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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...

PTK Member Wins Scholarship

By Madison Bara May 6, 2020

By Luke Lombardi, Section Editor MCC student Julia Block was recently awarded the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society scholarship at Rutgers University in New Brunswick for the School of Arts and Sciences due to her outstanding academic achievements. According to the Rutgers admissions website (https://admissions.newbrunswick.rutgers.edu/ paying-for-college/scholarships#Transfer), the scholarship covers $8,000 a year. Block said that the scholarship is good for two consecutive years, but is able to be renewed if she still qualifies. Block said she...

Healthy Active Minds Club Helps Students During Quarantine

By Madison Bara May 6, 2020

By Madison Bara, Section Editor Healthy Active Minds is remaining  virtually active  for the rest of the semester to continue to help students combat stress despite multiple activities getting canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Celia Winchester, faculty advisor of Healthy Active Minds, said since the club cannot meet in person, they have been meeting virtually.  “We are interacting with each other through Zoom and GroupMe, and discussing plans for the upcoming fall semester,” said Winchester. ...

Religious Groups Change Practices

By Madison Bara May 6, 2020

By Luke Lombardi, Section Editor  Various religious groups  in Middlesex County were forced to change how they practiced their religion over the past few months due to government restrictions prohibiting people from mass gatherings to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.  Melissa Ellis, one of the faculty members of the MCC Campus Ministry club, said, “My religious practice at home consists of watching Mass on television, tuning into spiritual meditations and chants, family prayer and...

Statewide Curfew Affects Locals

By Madison Bara May 6, 2020

By Sebastian Casado, Copy Editor Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order last month that set a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and closed all nonessential businesses to prevent people from going outside of their home unless it is an emergency amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Elijah Perez, an MCC student, said, “When the curfew was put into effect, in the beginning, I was opposed to it, only because I did not understand how it...