Music on the Mall Composes With CCC


By Melissa Pileiro
Staff Reporter

For the past year and a half, the Cumberland Mall in Vineland has partnered with the CCC Music Department to bring shoppers live concerts and other events. The event, known as Music on the Mall, features several groups from the college each Friday evening, including the chorus, wind symphony, and jazz band. Chorus concerts feature renowned Philadelphia songwriter and guitarist Mick Choder, who has toured as a solo artist nationwide.
Music on the Mall grew from a series of events held for the New Jersey chapter of Elwyn, an organization that helps people with special needs live independent lives. Following one of the charity concerts last spring, a Cumberland Mall manager approached Wind Symphony director Joe Akinskas. He was interested in bringing community groups to the mall to perform, and asked Akinskas if his groups would be willing to contribute. With that, the collaboration began, with the assistance of Lauren Canna, CCC music teacher and choir director.. By April, Music on the Mall was ready to debut, and has been successful ever since.
Akinskas is glad to be in charge of three of the program’s four groups.
“I like the opportunity to perform for the community. It’s created an incredible visibility for the entire program,” said Akinskas.
Choral director Lauren Canna also had the community in mind when she chose to feature her group.
“It’s one thing to perform at CCC for [audiences],” she said. “But singing at the mall exposes people to music they would otherwise not be exposed to.”
During the fall and spring, the chorus performs pop and jazz standards that many shoppers know by heart. During the holidays, they switch to winter favorites.
The CCC Chorus rehearses on Tuesday nights at 7pm in room S1 in the Fine Arts building. The Jazz Band also meets in the Fine and Performing Arts building on Wednesdays at 6pm, followed immediately by the Wind Symphony at 7pm. All instruments are accepted in the Wind Symphony, however limited for the Jazz Band. For information about either group, contact their respective directors.

Seasonal Changes Ingite College Blues

SEASONAL CHANGE IGNITE COLLEGE BLUESSeasonal affect disorder sweeps the country. Colleges and universities announce the observation of sadness, lack of attendance, and the lack of class participation from the students. The change in the season brings about change in students.
With the changes in the season professors report the many eye-catching disturbances of the classroom throughout the campus. Campus blues can hit at any given time; when students feel a sense of hopelessness; suddenly college just isn’t as exciting as it was at enrollment time. Sleeping late during the am hours and not at all during the pm hours attacks the body in many ways. Emotionally, the students lose focus on classes and want to be left alone, feeling hopeless about life itself. Socially, friends and family seem to take the back seat in their lives, not knowing exactly how far to push the student. Physically the student may experience a breakdown in the body due to poor nutrition and a lack of rest, causing fatigue and pain.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, students report what they have in common. A few students identity that is to remain confidential give testimonies about their seasonal campus experiences. John says that during his junior year of college he felt exhausted and couldn’t finish assignments, he also drank “A LOT”. John couldn’t enjoy life like his friends did. Leah says that when she took on a part time job and started living off campus, her course work fell apart. She couldn’t concentrate or sleep, and was always irritable and angry. Marta says that she was always anxious and never had much confidence. College was harder than she expected, especially when her parents got a divorce. All she did was cry, sleep, and feel waves of panic.
Awareness is the first key to getting help with depression; it comes in many forms, just to name a few clinical depression, major depression, dysthymia, and manic depression also known a bipolar disorder. Symptoms of minor sadness, loss of appetite or an increase in the appetite, loss of daily interest, and lack of concentration are common symptoms and can be easily treated. More serious symptoms include major hopelessness, changes in one’s social life, severe fatigue, and even suicide. These symptoms are very serious and require treatment from a mental health care provider, counseling, and lots of support from family and friends. If students are aware of the different symptoms that they may experience, it becomes easier to ask for help.
Life on campus can be overwhelming and cause depression during difficult times in the lives of students. Students should never feel ashamed about being depressed. Often depression is caused by controlled and uncontrolled circumstances in one’s life, financial difficulty, family issues, chemical imbalances, genetic predispositions, the loss of loved ones, and tragedy. Depression is common by human nature and is not a sign of weakness.
Three different students, with three different personalities, during three different school years, share a common experience: “Depression”. College students require a great deal of support throughout their college years. Positive motivation plays a big part of college success, students must tell themselves that they are in different places of their lives, which calls for maturity, organization, proper nutrition, and exercise. Be good to yourself by making time for activities, hobbies, and just a little R&R.
ealthy lives encourage students that may recognize that they are experiencing symptoms of depression to immediately seek help by a health care professional. On or off campus counseling is an important step towards feeling better.

