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MCC opens food bank for students in need. “Our college is trying to room to expand it,” said Tutalo. be proactive and they have been “We would like to do this trying to take care of our students in conjunction with our student orhere; they realize that a hungry stu- ganizations and student clubs on dent can’t concentrate, can’t get the campus,” Tutalo said, “We feel like grades that they should be getting,” they do a lot of food donations as it Tutalo said, “They are trying to be is throughout the year, that it’s their proactive with the assumption that key fundraising and community service activity that they do, so instead there probably is a need out there.” Tutalo said, “There’s differ- of donating it off campus, it gives ent types of food pantries; you have them a nice feeling to know that they food pantries where as soon as you would be collecting food and doing walk in they give you a prepared bag their community service and being and you walk out, and you have a client choice one which is where you walk in and based on your needs you pick out what you need like you would in a food store.” “We are using the client choice model, where the student will walk in, show us their student By Samantha Casano and ID card, and they’ll be able to go into Alexander Lewis the food pantry and get based on Managing Editor and Head Social their need for their own household,” Media Editor

able to give back to their own community here at Middlesex.” MCC President Joann La-Perla Morales, said, Every year at our holiday party we have been collecting food and donate them to McFoods.” Tutalo said that faculty, staff, and members of the administration all came in and brought canned goods. La-Perla Morales said, “This year we decided that when we

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Tutalo said. “We would hope that if we need to expand we would have the

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Ambulance Takes Away MCC Student

An unidentified MCC student was taken out on a gurney and loaded in the back of an ambulance from the Johnson Learning Center Testing Center, Room 229 on Jan. 22 at 3:45 p.m.

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Student Life Office Opens Food Bank

By Sergio Rivera Managing Editor The office of Student Life and faculty members Jennifer Altman, Dorothy Bitetto, Alexandra Fields, Tim Hack, Arianna Illa, Pat Payne, Charlotte Quigley, Kathy Shay, and Brian Lavey are opening a food bank, MCC Cares, in College Center, Room 170B, starting Jan. 29 and will operate during the hours on 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Monday and 2 to 6 p.m. every Thursday. Chairperson Kathy Shay and Brian Lavey wrote the proposal. They had the support of President Joann La-Perla Morales and Vice President Mark McCormick. Mary Tutalo, Student Life and MCC Cares Coordinator, said, “There was a group of professors on campus who were following the national trends and they’re involved with the students here on campus.” “It is all non-perishables and health and beauty and personal hygiene,” Tutalo said, “It’s not prepared food, we are trying to keep the food pantry nutritionally-item stocked; this way we aren’t necessarily giving out unhealthy things. Tutalo said, “From their own observations, their own desires to help the students, they went around and they did some research and looked at food pantries in Rutgers and in other schools and looked at some national associations for college and university food bank alliances and they put together a proposal and they gave their proposal to the administration of the College, the president and vice presidents, and they approved the program.”

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Middlesex County College held its Spring 2018 Convocation on Thursday, Jan. 18 to celebrate the College’s achievements in the fall semester. MCC President Joann La-Perla Morales, said, “2017 was a gold semester for us.” President La-Perla Morales said, “In order for our students to obtain the golden opportunity for a career or to enter a four-year institution, it’s incumbent upon our academic departments to review, revise, and create new academic programs to meet the needs of students and the community. This fall, three new academic programs have been initiated—homeland security, culinary arts, and hospitality management.” “On September 26, we officially signed a joint admissions agreement with Kean University, President La-Perla Morales said, “[It] will provide wonderful opportunities for our graduates.” President La-Perla Morales said, “Another golden transfer agreement was completed with Georgian Court University. This dual degree agreement creates pathways for MCC students to nearly all of our degree programs to transfer to Georgian Court with guaranteed tuition discounts.” Students with a 2.0-2.49 GPA receive a 20 percent discount and those with

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a 3.75 or higher GPA receive a 52 percent discount, President La-Perla Morales said. She said that West Hall and South Hall earned gold LEED ratings from the United States Green Building Council. This achievement was celebrated on Oct. 27. President La-Perla Morales said that on Oct. 4, 80 students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa’s Gamma Upsilon Chapter. Dean Jeff Herron was inducted as an honorary member. “The annual Middlesex County College Foundation Scholarship Reception continues to be one of the highlights of the year,” President La-Perla Morales said. It provided $1.1 million in scholarships and grant support. On Nov. 17, MCC was selected as one of the Military Times’ Best Colleges of 2018. President La-Perla Morales said that they recognize institutions for commitment to providing quality educational opportunities for veterans and military-connected students. Middlesex County College was the only community college in New Jersey to receive this distinction. President La-Perla Morales said, “These faces and awards and achievements I just highlighted are only a very, very few of the successes and accomplishments for the fall 2017 semester.” You can reach the authors at samanthamcasano@gmail.com & alexander.lewis99@yahoo.com

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collected the food we could use it for our pantry.” “We’ve been able to connect with Hands of Hope food pantry here in Edison, they’re open twice a month on Saturdays and we are going to work together in the sense that if we know that we have students with

