CCC offers $500,000 in student scholarships per year

By:Elizabeth Green

Editor: Hezekiyah Luster

Applying for educational scholarships and grants is very important as the government continues to cut financial aid. 

         states, “The elimination of federal financial aid for college-bound high school students was one of several cuts in the federal budget. Like many of the other changes, the cut hits especially hard at community colleges and for-profit colleges, which enroll more students based on an “ability to benefit” test than do traditional four-year colleges.                                    

                  College is stressful enough without having to worry about tuition and paying thousands of dollars in student loans after graduation. 

                  Cumberland County College looks to help students reach their academic goals without financial worry.

                  The Foundation Office and Board strive to provide as many opportunities as possible for students to attend college and successfully complete their educational careers at Cumberland County College.  Through generous donations made by individuals, CCC alumni, faculty, staff and corporations, the college awards over $500,000 in scholarships each year.

                  There are around 110 scholarships offered to incoming, current, and transferring students.  To apply, simply go to and click on the About Us page. In the Foundation tab, students will find a list of each scholarship awarded at Cumberland County College and a description of each.

                  Most applicants find that they are eligible to apply for more than one scholarship, which increases chances of being awarded money to help with tuition and textbooks.

                  Certain factors that scholarships require are 2.0 minimum GPA, specific sports, certain majors, community service and even whether or not a student has children or lives on their own.                  

                  Along with a completed application, students must write essays and/or get recommendation letters from teachers if the scholarship description requires it.

                  Regardless of the amount of scholarships submitted for, only one completed form is necessary Students simply have to list the names of the scholarships they want to apply for at the top of the application.

                  Applications are to be sent via email to or mailed to CCC Foundation, Attn: Kim Ackerman, P.O. Box 1500, Vineland, NJ 08362-1500.

                  College students will have a hard time making up for reduced funding in the new school year as federal budget cuts take hold. Grants are another way to fight the decreases in funding.

                  According to, grants are financial aid that you don’t have to repay. Generally, you must be an undergraduate student, and the amount you receive depends on your need, cost of attendance, and enrollment status (full time or part time). The maximum amount a student can receive in Federal Pell Grant money for the 2012-2013 award year (July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014) is $5,635. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOGs) range from $100 to $4,000.

                  With guidance and support from the Financial Aid and Foundation Offices, CCC helps bridge the gap with scholarship opportunites so students can earn a quality education at an affordable price.




When tough love becomes too much



Article by: Brittany Kilpatrick 

Edited by: Rachel Meyers

Photo courtesy of: Google Images 


Sometimes when people struggle or seem to not reach their fullest potential, you may decide that tough love is the best approach. It is necessary, at times, to be hard on those we care about. We really do want to see them succeed, but what if your method of communication is ineffective? Misunderstandings can occur when trying to be tough with people you love. If too tough, you could end up defeating the purpose of helping people. Ever heard the saying, “Too much of a good thing?” Too much of a good thing is exactly what can occur when using tough love. You start off with the goal in mind to push the other person in the right direction. However, if you aren’t mindful, you can overdo it and go about it the wrong way.

If people are constantly told what they aren’t doing right, without an occasional compliment, all they will feel capable of is failure. If you really love her, you don’t want her to feel that way. You don’t have to coddle her or pat her on the back constantly, but please take the time to let her know you are proud of her once in a while. You will accomplish more in the long run by doing so. Tell her that you are proud of her. Don’t just tell others. 

People who give tough love tend to repeat themselves too much. Instead, give her advice or casually nudge her one time and then give her a respectable amount of time to take in what you said and potentially apply it to what she needs to do. You don’t need to constantly scrutinize her. No one likes to be under a microscope. It is like a child who has parents that always watch her every move. It suffocates her and makes it hard for her to think and make wise, independent decisions. The child then rebels, unintentionally begins to falter, or does not make any progress at all. Give her space. Let her breathe, and think for herself, because when it comes down to it, it is her life, not yours. What you think is the best approach or what she needs to do may be the opposite of what is best for her. What was best for your life isn’t the same for someone else’s. Also, be aware of how you come across. No one likes to be insulted. Even if what you said isn’t insulting, the way you say it can be. You want to encourage her, push her forward, not insult her and push her backward.

