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Atlantic Cape Review

The student newspaper of Atlantic Cape Community College, Mays Landing, N.J.


1944 - 2015

Atlantic Cape campuses are safe, statistics show;
but Stockton reports six sex-related offenses in 2014

spent 45 years as an Atlantic Cape

faculty member.

‘He kept
us sane’


ow will Dr. Martin ‘Marty’
Marino, who passed away on
September 15 at the age of 71
after teaching at Atlantic Cape
Community College for more than 45 years,
be remembered?

“Unofficial role model,” one college
dean said.

“Positive and inspirational about
life,” a current student said.

“Funny, smart, and practical,” said
a fellow professor.

Marino came to Atlantic Cape in
1970 with a Ph.D. from Temple University.
The Vietnam War was still raging at that
time, but the college campus protests of the
1960s were fading, particularly after the
Kent State Massacre in May. President
Richard Nixon was midway through his
first term; Watergate was still in the future.

And in South Jersey, people had
no idea what to do about reviving Atlantic
City. A few small voices were starting to
mention casino gambling.

Marty Marino arrived at an Atlantic Cape campus where pickup touch football games were continuously running on
the center-yard grass, students and faculty
smoked in class, and both the men’s soccer
and basketball teams were among the best
junior college squads in the country. An

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Cape Review photo by Nicole Mingo

ON-SITE SECURITY AT ATLANTIC CAPE IS provided by non-sworn personell. Security
officer Stephen Fisk, 23, directs traffic on the Mays Landing campus.


By NICOLE MINGO, Assistant editor

ollege shooting rampages in Oregon and
Arizona that left multiple people dead
have raised the question of just how
safe are the campuses in southern New
Jersey. For Atlantic Cape, the numbers
of reported crime are quite low.

Atlantic Cape, over the past three years,
has had only two aggravated assaults, two cases of
illegal weapons on campus, and one drug violation,
in addition to the occasional petty theft or vehicular

The crime numbers for a commuter campus
such as Atlantic Cape, however, differ noticeably
from those at a four-year school such as Rowan or
Stockton, which have resident student bodies and
where a wider range of crime is more common.

Stockton, with an on-campus population of
8,674, has reported eight cases of sexual violence
since 2012; six of those were in 2014 alone.

For Rowan, which has 14,778 students living on campus, 10 sexual offenses were reported
between 2012 and 2013. In 2014, there were four
cases of stalking and 13 cases of dating violence, in

addition to numerous alcohol-related violations.

The Jeanne Clery Act requires all colleges
and universities that receive federal funding to record and share information about crime on campus.
The 1990 Clery Act was signed into law in memory
of Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University
(Pa.) student who was raped and murdered in her
dorm room in 1986.

Atlantic Cape students said last week they
felt a sense of security in knowing that campus
crimes are reported and are available.

“It makes me feel better because it’s good to
know what things are going on around you so you
can watch out,” hospitality major Laura Torres, 18,

“I see security a lot, which is good, especially in the parking lots, and that makes me feel good
because that’s where you expect most crime to happen.”

Marguerita Nanfara, a general studies major, said she believes campus crime is a thing of opportunity, but knowing what’s going on helps her

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ACR Advisor:

Atlantic Cape Review
October 2015 Edition

From the editor:

New year, new editor, new mission

Peter Brophy


Taylor Henry

Asst. Editor:
Nicole Mingo

Eric Conklin

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Jess Gagliano
SGA Representative:
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James Martin
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To our readers:

The Atlantic Cape Review is always evolving. Each year brings a new
editor with a new mission for the paper.
This is my fourth semester as a journalist for the ACR, and my first as editor.

My vision is for the ACR to serve
as a watchdog for students and readers.
Watchdog journalism is when media
researches a topic deeply and discovers
revealing new information that has an TAYLOR HENRY
impact on readers. So, if the college or the
student government make a decision that affects your
education, on-campus lifestyle or safety, we want to tell
you about it. Watchdog journalism is meant to protect
the readers.

This edition features an interview with college
President Dr. Peter Mora, in which he covers several issues you have probably wondered about. It also features
articles about on-campus security, crime and the challenges of transferring.

I also want to have more student voices and

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feel safe.

“I feel more aware, I know what to look out for,”
she said. “The security here is everywhere. However, we
know anything can happen at any time. The most you
can do is make security present.”

Maintaining Atlantic Cape campus security, as
well as complying with the Clery Act, is the responsibility of Director of Security William Keener and Captain
of Security Charles Mettille.

“The Act has slowly evolved, going from simple
crimes to, now, covering more harassment, sex crimes,
and a new section on bullying,” Keener said. “It’s grown
over the years to keep up with the different issues on

Atlantic Cape is on par with other New Jersey
community colleges. Camden County College, Cumberland County College and Rowan College at Gloucester
combined have less than 10 Clery violations, with no
sexual violations or other violent crimes since the 2012
school year.

Keener and Mettille say keeping the crime log
and all Clery statistics open and public serve as another

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air of optimism – a thinking that ‘we can change things, but
let’s not take it TOO seriously’ - was dominant.

Marino, with a determined bounce in his stride and a
full head of hair that would soon begin to recede, fit right in.

“Besides being funny and smart, Marty was practical,” said English professor Thomas Boghosian, who has been
a faculty member as long as Marino. “It was always fun to
bounce ideas off him.

“I can still hear his responses to various propositions
I would dream up: ‘What administrator is going to listen seriously to that suggestion? Oh, and what student is able to do
that? You’re going to volunteer for what?’”

But at the same time, “He did his best to keep us all
sane,” Boghosian said.

Marino began at Atlantic Cape as an assistant professor II of psychology. He was promoted to assistant professor I the following year, and to associate professor two years
later. He became a professor in 1994.

“He was the heart and soul of the social science department,” former Dean of Liberal Studies Ron McArthur

“His work ethic was an inspiration to new faculty,
and he served as an unofficial role model of the dedicated
community college instructor.”

Teaching, however, was only part of Marino’s contri-

opinions being published. What do you think
of a certain policy? What are the changes that
you want to see?
In addition to serving the reader, the
purpose of a student newspaper is to give
students hands-on experience. The Atlantic
Cape Review is always looking for journalists,
photographers and graphic designers.
We are a laid-back and friendly group
of students who meet on Thursdays at 12:30
p.m. in our office in the student life center.
You can find myself or Assistant Editor Nicole Mingo in
the office on Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00-4:30, Tuesdays 1:30-4:30 and Thursdays 12:30-4:30.

If you have a desire to try working for a newspaper, we would be thrilled to have you. We’re looking
for new columns, editorials and story ideas. The paper
offers valuable experience for any major. We can be
reached at Or you could walk in
on one of our Thursday meetings. We don’t mind.

Keep on reading!

