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Campus wildlife intrigue students

By : Nick Sisti
Entertainment Editor 

Taking a stroll through the foliage-filled campus of County College of Morris, one will likely become acquainted with the various forms of wildlife that roam the area.

Most noticeable are the campus geese, who cross the sidewalks and accompany students on their way to class. Some students feel that the presence of the creatures adds to the aesthetic of the campus, while others are indifferent.

“Just this week, a bunch of geese were crossing from the student center,” said Tatiana Campiglia, a communication major at CCM. “There were at least 10 of them. It was cool to see because they were so comfortable doing it. They weren’t scared of any of the students. All of the students were waiting as if there were a stop sign, and it was the geese’ green light. I like having so many animals on campus. They’re all part of the school in a weird way.”

Students learned first-hand that nesting geese can be violently protective.

“This past spring, we had a nesting in lot eight,” noted John Fichter, assistant director of Public Safety at CCM. “We actually had to tape off the area because the male would be aggressive to people who got too close to the nest.”

Typically when this happens, the Department of Public Safety does what they can to preserve the area. However, if it occurs in areas where there is too much foot traffic to adequately contain it, they’ll call for outside help.

“We’ve had a few [nestings] closer to the school, and in those instances, the Randolph Animal Control would get involved,” Fichter said. “We haven’t really had any issues with animals in the buildings, other than a stray dog once.”

Some students are tolerant of the geese yet remain largely indifferent to them.

“I don’t resent their presence, but most of what they add to the campus would be … poop,” said Dr. Phil Chase, English professor at CCM.

Though it may appear a bit less prominent on the surface, an entire ecosystem of critters exists alongside the geese. “I’ve seen groundhogs by the tennis courts and also some sort of a hawk, which will swoop down while I’m playing tennis as if I’m in his territory or something,” Chase said. “Don’t try to approach the groundhogs. … They’re pretty vicious.”

However, Jacob Kokoshka, a biology major at CCM, sees the groundhogs in a different light.

“I like seeing them around,” he said. “My friends and I will often take Snapchats of them. We’ve even named some of them. … The one that hangs out by Cohen Hall, his name is Henry. There’s another one that lives by the library, but we haven’t come up with a name for him yet.”

Transfer pathways open up with East Stroudsburg University

By Dan Brodhead
Contributor

County College of Morris has made it easier for students looking to study biology, business management or criminal justice at East Stroudsburg University.

CCM has signed three credit transferable articulation agreements which will allow students who are graduating to transfer all credits from their major without the fear of having to retake classes.

“There are different types of articulation agreements that benefit students,” said Kari Hawkins, coordinator of transfer services at CCM. “There is credit transfer, financial aid, tuition discount, [and] full admission agreements.”

The department of biological services allows students to choose from a wide variety of majors. Fields of interest include biology, biotechnology, environmental studies, marine science and medical technology. Students who have a passion for research, animals and plant anatomy should consider this unique field. Possible career paths are research biologist, laboratory technician and environmental conservationist.

The department of business management introduces students into the world of business. ESU offers a bachelor of science degree in management and has 600 business majors in their department, making it one of the largest departments on campus. With specializations in accounting, finance, general management and marketing, a degree in business management will give students a leg up in the business world.

The criminal justice program gives students the knowledge and expertise to pursue a criminal justice career. As the fourth largest major in ESU, students will be graining information from professors that want their students to excel. Possible careers include criminology, criminal justice and law.

Whether students know what college they want to attend after graduation or not, all students should take advantage of the college fair. The college fair is an event hosted by Transfer Services on March 8 from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the Student Community Center Davidson Rooms. Students can meet with over 60 colleges to talk about majors, tuition, scholarships and other information regarding the college. If students have any questions with transferring to colleges, they should contact Kari Hawkins at Transfer Services.

“You are going to able to transfer with a minimum of 60 credits,” said Tara Wuorinen, manager of academic programs for Rutgers University at CCM. “Even if students aren’t considering Rutgers, I would highly recommend a state school just so they don’t spend too much out of pocket.”

ESU is not the only school CCM has agreements with. They have recently partnered up with West Virginia University, Fairleigh Dickinson University (with a 40 percent tuition discount for CCM degree holders), Montclair State University and others.

“There are some schools that I know have these agreements,” said Nicole Iorio, a nursing major at CCM. “Seton Hall is my dream school but if I don’t get into it then I’ll look at a few of those schools.”

Transferring to a four-year college can be stressful. Everything will be new and exciting and possibly overwhelming. Students need to know that the college they choose after graduating CCM is the best fit for them to finish their degree.

