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Energy Savings Program Outlined by Governor
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• A Monthly Publication For The Students of North Shore Community College, Danvers, Lynn & Beverly, Massachusetts •
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Governor Deval Patrick visited North Shore Community College Thursday, February 25th to describe his plan that will provide millions of dollars in savings for people throughout
turbines and other vast improvements will, over the next 3 years, provide the jobs that will “Create an industry cluster unrivaled in the state of Massachusetts.” This program will use an financing “unprecedented
Governor Deval Patrick approach” by providing camMassachusetts. It is called the puses at Lynn and Danvers an Commonwealth Clean Energy initial $3.6 million for these Investment Program. Beginning installations and upgrades. with NSCC, installations of When this project is finished, solar panels and rooftop air-con$400,000 will be the amount ditioning units, along with wind
saved each year. This money will pay for not only the initial costs but open the doors for future retrogrades, developments, and programs.
Facilities all over the state will follow suit, soon making Massachusetts the nations’ leader in energy efficiency. Potentially, 4000 “green” jobs could rise from the depths, some of them including modernizing old light fixtures, replacing old furnaces, and weatherizing homes. Solar energy companies, such as Commonwealth Solar, have begun to make a significant standing as well, even in an economy that has not yet stabilized.
A Harvard study released on Saturday revealed that the number one killer of adults in America is no-longer heart disease, but Building-Sharks. “It came as a surprise to us, actually,” says Harvard Scientist Duncan Frankson, who fronted the study. “We never thought that Building-Sharks would become a major problem and this study shows that something has to be done.”
The scientists are putting the blame on global warming for the recent Building-Shark infestation. “We used to only have about two or three isolated events per year in the states,” says Dr. Fredrick Idaho, a specially trained Marine Biologist who heads the Building-Shark studies department at the Boston University Marine Program. “Now we are getting reports nearly on a daily basis.”A recent incident in
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this picture, President and house speaker Pelosi applauded the of the new health care
On March 21, 2010, the House passed a bill to reform our nation's health care system. This is a bill that provides access to
showing that patients without health insurance have a shorter life span, coupled with the number of uninsured approaching 50 million in 2010.
With a critical shortage of primary care providers, these newly insured patients may have nowhere to turn for medical care. Massachusetts, the only state that offers universal
To make the economy stronger, things have to be set in motion. With leadership as aggressive as that of Patrick and his team, things in Massachusetts have no where to fall but back in place. During an interview after the speech, the governor optimistically declared that “We’re going to rebuild this economy.” He feels that students must become Continued on Page 3
Scientists: “Building-Sharks cause more deaths than heart disease.”
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BY AMANDA FROST
Chicago, Dr. Idaho’s home town, brought the problem of Building-Sharks closer to home for the doctor. A skyscraper in Chicago was attacked by a Building-Shark last month, resulting in over fifty casualties and a lockdown of the entire downtown area. “The thing about Building-Sharks” says Dr. Idaho “is that once they apparate in the building, it’s risky to get them out.” “There are two reasons why the
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quality, affordable health care and reduces the federal budget deficit.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has projected that the bill will reduce the deficit by $138 billion in the first decade and will reduce the deficit by as much as $1.3 trillion in the second decade. The CBO confirms the bill both reins in wasteful spending to extend the solvency of Medicare for almost 10 years and closes the prescription drug "doughnut" hole for seniors. Coverage will expand to cover nearly 95 percent of legal U.S. residents. With a recent study
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coverage, suffers from some of the worst primary care wait times in the country despite having the highest concentration of doctors nationwide. Doctors and hospitals are going to be paid less for services. Forty-six cents out of every dollar spent on medicine is paid for by you the taxpayers.
Small and large businesses are going to have to pay more for their employees' health insurance plans. And every American is mandated to have health insurance whether we want it or not. Continued on page 4
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The Boston Flower and Garden Show: A Blooming Success
BY TANYA GREEN
After a one year hiatus the flower show has returned to Boston, and what a come back indeed. This is the first year in the over 20 years of running that I can honestly say it lived up to the selected theme, “A Feast For the Senses.” A feast it was, especially in the Garden of Cakes.
The Garden of Cakes was one of this year’s special exhibits. Each cake looked amazing and smelled so fresh that it was hard to not be temped to eat one. The garden had 16 designer cakes meticulously displayed in sections in the center of the Seaport Exhibit hall. Among the many cakes, one of them was made by Sweet Life Confections of Swapscott.
Although the horticulture students of NSCC did not have an exhibit, this year’s gardens where still absolutely amazing. The most spectacular exhibit at the show was designed by Peter R. Sadeck. Sadeck’s exhibit, “Celebrate Spring,” which brought into Harmony Common New England Botanicals in conjunction with a pond and live birds. The birds featured in his exhibit were peacocks, doves, parrots, ducks, parakeets, and coattails. The market-place was not as expansive as it has been in the past, but still had something for everyone. There were numerous vendors ranging from garden suppliers to hand-embroidered clothing and everything else in between. Among my personal favorites were Yan Yan’s Jewelry featuring hand crafted jewelry from clay and Tyler’s Sweet Revenge featuring homemade British
pastries. Some newcomers to the market place who are must sees are The New Age Group featuring art on tile and Weavers of the Andes featuring hand embroidered clothing and colored pencils made from tree bark.
I ended my day at the flower show by stopping by my favorite garden supplier/vendor, The Cactus Shack. The Cactus Shack is run by Santo and Janice Spina formerly of Wakefield, now of Naples Florida. During a few quiet moments, the Spinas and I had some time to chat and compare this year’s show to years past. The Spinas are the ideal people to talk to for such a comparison, seeing as they have had their booth there for 40 years. The thing that the Spinas liked most this year is that the Seaport is a smaller venue, meaning that the market-place and the exhibits were intertwined. Back when the show was held at the Bayside Expo Center, the exhibits and the market-place were in completely separate halls, which used to make for a long walk from one to the other. In summary, the Seaport is certainly more convenient and accessible for the patrons. What the Spinas disliked about the Seaport is that there is less seating in the concession area due to the smaller space.
The Spinas would also like to remind everyone that, “Just like the flower show is more than just flowers the Cactus Shack is more than just cactuses.” The Cactus Shack also sells a wide variety of air plants, garden rocks, seashells, water beads, and Venus Flytraps (my personal favorite). PHOTOS BY TANYA GREEN
Rep. Walsh Hosts NSCC Students at State House
From L-R: Lois Hayes, Miguel Lugo, Ironice Mikalixen, Dany Vizcaino, Marie Brady, Steve Walsh, Lily Solis, Maggie LaBella, Michael Whalen, Cathy McDonough, Diana Kerry, Christopher Aguilar and Will Dowd.
Rep. Steven Walsh of Lynn welcomed North Shore Community College students as well as delegates from all over the Commonwealth to the Legislative Action Day sponsored by the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless on February 25, 2010.
“The State House is your house,” said Walsh, encouraging the audience to exercise its right as citizens and be more involved in civic affairs. The plight of homeless youth across the state was the focus of
the day’s panel discussion. While homelessness is on the rise in general, the numbers of homeless youth in particular have risen dramatically, especially in cities such as Lynn. Panelists presented programs currently piloting in Malden, Greenfield and Worcester, which are having a positive impact on young people aged 18 and older.
NSCC students had an opportunity to meet with Representative Walsh to request his support for funding for safety net programs for homelessness prevention.
Rep. Walsh, along with his aides Josh Harrell and John Ford, also listened as students voiced their concerns about local Lynn issues, including waterfront development, after school programs and health care.
The State House visit concluded with a tour of the Rotunda and the House Chamber. Students were impressed with the historic elegance of the building and many vowed to return with their own families. The trip was made possible through the support of the Public Policy Institute of the college.
Nomar Retires Back Home
BY ASHLEY VIATOR
On March 10, 2010, a fan favorite in Red Sox Nation retired from the game of Baseball. He did not, however, retire as a member of the last team he played for, which was the Oakland Atheltics.
and Rookie of the Year in 1997, and even though he was traded before the Sox made it to the playoffs in 2004, he still got a World Series ring.
Nomar Garciapara will always be a member of the Boston Red Sox, and now he will be part of a different team. He will be an analyst for ESPN. Thanks Nomar.
Nomar Garciapara ended his career where he started it. He started his career as a member of the Red Sox and ended his career as a member of the Red Sox. This was all possible due to the Red Sox signing him to a minor league contract, which allowed him to retire with the Red Sox.
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a part of the process. The future of the economy, in many ways, is in their hands.
Governor Patrick defined what “leading by example” means to him, which is to “create jobs right now, make cleaner air, and provide millions of dollars in savings tomorrow for taxpayers and others across the Commonwealth.” NSCC is leading the way, and has accepted the responsibilities that come with becoming the first “zero net” energy building in the state. Making an effort to connect with students, the governor took the time to speak with many of those who had questions for him. He even spent a few minutes in the Recreation Room,
The contract was only a one-day contract, but Nomar wanted to end his career where he started it, and who could blame him? Red Sox Nation appreciated what he did for their beloved team. On July 6th, 2009 Nomar came back to Fenway for the first time since he had been traded, and even with a new team the fans still showed their appreciation for him.
During his career with the Red Sox he won two batting titles
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playing pool with Christopher Lee, an attending student and writer for the Pennon.
This was a new beginning for NSCC. Things are happening, and there has been a great deal of progress already. With so many new installations and dozens of planned projects, both the Lynn and Danvers campuses will undergo that much more. Patrick’s visit marks a whole new wave of changes within the industry, and they will create a substantial investment for the future - for our future. There is so much more ahead of us. Over the next 3 years, we will have the opportunity to not only see it all happen, but be part of it. In the words from our governor, he asks, “Why not build that future, all of us, together.”
Where Are They Now? Athlete Edition
Dennis Rodman - This 6 foot 8 stand out basketball player is well remembered for his help in the winning of five NBA championships. Two of which were won with the Detroit Pistons and three with the Chicago Bulls. He was a two time all star, with awards ranging from being a two time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, two time All-NBA Third Team Selection, seven time NBA AllDefensive First Team Selection, and a seven time NBA Rebounding Champion. In his fourteen year NBA career, Rodman has racked well over 500 blocks, 6,500 points, and
nearly 12,000 rebounds, but Rodman was also known for his eccentric behavior. In 1993 it was reported that he was found sleeping in his car with a loaded rifle and he was
rumored to have nearly commited suicide because of a traumatizing divorce between ex-wife Anicka Bakes. Other headlines over the years in his career were such of him head butting a referee, kicking a defenseless camera man after a fall, engaging in numerous fights, criticizing Larry Bird for being white, marrying Carmen Electra after a night of intoxication, and much, much more.
