Cross-Country Recaps

Sat 09/26

Osprey Open

Stockton College

Pomona, NJ

Men place third

The Dukes men had a very respectable showing at the Osprey Open held at the Richard Stockton College of NJ in Pomona.

Millville High’s Dave Bertulis was the first Duke to cross the finish line in ninth place with a time of 21:09. He was followed in the scoring by Dave Owens (21:32), John Burkhart (22.33), Derrick Nickle (22:40) and Anthony Carei (22:42).

The Dukes won a tiebreaker to determine third and fourth place when Eric Wiggins , the 6th runner for CCC crossed the finish line in 22:58.

Stockton won the meet with a team score of 23 and Bloomfield finished second with a team score of 59.

The Dukes women placed four runners in the top 58, but did not get a team score.

Cumberland Regional graduate Jessica Haff led the Dukes with a time of 31:04.

Sarah Singer (31:21), Kaitlynn Arena (35:15) and Candice Brown (42:35) were the other Duke runners.

Next up for the Dukes is the Goldey-Beacom Fall Classic at Carousel Park in Wilmington, DE.


Sat 10/03

Gold-Beacom Classic

Wilmington, DE


Men place second

The Dukes men showed last year was no fluke.

Only Bloomfield was better on this Saturday. Second out of nine times is indeed a strong finish.

Vineland High’s Dave Owens led a strong team attack, finishing the 6.2 mile course in 31:19, good for seventh place.

Owens was followed by John Burkhart (32:06), Derrick Nickle (32:54), and Dave Bertulis (32:57). Josh Smith, who ran a 34:03 rounded out the scoring for the Dukes.

Bloomfield won the meet and Lancaster Bible and Goldey-Beacom finished third and fourth.

The Duke women put on an improved showing at the Goldey-Beacom Classic, placing four women  in the top seventy-one runner.

Cumberland Regional graduate Jessica Haaf was the first Dukes woman to cross the finish line in twnety-eighth place with a time of 25:31.

Kaitlynn Arena (28:15), Sarah Singer (30:34) and Candace Brown (36:08) rounded out the Dukes team.

Next up for the  Dukes is he Army Prep Invitational at Holmdel Park.



Dukes Cross-Country ready for success

BY: Ashley Sedyne

Staff Writer


What does it take to be a good cross country runner?

It takes stamina, heart, dedication, and drive. These are the qualitieties that the Cumberland County Dukes cross country teams possess.  This can very easily be seen in the Dukes national ranking. The  boys and girls team is currently ranked ninth nationally.  The team is a division three school in region six of county colleges.

They show their stamina  and endurance in the lengths they run in each meet, a feat many should be proud to accomplish. They show heart, dedication, and drive on the track and in the classroom, at least that is one thing Coach Marketto has made sure of this season.

Coach Marketto says  his runners not only “attend daily practice, but they also participate in a weekly study group.”

Coach Marketto stresses heart in all aspects from his runners, and he seems to be accomplishing this with his runners. He wants the runners to be successful not only on the track, but in the class room, and later on out in the real world.

The boys cross country team is a very young team. It only has two remaining runners from last year. Marketto says he is lucky because” he found excellent team leaders in both Josh Smith and John Burkhart.”

Even though Marketto says this is a reloading year, he believes that he has a very talented team “we could win a championship. The talent is there. We just need the experience.”

The runners may be young but under the leadership of Coach Marketto, it won’t be long before they are winning champion ships. Coach Marketto is a very experienced cross country runner and coach. He was voted most valuable runner at Rowan Unversity in 1965. Since achieving that award, Coach Marketto has continued on to many coaching jobs including both high schools and colleges.

Another thing Coach Marketto and both  the team captains Smith and Burkhart stress is team unity. Smith and Burkhart both agree that the team this year is “ a close knit group, like a tight sweater.”  They believe the team is different from last year and have the potential to win, because “there aren’t any waves.”

In the meets the boys have run they have run away with two third place trophies and one second place trophy. The girls on the other

hand have a full team, which is the first time this has happened since the sport was instituted by Coach

Marketto in 2002.