Tough love has to be advanced with caution and supplemented with real love. No one likes to be pricked all the time. Occasionally they need a Band-Aid. Remember that. When trying to help her, be careful of letting your ego get in the way. No one is better than anyone else. No one has more valuable opinions than another person in these types of situations. Show a little tough love here and there, when she needs it, but don’t go overboard. Too much of good thing isn’t a good thing. Zero plus zero does not equal one. If you add tough love plus tough love you get nothing. You need tough love plus real love to find harmony and accomplish anything. 









“Major” Decisions on Future Plans

By:Melyssa Tsangaris

Editor:Hezekiyah Luster

From the time we are kids we were always asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” You might have answered, “A ballerina!” or maybe, “A fireman!” or even possibly, “A garbage man!” (Yes, I’ve heard that one before) However, now that we’re in college, how many of us precisely know how we want to spend our lives?

                  When asked about his experiences, Jeremy Delbeato, current CCC student, responded, “I have no idea what I want to do (with my life). Yes, it does scare me. I don’t want to pay a lot of money for nothing or get stuck in something I hate.”

                  We are raised to believe that we need to have an ambition by the time we hit high school and grow to be successful and secure to make our parents proud. We are so rushed to pick a career path.  

So as a result of this, we attend universities straight out of high school and spend thousands of dollars and put ourselves in debt to major in something we are not even sure of, just so our parents aren’t disappointed in us. Sound familiar? Do not let someone else rule your personal life. Live for yourself. You could have been five and have known what you wanted to do with your life since then, and that is fantastic! Keep in mind, if that is not the case, do not throw out money towards a degree that your heart and soul won’t follow.

                  The magical thing about community colleges and universities are you can always come back!  That is the honor of education. We see it on our own campus, mature men and women come back for an education and they are doing well.                                     They come back with set goals and ambitions, after figuring out what they want in life. Most of them already have families of their own so they know what they want.

Everyone these days are just so concerned with money. What do most people want to be when they’re older? Rich. And then people wonder why they’re so stressed out. People should want happiness. I can assure you right now, if you are shooting for money, yes you are going to be strained. However I can promise you that if you fight for what you would love to do with your life, you will be happy and that stress will be gone. One of the greatest ambitions is just to be financially secure and happy.

                  You experience it in life all the time. You may know someone with a great amount of money but are miserable. Granted, I am not saying successful people can’t be content. However, do people who center their life around money usually live cheerful lives? Financial problems distract us from our lives on a daily, even studies have shown that it causes negative outcomes on our health. Blood pressure, heart rate, memory, mood, and even immune functioning can be affected by financial stress.

                  It is never too late for you to decide what your passion is and how you want to contour your life. If you are worrying because you don’t know what you want from life, stop stressing so much and follow your heart! As long as you do this, you are going to be all right.

                  Fun Fact: The average college undergraduate changes their major three times before sticking to one.







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Two of CCC’s key sports teams competing this semester are the Men and Women’s Soccer team. Our men’s soccer team has played a total of 15 games so far and our women’s soccer team has played a total of 14 games.

As of Oct. 15, the men’s team has won 6 games against other colleges such as Delaware County Community College, Valley Forge Military College, Raritan Valley Community College, Middlesex County College, Community College of Philadelphia, and Passaic county Community College. The head soccer coach is Tim Schmitz and this is his first year as the coach. He graduated from Rutgers University after transferring from West Chester University where he played for two seasons. They also won 5 home games.

As of Oct. 12, the women’s soccer team has won two games against Montgomery County Community College (PA), and Salem Community College. Their first win of the season was on Sept. 13, 2013 against Salem Community College. The head coach is Don Palmucci and this is his first year also. He holds his USSF National D Soccer License and is heavily involved in advanced competitive/developmental soccer programs at NJ Rush Soccer and other local soccer programs like Harrison Soccer Club, Highland Soccer Club and Kingsway United Soccer. He looks forward to building a winning tradition at CCC for his student athletes on and off the field. 

