• Arts & Entertainment

    They’re here, they’re queer and they’re talented

    The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Alliance’s second annual Big Queer Talent Show was a night of singing, spoken-word, music, fundraising and impromptu haircuts at Queens College. The Nov. 8 event in the Patio Room collected donations for the Ali Forney Center in Manhattan, which has been deemed uninhabitable after Hurricane Sandy struck on Oct. 30. The Forney Center helps thousands of homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youths and provides shelter, food, medical care, HIV testing and treatment, mental health and substance abuse services. Once GLASA learned of the damage caused by the hurricane, they turned their talent show into a fundraiser. “Their main drop-in center — which is…

  • Op-Eds

    My right to a safe space

    Every student deserves to feel safe and respected in the classroom and in their workplace. On Oct. 22 the Gay Lesbian And Straight Alliance (GLASA), a student club, held their first ever ‘Safe-Space’ training for members of the Queens College faculty. The meeting was designed to educate attendees on how to make classrooms safe spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students. Several students shared personal incidents where they felt professors didn’t make the classroom feel safe for them; experiences that were similar to my own. Two years ago when I was a student at Queensborough Community College, a discussion in my Sociology class turned to homosexuality and the…

  • News

    GLASA conducts ‘safe-space’ training for faculty and staff

    In an effort to ensure students feel safe in classrooms and on campus, the Gay Lesbian and Straight Alliance held their first ever safe space training session for Queens College faculty members on Oct. 22. The training was designed to educate faculty on issues lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students face on campus and how they can feel safe at QC. “I hope that professors and advisers will be active allies in the LGBTQ community and that they’ll really take the things we said and apply them not only in the classrooms but in their everyday lives,” GLASA president, Samantha Nathanson said. “It’s really important for faculty members —…

  • News

    Don’t rock the boat, rock the vote

    Throughout the semester, the Queens College chapter of the New York Public Interest Research Group registered 1,700 new voters out of the 30,000 the organization registered statewide. One of its biggest voter recruitment events was National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 25. NYPIRG, along with other CUNY schools in all five boroughs, took to the streets to register voters. Setting up a stand at subway stations on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., NYPIRG managed to reach out to several QC students and registered thousands of community members. “We had people rushing past us at 8 a.m. to get to work but on their way…

  • News

    Longer buses lead to limited service

    The Metropolitan Transit Authority boasts the slogan “improving nonstop,” however; its latest improvement is not very popular with students. The latest MTA change is the use of the NOVA-LFS bus models used by the Q88 and Q44. Students who frequent these bus lines find these new buses cause long delays in their travel time. The buses are hybrid, lower to the ground — making it easier for riders to board — and some come in a longer model, adding half a bus lengths attachment to the back of the bus, thus carrying more passengers. “If I get out at 4:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m., I’m usually waiting for half an…