Cumberland County College’s: More than just books



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Staff Writer

Students do not seem to use the most powerful tool on campus to their fullest extent. That tool is the library, which can be used by anyone. You would be fascinated by the things you didn’t know you could do there. There are so many different tools that can be used at the library that students ignore because they didn’t even know they existed.

The Cumberland County College library is a nice, quiet place for doing homework, studying, reading, and learning. Many students are not aware of what they can discover besides books.

Other than books, you can borrow CDs and DVDs. Newspapers and magazines can be copied and scanned. Computers with free Internet access and programs like Microsoft Word and PowerPoint are available at all times with assistance from any librarian, if needed.

This could be the perfect place to finish a term paper. There is even a printer and scanner available. Many students do not come in because they are not fully aware of what the library has to offer.

All of the librarians are ready to help at any time with just about any question you could have about the library. From looking for a book or DVD to needing help with the equipment, they are always there to assist students. Our library offers free access to over 25 libraries in the LOGIN system. So if you cannot find a certain book you need, they can order it and have it sent straight to them for pick up. They will also take any suggestions for any materials that they do not already have.

Most students these days leave campus right after their classes to do homework at home instead of heading to the library. Some students have not even been into the school’s library to see what it has to offer. They might think that having to be quiet for other students or the space might be too small. But studying from home might not be the best solution either.

Spending your time at the library for your educational purposes keeps you away from distractions you may face when in the comfort of your own bedroom. Studying in the school’s library has more tools available than you might have at home. You could reserve study rooms for you and your group to study in peace and quiet. Having friends and fellow students around to help you and encourage you is what some students need.

The library is not just open to students, but to the public as well, with some restrictions on borrowing supplies. Many people do not realize that they can come in and use Cumberland County College’s library just like any other library. They highly encourage you to take part in an online satisfaction survey. “We appreciate frequent feedback from our students and colleagues; it’s always rewarding to hear when we’ve helped or succeeded. But just as importantly, we need to know if there’s anything we’re not getting right at the library because it’s the only way we can grow into an institution that can better serve our community,” said Mandy Blasberg. The library is there for a reason. It is there to help you by giving you a place to focus on schoolwork and complete it with little distractions. There are tools there that can be used whenever you need them.

Using the library can benefit new students and returning students alike. It will always be there for students so please consider visiting Cumberland County College’s library and utilizing its resources.

During a regular semester schedule the library is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 9:00pm Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm Sundays are closed During a semester break Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 4:30pm Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm Saturdays and Sundays are closed.


Get your hands dirty at Pottery Boot Camp


For anyone who is interested in honing in on their crafting skills, it’s not too late to sign up for spring classes at CCC’s Clay College! Located on High Street in Millville, the Clay College offers noncredit classes to anyone interested, student or not. Annual pottery classes of multiple levels are offered in the spring including: Intro to Pottery, Advanced Pottery for Adults, and Intro to Pottery Wheel. Pottery Boot Camp will be available for the first time this spring. Whatever your skill level is, you will be able to find your niche at the Clay College.

Intro to Pottery classes run from May 23 to June 27 on Monday evenings, 6-9 PM. It costs $135 to register with no previous experience needed. According to flyers advertising the courses, “[Intro to Pottery] explores hand-building techniques such as pinch, coil and slab, and throwing on the pottery wheel. Glaze, firings, and studio access are including in this six-week class.” This class is best for people that want to begin learning the craft or are just looking for a creative activity to try.

Advanced Pottery for Adults begins on May 18 and winds down on June 29. Classes are from 6-9 PM on Wednesdays and costs $190 total. “It is a seven-week course is for the more advanced student who already has some knowledge of creating pottery. Ceramic processes and techniques will be covered while developing student’s individual work.” Clay College will provide some of the necessary materials, but TBD materials will be up to the students to obtain themselves.

Intro to Pottery Wheel is another beginner’s class, but this one focuses solely on pottery made on a wheel rather than hand crafted items. This class runs from May 31 to June 28 on Tuesday’s from 6-9 PM. Classes cost $135. As advertised, “students will learn through weekly demonstrations and hands-on instruction how to make basic forms on the wheel.”

