WINTER AND SPRING 2013 REGISTRATION DATES

OCT 24-28, 2012: Open online registration  to sophomores with 32+ credits completed

 

Oct 29 – Nov 4, 2012: Open online registration  to advanced freshman with 16+ credits completed

 

Nov 5-9, 2012*: Open online and in-person registration to all currently enrolled students

 

*Advisement Week, November 5-9, is an opportunity to meet with an advisor for academic planning. Advisors will be available during Advisement Week by appointment. Payment for Winter classes is due at time of registration.

Computer Graphics “design”

By NATHANAEL VEGA
Staff Writer

Nothing can take away from the fact that the evolution of technology of all sorts, from computers to handheld devices, are making it easier to transfer and read information. The Internet makes it possible for people to be kept up to date with the happenings around their area, as well as the happenings all around the world, virtually free of charge. This very fact presents as one of the biggest challenges for publishing companies, forcing the reduction of all job positions. And, considering the recent economic crisis, whether through week-long furloughs or by eliminating positions entirely, it appears that the publishing companies are doing whatever it takes to keep their businesses alive and running.

 

Graphic design positions, in this particular case, have been slowly declining for the past few years. Graphics have been an essential addition to support the information being expressed in hard copy publications, like newspapers and magazines, for many years. Photos, charts, and illustrations, for example, help to add flavor to the reading and they are also used to capture the interest of the readers. The visual layout on business cards, flyers and letterheads are also created by graphic artists. Outside of the print realm, other than the use of design on web pages over the Internet, graphic design is also on the television. The business aspect of marketing, more commonly over commercial advertisements, are reinforced with motion graphics that are intended to catch the eye and cause the audience to remember the product(s) being presented.

The importance of graphic design is immense and technology has evolved to the point where just about anybody, no matter how experienced they are in art, can create their own designs using computer software. For years, it’s been possible for people to express themselves by posting their designs online and make it available for anybody, all over the world, to see and even critique. From animated avatars to digital portfolios, people have the option to create their own personalized identities online through design. Schools have also continued to teach it’s students art and design up to this day. All-in-all, there appears to be no limit with the usage of design.

 

So, with the current economic crisis and evolution of technology, could there still be a possible future with graphic design? Ms. Shapiro, Assistant Professor of Art and Coordinator of Fine Arts & Graphic Design at Cumberland County College, stated that “there will always be a future in graphic design. We will always need information, signs and advertising. It will become more and more digital though in many ways. There are many positions open for graphic designers. In private companies, corporations, schools, hospitals and freelance.” Visual communication will always be necessary and, no matter what, there will always be a place for graphic designers throughout the world.

 

Mox app

By ERIC MARIN
Staff Writer

Ever wonder who your classmates will be after you register for a course? The Datatel MOX application, from DubMeNow Inc., provides that and more. The free application is a great way to find out what is going on around your campus and in your classrooms. After the application is downloaded, the steps to register are easy for even the most technologically challenged users. You must be a student, professor, or staff member to create an account. 

Once the application is downloaded and opened, a list of colleges and universities will appear on the screen in alphabetical order. Then scroll down to the institution you attend and click it’s name. From there, almost a dozen options come across the screen. However, all lead to a login page. For a CCC student to login, just type in the MyPortal information given to you by the college. All those options from the home page are now at your disposal. 

The first two options, “Friends” and “My Card”, require you to make a DUB card. This is also free, however it is not necessary to enjoy the other features the MOX app provides. Next to those options are the “Important #’s” feature, which lists every number a student or staff member would need in case of an emergency. It also lists the numbers to different groups or offices within the college, including the bookstore and alumni. Another useful feature is the “Maps” option. Instead of stopping a random person and asking for directions, the application gives a detailed layout of the college’s campus. It includes a bird’s eye view and names of all the campus’ buildings. 

The “News” feature is filled with reminders to students and staff and even public news that may affect you. With the “Events” option, you can find out what days the school is closed and what’s on the college’s website right from your phone. 

