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Contract Negotiations Continue The document said that the College’s management proposed to AFT, a four-year contract with a total 10 percent increase in wages over the life of the agreement, with no change in medical insurance contribution cost calculations. The AFT countered with a proposal for a three-year contract with a 9 percent wage increase, but with a reduction in medical insurance

contributions and a freeze in contributions for the life of the contact, as well as other proposals, according to the College’s documentation. Patricia Payne, President of the Local 1940 chapter of AFT, said, “At mediation, no proposal offers were actually presented. We never got that far. The mediator advised us, early on in the process, that he did not think we would be able to settle. And at the end of the session he advised us that he would not be returning. The next step is fact-finding, which is another mediation effort at a different level.” Payne also said that MCC President Joann La Perla-Morales emailed information about the negotiations to the faculty.

Payne said that discussions that occurred during mediation were supposed to be confidential.

Previous negotiation sessions were held in March, April, June in addition to the two that were held in September. The next step in the process, if

an agreement cannot be reached between the College and the AFT, is a Fact-Finding Hearing before PERC. You can reach the author at: alexander.lewis99@yahoo.com

Courtesy of Alexander Lewis

The College has reached an agreement in contract negotiations with the three unions that represent the support staff (AFSCME), facilities and maintenance workers (Teamsters), and police (FOP), but has not reached an agreement with the faculty union (AFT). Director of Marketing Communications, Thomas Peterson, said, The AFSCME and the Teamsters agreed to a four-year contract with an increase of 2.5 percent for each of the four years. Peterson also said that a similar FOP agreement is currently pending member ratification.

According to a document given to Quo Vadis by Peterson, after AFT filed for an impasse and mediation with the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) in September 2016, a mediation session was held in December with a state appointed mediator.

Negotiations are still being weighed out.

Activities Fair Draws Large Crowd Blue Colt Radio offers a contest to win a prize pack at their table. playing card games (including “Yu-Gi-Oh” and “Vanguard” cards). Members of “Geek Index” usually get together on Thursdays starting

Photo Courtesy of Sam Cheng

Middlesex County College held a Student Activities Fair in Cafeteria C on Monday, Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students and some faculty created visuals, (e.g. flyers and posters) which displayed names of clubs with the purpose to grab the attention of students. Each club gave students that were interested a general summary of activities that they do at their clubs as well as the place and time that their clubs usually meet. Some of the clubs that were at the Student Activities Fair included the following: CRU, Music Club, Pakistani Club, Martial Arts Team,

Student Government Association, Athletics, Biology Society, English as a Second Language, Middlesex County College Harmony, Backstage Players, and Geek Index. Geek Index was one club that stood out from all the others, as its table had many visuals that were on display including comic books and Pokémon character stuffed animals. One of the presidents of Geek Index is a marketing major named Kelley Petersen from North Brunswick. Peterson said that the purpose of Geek Index is getting together and making friends with similar interests. The activities that take place in Geek Index include reading comic books, playing video games, and

at 2 p.m. in either Cafeteria C, the Terrace, or in rooms 319-321 in College Center.

You can reach the author at: Lacy.j.claire@gmail.com

Photo Courtesy of Sam Cheng

By: Claire Lacy Staff Writer

Photo Courtesy of Alexander Lewis

By: Alexander Lewis Managing Editor

Students attending the fair walk around learning about the different clubs on campus.

Members of the Shadows on Paper club gather at the fair to promote their club.

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Inside the College’s Radio Station CAMPUS & COMMUNITY pg. 2

“The Five People You Meet in Heaven” bOOK rEVIEW ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT pg.3

