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MCC Celebrates Successfull Fall Semester Middlesex County College President Joann La Perla-Morales presented the successes of the Fall 2016 semester in the College Center cafeteria on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 9 a.m. Before the speech, staff and faculty gathered at 8:30 a.m. in the College Center cafeteria to enjoy coffee, breakfast snacks, and conversations. President La Perla-Morales started with the recognition of new staff members and faculty who had recently joined the College, such as custodian Fatima DeCarvalho, CIT service desk analyst Vito Joseph Pezzolla, and campus police officer Alexandra Harris. She also spent some time discussing the redesign of the Human Resource Department with new staff development, new technology to pay for the payrolls of the college, and some topics with purchasing and budgeting controls. Next, she mentioned the success the fall semester accomplished like the openings of the two new buildings, West Hall and South Hall. Faculty who have retired after 50 years of service came back for a reunion to celebrate the opening of West Hall. La Perla-Morales explained how everyone was impressed with the beauty and the functionality of the new home for

enrollment services. Friends and supporters gathered on Oct. 24 for the ribbon-cutting of South Hall. “Although the old South Hall [is] gone, our connection to our past is constant. What connects the first days of [the] College to the arsenal site to our present is [the] continuing commitment of everyone of the College to provide access, opportunity, and excellence for the residents of Middlesex County,” said La Perla-Morales. She recognized Dr. Robert Birk, an alumnus of the College’s class of 1971. He is a practicing pediatric physician and an associate professor of pediatrics at Brown University. Dr. Birk wrote a letter of thanks, noting that “Middlesex was the gateway to my success. I am and forever will be grateful, not only for myself, but for my family, and that includes my daughter who is also a pediatrician.” The College was named a “Veteran Friendly School” and received recognition of service to student veterans from media companions: Military Times, Military Vast Education, and Victory Media. The College was named the no. 4 college for veteran services in the nation. La Perla-Morales acknowledged the success of the fall semester orientation and the Student Activities Fair, hosted by Brian Clemmons, dean of enroll-

ment management. “[Students] became engaged in campus in the Student Activities Fair, conducted research, assisted dentist and caring for local kids, participated in a beach clean up, scored a thousand points in basketball, and excelled academically and were inducted to Phi Theta Kappa,” she said. La Perla-Morales highlighted some of the faculties’ successes during the fall semester: Brian Clemmons received an honorary membership to Phi Theta Kappa; Elaine Weir-Daidone, counselor for students with disabilities, and Cheryl Kolber, learning disability specialist, hosted a Disability Awareness Day; Patty Kiernan, executive board member of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, invited a best-selling author to a meeting of the College’s Math and the Mouse club; Professor Louis Dell’Omo, from the Visual, Performing and Media Arts Department, had an exclusive interview with Hollywood actor Danny Devito. Two speakers shared their story with the campus. Famous author Junot Diaz, who won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, was the keynote speaking for the College’s Spanish Heritage Month. “Mr. Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic, but was raised here in New Jersey. He spoke of his career and as an advocate for social

justice,” La Perla-Morales acknowledged. Eva Wiener shared her amazing story of the time she was a passenger on the St. Louis, which left Europe in 1939 and attempted to flee Nazi Europe. “The ship was denied entry by multiple countries and was forced to return to Europe where hundreds of passengers were eventually killed in the Holocaust. The ship has become a symbol of the plight of European Jewry on the eve of the Holocaust,” La Perla-Morales recited the story. The fall semester ended with good

news from the Middle State Commission on Higher Education regional agency. A quote from the meeting in November was read, “They voted accept the periodic review report, and recognize the institution with its progress to date.” The next evaluation will happen 2020 to 2021. President Joann La Perla-Morales would like to thank everyone for helping make the Fall 2016 another successful semester.

kind of programs they run during the year.” Circle K is one such club that will be participating in the social gathering. Circle K is an international leadership program sponsored by Kiwanis International to promote service, leadership and fellowship. The club is run by president Maitri Patel and has been going on for about a semester at the College. The club has participated in many community service events such as volunteering in food drives and buying Secret Santa gifts for young children in hospitals during the holiday. The Gay Straight Alliance Club will also be participating at the Student Activities Fair. The club is run by Bridget Quinones who educates new members about the different genders, sexualities, and many other LGBTQ+ related topics. The clubs’ purpose is to break stereotypes, educate others, and to spread awareness about the community. The club is very accepting and will make any member feel

comfortable. Quo Vadis will also be a part of the Student Activities Fair, seeking student writers and photographers who are interested in media and news. It’s a hard working club that students must be dedicated to but the work and effort pays off when students see their name in the College’s paper. The club is looking for students who have a passion for writing or photography and are looking to find a career in reporting and media. Other opportunities for students besides writing and photography include layout, contributing to the Quo Vadis webpage, drawing and illustrations, and so much more. Students who are not interested in the newspaper field, but still want to be a part of media can also look into the Blue Colt Radio Station, where members can work in a real, working radio studio and spread Middlesex County College news. The American Sign Language Club introduces students and the

