Print Cards. Not as innocent as they seem. Photo Credit: Jewell Soriano

 

Today is March 10, 2014. Putin has sent troops into the Ukraine because they’re talking about dividing the country; the most sought after Mexican cartel “El Chapo” has been captured; the Winter Hunger Game — I mean Olympics are closing; the psychotic Republican Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker wants to run for president! Yes, these things are important, but they are not the most pressing issues facing students today. What is? I’ll tell you — Print Cards.
Yes, Print Cards. I want to give you some statistics on them — 99.98% of Berkeley City College students have filed a formal complaint to the President and Vice President. They all demanded that “Print Cards” be abolished from the BCC library and computer lab immediately. Unfortunately, Obama and Biden’s secretaries responded that they do not handle such trivial requests.
Last semester, Print Cards were responsible for 20 motor vehicle accidents, 14 pedestrian deaths and a whopping 2,516 bicycle accidents. I presented these statistics to the Board of Education and a press secretary responded, “The Board of Education takes these allegations very seriously. We are further investigating how flimsy pieces of paper valued between one to five dollars can cause such chaos and destruction.”
The last accident caused by these Print Cards lead to twenty-one year old Qiyamah Hameed going into a coma for over 5 months. I tracked her down recently to try to make sense of the many rumors circulating around her accident.
Apparently, Ms. Hameed was running late for class on September 1st, 2013. “I was running late,” she said. Apparently, after running to the librarian and pulling out a one dollar bill, the librarian slapped her across the face. “He slapped me,” she said. She was then told to march her “entitled ass” to the cashiers office and purchase a Print Card like everyone else. In tears, Ms.
Hameed made her way to the Cashier’s Office. When she arrived at the office, her life changed. “I shouldn’t have gone to that office, man,” she told me.
Ms. Hameed knew that she wanted to purchase a Print Card, but she didn’t expect to be asked by the cashier the following question: how much? “I had no idea,” she told me in a panic. “How much what? Am I worth? Sleep I get? Tigers? I couldn’t think. I flipped a [word removed from publication].”
From there, the story is more concrete. Witnesses say that Ms. Hameed’s left side started to twitch uncontrollably. Then, she started to experience convulsions. After doubling over, she began to foam at the mouth and scream, ultimately blacking out.
After a brief silence, I noticed that tears were pouring from Ms. Hameed’s eyes. I squeezed her hand lightly to inform her that I was still present during her moment of pain. I looked up and finally realized where we were — in an inpatient home for people who’ve experienced severe trauma. I recognized a man walking 100 yards in front of us as the first person affected by
these Print Cards. He is now a white man. He was once black.
“Who were you Qiyamah, before this incident?” I asked her. A small smile embedded itself onto her face. Apparently, she was a candidate for Senate. Before that, she had been a finalist in the Miss America pageants. She was known as the “most interesting woman in the world,” but now she is known as the “woman who had a seizure, stroke, and a heart attack simultaneously at the Cashier’s Office.” I asked her how the incident has changed her life. She responded, “It ruined me, man. It ruined me like crack.”

Dominique Keith-Maher

Dominque “Dom” Keith-Maher has been described as “having a lot to say”– and she intends to say it all in the BCC Voice. For many years, she has found passion in activism, focusing mostly on economic, human, civil and women’s rights. She has worked within the nonprofit sector for over 5 years– writing blogs for the nonprofit organization Not In Our Town; editing and writing grants and “begging letters” for the nonprofit Bikes 4 Life and creating newsletters and publications for nonprofit high schools. Currently, Dom is receiving her AA-T in English from Berkeley City College.
To contact Dom, please email her at [email protected]

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Dominque “Dom” Keith-Maher has been described as “having a lot to say”-- and she intends to say it all in the BCC Voice. For many years, she has found passion in activism, focusing mostly on economic, human, civil and women's rights. She has worked within the nonprofit sector for over 5 years-- writing blogs for the nonprofit organization Not In Our Town; editing and writing grants and “begging letters” for the nonprofit Bikes 4 Life and creating newsletters and publications for nonprofit high schools. Currently, Dom is receiving her AA-T in English from Berkeley City College. To contact Dom, please email her at [email protected]

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