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Tuition Increases By Sergio Rivera Managing Editor The Board of Trustees held a public hearing concerning a proposal to a fall 2018 tuition increase by two dollars per credit in the Chambers Hall boardroom on Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m. Lauren Lawrence, Vice President of Finance and Administration, said, “There are three major components of revenue that support approximately 87 percent of the budget, and that’s namely the county appropriation, the state appropriation, and of course, student tuition and fees.” “In terms of county support, the county has committed the support of 16,014,662, which is 20.2 percent of our operating budget, said Lawrence, “Total state appropriations have been budgeted at $10,550,000, and that’s 13.7 percent of our operating budget.” Lawrence said, “The Board, the Freeholders, the College administration, we are very sensitive to any impact financially [on] the students. Our utmost concern is the accessibility and affordability, while maintaining the quality of the institution.” Lawrence said, “It’s the goal to minimize tuition costs without compromising academic program quality and integrity, so we’re proposing a two dollar per credit tuition increase.” “It’s approximately a 1.8 percent increase; it’s going to change our in-county tuition rate from $110 per credit to $112 per credit,” said Lawrence. “While we are raising tuition, we continue to remain the fourth lowest per tuition cost institution in the state of New Jersey between the community colleges,” Lawrence said. Lawrence said, “Middlesex County College currently serves approximately 12,000 students in the academic degree-oriented curriculum, and 10,000 citizens in our non-credit programs.” President Joann La-Perla Morales said the budgeted tuition increase, as a part of the 2019 fiscal year budget, was presented at the previous Board of Trustees meeting on Jan. 17. You can reach the author at sergio.rivera.jr@hotmail.com

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YouTube Issues New Monetization Policy On Tuesday, Jan. 16, the Google owned video platform YouTube rolled out a new monetization policy that required all channels to have 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time within 12 months in order to be eligible to monetization their channel. In a blog post uploaded by Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan and Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl, the change comes after reviewing several issues with user monetization in 2017. “2017 marked a tough year for many of you,” said Mohan and Kyncl in the blog post, “with several issues affecting our community and the revenue earned from advertising through the YouTube Partner Program (YPP).” Mohan and Kyncl said, “In 2018, a major focus for everyone at YouTube is protecting our creator ecosystem and ensuring your revenue is more stable.” This decision also comes in wake of the recent controversy involving social media star Logan Paul where he went to a Japanese forest

outside of Mt. Fuji known for its high suicide rates and proceeded to mock and ridicule the body of a man who had recently taken his own life. “I should have never posted the video,” said Paul in an apology he made days after taking the original video down, “I should have put the cameras down and stopped recording what we were going through.” YouTube, in an open letter to Twitter, said, “It’s taken us a long time to respond, but we’ve been listening to everything you’ve been saying.” “We know that the actions of one creator can affect the entire community, so we’ll have more to share soon on steps we’re taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again,” said Youtube. Matthew Patrick, YouTube celebrity and president of Theorist Media, in a video criticizing YouTube for its delayed response, said, “We acted accordingly? By what? As far as I understand the story, you just sat there until Logan Paul, finally, removed the video on his own, because of the bad PR.” “A video that, mind you, you just openly acknowledged,

The College’s TV Guide from Jan. 30 to Feb. 6 By Samantha Casano Managing Editor

Every teenage girl’s favorite OG television series, “One Tree Hill,” will be gracing Hulu with its presence on Thursday, Feb. 1. Be sure to check it out and binge watch all the drama between the characters from Tree Hill, North Carolina.

NBC’s (National Broadcasting Company) brand-new show, “A.P. Bio,” will premiere on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 9:30 p.m. According to the TV Guide website, the show centers around a failed philosophy scholar turned high school A.P. Bio teacher who has no intention of teaching science to his young students.

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“Super Bowl LII” takes place on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. on NBC. The biggest football game of the year between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The halftime show will be performed by Justin Timberlake.

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broke your Community Guidelines. I wouldn’t necessarily call that acting accordingly, but hey, we’ll just agree to disagree,” said Patrick, “...when you go and make whatever changes that you’re gonna make to the platform, please, please try to ensure that whatever you’re doing, it’s not affecting the thousands of creators who are working day in and day out to create quality positive content for the platform, that they don’t have to suffer on account of a couple of bad eggs.” Patrick continued in his video where he pleads with YouTube not to ‘overcorrect itself ’ as he mentions earlier in the video, “Maybe now you’re a bit more empowered to act accordingly.” “We’ve arrived at these new thresholds after thorough analysis and conversations with creators

like you,” Mohan and Kyncl announced about their new policy announcement, “They will allow us to significantly improve our ability to identify creators who contribute positively to the community and help drive more ad revenue to them (and away from bad actors). These higher standards will also help us prevent potentially inappropriate videos from monetizing which can hurt revenue for everyone.” While the new monetization policy has already been implemented, it will take full effect on Feb. 20, during which time all channels that do not meet YouTube’s new requirements will lose monetization for their channel. “While this change will tackle the potential abuse of a large but disparate group of smaller channels, we also know that the bad ac-

tion of a single, large channel can also have an impact on the community and how advertisers view YouTube,” continued Mohan and Kyncl. Channels that do not meet the new threshold are encouraged to make use of all of YouTube’s resources to grow their channels, including their Creator Academy, Help Center and Creator Site. “Even though 2017 was a challenging year, thanks to creators like you, it was full of the moments that make YouTube such a special place,” wrote Mohan and Kyncl at the end of their blog post, “Creators large and small, established and emerging, transformed their talent and originality into videos that captivated over a billion people around You can reach the author at sergio.rivera.jr@hotmail.com

