CCC Sport-light

By: STAFF WRITER

Sixteen new student-athletes were welcomed on CCC’s campus on April 14.  All 16 high school seniors signed their national letter of intents to attend Cumberland County College in the fall and play for the women’s soccer program. Their names are listed below.
-Stephanie Alvarez, Vineland
-Danielle Coblentz, Salem HS
-Rhesa Anderson, Delsea
-Danni Cowgill, Clayton
-Julianna Marchese, Bridgeton
-Ashton Dawkins, Cumberland Regional
-Kelsie Platt, Clayton
-Nicole Gaboda, Buena
-Brianna Harper, Buena
-Melissa Adams, Buena
-Alexus Ekimoglou Salem County College
-Kewanee Chapman, Salem County College
-Brianna Slaughter. Salem County College

On April 16, Artaeja Loatman of our women’s basketball program signed her national letter of intent to continue her education and basketball career at Goldey Beacom. Congratulations to Loatman and the women’s basketball program.

On April 22, the athletic department thanked our campus community for their support by inviting them to a CCC employees appreciation event. Lunch was provided at our concession stand.  In addition to lunch, the event provided a fun activity, “BOUNCY BOXING.”    The Dukes hostedSalem County Community College that day in a doubleheader beginning at 2PM. Joe Hibbs threw out the ceremonial first pitch in honor of his years of service for community college athletics.

This past weekend the baseball team ran all over visiting Bergen County College winning game 1 14-0 and game 2 12-2.  Winning the series with Bergen means a trip to the Region 19 final four!  The final four is hosted at Brookdale Community College.  Your #1 seed Cumberland Dukes will face #4 seed Brookdale Community College at 12:00 PM on Friday, May 9th, at Brookdale’s baseball field.  Win or lose, we will play again at 3:00PM  The 3:00 PM game will be played in Wall Township. 

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Spring into the madness

By: KYLE BENNETT
Staff Writer

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What would March be without madness? Sports fans gather every March and fill out brackets of the 68 teams that were invited to participate in the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The big name teams like Florida, Kansas, Michigan State and Wichita State headlined everyone’s brackets as teams that could possibly win it all.

But this year, much like every year, was a year of the upset. There was the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, the Mercer Bears, and everyone’s Cinderella, The Dayton Flyers.

Kevin Canevari and the 14-seed Mercer Bears ousted freshman Player of the Year Jabari Parker, and the Number 3 seed Duke Blue Devils. With Parker declaring for the NBA Draft this summer, Duke will have to look for another player to step up and fill the role that Parker will leave behind.

The Stanford Cardinal also wanted to join in on the upset part as they took down 7th seeded New Mexico in the Round of 64 and then took out 2nd seeded Kansas and the other freshman commodity, Andrew Wiggins. Stanford went on to play against the 11th seeded Dayton Flyers and lost 82-72.

The regular-season shocker, the Wildcats of Villanova, were a 2-seed in the East bracket, only made it out of the Round of 64 before being defeated by 7th-seeded UConn.

UConn would not take one upset as satisfaction. The Huskies went on to defeat 3rd seeded Iowa State 81-76 to position them with a matchup against a big under-seeded favorite in Michigan State. UConn would pull away with a 60-54 victory to land a spot in the Final 4 against Number 1 overall seed Florida.

The Florida Gators, the Number 1 overall seed, made it to the Final Four where they were expected to defeat the pesky UConn Huskies. Florida trailed by three points going into halftime but Shabazz Napier; the senior leader for UConn took over and took his team to the Championship game by taking down Florida 63-53.

A huge question going in to the tournament was how John Calipari and his 8-seed Kentucky Wildcats would fair in the high intensity of the NCAA Tournament. With Coach Calipari having an entire starting 5 comprised of all freshmen, many experts were not sure how they would handle the pressure.

Kentucky escaped its Round of 64 matchup by 7 points. They then met Number 1 seed Wichita State in the Round of 32 and won a thriller by a score of 78-76. The biggest test the faced turned into an instant classic as they defeated in-state rival and defending National Champion Louisville 74-69. Kentucky would then turn its next two games in the Elite 8 and Final 4 into the biggest nail biters of 2014. They would win their next two games against Michigan and Wisconsin by three points and one point respectively.

