• News

    Privacy paramount for social movements on campus

    The digital privacy of students at Queens College is a controversial topic for social activist groups on campus. According to Claudia Colbert, Assistant Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, QC employs multiple levels of network security, requiring usernames and passwords to access the network. Additionally, Colbert said the network is policed using tools that continuously monitor network traffic to identify malware, botnets and other forms of malicious behavior. Ali Wassem, a sophomore and accounting and finance major minoring in Arabic, said he is more focused on his education but digital privacy and surveillance is a concern. “We’ve had informants inside our organization, and it is scary,” Wassem…

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    Exploring military and civilian divide on campus

    A forum for student veterans and civilians was held on Friday, April 15 at the Intersections International Office in Manhattan.   Thirty-three year old student veteran, Patrick Donahue, spoke at the event. Donahue is a United States Army veteran and described the struggles he faced in college.   “I had my ups and downs just like everyone in life. Back in high school, I graduated with a 67 average. I was a class clown and was put in Special Education. My mother had to stay with me in class so I would not act up. I started going to college in 1999 and my GPA was a 1.1. I dropped…

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    Strike authorization vote to begin

    While CUNY students prepare for their finals, professors and staff have an assignment of their own—a vote to authorize use of a strike. The Professional Staff Congress, the union representing more than 25,000 professors and staff at CUNY, notified their members that a vote for a strike authorization will begin from May 2 to 11. The union’s vote is a response to the lack of a contract for employees since 2010. In a message to members, PSC President Barbara Bowen noted the vote does not mean the union will go on strike. But, she explained it would show CUNY it is prepared to get a contract. “Think about what just…

  • Arts & Entertainment

    “Everybody Wants Some!!” lets the good times roll

    “Everybody Wants Some!!,” directed by Richard Linklater, is told with the perfect touch of lightness and complexity that comes together in a terrifically fun and insightful movie. The 2016 film is told with a loose storyline that meanders in all the right directions. It is amazingly rich and has an unforgettable ensemble of characters. “Everybody Wants Some!!” depicts the seemingly never-ending good times of a group of hard-partying college kids on a school baseball team. Set in the 80’s, the film is full of short shorts, mustaches and disco. The film is deeply nostalgic, while still seeming universal and timeless. Although this film will particularly resonate deeply with college students,…

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    Test brings headaches for many student teachers

    Among the different assessments that potential teachers must take for New York State certification, one is especially controversial for its standards—edTPA. Developed by Stanford University, the assessment requires students to submit a portfolio that includes of commentaries, student work and at least one video of them teaching. The latter requires parental consent of kids in the video, a challenge for those taking the test. After New York required its use in 2014, the teacher assessment test was by unions and groups, including the American Federation of Teachers and New York State United Teachers. Beverly Falk, director of the Graduate Programs in Early Childhood Education at City College of New York,…