Video Game Industry Abandons the Single Player Experience? By Humberto Marmolejo Staff Writer I remember being four years old and watching my older siblings play video games on a classic NES top loader and me being completely fascinated by the wonderful world of “Super Mario 3” and “Zelda II.” At the time, I was a bit too young to have the ability to play such beautiful masterpieces, but since then, I have been captivated by the world of video games. As I grew older and my family bought me a brand-new PlayStation 2, I was fortunate enough to have the ability to play excellent video games, such as “Jak and Daxter,” “Ico,” “The Adventures of Cookie and Cream,” “Okage: Shadow King” and “Dark Cloud.” Aside from being great games, they were all vibrant parts of my childhood. The older I get, the more appreciative I become of games like those. They captivate the imagination and transport players to glamorous world with engaging characters and themes, and thus make the gaming experience so enjoyable and memorable. Although I do not play video games as much as I used to, I do realize that gaming has changed a lot in the past five to ten years. Nowadays, gaming has become centered more on multiplayer and competitive-based experiences, rather than a narrative one. Although I find noth-

ing wrong with online and competitive gaming, I do find it rather unfortunate that narrative and single player-based games are becoming more of a rarity. Series such as “Battlefield” and “Call of Duty” look upon the single player experience more as an afterthought and focus their creativity on the online portion of the gaming as the priority. There’s nothing wrong with this, as what makes a series great is their fun and additive competitive offerings. More and more game companies are focused on the online experience and “money- grabbing” strategies, such as season passes and loot box systems that crave more money from the consumer. Games such as “Star Wars Battlefront II (2017)” and “Destiny 2” have received scrutiny for their money-grabbing practices, and gambling-like features as those present in Battlefront II. I remember a time in which you would pay $40 for a game that already had all the content in the disk, in which they did not include costly expansions that limit the amount of content the player receives. There was a time in gaming when games featured all the content without the player having to buy expensive expansions that punish players for not buying the premium edition which in some cases can cost about $120. Games like “Metal Gear Solid,” “Grand Theft Auto III,” “Half Life” and “Bioshock” stand out as milestones of gaming, due to their

engaging storylines and colorful characters. As more and more games focus on the online aspects of gaming, we see a decline in single player games receiving the spotlight as much. However, though online-focused games such as “Overwatch” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” enjoy the spotlight, we still see solid single player focused games make a name for themselves. Just last year, alone, we saw great games, such as “Horizon: Zero Dawn,” “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” and “Super Mario Odyssey” receive praise for their wonderful structure and design. This comes to show that although single player focused games continue a road of decline, they still offer the same level of finesse they always have. While online centered video games are fun and engaging, they die out as soon as player counts drop, and their servers get shutdown. This is a problem that all online games face, including games, such as “MAG” and “Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning,” which are now unplayable due to their servers being shut down. This is a fate that single player focused games never face, and it just shows that although a game can be 13 or more years old, it can still be enjoyed as fully as the day they were released.

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NBC’s popular drama, “This is Us,” will air a special episode following the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 4.

You can reach the author at samanthamcasano@gmail.com “Star Wars Battlefront II” fell under scrutiny for it’s pay-to-win selling tactics.

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Government Shuts Down

The U.S. government shut down on Saturday, January 20, one year to the day since President Trump’s inauguration. By Humberto Marmolejo Staff Writer The U.S. government partially shut down the morning of Friday, Jan. 19, after lawmakers failed to come to an agreement on a federal funding bill. The Republicans aimed to pass the legislation, which required

60 votes, but only got 50-49. This event came only two weeks after Democrats were looking for immigration reform that could help the 700,000 “dreamers” that are in danger of being deported, due to the repeal of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). What started as a hopeful meeting between Democrats and

Republicans at the White House on Jan. 9, led to a controversial behind-the-scenes meeting in which President Trump infamously made a remark about other countries. Ever since then, the possibility of a shutdown loomed imminently. There was some hope, however, when Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, visited the President at the White

House seeking a solution to the crisis. This meeting failed to bring any solutions, as Republicans rejected the offer. The last government shutdown in recent memory occurred in 2013 during the Obama administration. This shutdown lasted 16 days. It was extremely unpopular with

Americans, with an 81 percent disapproval rate, and the media blaming the Republicans for the outcome. However, this time, the shutdown was led by the Democratic members of Congress. You can reach the author at humberto.marmolejo0728@gmail.com

2018 Flu Season Death Toll Rises

The 2018 flu season will reach its peak very soon as the pediatric death toll reaches 20 people at the beginning of 2018, according to CBS News. Ashley Welch, a CBS journalist, reported that the H3N2 strain of the flu, which has dominated the end of 2017 and so far, the beginning of 2018, is linked to severe illness in people over the age of 65 and below the age of five. In a press release from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “...between 291,000 and 646,000 people worldwide die from seasonal influenza-related respiratory illnesses each year, higher than a previous estimate of 250,000 to 500,000 and based on a robust, multinational survey.”

