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    From Punk Powerhouse to Persian Poetry: Professor Roger Sedarat

    As professor, academic scholar and award-winning poet, Roger Sedarat has established himself as an esteemed member of Queens College’s English Department. Yet, before developing the first Middle-Eastern American Literature course on campus and contributing scholarship on the hybrid crossing of Persian and American writing, Sedarat was an undergraduate student taking orders at a fast food drive thru in Texas. “I had a very unconventional academic upbringing. With zero money to attend college, I was lucky to attend a good state university, but I had to work at a Wendy’s drive thru, followed by work study and various temporary jobs to afford school back then,” Sedarat recalled. Although he currently devotes…

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    Former SA chair member speaks out against organizations president

    Post the publication of The Knight News’ features on the Student Association’s newly instated vice president, Akila Wazeed, and her forced-out predecessor, Marco Sin, allegations of “fake news” and more resignations by SA chairs have ensued. To recap, when initially questioned about the process of becoming VP, Wazeed affirmed that a vote had been administered to determine whether she would take Sin’s newly-vacant position, a position he claimed was unfairly taken from him. According to the SA Constitution, “In the event of a vacancy in the office of Vice President, the Student Senate shall elect a person to serve out the remainder of the term.” As such, Wazeed’s appointment as…

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    Akila Wazeed takes on role of SA vice president

    [Editor’s note: The Student Association Constitution requires a Student Senate election to be held in the event of a vacancy in the office of vice president. As of the publication of this story, there is no written record of a Student Senate vote appointing Wazeed as vice president. Editor-in-Chief of the The Knight News, Ameila Inderjeit, was a chair member of the Student Association; she has resigned.] On April 28th, after a week of unremitting pitches for votes and heated allegations emanating from both parties, Students for Change won the 2017-2018 student body elections, securing their position in Student Association for the sixth consecutive year. And yet, the party’s celebrations…