Cost of Knowledge

By Ruben Lawrence

College can be pretty costly and the only thing that’s on your mind more than grades is probably loans and getting aid. It can get a bit confusing; here is some information to help you.

Did you know that 78 percent of FMCC student receive financial aid? Also check with financial aid to see what grants and scholarships are offered.

Here are so loans and grants students can receive:

Federal Pell Grant -A Federal Pell Grant is awarded to eligible full- and part-time undergraduate students. The amount of the award is determined by the student’s financial need. The Federal Pell Grant may be used for any college related expense and, as a grant, does not have to be repaid

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant- A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is for students with exceptional financial need. Defined as those students with the lowest Expected Family Contributions (EFC). Awards range from $100 to $400

William D. Ford Direct Loan Program – The three types of Direct Student Loans:

Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans – A Subsidized loan is based on financial need. Interest will be deferred while the student is in college.

Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan – An Unsubsidized loan is not based on financial need. Interest starts accruing at the time the loan is disbursed and continues until it is paid in full.

Direct Parent PLUS loan – A PLUS loan is for parent(s) of eligible dependent students to assist with their child’s educational expenses. Repayment begins 60 days after the loan is disbursed.

But if your problems is manage loans after graduating you check out this websites that can help you:

You can apply for an income-based repayment plan at

Make sure to also check the schools you’re applying for Net Price Cost on their websites to get estimate on how much school will cost for you after grants and scholarships. To check the FMCC Net Price Cost go to

There are various programs that will forgive all or some of your federal student loans if you work in certain fields or for certain types of employers. To learn more about Loan Forgiveness visit

More screen time means less sleep for teens

The longer a teen spends on screen time throughout the day before going to bed, the worse quality sleep s/he is likely to have, suggests a large study published in the online journal BMJ Open.

The teens were asked how much screen time they spent outside of school hours, and on what activities, for any of the following electronic devices: computer; smartphone; tablet; games console; and TV, the study said

They were also asked questions about their sleep routine on weekdays and at weekends: when they normally went to bed and got up; how much sleep they needed to feel rested; and how long it took them get to sleep (sleep onset latency).

Gender differences emerged in activities and preferred devices. Games console use was more popular among the boys, whereas girls were more likely to use smartphones and tablets.

In particular, use of a computer, smartphone, or tablet in the hour before bedtime was significantly associated with taking longer to fall asleep. A period of more than half an hour is normally defined as long sleep latency in adults, say the researchers.

Total daytime screen use of more than 4 hours was linked to a 49 percent greater risk of taking longer than 60 minutes to fall asleep.

Studies show on average the teens said they needed 8-9 hours of sleep to feel rested. But those who spent more than 2 hours emailing or chatting online were more than three times as likely to sleep for less than 5 hours. While those who spent more than 4 hours in front of any screen were more than 3.5 times as likely to sleep for less than 5 hours.

When the analysis looked at individual devices, the strongest association for shortened sleep and less sleep than deemed necessary was found for computers, although this technology was one of the most commonly used of all the electronic platforms.

Multi-taskers were also more likely to take longer to get to sleep and to sleep for less—than those who used only one device.

Teens who used two to three devices were 50 percent more likely to sleep for less than 5 hours than those who used just one device; teens who used four or more devices were 75 percent more likely to do so, the study concluded.



Fulton-Montgomery Community College Events February 6, 2015 THRU October 20, 2015

Matt Metzger

Tue, February 24
Leadership/Student Luncheon
12:30p.m. – 2 p.m. U-106

Fri, March 6
Deaf Chat
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Raiders Cove

Tue, March 10
Leadership/Student Luncheon
12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. U-106

Fri, April 3
Deaf Chat
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Raiders Cove

Tue, April 7
The Fabulous Beekman Boys
Barto Lecture
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. FMCC’s Theatre discussing Entrepreneurship in Rural America

Tue, April 14
Leadership/Student Luncheon
12:30 p.m – 2 p.m Um-106

Sat, April 18
NYS Walk for Children
10a.m. – 2 p.m. Campus Perimeter Road Register at NYS Walk for Children.Org or call 518-795-9454

Fri, May 1
Deaf Chat
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Raiders Cove

Federal Communication Commission Net Neutrality

By Isaiah Bermudez

The Federal Communication Commission has proposed new rules for net neutrality.

