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Vol. 33 / Issue 6

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Monday, April 29, 2013

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Rainbow network Campus gives healthy aims to support alternatives LGBTQ By Arden Mason Contributor

Photography By Rachel Falls

Second floor, Careers Building. Hungry. Cltkty, cltkty, cltkty, cltkty, beep. Hit F4. Neeerrroooo. Shhhooofff. Grab Glenny’s Soy Crisps, multigrain apple cinnamon flavor. This is just one of the new healthy snacks coming out of vending machines at Anne Arundel Community College, along with low-fat animal crackers, Kashi chewy granola bars and Sensible Foods “crunch dried” all-natural variety pack. AACC officials have teamed up with Canteen Vending Services and Pepsi Co. this spring to provide healthy snack choices for AACC. Canteen Vending services recently developed a Healthy Choice vending machine, and the school has two of them on the Arnold campus, said Melissa

Beardmore, vice president for learning resource management at AACC. One is in the Florestano Building on West Campus, the other is in the Careers Building on East Campus. Of the 83 vending machines on AACC’s campuses, these two healthy-choice machines stand alone. Every snack in them falls under the government’s standard of healthy, Beardmore said. “Our standard snack machines also have some healthy choice options available,” said Beardmore. “These options have a small, and I mean small, green leaf next to the price.” Healthy snacks are considered to be less than 250 calories, have less than 10 grams of fat, less than 3 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, less than 20 see “vending” page 4

The new Rainbow Network signs, like this one on professor Hurd's door, will be seen all across campus.

By Rachel Falls Staff Writer

Opinion pg 2

community was rejected by the diversity committee after around four attempts at having the program instated in 2011. Those involved with the first program decided it was time to try another approach. Dr. Rob Hurd, assistant professor of English, decided the first thing to change was the name. After issues with the negative connotations associated with “safe zones,” the decision was to have the name of the program send a more positive message. The Rainbow Network was then chosen because of the initial connection of the rainbow to the LGBTQ community and because of the positive foundation of a network. “A network is more positive

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Sports pg 10

than a safe zone because the safe zone focuses on a lot of negative consequences,” said Hurd. “Violence, hate speech, things like that, which certainly we don’t want to dismiss and say it’s not an issue because it is an issue. We want to do better than to make things safe. We want to support and advocate. We want people to be resources and celebrate diversity.” The program begins with training sessions. These training sessions focus on the education of LGBTQ issues as a group in the United States as well as a group on see “network” page 3

Photography By Rachel Falls

Around the campus, on office doors and around staff workplaces, the Rainbow Network supporters have begun to hang their signs. The Rainbow Network is a new faculty and staff-based web of people who have voluntarily taken a LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual and Queer) awareness class to allow this community of students to feel comfortable on campus. These faculty and staff hang signs in their work area to let students or other faculty and staff know that they are part of this supportive network at Anne Arundel Community College. Originally, a program involving “safe zones” for the LGBTQ

These vending machines, which are next to each other in the Careers building, offer opposite food choices.

INDE X Arts & Entertainment pg 12

Around AACC pg 13

Puzzles pg 16


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Letter from the staff write about the college, yes, but that does not mean we have to talk about everything that the administration does or what President Lindsay ate for lunch. We are established to represent the student body, whether positive or negative. The AACC administrators control the AACC website. Students have the Campus Current. As the school paper, we don’t have to pretend that everything runs perfectly smoothly at this school. This is a great educational facility; however there are still problems that exist within our campus. We do not wish to be the type of school paper that ignores student opinion outside of our staff members. We do not purposely choose only negative or insulting tweets about our school or students. We also do not typically choose to publish tweets that contain derogative phrasing or explicit words. If a tweet contains an explicit word, it is edited out. It may be ideal for some of those within the AACC administration for us to only publish positive tweets in each issue, but the fact is, tweets about our school are usually not that way. People typically tweet to complain about the things that we all deal with as students, such as parking, the long AACC students, and are takwait for an adviser, happenen directly from a student’s ings which occur on campus Twitter page. In fact, the or people in the cafeteria. social media section is the We cannot control what or most popular content of the how people tweet about paper. Students, faculty, and and portray AACC. If there staff have told us they love To the editor: is nothing positive posted on the “Social Buzz” feature. This is in regards to a recent AACC newspaper that I stumbled Twitter since our last publicaSometimes the tweets are upon the other day. I do not normally read the paper, and I can tion, then we pick through funny, some are informative, safely say that I will never read it again. The other day, I was waiting the not-so-happy comments and most are just relatable to see my adviser and picked a copy up and began reading it. for the next issue. to being a student on camI got to the section where you post the “tweets” of students and We would also like to pus. And yes, some can off I was appalled. There was a tweet from a student, and I do not point out that we do not as offensive. remember the exact wording, but they were commenting on a put in tweets from official But this… woman’s armpit hair. While we all have our own views, I do not Twitters, such as the AACC “[We] just saw a girl at agree that you should have published that in the school newspaDining Services, Gov. Martin AACC with FULL, untrimmed per, which at least several hundred people read. This college has O’Malley, Eye on Annapoarmpit hair.” always pushed the fact that it is diverse and extremely accepting lis, an AACC class Twitter … was not seen as ofof people. You are setting this college back as a whole by [publishpage, other newspapers, or fense statement by our staff. ing] things like that. The fact that you are openly acknowledging from our own personal TwitIt is just that, a statement. this person’s body shaming and misogyny is horrible. By publishing ters. Though some of these This was the content the stuthis person’s “tweet,” you are in fact encouraging them to contweets contain news, events, dent in the e-mail was upset tinue on with the behavior of putting people down and judging and stories that may afabout. them solely based on their own beliefs. Yes, it was horrible when it fect students at AACC, the The tweet did not conwas on Twitter, but it is a whole different thing to go and use that in tweets do not come from tain anything negative or dethe school paper; you are, in a sense, broadcasting and condonstudents themselves, which is rogative, does not describe ing their cyber-bullying. Did you ever think that maybe the woman what we fill the “Social Buzz” the student mentioned by that tweet was directed to, not only saw that on twitter, but now in feature with. race, age, height, hair color, the paper? How does that impact her? The “Social Buzz” secclothing style nor where she I wanted to voice how disappointed I was with this situation. I tion of our paper is a way was or the time the tweet will never read or pick up one of these newspapers again and I will to bring people together as was sent. In a student body advise my friends and classmates to do the same. a student body. It’s a way over 15,000 strong, it’s a very Rachel Westman to relate to one another at good possibility there are a campus where you don’t several female students who regularly see anyone besides do not shave their underthose in your classes. You come, and you go. We do not live on arms. There is no way of specifically identifying the student; othercampus, and most of us are from a very wide range of places in wise, we wouldn’t have published it. We are not an unethical staff. Anne Arundel County. It is a way to connect, and it’s simply fun to We, and the tweet of concern, were not encouraging any type see what other students are saying about our school. of bullying or offensive words towards another student. We are in a Regarding the tweet mentioning underarm hair, who are we professional college setting at AACC, and therefore are adults. Honto judge what is offensive or misogynistic? Opinions are very diestly, if a female student is walking around with visible, untrimmed verse and have multitudes of different forms and ideas. Negativity armpit hair, then it is highly doubted she cares what anyone thinks depends on your mindset. When you take a statement and begin of it, her or the social norm of shaving. Matter of fact, the person labeling it as something that is “wrong,” negative, or should be promentioned in the tweet may not have even been a student. hibited, you begin shaping people in your image. In other words, Please do not judge who we are as a newspaper from one you mold people to think just like you. And let’s face it, if someone piece of content. Again, we are the voice of the students, not the told you to think just like them, would you? administration. We do not have ties to the public relations office. We Recently the Campus Current received an e-mail from a student concerned with content in the April 15 issue. Let’s us be clear: We are an independent student newspaper. We are students and we are run by students of AACC. We have a faculty adviser, who does not see the content of the paper until it has been published. We also hold strongly to our First Amendment right to speak and publish freely. Though we are overseen by the AACC Student Association as our publisher, they do not control newspaper content or make day-to-day decisions. Once in a while a student will come across false information that slipped by us in editing or mention a concern about how something was worded in an article. So when we came across this e-mail, we were confused as to why something like this should even be in our inbox. The complaint was about armpit hair. We are the voice of the students, and that’s a part of the reason why we take tweets about our campus or involving student life and publish them in the paper. They reflect the views of many

