CCM marks 50th anniversary with aerial photo

Drone flies over group forming “50” on campus lawn

By Jamie Corter
Contributor

A group of students and staff came out to form a “50” in the grass outside the Learning Resource Center while a drone took a picture and video as it flew overhead during college hour Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Setting up an event like this is no simple task, according to Kathleen Brunet Eagan, CCM’s marketing and public relations director.

“We started the project over a year ago when we started working with the 50th anniversary committee,” Brunet Eagan said. “Early on, the committee had talked about doing a human 50, but the drone part came later . . . If you look on the Internet now, you can find a lot of examples of [pixel people drone photos].”

In the fall of 1968, County College of Morris opened its door for the first time to 592 full-time and 703 part-time students who were eager to earn their college degree. The college has changed drastically since Dr. Sherman H. Masten, the schools first president, broke ground in 1967. Over its 50 years, CCM has welcomed three presidents: Dr. Sherman H. Master, Dr. Edward J. Yaw and Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, built approximately 15 buildings, and created more than 45 programs that students can enroll in. Special events have been set up throughout the 2018-2019 academic year to celebrate the college’s 50th year of being open.

The anniversary committee had stumbled upon some information that helped them better understand the history of the school while they were planning.

“We unintentionally obtained a lot of historical documents from the county about CCM’s founding,” Brunet Eagan said. “The media center is actually pulling out old video clips and making them available in a project called, ‘From the Archives’ . . .   It’s really been a process of rediscovering the college’s history.”

The largest event to celebrate the school’s anniversary comes later in the academic year. In May, the school will hold a large gala to celebrate 50 years, and one weekend will be known as “Titan Weekend.” In addition to these events, the college has an art exhibit, located in the Learning Resource Center’s art and design gallery, that is dedicated to the history of CCM. But until the gala, Allison Ognibene, CCM’s marketing and public relations specialist, has been posting past photos of the school on the college’s Instagram.

“We know that a lot of the events have been scattered,” Ognibene said. “So each week, there will be a photo from CCM’s past on our social media to celebrate the 50th anniversary. That way it’s always on people’s minds.”

Event ideas aren’t permanent once they are proposed. Throughout this process, many ideas got thrown out or changed, Ognibene said.

“When you’re in a committee, sometimes you have these ideas, and they get remodeled,” she said. “For example, we had a completely different logo and that changed . . . You can have the most amazing ideas, but write them down and save them for later. Don’t marry your ideas.”

SATIRE: Time Capsule from 1983 Revealed to be Nuclear Fallout Bunker

By John Dumm
Satire Editor

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An oddly suspicious formation is painted on CCM’s lawn. Photo by: Nachi Allah

In celebration of this year being the 50th anniversary of County College of Morris, the groundskeeping staff have prepared for, and enacted the protocols for unsealing a time capsule embedded outside the Learning Resource Center during CCM’s 15th year of operation in 1983 as a testament to the college’s vibrant student culture and dogged dedication to the education of its base.

To the surprise of everyone, the capsule’s location secretly had all of the proper functions of a Cold War-era nuclear bunker; students, administrators, faculty, and the

According to the account of the groundskeepers on the scene:

“The time capsule was buried in probably the single most memorable locale on campus: that patch outside the LRC with that woodchuck, wossname, right next to his burrow, actually,” said groundskeeper Jay Jamie. “Let’s check for spring snowfall and unknowable horrors shunted by the trustees of old onto hapless future collegiates at the same time. So far, all we found was a bit of a radon leak. Woodchuck started going to classes three years ago, actually. Radioactive gas made his brain huge, now he studies philosophy.”

Asked about the exemplary-looking physique of the groundhog, another groundskeeper Mark Plyers clarified:

“Well, I mean, most of the real big brain mammals are taking Nonlinear Journalism and internships in SEGO, so he’s smarter than the geese, though.”

A nearby goose, asked for comment, proceeded to chase this aforequoted groundskeeper into the LRC, accompanied by several painful yelps.

