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By Gabrielle Ignotis, Editor-In-Chief When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic first began, I heavily relied on music to keep myself calm and balanced. I was fortunate enough that one of my favorite bands, All Time Low, released a new album, titled “Wake Up, Sunshine”, amid the pandemic. The…

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By Sanjana Butala, staff writer High school is over, now what? Here comes the long-debated topic on the choice about whether to take up college, dive into the workforce or opt for trade school. Many students struggle with this choice, and they all have their reasons for their individual pers…

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By Andrew Chasan, Staff writer So as we all know the world is in an unusual place. 2020 has been the year of the unexpected. The main catastrophe that’s hit the world in this year has been the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). This is one of those rare moments where every single person in […]

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By: Sanjana Butala, Staff Writer Many of us are in one of the best years of our life — teenage — and we are sporty, bubbling and full of life. Incidentally, this is also one of the most crucial years of our life, a time for developing our own identity and dispositions. Yet, one common […]

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By Aishna Oberoi, Staff Writer During the difficult times of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, students are being forced to study from their homes. As easy and comforting as this sounds, it’s actually more difficult and stressful for students to manage their schedules from homes and atten…

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By Andrew Chasan, Staff Writer Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva stood out in the first week of the Monday night showdown against the New York Giants. Villanueva chose to cover the name of Antwon Rose Jr. and replace his name with Alwyn Cashe. Rose was shot in Pittsbu…

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By Aishna Oberoi, Staff Writer Middlesex County College is an educational home for many. With a variety of courses and clubs to offer, MCC gives a chance for students to explore. What sets MCC apart from other colleges is the diverse crowd of this institution where the community is welcoming…

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By Caprice Benifield-Sanchez, Staff Writer Politics always had a role in the gaming industry, but 2020 has driven political gaming to the next level of presidential propaganda and overt partisanship.    Ubisoft, a major video game company, is popular for its production of “Just Dance,” “Assa…

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By Sanjana Butala, Staff Writer The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused widespread havoc, fear and stress. So many people are falling ill, and so many are dying. The world has been forced to look at death up close on such a magnanimous scale and amidst such disturbing circumstances, o…

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By Sebastian Casado, Copy Editor Dental hygiene is something that I take extremely seriously, and I’m sure everyone can agree with me. Having the perfect toothbrush is a significant part of keeping your teeth clean, and there is no better toothbrush than the Oral-B Pro 1000. In the beginning…

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By Harsh Godhani, Managing Editor During the month of April, three of my friends and I said goodbye to some of our loved ones in a way that was uncommon before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. I learned about the passing of several of my friends' parents and grandparents over som…

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By Sebastian Casado, Copy Editor         Since the quarantine has forbidden me to go anywhere to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), I have lost my sleep schedule, I have lost physical interaction with my friends and have been playing a lot of video games. However, not all is b…

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By Gabrielle Ignotis, Editor-in-Chief As the fall semester commences, many Middlesex County College students are getting ready to apply to four-year colleges. If you’re anything like me, that decision is fraught with stress, worry and confusion. There are so many factors to consider when app…

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Luke Lombardi Essential Marvel is a line of comics produced by Marvel Comics. These books publish older comics and feature roughly 20-30 issues of a character or team inside. Each volume normally runs anywhere from 450-650 pages. Some of the characters to receive Essential Marvel volumes inc…

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Sebastian Casado Music is something I can’t live without; it is something that fuels me throughout the day. Listening to music puts a beat to my step and gives me the energy I need to face the day. Now, I obviously can’t listen to music without headphones. A phenomenal pair of headphones are…

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Madison Bara One aspect of being a woman that I hate is having to shave. Women need to shave their armpits, legs and any other unusual body parts that have hair because it is what society deems as beautiful or acceptable for women. While I agree that some women need to shave to look presentable, […]

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Madison Bara In March, my best friend and I got the bright idea to start a YouTube channel. Over spring break, we planned meticulously to publish a wide variety of content on the channel weekly. However, we did not have the equipment to do so. One evening during that week, we decided to go to […]

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Luke Lombardi In March, my best friend and I got the bright idea to start a YouTube channel. Over spring break, we planned meticulously to publish a wide variety of content on the channel weekly. However, we did not have the equipment to do so. One evening during that week, we decided to go to […]

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Luke Lombardi Cards Against Humanity is a party game that was released in 2011. The premise of this game is to answer the questions on the black cards, using the funniest white card a person has in their hand. A minimum of three people are required to play, and each person starts the game with […]

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Madison Bara A few years ago, I had a great idea to make a collage of photos that my friends and I had taken throughout our senior year of high school. However, I didn’t want to spend a large amount of money on printing them out, so I refused to go to the kiosks in […]

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Luke Lombardi Ever since I can remember, I have owned a dog. Owning a dog has taught me important life lessons that I would never have learned otherwise. They have taught me compassion, loyalty and to treat everyone the way I would want to be treated.  The biggest lesson dogs have taught me …

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Gabrielle Ignotis Andrew Lin Savanna Vasquez The Trump impeachment was a historic event. Only the third presidential impeachment in the history of American politics, the Trump impeachment proves that we have already begun to disregard the rules and procedures that made this process so import…

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Julia Block Disney’s “Newsies: The Broadway Musical” (2017) directed by Brett Sullivan and Jeff Calhoun, is based on the Disney movie, “Newsies” (1992), both of which tell the story of Joseph Pulitzer and William Hearst raising the price of distribution for the newsboys of 1899.    This vers…

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Jeremy Nickerson Department of Visual, Performing and Media Arts “Well, the students that come to my class that expect the traditional chalk and talk lecture for 90 minutes aren’t going to get that, and I noticed now that a lot of students want that. They want [that] …you [just] talk. I don’…

