• Op-Eds

    Learning to Serve the Autism Community

    In today’s age, where everything is in a constant state of movement and change, one thing that remains timeless is the idea of encouraging students to make this world a better place. Here at Queens College, the very foundational principle of our school is to help and serve the people around us. Our motto, “Discimus ut Serviamus”, which translates into, “We learn so that we may serve,” is a driving force in what paths students choose to embark on, and the classes they take along the way. One class that exemplifies what it means to learn and really serve others in our community, is a program offered to undergraduate students…

  • News

    Pavilion still holds significance 50 years later

    The New York State Pavilion is a recognizable landmark in Flushing-Meadows Corona Park in Queens. However, its presence drew debate on what should be done to the site with solutions ranging from demolition to re-investment. Constructed for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, the Pavilion includes different structures like the Observation Towers. The towers are three large structures, which were a major plot device in the 1997 film “Men in Black” starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. “Looming over the New York State Pavilion are three observation towers, one of which is the tallest structure at the Fair — 226 feet. Beneath the towers is the Tent of Tomorrow,…

  • News

    Author reports on Western surveillance policies against Muslims

    The issue of surveillance against Muslims is a major civil liberties issue in the United States. Wiretapping was present throughout CUNY campuses, including Queens College. A few years ago, NYPD officers — or paid informants — spied on Muslim students as documented in the report “Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and Its Impact on American Muslims,” which was released last year. Arun Kundnani, a QC adjunct professor, reported on the consequences of such policies in his book, “The Muslims Are Coming: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror,” released on March 18. Kundnani was born and raised in London, England and graduated from Cambridge University. He arrived to the U.S.…

  • News

    NYPIRG examines homelessness and hunger in NYC

    The New York Public Interest Research Group emphasized homelessness and hunger in an event on March 26, featuring a short documentary and discussion in Powdermaker Hall. The group elaborated on the significance of the two issues in New York while students discussed their own view on homelessness and food insecurity, after the documentary. The documentary, produced by Russia Today, was titled “Big City Life” and examined the lives of New Yorkers around homelessness, including those displaced. More than 6,000 people are homeless in New York City, according to the Coalition of the Homeless. This was cited as the “the highest level ever recorded.” The number of homeless people in shelters…

  • Sports

    Small attendance sports games do not affect QC athletes

    For some, college sports are seen as more important than professional sports because college athletes have a determined game that is not motivated by money. The NCAA Tournament is even called March Madness for the excitement it brings. Sports can provide an entertaining and exciting atmosphere for students. Queens College has a total of 18 teams. The teams range from men’s baseball to women’s lacrosse, with a good variety between the men’s and woman’s sports. So, why aren’t QC students attending sporting events? The sport that has the highest average home attendance is basketball on both of the men and women’s side, according to queensknights.com. The women’s basketball team averages 99 people at home games, while the…