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PTK Holds Information Sessions

The Middlesex County College’s Fall 2017 Upsilon Gamma Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society was inducted on Oct. 4. By Alexander Lewis Social Media Head Editor Middlesex County College’s Upsilon Gamma chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society is holding information sessions for 833 prospective members in Crabiel Hall, Brunswick Room on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. ahead of their annual induction ceremony in the West Hall, Parkview Room on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m. Charlotte Quigley, Manager of Career Services and Lead Advisor of Phi Theta Kappa, Upsilon Gamma chapter, said that the sessions are only open to prospective members and their parents, and once members confirm their membership on the national PTK website, she emails them an EventBrite link to the information sessions. Quigley said that eligibility for membership is automatic,

whether you are a full-time or parttime student as long as you meet the requirements of a 3.5 cumulative GPA, a minimum of 12 credit-bearing college credits completed in a declared major, and all required developmental courses completed. Eligible invitees get an email with registration instructions and must register at the provided link before Wednesday, Feb. 21 to have their name included in the induction ceremony program, said Quigley. Quigley said that new members can still attend the ceremony even if they register after Feb. 21. In these information sessions, there will be a short video showing how PTK has changed three students’ lives, a presentation about what the College’s chapter has done, and an open question and answer session, said Quigley. Quigley said, “Any current member who wants to be there is invited to be there to and say whatever

they’re getting out of membership in Phi Theta Kappa. Quigley said that being a member of PTK gives students the opportunity to engage with a group of outstanding scholars on campus who are committed to making a difference in the college community, each other, and their future contributions to the world. “We tend to have a lot of members who are very passionate and this is a great opportunity to be working alongside [them],” said Quigley. Members enjoy benefits like PTK-exclusive scholarships and have the opportunity to develop the leadership skills to carry them forward, said Quigley. [Membership] is prestigious...the opportunity to celebrate academic achievement and excel, and if you’re able to, give back to the community here at Middlesex and if you’re able to, give back to the community here at Middlesex and beyond,” said Quigley. Quigley said that mem-

bership in the internationally-recognized PTK Honor Society speaks volumes to the four-year schools students may transfer to. “In some schools, it’s automatic that you get $2,000 off your tuition just from your membership,” said Quigley, “Others are even more lucrative and there’s potential for national scholarships and other forms of financial recognition that makes a big difference for our students.” Quigley said that members who accumulate over 20 hours volunteering at PTK events can get a letter of recommendation from the dean of their program. “This is a more robust recommendation that speak to what they contributed to the organization,” said Quigley, “And this goes on your resume and on your transfer application. So it’s evidence of having excelled academically and in terms of the four pillars: leadership, service, fellowship, and academics. For more information, contact Charlotte Quigley at 732-

“We’ll begin with a little activity, then have some food, introduce the program, and meet the current scholars,” Ghosh said. Dr. Danielle Jacobs, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Rider University, said “The STEM Scholars program at Rider University, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) is a unique program designed to train, support, and deliver high quality STEM teachers to the high schools that need them most.” “We provide full-tuition scholarships for junior and senior year students to double major in Secondary Education and any STEM discipline,” Jacobs said. “We also provide costof-living stipends; cover the cost of

the Praxis, ed-TPA, licensure, professional membership and conference fees, and other requirements for becoming a teacher; offer paid internship opportunities; and support students in finding a job after graduation, “Jacobs said, “In return, scholars are required to teach in a high-needs school district for two to four years, depending on the number of years of scholarship they receive.” Jacobs said, “STEM Scholars participate in biweekly seminars and workshops wherein they learn and practice teaching scientific and mathematical concepts through inquiry-based and engaging pedagogies.” Jacobs said that the program is unique because it is a schol-

arship with a sense of purpose, community, and direction. “The STEM Scholars program genuinely prepares its recipients for a successful and meaningful teaching career. Our cohort of scholars engage in a curriculum and extra-curricular activities that are steeped in culturally responsive teaching,” said Jacob. Students interested in attending this information session should RSVP by Feb. 7 to stemscholars@rider.edu. For more information, you can contact Professor Ghosh at PGhosh@middlesexcc.edu or Dr. Jacobs at djacobs@rider.edu. You can reach the author at samanthamcasano@gmail.com

MCC Hosts Information Session for Future Teachers By Samantha Casano Managing Editor

Middlesex County College, in collaboration with Rider University, is hosting a Future Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship Program Information Session on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. in North Hall, Room 102. During this information session, students will find out about opportunities for full tuition and scholarships and internships that are available via this program. Professor Phalguni Ghosh, a chemistry instructor at MCC, said that the STEM Scholars Program is aimed at transfer students.

