Finals Survival Guide

By Sophie Connell 



With Thanksgiving over and leftovers gone, the looming finals are approaching. It seems as if the semester flew by and you may not be ready for finals, but not to worry. I have some tips and tricks on how to survive your finals. 

Start by communicating with your professors. This will help you not only finalize your final exam date but also understand further what to expect. 

Ask your professors what materials you should bring to the final exams. For Scantron exams, No. 2 pencils are required. You may also want to bring a water bottle and a sweatshirt in case the exam room is cold.

The final exam schedule can be found on the CCM website and in the Youngtown Edition on pages 3, 4, 9 and 10. Usually exams are held in different rooms then where your classes take place so, you may want to figure out where the exam room is beforehand.  If you have conflicting exams, speak with your professors about it and see if you can make arrangements.  

There are also many resources that CCM provides that are available to you to help hack the stress of finals. 

 If you are in need of help with a specific class, the tutoring center offers in-person tutoring Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For those of you who can’t find time to get to campus but are in need of some help, the tutoring center also offers 24/7 online hours, which is a new service this semester.

If you find yourself overwhelmed with work, do not hesitate to fill out the online stress questionnaire and a counselor from the counseling center will directly contact you.

Additionally, make sure to contact the counseling center for free advice and one-on-one sessions. If you have any questions about finals exams or would like to talk about your experiences or to have a sounding board to talk about any problems, stressors, anxieties, or other general feelings you are having.

Reach out to your professors if you have any questions about the test or coursework in general. Many instructors hold private tutoring sessions as well as group study sessions.

Be sure to take time to yourself to ensure finals don’t take a toll on your health. Getting the proper amount of sleep each night and eating properly throughout the day, will only increase your chances of success. 

Most importantly, plan ahead! The more organized you are, the less stressed you will feel. Don’t forget to schedule in breaks in order to keep a balance. From all of us at the Youngtown edition, good luck!

Originally Published in the 12-5-2018 issue of the Youngtown Edition

New director hired at CCM Women’s Center

By Christine Abraham 


Shannon Lengares, a licensed social worker with an extensive education background, has worked as the executive director at County College of Morris since August and has since overseen an interviewing skills workshop, ongoing divorce workshops, and legal clinics that offer 30 minutes of free individual legal assistance.

Lengares is a licensed social worker with an extensive educational background. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Hofstra University and a Masters of Social Work in International and Community Development from Monmouth University. She has a resume of more than 10 years of experience in non-profit program management and development. 

“My career path has been very diverse which gives me a well-rounded background for the position,” Lengares said. “ My track has always been in non-profit, in-program management, and in social service agencies, giving back to the community. As opportunities open up, it’s important to take them and move forward.”

 Specifically, she has worked at a community learning center in rural Tamil Nadu, India and collaborated with the Hope for Veterans Program with Community Hope Inc. The community learning center in India taught local women from the village marketable skills that would assist them in seeking employment.

“It was a very life-changing experience for me, to be in a developing country, working with the small village and empowering women to become more financially independent,” Lengares said. “Having that experience in another country gave me a different perspective.”

Lengares also aided the Hope for Veterans Program, a non-profit organization that supports veterans and their families in overcoming mental illness, addiction, homelessness, and poverty. 

“I managed a 95-bed transitional housing program for homeless veterans,” Lengares said. “We assisted homeless veterans to transition from homelessness into permanent housing, throughout New Jersey and in the country.”

Relying on her previous experiences, Lengares is honored and excited to lead the Women’s Center. The mission of the Women’s Center is to serve the varied needs of women in the local community, rather than specifically CCM, in their quest for economic self-sufficiency.

“In general, we work to assist women who have been out of the workforce for an extended period of time, re-enter the workforce,” Lengares said. “We accomplish that through the different services, resources and training opportunities that we offer. For some women, it’s scholarship opportunities to take the certification classes that CCM offers, in order to be better equipped to re-enter the workforce. A majority of our women have been out of the workforce for many years, been homemakers and providing care for their families, and now need to re-enter the workforce because of changes in their circumstance. For example, women going through a divorce, who are experiencing domestic violence, are recent widows, or were caring for a family member who’s passed on.” 