Welcome Back Bash showcases student opportunities

BY KELLY DZIALO
Contributor

Whether a student is new to the County College of Morris (CCM) community or is a seasoned veteran of multiple years, there are many opportunities for involvement in the campus community that many are unaware of.

CCM boasts has over 45 active clubs, from co-curricular clubs to honor societies, special interest crews to religious organizations, and more. The bi-annual Welcome Back Bash features many CCM clubs at the beginning of each semester to give students the opportunity to get involved.

The Spring Welcome Back Bash, sponsored by the Student Activities Programming Board, will be hosted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31 in the Student Community Center (SCC).

Most clubs have a presence at the Bash, allowing students to join clubs they truly identify with.

Students passionate about different cultures can join the Diversity Club as they explore the world through guest speakers, field trips, and on-campus programs. Pretty Girls Sweat capitalize on a living a healthy lifestyle through various group activities. Active Minds “increase the awareness of the campus community about issues surrounding mental health symptoms related to mental health disorders and various mental health resources.”

Clubs are an integral part of many students’ college experiences. Many students develop skills to present on a resume, such as time management, as well as qualities to grow and extend into their professional lives.

Moreover, students connect with peers outside the classroom, connecting on perhaps deeper levels than class time allows. Clubs focus on a community setting that allows relationships to flourish, uniting people with similar interests.

The Welcome Back Bash allows students to meet current members, leaders, and advisers of current clubs on campus. The event is a great opportunity to plug into a club at the beginning of this spring semester.

At any point in the year, the Campus Life Information Window in the SCC can provide an up-to-date list of when and where CCM’s student clubs meet.

Partnership provides study abroad opportunities at CCM

BY AMANDA ALLER
Managing Editor

While movies of our youth showed Hilary Duff and the Olsen twins racing through Europe on their overseas excursions, students at the County College of Morris can mix that excitement with college credits through a study abroad partnership with the College Consortium for International Students (CCIS).

The consortium partners with a range of different schools, from large universities and state institutions to other smaller community colleges, including CCM.

As a CCM student, you get to travel with a slight discount and you also receive a credit transfer, which is arranged for you before you venture off to your temporary home abroad.

“If you’re a non CCIS member you can still apply to a CCIS program but you won’t get the discount,” said James Hart, chairperson of intercultural communications at CCM. “It would be like if you were a visiting student at a school. So you’d have to request a transcript which would then be sent to your home school. Here at CCM, all of that is already pre arranged so that we can make it as easy as possible.”

The prices range from as little as 4,000 dollars to as much as 20,000 dollars. The price depends on whether you’re going for a whole semester or for a couple of weeks in the summer. Some of the institutions offer summer programs, which are typically less expensive than the longer semester programs.

“I picked a major and then a place that made sense for that major,” said Sabrina O’Toole, marine biology major at CCM. “When I went to Hawaii, I had a scuba diving class so I was getting hands on experience.”

Summer programs are usually as short as two to three weeks and as long as six weeks. They’re similar to CCM’s summer classes, which are broken down into five week mini-semesters. Whatever class you take during the mini-semester counts as a regular class, just a condensed version. When someone goes abroad, there is always an academic component, though it may be as little as a three-credit class.

Kelly Guapacho, CCM alumna, fondly reminisced about the time she spent at the Lorenzo De Medici Institute in Florence, Italy. She stayed in a hostel while she was there and didn’t meet her room mate until move in day. She said her only regret was taking too many classes but that she spent her weekends traveling as much as she could.

“I recommend it to anyone seeking adventure” Guapacho said. “It was enlightening. Spiritual. It was everything all at once. It was amazing.”

According to Hart, CCM chose to partner with CCIS because they offer a wide variety of study locations.  There are 26 countries available for travel, some with as many as five programs.

“I thought the application process was going to be a lot harder than it was,” said Julia Ryan, communication major at CCM. “I had to write a reflective essay on why I wanted to go to England and fill out a request for transcript form, which altogether, only took me an hour to finish.”

“There are so many advantages of studying abroad,” Hart said. “It increases your intercultural sensitivity and creates important communication skills which can apply to people within your own culture. It teaches you how to make yourself understood along with how to connect with someone who you don’t have a lot in common with.”