Middlesex County College community to American Sign Language and Deaf culture run by President Margaux Gray-Afanasyev. The club’s goals are to provide opportunities to experience the language. The club sponsors Deaf film presentations, discussions, participation in Deaf cultural events and an opportunity to practice ASL. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Club seeks to enrich the College community’s knowledge in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in order to create the thinkers, innovators and builders of a better tomorrow. The STEM Club also seeks to do this through peer to peer lectures and STEM related projects which are aimed to develop the scientific and mathematical faculties of the mind and inspire its curiosities. Members of the club go on science related trips such as a visit to the Liberty Science Center and adventuring to caverns and ocean areas. The club is run by President Meenu

Jain. Similar to the Fall 2016 Student Activities Fair, the event will “have some free food, [like] chips and pretzels. And we will have music there as well. The Music Club will be there and the Production Club.” noted Mrs. Tutalo. It’s an exciting social occasion that gets students involved and offers them the opportunity to meet new people. Not all clubs may be at the Student Activities Fair but students can contact the clubs through their Campus Cruiser pages under Campus Life. Come down to the College Center on Jan. 30 to meet the clubs of Middlesex County College and be a part of the college community even more!

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By: Cailee Oliver Staff Writer

President Joann La Perla-Morales stands in front of faculty and staff and delivers the State of the College Address.

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College Hosting Spring Student Activities Fair

By: Cailee Oliver & Alexander Lewis Staff Writer, Managing Editor The College will be holding the annual Student Activities Fair in the College Center on Monday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. Are you interested in being a part of the Middlesex County College community? Are you longing to be a part of a group of people that share the same interest as you? Student Activities will be hosting the annual Student Activities Fair on Jan. 30 in cafeterias B and C of the College Center. Most of the clubs at the College will be showcased. Mary Tutalo, the Student Life Coordinator at the College said that this event will allow interested student to “stop by, walk around, [and] talk to all the clubs. [The clubs] will be able to give you a little information about the events they have coming up and what

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Checking Out Student Hotspots on Campus CAMPUS & COMMUNITY pg. 2

New Star Wars Comes to Theaters ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT pg. 4

President Obama Bids Farewell to the Nation LIFESTYLE & POLITICS pg. 5

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Three... Two... One... HAPPY NEW YEAR! OPINION & CULTURE pg. 6

Campus & Community

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Spotting Student Hotspots on Campus

By: Claire Lacy Staff Writer

example, there are certain areas around campus where students can go to lounge. Similar to the library, these places are a great place to study. Lounges can also be used for relaxation and socialization between classes. These lounge areas are located in the College Center and Crabiel Hall. Finally, there are several types of counseling services available to Middlesex County College students. In addition to Academic Advising and Academic Counseling, Career and Personal Counseling available for students. Career Counseling holds many purposes such as helping students find a career path by taking Career and Personality assessments and giving students the opportunity to learn about careers and specific jobs. Personal Counseling at

Middlesex County College can also be scheduled at Edison Hall in

Room 100. It is a confidential counseling made to assist students with personal issues.



can help students transition into college, use school resources and learn to use their time efficiently.

There are many places on

campus that students should know about. Whether to explore a new

place to study or wanting to get se-

rious about one’s career path, Middlesex County College has many helpful hotspots on campus.

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Hotspots are certain places at the College that make it possible for students to have a fulfilling experience. The Middlesex County College Edison campus has many well-known hotspots around campus that are useful for students, including a universal building for student activities. The College Center, and buildings that are intensively focused on students’ careers and futures. The College Center is the home of many student organizations including Blue Colt Radio, Quo Vadis newspaper, and the Student Government Association. The Student Activities Office is located on the main floor of the College Center. Middlesex

County College photo identifications are made in the Student Activities Office. Also, if a student wishes to advertise an organization or club that they are a part of, they may do so by having their flyers approved at the Student Activities Office. West Hall is the place on campus for all Student Registration activities. Academic Advising takes places at West Hall along with Admissions, Enrollment Services, Career and Transfer Services, Financial Aid, Student Account Services, and Veterans Services. South Hall is a new building for the science department at Middlesex County College. This building has 14 laboratories as well as the Natural Sciences Department. There are many other smaller hotspots that students can explore for independent use. For

The lounge area in Crabiel Hall has plenty of room for studying and socializing.

