Students raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention

By Dean Galiffa



On Oct. 3, members of the Social Work Club sold soft pretzels and apple cider to raise awareness of suicide prevention and mental health.

All proceeds were donated to To Write Love On Her Arms, a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.

To Write Love On Her Arms began when founder Jamie Tworkowski met Renee Yohe in March 2006. After learning about her struggle with addiction, self-injury, and depression, he spent five days with her before she entered a treatment center and sold T-shirts to help cover the cost.

When Yohe entered treatment, Tworkowski wrote about his experience and posted the story on MySpace, naming it “To Write Love On Her Arms.”

Social Work Club President Chelsea Diehl explained why she and other members decided to donate to To Write Love On Her Arms.

“We know some of the people [involved with] To Write Love On Her Arms, which is why we chose that organization,” Diehl said. “We’re also handing out pamphlets for other resources and hotlines.”

Diehl also mentioned the numerous resources available on and around campus, including the Career and Counseling Center.

The center offers a number of services, including personal counseling. Students seeking an appointment can visit the center at Marple Campus in Room 1325 in the Academic Building. For branch campus information, students should visit

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Social Work Club President Chelsea Diehl sells a pretzel to Lanica Robinson, an early childhood education major in support of mental health awareness.
Pamphlets of information on mental health awareness and suicide prevention resources are available for students and faculty.
(Left to right) Emily Evans, secretary of the Social Work Club; Sam Chiaffa, vice president; and Chelsea Diehl, president, sell pretzels and apple cider to Danny Sommo, theatre major.
Shane McLaughlin, a liberal arts major, shows his support for To Write Love On Her Arms by purchasing a soft pretzel.
Soft pretzels and apple cider are sold to raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention. All proceeds are donated to To Write Love On Her Arms.

Radio talk show host urges students to vote

By Alexia Davis

(Left to right) Tarik S. Khan, Laura Coates, Bryan Monroe, Jean Strout, and Joe Madison pose for a picture after the “America In Crisis: Handling Election Angst” symposium. Photo by Alexia Davis

The Business, Computing and Social Science division hosted a symposium, “America In Crisis: Handling Election Angst,” at Marple Campus on Sept. 25. The discussion was moderated by Joe Madison, host of ‘The Joe Madison Show” on SiriusXM’s Urban View.

The panelists included Laura Coates, host of The Laura Coates Show on SiriusXM’s Urban View; Tarik Khan, a nurse practitioner with the Family Practice & Counseling Network; Bryan Monroe, Verizon chair and professor of journalism at Temple University; and Jean Strout, staff attorney at the Support Center for Child Advocates and an Equal Justice Works Fellow.

Keeley Mitchell, director of Paralegal Studies, said the event was organized because young people need to understand why voting is important.

“Whatever your beliefs, whatever your party, wherever you stand on the spectrum of things, go vote,” Keeley said. “Don’t let others be your voice.”

During the discussion Madison referenced information from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). The AARP data shows that Americans over the age of 50 are the nation’s most powerful voting block.

“What this means is that the older people are making decisions for [the younger generation] about what policies are going to be put in place,” Strout said.

The panel discussed issues of concern for the upcoming election, including the Affordable Care Act, freedom of the press, student debt, immigration, homelessness, and the opioid crisis.

The panelists also addressed potential roadblocks for voters. One such issue was the belief that there is no point to voting because a single vote doesn’t really matter.

“That’s an excuse,” Coates said. “People can’t use it as a crutch to not engage.”

Another roadblock was related to logistical issues, or not physically being able to get to the poles. Monroe suggested other options for voters.

“Even if you’re home, you can get an absentee ballot and send it in,” Monroe said. Absentee ballots are mailed before an election by voters who cannot be at the polls.

Other resources for voters include early voting and free rides to the polling place from Uber and Lyft drivers.

Toward the end of the symposium, Madison and Monroe spoke to individuals who cannot cast a ballot for reasons, such as age or immigration status. The panelists explained that these persons can still affect the system by sharing information and getting others to vote.

Monroe told the audience that democracy is not “a spectator sport.”

“We cannot, we must not, be a nation of onlookers,” Madison warned.

