Commentary, two-year colleges offer more focused learning

BY TAYAH GRACE SWEDLUND Acting Senior Managing Editor

“You’re not going to a county college, wait, are you?!” I remember the first time I heard those words. My heart sank and I realized that others disagreed with what I saw as a smart decision for my future. For whatever reason, attending a county college wasn’t seen as an equivalent to the four-year schools my peers were attending.

Contrary to their point, County College of Morris empowers students in making prudent financial decisions and gives them the ability to gain valuable work experience, not to mention the personal attention afforded by the professors.

According to the Pew Research Center, “there’s a wider earnings gap between college-educated and less-educated Millennials compared with previous generations.”


Automated cars finally get their licenses

BY BRIAN PEREYRA Technology Editor

Computer-driven cars have been on the roads of California for more than four years now. The Department of Motor Ve- hicles is now requiring the self-driving cars to be registered and to have testing permits. These permits allow 29 vehicles from three different companies to be driven on freeways and in neighborhoods.

The permits are regulating the testing that has been underway for quite some time. Google alone is very close to completing 1 million miles. The search engine company has been fond of the automated cars, which navigate using high-tech sensors and extremely detailed maps.

Personal commuting offers students advantages

BY ERIC CHOI Features Editor

Incoming students at County College of Morris are acclimating to college life now that the fall semester has begun. CCM is a commuter school, and as such many students use the New Jersey Transit local bus system to commute. While using public transportation is economical and alleviates the local traffic burden, it can be limiting at times.

This annoyance can be understood through the experiences of Kleo Purbollari, a full-time CCM student who had taken the public bus during the Fall 2013 semester.


Drew University mentorship program returns


PHOTO BY JOSEPH TROCHEZ Drew University students Samara Grossman, Elizabeth Myers, Passi Rosen-Bayewitz, Cordelza Haynes and Harry Baugartner.

Drew University students Samara Grossman, Elizabeth Myers, Passi Rosen-Bayewitz, Cordelza Haynes and Harry Baugartner.

Drew University’s Two-Year College Teaching Certificate program has returned to County College of Morris this semester for its third run.

Six Drew students and six CCM professors are enrolled in the mentorship program that CCM Professor Bill Day founded three years ago. He laid down the groundwork and established how the program would run. This year, CCM English Professor Dr. Phillip Chase, has taken over the role of coordinator.


Baseball starts to heat up for post-season; Yankees sit home


More than 160 games are in the books, as the regular season in the Major Leagues comes to a close. Now, the MLB’s best battle it out for the World Series crown. With post-season baseball starting Tuesday, Sept. 30, the slate is wiped clean for all remaining teams that will participate for a chance to play in this years Fall Classic. The autumn air sweeping through the stadium means that you have reached the playoffs. The first step, of many, to winning it all. But what happens in the next month is unpredictable. Favorites and underdogs take center stage, and as the weather cools down, baseball heats up.

“The Royals have a chance to go far this post-season. Their pitching rotation can do some real damage,” said Akash Agnihotri, a CCM nursing major. “I think the Royals could go deep into the postseason.”

The game might still be too slow for many, but the competitiveness is unquestionable. Players, and even careers can be made or broken in the month of October. The New York Yankees’ own Reggie Jackson is a prime example of just that. Being nicknamed Mr. October for his incredible postseason play, having a career batting average of .357 in five World Series appearances. It takes a different type of player to show up when the game counts.


OPINION: Yankee fans pay tribute to legendary captain

Sports Editor

As another season winds down in Major League Baseball and post-season hopefuls make their push into the playoffs, there is one person who continues to transcend the sport, once again stealing the spotlight.

Derek Jeter is wrapping up one of the most successful careers the sports industry has ever seen, both on and off the field. He will finish with a .310 career batting average, over 3,400 hits (6th all-time), over 350 stolen bases, 14 All-Star Selections, five Gold Glove Awards, five Silver Slugger Awards, 1996 Rookie of the Year, 2000 World Series Most Valuable Player, and of course, as Captain of the New York Yankees. Based on these stats alone, what we are looking at is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, a living legend if you will.


Fall playlist


The first few weeks of fall have seen big hits as far as music goes. iTunes has released over 30 chart-topping albums that range from Indie/Folk debuts to brand new Country singles that have come out just in time to get you grooving to the back-to-school blues. Here are the top five albums you should definitely be listening to: