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NCAA corruption case prompts differing views

By Mahadye Paniahie
Contributor

As the FBI investigates the NCAA on corruption allegations, students and staff at County College of Morris have differing opinions on if the association should pay its players.

Up to 20 schools are being investigated for allegedly providing improper benefits including illegal payments and other gifts to its players, according to Sports Illustrated.

CCM athletic director Jack Sullivan said that NCAA Division I schools focus too much on business instead of academics.

“I do not like the higher levels of Division I athletics because it’s become big business, and it’s not the true spirit of what collegiate athletics is all about,” Sullivan said. “They’re not scholar athletes. They’re not amateurs. That’s a scam. It’s a sham. And I’m glad I’m not at that level, and that’s not why I got into college athletics, not for the money, not for that. I got into college athletics for the student athletes to make a difference in their educational goals through athletics.”

Juliana Lopez, a communication major at CCM, said that NCAA Division I student athletes should be paid.

“They work harder and dedicate time into training, and it exhausts them from trying to do well in school,” Lopez said. “They should be getting paid maybe $300 to $700 a month. I understand the schools cover some of their expenses, but they still should be getting paid, in my opinion. Some of these athletes need money for their families or personal reasons. People think scholarships are enough and athletes should be grateful for that, but the NCAA makes so much money that it seems unfair.”

The NCAA paying its players is something athletes and journalists have been debating on for a while now. NBA star LeBron James, who was drafted in 2003 directly out of high school, called the NCAA “corrupt” in late February, saying that Division I colleges do not recruit players with academic goals in mind, according to ESPN.

“Being an athlete for a Division I school is like having a job,” said Mary Skaltsis, a liberal arts major at CCM. “There is so much time and work you put in for the team that it becomes so hard to focus on other things. You don’t have enough free time to do schoolwork for class, commit to your sport, and have a job. How else are you supposed to make money? I don’t blame the athletes who take cash from schools. If they were getting paid legally, the NCAA would not be in this situation right now. The NCAA is ripping off these kids.”

Colleges do cover some, if not all, expenses for some students’ educations through scholarships, according to ESPN. The NCAA says that is enough of a benefit to get students to attend division one schools.

“I think these athletes are pushing it,” said Kelly Carmona, a liberal arts major at CCM. “Your education is paid for, and you get all your expenses covered. Whenever they go away, their travel and hotels are paid for. You get tuition and books paid for. If they get paid cash, they will use their money for other things and possibly ruin their careers by making dumb decisions. Yes, I understand the NCAA makes a ton of money off these athletes, but the athletes do get benefits from the school. It is kind of like teamwork; the NCAA uses these athletes, and these athletes use the NCAA as an opportunity for their careers.”

CCM students spring back into the semester after break

By Gina N. Fico
Features Editor

As students at County College of Morris have returned to school after spring break, some have described the time off as a time of refreshing and relaxing.

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A student studies in the upstairs LRC library. Photo by: Arianna Parks

Annie Sinegra, a music major focused on music and catched up on sleep during her time off. Sinegra said spring break gives students “a mental break” and gives students more time to be with their families.

“It gave me more time to relax and do what makes me happy”, said Sinegra.

She said she thinks spring break is at a perfect timing said everything should just stay the same because people are used to it and its benefits.

Aaron Yaqoob, a Biology major said that spring break is usually relaxing but this year it was not as enjoyable because of all the snow days and missed work that needed to be completed. He said that the snow days caused due dates to be pushed around which made it less relaxing. He added that he doubts spring break was not even as necessary this year because of  the snow days.

Yaqoob said that spring break can take away the pressure midterms bring

“It’s definitely a nice time to sort of unwind,” Yaqoob said.

He said during his spring break, he worked on lab reports and studied for tests he has this week. He said he thinks spring break is long enough because students have a lot of time off between the fall and spring semester.

