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    App provides budget-friendly dating

    Michael Rubin, a senior majoring in computer science, came up with an idea after his brother, Jonathan, spent a large amount of money on a few dates he went on. “My brother came home one day and he went on, maybe, four dates in one day,” Rubin said. “My mom was ready to kill him because he used her credit card to pay for the dates. She thought he was crazy for spending all of this money,” Rubin said. Rubin’s idea was a dating app for people like his brother. This way they can plan dates and how much they want to spend. The app’s name? Hitched! Michael Rubin received help…

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Play highlights failed relationships and absence of God

    The Queens College Department of Drama, Theatre & Dance debuted their production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “Our Lady of 121st Street” on Feb. 18 at The Performance Space, M11, in Rathaus Hall. Directed by theater professor Claudia Feldstein, the dark comedy, set on 121st Street in Manhattan, focused on the death of nun and community activist Sister Rose and how it affected the people who loved her. “Almost all of the characters made huge mistakes and struggle to move forward. They are all looking to connect with someone or to be at peace with themselves,” Feldstein said. The set was divided into three sections. The section on the left showed an…

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    Author talks about stories and religion

    Geraldine Brooks read from “The Secret Chord,” her latest novel, and answered questions about it at the last Evening Readings series. The event was held at LeFrak Concert Hall on Feb. 16. It was heavily attended with people like Queens College President Felix Matos Rodriguez in the audience. Brooks is the author of four novels including the Pulitzer Prize-winning “March” and “Caleb’s Crossing.” She’s also written non-fiction books like “Foreign Correspondence” and “Nine Parts of Desire.” But Brooks is not just an award-winning author, she is also a journalist. She worked for The Wall Street Journal covering the Middle East, including the 1990-91 Gulf War. “The Secret Chord,” released in…

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    Nicole Krauss talks latest novel at Evening Readings

    Nicole Krauss read from “Great House,” her latest novel, on Nov. 17 at the LeFrak Concert Hall for the Evening Readings series. “Great House,” released on 2011, is about a desk that connects three people and their stories in its many drawers. There is a power over anyone who owns or gives it away. Nadia, an American writer living in New York, receives the desk from a friend of Chilean poet Daniel Varsky, who leaves to Chile. However, he disappeared under Augusto Pinochet, the Chilean dictator. The writer continues to hold the desk until one day, a woman claiming to be Varsky’s daughter comes to request it and Nadia allows…

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    Author Joyce Carol Oates discusses memoir at Evening Readings

    Joyce Carol Oates read from her latest memoir, “The Lost Landscape: A Writer’s Coming of Age,” on Nov. 10 at LeFrak Concert Hall for the Evening Readings Series. “The Lost Landscape” is a memoir about her childhood and adolescence, exploring the world through the eyes of her younger self. It is her second memoir after the best-selling book “A Widow’s Story.” The memoir shows Oates’ life growing up on a small farm in upstate New York, where she made friends with a red hen named Happy Chicken. She reflects about her days with Happy Chicken, who disappeared the day the “town grandmother” took Oates to get a public library card. Oates also writes about the mean…