Features

From Student to Staff: Nick Gilbert

By Alexa Wyszkowski

Editor-in-Chief

 

Nick Gilbert, a former County College of Morris (CCM) student, was walking his dog when he received the phone call he was hoping for that informed him that he had got the position as a CCM Admissions Counselor and Recruiter. When he started his new career at CCM in May of 2018 Gilbert said it was a dream come true. 

Gilbert attended CCM as a student from Spring of 2007 to Fall of 2009. He started as a journalism major and then switched to liberal arts. When he was a journalism major he had the opportunity to write for the Youngtown Edition. He remembers that he wrote frequently for about a year covering CCM sports and doing reviews on current movies, tv shows and local restaurants.  

As a CCM student Gilbert had a campus job for the Office of Campus Life as a student aid. He remembers working at the window, assisting with setup for club events, putting up posters around campus and making student IDs. These tasks are still done today by current student aids in OCL. Also still at CCM are faculty members Don Phelps and Rosemary Grant, with whom Gilbert made special connections as a student.

“They were extremely impactful, I owe a lot to them and I really respect them,” Gilbert said. 

 After CCM, Gilbert transferred to William Paterson University and graduated after three semesters in December of 2011 with his bachelor’s in sociology. He then graduated with his master’s degree in student services administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University in May of 2015. Looking back, Gilbert was more involved in campus life activities at CCM than during his time at WPU and FDU. 

“CCM was my best campus life experience for sure,” Gilbert said. 

Gilbert knew that he wanted to work in the field of higher education during his time at CCM as a student aid with OCL. Before returning to CCM Gilbert had some other work experiences in the field of higher education. For four years he worked at Parsippany Hills High School as an Instructional Paraprofessional, where he worked with students with behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. He then worked at Berkeley College for a year and a half as a Student Accounts Administrator and then for eight months he was a Staffing Manager for a corporate recruiter. As soon as he saw the posting for CCM he applied right away and waited for his interview.

“I was so excited to be interviewing here,” Gilbert said, “I loved the place and knew I had to come back.”

Gilbert was soon hired and his dream came true as he became a CCM Admissions Counselor and Recruiter. Phelps and Grant are still connected with Gilbert and are pleased to have the opportunity to continue to work with him. 

 “His passion and loyalty to CCM is rare and when an Admissions position opened up I was thrilled when he interviewed, and of course he was hired,” Grant said.

“As a Student Assistant in Campus Life, Nick was always willing to help students at the Information Window.  It is no surprise that he is great addition to the Admissions Office now, helping prospective students throughout their admission process.” Phelps said.

Gilbert can be found some days in his office, which is located in the Admissions Office, where he helps students with the application process. Other days Gilbert is not in his office or even on campus as he is out at local high schools and community events to recruit new CCM students. He also works on planning and organizing open houses, regional college fairs and other programs. Gilbert’s favorite part of the job is being able to connect with students.

“I like helping students and being able to really spread the message of CCM as I lived it myself,” Gilbert said.     

Editor’s Note: If you are a professor or faculty member of CCM who also went to CCM as a student and had any connection to the Youngtown Edition or other school newspaper, contact youngtownedition@gmail.com for the opportunity to be featured.

Originally Published in the 1-30-2019 issue of the Youngtown Edition

Professors working to remedy damaged civil discourse

 

By Adam Gentile 

Features Editor

Three County College of Morris professors are taking measures to enlighten students on the issues of civil discourse, and democratic self-governance to combat fake news and hyper-partisanship.

The interdisciplinary project is called Facilitating Civil Discourse in an age of Fake News and debates about the Truth, and is made up of Dr. Candace Halo of the history and political science department, Professor David Pallant of the communication department, and Dr. Mark Uffelman of the English and philosophy department. The program follows the outline made by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) that relates to civic learning and engagement. The three major components of the AACU outline are knowledge, skills, and values.

Halo, Pallant, and Uffelman started this project because they noticed a lack of civil discourse in our society, brought on by civic ignorance, hyper-partisanship, and an attack. However, they plan on combating this with the use of open discussion, breaking the filter bubbles, and teaching students about how to identify the truth.

