• News

    Students cordial despite Gaza-Israel conflict

    Protests across the world have targeted both sides of the Gaza-Israel conflict with flag burning and chants of destruction, but Queens College has been absent from this despite large Jewish and Muslim groups amongst the student population. The Gaza–Israel conflict is an ongoing dispute within the frame of the longterm Israeli–Palestinian conflict in the territory of the Gaza Strip. Ongoing Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel grew intense late in October and Israel’s government has responded with military force. The death toll since the start of Israel’s offensive is up to 111, including 56 civilians, according to CBS News. Some 840 people have been wounded, including 225 children. Three Israeli civilians have been killed and dozens have been…

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    Emergence of swastikas on campus

    Swastikas were seen on walls inside Powdermaker Hall during the week of Kristallnacht, an annual event that calls awareness to Nov. 9, 1938, when the Nazis coordinated an attack on Jews and their property in Germany. “The discovery of swastikas on campus particularly during the week commemorating Kristallnacht and the start of the Holocaust is disturbing,” said Steven Appel, assistant director of the Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding at Queens College. “As someone who lost family members in the Holocaust, I am pained by the news.” Uri Cohen, the executive director of QC’s Hillel, said such behavior is a step back on what is typically a peaceful and…

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    Blackboard expands through CUNY

    CUNY agreed to a 10 year contract with Blackboard Inc., a company that several of the University’s schools are already familiar with, on Nov. 27 to establish an online teaching and learning platform for all of its campuses. This will feature Blackboard under a new leader as Michael Chasen, Blackboard’s co-founder and chief executive officer, intends to step down at the end of this year. With more than 540,000 students across 23 campuses, CUNY needs the technology to meet the needs of its students, officials said. In a press release by CUNY’s deputy chief information officer, James Haggard said, “We’re trying to structure ourselves so that we can chart a…

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Art professor’s sculptures reflects natural issues

    Walking around Queens College lately, students may have noticed contemporary works of art decorating the campus, like the worm outside of Klapper Hall or the black drapings outside Campbell Dome. These pieces of art are accredited to Thea Lanzisero, a professor in the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing and literary translation at QC, who recently held an exhibition in Klapper Hall. “Her best work reflects a transition from single object orientation to a broader based theme and ideology reflecting issues that concern us all, like global warming, genetic engineering and factory farming,” said Tyrone Mitchell, a professor at QC who instructed Lanzisero in her public artwork. Growing…

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    Late start to the Evening Readings

    Joyce Carol Oates was 40-minutes late to her appearance at this season’s second Evening Readings series, held on Nov. 20 at the LeFrak Concert Hall. As soon as she came on stage — still slightly disheveled from running on stage — the audience gave her a round of applause. “I just spent four hours in the car!” Oates emphatically said. She was coming all the way from Princeton University, where she has taught since 1978. Oates is 74-years-old and has written over 50 novels, including “them,” a National Book Award winner and “Black Water,” a Pulitzer Prize nominee. Due to this, the evening’s events were delayed about 10-minutes but that…