Archive for March, 2017

From the Editor

David Aston
Montgazette Editor-In-Chief

Stories come in many forms and styles. It’s what makes life so colorful and dynamic. This month, we’re springing off this idea by telling some of our stories with pictures.
Our writers pulled out the stops by sharing their vision on every story in this issue. Sometimes, words aren’t just enough. Chuck Palahniuk, author and essayist famous for works like “Fight Club,” I think said it best. “If emotion can create a physical action, then duplicating the physical action can re-create the emotion.”
This is one of the ultimate goals of The Montgazette. You read and view stories in a fluid fashion; that’s why many newspapers are printed digitally now. The Montgazette strives to achieve a balance by bringing the stories that relate to you and reflect your voice.
The need is greater than ever for college students to stay engaged in their history as they live it. Because of this, The Montgazette is seeking a better way to reach you.
We tried many forms of digital “outreach.” Now we’re reaching out to you, the readers, to tell us how you want to receive The Montgazette digitally. Send an email to montgazette@gmail.com. Or reach out to us on Twitter or Instagram @montgazette.
All stories that are told, but especially those told as we live them, really do make an impact and tell future generations how we spoke about the world in our own voice. So, bring out the emotion. Make a physical act. Contribute to the future of the paper that truly is The Students’ Voice.


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Erin Ilisco
Montgazette Contributing Writer

A march that began as one retired grandmother being stirred up about the newly elected president’s policies and controversial election campaign, turned out to be one of the most massive single-day demonstrations in recent memory. On January 21, The Women’s March on Washington drew a crowd estimated at over 500,000, with more than 600 worldwide sister marches altogether drawing an estimated 4.5 million marchers, according to The Washington Post. The demonstrators’ myriad signs revealed the numerous issues they were significantly concerned about. Organizers and celebrities mentioned many of these issues in the speeches that they gave before the actual march commenced. Numerous topics were talked about, including climate change, clean water, immigration, pay equality, affordable healthcare, LGBTQ rights and pipeline construction.
Nearly everyone there wanted more than just a conversation with a ubiquitous message. They wanted everyone to be steadfast in not allowing the extraordinary feelings of unity and solidarity to be all that the day was about. Rather, to be constantly moving forward in the pursuit of sustaining the freedoms and rights that they so deeply cherish.
Kathy Daidone, from Feasterville, Pennsylvania, was extremely worried about the possible defunding of Planned Parenthood. As a long-time healthcare professional, Daidone was aware of the tremendous importance of continued funding for the non-profit, reproductive health services organization. Countless men and women have told her how they rely on their local Planned Parenthood for low-cost healthcare services, including life-saving cancer screenings, that they would otherwise not be able to afford.
There were few, if any, harsh or inciting words to be heard and there were no arrests. The awe-inspiring unity that was so incredibly palpable, regardless of gender, age, race or political leanings, ultimately defined the entire day. The underlying factor that brought each person together at the march was the unshakable fear that a number of human and civil rights may be in danger.

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Photo by Erin Ilisco

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Photo by Erin Ilisco

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Photos by Erin Illisco

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Kayla McGruder
Montgazette Contributing Writer

When I was born, my mom found out that I had cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy is a condition marked by impaired muscle coordination.
Later on, the doctors found out that I couldn’t talk either. It took a toll on me when I was growing up. One time, when I was in elementary school and about to enter middle school, my old principal told my mom that she thought the best thing for me was go to a disability school. My mom told me what she said and I thought to myself, “How does she know what is best for me? She doesn’t know me. I know what is right for me.”
When I go to a public place, people stare at me. When people see me, they think that I’m not smart and I can’t do anything because I’m in a wheelchair and use an iPad to talk. Even though I’m in a wheelchair and use a device to speak, it doesn’t mean that I’m not smart. I’m an honors student and I graduated from high school. I’m going to attend college like other 18 year olds. We are all humans. We all have disabilities and feel the same thing.
I have a disability, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t do what everyone else can do. People think that if they were not born with a physical disability, then they could never have one, but it could happen to everyone! A person could have a car accident or a sports related accident and be in a wheelchair tomorrow.
We all have some kind of disability or disadvantage, whether it is physical or mental. So look at me, not my disability.

