Stephanie Rockliss
Staff Reporter

Everyone at Cumberland County College remembers when tuition increased last year. The tuition at Cumberland County College rose 3.9% (not including the comprehensive and technology fees) for the 2005-06 year. Once again, the college will be raising its tuition. However, this time tuition will be at a 5% increase.
The tuition at CCC has been increasing consistently. College President Ken Ender says there are three reasons for the increase of tuition: the employees need an increase in profit and medical coverage, the usage of utilities increases, and there is a decrease in state funding. There has been a “$140,000 decrease in state funding,” according to Dr. Ender. “I think the County is doing a very good job helping… the state needs to help more.”
The cost of tuition (including fees) for a full-time Cumberland County resident would be $3,300 for the 2007-08 year, according to the Daily Journal. The newspaper also states that the tuition increase will be going from $80 to $84 per credit. Fortunately for students attending the college, general comprehensive and technology fees will remain at $27 per credit.
The Daily Journal also notes that there will be a possible 2% growth in enrollment next year, according to Dr. Ender. Therefore, the college will be hiring more positions at the college, causing tuitions to increase.
Students at Cumberland County College are already discussing their opinions on the rises of tuition. Kelly Loder, a 20 year old who is in her first semester at Cumberland said: “… more people will drop out if they keep raising it, especially if people are working [paying for tuition by themselves].”
“I think it’s hard on everyone… whoever is paying for college,” said Stephanie Ocasio, 19. Stephanie does not think students will react well after realizing tuition is increasing again. She believes that there is a way students will not be very upset about the increase of tuition. “It would obviously be easier if there were more scholarships,” Ocasio said.
Most students at Cumberland County College only know about scholarships for students who have outstanding grades. There are other scholarships available; students just have to search for them. However, if there were even more scholarships, there would be more opportunities for students to pay less money for their tuition.
“Students should know it is very uncommon for fees not to go up,” Dr. Ender said.

Crickets On Campus
Matt Horowitz

It has been widely noted that there is an abundance of crickets on the CCC campus. It feels as though you are outside all the time because of the endless chirping that seems to fill many classrooms.
“I’m in four different classrooms this time of year,” said CCC Spanish Professor Linda Lleras.
She has become somewhat used to the crickets.
“I haven’t paid much attention to them. I don’t even notice it. I think I’ve become immune to the noise. We do have a good amount of crickets in F1,” Lleras said.
Only male crickets can chirp. Their wings have ridges (or teeth) that act like a comb and file instrument. The left fore wing has a thick rib (a modified vein) with 50 to 300 minute teeth.
There are two types of cricket songs: a calling song & a courting song. The calling song attracts females and keeps away other males, and is fairly loud. The courting song is used when a female cricket is near, and is a very quiet song.
“I’ve only seen the one cricket’” Lleras said. “I can live with crickets, I just hope they’re exterminating for mice.”
Crickets chirp at different rates depending on species & the temperature of their environment. Most crickets chirp at higher rates as the temperature rises.
It is possible to calculate the temperature by adding 39 to the number of chirps produced in 15 seconds by the Snowy Tree Cricket, common in the United States. This relationship between temperature and the rate of chirping is known as Dolbear’s Law.
Crickets have been spotted throughout the CCC campus. They have been seen and heard from the auditorium to the foyer, the hallways to the Student Center, the art room to the computer labs.
“My students tend to panic whenever they see any kind of insect in the classroom,” said Lleras.
When asked how we could prevent the steady flow of crickets, Lleras said that, “It would be nice if we could get screens on the windows.”
“I have gotten no positive feedback about the crickets from my students,” said Lleras.
The Spanish word for cricket is ‘grillo.”
When asked if crickets speak Spanish, Lleras said, “Problamente.”

New Recycling at CCC
Nick Curico

Cumberland County College has just instituted a new
addition to their recycling program. Approximately 120
paper recycling bins were added to campus this past
September, which is part of a larger recycling effort
that the college is undertaking. With the Cumberland
County Improvement Authority (CCIA ) backing the
school with the supplies, Cumberland County College
is activating a comprehensive recycling program on
campus that will recycle paper, commingled items
(which include bottles, cans, glass, plastic, etc.),
and cardboard. Recycling is required by law in the
Cumberland County area, and with the help from the
CCIA, we are now able comply with an over abundance of
recycling receptacles. This includes, new dumpsters
and also, new outdoor recycling containers for various
places on campus, that will appear in the future.
College students and employees can help by using the
containers, and even reminding others to do as well,
every little bit counts.
Phyliss Snyder. the head of the recycling program,
comments on the importance of participation, “The more
people that get involved in this program, the more successful
it will be.”
Students and faculty are invited to send an e-mail if you
have any ideas, suggestions, or insights about our new program


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  • One Book One College

    By Jen Resnick Since 2004 there has been a One Book One College program here at CCC. The Students and staff are requested to read a book, which is chosen for that academic year. The book brings students, staff and even community members closer together by discussion. The CCC staff members are responsible for choosing the book. Professor Catherine Kewish chose this year’s one-book one-college novel. She chose Snow Falling On Cedars, by David Guterson. “The number one reason that this book was picked, [was] because it lent itself to so many different classes and different academic areas. It could easily be discussed, paper assignments, research papers and things like that and it also lent itself to multi-culturism diversity, which really are key words in the classes today,” stated professor Kewish. Snow Falling On Cedars had great reviews and is known as a “must read” novel. This gripping and impeccably written masterpiece is based on Japanese tradition. There will be a day of Japanese tradition held here at CCC in the Conference Center Banquet Room on Wednesday, March 21, 2007. Professor Kewish is very excited about this upcoming event. “This book gave us the opportunity to work with Japanese culture and we will have a whole afternoon of Japanese culture, tradition, Japanese dancers, maybe the Japanese drummers if they could get here, [and] things like Japanese calligraphy, origami, flower arranging, a Japanese tea ceremony. It’s going to be gorgeous!” said Kewish. This event is opened to the community. CCC has offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the author of this riveting novel. David Guterson, will be here on campus on Wednesday, April 4, 2007. Guterson will be at The Fine and Performing Arts Center in the theatre at 7pm. In the past the other “must read” books included, The Color Of Water and My Sister’s Keeper. You can find any of these books here at CCC’s library, CCC’s bookstore, and online.

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