The program is made up of three classes at CCM with each professor giving their own specialized lecture between their classes.

The first lecture was performed by Halo Monday, Sept. 17 and focused on the First Amendment as it pertains to free speech and civil discourse on college campuses.

“We talked the fundamental rights and got them to understand that the right belongs to the individual and it was to protect them from government,” Halo said.

Halo also said that the class was not just about the structure of the First Amendment but the current issues that are present on college campuses across America. She brought up how there is a disconnect in communications between students and how they just seem to be angry all the time with no real progress on the issues.

“What we are trying to do is in the academic environment have students able to discuss things in a very open manner,” Halo said.

Halo also felt that students are afraid to talk about their beliefs and choose to remain quiet out of fear.

Another concern from Halo is that students are unaware or have been given little information about many civic matters, for example, subjects like gerrymandering and congressional hearings.

“What I try to do in political science is teach them American government so they are aware of what’s going on around them because it does affect them,” Halo said.

In response to the lack of communication the classes will also act as a medium for students to hold conversations with one another.

“We are giving students the opportunity to talk and we want to help them understand what civil discourse means,” Halo said. “It means that you can totally disagree with a person but you can still walk away from the conversation not hating each other … Civil discourse is a robust, honest, frank, and constructive dialogue and deliberation that seeks to advance the public interest. Critical aspect of dialogue is patience integrity, humility and mutual respect.”

Pallant, of the communication department, hosted a lecture Monday, Oct. 29 focused on media ethics, hyper-partisanship, and tribalism in the age of fake news.  

Pallant took time in the lecture to show how Twitter bots were used in the 2016 presidential election and gave advice on how to identify them. He noted how they tend to use inflammatory rhetoric in threads in an effort to create divisiveness.

For Pallant, the most important issue that they tackled in the lecture was the idea of filter bubbles.

“People are in these social media bubbles that they can’t get out of, and they keep clicking these articles that feeds them the same information over and over again,” Pallant said.

Pallant said that the partisanship in the news stations have done a major disservice to the people.

“They kind of tribalized people by regurgitating their version of facts and the country is way more divided,” Pallant said. “Rhetoric is ramped up on each side and violence will occur, sadly as we saw with the synagogue shooting.”

Pallant mentioned that the rhetoric of one person is not to blame but the culture made from harmful rhetoric should be examined. This concept echoes a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “We must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy that produced the murderers.”

Pallant noted how unprecedented this era is in terms of people’s disdain and attack on the free and independent press, by calling them the enemy of the people. In his presentation, Pallant showed an image of a man wearing a shirt that had “Rope. Tree. Journalist. some assembly required” on it.

“The concern is that the attack on free speech is real,” Pallant said. “If you are saying that someone is an enemy of you and the country and then you’re wearing that there is correlation between that … Would you then morally justify actual violence?”

Pallant also said that by having face to face conversations people can overcome political differences and still respect each other.

Uffelman’s lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov.14 and is titled “Truth in Democracy.” This lecture will bring up classical ideas of truth and whether or not we live in an era of post-truth. A post-truth can be defined as an era where truth doesn’t really matter, and that truth can be defined by who is speaking.

Uffelman said that we live in an age of truth relativism and truth emotivism.

“A lot of these individuals will say that truth is used as a label for positions that we like, if something appeals to us it’s true if it runs contrary to us it’s false,” Uffelman said.  

Uffelman believes that defending the idea of truth is imperative to defending our democracy.

“To an extent that we are responsible citizens we have an obligation to not only seek to participate in the democratic process and support those representatives that are most aligned with general well-being and individual rights, but what is entailed by that is questing for the truth,” Uffelman said. “We need to seek for what truth is and then we have to know how to recognize it when we see it.”

A priority for Uffelman in terms of the project is to emphasize the importance of seeking the truth in the age of information.

“The flux of information is so rapid but simultaneously filtered and bubbled in the way that we receive this information that we have an obligation to unsettle ourselves and make ourselves uncomfortable,” Uffelman said.