The best thing about the MOX app is the “Courses” feature. It allows the user to get an inside look at every class they’re taking. It gives an overview of the course by listing the professor, session, and a detailed description of the class. It also informs the user of any events going on for that particular course and gives a full roster of the class. If a classmate is registered, users can click on a name and find out a little about each person. For instance, where they work and other social networks that a classmate uses. 

The last two features on the home page are “Directory” and “Info”. The “Directory” is just a quick way to get contact information. The “Info” option gives vital information of the college, such as the address and website. 

The MOX app creators did a great job organizing every MOX detail you need to know.

 

Facebook’s Reality

By BRITTANY KILPATRICK
Staff Writer

Over the past few years, Facebook has become an ever-present facet in our daily lives. For some, going on Facebook is just part of a daily routine. It can be all consuming and at times very distracting. As Facebook continues to become a bigger feature in our lives, it begins to be questioned. Mostly, Facebook and other social networking sites have been questioned for how they affect our communication with other people, but what is it doing to us psychologically? How is it affecting our perceptions of others and ourselves? Can Facebook be compared to reality television? How are the two similar in what they portray?

We’ve all seen it on Facebook “Can’t wait for the party tonight,” “Just got back from Jamaica,” “Breakfast with my hubby ,” and similar statuses.  With statuses like these, you may begin to think ‘I bet that person has the perfect life.’ As if words aren’t enough to jab at you, you look at pictures of the kinds of parties, events, or vacations you aren’t fortunate enough to be able to enjoy yourself. Some people are not affected by perceptions of others’ lives, but these perceptions can become a belittling cycle that brings down their self-confidence. Something as little as a relationship status can feel like a reason to criticize themselves.

The issue becomes more extreme, because of the lack of face-to-face communication in our society today. We often don’t get to know the full picture of someone’s life. We tend to only know random facts, interests, and thoughts that they post on Facebook. We are then deceived into thinking that their lives are so much more exciting, fulfilling, as well as happier than our own. You see, when you interact face-to-face, there is a chance that the person may tell you otherwise. In fact, our Facebook profiles are only an edited portrayal of our lives. 

Much like reality shows, what you see isn’t always what you get, and you tend to only see a one-sided, limited view, into someone’s life. The side shown on Facebook and reality television tends to be sunnier than real life is. You don’t see that the party was a disaster, the vacation was ruined by storms, or that the “happy” couple’s relationship is on the rocks. With this in mind, why do we torture ourselves like this?

Why does the perception of others, based on what we view on Facebook, affect some of us on such a deep level? What can we do to not bombard ourselves with the perfection or faux-perfection that is the lives of others we know? Why do we care so much? Why do we belittle ourselves based on sometimes faux-reality?

My theory is that we are both too focused on others, and/or we are determined to focus on why our lives aren’t “perfect.” We are so convinced that our lives aren’t worthy of appreciation, because they aren’t filled with constant fun, exciting, and happy events. Instead of realizing, that the bad days help us to be appreciative of the good ones, we are focused almost completely on the bad. We feel the need to have others justify to us that our lives are “perfect.” The reality is that we need to stop taking everything at “Facebook” value. Empathize the good and realize that the bad is merely a temporary wall. Sooner or later things get better and this happens by looking at the brightside with a sense of humor. We also need to know when to back away from Facebook, and truly live our lives, because being on Facebook isn’t exactly living your life. Most of all, we need to realize and remind ourselves that no one’s life is “perfect.” Perfect, is in fact, overrated and boring therefore, perfect isn’t even perfect. 

 

 

The Voice

 The Voice is the student newspaper of Cumberland County College and opinions expressed therein are not the opinions of Cumberland County College. 

 The Voice welcomes responses to our editorial pages and strives to present its readers with accurate and fair reporting. If you should wish to submit a letter to the editor, request a correction or contribute a story idea, please email the faculty advisor directly. All articles and letters submitted to The Voice may be edited for clarity, professionial standards, correctness and space restrictions.

