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Feb. 1, 2017

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AFT Members Attend Board of Trustees Meeting

The Local 1940 AFT (American Federation of Teachers - Local 1940 Middlesex County College) stood in Chambers Hall on Jan. 25, the morning of the MCC Board of Trustees meeting, holding signs.

By: Diane Balint Managing Editor

Middlesex County College offers a new payment plan during the Spring 2017 semester to make tuition payments affordable for students, by introducing a four-installment payment program. The idea for the new payment plan was established by Brian Clemmons, Dean of Enrollment Management. The new payment plan has taken the place of the preexisting three-installment payment plan that the college had for students. The payment plan allows students who cannot afford to pay their total tuition at

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one time, to pay it off monthly. Students must enroll themselves for the payment plan via their campus cruiser. Students must log on to their campus cruiser account, choose WebAdvisor/Student Services, then click “Payment Plan SignUp” for access to the application. Students may enroll at anytime. There is a non-refundable $25 enrollment fee due along with the first payment. The second payment is due on Jan. 26. The third payment is due on Feb. 23. The final payment is due Mar. 23. “Being enrolled allows students to make their schedule and secure their classes without having to worry that they may lose their spot in a class,” MCC CHILD CARE CENTER HOSTS OPEN HOUSE CAMPUS & COMMUNITY pg. 2

said Enrollment Services Assistant said Rameez Rathore. “Having the four payment plan breaks down the tuition even more and gives [students] a lot of flexibility and time make [payments],” said Rathore. The college has promoted the new payment plan through many sources including, the college’s website, emails, social media accounts, posters, flyers, pamphlets, etc. For more information about the payment plan visit https://www. or call Student Account Services 732-906-2572. You can reach the author at:

Illumination Studio Releases “Sing“ ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT pg. 3

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Middlesex County College Starts New Payment Plan

Students can pay their tuition in multiple monetary forms including cash. HUNDREDS ATTEND WOMEN’S MARCH IN TRENTON LIFESTYLE & POLITICS pg. 5


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Campus & Community

Outdoor Sports Show Delights Visitors

The annual Garden State Outdoor Sports Show took place at the Raritan Center Expo Hall on the weekend prior to the Martin Luther King holiday. With over 140,000 square feet of exposition space, there was plenty to be seen – from hunting and fishing supplies all the way to Recreational Vehicles, campers and other outdoor gear. In addition to the vendors, there was an indoor archery range where show visitors could practice their archery as well as an indoor pond to practice fishing techniques. However, some visitors felt disappointed with the selection of products at the show. “[The show] doesn’t have enough vendors who sell real outdoor equipment – there is not much [of] sporting goods being shown or sold at all,” said Ivett Benkovics, an attendee of the show. “I think the show is a bit disappointing and seems as if year after year it is more

of a flea market than an outdoors show.“ It’s an interesting show and it brings a lot of people out,” From the trout pond, where kids and parents were able to capture and release fish without leaving the expo facility, to archery tag where visitors young and old were able to shoot arrows at each other with foam tips - there were many fun activities to keep visitors engaged. Also represented were the numerous outdoor clubs which number near a hundred, all with the express interest of recruiting new members while providing camaraderie for existing members who wanted to see what the show was about. Demonstrations were also aplenty with many experts in fishing, archery and camping on hand to show the proper ways to utilize outdoor equipment. Likewise, competitions allowed visitors to actively participate in their favorite sports while having the opportunity to walk away from the show with tangible prizes in hand.

Nonetheless, the primary goal of the show is to encourage the sales of equipment to avid sportsmen. Many vendors put out items on display to entice the show visitors and gauge their interest. While few sold the items on site,

almost all of them were willing to provide the show visitors with certain exclusives that were not available to walk-in customers.

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By: Ilya Arbit Special Projects Editor

The Outdoor Sports Show features a wide variety of attractions - from fishing ponds to camping lessons and archery tag.