 

 

Originally published in the 11-7-2018 edition of the Youngtown Edition

13 spooky adventures for Halloween

By Lianna Del Corpo
Contributor

Does the thought of fear intrigue you? Do you enjoy being absolutely petrified? Do you like being chased by masked men carry axes, chain saws, knives, and much more? Are you ready to scream? Here are thirteen freaky things you can do this Halloween weekend!

1. 13th Hour Haunted House and Escape Room

This frightfest has won multiple awards throughout New Jersey for their scare tactics. With the use of movie props, interactive special effects, and gory lifelike scenes, this adrenaline-inducing halloween attraction will leave you shaking with fear for your life!

Where: 105 Dewey Avenue Wharton, New Jersey

When: Friday, Oct. 26 to Sunday, Oct. 28, Friday, Nov. 1 to Sunday, Nov. 31


  1. Bane Haunted House
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This place is 40,000 square feet of pure terror and is completely interactive with no animatrons needed because they use more than 100 live actors to freak out anyone who dares to enter. Be prepared though you may have to crawl, jump, climb or spin to make your way out of this haunted house!

Where: 630 West Mount Pleasant Avenue Livingston, New Jersey

When: Friday, Oct. 26 to Sunday, Oct. 28, Friday, Nov. 1 to Sunday, Nov. 3.


  1. Trap Door Escape Room
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This “Witch Hunt” is a Halloween-themed physical adventure game where you will be locked in a room with other players. You must solve multiple puzzles and find clues to escape the room within the set time or else. Taking place in a movie-like set design with such incredible story telling skills, players often lose touch with reality and feel like they are in another world.

Where: 34a Speedwell Avenue Morristown, New Jersey

When: Mondays through Thursdays 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fridays 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays 12:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sundays 12:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


  1. Scare Farm
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With three horrifying attractions to choose from (Creepy Hollows, Paranoia, and Slay Ride), you may dare to walk the corn fields at night which lay upon a sacred burial ground or take a hayride into the darkness and terror. Either way, everyone is out to get you, and your nightmares will come to life.

Where: 116 South Branch Road Hillsborough, New Jersey

When: Friday, Oct. 26 to Sunday, Oct. 28


  1. Wagner Farm Arboretum Brite Nites
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Stroll down this creepy “Pumpkin Path” to explore the intricately carved pumpkins and jack o’lantern displays. Then try to travel through the “Barn of Fear” past frightening zombies, ghouls, and witches. If you still have an appetite, enjoy a hot cup of cocoa and the local food trucks!

Where: 197 Mountain Avenue Warren Township, New Jersey

When: Friday, Oct. 26 to Sunday, Oct. 28 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


  1. Brighton Asylum
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This legendary haunted asylum closed in 1952 due to hundreds of people disappearing but has since re-opened and is accepting new patients! To escape this nightmare, you must use critical thinking and teamwork; without guts you will experience what it’s really like to be stuck in a horror film like Saw or Scream.

Where: 2 Brighton Avenue Passaic, New Jersey

When: Friday, Oct. 26 to Sunday, Oct. 28, Wednesday, Oct. 31, Friday, Nov. 2 to Saturday, Nov. 3.


  1. Haunted Orchards
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Be transported deep into the orchards on a spooky hayride to visit a forgotten, unkempt graveyard. Then through a bone-chilling series of eerie houses filled with live actors, all kinds of scary creatures, ghouls and ghosts.

Where: 244 Wierimus Road Hillsdale, New Jersey

When: Thursday, Oct. 25 to Saturday Oct. 27, Tuesday, Oct. 30 to Wednesday, Oct. 31, Saturday, Nov. 2 to Sunday, Nov. 3.


  1. Nightmare on River Road
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Allow a sinister clown to guide you through a creative corn maze, abandoned hospital, and a disturbing cemetery. You’ll find it hard to sleep after this thrill-filled 20-room maze down extremely narrow hallways. When the past comes back to haunt you, will you have to courage to make it all the way?

