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Volume 54, Issue 5

The Student Newspaper of Prince George’s Community College

February 17, 2010

Reports of Alleged Lewd Conduct PGCC Instructional Rock Campus Christian Club Service Fees Going Up Next Fall


By Stephen K. Cooper

By Adelaja Obajimi

Last semester, around midto-late November, two students were caught by a third student allegedly engaging in inappropriate sexual acts in the office space assigned to the Bethel Campus Fellowship (BCF) in Largo Student Center. An eyewitness, who asked to remain anonymous, reportedly heard strange noises coming from the student club and peeped over the office’s wooden wall only to find two people being sexually inappropriate. The eyewitness immediately notified the College Life Services Office (CLS), which oversees all campus clubs. According to CLS Program Director Paulett McIntosh, a staff member from her office was sent to investigate. When the staff member arrived, the occupants of the room denied any wrongdoing, the eyewitness said. The students claimed they were not BCF members, but somehow they had access to the office. Seun Adebambo, BCF President, said the alleged incident gave the club a bad image because it happened in the group’s office, but he maintained that the perpetrators were not actual members of the club. He said one student was a BCF member, and the other two, who were allegedly

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Students hanging out in front of campus club offices despite CLS’s signs.

engaged in the inappropriate behavior, were guests. Regardless, the club still met its goal last semester of holding a program to show people how to be successful using Biblical principles, Adebambo said. The incident occurred even after a new civility campaign was launched by CLS at the beginning of the Fall 2009 semester to reduce a lot of the irresponsible behavior exhibited by students on campus. The ongoing civility campaign is intended to address ill-mannered behavior exhibited in noisy computer rooms, crowded hallways and, of course, the college’s noisy and rowdy cafeteria. The aim of the civility campaign is to have students pledge to help keep order in the school by policing one another. The incident also marks the second time in the same semester that a student club

has come under scrutiny. In September, members of the Music Department faculty decided not to organize the student Concert Club, thereby forgoing funding from CLS. As the Spring 2010 semester began, CLS posted several signs near the student club offices in Largo Student Center that read, in part, “spooning leads to forking” and reminded students of the rules for acceptable behavior. When asked about the BCF incident, McIntosh confirmed that students of another campus organization informed CLS “that there were some students in the BCF office acting inappropriately and (it) was of a sexual nature.” She said that the CLS staff member sent to investigate the incident did not witness anything, but saw students leave the office. Christian Club Continued on page 8

Students attending Prince George’s Community College next fall may have to dig a little deeper into their wallets to afford a higher education. The PGCC Board of Directors, at its early December meeting, unanimously approved a $95.9 million budget for fiscal year 2011 that includes a $1.5 million hike in instructional service fees for students beginning with the Fall 2010 semester. PGCC Vice President for Administration and Finance Thomas E. Knapp said the fee increase will boost the college’s spending on student clubs and activities as well as the intercollegiate student athletic programs. It will also help meet the college’s general expenses, he said. PGCC’s move to higher instructional fees comes at a time when many colleges across the nation are facing a choice of boosting tuition rates or cutting teaching staff to make financial ends meet during the recession. Although tuition rates are not currently set to increase at PGCC, the college’s budget won’t be finalized until June when the Prince George’s County Council and the Maryland state legislature decide on funding levels. Knapp called the proposed Instructional Fees Continued on page 8

Inside The Owl

Snowed Under Spring classes will last even longer.



PGCC Owl Debit Card: Get Your Money Fast


Arts and Crafts at Marlboro Gallery

12 Smile a While



The Owl Student Newspaper

February 17, 2010


Not the Announcement Paper

By Adelaja Obajimi, Editor-in-Chief

By Stephen K. Cooper, Associate Editor

As we begin the new semester, one troubling issue on my mind is the lack of certain campus amenities, specifically “hang-out spots” for students. There’s no doubt Prince George’s Community College has made a name for itself as one of the best community colleges in Maryland. Unfortunately, it’s also made a name for itself as “13th grade Largo University.” It’s a nickname meant to poke fun at the unbelievably high number of immature high school graduates that flood the hallways and disturb foot traffic every semester, especially during the first two weeks of class. On any day of the week, you can walk by the cafeteria or the printing office around 12:30 p.m. and watch the campus police officers force rowdy people to leave the building. The Hollow Tree, located in the Largo Student Center right next to the Office of College Life Services was provided to address just such a problem. So why would anyone pick a somewhat narrow hallway without chairs to hangout instead of the Hollow Tree, with its comfortable seating, television, massive space and vending machines? The answer is pretty simple. Rather than sit

in a secluded room away from the “action,” people want to be where it’s all happening. Here’s a suggestion that might work. Maybe PGCC could expand Bladen Hall and create a new hang-out spot in the hallway across from the printing office. With a good wireless Internet connection in a coffee house setting like Starbucks, maybe people would stop hanging out in the hallways leering as girls pass by. All colleges add value to the community they represent by enriching the minds of the scholars that pass through it. Enrichment comes not just through academic excellence, but also through other social opportunities and interactions provided on campus. Looking around at some of the amenities we lack here in PGCC, one wonders if it’s all part of some deliberate structural arrangement of the school, or maybe PGCC is just lagging behind other academic institutions in some areas. A school as prestigious as ours should have an open gym, faster, more reliable campus-wide Wi-Fi access, some type of boarding would be nice, and not one, but a couple of themed hang-out spots that could help scholars relax, interact and develop minds and ideas. PGCC really needs to pick up the pace...I’m just saying.

