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OCCUPY WALL STREET By  Christian  Blair


ccupy  Wall  Street  (OWS)  sprang  to  life  on  Saturday,  September  17th  with  around  a  thousand  people  walking  up  and  down  Wall   Street  refusing  to  leave.  They  still  have  not  left.  In  two  weeks  the  crowd  grew  so  large  they  moved  to  nearby  Zuccotti  Park  (former-­ ly  Liberty  Park)  and  set  up  camp.  By  September  28th  the  Transport  Workers  Union  of  America  (TWU  Local-­100)  voted  solidarity   with  the  protestors.  Soon  after,  they  received  the  full  endorsement  of  the  American  Federation  of  Teachers  (Local  1839).  Similar   protests  have  sprouted  up  all  over  the  country.  0DLQVWUHDPPHGLDRXWOHWVKDYHEHHQKDUGSUHVVHGWRGH¿QHDVSHFL¿FJRDORI2:6EHFDXVHWKHPRYHPHQWKDVSXUSRVHO\VKXQQHGWKH simplicity  of  a  soundbite.  [See  Page  4]

Essex Student Found Dead in Hudson River By  Rodrigo  Perez

 Deibi  Nepomuceno,  a  resident  of  Passaic  and  a  student  from  Essex  County  College,  was   found  dead  in  the  outskirts  of  New  York  City,  by  the  Hudson  River  in  mid-­September.   The   student,   20,   left   his   house   on   Friday,   September   16th,   en   route   to   the   college   to   buy   his   books   for   classes   despite   him   not   having   a   scheduled   class   for   that   day.   Nepomuceno   “nev-­ er   made   it   to   his   destination,â€?   said   Detective   Gabriel   Guzman   in   a   report   by   the   NorthJersey   QHZV +LV IDPLO\ ÂżOHG D PLVVLQJ SHUVRQV UHSRUW RQ 6DWXUGD\ ZKHQ WKHLU VRQ GLG QRW UHWXUQ KRPH IRU WKH QLJKW +H ZDV GHVFULEHG DV D ³¿YHIRRWWHQ ZLWK EURZQ H\HV EODFN KDLU PHGL-­ um   complexion,   and   last   seen   wearing   glasses,   blue   jeans,   and   black   sneakers.â€?[See   Page   2]    

Honk Your Horn for Jobs By  Theodore  Ezike   As  you  all  may  have  heard  or  experienced,  our  country  is  going  through  some  of  the   worst  economic  times  since  the  Great  Depression.  If  one  were  to  watch  a  cable  news  channel,   they  would  see  that  the  issue  is  indeed  the  most  discussed  and  pondered  problem  today.  With   unemployment  at  approximately  nine  percent  in  the  United  States  and  zero  percent  job  growth,   the  outlook  for  most  Americans  looks  bleak  at  best  without  radical  changes  to  our  social  and   economic  policies.   [See  Page  5]

Welcome Sixth President of ECC Dr. Edythe M. Abdullah

By  Contributing  Writer

 Convocation  2011  kicked  off  the  academic  school  year  with  a  very   special  ceremony,  one  that  the  college  hasn’t  seen  in  many  decades— the  investiture  of  a  new  president.   The   investiture   of   Dr.   Edythe   M.  Abdullah   as   the   sixth   president   of   (&&LVHVSHFLDOO\VLJQLÂżFDQWVLQFHVKHLVDOVRWKHÂżUVWIHPDOHSUHVLGHQW of  the  college.     In  an  atmosphere  of  academic  pomp  and  circumstance,  the  Investiture   Ceremony  began  when  ECC’s  esteemed  faculty,  draped  traditionally  in   colorful  academic  regalia,  slowly  marched  into  the  beautifully  trans-­ formed  ECC  gymnasium  to  the  sound  of  composer  Johann  Pachelbel’s   “Canon  in  D  Minor,â€?  while  the  honored  guests  on  the  dais  stood  re-­ spectfully.   As  the  Investiture  Program  unfolded,  many  well  known  Essex  County  dignitaries    happily  made   their  way  to  the  microphone  to  endorse  both  the  new  president  and  the  historical  success  of  Essex   [See  Page  5]



Joachim: From ‘Art Kid’ to Website Owner.... 2 Student Development Cen-­ ter Preps Students for Job Market....  3 Occupy Wall Street....4 Honk Your Horn for Jobs....5 Halloween Safety Tips....6 Seventh Annual Constitu-­ tion Day at ECC....7 Horrorscopes....8

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Joachim: From ‘Art Kid’ to Website Owner By  Tsahai  General

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

Essex Student Found Dead CONTINUED  FROM  PAGE  ONE

The  report   was   broadcasted   from   the   Passaic   Police   Department   to   other   police   departments   in   an   at-­ tempt   to   expand   the   â&#x20AC;&#x153;non-­stopâ&#x20AC;?   VHDUFKLQKRSHVRIÂżQGLQJKLP   Detective   Andy   White   and   spokesman   of   the   Passaic   Police,   said   the   body   was   found   intact   on   Tuesday,  September  20th,  after  a  bi-­ cyclist  spotted  the  body  and  imme-­ GLDWHO\QRWLÂżHGWKH1HZ<RUN3ROLFH Department   (NYPD).   The   NYPD   ruled   the   death   as   a   suicide.   Much   speculation   spread   around   campus   about  the  missing  student  and  con-­ troversy   over   the   ruling   from   the   NYPD.     After   his   family   was   noti-­ ÂżHGWKH\KHDGHGRYHUWR1HZ<RUN where   they   were   asked   to   identify   the  body  that  matched  the  descrip-­ tion  made  by  the  report.  The  Nepo-­ PXFHQRIDPLO\FRQÂżUPHGWKHERG\ as  their  son.  

 Many  people  assume  art  students  are  â&#x20AC;&#x153;ston-­ ersâ&#x20AC;?  or  hippies  with  a  nonchalant  outlook  on  the  life.   They  question  their  job  opportunities  that  lay  ahead   for   these   students   and   assume   that   the   only   career   path  available  for  them  is  teaching.  Of  course,  these   people  are  forgetting  that  it  was  an  artist  that  had  to   design  the  layout  for  billboards,  magazines,  and  even   web  pages  that  we  navigate.  In  addition,  remember   that  artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  design  the  clothes  we  wear  on  our  backs.   The   spectrum   of   opportunities   set   ahead   for   these   artists  are  vast  and  Anthony  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indyâ&#x20AC;?  Joachim,  owner   of  his  own  website,  did  not  hesitate  to  take  full  ad-­ vantage   of   these   opportunities.   With   his   knack   for   drawing,   painting,   photography,   and   editing,   Indy   majors  in  graphic  design  at  the  Art  Institute  of  New   York  City.  Indy  grew  up  in  West  Orange,  New  Jer-­ sey,  so  his  art  career  began  in  Essex  County.  Indy  has   always  had  a  talent  for  drawing.  Between  developing   his   own   comic   strip   in   middle   school   and   drawing   himself  and  friends  on  sketch  boards,  he  realized  his   pencil  was  his  tool  for  success.     Throughout  his  life  Indy  was  never  a  fan  of   change  and  had  a  terrible  time  adjusting,  but  within   the  art  community  he  did  have  to  alter  his  methods.   Though  he  favored  drawing  with  a    pencil,  after  mas-­ tering  color  he  transitioned  to  a  colored  pencil,  then   ZDWHUFRORUDQGÂżQDOO\WRVFXOSWXUH'XULQJKLVVHQLRU year  in  high  school,  he  developed  his  own  website  to   display  the  things  he  was  passionate  about  (art,  mu-­ sic,  fashion,  etc).     When   photography   was   introduced   to   him,   he   became   relatively   good   shooting   photographs.   For  a  young  man  who  has  vision  problems,  he  has  a   keen  eye  for  detail.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  literally  have  the  worst  vision,   but  when  it  comes  to  art  and  designs,  I  am  a  hawk.   I  wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  leave  a  piece  alone  until  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  happy  with  it.   It  may  take  a  month,  but  I  wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  leave  it  aloneâ&#x20AC;?  said   Indy.  As  a    photographer  he  takes  pictures  and  holds   photo  shoots  for  artists  and  designers  alike.   He   met   Sai,   the   co-­owner   of   his   current   websiteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; coolikedatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;via  twitter.  It  was  fate  that  had  the  two   collaborate.   Whenever   school   gets   overwhelming   and  he  is  unable  to  update  his  website,  Sai  keeps  it   up-­to-­date.     The  site  was  originally  about  music  and  fash-­ ion.   However,   the   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Artâ&#x20AC;?   tab   was   recently   added   to   expand  the  site.  Indy  made  it  clear  that  his  website   is  not  a  blog,  but  instead  a  brand.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  not  a  person   who  likes  change,  but  because  it  can  not  be  helped,   I   am   constantly   changing   and   if   I   change,   so   does  

CooLikeDat.â&#x20AC;?        In  the  submissions  page,  the  up  and  com-­ ing  artists  are  able  to  send  him  music  to  review  or   critique.  Neither  the  site  nor  the  submissions  page   is  for  negative  feedback.  However,  if  he  happens   to  dislike  a  certain  aspect  of  a  song  he  lets  the  art-­ ist   know   and   it   is   then   up   to   the   artist   to   revise   the   comment.   Indy   is   not   a   producer,   but   he   is   a   tastemaker,  a  critic.  The  sites  present  publicity  is   in   some   effortless   ways.   Before,   promotion   was   a   necessity   via   verbal   promotions   and   throwies   (promotion  stickers),  but  now  he  has  a  regular  fan   base.  When  asked  how  the  site  would  help  to  fur-­ ther  his  art  career,  Indy  made  it  clear  that  the  site   allowed  him  to  make  connections  internationally.   The  January  2011  issue  was  dropped  a  few  months   DIWHUWKHÂżUVW\HDUDQQLYHUVDU\RI&RR/LNH'DW7KH second  magazine  was  dropped  in  April.  Indy  had   made  connections  with  up-­and-­coming  music  art-­ ists,  visual  artists,  and  designers.  Between  the  ages   of   17   and   19,  Anthony   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indyâ&#x20AC;?   Joachim   made   an   enormous   amount   of   progress   with   a   site   that   he   built  up  from  scratch  and  he  owes  it  to  his  vision   and  hard  work.