Where: 854 River Road New Milford, New Jersey

Friday, October 26 to Sunday, Oct. 28.


  1. Redrum Haunted Play

This historic 16th Century manor home comes alive to present a Stephen King-inspired play featuring four of King’s most famous novels IT, Carrie, Misery, and The Shining. The John Fell house estate is completely transformed with cobwebs, spooky lighting, and creepy decor and eerie sounds.

Where: Archer Hall 37 East Allendale Avenue Allendale, New Jersey

When: Friday, Oct. 26 to Saturday, Oct. 27 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.


  1. Red Mill Haunted Village
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These 10 acres of fright takes place at a historic wool mill from 1810 and has been themed this year as “Run for Your Life” which is totally accurate. Start off down the tight dimly light corridors before exiting out to a hayride wagon, running through the dark streets encountering zombies and ghouls at every turn, maze, and vortex of horror.

Where: The Red Mill 56 Main Street Clinton, New Jersey

When: Friday, Oct. 26 to Saturday, Oct. 26 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.


  1. Pantophobia

This freaky hayride follows the Legend of Cyrus Grain, a ghost who haunts his former family farm. Guest must try to find Cyrus lurking in the woods, buildings, or back roads all while trying to fend for their lives from zombies and creatures to make it back to civilization.

Where: 53 Craig Road Montvale, New Jersey

When: Friday, Oct. 26 to Sunday, Oct. 28, Wednesday, Oct. 31

 


  1. C. Casola Farms Haunted Attractions

This event has plenty of options to choose from including a 3D Haunted Barn, the Living Maze, Marlboro Zombie Breakout, Hayride of Terror, or the Haunted Wooded Trail. Whether you’re shooting zombies chasing after you or escaping deadly twists and turns, you’ll want to make it out of there alive.

Where: 131 South Main Street Marlboro Township, New Jersey

When: Friday, Oct. 26 to Sunday, Oct. 28, Wednesday, Oct. 31


13. Farm of Horrors

This event begins taking a hair-raising walk through the Trail of Terrors, Graveyards, and Mass-Acre Maize, then try to navigate your way through the Carnival of Chaos. This high scare experience include strobe lights, blood, gore, foul language, uneven trails, mud, synthetic fog, and is designed to awaken your senses!

Where: Schaefers Farms 1051 Route 523 Flemington, New Jersey

When: Friday, Oct. 26 to Sunday, Oct. 28, Wednesday, Oct. 31, Friday, Nov. 2 to Saturday, Nov. 3

Pumpkin spice and everything nice about fall come to CCM

By Gianna Pereira
Contributor

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Students gather in the Learning Resource Center cafeteria which sells Starbucks products. Photo By: Nachi Allah

As fall ramps up, many County College of Morris students have expressed appreciation for the season with cold weather and

“I’m excited that I don’t have to deal with bugs anymore,” said Jessica Haines, a liberal arts major at CCM. “I like the season because of my birthday.”

During the fall season, fashion trends change like the weather does, and Haines said that fall fashion has always been considered comfortable clothing. Sweatshirts, jeans, and sneakers are the articles of clothing Haines said that she wears during the fall season.

“I like wearing it,” Haines said. “This is my normal style, so I like it a lot.”

A common trend during the fall season is the liking of pumpkin spice or anything pumpkin related. As several people during this time of year follow up the trend with all of the pumpkin, Haines completely disagrees and disregards pumpkin spice.

“I hate anything to do with pumpkin spice,” Haines said. “It is disgusting and it needs to stop.”

According to the National Retail Federation, this year more than 175 million Americans are planning on participating in the Halloween celebration.

“I love Halloween and am so excited for it to come,” Haines said. “My Halloween plans are to dress up and go to school, where I have three classes this semester.”

Haines said that there are a few characters she will need to decide from regarding how she will dress.

“I haven’t fully decided yet on what I am going to be,” she said. “90 percent sure a redhead, so I’m stuck between Kim Possible, Black Widow, and Jessica Rabbit.”

As several people love the season because of pumpkin spice and Halloween, many enjoy the start of the football season, but Haines said that she is not a dedicated fan to any team.

