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Thank you for the wide variety of feedback in regards to our first issue. On behalf of the staff, we appreciate every piece of it. As we are continuously trying to find and improve our voice as a student staff, there is the possibility for error. With that in mind, we do apologize for the following errors. In the "Screech Awards" article, student Zach Myers was mistakenly referred to as Zach Taylor. Also, there was mistaken information in the "Durbar II" article. Finally, the new Susquehanna building was called a concert hall instead of its more correct term “arena.” At Harford Community College, we are molding ourselves into professionals. We would like our readers to observe the use of this medium not only to entertain and inform the community, but also to hone our professional development. Following a history-making protest on Wall Street in New York City, some staff members came home with plenty of photos and insight on this pressing, global issue (pp. 13-16). Take a glimpse back in time to the Civil War with area re-enactors and the photography of Joshua Eller (p. 20). Are there films out there that cross the line? David Kelly explores this and other censorship issues (p. 9). Again, thank you for your continued support as we progress towards the best magazine we can bring you.

Winter Activities 3 Album Review 4 Profile 5 Owl Cove 6 Gourmet 7 The Critic 9 On and Around Campus 10 College Life 11 Voices 13 Inside a 21st Century Protest 14 Revolutionize Your Diet 18 On Hallowed Ground 20 Out of the Nest 24 Owls in Action 25 Live at HCC 27 College Life Calendar 28


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Plunge into Post-Holiday Fun! By Imani Lewis Owl Staff

Every winter when folks are coming off of the holiday buzz and the “seemingly” never-ending attitude of Yuletide joy, I have always noticed the lack of entertaining, non-festive winter activities for people to participate in. Many activities for the winter are centered solely around the holidays, which, of course, is no problem; save for the question of curious persons like myself, who ask “Aren’t there other things to do in the winter time other than celebrating the holidays?” Thankfully, I was able to find a few different events that will satisfy mine, as well as others, thirst for variety during the winter months. Plunge for a Purpose! Every year during the coldest time of the season, the Maryland Special Olympics hosts a Polar Bear Plunge on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point State Park, in order to raise funds for the organization. Adults – young and old, teens, and kids participate in this crazy dare of jumping into the freezing water to benefit the continuation of sports training for adults and children who have special needs. The Ravens’ own Joe Flacco is the Honorary Chairman of this event. Come on out and

“Catch sight of

the spectacular electrical creations this winter” join, observe, and pledge to this event on January 28, 2012. Perhaps diving into icy water is not exactly your idea of a fun time. Lucky for you, you can travel to Baltimore and experience the Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival. Featuring popular jazz musicians, high school jazz band competitions, and other lively entertainment, this music festival is a great way to spend a winter weekend. It will be held from February 17 - February 20. Some would say there’s nothing like “walking in a winter wonderland,” but this winter weather pastime becomes even more fun when it happens on ice! Come enjoy the Winter Wonderland Holi-

24 17 Participants take on the cold at the MSP Polar Bear Plunge.

HCC Student Brittinay Nicolette (right) performs an upbeat duet in a winter ice show.

day Show at Ice World in Abingdon from December 17-18, 3:30-5:30 p.m.. Skaters of all ages perform to favorite holiday tunes in group and solo routines on the ice. The night time becomes bright during the holiday season as families place Christmas lights on houses in many neighborhoods. To catch sight of the spectacular electrical creations this winter, take a trip to the one of Maryland’s Christmas Light displays. Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro has a display that opens on November 27 and ends on New Year’s Day. Also, Brookside Gardens Parks in Wheaton will present its 10th Annual light creation from November 18 to January 7. For those who prefer to stay indoors during the winter months, Harford County Library Systems has a Reading Program that progresses through the chilly months of January through March. Leisure reading is a great way to enjoy the cold, without directly encountering it.




Witty One Liners and Acoustic Folk Punk

By Matt Dippel

Owl Staff

It’s not hard to see why the duo of Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty of Andrew Jackson Jihad (AJJ) have developed quite the cult following since their inception. With their infectiously catchy and up-tempo interplay between acoustic guitar and upright bass combined with endlessly witty lyrics, AJJ have carved out their specific niche of “Acoustic Folk Punk.” 2008 saw the duo moving away from their sound not in a stylistic way, but by incorporating electric guitar and the occasional drum beat into the mix, much to the chagrin of pretentious idiots everywhere. 2011’s Knife Man finds the band


Andrew Jackson Jihad | Knife Man (2011)

hate whiny songs like this, but I can’t afford a therapist...” 4


Andrew Jackson Jihad shows are an intimate, sweaty, and sometimes, shirtless experience.

further embracing the full band sound while staying true to their wacky folkpunk roots. Knife Man is very much an Andrew Jackson Jihad release regardless of how much electric guitar and drumming permeate the album, and over its 16 tracks, there is an even mix of acoustic Americana tunes and the newer full-band centric jams. The lyrics are still witty and sarcastic, it’s still a knee-slappin’ romp in the hay, and the duo manages to put out their best release in the process. Whether it’s the kazoo backed “American Tune,” the Ramones tribute of “Distance,” the tongue in cheek “Sad Songs,” or the epic closer “Big Bird,” AJJ run the gamut of their past catalog and influences, enthralling the listener throughout. Knife Man’s finest moments are numerous, but the most memorable come

in the form of witty one-liners that AJJ fans have come to expect, and the band delivers in spades. In “Distance,” Sean asserts that “I hate whiny songs like this, but I can’t afford a therapist. Sorry guys, here’s a solo!” He then proceeds to bang out a simplistic and amateur solo that will coax a smile from the most cynical of listeners. The lyrical content of Knife Man is so fascinating that it conveys so many emotions so perfectly, often changing numerous times within a single song, starting sarcastically and ending emphatically. Andrew Jackson Jihad’s talents are on full display here. Knife Man is never short of sarcastic wit, heartfelt poetic waxing, and catchy folk-punk ditties of both the electric and acoustic varieties. It is an extremely well rounded and dynamic album worthy of anyone’s time.

