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SGA Continues Tradition of College Hour

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

By Wayne Wells
The Student Government Association takes pride in continuing the SCCC tradition of College Hour –  a free hour of pure fun and laughter on campus.
They bring in comedians, music and other events, in addition to free gifts. Students with college ID can participate by mingling around the café, or in the field in front of library, meeting different people and creating new connections, all while having a good time.
College Hour at SCCC is every Thursday from 10:50 am – 12:05 pm. This is a block of time reserved primarily for student enrichment activities. Students can take advantage of the concerts, speakers, picnics, lectures, cultural celebrations and other fun events planned during College Hour each week.
The island experience College Hour held last spring had Hawaii decorations, with Hula skirts and Tiki statues being handed out. A bar, where you could pick your choice of tropical juice beverages — all decorated with little umbrellas — was open, while a man played a few songs on a ukulele.
The students who attended where having a great time dancing and eating. They appreciated the gesture of the SGA by chanting “thank you SGA!” during a song.        An environment where students from different counties can come and have a good time makes a better learning environment for everybody.
“This is great, it makes me happy to be here because my friends go to other community colleges in Hudson County and they don’t have things like this for free,” said student Salvador Pagan.
Students who care about making school fun are important because it rubs off on others. Enthusiastic students make you care about what’s happening next.
“I love the fact our student government and administration care about us having fun and letting loose. They treat us like young adults, and not kids, which honestly makes me work harder to be somebody, because of that respect,” said student Jamie Fry.
Towards the end of the event, you and a friend could take a picture and have a keychain made for free, a memento that could cost around $30 elsewhere. The students went into a frenzy when they saw them being made and were stunned the key chains were free.
“Free Friendship key chains? All this for us? I thought it would be boring here since it’s a community college in the middle of nowhere,” said Alyssa Marcine.
“I am very happy that I did decide to come here because it doesn’t totally feel like a university, but for what we pay to go here, we get more than we pay for,” she said. “I love it.”

Laptops in Classroom: Both Sides

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

By Wayne Wells

On this campus, the discussion of laptops in the classroom as a distraction, or a useful tool, is an ongoing debate between students and professors.
Are students really taking notes, or are they just on Facebook to kill time? Currently, most professors do not allow laptops in their classrooms, and how can you blame them?

A 2010 study conducted by a University of Colorado professor found that students who used laptops in class averaged 11 percent worse on tests than those who took notes the old-fashioned way.
The professor, Diane Siebert, found that at the end of her semester-long class, students using laptops averaged a grade of 71 percent, “almost the same as the average for the students who didn’t come at all,” she said.
Statistics show that that laptops do not help. Instead of making eye contact and taking notes, the students are in a cyber world and most likely forget they are in a classroom.
Why do students feel they should have laptops?
“Just because those students didn’t receive good grades, doesn’t mean it applies to everybody. Having my laptop makes me feel more like a college student, and it makes it easier for me to read my notes and save websites that I need for my papers,” said student Sharon Murray.
There are always exceptions, and people who can handle situations better than other people. But when the majority of students can’t handle laptops in class, that ruins it for all.

While some professors might be aware of the endless distractions glaring from screens around their classroom, others have too much trust in their students. Most students who choose to distract themselves evade detection by keeping a Word document, or an assigned reading minimized, in case the professor tries to sneak a peek at their screen.
This becomes a cat and mouse game. Professors, for their part, probably would rather have their students taking notes and participating in class discussions rather than having them in cyber world and wondering if they are just lecturing to air.

Technology Has Been Good, Not-so-good, for Education

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

By Nick Caprio

Technology provides advantages that were not available to past generations, but just like any good thing, it also has its drawbacks.
In almost every aspect of our culture, one day you have the newest, hottest, technological device there is, and in no time, it’s already old news.
Tech upgrades cost money, and time, in assimilating the new information.
In college education, students can access books and assignments on their phone or tablet.  Downloading these books can save students money.  For example, a book on poetry at the SCCC bookstore was $65; downloading this same book from Amazon.com costs $15.
Many classes today are “hybrid” classes.  This means that half the class takes place in the classroom and the other half is online.  For example, you would have class once a week, and during this class you would review the work you did online for that week.
Some people enjoy these classes.
“I like to work at my own pace, I don’t feel rushed when working on the computer,” said Matt Plinio, student at SCCC.
Some intro courses are not even being offered at some colleges anymore, because the student can take the online course for free.
There are cons to this approach however.  Others struggle with the work on the computer.
“I learn better when a teacher is teaching me, sometimes I feel left behind; the (online) classes move quickly,” Billy Duncan said.  Many students feel like this.
One problem with online courses can be the teacher.  This type of class is new to the teacher as well.  They may think that they are doing a fine job but really they are not doing enough for the students.
Everybody is different, with different learning styles.  Some benefit from doing work independently on their computer.  Others need a little help and human interaction.
Will there come a day when we will eliminate teachers altogether? Will we have computers teaching in our classrooms?

