OCTOBER Â 2011
observer THE Â OFFICIAL Â STUDENT Â NEWSPAPER Â OF Â ESSEX Â COUNTY Â COLLEGE
SINCE Â 1968
THE Â STUDENT Â VOICE
OCCUPY WALL STREET By Â Christian Â Blair
ccupy Â Wall Â Street Â (OWS) Â sprang Â to Â life Â on Â Saturday, Â September Â 17th Â with Â around Â a Â thousand Â people Â walking Â up Â and Â down Â Wall Â Street Â refusing Â to Â leave. Â They Â still Â have Â not Â left. Â In Â two Â weeks Â the Â crowd Â grew Â so Â large Â they Â moved Â to Â nearby Â Zuccotti Â Park Â (former-Â ly Â Liberty Â Park) Â and Â set Â up Â camp. Â By Â September Â 28th Â the Â Transport Â Workers Â Union Â of Â America Â (TWU Â Local-Â100) Â voted Â solidarity Â with Â the Â protestors. Â Soon Â after, Â they Â received Â the Â full Â endorsement Â of Â the Â American Â Federation Â of Â Teachers Â (Local Â 1839). Â Similar Â protests Â have Â sprouted Â up Â all Â over Â the Â country. 0DLQVWUHDPPHGLDRXWOHWVKDYHEHHQKDUGSUHVVHGWRGHÂżQHDVSHFLÂżFJRDORI2:6EHFDXVHWKHPRYHPHQWKDVSXUSRVHO\VKXQQHGWKH simplicity Â of Â a Â soundbite. Â [See Â Page Â 4]
Essex Student Found Dead in Hudson River By Â Rodrigo Â Perez
Â Deibi Â Nepomuceno, Â a Â resident Â of Â Passaic Â and Â a Â student Â from Â Essex Â County Â College, Â was Â found Â dead Â in Â the Â outskirts Â of Â New Â York Â City, Â by Â the Â Hudson Â River Â in Â mid-ÂSeptember. Â The Â student, Â 20, Â left Â his Â house Â on Â Friday, Â September Â 16th, Â en Â route Â to Â the Â college Â to Â buy Â his Â books Â for Â classes Â despite Â him Â not Â having Â a Â scheduled Â class Â for Â that Â day. Â Nepomuceno Â â€œnev-Â er Â made Â it Â to Â his Â destination,â€? Â said Â Detective Â Gabriel Â Guzman Â in Â a Â report Â by Â the Â NorthJersey Â 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 ÂłÂżYHIRRWWHQ ZLWK EURZQ H\HV EODFN KDLU PHGL-Â um Â complexion, Â and Â last Â seen Â wearing Â glasses, Â blue Â jeans, Â and Â black Â sneakers.â€?[See Â Page Â 2] Â Â
Honk Your Horn for Jobs By Â Theodore Â Ezike Â As Â you Â all Â may Â have Â heard Â or Â experienced, Â our Â country Â is Â going Â through Â some Â of Â the Â worst Â economic Â times Â since Â the Â Great Â Depression. Â If Â one Â were Â to Â watch Â a Â cable Â news Â channel, Â they Â would Â see Â that Â the Â issue Â is Â indeed Â the Â most Â discussed Â and Â pondered Â problem Â today. Â With Â unemployment Â at Â approximately Â nine Â percent Â in Â the Â United Â States Â and Â zero Â percent Â job Â growth, Â the Â outlook Â for Â most Â Americans Â looks Â bleak Â at Â best Â without Â radical Â changes Â to Â our Â social Â and Â economic Â policies. Â [See Â Page Â 5]
Welcome Sixth President of ECC Dr. Edythe M. Abdullah
By Â Contributing Â Writer
Â Convocation Â 2011 Â kicked Â off Â the Â academic Â school Â year Â with Â a Â very Â special Â ceremony, Â one Â that Â the Â college Â hasnâ€™t Â seen Â in Â many Â decadesâ€” the Â investiture Â of Â a Â new Â president. Â The Â investiture Â of Â Dr. Â Edythe Â M. Â Abdullah Â as Â the Â sixth Â president Â of Â (&&LVHVSHFLDOO\VLJQLÂżFDQWVLQFHVKHLVDOVRWKHÂżUVWIHPDOHSUHVLGHQW of Â the Â college. Â Â In Â an Â atmosphere Â of Â academic Â pomp Â and Â circumstance, Â the Â Investiture Â Ceremony Â began Â when Â ECCâ€™s Â esteemed Â faculty, Â draped Â traditionally Â in Â colorful Â academic Â regalia, Â slowly Â marched Â into Â the Â beautifully Â trans-Â formed Â ECC Â gymnasium Â to Â the Â sound Â of Â composer Â Johann Â Pachelbelâ€™s Â â€œCanon Â in Â D Â Minor,â€? Â while Â the Â honored Â guests Â on Â the Â dais Â stood Â re-Â spectfully. Â As Â the Â Investiture Â Program Â unfolded, Â many Â well Â known Â Essex Â County Â dignitaries Â Â happily Â made Â their Â way Â to Â the Â microphone Â to Â endorse Â both Â the Â new Â president Â and Â the Â historical Â success Â of Â Essex Â [See Â Page Â 5]
Joachim: From â€˜Art Kidâ€™ to Website Owner.... 2 Student Development Cen-Â ter Preps Students for Job Market.... Â 3 Occupy Wall Street....4 Honk Your Horn for Jobs....5 Halloween Safety Tips....6 Seventh Annual Constitu-Â tion Day at ECC....7 Horrorscopes....8
Essex Â County Â College Â 303 Â University Â Ave. Â Newark, Â NJ Â 07102
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Joachim: From â€˜Art Kidâ€™ to Website Owner By Â Tsahai Â General
The Â Student Â Voice Â of Â Â Essex Â County Â College Â Essex Â County Â College 303 Â University Â Ave. Newark, Â NJ Â 07102 firstname.lastname@example.org Editor-Âin Â Chief Rodrigo Â Perez Layout Â Design Â Editor Michelle Â Longmore Business Â Editor Collis Â Marrow Copy Â Editor Yulieth Â Cordero Staff Â Writers Salomao Â Becker Christain Â Blair Theodore Â Ezike Elaina Â Garret Tsahai Â General Leonita Â Rexha Humanities Â Faculty Co-ÂAdvisors Eileen Â DeFreece Jennifer Â Wager
Essex Student Found Dead CONTINUED Â FROM Â PAGE Â ONE
The Â report Â was Â broadcasted Â from Â the Â Passaic Â Police Â Department Â to Â other Â police Â departments Â in Â an Â at-Â tempt Â to Â expand Â the Â â€œnon-Âstopâ€? Â VHDUFKLQKRSHVRIÂżQGLQJKLP Â Detective Â Andy Â White Â and Â spokesman Â of Â the Â Passaic Â Police, Â said Â the Â body Â was Â found Â intact Â on Â Tuesday, Â September Â 20th, Â after Â a Â bi-Â cyclist Â spotted Â the Â body Â and Â imme-Â GLDWHO\QRWLÂżHGWKH1HZ<RUN3ROLFH Department Â (NYPD). Â The Â NYPD Â ruled Â the Â death Â as Â a Â suicide. Â Much Â speculation Â spread Â around Â campus Â about Â the Â missing Â student Â and Â con-Â troversy Â over Â the Â ruling Â from Â the Â NYPD. Â Â After Â his Â family Â was Â noti-Â ÂżHGWKH\KHDGHGRYHUWR1HZ<RUN where Â they Â were Â asked Â to Â identify Â the Â body Â that Â matched Â the Â descrip-Â tion Â made Â by Â the Â report. Â The Â Nepo-Â PXFHQRIDPLO\FRQÂżUPHGWKHERG\ as Â their Â son. Â
Â Many Â people Â assume Â art Â students Â are Â â€œston-Â ersâ€? Â or Â hippies Â with Â a Â nonchalant Â outlook Â on Â the Â life. Â They Â question Â their Â job Â opportunities Â that Â lay Â ahead Â for Â these Â students Â and Â assume Â that Â the Â only Â career Â path Â available Â for Â them Â is Â teaching. Â Of Â course, Â these Â people Â are Â forgetting Â that Â it Â was Â an Â artist Â that Â had Â to Â design Â the Â layout Â for Â billboards, Â magazines, Â and Â even Â web Â pages Â that Â we Â navigate. Â In Â addition, Â remember Â that Â artistâ€™s Â design Â the Â clothes Â we Â wear Â on Â our Â backs. Â The Â spectrum Â of Â opportunities Â set Â ahead Â for Â these Â artists Â are Â vast Â and Â Anthony Â â€œIndyâ€? Â Joachim, Â owner Â of Â his Â own Â website, Â did Â not Â hesitate Â to Â take Â full Â ad-Â vantage Â of Â these Â opportunities. Â With Â his Â knack Â for Â drawing, Â painting, Â photography, Â and Â editing, Â Indy Â majors Â in Â graphic Â design Â at Â the Â Art Â Institute Â of Â New Â York Â City. Â Indy Â grew Â up Â in Â West Â Orange, Â New Â Jer-Â sey, Â so Â his Â art Â career Â began Â in Â Essex Â County. Â Indy Â has Â always Â had Â a Â talent Â for Â drawing. Â Between Â developing Â his Â own Â comic Â strip Â in Â middle Â school Â and Â drawing Â himself Â and Â friends Â on Â sketch Â boards, Â he Â realized Â his Â pencil Â was Â his Â tool Â for Â success. Â Â Throughout Â his Â life Â Indy Â was Â never Â a Â fan Â of Â change Â and Â had Â a Â terrible Â time Â adjusting, Â but Â within Â the Â art Â community Â he Â did Â have Â to Â alter Â his Â methods. Â Though Â he Â favored Â drawing Â with Â a Â Â pencil, Â after Â mas-Â tering Â color Â he Â transitioned Â to Â a Â colored Â pencil, Â then Â ZDWHUFRORUDQGÂżQDOO\WRVFXOSWXUH'XULQJKLVVHQLRU year Â in Â high Â school, Â he Â developed Â his Â own Â website Â to Â display Â the Â things Â he Â was Â passionate Â about Â (art, Â mu-Â sic, Â fashion, Â etc). Â Â When Â photography Â was Â introduced Â to Â him, Â he Â became Â relatively Â good Â shooting Â photographs. Â For Â a Â young Â man Â who Â has Â vision Â problems, Â he Â has Â a Â keen Â eye Â for Â detail. Â â€œI Â literally Â have Â the Â worst Â vision, Â but Â when Â it Â comes Â to Â art Â and Â designs, Â I Â am Â a Â hawk. Â I Â wonâ€™t Â leave Â a Â piece Â alone Â until Â Iâ€™m Â happy Â with Â it. Â It Â may Â take Â a Â month, Â but Â I Â wonâ€™t Â leave Â it Â aloneâ€? Â said Â Indy. Â As Â a Â Â photographer Â he Â takes Â pictures Â and Â holds Â photo Â shoots Â for Â artists Â and Â designers Â alike. Â He Â met Â Sai, Â the Â co-Âowner Â of Â his Â current Â websiteâ€” coolikedatâ€”via Â twitter. Â It Â was Â fate Â that Â had Â the Â two Â collaborate. Â Whenever Â school Â gets Â overwhelming Â and Â he Â is Â unable Â to Â update Â his Â website, Â Sai Â keeps Â it Â up-Âto-Âdate. Â Â The Â site Â was Â originally Â about Â music Â and Â fash-Â ion. Â However, Â the Â â€œArtâ€? Â tab Â was Â recently Â added Â to Â expand Â the Â site. Â Indy Â made Â it Â clear Â that Â his Â website Â is Â not Â a Â blog, Â but Â instead Â a Â brand. Â â€œIâ€™m Â not Â a Â person Â who Â likes Â change, Â but Â because Â it Â can Â not Â be Â helped, Â I Â am Â constantly Â changing Â and Â if Â I Â change, Â so Â does Â
CooLikeDat.â€? Â Â Â Â In Â the Â submissions Â page, Â the Â up Â and Â com-Â ing Â artists Â are Â able Â to Â send Â him Â music Â to Â review Â or Â critique. Â Neither Â the Â site Â nor Â the Â submissions Â page Â is Â for Â negative Â feedback. Â However, Â if Â he Â happens Â to Â dislike Â a Â certain Â aspect Â of Â a Â song Â he Â lets Â the Â art-Â ist Â know Â and Â it Â is Â then Â up Â to Â the Â artist Â to Â revise Â the Â comment. Â Indy Â is Â not Â a Â producer, Â but Â he Â is Â a Â tastemaker, Â a Â critic. Â The Â sites Â present Â publicity Â is Â in Â some Â effortless Â ways. Â Before, Â promotion Â was Â a Â necessity Â via Â verbal Â promotions Â and Â throwies Â (promotion Â stickers), Â but Â now Â he Â has Â a Â regular Â fan Â base. Â When Â asked Â how Â the Â site Â would Â help Â to Â fur-Â ther Â his Â art Â career, Â Indy Â made Â it Â clear Â that Â the Â site Â allowed Â him Â to Â make Â connections Â internationally. Â The Â January Â 2011 Â issue Â was Â dropped Â a Â few Â months Â DIWHUWKHÂżUVW\HDUDQQLYHUVDU\RI&RR/LNH'DW7KH second Â magazine Â was Â dropped Â in Â April. Â Indy Â had Â made Â connections Â with Â up-Âand-Âcoming Â music Â art-Â ists, Â visual Â artists, Â and Â designers. Â Between Â the Â ages Â of Â 17 Â and Â 19, Â Anthony Â â€œIndyâ€? Â Joachim Â made Â an Â enormous Â amount Â of Â progress Â with Â a Â site Â that Â he Â built Â up Â from Â scratch Â and Â he Â owes Â it Â to Â his Â vision Â and Â hard Â work.