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Student Life Office Offers Leadership Development Workshop By Harsh Godhani Staff Writer

The Student Life Office is offering five opportunities, for students who are involved in clubs and organizations, to attend a mandatory meeting for Leadership Development Workshop for Student Clubs and Organizations, from Monday, Feb. 5 through Friday, Feb. 9 in College Center, Room 334 between noon and 1 p.m. Ode Hoppie, Assistant Director of Student Activities, said, “The leadership development workshop we have for clubs, that’s the Student Life Office’s way to keep the clubs informed of things they need to know, things that might not have come up, things that they might not be aware of as a club.” Hoppie said, “It’s also our opportunity to network with each other, because not too often do clubs get a chance to really meet with officers or members of other clubs.” “It is our way of giving [students] an opportunity to learn how to be better leaders,” Hoppie said. You can reach the author at godhaniharsh22@gmail.com Murphy Tightens Gun Laws

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Alessia Cara Wins Best New Artist

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Leander Galimba performed at Kogarafest on the Edison campus last year.

Leander Galimba, a student at Middlesex County College, will be hosting an open mic event on Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Quaker Steak & Lube in Edison. Galimba performs at many other open mics in New Jersey, including a recent performance at The Westbrook in Bound Brook, and also received an opportunity to perform for America’s Got Talent in October 2017. Galimba said, “If all goes well I can make it a once-a-month thing.” Quaker Steak & Lube is located at 561 US-1 in Edison. For more information about the event, contact the venue at 732-777-9464.

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The College’s TVGuide for week of Feb. 7 to 13 By Samantha Casano Managing Editor Leander Galimba, a student at MCC, will be hosting his first open mic at Quaker Steak and Lube.

“Big Brother: Celebrity Edition” premieres on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. on CBS. According to the CBS website, it is the first celebrity edition of the hit reality television show. It will follow a group of celebrities living together in a house filled with cameras and microphones, recording their every move 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each week, someone will be voted out of the house, with the last remaining houseguest winning the grand prize.

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NBC’s Olympics coverage begins at 8 p.m. on Feb. 8 with freestyle skiing and figure skating. According to the NBC Olympics website, the qualifying round of men’s and women’s moguls, as well as the men’s and pair’s short programs will be featured.

The XXII Olympic Winter Games officially start on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. The “XXIII Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony” will be broadcast on Friday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. on NBC. The ceremony, marking the official start of the Olympics, will take place in the host city of Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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On Sunday, Jan. 28, the 60th Annual Grammy Awards went live on CBS at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Hundreds of celebrities were seated for this annual event for the music industry. Guests of this award show included many A-list celebrities such as Bruno Mars, who took home a total of six awards including Album of the Year. Alessia Cara who is most famous for her hit single “Scars to Your Beautiful” took home the award for Best New Artist. Other award winners were Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd, Childish Gambino and many more. There were also a variety of gowns and outfits dawned by celebrities. Beyonce was seen wearing a custom black gown and hat and musician SZA wore an ice blue, custom couture gown. The show was hosted by James Corden, comedian and wellknown host of “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” for the second year in a row.

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“The Bachelor Winter Games” will premiere on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. on ABC. It is a spinoff of ABC’s popular shows, “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” According to the ABC website, it is an ode to the Winter Olympic Games. The show will feature contestants from both the U.S. and international franchises, who will be competing in various athletic challenges and for each other’s hearts. You can reach the author at samanthamcasano@gmail.com