ou k now how some people lead t wo completely se pa r ate lives? Well, this is kind of like a superhero tale. W hile the unsuspecting citizens of Annapolis see Paul Schuler as a licensed optician, on, he is Paw Dugan: official music guru and headphone wearer extraordinaire. For those who are unaware, (TGWTG) features reviewers of various forms of entertainment such as music, movies, and video games that produce their own videos. The Guy with the Glasses is Doug Walker, a Chicago native who is famous for personas such as the Nostalgia Critic and Ask That Guy with the Glasses (ATGWTG). However, Paw once called himself That Other Guy with the Glasses (…And Awesome Hat). The site held a contest in October 2008 to see who could answer the asinine questions ATGWTG would usually answer. “After doing that video, it sort of gave me the confidence to branch out and do my own thing,” Paw explains. Later that year, Paw’s first of many video series, Full Circle, was featured on the front page of TGW TG. From there, his popularity took off. Full Circle c h r o n i cl e s t h e guru’s life through his musical tastes, going through the many genres he has enjoyed and still enjoys. While Schuler has said in a previous interview that, “the circle doesn’t end ‘til death,” the series

off icially ended after eight episodes with an assisted su icide f rom a sumo ninja that he ends up calling off by the end of the finale. Paw has produced many other videos for TGWTG, including my favorite series, Music Movies. Star ting in early 2011, Music Movies touches on movie adaptations of musicals or Paul loves living in Downtown Annapolis and is a self-proclaimed city boy. movies that feature at least five songs. quently teams up with another reviewer, The best episodes thus far include Mary Pushing Up Roses, or Rosie for short. Poppins and his most recent favorite Paw claims he took Rosie under his wing crossover, Phantom of the Paradise. “I and showed her how to do her own LP’s. saw a Broadway production of Mary “I corrupted her…Now she’s the instigaPoppins and wrote it off as ‘research,’” tor,” he chuckles. he comments with air quotes. What isn’t Paw practically has an obsession with cool about that? Wawa, shamelessly plugging their food While he is the music guru of the site, in many of the Q&A videos he used to Schuler also does Let’s Play of older post. While he doesn’t do the Q&A videos anymore due to the amount of time they took, those who wish to pester him with questions can now find him on So I think the important question is what’s next for Paw after being on the site for over three years? Currently, he’s scheming a couple crossovers with other members of the site including Team Nostalgia Chick and Oancitizen. While there are now other music reviewers on games such as the King’s Quest series. A TGWTG, Paw was the first and is, by far, Let’s Play, or an LP, is a video that shows still the best. the reviewer’s game play, which usually includes the game’s conclusion. He fre-

OWL COVE Music and Poetry Staff Music Picks - Natalie Corcoran: Demi Lovato | Unbroken

Lovato leaves Disney behind and showcases a powerhouse voice that could put Christina Aguilera out of work. Download: “Together” (featuring Jason Derulo), “Lightweight,” and “Fix a Heart.”

Colbie Caillat | All of You The breezy singer-songwriter brings her best in her third album release. Download: “Shadow,” “Dream Life, Life,” and “Brighter Than the Sun.”

The Lonely Island | Turtleneck & Chain Album by hilarious trio led by Saturday Night Live’s Andy Samberg, featuring songs with Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Akon, and even Michael Bolton. Well-written and sometimes raunchy; if you are looking for a laugh, look no further.

New Releases November 1, 2011

Miranda Lambert | Four the Record November 15, 2011

Nicole Scherzinger | Killer Love November 21, 2011

Rihanna | Talk That Talk December 6, 2011

Korn | The Path of Totality

First Assignment

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When my poetry teacher suggested writing about the Moon, I wondered if she knew about you. It’s not impossible— after all, she’ll be showing me how to stretch stanzas into skies, and how to mold words into stars. Relatively, a touch of telepathy is no big feat. So I wondered if she knew about the way you lit up my night skies with your white light, waxing and waning from my life and loving me, it seemed, only when the true full Moon shone. I stopped calling you my Moon— I had to. It was killing me. But still you remain so. Of course, for why would you stop being you just because I stopped saying your name? Writing this, I am breaking a promise to myself and it will not be the last time I do. I have stretched these stanzas to their seams and molded you a new name: Muse.


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Dark can not hold me, For I walk with you in the light. Sin has no power over me, Because you are with me. You saved me, When no one else could. You found me, When I was lost to myself. You saw the good in me, Where others saw hate, And comforted me, when I needed a friend. But most of all you love me, Even with all my faults. And forgave me, When I couldn’t forgive myself.

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Clarence’s Experience New Orleans in Harford County Article by Kelli Epps | Photography by Sean Dackermann

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Friday’s, Chili’s, Silver Spring, Sakura, Outback, and Red Lobster are all very well known places in Harford County at which to dine. Restaurants like these are franchised, “chain” restaurants that everyone knows, has heard of, and are frequented on a daily basis. People always ask, “Where is there a good place to eat in Harford County?” and everyone always suggests the same, well-known places. What about the privately owned small businesses? Small restaurants go out of business because they rarely have enough money to put out advertisements to bring in more customers. Since everyone is so accustomed to the same old places, people never take the time to explore different ones. One place in particular is a little restaurant called Clarence’s located in Edgewood, Maryland. Clarence’s has been open since December of 2005 and owned by Jim Havlin, Stacy St. John, and Clarence Hill. Clarence is the head, and only, chef at the restaurant, and all of his recipes are his own that he brought back from New Orleans. The restaurant uses fresh, never frozen ingredients, and also gives the variety of original Maryland foods for those who are skeptical of new types of dishes. The restaurant offers karaoke night on Fridays, and celebrates annual Mardi Gras events hosted by the Greater Edgewood Education Foundation. If you decide to try out the restaurant, Clarence recommends the Cajun pasta because “the seafood in the dish [is served] with a creamy spicy sauce.” Instead of hearing reviews from the usual restaurant critics that only say their opinions from their first time visits, read some reviews from Clarence’s own customers:

“The restaurant is very friendly and warm; the food is great and the employees are nice and sociable. It’s a nice place to unwind.” - John, John & Carla

“It’s a good time here, good food, good company [with] a variety of ages. My favorite is the grilled chicken caesar salad with a chocolate martini.” -Shannon

“We’re regulars at the restaurant. Very nice atmosphere, great food, staff is nice and easy to joke around with. The gumbo is fantastic, very good Cajun taste, because he’s Cajun!” - David & Sandy

“This is my first time here. The atmosphere is nice and the food is excellent!” -Cecellia “Give it a try!” - Jim Havlin, Owner

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You may have heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” If not, then maybe you have heard, “Music that can move you to tears.” Art in general can evoke powerful emotions in people. They are not always congenial, but that just shows how dynamic art can be. New York photographer Andres Serrano is famous for his controversial artwork. The most famous of which is “Piss Christ,” in which he took a picture of a plastic crucifix in a jar of his own urine. This picture was smashed by French Catholic fundamentalists in the city of Avignon. It is not difficult to see why an image would create such uproar. After all, there are riots over football, so I can see peo-

people find it offensive?” He replied, “It depends on the setting. I don’t believe art inherently contains the right to offend without considering that first. Nudity in a gallery? Sure. The mall? Maybe not.” If you were to ask me how I feel, I would say that censorship is simply unacceptable. If putting up with the schlock that exists solely to offend means I get to enjoy something truly great every now and then it is worth it. I will take an offensive image over the banal and uninspired any day.

“If you were to ask me how I feel, I would say that censorship is simply unacceptable.”

ple being so upset at an image essentially defiling their lord and savior that they smash it… But are they right? Should we prevent such incidents from occurring at all by not allowing offensive or tasteless pieces to be produced? If we did we might not have to endure another Tyler Perry movie or Attack Attack! album. I don’t know about you, but that sounds good to me. Censorship has always been an important part of American culture because of the First Amendment. This is why people tend to have a bitter taste in their mouth when talking about the FCC or similar affiliates. However, there are some people who do not want “graphic” or “crude” images displayed openly. Maybe someone who is easily offended or a concerned parent looking out for their child. If we were to start censoring, however, who would dictate what to censor and where to stop? You can’t arbitrarily pick and choose; there would have to be an established system, which is essentially impossible considering everyone’s threshold for what they find offensive is different. I asked music major and current HCC student Edward Reilly, “Do you feel art, in any form, should be censored if




Around Campus

March towards accrediTation By Valerie Swain

Beyond Campus



The Power of Giving

By Natalie Corcoran

Article and Photography by Gary Matthews

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Coordinator for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness

In March 2012, a team of faculty, staff, and administrators from colleges throughout the Northeast region of the country will come to HCC to direct a reaccreditation site visit. This team, led by Dr. Margaret McMenamin of Union County College in New Jersey, will conduct meetings with various groups on campus, including students. The team will be working to verify that HCC still meets the standards required by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the College’s regional accreditor. Accreditation is very important; without it, students would not be able to get federal student loans, nor would credits earned transfer to other schools. The site visit, the final step of a two and a half year process called Self Study, is a kind of quality review for the College. Over 100 people have been involved in the Self Study process, including students, staff, faculty, and administrators. For information, go to

Wine Expo raises scholarship funds By Eyvo Johnson

College and Alumni Development Assistant

With the renovation of the Susquehanna Center, Wine Expo 2012 will now be held in the Student Center on the HCC campus. The 13th Annual Wine Expo, hosted by Wine World Beer & Spirits and the Alumni & Friends Association of HCC, is an afternoon of wine, delectable desserts, and even a chocolate fountain from Bomboy’s Home Made Candy. Enjoy the opportunity to sample over 200 fine wines from around the world from 35 vendors! There will also be a silent auction, where you can bid on baskets and sports memorabilia. Also, with crowds of more than 500 people it will be an excellent place to meet with new people. Consider a sponsorship opportunity and showcase your business at this prestigious annual event. All proceeds benefit the Alumni & Friends Association Scholarship Fund. The expo will be held February 26, 2012 3 p.m.–6 p.m. in the Student Center Minimum Age: 21 $40 in advance $20 designated driver (in advance and at door) $50 at door For more information, call the Office of College & Alumni Development at 443.412.2449.


Imagine trying to get a drink of water and then being arrested or beaten because you drank at the wrong water fountain. Things as simple as using the restroom and talking to someone, or even just walking down the street could easily turn into life threatening situations just a few decades ago. Take a trip back to the past and experience the trials and tribulations of the American Negro. On March 16, College Life will be taking students from Harford Community College and the Harford County area to embark on a journey to the south where participants will visit key Civil Rights landmarks. They will start the trip by heading down to Greensboro, North Carolina and go all the way through to Little Rock, Arkansas. Along the way there will be many sites visited, including Martin Luther King’s tomb, 16th Street Baptist Church, Little Rock Central High School, and many other historical and informational sites.

