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Volume 53, Issue 4 | Keystone Press Award-Winning Student-Run Newspaper | APRIL 2020

Focal Point is still on the air! Find out where to catch Andreas Copes’s show on CCPTV. PAGE 7

A college coping with COVID-19: How CCP students and faculty are keeping busy during the pandemic


The Vanguard’s Mission Statement: From a Scholar’s View, Sharing Stories, Research and Resources that Shape the Community College of Philadelphia and its Community. www.thestudentvanguard.com

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Saying Goodbye to Malcolm Jenkins Abdullah Pullin

Malcolm Jenkins, Safety for the Philadelphia Eagles and a member of the Community College of Philadelphia’s foundation board has brought much needed attention to criminal justice in the black and brown communities as well as the college and the college has returned the favor. At CCP’s annual Black and Gold gala and fundraiser, Jenkins was honored with the Community Service Award for his work on campus and making sure low income communities are given the proper economic and educational needs. Jenkins has done so through his leadership role in the Players Coalition, taking almost $90 million from the National Football League and using it to fund inner city communities within Philadelphia. “It’s very humbling to think CCP thought that much of me,” Jenkins said in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer. “CCP is something in the city that I’m proud of. It is one of those vehicles I think can be used to make this city a more equitable city. And bring opportunity to people who have since been marginalized in a circumstance that they couldn’t really control.” Throughout his four years as Eagles Safety, Jenkins has done amazing work for the college and city, as a hero to black and brown Philadelphians,

Pictured: Malcolm Jenkins, photo by Inquirer.com

Malcolm Jenkins leaves behind a great legacy in Philly

changing or attempting changing policies on both a local and State level. We salute Jenkins and hope that he is as much of a Saint to the New Orleans black and brown communities as the team he’s playing for!

Pictured: Malcolm Jenkins, photo by Inquirer.com

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Melissa Lushington “What you don’t hear enough of, is anyone giving advice on how they can protect themselves mentally during this pandemic crisis.”

Message from The Vanguard contributing writer Since the beginning of its outbreak, many Americans have scrambled around frantically due to the immediate spread of COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus. You can hear it from the media the many ways that people can protect themselves physically such as washing your hands, wearing masks, staying at home, and social distancing, which means physically distancing yourself from other human beings. What you don’t hear enough of, is anyone giving advice on how they can protect themselves mentally during this pandemic crisis. I guess it just goes to show how people value the human body more than the human mind. With the shutting down of sports, entertainment, restaurants, and anything that would involve public social gatherings could really mess with an individual’s mentality, in which it could cause them to have panic attacks and nervous breakdowns. Aside from the obvious advice of not watching too much negative news about the virus, the most important advice I would want to give, is to give yourself confidence in knowing that it will all be over soon. As someone who’s on the lower end of the autism spectrum, my experience of going through this outbreak has been very overwhelming, wherein I do worry a lot about how long this coronavirus will continue to last. I’ve been worried about the well-being of my parents and loved ones because I obviously want them to be safe and alright, but I’ve also been extremely worried about myself. With all the isolations and demands for social distancing, I’ve been worried a lot how this could affect me mentally, emotionally, and physically. I worry that social distancing could cause me to convert back to my old habits of being physically, mentally, and emotionally isolated from everyone. Especially since I worked so hard and came a long way to break those isolated habits in the first place. Do any of you have those fears too? I understand if those thoughts and fears make you feel scared, but the one thing that I recommend you should do is give yourself some self-confidence in knowing that our current situation with the Coronavirus is only temporary. Tell yourself that this global health crisis is not going to last forever. I want you to also remind yourself that you are strong, tough, brave, and you’re an incredible individual. Think back and remember everything you’ve been through in your life. You had your good days, your bad days, your better days, your worse days, even your many scary days, but through it all, you’re still here and you survived. Our journey through this Coronavirus pandemic will be the same way. We’ll have some good days, some bad days, some better days, worse days, and so many days that will feel very scary and terrifying. In the end, even though many people will die, other people will still be here, you will still be here, you will survive, we will survive. So be safe, be healthy, be encouraged, stay connected, and remember that you’re strong.