Few TV series have been as spectacular and critically acclaimed as AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” The tragic rise to power, and subsequent downfall, of a chemist-turned-drug lord, Walter White, captivated millions of viewers during its five-season run. The show was direct and thrilling as it showed how an honest man would journey to become the most ruthless drug lord in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The series also introduced audiences to a wide arrange of memorable characters that would help turn the series into the legendary status it holds today. One of these characters is none other than Saul Goodman, a scummy and arrogant, yet extremely capable lawyer with a special ability of turning the law to his favor to protect his clients. Saul would become a vital associate of White’s criminal inner circle. Saul’s popularity with fans would lead series creator, Vince Gilligan, to award the character his very own spin-off. At first there were some speculation that this new spin-off series would fail to captivate audiences just like Walter White did. Furthermore, people believed that if the series failed to succeed, it would negatively impact the legacy of “Breaking Bad.” Well, all those worries are now in the past as the series has proved doubters wrong. Vince Gilligan has excellently crafted a worthy prequel to the story of “Breaking Bad,” with a character just as enticing and memorable as Walter White, with Jimmy McGill (Saul Goodman’s birth name).

Set six years before the events of its predecessor, “Better Call Saul” tells the story of Jimmy McGill, a struggling lawyer with an ambition of becoming a successful attorney. McGill lives and holds his office in a tiny storage room in the back of an Asian nail salon. With a goal of making his elder brother proud, and wanting to make a name for himself after a turbulent past, McGill aims to become the best lawyer in Albuquerque, New Mexico. However, after a poorly planned stunt, McGill runs into psychotic drug dealers, Tuco Salamanca and Nacho Varga. After surviving the altercation with Tuco, McGill forms a mutual-friendship with Kim Wexler, a lawyer who works at Hamlin & McGill (HHM), a law firm who is aiming to oust its founder Chuck McGill (Jim’s brother) who is suffering from a phobia of electricity. The show also focuses on the life of Mike Ehrmantraut, a Vietnam veteran who would later become one of Walter White’s associates. Season three of “Better Call Saul” also introduces the character of Gustavo Fring, a main antagonist of “Breaking Bad” who is trying to undermine Hector Salamanca to become the head of the methamphetamine distribution of the region. The show is wonderfully paced, effectively transporting viewers to a setting six years before the events of “Breaking Bad.” The character of Jimmy McGill is perfectly crafted, contrasting the character he would someday inevitably become. Jimmy McGill is a likeable character, with a sense of honesty and morality, a person who cares about the well-being of his ill brother and has

respect for the rule of law and the satisfaction of his clients. What is unfortunate however, is how one is witness to how a man with the integrity and virtue of Jimmy McGill will succumb to lamentable events that would transform him into the sleazy unorthodox problem-fixing lawyer, Saul Goodman. This is quite ironic, because it is this one thing that makes this series so addictive to watch. Viewers grow concern of McGill, and want him to succeed, however at the same time there is no avoiding the realization that he will stumble and become corrupt. While “Breaking Bad” focuses more on crime and meth dealing, “Better Call Saul” focuses less on violence and more on comedic value and the world of the legal jurisdiction. Bob Odenkirk plays this character great, his charisma and wit really add value to the overall success of the series, as does the entire cast. Kim Wexler and Nacho Vargas were newcomers to this series and have quickly become fan favorites. Both Mike Ehrmantraut and Gus Fring are just as enjoyable to watch as they were in “Breaking Bad,” giving some background to the origins of the characters. Overall, aside from being a worthy spin-off and an enjoyable series, “Better Call Saul” stands on its own two feet and proves that it is just as well-crafted and worthy as its sister series. Both the fans and critics have praised the series, and a fourth season has already been confirmed by Vince Gilligan and AMC. The fourth season of “Better Call Saul” will air this summer. You can reach the author at Humberto.Marmolejo0728@gmail. com


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Money is very important in most of our lives, especially with most of us being young college students. There are many ways to try to save money. The first tip is using budgets. There are many ways to do this, including making an Excel spreadsheet. For those with a smartphone, there is an app produced by Intuit, called Mint, which allows the user to link their credit, bank and stock accounts. In the app, the user can create budgets for each category, including bills, entertainment and groceries. Another thing you can do is use micro-investing apps. Apps like Stash can invest as little as five dollars. This can grow into putting five or more dollars in each week. To see one’s money growing daily is a very interesting thing to see. My third tip is called the five-dollar trick. This one is an interesting concept that I heard from one of my co-workers. The concept is that every time you receive a five-dollar bill, you save it and you do not use it. After a period, preferably a month or

