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CALL TO ACTION ECC  Receives  Middle  States     Accreditation  Warning  

Passionate  Student  Body  Turns     Out  for  Open  Forum   Hamm  Holds  Court

College  Kicks  it  Into  High  Gear

by  Tsahai  General

by  Christian  Blair


ssex  County   College   (ECC)   faculty   and   ad-­ ministration  are  working   at   warp   speed   to   meet   accreditation   standards   after   re-­ ceiving  a  warning  from  the  Middle   States  Commission  on  Higher  Ed-­ ucation   (MSCHE).   A   public   dis-­ closure   statement   on   the   MSCHE   website,   posted   June   23rd   2011,   comes  on  the  heels  of  a  weeklong   evaluation  of  the  college  this  past   $SULO,W¿QGVWKHFROOHJHœVDFFUHG-­ itation   status   in   jeopardy   for   fail-­ XUH WR SURYLGH VXI¿FLHQW HYLGHQFH in   two   out   of   the   fourteen   stan-­ dards   required   to   remain   in   com-­ pliance.     While   the   warning   is   serious,   students   need   not   worry   just   yet.  Accredita-­ tion  remains  active  and   a   special   assessment   team  has  been  mobi-­ lized   to   meet   these   goals.   M S C H E   is   the   accrediting   body   for   higher   education   in   our   region   of   the   Unit-­ ed   States.   Evalua-­ tions   take   place   every   ten   years   and   ECC  

has  been   an   accredited   institution   and   voluntary   member   of   MSCHE   since   1974.   The   commission   will   be   mak-­ ing   a   second,   small-­team   visit   to   Es-­ sex   County   College   next   March   to   check   up   on   our   progress   in   achiev-­ ing   compliance   with   the   Assessment   of  Student  Learning  (Standard  14)  and   Institutional  Assessment   (Standard   7).     In   response,   ECC   has   imple-­ mented   the   Student   Learning   Out-­ comes  Assessment  Team  (SLOAT)  that   has   been   established   to   methodically   collect,   analyze,   and   compile   what   amounts   to   reams   of   data   required   to   meet  the  requirements  of  the  commis-­ s i o n .The  team  is  under  the  steward-­ ship   of   Pro-­ fessor   of   M a t h -­

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Cafeteria  Shoplifting By  Lev  Zilbermintz


CCO  has   learned   that   on   November   11,   20011,   sev-­ eral  students  were  detained   by  various  law  enforcement  agen-­ cies,  including  ECC  Security.  The   incident  occurred  at  approximately   5:40   p.m.,   when   an   ECCO  staffer   chanced   by   the   ECC   Cafeteria.      $W OHDVW ¿YH SROLFH RI¿-­ cers   were   seen   inside   the   cafete-­ ria,   questioning   four   young   stu-­ dents  about  the  enormous  number  

of  bottled   drinks   in   their   book   bag.   (&&2 FRXQWHG DW OHDVW ¿IWHHQ GLIIHU-­ ent   bottled   drinks   on   the   orange   table   in  front  of  the  suspects,  who  appeared   to  be  in  their  late  teens  and  early  twen-­ ties.  Among  others,  the  drinks  includ-­ ed   Sprite,   lemonade,   and   Ginger  Ale.     According   to   the   Lifeline   Stu-­ dent   Handbook,   the   Code   of   Conduct   describes  theft  as  an  offense  which  can   result  in  a  student’s  probation,  suspen-­ sion,  or  expulsion  from  Essex  County   [See  Page  11]


ssex  County   College’s   Stu-­ dent   Government   Associa-­ tion   raised   student   aware-­ ness,  with  an  open  forum,  in   the   school’s   cafeteria   pit   on   October   27,  2011.  From  2:30  to  3:30,  the  SGA   encouraged   their   fellow   students   to   come  and  listen  to  what  was  going  on   within   their   own   school;Íž   take   heed   of   what   was   happening   across   the   street   from   the   school.   What   is   being   done   DERXW HYHU\RQHÂśV ÂżQDQFLDO LQFRQYH-­ niences?   Who   are   the   People’s   Orga-­ nization   for   Progress   and   why   should   you   “Honk  Your   Horns   for   Change?â€?       Three   hundred   and   eighty-­one   days  of  protest,  Laurence  Hamm  sum-­ mons   his   fellow   citizens   and   the   stu-­ dents   to   action!   Join   the   People’s   Or-­ ganization  for  Progress  (POP),  he  says,   for   the   elimination   of   racism   inequal-­ ity,   poverty,   economic   exploitation.   Mr.  Hamm,  the  founder  and  chairman,   EULQJVWKHÂżJKWWR(&&FDOOLQJRQWKH VWXGHQWVWRMRLQLQWKHÂżJKWVRWKDWWKH\ will   have   a   job   when   they   graduate.       During   the   discussion,   Hamm   brought  to  the  attention  of  the  students   the   9.1%   unemployment   rate   and   the   fact   that   as   a   nation,   we   are   only   1%   away  from  being  in  a  depression.  With   16   million   people   collecting   unem-­ ployment  from  the  state  and  10  million   without  pay,  Hamm  calls  for  a  National   Jobs   Program.   “We   need   to   recall   our   troops,â€?   he   says,   â€œâ€Ś4   trillion   dollars   spent  on  war,  while  our  citizens  are  be-­ ing   forced   out   of   homes.â€?   Hamm   de-­ clares   that   home   foreclosure   needs   to   be   suspended   and   a   “demand   for   im-­ mediate  creation  of  jobs  programs  that   will  eliminate  unemployment  and  pro-­ vide  jobs  at  union  ages  for  every  per-­ son   that   is   willing   and   able   to   work.â€?       Mike   Jones,   your   fellow   stu-­ dent,  adds,  “People  need  to  hear  what   this  man  has  to  say‌I  try  to  do  my  best   to  support  people,  but  no  one  is  trying   to  support  me‌I  am  trying  to  do  some-­ thing  constructive.â€?  Hamm  encourages   -RQHVWRÂżJKWIRUKLVHGXFDWLRQDQGXUJ-­ HVKLPWRMRLQLQWKHÂżJKWEHFDXVH323

LVÂżJKWLQJIRUKLP/DXUHQFH+DPP is  for  the  student  body. Â â€œâ€ŚYou  have   less  money  in  your  pocket  than  the   person  who  didn’t  go  to  college,â€?  he   says.    He  insists  for  full  funding  for   education,   affordable   college   edu-­ cation   and   an   end   to   college   debt.   Hamm’s   organization   is   endorsed   E\ PRUH WKDQ ÂżIW\ RUJDQL]DWLRQV so  now  he  asks  for  the  endorsement   of   the   Student   Government   Asso-­ ciation.  “We  NEED  students  on  the   picket   lines!â€?   There   are   over   two   hundred  days  left  for  the  entire  stu-­ dent  body  to  take  part.     Jason   Gleason,   President   of   the  ECC  Math  Club,  is  in  full  sup-­ port,   and   states,   “These   are   fantas-­ tic,   grand   ideas‌â€?   But   Gleason   also  questions  how  Hamm  plans  to   EULQJ DERXW WKLV FKDQJH DQG IXOÂżOO all  these  essentially  deep  seated  re-­ quirements.   Hamm   points   out   that   some  people  want  to  remove  Presi-­ dent   Obama   from   his   position   be-­ FDXVH WKH 3UHVLGHQW LV ÂżJKWLQJ IRU the  students  and  the  citizens.  Hamm   supports  Obama  because  Obama  in-­ sists   for   the   National   Jobs  Act,   the   Works  Progress  Administration  Act,   full  employment  bill,  etc.  These  bills   can’t  put  everyone  back  to  work,  but   it’s  a  start.  It  seems  that  change  be-­ [See  Page  11]



