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White supremacist group’s propaganda found on campus, removed

Providence of posters, stickers, business cards under investigation

By Arianna Parks & Brett Friedensohn
Staff Writer, Editor-in-Chief

After a white nationalist campaign posted promotional material around the County College of Morris campus the weekend of Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25, CCM administration has taken steps to remove the propaganda and alert the community about the unsanctioned materials.

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Before removal, a white supremacist group’s propaganda rested
on a table in the Cohen Hall Cafeteria. Photo Courtesy of: Twitter

As part of the ongoing investigation, campus officials found footage of an individual who they suspect may have been behind the canvasings in the Student Community Center, Cohen Hall, and the patio outside the Music Technology Center.

Public safety surveillance has shown an unidentified male taking pictures of the propaganda which was taken down immediately by the college, according to CCM President Dr. Anthony Iacono. He said that since the administration was unable to find video of the suspect posting the paraphernalia.  CCM has chosen to not release his image.

Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Management Dr. Bette Simmons said that the college was unsure if this individual was a student and that if the administration had proof of him posting the messages, they would have shared the surveillance footage with the Randolph police and look into prosecuting him with a bias crime.

Identity Evropa, a group which the Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League classify as a white supremacist hate group, posted Tweets showing pictures of propaganda campaigns at colleges in various parts of the country including CCM Wednesday, March 28, when the college decided to release statements consisting of social media posts and a mass email from Iacono to all students, faculty, adjuncts, staff, and administrators.

The group, established in 2016, targeted in its March campaign Rutgers University; University of Minnesota, Duluth; Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma; and University of California, Berkeley.

Simmons said that this is not the first time such material has appeared on campus, citing an incident where the college has been targeted with hate speech has occurred in the past few years including a live demonstration by a hate group in front of the Learning Resource Center. According to Simmons, during that incident fist fights almost broke out. CCM decided to publish an official statement on this incident because  the group made it public on social media.

“I think the one thing that is consistent here at CCM is that the moment we find out about whatever the organization’s doing, we act immediately,” Simmons said. “And so in this particular case, we knew that those posters had been here on campus over the weekend, and then, quickly over the weekend, we removed them. It wasn’t until the organization posted it on social media that the rest of the world, if you will, found out about it. And that’s pretty much been our action in the past is as soon as we find out that there’s graffiti on the walls or posters or people coming onto campus, we respond immediately. We may not necessarily communicate that out to the whole campus because it comes a point where we don’t need to.”

In his email on the incident sent to the campus community, Iacono stated that the college stands for inclusion and diversity. Iacono said he considered it an incident both “repulsive and unacceptable.” He said that anyone who finds more of the propaganda on campus should immediately contact public safety at 973-328-5550.

“It has no place at our college and should have no place in any corner of the world,” Iacono said. “Regardless of which group is being targeted, hate is hate and it is always wrong.”

Asian Student Association President Stephanie Yang said that the individual or individuals responsible for the propaganda posting should be ashamed of themselves.

“I’m very disappointed in why these people are just showing white supremacy in this school, and I am quite sad knowing that there’s people that are full of culture, full of life, I’m full of culture, full of life that I want to show my culture towards the school,” said Yang, an education psychology major at CCM. “But then, they’re just showing that and trying propaganda, that’s going to tear down the whole thing making racial comments and battles against one another.”

Yang said that she appreciated Iacono’s response to the situation.

“As I read it, I was like, ‘That’s very mature of him to say that,’ and he was also very calm,” Yang said. “I get the feeling that he was writing it in a sort of calming way to calm people down.”

Frankie Domoanico, a social sciences major, said that he finds this matter particularly interesting because he studies hate groups through organizations including the SPLC in his spare time and that it relates to his major and the courses he has taken in sociology.

“I can’t believe this,” Domoanico said. “[Iacono] is combating the issue, like ‘this is repulsive behavior,’ and it is.”

Dr. John Williford, chair of the psychology and education department and adviser to CCM’s Black Student Union said that while he disagrees with the groups’ arguments, the canvassing is important to ongoing cultural dialogue.

“I believe it is imperative to have discourse,” Williford said. “You listen to people, and then I think you rise above the fray and speak into people’s lives.”

Williford said that through discourse, cultures can learn from one another. As a student in elementary school he experienced a segregated school system. Being an advisor to the BSU at CCM, Williford guides his students to perpetuate love and participate in meaningful intercultural conversations.

“Don’t just shut people down,” Williford said. “Engage in fruitful discourse.”

Iacono said that Kathleen Burnet Eagan, director of marketing and public relations at CCM, helped him construct the college’s statements and that different branches of the college communicated in response to this.