Shane Courtney, a business administration major, said he went to the Bahamas with friends from other colleges over break. Courtney said the vacation helped a lot, that having a break from school helps students refocus, and that he hopes to maintain his grades for the second part of the semester.

“I spent a lot of time on the beach,” Courtney said. “We just hung out on the beach; that was really it.”

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A beach in the Bahamas, where a CCM student vacationed during spring break. Photo Courtesy of Facebook

Nicole Sautter, an early childhood education major said she used spring break to catch up on schoolwork.

“They are good because they give you a break from school and if you are behind it gives you time to catch up,” said Sautter, who added that she was able to get a transfer process that takes up a lot of time done for Montclair State University.

Ariel Solimando, an early childhood education major said she worked during spring break and now has two jobs.

“I picked up a lot of hours,” Solimando said. “It was just one less thing to do coming here.”

Solimando said she hopes that students are more focused after coming back from break and that more students want to be there be at college.

CCM organizations to participate in Morris County health and fitness festival

Students, faculty to volunteer to raise health awareness

By Amanda Edwards
Staff Writer

The Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center (PRWC) will host the fourth annual Health, Fitness and Fun Fest between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Randolph Middle School on Middlebrook Road on Saturday, March 24.

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Adults and children participate in the 2016 Morris County Health, Fitness, and Fun Fest. Photo Courtesy of: Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center

The event will feature approximately 65 local businesses and vendors, including County College of Morris.

“The college has been participating in this event since 2014, and the number of departments involved has since expanded,” said Dr. Michael Paul, chairperson of the health and exercise department. “This year, students and faculty from CCM’s school of health professions and natural sciences will be volunteering.”

“For the student volunteers, this event is an opportunity to put theory into practice,” said Monica Maraska, dean of health and natural sciences. “But for the wider community, we aim to promote health and wellness through various activities. Additionally, information will be available on any major under CCM’S School of Health Professions and Natural Sciences.”

For the event, Paul said that CCM will supply an automated Annie so that attendees can learn about practicing CPR, and a skeleton, that the biology faculty and students will use to teach anatomy.

Additionally, John Rutkowski, program director of the respiratory therapy program at CCM said he will “share information about pulmonary health and diseases.”

“I will have an actual swine’s lungs to demonstrate as well as a simulation of lungs damaged by smoke,” Rutkowski said.

Among the other activities are stretching sessions spearheaded by  Paul’s kinesiology class.

“Proper stretching can yield immense health benefits but improper stretching can result in serious injury,” Paul said. “The CCM students have been taught the protocol for stretching by Dr. David Simon, chiropractor and co-owner of Randolph PRWC, and so, they are ready to apply it.”

Also contributing, according to Maraska, is the landscape horticultural and technology department.

“They will be donating plants like basil and lavender, grown in the greenhouse at CCM, for aromatherapy,” Maraska said.

At the event, CCM will also have a raffle with gift cards to the CCM campus store as well as several other giveaways.

According to a press release by PRWC, other attractions include health screenings, fitness challenges, meditation sessions, free refreshments, games, arts and crafts, and a photo booth.

PRWC also invites attendees to take donations to support a collection drive in aid of the Randolph Animal Shelter. Contributions may include dog and cat food as well as cleaning supplies.

Student employees find benefits of working on campus

By Chloe Smith
Contributor

While many students leave campus and don retail store uniforms, restaurant aprons, or other workplace attire, there are a portion of people who stay on campus for an extended period of time because it is also their workplace.

 

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CCM’s Career Services and Cooperative Education Office. Photo By: Alexa Wyszkowski

On-campus jobs are acquired through the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.

Katherine Mahone, a communication major at CCM, began working in the Office of College Advancement during the spring 2018 semester. Because she plans on studying public relations, she said this internship is especially exciting. Along with composing necessary college releases such as the Titan Alerts, CCM’s emergency alert system, she will also have the opportunity to write spotlights on professors, faculty and students.

