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    QC: a year after Hurricane Sandy

    It seems hard to believe that it was only a year ago when Hurricane Sandy hit, completely devastating the lives of millions of people and forever changing communities. The QC community in particular suffered more than a fair share of difficulties. Fitzgerald Gym served as an evacuation center for people from Queens who lost their homes or temporarily did not have electricity. The shelter provided people with food, clothes, toiletries and sleeping space. The gym was closed on Nov. 18, 2012 and had housed up to 550 people over the course of 22 days. According to the NYC Office of Emergency Management, QC was one of 76 shelters that had…

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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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    Students provide aid, glimmer of hope to nearby Sandy victims

    Students and school officials visited Far Rockaway from Jan. 4 until Jan. 13 to help victims of Hurricane Sandy because people in that area are still dealing with hardships months after the storm devastated regions of the city. Among those who attended the fourth annual Service Learning Trip, which was funded by the school, were Judith Krinitz, assistant director of Student Life, and Emanuel Avila, coordinator of Judicial Affairs and Service Learning. The group, which included 11 students, resided in the Hampton Inn of Jamaica. “This trip was different because at first we saw the victim’s pain but at the end of the job we saw a ray of hope,” Krinitz said. “In the past when…

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    Lady Knights excel in tournament, take momentum into season

    Coach Bet Naumovski and the Lady Knights are seeking to shrug their basketball struggles they had over recent years, as the new faces in the team make winning games a priority. With only one returning player from last years squad, the Lady Knights will be focusing on winning games, something they were only able to do one time last year. Their offensive struggles led them to an overall 1-25 record. (0-16 conference) “We definitely want to finish on the top of our conference,” said Naumovski about her team’s goals. Although recent stats show bad things to come, The Knights do show signs of a winning appetite to start off the…

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    Fitzgerald Gym no longer a Sandy shelter

    The evacuation center for victims of Hurricane Sandy located at the Fitzgerald Gym in Queens College, which housed up to 550 people over its course of 22 days in operation, officially closed on Nov. 18. Fitzgerald Gym served as a safe haven for people from Queens who lost their homes or did not have electricity temporarily. The shelter provided citizens with constant clothes, food, toiletries and sleeping space. There were nine other shelters set up at CUNY schools, all of which have been shut down over the course of the week. The gym is slowly getting back on its feet with the aquatic center that opened its doors on Nov.…