Pictured: Branford Smith, photo by Vanguard Staff

A Gen Z Autistic College Student’s Message of Hope on Conquering Fear of COVID-19

Coronavirus and Its Effect on Sports Brandan Thomas

The sports world and where we stand today News about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) really began to pick up steam in early March, when the first cases hit U.S. soil in the state of Washington. Understanding that this disease can spread Coronavirus and its effect on Sports rapidly and undetected Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee temporarily banned events of 250 or more people, this included sporting events and in turn forced the Seattle Mariners to seek other venues to play their home games. On March 11, the Golden State Warriors announced that they would be playing their home games without their fans in attendance. The sudden ban of fans came after San Francisco Mayor, London Breed, banned events of over 1,000 people. The first game without was scheduled to be played on Thursday, March 12, against the Brooklyn Nets. To this day that game has yet to be played because on the night of March 11 in the midst of NBA action the league had announced that they would suspend their season for the next thirty days. The announcement came shortly before tip-off between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder. A Thunder team doctor had rushed to the court to suggest that the game should not be played because Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. When you go back and do the math, the Utah Jazz played five games in the week leading up to the shutdown. The opponents were Toronto, Cleveland, Boston, Detroit, and New York, in that same week those teams played against the remaining twenty-four NBA teams. This makes every NBA team member potentially exposed to the Coronavirus, a shutdown is the only option. After the NBA shut its doors, it was only a matter of time before the rest of the professional sports leagues followed suit. The NHL, MLS, NASCAR, and PGA all quickly enacted postponements after the NBA took its stand. The NCAA received backlash for failing to act a timely manner. Many were certain that the sixty-eight team extravaganza that is March Madness was to go on without a hitch due to the money hungry reputation the NCAA has garnered in recent years. The NCAA was so unsure on how to act in this situation that a Big East tournament game was even played between St John’s and Creighton and the game was canceled during halftime. Shortly after the NCAA canceled its season. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were even postponed until next year. ,

Pictured: Basketball, photo taken by Tommy Boudreau

The sports world as a whole is on hold right now. No one really knows how to go forward or when the sports world will resume as we know it. Some speculate that if sports were to resume that it would be done without fans for the foreseeable future. Some players think that playing without the fans is hard to fathom. When asked about the possibility of resuming games without fans Lebron James said, “There’s not excitement,there’s no crying. There’s no joy. There’s no back and forth .” The NBA does have reason to try and resume the season because failure to do so will result in major loss of revenue for the owners and players. This in turn could have major implications on the seasons to come. College athletes were feared to be one of the most severely affected by this situation because their seasons have been canceled and that would mean those athletes who play in the spring would lose out on a year that they are eligible to play and possibly never get that chance again. On March 30, the NCAA announced that it is extending the eligibility of all division-1 athletes who play in spring sports (basketball,volleyball, baseball, swimming etc). The NCAA will also allow division-1 schools to expand their rosters beyond normal limits. The world is so thirty for sports that Ice Cube’s BIG3 half court basketball league will host a pre-season quarantined basketball tournament in which the teams will all live in one mansion and compete against each other under the same roof on an in-house basketball court. The entire spectacle will be filmed in partnership by popular reality show Big Brother. The show is scheduled to air in early May. ESPN is moving up the release date of their highly anticipated documentary THE LAST DANCE to April 19. The documentary chronicles the journey of Michael Jordan and the six-time champion champion Chicago Bulls and their incredible streak of dominance. The documentary was scheduled to be released in June during the NBA FINALS, but after high demand the release date has moved up.

Pictured: Beaver Stadium, photo from Pittsburgh.CBSlocal.com

Pictured: Branford Smith, photo by Vanguard Staff

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General Strike on May 1st Picks Up Steam Griffin Fadellin

Across social media, something that has not happened in America in several generations is being talked about more and more—the possibility of having a general strike, where low-income workers walk out or “sick-out” of jobs across the country to bargain for job security, living wages, and safer conditions for those still working during stay-at-home orders. Workers have more bargaining power than ever, and the conditions may already be falling into place for it to happen naturally, according to an article from Vice. High-profile protests have occurred among Amazon, Whole Foods, Target and Instacart, where employees describe low pay and a lack of adequate protective measures to prevent contracting COVID-19. The Guardian also reports that in addition to the virus making the financial futures of the American working class uncertain, the COVID-19 death rate has fallen disproportionately along racial and income divides. While higher income, white-collar workers have the luxury of working from home, New York City has seen higher sickness and death rates among their essential and frontline worker populations, 79% of whom are Black or Latinx. Smithfield and Tyson, two major owners of meat packing plants with large immigrant worker populations, have seen shutdowns as the new coronavirus has infected hundreds that have come into contact with the factories in South Dakota and Iowa. Organizers are hoping to spread awareness and pull together enough support for the movement by May 1st, International Workers’ Day. A general strike would aim not just to leverage power with individual companies, but with the government as well. Greater guarantees for job security, raising minimum wage, effective unemployment benefits, and access to healthcare are just some of the issues activists want to bring to the attention of our representatives. Social safety nets would make conditions more bearable and

