Ellucian Go Is No Illusion

By ALYSSA COMPA

Staff Writer

To many students MOX, the app that acted somewhat as the CCC student Portal, was a lifeline. It provided a map of the campus, campus events, class schedules and rosters, and contact lists of professors and classmates. Its disappearance from the App store left students with many questions. With the help of Bernie Castro, Chief of Technology Officer and Director of Technology at CCC, The Voice hopes to answer them.

It is out with the old and in with the new. Cumberland County College technicians have been working on getting connected with the new app, Ellucian Go. Ellucian Go was created to replace MOX in order to keep up with the ages. “They wanted something newer. They wanted to keep up with the new technology. Gave it a new look and feel,” said Castro.

Ellucian Go is much like Mox with added features that are beneficial to the student. How often do you need to access your portal but aren’t near a computer? This new app will allow students to view grades, the courses they are taking, and stay connected with the campus community. In MOX, all the categories were laid out on the center of the screen, in the Ellucian Go App, all the features are listed in a sidebar. When the user selects a category in the sidebar it will direct them to a completely different page. It compares to having the CCC website in the convenience of one app. In addition, the app provides links to the campus’ social media accounts so students can stay connected. “The idea is to be able to have the ability for all users or the community to see what is going on at the college.” stated Castro.

Ellucian Go is open to anyone, not just students and staff. Future students and any member of the outside community can use the App. It provides links to the school’s website as well. Future students can use the App to view what degree programs CCC provides. Members of the community can use Ellucian Go to see dates and times of upcoming sporting events, concerts, or other campus events. CCC is not the only school getting involved with the App. Other schools such as Rowan University, Camden County College, and Atlantic Cape Community College, have also joined the movement. If you are a student that takes classes at two campuses, Ellucian Go has a unique feature that allows you to switch between schools.

When will Ellucian Go become available you ask? It is currently available for download in the app store for free. However, CCC has not been added to the list of schools just yet. Castro shared that they hope to fix the bugs over the summer months and launch the App sometime in the upcoming fall or spring semester.

CCC Fencing Victory

By SARAH GALZERANO

Staff Writer

Competing is not considered a club activity for the college’s fencing team, but some of the team members do represent the school individually at tournaments. On Saturday, February, 21, four of our fencing club members competed in the St. Augustine Prep Invitational tournament. This tournament consisted of student fencers from the Prep, students from CCC, and three different groups from Infinity Fencing Alliance (Swedesboro). One of our fencers, Michael McGill won first place- winning a gold medal. Another Cumberland fencer, Gabriela Caudra, took third place.

Before tournaments are held, Professor, and coach, William Olivero has his competitors stretch and warm up. Before a tournament starts, if his team members aren’t practicing they are observing the other fencers to get an idea of all of the opponents’ strengths and weaknesses.

Michael, 18, is a freshman at Cumberland, and is the President of the Fencing Club. Michael has only ever competed in two tournaments – both at the Prep. In his first tournament, which was three years ago, he took third place. He was very proud to have taken 1st place in this past tournament. He says he usually feels confident before competing, and afterwards is happy, but exhausted from such a long day.

Gabriela, 18, is a Liberal Arts major at Cumberland, and has only been fencing since September. She is the treasurer of the fencing club. She is also one of only two girls in the Fencing Club. This past tournament, where she took 3rd place, was her very first time competitively fencing. When asked how she felt before the competition, she said “I didn’t want to wake up to go, because I thought I wasn’t going to do that great.” Afterwards, she felt more aware of her full potential and “motivated to go ahead and compete and represent the school.”

Two other members from Cumberland’s fencing club also competed in the tournament. Brooke Ambert, 19, is a Social Science major at Cumberland, and she, like Gabriella, has only been fencing since this past September. Brooke is the Secretary of the Fencing Club. This past tournament was her first, and she placed into the top 8. Describing Olivero, she said “I think he is a great fencing coach- all of his advice applies and it really helped me have advantages over others in the competition.” Anthony Chesebro, 18, is an engineering major here, and he also began fencing in September, with this tournament being his first. He is the Vice President of the Club. He didn’t win any medals, but he stated that he learned a lot from the competition experience.

After this specific tournament, Olivero was very proud of his club members that competed. “They all learned something just by showing up. As they’re competing, they improve.”

Olivero has been fencing for 57 years, and has been teaching fencing at Cumberland County College since it opened in 1966. Currently, his fencing club has seven active members- 16 total. If you would like to join the Fencing Club, go to the Charles Cunningham Recreational Center/Gymnasium on campus at 2 pm on Wednesdays, and lessons are free for students.