Letter to the editor

@TylerStasch: I always hit the same curb pulling out of the parking lot at aacc

@tylerjustinhall: Im the only kid at aacc that pays the meter so I can park in front and not walk as far

@ConnerODell: About to take a nap in one of these holes in the wall at aacc

@meggs2029: [Fire] alarm goes off and what do we do? Stand next to the building... #aacc

@valkilby: Some kid dressed up as a bumble bee just ran up to my desk in the library, dropped an Easter egg on it, & ran away. Just another day at AACC

@biautifulinpink: I resorting to AACC sushi cause I’m starving and don’t eat meat. Grrrrr.


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NETWORK (continued from pg 1)

very rare. Many LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff say that they feel safe here on campus already, but believe the Rainbow Network is a great resource for other uncertain students. “As far as I am concerned, no one has been directly threatening to me in a way where I have felt that my safety was compromised,” said Vinette. “However, there may be some people who are questioning. And for the questioning students, they may feel highly unsupported and as far as a social support network goes, this is a phenomenal step forward. I think the Rainbow Network really fulfills a need in providing some sort of venue or forum [for the LGBTQ community].” As an openly gay student, Tim Woda, a transfer studies major, believes that the campus is already a safe enough place, but loves the idea of a network. “I think that [the Rainbow Network] sounds like a great idea,” Woda said. “I personally feel very safe and welcomed at AACC but I know some people probably don’t and this would be a great thing to help them out.” Also an openly gay student at AACC, Tyler Zeck, a business

major, says he also feels safe, but understands that some students do not. “For the out community, AACC is a very safe place,” he said. “I’m all for aiding those that are less comfortable, though.” Dr. Ivan Harrell, dean of student services, is not forcing the Student Services staff to become a part of the network. However, he is making LGBTQ awareness training mandatory for his staff. If the staff members want to be a part of the network, they can stay for an hour after their mandatory training, he said. “It’s our responsibility to understand the needs of diversity students,” he said. “This is a population that we have an opportunity to learn more about in order to understand them better. I strongly believe that every team member should be trained in learning how to fulfill the needs of LGBTQ students.”

Photography By Rachel Falls

the campus. It also helps educate on terms used within the community and also accurate information about the group. The session also helps train faculty and staff to provide resources to students who have an issue with which they need help. The first training session has already been completed with about 20 members and was completely filled within a matter of four hours. Two more training sessions have been scheduled and are already filled with more volunteers. These volunteers also have the option to be a part of an online list of support, but it is not mandatory. Assistant professor of psychology, Paul Vinette, is an openly gay faculty member. When asked about the new changes to the LGBTQ community on campus, Vinette stated that this was a positive step in the right direction, even after having a bad experience with students when he began as an adjunct professor. “There were problems about eight or nine years ago,” he said. “There were three students on this campus that were directly responsible for some harassing telephone calls to me. I didn’t let it affect me.” Even though some issues with students have happened, they are

Accounts Receivable Assistant, Lynne Edwards, has a sign hanging in front of her cashier's window in the Student Services building.

Clubs celebrated Earth Day with bamboo, free food By Sarah Bailey Contributor Anne Arundel Community College celebrated Earth Day on April 24 with free plants, music, and resources for going green. Co-sponsored by the Campus Activities Board and Student Life, the event drew many people to the Quad to enjoy the sunny weather and activities. Earth Day, normally observed on April 22, was first celebrated in 1970 to promote environmental protection. It is now recognized across the world. At AACC, students, faculty and staff ate free hamburgers, hotdogs, and other food and listened to musical duo Dakaboom. The Biology and Environmental Club gave out free bluebell plants, which are native to Maryland. Bamboo plants were also available. “We are letting people know what they can do as students to help the environment,” said Juli Hatchell, 46, an environmental science major. The bio club tries to set up events for cleanup, such as a potluck Frisbee outing at Lake Waterford on May 20, said president of the club Katrina Moore.

Brittany Cardoza, 19, a homeland security major, enjoyed the event and learning about the plants. “I’m going to give the bluebell to my mom to plant,” said Cardoza. Kelly Mackall from the county’s Waste Management Center gave out recycling info and reusable bags, as well as pens and pencils. Recyclemoreoften.com, a website about recycling in Anne Arundel County, offers plenty of resources about recycling in the county and how you can get involved. A class studying women’s health issues held a raffle to benefit IMA World Health and to create safe motherhood kits for women in other countries. IMA World Health, based in New Windsor, Md., helps advance health care for people in developing nations. Cell Phones for Soldiers took phone donations for the troops. see “earth” page 13

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4 News Professor Confessor - Rita Victoria Gomez

Sex, violence, and History – professor confesses all

Colleges attended and degrees acquired? Pace University, received a B.A. in History. California State University, Sacramento, received a M.A. in History. George Washington University, received PhD in History. Classes taught at AACC? Western Civ 111 and 112, Women of the Western World 217, and Women in American History 218. Years taught at AACC? Since fall of 1990, so 23 years. Programs involved in at AACC? Co-advisor of the AACC History Club. ing?