“We sit down and meet with each other, so it’s not just Dr. Simmons’ area, it’s going to be communicated with my office, with Ms. Burnet Eagan, we meet with security, security, depending on what the issue is is going to communicate with local authorities, or we may contact other schools who are having this issue as well,” Iacono said.

Burnet Eagan said that communication strategies in these incidents depend on the specifics of the given incident.

“It depends very much upon the situation,” Burnet Eagan said. “In this case, we used social media because that’s where it was cropping up was on social media, mainly on Twitter, so we responded on Twitter and Facebook because we have a large audience on Facebook.”

Simmons, who handles student discipline, said that there are different appropriate ways one should handle hate speech in the classroom depending on the context and that in the appropriate setting, the classroom can be an appropriate place for civil discourse about these issues.

“It doesn’t mean that if someone’s really emotional about whatever their thoughts are, that means that we then would remove you from the class because it is spewing hate but rather how does a faculty member contains it in a way so that there is a healthy discourse and that it’s keeping to the discussion of the classroom,” Simmons said.

In some cases, however, Simmons said that these kinds of comments can be disruptive.

“If all of a sudden in a math class, a student starts blurting out things of this nature, we wonder, what’s the appropriateness of this in the classroom?” Simmons said. “So then, the student becomes disruptive. So there’s a difference between ‘I’m expressing my opinion’ and ‘I’m disrupting the teaching and learning environment.’ So the behavior of disruption would lead to ‘let’s pull you out and bring you over to my area.’”

Iacono, who began his career in higher education as a history professor at Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce, Florida in the 1990s, said that this type of mindset reflects a pattern in American history of discrimination of groups including Irish immigrants, African-Americans, and Native Americans.

“In a lot of ways the United States has made tremendous progress,” Iacono said. “Yet we have an enormous amount of work we still have to do in this country.”

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CCM’s past lives on through long-tenured history professor

By Brett Friedensohn
Editor-in-Chief

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Dr. Jim Bising, professor of history at CCM, attends his of office hours in DeMare Hall. Photo By: Brett Friedensohn

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article initialed CCM’s faculty union as “FACCUM.” The correct initials are “FACCM.” The current version reflects that.

Two years after County College of Morris opened with Henderson Hall as its only academic building, CCM had not yet started on construction on DeMare Hall and Cohen Hall, and Dr. Sherman E. Masten was still the college’s inaugural president. It was November 1970 when Dr. Jim Bising’s beloved New York Giants played the Jets for the first time, and Bising taught his first class at CCM. Since then, Bising has taught history from the Medieval Era to the Modern Era for 48 of the college’s 50-year existence.

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1937, Bising, founding president and current member of the Faculty Union of County College of Morris (FACCM), said that he has stayed involved with CCM for several reasons, including complacency and his health.

“You might call it inertia,” Bising said. “Also, there are worse places to be, and in the old days before Chris Christie, when the union was stronger here, raises were good. And it’s a convenient location, and climbing the stairs is good for the arthritis in my knees. So I’m getting exercise that I need. I could retire, but the couch is death. You often hear about people who die a couple of years after they retire. Jeez, they’re old. They’re gonna die. Others just become a coach potato, and that’s a fast road to death. I guess I like it here.”

Bising said that his arthritis plus other ailments caused by his aging have hindered him from doing all that he likes.

“I’m too old to be active in the union,” Bising said. “I’d probably like to do more. It’s just my eyes are bigger than my capacity, and I have to keep that in mind. I just move more slowly now than I used to. Old men used to annoy me, as I said, because they were so slow. Now, I’m an old man.”

Eric Hagee, a former student of Bising’s modern Europe class, served in active duty in the United States Army from January 2013 to May 2016 and said that Bising accurately depicts war in a way that students can easily understand.

“I think that he’s very knowledgeable, and he puts his own twist on a learning style, and I think it’s good because it keeps people interested and actually learning factual information,” said Hagee, a liberal arts major at CCM. “He’s very personable. He gives accurate depictions on what things are, not like dumbing it down but putting it layman’s terms, like saying something that happened back then that people nowadays wouldn’t understand.”

Bising said that he has had a lifelong fascination with war and history that started in his childhood.

“We were in World War II, and all the wartime propaganda went right in front of my face,” Bising said. “And my father worked on the New York waterfront … There was barbed wire everywhere, and there were sentries with rifles and bayonets. I thought it was great. I really thought this was great stuff.”

Bising studied as a European history major in college, graduating with a master’s degree from New York University in 1968 and a doctorate from NYU in 1972. He said that while he attended NYU, colleges would recruit history professors before 1969, when the job market for students studying history declined so much that it “resembled that of the Great Depression.”

