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White supremacist group’s propaganda found on campus, removed

Providence of posters, stickers, business cards under investigation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Brett Friedensohn
Editor-in-Chief

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men’s basketball ends playoff run with division title loss

By Connor Iapoce & Brett Friedensohn
Sports Editor, Editor-in-Chief

The men’s basketball Titans at County College of Morris fell short of glory after winning the Garden State Athletic Conference championship and reaching the championship game of the Region XIX DII tournament, where their season ended in a heartbreaking 74-76 loss against Ulster County Community College.

The Titans concluded the 2017-2018 season with an overall record of 21-9 and a conference championship under their belt.

CCM athletic director Jack Sullivan disagreed with labeling the game as a Region XIX championship loss due to technicalities about the designation of the game.

“Technically, it was a district championship, not the region title,” Sullivan said. “Ulster is from outside the region. It was a district game to see who goes to the national tournament. Technically, we were on top of the Region XIX, so we won the Region XIX, but it didn’t give us an automatic bid. I guess we’re the regular season Region XIX champions and Garden State Athletic Conference Champions, 21-9.”

Meanwhile, the Titans are still dealing with the shortened end of a successful season, with the second half of the season consisting of 13 wins and three losses. The Titans entered the Region XIX championship on a five-game win streak.

“I think that we all bought in,” said D’Ondre Dent, a freshman guard. “We came together, there was a lot of leadership skills by [sophomores] Ishmil Raymond and Ranell Bell. We bought into what the coach has been teaching us, and I know we came together, and everything became easy. Once you do everything you’re supposed to do, it became easy. That’s why you saw that win streak.”

The loss from an out of region team was especially disappointing for Dent, who said he saw it as a stolen win in a game that should been theirs to win.

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Titans forward Ish Raymond puts up a layup in a 99-55 win against Prestige Prep.

“The team we lost to, they weren’t in our region,” Dent said. “They came in and took our trophy. Now, they’re probably dancing in Danville right now. I’ll never forget that feeling. I didn’t play the game, I got hurt the game before so watching them, that was my first time. Watching them and to lose by two, that hurt so I’m definitely using that as motivation for next year.”

The championship game against Ulster came down to the wire for the Titans, with a two-point difference deciding the winner. The Titans were leading Ulster 35-31 entering halftime, but the team was ultimately outscored 45 to 39 in the second half, with the final score of 74-76.

“It hurt,” Dent said. “The team was good, but we definitely shot ourselves in the foot. Hopefully, we’ll work hard. We’re in the gym, and we’ll work hard. We are already in the gym and took a week off for spring break, so we’re focused on next year. Get to that same position, but have a different outcome.”

Before this playoff run, the Titans had not reached the Region XIX playoffs since the 2012-2013 season.

“We were the second seed going into it which is huge because it hasn’t happened in years, forget about us even going in,” said freshman red shirt Andrew Sosna. “So, we made it very far in that regard. We played our hearts out; I know the guys were frustrated with the loss. I think that we got in our own heads, and I think that’s why we couldn’t deliver. When this team plays at optimum capacity, we are unstoppable.”

The two championships were the first at CCM for head coach Anthony Obery, who is in his fourth season as a CCM coach and third season as the head coach.


“They came in and took our trophy. Now, they’re probably dancing in Danville right now. I’ll never forget that feeling.”

D’Ondre Dent
Titans guard


Sosna said he has been waiting all season for a chance to join the team and is hoping next season can capitalize on this year’s success.

    “I think a lot of our sophomores are leaving this year, which is upsetting, but good for them,” said Sosna. “I know they’re going on to bigger, better things. I think we have a team that’s ready to work, we have a good program, and we have coaches that are ready to kick us into high gear. I’m excited. I’m super excited. I’ve been waiting all year for this, honestly. I think we can deliver again.”

Sullivan is also confident the team will be able to find success again next season.

“I like the freshman we have coming back,” Sullivan said. “I thought they were outstanding. I think that they can go from there. I think there’s a lot to be excited about.”

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

 

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

By Brett Friedensohn
Editor-in-Chief

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Iacono said he was impressed by the setup.

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

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

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

SATIRE: Student who already wears tee shirts, shorts awarded administrative medal of toughness

By Brett Friedensohn
Editor-in-Chief

The County College of Morris president presented his distinguished medal of toughness Tuesday, March 27 to Jake Folio, this one guy who already walks around in a tee shirt and shorts, allowing just his pulsating muscles to protect him from the cold as the Foo Fighters’ song “My Hero” plays over the emergency speakers whenever he steps foot outside a building on CCM property.

