• News

    Hostile election week concludes with SFC victory

    SFC win overshadowed by dishonorable election conduct A mild morning on the vibrant, green lawn of the quad turned into turmoil when classes resumed on April 13 as members of the Independent Alliance and Students for Change confronted one another about each party’s allegedly dirty campaign tactics. In the tradition of election week, each party tagged the sidewalk with chalk murals and campaign slogans. However, many tags were visibly smeared and erased, causing upset between the parties. While SFC’s near clean sweep was announced later in the week, the various actions by candidates and supporters left a damper on what is meant to be a display of inter-student democracy. Hosay…

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sondheim and Bernstein revue brings musical theatre to campus

    A group of Queens College students performed a musical theatre recital titled “A Little Night of Sondheim and Bernstein” on Nov. 20 in the LeFrak Concert Hall. The revue featured solo and ensemble musical numbers from shows composed by Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein. Vocal performance major Michael Drozd began organizing the recital at the beginning of the semester, following the success of last spring’s Broadway themed revue. “Last semester’s recital was a review of various songs, and I wanted to make this semester’s recital a little bit different by adding a theme,” Drozd said. “Stephen Sondheim is a well-respected composer in musical theater, pretty much everyone loves his music…

  • News

    Disney composer Alan Menken Skypes with music students

    Great music has the power to define times, places and generations. It would be hard to find a composer that has touched more hearts than Alan Menken. Along with the late lyricist Howard Ashman, he scored and wrote songs in acclaimed Disney animated films such as “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin” as well as Broadway shows such as “Little Shop of Horrors.” With 12 Grammys, eight Academy Awards and seven Golden Globes under his belt, Menken is a legend. Queens College students had the opportunity to talk to Menken via web-cam during Professor Peter Calandra’s film scoring course at the Aaron Copland School of Music. Calandra…

  • News

    Queens College student climbs to new heights in Israel

    Studying abroad has become a rite of passage for many college students in recent years. Between discovering historical cities and tasting exotic cuisine, it can become an adventure of a lifetime. QC student Lisa Darrigo is currently studying abroad in Israel for the entirety of the fall semester. On Sept. 11 she hopped on a plane headed to Tel Aviv to begin a semester abroad. However, this would not be the first time. The junior environmental science major traveled to Israel for the first time in January on a Birthright trip. “I don’t know why, but Israel rubbed me in all the right ways,” Darrigo said. “It became my mission to go back. I just didn’t…

  • News

    The Knight News Roundtable: SA President Raj Maheshwari

    Every April, Queens College students cast their votes to decide which candidates will lead the Student Association. After a particularly heated election between the Students for Change and Independent Alliance, Raj Maheshwari, SFC, officially stepped into office on June 1 as President of the Student Association. Five months later, Maheshwari sat down with The Knight News team to discuss the successes, struggles and aspirations of his administration. The transition into presidency was a smooth one for the 20-year-old corporate finance major. “I’m fortunate enough to be surrounded by a team of people who carried over from last year’s administration and really knew the ropes,” Maheshwari said. “Technically I was part of last year’s administration. Before taking the…