Dancing Teens Steal Campus Hearts

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

By Gary G. Gustavson

Despite a day’s postponement from the cold, wintery weather, the heat was on at SCCC Teen Arts Dance Recitals on March 20. Forty acts — from solo performers doing tap dance recitals, to large ensembles doing full-blown numbers from musicals — were on the docket.

After each act, acclaimed critics and former dancers Michael Gary and Lea Antolini Lid offered the performers praise for, and recommendations on, their performances.

The performers were all 7th through 12th graders, and the devotion to excelling in dance is a high priority to every one of them.

“I’ve been active in dance for 14 years and love it,” said Kittatiny High School dancer Gioia Grasso.

“I’ve been in it for 12 years, and it takes practice six days a week to maintain and advance physical condition,” said Shannon Scully of Sparta High School.

A late starter to dance performance, 16-year-old Dillon Vonder-Linden was in two of the performances. He opened with in a duo tap performance and ended the show as part of the Dance Expressions ensemble jazz rendition of “Chicago.”

“I’ve only been in dance for two and a half years; I was inspired by my older sister,” Dillon said. Dillon apparently felt right at home when he began dancing. He said he wants to go to college to pursue a degree in the performing arts, one day making it his profession.

The dance recitals at Sussex County Community College Teen Arts Festival were not a competitive event, yet all the participants received the reward of great satisfaction in doing what they love the most, dancing.

Fur Fashions Start at Trappers Auction

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

By Stacy Bockbrader

In late March, Space Farms in Sussex County opened its doors for the annual New Jersey Trappers Association’s fur auction. Trappers from near and far came with their capes of fox, coyote, mink, muskrats, raccoons, beaver and otter for auction to the highest bidder.

Space Farms has played host to this event for many years. With the NJTA’s guidance, the auctions comply with state regulations. There were approximately 96 trappers, with more than 5700 pieces of fur sold, at this year’s auction.

There were some regular faces, along with some new and young trappers this year.

“It’s nice to see all the new faces and especially the younger ones. Kids these days do nothing but video games and stay in the house. Trapping keeps them active as well as teaches them survival skills,” said George Harris of Sussex.

As with many hunting and trapping events, there are often animal rights supporters, but this year’s auction went off without a hitch. The weekend event started at 7:00 a.m. Saturday with taking in fur, and with the grading, separating and labeling of all the fur.

Along with the auction and clean up, it was all over by 2:00 a.m. Monday morning. Tom Mulea of the New Jersey Trappers Association started the auction on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. and continued it for the next four hours until all the lots were sold.

Trappers bring their best lot to the auction. The best furs are capes without scrapings or signs of being stretched improperly. A cleaned and plush pelt can cost $30 or more if handled properly. Fox pelts cost as much as $70, depending on the condition and the grade of the fur.

One good thing about fur is that it is a renewable resource, unlike synthetics that are made from oil. As long as trappers do not overharvest, the next year will be just as good as the last year, according to Mulea. “By taking the excess animals, the remainder …..are enabled…….to come out of the winter in good shape,” he said, explaining that there is a limited food supply in the wild.

“All the auctions so far this year have been very positive. The fur market is rebounding in Europe and China,” said Mulea. “And they are looking to North America for a quality product. Fur! Let’s see how long the boom lasts this time.”

Technology: Good or Bad for Education?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

By Nick Caprio

Technology provides advantages that were not available to past generations, but it also has drawbacks. It has affected almost every aspect of our culture; one day you have the newest, hottest, technological device there is, and in no time, it is already old news.

Tech upgrades cost money, and time in assimilating the new information.

In college education, students can access books and assignments on their phone or tablet. Downloading these books can save students a lot of money. For example, a book on poetry at the SCCC bookstore was $65. Downloading this same book from Amazon.com only costs $15.

Many classes today are “hybrid” classes. This means that half the class takes place in the classroom and the other half is online. For example you would have class once a week and during this class you would review the work you did online for that week. Some people enjoy these classes.

“I like to work at my own pace, I don’t feel rushed when working on the computer” said Matt Plinio, student at SCCC. This is a positive example of online classes. Another positive example would be that some intro courses are not even being offered at some colleges anymore because the student can take the online course for free.

There are cons to this approach however. Others struggle with the work on the computer.

“I learn better when a teacher is teaching me, sometimes I feel left behind; the classes move quickly,” Billy Duncan said. Many kids feel like this. Another con to this approach can be the teacher. This type of class is new to the teacher as well. He may think that he is doing a fine job but really he is not doing enough for the students.

