Winter Fashion: Casual Guy Wear

Winter Fashion: Casual Guy Wear

By: Sebastian Piatt

It’s almost winter weather and every change of season means minor wardrobe adjustments for the casual guy. The 2015 edition of Farmers’ Almanac predicts that the winter of 2014-15 will be harsher than usual. Luckily, I’m going to recommend a few essential winter tips that will help get you through the frigid, bleak cold. So pack away your light windbreakers and get ready to wear heavier, darker items of clothing.

The first order of business is to understand that winter fashion has it’s own color palette. My preference is to try and avoid warmer lighter tones when possible. The casual winter style for me is a reflection of the dark natural landscape. The casual guy will most likely not have any problem with this because most of your wardrobe should consist of basic dark solid colors. The idea is not to be rebellious with your color style but rather subdued by the cool, icy, dark blue haze of winter. Think of using the colors black, grey, navy, and other dark rich hues. However, an exception to the color rule would be your heavy boot socks. A current trend is to contrast your socks against the dark and desolate hues of your winter outfit; any bright pastel color would be the perfect compliment.

Next, is to understand that winter fashion requires layering! It is less of a style statement and more of a stay warm practicality. The more layers of clothing you include within your outfit the warmer you will be. It’s not enough to just throw on some boxers, and thick boot socks as your only undergarments. The casual guy should include a pair of thermals underneath his skinny jeans as well. A few simple concepts of layering to understand is to keep it comfortable, casual, and accessible. You want to keep the thinnest layers of clothing close to the body. You also want to keep in mind that layering is a casual affair. Lastly, keep the layering accessible in that if you need to take something off or put something on one can do so in a quick an easy manner.

Finally, is the need to protect your garments, or boots from the harsh winter conditions. The casual guy will most likely be wearing some type of winter boot and or jacket. If you happen to be wearing a jacket or boot made out of a high quality leather, or synthetic think about a moisture repellent. A water-repellent spray or wax will help protect against any damage. If you’d like to avoid any concern purchase a product that has already been treated or made from a different material.

A simple style recommendation would be the purchase of a heavy, waterproof, insulated parka. A quality parka would compliment any guy looking to wear any type of outfit. Not every guy will want to layer and having a heavy winter jacket will help fight the cold. However, most guys will find themselves outdoor for an extended amount of time during winter and this simple recommendation wouldn’t be advised. Winter doesn’t have to be a miserable fashion experience if an individual prepares. Just use a few of the tips provided and this winter the casual guy will look and feel great.


CCC’s Study Abroad Program


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Students from last year's trip to Rome.

Students from last year’s trip to Rome.

Professor Sarah Shapiro, through Cumberland County College, is offering an educational experience with a trip abroad to Italy. This is the third year that Cumberland County College has offered students to study abroad due to the rich history that Italy has to offer.

The eight-day trip will take students through Rome and Florence. Professor Shapiro, who has been to Rome five times herself, is also offering the opportunity to friends and family of CCC students.

For any students that are interested the trip will be held the week of May 23 to May 30. The cost for this trip is $3,025 and $3,205 for any students 30 years of age or older. $100 will be taken off for any repeat EF travelers. These same rates apply to friends and family. Price covers roundtrip airfare including meals in flight, breakfast each day, admission to museums and historical sites, two local dinners, superior tourist accommodations and a full-time bilingual tour director.

To register online, go to, select “students” and “enroll in my teacher’s tour”. The tour number is 1452442VS.

Students may also enroll by phone at 1-800-665-5364. Prices can increase periodically but prices are fixed for those already enrolled on the tour. It is $95.00 to reserve your spot on the trip and your price. Payment options are available, including a monthly payment plan.

Any students who are interested in this experience can also register for Art History I. The class will cover topics and places that you get to see first hand on the trip. Art History I will be offered in Summer II 2015 as a general education elective or program requirement if desired. Class registration fee is additional.

Please Contact Professor Sarah Shapiro at 856-691-8600, ext. 1314 or for information about the trip and/or class.

