Aquatics Facility capped with new crown

Sports Editor

On Sept. 21, 2015, Safeway Construction laid tarps on the pool and on its roof to begin the construction on a new roof in the County College of Morris’ Aquatics Facility. According to Jack Sullivan, the school’s Athletic Director, they partake in the final of a series of renovations on the entire Health and Physical Education building that began in the summer of 2014.

“Everything’s good,” said Jerry Habbistroh, a construction worker on the project. He expects the new roof to look “100 percent better” than its predecessor.

“We’re totally changing the roof,” said Glenn Hamilton, a College Architect. “It was way beyond its warranty.”

Hamilton explained that the old unit, made by EDP Roofing, leaked water from the humidity generated by the pool out of its insulation. To fix this problem, CCM built their first thermoplastic roof on campus to cover its aquatics facility. Karen VanDerhoof, Vice President of Business and Finance, said that this roof will consist of three layers; a water tight layer on top, followed by a level of insulation and an extra layer beneath it to fasten it.

Hamilton said that the new roof is less likely to fail, but in case it does by leaking as the previous roof did, it will be easy to fix. They will also add an air-conditioning unit made for pool areas called a PoolPak, with hope to keep the humidity level at a minimum.

VanDerhoof said that the facility’s renovations will cost $219,234. She also said that the Safeway team would finish the top layer by Sept. 25, 2015.

“I believe anything being upgraded in the facilities or buildings is a great thing for CCM,” said Krystal Hoffman, Aquatics Supervisor for County College of Morris. “We should see a difference with the amount of heat we were losing though the roof, the amount of humidity that was building up from leaks in the roof, and we should no longer have a roof leaking during rain storms.”

Public Safety says that since they need to turn the fire alarm off in the pool area, they conduct fire checks on its grounds  at three hour intervals.

Sullivan expects the project to finish by Oct. 19, 2015. CCM’s September pool schedule claims that open swim will continue in late October. The free swim schedule can be found at CCM’s website,

Construction Commences on New Music Technology Building


Performing arts students will soon be free of cramped DeMare hall classrooms. The County College of Morris Board of Trustees held a groundbreaking ceremony Sept 9 for the Music Technology building, the newest addition to the CCM campus.

The $8.5 million facility will be an extension of the Student Center, housing two recording studios,  an electronic music lab, an aural comprehension lab and a piano lab. The building will also hold a less than traditional type of theatre – a theater in-the-round – where the stage is the center of the room with approximately 125 seats surrounding it.

“Since 2007, enrollment in our music technology programs has grown 36 percent,” said Dr. Edward J. Yaw, CCM president. “This new facility not only will address that growth but allow CCM to build upon the strengths of its music and performing arts programs.”

Some students have been questioning the new building being built, with recent budget cuts affecting CCM programs and staff.

“They don’t realize that that pot of money was given to the college specifically for the new building,” said professor Marielaine Mammon, chairperson of the music, dance and performing arts department. “Which didn’t come from the college. It didn’t come out of our salaries or tuition.”

Funding for the new building came from the state of New Jersey, and from Morris County through the Building Our Future Bond Act, which provided $750 million for New Jersey colleges.

Mammon said the money could’ve gone to other community colleges, but CCM possessed the need.

“The way it happened, our Dr.Yaw was actually very instrumental,” said Joe Bilotti, a music theory professor. “The state said there’s money available for the building to the first people who could get to the front of the line with the plans in their hand who could promise a completion date. We were all engaged and the college went to bat for that.”

Mammon said  that out of the 19 community colleges in the state, CCM is the only college with degreed music programs. While other colleges offer only music courses or options, CCM attracts students from Warren, Passaic and Sussex all for the musical theatre and music degree programs.

Once completed, the new building will house classes for digital media technology, media technology, music, drama and music recording.

Welcome Back Bash Breaks Down Barriers

Entertainment Editor

On September 22, clubs across the County College of Morris campus participated in the school’s annual Welcome Back Bash in hopes of recruiting new members. With food, free giveaways, and an ice cold water dunk tank, students were scattered all along the event enjoying the festivities – learning more about their school community, and all it has to offer.

One club in particular did an extraordinary job of grabbing students’ attention – the United Latino Organization (ULO) played fiery, energetic music, while pulling multiple individuals from the crowd, and encouraging them to dance along.

“The purpose of our club is to draw attention to and spread knowledge about Hispanic heritage,” said ULO member Byrn. “We also do a lot of work with scholarships, and fundraisers.”

Andres, ULO president, said you don’t have to be Latino to join. The club is open to anyone who wants to learn new things and have fun.

While ULO played by the strengths of music, the Diversity Organization used a different strategy – rewarding whoever signed up with a delicious cupcake. Being one of the largest clubs on campus, the organization is focused on learning, as well as embracing the various cultures and races that make up our society.

Diversity Organization member and Music Major Melanie said the purpose of the club is to bring different ethnicities together, and to try to better the community as a whole.

