• Op-Eds

    Saying goodbye is never simple

    After joining a newspaper four years ago with zero knowledge of journalism, I am confident to leave with an incredible depth of strategies and lessons from my teachers, colleagues and friends. I can remember Welcome Day in 2012. I finished four years of speech and debate in high school where I grew from a shy, reserved person to one of the best debaters in New York State. I even assumed leadership for two years. I felt eager to try something new and see how I could go. Out of all the clubs, just two caught my attention. One was a political group, the other was The Knight News. I read…

  • Editorials

    Thank you, Professor Gerry Solomon

    For freshmen in college, most students are unsure of what they want to do with their lives, especially when choosing a major. Yet, students fortunate enough to find the journalism department during this process have met Professor Gerry Solomon, who is referred to by journalism minors as “the man.” After students enter Solomon’s office, they will leave feeling confident about their future in journalism and college. To top it all off, students feel like they gained a friend. After all, Solomon makes students feel capable of doing anything. He supports and treats them like real journalists. Solomon graduated from Queens College with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He later…

  • Editorials

    Want change? Demand privacy

    From the Patriot Act and the exposure of classified government programs to the legality of compelling private companies to bypass security measures in the name of national security, the Fourth Amendment is regularly challenged for security. The debate over the right to privacy is highlighted by advancements in technology and government surveillance on minority and activist groups across the country. Privacy and security are often seen at odds with one another. The argument goes like this. The less privacy, the better the government can protect the citizens from threats. The fear the government monitors and complies the online activity of Americans alters the way people act online and offline. A…

  • Arts & Entertainment

    VHS Tapes, the jukebox, and other tales from the bunker

    Dan Trachtenberg’s directorial debut “10 Cloverfield Lane” is a gripping psychological thriller. Trachtenberg has done what most directors can only dream of by achieving both critical and box office success with his first feature film. Trachtenberg is not yet a household name but he is no stranger to fans of science fiction. He first rose to prominence with the short film “Portal: No Escape,” based on the popular video game “Portal.” Despite “10 Cloverfield Lane” being heavily marketed as producer J.J. Abrams’ film due to his name recognition, this film is entirely the work of Trachtenberg. Due to commitments associated with directing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Abrams was largely…

  • News

    Incoming president hopes to make QC better

    Japneet Singh, a senior majoring in economics, finance, accounting and international business, will serve as the next president of the Queens College Student Association. A member of Students for Change, Singh will replace current president Chris Labial at the end of the semester. Singh attributed his unopposed run partially to a perceived loss of hope in student government. “I think it is people losing hope in student government as a whole. They don’t know the real change it can actually provide. I feel that it’s attributed to [a long period] of not having that stable student government and having that unified message sent out to the student body,” Singh said.…