student art exhibit runs through April
Marissa Sjolander, Digital Print
Clearview Regional High School, Watercolor
The opening reception for GCC’s most recent student art exhibit will be held on Friday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. The show is co-sponsored by the Gloucester County Cultutal Heritage Commission and Art Educators of New Jersey. The event is part of Youth Art Month and the exhibit, located in the Dr. Ross Beitzel Art Gallery, will run through Thursday, April 25.
Jessalyn Anning, Chalk Pastel
Of myth and taxes by Sean Wofford
By the time you read this the deadline to file your taxes will be less than a month away. I plan on doing mine this week and thought I should check the wisdom of the internet for any secrets I was unaware of, or any myths I might have unwittingly bought into. Filing taxes is one of those rare subjects like politics where a majority of us have no idea what we’re talking about, but we are slow to show any reservations when sharing the wisdom we have gained in our adventures between the esoteric pages of 1040 instruction booklets. I’ve never heard of anyone doing this, but apparently it’s a fairly common problem; that is attempting to claim your pet as a dependent. According to Intuit.com, hundreds of people do this every year. Despite how cute this attempt at saving a few bucks is, it is considered fraud and can easily land you in the “dog house.” There is another myth that states if you wait long enough, the IRS will file a tax return for you. Of course this sounds to good to be true because it is. This myth comes from something written in the 1040 instructions which talks about the IRS’s right to file a return on your behalf if they suspect fraud. So like the slob who never mows his lawn in hopes the borough will just do it
for him, eventually they probably will, but it’ll cost him. Now here is a myth that holds some truth, and should be relevant to anyone reading; students do not need to pay taxes. The partial truth here is that any student who earned less than $9,000 does not need to file their tax return. You probably should though since you will most likely gain from doing so. Plus there are breaks students can take advantage of such as the American Opportunity Credit, Lifetime Learning Credit, Tuition and Fees Deduction, and the Student Loan Interest Deduction. Last myth is for anyone who hires an accountant to do their taxes for them. Apparently if the account
Sandy Yeh, Watercolor
Showing mothers we really care by Genevieve Melanson
The Lauren Rose Albert Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 2000 by Lauren’s parents, family and friends to honor her memory. The Foundation’s motto “Mothers Matter” is a tribute to Lauren and a mother’s love; the mission is to encourage mothers to achieve economically and educationally and to seek brighter futures for themselves and their families, since that is what reflects Lauren’s legacy of helping others lead better lives. Since its start, the Foundation has touched the lives of thousands of women in southern New Jersey and Philadelphia through the following programs and activities. Gift baskets/bags filled with women’s personal care and beauty products are distributed to day care centers, pediatric hospital wards and medical day care facilities, women’s shelters and agencies and facilities such as the Veterans Memorial Home, Cooper Hospital, Samaritan Hospice, Anna’s Angels, My Sister’s Place and Robins’ Nest. Gift baskets are given year-round upon request and through partner-
ing with community organizations, hospitals and women’s agencies. Current partners include Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP) oncology ward and outpatient clinics, Virtua/Fox Chase Cancer Center, St. Malachy Church, Our Lady of Lourdes Community Outreach Program, People in Transition and Robins Nest Nurse Family Partnership. Since 2001, Mothers Matter volunteers distributed more than 20,000 gift baskets for special and needy Moms at more than 60 different locations in southern New Jersey and Philadelphia, providing many with the only Mother’s Day gift they receive. Since the program’s begining in 2003, working
with local colleges and universities, more than 570 scholarships totaling nearly $150,000 have been granted to single, income-eligible, headof-household mothers to offset the cost of textbooks. Emergency grants are made in the form of goods, services, or cash to assist women and their families with a demonstrated, urgent need that cannot be met through any government or agency help. The work provides new or “gently used” career clothing for LRAF scholarship or grant recipients or others referred by social service agencies. GCC is holding this event on campus on March 22nd until April 26th. The foundations goal for 2013 is to make 3,000 baskets for whole year.