End of semester message from Youngtown staff:

The most fun anyone can have at County College of Morris is being part of the Youngtown Edition production staff. We know it’s the law of the journalism writing land to stay subjective, but it’s an unadul- terated fact that when a student joins the Youngtown, they join a family. We are comprised of fast thinkers, witty talkers, and talented writers, whose growth through writing through our bi-weekly production has blossomed before our eyes. It’s truly amazing to watch timid students quietly take a seat in the corner at our 12:30 p.m. meeting time, and see them walk out at 6:00 p.m. and join our little posse for Thursday night dinner in the Cohen Cafeteria, as if we have been a group of friends for years. Every individual who walks through our production door every Thursday has experienced a whirlwind of poorly brainstormed headlines, where the conclusion to an hour-long argument usually ends in “I hate it, but it’ll work,” and that there are absolutely no food or drinks allowed in the production room. We welcome all into our arms, and it is the drive and passion that brings us and ultimately keeps us together, as long as you know who “The Cranberries” are.

Finding the cure for finals fever

BY TATIANA CAMPIGLIA
News Editor

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, finals nipping at your toes. It’s study season at the County College of Morris (CCM) and students are whipping out their textbooks.

Many students have their choice of studying techniques and routines for this chaotic time of the semester. Figuring out what works best can sometimes be difficult when there are multiple ways to absorb information in an efficient fashion. Every student is unique in the sense of applying different study methods to help them achieve the grade they desire.

“I loved starting study groups. It may sound corny nowadays, I feel, but they really do work,” said Maria Saldana, business alumna of CCM. “I would ask other students in my classes to meet up somewhere on campus with their notes and we’d play competitive study games.”

Study groups generate energy and help students learn in a dynamic manner by engaging thought in a social setting. Effective study groups should have roughly 3-4 people and one group leader to keep everyone on task and set a schedule for meeting dates. Every member should contribute and take the study group sessions seriously to better the overall repercussion for everyone.

“I found it to be very efficient when it came to studying because everyone would talk about the subject and you’d really grasp the information,” added Saldana. “Plus, I met my closest friends by doing that.”

To study adequately, students need to find their study “spot.” When the spot has been decided, it’s time to actually study. Yes, actually sit down and study. This can be difficult for some people: getting started on studying. Once the ball gets rolling, the hard part is over.

Studying can be like working out for the brain. The brain, just like the body, needs breaks from the strenuous work being put in. It is recommended to take 15 minute breaks between every hour of studying.

“I like to set goals for myself. I’d get through 2 chapters and take a break. I’d go to Starbucks and get a coffee during my break,” said Elizabeth Manella, general studies alumna of CCM. “If I was studying for a test, I’d study a quarter of it and take a five to 10 minute break, then go back to it. When I try to cram it in all at once, it doesn’t help me. So if you come back to it, back and forth, it’s helpful.”

Try to make studying fun. Color code your notes, make your own study guides and quiz yourself. Make mock exams in the beginning and then start studying for them until the material is ingrained in your brain. Try to always attend the review lectures. Most importantly, really be fascinated in the information and want to learn more about the material.

Deadline demands drain transfer students

BY ROSE PIZZUTI
Contributor

The County College of Morris (CCM) is a community college that allows students to focus on their general education classes with a focus in a major which interests them. With the goal of receiving an associate’s degree, after about two years, students tend to transfer to a four year school to complete their bachelor’s degree.

Deadlines approach at various rates depending on the university in question, many ending in mid-April.

“Between work and school, the deadline keeps creeping up on me,” said Anita Karr, biology major at CCM. “Most of my classmates have numerous responsibilities to handle other than school.”

69 percent of students that attend full-time community colleges, work as well. About 33 percent of students work full time in addition to school, according to the Community College Research Center.

“CCM was a choice I made for my family,” said Megan Kranz, early childhood major at CCM.  “My sister is very sick and this school allowed me to not only stay close to home, but also saved my family money. I am a little nervous to transfer and leave my family, but CCM has given me an opportunity to reach my goal of becoming a teacher.”

The stresses of family situations and working crazy hours, along with studying and trying to get accepted into the college that is perfect fit, seem to be a great deal for students to handle.

Schools often have a lengthy application process which includes essays and answering multiple personal questions. Letters of recommendations are often required, as well. On top of that, students face a fee to apply that can be anywhere between $50 to $100 per application.

Casey Coleman, a nursing major and softball player at CCM, has already completed her applications to multiple four year schools. When completing her junior year of high school, she tore her ACL, which almost ended her shot at playing at the collegiate level.

“CCM gave me the chance to continue my education and athletic career,” Coleman said. “I lost a lot of interest in coaches after my injury and basically had to start over with the application process after our successful season this past spring.”

The application process is a bitter-sweet time for most students. Yes, it is a big step toward the future, but it is also accompanied with pressure on grades, time, and financials.