The Championship Game would be a 7 seed versus an 8 seed. UConn was the first 7 seed to compete for a college title and Kentucky would send out the first all freshman-starting lineup for the first time since 1992.

The game was intense the entire way, as UConn would go into halftime with a 35-31 lead. Kentucky would not have enough energy left to keep up with the Huskies, as Shabazz Napier and UConn would win their 2nd title in four years and 4th in the last 15.

The NCAA Tournament never fails to entertain. Between the teams we love and hate, to the teams that become a Cinderella story, to the eventual Champion, we all as sports fans find something to enjoy during March Madness. With all the upsets we witnessed this season and watching a 7 seed cut down the nets, we only have to wait a little over 300 more days until the madness returns.

 

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Millville’s Millionaire: Trout takes flight with Angels

By: KYLE BENNETT
Staff Writer

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At age 22, would you ever think you would be a millionaire? Sure it’s possible, but someone in our own backyard just hit the baseball lottery. Vineland born, Millville raised, Angels Outfielder Mike Trout signed the largest pre-arbitration contract in Major League Baseball history when he put pen to paper on a $1 million dollar deal on February 26th.

 

Trout, a 2-time MLB MVP runner-up, has been making a case for himself as the best player in the league and on March 27th, the Angels paid him like it. The power-hitting Outfielder inked a 6yr/$144.5 million dollar contract extension.

 

Being one of the most highly regarded players in the league at such a young age puts a lot of expectations on his shoulders. But, he has lived up to the hype and posted monster numbers in his first 2 big league seasons.

 

The 6-year extension does not kick in until the 2015 season, where Trout is slated to make $5.25 million. In 2016, the money jumps up to $15.25 million, 2017 guarantees him $19.25 million and then the final 3 years take a big jump to $33.25 million.

 

Trout and the Angels agreed to the terms of the deal one day after Detroit Tigers slugger, 2-time AL MVP, Miguel Cabrera, signed an 8-year, $292 million dollar extension.

 

This contract will finish after his age 29 season, when he can become a free agent in the winter of 2020 and could possibly become the first $300 million baseball player.

 

This extension is the second-largest deal for any player with less than 3 years of MLB service time, but the $24.1 average annual value on the deal is the highest ever.

 

The deal also includes a $5 million signing bonus and he will receive a full no-trade clause. His extension will not count against the Angels luxury tax until 2015, which is a big deal considering that Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton are making a ton of money this season and are a big portion of the payroll and luxury tax.

This contract allows the Angels to avoid all three years of arbitration with the young Outfielder, as well as his first three years of free agency.

 

ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian called Trout, “the second coming of Mickey Mantle”. You don’t have to even watch baseball, and you know Mickey Mantle’s name. Analysts and experts are already saying Trout is the best player in the game.

 

Trout has the opportunity to win the MVP this season at age 23 and become one of the youngest players to ever win the award. Many experts say he would have won each of the past two years were it not for Miguel Cabrera winning the Triple Crown in 2012 and only improving on those numbers in 2013.

Trout is a hot commodity in Major League Baseball. He’s made a name for himself in just over two years of MLB experience. He started off year three with a moon shot of a homerun against the Seattle Mariners. Trout is part of the long-term plans of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. This contract was proof of that and the scary part is, he’s just getting started.