The CDC also reported in their Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report that the total national pediatric death toll is up to 20, seven of those pediatric deaths coming within the first week of 2018, according to Welsh. CBS News reported on Jan. 5 that hospitals in Southern California were so overwhelmed with emergency influenza visits that they began turning ambulances away. “Hospitalizations are also on the rise, particularly among adults over the age of 50 and children under the age of five,” Welch reported in a later report, “Some hospitals in California have been so overwhelmed that they had to send patients to other ERs.”

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Hospitalizations are on the rise as the flu season progresses.

Makeup Tips and Reviews: The Key to a Flawless Face By Samantha Casano Managing Editor When you think about makeup, you may think about face products like foundation, concealer, blush and one of the trendiest products around, highlighter. However, there is another step that is key in creating a flawless finish with your face makeup: primer. Face primer is a base that allows your other face products to go on smoothly and help your makeup last longer. It preps, protects and

nourishes the skin. There are different primers for all sorts of skin concerns. Currently, one of the most popular forms of face primer is “primer spray.” Primer spray comes in a bottle and has a spritzer that you can mist all over your face. Primer sprays are refreshing and leave a hydrating finish to the skin. They can also serve double duty as a setting spray to seal your makeup. An economical option is the Mario Badescu Facial Sprays, which include

soothing ingredients, like rosewater, lavender, and green tea. They come in two sizes and retail for $7-$12 at Ulta. If you want to splurge, a great high-end primer spray is the Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer and Setting Spray, which retails for $32 at Sephora and Ulta. Another popular type of primer on the market is pore-minimizing primers. These primers help mask pores because they contain silicone, an ingredient that does not clog your pores or cause you to break out. One of the best low-cost

pore-minimizing primers is Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser, which costs about $6 at any drugstore. My favorite high-end pore-minimizing primer is “Benefit’s Porefessional Face Primer,” which costs $31 at Sephora and Ulta. Smoothing primers are one of my personal favorites. These are exactly what they sound like and help smooth and even out your skin texture. A smoothing primer that I recommend is the Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer, which retails for $37 at

Sephora. A great, more cost-effective option is the NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer, which costs about $15 at any drugstore. When using primer, apply a dime-sized amount all over your face and let it absorb into the skin for a minute before applying the rest of your face makeup. Not only will your skin feel baby soft, but the rest of your face products will apply better and last longer! You can reach the author at samanthamcasano@gmail.com


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The exhibit will be open Monday through Thursday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and Fridays at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The College’s Holocaust and Human Rights Center is hosting an exhibit, “A Town Known as Auschwitz,” in the MCC Gallery from Jan. 23 to March 9 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and Friday’s viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On loan from the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A living memorial to the Holocaust; will display the multicultural history of a dynamic and tranquil community of Jews and non-Jews living together before World War II. Mural collections from the pre-World War II era will depict a diverse community of people who were the best of friends and worked in harmony without letting any of their political, educational, social or religious status interfere. The exhibit will also document and educate why Auschwitz was selected as a camp site and how the war affected not only the town’s buildings and businesses, but also their people. The Studio Theatre Gallery

will also host an opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. Shiri Sandler, the original curator of the exhibit, will be available to discuss the effort entailed in creating the exhibit from scratch. Dr. Terrence Corrigan (PhD), a history professor at MCC and a member of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center, is one of the chief organizers of the event. He first got the ball rolling by applying for the grant from the New Jersey

The exhibit features a timeline of the town’s history.

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By Sergio Rivera Managing Editor The Middlesex County office of Adult Corrections held its induction ceremony in the College Center Performing Arts Center on Jan. 29 at 9 a.m. According to the event program, the Middlesex County Office of Adult Corrections inducted thirty-three officers into their ranks, while also promoting eight sergeants and one lieutenant. Captain D. Grover of the Middlesex County office of Adult Corrections said, “Corrections has a high turnover, so once a year so we like to have one big ceremony for everything that happened in the last year.” Captain Grover said, “Today we’re having a swearing in ceremony for the families of 42 officers. This is an opportunity to show their families what they went through.” “We also have departmental awards; today we are issuing two meritorious service citations and two honorable service citations.” According to the event’s program, the officers who received the meritorious service citations were officers E. Goodell and T. Mills;

From left to right: G. Politi, S. Swingle, S. Siana, S. Sepa, were among the 33 officers inducted on Jan. 29. the officers who received the honorable service citations were sergeants W. Latham and J. Nortesano. Captain Grover said the ceremony happens once a year to celebrate about 18 months of hiring and promotions. “This is more [inductees] than usual, there was a huge turn-

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Council of the Humanities (NJCH) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which paid for the exhibit. Dr. Corrigan didn’t take all of the credit for himself. He gave a personal thanks to all the individuals who helped lift the administrative tasks on making the exhibit possible, like Vice President Mark McCormick, Dean Linda Scherr, Professor Timothy Hack, Chairperson of Visual Performing and Media Arts Annie Hogan, Senior coordinator of Visual Performing and Media Arts Bryan Weitz and Assistant Director of Student Activates Ode Hoppie. Faculty members were not the only contributory members, students in the Human Rights Club, previously known as Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Club, were also involved in organizing and advertising for the event. For more information, you can find updates on www.middlesexcc.edu/holocaust-and-human-rights- center.

