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    SFC candidate hopes to give back to QC community

    Christopher Labial describes his youthful self as a “military brat.” Growing up in a military family, he went to international school and first studied in the U.S. in 2008 at Benjamin Cardozo High School. Now he is the President of F.L.I.G.H.T., which stands for Filipinos Living to Instill Growth, Honor and Tradition, and is also a member of different clubs on campus, including the Queens College Dream Team and the iTones, an acapella group. In general, Labial feels at home at QC. “I’ve come to appreciate everyone on this campus,” Labial said. Labial, a junior and an English major, is running on the Students For Change ticket as the successor…

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    IA candidate challenges incumbent party over policies and transparency

    Junior Mohammed Hassan is the presidential nominee of Independent Alliance, which was formed last April by students and former members and officials of Students for Change and United People, to create major changes on campus. “We want students to feel comfortable to be involved with student government,” Hassan said. Hassan will be running against Students For Change’s nominee Christopher Labial and independent candidates Andrew Millan and Luis Cuadros. IA, Hassan said, is not a centralized party, but one where many people can work with one another with no “low or high members.” “The party stands for an independent group of people. Each group of leaders thinks for themselves and we…

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    The Knight News Roundtable: SA President Raj Maheshwari

    Every April, Queens College students cast their votes to decide which candidates will lead the Student Association. After a particularly heated election between the Students for Change and Independent Alliance, Raj Maheshwari, SFC, officially stepped into office on June 1 as President of the Student Association. Five months later, Maheshwari sat down with The Knight News team to discuss the successes, struggles and aspirations of his administration. The transition into presidency was a smooth one for the 20-year-old corporate finance major. “I’m fortunate enough to be surrounded by a team of people who carried over from last year’s administration and really knew the ropes,” Maheshwari said. “Technically I was part of last year’s administration. Before taking the…

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    Your money down the drain

    One year later, Karamvir Singh sat quietly, with his hands folded in the conference room of his office, room 319 in the Student Union, waiting to be interviewed. His once energetic eyes during his candidacy last April, now showed a sudden aged weariness. Singh, 21, is the president of the student government run by Students for Change, a political party that emerged from defected members of United People, citing disapproval on UP’s heavy influence by alumni and inefficient internal operations after the party won elections. During his candidacy last spring, Singh told The Knight News that once students “get into UP there’s no real motivation to make the change. It’s…