Campus Current

January/February 2023

The winter season can cause loss of sleep and motivation, along with other symptoms of depression.
Low sunlight causes seasonal depression

If you’re feeling a little blue as the winter drags on, it’s possible you suffer from seasonal depression. AACC psychology professor Maria Winters, a licensed counselor, said unlike winter blues, seasonal depression affects a student’s daily living for an extended time. Winters...

Riverhawks athletes open up about their favorite sports players. Soccer midfielder Leyton Calzado (left) says he appreciates how humble soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo is.
Players talk favorite professional athletes

Riverhawks athletes said their favorite professional players work hard and are an inspiration. Soccer midfielder Roberto Colon said he chose Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo as his favorite pro because of his work ethic. “He’s just got everything you can ask for in a...

Students say they wish campus parking lots had more spaces.
Students talk parking problems

“Oh boy, they’re assholes,” second-year transfer studies student Tristan Comba said about student drivers in the AACC parking lots. “It’s like they have road rage. They’re impatient. They don’t pay attention to their surroundings. They just don’t care.” Comba isn’t...

From right to left, AACC Police Chief Sean Kapfhammer, Anne Arundel County Police Detective Kayla Jennings, and AACC Compliance Officer Melanie Monts De Oca, a stalking survivor, share advice in an awareness panel at the Arnold Campus on Thursday. Victims of stalking can file a report with AACC police by calling 410-777-1818.
Cops, survivors, give advice in stalking panel

This story contains mentions of violence and stalking. A stalking survivor who works at AACC advised students and faculty to “be observant of your surroundings of yourself and others” on Thursday. Melanie Monts De Oca, an AACC accessibility compliance officer, told a campus...

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Artificial intelligence raises plagiarism concerns

Students who use artificial intelligence tools to write their papers or answer exam questions are guilty of plagiarism, AACC faculty members said in January.  According to Wayne Kobylinski, the academic chair of the English department, faculty have flagged at least two students...

Fourth-year photography student Graig Bracey says wearing a mask helps with his allergies.
Some in community still prefer masking

AACC students who still wear masks on campus said their reasons go beyond preventing illness. Third-year theater student Aidan Henderson said masks can serve as a sense of comfort. “I think it has helped a lot of people with some insecurities, but ... it’s also become a crutch,”...

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Early numbers show enrollment increase

Projected enrollment for this semester suggests the student body will increase by 5.7% from last spring, according to the college. New student registrations are up 10.7% and returning student registrations are up 5.3%, according to AACC’s Office of Planning, Research and Institutional...

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International students say college is 'welcoming'

International students said in October the campus atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. Being an international college student in the U.S. poses challenges like learning a new language at an academic level, making friends and navigating cultural norms. “I’m not an English speaker,”...

AACC esports teams compete in League of Legends, Rocket League and Overwatch tournaments. Shown, League of Legends player Zac Pinales.
Esports squad starts 2023 with optimism

One of AACC’s three esports teams will move from intramural to varsity this semester. Esports, which joined the Athletic Department in spring 2022, has three teams: League of Legends, Rocket League and Overwatch. Each player participates on one of the multiplayer teams, which compete...

By filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid–FAFSA–students can qualify for scholarships, tuition assistance and on-campus work-study jobs.
Students get opportunities for financial aid, jobs, from FAFSA

The deadline for filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid––FAFSA––which is the first step to applying for financial aid, scholarships and on-campus job opportunities, is March 1. AACC Financial Aid Director Tara Carew said the FAFSA “opens up doors”...

The Riverhawks are now 6-14 after the 59-50 defeat on Tuesday night to the College of Southern Maryland Hawks.
Riverhawks fall 59-50 to College of Southern Maryland

The Riverhawks women’s basketball team lost 59-50 on Tuesday night to the College of Southern Maryland Hawks.  With this loss, the Riverhawks fall to 6-14 and the Hawks improve to 4-6. Fans were invited to wear Hawiian themed outfits for a “Hula Hoops Hawaiian Night”...

Most of AACC’s student services will keep the same in-person and online hours as last semester.
Services to maintain same hours in spring

Academic advising and admissions, as well as most other student services, will be open in person Monday through Thursday and virtually Monday through Saturday in the spring semester. Most services, including the library, will open at 8:30 a.m., but closing times vary. For example,...

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