Having Second Thoughts About Attending PGCC? By Tia L.S. Holmes, Associate Editor

There are many trivial reasons why people may feel ashamed or are being mocked by others for attending a community college. We live in a society that is obsessed with prestige, so with that mentality, why would anyone want to attend a community college? To combat that foolish way of thinking, here are a few points that will reinforce your sensible decision to attend PGCC. One of the essential benefits of attending a community college is the cost. Community colleges are meant to be an affordable way to earn a degree. The American Association of Community Colleges

(AACC) listed the average annual tuition costs of four-year and two-year institutions, both public and private, at $6,585 and $2,402, respectively. In this economy, it’s a logical choice to save a few thousand dollars where ever possible. Community colleges educate almost half of the nation’s undergraduates, according to the AACC. President Obama even spoke about and visited 30 community colleges during his campaign. When referring to his Community College Partnership Program, he stated, “Without community colleges, millions of people would not be able to access the education and skills they need to further education or succeed in Second Thoughts Continued on page 3

Welcome back to a new semester and a brand new, redesigned OWL Newspaper. We’ve been working hard this month to bring you news and information that you won’t find anywhere else on the planet. In celebration and recognition of Black History Month, we, the editorial staff of this paper, have embarked on a campaign of excellence. We are taking up the call of one of the most famous African American journalists in U.S. history, Frederick Douglass, who urged young people to “agitate, agitate, agitate.” We’ve decided to put as much real news in the paper as we can manage. Timely stories about PGCC issues that answer the questions who, what, where, when, why and how. Make no mistake; we enjoy printing good news about the campus sent to us by the administration and faculty. Everyone, including us, likes being recognized for excellent work. But, we won’t shy away from getting to the bottom of controversial stories, either. We’re dedicated to news for, by, and about students.

Anything less would be a disservice to this truly great institution. Our goal is to get students talking about campus issues, and in so doing, inspire them to get involved to make PGCC a better place to learn. In addition to a more professional look, with readerfriendly graphics and a cool layout style, we’ve also added the ‘Etcetera’ page that includes John Adjei’s witty comic take on campus life, Sudoku and crossword puzzles, and other fun stuff to pass the time. After all, you know what they say about all work and no play. In coming issues, we’ll also focus on PGCC’s sports teams and profile interesting professors. We’ll offer more beauty and fashion tips as well as music, theatre, restaurant and movie reviews. From time to time, we’ll even include the occasional humor column. So, if you were expecting to read a student paper full of stale press releases and recycled news, look again. This is not the announcement paper. This is The OWL Newspaper, the voice of PGCC students. We are simply doing what our professors keep urging us to do: use critical thinking, look beyond surface issues and change the world.

Deadline for the Next Edition March 1, 2010

The Owl Newspaper is produced by students who belong to The Owl Newspaper Club of Prince George’s Community College. All inquiries, comments and complaints should be addressed to The Owl Newspaper at the paper’s address. Opinions expressed in signed columns are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of The Owl Newspaper or Prince George’s Community College. Letters to the Editor expressing concerns, corrections and opinions are welcome.


The submission deadline for the next issue is Monday, March 1st by noon. Submissions must include author’s name, telephone number and e-mail address. The Owl Newspaper does not guarantee publication of any submissions and reserves the right to edit all submissions for space, grammar and clarity. Electronic submissions are preferred.


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February 17, 2010


A Message from the President


elcome to what is certain to be an exciting Spring semester! Whether you are new to Prince George’s Community College or returning from winter break, there is something here for each of you!

You are part of a community of 40,000 students from 103 countries who have chosen Prince George’s Community College for their education. We have more than 2,600 faculty and staff who are eager to teach and assist you in reaching your goals. We have more than 30 student organizations and 12 intercollegiate athletic teams to enhance and enrich the learning environment you have chosen to be a part of. Our students are of all ages and backgrounds which contributes to a rich, diverse and thriving community of learning. Last fall we launched a campus-wide civility campaign. It is intended to remind us that we are here to teach and to learn, that hurtful words and actions interrupt the learning process and interfere with the educational goals we set before us. We are all encouraged to speak freely in this democracy and on this campus, but we can hold back from hateful, hurtful speech. That takes effort, self-control, and an honest desire to see individuals, not types; people, not things; issues, not absolute truths. We must reach out and support one another during these times of economic stress and worldwide conflicts. As we support each other, let us remember those who have been affected by the devastating earthquakes that recently struck Haiti. Let us support our Haitian students in whatever ways we can. Some have lost homes, loved ones, dear friends. We are seeking ways in which we may offer hope, healing and assistance. To this end we have launched a campus-wide Haitian Relief Committee, which will be raising funds through donations and fundraising events. I encourage you to contribute and to volunteer for this effort. Contact College Life Services to see how you can help. Volunteering while you are a student here will not only give you a great deal of personal satisfaction, but you will also gain valuable knowledge and experience which will serve you well in your chosen career. VITA (Volunteers in Tax Assistance) is a good example. This service provides training in tax preparation. Volunteers help prepare tax returns for students, individuals with disabilities, elderly taxpayers and those with low and limited income. Another way to volunteer is to share your knowledge of a subject with a student who may be struggling and offer your service as a tutor. Again, contact College Life Services to learn of the wealth of opportunities available to you as a student at Prince George’s Community College. I hope that you, too, will discover the joys of the classroom and enjoy the many co-curricular activities we offer to make our students’ time with us more memorable, meaningful and fulfilling. If you take advantage of what we have to offer here and ask for help when you need it, I know you will thrive. We care enough about you to give you our very best and we ask that you give us your very best effort in return. Thank you for selecting us as one of the most important stops you will make on your lifelong journey to success.

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February 17, 2010

Fourth Annual World Cup Indoor Soccer Tournament Held at PGCC Special to the Owl


ore than sixty PGCC students, alumni and friends donned their socks, shin guards and indoor shoes for a fun end to the soccer season on November 21st. Eight teams played one another in 15-minute games, followed by 20-minute semifinal and final rounds of competition. The tournament was sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Performance and the International Education Center, as part of International Education Week. The tournament director was PGCC men’s soccer coach Richard Todaro. The teams were named by Second Thoughts Continued from page 2

the workplace.” He recognized community colleges once again in his 2010 State of the Union Address. Here at PGCC, there are programs and centers that keep you linked with other colleges. PGCC also offers six collegian centers, and an honors program, society, and academy. To make transfers seamless, PGCC is partnered with many four-year institutions, enjoying such benefits as the Maryland Transfer Advantage Program, among many others. There are student groups here that are present on some four-year campuses, such as the newspaper, magazine, and theater groups. In essence, many differences between a community college and a fouryear institution are minor. In case you were wondering, many successful people have attended community colleges. The Pulitzer Prize–winning poet, Gwendolyn Brooks, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Maxwell Taylor, and NASA astronaut, Eileen Collins, have attended community colleges, to name a few. AACC Vice President for Communications, Norma Kent, commented, “Community college graduates have gone on to Ivy League schools.” So, always remember that among you are many future alumni who will go on to become famous and/or influential leaders.

their captains’ first names: Team 1, Everson; Team 2, Oji; Team 3, Mike; Team 4, Stephen; Team 5, Nana; Team 6, Armand; Team 7, Israel; and Team 8, Pascal. Many countries and the US were well represented by some fancy footwork, fast action and terrific saves. Teams Stephen, Armand, Israel and Mike made the semifinals. The final round was between Team

Stephen and Team Israel. Team Israel won 5-2. The semifinal winners took home soccer mini-balls and the winners took home Adidas soccer balls. Former PGCC and American University soccer All-American Hector Vargas served as referee. Team Stephen was made up of famous PGCC alumnus Stephen deRoux, Adrian Clarke, Daydrian Givans, Kenroy Campbell, Ricardo Jarrett, Rondine Crawford, and Tiaye Akinmboni. Winning Team Israel was made up of Israel Akanbi, Kunle Akinfeleye, Isiaka Kamara, Andy Ojinmaka, Tunde Banjo, Leroy Oligie, Kunle Banjo, and Sam Taylor.

MVP awards were given to Ricardo Jarrett and Kunle Banjo. If you’re anxious for more soccer, contact the men’s and women’s PGCC soccer teams about joining their conditioning and tryouts, starting in early 2010, in preparation for the Fall 2010 season!

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The winning team at the indoor soccer tournament. (Pictured left) A team member shows his balancing act during warm-ups.

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February 17, 2010

PGCC, Higher One, Inc. Unveil New Student Debit Cards

Finance company to disburse funds, but watch out for extra fees



PGCC Star Wins NJCAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

By Tia L.S. Holmes

Special to the Owl

rince George’s Community College began distributing new student debit cards this semester in order to speed disbursal of financial aid rebates and tuition refunds, but careless use of the cards could induce extra fees. The college partnered with Higher One, Inc. of New Haven, Conn., to disburse funds to the college’s approximately 14,000 students through FDIC-insured Higher One bank accounts (OneAccounts) with new PGCC Owl Debit Cards. To receive the quick refund, students should verify their addresses with the college and the U.S. Postal Service then activate their new PGCC Owl Debit Cards as soon as they arrive in the mail. An estimated 3,000 students already should have received their cards and logged on to to manage their accounts. PGCC will experience great savings in time and money by instituting the use of the new bank accounts and debit cards, according to PGCC Student Accounting Specialist James Devenney. The former process for the school was to send paper checks for refunds of class payments and for rebates of student financial aid overages. This process was costing the school thousands of dollars in printing and postage owing to incorrect student addresses to which they would mail checks then re-mail, once returned.