Post NBA Career - Immediately after his departure from the NBA Rodman has concentrated on his whimsical wrestling career. After his wrestling career didn’t take off the way he planned, he took a long four year hiatus until signing with various non NBA basketball teams in the US and Europe from 2004 to 2006. Since then he has been on various TV shows like 3rd Rock from the sun, Celebrity Big Brother (UK edition), Celebrity Mole, Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling, Celebrity Apprentice, and recently being persuaded into attending drug treatment on Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab, Season 3.
Terry Glenn - This first round draft pick (7th overall) was without a doubt a phenomenal wide receiver. In college Glenn was a walk-on at Ohio State and in 1995 he won a spot on the
First-team Associated Press All American team. He was also awarded the Fred Biletnikoff Award which is awarded to the nation’s best college wide receiver of the year. Being drafted by the New England Patriots in the 1996 NFL draft, Glenn put up powerful numbers his rookie year. He won the Sports Illustrated Rookie of the year award by posting up 6 touchdown receptions, 1,132 receiving yards, and 90 receptions. Throughout the years as a Patriot his stats were slightly heading downhill until it collapsed in 2001 when Head Coach Bill Belichick deactivated Glenn due to ongoing off the field issues. He did not receive a Super Bowl ring that year and was traded to the Green Bay Packers. Glenn recorded only 2 touchdowns in 817 yards with the Packers and was soon traded to the Cowboys where he played the rest of his career until 2007. In 2007 he had knee surgery that resulted in missing the first fifteen games. Following the 2007 season he retired stating health concerns regarding his right knee.
Post NFL Career - In January of 2009 Glenn was caught with his pants down in a Dallas Hotel lobby and arrested and charged with public intoxication as well as possession of marijuana. A few months later in August of 2009 it was said by many
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reports that Glenn was an intern Wide Receiver Coach for the Miami Dolphins. Sadly, in January of 2010 Glenn was arrested on Grand Theft Auto charges for not returning a rental car.
Bill Buckner - Now if you don’t know the infamous story about Bill Buckner, here is a brief description on what he is very well known for. Before the sixth game of the 7-game series, Boston was ahead of the New York Mets 3 -2. In the sixth game of the 1986 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets, the Red Sox were in the lead heading into the bottom of the tenth inning 5-4. Bill Buckner was supposed to be replaced by Dave Stapleton due to knee problems, but instead John McNamara, the manager, told Bill to take the field anyway. At the beginning of the bottom of the tenth, the Mets hit three singles and afterwards the game
was tied 5-5. With the score tied, Mookie Wilson hit a slow ground ball to Buckner and the ball rolled right under Buckner’s legs into right field and Ray Knight raced from third base to home to score the winning run for the Mets. From that game, the series’ score was tied 3-3 and the Mets ended up winning the seventh game claiming the World Series Championship.
That one play overshadowed Bucker’s entire career. Even though Buckner had a productive career of over 20 years with a .289 batting average, over 2,700 hits and a historical play when he climbed over the left field fence as a Dodger to make an attempt to catch Hank Aaron’s 715th homerun, he will always be remembered for his infamous error.
Post MLB Career - After his baseball career Buckner and his family moved to Idaho where he started work in real estate. In Boston, the Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge that was created in 2003, has been given the nickname “The Bill Buckner Bridge” because the cars pass right underneath the Y-shaped “legs” of the bridge. After many years, Buckner came back into the spotlight to a sellout crowd in Fenway Park April 8th, 2008. He threw the first pitch at the home-opener and was given a five minute standing ovation.
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Love = Respect
BY SARAH KENNEDY MCPHEE, M.P.H.
I think we can all agree that relationships should feel good. A romantic or sexual relationship should be a “positive” in your life…and everyone has the right to expect this much. Unfortunately, way too often one person in a relationship hurts his/her partner physically, emotionally and/or sexually.
The unhappy statistics show that:
o 13% of teenage girls who said they have been in a relationship report being physically hurt or hit. o 1 in 4 teenage girls who have been in relationships reveal they have been pressured to perform oral sex or engage in intercourse. o More than 1 in 4 teenage girls in a relationship report enduring repeated verbal abuse. How do I know if I’m in an abusive relationship?
Sometimes we are so into our boyfriend/girlfriend that we don’t realize we are getting caught up in an unhealthy relationship. Could these warning signs be coming from the person you’re dating?
o Embarrasses you with putdowns or gossips about you o Looks at you or acts in ways that scare you o Controls what you do, whom you see, talk to, where you go, or what you wear o Stops you from seeing your friends or family members o Make all of the decisions o Prevents you from attending class or working o Acts like the abuse is no big deal, it’s your fault, or even denies doing it o Forces you to have sex o Intimidates you with guns, knives or other weapons o Shoves you, slaps you, chokes you, or hits you o Threatens to kill you or harm themselves if you break up o Monitors your computer or
phone use or texts and IMs you excessively
I think my friend might be in an abusive relationship. How can I help? Friends are important resources to women in abusive relationships…
If trapped in an abusive relationship, 73% of teens said they would turn to a friend for help; but only 33% who have been in or known about an abusive relationship said they have told anyone about it.
So, sometimes it’s up to a friend to be proactive and reach out. Here’s what you can do: o Know the warning signs of abuse (See above) o Encourage your friend to seek resources or support (like a Helpline) o Acknowledge that s/he is in a very difficult situation o Don’t judge her/him for being in this situation o Believe her/him o Listen to her/him o Support your friend as they decide what to do
I think I might be in an abusive relationship. How can I get help? If you answered yes to any of the warning signs listed above, you might be in an abusive relationship.
* You can call the National Teen Dating Abuse help line at 866.331.9474. * Contact Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC) at 800.547.1649. * Contact the North Shore Rape Crisis Center at 800.922.8772.
This is a difficult and scary subject, but it’s a reality we must face, for ourselves and the people we care about. After all…
* 40 percent of teenage girls age 14 to 17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend * Of the women between the ages 15-19 murdered each year, 30% are killed by their husband or boyfriend
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The elderly on Medicare will see their benefits changed dramatically. The biggest item being used to pay for the new program is more than $500 billion in cuts to the Medicare program at a time when 72 million baby boomers become eligible for it in the next decade. The second biggest move to pay for this is by raising and expanding the Medicare tax.
By 2014, this bill will give 19 million uninsured Americans subsidies averaging $6,000 to help pay premiums and other medical charges. This is in addi-
tion to the federal government already picking up the tab for nearly 100 million Americans through Medicare (for the elderly) and Medicaid (for the poor, disabled and many children).
The new bill will not displace private health insurers, hospitals, doctors or other institutions; it will not overhaul a market-based mode of providing actual medical services. It is a pivotal political moment like those landmarks that came before, because the federal government has now taken on the responsibility of establishing a national standard for economic
security regardless of where you work or what state you live in. Insurers will now have to play by national rules.
Health Care Q&A: Straight from the White House
BY AMANDA FROST INFORMATION GATHERED
THIS ARTICLE WAS FOUND ON THE WWW.WHITEHOUSE.GOV WEBSITE.
Situation 1 - I have insurance through my work. Q: Will my coverage at work change?
A: No. If you like the health plan you have, you will be able to keep it. Nothing in the health reform bill will require you to change your coverage. What the bill will do is strengthen the coverage you get at work by making it easier to understand and adding some clear rules to rein in the worst insurance company abuses. Insurance companies will no longer be allowed to place a lifetime limit on the amount of care they pay for. In some cases insurance companies with excessive overhead costs will be required to give you a rebate. If your adult children are living at home up to age 26 they can be covered under your family policy. Q: Will the government take my choice of doctor away?
A: No. Nothing about the President’s proposal will interfere with the choice of doctors you have today. The legislation will not cause you to change the coverage you have at work today. Situation 2 - I own a small business. Q: Will I be required to provide coverage that I can’t afford?
A: No. The President’s proposal does not require that small businesses provide coverage to their employees. Instead, the President’s proposal provides tens of billions of dollars in new tax-credits to small businesses to make it easier for them to provide coverage if they choose to do so. You will be protected from sudden, arbitrary rate hikes because a worker gets sick; because insurance companies will no longer be permitted to base the cost of coverage on health status. Q: Will my taxes go up to pay for the cost of covering the uninsured?
A: No. Your business taxes will not go up. Instead, you may be eligible for new tax credits to help offset the cost of covering your employees.
Situation 3 - I have medicine and need it.
Q: Will I be able to keep my doctor?
A: Yes, you will. Health insurance reform will not affect the choice of doctors you have today and it won’t affect your relationship with your doctor. The legislation aims to increase the number of primary care providers, giving you greater access to doctors than you have today. Q: Will my quality of care be affected?
A: It will improve. The Act creates incentives for providing care that relies on teams of primary care doctors, specialists,
and nurses working together to coordinate and monitor care more effectively. These models encourage doctors to better coordinate a patient’s care, track prescriptions, and avoid duplication of treatments or tests. This will help improve the quality of care, prevent medical complications, and save money. The bill will also provide stronger incentives for hospitals to reduce avoidable and harmful readmissions, cut down on medical errors, and prevent healthcare acquired infections that occur too frequently.
Situation 4 - I don't have insurance. Q: Can I afford coverage?
A: If you don’t have health coverage, there’s no limit on how much insurance companies can charge you, and they can decide to refuse to sell you a policy at their whim. Health insurance reform will change all of that. For the first time in history, there will be limits on how much anyone will have to pay to receive health care coverage. And depending upon your income, you may be among the tens of millions of Americans who will get a tax credit to help pay for your coverage. Q: Can I get insurance if I have a pre-existing condition?