Why do you enjoy teach-

Because it’s always new. New people to bore, new captive audience forced to listen to you and

laugh at your jokes. What is your favorite thing about AACC? The students. They are such neat people and I truly enjoy them. We do not have a homogenous student body and I love that. We have different races, socioeconomic backgrounds, ages, and genders. I love that. The one thing students would be surprised to know about you: I am an introvert. I am actually extremely shy. Favorite event or time period in history? I love the 18th century! I love 18th century France, actually. Why? Because no one lives like that anymore. The idea of doing nothing all day appeals to me. And when I say France, I mean Aristocratic France. Why did you choose history? Hey! Sex and violence, who doesn’t like that? And all those wonderful things. What do you believe defines you as a teacher? I try to make history come alive. I try to let students transport themselves, like a time machine, and see what it was like in those days. I guess I humanize history. I am your local Netflix outfit. A Favorite Classroom Memory? I was teaching Western Civ

2 and we were talking about the cause of the French Revolution. I teach Tuesday and Thursday classes, and this day I was teaching Thursday. I was laying the foundation for why the people in France were upset over the way society was being run. And one of the things was that you had to give 10 percent of your income to the church, you HAD to give, it was not optional. It was like an income tax and it was called tithing. Everyone had to pay this tithe to the church whether you believed in God or not, and of course this was during the Era of Enlightenment. A lot of people were questioning God and the Church so they were resentful about chipping in money. Alright, so the class ends and I feel I’ve done a pretty good lecture and it’s the weekend so I tell everyone “Have a nice weekend.” So Tuesday I come back, four days have elapsed, and it’s a 9:30 a.m. class, it’s my first class of the day. I said, literally, because I did not know, “Where were we on Thursday?” One of my students says “Oh, we were talking about tits.” And I stand there and I look at him and I said to myself, “Jesus, what the hell was I talking about?” because I don’t remember what I said. My face is changing color and I’m standing there and he says “You know, tits. Like you have to give 10 percent to the church.” And I say “OH, you mean tithes.” I had spelled it on the board, T-i-t-h-e-s, which is how you spell tithes, but you know, if you look at it phonetically, its tits. I could see my career going down the

Professor Gomez loves teaching new things here at AACC, where she has taught for over 23 years.

simple fact that they are craving junk food. “I use the vending machine in Careers every day,” said Ally Lobiondo, 19, an international business major. “I go there to get snacks because I am in a graband-go-kind of mood.” While most of the snacks in the regular machines are $1, healthy snacks run between $1.50 and $2.50. Although both regular and healthy choice vending machines sales have increased in the past year, regular vending machines are still more popular, said Beardmore. “It depends on the location,

but Anne Arundel Community College has definitely had an increase in regular vending,” said Kevin Sumpter, supervisor at Canteen Vending Services. Drivers have to restock when the snacks fall below 80 percent full, Beardmore said. “Vending machines in Careers are high volume vending machines so they are monitored three times a week,” she said. “Lower volume machines like Pepsi Co. are monitored two times a week.” The drivers working for Canteen Vending Services work on commission, so they pick the snacks that go into the machines.

Photography By Rachel Falls

By Rachel Falls Staff Writer Professor Rita Victoria Gomez has been a teacher for over two decades here at Anne Arundel Community College. She is known for her wicked sense of humor and love of history. Currently, she teaches two classes and is trying to have her book, which she wrote for her dissertation, “Daedalus’s Daughters: Women Air Force Pilots of World War II” published. When she is not teaching, Gomez enjoys reading, watching Netflix and playing with her three dogs, Kasha, Rosebud, and Saxon.

VENDING (continued from pg 1) grams of sugar, and under 230 milligrams of sodium, according to Canteen Vending Services. AACC does not pay for the vending machines, said Beardmore. AACC does, however, get money for the sales. “Sales annually are about $250,000 and that is on all four of our locations-- Arnold, Glen Burnie, Arundel Mills, and our newest location, Center for Cyber and Professional Training,” Beardmore said. A portion of those sales is the commission that AACC collects, ranging from 10 percent of coffee to 40 percent of cold beverages. That percentage goes into an

auxiliary savings account that helps pay expenses for the campus bookstore and the dining hall, said Beardmore. AACC students seem more interested in the less healthy snacks, according to an informal survey. “I don’t always use the vending machines,” said Kelsey Newcomb, 20, of Annapolis, a psychology major. “When I do I am most likely in a hurry and I just buy whatever looks good which is always Cheetos or chips or something.” Some students at AACC may want healthier choices, but others go to vending machines for the

If the “unhealthy” snacks are the ones that sell, then that is what the drivers stock, Sumpter said. “These drivers also stock our Healthy Choice Vending Machines,” said Sumpter. “However, they have very, very limited choices for those machines right now.” It’s hard to both offer more new healthy snacks and make money at the same time, Beardmore said. “People may say they want healthier choices, but that is funny,” she said. “[The] sales of chicken tenders and fries and regular vending have increased.”


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SPEAR Club helps students find the path to healthy choices By Arden Mason Contributor Strawberry-flavored condoms attached to lollipops, intoxiclocks and rave demonstrations are just a few things that Anne Arundel Community College’s SPEAR club has been dealing with this semester. The SPEAR club (Student Prevention & Awareness Resources) changed its name last December from BACCHUS (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning Health of University Students). Since then, members have been turning up the heat on the Arnold Campus. “It started out as just a job,” said Shannon Ryan, vice president of SPEAR. “Then it turned into something very, very relevant.” Before AACC, Ryan went to Hofstra University in New York. “Drinking was the thing to do,” Ryan said. “I began to drink away the stress from school and being away from home. I failed an entire semester, $25,000 down

the drain.” When she came to AACC, Ryan didn’t know her place. When she started in SPEAR, she said it helped her find her old values. “Not only was I drinking, but I was hospitalized from being dehydrated from drinking soda all the time,” Ryan said. “SPEAR has helped me make healthier decisions.” BACCHUS is a nationally organized club located in many universities and colleges around the country that tries to spread information on the use of drugs, alcohol and safe sex in a fun way. “The name was just too long and complicated,” Ryan said. “We had to change it to something more simple. That’s why we chose SPEAR.” Along with the name change, Ryan and SPEAR President Savanna Osborn changed the mission statement: “To spread prevention and awareness con-

