Renting vs. Buying textbooks

By MARINA ANDOLORO

Staff Writer

What’s increasing faster than the price of gasoline?  Apparently, it is the cost of student textbooks. It seems like every semester new editions come out and the price of that new textbook is even higher in price than that of the previous edition. Fortunately, sites have sprung up all over the Internet in the past few years that offer students the money-saving alternative of renting their books. Considering that not every student can afford the luxury of buying their books new every semester, renting books may be the best option.

Most students are unaware of how much money they could be saving by renting their textbooks instead of buying. The average full-time student pays more than $400 a semester on books, but could potentially save hundreds if they rented.

Renting books, whether it is in the college bookstore or online, is a new trend that is becoming more and more popular with many college students. There are many different sites that students can choose; CampusBookRentals.com, CollegeBookRenter.com, Chegg.com, Ecampus.com and BookRenter.com just to name a few.

As well as the option to rent textbooks, many of these sites also give you the option to buy new or used textbooks. The process is simple. Just pick a site and type in the ISBN number of the textbook needed for the semester. The rental prices will be displayed. Some sites even include the new and used prices so the best deal can be chosen that fits your needs. Simply make your decision and proceed to checkout.

As with all websites there are terms of agreement specific to each site that have to be followed. The return by date, the condition the book has to be returned in and what to do if the book is lost or stolen are rules that are all spelled out for you in the terms of agreement, so make sure you read them. Most sites offer free return shipping, using the same box the book was shipped in. There is also free tracking available. This allows students to be updated on the status of delivery and return of their books.

Until the advent of renting textbooks, students have found buying used textbooks to be the cheapest option available. It may cost a little more, but by purchasing used books students don’t have to worry about marking up their textbooks with highlighters and notes.

Used books can be bought back at the college bookstore or sold online to some of the sites previously mentioned, but you are likely to only get back 20% to 30% of the original purchase price.  Also, many students find that some used books are not available for buy back at the end of the semester.

When textbooks are replaced by a newer and more expensive edition, there is no longer a need for the older one.

Prices vary between buying new, buying used or renting books, so it is important to shop around to find the best deal.

SOURCE

NEW

USED

RENTAL

CCC  Bookstore $84.00 $63.00 $41.15
CampusBookRentals.com $29.47
CollegeBookRenter.com $68.91 $40.07
Chegg.com $60.84 $41.99
Ecampus.com $81.65 $36.75
BookRenter.com $69.93 $54.65 $34.13

Chart made based on pricing for the textbook: Inside Reporting EN 231 01

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Ready, Set, Go Print!

By ASHLEE CHANCE

Staff Writer

There’s something new at CCC this year called GoPrint and students are asking why?  Many students felt GoPrint to be unfair because of the limited amount of pages and the fact that they were involuntarily obligated to abide by this new policy.  GoPrint, the new and improved high-speed printing system created to make your lifestyle easier, is an eco-friendly solution to CCC’s printing challenges. David Stump Director of Grants and his leadership team wanted to be involved in something not only that could help CCC but also could serve to be more environmentally responsible too.

The team collaborated with the Information Technology department that was already making the move to improve printing and copying services at CCC. The team quoted, “Our primary goal — first and foremost — is to provide better, faster, more efficient, “greener” printing for Cumberland County College students.”

GoPrint was based on survey feedback from CCC students and staff as well as other South Jersey colleges. What they discovered was that none of the colleges that were surveyed were providing students with free printing services or even a preset number of free pages. In fact, they discovered almost all colleges were charging higher rates for printing services than CCC. The Pathways Team tried to provide the least expensive price structure for students, initially allocating 100 free pages per year to each student, and keeping per-page print fees very low (5 cents per page, 7 cents per duplex page) and competitive compared to service providers such as Staples. The free page allocation has now been increased to 200 pages. The Pathways Team worked hard together to determine the best number of free pages to allocate to each student due to classes requiring students to print more pages than other classes, for example, English Comp and Computer graphics vs. Biology.

Taking these concerns into consideration, the Pathways Team and College Information Technology Department decided to boost the number of free pages to 200. The three high-speed locations that have been created provide much greater printing capacity and more services (duplex printing,hole-punching, stapling), are conveniently located in high-traffic student areas such as the science computer labs and also the library which, are well equipped and configured. Instructions are clear and support is available to you.

There are some CCC students who support GoPrint such as Rockay Davis, who feels, “GoPrint is an awesome idea for CCC to be involved in because it  shows respect and responsibility towards the environment.”

Another student Rick Fentdent, states, “GoPrint is a great idea, in fact, the pricing of GoPrint should be higher.” One of the advantages of GoPrint is that the College can now track student printing much more accurately. At the end of each semester, and again at the end of the academic year, CCC will evaluate GoPrint to save money for the CCC community and to save the environment.