NEWS Occupy  Newark....p.2

OPINIONS What’s  Wrong  with  the   Cafeteria?....p.5

STUDENT LIFE “A  Trip  Through  Time�...p.6

Essex  County  College  303  University  Ave.  Newark,  NJ  07102

REVIEWS “Take  Care�  Music   Review....p.9



NEWS OCCUPY  NEWARK by  Tsahai  General

 You’ve  all  heard  about  the  “Occupy  Wall  Streetâ€?  protest  that  takes  place,  in  New  York,  in  order   to  express  the  citizens’  growing  feelings  of  mass  injustice.  Consequently,  the  entire  nation  is  being   affected  and  is  following  the  Wall  Street  protestors’  example.  The  social  networks,  i.e.  Facebook  and   7ZLWWHUDUHĂ€RRGLQJZLWKWUHQGLQJWRSLFVVXFKDVRFFXS\SKLOO\RFFXS\'&RFFXS\RDNODQGHWF etc.  Currently,  your  fellow  Essex  County  residents  bring  you  “Occupy  Newark.â€?     With  one  thousand  and  eighty-­seven  followers  on  Twitter  and  one  thousand  six  hundred  and  sev-­ HQW\ÂżYHLQYLWHVH[WHQGHGYLD)DFHERRN7KHQHZPRYHPHQWZLOOODXQFKLQFRQMXQFWLRQWRWKHHYHQW “Occupy  Newark  -­  Occupy  Weekend!â€?  which  is  on  November  18th  at  4:00  p.m.  through  November   20th,  11:30  p.m.,  at  Military  Park,  Newark,  NJ.  The  faction  is  described  on  Twitter  as  a  “peaceful,   QRQYLROHQWRFFXSDWLRQRI1HZDUN1HZ-HUVH\LQVROLGDULW\ZLWKRFFXS\ZDOOVWUHHW´3URWHVWRUÂśVKDYH been  referring  to  themselves  as  the  “99%,â€?  the  “step-­child  of  a  booming  economy.â€?     The  call  now  is  for  the  fellow  step-­children  to  come  together  as  brothers  and  sisters  and  take  part   in  the  local  movements.  Newark,  the  largest  city  in  New  Jersey,  insists  on  taking  action,  will  you  join   the  occupy  movement?

Student  Government  Sparks  Advocacy  Movement

by  Christian  Blair

 The  Essex  County  College  Student  Government  Association  is  hosting  the    “Advocacy  Movementâ€?,  an  event  that   SGA   President  Alton   Drummond   hopes   will   inspire   students   to   engage   in   politics,   the   community,   demonstrations,   and   global  events.     Keynote  speakers  will  include  Mr.  Lawrence  Hamm,  Chairperson  of  the  People’s  Organization  for  Progress,  Mr.   1HDO*RUÂżQNOHSROLWLFDORUJDQL]HUIRUWKH/DERU8QLRQ0RYHPHQW'U$NLO.KDIDQL1HZ-HUVH\&KDLUSHUVRQRIWKH:RUOG African  Diaspora  Union,  Ms.  Georgia  Daniel,  Community  Organizer  of  Obama  for  America,  Hip  Hop  Movement  activist,   Jah  Jah  Shakur,  and  Herbert  Glenn,  the  founder  of  the  Responsible  Citizenship  Crusade.   The  Advocacy  Movement  will  take  place  Wednesday,  November  30th  from  2:30pm  to  5:00pm  in  the  Cafeteria  Pit  of   the  Newark  campus  of  Essex  County  College.

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NEWS Snowstorm Temporarily  Closes  West  Essex  Campus by  Christian  Blair

The  powerful  storm  that  rocked  the  east  coast  this  Halloween  weekend  knocked  out   power  to  the  West  Essex  campus  of  Essex  County  College.  Monday  classes  were  cancelled   but  power  was  restored  and  classes  resumed  Tuesday,  November  1st.     The  early  snow  storm  dropped  over  a  foot  of  snow  in  some  parts  of  Jersey,  taking   down  tree  limbs  and  power  lines,  affecting  service  to  635,000  residents.     “I  myself  was  without  power  for  a  few  days,  and  I  was  unable  to     make  it  on  campus  on  Monday,”  says  Dennia  Rentzis,  West  Essex  Coordinator  of  Admis-­ sions  and  writer  of  the  @EssexCountyWEC  Twitter  feed  for  the  campus.  “There  were  trees   all  over  the  roads,  and  it  still  is  quite  messy  around  some  streets.”     A  week  after  the  storm,  nearly  15,000  New  Jerseyians  were  still  without  power.  Con-­ necticut  was  hit  the  hardest  with  215,000  customers  waiting  for  power  to  be  restored.  

Trees were  hit  hard  throughout  the  east  coast  dur-­ ing  this  rough  winter  storm  as  evidenced  by  the   broken  limb  seen  here  on  the  West  Essex  campus.




OPINION OBSERVER Gobble,  Gobble by  Elaina  Garrett

The  Student  Voice  of     Essex  County  College  

 When  I  wake  up  on  November  24th,  I  will  not  eat  eggs,   I  will  not  eat  toast,  or  even  indulge  in  the  routine  cup  of  joe.  I   will  not  consume  food  of  any  kind  until  the  turkey  is  roasted   and  ready  to  cut.

Essex  County  College 303  University  Ave. Newark,  NJ  07102 Editor-­in-­Chief Christian  Blair Managing  Editor Rodrigo  Perez Layout  Design  Editor Michelle  Longmore Business  Editor Collis  Marrow Copy  Editor Yulieth  Cordero Staff  Writers Salomao  Becker Theodore  Ezike Elaina  Garret Tsahai  General Leonita  Rexha   Lev  Zilbermintz Humanities  Faculty Co-­Advisors Eileen  DeFreece Jennifer  Wager

Corrections  Box An  error  in  the  October  2011  piece   titled  “Occupy  Wall  Streetâ€?  on  page   four. â€œâ€Śone  percent  of  the  wealthy   control  ninety  percent  of  the  econ-­ omy,â€?  should  read  “one  percent   of  the  population  controls  forty   percent  of  the  economyâ€?. Leo  was  missing  from  the  horo-­ scopes. The  last  page:  Advertising  box   should  have  read:  Place  an  adver-­ tisement  for  a  service,  product...    

Franklin  D.  Roosevelt  Carving  the   Thanksgiving  Turkey.  Nov.  29,  1935. Source:  Franklin  D.  Roosevelt  Library

 Thanksgiving   is   the   American   holiday   that   kick-­starts   the  holiday  season.  Although  its  origin  yields  to  a  bit  of  con-­ troversy,   it   is   commonly   understood   that   Thanksgiving   was   ¿UVW FHOHEUDWHG LQ  EHWZHHQ WKH 3O\PRXWK 0DVVDFKXV-­ setts’  colonists  and  the  native  Wampanoag  Indians  to  celebrate   FRORQLVWVœ¿UVWVXFFHVVIXOKDUYHVWWKDWKDGEHHQWDXJKWWRWKHP by  Native  American  Indian,  Squanto.  