Mahone said she will be able to use this experience in the future. Unlike other internships, working in the public relations department at CCM will consist of less errands and more writing.

“If you are a PR intern anywhere else, you’re bound to be just getting coffee for someone,” Mahone said.

Students also gravitate toward on-campus jobs in other departments. Henry Agyei, a computer science major is a student employee in the CCM Learning Resource Center. Agyei said he enjoys his job in the LRC where he mainly works on organizing CCM archives.

“I’ve had moving jobs with moving companies, retail jobs with clothing, furniture; I’ve had social media jobs,” Agyei said. “This one is the most peaceful [jobs] I’ve ever had.”

He said that working at CCM has also been a great way of meeting friends on campus and getting to know fellow students.

Both Mahone and Argyea said their jobs were especially helpful for their flexible hours, which can be a lifesaver when the semester moves toward midterms or finals.

The college also makes a point to put students in departments that would be most beneficial to their major or future careers. Rosemary Grant, the associate director of career services and cooperative education is one of the people who help determine what positions would be a good fit.

“For our nursing students for example, we would steer them toward the nursing lab, exercise science we would steer towards the fitness center, computer science we would steer towards the help desk,” Grant said. “So, if there’s places on campus where students can gain career type of experiences at a very entry level, I think that’s super helpful.”

Grant’s department is also a resource for students and alumni when looking for positions in their field, building resumes, and preparing for the workforce. Students interested in finding out more about on-campus jobs or help finding a job off-campus can stop by the office of career services and cooperative education in CH 203.

Students show business, marketing skills

By Gina N. Fico
Features Editor

County College of Morris’ business department held a marketing showcase Thursday, Dec. 7 to allow students to come up with new ideas to improve existing products at County College of Morris and use their marketing skills in real life situations.

In this event, five groups of Principles of Marketing I students competed to reach different goals for the CCM community.

Tyler Cobb, a business administration major, said working on this project helped him to work in a group and talking  in front of people; his group’s goal was to change the location of the tutoring center, currently downstairs in DeMare Hall.

“I think our biggest pitch is moving the tutoring center from where it’s hidden now to the corner to the library,” Cobb said.

Some of the other group’s goals included improving enrollment, the planetarium, and CCM Direct, a program which allows adult students to earn a degree in two years taking three classes per semester for less than $1,500 a semester.

Students displayed a variety of technological ideas, came up with ways to work with the image to promote their projects, and used statistics to show how their goals can work.

Sarah Vojta, a business administration major and Cobb’s team member, said she was both nervous and excited about presenting her group’s idea at the marketing seminar. However, she said no matter the outcome of the results, she said her group’s idea was going to work, and CCM will have a better Tutoring Center.

“I think our group did very well so we have a good chance today,” Vojta said before presenting.

She said that another goal of her group was to make students feel less intimidated when needing to use the tutoring services and that her group wanted to lessen the stigma so more people ask for help. She said she wants to make the tutoring center more enjoyable.

Maureen Sutton, chairperson of the business department and associate professor of business said this was the first time that CCM held a marketing seminar.

Sutton  thought it would be good for the business students to be taught marketing.

Sutton said the business students had a practical experience while working with an existing product and that they had to talk to CCM employees, see a show at the planetarium, and view a survey from the Tutoring Center.

The marketing showcase had judges that viewed all the presentations and added up scores at the end of the event. They judged the students on a variety of aspects of their presentations. The results  for the best content was CCM Direct, and the Tutoring Center group won first overall and organization delivery.

Sutton said she was proud of the students that presented their ideas.

“I just think they did an outstanding job,” Sutton said. “It wasn’t just me who said that; it was the others who attended the session.”

CCM will hold another marketing seminar in the fall 2018 semester, according to Sutton.

Transfer deal with Rider to grant entry to all CCM graduates with minimum 2.5 GPAs, among other perks

By Gina N. Fico

Staff Writer

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Administrators from CCM and Rider announce a path to transfer agreement between the two schools.

