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    Chipotle Charged $1.3 Million in Child Labor Violations

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s official website, part of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is “to protect the educational opportunities of minors and prohibit their employment in jobs and under conditions detrimental to their health or well-being.” However, Chipotle’s chain of Mexican grills in the state of Massachusetts failed to comply with that law, resulting in a fine totaling roughly $1.3 million on account of over 13,000 violations across more than 50 state-wide eateries. Massachusetts’s labor laws authorize minors to work no more than 48 hours a week. 14 to 15-year-olds cannot work later than 7 PM. That time is bumped up three hours to 10 PM…

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    Budget Crisis Sends a Ripple Effect Throughout Queens College

    Queens College is bending to demands forced upon it in recent years by an increasing budget issue that’s rapidly spreading across the entire CUNY system. “A disturbing trend in faculty hiring at QC is that we increasingly hire lecturers rather than professorial lines,” an anonymous professor wrote in a statement, “simply because lecturers’ salaries are lower and they are contractually required to teach more — 24 credits a year instead of 18 credits a year for a professorial line.” The professor chose to remain anonymous due to conflict of interest. The professor further explained that the simple money-saving strategy contributes to a snowball effect for students. Professors have an annual…

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    EEEEEATSCON ’18: West Coast food festival comes to New York

    This month, the food festival EEEEEATSCON came to Forest Hills Stadium on Oct. 6, bringing with it a wide variety of creative, delicious and picturesque meals for its numerous attendees. Being something of an eating enthusiast, I decided to buy a ticket and check out the event myself. Despite my adoration for all kinds of food, however, I had personally never been to a food festival before – my only experience with large-scale events like this had been things like New York Comic Con, which coincidentally took place that same weekend, leading me to wonder how much of a turnout I would actually find. Seemingly, that overlap had little effect;…

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    How we afford them Apples: Tim Cook releases new iPhone models

    Perennially, the month of September is a tense one for students. It marks the inception of a new semester, and is always permeated by a sense of suspense. How will this assignment go? What is this professor like? Will I fail all my midterms? Should I drop? Thankfully, our friendly neighborhood tech conglomerate, Apple, provides us with some rock solid information in mid-September. No longer do we students of Queens College have to wonder: what will the new iPhones be like? This past September, Tim Cook got on a stage to announce to us the reveal of three new iPhone models: the XS, the XS max, and the XR. The…