He applied for full-time positions at many colleges, but all turned him down. With a part-time teaching job at Monmouth University, which paid him $2,000 per year, he lived with his parents until the end of the 1960s when a companion of his suggested that he apply to a local community college. Having never heard of community colleges before this, his companion explained the purpose of them, and he applied to several community colleges in the New York area. CCM was the only one to offer him a full-time position.

Bising taught his first class at CCM Monday, Nov. 11, 1970 after swearing to the college that he was not, nor had he ever been, a member of the American Nazi Party or the Communist Party of the United States of America.

Afterward, he began to notice what he found as injustices with the way CCM worked, and these prompted him to start the union.

“It took me a while to find out that, jee, three men and two women had been hired for the same academic year, which would be 1970-1971, and the men were started at $10,000,” Bising said. “Then, the woman I replaced was started at $8,500, and I got her salary. And I went, ‘What? What’s going on around here?’ I’m doing the same work. I was closing in on my Ph.D., and these other guys just had a minimal master’s, and I’m getting paid a lot less than they are.”

Bising said that the union has brought about some positive changes including higher wages for faculty, but he fears for the future of the union and said that the union should take a stronger stance on certain issues.

“Young people aren’t picking up the ball, and I think it’s essential for the health of the college to have faculty who take their professional betterment seriously,” Bising said. “The law that set up the county colleges: The state pays a third, the county pays a third, and each student pays a third of his tuition. The students are paying a lot more than a third with tuition because the political structure does not want to raise taxes, and I think that’s self-defeating.”

Dr. Matthew Jones, chair of the communication department and current president of FACCUM, said that he agreed with Bising in some ways.

“I agree with Dr. Bising’s statement concerning the consequences (to students and society) of failure to meet the original statutory funding obligations for community colleges. However, I would also say that young faculty are hard at work finding better ways to negotiate successfully with the administration and communicating the importance of supporting our community colleges beyond the boundaries of this campus. I would also point out that negotiation is a bilateral process and the responsibility of arriving at an equitable contract cannot fall squarely on one side of the bargaining table. Based on my past experience in negotiation, the process would benefit tremendously from increased transparency and autonomy on the part of the administration’s bargaining team.”

According to the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges, “New Jersey’s community colleges were founded on the basic funding principle of one-third, one-third, one-third – that is, one-third funding from the state, one-third funding from the counties, and one-third funding from tuition.” When CCM’s Board of Trustees agreed to raise the price of the college’s tuition in January 2017, CCM’s Vice President of Business and Finance Karen VanDerhoof told Youngtown that the hike came because New Jersey and Morris County refused to give the college necessary funding.

“I would anticipate as prices go up, utility prices go up, cost of living goes up, salary, and wages go up a little bit; then we’ll have to do a modest tuition increase down the road as well,” VanDerhoof said. “We don’t see the state or the county in the near future increasing their support.”

Early Youngtown records show Bising at a Board of Trustees meeting in March 1977 advocating on behalf of FACCM regarding a proposal to add a late afternoon class to the schedule. At the time, the latest classes ended at 4:45 p.m.

“Why does the board wish to extend the workday by adding an additional class which begins at 5 p.m. and lasts until 6:15 p.m.?” said Bising, who added that the proposal was “outside the scope of negotiation ruling.”

Brenna Hopler, a former student in Bising’s Modern Europe class, said that the professor helps her understand information better than most professors do.

“He’s fun, and he makes you remember things,” said Hopler, a liberal arts major. “It’s not that hard to study for this class because you already know what he’s talking about, I guess you can say.”

Bising has recited pertinents facts for his classes mostly from memory, he has been able to do this because he reads often.

“I read a lot, certain things that I like to concentrate on in class, and sometimes, I don’t like the way the textbook handles them, and I also have to keep in mind what students are capable of learning,” Bising said. “I think it’s better to learn a lot about a little than a little about a lot. If you spread it out to thinly, it will not adhere. Also, if you spread it to thickly, it will not adhere. Too much gasoline will flood a carburetor.”

Since the time he started at CCM, Bising said the college has changed “not as much as you would think.”

“There’s something about CCM students, I think maybe all, but one size does not fit all, and there a lot of varieties and variations in the student body as you are aware, and one thing that annoys me is on the first day of class, to see the people who sit in the back row because they’re trying to hide,” Bising said. “And they’re making that obvious, and so I know that they’re not very bright. If, let’s say, police were looking for you, and you were walking down the street in Dover, and you see policemen in uniform come toward you. The worst thing that you could do is turn around and run because he’d probably notice you and probably start chasing you … Sit up front. Pay attention. Take notes. If you don’t understand something, raise your hand and ask. Do not let let anything go by you because Heaven forbid. If you’re in a business, and you do that, you could cause a disaster. If you’re in your professional life, what if you’re around moving machinery or moving equipment and someone gives an explanation you don’t understand? And that can lead to injury or death or serious damage to equipment. You know what I mean? You can be responsible for crippling someone, and you don’t want to go through life knowing that.”

Bising has continually visited France since the summer of 1959 between his junior and senior years of college. He has since learned how to speak French fluently and now has a house there. Because of health concerns, 2016 was the first year since 1990 that he did not visit the European country. However, he did say that he enjoyed his visit in the summer of 2017.

“To me, being in France is what Bill Parcells once described as ‘the big game thrill,’” Bising said. “I get out of the airport into the city of Paris, and for me, that’s a big game thrill. And I want more.”

Bising said that France has impressed him since his first visit there when he found himself at awe with the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.

“It was and remains impressive, and for 57 years now, I still find myself going back there often,” Bising said. “I can’t stay away … It’s like a magnet pulling in iron filings.”

Bising said that one of his regrets in life is not having children although he enjoys spending time with his nieces and nephews.

SATIRE: CCM going green with legal on-campus weed, new ‘history of hemp’ class, vaping team

By Caroline O’Brien
Contributor

Ahead of New Jersey’s legalization of marijuana as promised by newly inaugurated governor Phil Murphy, County College of Morris has decided Tuesday, April 10 at to ignore legal jurisdiction and its own smoking policy by legalizing the sale and recreational use of marijuana on campus.

Additionally, the college has implemented its first history of hemp course, which meets at 4:20 p.m. whatever day of the week they get around to it, and the athletic department has endorsed a newly formed elite vape team.

While implementing a new resource to combat climate change, landscaping and horticultural technology students now have access to hands-on experience and quality education in the rapidly growing cannabis industry.

Students may purchase and use a variety of products including flower, oil, and vaporizers.

The Cannabis Company of Morris is located in the abandoned cafeteria in the student union. CCM is still a smoke free campus.

While cannabis has no carcinogenic properties, exposure to extreme heat is a carcinogen. Therefore, Cannabis Company of Morris provides vaporizers, as suggested by experts, for increased temperature control as well as tinctures for topical application and edibles.

CBD and THC combined with other natural oils such as lavender, mint, and lemon imitate chemicals naturally found in human and animal anatomy. The chemical compounds found in these oils stimulate cells to trigger homeostasis.

Tom Chong, an engineering student at CCM, is the captain of the Morris Elite Vape team.

“It was just a matter of mind, or time or something like that,” Chong said. “You know, like, I’m just happy we can all pursue our passion without fear of persecution.”

Ross Crespo, an adjunct professor at CCM, is not in favor of the new ordinance.

“This is a terrible idea,” he said.

Reggie Buds, a horticulture student at CCM, is taking CCM’s first history of hemp course.

“It’s been used for over 10,000 years,” Buds said. “It’s stronger, cheaper, and more durable than cotton and when grown organically has many environmental benefits. If it weren’t for current federal laws, this industry would be a gold mine.”

One hectare of cannabis absorbs 22 tonnes of greenhouse emissions while adding nutrients to the soil, making it excellent for crop rotation. This will increase crop yields to supply the Cohen Hall Cafeteria.

One acre of cannabis can produce 8,000 lbs. of seeds yielding over 300 gallons of oil that can be used as a biodiesel fuel with zero carbon emissions. The byproduct of this oil production is high protein hemp powder. This powder will be utilized in baked goods on campus in the transition to plant-based protein.

On Friday, April 20, Cannabis Company of Morris and the Morris Elite Vaping team are hosting an event in front of the student union. The goal is to blow a record breaking vape cloud. High Times Magazine will be there to take record.

SAPB game show undaunted by snow

By Chloe Smith
Contributor

While a delayed opening for snow left County College of Morris’ buildings empty the the morning of Monday, April 3, by 12:30 p.m., the Student Community Center lobby had a crowd of people with remote controls in hand, competing in trivia and other activities for a cash prize.

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Andreas Mathikolonis, the winner of the game show “Think Fast!” Photo by: Brett Friedensohn

Students that participated were singing, dancing, and debating in order to win $200 in “Think Fast!,” a game show event hosted by the Student Activities Programming Board. Two big screens were put up to display multiple choice trivia, video clues and other challenges.

Jared Danquah, a double major in business and engineering is a member of SAPB, and was also among the students competing for the money. Part of Danquah’s job as a club member was to advertise the game show that morning.

“I was just doing my job passing out the flyers and talking more about it,” he said.

Danquah said he was enthusiastic about the game and ended up getting a high score by the end.

“I stayed in the top ten for a long time,” he said.