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over with a lot of senior officers retiring this year,” said Captain Grover. For more information and application details, go to state.nj.us. Potential applicants would need to pass a state issued test and apply online. You can reach the author at sergio.rivera.jr@hotmail.com

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Vice President of Shadows on Paper Jacob Onifer (left) and President Sergio Rivera (right) planning for the spring semester. By Sergio Rivera Managing Editor ‘Shadows on Paper,’ the MCC resident poetry club, will meet every Monday at 11 a.m. in the College Center room “The Terrace,” starting on Monday, Feb. 5. The poetry club gives the students of this college a place to express themselves through poetry and spoken word. ‘Shadows on Paper’ started in the fall of 2016, when club founder andcurrent president Sergio Rivera decided to leave his role as ‘MCC Music Club’ president to pursue to create the club. Rivera successfully ran the club that first semester with no additional staff to assist him,whilst also serving as the ‘MCC Music Club’ vice president and founding the ‘Improv Club’ with his friend and current ‘Improv Club’ president Atillio Zanetti and serving as the club’s vice president. Since then, ‘Shadows on Paper’ has gone on to host many opportunities for students to perform spoken word, including many open mic performences where they have teamed with clubs like ‘MCC Music Club’, a slam poetry night, and have even headlined ‘Kogaracon,’ an anime convention that drew in over a thousand attendees. ‘Shadows on Paper’ has also greatly contributed to the Quo Vadis Newspaper’s newest page ‘Ars Poetica’ with authors from the club submitting their poetic contributions weekly to the newspaper. ‘Shadows on Paper’ has recently published their first independent poetry book titled ‘Shadows on Paper, Volume 1’, which is currently available in the campus library, as well as other key locations throughout the campus; additional copies

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may soon be printed due to consumer demand and limited volume. ‘Shadows on Paper’ plans to release its second independent poetry book titled ‘Shadows on Paper, Volume 2’ sometime in the beginning of the semester, as well as their third independent poetry book titled ‘Shadows on Paper, Volume 3’ towards the end of the semester; the club also plans on focusing on different styles of poetry this semester with in-depth instructional guides on how to write certain poems developed by the club staff which will be available to the club membership by the first meeting. The poetry club will continue to host their open mic performances on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. in College Center Cafeteria C, and on Thursday, March 22 at 2 p.m. in College Center Cafeteria C, as well as their end of the semester poetry slam on Thursday, April 26 in the Performing Arts Center located on campus. The poetry club will also begin planning other projects, such as continuing their relationship with the campus library, with whom they have prepared destressing workshops before, as well as continuing the planning for their upcoming podcast named ‘Shadows on Podcast’, where they plan to discuss various topics pertaining to current events and its correlation to literature. Students can contact the club staff through their general email, shadowsonpapermcc@gmail. com, and can also find them at the upcoming Student Activities Fair. You can reach the author at sergio.rivera.jr@hotmail.com


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Colts Defeat Bucks County by 24 Points The Blue Colts Men’s basketball team rallied to another double-digit victory against Bucks County Community College at home at the Physical Education Center on Jan. 18. The score was 83-59, which marked the team’s third straight 20plus point win since their 95-88 loss to Union County College on Jan. 9. Jamarr Joseph had 20 points, shooting nine of 15 from the field, and adding seven rebounds. Joseph Cudakiewicz scored 20 points, while being hot on the 3-point line; he was five for seven in 3-pointers.

Dareyus Valencia was also hot beyond the arc, shooting six of eight in 3-pointers. Valencia had 20 points and was a perfect three-for- three on the free-throw line. The team shot well from the free-throw line, which was key in the game. The team’s free throw percentage was 82 percent. Coach Bilal Dixon said he was happy with the offense, but is still looking for some improvements. “Offensively, we did hit key shots, but we do need to go over a few things,” Dixon said. Union did hit a few 3-pointers early in the game, but the Colts were able to hit 3-pointers of their own, while being able to get to the foul line and hitting key free throws.

