May 13, 2013

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Vast Majority of CUNY Community College Students in Need of Remediation

By Kay Morgan Three semesters ago, in fall 2011, there were 3,394 new students admitted to QCC. Of those new students, it turned out that almost 2,500 of them needed some kind of remediation. According to the data for 2011, 72% (that’s 7 out of 10 students) were required to take a remedial class. As […]

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May 13, 2013

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What’s Really Behind the Rising Cost of College?

By Rachel Poulos Colleges are charged with providing academic instruction for the fulfillment of the mission of higher education. At the same time, they are financially strained by the operational costs incurred in providing these services. There is a perpetual conflict between satisfying the operating costs of running an institution and meeting the demands of […]

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April 13, 2013

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Blood on the Tracks

By Maria Fabregas When you live within one of New York City’s 5 boroughs, even if you own a car, at one point or another, there will come a time where you will have to ride the MTA. The MTA is probably the most reliable source of transportation for most of NYC’s community. It can […]

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April 13, 2013

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“No” Means “No”; Did Steubenville Miss the Memo?

By Rachel Poulos Early in February 2013, two 16-year-old boys were set for trial in juvenile court in Steubenville, Ohio, for the rape of a 16-year-old girl on the night of August 11th, 2012. The trial divided both the town of Steubenville and the rest of the nation through worldwide media coverage that closely followed […]

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April 13, 2013

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Could you survive off of $15,080 a year in NY?

By Shanell Smith Once a national leader, minimum wage in the State of New York is now the federal minimum at just $7.25 per hour. Meaning New Yorkers get the same rates as someone living in places with much lower costs of living, like Iowa or Oklahoma. Minimum wage has failed to keep up with […]

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March 13, 2013

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Poll Shows Many QCC Students Working Long Hours and Paying the Price

By Maria Fabregas and Morr Tsvi      Maria Beatriz Morillo, a full-time student in the Liberal Arts program at QCC, is working over 35 hours a week. She enrolled in 2010 and expects to complete her studies at QCC by the end of the Spring semester. This means, she will have spent three years […]

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March 13, 2013

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The Road to Repeat

By Ariel Gomerez Every year a team wins a championship for their school, but rarely does a team repeat the achievement. That is what’s on the mind of every Queensborough Tiger this year as they begin to train. Last year was a great year for Queensborough’s baseball teams. Led by head coach Roger Mischel, the […]

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March 13, 2013

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The Devil and Ms. Spencer: Chuck Palahniuk’s Damned is delightful

By Rachel Poulos                                                                                            Chuck Palahniuk’s latest adventure into the world […]

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March 13, 2013

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Obama’s College “Scorecard” Ignores the Real Problems Facing College Students

By Gabriel Marrero On February 12, 2013, President Obama held his first State of the Union address since being re-elected. Among the many topics that the president spoke about, including gun control and jobs, the one that took center stage was his stance on education. During his speech, President Obama acknowledged the rising costs of […]

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February 19, 2013

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QCC’s Graduation Gap: Graduation and Transfer Rates for Black Students at QCC Falling Fast

By Laura Acosta While overall graduation and transfer rates at QCC decreased slightly in 2010, a racial gap has significantly increased over the past five years among Black students, who currently have the lowest graduation and transfer rates of any group at Queensborough.   College Measures, a website that publishes statistical information on colleges and […]

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February 19, 2013

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Queensborough: A History of Pride

By John Duran Queensborough Community College has a very rich and interesting past. The QCC campus was originally part of the Oakland Country Club, one of whose buildings we still use today as the art gallery and faculty dining area. In September of 1960, Queensborough opened up as the third community college in New York […]

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February 19, 2013

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Stop and Frisk Forum at QCC

Danielle Del Priore People who are believed to be suspicious are being stopped and searched randomly with force all over New York City. The source of all this unnecessary conflict regarding the NYPD is the Stop and Frisk Policy, which occurs when a person who is usually Hispanic, Latino or African American is halted, questioned, […]

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February 19, 2013

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Humanities Courtyard: VIP to Birds Not to Students

By Marisol del pozo The courtyard located on the 4th floor of the Humanities building has been closed for more than three years and many students are wondering when it will be open again. Although previous student government leaders had promised to do something about the closed courtyard, the administration has said they have no […]

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February 19, 2013

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Students Complain New Credit Card Minimum Unfair

By Michael Rodriguez Metropolitan Food Services, the company which provides food services in the QCC cafeteria, café, and student union buildings, recently enacted a six dollar minimum purchase requirement for all credit card transactions. The new minimum has upset many students who worry that the minimum will wind up causing them to spend more money […]

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February 19, 2013

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Club Schmeller

By John Duran Did you hear about the school’s new hang out spot? There are computers to use, books to read, places to sleep in, and you can even eat there! It’s called the Schmeller Library. The overcrowded library seems to have become a shelter as well as a place for students who are waiting […]

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February 19, 2013

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Massive Renovation of Science Building to Begin This Year