Students Voice Their Opinions to the Student Government By Â Rodrigo Â Perez
Â The Â Student Â Government Â Association Â held Â LWVÂżUVW2SHQ)RUXPLQWKH&ROOHJHÂśVFDIHWHULDRQ Thursday, Â September Â 29. Â During Â the Â one-Âhour Â ses-Â sion, Â Alton Â Drummond, Â the Â President Â of Â the Â Stu-Â dent Â Government, Â welcomed Â students Â and Â encour-Â aged Â them Â to Â express Â their Â concerns Â about Â changes Â they Â would Â like Â to Â see Â implemented Â throughout Â the Â college. Â Â A Â plethora Â of Â suggestions, Â ranging Â from Â EHWWHU TXDOLÂżHG WHDFKHUV WR PRUH HIÂżFLHQW J\P equipment, Â were Â announced Â by Â various Â students, Â who Â approached Â the Â table Â and Â joined Â the Â execu-Â tive Â members. Â A Â microphone Â was Â given Â to Â anyone Â who Â wished Â to Â make Â complaints Â to Â overpower Â the Â sound Â coming Â from Â students Â who Â were Â conversing Â in Â the Â outer-Âbounds Â of Â the Â cafeteriaâ€™s Â pit. Â However, Â Ruth Â Antwi, Â one Â of Â the Â senators, Â told Â students Â they Â FRXOGÂżOHDFRPSODLQWLQWKH6*$ÂśVRIÂżFHORFDWHG RQWKHVHFRQGĂ€RRURIWKH&ODUD('DVKHU&HQWHU using Â one Â of Â the Â complaint Â forms Â in Â case Â they Â felt Â uncomfortable Â expressing Â their Â thoughts Â out-Âloud. Â Â [See Â Page Â 7]
Bullying Caused Suicide
By Â Leonita Â Rexha
In Â todayâ€™s Â society, Â teenage Â suicide Â is Â a Â major Â problem. Â Every Â year Â there Â is Â about Â 10 Â suicides Â out Â of Â 100,000 Â young Â people. Â Everyday Â there Â is Â about Â 11 Â suicides Â and Â every Â two Â hours Â someone Â is Â dead Â due Â to Â suicide. Â This Â theme Â is Â explored Â in Â the Â novel Â â€œThirteen Â Reasons Â Whyâ€? Â by Â Jay Â Asher. Â It Â is Â about Â a Â teenage Â girl, Â Hannah Â Baker, Â who Â com-Â mitted Â suicide Â due Â to Â bullying. Â Clay Â Jensen, Â a Â classmate Â who Â had Â a Â crush Â on Â Hannah Â Baker, Â faced Â turmoil Â when Â he Â discovered Â that Â he Â was Â one Â of Â the Â thirteen Â teenagers Â who Â were Â responsible Â for Â Hannah Â Bakerâ€™s Â death. Â Before Â Hannah Â %DNHUFRPPLWWHGVXLFLGHVKHVHQWRQHFDVVHWWHWRHDFKRIWKHWKLUWHHQSHRSOHWKDWLQĂ€XHQFHGKHUVXLFLGDOWKRXJKWV explaining Â what Â each Â person Â did Â to Â hurt Â her. Â Clay Â Jensen, Â being Â the Â last Â person Â mentioned Â on Â the Â cassettes, Â followed Â in Â Hannah Â Bakerâ€™s Â footsteps Â and Â faced Â all Â her Â pain, Â as Â he Â confronted Â what Â he Â did Â to Â hurt Â her. Â This Â novel Â is Â a Â reminder Â of Â how Â most Â events Â in Â life Â cause Â a Â ripple Â effect;Íž Â every Â action Â has Â an Â effect Â and Â that Â effect Â not Â only Â hurts Â you, Â but Â it Â hurts Â others Â around Â you. Â Asher Â displays Â this Â ripple Â affect Â very Â well. Â His Â novel Â helps Â readers Â understand Â that Â no Â matter Â how Â collected Â and Â high Â spirited Â a Â person Â may Â seem Â on Â the Â outside, Â there Â may Â be Â something Â troubling Â going Â on Â the Â insideâ€”troubles Â that Â may Â eventually Â lead Â to Â suicide. Â m Â v ESSEX Â COUNTY Â COLLEGE Â OBSERVER
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Student Development Center Preps Students for Job Market By Â Sybil Â B. Â Wormley
Â Imagine Â going Â into Â your Â next Â interview Â IRUDMREZLWKDFHUWLÂżFDWHWKDWLOOXVWUDWHV\RX have Â the Â necessary Â skills Â for Â entry Â level Â employ-Â ment. Â Â Seem Â like Â a Â dream Â come Â true, Â well Â you Â can Â make Â it Â happen, Â just Â like Â so Â many Â other Â students Â have Â recently Â done. Â Â The Â Student Â Devel-Â opment Â Center Â (SDC, Â formerly Â Career Â Resource Â Center Â (CRC)) Â provides Â an Â opportunity Â for Â students Â to Â achieve Â a Â National Â Work Â Readiness Â &UHGHQWLDOV1:5& FHUWLÂżFDWHZKLFKGHPRQ-Â strates Â they Â have Â competency Â in Â 4 Â critical Â skills Â areas;Íž Â Listening, Â Situational Â Judgment, Â Problem Â Solving, Â and Â Reading Â Comprehension. Â Â The Â credentials Â were Â developed Â by Â the Â Department Â of Â Labor, Â in Â partnership Â with Â 50 Â businesses Â through-Â out Â the Â United Â States, Â who Â established Â the Â exami-Â nation Â to Â determine Â if Â potential Â employees Â had Â the Â necessary Â skills Â for Â entry Â level Â positions. Â Â The Â NWRC Â examination Â is Â taken Â in Â 4 Â parts, Â requiring Â a Â total Â of Â approximately Â 4 Â hours Â to Â complete, Â and Â a Â student Â must Â pass Â each Â section Â with Â a Â minimum Â VFRUHRIWRDFKLHYHDSDVVLQJJUDGH$FHUWLÂż-Â cate Â is Â presented Â to Â students Â upon Â completion Â of Â all Â 4 Â sections Â of Â the Â examination. Â Given Â the Â current Â competitive Â job Â mar-Â NHWWKHFHUWLÂżFDWLRQFDQSURYLGHVWXGHQWVZLWK an Â advantage Â when Â seeking Â employment. Â Â The Â SDC Â wanted Â to Â maximize Â the Â opportunity Â for Â students, Â especially Â considering Â many Â are Â enter-Â ing Â the Â summer Â job Â market. Â Â They Â made Â a Â con-Â certed Â effort Â during Â March Â and Â April Â to Â encour-Â age Â students Â to Â take Â the Â examination. Â Â As Â a Â result Â of Â tremendous Â team Â work Â by Â the Â core Â SDC Â team, Â including Â Sybil Â Wormley, Â Fatima Â McMahon, Â Vir-Â ginia Â Genardi Â and Â Rahman Â Karriem, Â and Â key Â de-Â partments Â throughout Â the Â college, Â especially Â the Â Business Â division Â including Â Chairman Â Michael Â King Â and Â Professor Â Carlos Â Rivera, Â the Â student Â results Â were Â tremendous. Â Â The Â chart Â below Â shows Â how Â many Â students Â participated Â and Â illustrates Â the Â focus Â that Â was Â made Â on Â serving Â students Â over Â the Â past Â two Â months. Â Â Given Â everything Â that Â was Â going Â on Â throughout Â the Â College Â over Â the Â past Â few Â months, Â it Â is Â impressive Â to Â have Â so Â many Â
students Â participate. Â Â In Â fact, Â the Â level Â of Â student Â participation Â in Â FY Â 2011 Â was Â over Â 50% Â higher Â than Â in Â FY Â 2010, Â which Â is Â a Â great Â indication Â that Â students Â are Â recognizing Â the Â value Â of Â getting Â â€˜work Â readyâ€™ Â and Â sets Â the Â stage Â for Â even Â greater Â participation Â in Â the Â future. Â Â Â Â The Â results Â for Â the Â FY Â 2011 Â were Â outstand-Â ing. Â Â During Â FY Â 2011 Â a Â total Â of Â 126 Â students Â passed Â WKHH[DPLQDWLRQVDQGUHFHLYHGDFHUWLÂżFDWH7KLVLV an Â increase Â of Â over Â two-Âhundred Â percent Â from Â the Â previous Â year Â (FY Â 2010 Â 38 Â students Â passed Â all Â four Â examinations). Â Â Overall Â students Â passed Â the Â creden-Â tial Â examination Â at Â a Â rate Â of Â seventy-Âsix Â percent, Â ZKLFKZDVVLJQLÂżFDQWO\KLJKHUWKDQWKHWKLUW\WZR percent Â pass Â rate Â from Â the Â previous Â year. Â Â This Â rep-Â resented Â an Â improvement Â in Â student Â passing Â rate Â of Â RYHURQHKXQGUHGÂżIWHHQSHUFHQW7KHWUHPHQGRXV increase Â in Â student Â performance Â is Â based Â on Â several Â factors, Â including Â a Â focus Â on Â working Â with Â Work Â Study Â and Â Business Â majors, Â both Â of Â which Â have Â solid Â backgrounds Â in Â work Â readiness Â preparation, Â either Â through Â practical Â experience Â and Â or Â course Â work. Â Kudos Â to Â our Â Essex Â County Â College Â students Â for Â their Â tremendous Â results! Â The Â SDC Â is Â pleased Â with Â the Â results Â from Â this Â year, Â and Â are Â looking Â forward Â to Â building Â on Â this Â yearâ€™s Â success Â in Â the Â coming Â year. Â Â It Â was Â great Â that Â so Â many Â students Â saw Â the Â value Â in Â the Â creden-Â tials, Â and Â the Â SDC Â is Â looking Â forward Â to Â the Â oppor-Â tunity Â to Â continue Â to Â work Â with Â several Â departments Â throughout Â the Â College Â next Â year Â to Â encourage Â student Â participation. Â Â In Â addition Â to Â the Â increase Â in Â student Â participation, Â the Â students Â achieved Â sig-Â QLÂżFDQWLPSURYHPHQWLQ\HDURYHU\HDUWHVWUHVXOWV `Additionally, Â the Â SDC Â has Â formed Â a Â strategic Â partnership Â with Â the Â Business Â Department Â to Â ensure Â VWXGHQWVFRQWLQXHWREHQHÂżWIURPWKLVRSSRUWXQLW\ Stay Â tuned Â to Â hear Â more Â exciting Â news Â about Â the Â NWRC Â in Â the Â coming Â year. Â Â Take Â advantage Â of Â the Â services Â offered Â by Â the Â SDC Â to Â help Â you Â get Â ready Â for Â the Â job Â market!
Students Create â€˜Gay-ÂStraight Alliance Clubâ€™ By Â Rodrigo Â Perez
Â September Â marked Â Tyler Â Clementiâ€™s Â one-Â year Â death Â anniversary Â after Â he Â plunged Â into Â the Â George Â Washington Â Bridge Â as Â a Â result Â of Â a Â breach Â of Â privacy Â from Â his Â roommate, Â who Â broadcasted Â Tylerâ€™s Â intimate Â sexual Â encounter Â with Â another Â male Â student Â online. Â By Â October Â of Â last Â year, Â his Â GHDWK KDG EHHQ RQH RI ÂżYH JD\ WHHQ VXLFLGHVÂ˛ all Â attributed Â to Â sexual Â orientation. Â Tolerance Â for Â taunting Â and Â bullying Â across Â campuses Â throughout Â the Â United Â States Â had Â not Â been Â addressed Â and Â it Â prompted Â people Â like, Â Dan Â Savage, Â a Â columnist, Â to Â begin Â YouTube Â videos Â aimed Â at Â the Â LGBT Â (Les-Â bian, Â Gay, Â Bisexual, Â and Â Transgender) Â community Â to Â create Â hope Â and Â prevent Â further Â suicides. Â The Â President, Â Barack Â Obama, Â among Â other Â celebri-Â ties Â and Â notorious Â personalities, Â took Â part Â in Â the Â It Â Gets Â Better Â Project, Â which Â became Â an Â internation-Â al Â movement Â composed Â of Â self-Âsubmitted Â videos Â encouraging Â teens Â to Â avoid Â suicide. Â Now, Â Essex Â County Â Collegeâ€™s Â Gay-ÂStraight Â Alli-Â ance Â (GSA), Â a Â student-Âformed Â organization Â seeks Â to Â adopt Â these Â ideals Â to Â create Â an Â LGBTQ-Âfriendly Â community Â across Â campus. Â The Â club Â seeks Â to Â edu-Â cate Â the Â LGBTQ Â community Â alongside Â other Â com-Â munities Â to Â establish Â a Â relationship Â that Â is Â founded Â on Â love, Â respect, Â and Â understanding. Â This Â club Â is Â non-Âexclusive Â to Â LGBTQ-Âidentifying Â mem-Â bers. Â Salomao Â Becker, Â one Â of Â the Â co-Âfounders Â is Â a Â straight Â ally Â and Â hopes Â that Â other Â straight-Âally Â students Â will Â hop Â on Â board Â to Â support Â their Â peers. Â Â The Â executive-Âboard Â members Â of Â the Â club Â took Â part Â in Â Essexâ€™s Â annual Â â€œWelcome Â Back Â Cook-Â outâ€? Â in Â mid-ÂSeptember Â to Â promote Â the Â existence Â of Â the Â newly Â founded Â organization Â and Â recruit Â members. Â Their Â table Â was Â adorned Â with Â different-Â FRORUHG Ă€\HUV DORQJVLGH 6NLWWOHVÂ˛PXOWLFRORUHG pieces Â of Â candy Â whose Â motto Â â€œTaste Â the Â Rainbowâ€? Â LVHDVLO\LGHQWLÂżDEOHWRWKHFRORUVLQWKHUDLQERZ Ă€DJÂ˛DQG FXS FDNHV PDGH E\ RQH RI WKH FRDG-Â visors, Â Professor Â Williams. Â Both, Â Professor Â Wil-Â liams Â and Â Professor Â Wager Â expressed Â great Â inter-Â est Â and Â support Â for Â the Â organization Â when Â asked Â to Â
be Â advisors. Â The Â executive-Âboard Â members Â and Â the Â advisors Â met Â a Â week Â prior Â to Â the Â Cookout, Â rushing Â to Â get Â the Â paperwork Â done Â in Â a Â time Â sensitive Â deadline Â to Â establish Â the Â organization Â in Â time Â for Â the Â Cookout. Â Â The Â GSA Â will Â slowly Â establish Â safe-Âzones Â throughout Â the Â Fall Â and Â Spring Â semesters. Â These Â safe-Âzones Â are Â areas Â within Â the Â college Â that Â support Â and Â welcome Â all Â students Â regardless Â of Â sexual Â ori-Â entation. Â The Â Presidentâ€™s Â ultimate Â goal Â is Â to Â make Â the Â entire Â college Â a Â safe-Âzone. Â They Â will Â campaign Â against Â bullying, Â educate Â members Â about Â the Â LG-Â BTQ Â community, Â and Â host Â national Â recognized Â days Â such Â as Â National Â Coming Â Out Â Day Â and Â World Â Aids Â Day.
