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    Participatory budgeting gets students involved with how their tuition money is spent

    The Participatory Budgeting Organization on campus held its second assembly of the semester on Nov. 9, where students brainstormed about how to spend the pot of money that’s been allocated to them for student-supported projects. Sal Asaro, a senior biology major, explained the process to newcomers.  A steering committee plans and facilitates the collection of student ideas. It helps students develop their ideas into proposals, from which the committee creates a ballot of capital projects. It then organizes a campus-wide vote on the proposed projects. The projects receiving the most votes that also fit within the committee’s budget are then funded by the college administration. For projects that are beyond…

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    Author of Cancer Schmancer, Fran Drescher, speaks to QC students

    On September 18th in the Music Building, Queens College students were greeted by a familiar voice that may have entered their childhood homes some time ago. This time, Fran Drescher wasn’t running after doting children as “the Nanny,” but instead engaging students in a discussion about healthy consumerism. Drescher entered the room with a glass Voss bottle in hand. She then went on to explain that this Voss bottle represented her effort to stop using plastic bottles. It took two years and eight doctors to properly diagnose Drescher of her unfortunate uterine cancer. 17 years later Drescher wrote “Cancer Shmancer” which became a New York Times bestselling book. Based on…