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    Mother and daughter duo advocate for domestic violence survivors

    For years, Martha Zupanic, did not know how to escape her physically and emotionally abusive husband. After decades of a marriage full of pain and suffering, broken bones, hospital stays and fragile children, one day, she decided enough was enough. “I didn’t want this man in my house anymore — it’s mine; my family, not his,” Zupanic said. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, on Oct. 24, Women and Work — a Queens College-based job and life-skills training program for women — hosted a panel and discussion on domestic violence victims and survivors. “We’re here to break the silence,” Carmella Marrone, executive director and founder of Women and Work…

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    Painting the town green, one white step at a time

    Dozens of Queens College students gathered outside of King Hall on June 26, to transform the roof into an energy efficient, white roof building. QC participated in the New York City Cool Roofs campaign, which aims to improve NYC rooftops by applying a reflective surface to the roof. This “helps reduce cooling costs, cut energy usage and lower greenhouse gas emissions,” according to the Cool Roofs website. “I think it is hard work being up there for several hours painting a roof,” said Carina Nieves, a 2012 QC graduate. “But it is going to be good for the college; for their sustainability plans.” The college partnered with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s…

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    Raising awareness about sexual assaults; changing lives

    Trelles Delandro said she has been terrified of being raped since she was 10 years old. The 14-year-old New Orleans native is accustomed to unwanted attention from men as she walks down the street and is surprised that her young age does not faze them. Black and white images of her appeared on the projector as she discussed the rape of her cousin at the hands of a home intruder, an incident that instilled fear in her. “Ever since then I’ve really been afraid. I’m always thinking, ‘is someone going to try and harm me? Is someone going to follow me? Is someone going to say something?’” she said. “If…

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    GEMS founder honored for anti-human trafficking efforts

    Rachel Lloyd was not an average teenager. At the age of 13, she dropped out of school in England. At 14, she began stripping and by 17, Lloyd was recruited by a pimp and began working in the sex industry. During her two years working as a prostitute, she was raped, beaten and attempted suicide three times. “I knew something had to change; I needed a change,” Lloyd said. After suffering a violent assault from her pimp, Lloyd immigrated to the United States at 19 and settled in New York City. She began working with adult women who were coming out of the sex industry as well as young girls…

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    Quick Response to Art

    A new kind of Rorschach test, the puzzling small black and white checkered boxes have recently caught the eyes of artists and audience alike. These distorted images are displayed everywhere – from subway cars to billboards and magazine advertisements, adding a hint of mystery and a whole lot of intrigue to its seemingly obscure form. Known as Quick Response codes, these puzzles are a fast and creative way to pass along large amounts of information and have gained popularity with the emergence of social media, according to social media intelligence provider NM Incite. QR codes are different from barcodes because they are scanned both vertically and horizontally. When scanned by…