Restaurant Review: Skipperâ€™s Live Music By Â Christian Â Blair
I Â have Â a Â confession. Â I Â love Â dive Â bars. Â Give Â me Â a Â no-Â frills Â joint Â to Â scarf Â down Â a Â burger Â and Â a Â beer, Â throw Â in Â a Â decent Â jukebox Â and Â a Â few Â local Â characters, Â and Â you Â have Â my Â business Â for Â life. Iâ€™m Â easy Â to Â please. Â Thatâ€™s Â what Â initially Â drove Â my Â attraction Â to Â Skipperâ€™s Â Plane Â Street Â Pub Â with Â its Â run-Â down Â exterior Â adjacent Â to Â a Â furniture Â warehouse. Â If Â youâ€™ve Â spent Â any Â time Â searching Â for Â a Â parking Â space Â circling Â the Â blocks Â around Â the Â Newark Â campus, Â you Â may Â have Â seen Â it Â tooâ€”the Â green Â awning, Â the Â funky Â
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Â The Â new Â academic Â year Â brings Â major Â changes Â for Â students, Â faculty, Â staff Â and Â visitors Â in Â that Â smoking Â is Â prohibited Â anywhere Â on Â all Â college Â FDPSXVHV DQG H[LVWLQJ ÂżUH VDIHW\ rules Â are Â now Â contained Â in Â a Â new Â bro-Â chure. Â Â Â Â Â Â Since Â July Â 1, Â smoking Â is Â prohibit-Â ed Â at Â the Â main Â Newark Â campus, Â West Â Essex Â campus, Â the Â ECC Â Police Â Acad-Â emy Â and Â all Â satellite Â locations. Â This Â wide Â sweeping Â policy Â was Â developed Â by Â a Â college-Âwide Â committee Â com-Â posed Â of Â administrators, Â faculty Â and Â students Â that Â met Â last Â academic Â year. Â Â Â Â Â Part Â of Â the Â policy Â development Â in-Â cluded Â a Â survey Â conducted Â by Â mem-Â bers Â of Â the Â Student Â Government Â As-Â sociation. Â That Â survey Â indicated Â a Â majority Â of Â students Â supported Â the Â no-Âsmoking Â policy. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The Â ban Â is Â designed Â for Â the Â health Â of Â all Â members Â of Â the Â college Â com-Â munity Â and Â visitors, Â as Â well Â as Â to Â re-Â inforce Â the Â Collegeâ€™s Â commitment Â to Â the Â New Â Jersey Â Smoke Â Free Â Air Â Act. Â The Â prohibition Â includes Â the Â Collegeâ€™s Â parking Â lots Â and Â deck, Â walkways Â and Â vehicles Â on Â college Â property. Â Viola-Â tors Â of Â College Â Regulation Â 2-Â22 Â are Â VXEMHFWWRDÂżQH Â Â Â Â Â In Â addition, Â a Â comprehensive Â â€œFire Â Safetyâ€? Â brochure Â outlining Â the Â Col-Â OHJHÂśV ÂżUH VXSSUHVVLRQ V\VWHPV DQG evacuation Â procedures Â is Â available. Â Copies Â of Â the Â brochure Â are Â available Â from Â the Â Collegeâ€™s Â Department Â of Â Public Â Safety, Â located Â on Â the Â main Â level Â at Â the Â Newark Â campus. Â Â Â Â Â Â The Â brochure Â details Â in Â one Â docu-Â PHQW H[LVWLQJ ÂżUH VDIHW\ UXOHV DQG regulations, Â including Â general Â evac-Â uation Â procedures Â and Â evacuating Â people Â with Â disabilities. Â The Â State Â of Â New Â Jersey Â requires Â that Â theses Â bro-Â chures Â be Â available Â to Â all Â students. Â Â Â Â Â Additional Â information Â on Â both Â WKHQRVPRNLQJSROLF\DQGÂżUHVDIHW\ rules Â and Â regulations Â is Â also Â available Â in Â the Â new Â student Â handbook. paint Â job, Â and Â darkened Â windows. Â Maybe, Â like Â me, Â you Â were Â intrigued Â by Â the Â â€œLive Â Musicâ€? Â sign Â but Â couldnâ€™t Â be Â completely Â sure Â the Â place Â was Â actually Â still Â in Â business. Looks Â are Â deceiving. Â If Â you Â havenâ€™t Â been Â there Â yet, Â youâ€™re Â missing Â out Â one Â of Â those Â best Â kept Â secrets Â for Â live Â music Â fans;Íž Â an Â amazing Â little Â diamond Â in Â the Â rough Â featur-Â ing Â live Â performances Â from Â internationally Â recognized Â jazz Â greats Â from Â all Â over Â the Â tri-Â state Â area. Â Drop Â in Â any Â Monday Â night Â around Â eight Â for Â a Â live Â jam. Â Regular Â contributors Â have Â included Â Beyonceâ€™s Â saxophonist, Â Tia Â Fuller, Â Grammy Â nominated Â guitar Â virtuoso Â Stanley Â Jordan, Â and Â Pianist Â and Â Rutgerâ€™s Â grad Â student, Â Radam Â Schwartz Â playing Â one Â of Â the Â few Â Hammond Â B3s Â in Â existence. Â You Â might Â be Â lucky Â enough Â to Â catch Â regular Â patron, Â activist, Â and Â Poet Â Laure-Â ate Â of Â NJ, Â Amira Â Baraka Â take Â to Â the Â stage Â for Â a Â recitation. Â The Â brick Â walls, Â wooden Â tables, Â and Â intimate Â performance Â space Â bring Â to Â mind Â beatnik Â haunts Â and Â I Â suddenly Â imagine Â it Â all Â in Â black Â and Â white Â with Â Al-Â len Â Ginsburg Â reading Â â€œHowlâ€? Â in Â front Â of Â a Â SDFNHGVPRNHÂżOOHGURRP7KLVLVWKHNLQG RISODFHFUHDWLYHLQGLYLGXDOVDQGPXVLFDÂż-Â cionados Â treasure. Â Credit Â goes Â to Â Skipperâ€™s Â waiter Â and Â Newark Â artist Â Raphael Â Vaz Â for Â most Â of Â the Â paintings Â hung Â throughout Â the Â bar. Â Greg Â Salandy Â is Â Skipperâ€™s Â owner. Â He Â describes Â his Â venue Â as Â â€œOne Â of Â those Â little Â jazz Â clubs Â in Â NYC, Â in Â the Â village.â€? COTINUED Â ON Â PAGE Â SIX
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OCTOBER Â 2011
Occupy WallStreet By Â Christian Â Blair
Â Many Â have Â been Â marching Â and Â camp-Â ing Â there Â overnight, Â while Â others Â come Â when Â not Â at Â work Â or Â at Â school. Â They Â chant, Â â€œWe Â are Â the Â 99 Â percent,â€? Â illustrating Â that Â despite Â dis-Â parate Â concerns, Â they Â collectively Â represent Â the Â majority Â in Â a Â country Â where Â one Â percent Â of Â the Â wealthy Â control Â ninety Â percent Â of Â the Â economy. Â Zuccotti Â Park Â the Â thirty-Âthree Â thou-Â sand Â square-Âfoot Â plaza Â seemed Â so Â small. Â Maybe Â it Â just Â felt Â that Â way Â because Â it Â was Â packed Â so Â tight Â with Â its Â new Â resi-Â dents. Â There Â were Â no Â marches Â planned Â on Â this, Â the Â 23rd, Â day Â of Â the Â occupa-Â tion Â so Â I Â was Â able Â to Â experience Â the Â en-Â campmentâ€”a Â home Â for Â many Â these Â past Â few Â weeks. Â It Â is Â surrounded Â on Â all Â sides Â by Â barricades Â and Â police. Â Inside Â the Â barricades Â pro-Â testers Â hold Â signs, Â chant, Â play Â music, Â give Â speeches, Â and Â perform Â administra-Â tive Â duties. Â Some Â par-Â ticipants Â are Â embar-Â rassingly Â idealistic, Â reveling Â in Â the Â very Â act Â of Â rebelling. Â One Â young Â woman Â shouted Â from Â the Â sidewalk Â at Â tourists Â on Â a Â double Â decker Â sightseeing Â bus Â to, Â â€œGet Â off Â the Â bus Â and Â into Â the Â streets.â€? Â Had Â that Â worked, Â it Â would Â have Â been Â shocking Â and Â awkward Â for Â everyone. Â This Â is Â a Â natural Â by-Âproduct Â of Â all Â protests, Â yet Â under Â the Â surface, Â one Â cannot Â deny Â there Â is Â a Â rock Â solid Â seriousness Â at Â the Â core Â of Â this Â one. Â Venture Â deeper Â into Â the Â camp Â and Â one Â feels Â as Â though Â one Â has Â come Â upon Â a Â micro-Â village. Â There Â is Â an Â amusing Â sign Â beside Â the Â makeshift Â sleeping Â areas Â that Â says, Â â€œWelcome Â To Â The Â OWS Â Zoo!â€? Â that Â asks Â us Â not Â to Â photo-Â graph Â the Â sleeping Â residents Â without Â permis-Â sion. Â Behind Â that Â they Â have Â established Â a Â com-Â munity Â kitchen Â area. Â Members Â of Â the Â group Â race Â around Â rationing Â out Â meals. Â At Â one Â of Â the Â entry Â paths Â stands Â an Â entire Â wall Â of Â books Â that Â comprises Â â€œThe Â Peopleâ€™s Â Libraryâ€? Â everyone Â is Â entitled Â to Â take Â and Â leave Â reading Â material. Â Beyond Â the Â library Â there Â is Â a Â communications Â center Â with Â serious Â people Â tapping Â away Â at Â workstations Â (with Â printers)! Â Some Â are Â edit-Â ing Â and Â uploading Â video Â footage Â while Â others Â are Â updating Â Twitter Â feeds, Â Facebook pages, Â and Â the Â OWS Â website. Â Behind Â a Â cell Â phone Â recharging Â station Â is Â a Â table Â marked Â â€œPress,â€? Â where Â they Â pop Â out Â various Â OWS Â buttons Â for Â sale Â at Â a Â dollar Â apiece. Â 7KH\DUHQRWDOORZHGWRXVHDPSOLÂżHUV so Â they Â have Â developed Â an Â interesting Â way Â to Â speak Â to Â the Â large Â crowds. Â A Â speaker Â will Â say Â a Â short Â sentence Â and Â pause Â while Â nearby Â mem-Â bers Â repeat Â that Â sentence Â to Â everyone Â within Â earshot. Â This Â continues Â echoing Â outward Â until Â the Â message Â is Â heard Â and Â then Â the Â speaker Â pro-Â ceeds Â with Â his Â next Â line. Â All Â this Â is Â punctuated Â by Â the Â near Â constant Â repetition Â of Â distant Â drum Â circles Â creating Â a Â hypnotic Â auditory Â effect. 7KLVLV-RHO%XUWRQÂśVÂżUVWGD\DW2:6 Heâ€™s Â a Â young Â college Â graduate Â from Â Long Â Island. Â Joel Â is Â worried Â about Â paying Â back Â KLVVFKRROORDQVDQGQRWEHLQJDEOHWRÂżQGD job. Â He Â carries Â a Â sign Â that Â says, Â sarcastical-Â ly, Â â€œGlad Â my Â $50,000 Â a Â year Â college Â degree Â
got Â me Â an Â unpaid Â internship.â€? Â Heâ€™s Â trying Â to Â support Â KLPVHOIWZROLWWOHEURWKHUVDQGDVLVWHU-RHOFRQÂżGHG â€œI Â pretty Â much Â only Â got Â into Â school Â by Â taking Â out Â a Â lot Â of Â student Â loansâ€Śso Â its Â really Â rough,â€? Â and Â admit-Â ted Â his Â decision Â to Â join Â the Â occupation Â did Â not Â come Â about Â without Â considerable Â soul Â searching. Â â€œThis Â isnâ€™t Â a Â game,â€? Â he Â told Â me, Â â€œThis Â is Â our Â lives Â and Â itâ€™s Â gotten Â to Â a Â boiling Â point. Â I Â think Â this Â [may Â be] Â what Â it Â WDNHVIRUSHRSOHWRÂżQDOO\ZDNHXS5LJKWQRZWKLQJV are Â pretty Â docile Â here. Â I Â mean Â you Â have Â hippies Â run-Â
ning Â around Â which Â is Â cool Â I Â guess, Â and Â there Â some Â cool Â signs Â but,â€? Â he Â continued Â as Â the Â smile Â ran Â away Â from Â his Â face, Â â€œI Â see Â tension Â in Â the Â copsâ€™ Â faces, Â and Â I Â hear Â about Â the Â macing Â [pepper Â spray] Â incidents Â and Â I Â saw Â a Â video Â on Â youtube Â of Â people Â getting Â beat Â up Â with Â batons...like Â itâ€™s Â the Â 1960s!â€”itâ€™s Â a Â Civil Â Rights Â movement Â all Â over Â again. Â I Â plan Â on Â staying Â here Â for Â as Â long Â as Â it Â takes.â€? Â This Â is Â a Â worried Â but Â motivated Â crowd. Â Many Â are Â frustrated Â at Â President Â Barack Â Obamaâ€™s Â inability Â to Â bring Â about Â the Â social Â and Â political Â changes Â that Â were Â promised. Â Theyâ€™re Â also Â infuriated Â at Â a Â Republi-Â can Â controlled Â congress Â infused Â by Â the Â newly Â elected Â Tea Â Party Â members Â that Â block Â any Â of Â his Â attempts. Â Some Â point Â out Â that Â Afghanistan Â is Â now Â the Â longest Â war Â in Â American Â history. Â Others Â remind Â us Â that Â cor-Â porations Â continue Â to Â receive Â credits Â and Â tax Â breaks Â despite Â outsourcing Â jobs Â or Â moving Â their Â entire Â oper-Â ations Â to Â other Â countries Â even Â as Â America Â experienc-Â es Â ongoing Â persistent Â unemployment, Â or Â the Â travesty Â WKDWWKHDYHUDJHWHDFKHULQFRPHLVÂżIW\ÂżYHWKRXVDQG dollars Â while Â the Â average Â Wall Â Street Â bonus Â is Â above Â one-Âhundred Â thousand Â dollars. Â Detailed Â placards Â out-Â OLQHWKH:DOO6WUHHWÂżQDQFLDOVKHQDQLJDQVWKDWQHDUO\ caused Â the Â second Â Great Â Depression. Â Charles Â Fergu-Â VRQDÂżOPGLUHFWRUZKRUHFHQWO\JDYHDVSHHFKGXU-Â LQJWKH2VFDUÂśVH[DPLQHGWKHÂżQDQFLDOFULVLV +HVDLGÂłWKUHH\HDUVDIWHURXUKRUULÂżFÂżQDQFLDOFULVLV FDXVHGE\ÂżQDQFLDOIUDXGQRWDVLQJOHÂżQDQFLDOH[-Â ecutive Â has Â gone Â to Â jail, Â and Â thatâ€™s Â wrong.â€? Â All Â the Â while, Â the Â media Â seems Â preoccupied Â by Â fear Â mongering Â fringe Â groups Â who Â demand Â to Â see Â WKHSUHVLGHQWÂśVELUWKFHUWLÂżFDWHRUIDEULFDWHHODERUDWH UDFHEDLWLQJQRQLVVXHVOLNHQHHGLQJWRÂżJKWDQRQ-Â VODXJKWRI6KDULD/DZLQĂ€XHQFHLQRXUFRXUWV\VWHP or Â blocking Â a Â mosque Â from Â opening Â several Â blocks Â away Â from Â Ground Â Zeroâ€”for Â reasons Â that Â still Â elude Â me. Â The Â OWS Â movement Â is Â basically Â screaming Â â€œEnough!â€?â€”enough Â of Â the Â distractions. Â The Â single Â cohesive Â thread Â that Â binds Â these Â grievances Â is Â a Â de-Â mand Â for Â economic Â and Â social Â equality. Â They Â are Â ÂżJKWLQJIRUDOHYHOSOD\LQJÂżHOG Â Even Â though Â OWS Â appears Â to Â blame Â both, Â Democrats Â and Â Republicans Â equally, Â it Â is Â obviously Â more Â idealistically Â aligned Â with Â progressive Â demo-Â