Pottery Boot Camp is the Clay College’s newest class. It is a four-week intensive class that teaches beginning hand-building techniques and a quick lesson on the wheel. This class is ideal for people who don’t have the time to commit to a regular class. However, it is limited to 10 available spots for prospective students. This class takes place on Saturday’s from 1-4 PM between April 30 and May 21. It is the least expensive of the classes, costing only $125.

As an added bonus, participants will receive two months of studio time during the months of July and August for absolutely free, along with their purchase of any of the classes provided. To gain more information or sign up for a class, visit

4 Woman writers to check out this summer


Here are four award-winning ladies who are challenging the literary world with their courageous stories, denouncing the stereotypical view of female authors. Alysia Harris, Nicole Krauss, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Andrea Gibson are four authors you do not want to miss.

Alysia Harris is a renowned spoken-word poet and former member of the performance collective, The Strivers Row. tells readers she has performed in seven countries and as part of the winning teams in the 2007 CUPSI and Brave New Voices competitions. Her lines evoke emotional response; “Hoes, boppers, and skanks. What’s in a name, but a whole lot of rape culture?” Harris meshes elegance, honesty, grit, and current culture to bring her poems to life. Her newly published chapbook, How Much We Must Have Looked like Stars to Stars, is already award-winning and highly coveted by fans.

Nicole Krauss has been named by The New York Times as “one of America’s most important novelists.” Her internationally best-selling books have been translated into 35 languages and her novels Great House, The History of Love, and Man Walks into a Room, have all won or been finalists for numerous awards. In 2010, Krauss was chosen by The New Yorker for their “20 under 40” list. She proves herself worthy of her laudable title with her intricately woven and always surprising stories. Krauss’ books share common themes such as memory, how people recover from great losses, and exploration of the inner self.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian author and winner of multiple awards, including the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. She has written three novels, Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah, and myriad short stories. Her compelling novels tackle issues dealt with by her own people such as political instability and the Nigerian Civil War, as well as love and personal unrest. She is a celebrated TED speaker and feminist; a woman who, according to an interview with The Guardian, “doesn’t seek to upset critics, but does so willingly if that’s what it takes.”

Andrea Gibson is a spoken-word poet and activist for gender and LGBTQ issues who prefers to use they/their pronouns rather than she/he. They have six published works including The Madness Vase and their latest book, Pansy. shares Gibson was the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam. In an interview with, Gibson tells that they prefer to write and perform collaboratively with musicians. Gibson is raw and truthful in both their poetry and activism. They write about weighted issues such as rape, gender norms, war, and bullying as a way to start a dialogue that so many people try to avoid.

With their honest depictions of life from the woman’s point of view, these authors and poets are not afraid to speak for themselves and countless others who seek to change female writing into a truthful discussion instead of the usual frills.

Having a fling in the spring

Having a fling in the spring


It’s the last semester until summer, and it’s a beautiful time to be alive! The birds are chirping and the weather is warming up. That also means the annual Cumberland County College Spring Fling is upon us!

Every spring semester, CCC hosts a campus-wide Spring Fling event for all students to enjoy. Each year, the Spring Fling has a new theme. This year, the theme will focus on ancient civilizations.The yearly celebration includes a bunch of fun features, such as a moon bounce and activities that accompany the theme. Some of the features included are dancing, karaoke and caricature artists.

The Spring Fling is an opportunity for students to get away from the stress of finals. This is the time for students to relax and have fun. The ancient civilization theme is a unique and amusing idea that breathes excitement into the Spring Fling. Thanks to Kellie Slade, Jean Erwin and other staff members, students are able to enjoy cool refreshments and energetic activities.

To get attendance rolling, the first 200 students who show a valid student ID will receive a free lunch. The lunch includes assorted cold subs and chips with a drink.

The Spring Fling kicks off on April 27 on the grounds of the Student Center. The event runs from 11:30am to 2:30pm so make sure you come check it out. This is an event that you don’t want to miss.

H2O on the go: Filling up your cup


In case you haven’t heard, “2nd Nature”, the environmental club at Cumberland County College since 2012, has big goals for the future. The club members conjured the name “2nd Nature”, because they want environmentalism to become second nature to students on campus and everybody else in the community.  Through their work, they want to educate Cumberland as a whole on ways to help better the environment.