The winter season may sometimes be thought of as a time to get together with distant family, celebrate life, giving, and often times, food. However, for some, the winter season is often associated with feelings of helplessness, exhaustion, and discouragement. Whatever way you happen to feel, Maryland and surrounding areas offer opportunities for you to share your selfless nature or assist you out of your wintertime slump. Care Night Food Ministry in Bel Air, Maryland needs help on Monday evenings at 6 p.m. to help feed the homeless. Contact: 410-838-6080 or F&C Adult Day Care in Bel Air, Maryland needs general help with activities such as crafts, bingo, games, outings, serving, and exercise. There is also a need for special entertainment including playing a musical instrument, singing, and painting. Contact Tyra Shelley at 410-838-3222 or Harford County Humane Society needs holiday help for cat cuddlers, office work, dog walkers, photographers, transporters, fund raising, and greeters. To find out more, please contact Hope Smedley, Volunteer Coordinator at 410-8361090 x104, or The Holiday Project of the National Capital Area organizes visits to people in nursing homes and hospitals in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. They need volunteers for Christmas, Martin Luther King Day, and Valentine’s Day. Contact Food & Friends prepares, packages, and delivers meals and groceries to more than 2,800 people living with HIV/ AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses throughout Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. They need volunteers to deliver meals and friendship, prepare and package meals, and for administrative help. Call 202-2692277 to volunteer. Meals on Wheels is in need! Weekday drivers from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. are the biggest need. They also need volunteers to pack meals, make phone calls, and grocery shop. You can even do office-scheduling work from home! In January 2012, packers are needed on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Contact Liz Galea at 410-558-0932. Think about it; there’s absolutely everything meaningful about genuinely helping someone. Why not get involved locally and spread some honest consideration for humanity?

even though the civil rights movement was happening almost fifty years ago, there are still many people around who remember the struggle “Going on the tour would definitely paint a better picture for me [instead of] sitting in a class…” explains Rights of Passage member Ashton Horne. “The Civil Rights Movement affected how my life is [now]… It blows my mind every day.” Some people might be asking “How is this trip relevant to someone like me living in Maryland?” There’s more of a connection than one would realize, though. “My mother and father’s first year of high school was their first year of integration in the south,” shares Brandon Mathews, a nursing major at HCC. “The struggle that blacks went through, the blacks of the south endured longer.” On part of the tour, the participants will arrive in Little Rock, Arkansas. Everybody on the tour will go inside Little Rock Central High School and meet Spirit Tricky, a ranger at the historic site who is also the daughter of one of the Little Rock Nine, Minnijean Brown. The Civil Rights tour will end by going to Memphis, Tennessee. This is the location of the infamous Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and fatally wounded in 1968. One of the Freedom Riders, Dr. Ernest Patton will be talking and leading workshops to end this exhilarating tour of the south. Even though the Civil Rights Movement happened almost 50 years ago, there are still many people around who remember the struggle of those times that still carry through today. The movement fighting segregation remained unsegregated and cooperative. Many contributed and were arrested for African-Americans' rights. It has reshaped the lives we all live today; it’s American history. Interested in taking the trip? Contact Sharon Stowers: This monument dedicated to the lost African-American soldiers of the Civil War was cast in Baltimore, Maryland.




Annapolis, Maryland Thursday, February 9 Join students from other Maryland Community Colleges and spend the day advocating for legislative priorities and budgeting that impact community colleges. A limited number of students will be selected to attend on behalf of Harford Community College. If you are interested in participating in Student Advocacy Day, contact 443-412-2140 or stop by the College Life Office in the Student Center. 12-0126

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By Shawn Gill Owl Staff

“Would our country be vastly different today if Al Gore had been President?”

50,999,897 or 50,456,002: which number is bigger? Well, according to the Electoral College, the latter is bigger. These numbers represent the amount of popular votes Al Gore and George W. Bush got in the 2000 Presidential election. Would our country be vastly different today if Al Gore had been president? We would have known if the Electoral College had been abolished. Yet, it seems to be an issue that has been put on the back-burner. The Electoral College is the means by which we go about naming our president every four years. It is a winner-take-all system on a state by state basis. For example, Bush won Florida in 2000 by just 537 votes; all of Gore’s 2,912,253 in the state were essentially wasted. There are even more problems with the college lying under the surface. The whole process creates what are called swing-states (like Florida in 2000). Politicians know this and only hit the states and appeal to the certain demographics that are known to be up in the air. For example, take Ohio: there is a constant battle every election for the state’s electoral votes. In 2004, George W. Bush beat John Kerry by only 2%, awarding him the state’s 20 electoral votes. Maryland, on the other hand, is historically a blue state. This means that presidential candidates rarely attend rallies in the state. All of this creates an environment that makes voting seem useless. This point is hard to argue when your vote doesn’t count if you vote for the candidate that lost your state. Is my vote just thrown away, like it doesn’t exist? We, the people, can prevent this abomination in the future. It starts by getting out there and making some noise against this bunk system. As the director of The Center for Presidential Studies, George C. Edwards III recently said, “The Electoral College is a gross violation of the cherished value of political equality.”

“If our nation was founded on this, and it’s still in effect today, then why change it? It’s been around for centuries, and obviously, not enough people have voiced their opinion to change it.” DeAunté Printup, Computer Information Systems

“It’s useful to a degree, as long as the representatives are doing what they say they will, which is the will of the people.” Kayla Rowley, Music/Performing Arts/ Political Science

Know the Facts ➢ The Electoral College was formed

at the Constitutional Convention in 1787.

➢ It was created to prevent power

hungry and corrupt candidates in far away colonies from coming into the office of the president. It also prevented the well known candidates from the more populated colonies (like Virginia) from winning election after election.

➢ The number of electors in each

state is based upon the number of members the state has in the House of Representatives.

➢ As of the 2010 census, Rhode Island

has a ratio of 526,284 people per House seat; this is the lowest amount of population per electoral vote. Montana, on the other hand, has 999,243 people per electoral vote, the most people per electoral vote.

