fully transparent with students and faculty as to how funds are managed at Queens College? The Knight News conducted thorough research to find that Queens College may be in violation of New York City’s Open Meetings Laws. NYC’s Open Meetings Laws mandate that public bodies, i.e. student governments, make their meetings accessible, via advertising…

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    Where Does the Money Go? How Funds at QC are Organized

    CUNY Queens College takes the colloquial phrase “money is power” to a whole new level, as do other universities. It’s not often clear how budgetary decisions are made at QC; the so-called ‘transparency’ that the upper level administration and student government claim to promote, is seemingly absent at times like these. Nevertheless, The Knight News conducted thorough research to properly inform its readers. Funds at QC are organized depending on their purpose, and fall under one of the four governing boards on campus. The boards have the same general structure: Each governing body has a board of directors, which are individuals who have voting power in how funds are managed.…