Another club that made an impression on students was Active Minds, and their strategic use of the one thing everybody loves most – ice cream. When individuals first arrived to collect a sweet treat they were given the basic understanding of what the club stands for, and were forced to yell “I scream for ice cream!” before being allowed to enjoy their frozen snack. When they’re not cheering on others to laugh at themselves, Active Minds is a club devoted to bringing awareness about issues surrounding the symptoms of mental health disorders, and available resources to such diagnostics. Active Minds member, Alejandro said the main focus of the club is to raise awareness of the stigma surrounding mental health.

While clubs were focused on spreading their general message to all individuals, students were also focused on appreciating all that the day had to offer.  From enjoying the candy offered at every table to playing Dance Dance Revolution by the DJ booth, the Welcome Back Bash was a tremendous hit.

“The bash was an amazing thing to do in between classes,” said CCM freshman Lawlah. “I wish this could happen every Tuesday!”

Far out, man: CCM employees relive Woodstock memories


Seventeen-year-old Joseph Vitale, now president of the County College of Morris Foundation and executive director of College Advancement and Planning, packed his knapsack, canteen and sleeping bag into a Volkswagen Beetle Thursday, Aug. 14, 1969. Vitale and his friend, Mike, set out for what his parents thought would be a weekend camping trip.

As they drove up the New York State Thruway, traffic grew progressively worse until it came to a standstill. Motorists pulled over on the side of the highway, so the two teenagers did the same. They grabbed their camping gear and decided to walk the rest of the way. Vitale asked Mike which way to go. He answered, “Follow the crowd, man.”

The next day, 16-year-old Camille Barrett, now administrative assistant for the Health and Natural Science division at CCM, made a similar endeavor with her three friends. After hearing rumors about horrible traffic conditions, they parked on a friendly farmer’s lawn and walked the final seven miles to the concert. As Barrett approached the concert entrance, her $7 ticket in hand, she saw fallen gates and a “sea of people” enveloping the countryside.

The weekend of Aug. 15 to 18, 1969, was one to remember for Vitale and Barrett, because they took part in the “three days of peace and music,” known as Woodstock.

“What makes Woodstock so unique to me is the spontaneous, unplanned nature of the event,” Vitale said. “Today we live in the era of planned mega-events, and there is so little spontaneity.”

The music festival attracted more than 500,000 young adults to Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, N.Y. The headlining musical acts included the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, the Who, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Jimi Hendrix, among others.

Woodstock is remembered today partly for the lineup of legendary musicians but also for being a remarkably peaceful gathering in the midst of a tumultuous time in history that involved the Vietnam War, civil rights movement and assassinations of political leaders and activists.  

“In many ways Woodstock was magic,” said Joe Bilotti, professor of the Rock History and Culture course at CCM. “The success of it stemmed on people acting in good faith and behaving themselves, and they did.”

Vitale and Barrett said they did not anticipate Woodstock becoming an event that would be written about in textbooks. Barrett recalled fellow concert-goers sharing their food when she ran out and also sleeping on a tarp in the rain.

“It [Woodstock] became such a part of us,” Barrett said. “I think it was a turning point in my life because I realized that this sense of community and cooperation was a really good feeling during the time of the ‘60s with the Vietnam War and everything.”

Barrett married her friend, Gary, a few years after they attended Woodstock together. They brought their daughter back to Bethel, N.Y., to show her the spot where her parents spent three days in 1969. Barrett takes her children and grandchildren to the Peach Festival in Scranton, Pa., every summer to keep the “good feeling” of Woodstock alive.

Vitale’s Woodstock experience was cut short when Mike began suffering symptoms of appendicitis Saturday night, shortly after the Who’s set. Vitale rushed his friend back to New Jersey to have his appendix removed.

“I can’t believe we missed Hendrix,” Mike said to Vitale when he visited him in the hospital. They remain friends to this day and reminisce about Woodstock when they see each other. Vitale’s parents didn’t find out he attended Woodstock until 20 years after the fact.

Vitale chooses not to revisit the sight of Woodstock so as to keep the original image in his memory in its “purest form.” He said he would like to remember the “beautiful” and “life-changing” event as his 17-year-old self.

“I think people of my generation romanticize it [Woodstock] because we were young, we were kids,” Vitale said. “What’s more beautiful than being 17, 18, 19 and experiencing this incredible event with other 17, 18, 19-year-olds? We did feel we were like a race and a tribe unto ourselves and totally unique. We were our own generation experiencing something that no other generation had experienced.”

Road work causes delays, for CCM students, faculty


Traffic leading up to the County College of Morris is already stressful as far as commuting is concerned. Students are constantly racing for the best possible parking spot, or simply rushing to class to avoid receiving lates for their attendence. Morris County is not making their educational facilities any easier to access for the students of County College of Morris.

“The detour messed up my routine,” said James Manners, a criminal justice major at CCM. “I usually always take the entrance by lot 7. It made me late for class.”

The Dover-Chester road entrance to enter CCM was closed off for road maintenance this Monday, Sep 14 during college hours.

