By Shannon Reardon
When I was younger my parents told me to stand up for what I believed in, to stand up for what’s right.
My convictions have gotten me into verbal altercations, lost me a few friends, and forced me to stand in front of an auditorium of people and tell them that they were wrong.
My convictions most recently have had me literally, and figuratively standing up for something I disagreed with a year ago.
As an avid football fan and someone who cries during the national anthem, I couldn’t believe my eyes when former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made the decision to kneel for the duration of the song. I found it disgraceful and disrespectful.
I was uncomfortable.
Football season is the time of year when I get to watch grown men hit each other while I verbally berate my friends about how much better my team is than theirs. I don’t want to think about real life issues, especially while I’m watching the game.
Then I noticed Eagles’ safety Malcom Jenkins raising his fist during the national anthem. I noticed other players taking a knee.
My argument during last year’s football season consisted of two points: why couldn’t players raise awareness off the field, and how could they dishonor their country without a second thought?
These two points quickly dissolved when I looked into the programs and the steps that players take to better their communities and the communities of the cities that they play in. The charity events and work that many of the players do go unnoticed.
The second point is harder and less concrete to prove, but it stems from the disrespect that people of color are subjected to daily. We can all try and turn a blind eye because it’s a topic that this nation still deems uncomfortable, but that doesn’t fix the problem.
In the off-season from football, I began watching videos that made me sick to my stomach. I saw a chapter of Black Lives Matter peacefully protesting at a rally while being spit on, cursed at, and berated with “All Lives Matter” chants.
So why can’t these football players use the national platform they’re given every Sunday?
Because the topic makes people uncomfortable. The argument has become one about “how players are disrespecting our flag and military,” instead of seeing the reality, which is a quiet protest of men who feel the sting of centuries of inequality.
On Oct. 7, I attended the Rock Allegiance music festival at the BB&T Pavillon in Camden, NJ. Hard rock band, Five Finger Death Punch, took the stage, and halfway through their set the singer, Ivan Moody, paused their set to talk about the kneeling controversy.
“If you don’t like our flag, I’ll help you pack,” were the words printed on Moody’s shirt, which prompted a monologue where the frontman talked about being from a military family and his disdain for the kneeling movement.
As the singer finished telling cheering fans how angry he was that Americans were disrespecting their flag, I sat down.
I sat down in the dirt patch that were the lawn seats. I sat down among beer cans and cigarette butts; I couldn’t believe Moody would take time out of his set to speak about this topic. It wasn’t the time, nor the place.
Or was it?
Just as it is every bit the right of players in the NFL to take a knee during the national anthem, or the team owners to come down and link arms with their players in solidarity, it is the right of this man to speak his peace.
Sitting in the dirt gave me a new perspective.
Kaepernick, who started the conversation, doesn’t have a job anymore. He sacrificed his career and his image, because he felt enough is enough.
America, it’s time to wake up.
All men (and women) are not created equal in this country. What are we going to do to fix it?
Contact Shannon Reardon at email@example.com
By Linda Pang
DCCC turned 50 this year and celebrated with a Community Day homecoming event on Sept. 23 at Marple campus, during which a new time capsule was placed in a section of the brick wall outside the Academic Building to commemorate the golden anniversary.
The family-friendly free event welcomed local residents, students, faculty, and staff with music, food, campus tours, interactive demonstrations, and a visit from the Phillies Phanatic. Additional events included a faculty artwork exhibit, alumni/student athletic games, the Alumni Awards Program, and reunions for Phi Theta Kappa members and Student Success Ambassadors.
Alumni and retirees were invited to a luncheon to meet the new college president, Dr. L Joy Gates Black. Smiling faces filled the room as attendees leafed through complimentary copies of the college’s new commemorative history book, “Great Yesterdays, Greater Tomorrows: A Fifty-Year History of Delaware County Community College 1967-2017,” by Kathleen Breslin, DCCC’s vice president of Institutional Advancement.
Founded in 1967, the Community College of Delaware County was created with just 24 founding faculty. In 1974, the name was changed to Delaware County Community College and the new Marple campus was opened.