Dance trip teaches variety By Mattye Hargrow Contributor Dancers from Anne Arundel Community College traveled to North Carolina last month to take classes and showcase several pieces at the regional American College Dance Festival. The festival was held at the University of North Carolina Greensboro from March 13 - 17. The conference offers a variety of classes that the students must attend, from ballet to hip-hop. “It was tiring, educational and insightful,” said AACC sophomore Elisabeth Lee, 19. Schools from all over the Mid-Atlantic region showcased some of their best dance pieces. The company performed a contemporary piece called “In Hot Pursuit” from their fall show last year. They also performed an informal piece called “The Struggle,” a three-person contemporary dance depicting everyday life struggles. “We’re all about modern dance,” said AACC freshman Evelyn Paddy, 18. “So it was nice to see other schools; it was very refreshing.” Paddy says dance is her life. “Dance isn’t something that I work hard at,” she said. “It’s something that comes natural to me. I eat, sleep and breathe dance.”

Lynda Fitzgerald, AACC dance company director, said she likes to present light-hearted pieces. “I am my best audience,” said Fitzgerald. “If I can make myself laugh then I think it’s a good piece.” Now the dance company is focusing on its spring dance show, Spring Migration, on May 2, 3, and 4 at 8 p.m. in the Kauffman Theater.

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cerning healthy lifestyle choices to the students of AACC.” “We thought that we did more things than what BACCHUS had written up,” said Zahida Feradaus, treasurer of SPEAR. “It was more of an openminded, general name on prevention and health related things.” At AACC’s health fair in early April, the SPEAR club set up a rave demonstration table and handed out pamphlets. “That went very, very well,” said Ryan. “We had demonstrated what a rave looks and feels like and then we handed out handouts that explained the different drugs used at raves.” SPEAR also used an intoxiclock. An intoxi-clock takes your age, weight and gender and tells you the amount of time it would take to become completely sober given a specific combination and amount of drinks, said Ryan. About 30 to 40 students participated in this demonstra-

tion, said Ryan. “Say you had three Bloody Marys and a shot of Captain and a beer,” Ryan said. “Well, the computer program intoxiclock would take into account the amount of alcohol consumed and tell you your blood alcohol concentration.” Back in February, the SPEAR club participated in a sexual responsibility campaign in response to Valentine’s Day and since then they have done two or more events each month, said Ryan. “When I first started, the club wasn’t really active at all until I resurrected it,” said Loretta Lawson-Munsey, faculty adviser and the coordinator for substance abuse education at AACC for about 18 years. “It has just grown so much.” Earlier this month, SPEAR showed the documentary “Lost in Woonsocket” about addiction and recovery. About 67 students watched the film on AACC’s

Arnold Campus, Lawson-Munsey said. SPEAR’s last event for this spring will be the free massage event on May 9 in the conference room right off the main cafeteria. These 15-minute massages start at 10:30 a.m. and last from until 2 p.m. SPEAR meets in SUN 208B every Monday from 11 a.m. to noon and welcomes new members, Lawson-Munsey said. “We always love to have new folks interested,” she said. “We’ll be losing a couple in the fall, so were always looking for committed students. It looks good on your resume and you know, it’s just a lot of fun!”


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Photograph courtesy of Shree Iyengar

Texting and Chemistry teacher tries his hand at drama driving not uncommon among AACC

The silhouettes of Ghandi and Martin Luther King JR. on the set of Ahimsa.

Note that this photograph is a demonstration. Stephen Linnenkamp, above, admits he texts and drives occasionally.

By Mattye Hargrow Contributor At least one employee of Anne Arundel Community College doesn’t text while driving, according to an informal survey earlier this month on campus about a new state law. “I don’t like it. It’s too dangerous,” said Public Safety Officer Tim Young, 39. “I have kids.” The Maryland General Assembly on April 8 passed a law that cracks down on texting or talking on a hand-held phone while driving. The new law goes into effect on Oct 1. Previously those actions were considered secondary offenses, meaning that police would need another reason, such as speeding, to pull you over. Now they are primary offenses, which means that if you’re caught texting or talking on the phone while driving the police do not need another reason to pull you over. Some AACC students admit they text while driving. “I am really bad at it,” said

Melanie Gilkerson, 24, a creative writing major. “I tend to swerve.” For a first-time offense the fine is $75. For a second offense the fine is $125 and for a third offense, it is $175. “I guess I better get it together,” said Tekeyah Dockett, 20, a nursing major. “[Nobody’s] got time to be paying all that money.” Some people admitted texting, but only once in a while. “I call and text every so often,” said engineer James Houston, 54. “I am an expert driver.” Others will have to worry about this new law. “I am guilty,” said Brittany Scott, a radiology major.

An Anne Arundel Community College chemistry professor has decided to bring “ahimsa” to the students and faculty of AACC. “I am not sure on how to achieve ahimsa,” professor Shree Iyengar said. “I can only help us move in the right direction.” “Ahimsa” is a Sanskrit word that means “non-violence.” This English play of the same name is a spiritual journey of humanity’s quest for peace in troubled times. “I wanted it to be a spiritual theatrical experience,” Iyengar said. The play centers on Iyenger’s upbringing in India. India has a big role when it comes to his

plays. This play combines the theories of non-violence from Mahatma Gandhi and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gandhi was an Indian nationalist leader known for leading India to independence through nonviolent civil disobedience. The two-act play is about three mothers who have sons fighting in the war in Afghanistan. One mother has a son that is still fighting in the war. The second mother has lost her son in the war. The third mother is dealing with a son that has returned from the war but has been wounded. All of these mothers are trying to find peace in their hearts during a terrible time in

their lives. In light of recent events such as The Boston marathon bombings and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the play raises questions about nonviolence. “We get caught up in basic life and we forget about the big picture,” Iyengar said. “We have no guts; we just talk big.” Iyengar is hoping for a packed house on Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m. and May 11 at 1 p.m. in the Kauffman Theater. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 AACC faculty, staff, senior citizens and outside students, and $5 with valid AACC student ID.