two months, you can see how much you saved. My co-worker claimed that over a course of two months, he saved one hundred dollars from this saving technique. Find services with student discounts. Student discounts are sometimes wonderful. I use two subscription-based services that have student discounts. I have Amazon Prime Student, which allows me to use Prime and gives me the Amazon Instant Video feature. After a six-month free trial of the student prime membership, it is only $49.00 per year, which is a fifty percent discount off the normal prime membership. Another amazing service that I use is Spotify. Spotify Student is only $4.99 a month. With a recent collaboration with Hulu, Spotify added a free version of Hulu with advertisements to the plan. If you can wait through a few minutes of ads, you get Hulu for virtually a free price. With these quick tips, you can start on the road of financial stability and happiness. Most of these tips will stem out to larger investment ideas, such as the stock market. You can reach the author at takerds@gmail.com

Middlesex County College Offers Certified Personal Trainer Course

By Sergio Rivera Managing Editor

Middlesex County College began offering a six-week course in becoming a certified personal trainer that began on Tuesday, Feb. 6 from

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Influenza or Adenovirus? By Sergio Rivera Managing Editor NBC News reported on Jan. 30, that Adenovirus can cause very severe flu-like symptoms. According to the CDC website, Adenovirus can cause a wide range of symptoms, such as common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, pink eye (conjunctivitis), fever, bladder inflammation or infection, inflammation of stomach and intestines (gastroenteritis) or neurologic diseases. NBC News said, “There was also the case of a 26-year- old Connecticut man infected in 2011 who had nausea, vomiting and chills. He spent days in the hospital with adenovirus infection.” “As with many viruses, there’s not a good treatment for adenovirus, although the antiviral cidofovir has helped some people with severe infections,” said NBC News. According to the CDC website, adenovirus is transmitted by close personal contact, such as

touching or shaking hands, the air by coughing and sneezing or touching an object or surface with adenoviruses on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands. “...adenoviruses are very hard to kill,” said NBC News. NBC news said, “Reports indicate they can survive on plastic and metal surfaces— think countertops and hospital tables— for a month.” “Adenovirus is not the killer that influenza is,” said NBC News, “Influenza kills 12,000 to 50,000 people a year in the United States alone and puts up to 700,000 in the hospital.” The CDC recommends washing your hands often with soap and water, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, and staying home when you are sick. You can reach the author at sergio.rivera.jr@hotmail.com

Topics for this course include elements of exercise science, client screening, program design, methods of training, injury prevention, exercise physiology, cardiorespiratory fitness, nutrition and weight control.

National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF) Certified Personal Trainer Exam will be given. For additional information and to register, see Continuing Education on the Middlesex County College website at https://www.middle-

Some of the topics for this course include elements of exercise science, methods of training, injury prevention, excerise physiology, cardio-respiratory fitness, nutrition and weight control. 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the College’s With a growing emphasis sexcc.edu/continuing-education/or on physical activity, an increasing call 732-906- 2556. Edison campus. The course will host 12 ses- number of people are making fitYou can reach the author at sions and meet every Tuesday and ness an integral part of their lives. sergio.rivera.jr@hotmail.com Thursday evening until March 15. Upon completion of the course, the

Makeup Tips and Reviews: Three-Step Simple Skincare By Samantha Casano Managing Editor

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Great skin is not just a result of your genetic data; clear skin can be achieved by taking care of your skin and creating good habits, like drinking lots of water. By implementing a simple skincare routine, you may be able to notice a vast difference in the condition of your skin and help it go from drab to fab! The first product in your skincare routine should be a cleanser. Cleansers are used to remove makeup, debris, and sweat that can potentially clog pores and cause free-radical damage. They also help prep the skin to absorb the rest of the skincare products in your daily routine. For those with dry to normal skin, a great, affordable cleanser is the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser. It contains ingredients, such as ceramides and hyaluronic acid, which hydrate the skin and ensure that the skin is not completely stripped of its oils. This product cleanses, hydrates, and helps restore the protective skin barrier. The CeraVe cleanser retails for around $10 at any drugstore. For those with normal to oily skin, a great option is the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. This product contains ingredients, such as ceramides, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. It is noncomedogenic, non-drying and non-irritating. This cleanser helps repair and restore the oils in the skin. The CeraVe cleanser retails for about $10 at any drugstore. The next product in this simple skincare routine is toner. Toner decongests your pores and rebalances the pH of your skin. Charlotte Cho, esthetician and co-founder of Soko Glam, said,