GCC’s own SGA is even getting in on the act, by asking the students to please join them in helping volunteering to make baskets of their own distrbutation. Here is a list of items that the foundation topically puts together as far as donations. Basket Item Donations: Small size Bath & Body Works items Foot Care products Lipstick Hand/Face Lotions Shampoo & Conditioner Nail Polish Body Lotion Eyebrow Pencil Warm Socks Hand Sanitizer Decorative Scarf Note: The foundation does not accept: Giant size bottles and containers, hotel samples, razors or nail scissors. If you have any questions, please call Student Life at (856) 468-5000 ext. 2236. For more information regarding Mothers Matter, visit www.laurenslegacy.org
screws up, it’s not all their fault. I, like many people, assumed that if you hired someone to do your taxes, that any mistake was on them, but this is not the case. Be sure to double check your accountant’s work before sending it off to the IRS. Now for those of you who think tax evasion is only for lowly criminals; here is a list of some unlikely tax evaders taken from Itthing.com: O. J. Simpson, Willie Nelson, Nicolas Cage, Wesely Snipes, Chris Tucker, and Burt Reynolds. Either woman are extremely honest, or Itthing.com is bit sexist. Either way be sure not to take any tax advice from these guys and mark April 15th on your calendars.
StayFitInCollege.org seeks scholarship applicants StayFitInCollege.org, which promotes fitness in college, has just announced scholarship awards for the 2012/2013 academic year. There is no purchase necessary to apply for the scholarship. The scholarship award aims to help students avoid the dreaded freshman 15. Any student that attends a university, community college, or even a technical/trade college may apply for the scholarship award. Also, up to the first 10 applicants who apply by the deadline of April 7 will receive one free product of their choice from Stay Fit In College. Prospective student applicants should contact their school’s scholarship office and request an application or simply visit www. stayfitincollege.org/scholarshipawards.html to be considered. StayFitinCollege.org is a website that provides wellness information to college students on a variety of topics like stress and fitness. Scholarship amount awarded is $700.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT March movie preview Courtesy of: IMDb
College Sun Sign Astrology: What Your Sun Sign Reveals by Genevieve Melanson
Olympus has Fallen (Action, Thriller) Director: Antoine Fuqua Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman About: Disgraced former Presidential guard, Mike Banning, finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers. Rating: R Release Date: March 22
The Croods (Family, Animated) Director: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders Starring: Nicholas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, About: The world’s very first prehistoric family goes on a road trip to an uncharted and fantastical world. Rating: PG Release Date: March 22
The Sapphires (Biography, Comedy) Director: Wayne Blair Starring: Chris O’Doud, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy About: It’s 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam. Rating: PG-13 Release Date: March 22
Starbuck (Comedy) Director: Ken Scott Starring: Patrick Huard, Julie LeBreton, Antoine Bertrand About: As his lover announces her pregnancy, a fortysomething slacker receives other life-changing news: 142 people, all of them the result of artificial insemination, have filed a class action lawsuit against him, their biological father. Rating: R Release Date: March 22
In ancient and primitive cultures, it was believed that the configuration of the stars and planets at one’s birth determined certain tendencies and talents of the individual. While most educated people today no longer believe this, astrology, the study of these heavenly patterns and their influence, is still practiced today. One of the most important of heavenly influences is the zodiac sign that the sun was in at the time of one’s birth: one’s sun sign. It is considered by astrologers to determine the fundamental expression of the individual. Among college students, school work and studying become the focus of their lives. Because of that, the sun and the zodiac sign that it was at one’s birth often manifests their energies though how one approaches their classes and homework. Yet one must remember that the sun’s influence is merely a tendency, an inclination, and not a compellation. Blaming one’s bad study and work habits on one’s sun sign, or any other heavenly influence, will score you no points with the professor. Aries (March 21 to April 20) While everyone else thinks it, you are the one most likely to ask “Why do I have to take this class?” You do your best working on assignments that you think are going to help you in the future; assignments that are not building up the skills you plan on using get less attention. Left to your own devices, you would rewrite the entire curriculum. Taurus (April 21 to May 21) You are hard working and have a tendency to put your job ahead of your class work. And when your professors do not cut you slack for having a job, you get bull-headed and speak your mind, a habit that can lead to more trouble. Try to make time for your studies; it will lead to a better job. Gemini (May 22 to June 21) You are easily distracted by bright shiny objects and ambitions. Some may call you an “airhead.” Your problem is that you have so many projects going on at once that you do not have the time and energy to fully concentrate on any single task.