Photograph courtesy of Shree Iyengar

Photography By Rachel Falls

By Mattye Hargrow Contributor


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News 7

New strategies AACC gets down for old to business problems By Natalie Hendrie Staff Writer

Health Fair aims to educate By Shelby Sos Contributor Wheel of Fortune, skin cancer screenings, bags full of information, free snacks, smiling faces and a lot of fun. This was the dining hall during Anne Arundel Community College’s annual Health Fair on April 10. Forty-five organizations offered information and services. People who attended could get free screenings for blood pressure, hearing, vision, HIV, cholesterol, iron and many more. There were also brochures promoting skin care, booklets full of health facts, posters listing services provided and much more. The fair had a Health Fair Scavenger Hunt with the winner getting gift cards. Many tables had their own games students could play to win prizes.

Some organizations such as the Health Department Alcohol and Drug Prevention office asked students to fill out anonymous surveys. The purpose behind these surveys was to help target strategies to fight substance abuse, said Heather Eshleman, prevention supervisor. The surveys helped the department see the problem areas in the county by location, asking participants only for their ZIP code. Maris Walker, hearing aid dispenser at Chesapeake Hearing Centers, handed out bags and brochures, telling students how important it is to get hearing evaluations. “The Health Fair has a great turn out,” said Asia Wood, medical clinic director at Arundel House of Hope.

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The 1899 U.S. Patent Office Commissioner, Charles Duell, has been credited with saying, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” On April 15 at Anne Arundel Community College, 12 groups of students tried to prove Duell wrong during the 4th annual Big Idea Elevator Pitch Competition. “I want you to imagine you are at a hotel,” opened Stephen Berry, Instructional Specialist at AACC, “and you have this idea of a product, service, business... and when you step onto the elevator on the eighth floor, standing there is someone you know who could invest in your product. You know this elevator will take exactly two minutes to reach the first floor, and you have until then to spark the interest of your investor.”  Designed for young entrepreneurs with an interest in solving some of today’s problems with their innovations, the competition gives students exactly two minutes to pitch their ideas to renowned business specialists

and potential investors. The ideas ranged from athome STD tests to body jewelry, phone apps, and health-based fast food restaurants. Jerome Loyd entered the competition with his “Ultimate Grabber,” an attempt to improve on plastic and metal contraptions designed to aid users in grasping out-of-reach objects by extending the arm by 12 feet. His invention is utilitarian and specific to his own needs. Loyd is a gas station attendant whose job entails dealing with gas tankers who often drop objects into the 12 foot wells they are filling with no practical way of retrieving the items.  Students Melissa Bennett and Robert Curran invented the “Safe Sleeper,” an attachable nose clip designed to notify its user when breathing becomes labored and uneven due to sleep apnea. Both Bennett and Curran suffer from the ailment. The competition started with 30 students, and was narrowed to only 12 in the final round. The

top three big business ideas were offered $500 cash on April 25 at 8 a.m. in CADE 219. In addition to the judges, students were also allowed to participate by voting via the Big Idea Facebook page.  Aside from the competition, AACC offers scholarships through the Ratcliffe Scholars Program, which is specifically designed to reward to entrepreneurial spirit. Four different scholarships and one grant are offered with awards of up to $25,000. Eligibility requirements such as credits completed and GPA must be met in order to qualify. 

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8 News Just keep riding Diversity Day brings many Update on cross-country groups, heritages together charity tour

Photograph By Ken Harriford

By Shelby Sos Staff Writer

By Sarah Jones Staff Writer Jacob Landis will continue his cross-country bike tour to raise money for cochlear implants through the summer, with a goal of $1 million. Deaf by age 10, the now 24-year-old Jacob Landis has always wanted to give back to those he can relate to. This tour allows him to do so by raising money to fund cochlear implants for those who cannot afford the device. The tour began earlier this month, on April 3, and already “Jacob’s Ride” has raised close to $36,000 by visiting Major League Baseball games, going to events, meeting doctors and leaders of organizations to raise awareness, and of course, the media and press attention it has received. Cochlear implants, small electronic devices that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing, are very expensive for each individual, so, every dollar helps. He is scheduled to reach Toronto by April 30 for the Blue Jays vs. Red Sox game, and will go back down to Pittsburg and continue from there for the rest of the tour in the U.S. until late September. “It is quite longer than just going across the country,” said Landis. “It’s almost like riding a circumference around the country, plus the excursions to St. Louis, Denver, and Kansas City.” Landis will bike close to 10,500

miles over the course of 130 days, making the trip in 175 with rest stops and events. “I [have ridden] almost 7,000 miles in the last two years combined,” said Landis, “which pales in comparison to what this ride will be.” The tour will visit all 30 MLB stadiums, where family and volunteers will help to raise money at a game. As Landis heads up and over to the west coast, the biking mileage in between stops spaces out quite a bit, but he isn’t worried. “I already know how to ride well, and I know what a 60 mile day feels like and I know what a 90 mile day feels like,” he said. Proceeds from Jacob’s Ride will go to organizations such as The Gift of Hearing Foundation, Hearing Loss Association of America, Johns Hopkins Medicine: Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and the J.W. Pickle Foundation. To receive more information on this tour, visit www.jacobsride. com, or www.facebook.com/ jacobsride2013, or follow @ jacobsride2013 on Twitter, and/ or pick up the April 1 issue of the Campus Current. You can also keep up with Landis’s play-by-play (or mileby-mile) experience on his blog, www.jacobsride2013.blogspot. com.

Cinco de Mayo at Anne Arundel Community College this year won’t just be a Mexican celebration, but also a diversity celebration. Spanish professor Thomas Edison is putting together a Diversity Day/Cinco de Mayo celebration for a second year on May 3. “The philosophy behind this event is to be able to appreciate the diversity of other groups and not feel like your own is at risk,” Edison said. The festivities will start in Humanities 112 at 11 a.m. with a Spanish game show. There will also be a presentation on Chinese language and the American Sign Language Club will interpret a song.

A taco bar and possibly a sushi making class will be available on the Quad from noon -1 p.m. Dancers will teach students Mariachi dancing as well, so bring your dancing shoes! Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over the French army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In Mexico, it is a minor holiday compared to what it has become in the United States. The focus of the event is for groups to come together, which is why the Mexican heritage will not be the only heritage celebrated. “I think it is a good idea to combine the events because Cinco de Mayo has already been widely accepted as a holiday across many college campuses,”

said Stephanie Fagan, 20, from Pasadena and a homeland security major at AACC. “Combining the events would allow people who already have adapted to one culture the opportunity to explore other heritages.” Edison also hopes that it will be a good stress reliever for students who are stressed out at the end of the semester. Come out and learn how to dance, play some fun games and meet new people. The AACC Diversity Committee, Spanish Club and the Department of World Languages are sponsoring the event. If you would like to volunteer or get involved contact Edison at twedison@aacc.edu.

