Club invites students to invest in business strategies

By Camarie Eaton

One semester after the chartering of an Investment Club at County College of Morris, the club’s founders are recruiting members and visitors to meetings so they can teach and discuss investing tactics.

When Ben Devenezia transferred to County College of Morris last fall, he recognized the need for an investment club. He and fellow leaders of the club are now looking to build membership and create a sustainable resource for future CCM students.

The club meets at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Devenezia, who is leaving CCM at the end of the spring semester, said the club’s current goal is to pass on information about investing, the process of committing or laying out money for future profit.

“My major goal is to find someone to take it over and do a better job than I did,” Devenezia said. “If we can really make something sustainable, you know, we can kind of create a lasting finance resource that CCM has never had.”

The club has become a resource for students to not only discuss finance and investment but also to receive advice on skills such as developing a social media presence, strengthening résumés, and landing internships in the finance industry. At the end of the semester, the club will hold a pizza party.

“It’s a great starting point ‘cause it’s free,” Devenezia said. “If you have someone, whether it be a professor or a few students that are willing to work with somebody, it can be a great experience.”

Students of all majors are welcome to the club regardless of prior knowledge in finance, Devenezia said. If he can help someone walk into an interview with more confidence, he said will have done his job well.

“I love what I love, but I’m not serious about anything,” Devenezia said. “So if you can just make someone laugh while you’re teaching them something, they’ll remember it more.”

Tony Dattolo, co-founder of the club, joined because he felt the club aligned with his goals to continue at a four-year college as a future finance major.

“General financial and investment knowledge affects everyone,” Dattolo said. “You do that stuff in your life regardless of who you are.”

As a new organization on campus which started last semester, the club has only so many events and projects they can hold, Dattolo said. However, with the intention of helping business students through the internship process, the club created a contact list of the financial companies in Morris County.

“It would be good if we could get a couple of those financial firms to send us guest speakers,” Dattolo said. “Or offer opportunities for internships and partner with places in the area that can help students that are driven enough and interested enough.”

Although discussing finance and investment can sound serious or intimidating, the meetings are often interesting and fun, Dattolo said.

Jonathan Barriga, a business major with a finance concentration, was singled out to join the club by Devenezia after their investment principles class one day. He often researches finance on his own time and takes a major interest in cryptocurrency, a digital currency that has become a recent global phenomenon.

“It’s definitely something we wanna bring into the club,” said Barriga regarding cryptocurrency. “Initially, I was thinking of doing something separate, but I think it’s a better fit in the investment club.”

As the founders are looking to create a sustainable investment and finance community at CCM, increase in membership is crucial, according to Barriga.

“If you’re not really in [investments], you have no idea like where to even begin,” Barriga said. “And this gives you a place to actually begin.”

Students learn the ropes at CCM Climbing Club

By Jonathan Rogoff


A climbing wall in Atlanta where the climbing club toured in 2014. Photo courtesy of: Facebook

The Climbing Club at County College of Morris offers students a chance to either try climbing for the first time or climb with a group of like-minded enthusiasts who have a passion for the sport.

The club aims to bring climbers together as a tight knit community and to draw as many people into climbing as possible, while fostering a healthy relationship with being active and climbing.

“There was a group of maybe about a dozen students who were super into climbing,” said Ian Colquhoun, a faculty member of the engineering technologies department and adviser to the Climbing Club.  “They wanted to form a club, so they looked at what the proper channels were and they needed a faculty adviser, and it just so happened that one of the students at the time was a student of mine. So that’s how it all kind of came about.”

Colquhoun, who used to be more of an avid climber but enjoys it more casually nowadays, said that indoor climbing is the perfect place for students to hone their climbing skills.

“It’s good to start indoors where it’s safe and fun and everything, and then once your skills get better, you can transition to outside, and get some more skills and a little more knowledge and some really close friends, and then all go and climb together,” Colquhoun said.