Students Voice Their Opinions to the Student Government By  Rodrigo  Perez

 The  Student  Government  Association  held   LWVÂżUVW2SHQ)RUXPLQWKH&ROOHJHÂśVFDIHWHULDRQ Thursday,  September  29.  During  the  one-­hour  ses-­ sion,  Alton  Drummond,  the  President  of  the  Stu-­ dent  Government,  welcomed  students  and  encour-­ aged  them  to  express  their  concerns  about  changes   they  would  like  to  see  implemented  throughout  the   college.     A   plethora   of   suggestions,   ranging   from   EHWWHU TXDOLÂżHG WHDFKHUV WR PRUH HIÂżFLHQW J\P equipment,   were   announced   by   various   students,   who   approached   the   table   and   joined   the   execu-­ tive  members.  A  microphone  was  given  to  anyone   who  wished  to  make  complaints  to  overpower  the   sound  coming  from  students  who  were  conversing   in  the  outer-­bounds  of  the  cafeteriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  pit.  However,   Ruth  Antwi,  one  of  the  senators,  told  students  they   FRXOGÂżOHDFRPSODLQWLQWKH6*$ÂśVRIÂżFHORFDWHG RQWKHVHFRQGĂ&#x20AC;RRURIWKH&ODUD('DVKHU&HQWHU using  one  of  the  complaint  forms  in  case  they  felt   uncomfortable  expressing  their  thoughts  out-­loud.     [See  Page  7]

Bullying Caused Suicide

By  Leonita  Rexha

In  todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  society,  teenage  suicide  is  a  major  problem.  Every  year  there  is  about  10  suicides  out  of  100,000  young   people.  Everyday  there  is  about  11  suicides  and  every  two  hours  someone  is  dead  due  to  suicide.  This  theme  is   explored  in  the  novel  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thirteen  Reasons  Whyâ&#x20AC;?  by  Jay  Asher.  It  is  about  a  teenage  girl,  Hannah  Baker,  who  com-­ mitted  suicide  due  to  bullying.  Clay  Jensen,  a  classmate  who  had  a  crush  on  Hannah  Baker,  faced  turmoil  when  he   discovered  that  he  was  one  of  the  thirteen  teenagers  who  were  responsible  for  Hannah  Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  death.  Before  Hannah   %DNHUFRPPLWWHGVXLFLGHVKHVHQWRQHFDVVHWWHWRHDFKRIWKHWKLUWHHQSHRSOHWKDWLQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHGKHUVXLFLGDOWKRXJKWV explaining  what  each  person  did  to  hurt  her.  Clay  Jensen,  being  the  last  person  mentioned  on  the  cassettes,  followed   in  Hannah  Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  footsteps  and  faced  all  her  pain,  as  he  confronted  what  he  did  to  hurt  her.   This  novel  is  a  reminder  of  how  most  events  in  life  cause  a  ripple  effect;Íž  every  action  has  an  effect  and  that  effect   not  only  hurts  you,  but  it  hurts  others  around  you.  Asher  displays  this  ripple  affect  very  well.  His  novel  helps  readers   understand  that  no  matter  how  collected  and  high  spirited  a  person  may  seem  on  the  outside,  there  may  be  something   troubling  going  on  the  insideâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;troubles  that  may  eventually  lead  to  suicide.   m  v ESSEX  COUNTY  COLLEGE  OBSERVER



Student Development Center Preps Students for Job Market By  Sybil  B.  Wormley

 Imagine  going  into  your  next  interview   IRUDMREZLWKDFHUWL¿FDWHWKDWLOOXVWUDWHV\RX have  the  necessary  skills  for  entry  level  employ-­ ment.    Seem  like  a  dream  come  true,  well  you   can  make  it  happen,  just  like  so  many  other   students  have  recently  done.    The  Student  Devel-­ opment  Center  (SDC,  formerly  Career  Resource   Center  (CRC))  provides  an  opportunity  for   students  to  achieve  a  National  Work  Readiness   &UHGHQWLDOV 1:5& FHUWL¿FDWHZKLFKGHPRQ-­ strates  they  have  competency  in  4  critical  skills   areas;;  Listening,  Situational  Judgment,  Problem   Solving,  and  Reading  Comprehension.    The   credentials  were  developed  by  the  Department  of   Labor,  in  partnership  with  50  businesses  through-­ out  the  United  States,  who  established  the  exami-­ nation  to  determine  if  potential  employees  had   the  necessary  skills  for  entry  level  positions.    The   NWRC  examination  is  taken  in  4  parts,  requiring   a  total  of  approximately  4  hours  to  complete,  and   a  student  must  pass  each  section  with  a  minimum   VFRUHRIWRDFKLHYHDSDVVLQJJUDGH$FHUWL¿-­ cate  is  presented  to  students  upon  completion  of   all  4  sections  of  the  examination.   Given  the  current  competitive  job  mar-­ NHWWKHFHUWL¿FDWLRQFDQSURYLGHVWXGHQWVZLWK an  advantage  when  seeking  employment.    The   SDC  wanted  to  maximize  the  opportunity  for   students,  especially  considering  many  are  enter-­ ing  the  summer  job  market.    They  made  a  con-­ certed  effort  during  March  and  April  to  encour-­ age  students  to  take  the  examination.    As  a  result   of  tremendous  team  work  by  the  core  SDC  team,   including  Sybil  Wormley,  Fatima  McMahon,  Vir-­ ginia  Genardi  and  Rahman  Karriem,  and  key  de-­ partments  throughout  the  college,  especially  the   Business  division  including  Chairman  Michael   King  and  Professor  Carlos  Rivera,  the  student   results  were  tremendous.    The  chart  below  shows   how  many  students  participated  and  illustrates   the  focus  that  was  made  on  serving  students  over   the  past  two  months.    Given  everything  that  was   going  on  throughout  the  College  over  the  past   few  months,  it  is  impressive  to  have  so  many  

students  participate.    In  fact,  the  level  of  student   participation  in  FY  2011  was  over  50%  higher  than   in  FY  2010,  which  is  a  great  indication  that  students   are  recognizing  the  value  of  getting  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;work  readyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   and  sets  the  stage  for  even  greater  participation  in   the  future.         The  results  for  the  FY  2011  were  outstand-­ ing.    During  FY  2011  a  total  of  126  students  passed   WKHH[DPLQDWLRQVDQGUHFHLYHGDFHUWLÂżFDWH7KLVLV an  increase  of  over  two-­hundred  percent  from  the   previous  year  (FY  2010  38  students  passed  all  four   examinations).    Overall  students  passed  the  creden-­ tial  examination  at  a  rate  of  seventy-­six  percent,   ZKLFKZDVVLJQLÂżFDQWO\KLJKHUWKDQWKHWKLUW\WZR percent  pass  rate  from  the  previous  year.    This  rep-­ resented  an  improvement  in  student  passing  rate  of   RYHURQHKXQGUHGÂżIWHHQSHUFHQW7KHWUHPHQGRXV increase  in  student  performance  is  based  on  several   factors,  including  a  focus  on  working  with  Work   Study  and  Business  majors,  both  of  which  have   solid  backgrounds  in  work  readiness  preparation,   either  through  practical  experience  and  or  course   work.  Kudos  to  our  Essex  County  College  students   for  their  tremendous  results!   The  SDC  is  pleased  with  the  results  from   this  year,  and  are  looking  forward  to  building  on   this  yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  success  in  the  coming  year.    It  was  great   that  so  many  students  saw  the  value  in  the  creden-­ tials,  and  the  SDC  is  looking  forward  to  the  oppor-­ tunity  to  continue  to  work  with  several  departments   throughout  the  College  next  year  to  encourage   student  participation.    In  addition  to  the  increase  in   student  participation,  the  students  achieved  sig-­ QLÂżFDQWLPSURYHPHQWLQ\HDURYHU\HDUWHVWUHVXOWV `Additionally,  the  SDC  has  formed  a  strategic   partnership  with  the  Business  Department  to  ensure   VWXGHQWVFRQWLQXHWREHQHÂżWIURPWKLVRSSRUWXQLW\ Stay  tuned  to  hear  more  exciting  news  about  the   NWRC  in  the  coming  year.    Take  advantage  of  the   services  offered  by  the  SDC  to  help  you  get  ready   for  the  job  market!

Students Create â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gay-­Straight Alliance Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; By  Rodrigo  Perez

 September   marked   Tyler   Clementiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   one-­ year   death   anniversary   after   he   plunged   into   the   George  Washington  Bridge  as  a  result  of  a  breach   of   privacy   from   his   roommate,   who   broadcasted   Tylerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   intimate   sexual   encounter   with   another   male  student  online.  By  October  of  last  year,  his   GHDWK KDG EHHQ RQH RI ÂżYH JD\ WHHQ VXLFLGHV² all   attributed   to   sexual   orientation.  Tolerance   for   taunting  and  bullying  across  campuses  throughout   the   United   States   had   not   been   addressed   and   it   prompted   people   like,   Dan   Savage,   a   columnist,   to  begin  YouTube  videos  aimed  at  the  LGBT  (Les-­ bian,  Gay,  Bisexual,  and  Transgender)  community   to   create   hope   and   prevent   further   suicides.   The   President,   Barack   Obama,   among   other   celebri-­ ties  and  notorious  personalities,  took  part  in  the  It   Gets  Better  Project,  which  became  an  internation-­ al   movement   composed   of   self-­submitted   videos   encouraging  teens  to  avoid  suicide.   Now,   Essex   County   Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Gay-­Straight  Alli-­ ance  (GSA),  a  student-­formed  organization  seeks   to  adopt  these  ideals  to  create  an  LGBTQ-­friendly   community  across  campus.  The  club  seeks  to  edu-­ cate  the  LGBTQ  community  alongside  other  com-­ munities  to  establish  a  relationship  that  is  founded   on   love,   respect,   and   understanding.   This   club   is   non-­exclusive   to   LGBTQ-­identifying   mem-­ bers.   Salomao   Becker,   one   of   the   co-­founders   is   a   straight   ally   and   hopes   that   other   straight-­ally   students  will  hop  on  board  to  support  their  peers.     The  executive-­board  members  of  the  club   took  part  in  Essexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  annual  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Welcome  Back  Cook-­ outâ&#x20AC;?   in   mid-­September   to   promote   the   existence   of   the   newly   founded   organization   and   recruit   members.  Their  table  was  adorned  with  different-­ FRORUHG Ă&#x20AC;\HUV DORQJVLGH 6NLWWOHV²PXOWLFRORUHG pieces  of  candy  whose  motto  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taste  the  Rainbowâ&#x20AC;?   LVHDVLO\LGHQWLÂżDEOHWRWKHFRORUVLQWKHUDLQERZ Ă&#x20AC;DJ²DQG FXS FDNHV PDGH E\ RQH RI WKH FRDG-­ visors,   Professor   Williams.   Both,   Professor   Wil-­ liams  and  Professor  Wager  expressed  great  inter-­ est  and  support  for  the  organization  when  asked  to  

be  advisors.  The   executive-­board   members   and   the   advisors  met  a  week  prior  to  the  Cookout,  rushing  to   get  the  paperwork  done  in  a  time  sensitive  deadline   to  establish  the  organization  in  time  for  the  Cookout.     The   GSA   will   slowly   establish   safe-­zones   throughout   the   Fall   and   Spring   semesters.   These   safe-­zones  are  areas  within  the  college  that  support   and   welcome   all   students   regardless   of   sexual   ori-­ entation.   The   Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   ultimate   goal   is   to   make   the   entire   college   a   safe-­zone.   They   will   campaign   against   bullying,   educate   members   about   the   LG-­ BTQ  community,  and  host  national  recognized  days   such  as  National  Coming  Out  Day  and  World  Aids   Day.