Mary Tyler Moore Changed Female Stereotypes LIFESTYLE & POLITICS pg. 4

World Cultures Need Preserving OPINION & CULTURE pg. 6


Campus & Community

Volume: 53 Issue:3

Looking Inside Blue Colt Radio

The Blue Colt Radio Station is a student media club at Middlesex County College where students and faculty work together to host talkshows, create playlists and spread sports news throughout the campus. Professor Louis Dell’Omo, the head and one of the founders of the Blue Colt Radio Station, said, “We have a couple of features that we do, sort-of on a regular basis. We do a sports show every Wednesday called the BC Benchwarmers. Wednesday at 5 we do a show called In Focus. Every Wednesday at 5 we spotlight somebody on campus and we do an interview-type style 30-minute type of show. We have a podcast called Media Insider. Right now two episodes are complete. We are just in the middle of producing our third episode, which should be up and running soon.” Dell’Omo has been the head

of the club for many years and has created amazing memories with the club members. Some exciting events that have happened in past years were a member interviewing Alice Gainer from News 12 who talked about a career in broadcasting and another member interviewing the bass player from the Jonas Brothers Band. The Blue Colt Radio Station is always looking for new members to join every semester. When new members join, they can expect people to work with, as well as nothing but help when it comes to learning how the various equipment works. “I remember when I took Professor Dell’Omo’s intro to broadcasting class,” said Matt LaRosa, a member of the club. “That was my first experience with anything related to radio. I was nervous when it came to learning how the equipment worked and was so scared that I would mess up, but Professor Dell’Omo was very helpful and made sure that I felt comfortable on my own before

actually letting me be in the studio alone and controlling a shift.” When new members join, positions available to them include being on air as a newscaster, a news writer, a voice tracker and production and music management. For those who are interested in joining, meetings are in room 308 in the College Center, Thursday’s beginning at 3:30 p.m. The club is

around 11:30 a.m. for a handson lesson in science and math. Upon arriving inside the College Center, each child was seated behind a counter and given a piece of dough. They were instructed by CulinArt Group chefs,

Matt LaSpisa and James Feminello, about the steps required to create a pizza. Once they were instructed, each student began creating their own pizza. Debbie Stoler, the kindergarten teacher said, “Some put

open to anyone with all types of experience and to anyone who has no experience. Former club members will train everyone that wants to be a part of the station, so they can get used to the technology and become comfortable in the studio. You can reach the author at: cailee1898@gmail.com

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By: Cailee Oliver Staff Writer

The radio station is equipped with technology such as a sound board.

College’s Kindergarten Makes Pizza

By: Fernando Faura Staff Writer

Photo Courtesy of Middlesex County College

The Child Care Center at Middlesex County College’s kindergarten class made pizzas in College Center on Jan. 20

pepperoni and others put cheese, then while it took 20 mins to prepare the pizzas, we played healthy nutrition games.” When the pizzas were ready, Chef LaSpisa began to cut them while Stoler used this opportunity to incorporate a math lesson. “We talked about fractions in a kid friendly way,” said Stoler, “explaining halves and quarters with pizza.” After the children finished eating, they thanked the chefs for their assistance. Stoler finished with, “It was a nice and fun activity that they really enjoyed.” For information regarding enrollment, visit the main office located at Edison Hall in room 185B. You can reach the author at: Faura.fernando@gmail.com

Photo courtesy of Fernando Faura

Kindergartener Chloe Jencik places cheese on top of pizza.

Middlesex County College Black History Month Calendar

Courtesy of Tashan Jackson

Feb. 8

FASFA Workshop 6 p.m. New Brunswick Center

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. 13 “Southside with You” Showing@ College Center Cafe C 11 a.m to 1 p.m.

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

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Arts & Entertainment Mitch Albom Motivates Readers Page 3

Volume: 53 Issue: 3

If you are looking for an enjoyable story that helps you bounce back to the new college semester don’t look further than Mitch Albom’s “Five People You Meet in Heaven.” Published in 2003, “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” follows the story of Eddie, an 83-year-old World War II combat veteran that works at an amusement park as a maintenance man. Widowed and living with severe arthritis, Eddie lives a repetitive life, in which every day seems to be the same. Unfortunately, Eddie tragically dies in the prologue of the book. The novel focuses on the five people he meets in the afterlife. These five people explain to him various important moments of his life and how it changed the course of his life and theirs. Throughout the story, various flashbacks of Eddie’s birthdays are shown, from his childhood, all the

way to his 83rd birthday (the day he tragically dies). Although Eddie believes he lived a meaningless life, he eventually learns about how unique it was, and ultimately discovers an answer to a question he longed so much to find, which leads him to finally rest in peace. A sweet and simple short story, “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” is a brief story that most people can finish in a single sitting. Nevertheless the impact of its powerful yet beautiful message can bring a smile to readers face every time it’s remembered or mentioned.

