Graduation speaker student finalists

By JOSH CARLL and KYLEE BAGLEY

Anthony Chesebro is graduating with a 4.0 GPA. He will receive degrees for Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science. Chesebro is currently the president of Student Senate, enjoys playing the violin in his free time, and will be transferring to Boston University in the fall. Chesebro says the most rewarding activity he participates in is his job as a tutor at CCC. “I enjoy teaching. Tutoring challenges me to discover the diversity of learning experiences and abilities of other students.”

Sarah Galzerano holds a 3.9 GPA and will graduate with degrees in Public Relations, Communications, and Journalism. She is president of Phi Theta Kappa and is a promoter of the C4 initiative. Galzerano holds honors awards in French and also completed a public relations internship on campus at CCC. Galzerano, grateful for the experience, said, “What I did learn was how all office environments differ, and how important it is to establish healthy and respectful relationships.”

Evolution of Sex in the Media

by Joshua Carll

Lights! Camera! Action!… Imagine a world without sex being advertised in the media. It’s kind of hard to imagine, right? What if I told you, that it used to be the norm back in the day. The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966) was a good, wholesome TV show in the 60’s. In the show, Dick and his wife, Laura, would go to bed during the show, but not in the same bed. Since the two weren’t married in real life, they slept in two twin sized beds.

Let’s take five and talk about the censorship. This censorship was all thanks to Hollywood, specifically William H. Hays. Hays was president of the “Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America” (MPPDA), which later changed to “Motion Picture Association of America” (MPAA), from 1922 to 1945. This code was strictly enforced in 1934 and made the use of profanity, sex, drugs, and rape, almost impossible to be shown on the silver screen. By the 1950’s, the code began to weaken, so when 1968 came around, the Hays code was considered outdated and replaced by the film rating system G, PG, PG13, R, and NC17.

Take two! Married with Children (1987-1997) was a sitcom that pushed the envelope for it’s time period. Having a promiscuous daughter and a not-so-typical housewife, this TV show made everyday life seem relatable. Later on in the show, Marcy and Steve, who are Al Bundy’s neighbors, end up getting divorced. After the divorce, Marcy remarries a gigolo. The subtle advocation of sex is promoted throughout the show without actually engaging in the acts.

Why is sex so interesting to people? Karrol Jordan, CCC professor of psychology, believes the “interest has always been there, but daring to challenge the status quo, that has changed.” People today talk about risqué things on the air like it’s a normal conversation to have, but back then, you really stepped on some toes with those kinds of topics. “I can remember an episode of the show Good Times, where CBS used viewer discretion advised. It dealt with venereal disease,” Jordan said. Throughout the years, Hollywood’s moral grip has become looser and looser.

Playback those episodes of How I met your Mother (2005-2014). This show pushed past Married with Children by the use of sex outside of marriage and the inappropriate jokes and language on the show. The main character Barney, is portrayed as a misogynist that sleeps around and is proud of his “accomplishments.” The censorship is still there because they do not show them outright having sex, but the scenes elude to the deed being done because the characters are depicted laying in bed together.

After a path for the LGBT community was made from the airing of Modern Family (2009-present), The Fosters (2013-present) focuses an interracial LGBT couple who have adopted kids into their family. Sex isn’t necessarily encouraged during the show, but the forbidden love of Brandon and Callie is evident and heartbreaking throughout the series. They long for each other just like Romeo and Juliet. When the characters actually do engage in sexual acts, ABC doesn’t show it graphically, but it is noted that they are practicing safe sex for the most part.

Let’s take Empire (2015-present) from the top. Making its debut in 2015, Empire shows a lucrative and scandalous side of a music industry. This show is filled with drugs, violence, vulgarity, provocativeness, sex, and complete disregard of the code. The company was based on drug money that Lucious and Cookie made during their thug years, which Cookie then went to jail for. The show starts with Cookie being released from prison and visiting her son Jamal, who is an openly gay black singer with a homophobic father. Lucious is now in a relationship with Anika, but starts cheating on her with Cookie. This dysfunctional family would give Dr. Phil a run for his money.

