A positive outlook for the CCC mens baseball team

By JASON MARRONI

Staff Writer

Momentum builds for the Dukes baseball team as it grows closer together and new players add a spark of intensity that might ignite the region.

Coach Carmello Rodriguez says, “There will be a 50% increase in wins, making this the best season in years.”

Coaches and players alike would agree that it takes a number of seasons for players to form the bonds necessary to reach their true potential. If that is true, we can expect to hear only the best about the 2010-2011 team in the future.

The Dukes have a long road of hardships ahead. Playing in Region 19, which is, as the coach says, “the toughest region in the nation”, can have its disadvantages, especially for an athletic program that is less than 13 years old, and for a coach who has only been head coach for 2 years.

However, boasting such an increase in total wins is a true testament to the faith he has in this seasons’ team. Last year, the Dukes had four Carpenters Cup players, and with the addition of two more this season, rivals such as Atlantic Cape, Gloucester, Camden, and Brookdale had better not underestimate the newly revitalized Dukes. With rising numbers in local recruits, along with an anticipated increase in local fans, support for our Dukes should grow.

One of the newcomers on the team is Anthony Carabello, a player who used his phenomenal power to become the most scouted player in the region.

Other local players expected to make an impact this season are: Steven Costa, an all-conference player from Egg Harbor; Anthony Parker, an all-around athlete from Vineland High School; Santo Cintron, an outstanding left-handed pitcher from Vineland High School; and finally, Stanton Tentonowski, a versatile outfielder from Highland High School.

One of the major goals for the team this year is to make it to the Cocoa Beach Expo. near Cape Canaveral in Florida, where they will compete against an array of division two teams. Coach Rodriguez describes this tournament as an essential bonding experience that gives the players a chance to form long term friendships that will last a life time, overall increasing the level of teamwork and efficiency.

 

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How important is good nutrition and fitness?

By DON’A SMITH

Staff Writer

Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?

We all know CCC students have hectic busy schedules, but it’s important to maintain nutrition and fitness.

According to Princeton University’s Health Services, physical fitness can increase your concentration, stamina, energy, and mental well being. This may help your study habits, and could also lower your stress levels.

“After my 6AM runs I feel really healthy and energized for the rest of the day”, said Student and soccer player Jennifer Ohara. Eating healthy, such as a balanced breakfast, provides energy throughout the day. It also prevents headaches, fatigue, and dizziness, due to lack of eating. Ohara continued, saying “I usually eat pasta before games and practices for carbs, along with apples and other fruits. If I eat something unhealthy I feel drained, but if I eat well I feel I perform better both on the field and in the classroom.”

Good nutrition and fitness benefit an athlete’s performance. “Eating well and maintaining a healthy fitness level absolutely affects an athlete’s abilities on the court/field etc. Especially late in the game, when teams are evenly matched, it’s always the team that’s better conditioned and able to keep going that will pull through.”

“Quite a few professional sports teams have recently changed team menus and have seen positive results”, said Sports Trainer Kaitlin Caviston. Students tend to stock up on coffee and Monster before class to stay awake and focused. If trying to get energized, Caviston suggested that fruit and pasta are always better than any energy drink. “Energy drinks provide a burst of energy followed by a quick drop in sugar levels, leaving athletes feeling sluggish and tired. Fruit provides simple sugars that take your body awhile to break down, giving you more energy for a longer period of time, with no fast drop like an energy drink”, said Caviston.

From a student’s point of view, good nutrition and fitness help keep them focused in class. “I always make sure I eat a healthy breakfast in the morning. I do simple stretches and a few exercises when I wake up after I eat. This makes me feel awake and full of energy. I am not hungry and I feel fit. It always helps me focus more in my classes”, said CCC student Mallorie Ferrigno.

Balanced diets, healthy foods, stretching, and running are all good ways to stay fit. Being fit boosts confidence and makes people feel better about themselves.Nutrition and fitness are important and affect daily performance significantly.

Even if you are not an athelete, having good nutritional and fitness habits are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise, eating right, and getting a goodnight’s sleep are all things that can improve your overall fitness and health. Staying focused in school is something that pertains to students and athletes alike, and practicing these habits are a great way to obtain your academic and athletic goals.

