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    QC provides support for veterans and their families

    For veterans and their families at Queens College, the staff at Veteran Student Services wants them to know “we’ve got your six.” “Got your six,” a phrase in the military, means “got your back.” It originated during World War I, when fighter pilots would refer to the rear of an airplane. The plane was like a clock and the rear was six o’clock. Earlier this semester, the Veteran Student Services unveiled their new space at Student Union 320. The room previously held the Office of Student Life. Dennis Torres, veteran outreach specialist at QC and a Marine Corps veteran, said the new office space is symbolic of the commitment between…

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    Rally calls for investment in CUNY

    Students, professors, activists, religious organizations and labor groups rallied in front of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York City office March 10 to demand funding for CUNY. The rally featured the CUNY Rising Alliance that included over 20 organizations, including the Professional Staff Congress, which represents all professors and staff, and New York Public Interest Research Group, the largest student-activist group in the state. “We’re in a state of emergency,” Zakiyah Ansari, advocacy director of the Alliance for Quality Education, said. Earlier this year, Cuomo announced his Executive Budget that cut $485 million in funding for CUNY and passed it to the city. Many—including CUNY administrators—are concerned about these cuts affecting…

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    A reverse transfer system comes to CUNY

    Chancellor James Milliken announced last month a new program allowing transfer students to finish their associate’s degree as they work toward a bachelor’s degree at a senior college. The program encourages transfer students to senior colleges at CUNY, while helping students remain academically competitive. This is a reverse transfer as, once the required credits are reached, students receive an associate’s degree from their previous community college. “We know that many students transfer to senior colleges before earning associate degrees, and we want to do everything we can to give our students every credential they’ve earned and give them an advantage in the marketplace,” Milliken said. “The associate’s degree can also…

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    Meet Uche Nduka, a professor connecting art and life

    From the time Uche Nduka grew up in Nigeria, he always felt imaginative. This, along with an appetite for literature, led him toward a career in writing. Now he is an English professor at Queens College and believes an artist’s life should reflect his work. “From the moment I wake up in the morning, I leave myself open for inspirational things to come to me,” Nduka said. Nduka draws inspiration from everything. His thoughts, dreams and conversations are eventually written down. “You, as an artist, are a vessel through which things come. It’s not all the time you decide what to write about. People think you have to write about…

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    Students talk about their study abroad experiences

    Queens College students have the opportunity to take part of the college’s study abroad program, where anyone can travel and study in different parts of the world. The Education Abroad Office offers a wide range of choices. Students can join programs that last a month, a semester or an entire academic year. The college signed agreements with universities across the world—like in Europe and the Middle East—to encourage students to experience different cultures. Three QC students shared their study abroad experiences. All expressed satisfaction, but not without times of difficulties. Carlsky Belizaire is a QC alum that graduated last year. He now teaches English in Taiwan as part of the…