“[Toner] brings your skin back to its natural acidic state, sweeping impurities away and helping your skin absorb your skincare products.” One of the best toners on the market is Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astrigent. It is dermatologist-recommended and contains salicylic acid, which is an ingredient that

healthy. Its main function is to hydrate and soften the skin and complement the natural oils on your face. A great, affordable moisturizer is the e.l.f. Daily Hydration Face Moisturizer. It is a lightweight moisturizer infused with jojoba, aloe, Vitamin E, cucumber, shea butter, grape and orange. With using just these few,

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A basket of skincare products, including the above mentioned Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent. fights acne. This toner effectively treats and helps prevent breakouts without over drying your skin. The last step in this simple skincare routine is moisturizer. Moisturizer is an essential component in keeping your skin clear and

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New Clubs Attend Student Activities Fair By Jasmine Montes Staff Writer

micromanaging on their work.” The Computer Science Society Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m. in IRC Room 108. For more information about this club, contact the advisor, Nicholas Picioccio, at NPicioccio@middlesexcc.edu or contact the president, Harsh Godhani at harshg2950@ my.middlesexcc.edu. If anyone missed the event, go to http://www.middlesexcc.edu/ student-life/clubs/ for a full list of student organizations and more information about joining. You can reach the author at Jasmine.Montes493@gmail.com

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Several clubs attended the MCC Student Activities Fair, which took place on Monday, Jan. 29 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in College Center Cafeteria C. This semester there were no live performances, no games or activities, no prizes and no clubs went on stage to share information about their organization. The spring semester activities fair was warm and comfortable but lacked the live entertainment and excitement that is presented during the fall activities fair. Clubs such as Quo Vadis

Newspaper, Russian Club, Shadows on Paper, Computer Science Club and many more were in attendance. There were 27 clubs in total. This semester, a brandnew club, Physics Society Club, attended the fair for the first time. For more information about this new club, contact the advisor, Mohit Nigam at 732-548-6000, ex. 3319 or email MNigam@middlesexcc.edu. Another new club that attended the fair is Computer Science Society. Harsh Godhani, president of the Computer Science Society, said, “The Computer Science Society’s goal is to further the education of all students in the field without

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Philosophy Club at the Student Activities Fair.

Computer Science Society at the Student Activities Fair.

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Men’s Basketball Wins Shadows on Paper Club Fifth Game in a Row Hosts Poetry Workshops The Middlesex Blue Colts Men’s basketball team are almost finished with the regular season as they head into February. The Colts were on a fivegame win streak and the team will soon start their February schedule against Lehigh Carbon Community College. The team is now 12-9, with recent losses to Ocean County Community College and Raritan Valley Community College. The team has had an improvement from last year, when they finished the season 7-21. The team’s last win was Jan. 23 in a 78-67 victory over Passaic County Community College. The Colts currently average 82.5 points

per game, 14.4 assists per game and 40 rebounds per game. Guards Jamarr Joseph and Jaquan Robertson both average 22 points per game, as they both lead the team in scoring. Joseph leads the team in rebounding with an average of 12.7 rebounds per game. Lloyd Middlebrooks leads the team in assists with 3.6 per game. The team is under head coach, Bilal Dixon, and assistant coach, Devonne Blackshear, with the team currently having eight players on its roster. The Colts originally had 11 players, but then three players left the team. The Colts will have three home games and three roads for the month of February You can reach the author at cgrullon1995@gmail.com

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Women’s Basketball Defeats Cumberland

By Sergio Rivera Managing Editor Shadows on Paper, the poetry club at Middlesex County College, will be holding a ten-session advanced poetry workshop every Thursday starting Feb. 8 for new or experienced poets in College Center Room 310. Shadows on Paper started in the fall 2016 semester, and has since performed at Kogaracon in 2017 and came out with a self-published book titled, “Shadows on Paper Volume 1.” Sergio Rivera, President

MCC’s women’s basketball team played against the Passaic County Community College basketball team in the gymnasium located in the Physical Education Center, on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The game lasted a duration of two hours, with MCC winning against Passaic, 48-37. There were nine girls on each team, with only seven playing in each quarter. The girls began with their routine warm-ups, such as shooting free throws, doing laps and push-ups for several minutes.