Pictured: Strike graphic, photo by calfac.org

Worker organizing hopes to address inequality and dangerous conditions across the US during the pandemic

protect low-income families from the worst effects of the economic crash. A large general strike has not occurred in the United States since 1946, largely because they are both difficult to organize and the federal protections for unions and workers’ rights have been stripped since then. The Taft-Hartley Act of 1947 drastically limited the ability for unions and workers to strike, and allowed many states to pass right-to-work laws undermining worker protections. Experts pointed out to Vice, however, that few modern American workers are under union protection at all anymore, making the limits that prevent unions from organizing strikes a moot point. It is important to note that this time is unprecedented—the world is an extremely different place than it was in 1946, or from 1918 when we experienced the last wide-reaching pandemic. Strikes that would normally be accompanied by street protests or picketing would be vectors for spreading COVID-19. An attempt at an entirely at-home strike during a pandemic has never been attempted before, although we are all living in a time full of unprecedented actions as it is, with shelter-in-place orders and Congress passing the largest stimulus bills in history to combat economic catastrophe. With mentions on social media gaining popularity and economic conditions worsening by the day, it is likely that even if the strike does not materialize on a large scale by May 1st, the possibility could grow in the societal consciousness over the coming months. In general, organizers ask that you spread the word and avoid supporting businesses that are undergoing strikes if possible, like temporarily refraining from ordering online if you support delivery workers on strike.

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The Show Must Go On Andreas Copes

Pictured: Andreas Copes on Focal Point, photo by CCP Staff

How CCP’s Focal Point continues after the college’s shutdown Audio, Camera rolling. Ready! Welcome to Focal Point the magazine show about the Community College of Philadelphia on CCPTV, the Emmy® Award Winning educational channel at the college. Putting together the show is a new normal, not only for me as the host of Focal Point, but also for the entire crew. My name is Andreas Copes and I am a Mass Media sophomore CCP student. This is my last semester here at the college and it is a bummer that it has to end like that. I hosted Focal Point in the Spring of 2019 and 2020, but this season is different. The pandemic known as COVID-19 put us into a new challenge. Every Saturday we gather to produce Focal Point, the student-run magazine show about the College. Usually my co-host Bethany Anne and I would be sitting at the news desk in the CCPTV-studio, but now it’s only me on a kitchen chair in my bedroom. We were just getting ready for our next episode, episode 5 of season 7, when the college had to close. The challenge for us was to create an entertaining show with the resources we have at home. Entertainers like Trevor Noah or John Oliver showed us how: Make your home into a studio. Focal Point is produced by students in the Digital Video Production curriculum at the college. It is not only my mantra of “The show must go on,” but also the college’s wish of “the class must go on” that kept us going. The new normal is an hour-long zoom meeting on Sat-urdays, followed by production steps from at home in Lower North Central Philadelphia.

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Luckily, I made the right choice when I picked my husband. James is a passionate photographer and becomes my audio and camera technician every Saturday. He ensures that we can maintain the high- quality production value for the show. Yet, it is not the same. The lack of a co-host and a teleprompter presented me with unprecedented circumstances. I really lucked up with the crew this year, since they are all extremely passionate videographers and creative minds. So far, we produced a show about COVID-19, cooking in quarantine and an adaptation of the 1938 War of the Worlds. We all would have appreciated if we had the more professional equipment from the college and if we could be together, but this is the new normal and we made the best out of it. Focal Point airs on channel 53 on Comcast, and in the livestream on YouTube and Facebook. We hope you enjoy the show. Stay with us and wash your hands.