A: Yes. One of the most important aspects of this reform is to end the practice of insurance companies denying you coverage based on your health status. Soon after the law is enacted, insurance companies will no Continued next page
Earth Day Every Day
BY GREGORY RUSSO
Since April 22, 1970, around this time of year, people from all walks of life have celebrated Earth Day. It started as a response to widespread environmental degradation. Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin, called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day, to be held on April 22, 1970. Over 20 million people participated that year, and Earth Day is now observed on April 22nd each year by more than 500 million people around the world. For this writer, it is a time of reflection, rather than merely a day of protest on a particular issue. It is a day that should be celebrated every day of the year. It is not enough to stop and reflect for just one day. People need to be aware and appreciate their environment, whether it is the water, air, or land that they share with others. On the other hand, it might be an obstacle that prevents people from enjoying their environment because of pollution. It could also be nuclear disarmament, saving endangered species, pollution reduction, global warming, climate change, addressing
public health issues caused by hazardous waste, etc. Since 1970 there have been a lot of changes with regards to technological advances that people in the 70’s did not have. We should be reducing our carbon footprint every day. We have a long way to go to get reacquainted with the natural world. You can make a difference on global issues. Global disasters, most recently the Pakistan India in 2005, and more recently Haiti and Chile earthquakes, magnify the issues with drinking water, malnutrition, hazardous waste, etc. These disasters demonstrate how fragile our lives can be against the forces of nature. International non-governmental organizations like the United Nations and the International Red Cross help with these disasters. We live in a fast paced environment that is excessively commercialized with the use of paper and disposables, whether recycled or not. Recycling has become a norm. What most people don’t realize is that to reprocess the recyclable material, you create hazardous waste and air pollution. Use reusable containers and try buying in bulk size containers from places
like Costco, Sam’s Clubs, BJs, or Wal-Mart. The less packaging, the better. Try taking your own bags and ask for paper over plastic. Think globally, act locally. Life at NSCC will be better as we get acquainted with our natural physical environment. From my own observations at NSCC Danvers Campus, people are coming and going in every corner of the campus. It seems as though people are too content with themselves and not connected with the natural environment beyond the concrete and steel that surrounds them. There are things you can do by writing the internet on social networks or creating a blog. You can make a difference in others. Spend time when you’re on campus, jot down ideas and thoughts for your fellow students. Just for fun, think of how can you make NSCC more environmentally conscious. Share your thoughts, options and ideas with us. You could become the next Thoreau or how about Ansel Adams, the famous black and white photographer? Refer to the poetry page on page 10 for my poem dedicated to the subject of Earth Day.
where you can choose what is right for you and where members of Congress will also buy their insurance. Today many markets are dominated by one
Q: Will the government decide what treatment I can get?
or two insurance companies. That will change, and you will have many more affordable choices than you have today.
be made by your doctor and you, just as they are today. The government will not interfere with your relationship with your doctor.
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longer be allowed to deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. Uninsured adults with pre-existing conditions will have access to a highrisk pool. Insurance companies will no longer be allowed to deny coverage to anyone based on their health status. Q: Am I going to be forced into a government plan?
A: No. You will be able to shop among private insurance plans that will be sold in the insurance exchange---a marketplace
A: No. Treatment decisions will
Health Care FAQ
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BY AMANDA FROST
Question: Can you explain whether the elimination of lifetime caps under the new health care bill applies to existing policy-holders as well as new insurance sign-ups?
Answer: Yes, within six months, the private insurance plans will have to stop some practices, such as setting lifetime limits on coverage and canceling policy-holders who get sick, on all new policies and current policies.
Question: I'm an unemployed 56-year-old and lost my health care. What is there for me? I have a daughter in college. My insurance company refused to pay for therapy on my knees, calling it pre-existing. My unemployment just ran out. Now what?
Answer: If you lost a job, you could get insurance through the new marketplace. Once this exchange opens, private insurers will no longer be able to turn away people with medical problems or charge them more. Individuals would be required to purchase coverage or face a fine of up to $695 or 2.5 percent of income, whichever is greater, starting in 2016. The plan includes a hardship exemption for poorer Americans. Exemptions will be granted for financial hardship, those for whom the lowest-cost option exceeds 8 percent of an individual's income and those with incomes below the tax filing threshold.
Question: I am living with HIV and cannot get health care coverage. If this reform passes, how long before I am able to get coverage?
Answer: By 2014, that there would be no discrimination based on pre-existing conditions. You could not be denied based on an infection or some sort of pre-existing illness. That's four years away, though.
Question: What will happen when there are not enough doctors to oblige all the patients?
Answer: Last year, the American Academy of Family Physicians predicted a shortfall of 40,000 primary care doctors, and that was before the signing of the health care bill. That will put another 32 million people into the system -- with a promise of free preventive care -- and insurance to pay for regular doctor visits. Some physicians have expressed concern about this. Patients could see increased wait times, as in
Massachusetts, where since "RomneyCare" went into effect, residents waited an 10 extra days to see the doctor. But others say the bill will help create more community health centers, so primary care can happen at these centers instead of expensive emergency rooms Question: Is there anything in the bill about rationing health care?
Answer: No one is using the term "rationing" as part of the bill. But there is a term called comparative effectiveness. And that's this idea that we figure out what works in medicine and make sure to pay for those things. This also means that there are a lot of things being done right now where there's not scientific proof that it works and maybe those things won't get paid any more. Some people call that rationing. Other people say, look, rationing exists under the current system. It's just that the insurance companies are essentially rationing by denying payment or dropping people off their coverage. Question: I recently had to go to the ER for a rash. I had a $100 co-pay. If the new health care bill passes, would the copays for ER visits go down?
Answer: Not necessarily. In 2014, you will be able to buy a standardized health plan through a state-based exchange, with tiers of benefit packages available, if you do not have insurance through your employer, Medicare or Medicaid. You will be able to choose whether you want a plan with a higher premium and lower cost-sharing or a lower premium and higher cost-sharing. It will be very clear what the responsibilities will be for co-pays.
Question: Is there any provision for a part-time employee getting health insurance from their employer under the new health care bill?
Answer: It's not in the employer responsibility provision to offer health insurance to their part-time employees under the new law. However, employers who have more than 50 fulltime employees are required by 2014 to offer coverage to employees or pay a $2,000 penalty per employee after their first 30 if at least one of their employees receives a tax credit.
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Prof. Larry Davis’ “Global Conflict and Human Behavior” course was the setting for the second in the Documentary and Discussion series for 2009-10, the film “Rethink Afghanistan”. Producer and Director of this work is Robert Greenwald. This took place on Feb. 3. The ‘D&D’ series was launched earlier in the year, Oct. 15, with Prof. John Ronan’s “Do It Yourself Documentary” presentation on the art and craft of documentaries, featuring clips from his award winning “Gloucester’s Adventure: An American Story”, and involving review of his notes on basics to the making of documentaries. “Rethink Afghanistan” was an event done in three parts: Emeritus Professor Walter Mott provided an “Introduction to U.S. Wars - Past and Present”, moving from the Korean War in his own time, to the Afghanistan War in the time of today’s students; next, the first one-third of the film, “Rethink Afghanistan” was shown, accompanied by the distributed Discussion Guide Question; and the last few minutes of class was given over to discussion.
Each generation seems to have its own war; this seemed to be a central motif developed in Prof. Mott’s “Introduction to Wars in my time and yours”. He began by talking about his own experience when he was entering college (1950), simultaneous with the beginnings of the Korean War. Before he knew it the existential question he was faced with was would he be able to continue his education, or be called in the Draft to serve in a place he could scarcely locate on a map. He literally had to sweat through the Selective Service Qualification test. Failure on this test would have meant serving his country. He was pleased to be able to remain a student!
It seems that the Korean War is not misnamed ‘the forgotten war’ in American history. Few Americans know that as many as 30,000 of our troops are stationed on the border between the North and South in the country on the 38th parallel. Nor do most Americans know that “hordes” of Chinese troops entered that conflict, giving our forces a terrible time. These are the same mainland Chinese who presently more and more becoming a global rival, and presently are the creditor nation which holds much of our very large debt! This is part of the history that Prof. Mott referred to as he brought to our attention a new history of this period in our history called “The Coldest Winter” by eminent recently deceased writer, David Halberstam. Today, of course, South Korea is a powerful economic factor in the global economy as one of the ‘Asian
Tigers’, while the North, with its secretive and repressive regime, holds our attention as a ‘rogue’ nation with nuclear capabilities apparently.
Shifting the focus of his preparatory remarks at this point, Professor Mott called attention to the war in Afghanistan, the conflict being faced by young people of the present generation coming of age. He asked if there were any Veterans in the class? There was one person with this experience, not remarkable since we now have a ‘volunteer’ military service.
As background for consideration of the Afghanistan War, and the closely connected situation in Pakistan, Prof. Mott brought attention to the writings and work described in these writings, “Three Cups of Tea”, and “Stones into Schools”. These books are being read widely throughout the world. Interestingly, they have also been made required reading for Coalition forces serving in Central Asia. Generals Petraeus, McChrystal, and our Chief of all military staffs, Michael Mullen
consideration of the film “Rethink Afghanistan”. Unfortunately time permitted the viewing of only the first one third of the film (total length 1 hour 15 minutes). The central argument developed in the film seemed to be the following: The struggle in Afghanistan is essentially a civil war between extremist Pashtun Taliban, and a weak oftentimes corrupt central government of Harmid Karzai based in Kabul. It argues for humanitarian aid to facilitate building of schools, improving roads, developing medical facilities and governmental structures, and helping to modify the economy so that it is not drugbased. It finds fault with a U.S. strategy of introducing more troops who are faced with an insuperable task of identifying guerrillas embedded in villages, where oftentimes they are not themselves welcome. We end up killing civilians, and alienating ourselves from the populace. We are resented as “occupiers”.
Several questions seem to be raised by this film, and by its connections with Mortenson: first, there is a strong conviction among people who study the geopolitics of the situation that force cannot dictate things, that long term we can not prevail by superior arms. And at our peril we neglect what political science by such people as Joseph Nye call for, namely the use of “soft power”, i.e. humanitarian measures. In this sense the film presents an alternative view to the notion of war as advanced as part of Obama’s “surge”. Second, looked at through the lens of the “costs of war” we are following very questionable policy. America is bankrupting itself and can no longer afford such foreign adventures as Afghanistan. Each troop we put in there costs $1million. This is to look at things from a purely monetary perspective, without considering the more important measure of the wounds of war, physical and mental. When asked about the monetary calculus, Mortenson responds that with $1million dollars, he could build 30 schools!