“Football is ok, the fights my family has over it is hilarious though,” Haines said. “But if I were to root for someone, it would be for the Cowboys, so go Cowboys.”

Similar to Haines, other students are not as fond of football like others during this time of year.

“I am all right with football, don’t really watch it that much,” said Gibbons, a game design major. “I guess I will say the Eagles are my favorite team.”

Gibbons said that he is excited for fall weather and enjoys wearing jackets, sweatpants,

and sneakers.

“I like dressing this way,” Gibbons said. “It is a casual outfit for fall weather.”

Knowing how popular pumpkin spice is during this season, Gibbons expressed his thoughts on it.

“I enjoy having pumpkin spice,” Gibbons said. “I will have it when it’s around.”

This year, Starbucks launched their seasonal pumpkin spice latte Aug. 28 instead, according to Forbes, instead of Sept. 1, its usual launch date.

“Not a big Halloween person, I mean I enjoy it but not as much like I don’t go out trick or

treating or anything,” Gibbons said. “I don’t have anything planned on the day, just probably going to stay home and watch movies.”

Joe Radwan, an information technology major, said that fall weather helps him dress

more comfortably for work.

“I am mainly looking to get passed fall, I play a lot of winter sports like ski and

snowboard,” he said. “I do a lot of manual labor at my job, so I usually wear jeans or maybe even a long sleeve flannel with the sleeves rolled … I like dressing like that.”

Unlike Haines, Radwan said that he loves the trend of pumpkin spice, not caring who else likes or dislikes it.

“I love pumpkin spice,” Radwan said. “You can call me white all you want, but I love

pumpkin, like pumpkin in hot chocolate.”

Halloween is a popular holiday that is loved by many, especially by Radwan, as he

expressed how much he loves the day and why.

Radwan said that during Halloween, he gets to spend time with long-time friends.

“Halloween is one of my all time favorite holidays,” he said. “My friend and I have

been growing up together for the longest time now and we put together props and see if we can display them in places.”

Actors audition at fall musical callbacks

By Jamie Corter
Contributor

Stage director Marielaine Mammon asked her potential cast members how far someone would go for revenge, what drives a person to kill, and what choices lead one to become mad before auditions in the Dragonetti Auditorium began for the fall musical.

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Then, Mammon, chair of the music, dance, and performing arts department, called for the first group of female performers onto the stage to vie for a spot in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

During the callback, some students shared their inner monologues about the audition process and the opera itself.

“Getting over yourself is the scariest part,” said Nicole Rodgers, a musical theater major. “There are going to be people who will be better than you; there will be people who are worse than you, but you have to do what’s best for you.”

Emily Larsen,  a musical theater major, also said that auditioners need to work past their self-doubts.

“The scariest part is once you see the competition,” she said. “You start to second guess yourself. But if you’re calm, you know yourself and know what you can do, you can get over that pretty easily.”

Each group lined up across the stage. One by one they stepped forward, said their name and number, the piano played, and they transitioned into the characters they sang as.

The plot follows a vengeful barber on a path towards insanity, so audiences can expect some characters in the musical thriller to have a touch of crazy in them. On the surface Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is as a bloody, brutal musical about revenge and love, but it has the ability to reach many audiences.

The Sweeney Todd character first appeared in British 19 Century serial short stories and has since made his way into several stage and major motion picture adaptations, most recently in 2007 with Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street where Johnny Depp plays Sweeney Todd, a barber who returns to his hometown of London with the intent of vengefully murdering the corrupt Judge Turpin who sentences Todd to prison in Australia for a crime he did not commit because he lusts for his wife, Johanna. In his madness, Sweeney Todd kills several of his customers and sends their corpses to Mrs. Lovett, his landlady who sells the victim’s meat in her restaurant.

“I was drawn to [Johanna] because she a very unique type of ingenue,” said Anna Hill, a music major. “Usually these types of characters  . . . are very innocent and one-dimensional. Johanna has some of that in her character, but she also has a beautiful contrast because of the amount of pain she has experienced in her life.”