 

Womens Soccer returns to CCC

By JORDAN BORGESE
Staff Writer
The 2010 school year welcomed a Women’s Soccer team to Cumberland County College. The team hosted Gloucester County at their first home game on September 7th. As a new team they took a defeat and kept their heads high. They all knew, that as a first year team it would be difficult to play with teams that had three or four years under their belt.
The head coach Chris Zirpoli and two assistant coaches Michael Mayne and Harry Chance knew that practices needed to be harder and effort needed to be at 100%.
The Lady Dukes received their first win on September 14th, beating Salem County College 5-0. Three goals were scored by Chelsea Welch at 1:41, 17:32 on a PK, and 19:57 in the first half. Welch added another goal at 26:50 and Adrian Lelli had a goal at 16:02 in the second half. Tatiana Roberts earned her first shutout of the season. On September 23rd, the Lady Dukes were away at Raritan Valley County College, where they won the game 3-1. Raritan Valley scored off of a corner kick with 8:14 left in the first half. Caroline Montagna earned a PK soon after, which Lauren Taney took and tied up the game. Montagna scored with 4:15 in the first half, and again fifteen minutes into the second half.
At the end of September the team’s record was 2-5-0. All three coaches could see the women starting to come together more and more after every practice and every game. With each loss they worked harder the next day at practice to perfect their plays and the effort has shown with the outcome of the games. The team struggled with various injuries, from strained muscles to torn ligaments, and as Lauren Taney would say, “shins that were going to explode”. Coach Harry Chance said, “I thought our team did very well considering the number of injuries our players sustained this season. The young ladies played hard and never gave up even under adverse conditions. We had games where we didn’t have enough healthy players to field a team, yet we played competively. The girls played with nagging injuries and gave everything that they had. The team improved, individually and collectively, as the season progressed. I expect us to be much more improved next season.”
The next win came on October 12th against Manor County College. This was Jennifer Ohara’s first game back after an ankle injury. Ohara scored the first two goals of the game within 1:20 of each other. The first goal was a beautiful shot from 25 yards out, the second was a 1-on-1, beating Manor’s goalie. Montagna scored in the first half giving the Lady Dukes a 3-0 lead. Jessica Schaper scored two additional goals during the second half. The first was off of a break away and the second was a PK where Schaper had a great left-footed shot. Montagna added another goal to the scoreboard late in the second half, after receiving the ball 45 yards out and beat Manor’s defenders, finishing with a great shot. Montagna ended the game 6-0.
The women’s team did not get the chance to continue the season and go to the play-offs. The team played their last game against Camden on October 18th. Although the Lady Dukes did not win their last game, they had a season where they improved with each game.
As for the 2011 fall season, the Lady Dukes will be losing key players, Brooke Nessen, Jessica Schaper, Chelsea Welch, Magali Reyes, and Diana DeHaro, but have hope that the incoming freshman play as big of a role as the players that they are losing. The remaining players plan on playing with just as much or more heart as they did when they ended the season.
Coach Zirpoli stated, “I am fulfilling a dream by coaching at this level. I have been fortunate to be surrounded with a team full of heart, effort, and talent. Hopefully the girls are fulfilling their dreams too by being provided the chance to play collegiate soccer.”

Postive thinking Important to do!

By DENYSE HADDOCK

Staff Writer

Stinkin thinkin. It can seep into our lives and take over if we let it. Stinkin thinkin is negative thinking, and it is responsible for much inaction and unnecessary worry in our daily lives.

Paralysis by analysis. A by-product of stinkin thinkin. When our minds go into negativity mode, things can seem overwhelming and not worth doing. These thoughts are self defeating, and before long, nothing gets done.

These clichés are noteworthy because all of us at some point fall prey to negative thoughts. Medical concerns aside, the average person does have the ability to change the direction of his or her thought patterns. It can be a conscience decision. In order to try to change your thought patterns you must decide to be purposeful and intentional in doing so. Various studies have concluded that it takes roughly  thirty days to break a habit, or instill a new one. I came upon a quote by an unknown author that says “When you feel dog tired at night, maybe it’s because you growled all day long.” Try to tune in to yourself and become aware of your negativity so you can work on substituting some positive thinking instead.

There are many happiness gurus out there with words of wisdom, encouragement and advice on becoming positive. Some of my personal favorites include Norman Vincent Peale, Zig Ziglar, Joyce Meyers. Affirmations are helpful to have and use when you catch yourself in the act of being negative.

I am also a firm believer that we are responsible for our own happiness in life. We should not shift the responsibility for our own true joy on to someone else. We can find peace and contentment thru positive thinking. Anthony J. D’Angelo reminds us in The College Blue Book, “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”

Positive thinking is a choice. The human experience is going to be wrought with pain and sorrow but Mary Englebrieght  tells us “if you don’t like something, change it; if you can’t, change the way you think about it.” Pretty good advice.

Positive thinking also has a positive effect on our health. It’s been proven that positive people are happier and healthier than negative people. Norman Vincent Peale sums it up by saying,” There is a basic law that like attracts like. Negative thinking definitely attracts negative results. Conversely, if a person habitually thinks optimistically and hopefully, his positive thinking sets in motion creative forces-and success instead of eluding him flows toward him.”

I’m going with an attitude of gratitude myself.