— Taylor Henry, Editor


Atlantic Cape Review
October 2015 Edition

Campus radio station ready to go live

Students will broadcast news, weather and music when it debuts this semester
By JESSICA MOUNCE, Staff writer

An Atlantic Cape FM radio station has
finally been established by the Radio Club, after
three years of waiting.

College broadcasts used to be strictly online, from Now, broadcasts from
107.9 WRML will be in the airwaves as well as

Call signs, or the letters following the frequency, have a meaning to every radio station.
The first letter in the call sign represents the
college’s location, (W means east of the Mississippi River), and the RML stands for Radio Mays

Atlantic Cape’s low-powered station will
have a radius of five to 10 miles from the Mays
Landing campus. The main listening audience
will be residents of Atlantic County.

Radio Club President Dylan Graef, 25,
a communication major with a radio production
track, is thankful for the FM station. “We’re no

longer just a college campus radio station,” he

Though the station can be heard far from
the campus, Graef still plans to make the campus and students the most important listeners.

Club members plan to report news and
weather, along with broadcasting music, when
the station launches later this semester. They
would also like to interview local personalities
who contribute to current events. The club will
let students create their own material.

One of the goals for Radio Club Secretary
Taylor Henry, 20, is to always have a student
in the radio booth. Henry said the most exciting
part of the new station is that Atlantic Cape students will be able to listen to their college radio
in their cars.

Along with the easy access the FM station will provide, it will also offer another way
for local businesses to reach their consumers.
The station will allow the purchase of airtime for
commercials, and the money raised will benefit

way of prevention.

“We launched a page on the college website several years ago with the biggest concern for preventing
crime. We’re very proud of it,” he said.

“We had active-shooter preparation training up
on the website two years ago,” said Keener, who conducts
active-shooter preparation training himself. “It might
be hard to get people to see it, but it’s there for them. We
try to be proactive, and make the web site simple to use.”

Working with the local police force, a new emergency alert system, a proactive website and dedicated
security guards make a good system of protection for college campuses, he said. However, Keener and Mettille
both say a student who knows his or her surroundings
and being knowledgeable of all crimes that have been
reported help to add another level of security. Proactive
students are the first step to preventing crime on campus, they say.
All Clery Act numbers, the annual security report,
and a daily crime log are public to all students at
and at

bution to the college. He also served on various committees
for athletics, academic scheduling, academic standards, community and cultural affairs, retention, evaluation appeals,
employment searches, promotion and tenure. He counseled
new students in the administration office, served as the
school psychological counselor, and was a member of Phi Delta Kappa.

“He always had something positive and inspirational
to say about life,” said communication major Billy McGuire,
who took Marino’s psychology class.

“He would talk to students after class and help them
through their problems.

“He wasn’t a professor who saw students as simply
their ID numbers,” McGuire said.

“He was always working and taking on extra sections
and teaching through the summer months,” McArthur said.
“His dedication to his students and the college did not diminish over time.”

Marino received the Lindback Award for teaching excellence last year and was acknowledged multiple times as
Faculty Member of the Year.

“He represented the best that we could have for our
students,” Atlantic Cape President Dr. Peter Mora said.

“He was committed to his practice and was an expert
in his field. If you have expertise and you are a good teacher,
that’s the magic combo.”

the Radio Club.

That money will also help pay for Federal
Communication Commission (FCC) fees, which
every station must pay to continue broadcasting
daily. The FCC governs all U.S. radio stations
and enforces airwave rules and regulations.
Approximately $20-25,000 in grant money was
used to bring about the station, Radio Club Advisor Jim Taggart said.

The new station will allow students to
learn how to speak publicly and broadcast to the
masses, plus help build confidence and experience in the radio booth. The participation of the
club through the radio station will expand a student’s resume.

“Since there is so much interest in the
club,” Henry said, “(the license) was worth buying. It was worth investing.”

Graef, who started as treasurer and grew
to president of the club, thinks the new station
will not only be beneficial to the college but also
to him. “It’s what I came here to do.”

TV Club, facing low
membership, plans
Film Club merger
By JAMES MARTIN, Staff writer

Cape Review photo provided by Choir Club

The choir will present a Winter Showcase on Dec. 8 in the Walter Edge Theater.

Choir, once down to 7 members,
now one of campus’ largest clubs
By JENNA DeLUCA, Staff writer

Atlantic Cape Choir has filled a
musical void at the school, and Robyn McCullough has been a big part of that.

In March 2014, McCullough was
asked to fill the position of advisor for the
Atlantic Cape Choir. When she took over
the roster was down to just seven students;
there was only one song in the repertoire.

One year later, that very same club
had become one of the largest on campus,
finishing out the Spring 2015 semester
with more than 30 members. The club continues to grow.

“One of my favorite things about
choir is that it’s open to everyone,” McCullough said. “I once had a student with
a clean range of about four or five notes.
But that was OK, because he was having a
great time, meeting new people and making the most of his college experience.

“We’ve all been there ... trying to do
something with limited knowledge or experience,” she said. “But once we are given
the opportunity to learn and try something

new, the results can be nothing short of

Becoming the advisor for the choir
has brought McCullough the opportunity
to follow in the footsteps of her high school
choir teacher, Cheryl Brietzman.

“To this day, whenever I’m not sure
what to do, I reach out to her and what I
continue to learn from her about music and
teaching is invaluable. I decided back then
that I wanted to be her when I grew up,”
McCullough said.

Being advisor for the choir has
brought that opportunity to McCullough.

“While I don’t have a degree in music and it’s not my full-time job, I am (sort
of) a choir director and I hope that I inspire
students the way she inspired me, not only
in music but in life.”

On December 8th, this student club
will take the stage under McCullough’s direction. Students and the public are invited
to attend the Atlantic Cape Choir’s Winter
Showcase at both 1 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. in
the Walter Edge Theater.

Atlantic Cape’s TV Club and its Film Club
will merge, it was announced on Oct. 6

The TV Club risked losing its club status
due to low membership, so its advisor, Assistant
Professor of Computer Information Systems Bojan Zilovic, proposed the merger. The merger is in
its final phases.

Both clubs will benefit: Film Club gets access to the TV Club recording equipment, and the
TV Club gets to continue to produce content while
retaining its funding.

Combining the clubs is not simple. The
budget for the combined club must be finalized,
and an official name needs to be approved.

“There were about two pages’ worth of
concerns,” film club advisor Senior Adjunct Instructor Richard Monteleone said. “But this is the
best way to approach the situation.”

Matthew Markawicz, president of the
temporarily named TV / Film Club, favors “Atlantic Cape Studios” for the new club’s name.

Markawicz is already planning ahead for
the future of the organization. A bake sale fundraiser is planned, and Markawicz hopes to film a
documentary about the merger process.