We are resented as “occupiers” are convinced apparently that Mortenson conveys an understanding of Moslem, Pashtun/Taliban tribal ways that our men and women desperately need, especially considering that we literally don’t know the language!
For Greg Mortenson has been building schools, some 130 of them, in Pakistan and Afghanistan, for over 15 years, ever since he was befriended by tribal people after his failed attempt at climbing K2. His convalescence period brought him close to these people, bringing him to an understanding of the meaning of ‘three cups of tea’; and it led him to promise, in gratitude, to return one day to build a school. Many years later this initiative his blossomed into the founding of a Central Asian Foundation which has built this profusion of schools, and resulted in a remarkable movement called “Pennies for Peace”. Young school children especially have responded to this program which asks for minimal contributions toward the building of schools, in far off lands. The particular emphasis implemented from the very onset in these schools has been to focus on the education of women. Mortenson is convinced that this is the way community is built, and jihadism challenged.
Mortenson’s thought and life work provided a good lead into
The third event of the “D&D” series in 2009-2010 will be held on Lynn Campus, April 5 as part of Arts in April. The documentary “The Trashfinder’s Ball” will be featured. Local filmmaker, Kevin Carey and event founder Sean Devlin will show clips of their documentary film. They will lead discussion of film making, and the process of identifying local community events that can be turned into documentary projects. Look for this opportunity – found in LE303, 1:30-3PM.
Scientists: Continued from Page 1 Building-Shark’s are a major problem to humanity,” continues Dr. Idaho “the first being the initial attack and the second being the cleanup.” The shark that attacked the building in New York resulted in over two million dollars worth of damage
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A Fragile Existence
BY GREGORY RUSSO
The Haitian earthquake was a magnitude 7.0 on the Richter scale and the country was ravaged. In Chili the earthquake was a magnitude 8.8, whereas the earthquake in the Pakistan was 6.7. These are the times when we find that we as people just cannot control the forces of nature. We can, however, have the ability to mount a response team to every corner of the globe with government help.
If we were in the shoes of the people either in Chile or Haiti, we might feel totally different in our reaction to the story. The public health and the environmental hazards are such that Haitians lack the bare necessities like clean water to drink and food. People are exposed to poisons that are more hazardous to young people than adults. It is imperative that people from developed countries send what they can; not just money, but expertise, which includes medical professionals and housing. Time is of the essence in times like this.
The United Nations is an international organization whose Secretary General, Ban KiMoon, made his second trip to tour the devastation that occurred. In Megan Davies’ article entitled “UN’s Ban To Return To EarthquakeDevastated Haiti” from Reuters.com, 101 U.N personnel died in the quake. The UN Security Council unanimously increased the number of troops from 3,500 to 12,651 this past January. The Former U.N. Special representative to Haiti, Edmond Mullet, was quoted saying he did not know exactly how many people died, but the death toll was not less than
220,000. The United Nations appeal launched in February raised 1.4 Billion for emergency relief and recovery and reconstruction work. Hunger relief and medical supplies often do not exist in other parts of the world. The United Nations’ aims include cooperation in international law, security, economic development, social progress, human rights and achieving peace.
When natural disasters occur in developing and under developed countries, they often do not have the means to cope with them, as we are seeing now in Haiti, Chile, Pakistan, and elsewhere. Often developed countries do not need such services. Sometimes there is a need for foreign assistance, but not like in countries that need more assistance as in Haiti.
Making blogs to raise awareness of what is happening is key. It is not just about raising money, but also supplies and other necessities of life. Just sending email or just buying the “We are the World” remix can help tremendously global disasters occur in every corner of the world, not one country’s people or culture is safe. The physical and natural environment we live is fragile.
Be careful of organizations and people using the Haiti and Chile earthquake crises as a front for scams and who pocket the money for their own benefit. Do your own research. The Red Cross and the United Nations are just two examples: redcross.org and un.org.
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The End of a Rumor: Why 2012 Won’t Happen
BY ADAMO PULZONE To all you people that believe on December 21, 2012 there will be some sort of “End of mankind as we know it”… your wrong. There has been a lot of speculation about that particular date to be the end of the world because the ancient Mayan calendar stops then and some say that there will be major destruction all over the world. Others say that the world won’t end but in fact be completely different and we will all head towards a downfall as a society, and others like myself say that we will wake up that day, eat breakfast, carry on with our day, go to sleep, wake up the next morning and say “I told you so” to everyone that believed otherwise. Why do I believe this is all a hoax? Well for starters, most of us have been through quite a few apocalypse failures. Take Y2K for example - there was a whole story on how all electronics would come to an end once the year 2000 hit. Apparently a “rollover” error would happen to all computers once the 99 date (1999) on computers would have to switch to 00 to represent the year 2000.
There were also other allegations that infamous places all around the world would be terrorized by destruction and chaos. Of course, nothing much really happened and the people who didn’t fall into the hype carried about their celebration to a new millennium.
However, about six years later on 6/6/06, the world was also supposed to end because that date was supposedly the number of the devil and wars have started prior and natural disasters have happened such as the tsunami of Thailand in 2004.
Many believed that the Apocalypse predicted by St John was going to happen on this date and all the horrific disasters that happened were only a foreshadowing to what was near. The only event I could remember on that date was that I didn’t finish my homework because I blamed “the apocalypse” as an excuse the next day.
But now, 2012 is coming and most people are trying to keep the thought of the end of the world out of their head, because there’s a little voice inside them saying that an apocalypse won’t
“There was a whole story on how all electronics would come to an end”
other people’s financial benefit.
Other quick reasons on why I think the world won’t end anytime soon are that our planet has lasted for billions of years; why would it end now because of a Mayan calendar stopping? Also, don’t we follow the Gregorian calendar, not the Mayan calendar? People can not predict the future of tomorrow, so why would they be able to tell the future to 2012? When I say people I mean everybody, from the ancient Mayans to the entire present civilization. Plus, could it have been that the ancient Mayans that were writing the calendar just decided to stop on that day because they were tired? Whatever it may be, the odds are the world won’t end and if by some odd and abrupt nature the world in fact does end, I guess we are all in some trouble, huh?
All this over thinking by people has led me to a conclusion. People that don’t believe in the 2012 myth are feeding off of people that do believe in the story. They are using the fear of the general population to benefit their needs. Take Roland Emmerich for example - he directed and produced the movie “2012” that was based on this myth and he used the public’s interest and fear of the myth to accumulate a worldwide earning of well over 750 million dollars. Plus I’m sure books have been created about the situation and certain websites are getting all types of extra hits because they blog about the entire propaganda. So it results in people being intimidated and taken advantage of for
Anyway, I am a sports writer for this newspaper so I guess I could tell you what the most bizarre and horrific things that could happen in 2012 in the world of sports are. Brett Favre could win the Super Bowl as well as the MVP at the crisp age of 42, overshadowing all the younger players in the NFL, Tom Brady could injure his knee once again and be forced to retire from football, the New Jersey Nets of the NBA could win a championship, Elin Nordegren could be found to have had relationships with other men behind Tiger Woods’ back (say they get back together), the Boston Bruins could trade Marc Savard to the Penguins for Matt Cooke, steroids could become legal in baseball, Michael Phelps could place last in all the swimming events in the Summer Olympics, and the sport of curling could be the next best thing, but what are the odds of any of that happening?
century-long bind against it, as decided by the late and great President Roosevelt in 1907. Thomas Jefferson made it clear even earlier in our nation’s history that “moneyed corporations” are a challenge to government for their potential conflicts of interest. It’s obvious that this is a major shift against great leaders who held the viewpoint that corporations didn’t qualify for 1st amendment rights, and in
fact, posed a dangerous voice in politics. What corporations feel they have to represent with their laundered votes will have direct consequences on the democratic process, and their campaign donations will have to parallel the interests of stock gains, bottom-line numbers, and shortterm quantities, depriving the system of a little more humanism. How will this change our
happen and that it is only silly talk. On the other hand another voice is telling all these people that this may be true and maybe we won’t see any days after December 21, 2012.
Health Care Opinion
BY KEVIN COSTA Many people think that the status quo in health care is sustainable. They are wrong.
Per capita health care costs in the United States rose to over $8,000 in 2009, and at their present rate of increase will surpass $16,000 by 2019.
Without the passage of comprehensive health care reform, the number of uninsured, inflation, unemployment, bankruptcy rates, taxes, trade deficits, and budget deficits will all be increasingly higher than they would otherwise be. We have the most expensive health care in the world, with per capita costs that are at least
Congress must pass comprehensive health care reform now so that millions of jobs and hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes will be saved, so that millions of personal bankruptcies will be prevented, and so that we and our children and grandchildren may be able to live longer, healthier lives.
Letter to the Editor
First of all I would like to thank The Pennon for the front page coverage of the Feb. 19 Black History Month event at the Lynn Gym in the March issue of the paper. The article covered the Talent and Fashion Show in some detail, but neglected to mention the Step Show that was also part of the event.
I would like to acknowledge the performers of the Step/Dance portion of the program: ITM, the J-Squad and Footsteps. ITM – stands for “In the Makin,’ a local youth step and dance troupe that gave an historical overview of stepping, which has roots going back to slavery and going forward to Black Colleges/Universities Greek Fraternities and Sororities. J-Squad and Footsteps are both Lynn dance groups with performances managed, directed and choreographed by TRiO students and other talented local youth. Jsquad combined stepping and hip-hop and Footsteps was a dance ensemble from the Zion Baptist Church that did a con-
C ITIZENS U NIT ED R U LING C REA TES C ORPORA TE H EGEMONY
BY STACIA CHAMBERLAIN In late January, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in favor of giving corporations almost unlimited freedom in federal campaign spending. Their basis for granting rights is under the presumption that corporations deserve equal liberties under the law, namely first amendment rights, which grant free speech. This decision overturns a near
double those of any other country, and yet we live shorter, sicker lives than do people in the vast majority of other advanced industrial countries: our infant mortality rate is higher, our life expectancy is shorter, and we experience many more years of severe, chronic, debilitating illness.
political spectrum? Is not the very idea of “free speech” completely ignored if we introduce money into that speech process? I believe that corporations have their best interest at the heart of their operations. I will give hope—but not faith—to the exception in the bunch, but will be more careful about my buying power from now on.
temporary dance routine with a truly spiritual dimension. Also the March article failed to acknowledge the efforts of TRiO Learning Specialist Vanessa Bates who scripted, choreographed and produced the program. Without her work this “show would never have gone on.” Thanks also go to the Diversity Leadership Council, Upward Bound and the NSCC Multicultural Society, who participated in and supported this truly enjoyable, educational and historical program for the entire College community.
