Who got Struck by Q-Pid this February?

Poster the Quadrangle used to advertise Q-Pid around campus and online. @ANGELINAPEREZ/COURTESY

By Angelina Perez, Web Editor & Rebecca Kranich, Social Media Editor

After Q-Pid’s second annual visit to Manhattan College, students responded with their experiences, successes and suggestions for next year’s Valentine’s Day’s celebration. The Quadrangle’s Q-pid matchmaker has been an on-going tradition for years, but originally focused on connecting students looking for romance. 

However, this year, Q-Pid expanded its scope and included matching those looking for friends. Across genders, ages and majors, all 86 individuals were matched, closing the month of love successfully.  

Joseph Kennedy, a sophomore political science major shares his experience with The Quad.

“I think individuals participate in something like The Quad’s Q-Pid because it offers the prospect of potentially meeting a new person who you may not have had the opportunity to cross paths with yet in our shared college experience,” said Kennedy

Upon first impressions, Kennedy was intrigued by the matchmaking skills of The Quad and the whole concept of Q-Pid.

“My initial reaction was interest,” said Kennedy. “I wanted to see what The Quad had up its sleeve.”

A major reason for hosting this event was to connect students with new faces on campus, especially freshmen who still may need a helping hand. 

Gabriel Haynes, first-year mechanical engineering major, stated that while he or his match did not reach out to each other, events like Q-Pid can help students expand outside their friend groups. 

“Entering something like this could be beneficial for students who might be closed off to the idea of meeting new people,” Haynes said. “Even with campus being so compact, I still feel like not a lot of people know how to interact with others. You’re always with the same people, why not try something different.”

Emma Troise, a sophomore and English major, only had good things to say about her Q-Pid experience. Initially, Troise and her friends were attracted to the advertisements hung up around campus. 

“I saw it on The Quad’s Instagram story,” said Troise. “I really liked the poster’s design, so I showed it to my friends while we were all hanging out and we stopped whatever we were doing to split up and take it.” 

It turns out fate was in Troise’s favor. She ended up being paired with her best friend. While Q-Pid’s main goal was to create new friendships, for Troise, it confirmed her soulmate. 

“We were laughing so hard when we got our results because we didn’t do the quiz together at all,” said Troise. “We truly wanted different people, but we still got matched. That just shows that we’re besties.” 

Triose’s match, sophomore english major Ava Gaspari, offered an additional event Q-Pid could host next year.  

“I feel like a meet up in person would be cool,” said Gaspari. “Like maybe you don’t know who your matches are until you get there. It shouldn’t be a requirement to meet up, but an option. That way there’s more of a chance that you meet someone new.”

Similarly, Kennedy offered constructive criticism, suggesting that contact between Q-Pid and the applicants could be altered in order to make sure individuals see the matches. 

“I think Q-Pid should definitely continue, the notification of a match kind of got lost in my email,” Kennedy explained, “So, if there was some way to change the notification process that would be cool.” 

With another successful event in the books, Q-Pid is ready to come back next year with new changes and surprises.