Returning and transfer students can apply for FACE scholarships

By Matthew Metzger

The Fulmont Association of College Educators scholarship

Each year, Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s faculty, raises money to fund scholarships to be awarded to students based on outstanding academic success.

Lou Fagan, FACE scholarship chair said, “We want to be able to award students because they need it.”

Returning students, graduating transfer students are welcome to apply. Applicants must have completed at least 12 credit hours at FM with a 3.2 cumulative GPA, be currently enrolled at FM for at least 6 credit hours, also plan to have at least 6 credit hours at FM or elsewhere in Fall, 2015.Students must submit an unofficial transcript, and spring 2015 midterm grades with their application.

Students must submit an unofficial transcript, and spring 2015 midterm grades with their application.

The application is due Wednesday, March 18 to Lou Fagan in C- 231H. No e-mail is accepted, submit only hard copies. Any questions contact Fagan.

FM’s Basketball teams’ ends at Regionals

By Tyrone Davis

FM’s Men and women’s basketball team were bumped in the first round of the Regional Tournament this season.
The men’s team earned the 8th seed, and the women’s earned the 4th seed.
The first game of regionals for the men’s team was against their rival, Herkimer. This would be the third time these teams played each other for the season. The first two meetings between them came down to the final seconds. Herkimer beat FM both games by just 1 point.
This third game between the two seemed to be like the previous two games for the first 30 minutes. The largest lead was 7 points by Herkimer until about 10 minutes left to go. But as time went on Herkimer’s height advantage drove them to a big lead and they won by 15.
FM finished the season with an overall record of 15-13.
The first game of regionals for the Lady Raiders was against Jefferson Community College. During the first meeting between them, FM won by 7.
This game turned out to be an upset, as Jefferson defeated FM by 18.
The Lady Raiders had the lead early, 14-10, but then Jefferson fought and had an 8 point lead at halftime. They kept the lead throughout the game and pushed it even further. The Lady Raiders finished with a record of 17-9

Four Raiders named to 2014-2015 Mountain Valley All-Conference Teams

By Isaiah Bermudez

Three Lady Raiders, Men Raider were named First, Second, and Third 2014-2015 Mountain Valley All-Conference Teams.

Three FM Lady Raiders basketball team members were voted into the 2014-2015  Conference Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team.

Stephanie Rice was voted All-Conference First Team. Rice averaged 16.7 PPG and 11.2 RPG.

Evanda Redwood was voted All-Conference Second Team. Redwood averaged 15.3 PPG.

Jessica Woney was voted All-Conference Third Team. Woney averaged 12.1 PPG and 5.2 APG.

One FM Raider made the 2014-2015 Mountain Valley Conference Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team.

Tyrone Davis was voted All-Conference Second Team. Davis Averaged 11.5 PPG and 7.5 APG.

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.