Lost Child of Cambodia visits the County College of Morris

BY CHRISTINE GIANNETTI
Contributor

What memories does one have from their childhood? Maybe it consists of playing on the playground with friends or going to school to learn the alphabet. But for Sayon Soeun, it consisted of learning how to obey orders from commanding officers and how to shoot a gun or use a grenade. Soeun visited the County College of Morris on Thursday, Feb. 12 and shared the story of his experiences growing up in Cambodia with the Khmer Rouge during the time of the Vietnam invasion and Cambodia genocide. He was a child soldier at the age of 6 and was given a weapon and the power to kill by the age of 9.

He spoke of his life prior to being abducted and what it was like growing up in a military camp. “My parents would tell me not to go far from my house because the boogeyman would get me,” Soeun said. He now knows his parents were talking about the Khmer Rouge. “I remember playing in the rice fields looking for bugs or toads to play with and seeing the kids on the military truck having fun, singing songs. I didn’t want to miss out.”

Soeun explained what he experienced in the camp. “For the first couple of days we would get lectured. They would tell me my soul belonged to the government. They would say everyone around you is your enemy; you cannot trust anyone but the government. If you snitch on anyone they would promote you, and if someone was accused of a crime, they would choose someone else in the group to do the execution.”

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50 Shades of Grey areas spark boycotts

BY SANDRA RIANO
Opinions Editor

On Feb. 13, the long-awaited, book-to-movie adaption of “Fifty Shades of Grey” filled movie theaters seats worldwide. Absent from theaters were the hundreds of thousands of people boycotting this franchise that they believe romanticizes an abusive relationship.

According to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, the “Fifty Shades of Grey” franchise promotes torture as sexually gratifying and normalizes domestic violence, particularly violence against women. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is one of the founding organizations of the #50DollarsNot50Shades campaign. This campaign calls for people to avoid the movie and donate the price of two movie tickets and a babysitter, around $50, to a women’s shelter to help support victims of domestic abuse.

The movie made $265 million globally during it’s opening weekend, according to Forbes, and received a 4.1 out of 10 rating from IMDb.

“I think I’d go and see it if it were, in a couple of years, on TV for free,” said Julia Filiberti, a communication major at the County College of Morris. “I don’t think I’d pay money for it” (more…)

Internships help bridge the gap between classroom and career

BY VICTORIA SAAVEDRA

Contributor

One of the pivotal experiences one could have with their career of choice is pursuing an internship. In this day and age it has become more of a requirement than an option. Some students at the County College of Morris said they believe that internships are vital to paving their path toward the working world.

Director of Career Services, Denise Schmidt, stated her department is actively involved in finding opportunities for the student body at CCM. “We offer all kinds, from freshmen orientation to in-person guidance,” Schmidt said.

To Schmidt, it is an ongoing challenge to attain good opportunities in regards to internships if students do not reach out.

Schmidt said she believes career services’ mission for students is “to find internships that challenge students but give them confidence and a better sense of what their strengths and weaknesses are.”

Melissa Estrada, 20, said she wishes to pursue a career in TV production. She said internships are a resume booster for college students who want more experience. “I want to do one over the summer at a channel, Univision, where I feel comfortable because it is a channel that I can relate to since I’m Hispanic,” Estrada said.

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Free community college: How will it affect CCM students?

 

BY TODD EVANS
News Editor

President Barack Obama made a proposal in January, for a nationwide program that would make tuition free for community college. This proposal may be a long way from becoming law, but still poses some interesting questions about how the County College of Morris, along with other community colleges, would be affected.

The program outlined by the White House would supposedly help about 9 million students a year. This is because the proposed eligibility requirements for the program are that students must attend community college at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make steady progress toward completing their program, according to the White House.

If this program does become a reality, it will be expected that there will be a large influx in community college enrollment. Preexisting free community college programs have already shown this.

“In the first year of the Tennessee program, 57,000 students representing almost 90 percent of the state’s high school graduating class applied for the program,” according to the White House fact sheet. (more…)

Culture is shared through CCM’s Asian Student Association

 

BY CHELSEA LAUREN CATTANO
Editor-in-Chief

The Asian Student Association is a place for people of all cultural backgrounds to find friendship and support.

What originally started as a group to support international students who were new at the County College of Morris, has since turned into a method of educating the CCM community about the heritage and traditions of Asian cultures.

“We spread around Asian culture through things like food, music, and different visual events like going to movie nights or going to a supermarket or Chinatown,” said Omar Santos, the former president of the ASA.

The presumed start of the club was back in 2004 and the name has changed over the years. The ASA used to be referred to as the Chinese Student Association.

“The number one thing about ASA is that you don’t have to be Asian to join,” said Camille Ancheta, the Public Relations Officer for ASA. “Just come because you want to learn more about the Asian culture. Some people forget that Asian culture isn’t just from countries like China, Korea and Japan. It also involves countries like India and Russia.” (more…)

Motorcycle Club introduces two-wheeled fun to CCM students

 

BY TODD EVANS
News Editor

Most college clubs require room space for meetings and events, not parking spaces. That is not the case for the County College of Morris Motorcycle Club, which is new but growing.

A small group of students founded the Motorcycle Club at the end of the 2014 fall semester.

“I helped start the Motorcycle Club at CCM because I tried looking for one, but realized we didn’t have one,” said Daniil Turitsyn, vice president of the club. “It wasn’t a very difficult process because it was easy to get support from other faculty, especially when they rode as well. Even students that never sat on a motorcycle thought it would be a great idea.”

Natalia Cichocka, the club President, said the goals of the club are to meet other people who share their passions and to educate them on rider safety. (more…)

New Social Engine provides substance-free fun to CCM students

BY TAYAH GRACE SWEDLUND
Senior Managing Editor

The New Social Engine (NSE), one of the most active clubs at the County College of Morris, has been hard at work this year. The club seeks to bring weekly events that are safe, low cost and full of fun.

“NSE gives the option to have fun without drugs and alcohol,” said Melissa Beradesco, vice president of NSE. “Having a club like this on campus proves that college students can have fun without drugs and alcohol. The main goal of NSE is to show college students a fun time without substances.”

The club’s events range from trips to Funplex to group dinners at Buffalo Wild Wings in Rockaway.

“Everyone has enjoyed the events we host and we always get positive feedback,” Beradesco said. “I have benefited from getting involved with NSE by being able to provide others with fun without substances, and the ability to explain to them why and how it can hurt them.” (more…)