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    NFL sees dangerous rise of COVID-19 cases that question their protocols

    The National Football League is starting to see a rise in the amount of COVID-19 cases league-wide. As of Nov. 6, half of the league’s 32 teams are dealing with at least one case of COVID-19. That means at least 16 teams have either had a player contract the virus or had to shut down their facility due to a COVID-19 scare. It has become abundantly clear that the safety protocols and punishments for not following them are not working. The NFL and National Football League Players Association agreed to have Polymerase chain reaction testing, a form of rapid testing, to all players scheduled to play that day. However, they…

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    After a 32-year wait, the Los Angeles Dodgers once again reign supreme

    The dust has settled on Major League Baseball in 2020 in what was its most chaotic season since the labor strikes of 1994. After all was said and done, the Los Angeles Dodgers, one of baseball’s most storied franchises, captured their first World Series since 1988 in a thrilling contest against the upstart Tampa Bay Rays.  The victory, assuredly, was more cathartic for no one than it was for Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers’ ace pitcher. An otherwise top-10 pitcher all-time, Kershaw had been saddled with a (partially deserved) reputation of playoff underperformance. Kershaw and his Dodgers had, over the past decade, entered the postseason with championship aspirations, only to fall…

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    The Los Angeles Lakers win most significant NBA Championship in recent memory

    On Oct. 11th, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the 2020 National Basketball Association Finals; a feat that seemed impossible in March. When the world was put on hold due to COVID-19, NBA fanatics wondered what would happen to their beloved sport. After a positive COVID test from Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, the NBA indefinitely postponed the rest of the season on Mar. 11. Many worried that the 2019-20 season would have to be nulled and erased in history as if it never happened. But then, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the NBA would go into a bubble in order to try and…

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    The unfortunate reality of an online college education

    Whether it be from dining room tables turned work desks or the comfort of one’s own bed, students in Anthropology 238 made sure to log into their twice-a-week Zoom session at 1:40 PM. It was another hour and 15 minutes spent trying to avoid the temptation other avenues of the internet bring, all whilst zeroing in on the voice emanating from one of the 20-something virtual boxes.  The professor, who left Queens, NY for Pennsylvania during the pandemic, was in the middle of his lecture until he no longer was. He couldn’t be, not after a bear wandering into his backyard caught his attention.  The professor let out a genuine…

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    OP-ED: Are Students Willing to Return to Campus This Upcoming Fall?

    As protesters took to the streets outside Queens College on Sat. June 6, one of the prominent questions of the summer once again flashed through the minds of hundreds of protestors, most of whom were Queens College students; if people are marching shoulder-to-shoulder on Kissena Boulevard, will in-person classes resume this fall? Although this topic has been discussed thoroughly among students and faculty, opinions remain uncertain and diverse: “It seems that every day we hear new things” said Josh Simanowitz, a Senior majoring in Political Science. “Only time will tell. I can’t know if I would feel safe returning to classes in the fall.” Since the Coronavirus pandemic has swept…