The College Child Care Center Hosts First Open House

Photo courtesy of Fernando Faura

By: Fernando Faura Staff Writer

Kindergarteners crowd around Debbie Soler, kindergarten teacher, in the College’s Child Care Center during the open house.

The Middlesex County College Child Care Center located in Edison Hall, held an open house on Jan. 27 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for their kindergarten program, by welcoming parents and potential students into the classroom. The kindergarten program opened last fall. This was the first kindergarten open house. “I’m excited. The parents brought to our attention [the need for a kindergarten in the College] because they didn’t have full day kindergarten in their districts. I am hopeful that it will help the parents with their scheduling,” said Mary Jo Tivenan-Mackintosh, Director of the Child Care Center at the College, “it’s a happy place for the kids to learn and grow.” The kindergarten program at the College is open to the

public. If a child is in a local public school near the college, then the child is allowed to attend the Day Care Center for their enrichment program, said Debbie Stoler, the kindergarten teacher. “[Children] can come here [for the] full day … as well as before and after care. We also offer lunch for the children and [an afternoon] snack,” said Stoler. The Child Care Center will be hosting another Open House on Feb. 3 in Edison hall from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Room 177A. Discounts are available for both MCC students as well as staff members. For more information regarding enrollment, visit the main office located at Edison Hall in room 185B or call 732-906-2542.

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Middlesex County College Black History Month Calendar

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Quo Vadis Staff

Managing Editors: Alexander Lewis Diane Balint Joseph Waldrop Front Page Editor: Diane Balint Campus & Community Editors: Diane Balint Arts & Entertainment Editor: Diane Balint Lifestyle & Politics Editors: Jamal Kingston Opinion & Culture Editor: Roque Cabrera Sports Editor: Jamal Kingston Head Copy Editor: Scott Pietschker Copy Editors: Alexander Lewis Joseph Waldrop Marissa Bowden Brandon Tomori Ramaninder Multani Diane Balint Kayanaat Kaur Roque Cabrera Gillian Hatcher Photography Editor: Alexander Lewis Head Layout Editor: Heaven Mangual Layout Editors: Alexander Lewis Gillian Hatcher Digital Media Editor: Kaya Kaur Heaven Mangual Lloyd Crawford Content Editor: Alexander Lewis Social Media Editors: Joseph Waldrop Alexander Lewis Special Projects Editor: Ilya Arbit Writers: Scott Pietschker Cailee Oliver Alexander Lewis Shekha Kotak Roque Cabrera Christian Grullon Fernando Faura Ilya Arbit Photographers: Roque Cabrera Christian Grullon Scott Pietschker Cailee Oliver Alexander Lewis Tashan Jackson Shekha Kotak Samantha Cheng Illustrator: Alicja Wisniowska Alexander Lewis Faculty Advisor: Melissa Edwards Email us: quovadis_newspaper


Feb. 6 Ain’t I A Women: The Story of Sojouner Truth @ College Center Corral 11 a.m.

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Feb. 2 Black History Month Art Exhibit @ Studio Theater Gallery 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Feb. 17 Bus Trip: Harlem Globetrotters Tickets: $20 Student $25 Faculty Sold at Student Life Office in College Center

Feb. 23 Let Our Eyes Linger: Lecture by author Hayes Davis @ College Center Corral 2 p.m

Feb. 27 Black History in The Making: Keynote Lecture by Dr. Daniel Jean Crabiel Hall, Brunswick Room 11 a.m.