Look out for a package in the mail with these contents.

With the OneAccounts, students will now be able to access rebates using their PGCC Owl Debit Cards in as little as 24 hours after financial aid becomes available to PGCC. Devenney predicted that refunds will be available as early as February 8th, after the add/drop class period. If classes were paid for with a credit card, students should expect to see those charges back on that card, not in the OneAccounts, Devenney said. For students who do not wish to use their Owl Debit Cards, the Higher One Web site provides the option to wire-transfer funds to other personal checking accounts. Student Jennifer Fair sees the use of the card as a benefit, based on her past experiences with waiting for refunds. She also admitted that she did not do research on the card but that she would before using it. The OneAccount operates as any other checking account, minus the minimum balance requirement and monthly

checking account fees; however, other banking fees apply, some unexpectedly. Among the most egregious fees are the Abandoned Account Fee ($19.00) and the Lack of Documentation Fee ($50.00). Higher One ATM machines will be installed around the campus. Using any non–Higher One ATM will cost $2.00 per transaction. In addition, all PIN-based, debit card usage will incur a $0.50 fee per transaction. The best advice given to avoid fees is to always use the PGCC Owl Debit Card as a credit card; remember to always swipe and sign wherever MasterCard is accepted. Buying on credit is feefree, with the exception of online bill paying; for free online bill transactions, you must maintain a $1,000 balance or sign up for direct deposit pay. To ensure benefit from the Easy Refund system, read the fee schedule and account usage information available at and, before signing up.

Asyja Smith of Prince George’s Community College was selected as the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for contests played through Jan. 31st. Smith, a guard from Washington D.C., earns the Division II Player of the Week honor for helping PGCC to three wins in the last week of January. She averaged 26 points per game on 52 percent from the field (23-44), 43 percent from three-point land (6-14), 63 percent from the line (15-24), and had 27 rebounds, ten assists and two steals. On Jan. 25, in an 81-36 win over College of Southern Maryland, Smith scored 19 points on an 8-of-15 shooting performance, with nine rebounds, three assists, and five steals. Two days later in a close 59-57 win over Allegany College (Md.), she dropped 30 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field, 3-of-4 from three-point land, 7-of-13 from the line, and also had five rebounds two assists and one steal. Next in an 84-76 win over Hagerstown CC (Md.), Smith did it again dropping 30 points on 8-of-14 from the field, just 2-of-7 from beyond the arc, 8-of10 from the line, pulled down 13 off the glass, and had five assists and two steals giving her a double-double on the day.

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February 17, 2010

PGCC Voices By Katryna Fernandez

Do you think there is too much PDA (public display of affection) on campus? Seneca Matthews: From what I hear, yes. But, I don’t think so, no. Let me be straight, no, I don’t see a lot.

Jeryle Greene: I haven’t been at this school that long, so I haven’t seen that much of that lately. Just this one time, but it didn’t affect me.

Stephanie McCarthy: Actually, yes, ‘cause I’ve seen a lot of rolling on floors and stuff…just wow. Janet Kilpatrick: Yes, I do, at times and certain places. I don’t see a whole lot of it but I hear a lot about it going on in certain places.

Ivan Crump, Jr.: Yes, I do. I believe that there’s a little bit too much ‘cause I’ve seen some “stuff,” especially in this area (outside of the club rooms). I’m not going to state any names, but I believe they were doing a little bit too much, and this is a school and not a club. I see it in the cafeteria, the club rooms, the Hollow Tree, and just the whole Largo Student Center.


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Arts Photos from the Fall 2009 Juried Student League Exhibition

February 17, 2010

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Digital imagery, computer graphics, and animation together with the traditional art of drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and ceramics, were on display at the PGCC Marlboro Gallery. Photos by Dyllan Hildebrand

No Spooning Allowed !!

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February 17, 2010

Instructional Fees

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McIntosh said she and Dean of College Life Services Dr. Yvette Galloway met with the BCF faculty advisor and Adebambo to discuss the incident. Moreover, she also stated that this was the second incident in which alleged, non-members of BCF were engaging in inappropriate behavior, although the first was not sexual. “The club members are responsible for the office space. It’s a privilege to (use) the office space because not all clubs artwork by cedric thomas get an office space,” said McIn- No spooning allowed. tosh. “We felt that they did not need the space anymore, so we put the organization on probation and took away their office space.” Adebambo said BCF is still active and has submitted the appropriate paperwork to CLS to be recognized as an official club this semester. In fact, the group is planning to hold two events, including the Gethsemane Experience, which is a Christian revival, and a Day of Prayer for PGCC. “We have not been told that the incident will have an impact on whether the club can operate this semester,” he said. Photo by dyllan hildebrand Adebambo said the lack of space will not deter the club preparing them to be reliable from meeting its mission of men and women who can be leading students to Christ and trusted with His word.