Sean Callaghan, a fine arts major, did not spend a lot of time on the leaderboard. While he enjoyed the experience, he said he was stumped by many of the questions asked by the announcer.

“It was a lot of random questions you wouldn’t expect,” he said. “I did not score high.”

Callaghan did not seem to catch his stride in the competition. It required not only pop culture knowledge, but also a fast hand.

Andreas Mathikolonis, a game development major, was the winner of the game show.

In the final round, four students went up to the stage and answered a series of pop culture trivia questions. Mathikolonis was quick to ring in, beating the runner-up by 200 points.

Throughout the competition there were challenges that helped get bonus points. Mathikolonis ended up singing in front of the crowd which gave him the lead.

As far as strategy went, Mathikolonis said he kept things simple.

“I just looked at the question, and if I knew it, I answered it,” Mathikolonis said. “I feel good, I mean I won two hundred dollars.”

Mathikolonis was not sure what he would end up doing with the prize money.

“I don’t know, maybe if I needed extra classes I might pay for it with that, or maybe I’ll find something nice for myself,” Mathikolonis said.

Physical fitness competition to test students’ endurance, speed, strength

By Amanda Edwards
Staff Writer

The Exercise Science Club at County College of Morris plans to host its third bi-annual Mr. and Ms. Fit Competition, a student fitness contest which includes one mile run, shuttle runs, and sit up contests, Tuesday, April 17 in the Health and Physical Education building gymnasium.

According to Dr. Michael Paul, chairperson of exercise science at CCM and adviser of the exercise science club, the competition will be based on a 75-minute test.

“The test consists of a shuttle run, sit ups, chin ups or arm hangs for women, pushups and a one-mile endurance run,” Paul said. “After the time has expired, the winner will be chosen based on points accumulated … Though the task may appear daunting, it is a good opportunity for any student to test their overall fitness level.”

Exercise Science major Matthew Gregory has been the defending Mr. Fit Champion at CCM for three consecutive years.

“Back in high school, I didn’t know how unfit I was until I joined wrestling,” Gregory said. “It was that shocking realization that has fueled my passion to pursue fitness. Hence, I encourage CCM students to take advantage of this opportunity because if nothing else they will become aware of their fitness level. Ever since I found out, it’s as if a fire has been lit in me to improve myself, not only physically but in all other aspects of my life, including academics. It is truly an eye-opener, and I continue to participate to inspire others.”

Exercise Science Club President Haley Babus said that she will compete and encourages all students to attend.

“This competition is a great way to meet new people and share our love for exercise in a fun and competitive way,” Babus said. “I have both participated and proctored in the competition so I know. Regardless of what facet of exercise they excel in, there will be many activities for all participants to show their strengths.”

According to Professor Paul, this event has always had a good turn out in the past, so he anticipates the same for this semester. However, since the challenge must be completed in the allocated time, interested students are encouraged to contact him prior to the event. Students may email him at mpaul@ccm.edu.

The prizes for this year’s winners are customized T-shirts and $25 gift certificates to the campus store. The rain day for this event is April 19, 2018.

Students to display creations at CCM fashion show

By Gina N. Fico
Features Editor

The Fashion Club at County College of Morris will hold its spring fashion show at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3 when fashion design students will showcase designs.

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Stevenson’s work in progress designs. Photo By: Heather Stevenson

Anyone who wants to volunteer can model, according to the President of the Fashion Club and fashion design major Dot Lare.

Lare said CCM has been doing fashion shows for the last decade and are run in coordination with  the fashion club and the design department. She said as president the impact she made with fashion is leadership and which brings more student involvement to the club. Lare said her hope for the fashion show is to bring out the newest set of trends.

“My hope for the outcome of the fashion show is to bring unique trends and to bring people’s social creativity out into trends,” Lare in an email.

Gina Mellen, vice president of the fashion club, said she enjoys planning the fashion show with her friend Lare. She said although there’s a lot of responsibility when everything comes together, it’s exciting.

She added that the club does fundraising  in order to  get the equipment and necessities they need for the “perfect show.” She said these fashion shows are a good opportunity to bring students together and see the designer’s work on the runway.

Mellen said she has had a growing passion for the fashion industry through her time at CCM and said this is her last show so she wants to it to be “the best yet.”

“My passion has truly extended throughout these two years at CCM,” said Mellen, a fashion design major at CCM. “I went out of my comfort zone, throughout the box, and had friendships that helped me love what I am doing even more. Fashion can express the way one person is without having to speak.”

Heather Stevenson, a fashion merchandising major, said her role is “to participate” and that she is new to the club but delighted to be a part of it.