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Kayla McGruder

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Kyle Murphy-Tuggle
Montgazette Contributing Writer

The Archaeology & Anthropology club or A & A for short was one of many clubs represented at the Montco Club Fair. The club members all had smiles on their faces, ready to inform you about the ancient culture of humanity and other species.
Professor O’Brien kindly described the benefits that come with joining the A & A club. Club member’s schedule events were the entire club travels to different locations to see Anthropology in real life. Ancient artifacts, famous corpses, and humanoid skulls plastered all over the walls and shelves. These field trips help developing students to visualize how far humanity has come. According to Professor O’Brien, “We travel to many places around the world studying and analyzing the ancient artifacts of humanity. Other species inform us of how similar, but different we humans are”. Professor O’Brien teaches as a professor in the anthropology department, and she is also the advisor for the club.
Newcomers gather at Montco for these events every semester, as clubs are a very big part of the school. They help students get involved in after school activities, as well as educate the youth and hope to guide them in the direction they believe is great for them.  For more information on all of the student clubs, student can contact the office of Student Leadership and Involvement located in College Hall.


Photo by Kyle Murphy-Tuggle

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Sara Wilkerson
Montgazette Contributing Writer

On Feb. 8, Montgomery County Community College hosted its annual multi-media “Meet the Artists” reception featuring artwork from faculty and alumni at the college’s central campus Fine Arts Gallery. The reception was part of the Faculty and Alumni Art Exhibition that was on display from Feb. 1 – 24.
The purpose of the art exhibition is to display artwork from the talented artists among current MCCC faculty as well as alumni, current students and members of the community. Their artwork was reviewed by MCCC’s art gallery director Patrick Rodgers before being considered to be put on display.
Rodgers, although relatively new as art director, seemed excited about the process of inviting alumni to display their artwork.
“I put out calls for recommendations of ‘If you know of talented alumni, please send me their name.’ If they have a website, ‘I wanna view their work.’ There’s a ton of alumni that I don’t know, [but] I do want to tell them there’s always chances to exhibit here and I’m always open to a conversation.”
In addition to discussing the procedures of processing and reviewing alumni artwork for the art exhibition, Rodgers talked about the challenges of his new position. He explained that he started his position in late November of 2016 and that he oversees both of MCCC’s art galleries.
When it comes to displaying artwork, Rodgers said, “This gallery [the Central Campus gallery] is really strong in light, sometimes almost too strong in light and you have to be careful where [you place] some paper [so] you don’t fry them. Or wash out the color with too much light exposure. So all those little tricks and things that I’m still figuring out about the behavior of each gallery, what’s going to show best.”
Artists featured in the Faculty and Alumni Art Exhibition included some noted alumni and faculty artists like Eva Hozinez, Cas Sidoti, Victoria Rivers, Ronald Dorfman, Christopher M. Stanley and Jean Thobaben.
To find out more about upcoming art gallery events at MCCC, visit the Lively Arts page in mc3.edu or contact Patrick Rodgers at prodgers@mc3.edu.

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Attendee examining artwork — Photo by Arnold Winkler

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Sculpture displayed in exhibit — Photo by Arnold Winkler

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MCCC faculty member Mike Connelly with his son, Julian — Photo by Arnold Winkler

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Eunice Choy proudly gazes upon her hand-crafted pottery. — Photo by Arnold Winkler

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Marlene Gaudio with her sculpture — Photo by Arnold Winkler

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Rahul Thevar
Montgazette Contributing Writer

Mary Burch, M.S., LBS from Telford, Pennsylvania, is a Senior Lecturer of Psychology  at Montgomery County Community College. She loves studying human behavior, teaching and sharing her love of gymnastics. Burch was the 2015 Recipient of the Barnes and Noble Part-Time Teaching Excellence award.
Her passion for helping the community extends to holding food drives for Manna on Main Street. Her humanitarian work along with teaching made her a good choice for the teaching excellence award.  On top of that, the way she teaches makes students excited about learning.  “Personality is my favorite course to teach,” she said of her teaching style.
“I first met Mary when I started gymnastics at Spirit Gymnastics,” Melissa Ann, a former coaching assistant, said. “She was an awesome coach and very good at gymnastics so it was awesome getting to learn and train with someone who knew what they were talking about and was good at gymnastics themselves.”
Kerry Stone liked Mary’s personality. “I met Mary two years ago at Spirit Gymnastics. She started working with my daughter when she was 4. Mary is a great coach for [both of my] girls. She is funny
but still strict. She is a good example for the girls as she always works hard but has fun with her work.”
Mary’s tireless work and dynamic teaching style make her an amazing MCCC teacher and personality to match.

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Mary Burch

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