Ask a Professor Dear Professor, I just entered Prince George’s Community College and I will major in Business. I have been a supervisor at my job for two years. Is there any way I can get credit for my work experience? —Experienced Dear Experienced, Actually, there is a program on campus that may be just what you are looking for to help you get credit for your experience. The Prior Learning Assistance Network, or PLAN, enables you to receive credit for college level learning acquired through work, volunteer and other life experiences. PLAN evaluates prior life experiences through portfolio assessment, challenge or competency examinations, ACE evaluations of business and industry and military training. A PLAN advisor will assist you in deciding which of these options is best for you. PLAN is located in Bladen Hall, Room 122, and the phone number is 301-322-0437. Dear Professor, What advice would you give someone who is a first generation college student and very determined to get an education, but is financially challenged and English isn’t their first language? —Determined Dear Determined, As long as you stay determined, you will find resources on this campus and elsewhere to help you. Two places you should start your search for assistance on campus are: The International Education Center and the Financial Aid Office. The International Education Center helps international students with their academic questions and needs. The center is located in Lanham Hall, Room221 and their phone number is 301-322-0750. The Financial Aid Office is located in Bladen Hall, Room 121 and the phone number is 301-322-0822. By visiting the Financial Aid Office you will receive information on grants, scholarships, deferred payments, loans and other resources. Additional resources are also available in the Student Handbook. Take a few moments and read through this helpful brochure. Do you have a question? Please send your emails to

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fee increase fair, and said that students are getting a quality education at an affordable price compared to other local colleges. “Certainly, we remain incredibly less expensive than any of our four-year institutions. I think we provide every bit as good instruction as they do, or better, and yet we’re a cheaper price than they are,” Knapp said. “I don’t believe there’s another community college in the state that’s better than we are.” Student reaction to the proposed fee increase was intensely critical. Chris Monroe, a second-year sociology major, said the college already makes enough money and did not need to raise fees. Donele Smith, a second-year business and accounting major, said PGCC should keep prices at a minimum so that students can afford to come to school and get an education. “This will affect me personally because my dad is paying out of pocket,” said Crystal Lindo, a first-year general studies major. She suggested that if the athletic department really needs money for student teams that they should try fundraising activities rather than raising fees on students. The proposed $1.5 million increase in instructional fees would be imposed under a new structure. Under the current instructional services fee structure, students either pay $27 (Level I), $32 (Level II) or $37 (Level III) per credit hour based on the type of class in which they are enrolled. Students are also required to pay a $1-per-credit student activity fee, up to a maximum of $15 per semester. For a three credit, Level I class, a student Beauty Tips Continued from page 6

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Vice President for Administration and Finance Thomas E. Knapp.

would pay $288 in class tuition, a $25 registration fee, a $3 student activity fee, and an $81 instructional services fee. As a result, the total cost of a three-credit class is $397. Beginning next fall, the college wants to eliminate the three-tiered instructional service fee and the $1 student activity fee and replace them with a flat fee of $38 per credit for all students, except senior citizens and those retired early on disability. The result will be that for the same three-credit course, the total bill would be $427, or an additional $33 per class. Put another way, for a student enrolled in 15 credits of Level I classes, the total bill is approximately $1,985 for one semester. Under the new system, the same student would pay $2,135, or an additional $150 per semester. Knapp said that most PGCC students are enrolled in Level II and Level III classes, so their instructional fees will only be increasing by roughly $6 per credit, or an additional $90 per semester for 15 credits. to a matte red lip color and it adds some pop and shine; or add an opaque red lip-gloss to that same lipstick and it will give it a more vibrant, fun color. A combination I like to use is a nude lipstick from MAC called Blankety topped with a Peachy-Pink lip-gloss from N.Y.C. (New York Color), this is perfect for an everyday look, or to complement a dark smoky eye. Need to find specific beauty tips? Anything from makeup tips to healthy skin tips, email requests or questions to Katryna at theowlnewspaper@!

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February 17, 2010


Snow, Snow Go Away Blizzards Mangle Largo Student Center Canopy, Extend Spring Semester into late May By Stephen K. Cooper


he twin snow blizzards that paralyzed the Washington metropolitan area in early February did more than just cancel classes for nearly two weeks at Prince George’s Community College. Heavy snow collapsed a canopy located above the Largo Student Center and transformed the main campus parking lot into a snow filled maze with limited visibility for drivers. But long after the snow melts into memory, PGCC students will still be dealing with the aftermath. Dr. Sandra F. Dunnington, PGCC vice president for academic affairs, said that in order for students to get the appropriate instruction time in the Spring 2010 semester, classes will be extended by an extra week. For all full semester courses, the final class week/ exam week will be held May 18 to May 24, not May 11 to 17 as listed in the current schedule.