As of 2:31 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, the operation to unearth the capsule hit a major snag- namely, the reveal that the capsule itself was merely a locking component for a door-mechanism 15 feet in diameter, connecting to a compound “about the same width and length as the LRC, twice as tall, but upside-down.” Cryptographers were able to decipher inscriptions on the main door as being written in plain American English, heavily obscured by mud, and translating roughly to:

“Seal-N-Safe Va(smudged)ec Vault 126- Open in case of Livable Radiation Conditions”

Given that the standard issue Geiger counters provided the groundskeeping staff only triggered in the direct vicinity of the vault, permissions were given to open it, beginning a short investigation into the depths of Vault 126. A sticky note was found on the inside of the initial bulkhead door, reading- ‘CCM Emergency Student Body Cryofreezer- 2,000 freshmen, 2,000 sophomore, 500 Associate’s Qualified, 250 Professor, 1 Insufferable Randy’.

As of 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, a critical mishap, described by groundskeepers as ‘leaning on a control panel’, led to the simultaneous unfreezing and release of all personnel within Vault 126, as well as the concurrent hijacking of the CCM intercom system to loop John Denver’s cult hit “Take Me Home Country Roads” for the entire duration of the incident, resolved by 8:30 that morning.

“Literally no one not at imminent risk of a cold war-related nuclear death has ever taken this much interest in a country song, it’s insane,” Jamie said. “In fact, we have reason to suspect that this song didn’t exist outside the vault until now- it was written in there, recorded in there, and piped out exclusively to celebrate the opening of the vault.”

As for the students, I managed to coerce a majority of them into helping drain the unfrozen cryo-racks- thawing everyone at once flooded the dang place. Furthermore, the Youngtown Satirical Research Team managed to set up a ramshackle apartment complex at the Agricultural building- we’re trying to convince the frozen teachers that they’re adjuncts who live there, now. Accepting the few that are coming uncomfortably close to cracking the Confidential Postgraduate Program Hallucinogen Nursery/Warehouse, we should have every student involved- save, unfortunately, the Insufferable Randy- safely cordoned functionally off-campus, at least until their integration to the school can be handled more safely. Was really tricky, getting those Qualifieds’ credits in n-spatial mechanics transferred to Rutgers in the wake of Emeriti Hall, but there should be no interruptions in the average student’s schedule.”

As of last report, a stray thawed freshman was seen breaking down in front of the Bursar’s office, holding up the line after failing to pay his 5-class tuition with his share of the vault-stashed scholarship trust: approximately $20 and a glass bottle of Coca-Cola.

The groundhog remains safe from the flooding/radon leak, although the country music seems to have scared him over to the Health and Physical Education building.

SATIRE: Christmas Declares War on Halloween

By John Dumm
Satire Editor

On the runup to the 19th Anniversary of the armistice that ended the War on Christmas, tragedy has struck with the recent leak that Christmas has been pursuing military actions against Halloween’s time-honored ally-Thanksgiving and in fact has the major November celebration surrounded, with forward bases extending as early into the year as late August.

“Nobody should be watching the Peanuts before the [redacted] leaves turn, for [redacted] sake!” says frankly obscene amateur on the subject Rill O’Briley, a malevolent phantom-newscaster conjured expressly for operating Youngtown newscasting services during their planned Halloween party later this month. “I barely got into my [redacted] summer body, now they want me to [redacted] …figgy pudding… [removed at interviewee’s  request]!”

Youngtown interns have been diligently drafting memos to inform Mr. O’Briley that The Peanuts is, in fact, a beloved American cultural symbol commonly associated with any and all holidays, as opposed to just Christmas- a task complicated by his insistence on rerouting all memos, regardless of urgency, directly into the trash.

Taking a more sober perspective on Christmas’ War on Thanksgiving (so as to help the reader determine for themselves whether or not to support retaliation in the upcoming Halloweentown Congressional Coven Covenantion)is renowned Nonlinear Temporal Engineer Juan Estupido, who not only regularly celebrates both holidays, but has also spent the last 7 months studying the mechanics of Holiday Displacement and it’s interactions with the Zeitgeist (both philosophical and, as of October this year, horrific meta-spiritual manifest egregore) in an inexplicable crazed research spree. We go to the mangy, bloodshot researcher now, for his take on this uncharacteristically jolliless scenario:

“I’m 90 percent sure Santa Claus killed Punxsutawney Phil.”