One of their most exciting goals is to buy retrofitted water bottle refilling stations that can be placed near our water fountains on campus. According to Club President, Cristina Crispin, “’Retrofitted water bottle refilling station’ is just a fancy way of saying a water fountain of filtered water that can fill water bottles more easily. We’re hoping this will lessen the consumption of disposable water bottles- and encourage people to use a reusable water bottle. Reusable water bottles both help the environment and save you money!” Also, many universities have recently been installing water bottle refilling stations.

At the recent “Pizza with the President” event, it was asked if installing water bottle refilling stations on campus could be taken into consideration. College President, Thomas Isekenegbe explained that he could see this happening in the future, after the prices of the systems themselves go down. Of course, 2nd Nature has been fundraising, in hopes to purchase one on their own. According to club advisor, Melissa Young, they have already raised half of the money it takes to purchase one.

Using a refillable water bottle is better for the environment, because so many disposable water bottles simply get thrown out. According to the EPA, in 2012, only nine percent of the plastic waste generated was actually recycled. Not only do water bottle refilling stations help the environment, they also save you money. Refilling a bottle is a lot cheaper than constantly buying a new one. According to Julianne Woodson, at George Mason University, “If you were to replace 200 bottles of water a year with free refillable water, it would amount to an annual savings of $300!” Water bottle refilling stations are also thoroughly filtered, so it’s safe to drink too.

Emily Velez, 2nd Nature’s Secretary, says “I think it’s (water bottle refilling stations) important because it’s healthier for everyone and will help cut down the amount of water bottles that don’t get recycled.”

2nd Nature is always in need of more members and volunteers. If you’re interested in getting involved, don’t hesitate to go to a meeting – every Monday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in room U112 (University Building). Again, Professor Melissa Young is the club advisor, and you can contact the President of the Club, Christina Crispin at to join the emailing list. You can also like their Facebook page, 2nd Nature to stay up to date with events. Other officers of the club are Sabrina Schroer, as Treasurer, and the spot of the Vice President is currently open, so if you’re interested in a leadership position, come on out!

CCCs Poetry Slam: #getslammed with us


Listen up ladies and gentlemen; it is the time of year again when getting slammed at Cumberland County College is acceptable! Our annual poetry slam, #GetSlammed, is happening on May 4 at 7pm in the Luciano Theatre inside the Guaracini Fine & Performing Arts Center. The event is free, but donations are accepted. According to CCC’s website,, all donations will benefit the Media Communications Scholarship Fund and allow students to have the opportunity to further their education in the communications field.

If you think that the slam is made strictly for people who are poetically inclined than you’re wrong.  The slam is for anyone who revels in expressing thoughts, discussing major life themes, and listening to others do the same. Poetry slams take note from hip-hop culture wherein the poems are performed similarly to the way a musical artist would rap sans music. It is an expansive way to experience poetry; poetry slams broaden the spectrum to invite a whole new group of people into its midst.

#GetSlammed has been taking place during the spring semester for the past three years. The event was co-founded by Daniel Carter, CCC graduate, and Renee Post, professor and advisor, whose goal was to create a safe place for students to have a positive outlet. Three years ago, Carter took Post’s Effective Speech class where he performed a poem of his own. After hearing his poem, Post approached him with praise for the artistic medium. With Carter’s idea and Post’s ability to make it happen, Get Slammed was born. Now that’s poetry in motion.

Though he graduated CCC this past spring, Carter has no intentions of relinquishing the slam from his life. He will not only be in attendance, but also performing in this year’s slam. When asked what poetry does for him, Carter shared that he always loved stories. He stated, “Slam poetry opens an outlet to share stories in a creative art form.” He believes slam poetry propels typical written poetry into a different game.  Carter went on to say, “Slam poetry makes poetry more accessible over written word. Drawing inspiration from hip-hop, it deters but also builds a bridge connecting both the older and newer generations of poets.” When asked how long he plans to stay involved with #GetSlammed, Carter smiles, “I will be performing in the poetry slam as long as they keep inviting me back.”