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Computer Science Society, also known as Computer Science Club on campus, will meet this semester every Tuesday and Thursday at 3 p.m. in IRC 108. The club returned after multiple hiatuses due to student’s graduations. Students in Computer Science Society will be engaging in unique projects that will have no correlations with any of the computer science classes. Students will have to be innovative and work in groups to develop and create websites and applications without any supervision. Computer Science Society’s goal is to further the education of all students in the field without micromanaging on their work. Students will also gain hands on experience on how the work environments for Computer Science & Information Technology jobs will be. There will be many opportunities for students to choose what type of projects they want to focus on and which new languages they want to learn in programming. Students from Computer Science Society will also be participating in Hackathons and many other computer science competitions. In the past, students from MCC have won various items in Hackathons, ranging from iPads, laptops, Fitbit watches and up to $1,000 in Visa Gift Cards. This semester, Computer Science Society members are also interested in expanding into new projects, such as creating new inventions with raspberry Pi. Member Aulene De, is excited in organizing MCC’s first ever competitive programming competition. The competition will test each student’s algorithmic problem solving ability, knowledge of data structures and implementation skills. The student who solves the most problems under a certain time frame will be the victor. The club’s staff moderators are Erick Galvez, Kendall Devich, Mark Tarlow and Harsh Godhani. Students can contact the club moderators through the club email at mcccomputerscienceclub@gmail.com, or contact President Harsh Godhani at You can reach the author at harshg2950@my.middlesexcc.edu. godhaniharsh22@gmail.com

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Women’s Basketball Team Wins The game began at 5:00 p.m., and MCC scored their first shot just 20 minutes into the game. By halftime, the girls of MCC were leading by five points. The girls were occasionally pulled out from the game for unforeseen circumstances, such as injuries, but the team’s coach stood on standby and helped any of the team members who needed his assistance. Both teams played a grueling and competitive game, as the girls of Passaic County fought to tie with the girls of MCC, but were unsuccessful. You can reach the author at ugbanachinazo@gmail.com

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of Shadows on Paper, said, “We will still hold our regular club meetings on Mondays, but we are introducing these Thursday sessions in order to dive into the more difficult styles of poetry.” Workshop sessions will be open to any current MCC student, and the ten sessions will run until April 26. For more information, contact the Shadows on Paper staff at shadowsonpapermcc@gmail.

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Middlesex County College Police Blotter as of Feb. 7

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A staff member reported to police that an individual requested the assistance of the staff member regarding a financial aid problem on Jan. 16 at approximately 2:30 p.m. Upon informing the subject that she was not able to assist her, the subject

then grabbed the victim’s wrist and insisted on speaking. The subject was directed into a supervisor’s office. The victim did not wish to file a complaint, but requested that the incident be documented. You can reach the author at takerds@gmail.com

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By Humberto Marmolejo Staff Writer

The people of North and South Korea have been at odds with each other since the signing of the armistice that ended the fighting and established the demilitarized zone on July 27, 1953. Ever since then, tensions between the two countries have been high, and with the continuation of North Korea’s nuclear mission program, the possibility of war escalating again has been quite frightening. In the past months, the frequent bickering between the leaders of the United Sates (allies of South Korea), and North Korea has resulted in catchphrases such as “Rocket Man” and “Destroyer” with many political analysts and politicians urging for there to be a diplomatic

solution to the crisis. The upcoming Winter Olympics that will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February of this year brings an avenue for such a possibility, with North and South Korean officials coming to agreements to march under a unified flag at the opening ceremony. This is a welcoming gesture, as diplomacy is the perfect alternative to violence, especially for the Korean people who have been divided for 72 years. This act of unity that will be displayed at the upcoming Olympics is the perfect platform for the beginning of a new era of negotiations between the two Nations who last had a joint meeting in 2015.