Staff Writers:

Idris Caldwell
Brittany Kilpatrick
Dani Leach
Damon Leake
Hezekiyah Luster
Eric Marin
Devan Paleschic
Brandon Read
Nathanael Vega

Editors:
Thomas Arenz
Idris Caldwell
Dani Leach
Devan Paleschic
Candice Rivera
Don’a Smith

 

Faculty Advisor:
Renee Post
rpost@cccnj.edu

Financial aid: Satisfying your appetite

By Hezekiyah Luster

Financial aid is a program which helps students in need of funding for school. Through financial aid, students can buy their books, pay for their classes, and get a stipend check for the money they didn’t spend. There is one concern that CCC students still have: Why does financial aid not cover lunches?

Lunch is a major concern for students. Some students feel that being hungry in class is a distraction. At times, lunch can be costly, financial aid covering lunch would not only help the students, but would also help teachers. Teachers would be able to capture students’ attention easier and the students would have satisfied stomachs, and would gain more focus. According to Quanesha Harris, a CCC freshman, “Financial aid should cover lunch. It would help students become more financially free and would also allow the café to gain more revenue from students who can’t afford lunch”.

Even if financial aid posed a spending limit, students could spend less per semester, which would be a big help to them. Fellow student Christopher Adair said, “Financial aid should be able to help with lunch in some way. I feel as though, if they can divide money into the bookstore and other areas, then why not expand and divide some money for students in the café? I know they will figure it out and be able to help our stomachs and pockets in some way”.

Financial aid does a wonderful job covering our books, tuition, and stipend checks. CCC students are just hoping for a little bit more. Saydah Nyanankpe says, “I know we are not a Division I college but CCC can still help us. Most people are seriously being affected by this recession. If times weren’t as hard as they are, then I could see us being able to afford our own lunch. I hope Financial Aid helps us”. Many people have been fervently using the word ‘help’. This is a trying time when Financial Aid can come in and be a hero to many people. From experience, some days are harder than others. If we could all work together and help each other, life would come easier, learning would increase, and academic success would rise.

Is the Portal too deep?

By Hezekiyah Luster

Cumberland County College has been through many changes from years 2011 to 2012. One of these major changes implemented a new computer system called the Portal. The Portal was developed to have everything Cumberland County College students in a centralized web-based system. Bernie Castro, an administrator of the Portal, shared the reason why CCC changed systems. Castro said, “The Portal started off as a package deal with the whole ERP system. The ERP system connects everything we do at the college. The Portal is not only a program, but a website for students and faculty to connect on one main page”.  Castro explains, “Basically, Web Advisor is what replaced IRIS. For students to get Web Advisor, they have to go through the Portal. The Portal is a doorway to other items. I think it is difficult now but it will get better.” Castro stated, “That the Portal is not just a problem for students, but is also a problem for faculty”.

With all of the information I was getting, I could not help but become overwhelmed. As a CCC student and Portal user, it seems that the Portal is complex compared to the old IRIS system. When asked why students weren’t gathered to setup for Portal training Castro replied, “The plan was, we have power users who are taught how to use the Portal which in return, taught their employees and in the end trickles down to the students. Students still aren’t the only ones struggling with it.”

Fellow CCC student Stephanie Mitchell wanted to know, “Can we still really learn how to use the Portal?” Castro answered, “The Portal developed sometime in January 2012 when the semester was well under way. We eventually began to get students testing the Portal in June, which by that time everyone couldn’t test it”. Castro continued, “Students can still learn how to use the Portal by simply logging into the Portal and clicking onto the Web Advisor tutorial which is right next to Web Advisor (self-service). In order to log onto the Portal, students need a username, which is their first initial and last name (if the name is common a digit may be necessary after the last name), and students also need a password, which could be their eight-digit or 6-digit birthdate. The Web Advisor tutorial has a wide variety of different videos describing how to use the Portal in its entirety. In the end, the Portal is still fairly new and has to be learned by not only students, but employees as well.