Check out our Around AACC section on pg 15 for more events happening around campus!


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News 9

Photography courtesy of Run or Dye

A race to see in full color The world’s most colorful 5K run, Run or Dye, is coming to Washington D.C.’s RFK Stadium on June 8. During the race, color crews and neighbors throw safe, ecofriendly, colorful dye at runners and walkers on the course. “It was the most fun I’ve ever had,” said Ally Lobiondo, 20, a transfer studies major at AACC. “And it’s a great way to get exercise and get involved in the community!” It costs $50 per person. For a team of four or more the cost is $45 per person. Children 6 and under run free with an adult. You may sign up on www. runordye.com. When you sign up, you receive an event T-shirt, an event race number, a bracelet and a sponsor goodie bag. Participants are advised to wear T-shirts that will show off all the colors. The race starts at 9 a.m.

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10 Sports

Team spirit and defense leads baseball to playoffs

Photography By Kimberly Doane

By Amber Morris Contributor The AACC men’s baseball team’s goal is to secure a spot in the playoffs. “Once we get in the playoffs anyone can win,” said head coach Dave Fletcher. After splitting a doubleheader with Montgomery College on April 20, the Pioneers’ overall record stood at 17-25. They were 8-14 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference. “Our defense has not progressed as well as I thought we would, but we are getting better every day,” said Fletcher. “We have been playing very good baseball lately.” So far this season the Pioneers have a total of eight home runs and a batting average of .311. The Pioneers are aiming to win as many conference games as they can in order to secure a spot

in the playoffs. Sophomore infielder Zach Weiss and freshman pitcher Jordan MacKean are key players who have stood out this season, Fletcher said. What will MacKean miss the most after the season ends? “Our team spirit, our fun, and all the boys,” he said. “We’re funny.” Weiss said his favorite thing about the team is the chemistry. He has set individual goals for himself as well as the team’s goal. “My individual goal is hitting around .400,” said Weiss. “My team goal is having above a .500 season.” The Pioneers will end their season at home April 30 playing against the Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk Lions at 3 p.m.

Brandon Eady, No. 25, steps to the plate against CCBC Essex on April. 18.

Despite recent losses, softball pushes forward By Marcus Reynolds Contributor team at .460. The team’s batting will be a focal point for tournament play as well. Sophomore catcher Shelby Smith leads the team in runs batted in with 15. Smith’s four home runs lead the team and ranks fifth in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference. “We need hits to get people on base so we can put runs on the scoreboard,” said Van Wie. As of April 20, the Pioneers were 14-20 overall and 6-10 in conference play. Players are looking forward to the post season and maintaining their work ethic. “We all work hard at practice so it can pay off when it comes to games,” said Van Wie. The Pioneers will face strong competition in the Region XX tournament on May 4-5 at Westmoreland Community College in New Kensington, Pa. “We just need to do as well as we can and keep our heads up,” said McDowell.

Photography By Kimberly Doane

Despite a recent losing streak, the Pioneers softball team is getting ready for tournament play and hopes to reach nationals for the third year in a row. “This year I want to take the title home,” said freshman third baseman Leanne Van Wie. “It would be cool to say I was a part of the team that went to nationals.” As of April 17, the team had lost six of eight games since April 7, when they split a doubleheader with Rappahannock Community College. During the eight-game stretch the Pioneers were outscored 67-38. The Pioneers will be best suited to make it back to nationals if they can communicate on the field. “When we don’t talk we get down and don’t do as well,” said freshman pitcher and second baseman Kasey McDowell. McDowell leads the team in hits this season with 29. McDowell’s batting average also leads the

Elizabeth Cox, No. 17, steps up to bat against Allegany College on April 6.


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Sports 11 Baseball April 18 CCBC Essex

W 7-4

April 20 @ Montgomery College

L 2-7, W 13-2

Photograph By Sharon Corbett

Steve Pettie, No. 5, got caught in a rundown on April 18 agsinst CCBC Essex.

Photography By Kimberly Doane

April 21 Rappahannock Community College L 1-3, W 6-5

Meghenn jackson, No. 1, rushes to the goal on April 18 against Howard Community College.

April 25 Delaware Technical & Community College

TBA

April 26 @ Frederick Community College

TBA

April 28 Community College of Philadelphia

TBA

April 30 CCBC Dundalk

TBA

Women’s Lax March 26 CCBC - Essex

W 22-8

April 4 Harford Community College

W 16-5

April 10 @CCBC Catonsville

W 16-5

April 15 @CCBC Essex

W 23-12

April 18 Howard Community College

W 20-9

April 23 @Harford Community College

W

May 4 CCBC Essex

TBA

Men’s Lax April 5 @ Stevenson University JV

L 11-10

April 10 CCBC Essex

L 14-11

April 12 @ Harford Community College

L 20-8

April 14 @ Suffolk CC

W 11-10

April 17 @Howard Community College

W 13-8

April 20 CCBC Catonsville

W 12-8

April 26 Harford Community College

TBA

Photograph By Sharon Corbett

Softball

Kevin Pastrana, No. 15, protects the goal against CCBC Essex on April 10.

