The Vanguard

The College’s student newspaper, The Vanguard, gives you experience reporting on events and programs, conducting interviews, and writing and editing stories.

Available Paid Student Management Positions

  • Editor-in-Chief
  • Business and Website Manager
  • Managing Editors (two positions)

How to Get Involved

If you are interested in writing for The Vanguard stop by their office located in the Student Leadership & Involvement Center, S1-12.

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Latest Stories

Holiday Sales: Are you Really Saving that much Money?

Publish Date: Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 11:51pm
Author: Christopher Tremoglie

The end of a year generally signals the end of the holiday season. The end of the holiday seasons generally signals the end of the holiday shopping season where consumers pack malls and stores and make purchases under the lure of the lore of great deals. However, are you really saving a significant amount – or any money – on holiday deals? Are the sales that good or is it a type of Machiavellian marketing propaganda designed to lure consumers to buy things thinking they are getting a deal when in reality, they are not? Are we all pawns in a retailer chess match?

Retailers advertise Black Friday and Holiday deals with amazing-sounding price cuts to increase sales during the holidays. The formula is simple: “If you cut it (the price), they will come.” Each year, millions of Americans participate in this ritual of capitalism but are they really getting a good deal? Are they getting any deal? Attempting to figure out whether the discount is indeed a good... more

As We Enter 2017, Money will Exit Your Pockets

Publish Date: Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 10:27pm
Author: Christopher Tremoglie

Benjamin Franklin once said, “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

With the new year literally only hours away, Philadelphians must be prepared to have a little less money in your pockets. With the new year comes higher prices specifically for driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Comcast services, a new gas tax and of course, last but not least, sugary beverages.

The following is the breakdown of how 2017 will be affecting your wallet:

Pennsylvania Turnpike Tolls: Starting January 8th, tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will have a six percent increase. The Turnpike Commission says the most frequent toll for a passenger vehicle will average about fifteen cents more for cash customers, from $1.80 to $1.95, and will increase about seven cents more for E-Z Pass customers, from $1.16 to $1.23.

Comcast: Starting Sunday, Comcast customers will receive an increase on... more

CCP Students Volunteer at Saint Barnabas Shelter for Women and Children

Publish Date: Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 11:11pm
Author: Amanda Cintron, Managing Editor

On a gray and windy Sunday in early December, the Community College of Philadelphia’s Association for the Education of Young Children (CCAEYC) along with CCP’s Muslim Student Association (MSA) teamed up to bring holiday cheer to Saint Barnabas Mission for Women and Children, a shelter for families headed by single mothers, located in West Philly.

Students from both clubs arrived at the shelter early bearing donated gifts of gloves, scarves, hats, craft materials, and of course, heaps of sugary sweets and frosting for gingerbread houses. After setting up the craft corner, gingerbread house assembly stations, stringing golden bells on yarn, and cranking up the holiday music, the mothers and wide-eyed children found their way into what one child referred to as the “Christmas party.” 

Saint Barnabas Mission for Women and Children has been providing a safe haven for families for almost two decades. The shelter not only provides warm beds and meals,... more

Looking for a Good Time: Try the CCP Art Club

Publish Date: Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 11:19pm
Author: Ashley Bald, Associate Editor

If you are looking ways to get involved here at community college the art club is a great place to start. It is student run and open to all students of any major that desire to explore their creativity and express themselves through different types of art. While the fall semester is coming to an end, the art club is always looking for new members to come and enjoy making art, and will start right back up in the spring. Think you might be interested? Meetings are every Thursday at four thirty pm in room M2-20.  

Feel free to bring new ideas and inventions to the club. They have done trips to open studio tours, drawing sessions with a live model, mini courses on stamp making and Chinese writing as well as plaster casts of your own face. It’s a great way to learn new skills and have a fun creative break from your normal class routine. You can even stop in just to do some artwork of your own and receive feedback from your peers. There is no requirement for experience or talent,... more

Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year

Publish Date: Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 11:22pm
Author: Ashley Bald, Associate Editor

As this semester comes to an end and we prepare for the holidays, everyone here at Community College of Philadelphia should feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. Not only have you made it through the semester’s work, but you have all grown as individuals as well. Next year will bring about new beginnings and a new you. Every step that you take to further your education is a step closer to a better life and everyone here is capable of becoming anything that you would like to be.