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Dareyus Valencia working the ball up the court during the Bucks game. Although the Colts shot to improve in the passing well, Dixon said he wants the team game. “I know we can shoot, I just think we need go over our passing and work on our reads,” said Dixon. Although Dixon was happy with the offense, he didn’t feel the same way about the defense. Dixon said, “We have to work on our communication. I feel like we don’t talk on defense.” Despite his displeasure with the team’s defensive performance, Dixon loves the effort his players put in. “I’m proud of these guys cause they never quit and they have a lot of fight in them,” Dixon said. Things got a little scary in the middle of the first half as Guard Jaqaun Robertson went down with an ankle injury during a hustle play; he was out for the rest of the game. Also, in the second half, Lloyd Middlebrooks went down with a shoulder injury as he was hustling Middlesex County College students (from left) Angel Chang, Luke Agojo, Romone Reid and Kevin Wong presented their workshop, for a “Overcoming Obstacles: Personal Stories of Perseverance,” at the annual Young Men’s Conference held in New Brunswick in January. loose ball. Middlebrooks was sidelined for the remainder of the game due to his injury. This is the first double-digit win season for Dixon as a college behind the scenes so that this way coach. By Sergio Rivera the students can feel a sense of in Dixon said, “It feels good. Managing Editor volvement and empowerment,” said These are things that we dream of, need during the weekends they’ll be Tutalo. and I have a great coaching staff able to go to their food pantry, and “I think that once school with my Assistant Coach Devonne if they know that they have students gets started students will hear about Blackshear.” that are going to their food pantry, it and they’re going to really want The Colts have improved they’ll be able to advertise our food to be a part of it., and we definitely from last year as they only had seven By Sergio Rivera pantry so they’ll be able to utilize want them to be a part of it,” Tutalo wins. Managing Editor both,” Tutalo said, “They have been said, “One of our biggest struggles The Colts recently got The Allied Health prothe biggest resource for us so far in right now is getting the word out to a road win against Atlantic Cape gram will continue their line of terms of information and how to set the students who need to utilize the Community College on Jan. 20, exinformation sessions by hosting its up; they were also kind enough last food pantry.” tending their win-streak to four, as next session in Crabiel Hall, Room Tuesday to deliver a truck-load of Tutalo said, “A lot of times, they now hold an 11-7 record. 126 on Feb. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 food that was donated to them that students have to work 20-30+ hours The Colts will have three p.m. to raise awareness of their they shared with us, so that was very a week in addition to going to school of their last four games of Jan. at program. kind of them.” full-time; maybe bringing home a home. The Allied Health pro Tutalo said, “[The pantry] grocery bag full of food would elimgram had their first information is going to be staffed with alumni, inate an extra hour or two in their You can reach the author at session on Jan. 10 and have addiretirees or current staff members.” schedule that they would have to cgrullon1995@gmail.com tional information sessions sched “We’re aware of the fact work.” uled for Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, that people may come in and be a “We’re trying to help in May 2, May 30, June 13, July 11, and little hesitant that it is on campus any way possible; it’s not just ‘you’re Aug. 8. All information sessions and we want to protect their privacy going to get food while you’re here will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. in and make it as easy and as comfort- on campus,” said Tutalo, “It operCrabiel Hall, Room 126. able for the students to use it,” Tuta- ates like a regular food pantry in the The Allied Health prolo said, “We feel like this is our best sense that students can bring grogram offers many certificate proroute; the students won’t be sitting ceries home.” By Scott Pietschker grams through the continued next to a student in class that just Tutalo said, “We are going Managing Editor education department, including helped them and it adds a level of to try to provide parking that is rela The Middlesex County Colthe medical assistant certificate, confidentiality behind it.” tively close to there, but we are still lege Police makes all crime-related inphlebotomy technician certificate, Tutalo said, “We are uti- working on that next step.” formation public in compliance with ECG/EKG technician certificate, lizing students and student workers For more information on the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of health information coding certifiand student clubs because we know how to get involved with the food Campus Security Policy and Campus cate, certified that the students on campus are go- bank, contact Mary Tutalo at MTutCrime Statistics Act. nursing assistant program, patient ing to want to rally behind this, so alo@middlesexcc.edu or call the Stu An individual was taken care technician certificate, pharwe will be utilizing students.” dent Life office at 732-906-2569. into custody on outstanding warmacy technician certificate, dial “They can do food drives, rants after a random plate inquiry ysis technician certificate, dental help with inventory, maybe helping on Jan. 9. hygiene and nursing. with the accounting aspects of it; the behind the scenes of stocking and You can reach the author at You can reach the author at You can reach the author at doing all kinds of things like that. sergio.rivera.jr@hotmail.com sergio.rivera.jr@hotmail.com takerds@gmail.com Photo Courtesy of Middlesex County College

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By Jamal Kingston Opinion Editor

Philip Dunton Murphy was sworn-in as New Jersey’s 56th governor on Jan. 16 in Trenton, the state’s capital, promising a sweeping progressive agenda on economics and social policy but may be hindered with the urgent problems facing the Garden State post-Christie. Murphy replaced former Governor Chris Christie who left office as one of the most unpopular governors in New Jersey and American history. Christie was once seen as a rising star in the Republican Party but became implicated with a corruption scandal involving the September 2013 lane closure of the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee. Christie was accused of conspiring with his associates to close a lane at the GWB because the Democratic mayor did not endorse Christie’s successful reelection bid. Those associates were found guilty and sentenced to jail.