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cratic Â solutions. Â Some Â say Â it Â is Â an Â answer Â to Â the Â Tea Â Party Â that Â sympathizes Â with Â the Â wealthy Â and Â supports Â reduction Â in Â social Â services Â and Â dissolu-Â tion Â of Â unions Â under Â the Â banner Â of Â â€œSmaller Â Gov-Â ernment.â€? Â Others Â draw Â comparisons Â inasmuch, Â as Â they Â are Â both Â grassroots Â movements Â borne Â out Â of Â voter Â frustration Â with Â the Â status Â quo. Â Yet, Â where Â the Â Tea Â Party Â was Â initially Â seeded Â by Â conservative Â political Â organizations Â and Â then Â quickly Â co-Âopted Â and Â propelled Â by Â right Â wing Â media Â outlets Â and Â pol-Â iticians, Â the Â OWS Â has Â no Â such Â deep Â pocket Â string Â pull-Â ers. Â They Â seem Â to Â be Â trying Â to Â walk Â D ÂżQH OLQH NHHS-Â ing Â powerful Â al-Â lies, Â such Â as Â the Â unions, Â at Â a Â con-Â trollable Â distance. Â That Â does Â not Â stop Â some Â from Â specu-Â lating Â otherwise. Â Republican Â prima-Â ry Â frontrunner Â and Â e x -Â G o d f a t h e r â€™s Â Pizza Â CEO, Â Her-Â man Â Cain Â told Â the Â Wall Â Street Â Jour-Â nal, Â â€œI Â donâ€™t Â have Â the Â facts Â to Â back Â this Â up, Â but Â I Â hap-Â pen Â to Â believe Â that Â these Â demonstra-Â tions Â are Â planned Â and Â orchestrated Â to Â distract Â from Â the Â failed Â policies Â of Â the Â Obama Â Administration.â€? Â He Â proceeded Â to Â call Â the Â demonstrators Â â€œanti-Âcapitalist,â€? Â and Â said, Â â€œif Â you Â donâ€™t Â have Â a Â job Â and Â youâ€™re Â not Â rich, Â blame Â yourself!â€? Â However, Â there Â are Â those Â like Â Massachu-Â setts Â Senate Â candidate Â Elizabeth Â Warren Â who Â seem Â to Â speak Â the Â language Â of Â Occupy Â Wall Â Street. Â â€œThe Â people Â on Â Wall Â Street Â broke Â this Â country, Â and Â they Â did Â it Â one Â lousy Â mortgage Â at Â a Â time. Â It Â happened Â more Â than Â three Â years Â ago, Â and Â there Â has Â been Â no Â real Â accountability, Â and Â there Â has Â been Â no Â real Â ef-Â IRUWWRÂż[LWÂ´VKHVDLG Â Is Â your Â voice Â represented Â in Â OWS? Â No? Â If Â you Â come Â up Â empty, Â try Â this Â on Â for Â size: Â All Â this Â is Â playing Â out Â at Â the Â same Â moment Â President Â Obama Â is Â trying Â to Â pass Â the Â American Â Jobs Â Act Â bill, Â which Â IDLOHGDVDUHVXOWRID5HSXEOLFDQÂżOLEXVWHU,WZRXOG have Â made Â investments Â to Â hire Â people Â to Â repair Â and Â rebuild Â crumbling Â schools, Â bridges, Â and Â roads. Â It Â would Â have Â provided Â a Â payroll Â tax Â cut Â that Â will Â VDYH WKH W\SLFDO$PHULFDQ IDPLO\ ÂżIWHHQKXQGUHG dollars Â in Â taxes. Â Â It Â will Â be Â interesting Â to Â see Â how Â this Â shakes Â out. Â Will Â Occupy Â Wall Â Street Â be Â co-Âopted Â for Â po-Â litical Â gamesmanship? Â Will Â it Â disintegrate Â due Â to Â lack Â of Â focus Â or Â organization? Â Will Â provocateurs Â infect Â the Â discourse Â and Â usher Â the Â peaceful Â as-Â sembly Â toward Â violence? Â Will Â the Â movement Â be Â judged Â poorly Â because Â some Â of Â its Â people Â dress Â up Â like Â itâ€™s Â the Â 1960s Â or Â will Â it Â transcend Â like Â the Â Tea Â Party Â into Â a Â strong Â political Â force, Â despite Â some Â of Â their Â people Â dressing Â up Â like Â itâ€™s Â the Â 1770s? Â Right Â now Â it Â is Â anyoneâ€™s Â guess. Â This Â drama Â unfolds Â each Â day, Â but Â a Â New Â York Â winter Â is Â coming Â on Â fast. Â That Â alone Â does Â not Â bode Â well Â for Â a Â movement Â whose Â strength Â has Â been Â in Â maintaining Â an Â outdoor Â occu-Â pation. UPDATE: The Â American Â Jobs Â Act Â was Â defeated Â in Â the Â Sen-Â ate Â on Â October Â 10th, Â 2011. Â The Â president Â is expected Â to Â break Â the Â bill Â into Â smaller Â parts Â and Â try Â again.
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OCTOBER Â 2011
Honk Your Horn for Jobs By Â Theodore Â Ezike
Â As Â you Â all Â may Â have Â heard Â or Â experienced, Â our Â country Â is Â going Â through Â some Â of Â the Â worst Â economic Â times Â since Â the Â Great Â Depression. Â If Â you Â were Â to Â watch Â a Â cable Â news Â channel, Â they Â would Â see Â that Â the Â issue Â is Â indeed Â the Â most Â discussed Â and Â pondered Â problem Â today. Â With Â unemploy-Â ment Â at Â approximately Â nine Â percent Â in Â the Â United Â States Â and Â zero Â percent Â job Â growth, Â the Â outlook Â for Â most Â Americans Â looks Â bleak Â at Â best Â without Â radical Â changes Â to Â our Â social Â and Â economic Â policies. Â Yet Â within Â the Â many Â unemployment Â statistics Â which Â are Â updated Â every Â month, Â thereâ€™s Â a Â more Â startling Â fact Â that Â hits Â far Â closer Â to Â home. Â According Â to Â the Â Federal Â Bureau Â of Â Labor Â Statistics, Â New Â Jersey Â is Â currently Â estimated Â to Â have Â approximately Â a Â nine Â percent Â unemployment Â rate, Â which Â is Â slightly Â higher Â than Â the Â national Â average. Â Within Â those Â numbers Â there Â is Â a Â twelve Â percent Â unemployment Â rate Â in Â the Â City Â of Â Newark. Â There Â is Â also Â a Â nearly Â sixteen Â percent Â unemployment Â rate Â for Â African Â Americans Â in Â the Â country, Â but Â that Â number Â is Â higher Â for Â Black Â men. With Â unemployment Â so Â high, Â New Â Jersey Â residents Â would Â expect Â government Â leadership Â to Â enact Â measures Â to Â alleviate Â the Â burden Â of Â unemploy-Â PHQWEXWJRYHUQRU&KULV&KULVWLHKDVLQVWHDGRSWHGWRFXWXQHPSOR\PHQWEHQHÂżWVDQGZLOOFRQWLQXHWRGRVRLIKLVHFRQRPLFSODQVJRXQFKDQJHG until Â at Â least Â 2015. Â He Â also Â tackled Â teachers Â unions Â and Â the Â public Â education Â system, Â forcing Â New Â Jersey Â to Â lay Â off Â many Â of Â their Â teachers. Â It Â GRHVQÂśWMXVWVWRSDWWHDFKHUVXQLRQVDQGWKHVWDWHOHYHO7KHPD\RUVRI1HZDUNDQG&DPGHQZHUHIRUFHGWRÂżUHPDQ\SROLFHRIÂżFHUVZKRZHUH XQZLOOLQJWRJLYHXSWKHLUXQLRQEHQHÂżWV $WWLPHVOLNHWKLVPDQ\1HZDUNUHVLGHQWVDVNWKHPVHOYHVKRZRXUJRYHUQPHQWFRXOGDOORZFLWL]HQVWREHXQHPSOR\HGDQGFXWEHQHÂżWVIRUXQ-Â employment Â at Â the Â same Â time. Â This Â has Â led Â to Â the Â start Â of Â a Â small Â grassroots Â demonstration Â in Â front Â of Â the Â Essex Â County Â courthouse, Â across Â the Â street Â from Â Essex Â County Â College Â called, Â â€œHonk Â Your Â Horns Â for Â Jobs.â€? Â Their Â message Â is Â simple: Â they Â want Â a Â national Â jobs Â program Â and Â if Â you Â agree Â with Â them, Â then Â you Â better Â honk Â your Â horn Â when Â you Â drive Â by Â one Â of Â the Â yellow Â garbed Â protesters. Â Unfortunately, Â the Â answer Â is Â not Â that Â simple. Â As Â our Â federal Â government Â continually Â fails Â to Â pass Â any Â substantive Â measure Â to Â make Â life Â easier Â for Â the Â nearly Â ten Â percent Â unemployed Â population, Â there Â is Â no Â way Â right Â now Â that Â a Â federal Â jobs Â program Â is Â feasible, Â let Â alone Â practical. Â If Â you Â want Â real Â change Â and Â support Â the Â best Â thing, Â for Â us Â as Â a Â city, Â to Â do Â is Â to Â start Â our Â own Â local Â program Â because Â this Â is Â where Â we Â have Â the Â most Â power. Â The Â city Â and Â Mayor, Â as Â well Â as Â mayors Â all Â across Â the Â country, Â will Â have Â to Â plant Â the Â seeds Â of Â change Â in Â their Â own Â communities Â to Â help Â those Â who Â are Â unemployed Â get Â back Â to Â work. Source: Â New Â Jersey Â Department Â of Â Labor
One Term or Two Terms? By Â Collis Â Marrow
Â For Â the Â last Â couple Â of Â months, Â the Â Republican Â Party Â has Â been Â advertising Â several Â potential Â ambassadors Â for Â the Â right Â wing. Â Simultaneously, Â the Â media Â has Â been Â assisting Â them Â in Â the Â downsizing Â of Â Barack Â Obamaâ€™s Â supporters. Â On Â multiple Â political Â news Â channels, Â ranging Â from Â CNN, Â ABC, Â and Â Fox Â 5, Â journalists Â have Â been Â criticizing Â the Â Presidentâ€™s Â decisions Â and Â making Â a Â mockery Â of Â him. Â What Â many Â citizens Â seem Â to Â forget Â is Â that Â the Â county Â was Â on Â a Â downward Â spiral Â towards Â a Â sea Â of Â bankruptcy Â largely Â due Â to Â the Â prior Â regimeâ€™s Â deception. Â The Â President Â himself Â is Â doubt-Â ful Â on Â his Â re-Âelection Â and Â knows Â he Â has Â to Â overcome Â insurmountable Â odds Â if Â he Â visions Â himself Â as Â a Â two-Âterm Â President. Â On Â the Â opposite Â end Â of Â the Â spectrum, Â the Â stimulus Â package Â worked Â wonders Â for Â the Â economy: Â it Â gave Â the Â nation Â a Â jumpstart Â it Â desperately Â needed. In Â an Â interview Â with Â ABCâ€™s Â George Â Stephanopolous, Â Obama Â said Â that Â he Â is Â the Â absolute Â underdog Â in Â this Â upcoming Â race Â due Â to Â the Â decline Â of Â the Â economy Â while Â on Â his Â watch. Â He Â also Â stated Â that Â he Â has Â always Â been Â an Â underdog Â and Â that Â the Â objective Â of Â his Â views Â and Â decisions Â was Â for Â the Â ordinary Â folks Â to Â succeed Â because Â they Â just Â werenâ€™t Â getting Â ahead. Â As Â a Â response Â to Â the Â rising Â cost Â of Â healthcare Â and Â of Â a Â college Â education, Â his Â approach Â about Â â€œchangeâ€? Â was Â for Â our Â nationâ€™s Â children Â to Â get Â a Â better Â education. What Â was Â the Â stimulus Â package? Â One-Âthird Â of Â voters Â do Â not Â know Â the Â true Â outcome Â of Â this Â composition. Â This Â was Â a Â strategic Â move Â to Â stimulate Â the Â economy. Â On Â September Â 24, Â 2009, Â the Â 787 Â billion Â dollar Â stimulus Â package Â was Â designed Â to Â give Â life Â to Â the Â economy Â while Â saving Â millions Â RIMREV7KHSDFNDJHZDVGHVLJQHGWREHVSHQWRYHUWHQ\HDUV+RZHYHUELOOLRQRUZDVDOORFDWHGIRUWKHÂżUVWWKUHH\HDUV7KHSODQGLG EHWWHUWKDQLWZDVSODQQHGELOOLRQZHUHVSHQWRQWD[UHOLHIELOOLRQRQXQHPSOR\PHQWDQGRWKHUEHQHÂżWVDQGELOOLRQZHUHVSHQWLQ job Â creation Â programs. Â The Â stimulus Â for Â small Â businesses Â helped Â create Â jobs, Â increase Â lending Â from Â SBA Â and Â community Â banks, Â and Â reduced Â gains Â for Â small Â business Â investors. Â The Â states Â aid Â helped Â too Â but Â many Â states Â were Â so Â far Â underwater Â that Â their Â losses Â far Â outweighed Â the Â federal Â aid. Â Â The Â President Â is Â facing Â another Â complex Â problem: Â he Â must Â get Â Americans Â to Â put Â faith Â and Â commitment Â into Â an Â African Â American Â President Â for Â another Â four Â years. Â As Â an Â intellectual Â whoâ€™s Â conscious Â of Â the Â bias Â of Â America Â towards Â people Â of Â color, Â he Â knows Â that Â thereâ€™s Â doubt Â in Â everyoneâ€™s Â mind Â of Â his Â re-Âelection. Â The Â only Â speck Â of Â a Â chance Â that Â he Â has Â to Â win Â depends Â on Â the Â Barack Â supporters Â who Â chose Â him Â as Â their Â leader: Â they Â must Â go Â to Â the Â polls Â in Â herds Â and Â droves Â and Â vote Â for Â him Â again. Â It Â is Â sickening Â to Â see Â such Â a Â powerful Â nation Â be Â so Â entwined Â historically Â to Â oppression. Â :HPD\KDYHWRZDWFKDPRGHUQGD\FUXFLÂż[LRQRQWHOHYLVLRQÂ˛%DUUDFN2EDPDWKHZURQJPDQZLWKWKHULJKWSODQ Â Â
