FEBRUARY Â 2012
observer THE Â OFFICIAL Â STUDENT Â NEWSPAPER Â OF Â ESSEX Â COUNTY Â COLLEGE
SINCE Â 1968
THE Â STUDENT Â VOICE
Governor Â Christie Â Visits Â Irvington Â Church Â â€œRemember Â that Â you Â are Â in Â a Â house Â of Â God,â€? -Â Â Pastor Â Ron Â Christian Â Reminds Â Attendees By Â Wintella Â Powell and Â Lev Â D. Â Zilbermintz
Â About Â 400 Â people Â packed Â Chris-Â tian Â Love Â Baptist Â Church Â in Â Irvington Â to Â hear Â Governor Â Christopher Â Christie Â speak Â about Â crime Â and Â education. Â The Â event Â held Â January Â 19, Â 2012 Â was Â organized Â by Â church Â leaders Â in Â coordination Â with Â the Â Gover-Â Photo Â credit: Â The Â Seattle Â Times QRUÂśVRIÂżFH Â The Â event Â started Â at Â 10 Â a.m., Â with Â a Â blessing Â by Â Reverend Â Reginald Â Jackson, Â chairman Â of Â the Â Essex Â County Â College Â Board Â of Â Trustees. Â Following Â recitation Â of Â the Â Pledge Â of Â Allegiance, Â a Â choir Â of Â three Â Page Â six young Â children Â sang Â the Â national Â anthem. Pastor Â Ron Â Christian Â of Â Christian Â Love Â Baptist Â Church Â introduced Â Governor Â Christie. Â The Â pastor Â asked Â the Â audience Â to Â act Â respectably Â to Â each Â other Â and Â the Â elected Â representatives. Â â€œRemember Â that Â you Â are Â in Â a Â house Â of Â God,â€? Â said Â Christian. By Â Ben Â Potesky Mayor Â Wayne Â Smith Â of Â Irvington Â called Â on Â Staff Â Writer the Â attendees Â to Â be Â â€œvery, Â very Â professional Â and Â respectfulâ€? Â when Â addressing Â Governor Â r. Â Martin Â Luther Â King, Â Jr. Â Christie. should Â have Â been Â at Â home Â Â Upon Â entering Â the Â church, Â Gover-Â with Â his Â wife, Â children Â and Â nor Â C hristie Â received Â a Â warm Â welcome Â and Â grandchildren Â celebrating Â a Â standing Â ovation. his Â 83rd Â birthday Â on Â the Â 15th Â of Â this Â Â In Â his Â speech, Â Christie Â talked Â about Â year. Â Unfortunately Â on Â April Â 4th Â 1968 Â ZKDWKDSSHQHGEHIRUHKHWRRNRIÂżFH$F-Â cowardly Â people Â who Â feared Â MLKâ€™s Â cording Â to Â the Â governor, Â over Â 117,000 Â jobs Â message Â of Â peace, Â justice Â and Â equal-Â were Â lost Â prior Â to Â his Â election. Â Taxes Â were Â ity Â ended Â his Â life Â far Â too Â early. Â MLKâ€™s Â raised Â 115 Â times. Â Within Â eight Â years, Â New Â assassins Â did Â succeed Â in Â destroying Â his Â Jersey Â became Â the Â state Â with Â the Â highest-Â body, Â but Â they Â did Â not Â succeed Â in Â de-Â paid Â taxes Â in Â America, Â said Â Christie. Â Be-Â stroying Â his Â message. Â On Â January Â 17th Â cause Â of Â this, Â people Â began Â to Â move Â out Â 2012 Â hundreds Â of Â people Â from Â all Â over Â of Â state Â to Â Florida, Â Virginia, Â Pennsylvania Â NJ Â gathered Â in Â ECCâ€™s Â Mary Â Burch Â and Â North Â Carolina. Theatre Â to Â celebrate Â his Â life Â and Â ac-Â Â Christie Â described Â to Â the Â audience Â Photo Â credit: Â Wintella Â Powell complishments. Lawrence Â Hamm, Â delivers Â passionate Â speech how Â he Â had Â to Â make Â some Â tough Â choices Â Â The Â event Â was Â hosted Â by Â Dr. Â LQWKHYHU\ÂżUVWZHHNRIWDNLQJRIÂżFH$F-Â Akil Â Kokayi Â Khalfani, Â the Â director Â of Â FRUGLQJWR&KULVWLHVWDWHRIÂżFLDOVWROGKLP the Â Africana Â Institute Â at Â ECC. Â Khal-Â ity.â€? Â Dr. Â Abdullah Â emphasized Â about Â the Â that Â if Â he Â did Â not Â cut Â two Â billion Â dollars Â in Â fani Â opened Â by Â paying Â homage Â to Â all Â power Â of Â education, Â and Â how Â even Â today, Â spending Â in Â the Â next Â three Â weeks, Â New Â Jer-Â the Â men Â and Â women Â who Â fought Â on Â for Â anyone Â to Â truly Â be Â free, Â they Â must Â sey Â would Â not Â be Â able Â to Â make Â payroll Â in Â the Â front Â lines Â of Â the Â civil Â rights Â move-Â have Â an Â education. Â Recalling Â her Â child-Â March. Â Realizing Â that Â the Â state Â was Â in Â seri-Â PHQWZKRVDFULÂżFHGWKHLUOLYHVLQ hood Â in Â the Â South, Â she Â remembered Â hav-Â RXVÂżVFDOWURXEOH&KULVWLHFXWWKHEXGJHW order Â that Â their Â children Â and Â grandchil-Â ing Â no Â choice Â but Â to Â go Â to Â â€œcolored Â onlyâ€? Â two Â years Â in Â a Â row. dren Â could Â live Â in Â a Â country Â that Â would Â places Â in Â public. Â Abdullah Â said, Â â€œI Â say Â Over Â 600 Â programs Â were Â cut Â during Â Chris-Â not Â treat Â them Â as Â second Â class Â citizens. Â to Â you Â today Â although Â we Â may Â not Â have Â WLHÂśV WZR \HDUV LQ RIÂżFH EXW WD[HV ZHUH The Â ECC Â head Â then Â turned Â over Â the Â lines Â for Â white Â and Â colored Â we Â still Â have Â not Â raised. stage Â to Â ECC Â President, Â Dr. Â Edythe Â engrained Â in Â our Â society, Â engrained Â in Â our Â Â Christie Â said Â that Â there Â were Â three Â M. Â Abdullah. Â Dr. Â Abdullah Â opened Â minds Â things Â that Â separate Â us Â as Â human Â important Â things Â that Â needed Â to Â be Â ad-Â with Â a Â powerful Â quote Â from Â MLK Â â€œAn Â beings, Â and Â we Â must Â free Â ourselves Â from Â dressed: Â reduction Â of Â income Â taxes, Â im-Â individual Â has Â not Â started Â living Â until Â those Â chains.â€? Â Following Â Dr. Â Abdullahâ€™s Â proving Â education Â and Â cutting Â down Â crime. KHKDVULVHQDERYHWKHQDUURZFRQÂżQHV powerful Â speech, Â Rev. Â Lola Â Akiwowo Â led Â Â By Â way Â of Â example, Â Christie Â of Â his Â individualistic Â concerns Â to Â the Â an Â opening Â prayer, Â followed Â by Â several Â pointed Â to Â the Â fact Â that Â â€œproperty Â taxes Â broader Â concerns Â of Â all Â humanity.â€? Â fantastic Â songs Â performed Â by Â the Â ECC Â went Â up Â less Â last Â year Â than Â in Â 20 Â years.â€? Â She Â then Â went Â on Â to Â say Â â€œMLK Â was Â choir Â that Â truly Â embodying Â the Â events Â This Â was Â accomplished Â with Â the Â help Â of Â not Â only Â about Â the Â struggle Â of Â African Â tone. Â authorities Â in Â Trenton Â and Â Newarkâ€™s Â may-Â Americans, Â but Â the Â struggle Â of Â human-Â continued Â on Â page Â two or, Â Cory Â Booker.
Dr. Â Martin Â Luther Â King, Â Jr. In Â His Â Own Â Words
Remembering Â Dr. Â Martin Â Luther Â King, Â Jr.
Photo Â credit: Â Wintella Â Powell NJ Â Governor Â Chris Â Christie
Â To Â applause, Â the Â governor Â said Â that Â he Â wanted Â to Â cut Â income Â taxes Â by Â 10% Â and Â raise Â the Â income Â credit Â for Â the Â working Â poor. Â Another Â important Â thing Â is Â the Â education Â system. Â Christie Â said Â that Â teachers Â need Â to Â be Â evaluated Â to Â ensure Â WKDWWKH\DUHTXDOLÂżHGWRWHDFKFKLOGUHQ Any Â teacher Â who Â does Â not Â have Â the Â necessary Â teaching Â skills Â will Â have Â to Â leave. Â â€œThe Â criteria Â for Â the Â success Â of Â the Â school Â system Â is Â not Â based Â primar-Â ily Â on Â your Â Â zip Â code, Â but Â on Â the Â quality Â of Â the Â teachers,â€œ Â Â said Â Christie. Â Christie Â said Â that Â only Â â€œtwenty-Â three Â percent Â of Â children Â in Â Newark Â graduated Â with Â a Â high Â school Â diploma.â€? Â Â The Â governor Â also Â noted Â that Â his Â great-Â grandparents Â emigrated Â to Â Newark;Íž Â that Â his Â grandparents Â and Â parents Â lived Â in Â Newark Â until Â 1967. Â â€œMy Â parents Â moved Â out Â of Â Newark Â in Â 1967 Â because Â they Â were Â afraid Â I Â would Â not Â get Â an Â education,â€? Â said Â Christie. Â Crime Â was Â the Â third Â important Â issue Â that Â Christie Â addressed. Â Â The Â gov-Â ernor Â questioned Â the Â logic Â of Â releasing Â violent Â offenders Â before Â they Â came Â to Â trial. Â Â Â â€œThey Â should Â keep Â you Â in Â jail Â until Â you Â came Â to Â trial. Â Â If Â you Â are Â ac-Â TXLWWHGWKDWLVÂżQHÂłVDLG&KULVWLH Â The Â governor Â wondered Â why Â $27,000 Â was Â spent Â to Â house Â non-Âviolent Â offenders. Â By Â comparison, Â drug Â treat-Â ment Â costs Â $12,000 Â per Â year. Â Following Â his Â speech, Â Chris-Â tie Â took Â questions Â from Â the Â audience. Â A Â member Â of Â the Â audience Â commented Â continued Â on Â page Â two
Long Â Lines Â Plague Â ECC Â Bookstore Â Buyback Â Program By Â Lev Â D. Â Zilbermintz News Â Editor
Photo Â credit: Â Wintella Â Powell (&&VWXGHQWVÂżOO(&&%RRNVWRUHIRU)DOO Buyback Â program.
