Spooky World: Reviewing New England’s “Nightmare”

By Sonia Aviles

Think of being placed right in the middle of a ghoulish nightmare mixed with elements of your favorite horror movie on a cold, dark night surrounded by many unfamiliar faces. Then enhance that nightmare with heavy rock and roll music in the back ground mixed with the sounds of chainsaws, cheerful laughter, screams of glee and fear, and cracks of a nearby fire pit. Welcome to Spooky World!!

Spooky World is in Litchfield, New Hampshire, this haunted theme park is worth a visit on any opening night. Upon arrival, there is plenty of space to park, with at least three to four lots of parking space for a fee of $5. The parking staff is also helpful and direct cars to appropriate spaces to park so there is no hassle to find parking spaces. Generally, the ticket prices are not wallet friendly. General admission is usually $40 per ticket for a typical weekend. The food and drinks are decent there, but not worth the price. Something as simple as hotdogs or burgers would cost $5 and more where you could get the same thing at a local fast food restaurant. They do serve beer there; however, they cost just as much as buying it from a bar. A helpful suggestion would be to eat out if money is an issue. read more

MWCC to host a Financial Literacy Fair on October 24th

By Meghan Doyle

Mount Wachusett Community College will host a financial literacy fair on October 24 in the Gardner campus commons area. The fair is free for all students and will cover a variety of topics, such as tips on building budgeting habits and establishing good credit

The program stresses the importance of financial literacy in both school and life. The workshops on federal student loans and the financial aid process can help individuals understand the ins and outs of comprehending college finances while other workshops, such as dealing with credit cards and budgeting are ubiquitous in everyday life, affirms the financial aid office. Students are encouraged to pre-register online to reserve their seats at mwcc.edu/financialaid. read more

In/Transit Art Exhibit

By: Desire’ Jackson – Crosby

Lines etched on simple, ripped-out-of-the-book sketch paper. Colors – pastel blue, hazy yellow, and earthy brown decorate some pages while heavy thick lines of defined color trace upon others. Simplicity sings a soft note of abstractness, telling a whimsical story that changes the more you look at it.
This is the work of Julia Morgan, titled “In/Transit”. For some reason, upon hearing the name of these pieces, I was taken to a much more figurative view of the art. I began the famous process of contemplation that comes with observing art. I thought to myself: “Maybe Julia created the messy strokes on the page when she was feeling cloudy and confused over a situation in her life”. I turned over instances and searched for situations inside the colors of the pages. Although art is open-ended, after reading the display bearing Julia’s explanation of her work, I was struck. Of In/Transit, she said “these paintings were made on buses and trains, in desert jeeps, taxis, rental cars, buses and carts across Egypt, India, Morocco and France using watercolor, pens, ink, and paint markers” I stood puzzled, but by then very intrigued.
read more

Business Honor Society Looking for Students

Alpha Beta Gamma

By Courtney Wentz

Alpha Beta Gamma, the business honor society, is looking for more students to participate in their activities.

ABG has been on campus since 1970, with accounting Professor Linda Bolduc as their advisor. Their new President is Tammy Goodgion who said, “ABG has a life-long membership that people will recognize on a resume because it’s known internationally.”

Recently, ABG joined the Gardener Chamber of Commerce as a business. This will benefit students a part of ABG by them being able to meet with CPAs, business owners, and helping out at these local businesses. read more

College: The Next Step

By Nicholas Cherico

After students graduate from high school, they are never sure what to expect going into their first semester of college. “Am I going to make friends?” or “How hard are the classes going to be?”. These questions, along with many more, are what went through the head of Julie Henderson of Shirley as she started her college career.

Henderson started taking college courses early, as she participated in the dual enrollment program during high school. She did this for two years at Mount Wachusett Community College, then transferred to Fitchburg State University. After just one year at Fitchburg, she decided to come back to the Mount and is currently in the Dental Assisting program. She is hoping to be in the Dental Hygiene program next fall. read more

Women’s March on Washington

Women's March Photo

By Courtney Wentz

Former student and current computer lab assistant at MWCC, Susan Shute attended the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, January 21st.

Originally, Shute had not planned on going to the march because of potential violence and the cost of the trip, but due to a ticket becoming available, she was able to go with a friend and a bus full of people. Shute said, “I was so excited I couldn’t stand it.”

The buses left Keene, New Hampshire at 11:30PM and arrived in Washington, D.C. at 8AM the next morning. Shute described it taking an hour to get to the starting point of the march to listen to the speakers, and then began the march at around 3PM in the afternoon. read more