Since she has been at the center, Lengares has supervised providing scholarships for women to go attend the professional educational courses at CCM, in-house computer classes for women at the center and a job club that meets twice a month.

“Women are grateful for services we provide,” Lengares said. “ For those who have been out of the workforce for 15 years and don’t know how to take that first step, something simple, like putting together a resume, is worthwhile. Computer classes for Outlook email, Word or Excel is beneficial, as technology advances very quickly. We have women who are now in the workforce, and donate some of their money to the center.”

“They thought it would be a good fit,” Lengares said. “CCM provides a lot of educational opportunities and we work with women, looking to re-enter the workforce, who often need more training, certification and educational background in order to move forward. We have clients who were students at CCM. There is a great opportunity to spread the information about the center through the college campus. The student population is a big piece of the community, as well. If students know somebody who could benefit from our services here, that would be great.”

Lengares said she has a clear vision for the Women’s Center.

“The center should continue to support women, through the services we provide,” she said. “I want to try to reach as many women in the community as possible who would benefit from our services. I will continue to get the word out to the community at large, including CCM, letting everyone know that we’re here and that we have services that we can provide for women who want to get back into the workforce.”

Originally Published in the 11-21-2018 issue of the Youngtown Edition

Student organizations temporarily evicted from club room

By Adam Gentile & Alexa Wyszkowski

Features Editor, Layout Editor

Club presidents and their advisers whose clubs hold office space in the student community center club room received an email from the Office of Campus Life Wednesday, Oct. 31, to pack up their space until the beginning of the spring semester. Clubs were told to place all their items into one cabinet or box for storage by Thursday, Nov. 8. 

Don Phelps, director of campus life, was in charge of notifying and implementing the removal of the clubs from the room.

“The clubs were first notified of the move in September at the inter-club council meeting, we didn’t know a hard date back then,” Phelps said. “On the first [of November], they were notified to have their stuff out within the week.”

The email was sent at 4:38 p.m. on Halloween and was addressed to the club leaders and advisors of Active Minds, Alpha Mu Gamma, Asian Student Association, Biology and Chemistry Club, Black Student Union, Cyber Security, LGBTQ+, PALS, United Latino Organization and Women in STEM. 

Most the clubs struggled to fit all of their items into one box and had to go out on their own to get more boxes. Many of the club members were confused to where their items would be stored. Active Minds had at least eight boxes of supplies for their club including papers, prizes and craft supplies. Active Minds at first moved their boxes of materials into the New Social Engine club office as they were concerned about where their supplies were going as they would need some materials for an event happening the next week. The president of Active Minds, Sthefani Camacho, a business administration major, said that she spent a lot of time packing up the club items.

“It is upsetting to lose our space,” she said. “I appreciate that other clubs are helping us to store the Active Minds boxes in their space, but it shouldn’t be their responsibility.” 

Margaret Dougherty, a hospitality management major and treasurer of Active Minds, said that she was told to keep club items in members’ cars.

“When helping my club clean out our club space I was appalled when I was told we would have to store our club materials in our own vehicles,” Dougherty said. “I can’t believe how unorganized this whole process of moving clubs has been.”

Members of Women in STEM had a different approach as first they thought they would be able to store their items in a cabinet, but the cabinet was locked. As a result, they placed as many items as they could into one member’s car and what remained they are currently storing in the office of the Youngtown Edition.

“I went to the Office of Campus Life and asked what we had to do with the stuff, and they said there was no place to put it, so we had to take most of it home,” said the president of Women in STEM, Desiree Ramos, an architecture major, “It was a lot of stuff and we had this huge picture frame and I couldn’t take it home, so I had to figure out where to put it.” 

The president of the Asian Student Association, Tijana Dobric, a biology major found her own solution to not having the club room anymore.

“I have contacted our advisors for assistance and they have agreed to help store the stuff in their offices for the time being,” Tijana said. The items they could not fit in their advisors office, are currently in the NSE office.

