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    Professors fear storm bigger than Sandy on the horizon

    No one can forget the storm that destroyed many coastal communities, caused millions to lose power, inflicted billions of dollars in damages and closed down many schools. While Hurricane Sandy’s effects are still taking its toll months later, Queens College’s earth and environmental sciences professors, Nicholas K. Coch and Stephen Pekar, say Sandy was only a category one storm, with winds never exceeding 90 miles per hour. They caution that the next inevitable storm’s results could be far worse. As Pekar explained, “Sandy was an unusual event because there were three factors colliding together to contribute to Sandy’s severity: a powerful hurricane with energy and moisture from above-normal sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean,…

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    Schedule Matrix to Change for Fall 2013

    Walking from one side of campus to the other in 10 minutes can be difficult and with the intended addition of classes at Queens Hall, the former CUNY Law School building, the task could become even more difficult. On Feb. 7, the Academic Senate voted on changes to the schedule matrix in order to ease the issues posed by having classes farther away. Among the changes are 15 minutes in between classes instead of 10, additional free hour days and earlier class start times. Queens Hall is located at 6521 Main Street, behind the athletic fields and near John Bowne High School. Sara Woolf, faculty member of the special education department, said the change…

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    School launches Greece history project

    A stroll around Astoria reminds many people of Greece because the Hellenic culture is everywhere; from stores to restaurants and businesses throughout the community. It is the largest Greek-American population in New York. People speak Greek fluently and maintain their Greek heritage in their homes, schools and churches. “It’s like a little Greece,” Katerina Manolis, a Greek Queens College senior said. Now, the stories of Greek immigrants and their families have been gathered for QC’s Hellenic-American Oral History Project. On Jan. 24, a press conference was held at Rosenthal Library to announce the website which features interviews, personal narratives and profiles of native and foreign-born Greeks. Spearheaded by a QC sociology professor, Nicholas Alexiou and…