Get protected for free

By Kylee Bagley

Staff Writer

As “cuffing season” comes to a close, young adults across the county prepare for “the best summer of their lives,” filled with adventures, parties, and sex. The last thing people want to think about is STD’s and STI’s. Cumberland County has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the state of New Jersey. A report from sharing information on HIV/AIDS as of December 31, 2014 states that Cumberland County has a rate of 371.8 cases per 100,000 people. HIV/AIDS kills, people, and yet only seven out of 20 CCC students surveyed have been tested for STD’s.
Chlamydia is the most prevalent STI (sexually transmitted infection) in Cumberland County as of 2014 according to Residents between the ages of 15-34 tested during 2014 produced 871 positive cases of Chlamydia. However, the majority of people who test positive show little to no symptoms in the first six months. Not being tested after unprotected sex leads to long-term symptoms such as abdominal pain, infertility, and burning during sex and urination, listed
One reason CCC students are not getting tested is because they simply don’t know where to go. Only five out of 20 students surveyed know of any free STD clinics in Bridgeton, Vineland, and Millville areas. Some listed Complete Care as a free clinic, but Complete Care works with the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, there aren’t many free clinics in our county, but here are two free, quality clinics in the area:
Vineland Health Department: Located in center city on Montrose Street, the Vineland Health Department offers a free clinic from 4-5 p.m. every Tuesday. Friendly nurses that make you feel completely comfortable administer the STD tests and a doctor is available at 5 p.m. until close for anyone who wishes to receive additional care.
Bridgeton FamCare:
Located on Magnolia Ave. near the Bridgeton Hospital, FamCare offers appointment free testing for Chlamydia, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and HIV. They also offer HIV, STD, and Hepatitis prevention education classes. The STD clinic is open Wednesdays from 4 – 8 p.m. One student surveyed said it’s almost disturbing how nonjudgmental and familial they are.
Being STD free is the first step to having a carefree summer. Both of these clinics, along with all Complete Cares, hand out free bags of condoms, so stop by if only for the free latex incentive. Don’t let yourself become the next statistic broadcasted on campus. It’s up to you to ensure you get checked and stay protected!

Lather up with UV protection

By Makinzi Hinkle

Staff Writer

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It’s about to be that time of year where everyone will be going down to the beach. One of the ways you can protect yourself is by bringing and wearing sunscreen. Whether it’s spending the day with friends or staying down for a couple days with family, you should remember to bring enough so you don’t get too red.
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the sun is the hottest. If you aren’t a fan of sunscreen, you can also wear tanning oil. Just like sunscreen, it is advised to be careful when you apply tanning oil.  Most times, tanning oils have a lower SPF than sunscreen.
Before driving down to the beach, you should apply a thick coat of sunscreen. By the time you get down to the shore, you will be good to go. After two hours of soaking up some sun, it is a good idea to reapply so you don’t get burnt. If you are a parent and your kids decide to go in the water, you can lather them up with waterproof sunscreen. Remember to reapply sunscreen on your kids every two hours.
Besides sunscreen and tanning oil, there are other ways to protect yourself at the beach. The first option is to bring an umbrella. Going between the sun and shade, you can protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays. If you are just strolling the beach, another option is by wearing the right kind of clothing. Did you know that by wearing wet clothes, you are more exposed to the sun than wearing dry clothes? According to, by wearing a hat, you are giving your scalp, face and eyes extra protection. There’s also a natural sun repellent that you can make. You can find the recipe at:
Every year, millions of cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer are treated on people. According to, in the past three decades, there has been more cases of skin cancer than any other cancer combined. Before the age of 35, people who have used an indoor tanning bed are at a higher risk of getting melanoma by 75 percent. If you have had more than five sunburns, the risk for melanoma doubles.
Alyssa Harwas, a sophomore here on campus, said she brings sunblock, but that’s if she remembers it. Elisabeth Atkinson, a freshman, said that she uses sunscreen and tanning oil. Harwas and Atkinson like going to the beach with friends and family and when they were asked what the first word was that comes to their mind when they think of the beach, they said: “sand” and “sunburn”. Both of them are looing forward to going to the beach, hanging out with friends and having fun. “In all seriousness, keep yourself protected. It may sound stupid, but seriously. Would you rather be comfortable in your own skin or be burnt like toast?” – Alyssa Harwas.
Since everyone has different skin tones, there are different sunscreens you can wear. For children, you can try using spray or tubes with different colored packaging. When appling to the face, don’t use spray. For dry skin, you can use sunscreen that has moisturizer. Popular ones have oils and silicones. For darker skin tones, you should wear sunscreen with an SPF with at least 15. Older people can benefit from using sunscreen. While using spray ons, make sure you put on a “sheen” coat.