Restaurant Review: Skipperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Live Music By  Christian  Blair

I  have  a  confession.  I  love  dive  bars.  Give  me  a  no-­ frills  joint  to  scarf  down  a  burger  and  a  beer,  throw  in   a  decent  jukebox  and  a  few  local  characters,  and  you   have  my  business  for  life. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   easy   to   please.   Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   what   initially   drove   my   attraction  to  Skipperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Plane  Street  Pub  with  its  run-­ down  exterior  adjacent  to  a  furniture  warehouse.  If   youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  spent  any  time  searching  for  a  parking  space   circling  the  blocks  around  the  Newark  campus,  you   may  have  seen  it  tooâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the  green  awning,  the  funky  




 The  new  academic  year  brings   major   changes   for   students,   faculty,   staff   and   visitors   in   that   smoking   is   prohibited   anywhere   on   all   college   FDPSXVHV DQG H[LVWLQJ ÂżUH VDIHW\ rules  are  now  contained  in  a  new  bro-­ chure.            Since  July  1,  smoking  is  prohibit-­ ed  at  the  main  Newark  campus,  West   Essex  campus,  the  ECC  Police  Acad-­ emy   and   all   satellite   locations.   This   wide  sweeping  policy  was  developed   by   a   college-­wide   committee   com-­ posed   of   administrators,   faculty   and   students  that  met  last  academic  year.          Part  of  the  policy  development  in-­ cluded   a   survey   conducted   by   mem-­ bers   of   the   Student   Government  As-­ sociation.   That   survey   indicated   a   majority   of   students   supported   the   no-­smoking  policy.              The  ban  is  designed  for  the  health   of   all   members   of   the   college   com-­ munity  and  visitors,  as  well  as  to  re-­ inforce  the  Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  commitment  to   the  New  Jersey  Smoke  Free  Air  Act.   The  prohibition  includes  the  Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   parking  lots  and  deck,  walkways  and   vehicles   on   college   property.   Viola-­ tors   of   College   Regulation   2-­22   are   VXEMHFWWRDÂżQH          In  addition,  a  comprehensive  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fire   Safetyâ&#x20AC;?   brochure   outlining   the   Col-­ OHJHÂśV ÂżUH VXSSUHVVLRQ V\VWHPV DQG evacuation   procedures   is   available.   Copies   of   the   brochure   are   available   from   the   Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Department   of   Public   Safety,   located   on   the   main   level  at  the  Newark  campus.            The  brochure  details  in  one  docu-­ PHQW H[LVWLQJ ÂżUH VDIHW\ UXOHV DQG regulations,   including   general   evac-­ uation   procedures   and   evacuating   people  with  disabilities.  The  State  of   New   Jersey   requires   that   theses   bro-­ chures  be  available  to  all  students.           Additional   information   on   both   WKHQRVPRNLQJSROLF\DQGÂżUHVDIHW\ rules  and  regulations  is  also  available   in  the  new  student  handbook. paint   job,   and   darkened   windows.   Maybe,   like   me,   you   were   intrigued   by   the   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live   Musicâ&#x20AC;?   sign   but   couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   be   completely   sure  the  place  was  actually  still  in  business. Looks   are   deceiving.   If   you   havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   been   there   yet,   youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   missing   out   one   of   those   best   kept   secrets   for   live   music   fans;Íž   an   amazing  little  diamond  in  the  rough  featur-­ ing  live  performances  from  internationally   recognized  jazz  greats  from  all  over  the  tri-­ state  area.   Drop   in   any   Monday   night   around   eight   for   a   live   jam.   Regular   contributors   have   included   Beyonceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   saxophonist,   Tia   Fuller,  Grammy  nominated  guitar  virtuoso   Stanley   Jordan,   and   Pianist   and   Rutgerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   grad  student,  Radam  Schwartz  playing  one   of  the  few  Hammond  B3s  in  existence.   You  might  be  lucky  enough  to  catch   regular   patron,   activist,   and   Poet   Laure-­ ate   of   NJ,  Amira   Baraka   take   to   the   stage   for   a   recitation.   The   brick   walls,   wooden   tables,   and   intimate   performance   space   bring  to  mind  beatnik  haunts  and  I  suddenly   imagine   it   all   in   black   and   white   with  Al-­ len  Ginsburg  reading  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Howlâ&#x20AC;?  in  front  of  a   SDFNHGVPRNHÂżOOHGURRP7KLVLVWKHNLQG RISODFHFUHDWLYHLQGLYLGXDOVDQGPXVLFDÂż-­ cionados  treasure.  Credit  goes  to  Skipperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   waiter   and   Newark   artist   Raphael   Vaz   for   most  of  the  paintings  hung  throughout  the   bar.   Greg   Salandy   is   Skipperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   owner.   He   describes  his  venue  as  â&#x20AC;&#x153;One  of  those  little   jazz  clubs  in  NYC,  in  the  village.â&#x20AC;? COTINUED  ON  PAGE  SIX



Occupy WallStreet By  Christian  Blair

 Many  have  been  marching  and  camp-­ ing  there  overnight,  while  others  come  when   not  at  work  or  at  school.  They  chant,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  are   the   99   percent,â&#x20AC;?   illustrating   that   despite   dis-­ parate   concerns,   they   collectively   represent   the   majority   in   a   country   where   one   percent   of   the   wealthy   control   ninety   percent   of   the   economy.   Zuccotti   Park   the   thirty-­three   thou-­ sand   square-­foot   plaza   seemed   so   small.   Maybe   it   just   felt   that   way   because   it   was  packed  so  tight   with   its   new   resi-­ dents.   There   were   no  marches  planned   on   this,   the   23rd,   day   of   the   occupa-­ tion  so  I  was  able  to   experience   the   en-­ campmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a  home   for  many  these  past   few   weeks.   It   is   surrounded   on   all   sides   by   barricades   and   police.   Inside   the   barricades   pro-­ testers   hold   signs,   chant,   play   music,   give   speeches,   and   perform  administra-­ tive  duties.   Some   par-­ ticipants  are  embar-­ rassingly   idealistic,   reveling  in  the  very   act   of   rebelling.   One   young   woman   shouted   from   the   sidewalk   at   tourists   on   a   double  decker  sightseeing  bus  to,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get  off  the   bus  and  into  the  streets.â&#x20AC;?  Had  that  worked,  it   would  have  been  shocking  and  awkward  for   everyone.  This  is  a  natural  by-­product  of  all   protests,   yet   under   the   surface,   one   cannot   deny   there   is   a   rock   solid   seriousness   at   the   core  of  this  one.   Venture  deeper  into  the  camp  and  one   feels  as  though  one  has  come  upon  a  micro-­ village.  There   is   an   amusing   sign   beside   the   makeshift  sleeping  areas  that  says,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Welcome   To  The  OWS  Zoo!â&#x20AC;?  that  asks  us  not  to  photo-­ graph  the  sleeping  residents  without  permis-­ sion.  Behind  that  they  have  established  a  com-­ munity   kitchen   area.   Members   of   the   group   race  around  rationing  out  meals.  At  one  of  the   entry  paths  stands  an  entire  wall  of  books  that   comprises   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Libraryâ&#x20AC;?   everyone   is  entitled  to  take  and  leave  reading  material.   Beyond  the  library  there  is  a  communications   center   with   serious   people   tapping   away   at   workstations   (with   printers)!   Some   are   edit-­ ing  and  uploading  video  footage  while  others   are  updating  Twitter  feeds,  Facebook pages,   and   the   OWS   website.   Behind   a   cell   phone   recharging   station   is   a   table   marked   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Press,â&#x20AC;?   where   they   pop   out   various   OWS   buttons  for  sale  at  a  dollar  apiece.    7KH\DUHQRWDOORZHGWRXVHDPSOLÂżHUV so  they  have  developed  an  interesting  way  to   speak  to  the  large  crowds.  A  speaker  will  say  a   short  sentence  and  pause  while  nearby  mem-­ bers   repeat   that   sentence   to   everyone   within   earshot.  This  continues  echoing  outward  until   the  message  is  heard  and  then  the  speaker  pro-­ ceeds  with  his  next  line.  All  this  is  punctuated   by  the  near  constant  repetition  of  distant  drum   circles  creating  a  hypnotic  auditory  effect.  7KLVLV-RHO%XUWRQÂśVÂżUVWGD\DW2:6 Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   a   young   college   graduate   from   Long   Island.   Joel   is   worried   about   paying   back   KLVVFKRROORDQVDQGQRWEHLQJDEOHWRÂżQGD job.   He   carries   a   sign   that   says,   sarcastical-­ ly,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glad   my   $50,000   a   year   college   degree  

got  me  an  unpaid  internship.â&#x20AC;?  Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  trying  to  support   KLPVHOIWZROLWWOHEURWKHUVDQGDVLVWHU-RHOFRQÂżGHG â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  pretty  much  only  got  into  school  by  taking  out  a   lot  of  student  loansâ&#x20AC;Śso  its  really  rough,â&#x20AC;?  and  admit-­ ted  his  decision  to  join  the  occupation  did  not  come   about   without   considerable   soul   searching.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;This   isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  a  game,â&#x20AC;?  he  told  me,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;This  is  our  lives  and  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   gotten  to  a  boiling  point.  I  think  this  [may  be]  what  it   WDNHVIRUSHRSOHWRÂżQDOO\ZDNHXS5LJKWQRZWKLQJV are  pretty  docile  here.  I  mean  you  have  hippies  run-­