April 3 Harford CC

L 7-2, W 5-3

April 6 Allegany College of Maryland

W 12-4, W 4-3

April 7 Rappahannock Community College

W 7-6, L 11-9

April 10 Frederick Community College

L 5-2, W 14-13

April 13 Montgomery College

L 9-4, L 7-0

April 17 @ CCBC Catonsville

L 8-0, L 8-2

April 25 CCBC Dundalk

TBA

April 26 @ Hagerstown Community College

TBA


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12 Arts & Entertainment

Fall Out Boy album to “save rock n’roll” By Sarah Jones Staff Writer “Put on your war paint,” are the very first words off of the new Fall Out Boy album, “Save Rock and Roll.” This is exactly what the band has stepped up to do. These first words fit the chaos and excitement of the band’s new album and tour, ending the five year streak since the last FOB album release. For more than three years, the band had been on a musical hiatus, breaking off into unfamiliar waters of solo careers and adventurous side projects. The breakup announcement in late 2009 was a major blow to longtime fans. To say that the group influenced much of the pop punk scene in their eight-year-long run would be an understatement. From sold-out shows and packed venues, to their infamously long, unrelated song titles, the band took hold of the scene and ran with it, standing next to the biggest names in rock music. Many fans stayed loyal to the band, keeping ears open for an end to the hiatus. Although there was no definite end in sight, they asked, waited, and sometimes begged for the day it would be over. That day was February 14, 2013, and it was well worth the wait. Almost immediately after the musical reunion was announced, the band went on further to say an album would be released by May and tickets for a solo act tour would go on sale a week later. All of this at once caused fans to scramble, and though the tour had no other acts included, tickets sold out within minutes of sale times. “Save Rock and Roll’s” release date was pushed up to mid-April, and a summer stadium tour with Panic! At the Disco has also been announced. Dates and ticket info for tours can be found on the band’s website. Though “Save Rock and Roll” was set to come out on April 16, the band streamed the album on their website a week before the release date. Regardless of this, the album shot up to number one on the iTunes charts almost instantly on the day of release, there is definitely a reason. With a few bumps along the way, “Save Rock and Roll” is no less than what fans have been waiting for since the ever disappointing “Folie à Deux” of 2008. “Save Rock and Roll,” is a highly recommended purchase. The album starts out with “The Phoenix,” giving a sense of anxiousness and danger with its introductory melody. This song is very much an indicator of what is to come throughout the album. Patrick Stump’s voice is as strong and edgy as ever, relaying the message that FOB is back and not

going anywhere. If the first song isn’t an instant hook, the following “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” pulls you in even more. The song brings back the familiar sound of short, quick tempered lyrics with strong instrumentals, which the band has been known for in previous works. The third track, “Alone Together,” has a bit more of a Top 100 focus. The hint of pop, especially in the introduction, keeps the track fresh but still as catchy as the early songs. Coming off of two, darker melody songs, the difference shows. The following song, “Where Did The Party Go,” begins with an introduction almost identical to “Dance, Dance” off of FOB’s 2005 album, “From Under the Cork Tree.” Nonetheless it keeps a strong beat and has a fun melody mixed with lyrics including a “Na, na, na,” chorus sure to keep anyone dancing. “Just One Yesterday” can once again throw a first-time listener off, with a similar beginning to Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep,” and complete with a filter over Stump’s voice and echoes following each verse. This track features Foxes, adding a silky, mischievous sound to Stump’s edgy vocals. “The Mighty Fall” brings the album to full circle, going back to a similar sound heard in “My Songs Know” and “Phoenix.” The track features the rapper Big Sean. The band does not usually incorporate rap, but it flows with the melody and does not over power. Despite the track’s solid flow, it still does not work well in a FOB song. We may never know why Big Sean was chosen as a guest vocalist, unless the other choices were positively revolting in comparison. The album then goes off subject to a different sort of sound in “Miss Missing You,” bringing in a disco-tech melody which fans may not expect to come from the pop punk group. However, the post-breakup lyrics keeps the listener thinking, with lines like “Maybe I’ll burn a little brighter tonight, let the fire breathe me back to life,” while dancing along to a strong drum beat. At this point, it’s obvious the band wants to emphasize the idea of fire on this album. This track gets the party rolling again and helps the listener forget the previous track featuring Big Sean. The album returns to its poprock sound with “Death Valley,” and then “Young Volcanoes,” which keeps a steady acoustic-sounding guitar melody accompanied by Stump’s strong vocals. The background consisting of voiced harmonics give the track a

tropical-like sound, appropriate to the song title. “Rat A Tat” is the definition of diverse on this album, featuring Courtney Love. Love immediately breaks into the song, belting: “It’s Courtney, bitch!,” sounding like something the gender-bending artist Jeffree Star would blurt out. It’s very difficult not to write this song off within two seconds of Love “singing”. The band’s portion of the song is undoubtedly strong with lyrics and instrumentals, but it’s still hard to get around Love’s in-between-verse, attempted-rap additions. Her solo during the bridge - although slightly better than the spitted lyrics - is also hard to listen to. With that being said, this song leaves a bitter taste. Forget what was said about “The Mighty Fall.” If anything, this is the song that shouldn’t have made the album cut. Don’t worry Love, we know you’re still there, but there’s no need to ruin music besides your own. And please don’t ever try to break into the rap industry. Ever. The album finishes up with the titular track “Save Rock and Roll,” which features Elton John. This is definitely a song to be excited for, but virtually anything after the previous track with Love would be refreshing. It starts off with a sweet piano melody, giving the song a spiritual sound, which Stump accompanies beautifully, but don’t let that fool you. Within the first few lines he growls an explicit word, giving the song a rebellious edge. John compliments Stump’s voice almost perfectly as he comes in on the second verse, and follows into the chorus. This song ends the album with a chanted “Oh no, we won’t go, ‘cause we don’t know when to quit,” which slowly fades out. Overall “Save Rock and Roll” goes above and beyond what would be expected of any reunion album, despite the minor set backs and choice of guest vocalists. Throughout the album, Stump’s voice is mesmerizing. After five years, fans may be grateful for anything new from the band, and this definitely makes up for the absence. Hopes to more years and great music coming from Fall Out Boy in the future.

Movie Review: “Evil Dead”

Evil Dead delivers gore and gross-outs

By Shelby Smith Staff Writer Those that are sickened at the sight of blood should stay away from the remake of the 1981 cult-classic flick, “The Evil Dead.” In “Evil Dead,” a group of friends travel out to a remote cabin in the woods to help Mia quit her drug addiction, cold turkey. Instead of them just finding the cabin, to the audience’s surprise, the cabin actually belongs to two of the people. They are forced to stay due to a sudden rain storm that washes out the road and they have no idea what is lurking around them. In this upgraded version, the gore is given an adrenalin rush. After finding a book in the basement of the cabin, the group must save their souls from demonic possession. From the start, the film is a full-speed assault that never lets up. Moving from one horrifying

sequence to another, there is not one second to uncover your eyes. Although the film is repetitive, each new victim is creative, fun, gross, and edgy enough to keep your body clenched tight. Instead of growing tension and jump scares, the film uses gore to mess with the audience’s head. Having a girl slice half of her face off will make you rethink a face lift, and make you want to puke too. Gore-lovers have been dying for a taste of blood flow ever since the ending of the “Saw” movie franchise, and with this film they will be satisfied. At times the film can be funny. The intelligence of the characters can also be questioned as they try anything to disprove what is happening to them. Although “Evil Dead,” may not be a film that will give you nightmares, it will certainly make your stomach turn.