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.

Remembering CCC’s Devin McCann, a baseball star gone too soon.

By Kylee Bagley

Staff Writer

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Early in the morning on January 24, 2016, CCC lost valued alumni, Devin McCann, in a car wreck on I-55 near Brookhaven, Mississippi. McCann was just a few weeks shy of his 22nd birthday, but even in death, he remains an inspiration and motivation for many members of both Cumberland County and Belhaven University, where McCann was in his senior year at the time of his passing.
Kellie W. Slade, CCC’s executive director of the Center for Academic and Student Success, was Devin’s “mom away from home.” She met Devin at the new student orientation he attended before his first semester at CCC in 2012. During his time here as a student, McCann was a star baseball player who Slade truly believes could have played professionally. “Devin had a magnetic personality. He loved teaching kids how to play baseball. He was a good natured, sensitive kid whose dream was to be drafterd and play in MLB.
McCann was popular both on and off campus, no doubt due to his continual positivity and ambitious drive. “He would do anything for you without question. He would always volunteer to help out with student life events I arranged. He really matured as a person during his time here.” Slade said.
As for athletics, Coach Keith Gorman looks back on McCann’s time as the Duke’s catcher nostalgically. McCann caught for CCC’s baseball team from 2012 to 2014, thereafter transferring to Belhaven University where he continued his baseball career and unknowingly affected even more lives.
“McCann was a model player. His work ethic was unmatched, both in the weight room and on the field. He was a leader who worked hard and expected the same from the rest of his team,” Gorman says. Not only did McCann encourage his team through his determination and positive attitude, but also by being a diehard Duke. “Devin was our best promoter. He loved the team and was always recruiting promising baseball players to come to CCC and join our team.”
Gorman shared that a month before his death, McCann attended a Duke’s basketball game while home on break to reconnect with old friends on campus. “Despite McCann’s toughness on the field, he was the friendliest kid off. He will always be a Duke.”
Christopher Salvey, currently a student at CCC, was McCann’s best friend and fellow team member. “Devin taught me a lot on and off the field. He taught me to work to the best of my ability no matter what and to live without limitations. He never doubted himself.  I’ve never even seen him get really down about anything. Devin was always positive.” Salvey said, trying to put into words his near indescribable relationship with McCann. “I remember one time I had a game; Devin got up at 6:30 AM and came to the field with me to warm up. He threw me ball after ball to help me get in the zone. That’s just what kind of guy he was.” As Salvey continues his studies and begins a new baseball season, he has a simple message for his friend: “I love and miss you every day! Keep watching over me.”
On April 16, the Duke’s held a celebration of McCann’s life at their home game against Northampton Community College. Together, McCann’s parents threw the first pitch in honor of their son. Duke’s baseball team donned stickers sporting McCann’s jersey number, 27, in memory of his infectious attitude and skill. In fact, “27” stickers can even be found on the gear of opposing teams, proving that McCann’s impact will not soon be forgotten.

Cumberland County College’s Dynamic Duo

By Georgia I. Salvaryn

For the past 50 years, John Gibbs and John Adair have worked as associate professors in English here at Cumberland County College. Throughout the years, both professors have had the opportunity to watch the campus and students grow. I had the pleasure of interviewing Gibbs and Adair and they shared their remarkable stories and unforgettable memories about their experiences at Cumberland County College.

Throughout the interview, Gibbs and Adair expressed their appreciation of the diversity in the student body, their love for their students and courses, and their enthusiasm for learning and their professional careers.

“My first day [at CCC], it was wonderful because I walked into the speech class, I taught speech at night, and I had a 65 year old woman and a 17 year old guy in the same class, and I thought, ‘This is for me,’” Gibbs states. “…it’s the interchange between the students that makes it so good.”

“People say to me, ‘Don’t you get tired of doing the same thing?’ and I say, ‘Of course not because I am not doing the same thing.’ Every class is different,” Gibbs states. “As the years go on, you get different experiences and different reactions. And, actually, what we’ve discovered, I think is, you learn new things, and…teachers learn from students as well as students learn from teachers.”

“We learn new things because you have students who had different experiences and they have different attitudes. And you hear and see things, sometimes, in a completely different way than you saw them,” Gibbs adds.

“I tell students, ‘The beauty of teaching literature is you can never exhaust it.’ And every once in a while, I haul out a pen and I’m writing and someone will ask me, ‘What are you writing down?’ and I’ll say, ‘I just thought of a new idea on what we discussed in class. I’m going to incorporate that next year,’” Adair states.