 Of  course  at  the  time,  the  feast  was  not  called  Thanks-­ JLYLQJ 7KH HYHQW EHFDPH DQ RIÂżFLDO KROLGD\ LQ  ZKHQ President  George  Washington  issued  a  Thanksgiving  Proclamation  asking  all  Americans  to  “express   their  gratitude  for  the  happy  conclusion  of  the  country’s  war  of  independence  and  the  successful  rati-­ ÂżFDWLRQRIWKH86&RQVWLWXWLRQ´  $OWHUDWLRQVRFFXUUHGLQZKHQLWVGDWHZDVFKDQJHGWRWKHÂżQDO7KXUVGD\LQ1RYHPEHU It  remained  that  way  until  1939  when  President  Roosevelt  changed  it  to  the  third  Thursday  since  the   fourth  was  too  close  to  Christmas  for  businesses.  Finally,  this  date  switching  holiday  nestled  comfort-­ ably  as  the  third  Thursday  in  November  when  President  Roosevelt  signed  a  bill  declaring  this  date  in   1941.     The  traditional  “Americanâ€?  holiday  is  not  only  celebrated  by  “Americans.â€?  I  asked  a  few  of   my  peers,  who  were  born  elsewhere,  how  they  celebrated  “turkey  day.â€?       Nana  from  Ghana  said,  “This  is  the  only  day  my  mom  doesn’t  cook  cultural  food.â€?  Nana’s   family  includes  all  the  traditional  meals,  such  as  macaroni  and  cheese,  turkey,  corn,  and  other  common   Thanksgiving  dishes.  He  adds  that  they  do  in  fact  add  Jollof,  a  rice  dish  that  is  orange  in  color  and   made  with  white  rice  and  a  tomato  sauce  stew.     Emeka,  on  the  other  hand,  was  born  in  Nigeria.  Excitement  grew,  and  probably  the  anticipation   for  some  good  food  as  well,  when  he  explained  how  his  family  celebrates  Thanksgiving.       “We   cook   potatoes,   turkey,   rice,   beans,   pie.   It’s   a   traditional  Thanksgiving   dinner.  We   also   have  Garriâ€?  (a  grounded  casava  the  consistency  of  oatmeal).  As  do  most  Americans,  Emeka’s  family   waits  for  everyone  to  eat.  Everyone  joins  at  the  table  in  front  of  all  the  delicious  complimenting  dishes.   All  give  thanks,  followed  by  prayer.     As  I’ve  said  before,  Thanksgiving  is  an  American  holiday.  In  a  melting  pot  country  such  as  our   own,  there  exist  all  different  types  of  ethnic  groups.       When  asked  about  his  family’s  way  of  celebrating  the  harvest,  Shawn  replied,  “We  do  not  cel-­ ebrate  Thanksgiving,  whatsoever.â€?  Shockingly,  Shawn’s  family  treats  this  day  like  any  other  “normal   day.â€?   Thanksgiving  is  just  a  few  days  away  and  so  is  my  fast.  I  will  not  eat  until  the  turkey  is  done.   Whether  it  is  roasted,  baked  or  deep  fried,  as  far  as  my  family  goes,  turkey  comes  hand  in  hand  with   VWXIÂżQJDQGFUDQEHUU\VDXFH*UDQGPDDOZD\VVD\VÂł7KDQNVJLYLQJLVQÂśWWKDQNVJLYLQJZLWKRXWVZHHW potato  pie.â€?  Give  thanks  to  the  sweet  potatoes  life  has  bestowed  and  dig  in.  Happy  Holidays!

OUR  NEW  LOOK! by  Christian  Blair

   You  may  have  noticed  some  exciting  changes  in  these  pages.  The  ECC  Observer  is  now   being  printed  on  actual  newspaper  stock  by  the  New  Jersey  Star  Ledger.  The  entire  newspaper   staff  and  faculty  advisers  wish  to  acknowledge  and  express  our  sincere  gratitude  to  the  Ledger  for   their  generosity  and  support.   We’ve  also  had  a  complete  overhaul  in  our  layout.  This  crisp  and  clean  design  is  thanks  to   accomplished  layout  designer,  Professor  Michelle  Longmore.     The  result  is  a  polished  and  professional  appearance  that  raises  the  bar  for  all  of  us—not   just  the  newspaper  staff.  We  accept  the  challenge  of  matching  style  with  substance.  We  hope  to   pay  tribute  to  and  advance  a  legacy  of  journalistic  excellence  that  began  in  1968  by  delivering   thoughtful  reporting,  entertaining  columns,  fun  features,  and  campus  news  with  you,  the  student,   in  mind.  As  “The  Student  Voice�,  the  Observer  invites  all  students  from  every  program  to  accept   the  challenge  as  well.  Submit  your  articles,  artwork,  photos,  cartoons,  and  letters  to  the  editor.  This   is  your  newspaper.  This  is  your  Essex  County  College.  Get  involved  and  be  heard.




OPINION What’s  Wrong  with  the  Cafeteria? by  Leonita  Rexha

Illustration  by  Leonita  Rexha

 7KH(&&FDIHWHULDLVDSODFHWRHDWDQGPHHWZLWKFODVVPDWHVWRGLVFXVVFXUUHQWHYHQWV0DQ\SHRSOHÂżQGWKHFDIHWHULDDQHQMR\DEOHSODFHEXW\HW there  are  things  that  seem  to  irritate  many  students  and  workers.  Students  expressed  problems  with  the  cafeteria,  including  wobbly  tables  and  the  absence   of  a  microwave.  Picture  yourself  sitting  at  a  table  with  a  group  of  your  friends  and  the  table  keeps  rocking  unsteadily.  Imagine  you  have  a  beverage  on  that   unsteady  table  and  because  the  table  keeps  moving  your  beverage  spills.     Why   does   that   matter?   What   is   so   important   about   a   table   that   wobbles?   The   beverage   that   happened   to   spill   was   paid   for   and   due   to   that   spill,   the   clothes   worn   on   that   day   got   dirty.   A   female   student   explained,   “The   tables   are   annoying.   I   had   little   time   to   eat   once   be-­ cause   I   had   to   go   to   class   and   my   soda   spills.   I   didn’t   bother   to   get   another   one,   but   the   soda   did   get   on   my   clothes   a   bit.â€?   She   then   added,   “I   have   one   of   those   professors   that   freaks   out   when   you’re   late   and   waiting   on   line   for   another   drink   was   a   risk.   I   wasn’t   willing   to   be   late.â€?       Since   the   table   was   unsteady,   why   didn’t   the   student   simply   sit   at   another   one?   Unfortunately,   the   majority   of   the   tables   in   the   cafeteria   are   unsteady.  Thus,  students  and  employees  do  not  have  a  choice  on  where  to  sit.  However,  wobbling  tables  do  not  to  seem  to  be  the  only  issue  in  the  caf-­ HWHULD:LWKWKHJURZLQJSRSXODWLRQDW(VVH[&RXQW\&ROOHJHÂżQGLQJDWDEOHLQWKHFDIHWHULDWRHDWFDQEHTXLWHKDUG6RPHVWXGHQWVHDWLQRWKHUSODFHV around  the  school,  such  as  hallways  and  classrooms.  This  can  be  time  consuming  and  many  college  students  do  not  have  that  much  time  on  their  hands.     Another   key   issue   that   seems   to   upset   many   of   the   students   is   that   there   is   no   longer   a   microwave   available   for   use   by   student   as   there   once   was.  Students  come  to  school  with  their  own  lunches  only  to  realize  there  is  no  microwave  to  heat  up  their  food.  According  to  a  cafeteria  staff  mem-­ ber  the  reason  for  the  missing  microwave  was  that  it  the  old  one  broke,  and  the  college  was  unable  to  get  a  new  one.  The  cafeteria  is  a  place  where   students   and   professors   socialize,   but   due   to   the   issues   mentioned   above,   this   is   a   place   that   most   students   and   workers   do   not   completely   enjoy.   UPDATE:  As  of  November,  there  is  now  a  microwave  in  the  cafeteria.  It  was  donated  by  ECC’s  Mu  Beta  Kappa:  the  Gentleman’s  Fraternity.  