Mrs. Lovett, the woman who finds herself drawn to Sweeney Todd and joins in on his revenge schemes, interested Corrie Down, a musical theater major at CCM, the most.
“Mrs. Lovett is such a multi-faceted role. I was immediately drawn to her and went on an emotional roller-coaster with her the first time I watched the musical,” Down said.

Larsen said that she was interested in the beggar woman’s role.

“The beggar woman is so interesting because of her backstory,” she said. “There’s like two characters that you get to work with in one. And honestly, the crazier [the character] the more fun.”

“I think anyone can enjoy Sweeney Todd,” Down said. “I’ve had mothers who hate violence and gore tell me this is their favorite musical. The show focuses on revenge and murder yet somehow stays tasteful and beautiful.”

Solieman said that an audience member coming to see the fall musical definitely needs a strong stomach.

“But also one with a curiosity about how twisted a human mind can become with revenge,” she said.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will join the list of the many musicals CCM has put on.

“I can’t recommend the musical theater program enough,” Down said. “We get such a well rounded education especially for a 2 year program. The staff is constantly rooting for us. They want us to be the best that we can be, and they help us achieve greatness.”

Rogers said that she is loving her major’s classes so far.

“It’s not all fun and games though, so if anybody wants to be a musical theater major, just know that you have to really want to be there,” Rogers said. “Even so, I wouldn’t be happier doing anything else.”

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 and will run for two more days with shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday Nov. 9, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.

SO… SOPHIE?

CCM’S advice column

By: Sophie Connell
Contributor


So, Sophie,

I am a first year and I don’t know what to expect. Is it hard here? Is the workload too much to manage? I am nervous I am going to fail. Do you have any advice?

From,
New and Nervous

Hi New and Nervous,

First let me say welcome to CCM. It is a great school and I’m happy to share some tips on ensuring success here. The first tip I have is to use a calendar in order to keep your assignments straight. I highly recommend using the one on your phone that way you can even set alerts to go off to remind you about assignments. Another tip is to use the resources on campus. For example, CCM has a lot of great places to study the library being just the start. As well as study areas, the school offers great tutoring services that are free. I hope these tips help and you enjoy CCM.

Best,

Sophie


So, Sophie,

I can never find parking on campus and it seems like I always pick the furthest parking lot from where I need to be. Please help.

From,

Lost in the lots

Dear Lost in the lots,

I actually had this same problem for my first few months here so I know how frustrating it can be! My best advice is to try and arrive early for your classes that way you have built in time to park. I have found that lot 7 is pretty much in the middle of everywhere you would need to go, so if you give yourself some extra time you will most likely be able to find a convenient spot
there. Hope this helps.

Happy parking,

Sophie


So, Sophie,

I take all my classes in one day so I am on campus for quite a few hours. During this time I find myself really hungry and all I can seem to find is vending machines, is that all there is on campus? Please help my hunger.

From,

Hungry and Hangry

Dear Hungry and Hangry,

Let the hanger end now because there are so many food options on campus. You have already discovered the vending machines if you ever need a quick snack, but there is much more. The LRC (learning resource center) offers Starbucks if you need a caffeine boost as well as sandwiches, salads and snacks! The best variety comes from the Cohen Café, you can create your own sandwiches, salads and wraps. If you are short on time you can choose from their “grab and go” section. Hope your hangry days are over.

From,

Sophie


So, Sophie,

I am new to CCM and am having a hard time meeting people and making friends. I don’t want to go on bored with no friends, can you please help me?

From,

Friendly but friendless

Hi friendly but friendless,

Don’t stress, starting at a new school it is natural to worry about new friends! The good news is, I have some tips on how to get out there and meet new people. My best recommendation is to find a club you are interested in and join. There are over 50 clubs on campus and if something doesn’t interest you, you have the option to create your own club. There is also the opportunity to join sports teams if that interests you. I hope this advice helps you get out there and get involved.

From,

Sophie


If you are looking for any advice, please send questions to me at connell.sophie@student.ccm.edu and look for your question in the next issue!

