Refract Magazine

Refract Magazine A student-run cultural magazine showcasing creative non-fiction essays at Baruch.

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11/27/2018
Woman at Point Zero

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“With its relentless truth-telling and unyielding defiance of patriarchy, Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi cuts holes in the threads of despair in which it entangles women.”

We have a podcast!!! Listen to our first episode now.
11/01/2018
Episode 1: What’s the Deal with All These Nazis?

We have a podcast!!! Listen to our first episode now.

In this episode of Endnotes, Benjamin Wallin, our Editor-in-Chief, gives us insight into his essay A Nazi by Any Other Name . Click here to read the essay.

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10/25/2018
Under My Thumb

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“Women who love music have to fight harder than men do in order to convince people (including other women) that our musical taste or opinions are informed and have substantial value.”

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10/05/2018
A Nazi by Any Other Name

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An examination of Nazi imagery and how it can weaken storytelling.

Check out our latest photo essay. Open it up on your computer and experience it at its fullest potential.
05/18/2018
Finding the Connection

Check out our latest photo essay. Open it up on your computer and experience it at its fullest potential.

A young man’s journey to connect with his extraordinary grandfather.

05/11/2018

Thank you to all those who joined for last night’s end of year party. A special congratulations to the three winners of the 2018 Berlfein contest:
English is Not Our Language by Deja Washington
Under My Thumb by Chelsea Washington
A Nazi by Any Other Name by Benjamin Wallin

Check out our latest piece by our very own Jonesy SC. We will be discussing it and our new exciting collaboration with t...
05/10/2018
Love, Sabrina

Check out our latest piece by our very own Jonesy SC. We will be discussing it and our new exciting collaboration with the New Media Artspace at Baruch at our EOYP tonight!! We hope we see you there!

A coming of age story about two queer girls falling in love in Jamaica.

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04/19/2018
Puerto Tarafa

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From as  early as first grade, I remember being in love. I would daydream about my first crush, looking out of the classroom window at the freshly mowed soccer fields, not listening to a word my teacher said. I was more concerned with daydreams of the two of us holding hands, or of having h

Brighten up your Monday with our new article
03/19/2018
The Old Boy

Brighten up your Monday with our new article

A story about a young man's journey exploring Toyko and himself.

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03/06/2018

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03/06/2018

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Come to our GIM this Thursday to learn about the magazine.....and eat food of course.
03/05/2018

Come to our GIM this Thursday to learn about the magazine.....and eat food of course.

Check out our latest piece by our very own Dvora Zomberg
02/23/2018
The War That Comes Back Home

Check out our latest piece by our very own Dvora Zomberg

How societal expectations shaped one Vietnam vet’s postwar experiences...

Check out our first piece of the semester. It's a good one!
02/08/2018
English is Not our Language

Check out our first piece of the semester. It's a good one!

Don't be salty because AAVE is simply English with some seasoning.

Our new article Higher is a gripping narrative about one woman's struggle with opioid addiction. It's relevant and impor...
11/14/2017
Higher

Our new article Higher is a gripping narrative about one woman's struggle with opioid addiction. It's relevant and important, definitely check it out.

Works laden with detail regarding substance abuse ought to be considered as admonishing and informative as they are compelling. Too often is access to precautionary data taken for granted, permitti…

Our very own Binyamin Wallin is kicking off the semester with a great piece on Twitter Bots. Check it out!!!
10/26/2017
Your Regularly Scheduled Program

Our very own Binyamin Wallin is kicking off the semester with a great piece on Twitter Bots. Check it out!!!

A group of travelers sits out on a boat in an unknown ocean. They tweet, asking “How long have we been adrift?” But there are no travelers. No human is tweeting. Yet @str_voyage keeps tweeting ever…

The New York Times showcasing the power of essays in free expression #editorfinds
05/12/2017
4 Standout College Application Essays on Work, Money and Class

The New York Times showcasing the power of essays in free expression #editorfinds

Each year, we issue a call to high school seniors who dare to address money, work or social class in their college application essays. Here are the standouts.

The Atlantic paints a dark view of the slippery slope of emerging Presidential imperialism
05/10/2017
How to Build an Autocracy

The Atlantic paints a dark view of the slippery slope of emerging Presidential imperialism

The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.

The Atlantic writes a strong piece on the possibility of more changes in the Supreme Court.
05/10/2017
Anthony Kennedy's Choice

The Atlantic writes a strong piece on the possibility of more changes in the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court’s conservative swing vote faces a fateful decision.

Yuval Noah Harari takes a great look into the shifting state of the world, disrupted by technology. #EditorFinds
05/09/2017
The meaning of life in a world without work

Yuval Noah Harari takes a great look into the shifting state of the world, disrupted by technology. #EditorFinds

As technology renders jobs obsolete, what will keep us busy? Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari examines ‘the useless class’ and a new quest for purpose

05/04/2017

Make sure to come by our RefractMag EOY Party today at 6 30 pm!

04/28/2017

Thank you to everyone that submitted to our essay contest.

Winners will be announced at our RefractMag EOY Party on May 4th.

Final call for submissions to our competition! Our deadline is MIDNIGHT! Turn your papers into CA$H**Note prize is $500 ...
04/27/2017

Final call for submissions to our competition! Our deadline is MIDNIGHT!

Turn your papers into CA$H

**Note prize is $500 !

Attention! The window for submission is closing! Submit to our contest now and win money for your writing!!**Note prize ...
04/27/2017

Attention! The window for submission is closing! Submit to our contest now and win money for your writing!!

**Note prize is $500

Red alert! One day left to submit!!! ***Note award is for $500 not $400!!!
04/27/2017

Red alert! One day left to submit!!!