Today, the college’s multiple campuses across Delaware and Chester Counties support around 28,000 students annually with more than 140 full-time faculty and 45 associate degree options, plus online, non-credit, and certificate programs.
Shortly after 3:00 p.m., Gates Black was honored by U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan, Pa. Sen. Thomas McGarrigle, Delaware County (Delco) Council Chairman Mario Civera Jr., Delco District Attorney John J. Whelan, and Delco Councilman David J. White.
Meehan, McGarrigle, and Civera Jr. provided remarks before Gates Black was officially introduced to the community as the new president. The announcement was met with a standing ovation and thunderous applause.
Gates Black, along with Board of Trustees Chairman Michael Ranck, Student Government Association president Derek Washington, and professor emeritus John Cronin, then placed the new time capsule in its new home.
The container included items such as copies of 50th Anniversary marketing materials, back-issues of the The Communitarian, the college seal and brochures, a flip cellphone and car charger, and a baseball from the alumni-student game earlier that afternoon. A Glamour fashion magazine was also included to showcase current trends, along with messages to the future written by Community Day attendees.
Cronin, who was photographed placing the first time capsule during the dedication at Marple campus, had the opportunity to review the historical contents earlier this year during a staged capsule retrieval with former college president Dr. Jerry S. Parker.
“There are positives and negatives in growth because sometimes…the intimacy feel of the college disappears,” said Dr. Vivian Ford in a video interview. “But from what I have observed today… there is still that family feel here and I am really happy about that.”
Ford, a former English and math professor at DCCC from 1983-2011, added that she noticed a continued focus on the achievements of the students. “I just hope that we keep that focus—that the student is really the reason we are here, and to encourage them and help them know that we believe in them,” Ford said.
Contact Linda Pang at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Victoria Lavelle
Thousands of college students gathered at Philadelphia’s Dilworth Park for the 10th annual CollegeFest, a city-wide festival full of giveaways, entertainment, free admission to museums and more on Sept. 9th.
Produced by Campus Philly, the event welcomed college students with a valid college ID to explore 14 city exhibits, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and Eastern State Penitentiary.
More than 30 students from Delaware County Community College registered for the event which cost $5 to cover transportation. Organized by Breanne Rogers, assistant director of the Campus Life office, the group gathered outside the Marple campus main entrance early Saturday and filled a local school district bus to near capacity.
“We have a large group of DCCC International students who I am pleased to have join us for CollegeFest this year,” Rogers said. “Today’s event will be a beneficial occasion because it will introduce them to the city of Philadelphia, while comfortably being surrounded by their peers and friends.”
Event organizer Campus Philly is a nonprofit organization that fuels economic growth by encouraging college students to study, explore, live and work in the Greater Philadelphia tri-state region. According to their mission statement, the organization “helps college students find that moment when they fall in love with Philadelphia.
For once that moment occurs, students will begin to think of building their futures in Philadelphia.”
A 2010 Campus Philly survey of 4,600 undergraduates, graduate students and alumni reported 48 percent of all non-native area college alumni stayed in the greater-Philadelphia area after graduation, a sharp increase compared to the 29 percent findings from a 2004 survey conducted by Knowledge Industry Partnership (KIP).
“CollegeFest has evolved over the years, even before Campus Philly was a full-fledged organization,” said Brynn Monaghan, the Campus Philly communications manager. “Introducing students to the area has become our focus, while making it the best five hours in Philly with the help of local museums, exhibits, vendors, and entertainment.”
With an autumn breeze in the air, the venue kicked off with a wide range of activities. Students downloaded new mobile applications, competed in relay races, spun game wheels for prizes, and explored the city by riding the Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop tourist trolley for free.
An array of businesses partnered with CollegeFest for exclusive setups in the tent village, which included the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) student lounge, the AT&T cellular charging station, the Capital One photo booths, and the Vanguard dunking station.
“I am excited to be attending CollegeFest because it offers a chance to meet students from other universities and colleges throughout the Delaware Valley, and Eastern State Penitentiary tops the list of places to visit today,” said DCCC nursing student Rebecca Bennett.