Â A Â long Â line Â of Â students Â snaked Â to-Â ZDUGVWKH%X\EDFNRIÂżFHORFDWHGLQ front Â of Â the Â ECC Â Bookstore Â on Â Level Â 1. Â Students Â were Â patiently Â waiting Â in Â line Â to Â sell Â their Â college Â textbooks Â back. Â Every Â so Â often, Â the Â line Â would Â inch Â forward, Â and Â Â an-Â other Â student Â would Â try Â sell Â his Â or Â her books. Â According Â to Â the Â store Â policy Â post-Â ed Â at Â www.essex.edu/bookstore/policy. html Â Â used Â books Â have Â a Â return Â value Â of Â 30 Â percent Â of Â the Â purchase Â price. Â This Â means Â that Â a Â book Â which Â originally Â cost Â $60 Â will Â be Â sold Â back Â for Â $20. Â Used Â books Â can Â be Â returned Â dur-Â LQJWKHÂżUVWWZRZHHNVRI)DOODQG
Spring Â semesters. Â During Â Summer Â I Â and Â II Â terms, Â used Â books Â can Â be Â returned Â during Â WKHÂżUVWZHHNRQO\,QRUGHUWRUHWXUQWKH books, Â the Â student Â must Â have Â the Â original Â purchase Â receipt, Â stated Â the website. Â ECCO Â staff Â talked Â to Â students Â dur-Â ing Â the Â Fall Â Â Buyback Â program, Â held December Â 12 Â â€“ Â 16, Â 2011. Â Most Â students Â were Â resigned Â to Â getting Â only Â Â a Â little Â mon-Â ey Â for Â their Â books.
was Â displeased Â with Â the Â slow Â pace Â at Â which Â the Â cashiers Â worked. â€œCashiers Â need Â to Â put Â more Â effort, Â pas-Â sion Â in Â their Â job,â€? Â said Â Tabatha, Â a Â Social Â Science Â major. ECCO Â staff Â counted Â at Â least Â twenty Â stu-Â dents Â waiting Â in Â line, Â and Â only Â one Â ca-Â shier Â serving Â them.
Marva Â Rudder, Â the Â Director Â of Â the Â Bookstore, Â defended Â Â the Â cashier. Â In Izaias, Â an Â undecided Â major, Â said, Â [I Â take] Â an Â email Â response, Â the Â director Â wrote, Â â€œWhatever Â money Â they Â [the Â Bookstore] Â â€œThe Â cashier Â performs Â satisfactorily. Â give Â me. Â Use Â it Â to Â buy Â books Â for Â next Â se-Â No Â complaints Â were Â ever Â made Â regard-Â mester.â€? ing Â the Â process.â€? Another Â student, Â Tabatha, Â Class Â of Â 2013, Â
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Christie Â Church Â Visit Â continued Â from Â page Â one
as Â to Â whether Â the Â Governor Â and Â Legislature Â could Â do Â anything Â to Â stop Â the Â killings Â in Â New-Â ark. Â After Â all, Â the Â anti-Âbullying Â bill Â was Â fast-Â tracked Â through Â the Â Legislature. Afrika, Â an Â ECC Â alumnus, Â Class Â of Â 2011, Â asked, Â â€œWhat Â is Â the Â Governor Â going Â to Â do Â to Â create Â jobs?â€? Â Gary Â Campbell, Â a Â member Â of Â Peopleâ€™s Â Organization Â for Â Progress, Â said, Â â€œI Â hate Â to Â be Â negative, Â but Â everything Â was Â set Â up. Â Every-Â thing Â is Â controlled Â [by Â the Â church]. Â The Â gov-Â ernor Â did Â not Â address Â the Â foreclosure Â issue Â in Â Irvington. Â I Â think Â that Â is Â key.â€? Â Viva Â White, Â a Â Newark Â native, Â said Â that Â the Â meeting Â with Â the Â governor Â should Â have Â been Â held Â â€œin Â a Â bigger Â buildingâ€? Â and Â a Â better Â time Â of Â the Â day. Â â€œIt Â is Â about Â the Â people,â€? Â said Â White.
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NEWS Bookstore Â Buyback
Remembering Â MLK continued Â from Â page Â one
Â Rudder Â explained Â that Â the Â Bookstore Â uses Â a Â set Â criteria Â for Â determining Â which Â books Â it Â will Â buy Â back. Â According Â to Â Rudder, Â â€œthe Â buying Â decision Â is Â made Â with Â the Â aid Â of Â the Â textbook Â Buyerâ€™s Â Guide.Textbooks Â are Â purchased Â if Â they Â will Â be Â used Â in Â the Â upcoming Â se-Â mester. Textbooks Â are Â purchased Â if Â up Â to Â the Â buyback Â event Â no Â edition Â changes Â are Â announced. Â The Â Bookstore Â also Â purchases Â text Â which Â will Â not Â be Â used Â in Â ECC Â class-Â rooms Â (per Â the Â Buyerâ€™s Â Guide Â and Â Wholesale Agreement).â€? Â Aly, Â a Â Biology/Premed Â student, Â Class Â of Â 2015, Â wanted Â to Â see Â the Â Bookstore Â buy Â more Â books Â than Â now. Â The Â freshman Â said Â she Â sold Â one Â book Â for Â $10, Â a Â fraction Â of Â its Â original Â cost. Â Another Â nursing Â students, Â Natalie, Â Class Â of Â 2012, Â said, Â â€œIt Â is Â holiday. Â You Â can Â only Â get Â a Â little Â extra Â money Â back.â€? Â According Â to Â Director Â Rudder, Â students Â may Â get Â up Â to Â 50 Â percent Â of Â the Â original Â price Â for Â their Â text-Â books. Â Â A Â lot Â depends Â Â on Â condition;Íž Â demand;Íž Â lack Â of Â edition Â changes;Íž Â and Â whether Â texts Â will Â be Â used Â in Â the classrooms. Â Asked Â whether Â the Â Bookstore Â had Â an Â Internet Â buyback Â program, Â Rudder Â said Â that Â one Â has Â been Â in Â place Â since Â 2008. Â It Â can Â be Â found Â at http://www.essex.edu/bookstore/buyback/index.html Â The Â next Â Buyback Â program Â will Â take Â place Â at Â the Â end Â of Â the Â Spring Â 2012 Â semester.
Â Eventually Â it Â was Â time Â for Â the Â keynote Â speaker, Â civil Â rights Â activist Â Lawrence Â â€˜Larryâ€? Â Hamm, Â a Â veteran Â human Â rights Â activist Â with Â over Â 30 Â years Â of Â experience. Â Immediately Â after Â taking Â the Â stage Â Mr. Â Hammâ€™s Â strong Â presence Â was Â felt Â by Â the Â audience Â as Â his Â powerful Â voice Â boomed Â throughout Â the Â auditorium. Â â€œIt Â is Â a Â great Â honor Â for Â me Â to Â be Â here Â with Â you Â today Â for Â this Â celebration Â of Â one Â of Â the Â greatest Â Americans Â that Â ever Â lived, Â Dr. Â Martin Â Luther Â King, Â Jr.â€? Â he Â opened. Â Â Â Hamm Â continued Â with Â an Â extremely Â pas-Â sionate Â speech, Â telling Â students Â that Â just Â like Â the Â civil Â rights Â pioneers Â before Â them Â it Â is Â time Â to Â take Â action. Â â€œWe Â need Â to Â be Â marching Â right Â now Â on Â boards Â of Â education Â all Â over Â this Â state Â to Â make Â Dr. Â Kingâ€™s Â books Â required Â readings Â in Â these Â public Â schools!â€? Â he Â continued. Â Mr. Â Hamm Â then Â reminded Â the Â audience Â that Â MLK Â day Â was Â by Â no Â means Â given Â to Â the Â people, Â and Â if Â it Â werenâ€™t Â for Â the Â hard Â work Â and Â dedication Â of Â certain Â men Â and Â women, Â MLK Â day Â would Â have Â likely Â not Â become Â a Â holiday. Â Â Hamm Â eventually Â closed Â with Â a Â message Â to Â the Â students Â of Â ECC Â â€œOur Â history Â shows Â us Â that Â if Â we Â can Â put Â aside Â our Â differences Â and Â unite Â on Â our Â common Â interests, Â there Â is Â NOTHING Â we Â cannot Â accomplish!â€? Â Â After Â the Â event Â was Â over Â I Â asked Â Dr. Â Khal-Â fani Â what Â the Â one Â message Â from Â event Â he Â would Â like Â the Â students Â to Â remember. Â Khalfani Â said, Â â€œThe Â message Â to Â take Â away Â from Â this Â is Â that Â students Â today Â have Â a Â huge Â role Â in Â changing Â the Â world Â just Â as Â they Â did Â in Â the Â civil Â rights Â movement.â€? Â Â Â This Â event Â was Â not Â only Â a Â celebration Â of Â MLK Â the Â man, Â but Â the Â message Â he Â conveyed, Â and Â that Â if Â students Â of Â ECC Â have Â the Â courage Â to Â stand Â up Â for Â the Â things Â they Â believe Â in Â just Â as Â he Â did, Â then Â they Â truly Â have Â the Â power Â to Â change Â the Â world.