Marketto says that “women have made significant progress. It’s the first time we’ve fielded a full team. These runners will definitely experience success down the road.”

These two teams seem to be faring pretty well against the competition they have faced so far, and are uncertain that they will continue to remain  successful as a team on the track, in the class room, and in all other aspects of life.

Think You Have the Right Kicks?

By: Diana DeHaro

Staff Writer


You’ve heard of the soccer club on campus, now there is going to soccer team.

For the year 2010 there will be a woman’s soccer team.

“The team is slowly but surely being built now even before we kick off in August of 2010” says  Women’s Coach Chris Zirpoli. “There are about 10-15 girls on campus who plan on playing next year.

Practice will be twice a week. Skill development, getting in shape, along with strength training will be the main focus to be prepared for next year’s season”.

“There is a great support system of the athletic department who keeps everything moving along and on track” explains Coach Zip.

Recruiting the players should be an interesting part in the team process. Coach Zip plans to attend as many high school girl soccer and club team games throughout the year as possible. Of course he won’t be doing this on his own. His assistant coach and volunteer assistant coach will be going through Cumberland County hunting for the right girls to make the team the best that it cand be.

Chris Zirpoli has been coaching different levels for about seven years now. He plays in a men’s soccer league that is a part of the SJASL(South Jersey Adult Soccer League), which was created by him. It has been running for five years now.

The athletic department will provide the uniforms for the CCC soccer girls. Fundraising may be necessary if the budget does not cover all the equipment needed for the team to reach its full potential.

“The response so far has been positive but we still look to add players each day and stay very optimistic that this program is about to take off in a big way.” comments Chris.  The progress for the new soccer team is looking satisfactory. Everyone is looking forward to how the new season for the new team is going to pan out.


State budget affects CCC

Staff Writer

While America does its part in fighting off a global recession, CCC refuses to fall behind.

Cumberland County College is not only financed by its students, but a great portion of the money needed to keep the college up and running on a daily basis is granted by the state budget. Amidst our recession, the state government has taken great strides in cutting the funding to many different programs and facilities to try and keep our economy afloat. Leaving the question, how much of a toll has the recession taken on the progress and the daily advancement of CCC? John Pitcher, Vice President of the Finance & Administrative Services here on Campus commented about the state budget cuts, and how they are affecting CCC, “New Jersey state budget cuts took 5% ($180,000) out of the college budget. We anticipated the cuts, and incorporated into this year’s fiscal planning. What actually made up for the cut was the stimulus package, so we saw virtually no decline as far as layoffs or the daily operation of the college.”

When asked about what plans the college had for the years to come, Pitcher added, “There are always a lot of plans, but not always the money to put them in motion. We do plan on replacing all the computers in the labs and the learning centers in the coming semesters, and really plan on updating all the technology here available for student usage.”

Evidence of advancement on campus can be found in the up and operating information hubs, which help students find where they need to go as well as where they are. These hubs will soon offer information on contacting staff members here at the college.

“That’s just one example of all the technical improvements on the way,” Pitcher said. The state budget cuts have virtually had no effect on CCC’s operation this year because of the stimulus package, and students and faculty alike can expect great things to come in the near future. Although the country may be at a standstill, Cumberland County College is moving steadily forward.

