Job Opportunities offered at Cumberland County College

by Morgan Neilio

As many students may or not be aware, there are an abundance of job opportunities offered at CCC. In these rough economic times, many students spend a vast amount of time searching for a part-time job. Searching for a job on campus is much more convenient. Like killing two birds with one stone, campus jobs are on site and work around a student’s schedule. There are two types of employment offered at CCC. One type of employment available is institutional work; the other is work-study.  When financial aid does not cover all of a student’s tuition, a work-study program is offered to help them pay the difference. To qualify for work-study, a student must first apply when filing for their financial aid. Once a student is approved for work-study, they can obtain a list of hiring departments on campus from human resources. The student can then contact the department of her choice to schedule an interview. Under the work-study program, each student is allotted $500 per semester. This can equal up to a $1000 dollars a year to help students pay for their tuition. Institutional jobs on campus are available as full-time work or part-time work. Institutional positions can include job opportunities from local businesses that offer positions to CCC students. You can find a listing of job opportunities offered on campus by logging onto the campus website and clicking on the link, Jobs at CCC. This link will direct you to current job openings both full and part time. On this page, you will find a link on job listings offered outside of CCC; highlighted in blue at the bottom of the page, which even allows you to submit online applications.  So for those of you who are struggling to find employment and juggle school at the same time, on-campus jobs can work around your schedule. For more information about jobs offers on and off campus contact the human resources department @ ext. 240 or email Pamela Carty at pcarty@cccnj.edu .

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Faculty Spotlight

Associate Professor, Ms. Sharon Kewish, is being highlighted in this semester’s faculty spotlight, celebrating her 40th year of teaching at CCC. She teaches writing in the Humanities Division and has also been the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society Advisor for 35 years.

Kewish left the heartland of America at the University of Illinois for the coastal charm of southern New Jersey. CCC’s appeal was a “cozy, more personal campus.”

For 13 years, Kewish ran CCC’s Basic Skills program which was named the #1 basic skills program in the state, two years in a row, and was included among the top 30 strongest programs in the United States.

Kewish also brought the popular Images of Women literature class to CCC, believing it would be a necessary addition to the curriculum. One of Kewish’s students, Jessica Slater reflects about this class. “I had no idea the impact this class would have on my personal growth. By analyzing the mythical archetypes of women, I learned how they reinforce stereotypes in our society. I realized through Professor Kewish’s lectures that I would not allow stereotypes define who I am and that I have choices to become a strong woman and fight.”

Kewish’s classes are known to be difficult, yet, she is very helpful and understanding. Kewish always tells her students, “being prepared and organized is the hallmark to success.”

Besides being an effective and caring teacher, Kewish has helped enhance CCC so graciously. As the PTK Advisor, she enjoys the program and speaks highly of it. “They are a very good group of students. Our mission is service related which isn’t just within CCC, but also community related.”  Kewish is also the coordinator of CCC’s One Book/One College, has chaired fundraising campaigns for the Frank Guaracini Jr. Arts Center, and has secured grant funding from the American Association of Community Colleges that led to the development of the Liberal Arts-American Studies option.

Kewish shares, “my most greatest accomplishment on earth is teaching and helping students succeed on to greater things in life.”

Gift Giving Do’s and Don’ts

By Tasheika Scott

Staff Writer

We are slowly but shortly approaching the gift-giving season once again.  The boyfriend/girlfriend Christmas gift dilemma is one that frustrates us all. With the holidays just right around the corner, many of us are already getting overwhelmed

with gifts ideas for our loved ones.  Retailers are making it even harder for us. We are already getting sucked into the commercials, ads and even store coupons. With our minds racing and heart pumping even faster, the question is “What is the right gift to give?”

Do’s for him

Anything that involves technology is the perfect gift forhim. According to Amazon.com, top gifts for men this season will be video games/systems, DVD players, watches, DVD collection, cologne, ipad/iphone and cameras. Guys don’t think about what they are receiving as a gift, but to make them happy or feel appreciated, get them something they have an interest in.

Do’s for her

Most females like thoughtful gifts. They want that “special gift.” Gifts.com makes it easier for guys when buying girls a gift. You can’t go wrong with jewelry, love notes, designer handbags, homemade gift baskets or crafts, fragrances, books, mp3 players, spa gift cards or vacation.  Those are just a few, but the main thing to do when buying a girl a gift, is to listen and then react.

