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    Former U.S. Coast Guard warns about overconsumption and sustainability

    D.C. Anderson, a former captain for the U.S. Coast Guard, spoke at the Science Building on Earth Day, April 22, to discuss the consequences of ignoring climate change as a result of vested interests money. Anderson first opened with some very bleak information highlighting the limits of natural resources. “Half the world’s oil is gone. Because of special interests, specifically Big Oil, in Congress, we have no sustainable plan for changing that in the future,” Anderson said. Moreover, Anderson criticized consumption and its impact on the environment. “If you just look at the room we are sitting in, you’ll see the direct correlation between bad environmental practices and our life.…

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    Club Spotlight: Israel Business Club

    The Queens College Israel Business Club is a unique club seeking to engage students with the Israeli start-up economy. It was founded in January, by Max Fruchter and Leeora Margelovitch, freshman and sophomore, respectively. The club engages students in three specific ways: educating students about the Israeli economy, offering hands-on lectures by professionals in the field and for the purpose of engaging them hands-on with business opportunities. “We found that many clubs had some but not all of the QC IBC. Some clubs were pro-Israel and politically active and other clubs just focused on the general concept of ‘the economy,’” Fruchter said. This micro-macro combined strategy allows them to engage…

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    Memory project celebrates Queens’ rich history and culture

    Natalie Milbrodt, while working on her master’s thesis, decided to create the Queens Memory Project to document and preserve the memory of ethnic groups in Queens.  “Queens County is the most diverse county in the United States, and, since other counties have their own documenting projects, we felt Queens should have their own as well,” Milbrodt said.  The Queens Memory project is collaboration between Queens College and the Queens Library.  “I think its great to have a digital archives of all the various ethnicities in Queens, since it strengthens our own understanding of these different communities,” said Oren Dayan, a freshman at QC.  The archive collects photographs and newspaper clippings…

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    Documentary reveals political turmoil in post-apartheid South Africa

    The Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College hosted a screening of the documentary “Behind the Rainbow” on March 16 as part of the Year of South Africa. Jihan El-Tahri directed the documentary, which was released in 2009. El-Tahri, who is Lebanese, is a producer and news correspondent for Reuters. “Behind the Rainbow” shows the reality of life in South Africa after apartheid. The film chronicles the political history of the African National Congress party that rose to power after apartheid. In 1994, after South Africa’s first democratic elections, ANC came to power. The first challenge for the party arose when they debated how to properly purge the governmental ranks of the…