• News

    Olympian Muhammad discusses fencing career as a minority

    On Wednesday, Feb 15 the Office of Student Development and Leadership at Queens College welcomed Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad to talk to a packed ballroom about her fencing career as a minority. Muhammad, who graduated from Duke University in 2007 with dual majors in International Affairs and African Studies with a minor in Arabic answered questions from staff and students about her journey in life and how it might have changed now given the current political climate. With a sizeable Muslim population on campus, Director of Student Development & Leadership at QC and the event’s coordinator, Judith Krinitz, made it her mission to bring a speaker for Black History Month…

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    A Podium and A Legacy: Professor Lisa Bernard

    In the narrow halls of King Hall on Tuesday evenings, a Queens College professor not only passes on her speech eloquence to students, but also a stronger passion to take on the professional world and all it has to offer. Lisa Bernard has been a public speaking professor in the QC Media Studies department since 1999. She also taught oral communications in the Business and Liberal Arts department (BALA) for seven years. Her work on and off Queens College has earned her the love and respect from staff and students all over campus. Norvilia Etienne was one of those students. “Professor Bernard is the realest professor I’ve had at Queens…

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Nick Cannon presents a wild night at QC

    Queens College students and guests joined the cast of MTV’s comedy series Wild N’ Out at the Kupferberg Center Theater on March 13. Wild N’ Out first aired on MTV in 2005. The hip-hop themed comedy show features various celebrity guest stars including rappers and comedians, who participate in improve games and rap battles. Rapper and record producer Nick Cannon along with DJ D-Wrek, who has been a regular on the show since season one, hosted the sold out show. Various comedians performed stand up routines including Chico Bean, Karlous Miller, Matt Rife, Rip Micheals and DC Young Fly. This was one of the most successful events of the semester.…

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    The glimmer of hope with Syrian prison literature

    Shareah Taleghani, director of Middle Eastern Studies at Queens College, first became interested in prison literature after taking a class. She even met those detained to learn more about them. Taleghani read their books and letters, but the prisoners did not find it easy to document or even remember their work. But she studied them more, usually focusing on Muslims who memorized the Quran to recall their pieces. Taleghani discussed this and more at Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library on Feb. 24. The event, organized by the Women and Gender Studies program, invited her to talk about prison literature by Syrian women. Taleghani defined prison literature as any text—fictional or non-fictional—written…

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    Petition made to ban Students for Justice in Palestine

    More than 5,000 people signed a petition, started last November, to ban Students for Justice in Palestine chapters in CUNY. Andrea Karshan, a student at the College of Staten Island, started the petition after members at different campuses chanted allegedly anti-Semitic comments at Jewish students during the Million Student March in November. One sign called for CUNY to divest from “Israeli apartheid.” SJP began in 1993 at the University of California at Berkeley. Since then, there are chapters across the country, including at CUNY colleges. The organization is controversial for criticizing Israel’s presence in Palestine. One tactic it uses is BDS, which means boycott, divest and sanctions. Karshan declined questions…