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    More transfer students attend Queens College than first-year

    Queens College surpasses other CUNY colleges with the highest number of transfer students, according to CUNY’s Office of Institutional Research. In fact, there are twice as many incoming transfer students than first-year freshman based on the office’s data. Yet students, not just transfers, come to QC for a multitude of reasons, including the college’s rich scenery. “Out of the four CUNY senior colleges and one non-CUNY college I visited, I fell in love with Queens College right away.” Chu Paing, a transfer student at QC, said. “Open air, the beautiful Quad and the breeze that carries the smell of fresh cut grass made me feel as if I could be…

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    Spotlight on the iTones: QC’s first official a capella group

    Queens College’s iTones is a co-ed a capella group founded in 2012 by President Taylor Blanket and Vice President Jessica Altieri. A cappella is technically defined as “singing without instrumental accompaniment.” While some groups use their voices to emulate instruments others are more traditional and focus on harmonizing. “I met Jessica in a jazz history class. I pitched the idea of starting an a capella group on campus. We both came from choral backgrounds during our years in high school,” Blanket said. “With a lot of determination and a little bit of luck, we were able to fill out all the paperwork, write up a proposal, and collect 20 signatures…

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    Panel stresses need and support of women in STEM fields

    The Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding hosted an event titled Women and the Sciences March 11. A panel of women including CUNY students and professors discussed the challenges women face in STEM, an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, career fields. “The biggest challenge, in my opinion, is not only the competitive nature of the field, but the societal pressures women face,” Shoshana Wodinsky, Queens College neuroscience major, said. Wodinsky said she came from a very religious family that stressed a traditional life for her and noted the same ideals can be found in society. “You’ll more likely see an actress on television playing a mother than…

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    QC graduates honored with Fulbright honors and awards

    Queens College Macaulay Honors graduates were among the 2014-2015 recipients for the highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering grant opportunities for students and young professionals. Once inducted, students participate in international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. “It’s a wonderful program that allows students to be immersed in another culture and allows them to devote full time to a research project, earning a master’s degree or teaching English overseas.” Moira E. Egan, national fellowships advisor at QC, said.  “Students serve as ambassadors for the us. Through academic and cultural exchange, Fulbright’s mission is to…

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    Fifty Shades of Grey tortures viewers with the boring and cliché

    Fifty Shades of Grey opened on Valentine’s Day weekend and despite being number one at the box office and grossing over $85,000,000, the wildly talked about film fell short of its sexually charged appeal – Unless you consider sexuality Dakota Johnsons breast’s in almost every other scene, Jaime Dornan’s backside and quick glimpses of both characters pubic hair. Based on the book series by E.L James, Fifty Shades of Grey the feature film adaptation was directed by Sam Taylor Johnson. The female director’s most famous work is the biographical musical drama film based on the life of John Lennon, Nowhere Boy. The film leads viewers into the obscure, and inaccurate, world of BDSM including a…