County College of Morris and Rider University signed an articulation agreement designed to help CCM students transfer more seamlessly to the college in Lawrence Township.

The agreement was signed Thursday, Oct. 19 by Iacono and Rider University’s president Dr. Gregory G. Dell’Omo for 23 specific programs.

The agreements provide students with more benefits than the statewide agreement that makes credits transferable. The transfer agreement with Rider will also provide students guaranteed admission for all student applicants who have a 2.5 grade point average, although some majors require a higher GPA, according to Nancy Branca, administrate assistant at transfer services. Students interested in Rider University will also have the chance to be able to take a free course related to their major.

It also provides students with merit-based scholarships based on their GPA and scholarships for rooming as being part of the partnership. Keri Hawkins, coordinator of transfer services, said that this agreement will help students try to kept their transfer to four semesters after CCM.

“The benefits to the articulation agreement we signed with Rider goes beyond financial,” Hawkins said.

Some people have a stigmatized view of transfer students from community colleges; however, transfer students are shown to have an advantage over other students, according to Iacono, who said they are proven to be successful. He said that they have been successful once and they will show that they can be successful again. Dr. Bette Simmons, vice president of student development and enrollment management  said that CCM has a very positive reputation that has been built over 50 years and that CCM students hard work and how well prepared the transfer students are stands out.

“They really value our students because our students do really well when they get there,” Iacono said.

Some other universities that CCM has signed agreements with include West Virginia University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Berkeley College, William Paterson University, and Drew University. CCM’s website also provides students with more information about transferring.

The CCM administration wants to insure that students have a stress-free and successful educational experience after graduation, according to Simmons.

“They want to make sure they are successful after graduation, and that is what these agreements are about,” Simmons said.

The process can be scary for many students but by having more clear guideline students can be more directed to the academic destination, according to Simmons. Iacono said that he understands how transferring can make students feel and hopes to make CCM students’ educational careers easier than his was.

‘Pumpkin spice everything’ fad continues at CCM

By Rachael Coyman
Contributor

Throughout the course of fall in recent years, the pumpkin spice flavor rises in popularity, and some students at County College of Morris buy into this trend annually.

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Students at LRC cafe which sells Starbucks products. Photo by Arianna Parks.

Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte, which turns 14 this year, is one of the oldest and most popular sources of the widely favored flavor.

The pumpkin spice latte is Starbucks’ most popular seasonal beverage, with more than 200 million sold since it was first established, according to the Washington Post. Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte even has its own Twitter account, @TheRealPSL, where it has a well founded existence on social media.

“I will literally eat or drink anything pumpkin spice,” said Lauren Clarke, a nursing major at CCM.

During the fall, food manufacturers and grocery stores depend on pumpkin-flavored products to boost sales. Pumpkin spice is a mixture of pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger.

“You can eat as much pumpkin spice as you want,” said Elizabeth MacDonald, a liberal arts major. “I love baking pumpkin bread and putting chocolate chips on top.”

Cheerios has also come out with a limited-edition pumpkin spice flavored Cheerios. The Cheerios are advertised as “fall in a box” and a must have for all pantries.

Some other foods that are incorporating pumpkin spice for the fall season are Ghirardelli pumpkin spice caramel chocolate squares, Pumpkin Spice Oreo, Baileys pumpkin spice Irish cream, Pumpkin Spice Special K, Ben and Jerry’s Pumpkin cheesecake and many more.

Although it may seem like pumpkin spice is everyone’s fall flavor of choice, there are some people who have other preferences. Not everyone is jumping on the pumpkin spice bandwagon.

“I’ve tried pumpkin spice, but I don’t really like it,” said Evelyn Novena, a communication major. “I do love fall activities though, like going to wineries, pumpkin and apple picking, and Halloween.”