ning  around   which   is   cool   I   guess,   and   there   some   cool  signs  but,â&#x20AC;?  he  continued  as  the  smile  ran  away   from  his  face,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  see  tension  in  the  copsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  faces,  and  I   hear  about  the  macing  [pepper  spray]  incidents  and   I  saw  a  video  on  youtube  of  people  getting  beat  up   with  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  the  1960s!â&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  Civil  Rights   movement  all  over  again.  I  plan  on  staying  here  for   as  long  as  it  takes.â&#x20AC;?   This  is  a  worried  but  motivated  crowd.  Many   are  frustrated  at  President  Barack  Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  inability   to   bring   about   the   social   and   political   changes   that   were  promised.  Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  also  infuriated  at  a  Republi-­ can  controlled  congress  infused  by  the  newly  elected   Tea   Party   members   that   block   any   of   his   attempts.   Some  point  out  that  Afghanistan  is  now  the  longest   war  in  American  history.  Others  remind  us  that  cor-­ porations  continue  to  receive  credits  and  tax  breaks   despite  outsourcing  jobs  or  moving  their  entire  oper-­ ations  to  other  countries  even  as  America  experienc-­ es  ongoing  persistent  unemployment,  or  the  travesty   WKDWWKHDYHUDJHWHDFKHULQFRPHLVÂżIW\ÂżYHWKRXVDQG dollars  while  the  average  Wall  Street  bonus  is  above   one-­hundred  thousand  dollars.  Detailed  placards  out-­ OLQHWKH:DOO6WUHHWÂżQDQFLDOVKHQDQLJDQVWKDWQHDUO\ caused  the  second  Great  Depression.  Charles  Fergu-­ VRQDÂżOPGLUHFWRUZKRUHFHQWO\JDYHDVSHHFKGXU-­ LQJWKH2VFDUÂśVH[DPLQHGWKHÂżQDQFLDOFULVLV +HVDLGÂłWKUHH\HDUVDIWHURXUKRUULÂżFÂżQDQFLDOFULVLV FDXVHGE\ÂżQDQFLDOIUDXGQRWDVLQJOHÂżQDQFLDOH[-­ ecutive  has  gone  to  jail,  and  thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  wrong.â&#x20AC;?   All  the  while,  the  media  seems  preoccupied   by  fear  mongering  fringe  groups  who  demand  to  see   WKHSUHVLGHQWÂśVELUWKFHUWLÂżFDWHRUIDEULFDWHHODERUDWH UDFHEDLWLQJQRQLVVXHVOLNHQHHGLQJWRÂżJKWDQRQ-­ VODXJKWRI6KDULD/DZLQĂ&#x20AC;XHQFHLQRXUFRXUWV\VWHP or   blocking   a   mosque   from   opening   several   blocks   away  from  Ground  Zeroâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for  reasons  that  still  elude   me.   The   OWS   movement   is   basically   screaming   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enough!â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;enough   of   the   distractions.   The   single   cohesive  thread  that  binds  these  grievances  is  a  de-­ mand   for   economic   and   social   equality.   They   are   ÂżJKWLQJIRUDOHYHOSOD\LQJÂżHOG   Even   though   OWS   appears   to   blame   both,   Democrats  and  Republicans  equally,  it  is  obviously   more   idealistically   aligned   with   progressive   demo-­


cratic  solutions.   Some   say   it   is   an   answer   to   the   Tea   Party   that   sympathizes   with   the   wealthy   and   supports  reduction  in  social  services  and  dissolu-­ tion  of  unions  under  the  banner  of  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smaller  Gov-­ ernment.â&#x20AC;?  Others  draw  comparisons  inasmuch,  as   they  are  both  grassroots  movements  borne  out  of   voter   frustration   with   the   status   quo.   Yet,   where   the  Tea  Party  was  initially  seeded  by  conservative   political   organizations   and   then   quickly   co-­opted   and  propelled  by  right  wing  media  outlets  and  pol-­ iticians,   the   OWS   has   no   such   deep   pocket  string  pull-­ ers.   They   seem   to   be   trying   to   walk   D ÂżQH OLQH NHHS-­ ing   powerful   al-­ lies,   such   as   the   unions,   at   a   con-­ trollable   distance.   That  does  not  stop   some   from   specu-­ lating   otherwise.   Republican  prima-­ ry  frontrunner  and   e x -­ G o d f a t h e r â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Pizza   CEO,   Her-­ man   Cain   told   the   Wall   Street   Jour-­ nal,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   have   the   facts   to   back   this  up,  but  I  hap-­ pen  to  believe  that   these   demonstra-­ tions   are   planned   and   orchestrated   to   distract   from   the   failed   policies   of   the   Obama   Administration.â&#x20AC;?   He   proceeded   to   call   the   demonstrators   â&#x20AC;&#x153;anti-­capitalist,â&#x20AC;?   and   said,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;if  you  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  have  a  job  and  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  not  rich,  blame   yourself!â&#x20AC;?   However,   there   are   those   like   Massachu-­ setts  Senate  candidate  Elizabeth  Warren  who  seem   to  speak  the  language  of  Occupy  Wall  Street.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   people  on  Wall  Street  broke  this  country,  and  they   did   it   one   lousy   mortgage   at   a   time.   It   happened   more  than  three  years  ago,  and  there  has  been  no   real  accountability,  and  there  has  been  no  real  ef-­ IRUWWRÂż[LW´VKHVDLG   Is  your  voice  represented  in  OWS?  No?  If   you  come  up  empty,  try  this  on  for  size:  All  this  is   playing  out  at  the  same  moment  President  Obama   is  trying  to  pass  the  American  Jobs  Act  bill,  which   IDLOHGDVDUHVXOWRID5HSXEOLFDQÂżOLEXVWHU,WZRXOG have  made  investments  to  hire  people  to  repair  and   rebuild   crumbling   schools,   bridges,   and   roads.   It   would   have   provided   a   payroll   tax   cut   that   will   VDYH WKH W\SLFDO$PHULFDQ IDPLO\ ÂżIWHHQKXQGUHG dollars  in  taxes.     It  will  be  interesting  to  see  how  this  shakes   out.  Will  Occupy  Wall  Street  be  co-­opted  for  po-­ litical   gamesmanship?   Will   it   disintegrate   due   to   lack   of   focus   or   organization?   Will   provocateurs   infect   the   discourse   and   usher   the   peaceful   as-­ sembly   toward   violence?   Will   the   movement   be   judged  poorly  because  some  of  its  people  dress  up   like  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  the  1960s  or  will  it  transcend  like  the  Tea   Party  into  a  strong  political  force,  despite  some  of   their  people  dressing  up  like  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  the  1770s?  Right   now  it  is  anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  guess.  This  drama  unfolds  each   day,  but  a  New  York  winter  is  coming  on  fast.  That   alone   does   not   bode   well   for   a   movement   whose   strength  has  been  in  maintaining  an  outdoor  occu-­ pation. UPDATE: The  American  Jobs  Act  was  defeated  in  the  Sen-­ ate  on  October  10th,  2011.  The  president  is expected  to  break  the  bill  into  smaller  parts  and   try  again.



Honk Your Horn for Jobs By  Theodore  Ezike

 As  you  all  may  have  heard  or  experienced,  our  country  is  going  through  some  of  the  worst  economic  times  since  the  Great  Depression.  If   you  were  to  watch  a  cable  news  channel,  they  would  see  that  the  issue  is  indeed  the  most  discussed  and  pondered  problem  today.  With  unemploy-­ ment  at  approximately  nine  percent  in  the  United  States  and  zero  percent  job  growth,  the  outlook  for  most  Americans  looks  bleak  at  best  without   radical  changes  to  our  social  and  economic  policies.   Yet  within  the  many  unemployment  statistics  which  are  updated  every  month,  thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  more  startling  fact  that  hits  far  closer  to  home.  According   to  the  Federal  Bureau  of  Labor  Statistics,  New  Jersey  is  currently  estimated  to  have  approximately  a  nine  percent  unemployment  rate,  which  is   slightly  higher  than  the  national  average.  Within  those  numbers  there  is  a  twelve  percent  unemployment  rate  in  the  City  of  Newark.  There  is  also   a  nearly  sixteen  percent  unemployment  rate  for  African  Americans  in  the  country,  but  that  number  is  higher  for  Black  men. With  unemployment  so  high,  New  Jersey  residents  would  expect  government  leadership  to  enact  measures  to  alleviate  the  burden  of  unemploy-­ PHQWEXWJRYHUQRU&KULV&KULVWLHKDVLQVWHDGRSWHGWRFXWXQHPSOR\PHQWEHQHÂżWVDQGZLOOFRQWLQXHWRGRVRLIKLVHFRQRPLFSODQVJRXQFKDQJHG until  at  least  2015.  He  also  tackled  teachers  unions  and  the  public  education  system,  forcing  New  Jersey  to  lay  off  many  of  their  teachers.  It   GRHVQÂśWMXVWVWRSDWWHDFKHUVXQLRQVDQGWKHVWDWHOHYHO7KHPD\RUVRI1HZDUNDQG&DPGHQZHUHIRUFHGWRÂżUHPDQ\SROLFHRIÂżFHUVZKRZHUH XQZLOOLQJWRJLYHXSWKHLUXQLRQEHQHÂżWV $WWLPHVOLNHWKLVPDQ\1HZDUNUHVLGHQWVDVNWKHPVHOYHVKRZRXUJRYHUQPHQWFRXOGDOORZFLWL]HQVWREHXQHPSOR\HGDQGFXWEHQHÂżWVIRUXQ-­ employment  at  the  same  time.  This  has  led  to  the  start  of  a  small  grassroots  demonstration  in  front  of  the  Essex  County  courthouse,  across  the   street  from  Essex  County  College  called,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honk  Your  Horns  for  Jobs.â&#x20AC;?  Their  message  is  simple:  they  want  a  national  jobs  program  and  if  you   agree  with  them,  then  you  better  honk  your  horn  when  you  drive  by  one  of  the  yellow  garbed  protesters.   Unfortunately,  the  answer  is  not  that  simple.  As  our  federal  government  continually  fails  to  pass  any  substantive  measure  to  make  life  easier  for   the  nearly  ten  percent  unemployed  population,  there  is  no  way  right  now  that  a  federal  jobs  program  is  feasible,  let  alone  practical.  If  you  want   real  change  and  support  the  best  thing,  for  us  as  a  city,  to  do  is  to  start  our  own  local  program  because  this  is  where  we  have  the  most  power.  The   city  and  Mayor,  as  well  as  mayors  all  across  the  country,  will  have  to  plant  the  seeds  of  change  in  their  own  communities  to  help  those  who  are   unemployed  get  back  to  work. Source:  New  Jersey  Department  of  Labor

