From Student to Staff: Nick Gilbert

By Alexa Wyszkowski



Nick Gilbert, a former County College of Morris (CCM) student, was walking his dog when he received the phone call he was hoping for that informed him that he had got the position as a CCM Admissions Counselor and Recruiter. When he started his new career at CCM in May of 2018 Gilbert said it was a dream come true. 

Gilbert attended CCM as a student from Spring of 2007 to Fall of 2009. He started as a journalism major and then switched to liberal arts. When he was a journalism major he had the opportunity to write for the Youngtown Edition. He remembers that he wrote frequently for about a year covering CCM sports and doing reviews on current movies, tv shows and local restaurants.  

As a CCM student Gilbert had a campus job for the Office of Campus Life as a student aid. He remembers working at the window, assisting with setup for club events, putting up posters around campus and making student IDs. These tasks are still done today by current student aids in OCL. Also still at CCM are faculty members Don Phelps and Rosemary Grant, with whom Gilbert made special connections as a student.

“They were extremely impactful, I owe a lot to them and I really respect them,” Gilbert said. 

 After CCM, Gilbert transferred to William Paterson University and graduated after three semesters in December of 2011 with his bachelor’s in sociology. He then graduated with his master’s degree in student services administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University in May of 2015. Looking back, Gilbert was more involved in campus life activities at CCM than during his time at WPU and FDU. 

“CCM was my best campus life experience for sure,” Gilbert said. 

Gilbert knew that he wanted to work in the field of higher education during his time at CCM as a student aid with OCL. Before returning to CCM Gilbert had some other work experiences in the field of higher education. For four years he worked at Parsippany Hills High School as an Instructional Paraprofessional, where he worked with students with behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. He then worked at Berkeley College for a year and a half as a Student Accounts Administrator and then for eight months he was a Staffing Manager for a corporate recruiter. As soon as he saw the posting for CCM he applied right away and waited for his interview.

“I was so excited to be interviewing here,” Gilbert said, “I loved the place and knew I had to come back.”

Gilbert was soon hired and his dream came true as he became a CCM Admissions Counselor and Recruiter. Phelps and Grant are still connected with Gilbert and are pleased to have the opportunity to continue to work with him. 

 “His passion and loyalty to CCM is rare and when an Admissions position opened up I was thrilled when he interviewed, and of course he was hired,” Grant said.

“As a Student Assistant in Campus Life, Nick was always willing to help students at the Information Window.  It is no surprise that he is great addition to the Admissions Office now, helping prospective students throughout their admission process.” Phelps said.

Gilbert can be found some days in his office, which is located in the Admissions Office, where he helps students with the application process. Other days Gilbert is not in his office or even on campus as he is out at local high schools and community events to recruit new CCM students. He also works on planning and organizing open houses, regional college fairs and other programs. Gilbert’s favorite part of the job is being able to connect with students.

“I like helping students and being able to really spread the message of CCM as I lived it myself,” Gilbert said.     

Editor’s Note: If you are a professor or faculty member of CCM who also went to CCM as a student and had any connection to the Youngtown Edition or other school newspaper, contact for the opportunity to be featured.

Originally Published in the 1-30-2019 issue of the Youngtown Edition

Thanking Youngtown, from a long time staff member

By Marisa Goglia

Managing Editor

In the 20 plus journalism articles that I have penned this one by far is the hardest one that I’ve had to write. 

When I went to orientation prior to starting CCM in 2012, my tour guide said “You should join the Youngtown Edition, it will look great on your resume.” So, I set out looking to join and I went to my adviser Professor John Soltes who told me that the copy editor position was open and was mine if I wanted it. I remember going to production and Professor Soltes taking the time to show me Associated Press Style. Which at the time, I wasn’t too familiar with, but I bought the book and looked up AP style online, trying to make sense of it all. Looking back, the first issue I ever edited was a complete mess, majors were capitalized and titles weren’t properly styled. 

But being on the Youngtown and taking journalism classes, I learned my way around the numerous and continuous rules that AP style has to offer.

