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By: Joshua Kellem
Montgazette Staff Writer

On Saturday, March 19th, Ventura, California rapper Kyle Harvey performed at Electric Factory in Philadelphia as part of the Happy Camper Tour. Better known as Super Duper Kyle, a name he acquired in high school, Harvey came to promote his second album, “Smyle.” Harvey’s “Smyle” depicts the self-dubbed “happy rapper” doing just that: smiling. The album’s title and its cover displays his smile which includes his snaggletooth. Harvey’s popular track, “All Alright,” brings the album’s simple message: smile, no matter what you’re going through, just hit play and it will be all alright. With his rapidly growing fan base with over 140,000 followers, performing for Electric Factory’s nearly 2,500 fans and following headliners like popular rapper Hoodie Allen has given Harvey a notoriety he couldn’t gain any other way. Rolling Stone, a world-leading music magazine, dubbed Super Duper Kyle one of ten new artists you need to know in May 2015. This accolade came after shortly his debut album, “Beautiful Loser,” and first national tour, “King Wavy Tour.” In November 2015, “The Fader,” another popular music and lifestyle magazine, dubbed Harvey and his Super Duper crew of photographers, designers, managers and friends, one of eight creative collectives that are changing the way music is made. After his performance, I got a chance to talk with Super Duper Kyle.
Q: What inspires you to write the music you
make? Who are you writing it for?
A: I’m writing music I make for myself. And
what inspires me is life events I go through.
Q: You’ve been to Philly before, most
recently at Trocadero Theatre. What’s the
crowd reaction when you come to Philly and
why do you keep coming back?
A: Every time I come to Philly, people are
excited for the music. They’re not excited for
the night, just to be out, they’re excited to come
to a Kyle show, and relate to the song, which is
why I [mess] with Philly. Philly is ready for that.
Yeah, I love Philly.
Q: So, how does it feel to go from trying to
break into the industry to finally gaining some
traction and some mainstream appeal with
“Smyle” and the Happy Camper Tour?
A: It feels good. I feel I’m working steadily,
but surely. And I feel like I’m not outgrowing
myself, you know? It feels good, it feels like I’m
moving at the right pace, like, “Beautiful Loser”
was my intro and “Smyle” is my follow up. It’s
been a very calm, really amazing, pace.
Q: When you come off the tour, when can
your fans expect the newest project and what
will it entail?
A: The newest project is definitely going
to be the best work of my whole career and I
can’t tell you when to expect it, but probably sometime this year.

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By: Dillon Campbell
Montgazette Staff Writer

On April 6th, Montgomery County Community College featured the spring 2016 Five Day Film Festival. Participants were challenged to write, film, edit and produce short films over the course of five days. For each semester, the film festival has a different theme and corresponding challenge. For the spring 2016 semester, the theme of the festival was to “Swede” blockbuster films. The term “Swede” or “Sweded” comes from the 2008 film, Be Kind Rewind, starring Mos Def and Jack Black. In the film, Jack Black & Mos Def work at a video store where Jack Black’s character accidentally erases all of the tapes in the store. In order to fix this problem without the customers noticing, they decide to remake all of the movies. Despite noticing the obvious stunt that the two pull, their customers love the new versions just as much as the originals. With that challenge in mind, the participants of the Five Day Film Festival were tasked with producing a five minute remake of a specific blockbuster movie. On the night of the screening, the five following movies were presented by the named participants: “Billy Wilson’s Days Off, A Parody of Ferris Buller’s Day Off” produced by Billy Wilson Productions. “Point Break” produced by Dream Team. “Home Alone” produced by Team Safety. “The Matrix” produced by Gal and the Guys. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” produced by Philm-It Productions. There were two types of awards each film could receive, the Audience’s Choice and the Judge’s Choice. While everyone’s film showed creativity, the festival gave awards to only two films. “The Matrix” by Gal and the Guys won the Audience’s Choice award and the Judge’s Choice award went to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” by Philm-It Productions.

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By: Mamata Tharima
Montgazette Staff Writer

September 11th and the media’s coverage of radical Muslim activities lead some anti-Muslim protestors to publicly burn copies of the Quran and vandalize
mosques to show their hatred for Muslims worldwide. On top of this, the media continues to focus on critical stereotypes of Muslims and documenting violations of
their rights. The controversial and misused term of Jihad is one of the roots of this hatred. This Arabic word means “struggle or strive for a noble cause with determination without causing any harm.” Many non-Muslims use the word Jihad to mean “Holy War,” which was first used to describe the Christian Crusades from the ninth to twelfth centuries. “The misuse of Jihad contradicts Islam,” Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America writes in his article “Jihad: A Misunderstood Concept from Islam – What Jihad is, and is not.” Shaykh Kabbani points out that the Quran and Islamic law do not define Jihad as just killing. The concept of Jihad has been hijacked by many political and religious extremists to commit violence and terror against many innocent people. According to Cosmas Akuta, a communication professor at Montgomery County Community College, “We should not require people in terms of proselytizing or get people in your religion to do evils whether in deeds or speech…I think we should use religion for good and to uplift people.” The media and news channels cover stories that interest them and appeal to a mainstream audience but sometimes the coverage can be biased. In 2015, there was a shooting of three young Muslims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. All of them were shot in the head by their neighbor who was an atheist and made antiIslamic statements on social media. The parents of the victims reported that their children were harassed because of their appearance and felt threatened by their neighbor on multiple occasions. Several organizations, educational institutions and interfaith services, taking full advantage of the freedoms from the United States Constitution, express brotherhood and respect of Muslims. Julie Sullivan, the president of St. Thomas University, a Catholic university in Minnesota, offered a statement of support for Muslim students and staff. She said, “At a time of deeply troubling anti-Muslim political rhetoric in American society, we at the University of St. Thomas reiterate our welcome to Muslims as members of our community, our gratitude for the many contributions that Muslims make to our community and our unwavering support especially for our many Muslim students.”
President Barack Obama visited a mosque in Baltimore, Maryland to send a strong message of support to Muslim-Americans and to defend religious freedom in America. In his speech, he said, “If we are serious about freedom of religion—and I am speaking now to my fellow Christians who remain the majority in this country—we have to understand an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths.” We as humans should continue to work collaboratively to fight against violence and terrorism to make the world a better place to live in harmony with one another.

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Mamata Tharima Courtesy of the author.

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By: Dave Aston
Montgazette Staff Writer

“Instrumental.”
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
faculty.”
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
involved.”
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
same.
“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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