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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Arts & Entertainment

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llumination Studios Releases “Sing”

Illumination Studios has consistently proven to release quality animated films, whether it be “Despicable Me”, “Minions”, or its newest film, “Sing.” “Sing” is shown as a very funny, entertaining film for all ages. The animation is one of the smoothest I have seen in years. There is little to no choppiness in the final product, with all the animals being very fluid. The voice acting in this film is very well done, with the main characters voiced by Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, and Seth MacFarlane. McConaughey has proven himself as a very good voice actor, something that he normally does not dabble with. One of the more standout performances was the voice acting of Taron Egerton, who voiced Johnny, a gorilla who gets tied up with his father’s robbery business. His singing portions and

emotional scenes were very powerful and well executed. The musical segments of “Sing” are very entertaining, using songs from all different generations and with all different genres of music. I went to the movie theater with my 7-year-old brother, and he was completely invested in all of the characters and music scenes. Not only was he invested, I was invested as well. I felt myself understanding the troubles of these animated animals, and I felt myself getting close to many of them, almost as if they are true, real people. One thing that I found was very entertaining is the subtle details with the animation. The small details can make a whole movie, and when you see the amounts of time that the animators took to add some of these details, you will feel a new gained respect for these people who have the talent to animate. The humor in this film is also very prominent. I found myself laughing at a few of the jokes,

which is very important, because this film is completely marketed toward children. If a child’s movie can make a grown adult laugh, it needs some recognition. Miss Crawley, a one-eyed elderly lizard is one of the funniest characters I have seen in a long time.

One problem that I found with this film is the singing scenes. I get it, you need some scenes like this, but I felt like they dragged on for a little too long. They could have been cut almost in half and it would have been okay. Overall, “Sing” is a very entertaining and bright movie that everyone can get something out of. To its complete core, “Sing” is a good-hearted film with very impressive animation and voice acting. Because of this impressive film, I hope it does really well at the box office, enough to maybe make a sequel with the same characters. You can reach the author at:

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By: Scott Pietschker Staff Writer

Quo Vadis writer Scott Pietschker stands in front of “Sing” poster with younger brother Logan.

Looking Inside Jay Asher’s “Thirteen Reasons Why” Readers of Jay Asher’s “Thirteen Reasons Why” may be a little hesitant when turning the pages of a rather serious novel. This comment may seem a bit confusing for readers wondering if they should read this book. However, my comment is in fact a compliment toward a story that has made me understand another world that people in our society may be dealing with every day, and I praise Asher for making me feel connected to a character so realistic and relatable. The story follows Clay Jensen, a quiet, intelligent teenager who comes home one afternoon to find a package with no return address on his porch. Inside are seven cassette tapes, each side numbered up to 13, with the last one blank. When he puts the first tape in an

By: Cailee Oliver Staff Writer

old player in his garage, the voice that he hears is his secret crush Hannah Baker, a girl from his school who had taken her own life two weeks earlier. Hannah's instructions are specific: Clay must listen to each tape, for each one is about a person whose actions had some bearing on her suicide. He must follow a map she has provided to locate events where her story took place. When he's done listening to all 13 tapes, he must send them on to the next person on the list. The book was unique with a writing style and a plot I have never read before. The story follows the perspective of Clay and his own development as he learns more about Hannah. His character is relatable in a sense that we are following him on a

journey for answers and understanding. Clay’s decisions and actions made me wonder whether I would do the same thing if I was in his position. But, the focus is on Hannah’s story and the weight she had to carry before ending her life. Each tape is a chapter that introduces the reader to a new conflict that had an effect on Hannah’s life, which made me want to read more. I was so engrossed with Hannah’s character that I eventually began to sympathize with her. What I was intrigued about most in this book was how it wasn't just one event that caused Hannah to commit suicide; it was small, realistic events that eventually caused Hannah to give up on everything. What this book tries to explain is that little things all build

up, day after day, one small thing after another, until the little reasons all blend into a single feeling of hopelessness. It's also about taking responsibility for your actions and understanding how your small, selfish acts can affect someone else. “Thirteen Reasons Why” tackles the issue of suicide headon, and doesn't offer any easy answers, but it does offer hope. It helps readers understand more about what people might be going through and how our actions may have an impact on people's lives. I have generally enjoyed reading this book and the story of Hannah, however, it is a serious read and recommended for serious readers. You can reach the author at:

“A Thousand Splendid Suns” Tells of a Powerful Journey of Two Young Girls

A highly recommended title to read.