We now go to someone, anyone else.

Given the herein unreliable-at-best accounts provided by the Youngtown’s Halloween time sources, we’ve been approached by practicing psychologist and ride-or-die occultist Matthew Bristol about a unifying explanation for the Christological cultural turmoil and the uniquely poor quality of journalism on these holy nights.

“Frankly, there’s a growing cultural awareness of the similar pagan origins of Samhain and yuletide,” Bristol elaborated. “And their subsequent Christian patchings into All Hallow’s Eve and Christmas, respectively. Frankly, one could call this a novelly-distant acting syncretism, giving simultaneous rise to a new cultural schism dependant mainly on whether you’re a normal, tolerable human being or one of these weird, heathen gamers.”

Quizzed on the precise mechanics of the split, Bristol digressed, then proceeded: “So essentially, we’ve got Halloween/Yuletide, and All Saint’s Day/Christmas, slowly merging to become one holiday over extreme distances, crushing Thanksgiving in the process.”

CCM’s First Nations liaisons self-reported as ‘too busy to care about this weird Slavic nerd nonsense’ but seemed generally pleased with the prospect. Bristol continued:

“I’ll note here that this usually isn’t a stable way to deal with Balkans-esque constructs, as much as we wish it was as becomes apparent here: While the Christmas-faction seems content to annoy anyone listening to the radio and silently commiserate over unreasonable guilt, as is Catholic tradition; these new-age-retro-pagans pouring from CCM’s counter-and-subcultural movements are insisting on going bonkers-in haunted-Yonkers for the whole two-month gap. Trying to get forbidden lore published in the newspaper, squatting, chanting, bouncing around horrifying pools of trimethyl borate fire, piping noisomely, and generally participating in unholy rituals to try to resurrect dead fighting games.”

As a coping strategy for the bizarre confluence of holidays happening this year, Bristol recommends spending time with particularly dear members of family and your friend circle at large as well as promoting a few of your favorite carols, nestling headphones or earbuds under your earmuffs, reflecting on the spiritual benefits of communal celebrations like this, taking the sobering air as stimulus to redouble your studies and, of course, stocking up on hot cider and trimethyl borate to chant raucous, howling paeans to ancient horrorterrors over, so that you don’t fall too deep into irrational guilt and cooperative misery.

“Although, there might be some truth to that Punxsutawney Phil thing.”

Article over! Contact the Youngtown. Happy Halloween!

Volleyball team wins close game over Bucks County Community College

By: Anthony Ingham
Sports Editor

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The Titans dive for the ball in the 2nd game of the day. Photo by: Anthony Ingham

The County College of Morris volleyball team barely won out their game Thursday, Oct. 11 game over Bucks Community College, going winning three games and losing two to bolster the team’s record to three wins and eight losses. The scores for the games were 21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 20-25, and 15-13.

The roars of the crowd turned every point scored into an event as the team played out a close first but lost it after a late volley, losing 21-25 in the first game.

They went on to win the next two games, and even started the 3rd with a 7 point scoring streak. How the Titans won was more dominant as well, certainly being reflected in their game scores, being 25-22 and 25-20 respectively. This was not enough to stop the Bucks from coming back in the next round, also beating the home team 20-25.

Due to it being a fifth set in the match, this meant the game would be played till first to 15 with a two point lead, or until one was two points ahead of the other team afterwards (i.e 16-18). Both teams went back and forth, with neither one being able to stay more than one point ahead for too long.

When the game was 12-13, one of the Titans’ three liberos, Kyara Ramirez, made a miracle dive as the ball was inches away from the front left of their side of the court, saving the ball and allowing them to set up for a point. Along with the momentum of the crowd, the team scored after the next two rallies, putting them at 15-13 and winning the match.

Sophia Meola, team captain and outside hitter, commented on where the team stands as of right now.

