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    OP-ED: Are Students Willing to Return to Campus This Upcoming Fall?

    As protesters took to the streets outside Queens College on Sat. June 6, one of the prominent questions of the summer once again flashed through the minds of hundreds of protestors, most of whom were Queens College students; if people are marching shoulder-to-shoulder on Kissena Boulevard, will in-person classes resume this fall? Although this topic has been discussed thoroughly among students and faculty, opinions remain uncertain and diverse: “It seems that every day we hear new things” said Josh Simanowitz, a Senior majoring in Political Science. “Only time will tell. I can’t know if I would feel safe returning to classes in the fall.” Since the Coronavirus pandemic has swept…

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    OP-ED: Are QC students taking advantage of the CR/No CR policy?

    In the wake of COVID-19 which led CUNY Queens College to close its campus, students began to ask for a change within the grading policy. The main argument being that many students will face food and housing insecurity as a result of campus closure. As well as the fact that many students don’t have unlimited access to technological resources when off campus, which suddenly were deemed necessary to complete coursework. This, of course, would prove to have a huge impact on the grades that students would receive this spring semester.  Eventually, The CUNY Board of Trustees approved a policy that allows students to enter in a grade of CR (credit),…

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    OP-ED 10 reasons why political complacency is not an option – Part 2, 5-10

    The following is Part 2 of a two-part series. Both articles highlight the cause and effect of each listed reason as to why political complacency is not an option. 6- If you find yourself caring about any of the following:  The environment, equality, medical care, a healthy economy, discrimination, or other such sociopolitical concerns/matters that affect your life -get involved, speak, push back, type, text, post a sticker, and scrutinize your information sources. The point is that our voices are powerful weapons. Perhaps it’s time to enter your political representative’s phone number and email into your contacts list. They will get the message when you empower yourself.   7- Traditional…

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    Dealing with stress during finals

    We all have finals approaching and want to do the best we can. However, some of us are not the best test takers. Many students often get stressed about their finals, which can cause mental health issues. Here are five tips to help you get through the stressful weeks leading up to finals week:     Time Management. It’s often hard to find the time to study with our busy schedules. However, managing your time correctly can be a useful tool for studying and relaxing. It’s best to have a set time for studying; setting aside a mere one to two hours a day as “studying time” can prove more helpful than…

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    OP-ED: Italy takes notes from America’s experience with fake news

    The New York Times recently ran an article entitled “In Italian Schools, Reading, Writing and Recognizing Fake News,” and while some people can’t believe this is an actual course, others are wondering why it isn’t being implemented in the motherland of misconception—America. The term “fake news” has seeped into the grapevine of Italian culture, and some politicians and leaders fear it will affect  the newest crop of voters in the upcoming election year. Just one sour grape can spoil the entire batch, and Italians take their wine —and politics—seriously. Italy, which is known for its architecture, art and wines, is trying to stomp out the growing problem of fake news…