Lastly, to coincide with Black History Month, TRiO students spearheaded five bake sales to assist with the Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts and netted $683.50 in proceeds. Avery special thanks to all the NSCC students, faculty and staff, who baked, sold and bought goodies that made this total possible! Sincerely yours, Dr. Martha A. Brine, Dean of Retention & Student Success NSCC
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Movie Review: Death at a Funeral
BY ZACHARY CAREY
When one thinks of British comedy, such names as Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Benny Hill, and Peter Sellers spring to mind. Although British comedians are sometimes stereotyped as being too aloof or too dry, the truth is that there is as much diversity in styles of humor in Great Britain as there is here. This brings us to Death at a Funeral, an incredibly witty and outrageous movie that offers something for everyone. Upon the death of their father, brothers Daniel and Robert (Matthew Macfayden and Rupert Graves) organize a grand funeral at his home. At first, everything seems pretty normal;
all living friends, family, and relatives arrive at the home for the event and mingle with one another. Daniel notices an unfamiliar guest, a little person by the name of Peter (Peter Dinklage) whom nobody knows. They go into the study of the house, where Peter confides in Daniel that he was a close friend of the father during the last few months of his life. Peter then drops a bombshell; he and the father had a gay relationship, and if Daniel doesn’t give him half of the family estate, he’ll expose the pictures of them together. What ensues is perhaps the funniest, craziest comedy in recent memory. Some might assume that just from reading the plot, Death at a Funeral is merely a one-joke
movie. On the contrary, this movie is filled with numerous characters that add to the quirkiness. For example, Daniel’s cousin Martha (Daisy Donovan) shows up at the funeral with her uptight fiancé Simon (Alan Tudyk) and brother Troy (Kris Marshall). Martha tries to give Simon some Valium to calm his nerves, but here’s the kicker: the bottle of Valium that Troy gave to his sister actually contains hallucinogenic drugs! He starts to have uncontrollable fits and interrupts the eulogy, claiming that the father is still alive and that only he can hear him! One particularly interesting fact about Death at a Funeral that some may not know is that three of the major players are actually American. This includes the aforementioned Peter Dinklage, Daisy Donovan, and Alan Tudyk. On a similar note
regarding the cast, although there aren’t many major names, this does not lessen the impact of the humor or the quality of the movie. I actually prefer this welcome change of pace because it gives everyone a chance to shine, as opposed to most modern American comedies that seem tailor-made for only one actor/actress (i.e., Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, etc). There isn’t much else I can add to this critique other than to say that if you haven’t yet seen this movie, you need to catch it ASAP. A witty blend of black humor and out-and-out raunchiness, Death at a Funeral is by far the funniest movie of the past decade and deserves more attention. This is actually being remade with an American cast this year, so watch the original first.
5 Movies to Watch Relating to April Fool’s Day
BY: NICK STILIANOS
April Fool’s day is the day of non-stop hoaxes and other practical tricks played on family and friends in many varieties of style. Here are some recommended movies that mark the April Fool’s Day feeling and spirit of playing jokes in five different comic stories. 1. “The Mask”
Jim Carrey sparked the screen with laughter in one of the few break out movies of his sorrowing career in Hollywood. Carrey portrays Stanley Ipkiss, a bank clerk in the Edge City bank who is a no one to the world. All of that changes when he comes
across an ancient mask with the powers of Loki- the God of mischief. With these powers of “The Mask”, Carrey is S-s-s-ssmokin; whether he is making a scene at an underground dance club or dancing in the street in front of hundreds of police officers. 2. “Click
If you had a universal remote control that controls your world, what would you do? Sandler shows just that as Michael Newman, a workaholic that cannot catch a break in life. He is dealing with an unthankful boss, struggling to spend more time with his wife and kids, and attempting to earn a promotion,
too. His problems have all been solved when he meets Morty, a sales clerk that gives him a magical remote control that can skip, mute, and fast-forward through those disruptive activities. Basically, it is a remote that gives him a break once and a while. With a device as powerful as this, you now have the choice to have a little fun with your life: skip the dull family moments, hush the dog up when you are trying to work, and fastforward through the morning traffic jams.
Taking men and turning them into lean, mean, fighting machines. At Fort Baxter, that is a complete different story, thanks to Sergeant Ernie Bilko (Martin), who is a leader of a bunch of lazy bums that shows neither passion nor the energy to have been enlisted in the army. This is a different and completely disgraced look upon the U.S. army that even a four star general cannot even believe.
What is the army known for?
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3. “Sgt. Bilko”
4. “Midnight Run”
Ex-cop Jack Walsh (De Niro) is now an L.A. bounty hunter that wants out of the life of bringing
Writer Joe Hill Visits Salem
BY NELSON BAKER PHOTOS BY CHRISTINE MICHELINI OF CORNERSTONE BOOKS
On February 22, 2010, Joe Hill, son of legendary author Stephen King, came to Cornerstone Books in Salem to promote his new book “Horns.” Joe Hill, derived from his full
name Joseph Hillstrom King, signed his book for local residents and those traveling from neighboring cities. Located on 45 Lafayette Street, Cornerstone Books wraps its new age, relaxing atmosphere around you as soon as you walk through the doors, making it the perfect place to stop in and casually have a look around.
Hill has also written the novel “Heart-Shaped Box,” a book of short stories called “Twentieth Century Ghosts,” and the comic-book series “Locke & Key.” His career looks as though it is really beginning to heat up, and now with his latest novel “Horns” also on the New York Times best-sellers list alongside his other books, Hill’s contract with the devil is etched in stone. In “Horns,” a man named Ignatius Perrish, or Iggy, opens his eyes one morning to find something very different about him. Not only has a set of horns pierced through the top of his head, but with them comes a gift – one that gives him great power.
A year ago, the one girl he has loved and adored since high
school was raped and murdered, and what’s worse, everyone thinks he did it, including the police. If his highly respected parents didn’t persuade the authorities to abandon their investigation, and if his father didn’t commit an act that basically damned his son for the rest of his life, Ignatius may just have been cleared in the case. Not only did he lose Merrin Williams that night, he lost his family, his respect, everything.
With this strange new curse that has been literally implanted atop his skull, his life has become interesting again. The people in his life must submit to Ignatius in ways indescribable. His power leads him on a path where nothing is forbidden; everything is divulged to him, things he desperately needs to understand.
In the wake of this evil enlightenment, Ignatius gains the knowledge he needs to find the one who so savagely took from him his beautiful Merrin, destroying his world forever. With horns, he is not invincible to any degree, but he has something that no other has, or understands. If he can regain control over his life, without giving way to his emotions, his injuries, or a case of full-blown insanity, his search may just turn up bountiful.
Joe Hill is best while in the midst of the madness he so intricately created. While Ignatius is staring into the face of evil, Hill writes, “The bad eye, the eye of ruin was still turned toward Ig, and it stared at him with something very close to wonder. That eye was a bottomless dark hole containing a circular staircase of pale smoke, leading down to a place where a soul might go and never return.”
Hill writes with great emotion, with unchained servitude to his evident passion that when obeyed, quells the demons that haunt his mind. He brings to this story a reality so bold, even while swimming in the throes of unexplained phenomena.
Joe Hill signing a book for a fan
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Movie Review: Shutter Island
BY NICK STILIANOS
What is real to us and what is a fantasy? Some people live in two worlds: the real world and the imaginary world that our minds let us wander around and do unspeakable things. Whichever world we live in determines where it will take us. It is up to us if we want to live in reality.
Director: Martin Scorsese (Cape Fear and Taxi Driver) reunites with Leonardo Dicaprio who takes us on a thrill ride filled with mysteries and twists at every turning point of the story. This movie also includes an investigation that gets more intense minute after minute.
U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels (Dicaprio) and his partner Chuck Aule (Ruffalo) have been assigned to the investigation of a missing murderess on Shutter Island - a mental institution that
BY GREG RUSSO
is miles away from the mainland. Daniels is there to do the whole cop thing: asking questions, doing interviews, and collecting statements from the warden, security officers, and doc-
island. At first he thought it was from sea sickness or just a mild headache. His assumption is that either he is experiencing “island fever” or something is telling him to back off. The
tors. A couple of days have passed and Daniels is beginning to have premonitions of his past.
more he gets into this missing patient case, the more he is under the impression that maybe the patients are being tested on and everyone is in on it. Continued on Page 16
It would seem strange because these have started happening just when he arrived on the
“We are the World” a Musical Homage
“We are the World” is a song that defined a generation. It has been twenty five years since that day in pop culture. Musicians shared their talents. Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie wrote the lyrics of the song and the musicians were well known in that era from Cyndi Lauper, Kenny Rogers, Bob Dylan, Willy Nelson, and the unforgettable Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder.
According to Wikipedia, four months after the release of "We Are the World", USA for Africa had taken in almost $10.8 million. The majority of the money came from record sales within the US. Members of the public also donated money—almost $1.3 million within the same time period. In May 1985, USA for Africa officials estimated that they had sold between $45 million and $47 million worth
of official merchandise around the world. Organizer Ken Kragen announced that they would not be distributing all of the money at once. Instead, he revealed that the foundation would be looking into finding a long-term solution for Africa's problems.
The song and lyrics that made a difference to those who suffered so much through war and famine twenty five years ago, in the music industry. Those of us who grew up during the eighties still remember those words. This song defined a generation, of communities coming together as one to address countries’ crises. Now, another country similar to Ethiopia, Haiti, which has always had poverty and economic and political strife and turmoil, faces its greatest crisis. Now there is an effort to relive the success of the USA Africa campaign with a remake of the song, using similar music and
lyrics. We will soon see if the song that became an international phenom reaching number one on the Billboard charts and the top five on the musical record chart according to Wikipedia, is again a success. Musical remixes and modern versions of television and movies tend not be as successful as the original.
I have to admit there is a part of me that still can’t let go of the original version of the song. Maybe it is because I know the musicians and the music of the performers of that era more than the current version. The choices and musical differences and styles can cross-generational and cultural boundaries.