“We’ve had a rough season, but we’re getting it together, albeit a little late,” she said.

Brittney Hanna, middle hitter, says that while the team is great, they can sometimes “lose communication,” leading to them playing worse than they normally would otherwise.

“This is the best time I’ve ever been on, and we practice really hard,” Hanna said. “But sometimes we don’t communicate as well as we should, and that tends to be our downfall.”

The team’s last regular season game will take place at the CCM health and physical education building at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

Student government hopefuls campaigning across campus

By Anthony Ingham
Sports Editor

The race for positions on the Student Government Association is on as prospective campus leaders are campaigning around campus for votes.

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SGA vice presidential candidate Emma Mendoza and Senator Natalie Otero. Photo by: Alexa Wyszowski

The positions currently vacant are the vice president, Inter Club Council president, treasurer, secretary, and 20 senators are also needed. The senators serve as representatives to committees within the campus, including the Academic Standards Committee, Accessibility Awareness Committee, Curriculum Committee, Diversity Committee, Safety Committee and Student Affairs.

Student Elections take place from Thursday, Oct. 11, to Friday, Oct. 12 via Blackboard. The current president is Emily Herrera.

CCM’s club listing says that the SGA is the governing body for all students enrolled. It’s mission is to further the well-being of the student body by representing students on various college committees.

“I hope that the SGA can have a stronger presence on campus this year,” said Natalie Lopez, SGA senator. “It’s never a bad thing to have more members informing more people about the well-being of our students.”

Individual positions have their own responsibilities, powers, and duties, such as the senators having the ability to enact any by-laws and rules that are deemed necessary for the proper functioning of the SGA, or even the president being the official representative of the student body to the college community and the public.

“It’s an extremely important process that the members have to take, something almost like a tradition,” said Don Phelps, director of campus life and faculty adviser to the SGA. “We’ve been doing things this way for the last 25 years, and so far it’s worked pretty well.”

In order for the students to be elected, they must complete a section of the SGA’s Election Brochure, part of which involves obtaining 25 signatures from the students to inform the students that the candidate is running, getting an interview with the Nomination Committee, and receiving at least two-thirds approval from them.

“Everyone should know that we are open to them, and we want to hear from the people so we can present these issues to the student body and make them more aware,” said SGA Senator and Black Student Union President Henry Agyei. “Student support is the lifeblood of the SGA, and without it, our club and CCM would definitely have more problems than they would have otherwise.”

CCM applies for increased state aid

Denied for this year, optimistic for fall 2019

By Brett Friedensohn
Editor-in-Chief

 

County College of Morris President Dr. Anthony Iacono, along with representatives from all 18 other community colleges in New Jersey, met Governor Phil Murphy at Union County Community College Thursday, Sept. 27 to vie for acceptance into Murphy’s new tax-funded scholarship program.

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Governor Phil Murphy celebrates Quest Diagnostics’ Seattle office headquarters opening. Photo Courtesy of Twitter

The effort, called “Community College Opportunity Grants,” is intended to cover costs for community college students who have exhausted  all other need-based federal and state grants. The pilot version of this program is set to begin for the spring 2019 semester in 13 community colleges whose counties’ residents, on average, make lower incomes. As Morris County is on average a more affluent area, CCM will not be one of the pilot colleges. However, Iacono said that he hopes that all 19 community colleges receive these benefits by the fall 2019 semester. Murphy will try to increase the amount of money allocated to community colleges for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

“Here’s the thing people misunderstand, that colleges are getting money; the colleges don’t see any money,” Iacono said. “So I think that’s a very positive thing  because the intent is to really help students, and I think there’s a couple of really positive things about this. Clearly, the Murphy administration really sees community colleges as a part of a solution to really strengthening New Jersey’s innovation economy. Two is he really believes in community colleges.”

Prior to his election in November 2017, Murphy made it one of his campaign promises to establish free community college in the state, and in July, Murphy’s budget allocated $25 million to community college. Each eligible college will receive $250,000 for their students, and qualify for this aid, a student must come from a household whose earnings are $45,000 or less per year.

