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Counseling center hosts series of events to raise awareness about sexual assault

By Amanda Edwards
Staff Writer

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Office of Counseling and Student Success presented a number of events between Thursday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 25, to raise awareness with the proceedings supported by the student clubs active minds, gender club, and LGBTQ+ club.


CCM student Matthew J. Bristol holds a promotional sign for the Counseling Center’s awareness campaign. Photo courtesy of: Facebook

The events were Teal Day, Spin The Wheel of Fact VS. Fiction, “No more” Campaign, and “Denim Day.”

These events were collectively designed, according to a release by the Office of Counseling and Student Success to “raise visibility, encourage conversation, and help break the social stigma surrounding sexual assault and violence.”

Kaitlin Dias, counselor at CCM, was one of the key organizers of the events.

“It affects us more than we know,” Dias said.

In fact, statistics from the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, (RAINN) state, “Every year, there are approximately 237,868 victims of sexual assault; 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men in the U.S. will be a victim of sexual assault.”

Dias said that while this topic may make some people feel uncomfortable, students should access the counseling center’s services when necessary.

“This topic could be very triggering for those who are victims of sexual assault,” Dias said. “I understand that. Nevertheless, I strongly encourage all students to visit the Office of Student Services and Counselling, whether it is they themselves who need help, or they’re worried about a friend. Even if it was a case from before you attended CCM, I advise you to come. You are not alone, and we will support you in a non-judgemental way. This is also an opportunity to use your voice to prevent this from occurring again.”

At “Teal Day,” active minds president Stephanie Camacho related the purpose of the awareness campaign to the club’s mission to encourage mental health.

“Active Minds is keen on spreading awareness because we know that sexual harassment affects mental health,” Camacho said.

Also, as she encouraged students to sign the “No more” pledge, Active Minds Volunteer Allison Bratsch told the participants :“It’s okay not to be okay. Be strong.”

Vice president of Active Minds Raven Resch said she has struggled with a number of mental illnesses in the past.

“During those times I felt so isolated because no one wanted to be associated with the girl with the psychiatric problem,” Resch said. “It was hard, but I’ve recovered since then because of time social workers and psychologists have spent with me. Sometimes, it’s not the person that has the problem, but its trauma from the environment and I want to break the shame that the victim feels. I am passionate about spreading awareness about sexual assaults because I know what mental illnesses can do to someone’s life. Those times were difficult, but I also  wouldn’t change any of my flaws. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without those experiences, so I encourage others to seek help.”

Dias advises students who need help to call the National Sexual Assault Hotline to be connected to a trained staff member in their area. Their contact number is

800-656-HOPE (4673).

Counselors are available from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in SCC 118.  Students can also reach the Office of Counseling and Student Success by calling 973-328-5140, or email”

Physical fitness competition to test students’ endurance, speed, strength

By Amanda Edwards
Staff Writer

The Exercise Science Club at County College of Morris plans to host its third bi-annual Mr. and Ms. Fit Competition, a student fitness contest which includes one mile run, shuttle runs, and sit up contests, Tuesday, April 17 in the Health and Physical Education building gymnasium.

According to Dr. Michael Paul, chairperson of exercise science at CCM and adviser of the exercise science club, the competition will be based on a 75-minute test.

“The test consists of a shuttle run, sit ups, chin ups or arm hangs for women, pushups and a one-mile endurance run,” Paul said. “After the time has expired, the winner will be chosen based on points accumulated … Though the task may appear daunting, it is a good opportunity for any student to test their overall fitness level.”

Exercise Science major Matthew Gregory has been the defending Mr. Fit Champion at CCM for three consecutive years.

“Back in high school, I didn’t know how unfit I was until I joined wrestling,” Gregory said. “It was that shocking realization that has fueled my passion to pursue fitness. Hence, I encourage CCM students to take advantage of this opportunity because if nothing else they will become aware of their fitness level. Ever since I found out, it’s as if a fire has been lit in me to improve myself, not only physically but in all other aspects of my life, including academics. It is truly an eye-opener, and I continue to participate to inspire others.”

Exercise Science Club President Haley Babus said that she will compete and encourages all students to attend.

“This competition is a great way to meet new people and share our love for exercise in a fun and competitive way,” Babus said. “I have both participated and proctored in the competition so I know. Regardless of what facet of exercise they excel in, there will be many activities for all participants to show their strengths.”

