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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.

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SGA, new president, seeking replacement senators

By Gina N. Fico
Features Editor

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The SGA meets in the Student Community Center. PHOTO BY ARIANNA PARKS

A resignation of a sitting president and the removal of four senators for lack of attendance HAS left the County College of Morris Student Government Association seeking new members.

The position of president had been filled by Grace Fenners, a biology major who has been at CCM for two and half semesters.

Last semester, Fenners was in the SGA as a senator of the safety committee but was appointed president after last semester’s president Karen Vasquez chose not to return.

Fenners said she enjoys the new position.

“I like it; I like the people; it’s definitely nice to work with the facility and staff and see what CCM has to offer,” Fenners said.

Fenners said that the SGA works as an active voice with the student body through surveys to provide a basis for what students think. She hopes to provide a voice for the students’ health, happiness, and safety.

Faculty adviser Don Phelps said SGA is big on recruitment and has a lot of vacant positions to fill. The next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 27, and the club is hoping to fill some executive board positions and a majority of the senate positions available.

Phelps, the associate director of campus life, said the SGA is involved with various cases at CCM such as working with the Muslim Student Association in its request for a mediation room as well as with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an independent corporation which accredits colleges including CCM.

Phelps said he hopes for there to be more awareness of the student government, so students know where to go if they have an issue.

“I think one of the challenges here, especially at CCM, is that students don’t know that they have a student government,” Phelps said.

Megan Frehill, a nursing major, said she is satisfied with her experience at CCM so far; she enjoys the events CCM offers and said that the SGA should continue to hold events because they are enjoyable.

“It’s a really, really nice community college,” Frehill said. “It feels like a bigger college because it has so much to offer.”

Phelps said if students are interested in SGA to contact them at sga@student.ccm.edu to make a difference.

UPDATE: A shorter version of this article was posted online at approximately 2 p.m.  Wednesday, Feb. 21. The full version that was published in print was published online at approximately 10 p.m.

Proposed legislation hopes to expand student press’ First Amendment rights

By Jannat Sheikh

Managing Editor

To combat mounting pressure from many high school and college administration’s interference, a free speech group is pressing legislation to bolster student’s rights.

Free Press, a nonpartisan organization fighting to save the free and open Internet, curb runaway media consolidation, protect press freedom, and ensure diverse voices are represented in media including student journalism has launched New Voices, a campaign to increase community engagement with local journalism.

Assembly Bill 4028, introduced June 30, 2016 in New Jersey and is still pending legislation, states, “a student at a public school or a public institution of higher education who gathers, compiles, writes, edits, photographs, records, or prepares information for dissemination in school-sponsored media has the right to exercise freedom of speech and of the press, and is responsible for determining the news, opinion, feature, and advertising content of the school-sponsored media.”

In 2015, News Voices was launched in several communities across the state of New Jersey to focus on connecting with the local newsrooms. News Voices is now active in six communities: Asbury Park, Atlantic City, Camden, Morristown, Newark, and New Brunswick. Hundreds of people, including journalist, activists, students, faith leaders, union workers, and artists, have come together at the News Voices’ events according to NewsVoices.net. At these events, people discuss pressing local issues and ways that they can collaborate to tell stories with impact.

As a career journalist, communication professor, and proud member of a Democratic society, Russ Crespolini said he is pleased to see support for public-interest journalism.

“When we first learned about this last year at the New Jersey Press Association (NJPA) I was intrigued by their goals, some of which included expanding protections for journalists in New Jersey,” Crespolini said. “We are at an interesting crossroads when it comes to journalism in America. The pendulum had swung so far away from traditional news media over the last several years that it gave rise to this populist propaganda in poorly vetted social media posts.”

In addition, Crespolini said that no one practiced media literacy but suddenly there is turning point. Crespolini explained that since November of 2016 there has been this push for professional media content and real news from real sources.

“It is an amazing time to be a journalist because we have been reminded, as a nation, how important a role the media plays in our Democracy.” Crespolini said. “And, this New Voices initiative is a natural extension of that.”