***Note award is for $500 not $400!!!

Submit your essays before Thursday, April 27th to be considered for the 2017 Berlfein Essay Contest!
04/19/2017

Submit your essays before Thursday, April 27th to be considered for the 2017 Berlfein Essay Contest!

"If total rejection or blind acceptance is the method to express desires for the future, only those who actively partici...
04/10/2017
Resistance until Demise: The Lesson of Bartleby and Teddy

"If total rejection or blind acceptance is the method to express desires for the future, only those who actively participate will direct society." Read our latest piece on resistance to societal expectations.

All individuals search for a purpose, an identity to make sense of the world. The gravity of modernity intensifies the strain of societal repression on humanity, making people inclined to seek a ne…

04/08/2017

Happy spring break Baruch! While you're writing all your final papers over break, make sure to submit them to us at [email protected].

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Make sure you check out our amazing new piece, with improved mobile formatting: The Hong Kong Identity!
03/30/2017
‘PART 1: The Hong Kong Identity’ by Refract Magazine | Readymag

Make sure you check out our amazing new piece, with improved mobile formatting: The Hong Kong Identity!

A city in constant flux, Hong Kong has seen many of its buildings come and go. However, the designs of these structures have always accurately represented the Hong Kong identity. Explore the history and culture of Hong Kong through its architecture in Refract Magazine's first photo-story.

Explore the history and culture of Hong Kong through its architecture in part 2 of Refract Magazine’s first photo-stor...
03/28/2017
The Hong Kong Identity: Part 2

Explore the history and culture of Hong Kong through its architecture in part 2 of Refract Magazine’s first photo-story!

A city in constant flux, Hong Kong has seen many of its buildings come and go. However, the designs of these structures have always accurately represented the Hong Kong identity. Explore the histor…

Enjoyed our Hong Kong Identity article? Check this out! #editorfinds
03/28/2017
In Hong Kong, a Streetcar That Cuts a Path Through Time

Enjoyed our Hong Kong Identity article? Check this out! #editorfinds

The artist Kingsley Ng has turned a tram into a mobile art experience that focuses on the passage of time, in both passengers’ lives and in the history of their city.

Need something fun to do this Friday? Make sure to come by our feminism and writing panel! All are welcome (Non-Baruch s...
03/28/2017

Need something fun to do this Friday? Make sure to come by our feminism and writing panel! All are welcome (Non-Baruch students too).

The event will be held in the 17 Lexington building (23rd Street) in the Baruch Honors Lounge Room 903. More info and RSVP links to come!

03/24/2017
Shots Fired: Part 1

If you liked our piece last week on gun violence check this out! #editorfinds

We join Ben Montgomery, a reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, as he looks at every person killed or injured by Florida police over six years.

Check out our part 1 of Refract's first photo-story!
03/22/2017
Refract Magazine

Check out our part 1 of Refract's first photo-story!

Explore the history and culture of Hong Kong through its architecture in Refract Magazine’s first photo-story.

Explore the history and culture of Hong Kong through its architecture in Refract Magazine’s first photo-story.
03/22/2017
The Hong Kong Identity

Explore the history and culture of Hong Kong through its architecture in Refract Magazine’s first photo-story.

A city in constant flux, Hong Kong has seen many of its buildings come and go. However, the designs of these structures have always accurately represented the Hong Kong identity. Explore the histor…

A number of our student editors are taking Marilyn Nelson's course - they'll be at the reading! Will you?
03/21/2017

A number of our student editors are taking Marilyn Nelson's course - they'll be at the reading! Will you?

TODAY, MARCH 21ST, IS OUR Reading and Conversation with our current Writer-in-Residence, Marilyn Nelson. Stop by the Baruch College library, Room 750, to hear Ms. Nelson read from a selection of her works as well as participate in a Q&A. Refreshments will be served.

The Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program
03/15/2017

The Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program

LESS THAN ONE WEEK until a Reading and Conversation with our current Writer-in-Residence, Marilyn Nelson. She will be reading from a selection of her works on Tuesday, March 21st, as well as participating in a Q&A. Details on location and time can be found below. Refreshments will be served.

"There is no silver bullet to end all gun violence, but instead, many smaller steps we could take to keep Americans safe...
03/14/2017
No Silver Bullet

"There is no silver bullet to end all gun violence, but instead, many smaller steps we could take to keep Americans safe." Check out our latest piece by Erika Smithson.

Oscar Aracena-Montero was 26. Simon Carrillo Fernandez was 31. Mercedes Flores was 26. She studied literature at Valencia Community College. Luis Vielma was 22. She worked at Universal Studios. The…

Have some spare time with the snow day? Check out our website and read some essays!
03/14/2017
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Have some spare time with the snow day? Check out our website and read some essays!

A student-run cultural magazine showcasing creative non-fiction essays at Baruch College

03/13/2017
Jeremy Brown

Check out this awesome spotlight the English department did on our editor-in-chief Jeremy Brown #ourEditorsShine #editorspotlight

“Especially now, it’s the ideas that will win, not the people we have associated with those ideas and ideals—and I look forward to using Refract as a space for that…getting to the…

innovation and creativity is the future... #editorfinds
03/03/2017
Divisions of Labor

innovation and creativity is the future... #editorfinds

New kinds of work require new ideas — and new ways of organizing.

A deeper look at what we know as justice in the US New York Times Magazine #editorfinds
03/02/2017
Department of Justification

A deeper look at what we know as justice in the US New York Times Magazine #editorfinds

Stephen Bannon and Jeff Sessions, the new attorney general, have long shared a vision for remaking America. Now the nation’s top law-enforcement agency can serve as a tool for enacting it.

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