 

Slackers or not being challenged?

By JESSICA SLATER

Staff Writer

When coming to class early a student has a few options. You can study, type that last text message, check your Facebook, or just chit chat with other students. Some of us have a quick snack from the vending machine, make a last minute run to the bathroom, or just sink into a good book. It is a time to settle in and get ready. Unfortunately there always seems to be one student who is miserable and uses this free time to share their feelings with anyone who will listen. They don’t care for the instructor, they didn’t do the homework, they hate the class, etc. If you are that student in your classes, then this article is directed to you. You should know and understand that your opinion of the instructor, class work, course, etc. is not the only opinion in the class. Many of us actually enjoy the subject matter and are excited about learning everything we can from that instructor you so adamantly despise. While it is true that some Professors may be better teachers than others, they are all to be respected equally. They are far more educated and accomplished. They have arrived, we have not. Many of you negative students let your blatant disrespect bleed over during the class. You have your feet up, you’re on your laptop, you’re dozing off, or you’re playing with your cell phone. What you do not realize is that we are no longer in high school, and nobody thinks you are cool. My question to you is; if your classes are such a complete waste of your time, then why are you here? The rest of us want to learn and your negativity just makes you look like a slacker. So please, if you hate your class drop it, and if you can’t drop it just try to keep your opinions to yourself. Your classes are what you make them. If you can recognize that you actually may learn something valuable in that class you hate or are not very good at, you will start to appreciate it more. These courses offer us the world, and we should be making every effort to absorb as much as we can while we are here.


More transportation “around” Campus

By MICHELLE ROBINSON

Staff Writer

I love Cumberland County College’s campus. It has sprawling green grass, and huge trees that are the homes of Hawks as well as many other animals. We have lots of scenery that is captivating and inspiring if you sit outdoors on a bench and observe it or; it can be relaxing. Thank goodness there are those benches there for your convenience, because if you are like me and have classes in different buildings you will need one of those benches to sit on and catch your breath in between classes.
I never thought about how far away my classes were from the parking lot until I actually got on campus. It didn’t dawn on me that the distance from the parking lot was only the beginning of my troubles. Also, walking from building to building can be a workout! I mean it is one thing to walk, but walking with a book bag filled with heavy books is another thing. There has to be an easier way to get from point A to point B. Yes I could go and buy a book bag that has wheels on it, but really…I don’t like the look of that. Or I could just drive from parking lot to parking lot in search of a space to park and then walk to the building where my class is held, but there has to be a better way. I have decided that the college needs to invest in trollies or something of the sort to help transport students from one building to the other. The security staff has the right idea with their carts. Why can’t students have one too?

Smoke-Free at CCC?

By CAMERON MEISWINKEL

Staff Writer

The Student Senate has proposed the idea of a smoking ban. A decision will be made by January of 2011.

There has been talk of following the footsteps of many of New Jersey’s other county colleges by making the grounds smoke free. Bergen, Morris, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Salem County Colleges have all become smoke free.

Around campus, students seem to favor a ban on smoking. “ I think they should ban it”, Chase Adams said. “Everybody smokes by the doors. Who wants smoke blown into their face when they walk into the building?”

“When I walk into the academic building, I literally have to hold my breath. It really bothers me”, said Brooke Nessen. “I don’t care if they still smoke on campus, as long as it’s away from everyone else”.

Jacqueline Galbiati, the vice president of the college, said, “The student senate asked us to look at this topic. We need to evaluate other colleges and see how it’s done.

Input on the subject will be taken from focus groups consisting of students, faculty, and administration.  “We need to survey people”, Galbiati said. “If we decide to do this, it will be a 12 to 18 month incorporation”, Galbiati said. “Administration is in favor of doing it”.

Not everyone approves of a smoking ban. Professor Michael Mills is among one of the many advocates of smoking on campus. However, he said it is not because he is a smoker. He believes that the school could be spending their time and resources on more worthwhile causes.

“I think the college is misplacing its attention”, said Mills. When asked where the college’s attention should be, Mills offered that the obesity epidemic is a more pressing issue. Mills said, “The cafeteria offers a variety of deep fried cheesy products and our vending machines dispense soda and tasty cakes. The college is a supplier. It is akin to us placing cigarette machines in those locations”.

Mills also stated that enforcing the ban might be difficult. “ How do we police everyone? Do we have the resources to enforce such a thing?”

One solution offered has been to build smoking pavilions in order to keep smokers away from the entrances, thereby respecting their rights as well as non-smoker’s rights. The right to be able to smoke on campus is an important element in the smoking debate. “ I don’t have a problem with people smoking, but I really don’t appreciate them doing it in front of the doorways where other people have to pass through. It’s inconsiderate”, Nessen said. “If they want to smoke, that’s their choice”.