Like Crespolini, career journalist, journalism professor and the Legacy Project’s Co-Chairman John Soltes said journalism is the hallmark of a free and open society.

“I am excited by the many new ways that the industry is reinventing itself while simultaneously sticking to the bedrocks of solid reporting, engaging writing and coverage of important news stories,” Soltes said. “I welcome new efforts to promote the journalism trade because this will lead to greater civic engagement and understanding of how government, society, politics, religion, sports, entertainment, and communities operate.”

In regards to local journalism at County College of Morris, both Soltes and Crespolini said that the independent student-run newspaper, the Youngtown Edition, represents the ideas of free press.

Soltes said that the communication department and the Youngtown Edition offer support to those committed to journalism as a career and those interested in learning some of the transferable skills of the industry.

“With any academic discipline that has a direct real-world application, it’s important to always adapt and evolve the lessons learned, while still sticking to those principled values of citizenship, verification, truth and relevancy,” Soltes said.

Crespolini said that the college community is extremely fortunate that the communication department and student journalists receive the backing of the administration.

“Long before my time here, previous President Ed Yaw was a staunch supporter of the Youngtown Edition and respected its autonomy,” Crespolini said. “The Youngtown has always been allowed to function as designed, a free and independent student newspaper. This has continued since the arrival of Dr. Iacono last year.”

Crespolini said that all newspaper advisors ever really need in terms of support is for people to cooperate with the learning journalists and otherwise stay out of their way.  At a New Jersey Press Association awards ceremony last year, Crespolini said he was regaled with horror stories of other school papers that were frequently harassed by their administrators. He explained that some schools began publishing their own competing product which focused on positive public relations material.

“Definitely not a reader service, and definitely not what journalism is about,” Crespolini said. “We were stunned to hear those stories. Mostly because interference like that is unethical and in some cases actionable. And in our case, unthinkable because we couldn’t fathom something like that happening here.”

Editor-in-Chief of the Youngtown Edition Brett Friedensohn said that he agreed with the bill because other schools need the protection.

“I support News Voices New Jersey, but Youngtown doesn’t need it like other school papers do,” Friedensohn said. “Even though we have plenty of content that isn’t flattering to CCM, I think our administration understands that to have the strongest journalism program possible, they shouldn’t try to impose any direct action against us. That’s unlike many schools, high school or college.”

Friedensohn has worked on “The Voyager,” the paper at Parsippany Hills High School, and he said that the administration there reserved the right to censor anything they planned to print and required that they have them review everything before publication.

“To my knowledge, they didn’t enforce their red tape in my time there, but that always loomed over us,” Friedensohn said. “We never truly had complete independence, and with something like New Voices New Jersey, they would’ve known that they needed to back off because otherwise, we could’ve imposed legal action against them, and we probably would’ve won.”

Parsippany Hills is not alone as a censored school in New Jersey. The College Media Association presented their first Frank LoMonte Ethics in Journalism Award, a nationwide honor collegiate media advisors, Thursday, Oct. 26 to former Student Press Law Center Director Ernabel Demillo who was fired from her position as school paper advisor at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City for standing up to her administration’s efforts to censor the paper.

Friedensohn said that the CCM community should write to state legislators and ask them to support this bill.

“Also, I encourage all students interested in journalism to join Youngtown,” Friedensohn said. “We’re willing to teach if you’re willing to learn.”

William Paterson student arrested, suspected of theft on CCM campus

By Caroline O’Brien

Contributor

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CCM’s Health and Physical Education building. Photo by Arianna Parks.

Two students of County College of Morris helped to identify to police Jeffrey Yuen, a 22-year old William Paterson University student, who is suspected of stealing a wallet from the men’s locker room Health and Physical Education Building and was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 18, according to a report by the Randolph Police Department.

Yuen was arrested on CCM campus for alleged theft as well as alleged possession of marijuana and use of paraphernalia.

