Happy Holidays!



I bid you adieu fair blog readers! It’s been a great semester and I wish everyone a calming, peaceful holiday season. Cheers to the past and much more cheers to the new year! See you in the Spring!

I would like to personally invite to a very moving event attended by people of all types of faith, headed by Governor O’Malley and Mayor Rawlings-Blake to usher in the New Year’s 2011:

The 18th Annual New Year’s Eve Interfaith Prayer Celebration

at St. Ignatius Church

8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 31,

with the musical program beginning at 8:00

(reserve tickets by emailing parish@st-ignatius.net)

Also, for any inquiries on how to become a Student Life/Public Relations Student Ambassador blogger, contact Toni Aho at taho@ccbcmd.edu or Jess Myers at jmyers4@ccbcmd.edu.

-May Bing

No one’s gonna do change for you

“How many trees do we waste on Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan?” – Winona La Duke, speaking about the paper waste contributed by tabloid magazines on these two controversial Hollywood stars

I was given the delightful chance to meet 2-time Vice Presidential candidate and American-Indian representative Winona La Duke at CCBC Essex’ Student Life -sponsored Spotlight Speaker Series (try saying that 8 times fast). Winona is a true proponent of the green revolution and I would be re-miss not to talk about the wealth of knowledge and wisdom that she shared about living on this one planet we have.

Her big bone of contention was the way our government was handling our future. She talks about wealth disparity, which is the great difference between the rich and the poor, the haves and the have-nots. For the love of greed, she counters, our country prioritizes bank bailouts and US military excessiveness, thus leading to more national debt and waste of the nuclear and pollution type. Her beef with corporations is how they have the same rights as individuals do but are exempt from criminal liabilities.

This makes you just wonder: But what if another product recall kills people? How about another Ponzi scheme gone unchecked and our bank accounts gone to dust? What has ever happened to the Yakima dump that has made people sick and die? Just in our own backyards, why do you think we never get our blue crabs and scallops from the Inner Harbor? (The old chromium plant from the Inner Harbor in the 1930s has polluted the Chesapeake Bay; thus you wouldn’t want to consume these carcinogenic shellfish).

She is very concerned about our planet (as we all should be); and has even shackled herself to the front fence of an LA-based telephone book company. Why, you asked? It’s because she was protesting the impending death sentence this company had on an ancient tree that they were about to cut down to make, of all useless things, telephone books.

Anger put to the side, it all boils down to what she calls, RESPONSIBLE CITIZENRY. Civic engagement, or taking the initiative to help the community, one project at a time will help our planet NOW. Don’t worry about the grandkids’ future, worry about our future. She advocated that no one’s gonna do change for you.

On her Indian Reservation, she told us how her tribe overcame great adversity from the government and society. Half of the people on the reservation were living below the poverty line with nearly 4 generations of them living in abject poverty. The nearest place to work was 38 miles away; many had no cars and the men commonly had alcohol abuse problems (as the nearest liquor store was not necessarily on the reservation, it being illegal, but within just walking distance off the reservation). She thought of employing war veterans to create windmills for the Indian reservation which would generate their electricity needs. Her idea was, “The more diverse the thinking, the more you’ll get better answers.”

Winona strongly enjoins everyone to visit the website¬†Honor the Earth. Instead of consuming fast food, try slow food (google: Slow Food World Congress) to get some insight on how you live and ways to better it. She asks us to grow organic vegetables in our front yards and to stop using pesticides to make our lawns “green and pretty” yet toxic to us and Mother Earth as the rain water run-off from our pesticide-laden lawns get into our sewers and are recycled into our tap water. To turn our unused front yards into gardens, she said, would give us 750 pounds of fruits/vegetables a year! Ms. La Duke emphatically ended her speech with something to ruminate on: “Water is a basic human right. Even bottled water should be free water.”

CCBC is genuinely inspired by her. I’ll take this time to plug the next CCBC Student Life Trip during the Spring Break (April 16-22) to the Lakota Indian Reservation in South Dakota. We will learn from them and we will get to help them in their day-to-day needs. Deadline is December 17th, so act fast. I hope to see you there!

Honors class visits the Chesapeake Bay

What is a watershed? A watershed is the area of land where all of the water that is under it or drains off of it goes into the same place. Our watershed is the Chesapeake. We share this watershed with 5 other states: NY, WV, VA, DE, & PA. The Chesapeake is where our water comes from.

Roxanne Maffitt is a great teacher. Every semester, she organizes a trip with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. A few days ago, we set sail aboard the Snow Goose onto the Chesapeake Bay to learn more about it’s history and current bay preservation efforts.

That day it was 35 degrees out. On the water, it was 20 degrees. Mind you, we were freezing! But we got to learn about how 99% of the oyster population had died out due to pollution. In the 1800s, oysters in the bay were seen as nuisances, as the abundance was treacherous for boats to pass by them, risking damage.

According to Jocelyn of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the number of blue crabs are increasing, with the state government’s moratorium on harvesting the females. Apparently, each female lays hundreds of eggs which would increase the population.

We enjoyed the trip, complete with a packed lunch care of Prof. Maffitt.

Seen below are pictures of the class, fishing (where we only caught a solitary blue crab and some trash), and oyster digging.

Text-me-not

Texting. Quite intimate to say the least, provided that one often gets too attached to his or her mobile phone. It’s now been almost a month since I got an iPhone which made me savvy enough to instantaneously reply to emails still hot in my inbox… I still remember the simple days where you would look for a pay phone to call your friends/parents to pick you up from the mall.

It’s a secret world we live in – the epitomy of having an alter ego promoted daily (yes, you have one too, don’t indulge yourself). People are never reticent to share deep, dark thoughts through text. Some people really do only open up through discrete communication. Imagine: Reclusive acquaintances reaching out. Anonymous hate mail. Silent stalkers… all care of mobile messages.

How often have you seen couples break up care of SMS? How often have I felt more connected to my long distance fiance via text than I have elsewise? And how convenient it is that you can stay connected on a whim – only when you want to. Isn’t it funny how the world stays in touch (dumb pun intended) still, through touch…via the keypad?

Just this afternoon, there was a fire drill here at E, F, and G buildings. How did I know? CCBC texted me.

Hoops for Hope

Last month, I was lucky enough to help out at an event at the Dundalk campus.

Dubbed as the Hoops for Hope charity basketball game, it highlighted the basketball talents of several CCBC students versus errr, the CCBC faculty and staff. Rewind to its inception, this idea was the brainchild of several students enrolled in a class. They were tasked to create a charity event for class. Simple yet challenging and all the while an endeavor worth the time.

Steve Borsa, Chris Meekins, Jocelyn Smelka & Earl Williams were the students spearheading the event. It was for a mass communications class taught by Michael Welsh. After much preparations, complete with a hotdog stand, raffles and the presence of Mickey from 98 Rock, they raised almost $500 ($475) for Special Olympics.

It was an awesome event, entertaining to say the least. It was fun to see the dean run around with the ball, and you know, no one messes with the dean when she has the ball! The game was tight but the students won.

Here are some links to the videos below, for entertainment purposes only (forgive me, Student Life staff!):

Dean Scott is fit and feisty!

Crissy gets her exercise!

Toni makes a run for it!

Toni Aho of CCBC Student Life and Moe Brockington, CCBC Dundalk SGA President going head-to-head

CCBC Dean of College Life, Caroline Scott, is focused on keeping the ball!

Yours truly with fellow Student Ambassador Ignatius and Mickey Cucchiella of 98 Rock