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[but] Â it Â would Â be Â for Â us Â a Â backward Â step,â€? Â Ryder Â ratio-Â nalizes Â as Â he Â weighs Â the Â options Â of Â assimilating Â into Â white Â society Â for Â survival, Â or Â accepting Â the Â complex Â psychological Â â€œburdenâ€? Â of Â the Â black Â race. Â In Â fact, Â he Â is Â one Â of Â the Â most Â ardent Â believers Â in Â this: Â Ryder Â chas-Â tises Â the Â â€œgrowing Â liberality, Â almost Â a Â laxity,â€? Â of Â others Â in Â the Â Blue Â Vein Â Society Â concerning Â intermingling Â with Â blacks. Â He Â does Â this Â despite Â his Â own Â humble Â origins. Â But Â by Â the Â end Â of Â the Â story, Â after Â Liza Â Janeâ€™s Â poignant Â â€“ and Â chasteningâ€”appeal, Â the Â answer Â to Â whom Â between Â whites Â and Â blacks Â the Â group Â should Â be Â loyal Â seems Â clear: Â the Â one Â that Â would Â be Â loyal Â to Â them. Â 7KHZRUGVWRQHDQGFRQWH[WRIWKHÂżQDOSDUDJUDSKVRI â€œThe Â Wife Â of Â His Â Youthâ€? Â suggest Â the Â whole Â audience Â in Â attendance Â has Â been Â moved Â by Â Ryderâ€™s Â tale. Â There Â was Â no Â true Â alternative Â to Â handling Â the Â appearance Â of Â someone Â like Â Liza Â Jane;Íž Â acceptance Â was Â the Â only Â right Â answer. Â â€œFor Â the Â story Â had Â awakened Â a Â responsive Â thrill Â in Â many Â hearts. Â There Â were Â some Â present Â who Â had Â seen, Â and Â others Â who Â had Â heard Â their Â fathers Â and Â grand-Â
fathers Â tell, Â the Â wrongs Â and Â sufferings Â of Â this Â past Â generation, Â and Â all Â of Â them Â still Â felt, Â in Â their Â darker Â moments, Â the Â shadow Â hanging Â over Â themâ€?. Â Even Â within Â the Â Blue Â Vein Â Society, Â Liza Â Janeâ€™s Â story Â resonates. Â Ryder Â (and Â Chesnutt) Â knew Â it Â would. Â By Â having Â Liza Â Jane Â wait Â in Â an Â adjoining Â room, Â by Â Ry-Â derâ€™s Â act Â of Â looking Â at Â Mrs. Â Dixon Â with Â a Â â€œmingled Â expression Â of Â renunciation Â and Â inquiry,â€? Â and Â by Â making Â his Â intent Â to Â choose Â his Â loyal Â wife Â abun-Â dantly Â clear. Â But Â most Â telling Â of Â all Â would Â be Â his Â recitation Â of Â the Â moral Â charge Â â€œto Â thine Â own Â self Â be Â true,â€? Â uttered Â by Â Polonius Â in Â Shakespeareâ€™s Â Hamlet, Â SODFHGVLJQLÂżFDQWO\EHIRUHWKHHQGRIWKHWDOH It Â is Â easily Â arguable Â that Â Ryder Â had Â made Â his Â choice Â well Â before Â revealing Â her, Â in Â his Â own Â words Â to Â himself. Â The Â audience Â is Â meant Â to Â be Â moved;Íž Â the Â ÂżFWLRQDO5\GHUNQHZWKHLUKHDUWV%\H[WHQVLRQLW is Â suggested Â that Â author Â Chesnutt Â knew Â his Â read-Â ing Â audience. Â â€œHe Â should Â have Â acknowledged Â her,â€? Â they Â say. Â To Â deny Â â€œthe Â wife Â of Â his Â youthâ€? Â in Â all Â her Â apparent Â blackness Â and Â loyalty Â would Â be Â to Â deny Â some Â fundamental Â part Â of Â themselvesâ€“their Â own Â respective Â racial Â identities.
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Â ECCâ€™s Â Single Â Stop Â USA Â student Â resource Â center Â is Â offering Â free Â income Â tax Â preparation Â services Â for Â students Â now Â through Â April Â 16. Â Â Those Â eligible Â must Â be Â current Â ECC Â students Â with Â incomes Â of Â less Â than Â $49,000 Â if Â married Â or Â with Â dependents, Â or Â less Â than Â $25,000 Â if Â single Â without Â dependents. Â Stu-Â GHQWVPXVWEULQJLGHQWLÂżFDWLRQDQG6RFLDO Security Â cards Â for Â everyone Â listed Â on Â the Â return. Â Also Â required Â are Â W-Â2 Â forms Â for Â each Â job;Íž Â documentation Â and Â providerâ€™s Â tax Â iden-Â WLÂżFDWLRQLIFODLPLQJFKLOGFDUHH[SHQVHVDQG any Â other Â tax-Ârelated Â documentation Â received, Â such Â as Â tuition Â receipts. Â Â Â The Â free Â service Â is Â offered Â from Â 10 Â a.m. Â to Â 2 Â p.m. Â Mondays, Â Tuesdays, Â Thurs-Â days, Â and Â Fridays, Â and Â 3 Â to Â 7 Â p.m. Â Wednes-Â GD\V7KHFRQÂżGHQWLDOVHVVLRQVDUHKHOGLQWKH Green Â Area Â near Â the Â Educational Â Opportunity Â )XQG(2) RIÂżFH&DOO.HYLQ.XUG]LHODW 973-Â877-Â1856 Â for Â additional Â information. Â Taxes Â are Â due Â this Â year Â by Â April Â 17, Â as Â April Â 15 Â falls Â on Â a Â Sunday Â and Â April Â 16 Â is Â the Â Emancipation Â Day Â holiday Â in Â the Â District Â of Â Columbia.
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ESSEX Â COUNTY Â COLLEGE Â OBSERVER
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FEBRUARY Â 2012
student life Getting By At Essex County College S u r v i v a l Â T i p s Â F r o m Â a Â R e c e n t Â G r a d u a t e By Â Leonita Â Rexha Staff Â Writer
New Â Students:
transcripts) Â and Â degree Â requirements Â before Â seeing Â them. Â If Â you Â think Â you Â donâ€™t Â have Â a Â degree, Â then Â you Â are Â Liberal Â Arts. Â *This Â applies Â to Â current Â stu-Â dents Â as Â well* Â ,I \RX DUH JHWWLQJ ÂżQDQFLDO DLG DOZD\V EHVXUHWRJRLQWKHRIÂżFHZLWKHYHU\WKLQJEHFDXVH they Â will Â make Â you Â go Â back Â six Â times Â for Â the Â small-Â est Â things Â and Â the Â line Â there Â can Â take Â forever. Â Try Â to Â schedule Â your Â visits Â there Â when Â you Â have Â abso-Â lutely Â nothing Â to Â do Â for Â the Â next Â couple Â of Â hours. Â Â 6-Â Â If Â you Â are Â planning Â to Â go Â to Â a Â four Â year Â college Â after Â Essex Â County Â College, Â make Â certain Â the Â classes Â you Â are Â taking Â are Â transferrable Â or Â else Â \RXZLOOHQGXSÂżQGLQJRXW\RXWRRNWKRVHFODVVHV for Â no Â reason. Â NJTRANSFER.org Â is Â a Â good Â website Â to Â help Â you Â with Â that. Â Remedial Â classes, Â those Â be-Â low Â 100, Â are Â non-Âtransferrable. Â Â Â 7-Â Â If Â you Â are Â going Â to Â a Â four Â year Â college, Â your Â hardest Â classes Â will Â be Â your Â best Â and Â the Â most Â memorable. Â
Â First, Â I Â would Â like Â to Â say Â Welcome Â to Â Es-Â sex Â County Â College Â and Â congratulations Â on Â your Â acceptance. Â Now, Â that Â you Â are Â in Â college, Â here Â is Â a Â list Â of Â items Â that Â may Â better Â prepare Â you Â for Â stu-Â dent Â life. Â No, Â itâ€™s Â not Â more Â books Â to Â buy, Â but Â some Â things Â ,ZLVK,NQHZZKHQ,ÂżUVWJRWKHUH)ROORZWKHVH VWHSVDQG\RXUÂżUVWVHPHVWHUZRQÂśWEHWRREDG hopefully! Â 1-Â Â The Â counselors Â in Â the Â Red Â Area Â gelp Â ÂżUVWWHUPVWXGHQWVFKRRVHWKHLUFODVVHV<RXFDQ also Â register Â withdraw Â online. Â This Â means Â you Â can Â avoid Â waiting Â in Â the Â never-Âending Â Enrollment Â Services Â line. Â 2-Â Â Take Â time Â to Â learn Â your Â way Â around Â WKHFROOHJH'RQRWORRNIRU\RXUFODVVHVÂżYHPLQ-Â utes Â before Â classes Â start Â as Â some Â professors Â will Â not Â excuse Â your Â lateness. Â They Â are Â preparing Â you Â for Â the Â real Â world Â where Â lateness Â will Â not Â be Â ac-Â cepted Â by Â your Â employers. Â 3-Â Â You Â will Â have Â to Â do Â everything Â on Â your Â own Â unless Â you Â have Â a Â really Â good Â profes-Â sor Â or Â counselor Â to Â help Â you. Â Thus, Â if Â you Â have Â found Â that Â good Â samaritan Â or Â counselor Â to Â help Â \RXDOZD\VKDYHRQKDQG\RXUDXGLWXQRIÂżFLDO
