Ending No-Shave November like a man

Sitting at the sports desk today and gazing out a nearby window, I’ve watch a hundred scraggly tufts of unkempt facial hair (mostly neckbeards) go scurrying by shamefully. Occasionally a real beard passes by or a whimsical mustache, and I remember all at once that we’re chin deep into No-Shave November, or as I like to call it: November.

Soon the month will draw to its close. Some boys will be unable to bear the heavy weight of manliness any longer. They will go running for salvation in the shaving and shaving accessories aisles of whatever store people like that shop in.

Others will look upon themselves in the mirror and know that they’ve cultivated something truly glorious. In either situation, shaving will suddenly become very important. Even a great beard must be trimmed and edged carefully from time to time.

Whether seeking to smooth oneself completely or trying to keep an epic beard epic, a man must understand the tools of the profoundly masculine ritual of shaving.

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College education still worth it

The value of continuing education beyond high school has been questioned, especially in light of increasing tuition and the level of student loan debt that some students experience.

But the benefits still significantly outweigh the costs in both time and money.

Continuing education after high school has never been more important to secure a better future for individuals as well as for America.

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The time to file for financial aid is now

Paying too much for tuition, fees, books, and supplies? If you are paying the full amount of your charges owed the college for these direct costs, then you should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

By filing the FASFA at www.fasfa.gov, you are allowing the OCCC Financial Aid Office to determine your eligibility for grants, loans, and student work to help with your expenses. Be sure to list the OCCC Federal school code 010391 on the FASFA.

Students who file each year often receive more than enough funding to cover their direct expenses and have remaining funds available for other expenses such as transportation costs.

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Students who commit do better

“The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.” —Ben Stein


As we move into the summer semester, nearly half of 2012 is behind us already. Time continues its steady march into perpetuity, and students arrive on campus for another round of classes.

Whether you are newly graduated from high school, an older student coming to school after a hiatus, or a college student who wants or needs some credit for the summer, it is important to remember that this session will move forward whether you are prepared for it or not. In order to help yourself be as successful as possible, I encourage you to remember a few basic tenets:

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You Asked For It

Q: What is the safest area on campus in case of a tornado emergency?

A: No location on OCCC’s campus is a designated shelter — but there are “safer areas” on the campus that are identified by a green sign. Of those, the safest area could be considered the Horseshoe Area.

—Lisa Teel
Director of Emergency Planning

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Students who plan in advance more successful

Enrollment for the summer and fall semester is now open. Students should enroll as soon as possible.

Students who set their goals early and have an action plan are often more successful in their academic careers.

If you are working, have a family or other priorities that you must plan your coursework around, meeting with an adviser in advance can make enrollment a much smoother process.

Classes are filling up quickly, and optimal times and days for those on a restricted schedule will become difficult to find.

Therefore, planning ahead and meeting with an academic adviser now may ensure optimal course placement and course availability.

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Students should use OCCC job web resources

Students, summer 2012 is fast approaching. The office of Student Employment & Career Services can help you search and apply for jobs both on and off-campus.

We have a variety of professional job search tools and programs designed to strengthen your application process:

#1. Online Student Job Board: www.collegecentral.com/occc

More than 200 local part-time, full-time and seasonal jobs listed daily.

#2. Please upload your résumé to the student job board for registered employer review.

#3. Optimal Résumé: www.occc.optimalresume.com.

More than 6,500 students have created résumés utilizing Optimal Résumé.

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College degree great investment

“ … You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice. If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice. . .” (from “Freewill” by Rush)

Making choices is one of the great paradoxes in life. Even the act of not making a choice is making the choice to let someone else decide for you. While some decisions do not present us with ideal options or even positive options, taking control of making the choice can help us reduce our anxiety about the situation.

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