Your voice, your vote counts in 2016

By: GEORGIA I. SALVARYN

The 2016 Presidential Election is nearly upon us, and that means, it’s crunch time for the candidates to grab as many voters as they can. But, the question is, are you registered to vote?

The 2016 Presidential Election is nearly upon us, and that means, it’s crunch time for the candidates to grab as many voters as they can. But, the question is, are you registered to vote?

“Voting is the cornerstone of a democracy but sadly far too few people vote,” massvote.org reports in their The Importance of Voting. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 65% of the U.S. population voted during the 2014 Presidential Election.

Everyone’s vote counts. “Voting is a fundamental process that keeps our system of government working,” annenbergclassroom.org reports in their Path to the Presidency: Why is it important to vote?. “Through elections, citizens have the ability to decide who represents them in government, be it a local official, a state or national representative, or the president.”

There are many people who make excuses to avoid voting. “I don’t know who’s running.” “I don’t know anything about the candidates.” “I don’t know about the issues.” “My vote doesn’t matter.” These excuses are avoidable. Most candidates provide websites to the public to express and explain the details of their ideas and goals for office. The websites for the current presidential candidates are listed below:

Democrats

•Hillary Clinton —hillaryclinton.com

•Bernie Sanders — berniesanders.com

Republicans

•Donald Trump —donaldjtrump.com

•Ted Cruz —tedcruz.org

•John Kasich —johnkasich.com

In the current Presidential primary, as of April 26, Donald Trump is the frontrunner candidate in the Republican party with 996 delegates out of 1,237 and Hillary Clinton is the frontrunner candidate in the Democratic party with 2,165 delegates out of 2,383.

“Reading up on the issues, the candidates, and researching the ballot is also the responsibility of the citizen voter and a responsibility that should not be taken lightly, because it is your voice, with many others, in unison, that can change the direction of a community, state, nation, and even the world,” annenbergclassroom.org reports.

According to the Who Votes? Congressional Elections and the American Electorate article on census.gov, the majority of voters, 77.2 percent on average, from the 2004 election to the 2014 election were white, non-Hispanics. On average, approximately 40.4 percent of those voters in that time period were between ages 45 and 64. The amount of voters between ages 18 and 34 in that same time period was, on average, 20.3 percent.

“People who vote are associated with a host of positive civic, health and social factors,” reports massvote.org. The article elaborates reporting that citizens who participate in community events and local affairs are more informed and have a greater sense about the needs of the community and, therefore, are more driven to vote.

Voting is a right, not a privilege. Throughout American history, men and women have fought for our right to vote. Today, people all around the world, who don’t live in an organized democracy, fight for the right to vote and die trying. “By voting, you are making your voice heard and registering your opinion on how you think the government should operate,” annenbergclassroom.org testifies.

Election Day in New Jersey is on November 8, 2016. To be eligible to vote in New Jersey, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old by the next  election, and a resident in your N.J. county for at least 30 days prior to the next election (dmv.org). For more information on voter registration, go to http://www.dmv.org/nj-new-jersey/voter-registration.

For voting information, go to http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voting-information. If you have not registered to vote, pull up the Cumberland voter registration application form and begin your journey as a voting citizen. Vote. Let your voice be heard. Be a part of change because it’s your voice, your vote.

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F-U-N-D-I-N-G, find out what it means to CCC

By Sarah Galzerano

On Monday, March 14, a designated group of Cumberland County College students took a trip to Trenton to visit the statehouse; but this was not your average visit. This group of students – Samantha Cocove, Georgia Salvaryn, Anthony Chesebro, Rachel DiMauro, Terron Mitchell-Green, and myself – attended an annual state-sanctioned event with Kellie Slade, Executive Director of Student Activities and Leadership, called Community College Lobby Day. The purpose of this event is to give college students, whom are active in their school community, the chance to express their hopes and concerns to state assemblymen about underfunding.

CCC sat beside New Jersey’s 18 sibling community colleges for their second time early Monday morning at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, where we were introduced and itineraries were reviewed. The walk to the statehouse was slippery, but the rain did not dampen our moods or our minds. We were privileged to meet with Assemblyman Adam J. Taliaferro, Assemblyman R. Bruce Land, and Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak, and befriended our neighbors Salem County and Atlantic Cape County along the way.

