• Op-Eds

    The sweet taste of the sugar ban

    On Sept. 13, 2012, The New York City Board of Health passed the controversial ban on sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in selected sale venues. Not surprisingly, the beverage industry has promised a legal challenge. How do New Yorkers feel about it?  Nearly 60 percent of New Yorkers responding to a New York Times poll in August did not favor the ban, with some worried about the soda ban starting a slippery slope of regulation. A thoroughly unscientific survey (by show of hands) of around 60 nutrition and exercise science students on the first day of classes found that they largely shared the opinions of their fellow…

  • News

    Aung San Suu Kyi warms Queens as protestors demand attention

    “If any of you are ever put under house arrest” is not the start of typical advice given to a college student living in the United States. However, when it’s Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi on the microphone, you listen. The packed LeFrak Concert Hall — with a seating capacity of more than 480 — had everyone in the audience sitting at the edge of their seats, taking in every, single word coming out of the frail, demure lady on stage. Suu Kyi — also a winner of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded by the U.S. Government to her on Sept. 19 — was paying a visit…

  • News

    CUNY Pathways sparks discourse, yet again

    Imagine a college in the United States — a community college within a university that prides itself on its diversity and immigrant population — suddenly shrinking its English department by 70 percent. Queensborough Community College saw the possibility of just that on Sept. 12 when the English Department staff — upon rejecting the revaluation of courses based on the Pathways curriculum — was threatened by the vice president of the college, listing “serious repercussions” for their rebuff. These included: cancellation of writing classes, termination of adjunct contracts and a review of the employment of the entire full-time faculty. The letter was signed, “Regretfully, Karen,” by Vice President Karen Steele of…

  • News

    CBS host advises students during hard financial times

    Jill Schlesinger, financial analyst and host of CBS radio show, Jill on Money, spoke at the Queens College business forum on Sept. 21, providing advice on money management during turbulent times. In his opening address, President James Muyskens welcomed Schlesinger to the college while addressing her many accomplishments, including her for the evening, morning and Sunday morning CBS news. Many professional people of different cultures attended the forum, which was held in the student union ballroom. Madeline Case, who heard about the forum through the Queens Economic Development Corporation, works in virtual administration and helps people with disabilities. “I’m just looking to make some new business contacts,” Case said. “And…

  • Sports

    Curse of the East Coast Conference Award?

    In 2011, Madden NFL 11 cover athlete Drew Brees threw 22 interceptions, his quarterback rating dropped 20 points and his New Orleans Saints lost in the first round of the playoffs to a team with a losing record. As any sports fanatic is well aware of, there are many superstitions, dogmas and “curses” associated with professional teams, athletes and their performances. Some of the better-known “curses” involve athletes on the covers of video games, such as Madden and MLB: The Show. It has been said that once a star athlete makes the cover, their career spirals downward. The East Coast Conference, which Queens College is a member of, may have…