The book has a straightforward and focused approach. While many philosophical centered storylines use an expansive and often elaborate style of writing to describe its narrative, “The Five People you Meet in Heaven” is uncomplicated, which can be intriguing for the everyday reader. Each chapter contains a lesson that helps Eddie understand “why” and “how” his life played out the way it did.

The entire story is filled with chapter by chapter answers that helps the reader fully understand that part of Eddie’s life. The final chapter however, contains one of the most beautiful scenes I have ever read. As a person who read Mitch Albom’s previous bestselling book, “Tuesdays with Morrie,” I can undoubtedly say that this book is a second homerun. Albom perfectly creates a setting that anyone can imagine themselves in. The characters are not fictitious and the protagonist is both relatable and admirable despite his age and shortcomings. Fans of stories with vivid characters and pragmatic tunes cannot miss this one out. “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” is a wonderful read that can perfectly motivate a student for the start of this new college semester. You can reach the author at: humberto.marmolejo0728@gmail. com

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By: Humberto Marmolejo Staff Writer

“The Five People You Meet in Heaven” is a quick and inspirational read.

Photo Courtesy of Alexander Lewis

When “For Honor” was first announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in 2015, it was met with cheers and fanfare. The Ubisoft Montreal game has been in the spotlight for almost two years due its ambitious scope and unique nature. It is unique in the fantastic setting it uses for its story, because for the first time in gaming history, Knights, Vikings and Samurai are pitted against each other. After an apparent cataclysm reshaped the world, the factions are at peace, until a mysterious warlord named Apollyon incites war by pitting them against each other. Seemingly a personification of war herself, Apollyon will, hopefully, make the single-player campaign memorable and more than an extended tutorial for the multiplayer component. A unique component that sets “For Honor” apart from other online fighting games is its “Art of War” combat system. When you are in combat with another player you can block or attack from either the left, right, or upward positions, controlled by the right analog stick or mouse. The enemy may block or riposte your attack, but only if they select the same position. There are further intricate details in this system, including guard-breaks,

counter guard-breaks, stuns, unblockable attacks, deflections, feints, and counter-attacks. There is also a revenge mode, which powers up your attack or defense, activated after either blocking attacks successfully or taking damage. This is to ensure a two on one or three on one fight is fair. It is one of the most extensive melee combat systems outside of the “Soul Calibur” fighting-game series. In order to offset this evident complexity “For Honor” features two extensive tutorials, moves lists, a free practice mode, duel practice, game mode videos and basic, and advanced move videos. While the single-player mode and Elimination was not available in the recent Closed Beta, I was able to try out the Duel, Brawl, and Dominion modes firsthand. Duel is essentially a one on one battle which is the ultimate test of your skills, and is the closest mode akin to a regular fighting game. Brawl is similar to Duel but it is a two on two match-up. Dominion is main battle mode, featuring bigger maps and a four on four engagement. The rules of engagement are also different, focusing on point and map control instead of last man standing. On each map, there are three control points: one near each of the team spawns, and one usually contested point in the middle. There are

The “For Honor” open beta will run from Feb. 9 to Feb. 12 and will be available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

also NPC allies on each side, usually fighting for the middle point, similar to ones in Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) games. The objective of each team is to reach 1,000 points first. After your team reaches that goal, the enemy team starts ‘breaking,’ meaning you can eliminate them and they will not respawn. If all of them are eliminated the game is over. Both teams can be breaking at the same time, and taking back control points can rally your team and end the ‘breaking,’ ensuring games are intense, adrenaline-filled and exhilarating. There is also an extensive customization system, allowing you to use currency accrued in matches to purchase weapon and armor upgrades, which affect the stats of your gear. These stats only affect the Dominion game mode. There is also an overall meta-game utilizing the war between the three factions. After a match ends you can use your ‘war resources’ to attack or defend an area of the over-arching territories map. There are daily events and quests which can be performed in either player vs player or player vs artificial intelligence (AI) modes. The location of the modes on the territories map changes as well as the faction controlling it and with it the map choice for the actual matches. The customization system also allows you to change your armor, engravings, and colors. There is also a perk system, similar to “Call of Duty,” (COD) which allows you to tailor your character to your liking. There is also a prestige system, also reminiscent of “Call of Duty.” While you are forced to ally with a faction, this does not limit your choice of character. There were three (maybe four) character classes available in the Closed Beta. The Vanguard, which is a front-line attacker, the Heavy, meant for defense, the Hybrid, featuring range and poison, and the Assassin. Each class has a specific role and a suggested difficulty as well as a specific, unique move-set. Even with the extensive tutorial

