Archive for April, 2016

By: Dave Aston
Montgazette Staff Writer

This is how Dr. Aaron Shatzman,
Montgomery County Community College’s
Dean of Social Sciences, describes the
“unassuming” and humble Dr. Martin Gelman.
Dr. Martin Gelman, one of the founding
members of the college’s Social Sciences
Department, will be given the honor of having
the new Excellence in Psychology Award bear
his name. The award coincides with the first
Associate in Science Psychology degrees to be
handed out at this year’s commencement.
Before Dr. Gelman began his tenure as
the longest-standing dean at Montco, his
trek to becoming Doctor of Psychology and
Anthropology began with his experiences in
World War II. During that time, Dr. Gelman flew
50 missions as a B24 bomber pilot, returning
safely after each mission.
After returning home from the war and
starting a family, Dr. Gelman found it hard to
communicate with old friends who had gone to
college while he was fighting in Africa. “I was
not in their league anymore,” he said.
Through this feeling, his lifelong fascination
of psychology and discovering correspondence
courses at the University of Minnesota and Ohio
State University, Dr. Gelman enrolled through
Temple University. After many years of creating
a ground-breaking reputation at Temple, the
University of Pennsylvania and surrounding
hospitals, he became a full-time faculty member
at Temple. This promotion caught the eyes of
the founders of Montco and Dr. Gelman was
eager to be a part of it. “[Being here] interested
me a great deal.”
From 1967 to his retirement in 2011, Dr.
Gelman built up the Social Sciences Department
and Psychology program, mentoring future
educators along the way.
Dr. Steven Baron, Professor of Social
Sciences here at Montco, said, “He mentored
all of us. The entire department.” Dr. Baron
has the distinction of being one of Dr. Gelman’s
students and personal and professional friend.
“He was the finest teacher I ever had.”
Due in large part to Dr. Gelman’s mentoring
and tutelage, Dr. Baron achieved his own success,
obtaining awards that mirror Gelman’s. Both
influential educators hold numerous teaching
excellence and community service awards from
many institutions, including Montco.
The new Dr. Gelman Excellence in
Psychology Award cements Dr. Gelman’s
position as a “pillar” of the Montco community.
In his unassuming way, Dr. Gelman said that
this came about “through the endeavors of other
In tribute to this remarkable clinician,
mentor and humble human being, this award will
keep Montgomery County Community College,
in Gelman’s own words, an “alive entity” that is
always “new, fresh and filled with promise.”

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Dr. Martin Gelman


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By: Dana Barnes
Montgazette Contributing Writer

Every year as spring time
approaches, the lower level of
College Hall transforms into an
entirely different scene. Hundreds
of students, faculty, and community
members all come together for a
global celebration. The event is
organized by Montgomery County
Community College’s International
Club & ESL/International Student
Services and has been a huge
success for the past six years.
Our mission is to celebrate
cultural diversity at the college
by honoring traditions, as well
as educating the community and
other students. By exploring
and sharing cultural differences,
through food, art, performances
and just the company of others,
we can learn about one another
and see what brings us together
as one humanity.
The festivities will be held
in the cafeteria and adjoining
conference area in the lower level
of College Hall at the Central
Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue
Bell. The space will turn into an
International wonderland with
decorations, food and dance from
around the world. “Every year, I
look forward to International Night
even as a Montco Alumni! I love
being able to see and experience
so many people’s cultures in one
fun night,” said Sarah Fequiere, a
graduate of Montco.
This is a multi-cultural
celebration. According to
Mamata Tharima, a student in
communication studies at Montco,
“The night is a great opportunity
too for students to showcase their
talents through poetry, song and
dance from different background
and experiences.” Highlights will
include cultural performances,
international cuisine from more
than 30 countries, educational
information, raffles and more. “It
is an incredible night to gather
and share rich cultural heritages,”
Tharima went on to say.
The event is always well
attended. Mark Bryan, the Vice
President of the International
Student Club here on campus,
shared that the event bring
hundreds of people from around
the world to unite as one. It is a
time when the College and local
community gather to celebrate
diversity and different cultures.
Everyone is welcomed to come
with family and friends.
General admission is $5;
admission for children under age
12 is $3. MCCC students will be
admitted free of charge with a valid
student ID.
For more information or to
sponsor an activity, contact Dilek
Arig at darig@mc3.edu.

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Photo courtesy of MCCC Comm. Dept. and Sandi Yanisko Cuisine from many different cultures was shared during the College’s International Night.

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Photo courtesy of MCCC Comm. Dept. and Sandi Yanisko Performers at the College’s International Night shared dance and tradition with attendees.