Back from Iraq


Staff Writer

John Lore, an English and Journalism Professor, was deployed to the Middle East in the summer of 2008.  This would be his first tour of duty for the Army, National Guard.  The tour first began in Kuwait and then his platoon moved to Baghdad, Iraq where they remained stationed for nine months.  The troop was located near an Iraq Judicial / Governmental building.  “Trials were held in this building for Third World criminals who broke the law”, said Lore.  Working near the building enabled John to be in contact with the Iraq police and also lawyers and judges.  Also this location was near a call center where he was able to contact his family at least every other day.  “This is what got [me] through”, said Lore.  Coming in contact with the natives on the way to work and when touring the area was also common and interesting, their culture was certainly different than that of an American.  He worked on a convoy truck with 30 other members of his platoon.  As a lieutenant he was responsible for preparing the orders to be carried out by the sergeants.  Following such a strict schedule, there was not nearly enough time for rest.  This is what John said was the hardest change to adapt to.  In fact when asked what he missed most about being home he quickly responded “sleep”, besides his family of course. Being a lieutenant was certainly different than his duties as a professor.  One of the differences was giving an order to his platoon. Lore said, when you give an assignment to a student that’s as far as you can go with it.  You are not sure that the student will carry their instructions, but giving an order to a soldier is quite the contrary, you know that they will fulfill the request.  For individuals interested in joining the military lore said, “make sure it is a good fit” and it is definitely something you need to be passionate about.  He was “relieved that he and his troops returned home safely and no one was killed or badly injured in the line of duty”, said Lore.

Lore In Action

Lore at Fort sill, Oklahoma



Do you dare to enter?

Staff Writer
Do you enjoy things going bump in the night? Well then I have a place for you to venture to this Halloween. The Bates Motel Haunted Hayride and House in Glens Mill, PA has been making the hairs on the back of necks stand up for almost 15 years.

Randy Bates the proud owner has brought screams to a whole new level. When you visit, the chills and screams are delivered in one of the most innovative ways that can be seen in the greater Tri-State area.

Without giving away all the gory details let me walk you through some of what makes this place so scary, or maybe you’d rather run. When you begin your journey into the night on what seems like a normal tractor, an eerie tune begins to play.

The music can be heard throughout the grounds. With the help of 500 -watt amps and a full range of speakers the trees help to make the sounds of the night echo. Not only is the soundtrack to the night amazing, but it is also well choreographed with all of the scenes of the ride.

The sets include tons of abandoned buildings, or are they? One of the highlights of the night would have to be entering into the mouth of a dragon. The tunnel is almost 100 feet filled with guts and fog. Listen closely and hear the heartbeat; make sure not to mistake it for your neighbor. If that scares you too much you might want to get out while you can. Recently, some inmates have escaped from the on ground asylum. So when passing through I would not worry too much or would I? It is known that the patients really do enjoy visitors and will me more than happy to get up close and personal with you.

There are many more areas of interest on the many acres of the Bate’s farm. Randy and his staff built all of the attractions with lumber from the trees in the area. Some of the big sets include a zombie strip mall, a haunted church, a 300-foot long cave with mineshaft and many more.

Make sure before you leave to check out the Bate’s house. The house is not recommended for children under 8. It is the scariest house on the property. Entering the Bate’s house will make you go out with a bang, but of course that will be the door slamming behind you as you run screaming.

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stop stigmatizing mental illness


Staff Writer

The week of October 4-10 is National Mental Health Awareness Week.  The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 50 million adults in the United States live with a mental disorder.    It is important to understand that a mental disorder is a disease of the brain. It can be biological like cancer, diabetes or heart disease, or it can occur as a result of an experience like fighting in a war, having a baby, or being the victim of a crime.  No one is immune to mental disorders – they strike children and adults of every race, creed, color and economic status.Most people with a mental disorder can lead normal active lives, but because of the stigmas surrounding mental illness, nearly two-thirds of the people who are suffering neglect to seek treatment.  Without treatment, the cost in the United States for unemployment, disability, substance abuse, homelessness, incarceration, and suicide can be more than 100 billion dollars a year.  With proper medical care, 70-90% of the people suffering with a mental disorder experience a reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life.  This surpasses the success rate of other medical conditions like heart disease.  The U.S. Surgeon General’s Office and the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Mental Health encourage everyone to help reduce the burden of mental illness and improve access to care by helping to remove stigmas around mental disorders.  If you or a family member has a mental disorder, become a spokesperson and help educate others by sharing your story.  Employers and schools can distribute literature and conduct programs to explain the truth about mental illness. Refuse to use offensive language like “nuts” or “crazy” or “schizo.”  Don’t be afraid to hire or rent to a person who has a mental disorder.  If we all work together we can break down the stigma barriers around mental illness in our schools, homes, communities, and places of employment