Admission (Comedy) Director: Paul Weitzz Starring: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Nat Wolff About: A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption. Rating: PG-13 Release Date: March 22
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Action) Director: Jon M. Chu Starring: Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Ray Park, Bruce Willis About: The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. Rating: PG-13 Release Date: March 28
Cancer (June 22 tot July 22) The most traditional of all the sun signs, you are most likely to be still using the first method of studying and research that you were taught, even if there are better ways to learn the material. You are also the most likely to bring comfort food to the study group meeting and to suggest a semester-end potluck. Leo (July 23 to Aug. 22) Leos love being the center of attention. Thanks to that, Leos are the most likely to try to become the star of any class that they take. Unfortunately, they are so busy performing that occasionally they don’t pay
enough attention to the lectures. When working in a group, Leos will try to self-appoint themselves as the group leader. Virgo (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) You are easily side-tracked by maps, graphs and various trivial details that can not be easily fitted into your papers. Your textbooks tend not to be underlined, not because you do not read them, but rather because you do not want to ruin them. You are the least likely to sell your textbooks back. Libra (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) As a student, you strive to maintain balance in your schoolwork as you do in all the other areas of your life. You believe that the purpose of your electives is to allow you to take classes that expand your horizons and better understand the world. You are likely to end up majoring in the humanities. Scorpio (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) You are very passionate about your favorite subjects and learn the material quite easily. Too bad, that is not true for the subjects that bore you which become a struggle to absorb. When it comes to study groups and partners, you try to pick the most attractive people to help you with your studies; then you spend half your time flirting with them. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) You study in bursts of hot energy as the mood strikes you. If you are not in the mood, you tend to put assignments off. Unfortunately, this leads to term papers being ignored until the last moment, along with the rest of your homework. Try to develop a habit of doing a little bit of writing or research everyday, so that you are not caught so often doing things at the last moment. Capricorn (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) “How is this class going to help me make more money?” is your big question about every class that you take. You are ambitious, eager to climb both social and career ladders. By the time, you finish your degree, you are determined to have an effective network of contacts; therefore you collect contact in-
formation from anyone who shows promise in your classes. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.18) You have a tendency to drift off in daydreams while studying due to your strong imagination. Yet your imagination is also what empowers your intuition allowing you to take leaps of understanding that others find puzzling. If you can learn to add structure to your imaginings, you can develop a powerful memory. Pisces (Feb.19 to Mar. 20) Being born with your sun in Pisces, you are the one that is most fascinated by the scandalous bits of any subject; things that the professors would rather not talk about capture your attention. Your sun sign helps you understand the murkier aspects of your favorite subjects; it also makes you the most prone to losing your textbooks.
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Opinion International Women’s Month by Sean Wofford March is International Women’s Month. This might seem insignificant to many. The small amount of coverage this month receives from the popular media is little more than a nice nod to all of the progress women and women movements have accomplished over the years. International Women’s Month culminated on March 8 which was International Women’s Day. I stumbled across an article on the evening of March 8th titled “It’s a Man’s World,” and peaked by the obvious contradictory nature of the title and the ideas of the day it was published on, I had to read it. The article spoke of the horrendous rape and gang rape statistics of the south-central Asian country, Cambodia. The article was written by Aela Callan and featured on Al Jazeera’s website. In the article, Callan reveals the disturbing statistics which show that one in four Cambodian men have raped a woman at some point in their lives and that one in twentyfive admit to participating in a gang rape. This one article is enough to make one realize that we are a long way from accomplishing the ideals of International Women’s Day, but unfortunately there is a lot more proof. An article on Policymic.com, written by Yanwan Xia, speaks about this important day and the outlandish prevalence of discrimination towards women which still exists in all parts of the world, including our own country. Xia cites two horror stories of rape cases in her article. One in particular sparked a bit more attention from the international community, this was the case of a 17-year-old girl named Anene Booysen from South Africa, which according to the article written by Anna Bresla on Jezebel.com, “has widely been described as one of the world’s ‘rape capitals,’ with
60,000 reported per year but an estimated 10 times as many going unreported.” More than 60,000 a year! A staggering amount when you consider the fact that one case a year is too many. This was perhaps the most graphic news article I have ever read so I will spare you the details; but know that it was inhumane by even a monster’s standards. This article references the New Dehli rape and murder of a young girl which gave rise to mass protests and received large media coverage. The cartoon included, which Bresla refers to in her article, voices the author’s concern of whether or not such a brutal crime will be enough for actual change to occur instead of just the normal “lip service”. The second story cited by Xia took place in Egypt amidst political protests and was told of in a piece written by Nadine Marroushi & Salma El Wardan for Bloomberg. com. The piece speaks of a 19-yearold girl who was rescued by a volunteer working for Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment, an activist group based out of Cairo, Egypt, and uses this story as a back drop for the large protests which have been taking place to combat the violent acts against women which have become all too commonplace in their society. How this type of violence cultivates in the current petri dish of civil unrest and protest in Egypt is explained by Xia, “During the maelstroms of war and social unrest, women are often the casualties taken for granted.” Her words, although unfortunately accurate, read as something saturated and broiled in cynicism only to cool on the windowsill of a well-read mind to form that crusty film of melancholy responsible for that nonchalant taste her words leave in your mouth. I mention this only to point out the inevitable destination of desensitization our current path has us en route for; some might even argue that we arrived
at this destination quite sometime ago. I am truly sadden to learn of how much progress is left to be made. I am also upset with myself for only reading the headlines and accepting the kind nod given to women every March, the congratulatory pat on the back, the “attah-boy” echoed on televisions and in “Googledoodles.” The arrogance inherited by men from their ignorant cultures is not an excuse, it is the root of a worldwide plague. And although the violence committed against woman is a huge part of gender discrimination, there are other pieces which make up this abhorrent picture; job discrimination, poverty, verbal harassment, education discrimination, pay inequality, sex-selective abortion, female infanticide, and the dumping of unwanted baby girls which takes place in cultures which fail to value the life of a girl as equal to that of a boy. I will close this article by quoting the seven facts Yanwan Xia quoted from an article by Emma Gray for Huffingtonpost.com called “Women and Poverty in the United States: 18 Essential Facts.” 1. Single mothers are twice as likely to be poor as single fathers. 2. Women make on average 77 cents for every dollars a man makes. 3. 27.5% of black women were living below the poverty line in 2009 4. 13.5% of white women were living below the poverty line in 2009. 5. 27.4% of Hispanic women were living below the poverty line in 2009. 6. Women are more likely to be living below the poverty line than men across all racial and ethnic groups. 7. Women with breast cancer are 11% more likely to die if they live in lower-income communities. Want to help? www.rainn.org www.now.org www.madre.org