Foundation Scholarships Information

Information and applications for scholarships available through the College’s Foundation Office can be obtained online. Go to the College’s home page, click on Foundation then click on scholarships. Online applications are required and the deadline for applications is March 1, 2012. The College Foundation provides scholarships for current CCC students who are graduating and attending other colleges, current students continuing at CCC and new students entering the College.  Students with questions should contact the Foundation Office in the Administration Building or ext. 209.

Cilento Scholarship

Academic achievement; “B” average or better last semester and maintaining a minimum of a “B” this semester. Financial Need. Requires two references from CCC representative and/or pastor, priest, employer or community leader. Application deadline is November 30.

CCC Welcomes Two New Staff Members

By ASHLEE CHANCE

Staff Writer

Look out for these

new addtitions:

Ms. Henderson,

Biology

James Boney,

Girls basketball coach

 

Welcome one, welcome all!  There seems to be new staff walking around CCC. Fresh faces such as the new biology teacher Kimberly Henderson and girls basketball coach James Boney.

This vibrant young woman makes science as simple as eating a snickers. Ms. Henderson’s journey all started at birth when she took her first breath she says; when she was being born she wasn’t breathing at all, so the doctors performed medical procedures and were able to bring her to life.  “Exact words” she says, the doctor said, “don’t be surprised if she becomes a scientist or doctor of some sort.”  Now some years later she’s a new face at CCC.  This is her first professor job, and with the economy the way it is she took hold of this new adventure. Like many of her students, she was nervous not knowing what to expect and, the fact she’s taking over someone else’s class makes it even more challenging.  However, Ms. Henderson doesn’t allow this to overwhelm her.  Ms. Henderson feels like she can teach, not just from a textbook, but putting on a stage performance or by just eating an unsalted cracker.

James Boney, the man on the court, started at Montclair and then went on to Kean University.  Coming from these two well-known universities he cherished every moment, from the good times to the bad. Coach Boney brings his knowledge from his previous coaching jobs and instills this wisdom on the girls he coaches.

He has always worked with girls, and in fact he calls it “a gift and a curse.”  Many of his players feel he is great at his job.  His team says that his way of coaching is very different from what they’re used too but he brings “swag” to the court.  Coach James Boney tells his team that he wants to maximize their productivity and fundamentals in basketball.   He shows the girls the right way by performing the play himself or working one on one with his ladies.  He believes his girls have great potential to be winners this season.  “When a hard working productive team wins, other teams copy their strategy of winning, which I plan on proving to my ladies.”

Looking Good on a Budget

By JANAY FITCHETT

Staff Writer

“When you look good, you feel good.” It’s a saying that has existed for years. But most people think that “looking good” means spending tons of cash.  Truth is, you can look good while on a budget.  Here are some tips to help you with your fall fashion:

Clearance Deals

Retail stores begin to receive merchandise for the new season early.  This new merchandise means older merchandise gets marked down to clearance.  This is the perfect time to buy basics like tees and tanks that can be worn in the fall and layered.  You can also buy shorts and cropped pants for a bargain and save them for next spring and summer.

BOGO

Everywhere you turn you see “Buy One Get One” (BOGO).  These could be BOGO free or BOGO half off.  The great thing about BOGO is that you really get to save money on the items you want, and you can also share it with your friends.  For example, Charlotte Russe does BOGO $15 deals on their shoes.  If two friends both find shoes for $45 their total would be $60; split the total and each would pay $30 which equals 15$ savings for each person.

Staple Pieces

Another thing to remember when you are shopping is to buy staple pieces.  Staple pieces are items like neutral colors, jeans and jewelry: Items that are always fashionable despite current trends.   Jewelry adds variety and sass to the items already in your wardrobe.   It can also dress up an outfit for a night out on the town, or add some flair for those days on campus.  Creating different statements with the items you already have in your closet is a great way to get “more for less”.

Online Shopping

Indstead of drivin to stores, online shopping gives you access to them without leaving your home!  Also, online versions of popular stores often provide a larger selection of styles, colors and sizes than their physical locations.  Many online retailers also offer free shipping on purchases over a certain amount.  Bonus Tip:  Join your favorite store’s e-mail list as they often provide customers with bonus coupons and special sales!

