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    Lie, cheat and to hell with society

    Humor me for a minute and ask yourself: if you saw a classmate cheating during an exam, or were aware that they plagiarized on a paper, would you turn that person in? The majority of college students wouldn’t. As a matter of fact, Prof. Patricia Rachal, head of the Political Science department at QC observes that she has received numerous anonymous notes from students complaining about other students cheating on exams and papers. However, neither of them come clean about the identities of the people they are complaining about, nor do they reveal their own identities. According to education-portal.com, as of 2011, 75 to 98 percent of college students have…

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    Aung San Suu Kyi warms Queens as protestors demand attention

    “If any of you are ever put under house arrest” is not the start of typical advice given to a college student living in the United States. However, when it’s Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi on the microphone, you listen. The packed LeFrak Concert Hall — with a seating capacity of more than 480 — had everyone in the audience sitting at the edge of their seats, taking in every, single word coming out of the frail, demure lady on stage. Suu Kyi — also a winner of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded by the U.S. Government to her on Sept. 19 — was paying a visit…

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    CUNY Pathways sparks discourse, yet again

    Imagine a college in the United States — a community college within a university that prides itself on its diversity and immigrant population — suddenly shrinking its English department by 70 percent. Queensborough Community College saw the possibility of just that on Sept. 12 when the English Department staff — upon rejecting the revaluation of courses based on the Pathways curriculum — was threatened by the vice president of the college, listing “serious repercussions” for their rebuff. These included: cancellation of writing classes, termination of adjunct contracts and a review of the employment of the entire full-time faculty. The letter was signed, “Regretfully, Karen,” by Vice President Karen Steele of…

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    John “Tito” Gerassi

    Instantly recognized on the Queens College campus, his name serves as a fitting headline for any article. Born in France on July 1931, Tito passed away in a hospice center in New York City on July 26, 2012. At 81-years-old, he was the only professor who could walk in to a classroom wearing a spandex muscle shirt and get away with it. Son of French artist, Fernando Gerassi, godson of 20th century philosopher, Jean Paul Sarte, Tito was a man of many labels: activist, author, educator, father and journalist, he made sure that everyone he came across knew his views and that he was not shy in voicing them. Gerassi was…

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    CUNY college presidents see salary increase

    Executive employees in CUNY, including the president of Queens College, were given a 23 percent increase in the maximum salary they can earn as administrators while students continue to pay rising tuition costs. Effective Sept. 1, the increases were deemed “necessary and critical to the success of The City University of New York and central to the board’s mandate to continue to improve standards and promote accountability,” according to the firm William M. Mercer, Inc. which provides the university with market data and advice on best practices in higher education. On June 25, a board of trustees meeting was held at Baruch College, where exceptional professors were recognized, honorary degrees…