“The goal of the club is to give people an
opportunity to get experience before they enter
the (video production) field,” Markawicz said.

The TV/Film club meets in room
A110 at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the
Mays Landing campus. This is the club’s
current meeting room until the TV production room in D building is complete.


Atlantic Cape Review
October 2015 Edition

STEM helps
educate local
middle school

Cape Review photo courtesy of SGA

A family affair. Members of the student government share a laugh at the American Student Government As-

sociation conference in Washington.

SGA goes international

Student government conference provides
expertise on improving student experience
By MIKE McDEVITT, Staff writer

Members of the Atlantic Cape student
government attended the American Student Government Association’s international conference,
which focused on helping student governments
network with each other and learn how to improve
their school’s environments.

The event was Oct. 1-4 at the Bethesda,
Md., North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.
Bethesda is just outside Washington, D.C.

“There were a bunch of different subjects
but all for one purpose,” Club Coordinator Michell
Joga said. “That (purpose) is to have a better impact on your campus for all your students.”

Conference topics included starting a student government from scratch, growing as leaders, achieving goals, getting students involved,
and managing priorities.

Although the speeches and presentations
were a major part of the conference, roundtables
made networking opportunities possible.

Six hundred student governments from
colleges worldwide gathered around the tables.
Members of Atlantic Cape’s student government

networked with students from schools in the Middle East and Egypt.

“Even though they are from another country, they all have the same issues,” Student Government Secretary Wendy Monjaraz said. “We all
have the same issues involving students.”

During the conference, Atlantic Cape’s
student government split up to acquire the most
information. A total of four conferences were held
each day; the goal at the end of the day was to
meet as an executive board and discuss every detail.

“This is my first year involved in anything
like this,” sophomore Senator Devin Fahy said.

“It’s all new to me, so I wanted to really
be successful and make an impact. So mentally I
was thinking about things I could take back and
do here (on campus).”

The student representatives also took a
tour of the U. S. Capital building.

Atlantic Cape’s attendees said the experience gave them new friendships, tactics to improve the way their government works, and the
leadership skills needed to make student government functional.

Celebrating Hispanic heritage on campus

Hispanic heritage was highlighted on
the Atlantic Cape Mays Landing campus October 13, with traditional food, garb and music in
the cafeteria.

“I am Hispanic and I like to be acknowledged that I am Hispanic,” said biomedical science major Michell Joga, who was handing out
plates of flan at the event.

“All the cultures that migrated here
from Hispanic countries need acknowledgement. It’s important to be represented.”

The Hispanic Heritage event drew more
than 75 people.

How can anybody expect middleschoolers to be interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers,
when they have conducted experiments using
only shoeboxes?

Many area junior high schools in the
area such as Our Lady Star of the Sea School in
Atlantic City, Saint Vincent De Paul Regional
School in Mays Landing, and Saint Mary’s Regional School in Vineland do not have access
to science labs, due to lack of funding.

Students attending these schools are
limited in what they can do because their science labs consist of shoeboxes on cafeteria

Last year, professors at the Atlantic
Cape STEM building reached out to these
schools to provide science labs to their students.

“The idea was to get the 6th-, 7th-, and
8th-graders interested in STEM careers early
on so that, even if they do not end up coming
to Atlantic Cape, they’re thinking, ‘Oh, I can
go to college for this because I like it,’” said
Amy Shelton, an area coordinator and Associate Professor of Mathematics.

“We wanted to give them exposure to
some of the STEM fields.”

Shelton was the lead on a grant called
the New Jersey Space Grant Consortium
(NJSGC), which tries to develop programs to
further space science, aerospace and STEM
education, as well as to foster research and
development in New Jersey.

Atlantic Cape was awarded $5,000
last year and $5,000 this year to provide 6th, 7th-, and 8th-graders with engaging science lectures through the college. Each grade
learns about a different aspect of the STEM

Sixth-graders learn about earth science participating in an activity called the
Stars Party. In the earth science room, students are given a lecture about the constellations as a planetarium shines stars on the
ceiling. Then they are taken to the STEM
building’s observatory and stars in the sky
are picked out for them to view through telescopes.

Seventh-graders learn about DNA.
They build extracted DNA strands from bananas and strawberries with beads and receive an anatomy lesson in which they observe
a pig dissection.

Eighth-graders start in the media
room and gain experience with green screens
by pointing at weather maps to get a feel for
the newsroom environment. They also watch
shuttles and airplanes fly, are given a demonstration about air traffic control, and an
explanation about drones. The math, science
and information systems and aviation studies
(ISAS) departments provide these programs

“I was asked to help out with the
events,” said Richard Heggan, a middle school
science teacher in Medford Lakes and former
student at Atlantic Cape. “It was NASA funded, which was pretty cool, and it was almost
like working for NASA. It was a great experience for myself and the students.”


Atlantic Cape Review
October 2015 Edition

Atlantic City student pursues new career at 50
By MARIA MORALES, Staff writer

ATLANTIC CITY – Dana Pleasant is 50
years old and, after a few years away from being
a student, he is back behind a desk.

Pleasant sits on the left side of the chef
in his culinary class of 15 students, who sit in a
semicircle. The class is playing jeopardy to prepare for their ServSafe exam. The exam will test
students’ knowledge on the proper ways to handle food.

“Where should chemicals be stored?” Chef
Sheila Tavarez asks. Pleasant mumbles the answer. Lianette Gonzalez, Pleasant’s teammate,
laughs as she shushes him. Everyone breaks into

Pleasant, originally from Philadelphia,
is a military veteran who now lives in Atlantic
City. He is enrolled in the non-credit culinary
program at the Atlantic City campus.

“I have to reinvent myself, really, even if
it’s still in the same field,” Pleasant said. “Even
if it is still in culinary, you still reinvent yourself
because you can catch up on the new trends.”

He’s worked in small restaurants, big
chain pizza places such as Domino’s, and at the
now-closed Trump Plaza since he left the military.

After losing his job at the Trump Plaza,
he started going to the One Stop Career Center

Cape Review photo by Maria Morales

Getting ready to learn: Dana Pleasant, 50, in his

culinary class at the Atlantic City campus.

in Pleasantville. The One Stop is a state operation that helps people get training to find new job
opportunities; he received $5,000 to enroll in any
training program, and had to pay the remaining
balance of $895 from his pocket.

“With continuing education, they all had
careers before here,” said Chef Tavarez, chef educator. “So it’s nice to have, for a lack of a better
word, the ‘older’ student.” The short-term culi-

Hidden art in the library

nary training program at the Atlantic City campus has been holding classes since October 2014.

