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    Jose Vargas talks about the changing American identity

    In 2011, Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning filmmaker and journalist, made a risky decision—he came out as an undocumented immigrant.   He made this decision not only to liberate himself, but also use his status in media to make an impact on the immigration debate.   “I am really tired of being the minority, and I would argue that there is a new majority, a new mainstream. All of these people that we think are minority are moving together into a mainstream,” Vargas said.   Vargas spoke April 13 at Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library 230 about this and other immigration issues in the United States.   Vargas talked about…

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    Music provides little understanding of wars post 9/11

    The relationship between war and music in the post 9/11 era is different than it was during the height of the Vietnam War. On April 28, Columbia University hosted an event called Soundtrack of War, which examined the parallels between music and the wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Service Together, an organization that seeks to bridge the gap between veterans and civilians, organized the event. The music of the 1960’s gave listeners, present and future, an understanding of the conflict and politics of the time. The same cannot be said of the wars following 9/11. In terms of the war and the politics around it, veterans of Iraq and…

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    Charges of anti-Semitism with activist group at CUNY

    A year ago, the Zionist Organization of America, a pro-Israel group founded in 1897, received reports of anti-Semitism from Jewish students, Hillel directors and even their own professionals at CUNY. “These Jewish students, they’re afraid to wear yarmulkes [and] Jewish t-shirts,” Morton Klein, national president of ZOA, said. In response, the organization wrote a letter to CUNY demanding they act against Students for Justice in Palestine, the student-led group Klein described as anti-Semitic. CUNY, in response to ZOA and other state lawmakers demanding action, created two task forces—Task Force on Campus Climate and Working Group on Freedom of Expression. The Task Force on Campus Climate is led by Queens College…

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    “Shark Tank” event comes to QC

    TAMID at Queens College is going to host their second annual TAMID Tank in the Goldstein Theatre on May 11 at 6:00 p.m. This event, featuring Kevin Harrington of ABC’s hit show Shark Tank, gives three New York based student-run startups the opportunity to pitch their companies to the “sharks” for a shot at $100,000 in investment capital. The TAMID Group is a student-led program at top universities that connects business-minded students with the Israeli economy. “The Israeli economy is an anomaly, it’s a tiny country with a huge amount of innovation and there is a lot to learn from it,” Shlomo Klahr, project manager of the QC chapter, said.…

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    Queens College Jewish Organization Hillel

    Hillel, an organization on campus that provides services for the Jewish community at QC, received the outstanding campus award in December. Located in room 206 of the Student Union, Hillel offers prayer service, computer access, lectures, bible readings and even video games for students to enjoy. Access to internships, scholarships and jobs are also available through the Queens College Career Services department. The executive director at Hillel is Uri Cohen. Cohen has been a part of Hillel for over four years. The previous director was Rabbi Moshe Shur, who served as director for 32 years. “I feel so fortunate to be director at Hillel,” Cohen said. “Receiving the Hillel Outstanding…