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Volume 12 Issue 10

March 18-24 2019

Not-so polar volleyball coming to spring fling!

What will this year's secret rule be?

Find out on April 9th!
Polar and Not-so Polar Volleyball over the last 10 years.

It's that time of year when our thoughts turn to spring and sunshine and NOT-SO POLAR VOLLEYBALL! For the uninitiated, Not-so Polar Volleyball is a volleyball tournament (loosely speaking) where teams of at least five players vie for one of three coveted traveling trophies, a team pizza party, and bragging rights for a full year.

Any currently-enrolled student (including CCP, HSE, ELL, CE, and MCEC), and full- or part-time faculty and staff, are invited to enter. Here's how it works:

  • Teams of at least 5 players enter - see the link below or pick up entry forms in Student Services. Deadline to enter is April 1st.
  • Teams choose a theme and wear theme costumes to compete for the Theme award.
  • Teams are encouraged to solicit supporters who will make signs, also dress with the theme, create hoopla for their team before the event, and cheer them on at the tournament to compete for the Spirit award.
  • Three trophies will be awarded at the tournament: Best Team Theme, Most Team Spirit, and Tournament Champions.

The single-elimination Tournament starts at 12:00 noon and ends somewhere around 2:00 PM, depending on how many entries there are. Tournament brackets and start times will be posted on the SGA bulletin board in Blair Hall (next to the auditorium) by April 3. The "official" rules will be posted there as well; however, there's one rule that remains a SECRET until the tournament.

The SECRET RULE is what makes Not-so Polar Volleyball different. It levels the playing field so that anyone can win. Don't wait! Enter your team today!

Celebrate diversity

Come celebrate diversity with us on Thursday, March 28th starting at 9:00 AM and again at 10:00 AM with motivational speaker Odell Bizzell. Then, join fellow 'travelers' as we circle the globe in the Multipurpose Room from 9:30 - 11:00 AM. Sample cuisine from the Far East to South America and learn about the varied cultures of each country. Play games, take quizzes, win prizes! See you there!

Speaking of various cultures . . .

Are you interested in joining MCC for a trip to the British Isles in 2020?

This 8-day program will take you through England, Ireland, and Wales. Join us for a general informational session on Wednesday, March 20 at 2:30 PM in Capel 229, or Thursday, March 21 at 2:30 PM in Capel 230.

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

What is problem gambling?

Problem gambling, or gambling addiction, includes all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt, or damage personal, family, or vocational pursuits.

Isn't problem gambling just a financial problem?

No! Problem gambling is an emotional problem that has financial consequences. The real problem is that the problem gambler has an uncontrollable obsession with gambling, similar to an alcoholic's obsession abuse alcohol, or a drug-addict's obsession to abuse drugs.

How can a person be addicted to something that isn't a substance?

The problem gambler gets the same effect from gambling as someone else might get from taking drugs or alcohol. It alters the gambler's mood and the gambler repeats the behavior to achieve the same effect. Just as addicts develop a tolerance to drugs or alcohol, the gambler finds it takes more and more gambling activity to achieve the same emotional results.

Where can the problem gambler get help?

The North Carolina Problem Gambling Helpline is available 24/7 at 1-877-718-5543. For additional resources visit morethanagamenc.com.

It's not-so polar anymore

Not-so Polar Volleyball Tournament needs a new name

Back in 2009, some intrepid individuals came up with an idea to fight the winter doldrums during the long stretch before the spring break, and Polar Volleyball was born. It was played in spite of the weather conditions, which was part of the fun. Times change, and Polar Volleyball was moved to Spring Fling and became Not-so Polar Volleyball.

We're thinking Not-so Polar Volleyball needs an update and you can help. We'll be soliciting a new name for the Not-so Polar Volleyball Tournament now through March 29. Then, we will place all the names in a survey link in Yourspace and you can vote for your favorite name the week of April 1-5. The winning name will be announced at the tournament at Spring Fling on April 9th. See the link below to suggest a name. Enter as many names as you wish - the more the merrier!

Deadline extended to apply for Criminal Justice Fellows Program

The N.C. Criminal Justice Fellows Program provides forgivable loans to high school seniors who agree to enter a criminal justice profession in North Carolina. The fellowship will fund an Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice. The application deadline has been extended until April 30th. For additional information visit the N.C. Criminal Justice Fellows Program. To apply, click here.

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