Stevenson said she does not want to reveal too much about the designs she has been working on. She said the theme for the fashion show this year is “evolution”. However, Stevenson did say the ideas for aesthetics that she has thought about. She said she was originally thinking about dark themed designs that symbolize the dangers of obsessive thoughts and that she will be working on more “whimsical” designs instead.  She said she will be using a lot of pastels and it theme drawn from childhood.

“I’ve got all my fabric together in one corner of my room right now, and it really does look like circus crashed into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory,” Stevenson said in an email.

Stevenson said she is very excited to be part of the Fashion Club and the Fashion Show.

“I really like having this as an outlet to create an idea and a platform to share it. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to be in college, I could rant for days how college is a luxury, and it is almost a fluke that I even made it here, I really feel like the luckiest person alive,” said Stevenson in an email.

Titans golf drives, chips its way into a new season

CCM places in top two seeds in both opening tournaments

By Connor Iapoce
Sports Editor

The County College of Morris Titans golf team worked on their game in the winter offseason hoping to come out swinging strong when the 2017-2018 season started Monday, March 19.

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The 2018 CCM Titans golfers practice their swings at a pre- season session at the driving range. Photos courtesy of Twitter

Now, under head coach Jim Chegwidden in his fourth season at CCM, they have opened up their season placing second of six in their first match on March 19 and first of four in their second match Monday, March 26. A team consisting of three freshman and two sophomores continue to drive to reach the NJCAA National Golf Championship in Chautauqua, New York.

The Titans’ first match was a Garden State Athletic Conference matchup against Rowan College at Burlington County at Deerwoods Country Club. The Titans combined for a total stroke score of 317, the lowest opening round score for the team since the 2007 season. Freshman Nick Axelson shot 75, the team’s lowest score, to lead CCM to second place in the match, combining with the other top three scores from freshman Jerome Beyer who shot 78, sophomore Tommy Apostolico who shot 80, and returning sophomore Kyle Kepler who shot 84.

Kepler said he had desire to get back into the competition of the golf season and play against other skilled players and spent the offseason working on his game, putting emphasis on his hopes of reaching the national tournament.

“I am looking forward this season to competing at a competitive level against some really skilled players and reaching our team goal of getting back to the national tournament,” Kepler said. “This offseason and spring, I’ve been dedicating a lot of time at the driving range working on my swing and short game. I’ve been getting some good practice rounds in on the course to find a rhythm in my game which I felt was a missing component last season.”

The Titan’s second match saw the team finish first against Delaware Technical Community College at Baywood Greens. The team shot 346 under hazardous conditions with low temperatures and 30 mph gusts of winds. Axelson led the team once more shooting with Apostolico shooting 86, Christensen shooting 89, and Kepler shooting 91.

“Being my first year on the team, I’m looking forward to nearly every aspect of our season,” Axelson said. “Each event is an opportunity for me to perform for our school.”

Head coach Chegwidden said he has a lot of faith in a team made up of mostly new recruits, where the composition of the team seems to change every season.

“It’s always difficult to recruit at the two-year level,” Chegwidden said. “It’s almost like every season you have to bring a new team. Attitudes are great, however. I really think that these guys really believe we could win it all this year. We have the ability from golfers one through five because anyone of those guys could shoot in the 70s. It makes it nice since I don’t have to worry about the lineup. They take care of themselves.”

The golfers compete for the top two spots on the team, and the player with the top score during a match will tee off first the next match for CCM.

“The golf team this year is a special group of guys that includes two experienced returning players and three really good incoming players that will have a key role in the team this year,” Kepler said. “It’s really enjoyable being part of a team where we all want to win and compete at a high level.”

Chegwidden said the Titans have grown closer through weekly golf specific workouts in the fitness center during the off center, based on exercises he saw on The Golf Channel.

“I really believe that when you make your body stronger, your mind gets stronger,” Chegwidden said. “And vice versa. You see golfers nowadays, and it’s not like back in the 70s where guys were totally out of shape smoking cigarettes and drinking a beer. You see guys like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy who are all ripped.”

The training allows the golfers to practice their skills as a team, especially for newcomers such as Axelson.

“Utilizing practice facilities as a team has helped me build strong relationships with teammates and also improve my overall game,” Axelson said.

The Titans have experienced success in the past including the GSAC and Region XIX championships in 2007. They were the runners-up in the region in 2013 and earned a place in the national tournament last year.


“I really think that these guys really believe we could win it all this year.”

Jim Chegwidden Titans golf coach


“Our goal every year is to win the conference championship, to win the region championship, and to qualify for the national championship as a team,” Chegwidden said. “We’ve done that pretty well as over the past 13 years we have qualified 10 times. We have a very good chance, but there’s some good teams this year. Last year, I’m going to say, was a down year. I was a little surprised that we made the national tournament last year. But it was a pleasant surprise.”

