Politicians in denial as death toll in Aleppo rises

By Marwa Benahmed-Ali

Wounded civilians arrive at a hospital in Aleppo during the Syrian civil war, October 2012. Photo courtesy of Voice of America News

Since the spark of civil war in 2011, Syria has experienced devastating casualties and the displacement of millions. More recently, both the Syrian and Russian army are constantly bombarding Aleppo, the largest city in Syria.

Russian and Syrian forces believe they are fighting ISIS and recapturing Aleppo. Reality tells a different story. Graphic videos and images of dying families on the web have caused a ripple of shock and heartbreak internationally.

The people of Aleppo are being torn apart by Russia’s constant air raids. Russia has been striking civilian neighborhoods with cluster bombs, incendiary bombs, chlorine bombs, bunker burst bombs, and other destructive warheads.

In their so-called efforts to “combat ISIS,” Russia has killed thousands of civilians and has destroyed 90 percent of east Aleppo. The Russians are deliberately attacking rescue workers and dropping bombs on them.

Nearly all of the hospitals in eastern Aleppo were destroyed and only a few doctors are left. Severely injured civilians who are seeking medical help have no choice but to suffer or die.

The situation in Aleppo has become so dire that doctors in neighboring cities are begging Russia and Assad to help civilians. Yet Russia, and the Syrian regime are not allowing domestic and international human aid workers to enter the city.

A representative from UNICEF has also called for a dire humanitarian and psychological intervention.

Worst of all, ISIS, who is the real villains, is continuing to pursue territorial expansion and the genocide of minorities.

The United Nations Security Council has demanded a ceasefire but Russia vetoed it. The UN Security Council is continuing to pressure Russia but efforts to provide relief in Aleppo are still on standby.

What is even more heartbreaking is the fact that American politicians are clueless about the situation.

When asked during an MSNBC Morning Joe interview about Aleppo, Libertarian presidential candidate, Gary Johnson did not even know what Aleppo is.

The nightmare isn’t over. GOP candidate Donald Trump stated during the second presidential debate that he is supporting Russia and the regime in fighting ISIS. If we vote for Trump Aleppo will most likely cease to exist.

Aleppo is burning and nothing is being done to save both civilians and the historical city of Aleppo. With ruthless and ignorant leaders, Aleppo will continue to burn until it is annihilated.

Contact Marwa Benahmed-Ali at communitarian@mail.dccc. edu

DCCC’s cafeteria undergoes face-lift

By Hania Jones

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Marple Campus’ newly revitalized soup and salad bar is one of many improvements resulting from the remodeling of the cafeteria. Photo by of Hania Jones

The cafeteria at the Marple Campus has undergone a transformation. According to Sean Gow, general manager of Canteen, a dining service that provides the food at DCCC, “Everything is pretty much the same, but a higher quality and perception.” Gow is referring to the new features of the cafeteria, such as the stone pizza oven and the electronic soft beverage machine.

The cafeteria still features the classic salad bar and the breakfast menu. The menu is more diversified, offering cultural entrees.

“We have Italian, Indian, Oriental and different selections,” Gow said. “So we have more options that are not just burgers and chicken and pizza.”

According to Gow, The cultural entrees has gotten positive feedback from students. “We have a lot of customers who are new to ethnic food.” Gow said.

The enriched menu also accommodates students and faculty who eat gluten-free meals, vegetarian options, and also selective eaters, Gow explained.

“We have a lot of variations of different foods and that also includes vegans and any kind of vegetarian items,” Gow said, adding that he can accommodate people with allergies or those requesting specialty items.

“Even if we can’t give it that day, we always take suggestions.”Gow said. “And it’s not just for vegetarians, it’s for people who want chicken noodle soup everyday because usually, we do three soups, but they want chicken noodle everyday.”

Canteen vending has provided meals for DCCC for seven years. According to their website, Canteen is “committed to providing our clients and customers with wholesome product options and information to help the make informed food and beverage choices and lead a healthier lifestyle on the go.”

This message is part of Canteen’s better-for-you options, which focuses on healthier choices in regards to lunches, drinks, and snacks, according to their website.

“We’re actually talking in terms of transitioning ourselves to go for a more better-foryou solution to change the marketplace and really take control of what’s being served to be able to offer the sweet potato fries, the vegetarian friendly, less beef more turkey, more lean protein,” said Margaret Boyle, the field marketing specialist at DCCC. “So we’re really excited about that platform to move that forward.”