The program runs for about four months
during the fall and spring semesters. Each class,
held Monday through Friday, is five hours long.
At the end of the program students get ServSafe
certified, as well as a completion certificate. Students who complete the program, with As or Bs,
may continue on as a full-time student. The
training program counts as one full semester of

“It was convenient,” Pleasant said. “I
didn’t have to worry about day care for my child
and transportation … well, I live five minutes
away,” he said. He is separated, but hasn’t signed
the divorce papers yet because he believes in
family. He has a 4-year-old child and four adultaged children.

Since getting involved with One Stop, he
has volunteered at the Police Athletic League
in Atlantic City to get kids, ages 11 to 16, out
of the streets. PAL is a non-profit organization
that works with youth. The program ended in
July, but he is looking to go back once his school
schedule is set. Pleasant knows the challenges
city kids face.

Pleasant will finish the culinary program
this February. He hopes to transfer as a full-time
student at Atlantic Cape afterward. “I’m already
ahead of the game,” he said.

“... Community college is a place where
a student should take chances - if they’re
not sure what they want to do, this is their
chance to experience different things.”
- Rita Michalenko

By KYLE SCHACHNER, Staff writer

Atlantic Cape’s art gallery is separated from the
library by a mere two staircases, yet few people know it is

Paintings by Jim McFarlane, president of the
American Watercolor Society, currently line the gallery’s
wall. The display has 34 pieces that range from 14 x 18
inches to 29 x 37 inches, watercolor to acrylic, color to black
and white, $400-$1,800, not-for-sale to private collection.
Don’t worry about the priced items, however; entry to the
gallery is free.

Rita Michalenko, associate professor of art, requires her students to visit an art museum or gallery, and “Souzhou Canal,” One of the many pieces by James McFarlane displayed in the gallery.
is shocked at the number of students who have never gone
to one, not even through a grade-school trip.
lutions,” Assistant Professor of Art Lydia Lehr said.

The gallery averages only one or two viewers per
“Today you have to be a problem-solver and that uses creativity.”
day and has had only three classes visit so far this semester. One of the
Enter the office of Professor Michalenko and a cluster of arts and
classes wrote about the experience, said Art Gallery Coordinator Joyce Ha-
crafts materials surrounding a ready instructor will greet you.
gen. “Half of them indicated they didn’t know it was here.”
She’s excited to tend to her students and uses art to “broaden their

Hagen has made efforts to call attention to the gallery by contact-
ing professors and Dean of Liberal Studies Denise Coulter, stressing how horizons,” whether they’re nursing majors, finance buffs, or completely undecided.
the art is an “academic resource.”
“I think community college is a place where a student should take

“Art can be intimidating,” Hagen said. “I would hope students feel
chances - if they’re not sure what they want to do, this is their chance to
they can come and dip their toe in the water and see what they like.”

Students can choose from a myriad of paintings on where they want experience different things,” said Michalenko, who has been at Atlantic
to travel: across the Atlantic to Dublin, over the Pacific to Hong Kong, or up Cape for nearly 40 years.

“Art answers important questions about being a human being,”
the Garden State Parkway to Seaside Heights.

“Artists communicate with the viewer, like the way an author com- Lehr added.

Aside from the class McFarlane teaches at Atlantic Cape, he will
municates with a reader,” Hagen said.
workshops throughout the semester; the next one is Saturday,

McFarlane seamlessly blends one color into another, such as in his
“Rialto Market,” in which he brings your imagination to Italy and allows Nov. 14th.

“It offers a venue for people with ideas, and an opportunity to share
you to taste the market’s fruit as he brings the scenery to life.

At Atlantic Cape, general studies majors are required to take only them,” Michalenko said.
These seminars are accessible through continuing education as
one art class, and that might not even land them in an art studio if they
“Personal Enrichment”, costing just $47. Don’t procrastinate, as his most
decide to take a dance or theater class.

“Art emphasizes thinking outside the box and using innovative so- recent workshop took place on October 10th and was sold out in advance.


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October 2015 Edition

Dr. Jones-Carmack’s excused absence Turning paper
takes her to conference in Ireland
into miniature
book pages
By KYLE SCHACHNER, Staff writer

Dr. Joy Jones-Carmack had a worthy
reason to give her students an extra week of
summer break.

Jones-Carmack, an assistant professor of
communication, spent the first week of September alongside peers from Oxford and Cambridge
universities at the International Academy of
Management Conference. The conference, held
at the National University of Ireland in Galway
from Sept. 2-4, presented panels about the future
of management education and research.

Despite this being her first international
presentation, Dr. Jones-Carmack is no stranger
to public speaking. As a member of the speaker’s
bureau We Speak Worldwide, she has experience
in corporate training, and has presented at organizations such as South Jersey Industries and
the Leadership Academy Board of Realtors in

“My passion - my talent - is to motivate
and empower those who have been disenfranchised by society,” Jones-Carmack said. “I have a
calling to try to help people get job and interview

Jones-Carmack presented five years’
worth of research, titled, “Toward a Situational
Theory of Motivation to Lead: Applying an Interactional Psychology Perspective.”

The purpose of Dr. Jones-Carmack’s research study was to discover the factors that influence an individual’s motivation to lead.

“Although people would assume that
everyone wants to be a leader, in reality not everybody does,” said Dr. Dail Fields, advisor for
Jones’ dissertation.

“It is predicted that in the next few years
we will have more people leaving the workforce
than entering it,” Jones-Carmack said. “We have
to figure out ways to retain older workers and get
them to step into leadership, but to also develop
younger workers.”

Dr. Fields, an expert in leadership and a
publisher of more than 50 research studies and
book chapters, says that the “inherent limitations” of the classroom can be combated by using
simulations like launching and running a theoretical company. “The best way to get leadership
experience is to find an opportunity that allows
you to make mistakes and learn from them,” he

Enter Dr. Jones-Carmack’s classroom,
and you may be confused. The students are actually paying attention.

“Whenever you can have the opportunity
to collaborate with people that are conducting
research, people that are coming up with innovative ways to teach their classes, people that love

By TYLER MCBRIDE, Staff writer

Cape Review photo by Joy Jones-Carmack

Jones at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.
students and want to change students’ lives, you
can always bring that back to the classroom,”
Jones-Carmack said.

Dr. Jones-Carmack’s teaching methods
are far more than textbooks and power points
- she demonstrates how each lecture will affect
students’ lives and career paths. You can hear
the passion in her voice and feel the energy in her
classroom as she talks about what would usually
be mundane subjects like research statistics and
textbook definitions.

After earning her doctorate in organizational leadership from Regent University and
working as a production coordinator on sets for
ESPN programs such as “Around the Horn” and
“Pardon the Interruption,” Jones landed at Atlantic Cape more than six years ago. It was a
“perfect fit.”

“I love teaching because you can help students figure out how to mold their lives and career paths,” Jones-Carmack said.