To view a video of the symposium, click here.

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The Student Writing Journal with Megan Trexler

By Alex Philippsen

The Student Writing Journal is an online publication that showcases work from students interested in the communications, arts, and humanities.

Megan Trexler is one of the professors who serve on the Editorial Board of the Student Writing Journal. She helped found this journal to give aspiring writers the opportunity to publicize their work for other students.

Recently, Trexler discussed this journal and its importance in more detail.

How long have you been a professor at DCCC?

I’m in my fourth year. I taught a couple of years part-time and then full-time. I’m teaching English and I teach reading as well.

Tell me more about the Student Writing Journal.

It’s entirely online and it’s a peer reviewed journal. It originally started for English 100 and English 112, then expanded to include all English courses, as well as any communication, arts, and hummanities courses.

Why did you help begin the Student Writing Journal?

I wanted to give students additional time than what they could do in the classroom. It allows them to extend their work when they’re writing.

What is the focus and/or goal for the Student Writing Journal?

For us, to be able to work with students. We wanted to showcase student work. Put students in connection with each other and be able to peer-review prior to publication. I also wanted to increase the readership.

What kind of work do you publish?

Our focus is on academic writing, which can take many forms. We welcome argumentative essays, persuasive text, research-based writing, critical analysis, and so on. We are hoping to include multimodal texts too, like videos. The text we receive might have a creative element, but we don’t accept fictional writing, poetry or drama.

How many students have submitted thus far?

It varies from year to year, but we had 18 texts last year. We’ve already had 19 texts submitted for Volume 4. The journal is growing but is a little complex in its process.

It originally started with six faculty members for editing, until it became student-to-student based. Now, it’s a mix of both with five student reviewers. They’ve done an excellent job [providing] thoughtful feedback.

What are some of the best works you’ve received from students?

There’s so much variety in the type of essay. We have students who are writing about critical thinking and current issues. The first three volumes are online…and the fourth volume isn’t due until March.

Why should students participate in this journal?

It’s a great experience. It can be challenging for students to sustain their work for one text. [This] can help reach their full potential, can help for students who look to transfer…graduate students too. Learning to take feedback and apply that into their writing is very important as well.

How can students receive more information about the journal?

They can go on our website…on the Campus Life Section, under Student Clubs and Activities, and under Student Publications. Then type in “Student Writing Journal” otherwise. We have flyers located in the Communication Arts and Humanities Office. They’ve been informed by classmates…[I’m] happy about students telling about it.

Is there anything else you wish to add?

I’d like to see it expand over time outside of humanities…but it takes time for that to happen.

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DCCC pays tribute to those fallen on 9/11 anniversary

Photos by Andrew Henry

Students and faculty stand in silence to honor those that lost their lives during the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Students and faculty stand in solidarity on the 17-year anniversary of 9/11.
Two flags sit behind a plaque underneath the 9/11 Memorial Tree commemorating the Sept. 11 terror attacks in New York City.
A plaque commemorating the dedication of a tree planted on DCCC’s Marple campus to honor those that were slain in the Sept. 11 attacks.

National honor society seeks dedicated students

Seventy-five Phi Theta Kappa honor society inductees wait to receive their white roses during a ceremony on Marple campus March 6. Photo courtesy of DCCC Public Relations

Phi Theta Kappa was founded in 1918 and is recognized as the official honor society for two-year colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges.

Students have many opportunities to be involved in scholarly research, fellowship, community service, and leadership roles, in addition to receiving scholarships.

To be eligible for membership students must be enrolled in a regionally accredited institution offering an associate degree program; must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree (part-time students may be eligible); have a grade point average of 3.5; receive an invitation to membership; should adhere to moral standards of the society.

If students think they are eligible, but they did not receive an invitation letter, they should contact their advisor by e-mail with their name and P00 number.

PTK staff can look up their records and get back to them.

There is also a one-time membership fee the students will pay of $100.

The induction ceremony will occur on Oct. 25, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Large Auditorium, Room 2225.

If students have any questions or wish to be involved with this organization, they should contact Tanya Franklin, PTK advisor, at: or call 610-325-2752

Students can also contact PTK advisor Erica Reeves at: or call 610-325-2785