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Meet...Indira Â Singh
Â 8-Â Â If Â you Â are Â not Â used Â to Â or Â afraid Â of Â the Â work Â load Â that Â college Â gives, Â donâ€™t Â be. Â In Â the Â pro-Â cess Â you Â will Â learn Â to Â work Â under Â pressure Â and Â un-Â derstand Â the Â meaning Â of Â procrastination. Â
Student Life & Activites at The West Essex Campus By Â Patrice Â Wright Staff Â Writer
Photo Â Credit: Â Wintella Â Powell ,QGLUD6LQJK(&&'HQWDO+\JLHQHDQG(GXFDWLRQPDMRU By Â Wintella Â Powell Staff Â Writer
Â Indira Â Singhâ€™s Â perspective Â of Â Essex Â County Â College Â is Â that Â no Â matter Â how Â old Â you Â are Â or Â where Â you Â are Â within Â your Â education, Â it Â is Â never Â too Â late Â to Â pursue Â or Â further Â your Â education. Â The Â college Â has Â over Â 600 Â hundred Â programs Â to Â choose Â from. Â Â Singhâ€™s Â majors Â are Â Dental Â Hygiene Â and Â Education. Â Indira Â desires Â to Â teach Â everyone Â all Â around Â the Â world Â how Â to Â properly Â take Â care Â of Â their Â teeth. Â She Â wants Â to Â provide Â free Â dental Â plans Â for Â people Â in Â other Â countries Â who Â cannot Â afford Â dental Â insurance. Â Â Singh Â enjoys Â motivating Â children Â and Â encourages Â them Â to Â get Â a Â good Â education Â and Â to Â stay Â in Â school Â in Â order Â to Â lead Â successful Â lives. Â Indira Â believes Â that Â it Â is Â important Â that Â our Â African Â American Â children Â know Â their Â history. Â We Â all Â must Â remember Â our Â brothers Â and Â sisters Â who Â have Â paved Â the Â way Â for Â us. Â Â With Â that Â being Â said, Â Indira Â wants Â the Â Black Â Student Â Union Â reinstated Â at Â Essex Â County Â College. Â Â She Â is Â seeking Â serious Â students Â who Â are Â interested Â in Â helping Â her Â in Â this Â venture. Â
Â Essex Â County Â Collegeâ€™s Â West Â Essex Â campus, Â ORFDWHGLQ:HVW&DOGZHOOLVÂżOOHGZLWKVFKRROVSLULW just Â in Â time Â for Â the Â Spring Â Semester. Â Â Â Â Most Â of Â West Â Essexâ€™s Â events Â are Â free Â and Â open Â to Â all Â of Â the Â students Â who Â attend Â the Â campus. Â Â As Â the Â semester Â progresses, Â more Â of Â events Â will Â be Â added Â to Â the Â calendar Â and Â with Â everyoneâ€™s Â favorite Â price, Â free. Â Â West Â Essex Â student, Â Shana Â May, Â boasted Â about Â their Â Open Â Mic Â Nights, Â Free Â Breakfast Â in Â the Â Morning, Â and Â Free Â Peanut-ÂButter Â and Â Jelly Â Sand-Â wich Â Day Â (PB&J Â Day). Â Â Although Â this Â campus Â may Â be Â smaller Â than Â the Â main Â campus Â in Â Newark Â â€“ Â that Â doesnâ€™t Â take Â away Â from Â the Â student Â interaction Â with Â their Â classmates Â or Â teachers. Â Â Everyone Â knows Â almost Â everybody Â that Â attends Â this Â campus. Â Brandon Â Layne, Â of Â both Â cam-Â puses Â adds Â â€œThere Â are Â clothing Â stores Â nearby Â and Â a Â lot Â of Â fast Â food Â places, Â restaurants, Â and Â deliâ€™s Â around. Â Different Â banks Â are Â close Â by Â and Â the Â parking Â for Â the Â school Â is Â also Â FREE.â€? Â Layne Â feels Â the Â environment Â in Â and Â around Â the Â school Â is Â really Â comforting. Â Â Â
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FEBRUARY Â 2012
OPINION Letter Â to Â the Â Editor
Â Many Â people Â do Â not Â know Â the Â hard Â work, Â commitment Â and Â dedication Â it Â takes Â to Â publish Â a Â college Â newspaper Â and Â achieve Â academic Â success Â at Â the Â same Â time. Â I Â can Â only Â imagine Â that Â producing Â a Â student Â news-Â paper Â is Â no Â a Â walk Â in Â the Â park. Â And Â my Â position Â as Â president Â of Â Student Â Government Â Association Â (SGA) Â gives Â me Â a Â unique Â vantage Â point Â to Â make Â such Â an Â observation. Â $VVWXGHQWOHDGHUVZHRIWHQKDYHWRPDLQWDLQDGLIÂżFXOWEDODQFHEHWZHHQPDQDJLQJPXOWLSOHFRPSHWLQJ priorities Â and Â responsibilities Â with Â attending Â classes Â and Â getting Â good Â grades. Â At Â the Â same Â time, Â we Â try Â to Â have Â a Â social Â life Â and Â enjoy Â the Â college Â experience. Â This Â often Â begs Â the Â question: Â what Â is Â college Â life Â like Â when Â you Â are Â participating Â in Â an Â extracurricular Â activity Â and Â trying Â graduate Â with Â a Â respectable Â GPA? Â Most Â often Â there Â is Â little Â or Â no Â college Â life. Â Thatâ€™s Â why Â it Â is Â important Â to Â take Â time Â out Â to Â say Â a Â big Â thanks Â to Â the Â hardworking Â ECCO Â staff, Â as Â well Â as Â many Â other Â students Â who Â devote Â their Â time Â to Â lead Â other Â clubs Â and Â activities Â while Â balancing Â their Â demand-Â ing Â academic Â schedules Â and Â making Â college Â a Â fun Â and Â exciting Â experience Â for Â the Â entire Â student Â body. Â They Â are Â truly Â the Â unsung Â heroes Â of Â ECC! Â Again Â kudos Â to Â the Â editors Â for Â their Â excellent Â work Â over Â the Â past Â few Â months. Â 3HUVRQDOO\,KDYHQHYHUUHDGDQ\QHZVSDSHUIURPVWDUWWRÂżQLVKXQWLO,SLFNHGXSWKHÂżUVWHGLWLRQRI(&&2 last Â semester. Â Keep Â up Â the Â great Â work Â ECCO!
The Â Student Â Voice Â of Â Â Essex Â County Â College Â
Essex Â County Â College 303 Â University Â Ave. Newark, Â NJ Â 07102 email@example.com Editor-Âin-ÂChief Christian Â Blair
Kindest Â regards,
News Â Editor Lev Â Zilbermintz
Alton Â Drummond ECC Â Student Â Government Â President
Features Â Editors Elaina Â Garrett Tsahai Â General Staff Â Writers Stacey Â Almonte Michael Â Araujo Salomao Â Becker Robert Â Colon Collis Â Marrow Ben Â Potesky Wintella Â Powell Leonita Â Rexha Juniel Â Spruiel Patrice Â Wright Advertising Â Representative Chelsea Â Wegman Layout Â Design Â Editor Christian Â Blair Humanities Â Faculty Co-ÂAdvisors Eileen Â DeFreece Jennifer Â Wager