One Term or Two Terms? By  Collis  Marrow

 For  the  last  couple  of  months,  the  Republican  Party  has  been  advertising  several  potential  ambassadors  for  the  right  wing.  Simultaneously,   the  media  has  been  assisting  them  in  the  downsizing  of  Barack  Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  supporters.  On  multiple  political  news  channels,  ranging  from  CNN,   ABC,  and  Fox  5,  journalists  have  been  criticizing  the  Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  decisions  and  making  a  mockery  of  him.  What  many  citizens  seem  to  forget  is   that  the  county  was  on  a  downward  spiral  towards  a  sea  of  bankruptcy  largely  due  to  the  prior  regimeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  deception.  The  President  himself  is  doubt-­ ful  on  his  re-­election  and  knows  he  has  to  overcome  insurmountable  odds  if  he  visions  himself  as  a  two-­term  President.  On  the  opposite  end  of   the  spectrum,  the  stimulus  package  worked  wonders  for  the  economy:  it  gave  the  nation  a  jumpstart  it  desperately  needed. In  an  interview  with  ABCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  George  Stephanopolous,  Obama  said  that  he  is  the  absolute  underdog  in  this  upcoming  race  due  to  the  decline  of  the   economy  while  on  his  watch.  He  also  stated  that  he  has  always  been  an  underdog  and  that  the  objective  of  his  views  and  decisions  was  for  the   ordinary  folks  to  succeed  because  they  just  werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  getting  ahead.  As  a  response  to  the  rising  cost  of  healthcare  and  of  a  college  education,  his   approach  about  â&#x20AC;&#x153;changeâ&#x20AC;?  was  for  our  nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  children  to  get  a  better  education. What  was  the  stimulus  package?  One-­third  of  voters  do  not  know  the  true  outcome  of  this  composition.  This  was  a  strategic  move  to  stimulate   the  economy.  On  September  24,  2009,  the  787  billion  dollar  stimulus  package  was  designed  to  give  life  to  the  economy  while  saving  millions   RIMREV7KHSDFNDJHZDVGHVLJQHGWREHVSHQWRYHUWHQ\HDUV+RZHYHUELOOLRQRUZDVDOORFDWHGIRUWKHÂżUVWWKUHH\HDUV7KHSODQGLG EHWWHUWKDQLWZDVSODQQHGELOOLRQZHUHVSHQWRQWD[UHOLHIELOOLRQRQXQHPSOR\PHQWDQGRWKHUEHQHÂżWVDQGELOOLRQZHUHVSHQWLQ job  creation  programs.  The  stimulus  for  small  businesses  helped  create  jobs,  increase  lending  from  SBA  and  community  banks,  and  reduced  gains   for  small  business  investors.  The  states  aid  helped  too  but  many  states  were  so  far  underwater  that  their  losses  far  outweighed  the  federal  aid.    The  President  is  facing  another  complex  problem:  he  must  get  Americans  to  put  faith  and  commitment  into  an  African  American  President  for   another  four  years.  As  an  intellectual  whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  conscious  of  the  bias  of  America  towards  people  of  color,  he  knows  that  thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  doubt  in  everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   mind  of  his  re-­election.  The  only  speck  of  a  chance  that  he  has  to  win  depends  on  the  Barack  supporters  who  chose  him  as  their  leader:  they  must   go  to  the  polls  in  herds  and  droves  and  vote  for  him  again.  It  is  sickening  to  see  such  a  powerful  nation  be  so  entwined  historically  to  oppression.   :HPD\KDYHWRZDWFKDPRGHUQGD\FUXFLÂż[LRQRQWHOHYLVLRQ²%DUUDFN2EDPDWKHZURQJPDQZLWKWKHULJKWSODQ    

Sixth President of ECC Dr. Edythe M. Abdullah CONTINUED  FROM  PAGE  ONE County  College.   The  keynote  speaker,  Dr.  Steven  J.  Diner,  Chan-­ cellor  and  Professor  of  History  at  Rutgers  Univer-­ sity-­Newark  applauded  the  success  of  community   colleges  in  New  Jersey  today  and  their  expansion   since   the   1960s.   He   noted   how   higher   education   is   moving   away   from   the   elitist   â&#x20AC;&#x153;wealthy   white   maleâ&#x20AC;?   tradition   to   embrace   a   growing   diverse   student   population,   thanks   to   the   availability   of   community   colleges.   Dr.   Diner   recognized   that   â&#x20AC;&#x153;400,000  studentsâ&#x20AC;?  attend  community  colleges  to-­ day  in  New  Jersey. He   said,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;ECCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   mission   is   more   vital  than   ever   before.â&#x20AC;? Dr.  Lawrence  A.  Nespoli  who  is  President  of  the   NJ  Council  of  Community  Colleges  noted,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forty   years   ago   there   were   no   community   colleges   in   New  Jersey.â&#x20AC;? A   highlight   of   the   investiture   included   the   pres-­ ence   and   comments   made   by   Essex   County   Ex-­ ecutive  Joseph  N.  DiVincenzo,  Jr.  who  made  it  to   the   ceremony   even   though   overwhelmed   by   the   damage  in  the  county  left  by  Hurricane  Irene. He  said,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Essex  County  College  is  the  best  com-­ munity  college  in  New  Jersey,â&#x20AC;?  thanking  the  col-­ legeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  former  President  Zachary  Yamba  for  the  cur-­ rent  success  of  ECC.  Turning  quickly  to  the  new   leadership,   DiVincenzo   stressed   the   importance   of  â&#x20AC;&#x153;team  work.â&#x20AC;?  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  not  about  us...itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  about  the   VWXGHQWVÂżUVWDQGIRUHPRVW´KHVDLGDPLGVWORXG

enthusiastic  applause. Assemblyman  Thomas  Giblin  echoed  DiVincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   call  for  team  work  when  he  came  to  the  podium,  rec-­ ognizing   the   new   president,   the   Board   of   Trustees,   and   ECC   faculty   for   the   collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   current   success,   pointing  to  the  college  as  an  important  institution  in   the  state  and  stressing  â&#x20AC;&#x153;working  as  a  team  for  student   success.â&#x20AC;? It  was  clear  that  many  of  the  invited  speakers  came   with  accolades  and  endorsements  of  the  new  presi-­ dent  and  her  ability  to  boost  the  success  of  ECC. Assembly  Speaker  Sheila  T.  Oliver  said,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr.  Abdul-­ lah  brings  new  ideas,  fresh  ideas,  and  lots  of  energy.â&#x20AC;? Bethany  Baptist  Church  Pastor,  Dr.  M.  William  How-­ ard,  Jr.  called  it  a  â&#x20AC;&#x153;historic  dayâ&#x20AC;?  as  he  looked  forward   to   a   â&#x20AC;&#x153;renewed   visionâ&#x20AC;?   with   our   new   president.   He   said,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;President  Abdullah  will  guide  the  way  for  tens   of  thousands  of  Essex  County  residents.â&#x20AC;? Alfred  C.  Koeppe,  President  and  CEO  of  the  New-­ ark  Alliance   called   Dr.  Abdullah   â&#x20AC;&#x153;innovativeâ&#x20AC;?   with   an  â&#x20AC;&#x153;entrepreneurial  spiritâ&#x20AC;?  that  â&#x20AC;&#x153;will  be  required  for   graduates   to   compete   successfully   in   the   21st   cen-­ tury.â&#x20AC;? After   encouraging   comments   were   made   by   Free-­ holder  Donald  M.  Payne,  Jr.,  also  Council  President   RIWKH&LW\RI1HZDUN'U$EGXOODKÂżQDOO\VWHSSHG to  the  podium.         Charged   with   energy   and   spirit,   the   new   president   seemed   eager   to   embrace   the   challenges   that   lay   ahead,   intent   on   leading   the   college   safely   into   the   ESSEX  COUNTY  COLLEGE  OBSERVER

21st  century  to  build  on  the  collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  leg-­ acy.    Referring  to  ECC  as  a  â&#x20AC;&#x153;forceâ&#x20AC;?  to  be  reck-­ oned   with,   she   called   on   the   need   to   â&#x20AC;&#x153;re-­ bootâ&#x20AC;?   for   the   future,   reminding   the   audi-­ HQFH WKDW WKH ÂżUVW \HDU VWXGHQWV EHJLQQLQJ Fall  2011  were  born  in  1993,  noting  â&#x20AC;&#x153;chal-­ lenges   of   the   teaching   and   learning   enter-­ priseâ&#x20AC;?  with  this  generation  of  students.   Dr.  Abdullah   said,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Technology   enhanced   innovations   can   serve   our   student   body,â&#x20AC;?   and  in  recognizing  this,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  can  deal  with   the  future,â&#x20AC;?  she  added.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We   are   dreaming   the   possible   dreams,â&#x20AC;?   she  boomed  into  the  microphone,  address-­ ing   the   unemployed   in   need   of   skills,   and   the   opportunities   available   to   the   stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   burgeoning  immigrant  population.   Dr.  Abdullah  also  emphasized  the  personal   development  of  students.  She  promised  to   explore  â&#x20AC;&#x153;provocative  new  optionsâ&#x20AC;?  through   questioning   our   abilities   to   â&#x20AC;&#x153;think   outside   the   box,â&#x20AC;?   imploring   faculty   â&#x20AC;&#x153;to   move   for-­ ward  together  with  creativity  and  compas-­ sionâ&#x20AC;?   in   the   teaching   and   learning   experi-­ ence,   stressing   the   importance   of   building   a  new  â&#x20AC;&#x153;babyâ&#x20AC;?  or  student  body,  and  that  fac-­ ulty  educate  in  a  better  or  different  way  to   increase  and  enhance  student  learning.  She   said,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  must  energetically  transport  ECC   COTINUED  ON  PAGE  EIGHT