“It became clear to me when I saw this courageous student strolling to class today, I had to award his testosterone by giving out this medal for the second time in the college’s history,” said CCM administrator Dr. Jeff Cuck, who noted that the only other time since the college opened that this medal was given out was in 1971 when this really chill professor shared LSD with his entire class. “Standing out here in a fluffy coat and ski gloves, I can only wish that someday, I will possess this student’s courage.”

When presented the opportunity to give an acceptance speech, Folio said, “Yeah, I guess it’s not really that cold out. It’s like 40 degrees. It’s not that bad.”

Human anatomy professor Stephanie Austin said that in some but few men exists a gene which allows them to withstand the cold temperatures of late winter without any mild discomfort.

The Youngtown Satirical Research Team has found research to suggest that no one at County College of Morris stands a chance at getting any compared to this guy because 69 percent of CCM students would leave a partner if awarded the opportunity to brush up against the triceps this resilient man.

“Sure, it’s hot when guys are inefficient enough with their energy to wear beanies in summer, but manliness radiates out of a guy who takes on exposure to the natural elements when it is unseasonable to do so,” said sociology major Susan Longo.

Business administration major Seth Anderson said that he had touched this man. The Youngtown Satirical Research team was unable to confirm these claims.

“I only grazed his abs across the rip of his tee shirt, but seconds turned to hours,” Anderson said. “I saw the face of God, and he said to me, ‘Yup, this is it. This is the greatest moment of your life.’ And how could I argue with him? His six pack game was too on fleek for any mortal to handle.”

Youngtown satirical staff reached out to God multiple times with requests for comment but received no reply at press time.

Editor’s Note: Satire editor John Dumm did not contribute to the editorial process of this article as he died when seeing Folio’s picture. For the safety of its readers, Youngtown decided to not release the photo.

Tuition up $3 starting with summer session

Third increase in as many years

 

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Students will pay $3 more per credit for the 2018-19 school year. Photo by: Arianna Parks

By: Brett Friedensohn
Editor-in-Chief

Students at County College of Morris will pay three more dollars per credit starting with the summer semester thanks to a hike approved by the Board of Trustees at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Starting in summer, tuition for Morris County residents will rise from $125 to $128 per credit, but the college fee will stay at $29, making the total cost per credit $157.

Students who live outside the county pay a differential fee of 100 percent of the in-county tuition; therefore, they will pay $285 per credit. Out-of-state students’ differential fee will be $238, making their total cost per credit $395.

Tuition hikes have been recently common at CCM because of flat funding from Morris County and the state of New Jersey, according to Vice President of Business and Finance Karen VanDerhoof, who said that the approximate $7 million granted by the state and $11 million granted by the county for the 2017-18 school year has covered around one third of the college’s costs, leaving the other two thirds to be paid by the students. For comparison, CCM received $13 million from the county and $9 million from the state for the 2007-08 school year.

In Jan. 2017, the board approved a total tuition hike of $4 per credit for in-state students and $6 for out-of-county students. In Jan. 2016, the board approved a $2 per credit tuition hike.

Budget and Compliance Director John Young recommended the price hike to the Board of Trustees who voted unanimously in favor of his proposal.

Young said during the meeting that most of the college’s costs are used for salary and benefits of personnel.

“The increase will allow the college to maintain and enhance the quality of education and breadth of programs currently offered to students,” Vanderhoof said over email. “The administration recommends the budget parameters to the Finance and Budget Committee of the Board of Trustees.  The committee can request revisions be made to the parameters and then gives the administration authorization to develop the budget. Each division receives an allocation and determines how to distribute the funds to their departments. Each department builds their budget based on their needs and priorities.  They must also indicate how they are supporting the college’s strategic plan. Completed budgets are returned to the director of budget and compliance for review and compilation. The budget is the submitted to the finance and budget committee. Once approved by the committee it is then presented to the full board for approval.”

When New Jersey began opening community colleges around the 1960s, the state intended for each college to be paid for in even thirds by its county, the state, and the students, according to the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges.

Young said after last year’s hike that the idea “never came to fruition” because of the flat funding.