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1: Fly Overnight to Rome
  • Day 2: Welcome to Rome: The Eternal City
  • Day 3: Guided Tour of the Vatican, The Sistine Chapel and St. Peters
  • Day 4: Guided Tour of Rome: The Forum Ruins & The Coliseum
  • Day 5: Arrive in Florence, Guided Tour of Florence, Visit the Duomo    
  • Day 6: Visit the Academia, Free Time in Florence
  • Day 7: Free Morning in Florence, Return to Rome
  • Day 8: Return Flight Home

Clothing and media for young girls link to negative effects

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It’s obvious and acceptable that clothing for young ladies and women tend to be sexual. In the past decade or so, clothing for preteen girls has also become sexualized. Now, clothing for even younger (7+) girls is becoming sexualized too, and most parents are purchasing these articles of clothing without noticing what’s wrong with them.

Why? Because sex sells, and this has become so cliché, we’ve started to look past it. We don’t realize that what we’re buying for our children is sexual. Young girls don’t realize that what they’re wearing is sexual- they like all of the pretty factors, and learn to dress/make themselves up from their surroundings (mother, sisters, school, media) without realizing its true meaning, and how far it can go. Studies show that such clothing and accessories can lead to confusion of one’s sexuality, and also many self-esteem issues.

Again, the point here is the growing concern over “sexy” clothing being marketed to girls of an increasingly younger age. Older girls have been experimenting with “sexy adulthood” for decades – it’s natural. The scale for how natural it is for younger girls to be sexual, however, is something that should be limited, because it is real. No girls, of any age, are alone in being told they would look better in shorter skirts, tighter shirts, and skimpier bathing suits.
According to Time magazine, a recent study published in the journal “Sex Roles” exposed that nearly 30% of young girls clothing had “sexualized” characteristics. The Huffington Post talks about another study (in a 2012 article), “girls as young as six years old wanted to be like dolls who were dressed in a sexy way compared to dolls who were dressed stylishly, but covered up. These young girls associated being sexy with being the way they wanted to look, being popular in school, and whom they wanted to play with.” And the American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls released a statement which explained that when girls, themselves purchase clothing that will make them appear more appealing, they are personally sexualizing themselves.

So what exactly is “Sexualization”? According to Lauren Fasig Caldwell, PhD, the APA defines it as a continuum of behavior that occurs when someone values themselves only on their physical appearance, “physical attractiveness is equated with being sexy”, and a person is seen as an object rather than someone who is independent and unique. “Sexualization occurs through three (very important) related contexts.” The first being, as stated above, is when one values themselves only by their sexual appearance. This is called self-sexualization. The second being when people within the girl’s immediate environment sexualize her. This is called interpersonal sexualization. The third being when society suggests that being sexy is normal and important, if you want to do something with your life. The last two are both learnt behaviors.

Multiple APA studies show that girls who are sexualized through learned behavior (whether it’s from parents or society) are likely to experience low self-esteem, depression, eating disorders, poor cognitive performance, and bullying (particularly sexual harassment). More often than not, these occurrences act as a domino effect, and can eventually exist within an individual simultaneously.

However, because sexualization is most commonly a learned behavior, parents can prohibit it from affecting their daughters at such a young age. An important thing a mother can do to accomplish this, is to not sexually objectify themselves, in order to set a good example. Schools could also take action with young individuals who’ve already been affected by keeping a watching eye to bullying and sexual harassment, and completely putting a stop to it. Something that would be amazing is if society and the media expressed a different idea of beauty, but this will probably never happen.

Most of you are probably reading this right now and rolling your eyes, because such a majority of girls dress so sexually that it’s considered normal. But somewhere, somehow, there needs to be a limit set, especially for girls who are just children. I know I’m always disgusted when I see a little 8-year-old girl dressed like she’s 20. I don’t know how you couldn’t be.

Relieving Stress: Easy Exercises for Busy Students

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It’s no surprise to say that college students experience significant amounts of stress trying to juggle massive amounts of homework, extracurricular activities, work, family responsibilities, relationships, and so much more. There’s hardly any time for sleep, and the pressure to be perfect and get an “A” in every class is reality. Much of the stress that students experience can be attributed to their changing lifestyles and newfound personalities. It can be difficult to find effective ways to relieve this stress.