Dance Ensemble is Holding Open Auditions

The Middlesex County College Dance Ensemble, spearheaded by Artistic Director and Professor of Dance Aimee Mitacchione, will be holding auditions in the Physical Education Center Dance Studio (A156) on Friday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. The Dance Ensemble primarily concentrates in modern dance. The members of the Ensemble put on an annual free (with a suggested donation) performance concert in the spring and fall at the Performing Arts Center. The members experience varies, so no experience is necessary. According to Aimee Mi-

tacchione, courtesy of interested individuals should “be prepared to share your full school/ work/conflict schedule and be ready to learn a dance combination. Dress comfortably to dance and no shoes please. We dance barefoot! If chosen, each dance piece rehearses approximately one hour per week. Prior to starting rehearsals dancers must obtain a letter from their doctor stating they had a physical and are in good condition to participate, along with a copy of current medical insurance card,” Mitacchione said. Professor Mitacchione is also the leader of the College’s Dance Team and Dance Club student organizations. For more information email AMitacchione@mid-

January 25 Pop-Up Creation Station - 2 p.m. at the Library FASFA Workshop - 6 p.m. - New Brunswick Center or call 732-548-6000 x 3717.

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By: Alexander Lewis Managing Editor

The Dance Ensemble puts on an annual spring and fall performance.

January January 27

Pop-Up Creation Station - 10 a.m. at the Library MCC Dance Ensemble Auditions 2 p.m. - PE Center Dance Studio A156

January 30

Activities Fair - 11 a.m. - College Center Cafeterias History and Philosophy Essay Contest - Essay Contest submissions due

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Quo Vadis Staff

Managing Editors: Alexander Lewis Diane Balint Front Page Editor: Diane Balint Campus & Community Editors: Diane Balint Alexander Lewis Arts & Entertainment Editor: Diane Balint Lifestyle & Politics Editors: Jamal Kingston Opinion & Culture Editor: Ilya Arbit Sports Editor: Jamal Kingston Head Copy Editor: Scott Pietschker Copy Editors: Alexander Lewis Roque Cabrera Diane Balint Ilya Arbit Photography Editor: Alexander Lewis Head Layout Editor: Heaven Mangual Layout Editors: Alexander Lewis Gillian Hatcher Diane Balint Ilya Arbit Digital Media Editor: Kaya Kaur Heaven Mangual Lloyd Crawford Content Editor: Alexander Lewis Social Media Editor: Joseph Waldrop Writers: Scott Pietschker Cailee Oliver Humberto Marmolejo Alexander Lewis Claire Lacy Shekha Kotak Jamal Kingston Ashtyn Gulick Roque Cabrera Diane Balint Photographers: Cailee Oliver Alexander Lewis Claire Lacy Shekha Kotak Samantha Cheng Diane Balint Illustrators: Alicja Wisniowska Alexander Lewis Faculty Advisor: Melissa Edwards Email us: quovadis_newspaper Website:

Come to the Quo Vadis Meetings! We meet every Wednesday at 11 a.m. in College Center Room 316 See you there!

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Looking Inside the Middlesex County College Library the librarians are always happy to help. They will help you succeed and get the information you need. After all, databases can be quite tricky. Another wonderful resource is the Reserve Collection. That is class materials that students may use, however they cannot leave the library with these items. There are textbooks in this collection, however, not all of them are there. So if one would like to use these resources, they would have to know which textbooks are available to study with. Another other amazing resource that is available to use with students study materials are the individual study cubbies. Alternatively, there is a silent study room, which is open to everyone. Now, what if there needs to be a group project done? Well, there are group study rooms that stu-

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In college, students use the library for a variety of reasons. Whether it is to relax and stay in a quiet area, or to get work done and study with other students, the library is a perfect place to spend time. In the College’s Library, there are many different resources for the students to use and enjoy. Whether that is the printers, or the vast majority of books to use as research material, the Library serves as a wonderful place to do self study, as well as study for classes. This spring semester the library will be hosting various, unique events. For example, when the semester begins, the first two weeks will feature an event called “Pop Up Creation Stations,” which will have activity stations where

students and faculty members can do puzzles, paper crafts, and button making. Today at 2 p.m. you can learn how take apart a computer. On Friday Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. you can learn how to craft a hanging paper heart. All day, every day during the event you can check out various board games like checkers, chess, Monopoly, backgammon and Upwords with your student ID. There will be more interesting activities as the semester progresses. There will be more interesting activities as the semester progresses. Aside from these interesting events there are always the year-round resources. For example, our library has access to many databases that are available for all students. These databases can help with class assignments and research. Furthermore, there is always help if the students need it;