Amnesty Club Works for Change

By amnesty.jpgAshley Fiore
Staff Writer

CCC students are improving the life for people local and abroad with Amnesty International. Through education, a belief that knowledge comes understanding and compassion, members of AI are hopeful that a difference can be made in our global community.
“ We are here to educate our small community too, not like we are isolated, but Knowledge is Power and with knowledge then we can make a difference,” said Breanne Buccos, Amnesty club secretary.
Twelve CCC students with Amnesty club ventured to New York Thursday, November 15 to attend public program at the Smithsonian National Museum. The program, Maze Of Injustice, revealed a harsh reality.
“ The failure to protect indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA that also entails Native American women,” said Christina Arkainno, President of the Amnesty Club.
Arkainno said this educational trip’s purpose was to help get people to come and see some of the work that Amnesty does, and to hear it from the top AIUSA, so that our members become proactive and have fun. Executive Directory Larry Cox was present and two Native American speakers were there to discuss Women ’s Rights and the their affliction.
Buccos said, “ thanks to the students and faulty with the bake sale, we were able to go on the trip and it was a success an educational experience to enlighten us on the tragic conditions in which the rights of these women are being violated still in out nation”.
Arkainno, and Erin Gillespie, Vice President of the Amnesty Club, are passionate about human rights, and welcome their customers to the table to try some baked goods. Among the goodies were hands shaped to represent the imprint that everyone can make on our world.
Arkainno and Gillespie, were all smiles, selling baked goods in the cafeteria, November 5th to raise money for the club, raising around $150 for the trip.
“Each person here, at CCC, contains huge significance it’s just as important that we fight for people around the world who have huge significance, each person matters,” Gillespie said. “If we find out that people are being killed, tortured, and imprisoned unjustly we have the freedom to say something.”
Arkainno passionately voices purpose for amnesty international. “ The lives of people are at stake everywhere, if imprisoned unjustly, we (Amnesty International) make sure their human rights are not being violated.”
Amnesty International undertakes research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights, according to
“ People’s lives are being lost, we cannot just sit back and do nothing; our duty is to make sure they have freedom, a right to life, we are all humans and we need to look out for each other,” empathized Arkainno.
“ There are so many people all over the world, their freedom is being taken, it’s hard to put it into words,” Gillespie.

The Strong Hold of MySpace

The Strong Hold Of MySpace

By Carlee Kirchmar Staff Reporter
I am nineteen years old, a sophomore in college, and like many other people of the world, I am a MySpace addict. Although I do not visit my old friend Tom (the creator of MySpace) as much as I use to, I do manage to check up on it at least once a week. If I had known then how the addiction worked, I would have never let myself experiment with MySpace. At first it seemed like innocent fun, but MySpace was the root of many acquired problems.
Who would have thought that girls you did not get along with would check your MySpace and catch you talking about them, or that your boyfriend would be stupid enough to send other girls comments? Not only have people taken MySpace to the extreme, it has even ruined friendships. To be moved down a person’s contact list or to be removed from a user’s “top friends” is the biggest insult one can receive. I am not sure Tom even realized what he was creating.
It starts off with a simple desire to see what new friends you have made for your page. As soon as you make a few friends then you can start communicating with them by sending comments, picture comments, messages etc. You think at first that it is one of life’s simple pleasures and that it will eventually get old to you, but the truth of the matter is, it doesn’t. You will find yourself wondering around your house when you decide you have nothing better to do than check the status on your MySpace account. After time you will find yourself racing to the computer to check your account even when you’re running late for school.
Even after being warned, no body can prepare themselves for the strong hold MySpace has on ones mind. You begin to promise yourself you wont check it, it’s a stupid website that you won’t let steal your time. But unfortunately, this promise was made to be broken. You may even rise above the others and delete your MySpace so you will not be tempted to log on, but not even this can scare MySpace because it knows that they all come back. Sadly enough there is no hope for us long time users and if you are a beginner or better yet haven’t even started, my simple advice to you is, don’t.

