• News

    Women and Work discusses sexual violence on college campuses

    Last month, twenty-three Columbia University and Barnard College students filed a federal complaint that alleges violations of Title IX, Title II and the Clery Act by the college. For months now, students had been advocating for changes in the way administration handles sexual assault cases. These universities are not alone in facing criticism. Elite schools like Brown University and Amherst College have also faced heavy criticism for violating Title IX mandates in their dealings with alleged victims of rape on campus. April was Sexual Assault and Awareness Month. Queens College’s Women and Work program held a free public event to raise awareness of sexual violence and educate individuals about prevention…

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    QC announces interim president

    After serving as provost of Queens College years ago, Dr. Evangelos Gizis is proud to come out of retirement and service his beloved school once again. Gizis will serve QC as interim president until a permanent replacement is found for the fall 2014 semester. He replaces longest serving QC president, James Muyskens as he retired December 2013 after serving as president for almost 12 years. “I feel honored to be appointed interim president of QC and I accept this responsibility knowing the challenges the college will face this spring,” Gizis said. “And I applaud Pres. Muyskens for enhancing the academic experience of our students, with the result that the college…

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    Film screening helps showcase rape epidemic in U.S. military

    Coast Guard veteran Seaman Kori Cioca, was violently raped by her commanding officer in the Marine Barracks Washington, where he dislocated her jaw. Years later, he remains unpunished for the crime. Cioca was one of the numerous women interviewed for the Academy Award nominated documentary, “The Invisible War,” chronicling the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the U.S. military, the institutions that perpetuate and cover up its existence and its personal and social consequences. The women’s studies program had a special screening of the film on Sept. 25, followed by a discussion with Stewart Frimer, a clinical social worker and member of the New York chapter of the National Organization…

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Late start to the Evening Readings

    Joyce Carol Oates was 40-minutes late to her appearance at this season’s second Evening Readings series, held on Nov. 20 at the LeFrak Concert Hall. As soon as she came on stage — still slightly disheveled from running on stage — the audience gave her a round of applause. “I just spent four hours in the car!” Oates emphatically said. She was coming all the way from Princeton University, where she has taught since 1978. Oates is 74-years-old and has written over 50 novels, including “them,” a National Book Award winner and “Black Water,” a Pulitzer Prize nominee. Due to this, the evening’s events were delayed about 10-minutes but that…

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    QC’s Evening Readings kicks off its new season

    Known for his literary expertise and thoughtful book reviews, when interviewer Leonard Lopate asked critic, James Wood to showcase his finger drumming, the audience could not help but laugh. More than 400 people at the LeFrak Concert Hall were not sure if Wood or Lopate were being entirely serious. As Wood began to think, twitch his fingers and readjust the mic, Teju Cole spoke: “Can I just say how happy I am that the African is not the one drumming for us tonight?” Music, race, privilege and literary influences were just a few of the topics discussed by writers James Wood and Teju Cole as Queens College’s Evening Readings series…