dents, with a minimum of at least three per room session, can check out for two hours. The students are given a key and assigned a room downstairs. When the students are finished, everyone has to come back upstairs together to give the key back. Our library has the biggest open-computer lab on the entire campus. There are over one hundred computers to use. The silent study room and many additional library books are located on the downstairs level. And finally, if a student needs to check out books so that they can study, or to simply enjoy them, they would need their student ID. If a student loses their ID, they can buy a new identification card for ten dollars at the Student Activities Office, located on the main floor of the College Center.

The rules for checkout are quite easy to follow. There is also the policy of late fees: for every day a book is late there is a fine of twenty cents. So be sure to bring back items on time! In addition to books, there are also DVDs which have their own fines if brought back late. The library additionally has many graphic novels students may also check out. Overall, the library is a wonderful place to learn and grow. So go ahead and stop at the Middlesex County College Library today. For more information, feel free to contact Library Director Marilyn Ochoa at MOchoa@middlesexcc. You can reach the author at:

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By: Ashtyn Gulick Staff Writer

The downstairs level houses additional materials and a minilounge.

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The College’s Library is located adjacent to the Johnson Learning Center, next to the Instructional Resource Center on the Edison Campus.

Computers and printers are available for students to use inside the library.

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8 group study rooms are available for interested students.

The silent study room may help concentration.

Arts & Entertainment New Star Wars comes to Theaters Page 4

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By: Scott Pietschker Staff Writer

in the creation of the Death Star, a so-called “planet destroyer.” Jyn was recruited by a group of rebels to learn more about it and to later get the plans for the Death Star. Watching the film a total of three times, the film seemed to

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“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was one of the most highly anticipated films to come out in the last year. As with every Star Wars

film, the beauty and care of each miniscule detail make up the vast amount of work put into each of them. The film follows Jyn Erso, daughter of imperial scientist Galen Erso. Galen played a pivotal role

grow on me each time I watched it. Most of the characters are very thought provoking and well developed, but some left me wondering why the production crew did not do more with them. For example, one problem that I found with the movie was the development of the main character, Jyn Erso. She seems like a really dry character, and has little to no backstory with her father, Galen. It is very hard to feel sentimental of a character’s feelings if there is no scene to show the true love between a daughter and a father. Another character that the film seemed to gloss over was Saw Gerrera, the rebel turned extremist. The character and costume was very well designed and Forest Whitaker seemed to fit the part. In my eyes, they did not do a lot with this character. One of the most glaring issues that I found was the use of Computer-Generated Imagery, CGI, for some of the main characters. The character Grand Moff Tarkin was fully CGI. They chose CGI over

a real actor due to the original actor, Peter Cushing, passing away in 1994. The CGI is very realistic, but if you look close enough, you get a feeling that something is quite not right. I understand that it would be impossible to recast such an iconic character, but the CGI did not feel realistic enough for my standards. Overall, the story is extremely in depth, and the action sequences are very well performed and riveting. Watching this movie, I felt like rooting for the Rogue One squad in their endeavors. The most comedy-centered characters in this movie is the droid K-2SO, voiced by Alan Tudyk. His lines were very comical towards Jyn, and most of the people in the theater laughed out loud at his jokes. This movie is one of the best movies that I have seen all year, and will be generally respected by most Star Wars fans. You can reach the author at:

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Rogue One: A Stars Wars Story is sure to be a hit with all Star Wars fans.

Spotswood Art Studio Adds a Spin to Art pictures, and pattern and designs on the wall. Employees at The Clay Pot are very knowledgeable about art and the pieces at the studio. Many of the employees create the pieces on display to be painted. They each have a background in art and are very knowledgeable and helpful to the customers who come in for painting and lessons. Prices vary, but are reasonable for the average person. If you want to paint pottery you can select from over a hundred pieces to paint. You can select a variety of cups, bowls, plates, character figures, holiday decorations, and sculptures. Prices begin at $10, and

increase regarding the size of the piece. The Clay Pot offers wheeling spinning lessons which begin at $30 an hour. That lesson includes one hour of spinning and time to paint your creation. The wheel spinning lesson is great for those who are interested in building their own bowl, cup, vase, or pencil holder. A new workshop is now being offered at The Clay Pot; Raku Workshop. Raku is a 16th century Japanese pottery technique including a different style of glazing and firing of pottery. Participants must

be 16 or older to take part in this workshop. So, are you looking for a fun activity to do on a rainy day? Want a fun day out with a couple of your close friends? Painting pottery, clay building, and pottery spinning are all fun things you can do and it’s close to home. For more information about The Clay Pot call 732-2515112 or contact them via email at info@the