In addition to the new menu, the atmosphere of the cafeteria has also changed.

“It’s bringing everyone in who really never took advantage of it before,” Gow said. “It gives more time for people to instead of sitting down and leaving, they can relax in here or sit outside or in the sun or the seating area that is renewed and built.”

The seating area is an extension of the cafeteria, where students can have a quiet place to eat their food while focusing on their studies. Its design was also part of the school’s construction plan, along with the cafeteria.

“It’s very expansive,” Gow said. “They can even work back there with a cup of coffee or something, either by themselves or with their friends.”

Students weighed in on how they felt about the new design of the cafeteria, as well as the menu options.

“I think it’s very nice,” said Vivian Nguyen, a business major. “The food has changed. I like how you can pick and mix the food, I really like that.”

“Well, it’s my first semester, so I didn’t get to see how the cafeteria looked before, but it looks really nice,” said a science major who preferred to be known only as Tim H. “The food is good.”

A few had different opinions of the menu, especially the cultural entrees.

“I like the attempt, but the [new cuisine] is what scares people,” said Kayla Charles, a science major. “With that being said, just stick to what you know.”

Suggestions about the cafeteria’s menu are always welcome at Gow’s office in the cafeteria, he said.

“I’m on the floor all of the time,” Gow explained. “So if somebody has suggestions, they can either ask one of the employees and they’ll give it to me or they can give them my business card, I’ll talk to them,” explained Gow. “I’ve had people come in, so I’m very friendly and my door is always open for customers who come in with suggestions.”

Contact Hania Jones at communitarian@mail.dccc.edu

Phantoms look to rebound following 3-1 loss

By Brian Devine

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Freshman German Gauman, number 9, looks to pass to Shamour Young, number 15 during the second half of the Phantom’s 3-1 loss against Harrisburg Area Community College on Sept. 27. Photo by Brian Devine

After a 3-1 loss against Harrisburg Area Community College on Sept. 27 at the Marple Campus field, the Phantom’s men’s soccer team fell to 4-4 on the season and was handed their second consecutive loss.

Aside from a header goal by freshman Shamour Young late in the first half, the Phantoms had trouble generating offense throughout the afternoon. Head Coach Ryan Griffith said these struggles are the result of players trying to do too much by themselves, and not because of a lack of talent.

“When we start playing as individuals it doesn’t work,” Griffith said. “We’ve got to play together as a team.”

Griffith added the team could still be demoralized after blowing a late lead in their previous match against Northampton Community College on Sept. 22. The Phantoms were leading 2-0 with five minutes left in the game, but ended up losing 3-2 in overtime.

“We’ve got to get back to basics and play our style of soccer,” said assistant coach Steve Weatherby.

Perhaps the biggest turning point of the game was when Phantom’s captain James Warren Cooke exited during halftime with a groin injury. Before the injury, Cooke made a strong impact with a goal saving play in the first half.

Cooke sprinted across the field and blocked a powerful kick by Harrisburg which would have put the team in a deep 2-0 hole, if not for his hustle.

“I didn’t think I would get there, but I tried my best and I did,” Cooke said.

Towards the end of the first half, the Phantoms evened the score to 1-1. But their momentum was short lived.

Within 30 seconds of the second half, Harrisburg scored to go up 2-1. They later added another goal that extended their lead to 3-1 and put the game out of reach.

“We didn’t play well,” said freshman Chris Birch. “The other guys played better than we did. We just got to come back next game.”

Despite allowing three goals, Coach Weatherby has been impressed with Goalkeeper Kyle O’Brien, saying he’s excelled. O’Brien entered the season with very little experience, and had to learn the position on the fly.

“He’s a very quick learner, and has done a tremendous job for the amount of pressure he’s been under,” Weatherby said.

Weatherby added the progress he’s made since the beginning of the year has been substantial.

“Oh yeah absolutely,” Weatherby said. “He’s been an allaround better soccer player and keeper.”

Despite losing two consecutive games, the Phantoms have made steady progress from last season. They have already eclipsed their win total from last year as they finished the 2015- 2016 campaign with a 3-10 record.

After the defeat against Harrisburg, the Phantoms fought back two days later with a 5-2 win on Sept .29 against Montgomery Community College. The Phantom’s final game this year will be on Oct. 19 on the road against Williamson Trade School where they will look to end their season on a high note.