You can reach the author at Humberto.Marmolejo0728@gmail.com

It is revealed that President Trump tried to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

On Thursday, Jan. 25, The New York Times revealed in an article that in June of last year, President Trump tried to fire Robert Mueller, who is the Special Counsel of the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Robert Mueller. The bombshell report comes after many months of the president denying any intention of firing the special counsel. President Trump alleged-

ly wanted to fire Mueller due to the prior to the 2016 election between possibility of conflict of interest the Trump campaign and any Rusbut changed his mind when White sian officials or associates. House Counsel Donald McGahn Nevertheless, in the past refused to carry out the order by few weeks President Trump has threatening to resign from his posi- been quite optimistic about the tion. investigation itself, even speaking This news adds to the about Mueller in a positive light. growing controversy surrounding In an interview with The President Trump, as it demonstrates New York Times, President Trump how close he was to committing ob- believed that Mueller would be unbistruction of justice. Over the past ased stating, “There’s been no collumonths, President Trump has reiter- sion. But I think he’s going to be fair.” ated his stance that there was no inYou can reach the author at trusion by the Russians in 2016, and that there was no communication Humberto.Marmolejo0728@gmail.com

Murphy Tightens Gun Laws New Jersey’s newest Governor Phil Murphy, a Democrat, recently announced his plan to reverse his predecessor’s decision to loosen gun restrictions in a state which holds some of the tightest gun regulations in the United States. The plan made by the Murphy Administration is to reverse the decision made by former Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, to make New Jersey an easier place to purchase handguns. New Jersey currently possesses the third tightest gun regulations in the United States, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. In a state with the fifth lowest gun deaths per capita according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, New Jersey is heading in the right direction when it discusses the issue of gun control. According to a report done by the New York Times, gun deaths in the United States are as common as deaths by car accidents. In the same report, gun deaths in Japan are as common as deaths by lightning strikes, and they can thank their low gun violence

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Sergio Rivera Managing Editor

Governor Phil Murphy plans to tighten New Jersey’s gun laws. statistics to its highly regulated gun laws. Granted, a large reason for the lack of gun violence in Japan has to do with its culture; immediately following World War II, pacifism began to dominate Japan as one of its main philosophies. However, the process for owning a gun in Japan is very highly regulated; to even be considered for one, an individual must attend an all-day class, pass a written test and score with at least 95 percent accu-

racy during a shooting-range test. Afterwards, the prospective gun owners must pass a mental-health evaluation and pass an extensive background check where the government searches their criminal record and interviews friends and family. Even after the prospective gun owner manages to pass all the prerequisite criteria, they are only allowed to buy shotguns and air rifles, and every three years they must retake the class and initial exam; the purchase of handguns is not allowed to civilians in Japan. Many Japanese police officers will even refuse to carry firearms on or off duty and will instead use disarming tactics and martial arts as a means of self-defense and apprehension. If Japan, a country that holds more than 127 million people and only a little more than ten gun deaths per year, can enforce gun regulations that keep its citizens safe, then it’s about time for the United States to enforce tighter gun regulations in it’s states. When Governor Murphy rolls out his new gun control regulations, the state of New Jersey will begin to be a safer place for everyone. You can reach the author at sergio.rivera.jr@hotmail.com

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By Humberto Marmolejo Staff Writer

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be a time for all countries to unite and play great games, especially North and South Korea.

Hugin Looks to Win in New Jersey Senate

By Jamal Kingston Opinion Editor

The New Jersey Republican Party is hoping for a solid, strong candidate for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by embattled New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez (Democratic). Menendez has been under scrutiny for nearly six years for allegedly taking bribes from a Florida eye doctor and taking gifts from the doctor to receive access to trips overseas. Menendez will be retried by the Department of Justice after his original trial ended in a mistrial in November Menendez is seen as one of the Democrats’ albatross in the 2018 elections as the embattled senator continues to be dogged with corruption scandals and the recent announcement of a retrial into Menendez’s actions with a Florida eye doctor. The Republican Party is looking for a top-notch candidate, some of them see one in pharmaceutical executive, Robert Hugin, a New Jersey Republican who is

close to former Gov. Chris Christie and President Donald Trump. That may be a plus in a New Jersey Republican Senate primary, but statewide the former governor and Trump are unpopular like never before. Would the NJ Republican Party, two weeks removed from the Christie era, want to support a pharmaceutical executive who is tied to Christie and Trump? Not only that, would they want to support a pharmaceutical executive who is unknown and may be unpopular because of his former job, which is being a pharmaceutical executive? Most Americans distrust pharmaceutical executives, especially senior citizens over the age of 65. They think that pharmaceutical CEOs like Hugin are “corporate raiders” who raise prescription drug prices high and lack empathy. Hugin will have a tough sell if he decides to run for Senate. You can reach the author at pricekeys82@gmail.com