Weekender, Saturday and Sunday courses will also have additional classes during the semester to make up for the snow closings. Commencement will be held as scheduled on May 27. However, diplomas will be mailed to graduates, rather than being handed out at the ceremony, since the college will not have time to complete the graduate certification process. “We didn’t cancel Spring Break,” said Dunnington. “We felt it was too close to cancel it. People might already have plans and reservations in place.” The current Spring break is scheduled for March 29 to April 4. Dunnington said that if there are more snowstorms that cancel classes this winter, the schedule will only permit another three additional days of instruction in May. The additional week was required by the state Secretary for Higher Education in order to meet Maryland Higher Education Commission guidelines

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Heavy snow collapses Largo Student Center canopy.

for making up time missed in classes, labs and practical experiences. Dunnington said the extended week was approved by PGCC President Dr. Charlene Dukes, following a recommendation made by academic and student services leaders on February 16. The nearly three feet of snow dropped on campus required the Facilities Management Department to hire contractors with heavy equipment to clear the parking lots. Dr. David Mosby, Dean of Facilities Management, said he was seeking estimates on the cost of repairing the crushed

canopy and would also report the damage to the college’s insurance company. “When you have a snow load like that on a span with canvas on it, it eventually will give way,” he said. His department’s efforts to clean the parking lot didn’t go unnoticed by students. Cheyanne Johnson, a third semester student, said she thought the Facilities Management Department did a “really good job” of clearing the snow from campus. Johnson said she spent part of the week off from school studying for a history exam.

Conquering the Chaos - Women Meeting the Challenge

Saturday, March 6, 2010 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Prince George’s Community College Largo Student Center Largo, Maryland


Celebrate Women’s History Month at the 2010 Women’s Fair in the inspiring company of keynote speaker Ms. Chartese Burnett, Vice President of Communications and Community Relations of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club and Mrs. Leslie Johnson, First Lady of Prince George’s County, the fair’s Honorary Chairperson. Breakout sessions on financial planning, healthy living, education, and environment-friendly home living will be conducted by local experts. Visit the exhibit area for valuable information on products and services of interest to the women of Prince George’s County. Advanced registration ends February 15, 2010.

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This series of financial workshops is open to all Prince George’s County residents and supports participants’ personal financial development by presenting information on a variety of significant financial topics. Participants will have the opportunity develop their own financial plans and to work with a financial coach, as they move forward in their financial journey. There is no charge for workshops or coaching activities.

Workshops Dates Assessing your Financial Picture

January 21, 2010

Planning for Financial Success

February 22, 2010

Getting your Credit in Focus

March 22, 2010

Expanding your Opportunities to Save

April 19, 2010

All workshops are held at Prince George’s Community College 301 Largo Rd., Largo, MD 20774, Accokeek Library, 2nd floor, Gwynn Room, 6-8pm To register, contact Betty Habershon, 301-322-0713 or e-mail

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Prince George’s Community College is proud to introduce its chapter of the National Student Business League (NBSL). Come out and join a group of high-minded, focused and driven students and watch as this newly founded organization takes shape and makes an impact on our campus and in our community. One of NBSL’s major objectives is to promote professionalism among Black business students. The purpose of the NSBL is to bring a sense of unity to business students as well as give an opportunity for business students to meet, interact, and conduct business ventures in an orderly fashion. There’s so much to learn and even more to accomplish. Remember: History begins with you. For more information, please contact David C. Briscoe, NSBL president, at 301.322.0893 or 202.907.2871.


Come take part in G’s to Gents, a grant-funded program by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Workshops are open to all males of the college. For more information, contact Shelly Caldwell-Bennett at 301-322-0178. Here are upcoming dates for scheduled events and their designated venues. “Swagger & Flow” - Friday, March 12, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (M-2102) “Chivalry is Not Dead!” Thursday, March 25, 2:00 3:30 p.m. (M-2102) “Attire to Inspire” - Thursday, April 15, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (M-2102/2090)

February 17, 2010

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Attention Students!

The Owl covers Prince George’s Community College – journalism by students, for students, and about students - four times each semester.

Did you know that PGCC students come from more than 116 countries around the world?

If you really want to find out the scoop about the institution you are attending– and have fun and learn valuable skills doing it– The Owl staff is where you want to land as an activity.

Join the Kaleidoscope Club and meet our diverse international community!

Visit our office at 245 Largo Student Center.

Join Us.

Come discover other cultures while sharing your own.

Come join the Owl staff as a staff reporter, correspondent, photographer or copyeditor.

We meet Wednesdays at noon in Lanham Hall, Room 221.

Contact Adelaja “Yemi” Obajimi (301) 322-0905;; or find us on FACEBOOK. The Owl has what you need.

