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String lights cross the cobblestone streets as people mill around. The lamplight shines off the brick buildings, even though the last of the late summer sunlight hasn’t faded yet. If you were looking for it, you could detect the slight breeze and scent of saltwater that comes with being near…

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The tea kettle shrieks as I turn off the stovetop. I pour the boiling water into a ceramic mug and add a single teabag. I carefully carry the mug to the table near the couch, where I already have my supplies waiting. I sink comfortably into the plush sofa as I pull my warm blanket closer. I …

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The Zimmerli Art Museum is partnering with Sisterwork for a new series called “Bloom: Explore Growth and Self-Expression through Art” via Zoom on March 13 at 2 p.m. 

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Arts and Culture have played a significant part in almost everyone's life. We may not realize its importance because it's something we take for granted every day. Teachers have used movies, television shows and plays to teach students lessons. We have used the arts to uplift, encourage open …

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During the 90s, two of my sisters got married. The norm was people from the groom’s side used to come and meet the girl and her family. Most of the time, they reject the girl. It happened with all five of my sisters; it also happened to me. Arranged marriages are an integral practice in Paki…

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“Writing is like my refuge,” said Brian O’Sullivan, a successful self-published author from the San Francisco Bay Area. Being underrepresented as a Hollywood screenwriter did not stop O’Sullivan from leaving his mark on the world.  

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As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, and in many areas worsens, more and more people are succumbing to pandemic anxiety. In these cold and dark winter months, it becomes harder to believe that brighter days are ahead of us. 

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Up until my mid 20s, I was always in shape. In 2001, my sister left for Canada and my parents had already migrated to the U.S. At the time, I was living with my Aunt in Karachi, Pakistan. In August 2002, one of my very close friends told me that I had put on weight and should lose it. My ini…

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By Gabrielle Ignotis, Editor-In-Chief, There is nothing marking the various entrances into the town. In most areas, there is no sign signifying the movement across town lines. As a result, many people, even some town residents, don’t know where other towns end and where Spotswood begins. Wit…

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By Gabrielle Ignotis, Editor-In-Chief I awaken to the sound of my cell phone vibrating against the heavy wooden nightstand. I open my eyes and take a moment to acclimate myself to the unfamiliar territory. I scan the sky-blue walls and graying wooden floorboards, briefly inspecting the black…

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By Gabrielle Ignotis, Editor-In-Chief This year, the focus is on voting. Every news outlet  in the world has banners on their homepages showing users how to register to vote. Businesses are encouraging shoppers to vote via commercials, advertisements and displays. The internet is overflowing…

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By Diandra Hilario, Staff Writer The current pandemic has been hard for everyone around the world, forcing many to change their day-to-day lives to accommodate the difficulties that coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought. While most individuals can adjust to rough times with little to no trouble…

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Madison Bara As about a month of quarantine has passed, I am starting to get tired of hearing about the coronavirus (COVID-19). I understand that we are in a pandemic and need to take it seriously, but we don’t have to talk about it every minute of the day.  During this quarantine, I rarely …

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Sebastian Casado   Everyone who knows me is aware that I never leave the house without moisturizer. It is something that I’ve felt is always necessary to use to take care of your skin well. My favorite hand lotion is the 48  hour Nivea body lotion with deep nourishing serum and shea butter. …

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Luke Lombardi On the internet, there has been a lot of discussion lately over whether people should still be getting dressed up for both school and work. I am on the side of online schooling or working from the home office in pajamas. I personally find it comfortable, and it makes my day a l…

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Luke Lombardi I have always had obsessive behavior. Whether it be anxiety or deciding what to watch on TV, I am always obsessing over things.  Most of the time, this is a bad thing. The only time it is a good thing is when it comes to movies, television and reading books or comics. I […]

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Gabrielle Ignotis The February after I turned 16, I got my first piece of mail. Up until then, everything that needed to get to me through the post office would be addressed to the “Ignotis Family”, often in the thin script of aunts, grandmothers and other assorted family members. This lette…

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Luke Lombardi The coronavirus (COVID-19) has hit every college student hard, however I am experiencing the effects of living with someone who possibly contracted it, firsthand.  This past week, I found out my brother had been directly exposed to someone who has COVID-19, and the ensuing days…

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Sehrish Taqweem        Large and watery gray eyes gazed upon me as I walked past a crowded bazaar in Pakistan. I remember her features so well that I don’t think they’ve ever left my mind. Her lips resembling a bruised grape and her face so easy to read. You could see the pain in her rough-l…

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Sanjana Butala The first time I talked about my ambition in life was when I was a preschooler. My mother tells me that it was a small interview conducted in my preschool at a YMCA in Edison, New Jersey for the school yearbook. My mother had no idea about any of this until the yearbook […]

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Enrique Medel Austin Reinhart Carolina Fus  Every teenager enjoys being on their phone checking their social media accounts 24/7 at school and at their homes, such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter or TikTok. It is their preferred tool to communicate with their friends and family, ma…

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Sanjana Butala The coronavirus (COVID-19) has gotten the best of everyone, including me. It is terrifying, frightening and upsetting. The rate at which it is spreading is alarming. Moreover, the media doesn’t do a very good job of shielding our fears either. Everything that I have been heari…

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Luke Lombardi  I have loved professional wrestling since I was 9 years old. While I have gone through phases where I enjoyed it more or less, wrestling has been a huge part of my life.  It’s helped me through many personal struggles, including this quarantine. As I am worried about making it…

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Sebastian Casado When Governor Phil Murphy announced a statewide closure of schools, campuses, and nonessential businesses, I saw this as a second break at first. I was excited to be able to sleep, catch up on work and hang out with friends, but once Governor Murphy declared a stay-at-home q…

