Students and staff cast their vote for 2012 US President

A poll was taken January 2012 to determine what presidential candidate CCC wanted for the upcoming 2012 election. The voting poll consisted of 100 students and a few staff. The ballots asked if the people were staff or student, male or female, age, and who they voted for. 

 Close to half the students who weren’t shy about who they voted for and were open about it, either admittedly weren’t politically aware, or just didn’t know anything about the candidates, just chose Obama. They felt comfortable with the current state of things and didn’t want to risk choosing a candidate they didn’t know.

Tony Award winning “Fiddler” takes CCC stage


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The Fiddler On the Roof is a Tony-Award winning musical, and this astonishingly creative comedic classic is heading our way! The play is the big spring show for the CCC’s drama department. The Fiddler on the Roof is an astonishing and enduring play that you will not want to miss. 

In “Fiddler,” a Jewish milkman and his family have to cope with the changes that are occurring in Czarist Russia in 1905. Set in an impoverished village where their traditional lifestyles are being threatened by modern radicalism, bigotry, pious, and social values, a man named Tevye and his wife, Golde, face these strains and continual bewildering onslaught that is surrounding them, as well as, trying to raise their daughters. Tevye, is played by CCC’s Kevin Kolva, his wife Golde, played by Taylor Farley. Tevye is the father of five girls and is trying to keep his family together in the Jewish traditions. Meanwhile, outside influences threaten to encroach upon their lives and change their entire way of living.  

Tevye is forced to cope with the strong wills of his three eldest daughters, whose choices of taking action to marry outside of the traditional Jewish customs creates havoc . 

The weight on Tevye, only further frustrates him, and drives crazy trying to be the glue holding is family together, as the Tsar moves him further away from his faith and the threat of eviction.  CCC’s theatre department presents “Fiddler” April 19 – 22. Show starts at 8pm. On the April 21 shows are presented at 2pm and 8pm. The final performance on April 22 begins at 3pm. 

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children and senior citizens over the age of 55, and $5 for CCC students with a limit of 2 tickets per student.

“A Steady” PACE: Massage Therapy

“A Steady” PACE: Massage Therapy


Staff Writer

Are you the type of person that likes to help people relieve stress and pain? The Massage Therapy program will help you make a career move that will provide you the opportunity to help people. Students will learn the basic steps and training to become a massage therapist. 

According to the Professional and Community Education (PACE) brochure, these classes will give students an opportunity to learn the science of massage therapy. “The idea came from the former president of Cumberland County College, Dr. Ender,” according to Vicki Simek, the executive director of the division. “We both believed in massage therapy and thought it was a good idea.” 

Skilled massage therapists are in demand. As part of the rapidly growing health care field, the job market for massage therapists is projected to grow by 20 percent between now and 2016. Licensed massage therapists work in a variety of settings including: salons and spas, offices of physicians and chiropractors, fitness and recreational sports centers, hotels, cruise ships, or self-employment.

Students can enter the massage therapy program three different times during the year. This program offers Modules 1, 2 and 3 that run every twelve weeks. Massage Therapy offers classroom lectures, hands-on, and clinical massage training. Simek shares, “In the massage therapy program, students learn about all the body systems including Anatomy, Physiology, and the muscular skeletal system. Massage Therapy is about stress relief as well as cleansing the body of toxins, making the body stronger, and preventing illness.“

The program consists of 520 hours of lecture and clinical experience. All clinical work takes place on campus. After students complete the program, they take the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. 

The Massage Therapy Program is a viable career option for CCC students and community members to consider. The newly designed modular curriculum allows students to enter into the program at three different times during the year. Each 12-week module is independent from the previous one, so there are flexible registration options. Financial assistance is also available for those who qualify for the program.

Interested students or community members can begin the information gathering and application processes by calling PACE at 856-691-8600 ext. 345 or visit

CCC’s music program flourishes



The Cumberland County College Music Program began as a meager couplet of classes before evolving into a highlight of the Arts and Humanities Division.  The change, which has enabled students to receive more thorough musical training and encounter a more fulfilling exhibition of the history and culture surrounding music, is thanks to a number of talented professors.

Dave Anderson teaches Piano, the Music Theory and Music History classes, and Ear Training and Sight Singing. Brian Betz teaches the Small Ensemble classes, World Music, Guitar and Jazz Composition.  Lauren Canna teaches the College Chorus classes.  Sheila Lowe teaches Gospel Choir.  James Piccone, in addition to being the Dean of the Arts and Humanities Division, teaches Music Appreciation and has been readily involved in the Music Program for years. Joe Akinskas is the conductor of the two bigger bands, the Jazz Band and the Wind Symphony. The jazz band is a 19-piece orchestra while the Wind Symphony ensemble has 50 players. According to Piccone, “We don’t have enough enrolled music majors to fill the 50 seats in the Wind ensemble so we bring in people from the outside. Music is a highlight of the Arts and Humanities Division in the sense that it brings students and members of the community together [to fill that quota].” The theater and music programs have both grown in recent years, sometimes in tandem, as both theater and music are irrevocably linked. The band members play in the pit orchestra for the spring musicals; this spring they will lend their talent to the score for “Fiddler on the Roof.” The bands are heavily involved in extracurricular activities and community interaction.