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Â )RU VRPH RI XV KHUH ÂżQDOV DUH RYHU IRU RWKHUV the Â semester Â is Â just Â beginning. Â The Â stress Â of Â term Â papers, Â GPAâ€™s, Â work, Â bills Â and Â social Â life Â can Â take Â a Â toll Â on Â our Â mental Â state. Â We Â are Â constantly Â bombarded Â with Â the Â pres-Â sures Â that Â come Â along Â with Â transitioning Â into Â adulthood. Â These Â pressures, Â depending Â on Â the Â resiliency Â and Â coping Â skills Â of Â the Â individual Â can Â either Â make Â or Â break Â you. Â De-Â pression Â among Â college Â students Â is Â on Â the Â rise. Â According Â to Â a Â study Â published Â in Â the Â American Â Journal Â of Â Ortho-Â psychiatry, Â of Â the Â individuals Â that Â visited Â an Â on-Âcampus Â medical Â center, Â 25 Â percent Â were Â diagnosed Â as Â depressed. Â With Â numbers Â for Â depression Â being Â this Â high, Â suicide Â is Â a Â reality Â to Â some. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Recently Â an Â ECC Â student Â attempted Â suicide Â in Â a Â class-Â room Â on Â the Â Newark Â campus Â of Â Rutgers Â University. Â By Â grace, Â a Â Rutgers Â student Â entered Â the Â classroom, Â stopping Â this Â tragedy. Â Since Â then, Â the Â universities Â have Â been Â en-Â couraging Â counseling Â and Â other Â services Â for Â students Â who Â may Â be Â at Â risk Â for Â this Â severe Â depressive Â state. Â Students Â are Â encouraged Â to Â take Â advantage Â of Â these Â services, Â even Â if Â non-Âsuicidal, Â and Â to Â also Â speak Â up Â if Â they Â feel Â someone Â may Â be Â in Â need Â of Â these Â helps. Â More Â puzzling Â than Â the Â reality Â of Â a Â friend Â at-Â tempting Â to Â take Â his Â or Â her Â own Â life Â is Â not Â being Â able Â to Â detect Â it Â before Â the Â inevitable Â occurs. Â How Â do Â you Â know Â if Â one Â of Â your Â peers Â are Â depressed Â or Â suicidal? Â What Â do Â you Â say Â to Â him Â or Â her Â that Â will Â impact Â a Â change? Â How Â do Â I Â pre-Â vent Â sabotaging Â a Â rescue Â mission? Â These Â are Â all Â important Â questions Â that Â we Â as Â young Â adults Â should Â be Â knowledge-Â able Â of, Â especially Â with Â the Â strains Â that Â school, Â work Â and Â social Â life Â put Â on Â us. Â As Â an Â individual Â who Â attempted Â sui-Â cide, Â I Â see Â the Â importance Â of Â this Â enlightenment Â for Â young Â adults. Â Â A Â depressed Â person Â will Â not Â always Â admit Â that Â they Â are Â in Â fact Â depressed, Â although Â some Â do. Â A Â few Â signs Â or Â symptoms Â in Â young Â adults Â are:
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1. Â Sadness Â or Â hopelessness 2. Â Irritability, Â anger, Â or Â hostility 3. Â Frequent Â crying 4. Â Withdrawal Â from Â friends/ Â family 5. Â Lack Â of Â enthusiasm Â and Â motivation 6. Â Thoughts Â of Â suicide
Â Just Â because Â a Â friend Â displays Â one Â or Â more Â of Â these Â symptoms, Â does Â not Â make Â him Â or Â her Â depressed Â or Â even Â suicidal. Â Please Â do Â not Â attack Â the Â individual Â with Â ac-Â cusations Â of Â depression Â or Â suicide. Â Be Â sure Â to Â offer Â your Â sincerest Â compassion;Íž Â you Â never Â know Â the Â state Â of Â the Â in-Â dividual. Â Depression Â is Â a Â state Â that Â may Â lead Â to Â an Â attempted Â RUVXFFHVVIXOVXLFLGH$VXLFLGDOSHUVRQPD\EHGLIÂżFXOWWR decipher, Â but Â most Â of Â the Â time Â they Â are Â confessing Â their Â plans Â to Â us Â but Â we Â do Â not Â notice. Â Our Â peers Â have Â the Â great-Â est Â impact Â on Â us, Â thus Â it Â is Â important Â for Â us Â to Â know Â the Â signs Â so Â that Â we Â will Â be Â able Â to Â help Â our Â friends. Â Did Â you Â know Â that Â 70 Â Â percent Â of Â people Â who Â are Â going Â to Â or Â have Â committed Â suicide Â have Â shared Â their Â plans Â with Â a Â friend Â or Â family Â member? Â They Â may Â have Â said Â things Â like, Â â€œIâ€™m Â bet-Â ter Â off Â deadâ€?, Â â€œI Â wonâ€™t Â be Â your Â problem Â when Â Iâ€™m Â goneâ€?, Â or Â â€œYouâ€™ll Â be Â sorry Â when Â Iâ€™m Â gone.â€? Â Although Â these Â are Â not Â outright Â confessions, Â they Â are Â indirect Â implications. Â Â Other Â changes Â in Â behavior Â include Â making Â arrangements Â to Â eliminate Â debt, Â a Â sudden Â need Â for Â reconciliation, Â or Â giv-Â ing Â away Â valuables Â or Â prized Â possessions. Â In Â the Â mind Â of Â the Â depressed Â person, Â these Â actions Â are Â attempts Â to Â allevi-Â ate Â the Â burden Â on Â their Â loved Â ones Â once Â they Â are Â gone. Â 7KH PRVW LPSRUWDQW DQG PRVW GLIÂżFXOW SURFHVV of Â being Â a Â help Â to Â someone Â who Â is Â severely Â depressed Â to Â the Â point Â of Â suicide, Â is Â intervening Â once Â you Â are Â sure Â that Â ESSEX Â COUNTY Â COLLEGE Â OBSERVER
they Â are Â in Â fact Â suicidal. Â Getting Â them Â help Â is Â vital, Â be Â that Â medical Â attention Â or Â counseling Â services. Â Of-Â fering Â genuine Â care Â in Â concern Â is Â a Â long Â way. Â Saving Â someone Â does Â not Â always Â have Â to Â be Â a Â super Â heroic Â act Â like Â convincing Â someone Â not Â to Â jump Â out Â a Â window. Â Simple Â kind Â words Â can Â have Â a Â huge Â impact Â on Â the Â suf-Â ferer. Â You Â can Â be Â a Â hero Â by Â telling Â your Â peer Â things Â like, Â â€œI Â understand Â that Â you Â are Â hurting Â more Â than Â you Â can Â explain Â to Â meâ€?, Â â€œI Â love Â you. Â I Â know Â you Â can Â overcome Â thisâ€?, Â â€œI Â believe Â in Â your Â painâ€?, Â or Â â€œWould Â \RXSOHDVHJLYHPHDFKDQFHWRKHOS\RXÂżUVWÂ´<RX can Â also Â make Â a Â â€˜life Â pactâ€™ Â that Â says Â â€œPromise Â me Â you Â wonâ€™t Â hurt Â yourself Â before Â we Â at Â least Â try Â some Â treat-Â mentsâ€? Â or Â leave Â loving Â reminders Â that Â encourages Â them Â to Â want Â to Â see Â their Â future. Â Personally, Â music Â and Â my Â younger Â brother Â saved Â me Â from Â my Â overdose Â attempt. Â Find Â things Â that Â they Â like Â or Â that Â bring Â joy Â to Â them Â during Â this Â dark Â time. Â Above Â all, Â try Â to Â get Â them Â help Â sooner Â rather Â than Â later. Â Â Suicide Â and Â depression Â are Â as Â serious Â as Â a Â heart Â attack Â and Â they Â should Â be Â treated Â as Â such. Â Never Â ever Â assume Â that Â someone Â will Â not Â take Â his Â or Â her Â own Â life, Â or Â assume Â that Â what Â they Â are Â going Â through Â is Â a Â phase Â and Â that Â they Â will Â â€œget Â over Â it.â€? Â ,WLVYHU\GLIÂżFXOWWRXQGHUVWDQGWKHPLQGRIDVXLFLGDO person. Â Being Â in Â such Â a Â state Â as Â this Â is Â entrapment, Â it Â is Â a Â silent Â imprisonment. Â I Â felt Â as Â if Â the Â end Â was Â the Â most Â logical Â solution. Â The Â problems Â that Â existed Â did Â not Â make Â sense Â to Â me Â and Â I Â was Â done Â with Â trying Â to Â Âż[WKHP$Q\Âż[WRWKHSUREOHPVZHUHWHPSRUDU\DQG would Â only Â result Â in Â my Â own Â unhappiness. Â The Â need Â for Â relief Â that Â I Â longed Â for Â only Â existed Â in Â death. Â With Â counseling Â and Â a Â great Â deal Â of Â strength Â and Â support, Â I Â overcame. Â It Â is Â imperative Â that Â if Â you Â or Â someone Â you Â know Â is Â suicidal, Â seek Â help. Â My Â favorite Â tool Â that Â was Â taught Â to Â me Â by Â a Â counselor Â was Â to Â reach Â out Â to Â a Â trusted Â individual Â (maybe Â a Â friend Â or Â loved Â one) Â if Â you Â ever Â felt Â unsure Â about Â harming Â yourself. Â In Â an Â emergency, Â contact Â the Â National Â Suicide Â Prevention Â Lifeline Â 1-Â800-Â273-ÂTALK. Â Our Â peers Â are Â RIWHQRXUÂżUVWOLQHRIGHIHQVH:LWKWKHVHWRROV\RX can Â protect Â yourself Â and Â others.
