Raiders win 10 in a row

by Brian de Los Santos
Head Coach Rachael Salvione took the reins of the program last season and this season’s squad is off to a great start.
The Lady Raiders won three more matches making it a 10 game wining streak last weekend. Last Saturday in pod play at Onondaga CC, FM downed a scrappy Jefferson CC team 25-21, 25-18, and 25-20. Then FM won a long and tough match with host Onondaga 20-25, 26-28, 25-19, 25-18, and 15-5. FM capped the day with a 3-0 blanking of Cayuga CC 25-8, 25-16, and 25-18.
The current NJCAA Region 3 poll has 13-0 Monroe CC in first place, followed by 9-2 Adirondack and 7-1 Fulton-Montgomery. The fourth and fifth teams are Jamestown CC and Niagara CCC.
The Raiders met Jamestown and Niagara in pod play on September 13. FM defeated Jamestown in straight sets 25-21, 25-23, and 25-14. FM also defeated Niagara, downing the Thunder Wolves in four sets 25-18, 20-25, 25-21, and 26-24.
Last season, they lost their first match of the season to the defending conference and region champs, SUNY Adirondack. The Raiders then went on to win their next seven consecutive matches, including two against top-ranked teams.

SGA Election Results

By: Armondo Jimenez

The results of the SGA officer elections are in.
The elections were for Freshman Senator, Sophomore Senator, Treasurer, and Student Trustee. The new Freshman Senator is Jordon Frederick, Sophomore Senator is Jessica Velazquez, Treasurer is Sonali Kumar, and Student trustee is Marilyn Rodriquez.

Technology changes, future construction part of FM projects list

By Isaiah Bermudez

Improvements to campus ,classroom and technology last summer totaled about $800,000 , according to Dr. Swanger.

New servers, Ethernet cables were part of the change . President Swanger has “Future Plans” for the college bookstore.

For the new students to FM and for those returning here, Many improvements have been made to the school these past several years. For instance, Raiders Cove, Which is set up like a sports bar without the alcohol, is only a year and half old. Raiders Hall wasn’t always a residential suite for students, Several years ago, it was a huge parking lot for students living in Fulton and Montgomery Hall.

The renovations of the lunchroom has changed dramatically as the décor of the café makes students feel welcome to eat and relax.

Dr. Swanger talked about future changes. One will be expanding the waste water treatment facility for a future College Town project, explains the financial side of the sewer project can probably be a $1 million. Safety Project which affects everyone who steps foot on campus. The project entails fixing signage and replacing classroom doors. The expansion of the college bookstore is another project. The plan is to move the College bookstore to the first floor . These projects are projected to start in the year 2015.

FMCC Dining


According to Jennifer Graham, the Catering Manager There are more take-out options for the students and they have an extra register, which makes the lines go faster during dinner and lunch time.

There are a number of food locations on campus to choose from. The food locations are Mondo’s, which serves subs, X kitchen, which serves hot food, Books&Bytes, which serves coffee and bagels, and Union Station, which serves hot food. The hours for these food stations are:

11:30 am -2:30pm
4 pm – 11 pm
Friday:11:30am-2: 30pm
4 pm- 12 am
Saturday: 4 pm – 12 am
Sunday: 4 pm – 11 pm

Monday –Thursday 4:00pm -7:00pm
Friday: 4:00pm -6:30pm
Saturday –Sunday: 11:00am – 3:00pm
4:00pm -6:30pm

Book & Bytes:
Monday – Thursday
7:30am – 5:00pm
Friday – 7:30am -2:00pm

Union Station:
Monday -Thursday
7:30am – 7:30pm

SGA Meetings Discusses New Policy on Club Funds

By: Armondo Jimenez

The main topic discussed at the senate meeting on September 18th, 2014 was about the change in the policy of club funding.

The FCA decided the clubs would no longer have their money saved in their reserves. It was said the FCA believed the clubs never used the money in their reserves; therefore they did not need it.

One club in particular this policy affected is the Veteran’s Club. They have been raising funds each semester to place in their reserves to move the Vietnam Memorial on the campus.

The senate voted to start a committee to fix problems similar to the Veteran’s Club.

Student Activities Benefit Students

By Matt Metzger

There are benefits for freshmen joining a campus club says Gwen A. Ossenkop, coordinator of Student Activities.

She said clubs benefit students by showing that they’re committed to being active, involved students. When it’s time to transfer, students can get letters of recommendation from their leaders if the club is for their major.

Within the last two years there have been four new clubs created: the American Sign Language, the Garden and Trails, the Think Peace, and the Veterans clubs.

Creating a new club is easy because only 10 students are required. Club members must go in front of the Senate in the FM Union Building to get the club approved.

Ossenkop is “Very proud of the students and proud of our clubs.” To be more up to date on activities, find the FM Student Activities Facebook page to get monthly calendars and times of SGA meetings.

Contact Ossenkop in the College Union office for more information.

FMCC Looks to Add Golf, Lacrosse, Bowling and Cross Country in Coming Years

By Tim Everhardt

For Kevin Jones, athletic director for more than a decade, the start of the new school year means helping FMCC’s sports teams to be as successful as they can be.

