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Kicking it back-to-school style Looking back Women’s soccer team, preseason favorites, sets high goals for 2011 season. A review of the many changes made to the College through the years. See Features page 11 See Sports page 20 The College of New Jersey Student Newspaper since 1885 August 31, 2011 No. 1 Vol. CXXXV. Two students indicted in year-old sexual assault case By Matt Huston Editor-in-Chief and Laura Herzog News Editor  Matthew Mance and Tim Lee / Staff Photographers Hallway signs advised students to take precautions when leaving the dorms. A student (right) walks the boarded link between Travers and Wolfe halls. Hurricane Irene disrupts Welcome Week, move-in By Emily Brill News Editor The College braced for the worst, but from the moment Category 1 storm Hurricane Irene hit campus on Saturday night to the moment it cleared as a tropical storm Sunday morning, it spared the College much of the impact felt by other regions. The storm’s primary effects on campus were the cancellation of some Welcome Week events — including Convocation — and the postponement of upperclassman move-in day and the first day of classes. Classes were postponed until Wednesday, but officials changed their mind Monday afternoon and postponed classes until 5 p.m. on Tuesday. “The campus did not sustain any significant damage as a result of the storm,” Stacy Schuster, executive director of college relations, said in an email. No injuries were reported from the storm, said Lions’ Emergency Medical Service (LEMS) training captain Manil Shah, junior biomedical engineering major. Other areas of the region were not so lucky, The Times of Trenton reports. A Princeton First Aid and Rescue squad member died Monday from injuries sustained while searching a submerged car during the hurricane. The Trenton Transit Center flooded, and all service was halted as of Monday. Large swaths of the state are without power, including sections of Ewing Township. “Our house is without power for the next week,” said Brian Guo, senior finance major, see IRENE page 2 Two College students were indicted on Aug. 3 in the sexual assault of a freshman and face up to ten years in state prison if convicted, according to Casey DeBlasio, a spokesperson for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. Samuel Sarpeh and Christen Solomon, both sophomores at the time, allegedly assaulted the female student on Sept. 1, 2010, during the first week of the fall semester. As of early June, the charges were undecided: Solomon’s case remained pending, and Sarpeh was expected to be charged with a lighter, two-year probationary sentence after pleading guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, according to a report by the Trenton Times. However, the victim’s written testimony moved Superior Court Judge Gerald Council to call for a tougher penalty on June 2. The county prosecutor’s office presented the case to a grand jury, which charged both men with a second-degree offense, DeBlasio said. According to The Times, Assistant Prosecutor Renee Robeson said the victim was attacked after she became intoxicated at a party in Sarpeh’s dorm and approached Sarpeh, a friend of hers, for a place to stay. The College declined to discuss the case. “The College takes the safety and security of its students very seriously,” said Stacy Schuster, executive director of college relations. “As is the case with all matters of a sensitive and ongoing nature, in the interests of privacy, the College respectfully declines to comment on ongoing or possible student disciplinary matters.” According to the website of the Office of Anti-Violence Initiatives (OAVI), in 2001 the College was fined by a federal agency for allegations of underreported rape statistics. It has since attempted to promote an environment that not only educates students about how to avoid sexual assault, but also encourages them to report concerning events. In 2004, the number of reported incidents of rape (eight) was four times the number reported in 2002. The OAVI was established in 2004 as an on-campus resource for a number of issues including stalking, domestic violence and sexual violence. Students can report an incident of sexual assault to a Student Anti-Violence Education Peer Officer at the office’s new location in Room 307 of Holman Hall, or by calling the office at 609-771-2272. The “Hookup Bill of Rights” and more information on ways to avoid sexual assault are available online at College ranks highly, but at what cost? By Brianna Gunter Managing Editor Every year, the College ranks high on “Best College” lists and does well in reviews of higher education. These accomplishments are openly announced by the College and links to the reports can be found on the home page of the school website. What isn’t so openly announced, however, is that the College also frequently ranks high on another list — the most expensive public colleges in the United States. Pricey tuition and fees are nothing new. In 2007 the College was listed at No. 10 of the most expensive public colleges, with undergraduate in-state tuition and fees being $11,307. For the 20092010 school year the College fell to No. 11, but prices still rose to $12,722 (its lower ranking therefore a result of other schools also raising tuition). These same tuition and fees then spiked to $13, 293 for the 20102011 school year, and based on this data, the College is currently ranked in the No. 8 spot on the list of most expensive public colleges. Despite its expense, U.S. News & World Report ranks the College as the fourth-best regional school in the North, and it is the only public school in the top ten. U.S. News backed this up by referencing the College’s high selectivity and high retention rates, among other things. Forbes also highly ranks the College, placing it at No. 174 overall in its list of the top 20 percent (650 schools) in the nation. The College is also in the top 100 “Best Value” colleges as ranked by the Princeton Review. Aside from Princeton University, it is the only New Jersey school to make the list. These rankings were announced in February however, long before the latest rise in tuition. “We are in the same position as the last several years,” College President R. Barbara Gitenstein said in May 2011 when the next rise in tuition was being discussed. “We don’t know how many resources we will have. We can no longer cut back in areas where we have before.” Gitenstein later announced in July that tuition would be raised $210 for full-time, in-state undergraduates and $421.50 for full-time, out-ofstate undergraduate students for the see VALUE page 2 Graphic by Brianna Gunter The College has appeared on lists delineating the top public colleges in the U.S. It has also been featured on lists ranking the nation’s most expensive public colleges. Bustin’ the Blockbusters Correspondent Justin Mancini reviews two summer flicks. Late-night cookie monsters Lovin’ Cookies delivery service makes mouths water. See A&E page 15 See Features page 11 INSIDE Nation & World Editorial Opinions Features Arts & Entertainment Sports 5 7 9 11 15 20

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