If people in our community think about how fragile our world is and that the benefits we take for granted may not be the Continued on Page 16
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THE RED HAT LADIES
BY ROZI THEOHARI
“When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me. And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.” From the poem “Warning” by Jenny Joseph
So, the 21st century began With a framed “Warning” poem and a red hat That American ladies sent to each other As a “birthday gift” – decorating ideas Which triumphantly and enthusiastically Led to the birth of “Red Hat Society” Spreading later to all corners of the globe.
Wearing the purple outfit and red hat They are hot. Greeting middle-age and up to 100 No rules—no ills—no pills Only Fun! I met the vibrant Margaret Brown—a kind lady— “The Queen Mother” of her “Red Hat Social Club” somewhere in New England. Dressed in red jackets and red hats, The same color as her female compatriots. They put a red hat on my head And holding each other’s hands we sang “America The Beautiful.” Their idea of love, life and changing time—A philosophy for trips, restaurants, plays—dancing, singing, playacting, laughing, ballgames: “I don’t care if I never get back!” There are illnesses and deaths In the Universe, But there are no thoughts of these things Under a Red Hat.
Every Valentine’s Day, Mrs. Brown’s ladies visit an indoor garden “The Butterfly Place”—Westford, MA, Hundreds of free-flying butterflies Descend over the ribbons, flowers and roses of their Red Hats Inspiring them How to fly
My Friend BY PEACEMAN
The clock struck twelve A year has passed Each day was enjoyed With warmth in heart One fateful night A picture appeared Could it be The one I knew
A message was sent An answer arrived Yes I know you What a surprise
Four decades had past But then at last The friend I once knew Had no forgot
She came through the door With a smile so big My heart was thumping As only I could feel The feeling was intense Yet so controlled I knew in the end That you were still... "My Friend"
Rainforest Crisis BY
So much depends upon a glorious immense forest Scattered with heart-rending exquisite equatorial creatures
One after another
With the essence of invaluable organic remedies in the wood SOON TO BE-LOST ETERNALLY
In a Dark and Dangerous World
BY NELSON BAKER
In a dark and dangerous world, we must be vigilant There are those that creep along the edges of insanity Protruding out from the darkness Altering the positive stream of consciousness That so many of us strive to live by
When faced with adversity Man has proven we are courageous There is within the strength to overcome any obstacle
Even with the mighty presence of love We must be prepared for what is out there Or we may lose that love for all time
An evil man could walk into your life And tear your world apart It happens every single day We cannot let the hands of darkness Roam free in a world of their creation
Do not live in fear Find the courage to stand up Look your enemy in the eyes Tell them, if this is how it has to be Then you will be the one who savagely dies
Far Away Rejuvenation
BY ADAMO PULZONE
How can I leave, when I’m in this situation How can I leave, when my life needs fixation How can I leave, when I still have regrets How can I leave, if I don’t feel regressed How can I leave, this life in my past How can I leave, when my life has amassed How can I leave, when my emotions are bottled And all I want to do is release the full throttle. How can I go, to where the sun diminishes All of my anger and hate, but replenishes Into the soul I used to be To where I can run and laugh and be free.
Two thousand two hundred and ninety three miles To Phoenix Arizona, away for a while Accompanied by my mind and all that has lasted Through the pain and hurt of being contrasted
To now being free and doing a favor To myself to live and slightly be braver To the person I always wanted to be like in persona. You see…
I’m off to Phoenix Arizona.
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BY KATIE BROWN Pablo Picasso is considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. He created over 20,000 unique and masterful works. Starting from childhood through adolescence, Picasso developed different techniques to improve his artwork. He experimented with painting, sculpture, drawing, and architecture, eventually creating his own style. He was unique in the way that he looked at art. Rather than trying to understand and analyze it, he just enjoyed the simple beauty of it. Picasso was born on October 25, 1881 in Malaga, Spain. W i t h h i s father as an art profess o r , Picasso learned the basics of art at a young age. In 1895 Picasso was accepted to “La Lonja”, the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona, where his father taught.
At first Picasso imitated art from the old masters, which he would re-arrange in different variations. Eventually he began to branch off into his own original style. As this happened, he was introduced to Spanish modernism, and slowly slipped away from classicism. His parents were not happy about this, and his relationship with them became strained.
A dear friend of Picasso shot himself in February of 1901. This was very upsetting for him, and he went through a phase in which is now known as the “Blue Period”. He excessively painted his artwork in blues and greens. His life was represented in his paintings through which a glum mood was reflected. However, when Picasso moved to Paris in 1904, he fell in love with a woman named Fernande Olivier. By 1905 he was using
lightened colors such as pink, rose, and yellow. This put him in good a financial standing. Searching for different techniques, Picasso began to experiment with geometrical forms. Using African sculptures as inspiration, Picasso created his first Cubist picture. This phase in which Picasso used ethnic art was known as the “Negro Period”. World War I (19141918), and changed the course of Picasso’s art; as a result, many of his friends were disturbed and disappointed. His pictures were realistic and somber, which some critics found unacceptable. In 1916, Picasso met Olga
Khokhlova. They fell in love, and were married in 1918. He returned to his more traditional patterns, which were not necessarily classical ones. This was known as his classicist period. He alternated between cubism and classicist, eventually progressing into a different, unique type of art. He experimented with the unknown and unfamiliar.
Picasso divorced Olga in 1935 after she received knowledge that his nurse was pregnant with his child. This was the worst time of his life. His paintings were disturbing and mournful, as they represented his feelings in his artwork.
Trying something new and different was always the way Picasso wanted to go. He strived for the strange and the new. That is what made him so unique and special. He was a leader, and demonstrated that it’s okay to be different, and in some ways it’s actually better. He died on April 8, 1973 at the age of 92. He was buried on the grounds of his Chateau Vauvenargues.
Siglo de Oro: The Spanish Golden Age
BY KRISTEN CURCURU Siglo de Oro, also known in English as the Spanish Golden age, was a very interesting and successful time for Spanish artists. Siglo de Oro is considered to be “the golden century in the arts and literature.” The Spanish golden age does not have an exact start or ending date and time, but it is approximated to start no earlier than 1492, and end approximately around 1659.
It is believed that the Spanish golden age somewhat follows the political rise and fall of the Spanish Habsburg dynasty. The Spanish Habsburg dynasty was when Spain was under the ruled of Charles V and Philip II of Spain. It was a time when Spain controlled an immense amount of territories spreading across the world--controlling the Americas, Philippines, modernday France, Germany, and Italy. During Siglo de Oro, Christopher Columbus embarked on his voyage to the ‘new world’ and discovered America.
During this hundred year time period, one of the most famous novels in world history came out. Miguel de Cervantes wrote and shared his masterpiece “Don Quixote”. “Don Quixote” was later translated into many different languages, and is still today taught in schools around the world. Another great Spanish author of the Spanish golden age is Pedro Calderon De la Barca. He was born in 1600 and died in 1681, and dur-
ing his life he created some amazing novels and stories. His work is all in Spanish, but some of it has been translated into English, including “The Mighty Magician” and “The House with Two Doors”.
Another big part of the Siglo de Oro was the theater. The Spanish play writers were amazing, and are often times compared to some of the great English and French play writers. Also, scholars have found that many of the plots that take place in seventeenth century English and French plays were indeed taken from original Spanish plays.
There were three different categories of plays that were created during the golden age. The first one called comedia, which as it is very obvious means comedy. It is a three-act play, which is written in verses; the comedia mixes in some comedy as well as drama. The plots are extremely complex and there are often sword fights, hidden identities, and lots of music. A second type of popular play was called an auto sacramental. The auto sacramental plays consisted of one act, and were usual based on religious perspectives or situations. The third kind of play was called entremeses, in English meaning appetizer. They were also one act plays, and they were usually performed in between the acts of a full-length play. They gave the audience something to watch during the intermissions.
Another big part of the Spanish golden age was the Spanish music. There were many great composers during the Spanish golden age; some of their work is still enjoyed today. Basically all of the music that came out of this time period from anywhere around the world was all classical music. A few very notable composers are Tomás Luis de Victoria. Tomas is considered to be one of the best Spanish composers of all time. Considered second only to Victoria is Francisco Guerrero, both Victoria and Guerrero wrote amazing classical music that is shared still to this day in many church ceremonies. Siglo de Oro was an amazing time for Spanish art. Paintings, music, authors, and play writers all flourished, and their work boomed. The art work that came from the Spanish golden age is not going to disappear. It hasn’t yet, and it never will. We still today enjoy or study many of the pieces or work that came from this time period.
Some of the most famous works of art came from a famous time period in history. The Spanish golden age may not be very well known, but some of the works of art that we study in schools today came from this time. Most people focus on their countries great achievements, even from the 1500s. It is interesting to learn about a different countries history, and what they have contributed to the world of art!
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Evening Food Service Schedule Change -
Due to low sales at the Danvers Campus, Evening Café service in Danvers is being discontinued effective April 3. The Lynn Café evening hours (4pm to 7PM Monday - Thursday) will continue for the remainder of the semester
Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger is Sunday, May 2, 2010. The 20-mile route weaving through Boston, Brookline, Newton, and Cambridge will include entertainment and free snacks along the way. On May 2nd, over 40,000 Walkers will step out and raise $4 million to help fund over 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, food banks, and food salvage pro-
Walk for Hunger grams across Massachusetts. Registration is from 7:00 to 9:00 A.M. on Boston Common. For more information, visit www.projectbread.org or call 617-723-5000. If you or someone you know is struggling to put food on the table, please call Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.
EMERITUS, EMERITI …WHAT IS THAT ANYWAY???
JEAN HODGIN AND JUDITH JAMES What does a thousand years of teaching experience look like?
April 2 - NSCC House of Talent Show - Come and see the talent of North Shore Community College and support our students at the NSCC House of Talent Show this Friday April 2, 2010 at 6:30 in the Lynn Gym. All are welcome and admission is FREE!! For more information, please contact Victoria Pasciuto at 978-7624000 x5471 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At North Shore Community College there is a group of people who represent exactly that and they look just like the professors they once were (with a few more grey hairs). They are the Emeritus Professors. You are probably wondering just exactly what Emeritus means. A quick dictionary definition says that it means retired, and retaining the title once held.
