Rowan College at Cumberland County?


For the past several months, Cumberland County College has been meeting with regional four-year universities for a possible partnership. Our number one candidate up for consideration is Rowan University.

While conducting research for this article, I found that information and files about this process were provided for faculty and staff via the Portal. However, information for the students and the community is nowhere to be found on the college website or student Portal.

I had the opportunity to interview John Gibbs, Associate Professor of English, and Dr. Kim Ayres, a consultant for the college on various projects. Professor Gibbs stated his concern of the partnership with Rowan being a merger and that the possible name change of Cumberland County College to Rowan College at Cumberland County. Dr. Ayres clarified stating that this will not be a merger but a partnership between Rowan and Cumberland, but the name change is non-negotiable. Both presented opposing sides and expressed their thoughts and concerns on this soon-to-be partnership.

Q: What are the benefits of Cumberland County College partnering with Rowan University?

The only benefit of this partnership is the opportunity for transfer students and their ability to seamlessly transfer credits to Rowan University, stated Professor Gibbs. There are no other advantages. Dr. Ayres, on the other hand, stated that this partnership will allow students to have access to a higher education in a four-year university, will be affordable for students to achieve a four-year degree, and will give students a greater choice for a higher education.

Q: Do you believe the partnership will bring in more students? Why or why not?

Because these partnerships are new for higher education institutions, there is no solid evidence of an increase or decrease in incoming students. Professor Gibbs predicts that there will be no increase in enrollment whatsoever, but there could be a possible decrease. Dr. Ayres stated that there is not enough data collected to predict an increase in enrollment, but the partnership could possibly attract a new pool of students to Cumberland.

Q: What will happen to the University Center and the other partnerships with the various colleges and universities?

Professor Gibbs expressed his fear about the University Center stating, “Rowan would either eliminate [the University Center] or take it over, so that most of the students would then go to Rowan for the last two years.” Dr. Ayres commented that the University Center is a non-negotiable entity and that everything in the University Center will remain that same. She also stated that the college’s goal is to expand and grow the University Center and this partnership will allow us the opportunity to partner with other four-year colleges.

Q: What will happen to the Cumberland faculty and staff?

Dr. Ayres said that there will be no changes to the faculty and staff and all of the professors and employees with remain the same.

Q: What will happen to Cumberland County College if the partnership doesn’t go as planned?

Professor Gibbs assesses that if his information is correct, politicians in Trenton may cut off financial assistance to CCC if we don’t do what we are told. Dr. Ayres states, “Everything remains the same.”

OBOC – An Evening with the Author


Cumberland County College had the honor of hosting a number one bestselling author, this past October. Christina Baker Kline was the selected author in the 2015 One Book – One College program. She was on campus to share her insights on her New York Times best seller Orphan Train. Each year the OBOC committee chooses one exceptional book for the College community to read.  Orphan Train did not disappoint.

Briefly, the story Orphan Train is a classic exile story that, at its heart, revolves around an elderly Irish immigrant women (Vivian), who was among the thousands of abandoned children on the streets of New York taken in by the Children’s Aid Society. These children where regularly sent by rail trains from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest between 1854 and 1929, in hopes of a better future. As Vivian remembers her past, she connects with a younger character Molly, a troubled teenager seemingly living a life Vivian is all too familiar with.

Kline, who was born in England, raised in Maine, and is currently a resident of Montclair, New Jersey is an admirable storyteller. Maybe once in a decade, or even once in a generation, a book like Orphan Train comes along. Kline’s storytelling makes the reader aware of the character’s harsh loneliness, their deepest pain, but also shows their resilience to survive. From the first page of her writing, it’s clear that Kline is a contemporary master.

In person, Kline was as fascinating and resilient as her characters Vivian and Molly specifically, the way she spoke of her personal battle to overcome cancer.  Prior to the presentation to the general public, English Professor, Sharon Kewish, the OBOC coordinator, invited the author to the college for an intimate meet and greet.  A small group of students, staff, and faculty enjoyed the opportunity to meet the author, ask questions about the book, express their likes as well as dislikes, and revel in taking pictures during a book signing.  Following an enjoyable dinner for the author and the small group of attendees, campus and community members were invited to listen to a free author-led invigorating discussion on the history of the novel, the motivations behind the story, and a question and answer session for the audience.