During the last day of the club room clean out, the leaders and the advisor of the Muslim Student Association found out about the room clean out as they saw other clubs packing up and never received the Oct. 31 email. The MSA was also not addressed in the email, even though they kept all their supplies in the club room, including their holy books.

Additionally, this semester, OCL designated an area in the club room as a prayer and meditation space, at the MSA’s request per a petition, but Phelps said that it will return next semester, and there are talks about improving the space itself to make it better for students. 

Saba Qatabi, a member of the MSA, was afraid that if they did not pack up and move their items that someone else would and that their holy books would be placed onto the floor. Qatabi took all the club items to her car and plans to keep them there for now. The adviser of the Muslim Student Association, Gitanjali Rizk said she did not know about the club room clean out.

“We have the prayer and meditation room here,” Rizk. “I have no idea what is happening with that; as the adviser, I should have been informed.”

MSA Vice President Esra Ahmedi, a business administration major, said that her club should have been given more notice about this.

“The MSA had a whole petition in order to get the prayer room and it has not even been a whole semester, and it is already being removed,” she said. “I understand that there is going to be construction in the club room, but we should at least be given another space for our prayer room or at least an area. As students of CCM and club members, we should have been given more time to move our belongings rather than being given a box and finding out the day of moving.”

Friday, Nov. 9, OCL moved the club supplies that were left in the club room into the empty ambassadors club office. On the issue of storage, Phelps said that none of the stuff was thrown out.“Nothing was unclaimed, they removed everything, we didn’t throw anything out, the students boxed up what they needed to keep, and it was put in storage,” Phelps said.” We have access to it if they need it in the interim, otherwise it will be returned to them in January.” 

The decision to move the clubs out of the room was made by Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Management Dr. Bette Simmons, in an effort to make space for the relocation of offices on campus. 

The campus is moving around a copious number of offices around campus and is using the club room as a temporary office. On Monday, Nov. 12, career services moved into the club room, and the reorganization of offices is being done at this time so that everything will be done by the beginning of the spring semester. 

The clubs that had spaces in the club room were not the only ones to lose their space, as the SGA office, as of Tuesday, Nov. 13 became the temporary home for the new student success specialists. SGA did receive a different office space within the Office of Campus Life that they can use. However, Phelps said that for the rest of the semester there will be no temporary club room set up for the students of the other clubs. 

“Unfortunately, we are going to have to do without the club room, any meetings that happen there we will schedule a meeting space, but unfortunately we will have to live without the club room for a little bit,” Phelps said. “ By the start of the next semester the club room will go back to where it was.” 

Emma Mendoza, SGA vice president majoring in International studies said that there will be a special SGA meeting planned for the students who lost their club room space and are in need of a temporary space for meetings or storage. There is no exact date for this meeting yet.

“SGA is open to hearing the issues at hand from students affected by the loss of the club room to see if we can find a solution,” Mendoza said.

Originally Published in the 11-21-2018 issue of the Youngtown Edition



A Memoriam, of Sorts

Jason ‘JC’ Flockton

Former Staff Writer of the Youngtown Edition 1993


Twenty-five years ago today, in 1993, I would have been sat in the office of the Youngtown Edition at the County College of Morris penning articles for the student newspaper. At the time it was a pokey little room in the basement of the Student Community Center, scarcely more than a storage cupboard, into which all the editorial staff struggled to fit. I have no idea what it is like now. Back then, we didn’t even have the internet. Myself, I was a young man, from England, freshly embarking on a new life in New Jersey. 

Enrolled at CCM to study journalism and English, among other things, the plan was to eventually make a living through the written word. That was the plan at least; but life, as it often does, had other ideas, and I was recalled to England on a family emergency having completed only one semester. Still, that one all-too-brief semester remains engraved on my memory, along with the friends I made and the professors I had. 

I had occasion, to recall those memories once again when, in the course of conversation at my current place of employment, I was asked what I was doing twenty-five years ago today. Regaling my colleagues with tales of those times I turned to Google. 