With Christie’s fatigue reaching a fever pitch in New Jersey, Murphy has a mandate to govern the way he promised the voters last Nov. He defeated Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno 56 percent to 41 percent. Murphy ran on a bold progressive agenda on raising the minimum wage, legalizing marijuana and standing up to President Trump’s policies. Murphy will most likely be helped with his agenda by the Democratic-controlled Legislature. However, the state faces enormous problems despite the low unemployment rate. The state unemployment rate is still higher than the national unemployment rate. Millennials of New Jersey are moving out of the state in droves after graduating from high school and college, property taxes are the highest in the nation and the state faces a budget deficit and a transportation system that is decrepit and underappreciated. Murphy will have a lot of work ahead of him in the next days, weeks,

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Phil Murphy Sworn In

Gov. Phil D. Murphy has to fix New Jersey’s tax system and economic future. months and he will have to have a laser-focus on the state’s economy. New Jersey voters are usually cynical and angry about the rough tumble of state politics. Property taxes and income taxes are a big concern with

New Jerseyans, especially after the Trump-GOP tax bill passage in Congress. College affordability and job creation is a big problem in the state as well, and Murphy will have to deliver on those promises.

The Murphy era begins. Now is the time for him to deliver on his promises. The New Jersey voters are watching. You can reach the author at pricekeys82@gmail.com

President Trump: One Year Later By Jamal Kingston Opinion Editor

Last week marks one year that Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Jan. 20, 2017 was a day where the political and social divides in America were drawn clearly in front of millions of Americans and people around the world. It felt more than a year. It felt as if three years had passed by with the daily barrage of news information that made your head spin, even if you are covering these stories and writing an opinion on it, like I am. Trump began his first year of his presidency by issuing execu-

tive orders (EOs) repealing Obamaera business regulations on corporations, issuing memos and policy papers on conservative hot-topic issues such as abortion and gun rights. His biggest executive order so far was Executive Order (EO) 13769, or also known as “travel ban.” In what critics feared was a “Muslim ban” from his promises as a presidential candidate to “ban Muslims from entering the United States,” the controversial executive order restricted immigration or entry from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days. Trump and some proponents of the administration felt that it would reduce terrorism in the U.S. and start

a conversation about strengthening immigration laws in America. Judges and circuit courts blocked parts of the “travel ban”. Weeks later, Trump would be in controversy again with his staff at the White House. Then-National Security Advisor Michael T. Flynn resigned in mid-Feb. after lying to Vice President Mike Pence and other White House staff for communicating with Russian officials overseas regarding President Obama’s last-minute sanctions and punishment towards Russia for allegedly interfering and hacking 2016 elections to help Trump. Months later, Trump

would be in controversy again. He officially fired FBI Director James Comey for, “allegedly having a pro-Hillary Clinton bias,” at the FBI and for him failing to recommend jail for Clinton due to her mishandling of classified State Department emails when she was Secretary of State. It was later reported that Trump fired Comey because of his failure to stop investigating Flynn and other associates over ties to Russia. Soon after congressional pressure and the public attention, the Justice Department created a special investigation into the Russian ties to the 2016 election. Controversy would continue in and out, months after months,

from the aftermath of the Charlottesville, Va. white supremacist rally and Trump’s response, to Trump’s bashing of National Football League (NFL) and National Basketball Association (NBA) players refusing to stand for the American national anthem and visiting the White House after winning their championships. It has seemed like years and years have passed by with Trump as president, but will year two be more chaotic, or will it be relatively and the conventional way as it used to be? Most likely not. Stay tuned. You can reach the author at pricekeys82@gmail.com

Richard Nixon: One Man Against the World There is no denying that the Nixon Presidency is one of the most controversial administrations in the history of our Nation. Richard Nixon himself was a man with a very conflicting and complex personality. On one hand, you have a brilliant politician who came from a rough background who would rise to become the leader of the free world. On the other hand, you have a leader who during his presidency committed many crimes and misdemeanors that both ended his presidency and plagued his legacy. “One Man Against the World” is a book with a very precise title, Nixon was a President who always had doubts of the people around him, his distrust and paranoia would lead to his downfall. Tim Weiner tries to craft a book that brings an insight

into the Presidency of one of America’s most controversial leaders. The book is interesting to read, as it was published very recently and thus carries lots of new information of the Nixon Presidency that was previously unavailable and classified to the public. The book goes very briefly through Nixon’s early Political career, his defeats at the 1960 Presidential Election and California gubernatorial election of 1962. His distrust of President Lyndon B. Johnson, and the structure of his amazing 1968 Presidential election campaign, the book largely ignores his childhood which is a shame as it’s highly compelling. The rest focuses mainly on the Nixon Presidency itself. From Détente, Vietnam, to Watergate. The book focuses on all these issues in detail, however, it is here where the book shows its biggest flaw that really impacts the flow of the book it-