Anita Polanco, assistant director of the
Educational Opportunity Fund, focuses on developing students’ leadership qualities and career
skills outside of the classroom.

“The lecture time is very important and I
certainly don’t want to take away from that crucial time that the student has with the faculty
member, but we can certainly collaborate on having events that will help enhance the classroom
experience,” Polanco said.

Dr. Jones-Carmack is already striding in
that direction, as she had her students organize
the professional development event, “Starting
Over: The Power of Innovation and Self-Presentation,” in November 2014. The previous year,
her students sponsored Atlantic Cape’s 4th Annual Public Relations Panel Discussion, focusing
on the benefits of personal branding.

HERO benefit raises awareness
By ERIC CONKLIN, Staff writer

Body armor, air guns,
and a banner with student signatures pledging to be designated drivers were happening
in the gymnasium on October

SGA and the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers hosted an Alcohol Awareness and Hero Games

Students participated in
battle ball with air pump guns
in the gymnasium of the Jonathan Pitney Hall. Players were

separated into two teams and
had the objective of getting a
beanbag tire into the opponent’s
goal without being shot by opposing players.

The event was to create awareness about the consequences of drinking and driving, and other aspects of alcohol
abuse, according to SGA President Katherine Melo.

Students were encouraged to take the 100,000 HERO
Challenge, in which they signed
a banner pledging to be designated drivers.

“Paper can be massaged,” says
Rich Russell as he turns a single sheet of
paper into a small book.

These little books, called Zines,
were the subject of a workshop hosted by
Rewrites on Oct. 8th. Rewrites is the Atlantic Cape literary magazine and Russell
is its advisor.

There is an entire sub-culture
based on the hand-made books.

Russell started off the workshop
by having students make a Zine about the
creation of Zines. As students cut, folded
and tore paper he talked about the history behind them, which started in the late
1970s and early ’80s.

At that time they were used mostly to promote and get the word out about
different underground music scenes that
were not being covered by popular magazines. They would later expand to encompass a variety of subjects.

“One of the fun things about Zines
is that they can be weirdly specific,” Russell said.

That point was driven home by a
couple of unique examples, such as a Zine
about survival by eating roadkill, and another about the benefits of anarchy.

After showing the students how to
make two basic Zines, he had them create
their own expressive publications. Again
the room came alive with the sounds of
cutting and folding, and eventually the
scribbling of pencils and markers.

“I’m a Zines virgin,” said Jacob
Ryan, a student who was recently elected
as an officer for the Rewrites club. His
Zine details the story of a rapper named
Sunchips, with the S as a dollar sign.

Though Ryan has participated in
Rewrites previously, he has never been to
one of the Zines workshops, which have
been held once a year for three years.

He said he truly enjoyed the workshop and creating the story of Sunchips
the rapper. The story is a tragedy, as
Sunchips is not a successful performer or
songwriter. This was just one of many eccentric ideas resulting from the workshop.

“There are actually Zine festivals
all over the United States where Zine enthusiasts trade or sell their Zines for a
nominal fee,” Russell told the students.

As an illustration the San Francisco Zine Fest managed to attract 3,500
attendees for its 14th annual event.

Russell looks forward to seeing
what these newly converted Zine-makers
can create, especially with it being such a
personal and creative form of publishing.
If there is enough interest, he would like
to set up a campus-wide Zine festival in
November where students can sell and
trade Zines themselves.

If that’s the case, the story of
Sunchips the rapper may come to a wider
audience in a month’s time, along with a
host of other unique publications from aspiring writers and artists.

What do you want to be when you grow up?


By KYLE SCHACHNER, Staff writer

milie Wapnick, founder of Puttylike
and author of “Renaissance Business,”
stands on the stage of a crowded auditorium and asks the spectators to raise
their hands if they’ve ever been asked the question, “What do you want to be when you grow
up?” Hands go up throughout the audience.

Then, she asks the audience to raise
their hands if the question, “What do you want
to be when you grow up?” has ever caused them
any anxiety. Once again, numerous hands go

“At some point, ‘What do you want to be
when you grow up?’ goes from the cute exercise
it once was to the thing that keeps us up at
night,” Wapnick says.

I never had an answer to that question.
Not as a child, nor as a high school student.
And there was pressure that told me I was
supposed to know, that I was incompetent if I
didn’t know. I felt that I could never amount to
the impossible expectations that were put on me
(and many others). When I was supposed to be
moving forward, I was standing still. I was lost,
I was aimless, I was indifferent.

Fortunately, I came to find that I wasn’t
alone, and that someone had answers to the
questions that left me paralyzed.

Scott Dinsmore, a career change strategist and founder of Live Your Legend, has
helped more than 100,000 people in 48 countries find their passion. “A demoralizing experience at a Fortune 500 job launched me on a
quest to understand why 80 percent of adults
hate the work they do, and, more importantly,
to identify what the other 20 percent were doing

Dinsmore conducted research through
interviews, case studies and the reading of more
than 300 books. In his interviews, he would ask
one simple question: “Why are you doing the
work that you’re doing?” Often, the response
was: “Well, because someone told me I’m supposed to.”

“It’s the sad state that most people
haven’t spent time understanding what actually

matters to them, [people] who keep reaching
for something that doesn’t mean anything to
[them],” Dinsmore said.

“[They’re] climbing their way up this
ladder that someone else tells them to climb,
and it ends up being leaned up against the
wrong wall, or against no wall at all.”

Dinsmore created three steps that would
help people find their passion, a “compass” to
guide them. “If you don’t know what you’re looking for,” he said, “you’re never going to find it.”

His first step is to become a self-expert
- determine your unique strengths and identify

If we’re going to be so consumed
by something like a career or a life
mission, it should be something
that consumes the most essential
aspects of our character.
what gives you an intrinsic reward, what you
would do without getting paid.

Step two is to identify your values what it is that drives you, to know what your
soul is made of so you don’t sell it to a cause you
don’t care about.

The third step is to be aware of your
experiences - reflect on everything you do,
otherwise it was all for nothing. Dinsmore says
this insight provides a roadmap for what has
benefited your life - and what has polluted it.

But who among us ever heard any of
these topics discussed in school, in the guidance
counselor’s office as you planned for college or
on any college applications? I certainly never

Schools and parents put pressure on us
to make a decision, to move forward on a path
toward success. Yet, no direction is given. No
one in our path toward college provides us true
guidance, or a format from which we can determine what it is we like, what we’re good at, and
where we can apply it.

If we’re going to be so consumed by

something like a career, or a life mission, it
should be something that consumes the most essential aspects of our character: something that
satisfies our souls.

Answers to questions that burn in our
souls and keep our eyes wide open in the middle
of the night won’t be found in a textbook. It is
our responsibility, our duty to ourselves, to find
them. But, first, you have to determine what
you’re searching for.

