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Queens College Lens Horizons, V1, N1, Spring 1940



Queens College Lens Horizons, V1, N1, Spring 1940


Glossy non-literary magazine with articles pictures and essays


Queens College (New York, N.Y.)


Queens College (New York, NY.)




Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.




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Queens College (New York, NY.)


We dedicate this magazine to the memory of Libby Orleans, a friend and fellow student whose death was a deep loss to Queens College. Her work on the mimeographed Horizons was invaluable, and in our attempt to fulfill her hope that eventually the students would publish a good college magazine we have retained the name that Libby Orleans suggested.

Editor-in-Chief- Miriam Wolf
Associate Editor- Wingate Froscher
Assistant Editors-Marguerite Baumann, Virginia Doyle
Art Editor- Ethel Hibschman
Staff-Helen Benz, Blanche Cantey, Evelyn Higgins, Benjamin Rosenblum, John Gurman, Anne Krook, Joe Urbanek Photography Editor- Harold Greiff Business- Paul Pasmantier

Finance-Mortimer Acker
Advertising-Gabriel Pearlstein, David Schwartz
Circulation- Paul Cohen, Beverley Kulkin, Leah Rappaport, Olga Skala
Exchange- Marjorie Giffen
Advisers-Russell A. Ames, Israel Baroiway, Thomas J. Hand, Josef V. Lombardo
This issue of Horizons is not a club publication:it belongs to the whole college: it is our first printed magazine. Such an ambitious undertaking presented many new problems. What kind of magazine does the whole student body want? What kind of magazine will it support?

We guessed that the students wouldn't want a purely "literary" magazine. So we are offering short stores, essays, poems, articles on politics, and sports, reviews of movies and books and plays, cartoons, illustrations, and photographs.  We realize that in this first attempt we have not created a thing of perfecty beauty, and we want to know just where we have failed. Any suggestions that the students may offer will be welcomed.

The staff takes this opportunity to thank all who have submitted material, and we regret that we couldn't include more of the contributions. We also wish to express our appreciation for the assistance of our faculty advisers, Mr. Ames, Dr. Baroway, and Mr. Hand of the English Department, and Dr. Lombardo of the Art Department.

That's the old stuff that's always expected but here's something superb, spectacular, stupendous, new! We have a problem. Maybe it's the Flushing air- we don't know-and we don't want to jump to any ridiculous conclusions even though we could suggest a few. But somehow, all Queens College is afflicated with that recently discovered answer to a psychiatrist's Fruedian dream- "newitis" The effects of this vicious disease are pretty apparent. The coiffure of the sufferer takes the appearence of either a moulting bird or Medusa (varying with the sex), and the feet are definitely flat (varying with neither sex). The overt actions are especiially peculiar, for the afflicted shy at or jump back from metal. They even saunter along in the rain muttering about being introverted. The voice becomes loud, the a's are broad, the r's are forgotten and there is a decided nasality. Reaction time is abnormally slow. (They develop a peculiar affection for pinochle.)

But the root of all eveil is their use of the word "new" It's applied to everything. The college is called new even though plaster falls from the ceiling and buildings crack and collapse with the weight of a few pianos and singers. They even call their newspaper "new," "first this or that" and the editors have the presumption to refer to themselves as innovators. They simply disregard the fact that they're not printing one word that hasn't been used before.

Well, we're different. Our magazine, we are proud to announce, is old. The paper we've bought has been used before and the type we're using is as old as Gutenberg. The material is an obvious, unmitigated rehashing of everything that everyone who is much smarter than us every thought of saying and the style absolutely outdoes the Bible for archaic expressions. Even the people who wrote for the magazine are old. some just look that way because they've done a lot of worrying about the future of the Chinese and the possibility of the workers of the world uniting, others are just plain old from reading good literature. All in all they're a sorry mess, and their progren are even sorrier. What we're worrying about is whether their second filial generation will be homogeneous or heterogenious and those are the only scientific terms we remember fron that old Science survey course. To get on the with magazine-the title is hardly original. Right now there's a "popular' magazine called Horizon and our only innovation is obvious. But that isn't really an innovation becauae even Aeschylus spoke about horizons and didn't Columbus sail right over one?

That's all we have to say about this publication. If you don't like it you can use the paper to cover your books so they don't get ruined by the splendid Queens College rain. But if you don't like it for God's sake don't tell us about it. We don't like it either.


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