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    Traciana Graves Lecture Focuses on Finding Courage within Yourself

            Traciana Graves, a national speaker, gave a lecture on significant individuals in African-American history in the College Center Corral at 11 a.m. She spoke about the courage of Harriet Tubman, the difficult childhood of author James Baldwin and the hope delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King in his famous speech, “I Have a Dream.”

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    College Partners with Free Online Transfer Planning Service

    Are you ready to transfer? Find out here.

           The College has officially teamed up with, “the web’s premiere community college completion and transfer tool,” which will be available for faculty and students. The site provides students with information on individual transfer programs to four-year schools, access to over 3,000 scholarships specifically geared toward transfer students, and the ability to create their own “Transfer Success Plan.”

  • Top three sitcoms of African American television

           Certain television shows, which depicted the lives of African-American families, are memorable for creating iconic characters, embracing diversity or reversing stereotypes.  These shows will be remembered for their outstanding acting, social impact and popularity.

  • Do Men Fantasize About Marriage Like Women Do?

           As a little girl, I always imagined what my first wedding would be like. I had this abstract idea as to how I wanted everything to go and what I wanted my bridesmaids to wear. As you get older, the view of marriage seems to take a different approach—a more realistic approach. Marriage isn’t the happy ending you see in Disney movies. It is a commitment for a lifetime. It seems though that women are supposed to carry this commitment on their shoulders more than men. Why is that? Why do we have to be the ones to revolve our lives around marriage when the man can revolve his life around success and having independence?

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Muslim Student Association Promotes Black History Month

       The Muslim Student Association is planning events for Black History Month, and giving African-Americans a platform to express themselves through Islam. 

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The Importance of Political Science

       Some students come to college with the purpose of pursuing a career or dream, but quite frankly, they may not know what to study. For those students with questions and uncertainties, political science may be the field to go after. Dr. Nicholas Archer, faculty and program coordinator of political science here at the College, has described political science as “the study of power.” 

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“Tales of Xilla” Inhabits a Magical World

       The latest entry in Namco Bandai’s “Tales of” series to reach North American shores on the PlayStation 3 offers enough content and high-octane action both newcomers and veterans of Japanese role-playing games may appreciate and find enjoyment with.

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Absence, that Common Cure of Love

       Borrowing my title from the immortal Miguel de Cervantes—not Lord Byron—and his indispensable, “Don Quixote de la Mancha,” I would like to examine this plague of admiration, yes, love. Never has such a feeling been so monumental in the development of our species, and conversely, never has such a force incurred the demise of many. From wrathful gods to harrying the depths of Tartarus; stolen concubines and assassinations, hath no human a reasonable position on this curse? The answer would be a decisive no, unless one was a psychopath, as love is an all-encumbering battlefield. Absence, disagreeing with Cervantes, is not a cure either. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder,” states the old proverbial cliché, but perhaps this is what Quixote meant, that a dying love may be cured by an absence. No matter one’s take on this variation of viewpoint, love is downright unavoidable.

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Men’s Basketball in Uncharted Waters

Colts endure longest losing streak of season

       The month of January started off well for the Colts, who won the three games they played. These wins had them riding an impressive six-game winning streak and catapulted them into third place in Region 19. However, after managing to achieve perhaps their best basketball of the season, Middlesex began to endure their most difficult time of the season. The Colts went on the road for three straight games and returned home winless. They were then able to get one back against Sussex, but had to again go on the road for their next game which they lost to Region 19’s first place team.

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Brazil is in a World of Trouble

World Cup host struggles under the spotlight

       On Thursday, June 12, 2014, and for the 30 days following, the eyes of the entire world will focus on the nation of Brazil as they host the 2014 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup. The event, which was last hosted by South Africa in 2010, returns for a second time to the South American country after 64 years. Its return has been long awaited by Brazilians ever since they were announced as the host nation in 2007. However, not all Brazilians are thrilled about their country being the planet’s main attraction for an entire month.

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Clerksonian Philosophy of Title and Behavior

       The 1994 Kevin Smith movie “Clerks,” presents a most interesting topic: does title dictate behavior? Randall, one of two clerks operating a convenient store, poses a question to his fellow register jockey. “Does title dictate behavior?” Dante, the latter’s friend and coworker, replies that title does in fact dictate one’s behavior. The response is now a classic in movie comedy: Randall, annoyed with a customer, spits water from behind the opaque counter, drenching the unsuspecting man. Dante, upset at Randall’s unsavory action concedes that title does not dictate behavior, as a clerk would not do anything to disrupt the consumer.