Yuen allegedly stole men’s soccer defender Bektesh Hadzovik’s wallet from an open gym locker Monday, Sept. 25 and used a debit card from the stolen wallet to pay for a meal from Nathan’s Famous in the Rockaway Mall food court. Hadzovik was notified by his PNC bank application and contacted the establishment for information. An image from the establishment’s security cameras was used to identify the suspect three weeks later in the HPE building.

Hadzovik filed a police report the day Yuen was accused of stealing his wallet. Using only the fuzzy, pixelated security image from Nathan’s Famous, Hadzovik and his soccer teammate, goaltender Gabe Lazarre, identified the suspect in the locker room three weeks after the initial incident. The students then notified a concerned faculty member who promptly alerted public safety.

“It took a long time to catch him,” Hadzovik said. “He showed up at school, and we realized it was him.”

Hazovik and Lazarre waited outside the locker room for public safety. Yuen snuck out through an emergency exit in the back of the building and ran right into two public safety officers. The public safety officers kept Yuen there until police arrived several minutes later.  Yuen was arrested and transported to Randolph Police Headquarters. The defendant was fingerprinted, processed, and served with a complaint summons. Yuen was released pending a first appearance at Central Judicial Processing Friday, Nov. 3.

“We were standing here, and we saw him run past the building, but public safety and cops already had it blocked off,” Lazarre said.

The two athletes said they will be more careful with their belongings and use locks in the locker room; they encourage other students to do the same.

Editor’s Note: Tips and suspicious activity can be reported to the public safety department on its 24/7 line at (973) 328-5550 or at publicsafety@ccm.edu. Anonymous witness report forms can be filled out at http://www.ccm.edu/public-safety/ .

CCM student arrested for assault in Lot 7

By Brett Friedensohn

Editor-in-Chief

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Students in Lot 7 the day after an assault was reported there. Photo by Arianna Parks.

A student at County College of Morris was arrested by Randolph police and charged with simple assault for an incident reported in Parking Lot 7 Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Anthony Rodriguez, 20, of Wharton was released pending court, according to a press release provided by Randolph Police Lieutenant Christopher Giuliani.

A joint investigation by the Randolph police and CCM public safety found that the assault apparently occurred because of a past dispute between the suspect and the victim, who has been identified as an 18-year-old male.

Vice President of Business and Finance Karen VanDerhoof sent an email to all CCM students at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 announcing that a CCM student had been arrested following the assault.

Two males were reported to have fled Parking Lot 7 on foot after committing assault Nov. 8, according to two email notifications sent out to all CCM students the day of and after the incident. The press release clarified that there was only one reported assailant.

The incident was first reported at approximately 5 p.m. Nov. 8, according to the first notification, which was a Titan Alert, a system used to alert students of campus emergencies and weather delays, saying that there was no weapon involved and that Randolph police and and the public safety department were investigating a robbery. The second notification clarified that the first report of forcible theft was unsubstantiated and therefore, the incident was being investigated as assault but not no longer a robbery. The press release confirmed that there was no robbery.

The Randolph Police Department does not regularly patrol CCM and primarily leaves the task for public safety, according to Giuliani, who said Tuesday, Nov. 14 that no similar incidents have occurred at CCM in the recent past or since the Lot 7 assault.

“Without knowing the intent of the suspects, we cannot give a blanket statement that students are not at risk,”  Giuliani said. “What I can say is that an incident like this at the college is extremely rare.  There have been no reports of this nature since the incident.  The best advice is that everybody should be sure they are aware of their surroundings. If someone sees something suspicious, contact security immediately.”

Youngtown staff repeatedly reached out to Public Safety Director Harvey Jackson for comment over the course of the investigation,  specifically if Rodriguez would have any restrictions on campus, if students were at risk, what they should do to stay safe, and whether his department had increased patrols or took additional measures to secure the campus, but did not receive a reply.

VanDerhoof was also asked over email questions regarding if Rodriguez would have any restrictions on campus and wrote back, “The student will go through the Judicial process which will determine the answers to your three questions.”

