• News

    Tips and tricks for the expensive textbooks

    Students at Queens College returned to classes earlier this month for homework, tests and the annoying part—textbooks. There are two forms of textbooks, online and physical. But students want the best bang for their buck. Alisa Ford, a freshman attending Nassau Community College, is new to the textbook-buying scene and, like other freshman students, was surprised at the high costs of her books. “As a freshman, I don’t think that I was really aware of how much my textbooks would cost,” she said. “I ended up getting older editions of books since many of my professors said that they would be practically the same.  In the end, I think that…

  • Arts & Entertainment

    “The Big Short” shows limits of American capitalism

    A standard movie centered on the 2007-08 financial crisis could make anyone fall to sleep after the first sentence. Americans, while familiar with the woes of the crisis, may find a movie on economics boring. But “The Big Short” is different as it understands their resistance and functions on this principle. Despite its complex subject, “The Big Short” is riotously funny, delightfully clever and lighthearted; all of this occurs while doing justice to the subject matter. The film is co-written and directed by Adam McKay, known for “Anchorman” and “Talladega Nights.” It is an adaptation of the 2010 best-seller “The Big Short” by journalist Michael Lewis. Arrogant stock trader Jared Vannett, played by Ryan Gosling, narrates…

  • News

    Labor board to review CUNY contract talks

    CUNY submitted a petition to the state’s Public Employment Relations Board calling for a mediator after it could not reach a contract with the Professional Staff Congress. The PSC, the union representing more than 25,000 staff and professors, are in their sixth year of negotiations with administration for a new contract. The last contract expired Oct. 19, 2010. Since then, there were 27 meetings between CUNY and the PSC. Rita Rodin, a spokesperson for CUNY, said the PSC rejected the first offer made on Nov. 4. The union rejected it because of the low salary increase. “CUNY is offering a six-year contract with raises totaling six percent and other non-economic benefits,” she said. CUNY’s petition…

  • News

    Katz speaks about growing changes in Queens

    Queens Borough President Melinda Katz presented her annual State of the Borough address at Queens College on Jan. 21. In front of a packed house at the Colden Auditorium, Katz—in her second address at QC—felt confident in the future of Queens. She emphasized the boroughs contribution to the city’s growth in tourism. “I believe, [Queens] is the norm for the future of our country. We are creating an unbelievable template,” Katz said. Katz also spoke on the diversity of the borough, seen in its media for example. “It is here you will find the true international media capital of the world. [This] includes nine newspapers focused solely on Queens, over five newspapers and broadcasts…

  • News

    Shuttle bus not for all students

    Queens College’s shuttle bus, popular among students, is under scrutiny for its failure to accommodate students with disabilities. This failure to provide special services to students is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA, passed in 1990, forbids discrimination against disabled people with work, life, school and transportation. One section highlights reasonable accommodation to the disabled, unless it creates “an undue financial burden on the public entity.” This includes places like QC. Many students use the shuttle bus that provides service for students, faculty and staff. One bus leaves from the campus to Jamaica, while another goes to Flushing. Moreover, the Flushing bus offers a quick path from Queens Hall to the Student Union. Ahsanul…