At NSCC one is invited to be an Emeritus after retiring with 25 Yes, that’s right - team sports! The long awaited intramural sporting activities are finally here. The pilot program took off the ground on Monday, March 8, 2010 with intramural basketball. There are 40 players participating in 5 teams with a few others officiating. The games have been drawing big crowds and there is still room for more fans. In addition to basketball, we also have intramural soccer
or more years of teaching experience. It is an honorary title and one which is prized by those of us who have accepted the invitation.
As Emeriti we continue to be of Service to the College as adjunct professors, by establishing and contributing to the Emeritus Scholarship fund, by serving on College Committees, by volunteering for various events and by recruiting prospective students from our local communities.
At present there are at least 40 Emeriti in our ranks with more joining us every year. A small
Team Sports at NSCC? going on. With 30 registered players on 5 teams, the games started on March 10, 2010, with much excitement and energy. The players play 4 vs 4 games with target goals (small goals). All the players wear jerseys during the game and we utilize the use of the scoreboard as well. In addition to the intramurals, the Recreation and Wellness department continue to offer Game days, Ping Pong, Pool, Dodge
group meets monthly to plan events and to brainstorm about ways we can project the College’s image in our service communities. This is, perhaps, the most important function we s e r v e . A love of NSCC, its faculty and students is a driving force. You cannot easily stop a thousand years of experience.
So, if you see a group of folks in the cafeteria on the last Monday of the every month who are trying to look busy and serious, but who seem to having too much fun, stop by, say HI, and tell us any ideas you might have as to how to make this great College even better. ball, Volleyball and other tournaments on both campuses. Please check the calendar for the next game and tournament dates.
If you still want to participate, Please contact Archie Bandera at email@example.com or call ext. 6220 or ext 6610. You can also stop by the Lynn Gym to register. Hurry because there are limited spots available.
Roger Sederat - NSCC Visiting Writer
BY TIFFANY MAGNOLIA
Roger Sedarat is NSCC’s Visiting Writer on April 8th and 9th. See the Arts In April for the schedule of his readings in Danvers and Lynn.
Roger Sedarat is the author of the poetry collection Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic (winner of Ohio UP’s Hollis Summers Prize—David Lehman, judge), the forthcoming collection: Ghazal Games (Ohio UP), the chapbook From Tehran to Texas, and a forthcoming book on the history of landscape in modern New England poetry. He teaches poetry and translation in the MFA program at Queens College, City University of New York. He received his B.A. in
Sociology from The University of Texas-Austin, an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from Queens College, CUNY and a PhD in English from Tufts University. Currently, he is the Assistant Professor teaching Poetry and Translation in the MFA program at Queens College, and he has taught writing and literature at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, LaGuardia Community College, Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Borough of Manhattan Community College.
His poems and translations have appeared in such journals as New England Review, Atlanta Review, Zoland Poetry, Green Mountains Review, and Drunken Boat. He has received four scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference as
well as a grant from the St.Botolph Society.
Thigh by Roger Sedarat, from Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic
With the honesty of homemade butter, Paddle-churned cream (eshta in Arabic, ecstasy foaming to the brim), a woman riverbathes, sheet of oil-black hair breaking in rapids, cut lemon scintillating olive skin free of tree-stumped chador, skirts within skirts, peal of her bellbody rung muffled in Iran heat—a splash of white. The rhythm of pumice scraping her feet, sandbar against warm current, frothy cape a bee-bubbled hive, honeyed trace curing to her bare knees, thick transparent lather. At a Tehran bazaar endless gold-stores Could never place me anywhere so pure.
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We will especially need the assistance with the Spring Fling, which is an annual spring carnival held on both campuses generally at some point during the first two weeks of May. The Health Fair takes place in April and is not nearly as important as the Spring Fling, but it is still a priority since that may be the only time some people get to experience a PC event. We also have numerous events throughout the year for you the students. So if it is for you then it makes sense that you help plan it.
BY TANYA GREEN
Fundraiser for Haiti
In early March Program Council did a fundraiser for the Haiti Earthquake victims on the Lynn and Danvers campuses. We did our fundraising in the form of a unique student activity and free raffle ticket with participation in the activity. The activity that we did was called Antique Photographs. Students who participated purchased a print of an antique photograph that he/she or a group posed in and in return received a free raffle ticket. The photos were taken by an employee of Fun Enterprises inc. The students dressed up in antique clothing and could choose an old fashion poster style as the backdrop for their photographs.
The free raffle tickets were for gift baskets. Each basket contained different items so the students could take a chance on the one that seemed to suit them best. The tickets from both campuses were combined for the drawing and ironically there was a winner from each campus.
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3/16/10 9:51am Lynn Campus: Angel L. from the maintenance department walked up to the desk to report graffiti in the men’s room.
3/16/10 9:12pm Lynn Campus : Sgt. Thomas stopped a vehicle for Erratic Operation, “spinning wheels” in the parking lot. Operator was negative for warrants. Verbal warning issued.
If you see something suspicious, report it at once!
3/2/10 1:55pm Lynn Campus : Control received a report of a female in the east end 2nd floor ladies room with her back exposed and a metal object sticking out. Det. Sgt. Vaccaro and Lt. Defelice responded and found nothing. The call appears unfounded at this time. 3/3/10 9:41am Lynn Campus : Angel L. walked up to the desk to report graffiti in the first floor west men’s room. Ofc. Grondin to investigate and take photos.
3/4/10 10:09am Danvers Campus: Ofc. Ventura reports vandalism on the wall located at the Berry Building. There was an apparent hole punched in the wall. Ofc. Ventura will take photos and facilities will be notified. 3/5/10 9:30am Lynn Campus : Tom Holland of the Lynn Police called control to report a female is outside the West entrance reporting being stalked and harasses. All campus officers have been dispatched. It turns out to be an altercation between two college employees.
3/9/10 10:03am Lynn Campus : EOC called control to report an unruly student. All campus police officers were dispatched. The disruptive male has left the area, all officers are clear.
3/10/10 10:43am Lynn Campus: Student Malorry M. walked up to the desk to report he left his jacket with his cell phone in previous class. Upon returning to the call he noticed his coat was missing. Malorry M. then located his jacket in the hallway leading to the stairs. The phone was missing. Ofc. Grondin to investigate.
3/12/10 9:50am Lynn Campus : Lynn Fire dispatched to a man down at the MBTA garage. Ofc. Martocchio reports the party is on the train platform and is impaired. Lynn Fire and Lynn Police cleared medical not needed. The man was able to walk away.
3/12/10 10:05am Danvers Campus : Officer Grondin reports that someone has removed the bathroom stall door in the Men’s bathroom in the Berry Building. Photos taken. The door was re-hung.
3/15/10 1:39pm Lynn Campus: Student Patrice L. walked up to the control desk to report his passenger side door rear view mirror was either hit by another vehicle or was ripped off. When returning to his vehicle after class, he noticed the damage.
3/18/10 3:50pm Lynn Campus: Lynn Police called reporting that they got a call from a student stating that there were two white males possibly using illegal drugs in the mail elevator. After a search of the building, the individuals in question were not located.
9:30pm Lynn 3/18/10 Campus: Cpl. Gaudenzi called into control reporting that there were two males sitting in the back of the mail lot and seemed suspicious. Cpl. Gaudenzi and Cpl. Eam ran both parties and came back active license and negative warrants. Parties were moved along.
3/18/10 10:21pm Danvers Campus: Sgt. Thomas reported that a student needed assistance with jumper cables in Lot 2. Jump was successful and the parties went on their way.
3/22/10 1:51pm Lynn Campus: Contractor Jake T. from T-Comm reports that a black bag with a fluke cable tester is missing from the area. The equipment is valued at $6,800.00. The building was searched and nothing was found. Officer Osrander to investigate and report to Det. Sgt. Robert Vaccaro for follow up. Under investigation at this time.
3/22/10 5:19pm Lynn Campus: During officer Scouten’s exterior check of the building he witnessed a motor vehicle accident between market street and the lynnway. Lynn PD was notified. Both parties moved to the side and exchanged paperwork. Lynn Fire also arrived and there were no physical injuried. Officer Scouten was clear.
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White Ribbon Day
BY AMANDA FROST
March 2, 2010 marked the 3rd annual White Ribbon Day in the state of Massachusetts. It was a historical day where men and boys were urged to take a stand against violence towards women. White Ribbon Day is connected with an international campaign called The White Ribbon Campaign. Designed especially with men in mind at the time, this was created by a handful of Canadian men in 1991 on the second anniversary of one man's massacre of fourteen women in Montreal. They began the White Ribbon Campaign to urge men to speak out against violence against women. Today, the WRC is a worldwide campaign in 55 countries that has collected well over 5 million signatures and growing. In 2008, Jane Doe Inc. launched the opportunity for Massachusetts to join this international effort for human rights to engage men to help end violence a g a i n s t women, men and children. The approach is one of celebrating positive masculinity; inviting men and boys to be leaders to help end violence against women; and encouraging men and boys to contribute to a solution in any number of ways.