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Fashion Club Features Iconic Designers in Annual Runway Show

       We Set the Trends, the student fashion club, held their “Legends of Fashion” show on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Exitium Step Team, a College dance club, provided entertainment during a special intermission.

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Barron Arts Center Offers Art, Poetry, and Culture

       Within Middlesex County, the township of Woodbridge is both one of the largest sections, as well as one of the oldest. Woodbridge contains suburban towns where many of the College’s students live, including Perth Amboy, Iselin, Port Reading, Colonia, and the town of Woodbridge itself. The township has a rich history, especially with culture and the arts. Though a majority of residents may be unfamiliar with its creative roots, one of its greatest historical landmarks, and the township’s current home of arts and humanities is located only minutes away from the College. It is known as the Barron Arts Center.

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Phi Theta Kappa Meeting Highlights Events for the Spring Semester

Phi Theta Kappa members join to discuss plans for the semester at a meeting on Thursday, January 9th

    The National Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa held an officers’ meeting on Thursday, Jan.9 in the Studio Theater. Co-President Ron Rubanick led the meeting along with Nicole Kazar, the newly installed co-president. Also in attendance was advisor, Dr. Katherine Pearle, chairperson of the history and social science department, and Student Activities Director Patricia Daly, who works closely with PTK to assist in event planning. Both have been nominated for PTK’s Hallmark Awards this year, along with College President Dr. Joann LaPerla-Morales and Ron Rubanick. The awards recognize the superior efforts of those who volunteer for PTK. The winners will be honored at PTK’s annual conference which will be held in Orlando, Florida this year from Wednesday, April 23 to Sunday, April 27.

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Students Announce Their 2014 New Years Resolutions

“What is your New Year’s Resolution for the Spring 2014 Semester?”

Name: Ramona Shivraj
Town: South Plainfield
Major:  Education Practitioner
“My New Year resolution is to start doing better in all of my classes, to start paying attention more and hopefully make this an amazing year.”

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First Play of 2014 Begins Production

Captivating Death Row Docu-Drama in the Works

     On Monday Jan. 13, preparations for “The Exonerated” began as the first read-through with the cast and director took place.
     The play tells the stories of 6 wrongfully convicted individuals, charged with murder and sentenced to death row. The gripping play explores the faults of the American Justice System when the death penalty is bestowed upon innocents.

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The Mystery of the Course, “PHI 122-02”

Lost Philosophy

      Logic, the building blocks of any argument, is a necessity for a philosophy major here at the college. Now, with this being said, how is it that a philosophy major such as myself, cannot obtain this most elusive of classes. Three semesters have now passed since I have seen a logic class suitable for me, which is one that exists during the daylight hours. Well, there was hope this semester, until the class mysteriously vanished into thin air, along with my hopes for finally completing my requirements for this major.

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Women’s Basketball Goes 3-1 to Open 2014

Lady Colts 11-5 on the season

     The month of December saw the Lady Colts basketball team go on a roller coaster ride as they alternated wins and losses, going 3-3 in their six games. With the turn of the New Year, the squad returned to their winning ways before dropping their Saturday, Jan. 18 contest to Camden County College. They then won three straight games in dominating fashion by outscoring their opponents by an average of more than 45 points per game in that stretch.

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Ski Tour Company Offers Great Deal for Winter Break

A ski trip is offered for students at a low price.

        Winter break is right around the corner, and for those who may be sitting home bored, this may be a great way to spice up their time off. An organization called “College X Breaks”, has teamed together with Ski Travel Unlimited, to bring students the vacation of a lifetime. Ski Travel’s website describes the vacation as “a week when students from all across the country (over 400+ colleges and universities at last count) converge on the # 1 ski resort on the East Coast: Mont Tremblant for sun, snow and fun.” 

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Second Debate Provides Insight on Religion

“What role does religion have on a college campus?”

On Monday, Dec. 2 the College clubs Phi Theta Kappa, the student newspaper, Quo Vadis, and the Student Government Association Board held their second debate panel, in the College Center Gallery at 11a.m. This event differed in its location, topic and its moderator. Quo Vadis’ Editor-in-Chief, Kim Silva, was the moderator of this particular discussion, with aid from Opinion Editor Jonathan Finnerty. The topic at hand was presented in question form: “What role does religion have on a college campus?” The members on the panel included English professors Evan Swan and Darren Swan , Quo Vadis staff Jonathan Finnerty, Philosophy professor John Roskoski and M.S.A. president Hiba Shaikh. About 20 people attended the panel discussion, including members of PTK, Quo Vadis, SGAB and the College’s Vice-President Patrick Madama

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New Xbox Game Console Gets High Ratings

Microsoft releases its newest gaming system.