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ars poetica MY BODY IS A TEMPLE Jacob Onifer (Staff Writer) jacob.onifer@gmail.com My body is a temple A place once used for worship My body is a temple Religions and celebrations held with the utmost respect My body is a temple A place of conflict, as ironic as it sounds My body is a temple Consumed by greed and destroyed as an example My body is a temple Broken and wretched, disabled and lost in time My body is a temple Requires repairs, new images, new life to persist My body is a temple A disgusting shadow, broken from once was a marvelous idea My body is a temple A place once used for worship.

HEROIC IRONY Sergio Rivera (Managing Editor) sergio.rivera.jr@hotmail.com The golden rule of heroism: To save another At the cost of your life Is only deemed worthy If the one you’re saving Isn’t holding the knife.

SILVER TEARS Caitlin David (Staff Writer) caitlindavid96@gmail.com Silent silver tears, sparkles in the eyes, plagued by untold fears, a bird afraid to fly, tethered all those years— never knowing why.

SUNLIGHT Caitlin David (Staff Writer) caitlindavid96@gmail. com The sunlight glows gold in your hair, in your eyes, without a care, with every set and every rise, sun-kissed caramel skin, a summer love affair, the yang to my yin— honey drips down your chin.

NAVY NIGHT Caitlin David (Staff Writer) caitlindavid96@gmail. com Navy night, silver moon, crickets chirp a gentle tune, a lone wolf howls, stars glitter the sky, hoots of an owl— a quiet anthem for you and I.

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PLENTY OF FISH Jacob Onifer (Staff Writer) jacob.onifer@gmail.com Crashing onto the sand, I gaze over the blue glazed horizons Birds fleeing away from my eyes, the salted air tinges my nose. Inside the deep blue, a siren calls to me, whispering unheard nothings. Not realizing this, I simply glare into the forever going waters. In front of me, millions of creatures live full lives without documentation. The siren calls to me again, swimming to the surface and singing her heart to me. She is too far for my ears to hear but my eyes catch a glimpse. She is a lifetime away but she is glorious, shimmering in the light. She is duality , a warm heart and cool face, better than my past and greater than my future. I have swam to sirens before, and always end up being dragged under or left tired and alone. But she, she is the first one To ever swim to me instead. And I plan to jump in again.

GOLDEN TOWER Jacob Onifer (Staff Writer) jacob.onifer@gmail.com For every day I think of you, I put a brick in the tower So naturally, every morning involves me rousing to consciousness And immediately upon opening my eyes, remembering I share a world with you Your smile stimulates my mind to condense my own thoughts Until the ideas of how I love it, how it makes me smile, how I want to kiss it, Become metaphysical and I shape the golden haze into neat rectangles Neat like your clothes when you dress up and neat like how you frame your pictures Before taking that snapshot and shooting that moment into data and sending it in every direction But no matter where it goes, it comes to me and I hang every photo in my heart And likewise, I climb up that tower and hang with one hand on the brick and one of the structure Trying to figure out the perfect place to place it before realizing once again Every brick lays perfect because you made each one shine so well on its own That when you place it down, the whole monument glows bright as the smile that made it After climbing years of thoughts, I rest under it dreaming of the day I’ll show you it But that day won’t come unless I know you have a tower of your own for me And that day won’t come because I know no matter how much I care about you, I can’t imagine a world where you find me as neat I’m as neat as the dirty pants I wear now and as neat as the blurry photos I take Needing it full of filters, a quip to distract the eyes, and perfect positioning of the camera lens And then letting it delete into nothing because this much effort lead to no real gain Only a grim reminder that my best is not enough for anyone and especially not for me I will never get a tower of golden thoughts, so I build yours instead Even though I’ll never show you it Even though you have probably been shown others’ towers Even though I believe you deserves jeweled encrusted platinum bricks Even though I think you deserves towers built taller than you could ever comprehend I built you a tower of golden thoughts Because looking at each brick reminds me I’m glad with just knowing that smile

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