White supremacist group’s propaganda found on campus, removed

Providence of posters, stickers, business cards under investigation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

By Brett Friedensohn


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Caroline O’Brien

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“This is a terrible idea,” he said.

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

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

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

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

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

SAPB game show undaunted by snow

By Chloe Smith

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Amanda Edwards
Staff Writer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Students combat procrastination at CCM

By Charlotte Channell

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Students wind down from midterm season

By Arianna Parks & Thomas Kudlacik


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

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

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

appointments around exams each year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCM newspaper earns multiple collegiate journalism awardS

By Youngtown Staff

The Youngtown Edition has continued producing award-winning content by winning six New Jersey Collegiate Press Association 2017-18 season awards.

These included the first place honors in news writing, investigative reporting, editorial writing, and layout and design.

Additionally, the paper won third place in overall website and photography.

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A sample of Arianna Parks’ photography which won third place in the NJCPA collegiate two-year college newspaper contest. Photo by Arianna Parks

Former managing editor Jannat Sheikh and current editor-in-chief Brett Friedensohn won the investigative award for Youngtown’s fire safety certificates investigative series published in October and November of 2017. Friedensohn also won the editorial award for his piece “Support proposed New Voices of New Jersey legislation” published April 26, 2017.

“I’m glad that the paper can be acknowledged for the work we’ve put in,” Friedensohn. “Before anything else, we always try to train our staff with the skills they need to work as journalists, and I think that shows with the awards we won. I’m grateful to everyone who has contributed to us to help us continue with high-quality work 100 volumes after our first publication.”

If passed, the bill for which Friedensohn advocated in his editorial would protect student journalists from administrative censorship and has entered the New Jersey state legislature since the story was published.

“As far as pieces that I’ve personally written for Youngtown, it’s one of my favorites because of how important the First Amendment is to me,” Friedensohn said. “If I helped progress the legislative process in any way, I’m grateful for that.”

Sheikh joined former editor-in-chief Beth Peter and former satire editor Moe Rahmatullah to win the news writing award for their piece “Student Government Shutdown: ‘Petty’ disagreements, ‘dysfunction’ and misconduct allegations see group disbanded,” also published April 26, 2017.

“It feels really great that our hard work is being recognized,” said Sheikh, who graduated CCM in January with an associate’s in journalism and now works as a freelance journalist. “These articles are very important to me and made me realize what journalism is all about. I am so proud of the Youngtown team for always sticking to the truth and providing the community with the information necessary.”

Rahmatullah said that while he was honored to accept the award, he hoped throughout working on the story that the administration and SGA members would “reach a more civil conclusion” than to shut the club down.

“I think being recognized for your work is always an honor, but I do wish that things would’ve been different with the SGA shutdown, even if that meant that we wouldn’t have won an award,” Rahmatullah said. “Even now, I kind of miss being in the newsroom on production day. It was a great experience and a fantastic way to spend my time.”

Rahmatullah graduated CCM in May 2017 as a business administration major and now attends The College of New Jersey as an interactive multimedia major.

“While the skills I developed don’t necessarily translate directly into those majors, I do think the skills I learned during my time at the paper are an asset for anyone who develops them,” Rahmatullah said. “At the end of the day, learning how to communicate ideas, ask questions, and talk to people are things that help most people in most careers.”

The Youngtown staff earned first in layout for the paper’s Halloween issue published Oct. 25, 2017.

Layout editor Alexa Wyszkowski and copy chief Marisa Goglia earned the website award for their work on youngtownedition.wordpress.com.

Former photo editor and current regular contributor Arianna Parks won the photography award with her contributions to the Youngtown arts section in the Wednesday, Nov. 8 issue.

“The Youngtown is a sort of trial run preparing its staff — myself included, of course — for the life of a journalist,” Parks said. “We constantly have our ears and eyes on the ground looking for the latest news around campus while addressing local and global issues that affect CCM students … The skills in photography, writing, leadership, organization and design I’ve learned with the YT are invaluable.”

Parks said that the award has inspired her.