“There’s a recognition that to have a great workforce, you need to have an  educated workforce,” Iacono said. “And we should not be losing people because they lack a little bit of money, and I always argue if you help them get their jobs, they’re going to pay that money back in taxes ten-fold over. So it’s a smart, smart economic investment, and that’s what he’s after. So we feel really excited about it. We really appreciate what the governor is doing.”

CCM Financial Aid Director Harvey Willis said that he is confident in fall 2019 as a goal for receiving this aid.

“It will benefit a lot of students because it will benefit primarily the needy students because their family income has to be at least $45,000 or less to qualify,” Willis said. “So again, we’re very hopeful that it will launch for the next school year, but I just want to make it clear that the prerequisite for qualification is that they complete the FAFSA which is the free application for federal student aid. That’s a requirement for pretty much a majority of the aid. Whether they qualify for the grant or not, it’s still beneficial to complete the FAFSA. And I also want to mention that eligibility is for tuition and fees after, and I stress, after all other federal and state moneys are factored in.”

Willis said that the covered fees are only college-prescribed fees such as the college fee and technology fee, not external fees such as a personal laptop. Also, he said that he thinks it will have an impact on enrollment.

“It’s a good thing; we’re very excited about the program, and as far as I’m concerned, as an aide administrator, it’s way overdue,” he said. “I think it will have an impact, and really addressing, primarily let’s say, the independent students that are really returning to college, you know, past CCM students that never completed, and they’re coming back. Because of financial reasons, that’ll definitely attract those students again. Most importantly, now that we can start awarding certificate students financial aid. Those students that are returning for, let’s say, jobs retraining, things like that, part of a career development program, et cetera.”

More than 46 percent of CCM students benefit from need-based financial aid, according to Iacono.

“There are plenty of  individuals who are smart, who are talented, but do need the financial support,” Iacono said. “You guys build our future, and any time we don’t help you as much as we can, it clips that future. So it hurts you, and ultimately, it hurts all of us.”

On the day of the meeting, Murphy said in a press release that tuition-free community college is crucial to the state’s economy.

“NJ’s community colleges play a critical role in preparing students for the workforce & meeting the demands of a growing economy,” Murphy wrote. “Over 13,000 students will benefit from our first-ever CC Opportunity Grants, as we seek to make community college tuition-free.

FAFSA applications opened Monday, Oct. 1; students can fill out the application at the CCM Financial Aid Office.

Students still undecided as midterms approach

By Adam Gentile
Contributor

As the midterm elections are approaching Tuesday, Nov. 6, some  County College of Morris students are vying for one specific party while others are unsure or not planning to vote at all.

New Jersey has one Senate seat up for election, with incumbent Democrat Bob Menendez defending his position against his Republican counterpart Bob Hugin, who is within  two percentage points of Menendez in a Stockton University poll released Monday, Oct. 1. Also in the race is Madelyn Hoffman of the Green Party and Murray Sabrin of the Libertarian Party.

In the House of Representatives, voters in all of New Jersey’s 12 Congressional districts will elect a representative.

The 11th District encompasses CCM’s campus and takes up most of Morris County as well as some municipalities in Essex, Bergen, Union, Sussex, and Passaic counties. In its race, the incumbent Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen has decided to not seek reelection, thus guaranteeing a new representative for the first time since he took office in 1994. Mikie Sherrill, a former navy pilot and federal prosecutor,  who won the Democratic primary will challenge Republican Jay Webber, who is currently serving as  an assemblyman for New Jersey’s 26th district.

The other district in Morris County is the seventh district which includes western Morris municipalities such as Roxbury, Wharton, Chester, and Mount Olive; while  also encompassing parts of Warren, Somerset, and Union counties and all of Hunterdon County.

That seat has been held since 2009 by Leonard Lance, another Republican, who is challenged by Democrat Tom Malinowski, who served as assistant secretary of state for human rights under President Barack Obama, and worked on the Human Rights Council under President Bill Clinton.

Muhammad Akhter, an engineering science major, said that he has not followed the election as much as he has wanted.

“I’ve been using up whatever free time I have to look into whose running and what their issues are,” Akhter  said.

