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Lions Den new and improved
Reported rapes on campus increase By Sydney Shaw Editor-in-Chief
Several students gave positive reviews of the new location and said it was a noticeable upgrade from last year. “I think the new Lions Den is a lot better than the old one,” said Alyson Magann, a sophomore nursing major.
The number of rapes reported to Campus Police, both on campus and residentially, doubled from 2014 to 2015, according to the College’s 2015 Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report. The report shows that in 2014, three rapes were reported on campus and two were reported residentially. One year later, six on-campus rapes were reported to Campus Police, as well as four off-campus rapes. The report also indicates an increase in reports of dating violence at the College. In 2014, one instance of oncampus dating violence was reported, but in 2015, that number rose to nine. Residentially, the reported number increased from one to seven. The number of reported stalking instances, both on campus and residentially, rose from zero to two in that same time frame, according to the report. Two instances of fondling were also reported on campus last year, although statistics for previous years were not recorded. Jordan Draper, the College’s Title IX coordinator, attributes the increase in reports of sexual offenses to the educational efforts of College administrators to ensure students understand the resources and reporting mechanisms available on campus. She cited Anti-Violence Initiatives, Counseling and Psychological Services and Title IX — Draper’s position, which was implemented at the College about a year ago — as resources for students.
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Students line up to try the new Original Burger Co.’s burger selection. By Michael Wszolek Correspondent
The Brower Student Center looked like a mall on Black Friday this past week as the new Lions Den opened for business at the College. Students poured through the doors to check out
the newly renovated facility, which includes four more eating options than the previous version. “I think it’s a very spacious new setting, and I really like the fact that it’s divided by different sections,” said Carolina Charvet, a senior international studies major.
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New fraternity NPR radio host discusses diversity at College By Elise Schoening Features Editor
By Nicole DeStefano Nation & World Editor Alec Paterno stood behind the lens of a camera with a smile. In his right hand, he proudly held up a white piece of paper that read “Beta Theta Pi.” With a click of his camera, the moment was captured. Paterno was now a founding father of a new fraternity at the College. “I went out to different (organizations’) rush events, but I never really saw myself fitting in,” said Paterno, a junior biomedical engineering major. “I thought joining Beta Theta Pi would be cool because it’s a different experience — it’s unique.” Beta Theta Pi, whose mission is to “develop men of principle for a principled life,” will be joining 11 other fraternities on campus this spring for official recruitment. “It’s a chance to get something started on campus rather than join something that is already here,” Paterno said. Beta Theta Pi is currently wrapping up its fall recruitment and thrilled to induct, educate see GREEK page 6
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When Maria Hinojosa stepped into the headquarters of NPR, she was overcome with nerves — an unfamiliar feeling for the award-winning journalist who covered everything from the fallout of 9/11 to the rise of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Born in Mexico City and raised in Chicago, Hinojosa became the first Latino hired at NPR. Walking into the whitewashed newsroom was more nerve-wracking for Hinojosa than hitting the streets of the South Bronx in New York City to report on the heroin epidemic there. “I wasn’t terrified to be in those neighborhoods,” Hinojosa said. “I’ve reported in those neighborhoods. I’ve lived in those neighborhoods. I’ve partied in those neighborhoods... This is to say we all Editorial / page 11
Hinojosa uses her perspective to talk about the media industry.
have a different perspective.” In a lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Mayo Concert Hall, Hinojosa shared her story with students at the College for Hispanic Heritage Month. “I am Mexican,” Hinojosa
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said. “I’m an immigrant, I’m a woman and I’m a journalist.” Hinojosa spoke with pride. She stressed the need for diverse representation in the media and urged those before her to follow in her footsteps.
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“I did what I am asking you to do. I’m asking you to own your own power, your own personal narrative,” Hinojosa said. “I jumped in and see NPR page 7
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Queer Ball PRISM hosts annual dance for QAM
Trenton Makes Music Trenton’s jazz history during panel discussion
Field Hockey The last two weeks come with success
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Lions / Food court offers many dining options
The Lions Den is full of students ready to sample the sandwich and Asian food stations. continued from page 1
“Not only does it make our school more visually appealing to outsiders, but it will make our time as students much more enjoyable.” Before the grand opening, the main dining options for students were the Atrium at Eickhoff, TDubs, the Library Café, Traditions, the Education Café and the Fresh
Pride Café. Now, the Lions Den is packed with a little bit of everything. The Original Burger Company serves anything you can find at an off-campus burger joint, as well as creative breakfast items: sandwiches, wraps and tater tots are on the menu. Pizza, Pasta & Co. offers pizza, as well as pasta bowls that include a gluten-free option.