Players are able to create and customize their own characters. system, this is not a game meant for The currency you get in the game those with slow reflexes. The steep is obtained quite quickly which learning curve may scare some begs the question of why have miaway, but with practice anyone can cro-transactions? This is potentialbecome a master at “For Honor.” ly done to offset the lack of increase The graphic fidelity of in triple-A game prices in over 15 “For Honor” is without match. years compounded with increased The adrenaline pumping through expenditures. your veins as you are fighting in a In conclusion, after playnail-biting duel with only a sliver of ing the Closed Beta I wasted no health is without match. But even time in pre-ordering the full game with excellent gameplay, graphics and I am anxiously waiting for its and sound the Closed Beta was not Feb. 14 release. This seems quite without its issues. In a potential ironic, considering the violent naeffort to save money, “For Hon- ture of and M for mature rating or” uses peer-to-peer networking, of the game and the Feb. 14 Saint which means one player is the host Valentine’s Day Massacre. If you server for the match. Once that per- are unsure if “For Honor” is a game son leaves, the entire game stops for you there will be an Open Beta for fifteen or so seconds while the available for all Xbox One, PC, and game determines a new host. Not PlayStation 4 players starting on only is this terrible for immersion, Feb. 9 and ending on Feb. 12. it can affect gameplay and freeze while you’re in the middle of an You can reach the author at: attack. The planned micro-transacalexander.lewis99@yahoo.com tions are another cause of criticism. Photo Courtesy of Alexander Lewis

By: Alexander Lewis Managing Editor

Photo Courtesy of Alexander Lewis

“For Honor” Impresses Ahead of Release

“For Honor” lets players use any character they like, no matter what faction they pledge their allegiance to.


Volume: 53 Issue: 3

Lifestyle & Politics

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Mary Tyler Moore Changed Female Stereotypes It was Richards who made it OK for women to have a career, not be married, and be funny in their own right. It was the shows premise that made Moore an American icon and helped bring second-wave feminism to millions of women across America in the 1970s. Women on television had a narrow role in the early years of television. Most, if not all women, played the roles of housewives. If they were not housewives, a woman would play a minor and stock role in the background. That all changed with the premiere of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in 1970. With Moore’s recent death, her show was discussed by critics and fans of the show. All of them

can agree that “Mary Tyler Moore” changed how women were depicted on television. Mary Richards was a woman who worked in the news industry, an industry that was at the time predominantly male. Richards broke the role for women on television; the traditional role of housewife became of a bygone era. It was Richards who made it OK for women to have a career, not be married, and be funny in their own right. This was best displayed in the episode “Chuckles Bites The Dust,” which TV Guide declared as one of the best episodes of all time. The episode dealt with the death of Chuckles, a beloved clown who was admired by children in the city. It was Moore’s character who in

this episode fought to control her laughter at Chuckles’ funeral. It is best to watch it because writing about it does not show the full comedic talent that Moore displayed during the shows 7 year run. After the shows cancellation in 1977, Moore spent her life promoting diabetic awareness, as she faced diabetes since she was 33 years old, according to Closer Magazine. The impact that Moore’s show has had on women cannot be calculated precisely. Many women do credit the show for making an impact in their lives. In the decades since “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” more women have had careers in fields that were and still are predominately male.