Contact Brian Devine at Communitarian@mail.dccc.edu

Ryan Howard’s Philly legacy

By J.P. McClatchy

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Philadelphia Phillies’ Ryan Howard warms up before an at-bat against the New York Mets on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pa. The Phillies won 5-2. (Clem Murray/ Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

It’s fitting that Howard’s first and last home run with the Phillies came against the Mets, whom he tagged with 48 home runs all-time against them, which tied for the fourth most home runs hit against the Mets.

He received a touching ceremony beforehand in front of the home crowd at Citizens Bank Park to honor him for his career with the team.

“Philadelphia will always be home,” Howard said during the pregame ceremony.

Later, Manager Pete Mackanin pulled Howard from the game in the top of the ninth inning and the fans sent him off with a standing ovation as he exited the field.

Howard played in 112 games this year, posting a .196 batting average with 25 home runs and 59 RBI’s in 331 at-bats. He had seven seasons with at least 25 home runs with the Phillies and he is now tied at 67th on the all-time home runs list with 382 along with Frank Howard and Hall of Famer Jim Rice.

Howard will finish his Phillies career ranked second in home runs (382), second in RBI (1,192), fourth in slugging (.515), first in grand slams (15), seventh in games played (1,569), tenth in doubles (270), fifth in total bases (2,940), and seventh in walks (709).

“Ryan, on countless occasions, put us on his back and carried us to the finish line,” Former Phillies second baseman Chase Utley said. “He was such an important part of our success, and I hope Philadelphia recognizes that.”

Howard broke into the league in 2004 and one year later, he was named National League Rookie of the Year, posting a .288 average with 22 home runs, 63 RBI’s, and a .924 OPS in only 88 games.

Howard followed up the Rookie of the Year by being named the National League MVP after a monster season where he hit a franchise best 58 home runs in a single season and knocked in 149 runs, leading the league in both of those categories, just barely missing out on the Triple Crown.

Howard had six straight seasons with 30+ home runs and 100 RBI’s, helping propel the Phillies to five National League East titles from 2007 to 2011 and two World Series appearances, with the Phillies winning it in 2008.

But Howard’s career took a turn for the worst in game five of the 2011 NLDS against the Cardinals, the last time the Phillies made the playoffs, when he tore his achilles after making the final out in the game, and he was never fully able to get back to his old form.

From 2012 to 2013, Howard played in a total of 151 games, combining for 25 home runs and 99 RBI’s, but it seems the achilles injury got the best of him because after that, Howard never reached 30 home runs and 100 RBI’s in a season ever again.

Although, he endured a great deal abuse for his lack of production in recent years, the fans saw that he never let it get to his head and think he deserves credit for sticking it out after he watched player after player from the 2008 World Series team leave the Phillies.

“He loved the pressure and wanted to be the man at the plate when the game mattered most,” Former Phillies shortstop and MVP Jimmy Rollins said. “During our run, we leaned on him many times for big hits and clutch home runs and he found ways to deliver.”

Howard’s departure marks the end of a remarkable era in Phillies franchise history. His career with the Phillies may be over, but he has continued to express his will to keep on playing baseball in 2017, testing the waters as a free agent.

“There’s still more in the tank,” Howard said during the recent postgame press conference. “I tell my wife all the time, I don’t know when it’s time. I just want to get it all out of the tank and have no regrets.”

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

Who’s got your vote? Area students weigh in on presidential race

By Justice Colmon

“Hillary Clinton has my vote because I feel like the United States needs a change and Hillary just might be that change.” Quaned Wilson, 19, Harris School of Business, dental assistant major.
“I’ll vote for Hillary because she is the lesser of the two evils. Plus I agree with freedom of choice which Trump and the Republicans seem to want to take away from the American people.” Shannon Darnell Sr., 40, Liberty University, psychology crisis counseling major.
“I’ll probably vote for Hillary Clinton because I don’t want to vote for Trump.” Michaela Erbin, 21, University of Pennsylvania, psychology major.
“I’m not voting because I don’t like any of the candidates.” Alec Hasson, 18, DCCC Marple Campus, science for health professions major.
“I don’t want to vote because both of the candidates are not where they need to be for our country. Trump only thinks about money and Hillary puts on a show for everybody, but it doesn’t seem like she means it.” Dylan Keitot, 20, DCCC Upper Darby Center.
“I’m voting for Hillary Clinton because she is more for the people.” Tameka Critchlow, 38, DCCC Marple Campus, psychology major.