At times, I often wondered if I had overstayed my welcome because I was on the Youngtown for so long. Russ Crespolini, our current adviser  said, “No, no, please stay.” I could tell that he genuinely did not want me to leave because he didn’t have anyone in mind who could fill the position. 

As I stayed, the Youngtown wasn’t just something to put on my resume. It was the place where the quiet me came out of my shell, attended production meetings and made friends that became family. And it’s the place where I’ve achieved more than I could ever imagine from a first place Associated Press Award to becoming managing editor and copy chief.  

Thank you to Prof. Russ Crespolini, Prof. John Soltes and the communication department and to  Brett Friedensohn and the Youngtown staff. It has been an honor and a privilege to edit and write for the Youngtown for the past six years, thank you all so much.

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

A farewell from the editor

By Brett Friedensohn



I’ve known since I joined Youngtown in September 2015 that I would eventually need to leave, but that concept always seemed foreign to me until I started writing this editorial. And I’ve known since April 2017 when I accepted the editor-in-chief position that I’d need to write this on my way out, but it’s surreal to me that I’m writing it now.

I realize that’s a cliche way to look at all this, so much so that pointing out the fact that it’s cliche is cliche at this point. However, that’s the best way I can describe what I’m feeling right now. I’m just baffled by the concept of linear time progression and the fact that it’s now time to move on. That’s probably because Youngtown has become such an integral part of my life for the past few years.

The reason I started working on Youngtown is because I knew early on that I wanted some career to do with writing although I didn’t know exactly what that would entail. I wanted to get involved, so I grabbed the first Youngtown of the fall 2015 semester and sent an email to the address in the staff box, reaching then editor-in-chief Derek Allen who assigned me my first story. He and faculty adviser Russ Crespolini helped me feel from that point on like I was working toward something meaningful.

I have a long list of people I would like to personally thank for their work with me during my time with Youngtown. I won’t have enough time to acknowledge everyone, so I apologize in advance to anyone I have missed.

First, I would be remiss if I didn’t express my gratitude to Crespolini. From the very beginning, Russ has supported my goals and interests while pushing me to better myself at every stage in my short career. Also through this connection, I have been able to land a full-time staff writer position with the New Jersey Hills Media Group, his former employer. In his work with this company and Patch, he has grown with the changes of this unpredictable industry while maintaining his ethics, and that I find impressive and admirable.

Next, I would like to thank CCM’s athletic director Jack Sullivan the first person I interviewed for Youngtown, and probably the person I’ve interviewed the most during my time here. After I first met with Jack, he encouraged me to apply as sports editor, a position which I didn’t consider myself capable of attaining at the time. I want to acknowledge the boost in my confidence that he gave me that day and also all the assistance he’s given me since, for putting up with me bursting into his office the day of my deadline to get last-minute quotes, and for the positive atmosphere that he sets the example for in his department.

Reporting on all nine of CCM’s sports teams has become a passion of mine, and it will be hard for me to separate myself from it. Generally speaking, I want to thank the entire department for cooperating with me so much to help with my reporting and for making me feel like one of their own. There are plenty of people who deserve my gratitude in the athletic department, and while I do not have time to give them all anecdotes, I feel they should at least be named: Administrative Assistant Diane Davis, Assistant Athletic Director Roger Stevens, Softball Head Coach Greg Wardlow, Golf Head Coach Jim Chegwidden, Baseball Head Coach Brian Eberly, former Women’s Basketball Head Coach Brenda DeNure, current Women’s Basketball Head Coach Alexandria Katz, Men’s Basketball Head Coach Anthony Obery, Volleyball Head Coach Amy Berry, and scorekeeper and fellow Youngtown alum Scotty Sains. It has been an honor to write about all these teams and work with all these people, and it was especially exciting to report on CCM’s two Region XIX championship teams during my time here, softball in 2016 and golf this past spring.

Next, I want to take the time to express my gratitude to the Office of Campus Life who is in charge of Youngtown’s budget. I want to thank the many student aides who have worked in that office as well as administrative assistants “Sassy” Annmarie Lippielo, Joanne Metro, and Dawn Doland, the reigning defending undisputed champion of Searching CCM, for all lightening up my mood whenever entering OCL almost every day during my time as editor-in-chief and for being helpful in general. I also want to thank OCL director Don Phelps who has helped this paper get what it needs, even going so far as driving off campus to personally deliver our favorite pizza to us after our Thursday night productions. Additionally, Don has been a reliable and helpful point of contact when reporting on club happenings.

