Coronavirus concerns causes CCM campus closure

By Benjamin M. Richards

Politics Editor 

The campus of County College of Morris was closed Friday, March 13 and will not reopen until New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy allows it. His order caused all colleges and universities across the state of New Jersey to close in order to protect students, faculty, staff, and community members from the Coronavirus. CCM classes moved online starting Monday, March 23, after spring break concluded. All in person meetings, activities and events, including the 2020 graduation ceremony, have been cancelled. Field trips, sports practices, and games have also been cancelled. 

During CCM’s spring break, the county of Morris set up tents in Lot 1 of CCM for Coronavirus testing. New Jersey and at least seven other states have now been ordered to stay at home.

Almost immediately, many in the U.S. were aware of the spread of COVID-19 and the danger it represented to people physically and to the U.S. economy. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), an American non-profit organization that focuses on the role of the U.S. in global health policy and major healthcare issues facing the United States, as of February 13-18, 2020, 56 percent of those polled said that they had heard a lot about the COVID-19 outbreak and 87 percent said they knew that there were already cases in the U.S. United States citizens were also worried about the economy, with 57 percent saying that they are very or somewhat concerned the COVID-19 outbreak will have a negative impact on the U.S. economy. 43 percent of those polled also reported they were concerned they or someone in their family would fall ill. All this concern over personal health and well-being has prompted people to take precautions like stock-piling food and supplies. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick, a sophomore communication major, was on a trip to Florida to visit family over spring break but was able to return with time for groceries. 

“Right after my flight back from Florida, I went to ShopRite and got the essential food items I needed. Since then, I have been self-quarantining and haven’t ordered food or eaten out for the most part,” said Fitzpatrick. 

U.S. citizens have not been laid back when it comes to buying food and essential items. In fact, they’ve taken to hoarding them in massive quantities. According to Newsweek, commercial stores in the U.S. have had such a difficult time keeping their shelves stocked that some people have resorted to traveling elsewhere for goods. Until the U.S.-Mexico border closed, Californians had been heading down into Northern Baja, Mexico to buy toilet paper, water, and other goods as stores in the state struggled to maintain a stock of said items.

Of course, access to food and toiletries isn’t the only issue facing CCM students. Another problem that students are feeling presently is the shift from in-person classes at campus to a completely online second half of the semester. Fitzpatrick mentioned that having all of his classes online is an uneasy thought. He said that he has taken online courses before and hasn’t been satisfied, as he believes that there are core aspects that just aren’t transferable to an online experience, like asking your professor questions and engaging with the class in real life.


The CCM approach to transitioning classes from a campus experience to an online platform has been tough. Updates have been sent by the administration via Blackboard notifications and emails to students’ college accounts, but that may not be enough. 

“Translating classes from IRL to digitally taught will be a learning experience for both faculty and students. As time goes on, people will become more comfortable with the format shift. Something that might help students stay aware of the constant changes and know the basics of what the college’s plan is for this transitional period would be if CCM sent updates through Titan Alerts instead of just email, as many students check their phones more often than they check their academic email addresses,” said Fitzpatrick. 

As diseases and pandemics can cause fear and mistrust, they can also bring xenophobia and racist assumptions to the forefront of civic life. According to The Atlantic, an American magazine, there has been an uptick in instances of racism related to the irrational fear of anyone who appears as Asian, regardless of their nationality, as they are assumed incorrectly to be carriers of the disease. Some of these instances are simply being avoided on public transit or getting a wary eye of distrust. Others are more extreme, as one student from Singapore was violently attacked in London, U.K., just because of his “foreign” appearance. Another instance was when a Vietnamese artist was disinvited from a London art fair just because the organizers thought the other attendees would fear her being contagious. 

Katherine Grosso, a part-time student at CCM and a digital media major, sees that these social interactions are the wrong approach to handling the COVID-19 outbreak in a social setting.


“The Coronavirus has changed my community and home in that everyone is living more simply. When I go out for walks, I see children playing with baseballs and bicycles and sidewalk chalk. This virus has stripped everybody of security in belongings because even if we can get belongings, we must ration them… I have found that the people I have passed by on my walks have been incredibly nice, and overall, people just seem to be more compelled to be kind during this time than before,” said Grosso.