According to Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman, in a wired magazine opinion piece, “After more than a decade of debate and a record-setting proceeding that attracted nearly 4 million public comments, the time to settle the Net Neutrality question has arrived. This week, I will circulate to the members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new rules to preserve the internet as an open platform for innovation and free expression. This proposal is rooted in long-standing regulatory principles, marketplace experience, and public input received over the last several months.”

Wheeler went on to say, “the internet wouldn’t have emerged as it did, for instance, if the FCC hadn’t mandated open access for network equipment in the late 1960s. Before then, AT&T prohibited anyone from attaching non-AT&T equipment to the network. The modems that enabled the internet were usable only because the FCC required the network to be open.”

Fulton Montgomery Community College Men’s and Women’s Basketball Remaining Schedule for 2014-2015

By: Tyrone Davis

Raiders Basketball

7 p.m. February 11-Wednesday
Men’s Basketball
Fulton-Montgomery Community College

3 p.m. February 14-Saturday
Men’s Basketball
@ Clinton Community College-NY

7 p.m. February 18-Wednesday
Men’s Basketball
Fulton-Montgomery Community College

1 p.m. February 21-Saturday
Men’s Basketball
Fulton-Montgomery Community College

TBA February 27
Men’s Basketball
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Region 3 Championship Tournament

Lady Raiders

5 p.m. February 11-Wednesday
Women’s Basketball
Fulton-Montgomery Community College

5 p.m. February 18-Wendesday
Women’s Basketball
Fulton-Montgomery Community College

7 p.m. February 19-Thursday
Women’s Basketball
@ Clinton Community College

TBA February 27
Women’s Basketball
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Region 3 Championship Tournament

Say hello to Reggie, FM’s new mascot

By: Tyrone Davis

Reggie            Reggie, FM’s Pirate mascot, appears at the college’s home basketball games. With the new addition of a mascot, the FM basketball games are much more lively and fun for the fans even during timeouts and halftime breaks. Reggie usually is dancing around the gym, taking pictures with fans or pulling tricks on fans.

He was introduced during October’s Midnight Madness event. Midnight Madness was an event held by the Men and Women’s basketball teams. During this event fans got a first look at both teams as they scrimmaged. The event started out introducing all of the players from both teams one by one and then introducing the new mascot.

The person inside the suit is second year student Khaleeq Baum. He has been the mascot since the basketball season started in November. Baum is known around campus for dancing and being active bringing good school spirit, and there was no training required to be the mascot. As of now, it’s unclear about who will be the new mascot next year after Khaleeq is transferred to a 4-year school.


Valentine talk


Valentine days which is February of each year, it is celebrated in many countries around the world. It began as a celebration for Christian saints named Valentinus. Several long stories were told about the tale of Valentines Day that belonged to February 14.

One was about Saint Valentine of Rome stating that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry Christians. The emperor thought single soldiers performed better. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Different people stated that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell, which sparked valentine day.

It evolved into a big deal in which lovers and friends expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering favors, pampering and sending cards. Valentine day is the one day of many days of the year where everyone stresses what he or she are going to get their significant other or someone they like. According to the total amount spent on valentine day is $18.6 billion. It is also the day where you try to impress everyone in your life with buying the most expensive gift.

Does the price make it a memorable gift? Is the price really important? Is it really about the thought of caring for someone or has Valentine day turned into a day to just throw gifts in people face for limited happiness?.

If your not one of those people There are many ways to “ball on a budget” without breaking your pockets while getting him or her something for valentine day. Ball on a budget means to set yourself on a budget and to buy many things within the budget without breaking the bank. These are a couple of gift ideas under $25 dollars. A couple of inexpensive gifts for him would be chocolate covered strawberries, a nice watch, a nice personalized chain, custom pair of boxers, personalized m&m’s, special donut, pastries, charging phone case, fitted hat, music speakers.