In the communication department, I want to thank journalism professor John Soltes for giving me an insightful academic experience in news writing while also providing his insightful opinions and perspectives on the industry and its foundations. Additionally, Prof. Soltes has always invited me into his classrooms to talk about Youngtown, and he has encouraged his students to join the paper and to submit their stories for class to us. Hopefully, I’ll run into him at a Devils’ game soon. I also want to thank department chair Dr. Matthew Jones for his unwavering support of the Youngtown’s editorial independence and for also being an extra sounding board for all my wacky ideas.

Finally, I want to wish nothing but the best to the upcoming editorial board. The team that will take the mantle will be led by current layout editor Alexa Wyszkowski who is being promoted to editor-in-chief, current features editor Adam Gentile who is being promoted to managing editor, and current sports editor Anthony Ingham who is being promoted to news editor. I have confidence in these three to commit themselves to this paper and lead it to keep producing the content that has made Youngtown so reputable for 50 years.

If there’s anything I wish I had learned at Youngtown, it would be how to end stories with meaningful and thought-provoking conclusion sentences, or “kickers” in industry jargon, rather than awkwardly stopping when I’ve written all the information I need.

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

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

Ax the Pink Tax

By Lianna DelCorpo

Staff Writer


It’s time to get familiar with the Pink Tax, a hot topic of discussion lately as news travels fast across our country. Currently, in the United States there are no federal laws banning gender discrimination in the sales of goods and services. The result of these nonexistent policies is the “Pink Tax” or “Woman Tax” which represents the price discrimination in products directed towards women. The pink tax inherited its name due to many products for women often being colored pink.

In 2010, Consumer Reports found that women pay up to 50 percent more for very similar, sometimes almost identical products than men. Women are spending on average $1,351 in extra costs and fees every year for simply being women. Some examples include; women paying 13 percent more for personal hygiene products, 48 percent more for shampoo, 51 percent more for razors, 54 percent more for haircuts, the list goes on and on. Why? One explanation is higher import tariffs, which are fees the U.S. charges on goods imported from other countries. It costs companies an average of 15.1 percent to import womens clothing compared to 11.9 percent to import mens clothing. It’s also more expensive for manufacturers to buy materials of a specific color (pink) and scents deemed more feminine.

These higher costs are passed on to female consumers and contribute to these ridiculous markups. It’s not just women who are speaking out, Michael Cone, a New York City trades lawyer has been fighting the federal government over gender-biased tariffs since early 2000. Michael Cone and over 200 well known companies such as Urban Outfitters, Steve Madden, Forever 21, etc. decided to sue the government to protest these sexist tariff rates. Unfortunately, as of May 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly denied the attempts to challenge these unfair prices. Yet that has not stopped people from continuing to fight back.

At the federal level, California Representative Jackie Speier and 27 legislators, including New Jersey representative, Bonnie Watson Coleman, introduced the Pink Tax Repeal Act H.R. 5464 into Congress on April 10th, 2018. This bill would make it illegal to charge women and men different prices for significantly similar consumer products and services at a national level. Furthermore allowing the Federal Trade Commission to enforce violations and gives a state’s attorney general the authority to take civil action on behalf of consumers wronged by discriminatory practices. 

To call attention to the unfairness of the pink tax, Burger King created an advertisement called “Chick Tax” where employees charged real female customers $3.09 for a pretty pink box filled with the same amount of chicken fries as the original box that sells for $1.69. Essentially, they were charging women $2.39 more for a product that is exactly the same but in pink packaging. Women in the ad were completely outraged when a manager spoke up and said, “When you go into a drug store and you pay $2 more for your razor blades, do you say something then?” The ad ended with a statement that 42 percent of the time women’s products cost more and invites viewers to support the Pink Tax Repeal Act H.R. 5464.