“We both like the interchange that we have with the students,” Adair adds. “That’s one of the neat things that we have about the community college… And I think that is part of why we have been here as long…”

Paint night with a side of wine

By Amy Vurganov

Canvas painting has been on an accelerated ride towards being one of the most popular night-in social events. Companies have been sprouting up across the nation to host wine and paint nights in local studios, banquet halls, and even private homes. Paint nights have been used for birthdays, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, charity events or just a simple night of fun with friends.
There are a plethora of companies available, such as Wine and Canvas, Cocktails and Canvas, and Bottle & Bottega. The events feature local artists who teach participants how to create their own artistic masterpieces through step by step instruction with the added delight of socializing with friends. Participants enjoy sipping on a glass of wine or a cocktail and the opportunity to allow their inner artist take the lead.
As if wine and friends weren’t enough of an appeal, these canvas nights have an additional special trait: creative education. These sessions are an inexpensive way to learn how to use a paintbrush or sharpen artistic ability already in practice.  Canvas nights are also much cheaper than art school or private lessons without strict structure or drawn out lectures.  There are no lengthy commitment requirements. One night could be just enough for an intermediate artist to hone in on their signature style or for a curious newbie to find fresh passion.
Canvas parties are fun and a chance to try something new in a relaxed and encouraging environment. The only lesson to be learned here is that every person has an inner artist just itching to stretch their wings! Anyone can do this.
Wine and canvas events run approximately two and half to three hours, allowing for instruction time and a small break for drying. All participants receive a gallery wrapped canvas, easels, brushes, paints, aprons and paper products. The costs are generally set by venue, but usually average around $30-$35 per person. Some companies allow the host to choose the image to be painted, while others come with art work pre-selected, especially if the class has a theme to it. Refreshments are usually agreed upon between host and instructor, but each party is different and unique.
Canvas parties have become incredibly popular over the last five years and will most likely continue to do so. These parties are a great way to raise money for a fundraiser, celebrate a birthday or special occasion, or to simply shake up weekend activities. So if you’re looking to try something new and tap into your inner creativity, canvas parties may be just what you need!

2016 woke up on the wrong side of the bed

By Amy Vurganov

Actors and musicians have long been idolized for their talents, charitable contributions, style choices, and appearances. Many celebrities have left their mark on the hearts and minds of fans around the globe. When these famous beings pass on they not only leave their legacy behind, they leave an ache in the heart of those who worshipped them.
2016 barely begqn and we have already experienced the loss of many famous individuals. In a world of conformity and standards, these daring individuals stood out among the flocks. Great music, great acting and lasting imprints.
David Bowie, aka Ziggy Stardust, passed away on January 10. Bowie began rocking the world in the late 1960s. His flamboyant style and adventurous endeavors kept him at the forefront of innovation and paved the way for future creativity in the music world. Bowie’s eclectic musical stylings earned him an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1996. Bowie was also known for his acting in the films The Man Who Fell to Earth and Labyrinth, as well as his Broadway performance in The Elephant Man. Bowie has been described as a true original, shamelessly creative, and an extraordinary artist.
Alan Rickman, best known for his role of Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, passed on January 14. Rickman’s languid voice was his calling card and made him a perfect fit for the villainous roles listed above, as well as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Rickman received a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for his lead role in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny.  Rickman also spent time on Broadway and London stages in pursuit of his love for theater. In an outpouring of tributes after his passing, Rickman was described as a magnificent, hypnotic actor, gifted director, and a rare, unique human being.
The Eagles front man and founder, Glenn Frey, passed away on January 18. Famous for classic hits like “Take It Easy” and “Hotel California,” the Eagles had been present on the rock and roll scene since the early 1970s. The band earned an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998; an enormous honor for any musician. Frey has been referred to as a brilliant songwriter and one of the greatest voices, musicians, contributors and collaborators to rock and roll music. The Eagles debut album, Eagles, is still listed on Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Abe Vigoda, most famous for his role as Salvatore Tessio in The Godfather films, was also among the greats the world lost this year. Vigoda was also known for his stage role in The Man in the Glass Booth, as well as a television role of Detective Phil Fish on the comedy Barney Miller, which later spun off into Fish starring the late actor. Vigoda also made small appearances in several other films including Cannonball Run II and Look Who’s Talking. During the aftermath of his passing, tributes from family and friends depicted Vigoda as being full of grace and humor and talented with a capital “T.” Vigoda passed away on January 26 at the age of 94.
To die hard fans, losing an icon is devastating. There are mourning periods and tributes to greatness lost. These celebrities will live on through their work, just as Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, Michael Jackson, and so many others do. Fans will hurt for a little while, but will still have a lifetime of memories.