• Arts & Entertainment

    Club calls attention to women’s issues

    A new theatre-based club presented their premiere production, “The Vagina Monologues,” on April 12, a play centered on different aspects of feminine experience. Jaime Zahl and Summer Medina, both Queens College juniors, founded the club, New Perspectives Theatre Company, which aims to produce theatrical productions that address social issues, while raising and donating money to related charities, according to Medina. The club is sponsored by Prism, the sexuality and gender alliance of QC. ‘The Vagina Monologues’ is popular, so we thought that it would be a good play to start with,” Medina said, who produced the project, while Zahl directed it. “The Vagina Monologues,” a play that discusses feminine experiences…

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    Dining Services gets a new director

    Owen Ranft has taken on the role of director of dining services, having already made some changes to food offered in the Student Union. Four new options have been introduced since his arrival in February, including Sono, Chi Thai, Create and Wicked Spoon Smoothies. Sono offers Latin themed foods, such as tacos, burritos and quesadillas, which were often demanded by students, according to Ranft. Chi Thai offers various Asian dishes, including sushi. Wicked Spoon Smoothies brings fruit and yogurt based smoothies to the cafeteria, while Create allows students to customize their own wraps, salads and subs. Create was a redesign of Mondo Subs, which did not have the salad or…

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    Nathan’s arrival could just be the beginning

    Nathan’s Famous made its debut in the Dining Hall, on Feb. 24, the first widely known food chain to serve on campus. Although specializing in hotdogs, students have been lining up for burgers, fries, chicken tenders and much more at the new Nathan’s. Within the first two weeks, it has accounted for 35 percent of total sales in the Q-Cafe. “More people are gravitating to the Nathan’s,” director of dining services, David Crump said. “We’ve seen a shift from the other stations that sell hot food.” Last spring, Chartwells administered a preference survey, soliciting feedback from students. Of the respondents, 52 percent said they would like to see a national…

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    Queens College professor examines findings in latest book

    The women’s studies department held an event on Oct. 21 in Rosenthal Library to showcase Barbara Simerka’s book, which applies cognitive theories to gender, class and identity in early modern Spanish literature. Simerka is a Spanish professor, who has published over twenty essays focusing on interdisciplinary and feminist approaches. She is also a founding executive board member of GEMELA, a group that focuses on medieval and early modern Spain and colonial Latin American women’s writing and culture. Simerka’s latest book, “Knowing Subjects,” draws on the theory of mind in order to analyze early modern Spanish literature, such as works by Cervantes and Gracián. Theory of mind is the ability to…

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    Students tackle Syria conflict

    On Oct. 2, the Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding hosted a student dialogue event regarding the conflict in Syria in the Q-side lounge during Free Hour. Created in 2009, CERRU is an organization that provides a safe venue for students to share their opinions on controversial topics. “We do not expect people to agree with each other,” Mark Rosenblum, CERRU director said.“But we do expect people to listen to each other.” According to Batya Septimus, CERRU’s campus outreach coordinator, the organization trains students to talk about controversial topics — they serve as facilitators during dialogues. These students — referred to as fellows — also determine topics that will…