The colors for our sports teams are navy and gold and our nickname is Dukes. There is also a recruitment questionnaire on the sports website if you’re interested in participating in any sport. Other sports that are offered at CCC for both men and women are basketball, soccer, baseball and softball, and cross-country.

To sign up for any sport is easy. You need a physical packet to join. There is also the recruits’ questionnaire you must fill out. You can also speak to the CCC athletic director, Keith Gorman, if you are interested. His office is located in the Fitness Center located upstairs in the Gymnasium in the Student Center. The practice schedules are consistent and there are about 20 games in total that are played depending on which sport you join. Benefits are given when you do your best. So think about it and come join the Dukes this spring!



Lots to do at CCC: Student Activities


By: Jessica Lucena and Brittany Thompson

Editor: Hezekiyah Luster

Photo Courtesy of Kyle Bennett

Attention CCC Students! Why don’t you take some time out of your busy schedule and check out some events that are going on this semester!


A major event that’s happening around campus is the One Book One College Program, with the college wide reading and discussion of Carlotta Walls LaNier’s “A Mighty Long Way.” The author Carlotta Walls LaNier will be on campus Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 at 7pm at the Fine and Performing Arts Center.


Les Miserables: Thursday and Friday, Nov. 21, and 22, at 8pm. Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2pm. And Sunday, Nov. 24, at 3pm. Enjoy this amazing play presented by Cumberland County College Theatre Arts Department. Tickets are $15 for Adults, $12 for ages 55 and over, $10 for ages under 18. Tickets for CCC students are $5 for the student price and also $5 for “bring a friend”. You must show valid student ID for Fall 2013.


During the month of November students are encouraged to participate in Thanksgiving Adopt-a-Family. This activity allows students to give back to their community during the holiday season. Items can be donated throughout the month until Nov. 26.


We all know finals week can bring a overwhelming amount of stress and anxiety. Why not take a load off and visit CCC’s Stress Free Zone. Beginning Dec. 4 the campus will have different events such as the Oxygen Bar and CCC Massage Therapists to aid students in alleviating their stress during end of the semester.


CCC’s Winter Concert: Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3pm. Tickets are free, but student ID is required and limited seating available.


The Celebration of Lights will take place on Dec.11. The multicultural holiday is open to students and staff in the Luciano Center.


Symphony Holiday Concert: Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2pm. Bay Atlantic Symphony. Tickets are $30 or less depending on age. Tickets for CCC students are $5 and $10 for “bring a friend”. You must show valid student ID for Fall 2013.


2014 begins with a list of events including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Days on Jan. 23-24.


Tie Dye Shirts can be created on campus Feb. 12. Also in February are Black History Month Programs that will be announced throughout campus as the date approaches.

In March, CCC’s media club will present its First Annual Film Festival and Awards Ceremony. Students are encouraged to submit their films to be viewed by a panel of judges and a wide audience. Cash prizes and other awards will be given to the best presented work of the night.


The Annual Red Cross Blood Drive on Mar. 5 will take place in the gymnasium. Students must show their student ID upon entrance.


The month of March includes other events such as Glass Etchings and CCC Massage Therapists.


Spring Fling: On Apr. 30 the campus will host different activities for students to participate in such as archery, face painitng, gladiator arena moon bounce, and much more. Also at the event is everyones favorite, free food!


There are many campus activities that you can particiapte in. So, come out and enjoy your time on campus! We have so much going on that will keep you busy and entertained!


Lopez: Star in our midst




Photo Courtesy of: CCC Athletic Department

Anthony Lopez, a 19 year old student and baseball player at Cumberland County College, is an up and coming star that has caught the eyes of several major league teams, such as the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and White Sox. 

From the time Lopez was two years old, he was interested in baseball. By immersing himself in the sport, at a young age, it instilled the drive to play within him. 

At age four, Lopez moved from Florida to Tuckerton, N.J. and joined their all-star team, Bay Shore. He remained on the team for five years, until age nine. He then left Bay Shore and became a player on the Sand Sharks. Lopez played on this team until age sixteen. Later, Lopez became a member of the Buena Regional High School Baseball team for four years. 