Sixth President of ECC Dr. Edythe M. Abdullah CONTINUED Â FROM Â PAGE Â ONE County Â College. Â The Â keynote Â speaker, Â Dr. Â Steven Â J. Â Diner, Â Chan-Â cellor Â and Â Professor Â of Â History Â at Â Rutgers Â Univer-Â sity-ÂNewark Â applauded Â the Â success Â of Â community Â colleges Â in Â New Â Jersey Â today Â and Â their Â expansion Â since Â the Â 1960s. Â He Â noted Â how Â higher Â education Â is Â moving Â away Â from Â the Â elitist Â â€œwealthy Â white Â maleâ€? Â tradition Â to Â embrace Â a Â growing Â diverse Â student Â population, Â thanks Â to Â the Â availability Â of Â community Â colleges. Â Dr. Â Diner Â recognized Â that Â â€œ400,000 Â studentsâ€? Â attend Â community Â colleges Â to-Â day Â in Â New Â Jersey. He Â said, Â â€œECCâ€™s Â mission Â is Â more Â vital Â than Â ever Â before.â€? Dr. Â Lawrence Â A. Â Nespoli Â who Â is Â President Â of Â the Â NJ Â Council Â of Â Community Â Colleges Â noted, Â â€œForty Â years Â ago Â there Â were Â no Â community Â colleges Â in Â New Â Jersey.â€? A Â highlight Â of Â the Â investiture Â included Â the Â pres-Â ence Â and Â comments Â made Â by Â Essex Â County Â Ex-Â ecutive Â Joseph Â N. Â DiVincenzo, Â Jr. Â who Â made Â it Â to Â the Â ceremony Â even Â though Â overwhelmed Â by Â the Â damage Â in Â the Â county Â left Â by Â Hurricane Â Irene. He Â said, Â â€œEssex Â County Â College Â is Â the Â best Â com-Â munity Â college Â in Â New Â Jersey,â€? Â thanking Â the Â col-Â legeâ€™s Â former Â President Â Zachary Â Yamba Â for Â the Â cur-Â rent Â success Â of Â ECC. Â Turning Â quickly Â to Â the Â new Â leadership, Â DiVincenzo Â stressed Â the Â importance Â of Â â€œteam Â work.â€? Â â€œItâ€™s Â not Â about Â us...itâ€™s Â about Â the Â VWXGHQWVÂżUVWDQGIRUHPRVWÂ´KHVDLGDPLGVWORXG
enthusiastic Â applause. Assemblyman Â Thomas Â Giblin Â echoed Â DiVincenzoâ€™s Â call Â for Â team Â work Â when Â he Â came Â to Â the Â podium, Â rec-Â ognizing Â the Â new Â president, Â the Â Board Â of Â Trustees, Â and Â ECC Â faculty Â for Â the Â collegeâ€™s Â current Â success, Â pointing Â to Â the Â college Â as Â an Â important Â institution Â in Â the Â state Â and Â stressing Â â€œworking Â as Â a Â team Â for Â student Â success.â€? It Â was Â clear Â that Â many Â of Â the Â invited Â speakers Â came Â with Â accolades Â and Â endorsements Â of Â the Â new Â presi-Â dent Â and Â her Â ability Â to Â boost Â the Â success Â of Â ECC. Assembly Â Speaker Â Sheila Â T. Â Oliver Â said, Â â€œDr. Â Abdul-Â lah Â brings Â new Â ideas, Â fresh Â ideas, Â and Â lots Â of Â energy.â€? Bethany Â Baptist Â Church Â Pastor, Â Dr. Â M. Â William Â How-Â ard, Â Jr. Â called Â it Â a Â â€œhistoric Â dayâ€? Â as Â he Â looked Â forward Â to Â a Â â€œrenewed Â visionâ€? Â with Â our Â new Â president. Â He Â said, Â â€œPresident Â Abdullah Â will Â guide Â the Â way Â for Â tens Â of Â thousands Â of Â Essex Â County Â residents.â€? Alfred Â C. Â Koeppe, Â President Â and Â CEO Â of Â the Â New-Â ark Â Alliance Â called Â Dr. Â Abdullah Â â€œinnovativeâ€? Â with Â an Â â€œentrepreneurial Â spiritâ€? Â that Â â€œwill Â be Â required Â for Â graduates Â to Â compete Â successfully Â in Â the Â 21st Â cen-Â tury.â€? After Â encouraging Â comments Â were Â made Â by Â Free-Â holder Â Donald Â M. Â Payne, Â Jr., Â also Â Council Â President Â RIWKH&LW\RI1HZDUN'U$EGXOODKÂżQDOO\VWHSSHG to Â the Â podium. Â Â Â Â Charged Â with Â energy Â and Â spirit, Â the Â new Â president Â seemed Â eager Â to Â embrace Â the Â challenges Â that Â lay Â ahead, Â intent Â on Â leading Â the Â college Â safely Â into Â the Â ESSEX Â COUNTY Â COLLEGE Â OBSERVER
21st Â century Â to Â build Â on Â the Â collegeâ€™s Â leg-Â acy. Â Â Referring Â to Â ECC Â as Â a Â â€œforceâ€? Â to Â be Â reck-Â oned Â with, Â she Â called Â on Â the Â need Â to Â â€œre-Â bootâ€? Â for Â the Â future, Â reminding Â the Â audi-Â HQFH WKDW WKH ÂżUVW \HDU VWXGHQWV EHJLQQLQJ Fall Â 2011 Â were Â born Â in Â 1993, Â noting Â â€œchal-Â lenges Â of Â the Â teaching Â and Â learning Â enter-Â priseâ€? Â with Â this Â generation Â of Â students. Â Dr. Â Abdullah Â said, Â â€œTechnology Â enhanced Â innovations Â can Â serve Â our Â student Â body,â€? Â and Â in Â recognizing Â this, Â â€œWe Â can Â deal Â with Â the Â future,â€? Â she Â added. Â â€œWe Â are Â dreaming Â the Â possible Â dreams,â€? Â she Â boomed Â into Â the Â microphone, Â address-Â ing Â the Â unemployed Â in Â need Â of Â skills, Â and Â the Â opportunities Â available Â to Â the Â stateâ€™s Â burgeoning Â immigrant Â population. Â Dr. Â Abdullah Â also Â emphasized Â the Â personal Â development Â of Â students. Â She Â promised Â to Â explore Â â€œprovocative Â new Â optionsâ€? Â through Â questioning Â our Â abilities Â to Â â€œthink Â outside Â the Â box,â€? Â imploring Â faculty Â â€œto Â move Â for-Â ward Â together Â with Â creativity Â and Â compas-Â sionâ€? Â in Â the Â teaching Â and Â learning Â experi-Â ence, Â stressing Â the Â importance Â of Â building Â a Â new Â â€œbabyâ€? Â or Â student Â body, Â and Â that Â fac-Â ulty Â educate Â in Â a Â better Â or Â different Â way Â to Â increase Â and Â enhance Â student Â learning. Â She Â said, Â â€œWe Â must Â energetically Â transport Â ECC Â COTINUED Â ON Â PAGE Â EIGHT
OCTOBER Â 2011
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Halloween Safety Tips By Â Elaina Â Garrett
â€œTrick Â or Â treat...smell Â my Â feet...give Â me Â something Â good Â to Â eatâ€? Â the Â children Â will Â sing Â on Â October Â 31. Â Halloween Â is Â a Â distant Â childhood Â memory Â made Â of Â cos-Â tumes, Â face Â paint, Â and Â of Â course Â candy! Â As Â children, Â these Â were Â our Â initial Â thoughts Â when Â anyone Â mentioned Â Halloween, Â but Â concerns Â now Â rise Â as Â adults. Â Halloween Â is Â intended Â to Â be Â fun, Â but Â it Â can Â be Â a Â day Â of Â doom Â if Â safety Â is Â not Â taken Â into Â consid-Â eration. Â As Â a Â parent Â of Â two Â toddlers Â and Â DPHPEHURIDIDPLO\FRPSULVHGRIÂżIW\ cousins, Â nieces, Â and Â nephews, Â Halloween Â is Â all Â about Â trick-Âor-Âtreatingâ€”the Â tradi-Â tional Â door-Âto-Âdoor Â candy Â hunt Â in Â search Â for Â the Â best Â like, Â Reeseâ€™s, Â Peanut Â Butter Â Cups, Â Snickers, Â etc. Â Â As Â parenthood Â approached, Â I Â realized Â trick-Âor-Âtreating Â was Â not Â on Â my Â agenda Â for Â my Â two Â young Â children Â for Â this Â up-Â coming Â Halloween. Â After Â speaking Â with Â a Â fellow Â parent Â of Â a Â four Â year-Âold Â toddler, Â I Â was Â informed Â of Â the Â many Â alternatives Â for Â celebrating Â these Â ghoulish Â festivities. Â Here Â is Â a Â list Â of Â sweet Â alternatives Â to Â celebrate Â Halloween Â with Â your Â children Â that Â prioritizes Â safety, Â but Â still Â remain Â fun: One: Â host Â a Â Halloween Â party Â at Â home. Â Invite Â your Â childâ€™s Â closest Â friends Â along Â ZLWKWKHLUSDUHQWVIRUDVLPSOLÂżHGVSRRN\ celebration. Â Have Â children Â and Â parents Â dress-Âup Â in Â costumes. Â To Â incorporate Â a Â semi-Âfrightening Â feel, Â create Â homemade Â spooky Â treats Â like, Â worms Â emerging Â from Â the Â ground. Â Use Â simple Â store Â bought Â gummy Â worms Â and Â crushed Â Oreo Â cookies Â for Â the Â dirt. Â These Â and Â other Â treats Â can Â be Â easily Â found Â online. Two: FRQÂżQH \RXU FKLOGÂśV WULFNRUWUHDW-Â ing. Â Restrict Â your Â childâ€™s Â trick-Âor-Âtreat-Â ing Â adventure Â to Â your Â neighborhood. Â Your Â child Â will Â be Â excited Â to Â see Â their Â neighbors Â dressed Â in Â the Â most Â frighten-Â ing Â attire. Â Map Â out Â your Â route Â ahead Â of Â time Â and Â discuss Â this Â with Â your Â child Â to Â SUHYHQW DQ\ FRQĂ€LFWV RQ WKH GD\ RI WKH holiday. Â Be Â sure Â your Â child Â is Â visible Â at Â all Â times Â and Â avoid Â crowds! Â Upon Â return-Â ing Â home, Â have Â planned Â activities Â ready. Â A Â suggestion Â for Â a Â movie Â is Â Winnie Â the Â Poohâ€™s Â Halloween Â Adventure. Â Three: Â visit Â a Â local Â mall. Â This Â is Â one Â of Â my Â favorite Â activities Â to Â do. Â Grab Â a Â group Â of Â parents Â and Â children Â and Â head Â to Â the Â local Â mall. Â There Â are Â dozens Â of Â stores Â and Â the Â treats Â are Â not Â always Â Â candy. Â If Â you Â start Â to Â feel Â tired Â from Â walking Â around Â bigger Â malls, Â such Â as Â Palisades Â or Â Garden Â State Â Plaza, Â there Â are Â plenty Â of Â benches Â and Â seating Â areas Â to Â rest. Â Your Â toddler Â will Â appreciate Â your Â extended Â energy. Â Short Â Hills Â mall Â has Â never Â left Â a Â disap-Â pointed Â child Â on Â my Â hands. Â Be Â sure Â to Â ar-Â rive Â early! Â The Â most Â important Â and Â neglected Â safety Â tip Â of Â all Â these Â celebration Â options Â is Â inspecting Â your Â childâ€™s Â candy Â bags Â prior Â to Â enjoying Â them. Â Search Â for Â un-Â wrapped Â candy Â pieces Â or Â pieces Â that Â look Â damaged. Â Look Â for Â foreign Â objects Â and Â candy Â that Â may Â cause Â choking Â in Â smaller Â children. Â Also, Â look Â for Â candy Â that Â your Â child Â is Â allergic Â to. Â Finally, Â make Â sure Â you Â EUXVKDQGĂ€RVVWKHLUWHHWKEHIRUHJRLQJWR bed. Â Stay Â safe Â and Â have Â a Â Happy Â Hallow-Â een!