Academic Â Counseling Â Services If Â you Â need Â counseling or Â know Â of Â someone Â who Â does, Â please Â visit: Â essex.edu/studentlife/ services/counseling/ The Â department Â is Â staffed Â by Â an Â outstanding Â group Â of Â dedicated Â and Â deeply Â caring Â professionals. Â If Â you Â are Â aware Â of Â a Â crisis Â during Â a Â time Â the Â counseling Â department Â is Â not Â open, Â there Â are Â resources Â in Â the Â community Â that Â can Â help, Â such Â as Â the Â suicide Â help Â line Â that Â can Â be Â reached Â by Â calling Â
FEBRUARY Â 2012
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OPINION Big Â Bad Â Deal Â
Excessive Â ATM Â Surcharges Â at Â ECC Â ATMs By Â Christian Â Blair Editor-Âin-ÂChief
Â :HOOV)DUJRFDPHXQGHUDORWRIÂżUHODVW\HDU for Â considering Â charging Â their Â customers Â $3 Â per Â month Â to Â use Â their Â debit Â cards. Â Thankfully, Â those Â plans Â were Â quashed Â by Â overwhelming Â customer Â outrage. Â But Â some Â Essex Â County Â College Â (ECC) Â students Â are Â feel-Â ing Â a Â Wells Â Fargo Â squeeze Â of Â a Â different Â kind Â -Â-Âby Â way Â of Â prohibitive Â ATM Â surcharges Â with Â every Â card Â dip. Â The Â Newark Â campus Â cafeteria Â does Â not Â take Â plastic Â so Â when Â you Â are Â strapped Â for Â cash Â and Â rushing Â between Â classes, Â your Â only Â recourse Â is Â one Â of Â the Â two Â nearby Â ATMs. Â That Â is, Â if Â you Â can Â afford Â it. Â Â ECC Â students Â without Â a Â Wells Â Fargo Â debit Â card Â are Â charged Â a Â whopping Â $3 Â surcharge Â for Â every Â transaction. Â Add Â that Â to Â the Â fee Â their Â own Â bank Â charges Â for Â using Â another Â bankâ€™s Â ATM Â and Â the Â withdrawal Â be-Â comes Â very Â expensive. Â Â â€œItâ€™s Â ridiculous,â€? Â says Â Social Â Services Â major Â Latonya Â Graham, Â â€œ Â I Â just Â paid Â $5 Â for Â taking Â out Â twenty Â bucks! Â You Â want Â to Â get Â lunch, Â but Â you Â have Â to Â pay Â this Â ridiculous Â fee.â€? Â The Â only Â other Â option Â is Â the Â Bank Â of Â America Â %R$ $70 DOVR ORFDWHG RQ WKH VHFRQG Ă€RRU RI WKH main Â building Â in Â the Â Newark Â campus. Â It Â comes Â with Â a Â $2 Â surcharge, Â which Â seems Â like Â a Â great Â deal Â by Â direct Â comparison Â only. Â Jessica Â Corado, Â a Â Psychology Â ma-Â jor, Â says Â sheâ€™ll Â accept Â the Â fee Â her Â own Â bank Â tacks Â on Â but Â the Â ATM Â surcharges Â go Â too Â far. Â Corado Â said, Â â€œNot Â everybody Â has Â a Â Bank Â of Â America Â or Â Wells Â Fargo Â ac-Â count.â€? Â Other Â students Â have Â learned Â to Â bring Â the Â cash Â they Â need, Â or Â they Â travel Â off-Âcampus Â and Â avoid Â the Â ECC Â ATMs Â completely. Â Pilal Â Abdul-ÂQawi, Â a Â Social Â Sciences Â major, Â walks Â four Â blocks Â away Â to Â his Â own Â bank Â just Â to Â save Â himself Â the Â surcharge. Â â€œI Â donâ€™t Â want Â to Â pay Â those Â fees,â€? Â he Â says. Â Â Social Â Sciences Â major Â Vanessa Â Munoz Â says Â sheâ€™ll Â often Â walk Â out Â to Â the Â Rite-ÂAid Â to Â buy Â something Â with Â a Â fee-Âless Â â€œcash Â backâ€? Â option Â or, Â â€œI Â wonâ€™t Â buy Â anything Â and Â just Â starve Â till Â I Â get Â home.â€? Â These Â students Â might Â be Â interested Â to Â know Â that Â only Â two Â blocks Â away, Â inside Â the Â Paul Â Robeson Â building Â of Â Rutgers Â University, Â the Â ATMs Â have Â no Â sur-Â charges. Â As Â you Â open Â the Â door Â to Â Robeson, Â you Â are Â SUHVHQWHG ZLWK DQ $IÂżQLW\ &UHGLW 8QLRQ NLRVN WKDW boasts Â â€œ65,000 Â Surcharge Â Free Â ATMs.â€? Â As Â advertised, Â a Â $20 Â withdrawal Â (even Â with Â a Â PNC Â bankcard) Â deducts Â precisely Â $20 Â and Â nothing Â more. Â Imagine Â that. Â Okay, Â so Â weâ€™re Â comparing Â apples Â and Â or-Â DQJHVULJKW"$Q$IÂżQLW\&UHGLW8QLRQ$70ZLWKRXW a Â surcharge Â is Â a Â completely Â different Â animal. Â The Â real Â head Â scratcher Â comes Â right Â around Â the Â corner, Â where Â \RXÂżQGWKHRWKHU$70LQ5REHVRQD:HOOV)DUJR kiosk Â that Â doesnâ€™t Â charge Â students Â a Â dime.
Illustration Â credit: Â Leonita Â Rexha
6HHWKLVZLWK\RXURZQH\HV7KHÂżUVWLP-Â age Â (Figure Â 1.) Â is Â a Â $20 Â withdrawal Â at Â the Â ECC Â Wells Â Fargo Â ATM Â on Â 10/18/2011 Â and Â the Â second Â image Â (Figure Â 2.) Â is Â the Â same Â amount Â taken Â out Â at Â the Â Rutgers Â Wells Â Fargo Â ATM Â on Â 11/2/2011.
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Â Youâ€™ll Â note Â these Â two Â students Â are Â being Â hit Â by Â their Â own Â bank Â (PNC) Â to Â the Â tune Â of Â $2.50 Â at Â both Â ATMs. Â You Â canâ€™t Â do Â anything Â about Â that. Â Well, Â you Â can, Â but Â youâ€™ll Â have Â to Â vote Â for Â stronger Â representatives Â in Â Congress. Â Good Â luck Â on Â that. Â Â While Â researching Â this Â story, Â some Â questioned Â whether Â ATM Â surcharges Â were Â legal Â on Â college Â cam-Â SXVHVLQWKHÂżUVWSODFH7KH\DUH2QHVWURQJDGYRFDWH for Â consumer Â protection Â is Â United Â States Â Senator Â Robert Â Menendez. Â He Â explains, Â â€œThese Â fees Â are Â legal, Â even Â on Â student Â campuses.â€? Â All Â thatâ€™s Â required Â is Â that Â the Â ATM Â discloses Â the Â fee Â before Â the Â transaction Â is Â completed, Â â€œoften Â done Â via Â a Â sticker Â on Â the Â front Â of Â the Â ATM Â or Â a Â prompt Â on Â the Â screen.â€? Â Â The Â crucial Â difference, Â and Â the Â point Â of Â this Â ar-Â ticle, Â is Â that Â while Â the Â Rutgers Â student Â suffers Â no Â ATM Â surcharge, Â the Â ECC Â student Â is Â jacked Â twice Â -Â-Â Â once Â by Â their Â own Â bank, Â and Â once Â more Â for Â an Â extra Â $3 Â by Â Wells Â Fargo. Â It Â might Â be Â tempting Â for Â the Â reader Â to Â conclude Â that Â Wells Â Fargo Â is Â pulling Â a Â fast Â one Â on Â ECC, Â but Â itâ€™s Â not Â that Â simple. Â Dr. Â Joyce Â Wilson Â Harley Â is Â the Â new Â Execu-Â tive Â Director Â of Â Administrative Â Services Â at Â ECC. Â She Â believes Â the Â likely Â scenario Â is Â that Â Rutgers Â has Â negoti-Â ated Â a Â â€œconsiderationâ€? Â with Â their Â vendors Â that Â keep Â the Â ATMs Â in Â Robeson Â Hall Â free Â of Â charge. Â This Â is Â some-Â thing Â ECC Â can Â pursue Â as Â well. Â â€œIf Â the Â contract Â is Â up Â soon, Â we Â put Â the Â RFP Â (Request Â For Â Proposal) Â out. Â That Â gives Â [the Â banks] Â notice Â that Â we Â are Â looking Â at Â others Â and Â that Â brings Â them Â to Â the Â table.â€? Â However, Â â€œIf Â [the Â contracts] Â have Â longer Â legs Â then Â we Â call Â them Â in Â and Â have Â a Â conversation,â€? Â said Â Harley. Greg Â White, Â the Â Wells Â Fargo Â Community Â Bank Â Presi-Â dent Â for Â the Â Metro Â New Â Jersey Â Area Â was Â on Â vacation Â when Â contacted Â for Â comment Â and Â Wells Â Fargoâ€™s Â North-Â ern Â New Â Jersey Â Regional Â President, Â Lucia Â Gibbons Â hasnâ€™t Â yet Â returned Â phone-Âcalls. Â However, Â Fran Â Durst, Â a Â spokeswoman Â for Â Wells Â Fargoâ€™s Â Northeast Â division, Â KDVFRQÂżUPHGWKDWVXUFKDUJHVDUHDQLWHPKDVKHGRXWDW contract Â time. As Â it Â turns Â out, Â the Â reason Â why Â the Â cafeteria Â does Â not Â offer Â debit Â or Â credit Â card Â purchases Â is Â another Â unfortu-Â nate Â contract. Â The Â vendor, Â Metropolitan Â Food Â Services, Â is Â not Â currently Â contractually Â obligated Â to Â provide Â a Â debit/credit Â payment Â option. Â When Â we Â spoke Â this Â past Â November, Â Dr. Â Harley Â mentioned Â that Â the Â Metropolitan Â Food Â Services Â contract Â is Â up Â at Â the Â end Â of Â the Â school Â year. Â Whether Â talking Â about Â the Â contracts Â with Â the Â banks Â or Â food Â services, Â she Â says Â she Â is Â interested Â in Â â€œne-Â gotiating Â differently Â with Â any Â vendor,â€? Â on Â the Â next Â go Â continued Â on Â page Â six