College golf matches involve many different aspects of the sport, including different rule systems and properly marking a ball. The matches usually take between four and a half to five and a half hours, so it is an all day event for the team.

“At the end, the kids all come in and they all have to go over their scores in each group, hole by hole,” Chegwidden said. “That’s the most important part of the scoring. It doesn’t matter really what the final score is, it’s their hole by hole score. Once they do that, they sign their cards, and if they sign for a lower score and their score happens to be wrong and it’s a higher score, they get disqualified. If they sign for a higher score, they don’t get disqualified.”

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Titans sophomore Kyle Kepler chips a ball on the green during a match.

Meanwhile, Chegwidden emphasized the bonding a golf team will experience during a season despite it often considered an individual sport.

“I actually just sent one of my kids a text message last night,” Chegwidden said. “I said to him, you know, I’m glad that you’re with us, and I hope that your experience here helps you with not only your golf experience, but your life experience. The best part about coaching at CCM is that I still get to see a lot of my former players because golf is a social sport. I still have a lot of players that call me to go play. I see a lot of them that work in the golf industry.”

The Titans will host a home tournament noon Monday, April 16 at Farmstead Golf Club. They are members of the Garden State Athletic Conference and Region XIX of the NJCAA.

Students combat procrastination at CCM

By Charlotte Channell
Contributor

If you are a County College of Morris student who finds it difficult to get tasks done quickly, you aren’t alone.

The American Psychological Association finds that 80 to 95 percent of college students procrastinate, some students at County College of Morris use tactics such as study groups and material organization while others fall into habits of delaying their coursework.

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Students work at CCM’s library in the upstairs Learning Resource Center. Photo by: Arianna Parks

“I had an entire week off to study for my public relations midterm, get my bibliography done for Comp II, and do my research paper for my biology class,” said communication major Valentina Marmolejo. “I did my bibliography Sunday night at 10 p.m., studied for Public Relations two hours before the exam, and the research paper for Biology? Still not done.”

If finishing assignments far in advance and studying sooner rather than later was more of driving force for Marmolejo, she said she knows her stress levels would diminish significantly; however, the pressure that comes along with procrastination brings with it a sense of motivation.

“Sometimes, I try to get people to come study with me,” Marmolejo said. “That way, I have someone to hold me accountable.”

Biology major Nathan Fowler said the notion of waiting until the last minute to complete assignments is all too familiar.

“Being a procrastinator, while also being a bit of a perfectionist, I’m doing things at the last minute, but I also want to make the assignments good,” Flower said. “You feel kind of torn both ways.”

Fowler said he wishes he would allot more time for his multitude of tasks but that he has been making strides in attempting to improve his study habits.

“Open up the Word document,” Fowler said. “Even if you don’t start writing, it’s already there … I’m also pretty jittery, so I like to get up, maybe get a drink of water and go back.”

However, Hope Motzenbecker, a communication major, said studying and finishing assignments well before they’re due has been extremely beneficial to her college career.

“As soon as I find out there will be a test, I will start organizing my notes and studying for it that night,” Motzenberger said. “I like flashcards a lot, especially since I am a communication major. Most of the classes I take are very term-heavy.”

She said that she wasn’t always such a star student as when she started high school, she found her success in school to be diminishing, prompting a 180-degree turn in her habits.

She said her motivation stems from a quote she found in those earlier years, and it’s a concept she’s held onto for the times when the temptation to procrastinate sneaks up on her: “You’ll never regret doing the right thing.”

Federal grants, loans available to students

By Amanda Edwards
Staff Writer

Editor’s Note: The print version and an earlier online version of this article stated that CCM fall scholarship applications are due in July and applications for spring are due in November. However, those are the months the scholarships are awarded. The scholarships are due in May for fall and October for spring. The current version of this article reflects that.

In order order to combat the high cost of education, students should avail themselves of the loans and grants available to them, according to Harvey Willis, director of the Financial Aid Office at CCM.

Students can receive federal loans and grants through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov that can help offset the cost of their education

However, many students fail to consider this reality and are left sorely disappointed when they realize that they can’t enroll, according to Dr. Bette Simmons, vice president of Student Development and Enrollment Management.

Simmons said that 55 percent of the 7200 degree seeking students at CCM use financial aid. However, many students in need are not a part of this percentage.

“The problem is that financial aid is not sought after, it’s an afterthought, usually when the bills are due, as quite a few students are under the impression that county colleges are free, despite the advertised cost of education,” Willis said.

Since most aid is contingent upon need eligibility, students must first complete the FAFSA. This application becomes available on Oct. 1 of every year. It is a relatively short, electronic application that may take an average 30 minutes. After applications are received, the Financial Aid Office reviews each student’s credentials to determine aid eligibility.

