• Arts & Entertainment,  Editorials

    Book Review: I Am Malala Fights for an education for all

    “I Am Malala” By: Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb 327 pp. Little Brown.   $26.00 Malala Yousafzai, one of the youngest recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize, wrote an engrossing memoir about her unpredictable life in Pakistan. Yousafzai co-wrote it with Christian Lamb, a British journalist. Her memoir has been translated into 40 different language and has sold more than a million copies thus far.   The autobiography begins with Yousafzai describing how her life had changed since the Taliban, an extremist Islamist terrorist organization, had her shot for speaking out against them. Yousafzai only gave a sneak peek of this shocking narrative before discussing the day she was born.…

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Conners: With and without Roseanne

    Who are the Conners? ABC’s new show, “The Conners” is based on the 1990s and 2018 show “Roseanne.” “Roseanne,” the ten-season-long American comedy show starring Roseanne Barr, presents the average life of an American working class family. Roseanne Barr stole hearts of many viewers back in the late 1980s to the late 1990s, as the show had a huge impact in the television business by having a working woman, who wasn’t just there to tend for her husband, as its acting lead. People around the globe loved this abnormal and funny show. According to IMDb, Roseanne is a three time Golden Globe winner and has won 44 other prestigious awards.…

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Netflix strikes gold with Haunting of Hill House

    Haunting of Hill House (HHoH) is a show I am all too enthused to talk about. Director Mike Flanagan really is creating some of the most visionary and mind-bending horror content whether it is for the big or small screen. From his 2014 Cult Hit Oculus to last year’s Netflix Exclusive, Gerald’s Game, the man has a true eye for talent, detail and subverting expectation. HoHH, based on the Shirley Temple Book of the same name, tells the story of a family who experience intense trauma, thanks to a Haunted House from their past, and how that past is coming back to haunt them both figuratively and literally. The show…

  • Editorials,  Op-Eds

    OP-ED: Queens’ Culture Diversity: An Outsider’s Perspective

    Hi! My name is Colman! Nice to meet you. I’m a student enrolled at the University of Oregon, but I’m taking classes at Queens College through a program called the National Student Exchange. I’ve met so many new people here, and many of those first encounters have developed into friendships that I’m confident will outlast this experience. When I meet someone from the area, and they figure out I’m from Oregon, I’ll often get the response “What made you choose Queens?”   Those words by themselves sound pretty neutral, but imagine them being said in a more cynical tone. That’s the sentiment I perceive when people ask me that question…

  • CERRU Column,  Op-Eds

    OP-ED: Human Enough to be Vulnerable

    If you’ve ever seen the Disney movie Mulan, you might recall the scene where Shang, the army captain, challenges all his trainees to reach the top of a tall wooden pole and retrieve an arrow. The catch? They must do so while weighed down by two brass disks tied to their arms. All the trainees approach the task viewing the disks as a burden, and are unable to climb the pole. Only Mulan discovers by accident that the disks don’t have to be a burden: when she swings the disks upward and then tugs back on the ropes, they interlock behind the pole – now she’s able to use the…