Letter  to  the  Editor I’m   writing   in   regards   to   the   “Occupy   Wall   St.â€?   article   in   the   October   issue   of   the   ECCO.   While   protesters   refer   to   themselves   as   the   99%,   Rasmussen   and   Gallup   polls   show   that   a   mere   twenty   to   thirty   percent   of  Americans   actually   support   the   protest;Íž   the   vast   majority   either   opposes   the   movement   or   does   not   understand   it   enough   to   take   a   stance.   As   it   snowballs   across   the   nation,   the   movement   lacks   one   key   element:   focus.  Whatever   message   Occupy  Wall   St.   is   WU\LQJ WR FRQYH\ KDV EHHQ ORVW LQ WKH ZKLUOZLQG RI SRW VPRNH DQG JUDIÂżWL WKDW FDPH DORQJ ZLWK LW ,WÂśV KDUG WR KLW WKH mark  when  you  don’t  know  what  you’re  aiming  at,  and  it  seems  that  many  of  the  participants  are  protesting  just  to  pro-­ WHVW 6RPH 2FFXSLHUV FODLP WKDW WKH EUHDGWK RI WKH SUREOHPV LQ WKH 8QLWHG 6WDWHV DFFRXQWV IRU WKH ODFN RI VSHFLÂżFLW\ in  the  protest.  If  this  is  truly  the  case,  then  it  sounds  an  awful  lot  like  the  blind  leading  the  blind,  which  we  know  gets   us   nowhere   fast.   Part   of   me   wants   to   support   this   grassroots   movement   of   makeshift   patriotism,   but   I   still   can’t   man-­ age  to  decipher  the  actual  objective  of  Occupy  Wall  St.  As  the  peaceful  protests  give  way  to  riots,  loyal  opposition  be-­ FRPHV EODWDQW GHÂżDQFH DQG LW VHHPV OHVV OLNHO\ WKDW WKLV GHPRQVWUDWLRQ ZLOO EH D UHPHG\ IRU WKH DLOPHQWV RI$PHULFD   Sincerely, Joe  LoCascio




STUDENT LIFE “A  Trip  Through  Time� by  Collis  Marrow

 An  enlightening  experience   I   was   very   receptive   to   the   record   took   place   on   November   6,   2011.   of   events   and   how   a   wall   separated   Professor  Wager  and  Professor  De   East   Berlin   from   West   Berlin.   The   Freece   chaperoned   8   students   to   politics   in   Germany,   combined   with   Washington  D.C.  to  visit  the  histor-­ communism  and  the  persistent  cry  of   ical  Washington  Post  and  the  New-­ civilians   for   democracy,   forced   the   seum.   cold  war  and  tyranny  to  cease  in  the     Once   we   arrived   at   the   na-­ 1990’s.   tion’s   capital,   we   were   greeted   at       Another  great  news  clip  was   the   Washington   Post   by   the   ECC   the  shrine  dedicated  to  the  aftermath   graduate,  Howard  alumni  and  jour-­ and   residue   from   the   earthquake   in   nalist,  Jillian  Sowah.  We  looked  at   Haiti,   which   left   death   and   destruc-­ an   ancient   artifact,   in   front   of   the   tion   on   January   12,   2010.   The   next   :DVKLQJWRQ 3RVW LW ZDV WKH ¿UVW memorial   that   captivated   me   was   of   printing   press   machine   design   in   the  Vietcong  in  1969,  Saigon  sought   1883   by   Ottmar   Mergenthaler.   ¿JKWLQJ LQWR WKH 86 (PEDVV\ )L-­ Then,   our   tour   guide   took   us   to   Professor  De  Freece  (top  right)  with  Communications  and  Journalism  students  at  the   nally  the  last  piece  of  epic  news  was   WKH¿UVWÀRRUWRWKHDGYHUWLVHPHQW Washington  Post  posing  with  Ottmar  Mergenthaler’s  Linotype  Model  3,  the  style  of   the  expedition  of  the  Wright  brothers   commercial   and   sports   writers   de-­ typesetting  machine  used  at  the  Post  from  1888  until  1980. SURSHOOLQJWKH¿UVWDLUFUDIWLQWRWKHDW-­ partment.  There  was  a  huge  amount   mosphere  during  the  1900’s. of   cubicles,   a   sea   of   books,   and     There   were   so   many   documents,   by  two  grand  portraits  of  the  founders  of  the  Wash-­ mountains   of   paperwork.   It   was   obvious   that   antiques   and   memorabilia   to   store   in   my   mental   ington  Post,  Eugene  Meyer  (1875-­1959)  and  his  son   there   was   a   constant   high   volume   of   activity   rolodex,   so   I   stored   moments   of   history   in   my   Phillip  Graham. in  this  environment.  This  scene  was  highly  in-­ camera.  This  expedition  was  similar  to  teleporting     We  exited  the  Washington  Post  with  a  feeling   spiring  to  a  future  editorialist.  Finally,  our  tour   on  a  time  line  throughout  American  History.  I  am   of  mental  elevation  because  this  was  an  experience   JXLGHHVFRUWHGXVWRWKHH[HFXWLYHÀRRURIWKH DI¿UPDWLYHWRDIXWXUHWULSWR:DVKLQJWRQ'&EH-­ of  a  lifetime.  We  arrived  at  the  Newseum  and  all  the   Washington  Post.  Once  we  stepped  off  the  el-­ cause   the   experience   can   revolutionize   a   writer’s   historical   shrines   and   documents   left   me   in   a   state   HYDWRUZHZHUHLPPHGLDWHO\OHIWÀDEEHUJDVWHG destined  journalistic  ideas  into  a  career. RIEOLVV7KH¿UVWPHPRLU,VDZZDVWKH%HUOLQ:DOO

Taste  of  The  Caribbean by  Tsahai  General

 The   Caribbean   International   Club.   Were  you  aware  that  this  school  had  a  Caribbe-­ an  Club?  A  year  ago,  people  began  to  lose  faith   and  interest  in  the  club,  but  as  of  2010,  the  new   President  plans  to  restore  it  to  its  glory.    Onika   Demming,  during  9  months  of  presidency,  has   XQLÂżHGQRWRQO\WKHPHPEHUVRIWKH&DULEEHDQ Club,  but  also  the  vast  nationalities  that  attend   Essex   County   College-­forming   the   new   and   improved  Caribbean  International  Club.  Dem-­ ming  applies  the  term  “One  Love,â€?  coined  by   UHJJDHOHJHQG%RE0DUOH\WRWKHXQLÂżFDWLRQRI her  fellow  students.  Demming  insists  that  she   will  “bring  the  love  of  the  Caribbeanâ€?  back  to   (&&:KHQ'HPPLQJVWHSSHGLQWRRIÂżFHVKH noticed  that  the  club  “needed  some  workâ€?  and   she  was  determined  to  revive  it.     In  the  past,  the  Cari  Club  was  once  the   best,  or  one  of  the  best  clubs  at  ECC.  Two  years   prior,  the  Cari  Club  meetings  would  regularly   have  50-­100  students  trying  to  squeeze  into  a   classroom   for   one   meeting.   Amazingly,   that   number   does   not   include   all   the   members   of  