Visitors can choose what sauce, vegetables and meat they want included in their pasta. Another station, Eastern Sensations, serves sushi and hot Asian food. Sub Connection, a sandwich and sub shop, was also added to the Lions Den. “The food is great and better quality than what they had
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in the old Lions Den,” said Jada Lamptey, a sophomore nursing major. “Also, I like it because it feels more like a food court setting now than what it was before they renovated it.” Traditions, a sit down restaurant that opened earlier this year, is another option for student center patrons and was the first phase of the student center renovation. The
food court is the second phase, while the third will include expanding seating for visitors. Still, some students believe there is room for improvement. “There isn’t a salad bar,” Magann said. “Although there is a new one in the Fresh Pride Café, this cannot be used for meal equiv, which is an option a lot of students miss.” According to Charvet, the new Lions Den lacks an old favorite. “There was specifically one section that I liked that I don’t see anymore… the sandwiches were premade,” she said. “But now, there’s only the make-yourown sandwich, and I feel like that takes a little longer. Last time I was here, it took me 45 minutes in the line just to get a sub.” Although there are still some issues, students generally appear happy with the new food option at the College. The food court offers more of a variety of food for all patrons to enjoy. “It’s a lot better than the old one, which was kind of just sandwiches, chicken fingers and sushi. You can actually get a good meal here,” said Maddie Tattory, a sophomore international studies major. The Lions Den is open Mondays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Safety / Annual report details College crime
The number of reported rapes have significantly increased from 2014 to 2015. continued from page 1 “With students seeking these resources more frequently, the… number will increase,” Draper said. In addition to reports of sexual offenses, the report shows that over the past two years, there was a drop in the number
Information courtesy of the College’s 2015 Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report
of arrests for violations of liquor law on campus. While 85 arrests were made in 2014, only 73 were made last year. According to the report, there was also one report of aggravated assault, four reports of burglary, two reports of motor vehicle theft and one report of arson in the form of an intentionally ignited trash can.
“The Campus Security Act requires all institutions of higher education that are Title IV eligible to report their crime statistics to the Department of Education and the general public by October 1, 2016,” according to an email sent to the campus community by Police Chief John Collins on Thursday, Sept. 29, that contained a links to the online version of the report.
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Students gather and discuss misconceptions By Michael Battista Staff Writer
“You don’t know me.” “There are barely any black or hispanic teachers (at the College).” “If I have dreads, I could have came from a family who really loves dreads… Why are you going to judge me because I have dreads?” These comments were heard during Lambda Tau Omega’s “White Privilege” event on Monday, Oct. 4, in which attendees discussed the advantages of being white. Dylilah Bryant, president of Lambda Tau Omega and a senior public health major, said she enjoyed how the event turned out and hopes more students will understand some of the issues that come with white privilege. “It’s really hard to get people to actually come to these things,” Bryant said. “Especially when it says ‘White Privilege.’ Once again, it’s just something they’re avoiding the discussion of. And that’s our goal — to make it a discussion.” The sorority welcomed sister and College alumna Caitlin Fair (’10) to talk about how white privilege has affected her and those around her. “(My sorority sisters) wanted to do a workshop that they felt would be impactful to particularly the multicultural student body at TCNJ,” Fair said. “Talk about things that were important to college students today.” As a Trenton native and teacher in that area, Fair told a story about one of her black students who came up to her car window in a known drug neighborhood. “One of my kids was standing at my window talking to me about a football game he had just had,” Fair said. “A cop pulled up… and basically ran down on this kid and another kid who was on the other side of my car, asking them all these questions and just being really rough and
I’m like, ‘Yo, this kid is 12.’” During the talk, Fair discussed the perception of white privilege. She said some deny its existence entirely, while others say things like, “I don’t see color.” Most of those in attendance brought up personal experiences during the discussion, ranging from being singled out to instances of “whites wanting to be black.” Bryant said that the sorority held the event because it wants to spread multiculturalism and empowerment. “So, as far as white privilege… we feel like it’s (an issue) that needs to be discussed on this campus because it’s a predominantly white school,” Bryant said. The College’s student body is mostly white. According to demographics from the Office of Admissions, 65 percent of the student population — 4,405 students — are white, while only about 6 percent — 378 students — are black. This doesn’t take into account students who identify as biracial or those who declined to report their race on their applications. The College’s lack of diversity spurred some to attend the event, like sophomore business marketing major Sabrina McIntosh, who said she wants more students to understand how this issue affects everyone. “I came to this event to be more informed about white privilege,” McIntosh said. “Knowing that I go to a predominantly white school, a lot of people here aren’t really informed. They know that white privilege exists, but they don’t necessarily believe they have it.” Fair knows that this topic is difficult to convey to others. Some people only want to learn a little bit about racism before they give up or think it’s about white shame. There is also the issues of biases, which have been ingrained into people’s thinking over time and cannot be easily forgotten or overruled. “The first part of the process of being able to unlearn things we’ve learned over the course of our lives is to want
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Fair discusseses the perception of white privilege.