“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.” Kabul, a world of its own had once been described beautifully by these verses. A visit to Kabul or any other place in Afghanistan would reveal an intrinsic beauty so captivating that it would reside in the hearts of visitors for a lifetime. Be that as it may, Afghanistan has also been called the land of brutality. Afghanistan has mostly been publicized as a place fraught with unimaginable crimes and atrocities of high measures. As people living in a country that does not hamper the rights of her citizens even by an iota, it is quite impossible for us to conjure up a world where citizens, especially women are forbidden to work, draw, dance, laugh or even

step outside their homes without a male companion. Kabul, with all its richness in natural beauty had been time and again seized, trampled upon and demolished to a degree unfathomable by the human mind. From the Taliban to various other despotic parties, it has seen and endured the worst.

In the midst of this savageness, like a delicate flower blossoming in the cold of winter, there emerges a beautiful story of friendship, love and sacrifice. “A Thousand Splendid Suns” is more of a journey through the lives of two powerful and determined girls that gives the readers a glimpse of the female suffering in Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban.

Mariam, a meek and complacent wife of a cruel man, Rasheed, finds a friend and a daughter in Laila, a girl with a strong sense of purpose. A bond forms between Laila and Mariam and it is this friendship

and love that help them survive in a harsh world where both have lost all those who were dear to them. Together, they embark on a life that signifies not only female suffering but also highlights the female endurance and the capacity of a woman to be docile, calm and affectionate while at the same time taking arms and the power to decide the course of her life in her own hands.

“A Thousand Splendid Suns” is Hosseini’s second novel after “The Kite Runner “, which went on to become a number-one bestseller in a matter of no time, marking Hosseini as a marvelous author. “A Thousand Splendid Suns” only goes on to emphasis this acclaim that Khaled Hosseini received along with taking him a step further in his career as a masterful storyteller. You can reach the author at:

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By: Shekha Kotak Staff Writer

A beautiful journey awaits.

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Lifestyle & Politics

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By: Ilya Arbit, Cailee Oliver and Fernando Faura Staff Writers

climate. However, she explained that Muslim American women are the highest educated minority group in America and clarified that nothing will stop women from rising because of who they are. "We must continue to fight for a government that represents us," said Dr. Fahmy, "Our president wants to go back to the old ways of America, but women do not have the luxury to go back at all." As the Women's March on New Jersey took the message to the streets, people of all walks of life and ages walked together in solidarity towards the steps of the New Jersey Statehouse. "We stand here today all united to say that we will fight back against Donald Trump and we will fight to protect women's rights, healthcare, and the environment," said Jamie Zaccaria of the Sierra Club. Nonetheless, while organizers admit that the rhetoric of President Donald Trump's campaign influenced their decision to organize the march, they do stress that this was about issues that are larger than the inauguration of the new president and was meant to be inclusive in peaceful solidarity. "It's a positive message to send, and it really shows our empowerment," said Michelle Fenwick, a West Monferk

A march attendee holds up a sign of protest during the Women’s March resident while marching down the narrow streets of Trenton. Some of the marching participants finished the march feeling more inspired and hopeful for what the future may bring. Resolutions of becoming more involved, staying vigilant and being informed were the key takeaways from the gathering of passionate New Jersey residents. “I’m going to be a citi-

zen activist,” said Lisa Josepa, a Lindenwall resident, “The greatest hope I have is [that] everyone here today stays engaged and active moving forward.” You can reach the authors at:,, and

Trenton Police were present at the march to ensure the demonstration remained peaceful.