Rita Michalenko, associate professor of
art, has been an instructor for nearly 40 years.
“College pressures students to pick a major, and
I understand that, but we also have a lot of students that don’t know [where they want to go],”
she said.

“This is a time when students have to
figure out what they want to do with their lives,
and this is the place to do it.”

So look inward, take the time out for
self-reflection. Take classes that interest you.

“There’s no major at any university on
passion and purpose and career. I don’t know
how that’s not a required double major,” Dinsmore said. “You spend more time picking out
your dorm room’s TV set than you do picking
your major.”

Go to the counseling and career planning offices. Visit during professors’ office hours
and pick their brains. The best way to learn is
from somebody that’s been there. That’s what
faculty is here for, to help prepare us for the
“real world.”

David Pringle, a sadly missed counselor
at Atlantic Cape, gave me the simplest advice
that put everything in perspective: “Don’t just
do one thing, do it all.”

We may not have arrived at a definition
of my passion and purpose in his office, but he
provided me with the ability to find that definition.

If you’re one of the people who’s known
that they wanted to be a lawyer since kindergarten, great, I’m happy for you. But if you’ve
been searching for your purpose and still aren’t
finding it, be patient. Finding yourself is a process, just make sure that you participate in it.

Atlantic Cape needs sworn police department


ollege students and staff are incredibly
vulnerable right now.
At the time of the Kent State massacre
in May 1970, which followed increasing school
crime in the late 1960s, security departments
were changing to police departments at American colleges and universities.

Today, most four-year institutions have
on-site police forces. Even in grade schools,
metal detectors and one-way locks have become
standard practice.

After the recent Umpqua Community
College shooting in Oregon, it’s clear that the
time has come for community colleges to make
similar changes. Atlantic Cape is at a turning

The administration is considering
whether to continue using the security guard
/ local police department collaboration model
(security will call the police department in an
emergency) or switch to a sworn officer model
(security will be able to handle the emergency
with its own staff).

President Dr. Peter Mora, at the urging
of Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson
and others, is forming a committee that will
decide on whether to adopt a new method of
security. Options include housing an on-campus
police substation, hiring and training sworn officers, increasing patrols by current security staff
(such as on October 5th, the day of the vague
threat to Philly-area colleges), or not making
any changes. The committee will take into account feasibility, cost and college culture.

Most community colleges don’t have
sworn officers. So, if someone were to open fire
on the quad tomorrow, avoiding tragedy would
depend on how fast the local police can get here.
In the seven minutes it took police to arrive at
Umpqua, 10 people were murdered.

No matter how aware and careful and
fast we may be, it’s clear we’re not completely
safe with our current security model. Atlantic
Cape’s students and staff deserve the same protection provided by any four-year university or
college. We need sworn officers on campus.

While community colleges are statistically safer than universities in the overall (see
Nicole Mingo’s front-page story), we shouldn’t
take chances when it comes to our own safety.

And while we don’t need the jail and
the police cruisers that Stockton University
has, having armed and trained professionals on
guard on the Atlantic Cape campus should be a

It is extremely unlikely that Atlantic
Cape will be the next Umpqua, but tragedy of
that nature can still happen anywhere. And
isn’t being preventative what safety is all about?


Atlantic Cape Review
October 2015 Edition

Cedar Creek creates ties with Atlantic Cape
By JESSICA HOUSTON, Staff writer

EGG HARBOR CITY - Cedar Creek High
School’s recent dual enrollment agreement with
Atlantic Cape, along with their Jump Start program, is lowering the stress on students graduating in June 2016.

“Cedar Creek’s guidance department
strongly encourages students to join Jump Start,
even if they are unsure where they are going to
college,” said Sarah Leathers, a guidance counselor at Cedar Creek.

“The Jump Start Program is a three step
enrollment process,” Leathers says.

Representatives from Atlantic Cape visit
three times throughout the school year. The first
visit is an introductory visit in which students
learn about what Atlantic Cape has to offer.

Their two-year degree programs, transfer programs, and financial aid programs are

During the second visit, students take
their placement tests, and on the third visit they
chose classes for their first semester. This program was established to make transitioning to
Atlantic Cape easier.

Another agreement between Atlantic
Cape and Cedar Creek is the Dual Enrollment

On-campus food giveway scheduled for Nov. 5

The first on-campus food distribution will be on Thursday, Nov. 5 in the E Building,
known as the Jonathan Pitney Gynasium.

‘Let Us Eat Please, Inc.,’ is partnering with the student activities department to provide
food for those in need of non-perishables. All food is pre-boxed and will be given out on a firstcome basis.

If you know someone in need of non-perishable food, come to the gymnasium between
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For further information, contact Lisa Givens at, or 609-343-5010.

Program, which now offers 11 advanced placement classes.

“I believe the relationship between us
and the college is great, especially with the growing dual-enrollment program.” James Reina,
principal of Cedar Creek said.

These are classes in the curriculum that
benefit future Atlantic Cape students. Students
can take certain advanced placement courses at
Cedar Creek and earn college credits for them,
speeding up their college graduation.

Dianna Amaro-Torres, 18, an engineering major, graduated from Cedar Creek this past

Taking two dual-enrollment classes her
senior year, she received college credit at Atlantic Cape for advanced placement language and
literature classes.

Torres claims that taking these classes
really helped lessen her stress coming to Atlantic

“I no longer have to worry about taking
those courses, and for that reason, I only took
three classes this semester,” Torres said. Now
she can focus on completing her degree with two
classes already out of the way.

“I believe I should be completing my degree on time,” Torres said.

Fairleigh Dickinson University works for working mom
By SARAH FERTSCH, Staff writer

They gather at 10 p.m. in room J207,
guzzling coffee to stay awake. They are students,
between the ages 23 and 51, who juggle full-time
jobs, family life, and classes.

Led by Professor Donald Hoover, they all
come together weekly for Human Motivation and
Behavior class, offered by Fairleigh Dickinson

Theresa Collero, a full-time secretary
and a single mother of three, values her education over sleep. The 39-year-old works on essays
and midterms while dealing with the demands
of motherhood and a career. Despite her fatigue,
Collero still asks questions in class.

Collero is motivated to work hard. A bachelor’s degree in hospitality could mean working
less hours at her job, earning more money, and
being able to cheer on her son at soccer practice
in the afternoons.

“Some nights, I come straight home af-

ter class, and spend the night studying,” Collero
said. “ I just have to remember that once I get my
bachelor’s degree, I will get that promotion, and
it will all be worth it.”

Students such as Collero can stay home,
work, and earn a bachelor’s degree with Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Community College
Partnership Program because it offers online
and night classes.