Halloween Safety Tips By  Elaina  Garrett

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trick  or   treat...smell   my   feet...give   me   something   good   to   eatâ&#x20AC;?   the   children   will  sing  on  October  31.  Halloween  is  a   distant   childhood   memory   made   of   cos-­ tumes,  face  paint,  and  of  course  candy!  As   children,   these   were   our   initial   thoughts   when  anyone  mentioned  Halloween,  but   concerns   now   rise   as   adults.   Halloween   is  intended  to  be  fun,  but  it  can  be  a  day   of  doom  if  safety  is  not  taken  into  consid-­ eration.   As   a   parent   of   two   toddlers   and   DPHPEHURIDIDPLO\FRPSULVHGRIÂżIW\ cousins,  nieces,  and  nephews,  Halloween   is   all   about   trick-­or-­treatingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the   tradi-­ tional  door-­to-­door  candy  hunt  in  search   for   the   best   like,   Reeseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s,   Peanut   Butter   Cups,  Snickers,  etc.     As   parenthood   approached,   I   realized   trick-­or-­treating   was   not   on   my   agenda   for   my   two   young   children   for   this   up-­ coming   Halloween.  After   speaking   with   a  fellow  parent  of  a  four  year-­old  toddler,   I  was  informed  of  the  many  alternatives   for  celebrating  these  ghoulish  festivities.   Here  is  a  list  of  sweet  alternatives   to  celebrate  Halloween  with  your  children   that  prioritizes  safety,  but  still  remain  fun: One:   host   a   Halloween   party   at   home.   Invite   your   childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   closest   friends   along   ZLWKWKHLUSDUHQWVIRUDVLPSOLÂżHGVSRRN\ celebration.   Have   children   and   parents   dress-­up   in   costumes.   To   incorporate   a   semi-­frightening   feel,   create   homemade   spooky  treats  like,  worms  emerging  from   the   ground.   Use   simple   store   bought   gummy  worms  and  crushed  Oreo  cookies   for  the  dirt.  These  and  other  treats  can  be   easily  found  online. Two: FRQÂżQH \RXU FKLOGÂśV WULFNRUWUHDW-­ ing.   Restrict   your   childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   trick-­or-­treat-­ ing   adventure   to   your   neighborhood.   Your   child   will   be   excited   to   see   their   neighbors   dressed   in   the   most   frighten-­ ing   attire.   Map   out   your   route   ahead   of   time   and   discuss   this   with   your   child   to   SUHYHQW DQ\ FRQĂ&#x20AC;LFWV RQ WKH GD\ RI WKH holiday.   Be   sure   your   child   is   visible   at   all  times  and  avoid  crowds!  Upon  return-­ ing  home,  have  planned  activities  ready.   A   suggestion   for   a   movie   is   Winnie   the   Poohâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Halloween  Adventure.   Three:  visit  a  local  mall.  This  is  one  of   my  favorite  activities  to  do.  Grab  a  group   of   parents   and   children   and   head   to   the   local  mall.  There  are  dozens  of  stores  and   the   treats   are   not   always     candy.   If   you   start   to   feel   tired   from   walking   around   bigger  malls,  such  as  Palisades  or  Garden   State   Plaza,   there   are   plenty   of   benches   and   seating   areas   to   rest.   Your   toddler   will   appreciate   your   extended   energy.   Short   Hills   mall   has   never   left   a   disap-­ pointed  child  on  my  hands.  Be  sure  to  ar-­ rive  early!   The  most  important  and  neglected   safety  tip  of  all  these  celebration  options   is   inspecting   your   childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   candy   bags   prior   to   enjoying   them.   Search   for   un-­ wrapped  candy  pieces  or  pieces  that  look   damaged.   Look   for   foreign   objects   and   candy  that  may  cause  choking  in  smaller   children.  Also,   look   for   candy   that   your   child  is  allergic  to.  Finally,  make  sure  you   EUXVKDQGĂ&#x20AC;RVVWKHLUWHHWKEHIRUHJRLQJWR bed.  Stay  safe  and  have  a  Happy  Hallow-­ een!

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moneyballâ&#x20AC;? Screening Movie Review By  Yulieth  Cordero

I  recently   was   invited   to   attend   a   screening   of   the   new   sports   movie   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moneyball.â&#x20AC;?   The   screening   ex-­ perience  is  interesting  for  anyone  who  is  a  little  cu-­ rious.  Let  me  just  start  by  saying  that  it  was  a  new   experience  to  me,  going  to  see  a  movie  before  its  of-­ ÂżFLDOUHOHDVH2QHRIWKHPDLQWKLQJVWKDWLPSUHVVHG me  was  the  amount  of  securityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which  was  not  to  be   taken   lightly.   Security   personnel   stood   at   the   doors   making  sure  that  no  electronic  devices  went  into  the   theater  since  we  live  in  an  age  where  the  internet  is   the   portal   for   so   much   pirating.   The   movie   theater   atmosphere   was   optimal,   partly   because   the   crowd   included   movie   critics   and   very   eager   movie   goers   who  waited  in  line  for  nearly  an  hour  to  attend  the   screening.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moneyballâ&#x20AC;?  is  about  the  game  of  baseball  and  the   unseen   side   of   player   trading.   Billy   Beane,   who   is   portrayed  by  the  skilled  Brad  Pitt,  is  the  manager  for   the  Oakland  Athletics,  a  small  market  team  that  must   make  the  best  of  their  limited  budget.  Beane  is  tired   of  losing  his  star  athletes  to  teams  that  offer  to  pay   WKHPPXFKPRUHPRQH\$VDÂżQDOUHVRUWKHWHDPV up  with  Peter  Brand,  played  by  the  hilarious  Jonah   Hill,  to  establish  a  team  of  outcast  players.  I  do  not   want   to   spoil   the   movie   for   anyone,   but   I   will   say   WKDWLI\RXÂśUHLQWRGRFXGUDPDVVSRUWÂżOPVDQGQRQ LQWHQWLRQDOFRPHG\WKLVLVWKHÂżOPIRU\RX As   with   all   good   things,   drawbacks   are   to   be   ex-­ pected.  One  aspect  that  bothered  me  throughout  the   ÂżOPZDVWKHUDQGRPH[WUHPHFORVHXSVRISLFWXUHV I  am  not  sure  how  the  pictures,  which  ranged  from  a   baseball   player   in   the   sixties   to   unsystematic   poly-­ gons,  were  related  to  the  movement  of  the  plot,  and   they  only  lead  to  me  being  dizzy  for  a  few  seconds.   The  other  thing  that  bothered  me  was  the  ending.  It   seemed   to   be   a   bit   incomplete,   but   you   can   be   the   judge  of  that.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moneyballâ&#x20AC;?  was  be  released  nation-­ wide  on  September  23rd,  2011.  

Movie Review: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saw: The Final Chapterâ&#x20AC;? By  Salomao  Becker

Hoo,  boy,  where  to  start?  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saw:  The  Final  Chapterâ&#x20AC;?   LVDVLWDGYHUWLVHVWKHÂżQDOPRYLHRIWKH6DZVHULHV The   movie   series   are   known   for   being   extremely   gory   and   for   having   an   overly-­contrived   plot   that   twists  in  directions  the  viewer  could  simply  not  pre-­ dict.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saw:  The  Final  Chapterâ&#x20AC;?  does  nothing  to  im-­ prove  of  the  seriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  formula,  only  providing  closure   IRUXVYLHZHUVZKRZDQWHGWKHVHULHVWRÂżQDOO\HQG   The   movie   begins   with   a   well   done   gore   VFHQH²DPDQZKRMXVWFXWRIIKLVOHJÂżQGVWKDWKH must  now  cauterize  it  on  a  burning  steam  pipe.  The   scene  is  satisfying  due  to  its  gross  and  convincing   nature.  The  movie  then  transitions  to  a  Jigsaw  game   being  played  in  public  for  an  entire  crowd  to  see.  I   hoped  the  movie  would  keep  moving  in  this  direc-­ tion,   as   the   interaction   that   had   just   occurred   was   fresh  and  interesting,  but  the  movie  quickly  reverted   back  to  its  old  formula. It   did   not   revert   immediately,   though.   Before   get-­ ESSEX  COUNTY  COLLEGE  OBSERVER

ting  back   to   what   the   series   does   best,   providing   the   viewer   with   stomach   churning   violence,   the   directors   decided   that   it   really   wanted   a   plot   be-­ yond  the  gore.  Weak  acting,  terrible  dialogue  and   out-­of-­place   ambient   music   butchers   all   of   these   VFHQHV,ÂżQGP\VHOIXQDEOHWRWDNHDQ\FKDUDFWHU very  seriously.  The  movie  aims  high  in  its  attempt   to  create  a  meaningful  and  powerful  dialogue,  but   falls  short;Íž  it  crashes  and  burns  completely.   What  about  the  gore?  The  gore  remains  in-­ tact,   though   it   lacked   creativity.   Either   way,   sans   the  bloodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which  looked  a  little  too  pink  to  be  be-­ lievableâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all   the   gore   was   well   done,   and   plenty   of  it  was  served  up.The  movie  did  not  have  much   intellectual  substance.  The  interesting  existential-­ ist  message  of  the  movie  is  completely  overshad-­ owed  by  the  gore  and  by  the  weakness  of  the  dia-­ logue.  The  movie  attempts  to  make  some  message   about   life   threatening   fear   being   a   motivator   for   life,  but  the  argument  is  badly  made  by  the  char-­ acters.  Despite  the  series  attempting  to  sound  lib-­ eral  (Jigsaw  plays  a  game  with  a  random  racist  off   WKHVWUHHWV WKHVHULHVIDOOVĂ&#x20AC;DWRQJHQGHUUHODWLRQV by  consistently  objectifying  the  women  inside  the   movie   in   some   way   or   another.  Whether   through   overly  revealing  costumes  or  through  making  the   women   sexually   attracted  to   the   bravery   of   some   of  the  men  in  the  movie,  the  movie  just  feels  inap-­ propriate  in  its  sexual  content.  The  Motion  Picture   Association  of  America  rated  the  movie  R,  which   requires  any  viewer  under  the  age  of  17  to  be  ac-­ companied  by  a  parent  or  guardian.   The  overall  verdict  is  this:  if  you  watched   WKHUHVWRIWKHVHULHV,VXSSRVH\RXVKRXOGÂżQLVK what  you  started.  This  movie  is  probably  the  worst   in  the  series,  but  the  closure  is  nice.  Otherwise,  just   avoid   this   movie;Íž   it   is   terrible!   Every-­ t h i n g   but   the   gore   feels   so  low  budget  that   the  movie  is  near-­ ly   unwatchable   when   someone   is  not  being  muti-­ lated.

Skipperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Live Music COTINUED  FROM  PAGE  THREE   The   name,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skipperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Plane   Street   Pubâ&#x20AC;?   points  to  the  tavernâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  long  history  in  Newark.  The   building   itself   dates   back   to   he   1930s   when   Uni-­ versity   Avenue   used   to   be   named   Plane   Street. For  years  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skipperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;?  was  run  by  Mike  Hamilton   who  named  it  after  his  dad,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skipperâ&#x20AC;?.  Almost  four   years  ago,  Greg  bought  Skipperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  from  Mike,  kept   the   name,   and   began   transforming   the   little   Irish   pub  into  a  live  jazz  showcase.  He  admits  â&#x20AC;&#x153;the  exte-­ rior  may  need  a  little  work,  but  what  it  may  lack  in   outward  appearances,  it  makes  up  for  in  authentic-­ ity.â&#x20AC;?   The  crowd  represents  a  nice  mix  of  people   who  work  in  the  courthouses,  Bank  of  America,and   Prudential  alongside  students  and  faculty  from  ECC   and  the  Rutgers  Newark  campus.  Skipperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  is  con-­ sidering   a   College   Night   that   mixes   up   the   enter-­ tainment,  with  blues,  rock,  and  R&B  artists  in  ad-­ dition  to  jazz.The  menu  is  as  eclectic  as  the  crowd.   House  specialties  include  the  Bang  Bang  Shrimp,   Mediterranean  Tilapia,  and  a  Warm  Chicken  Salad   with   sautĂŠed   spinach   topped   with   feta   cheese,   or   general   bar   fare   like   burgers   and   buffalo   wings.   Maybe  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  be  lucky  like  me  and  come  on  a  night   when  thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  succulent  complimentary  soul  food   buffet.  Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll   leave   full,   inspired,   and   entertained   well  beyond  your  expectations.   Skipperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Plane  Street  Pub  is  located  at  304   University  Avenue,  Newark  NJ.



