• Arts & Entertainment

    Spotlight on the iTones: QC’s first official a capella group

    Queens College’s iTones is a co-ed a capella group founded in 2012 by President Taylor Blanket and Vice President Jessica Altieri. A cappella is technically defined as “singing without instrumental accompaniment.” While some groups use their voices to emulate instruments others are more traditional and focus on harmonizing. “I met Jessica in a jazz history class. I pitched the idea of starting an a capella group on campus. We both came from choral backgrounds during our years in high school,” Blanket said. “With a lot of determination and a little bit of luck, we were able to fill out all the paperwork, write up a proposal, and collect 20 signatures…

  • News

    Queens College President Felix V. Matos Rodriguez Joins the 2015 Class of Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows

    QC President Felix V. Matos Rodriguez was chosen to participate in the Aspen Institute Ascend Fellowship. The Ascend Fellowship was launched in 2011 with its primary mission of combating intergenerational poverty using a two-generation strategy. “I look forward to using my experience as an Ascend Fellow to explore ways to improve the educational outcomes of college students who are parents both at Queens College and throughout the City University of New York system,” Rodriguez said. The announcement was made on March 10.  “Too many families are struggling, and it is time for a new generation of leaders who have the vision, innovation, and drive to develop a portfolio of solutions…

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    CUNY invests nearly $5 million in fossil fuel companies

    CUNY invested more than $4.9 million last year in fossil fuel companies such as ExxonMobil, Chevron and Royal Dutch Shell, according to documents provided by CUNY Prison Divest obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. CUNY Divest, a student-led organization founded in spring 2013, is pushing CUNY to divest from fossil fuels. The group uses methods to pressure CUNY to divest on social media and hosts regular meetings throughout CUNY to spread their message. Dan Asselin, a Brooklyn College alum and a founder of the CUNY Divest campaign, explained the group formed at a march in Washington D.C. two years ago. “A handful of CUNY students and alumni had been…

  • Sports

    Students and community can get cool in QC’s pool

    Did you know there is a pool at Queens College? Not many students are aware of the Olympic sized, 25 yards long and six-lane wide pool located in the Fitzgerald Gymnasium. The Queens College Aquatics Department offers two programs for the pool. The first makes the pool available to students to be used during recreational hours. All students have to do is present their current QC ID and they are given a pass. Students swimming can use the four lanes that vary in speed, including slow, medium, fast and freestyle. There are 25 certified lifeguards on staff and are always present on the pool deck. Alicia Lampasso-Dillon is the Aquatics…

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    Project Sunshine hosts multi-cultural fashion show for charity

    Project Sunshine hosted their first annual multi-cultural fashion show on April 15 in the Student Union Ballroom. Fifty-five models from 38 different countries walked the runway to raise money for hospitalized children. QC students came together to represent their cultures through style and entertainment. Students took turns representing their countries, wearing traditional garb from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt and more. QC Fanaa and the QC Step Team performed in between catwalks. Project Sunshine also welcomed The Wanted Ashiqz, winners of “So You Think You Can Dance” for Best Dance Crew. The QC chapter of Project Sunshine was founded in 2013 and has created innovative events ever since. “Project Sunshine is…