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.

One of our Voicers is moving onto a PhD program in English at University of Virginia – Congratulation, Vallaire! What ha...
04/22/2020
On Social Distancing and the Subtle Art of Isolation

One of our Voicers is moving onto a PhD program in English at University of Virginia – Congratulation, Vallaire! What have you gained at a time when feelings of loss seem to prevail in our daily lives? What are you looking forward to?

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/valwallace98/2020/04/21/on-social-distancing-and-the-subtle-art-of-isolation/

I’m grieving. I’m sure you are too, dear reader. I think it’s easy, or at least it has been for me, to look at everything we’ve lost. And we’ve lost so much, right? So…

Amanda Long on the philosophy of 消夜 –  what are your thoughts on the coziness and ultimate fulfillment of eating a late-...
04/16/2020
The Art of 消夜 or the Late Night Supper

Amanda Long on the philosophy of 消夜 – what are your thoughts on the coziness and ultimate fulfillment of eating a late-night supper?

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/along0803/2020/04/15/the-art-of-%e6%b6%88%e5%a4%9c-or-the-late-night-supper/

Health experts will berate you for eating after eight pm. They will warn you that the ramifications include but are not limited to weight gain, irregular eating habits, and a disturbed circadian rh…

Despite taking the center stage during the COVID-19 crisis, Governor Cuomo has neglected to address the community's conc...
04/13/2020
Jails and Prisons are Vectors for COVID-19

Despite taking the center stage during the COVID-19 crisis, Governor Cuomo has neglected to address the community's concerns around the spread of the disease in carceral facilities. This piece by Najet Miah comes at a critical time to set the record straight.

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/najet/2020/04/10/jails-and-prisons-are-vectors-for-covid-19/

“The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” –Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The House of the Dead Note: Please be advised that as things are changing quickly during …

How many previous selves can you single out? How many of those subjectivities are desirable to your current-selves? Here...
04/08/2020
Ruminations on Childhood and Adulthood–aka If I Could Go Back, I Probably Would

How many previous selves can you single out? How many of those subjectivities are desirable to your current-selves? Here's Amanda Long, on the desire of returning to childhood.

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/along0803/2020/04/06/ruminations-on-childhood-and-adulthood-aka-if-i-could-go-back-i-probably-would/

I couldn’t tell time until the fourth grade. Don’t even get me started on long division. I was not even a student with potential. I stalled the class. I was infamous for needing that extra shove to…

‪Nadia Misir’s latest is a reminder that theory can (and should) be deeply connected to experience (even if that is not ...
03/31/2020
When Asked to Meditate Lyrically on the Relevance of Theory to Everyday Life

‪Nadia Misir’s latest is a reminder that theory can (and should) be deeply connected to experience (even if that is not always the case)‬

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/nmisir26/2020/03/27/ready-to-edit-when-asked-to-meditate-lyrically-on-the-relevance-of-theory-to-everyday-life/‬

“It is the nature of grief to keep its object perpetually in its eye, to present it in its most pleasurable views, to repeat all the circumstances that attend it, even to the last minuteness;…

Our writers are thinking and writing through these difficult times – here's Hadassah, looking back and forward to the Pr...
03/19/2020
An Open Letter to Moderate Republicans

Our writers are thinking and writing through these difficult times – here's Hadassah, looking back and forward to the Presidential Election.

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/hadassahschneider/2020/03/19/an-open-letter-to-moderate-republicans/

  Dear “moderate” Republicans asking for a “moderate” Democratic nominee, You had your chance. Four years ago. You blew it. It’s not up to Democratic voters to make sure that you have someon…

Have you heard about the political turmoil caused by Guyana's oil bonanza? Have you heard of ExxonMobil's exploitation o...
03/11/2020
Rising

Have you heard about the political turmoil caused by Guyana's oil bonanza? Have you heard of ExxonMobil's exploitation of the country's land and bodies of water? Eco grieving is real and we are proud to provide Nadia Misir a platform to express it.

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/nmisir26/2020/03/10/rising/

The oil company workers eat upstairs in the Executive Lounge of the Marriott. We stay there too when we return. MSNBC drones on in the background. Most of them, overdressed and sunburned in this pl…

Play as therapy, subcultural incorporation, and a thousand hours worth of content... if you think D&D is "just a game," ...
02/27/2020
Critical Corporations: The Dungeons and Dragons Renaissance and Corporate Sponsorship

Play as therapy, subcultural incorporation, and a thousand hours worth of content... if you think D&D is "just a game," Jordan Foresta might change your mind.
http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/jforesta/2020/02/26/critical-corporations-the-dungeons-and-dragons-renaissance-and-corporate-sponsorship/

For the last four years I was a barista at Starbucks. One of the first things I did in my time there was tell a lie. Well, sort of. On the interview, when the manager asked about my availability, I…

We are sad that Megan, one of QC Voices' most prolific writers over the past three years, will soon be an alumnae. But t...
02/15/2020
Of Frogs and Mermaids

We are sad that Megan, one of QC Voices' most prolific writers over the past three years, will soon be an alumnae. But that time hasn't come yet, and here's something you should know about fairy tales, whiteness, and representation!