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Hundreds of women, their families and their allies arrived in Trenton on Jan. 21 to participate in the Women's March on New Jersey. The brisk January weather was contrasted by the pink and purple uniforms of the marchers holding various signs. Between 5,000 and 7,000 people turned out for a short walk through the state capital to be heard by elected officials far and wide. This march was a part of numerous sister marches that took place on the same day all over the country and across the world. “What I do for a living is I teach kids to speak up, and if I can’t speak up for myself, how can I go forward with teaching them?” asked Nancy Asher-Shultz, a South Brunswick resident while musing a rhetorical question, “It’s very important to me that my voice is heard.” Shortly before 10 a.m., the doors to the Patriots’ Theater opened to allow the participants to fill the internal space. Before long the entire theater, including the overflow room behind the stage was filled to capacity. The latecomers hung around outside and listened intently to the public address system of the proceedings taking

place inside. Once the crowds were seated, they were greeted by Elizabeth Meyer, the founder of the Women's March on New Jersey. “Our President's greatest opponent will not be a name on a ballot, a leader of a nation, or someone seated in Congress," said Meyer. "His greatest opponent will be women like me, who will not rest until our rights, safety, health, and families are protected." A few minutes afterward, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman was introduced and was received with loud cheers as she approached the podium. She said she came to the march because she did not want to be silent and was making a promise not to abandon anyone. "This is my country. This is the country where I'm expected to be protected, given opportunities, and my gender does not change that," said Coleman, "No government shall be in my bedroom or my doctor’s office." Director of the ACLU Diane DuBrule introduced Dr. Dalia Fahmy, who studies the hate and segregation Muslim-Americans deal with in the country at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University. Dr. Fahmy noted that the public is debating whether Muslims should be given equal opportunities in the current political

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Hundreds Attend Women’s March in Trenton

Thousands of people marched in streets of Trenton as part of an international movement.

President Trump Battles the Press at a Press Conference By: Ilya Arbit Special Projects Editor

Courtesy of Alexander Lewis

On Jan. 11 President-elect Donald Trump held a Press Conference in the lobby of Trump Tower located in the Midtown neighborhood in Manhattan. Approximately 500 journalists were present

for the first press conference that Trump was holding since he was elected in November. As the press crowded around the podium, emblazoned with a formal sign reading “Office of the President-elect,” Trump proceeded to excoriate the press for its flawed coverage, particularly on the heels of a secret “dossier” being published

The symbol of Republican Party stands strong in these turbulent times.

just the night before by Buzzfeed. While the real purpose of the press conference was the announcement of the transition of his business dealings to his sons and the steps being taken to avoid conflicts of interest, the news of the dossier and its contents quickly overshadowed the initial plan. The energy in the room was charged with emotion and quickly became hostile, particularly after a testy exchange Trump had with a CNN reporter, requesting permission to ask a question after Trump had accused the network of spreading unverified rumors. Trump, in the heat of the moment, called CNN “fake news,” which resulted in shocked gasps by the other members of the media present and cheers with applause from Trump transition team members crowded behind the press. It is no secret that Trump’s campaign had a critical view of the press but now that Trump is preparing for his first days in the Oval Office, it seems that the vitriol that existed in the months leading up to Election Day

is still prevalent during the transition period. It doesn’t appear that the relationship with member of the press by the Trump administration will change once he has fully stepped into the role. In the week after the press conference, several anonymous senior transition officials indicated that Trump and his press secretary Sean Spicer are looking to remove the media from their workspace in the White House. The plan is to move the press corps to an alternative space either in the nearby Old Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House, or across the street to the White House Conference Center. While the move may indeed allow for more space to be used by members of the press and accommodate more organizations than in the past, thus allowing Trump access to more members of the media than in the past. Trump is well known for his publicity stunts and he enjoys a large media presence whenever it suits his needs. A move like this would allow Trump and his administra-

tion to tightly control access of the press without the threat of reporters overhearing privileged information in the West Wing. However, moving the press out of the White House limits the reporter’s abilities in having easy access to members of the cabinet and the press officials inside the White House. The presence of the press inside the White House was also a reminder that ultimately the president is there to serve the public and that the press is there to hold him accountable to the public. These moves, though small steps individually, collectively can alienate the press from holding Trump accountable for his statements and actions. These steps could lead to unforeseen abuses of power and could cause irreparable damage to society. It remains to be seen how the contentious relationship with the press will play out further as the Trump administration takes the reins of power.