Stress is defined, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, as a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, or something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety. Some of you are probably reading this right now and cringing, because you experience stress 24/7, but if you didn’t experience stress at all, you wouldn’t be normal. Stress can be positive; an extra burst of adrenaline to help you complete a feat. But stress can also be negative and cause headaches, mixed emotions, depression, increased anxiety, and more. Because too much stress can cause long-term effects on things such as our health, productivity, and relationships, everyone needs to find something that can return them to a relaxed state. Some ways that people relieve stress aren’t healthy at all, such as drinking or abusing drugs. A natural and very effective way to relieve stress is exercise, but as FITNESS Magazine states, “In a perfect world, we’d all have at least an hour a day to devote to our fitness. But in the real world, 24 hours a day doesn’t seem like nearly enough time to fit in work, school, and family.”

So why on earth would you want to make the time to exercise? Exercising is one of healthiest ways to relieve stress, and is really important for a healthy immune system. As I learned from Mayo Clinic, physical activity pumps up your brain’s “feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins.” Exercise helps you to forget anything that irritated you throughout the day. Overall, it can actually improve your mood and self-confidence, and lower symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Now, it still sounds annoying to have to exercise, because it sounds like too much work. But, you don’t have to be an athlete or even physically fit to fit exercise into your day. Virtually any form of exercise can work as a stress-reliever. It can easily be worked into a student’s schedule by walking or biking to campus. Maybe you can wake up a bit earlier and do some stretches or yoga. Waking up earlier sounds like a pain, but it will help you out in the long run, and being a morning exerciser means you can cross working out off of your to-do list first thing. Exercising is also a lot easier when you have a friend to help you through it. You can simply try studying for your classes while taking a walk with a fellow classmate. While you’re catching up on this season of “American Horror Story”, do some simple exercises during commercial breaks. If you just can’t find the time outside of work and school, you can try stretching (not obnoxiously of course) at your desk to relieve tension and strain.

Some simple stretches you can do to relieve stress are as follows: To stretch/exercise your neck you can flex your head from side-to-side to relieve the muscle strain in that area. If your shoulders begin to hurt from being hunched over a desk all day long, you can roll them forward and backward. To help relieve bloating where your abdominal muscles are, try taking long, deep breaths several times a day. This can even help circulate the blood flow to your brain, so it’s not just helping you stay fit and relaxed, but it’s also helping you to think straight. If your wrists ever get tired from writing or typing for long periods of time, occasionally roll your wrists clockwise and counterclockwise. These exercises are explained in depth, and accompanied by others on

Knowing that fitting in brief exercises isn’t as hard as it sounds, are you willing to give it a try? You can go from being an overly stressed student, to one that’s hopefully more relaxed, and overall improve your health.

Events at FPAC


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FPAC formatted

The Fine and Performing Arts Center while known for their frequent bake sales, always manages to draw in crowds of people with the incredible amount of diverse performances that the theater has to offer.

This past October, the FPAC had about eight different acts that I was lucky enough to attend. The Jazz Ensemble, which was conducted by CCC’s very own Professor Joseph Akinskas.

Akinskas has been teaching music classes at the college for about eight years and has been conducting bands for as long as 32 years. Akinskas teaches classes such as Music Appreciation and (his favorite) History of Jazz.

The band consists of 45 musicians including two vocalists. Akinskas is not the only one composing the music. Various members of the band have assisted in composing songs for the band. “It’s just a moment in time where we happen to have these people that are multi-talented.” says Akinskas, who is amazed at the fact that his musicians are also gifted at composing songs.

The band performs about 12-15 times a year but aside from the Jazz Ensemble, there are tons of musical performances to look out for at CCC. Most of the events are free but for those that aren’t discounted tickets are available for students with a valid ID.

This month, the famous ballet “The Nutcracker” will be coming to CCC. There will be two performances on Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. and another at 5 p.m. The third performance will be on Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.

To see dates and times for other upcoming performances, you can visit the CCC website for more information. Or you can grab a pamphlet from outside of the theater that lists all of the upcoming performances.

Be sure to look out for Akinskas’ jazz band on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Cumberland Mall for their holiday concert. They perform every year right next to Santa’s Workshop.

Transferring to a four-year university? Where do I start?

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Are you beginning to ask yourself questions like: “How soon can I transfer?” or “When should I start thinking about transferring?” or “What steps should I take in order to have a smooth transfer?” or “What would happen if I decide to transfer during the current semester?” If you are, you’re not the only one. Many students, who attend both two- and four-year colleges alike, ask these questions plus many more concerning “what is the best way to transfer”.