Fond memories turned to sadness when I learned of the passing of my former Professor of Criminology, Nicholas Irons, in the June of last year. Professor Irons, or Nick as he preferred to be known, was a great professor and a man with a large heart. I recall him once brandishing aloft the Youngtown Edition before the class and reading out a column I had written about what brought me to the United States. In it I’d written, tongue only partly in-cheek, “good fresh orange juice and chilli dogs,” neither of which were available at that time in the UK. Drawing on his extensive knowledge as an ex-cop and inviting my classmates to join in, I was given an exhaustive list of all the best places I could get chilli dogs in upstate New Jersey. 

I missed the chance to remember Nick Irons when he passed last year. Nevertheless, I feel compelled to tell someone about the impact a man of his fun and giving spirit made. And the memories of him, and CCM, that stay with me to this very day. I can think of no place more appropriate to express this sentiment than in the Youngtown Edition, if you can spare the column inches. My time there was brief, to you current students yours may be longer, but the memories you will take from the place will be longer still; even though you may not realise quite how long yet. And the professors will influence you, yes, even the ones you moan about for being continuously on your back. 

Professor Irons, wherever you are now I raise a glass to you! And Professor Andrew Downie, Professor Mel Weissman, Professor Madelyn Hoffman, Bessie Abdalas of the International Students club and all my former friends and alumni of CCM, I raise a glass to you too! Those were great days, I enjoyed them and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. May you all cherish your days there, and your professors, similarly.


Originally Published in the 11-7-2018 issue of the Youngtown Edition

College cancels congressional candidate coming to campus

Administration says Mikie Sherrill welcome to visit after election

By Brett Friedensohn

Adam Gentile
Features Editor

Less than 24 hours before her scheduled appearance in professor Mark Washburne’s history class, New Jersey 11th congressional district Democratic Candidate Mikie Sherrill was disinvited by County College of Morris administration. As for why, the reasons vary depending on who is giving them.

Dr. Bette Simmons, vice president of academic affairs, sent an email to Washburne, the Democratic candidate for mayor of Mendham Borough, and Interim Dean of Liberal Arts Dr. James Hart Oct. 15 to notify them that the visit was postponed. On that email, sent to the Youngtown Edition, she copied History Department Chair Dr. Michael Parrella and Communication Department Chair Dr. Matthew Jones.

The email chain started Saturday, Oct. 6, when Washburne notified Simmons, Hart, and Parrella that he had heard from the Sherrill campaign that the candidate was available to visit Oct. 16.

Washburne said that he sent a text message to Sherrill after she beat him in the Tuesday, June 5 Democratic primary for the 11th district seat, congratulating her on her victory and invited her to speak in his classroom. He said that after not hearing a response on the matter, he met her again at a September Democratic fundraiser and again extended his invitation, and sent the email within minutes of hearing from Sherrill’s staff.

Parrella emailed Washburne back Oct. 6 saying that he had spoken with Hart and was unsure of the college’s policy on inviting candidates to speak in classes and that Hart will speak to Simmons when she returns Tuesday, Oct. 9. Simmons later said to the Youngtown that she was on vacation during this time.

She replied to Washburne Oct. 9, saying that he needs to reach out to Webber to invite him,  and she advised him to wait until after the election to host Sherrill. Later that day, she sent another email saying that he may host Sherrill even if Webber declines the invitation, but Washburne will need to invite him  nonetheless.

“It would be most appropriate – and in keeping with college expectations – that you reach out to Mr. Webber’s office and invite him to participate as well,” Simmons said in the email. “If he declines, you would still be able to host Ms. Sherrill as the offer had been extended to her opponent.”

Washburne replied that day saying that he had reached out to Webber’s office. He later told the Youngtown that he would have been happy to host the Republican state assemblyman but had emailed and called the office multiple times but heard no response.

“The time to bring her in is before the election, and if they want to be fair, let’s bring in whoever wants to come in as well,” Washburne said.” Jay Webber hasn’t responded, but he could have come in. Nobody was saying he couldn’t come in.”

Youngtown staff had been in contact with Sherrill’s staff over the week leading up to the scheduled visit to organize an exclusive interview with Sherrill before she spoke to the students. Since the cancellation, Sherrill and Webber’s campaigns  have not responded to requests for comment.