The program was brought to Atlantic
Cape in 2003. Fairleigh Dickinson partners with
seven colleges in New Jersey, including Cumberland County and two Rowan campuses.

The majors offered vary from school to
school. The Atlantic Cape partnership offers
B.A.s in individualized arts, health services
and administration, and hospitality. In fact, the
Fairleigh Dickinson Hospitality program is rated
fourth in the nation, according to the Princeton

Fairleigh Dickinson offers perks for its
students: Students can study abroad in countries

such as Italy, China or India.

The programs are accelerated, with each
term lasting 7 ½ weeks, and one class meeting
per week. The small class sizes give a more personalized experience.

The low tuition is a perk, too. Students
who attend classes at community colleges get
40% off the regular price of classes offered on
FDU’s main campus. Students pay $690 per
credit and room and board are free. Members of
the Phi Theta Kappa honor society receive $50
off each credit.

Linda Dry, the Administrative Campus
Coordinator for Fairleigh Dickinson at Atlantic
Cape, graduated from the program last year. It
gave her opportunities to succeed and grow as a
person. She says that the effort she put into her
education made her stronger, and more diligent
in the workplace.

“Opportunity may start at Atlantic
Cape,” Dry said. “But opportunity gets even bigger with Fairleigh Dickinson.”

Phi Theta Kappa challenges students to ‘Commit to Complete’
By ERIC CONKLIN, Staff writer

Students who wore pink to
support Breast Cancer Awareness
Month moved their bright colors to
Cafeteria B on Thursday, October

The Alpha Delta Mu chapter
of Phi Theta Kappa and the college
administration held the Community
College Completion Challenge, also
known as “C4.”

The event was held in all
community colleges in New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, and Washington,
D.C., according to Phi Theta Kappa
Advisor Holly Schultheis. The event’s
purpose was to acknowledge students’ success and to create support
for students who are committing to
their education, she said.

Three guest speakers included President Dr. Peter Mora, 2012

graduate Courtney Rice, and current
student Cory Young.

Event administrators also
held an essay contest, with first place
receiving a $35 gift certificate to the
school bookstore.

The theme of the essay focused on student goals and how students expect to achieve them. The
third-place winner was Shahrin Kebria; second place was split between
Adrianna Hill and Lauren Burch,
and the first-place winner was Jesslynn Nguyen.

Each winner had the opportunity to read their speech to the
audience. Third-place winner Shahrin Kebria and second-place winner
Adrianna Hill both read their essays.
Assistant Professor of English Elinor
Mattern volunteered to read the essays of Burch and Nguyen, who were
not in attendance.

Essay contest
winners. Shahrin

Kebria, left, won third
place and Adrianna
Hill, right, won second place. The first
place winner was not
in attendance for the

Cape Review photo
by Eric Conklin


Atlantic Cape Review
October 2015 Edition

Dr. Mora on student center, security

Dr. Peter Mora has been president of
Atlantic Cape Community College since 2005.
He recently sat down with Atlantic Cape
Review Editor Taylor Henry and Assistant
Editor Nicole Mingo and discussed various
topics such as declining enrollment, changing
security and features for students.

cal motels and hotels. Our expectation
is that in three years, net enrollment in
culinary will grow.

What is the security plan?

Especially with this latest situation in Oregon, we must have a campus
safety plan. All N.J. colleges are required
to submit an annual update of the secuWhat makes ACCC unique?
rity plan with protocol for crimes like

accidents, theft, hacks, active shooters,

Our facilities, curriculum and techeven wild animals on campus. Ninetynology and non-credit job training makes us
nine percent of attention is on the issue
unique. We call it continuing education, but
of active shooters. Awareness is heightwe’ll probably change that name soon beened.
cause not many know what it means. You

We currently have security
get a certificate, either from the college or
not sworn officers, who dial 911
from, say, Microsoft Office specialists.
in emergency situations. We stay close

We offer original transfer, associate
to the Hamilton Township Police Dedegrees, and job training, all in one school.
partment, Atlantic City PD, and Middle

We’re one of only two N.J. comTownship PD. We practice with them,
munity colleges (Raritan Valley CC is the
we meet with them, and we have drills
other) that cover more than one county. It’s
with them. But we have to take another
a very difficult task to have a three-campus
look at that model.
college, so we use technology like interac
We’re putting together a core
tive TV to teach, and also for student club
committee with faculty from all the cammeetings, so people don’t have to drive.
puses to take a look at the feasibility of

We have made a very early and
moving to the model with sworn officers.
strong commitment to student success. We
There will be more cost - will the benefit
define that as student retention and comCape Review photo by Nicole Mingo outweigh the cost, how will we do it, how
pletion. Most every community college is
Dr. Peter Mora says he expects that net culinary enrollment will
do other community colleges do it?
going to say they’re committed to that, and grow in three years.
It’s unlikely we will replicate a univerthey are, but we’ve done more than the avsity’s model. They have a police force, a
erage community college. Counseling, advising, peer tutoring, writing labs, math labs … With declining enrollment, is there a fu- jail, they give traffic tickets, and they’re armed.
ture for the Academy of Culinary Arts? They’re their own city. Students live there. With
we have a lot of stuff.
us, it’s a little different. No one lives here, but

I think we’re in the top 25 percent when

Absolutely. Declining enrollment is a de- there’s still that time when we’re vulnerable.
it comes to student success.
It’s time for us to now discuss with electmographic issue. If the population of say, Gal-
the resources that could help us figloway Township declines, the schools will have
best model for this college to use. We
fewer students. Both Atlantic and Cape May
What about the new student center?
police sub-station, where they rotate
counties are seeing significant population de
guards. We could hire our own sworn officers,

The new Student Success Center will creases.
In reference to the ACA, we are increas- like Stockton or Rowan. My view is to bring local
probably have a groundbreaking in November.
We’ve devoted the top floor to student success ac- ing marketing to the regional area, right-sizing police departments and our own criminal justice
tivities with career counseling; the bottom floor the budget to the enrollment, looking at patterns experts in to the planning process because they
is a legitimate, old-fashioned student center with of enrollment. What we’ve found is that, over the are experts.
The team should be formed by December
offices for the Atlantic Cape Review, SGA, meet- past 20 years, a high percentage just complete
need about three months; probably
the culinary courses and leave without the asing rooms.
know what we’re going to do.

It’ll take 18 months to build. It’s an ex- sociate’s degree.
It’s important for us to look at this in a
So, instead of only offering a degree, we
pensive resource that shows our commitment to
way, rational, not panicking, bring
student success. We started building plans eight offer what they want: a one-year culinary certifiexperts
get a solution that is consistent
years ago. Over the past 10 years, well over $65 cate with 30 credits and no summer activity. We
of this college.
do referral housing … linking students with lomillion has been invested into facilities.