Don’ts for him

Buying a gift for a guy is like taking a college biology or calculus, it is “hard.”  The way a female thinks and what a guy actually likes are two different things. Remember what you may think is nice, lovely, cute, and pretty, he might not.  The number one rule when buying a guy a gift is to stay away from too much romance and items that he has not expressed interest in. Fluffy teddy bears are not a guy’s best friend. If you obviously think it’s super cute, 99 percent of the time, he won’t! Framed pictures of you together should not be given; unless you live together, then it’s an exception.  Anything covered in hearts and roses are a big red flag. Guys aren’t too sentimental, so buying a dozen roses is a waste of time and money.  The idea of getting clothes for a guy is very tricky.  If he hasn’t made suggestion about specific clothing he wants or likes, it’s best to stay away from clothes. At the end of the day, it’s not what you would love to see him in, it’s actually the idea of him wearing it.

Don’ts for her

Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s much harder to shop for a girl than it is to shop for a guy. Most girls are pickier than a guy, and that’s not a big secret. Girls just don’t want anything. They want that one special * one *, right over there, two spaces from the right, four rows back, with this and that on the side.

What makes it harder for some guys is the fact that girls don’t point out their special gift 20 yards away. And that’s one of the reasons why guys are sometimes left clueless and without a gift. Bath Kits, cosmetics and perfumes all seem like good ideas right? Well, they’re not. If the store your buying beauty items from don’t specialize in those products, leave it where you found it. The number one thing a girl looks for with cosmetics is name brands and original scents.

A gym membership for a guy is acceptable, but it’s never under any circumstances okay for a girl. Gyms, weight loss programs, fat burning products, scales and anything even remotely related to these will only portray one message: “I think your fat.” Jewelry is one of those gifts that can go either way. If you decide to buy jewelry, do your research first.  If she only wears stud earrings, don’t buy long dangling ones. If you’ve looked through her collection and there’s no sign of necklaces, obviously, she doesn’t wear or like them.

How You See Yourself in the Mirror

By Candice Rivera

Staff Writer

For woman body image is a major issue. You can ask any woman what her best feature is, most likely you’ll receive silence then a list of everything she would change about her appearance. Majority of the time people assume that it’s because women do it for attention. I can agree, that yes, as a woman I love to hear that I look beautiful, especially when I’m not too happy with the way I look. But it always goes deeper then just a women’s physical appearance, it is a constant mental reminder of them not having the perfect shape. Even people that feel shouldn’t be insecure with themselves are.  Women that we hold up on a pedestal have insecurities just like any other woman.

Mila Kunis the star from “That 70’s Show” and “The Black Swan” said, “If someone finds me attractive, God bless them.”

Even famous female celebs don’t deal well with body issues. Well with media and the world’s pressures for the perfect body, it’s no wonder women are constantly unhappy with their bodies. Starting at a young age, girls play with Barbie Dolls. If Barbie was a real woman, she would be 6’ 0”, weigh 100 lbs., and wear a size 4. Her measurements would be 39”/19”/33”. The average women’s measurements are about 36”/30”/41”. Having her stand at 5’4 and weighing at 145 lbs, the average size for woman is between 11 to a size 14. Society is what is ugly for putting such inhuman ideas in our heads for what a perfect woman body is.

Denise Winterman from “BBC News Magazine” said, “Some argue her body shape would be unobtainable and unsustainable if scaled to life-size. They claim she would not be able to stand up because her body frame would be so unbalanced. A real life Barbie would simply fall over.”

Once a negative comment is made, it then becomes a drilling thought and a constant reminder to a female. This usually occurs once other things in a woman’s life falter. So instead of concentrate the primary problem, she starts to nitpick at herself. Women are their own, biggest critics. I am guilty of this as well.

The main point to all of this, women are insure about themselves and their bodies. Even ones that we feel shouldn’t be. The thing is everyone has something that they don’t except about themselves. You can either pick your body apart or feel beautiful. It is your choice. One size does not fit all for the “perfect image” as women are supposed live up to have. Even if Barbie were real she still wouldn’t be anywhere near perfect or to our society’s standards. Remember, as a woman, you are beautiful. No matter what size, height, weight you are amazing.

Continuing Education with CCC

By Amber Parrish

Staff Writer

What are your plan’s after leaving CCC? Are you aware of CCC on-campus university partners? Well, now is the time to explore your options.

With access to a different Universities on campus, you can save time and money. If your major is offered through one of these Universities, staying at CCC should be the golden plan for you. Through these programs at the University Center, they offer a variety of degrees. CCC’s University Center offers, online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, and post baccalaureate certifications. The earlier you apply to the school of your choice the better the outcome. In order to know what the Universities have to offer, take a moment and visit the University Center or visit http://www.cccnj.edu.