The road work is part of a $4.7 million project to improve the Sussex Turnpike, running from Dover Chester Road to West Hanover Avenue. The project when completed is expected to  widen the roads, as well make additions by installing new turning lanes and traffic lights. Among these improvements, the drainage system underneath the street is also being modified.

The road work was supposed to begin in May at the tail end of CCM’s spring semester but was delayed due to contracting issues. The delay caused construction to get put on standby until the paperwork was rectified which led to construction beginning in late August, directly coinciding with the beginning of the Fall semester.

“I think they could’ve done a better job coordinating with the college,” said Dr. Jack Bernardo, Associate Professor of political science. “We are the County College of Morris, and the County’s been very good to us, but they could’ve done better.”

Sussex Turnpike has been slated for modification since the 1970’s by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, who passed it off to Morris County for completion. The project started to improve road safety along one of Randolph’s major roadways.

“I hope we don’t have any more delays,” said Manners. “Traffic is bad enough most of the time as it is.”

Fortunately, Dover Chester Road has since been completely repaved, with only painting left to be done. Striping is expected to be done by Friday Sept 18 or by Monday Sept 27, with minimal delays.

Millennials starting to ‘feel the Bern’

Opinion Editor

According to the Pew Research Center, the millennial generation, defined as ages 18 to 34, is overtaking the “baby boomer” generation as the largest living generation in America. This will make millennials the biggest voting demographic in the country. So what will we do with our new found power? Are we going to stay home on election day or vote for a candidate that will defend our interest? What issues are most important to millennials? Unemployment, student loans, health care, privacy, economic stability, minimum wage and climate change are assumed to be among the most important issues relevant to this group. Luckily there is one candidate who shares ideals with many millennials and his name is Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders is the longest serving Independent in congressional history having served the state of Vermont for 16 years before being elected a Senator. He is currently running for Presidential office as a Democrat. Sanders is a self proclaimed democratic socialist like Dr. Martin Luther Jr and Albert Einstein. He believes we need to end corruption in both our banking system and in our campaign finance system. Sander’s campaign is not funded by multi-million dollar companies but instead is funded by union donations and by regular citizens with the average donation being around $33 and 99% of the donations being under $250 according to CNN Money. Up until July Sanders had already raised $15.2 million. “I don’t represent large corporations and I don’t want their money.”

Bernie Sanders opposes tax breaks for the billionaire class and believes that they should pay their fair share in order to fund important social programs like affordable education and healthcare. Sanders wants to break up big banks, reduce income inequality, overturn the Citizens United decision that enabled corporations to gain more political power, and punish companies that moved their operations overseas to evade taxes.

On social issues Sanders believes that everyone deserves basic human rights and protections. Clearly the most progressive candidate, he believes in intensive immigration reform, a woman’s right to choose, gun control, a livable minimum wage, supporting union efforts, reformation of the police force to reduce brutality, decriminalization of marijuana, abolishing for-profit prisons and the right to an affordable education amongst other issues.

It’s an unfortunate fact that Sanders is being ignored in mainstream media. It’s unknown whether he is being ignored because of the focus on louder, ignorant (racist) voices shouting their beliefs or if media is ignoring Sanders because he is discussing legitimate issues and confronts multi-million dollar conglomerates like the ones that control the media.

All of Sander’s ideas tie into a virtuous economic cycle: Increased wages leads to increased economic activity leads to more jobs leads to more tax revenues, leads to investments in infrastructures and education leads to higher quality jobs which leads back to increased wages. Through these actions Sanders wants to rebuild and strengthen the middle class and increase the quality of living for many Americans. “You’ve got the top 400 Americans owning more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans. Most folks do not think that is right.”

Bernie Sanders wants to move this country forward by empowering the middle class but he needs your vote to do it. “What the American people want to see in their president is somebody who not necessarily can win every fight, but they want to see him stand up and fight for what he believes.”

Softball fence allows flexibility

Sports Editor

As the fall semester has begins at the County College of Morris, so do fall sports and the biannual construction of the Lady Titans’ softball home run fence. Anyone who has witnessed or taken part of a CCM softball game could notice that most of it consists of a removable fence. Those who do not know much about the logistics of field efficiency may wonder why no one has built a permanent one.

“It’s common,” said Jack Sullivan, Athletic Director at CCM. “Flexibility is a very important thing.”

Since CCM’s softball field has a large area behind the fence area, he wanted to keep the availability of opening the area when needed.

He went on to say that the County College of Morris usually does not hold collegiate events at the field, but does hold large sports tournaments including little league games.

“I’d rather have a permanent fence all the way around, but I understand the purpose of it,” says Greg Wardlow, Head Coach of the CCM softball team.

“I’m appreciative that the field is ten times better than it used to be.”

Megan Jannuzzi, captain of the softball team, said it doesn’t make a difference if the fence is permanent or not.

“If it goes over the fence, it goes over the fence,” said Jannuzzi.

Despite this, CCM’s’ softball team benefits from the home field advantage. Last spring, they went 10-2 at home and 11-11 away. They will test their strength during their fall season that has just begun.