Prerequisites now required before enrolling in A&P I

The science department has announced
that prerequisite courses must now be taken before students can enroll into Human Anatomy
and Physiology I (A&P).

Previously, students pursuing a career in
nursing could enroll into A&P with no prerequisites other than remedial courses such as math
and English. This change also affects non-nursing majors such as biology and chemistry.

Science Department professors, however,
thought that students were struggling with A&P
because the class had a low prerequisite requirement, yet still had high standards.

“Almost anybody could get into A&P, but
the class should be considered an upper-level
course,” said Dr. Zhe June Xu, an assistant professor of science.

“There were some questions students

asked me and I could tell they were totally thinking in the wrong direction. In order to fully appreciate A&P, a background in basic chemistry
or biology is needed.”

The change was announced last spring,
but did not take effect until this semester. Nursing majors now must take either chemistry or
general biology before enrolling into A&P I.

Although the change was initiated by
the science department, nursing professors also
thought the change in requirement was necessary because of the current shift in the nursing
field. The trend today, unlike years past, is that
a person must enter the field with a bachelor’s
degree in nursing (BSN).

“Most BSN programs ask that students
have college-level chemistry because nurses do
a lot with pharmacology (the study of medical
drugs) and the basis for pharmacology is chemistry,” said Professor Myrna Keklak, an associate
professor of nursing.

“According to what scientists have told
us, students are actually doing chemistry in the
first several weeks of A&P.”

The new requirement puts more work
into a nursing major’s graduation requirements.
However, some nursing majors, despite the increased workload, said the change will help students taking the TEAS test, a pre-admission test
used for getting into the nursing program.

“I took A&P twice to receive a better
grade and overall GPA,” said Sima Shah, 21, a
nursing major.

“Although there is more work and stress,
taking a chemistry or biology course before A&P
will be helpful for the TEAS test because there
are a lot of questions regarding chemistry and
biology on it.

“A lot of students have not learned these
subjects since high school, so it’s a nice way to
refresh our memory.”


Atlantic Cape Review
October 2015 Edition


By JOHNNY SANCHEZ, Film reviewer

Cape Review photo by Eric Conklin

Deborah Tanksley, Atlantic Cape’s first alumni coach, is also the only female coach on the staff.

Tanksley, former Buccaneer
player, joins coaching staff
By ERIC CONKLIN, Staff writer

Atlantic Cape has a new assistant women’s basketball coach - one who has a history in a
Buccaneer jersey.

Deborah Tanksley, a former Buccaneer
basketball player and 2012 Atlantic Cape graduate, will work under head coach Harold Harris
and Assistant Coach Quian Davis, Assistant Director of Athletics Mike Rennick said.

Tanksley is the only female coach on the
Atlantic Cape staff, and is the only alumna to
coach a sport since the athletic program returned
to the college 10 years ago.

Rennick wants to see Tanksley “grow” in
her coaching abilities as the season progresses.

“Being a former player is huge,” Rennick
said. “She relates to the female players, being a
former player herself.”

According to Head Coach Harold Harris, Tanskley’s hire was suggested by Assistant
Coach Quian Davis. Harris said that her main
role this season is to develop skills of players at
the guard position, enhance man-to-man coverage, and general ball-handling techniques.

Harris wants what he calls “a daughter
coming home” to bring “enthusiasm” back to the

“She’s not far removed from the game,
she still plays in summer leagues,” Harris said.

“I think adding her is a great move for us because
she is able to let the ladies know to look at the
team in a certain way, such as how our current
team will affect the future teams.”

Tanksley, a Hammonton resident, played
high school basketball at Camden Catholic High
School as a point guard. At Camden Catholic she
was able to help lead her team to multiple playoff appearances. She continued her basketball
career at Atlantic Cape, where she obtained her
associate’s degree in sociology.

Tanksley transferred to Delaware State
University with intentions to play basketball for
the school’s women’s team, but failed to make the
final roster cut.

She continued to play basketball in Delaware in a state travel basketball league, before
returning to New Jersey to attend Stockton University. Tanksley graduated from Stockton this
year with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

Tanskley stood on the court with a smile
after a recent practice, showing signs of a pleasant start to the beginning of basketball season.

“Last season, I watched the girls and
coaches interact with each other, which made
me miss being at ACCC,” she said. “I feel like I
can be an asset in general by incorporating what
I know and what it was like playing at Atlantic
Cape, back to the girls on the team now.”

Cape May campus turns 10

The Cape campus celebrated its
10th anniversary on October 12th
with an open house. Vice President of Student Affairs and Branch
Campus Management Dr. Mitchell
Levy and Director of CMCC Student
Services Tammy DeFranco cut the
birthday cake.

Cape Review photo provided
by Amanda McCullough

Black Mass stars Johnny Depp as
James “Whitey” Bulger in his rise as one
of the most notorious gangsters in the
United States.

The film starts with Whitey and
the Winter Hill Gang controlling South
Boston and getting threatened by the advancements of the Angiulo Brothers from
North Boston. When childhood friend
John Connolly (played by Joel Edgerton)
returns to South Boston as an FBI agent
tasked with bringing down the Anguilo
Brothers, he tries to enlist the help of
Whitey. Throughout the film we see the
birth of their alliance and the manipulation of the FBI by Whitey.

Director Scott Cooper has cast an
ensemble that delivers outstanding performances. Yet the one performance that
stands out is without a doubt Johnny
Depp’s. This has to be one of Depp’s best
performances in years. His portrayal of
Whitey Bulger is rather disturbing, and
every scene he is in raises tension. He
brings an intensity that elevates the enjoyment of this film. There are moments
where his charisma is rather contagious,
but there are also moments where his villainous side shows how truly evil Whitey

The supporting cast is strong in its
performance as well, with Joel Edgerton
portraying a man falling from grace and
Benedict Cumberbatch as Senator William Bulger, the brother of Whitey. John
Connolly is constantly diving deeper into
the world of Whitey Bulger.

Kevin Bacon and Adam Scott accurately display the gullibility of the FBI.
Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, and W.
Earl Brown help add legitimacy to the legend of Whitey. While these performances
were engaging and provided the dangers
of Bulger’s empire, the film has its problems.

The viewers never get a proper
protagonist for Whitey until the very end
of the film. The story is very engaging and
shocking but we don’t get the satisfaction of Bulger’s empire crumbling. These
events get crammed in the end and leave
a desire to know how the FBI broke from
Whitey’s influence. The film is two hours
in length but its pacing makes it feel longer. It felt as though certain scenes could
have been moved to other parts of the film
to build on the inevitable fall.

Black Mass is a film of outstanding performances, but slow pacing. Depp’s
performance alone warrants the viewing of
the film, but other than that, this is a film
that one could catch on TV or a streaming
service with no sense of loss.