Continuing in Grosso’s outlook, she believes that, while the CCM administration has a new and complicated situation to deal with, they are doing a fair job at managing all the aspects of the transition. However, something Grosso believes would make the transition easier on the student body would be if the coursework online weren’t too heavy or overbearing. There is little time left in the semester and as the world spirals into a scary place, it is extra important to have a balance of work and leisure. Grosso also cites her personal faith as something she can rely on in these times of confusion and hardship. 

Despite all the worry and apparent national awareness of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., only 19 percent of those in the KFF poll said that they had taken any measures to stay safe. Those numbers are more than worrying, as while the estimates for how many U.S. citizens will contract the disease vary on available data and testing ability, many experts believe the true number of cases far exceeds the previously calculated number of U.S. citizens that officially have the virus. According to The Atlantic, as of March 21, 2020, on the last day of February, 15 U.S. citizens tested positive for COVID-19; by early March, more than 17,000 have tested positive. Yet, in that same article, virologist Trevor Bedford claimed to have found evidence that COVID-19 began rapidly spreading in the U.S. as early as January and that it has likely already infected approximately 87,000 U.S. citizens. It may seem grim, but a study recently published by Imperial College London predicted that, unless strong and swift measures get put in place, the Coronavirus could kill 2.2. million U.S. citizens in the coming months. It all comes down to how many individuals take this matter seriously and take the necessary precautions like social distancing and self-quarantining and actions the U.S. government and each of the states take to combat the spread of the virus. Stay safe by washing hands for at least 20 seconds on a regular basis, avoid coughing or sneezing openly or directly into your hand, and stock-pile necessary food and other essential items to prepare for long weeks of isolation. With all of these changes, CCM students have been asked to contact the new TASC+ with any challenges they may be dealing with. 

Construction begins for state of the art science and engineering center

By Anthony Ingham

News Editor

President Anthony J. Iacono, the CCM Board of Trustees, the campus community, Morris County Board of Freeholders, State Representatives and Industry Leaders met to celebrate the Groundbreaking of the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center in the Student Community Center, Davidson Room on January 30. Around 100 people came together to honor the $11 million state-of-the-art center, which was made to alleviate the need for employment and growing industry demands. 

The building is planned to have two electronics labs, two prototyping labs, two computer labs, a 3D printing room, an analysis lab, an automation and controls/robotics/emerging technologies lab, a measuring and materials testing lab, a welding lab, makerspace, conference rooms, classrooms and offices. It is expected to open around Spring 2020, according to a CCM press release.

Dr. Anthony Iacono, President of CCM, stressed the importance of how this would affect students in the time to come.

“Breaking the ground is breaking [for] the future,” he said. “The relationships and what we’ve achieved here have all been for our students’ futures.”

Construction of the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center will free up space in the college’s current engineering and manufacturing lab, which will allow for the construction of The Paragano Family Foundation Healthcare Simulation Center. Through the CCM Foundation’s “Forward” Campaign, the Paragano Family Foundation gave leadership, as well as over $1.8 million to support the initiative, according to the CCM “Forward Campaign” page. CCM will also be broadening its scope of health care programs alongside development of the simulation center.

Multiple people spoke to the crowd that day, such as CCM chair and Board of Trustees member Paul R. Licitra, Assemblyman of Legislative District 25 Anthony M. Bucco, Director of Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders Douglas R. Cabana, NJ Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo, Deputy Secretary of the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education Diana Gonzalez, President of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce Meghan Hunscher, CEO of Glenbrook Technologies, Gil Zweig, and Electronics Engineering Technology Major, as well as Former Glenbrook Technologies Intern Cindy Ramerspad. Each speaker had a different set of topics they covered, anywhere from the current manufacturing marketplace to how glad they were to be a part of the contribution to the new building.

Gonzalez says that she believes this is a good move because it supports many of the people in these programs.

“At the end of the day, we want our students to make incredible wages, and put their learning in action,” she said.

