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Enactus National Convention: An Inside Look

By Jack Ayer

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Members of Raritan Valley Community College Enactus at the 2014 Enactus United States National Exposition.

Tensions were high on the morning of April 1, as Raritan Valley Community College’s Enactus team huddled together in a hotel room in Cincinnati, Ohio for one last practice. At 8AM, with coffees in hand, the team went through their 17 minute presentation, smiling nervously but feeling confident and ready.

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A Careful Search for the Right President

By Justin Fanders and Christian Rosario / Editor-In-Chief

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Rartian Valley Community College’s Board of Trustees went through a careful process to appoint the next president of the school. The new president will take office on June 2, 2014. Pictured above is the president’s office, taken by Sophia Dibartolomeo.

 

Last year Casey Crabill, the seventh president of Raritan Valley Community College, announced her resignation to take up the position of president at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York. Ever since then, the process to appoint a suitable replacement has been a careful one.

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NY Poet Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie Speaks to Students

By Gabriella Shriner / Editor

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Poet and author Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie visited Raritan Valley Community College to read her work to students. Photo taken from Tallie’s website, www.ekeretallie.com.

On April 30 Raritan Valley Community College welcomed published poet and author Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie as she spoke to students from several English classes in the Atrium. Originally scheduled in January, the reading was moved to late April due to a snowstorm.

Dominique Sindayiganza, Tallie’s agent, contacted RVCC to see if there was interest in the reading, which Charlie Bondhus responded to. Bondhus, who teaches English I and II classes that focus on social injustice, thought that Tallie’s visit would be a perfect fit to his class, as she is a poet who often discusses African American and women’s issues in her work. He then worked with Sindayiganza to set up the event.

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Students Honored at Leadership Celebration

By Christian Rosario / Editor-In-Chief

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Student Clubs and Organizations were honored at Raritan Valley Community College’s Student Leadership Celebration. Pictured above are members of the Filipino PEACE Club showing an award. Photo taken by Sophia Dibartolomeo.

Raritan Valley Community College’s Student Life and Student Government hosted the Student Leadership Celebration on May 14, 2014. The event celebrated the accomplishments of 36 active student clubs and organizations by giving awards for their outstanding efforts.

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Campus Supports Alliance’s LGBT Week

By Gabriella Shriner / Editor

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Raritan Valley Community College’s Alliance invited the student body to draw a mural on the first floor of the Ray Bateman Center for Student Life and Leadership during LGBT Week.

 

The Alliance at Raritan Valley Community College provides a safe environment for LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and asexual) students on campus by promoting concepts central to their mission: acceptance through embracing today’s diverse people, and loving an individual for who they are, not their sexual preferences. By applying this concept throughout the school, the club was able to promote the campus’s diversity during LGBT Week, taking place from April 14 to 18.

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Students Prepare to Walk 45th Annual Spring Commencement Ceremony

Kayly Coleman / Staff Writer

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This year’s May 17 commencement ceremony will be about the same as last year’s record breaking ceremony, pictured above.

Spring at Raritan Valley Community College is an exciting time, as students study for their final exams, getting ready to wrap up another semester. For about 1200 of those students, this will be their last time doing so.

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The Journey to Write Love on Her Arms

By Katie Merritt / Staff Writer

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To Write Love on Her Arms is a student organization at Raritan Valley Community College that provides a supportive environment for students to talk about personal problems. They hosted the “Catwalk Conversation” this semester, where they passed out cards to the audience with inspirational quotes on one side and positive adjectives on the other.

 

What was established just seven years ago as a non-profit organization encouraging emotional well-being, “To Write Love On Her Arms” has expanded rapidly within that time, already touching the lives of millions. It all started in the midst of Renee Yohe’s inspirational life story; she was a struggling young woman whose friends refused to allow her to succumb to issues that had knocked her down. Renee’s friends did not try to counsel her, but instead listened and validated her feelings, convincing her that she was not alone.

She found the strength to stand up again and one of her friends wrote an account of their journey, calling it “To Write Love on Her Arms.”  The story was shared and the organization was born.

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