“I feel the people should have more of a say. Our representatives can be biased, and their opinion can get in the way.” Toni Bright, General Studies



On July 13, 2011, a simple blog post stating “Occupy Wall Street” in Adbuster Magazine issued a call for those to camp out on Wall Street in New York City on September 17. Protests have now erupted in over 1,500 cities worldwide, including London, Paris, Los Angeles, and even Baltimore. Some critics say the movement will fail due to lack of leadership and a political agenda. Others say that there is strength in numbers, and if people continue to carry out this act against government inequality and corporate greed, then change will happen. When I visited New York City this fall, I found Zucotti Park, now referred to as Liberty Square, to be rather organized with sleeping, aid, and food tents; there were crowds of people ranging in age, religion, ethnicity, and occupation. Officers from the New York Police Department created a barricade around the peaceful protestors. A group of people stood in line for t-shirts that read, “I am the 99%, #occupywallstreet” handmade on the spot through the process of screen printing. Hundreds of signs were scattered among the flood of tam-

Richard H., a 47 year-old whose occupation was kept unknown, shares, “I used to work on Wall Street and I believe the 99% are right…they’re smart.” Katlynn Cornell, a 20 year-old nanny from Woodstock, NY, occasionally chanting and banging on drums observes, “It’s already global; I mean, it’s everywhere. Our generation needs to be changed, and I think the people denying us are just scared, not wrong. I’m scared, but how could you not want this?” HCC alumni Rachel Mitchell joined the protest on Wall Street and Baltimore City. She expresses, “In reality, I think the Occupy movement is a political time bomb that will have a major impact on the 2012 election, but unless people maintain vigilance in ethics, things will continue to cycle until collapse.” NYPD Officer Zambianch says, "I agree with a lot of it and I disagree with a lot of it…but I do understand where they're coming from. I have a family too."

bourines and maracas, and various other instruments were being played by activists. An elderly lady held a sign that said, “The only thing the poor will have left to eat is the rich.” A young boy sat on the ground holding one that read, “It’s easier to buy a gun than my education.” A large section was roped off as a child safe zone where small children played with toys and colored. Near the road stood a community altar where people of different religions have united, leaving behind their personal possessions. Adreinne Henry, a 24 year-old graduate student at New York University, was among the group standing in line for a t-shirt. She says, “Our generation has been so sedated and made to feel powerless to make change because the government is too tied down with bureaucracy.”

After returning from New York City, I was beyond inspired. To me, my generation was taking a stand. Yet, when I told my friend and family members, they all seemed to be in favor of certain media outlets’ views, which have stated these protests will be ineffective. After hours of researching Occupy Wall Street, I became overwhelmed by the bias in the media. According to The Media of Mass Communication, one reason for the media bias is that “the structure of U.S. mass media is a money-driven system.” Ultimately, what these people are fighting for is the end of corporate greed, but how can people come together and support this if corporate owned media chains are providing false information and a skewed view to the people?

Our generation has been so sedated and made to feel powerless to make change because the government is too tied down with bureaucracy.

Photos from the visit continued on p. 16


Many different religions came together creating a community altar by leaving personal possessions behind.


Article by Juliette Moore | Photography by John Morin Owl Staff

Top 5 Myths Concerning Vegetarianism

Top 5 Reasons to Go Vegetarian

#1: Vegetarians don’t get enough protein without taking some sort of pill.

#1 – Animal welfare. The idea that farm animals live in a cheery red barn in the countryside, grazing in a pasture, is simply untrue. When it comes to raising animals for slaughter, factory farming is the standard – they are literally facilities with polluted air, disease, and unsanitary conditions. The Federal Humane Slaughter Act stipulates that animals are stunned before slaughter, but many are still conscious when they are killed. Also, they are often genetically modified in order to develop faster and reach market weight, leading to infections, heart failure, and death losses.

False. Protein, along with vitamins A and E, can easily be obtained by eating soy, nuts (pistachios are the most protein-rich nut), peas, beans, lentils, cheese/milk, and tofu. No pills necessary! #2: If I become a vegetarian, I’ll be underweight and unhealthy. False. As long as you are meeting your daily caloric needs and fulfilling your nutrient requirements, there is no need for concern. You may shed some excess weight, but if you follow a healthy vegetarian diet you should not become underweight. If you do see a significant decrease in Body Mass Index, talk to your doctor. #3: Vegetarians don’t get enough Vitamin B12. False. Consuming eggs/dairy products on a consistent basis will supply your body with enough of this vitamin, key to iron absorption. Iron is very important for anyone, vegetarian or not, especially if you are leading an active lifestyle. So make sure you eat a lot of vegetables like broccoli, spinach (cooked or raw), and lentils, as well as fruit, since Vitamin C is also important in helping your body break down iron.

Sweet and Sour Sensation is a tasty substitute for an old classic.

Vegetable-derived protein like legumes contains soluble fiber and polyunsaturated fat, which aid in lowering blood cholesterol, blood sugar, triglyceride levels, and chances of developing heart disease.

#4: I love meat and couldn’t survive without it; you don’t know what you’re missing.

Rose Petals, a vegetarian dish from Zen Palate, includes soy crèpes with wolfberry seeds and garden vegetables in a sweet rice ginger sauce.

If you’re like most college students, you probably know at least one vegetarian and might have even considered the diet for yourself. That’s because people aged 18-34 represent the largest age demographic for vegetarians at 42%. Concerns over the treatment of livestock, one’s health, and environmental consciousness are just a few of the reasons this “trend” is making its way onto college campuses nationwide. I’ve been meat-free since approximately ninth grade, when I ate my last morsel of animal flesh. Before then, I was pescetarian, which means I ate seafood (on occasion.) However, as I was looking down at my partially-

eaten tuna sub in front of me, I had a revelation. I wondered about where the fish had really come from, and how it had come to be stuck between two slices of Italian bread with mayo and pickles. Was there really a big difference in eating some animal products but not others? I came to the realization that in the end, no matter what kind of animal it is, they’re all killed—some in more heartless ways than others—for consumption by humans. That was the day I decided to walk away from meat once and for all, and I have zero regrets. However, it’s not always easy. How would you react to a friend calling you up for a bonfire they were

having and really looking forward to it and then upon arriving, realized it was also a barbeque and having to decline the food. Awkward, no? However an inconvenience it might be at times, Professor Scott West of the English faculty says: “After a couple years, you don’t really think about it anymore – it just becomes a part of your lifestyle.” He cites ethical reasons and environmental sustainability as influencing factors in his choice to be a vegetarian. Honestly, in the end, our choices do impact things on a broader spectrum, from whatever angle you look at it. Let’s continue to remember that with resources come responsibility.