They play every year at a venue in Baltimore or New York City, in nursing and Veterans Affairs homes, from local parks to as far as the Cape May boardwalk in the summer. The bands and chorus have taken part in many activities over the years, such as Music on the Mall.  The Cumberland Mall website describes the former Music on the Mall events as the “collaboration of the Cumberland County College Music Department and Cumberland Mall to provide the community with an ongoing series of light repertoire concerts showcasing local musical talent.” The Bay-Atlantic Symphony frequently uses the college facilities to rehearse, in exchange offering four concert performances a year. On Saturday, March 24th at 8:00 PM in the Frank Guaracini Jr. Fine & Performing Arts Center, Hong Kong-born pianist and composer Lee Pui Ming will be performing her own work, She Comes to Shore: concerto for improvised piano and orchestra. The epic night will be capped off with the finale of Jean Sibelius’ “Symphony No. 2.” Piccone, looking back at its history, summates the benefits of the Music Program: “When I came here to teach as an adjunct in 1997, we only had Fundamentals of Music and Music Appreciation. From that it has grown into a full-blown program.  We have applied music lessons.  There are five ensembles for students to choose from. It has become a pretty elaborate program that’s very transferable to a four-year college.”

CCC’s Fencing Club Brings Home Gold

Cumberland County College fencers competed in their first tournament on February 25, walking  away  with three medals from the Invitational Fencing Tournament held at St. Augustine Preparatory School in Richland. Robert Atha, president of CCC’s Fencing Club, won a gold medal in Epee by defeating all of the nine fencers competing in the Epee tournament.   Michael McGill, a student in CCC’s Continuing Education fencing class, and Rommel Ventocilla, a member of the Cumberland County College Fencing Club tied for 3rd Place in the Foil Tournament, in which 16 fencers participated.


Fake it, don’t bake it


Staff Writer

 The cold weather is here and your skin color is fading. Where do most people go to solve this problem? I’m sure you’ve guessed right since there seems to be more tanning salons available to the public than fast food restaurants. Tanning can become addictive because it makes the body feel relaxed, as well as makes the person more confident. Indoor tanning adds color to your skin but does it benefit you in the long run? Many people do not know how badly tanning salons damage their skin.

You are putting your body at a greater risk when you tan indoors rather than outdoors. Regardless of whichever one you choose, the sun’s rays, which contain UVA and UVB radiation, will affect your skin. Indoor tanning beds have UVA radiation just like the sun, but the radiation’s intensity in the tanning beds can be anywhere from 10 to 15 times more powerful. On the Teen’s Health Website it states,  “UVB radiation burns the upper layers of skin causing sunburns. UVA radiation penetrates to the lower layers of the epidermis, where it triggers cells called melanocytes to produce melanin.” In epidemiological studies, ultraviolet radiation has been linked with an increased risk of skin cancer.

With all of this being said, there is, however, a safe alternative.  Self-tanners can create a bronzed look without ever having to step out into the sun. They come in different forms such as lotions, sprays and foams and usually last anywhere between three to five days. As stated on The Beauty and Nutrition Website, sunless tanners do not change your skin’s DNA. They work by simply staining the outer layer of the skin. Most sunless tanning lotions contain DHA or a chemical called dihydorxyacetone. This product creates a reaction when applied to the skin, and binds to the skins upper layers. Over the course of a few hours a ‘tanned’ appearance appears. If the tan starts to fade, you can simply re-apply the tanner. Unlike outdoor or indoor tanning, self-tanning products do not result in any permanent skin changes or damages and it will not cause you to age.

Some self-tanning products are St. Tropez Whipped Mousse $40, Victoria’s Secret Gleaming Self-Tan Body Tint $18, Bain de Soleil Streakguarde Self-Tanning Crème Dark $10, Lancôme Flash Bronzer Self-Tanning Leg Gel $29.50, Clarins Self-Tanning Instant Gel $30, Estée Lauder Go Tan Sunless Towelettes $28, L’Oréal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion $9.50, Neutrogena Sun Fresh Sunless Foam $10, Aveda Sun Source $17.50, and Clinique Self-Sun $18.50.  

If you can’t get away from the tanning salon, some salons offer spray tans to health conscious consumers. Whether it’d be a spray tan or self-tanning product, it does not expose your body to any harmful UV radiation at all.  It’s important to consider these alternatives, so you are not putting your body at risk.


Indoor tanning beds have UVA radiation just like the sun but is 10 to 15 times more powerful.

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Workout? Yes & Yes


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As summer quickly approaches, people tend to hit the gym and eat healthier to achieve that beach body.  Summer becomes the ultimate motivator to give people the courage to get in shape. Students of Cumberland County College have the privilege to use the college’s fitness center for free.  The fitness center includes several treadmills, two elliptical, and two bicycle machines, weights, stability balls, and many weight machines intended for targeting different body parts.  

Although the college’s gym may not be the largest around, it is conveniently packed with all the basic workout essentials.  But let’s be realistic, not everyone has the time to hit the gym.  There are many fitness sites and alternatives to getting in shape that can be done in the comfort of your home.