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Hospitality Career Fair

Thursday, February 25, 2010 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Sponsored by Prince George's Community College’s Hospitality and Tourism Institute and Career and Job Services

Prince George’s Community College is hosting its Second Annual Hospitality Career Fair. The event is free to the public and will bring together more than 25 businesses that are offering career opportunities in the hospitality industry. Attendees are encouraged to dress for a job interview and to bring multiple copies of their resume as photocopying services are not available. The event will be held at the college at 301 Largo Road, Largo, MD in the Largo Student Center Rooms B and C. Job Seekers must RSVP at 301-322-0109 prior to attending the event. Businesses interested in participating in this FREE Career Fair should call Mrs. Mundy at 301-322-0071 or email her at

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February 17, 2010


February 2010 Calendar Events You’ll Never Be Bored at PGCC! Dozens of exciting campus activities planned for Spring 2010

By Brittany Carter

By Brandon Smith

Third Multi-Cultural Artists’ Exhibition Feb. 16, Tues. – Mar. 11, Thur. Gallery Hours: Mon. - Thur. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Marlboro Gallery Reception: Feb. 18, Thur., 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Snow Date: Feb. 25, Thur., 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Exhibition closes at noon on the final day. Artists represented in this exhibition work in a variety of media including installationbased art, assemblage, video, the more traditional disciplines of photography, sculpture and drawing. They were selected on the overall strength of their work and their technical abilities. Participating artists are producing some of the most exciting and perceptive work being made today in the Washington, Baltimore, and Northern Virginia area. Information: 301-322-0967

The Diverse Male Student Welcome back to PGCC. Academy “Kick Off” For those students who are reFeb. 24, Wed., 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: LSC, Rennie Forum turning and those who are just now joining the PGCC family, Hospitality & Culinary Arts the Spring 2010 semester will prove to be one of the very best Career Fair Feb. 25, Thur., 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ever, with events around every corner. Here is just a small Location: LSC – B & C Representatives from the col- fraction of all that is going on lege’s Hospitality and Tourism campus during the next four Institute, Career and Job Ser- months. The MD JUCO (Maryland vices and more than 25 businesses are offering career op- Junior College Athletic Conportunities in the hospitality ference) is holding its tourindustry. Attendees are en- nament this February from couraged to dress for a job in- the 16th to the 20th, with the terview and bring multiple cop- 21st being the Championship ies of their resume. Job seekers rounds. And for those who are more must RSVP at 301-322-0109 artistically inclined, don’t forprior to attending the event. get to check out the 3rd MultiInformation: 301-322-0109 cultural Artists’ Exhibition at Owl Newspaper Submission the Marlboro Gallery starting February 18th and running Deadline March 1, Mon., 12:00 p.m. on select days until March the 8th, showcasing brilliant Location: LSC - 245 works of both expression and How to Mind Map for Study diversity. If you’re seeking help with Learning Our Viewpoints: Success Facing & Getting Beyond Mar. 10, Wed., 11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. your taxes, be sure to take a Our Prejudices Location: Marlboro 2102/2090 look at the Free Tax Preparation seminars on the first Feb. 17, Wed. 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. & floor of the CAT Building, held Feb. 18, Thur. 12 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Global Café Location: LSC – 2 Mar. 10, Wed., 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. twice a week until that fated Information: 301-322-0177 Location: LSC – Student Lounge day in April. Are you looking for a bit Learn about a new culture or Free Tax Preparation teach us about your culture. more real world work experiFeb. 9, Tue. – Apr. 10, Sat. Students dressed in tradi- ence? If so, February 23rd is Prince George’s Community tional attire will erect tables the date for a colloquium enCollege’s Volunteer Income which will display artifacts, titled Resume 101 at Marlboro Tax Assistance (VITA) pro- music, traditional foods, pho- Hall, Room 2090. It will offer gram provides free tax prepa- tos, etc. from students’ native help for people who want to ration on an appointment ba- countries and cultures. Please make the most of their skills sis to assist Prince George’s sign up in Lanham 221 to get a when joining the work force. County residents with basic table for your country. income tax returns, including free electronic filing. Services are offered on TuesIntramural Activities days, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. and SatDate Day Activity urdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Location: CAT Building Feb. 25 Thursday Basketball: Quick Shot Contest Information: 301-322-0916 Mar. 2 Tuesday Basketball: One On One Tournament Fun Activities: Making Paints Mar. 4 Thursday Basketball: One On One Tournament — A Wonder of Chemical Reactions Mar. 8 Monday March Madness Contest Feb. 19, Fri., 3 p.m - 4 p.m. Location: CHE – 312 Mar. 17 Wednesday Table Tennis Learn about different chemiMar. 18 Thursday Knock-Out Contest cals and test their reactions to see color changes by mixing Mar. 24 Wednesday Table Tennis different chemical compounds. Information: 301-322-0420 Mar. 24 Wednesday Basketball Meeting in the ladies Room Feb. 24, Wed. , 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Marlboro – 2102 Information : 301-322-0109

This March, make sure to catch the Hallam Theatre’s beautifully depicted production of “The Most Massive Woman Wins,” running from the 11th to the 21st. If you missed the moving presentation “Learning Our Viewpoints: Facing Our Prejudices” on February 17th and 18th, it will again be held on March 17th at the Largo Student Center, Conference Room 2, from 1 to 2 p.m. After the blessings of Spring Break have passed, students here can look forward to the 2nd Annual PGCC Math Tournament, held at the Largo Student Center, Conference Rooms B and C, all day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. With an array of Big Events in April, including the SGB/Student Elections and the ALANA Awards, this month finishes off strong with the Caribbean Festival, held on the 24th. All are welcome to attend. In the last month of the semester, make sure to mark your calendars for the Hallam Player’s production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” a comedy that is sure to help take your mind off the finals ahead. While these are just a few of the many events happening this semester, you can rest assured that at PGCC, there is always another big event, just around the corner!