After the speeches were over, the actual groundbreaking commenced around 11:30 a.m., just outside of 675, the building which houses the Public Safety and Information System departments, on Route 10. Pictures were taken with those who had helped support the funding of the building shortly after, as they stood next to a nearby bulldozer with golden shovels and hardhats.

To learn more about CCM’s Manufacturing and Engineering programs, visit the Department of Engineering Technologies and Engineering Science, or their page on CCM’s website at If you wish to learn about its Workforce Development programs, visit .

Originally Published in the 2-13-2019 issue of the Youngtown Edition

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.

Writers’ club promotes literacy with book drive

By Adam Gentile
Features Editor

The CCM writers club ran its first book drive Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Student Center in an effort to encourage literacy for underprivileged children.

In the United States childhood illiteracy in 4th grade is around 35 percent; however, for lower income families the illiteracy rate is at 82 percent according to the Reading Partners, an organization dedicated to stopping childhood illiteracy. Illiteracy also follows the child later on in life as the U.S Department of Education reported that 60 percent of inmates are illiterate and 85 percent of juvenile delinquents are illiterate.

Marcos Mirlas, president of the Writers Club, organized the event and was in the student center running the book drive.

“The goal was to get books appropriate for children for ages 3-17, and we were trying to give them to children in need,” Mirlas said.

The writers’ club did not work with any established charity or children’s organization, however, Mirlas plans on donating them to a social service office inside his town that will ensure that they go to children in need.

This was the first charity event that Mirlas organized and did not know what to expect from the outcome.

“I overestimated and I had 15 boxes to hold the books, but I only ended up needing five boxes which is still a lot of books, so it’s a good bounty either way,” Mirlas said.

Assuming the average dimensions of a packing box and that of children’s books the writers club most likely collected more than 200 books on their Oct. 9 book drive.

Along with organizing book drives the writers club also has an end of semester event known as the writers’ block.

“It’s like a poetry, but it doesn’t have to be poetry, like the club anything that is your own written word that you present to everybody,” Mirlas said. “There are judges and prizes and it’s a lot of fun for everybody.”

At the moment the club is not going to put on another book drive this semester, but organizations such as  International Literacy Association, Reach Out and Read, Literacy for Incarcerated Teens,. all make it their mission to end illiteracy.

The writers’ club focuses on presentation and peer review, that encourages people to show up with any written work whether its a poem, song, short story, or any other form of literature. The meetings take place once a week between 12:30-1:45 on Thursdays.

Laughs, tunes, poetry showcased at open mic

SAPB invites students to show talents in student center

By Christine Abraham

The Student Activities Planning Board hosted their annual Open Mic in the Student Community Center Tuesday, Oct. 2, granting students a platform to perform a variety of different acts, including comedy skits, music performances and poem recitations.

Don Phelps, director of Campus Life said he looks forward to the event because it gives students a platform to showcase their talent in front of their peers.

“Open mic gives students an opportunity to share their talents with other students in a really low-risk environment and the audience tends to be super supportive ,’’ Phelps said.  “I expect to see singers, and occasionally a comedian or poet..I’m always blown away by the talent of our students …We’ve had a couple of artists that have performed and gone on to tour. Some of our students have gone on to do great things.”

Jessica Fraser, the SAPB vice president, said there is  extensive preparation that goes into this event.

“This event took a lot of planning such as creating flyers, planning when and where the event will take place, advertising and recruiting volunteers,” Fraser said.

Amy Albin, a liberal arts major performed an original acapella song titled “Life to the Power of Song.”

“The song has been about two years in the making, on and off,” Albin said.  “It came to me at this pre-summer college program where I was really sad and overwhelmed … I just kept building on it and I finished it this past August.”

Albin said singing is a passion of hers and plans on attending the next Open Mic.

“Singing is something that I love to do and I haven’t had the opportunity to perform since high school,” Albin said.  “I wanted to show CCM the musical side of me. I’ve been singing ever since I could talk. After I sang, I had people coming up to me, telling me I did a good job. I definitely plan to perform in the next open mic.”

Besides Albin, there were several other musical performances. Alexa Metro, a broadcasting major performed a duet song with Emmanuel Fotinis, a music and liberal arts major singing “All I Ask of You”  from the musical Phantom of the Opera.