The Strong Hold Of MySpace

A Leg Up on the Competition

xcountry1.jpgMatt Pangburn
Staff Reporter

According to Coach Marketto, this year had the best Cross Country team since the start of the program six years ago. With the largest team in the Garden State Athletic Conference, Region XIX, and the Northeast District, they stayed in the top ten on a national level for the majority of the season. They placed second in Region XIX and third at Districts.
“It’s the best team we’ve had in six years and its very exciting,” replied Marketto when asked about his team as a whole.
Leading the men’s team this year was Jamar Mack from Bridgeton. Mack managed to place first eight out of the nine meets this past season. He shattered the team’s previous record by two minutes and seventeen seconds and he holds six of the top ten times on the Duke’s XC Top Ten Times List.
This year the women’s team was only able to compete as a full team in only one of their nine meets due to there only being five runners. The Region XIX Meet was the only meet in six years that the women’s team competed as a whole team. They placed second and they ran three to five strong in six out of the nine meets.
“Participation is up,” said Marketto. “But more women runners would be nice.”
The only woman to return to the team this year was Desiree Lara, who accomplished her three personal goals that she set for herself this year. Her goals were to beat her personal best time, get onto the women’s top ten list, and make it to All-American. She accomplished all of these things with flying colors and she will be named Academic All-American for the second year in a row and even has a shot a becoming Distinguished Academic All-American.
Another highlight of the year was the fourth annual Dukes Invitational. Participating were twelve men’s teams and eight women’s teams, which combined made the invitational the biggest turn out so far.
In addition to the Invitational was the Cumberland County HS Cross Country Championship Meet, which helped to raise funds and make promising contacts with potential athletes. The second annual Kids Academy Cross Country Track Camp was also better than last year’s boasting over fifty campers and raising a profit of twelve hundred dollars.
The only problem that arose this year was the loss of the 5K and 8K campus courses due to construction, however the well rounded team managed to find other locations to host races and practices.
It seems that the Dukes Cross Country team is still raising the bar and it doesn’t look like they’ll be slowing down anytime soon.

Have you Heard?

Rehearsals are under way for the cast of RumorsRehearsals are under way for the cast of Rumors’ /> The Fall semester has only been under way for two weeks, and the Theater Department at CCC is already in full swing. On the first day of classes, flyers had started to circulate announcing auditions for the fall play “Rumors,” a greatly anticipated event on campus for the fall.
Their first show of the season is Neil Simon’s Rumors. The show began its rehearsals during the second week of the semester. With only eight weeks to rehearse, many hours of memorizing lines and character development, the ten-member cast has a lot of work ahead of them.
Director Deborah Bradshaw, who is beginning her third year teaching at Cumberland, couldn’t get enough of the script. She recalled, “I read it once, and then again, and then a third time, and it kept making me laugh!” She also named Neil Simon, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner who also has authored over sixty plays and screenplays, as one of her favorite playwrights.
The Theater Department puts on several shows a year, including a big musical in the spring (be on the lookout for 42nd Street in Spring 2008). This year, however, Bradshaw decided the group was ready for something a little different. In the past, the number of actors needed for the fall show has been thirty to forty, but Rumors requires only ten people main characters with understudies. Though this heightens the competition for hopefuls who audition, it also brings a deeper sense of closeness to the cast.
As for the show, Bradshaw said, “I thought we really needed to do a comedy.” Comedy definitely sums up the plot in one word. The deputy mayor of New York City is going to throw an elegant party for his tenth anniversary, but somehow ends up injured in the process (don’t worry, though; it’s only a flesh wound!). To further ruin the celebration plans, his wife is nowhere to be found. The arriving guests have quite a scene laid out before them.
Though the party-goers have no idea what has happened to the deputy mayor or his wife. The last thing they want is for such chaotic news to reach the media. But, what happens when details start to blur and the revelers forget who has said what to whom? The result is a “side-splitting, door-slamming farce” that audiences will be sure to get a kick out of.
Rumors will be presented at the George P. Luciano Theater in the Guaracini Center. Show dates and times are November 16th and 17th at 8pm, and November 18th at 3pm.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for CCC students with ID, and $5 for senior citizens over the age of 55. There will be reserved seating, so be sure to buy your tickets early if you’d like a good view.
To purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 856-692-TIXX (8499), or buy them in person at the Guaracini Center.
For more information about Rumors, auditioning for upcoming shows, or the A.A. and A.F.A. degrees in Theater, contact Deborah Bradshaw at 692-8600, ext. 456. You can also email Ms. Bradshaw at

