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    TEDxCUNY challenges borders and promotes belonging

    The TEDxCUNY conference returned to the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Nov. 20 and examined borders dividing and uniting people. Speakers shared personal stories of barriers they experienced in their lives. Physical borders of walls and immigration policies along with racism and bigotry were a few topics brought up. “There couldn’t be a timelier theme,” Ann Kirschner, dean of Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, said. Speakers were people like CUNY students to a firefighter and even Jorge Ramos, a journalist for Univision and Fusion. Cheyn Shah, a senior at Queens College, helped organize the conference. He felt pleased with the speakers’ ability to share their experiences. “We think they’ve done…

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    Virtual reality headset debuts at TEDxCUNY

    Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset letting players step inside their favorite games and virtual worlds. At TEDxCUNY, two game developers, Christopher Hart and Micahel Hazani, showed off their games using the device. Christopher Hart presented his game “Synthesis,” a game teaching programming in a grand 3-D environment. “Synthesis is an abstract molecular dynamics simulator played by programming cellular automata. You take on the role of a scientist who designs self-replicating molecules in order to win grants. Different structures are specified that the molecule must form, and it is your job to figure out the correct program to build it. The game is controlled using a visual programming system…