to unlearn those things,” Fair said. The discussion topics hit home for many of those in attendance. McIntosh said she has felt as though others didn’t see her the same way because of her skin color and her choice of schools. She wanted more people to understand her and to be educated about white privilege. “I’m a student that’s getting a scholarship from going here and people think I’m going here only because of my race,” McIntosh said. “Which is not a fact. I’ve worked just as hard as anyone else. My GPA is high… Just assuming I’m going to a predominantly white school because of my color is just something privileged people tend to say a lot.” Bryant said while progress was made with the students who attended, there is still work to be done. “This is an issue,” Bryant said. “This is something we should make more of a conversation instead of avoiding it ourselves.”
SFB funds programing featuring YouTuber Laci Green
Members approve funding for fall events like the Autumn Bash. By Olivia Rizzo Staff Writer The Student Finance Board (SFB) allocated funding for fall festivities, YouTube celebrities and other campus events. First, SFB fully funded Student Government $6,944.95 for its first annual TCNJ Autumn Bash. “The purpose of this event is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for undergraduate students after the Homecoming tailgate and football game,” the proposal packet read.
The Autumn Bash will be an indoor festival featuring free pizza, inflatables and music. The organization requested funding for food, outside staff, security, music from WTSR and a variety of indoor inflatable games. The Autumn Bash will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Student Recreation Center. Women In Learning and Leadership (WILL) then proposed to bring YouTuber Laci Green to campus as a part of the organization’s Redefining Sex Week programing. Board members
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agreed to fully fund the event in the amount of $14,076. “Laci Green is a well-known YouTuber, activist and sexual educator who seeks to break the stigma surrounding sex, sexual education and sexual health,” the proposal packet read. “We hope to encourage candid discussion and re-educate the audience about the importance of comprehensive sexual education.” In its proposal, WILL requested funds to cover the cost of Green’s speaking fee, transportation, meals, boarding, security and the fee for booking the event space. Green is scheduled to speak on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Kendal Hall.
Next, TCNJ Musical Theatre requested additional funding for costumes, wigs and makeup for its fall production of “The Addams Family,” but the board voted to table this discussion until it could review the exact number of costumes and wigs that need to be purchased, along with the cost of each item. “‘The Addams Family’ will be the annual Black Box musical produced by TCNJ Musical Theatre, the purpose being to entertain our peers, provide our organization’s members with valuable experiences and use the theater facilities on campus in constructive and creative ways,” the proposal packet read. Later, TCNJ Barkada was fully funded $3,069 for Barangay 2016. “Barangay is our attempt to exhibit the unique customs of the (Filipino) culture to the rest of the College community, through a variety show format of popular television programs in the Philippines,” according to the proposal packet. Members of the organization requested funding for traditional food, performers and decorations that showcase the Filipino culture. Barangay 2016 will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Decker Social Space and is free for all students. The Pre-Dental Society also received $259.79 in funding for its event Keep Your Fangs Clean on Halloween, a dental hygiene goodie bag giveaway. The board fully funded the goodie bags, which will include toothbrushes, dental floss, toothpaste and sugar-free candy. The Pre-Dental Society will be distributing the goodie bags on Friday, Oct. 28, outside of Eickhoff Hall. Even though SFB agrees to finance certain events, there is no guarantee these events will take place. The approval only makes the funds available.