Microsoft released the Xbox One, the company’s new gaming system this past Friday. The system has been hyped up for the past six months by gamers because of its new capabilities, graphical engineering, and integration with other home theatre appliances. At 12 a.m. Friday morning, I took a first glance at the new generation of gaming.

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Colts Dominate in Win versus Atlantic Cape

Marcus Freeney Leads the Way for the College with Twenty-two Point Lead

The College’s men’s basketball team thumped the Buccaneers of Atlantic Cape Community College on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the Physical Educational Center (PEC) gym, 90-65 to earn their fourth victory of the young season.

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Physical Appearance: That Evanescent Thing

External beauty is becoming a major issue in today’s society.

 Hot, sexy, chic. It’s not awkward anymore to see those adjectives throughout the fashion magazines, blogs, and some TV shows. So-called “Hollywood style” or a unique fashion philosophy of a rising star is leading people’s trend – especially women – around the world. 

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Colt Wrestlers Partake in Quadrangular

Middlesex County College goes 1-2 in Massachusetts

Head Coach Mike Malinconico took his Colts wrestling squad to Springfield, Mass. on Saturday, Nov. 16 for a quadrangular match against hosts Springfield Technical Community College, Plymouth State University (New Hampshire), and Western New England University (Massachusetts). Middlesex split their first two meets against Springfield and Plymouth before dropping the forfeit-filled finale to WNEU.

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Student Finds Success at the College Through DACA Program

A Business major at the College gets approved for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

  Business major Maneula Londono, 19, of Edison applied for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (known as DACA) and when approved, was able to receive a work permit, apply for a driver’s license, and obtain a tax ID number. She was recently inducted into Phi Theta Kappa this month, and works part-time to pay for tuition and books.

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Quo Vadis Sports Editor Bids Farewell

An upcoming graduate discusses his time spent at the College.

The time has come. Two and half years and I have to say goodbye to the College. My chapter here is complete and it is time to start up a new chapter in my life. I leave behind great friends and colleagues that I have met while on my journey. 

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The College Presents "As Bees in Honey Drown"

Shane Taylor makes his directorial debut with a 1980’s dramatic play.

New Theater Professor Shane Taylor chose the play “As Bees in Honey Drown” as his first directorial debut at the College. Set in the 1980’s, the drama focuses on the premise that identity is mutable; that reinvention is possible, whether used for positive or negative purposes. An individual can transform a difficult childhood into adult success; or an identity can be changed for pernicious reasons. In this play the latter occurs, yet human nature sometimes wants to believe that redemption can occur through love. When the events become too complicated, “bees in honey drown,” a favorite saying of a main character, Alexa Vere de Vere.

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Men’s Basketball Opens Up Region XIX Play 2-1

Earn Victories Over Bergen and Ocean

Last season, the College’s men’s basketball team did not qualify for the Region XIX playoffs. They had a sub-.500 Region 19 as well as a sub -500 overall record. If the Colts want to bounce back and qualify for the postseason this winter, they will need to continue the strong start to this season as they opened up Region XIX play 2-1 with victories over Bergen and Ocean.

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Athlete Brings Awareness to Human Trafficking Issues

Recent Phi Theta Kappa inductee talks about his interest in bringing important issues to light.

Full time student, criminal justice major and recent Phi Theta Kappa inductee Elijah Villapiano, 19, of Kearny, said his main goal in life “is to save American lives.” With his participation in the volunteer group “NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking”, he is on his way to fulfilling this ideal. His name, Elijah Moses, is appropriate. Both were biblical prophets, and perhaps Villapiano will be just as skilled in spreading a message.

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Compulsory Mannerisms and Lay People

Are manners a part of good social conduct?

“A man’s manners are a mirror…” states Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, “…in which he shows his portraits.” Such a statement says much about the concept of etiquette and mannerisms, of which I will provide a brief discourse on the philosophical implications. Through means of social lubricants, I have often (as reminded by a dear friend) pursued the concept of being polite, especially regarding bodily functions. For example, how is it that one should, not must, apologize for a natural occurrence? Although a follower of this practice, at least in public, I have always wondered why we care so much about the act of flatus or eructation, as well as the concept of other manners.

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Top Ten Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Parents

A list of fun and interesting presents.

As the holidays approach, many of us will worry about what to get our parents. As a parent myself, I can tell you it has nothing to do with the cost of the gift; it’s the time and thought that goes into the gift. Yes, some of these gifts listed will cost something, but parents don’t want you to break the bank.

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Social Committee Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Event

The 3rd annual holiday celebration welcomed students and staff to the festivities.

