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    Baruch hazing death changes attitudes toward Greek life

    Queens College’s Greek life faced a culture shift since Chun Hsien (Michael) Deng’s tragic death in the Baruch hazing incident during December 2013. Deng’s death brought national attention to hazing. QC administration officials implemented guidelines and workshops to keep hazing under control. All Greek students are required to participate in an anti-hazing program this November and sign an anti-hazing form. The form gives a definition of hazing, while prior forms did not include one despite asking students to sign it Judith Krinitz, assistant director of Student Life, said. “Hazing doesn’t have to be physical. It can be emotional or mental,” Krinitz said. QC, under the umbrella of CUNY, prompted more…

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    American millenials are highly educated, but least skilled, report says

    Americans born after 1980 trail behind their international associates in terms of skill, despite acquiring the most education out of the previous generations, a new Education Testing Service report said. The report shared data from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, a comparative international assessment, which tested the aptitudes of people ages 16 to 65 in 22 countries. The authors chose the millennials as the focal point for the research for several key reasons. “First, these young adults include the most recent products of our educational systems. Second, according to recent reports, they have attained the most years of schooling of any cohort in American history. And,…

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    Tuition reimbursed for undocumented CUNY students

    CUNY gave thousands of dollars back to undocumented students who have been overpaying their tuition. Upon admission to the school, many undocumented students were uninformed they should have been charged in-state tuition, Lorena Carino, president of Queens College Dream Team, said. “It’s good they’re doing that, they should have never taken that money from us,” Carino, a junior, said. For some time, the Dream Team campaigned for the approval of the New York State Dream Act, which allows undocumented youth to gain access to financial aid. However, opposing sides believed the tax money should only benefit the documented students. “It’s not like they’re giving us this money and that’s it. No, we’re giving back,” Carino…

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    Students struggle with CUNY snow day policy

    Many students looked out the window and called it a day, but Catherine Kim was determined to stay. After her first class ended at 10:15 a.m., the senior hiked through the puddles of snow to the music library to get work done before her 5 p.m. class. Snow, sleet and hail continued pour. She proceeded to check her email and the Queens College website every hour or so, to see whether or not classes were canceled only to be kept waiting until the last minutes. Six hours and 45 minutes later, it was time start her lonely journey to Queens Hall. She checked one last time for email updates but received nothing. “From the music…

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    New email system replaces Lotus Notes

    The QC community was recently informed that the Lotus Notes student email system will be deactivated and replaced with Office 365, a web-based service provided by Microsoft, which provides various features. “Microsoft’s latest offering, Office 365, provides our students with much more than e-mail and calendars. It includes a feature-rich set of tools for collaboration using Microsoft cloud-based products like Word, Excel and PowerPoint,” Markus Erndl, interim deputy chief information officer, said. Additional features include 1 terrabyte of cloud storage, improved mobile access through support for IOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows phone and up to five separate installations of the full version of Microsoft Office Suite. Office 365 also plans…