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    Students required to complete online life skills training program

    Queens College students received an email this month from the Office of the Vice President of Student affairs stating they must complete an online training program in 10 days or a hold will be placed on their account. Topics of the training program included alcohol abuse prevention, sexual assault awareness, relationship violence and other relevant issues. Students must go through a series of surveys, informational videos and quizzes to complete the course. They must also complete a mandatory survey 45 days after taking the course. QC developed the program known as Haven in partnership with Everfi. The education technology company focuses on teaching, assessing, and certifying students in critical skills,…

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    Celebrating a Day of Broken Silence

    A small, united group of Queens College students occupied Klapper Circle on a beautiful spring day. Mouths sealed with rainbow duct tape and clothed in purple, they sat in silence in the middle of the bustling excitement of Free Hour surrounding them. However, they were silent for a purpose. The QC Prism club observed A Day of Broken Silence on April 9 in correlation with The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network’s National Day of Silence. The pact of silence aimed to spread awareness of suicides committed by those bullied or harassed for their sexual orientation or gender identity “The event is meant to bring awareness to the impact of anti-LGBT…

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    Queens College Celebrates Forty Years of Italian American Studies

    The Queens College Italian American Studies department celebrated its 40th anniversary on March 26 with a reception in Rosenthal Library. Speakers included Interim President of Queens College Evangelos Gizis, director of Italian Studies and distinguished professor Fred Gardaphe, Dean of the John J. Calandra Italian American Institute Anthony Tamburri and various QC professors. Gizis welcomed the audience to the reception while Gardaphe took over to recall the history of the program. In 1973, QC offered its first course in Italian Studies, Gardaphe said. Since then, the minor offers courses emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach that explores Italian culture in American society. The program is closely allied with the Calandra Institute located…

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    Professor’s new novel reaches “the Afterlife”

    Scarlet-infused light bulbs illuminated the depths of the West Village’s Le Poisson Rouge lounge as an intimate audience awaited the arrival of veteran writer and Queens College professor, Richard Vetere. Flashes of camera phones erupted as Vetere walked on stage. Vetere is not shy on stage. His experience as a character actor showed as he took to the microphone and read from his new novel “The Writer’s Afterlife.” The novel tells the story of Tom Chillo, a semi-successful writer who dies of a stroke and is transported to “The Writer’s Afterlife,” where all writers go when they die. There he mingles with those known as the Eternals, famed writers such…

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    Lecture documents slavery in Brazil

    The drums pound while voices, young and old, form tribal harmonies as they dance as one in a circle of community. Their wind struck faces with lines of age eye the camera with stoic curiosity. This is just one of many scenes featured in Hebbe Mattos’ documentary film series “Presents Past.” The films shed light on Mattos’ extensive research of slavery in Brazil. As part of Queens College’s Year of Brazil celebration, Mattos, history professor at Universidade Federal Fluminese in Rio de Janeiro and visiting professor at the Institute of Latin American Studies at Colombia University, gave a lecture entitled “Slavery and Memory in Brazil,” on Feb.19 in Kiely Hall.…