Tori Phillips, a graphic design major at CCM, said that she had parked in Lot 7 the night of the assault and read the Titan Alert in her 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. portfolio class when it was sent out, and she felt safer because she walked to the car with her boyfriend.                       

“It was probably a good thing to alert people on because apparently, they were still walking around after the mugging,” Phillips said. “I was not alone, but some of the janitors, I think one of the janitors, was warning people to make sure to walk, when you walk to your car, to walk with somebody because of the mugging.”

She said that by the time she left class, the police presence had subsided for the most part.

“I had a friend who was coming in late and said he had a hard time parking because of all of the police,” Phillips said. “So he saw it, but I was already in class. And by the time we got out, everything had died down.”

Sean Roftery, an engineering major at CCM, said that he was in an instrumentation and measurements class when he and his classmates learned about the incident when certain individuals read it on their emails. He believes that public safety alerted the students in an appropriate way.

“The whole class got the information pretty much immediately,” Roftery said. “It was probably appropriate because that isn’t the kind of thing you want to announce over the loudspeakers. That would just create panic and be unnecessary.”

Editor’s Note: Tips and suspicious activity can be reported to the public safety department on its 24/7 line at (973) 328-5550 or at publicsafety@ccm.edu. Anonymous witness report forms can be filled out at http://www.ccm.edu/public-safety/ .

CCM, Centenary University sign transfer agreement

By Dan Brodhead
Staff Writer

On Tuesday, Oct. 17, Dr. David P. Haney, president of Centenary University, and Dr.

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Hackettstown’s Centenary University is working with CCM to ease the transferring process. Photo courtesy Facebook.

Anthony J. Iacono, president of CCM, signed a path to transfer program Tuesday, Oct. 17.

This agreement is intended to guarantee a seamless transition for qualifying CCM graduates at Centenary University.

“We are delighted to enter into this agreement with Centenary as part of our ongoing efforts to make it easier for CCM students to also earn a bachelor’s degree,” Iacono said. “This is an exciting partnership and a great opportunity for students.”

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary’s academic program is meant to integrate a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. Centenary’s main campus is located in Hackettstown with its equestrian facility in Washington Township. The Centenary School of Professional Studies offers degree programs online and in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, online, as well as corporate sites throughout New Jersey.

“While Centenary University has many articulation agreements with community colleges, this is the first of its kind for us,” Haney said. “This is a wonderful partnership that is designed to make this process as seamless as possible.”

CCM has other agreements with schools including Drew University, East Stroudsburg University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

“I love the idea that CCM has so many agreements with schools throughout the state,” said Jessica Eaton, a nursing major at CCM. “After I graduate, it’s a good feeling to know that all of my hard work will follow me for the rest of my academic career.”

Students fear deportation after Trump dumps DACA

Dozens at CCM could lose protection

By Yesenia Perez

Contributor

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Donald Trump and his administration. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

       County College of Morris students whose parents illegally brought them as children to the United States may soon no longer benefit from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals if Congress phases out the program as ordered by President Donald Trump Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Approximately 50-60 CCM students benefited from the program, according to Dr. Bette Simmons, vice president of student development and enrollment management.

        Signed by President Barack Obama in 2012, DACA protected undocumented immigrants from deportation providing that they they arrived to the United States before the age of 16, have attained or are working to attain a high school diploma or equivalent, and have no criminal conviction record, among other criteria. Starting Sept. 5, DACA applications will no longer be accepted. If DACA recipients know that their permit expires soon, they can renew it for a maximum of two years, according to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

        Without the help of the DACA program, many people have to face the fear of being separated from their families. Some of these people were brought into the country as toddlers, and therefore, this is the only place they know as their home. Many DACA recipients use their status to legally earn a salary and attend college, and some in the Morris County area have used their opportunity to enroll at CCM.

Approximately 48,000 New Jersey residents could benefit from DACA, according to the American Immigration Council. By this estimation, only six other states have a higher number of potential DACA recipients.