â€œMoneyballâ€? Screening Movie Review By Â Yulieth Â Cordero
I Â recently Â was Â invited Â to Â attend Â a Â screening Â of Â the Â new Â sports Â movie Â â€œMoneyball.â€? Â The Â screening Â ex-Â perience Â is Â interesting Â for Â anyone Â who Â is Â a Â little Â cu-Â rious. Â Let Â me Â just Â start Â by Â saying Â that Â it Â was Â a Â new Â experience Â to Â me, Â going Â to Â see Â a Â movie Â before Â its Â of-Â ÂżFLDOUHOHDVH2QHRIWKHPDLQWKLQJVWKDWLPSUHVVHG me Â was Â the Â amount Â of Â securityâ€”which Â was Â not Â to Â be Â taken Â lightly. Â Security Â personnel Â stood Â at Â the Â doors Â making Â sure Â that Â no Â electronic Â devices Â went Â into Â the Â theater Â since Â we Â live Â in Â an Â age Â where Â the Â internet Â is Â the Â portal Â for Â so Â much Â pirating. Â The Â movie Â theater Â atmosphere Â was Â optimal, Â partly Â because Â the Â crowd Â included Â movie Â critics Â and Â very Â eager Â movie Â goers Â who Â waited Â in Â line Â for Â nearly Â an Â hour Â to Â attend Â the Â screening. Â â€œMoneyballâ€? Â is Â about Â the Â game Â of Â baseball Â and Â the Â unseen Â side Â of Â player Â trading. Â Billy Â Beane, Â who Â is Â portrayed Â by Â the Â skilled Â Brad Â Pitt, Â is Â the Â manager Â for Â the Â Oakland Â Athletics, Â a Â small Â market Â team Â that Â must Â make Â the Â best Â of Â their Â limited Â budget. Â Beane Â is Â tired Â of Â losing Â his Â star Â athletes Â to Â teams Â that Â offer Â to Â pay Â WKHPPXFKPRUHPRQH\$VDÂżQDOUHVRUWKHWHDPV up Â with Â Peter Â Brand, Â played Â by Â the Â hilarious Â Jonah Â Hill, Â to Â establish Â a Â team Â of Â outcast Â players. Â I Â do Â not Â want Â to Â spoil Â the Â movie Â for Â anyone, Â but Â I Â will Â say Â WKDWLI\RXÂśUHLQWRGRFXGUDPDVVSRUWÂżOPVDQGQRQ LQWHQWLRQDOFRPHG\WKLVLVWKHÂżOPIRU\RX As Â with Â all Â good Â things, Â drawbacks Â are Â to Â be Â ex-Â pected. Â One Â aspect Â that Â bothered Â me Â throughout Â the Â ÂżOPZDVWKHUDQGRPH[WUHPHFORVHXSVRISLFWXUHV I Â am Â not Â sure Â how Â the Â pictures, Â which Â ranged Â from Â a Â baseball Â player Â in Â the Â sixties Â to Â unsystematic Â poly-Â gons, Â were Â related Â to Â the Â movement Â of Â the Â plot, Â and Â they Â only Â lead Â to Â me Â being Â dizzy Â for Â a Â few Â seconds. Â The Â other Â thing Â that Â bothered Â me Â was Â the Â ending. Â It Â seemed Â to Â be Â a Â bit Â incomplete, Â but Â you Â can Â be Â the Â judge Â of Â that. Â â€œMoneyballâ€? Â was Â be Â released Â nation-Â wide Â on Â September Â 23rd, Â 2011. Â
Movie Review: â€œSaw: The Final Chapterâ€? By Â Salomao Â Becker
Hoo, Â boy, Â where Â to Â start? Â â€œSaw: Â The Â Final Â Chapterâ€? Â LVDVLWDGYHUWLVHVWKHÂżQDOPRYLHRIWKH6DZVHULHV The Â movie Â series Â are Â known Â for Â being Â extremely Â gory Â and Â for Â having Â an Â overly-Âcontrived Â plot Â that Â twists Â in Â directions Â the Â viewer Â could Â simply Â not Â pre-Â dict. Â â€œSaw: Â The Â Final Â Chapterâ€? Â does Â nothing Â to Â im-Â prove Â of Â the Â seriesâ€™ Â formula, Â only Â providing Â closure Â IRUXVYLHZHUVZKRZDQWHGWKHVHULHVWRÂżQDOO\HQG Â The Â movie Â begins Â with Â a Â well Â done Â gore Â VFHQHÂ˛DPDQZKRMXVWFXWRIIKLVOHJÂżQGVWKDWKH must Â now Â cauterize Â it Â on Â a Â burning Â steam Â pipe. Â The Â scene Â is Â satisfying Â due Â to Â its Â gross Â and Â convincing Â nature. Â The Â movie Â then Â transitions Â to Â a Â Jigsaw Â game Â being Â played Â in Â public Â for Â an Â entire Â crowd Â to Â see. Â I Â hoped Â the Â movie Â would Â keep Â moving Â in Â this Â direc-Â tion, Â as Â the Â interaction Â that Â had Â just Â occurred Â was Â fresh Â and Â interesting, Â but Â the Â movie Â quickly Â reverted Â back Â to Â its Â old Â formula. It Â did Â not Â revert Â immediately, Â though. Â Before Â get-Â ESSEX Â COUNTY Â COLLEGE Â OBSERVER
ting Â back Â to Â what Â the Â series Â does Â best, Â providing Â the Â viewer Â with Â stomach Â churning Â violence, Â the Â directors Â decided Â that Â it Â really Â wanted Â a Â plot Â be-Â yond Â the Â gore. Â Weak Â acting, Â terrible Â dialogue Â and Â out-Âof-Âplace Â ambient Â music Â butchers Â all Â of Â these Â VFHQHV,ÂżQGP\VHOIXQDEOHWRWDNHDQ\FKDUDFWHU very Â seriously. Â The Â movie Â aims Â high Â in Â its Â attempt Â to Â create Â a Â meaningful Â and Â powerful Â dialogue, Â but Â falls Â short;Íž Â it Â crashes Â and Â burns Â completely. Â What Â about Â the Â gore? Â The Â gore Â remains Â in-Â tact, Â though Â it Â lacked Â creativity. Â Either Â way, Â sans Â the Â bloodâ€”which Â looked Â a Â little Â too Â pink Â to Â be Â be-Â lievableâ€”all Â the Â gore Â was Â well Â done, Â and Â plenty Â of Â it Â was Â served Â up.The Â movie Â did Â not Â have Â much Â intellectual Â substance. Â The Â interesting Â existential-Â ist Â message Â of Â the Â movie Â is Â completely Â overshad-Â owed Â by Â the Â gore Â and Â by Â the Â weakness Â of Â the Â dia-Â logue. Â The Â movie Â attempts Â to Â make Â some Â message Â about Â life Â threatening Â fear Â being Â a Â motivator Â for Â life, Â but Â the Â argument Â is Â badly Â made Â by Â the Â char-Â acters. Â Despite Â the Â series Â attempting Â to Â sound Â lib-Â eral Â (Jigsaw Â plays Â a Â game Â with Â a Â random Â racist Â off Â WKHVWUHHWV WKHVHULHVIDOOVĂ€DWRQJHQGHUUHODWLRQV by Â consistently Â objectifying Â the Â women Â inside Â the Â movie Â in Â some Â way Â or Â another. Â Whether Â through Â overly Â revealing Â costumes Â or Â through Â making Â the Â women Â sexually Â attracted Â to Â the Â bravery Â of Â some Â of Â the Â men Â in Â the Â movie, Â the Â movie Â just Â feels Â inap-Â propriate Â in Â its Â sexual Â content. Â The Â Motion Â Picture Â Association Â of Â America Â rated Â the Â movie Â R, Â which Â requires Â any Â viewer Â under Â the Â age Â of Â 17 Â to Â be Â ac-Â companied Â by Â a Â parent Â or Â guardian. Â The Â overall Â verdict Â is Â this: Â if Â you Â watched Â WKHUHVWRIWKHVHULHV,VXSSRVH\RXVKRXOGÂżQLVK what Â you Â started. Â This Â movie Â is Â probably Â the Â worst Â in Â the Â series, Â but Â the Â closure Â is Â nice. Â Otherwise, Â just Â avoid Â this Â movie;Íž Â it Â is Â terrible! Â Every-Â t h i n g Â but Â the Â gore Â feels Â so Â low Â budget Â that Â the Â movie Â is Â near-Â ly Â unwatchable Â when Â someone Â is Â not Â being Â muti-Â lated.
Skipperâ€™s Live Music COTINUED Â FROM Â PAGE Â THREE Â The Â name, Â â€œSkipperâ€™s Â Plane Â Street Â Pubâ€? Â points Â to Â the Â tavernâ€™s Â long Â history Â in Â Newark. Â The Â building Â itself Â dates Â back Â to Â he Â 1930s Â when Â Uni-Â versity Â Avenue Â used Â to Â be Â named Â Plane Â Street. For Â years Â â€œSkipperâ€™sâ€? Â was Â run Â by Â Mike Â Hamilton Â who Â named Â it Â after Â his Â dad, Â â€œSkipperâ€?. Â Almost Â four Â years Â ago, Â Greg Â bought Â Skipperâ€™s Â from Â Mike, Â kept Â the Â name, Â and Â began Â transforming Â the Â little Â Irish Â pub Â into Â a Â live Â jazz Â showcase. Â He Â admits Â â€œthe Â exte-Â rior Â may Â need Â a Â little Â work, Â but Â what Â it Â may Â lack Â in Â outward Â appearances, Â it Â makes Â up Â for Â in Â authentic-Â ity.â€? Â The Â crowd Â represents Â a Â nice Â mix Â of Â people Â who Â work Â in Â the Â courthouses, Â Bank Â of Â America,and Â Prudential Â alongside Â students Â and Â faculty Â from Â ECC Â and Â the Â Rutgers Â Newark Â campus. Â Skipperâ€™s Â is Â con-Â sidering Â a Â College Â Night Â that Â mixes Â up Â the Â enter-Â tainment, Â with Â blues, Â rock, Â and Â R&B Â artists Â in Â ad-Â dition Â to Â jazz.The Â menu Â is Â as Â eclectic Â as Â the Â crowd. Â House Â specialties Â include Â the Â Bang Â Bang Â Shrimp, Â Mediterranean Â Tilapia, Â and Â a Â Warm Â Chicken Â Salad Â with Â sautĂŠed Â spinach Â topped Â with Â feta Â cheese, Â or Â general Â bar Â fare Â like Â burgers Â and Â buffalo Â wings. Â Maybe Â youâ€™ll Â be Â lucky Â like Â me Â and Â come Â on Â a Â night Â when Â thereâ€™s Â a Â succulent Â complimentary Â soul Â food Â buffet. Â Youâ€™ll Â leave Â full, Â inspired, Â and Â entertained Â well Â beyond Â your Â expectations. Â Skipperâ€™s Â Plane Â Street Â Pub Â is Â located Â at Â 304 Â University Â Avenue, Â Newark Â NJ.