Sex can easily be seen in the media since the code has been thrown out the window. In the past, Hollywood banned sex in the media, but now they’re pushing it. “Ironically, these changes have to do with Hollywood,” Jordan said. The only way majority of people will be entertained is if sex was added into the mix. The media has gone from good wholesome fun, to explicit sensual behaviors. This is the evolution of sex in the media. Now that’s a wrap folks.

Instafame

By Joshua Carll

The Internet is a tricky place that can make or break someone. Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Snapchat are all forms of social media that people can post about their lives and view the lives of others. One picture on Instagram can easily get thousands of likes, but is it because a picture is worth a thousand words? Is it the fact that the person who posted it is considered “famous” among the world of social media?

Matt Crawford has made himself known to the world through social media. Crawford realized the start of his fame when he began posting pictures of himself and his boyfriend, who he is no longer in a relationship with. Now Crawford is doing things for himself, but some LGBT accounts still post pictures of them when they were together because of the impact they had on the community. “It has changed my life in MASSIVE ways. I have had so many opportunities that would’ve never came about without my social media,” Crawford said during an interview. As of now, Crawford has 29.7k followers on Instagram.

Coby Kinsey has 7,127 followers, as of April 11. When asked about how it feels to be Internet famous, Kinsey responded, “I think it’s kind of fun because I can’t post boring things now because people won’t like it… I always have to try and be creative now, but I also have to be careful with what I post.”

Internet fame is not all sunshine and rainbows though. When you step foot outside your home, you have to deal with the people of real life. “A lot of people know me. It does get kind of annoying at times… but most of the time it’s fine.” Kinsey said. Even if you don’t go outside, people do crazy things online. “I’ve gotten direct messages asking where I live and if they can come to my house. The craziest message I have ever received was about five months ago, some random old dude offered me $2,000 to fly out to Georgia to be an escort for a weekend. I politely declined,” Crawford mentioned when asked about the conversations he’s had online. Crawford still doesn’t feel unsafe, even after this incident. “I don’t put any of my location info online, and they have ‘blocking’ setting for a reason,” he added.

Social media allows these guys to interact with their followers. “It’s so cool that our generation can connect on a massive level through social media,” Crawford said. He has created tons of friendships with all of his online connection and inspires many, even if he’s not in a relationship anymore.

Instafame does have its perks, but you still need to be careful with what you post.

Evolution of sex in the media

By: JOSH CARLL

Lights! Camera! Action!… Imagine a world without sex being advertised in the media. It’s kind of hard to imagine, right? What if I told you, that it used to be the norm back in the day. The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966) was a good, wholesome TV show in the 60’s. In the show, Dick and his wife, Laura, would go to bed during the show, but not in the same bed. Since the two weren’t married in real life, they slept in two twin sized beds.

Let’s take five and talk about the censorship. This censorship was all thanks to Hollywood, specifically William H. Hays. Hays was president of the “Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America” (MPPDA), which later changed to “Motion Picture Association of America” (MPAA), from 1922 to 1945. This code was strictly enforced in 1934 and made the use of profanity, sex, drugs, and rape, almost impossible to be shown on the silver screen. By the 1950’s, the code began to weaken, so when 1968 came around, the Hays code was considered outdated and replaced by the film rating system G, PG, PG13, R, and NC17.

Take two! Married with Children (1987-1997) was a sitcom that pushed the envelope for it’s time period. Having a promiscuous daughter and a not-so-typical housewife, this TV show made everyday life seem relatable. Later on in the show, Marcy and Steve, who are Al Bundy’s neighbors, end up getting divorced. After the divorce, Marcy remarries a gigolo. The subtle advocation of sex is promoted throughout the show without actually engaging in the acts.

Why is sex so interesting to people? Karrol Jordan, CCC professor of psychology, believes the “interest has always been there, but daring to challenge the status quo, that has changed.” People today talk about risqué things on the air like it’s a normal conversation to have, but back then, you really stepped on some toes with those kinds of topics. “I can remember an episode of the show Good Times, where CBS used viewer discretion advised. It dealt with venereal disease,” Jordan said. Throughout the years, Hollywood’s moral grip has become looser and looser.