Akhter  said that he will be voting for Democrats “mainly because of the issues, not really the people.”

Lisa Foran, a graphic design student, said she is a registered voter and  is planning on casting a ballot in the upcoming election. She said that she hasn’t been keeping up to date with the election, but  would prefer that the Republicans maintain control of the house and senate and gain more local seats.

Jessica Johnson, a fine arts major, said  she is not planning on voting this year because she has not been following any of the elections and does not want to make an uninformed decision.

“It’s kind of messed that its a vote for one party or the other,” she said. “It’s either black or white for voting.”

Johnson said that there should be less tribalism in political discourse.

“Everyone is really angry right now, and nobody knows what to put their anger towards,” Johnson said. “People are just lashing out at each other, and it’s kind of scary… I feel that people really need to come together cause then people are just fighting each other.”

Kymber Hinkling, an engineering science major, said she is still undecided as to whether or not she wants to vote this year.

“I don’t agree with either party or the party system and think that it’s fundamentally limiting to our democratic freedoms,” she said. “If we don’t abandon the red vs. blue politics we are going to see a lot more tribalism .”

However, she said that she is aware of her local candidates.

“An official came to my house and gave me an overview of the candidates who were running,” she said.

Caleb Doherty,  a mathematics education specialization major, also said that two-sided politics obstructs civilized dialogue.

“Nationally we have a lot of problems in our system. I feel that polarization where if people are on different sides where we can’t have civil discussion is a big problem”

If you haven’t registered to vote yet and want to participate in the midterm elections, you can register at https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voting-information.html. The mail-in voter registration deadline for New Jersey is Tuesday, Oct. 16.

The Youngtown Way Back When

By Dr. Noel Robinson
Professor Emerita, 1970-2011

I was a member of the English department from 1970, the third year the school opened, until 2011 when I retired. My very earliest memories of the Youngtown center on Professor Mary Hires, the first adviser. Mary was a diminutive blond, always smiling and a firehouse of energy. She had come to the English department from California where she had taught for a number of years and had far more experience than many of us. She was completely devoted to the Youngtown. No matter what time I left campus, she was always in her office, chain-smoking, surrounded by the Youngtown students, plugging away to put out the best Youngtown possible.

Honestly, I don’t recall much about the intervening years until I took over as adviser in 1997 and began teaching journalism as coordinator of the program. I continued to advise the Youngtown for 10 years and greatly enjoyed it although it was hard work. The most difficult task for me was learning to use the publication software to get the paper into print. Not only did I have to learn QuarkXPress, but I had to be able to teach it in my editing and publication design class.

Student Augustine Adda, editor of the paper, was an incredible help to me. Augustine was an amazing young man, incredibly intelligent, a voracious reader and thrilled to be enrolled at CCM. He arrived from Ghana, where he was actually a prince of his tribe, and adapted very well to life as a college student here. He very patiently taught me the software, and, believe me, it was no easy job. After a semester or so, I was finally comfortable with Quark. In later years, we switched to Adobe InDesign, so there was another learning curve for that.

For many years, Campus Life hired Wilma Martin, a professional technical editor, to help teach the publication software and to help with the layout of the Youngtown. While I was adviser, every other Friday beginning about 2 p.m. the Youngtown staff, Wilma, and I would gather in the journalism classroom and computer lab to lay out the paper.  Many Friday evenings, it was as late as 7 or 8 p.m. when the hard-working young editors and writers would finally put the paper to bed.

The quality of the articles and the overall Youngtown itself had been good for years, but it got even better when I received permission from the vice president to require all students in the journalism classes to work a few hours during the semester on the paper and to submit articles. The requirement was included in the course descriptions for the classes. Beginning then, for each edition of the paper, there were quality articles and usually enough students showing up to help the editors with the layout and design.

In the late 1990’s I also began encouraging my students to submit the Youngtown for the Columbia Scholastic Press Awards and for the New Jersey Press Association awards. Over the years, I am proud to say, we did very well. The paper itself was recognized by both groups with highest honors a number of times. I was even happier when individual students received awards, and there were many. How terrific that the Youngtown has continued to be an award-winning student newspaper in recent years, too.

