Adapting into a different culture and religion can be challenging for many. For Shabab Hossain, 19, of Jamaica, Queens N.Y. becoming Muslim has helped him positively and move away from things that impacted him negatively. However, it has brought many struggles. Although Hossain’s family was always Muslim, he never fully understood why they had to go to the Mosque and practice the religion. It was until he educated himself where everything started making sense to him and he understood the values and morals that came with being Muslim.
Classes have officially been in session for just over a month at Long Island University-Post, but students involved with Post’s student newspaper, The Pioneer, have been grappling with a real-world lesson on press freedom since this past Fall.
With Dr. Martin Luther King jr’s birthday approaching on January 15th and black history month following soon after, I find it appropriate to set my mind on Dr. King's life's work and philosophies. I admonish you to do the same. WHAT WOULD KING DO. Mimicking the Christian catch phrase "What Would Jesus Do," I often wonder how Dr. King would approach today's societal challenges.
In May 2006 the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG), an organization headquartered in Washington D.C., asked former Canadian Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific David Kilgour and David Matas, an international human rights lawyer, to investigate the claims of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. They were able to pull together 18 pieces of evidence that point to systematic organ harvesting mainly from living Falun gong practitioners.
Breaking Ground, a non-profit organization serving the homeless, has proposed to use the now-vacant building at 100-32 Atlantic Ave. as a 50-bed transitional "Safe Haven" and "Drop-In Center." Various people in Ozone Park and Richmond Hill are fiercely against the idea.
On a rainy Saturday morning on the corner of 116th avenue and Francis Lewis Blvd in Cambria Heights, a crowd gathered to pay respect to one of Queens high schools finest and a New York City legend. On this day, the 22nd of October, the street was renamed to honor Charles “Chuck” Granby, the basketball coach who spent 45 years at Andrew Jackson High School. Located at this very corner, the school is now called Campus Magnet but the spirit of Granby lives on there. The street naming followed a community parade organized by alumnus James Johnson and community leaders. There were performances by youth dance groups that incorporated basketball and cheerleading as a tribute. With 722 wins, Chuck Granby became the first high school coach to do so in the history of NYC PSAL. In his tenure he shaped the careers and lives of many student athletes on and off the court. Many of those athletes were present today to take part in this tribute.
At this point, it’s been six days since Long Island University locked out the faculty at its Brooklyn Campus. The Long Island University Faculty Federation (LIUFF), our faculty union, had been negotiating with the university all summer. The LIUFF wanted to begin early, but the university administration dragged its feet. On September 2, I received a FedEx parcel with a document detailing the “generous” concessions that LIU was offering. It also said that I’d be locked out of campus as of 12:01 AM September 3, 2016. What that meant was that I wouldn't be allowed on campus and not allowed to teach my graduate students. I wouldn’t have access to my email or other university accounts. I’d be assessed a per diem fee for not working. My health insurance policy for my wife, my daughter and myself would be cancelled...Access to my email was terminated as of 12:02 on September 3. At 12:03, I began to apply for unemployment.
Initially, a lot of people assured me that this was just a bluff; this is how business is done - empty threats to distract people from the real issues. In the past, when the LIUFF had negotiated with LIU, there were always threats on both sides. But this time, the university elevated this issue to a personal level.
On Wednesday, August 24th, attackers launched a deadly assault on the campus of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF). As the story unfolded, Afghan journalists worked to piece everything together, and some used Twitter to disseminate information. Journalists weren’t the only ones wielding the power of social media that day. Some people who had friends and relatives trapped on the AUAF campus also used it to try to make contact with them, and pass along any updates they might have received. Razia Danesh was on Twitter, waiting to receive word about her sister, Maryam. Speaking with Queens Free Press via Twitter direct message, Danesh says she was shocked when she found out that Maryam was among those who were trapped on the campus when the attack started.
“I didn’t want to think about any bad thing,” she says, “But I was thinking about [her] being injured, being killed, or any other bad things.”
In the midst of it all, Maryam did find an opportunity to send a brief text.
“I am fine,” read the text message.
Danesh says she tried calling her sister after that, but she didn’t pick up the phone. She then turned to Twitter, in search of any updates.
“I read some tweets that said they [the attackers] came into uni,” Danesh says, “I was shocked because I didn’t know where is my sis (sic).”
Ten minutes later, Maryam finally picked up the phone. She told Danesh that she had managed to escape to the university dormitory with several of the other girls. Several university security guards had managed to bring the girls to a safe room there. When they decided that it was finally safe for them to leave, Danesh says her sister accompanied one of the other girls, who was wounded, to the hospital. “We picked her [up] at hospital,” says Danesh.