People have different sections of their body they want to target. For some it may be their legs, others their arms and so on. One move that is rising in popularity and helps tone up the entire body is called the plank exercise.   Planks are when you get in push up position and hold your body weight for as long as you can. It tones the abs, legs, arms and back. Squats are another move that’s easy to do and tones the butt and thighs. Furthermore, there are free videos on YouTube that make it easy to access fitness videos. 

Tone It Up and Body Rock TV are two YouTube channels that provide viewers with fitness tips and videos. It’s like having your own personal trainer without paying the price! Moreover, there are also fitness DVD’s that can be purchased such as Jillian Michaels complete body workout series. If you’re looking for a really fun workout then Zumba may be your answer. Zumba fitness is a latin-inspired dance workout that burns calories as you move to the rhythm of the music. Coincidentally, the college’s Student Nurse’s Organization held a Zumbathon on Sunday February 19. The Zumbathon’s purpose was to raise funds for the Student Nurse’s Organization and to promote fitness and healthy living

Overall, fitness is one thing that should be present in our daily lives. We’ll not only feel better about our bodies but we’ll also be healthier.  It is never too late to change your lifestyle. Why not start today?


Winter Blues? You are not alone

By Candice Rivera

Staff Writer

Winter Blues affects more people than you think.

There is never enough time for everything. The days are too short! Its winter’s way of saying the celebration of the New Year is over.  Leaving you in the mood to not do anything at all. It’s too cold to go outside, and leaving your warm bed for class isn’t appealing. This feeling you are fighting is what you call Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD). According to, up to 500,000 people in the country could have winter-onset depression, which is the most common form of SAD.

SAD patients “have real difficulty motivating themselves to do ordinary things, even taking care of themselves and those they are responsible for,” Anie Kalayjian, a spokeswoman for the American Psychological Association, told USA Today. When the dreary weather affects your moods, you are suffering from SAD or in layman’s terms, Winter Blues.

So now what do you do about it? Well there are things that can actually do to help boost your less then dead winter self. First place to start, DON’T HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON. We all do it. Thinking that a few extra minutes can help us with the whole, getting up and moving thing. For all you coffee addicts (like myself) set the coffee maker on a few minutes before you wake up. The smell of coffee can be a motivator for you to get up for that cup of coffee. Once you’re actually awake and are moving, put on all the lights. Getting dressed in the dark can make you sleepier and sluggish.

Finally, out the door

and after a few classes the “Debbie Downer” mood strikes again! You don’t want to do a thing. During the break inbetween classes or lunch time go for a walk, I know it’s cold! But bundle up and get some sun. Soak up some vitamin D. Sometimes, you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself who you are and who you want to be. You can also take a vitamin D supplement which has mood-enhancing benefits.

After the day comes to an end you’re thinking, “HOME”.  Home usually inquires munching on food and Facebook at the end of the day. Some days, yes, this is something to do after a long day and just relax. Instead go out with some friends and grab a drink. Hello! Happy hour at Applebee’s or wait until 9:00pm when everything is half priced for their appetizers and drinks. Doing something social instantly makes you feel better. You can’t settle in on your own thoughts and sink deeper into your winter blues.

Pampering yourself ever now and then makes you feel better too. Giving yourself some much-needed me time is a must. Do something you love doing to pause the outside world. Ladies now is the time for those spa days with the girls. Take time for you. Even changing your environment makes a world of difference. At home brighten things up. Paint the walls a bright color. Yellow, orange and red are great colors to accessorize throughout the house. Your mood lightens up once surrounded by them.  Pick one and apply it to your daily routine.

According to Cosmopolitan, to help beat the winter blues, plan a mini outdoor getaway. Don’t spend your days off inside and waste daylight you can enjoy. Go sledding or explore a nearby town and check out the holiday window displays, which are usually great this time of year.

So get to it! Apply many of these tips to your routine. You’ll see how your mood improves and how the winter days don’t drag.

Are you advised?


Staff Writer

Coming to college, most students have no idea what they want to do with their future! We can barely function correctly without our morning run to StarBucks.  The fact is, if you enter college knowing your passion and what you want to do for the rest of your life, you are blessed! I changed my major four times until I was truly passionate about it and felt that I could go to work everyday and love what I do. 

According to, academic advisement has been classified into two types, prescriptive and developmental. Prescriptive advisement refers to the advisor/student interacting within an authoritative/ subordinate, or doctor/patient relationship. Courses are prescribed to the student and class schedules are written.

Developmental academic advisement is defined as a systematic process based on a close relationship intended to aid students in achieving educational, career, and personal goals through the utilization of the full range of institutional, and community resources. Cumberland County College does have a “day one” each semester where the entire college community comes together to provide a full day of academic advisement for students. These days typically fall in November and April. All students are mailed information informing them of registration dates, Advisement Day, the identity of their advisor and their office hours on this day.  Students are encouraged to make appointments but walk-ins are always welcome. As a student you should ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern. Your advisors are there to “advise” you. The ultimate decision is up to you.