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    Community gets active shooter training as part of QC Safety Month

    Members of the New York City Police Department’s counterterrorism division recently visited Queens College to provide information and guidance to students, faculty and staff members on how to react in the event of an active shooter situation. The event, held in the Student Union Ballroom on Nov. 16, was part of a multi-part series based on campus safety as part of QC Safety Month. “We hope to make sure students feel that they are safe, let them know that they are safe and teach them some skills so that if something should happen, they will not be a deer in headlights,” Judy Krinitz, the associate director of Student Development and…

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    Veterans honored at Veterans Day luncheon at QC

    On Nov. 9 Queens College hosted a Veterans Day luncheon in which five veterans were honored for their service to their country. The event opened with the QC student veterans in attendance leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Presenting the awards were numerous city and state officials including Council Member Rory I. Lancman, state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assembly Member Michael Simanowitz and Assembly Member Nily Rozic. The event notably took place the day after the presidential election in which Donald J. Trump was elected. Lancman commented on the importance and the sanctity of the peaceful transition of power. “[It] is secured by the men and women of our armed forces…

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    Retired army veteran shares experiences of overcoming adversity

    When retired Army Master Sergeant Cedric King crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April 2014, he made a statement that said anything is possible despite obstacles faced in life. “I had to believe that with every seed of frustration and difficulty, with every setback and heartache and heartbreak, with every little challenge or tear there was something that had an equivalent benefit,” King said. King shared his experiences overcoming adversity with Queens College students and faculty members during a Disabled Veteran Awareness Program event on Nov. 2 in the Student Union Ballroom. King joined the Army in 1995 and has taken on some of the military’s toughest…

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    CUNY to eliminate application fees for 37,500 students

    Students from low-income families will no longer have to pay the $65 application fee for CUNY schools. The application fee waiver is part of an initiative launched by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina and aims to eliminate financial barriers to affordable education. “Eliminating the application fee for low-income seniors will have a profound impact for thousands of students and their families,” de Blasio said. Additionally, the application fee waiver allows qualified students to submit an application for up to six CUNY schools. This gives students more options as to where to pursue their studies. “This initiative by the city will open the doors…

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    CUNY releases findings of anti-Semitism report

    On Sept. 9 CUNY Chancellor James Milliken released a 24-page report concerning allegations of anti-Semitism within the CUNY system. The report looks at specific incidents reported across four CUNY campuses dating back to 2013. According to a letter from Milliken, the report, which was compiled by Paul Shechtman and Barbara Jones of Bracewell LLP, “contains a thorough analysis of the facts as well as observations that will help guide our work going forward.” The letter goes on to explain that “preserving the right to free expression is at the core of every university’s mission, however, the university will respond appropriately to speech that is hateful, discriminatory and anti-Semitic—even if that…