TheYoungtownEdition COUNTY COLLEGE OF MORRIS AWARD-WINNING STUDENT NEWSPAPER
VOL. 87, NO. 4
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 09, 2011
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“Genius is eternal patience.” -Michelangelo
A sudden storm’s aftermath
LAUREN BOZZI AND JOSEPH FELANO Entertainment editor, Communications manager
The November air blows with the bitter chill of leftover snow as groundskeepers around the County College of Morris load broken branches into the backs of maintenance vehicles. Workers at CCM have been on the job since Sunday morning in hopes to have the school back up in working order as soon as possible. The school is avoiding outsourcing by cleaning up the remains of trees that the blizzard left behind using the workforce of our very own maintenance department. As of now workers have not put in overtime, but have just been keeping busy during normal working hours. “I wouldn’t call it fun, but it helps pass the time,” said a pair of groundskeepers, as they worked their way up the path to the Student Center, loading branches and logs cut from debris. The storm’s damage left many New Jersey residents without power for several days. Trees, along with fallen power lines, cluttered many of the roads throughout the state. Luckily,
there were multiple shelters open in different parts of New Jersey for those who were in need of a place to stay. “We were very grateful to have so many volunteers,” said Diane Concannon, director of public relations at the Red Cross in Hunterdon County. The estimated number of people to stay at the shelter overnight was between 20 and 25 a day. The day time proved to be the busiest time at the Red Cross shelter. Showering facilities and hot coffee were available to all who wanted to get out of the cold and clean up. There were also games and actives to keep the children occupied with the lack of electricity. Warm meals were provided by the Salvation Army at night as well. However, at the end of the night, many people opted to find family or friends with power to stay with. “If the temperature had been just a bit colder, I’m sure we would have had a larger population of people who stayed the night,” said Concannon. “People came to shower and warm up, but the loss of power was not enough to keep them from sleeping at home.” Out of all of Northern New Jersey, Morris County was hit
hardest by the loss of power. Almost a week after the storm, Morris County still has the highest number of JCPL customers without power, with a little over 5000 still without electricity. Titan Alert’s debut performance was not accepted with the warm welcome it had anticipated, partially due to the fact that many students failed to sign up, but also because of the tardiness of the class cancelations. As anyone who made a call to the school, or took a visit to the CCM website, they were both down in their time of need on November 1. The school’s failure to come out with class cancelation information resulted in quite colorful conversation on the CCM Facebook page. “Awesome was just in the middle of a timed test and blackboard went down get it together CCM!” wrote an anonymous student. Although plenty of students were clearly perturbed by the lack of communication from CCM, there was also a mutual level of understanding that there was really no one to blame. “The storm was a big wakeup call about how much we all really rely on technology. I was obviously really annoyed that I
Damaged trees on campus at County College of Morris with the remnants of snow leftover from several days prior. couldn’t find out if I had class or not, but I’m sure the school was also frustrated that it was so difficult to get the message out,” said Cassandra Kadel, a freshman at CCM. It is clear that the storm impacted virtually everybody in the
New Jersey area, whether it meant providing shelter for a friend, or planning out the next place to take a warm shower. Hopefully the next time a nor’easter decides to hit New Jersey in the middle of the fall, we’ll be a little more prepared.
The Promethean wins national award of distinction
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advisor for the publication. “Our students can take pride in having made the Promethean part of a select group of projects recognized as the best the graphic design field has to offer.” The students who worked on the design and production of the 2010-2011 edition were Shelley Kays of Hampton, Christopher Melberger of Sparta, John Mehrkens of Sparta, Katerina Paleckova of Dover, Sonnya Orozco of Wharton and Rosangely Montilla of Randolph. Once an extracurricular activity, design and production of the magazine now is a demanding 15-week course in the Visual Arts Department. The publication consists of literary and art submissions from students, faculty and staff at CCM. Over the past 12 years, the publication has won more than 20 awards.