What you didn’t know about tanning BY: Vanessa Dwyer Staff Writer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. One out of five Americans are going to develop cancer in their lifetime. Nearly 2 million people are diagnosed each and every year, and reports of new cases of cancer are being reported every day, according to American Cancer Society. For those who love tanning outside or using tanning beds, you should read on. Do you really know the damage caused by the sun or UV rays? For those who enjoy “tanning”, there is more risk than many are aware of. There are cells in the upper layer of the skin that form or produce a pigment called melanin. This is what gives our skin its color. The ultraviolet rays, from the sun, damage the skin even more by formulating an increase of the pigment melanin. Unfortunately, the melanin does not completely protect the skin, and makes you more susceptible to damage. Skin cancer is directly connected to the sun, and is why tanning is just no good. When tanning, you should be aware of the possible side effects because simple sunburn could potentially turn into skin cancer later on in life. Skin cancer starts in the top layers skin, and then damages its DNA. The DNA replicates forming a tumor within the skin. The cancer appears on the epidermis of the upper layer of the skin where it, according to Skin Cancer Foundation, is visible to the eyes. This cancer is called Melanoma, which is the most dangerous form of cancer. If Melanoma isn’t treated early, it’s impossible to cure because it spreads quickly and aggressively to other parts of your skin. It is very important to know your skin well because Melanoma develops as a mole to your skin, which is usually a harmless brown spots. A recent report by the Skin Cancer Foundation states, after trying to reclassify the UV light from tanning beds, it was found that the rays produced are far more risky and that it is more dangerous to tan in a bed than it is directly from the sun. There are still millions of women and men, throughout the world, who are misled by the many advertisements of many cosmetic companies, and how much danger you are in exposing your skin to any source of UV radiation. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, The chances of developing melanoma the first time using a tanning bed is 20 percent and every other time increases the risk two percent more. There warning signs have been placed on each bed, and on other materials, to warn young people of its effects prior to their use, so they can be well aware of the risks. A resident who chose to be anonymous of Cumberland County admits, “Yes I tan. During the winter months once every two weeks and the summer I let the sun take its course. I know the risk of tanning, but I like the enhancing features and it adds to my confidence.” She also admits “She tries not to do it so much.” One of the main ways to reduce the risk is to simply not tan as much, outdoors and especially in indoor tanning beds. The risk caused by tanning definitely outweighs the reward.

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Tone it up: Summertime fitness BY: Brittany Kilpatrick Staff Writer

Summertime is drawing near and for some, that means that getting in shape is imperative. If buying a gym membership is out of reach, there are still options available to you. One of the many options is the Tone It Up plan. Tone It Up is an online-based fitness and nutrition brand geared towards women run by best friends, Karena Dawn and Katrina Hodgson. The Tone It Up website provides members with an online community in which members, both basic and paying costumers, can communicate with one another and receive support. The Tone It Up website contains workouts, recipes, tips, and an online store. A nutrition plan is offered as well, at shoptoneitup.com, and the price is a one time payment. With all of that said, how do the members feel about what Tone It Up has to offer? To begin, Lyia Stuart, a member of the Tone It Up online community, is currently using the program’s free services. Stuart says that she is, “following the workouts and recipes” found on Toneitup.com. In the future, she plans to eventually purchase the nutrition plan. When describing the online community, Stuart explained that, “Everyone is in the same boat, so I don’t feel ashamed to talk about my weight loss as I would be in other social media networks. Everyone is positive and motivating. Continuing on, Stuart recounted her experience as a member “The weekly fitness schedule is easy to follow but I haven’t been getting the results I want because I haven’t been following the nutrition plan.” As far as improvements that can be made, Stuart feels that because of the fact that you are in a situation where “you kind of have to figure things out for yourself,” that being provided with a “step-by-step instruction and/or introduction to the program would be helpful.” Another member, Kayla Luttrell, has purchased Tone It Up’s DVDs. Luttrell describes the online community as “very helpful and interactive.” She also added “It’s nice to feel that you’re not the only one working hard to look good and feel good.” Luttrell waited a while before joining Tone It Up, and now wonders why she “waited so long.” She believes and likes that Karena and Katrina come off as likeable and relatable. Luttrell feels that Tone It Up’s nutrition plan may be “a bit pricey at first,” and thinks that the site should offer “packages to choose from, in order to improve the price challenge for its customers.” Ultimately, Stuart’s goal is to “lose weight in the healthiest way possible eating real food, and doing easy, but effective workouts.” She also added, “when I’ve reached my goals and decide to no longer follow the program,” that she still wants to be able to “make healthy choices.” In the future, Luttrell hopes to gain “confidence.” In addition, she wants to get “back to” the “physical look” that she “once had.” She also hopes to find friends in her pursuit to live a healthier lifestyle, while using Tone It Up and other fitness resources. Although, Tone It Up may need to make improvements in the future, many still participate in the community it offers. While looking at Tone It Up’s website, located at toneitup.com, there are various sections such as “fitness,” “recipes,” “lifestyle,” and “nutrition plan.” After clicking on the fitness section you will find that workouts have been categorized. If you click on any of the topics you will find YouTube videos and print outs that feature workout routines. After browsing all of the sections, you will find many resources available for your use. Most of the site’s services are free of charge. Image

Cell phones: A tech health risk? BY: Andrew Lehman Staff Writer

Cell phones have evolved immensely since they were first introduced back in 1983. There have been a number of different models that hit the streets since then. The first truly portable phone was the Motorola MicroTAC 9800X, due to the fact that other models were too bulky to fit inside jacket pockets. 