According to Professor Paul, this event has always had a good turn out in the past, so he anticipates the same for this semester. However, since the challenge must be completed in the allocated time, interested students are encouraged to contact him prior to the event. Students may email him at

The prizes for this year’s winners are customized T-shirts and $25 gift certificates to the campus store. The rain day for this event is April 19, 2018.

Students to display creations at CCM fashion show

By Gina N. Fico
Features Editor

The Fashion Club at County College of Morris will hold its spring fashion show at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3 when fashion design students will showcase designs.


Stevenson’s work in progress designs. Photo By: Heather Stevenson

Anyone who wants to volunteer can model, according to the President of the Fashion Club and fashion design major Dot Lare.

Lare said CCM has been doing fashion shows for the last decade and are run in coordination with  the fashion club and the design department. She said as president the impact she made with fashion is leadership and which brings more student involvement to the club. Lare said her hope for the fashion show is to bring out the newest set of trends.

“My hope for the outcome of the fashion show is to bring unique trends and to bring people’s social creativity out into trends,” Lare in an email.

Gina Mellen, vice president of the fashion club, said she enjoys planning the fashion show with her friend Lare. She said although there’s a lot of responsibility when everything comes together, it’s exciting.

She added that the club does fundraising  in order to  get the equipment and necessities they need for the “perfect show.” She said these fashion shows are a good opportunity to bring students together and see the designer’s work on the runway.

Mellen said she has had a growing passion for the fashion industry through her time at CCM and said this is her last show so she wants to it to be “the best yet.”

“My passion has truly extended throughout these two years at CCM,” said Mellen, a fashion design major at CCM. “I went out of my comfort zone, throughout the box, and had friendships that helped me love what I am doing even more. Fashion can express the way one person is without having to speak.”

Heather Stevenson, a fashion merchandising major, said her role is “to participate” and that she is new to the club but delighted to be a part of it.

Stevenson said she does not want to reveal too much about the designs she has been working on. She said the theme for the fashion show this year is “evolution”. However, Stevenson did say the ideas for aesthetics that she has thought about. She said she was originally thinking about dark themed designs that symbolize the dangers of obsessive thoughts and that she will be working on more “whimsical” designs instead.  She said she will be using a lot of pastels and it theme drawn from childhood.

“I’ve got all my fabric together in one corner of my room right now, and it really does look like circus crashed into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory,” Stevenson said in an email.

Stevenson said she is very excited to be part of the Fashion Club and the Fashion Show.

“I really like having this as an outlet to create an idea and a platform to share it. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to be in college, I could rant for days how college is a luxury, and it is almost a fluke that I even made it here, I really feel like the luckiest person alive,” said Stevenson in an email.

Students demonstrate comedic, musical talents at open mic

By Katie Coyne


CCM student Nate Martucci performs stand-up comedy at CCM’s open mic.

Fifteen students had signed up for the event hosted by the Student Activities Programming Board.

The SAPB’s goal is to do one open mic day per semester and there is no charge for students to sign up.

“Everything here is free,” said SAPB treasurer Angela Galviz, a business administration major at CCM. “Any activity that SAPB does takes one or two dollars out of your tuition, so technically, you already paid for everything.”

Galviz said she was satisfied with the turnout.

“We actually have a pretty good turnout right now, so I’m pretty happy about that,” Galviz said.  “People are starting to show up for the acts.”

Galviz chose not to perform.

“I do not have talent,” Galviz said.  “I like playing sports.”

Broadcasting major Ethan Herzinger performed “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” by The Beatles. He has been playing guitar since seventh grade.

“It felt good because I wanna do these things but I’m at college, you know,” Herzinger said. “It’s always busy.  I have to keep up with work, so it’s great to do these kind of things.”

Nate Martucci, a business administration major in his third semester at CCM, performed comedy.

“I always liked comedy and stand-up comedy, things like that, so I decided I’d try to go up and try my hand at it,” Martucci said. “I think it was a really good way for everybody to kind of show what they think they are good at and show off their talents.”

Martucci accidentally knocked over the microphone when he took the stage, but his nerves did not stop him.

“I got nervous; I’ll be honest,” Martucci said. “It was my first time doing a comedy act in front of people.”

Chris Rock is one of Martucci’s favorite comedians.

“He’s one of my favorites just because of the way he delivers his material,” Martucci said.

Other students performed musical pieces with instruments such as the harmonica and keyboard. Some performed rap, blues, and jazz pieces.