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Deployment in the time of Coronavirus Heaven Hall

Pictured: Heaven Hall, photo by Vanguard Staff

How COVID-19 is handled for student soldiers Before I deployed in February Coronavirus was just a meme on my Facebook timeline. I’d seen people making jokes about not drinking Corona beer because of it, and everything was rooted in humor, but little did I know the turn things would take. My platoon arrived in Poland right when the Coronavirus chaos started. We were placed on restriction immediately. At first it was only two weeks, and we couldn’t go off base, but as time went on and the circumstances grew more serious the rules became even more strict. That meant no leaving post at all except for work, no ordering food to the gate and things began to shut down. Three weeks into being stationed here the gyms were closed and shortly after the basketball court followed. These measures were put into place to ensure the safety of all soldiers. We were informed that if we were having symptoms then we were to send a battle buddy to the medics who would come in hazmat suits, and you would be quarantined accordingly. Luckily since we’ve been here, we haven’t had any outbreaks. Policies and rules changes were difficult to keep up with. However, in true Army fashion, we adapted and continued with our mission.

We were then notified that only a limited number of people were allowed in one place. For example, ten people allowed in the MWR/Morale, Welfare, and Recreation, a support network for service members and their families, and six people at a time in the PX/Post Exchange that is the equivalent of a neighborhood convenience store. Stakes were then placed six feet apart to let us know that we had reached the social distancing aspect of quarantine. We can’t workout in groups larger than ten at a time, the basketball court was shut down. Now we are at the point now where there are hand-washing stations outside of every building here on post. When handling mail, we wear gloves for our own protection. We stand six feet apart in line whether we’re going into the dining facility or the post exchange. We are still restricted to post as per Polish Government wanting to stop the spread of Coronavirus. Life in Poland mirrors life in the states: quarantined and social distancing. We are patiently waiting for the day when this restriction is lifted, and we can fully enjoy this beautiful country to its fullest.

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Jenavia Weaver, Director of Student Engagement Academic and Student Success Division and FunTimes Woman of Influence

Making the list of FunTimes Magazine’s 2020 Who’s Who for Philadelphia Women of Influence is Jenavia Weaver, an accomplished college administrator. She is devoted to discovery, development, retention and assessment. The magazine recognized Ms. Weaver for her dynamism and ingenuity in civic engagement - student success programs and partnerships at Community College of Philadelphia. Due to COVID-19, this year’s award ceremony was held virtually.

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Mar./Apr. 2020 Issue featuring 'Women of Influence' honorees - Jenavia Weaver - 2nd row, 2nd from r. to l.

J. Weaver (r.) with CCP Welcoming Team/photo by CCPedu.com

Piseitta Arrington, Technical Craft Specialist B, Clubs and Organizations and Citizen Hero

Ms. Arrington’s acts of volunteerism, providing food for families during this COVID-19 pandemic earned her the recognition of “Citizen Hero.” The following is reported in The Philadelphia Citizen -When Piseitta Arrington, who usually brings donated food to her Community College of Philadelphia campus to feed hungry students, heard the college was closing in mid-March, she pivoted. Now, she has a weekly meal pickup outside her Northeast Philly home, which has already fed more than 40 families and seniors—and she plans to keep going. For the full story, please click on the link: https:thephiladelphiacitizen.org/piseitta-arrington/.

Pictured: Piseitta Arrington leading through COVID-19 crisis | Courtesy of The Philadelphia Citizen

The Vanguard Sta Editor-In-Chief: Abdullah Pullin apullin1@student.ccp.edu

Managing Editor of Print: Griffin Fadellin gfadell1@student.ccp.edu

Business Manager: Naomi Smith nsmit139@student.ccp.edu

Associate Editor: Michael Angelo Smith msmit253@student.ccp.edu

Managing Editor of Online/Social Media: Bree Brown bbrow145@student.ccp.edu

Faculty Advisor Eva Blackwell emblackwell@ccp.edu

Follow us @CCPTheVanguard Contributors of Volume 53, Issue 4: Abdullah Pullin, Brandan Thomas, GriďŹƒn Fadellin, Heaven Hall, Andreas Copes, Melissa Lushington

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The Vanguard is a Keystone Press award-winning student-run newspaper whose mission is to share stories, research and resources that involve...

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The Vanguard is a Keystone Press award-winning student-run newspaper whose mission is to share stories, research and resources that involve...