In 2003, the first camera phone was released to the public.  It was in high demand due to its ability to take a picture and having the ability to store for easy viewing. The first Blackberry shuffled into the market the same year as well along with the Blackberry. During the same year, the Motorola Razor, with a sleek design, became available. One of the most, if not, the most popular cell phone, called the iPhone, was released in 2007. Even with all the upgrades and advances in technology, iPhone’s still held the spot for the most popular cell phone today. 

Cell phones have become so incorporated into our everyday lives that they have become a necessity. But, with this necessity, there are health risks that you need to consider.  

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), “Cell phones emit radiofrequency energy, a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, which can be absorbed by tissues closest to where the phone is held.” 

There has been stipulation about wherever you keep your phone on your body; there will later be problems on in the surrounding area location. 

The radiofrequency energy, which is exposed when using a cell phone, depends on the technology of the phone, the distance between the phone’s antenna and the user, the extent and type of use, and the user’s distance from cell phone towers.

Most Americans are unfamiliar with the potential health risk that factors in when using a cell phone. NCI’s reports, “Studies thus far have not shown a consistent link between cell phone use and cancers of the brain, nerves, or other tissues of the head or neck. More research is needed because of cell phone technology and how people use cell phones have been changing rapidly.” 

Cell phone technology has also undergone substantial changes. 

NCI also states, “Studies have examined the potential health effects of non-ionizing radiation from radar, microwave ovens, and other sources, there is currently no consistent evidence that non-ionizing radiation increases cancer risk.” 

A recent study showed that when people used a cell phone for 50 minutes, brain tissues on the same side of the head as the phone’s antenna metabolized more glucose than the tissues on the opposite side of the brain did. The researchers noted that the results are preliminary, and possible health outcomes from this increase in glucose metabolism are still unknown. 

It is generally accepted that damage to DNA is necessary for cancer to develop. However, radiofrequency energy, unlike ionizing radiation, does not cause DNA damage in cells, and it has not been found to cause cancer in animals or to enhance the cancer-causing effects of known chemical carcinogens in animals. 

Needless to say there is nothing for you to worry about when it comes to using your cell phone.

On the Grow: Agri/Horti Dept. goes where the plants are

By SARAH JOHNSON

Staff Writer

          The Agriculture/Horticulture Department at Cumberland County College continues its strong growth.To celebrate spring, a plant sale took place coinciding with C.C.C. Community Day on April 26.

           “With warming weather, the students are planting and tending many beautiful plants in the greenhouse,” says Price.

            Between studies and hands-on greenhouse activities, the students are active with several trips. In January, several students travelled to Belize to both teach and to learn. In March, The Philadelphia Flower Show was the laboratory for ample studies of competitions, marketing, display, and landscape creativity.

             A planned trip to the National Arboretum in Washington DC (at print time, seats were still available) will include viewing the United States National Arboretum and Botanical Garden and the National Cherry Festival. This trip was scheduled for April 4. Additionally in April, the coursework includes traveling to Longwood Gardens for a day of observation of planting styles and materials, with an emphasis on Bulbs, spring-blooming shrubs, and conservatory display.

             Finally, in May, a study day in New York City will include The Brooklyn Botanical Garden, the High-Line (a recycled elevated train rail that runs through the city, now planted with gardens, as if it were a flowering ribbon above the pedestrian city), and a stop at the 911 Memorial.

            New summer classes for the Agriculture/Horticulture department are on the schedule including Fruit Production, Identification of Interior Plants and Plant Science.

 

“The Agriculture/Horticulture students participated in several additional field trips this spring. The National Arboretum and the U.S. Botanical Garden in Washington D.C.; Longwood Gardens, in Delaware, and the New York Botanical Garden and 9/11 Memorial in NYC.”

-Sarah Johnson, CCC student

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Aerialists performing above the flower displays at the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show.

 

Photos Courtesy of Sarah Johnson