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OCTOBER Â 2011
Seventh Annual Constitution Day at ECC By Â Christian Â Blair
Â Essex Â County Â College Â (ECC) Â celebrated Â its Â seventh Â Annual Â Constitution Â Day Â with Â featured Â speaker Â Juan Â Gonzalez. Â The Â award Â winning Â jour-Â nalist, Â author, Â and Â staff Â columnist Â of Â the Â NewYork Â Daily Â News Â discussed Â the Â blossoming Â hispanic-Â american Â population Â and Â its Â possible Â affects Â on Â the Â U.S. Â Constitution Â on Â September Â 21st, Â 2011. Â â€œBy Â 2050, Â whites Â will Â be Â a Â minority Â with Â a Â majority Â that Â will Â trace Â their Â origin Â not Â to Â Eu-Â rope Â but Â to Â Latin Â America,â€? Â said Â Mr. Â Gonzalez Â to Â WKHVWDQGLQJURRPRQO\FURZGLQWKHIRXUWKĂ€RRU multipurpose Â room. Â He Â posited Â that Â this Â profound Â shift Â in Â the Â ethnic Â makeup Â of Â the Â United Â States Â would Â almost Â certainly Â force Â yet Â another Â look Â into Â the Â controversy Â of Â The Â Treaty Â of Â Guadalupe Â Hi-Â dalgo. Â The Â Mexican-ÂAmerican Â war Â ended Â in Â 1848 Â with Â the Â signing Â of Â The Â Treaty Â of Â Guadalupe Â Hidalgo. Â It Â required Â Mexico Â to Â relinquish Â 525,000 Â square Â miles Â for Â $15 Â million Â dollars. Â This Â extend-Â ed Â the Â United Â States Â border. Â That Â land Â would Â even-Â tually Â become Â parts Â of Â many Â of Â our Â southwestern Â states Â including Â Texas, Â New Â Mexico, Â and Â Arizona. Â Mexican Â citizens Â who Â remained Â on Â the Â now Â US Â territory Â and Â maintained Â their Â property Â for Â at Â least Â one Â year Â were Â to Â be Â given Â US Â citizenship. Â This Â last Â part Â was Â never Â upheld Â and Â instead Â many Â were Â vio-Â lently Â forced Â from Â their Â land. Â Mr. Â Gonzalez Â pointed Â out Â that Â many Â for-Â mer Â colonial Â powers Â who Â took Â part Â in Â World Â War Â II Â
are Â all Â presently Â experiencing Â labor Â shortages Â while Â facing Â how Â to Â address Â overwhelming Â immigration Â is-Â sues. Â Just Â as Â France, Â with Â the Â Algerians Â and Â Moroc-Â cans, Â or Â Germany, Â with Â the Â Turks, Â the Â United Â States Â is Â wondering Â about Â the Â affects Â of Â societal Â change Â as Â it Â sustains Â immigration Â from Â Latin Â America, Â the Â West Â Indies, Â and Â a Â variety Â of Â third-Âworld Â nations. Â â€œThe Â over Â all Â picture,â€? Â he Â said, Â â€œis Â that Â the Â colonized Â have Â been Â coming Â back Â to Â the Â colonizersâ€? Â and Â by Â their Â sheer Â size, Â altering Â the Â long-Âheld Â majorities Â in Â lan-Â guage, Â religion, Â and Â socio-Âpolitical Â power Â within Â a Â given Â population. Â With Â the Â largest Â immigration Â origi-Â nating Â from Â Latin Â America Â and Â a Â majority Â directly Â from Â Mexico, Â the Â shift Â will Â undoubtedly Â raise Â consti-Â tutional Â questions Â allowing Â historical Â inequalities Â to Â get Â their Â day Â in Â court. Â Juan Â Gonzalez Â is Â the Â author Â of Â Harvest Â of Â Empire: Â Insidious Â Division Â and Â Constitutional Challenges Â and Â co-Âhosts Â the Â radio Â and Â television Â pro-Â gram Â â€œDemocracy Â Nowâ€? Â with Â Amy Â Goodman.
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Â When Â asked Â by Â the Â SGAâ€™s Â President Â to Â take Â the Â microphone, Â students Â immediately Â readied Â them-Â selves. Â One Â of Â the Â earliest Â concerns Â among Â various Â students Â was Â academics. Â A Â student Â received Â praise Â when Â she Â asked Â for, Â â€œbetter Â tutors Â and Â better Â profes-Â sors.â€? Â Another Â student, Â whose Â comment Â resonated Â with Â the Â previous, Â made Â the Â executive Â boardâ€™s Â eye-Â
brows Â rise Â when Â he Â asked Â about Â profes-Â VRUVÂśTXDOLÂżFDWLRQVDQGZKDWFRXOGEHGRQH when Â petition Â complaints Â were Â not Â being Â addressed Â about Â their Â performance Â in Â the Â classroom. Â The Â SGA Â President Â and Â Vice-Â President Â were Â stunned Â and Â when Â they Â could Â offer Â no Â suggestion Â to Â the Â problem, Â Dr. Â Khalfani, Â director Â of Â the Â collegeâ€™s Â Af-Â ricana Â Institute Â and Â sociology Â professor, Â addressed Â the Â studentâ€™s Â concern. Â He Â said, Â â€œtalk Â to Â the Â professor;Íž Â and Â if Â that Â doesnâ€™t Â work, Â take Â it Â to Â the Â chairperson;Íž Â and Â if Â that Â fails, Â take Â it Â to Â the Â Dean Â of Â the Â college.â€? Â Â A Â former Â SGA Â senator Â from Â Es-Â sex Â and Â graduate Â of Â the Â class Â of Â 1993, Â Lev Â D. Â Zilbermints, Â took Â the Â microphone Â and Â urged Â students Â to Â make Â suggestions. Â He Â in-Â formed Â the Â crowd Â about Â the Â challenges Â he Â KDGLQSUHVVLQJWKHFROOHJHÂśVSUHVLGHQWWRÂż[ the Â water Â fountains Â throughout Â the Â school, Â which Â were Â outdated. Â Although Â he Â did Â not Â JHW WR VHH WKHP UHVWRUHG DQG Âż[HG LQ WLPH as Â a Â result Â of Â his Â graduation, Â he Â is Â content Â to Â see Â the Â change Â he Â and Â other Â students Â made. Â The Â President Â adjourned Â the Â meet-Â ing Â after Â comments Â started Â dying Â out, Â but Â he Â welcomed Â students Â to Â spread Â the Â word Â about Â the Â upcoming Â Open Â Forum. Â Any Â sug-Â gestions Â to Â improve Â the Â quality Â of Â education Â offered Â at Â Essex Â and Â aesthetics Â of Â the Â col-Â lege Â can Â be Â made Â in Â the Â next Â Open Â Forum, Â which Â will Â occur Â on Â October Â 27th, Â in Â the Â cafeteriaâ€™s Â pit Â at Â 2:30 Â p.m. Â
The Trouble with Libertyâ€”Christopher Beam
By Â Christian Â Blair
Â An Â article Â in Â New Â York Â Magazine Â by Â Christopher Â Beam Â titled Â â€œThe Â Trouble Â with Â Lib-Â ertyâ€? Â proved Â to Â be Â a Â thoughtful Â and Â sometimes Â humorous Â historical Â dissection Â of Â Libertarianism Â and Â how Â its Â utopian Â ideals Â are Â unattainable. Â Beam Â admits Â that Â the Â American Â Revolution Â was Â a Â lib-Â ertarian Â cause Â and Â the Â Constitution Â a Â libertarian Â document, Â but Â he Â acknowledges Â that Â our Â society Â had Â to Â evolve Â and Â create Â contingencies Â beyond Â the Â libertarian Â model Â of Â a Â totally Â self-Âreliant Â citizenry. Â Libertarianism Â is Â essentially Â the Â idea Â that Â government Â should Â do Â as Â little Â as Â possible Â and Â put Â forth Â the Â concept Â of Â a Â â€œMinarchy,â€? Â a Â system Â of Â government Â that Â provides Â national Â defense, Â lo-Â cal Â police, Â and Â a Â judicial Â systemâ€”and Â that Â is Â all. Â Beam Â notes Â that Â this Â system Â leaves Â no Â room Â for Â catastrophes, Â unemployment, Â sickness, Â or Â old Â age. Â Ayn Â Randâ€™s Â Atlas Â Shrugged Â sells Â more Â than Â 800,000 Â copies Â a Â year. Â Its Â message Â is Â particu-Â larly Â attractive Â to Â young Â people Â and Â tells Â the Â story Â of Â capitalists Â who Â break Â from Â society Â to Â establish Â their Â own Â utopia. Â It Â has Â been Â called Â the Â gateway Â drug Â to Â libertarianism. Â Beam Â quotes Â Cato Â Insti-Â WXWH VFKRODU :LOO :LONLQVRQ Âł,WÂśV DERXW Ă€RXWLQJ convention Â and Â rejecting Â authorityâ€”the Â political Â equivalent Â of Â an Â eyebrow Â ring.â€? Â The Â article Â details Â the Â attempts Â to Â create Â
utopian Â societies Â by Â idealistic Â libertarian Â mavericks Â throughout Â history. Â For Â instance, Â Michael Â Oliver, Â a Â Nevada Â real Â estate Â developer Â in Â 1972 Â dredged Â sand Â QHDUDUHHILQWKH3DFLÂżFWRFUHDWHKLVRZQLVODQGQD-Â tion, Â which Â he Â called Â the Â â€œRepublic Â of Â Minerva.â€? Â However, Â it Â was Â quickly Â conquered Â by Â the Â well Â es-Â tablished Â nearby Â Kingdom Â of Â Tonga. Â Also, Â the Â grandson Â of Â economist Â Milton Â Freedman Â proposed Â creating Â a Â mile Â long Â â€œFreedom Â Shipâ€? Â to Â house Â 50,000 Â people. Â His Â dream Â is Â hardly Â that Â of Â a Â lone Â kook. Â The Â idea Â is Â called Â â€œSeasteadingâ€? Â and Â Peter Â Theil, Â the Â libertarian Â co-Âfounder Â of Â PayPal Â has Â given Â nearly Â $750,000 Â to Â the Â Seasteading Â Insti-Â tute. Â One Â of Â the Â subjects Â of Â the Â article Â is Â Rand Â Paul, Â a Â Kentucky Â Senator Â and Â son Â of Â presidential Â candi-Â date Â Ron Â Paul. Â The Â father Â and Â son Â are Â staunch Â de-Â fenders Â of Â libertarianism Â and Â are Â pathological Â in Â their Â defense Â of Â the Â party Â line. Â When Â interviewed Â on Â the Â Rachel Â Maddow Â Show, Â Maddow Â asked Â Rand Â if Â he Â would Â have Â voted Â for Â the Â 1964 Â Civil Â Rights Â Act Â that Â made Â it Â illegal Â for Â businesses Â to Â turn Â away Â customers Â on Â the Â basis Â of Â race. Â He Â responded, Â â€œDoes Â the Â owner Â of Â the Â restaurant Â own Â the Â restaurant, Â or Â does Â the Â gov-Â ernment Â own Â the Â restaurant?â€? Â It Â didnâ€™t Â go Â over Â well Â and Â despite Â the Â tenet Â of Â never Â budging Â on Â principles, Â Paul Â announced Â days Â later Â that Â heâ€™d Â have Â voted Â for Â the Â Act. Â It Â was Â recognized Â as Â political Â survival Â rather Â
than Â a Â true Â reversal Â of Â conscience. Â Â Beam Â suggests Â that Â the Â more Â ques-Â tions Â you Â ask Â about Â this Â perfect Â society Â the Â more Â you Â realize Â itâ€™s Â a Â recipe Â for Â chaos. Â The Â inherent Â problem Â in Â libertarianism, Â a Â group Â that Â has Â no Â respect Â for Â leaders, Â whose Â core Â value Â is Â â€œduty Â to Â one Â self Â above Â all Â oth-Â ers,â€? Â is Â that Â itâ€™s Â no Â way Â to Â run Â a Â civilized Â society. Â At Â some Â point Â youâ€™ll Â need Â a Â way Â to Â pay Â for Â things Â so Â youâ€™ll Â need Â a Â centralized Â bank, Â youâ€™ll Â need Â to Â print Â money Â and Â regu-Â late Â that Â as Â well. Â What Â will Â you Â do Â with Â the Â unemployed, Â the Â sick, Â or Â the Â injured? Â The Â libertarian Â model Â rejects Â a Â centralized Â bank Â and Â some Â even Â favor Â letting Â a Â society Â have Â as Â many Â different Â forms Â of Â currency Â as Â they Â wish. Â Â Those Â that Â fall Â between Â the Â cracks Â of Â this Â society Â are Â left Â to Â the Â mercy Â of Â char-Â ity Â by Â neighbors Â who Â do Â not Â seem Â to Â be Â charitable Â by Â nature. Â An Â amusing Â line Â from Â the Â article Â that Â sums Â up Â that Â argument Â best Â is: Â â€œEven Â if Â you Â did Â somehow Â achieve Â a Â Li-Â bertopia, Â you Â would Â be Â surrounded Â by Â [in-Â sert Â expletive].â€?