Orphan Train falls into two distinct parts, both with an underlying common theme, the reveling of children passing through a system that didn’t have their best interest at heart during the 1800’s, and simultaneously focusing on the present day.  Not an appealing subject, but an amazing journey that is simply captivating. Helen Schulman, New York Times bestselling author of This Beautiful Life quotes, “Christina Baker Kline’s latest wonder, Orphan Train, makes for compulsive reading – this is a story of resilience in the face of tremendous odds and oppressive loneliness. Meticulously researched and yet full of the breath of life, Kline’s novel takes us on an historical journey where survival depends on one’s own steely backbone, and the miracle of a large and generous heart.”

This was the 10th year for Cumberland’s OBOC campus and community wide reading program. The National Association of Scholars has been studying college common reading programs to find out what books are selected, how many and what kinds of colleges have such programs, and how these assignments are integrated into campuses’ academic life.  Their analysis show that this is a trend to pay attention to and can be seen as a microcosm of college life that can illuminate the particular concepts that American colleges and universities care about and the kind of reading they expect of their students.

Is Social Media really social?


There are more than 1.49 billion active users of Facebook in the world as of June 30, 2015, according to researchers at This figure works out to be 1 in every 13 people are on the social media giant, Facebook. Started in February 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook has figuratively taken over the world.

But is Social media really social? “With the rise of such websites as Facebook, social networking may be on the verge of replacing traditional personal relationships for the next generation,” stated Sara Zay of USA Today. But is it going to help that next generation socially in the future?

According to Barbara Greenberg, a clinical psychologist for CNN, “I believe social media use is fine. It becomes problematic, however, when teens are looking for balance in their lives and are texting, tweeting etc. to the exclusion of other activities like exercise, seeing their friends in person and getting out of the house.” There are many non-verbal cues and social norms people do not learn and exercise through social media.

Social media has caused problems socially since a message sent positively can be seen as neutral compared to their actual intentions and neutral messages can be taken negatively. This can cause much social confusion. Also, people can be more sexual and aggressive due to the anonymity of communicating and socializing electronically. This is seen with all the dating social sites and the epidemic of cyber-bullying.

Through a survey conducted at CCC, many students use their mobile device for a few hours a day and 90 percent of that time, it’s using social media like Facebook and Twitter. Many of the polled students have over 200 friends on Facebook and 200 followers on Twitter or Instagram and all of the students stated they did not know most of these supposed friends and followers personally.

When questioned about how much time they spent with their real friends physically, it was very little compared to their time on social media. As the survey ended, all of the students became worried about their actual Facebook usage.

A study by Facebook, Inc. found that users spend over 700 billion minutes a month on Facebook. That is roughly 1.33 million years. All this time is being spent but is it truly helping everyone to be more social?

Millville’s Millionaire: Trout takes flight with Angels

Staff Writer



At age 22, would you ever think you would be a millionaire? Sure it’s possible, but someone in our own backyard just hit the baseball lottery. Vineland born, Millville raised, Angels Outfielder Mike Trout signed the largest pre-arbitration contract in Major League Baseball history when he put pen to paper on a $1 million dollar deal on February 26th.


Trout, a 2-time MLB MVP runner-up, has been making a case for himself as the best player in the league and on March 27th, the Angels paid him like it. The power-hitting Outfielder inked a 6yr/$144.5 million dollar contract extension.


Being one of the most highly regarded players in the league at such a young age puts a lot of expectations on his shoulders. But, he has lived up to the hype and posted monster numbers in his first 2 big league seasons.


The 6-year extension does not kick in until the 2015 season, where Trout is slated to make $5.25 million. In 2016, the money jumps up to $15.25 million, 2017 guarantees him $19.25 million and then the final 3 years take a big jump to $33.25 million.


Trout and the Angels agreed to the terms of the deal one day after Detroit Tigers slugger, 2-time AL MVP, Miguel Cabrera, signed an 8-year, $292 million dollar extension.


This contract will finish after his age 29 season, when he can become a free agent in the winter of 2020 and could possibly become the first $300 million baseball player.