Some students danced along to the rhythm of the music. Nachos and salsa were served in case students wanted something to munch on while enjoying the entertainment.

Clubs collect, connect with recruits at Welcome Back Bash


Left: Youngtown Edition Editor-in-Chief Brett Friedenson, as the News Knight, poses with the CCM Titan at the Welcome Back Bash Jan. 30. Above: LGBT club member Matthew J. Bristol
recruits students at their table draped with a pride flag. PHOTOS BY JARED DANQUAH

By Gina N. Fico
Features Editor

At the Student Activities Programming Board’s semiannual Welcome Back Bash Tuesday, Jan. 30, members of the campus community gathered at County College of Morris to browse clubs’ recruitment stations.

A cartoonist drew students’ caricatures, and the SAPB provided free pizza and played music throughout the event.

Don Phelps, associate director of campus life said that CCM has been doing something like this since the college started.

Phelps said there are 56 active CCM clubs and that 35 or 40 represented themselves at the Welcome Back Bash.

“It’s one of the main recruitment events for a lot of clubs,” Phelps said. “It gives a change for everyone to come together and be together for the afternoon and take a little break from studying … And most importantly, it gives students who aren’t engaged with the college engaged.”

Women in STEM’s main goal was to get more women involved with science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Respiratory therapy majors don scrubs as they welcome students to their table at the Welcome Back Bash Jan. 30.  PHOTO BY ALEXA WYSZKOWSKI

Kat David, a mechanical engineering and technology major said breaking the stigma is what motivates her.

“It was mainly because I was born in the Philippines, and we come from a very conservative environment where women should be in more caring positions and men should be in more technical fields,” David said.

Desiree Ramos, an architecture major, said she has had an interest in  computer since an early age and wants to get more women involved in STEM.

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Gourmet club president Ted Sharretts right gives out hot chocolate with public relations officer Kamil Grochowski at the Welcome Back Bash Jan. 30. PHOTO BY ALEXA WYSZKOWSKI

“I just feel more women should be in STEM, and you think guys should be in it, but there’s a lot more women that are into it that are afraid to open up to it,” Ramos said.

Stephanie Hrinko, a liberal arts major and secretary of Active Minds, said she wants to bring awareness to suicide and eating disorders.

“We talk about things that people do not like to talk about,” said Hrinko. She said her hope for the Welcome Back Bash is to give hope to someone else and it benefit someone else, even if they do not sign up for the club.

The Student Nurses Association, whose mission is to give insight to the CCM community that nursing goes above and beyond a nursing major, has upcoming events such as the Valentine’s Day blood drive and bake sale that is coming up Wednesday, Feb. 14.


Saskia Salas, a nursing major and vice president of the club, said there usually is a shortage of blood nationally, so this event is important because of how many lives a donation can save.

“I want more people to be aware of this club; this club is not out there like other clubs,” Salas said.

The president of the club, Jacquelyn Gagne, said she gains from the club experiences such as the trip during the spring 2017 semester to  an economically disadvantaged area of West Virginia.

“We are grateful for everyone who is helping building this club, and we hope to get more people involved,” Gagne said.

Melissa Hamfeldt, a radiography major, said she is happy CCM has Welcome Back Bashes and it is a nice way to meet people and make new friends.

“Everybody has been very friendly and telling you everything you need to know about the clubs,” Hamfelt said.

Students show business, marketing skills

By Gina N. Fico
Features Editor

County College of Morris’ business department held a marketing showcase Thursday, Dec. 7 to allow students to come up with new ideas to improve existing products at County College of Morris and use their marketing skills in real life situations.

In this event, five groups of Principles of Marketing I students competed to reach different goals for the CCM community.

Tyler Cobb, a business administration major, said working on this project helped him to work in a group and talking  in front of people; his group’s goal was to change the location of the tutoring center, currently downstairs in DeMare Hall.

“I think our biggest pitch is moving the tutoring center from where it’s hidden now to the corner to the library,” Cobb said.

Some of the other group’s goals included improving enrollment, the planetarium, and CCM Direct, a program which allows adult students to earn a degree in two years taking three classes per semester for less than $1,500 a semester.

Students displayed a variety of technological ideas, came up with ways to work with the image to promote their projects, and used statistics to show how their goals can work.

Sarah Vojta, a business administration major and Cobb’s team member, said she was both nervous and excited about presenting her group’s idea at the marketing seminar. However, she said no matter the outcome of the results, she said her group’s idea was going to work, and CCM will have a better Tutoring Center.