“DACA has given me the opportunity to work and have a driver’s license,” said Jennifer Maradiaga, a radiography major at CCM. “The situation with Trump is one of the worst news I’ve gotten throughout the year. I’m terrified of what will happen next.”

        Now, many of the “Dreamers” live in fear because the future is unknown; however, some are also brave and ready to face what is coming their way.

For Eduardo J. Viquez-Mora, a nursing major at CCM, the decision brought, instead of fear, confusion as to Trump’s motivation.

“Us DACA recipients literally have to be model citizens in order to qualify and subsequently renew our permit every two years,” Mora said. “Every two years, we have to pay the fee. I’m confused as to why someone would want to close the doors on young people trying to better themselves. I’m not scared. I have no fear. When something is important to you, you find a way; when it’s not you, find excuses.”

International studies major Yahayra S. Mejorada said that government representatives who support the change do not understand what DACA recipients underwent to arrive in this country and be accepted by the program, in addition to the work they do as students so that they can benefit the economy and service the community in the future.

        “They are in this country fighting for themselves because they want to succeed; they are here to better their lives and to be able to live a better life,” Mejorada said. “They don’t know our personal stories … They don’t know that we are honor students, members of Phi Theta Kappa, and looking to be nurses and diplomats who will proactively help the economy and potentially save their life.”

New cabinet, constitution voted in for reforming SGA

Administrators used updated constitution’s rules before election

By Brett Friedensohn

Editor-in-Chief

SGA advisor Don Phelps at an ICC meeting. Photo by Brett Friedensohn.

Editor’s note: The print version of this article said that there were five positions for SGA senate under the 2009 constitution. Since, SGA advisor Don Phelps has clarified that the number five was in the previous constitution as a mistake, and the true number was 15.

Six months after County College of Morris shut down its Student Government Association because of dysfunction and infighting, the student body elected a new president, vice president, treasurer, and senators. Students cast their votes on Blackboard in the third week of October, and the Office of Campus Life announced the officers Friday, Oct. 20.

Uncontested, Karen Vasquez, Matthew J. Bristol, and Aliasgar Wahide won the positions of president, vice president, and treasurer respectively. Additionally, Ranell Bell, Henry Agyei, Veronica Granata, Grace Fenners, Alexander Bergeron, David Huerta, and Milagros Quintana won senator positions. As there were not enough students running for senator to fill the 21 available seats, the senate candidates were also elected uncontested.

Also, the student body voted to ratify a new SGA constitution for the first time since 2009. Among the notable changes are that the student body will vote for the Inter-Club Council chair during elections, the number of senators was increased from 15 to 21, the SGA will hold its meetings bi-weekly instead of weekly, and all students must be approved by two-thirds of the nomination committee, which consists of a council of faculty and staff appointed by the Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Management Dr. Bette Simmons, before being permitted on the ballot for holding a leadership position in the SGA or being appointed to a position afterwards.

Before the election, the nomination committee interviewed the candidates and used the approval process before the constitution was ratified. The committee rejected the nomination of at least one student hoping to run for president. The ballot allowed for the election of seven senators when the previous constitution only permitted five. Also, the ICC chair position was not on the ballot. Don Phelps, SGA advisor and associate director of campus life, said that the ICC chair will be selected when the SGA president appoints a student whose inauguration is approved by two thirds of the nomination committee and the senate committee.

Demylee Pablos, a hospitality major, gave an interview to Youngtown for the Wednesday, Sept. 13 issue expressing intent to run for president. Simmons said that the reason for the committee’s rejection of her will not be shared outside the members of the committee.

Pablos said that she did not know why the committee rejected her appeal to run, but the committee told her that she may run for more minor positions such as senator or secretary.

Also, the new constitution explicitly grants the holder of the position of vice president of student development and enrollment management the powers and responsibilities of deriving the powers of the constitution and appointing the club’s advisor. The 2009 constitution granted these authorities to the dean of students, but this change was made to “accurately reflect current practice,” according to Simmons, who said that she has held them since her position was first created and before then, the dean of students was also chief student affairs administrator. However, Simmons has held her current title since 2005, according to Morris Township Patch.