“After a couple years, you don’t really think about it anymore... It just becomes a part of your lifestyle.”

True and False. You might have been raised on meat your whole life, but many vegetarians start out the same way. A good idea might be to transition into a vegetarian diet over time - start by incorporating some more fruits and veggies into your meals, and when desired, substitute meat entrées with protein-rich alternatives. There are several that even taste very similar to the meat itself.

A whopping 70% of our nation’s grain is fed to farm animals and with the demand for fresh water to raise animals on factory farms, wells are going dry all over the world. Consider this: 441 gallons of water are needed to produce a pound of meat, while only 14 gallons are needed for a pound of wheat. Deforestation, global warming, and pollutants from run-off going into our streams and rivers are all directly tied to factory farming. #3 – Your overall health. Did you know that total American medical costs identifiable to meat consumption amount to an average of $30 to 60 billion a year?This is because among those eating meat, there’s a higher rate of hypertension, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, gallstones, obesity and the list goes on. The National Cancer Institute’s findings indicate that antioxidantrich foods, specifically fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains, can help neutralize the free radicals that cause cancer. #4 – Cancer prevention. Scientists are not entirely certain yet, but studies have shown that there may be a connection between meat consumption and the development of cancers. Animalbased protein is linked to greater risk of colorectal cancer and many nutritionists are advocating minimal amounts of grilled or smoked fish and meat. Vegetable-derived protein like legumes contains soluble fiber and polyunsaturated fat, which aid in lowering blood cholesterol, blood sugar, triglyceride levels, and chances of developing heart disease.

#5: I’m an athlete - I need large amounts of protein to boost my energy and build muscle, and I can’t do that if I’m vegetarian. False. You do need more protein as an athlete, which you can definitely accomplish with a healthy vegetarian diet - and it actually builds lean muscle and gives you more stamina. You might also consider regularly drinking protein shakes if you don’t already. Based on a 2000 calorie diet, SlimFast's chocolate protein shake mix contains 30% of the recommended daily value of protein. Protein bars are also a great way to get an energy boost and build muscle at the same time.

#2 – The environment.

#5 – GMOs.

HCC Student Juliette Moore enjoys a tasteful vegetarian dish in New York City’s Zen Palate.

As you might imagine, the same hormones the animals are given in their feed to fatten them up remain present in the meat when it is manufactured and sold in supermarkets. Shoppers then unknowingly buy and consume the genetically modified meat.



It was a beautiful morning on July 21 at Henry House in Virginia. Soon, the sky grew dark as clouds of smoke filled the air. Cannons roared and thousands of soldiers in blue and gray marched onto the field. The Battle of First Manassas had begun. While it looked like 1861, it really was 2011, which marks the beginning of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. During the war, 620,000 soldiers lost their lives. According to, two out of three Americans have an ancestor who lived through the war. After the war ended, the states were truly united for the first time. Each year many events are held to remember the Civil War. Some can be intense battles like Manassas, where 9,000 reenactors marked the first battle of the war. Others are more somber like an Illumination in Gettysburg National Cemetery where candles are laid on the graves of more than 3,000 soldiers. Confederate and Union Soldiers met for the first time on the battlefield in Manassas, Virginia.

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Sojourn to the Past…. A Civil Rights Tour Of the South March 16 - 23, 2012 Registration: Cost: $1,850 per person for double occupancy Cost includes: • Transportation by motor coach and hotel accommodations for 9 nights • Breakfast every day, 7 lunches, and 4 dinners • Step-on guides in Atlanta, Selma, Montgomery, and Jackson A deposit of $300 per person is due when registering. Registrations and ments must No refunds will be issued after January 20, 2012, unless a substitute can be found. A more detailed itinerary can be found on our website at For more information, contact Sharoll Love at 443-412-2224 or Lisha Sturgill at 443-412-2175. The trip may be taken as a travel study course for college credit. Contact Dr. Sharon Stowers at 443-412-2059 or for details.

The War of 1812: America’s Second War for Independence or the First War Lost on American Soil?

Making Sense of the American Civil War

When attending these events, it’s easy to forget what year it is. It’s chilling to attend a Catholic Mass with Union Soldiers beside you on the very ground where Father Corby conducted one for the Irish brigade moments before they entered some of the worst fighting of the war in The Wheatfield at Gettysburg. Even parking signs vanished at Baltimore Street in Gettysburg filled with smoke and bodies as sharpshooters fired from windows and Confederate forces pushed the Union out of town. Reenactors can be serious about keeping things authentic. They train using the same manuals used during the war. Most wear uniforms that are historically accurate down to the buttons and in some cases even undergarments. A Confederate Soldier named John Wyman said he attended the 150th Fort Sumter because “I felt I just had to be there.” He didn’t set foot in the fort before the reenactment because Confederate troops didn’t until after the bombardment. Dallas Valley said “the great thing about Living History was you get to learn all the fun things they don’t teach in school.” Imagine if you were told the popular legend that hookers were named after Union Major General Joseph Hooker who always had women around his camp in history class. Like the real battles, reenactments go on no matter the conditions. On April 16, 2011,

Some women play the part of soldiers' wives at reenactments.

the Union Sixth Massachusetts marched down Pratt Street during a heavy rainstorm to mark the 150th anniversary of the Baltimore Riot where the first bloodshed of the war occurred. Living in Maryland, it would be a shame to miss the 150th anniversary. Fredrick has five major battles sites within 35 miles. In Harford County, Confederate Cavalry raided the general store at Jerusalem Mill and railroad bridge near Joppatowne. At Antietam an Illumination is held each year on the first Sunday in December. You drive across the battlefield at night with the headlights off. Soon candles appear out of the darkness until finally you cross over a rise and over 23,000 candles representing each casualty of the battle are visible for miles around. Now maybe you too, will consider attending one of the events surrounding the anniversary of the Civil War and hopefully you will not forget those that lost their lives in this bloody chapter of our nation’s history. is a good place to find a listing of events.