We can support the repeal of this pink tax by contacting your local governor or member of Congress to request a federal law outlawing gender pricing. Start ignoring clever marketing schemes and cute packaging and buy products solely based on their price and quality. As a wise man once said, “Knowledge is Power” so the more we know about the pink tax, the better we as consumers can fight back, by refusing to pay the pink tax whenever we can!

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

CCM opens lactation room for mothers who are nursing

By Jamie Corter



County College of Morris has opened a private space which contains the basic necessities for breastfeeding women who need to express breast milk.

Located next to the health services in Cohen Hall room 266, this space includes a chair, sink, lotion, and a mirror and is open to staff, faculty, and students.

Nurse Elizabeth Hoban, the coordinator for health services at CCM, is also a lactation specialist who spoke up about the importance of a lactation room. 

“You cannot have a toilet in a lactation room,” Hoban said. “It’s not sanitary . . .  There should just be a sink to wash your hands and a chair. There are family friendly bathrooms, which I don’t think even have changing tables, but those are more for people who are transitioning. [This room] is specifically for moms who are breastfeeding.”

For years, mothers have used Hoban’s back room as a lactation room because of its privacy and access to a sink. But now, it is required by law to have a separate room for nursing moms.

“It’s legislation now,” Hoban said. “We had no choice; we had to put it in.”

 In March 2010, President Barack Obama passed the Affordable Care Act that included the Break Time for Nursing Mothers policy. According to the United States Department of Labor website, employers must provide reasonable break time for employees to express breast milk for the first year after the child is born. In addition to this, employers are also required to designate a space other than a bathroom for this. The lactation room does not have to be permanent; it can be a temporary room as long as it is clean and private. 

“We had a student a couple of semesters ago that took a Saturday class, and she was here all day,” Hoban said. “She had nowhere to [pump]. I think she was the one that triggered a complaint because she had to go across to the library to the family-friendly bathroom. In doing research, it was determined that we actually have to provide a space for them.”

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

Student Success Center on track to open in spring

By Adam Gentile & Alexa Wyszkowski

Features Editor, Layout Editor


County College of Morris is developing a Student Success Center, a new resource to help students stay in school and reach graduation as administration is aiming to open it by the start of the spring 2019 semester.

The new Student Success Center will move into the old Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education in Cohen Hall room 203, which is currently under renovation. 

Career Services will move out of the club room, where they have temporarily displaced several club offices, and in with the Counseling Center for the start of the spring semester. As a result the Career Services and Counseling Center will be merged as one office together in the downstairs Student Community Center so it is with the all other offices housed in the downstairs and upstairs of the SCC. The other offices include the Office of Student Development and Enrollment Management, Women’s Center, Office of Campus Life, Records and Registration Office, Office of Student Financial Aid, and the Bursar Office. 

Dr. Bette Simmons, the vice president of student development and enrollment management, said that the moving of the career services will help consolidate the various student services. 

“It’s really all about transporting the Career Services Office into the Student Community Center, and they will merge with the counseling center staff,” Simmons said. “So we have a nice continuum of resources for students all together in the same spot.” 

Career Services had to move out of Cohen Hall because they needed more space during the renovation for the new Student Success Center.

“Currently, we are freshening up the area in Cohen Hall that Career Services is vacating, and we are getting it ready for the center,” Simmons said. “In the meantime we are merging the Career center with the Counseling center because there are a lot of similar purposes when it comes to helping students with decisions about their career.”

Simmons said that the clubs being vacated from the club room are doing a great service for the students. 

“I see the clubs who had their spaces vacated for a short period of time, as helping the college achieve its goal,” Simmons said. “So they are helping us create this center that will be able to help themselves as well as other students.” 

If any club is still having any issues storing any of their supplies, Simmons said they should seek her out so she can assist them in finding proper storage space for their stuff.

The new Student Success Center location is close to where the majority of classes are held. This office will have a new team of five specialists, as two will be full-time Student Success Specialists, one will be a part-time Student Success Specialist, and the other two will be part-time Career and Technical Programs Support Specialists. These specialists will help students reach their goals, guide them in the right direction and help them be able to graduate. This facility will also have study spaces, computers and meeting rooms for students to utilize. In addition to students, faculty and staff members will also be able to use the resources that will be available in the Student Success Center.  