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arts Dr. Â Martin Â Luther Â King, Â Jr. In Â His Â Own Â Words Â The Â following Â is Â an Â exerpt Â from Â Dr. Â Kingâ€™s Â â€œLetter Â From Â Birmingham Â Jailâ€?. Â It Â was Â published Â in Â May, Â 1963 Â along Â with Â this Â introduction Â by Â Colin Â W. Â Bell, Â Executive Â Secretary Â of Â the Â American Â Friends Â Service Â Committee. â€œFrom Â Birmingham Â jail, Â where Â he Â was Â imprisoned Â as Â a Â participant Â in Â nonvio-Â lent Â demonstrations Â against Â segregation, Â Martin Â Luther Â King, Â Jr.has Â written Â the Â letter Â which Â follows. Â It Â was Â a Â response Â to Â a Â public Â statement Â of Â concern Â and Â caution Â issued Â by Â eight Â white Â religious Â leaders. Â The Â letter Â speaks Â powerfully Â of Â one Â of Â the Â great Â freedoms Â -Â-Âfreedom Â from Â racial Â discrimination Â -Â-Â Â which Â is Â rooted Â in Â our Â religious Â faith Â and Â which Â our Â nation Â has Â stood Â for Â in Â principle Â but Â has Â not Â yet Â established Â in Â practice. Â It Â is Â an Â eloquent Â expression Â of Â the Â non Â violent Â approach Â to Â the Â restructuring Â of Â our Â social Â order.â€?-Â Â Colin Â W. Â Bell The Â Public Â Domain Â Original Â First Â Version Â of Â
Martin Â Luther Â Kingâ€™s Â Letter Â From Â The Â Birmingham Â City Â Jail â€œ...I Â guess Â it Â is Â easy Â for Â those Â who Â have Â never Â felt Â the Â stinging Â darts Â of Â segregation Â to Â say Â wait. Â But Â when Â you Â have Â seen Â vicious Â mobs Â lynch Â your Â mothers Â DQGIDWKHUVDWZLOODQGGURZQ\RXUVLVWHUVDQGEURWKHUVDWZKLPZKHQ\RXKDYHVHHQKDWHÂżOOHGSROLFHPHQFXUVHNLFNEUXWDOL]HDQGHYHQNLOO\RXUEODFN brothers Â and Â sisters Â with Â impunity;Íž Â when Â you Â see Â the Â vast Â majority Â of Â your Â twenty Â million Â Negro Â brothers Â smothering Â in Â an Â air-Âtight Â cage Â of Â poverty Â in Â the Â PLGVWRIDQDIĂ€XHQWVRFLHW\ZKHQ\RXVXGGHQO\ÂżQG\RXUWRQJXHWZLVWHGDQG\RXUVSHHFKVWDPPHULQJDV\RXVHHNWRH[SODLQWR\RXUVL[\HDUROGGDXJKWHU why Â she Â canâ€™t Â go Â to Â the Â public Â amusement Â park Â that Â has Â just Â been Â advertised Â on Â television, Â and Â see Â tears Â welling Â up Â in Â her Â little Â eyes Â when Â she Â is Â told Â that Â Funtown Â is Â closed Â to Â colored Â children, Â and Â see Â the Â depressing Â clouds Â of Â inferiority Â begin Â to Â form Â in Â her Â little Â mental Â sky, Â and Â see Â her Â begin Â to Â distort Â her Â OLWWOHSHUVRQDOLW\E\XQFRQVFLRXVO\GHYHORSLQJDELWWHUQHVVWRZDUGZKLWHSHRSOHZKHQ\RXKDYHWRFRQFRFWDQDQVZHUIRUDÂżYH\HDUROGVRQDVNLQJLQ DJRQL]LQJSDWKRVÂł'DGG\ZK\GRZKLWHSHRSOHWUHDWFRORUHGSHRSOHVRPHDQ"Â´ZKHQ\RXWDNHDFURVVFRXQWU\GULYHDQGÂżQGLWQHFHVVDU\WRVOHHSQLJKW after Â night Â in Â the Â uncomfortable Â corners Â of Â your Â automobile Â because Â no Â motel Â will Â accept Â you;Íž Â when Â you Â are Â humiliated Â day Â in Â and Â day Â out Â by Â nagging Â VLJQVUHDGLQJÂłZKLWHÂ´PHQDQGÂłFRORUHGÂ´ZKHQ\RXUÂżUVWQDPHEHFRPHVÂłQLJJHUÂ´DQG\RXUPLGGOHQDPHEHFRPHVÂłER\Â´KRZHYHUROG\RXDUH DQG your Â last Â name Â becomes Â â€œJohn,â€? Â and Â when Â your Â wife Â and Â mother Â are Â never Â given Â the Â respected Â title Â â€œMrs.â€?;Íž Â when Â you Â are Â harried Â by Â day Â and Â haunted Â by Â night Â by Â the Â fact Â that Â you Â are Â a Â Negro, Â living Â constantly Â at Â tip-Âtoe Â stance Â never Â quite Â knowing Â what Â to Â expect Â next, Â and Â plagued Â with Â inner Â fears Â and Â outer Â UHVHQWPHQWVZKHQ\RXDUHIRUHYHUÂżJKWLQJDGHJHQHUDWLQJVHQVHRIÂłQRERGLQHVVÂ´WKHQ\RXZLOOXQGHUVWDQGZK\ZHÂżQGLWGLIÂżFXOWWRZDLW7KHUHFRPHV a Â time Â when Â the Â cup Â of Â endurance Â runs Â over, Â and Â men Â are Â no Â longer Â willing Â to Â be Â plunged Â into Â an Â abyss Â of Â injustice Â where Â they Â experience Â the Â bleakness Â of Â corroding Â despair. Â I Â hope, Â sirs, Â you Â can Â understand Â our Â legitimate Â and Â unavoidable Â impatience.â€? Â -Â Â Dr. Â Martin Â Luther Â King Â Jr. Â Read Â the Â entire Â letter Â as Â well Â as Â other Â letters Â and Â speeches Â by Â Dr. Â Martin Â Luther Â King Â Jr.: Martin Â Luther Â King Â Online The Â Dr. Â Martin Â Luther Â King Â Jr. Â Public Â Domain Â Resource Â Site http://www.mlkonline.net
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DURXQGZKHQVSHDNLQJVSHFLÂżFDOO\DERXWIRRG services, Â acceptance Â of Â credit Â and Â debit Â cards Â is, Â â€œone Â of Â the Â criteria Â upon Â which Â respondents Â will Â be Â evaluated,â€? Â said Â Harley. Â As Â the Â Student Â Government Â Associa-Â tion Â held Â its Â Advocacy Â Movement Â panel Â in Â the Â cafeteria Â pit Â on Â November Â 30th, Â 2011, Â a Â table Â was Â being Â set Â up Â beside Â the Â Wells Â Fargo Â ATM. Â Representatives Â of Â the Â bank Â were Â giving Â away Â Wells Â Fargo Â water Â bottles Â and Â other Â incentives Â to Â any Â student Â who Â signed Â up Â for Â an Â account. Â I Â spoke Â with Â Frank, Â one Â of Â the Â representatives Â at Â the Â table, Â who Â declined Â to Â offer Â his Â last Â name. Â When Â asked Â if Â he Â thought Â it Â was Â fair Â of Â Wells Â Fargo Â to Â charge Â Essex Â County Â College Â students Â who Â werenâ€™t Â Wells Â Fargo Â customers Â three Â dollars Â per Â transaction, Â Frank Â offered, Â â€œthis Â is Â standardâ€?. Â When Â I Â informed Â him Â that Â Rutgers Â students, Â with Â or Â without Â a Â Wells Â Fargo Â account, Â paid Â no Â surcharge, Â he Â declined Â further Â comment. Â When Â I Â attempted Â to Â take Â a Â photograph Â of Â their Â table, Â they Â yelled Â for Â me Â to Â stop Â and Â covered Â their Â faces. Â I Â respected Â their Â wishes, Â returned Â my Â camera Â to Â its Â case, Â and Â went Â on Â my Â way Â to Â the Â Advocacy Â Move-Â ment Â where Â students Â and Â community Â leaders Â were Â decrying, Â among Â other Â things, Â the Â role Â of Â GHUHJXODWHGDQGDEXVLYHÂżQDQFLDOLQVWLWXWLRQV in Â our Â economic Â free Â fall. Â Â Granted, Â the Â ATMs Â provide Â a Â conve-Â nience Â but Â they Â are Â also Â massive Â advertise-Â ments Â for Â the Â banks. Â The Â school Â offers Â the Â banks Â access Â to Â thousands Â of Â potential Â cus-Â tomers Â every Â day. Â But Â this Â is Â hardly Â a Â choice Â you Â make Â on Â the Â merit Â of Â the Â bank Â itself. Â When Â your Â only Â alternative Â to Â signing Â up Â for Â an Â ac-Â
count Â are Â the Â excessive Â surcharges, Â free Â brand-Â ed Â water Â bottle Â aside, Â Wells Â Fargo Â is Â basically Â VKRRWLQJÂżVKLQDEDUUHO2QHZRQGHUVLIWKHVH exorbitant Â surcharges Â on Â ECC Â students Â may Â be Â detrimental Â to Â their Â marketing Â plan. Â Gaug-Â ing Â student Â reaction Â to Â the Â surcharges, Â the Â banks Â may Â be Â teaching Â the Â unintended Â lesson Â that Â neither Â Wells Â Fargo Â or Â Bank Â of Â America Â deserve Â your Â business Â in Â the Â future Â when Â they Â clearly Â do Â not Â have Â your Â back Â today, Â when Â you Â need Â it Â most. Â Â Dr. Â Harley Â says Â the Â six-Âfoot-Âhigh Â ATMs Â in Â the Â main Â building Â should Â not Â be Â con-Â strued Â as Â an Â endorsement Â of Â those Â services Â by Â the Â college. Â Just Â as Â a Â shopping Â mall Â may Â have Â one Â or Â more Â ATMs Â for Â the Â convenience Â of Â their Â customers, Â the Â ATMs Â that Â are Â on Â campus Â are Â merely Â vendors Â providing Â a Â service Â under Â contract. Â However, Â one Â would Â assume Â an Â edu-Â cational Â institution Â to Â have Â a Â greater Â obligation Â to Â negotiate Â contracts Â in Â the Â better Â interests Â of Â its Â clientele Â than Â that Â of Â a Â mall Â to Â its Â transient Â customers. Â Rutgers Â has Â managed Â to Â work Â out Â agreements Â that Â provide Â ATM Â service Â with-Â out Â surcharges Â but Â ECC Â is Â burdened Â by Â the Â perfect Â storm Â of Â two Â poorly Â negotiated Â con-Â tracts: Â a Â food Â vendor Â that Â doesnâ€™t Â take Â plastic, Â and Â banks Â that Â levy Â sky-Âhigh Â surcharges. Â The Â result Â of Â this Â leaves Â ECC Â students Â as Â a Â mere Â afterthought, Â outweighing Â any Â intended Â con-Â venience. Â What Â do Â you Â think? Â Are Â these Â sur-Â charges Â acceptable Â for Â the Â convenience? Â Â Should Â the Â food Â services Â offer Â card Â swipe Â pay-Â ment? Â Do Â colleges Â have Â a Â higher Â obligation Â to Â students Â than Â that Â of Â convenience Â store Â to Â its Â customers? Â Â Voice Â your Â opinion Â in Â the Â next Â issue Â of Â the Â ECC Â Observer Â by Â sending Â a Â Letter Â to Â the Â Editor. Â Email Â firstname.lastname@example.org
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Â We Â ran Â a Â piece Â in Â the Â Decem-Â ber Â 2011 Â issue Â titled, Â â€œECC Â World Â AIDS Â Weekâ€?. Â Shawna Â Barr, Â a Â panelist Â at Â the Â event, Â called Â to Â our Â attention Â certain Â factual Â inaccuracies Â and Â misquotations. Â Â The Â ECCO Â faculty Â advisors Â and Â the Â entire Â editorial Â staff Â apologizes Â for Â causing Â any Â distress Â to Â Ms. Â Barr Â and Â her Â family.