the  club,  just  those  attending  meetings.  When  Onika   became   a   member   in   2010,   the   meetings   had   a   to-­ tal  of  6  people,  including  her  self.  Now  as  president,   Demming  has  been  able  to  raise  the  spirits  of  the  stu-­ dents;Íž  she  has  recruited  a  good  20  plus  members.     “I  changed  the  name  of  the  Caribbean  Club   to  the  Caribbean  International  Club  to  include  every-­ body,  to  encourage  integration.  It  cannot  be  that  ‘one   love’  among  everybody,  if  everyone  isn’t  included.â€?     Demming  not  only  insists  on  club  success,  but  also   for  a  tight  nit  relationship  within  the  club.  The  club   will  only  succeed,  she  explained,  if  there  is  a  bond   between  its  members  and  if  they  can  enjoy  working   with   one   another.   Demming   believes   that   everyone   needs   to   be   able   to   feel   the   love   of   the   Caribbean,   hence  the  name  change.     “At  the  end  of  the  day,  I’d  like  to  walk  away   IURPP\UROHDV>&DUL&OXE@SUHVLGHQWDQGNQRZWKDW ,KDGVRPHLQĂ€XHQFHRQWKHPHPEHUVWRNQRZWKDW I  left  something  to  follow  and  hope  they  would  con-­ tinue  down  a  great  path,  and  have  the  CIC  Trademark   on  ECC  forever.â€?  The  point  isn’t  for  the  club  to  de-­ tach   from   the   school   as   Caribbean   people;Íž   instead,  

the  Cari  Club  wants  to  integrate  the  Caribbean  into   ECC.     At  every  turn,  Demming  takes  the  oppor-­ tunity  to  unite  everyone  and  “mingle.�  Even  at  the   meetings,  they  socialize  and  think  of  ways  to  in-­ crease  funds.  She  pointed  out,  “We  unite  the  group   as  one,  work,  but  we  still  have  fun.  When  we  so-­ cialize,  we  enjoy  working  together  and  that  makes   the   elections   better   because   we   know   the   people   we  vote  for.  When  you  come  to  my  meetings,  you   should   not   feel   as   though   you   are   in   school,   but   rather,  at  home.  In  the  end,  we  need  to  broaden  the   spectrum  and  make  it  better  than  what  it  was.�       When   asked   the   question   “what   is   it   that   CIC   is   trying   to   achieve?�   Demming’s   response   was   that   the   CIC   needs   to   reclaim   its   previous   name  for  being  the  best  club  and  then  become  bet-­ ter,  make  that  mark  on  ECC,  make  CIC  that  home   away   from   home,   and   have   fun-­parties,   dances,   and   other   activities.   With   the   Cari-­International   Club,   Essex   County   College   gets   a   taste   of   the   Caribbean,  literally.  So  the  question  is,  why  aren’t   you  in  the  Cari-­International  Club?

West  Essex  Beat West  Essex  Clubs  are  Waiting  For  You By  Christian  Blair

 The  West  Essex  campus  has  a  thriving  network  of  student   clubs   and   organizations   that   includes   Lyrics,   Listeners,   Expres-­ VLRQ*DPHUV1DWLRQDQGWKH*D\6WUDLJKW$OOLDQFH    ,I\RXGRQÂśWÂżQGDFOXEWKDWVXLWV\RXUQHHGV0U-RVHSK Ott,   the   Program   Coordinator   of   Student   Life   and  Activities   at   West  Essex,  wants  you  to  know  it’s  easy  to  start  your  own.  “Some-­ times  students  get  a  little  intimated  by  the  form  or  the  process  but   we’re  always  happy  to  guide  you  through  it.â€?   For  more  information  and  a  complete  list  of  clubs  at  the   West  Essex  campus,  contact  Mr.  Ott  at  or  drop  by   WKH 6WXGHQW /LIH DQG$FWLYLWLHV RIÂżFH ORFDWHG RQ WKH ULJKW KDQG side  of  the  cafeteria.




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AIDS  WEEK  2011  -­  PARTNERS Essex  County  College:  Urban  Issues  Institute,  Student  Life  &  Activities,  Com-­munications  Program,  Nursing  &  Allied   Health,  Humanities  Division,  Rutgers-­Newark,  RU  Pride;Íž  &  Liberation  In  Truth:  Social  Justice  Center Please  return  surveys  to: 3  ECC  locations: Ć’'LYLVLRQRI1XUVLQJ $OOLHG+HDOWK&HQWHUIRU+HDOWK6HUYLFHV Ć’6WXGHQW/LIH $FWLYLWLHV&ODUD('DVKHU/HDUQLQJ&HQWHU Ć’8UEDQ,VVXHV,QVWLWXWH6XLWHWK)ORRU 2  Rutgers-­Newark  locations: Ć’&RQNOLQ+DOO5RRPRU5RRP 1  Community  location: Ć’/LEHUDWLRQLQ7UXWK8QLW\6RFLDO-XVWLFH&HQWHU1HZ6WUHHW1HZDUN11.  Are  you  sexually  active?    Yes_______    No_________ 2.  If  you  answered  “Yesâ€?  to  #  1: a.  How  many  times  have  you  had  sexual  intercourse  in  the  past  two  weeks?___  (number    of  times) b.  Do  you  use  condoms?      Always_____    Sometimes_____    Never_____ 3.  If  you  answered  “Alwaysâ€?  or  “Sometimesâ€?  to  #2b: a.  What  is  your  favorite  brand  of  condoms?_____________ b.  Where  do  you  usually  get  your  condoms?  (circle  one) i.  Buy  at  store ii.  Free  from  HIV/AIDS  programs iii.  Free  from  school iv.  Other  ____________ 4.  How  many  sexual  partners  are  you  currently  active  with?  ________ 5.  How  do  you  describe  your  sexual  identity?  (circle  one) a.  A  man  who  has  sex  with  men b.  A  woman  who  has  sex  with  women c.  Bisexual d.  Heterosexual e.  Other________________ 6.  What  is  your    age?  ____________ 7.  What  is  your  current  zip  code?_________ 8.  Are  you    a  student  at:    ECC__  ?  RU-­N_?_    NJIT__?    Local  resident__?   9.  In  terms  of  race  or  ethnicity,  how  do  you  identify?  (circle  one): a.  Black b.  Latino c.  White d.  Asian/Asian-­American e.  Other,  please  specify____________________ 10.  Would  you  be  interested  in  learning  skills  that  might  decrease  your  risk  for  sexually  transmitted  illness,  including  HIV,  and/or  unin-­ tended  pregnancy?    Yes______    No  _______ 11.  If  you  answered  “Yesâ€?  to  #10,  would  you  be  interested  in: a.  Participating  in  a  one-­hour  prevention  workshop  that  uses  video  and  discussion?  Yes_____  No  _____ b.  The  opportunity  to  get  a  free  HIV  test  with  results  in  20  minutes  on  campus?  Yes____  No  ____ c.  A  town  hall  discussion  about  HIV/AIDS  in  the  greater  Newark  community?  Yes  _____  No  _____ 12.  Please  include  me  in  future  messages  about  this  subject: a.  Email:________________________________ b.  Phone  (text  messages):__________________   WE  WANT  YOUR  HELP!!!    Here  are  two  possible  themes  for  our  HIV/AIDS  Awareness  Week  2011  campaign.  Choose  the  theme  you   like  best  ‌.or  create  your  own! 1.  “HIV-­negative  by  Choice,  not  Chanceâ€? 2.  “HIV-­negative  is  the  New  Positiveâ€? 3.  Your  Idea:  ______________________________________________________   ESSEX  COUNTY  COLLEGE  OBSERVER