Of course, my fondest memories of the Youngtown center on the outstanding students who wrote for it and/or worked on publication. Chief among those are the super-dedicated editors. Here are just a handful, and I know for sure I’m leaving others out.

When the tragedy of 9 /11 struck, our Youngtown staff hit the ground running under editor Will Hagerty.  They sought out local angles, including the story of a daughter of an employee who barely escaped with her life. It’s not easy to churn out a good quality edition under pressure of a deadline. Will had the additional obligation of being asked to address remarks at a college-wide observance of the tragedy.

Mindy Drexel, who is still a friend, was editor or managing editor for five semesters and did an outstanding job both as a writer and in layout and design, which she loved. Under her leadership, the paper achieved Gold Medal status from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Mindy herself received four first-place awards from the NJ Press Association and a number of other students were recognized also.

Like a number of other students who were serious about journalism, Mindy is now pursuing a career in journalism or communications.  She served as a copy production editor at the Record and Herald News and is now returning to graduate school.

Students Diego Ortiz and Shawn Aiken, also very memorable editors, both always loved writing and in recent years have been pursuing writing other than journalism. Brendan Kuty, who always could make everyone laugh or smile, now has his dream job covering the Yankees for NJ.com. Dave Danzis is also a mighty happy camper. He was a reporter at the New Jersey Herald for a number of years where he was recognized with a number of prestigious awards and is now a reporter for the Press of Atlantic City.

Although the Youngtown always involved very hard work for both me and the editors in the 10 years I served as adviser, it was an incredibly rewarding experience, and I believe for the students. At a community college where students are only with us for two years, it’s not usually possible for professors to get to know students as well as I did my Youngtown editors. That was one of the best parts of the work.

Also, I know that the Youngtown students firmly believed in the importance of what they were doing, reporting on events in and outside the college, covering sports, writing opinion pieces and editorials, all to keep their fellow students informed and to foster a sense of community.  In our current environment, good journalism is more important than it’s ever been.

Congratulations on the 50th anniversary of the Youngtown, and keep up the good work!

Pumpkin spice and everything nice about fall come to CCM

By Gianna Pereira
Contributor

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Students gather in the Learning Resource Center cafeteria which sells Starbucks products. Photo By: Nachi Allah

As fall ramps up, many County College of Morris students have expressed appreciation for the season with cold weather and

“I’m excited that I don’t have to deal with bugs anymore,” said Jessica Haines, a liberal arts major at CCM. “I like the season because of my birthday.”

During the fall season, fashion trends change like the weather does, and Haines said that fall fashion has always been considered comfortable clothing. Sweatshirts, jeans, and sneakers are the articles of clothing Haines said that she wears during the fall season.

“I like wearing it,” Haines said. “This is my normal style, so I like it a lot.”

A common trend during the fall season is the liking of pumpkin spice or anything pumpkin related. As several people during this time of year follow up the trend with all of the pumpkin, Haines completely disagrees and disregards pumpkin spice.

“I hate anything to do with pumpkin spice,” Haines said. “It is disgusting and it needs to stop.”

According to the National Retail Federation, this year more than 175 million Americans are planning on participating in the Halloween celebration.

“I love Halloween and am so excited for it to come,” Haines said. “My Halloween plans are to dress up and go to school, where I have three classes this semester.”

Haines said that there are a few characters she will need to decide from regarding how she will dress.

“I haven’t fully decided yet on what I am going to be,” she said. “90 percent sure a redhead, so I’m stuck between Kim Possible, Black Widow, and Jessica Rabbit.”

As several people love the season because of pumpkin spice and Halloween, many enjoy the start of the football season, but Haines said that she is not a dedicated fan to any team.

“Football is ok, the fights my family has over it is hilarious though,” Haines said. “But if I were to root for someone, it would be for the Cowboys, so go Cowboys.”

Similar to Haines, other students are not as fond of football like others during this time of year.

“I am all right with football, don’t really watch it that much,” said Gibbons, a game design major. “I guess I will say the Eagles are my favorite team.”