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Luke Lombardi Middlesex County College announced on March 27 that all classes will be remote for the rest of the semester. While I acknowledge this was a tough choice to make, it is easily the right one. As someone who has a family member that is immunocompromised, I was hoping for weeks tha…

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Julia Block Most people that know me recognize that I am a bit of a Stitch addict.    For those unfamiliar, Stitch is a blue alien, also known as Experiment 626, who starred in two seasons of a Disney television show, “Lilo and Stitch: The Series,” as well as four Disney movies.   When I […]

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Julia Block As of March 25, the college announced that classes at MCC would be remote until March 27, which has now been revised to April 17.     I have tried to logically weigh the pros and cons of being at home for college classes, and I still have very mixed opinions about the whole […]

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Luke Lombardi Working at a gas station during the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been eye-opening. The reactions I have seen were all over the place. Some people have no concerns and are just trying to live their lives, while others are panicking and worried about everything. The most extreme ca…

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Luke Lombardi The pandemic known as the coronavirus (COVID-19) has a lot of people panicking. I had conversations with people while I was working at a gas station about their concerns with gas shortages. People are also concerned that certain stores have run out of toilet paper and basic nee…

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By Julia Block, Copy Editor As of today, I live with a total of 11 birds.  Out of all the birds my family owns, my favorite birds are our cockatoos.  For those unfamiliar with cockatoos, they can be a lot of work.  Many cockatoo owners compare their birds to toddlers, except the cockatoo act…

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By Madison Bara, Section Editor For too long, I have focused on what my future holds. I’ve felt anxious and stressed for the last three years over pursuing a career path, achieving the perfect GPA, and transferring to the college of my choice. Thus, I feel like I keep missing out on some of the […]

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Jasmine Montes Four years ago, when I started working at the AMC dine-in theatre inside the Menlo Park mall,  I never thought I would end up working in a movie theatre.  My first experience working in a dine-in theatre on January 1, 2016 was hectic. I didn’t know what to expect on my first day. […]

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By Julia Block, Copy Editor At the end of 2019, I was gifted a 23andMe ancestry and health kit, which was able to tell me about my ethnic background composition, my likeliness to develop certain diseases or deficiencies, as well as some specific traits and characteristics I may have.  The pr…

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By Madison Bara, Section Editor Ever since I was a kid, I have always hated school. Some people may feel or have felt the same way considering it creates some of the worst experiences in a person’s life; however, they may not feel as strongly about it as I do. In fact, I hated school […]

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By; Madison Bara Most people suffer or have suffered from a fear or phobia at some point in their life. Whether it be stage fright, deep water, or the dark, everyone has been a victim of the overwhelming anxiety a person feels when facing one of their worst nightmares. However, many do not l…

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By Julia Block As I was trying to come up with date ideas to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday, I came across the Cornucopia Cruise Line: a public and private cruise line which offers brunch, lunch and dinner cruises, as well as cruises for special events. Some of these events include banque…

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By Tom Kozma, Managing Editor       Whether you’re trying to boost your resume, connect to your culture, or prepare for a trip abroad, learning a foreign language is rewarding. While studying Russian, I’ve learned some techniques that will help anyone progress in their target language. There…

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By Bridget Quimby Managing Editor Traveling is a great way to get the most out of every moment, gain lifelong experiences and learn about various cultures from around the world. However, traveling is often seen as a luxury that can’t be achieved without spending an arm and a leg. As a colleg…

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Chris Place Managing Editor   “Please welcome the Place family” is the first thing I hear as my family and I finally enter the cruise ship. All that keeps going through my head is “Thank God vacation is finally here.” As we enter the ship, we head straight to the elevator so we can get […]

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By Bridget Quimby Managing Editor “The Complete Petite” by Makeover Essentials is an all-in-one makeup kit for your beauty needs when you are on the go. Whether you are traveling, rushing or just want to freshen up this sleek travel kit has everything you need right in the palm of your hand.…

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By Claire Lacy Lifestyle & Culture Editor Ultimate Media will be organizing the Asian American Heritage Festival at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison on Sunday, May 20, starting at 11 a.m. “The Festival will cater to the Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese, Fi…

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By Samantha Casano Managing Editor e.l.f. Cosmetics is one of the most affordable brands on the beauty market. Although they are known because of their low prices, over the past few years, e.l.f. has expanded their line and come out with a plethora of products that are definitely comparable …

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By Candaice Weller Staff Writer I stepped on the scale the other day and I noticed that I gained more weight. I’ve always been insecure about my weight, body type and shape and stepping on the scale really tore me down. Of course, I was laying in my bed, with the remote in one hand […]

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By Claire Lacy Lifestyle & Culture Editor I have never been one to preach about the benefits of exercise nor have I ever had a strong interest in exercising myself. However, after trying non-strength-endurance and pain-free exercises for relieving stress, I was able to find that certain …

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By Claire Lacy L & C Editor Whether one has had one night of struggling to fall asleep or several or more in a row; losing sleep is not fun. It has a negative impact on one’s performances with either their job or their academics. Furthermore, I often find that the exams or quizzes I […]

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By Claire Lacy Lifestyle & Culture Editor New Jersey VegFest will be organizing their vegan pop-up shop at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville on Sunday, April 22 starting at noon and ending at 6 p.m. According to the Eventbrite page for this event, there will be vendors with vegan food insi…

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By Claire Lacy L & C Editor Lime N’ Lightz Productions will be hosting a party to celebrate Holi at The Brownstone, a restaurant and bar in Metuchen, on Saturday, March 31 from noon until 4:30 p.m. Holi is a Hindu festival that represents the ending of winter and the beginning of spring.…