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SG  learns   of   CAPS’   updated   services

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/HIW)RUHVWLQIRUPV6*RILPSURYHPHQWVWR&$365LJKW6*RIÀFLDOO\UHFRJQL]HV'DQFHUVRI1-DQGWKH-DSDQHVH6WXGHQW$VVRFLDWLRQ By Grace Gottschling Staff Writer Director of Counseling and Psychological Services Mark Forest visited Student Government during its meeting on Feb. 7 to speak about the College’s mental health services. SG also voted to approve two new clubs, Dancers of NJ and the Japanese Student Association. Forest began the meeting with a presentation docuPHQWLQJWKHUHFHQWHIIRUWVWKH2IÀFHRI+HDOWKDQG:HOOness is taking, including the Alcohol and Drug (GXFDWLRQ 3URJUDP 6WXGHQW +HDOWK 6HUYLFHV and Anti-Violence Initiatives. +HDOWK DQG :HOOQHVV KDV LQFUHDVHG LWV VWDII by more than 50 percent since the fall of 2014, and has enhanced referral capabilities for long-term treatment options, according to Forest. Forest reviewed the College’s mental health statistics in relation to the national average. Currently, the College matches the national average in regards to students experiencing serious considerations of suicide, at 8.6 percent. Students at the College who experience depression

match the national average at 32.8 percent. The rate of students at the College with chronic anxiety is 56.4 percent, which is more than two percent higher than the national average. Forest also discussed the Center for Integrated +HDOWK (GXFDWLRQ DQG /HDUQLQJ WKH &ROOHJH¡V QHZ FOLQLF :KLOH WKH FOLQLF LV QRW \HW DFFHSWLQJ QHZ VWXdents into the treatment program, the clinic’s staff is currently working with students who have been waitlisted. They are expecting to double the amount of students accepted as patients in the next academic year. +HDOWKDQG:HOOQHVVKDVDGRSWHGD´KROLVWLF model,� which emphasizes aspects of healthy living such as yoga and meditation. ´:KHQVWLJPDJRHVGRZQGHPDQGJRHVXS¾)RUHVW VDLG´,EHOLHYHVWLJPDKDVJRQHGRZQLQRXUFXOWXUH¾ Forest also wants students to feel comfortable reaching out for assistance, rather than allowing feelings of anxiety or depression to accumulate. ´:HGRQ¡WZDQWSHRSOHWRZDLWXQWLOWKH\¡UHLQFULVLV WR VHHN KHOS¾ )RUHVW VDLG ´,W¡V PXFK HDVLHU WR EXLOG

resilience for when those issues arise.� CAPS does not limit student access to long-term mental healthcare. Rather, it stylizes care plans depending on individual needs. Clinicians never turn away a student in need of mental health services, but will often recommend off-campus services if a student’s needs warrant the extra care, according to Forest. 6*YRWHGWRRIÀFLDOO\UHFRJQL]H'DQFHUVRI1-DQGWKH Japanese Student Association as campus organizations. 'DQFHUVRI1-SURSRVHGWKHLUFOXEDV´ODLGEDFNZLWKD less competitive setting,� which differs from other dance clubs on campus. Dancers of NJ is not audition based, and will host dance lessons featuring multiple styles and techniques. The group is also planning on hosting dance-related events twice per semester. The Japanese Student Association, which strives to provide students with a better understanding of Japanese and Asian-American culture, had already been operating XQRIÀFLDOO\IRUVHYHUDOVHPHVWHUV$IWHUDWWUDFWLQJPRUH than 40 members, the organization decided to seek ofÀFLDOUHFRJQLWLRQ

Habit  /  Vapes  contribute  to  smoking  policy  controversy continued from page 1 Once CSCC has completed analyzing the survey data, Martinetti says that the committee plans to start a next a discussion about the next steps for potential policy change. Assistant Dean of the School of Nursing, +HDOWKDQG([HUFLVH6FLHQFH$QWRQLR6FDUpati acknowledged the controversy behind changing the College’s smoking policy. ´%HIRUH DQ\ VHULRXV FRQVLGHUDWLRQ RI proposing a policy change, we’re obliged to become more informed and seek input from the campus community,� ScarSDWLVDLG´7KLVLVDFRPSOLFDWHGLVVXHDV we’re still learning about the still learning about the wide variety of tobacco products and usage.� The Juul is designed for portability, with a small, thin design that makes it resemble D à DVK GULYH -XXOV DUH LQWHQGHG IRU DGXOW smokers as an alternative to cigarettes, DFFRUGLQJ WR -XXO /DEV¡ RIÀFLDO ZHEVLWH +RZHYHU D SURGXFW LQWHQGHG WR FXUE DGdiction has become an addiction in itself as Juuls increase in popularity among high school and college students. The company may now be realizing that its goal of ending addiction has been lost through the product’s growing popularity among young people. As of Aug. 23, the minimum age for purchasing a Juul was UDLVHGWR\HDUVDQG-XXO/DEVXVHVDGYDQFHG DJH YHULÀFDWLRQ WHFKQRORJ\ WR HQforce this policy, according to its website. ´,GHÀQLWHO\WKLQNWKDW\RXQJNLGVXVLQJ it outweighs the smokers who are trying WRTXLW¾WKHDQRQ\PRXVIUHVKPDQÀQDQFH major said. Jennifer O’Neill, a sophomore history and political science double major and student representative of the CSCC, mentioned at the open forum that if it weren’t for student input, the committee wouldn’t

have been aware of the Juul trend. The invisibility of the product allows students to use the Juul in places where traditional vaping would never be permitted. ´,VRPHWLPHV-XXOLQFODVV¾WKHDQRQ\PRXV IUHVKPDQ ÀQDQFH PDMRU VDLG ´,W¡V kind of funny when the teacher’s back is turned and then you do it.� As of Nov. 1, New Jersey state law has also increased the minimum purchasing age of all tobacco products to 21, according to NJ.gov. That being said, the purchasing age in the majority of states is still 18 years old. Smoker’s Express in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, where many students SXUFKDVHWKHLU-XXOSURGXFWVLVRQO\DÀYH minute drive from the College. -RH+DGJHDVVLVWDQWGLUHFWRURIWKH&ROlege’s Drug and Alcohol Education Program, said that few students have come to him about vaping, and acknowledged that he was also unfamiliar with the Juul trend. ´0DQ\RIWKHà DYRULQJVIRXQGLQYDSHV have been approved for ingestion by the (Food and Drug Administration), but have QRW EHHQ VWXGLHG IRU LQKDODWLRQ¾ +DGJH VDLG ´6RPH YDSHV KDYH VLJQLÀFDQWO\ more nicotine than others. The impact of vaping is not as clearly seen as with other substances as we are still learning.� The CSCC’s discussion for a tobaccofree campus was also attended by students who don’t use nicotine products, but feel that banning them from campus would do more harm than good. ´6PRNLQJ LV KDSSHQLQJ QR PDWWHU what,� said Joshua Goikhman, a junior (QJOLVKPDMRU´,GRQ¡WWKLQNWKDWWKLVLV an avenue that will make anyone better off. I think it’s just wasting everyone’s time. It is costly and time-consuming to change policy.� Since the damaging effects of cigarettes often receives media attention, many believe that the Juul glamorizes smoking the

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