“I felt I just had to be there.”

HCC Library & Hays-Heighe House to host a book discussion led by James Karmel, Ph.D. Associate Professor of History

New exhibit opening in Spring 2012 Commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and everyday life in Harford County 200 years ago.

March by Geraldine Brooks Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson America's War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries. Sign up for 12:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. on the following days: March 1, 2012 March 15, 2012 March 29, 2012 April 19, 2012 May 3, 2012 Reservations: 443.412.2495 or


OUT OF THE NEST illegal contact: roughing the ... fans? By Adam Bellamy Owl Staff


ans witness violence in sports that sends 300 pound men crashing into one another at full force a nd d r ivers racing inches apart at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. It's inevitable; it’s

two Los Angeles Dodgers fans. Stow’s injuries were so serious that he sustained damage to his skull and brain, ultimately placing him in a coma. While he still remains hospitalized over six months later, Stow has filed a lawsuit against

measures put into place helped to somewhat protect fans during Allan McNish’s v iolent crash at t h is year’s race. Debris from the wreck was propelled towards nearby fans and photographers, but everyone involved walked away

“Sporting events are supposed to be something that fans of all ages can go to embrace comradery and root for their favorite team -- without fear.” just a part of the game. For the past few years, professional leagues have placed emphasis on protecting the players themselves. But recent events involving sports fans have shown that there needs to be an equal balance between protecting the players and their fans. Fa n on fa n v iole nce contributed to one of the biggest sports stories of the year, when Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan, was beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium by


the Dodgers, citing their lack of security around the ballpark. Although it happened quite awhile ago, a popular racing event called the 24 Hours of Le Mans produced an incredibly horrific crash in 1955. French racer Pierre Levegh’s MercedesBenz was sent sailing into the air, killing him and eighty three fans. Levegh’s tragic accident shocked the racing world and helped shape the importance of driver and fan safety. The


unharmed. Safety at sporting events held at Harford Community College is no different than the professional leagues. HCC also has precautions in place to prevent and dissolve issues should they arise. Ken Krsolovic, athletic director at HCC, states that “we take fan behavior and sportsmanship by all seriously at Harford’s home varsit y contests.” He continues, “We have staff personnel at all home games who monitor the

seating areas at our various venues. Also, we make a pregame announcement regarding sportsmanship and fan behavior over the public address system at all events. Failure to comply with those parameters may result in a fan’s ejection from the game.” It is clear that spor ts fans should push all sports leagues to be precautionary, not reactionary. Fans spend a good amount of money on tickets, food, and parking; all of which contribute to the wealth of the team and player salaries. The NFL, for example, continues to grow in popularity, especially broadening its female fan base. They can ill-afford to have a negative spin on the nightly news while they try to push a family friendly image. And that is what it is all about, really. Sporting events are supposed to be something that fans of all ages can go to embrace com rader y and root for their favorite team without fear. It is time that all sports leagues place more emphasis on protecting their life force: the fans.


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By Alex Brooks


Owl Staff

It’s the fourth quarter in the AFC Championship game between the Ravens and Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium. A Ravens’ fan and Steelers’ fan are sitting next to each other with nothing but animosity for one another. They don’t know

in order to bring a higher sense of competition to Harford Athletics. The ten sports included are: baseball, softball, golf, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s soccer, women’s tennis and volleyball. Each Owl victory in a head-to-head series against Hagerstown will be worth one point as the two fight it out for the “Battle of the Birds” all-sport trophy.

“The idea of rivalry in sports is one of the most compelling things to watch because when there is bad blood, the victory can only be sweeter.”

The Lady Owls shutdown defense will work wonders against rival Hagerstown.

anything about each other’s personalities or everyday lives; all they see are the other team’s colors shining through them. That sudden ‘us versus them’ feeling can only come from a strong sports rivalry. The idea of rivalry in sports is one of the most compelling things to watch because when there is bad blood, the victory can only be sweeter. Some of the best rivalries in sport’s history include the Ravens-Steelers, Lakers-Celtics, Red Sox-Yankees, Hurricanes-Seminoles, and more recently, the Heat-Celtics. The Harford Owls are no different, as we have a few rivalries of our own heading into the new season. HCC is starting a multi-sport rivalry with the Hagerstown Hawks to be played out over the school’s ten coinciding sports

Along with this brooding rivalry, basketball coach Brian Selby explains, “As an individual basketball rivalry, Cecil is usually a big game, although they’ve had the upper hand [recently]. Essex is the same way. That’s starting to turn into rivalry. They beat us and we beat them, it goes back and forth.” When Coach Selby played, the rivalries were a little bit different, “Allegheny lately has been a rivalry, we have been splitting a lot of our games. It was the same way when I was playing, but it’s hard to be a rivalry when you don’t win much.” Last year, the Cecil Seahawks were able to triumph over the Owls 103-61, but in 2009 they only managed to clip them by 1 in overtime during the regular season and 15 in the Region XX semifinals. Cecil is consistently a high ranked team that packs a punch, but the Owls are right on their tails despite the crushing loss last year. However, the Owl’s basketball team really has developed a strong rivalry with Essex. Over the past two seasons, the teams split the four games that they have played and two placed in tournaments. Also, the winning team won by more than single digits in only one of the four games. Guard Breonna Lewis for the Lady Owls Basketball team says, “ Obviously, Essex, Hagerstown, and Cecil are big rivals because if you want to be a basketball powerhouse in Maryland you have to take out the other teams around you.” Keep an eye on the sport’s schedule this year. The Owls need and deserve your support. Whether it’s purple versus gold or blue versus green, ask yourself this question: who wouldn’t show up to support their team against a rival?



HCC Adult Student Orientation Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 8:30 AM to 12 PM, Student Center, Room 243 Inclement weather date: Jan. 23, 6:30 PM

“This program was more than I expected.!”