The 2016 presidential election was By: Jamal Kingston and Humberto one of the most divisive elections of Marmolejo all time. Both sides, Democrats and Section Editor & Staff Writer Republicans have dueled in fierce

partisan combat in regards to their political beliefs. With that, I asked some students about how they expect the Donald Trump presidency

to shape out for the next four years. Here is what some of them said:

By: Zack Jellison Staff Writer

Most college students today might have never heard of the actress Mary Tyler Moore. Moore died at the age of 80 from pneumonia and her death was announced on Jan. 25. Moore was in the entertainment business for decades as a television and film star. However, most people know Moore from the “Mary Tyler Moore Show,” in which she played the protagonist, Mary Richards, a young single woman who worked at a TV station in Minneapolis. Most, if not all women, played the roles of housewives.

Singlehood has also become more commonplace today than it was decades ago. Mary Tyler Moore became a feminist icon, despite interviews stating that she rejected feminism that is associated with Gloria Steinem. Moore did not march to promote feminism, but she had the medium of television to be seen by millions each week to promote her quiet, compact feminism. With this, I can take away from Moore’s legacy that it is the quiet ones you have to look out for. You can reach the authors at: zak.jellison@gmail.com

Student: Jazmine Hamilton Hometown: Piscataway, N.J. Major: Liberal Arts Education

Student: Peter Theologis Hometown: Colonia, N.J. Major: Liberal Arts Business

“He’s sexist, racist, and xenophobic. I don’t think he will make the world good at all. He’s definitely going to be impeached.”

Student: Jordan Laguna Hometown: Woodbridge, N.J. Major: Liberal Arts History “I’m definitely not excited about it, I’m not supportive of him, but I am supportive of my country. I think based on the policies he had before he became president, but hopefully he has advisors that know more than he does, and hopefully he won’t do the things that he said he would do, like some of these executive orders that he is doing already. Like I said, I am hopeful that he’ll do well for our country, because I do love America, but I don’t like him, I don’t love him. I do think that he is definitely unqualified for the job, he’s underqualified and I don’t see him doing anything good for us. Terrorism is a problem, and that is something that he wants to tackle, but I think he is doing it in the wrong way.”

“As an immigrant, I do not appreciate the language of a man who is going to run the United States and enforce the Constitution of the United States. However, in him, I expect a lot. I hope that he does not disappoint me, but I am open to anything, and will not protest against him, because he is my president and he is everyone’s president. I think since he is a businessman and he knows how to run a business, America is also a business, so, if he can run one business, he can run America. Go Melania Trump!”

Name: Josh Alb Hometown: Edison, NJ Major: Chemistry “First of all, let me be the first to tell you that he is an absolutely terrible, tyrant, racist, sexist, and bigot. Now you know that he has advocated for “sexual assault” on numerous accounts and has so far, basically cut support for Planned Parenthood and abortions, and he did that in a room full of men only. In the four, five days he has been President he has passed the Keystone XL Pipeline, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and has signed executive orders to build the wall. The list just goes on and on. He has censored the EPA and NPA rights to give updates on climate change. While also distracting people with the voter fraud allegations and crowd size allegations at his own inauguration. ”

Name: Emily Rose Sykes Hometown: Monroe Township, NJ Major: Computer Science “I think President Trump will make America great again, and I think he is going to do a smashing job because he is not owned by anyone. “

Name: Emily Aguilar Hometown: Monroe Township, NJ Major: Psychology “I personally think that the whole campaign and election has been a roller coaster for the whole nation. Now the real responsibility falls on all citizens to keep themselves informed, educated, and diligent on policy matters. After all the president is just representing us citizens, and us citizens are the one who truly hold the power to make change in unity.”

Photos Courtesy of Humberto Marmolejo

Trump Presidency Sparks Opinions on Campus


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Opinion & Culture World Cultures Need Preserving Volume: 53 Issue: 3

Our world is made up of a myriad of cultures. Every culture is unique in its own way and the answer to its exclusiveness lies in its conception and history. The world derives its beauty from these very cultures. Every single culture has something to tell the world, something to give. As humans, we derive a good deal of our identities from the ethnicity and the culture we belong to. There are not one, but several world cultures that are dominant in the sense that they are far from being in danger of vanishing in the centuries to follow. This is mainly because of the large population that belongs to these cultures and follow it so ardently. But the world