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The Owlword Puzzle

February 17, 2010

PGCC Owlscopes By Althea L. McCrary

created by brandon smith

Aquarius (Jan. 20–Feb. 18) When you try, some grades may rise and some may fall, but not studying isn’t wise at all. Remember you won’t know you can succeed until you give it a try! (Lucky numbers: 10 17 28 21 35) Pisces (Feb. 19–Mar. 20) You’re a ticking time bomb and the seconds are counting down. Remember the many services your great school has to offer to help you be all that you can be…without having to die for it! (Lucky numbers: 22 36 14 7 19) Aries (Mar. 21–Apr. 19) You are stuck on transition train. No worries! Just choo-choo-choose one of PGCC’s finest advisors and quickly get hoisted back on the tracks to future training and careers. (Lucky numbers: 39 48 2 16 24)

ACROSS 1. Popular numbers puzzle 4. Very slow tempo, City in Maryland 6. “Eighth Wonder,” Wigan 9. College Completion 10. Established 1958 11. The Hollow 14. Public Displays, too much? 15. Old Line State 16. President Charlene

DOWN 1. Current Semester, 2010 2. Solitary, Nocturnal bird of prey 3. Hall or Man 5. Give it a Chance 7. Earned, Given; Aretha Franklin song 8. This woman wins 12. Swimming Pools, Weight Rooms, etc. 13. Adjei, Newspaper Artist 14. As in Drawing, Painting, Design


Gemini (May 21–Jun. 20) You’re planning on cutting class today because you forgot your assignments. It’s like you’re holding a double-edged sword. Just take note that not having your homework is bad, but not showing up on top of that is just stupid… Translation: go to class anyway! (Lucky numbers: 9 27 14 6 32) Cancer (Jun. 21–Jul. 22) You didn’t eat breakfast this morning and you think a Rice Krispies treat will get you through the day. Always remember: a full breakfast will keep the sleepies away! You can’t think on an empty stomach, except of how hungry you are. (Lucky numbers: 19 23 13 41 36)

Virgo (Aug. 23–Sep. 22) I see something you don’t see… it’s your potential. Keep it on the rise. If you ask, then answers you shall receive. To make it successfully, in yourself you must believe. (Lucky numbers: 27 17 34 26 41) Libra (Sep. 23–Oct. 23) There are so many words in your head that you don’t know what to do. You can join The Owl Newspaper staff and Reflections Magazine staff, too! Don’t let your voice be lost among the masses. Have something fun to do outside of classes! (Lucky numbers: 25 18 37 43 19) Scorpio (Oct. 23–Nov. 21) You can sing, act, read, and write, but no one knows because all you do is fight. Get educated, instead, and express yourself properly by means that are right. Keep in mind why you’re here. (Lucky numbers: 15 23 37 22 43) Sagittarius (Nov. 22–Dec. 21) You are financially forgetful. It’s okay. Just bring your tuition payment to the Cashier’s Office today. Make sure you don’t forget about financial obligations at PGCC. (Lucky numbers: 28 32 19 36 14) Capricorn (Dec. 22–Jan. 19) Rushing so quickly, I think you forgot your assignments on Blackboard. Remember those extras quizzes to keep up your grade percentages. If you fall behind, talk to your professors to get you caught back up. (Lucky numbers: 44 6 18 29 38)

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Complete the Sudoku puzzle so that each and every row, column, and region contains the numbers one through nine only once.

Taurus (Apr. 20–May 20) You have all this built-up energy with no way to let loose. Well, PGCC offers more than 15 different clubs and organizations that can help you get involved and stay evolved. (Lucky numbers: 1 12 28 43 16)

Leo (Jul. 23–Aug. 22) So you listened to the hater down the hall and now you think you’re not good enough to graduate or be here. Well, just keep in mind that talk is cheap. Don’t ever let anyone else’s opinion hold you back. Keep your head up. (Lucky numbers: 21 33 42 18 20)

OWLWORD ANSWERS: Across (1. Sudoku, 4. Largo, 6. Willard, 9. Graduation, 10. PGCC, 11. Tree, 14. Affection, 15. Maryland, 16. Dukes) Down (1. Spring, 2. Owl, 3. Marlboro, 5. Peace, 7. Respect, 8. Massive, 12. Natatorium, 13. John, 14. Art)

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