The ICC gained active status earlier in the semester before its parent club and held its first meeting of the 2017-18 school year Tuesday, Oct. 10 when Bristol, Bell, and Agyei introduced themselves to student club leaders.

Phelps said that he wanted the club to focus on student issues rather than personal disagreements.

“Not so much not taking it seriously; [last year’s members] were just there for themselves as opposed to to help students,” Phelps said. “It became more about them than the student issues. Last year’s SGA didn’t deal with too many student issues. They dealt with a lot of internal conflict, again about the people on the SGA, not about the students they’re supposed to be representing. I’m hoping that’ll change this year.”

From what he has seen so far, Phelps said that he has already noticed improvements from last year.

“I think the nomination committee has made people take the process a little more seriously than they have in the past,” Phelps said. “People are definitely seeing it like a job, which it needs to be. It’s not something where you just come in, leave, and go. If you’re going to commit to the student government, you need to be committed.”

Vasquez, a music recording major, said Monday, Oct. 16, a day before the three-day election cycle began, that she did not know she was eligible to run until the weekend prior.

“There was this other kid that I thought was going to be running; now, I guess he’s not running, so now, I’m just here, kind of like you said, just having to get through the formalities,” Vasquez said. “And as far as getting more people involved, it’s really up to everyone else to find an interest, and obviously, I’ll do my best to try to intrigue them.”

Vasquez said that she would like to reduce the pricing of items in CCM’s cafeterias and that limiting the current monopoly of Chartwells, CCM’s food service provider, will probably help that.

“First, I want to find something that fills the spot in for the revenue there, so it doesn’t create this big gap,” Vasquez said. “But however best I can find that and make it easier for everyone who’s coming here to actually buy more because it’s easier to buy more … And I think more people would want to buy because there’s different brands, not just one.”

She also said that she wants to make parking easier, but does not know how she will go about it.

“Honestly, I don’t know much about the formalities of it, so I’d have to look into it to see what I could do, within my ability, to make it easier,” Vasquez said. “So I’ll get back to you when I know a bit more.”

Bristol said that he wants to make the SGA an active and productive club.

“In the short term, I really think the main point is just to get the SGA up and running again,” Bristol said. “I think being able to offer the resource to students and clubs and to people in general, having the SGA run things and not being on their own and kind of having to make sure everything works, and sometimes going through the slightly harder to contact [Student Activities Programming Board]   and everything can be a little bit frustrating. I want to just help people out because that would probably be my first thing. I want to get this back up and running so that people can make sure things are going to run more smoothly.”

The first meeting of the reformed SGA is set to take place at 12:30 Tuesday, Oct. 31 in SCC 223.

Freshmen seek fresh start in first year at CCM

By Brian Schnell
Features Editor

As it dawns on that time of year when school opens, temperatures change, and academics get into full swing, County College of Morris veterans have the opportunity to welcome first year students.

Kaitlin Dias, one of the counselors on campus, said that all first year students should not assume that the strategies that have been used in pre-college academics will work in college. Keeping up with all the work in class, regardless of the difficulty, will be a key aspect of students’ first year as well as full college success. Major services and features, Dias believes, are the best for first year student to become familiar with are the counseling office and the professors themselves. Making an appointment at the counseling office is quite useful as the counselors can help with everything from stress, time management to personal issues. Dias also said that all the services provided by the counseling office are free as well as confidential and that students have every right to make use of the counseling office and services provided.

Dias said she had a welcome message for the first year students.

“Welcome to CCM; you’ve made a great choice in coming here and it’s a great first step to new opportunities,” Dias said.

One student, Dan Wynne, said he was expecting more control over his own academics than he had in high school as well as having an increased workload.

First year students, like others, have a wide variety of majors with some undecided. One student, Komalah Smr, said she had settled on the major of actuarial science, the study of the trends of businesses, to predict the risks and their percentages because she has always been driven to success despite the risks she may have to take.