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Â It Â will Â always Â watch Â you Â with Â its Â red Â beaded Â eye. Â Hear Â every Â word Â you Â speak Â and Â whisper, Â feel Â every Â move Â you Â make. Â It Â knows Â every Â single Â thought Â you Â think Â inside Â your Â very Â own Â head. Â There Â is Â no Â sanctuary Â from Â WKLVYLOHEHDVW1RZKHUHWRKLGHRUWRÂżQG comfort. Â Not Â even Â in Â your Â own Â body. Â There Â
is Â no Â way Â to Â escape Â from Â the Â clutches Â of Â this Â monster. Â Incarceron Â controls Â you. Â You Â are Â Incarceron. Â Imagine Â a Â prison, Â like Â many Â states Â put Â together Â controlled Â by Â itself. Â Imagine Â be-Â ing Â trapped Â inside Â the Â prison Â for Â your Â whole Â life Â and Â wanting Â to Â see Â what Â is Â out Â there. Â If Â there Â is Â an Â outside. Â You Â are Â now Â Finn, Â a Â young Â boy Â who Â wants Â all Â of Â this. Â He Â has Â heard Â stories Â of Â one Â man, Â Sapphique, Â leaving Â the Â prison, Â but Â he Â does Â not Â know Â if Â they Â are Â true. Â He Â would Â do Â anything Â to Â leave Â and Â heâ€™s Â ÂżQDOO\JRWWHQKLVFKDQFH Â Incarceron Â by Â Catherine Â Fisher Â is Â a Â captivating Â tale Â about Â escaping Â something Â WKDWLVSDUWRI\RX:KHQ)LQQÂżQGVDNH\ that Â allows Â him Â to Â communicate Â with Â the Â outside Â world, Â he Â starts Â to Â learn Â the Â truth Â that Â he Â was Â never Â told. Â With Â the Â help Â of Â Keiro;Íž Â his Â oath Â brother, Â Attia;Íž Â a Â slave Â girl, Â and Â Claudia;Íž Â
the Â mysterious Â girl Â from Â outside, Â theyâ€™ll Â dis-Â cover Â secrets Â that Â were Â better Â left Â uncovered. Â To Â say Â that Â Incarceron Â was Â beau-Â tifully Â written Â will Â not Â cover Â it Â all. Â Even Â though Â the Â story Â was Â wonderfully Â writ-Â ten Â out, Â the Â way Â the Â words Â formed Â did Â not Â H[DFWO\Ă€RZZHOOWRJHWKHU7KHUHZHUHSDUWV where Â I Â had Â to Â go Â back Â and Â re-Âread Â it, Â just Â to Â understand Â what Â I Â had Â read. Â Now Â this Â may Â be Â because Â I Â was Â tired Â when Â I Â read Â it, Â but Â either Â way Â I Â still Â had Â to Â go Â back Â every Â few Â pages. Â But Â when Â I Â say Â the Â story Â was Â beauti-Â fully Â written, Â I Â mean Â the Â general Â idea. Â A Â prison Â that Â controls Â you Â and Â gives Â you Â life Â is Â something Â that Â we Â can Â all Â learn Â to Â fear. Â But Â without Â spoiling, Â there Â were Â certain Â parts Â that Â made Â me Â hesitate Â to Â liking Â it Â even Â more. Â For Â some Â very Â odd Â reason Â I Â really Â hated Â the Â fact Â that Â they Â saw Â little Â animals. Â Now Â for Â everyone Â who Â has Â read Â this, Â you Â will Â understand Â what Â I Â mean. Â I Â am Â talking Â about Â Claudia Â and Â Jared, Â when Â they Â see Â the Â OLWWOHDQLPDOVLQWKHÂżHOG)RUWKRVHRI\RX who Â have Â no Â idea Â what Â I Â am Â talking Â about, Â go Â read Â the Â book. Â But Â that Â part Â really Â bugged Â PHEHFDXVHIRUVRPHUHDVRQLWGLGQRWÂżW with Â the Â story. Â I Â mean Â if Â you Â were Â able Â to Â see Â the Â animals, Â should Â you Â not Â be Â able Â to Â see Â the Â others? Â The Â characters Â are Â well Â written Â out, Â full Â of Â life Â and Â emotions Â that Â make Â you Â want Â to Â get Â to Â know Â them Â more. Â Catherine Â Fisher Â plays Â with Â your Â own Â emotions, Â making Â you Â feel Â pity Â for Â certain Â characters Â and Â then Â despise Â them Â a Â second Â later. Â Every Â character Â you Â meet Â has Â a Â pivotal Â role Â to Â setting Â the Â story Â forward, Â so Â it Â was Â impressive Â that Â they Â were Â all Â third Â dimensional. Â Â The Â novel Â is Â action-Âpacked Â and Â full Â of Â thought Â provoking Â incidents Â that Â make Â you Â wonder Â if Â everything Â is Â happening Â by Â accident, Â or Â if Â it Â was Â all Â planned Â out. Â Both Â the Â world Â outside Â and Â the Â world Â inside Â the Â SULVRQPHVKZHOOWRJHWKHUDVWKH\ERWKÂżJKW to Â see Â what Â is Â real Â and Â what Â is Â an Â illusion. Â $QGLWDOOOHDGVXSWRWKHÂżQDOPRPHQW where Â everything Â they Â learned Â is Â thrown Â away Â and Â one Â question Â pops Â up. Â Will Â they Â ever Â be Â able Â to Â escape Â Incarceron?
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Â In Â African Â American Â author Â Charles Â Chesnuttâ€™s Â 1899 Â short Â story Â â€œThe Â Wife Â of Â +LV<RXWKÂ´DTXHVWLRQWKDWGHÂżQHVWKHPDMRU PRUDOFRQĂ€LFWRIWKHSLHFHHPHUJHVDWWKH end: Â â€œShall Â you Â acknowledge Â her?â€? Â Should Â the Â light-Âskinned, Â educated, Â and Â formerly Â enslaved Â Mr. Â Ryder Â acknowledge Â the Â aged, Â dark-Âskinned, Â and Â illiterate Â Liza Â Jane, Â whoâ€“ though Â part Â and Â parcel Â of Â the Â life Â he Â has Â left Â behindâ€“has Â been Â searching Â for Â him Â loyally Â IRUWZHQW\ÂżYH\HDUV"2UVKRXOGKHGHQ\ her Â and Â move Â on Â with Â his Â new Â existence, Â his Â light-Âskinned Â beau, Â and Â reinvented Â racial Â identity? Â The Â answer, Â from Â the Â text, Â would Â seem Â clear. Â â€œHe Â should Â have Â acknowledged Â her,â€? Â echoes Â the Â light-Âskinned Â Mrs. Â Dixon, Â along Â with Â the Â other Â guests Â at Â Mr. Â Ryderâ€™s Â Blue Â Vein Â Society. Â For Â those Â that Â do Â not Â know, Â â€œBlue Â Veinâ€? Â societies Â were Â organizations Â formed Â after Â the Â Civil Â War Â era. Â They Â were Â made Â up Â of Â (usually) Â free-Âborn, Â upper Â class Â mixed-Â race Â blacks Â whose Â skin Â had Â to Â be Â light Â enough Â for Â their Â blue Â veins Â to Â show Â through. Â Â Ryderâ€™s Â stated Â expectation Â of Â this Â very Â answer Â reveals Â the Â heart Â of Â the Â story: Â to Â deny Â her Â is Â to Â deny Â not Â just Â his Â past, Â but Â the Â collective Â one Â of Â formerly Â enslaved Â African Â Americans Â at Â the Â end Â of Â the Â 19th Â century. Â Having Â come Â to Â this Â conclusion, Â it Â is Â likely Â he Â would Â have Â presented Â the Â wife Â of Â his Â youth Â to Â them Â no Â matter Â what Â the Â response. Â
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catch me if you can 7KHPRUDOFRQĂ€LFWVEHWZHHQOLJKW skinned Â blacks Â engaged Â in Â â€œthe Â upward Â pro-Â cess Â of Â absorptionâ€? Â into Â white Â â€œhighâ€? Â society Â and Â dark-Âskinned Â blacks Â of Â â€œservile Â origins Â [with] Â grosser Â aspectsâ€? Â in Â the Â post-Âslavery Â era Â in Â the Â United Â States Â are Â established Â early Â on Â in Â the Â short Â story. Â Ryder Â himself Â expresses Â a Â denial Â of Â the Â latter. Â He Â does Â this Â having Â to Â meet Â with Â persons Â â€œwhose Â com-Â plexions Â and Â callings Â in Â lifeâ€? Â were Â beneath Â the Â standards Â of Â the Â Blue Â Vein Â Societyâ€“he Â even Â argues Â for Â more Â social Â rigidity. Â â€œ[The Â dark-Âskinned Â blacks] Â would Â welcome Â us, Â continued Â on Â page Â two
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