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The Empty Campus of Middlesex County College

By Quo Vadis September 16, 2020

By Gabrielle Ignotis, Editor-in-Chief Middlesex County College reopened at an extremely limited capacity on September 8 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, resulting in normally heavily populated areas looking empty and abandoned.

Bookstore Opens During Limited Hours

By Quo Vadis September 16, 2020

By Cassandra Maisonet, Editor-in-Chief The Middlesex County College Bookstore is operating on a temporary schedule that began last month to reduce the store’s capacity in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Bookstore is now open from Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, according to the Middlesex County College Bookstore website. Josie Tavarez, manager of the bookstore, said that there are several ways that she and her staff are adhering to social distancing protocols. ...

Store Signs Advising Customers to Wear Masks

By Quo Vadis September 16, 2020

Gabrielle Ignotis, Editor-in-Chief Businesses across Middlesex County are posting various signs illustrating the required precautions customers must take before entering their facilities to protect against the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Feminist Collective Prepares For Virtual Events

By Quo Vadis September 16, 2020

By Gabrielle Ignotis, Editor-in-Chief The MCC Feminist Collective is planning remote activities for the fall semester in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  The collective’s faculty advisor, Denise Rompilla, said that the club is planning to hold remote meetings in the fall.  Rompilla said the club would also be hosting a digital event, in partnership with the MCC library, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.  “We will be discussing prominent women who fought for our...

Academic Advising Department Adjusts to Working Remotely

By Madison Bara May 6, 2020

By Madison Bara, Section Editor Academic Advising made changes to the way they operate this semester to continue helping students plan their schedules online amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  John Kruszewski, director of the academic advising department, said the department has always been used to foot and web traffic, but due to working remotely, they had to adjust to the traffic being exclusively online.  “Due to the excellent work of my colleagues we were able to transition...

Co-op Modifies Requirements

By Madison Bara May 6, 2020

By Madison Bara, Section Editor MCC’s cooperative education program made adjustments to their course requirements this semester, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Arianna Illa, the coordinator of civic engagement and community partnerships, said, “The students had to do 180 hours at their internships, and the final project, which is a portfolio of all the things they’ve done at their internships throughout the semester, has been shifted to focus more on career exploration and readiness.”   She said...

Math Professor is a Member of Multiple Outside Organizations

By Madison Bara May 6, 2020

By Madison Bara, Section Editor Jennifer Applebee, a statistics professor at MCC, participates in multiple organizations outside of her work on campus.  Applebee said she is a recording secretary for the Education Enrichment Foundation of Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District.  “[The foundation] fundraises to provide grants for teachers who want to try something new in their classrooms,” said Applebee.  She said the foundation works with the school district but fundraises separately to give teachers the opportunity to...

Science Professor has a Passion for the Environmental Sciences

By Madison Bara May 6, 2020

By Madison Bara, Section Editor Claire Condie, a natural sciences professor at MCC, has a passion for multiple environmental sciences that encompasses many aspects of her life.  She said she started her journey in the environmental science field at Brookdale Community College, where she majored in marine biology.  “I always wanted to be a marine biologist,” said Condie.  She said that she ended up changing her major,  after she took a seven-week geology class to take care...