we inhabit is like one big jigsaw puzzle, composed of several pieces, each of which is important in the completion of the whole picture. However, in recent years some of these pieces have begun to go missing. The minority cultures thrive in hardships and in constant danger of being annihilated mainly due to the encroachments made on their habitations. While we set out to advance and urbanize a little more every day, these minority cultures and the effects of our advancements on them go unseen. My interest in this topic was sparked by a Ted Talk given by Jimmy Nelson. The Talk was called, “gorgeous portraits of the world’s vanishing people.” Nelson, a photographer, travelled the world taking pictures of the tribes and cultures that live in constant danger

of vanishing without a trace. He captured 35 indigenous tribes; from the Kazakhs belonging to the Turkic, Mongolic and Indo-Iranian indigenous groups to his favourite people, the Hulis, a tribe famous for making bewitching wigs out of their own hair. These cultures taught him and ultimately the viewers that there are different ways of living in the world, different values and beliefs. But all these differences lead to one main thing, the enhancement of our being. For Nelson, these minority tribes taught him the values of respect and a kind of valor not much seen these days. a dismal truth that we are faced with today is the gradual passing away of these beautiful tribes which have the potential to give so much to the world in their own ways. However, it inspired me

younger brother and my father went to go to pick him up at Metropark. I was home as my mother was preparing Easter dinner. While it should had taken the three of them ten minutes to come home, it took an hour. When they arrived, my father told us that my grandfather, or Pop as we referred to him, wanted to go to White Castle, despite my mother making Easter dinner for all of us to eat. It showed his stubbornness, and it is one trait I think about when discussing him. The rest of my experience with Pop were two-minute phone calls on the phone. Whenever I wanted to tell him about what was going on, he brushed me off and told me he wanted to speak to my father, his son. This was the extent of my relationship with my grandfather until June 2015, where he came back. He came back on the day I returned from a Boy Scout weekend trip in New York State. It also happened to be the same week I was graduating from high school. I did not see him when he arrived in our driveway, as my father shielded us from seeing him that morning. It was until later that evening that I could see my grandfather. I joined him and my father eating pizza. It

was awkward to see him. Until that fateful Sunday evening, I had the image of what he was like before he left all those years ago; a portly man who spoke a lot about money. There were no other memories that I could recall as I saw him that day. It was because he was absent for so long. He had also forgotten that I was all grown up, and not a child anymore. The awkward reunion did not last long; as I prepared to graduate from high school, preparing for college, among other unexpected events. It was shortly after his arrival that he was diagnosed with cancer. I felt horrible about the news, but I was not upset by the news. In fact, I was angry at him. The old wounds that were inflicted when I was young were open once again. The feelings I had of him being absent for many years never truly left as I was growing up, maybe I was envious of hearing stories about my father’s grandfather, who was my great-grandfather, who had a close relationship with my father. They would spend the summers in Pennsylvania together. My father has told me many times that those summers were some of his happiest memories in his life. It was the same season where my father and I

would travel up to the VA Hospital in Newark. It was later that summer that it became clear to my parents and I that Pop was too ill to live on his own, nevertheless live with us. It was then that my father put him in a nursing home facility. It would be for the next year and a half that my father would go to visit, almost every day. It was on some of those days that I could join my father for a visit. The process was the same each time I went. My father would sign us at the front desk; He would talk to the receptionist about Pop; and how her day was going. The two of us would walk down the hall, passing through the patients. They were there because of a stroke, old age, or in the instance of that middle-aged man who I saw a few times, a car accident. After walking down, we would arrive to Pop’s room. His room was Spartan in appearance. On the wall, there was only a photo of whom I presume to be Mary, Mother of Jesus. I always assume it was to remind him of my grandmother, who had been dead since I was small. She was a devout Catholic all her life. The photo that was nailed to the wall hung above his bead as if a servant was looking to its lord to ask for forgiveness. If

I was in his shoes, I would ask for forgiveness. What went on inside his room was repetitive. My grandfather would ask one question of me each time I saw him, “What’s new?” I would reply “not much” each time. Pop would focus on talking with my father. What would I say to him? He was a stranger. I did not have a relationship with Pop. However, it was this lack of relationship that allowed my imagination to roam freely in the room. I was Christina sitting in the field on most visits. There was one recurring fantasy that came back on most visits. There were Impressionist paintings that were hung in the hallway. I did not know if there were genuine, or if the paintings were bought at a furniture store. The fantasy was simple; what if there was a woman who was at the home who would insist in one Monet painting of a woman who was carrying a young umbrella was her many years ago; It was a reminder of her youth, even as she was fragile and likely dying from illness.