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Relationships Should Be About Character Not Age By: Roque Cabrera Managing Editor

It is no secret that when it comes to dating in the gay community, things can get a little difficult. In addition, there is a phenomenon that has plagued dating and that is ageism, the idea that people are only datable until a certain age. When it comes to dating, is there an expiration date? If age brings wisdom, does that mean that being single because of it is wise? I decided to do a little bit of investigating on my new found subject and what better place than New York City. My search began in the famous New York City gay bar, The Gym, or as I like to call it, the

older gay man’s gathering place. I struck up a conversation with various men regarding the subject of dating prejudices based on age. Giovanni, 40, a native New Yorker, said, “Gay culture in general could be considered a stereotype of beauty and physical appearance, but age is something that needs to be embraced. We all don’t stay young forever. The image that has been sold by the media tends to overshadow those who cannot meet those physical characteristics. It’s just not realistic.” “I’m fifty-seven,” said Eric Hanson, an artist from New York City, “When I was twenty-five, and you would have asked me what it was like being a gay man in his fifties, I would have said your life

was over! However, I find that the older I get the hotter I get! I’m surprised that I’m as popular as I am.” Kevin, 25, had a similar perspective. “I disagree, I believe that the older the man, the more confident they are, and it’s sexy. I was with a fifty-two year old guy for four years. He wanted to see other people, and so did I, but what really broke us up was the fact that I wanted monogamy and he did not.” After I left The Gym bar, I began to think that if age was a heavy deciding factor in a relationship, what would happen to me once I hit that age? Was I doomed to a life in single Siberia if I didn’t find someone by the age of thirty? Then I thought that maybe

Ageism in the gay community is a problem that many individuals are facing. age is not always a deciding factor that is a truth that never gets old. with everyone. Maybe some care more about companionship than physical appearance. I reassured myself that if the right person You can reach the author at: does come along, they will love me for who I am, not my age, and

es, but rather on the obscure floor of databases which requires investment, the price of time and interest. When it came to politics, I felt like my sister did when I would try to explain the rules of football: no interest was shown because there was no understanding. Understanding occurs through education and thus voting should be met with a mandatory prerequisite course on the dynamics of Politics. Just as driving requires a license, given through an evaluation, voting should require a form of assessment as well. Determining who will run this country should be regarded as significant, if not more, as driving a car. The course could consist of a curriculum that offers more than viewing a presidential debate does, such as the themes

of finances for a campaign. “The Buying of a President,” by Charles Lewis, details the process that it takes to become president. One of the more shocking revelations presented in the book regards how candidates receive funding for their campaigns, leaning towards corporations such as pharmaceutical firms, that invest into them to fulfill their own agenda. The information used in this book derives from the Freedom of Information Act, a database that allows one to obtain data from any federal agency, updating the nation on the government. While this catalogue is easily accessible to the public, most do not inquire upon it because they are not aware. A course could inform potential voters how to utilize this source to engage in research.

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Voting is a Privilege That Should Not Be Taken for Granted Courtesy of Alicja Wisniowska

By: Fernando Faura Staff Writer

Voting should be a priviledge.

The right to vote should not be so. Disputes have a tendency to arise over a preferred choice, whether it’s food, movies or politics. The latter tends to be less discussed, lest it’s election season or if you’re binge watching “House of Cards” or “Scandal.” When debating with individuals about a favored political candidate or party, facts pulled into an argument typically stem from the internet; the preferred search outlet being Google. In today’s age, confirmation bias prevails through articles that cater to agendas effortlessly leading to millions of results. The truth is not inclined to be located on the transparent sea of web pag-

Supplied with the curriculum and the instruction of how to employ these databases, these classes could prove to be pivotal in establishing each future nominee’s integrity and lead to more concrete arguments and decisions that are based on facts and not “facts.” The only cost of this would be the right to vote. But this loss should not be looked down upon, as it could potentially spawn something profound by eliminating the notion that voting should be held as a right, taken for granted, and instead be held as a privilege, for it could inspire an opportunity to make America honest.

