• Arts & Entertainment

    Is “The Birth of a Nation” a Sundance darling or a wide release flop?

    “The Birth of a Nation” is a period biopic about the story of Nat Turner. Like many historical melodramas, the filmmakers were liberal in their use of artistic freedom with the narrative. This is not a failure of the film but rather the filmmaker’s choice to value theme and allegory over historical accuracy. Turner, a slave in the Antebellum South, is not only able to read but is also a preacher. While this may not sound strange today, in the pre-Civil War South it was rarely witnessed. When slave owners take Turner across the country to preach to other slaves, he discovers his voice is the only sign of hope…

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Unfamous Salon showcases art and creativity

    Students, family members and friends gathered together to admire various pieces of artwork made by students at The Unfamous Salon. The Unfamous Salon was a student exhibition that was showcased Oct. 5 to Oct. 14 on the fourth floor in the student gallery of Klapper Hall. It was a multi-platform style attempting to bring the confluences of talent and thinking that would help bring modernism in literature into art. One of the exhibit’s purposes was to support local artists and to expand culture within the Queens College community. More than 30 students from different majors shared their common interest in art by displaying their work in the exhibition. Michele Shakhmurov,…

  • News

    Online bookstore causes problems for some students

    In March, the Queens College Bookstore closed due to the expiration of a contract with the previous provider, Follett. Akademos was selected to be the new book provider, however, the bookstore would be fully online. While the transition did not seem like a big deal, as QC is the fourth CUNY College to have an online-only bookstore, students have been weighing in on their first semester without a bookstore on campus. Ricardo Simpson, a freshman English major, said he had a bad experience with the new online bookstore. “It’s terrible; I would not recommend it to anyone. My book took forever to arrive, so I had to purchase it elsewhere.…

  • Sports

    QC basketball kicks off with Midknight Madness

    On Oct. 13, Queens College hosted its fifth annual Midknight Madness event to officially kick off the basketball season. “Midknight Madness is a celebration, pep rally and kick-off for the men and women’s basketball teams. This is a good time to bring the entire student body together to have fun, introduce them to the sports team and just participate in loads of activities,” Chyna Jude, Director of Athletics at Queens College, said. Since its debut five years ago, the student body and sports teams have made the event a season highlight for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. This year’s festivities included a routine by QC’s dance team, a…

  • Sports

    QC inducts latest class into Athletics Hall of Fame

    On Oct. 14 seven former students were honored at the fifth annual Queens College Athletics Hall of Fame induction dinner. Their legacies were cemented into Queens College forever, or as one new inductee would say, they “put it in the books!” Held at the Harbor Links Golf Club in Port Washington, New York, alumni, current students, friends and family of the Queens College athletic community honored some of QC’s most successful athletes and recognized figures in the sports community. New York Mets broadcaster Howie Rose received special recognition as the Madden Award recipient. The Madden Award honors a former student that has excelled in athletics or contributed to the professional…