Gibbons said that he is excited for fall weather and enjoys wearing jackets, sweatpants,

and sneakers.

“I like dressing this way,” Gibbons said. “It is a casual outfit for fall weather.”

Knowing how popular pumpkin spice is during this season, Gibbons expressed his thoughts on it.

“I enjoy having pumpkin spice,” Gibbons said. “I will have it when it’s around.”

This year, Starbucks launched their seasonal pumpkin spice latte Aug. 28 instead, according to Forbes, instead of Sept. 1, its usual launch date.

“Not a big Halloween person, I mean I enjoy it but not as much like I don’t go out trick or

treating or anything,” Gibbons said. “I don’t have anything planned on the day, just probably going to stay home and watch movies.”

Joe Radwan, an information technology major, said that fall weather helps him dress

more comfortably for work.

“I am mainly looking to get passed fall, I play a lot of winter sports like ski and

snowboard,” he said. “I do a lot of manual labor at my job, so I usually wear jeans or maybe even a long sleeve flannel with the sleeves rolled … I like dressing like that.”

Unlike Haines, Radwan said that he loves the trend of pumpkin spice, not caring who else likes or dislikes it.

“I love pumpkin spice,” Radwan said. “You can call me white all you want, but I love

pumpkin, like pumpkin in hot chocolate.”

Halloween is a popular holiday that is loved by many, especially by Radwan, as he

expressed how much he loves the day and why.

Radwan said that during Halloween, he gets to spend time with long-time friends.

“Halloween is one of my all time favorite holidays,” he said. “My friend and I have

been growing up together for the longest time now and we put together props and see if we can display them in places.”

Men’s soccer drops to 1-4 with loss to Brookdale

By Anthony Ingham

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Titans fight for control of the ball after going down 0-2 in the first half. Photo by: Brett Friedensohn

Sports Editor

The men’s soccer team at County College of Morris suffered a 2-0 loss at the hands of Brookdale Community College on Thursday, Sept. 27 regional home game.

This put the Titans, at 3-6 wins in their current season, with a record of 1-4 in region play.

Since that game, they have registered a region win and a loss which have put their record, at presstime, of 2-4 in the region and 4-7 overall. This places the Titans in 13th out of 17 total National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIX Division III teams. Ending the regular season with a .500 record will automatically earn them a seed in the Region XIX championship tournament.

Against Brookdale, they were coming off a three-game losing streak, with two of the games being in Region XIX competition, by beating Ocean Community College Saturday, Sept. 22.

“We were coming into this game pretty hyped, especially cause we felt like we won our last game against Ocean pretty convincingly,” said captain Kevin Pratt. “Especially since it was a home game, so we wanted to show how good we can be.”

At presstime, Pratt has registered three goals and one assist, placing him in second place in goals among Titans players as Forward Mike Lauria has earned 5. With seven in the points column, he is tied with center Chris Rubio and trails only forward Mike Lauria who has recorded 10.

“We’re not done yet,” said Pratt. “We’ve had a rough start, and our current record might not show our success, but it’s coming. And we’re only halfway through the season, so there’s a lot to come.”

Brookdale broke through the Titans solid defense and scored two crucial goals within the first 15 minutes of the game. They held this lead until the end of the game with some impressive passes and great communication between both teams and some excellent saves by both goalies.

“It’s pretty calm after games like this,” said Mario Vieira, captain and center back.  “We just talk about our mistakes and try to make them better before the next game.”

Vierra said that the team’s current record didn’t demonstrate how good the team actually was.

“We made a lot of mistakes today, so no one is too happy with our performance as a whole,” said Vieira. “But we know what we did wrong, and we’ll play better next game.”

Gabe Lazarre, forward and captain, said that the season has been incredibly hectic and filled with unexpected detours.

“We’ve had our ups and downs; it’s been a rollercoaster,” he said. “We’ve had some tough games, we’ve had some crazy games, and I would definitely call this one of the tough ones … We have talent, we just gotta go get it.”

The men’s next home game will be a regional contest against Union County College at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15.