Some inexpensive gifts for her can be Post-it notes of All the things you love about your spouse in the shape of a heart with candles around it & a box of chocolates, personalized teddy bear, box of chocolate covered pretzels, personalized necklace, personalized m&m’s, pastries. Other gifts you can get are if your significant other is into photography is a lens for your iPhone or android. More gift ideas would be a cool pixel heart heating mug, make a framed group of photos that put your relationship in chronological order of events by months or years depending on the longevity of your relationship, write “I love you because” notes and insert them into any other object throughout your home for your spouse to capture each message.
Other idea can be to just make a nice dinner. Some valentine day recipes are honey-mustard chicken pasta, spicy shrimp with coconut sauce and white rice, Baked Chicken alla Milanese. Dessert options could be strawberry shortcake with any flavored ice cream, bread pudding with whip cream and X & O’S sugar cookies.
Want privacy here are some ways to get them. There is always the “ sock on the door “ trick. Call out work just for one day for you and your significant other to spend time in the house alone before the kids or anyone comes to interrupt. Get a hotel for the night don’t tell anyone where you are. What’s better than that you get a nice room with a balcony after dinner and to spend alone time. Book a couple’s massage, what’s better than treating your significant other and treating yourself at the same time.
Just remember Love and gifts is not meant to be given and received on just Valentine’s Day. Instead, it’s to be practiced every single day of the entire year to everyone in your life.

no January Thaw



The days around mid-January have long been associated with the proverbial “January Thaw”, when winter briefly loosens its icy grip.

Annual averages really do show a slight temperature increase, and subsequent dip, during the final week of January.

This year winter has not let up. In fact temperatures were anything but warm. The weather got below freezing at times causing building closings etc.

According to, “During the January Thaw, which usually lasts for about a week, temperatures rise an average of 10° F higher than the previous week, then drop back down in time for February’s arrival. Though it’s called a “thaw,” the January Thaw doesn’t necessarily melt away snow and ice during its stay. In areas where winter weather is exceptionally cold, temperatures during the thaw may not even rise above freezing.” Which happened to us. Temperate regions may experience a “false spring.”

According to The Weather Channel, “The January Thaw is considered a singularity, which the American Meteorological Society defines as “a characteristic meteorological condition that tends to occur on or near a specific date more frequently than chance would indicate.”

“Many residents in the north-central and northeastern part of the country have noticed that after a period of cold temperatures in early to mid-January, a thaw occurs around the Jan. 20-24 time frame. This “January Thaw” doesn’t necessarily happen every year, but when it does, it is usually around those dates.” according to The Weather Channel.

Importance of College Email

By Isaiah Bermudez

Do you remember the Gmail account the school gives each student?

It is very important to check your college email regularly for updates of your classes, important advisory updates, and the opportunities the school provides.

Did you know that the school has provided each student the opportunity to receive Microsoft All in One for free? All registered students are given the chance to register for Microsoft All in One in your college email.

The email contains all the information needed to create an account with Microsoft. Once registered, you will be able to use the software for free.

The use of college email is not only for scheduling appointments. It is a great way to easily contact your professor about any questions you may have or receive feedback on work. One day you would probably need a letter of recommendation and they will ask for you to provide them with information through the college email.

It is difficult to email professors with your primary email because in the SUNY system, your email pops up as spam mail. Spam mail is considered to carry viruses.

The college urges students to use their college email while trying to contact any college faculty member.

“We Challenge U” Blood Drive

by Aaron Morton

The American Red Cross and FM “We Challenge U” blood drive is happening until 3 p.m. today.

In order to exceed the goal of 64 pints and potentially save over 200 lives, campus support is needed.

Prizes will be offered as a thank you to those who lend a helping hand. See Gwen Ossenkop in the Student Activities Office in the Student Union Building.