Happy Earth Day?

by Brianna Stevens

Editor in Chief

Image taken from http://www.homestead.afrc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/701144/air-force-and-homestead-celebrate-earth-day/

Isn’t it a little strange that it is April 19,  and we woke up to snow this morning? Earth day is on April 22, and if you Google Image search Earth Day right now, most of the pictures you will see are of a green and blue circle, covered in trees, plants, and flowers, a startling contrast to what I woke up to this morning. On my way to school, I passed a plow truck, but why am I surprised? In a week and a half, it will be May, and the current temperature is 33 degrees Fahrenheit.  read more

Terrific Partners: Meet Collene and Puma

by Christine Nelson

Journalism I

Photo By Christine Nelson
Professor Collene Thaxton with service dog Puma

You may have seen Professor Collene Thaxton and her service dog Puma together on campus, both at Gardner and Devens. You may even have Thaxton as an instructor, as she is a Professor of Nursing. Thaxton has Type I diabetes. Puma is a service dog; his job is to let Thaxton know when her glucose levels are too low or too high. I was lucky to interview them both while Puma was off duty.

Why did you decide to get a service dog?

I have had Type I diabetes for many years. But I have a tendency to push myself to my limits. You don’t always feel it when your glucose levels are off. My husband also started travelling more with his job. We decided that I needed more support. Puma arrived into my life on September 24, 2015.
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Inside the Minds of Nude Models

By Michele Walsky
Assistant Editor

Would you bare it all for the sake of art? Terri Mullen is one of several portrait models the art department employs and she has been sitting for MWCC students for nearly a decade. As an artist herself, she says it is a way to stay in the art scene.

“I get an education every time I’m in a class,” she said. “I get inspired to work on projects I’ve abandoned.”

But that is not what draws her in.

“I went into modeling to liberate myself,” Mullen said. “The body is art as a form. It’s something beautiful, not something to be exploited.” read more

You Drew What in Art Class?

by Michele Walsky

Assistant Editor

I was typing alone in the newsroom when the S.O.S arrived.

“Save me,” the text dinged. It was my daughter. “We have a nude male in drawing class!”

Amy’s discomfort was obvious and my mind immediately flew into Mom Mode. My baby has been subjected to male nudity; call the authorities!

How can a man pose nude for a class in this techno-age when sexting is illegal? How does this get a pass when we are hyper-sensitive about sexual harassment?

My initial reflex was to protect her. When my reaction calmed down, I did what I usually do when pondering an issue. I walked around it from all angles, throwing logic at it.  A) This is college. B) She is 18 years-old. C) She is an art major. D) The human form is art. E) The art department has female models too. F) The students are supervised. G) The models do not approach the students.  These reasons settled my mind. read more

Resources for Students as Finals Week Approaches

Photo by Ben Richard.
Gretchen Gonzalez studying in the library.

by Lvov Mhyana

Journalism I

The most stressful time of the semester is coming right up. We all know it’s difficult to take care of yourself during this time, but there are a few things you can easily do to keep yourself healthy to improve your performance during tests, and improve your memory while studying. Here are some on-campus resources to calm your mind and get yourself more prepared for finals.

Melissa Manzi, the on-campus College Counsellor/LICSW at the Mount, said, “Focusing on using your body to help manage stress is [an] area I emphasize with students. What you put in your body including food and substances and how you move your body will make a difference in handling stress. … Any type of relaxation exercise such as slow breathing, meditation, [or] listening to music, can provide moments of relief and again the energy you need to keep going.” read more

New iPhone Update Made to Prevent Distracted Driving: Do Not Disturb

“At least nine drivers are killed every day because of a distracted driver,” claims the Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) website. Distractions for drivers’ have varied since the invention of the wheel—horses, conversations, billboards, radios, built-in car phones, then iPods and cell phones. Technology may be partly to blame, but it is also attempting to solve the problem.
Apple’s “Do Not Disturb While Driving” app was unveiled on September 19th. According to the company website, the app allows the updated operating system, iOS 11, to run in the background and detect when the operator is driving.
The screen blacks-out, blocking texts, calls and also push notifications from games and social media, something other apps may not do, the website explained. Music and navigation still function and drivers can set up preferences to allow for emergency break-through calls. Parents can also set controls for their teensl.
In a survey of 88 Mount Wachusett students, 43 percent reported being “serene and scenic” drivers, while 18 percent put safety first and 30 percent were self-proclaimed Speed Racers. A wedge of 9 percent said it depended on the situation.
44 percent of students admitted they do not watch the road, compared to 41 percent who do. 15 percent paid attention sometimes. The graph below shows what habits take place in cars. read more