Washburne has in the past hosted in-class visits by 11th district incumbent Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen, and in October 2016, organized a debate between representatives for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Simmons said Wednesday, Oct. 17 that it was Washburne’s responsibility to notify the department of public safety as well as the office of marketing and public relations about the scheduled event. The next day, the professor said that none of his supervisors told him this was his responsibility but that would have alerted these departments had he been instructed to. This matter never was mentioned in the email chain.

“That never even came up in conversations at all, so I find it odd that it’s coming up now in conversations,” he said. “I don’t know where it’s coming from. There wasn’t any part of our conversation at all that I didn’t notify any of these people. I was trying to figure out whether we could even do the program, so we never got to that stage.”

Simmons said that Washburne needed to notify public safety about the matter because Sherrill is running for federal office, and therefore, the college would be at a higher risk level if she is on campus.

“She may have been bringing her own security staff, but that still means that we have to do some things, making sure the facility was the proper facility to host her,” Simmons said. “So all of those housekeeping items needed to be taken care of, and unfortunately, they were not taken care of. And then the other part of the issue is again, because she is running for a political office, we need to make sure that the college had extended an offer to the other candidates that were running  for that position, that they were given an equal opportunity to have access to our students and our employees, and that had not been done either. And so, to do all of that in the very short period of time from the moment I found out that the event had been scheduled, we just felt that wouldn’t be County College of Morris at our best, so we asked to have it postponed.”

Kathleen Burnet Eagan, CCM’s public relations director, said that if Washburne had notified her office of the event,  she would have reached out to the candidates’ staff to find out what they need the college to do to help and if they need publicity assistance.

“It’s just part of the logistics, and this is when it went from solely a classroom event to a larger event,” Burnet Eagan said. “There’s a lot of pieces to take care of, and you need some time.”

Washburne said that Simmons had changed her mind on the rules regarding the steps he needs to take to host Sherrill.

“Dr. Simmons changed her mind on Thursday and said we had to hear from Jay Webber. And so, we never heard back from Jay Webber, so and I don’t know, I haven’t been in touch with the administration since Thursday on the matter, but I got an email on Monday saying that they were cancelling Mikie Sherrill coming to the class,” he said. “To me that would be great, if we were to invite Jay Webber. I said, ‘What if we invite Jay Webber?’ She said, ‘Sure.’ And that’s what I did.”

Simmons said that the college made its instructions to Washburne clear and consistent.

“I can’t respond on how he interpreted the message that I gave,” she said. “Knowing that there were other people that were a part of that conversation, I would say that it was really clear with what the college expected of him.”

While he is a Democratic politician, Washburne said that his purpose of bringing Sherrill to campus was not to promote his agenda but rather to educate his students and engage them in their elections.

“I love controversial topics to bring in. I want to engage my students, so for me, it’s not a big deal to bring in a candidate, or a few candidates,” he said. “I want to get them excited about the election, so that’s really the reason why I invited her and I have invited other people in the past, just to get students excited about it. They wanted, the administration wanted her to come in after the election. So I said, ‘This can’t wait. My students won’t be able to ask their questions about her positions.’”

Mike Velasquez, a fine arts major, does not agree with the schools decision to cancel Sherrill’s visit.

“We have these signs out in the student center that tell us to vote, but when we have a candidate coming to talk to us they just turn her away, that’s not right,” Velasquez said.

Alexa Cacchila, a nursing major, said that with Sherrill being unable to show up students lost a valuable opportunity to be encouraged to vote.

Robert Osewalt, a liberal arts/criminology major, was disappointed in the action that the school took.

“She should’ve been able to come, isn’t the school supposed to teach their students about the world?” Osewalt said.

Sophie Connell and Lianna Del Corpo contributed to this story.

Active Minds advocates for De-Stress Fest Week

Students unwind with relaxing activities

By Anthony Ingham
Sports Editor

County College of Morris’ Active Minds club wrote chalk messages on the pavement path outside of the Student Community Center Tuesday, Oct. 9 to encourage students to reach out for help and become aware of mental health issues.