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Student Government plans Homecoming events By Megan Kelly News Assistant
Student Government (SG) held its weekly general assembly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 12, and discussed a potential new club on campus, plans for the upcoming Homecoming tailgate and other important events. The meeting began by SG officially recognizing the Scientista Club, a club specifically for women in the College’s STEM program. The club plans to hold events with female speakers involved in STEM so that students can get a better understanding of the field of study they are planning to enter. The club is also open to men, but so far, none have expressed interest, according to representatives. After the vote, SG then voted to approve bill B-F2016-06, which will shift responsibility of recording meeting attendance from the Speaker of the General Assembly to the Alternate Student Trustee (AST).
“In case anything did happen with attendance where there’s bad blood, it wouldn’t be with the member and the Speaker, it would be with the member and AST, because the Speaker’s position is designed for basically better community within SG,” President Kevin Kim said. Next, Kim swore in new members, including newly elected senators, the junior class council secretary and the entire freshman class council. Afterward, Kim went through all of the plans SG has for Homecoming weekend so far, beginning with the Lip Sync and Dance, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 28. This year, the theme of Spirit Week is reality TV shows, so any team that signs up for Lip Sync and Dance will be assigned a TV show. According to Kim, some of the shows will be “American Idol,” “The Amazing Race” and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” After Lip Sync and Dance, there will be late-night breakfast food served in
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Kim promises plenty of pizza for the Homecoming Dance.
the T/W Lounge, Kim said. Kim then addressed the tailgate, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29. The tailgate will take place in Lot 4, and there will be three different check-in stations for students to use, two of which will be for checking containers, such as coolers and backpacks. The other station will be for students with smaller bags, such as handbags. These three check-in stations will not be for ID-ing students — there will be three more check-in stations within the tailgate at which students who are 21 or older can get wristbands. “That’s going to hopefully make it flow a lot better. There shouldn’t be too many people getting caught up,” Kim said. Last year, there was some concern with the security at the tailgate, as some thought it was too relaxed, but this year, the security will be much more careful. “This year, we went with a completely different company… and they made it very clear that the bags should be getting checked thoroughly,” Kim said. Kim also announced the beverage prices that the third party vendor will sell. Domestic beers for will be $3 a cup, while craft beers and wine will be $4 a cup. For students who don’t necessarily want to participate in the tailgate, MainStage will happen on the Loser Lawn from 11 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m. MainStage will feature several performances by students and local talent, and will also sell food and drinks. “It’s a cool place for people with families or students who don’t like the whole tailgating scene. (They) can go to MainStage, they can go to performances, they can buy food that isn’t available at the tailgate area, and there’s free hot chocolate and cider, I think,” Kim said. There will also be a fourth entrance into the tailgate specifically for re-entry from the MainStage area that will face Loser Lawn
from Lot 4. The Homecoming Dance will take place on the night of Homecoming in the Student Recreation Center. According to Kim, the theme is more of a carnival or festival type event rather than just a homecoming dance. There will be inflatables and different activities for students. There will also be over $1,000 worth of pizza served. “The way we set up the pizza is that there’s pizza coming every hour, like a wave of pizza coming in,” Kim said. Then, on Sunday, Oct. 20, the Fun Run will occur from noon to 1 p.m. Last year, the run spanned the entire length of the Metzger Loop, but this year, it is an abridged version of the course. Students are encouraged to wear their costumes and walk or run the course. “You can get a cool prize if you win a medal, but it’s not competitive at all,” Kim said. On the same day, Trunk-or-Treat will take place after the run. Various student organizations, including club sports, donated $250 worth of candy to Trunk-or-Treat, an event in which students from the Ewing, N.J., community can go from car trunk to car trunk and get candy, rather than going out at night and trick-or-treating the traditional way, which can be more dangerous. Later, Vice President of Community Relations Michael O’Connor announced that the Day of Service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Transportation will be made available to anyone who participates and lunch will be served after students arrive back on campus. “We’ll be traveling off of TCNJ campus to local households in Ewing and Trenton, working with Habitat for Humanity and some other organizations, as well, and it’s just a great day to really give back to the community,” O’Connor said. “I’m very excited about it.”