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The Promethean, the student-produced literary and arts magazine at County College of Morris (CCM), recently was presented with a national award of distinction from Graphic Design USA, one of the major graphic design competitions in the country. Competing against entries from leading design and advertising agencies, the 2010-2011 edition of the Promethean was presented with an award in the Publications category. As a winner, the publication will be listed in the 2011 American Graphic Design Annual produced by Graphic Design USA. “The 2011 competition drew more than 8,000 entries in all categories and only 15 percent were chosen for recognition, making this a particularly noteworthy recognition for the Promethean,” noted Professor Kathy McNeil, who serves as faculty
Broadway closer to home
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Easy time management How to effectively manage various stressors in your life; a “Tip of the Month” feature Page 3.
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How were you affected by the Storm? Helen Mastrobuoni Age Professor of Biology “I feel lucky because I wasn’t hit as bad as some others. My main concern, however, has been reaching my online students. It’s baffling trying to collect where they are” Ronnie Weber 18 Business “I didn’t lose power at all, but my friends did. I let them all crash at my place while their power was out.” Jessica Rozgonyi 18 Undecided “I didn’t lose power at all but a lot of trees fell down in my area. I didn’t have any difficulty getiing to school, though.” Amy Jociute 19 Liberal Arts “Almost my entire town lost power. I wasn’t home for the storm, but I heard that my town was pretty badly affected.” Amanda Morales 20 Undecided “I didn’t have any issues getting to school, and even though a lot of people in my town lost power, I didn’t”
When a topic for comic relief results into a harmful situation JORDAN KALMOWITZ Contributor
According to the Webster’s Dictionary a bully is one who intimidates those who are smaller or weaker. Bullies or bullying seems to be a reoccurring theme almost everywhere in the world. From major news headlines to a simple seasonal job, bullying is present. Why, the answer is unknown, but the repercussion of bullying always seems to be drastic for both the one who gets bullied and the bully. So if you know how much of an impact bullying has upon people why do we continue to keep bullying one another? Last Thursday, on campus a student was witnessed bullying another student who has a mental disability. This student was not only bullied because of her social status, but mostly because of the way she looked. As a result of what the bully had said, the student who was bullied is afraid to even be in proximity of the bully. Exactly how does a school as safe as County College of Morris make a student of the school no longer feel safe, the answer is bullying. If bullying was not present in the
“I was lucky enough to not lose power so I let my friends stay with me. My entire town was destroyed, though. I didn’t have any trouble getting to school, but there were so many detours all over town. It was just annoying”
At almost any time of day, you can walk outside of the far end of DeMare Hall and find butts on the ground. No, I’m not talking about students sitting down and studying for an upcoming test. I’m talking about cigarette butts that litter the ground. In January of 2007 County College of Morris was one of the first community colleges to adopt a smoke-free campus policy. Now all but a little under 50 percent of all community colleges in New Jersey are smoke-free. It’s no small secret that even though the college has adopted this smoke-free policy, there are still students and even some faculty that light up while on school grounds. If students follow all of the other regulations of the college, why is the no-smoking policy habitually broken? While acknowledged that there are fewer people smoking on campus, Dean Bette Simmons said it’s disappointing to see so many students still smoking on campus. CCM’s motto is “Harvard on the Hill” and high up on a hill it is. All students know that the walk from parking lot 1 to DeMare Hall can easily take your breath away. “Being on a hill doesn’t make a difference,” Simmons said.
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world we live in today, we as people would feel more comfortable in our own skin. So the question now is where exactly do we draw the line in pointing humor towards one another? The world is now practically coming to if someone was surviving on life support, we as a generation would find humor in this. If someone was dying or seriously injured would that amuse people as well? Our humor as a generation has squandered itself away. If the only thing we can find laughter in is hurting a person or people, then how funny does the situation seem when the person hurts themselves or other people? So do we continue bullying and hurting people around us until they harm others and themselves, or do we put an end to this ongoing problem? The next time you witness someone bullying or hurting another what will you do? Become the bully or put an end to this immature, severe problem we are facing? The decision is entirely up to you: become another number of bullies, or become the difference in someone’s life.