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By: Alexander Lewis Managing Editor

The “CulinArt Group,” the food company in charge of the College’s dining services, is offering a new one-on-of-a-kind mac-and-cheese bar starting on the first day of the spring semester in Café A. “It will be a mac-and-cheese bar, where you make your own mac-and-cheese. The base is going to be cheese. You can add cheese, chicken, beef, everything,” said Chef Manager Nii Tagoe. The cheese blends available include parmesan, cheddar, and mozzarella and pepper jack. To top it off, students can choose from a variety of vegetables like broccoli, scallions, tomatoes or mushrooms. He noted that when he took over the reputation of the food service at Middlesex County College was subpar. “We want to change the culture. We want to change the whole scheme of everything. We don’t want it to be the same old food service. You want more made to order stuff, you want more made-to-order stations. You don’t want to do the same thing. That’s why we made a Mezze [Grill] station. You can’t get that anywhere else. That’s why we’re making a mac-and-cheese station. [To have] something different. [We want to] make it fresh, make it innovative,” said Mr. Tagoe.

The Mezze station in the Winner’s Circle features a wide variety of Mediterranean food. “We have grape leaves. We have baba ganoush, tabbouleh, and Greek salad. We have gyros and chicken gyros, which is all made from halal. It’s not regular chicken, its halal chicken,” said Mr. Tagoe, “we want to give the people that do have different religions a chance to eat too. So, a lot of our chicken is halal chicken. And also, our mac-andcheese bar will have halal chicken.” The remodeled dining hall, now called Café A, is now more like an upscale café bistro. “We renovated, we got a brand-new pizza oven. So [now], we can make fresh dough, we can make fresh pizzas here. Our whole model right now is fresh. Fresh and customer service. We do have a fresh daily program,” said Mr. Tagoe, “food is the catalyst of everything. Especially now, more people want fresh. We’re going to bring out more of the fresh salads for the springtime.” Mr. Tagoe and his Executive Chef Matthew LaSpisa also emphasize the importance of being involved in your community. “We are also buying locally too to give back to the community. So, our apples will be local. All of our produce is local too, like our zucchini, our squashes, and our eggplant. It’s all local. So, we’re

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New Restaurant Company Offering One-of-a-Kind Menu

Executive Chef Matthew LaSpisa (left) and Chef Manager Nii Tagoe (right) stand in front of new mac-and-cheese bar in Café A. trying to subsidize too locally [and] employees. If you treat your em- it will be a resounding success. ask local people,” said Mr. Tagoe. ployee’s right, then it’ll show to The “CulinArt Group” is well Professionalism and excellence your customers. You want to cre- on the way to reinvigorate colis another firm tenet of what Chef ate an environment that glows lege food service and is poised Manager Tagoe hopes to bring to and shows and that’s what we’re to succeed at the College. Middlesex County College food trying to do here,” he concludes. You can reach the author at: service. “Consistency breeds proThe mac-and-cheese bar is ductivity. It’s [also] all about your able in Café A and sounds like

Editorial Policy: The views expressed in the Quo Vadis publication are those of the individual and are not necessarily those of Middlesex County College, the editor or any other staff member. The editor reserves the right to edit any article to fit the format of this publication without altering the motive, intent, or direction of an article. Alterations may include, but are not limited to, alterations in style, grammar, spelling and length. No article will be published with demeaning or insulting content. Anonymous or content with pseudonyms will not be published. Submissions do not guarantee publication. Judgements are made in the soleinterest of libel exposure and common sense.

