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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.

Photo classes given 360 degree cameras

New technology offers spherical videos with interactive panoramic views


Photograph featuring a 360 degree view of mountainous landscape. Photo courtesy of: Samsung

By Katie Coyne
News Editor

The art and design department at County College of Morris introduced new 360 degree view cameras made by companies Vuze and Samsung for photography classes starting in the spring 2018 semester.

Vuze was the world’s first virtual reality camera with high quality and resolution in  3D and 360 degree images.

“It has two fisheye lenses: one on the front, one on the back, so it’s able to completely capture a 360 view,” said Professor Nieves Gruneiro-Roadcap, the chairperson and associate professor of the art and design department at CCM.

The Samsung Gear 360 is one type of camera that the campus is using. The features on the camera make  it possible to broadcast moments with family and friends, as well as livestream concerts  The camera can also be paired up with a phone or computer, so students can stream from many platforms.

“Anything from commercial applications to real estate and product photography where you can see the 360 view to even journalism to reportage.  It’s become very popular doing image capture in war zones or for interviews,” Gruneiro-Roadcap said.

The New York Times has even joined in on this trend by  adding 360 views to their  online productions.  “The Daily 360,” is where media users on tablets, computers and Iphones can experience a new part of the world every day.  The 360 view allows one to see various scenes in different perspectives by  moving the scene  left, right, up, down, and behind.

The college has obtained the cameras through a government program called Perkins Grant Funding which makes it possible for students who are getting an associate applied science degree to access these cameras.

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Education Act of 2006 was created for students who are obtaining postsecondary careers and technical education program degrees. The act dates back to the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917 which was the first authorization of the federal funding of vocational education.

The concepts of 360 photography will be incorporated into the photography curriculum at CCM. As new technology such as this emerges, the job of a photographer becomes more varied and not so black and white, said Gruneiro-Roadcap.

“I don’t even know if you can call somebody a photographer in the next couple of years,” Gruneiro-Roadcap said.  “What they’re going to expected to do is going to be so vast that it’s just more than taking a simple photo.”

Gruneiro-Roadcap said wedding pictures and high school photos will still be a part of the photography world, along with fine art images for calendars.  However, she said photography concepts are definitely growing more vivid and technical for branches such as retail and real estate.

“People are going to want to see motion,” Gruneiro-Roadcap said. “They’re going to want to see something that’s extended, they’re going to want something that’s immersive.”

The campus has acquired enough cameras so far that they can easily shared between two students.  The rest of the products will come during the spring semester for students to begin using them.

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.”

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.

Preparation of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” beginning for fall

By Katie Coyne
Entertainment Editor
​Out of the two plays County College of Morris will perform this fall, some students are gravitating towards Victor Hugo’s classic “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” because it has more of a musical aspect to it. Compared to the fall drama, John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden,” it will allow more chances for students in the campus’ drama and fine arts scene to showcase and hone their skills in live music and dance.

The college held four auditions for the musical from Wednesday, August 30 to Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Breanna Migala, a liberal arts major at CCM said she wanted to audition for an instrumental part rather than acting or singing.
​“I could play music for it,” said Migala, a clarinet player.  “That’s what I was more interested in.”

Austin Biss, a music recording major who has played drums for 13 years, said he is also looking forward to performing music for the play.
​“I’m actually the drummer for the musicals,” Biss said.  “I’ve been doing it for three or four semesters now. If you go see the musical, I will be playing the drums there.”

Professor Marielaine Mammon, chair of the music, dance, and performing arts department at CCM said that she is excited about the musical.

“The music is phenomenal,” Mammon said “ I researched it and I just got so excited about it.”

​    Two of Mammon’s favorite composers Alan Menken for “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”  and Stephen Schwartz for “East of Eden” have  featured works in their respective CCM productions.

Mammon said “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” will have a more similar portrayal to the novel rather than the Disney movie.
​“The storyline, the true storyline of how Quasimodo was treated and his demise, and Esmeralda’s death, and Phoebus, it’s a love triangle, and it follows the book more than the cartoon,” Mammon said.
Mammon said Hugo’s musical will be comprised of a large chorus featuring some of  the “challenger students,” high school students earning college credits at CCM.

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” will be performed Wednesday Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Community Center Dragonetti Auditorium. There will also  be a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.
“East of Eden,” will be performed in the Dragonetti Auditorium Thursday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets for both productions are $15 for the general public and $10 for CCM students and senior citizens over age 62.

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.

dance pic- Katie

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.

Marines talk music with CCM choir members


A visit from the United States Marine Corps was repaid by a vocal performance from the County College of Morris Chamber Choir Thursday, Feb. 24.

The students shared their vocal talents with the Marines, and in turn the Marines presented them with options of career opportunities for their musical talents. The Marines also provided the students with other avenues to explore, such as instrument repair.

