• News,  This Week's Paper

    Opinions collide over participatory budgeting during the latest academic senate meeting

    Dissatisfaction with the scheduling of academic senate meetings and the apparent split between the current student association and those who favor participatory budgeting were evident at the most recent meeting of the academic senate. Only about 30 people were present in the 200-person lecture hall. The academic senate, which is comprised of 60 senators–40 of whom are full time faculty and 20 of whom are students– met on Thursday afternoon to discuss issues of concern to the college community. But more than half of the student senators were unable to attend because the meeting was held during class time. Academic senator Victor Young took to the microphone and spoke in…

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    Does Kim + Donald = Boom?

    If you are like most of us, in that you only follow the news in the periphery of your consciousness by either clicking links on Facebook or watching the latest Last Week Tonight, you may have a small, nagging suspicion that at any moment the world will careen into a nuclear Armageddon due to escalating tensions between North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and “The Donald.” While I certainly should hope this isn’t the case (after all, Game of Thrones hasn’t quite finished yet), it behooves the thinking person to develop an awareness of the current, tense political standoff occurring between us and the North Korean regime. To begin our…

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    Justice Sotomayor speaks to students about engagement

    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor told a Queens College audience she believes colleges and universities are doing a lousy job of inspiring civic engagement and civic values in their students. The remark, which elicited uproarious laughter from the audience,  came in response to a question from  President Felix V. Matos during a Q & A session on Oct. 16 in the Lefrak Concert Hall. Justice Sotomayor said civic engagement is crucial because of how it affects our daily lives and foreshadows our futures, and urged students to be more aware of the system that affects their daily lives. “The worst thing you can do is let life happen to you,…

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    Media, Immigration and Being a Latino in the Age of Trump

    Ana Navarro, a Latina, a CNN political commentator and a Republican, told an audience of Queens College students and faculty that what’s going on in the Republican Party “is called cannibalism. We are eating our own, and hopefully somebody chokes.” Navarro said  it is “very rare to have someone that is completely unplugged, unfiltered and unmuzzled in the White House,” referring to President Trump and his attacks on on Sen. John McCain,  Judge Gonzalo Curiel for being Mexican, and on women and immigrants. However, it was when  she watched Trump mock a disabled reporter that she realized there was nothing he could do that would make him fit to be…

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    Congress for Clubs Presidents meeting brings awareness to club issues

    Getting more money for club activities from the Student Association, co-sponsoring events with fellow clubs and creating a club directory to facilitate communication between the student groups were among the issues discussed by the members of the Congress for Club Presidents at their recent meeting. The CCP is comprised of all the presidents of Queens College’s more than 100 clubs, and about 60 attended the meeting. Jordan Mendoza, chairman of the CCP and president of the Gender, Love and Sexuality Alliance, said he wants to encourage clubs to work together on various events, a goal he expressed when he assumed the chairman’s role. A primary concern for the club representatives…