Coach Wilks Leads the Pack

As the fall semester enters its final weeks, the Cumberland County College women’s basketball team, under coach Cyndy Wilks, is getting ready to rumble. Following a brief position as a recruiting coach here at CCC, Wilks’s leads the team in her first season as head coach. However, the 25-year-old is no stranger to the game, playing for both Bridgeton High School and Virginia Commonwealth University, a Division I school. Wilks is also a 4th grade Math and Science teacher at the Cherry Street School in Bridgeton.

The Lady Dukes will face their own special challenges this year as they adjust to their new coach. Wilks is accustomed to the demanding responsibilities of a Division I program, and is learning to adapt to the needs of a Division III team. It helps that the eight ladies on the team come from all different backgrounds and styles of coaching; each player brings something unique and individual to the playing field. One major disadvantage of Division III is the inability to study other teams before going up against them in a game. “I know where our skill level is,” Wilks explained. “But I’m not sure what the other teams are like.”

Despite playing without knowing their opponent, the girls have already won one of their two scrimmages. Wilks could not be more pleased with her team, which boasts seven incoming freshmen and one returning player. “They’re playing basketball because they love it, and they’re getting every Division I experience I can give them.” Some of the team members play for fun, while others are interested in taking their game further after graduation, but Wilks does her best to make their time here worthwhile.

If you are a CCC student interested in playing on the women’s basketball team, see Coach Wilks in the Athletic Office upstairs in the Gym, next to the Fitness Center. You must have twelve credits, and all are welcome.

Be sure to support the Lady Dukes at their first home game December 15th.

CCC Alumni Wins Freeholder Vote

Freeholder Joseph Pepitone with CCC students Natalie Young and Christina Arkainno

By Staff Reporter
Ashley Fiore

CCC graduate, candidate Joseph Pepitone, recently won position of freeholder for Cumberland County, Tuesday November 6th. For years, CCC has served to improve our community by giving opportunities and the power of an exceptional education, not only academically, but also skills as leadership to become an productive citizen.
As a 1982 graduate from CCC, he ponders back, “ I feel CCC has not only prepared me politically, but has also prepared me in all aspects of life. The nurturing yet challenging atmosphere created by CCC instructors encourages and inspires individuals to obtain the goals they set for themselves.”
Since 1966, students like Pepitone have been given the opportunity to accomplish their goals and reach beyond limitations. As for many students, Pepitone was the first of his family to graduate from a college. That being CCC has certainly shaped his success.
In recent years, CCC has started to expand since Pepitone graduated in 1982. Even without the new additions Pepitone realized the value that a CCC education can give.
“The new editions will be great. It’s nice to see CCC flourish and in doing so it will shape and encourage future leaders of our community.” Pepitone continues to say, “ CCC has always been a top notch community college.”
His political background includes two-term president of the teachers union, also a former vice president and member of the Millville Board of Education. “ Get involved. Learn about the issues in your community, how you feel about those issues, and figure out how you can impact them in a positive manner.” Pepitone advises students.
Pepitone is husband of Michelle and father of Joey, Sarah and Matthew who reside in Millville. Pepitone now works as a guidance counselor for the Delsea Regional School District.
A participator in the community he explains, “ I feel educators are people who naturally seek to get involved. After seeking to build a strong relationship, between the teachers union and the administration in my local union and also sharing my educational experiences on the Millville and Cumberland County Board of Education.” “Although the county has many challenges to overcome I feel we are moving in the right direction,” Pepitone said. “I absolutely enjoyed my experience at CCC and as a guidance counselor I often recommend a two year college education.”