that were going on in an effort to cover up the Watergate break in. The persecution of the Presidents inner circle shows how, minute by minute, the administration was crumbling. Conversations such as the “smoking gun” tape would insure the impeachment of the President, and the resignation of one America’s most effective, yet flawed, President. “One Man against the World” is an enjoyable read for anyone interested in the Nixon White House or American Politics of the era. However, the book’s most prevalent flaw is its inability to describe to the reader who Nixon the man was, instead of Nixon the villain. Whether this is a good thing or not is up to the reader to decide, but for anyone interested in a more in-depth view of the President himself, one should likewise read more impartial book such as “Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full,” by Conrad Black, “Being Nixon:

self. In many periods of the book, the bias against the Nixon Presidency is clearly shown and it distracts the reader from making a conclusion for himself. The book paints Nixon as the ultimate villain and is this bias of painting Nixon as the villain that makes this book inferior to other books that try to give a more complete picture of the administration and Nixon himself. This book’s objective is to convince the reader that Nixon indeed was a crook and a criminal, without trying to focus The Richard Nixon presidency upon many accomplishments the was one of the most consequential Nixon administration accomplished periods in American history. during its imperfect and flawed term. A Man Divided,” by Evan Thomas or However, something that “In the Arena: A Memoir of Victory, is truly appreciative about this book Defeat and Renewal,” written by the is how it effectively exhibits the man himself. downfall of the President. The book You can reach the author at shows to the readers in great details Humberto.Marmolejo0728@gmail.com of many conversations and bribes

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ars poetica GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

Sergio Rivera (Managing Editor) sergio.rivera.jr@hotmail.com Communities built on face value, Have shadows that run deep. But the world loves a good face, It helps them get a good night’s sleep. When was the last time we ate a meal together? When was the last time we talked about dreams? Are we only just roommates living next door? If so, what does that mean? I try to remember the last time we laughed, But I’m thinking to hard and long. All I remember are those Sunday mornings, When you would yell over a church song. Our home is filth and waste, And you know that before you step inside, But you put on that famous face, And you walk outside with pride. Our home is mobile and swift, Never planting our roots too deep. Have I always told myself this couldn’t be, So I could get a good night’s sleep?

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Sergio Rivera (Managing Editor) sergio.rivera.jr@hotmail.com

Caitlin David (Staff Writer) caitlindavid96@gmail.com

She waits for days counting, longing to see him again, hoping that it isn’t all in vain.

DEPARTURE

Yesenia Rivera (Contributing Writer) riverayesenia144@gmail.com And she slowly shut her eyes What seemed to be only a moment Was an eternal sleep Never to wake up Or to walk this earth again.

FEAR

Caitlin David (Staff Writer) caitlindavid96@gmail.com

Am I lame? I lay in silence while the world spins around itself. No one to call my own. Alone. Am I lame? I write words that no one will hear. My writing, the source of imminent fear. My solace, as ice shards race in my veins. Only the slightest compassion will melt them away. Am I lame? I sit and ponder my place, I wonder “will I ever find love?” And I lay as love passes me by, Unable to grasp it as it slips through my fingers, Reaching out into the ocean of affection and remaining dry. Am I lame? I hold myself up on a cracking foundation, No one to repair the exposed breaks, No one to replace the parts of my concrete I give to build others, No one to hear my pleas; “will I find survive another flood?” No one to save me as I drown in waters deep with ethereal loneliness, No one to provide a sound to break through the glass riptides and save me from myself. Am I lame? Photo Courtesy of Roi Abraham Saint-Vil

The fear leaves me bereft, it’s scary to take another breath, I fear and fear until all that’s left of all my years is death.

EXISTENCE

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Caitlin David (Staff Writer) caitlindavid96@gmail.com I lay down and ponder my existence, how I’ve taken the path of least resistance, how everyone I’ve loved is far into the distance— how I’ve faded into inexistence.

AUTUMN LEAVES

Jen Olvera (Contributing Writer) IG: @autumnleaves7.14 She was once plain and “sturdy” like the green leaves in the summer As time went by the cold wind pushed her harder but she held on She could not let go, but she knew that holding on was not for her With the thought of being free, she changed into her true vibrant colors And free she becomes, landing graciously on the ground Smiling because she was able to let go of the thoughts that were pulling her down And here comes the cold harsh breeze But she remained vibrant and free as she now resembles the Autumn Leaves.

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353 DAYS

He counts the days it’s been since he saw her last, not wanting her to slip and fade into the past.

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MARIO SUNSHINE

Alexander Lewis (Social Media Head Editor) alexander.lewis99@yahoo.com Vacation so ruined, Selfless patsy does clean up; His coins not refunded.

EXCERPT FROM “RED”

Sergio Rivera (Managing Editor) sergio.rivera.jr@hotmail.com Everyone wants to tell me why I shouldn’t feel alone, but when I’m alone it’s scary I get into my zone, they get scared when I rise up so they become prone, to shake me or break me until I become a drone. Like them, but they don’t understand the things I’ve seen the places I’ve been the things I remember way back when I was a kid in the 2nd grade, the teachers thought I would just fade, when all I did was stand in the shade, by myself until I made My first two friends; I was never the same, everyday we would run the game, of course looking back I feel the shame, of knowing those two will never take the blame.

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