• Arts & Entertainment

    College’s orchestra performs scores from classic films

    Queens College’s orchestra performed musical scores from hit films like “Jaws” and “Star Wars” at LeFrak Concert Hall on Dec. 9 and 11. Titled “Music from the Movies: Star Wars to Harry Potter,” the performance played themes for a sold-out audience on both days. Jonathan Archer, 23, a sophomore, played the violin in the orchestra and said there was a lot of effort in rehearsing for the event. “We rehearsed for three hours a day, two days a week over three weeks. I found it fun and different to do something outside of the classical repertoire,” Archer said. Some orchestra musicians were spotted in costume as witches, Storm Troopers or…

  • Op-Eds

    CUNY Service Corps: NYC Smoke Free

    Over the past several months, I have had the pleasure of being an intern at NYC Smoke Free at Public Health Solutions in Queens. I got this position through the CUNY Service Corps program in Queens College. NYC Smoke Free is an organization that works to combat tobacco companies, educate the public about the dangers of smoking, and advocate the benefits of living in smoke free spaces. Being an intern, I assist with many of the projects that Smoke Free is working on in Queens. I visited legislators to educate about smoke free housing, assisted with letters to smoke free housing and smoke free media, and I visited high schools…

  • News

    MTA Brings A New Change—Select Bus Service

    The Q44 underwent a change Nov. 29 after running on the Select Bus Service, which certainly affects Queens College. First introduced in 2008, the Select Bus Service program is different than a local or Limited Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus. It includes vending machines at each stop, a new bus layout, a quicker route and more. Riders at the machines are given a receipt, which officer Fawaiz Clemons from Public Safety said must be held. “There are undercover inspectors to check upon you. If you don’t have the receipt, you get fined a $100,” Clemons said. QC’s Shuttle Bus to Jamaica was relocated to 146th Street and Jamaica Avenue in response…

  • News

    MSA chapter at QC helps during Charity Week

    The Muslim Student Association’s chapter at Queens College raised the most money for Charity Week, which provides funds for people in need. Charity Week is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that functions under Islamic Relief and unites young people to raise money. In late October, more than 20 volunteers organized events like a tennis tournament and a competition with the FIFA video game series. Khalida Jalili, organizer with MSA, learned about Charity Week from Dr. Muhammad Wajid Akhter. “I was inspired that university students in various parts of the world were enthusiastically and diligently cooperating together in raising money for their little siblings around the world,” Jalili said. Since Charity Week began in 2000,…

  • Sports

    QC alum Michael Cohen reflects career in roundtable

    Michael Cohen is a producer and director for major networks like ESPN, NBC and FOX. He was head of production for two FIFA World Cups, producer for nine Olympics Games, nominated 15 times for the Emmys and produced the first-ever Extreme Games or X-Games. He is also a Queens College professor. Cohen graduated from QC in 1983. He came to the college in September 2014 to speak. Afterward, he worked with Michael Weisman, his business mentor, to create a class in the media studies department. Cohen currently teaches a sports broadcasting class at the Campbell Dome on Thursdays from 10:05 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. “I treat it as if I’m…