Everybody is different, with different learning styles. Some benefit from doing work independently on their computer. Others need a little help and human interaction.

Will there come a day when we will eliminate teachers altogether? Will we have computers teaching in our classrooms?

NJ Bear Hunt Debate Continues

Friday, April 19th, 2013

By Nick Caprio

New Jersey’s third annual bear hunt is over, but the debate between animal-rights activists, officials and hunters over whether it’s necessary continues. This season, 285 bears were killed during the six-day hunt, according to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s website. The hunt was held December 3-8, 2012.

The number of hunters who took part in the hunt, the goal of which is to control the Garden State’s black bear population, was down from last year. Roughly 6,400 hunters participated, about 1,000 fewer than last year.

This annual bear hunt is always the subject of much controversy.

Many hunters feel they are doing a service to their community. After all, bears can be dangerous; they rummage in garbage cans and have no clue about vehicular traffic. Although the number of bears in northwestern N.J. has been thinned over three, consecutive, state-sponsored hunts, those numbers still need to be cut in half, according to the state Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Animal rights activists think that these hunts are cruel and unnecessary. There are about 750,000 black bears in North America, and on average, there is less than one person killed by them each year. For each person killed by a black bear attack, there are 13 people killed by snakes, 17 by spiders and 45 by dogs.

The bear population in northwestern N.J. was at 3,400 in the months before the first hunt in 2010. By the end of the 2013-14 season, the Division of Fish and Wildlife would like the population to be somewhere around 1,200 to 1,500.

“At this rate the bear population will be beyond saving in a couple years,” said Prof. Robert Larson, teacher at SCCC. If this number keeps decreasing, the effects on the ecosystem could be devastating, he said.

SCCC PSI BETA National Honor Society Ceremony

Monday, April 8th, 2013

By: Donna Fitzpatrick

 

The Sussex County Psi Beta Induction Ceremony took place in the Performing Arts Center Atrium on March 29, 2013 at 5pm before family and friends.

 

According to Psi Beta Chapter Advisor, Melanie Arpaio, “The mission of the Psi Beta Honor Society is to promote professional development of psychology students in two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research and community service.”

 

This national honor society was founded in 1981 for community and junior colleges to recognize the scholastic achievements and interests in psychology of students in two-year colleges. Members are eligible to win national awards in research and community service. It’s an honor to be a member of this Chapter. Arpaio emphasized that students do not have to major in Psychology to become a member.

 

Psi Beta recognizes five classes of members: active, honorary, alumni, inactive and faculty. The core of any chapter is it’s active members. These members must be enrolled in a two-year college with a Psi Beta Chapter and have completed at least 12 college credits. They must have a B average or better in Psychology and an overall 3.30 grade point average.

 

Honored Speakers were, Paul Mazur, President of Sussex County College, Harry Damato, VPAA of Sussex County College, Glen Gavan, Chair of Sussex County College Board of Trustees, Suzanne Weeks, Psi Beta of Sussex County College Alumnus and Michele VanAllen, Psi Beta of Sussex County College VP.

 

Melanie Arpaio, then presented Honorary Memberships to the following: Glen Gavan, Lorraine Parker, Jerry Scanlon, Bernard Andrews and Henry Pomerantz.

 

Students came up to the table to receive their certificate and pin, one by one when their name was called. When everyone had the certificates, they stood up and were led by Melanie Arpaio plus the Psi Beta Executive Board for the Induction Oath.

 

Student Janice Hero, who is a Liberal Arts Major said, “ You are never to old to continue your education. I’m joining this club to help others and to share knowledge. I have worked with Special Ed. Children for 15 years now plus I’m starting an Out reach Program.”

 

There were a total of 57 new members for induction. “This fall will probably be the largest Psi Beta chapter in the county for two-year colleges,” proudly stated Arpaio.

 

Refreshments were served after the Induction.

 

For more photos go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sussexnj/sets/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skylanders Split Doubleheader

Monday, April 8th, 2013

By: Donna Fitzpatrick

 

The Sussex County Community College Women’s Softball Team won their first game against Northamton Community College Spartans 4-2 and lost the second game 6-14, on March 30 at home.

 

In Game One, Northampton took the lead at the top of the first inning 0-1 but then the Sussex Skylanders came up to tie the score. SCCC Samantha Slicker cracks her bat during the second inning to send to ball up and over the fence making it the first home run of the season. Score is now 2-1. During the third inning the Lady Skylanders gained two more runs by scoring Sarah Hendershot and Suzanne Grochowski. Northampton was able to score one run in the forth inning, now making the score 4-2. With a Spartan runner on 3rd base and two outs, first baseman Jordan Ray caught a fly ball in foul territory for the third out and to prevent any more runs. During the seventh inning with two outs the final out came when the Spartan runner was out at third base by Samantha Sliker. Final score was 4-2.

