• News

    Merit Pay: A look from all the angles

    Within the CUNY system, professors do not always get what they give, but annually, critical decisions are made at Queens College’s college-wide Tenure and Promotion meeting, which took place between Nov. 5 and Nov. 9. Instead of receiving merit pay — compensation designed to reward professors based on their professional performance and encourage teachers to excel in their teaching habits — CUNY staff receive “step increases” in their salary, designed to keep pace with the cost of living. The Professional Staff Congress, CUNY’s staff union that has — according to the PSC — more than 25,000 members, has been and intends to continue to stand in opposition of merit pay.…

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    Forum discusses helping women enter world of business

    An auditorium full of plush, red velvet seats, were filled by a veritable sea of suited women with only two men in sight, besides the bow-tied cameraman. Turning weakness into strength and fear into confidence was the message of the Eighth Annual CUNY Women in Leadership Conference hosted at Hunter College on Oct 26. The event’s agenda, according to President Marcia Keizs of York College, examined career choices and challenges through the female perspective. Female city council and state assembly members, along with women working in the business world, were invited to share their experiences and knowledge. “There’s going to be naysayers but you have to turn these challenges into…

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    Securing the Library

    Students without Q-Cards have been blocked from entering the Benjamin Rosenthal Library since Oct. 1 switchover to the turnstile entrance system. Security at the library’s entrance will turn away students without Q-Cards and direct them to the One Stop Service Center, in the Dining Hall, to exchange their old identification cards for new ones. The swipe system at the turnstile gates has not yet been activated, but once they are, they will recognize no ID cards except Q-Cards. “We’re trying to educate the students that in the near future — very soon — you’re going to need a Q-Card,” Pedro Pineiro, head of public safety, said. The Q-Card system is…

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    The fight for tuition affordability

    Swings twirled around, students scrambled through blow up obstacle courses and giant hamster balls, with students inside, raced down a track as part of the Student Association’s Fall Fest. As the carnival spanned the length and width of The Quad, students gathered around the flagpole to hear Rep. Steven J. Israel and Democratic Assemblywoman Grace Meng speak about education affordability. Elizabeth Hendrey, chief operating officer at Queens College, cited the rising costs of college as a major concern. “Keep tuition affordable” — a mantra repeated on signs held by student attendees — really summed up the legislators’ priorities, Meng said. Israel — who has been the U.S. representative for New…

  • Op-Eds

    50 Shades of Dismay

    I keep a pharmacy bottle of little blue pills on my desktop. I carry another one filled with little white pills with me at all times. And no, I am not a drug addict of any sort. The pills are for my anxiety disorder. On Oct. 11, the campus hosted screenings outside of Frese Hall to try and reach out to campus individuals suffering from depression or anxiety like I am. Oct. 11 is both National Depression Screening Day and National Coming Out Day. So though I am not coming out as a member of the LGBTQ community, I suppose it is apt that I am coming out as an…