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    QC student alleges attack by NYPD

    On Monday Jan. 20, Queens College student, Alejandro Rodriguez was allegedly attacked by NYPD officers in Elmhurst, Queens. Two different cell phone videos display, in parts, what occurred. The first video shows Rodriguez, 22, emotional and accusing the officers of calling him a “little punk.” One of the officers responds by saying, “I’m giving you a chance,” and tells Rodriguez to leave the premises. The second video shows Rodriguez with his arms up and backing away from the officers when he is attacked. Despite the video evidence being ambiguous, the second cellphone clip does show Rodriguez with his hands up and backing away from officers, who then rush to him,…

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    Superstorm prompts new service program

    At a Board of Trustees meeting earlier this year, former Chancellor Matthew Goldstein proposed a collaboration between the University network and organizations around New York in light of Hurricane Sandy and its devastating impact on the city. The result: CUNY Service Corps. With 800 spots available and fifteen hundred applicants, the program began selecting students earlier this year. One hundred and fifty of those initial spots now belong to Queens College students. The Service Corps is a program that offers students the chance to get involved in activities that aim to better the urban, financial and ecological conditions of New York. The program also allows students to gain real world experience by offering…

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    CUNY professor debates stop and frisk policy

    New York City’s stop and frisk program is considered by many to be inherently problematic and racist. According to data by the New York Civil Liberties Union, 532,911 people were stopped in 2012, of which 87 percent were black and Latino. The program has come under fire from minorities, civil rights groups and academics, including CUNY professors. In July, John Jay College professors Delores Jones-Brown and Brett Stoudt launched stopandfriskinfo.org, a website containing articles, videos and reports that provide information on stop and frisk policies. The site is the collaborative effort of John Jay’s Center on Race, Crime and Justice, Communities United for Police Reform and the Marijuana Arrest Research…

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    Nobel Prize winner visits Queens College

    Queens College, located in the most diverse borough of the U.S., has a particular commitment towards celebrating the spirit of the global community. Each year, QC holds a “year of” event featuring a specific nation. Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize winning economist and the person responsible for laying the framework of the United Nation’s Human Development Index, spoke on campus on Mar. 6 for this year’s featured country: India. Sen’s talk encompassed a range of issues from the economy of British-India to the 2012 Delhi gang rape of a 23-year-old female student. There may be some disagreement on what a perfectly just India would look like, but all agree that something needs to be done to reduce…

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    First Muslim college in the U.S. hopes to become a leading religious institution

    Founded in 2009 by Imam Zaid Shakir, Hamza Yusuf and Dr. Hatem Bazian, Zaytuna College in Berkeley, Calif., is the first Muslim college in the U.S. The new school has 31 students and rents space from a Baptist seminary; it is not yet accredited. Zaytuna aims to combine traditional Islamic teachings with a contemporary perspective. According to its website, “there are no accredited academic institutions capable of training students in the varied sciences of Islam, while also instilling in them a sophisticated understanding of the intellectual history and culture of the West. Clearly, there is an essential need for Muslim institutions that can wed Islam’s classical texts with the contemporary context.” With regards to U.S.-Islamic…