An example of what the ribbons looked like and the pledge card will be given out at the event. Men are asked to change societal attitudes and beliefs that perpetuate and make excuses for violence against women, promote safety and respect in all relationships and situations and build a network of resounding voices that will support and advance the initiatives and efforts of Jane Doe Inc. and its member organizations to promote the safety, liberty and dignity of survivors. On March 2nd the men of North Shore Community College were asked to sign a petition stating they will never be violent
EDITOR IN CHIEF ...............................................STACIA CHAMBERLAIN MANAGING EDITOR .....................................................NICOLE GIUNTA WEB EDITOR ..............................................................ANDREW BURNS LAYOUT EDITOR ........................................MARTHA “AVRIL” DUNCAN BUSINESS EDITOR .......................................................NICOLE GIUNTA HEALTH & SCI EDITOR ......................................................AMANDA FROST FEATURES EDITOR ............................................................CHRIS RICCI FACES IN THE HALL .................................................VICKI NICKERSON PHOTO EDITOR ..........................................MARTHA “AVRIL” DUNCAN NEWS EDITOR .............................................................................OPEN GROUPS & CLUBS EDITOR ..........................................................OPEN SPORTS WRITER ..........................................................ASHLEY VIATOR ADVISOR ...............................................................VICTORIA PASCIUTO
against women and that they will not remain silent when aware of violence against women. The event took place in the front lobby of the Berry Building on the Danvers Campus. I took part of the event along with Judy Gould, Chair of Resources Against Violence and Linda Chavez from the North Shore Rape Crisis Center. As men signed the petition we handed each one a white ribbon to wear to show their support for this effort. We also handed out pan flits, chocolate candies and pamphlets from NSCC’s Resources Against Violence and the North Shore Rape Crisis Center. Sixty men signed the petition in Danvers, and sixty men signed the pledge in Lynn, where Jose Merced, Will Dowd, and Sully Sullivan staffed the table there. We asked all the men who signed to keep the white ribbon on all day and spread the word about what it represents. All signature sheets were sent to Jane Doe, Inc., at the end of the day by Sully Sullivan, the White Ribbon Day ambassador. The event, sponsored by Resources Against Violence, was a heart-wrenching and eye opening experience. As some men came and signed their names, some wandered away refusing to take the pledge. As a past victim of violence, it was difficult to watch some men refuse to take the pledge but I was honored to speak to those who did. I felt proud to of been a part of the event and hope to one day abolish violence against women. On behalf of all of us who took part in the event, I would like to thank every man who signed the petition. I feel that as a society, we are one step closer to stopping violence against women. For more information about the White Ribbon Day Campaign please visit http://www.janedoe.org/whiteri bbonday2010/.
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Nelson Baker, Zachary Carey, Anthony Harris, Chris Lee, John Mark, Thomas McCaul John-Paul Kehoe, Adamo Pulzone, Jacqui Rabach, Colin Rose, Nick Stilianos Kathy Sperounis, Rozi Theohari, Ashley Viater
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APRIL 2010 MON
Women’s Center 13 Program Council Book Club Meeting Meeting 2pm DB130 12:30pm DB130 “Faces in the Hall” Comedy Club 12pm DB129 Display 12pm “Spark” Your Mind Danvers Cafe Intramural Soccer 9:30-10:45am DH111 1-4 Lynn Gym
“Making Treasure from Pennon Meeting DB124 2:00pm Trash” 1:30-2:20pm “The Real Hip Hop is LE303 Over Here” 9:3010:45am Hip Hop Lesson Danvers Cafe 11-11:30
Patriot’s Day No Classes
PC = PROGRAM COUCIL WC = WOMEN’S CENTER PTK= PHI THETA KAPPA SGA = STUDENT GOVERNMENT
Health Fair 10-2pm Lynn Gym SGA Meeting 2:30pm DB208&LE307 “Multicultural Poetry Reading” 1:30-3pm LE303 14
Talent Show - Lynn Gym 6:30pm
Deadline to petition to be Commencement Speaker
Forum on Tolerance “Aging in America” 8:45-2:45pm Lynn Gym Game Day 10-2pm DB129 PAC “Kinderschrecker” 1-1:15pm LW329 15
Trio “Dancing With the Staff” 7pm Lynn Gym Women’s Center Meeting 1:30pm DB130 Poetry Readings 9:30 & 11:30 Lynn Gym
Multicultural Fair 10Hallowell Choir 9:15Fredie Cumberland 1pm Danvers Berry 10:15am Danvers Cafe Environmental Art Lobby “Manufactured Displays 9:30 Outside “Spark” Your Mind Landscapes” 11am Lynn Cafe 11:30-12:20pm LW323 DH119 PAC “Kinderschrecker” Intramural Basketball 1- PAC “Kinderschrecker” 1:30pm DB129 4pm Lynn Gym 1-1:15pm LW329
21 22 20 23 SGA Meeting 2:30pm Billiards Tournament 10- Intramural Soccer 1Pennon Meeting 2pm DB208 & LE307 DB208 & LE307 2pm Lynn Gym 4pm Lynn Gym Game Day 10-2pm Student Leadership DB129 Session 2-3:15pm Phi Theta Kappa LT102A Induction Ceremony Ping Pong Tournament 6pm Lynn Gym
PAC = PERFORMING ARTS COUNCIL *DB208 & LE307 **DB132 & LW171
Earth Fest 8-12pm Lynn Woods
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Math & Writing Lab Lynn x6254 Danvers x5417 Hawthorne x1544 APRIL 4/9 . Final Exam Schedule distributed to students via email and posted on Pipeline 4/19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patriots’ Day, Holiday 4/24....................... Last day to drop a course or withdraw from the College with a “W” grade
Computer Lab Lynn x6296 Danvers x5569
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Memorial Day, Holiday 4/5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall 2010 registration begins / Master Schedule available Please confirm the dates with your professor or advisor
Summer Session I May 24 – July 1
NSCC Spring 2010 Academic Schedule MAY 5/14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Day classes end 5/17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Evening classes end 5/17-19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Final Exam period, day classes 5/21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grades due by noon 5/27 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graduation - Evening classes canceled 5/31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
There are no classes the week of July 5 - July 11 Session One – 10-Week Session May 24 – August 5 Summer Session II July 12 – August 19
Session Two – 10-Week Session June 7 – August 19
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Alumnus Rich Yagjian attended NSCC following graduation from Peabody High School and even though undecided about his career plans, he recognized the importance of a college education. He had an interest and aptitude for art but concerns about the practicality of that field led him to enroll in the general studies program, taking art classes as electives. From NSCC, Rich attended Northeastern University, majoring in psychology because it interested him, but he was still unsure where his education and career would lead. As a student working his way through school and motivated by the need to make a living, Rich took a position with a textile company.
Although outside the field of psychology, it was the beginning of a direction that would ultimately define his career. He recalls being fascinated by the color specialists who matched and selected colors for the products and began to see that art and creativity could be applied outside of the traditional boundaries people think of as art. Rich’s next job was in retail, working for Lechmere
Department Store, where he initially applied for a position in the audio department but was steered toward the photography department instead. In this position Rich saw the creativity and artistic elements of photography and also began to appreciate how psychology affected sales and dealing with people in general. This experience also gave him an appreciation of the importance of the foundational skills he had learned in English and grammar - critical skills that he says have served him well throughout his career.
From that first retail position in the photography department of Lechmere, his career progressed in the photo industry. He went into Lechmere management, worked for larger department stores then distributors, and eventually moved into the wholesale side of the business and then regional sales. Richard is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of W.B. Hunt Company, Inc, New England’s largest photo and video distributor with locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island.
Looking back, the path he followed to success was not always linear. There were positions that he took, decisions he made and things he learned without realizing how useful this knowledge would be and the impact these experiences would ultimately have on his career. Rich recalls his early lack of interest in high school and NSCC’s then-Dean of Students, Robert Francis, challenging him to succeed as he began higher education. He remembers feeling inspired and motivated to succeed by particular professors and the different people and managers he worked with in his early years who were influential as his career developed. Rich notes that progression and learning are gradual and often go unnoticed until you reflect back.
Rich is a longtime friend of North Shore Community College. He is the past president and current director for NSCC’s Foundation Board which raises funds for hundreds of NSCC student scholarships. When asked about his generous volunteer work for the college, he said “I see a mirror image of myself in many of the students enrolled at NSCC; knowing what a
I think that when you go to the movies, you should learn something about the storyline. There were a couple of things I learned after seeing this movie.
1. Surround yourself with life in general. Living the quiet life is extremely lonely and you will become a very shallow individual, too.
2. Aside from avoiding the dark and silent woods, stay in the city or suburbs. Think of it: a mental institution that is located at least 20 miles away from civilization can be unbearable. Plus, the only way off the island is by boat. You tell me if you would experience any unusual feelings after a week. It did not work for the story and
movie “The Shining,” so how would it be different in this case?
Real is something that you can feel, touch, and hear. Do not lose your sense of reality to the thoughts in your head.
Rated: R - for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity - 3 ½ out of 4 stars.
“We are the World”
same and how much danger exists in other parts of the world where war, famine, and natural disasters occur every day. It is human nature to take care of one self and your own life first. Recently as a result of Hurricane Katrina, we are still coping and rebuilding in the U.S. Gulf States. For me it is heartbreaking to see the devastation and despair on news clips about what is happening in this
As a result of the devastation in Haiti, a new version of "We Are the World" was recorded on February 1, 2010. Over 75 musicians were involved in the recording, which was held in the same studio as the original. The new version features revised lyrics as well as a rap segment pertaining to Haiti.
"We Are the World" has been recognized as an important song, which "affected an international focus on Africa that was simply unprecedented". It was a historical moment in musical history.
Artists for Haiti musicians include the conductors Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, and Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Nettles, Josh Groan, Barbra Streisand, Miley Cyrus, Jamie Foxx, Pink, Babe Weans, Usher, Celine Dion, Janet Jackson and the late Michael Jackson (footage), Toni Braxton, Lil Wayne, Carlos Santana (on guitar), Akon, LL Cool J (rap), Snoop Dogg (rap), Kanye West, Verdine White, There were many more artists.
NSCC Grad Richard Yagjian '70
springboard the College can be for so many, I can’t help but give back to assist others through my time and commitment to the College.” We
announce that in addition to his work with the NSCC Foundation, Governor Patrick has appointed Rich to serve on North Shore Community College’s Board of Trustees.
April Fool Movies
in thugs and collecting in on them. All he has to do is bring in Jonathan “The Duke” Mardukas (Grodin), an accountant who embezzled $15 million dollars from the mob and gave it to charity. Sounds like a good “Midnight Run”- a one night easy pick up. While he is on the job, he runs into a series of problems that are getting in the way of his $100,000 reward. Problems like how the FBI wants to bring in Mardukas themselves to testify, the mob wants the accountant on a plate, and “The Duke” cannot stop running his mouth. There is so much getting in the away that Walsh does not know whether to hand him over to the mob and collect on an even bigger reward or just shoot Mardukas. See how a one night trip turns into a cross country trip of
choosing between living or dying. 5. “Bruce Almighty”
Funny man Jim Carrey brings the laughs home yet again in another “laugh a minute” comedy. Bruce Nolan, a low-rated TV news reporter is trying as hard as he can to get the new anchor position which opened up. The problem is that he is under the assumption that the big guy upstairs is ignoring him whenever he is asking for some help. Finally, he answers him with a challenge; God surrenders all his powers to Bruce to see how he could do a better job than he can answering to the people and their needs. If God granted you all his powers, what would you do with them?