“Upon hearing that I won the honor of third best photography at a two-year school in the whole state of New Jersey, out of 19 others, I was inspired,” Parks said. “I was thankful, happy and surprised as well; the reason “inspired” came to the forefront is that working so hard, channeling my skills and expressing myself through pictures that bring life to the words my work accompanies accumulated to earn me the award.”

Youngtown advisor Russ Crespolini, who has spent the last two decades as a working journalist in a variety of mediums, said that he was particularly proud of this crop of awards.

“The Youngtown was an award-winning paper long before I got here, and I anticipate continuing to be so long after I’m gone,” Crespolini said. “And while every award is one to celebrate, I am particularly proud of this year’s awards. The news writing and investigative reporting pieces were uncomfortable. And that is what good journalism is, at its core. You have to follow story leads that are uncomfortable and deliver the content without flinching no matter what internal and external noise you may be facing.”

Crespolini said he is a fan of the press association as an organization and values their judgment.

“I’ve worked with them for years in my professional life of campus. They are an incredibly dedicated and talented group of journalists who take their craft very seriously,” Crespolini said. “To be acknowledged by them is a big validation to these students. Their work, I feel, speaks for itself, but it is nice to be acknowledged by those whose job it is set the industry standard. It echoes the compliments from the campus community and local officials the staff received this past year.”

Utility workers set up base at CCM after nor’easter hits area



Emergency Disaster Services employees Steve Pollock and
Mike Atherly take a break in the heated tent in Parking Lot 3.  Photo by: Brett Friedensohn

By Brett Friedensohn

As two storms piled 34 inches of snow on Randolph in early March, employees of JCP&L and out-of-state line service companies worked out of County College of Morris’ Parking Lot 3 to assist in restoring power to the estimated 200 thousand homes and businesses in New Jersey which lost electricity.

With consideration to the low traffic during spring break, the college granted these companies, as well as their housing agency Emergency Disaster Services, permission to use the property after the Monday, March 2 storm, and they stayed until Wednesday, March 14, according to Vice President of Business and Finance Karen VanDerhoof, who said that the college did not charge for the property and that the workers occasionally used Parking Lots 1 and 2 while Lot 3 needed to be plowed.

“We were happy to support the community,” VanDerhoof said.

The first storm dumped 11 inches on Randolph before an extra 23 was added Wednesday, March 7, according to the National Weather Service.

New Jersey governor Phil Murphy visited the CCM site the day of the second storm to thank the several hundred workers, many of whom were from out-of-state, according to New Jersey Advance Media. CCM president Dr. Anthony Iacono said that he met Murphy briefly while he toured the site.

“Very nice, very gracious, his whole purpose of being here was solely to thank the workers, identify that he understood that it was a challenging job, thank you for the hard work you’re doing,” Iacono said. “And he knew he was talking to that group was predominantly, I think out-of-staters and just said, ‘If we ever have the occasion to repay the favor, hopefully, we can send our trucks to your states.’ And so he was pretty nice. Hopefully, we get to have him back another time to talk more about the college.”

On the site, EDS’ trucks stationed mobile showers, bunking rooms, laundromats, food storage units, and kitchens. The agency also held porta potties and a heated tent with picnic tables lined up for the workers to eat. Outside the tent lay ice bags and cases of water and Gatorade bottles which, according to Director of Logistical Operations Jamey Gumm, the cold air naturally refrigerated.

EDS hosted approximately 600 JCP&L workers per night, according to Gumm, who arrived at around 6 a.m. Monday, March 5 from Kentucky, where she drove from with her workers from around 7 p.m. the previous evening when she received the call ordering her to set up base in New Jersey.

“We call these tent cities,” Gumm said. “We basically build a little city for these guys so they have a place to eat and sleep while they’re here.”

The JCP&L workers worked approximately 16 hours per day, according to Gumm, who said that she had a similar site in Flemington, New Jersey where there were approximately 1,400 more line workers.