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Pottery is becoming the latest art trend that everyone is taking part in. All over New Jersey art studios are offering painting lessons, pottery painting, wine and paint nights. But, one place is doing things a little bit differently. Located on Main Street in Spotswood, N.J., The Clay Pot puts their own spin on art. The Clay Pot offers a variety of classes, activities, and workshops that are fun for the whole family, including painting pottery,

sculpting pottery, wheel spinning lessons. The studio is open Monday through Friday 10a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is closed on Sundays. The studio is quiet during the morning hours on weekdays and is busier with customers during the afternoon hours on Saturdays and the evening hours on Fridays. Inside the studio, the room is filled with different stations including a wheel spinning station, a clay building station, and painting station. There is a ton of inspiration on display throughout the room from painted works, to

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Wheeling spinning lessons include over an hour of spinning time, and you can paint your creation.

Visitors of The Clay Pot can make, paint, and take their personal masterpieces home.

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Lifestyle & Politics

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By: Jamal Kingston Lifestyle & Politics Editor

On Jan. 10, outgoing President Barack Obama addressed the nation for the last time as president from his hometown of Chicago. Flanked by his core supporters and close confidants, he spoke about his eight-year run - discussing topics such as the economic recovery that he has touted from the beginning of 2010, after the late ‘2000s recession. Obama, 55, spoke glowingly of the societal progresses of his administration including the 2015 United States Supreme Court ruling that same sex marriage was legal and the law of the land as well as increasing diversity of America. Obama spoke about how Americans need to speak to each other more in conversational tones to understand racial, economic and societal differences instead of attacking each other on the Internet and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter in that have risen in popularity in the 21st century age. Obama also commented on his two political campaigns for the presidency and how they changed America’s diverse demographics. “After all, we remain the wealthiest, most powerful, and most respected nation on Earth,” Obama said during his address, “Our youth, our drive, our diversity and openness, our boundless capacity for risk means that the future should be ours.” The president warned America that the growing rise of

money in politics and rising income inequality could hamper American democracy, creating apathy and cynicism in American politics. The President called for a new social compact to guarantee that every American has a good education, more wage growth, the boosting and increase of social safety nets and tax reforms. Obama likewise said that Americans would have to work together and find common ground if they want to make America a better place for all. Race was one of the biggest topics of the address. As the first African-American president, Obama has had a platform to address race more than other presidents in the past. Obama spoke about how Americans need to listen to each other’s viewpoints about society, regardless of the color of their skin. He spoke about issues facing minorities such as policing, race, education and jobs, as well as issues facing the white population such as globalization, jobs, etc. However, he said that these issues affect all Americans regardless of skin color. He spoke about how confident he was that America would come together at last to find common ground and be a united nation, despite how unlikely it is, after the bitter 2016 presidential election. Obama warned America about the future of American foreign policy and alienating Muslims from being part of American society. He spoke clearly about how he felt that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) would be destroyed soon. “ISIL will be de-

stroyed and no one who threatens America will be safe,” said President Obama. He warned about his perception of growing intolerance towards Muslim Americans which some analysts fear started with the 2016 elections through a proposal by President-elect Donald Trump to ban Muslims from entering America. “That’s why I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans, who are just as patriotic as we are,” Obama said. The outgoing president gave tributes to his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, his daughters Malia and Sasha (Sasha did not attend the Chicago farewell address), Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill. He spoke glowingly of his wife, thanking her for her wisdom and service to the nation. “You’ve made the White House a place that belongs to everybody.” He opined about how picking Biden as his vice presidential running mate in 2008 and having his family as a friend is one of the “greatest joys of their lives.” Mrs. Obama, her daughter and the Bidens were visibly emotional; President Obama wiped a tear off his face while discussing family and the past eight years in office. He thanked his core supporters for everything that they have done during his presidency but also promised that he is not going anywhere and as a private citizen he will be part of the larger political discourse.

However, none can be compared to Meryl Streep’s passionate speech after she received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award. Her speech was both moving and inspirational and it received widespread admiration and acclaim by both the audience and the public. In her speech, Streep expressed how the diversity in Hol-

lywood positively impacted American culture by saying, “If we kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.” She also revealed her shock and heartbreak when President-elect Trump imitated and mocked a disabled reporter while on the campaign trail in December of 2015. During her speech Streep stated, “Disrespect invites disre-

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President Obama Bids Farewell to the Nation

President Obama’s historic personality and presidency has been represented in iconic photos.