“I think our group did very well so we have a good chance today,” Vojta said before presenting.

She said that another goal of her group was to make students feel less intimidated when needing to use the tutoring services and that her group wanted to lessen the stigma so more people ask for help. She said she wants to make the tutoring center more enjoyable.

Maureen Sutton, chairperson of the business department and associate professor of business said this was the first time that CCM held a marketing seminar.

Sutton  thought it would be good for the business students to be taught marketing.

Sutton said the business students had a practical experience while working with an existing product and that they had to talk to CCM employees, see a show at the planetarium, and view a survey from the Tutoring Center.

The marketing showcase had judges that viewed all the presentations and added up scores at the end of the event. They judged the students on a variety of aspects of their presentations. The results  for the best content was CCM Direct, and the Tutoring Center group won first overall and organization delivery.

Sutton said she was proud of the students that presented their ideas.

“I just think they did an outstanding job,” Sutton said. “It wasn’t just me who said that; it was the others who attended the session.”

CCM will hold another marketing seminar in the fall 2018 semester, according to Sutton.

De-Stress Fest aims at helping students relax during midterm season

By Katie Coyne
Entertainment Editor


Students de-stress by creating art. Photo by Katie Coyne

County College of Morris held a “De-stress Fest” which allowed students to participate in coloring and creative arts, meditation, pet therapy, and yoga during the week of Monday, Oct. 16.

The event was sponsored by CCM’s counseling center for student success, and the events were held in the Student Community Center.

Andrea Reyes, a Spanish teacher education major said that sleeping is what de-stresses her the most, but she enjoys art as well.

“I usually just draw letters and stuff,” Reyes said.

She also said that she was looking forward to going to the pet therapy event that CCM was having on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Art therapy has been proven to help people regulate their emotions and cope with them. As reported in Psychology Today, “Many individuals reported that they learned to change their behavioral responses through the process of art expression”.

John Urgola, a counselor at CCM, said  coloring is a good way for students to be mindful.

“Well, I would say aside from it just being fun and relaxing, it can be used as a mindfulness exercise,” Urgola said. “Mindfulness is making sure one is in the present moment and not having wandering thoughts regarding the past or future.”

Ariella Panek, a CCM counselor, echoed Urgola’s sentiment on coloring.

“You’re not focusing on your midterm or making dinner; you’re focused on one color at a time,” Panek said.

Meditation, which was held on Tuesday, Oct. 17 is also a health conscious choice for de-stressing.

One way to meditate is with Japa Mala beads, which are an Indian method of meditation.  The beads are an ancient tool that was developed to keep the mind focused on the practice of meditation, hence also being a tool for practicing mindfulness. Using beads to pray and meditate started in the 8th Century B.C.E, and many different religions and spiritual practices still use beads today.

Trayer Run-Kowzen, a yoga professor at CCM, lead the yoga workshop Thursday, Oct. 19. Yoga is also proven to not only be anxiety reducing, but the method of exercise also has other health benefits tied to it, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Researchers have found that those who practice yoga on a regular basis experienced reduced incidences of chronic back pain, a better sense of well-being and quality of life, improvement in heart health as well as moods, and better sleep quality.

Some students were looking forward to the pet therapy workshop which was held Wednesday, Oct. 18.  The human-animal bond has been proven to have many calming effects including decreased blood-pressure, reduced anxiety, and overall feelings of general well-being, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

“Just a lot of de-stressing is soothing stimulation,” said Lisa Volante, a counselor at CCM.  “Petting [the dogs] can be a really soothing experience.”

Dancers show dedication in May performance

By: Katie Coyne
Entertainment Editor

​Faculty and students at County College of Morris participated in the Spring Dance Theater Showcase Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 11 in the Edward J. Yaw Music Technology Center.

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CCM’s Spring Dance Theater Showcase on Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 11 featured various styles of dance performed by students. Photo by: Katie Coyne

Performances included ballet, tap,  and modern style dances.  After practicing for two semesters, the dancers used the performance as another experience in the art which most of them have worked since childhood.