If anyone is interested in performing in the poetry slam, have no fear. Anyone can perform and there’s no audition. It is an open-mic event with no judges and unlike a majority of well-known poetry slams, it is not a contest. Professor Post finds this type of environment beneficial to the students. When asked how she thought the poetry slam aids the students, Post said, “I think it showcases the artists’ talents in writing and performing. Most of the work is original content so it’s exciting to provide a place where these artists can express their emotions.”

Post produces the poetry slam as the Media Club advisor. In describing how she is involved in running the event she shared, “The Media Club sponsors the event and my interns help me produce it. This year, my interns are Josh Carll and Georgia Salvaryn. I provide guidance for the event. My public relations and special events classes also help promote and implement the show as part of their hands-on learning.” Though Post handles the publicity and final decision-making, it is a team effort of how she, along with the poets, wants to showcase the event and make it new and groundbreaking each year. If you are interested in performing or volunteering, contact Professor Post at

Are you anti-college?


Staff Writer

The notion that traditional college is not for everyone is rapidly becoming part of mainstream society, but what about the idea of an anti-college? Anti-college is the opposite of traditional schooling, yet still higher education nonetheless. There are many people who believe this type of schooling is more beneficial for prospective students, but due to the short amount of time anti-schooling has been in effect, it is hard to know whether or not it truly is a better way to handle education.

In 2012, the Make School was founded on the idea of allowing students to learn and create without the pressure of grades and tuition fees. The only one of its kind, Make School has become a prototype of experiential learning with eyes heavily watching to see whether it will succeed or flounder.

Advocates for Make School and budding replications include the founders of PayPal, Virgin Airlines, and EBay. These are all people who didn’t go to college, or they themselves have dropped out. CCC’s Professor Kevin McGarvey thinks that these founders and geniuses like them are more readily available to support nontraditional ventures like Make School seeing as they flourished in this type of environment and felt that they didn’t need college.

Make School was co-founded by Jeremy Rossman and Ashu Desai. According to, Rossman and Desai were high school friends who, after each spending a year at MIT and UCLA, respectively, decided to take a semester off and explore the process of creating mobile apps. Rossman describes Make School as “a college replacement for founders and developers.” reports they only have 50 spots to offer to prospective students each two-year program. There is only a 10 percent acceptance rate, but Make School is not for every major. The school specifically teaches classes in software engineering and computer sciences. According to McGarvey, “Make School is for people who are already at the top of their game. There are thousands of students who need the guidance a professor provides to point them in the right direction. Most people don’t just “know” these things; they have to be learned.”

What prospective students find so alluring is that Make School requires no upfront tuition. In a year where student loan debt is at 1.2 trillion in America ( and the cost of tuition is at an all-time high, people are desperate to keep themselves out of monstrous debt. It is not until after graduating from Make School and acquiring a “career” that you are required to begin paying for your schooling. No official tuition rate has been released, but as stated on, students will pay 25% of their salary each year until the cost is covered.

Make School gives no grades. There are no tests or homework. Rather, they focus on project-based learning. Depending on the rapid advances in the technological world, students learn based on what is happening right now. In an interview with Seeker Stories, a YouTube channel that produces short documentaries, Rossman described their core philosophy: “…if you teach the same thing two years in a row, it has got to be wrong because computer science as a field and software engineering as a discipline are moving so fast.”

This new twist on education has raised the bar for effective learning, but McGarvey thinks colleges have nothing to fear. “Don’t count colleges out yet. Students learn to think critically; they discover ideas and concepts that hadn’t occurred to them before. They become individuals who can make rational decisions and think for themselves. For so many, college is a rite of passage into adulthood.”

There is no one right way for a person to learn, similar to the question students ask themselves, “Am I a visual learner? Auditory? Kinesthetic?” McGarvey stated, “The best and brightest rise to the top regardless. But that’s a small number of gifted people. Most of the rest need a push, a nudge in the right direction, some moral support when things become overwhelming. Those are some of the things a college like Cumberland does best.” And it’s true. The best type of schooling for an individual is based solely on said individual’s personality.

Make School offers students another alternative to traditional school. With diverse types of schooling popping up like this, it is clear to see that people are taking school seriously; something that can only cause our country to progress more rapidly.