Student Life Tiff Jimber, Piano/Pop Rock Musician Date: Wednesday, March 20 Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm Location: Cafeteria Performing in honor of Women’s History Month, Tiff comes to GCC from California. Sounds like Sara Bareiilles and Ben Folds. Tastes like coffee spilled on ivory. Looks like a Purple piano in 4 inch heels. Smells like fresh baked cookies. Feels like a bathtub of aloe vera gel. Makes Ewoks dance and flowers sway to the groove Find out more at www.tiffjimber.com Teddy Bear Factory Date: Monday, March 25 Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Location: College Center Mezzanine Come build your own Teddy Bear to comfort and love! You can choose from a plush bear, frog or tiger. After stuffing your new friend, you will receive a personalized birth certificate and enjoy watching your new friend come to life! Free to all students! GCC Bandana Day - Supporting the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation Date: Thursday, March 28 Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Location: College Center Mezzanine The Student Government Association and the Adult Center for Transition are teaming up to host a GCC Bandana Day to support the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation (ARVF). This Foundation has been uniting with volunteers from around the globe to help raise money and awareness for teens dealing with devastating illnesses. They are dedicated to making improvements in the lives of teens with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Choose to purchase a bandana or bracelet from a variety of available colors or support the cause by purchasing an ice cream and waffle sundae. A delicious treat for a worthy cause! Handwriting Analysis Date: Tuesday, April 9 Time: 12:00 - 3:00 pm Location: College Center Mezzanine Back by popular student demand! This event is sponsored by the GCC’s Psychology Club and the Student Life Office. Dennis Duez and Paul Dau, expert handwriting analysts will be here to help you understand more about the mind and body. Handwriting analysis produces a personality profile of the writer by examining their handwriting. Warning: Health issues or past experiences may be revealed! Come see for yourself - "first hand"! Blizzard of Bucks Crazy Game Show Date: Wednesday, April 10 Time: 12:00 noon - 1:15 pm Location: Cafeteria GCC's Student Life Office is bringing America’s #1 touring game show on campus and we need YOU! Students will participate in wacky stunts and attempt to win cash and prizes! This activity is all about having FUN!
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Poetry This issue’s literary feature comes from Prf. Mary Torri’s English Composition II class. Recently, her class studied poetry forms and explored the cinquain. These poems were produced in-class. The students were given the parameters of the cinquain, a 5-lined poem similar to a Japanese Haiku. Each student was given only ten minutes to complete their poem. Music by Alayna Allen Music relaxes me, Makes me happy And it is also Beautiful Love by James Anderson Love Newly found Its power over One can always be sound Winter by Marcus Booker Winter Once Bold Now dwindling away But not soon enough Winter returns
Journey by Jess Brady Journey Something we take To discover who we are Become or who we want to be The end
Hockey by Patrick Finnegan Hockey is fun A great game and is what I love
Baseball by Andrew McNellis Baseball is America’s pastime and is played with bats and gloves
Nurses by Janae Chafin Nurses work hard and long hours but are very compassionate Loving
Eyes by Victoria Joyce Eyes shining like the stars. I gaze upon your endless beauty.
Mom by Anthony Messina Mom much love does so much best in the world wonderful
Music by Matt Conroy Music We hear We breathe it And we live it Music
Life by Nicholas Labroli Life Constantly inspired Confusing but joyful Peace, Love, Unity, Respect, Significant
Rain by Sean Moran Rain Go away Come back tomorrow Let the sun shine Rain
Basball by Doug Crowe Baseball I throw the pitch to get the batter out A hard curve ball through the strike zone He’s OUT
Soccer by Ben Marshall Soccer Manchester United I am united Glory Glory Glory United Legendary
Patience by Miracle Tyler Patience laid back, easygoing loving, caring, feeling a characteristic that I need Calm
I by Jake McHale I I am I am named I am named Jake Jake
Time By Enrico Versace Time Moves forward But never back Much like people should Follow
I by Andrew Dodd I Loving sky Wind never dies Spring is coming soon Bloom
Roses by Emily Winston Roses are beautiful they represent life they smell nice, too beautiful College by Sam Gregor College Much work A lot of fun For all your money Debt Sports by Chris Carrozza Sports the excitement Win, lose, tie Passionate, Intense, Proud, Compete Champion