First, you should know there are people on campus who are trained to help us make these important decisions. Such as, Dr. Steve Stolar – Transfer Specialist advisor, Ms. Reta Rios – Career Development advisor, Ms. Kellie Slade – Senior Director of Student Life, as well as the many other advisors assigned to our particular curriculums located around campus. These people are our support system.

However, there are still some decisions we must make on our own. Such as, “What college or university do I want to transfer to?” Have you made a list? Before others can assist you, you must first do your homework. Ask yourself, “Do I want to stay in-state, go out-of-state, or abroad?” “What do I want to major in?” “Is my GPA sufficient to get into the college of my choice?” “Are SAT scores still a factor in the decision-making process?” – all of these are valid questions we need to ask.

Ok, now you’ve got all the information you need and you’re ready to apply. Now what? Instead of applying to just one, try two, or maybe your top three. Make sure you adhere to all the rules and regulations listed on the application – fill each one out carefully. Do you need to write an essay? Did you cover the suggested topic thoroughly and adhere to the word count? After you’ve completely filled out each application, you may want to seek out a trusted member of your support team to check it for errors. Remember to request an official copy of your transcript from the Registrar’s office for each application before submitting, and also one from your high school. After you’ve amassed all pertinent documents, made sure your applications are error-free, and included any requested application fees – you’re ready to send them out, preferably by certified return-receipt mail. Also, don’t forget to make copies of important documents for yourself, incase anything becomes misplaced, and you have to resend it.

Another avenue you might try is CCC’s annual Transfer Day, held sometime in February every year. During this time, recruiters from area colleges and universities come to Cumberland County College to view application packages, in person, and give an instant approval for admission on the spot. If accepted, you will receive an informal letter of acceptance immediately and then the formal letter in about two weeks after the event.

The hardest part is the waiting game. But take condolence in the fact that if you are certain you did everything correctly– then just be patient and wait for your much anticipated reply letters and hopefully they will all be marked “ACCEPTED”. Good luck.

Cumberland County College Construction: “For the Students”

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After 18 months of construction, Cumberland County College has completed Phase One of its first renovation since opening in 1966. The total Phase One renovations cost $6.5 million. $1.6 million went to renovating and expanding the Academic Building. The building has a new lobby, three new classrooms, one renovated classroom, a new elevator, and three new study group areas or “collaboratoriums.”

The collaboratoriums are an “excellent way for students to network, focus and relax,” said Cumberland County College Board of Trustees Chairman, Keith Figgs. Administrators of the college firmly believe in the potential of the college’s students. These renovations and the upcoming renovations are being funded and constructed because the students deserve them.

The lobby, full of CCC student and graduate artwork, is sleek and welcoming. The elevator allows students with disabilities to reach the second floor with ease and safety. The three new classrooms and the renovated classroom feature new furniture and technological resources designed to enhance student learning. Outside the classroom, students are forming study groups, discussing lessons, and helping each other learn in the new collaboratoriums.

The Administration Building transformed into a student resource with $2.7 million. The president, both vice presidents, the Foundation, Human Resources, Communications & Marketing, and Institutional Effectiveness all have offices in this building. Students can now find all administrative offices in one location. The improved Academic and Administrative Buildings have been tailored to meet the needs of the students.

The 4,200 square feet that was added allows for an enlarged boardroom and two new conference rooms that are available for public use. The modern design and furnishing of the Administration Building represents the professionalism of the college. CCC’s Senior Officers, Board of Trustees and Board of Chosen Freeholders are proud of the college and it’s students. Stephen Sweeney, the New Jersey State Senator President, said, “when I was told I’d be in Cumberland, I couldn’t stop smiling. It’s good to be home.” The Boards’ dedication, determination and pride has given students of Cumberland County an environment that is conducive to learning and success.

CCC has upgraded its facilities with televisions that display campus news and an improved Network Operations Center (NOC) that has state-of-the-art technology for students. The campus has gained 8,573 square feet from Phase One and as CCC President Dr. Thomas Isekenegbe said, “All construction and renovations on campus are all about student learning and student success. It’s all for you.”

Renovations to the Student Life Center will begin in May 2015. According to Dr. Galbiati, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Enrollment Services, “The cost is 7.5 million dollars, and will take approximately 15 months for completion.” The café will be expanded and students will be able to register, pay and get answers about their education and financial aid in one location. This next chapter is designed to provide students with a motivating, useful and unique learning environment. “Welcome to our beautiful campus,” said Isekenegbe.