Greek / Beta Theta Pi joins College community continued from page 1 and initiate its founding fathers later this semester, which currently stands at 26. Beta’s founding fathers are selected through a series of one-on-one meetings with the goal of recruiting a well-rounded, diverse and inclusive class. “My good friend Alec Paterno joined Beta Theta Pi and told me to meet with the adviser, Bryant Fiesta,” junior chemistry major Mattheus De Souza said. “After speaking to him and hearing his goal for Beta Theta Pi, I decided to join.” Colony Development Coordinator Bryant Fiesta and Director of Expansion John Hubbard are the driving forces behind the College’s chapter of Beta Theta Pi. They are not only dedicated to creating a successful organization on campus, but also recruiting founding fathers and brothers who will uphold Beta’s values. “Beta Theta Pi seeks scholars, leaders and gentlemen,” Fiesta said. “Men who have a given desire to maintain high academic achievement in their field of study, men who have varied involvements on campus and who are seeking a well-rounded college experience, and men who — in their interactions with their partner, brothers and community
— are urbane in deportment.” Beta Theta Pi was founded on Aug. 8, 1839, by eight men at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The organization has continued to grow and show improvements in the areas of academics, recruitment, risk management and leadership development. When Beta’s award-winning Men of Principle Initiative was first created in 1998, the fraternity’s average chapter GPA was a 2.8. Today, it stands at 3.204 — the highest GPA of all fraternities in the country. Internationally, Beta Theta Pi also attempts to confront and dispel fraternity stereotypes through leadership programming and positive culture-changing initiatives. The fraternity launched the “I Am A Fraternity Man” campaign in March 2015 to “share the true stories of fraternity men that you didn’t know existed.” Fiesta believes that the fraternity will positively enhance the College’s Greek Life community. When it comes to the organization’s potential contributions to campus life, Fiesta thinks a former Beta articulated it perfectly. “With its focus on values-based leadership, Beta Theta Pi will amplify the educational experience offered at the college,” said Chris Althoff, a Beta alumnus from
Kansas State University. Althoff has served for more than a decade as a Beta volunteer and adviser. “For this reason, Beta is more than just a social club. It represents in many cases the pivotal leadership experience in the life of a young man which helps make him a better son, brother, husband and father,” Althoff said. Each of the founding fathers at the College thus far have been carefully selected. While the organization is something completely new to the young men, Fiesta and Hubbard want to make sure every new member understands what being a Beta is all about. “I joined Beta Theta Pi on my own,” said Cody Stoia, a founding father and a junior finance major. “At first, I knew almost nothing about the organization... Bryant Fiesta was amazing with introducing me and explaining to me all the parts, functions and beliefs of the fraternity.” Fiesta’s intentions are clear: he does not only want members of the College’s Beta Theta Pi to benefit from the organization on a personal level, but to also help create a successful and rewarding organization for future Betas. Whether you are a founding father or simply a brother, the goal is for your college experience as a Beta to be fulfilling.
“Being a founding father of Beta Theta Pi is a unique experience where men will have the ability to build their own positive experience and leave a legacy for those who will become members in the years after they graduate,” Fiesta said. “Rather than adapt to a culture that does not align with their beliefs, they are afforded the freedom and responsibility to help shape the direction of an emerging chapter at the College,” he added. “In addition to the numerous programs offered by the General Fraternity, there are a number of leadership opportunities available beginning in the first term, and they have a chance to help bring positive change to the entire Greek community at TCNJ through living the values of Beta Theta Pi.” The fraternity’s national core values allow members to “build lasting bonds of friendship and brotherhood.” They include mutual assistance, intellectual growth, trust, responsible conduct and integrity. “I decided to go Greek at TCNJ because I wanted to meet more people and become more involved on campus, while having brothers who are always by my side no matter what,” said Ricky Brum, a sophomore mechanical engineering major. College students choose to go
Greek for many reasons. It may be a resume booster, a way to enhance one’s social life or simply a way to fit in with the crowd. But according to Fiesta and some of the founding fathers, being a Beta at the College is not just about wearing a lettered shirt. “Being a Beta is all about relationships,” Fiesta said. “Betas surround themselves with kind and intelligent people within the organization — an organization that recognizes and respects the worth of each person, refusing to take part in activities that undermine the dignity of others. An organization that willingly lends its talents and abilities to serve the community. An organization that builds bridges, not walls.” Over the years, Greek Life’s presence at the College has increased. Currently, more than 25 percent of the student body is part of a Greek Life organization, according to the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life. “I decided to join Greek Life at TCNJ and become a founding father of Beta Theta Pi because of the mark I will leave on this campus,” De Souza said. “Years from now when I return to TCNJ as an alumni and see men wearing Beta Theta Pi shirts, I will know that I was one of the men who started the organization.”