P\VWHULRXVUHHORIÂżOPLQKLVGDGÂśVEHORQJLQJV7KDW ÂżOPZRXOGXOWLPDWHO\FRQWDLQDJUHDWGHDORIQHZV-Â reel Â footage Â surrounding Â the Â events Â in Â Roosevelt Â Field. Â On Â top Â of Â that, Â â€œ400 Â photos Â were Â accumulated Â by Â searching Â through Â the Â archives Â of Â the Â Aviation Â Hall Â of Â Fame Â & Â Museum Â of Â NJ, Â the Â Cradle Â of Â Avi-Â ation Â in Â Long Â Island, Â and Â the Â Chamberlin Â family,â€? Â beamed Â Tooma. Â With Â this Â treasure Â trove Â of Â historical Â records, Â he Â thought, Â â€œSomeone Â has Â to Â do Â this.â€? Â While Â on Â the Â surface, Â â€œFly Â First Â & Â Fight Â Af-Â terwardâ€? Â is Â a Â historical Â documentary Â of Â aviationâ€™s Â golden Â age, Â itâ€™s Â also Â the Â story Â of Â coming Â in Â second, Â UHGHÂżQLQJ SULRULWLHV DQG PDNLQJ WKH EHVW RI VRPH-Â thing Â beyond Â your Â control. Â Chamberlin Â may Â have Â PLVVHGWKHFKDQFHWREHÂżUVWEXWWZRZHHNVODWHUKH EHFDPHWKHÂżUVWSHUVRQWRFRPSOHWHDQRQVWRSWUDQV-Â DWODQWLFĂ€LJKWZLWKDSDVVHQJHU Â Tooma Â likes Â these Â kind Â of Â characters. Â The Â NLQGWKDWSHUVHYHUHDQGUHGHÂżQHWKHJDPH+LV PRVW UHFHQW ÂżOP LV FDOOHG Âł6HHNLQJ 1LUYDQDÂ´ FR written Â with Â Evan Â Marshall. Â The Â 75 Â minute GUDPDWLFÂżOPVXEWLWOHGÂł:ULWH:KDW<RX.QRZ/LYH How Â You Â Should,â€? Â is Â the Â story Â of Â a Â literary Â agent Â and Â his Â one Â -Âhit-Âwonder Â client, Â a Â novelist Â named Â Derek Â Wiles. Â Both Â characters Â are Â seekers. Â Theyâ€™re Â searching Â
for Â whatâ€™s Â really Â important Â in Â life. Â Tooma Â sayâ€™s Â of Â Wiles, Â â€œHeâ€™s Â a Â sort Â of Â a Â modern Â day Â Kerouac.â€? Â In Â what Â appears Â to Â be Â a Â juggernaut Â of Â creativity, Â Billy Â Tooma Â is Â two Â stories Â away Â IURPKLVFRPSLODWLRQRIVL[WHHQVFLHQFHÂżF-Â tion Â stories Â for Â ME Â Publishing Â titled, Â Shinâ€™s Â Shadow Â & Â Other Â Stories. Â â€œFly Â First Â & Â Fight Â Afterwardâ€? Â has Â been Â nominated Â for Â the Â National Â Aviation Â Hall Â of Â Fameâ€™s Â 2011 Â Combs-ÂGates Â Award. Â Â In Â addition, Â Billy Â Tooma Â is Â being Â recognized, Â along Â with Â Humanities Â Profes-Â sor Â Margaret Â Botney Â for Â producing Â a Â six Â minute Â DVD, Â â€œThe Â Essex Â County Â Collge Â Honors Â Program,â€? Â which Â represents Â the Â ÂżUVW PDUNHWLQJ VWUDWHJ\ IRU UHFUXLWPHQW RI the Â College Â Honors Â Program.
Seeking Billy Tooma By Â Christian Â Blair
&KDUOHV /LQGEHUJK Ă€HZ KLV 6SLULW RI 6W Louis Â from Â Roosevelt Â Field, Â Long Â Island Â to Â Paris France, Â on Â May Â 21st, Â 1927, Â winning Â the Â Orteig Â SUL]HDQGEHFRPLQJWKHÂżUVWSHUVRQWRFRPSOHWH DQRQVWRSWUDQVDWODQWLFĂ€LJKW%XW/LQGEHUJKZDV not Â the Â only Â pilot Â racing Â to Â make Â history. Â Had Â it-Â not Â been Â for Â a Â minor Â legal Â dispute Â impeding Â his Â launch, Â Clarence Â D. Â Chamberlin Â could Â have Â had held Â that Â distinction. Â Professor Â Billy Â Toomaâ€™s Â 110 Â minute Â documentary, Â â€œFly Â First Â & Â Fight Afterward: Â The Â Life Â of Â Col. Â Clarence Â D. Â Cham-Â berlinâ€? Â is Â the Â story Â of Â one Â of Â aviationâ€™s Â earlier pioneers Â who Â came Â this Â close Â to Â the Â paramount Â JORU\RIEHLQJWKHÂżUVW Â Billy Â Tooma Â took Â a Â moment Â out Â from Â his Â busy Â schedule Â as Â an Â ECC Â faculty Â member Â in Â Eng-Â OLVKWRGLVFXVVKLVÂżOPVDQGXSFRPLQJERRN7KH \RXWKIXO FRQÂżGHQW ZULWHUGLUHFWRU ZLWK D SUR-Â nounced Â widowâ€™s Â peak Â spoke Â passionately Â and Â re-Â called Â what Â inspired Â him Â to Â pursue Â Chamberlinâ€™s Â story. Â â€œI Â was Â put Â in Â contact Â with Â Philip Â Chamber-Â lin Â (Clarence Â Chamberlinâ€™s Â son) Â by Â Karl Â Petry, Â my Â ÂżOPPHQWRUÂ´KHH[SODLQHG3KLOOLSKDGXQHDUWKHG an Â audio Â recording Â of Â his Â father Â from Â 1961 Â and Â a Â
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HORRORSCOPES By Â Salomao Â Becker
The Â holiday Â season Â is Â coming Â around Â soon, Â and Â I Â have Â tapped Â into Â my Â latent, Â astrologically Â sensing Â powers Â in Â order Â to Â provide Â the Â good Â people Â of Â ECC Â with Â the Â most Â accurate Â horoscopes Â for Â October Â 31st. Â Aries: Â the Â universe Â enjoys Â working Â in Â ironic Â ways, Â so Â avoid Â certain Â models Â of Â cars Â this Â Halloween. Â Seriously, Â when Â you Â are Â in Â a Â Dodge Â and Â you Â suddenly Â have Â a Â Final Â Destination Â type Â vision, Â you Â will Â curse Â your Â inability Â to Â follow Â my Â direc-Â tions Â to Â your Â early Â grave. Taurus: Â you Â are Â clumsy, Â exactly Â the Â kind Â of Â person Â who Â would Â just Â be Â a Â terrible Â china Â shop Â owner. Â Avoid Â china Â shops Â this Â October Â 31st. Â Dying Â by Â glass Â is Â a Â pretty Â lame Â way Â to Â go Â when Â you Â have Â a Â bull Â for Â a Â sign. Â This Â is Â doubly Â true Â when Â you Â basi-Â cally Â bring Â the Â end Â to Â yourself Â by Â tripping Â over Â a Â priceless Â vase.
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to Â the Â next Â levelâ€? Â meaning Â higher Â levels. Â â€œThis Â is Â critical Â to Â our Â journey Â and Â future,â€? Â she Â emphasized, Â adding Â the Â need Â to Â â€œchallenge Â our Â ability Â to Â meet Â de-Â mands Â of Â students Â and Â community, Â which Â will Â bring Â us Â together Â to Â increase Â the Â number Â of Â scholarshipsâ€? Â for Â students. Â Â Â Â Â A Â more Â personal Â and Â intimate Â side Â of Â President Â Abdullah Â was Â revealed Â by Â Rev. Â Canon Â Dr. Â Sandye Â A. Â Wilson, Â Rector Â of Â The Â Episcopal Â Church Â of Â St. Â Andrew Â and Â Holy Â Communion Â who Â chose Â to Â share Â some Â personal Â insight Â to Â Â Dr. Â Abdullahâ€™s Â life. Â Obvi-Â ously Â a Â dear Â and Â close Â friend Â of Â the Â family, Â Dr. Â Wilson Â VSRNHEULHĂ€\DERXW'U$EGXOODKÂśVIDWKHUDQGDVRQ in Â Jacksonville Â that Â could Â not Â attend Â the Â Investiture Â Ceremony;Íž Â she Â also Â mentioned Â a Â daughter Â teaching Â at Â the Â University Â of Â Pennsylvania Â who Â could Â not Â at-Â tend. Â Â Dr. Â Wilson Â also Â pointed Â to Â the Â new Â presidentâ€™s Â handsome Â son, Â who Â was Â perched Â in Â the Â front Â row Â and Â stood Â to Â be Â recognized. 7KH ,QYHVWLWXUH &HUHPRQ\ ÂżQDOO\ HQGHG ZKHQ 'U Abdullah Â lead Â the Â faculty Â out Â of Â the Â gymnasium, Â no Â doubt Â leading Â them Â toward Â continued Â success Â as Â ECC Â moves Â on Â into Â the Â 21st Â century.
Virgo: Â Halloween Â is Â basically Â going Â to Â be Â like Â Valentineâ€™s Â Day Â for Â you, Â except Â youâ€™ll Â be Â in Â a Â terrible Â costume Â no Â one Â will Â like. Â The Â supernatural Â horrors Â of Â the Â season Â donâ€™t Â really Â care Â for Â scaring Â you, Â though. Â Your Â fear Â of Â dying Â alone Â is Â enough. Libra: Â what Â kind Â of Â a Â Zodiac Â is Â a Â scale? Â I Â guess Â you Â should Â watch Â out Â for Â bipo-Â lar Â killers, Â or Â something. Â I Â do Â not Â know. Â Scales Â are Â not Â ironic. Scorpio: Â Halloween Â is Â the Â time Â where Â your Â animal Â instinct Â to Â aggressively Â sting Â other Â human Â beings Â is Â at Â its Â highest. Â This Â is Â highly Â illegal Â and Â a Â terrible Â thing Â to Â do. Â We Â ask Â you Â to Â please Â keep Â your Â dark Â side Â to Â yourself. Sagittarius: Â stay Â away Â from Â any Â source Â of Â radiation. Â No, Â you Â wonâ€™t Â turn Â into Â a Â centaur, Â but Â you Â could Â potentially Â develop Â complications Â in Â the Â near Â future. Â I Â just Â mentioned Â it Â because Â I Â know Â you Â were Â thinking Â that Â party Â at Â the Â Nuclear Â Waste Â Storage Â Facility Â was Â going Â to Â be Â tight.
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Gemini: Â good Â news, Â you Â have Â no Â chance Â of Â dying Â during Â this Â Halloween Â season. Â ,GRKRZHYHUVXJJHVWWKDW\RXÂżQG\RXU evil Â twin Â and Â have Â a Â dramatic Â dispute Â before Â he/she Â completely Â ruins Â your Â life. Â Finding Â an Â evil Â twin Â is Â easy. Â Look Â for Â you Â with Â a Â mustache Â (look Â for Â wax Â marks Â on Â your Â doppelgĂ¤ngerâ€™s Â lips Â if Â you Â are Â a Â woman). Cancer: Â \RXZLOOGHÂżQLWHO\IHHOWRR crabby Â and Â depressed Â to Â enjoy Â the Â season. Â Stop Â being Â completely Â boringâ€”this Â is Â not Â how Â you Â make Â friends. Â Plus, Â if Â you Â do Â not Â treat, Â we Â will Â all Â trick. Â We Â go Â hard Â when Â we Â trick. Â Seriously!
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Capricorn: Â candy Â corn Â is Â your Â best Â friend Â this Â holiday Â season. Â It Â is Â in Â your Â Zodiac, Â dude, Â you Â should Â eat Â a Â ton Â of Â it. Â You Â are Â astrologically Â protected Â from Â cavities Â if Â you Â eat Â those, Â I Â swear. Aquarius: Â you Â are Â the Â sign Â with Â the Â vase Â in Â your Â picture, Â so Â stay Â away Â from Â Taurus Â people Â on Â the Â 31st. Â Seriously, Â read Â their Â horoscope, Â that Â is Â a Â lawsuit Â waiting Â to Â happen. Â As Â an Â Aquarius, Â youâ€™re Â grounded Â in Â real Â life Â things. Â Lawsuits Â are Â scary. Pisces: Â you Â are Â commanded Â by Â your Â dark Â lord Â to Â revive Â him Â this Â holiday Â season. Â Did Â you Â not Â know Â worshipped Â H.P. Â Lovecraftâ€™s Â Câ€™thulhu? Â Of Â course Â you Â GLGQÂśW\RXÂśUHDEUDLQZDVKHGÂżVKPRQ-Â ster. Â Phâ€™nglui Â mglwâ€™nafh Â Câ€™thulhu Â Râ€™lyeh Â wgahâ€™nagl Â fhtagn, Â and Â all Â that Â good Â stuff.
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