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Holocaust Coalition Ensures Compassion

By SARAH GALZERANO & REBECCA KOLIMAGA

Staff Writers

The Cumberland County Coalition for Holocaust and Genocide Education has held public workshops here at Cumberland County College. For over a decade the coalition, which consists of only volunteers, has been doing these workshops to encourage holocaust and genocide consciousness and provide resources to teachers.

Teachers who attend the workshops are awarded three professional development hours. Richard F. Flaim is the Founding Chairperson of the coalition, and Harry Furman, esq., who has presented over 20 workshops, is the current Chairperson. Furman explains the coalition’s goal is to “encourage people to act in a manner which will reflect their sense of compassion for other people.”

Harry Furman took part in the creation of the first Holocaust curriculum in New Jersey, aside Flaim. In 1976, Furman pioneered the first high school semester course on the Holocaust, The Conscience of Man, which is now taught by Terry Kuhnreich at Vineland High School. Furman is also a member of the N.J. Commission on Holocaust Education and an adjunct professor at Rutgers University. “I’m still involved in education, and I have been all these years,” said Furman.

When Furman begins his workshop, he reminds us that it is not a lecture. His workshops are far from ordinary- often on controversial subjects relating to the Holocaust and genocide. As he says, they are not a “be all, end all,” he’s just trying to “open up a topic.” Furman observes that a change in an audience’s opinion doesn’t happen after one workshop; people need time to reflect on such a stirring subject.

“We really have to think in terms of individuals. You take one person at a time, and that’s how progress occurs – slowly, sometimes painfully slowly,” Furman said, “part of the task of an educator is to find out how to move someone forward, even if it’s one step, and that’s a challenge.”

For Furman, the most shocking element of the Holocaust is that the death was caused “not by unintelligent, uneducated people, but in fact were among the most educated and brilliant professionals in German culture. They believed very much that what they were doing was the right thing to do.” He concludes, “Education by itself does not by itself ensure compassion.”

In December 2014, Furman orated a workshop about the misuse of terms such as “Holocaust” and “genocide” in social media. He presented People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) advertisements that compared slaughterhouse animals to victims of concentration camps, Pro-Life campaigns that compared the Holocaust to abortion, and Presidential campaigns that compared Obama to Hitler.

The most recent workshop in February 2015 focused on the contested power of the photographic image and the moving picture. Furman showcased some of the very first pictures of concentration camps and newsreels that were shown in American theatres. Furman made the point that “you don’t see workshops about this subject.” The main points of this workshop were that it was rare to see an accurate representation of camps early after the war ended since Jews were never mentioned and that seeing these real films and photographs can change how you think about the Holocaust.

“We are all shaped by our own personal histories. We all deal with history, whether we like it or not.” says Furman. He believes it would be beneficial for Cumberland students to attend these workshops because “they’re in an educational institution. The purpose of their being here is not just to learn a trade, it’s also to think about the world in which they live.”

Furman’s final remark was “It’s more important to be kind than to be clever.” The next workshop, in March, will be about “Humor and the Holocaust.” Other events offered by the coalition are the Dear Esther production held each spring at CCC (open to all county students), and outreach presentations with nationally known speakers. If you are interested in attending, you can contact the coalition at holocaustcoalition@gmail.com.

Stay Healthy, Stay Fit and Get That Summer “Bod”

By: LAQUANA JAMES

Summertime is around the corner and this is the time of year that everyone begins to “try” working out as much as possible. People think that winter is the worst time to try and get into shape. Well, the truth is that winter is the best time to get the summer “bod” that you are craving so much. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to do that in this nasty weather.

Home exercises can be easy, fun and the best way to workout. If you have a game system like the Wii or Xbox, you can grab fun exercise games like Just Dance, Dance Central or Zumba Fitness. Playing games like these for up to an hour can definitely get you working up a nice sweat and teach you some great moves.

If you’re not into the idea of dancing around to a video game, then watching a workout video can be the next best thing. Workout videos like P90X will have you thinking that you are on your way to the hottest body ever. Workouts like these will have you working on not only your core (abs), but also your calves, upper body and even your gluts.

If you don’t have a problem with going to the gym, then by all means go for it. There are so many different gyms in the area. The newest and the largest is Planet Fitness. Planet Fitness offers a large number of different machines that you can use and different areas that deal with specific areas of the body. Personal trainers are available in the gym. When going to the gym, is it always good to go with a partner; this person should be someone that will be able to push you to your limits. When doing any workout make sure that you time yourself on how long you are doing them or put the exercise into a certain number of sets. If being in shape is something that you really want to dedicate yourself to, then doing it once or twice a week is not going to be enough. Working out has to be done six days a week and one full day of rest. If that seems like too much for people with busy schedules, you can do either four days a week with three days of rest or five days a week with two days of rest. Consistency is the key to reaching your goal.

