DCCC fends off Thaddeus Stevens in a nail-biter

By J.P. McClatchy

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Freshman Darius Robinson attempts a three pointer against Thaddeus Stevens Tech in the second half of their Nov.19 game at Widener. Photo by J.P. McClatchy

The DCCC men’s basketball team followed up their first win of the season in overtime with an 81- 76 home victory over Thaddeus Stevens Tech in a game that came down to the wire, despite an early lead, Nov. 19.

The Phantoms’ record improved to 2-2 on the young season and are undefeated in conference play so far.

Phantoms leading scorer sophomore Gemil Holbrook had another solid game with 29 points, which lead both teams. Holbrook has scored at least 20 points in three of the first four games, highlighted by a 35-point performance against the Community College of Philadelphia last week.

“He’s a shotmaker,” said Phantoms coach Zain Shaw. “I’m trying to get him to play both sides of the floor, but for the most part he brings a lot of energy.”

The Phantoms received key contributions from freshman Donald Hodges, who had a season-high 18 points, and freshman DeShawn Hinson, who added 15 points to the cause, including some important free throws down the line.

Backup point guard, sophmore Saleem Chrisholm made the most of increased playing time after Phantom’s third leading scorer, sophmore Sean Havink, left the game due to injury.

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Sophomore Gemil Holbrook lines up to shoot a free throw in the second half of their Nov. 19 game after being fouled on a layup against Thaddeus Stevens Tech. Photo by J.P. McClatchy

The Phantoms came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, leaning on Holbrook and Sean Havink on offense, and built a 17-point lead in the first half. Their defense held Thaddeus Stevens to 27 first half and went into halftime leading comfortably 44-27.

Thaddeus Stevens opened up the second half on a 7-2 run, taking advantage of a cold start from the Phantoms’ offense and started to slowly close the gap. The Phantoms responded by building their largest lead of game at 23 points; the game looked to be out of reach for the moment.

However, Thaddeus Stevens did not give up as the Phantoms watched their lead shrink minute by minute until Thaddeus Stevens cut the deficit to single-digits with six minutes and 11 seconds to go in the game. The Phantoms looked shellshocked after their strong defense in the first half became almost nonexistent in the second half.

“We just got a little lazy on defense in the second half and that’s our main topic of concern in practice,” said coach Shaw on his team’s defensive performance in the second half. “Nobody wins championships without being good on defense.”

Then, with 32 seconds left, Thaddeus Stevens found themselves within two points of the Phantoms. That’s when coach Shaw called a timeout so his team could regroup.

The timeout proved beneficial because that’s as close as Thaddeus Steven would come. The Phantoms were able to seal the game with free throws at the end to clinch an 81-76 win.

“Defense and trusting each other with the basketball,” said coach Shaw on looking ahead to their next game. “Emphasis on defense and playing together as a team. That’s my only focus.”

Contact J.P. McClatchy at communitarian@dccc.edu

Radio station relaunches at DCCC

By Dave Mattera

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The equipment in the green room that DJs will use to stream DCCC’s new radio station located in the Campus Life Center on Marple Campus. Photo by Carlo Alcaraz

Delaware County Community College’s radio station, formerly known as “WDCR,” is relaunching in Spring 2017 after being dormant for almost four years.

The station’s first pilot podcast will air on Dec. 9, and offers a segment on student preparation for final exams.

Maria Boyd, assistant professor of communications at DCCC and faculty advisor for the station, will guide students throughout the process.

According to Boyd, the station will be undergoing a complete transformation including a name change, and steering away from its previous format of playing only music over the loudspeakers on campus. It’s transforming to a digital media center streaming music, student-talk radio, podcasts, and featuring video programs such as vlogs and YouTube channel creative works played over the internet in addition to playing on campus.

“We’re trying to bring college radio back to Delaware County Community College,” said Bill Quinn, an applied science major who is working on the technical features of the station. “With the internet revolutionizing the way we access content and other forms of multimedia, it’s only about time that we bring college radio into the internet age.”

Boyd held three meetings this semester to brainstorm ideas and discuss challenges with students interested in the relaunch of the station.

“The biggest challenge is getting our equipment up and running, and getting trained on the use of our equipment,” Boyd said. “And we are looking for very tech-savvy helpers to help us with that.”

Boyd explained how two of the radio station’s students, who already have high degrees of technical aptitude, evaluated the equipment and software as is and determined it is about 70 percent functional.

As the technical team prepares to get the station operating, students interested in becoming on-air disc jockeys are preparing their ideas for the spring semester.

“I’m excited…for maybe in the future to have an [on-air] talent show or showcase that we can all be a part of, and hopefully play some music from students,” said Theresa Rothmiller, a journalism major interested in being a disc jockey for the station. “There are a bunch of talented students here at the college and it would be cool to give them some exposure.”

Ideas from students ranged from organizing segments and selecting music songs to covering events on and off campus.