After last year’s hike, President Dr. Anthony Iacono and Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Management Dr. Bette Simmons said that gradual increases over time rather than drastic, sudden increases are preferable for the students’ sake. Iacono said that in the event of a drastic increase of funding at the state and county levels, the college will probably decrease tuition.

During his gubernatorial campaign, current New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy  promised in September that if elected, he will ensure that all state community colleges are free of tuition, according to New Jersey Advance Media. A Murphy spokesman said that this would cost $200 million at the most. VanDerhoof said that she does not know if such an idea is feasible.

“I know he’s very serious about it,” VanDerhoof said. “How he’s going to do it we haven’t seen, and whether or not it’s doable from the state budget side of the house is yet to be seen, so we’ll keep our eyes open on it and see how it would impact us and the students.”

VanDerhoof said that she does not know what impact such a move would make on enrollment.

“It depends on how it’s done,” VanDerhoof said. “A lot of states have what they call free tuition, but the free tuition is as a last resort, like New York, there’s income criteria. Students still have to file for financial aid, and then, if there’s an on-net gap, that becomes the free piece, so it all depends on how it’s regulated or legislated, and then, we can assess it.”

Last fall semester, New York community colleges began granting financial aid to students whose households earned less than $100 thousand, according to NJ Advance Media. However, Tennessee covers free community college for all adult residents.

Liberal arts major Austin Smith said that she did not know about the tuition hike and that CCM should have made the move more transparent and that a mass email would have helped.

“I think the whole point of coming to school here is to be saving money in order to fund later institutional things, so that’s why I come here, to save money,” Smith said. “And I pay my own tuition, so not knowing that that was even happening this summer, it’s kind of a little absurd because they should be as transparent as possible with money and with our futures because that can make or break someone who is going to go to college or if they want to stay in college, too.”

However, mechanical engineering technology major Joshua Heinerch said that the burden of paying for colleges should not fall on taxpayers who do not use the college directly.

“I think it’s better because now, the people who are actually going to be paying more of it instead of people who aren’t, like the state or the government, paying for it,” Heinerch said.

After last year’s hike, Iacono said that while he respects the county freeholders’ priorities, he believes that government-funded tuition results in a more educated workforce, which in turn, benefits the community in general.

“It’s a difference in philosophy: Do you see education as an expense, or do you see it as an investment?” Iacono said. “I see it as the best investment you could possibly make.”

Men’s basketball clinches playoff berth

Titans end five season postseason drought with 76-71 win

By Brett Friedensohn
Editor-in-Chief

The men’s basketball team at County College of Morris advanced to the regional championship tournament for the first time since 2013 with a 76-71 win against Raritan Valley Community College Tuesday, Jan. 30.

After the regular season ends Thursday, March 1, the Titans will compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIX Division II championship tournament consisting of local community college teams; all eligible colleges are in New Jersey, Delaware, and eastern Pennsylvania.

A 75-73 loss to Lackawanna College Saturday, Feb. 10 gave CCM a record of 9-4 in region play and 16-8 overall where it remained at presstime when it was third in the division. The Titans closed last season with a record of 1-13 in the region and 5-20 overall.

Head coach Anthony Obery, in his fourth season, is set to lead a team into the playoffs for the first time in his CCM tenure.

“It feels good,” Obery said. “Our biggest strength right now is our mental toughness. I would say that my guys, no matter what situation that we’re in, our guys stay mentally tough throughout the game. That’s one of our biggest strengths, so if you’re down by a couple of points, you still bounce back, and you still come back and win the game.”

Sophomore center Ish Raymond poses his team’s highest three-point shooting percentage at 52.9 and its second highest points per game at 12.9, behind sophomore guard Lamont Williams at 14.5.

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Titans center Ish Raymond jumps over an opposing player for a layup against Cumberland County College. Photos By: Brett Friedensohn

“I’ve experienced it on both sides of the spectrum coming from where the team was last year,” said Raymond, a liberal arts major. “It’s amazing to be a part of this journey. I really appreciate the opportunity.”

Raymond said that he and his teammates are confident in their ability to win the region title.

“We’re just getting better with ourselves as a unit,” Raymond said. “That’s really a big focus amongst the team. That helps the mentality going against other teams. We know how to approach games. Yeah, there’s slip ups here and there; we do have flaws plenty, but for the most part, like I said, we really have a good intention to work on ourselves.”

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Freshman guard Abraham Kromah flies through the air in a 86- 78 home win against Cumberland County College

Obery said that to find success in the postseason, his team needs to stay consistent, especially on defense.