After graduation, Lopez wanted to play on a college level team.  He received an athletic scholarship to Bloomfield College in N.J. but declined the offer. Instead, he decided to come to Cumberland County College and play on the Dukes baseball team. Keith Gorman, head baseball coach at CCC, told Lopez that CCC would be a better fit and give him time to grow as a player. 

Lopez enjoys the nature of college level baseball, He explains, “The game is more fast paced, but as you learn and really play and understand it, the game slows down and your baseball IQ goes up and you think more. There’s more to the game in college than there is in high school.” 

After playing on the team for less than a year, he was scouted by several major league teams last spring. The first teams to approach him were the New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants. He has already done workouts with both. A workout is also more formally referred to as a pre-draft workout or a tryout for the major leagues. Lopez is also planning workouts with the Chicago Cubs and White Sox. 

He says all the teams are “high up on him,” which means they are very interested. The Yankees, in particular, have the most interest. Within the year he will, most likely, know what team he will join. 

Whatever team he will be on, he would like to be paid enough to cover his education. He said, “I’m called a student athlete for a reason.” He is currently considering a major in Criminology at CCC and hopes to get a masters degree in it someday. 

He also hopes that others, that are up and coming players, follow the same path he has followed. When asked what advice he would give a future student athlete he shared, “Work hard every day, push and strive to become something you always dreamed about and take every opportunity you get because it might not come again.” 


Step up and study; Skills for success


Article by: Nicole Hurban

Edited by: Rachel Meyers

Photos courtesy of: Rachel Meyers 


Being a college student can be very demanding. While going to school, working, and still maintaining somewhat of a social life, who really has time to study? You do! Having a good set of study skills in your back pocket can keep you on track and allow you to get your work done in a minimal amount of time. The five study skills that will be listed are skills that work best for me so, results may vary. 

Gather and Organize:

First, gather all the materials you will need for your study session. Make sure everything is organized so you will not become frustrated because certain materials are missing. Having an agenda, that keeps a record of all of your assignments and exam dates, can be a great resource because you will never forget an assignment or exam. It is very easy to overlook things. When writing information in your agenda, about your classes, always write the date on the top of the page, if it is not already provided for you. Having a date on each page will give you a reference point as to when the exam or assignment was brought to your attention. Writing what is assigned and its due date next to the name of each class will also give you a reference to refer to, so you will never become confused as to what assignment goes with which class.

Quiet! Shh! :

Second, find a quiet place to study where there are minimal destractions and enough room to work efficiently. Finding a place where you can sit at a desk or table is always ideal. Sitting upright tends to keep you more alert and focused even if you become tired. Sitting on your bed, for example, automatically relates your brain to sleep, so you’re more likely to get tired and less focused on your studies. Also, make sure that you have plenty of lighting. The lighting has to be ideal so you do not strain your eyes. Straining of the eyes, while reading, can lead to headaches, and no one wants to read with a headache.

Follow a Plan: 

Third, once you have chosen your study area, it’s time to hit the books! Start with referring to your agenda. Look at the dates of each assignment or exam and begin with the one that has the closest due date. Studying in chronological order, according to your agenda, will ensure that you have covered the material properly.

Take Notes! :

Fourth, always make sure note taking occurs. Taking notes while studying is a great way to make sure you’ve covered every aspect of the material that will be on the exam. Always read a section of the material, whether it is in a textbook or in another form, and then take notes on it. Students tend to read line by line and take notes at the same time. Reading a larger section of the material and then taking notes on it will allow you to have a better understanding of the section in less time. After you have completed your reading and note taking, review them and make sure everything is covered completely. Make sure that all of the details are stated and your notes make sense. When students don’t review their notes, important information will be overlooked. 

Manage Your Time! : 

Fifth, don’t spend too much time on each class. Spending too much time on a particular class will not allow you to stay on track or leave enough time to devote to other classes. Always keep a clock handy. Timing your study sessions is a great way to keep yourself on task.