Now that finals are passing take a deep breath and appreciate all that you have done. Use this winter break to rejuvenate and recuperate before the spring semester arrives. Of all things that you can do to be successful, the most important one is to believe in yourself. A strong will power and self-confidence will help you through your hardships and struggles as a student. The mind is a very powerful thing that can overcome mountains if you so choose to take the challenge.

Don’t be afraid... more

Red Sand Walk for Human Trafficking Awareness

Publish Date: Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 10:53pm
Author: Hye-yun Sohn, Web Editor

On November 22nd, Red Sand Walk participants from Community College of Philadelphia and Fox Rothschild Center for Law and Society walked from Spring Garden Street to the City Hall to raise human trafficking awareness in our community. These participants filled the cracks on the sidewalk with red sand as they carried expressive signs to support this Red Sand Project.

The Red Sand Project was started by Molly Gochman, an experimental artist and an activist based in New York City.

“Red Sand Project is an activist artwork created to raise awareness of modern-day slavery,” Golchman notes on her website. She is expecting this art installation to be a metaphorical and tender approach to our society about the serious global issue.

One of Red Sand Walk participant’s signs noted, “trafficking is all around you.” This may hard to believe, but according to an FBI report, human trafficking is the third-largest criminal activity in the world.

Regardless of this... more

A Humane Crusade for the Welfare of Animals

Publish Date: Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 10:59pm
Author: Devonte Gillespie, Business Manager

Animal rights will always be a hot topic since, well, humans eat animals. So, outrage will follow the world’s food supply as of how animals are treated during the process to get them on our plates or the harsh punishment criminals receive when found guilty for animal cruelty.

The Humane League is a non-profit organization focused and dedicated to sustaining animal welfare and protection. The Humane League’s supporters support farm animals through public teaching and business drives. They also work with schools, shops, and food service providers to change policy and spare hundreds of thousands of farm animals a year from the unhappiness of rigorous imprisonment. The League’s online and public-based vegetarian encouragement programs reach millions of young people each year, reducing meat consumption and sparing even more animals

With sites in numerous cities throughout the US including, San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, Dallas, Boston, and Philadelphia, the Humane... more

The Source of All Life

Publish Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 8:12pm
Author: Floyd Skwire

Water. We drink it. We cook with it. We wash with it. Water permeates nearly every facet of life today, and what do we do in return? We pollute it, dumping our trash and toxic waste into our oceans, using them as a convenient trash can. Well, I was curious just where our water comes from and what goes into it to make it safe for us. So, in late October, I joined my Environmental Science class in visiting the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, the Southeast Water Pollution Control/Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the Belmont Drinking Water Treatment Plant, which, as one can infer, all work to provide clean and safe drinking water throughout our city. I went along hoping the experience would be both interesting and informative, and that it was.

The main purpose of the Belmont site is to provide clean drinking water throughout Philadelphia, and this is done through a lengthy process of purification that sends the water through several filtration systems designed to... more

Finally! CCP is Smoke Free

Publish Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 8:21pm
Author: Eugennie Martin

Come January 1, 2017, the pall/shroud of smoke that has hung over Community College of Philadelphia will finally be lifted. Smoking is banned on all campus grounds of Community College of Philadelphia. Currently, students are prohibited from smoking within 25 feet of any entrance, loading docks, or exit doors. But the new ban will stop students from smoking anywhere on campus. Many students are debating about whether there should or shouldn’t be an all-campus smoking ban. However, the campus wide smoking ban will benefit not only those who suffer from second-hand smoke, but also smokers themselves. According to our college president, Dr. Donald Generals, as quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer on August 12, 2016, “the ban on campus smoking is for the interest of the well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.”

Smoking kills three times as many people as overdosing on street drugs and eight times as many as homicides, according to Ryan Coffman, Manager for the... more

Save yourself another stomachache

Publish Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 8:23pm
Author: Florencia Gonzalez

Advantages of investing into your very own garden can potentially save you more than a few dollars and stomach aches. For someone living in a city finding fresh herbs can sometimes feel like going through a scavenger hunt. You’re more likely to find dry herbs than fresh, the price point doesn’t help either plus you must buy an entire bunch even if all you need is a leaf. There are a number of reasons why growing your own herbs fruits or at least vegetables can be beneficial on the long run. For one you won’t have to worry about manure pathogens in your water or soil.

The vast consumption of meat and poultry products in the United States has pushed the country to its boundaries. We have all heard at some point or another some of the cruel practices that go on in industrial farming facilities, we’ve either read or seen ads from PETA that protest animal abuse and practices. The damage however goes beyond the abuse and exploitation of animals. The harmful effects of factory... more