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NPR / Hinojosa speaks on representation in media
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I created my own non-profit media company because who decides what stories are told and how stories are told really matters, especially now.” Hinojosa, who was also the first Latina correspondent at CNN and PBS, launched her own non-profit news network, Futuro Media Group, in 2010. She has received four Emmy awards, among many other awards, in her 25 years as a reporter. In her lecture, Hinojosa discussed the changing demographics in America. Minority populations are on the rise and yet, they are rarely represented in the mainstream media.
Through her reporting, Hinojosa has attempted to give voice to these groups. “What I have dedicated my life to is to make the invisible visible,” Hinojosa said. “My job is to go into these communities and understand, ‘What’s going on for you?’” To do so, Hinojosa has traveled the country, conducted countless interviews and told thousands of stories. Most recently, she spoke to Latino voters in Florida and Muslim Americans facing Islamophobia in Ohio. “Being a Muslim American today in Cleveland, Ohio, is like being in Selma (Ala.), every single day,” one person told
her. “We feel like we’re being attacked every day. We’re being watched. People’s bank accounts are being closed. Visas are being denied. People are being deported.” Hinojosa collects these stories and diligently gathers the facts in order to tell the narrative of a changing America, one in which Islam is the fastest growing religion and Latinos have become one of the largest incarcerated groups in the nation. She finds reporting on minority groups and demographic change exciting, whereas some of her colleagues have been apprehensive about approaching the topic. For Hinojosa, being bicultural is an advantage that colors her journalism and empowers
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her to seek out untold stories. In the wake of 9/11, Hinojosa recognized that illegal immigrants would be among those affected by the terrorist attacks. She found the family of an undocumented immigrant who lost his life while working in the Twin Towers that day, and told his story to the nation. This year, Hinojosa investigated the mysterious death of a Latino man in an Arizona detention center. “A Mexican man committed suicide the same week that Sandra Bland died,” Hinojosa said. “Everyone knows Sandra Bland’s name. We don’t know José de Jesús.” Throughout her career, Hinojosa has investigated the lives of minority groups and brought their issues and identities to the forefront. However, the mainstream media still has a ways to go. In her lecture, Hinojosa shared her disappointment over the media’s coverage of the 2016 presidential election and the overwhelming lack of Latino representation. “Mexicans. Latinos. Immigrants. Women. We are kind of front and center in the entire political conversation,” Hinojosa said. “And yet, none of us was chosen to ask one question at the presidential debates. How is that?” Representation matters, Hinojosa said. Diversity within the newsroom and at presidential debates is of the utmost importance, as selected journalists have the power to shape the political conversation. “What would have happened if we had Jewish journalists able to pose questions to Adolf Hitler?” Hinojosa said. “What would have happened we if had someone who lived that experience able to pose a question to him? What would have happened? Would things have changed?”