Some of the dancers are majors in dance theater, and others like Jon Reisch who is studying vocals at CCM are not but still enjoy dabbling in dance.
​    “Well, as an actor you need to be a triple threat, so that means you have to be able to sing, dance,” Reisch said. “And so I really didn’t dance before, so that’s why I took a few ballet classes.”
​    CCM Dance Theater director Terence Duncan has danced professionally for  years before teaching as a professor of dance.
​    “It was really important for me to be able to come back and teach college-aged students the tools that they need to be able to have success in dance,” Duncan said.
Duncan started dancing in high school and was previously a musician. He played the saxophone and bassoon and sang.  Being physically active as a track runner, he was interested in discovering how to put the aspect of movement into the art form of dance.
​    “I did all sorts of physical things,” Duncan said. “I was interested in something that was both musical and physical, and dance really made sense to me.”

Many dancers including professor Christina Paolucci, a member of CCM’s dance faculty, start dancing young. She started at age six.

“Every kind of dance I’m passionate about whether I can do it or not,” Paolucci said. “Dance is my life.”
​    Margo Donovan, a dance major at CCM, also got into dance at a young age, and she said that she hopes to one day instruct young kids.

“I started off when I was little, and I really enjoyed it.” Donovan said. “I want to teach younger children and get them involved.”

Donovan enjoys ballet and modern dance.

“Modern is a creative way to express yourself,” Donovan said.

Noelle Capuzzo, a double-major in dance and musical theater, began taking dance classes at age two and has been dancing for 19 years.
​“I just get really excited to be on stage, it’s like my little second home.” Cappuzzo said.  “Sometimes, I get a little nervous, but it’s more of like an anxious nervous.  I just can’t wait to get on stage and perform.”
​The stage came alive for each performance and the dancers’ dedication showed in each twirl and pirouette that was performed.  The audience smiled and snapped pictures of the dancers’ movements.
​The dedication and talent was prevalent as well as the time and effort that each dancer took in practicing for the showcase.

‘Diverse’ dancing focus of showcase

By: Lindsey Medwin 
Staff Writer 

Incorporating both variety and collaboration into this year’s annual main stage production, the Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts hosted a performance unlike any other at CCM.

The Dance Theatre Showcase, held Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4, was one of three dance concerts the program puts on throughout the academic year. It is the only one, though, which takes place on the Dragonetti Auditorium stage. That means it requires a lot of time and effort for preparing the 15 different dances featured this year.

“Some of the pieces we actually started rehearsing over winter break,” said Noelle Cappuzzo, a double major in dance and musical theatre major and one of the leading performers in the showcase, noting that some pieces took up to 46 hours to finalize.

The extensive preparation for this event, though, is not just to perfect the pieces, but also to create them. Professor Terence Duncan, director of the event, noted that all of the dances were formulated from, “all original and self produced work”.

One dance in particular that left an outstanding mark on the production was entitled, “Departed Dearly”, choreographed by Christina Paolucci. This 16 minute duet conveyed a dark, yet humbling story of two sisters journey together up until their deaths through the beauty of dance. This complex number and the story behind it was all inspired by Paolucci’s vision of door, which was used throughout the piece. Cappuzzo and Sabrina Olivieri, dance major’s at CCM, played the sisters in the duet.

“Christina did a really nice job of crafting a work that was both challenging and intricate,” Duncan said.

Paolucci said that choreographing dances is not always easy, and that’s the point.

“The whole point of what we do as choreographers and choreographers of students is that we want them to succeed and have a positive experience, even if that means we have to struggle to get there,” Paolucci said.

The initial development of some dances featured in the showcase stemmed from a collaboration the department had with the Garden State Dance Project, a New York dance school. The co-founder and artistic director of the project, and CCM alumnus, Eli  Kababa, personally trained with the students for several performances in New York, choreographing numbers featured at the concert.

Duncan said that working with the project was, “an opportunity to have a performance series in New York in January and present the work to New York city public school children.”

This experience enabled the students involved to expand their abilities and talents, to then present those skills to a local audience at CCM.

“It really helped me keep my technique balanced in all genres of dance,” Cappuzzo said.

The Dance Theatre Showcased extended this trend of collaboration by featuring some CCM musical theatre majors in a student choreographed piece entitled, “The Cellblock Tango.”

This was the first dance concert where different majors in the department were featured. This not only gave some variety to the concert, but also allowed everyone involved to work together and create a fantastic opening number to the second act of the concert.

Gabe Weiss, one of the actors featured, noted that it was great working with, “people that really care about the program,” and by bringing different walks of life together, it made the Department of Music, Dance and Performing arts a far more, “well rounded program’

“I have to say, this has to be one of the best showcases we had because there was so much diversity in dance and do so many different things,” Cappuzzo said.