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Retention Rates Climb; Graduation Rates Drag

By quovadis February 27, 2019

By Thomas Kozma, Staff Writer Interim President Mark McCormick, addressed retention and graduation rates at The Middlesex County College Foundation’s Board of Trustees meeting in the Brunswick Room in Crabiel Hall on Thursday, Feb. 14. McCormick said that The College has made progress on supporting student life and the county economy, but still lags behind surrounding county colleges in its graduation rate. “We’ve had a lot of things going on since July when I took over as interim president,” he said. These include efforts to...

Cupcakes for Charity, Class Collects Over $700 for Donations

By quovadis February 27, 2019

By Harsh Godhani, Managing Editor Crystal Quillen, a professor of psychology, and her social psychology class held a ‘Cupcake Wars’ contest in the College Center lobby on Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. to raise donations for the Edison Animal Shelter. The social psychology students in Quillen’s class were divided among six teams, each who were stationed on a different table showcasing their variety of cupcake. According to the flier, each team had 120 cupcakes and they must...

Mohamed and Hussain Win Special Elections

By quovadis February 27, 2019

By Harsh Godhani, Managing Editor The Student Life Office announced the winners of Student Government Association elections for spring 2019 on Feb. 14, Abdullah Mohamed and Mash-hud Hussain. Due to early dismissal from snow on Feb. 12, the election was continued on Feb 14 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Hussain, a sophomore business major, was easily able to secure his position as he ran unopposed for Vice President. Mohamed, a freshman biology transfer major, secured a landslide victory against his opponents with over 61 percent of votes. Hussain and Mohamed...

Government Shutdown Causes Tuition Deferral

By quovadis January 24, 2019

By Claudia Ugbana  Managing Editor  The College will be offering assistance to students affected by the government showdown for the spring 2019 semester.  According to The College’s website, students can apply for a tuition deferral by completing a form.  Michelle Campbell, vice president for Institutional Advancement, said, “We put up a basic form on our website which students can submit. They have to provide some kind of documentation such as a furlough notice they received from the...

Student Life Hosts Activities Fair

By quovadis January 24, 2019

By Zoe Florius Copy Editor  Student Life will be hosting the Student Activities Fair in the College Center cafeterias on Tuesday, Jan. 19 starting at 2 p.m. to encourage students to join activities.  Ode Hoppie, Director of Student Life, said the Fair will be the perfect opportunity for students to see the active clubs on campus, as well as finding out about additional resources available to them at MCC.  “The fair is geared toward everyone,” said Hoppie....

SGA Holds Elections

By quovadis January 24, 2019

By Harsh Godhani Managing Editor The Student Life office will organize a special election for Student Government Association to find successors for the spring semester to President Saja Meqdad and Vice President Naomi Popo who graduated in fall 2018.  Students interested in running for president or vice president can turn in their forms from Jan. 22 to Feb. 1.  After that, students who are running for elections will campaign from Feb. 1 until Feb. 12.  Director of...

Homeland Security Holds Summit

By quovadis December 5, 2018

By Claudia Ugbana Managing Editor The College’s homeland security program discussed the latest security threats the U.S. faces, as well as career pathways for students interested in homeland security fields, on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. in the West Hall Parkview Rooms. Homeland security program coordinator, Christopher Drew, introduced each speaker before their presentation. “I organized the event to give our students the opportunity to hear from national security professionals on current topics affecting the homeland,...

Library Announces Winners of Contest

By quovadis December 5, 2018

By Felipe Marroquin Staff Writer The College’s Visual, Performing and Media Arts (VPMA) department, Student Life and the library announced the fall photo contest winners on Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. in the lower level of the library. Library director Marilyn N. Ochoa announced the honorable mentions and then the contest winners. Matthew Cassisi’s “Last Lunch” photograph came in first place, which earned him a new camera. Cassisi said, “Everyone in this photo took art fundamentals three-dimension...

Foundation Board Elects New Member

By quovadis November 28, 2018

By Matthew Serraty  Section Editor   The Middlesex County College Foundation Board of Trustees elected MCC alumnus, Michael Rofman, to the board at a 4 p.m. meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Crabiel Hall Brunswick Rooms.     Though Rofman was not at the meeting, all present Board members voted in favor of his election.     Veronica Clinton, director of Development and Alumni Relations, said that Rofman graduated from Kean University after studying accounting at MCC and is currently a...

Trustees Approve Lower Tuition Rate

By quovadis November 28, 2018

By Claudia Ugbana  Managing Editor Board Also Reaches Goal for Day of Giving    The College’s Board of Trustees approved a plan to lower tuition rates for high school students enrolled in classes at The College on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 8:30 a.m. in the College Center Corral.     Interim president, Dr. Mark McCormick, proposed a lower tuition rate for high school students enrolled in The College’s dual enrollment program.     “Many students take college courses at their high school...