Smoke-free campusfour years later
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As recently as last year students have petitioned to have a designated smoking area reinstituted on campus but Simmons said having that happen again isn’t likely. It was actually the Student Government Association that suggested implementing a smoke-free campus. All future petitions will have to go through
the S.G.A. to get approved but that doesn’t seem probable because it was the students that wanted a smoke-free campus in the first place. This issue won’t be going away anytime soon, but at least we can all agree on something: CCM is a healthier and more beautiful campus now.
One of the smoking signs on campus.
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UMDNJ program to help students with mental health problems
LAUREN NELSON Business manager
For loved ones it feels like only a day ago, but in time it has been seven years since Mark’s passing. Mark was a physically healthy 30-year-old. His family adored him. On a Friday night before Easter in his one-man apartment, emotional pain only he knew overwhelmed him. The neck tie hung up in his closest seemed to be the only way to end the daily torment that comes with bipolar disorder. In the U.S., a life is lost to suicide every 15.8 minutes. With a total population of about 8.7 million, around 259,000 adults in New Jersey live with some type of mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Almost every suicide case occurs because of a lack of treatment or under-treatment, according to statistics. In Mark’s case he had seen a doctor who prescribed him medications to help treat the mental illness, but over time he chose to withdraw from the medication. New Jersey wants to work towards ending this problem. At University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, psychiatrist Kenneth J. Gill is participating in a program designed to help students with mental health problems. The Education Research Project is a supportive education program funded by New Jersey Division of Mental Health Services. Dr. Gill has been and will continue to work on treating students who have a mental illness. The program’s mission is to get students educated by helping them. So many students with a mental illness drop out of school and this program wants to reverse that. “It helps them return to school, stay in school and graduate,” Dr. Gill said. The treatment does not in include medication and UMDNJ is not permitted to inform the school as to who is partici-
pating because doing so would be breaking HIPAA policy. This policy protects the privacy of individuals obtaining health treatment. UMDNJ is also conducting a study through the program to see the impact the program has on changing students’ lives. “The study lets students know about the supports that are available to them,” he said. Part of the agreement of the research being conducted is to follow a student for two years and check up on their mental recovery. Right now there are over 100 students involved in this program throughout the state. Now more people can be aware of the treatment they can receive in order to become well educated, eventually leading to a prosperous life. A premium life can seem out of reach for someone suffering with an untreated mental illness. Dr. Gill predicts that this program and research will result in more students going to school and then graduating. He believes that they will get better grades and as a result have a much better quality of life. According to Dr. Gill the program is not meant to replace any campus programs, but to supplement the services provided by the school. If you are a student diagnosed with a mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, you may qualify to be a part of this program and receive the help that you need. All of the treatment that you will partake in will be highly confidential. For more information you can call the confidential line 1-866-788-1947 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Mark’s death is a tragedy we can all learn from. Mental illness is not to be taken lightly and the professionals at UMDNJ certainly do not see it that way. Dr. Gill wants to help you or anyone you may know with any type of mental illness to lead a good, abundant life.
Finding your balance
ELIZABETH GALLAGHER Contributor
Although it feels like the school year has just begun, the semester is almost halfway through. And unfortunately this means midterms are looming in the near future. While your schedule may appear overwhelming, there are many ways to get through this stressful time. The key to studying efficiently is to manage your time wisely. Have a midterm approaching? Start now by simply going over your notes after class or making some flash cards. Or if you have time, meet up with some classmates and study in a group. Not only do you learn when your partner is quizzing you, but you benefit by teaching them as well. Also, identify the resources available to you. Stop by the writing or math center and set up an appointment for a tutor, talk to your professor, or spend some time in the library. No matter what method of studying you choose, the important thing is not to wait
until it is too late. Begin to go through the information early to avoid cramming the night before the test. While you may believe that studying for hours on end will help you learn all the information, think again. Marathon study sessions can be ineffective, and it is actually better to break up your studying into sections. By allowing yourself to take periodic breaks, you will retain more information and ultimately do better on the exam. De-stress by grabbing a snack, going for a walk, or calling a friend- anything that will allow you to relax! When you return to your work, you will be refreshed, focused, and ready to take on more information. The midterm season can be very demanding, but by preparing early and properly allocating your time, you will be able to effectively tackle the strenuous weeks of exams, papers, and projects. You will feel less anxiety knowing that you are well prepared, and your scores will reflect all of your hard work.