Michael Groschadl, an electronic music major and member of the Chamber Choir, said that the choir performed a piece that they were working on called “Connected.”

“We wanted to give them a piece back,” Groschadl said. He said that the presentation gave him information about possible careers that he didn’t even know existed.“It opened my eyes for some of my friends that may be interested in something like that.”

Ryan Taesler, a liberal arts music major, has been in the choir for two semesters and has seen the Marine Corps Band perform at the Drum Corps International shows.

“It was something I’ve been seriously considering,” Teasler said. “I really like all that they have to offer in their music program, it’s really extensive.”

Staff Sergeant Mykel Stanley conducted the presentation, along with Staff Sergeant Kieran Grogan, both Marine Recruiters out of Rockaway. Stanley said that the choir sounded awesome.

“It was like being immersed in a Pitch Perfect,” he said. “Everything was a cappella.”

The Marine Corps Band was established on July 8, 1798. Training for the band is extensive; as a musician for the band, a Marine learns four years’ worth of musical knowledge in the timespan of six months.

College tuition is 100 percent covered in the program and musicians perform over 350 times a year; they are never required to set foot in combat. In addition, students in the Marine Corps Band receive college credits after participating, so, if they are striving for a musical degree, this makes it beneficial for their college career.

There are different sections in the band as well, which are open to musicians, such as the choir.

“To make entry into the program itself you have to play in instrument,” said Stanley.  “You can be in the pit orchestra, you can be in the marching band, and you can be in the choir.”

The Chamber Choir meets every Monday and Thursday from 11:00-12:15p.m. in the Music Hall in the Edward J. Yaw Music Technology Building.

Splashes and songs await as students prepare for ‘The Little Mermaid’


Students at County College of Morris are bringing the script of The Little Mermaid to life. Echoes of students singing “She’s In Love,” float through the air in Dragonetti Auditorium, beautiful and melodic.

Jon Reisch, a CCM student and the actor playing Prince Eric, said he sees Prince Eric as a character who is trying to break away from some of the norms in royal life.

“Very adventurous, he’s a very active character,” Reisch said. “He wants to be outside of the normal in terms of things that aren’t all that prince-like.”

Reisch also said there will be a heavy aspect of romance in the acting, as Prince Eric plays the main love interest to heroine Ariel.

The actress who plays Ariel, however, is focusing more on getting her characterization right than the romance to come.

“Ariel is such an amazing and complex character, it’s an honor to get to show the world my version of her,” said Emily Alworth, a musical theater major at CCM. “She’s very much a classic Disney princess, very well put together, and always putting her best foot, or fin, forward. She always sees life through such a positive view, she follows her heart above all else, follows it to the surface, follows it to Eric’s ship and follows it beyond where any mermaid could’ve dreamed of.”

Ursula, the main villain, will be played by Danielle Swiss.

The Little Mermaid was my favorite movie when I was growing up,” Swiss said. “Getting to play one of the Ursula’s is just the icing on the cake. I specifically auditioned for the role of Ursula because I thought playing the villain would be the most fun.”

Danielle participated in the drama club and musical theater up until attending and graduating from Moravian as a science major, and music minor.

The performances are April 5 through 8, in the Dragonetti Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Saturday, April 8 at 2 p.m. General admission is $15, tickets are $10 for all students with ID and alumni, children 12 and under, and seniors 62 and over.

‘The Little Mermaid’ coming to CCM newspaper


“The Little Mermaid” is coming to the County College of Morris this spring. A Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, which is mystical and magical in essence, is much more than just a fairy tale, according to Professor Marielaine Mammon, the director of the play and chair of the performing arts department at CCM.

“It’s a relationship between a father and a daughter; a father and a son,” Mammon said. “It’s about how you handle a family, and it’s also about two different worlds and two different cultures; two different backgrounds, two different races.  It’s the culture under the sea, and the culture that’s on land.  It’s the understanding, and it takes the diversity and the understanding of two different worlds and two different cultures.  It’s much more than a fairy tale.”

There were 62 students that auditioned, and there is a cast of 48.  Mammon is double-casting some of the roles in order to give students a broader opportunity.  The opportunity to participate allows performing arts students to put what they learned in their classes into a practical outlet.  The orchestra, made up of both professors and students, also plays a huge part in the production.

The play will be held Wednesday through Saturday April 5-8, with a matinee on Saturday in the Dragonetti Auditorium, and it is open to the public, including children from ages five and above. This is a perfect opportunity for the campus community to come together.  The subject of the musical draws an audience of broad ranges in age and interests.

“I try to do something for everyone, each show,” Mammon said.  “I wanted something light and magical, and what better than ‘The Little Mermaid’.”