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    Queens College alumna helps refugees in Greece

    Since 2015, more than a million migrants left their countries to Europe for refuge, according to Eurostat. This caused a humanitarian crisis still developing today. Batya Septimus, a Queens College alumna, shared stories of refugees in Greece through her website and emails since she arrived March 11 to work as a volunteer. Septimus and other volunteers from all over the world helped distribute clothing and food to refugees in Chios and Idomeni, places where most refugees live. She also created a website called “Behind the Migrants” that is dedicated to reporting stories of refugees through photos and videos, especially after the agreement signed between the European Union and Turkey on…

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    Examining the differences between American and Greek education

    Greece’s debt crisis led to major implications across the country, including the eternal student phenomenon in higher education. An eternal student takes extra college courses to delay entering the workforce. Education in Greece is free, encouraging the delay. “Greece is in a difficult situation. How to keep the things such as quality, free education for all but, at the same time, creating avenues that people can find access to jobs,” Gerassimos Karabelias, professor at Panteion University in Greece, said. Karabelias spoke at Queens College on Oct. 19 about the effects of the Greek debt crisis, which began in 2009. “Students did not feel stressed or pressured to complete their studies.…

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    Witnessing the end of apartheid through a former diplomat’s eyes

    Former Greek ambassador Loucas Tsilas spoke at Godwin-Ternbach Museum in Klapper Hall on Nov. 12 to reflect on his time in South Africa during the end of apartheid. The lecture was a part of the Short Course on South Africa series, which coincides with the Year of South Africa at Queens College. Tsilas’ talk highlighted the historical lessons from the dark period in the country’s history. “It is so refreshing and thought-provoking to discuss these issues,” Tsilas said. In South Africa, apartheid, which divided society by race, was implemented in 1948 and dismantled in the beginning of the 1990s after pressure from international countries and resistance from inside the country.…