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Sebastian Casado About a week and a half ago, my mom and I went out to Target to buy groceries and were keeping ourselves protected against coronavirus (COVID-19). I believe Target is handling the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus very well. There are stickers placed for each custo…

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Madison Bara During the quarantine, I discovered that the book series “Twilight” has a short novel that depicts Edward’s perspective on the events that happened in the first book. The 247-page novel called “Midnight Sun” was written by Stephanie Meyer in 2008. The book was originally suppose…

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Madison Bara Many people who are familiar with me know that I have been a germaphobe for the past four years. What comes with this phobia is an excessive amount of handwashing, which many people are doing during this pandemic. However, there is a consequence to this precaution, as it causes …

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Luke Lombardi “Phantom Limb” is a psychological thriller written by Lucinda Berry and was released on July 10, 2017. This book is about a girl named Elizabeth who wakes up strapped to a bed. Her last memory is finding her sister in the bathroom dead. Throughout the book, Elizabeth tries to f…

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Julia Block While being stuck at home, practicing social distancing, it can be hard finding new activities to keep ourselves occupied.    One of my favorite games of all time is Tetris, and I happened to find a free version of the game on the Apple app store.    I don’t know if there are […]

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Sebastian Casado Benito Martinez Ocasio, better known as Bad Bunny is a 26-year-old Puerto Rican singer/rapper who won the hearts and ears of the Latino community with his music. He is my favorite artist because of his original style of music. He tends to stand out in the crowd.   This is de…

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Julia Block Arianna Solis Theather fine arts major Perth Amboy Second year “My favorite Broadway show is “In the Heights” because of how much I can relate to the show, and more specifically, to Vanessa. I also love the fact that the plot revolves around Hispanic characters and their culture,…

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Julia Block On a beautiful day, in any season, local parks make a great spot to go and enjoy the nice weather.    Whether you’re looking for a place to walk, have a picnic, play a few recreational games or even just a spot to sit and get some work done outdoors, Raritan Bay Waterfront […]

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Gabrielle Ignotis When a friend suggested La Crepe Bakery and French Cafe, located at 1020 NJ-18 in East Brunswick, for a weekend brunch, I expressed some concern. I couldn’t picture my friends, tired college students likely wearing graphic tees or chipped nail polish, in a posh French cafe.…

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Madison Bara In the middle of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, I have been able to do a lot of soul-searching.  During this time, I realized that there is so much more to life than what society dictates. All my life, I’ve had people tell me what I should do or how I should behave. I […]

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Cassandra Maisonet In 2018, my friend, who is a filmmaking major, recommended that I watch his favorite movie. As someone who enjoys obscure films, his suggestion piqued my interest. When he told me that the film was a romantic comedy, I immediately groaned. I don’t like movies about  romanc…

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Gabrielle Ignotis One of my most vivid memories of grammar school is listening to my first grade French teacher dictate a list of adjectives, all with perfect pronunciation. I must have studied French for at least an hour a day for almost a year. However, as a freshman in college, I am lucky…

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Julia Block During the hustle and bustle of trying to keep up with all the craziness that everyday life may throw at you, it can be nice to think of going on vacation.   What better place is there to go to besides “The Happiest Place on Earth” or “The Most Magical Place on Earth”? […]

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Julia Block Since I was little, my mom always took me to places where I would be able to paint ceramics, for hours, to amuse myself. I was not good at the beginning, but as I got older, my patience and ability improved, making the experience more fun and rewarding.    Nowadays, I enjoy visiting […]

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By Luke Lombardi, Section Editor “Deserve to Die” is a psychological thriller written by Miranda Rijks. It was released last summer.  The book builds suspense and leaves you rooting against the villain the whole time. The story is told from two different perspectives. The novel offers the pe…

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By Sebastian Casado, Copy Editor Stress is something that everyone goes through, and people deal with it very differently. According to https://www.stress.org/42-worrying-workplace-stress-statistics, 94% of Americans reported experiencing severe stress in 2019. I am no stranger to experienci…

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By Trinity Nunez Grant, Staff Writer February is often represented by the love holiday, Valentine’s Day. This month, there are many people searching for romantic TV shows, books and movies. For anyone interested in anime, there are many romantic shows. However, “March Comes in Like a Lion” s…

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Sebastian Casado Once you make it to the second year of community college, you have the chance to transfer to a four-year school. This is something most students do, including myself. However, when you transfer to a college, the first year attending there tends to be a little more complicate…

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By Madison Bara, Section Editor A subject that has piqued my interest in the past year is that of morbid curiosity. I first discovered the meaning of this topic during my Psychology of Death and Dying class, where we studied subjects such as dying, rigor mortis and funerals. I was surprised …

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By Julia Block, Copy Editor After a long and busy day of running around, it is important to take care of yourself. The Naipo Back and Neck Massager provides a perfect opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy downtime, while also releasing any stress or tension your body may be feeling. For …

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Luke Lombardi Like most kids, I spent most of my free time watching cartoons. They were bright and always caught my attention. As I grew up, I started to watch less and less. However, with the advent of streaming services and everything from my childhood being so available, nostalgia started…

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By Madison Bara, Section Editor At first glance, the small city is unimpressive with its run-down stores and large condominiums that envelope the surrounding streets in darkness.  However, upon further inspection, visitors will find that within this desolate exterior hides the entrance to Ne…

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On Jan. 26, 2020, Kobe Bryant and eight others died in a tragic helicopter accident. This incident left both the sports and pop culture worlds in shock. Some people had no idea how to process the news that one of the biggest and most controversial basketball players died only a day after LeB…

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Throughout my life, school has never been my forte. While I would consider myself smart, the classroom setting has not been somewhere I have excelled. My grades normally sat around a B/C average with no real improvements being made. I had periods of time where I disliked school, the biggest …