out discrepancies. Plato’s writings derived from his teacher, Socrates. Most of his dialogues, such as, “The Apology,” “Crito” and “Phaedo,” displayed his mentor as the central character, presenting his beliefs since Socrates was notorious for not implementing his ideas into writing. Essentially, he served more than a stenographer, since he expanded upon Socrates’ ideas and created his own: the theory of Forms. U.S. history displayed an implementation of this concept as well. After Thomas Jefferson read John Locke’s “Two Treatise of Government,” he wrote the Declaration of Independence. Motivated by Locke’s idea that people are born with rights, Jefferson procured his

concept and transformed it into a statement representative of the thirteen colonies. He even integrated Locke’s quote, “life, liberty, or estate,” but slightly altered it to, “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” In today’s age, this notion is still prevalent. In music, taking a portion of one sound and reusing it is regarded as sampling. Augmented with an original concept, the outcome surpasses an ordinary piece of music. Rapper Kanye West’s first studio album, “The College Dropout” capitalized on these methods by incorporating the soul genre by sampling artists, such as Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield, while also discussing the distinctive themes of college

and the blue collar lifestyle in a hiphop album. This album received critical acclaim, 10 Grammy nominations and is regarded as original. Plagiarism is flat out wrong but when someone else’s work ascribes to creativity, the out-

come is an original piece that has the ability to exceed the traditional.

to write this article and bring to notice the fact that the world is made beautiful only because there are cultures and tribes like these that

redefine beauty in their own terms.

You can reach the author at: shkotak01@gmail.com

Photo Courtesy of Ezdras Arroyo

By: Shekha Kotak Staff Writer

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Pieces such as these vases are part of a culture that needs to stay preseved.

To Stop and See Death, Part 1 By: Zack Jellison Staff Writer

On the afternoon of Dec. 26, 2016, my mother got a phone call in the kitchen from my father. It was the news that my family was expected, but nobody expects to happen around Christmas. The news was grim; my grandfather passed away that afternoon. The autopsy reported his cause of death was cognitive heart failure that was the result of declining health for the past 18 months. It was there that my mother and my younger brother began to weep. It was the end of a long and painful journey that opened a lot of wounds of our past. I never talked about what my family went through during those 18 months, except for a few trusted people I was willing to talk to. However, I have to stop and reflect on what my family and I had to deal with for those 18 months. My grandfather was absent during my developing years because he moved to Florida following my grandmother’s passing in 2002. In my recollection, my grandfather only came back twice to visit. I remember one of these visits was during Easter. He arrived on Easter and my

Look for part two in our next issue.

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When One’s Ideas Inspire Another’s, Is It Plagiarism? The center of plagiarism and creativity encloses originality. Plagiarism is defined as, “Taking someone’s work and passing off as your own.” Creativity is defined as, “The ability to transcend traditional ideas and to create meaningful new ones.” Originality encompasses the adoption of favored qualities from others but incorporating it into one’s own way. In accepting his Golden Globe for “Creed,” Sylvester Stallone alluded to this by saying, “I am the sum total of everyone I’ve ever met.” Throughout antiquity, affirmation of this notion prospered with-

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By: Fernando Faura Staff Writer

There is a small interlap between plagarism and creativity.

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A Wrestling Star Reaches His Goals Photo Courtesy of Ezdras Arroyo

By: Cailee Oliver Staff Writer

Jordan Juliano is a rising star in wrestling and he has helped the MCC wrestling team excel to greatness.