“No one shames a diabetic for taking insulin when they need it,” said Lisa Volante, a CCM counselor. “Unfortunately, it’s the exact opposite when people with mental health issues whenever someone tries to talk to someone else about it. People tell you to just ‘be happy.’”

Active Minds is a group made with the intent of helping those with mental health issues, and trying to champion the fact that people who live with with these problems are the same as anyone else, and can be just as successful. Volante said there is no fundamental difference between someone with a mental health problem and someone without one, except for the way they’re treated.

According to a study done by Chadron State College’s Behavior Intervention Team, college counseling centers have observed an increase in the prevalence and severity of mental health issues experienced by students. The study also finds the number one reason students refuse to get the help they need is because they feel there’s a stigma around both asking for help and mental health.

Due to a large amount of media consumed by students portraying people with mental health issues as ‘deranged’, or ‘crazy’, and the way that parents view the problem, many students have a negative opinion of them, Volante said-. She also says that this fact is made worse by students refusing to get the help they need due to feeling like their struggle is normal, or that they will get over them eventually.

Sthefani Camacho, president of CCM’s Active Minds said that students aren’t even willing to admit that they have these issues.

“In my experience, only a small minority know how to handle their own mental health issues,” she said. “In fact, most either don’t know that they have an issue or deny them outright.”

Camacho says that most students are incredibly unwilling to talk about their mental health because they feel like people will see or treat them differently, like they’re someone they’re not, or in worse cases discriminated against. According to the Mental Health Foundation’s “Stigma and discrimination” article, many people don’t even understand the struggles their fellow students may be going through due to a plethora of misinformation. But there are people willing to help, and Active Minds is living, breathing proof of that.

The Counseling Center’s De-Stress Fest Week starts Monday, Oct. 22, and has activities  such as yoga and meditation until Thursday. For more information on the events, email counseling@ccm.edu or look around campus for flyers with descriptions of the weekly activities being offered.

Writers’ club promotes literacy with book drive

By Adam Gentile
Features Editor

The CCM writers club ran its first book drive Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Student Center in an effort to encourage literacy for underprivileged children.

In the United States childhood illiteracy in 4th grade is around 35 percent; however, for lower income families the illiteracy rate is at 82 percent according to the Reading Partners, an organization dedicated to stopping childhood illiteracy. Illiteracy also follows the child later on in life as the U.S Department of Education reported that 60 percent of inmates are illiterate and 85 percent of juvenile delinquents are illiterate.

Marcos Mirlas, president of the Writers Club, organized the event and was in the student center running the book drive.

“The goal was to get books appropriate for children for ages 3-17, and we were trying to give them to children in need,” Mirlas said.

The writers’ club did not work with any established charity or children’s organization, however, Mirlas plans on donating them to a social service office inside his town that will ensure that they go to children in need.

This was the first charity event that Mirlas organized and did not know what to expect from the outcome.

“I overestimated and I had 15 boxes to hold the books, but I only ended up needing five boxes which is still a lot of books, so it’s a good bounty either way,” Mirlas said.

Assuming the average dimensions of a packing box and that of children’s books the writers club most likely collected more than 200 books on their Oct. 9 book drive.

Along with organizing book drives the writers club also has an end of semester event known as the writers’ block.

“It’s like a poetry, but it doesn’t have to be poetry, like the club anything that is your own written word that you present to everybody,” Mirlas said. “There are judges and prizes and it’s a lot of fun for everybody.”

At the moment the club is not going to put on another book drive this semester, but organizations such as  International Literacy Association, Reach Out and Read, Literacy for Incarcerated Teens,. all make it their mission to end illiteracy.

The writers’ club focuses on presentation and peer review, that encourages people to show up with any written work whether its a poem, song, short story, or any other form of literature. The meetings take place once a week between 12:30-1:45 on Thursdays.

Politics and award ceremonies: Where CCM students draw the line

By Jamie Corter

The flashing lights, glamorous gowns and emotional moments have drawn viewers to televised award ceremonies for years. The anticipation builds and then lingers in the air each time a category is called and a celebrity wins. The speeches that proceed can range from heartwarming, empowering, shocking and sometimes political.