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Job fair to attract job seekers of all types Anne Arundel Community College will host a job fair on April 30 from noon to 4 p.m. in the Jenkins Gymnasium. “We have vendors in all the areas such as finance, IT, cyber, hospitality and Maryland states agencies,” said Veronica Boreland, employment services specialist at AACC. The fair, open to the public, will include more than 65 employers such as Maryland Live Casino, Anne Arundel County Police, Prince George’s County Police, the Secret Service and Six Flags. “The minimum has been 1,000 job seekers attending,” Boreland said. Forty-seven-year-old Gerald

Smoot is looking for a new job in the government. His job as a housekeeper for Army Lodging at Fort Meade will soon be privatized, he said. “It’s ending on April 30th,” said Smoot, who has worked for the company for almost 18 years. “It’s going to be run by a private company.” Army Lodging was formerly operated by the government. Smoot seems optimistic when it comes to finding a new job. “My ending at Army Lodging is going to be positive because I’m going to find a better job making more money,” he said. Karen Evans, 47, worked at Ceepco Contracting, an architec-

tural engineering firm in Beltsville, as a contract manager. She was let go from her job in July of last year. She is still looking for government position. “I’m looking for a private contract managing position,” Evans said. “I want to get paid because they reduced my pay.” Job-seekers attending the fair should dress properly, Boreland said. They are not just dropping off their resumes, but they are also looking for employment, she said. “The minimum should be business casual,” Boreland said. If you have any questions, visit www.collegecentral.com/ aaccspring or call 410-777- 2770 or 410-777- 2512.

EARTH

Photograph By Sarah Bailey A crowd gathered in the quad on April 24 to watch the performance by the Musical Duo: Dakaboom during the Earth Day celebration.

Spring brings inspiration for children’s art Stop by the Pascal Center for Performing Arts Gallery to see child artwork from May 1 - 29. The exhibit, “Expressions of Childhood,” will show artwork by the children of the Anne Arundel Community College Child Development Center. A variety of artwork will

The flags in front of the Student Services building were at half-staff all week as respect towards the Boston bombings.

Prepare to dodge the ball

(continued from pg 3) AACC Internship Program offered information on internships available for students. The Chemistry Club painted faces and sold tie-dyed T-shirts and snacks. They were promoting awareness of chemistry. “Chemistry is related to the environment of the world,” said Kat Pfeiffer, 20, a chemistry premed major. The Health & Wellness Club promoted a plant-based diet to help the environment by reducing waste. “Plant-based diets are healthier and really good for the environment,” said Shannon Borgoyn, 20, a pre-dietetics major. As part of the plant/seed exchange, faculty who had too many of the same seeds or plant were able to exchange them and grow a different plant. It’s a way to celebrate Earth Day, said Stephanie Goldenberg, program coordinator for AACC’s Center for Learning through Service.

Photograph By Rachel Falls

By Mikayla Matthews Contributor

be on display, said office manager for the Child Development Center LaVette V. Curtis. Some will include what the children were thinking about when they made it. “It is normally a spring theme with lots of flowers,” said Curtis.

At the end-of-the-year program and graduation on May 17, parents can come over and check out their child’s work. The exhibit will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

-Sarah Bailey

A dodge ball tournament will start at 5:30 p.m. on May 1 in the main gym. “Dodge ball has been one of our most popular events and one of my favorites,” said Kimberly Herrera, coordinator of student life. “The students really get in competitive mode and the games are awesome to watch.” Departments such as Public Safety and other offices have entered teams in the tournament in

the past, so get a group together and come and play! The tournament costs $1 per person. If you are interested in playing, sign up in the Student Life office in the SUN building, room 202. If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Herrera by email at kfherrera@ aacc.edu or by phone at 410-7772043.

-Mikayla Matthews

Stepping away from the books Students take advantage of indoor soccer Every Monday from 2:304:30 p.m. students from AACC gather in the main gym to play indoor soccer. More than 20 students gather in the gym to play. Jerminho Avendaño, a former AACC soccer player for AACC, is among them. “I actually play soccer,” said Avendaño, a sophomore pre-med

major. “I come out here to play, stay fit, and enjoy the game.” Men’s soccer assistant coach Ken Wolfe organized the games. Men and women are both welcome to play. Students take turns playing different positions. The games give students a chance to meet new friends and do something other than attend class.

-Amber Morris


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14 Around AACC This week students participated in both Campus Cares week as well as an Earth Day celebration. Activities included helping clean up Twin Oaks park (right), and stations set up in the quad on April 24.

Photograph By Sarah Bailey

Photograph By Sarah Bailey

Photograph By Sarah Bailey

Photograph By Sarah Bailey

Photograph By Rachel Falls

Some tables included the seed exchange (below), a selection of tie-dyed shirts, the planting of bamboo and a marijuana information table (bottom right).


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Around AACC 15 Experiencing the culture

Upcoming events around AACC

Multicultural week events take the stage

April 29 Nurse Speaker Series: Kelly Grimshaw 5p.m., Florestano 101 Photograph By Rachel Falls

May 1 Dodge Ball Tournament 5:30 p.m., GYM

Students and faculty took a little vacation in the dining hall last week when a Caribbean calypso band came to visit as part of Multicultural Week. “I have never seen anything like this in my life,” said Jessica

Pezza, 19, a nursing major at AACC. Ewabo makes lovely music on the steel drum, better known as “pan” to the people of its natural land of Trinidad and Tobago. Band members use their skills to

May 2 “Cinco de Mayo Diversity Celebration” – Taco Bar 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Quad

entertain and educate audiences on the Caribbean culture. “I felt like I was back on my vacation,” said Neisha Wallace, 25, a deaf studies major. “It was a good study break.”

May 8 Free Kona Ice 11 a.m., Dining Hall May 9 Chesapeake Civic War Roundtable Angie Atkinson 7 p.m., Cade 219

-Mattye Hargrow

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Photograph By Kimberly Doane

Photograph By Kimberly Doane

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Photograph By Kimberly Doane

May 11 Stargazing, “Community Observing Night,” 7-10 p.m., Astronomy Lab in rear of lots A and B beside Resource Management Building

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On April 15, A Batingua Arts group preformed in the dining hall. The group showed students, faculty and staff another side of culture.

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A crowed filled the seats as Rayvon Owen and Company preformed on April 22.

On April 22, Rayvon Owen and Company preformed R&B song to the students, faculty and staff in the dinning hall.


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