Jordan Juliano is a sophomore wrestler of the Blue Colts Wrestling Team. Juliano lives in High Bridge with his family. He began his wrestling career as a freshman at Voorhees High School, where he made the varsity team all four years. Graduating in 2013, Juliano attended Middlesex County Community College and is currently majoring in Liberal Arts Physical Education. He joined the Blue Colts wrestling team his freshman year, where everyone welcomed him with open arms. The transition was smooth for Juliano, and he was able to adjust to the new rules of wrestling, since high school and college

rules are different. Coach Kyle Brewer and his new teammates made Juliano feel comfortable with the new change. The wrestling team is a big part of Juliano’s life because they have always pushed him to do his best and taught him to never back down from any challenge. Juliano’s fondest memory was qualifying for Nationals freshman year at Middlesex, where he flew to Iowa with Coach Kyle and the Juliano family. Even though he did not come in first or second, being able to participate in Nationals meant a lot to Juliano. Since he got the experience in his first year, it made him a lot more focused and determined to win next time. “My family are my biggest supporters,” Juliano explained, “Especially my brother. When I’m over weight he always is there for me to

workout with me and giving me my nutrition advice.” Today, Juliano is still a wrestler of the Blue Colts Wrestling Team and a student a Middlesex. He hopes to qualify for Nationals again and leave with a National Champion title this time. He plans to graduate Spring 2017 and attend a 4 year college to continue his education and his wrestling career. However, when he’s not wrestling, Juliano likes to go to the beach, spend quality time with his family, and try foods from different places. “I put a lot of hard work into wrestling because it’s such a physically demanding sport, so it’s nice to relax sometimes,” he said. You can reach the author at: cailee1898@gmail.com

Men’s Blue Colts Fall Short of a Win in the Game The Blue Colts played a hard fought road game against Passaic County Community College. It was a tough loss as the team fell 92-82 despite sophomore guard Michael Valentin scoring 32 points. “ I felt we played hard and that’s the #1 team,” Coach Bilal Dixon said, I felt that we could’ve won that game.” Dixon also pointed out that the team’s missed opportunities on the free throw line and turnovers proved costly for the Blue Colts. “We missed a lot of free throws so that’s something we need to work on and we need to limit our turnovers,” Dixon said. Lack of size has also been tough on the team’s play on the court. “Right now we are missing in size, so we need to box out more and attack the glass harder,” Coach Dixon said. Dixon’s go-to guard Michael Valentin continued his offensive surge scoring 32 points

along with a perfect 7-for-7 on free throws attempted and made. Valentin did a good job taking care of the basketball as he only had a mere 3 turnovers. Valentin was 11-of-18 in field goals. “Mike was doing good,” Coach Dixon said, “He came out strong in the second half and he was playing hard for us.” Along with Valentin’s 32, sophomore guard Zachary Torres had a solid night scoring 16 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Torres was perfect from the free throw line being 3-for-3 and he was also 6-of-14 in field goals. Torres, along with Valentin also saw eye-to-eye with the basketball by having just a mere two turnovers. The Blue Colts look to bounce back from the loss on Saturday January 28 at 2:00 p.m. as they head to Toms River, New Jersey to face Ocean County College.

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By: Christian Grullon Sports Editor

The College’s Michael Valentin (12) on offense against Passaic County Community College.

Wrestling Team Takes Second Place By: Cailee Oliver Staff Writer

for junior college wrestling in the county. “This part of the season is the most important and I think if the team wrestles well at our qualifier for nationals we can have more than one guy this year going to Iowa,” said Juliano.

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The Blue Colt Wrestling team took second place at the Garden State Conference Championship on Jan. 28. Wrestler Jordan Juliano said, “As a team, we wrestled really well.” Juliano stated, “There’s al-

ways areas to improve, considering we only had five guys. But taking second place is a huge achievement for us.” Most of the wrestlers won two matches while Tristan Liebenow only accomplished one victory. Coach Kyle Brewer was very proud of what his team achieved. Coming in first place was Camden County College; the school is ranked top 10

From top left: Coach Vincent Leone, Algenis Nunez, Jordan Juliano, Nezzar Dimes, Coach Kyle Brewer Bottom Left: Israel Mena, Tristan Liebenow, Mohammad Dhillo, Ivan Cruz.

Upcoming Games Feb.9 Women’s Basketball vs. Brookdale Community College Home 5:30p.m.

Feb. 11 Women’s Basketball vs. Camden Community College Away noon

Feb. 9

Feb.11

Men’s Basketball vs. Brookdale Community College Home 7:30p.m.

Men’s Basketball vs. Camden Community College Away 2 p.m.

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