“The club started five years ago,” said Emma Plunkett, a member of the club and a liberal arts major at CCM.  “We know the people who started it, and we see them climbing sometimes at the place we go to which is nice because they want to see the club continue.  We meet at 8 p.m. at the Randolph Climbing Center and they allow us to climb there and give discounts to CCM students so that we can get the equipment cheaper.”

The club meets every Tuesday and Thursday and contains 19 people on the email list while nine people have been to club meetings and five people have been to the climbing center.

“We asked the boss of the climbing center, who is very generous, if they would mind giving us a discount,” said Tatiana Castellanos, an exercise science major at CCM.  “We are college students, and we are on a budget, and he said that it was no problem.”

Castellanos said that the climbing center even allowed the club to do a free night for people who are new to climbing, just to see what it is like and to get people aware of what climbing is.  Castellanos also added that a lot of students can be timid and hesitant when they see something they need to pay for, so it is nice that they can offer something for free because students will be more inclined to try it.

“I just got hooked,” Plunkett said.  “The reason I kept going was because everyone was so nice and welcoming that I fell in love with the actual sport of it, and now I’m super into it.”

Castellanos said that she is “obsessed” with climbing.

“I started when I was 18, so five years ago,” said Castellanos, who was working in gymnastics on the other side of the climbing center.  “I saw that we had a rock wall, and then one of the employees asked if I wanted to try it, and everyone there was so welcoming, and I tried it out … It’s basically just hanging out with your friends while doing something you all really like.”

Students celebrate fall festivities at Art Club fundraiser

Pumpkin painting, mask making event table held in the Student Community Center

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By Arianna Parks
Photo Editor

The Art Club at County College of Morris raised money for the art department’s Metropolitan Museum of Art trip fund by inviting students to paint masks and pumpkins in the Student Community Center Thursday, Oct. 26.

Angela Caristi, an 18-year-old biology major at CCM, said that she found the event to be a de-stressing and artistic escape while juggling the taxing academic responsibilities of her first year.

“They [club members] came over and asked us, invited us,” Carista said. “That’s what prompted us to come over. It was inviting and seemed friendly.”

The table offered a range of canvases from plastic skulls to real pumpkins. To create with an assortment of feathers and jewels cost $5, and to purchase a premade piece cost $10. Art Club President Tori Przetak, Vice President Mike Champagne, and other club members were present and promoting the event to raise money for their group and the art department.

“Our forte is fundraisers,” said Champagne, a 20-year-old fine arts major. “We raise money for art supplies, trips to the Met, and other things the department needs.”

Megan Frehill, a 18-year-old nursing major at CCM fondly recalled her autumnal family traditions while painting a plastic pumpkin in sky blue.

“Me and my parents watch a lot of Halloween movies,” Frehill said. “Once the first day of October hits, we try to watch a bunch of movies to get us in the mood.”

Whether escaping the stresses of class and academic pressures or hoping to meet new friends and have an outlet for artistic expression, CCM students gathered around the Art Club’s craft table and brought their creative visions to life through grainy, wooden brushes and sparkling gems.

Kiandra Hill, a 19-year-old art education major, looked back on pumpkin carving competitions with her siblings as she created a dusky landscape on her plastic pumpkin.

“I am one of nine siblings … We did a lot of pumpkin picking, we would always try and get the biggest one.” Hill said, chuckling. “Whoever lost had to wear the pumpkin for the rest of the day.”

Writers’ Club gives new voice to budding artists

By Gina N. Fico

This semester, County College of Morris introduced the Writers’ Club, a new student organization to help students expand their skills in writing.

The club is designed for students who either want to succeed in their classes or utilize their creative writing skills, according to founder and president Michelle Mardis. The club meets at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays in Cohen Hall 265. Three members of the club introduced the student body to the club at the Welcome Back Bash Thursday, Sept. 21.

Mardis, a liberal arts major at CCM, said she was motivated to start this club so CCM students’ “voices can be heard.” She said that this club will also benefit students using writing as a “stress reliever” and that it will present guest speakers that can help students learn how to get their work published.