Working out every day isn’t going to be enough to lose the weight that you want in time for summer. If you do not eat right, all of this would be for nothing. Candy, soda, fast food and other junk foods will not help when trying to lose weight. Try to eat a healthy salad at least once a day. Water and vitamin water are great substitutes for all those sugar filled drinks. Try to eat smaller portions during your meals. Also, try to remember that when we tell ourselves that we are hungry, we might really just be thirsty so try to drink something before your meal. A hot cup of tea is one of the best beverages to drink when trying to lose weight.

It can be really hard to give up all those delicious fast food burgers and French fries, but you really don’t have to completely give them up. Going out to eat a burger from any fast food restaurant isn’t bad as long as it is once in a while, not every week or every day. If you follow your diet and workout perfectly, you will have that bikini body by June. You will also feel better and have more energy. A workout plan starts with you.

Batter Up: It’s More Than a Game

Batter Up: It’s More Than a Game

By: REBECCA KOLIMAGA

Between Anthony Lopez setting the new National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III record for triples hit in a single season and the team’s record of 49-10 last year, it’s going to be a challenge for Cumberland County College’s baseball team to have a more successful season. “It was a pretty impressive year. I’m not sure we can beat it, but I know we’re going to try,” said Head Coach Keith Gorman.

Their toughest competitors are Brookdale Community College and Rowan College at Gloucester County. Last year, they defeated Gloucester in order to make it to the World Series. To ensure more wins, they’re focusing on pitching fastballs and scoring runs any way they can, especially stealing bases. “We’re going to put pressure on those teams when we’re at the bat,” Gorman said, “then when we’re pitching, we’re going to challenge them as much as we can. We just have to let our talent take over.”

Gorman emphasized the importance of eating and training healthily. “They’re asking a lot of their bodies with the amount of games we play and if they’re not fueling it properly, they’re not going to respond the way we need them to. We talk a lot about eating, about diet, about how we work out.” According to Gorman, there are a few players that have a tendency to over-train, but the coaches are focused on keeping the players uninjured and well-informed of healthy eating and training habits. “I sometimes worry about that stuff more than balls and strikes and hits. I figure if we’re healthy, our minds will be a little more clear and our bodies will play a little bit better.”

All athletes at CCC must adhere to academic standards. They must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, be a full-time student, complete a progress report system four times a semester and attend a mandatory study hall. These requirements are “designed to help them be successful, stay eligible and end up graduating and move on as a student athlete, hopefully to a four year institution.” Gorman observed that when athletes fail in the classroom, they usually fail on the field as well. He and the other coaches teach the players to have a balance between class and athletics so they can be “productive citizens once they leave here.”

Healthy competition is encouraged as long as the success of the team is the foremost goal. “Even though they come from different backgrounds, if they all see that the ultimate goal is to be good teammates so that we can hopefully win a championship, then everybody wants to stay together to make that work.”

Gorman fears that the players’ youth might be a challenge. “We have guys in crucial spots that haven’t been there before. They are inexperienced, they have not been through all the college battles yet.” The coaches have set up an intense schedule to help the players gain experience quickly. “We want them to be thrown into the fire and figure out how to come out of it and it gains experience. It makes young teams not as young.”

Women’s Basketball “One Team, One Heartbeat”

By: LAQUANA JAMES

“The family that plays together stays together” and it couldn’t be said any better about CCC’s girls’ basketball team, who have just won the Garden State Athletic Conference after their win against Middlesex County College on Saturday February 7. A team filled with only six girls hold the title as champions and led themselves into an outstanding season with a record of 22-1.

“It was exciting to be winners. We worked really hard for this,” Sophomore Iesha Watson says. The girls run hardcore practices on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for two hours and even run their own practices during their free time. “Their strengths would have to be their physical and mental toughness, it’s what helps them as a team and keeps them going,” says Coach James Boney who, in the beginning of the basketball season, was a little worried when seeing that only six girls had joined the team. “Since there is only a few of them, we do have to work a little harder than what a normal team would.” Having six players on a team means that there is only one substitute throughout the entire game. Coach Boney has the girls practice harder so that they can build up enough stamina so that when they are in a game they won’t be so tired. “Because of our training, we really don’t get all that tired during our games,” Sophomore Caroline Santiago stated.

However, the girls love that they only have six players. These girls don’t just act as teammates, they act as if they are family, which is one of the reasons why they play so well together. They show that everything is a team effort. Having played together and against each other in their high schools is another reason why they have such a strong bond. “It wouldn’t feel the same if we had more players on the team, we like the number of players we have now,” shared Sophomore Tamyra Smith.

All six players aren’t just good on the court, they are also skilled off the court. In order to stay a member of the team, the athletic department requires that all sports team members sit in a three hour study hall and must attend all classes. They need to have a signature from each of their professors stating that they did attend class. They must hand in all progress reports. Each one of the girls upholds these standards. None of them carry a GPA under the average of 2.6. “They have no problem in their classes, they are actually all doing very well.” Confirms Coach Boney.