The warm tones of acoustic folk music and the inviting scents of roasted turkey and pumpkin pie welcomed students and faculty at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21 The campus’ Social Committee created the event three years prior and “since then, it has been a big hit,” said Chelsea Ramsthaler, president of the Social Committee.

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Colts Men’s Basketball Opens Season at 1-1

Earns Victory over Williamson Trade.

The Middlesex County College men’s basketball team may be young but what they lack in experience they make up for in talent. Head Coach Chris Tarver’s team consists of just four sophomores and 11 freshmen. The Colts will look to implement more zone defense, supporting only one center, freshman John Cuccia of South Brunswick.

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Lady Colt's Basketball Starts the Winter 2013-2014 Season

Squad opens 2013-14 with a 2-1 record

After weeks of practicing and scrimmages, the 2013-14 basketball season tipped off for the Lady Colts on Saturday, Nov. 9 against Delaware County Community College. The team has started with three games on the road, winning the first and last while dropping the middle contest.

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Suffering Servants and Belief in the Apocalypse

Apocalyptic theology is discussed.

“When you see up is down and right is wrong…” exclaims the prophet, “…When this is happening, we were told this: that these days would be as the days of Noah.” Perhaps this is a quote from one of the Jewish prophets, like Isiah or Micah, or I could be fooling you; in fact I am as this little apocalyptic reminder is from none-other than Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. Bachmann is, like many other Americans, an apocalyptic Christian. However, all Christians are apocalyptic by my count, as their primary teacher was an apocalyptic preacher, yes Jesus. One should wonder as to why there is so much end-of-days fervor? 

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Veteran Steven Ferraro Receives Major Honor

Communications major Steven Ferraro becomes the one millionth veteran to sign up for the Post -9/11

Communications major Steven Ferraro, 30, was recently feted by the Department of Veterans Affairs for being the one millionth veteran to sign up for the Post -9/11 GI Bill. He traveled to Washington, D.C. with Marketing and Communications Director Tom Peterson, and The Center for Veterans’ Service Coordinator David Brimmer on Friday, Nov. 8. Ferraro marked the occasion with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the vice-president. VA administrators were also present.

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A Novel Review of “Mildred Pierce,” by James M. Cain

An in depth discussion on a vintage novel.

 Much different from its 1945 Academy Award winning movie adaption, the novel “Mildred Pierce,” by James M. Cain gives the critically acclaimed film a run for its money and is proof that the book is always better than the movie. The vintage novel, which debuted in 1941, has no shortage of drama, deceit and betrayals readers won’t see coming. 

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Muslim Student Association Hosts Inspirational Lecture

Dr. Raymond Brock spoke about faith and success in the Muslim culture.

The Muslim Student Association presented a two-hour lecture by Dr. Raymond Brock Murray in the College Center, Room 100 on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 2p.m. He spoke about self-discipline and success through the perspective of a 21st century Islamic. 

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As Student Faces New Challenges, She Recounts Her Past Years

Graduating creates a time for reflection and hope for the future.

 When I was eighteen years old I entered Middlesex County College, fresh out of Woodbridge High. I had no clue what to expect from college, but I knew that it differed from the experience I had for the past four years. There was no longer that little bubble that came with being with the same people I have known for my whole school career, and there was a lot of uncertainty that came with this transition. I can still remember driving to the campus that first day in September, in my aunt’s silver Buick, with my pink Victoria’s Secret tote, trying so hard to be a fashionable freshmen (that tote only lasted about a semester, until I realized how impractical it was to carry heavy books in). I was very nervous, excited, and a little skeptical about if college was really the right place for me. Failure was my biggest fear, and success was my main goal. 

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Scholarship Dinner Honors Donors and Recipients

368 scholarships were awarded to students.

The College held its Annual Scholarship Reception Café C in the College Center on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. The event gives donors and recipients that opportunity to meet, while also honoring supporters of the college. 

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Veterans’ Ceremony Honors Those Who Serve Our Country

Army Vets share their words of wisdom and their stories.

The Middlesex County College Veterans’ and Service Members Association (MCCVSA) held a ceremony to honor the nation’s veterans in the Blue Colt College bookstore on Tuesday, Nov.12 at 11 a.m.  

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Top Ten Holiday Health Tips: Staying Healthy This Holiday Season

Ten simple things you can do to be fit this holiday season.

The holidays are a time for family celebrations, reflecting on the past year and giving thanks. For many, it’s also a time to overeat, overspend and get overly stressed.
So here is a simple list of things you can do to make the holiday season easier on your body, wallet and better for your health.