Playback those episodes of How I met your Mother (2005-2014). This show pushed past Married with Children by the use of sex outside of marriage and the inappropriate jokes and language on the show. The main character Barney, is portrayed as a misogynist that sleeps around and is proud of his “accomplishments.” The censorship is still there because they do not show them outright having sex, but the scenes elude to the deed being done because the characters are depicted laying in bed together.

After a path for the LGBT community was made from the airing of Modern Family (2009-present), The Fosters (2013-present) focuses an interracial LGBT couple who have adopted kids into their family. Sex isn’t necessarily encouraged during the show, but the forbidden love of Brandon and Callie is evident and heartbreaking throughout the series. They long for each other just like Romeo and Juliet. When the characters actually do engage in sexual acts, ABC doesn’t show it graphically, but it is noted that they are practicing safe sex for the most part.

Let’s take Empire (2015-present) from the top. Making its debut in 2015, Empire shows a lucrative and scandalous side of a music industry. This show is filled with drugs, violence, vulgarity, provocativeness, sex, and complete disregard of the code. The company was based on drug money that Lucious and Cookie made during their thug years, which Cookie then went to jail for. The show starts with Cookie being released from prison and visiting her son Jamal, who is an openly gay black singer with a homophobic father. Lucious is now in a relationship with Anika, but starts cheating on her with Cookie. This dysfunctional family would give Dr. Phil a run for his money.

Sex can easily be seen in the media since the code has been thrown out the window. In the past, Hollywood banned sex in the media, but now they’re pushing it. “Ironically, these changes have to do with Hollywood,” Jordan said. The only way majority of people will be entertained is if sex was added into the mix. The media has gone from good wholesome fun, to explicit sensual behaviors. This is the evolution of sex in the media. Now that’s a wrap folks.

CCC adopts CCN: Helpful tool for a successful career

by JENN HALLGREN

Cumberland County College is known for saving students by getting them through the first two years of their college career. It only makes sense that they would extend their generosity to its alumni as well. For graduates, many opportunities like Transfer Day help students make an informed decision on their next college and allows them to meet with several prospective universities while they are still finishing up at CCC.

Within the past year, CCC has added another beneficial resource that can be used for current students and alumni that will help them utilize their freshly printed Associate’s degree and decide on their first or next job. The College Central Network (CCN) was recently purchased by CCC and is a one-stop-shop combining the benefits of CareerBuilder, Indeed, and LinkedIn catered to a college student’s experience.

Reta Rios, Student Development Advisor at CCC and advocate for the website, “wanted to find a way to have a central location to help employers and students connect.” Collegecentral.com’s services include search engines with, “jobs posted exclusively to Cumberland County College,” and also includes access to, “the Jobs Central national job board and the Intern Central national internship board.” “Students can create a resume, portfolio, find mentors and internships and also look for jobs posted by the college or on the national job board,” Rios states.

If you aren’t sure how to create a resume or organize a portfolio, CCN gives you, “access to announcements, upcoming events, career advice documents, career advice videos, podcasts, and career articles from over 125 authors,” according to the College Central website. Where other job sites may require a subscription or fee to access these services, CCN provides these for free once you register. After you finish your resume and build your profile, prospective employers can search and view them and possibly contact you for a job or internship opportunity.

The CCN is also a valuable networking tool. Collegecentral.com encourages students to use their, “mentoring network to find profiles of people who work in your fields of interest.” Access to professionals working in your potential career path opens doors to possible job contacts in the future and gives you opportunities to ask any questions pertaining to your education and current path to that career.

To register, you must access collegecentral.com/cccnj and fill in the requested information which includes your name, email, and Student ID number. Once you’ve gained access, you can begin to start researching all the CCN has to offer. The benefits are endless for current students and alumni. CCN offers resources to help create a resume or build a portfolio, crucial to advancing students and job seekers—and builds a bridge to mentors and prospective employers for free. “I absolutely love it,” Rios says. What’s not to love? For more information or to sign up, visit collegecentral.com/cccnj