Philadelphia’s native hip-hop artist Chill Moody headlined the entertainment with a live performance on the mainstage at noon. The crowd cheered as he sang chart topping songs including “Home Again,” “Never Fall,” and “Inhale, Exhale.” Afterwards, Moody stepped out into the audience to meet with fans and pose for photos. The official disc jockey was DJ Reezey, and this year’s emcee was Akeen Dixon.
Before students left, they took advantage of free swag from a variety of organizations and companies including Go- Puff, Monster Energy, IKEA, and L.L. Bean. Sunglasses, key chains, pens, backpacks, notebooks, and gift certificates were all part of student takeaways as students walked away from the festival with bags and hands full.
To close out the event, Philadelphia’s collegiate were offered 10 dollar discount tickets to attend the Temple Owls vs. Villanova Tigers football game at Lincoln Financial Field.
Vivian Nguyen, a DCCC business administration major and first-timer to the event, described her expectations as enthusiastic.
“I don’t know my way around Philadelphia because it’s such a big and busy city, so the main attraction for me was the transportation in combination with the longlist of free venues offered,” Neguyen said. “Though I thoroughly enjoyed the brain exhibit at the Franklin Institute, I wish we would have had more time to explore some of the other venues. I will likely return next year for the opportunity.”
Contact Victoria Lavelle at communitarian@m ail.dccc.edu
By Theresa Rothmiller
If you’re free Tuesday evenings, love great service, nachos, and imperial beers, then Devil’s Den is the place to visit.
On Sept. 5, approximately 5 p.m., I approach the 1100 block of South Federal St. in Philadelphia, Pa. As I reach my destination, I notice their outside seating area. Above the tables is a reddish-orange sign.
The sign features Satan sitting on a barrel, drinking a beer, with the words “Devil’s Den,” beneath him.
Upon entering, the hostess immediately greeted me with a warm welcome.
“Hi, table for two today?,” asked Toni. “Do you prefer to sit at a high-top, the dining room area, or the bar?”
After choosing a high-top for two (for myself and a friend), we follow Toni to the table and begin looking at the menus.
The imperial draft list instantly grabbed my attention. Meanwhile, our server arrives with two glasses of water.
Smiling ear-to-ear, waitress Brianna Cheli informs us it was currently happy hour. She explains that all beers are half-off between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. No more than a minute after, Cheli suggested we order appetizers.
“My favorites are our nachos and empanadas,” said Cheli. “Are you still undecided with drinks?”
We responded yes, but decided on chicken nachos, with a side of ranch, as an appetizer.
As a person with a great dislike for pico de gallo, I have no clue as to why I didn’t ask to remove the pico. It’s the tomatoes themselves, because of its texture and taste, but the tomatoes in this pico were sweet and firm, instead of soft and bland.
Along with pico, the nachos were smothered in black beans, jack cheese, sour cream, and grilled chicken.
The first bite was like Christmas morning.
Instantly, I began to dance in my seat. The blend of tomato juice, sour cream, beans and chicken, felt like an explosion of happiness in my mouth.
As the juices from each ingredient ran down my fingers, I slurped every drop as if it was my last taste on earth.They were absolutely amazing.
Every chip satisfied my tastebuds like the very first bite. We devour the appetizer while enjoying a 2SP Pollen Nation draft, an imperial with an ABV of 10.5 percent, which had the bitterness of an IPA that I love!
Later, in the midst of great conversation, we received bad news. A weather alert notifies us of an upcoming thunderstorm. I became disappointed because it forced us to leave early. I would’ve loved to try their salmon BLT.
At approximately 6 p.m., I alerted the waitress giving the signal for “check please.” She returns within five minutes and I explained our need to hurry. Before leaving, we thanked the staff for their wonderful hospitality. Cheli thanked us, then suggested we come back for quizzomania next week.
Quizzomania takes place every tuesday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., according to Cheli. It sounded exciting so I am definitely looking forward to attending.
The nachos alone would ensure my return. Yet, having great service could persuade me to become a regular customer. I rate the food and service 4 out of 5 stars.
Contact Theresa Rothmiller at email@example.com