• News

    Freedom Summer veteran and Queens College alumnus imparts lessons on activism

    Fifty years ago, QC graduate, Mark Levy was in Mississippi participating in various civil rights projects. He and his wife Betty, also a QC graduate, taught at Freedom Schools, alternative schools mostly found in the South for black students, and worked on voter registration projects. They were among thousands of activists, many of them QC students, who went to Mississippi for Freedom Summer in 1964. Events that summer spearheaded major victories against discrimination and injustice, victories that were won through the communication and organizational efforts of local, ordinary people. Considering current events that challenge the successes of the 1960s, Levy emphasized the importance of ordinary people learning from the past…

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    Queens College student returns as head baseball coach

    Former Queens College Knights pitcher, Chris Reardon has returned to lead the baseball team. As head coach, Reardon hopes to restore the team to top-player status. “The team hasn’t had a winning season since 1998,” he said. “I want to change the culture and get it back to when my partners and I were here.” In 1998, when Reardon was a member, the Knights were one of the highest ranked teams in the region, according to QC’s athletics website. That same year, Reardon was selected to the All-Conference team. When asked about his goals for the upcoming season, Reardon had two main objectives: to have a winning season and make…

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    Happy Birthday QC

    The music blared while laughter and conversation filled the air as students, faculty and staff made their way to the Quad to take part in the historic 75th Anniversary photo that would forever mark the day that Queens College celebrated a milestone. On Oct. 11, the anniversary of the day classes began in 1937, a series of events took place to commemorate QC’s 75th anniversary. The festivities began at 9 a.m., where the entire QC community was invited to sing “Happy Birthday” to the institution, while accompanied by the Percussion Ensemble from the Aaron Copland School of Music. The Quad was also the site of the next event — the…

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    New Project Brings Hope to Homeless

    This summer, Alexandra Crisafi’s idea to start an organization to clothe the homeless resulted in Project Donate. The fledgling organization’s goals are to advocate for the needs of the homeless, as well as provide them with clothing and food. Once homeless herself, Crisafi — a first year graduate student at Queens College — knows firsthand how it feels to be voiceless and on the outskirts of society. “The homeless population needs an advocate,” Crisafi said. “I feel it is my duty and it’s also my passion, to represent those who don’t have a voice.” Ousted by her parents and Valley Stream High School classmates who were not accepting of her…

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    Tobacco ban across CUNY

    All 23 CUNY campuses are expected to institute a campus wide tobacco-free policy, which bans the use of tobacco on all indoor and outdoor facilities, on Sept. 4. Throughout the year, CUNY colleges have been working toward implementing the ban. While some schools have put in minimal effort to enforce the revised tobacco policy, others have made sure to make the ban a major part of campus life. The ban has been implemented in a variety of ways, including providing training and education to staff and students, posting permanent signage and providing smoking cessation programs, according to the Healthy CUNY website. QC introduced its smoke-free campaign in January, months before…