SATIRE: Local Satirist Plagiarizes Self

By John Dumm
Satire Editor
The Youngtown Edition is absolutely and thoroughly bereaved to report yet another crime against journalistic decency as committed by Rogue Satirist John Dumm, who continues to use his unparallelled degree of academic irrelevance for evil. As of Friday, April 13, at 10:25 a.m., the legally deceased former columnist had attempted to turn in one of his own satire pieces in place of a final exam for Advanced Compositional Memetics (YGO 413). Editor-in-Chief Brett Friedensohn has agreed to coordinate with CCM Postmortem Communications adjuncts and the contracted head of the experimental Memetics Department, Cohen Edenfield, to relay the last known sightings of CCM’s most aggravating funnyman.

“Believe me, we are absolutely devastated by his latest loss,” Friedensohn relates, the increasingly contrived disappearances of his satire editor driving him into fits of tearful mania punctuated by what we are assured is less raucous laughter than a particularly nasty strain of tragedy hiccup.  “This is, what, the third time this year? First the coded insults to the Board of Directors, then the lawsuit with him, the libel machine, Fake Matthew and that Artix rep … What did him in this time? I hear it was, uh…”

Edenfield, the lesser known Cohen to whomst the hall was dedicated in secret by monks, has been asked to elaborate: “He, uh, handed me his paper, I started scanning stacks of them through the new SafeAssign processor we had wheeled in, and the thing went blaring red, pulled up three separate documents from the online storage of some newspaper nobody by the name of John Dumm. Works for some school piece called the Youngtown? Never heard of it, would’ve been the perfect crime were it not for the scanner thingy.”

Dodging the deep, soul-rending glares of Friedensohn, Cohen motions for his legal aide to finish the recount:

“The moment the sirens went off, five campus security officials in full riot gear busted in, carrying shotguns. They tackled John, shackled him to a golf cart they had gotten through the door , and drove off somewhere no one in this room has clearance to know about. They also shot and bagged a few members of the vaping team, but, well,”

At this point, Edenfield allowed himself a legally inadvisable interjection yelled from his Secure Debriefing / Trustee Loyalty Chamber to clarify: “I texted their parents, and they offered to split the life insurance 50/50 if I kept their names away from the vaping team. Think I heard one of those party noisemakers go off over the phone!”

Capping off the tragedy, Friedensohn has prepared a short, heartfelt eulogy for the dearly thrice-departed jokemonger, as composed by famed school poet and head of the Promethean Revival Project, Michelle Wossname:

“If any students witness a golf cart speeding on campus, do not report the sighting. If any students witness a torn, ragged pile of riot gear covered in what appears to be car battery cleaner, do not report the sighting. Monday / Wednesday classes covering the History of Modern and early modern Europe are expected to be haunted for some time within the next three weeds; do not report the sightings and do not, we repeat do not leave unattended food, literature or electronics near the lecture room walls. Any last thoughts from Cohen Edenfield? Yeah, actually, the biggest tip off was that he turned in the whole newspaper, flipped to put his article on top.”

Club invites students to invest in business strategies

By Camarie Eaton
Contributor

One semester after the chartering of an Investment Club at County College of Morris, the club’s founders are recruiting members and visitors to meetings so they can teach and discuss investing tactics.

When Ben Devenezia transferred to County College of Morris last fall, he recognized the need for an investment club. He and fellow leaders of the club are now looking to build membership and create a sustainable resource for future CCM students.

The club meets at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Devenezia, who is leaving CCM at the end of the spring semester, said the club’s current goal is to pass on information about investing, the process of committing or laying out money for future profit.

“My major goal is to find someone to take it over and do a better job than I did,” Devenezia said. “If we can really make something sustainable, you know, we can kind of create a lasting finance resource that CCM has never had.”

The club has become a resource for students to not only discuss finance and investment but also to receive advice on skills such as developing a social media presence, strengthening résumés, and landing internships in the finance industry. At the end of the semester, the club will hold a pizza party.

