Randomly selected articles from this year's issue

Seaside Living

Erin Kenny, Queens College Student


If there is one place I choose to be, it’s at the beach. The salty scents fill the air as the warm sun on my face reminds me I’m grateful to be alive. The waves break and I panic for a second, but just keep swimming. I go home covered in sand every single time. I curse at it, as if the sand purposely wrapped itself in my sheet and towel and swimsuit. But there is something about sandy beach hair that always, always makes me smile. Hurricane Sandy’s name is far too appropriate. The water met the lands causing early erosion and left so many families with no place to go. Flames destroyed the memories people made, breaking hearts and homes. On November 2nd, I had the privilege of volunteering at Queens College where I personally met victims of this ...

Common Core Standards

Kathryn O’Donoghue, Queens College Faculty, Doctoral Candidate in English


“Nothing’s wrong,” the school social worker says, which is the first lie. She wants to talk to me about my oldest daughter. Desi reverses her letters, transposes words, neglects punctuation, writes sentences that, with their randomized use of capitals, look like ransom notes. “Her teacher is concerned about her,” the 
social worker continues, which is the second lie. Next year Desi will take the third grade standardized tests in English and Math, along with every other public school student in the country. Her school won a prestigious national award this year and ranks in the top-ten of city elementary schools. Since the citywide school rating system subtracts points for lack of improvement, the new principal is eager to distinguish himself by raising the 
exacting standards of his predecessor. 
Moreover, teacher evaluation now rests upon the test scores of students. The ...

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