“In general, it’s going to be a really great opportunity for the participants who are doing stuff on-air, to speak about different topics that are important to them and get more involved within the community,” said Claire Halloran, a journalism major interested in being a disc jockey for the station. “It’s the first school activity that I am participating in, so I am really looking forward to it.”

The station was active from 2002 to 2013, streaming music over the college’s loudspeakers from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

According to Boyd, the former faculty advisor for the radio station moved to another institution in 2013, which is partly the reason the station became inactive.

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Maria Boyd (top left), faculty advisor for DCCC’s new radio station, poses with students working on the beta stages of the station’s relaunch in the green room located in the Campus Life Center. Photo by Joshua Patton

“Since 2013, mass communication classes have mostly been manned by adjunct professors, so there wasn’t enough availability to appoint a new faculty advisor,” Boyd said. “I was hired as the media studies tenured track professor for the communications department beginning in Fall of 2015, and Campus Life reached out to me in September of 2016 to see if I would be interested in being the faculty advisor to get the radio station up and running again.”

From the notes that Boyd has recovered about the station, there was no sign of talk radio, but rather music blocks that played in intervals of either 30 minutes to one hour with different genres of music selected by students.

The radio station has no future plans to obtain an FCC license because the content will not be broadcasted over public radio airwaves, instead, a streaming pre-recorded service will play on Marple Campus and over the internet. However, Boyd emphasized that the radio station will still abide by all FCC standards and practices.

Boyd adds that all future plans for the new radio station are subject to change based on unforeseen variables.

Contact Dave Mattera at communitarian@mail.dccc.edu

Would you recommend friends and family to get an education at DCCC?

By Brendan Gunn

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“I would recommend friends attend DCCC because it’s a really good school, the professors are really caring, and it’s not too hard of a school to start college.” Essam Tamer Elburshoumi, 23, business
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“Yes, because the experience I have had here is one of the best experiences of my life. I’m transferring to Temple, but if I could stay for four years I would.” Quanisha Swiggett, 28, biology
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“Probably, but it depends what they are coming for because it could be cheaper than a four-year school for certain majors.” Samuel Larson, 18, graphic design
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“Yes, because it’s not expensive, and there’s no debt after finishing.” Rachel Kahn, 23, gaphic design
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“Yes, and I already have recommended my sister.” Justin Gans, 20, studio art
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“Yes. The teachers are nice and helpful, and it’s a good learning environment.” Taron Howie, 23, web development
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“Yes, because it’s a great diverse place, and you can really find yourself here.” Haris Kahn, 21, computer science
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“Yes, because my parents came here too, and their recommendation is working out for me.” Zack Burns, 18, undecided

Students assert their way to success

By Joshua Patton

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Students assert their way to success photo 3: Ann Mitchell, a graduate student intern at DCCC, explains the different scenarios for a group activity, during a workshop titled “How to Be a More Assertive Student.” Photo by Joshua Patton.

DCCC’s Marple Campus hosted “How to Be a More Assertive Student,” on Nov. 17, in Room 2185, from 11:05 a.m. to noon, to help students navigate their academic career more effectively.

The event, hosted by DCCC Counselor Jennifer Kalligonis and graduate student intern Ann Mitchell, focused on the three different types of communication, including passive, aggressive, and assertive.

In addition to a slideshow presentation, attendees participated in a group activity, in which students were given a scenario and asked how they would respond.

The scenarios included a friend asking for a ride, receiving a wrong order at a restaurant, and a friend forgetting to give back money.

“Students had great questions and were very honest,” Kalligonis said. “They put a lot of thought into their answers.”

The slideshow detailed the verbal and nonverbal signs of each style, including posturing, body movements, and eye contact.

Mitchell and Kalligonis also discussed how these styles could help or hurt a student’s academic career.

Positive outcomes of the assertive style could include better grades, respect from professors, and increased career involvement, while the passive style results in fewer opportunities and potentially wasted courses, according to the slideshow.

Kalligonis recounted the story of a DCCC student that failed to graduate, due in part to passive communication.

“He had a $30 balance,” Kalligonis said. “All he would have had to do at the window was ask [about the balance.]”

During the presentation, Mitchell had a student volunteer act as a professor to demonstrate how aggressive communication could be harmful to academic success.

Although aggressive communicators stick up for their rights, they may make an uncomfortable atmosphere for other students, and may anger their professors, according to the slideshow.

According to Kalligonis, the assertive style is what students should strive for.

“The assertive style is kind of your goal,” Kalligonis said. “You’re standing up for your rights, and also maintaining for the respect of rights for others.”

Attendees also recounted times they confronted professors and tried to determine what style of communication could have been more effective.

According to Kalligonis, starting sentences with “I” instead of “you” is a great way to confront professors in an assertive, respectful way.

“I definitely enjoyed it 100 percent,” said Christopher Caltabiano, 21, a liberal arts major. “I plan on using the assertive method on asking a girl out on a date.”

Kalligonis offered her email for students that had further questions.

“I’ll take the [training] and bring it into the real world,” Caltabiano concluded.

Contact Joshua Patton at communitarian@mail.dccc.edu