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Who would you vote for? JOSEPH FELANO
The 9:30 a.m. Advanced Journalism section set off to conduct a survey on October 28. This survey consisted of one simple question: “If the presidential election were held today, would you vote for Barack Obama or whoever gets the Republican nomination?” The students polled other
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students and faculty who were found around the campus of CCM from 10:30-11:45 a.m. on Friday. The survey showed the favor of a Republican candidate taking the presidency. Out of 130 polled, 68 said that they would vote for the Republican nominee, 52 said that they would vote for Barack Obama, and 10 were unsure as to who to vote for. “I would probably say the
Republican nominee, as I’ve been rather disillusioned with Obama. But both sides of the
aisle have disappointed me,” an anonymous faculty member said. Many
share the view of a student who said that it most likely depends on who will win the Republican Nomination.
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A Broadway hit meets CCM LAUREN BOZZI Entertainment editor
The performing arts program at The County College of Morris did not fail to engage and entertain with their recent presentation of “Cats.” As soon as the auditorium lights dimmed, the audience entered an alternate reality where humans no longer ruled. The performers seemingly transformed from human to feline as they swiftly hopped from place to place on the stage. They approached the audience members, almost too close for comfort, and drew them in with their cat-like stares all while gracefully contorting their bodies into felinelike poses. It was then that the performers broke out into their opening song: “Jellical Songs for Jellical Cats.”
As the show played out, it became increasingly obvious how much thought and effort had been put into the show. Not only was the make-up done to perfectly sculpt cat faces, it was also strikingly similar to the cosmetic artistry done in the Broadway show. The stage successfully set the tone for each song, and the background cat dancers added to the set as well. The costumes were bright and lively, and complimented each character’s personality based on the colors and designs. There is also something to be said about the vocal quality and song presentation. The performers were emotionally appealing and gave the audience a sense of genuine feeling. Kate LeFevre, better known as Grizzabella, gave a bonechilling performance of the
song “Memory.” James Hatem, who played the Rum Tum Tugger, had what may have been the most energetic and exciting performance of the show. His stage presence was powerful, to say the least. However, despite a few performances that really stood out, the show was wickedly entertaining as a whole. The most impressive part of the show was the clear bond of the cast. It was obvious through watching them perform that they had formed a tight-knit group. “We all came together to make the show what it was,” Hatem said. “I met a really great group of people while working on it.” From the visuals to the music, the show was a total hit.