“Everyone was so knowledgeable and caring.”

Scan to see a video of why one student was glad she attended the adult Student Orientation

was so anxious, and now I am so at ease, and confident in my decision to go back to school….”

Students ages 24 + and veterans are invited to attend. Breakfast and lunch included. Registration required, call 443-412-2140. Or register online at



goal is to make all materials and services accessible. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate, please contact College Life at 443-412-2373 at least ten calendar days in advance.


Final Exams Are Almost Here!! Would you like some assistance in preparing for finals? Would you like another place to study? Do you like to munch on snacks? Do you like to win prizes? Do you like the company of other students? If you answered YES to any of the above come to the

December 6, 7, 8 and 9 at the following locations and times:

Tutoring Center, Fallston Hall, Room 103: 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM (Mon.-Thurs.) & 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Fri.)


We carry drafting supplies all your favorite fine art brands including: * * * * *

Holbein Sennelier Arches Strathmore Speedball

* Winsor & Newton * Robert Simmons * Gemini * Fredrix * M.Graham

* Golden Acrylics * Prismacolor * Ampersand * Stratford & York * AND MUCH MORE!

—Student Discount with School ID!!!— 116 N. Washington Street, Havre de Grace 410-939-6424 – –

Student Center, Room 243: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Library, 7:30 AM – 10:00 PM (Mon.-Thurs.) & 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Fri.)

This event is sponsored by the College Life, Rites of Passage Mentoring Program Our goal is to make all materials and services accessible. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate, please contact College Life at 443 412-2373 at least ten calendar days in advance.


Amoss Center Saturday, November 26 8 PM (Full Length Evening) Youth Matinees with Post Show Event Sunday, November 27 1 PM and 4 PM Sunday, December 4 1 PM and 4 PM Tickets: $8–$15

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Chesapeake Theater Thursday, December 1 7:30 PM Tickets: $9–$18

THE DISCIPLES OF IMPROV Black Box Theatre - Joppa Hall Room 032 Tickets: $5

BEL AIR COMMUNITY BAND Bel Air High School Sunday, December 11,3 PM Free Admission

AN EVENING OF CHAMBER MUSIC Joppa Hall, Recital Hall #1 Monday, December 12 7PM Free for HCC Students Tickets: $1–$5

APPLIED MUSIC STUDENTS IN RECITAL Joppa Hall, Recital Hall #1 Wednesday, December 14 7 PM Free for HCC Students Tickets: $1–$5

AN EVENING OF JAZZ Joppa Hall, Recital Hall #1 Friday, December 16, 8 PM Featuring Second Shift and HCC Jazz Ensemble Free for HCC Students Tickets: $1–$5

KOHL & COMPANY Amoss Center Friday, January 27 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM Comedy & Magic Show Tickets: $7–$14


Chesapeake Theater and Student Center A Sunday Afternoon of Music and Fine Art Sunday, January 29: 3-5 PM Free for HCC Students Tickets: $1–$15


Black Box Theatre - Joppa Hall Room 032 The Actors Guild of Harford Community College February 3 & 10 at 7:30 PM February 4 & 11 at 11 AM & 7:30 PM Feburary 5 & 12 at 3 PM Tickets: $5–$10


Amoss Center TheatreworksUSA Friday, February 10 at 5:30 & 7:30 PM Tickets: $7–$15


Joppa Hall, Recital Hall #1 MANO DUO Sunday, February 19 at 3 PM Free for HCC Students Tickets: $1–$10


Student Center Sunday, February 26 at 3 PM Tickets: $20–$50 Minimum Age: 21


Amoss Center Sunday, March 4 at 3:30 PM Tickets: $12–$24

College life Calendar Monday



Programs, unless otherwise noted, are offered for HCC-registered credit students as those students pay applicable fees to cover College Life Programming. Students need to bring their HCC ID to participate in events and activities sponsored by College Life. Please note all program dates, locations, and times are subject to change. Check for program confirmation.






Movie: Our Idiot Brother

Tutoring Center, Fallston Hall, Room 103 8:30AM - 7PM M-Thurs 8:30 AM - 4PM Fri Student Center, Room 243 10 AM– 4 PM M-F Library 7:30 AM - 10 PM M-Thurs 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM Fri

Student Center Room 243 10 AM, 12:30, 3:30 & 6:30 PM




open Mic

December 10: Teddy Globe Café Bear Breakfast 11 AM - 1PM 9AM - 11 AM Tickets sold at cashier’s office Inclement weather: call: 443-412-2322

Wii Wednesday Globe Cafe 11 AM - 1 PM

Study-A-Thon December 6, 7, 8, & 9




Wii Wednesday



Globe Cafe 11 AM - 1 PM

Final Exams & Stress Busters Massage and Snacks All Week– Globe Café 11 AM - 1 PM













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College Reopens













College life Goes to london! (Through January 20)

College Closed



Chinese New year Adult Student orientation Inclement Weather Date



Spring Semester Begins Welcome Back Donuts & Coffee Aberdeen 8:30 AM Student Center 11 AM Bel Air 6 PM



RoP & iDEAl leadership information Table L Globe Café 10 AM - 1 PM

Welcome Back Day Free lunch

Wii Wednesday

Globe Café 11 AM—2 PM

Globe Cafe 11 AM - 1 PM




Look for programs throughout February!

14 Valentine’s Day


Welcome Back Day

Scan me to keep up with College life


Inclement weather date



Student Advocacy Day

African American History Month 13

Welcome Back Donuts & Coffee Library 9 AM Joppa 12 PM Fallston 5 PM

Trip to Annapolis Sign up in the College life office




Our goal is to make all materials and services accessible. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate, please contact College Life at 443-412-2373 at least ten calendar days in advance.

Owl Magazine 2  

Winter 2011 issue of the Harford Community College's magazine created by students

Owl Magazine 2  

Winter 2011 issue of the Harford Community College's magazine created by students