ARTS BOOK  REVIEW Triangles   by  Michael  Araujo

 We  all  know  what  it  feels  like  to  be  a  teenager.  Most  of  us  are  still  going  through  that   DZNZDUGPRPHQWWKHPRPHQWZKHUHZHJHWRXUÂżUVWNLVVRXUÂżUVWORYHRXUÂżUVWGULQNRXU ÂżUVWHYHU\WKLQJIRUWKHUHVWRIRXUOLYHV%XWZKDWKDSSHQVZKHQRXUWHHQDJH\HDUVDUHRYHU ZKHQ ZH ÂżQDOO\ OHDYH RXU WHHQDJH \HDUV EHKLQG" :KDW KDSSHQV ZKHQ \RX ÂżQG \RXUVHOI D middle-­aged  person  with  kids  and  a  cheating  spouse?  With  a  child  you  know  won’t  make  it   SDVWWKHDJHRIIRXU:LWKDVRQZKRLVH[SHULHQFLQJKLVÂżUVWV":KDWKDSSHQVZKHQ\RXFDQÂśW take  it  anymore?  Do  you  allow  yourself  to  collapse?   Triangles  follows  the  lives  of  three  middle-­aged  women  as  they  go  through  their  day-­ to-­day  life.  Holly  is  a  stay  at  home  mom  and  wife  who  wants  to  experience  a  new  life.  Marissa   is  a  mother  of  two  who  has  to  take  care  of  her  daughter  with  SMA,  spinal  muscular  atrophy,   and  deal  with  her  husband  being  at  work  all  day,  everyday.  Andrea  is  a  single  mother  who  ties   the  two  together  and  handles  everyone’s  problems  but  her  own.  With  the  lives  of  these  three   women,  we  get  to  experience  how  different  situations  affect  different  people  and  just  how  hard   they  take  it.  We  get  to  see  their  reactions  and  have  our  hearts  broken  at  the  same  time  as  theirs.   We  get  to  see  how  life  is  after  the  fun.  7KLVLVWKHÂżUVWDGXOWQRYHOE\(OOHQ+RSNLQVIDPRXVDXWKRURIWKH&UDQN7ULORJ\DQG many  other  Young  Adult  novels  about  teens.  I  didn’t  quite  know  what  to  expect  from  this  to  be   honest.  I  was  a  bit  afraid  that  it  wouldn’t  match  up  to  her  other  novels  that  have  such  power  in   them  to  make  a  person  cry  with  a  single  phrase.  I  was  afraid  that  because  it  was  about  middle-­ aged  women,  I  wouldn’t  connect  and  that  I  would  drop  the  book  after  only  a  few  pages.  I  felt   excited  when  I  received  the  book  for  review,  but  the  fear  didn‘t  go  away.  It  lingered  on,  in  my   mind.   I  immediately  dropped  the  book  I  had  been  reading  at  the  time  just  to  read  this  and  I  am  beyond  glad  that  I  did.  Not  only  did  I  con-­ nect  with  the  characters,  I  loved  them.  In  this  one  book,  I  became  the  imaginary  son  of  these  three  women  and  saw  their  lives  unfold  before   my  eyes.  It  was  a  bit  uncomfortable  seeing  their  pain  as  if  I  were  seeing  my  own  mother  in  pain.  I’m  the  type  of  person  who  is  very  reserved   about  my  feelings  around  my  family.  I  tend  to  keep  them  inside  of  me  and  not  let  them  out.  Why?  I  don’t  exactly  know,  but  I  just  do.  Whether   it’s  a  death  or  sadness  or  pain,  I  don’t  show  it.  But  when  I  read  this  book,  I  showed  my  emotions  with  ease.  When  a  character  cried,  yes  I  felt   awkward  but  I  cried  along  with  them.  When  they  were  happy,  I  smiled  from  ear  to  ear.  And  by  the  end  of  the  novel,  my  eyes  were  red  and   puffy  from  all  the  tears  I  shed  and  I  had  opened  myself  up  to  these  characters.  I  became  comfortable.   You  might  think  that  it  helped  me  open  up  to  my  family  in  real  life  and  made  me  realize  that  I‘m  missing  out  on  a  big  happy  family,   but  it  didn’t.  That’s  not  the  point  of  the  book.  It  showed  me  that  what  I’ve  been  doing  is  normal  and  could  even  be  the  right  thing  for  one  to   do.  Your  family  can  be  your  best  of  friend,  but  they  can  also  be  your  worst  enemy.  But  this  isn’t  about  my  feelings;Íž  it’s  about  the  three  ladies.   I  gained  so  much  respect  for  women,  more  than  I  already  had,  now  that  I  got  to  see  their  inside  lives  and  secrets.  I  was  able  to  get  into  their   heads  and  see  how  they  connected  with  us,  their  kids,  and  how  they  actually  feel  for  us  despite  what  they  show  on  the  outside.  We  might  think   they  love  us,  but  they  do  more  than  love.  There  is  no  word  to  describe  the  higher  power.  It’s  just  there.     But  while  I  did  gain  respect  for  women,  I  lost  some  for  others.  While  women  have  the  power  to  do  more  than  love,  they  also  have  the   power  to  do  more  than  destroy.  Women  are  what  hold  everything  together.  They  are  these  powerful  people  who  can  pick  you  up  and  bring  you   GRZQLQWKHVQDSRIDÂżQJHU7ULDQJOHVVKRZHGWKDWZRPHQFDQGHVWUR\QRWRQO\DSHUVRQEXWDQHQWLUHIDPLO\,WOHIWPHEURNHQKHDUWHGDQG afraid  to  learn  that  one  woman  could  destroy  everything.  It  made  me  think  that  the  symbol  of  purity,  peacefulness,  gentleness,  and  everything   else  that  I  can  think  of  that  makes  them  who  they  are,  wasn’t  something  that  should  be  broken.  As  harsh  as  it  sounds,  I  was  disgusted  by  the   actions  of  one  particular  woman  in  Triangles.   But  many  might  be  wondering  how  this  novel  is  compared  to  Hopkins’  Young  Adult  novels.  The  truth  is,  it  is  the  Young  Adult  novel,   but  simply  for  adults.  I  love  them  equally  and  would  not  be  able  to  choose  between  the  two,  but  beware.  While  Triangles  is  for  adults  and  can   be  read  by  Young  Adults  who  are  over  18  or  close,  it  is  a  bit  raw  and  shouldn’t  be  read  by  those  who  can’t  take  mature  situations.  And  no,  I   don’t  mean  all  of  the  emotional  parts.  What  I  mean  is  all  of  the  sex  parts  which  are  more  like  Erotica  at  times.  I  won’t  be  a  man  about  it  and   say,  “Yeah!  Sex!â€?  But  I  will  say  that  it  makes  one  fan  themselves.





ARTS MUSIC  REVIEWS Take  Care by  Robert  Colon

 7DNH&DUHFRXOGWKHUHEHDPRUH¿WWLQJWLWOH"'UDNHVXUHGLGWDNHFDUHRIXVKLVIDQVZLWKWKLV one.   He  took  great  care  in  creating  superb  tracks.    Each  track  is  distinct.    The  production  quality  and  the   content  are  brilliant.    Anyone  who’s  ever  heard  Drake  is  aware  of  his  degree  of  talent.    His  singing  voice   is  exceptional;͞  his  ability  to  sing  in  different  tones,  at  different  speeds,  with  different  melodies,  sets  him   apart  from  anyone  in  the  industry  today.    His  lyrical  ability  as  a  rap  artist  is  one  of  the  best  in  music.       This  profound  talent  and  ability  is  shining  throughout  each  and  every  track  on  the  album.    I  haven’t   heard  a  single  song  I  don’t  enjoy.    Now,  you  know  I’m  a  big  fan  of  good  features  and  Drake  has  several   that  I  truly  enjoy.    He  has  features  from  The  Weeknd,  Rihanna,  Nicki  Minaj,  Rick  Ross,  Kendrick  Lamar,   Stevie  Wonder,  and  of  course,  Lil  Wayne.    The  sheer  number  of  features  is  impressive  to  me,  but  along   with  that  the  variety  and  the  quality  of  artists  featured  is  on  point.    I  mean,  how  often  do  you  see  a  rap  artist   have  Stevie  Wonder  featured  in  one  of  their  songs?    Never.       This  album  is  a  must  download.    I  guarantee  it  will  be  in  the  conversation  for  album  of  the  year.     Drake  did  not  disappoint.

