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    Mental Health Matters: What CUNY is doing to support its students

    As the COVID-19 global pandemic persists, CUNY students and other students nationwide continue to grapple with prevailing uncertainty, fear, anxiety and depression. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines mental health as our emotional, social and psychological well-being. Mental health has experienced a sharp overall decline as a result of the widespread effects of coronavirus. For students, as they continue to attend classes physically or via online platforms, the pandemic continues to affect mental health.  The City University of New York is a network of vast and expansive urban public universities; according to the CUNY website, the university system accounts for the largest such network in the country. CUNY…

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    Finding your voice amidst the noise: QC alumnus Amir Khafagy offers young writers insight into navigating the world of journalism

    For a long time, Amir Khafagy was told that his dream of being a journalist-much like being a filmmaker- was unattainable. From gatekeeping in big newsrooms to the financial unpredictability of freelancing, the odds were stacked against him in every which way. And yet, he made it his mission to chase his deep-rooted passion for storytelling and breakthrough every pre-existing barrier in journalism. On Wednesday, November 11, Khafagy virtually met with several Knight News staff writers to share his inspiring path to journalism and discuss the unique perspective that has set him apart when reporting on local and national hot button topics.  As a kid, Khafagy always knew he wanted…

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    Defeating the Odds: CUNY Grad Turned Powerlifter Paves the Way for Aspiring Paraplegic Athletes

    If someone told Garrison Redd in 2006 that he would one day be an athlete training to participate in the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games, he may not have believed them. After being shot by a bullet on the right side of his chest during his senior year of high school, Redd had no choice but to give up his dream of dominating a college football field. And yet even paraplegia couldn’t take away Redd’s natural athleticism and drive for success.  Because of the number of boundaries that exist for individuals with physical disabilities, Redd’s once-intense passion for sports disappeared after becoming paralyzed from the waist down. It wasn’t until years…

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    NYC Fashion Week tackles COVID-19

    New York Fashion week, quite an iconic staple of the “Big Apple” was able to proceed in its events despite our current global pandemic and the cancellation of many annual events. Back in August, Governor Cuomo gave the OK to NYFW only if it obliged to “events capped at 50 persons and indoor events at 50 percent capacity and no spectators. New York Fashion Week will feature a mix of live and virtual fashion shows, presentations, and programming including live-streamed runway shows, exclusive designer-related content, and cultural programming.” These guidelines have allowed for the fashion world to coincide with the fight to stop the spread of COVID. Now that fashion…

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    A Guide For Incoming QC Students: How to get involved on campus

    Although everyone’s expectations of the “perfect college experience” tends to vary from person to person, it differs based on preferred campus size, amenities, or even the number of quiet floors in the library, everyone has the same question in mind: “will I be able to make friends here?” Any guidance counselor or college tour guide will tell you that the best way to truly get involved in your school and put yourself out there is to join clubs. Although intimidating, this truly is the best way to actually get to know your campus, your peers, and even potential lifelong friends. We have an extremely diverse campus that is the force…