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Zachary Torres dribbles the ball up and down the court against Union County College. By: Cailee Oliver Staff Writer There was tension in the air Thursday night. Steady breaths were audible to the sidelines. Looks were given and received from both sides of the court. The fans could sense a strange feeling within the atmosphere of the College’s gymnasium. However, the look in the eyes of all seven Blue Colt basketball players told the audience one thing: they were determined and focused on winning. After their win against Sussex County Community College (57 - 56) on Tuesday night, Jan. 17, the Blue Colts felt exceedingly confident with their match against Union County College Thursday, Jan. 19. The game started off fastpaced, with both teams aiming to get as many points as they could in

the beginning. The Blue Colts were strong for the first couple of minutes, scoring every chance they got, but the pace Union County brought seemed to be too much for the Blue Colts to handle. The weariness was shown not only on their faces, but in their performance as well. Coach Bilal Dixon was fuming with rage and screamed to his players, causing most of the Blue Colts to wake up from his wrath. Once they did, the pace picked up again with Zachary Torres (#5) and Keahre Ford (#10) aiding their team by raising their score. Both teams played excellent offense, but both teams also lacked defense. Every score made by a Blue Colt player, Union County would score with a revenge shot. The first half ended with Union County in the lead, 47 57, and the Blue Colt men worn out. Middlesex County student, Josh Port, commented on the first half of the game. “Well,

the game isn’t looking too bad,” he admitted, “they started off pretty strong in the beginning, [but] towards the middle they started to fall down a little bit. Hopefully in the second half they come off strong [because] I believe they’re going to make an amazing comeback.” And quite surprisingly, Port was right. During the second half of the game, the Blue Colts came back on the court looking better and stronger than they did in the first half. Not only were they raising the scoreboard rapidly, but some of the plays between most of the players were impressive to watch. Captain of the team, Michael Valentin (#12), led his boys through most of the second half, making three-pointers every chance he got. Even the crowd from both teams cried out with encouragement, with the College’s fans and Union County fans fighting their own battle to see

who could scream the loudest. However, the game began to slow down from both sides as the referee continuously called out fouls on the Blue Colt players. After the tenth foul from Middlesex, the Blue Colts began to fall behind with Union raising the score to a twenty-point gap at the last five minutes. The Blue Colts did not let this frustrate them, and they continued to fight towards the very end, even if they knew defeat was upon them. Discouraged and upset with the outcome, the Blue Colt lost, 99 - 115. After the match, the players walked back to the locker rooms, patiently waiting for Coach Dixon who admitted, “It was a tough game. My kids played hard and tough. There’s some little things we need to work on like boxing-out, rebounding, some minor stuff, but they’re things we can definitely fix.” When the boys came out,

I managed to get a chat with Captain Valentin with his opinion on the game and what he hopes for the future of his team. “I thought we could have won that game. We played extremely well on offense. We shared the ball and got everyone involved. We have to play better on the defensive end. 115 points is way too much. We tried switching up defenses but nothing worked. It just comes down to wanting it more than the other team,” he said, “Next game we have to focus on the defensive end of the court. Whether our shots are falling or not we can always control what we do on the defensive end. If we do that, we will win.”

Brunswick to donate coats to people in need. Coach Dixon wanted to show his young team that there are bigger things than basketball. “As a coach I wanted to be a leader on and off the court,” Coach Dixon said, “I felt as a coach I wanted to take my players out,

so I wanted them to do community service and show them that we can help change lives.” As a coach and a leader of a group of young men, Coach Dixon wanted to show his players how important it was to learn how to give back.

“It just starts with a dream and a vision of understanding that we are people just like them, so let’s help out the ones that need it the most,” Dixon said. The players were taken under coach Dixon’s wing to help learn what it’s like to give back and

to help people that are in need.

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Men’s Basketball Team Gives Back By: Christian Grullon Staff Writer

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Coach Bilal Dixon, Assistant Coach Devonne Blackshear, and his fellow Blue Colts Men’s Basketball players took a trip to North

The Blue Colt Men’s Basketball Team gives back to the community this winter season by donating coats to people in need.

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