 

According to Skylander Head Coach Steph Romano, “We played a great defense and hit the ball when needed to. Coarse Sam Sliker’s home run over the fence sure helped.”

 

In Game Two, at the bottom of the first inning SCCC Samantha Sliker first faked a bunt, then on her next swing sent the ball into Centerfield for a base hit. She then stole to 2nd base.  Suzanne Grochowski was able to get a base hit. Jordan Ray then cracked her bat and sent the ball to the end of the fence giving her a double due to errors but it was enough to get two runs home. At the end of the first inning the score was 3-0. During the second inning, SCCC catcher Sarah Hendershot caught a pop up bunt and then threw the ball to 2nd baseman where the runner was tagged out, for a double play. Northampton was able to score during this inning making the score 3-1. During the third inning, the Northampton Spartans rallied back, scoring 11 runs mostly due to errors by the Skylanders. During this inning the Sklanders changed pitchers from Steph Nardone to Samantha Sliker. Final score at the top of the third inning was SCCC 3-12. The score was 14-3 at the top of the bottom of the fifth inning. It looked like the Skylanders were going to make a comeback. SCCC Suzanne Grochowski walked and was on 1st. Jordan Ray smacked a double and sent Grochowski to 3rd base. Abby Stecher was able to get on first and Suzanne came home. Samantha Slicker was able to get on 2nd base when up at bat. Hayley Oliver got on first, which took Sliker to third base but she was unable to score. The score is now 6-14 with neither team making anymore runs. Community College Northampton Spartans won due to the Mercy Rule 14-6.

 

“During the second game we hit the ball but didn’t play good and we played poor defense at times,” said Steph Romano Head Coach of the Sussex County Skylanders.

 

 

Sussex Skylanders Team Record: 2-5

Northampton Spartans Team Record: 5-3

 

Game One:

Winning Pitcher: SCCC: Steph Nardone

Home Run: SCCC: Samantha Sliker

RBI’: SCCC:  Steph Nardone and Samantha Sliker

 

Game Two:

Loosing Pitcher: SCCC Samantha Sliker

 

For more photos go to : http://www.flickr.com/photos/sussexnj/sets/

 

Teen Arts Fest Gives Students a Chance To Shine

Monday, April 1st, 2013

By Donna Fitzpatrick

The Sussex County Community College hosted the 2013 Sussex County Teen Arts Festival so that 7th to 12 graders from Sussex County can explore their potential and fine tune their talents in the literary and performing arts, including vocal and instrumental music, dance, theater, creative writing, visual arts, photography and video.

From March 12-20, a visual art exhibit, featuring more than 600 pieces of student work, was shown throughout campus. Until April 18, the Sussex County College Select Gallery Exhibit will feature some student works selected by professional artists.

Also in April, the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council Juried Teens Arts Exhibit will hold a reception on Spring Street in Newton. It will be held  on April 11 at 6 p.m. for the students who were selected.

Teen Arts will also present a Performing Arts Showcase in the theatre of the SCCC in the Performing Arts Center on April 17 at 7:30 pm.  Featured will be the performances and videos that have been chosen by the professional judges from the festival. The public is welcome to attend.

On May 22, the Student Senior Arts Award Ceremony for graduating high school seniors will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Sussex County Performing Arts Building at 7:30 pm. The public is welcome to attend this event also.

During the festival, held during spring break each year, many students took the opportunity to go to the free workshops including; open poetry, hip hop dance, mime workshop, magic workshop, acting as a business, balloon workshop, improvisation dance and meet and talk with Sam Kitchin.

Some other workshops which required tickets were; life drawing, silk painting, game art graphics, clay Works, floral arrangements, landscape drawing, mosaic tile, tile making and African clay mask making.

There were demonstrations in the hallways including beaded key chains, hand-thrown pottery, bookmaking, wood carving, fused jewelry and water color painting.

There were demonstrations in the cafeteria including, “America’s Singing Poet,” Steve De Pass with Phil Parquet on the guitar. De Pass composes songs or poems from the top of his head or from topics suggested from the audience.

He has performed at the White House, for the Queen of England, at Carnegie Hall, in Las Vegas and on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Outside in the D Gazebo, ice sculptures were carved by Chad Gasiorek. A popular favorite was the chain saw carving by Brett McLain outside in the visitor’s parking lot of B building.

Bret McLain started chain saw sculpturing when he was 17, while he was a student at SCCC. He has participated in some international chain saw carving events in England, Scotland and Germany, and has placed in the top three of several of these events, including a few first place prizes. McLain carves everything from eagles, chairs and bears.

This year’s festival “was a wonderful outcome even though we had to cancel our opening day on Tuesday. All the students could still show up except for one of them. Every year there are more students coming,” said Stella Trikouros, program organizer.