While the sports available have stayed the same during his tenure as AD, there is a three-year plan in place to bring in new sports to FMCC. Next year would see cross-country, bowling and golf be added to the list of sports. The following year, he hopes to bring in men’s and women’s lacrosse. With enrollment down in the past few years, Jones expects to attract local athletes from strong local high school programs with the addition of these new sports.

For those who do not know how a sports program is started, Kevin must first go to the Board of Trustees with the budget for the proposed teams. The sports teams currently get $67k, plus another $40k for travel. These numbers would increase with the addition of new sports. From there, Jones would take the proposal to the Student Government Association, where they would vote on it. Then it is up to the coach to recruit student-athletes to fill out the team.

After over a decade in the role of FM’s athletic director, Jones has overseen great changes with the athletic program. The softball field, in particular, has seen a massive overhaul since his arrival. When he first took the job 12 years ago, there was a subpar softball field with just a batter’s box and a backstop. Nowadays, there is a nice fenced in field with great dugouts and bleachers for spectators. Jones plans to continue renovations for the sports team’s facilities as well as adding new ones to accommodate the new programs.

As for his goals for this year’s sports team, Kevin always wants “to field competitive teams that could contend for a conference title or get into regional play and see how far they can go.” Especially in the Fall, FM’s team are up against some stiff competition, with the likes of perennial men’s soccer powerhouse Herkimer. This means that all students and staff are encouraged to come out and support the teams.

Life on Dorms

By Tyrone Davis

Recently Resident Director, Rosemary Harris spoke about some important information pertaining to life on dorms, about how the laundry cards work, how the rooms should look and what actions are likely to get students kicked out of school.

Harris said that all students receive a laundry card. “They are given the instructions on how to activate the card and add money to it. They are then sent a code to enter at the laundry machine, which adds the amount ordered previously” she added. The laundry machines are available 24 hours and are located in the lobby of Raiders hall as well as the resident director building.

Dorm rooms should be presentable and clean. The room should smell clean and look less cluttered. Also garbage should be removed when necessary. A lot of on-campus students complain about how junky and filthy their roommate is, which causes problems.

One of the most important things students need to know about dorms is the points system. If a student gets at least 10 points, then they can get kicked off dorms. Certain action causes students to receive points. Physical violence and the use of drugs or alcohol results in the most points. Another way to get points is to not take care of your room and leave it messy and smelly.


ASL (American Sign Language) Club has had a successful semester this year, filled with many events helped by the club members and the local community.

The top success of their club had to be the scholarship they presented to the Club President and Deaf student, Jacob Veeder. The scholarship was a fund award of $150.

Next on their list was the ASL comedy shows “S.E.E. Me Fail!” Featuring Windell “Wink” Smith, Jr. on Sat. April 5th in the FM Theatre.

“Wink” is a CODA, or child of a deaf adult; both of his parents are deaf. Wink first got to see sign language story telling from his parents, which lead him to go around and share this story about his parents and growing up in a deaf household. Not only did he put everybody in his perspective but also wanted the audience to get a view of the Deaf community and what many CODA’s go through growing up.

The sold out show had over 75 Deaf individuals from the local area and many ASL students from other schools and FM as well.

“Just seeing the Deaf community together for this show was a priceless endeavor for our club.” Stated Cheryl Schiemer. To not leave anyone out, they also had a voice interpreter for those who are ‘sign impaired’ hearing people. During the show the ASL Club performed an opening act hand signing the popular song, Fire Flies by Owl City while accompanied with black lights. The students wore black outfits with white gloves that only glowed showing their sign language hands.

After Jacob Veeder was presented with the scholarship, Jacob presented a T-shirt to Wink, which said, “What ! I can’t hear you! My swag is too loud!”, a deaf humorous shirt.

The ASL Club mission is to serve the Deaf, so that people who are able to hear can realize that people who are Deaf only cannot hear, they are capable of a lot more than people think.

The ASL Club is one of the most active clubs in FM right now. Every first Friday of every month Cheryl Schiemer and the club hold “Deaf Chats” at the Senior Center in Johnstown. “We have a coffee meet and greet once a month from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and anyone is welcome.” States Schiemer.

For more information about the Deaf Chats, contact Shiemer at (518) 866-9654

The Vagina Monologue

By:Perdita Sasu

The annual production of The Vagina Monologue (V-day) was recently held in the FM Theater. There was a full house of male and female, mainly females.


Math Professor Sonnet Gravina was the producer of The Vagina Monologue.

This is the third performance FM has put together for The Vagina Monologue, introduced by activist and author Eve Ensler.

The casts were all students, faculty, and staff member of Fulton Montgomery Community College. The colors worn during the performance were red and black.

Ensler the author of “The Vagina Monologue” is based on how she gathered 200 interviews and turned it into something significant. According to, Ensler experience performing “The Vagina Monologue “ inspired her to develop V-day.

V-day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-day movement has spread so much awareness that they were named “100 best charities” in one of Worth Magazine. V-day movement has even raised over $800 million.


FM’s version of “The Vagina Monologue” was also for a good cause to spreading awareness and funding to the victims of domestic violence and abuse. According to, two annual supporters are The Family Counseling Center of Fulton County and Montgomery County Domestic Violence & Crime Victim Services.