“We’ve got to stay hungry,” Obery said. “I tell these guys, ‘I know you can score the basketball. I’m not concerned about you scoring the basketball.’ We have to stay disciplined on defense. If we play defense, I don’t think nobody can hang with us.”

Students can see the Titans’ next home game against Raritan Valley at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the Health and Physical Education building gymnasium.

WebAdvisor phasing out, Titan Direct phasing in

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A partial screenshot from Titans Direct.

CCM to change online registration, academic planning system

By Brett Friedensohn

Editor-in-Chief

A pilot network initially only opened to returning County College of Morris students from four majors has gone live to the public and will allow all of the college’s student body to enroll with it when class sign-ups for fall 2018 open Monday, April 2, according to Dean of Students Jan Caffie.

The college aims to phase out its current WebAdvisor system to shut it down by spring 2019 registration in exchange for Titans Direct, the new system whose purpose is to centralize academic planning and online enrollment. With it, students can view a list of all classes they need to take for their decided major, map out which classes they will take in which semesters and register directly with it. Also, college administrators will be able to use the academic planning feature to help determine which classes have more of a need based on how many students plan to take them.

Titans Direct was first introduced to criminal justice, public health, respiratory therapy, and dance majors for fall 2017 enrollment because of the small size of those programs.

WebAdvisor introduced for spring 2018 registration a waitlist policy, a Titans Direct feature released early to the old system. If a spot opens for a full class, the student first on the list receives an email notification and holds the right to register for that class for about 24 hours, according to Caffie. After that time, the reservation is given to the second name on the list and continues to go down the list until the spot is filled.

Caffie said that the waitlist policy has worked better than expected.

“It happens seamlessly without us having to intervene, us being the registrar’s office, to intervene at all, and so it worked great,” Caffie said. “We had very few students going to the academic departments requesting overrides for classes, things that were closed.”

The waitlist feature has also been used to refill seats of students who did not pay their tuition and fees on time.

“Students who did not pay their bills, they were notified in time so that they could fix it,” Caffie said. “Students who still failed to pay got taken out of their classes, and the waitlist worked beautifully.”

She also said that this feature makes easier the jobs of academic deans.

“It definitely cut down on the academic deans having to make decisions as to who should get an override to get into classes and who shouldn’t,” Caffie said. “We didn’t have any of that at all, and from a management perspective, it is very easy to manage. It manages itself, so the college is very happy.”

She said that one bug that the college will need to address is in the way challenger students, those taking CCM classes while still in high school, enroll. As they do not have full access to WebAdvisor, they can only register on campus at the office of Records and Registration.

“That was the little hiccup we didn’t account for,” Caffie said. “We weren’t aware that there would be that limitation and that even when they got the message, that they wouldn’t be able to go in and access it.”

Christian Gonzales, an exercise science major, said that he used the waitlist policy to register for a class.

“It said I got in, but I guess it didn’t register or something,” Gonzales said. “And then, a couple days later, I received the email that I had been waitlisted, and then, I was in, and then, out of like 25 people, I was in at No. 19.”

Gonzales said that in general, he prefers online registration because of long lines at the Records and Registration office.

“I’d rather be at home chilling registering for classes,” Gonzales said.

Liberal arts major Griffin Burbridge said that he did not know about the waitlist feature but will try Titans Direct out. Overall, he said he has not had issues with WebAdvisor.

“I haven’t had any difficulties,” Burbridge said. “It’s okay.”

Women’s soccer season cut short at region semifinals against Essex

By Brett Friedensohn
Editor-in-Chief

A region title push by the women’s soccer team at County College of Morris ended when the Titans lost 3-1 to Essex County College in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIX Division I semifinals Saturday, Oct. 21.

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Midfielder and defender Amanda Lawrence. Photos Courtesy of CCM Athletics

CCM finished its season 1-4-1 in region play and 6-5-1 overall.

The bottom seed in the four-team Division I tournament, the Titans met the top seeded ECC who later won the region title 1-0 against Sussex County Community College Saturday, Oct. 28, advancing to the district tournament with a record of 6-0-1 in the region and 10-2-1 overall.

CCM met ECC one other time in the fall 2017 season, a 7-1 defeat Thursday, Sept. 21. Before the region semifinal, Athletic Director Jack Sullivan guaranteed that the result of the rematch would not be a similar blowout.