Tha  Carter  IV by  Robert  Colon

 In  a  world  where  album  sales  are  decreasing  exponentially  as   a  result  of  the  easiness  of  piracy  Lil  Wayne  has  made  history  twice.     Tha   Carter   III   sold   1,005,545     records   in   its   debut   week.   His   most   recent  album  Tha  Carter  IV  sold  close  to  that  selling  964,000      units   LQLWVÂżUVWZHHNQHDUO\DPLOOLRQXQLWV,QWZRZHHNV/LO:D\QHVROG more  albums  than  some  artists  sell  in  their  entire  careers.  Why  is  this   the  case?  Is  it  just  merely  because  of  the  kind  of  character  and  gim-­ mick  Lil  Wayne  presents  to  his  fans?  This  may  be  a  part  of  it  but  at  the   end  of  the  day,  that  only  gets  you  so  far.  There  has  to  be  some  degree   of  quality  in  the  product  for  it  to  have  this  much  success.  To  stay  re-­ cent  let  us  look  at  why  and  how  Tha  Carter  IV  was  so  successful.      7KD&DUWHU,9/LO:D\QHÂśVPRVWUHFHQWVWXGLRDOEXPLVÂżUVW DQGIRUHPRVWFDWFK\DV7KHSURGXFWLRQTXDOLW\ZDVLQVDQHZLWK beats  that  had  just  the  right  balance  of  intricacy  and  simplicity.  In  ad-­ GLWLRQWKHSURGXFWLRQWHDPZDVÂżUVWUDWH7KHSURGXFWLRQZDVGRQH by  reputable  and  successful  producers  which  make  people  more  will-­ ing  to  give  it  a  listen.  Moving  on  to  the  lyrics  let  me  start  by  saying,   “WOWâ€?.    Wayne  gives  us  his  usual  absurd  lyrical  mastery.    If  you   want  punch  lines,  you  got  them.  If  you  want  metaphors,  you  got  them.   If  you  want  a  story,  you  got  it.  And  if  you  want  realness,  you  know   Wayne  will  deliver.    Another  thing  I  thoroughly  enjoyed  was  the  di-­ YHUVLW\RIWKHWUDFNV'HVSLWHLWEHLQJFODVVLÂżHGDVDKLSKRSUDSDOEXP/LO:D\QHGLGQRWUHVWULFWKLPVHOIWRMXVWRQHW\SHRIDUWÂł1LJKWPDUHV of  the  Bottomâ€?  has  a  spoken  word  kind  of  feel  to  it  while  “How  to  Loveâ€?  is  more  of  an  R&B  track  than  rap.    This  variety  in  the  tracks  was   refreshing.  

All  in  all,  this  album  is  a  must  get.  I  guarantee  that  if  you  are  a  fan  of  quality  music,  as  I  am  you,  will  be  more  than  pleased.  





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ematics,  Dr.  Susan  Gaulden  who  is  not  teach-­ ing   this   year   because   she   is   focusing   on   the   task  at  hand  as  the  Coordinator  of  Academic   Assessment.  “We  have  to  assess  what’s  going   on  in  our  courses  to  make  sure  our  courses  are   delivering  the  content  that  they  are  supposed   to  and  that  our  students  are  walking  away  af-­ ter  successfully  passing  our  courses  with  the   knowledge,   the   behavior,   and   the   skills   that   are  expected,â€?  says  Gaulden.   Student   Government   Association   President,   Alton   Drummond   sees   this   chal-­ lenge  as  a  real  eye-­opener  for  the  college  as   a  whole.  “Sometimes  a  crisis  has  the  ability   to  unite  people  and  I  see  Essex  County  Col-­ lege   coming   be   able   to   resolve   WKLVVLWXDWLRQ,ÂśPFRQÂżGHQWZHÂśOOEHDEOHWR SXOO WKURXJK WKLV 'U$EGXOODK LV FRQÂżGHQW They’ve   established   a   very   strong   team.   A   team  of  analytical  thinkers,  a  mathematician,   great  minds...they’ve  come  together  and  they   have  an  open  door  policy.â€?   SLOAT’s  comprehensive  goals  cover   course   assessment,   overall   program   assess-­ ment,   and   general   education   assessment.   Dr.   Gaulden   breaks   down   what   assessment   means:   “If   I’m   teaching   a   developmental   math  class  and  I  say  I’m  going  to  teach  you   to   add,   subtract,   multiply,   divide,   and   solve   equations,  at  the  end  of  the  semester  I  need  to   have  checked  that  I  know  that  all  the  students   that   make   it   through   the   course   know   how   to   add,   subtract,   multiply,   divide,   and   solve   equations.â€?    %XW LWÂśV DOVR DERXW ÂżQGLQJ RXW ZKDW methods   of   teaching   work,   what   methods   aren’t   working,   establishing   a   level   of   com-­ PXQLFDWLRQ WR VKDUH WKHVH ÂżQGLQJV DQG EH-­ coming  nimble  enough  to  act  on  it  all  while   fully   appreciating   the   ripple   effect   that   a   change  can  have  across  classes  and  programs.   Multiply  the  data  collection  and  analysis  re-­ quired  to  achieve  that  level  of  understanding   by   every   course   in   the   college   and   you   can   imagine  the  scale  of  this  project.     In   a   much   less   formal   sense,   assess-­ ment   like   this   has   always   existed,   but   not  

to  the   extent   currently   required   by   MSCHE,   or   in-­ deed,  desired  by  progressive  faculty  under  the  new   leadership  of  ECC  President  Dr.  Abdullah.  In  recent   years  MSCHE’s  accreditation  criterion  has  evolved   to  meet  an  increasing  nationwide  push  for  program   performance   and   institution   accountability,   perhaps   LQ UHDFWLRQ WR DQ LQFUHDVH RI RQOLQH DQG IRUSURÂżW schools   making   accountability   that   much   more   im-­ portant  to  students  who  are  becoming  recognized  as   consumers.  Where  previous  rubrics  merely  required   an   institution   to   demonstrate   plans   for   assessment   implementation,   now   the   assessment   infrastructure   must  be  present  and  functioning  -­-­  a  constant  loop  of   data  collection,  review,  discovery,  and  action  should   be  at  the  heart  of  a  culture  of  assessment.    “Assess-­ ment   has   to   drive   performance,â€?   says   Dr.   Gaulden,   “we’re  in  the  process  of  trying  to  learn  how  to  bet-­ ter  improve  our  courses,  our  programs,  our  general   education  components  so  that  overall  our  academics   will  be  stronger.  Our  new  leadership,  Dr.  Abdullah,   understands  assessment.  She  understands  that  if  you   DVVHVVVRPHWKLQJDQG\RXÂżQGVRPHWKLQJRXW>WKDW QHHGVWREHÂż[HG@QRZLWÂśV\RXUMREWRÂż[LW´´ Rather   than   simply   meeting   expectations,   Gaulden   views  the  new  mandates  as  sparking  an  exciting  new   era   of   interdisciplinary   communication   at   the   col-­ OHJHVLQFHÂżQGLQJVLQFRUHFRXUVHVFDQKDYHEURDG implications  and  value  to  program  courses  and  vice-­ versa.   In  an  effort  to  communicate  the  vital  impor-­ tance  and  value  of  ongoing  system-­wide  assessment,   SLOAT  held  an  Assessment  Symposium  last  Febru-­ ary  attracting  close  to  one  hundred  faculty  members   including  part-­time  and  full-­time  faculty.   Professor  Sean  O’Connell,  a  member  of  SLOAT,  and   co-­advisor  to  Phi  Theta  Kappa  Honor  Society  teach-­ es  the  reading  course  at  ECC,  a  subject  area  with  a   long   interdisciplinary   reach.   “Take   for   instance   the   nursing  program  that  relies  heavily  on  strong  reading   skills,â€?  offers  O’Connell.  “What  I  learned  from  our   assessment  was  that  the  number  one  thing  students   have  trouble  with  is  vocabulary  in  different  contexts   so   we’ve   been   trying   to   incorporate   more   vocabu-­ lary  based  readings  in  different  contexts,  something   IURP$PHULFDQKLVWRU\VRPHWKLQJIURPDVKRUWÂżF-­ tion   story.â€?   In   this   way,   those   having   trouble   with   vocabulary  are  exposed  to  words  in  varying  frames  