Speaking with Yami Ortiz-Monralvo, university center office manager, she states, “Cumberland County College has the highest level of people attaining an Associate’s Degree and the lowest level of people attaining baccalaureate degrees or higher. It’s unfortunate to be one of the only counties in New Jersey without a four-year institution. Working with our partners creates pathways for students. Coming here is great way to receive a bachelor’s or master’s without leaving the comforts of Cumberland County College. Our goal is to get you where you need to be with a quality education and workforce ready to meet the standards of your future employer, and beyond.”

Amanda Mantshongo is the representative for Wilmington University and Dr. George F. Sharp is the representative for Richard Stockton College. They play a very important role in connecting our students to a four-year degree. These partnerships provide CCC students a way to saving time and money. Not many two-year schools offer what CCC offers. If you are thinking about attending a four-year school after graduating from CCC, check out CCC’s University Center.

Take a stroll over to CCC’s University Center to see what options are available to you. CCC partners include:

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Franklin University

Georgian University

Montclair State University

Rowan University

Richard Stockton College

Rutgers-Camden University

Wilmington University

Documentaries: Inside the Film by James O’Hagan


Greg Hambleton, the director of the Fine & Performing Arts Center, has decided to introduce a new aspect of learning into the Cumberland County College liberal arts community. A new documentary program has opened the doors of learning to documentary filmmaking. 

The addition of the documentary film program, “On Screen/In Person” is a way of introducing students to new avenues of film arts.  Documentary filmmaking allows the viewer to become immersed in something they may know little to nothing about. It also presents a close up; insiders look beyond the screen and into the mind of the director.

Hambleton feels students should have this resource available to them. Hambleton states, “There’s a subject matter to be talked about, [and] discussed to really bring the people here and learn about something different.” 

Two documentaries were recently added to the program: “Beat-Boxing: The Fifth Element of Hip Hop” and “Out in the Silence”.  “Beat-Boxing: The Fifth Element of Hip-Hop” is about the art of making drum beats and rhythms using your mouth. Beatboxing is heavily related to Hip-Hop music.

“Out in the Silence” was viewed on November 19 in the Fine and Performing Arts Center.  Joe Wilson directed this film. It is about a sixteen-year-old student athlete that is attacked after revealing in school that he is gay. It portrays a serious take on bullying in school that occurs because of alternative lifestyles.

Wilson went through similar drama when he announced his same-sex marriage in the small town he resides in. Hambleton believes that students may “glean some new information about something that they don’t quite know anything about, understand, or are confused about in their own   lives.”

Anyone that is interested in learning about these subjects has the opportunity to watch the documentaries, interact with subject matter, and become immersed in a first-hand account of what the director wants to capture and convey to viewers.

The implementation of the film program shows the advancement of the school, the instructors, and students.  The film program takes an out of the box approach to learning and allows students to experience something new and refreshing.

The film program reinvents the learning process and delivers a new spin on learning. With that being said, could this help students to open up and interpret events that may surface in their lives?

 

Beatboxing: The Fifth Element of Hip-Hop

By ASHLEE CHANCE

Staff Writer

It was lost, but now it has been found. Beatboxing, the fifth element of Hip-Hop, is back and on the rise.  Cumberland County College hosted a show on the global phenomenon which included human beatboxing.

Who would have thought that making odd noises with your mouth or the ability to sound like a robot without using technology would become an important part of the hip-hop generation?

Beat boxing was born in the ‘70s in the hard nock streets of New York. Human beatboxers actually use their mouths to imitate the rhythm of a drum. It originated from groups of people hanging out and making these wacky noises just for fun.

Human beatboxing has made an incredible explosion onto the hip-hop scene. It became a trend in the ‘90s around the time the group the Fat Boys and Doug E. Fresh were at their time. Today beatboxing has embraced the horizons of the world and competitions are held everywhere.

The beatboxing show held at CCC included the documentary “ Beat-boxing: The Fifth Element of Hip Hop.” The film gave a visual background on beatboxing and how it has evolved into DJ-ing, breakdancing, and rapping.

A performer by the name of Electro says for him beatboxing “is a way of being born with a second language that’s so diverse its kind of unexplainable.” Another performer, Yoyo Beats stated that “beatboxing is a movement of its own now because [of] how it has become a positive light to the world of Hip-Hop and Pop culture.”

This intriguing event also featured a photo contest which CCC student Marcus Wilson won. “I was very excited to win the contest and even more excited to win the grand prize.” Wilson stated.

Wilson combined his love for graffiti and beatboxing  which helped him come up with his winning masterpiece.

Beatboxing has  become a symbol of multicultural unity. The voice that was on mute for quite some time is now known as the fifth element.

Contest winner Marcus Wilson


PHOTO COURTESY OF MARCUS WILSON