QC Voices

QC Voices QC Voices is a collaborative publication featuring writers from Queens College, both undergraduate and graduate students.

This year, ten students contribute to a single, collaborative publication—writing about mathematics, gaming, science fiction, politics, finance, food, sports, and people: • Math in Plain English • Video Gaming: More Than Just A Hobby • "are you not entertained?" • Sci-Fi • He Said; She Said; What? • Humans of Queens College • Killing Two Bugs With One Book • Sports Weekly • The Royal Bank • A Foodie for the Masses Take a look and subscribe now to QC Voices - http://qcvoices.qwriting.org Consider sharing links with friends, colleagues, or students who may be interested.

When's the last time you took a trip to your local public library? Here's Jude, giving us a taste of what the library ex...
12/17/2019
This One’s For All The Expired Library Cards Out There

When's the last time you took a trip to your local public library? Here's Jude, giving us a taste of what the library experience feels like to a millennial.

I happen to live right down the block from a Queens Public Library. That being said, I have only recently, at the age of 20, decided to get a library card. I mean, I had one when I was younger for …

Here's Hadassah Schneider's take on the paradox of freedom of commercial speech. We might be far from vanquishing Intern...
12/09/2019
Banning Ads Is A Band-Aid

Here's Hadassah Schneider's take on the paradox of freedom of commercial speech. We might be far from vanquishing Internet bots, but we are confident that our Voicers are contributing to building media literacy at Queens College.

After watching Mark Zuckerberg get scolded in front of Congress by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for his lackadaisical attitude towards political ads, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that Twitter will…

Those of us who attended the QC Voices & Friends event in November couldn't wait to hear more about Jude's work in progr...
12/07/2019
Hidden History: Tulsa Race Massacre

Those of us who attended the QC Voices & Friends event in November couldn't wait to hear more about Jude's work in progress... and here it is! What does the Tulsa Race Massacre have to do with the "Gonna Tell My Kids" meme? Head over to QC Voices to find out.

Imagine this, you’re on Jeopardy, you select the $2000 dollar question in the category named Lost In History, and Alex Trebec gives you this clue: “One of the United State’s most gruesome race riot…

What can we learn about corporate greed from the cultural history of Bethesda’s video games? Quite a bit, says Jordan Fo...
11/22/2019
The Curious Case of Bethesda Softworks

What can we learn about corporate greed from the cultural history of Bethesda’s video games? Quite a bit, says Jordan Foresta.

When Bethesda announced Fallout 76, an always-online, microtransaction-fueled, shared-world shooter, I was dejected. I don’t think I could have dreamt up a worse addition to the venerated Fal…

Did you enjoy Megan's piece on R. Kelly last week? Here's part two! Spoiler alert: it likely features a megastar from yo...
11/17/2019
Off with Their Heads and Other Considerations: Part 2

Did you enjoy Megan's piece on R. Kelly last week? Here's part two! Spoiler alert: it likely features a megastar from your childhood.

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/meganpindling/2019/11/15/off-with-their-heads-and-other-considerations-part-2/

In the television show, Once Upon a Time, the Pied Piper is really Peter Pan who is really Rumplestiltskin’s father who is really the crocodile whose ticking belly might be only ticking in Ca…

More jails are not a solution to mass incarceration. Najet Miah weighs in on the Rikers Island jail replacement plan.htt...
11/09/2019
Close Rikers

More jails are not a solution to mass incarceration. Najet Miah weighs in on the Rikers Island jail replacement plan.

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/najet/2019/11/07/close-rikers/

  After years of protests to close Rikers Island Jail, New York City’s City Council finally decided to shut down the complex. While this decisions should have been met with praise, the decisio…

Megan Pindling's latest: a take on R. Kelly and fairy tales to expose public (and personal) perceptions of race and crim...
11/05/2019
Off With their Heads and Other Considerations: On R. Kelly

Megan Pindling's latest: a take on R. Kelly and fairy tales to expose public (and personal) perceptions of race and crime. A must read.

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/meganpindling/2019/11/04/off-with-their-heads-and-other-considerations-r-kelly/

My mother said we ought to watch it together, Surviving R. Kelly. We’d talked about his case around my grandmother’s kitchen table, and we all agreed that it was disgusting, terrible, sad. We sang …

If archival serendipity and material culture are your jam, you're going to want to read about Rhea Tepp's journey to the...
11/01/2019
Detox the Digital at New York Public Library’s Picture Archive

If archival serendipity and material culture are your jam, you're going to want to read about Rhea Tepp's journey to the NYPL Picture Archive.