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By: Coraline Pettine
Montgazette Staff Writer

The National Organization
for Women (NOW) in
collaboration with West End
Student Theatre presented
“The Vagina Monologues” this
semester. The play took place
in the South Hall Community
Room at Montgomery County
Community College’s West
Campus in Pottstown.
“The Vagina Monologues,”
an episodic play written by
Eve Ensler, featured a series
of speeches centered on the
struggles and experiences of
women. Ensler conducted a
string of interviews with ladies
of different ages, cultures and
social backgrounds. She asked
women what their vaginas
would wear, what they would
say, when these women first
saw their vaginas and other
intimate questions. From these
questions stemmed anecdotes
and the basis for the play.
While the performance
was orchestrated by NOW,
co-president Lavinia Soliman
credited NOW advisor Dr.
Rebecca McGovney-Ingram
with the proposal.
“Dr. M really was the
brainchild behind the idea to put
on The Vagina Monologues,”
Soliman said. “She had done it
in college and told us how fun
it was for her and everyone
The NOW club reached
out to WEST, and Morgan
Carrasquillo joined as director.
Carrasquillo expressed that
preparing for The Vagina
Monologues was different from
anything else either club had
yet done, but strong student
support made it all possible.
“It was great to hear how many
people were interested in the
show… A lot of people have
reached out to me and [wanted]
to help!”
With nine performers,
the production included
15 monologues and an
introduction. Some of the
topics discussed include pubic
hair, periods, birth, abuse,
masturbation, sexuality, rape
culture, and more. About 50
men and women attended the
empowering performance.
WEST’s and NOW’s
production became a small
part of a global movement
that consists of more than
five thousand events annually,
known as V-Day.
Once a year, women around
the world stage The Vagina
Monologues, celebrating
women and using the proceeds
from the show to help fight
violence against females.
The proceeds from Montco’s
V-Day will be donated to
Laurel House, a local nonprofit
providing support to domestic
abuse victims.
The play seeks to increase
awareness on domestic abuse
and empower women. The
Vagina Monologues encourage
people not only to comfortably
discuss their bodies but also
the issues surrounding them.
Tess Devlin, a V-Day performer
and WEST vice-president, was
moved by the narratives and
hoped the audience felt the
“They give women a voice and a
chance to tell their stories. As a
performer, it allowed me to tell
my story as a woman through
the words of others. I hope the
audience was able to walk away
with a new understanding of a
woman’s everyday struggle…I
hope they learned something
about the cycle of abuse and
have gained a renewed desire
to end it.”
The performance successfully
raised $187.30 for Laurel
House. More importantly, it
started a snowball of feminist
acceptance and empowerment.

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Photo by Melissa Struchen Theater Instructor Tim Gallagher and COM Instructor Rebecca McGovney-Ingram with Members of “The Vagina Monologues” cast and crew

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By: James Yealy
Montgazette Staff Writer

As college students and young adults, we
take on a lot of stress whether it be with work,
school, home or a combination of the three.
Stress affects our mental and physical health
in both positive and negative ways, but the
negative stress is something we do not want or
need in our lives. Luckily nature can be a cure to
our stress and overall mental health.
Now, when getting out in nature you can
go simple, like walking in the park; difficult
like taking a day hike on a trail; or complex and
hiking a whole trail or climbing mountains. It just
depends on how adventurous you want to be.
Here in the Montgomery County area there
are loads of parks to walk around in, such as
Robbins Park in Ambler or Fort Washington State
Park. In Bucks County, you have a few options
too, like Tyler State Park and Ralph Stover State
Park, which are more intense but have much
more rewarding views.
M. Goldenberg, the author of Why
Individuals Hike the Appalachian Trail:A
Qualitative Approach to Benefits, at 17 percent of
adolescents being diagnosed with mental illness
in recent years, wilderness therapy for kids and
adults has been used to help counter the effects,
or cure symptoms of stress, substance abuse,
etc With mental illness and stress affecting kids
slightly younger than us at an increasing rate,
we should be pushing to get outdoors more
to clear our minds and release all our built up
stress, so we don’t fall victim to illness.
According to experts in the medical
community, just being in nature and taking all
the sights in can immediately relieve stress and
calm your mind. This is entirely true taken from
personal experience.
The sound of creeks, leaves rustling and
just sitting out in nature’s beautiful landscape
can instantly relieve stress and clear your mind,
according to K. Y. Mims, an expert on hiking
and using the outdoors to restore mind, body
and soul.
A thru hiker of the Appalachian Trail (AT),
Gary, has a lot of insight on hiking and how it
affects you, he wrote a blog and a book on his
travel of the trails, and while he admits he was
defeated at points, he pushed through and it
helped him stay on track for his trip. (Sizer)
To go along with Gary’s trip on the AT there
is an article on why people hike the AT, and what
the benefits are. Some of those benefits include:
Self-fulfillment, self-reliance, fun and enjoyment
of life . If those reasons don’t make you want to
get up and go out on a hike, or even a walk in the
park, who knows what will!
It’s been proven that getting outdoors in
nature will help with stress, your mind, your
body and your soul. So let me ask you, where
will your next outdoor adventure be?