Meryl Streep Delivers Powerful Response to Trump

By: Humberto Marmolejo Staff Writer

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The 74th Golden Globes were filled with memorable moments. From the hilarious skit performed by Steve Carrel and Kristen Wiig as well as host Jimmy Fallon’s superb performance - to the onstage reunion between Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed.

spect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.” She ended her speech by conveying the importance of press and journalism for the future of the country, while also expressing her delight for the work being honored that night, while quoting the late actress, Carrie Fisher. There is no denying the impact and media attention

The Golden Globes Awards have always been remembered for opinionated beliefs.

Streep’s speech caused in the days following. While many people have applauded and admired her stance, some have come out to criticize her, including President-elect Donald Trump. On his personal twitter account Trump called Streep an “overrated” actress for attacking him. Streep has had a prestigious acting career, in which she has been nominated for a total of 19 Academy Awards. Out of her 19 Academy Award nominations she has won three: in 1980 for her role in “Kramer vs. Kramer,” in 1983 for her performance in “Sophie’s Choice,” and in 2012 for her portrayal of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the movie “The Iron Lady.” Many people on the right of the political spectrum have criticized Streep by saying that celebrities shouldn’t involve themselves in politics, which sounds ironic as President-elect Trump is a celebrity himself. Trump advisor and former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway responded to the matter by saying that Ms. Streep’s speech incites “people’s worst instincts.” Nevertheless, Streep’s speech proves to be a powerful statement in favor of people who still disapprove of the president-elect. In the end, the president-elect continues to be a controversial figure, and this is something that won’t change in the upcoming future.

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Opinion & Culture

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New Beginnings Create Opportunity for Courage

By: Roque Cabrera Managing Editor

The old is replaced by the new, this is a fact that is known virtually by all, yet it is a tough concept to grasp. I, myself, am dealing with a coalition of new and old changes that have opened unique possibilities. Following the presidential election, I was left in a state of misunderstanding and confusion, not to mention being scared. I was scared that I would be persecuted

because I am gay and thus I became intimidated about writing my column. Thoughts of possible altercations flooded my mind because I thought people would openly assault me on campus.As a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer community there is always that possibility of that one person who will disagree with who you are. I’ll admit that I allowed concerns that have not been a guest in my mind since high school to get to me and combined with anxieties

brought on by an overload of work, I stopped writing my column. As the thought of possibly losing my column set in, I began to feel the kind of regret that, I imagine, only comes to those in movies scenes, where they had found a great treasure but suddenly lost it. Having these thoughts in my head brought up another question, as people, do we lose out on opportunities because of fear? As we move forward in our lives, certain opportunities come up that offer different out-

comes. Some of these include acceptances to colleges, a guy or girl at a party that you question talking to or whether you should take an extra credit opportunity. Any of these opportunities can lead one to a different outcome in life. That one college acceptance can lead you to your future career, talking to that guy or girl can lead to a new relationship and the extra credit can mean the difference between making the A. I’ll admit that the possibility of persecution scared me into not continuing my column, but that

is over. With a community, as colorful and diverse as our flag, we cannot allow ourselves to be silenced by fear but instead we must continue to persevere with being ourselves. This goes to anyone who has ever felt like they did not belong because of their race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. As for me, I decided not to let myself be stopped by fear.

that reads, “My first car… an Evo! I would like to thank my beautiful mother Rachel for this surprise. Thank you also to Dave for being a great friend, known you since we were in diapers.” This seems like an ordinary innocuous post but someone attempting to access Jacob’s bank account just received the answers to his security questions: 1. What was the make of your first model car? 2. What was the name of your childhood friend? 3. What is your mother’s maiden name? In 2004, the total dollar losses from identity fraud estimated around 54 million dollars but since 2014, has increased to 16 billion said Teraguchi Ozawa, Computer Science Professor at Stanford University ). Individuals like Jacob do not realize the potential risk accessible from previous posts and the negative effects that they have on the future. As said in the 2010 film “The Social Network,” “The in-

ternet’s not written in pencil, it’s written in ink.” Making mistakes comes as a measure of development; transitioning a child to adolescence and then to adulthood. For children, mistakes emerge, such as accidentally breaking a window, but while these mistakes carry ramifications, it tends not to affect them as an adult. On the contrary, derogatory posts made in jest by children on social media may remerge in adulthood. Even posts intended to be viewed as sarcastic may be taken seriously, for sarcasm cannot be easily detected from text as through speech. Certain colleges and businesses have incorporated search history as part of the application process to gauge a candidate’s integrity said Pediatrician Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe . Social media also harms the user in physical means. Recent social media apps attribute to putting the user