Mardis said her hope for this club is that it will get more people talking about writing and will help students understand how much writing can extend one’s knowledge and open up students’ minds to “thinking outside the box.” The club will present guest speakers that can help students learn how to get their work published.

Writing is a key skill for students as taking English Composition classes is required to obtain a degree in most majors at CCM. However, some students feel uncomfortable with expressing their thoughts. Gabby Cuevas, a liberal arts major at CCM, said that is another aspect the Writers’ Club can assist students with.

“If you are afraid to tell how you feel in public, you can definitely write down how you are feeling,” Cuevas said.

She said that the club will also focus on helping students construct their thoughts better for essays if that is something they struggle with.

Louis Perez, a music recording major at CCM, said he looks forward to the variety of work this club will present.

“Just more expanding on music related works, it could just be short stories, songs, any sort of writing,” said Perez.

Perez said he hopes this club will make his own “creative juices flow” and he wants the club to push students to speaking their minds more than they may be comfortable with.

Mardis said that the club will host an event called “The Writers’ Block,” which will give students a chance to share their story in a forum similar to an open mic, and students will be free to share their writing and singing their songs. Mardis said there are many phenomenal writers whose voices are not heard, and this event and others like it can help these students more confidently share their work.

“I think it will really show that community college students are just as good as a four year school,” Mardis said. “And it’s really important to me that everyone has a chance to have their voice heard. That’s the main thing I’ve been saying all day. Make sure your voice is heard.”

Religious, ethnic clubs recruit new student members


Muslim Student Association members recruit new members at the Welcome Back Bash. Photo By: Alexa Wyszkowski.

By Katie Coyne
Entertainment Editor

Country College of Morris has a vast array of cultural clubs to choose from, and most represented themselves Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Welcome Back Bash held on campus.

Music and the rich smells of ethnic cuisines emanated through the air.

Pertaining to culture and religion, there are a wide variety of clubs to choose from at the campus. These clubs include the Campus Christian Fellowship, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Muslim Student Association, United Latino Organization, Asian Student Association, Diversity Organization, Jewish Student Association, and Black Student Union.

By joining each or any club, students are welcome to learn about different cultures, customs, and traditions of each native heritage.

The Asian Student Association is planning an upcoming cooking event to show students how to cook Asian cuisine, such as sushi right, at home. The Muslim Student Association had different types of food they were serving at the bash, such as baklava and halal.

Halal, a Muslim way of cooking, translates into English, as “lawful or permissible.”  Baklava is a dessert containing chopped nuts and honey baked within a pastry.

“We eat Kosher, too, said  said Saba Gatabi, the vice president of the Muslim Student Association and nursing major at CCM. “It’s the same thing; we have it in a different way … We have religion, and we have culture. So in culture, there’s different kinds of food and different people. In culture, there are different kinds of religions, too.”

A majority of different religions follow the same principle, which is belief in a sole God.

“Basically all religions are the same, like different ways of following them, different ways of doing things,” Gatabi said.

The Orthodox Christian Fellowship is based on the Roman Catholic religion which is also monotheistic. Any and all students who worship within the Christian faith are welcome to join.

“We discuss Orthodox Christian rules amongst ourselves basically,” said Simeon Brasowski, a member of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship and a business administration major at CCM. “We’re open to inviting any and all other denomination of Christian or whatnot and basically to discuss today’s issues with teens and problems that we go through to try to relate to our lives and to Christian beliefs, basically.”

Culture clubs are also about having fun and introducing different games to students from different countries.

The United Latino Organization plans events such as bingo and gymkhana, games that are played a lot in their native regions of Latin America.     Gymkhana translates into English as a “scavenger hunt.”

“Bingo games are something that is really popular in our countries,” said Sebastian Oroteo, a biology major at CCM. “It’s just like a challenge, and they make rules and they just start doing like a step by step challenge … Our club creates events to make people understand how Latin American culture works, like what we do and how we live, and how our culture works.”

The Welcome Back Bash attracted many students and each cultural club was looking to attract new members.  Any students who are interested in joining a club may access more information on the CCM website.