Seventh Annual Constitution Day at ECC By  Christian  Blair

 Essex   County   College   (ECC)   celebrated   its  seventh  Annual  Constitution  Day  with  featured   speaker  Juan  Gonzalez.  The  award  winning  jour-­ nalist,  author,  and  staff  columnist  of  the  NewYork   Daily   News   discussed   the   blossoming   hispanic-­ american  population  and  its  possible  affects  on  the   U.S.  Constitution  on  September  21st,  2011.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;By  2050,  whites  will  be  a  minority  with   a   majority   that   will   trace   their   origin   not   to   Eu-­ rope  but  to  Latin  America,â&#x20AC;?  said  Mr.  Gonzalez  to   WKHVWDQGLQJURRPRQO\FURZGLQWKHIRXUWKĂ&#x20AC;RRU multipurpose  room.  He  posited  that  this  profound   shift   in   the   ethnic   makeup   of   the   United   States   would  almost  certainly  force  yet  another  look  into   the   controversy   of  The  Treaty   of   Guadalupe   Hi-­ dalgo.   The   Mexican-­American   war   ended   in   1848  with  the  signing  of  The  Treaty  of  Guadalupe   Hidalgo.  It  required  Mexico  to  relinquish  525,000   square  miles  for  $15  million  dollars.  This  extend-­ ed  the  United  States  border.  That  land  would  even-­ tually  become  parts  of  many  of  our  southwestern   states  including  Texas,  New  Mexico,  and  Arizona.   Mexican   citizens   who   remained   on   the   now   US   territory  and  maintained  their  property  for  at  least   one  year  were  to  be  given  US  citizenship.  This  last   part  was  never  upheld  and  instead  many  were  vio-­ lently  forced  from  their  land.   Mr.   Gonzalez   pointed   out   that   many   for-­ mer  colonial  powers  who  took  part  in  World  War  II  

are  all  presently  experiencing  labor  shortages  while   facing  how  to  address  overwhelming  immigration  is-­ sues.  Just  as  France,  with  the  Algerians  and  Moroc-­ cans,  or  Germany,  with  the  Turks,  the  United  States   is  wondering  about  the  affects  of  societal  change  as   it  sustains  immigration  from  Latin  America,  the  West   Indies,   and   a   variety   of   third-­world   nations.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   over  all  picture,â&#x20AC;?  he  said,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;is  that  the  colonized  have   been   coming   back   to   the   colonizersâ&#x20AC;?   and   by   their   sheer   size,   altering   the   long-­held   majorities   in   lan-­ guage,   religion,   and   socio-­political   power   within   a   given  population.  With  the  largest  immigration  origi-­ nating   from   Latin  America   and   a   majority   directly   from  Mexico,  the  shift  will  undoubtedly  raise  consti-­ tutional  questions  allowing  historical  inequalities  to   get  their  day  in  court.   Juan   Gonzalez   is   the   author   of   Harvest   of   Empire:  Insidious  Division  and  Constitutional Challenges  and  co-­hosts  the  radio  and  television  pro-­ gram  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Democracy  Nowâ&#x20AC;?  with  Amy  Goodman.

Student Voice


 When  asked  by  the  SGAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  President  to  take   the  microphone,  students  immediately  readied  them-­ selves.   One   of   the   earliest   concerns   among   various   students   was   academics.   A   student   received   praise   when  she  asked  for,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;better  tutors  and  better  profes-­ sors.â&#x20AC;?   Another   student,   whose   comment   resonated   with  the  previous,  made  the  executive  boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  eye-­

brows  rise   when   he   asked   about   profes-­ VRUVÂśTXDOLÂżFDWLRQVDQGZKDWFRXOGEHGRQH when   petition   complaints   were   not   being   addressed   about   their   performance   in   the   classroom.   The   SGA   President   and   Vice-­ President   were   stunned   and   when   they   could   offer   no   suggestion   to   the   problem,   Dr.   Khalfani,   director   of   the   collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Af-­ ricana   Institute   and   sociology   professor,   addressed   the   studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   concern.   He   said,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;talk   to   the   professor;Íž   and   if   that   doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   work,  take  it  to  the  chairperson;Íž  and  if  that   fails,  take  it  to  the  Dean  of  the  college.â&#x20AC;?     A   former   SGA   senator   from   Es-­ sex  and  graduate  of  the  class  of  1993,  Lev   D.   Zilbermints,   took   the   microphone   and   urged  students  to  make  suggestions.  He  in-­ formed   the   crowd   about   the   challenges   he   KDGLQSUHVVLQJWKHFROOHJHÂśVSUHVLGHQWWRÂż[ the  water  fountains  throughout  the  school,   which  were  outdated.  Although  he  did  not   JHW WR VHH WKHP UHVWRUHG DQG Âż[HG LQ WLPH as  a  result  of  his  graduation,  he  is  content  to   see  the  change  he  and  other  students  made.   The   President   adjourned   the   meet-­ ing   after   comments   started   dying   out,   but   he   welcomed   students   to   spread   the   word   about  the  upcoming  Open  Forum.  Any  sug-­ gestions  to  improve  the  quality  of  education   offered   at   Essex   and   aesthetics   of   the   col-­ lege  can  be  made  in  the  next  Open  Forum,   which   will   occur   on   October   27th,   in   the   cafeteriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  pit  at  2:30  p.m.  

The Trouble with Libertyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Christopher Beam

By  Christian  Blair

 An   article   in   New   York   Magazine   by   Christopher   Beam   titled   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  Trouble   with   Lib-­ ertyâ&#x20AC;?   proved   to   be   a   thoughtful   and   sometimes   humorous   historical   dissection   of   Libertarianism   and  how  its  utopian  ideals  are  unattainable.  Beam   admits   that   the  American   Revolution   was   a   lib-­ ertarian   cause   and   the   Constitution   a   libertarian   document,   but   he   acknowledges   that   our   society   had  to  evolve  and  create  contingencies  beyond  the   libertarian  model  of  a  totally  self-­reliant  citizenry.   Libertarianism   is   essentially  the   idea   that   government   should   do   as   little   as   possible   and   put   forth   the   concept   of   a   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Minarchy,â&#x20AC;?   a   system   of  government  that  provides  national  defense,  lo-­ cal  police,  and  a  judicial  systemâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and  that  is  all.   Beam   notes   that   this   system   leaves   no   room   for   catastrophes,  unemployment,  sickness,  or  old  age.   Ayn   Randâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Atlas   Shrugged   sells   more   than  800,000  copies  a  year.  Its  message  is  particu-­ larly  attractive  to  young  people  and  tells  the  story   of  capitalists  who  break  from  society  to  establish   their   own   utopia.   It   has   been   called   the   gateway   drug   to   libertarianism.   Beam   quotes   Cato   Insti-­ WXWH VFKRODU :LOO :LONLQVRQ Âł,WÂśV DERXW Ă&#x20AC;RXWLQJ convention   and   rejecting   authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the   political   equivalent  of  an  eyebrow  ring.â&#x20AC;?   The   article   details   the   attempts   to   create  

utopian  societies  by  idealistic  libertarian  mavericks   throughout   history.   For   instance,   Michael   Oliver,   a   Nevada  real  estate  developer  in  1972  dredged  sand   QHDUDUHHILQWKH3DFLÂżFWRFUHDWHKLVRZQLVODQGQD-­ tion,   which   he   called   the   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Republic   of   Minerva.â&#x20AC;?   However,  it  was  quickly  conquered  by  the  well  es-­ tablished  nearby  Kingdom  of  Tonga.   Also,   the   grandson   of   economist   Milton   Freedman   proposed   creating   a   mile   long   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freedom   Shipâ&#x20AC;?   to   house   50,000   people.   His   dream   is   hardly   that  of  a  lone  kook.  The  idea  is  called  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seasteadingâ&#x20AC;?   and  Peter  Theil,  the  libertarian  co-­founder  of  PayPal   has  given  nearly  $750,000  to  the  Seasteading  Insti-­ tute.   One  of  the  subjects  of  the  article  is  Rand  Paul,   a   Kentucky   Senator   and   son   of   presidential   candi-­ date   Ron   Paul.   The   father   and   son   are   staunch   de-­ fenders  of  libertarianism  and  are  pathological  in  their   defense  of  the  party  line.  When  interviewed  on  the   Rachel   Maddow   Show,   Maddow   asked   Rand   if   he   would  have  voted  for  the  1964  Civil  Rights  Act  that   made  it  illegal  for  businesses  to  turn  away  customers   on  the  basis  of  race.  He  responded,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Does  the  owner   of  the  restaurant  own  the  restaurant,  or  does  the  gov-­ ernment  own  the  restaurant?â&#x20AC;?  It  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  go  over  well   and  despite  the  tenet  of  never  budging  on  principles,   Paul  announced  days  later  that  heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d  have  voted  for   the  Act.  It  was  recognized  as  political  survival  rather  

than  a  true  reversal  of  conscience.     Beam  suggests  that  the  more  ques-­ tions  you  ask  about  this  perfect  society  the   more  you  realize  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  recipe  for  chaos.  The   inherent  problem  in  libertarianism,  a  group   that  has  no  respect  for  leaders,  whose  core   value   is   â&#x20AC;&#x153;duty   to   one   self   above   all   oth-­ ers,â&#x20AC;?   is   that   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   no   way   to   run   a   civilized   society.  At  some  point  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  need  a  way  to   pay  for  things  so  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  need  a  centralized   bank,  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  need  to  print  money  and  regu-­ late  that  as  well.  What  will  you  do  with  the   unemployed,   the   sick,   or   the   injured?  The   libertarian  model  rejects  a  centralized  bank   and  some  even  favor  letting  a  society  have   as  many  different  forms  of  currency  as  they   wish.     Those   that   fall   between   the   cracks   of  this  society  are  left  to  the  mercy  of  char-­ ity   by   neighbors   who   do   not   seem   to   be   charitable  by  nature.  An  amusing  line  from   the  article  that  sums  up  that  argument  best   is:  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even  if  you  did  somehow  achieve  a  Li-­ bertopia,  you  would  be  surrounded  by  [in-­ sert  expletive].â&#x20AC;?