CCC Student Athletes Score A Balance


  Stephanie Rockliss

  Staff Reporter         

           Most students could not picture themselves finding the time to play a sport while going to Cumberland County College, but this is something that other students at CCC are excelling in.

            The amount of sports and clubs at CCC is always increasing.  Therefore, students should explore all of the opportunities that the college has to offer.  Many students do not think that it is possible to play a sport while taking college courses.  The students need to know there are many options that can be considered.  If a student is struggling in a class, one may not want to try making more time for playing a sport.  However, anyone else could see which sports are being offered at CCC. 

            Desiree Lara, a junior, is on the cross country [fall semester] and track [spring semester] teams at CCC.  In her spare time, she is working as a file clerk at a doctor’s office.  Lara says that, “trying to be the best you can be,” would be the hardest thing for her when she’s managing her time.  However, she has been able to meet the requirements for the President List.

            Lara believes that her managing techniques will be put to good use for her in the future.  “Being able to know how to manage your time is extremely important… it will probably help me succeed in the goals I’m striving for,” Lara said.

            Alison Strittmatter, a sophomore, is involved in the Volleyball Club at the college, which is held during the fall and spring semesters.  She also finds the time to work in a nursing home and give piano lessons, while maintaining her status on the Dean List. 

            One may wonder how someone manages their time so well.  Strittmatter says that she makes lists for everything she has to do, and she even plans when she is going to study for her classes.  In her perspective, organization is a big key for keeping a balanced lifestyle.

            Desiree and Alison are planning on transferring to another college after they graduate from Cumberland.  Neither one is sure if they will continue to play sports in a four-year college, because they both feel that their academic courses will be more demanding as they go further into their studies.  “I will have to make sure my priorities are straight,” Strittmatter said.

            These students are just a couple out of many at CCC, who can manage their time to play sports while going to school and managing other areas in their lives.  “If you have the time and a passion for something, get involved in a club… you’ll meet people with the same interests as you,” said Strittmatter.  “It will make school more exciting for you.”

            If anyone is interested in becoming involved in any sports or clubs at CCC, contact Kellie Slade in the Student Life Center.

High Enrollment Affects CCC Campus

By Dana Horta
Staff Reporter

Each year, each semester; more and more students from all ages attend Cumberland County College. Whatever it may be; a student straight out of High school, transfers from other colleges because the tuition was expensive or old timer hoping to further their degree and careers, CCC is being bombarded with students. With more students attending CCC, there are many pros and cons. On the positive side, more money is coming in to expand the college and programs that arises. Students are getting great education for a cheaper cost.

On the contrary there are many issues that came about for instance the parking issue. The enrollment number this semester has gone up noticeably and predicted to continue to. Parking is currently scarce, and with enrollment increasing, “traffic will be crazy” former CCC student, Timothy Bermudez said. Though actions have been made to expand the parking lots, in due time it will not be able to hold. Another issue is the cafeteria. The cafeteria with seating limits will not be able to contain half the student body. Food will be a big issue as well. Not having enough will move toward ordering more food and raising food prices. There will be a waiting line for the bathrooms, “that is a major problem” a group of freshmen protested.

The time to pick classes will be chaotic. Classes will fill up quickly and if they expand the seating classes will be too crowded. But if classes are too crowded, this will take away from the one on one time with student and teacher. With more enrollment and not enough classes it will take students longer than two years to graduate from CCC. Increased enrollment is also putting the bookstore in short supply. One class had to wait two weeks to get their books in, setting them back in the lesson plan, “more than half the class did not have books, and our teacher already wanted us to do group assignments that involved us having our books” Christiann Ramdhanie strongly quoted. With enrollment now, the issues are not to the extreme, and can be dealt with but if our percentages increase rapidly lets hope for that the higher authority will do what is best.