“One team, one heartbeat” is a motto that the girls chant to each other. It is a very significant motto to them. They follow it well. This group of exceptionally strong-willed girls that kept a winning attitude through their entire season is the reason why they came out on top as Garden State Athletic Conference Champions. So, congratulations to our girls’ basketball team, they worked hard this season and they deserved it.

National Issue of Adolescent Suicide

By: SARAH GALZERANO

It’s happening everywhere around you. You don’t personally know the victim, so you shake it off. Talking about it makes you uncomfortable.

Suicide is an international issue that people tend to shy away from. Why – when raising awareness could only help us? What do we really have to help educate ourselves? But most importantly, why should we care?

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), from the 1980’s to 2000, suicide rates in our Nation were actually dropping, but over the last 12 years they increased to 12.5 deaths per 100,000. In 2012 alone, 40,600 suicides were reported, making suicide the tenth leading cause of death in America. But what I’d like to focus on is the fact that, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the third-leading cause of death for our youth – ages 15 to 24. And according to the National Mental Health Association, suicide is the second-leading cause of death amongst college students.

That might not scare you at all, figuring you’re looking around you and there are, well, people. Is there anyone missing? Could anyone go missing soon? Do these smiling faces not want to be here? According to the CDC, one in five teenagers in the U.S. seriously considers suicide annually.

There’s a variety of situations that can cause an adolescent to become suicidal and if you’re dealing with somebody you know and you also think it’s your fault, it’s much more deeply rooted than that. The AFSP states that suicidal tendencies as well as depression and most other mental illness are hereditary. This doesn’t mean if you had a family member commit suicide that you’re going to die the same way, it just means that you and your family should be particularly alert to psychiatric symptoms and consider being evaluated.

As far as what can ultimately lead an adolescent to consider suicide, usually a significantly negative life change takes place prior. This could be the death of a close family member, parental divorce, substance abuse, moving to a new community, or formation of a new family. These events trigger suicidal thoughts such self-doubt, confusion, eating disorders, and even insomnia. Most prevalent in our age group are things brought on by the greater pressures of modern life like anxiety over deadlines for school assignments, stressors at work, feeling pressured to succeed, fearing the future, and competition for grades and college admissions.

It can be hard to tell when an individual becomes depressed or suicidal, especially if it’s not just a relapse. Some people become depressed out of the blue. Luckily, there are universal warning signs to help us find out when someone is suicidal. These signs are often changes in a person’s behavior and mood. Many suicide prevention websites, such as afsp.org, list in detail these warning signs. Sometimes there are NO warning signs, and not all people who end their lives are necessarily depressed. “Some people are very good at hiding what they are going through while others demonstrate typical warning signs,” says David Vorndran, supervisor of Guidance at Millville High School.

Self-harm plays a significant part in the issue of suicide. There is no complete count of suicide attempts kept in U.S. hospitals. However, the CDC gathers date from U.S. hospitals each year on injuries resulting from what are known was self-harm. “In 2013, 494,169 people visited a hospital for injuries due to self-harm behavior, suggesting that approximately 12 people harm themselves (not necessarily intending to take their lives) for every reported death by suicide.” It’s because of these statistics that it’s a mystery how many suicide attempts go unreported.

To decrease suicide rates, education is key. Okay, sure, you may be perfectly happy, but everybody needs to be aware of the warning signs of suicide and how to prevent it. By educating everybody, individuals who are depressed aren’t being singled out and being made to feel even worse about themselves. Also, they don’t always go looking for help, so why not bring the help to them?

Vorndran believes that educating people is important but, “We need to move it from a taboo subject to one that can be in everyday conversation. When you look at illness, we are usually very open to discussing the flu, but when it comes to any type of mental illness there seems to be a stigma attached.” He also says that the first step is start with the facts. “I think if we can gain a better understanding we have a better chance to help others or ourselves.”

Millville High School sets a solid example for what more schools should offer in terms of suicide prevention. Every year they host programs to fit the needs of struggling teenagers. These programs range from guest speakers about suicide, self-worth, and cyber-bullying, to Tolerance Day and RESPECT Week- “positive activities about self-worth and valuing both yourself and others.”

There are many suicide prevention and awareness organizations through media that you can turn to (for yourself or a loved one) such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK, the Youth Suicide Prevention Program at yspp.org, Active Minds – Changing the conversation about mental health activeminds.org, the Yellow Ribbon suicide prevention program at yellowribbon.org, and many more. Suicide can be prevented, and according to NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness), “the most effective suicide prevention strategies is educating people about how to identify and effectively respond to the warning signs of suicidal behavior.”