Christina Day said that she heard that college can be fun and that life is one’s oyster.

Furthermore, many students fear student loan debts or debts in general as well as that the courses will be hard. Cynthia Hunt said that she heard time management skills will be tested as well as keeping from being stressed.

Garrett LaVacca would change how accepting people were of him and how they treated him.

Cynthia Hunt said she would change how outgoing she was, “But everything else I’m proud of.”

Protect, don’t neglect, your personal data

By Krista Campbell
Contributor

In a time when college-aged people post personal information on social media  from which high school they attended to what they ate for breakfast, County College of Morris students may be aware of possible cyber theft that could impact accounts that hold private information but may not be so proactive when it comes to securing hackable information.

An online privacy survey, “Americans and Cybersecurity,” conducted by the Pew Research Center examined more than a thousand American adults in 2016. The survey found that 64 percent of those surveyed have experienced a major data breach at some point in their lives and that most of them either somewhat confidently or confidently trust in institutions including the federal government, cell phone and internet providers, and social media sites to keep their data secure. However, most of those surveyed feel the security of their data has declined in recent years.

Valentina Lombardo, a communication major at CCM, feels less secure with data security than she did just a few years ago.

“Credit cards are saved, even when you don’t realize,” Lombardo said. “Passwords are saved; your address is saved onto your computer with your phone number and everything; that’s why,”

Autosave for personal information can save time but can also be a security threat.

With there is a need to make an account with most applications and social media networks one chooses to use, the amount of passwords to create, protect and memorize can become overwhelming. Lombardo does admit that she shares passwords only for her Netflix and Verizon accounts with family but logs her passwords onto a computer notepad. Although useful, writing down private information may not be the best idea, especially on a hackable piece of technology.

The study finds that many Americans share their passwords in a similar fashion to Lombardo as 41 percent of responders claimed to have a password shared with a friend or family member and 25 percent of responders admit to having passwords less secure than they’d like out of convenience.

Remembering passwords for every single account can be daunting.

“Most times I find myself doing the ‘I forgot my password’ process all over again and having to change my passwords a lot,” said Paul Nunez, a biology major. “It is pretty frustrating.”

To remember passwords, Nunez often rotates between four different passwords but keeps each password far removed from anything commonly used. The study found this type of trend is common among Americans, as it said that 39 percent of responders say that they “use the same or very similar passwords for many of their online accounts.”

Nushin Simon, a computer science major at CCM, is not afraid of cyber hacking since she keeps her passwords secure and only shared between friends and family members.

“I make sure that everything is blocked only for my friends to see, like followers,” said Simon, who added that she keeps an active watch on both passwords and social media content.

Since Simon is among the 41 percent of Americans who share passwords within a network of trusted individuals, this is not too surprising.

Simon keeps her accounts as safe as she can from people she doesn’t want having access to her accounts. For instance, she said that the government should not have access to encrypted devices.

Simon  is not alone in her decision to exclude the government from access to personal information.

According to the Pew Research Center, millennials and Democrats often express support for strong encryption when it comes to the government gaining access to private information from personal devices. “Americans remain divided on the issue of encryption: 46 percent  believe that the government should be able to access encrypted communications when investigating crimes, while 44 percent believe that technology companies should be able to use encryption tools that are unbreakable even to law enforcement,” the study said. The thought of the government knowing personal information of the public is not particularly new; for a long time, there has been joking and speculation that the government is always listening. Except now the speculation should be that the government is always tracking, or at least they could be without encryption laws.

Simple steps to protecting personal data include encrypting accounts with strong passwords that have upper and lowercase letters, digits and symbols, according to How To Geek, an online magazine committed on providing articles and how-to’s. Something that can be easily figured out, such as a name, birth date or something obvious, should not be used as a password. Although easy to keep track of, using the same password for multiple accounts can be dangerous.

CCM students are conscious of these guidelines, but not all take precautionary steps to ensure digital privacy.