in danger by encouraging usage while driving. Snapchat displays a filter that records vehicle speeds; Pokémon Go encourages drivers to search for creatures on national highways; and Waze, a navigation app, gives points to users if they report any accidents or police stops, said Neal E. Boudette, Journalist for The New York Times. As reported by the New York Times, “In the first six months of 2016, highway deaths jumped 10.4 percent, to 17,775, from the comparable period of 2015 said Boudette. Responsibility should be a requirement for social media users. Classes should be implemented to the curriculum of all school levels designated to the subject of social media; its popularity amongst students is guaranteed, since it will be a subject that most children are familiar and interested with. It is the responsibility of parents, guardians and teachers to

guide them in the right direction, for it will influence their behavior on the internet for the ensuing years. Once the responsibility of education on social media, positive and negative components, becomes prevalent can utilization be embraced. Social media’s effects attribute to negative outcomes. With the times changing, the only remedy is adaptation through education. Awareness is vital because to operate a powerful tool, one must take the time to be trained and informed on it. Once responsibility is accepted, may society truly be connected: to each other and ourselves.

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Using Social Media Can Have Unexpected Effects in the Long Run By: Fernando Faura Staff Writer

A Facebook post containing a quote falsely credited to Albert Einstein states, “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” Social media connects individuals and allows their thoughts, ideologies to flow through the sea of the internet; it may appear tranquil and advantageous, but not even a ship withstands the sea’s true nature, a deluge of negative qualities. Social media jeopardizes user’s information, which leads to disastrous results. It has become a platform to display one’s accomplishments. Imagine: viewing the Instagram profile of a person named Jacob, he recently posted a picture of a car, along with himself, another male and a female with a caption

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THREE...TWO...ONE... HAPPY NEW YEAR! ‘Tis the time to reflect and reevaluate; to resolve and reform! What is your resolution for 2017, the landmarks you want to set for yourself and that major change you want to bring about in your life?

Name: Jessica Adams Hometown: North Brunswick Major: Communications “I really do believe in New Year resolutions. Each year, actually each day is a new start. It gives me a feeling to keep a positive attitude to survive the everyday struggles. My resolution for this year is to eat healthy food and to exercise regularly. On a personal note, I would want to grow more adventurous because in the everyday life, you kind of become used to the routine. I just hope everyone is able to keep their hopes and spirits high for this year.”

Name: Dana Lauria Hometown: Piscataway Major: Liberal Arts

“I believe that New Year’s resolutions are like excuses. You should notice every aspect of your life that you do not like and implement those changes every single day and not only when the calendar decides that it is a new beginning. One thing I want to mention is that the present moment is the only moment that exists. So why not just start now itself and work on our goals?! Your future self will definitely thank you.” Name: Ricardo Maldonado Hometown: North Brunswick Major: Biotechnology

“My major goal for the next year is to hone

some time manage-

ment skills. I am not

exactly looking forward to

this year but I really do hope

that it turns out to be better than the last year.”

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Name: Marion Rothstein Hometown: South River Profession: Lab coordinator for Biology “I do not believe that it is necessary to have a New Year’s resolution. And therefore, I have none. But I am not against having one. I do not require any major changes in my life, nothing at all at this point. I am happy with the way my life is right now. I am in my sixties so I really wouldn’t want to change anything now.”

Volume: 54



Local Gym Provides Great Value

By: Diane Balint Managing Editor

Photo Courtesy of Diane Balint

The Club at Woodbridge, a fitness and wellness center, located in Woodbridge is a gym for the whole family to enjoy. The Club features a fitness center, swimming pool, basketball court, tennis courts, racquetball courts, a track, physical therapy, group fitness classes and

personal training. Open since 1976, the Club at Woodbridge is privately owned by the Zirpolo family. The aquatic department offers group swim lessons, and private lessons for members and non-members of all ages including adults. Group aquatic exercise classes are also held at the club. The fitness center has recently been renovated and up-

The Club in Woodbridge, N.J. also includes weightlifting for all.

graded with $100,000 worth of new Technogym equipment. With a widespread variety of exercise machines, there is sure to be one for everyone to love. The fitness department offers group exercise classes including Zumba, TRX, spinning, RPM, GRIT, Pound, body combat, body pump, and more. In addition to group exercise classes, the Club also has certified fitness trainers who offer personal training sessions for those who are seeking help to reach their fitness goals. The trainers aim is to help you reach your fitness goal with one-on-one training sessions or small group personal training. For members with kids, the Club is home to Kidsports, a children’s activity center. Kidsports offers full-day and half-day preschool and kindergarten along with a nursery where parents can drop off their children while they go workout. Not only is The Club at Woodbridge a gym for adults, it’s a place where kids can be healthy and fit too! Children ages 6 months to 12 years can register for group and exercise classes at the club.

