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    Fight for $15 minimum wage is mixed issue for students

    The Fight for 15 campaign is growing across the U.S., but some Queens College students doubt whether it is possible to do. The campaign calls for the minimum wage to rise to $15 per hour. Under the federal law, minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. But some states and cities have it higher, like Seattle, where it is $15 per hour. Giovanni Deleo, a sophomore, said higher wages may help cover expenses like tuition for students. “With a raise in wages, it could definitely make paying off future loans a lot easier,” Deleo said. Students are fearful of taking out loans without paying it off. One in five Americans over…

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    Queens College community gets active shooter response training

    New York Police Department’s SHIELD unit members, a counterterrorism program, visited Queens College on Nov. 18 to talk about campus safety and active shooters. The event, held at Rosenthal Library 230, comes after many mass shootings across the country with over 290, according to an article from The Washington Post on Oct. 1. Juan Colon is a junior majoring in political science and a Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq. He said the event was a good idea in teaching students what to do. “Even though my military background gives me the reassurance that I would know what to do if I were in a scenario like that, attending…

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    Retired Army officer speaks to students about overcoming obstacles

    The New York Giants faced the Washington Redskins, their rivals, in the third week of the 2007-2008 season. Before the game, retired Army colonel Gregory Gadson, invited by a former West Point classmate, spoke to them about his time as football player at West Point, his team’s commitment to success and his service in Iraq. “I told them that, if I could, I would be back with my soldiers in Iraq. But that isn’t possible and, if given the chance, I would take each and every one of them with me,” Gadson said. The Giants beat the Redskins and later reached the Super Bowl where they defeated the New England…

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    Winter is coming, but food trucks are going

    The distinct smell of Shah’s Halal Food on The Quad at Queens College will soon disappear as winter approaches. During the winter, a few trucks will not appear on campus. However, they will return in the spring. “I’m definitely going to miss the quality food from Shah’s Halal cart,” Joseph Vincent Palermo, a freshman, said. The Dining Services, in response to season, opened a Shah’s Halal Food cart at the Midway Court in the Dining Hall. It is open Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. as well as Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. However, Wafels & Dingles may stay a little longer. Carlin Gilchrist, an employee,…

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    NABA helps students with business opportunities

    During the 1960s, many black accountants felt there were not enough promotions for them in the corporate world. However, in 1969, nine people decided to create NABA to help members network and challenge discrimination. Forty-six years later, there are more than 20,000 members with chapters set up at over 150 colleges and cities across the country, including at Queens College The QC chapter was inactive for many years but returned in November 2013. Kevin Lee, a senior and vice president of the club, said NABA was a vital organization to have for students. “[The] chapter was re-established two years ago by Nigel Barker, current president of NABA QC, and me…