Visual Arts: Events & exhibits galore By BRYAN MATIAS Staff Writer

The Fine Arts and Graphic Design programs offer many exciting events and exhibits. The Fine Arts and Graphic Design programs are part of the Arts and Humanities division at Cumberland County College. Together they form the college’s Visual Arts department.
The programs offer degrees in the field of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, and Art Education. Sarah Shapiro, Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Art, is the head of both programs.
The department hosts many exciting events including two shows a year that gives students the chance to exhibit their work: The Fall Fine Arts and Graphic Design Student Show and the Spring Fine Arts and Graphic Design Majors Exhibition. The fall show is open to all students.
The spring exhibition focuses specifically on students enrolled in an Art Major. During the Spring show each student is given their own wall to exhibit their work, and awards are given to the best pieces. All shows and exhibitions take place in the Fine and Performing Arts Building.
There are also shows featuring visiting artists. During these shows, CCC invites artists from the community to showcase their work. Last year former CCC printmaking professor, Michelle Wilson, was among a group of artists invited.
This year’s visiting artist is photographer John Mather. The theme for Mather’s exhibition will be tied to this year’s “One Book One College” program. The exhibition will showcase photographs with a similar theme to this year’s chosen book “Enrique’s Journey” by Sonia Nazario.
All students and staff have the opportunity to participate in the Art Department’s annual trip to Europe. About 30 students attended last year’s trip to Florence, Italy. This year’s trip to Rome will take place during spring break. The itinerary includes a visit to the Ancient Ruins of Pompeii, The Vatican, and other major attractions. The trip also features guided tours of The Forum Ruins and The Sistine Chapel.
Seats for the trip are still available. Family and friends are also welcome at the same rate.
Another annual event held by the Arts Department is the Holiday Card Contest. Students compete to design a holiday greeting card for the college. The first place winner will win $100 and their design will be featured on a holiday card that the college president, Dr. Thomas Isekenegbe, distributes around the world. Second place will win $50, and third place will win $25. Last year’s first place winner was Matthew Rosenfeld. All entries for this year’s contest should be submitted to Mrs. Shapiro by November 7th. Shapiro is also head of the Art Club. Students of all majors are welcome to join. Shapiro states, “Art Club is really fun, and we are definitely looking for new members to join us. Meetings are Wednesdays at 2 pm in classroom F4.”
The Art Club also hosts an annual trip. In 2010 the club visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park in New York City. This year the club will visit the Mercer Museum in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Those interested in joining the Art Club or going on the Art Department’s trip should contact Sarah Shapiro at extension 314 or by email at sshapiro@cccnj.edu.

Students fight for better health

By JAMES O’HOGAN

Staff Writer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro Fighters and college students Bryan Danner (L) and Patrick White (R) spar during a MMA training camp.

From its original marketing as a blood sport competition with no rules to becoming one of the fastest growing and very competitive combat sports in the world, mixed martial arts or MMA is a few short steps from becoming as main stream as baseball, basketball, and football.  MMA is a mixture of styles, including but not limited to Boxing, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai Kickboxing.

MMA and has been adopted as a sport style that is now practiced in most martial arts schools around the world.  With this progression, the age of the average mixed martial arts student has become younger and younger and has garnered the attention of many college students. Some non-believers may not see this as a positive aspect, but it seems to be adding discipline and self-confidence to participants who may otherwise not have an opportunity to experience it.

Two students of MMA and professional MMA competitors, Cumberland County residents Patrick White and Bryan Danner, are strong believers in in MMA programs. White and Danner train at Shark Tank BJJ in Vineland, NJ. They had some insight on college students training in MMA.  White, a graduate of Rowan University, became a pro fighter while in college after realizing that college wrestling wasn’t what he wanted to pursue. “I just always had that competitive side,” White explained.  After a career in high school wrestling and looking for something more during White’s college tenure, he felt that MMA was his niche. White reflects, “I loved working out, but just lifting weights and running wasn’t doing it for me anymore.”  When asked, if a MMA club or team was started at Rowan, he replied, “I would absolutely join, I would have been the first in line.” White stated.

CCC’s, Bryan Danner, on break from school until the winter session, is also a pro fighter and agrees with the idea that not only college students but anyone that wants to get into shape should join MMA. “Definitely health wise, it’s  a benefit,” Danner explains. Also, he sheds light on the benefit to sometimes, wild college students. Danner States “It will keep their mind busy, they will be focused and strive to be the best they can be.”  Danner, who fights this October 22 in Atlantic City, along with his trainer/partner White, believes that MMA will help focus students involved in MMA.

The benefit of MMA, whether you become a fighter, grappling competitor, or just want to become healthier is obvious. “There are guys out there that are 80 years old, rolling around on the mats still”, says Danner who also is a Marine reservist. White explains, “We have guys in here, that are overweight, train for six months and drop 50 pounds and those students aren’t even training to become competitors, just training for health.” For more information about MMA programs, visit sharktanknj.com.