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    How Will New York City’s Budget Cuts Affect CUNY And Our Community

    The COVID-19 pandemic that has taken over our nation has caused a decline in our economy by disrupting the city’s businesses, and more importantly, our schools and public services. For months, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and state budget officials have warned that New York and local governments would have to make extreme cuts to essential services including law enforcement, fire departments, and schools due to lack of additional federal stimulus money. Within these cuts, primary education is the most recent victim of the cutbacks, causing local school districts to announce possible layoffs and moving to more remote learning in order to save money. The City University of New York schools…

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    OP-ED: Is QC becoming more like a private institution?

    Summer sessions at QC have a wider range of course offerings, compared to the fall semesters. Essentially, only students who can pay the high prices of the summer session can get a better education. I agree that this is extremely unfair and that summer session should be more accessible to students of all income levels at QC however, I don’t agree with the idea that this unfair practice is causing QC to become more of a private institution.  The Summer session at QC (and by extension Winter Session) have always been known for being expensive and requiring most to pay huge amounts out-of-pocket. This is primarily due to lack of…

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    QC’s Student Senate Confronts Its Lack of Graduate Representation

    The Graduate Center provides services for, among others, QC graduate students, who find themselves without a representative in the Senate. The Queens College Student Senate is the legislative branch of the Student Association. As outlined on its website, its primary responsibilities are to “consider such bills and resolutions as may concern the general welfare of the Queens College student body and moderate the actions of the Executive Branch.”  By this measure, there’s a glaring problem in the Student Senate: the inadequate representation of Queens College’s graduate students.  Of the 20 students that comprise the Senate, only one is involved in graduate study. Without the contributions of someone with a thorough…

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    QC’s Torrid Relationship With Its Black Population

    In light of the national outcry against systemic racism it’s imperative we discuss the historical initiatives taken at QC to combat the issue, starting with recognition of the SEEK Program.  The Percy E. Sutton Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) Program stands on the shoulders of political and progressive giants; notably Percy E Sutton, Shirley Chisholm, Basil Patterson, David Dinkins and Charles Rangel who seized the historical provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that banned segregation and the Higher Education Act of 1965 that allocated federal funds for financial assistance to low-income students.  “Currently the SEEK Program at Queens College has the most diverse group of students…

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    Black Latinx Faculty Staff Association Confronts Lack of Diversity

    Queens College is a school that has long touted the diversity of its students, but what about its faculty, staff, and administration? Although diversity amongst the student body has never been exemplary, it has been especially lacking the farther up you move along the totem pole of hierarchy. In 2019, it was reported that 6.3% of the full-time faculty was Black and 7.3% was Latinx. It was also reported that 5.9% of the part-time faculty was Black while 9.7% was Latinx. Three departments with a shockingly minimal number of Black faculty include the Biology, Physics and Library department. These statistics showcase only an iota of the blatant racial disparities QC…