Gumm has worked in disaster zones of other storms including Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

“I love doing it, not so much for the cold,” Gumm said. “I shouldn’t say I like the hurricanes better, but I like the season that comes with it … only due to the fact that I don’t have to heat the tents; they’re air conditioned. It’s a little bit simpler. You don’t have to put turbo boosters on all the water units because the water’s all going to be warm. The good thing is that I can leave packets of ice sitting outside all night, and it doesn’t affect them. And my refrigerated trucks, in the summer, you’d have to keep them closed, but now, you can leave them open.”

Gumm said that she met Iacono when he toured the site.

“The man in charge came down here, and he goes, ‘This is not anything like what I was expecting,” Gumm said.

Iacono said he was impressed by the setup.

“They really set it up military style,” Iacono said. “It kind of reminded me of a M*A*S*H unit or something like that where they can pack up and go.”

Iacono said that CCM’s maintenance crew had worked overtime to plow the snow.

“Usually, what we try to do is stay on top of the snow, and it’s easier to move three inches at a time than three feet at a time,” Iacono said. “Of course, what they were also doing was trying to make sure that the interior roadways stayed open so the JCP&L trucks can get in and out of the campus back and forth, back and forth as well.”

CCM plans to break ground on new engineering building

By Deanna Roma
Staff Writer


Prototyping instructor Eric Pedersen works on a CNC lathe in
CCM’s machine shop. Photo by: Brett Friedensohn

County College of Morris will expand one of their most popular academic areas by constructing a $10 million Engineering and Manufacturing Building predicted to begin in the early months of fall 2019, according to a press release by CCM.

The building will consist of 30,000 square feet of classrooms and labs. The exact location of the building is not yet finalized and will be determined in the near future, but one of the areas being considered is the patch of grass between the Health and Physical Education Building and the baseball field. Funds for this building are being fully provided by the state, the county, private donors, and private grants.

“The [building] was designed to support degree seeking students and provide training for existing employees at manufacturing companies throughout the region,” said Karen VanDerhoof, vice president for business and finance. “CCM’s new facility will allow the college to increase the number of students it serves … while also working [to] expand the number of partnerships it has with area employers.”

This high tech building will not only help with engineering majors and students seeking an associate degree for transfer purposes but will train individuals in fields involving production technicians, biomedical technicians, electronic assemblers, and maintenance technicians. With additional access to a new virtual hospital this building will also make a major impact in helping with future employment needs in the area and CCM’s health science program.

Some of the features that this building will include is two prototyping labs, quality control and measurement labs, a 3D printer room, 10 station welding labs, two electronic labs, materials labs, lecture halls and classrooms, faculty offices, and a student lounge.

CCM President Dr. Anthony Iacono said that the college administration had planned this for the “better part of the year” and that they had communicated about it with the Morris County Chamber of Commerce and members of local engineering, manufacturing, hospitality, technology, and health care to learn about the industry’s current challenges and projected growth. He said that what the industries all had in common that they expect rapid growth, meaning that they will need more workers for added jobs and to replace retiring workers.

“Understand that on any given day, we’re always talking to these industries,” Iacono said. “We’re in the community a lot, or they’re on the campus. And we do have an advisory committee for nearly all of our programs, and it’s industry specialists who have come in and talked about, ‘Hey, this is what’s happening in the current industry; this is what students need to know.’ It’s part of how we make sure our curriculum is current and it’s relevant so that students who are in various programs are going to come out with course skills that are useful for transfer or immediate work entry.”

Eric Pedersen, mechanical engineering technology and physics laboratories coordinator, said that he was excited for the updates because with the new equipment, his students will need more room to work. He said that his department probably has 20 students per section in the machine shop in downstairs Sheffield Hall.

“We really need about twice the amount of equipment so nobody’s getting a bottleneck on different projects,” said Pedersen, who teaches a prototyping class at CCM. “I think for the size of the room, we have the right amount of equipment . For the amount of students in the major, we need like double the space.”

Pedersen said he is excited to introduce the Haas brand of mills, which perform the functions of drill presses but with moving tables. Haas will replace the CNC brand, which Pedersen said will not give students the proper training they need.

“They’re good mills, but they’re not what the students are going to see in the workforce,” Pedersen said. “They’re going to see the Haas stuff.”