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/meganpindling/2020/02/14/of-frogs-and-mermaids/

In the summer of 2019, Disney cast singer and actress Halle Bailey as the titular role in their explicit cash grab and abandonment of any and all creativity and in pursuit of a cinematic monopoly. …

Alyssa explains what to expect from New York's ban on plastic. Spoiler alert: Europe didn't end after its 2002 ban, and ...
02/12/2020
Thoughts on Plastic Bags and the Ban

Alyssa explains what to expect from New York's ban on plastic. Spoiler alert: Europe didn't end after its 2002 ban, and neither did California after its 2014 ban!

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/alymprz/2020/02/12/thoughts-on-plastic-bags-and-the-ban/

It’s official. The plastic bag ban will take effect on March 1st across New York state. The ban is an attempt to reduce the amount of plastic bag pollution on the streets, in green spaces, an…

Hadassah's reflections on what she calls "The Paradox of Tolerance" remind us that, at least at times, we do have a choi...
02/10/2020
The Paradox of Tolerance

Hadassah's reflections on what she calls "The Paradox of Tolerance" remind us that, at least at times, we do have a choice: we can either dismiss, exclude, and alienate the intolerant, or we can put in the labour to invite them in and educate them.

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/hadassahschneider/2020/02/10/the-paradox-of-tolerance/

Three years ago, in a small classroom with bare walls and overflowing bookshelves, nestled in the foothills of Jerusalem, my friends and I spent one winter afternoon debating the lengths and limits…

At QC Voices we are lucky to be working with students as hard working, passionate, and articulated as Najet. We are also...
02/07/2020
Reflecting on my First Semester with QC Voices

At QC Voices we are lucky to be working with students as hard working, passionate, and articulated as Najet. We are also proud to have developed a platform that has allowed writers of all stripes to blossom. We have plenty to learn from our students and their lived experiences.

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/najet/2020/02/07/reflecting-on-my-first-semester-with-qc-voices/

NOTE: This piece is not sponsored. Every letter and every word from here is voluntary. I started QC Voices thinking that I’d be doing others a service by spreading awareness about a topic that is t…

And we’re back! In the first post of the spring term, Vallaire breaks free from the tyranny of self improvement. http://...
02/03/2020
New Year, Same Me: On Getting Comfortable with Yourself

And we’re back! In the first post of the spring term, Vallaire breaks free from the tyranny of self improvement.

http://qcvoices.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/valwallace98/2020/02/03/new-year-same-me-on-getting-comfortable-with-yourself/

This year, I’ve decided not to change myself at all. Every single year before this one, for as long as I could remember, I would write down requests from normal to insane for my new year: Write a p…

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…

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About QC Voices

Our writers are as varied as the people of Queens. We believe their voices represent the future of this country—and some of the best of what it has to offer: passion, compassion, curiosity, talent, and determination.

Our writers are selected from a competitive pool. They work with an editorial team of professional writers that includes a faculty mentor (Jason Tougaw) and two Fellows (Scott Cheshire and Stefano Morello). Our editorial process is professional, demanding, and convivial. We meet regularly for interactive writing workshops. We regularly invite working writers to share their experiences. Each semester, we host a reading, QC Voices and Friends—an opportunity for the campus community to share work in progress.

Since 2010, QC Voices writers have published columns that range from the journalistic to the lyric--on topics ranging from sexual politics, music, immigrant experience, Afrocentricity, nerd culture, the food in Queens, and student activism.

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Calling all Graduate Students!
Kaitlin McDermott shows us just how complicated our world is getting, with the first installment of her series on a drug whose ingestion can be tracked digitally to monitor "compliance." In her words, "Non-compliance is not only an affliction of the forgetful. A group whose reasons are as diverse as the individuals themselves, people who forget to take their prescribed pills are coupled with those who just-plain-refuse them for any variety of reasons, such as the experience of unpleasant side-effects or distrust of mood-altering substances."
Within 15 years, artificial intelligence will take over 38% of U.S. Jobs. 👀 #theglobalsearchforeducation