  “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” —Jorge Luis Borges, “La Biblioteca de Babel” I was born in the 1980s. I had a pager years before my first cell p…

Politicians rarely fail to lecture us on the causal relationship between pop culture and gun violence. Here's Jordan For...
10/21/2019
For the Last F**king Time, It’s Not the Video Games

Politicians rarely fail to lecture us on the causal relationship between pop culture and gun violence. Here's Jordan Foresta, setting the record straight.

  August 5th, 2019: “We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troub…

Najet Miah’s reflections on intimacy in carceral facilities makes us wonder: if human beings are social beings, why isn’...
10/16/2019
When Love is a Crime: the Criminalization of Relationships Inside Prisons

Najet Miah’s reflections on intimacy in carceral facilities makes us wonder: if human beings are social beings, why isn’t companionship a fundamental human right?

Prisons and jails have notorious reputations for the illicit relationships that they foster. Relationships between officers and inmates are often publicized to look like stories of lustful s…

Autumn nostalgia is real, the experts say. Amanda Long has a new piece that reminds us just that. Visit QC Voices to rea...
10/14/2019
The Mid-Autumn Festival and the Rituals that Never Escaped Me

Autumn nostalgia is real, the experts say. Amanda Long has a new piece that reminds us just that. Visit QC Voices to read about the myth-making power of rituals. And mooncake.

The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival celebrates the harvest moon, which may include paying fealty to the moon goddess, a pale-faced abstraction with winglike sleeves. Even before my first Mid-Autumn Fes…

Throwback to last week's translocal melancholia! If you can't get enough of Nadia Misir's poetic prose, follow her on In...
10/04/2019
What Planting Tulips and Posting About it on Instagram Taught Me

Throwback to last week's translocal melancholia! If you can't get enough of Nadia Misir's poetic prose, follow her on Instagram @marigoldtief

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/nmisir26/2019/09/25/scott-is-editing-what-planting-tulips-and-posting-about-it-on-instagram-taught-me/

  I turn to Edwidge Danticat’s The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story when I am on a stalled A train, when I am still in bed hovering between sleep and wake, when my knees knock again…

Does James Gray's Ad Astra cloak an attempt to short circuit the connections among the Space Race, nationalism, and hero...
10/02/2019
Per Aspera Ad Astra

Does James Gray's Ad Astra cloak an attempt to short circuit the connections among the Space Race, nationalism, and heroic White America? Head to QC Voices for Amanda Long's review! http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/along0803/2019/10/02/per-aspera-ad-astra-scott-is-editing/

  Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for James Gray’s Ad Astra. The spaceman always finds his way to the moon. He makes it despite his spacecraft stalling in elevation, or sparking flames…

‪Learning about the "fear of not knowing," can make it a little less intimidating - Vallaire Wallace is back with yet an...
09/27/2019
The Fear of Not Knowing: An Ode to Anxiety.

‪Learning about the "fear of not knowing," can make it a little less intimidating - Vallaire Wallace is back with yet another treasured introspective‬

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/valwallace98/2019/09/27/the-fear-of-not-knowing-an-ode-to-anxiety/‬

“I’m just so scared about everything,” I cried to my mom one night. We were talking about what always seems to come up periodically throughout the year: my anxiety. Anxiety, the clever girl,…

Zines and the networks they produced are often labeled as "the internet before the internet" – but what happened to zine...
09/24/2019
Zines Are Tangible Reflections of Personal Revolutions

Zines and the networks they produced are often labeled as "the internet before the internet" – but what happened to zine-culture in the internet era?

Head to QC Voices for Rhea Tepp's latest!

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/arheat/2019/09/23/zines-are-tangible-reflections-of-personal-revolutions/

  Part 1: Write. Photocopy. Fold. Staple. Disseminate. Repeat. I first learned about zines in 1999, during the WTO protests in Seattle. A friend and I left high-school early (there was a city-…

Confused about the recent wildfires? Feeling helpless because "you wish you could help, but..." ? Alyssa Perez has got s...
09/19/2019
What the Wildfire?

Confused about the recent wildfires? Feeling helpless because "you wish you could help, but..." ? Alyssa Perez has got some answers for you.

“The world is burning.” “The Amazon rainforest is on fire.” “We all need to go vegan.” “But Africa is on fire too.” “The lungs of the earth, everyone, the lungs of the earth!” These reactions might…

Najet Miah makes a stunning debut! Reflecting on her experience of studying to become a doctor after serving time in pri...
09/18/2019
The Ex-Inmate’s Question to Society: How Many More Ways Can We Apologize?