“Alexa and I put something together at the last second,” Fotinis said. “I hoped the audience liked it. I sang all the time in high school. I was in the choir program at Roxbury High School, and I finally learned to sing a lot better with my voice teacher here at CCM. If I’m available for future Open Mics, I’ll definitely give it a shot.”

Following Fotinis and Metro’s duet performance, Andreas Mathikolonis, a game development major, performed a comedy skit. His act received a lot of laughs, beginning with his first joke, that he had never been in a relationship but always seemed like he was going through the worst breakup. He satirized his film class, saying the class was an excuse for his professor to make his class watch his rejected resume.

The last performance of the event was Tay Mathews, reciting a poem that she wrote herself, titled “What Depression Means.”

As the crowd dispersed, Fraser said she was pleased with the number of students who attended the event.

“The event had a really good turnout,” Fraser said. “There were lots of people with lots of talents. I loved Amy’s song, Emmanuel and Alexa’s duet performance, Joilenni’s song and Andreas Mathikolonis’ comedy skit. This event brings a lot of the students together and they’re able to connect more. I really enjoyed this as my first Open Mic and hope to see lots of people at the next event.”

CCM marks 50th anniversary with aerial photo

Drone flies over group forming “50” on campus lawn

By Jamie Corter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

CCM applies for increased state aid

Denied for this year, optimistic for fall 2019

By Brett Friedensohn


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pumpkin spice and everything nice about fall come to CCM

By Gianna Pereira


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and sneakers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

more comfortably for work.

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

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

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

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

pumpkin, like pumpkin in hot chocolate.”

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

expressed how much he loves the day and why.

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

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

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


CCM’S advice column

By: Sophie Connell

So, Sophie,

I am a first year and I don’t know what to expect. Is it hard here? Is the workload too much to manage? I am nervous I am going to fail. Do you have any advice?

New and Nervous

Hi New and Nervous,

First let me say welcome to CCM. It is a great school and I’m happy to share some tips on ensuring success here. The first tip I have is to use a calendar in order to keep your assignments straight. I highly recommend using the one on your phone that way you can even set alerts to go off to remind you about assignments. Another tip is to use the resources on campus. For example, CCM has a lot of great places to study the library being just the start. As well as study areas, the school offers great tutoring services that are free. I hope these tips help and you enjoy CCM.



So, Sophie,

I can never find parking on campus and it seems like I always pick the furthest parking lot from where I need to be. Please help.


Lost in the lots

Dear Lost in the lots,

I actually had this same problem for my first few months here so I know how frustrating it can be! My best advice is to try and arrive early for your classes that way you have built in time to park. I have found that lot 7 is pretty much in the middle of everywhere you would need to go, so if you give yourself some extra time you will most likely be able to find a convenient spot
there. Hope this helps.

Happy parking,


So, Sophie,

I take all my classes in one day so I am on campus for quite a few hours. During this time I find myself really hungry and all I can seem to find is vending machines, is that all there is on campus? Please help my hunger.


Hungry and Hangry

Dear Hungry and Hangry,

Let the hanger end now because there are so many food options on campus. You have already discovered the vending machines if you ever need a quick snack, but there is much more. The LRC (learning resource center) offers Starbucks if you need a caffeine boost as well as sandwiches, salads and snacks! The best variety comes from the Cohen Café, you can create your own sandwiches, salads and wraps. If you are short on time you can choose from their “grab and go” section. Hope your hangry days are over.



So, Sophie,

I am new to CCM and am having a hard time meeting people and making friends. I don’t want to go on bored with no friends, can you please help me?


Friendly but friendless

Hi friendly but friendless,

Don’t stress, starting at a new school it is natural to worry about new friends! The good news is, I have some tips on how to get out there and meet new people. My best recommendation is to find a club you are interested in and join. There are over 50 clubs on campus and if something doesn’t interest you, you have the option to create your own club. There is also the opportunity to join sports teams if that interests you. I hope this advice helps you get out there and get involved.



If you are looking for any advice, please send questions to me at and look for your question in the next issue!