The pumpkin spice trend has also been incorporated into candy. Hershey has come out with Fall Harvest Kisses Pumpkin Spice. Therefore, it looks like there might be some pumpkin spice candy in the Halloween bags.

Fall favorites and trends make fall a tremendously popular season among CCM

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Students struggle with work, school balance

By Tyler Barth
Staff Writer

Many County College of Morris students are struggling to find enough hours in the day to commute, attend classes and keep up with work both on and off campus.

Between the long distances some students have to travel to attend CCM and the lengthy hours of work, it can be a challenge for some students to find the time to do classwork.

Some students do not possess the financial stability required to attend CCM without a job. Cynthia Jaramillo, a business administration major, is used to long nights comprised of finishing schoolwork after a long shift.  She explained that she often went multi-day stints of no sleep between holding three jobs and living on her own,.

“I think it’s just like the ideal of, like, failure not being an option. You just, kind of like, make it happen,” Jaramillo said. “It would be ideal if I could just dedicate myself to school, and, I’d probably be number one in the college.”

Evelyn Collins, a liberal arts major who has been bartending for approximately five years, said  she worked so many hours in the first half of one semester that her supervisor granted her the second half of the semester off upon her request.

“Especially when you bartend, I mean, it makes it easy because you can just have all your classes during the morning and daytime, and then you bartend at night, but then you have no time to get your work done,” Collins said. “Time management is the big thing … You have to plan out when you’re going to do everything, and if you have a project, you don’t have the luxury of leaving it to the last second.”

On the other hand, nursing major Andrew Carlson said he finds not working during the semester advantageous. Carlson said that he has a summer job but does not work when school is in session.

“I’d rather graduate with a little bit of debt, maybe that’s not the only reason, than not graduate and have a part-time job,” Carlson said. “I find it very helpful to have the time to study. When my [working classmates] are trying to do the same homework that I’m doing, they’re like, ‘Yo, I’m swamped with work.’”

Thirteen ways to make the most of Halloween as a CCM student

By Michelle Mardis

Contributor

Halloween is a holiday full of spookiness and thrills and is the perfect opportunity to spend time with friends, but in case you’re having trouble on deciding what to do this Halloween, look no further because the below list is compiled of fun things for County College of Morris students to do this Halloween season. These thrills will make for a Halloween to remember.

1. Throw a party

Have everyone chip in to create the perfect Halloween party. Make spooky foods, enjoy a bonfire, and have a costume contest. You and your friends will have a thrill of a night.

2. Go pumpkin picking

This one is a given. You can’t have Halloween without a pumpkin patch. Bring a friend, family member, and/or significant other and have a blast.

3. Go to a haunted house

If you dare, pick the scariest haunted house and face your fears. After all, that’s what Halloween is all about. It’s about leaving your comfort zone and trying something new and exciting.

4. Enjoy Six Flags Fright Fest

With its mix of horror and fun, Fright Fest is perfect for a college student. Bring someone along and enjoy the Halloween fun. This event is fun for all ages.

5. Get involved with CCM’s Halloween happenings

There will be a fun Halloween event for the community from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 in the Student Community Center. Candy and fun will be provided; stop by and have a good time.

6. Go to CCM’s Halloween Party

Halloween is on a Tuesday this year. Boo! But don’t fret because from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., the Student Activities Programing Board will be hosting a fun event with food, costumes, and more. Come by and enjoy the festivities.

7. Have a scary movie marathon

Who doesn’t love a good scary movie? I know that I love to grab a blanket and curl up on the couch during the Halloween season. It’s even more fun when friends are there with you. Try to not cover your eyes for the duration of the movie. I dare you.

8. Take a kid trick-or-treating

Do you babysit or have younger family members? If so, this is a really great chance to have some nostalgic fun on Halloween night. Going out trick-or-treating is a wonderful way to give kids the experience as well as having fun yourself.

9. Dress in Halloween clothing

I’m not talking about costumes. I mean dress up in halloween leggings from Walmart and be festive. College is the time to get out of your comfort zone and have some fun. Be creative and put on a fun Halloween-themed outfit throughout the last week of October.