of  reference.   The  symposiums  will  now  become  an  an-­ nual  event  with  the  expressed  aim  to  communicate   to  the  faculty  what  has  been  achieved  and  uncov-­ ered.  It  will  keep  them  abreast  of  the  changes  in  the   courses   and   programs   while   recruiting   more   fac-­ ulty  into  the  SLOAT  process.  “We’re  getting  stuff   done  and  these  reports  are  getting  better  as  more   faculty  are  getting  involved.  Hopefully  they’ll  hear   what  kind  of  studies  we’re  doing  and  catch  the  fe-­ ver  and  start  doing  their  own  studies.  This  is  going   to  make  this  college  a  great  place,â€?  says  Gaulden.    7KH ÂżUVW WHVW FRPHV QH[W 0DUFK ZKHQ MSCHE  makes  its  check-­up  visit  and  we  will  have   grace  periods  that  go  on  into  2015.  Dr.  Gaulden  is   upbeat,  “We’re  moving  at  warp  speed  and  people   are  doing  everything  they  possibly  can.  Everyone   around  here  wants  to  come  off  warning  in  March   of  2012.  That  would  be  the  best  case  scenario.  If   we   can  get  enough  of   the  work   done,  then  we’re   going  be  in  great  shape.  There  were  eleven  cours-­ es   studied   last   fall...last   semester   we   had   twenty   courses  assessed  and  now  this  semester  we’re  up   to  forty-­six...and  we  keep  following  up  on  courses   and  moving  forward.â€?   The  college  recently  acquired  two  Scantron   machines   to   automate   the   data   processing.   They   are   supposed   to   make   the   herculean   task,   which   was,  until  recently,  done  completely  by  hand,  more   PDQDJHDEOH :LWK KDOI RI 'U *XDOGHQÂśV RIÂżFH knee-­high  in  data,  it  appears  to  be  not  a  moment   too  soon.  Unfortunately,  as  of  this  writing,  ECC  is   still  awaiting  the  software  to  run  these  machines.  7KHUHDUHFXUUHQWO\ÂżIW\ÂżYHIDFXOW\PHP-­ bers   taking   part   in   SLOAT.   The   second   annual   SLOAT   symposium   is   tentatively   scheduled   for   February  28th,  2012.  Ask  your  professor  is  he  or   she  has  joined  the  team  or  plans  to  attend  the  sym-­ posium.   The   value   of   your   college   degree   is   the   bottom  line  and  as  students  we  should  be  champi-­ oning  every  professor  who  recognizes  the  impor-­ tance  of  this  challenge.  You  are  encouraged  to  fol-­ low  the  progress  at  which  is   accessible  to  everyone.

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in the  long  run.   Questions   for   our   Student   Government   As-­ sociation  were  also  posed  during  the  discussion.  Ce-­ leste  Alfonso   also   asked   if   anything   could   be   done   about  lowering  the  cost  of  books  at  the  book  store.   The   problem   with   that   is   that   the   majority   of   com-­ plaints,  about  book  pricing,  are  coming  from  the  stu-­ dents  with  book  vouchers.  If  the  rest  of  the  student   body,  who  pay  out  of  pocket,  would  speak  up,  there’s   a   possibility   that   something   could   be   done.   Ikhlass   Adam   Barka,  Vice   President   of   the   Math   Club,   in-­ quired  about  the  issue  with  the  school’s  parking  lot.   She   pointed   out   that   there   are   3,500   students   pay-­ ing  for  parking  while  the  school  only  has  800  spaces.   7KH6*$UHVSRQGHGWKDWWKHLVVXHLVKDUGWR¿[EH-­ cause  to  add  additional  decks,  the  parking  lot  would  

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Jason Gleason,  President  ECC  Math  Club

gins with  faith  in  our  President.  Celeste  Alfonso,   student,   supports   our   President,   but   asks,   “What   can   we   do   as   a   school   to   help   our   President   get   re-­elected  and  achieve  his  goal?”  Hamm  responds   that  the  students  need  to  become  more  involved,   listen  to  what  the  President  has  to  say  because  it   is  not  enough  to  just  focus  on  your  education;;  you   need  to  know  what  is  going  on  in  the  world  around   you  and  how  it  will  affect  your  education  and  lives  

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have to  be  closed  down.  As  to  why  3,500  students  are   still  being  charged,  there  was  no  answer.     Your  fellow  peers  have  voiced  their  opinions,   have  you?  Does  the  school  help  with  parking  tickets?   Why  are  the  parking  spaces  outlining  the  school  not   for   the   students?  The   SGA   and   its   president,  Alton  

Drummond, are   listening,   as   well   as   sup-­ porting   Laurence   Hamm’s   protest   for   ac-­ tion.  The  SGA’s  advisor  sends  a  message  to   the  student  body,  “You  cannot  just  concern   yourself  with  classes;;  you  must  know  what   is  going  on  in  your  school  as  well!”

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College. Before  such  action  is  taken,  a   review   of   the   incident   by   the   Dean   of   Student  Affairs  or  her  designee  is  held.   An  ECC  student,  speaking  on  condition   of  anonymity  for  fear  of  reprisal,  con-­ ¿UPHGWKDWDOORIWKHGHWDLQHGZHUH(&& students.  The  suspects  were  questioned   by  ECC  Campus  Safety.  One  male  was   OHG DZD\ E\ FDPSXV VHFXULW\ RI¿FHUV   It   is   unknown   if   the   suspects   wanted   to  sell  the  drinks  elsewhere.  In  the  caf-­ eteria   and   vending   machines,   bottled   drinks  sell  for  a  dollar  apiece.  Also,  ac-­ cording  to  the  Student  Handbook,  only   the   Bookstore,   the   Concession   stand   and   Cafeteria   have   permission   to   sell   merchandise  at  ECC.  Potential  vendors   must   secure   permission   from   the   Stu-­ GHQW /LIH DQG $FWLYLWLHV 2I¿FH LQ WKH Clara   Dasher   Center   to   sell   their   mer-­ chandise.

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Down 1) ‘68  or  ‘66,  apparently. 2)  A  packet  of  this  can  help  with  a  wob-­ bly  table. 3)  Student  Center. 5)  Formerly,  Plane. 8)  Linotype  inventor  initials  or  sacred   syllable. 9)  Initial  honors. 10)  A  rice  dish,  orange  in  color. 12)  New  in  lunchroom. 13)  The  lion  missing  from  last  month’s   “Horrorscopes”

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