• Arts & Entertainment

    New play promotes minority representation in theatrical works

    A small audience gathered on stage for a reading of Nandita Shenoy’s play “ESSPY” in Colden Auditorium on March 26. Socially awkward Taiwanese-American medical student William Chen (Chester Poon) learns how to communicate with his patients through his repeated encounters with his patient Anu Shilpa (Jolly Abraham), who turns out to be his equal. At the same time, he is under the wing of his immigrant Filipina mentor, Dr. Mendoza (Ching Valdes-Aran), who is more concerned with the science of medicine rather than emotional relationships. “ESSPY is based on my experiences as a standardized patient at NYU medical school,” Shenoy said in an interview with Flux Theatre Ensemble. “After experiencing…

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    The Three Penny Opera explores on the ills of capitalism

    The Queens College Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance – along with the Aaron Copland School of Music – debuted their production of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Three Penny Opera” on March 13 at The Kupferberg Center for the Arts. As the audience filled in, the stage was already set with very industrial with rusty stairs looking like fire escapes, rusty platforms and dirty walls. A sign seen held the phrase “shut not your ears to the needy,” which foreshadowed the issue of poverty. This reimagined production focused on New York City’s underworld of the 1980s, where dirty brothels, gangs and corrupted police ran rampant. From songs about the advantages of being in a position of wealth…

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    Students of undocumented parents beat out M.I.T. in robotics competition

    A documentary was presented at Queens College concerning the challenges minority students face in America while striving to achieve academic success. Underwater Dreams is about how a team of Mexican students from Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix Arizona, children of undocumented workers, managed to defeat prestigious colleges, including M.I.T., in a robotics competition in 2004. The documentary also follows their journeys after their victory. This film touches on issues regarding undocumented immigration including the implications and continuing conversation around the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Act, ballot measures restricting undocumented students from receiving in-state tuition in certain states, and policies affecting the ability of undocumented students to seek employment after college. The film was presented…

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    Muslim students dispel myths about Islam and extremism

    The recent attacks in Europe led to a resurgence of the role of Islam in relation to extremism. On Jan. 7, gunmen, all Muslims, attacked the office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, a French satirical magazine, which published controversial cartoons that concerned Islam. Twelve people were killed. On Feb. 15, a shooting occurred in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, which resulted in the deaths of a security guard and a director. Mahrukh Ahmed, secretary of the Muslim Students Association at Queens College, said the shooters involved in the attacks in Europe did not truly follow the faith. “In the Koran, God says that when you face the ignorant people, when you face those who…

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    Discussion recalls the role of black LGBT pioneers

    An event on black LGBT who influenced social movements in the 20th century was held on Feb. 5 in the Rosenthal Library. Lisa Davis, an organizer for the event, highlighted the role of such figures and what they represented. “They are a heroic family with human flaws and triumphs. They are our history, often forgotten. Parts of their identities mocked or erased for other’s comfort and expediency,” Davis said. Speakers for the event included Shawn(ta) Smith, a librarian at the Graduate Center of CUNY, and Maureen Pierce-Anyan, director of Minority Student Affairs. Smith first spoke about playwright and writer Lorraine Hansberry, who was born in Chicago on May 19, 1930. She is most famous for…