“I think that our team was not really as cohesive as they are now,” Sullivan said. “It was the toward the beginning of the year, and you’re facing an athletic team that may have a bit more speed. And you’re not prepared, and you’re not on you’re not on your A-game, I think that you’ll get a score like that. I guarantee that it won’t be 7-1 this time.”

Forward Samantha Corrales and midfielder Stephanie Williams earned a spot on the Division I first all-region team, and defender Reanna Cope made second team all-region

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Defensive back Raenna Cope.

Corrales lead the division in goals with 17, eight more than the division’s second-leading goal scorer Gabby Sarni of Sussex County Community College. Corrales also ranked 38th nationally in goals scored for NJCAA Division I teams. Williams, the Titans’ second-leading goal scorer, recorded four goals and led her team in assists with 10.

Goalkeeper Kayla Beal, who made an starting appearance in the net in 12 of her team’s 13 total games, finished the season with 1.47 goals against average.

“To be honest, I wasn’t expecting any of this at all,” said Corrales, a criminal justice major at CCM. “I wasn’t expecting to have these awards. I wasn’t expecting any of this. I’m very proud of myself because I was out for one year for ACL surgery, so when I came back, it was more of me, myself, I did this, and I’m happy. But I couldn’t have done this without my team, and I can’t take all the credit for it. My team supports me. So I’m very proud of myself, and I’m also very proud of my team for helping me get to where I was.”

Corrales said unlike the region semifinal, her team was not prepared for ECC in the Sept. 21 match.

“It was 80 degrees outside, so it was really hard to keep up with them,” Corrales said. “We weren’t prepared for their skills. And then, the second time we played them, the week before, we had a really good week of practices. We ran; we did sprints; we did agility work, skill work, and then, when we came to the field, we knew that they weren’t ready for us as we weren’t ready for them last time. When we were playing, we moved the ball very well. We played as a team.”

Head Coach Roger Stephens said that he thinks the Titans would have advanced past the region semifinal had they not faced ECC in the first round.

“If we had any other round in that tournament, we probably would have gone to finals,” Stephens said. “They played great against Essex. The only thing is when you play a team that’s that good, you not only need to be playing their best, which they did. You need to have a little luck, too.”

Stephens said that Williams, a two-time all-region player, was probably his team’s best all-around player this season.

“The great thing about this team was they got better game in and game out,” Stephens said. “They were a far better team at the end of the season than they were at the beginning of the season, naturally, a compliment to them as players, and they bought into everything we did. And they had a great focus and enthusiasm. They took care of business. It was a nice team to coach this year. It really was.”

Seven players on the Titans’ roster played their second season this year and will therefore be ineligible to play next season. Corrales, a freshman who plans on returning in 2018, said that her team will need to replace the sophomore players to move past the region semis next year.

“I think we’re going to have to find players of the same skill work that we had this year because we lost very good players this year, players will skill work, ball movement, speed,” Corrales said. “And we just have to start from the beginning. We can do this. We want to get to districts. We want to go to semis. We want to go to [nationals in] Florida.”

Officials working with CCM on fire code compliance

By Brett Friedensohn & Jannat Sheikh
Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor

The New Jersey Division of Fire Safety has been working with Randolph Township’s fire code official to resolve County College of Morris’ outdated fire inspection certificates, according to Department of Community Affairs Communications Office Strategic Director Lisa Ryan.

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County College of Morris chemistry prep lab in Sheffield Hall. Photo by Brett Friedensohn.

Currently, there are multiple areas on campus with outdated fire inspection certificates. Updated certificates are required by the state to be posted.

Karen Vanderhoof, vice president of business and finance at CCM, said that after a meeting Monday, Oct. 23 with Randolph Fire Official Richard Briant, the two parties agreed that the college will take down outdated certificates and post updated ones in the Dragonetti Auditorium, the Davidson Rooms, the Health and Physical Education Building, the Cohen Cafe, the Learning Resource Center, the Plant and Maintenance Building, and the lecture halls in Sheffield Hall, Cohen Hall, and DeMare Hall.

Briant said he was in contact with a representative of the Division of Fire Safety to make sure the certificates are posted in the area or areas required by the code. Before a meeting with the division Monday, Oct. 30, he  He said that the purpose of it was “to have an agreement” with the Division of Fire Safety.

As of Tuesday, Oct. 31, outdated Uniform Fire Code Certificates of Inspection are still up in five areas on campus.