This extension is the second-largest deal for any player with less than 3 years of MLB service time, but the $24.1 average annual value on the deal is the highest ever.


The deal also includes a $5 million signing bonus and he will receive a full no-trade clause. His extension will not count against the Angels luxury tax until 2015, which is a big deal considering that Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton are making a ton of money this season and are a big portion of the payroll and luxury tax.

This contract allows the Angels to avoid all three years of arbitration with the young Outfielder, as well as his first three years of free agency.


ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian called Trout, “the second coming of Mickey Mantle”. You don’t have to even watch baseball, and you know Mickey Mantle’s name. Analysts and experts are already saying Trout is the best player in the game.


Trout has the opportunity to win the MVP this season at age 23 and become one of the youngest players to ever win the award. Many experts say he would have won each of the past two years were it not for Miguel Cabrera winning the Triple Crown in 2012 and only improving on those numbers in 2013.

Trout is a hot commodity in Major League Baseball. He’s made a name for himself in just over two years of MLB experience. He started off year three with a moon shot of a homerun against the Seattle Mariners. Trout is part of the long-term plans of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. This contract was proof of that and the scary part is, he’s just getting started.

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. 









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. 



Former Broadway star ‘Dreamed a Dream’ – Les Miserables comes to CCC


Writer and Editor: Kelly Plummer

                Deborah Bradshaw, former Broadway cast member and current producer and director of CCC’s production of Les Miserables, has always wanted to be on the director’s end of the show she once loved performing. 2013 marks a special year of theatre for Cumberland County College, as they received permission from Music Theatre International, Inc. to perform the beloved musical. The book was originally written by Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Schönberg; with music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. It was recently adapted as a musical film in 2012, mainstreaming the story to broader audiences. Bradshaw is sure to bring a new perspective to this musical with nothing less than Broadway quality.

                  The CCC cast is doing all they can to ensure that their audience receives the highest quality performance. When asked what is being done to prepare for the show – cast member, Bev Beardsley, says, “Rehearsing, rehearsing, rehearsing! Listening to the music over and over, going over blocking, getting into the sequence of the show. Most actors in the show are playing multiple roles, so you really have to be on your toes as to what comes next!”

                  Les Miserables will be held on November 21-24, 2013 in the Frank Guaracini Fine and Performing Arts Building. Tickets are on sale for $15 for adults, $12 for ages 55+, $10 for ages 18 and under, and a CCC special offer: $5 tickets for CCC students (for 1-2 tickets), with a valid Fall 2013 student ID. Tickets can be purchased at the box office Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., or call 856-692-8499.

                  It sounds as though Les Miserables is one show you will not want to miss. According to Beardsley, “…the message of the show – its themes of redemption, sacrifice, and love – make it such a powerful musical.”

Plot Summary:

The setting takes place in 19th century France, Les Miserables is the story of Jean Valjean, who after serving an unwarranted 19 years in prison, is ready to return to the world a free man. Aware that his parole bears false information, preventing him from receiving a job or housing, he breaks parole in hopes to begin a new life. In his time of need, the kindness and mercy of a priest changes Valjean’s heart, allowing him to live a life for God. Throughout the course of his journey, he finds himself on the run from Inspector Javert, who knows of the broken parole.

                  After years of hiding, Valjean returns as the mayor of the area. He is comfortable with his status, and the life he leads. One day, the mayor comes face-to-face with Javert in one of his shops. Meanwhile, Fantine, a worker in the same shop, is discovered to have a daughter out of wedlock, who lives with an innkeeper and his wife. Victim to the paranoia of the laborers and the belief that she steals to support her child, Fantine is fired and forced into prostitution. Unfortunately, the mayor is preoccupied in his fear of being discovered and fails to prevent Fantine from losing her job. 

                  Later on, Fantine falls gravely ill, and meets the mayor. Feeling responsible for her condition, he promises to find and care for her daughter, Cosette. The mayor immediately adores Cosette; she has given him his life purpose and the love of family.

                  As time goes on, Cosette grows into a beautiful young woman, who falls in love with a French Revolutionary, named Marius. Javert discovers Valjean’s true identity, once again forcing him to run. However, Valjean fights to protect Maurice to ensure Cosette’s future happiness and security.