After first thanking the Assemblymen, our personal stories, thoughts, and worries started to flow. Some of the concerns that were discussed were the decreasing graduation rates throughout the state, the percentage of poverty specifically in our county, the expansion of NJ STARS to transfer students, the important “transition” ability a community college can provide, the blatant unaffordability of 4 year schools, the opportunity to start more bachelor programs at community colleges, the unfair underfunding of community colleges in comparison to universities, and the overall importance of receiving an education to benefit our nation’s future.

CCC freshman and education major, Samantha Cocove was honored to attend Community College Lobby Day for her first time and says she looks forward to going again next year! Her biggest concern about the lack of funding for our community colleges is “it will affect the resources that help our students become successful – the lack of budget often reduces the number of available advisors, registrars, tutors, etc.” Cocove elaborates further by saying, “I’m worried about students becoming discouraged and leaving community college altogether.” If more funding was available to us, she would hope to see more student worker programs. “This would benefit students by providing them with valuable work-related experience such as communication, customer service skills, organizational skills, and much more.”

I too am worried that students are rapidly becoming discouraged. As a student leader and active participant in Phi Theta Kappa’s C4 Initiative campaign for the past two years, I have noticed determination dwindling down to nothing. When you ask students if they’re committed to graduating, they hesitate to answer. Do you find community college important?

If you’re interested in attending Community College Lobby Day next year, contact the Student Life and Activities Office. Fight for your right for fair funding.

Get your hands dirty at Pottery Boot Camp

By KYLEE BAGLEY

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 http://www.claycollege.com.

CCC’s 2016 Commencement Speaker

CCC’s 2016 Commencement Speaker

By Jenn Hallgren

On May 19, Cumberland County College graduates and the community will be addressed at commencement by this year’s keynote speaker, CEO of Wawa, Chris Gheysens. Before becoming the head of the flock, Gheysens grew up in Vineland and worked at his father’s carwash while attending local schools such as St. Mary’s in East Vineland and St. Augustine Preparatory in Richland, NJ.

He then went across the river to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Villanova University and later went on to earn his Master’s of Business Administration at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. “I have a fondness for Villanova and St. Joe’s,” Gheysens told Mainline Today in a 2013 interview, “They helped shape who I am in a lot of ways.”

Gheysens became the Chief Executive Officer for Wawa in 2013. He began his career with Wawa in 1997 as its Chief Financial and Administrative Officer and went on to become the President in 2012. Gheysens told Nj.com, “South Jersey is a big part of Wawa, and it is definitely a part of me.”

As CCC approaches their 50th anniversary, Wawa will have celebrated 52 years of service on Wawa Day, which is on April 16. The founding family of Wawa, the Woods family, donated the land on which CCC was built and still owns half of the company.

During a press release announcing Gheysens as the keynote speaker for this year’s commencement, interim president Shelly Schneider stated, “Mr. Gheysens and Wawa are two great Cumberland County success stories, a great inspiration for our new graduates and the community.”

Although his footprint covers 645 stores across the tri-state area, Maryland, Virginia, and now central Florida, Gheysens still calls New Jersey his home—South Jersey actually—and enjoys visiting the Jersey Shore with his wife, Patricia Gheysens, and four children. “I grew up in South Jersey, spent my summers in Sea Isle,” Gheysens told Philly Magazine in 2012 when he was about to take the “lead goose” position replacing then CEO Howard Stoeckel. Just as South Jersey is loyal to Wawa, Wawa is loyal to South Jersey.

Commencement will be held at Cumberland County College on May 19 at 6PM and is open to the public.

4 Woman writers to check out this summer

By KYLEE BAGLEY

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. Alysiaharris.com 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. Andreagibson.org shares Gibson was the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam. In an interview with dailycal.org, 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.

H2O on the go: Filling up your cup

By SARAH GALZERANO

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 cccenvironmentalclub@gmail.com 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!

Are you anti-college?

By KYLEE BAGLEY

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 HuffingtonPost.com, 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.”

MakeSchool.com 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 (marketwatch.com) 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 MakeSchool.com, 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.