P\VWHULRXVUHHORIÂżOPLQKLVGDGÂśVEHORQJLQJV7KDW ÂżOPZRXOGXOWLPDWHO\FRQWDLQDJUHDWGHDORIQHZV-­ reel  footage   surrounding   the   events   in   Roosevelt   Field.  On  top  of  that,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;400  photos  were  accumulated   by   searching   through   the   archives   of   the   Aviation   Hall  of  Fame  &  Museum  of  NJ,  the  Cradle  of  Avi-­ ation   in   Long   Island,   and   the   Chamberlin   family,â&#x20AC;?   beamed  Tooma.  With  this  treasure  trove  of  historical   records,  he  thought,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Someone  has  to  do  this.â&#x20AC;?   While  on  the  surface,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fly  First  &  Fight  Af-­ terwardâ&#x20AC;?   is   a   historical   documentary   of   aviationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   golden  age,  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  also  the  story  of  coming  in  second,   UHGHÂżQLQJ SULRULWLHV DQG PDNLQJ WKH EHVW RI VRPH-­ thing   beyond   your   control.   Chamberlin   may   have   PLVVHGWKHFKDQFHWREHÂżUVWEXWWZRZHHNVODWHUKH EHFDPHWKHÂżUVWSHUVRQWRFRPSOHWHDQRQVWRSWUDQV-­ DWODQWLFĂ&#x20AC;LJKWZLWKDSDVVHQJHU   Tooma   likes   these   kind   of   characters.   The   NLQGWKDWSHUVHYHUHDQGUHGHÂżQHWKHJDPH+LV PRVW UHFHQW ÂżOP LV FDOOHG Âł6HHNLQJ 1LUYDQD´ FR written  with  Evan  Marshall.  The  75  minute GUDPDWLFÂżOPVXEWLWOHGÂł:ULWH:KDW<RX.QRZ/LYH How  You  Should,â&#x20AC;?  is  the  story  of  a  literary  agent  and   his   one   -­hit-­wonder   client,   a   novelist   named   Derek   Wiles.  Both  characters  are  seekers.  Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  searching  

for  whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   really   important   in   life.   Tooma   sayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  of  Wiles,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  sort  of  a  modern  day   Kerouac.â&#x20AC;?   In  what  appears  to  be  a  juggernaut  of   creativity,  Billy  Tooma  is  two  stories  away   IURPKLVFRPSLODWLRQRIVL[WHHQVFLHQFHÂżF-­ tion  stories  for  ME  Publishing  titled,  Shinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Shadow  &  Other  Stories.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fly   First   &   Fight  Afterwardâ&#x20AC;?   has   been   nominated   for   the   National  Aviation   Hall  of  Fameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  2011  Combs-­Gates  Award.     In   addition,   Billy   Tooma   is   being   recognized,  along  with  Humanities  Profes-­ sor   Margaret   Botney   for   producing   a   six   minute   DVD,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   Essex   County   Collge   Honors   Program,â&#x20AC;?   which   represents   the   ÂżUVW PDUNHWLQJ VWUDWHJ\ IRU UHFUXLWPHQW RI the  College  Honors  Program.

Seeking Billy Tooma By  Christian  Blair

 &KDUOHV /LQGEHUJK Ă&#x20AC;HZ KLV 6SLULW RI 6W Louis  from  Roosevelt  Field,  Long  Island  to  Paris France,   on   May   21st,   1927,   winning   the   Orteig   SUL]HDQGEHFRPLQJWKHÂżUVWSHUVRQWRFRPSOHWH DQRQVWRSWUDQVDWODQWLFĂ&#x20AC;LJKW%XW/LQGEHUJKZDV not  the  only  pilot  racing  to  make  history.  Had  it-­ not   been   for   a   minor   legal   dispute   impeding   his   launch,  Clarence  D.  Chamberlin  could  have  had held  that  distinction.  Professor  Billy  Toomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  110   minute  documentary,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fly  First  &  Fight Afterward:  The   Life   of   Col.   Clarence   D.   Cham-­ berlinâ&#x20AC;?  is  the  story  of  one  of  aviationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  earlier pioneers   who   came   this   close   to   the   paramount   JORU\RIEHLQJWKHÂżUVW   Billy  Tooma  took  a  moment  out  from  his   busy  schedule  as  an  ECC  faculty  member  in  Eng-­ OLVKWRGLVFXVVKLVÂżOPVDQGXSFRPLQJERRN7KH \RXWKIXO FRQÂżGHQW ZULWHUGLUHFWRU ZLWK D SUR-­ nounced  widowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  peak  spoke  passionately  and  re-­ called  what  inspired  him  to  pursue  Chamberlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   story.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  was  put  in  contact  with  Philip  Chamber-­ lin  (Clarence  Chamberlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  son)  by  Karl  Petry,  my   ÂżOPPHQWRU´KHH[SODLQHG3KLOOLSKDGXQHDUWKHG an  audio  recording  of  his  father  from  1961  and  a  



HORRORSCOPES By  Salomao  Becker

The  holiday  season  is  coming  around   soon,  and  I  have  tapped  into  my  latent,   astrologically  sensing  powers  in  order  to   provide  the  good  people  of  ECC  with  the   most  accurate  horoscopes  for  October   31st.   Aries:  the  universe  enjoys  working  in   ironic  ways,  so  avoid  certain  models  of   cars  this  Halloween.  Seriously,  when  you   are  in  a  Dodge  and  you  suddenly  have   a  Final  Destination  type  vision,  you  will   curse  your  inability  to  follow  my  direc-­ tions  to  your  early  grave. Taurus:  you  are  clumsy,  exactly  the  kind   of  person  who  would  just  be  a  terrible   china  shop  owner.  Avoid  china  shops  this   October  31st.  Dying  by  glass  is  a  pretty   lame  way  to  go  when  you  have  a  bull  for   a  sign.  This  is  doubly  true  when  you  basi-­ cally  bring  the  end  to  yourself  by  tripping   over  a  priceless  vase.



to  the   next   levelâ&#x20AC;?   meaning   higher   levels.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;This   is   critical  to  our  journey  and  future,â&#x20AC;?  she  emphasized,   adding  the  need  to  â&#x20AC;&#x153;challenge  our  ability  to  meet  de-­ mands  of  students  and  community,  which  will  bring   us  together  to  increase  the  number  of  scholarshipsâ&#x20AC;?   for  students.           A   more   personal   and   intimate   side   of   President   Abdullah   was   revealed   by   Rev.   Canon   Dr.   Sandye   A.   Wilson,   Rector   of   The   Episcopal   Church   of   St.   Andrew  and  Holy  Communion  who  chose  to  share   some  personal  insight  to    Dr.  Abdullahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  life.  Obvi-­ ously  a  dear  and  close  friend  of  the  family,  Dr.  Wilson   VSRNHEULHĂ&#x20AC;\DERXW'U$EGXOODKÂśVIDWKHUDQGDVRQ in  Jacksonville  that  could  not  attend  the  Investiture   Ceremony;Íž  she  also  mentioned  a  daughter  teaching   at  the  University  of  Pennsylvania  who  could  not  at-­ tend.    Dr.  Wilson  also  pointed  to  the  new  presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   handsome  son,  who  was  perched  in  the  front  row  and   stood  to  be  recognized. 7KH ,QYHVWLWXUH &HUHPRQ\ ÂżQDOO\ HQGHG ZKHQ 'U Abdullah   lead   the   faculty   out   of   the   gymnasium,   no  doubt  leading  them  toward  continued  success  as   ECC  moves  on  into  the  21st  century.


Virgo:  Halloween  is  basically  going  to  be   like  Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Day  for  you,  except  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll   be  in  a  terrible  costume  no  one  will  like.   The  supernatural  horrors  of  the  season   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  really  care  for  scaring  you,  though.   Your  fear  of  dying  alone  is  enough. Libra:  what  kind  of  a  Zodiac  is  a  scale?   I  guess  you  should  watch  out  for  bipo-­ lar  killers,  or  something.  I  do  not  know.   Scales  are  not  ironic. Scorpio:  Halloween  is  the  time  where   your  animal  instinct  to  aggressively  sting   other  human  beings  is  at  its  highest.  This   is  highly  illegal  and  a  terrible  thing  to  do.   We  ask  you  to  please  keep  your  dark  side   to  yourself. Sagittarius:  stay  away  from  any  source   of  radiation.  No,  you  wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  turn  into  a   centaur,  but  you  could  potentially  develop   complications  in  the  near  future.  I  just   mentioned  it  because  I  know  you  were   thinking  that  party  at  the  Nuclear  Waste   Storage  Facility  was  going  to  be  tight.

Alton  Drummond   Student  Government  Association

Carla  Alvarez   Phi  Theta  Kappa

Gemini:  good  news,  you  have  no  chance   of  dying  during  this  Halloween  season.   ,GRKRZHYHUVXJJHVWWKDW\RXÂżQG\RXU evil  twin  and  have  a  dramatic  dispute   before  he/she  completely  ruins  your  life.   Finding  an  evil  twin  is  easy.  Look  for   you  with  a  mustache  (look  for  wax  marks   on  your  doppelgängerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  lips  if  you  are  a   woman). Cancer:  \RXZLOOGHÂżQLWHO\IHHOWRR crabby  and  depressed  to  enjoy  the  season.   Stop  being  completely  boringâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;this  is  not   how  you  make  friends.  Plus,  if  you  do  not   treat,  we  will  all  trick.  We  go  hard  when   we  trick.  Seriously!

ewly-­Elected Student Club Presidents


Arianne  Wallace   Chess  Club



Capricorn:  candy  corn  is  your  best   friend  this  holiday  season.  It  is  in  your   Zodiac,  dude,  you  should  eat  a  ton  of  it.   You  are  astrologically  protected  from   cavities  if  you  eat  those,  I  swear. Aquarius:  you  are  the  sign  with  the  vase   in  your  picture,  so  stay  away  from  Taurus   people  on  the  31st.  Seriously,  read  their   horoscope,  that  is  a  lawsuit  waiting  to   happen.  As  an  Aquarius,  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  grounded   in  real  life  things.  Lawsuits  are  scary. Pisces:  you  are  commanded  by  your   dark  lord  to  revive  him  this  holiday   season.  Did  you  not  know  worshipped   H.P.  Lovecraftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;thulhu?  Of  course  you   GLGQÂśW\RXÂśUHDEUDLQZDVKHGÂżVKPRQ-­ ster.  Phâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nglui  mglwâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nafh  Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;thulhu  Râ&#x20AC;&#x2122;lyeh   wgahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nagl  fhtagn,  and  all  that  good  stuff.

Nicole  Rapista   Rotaract  


Aissatou  Barry  &  Jason  Gleason   Math  Club


ECCO October 2011  

The student voice of Essex County College

ECCO October 2011  

The student voice of Essex County College