Get protected for free

By Kylee Bagley

Staff Writer

As “cuffing season” comes to a close, young adults across the county prepare for “the best summer of their lives,” filled with adventures, parties, and sex. The last thing people want to think about is STD’s and STI’s. Cumberland County has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the state of New Jersey. A report from state.nj.us sharing information on HIV/AIDS as of December 31, 2014 states that Cumberland County has a rate of 371.8 cases per 100,000 people. HIV/AIDS kills, people, and yet only seven out of 20 CCC students surveyed have been tested for STD’s.
Chlamydia is the most prevalent STI (sexually transmitted infection) in Cumberland County as of 2014 according to nj.gov. Residents between the ages of 15-34 tested during 2014 produced 871 positive cases of Chlamydia. However, the majority of people who test positive show little to no symptoms in the first six months. Not being tested after unprotected sex leads to long-term symptoms such as abdominal pain, infertility, and burning during sex and urination, listed cdc.gov.
One reason CCC students are not getting tested is because they simply don’t know where to go. Only five out of 20 students surveyed know of any free STD clinics in Bridgeton, Vineland, and Millville areas. Some listed Complete Care as a free clinic, but Complete Care works with the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, there aren’t many free clinics in our county, but here are two free, quality clinics in the area:
Vineland Health Department: Located in center city on Montrose Street, the Vineland Health Department offers a free clinic from 4-5 p.m. every Tuesday. Friendly nurses that make you feel completely comfortable administer the STD tests and a doctor is available at 5 p.m. until close for anyone who wishes to receive additional care.
Bridgeton FamCare:
Located on Magnolia Ave. near the Bridgeton Hospital, FamCare offers appointment free testing for Chlamydia, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and HIV. They also offer HIV, STD, and Hepatitis prevention education classes. The STD clinic is open Wednesdays from 4 – 8 p.m. One student surveyed said it’s almost disturbing how nonjudgmental and familial they are.
Being STD free is the first step to having a carefree summer. Both of these clinics, along with all Complete Cares, hand out free bags of condoms, so stop by if only for the free latex incentive. Don’t let yourself become the next statistic broadcasted on campus. It’s up to you to ensure you get checked and stay protected!

Finding Movies: 2016

By Joshua Carll and Steve Turner

Going to the theaters to watch a movie has been an American pastime since the early 1900’s, but what about now? There are so many movies coming out in 2016 and here a few to keep a watch.

 

Alice Through the Looking Glass

 

It has been some time since Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) has left Wonderland and things have changed for the worse. Alice steps through the looking glass after escaping the madhouse and falls back into the whimsical world of Wonderland. This time, her friend the Mad Hatter (Johnny Dep), is in deep trouble with Time (Sacha Baron Cohen). Can Alice Kingsleigh prevail against the madness once more?

Based on the second Wonderland book, written by Lewis Carrol, Alice Through the Looking Glass comes out in theaters on May 27, 2016 and is rated PG so this crazy adventure can be enjoyed for all ages.

 

Captain America: Civil War

 

Captain America (Chris Evans) is returning in his third film and this one is going to be epic. The movie is based on two Avengers clashing and a war breaking out between the two. One team is led by Captain America and the other is led by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr). This movie is sure to set the tone for future Avengers films. This film is going to be a treat for fans of Marvel comics. Several superheroes are set to make appearances in this film, including the new and improved SpiderMan! This movie is the introductory to his character in the Avengers universe.

This is film does not have a rating yet. Captain America: Civil War booms into theaters on May 6, 2016.

 

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

 

Jacob Portman (Asa Butterfield) is a 16 year-old boy who grew up listening to his grandfather’s tales. Jacob later discovers that they were more than just stories. He stumbles upon the mysterious orphanage that his grandfather used to talk about. This place hosts many children with special “gifts” and when they are threatened, it is up to Jacob to save the home.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, based on a worldwide best seller by Ransom Riggs, comes to theaters on September 30, 2016 and is not yet rated.

 

Finding Dory

 

It has been thirteen years since Marlin and Dory embarked on their incredible voyage to rescues Marlin’s son, Dory. It is now Dory who is on a mission to find something. In this highly anticipated movie, Dory goes on an adventure to find her family and learn about her roots and who she truly is. This movie will feature, not only some of the older characters from the first film, but also some new characters.

This film is currently unrated, but this is something to see with the whole family. Finding Dory splashes into theaters on June 17, 2016.

 

So swim over to your neighborhood theater and make it your second home as you decide whose side you’re on during these motion pictures.