Children can attend classes like Zumba, tennis, soccer and racquetball. There are other classes children can enroll for like Broadway Drama, Cartooning and Children’s Meditation. Tours of The Club at Woodbridge are offered daily by the membership coordinators. They will show you the many facilities, including the pool, fitness center, basketball, tennis, and racquetball courts and talk to you about your membership plan. There is something fun for the whole family. The Club welcomes new members each day. With the help and assistance for the membership coordinators, they can set up a plan for you and your family. Call and schedule your visit today! Not a member? Non-members are encouraged to come to The Club and sign up for fitness classes or even swimming lessons. The Club at Woodbridge has a warm and friendly environment where everyone can love being healthy and fit. You can reach the author at

By: Cailee Oliver Staff Writer

The Middlesex County College sophomore Blue Colt wrestler Jordan Juliano received second place at the Will Abele Invitational on Jan. 14. at Ursinus College. The Blue Colt wrestlers gave everything they had during their matches, but the one who stood out the most was Juliano. Wrestling since he was a freshman in high school, Juliano took his matches seriously and was driven to defeat any opposing wrestler. He won his first two matches and even admitted that he wasn’t giving his full potential in the first match. However, after his second win Juliano said, “I felt a lot better…than my first match.

I felt like I was moving a lot better and didn’t feel as stiff.” Juliano was immediately placed in the semi-finals. Feeling a little too confident, Juliano’s tweaked his neck during the match, but finished with a win. Coach Kyle Brewer thought it be wise to forfeit Juliano’s final match so he could stay well and healthy before the district tournament and nationals coming up weeks from now. The other Blue Colt wrestlers lost their final matches. “There are definitely things my team needs to work on like being more aggressive in certain situations,” said Brewer, “I was hoping to get a champion this year but there was no need to push it.” You can reach the author at:

Photo courtesy of Cailee Oliver

MCC Wrestler Wins Second Place

Jordan Juliano wrestling at the Will Abele Invitational on Jan. 14.

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Come celebrate the Super Bowl.

Only winners eat here.

A Madden gaming tournament is planned.

Photo Courtesy of: Alexander Lewis

Chef Manager Nii Tagoe of the “CulinArt Group” is having a Super Bowl party on Feb. 2 in the Winner’s Circle Café and one of the other Cafeterias. “What we’re going to do is we’re going to bring the Super Bowl to here. We’re going to have a lot of different appetizers. And the menu is going to be Super Bowl authentic. Wings are probably going to be on there, finger food, maybe mac-and-cheese balls, poppers, Super Bowl style,” said Mr. Tagoe. Originally the College’s Super Bowl would only include a special menu. But Mr. Tagoe added, “Student Activities is partnering with us to make it an actual event.” The event is still in the planning stages but may prove to be an exciting occasion. Student

Activities is also working with the Geek Index and Anime Club to provide gaming consoles, controllers and televisions for the event, in order to host a video game Madden tournament. For more information about the event you can contact the Office of Student Activities by calling 732-906-2569 or emailing Assistant Director of Student Life Ode Hoppie at or Mr. Tagoe at You can also listen to the Blue Colt Radio Blue Colt Benchwarmers sports show every Wednesday at 2 p.m. or check either the Quo Vadis webpage at or our twitter @QuoVadisNews.

Photo Courtesy of: Alexander Lewis

By: Alexander Lewis Managing Editor

Photo Courtesy of: Alexander Lewis

Fun-Filled Super Bowl Party Happening at the College

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Upcoming Games Jan. 28 Men’s Wrestling vs. Rowan College at Gloucester County Location: Home

Women’s Basketball vs. Ocean County College Location: Away Men’s Basketball vs. Ocean County College Location: Away

Jan. 31 Women’s Basketball vs. Groucester County College Location: Home Men’s Basketball vs. Groucester County College Location: Home

Fitness Center Schedule Monday and Wednesday 7:00-9:00AM 11:00AM-1:00PM 3:00-5:45PM* Tuesday and Thursday 7:00-8:00AM 11:00AM-1:00PM 4:30-8:30PM* Friday 7:00-9:00AM 11:00AM-1:00PM 3:30-7:30PM* Saturday Closed Sunday Closed

*A Fitness Club membership is required to use the fitness center during these hours. Memberships can be purchased at Middlesex County College Bookstore.

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