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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 or look around campus for flyers with descriptions of the weekly activities being offered.

Volleyball team wins close game over Bucks County Community College

By: Anthony Ingham
Sports Editor


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.


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.”

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

By Anthony Ingham


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.

CCM women’s soccer picks up 19-0 blowout win

Titans open season 1-2 after defeating Manor College

By Anthony Ingham

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CCM women’s soccer mid elder Samantha Corrales takes part in passing practice Wednesday, Sept. 19. Photo by Brett Friedensohn.

    The women’s soccer team at County College of Morris bounced back from losing its first two matches with a 19-0 blowout against Manor College Saturday, Sept. 15, setting their record to 0-1 in the region and 1-2 overall at presstime.

The Titans lost their season opener Saturday, Sept. 1 to Harcum College 1-0 before dropping their next match to Bucks County Community College 7-3 Thursday, Sept. 13.

Midfielder Samantha Corrales, who led the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIX Division I in goals with 17, returned this year as a captain.

“So we ended up at halftime being up 8-0, but the game was still not being played very well by us.”

Vincent Catizone Women’s soccer head coach

“It’s been a little tough, cause we started off this semester with nine players, but we’ve slowly been able to accrue more and more teammates over these last few weeks,” Corrales said. “With nine players, the team couldn’t even scrimmage between themselves, as a 5-v-5 is the smallest the team could do so and be competitive. On the field, at least 11 players are required to have a full team, so they couldn’t even play against other teams.”

At press time, Corrales led her team in the goals and points columns with eight and 20 respectively.

“Having nine players definitely made us very negative, cause we didn’t think we were going to have a season, so we had our heads down,” she said. “After getting a few more players, we just brought our heads back up.”

All this changed on Sept. 15 at home against Manor College. After the team’s earlier struggles with mentality and how many were on the roster, the group came into this game and dominated Manor in a 19-0 stomp, setting their season’s goal differential to 14 as goalkeeper Kelisha Chambers has been scored on eight times. The team has since recruited four players.

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CCM women’s soccer goalkeeper Kelisha Chambers makes a save during practice Wednesday, Sept. 19. Photo by: Brett Friedensohn

“We actually started off really slow,” said head coach Vincent Catizone. “So we ended up at halftime being up 8-0, but the game still was not being played very well by us, so we had 20 minutes of good soccer to turn that around, and our girls definitely woke up and went on a scoring fury and scored 11 goals.”

Every player scored at least one goal, according to Catizone.

“Our confidence has really changed since the beginning of the season,” Corrales said. “In ourselves, in our players, everything’s changed since now we actually believe that we’re going to have a season.”

Midfielder Caitlyn Komatsu, another second-year captain, has scored two goals and earned one assist.

“Everyone who is here wants to be here, and we all get along,” she said. “There’s no cliques, and we’re always together, and we all get along, on and off the field.”

Komatsu also said that her coaches have pushed the players to achieve at their highest potential.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “I love the coaches, they drive us to do our best every game, and I love my teammates as they put everything they have out on the field. Just being with everyone playing the sport I love is honestly the best feeling in the entire world.”

Students can see CCM women’s soccer’s next home game at 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.