“It’s a great starting point ‘cause it’s free,” Devenezia said. “If you have someone, whether it be a professor or a few students that are willing to work with somebody, it can be a great experience.”

Students of all majors are welcome to the club regardless of prior knowledge in finance, Devenezia said. If he can help someone walk into an interview with more confidence, he said will have done his job well.

“I love what I love, but I’m not serious about anything,” Devenezia said. “So if you can just make someone laugh while you’re teaching them something, they’ll remember it more.”

Tony Dattolo, co-founder of the club, joined because he felt the club aligned with his goals to continue at a four-year college as a future finance major.

“General financial and investment knowledge affects everyone,” Dattolo said. “You do that stuff in your life regardless of who you are.”

As a new organization on campus which started last semester, the club has only so many events and projects they can hold, Dattolo said. However, with the intention of helping business students through the internship process, the club created a contact list of the financial companies in Morris County.

“It would be good if we could get a couple of those financial firms to send us guest speakers,” Dattolo said. “Or offer opportunities for internships and partner with places in the area that can help students that are driven enough and interested enough.”

Although discussing finance and investment can sound serious or intimidating, the meetings are often interesting and fun, Dattolo said.

Jonathan Barriga, a business major with a finance concentration, was singled out to join the club by Devenezia after their investment principles class one day. He often researches finance on his own time and takes a major interest in cryptocurrency, a digital currency that has become a recent global phenomenon.

“It’s definitely something we wanna bring into the club,” said Barriga regarding cryptocurrency. “Initially, I was thinking of doing something separate, but I think it’s a better fit in the investment club.”

As the founders are looking to create a sustainable investment and finance community at CCM, increase in membership is crucial, according to Barriga.

“If you’re not really in [investments], you have no idea like where to even begin,” Barriga said. “And this gives you a place to actually begin.”

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 celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parades, family gatherings

By Rebecca Mena
Contributor

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Musicians march at the Morristown St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Photo Courtesy of Facebook

Students at County College of Morris celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in a variety of ways including staying home with family food and drinks and attending and performing in parades.

“It was my only day off, so even though I’m Irish, I decided to stay home for the day and enjoy my family’s company,” said Katherine Mahon, a communication major at CCM. “I usually have a traditional dinner the day of, which is corn beef, pickled cabbage, potatoes, and Irish soda bread.”

Mahon said it’s not a tradition for her to go to any of the St. Patrick’s Day parades, but she has attended the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade when she was younger.  She said it’s not worth walking through the streets of New York because majority of the people are drinking excessively, so she preferred to stay home with her family to have a nice home-cooked Irish meal with a few drinks.

“This year, I played the bagpipes at the Morristown Parade, the Kearny Parade, and the Ringwood Parade,” said Joseph Hric, a criminal justice major at CCM. “I’ve been playing the bagpipes since seventh grade, so I’ve been lucky enough to play in different parades each year for about seven or eight years now.”

Hric said he started to play the bagpipes because it was one of the more  common wind instruments to play at the time while attending high school.

“The parade goes for a couple of miles, so my mouth usually gets really tired.” Hric said.  “I usually practice by playing for hours and hours working up to the event so I can prepare myself for three parades or whatever the occasion might be.”

Hric said although he is not Irish, he loves to play the bagpipes, and his family goes out each year to show their support for his events.

“My uncle’s birthday is on March 17, and this year he turned 50, so not only did we celebrate his birthday, but we also got to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day which meant double the drinking and double the food,” said John Maka, an engineering science major at CCM.  “During the day, we went to the New York City parade and at night we headed over to my uncle’s house along with a bunch of other family that I don’t usually get to see.”

Maka said he has to prepare himself  in the morning of for all the food, desserts, and drinks that are made for that day. He said his mom is known for making her special buffalo chicken dip and her margaritas.

“My family usually goes above and beyond with the food; there’s chicken francaise, chicken parmesan, lasagna, buffalo chicken dip, and endless amounts of desserts,” Maka said.  “Even though it’s not your typical Irish meal, I always look forward to seeing my cousins and catching up with other relatives.”