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Student Activities Director is Nominated for a 2014 Hallmark Award

Patricia Daly’s active role in aiding Phi Theta Kappa has earned her a nomination for a 2014 Hallmar

The Director of Student Activities, Patricia Daly, has been nominated for a 2014 Hallmark Award by the College’s National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), in the category of Distinguished College Administrator. This award is part of an event run by the PTK. Staff members from other chapters from two-year colleges have also been nominated for a variety of distinguished categories.

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Should Religion Play a Role in Higher Education?

The importance of embracing religion on a college campus.

Religion, the great defining entity responsible for a majority of the events in Western Civilization, now creeping back into the folds of society from a dormant tomb; what is one to make of this blast from the past? There will be a debate held by the end of semester with this very topic in mind, hopefully to resolve the positions held by the student body. Torn on this issue (as I am on most issues), I find it is necessary to provide a brief discourse on the matter. Should religion play a role in higher education, or perhaps a more realistic question; could religion play a role in higher education?

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Wrestlers Open 2013 at Washington & Johnson Invitational

Squad takes sixth, led by three freshmen

The Middlesex County College’s wrestling squad kicked off the 2013-14 season at the Washington and Jefferson College Invitational in Washington, PA on Saturday, Nov. 9. Head coach Mike Malinconico put eight Colts wrestlers on the mat and, although none placed, the team got strong showings from Gavin Pejakovich, Taylor Black and Kurtis Hewitt.

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English Chair Offers View into 21st Century Classroom

New ideas for the English classroom are the focus points for Department Chair, Michael Nester.

 “The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.”
Those who question why they need to learn how to write can find the answer in Plato’s quote. Writing is a discipline that traverses all courses and its importance is relevant to a successful career. 

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Vending Machines' Products Lack Nutritional Value

Can the Vending Machines On Campus affect students' health habits?

       Vending machines at Middlesex County College are an issue.. With over 100 vending machines on campus, and an average of four in each hall, the urge for tasty and perhaps unhealthy snacks is upon students. Edison Hall holds an unnecessary number of eight vending machines all lined up together in the main lobby. This catches students’ attention and encourages them to spend money on chips, candy, and sugary drinks. Data recorded from a vending machine at College Center showed its contents to be 40 percent chips like “Cheetos” or “Munchies,” 43 percent candy and sugary snacks like “Snickers” and “M&M’s”, and only 17 percent of healthy snacks like peanuts and granola bars. This sends the wrong message to students.

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Book Review: “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell

Latest Gladwell book showcases the success of an underdog.

Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book “David and Goliath” tells of unlikely winners who have conquered great challenges, despite the odds being against them. Gladwell begins with the story of David and Goliath. David is a shepherd battling the giant, yet clumsy Goliath; David, the underdog, defeats him and overcomes this almost impossible challenge. This sets the tone for the rest of the book which focuses on triumphant outcomes and improbable success. 

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Lecture on Immigration Reform Offers a New Outlook

Filmmaker and Speaker Jesus Nebot views immigration as a humanitarian issue.

 On Monday, Nov. 4 in the Corral, upstairs in the College Center, Filmmaker and Speaker Jesus Nebot spoke on immigration reform. Although the audience was small, the message resonated with those in attendance, as Nebot asked them to reconsider immigration as a humanitarian issue. The event was scheduled for 11a.m., but started at 11:30a.m and concluded the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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New “Call of Duty” Gets Set for Next Gen Consoles

Call of Duty: Ghosts takes the stage for both current and next gen consoles.

 The popular and entertaining “Call of Duty” series has released its next big installment to the franchise. Gamers can now get their hands on the tenth installment, “Call of Duty: Ghosts” that was released on Tuesday Nov. 5. Developed by Infinity Ward with contributions from Raven Software and Neversoft, and published by Activision, “Call of Duty: Ghosts” was released to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC platforms. It is also scheduled to be released on the upcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms; however actual copies of the game are being withheld until the systems’ initial launch.

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Crime Scene Analyst Turns to Teaching

Forensic Science professor spent 25 years as a certified senior crime scene analyst.

 Diligent eyes carefully scan a field in Raritan Center, New Jersey, for any clues or indication that could help the investigation. Local police and volunteers spread out, looking for anything that could shed light on this tragedy. Then, the heart wrenching discovery is made. The skull of five year old Timothy Wiltsey is found among the marsh. As the search for a missing boys’ remains end, the focus shifts to a murder investigation, and the spotlight on his mother intensifies. Although eleven months earlier, she had reported that her son went missing while attending a local carnival, her proclamation of innocence becomes less and less truthful. As the news of a child who never got the chance to truly live swept the country, a team of crime scene investigators search for any evidence that points to his murderer.

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