As political acceptance speeches at major award shows become more common, students at County College of Morris have a variety of opinions regarding the appropriateness of the practice.

Brooke Preziosi- Arnott, a digital media major, said that it’s good for people to voice their opinions, but celebrities should do so on their social media platforms. In her opinion, incorporating politics into an award show is uncalled for.

“Instead of pushing their beliefs on someone, celebrities should just voice what they believe in, and they shouldn’t accuse other people of being wrong,” Preziosi- Arnott said.

Marilyn Mayorga, a respiratory therapy major, agreed with Preziosi-Arnott that social media, or even news outlets, are the proper places for celebrities to speak up.

“They can obviously speak their minds, that’s how you get people to open up, but I feel like right now, it’s just a bad time to do so,” she said.

Mayorga said that someone will be angry either way because there’s never one side to politics.

“Celebrities should try to limit that [kind of talk] because it can be controversial,” Mayorga said.

Mayorga related celebrities talking about politics at award shows to athletes expressing their political views on the field. From what she’s witnessed, sports fans don’t want to hear about the players’ political views; they want to know what’s happening with the sport itself. If sport fans want to hear about politics, they’ll watch CNN or some other news outlet, she said.

An award ceremony, Mayorga said,  is the perfect event for a celebrity to speak their mind if they wish to stir the pot and get a conversation started.

“If you want to spark controversy, then yes an award show is the place to do so,” Mayorga said. “You’ll definitely get the media talking, but you need to be careful. The media also has their own opinions as well. If you want people to notice that you are talking about politics, you’ll definitely stand out at the Emmys or any award show.”

Unlike Preziosi- Arnott and Mayorga, Michael Tartaglia, a psychology major at CCM, believes celebrities shouldn’t speak their mind about their political views at all.

“I don’t think it’s their place to,” Tartaglia said. “They’re there for entertainment purposes, and they shouldn’t be telling other people how they think or how their audience should think.

“No one cares about how Oprah feels about Trump or Hillary,” Tartaglia said. “She is in her own world, experiencing her own things. People in the working class perceive life so different. Oprah is kind of protected from [the struggles of common society] because she has fame and power.”

Tartaglia said  responding to followers’ questions about politics is fine for a celebrity to do on their social media, but to openly speak about their political views without being prompted to is not acceptable.

“They shouldn’t bring [politics] to the forefront of an award show,” Tartaglia said. “It should be about the award and about the entertainment. That’s their job, and they should focus on what the award shows are really about.”

Fashion has become a large canvas for celebrities to express their opinions in without verbally saying them. The 2018 Emmy Awards, which were held Monday, Sept. 17, had numerous celebrities decked out in politically driven attire.

Padma Lakshmi, a famous model and Top Chef host, wore a gown she had previously worn to the Vogue India Women of the Year Awards to highlight the toll fashion has on the environment, and also sported a small blue ribbon to support the American Civil Liberties Union. Black-ish star Jenifer Lewis dawned her Nike attire for the red carpet walk in support of the company’s decision to use Colin Kaepernick as the face of their most recent ad campaign.

Fashion is the most tasteful way to express your political opinion, Mayorga thinks.

“[Incorporating your opinion] into fashion is smart,” she said. “Your clothing speaks for you, like, you’re putting yourself out there but in a different way other than just speaking your stance.”

In recent years, the number of award show viewers has plummeted. According to the Los Angeles Times, the 2018 Emmy Awards only drew 10.2 million viewers which was down 10.5 percent from last year’s show. But the Emmys are not the only award ceremony hitting record low viewing numbers.

As stated by Forbes, the Oscars also took a hit in viewers this year by captivating only 26.5 million, marking a 19 percent decrease from the previous year. The New York Times found that this year’s Grammy Awards plunged 24 percent with only 19.8 million viewers. Rolling Stone said that the MTV Video Music Awards drew a mere 5.2 million viewers, which was an all-time low since Nielsen Media started tracking the views in 1994.

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