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    Adjunct colloquium on plagiarism offers ideas for reform

    A Sept. 27 adjunct colloquium on academic integrity and plagiarism allowed adjuncts a platform to raise concerns about their work environment and how it affects their dealings with plagiarism. Queens College’s first ever adjunct colloquium — hosted by the Center for Teaching and  Learning — focused on an adjunct’s perspective on the issue of plagiarism on campus and how their treatment of the issue tends to differ from that of the full-time faculty. Adjunct professor Kenneth Ryesky, who has been teaching business law and taxation at QC for 19 years, was a featured speaker at the event, along with Emanuel Avila from student affairs. Adjuncts face obstacles when dealing with…

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    Adjuncts want more as negotiations continue

    Upon renewal of the current adjunct health care plan effective Sept. 30, adjuncts in Queens College still have wide ranging opinions on working conditions and monetary compensation. One they all agree on though, is that more could be done to accommodate the increasing number of adjuncts at the university. In a report compiled by th­e American Federation of Teachers in 2010, nearly three fourths of college professors across the U.S. are adjuncts. In QC, the most recent survey, referred to in the Adjunct Task Force report, compiled by the Adjunct Task Force – A QC based initiative aiming to highlight issues adjuncts face – states that adjunct faculty members outnumbered…

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    Mandatory heath care debate affects college students

    As health care costs rise, and mandatory health care slowly comes into completion, some Queens College students feel indifferent about whether it should be mandatory or not. Hammaad Munir, a freshman at QC, who is covered by his parents’ health insurance through Medicaid, says that mandatory health insurance would be an unfair burden on students who work to stay healthy. “I think there are young people that never or hardly get sick, and some of these people don’t have health insurance,” Munir said. “It’d be pretty unfair to force them to pay extra for something that [they] would rarely ever make use off.” According to the American College Health Association’s national…