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CCM women’s soccer finishes with strong season
CHARLIE CATHCART Contributor
The CCM women’s scocer team finished the season on October 22. This year was a strong one, finishing with 8-5-1 overall and a 4-3-1 divison record. With only four returning players to the roster, many challenges lay ahead. They went on to finish fourth in the division, just behind Essex County College and Harcum, who both finished with 4-3 division records and an 8-4 record and 10-6 record, respectively. In an interview with head coach Gazwan Ihssan via e-mail, she was asked about the team and the season, as well as her fourth season as the head soccer coach at CCM. Coach Ihssan offered a perspective on the team’s season. When asked how she viewed this season so far, how her team was performing, and how this compared with her expectations, she replied that she wasn’t surprised at her team’s strong play. The girls had been playing together throughout the winter at Turf City, an indoor sports center in Wayne. She also noted she saw a lot of improvements from all the players. With players constantly shifting out due to graduation and transfers, what are the challenges of coaching at a two-year school? Coaching at a two-year program is extremely difficult in the aspect of losing girls on a regular basis to transfers and graduation for sure. Our goal every year is to recruit heavily from the high schools and club teams on a regular basis and maintain a great relationship with those coaches. Besides reaching out to those coaches we also rely on the girls bringing in their friends that they played with in high school and club teams and doing on-campus recruiting. Having a solid soccer program definitely helps us out in bringing in new talent to our program year in and year out. How does this affect the team’s chemistry? I would have to say it’s by far the best I have every seen in any of my other teams I have coached in the past. These girls do everything together and that keeps them close. I bring my recruits together with my current players as soon as they commit to our program so they can start that chemistry building even before our season starts. They hang out
together outside of school and start building that chemistry early on. My two captains Kristen Brown and Sabrina Fleming were key factors in keeping the girls together and managing the team’s morale. They had one goal in mind and that was to win a Regional Championship right from the start. In her 4th year at CCM and her 8th year overall (with 4 prior years at Bergen), Coach Ihssan shared how this year compared with years in the past. She has already enjoyed some success here at CCM, finishing 10-4-1 and taking the team to the Regional Championship finals her first year. In her second year, the team went a solid 9-7. Last year was a bit rough, as injuries and an inability to fill the goalie position led to a 4-10 record. The bounce back to an 8-5-1 record was a real testament to the team and Coach Ihssan. When asked how this year compared with her other three years at CCM, she replied that this year was different because she could see the passion in her team’s eyes right away. She also explained that she kept her girls playing together over the winter as well as once a week in the off season to keep up their game. The last two questions for Coach Ihssan were the most telling and really summed up the season. What improvements are you going to focus on for your team next year? I will focus on keeping the girls playing as much as they can between now and August. They play a few tournaments in the summer and of course indoors starting in January. In regards to any changes, I believe that any I have made from last year to this year have already seen some improvement. The key to our success for next year and every year is really recruiting very hard and bringing the best talent we can. Finally, what one word would you use to sum up this season and your team’s performance this season? Amazing. I had an amazing season with my girls and it was cut shorter than we would have liked, but that’s what keeps us going and looking forward to an even better season next year.
CCM captures Region XIX DII Volleyball Championship Second seeded County College of Morris captured the 2011 Region XIX Division II championship with an upset of top-seeded Harcum College on Oct. 22. The Titans defeated Lackawanna College in the semifinals and then knocked off the Bears, 3-1, in the championship game to earn the right to advance
and host a NJCAA District Tournament on November 5th and 6th. The Division II All-Tournament team was comprised of; Micaela Younger (Del Tech), Ashley Allison (Harcum), Coral Barbaretta (Harcum), Courtney Bishop (Lackawanna), Megan O’Shea (CCM) and the MVP Elissa Mulcahy (CCM).
Members of the CCM men’s basketball team, both new and old, practice together for the upcoming season.
CCM men’s basketball team will focus on defense DANIEL CHARDON Contributor
If you’re a hoops fan, don’t worry about the possibility of a season-long NBA lockout; CCM basketball has you covered. The men’s basketball team kicks off its season November 5. Third year head coach Jamie Ciampaglio has assembled a team that fits his style of play. Don’t expect a shoot-out. Ciampaglio prefers to play a more defenseoriented brand of basketball. He stresses ball control and getting fast breaks points from defensive turnovers. Although this might be a young team with only four returning starters from last year’s squad, Ciampaglio said that this team has all the right tools to succeed. Building blocks from last year include team captain and
lead scorer Kamil Rutkowski, who feels that it’s his job to keep the team running smooth on and off the court with so many new additions. Rutkowski, who likens his defensive game to Dennis Rodman, said that this group of players “feels more like a team” as compared to last season. Kyle Henderson, another returning player from last season, echoes Rutkowski’s comments. “We have great new players,” Henderson said. Speaking of new players, 6’8” transfer Scott Deal from Fairleigh Dickinson University looks to make a big impact this season. Deal adds some much needed size in the paint and also has a lot of athleticism. Because of Garden State Athletic Conference rules, however, he won’t be able to play until the following semester.