10. Tell a scary story

Once upon a time, there was a group of college kids looking for a way to celebrate Halloween. They gathered around a campfire and began to tell stories. This is a fun way to get into the mood of Halloween.

11. Decorate your room

My room looks like a bunch of witches, goblins, and vampires came in and threw up everywhere. It’s always fun to decorate, so why not do it for the best season of the year? Be creative and hang up some spooky lights; get a scary prop or two, and just have fun with it.

12. Carve those pumpkins you picked

What’s better than baking and eating pumpkin seeds? Oh yeah, finding those seeds while you carve the pumpkin. You get to feel the gooey, orange slime inside of the pumpkin while you are fishing for seeds. Creating a fun and unique design at the end is also a cool way to decorate for Halloween.

13. Embrace the Spooky Season

“Halloween is cool,” said Marnie from Halloweentown. Embrace the spooky season and try at least three things on this list. Once again, I dare you.

CCM makes home for video game players

By Kirk Coronacion

Contributor

Photo By Brett Friedensohn

CCM students gather to play video games in the TV lounge.

In a scene typical on campus, a congregation of students gathered in the TV Lounge in County College of Morris’ Student Community Center on a Wednesday afternoon to play video games and relax while off class; some of them chose to sit down and talk to their friends, and others were confined in corners playing, laughing, and enjoying their favorite video games.

“I feel comfortable because there’s just always something to do over here,” said Jason Caraig, an avid Nintendo fan. “I enjoy playing Smash Bros. the most … There’s a lot of diversity among who I play and you get to meet people.”

Caraig was one of many gamers who play “Super Smash Bros.” competitively. Other students like him brought their CRT TV that day so everyone could experience retro games the right way.

Students who don’t even play the game were still enthralled by players who knew it inside and out. They seemed to enjoy the clicks, button mashes, and thumps that the players were making during a match.

Some students compare the game room to a real-life tournament area because there’s always an abundance of students crowding the players like it’s a fight-to-the-death type of match.

Three TVs were used at the same time and housed different consoles such as the GameCube, Wii U, and the new Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Classic Edition. These TVs weren’t used for anything else but hook up home consoles.

One student was spectating a “Super Smash Brothers Melee” match on the GameCube, and he described the fun as unexplainable.

“There’s always something to learn,” said Manny Hernandez, a proud owner of a GameCube and Wii. “It just never gets boring … It’s super fun, and you meet new friends because we all have something in common.”

Video games are important to many people, so much so that the college opened a club called the Student Electronic Gaming Organization, where students could meet and share their favorite games with other passionate gamers.

“Super Smash Bros.” is currently one of the most popular game franchises at the school, so it wasn’t a shocker that the game room had become a place for people like Hernandez.

“The game is unique because you can learn new moves from other skilled players and you can just play it however you want,” Hernandez said.

He said that having a community like this at school had only deepened his love for videogames including the “Smash Bros.” series.

However, it wasn’t the only the franchise students were into. Some students were playing games like “Street Fighter” and “Star Fox 2.”

In the topic of “Street Fighter”, another student was seen spectating an exhibition match.

“I don’t mind the community even when I’m busy,” said Jack Jacobus, a PC gamer at heart. “I like the crowd here, and I just feel comfortable talking what I like. It just feels great to be around people that like games.”

Jacobus said he loves playing games on his laptop but that he also appreciates every console. This was one reason he loved being surrounded by anything gaming related. He could relax playing his own games on a couch without being bothered.

With that, it’s safe to say that gamers can successfully make friends and share their similar interests with others at CCM.

Age and background doesn’t matter to these types of students. If they enjoy video games, they’ll feel right at home.

“Because it’s not about the games that make it fun,” Caraig said. “It’s about the community we have that brings people together. That’s what makes gaming really enjoyable.”