Najet Miah makes a stunning debut! Reflecting on her experience of studying to become a doctor after serving time in prison, Najet brings insight and clarity to a subject that is as urgently important as it is hard to discuss. http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/najet/2019/09/17/felonies-are-forever-draft/

At the moment, the only experience that seems harder than serving seven years in prison is being free. Yes, you read that correctly. Make no mistake. “Gratitude” doesn’t even begin to describe how …

Returning writer Hadassah Schneider's new column focuses on the long road to the 2020 Election – head to QC Voices for h...
09/11/2019
The Myth of Likabilty

Returning writer Hadassah Schneider's new column focuses on the long road to the 2020 Election – head to QC Voices for her first piece of the academic year!

"What does it mean to be likable? And why is likability more important than competence when it comes to elections, at least for women?"

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/hadassahschneider/2019/09/10/the-myth-of-likabilty/

  You don’t have to be likable to be electable. Unless you’re a woman. In the run-up to the 2016 election I remember reading a number of articles, tweets, and Facebook posts claiming Hillary C…

Amanda Long's first piece for QC Voices makes us wonder – is the familiar a necessary but not sufficient condition for "...
09/05/2019
Unpacking and Repacking Love to Find Home

Amanda Long's first piece for QC Voices makes us wonder – is the familiar a necessary but not sufficient condition for "home?"

  Although I am fond of my childhood memories, I prefer some distance from the city that some belong to. Yet, as I am getting older, I keep finding myself at my mother’s apartment, or specific…

Vallaire Wallace was not chosen by mistake.
09/03/2019
Imposter Syndrome: It’s Not Me, It’s You.

Vallaire Wallace was not chosen by mistake.

  I was eighteen and frantic the first time I heard the word “dichotomy.” The person that said it was the complete opposite of me: white, preppy, prepared. My eyes bugged out—what does that me…

Still not over GOT’s grand finale? Jordan Foresta shares his thoughts on bad and inconsistent writing ! Spoiler Alert!ht...
06/13/2019
“God’s I Was Strong Then”: The Downfall of Game of Thrones

Still not over GOT’s grand finale? Jordan Foresta shares his thoughts on bad and inconsistent writing ! Spoiler Alert!

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/jforesta/2019/06/03/gods-i-was-strong-then-the-downfall-of-game-of-thrones/

"I could rant for pages and pages about the poorly written dialogue, the nonsensical character motivations, the overabundance of CGI and violence meant to distract fans from the terrifyingly bad writing. Instead, I'm going to harp on the most heinous of Season 8's issues: Season 8 took 7 seasons of character development and tosses them out the window."

Spoiler alert for all of Game of Thrones! I audibly sighed as I began writing this piece. This has been an article I’ve been thinking about since Season 7 of HBO’s mega-hit Game of Thro…

Maggie Capozzoli-Cavota’s new piece is after the emo kid in you. Check out her retrospect on @FallOutBoy’s Folie a Deux!...
06/03/2019
Folie a Deux: A Madness Shared By Two

Maggie Capozzoli-Cavota’s new piece is after the emo kid in you. Check out her retrospect on @FallOutBoy’s Folie a Deux!

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/maggie123/2019/05/29/folie-a-deux-a-madness-shared-by-two/

“Folie a Deux remains their strongest example of what it means to make a perfect album during the wrong time. With the lowest sales and poor crowd response, you wouldn’t believe to say it’s an album that’s by and far, the most cherished to any fan of the band.”

Rarely older generations take Fall Out Boy as a serious band. This opinion, as it happens from generation to generation with popular music, is typical. No parent understands their child’s fav…

In his new piece, Jordan Foresta’s tackles accessibility and inclusivity in the gaming industry!“I think accessibility a...
05/29/2019
Games For All: The Xbox One Adaptive Controller

In his new piece, Jordan Foresta’s tackles accessibility and inclusivity in the gaming industry!

“I think accessibility and inclusivity are the two biggest challenges that the gaming industry needs to confront in the near future. Graphics, advanced artificial intelligence, and sprawling digital worlds mean nothing if everyone can't experience them.”

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/jforesta/2019/05/27/games-for-all-the-xbox-one-adaptive-controller/

Anyone who knows me personally knows I’m an avid Playstation fan. Simply put, I think Microsoft has unequivocally lost this console generation. Microsoft bungled the reboots of some of their …

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