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By Luke Tabet The latest capital project being undertaken by QCC is the remodeling of the Science Building Courtyard. The new construction will include the addition of a new kitchen, serving area, elevator and bathrooms, as well as an enclosed dining/meeting space with a capacity to seat up to 500 people. The Communiqué spoke with […]

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November 20, 2012

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QCC English Department Recalls Chair: President Accepts Deputy Chair David Humphries for Position After Much Debate

By Luke Tabet On October 24 English Department Chairperson Linda Reesman was recalled by the members of the English faculty, who then elected Deputy Chairperson David Humphries to replace her. Soon after the vote, however, Interim President Diane B. Call announced that she would not accept the faculty’s election of Humphries and that former Chairperson […]

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November 20, 2012

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Three Generations of Spanish Painters Come to QCC

Kenniesha Fowler “Three Generations,” the latest show at The QCC art Gallery showcases the works of three generations of extraordinary Spanish painters: Rachael Aguilera, Florencio Aguilera, and Chencho Aguilera. The show opened on Friday October 12, 2012 and continues through January 5 2013. The paintings are very beautiful and they show just how talented these […]

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November 20, 2012

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The Student Holiday Survival Guide

By Alison Lo So the Thanksgiving season is finally upon us, and between your dysfunctional family and the annual empty carb-loaded feast, the last thing you’re feeling right now is festive. Well, rest assured your relatives are probably not too keen on seeing your face either. So how do you survive this relative-infested holiday? First, […]

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November 20, 2012

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No to Police Brutality: Justice For Noel

By Alyssa Ruiz A great deal of Society looks upon the police department as heroic individuals, whose main purpose is to help minimize crime and protect the community. For many officers, they live by protecting their community, however for other officers; the only way to get the job done is through violence and brutality. Officers […]

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November 20, 2012

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CUNY Gets $142 Million from City and State

By Michael Rodriguez On October 12, 2012, the city of New York granted the City University an additional $71 million dollars, distributed over the next four years, to be used for ongoing capital projects and urgently needed repairs. This is in addition to another $71 million in matching funds from the state for a total […]

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November 20, 2012

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Life at QCC?

By John Duran Imagine a campus where students lounge on the grass together to study or where students and teachers sit somewhere and have regular conversations. A campus full of movement, excitement, and a buzzing social life. Well that was once what the Queensborough Community College campus looked like. In going through the yearbooks and […]

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November 20, 2012

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How to Save a Life

By Darren Donnelly Dear Mayor Bloomberg, You know that crazy, fearless kid that rides his bicycle through the city traffic going about a hundred miles per hour? Well, that used to be me. Growing up I was never afraid of anything. I was fearless. If you dared me to do something I’d do it. I […]

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November 20, 2012

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QCC: Not as Clean as it Could be

By Al Negron Have you ever walked around the QCC campus and noticed that there is a lot of garbage in places that it should not be in? Well, sadly you are not alone. If you don’t pay much attention to our campus, you’ll quickly notice a bunch of unsanitary situations sitting in your face […]

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November 20, 2012

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Halloween with Hurricane Sandy: NYC in the Dark

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By Luke Tabet It is dark. A harsh wind sends a chill straight though me. All around is chaos, flashing lights and ominous trees, their crooked branches silhouetted overhead as masked figures and painted ghouls hurry past. This is no haunted house; this is New York City in the aftermath of Sandy’s fury. The date […]

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November 20, 2012

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Priority Alert for an Early Meal

By Walter Urquia Almost every QCC student has heard the saying: “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Unfortunately, not many of them take it seriously and make breakfast a part of their daily routine.  Skipping breakfast has become a familiar habit among college students. Many students refuse to eat breakfast before going […]

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November 20, 2012

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QCC Runners Take CUNY CC Championships Again

By Danielle Del Priore The Queensborough Community College Tigers’ Cross Country Men’s and Women’s teams have both brought home yet another championship title from the CUNY Conference Championships. The CUNY Championships were held in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, on October 28, 2012. This is the fifth Championship win in a row for the […]

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November 20, 2012

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Are you Tough Enough?

By Azzouzi Nsouli Are you physically fit? If your answer to this question is a confident “yes,” then put your money where your mouth is and be part of a fitness challenge. Fitness challenges are slowly becoming a very popular trend in the twenty-first century fitness world. So, what is a fitness challenge you ask? […]

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October 14, 2012

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Witness and Betrayal: Weiss’ Your Unknown Brother Screened at Holocaust Resource Center

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By Andrew Lagnese As part of its monthly Cinema presentations at the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives, Ulrich Weiss’ “Your Unknown Brother” was screened on September 5. Your Unknown Brother (Dein Unbekkanter Bruder, 1982) tells of the struggles of a German anti-Fascist, recently released from prison where he had been incarcerated for his political […]

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October 14, 2012

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English Dept. Rejects Pathways: Refuses to Cut Contact Hours for Composition Courses

by Luke Tabet On September 12, faculty in the English Department here at QCC refused to ratify recommended changes to the English composition curriculum that would have conformed to CUNY’s new Pathways Initiative. The QCC administration quickly responded by sending a letter to the English faculty, which, among other things, threatened to remove all composition […]

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