The CPC presents the top ten finalists for the Voices Matter audio essay contest. Judging was based on content; originality and creativity; delivery; and production value. The winners of the winning essays will receive cash awards of $500 to $50 (first place, second place, third place and three honorable mentions), and Delaware Public Media and WVUD will broadcast the top essays.
The Line―Mia Carbone, a sophomore majoring in political science and communication, recalls a class discussion about the contentious Kavanaugh hearings and the trepidation of a lone boy. She considers how ultimately voices can indeed be drowned out.
Politics at the Hostess Station―Christine Colalillo, junior majoring in political science, recounts an angry confrontation with a customer at work, and the valuable lesson she learns about when and where opinions can be expressed.
Freedom of Speech for All?―Allison Delaney, a senior pursuing a degree in mass communication, considers whether freedom of speech is sometimes upheld at the expense of others. Just as it presents a danger for someone to yell fire in a crowded theater for fear of harm, she ponders, surely the use of hateful language also creates a present danger for those at whom the hate is directed.
She's a Feminist―Delaney DeTitta, a junior majoring in communication, describes her struggles with the label "feminist," which she says has become warped by others into a synonym for misandry. Delaney implores readers to push back against narratives imposed on them by others.
Just Like My Father―Josh Diehl, a senior who completed his degree in media communication in December 2018, recalls how his father and grandfather would sit and read Bible stories together and how these experiences pushed him to find his voice. He is thankful to live in a country that grants explicit religious freedom to all.
Shut Up and Listen―Eric Hastings, a graduate student who will complete his Master of Public Administration degree in spring 2019. Eric examines the lessons learned when people "shut up and listen," why it is important to do so, and why it is dangerous not to listen.
The Monster On My Shoulder―Morgan Kolukisa, a junior majoring in English, contemplates the "monster on her shoulder," a metaphor for her identities as a queer woman and as someone who experiences seizures.
How Can I Speak?―Jenna Lee, a senior pursuing a degree in communication, positions herself in a figurative game of tug of war. She has her own voice but she must often be quiet or censor herself depending upon which situation she finds herself in, be it her liberal friends or her conservative parents.
When Anti-Semitism Hits Home―Rachel Stamberg, a junior majoring in communication, shares how recent events have made her hesitant about being open with her Jewish identity. Coming from a bubble where anti-Semitism was unheard of, she must now confront the fact that the world can be a scary place.
The Word―Jymere Stillis-Stanford, a junior majoring in mass communication and psychology, remembers a high school experience when he uses his voice to combat ignorance among his non-Black peers.