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Photo by James Yealy The view from The Pinnacle on the Appalachian Trail in Hamburg, PA.


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Photo by James Yealy The bridge back on the Treweryn Farm Trail in Montgomery County.

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By: Johnson Myrtial
Montgazette Staff Writer

The Richard K. Bennett
Distinguished Lectureship
for Peace and Social Justice
hosted Paul Petersen, a
former Hollywood child
star, spoke about the
exploitation of children in the
entertainment industry and
what can be done to stop it,
spoke at Montgomery County
Community College, Science
Center Theatre.
In effort to educate people
about some of the issues
minors face in Hollywood’s
entertainment industry, Paul
Petersen explained that when
it comes to minor issues, it
is a big subject that every
parent should be focused
on. When it comes to the
working conditions of the
minors behind the big walls of
moviemaking in Hollywood,
how cautious are parents
really when it comes to the
consequences of children in
the spotlight?
Based on Petersen’s
industry experience as a
child actor, he would not
define Hollywood as a safe
place for kids. He explained
that children are exposed to
drug, sex, nudity, corruptions
and playing adult characters
in a very inappropriate way
that can psychologically
affect the child later when
they reach their adulthood.
He used examples of some
former child actors, like Rusty
Harmer, who ended up taking
their own lives or others who
have turned to drugs to cope
with the impacts of fame on
their childhood.
Petersen asked the
audience: “who can stop all
the corruption,” and then
he replied, “nobody.” He
says that Hollywood is very
powerful, many have tried
and failed.
Petersen has taken up the
cause and founded a childactor
support group, “A Minor
Consideration,” to improve
working conditions for child
actors. The group also assists
in the transition between
working as a child actor and
adult life, whether in acting or
in other professions.
The event was well
attended and everyone felt
more enlighten on these
important issues. For more
information, please visit


Photo by Alivia Faison Paul Petersen, former Hollywood child star, addressed the audience during a recent talk about exploitation of child actors and actresses.

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By: Joshua Kellem
Montgazette Staff Writer

I’ll bet you didn’t know that the
Montco Radio club Montgomery County
Community College started as a record
spinning club back in the 80s, and the
actual radio station was in College Hall,
not the ATC. With the rapid advancement
of the Internet, came the evolution of what
Montco Radio formerly WRFM is now
online radio, broadcasting around the
The Montco Radio Alumni event
will be more than a mix of old members
reminiscing about yesteryear on current
members shows. It’s the passing of the
torch, so to speak as the Montco Radio
Club has entered a massive re-branding
period. Montco Radio will mark the
beginning of much more success for
the Montco Radio Club and our efforts
to increase listeners. So, come on out.
Hear the stories of those who were in
the club at the beginning, and as always:
there will be food and refreshments.
A special highlight of the event will be
the unveiling of a new banner for Montco
Radio to go up every Music Wednesday
ATC building from 12:30-1:30 and there’s
more. Not only does the club want to
celebrate itself, but also the public. One
lucky student in attendance will have the
opportunity of a lifetime to obtain the
highly coveted inaugural Montco Radio
scholarship. The only requirement, for
the inaugural scholarship, is to show up to
the Montco Radio Alumni event April 16,
8 a.m.-6 p.m. When will the scholarship
winner be announced? You have to stay all
day to find out.
For more information, Montco Radio
holds weekly meetings on Mondays in
ATC 107 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Stop by
if interested in a show, or engineering.
Any suggestions, or ideas send an email:

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By: Chris Markopulos
Montgazette Contributing Writer

The second annual “Sweded”
Film Challenge is being issued by
CAPG, the Communicating Arts
Production Group of Montgomery
County Community College. This
timed filmmaking contest requires
teams of no more than four members
to remake a five minute version of a
popular film in five days.
The screening of the completed
films on April 6 at 7 p.m. in the
Montgomery County Community
College Science Center Theater. The
contest concept derives from Michel
Gondry’s film “Be Kind, Rewind,”
in which Jack Black and Mos Def
accidentally erase all the tapes in
the video store they are managing.
In order to fool the customers, they
take on the challenge of remaking
all the films themselves. The
customers do notice, but love the
new versions. The perpetrators
tell the customers that the films
are processed in Sweden and are
referred to as “Sweded.”
To help level the playing field for
a contest which invites filmmakers
of all skill levels to compete, the
teams will also be given a line of
dialogue and a prop which must
appear in the body of their film. One
final element will be a theme, which
they may interpret in any way they
wish. All creative activity must take
place during the five-day period.
For more information and upto-date
news and information on the
Five-Day Film Festival, check out
the website at fivedayfilmfestival.
com or contact fivedayfilmfestival@

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