CCM’s president Dr. Anthony J. Iacono is looking forward to the creation of this facility, and hopes that it will allow students to gain the necessary skills needed to achieve success in a diverse and competitive job market. 

Iacono said that although the Career Services is currently doing a decent job, it is not properly equipped to deal with these ever changing job markets. He hopes that with the creation of the Student Success Center students will be able to leave the school fully equipped with the tools needed to obtain an internship. 

“We know that the market place has changed dramatically and the number one thing I hear from employers, whether they are tech industries, engineering industries, health care industries, or any industry is I want kids to come in with their resume and show that they can apply what they learned,” Iacono said. “Whether it’s an internship, an apprenticeship, or any kind of hands on experience we know thats what the employer wants.” 

For Iacono, the goal of anyone coming to CCM should be aimed towards graduation, and ensuring that the school can retain students until graduation is one of the most important challenges the administration faces. 

“A lot of times we have students who aren’t doing well and want to leave college, it’s not academically related, It can be and we want to have a resource that says we have tutoring, there’s this, and this, and this here are a variety of ways that we can help you,” Iacono said. “If you have work and don’t get out until after the tutoring center is closed, there’s online tutoring” 

Iacono mentioned that other issues may be economic related and that there are some on campus that may suffer from food insecurities. CCM partners with local areas in the community and if a student heads to the Student Success Center they can help them get connected to these organizations. 

“Most of the time what sidelines a student from coming back to school isn’t academic reasons, it’s life,” Iacono said.” So the Student Success Center can really help us deal with the issues that sideline students, by focusing more on the students.” 

Iacono’s future plans for developing the Student Success Center will include plans to help faculty along with students. 

“It is designed where it can help students directly, and it will also be able to help faculty directly,” Iacono said. “That’s not in place yet that is for more in the future. Current things that are in place are helping faculty find a student, and if a student brings an issue up to a professor the professor can go to the retention center and ask questions.” 

Iacono says that since the Student Success Center is new the new options may be added to it over time to properly develop the center, and to make sure that it’s as helpful as it can be. 

“The students are going to have a resource that they have never had before, the faculty is going to have a resource that they have never had before,” Iocona said. “It’s gonna be a learning experience, but the goal is to listen to the students and watch the students and see if we miss anything. A lot of the time you might think of us as on the teaching end but we are on the learning end too, good teachers are good learners.”Student Success Center on track to open in spring

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

CCM athletic director named Region XIX AD of the year

By Brett Friedensohn


The National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIX presented its Ron Case Athletic Director of the Year Award to County College of Morris AD Jack Sullivan at its fall meeting in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania.

Sullivan said that he was honored to have earned the award named after someone who he considers a friend and a mentor. He said that Case helped him when he first took the role at the helm of CCM’s athletic department in 2002 when Case was the athletic director at Gloucester Community College, now called Rowan College at Gloucester County. Case is a hall of famer with National Two-Year Alliance of Athletic 

Administrators, and Sullivan said that Case introduced him into the organization which he would later become president of.

“Winning an award with his name on it means a lot to me,” Sullivan said. “He helped usher me in and took me under his wing a long time ago.”

During Sullivan’s time overseeing the department, several CCM teams have won Region XIX championships, most recently golf in 2018 and 2014 and softball in 2016.

Region XIX consists of 32 community colleges in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware and includes colleges in Sussex County, Bergen County, and Monmouth County. CCM hosts nine Region XIX teams: men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and volleyball in fall; men’s basketball and women’s basketball in winter; and softball, golf,  baseball, and lacrosse in spring.

“The recognition that Jack Sullivan received by his peers is also a testament to his continuous commitment to our CCM athletes, coaches and Titan spirit,” Dr. Bette Simmons, vice president of student development and enrollment management, said in a press release. “He ensures that our student-athletes are reaching their best potential both in the classroom and in their respective sport, provides support to the coaches and exceptionally maintains our athletic facilities for the college and community to enjoy.”

For more information on CCM’s sports teams, visit

Originally Published in the 11-7-2018 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