These areas are Sheffield Hall, Cohen Hall, Emeriti Hall, the Student Center Cafe, and the Student Community Center as a whole. The SCC has posted a Life Hazard Use Certificate of Registration which is made out to “County College of Morris Library” and expired Sunday, Nov. 5.

An expired certificate of inspection in the auditorium box office window was taken down, but an outdated Life Hazard Use Certificate of Registration is up in the hallway outside the box office as of Friday, Nov. 2. The certificate expired in 2014, is made out to “County College of Morris Library,” and does not indicate that it is registered for the auditorium.

Despite the majority of the campus’ science labs being situated in Sheffield Hall, VanDerhoof said that science labs do not fall under the building qualifications that would constitute the necessity for certificates posted. She said that public buildings that do require them are recreation centers and places of assembly and fuel dispensing.

Ryan said that classrooms qualify as places of assembly and did not specify if this applies to only K-12 or includes college. She said that science labs qualify as life hazard use buildings depending on “the quantities of waste or chemicals stored in the building.”

When asked to comment on Ryan’s statement, VanDerhoof said that code is very complex and specifies that classrooms for K-12 be inspected.

“The code also gives a lot of authority to the local fire official,” VanDerhoof said in an email. “We have always worked closely with our local code official.”

Youngtown publically disclosed eight outdated certificates Wednesday, Oct. 11. These certificates included the one in Sheffield Hall, which expired in 2010. Youngtown first reported on the issue in November 2016.

In the Oct. 11 report, CCM Compliance Officer Dawn Latincsics said that the college had in possession updated certificates for all CCM buildings but that there was no posting requirement. Briant and Department of Community Affairs Communications Director Tomari Petty, however, said that the law states otherwise. On Friday, Nov. 3, Latincsics clarified that the certificates are required to be posted in Life Hazard Use areas.

Latincsics also said that day that CCM will keep on record all updated fire certificates in the department of public safety instead of plastering them around the campus. Latincsics said that Briant spoke with a state representative who will allow CCM to keep all the certificates and registrations in a binder kept in the department of public safety available and accessible for anyone to view.

“That way, we don’t have to go running around remembering where the last person in charge of it stuck it on,” Latincsics said.

Each certificate of inspection states, “This certificate must be posted in a conspicuous location in the above premises.” The premise listed above this statement is the building to which the certificate is registered.

Before the meeting between VanDerhoof and Briant, Youngtown staff found one more area with an outdated certificate and four with no certificates posted at all.

The Davidson Rooms’ fire code certificate and Sterno use permit expired in 2013. They were both taken down by Monday, Oct. 23. The areas with no certificates posted were DeMare Hall, HPE, the LRC, and the Music Technology Center.

The Uniform Fire Safety Act of 1983 states that certain public buildings must be inspected periodically depending on their potential risk for fire-related incidents and that after an area is inspected, it must display a certificate of inspection in an inconspicuous location.

The act was first passed because of several multiple-death fires within the state, according to Petty.

On Jan. 19, 2000, three students were killed and 59 injured after a fire in a Seton Hall University residence hall fire; students who pleaded guilty said that they intended it as a prank, according to New Jersey Advance Media. Campus administrators said that the university was under complete compliance with the fire code, but since, the university has since made several fire safety strides including updating and installing sprinklers and banning smoking in all residence halls.

Briant returned to CCM at the end of October to reinspect violations he found over the summer and certificates have now been been issued for the building where corrective action has taken place.

Briant said there are a few buildings that share a violation that requires a specialized contractor to complete the work. He is allowing time for the work to be done, and the extension date is Sunday, Dec. 31. The certificate for Sheffield Hall is not issued due to the extension of time, according to Briant.

Latincsics said that a common violation at CCM is that sprayed on fireproofing insulation has fallen off of beams and that the college needs quotes from three vendors before work is done on this. She also said that Briant will need to return after Dec. 31 to insure that the correct changes are made. CCM will receive the most updated versions of the certificate for each building when it is completely satisfactory.

If any old certificates are found around campus, VanDerhoof and Latincsics said they would appreciate if it is brought to their attention and taken down. They can be reached respectively at kvanderhoof@ccm.edu and dlatincsics@ccm.edu. Latincsics said that she and representatives from public safety have looked around for outdated certificates to take down but have not been able to find many.

“For the life of me, I have no idea where they still might be,” Latincsics said.