According to a flyer from financial aid, “This year, the Financial Aid Office conducted a series of FAFSA filing sessions to assist students in submitting the 2018-2019 FAFSA.”Though these days have passed, students may visit the Financial Aid Office at the Student Community Center for more information.

Several variables are considered to determine any one student’s eligibility. These range from income to number of family members to assets. However, the list is extensive, and the process is unique for every student. Make sure to consider all of your factors while completing your application.

“Students should allow an average of 21 business days for processing,” Willis said. “While sometimes students receive an update within three to four days of submitting FAFSA, other students may be selected to submit additional documents. Since this is only a process of verification, aid will be processed in short order if students submit the documents in a timely fashion.”

Willis has pointed out that FAFSA is only a government application and it is the Financial Aid Office and New Jersey State Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), which reviews the results for aid determination and awarding. However, students often misunderstand this fact.  Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to periodically view their financial aid eligibility online through WebAdvisor or Titans Direct as funding may change due to changes in credits total and or type of courses registered for each term.

Financial assistance at CCM exists in the form of federal and state aid and student loans. Additionally, the CCM Foundation awards more than $200 thousand in scholarships to qualified students every year. These grants may be merit or need- based. To apply, students must submit an online application through the CCM website. Applications are due by Thursday, May 31 for the fall semester and Monday, Oct. 22 for the spring semester.

“Everyone deserves an education, not only for self-help but to be a viable contribution to society,” Willis said. “However, since education comes with a cost, students need to know their financial options to move forward. I encourage them to complete the FAFSA, even if they don’t think they are eligible. In addition, they should periodically view their financial aid status online.”

Students wind down from midterm season

By Arianna Parks & Thomas Kudlacik
Contributors

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Students work at CCM’s library in the upstairs Learning Resource Center. Photo by: Arianna Parks

As midterm season ends at County College of Morris, so does a time that some students and counselors describe as a period of sudden stress and anxiety.

John Urgola, a counselor at CCM, said he observes a yearly uptick in student

appointments around exams each year.

“In reality, most of us will hit a threshold of diminishing returns after about an hour,” Urgola said. “Taking breaks and doing something leisurely in between studying can help you reset.”

In addition to service in CCM’s Office of Counseling and Student Success, Urgola has been in private practice for three years. He has also worked as a high school counselor and in intensive outpatient settings for children and adolescents.

He said that practices of cramming, or acute studying in a short period of time, may overwhelm students already struggling with test anxiety and that he suggests studying small portions of material each day.

“After the first week of class, I’m constantly looking over my notes at least once a week to prepare a little bit at a time,” said Jarrett Kuhn, a computer science major. “The programming I have to remember for an exam is insane, and reviewing weeks in advance definitely helps my grade.”

For some students, visual aids are an advantage over reading notes, and the easiest way to accomplish this would be with a pile of note cards.

“Flashcards are my lifeline in all my classes,” said Vanessa Ferro, a communication major. “They have kept me organized for all my exams every semester, and I have been successful on my exams.”

There are students who take exams without cracking a notebook or textbook in their spare time.

“Usually, I go in blind and just remember what I heard in class over the semester,” said Brandon Baker, a mechanical engineering major. “I work six days a week, so after a long day, the last thing I want to do is read my notebook for hours.”

Baker said this tactic has aided him throughout his time at CCM.

“Honestly, taking my exams like this takes away the stress, and I can relax,” Baker said. “Surprisingly, my grades on my exams doing it this way have been passing, and I find my head to be much clearer during exam week.”

Sal Lopez, a business administration major at CCM, said that being in his field of study requires a large amount of independent reviewing of class materials and that he studies two to three hours for each of his exams.

“I feel like that’s every class if you want to do well in it,” said Lopez, who added that he does not get exam nerves and feels good mentally during exam times.

In addition to being a full-time student, he said he juggles academic responsibilities outside of class with his job as a supermarket baker and recommends a quick 20-minute nap to refresh one’s mental and emotional capacity after a long day of school or work prior to studying.

The Health Psychology Open journal stated during 2015 that 10 to 35 percent of students experience “functionally impairing levels of test anxiety.” Along with one-on-one counseling services CCM offers workshops and activities in an effort to help students relieve academic stress; the semiannual Destress Fest, the annual Cluck-U wing-eating contest, and other events promote stress relief on campus.

Within the spring semester, the office of Student Counseling and Success hosts College Survival Skills workshops to help students navigate the stressors of college life.

“Stress is a function of doing, committing to, and caring about things that are important to you; it’s like the exhaust that comes from burning fuel,” Urgola said. “When you are engaging in the other valued things in your life that make you happy, be sure to be there; be present and in the moment.”