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    College students struggle to balance jobs and school

    Franklin Rodriguez, a senior, applied to four to five jobs since his freshman year. For him, it was difficult selling himself to employers. “The hardest thing when applying for jobs and internships, for me, would be the process of making resumes,” Rodriguez said. “I have always been awful at talking myself up.” Rodriguez, majoring in psychology and sociology, found a job at a hookah lounge, which he called an interesting experience. But he felt worried about finding a job in his studies even in the future. Rodriguez is not alone as other college students struggle to find a worthwhile job in college. Sometimes, finding a job may consume their time. CUNY’s Office of Institutional Research,…

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    Free vaccinations available ahead of flu season

    Sniffles, sneezes and coughs. The warning signs of the dreaded flu season. Flu season starts in beginning of October and can last well into May, but usually peaks during the winter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nation’s top health institute, reports five to 20 percent of Americans get the flu every year on average. For Queens College students, they can go to the doctor to get a flu shot or decide to ignore it. But for those who do not want to get sick and seeking an alternative, there is an option—Queens College’s Health Service Center. The Health Service Center, located at Frese Hall 310, offers free…

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    NYPIRG seeks to end dependence on fossil fuels

    NYPIRG’s Queens College chapter rallied against fossil fuel dependence during a fundraiser held by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Ali Kirkpatrick, a project coordinator for NYPIRG, serves as a campaign leader for Reforming Energy Vision on campus, which raises awareness on alternative energy and fossil fuel divestment. “It is an initiative that is being overseen by the Public Service Commission to completely rethink the way that energy is used and distributed here in the state,” Kirkpatrick said. “With this campaign we have a chance of changing [our dependency on fossil fuels] and basically innovating infrastructure in a way that will provide huge boosts while…

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    Almost six years later, no contract for CUNY union

    The last time CUNY faculty and staff worked with a contract? 2010. The last time they saw a pay raise? 2009. After another year without progress in contract negotiations, the Professional Staff Congress, the union representing all CUNY staff, told its members to prepare for actions this fall—including “disruptive mass action.” Barbara Bowen, president of the PSC, wrote an email to all members on Aug. 27 about stalled negotiations and, consequently, upcoming actions for a contract. She blamed James Milliken, CUNY chancellor, for failing to “offer a single dollar for raises or back-pay” since his appointment last year. “We have all been patient long enough. Starting on this first day…

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    Baruch hazing death changes attitudes toward Greek life

    Queens College’s Greek life faced a culture shift since Chun Hsien (Michael) Deng’s tragic death in the Baruch hazing incident during December 2013. Deng’s death brought national attention to hazing. QC administration officials implemented guidelines and workshops to keep hazing under control. All Greek students are required to participate in an anti-hazing program this November and sign an anti-hazing form. The form gives a definition of hazing, while prior forms did not include one despite asking students to sign it Judith Krinitz, assistant director of Student Life, said. “Hazing doesn’t have to be physical. It can be emotional or mental,” Krinitz said. QC, under the umbrella of CUNY, prompted more…