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WGS invites LGBT studies professor Speaker sheds light on transgender history By Catherine Bialkowski Correspondent Mayo Concert Hall was crowded on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 5, as Susan Stryker, a writer, historian and professor of gender and sexuality studies at the University of Arizona, shared an excerpt from her latest book and offered insight into the history of transgenderism. The Women’s and Gender Studies Department invited Stryker to speak about transgender history in a lecture titled “Transgender Histories: From Sickness to Citizenship.” Stryker, a professor of LGBT history, film and media studies and critical theory, spoke on a topic she has studied for years. She won a Lambda Literary Award for her writing and an Emmy Award for her film “Screaming Queens,” a documentary on the 1966 Gene Compton’s Cafeteria riot. Stryker called her current project — something she has dubbed a “big airport bookstore book” — a survey of “transreality,” referring to what transgender people face on a daily basis. For so many years, people have believed that there are only two genders. She called this a myth. “(The) root of oppression and stigmatization is that other people don’t think our genders are real,” Stryker said. Listeners were captivated by Stryker’s eloquently worded and gender-exploring survey of the past 100 years, which touched
upon the lives of prominent historical transgender figures, such as Joseph Lobdell, who suffered for years in an insane asylum and Jennie June, one of the first transgender individuals to publish an autobiography. Stryker discussed more current influential transgender people, like Laverne Cox of the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” and Caitlyn Jenner, former Olympic athlete and reality star of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “I Am Cait.” “It was nice to hear her speak in person after reading her book (‘Transgender History’) in class,” said Felicia Selvakumar, a sophomore philosophy major. “There’s not as much documented on transgender history as there is on gay and lesbian research.” Stryker talked a lot about the “categories and labels” that have been created in an attempt to control and correct transgender individuals. Transgender issues “challenge the way we usually tell our stories about our bodies and our identities,” Stryker said. “Reality becomes transreality in the process of arranging itself into something new.” In a decade-by-decade approach, Stryker explained how transgenderism was perceived, including obstacles and little victories throughout the years. In mentioning insane asylums and therapy, as well as new possibilities to change one’s body, she painted a brief yet striking picture of the harsh realities that gender-nonconforming individuals have faced. Stryker went on to list a myriad of
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Stryker discusses the lack of documented transgender history.
other transgender individuals, including Christine Jorgensen, one of the first transsexual celebrities, and Lili Elbe, the transgender woman who inspired the 2015 film “The Danish Girl.” Stryker highlighted these individuals to prove that people have identified as transgender for much longer than commonly believed. While informative and enlightening, the lecture uncovered a side of history
not usually studied outside of women’s and gender studies courses. It demonstrated that transgenderism is not something to be corrected, but rather, simply recognized, accepted and, perhaps one day, celebrated. “Reality is just a deep and widely shared dream,” Stryker said. “Haven’t we all, at some point, swam upstream against the current of life?”
Student trips acid, tells cops there’s more in room By Ellie Schuckman Staff Writer • A Sodexo employee came to Campus Police headquarters on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m., to report an incident that had allegedly occurred the previous day. The employee stated that he was the manager on duty on the evening of Monday, Oct. 3, and provided officers with departmental written statements supporting his report of the incident, police said. The manager stated that a worker told him and another manager that a student in the dining hall line told her that he did not have his ID card with him. She told the student that she could not let him in to eat, yet he proceeded to walk into the dining hall. The other manager said he found the student and asked him to proceed to the register to pay. The student told the manager to leave him “the fuck alone” and then walked away and proceeded to help himself to more food. According to reports, the manager ordered the student to put the food down and leave the dining hall, to which the student responded, “Fuck you.” When the manager attempted to take the plate away from the student, he forcefully grabbed the manager and repeatedly kicked him, police said. The manager backed away from the student and left the area. The manager who reported the incident told the other manager that he would handle the situation. The manager reporting the incident said that the student had a meal plan, but did not have his swipe card. According to police, the manager told the student that he would charge his account for the food. The student had no response for the manager. Dining Hall staff allowed the student to finish his meal, police said. • Campus Police were dispatched to Lot 5 on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 6:45 a.m., to meet with a
student who called Campus Police headquarters. Upon the officers’ arrival, they met with a student who was standing near an activated 911 call box, police said. The student stated that he ingested a couple doses of LSD approximately eight hours before making the 911 call. According to police, the student stated that he was feeling sick and disoriented. When the student was asked if he had any more LSD on his person, he declined. He stated, “I have more of it in my room. Do you want me to get it?” According to reports, at approximately 6:55 a.m., Ewing Basic Life Support and the assistant director of upper class experience arrived on the scene. The student was transported to a medical center for further treatment, police said. • Campus Police were dispatched to Wolfe Hall on Saturday, Oct. 1, at approximately 2:50 a.m. following the report of an intoxicated person. Upon officers’ arrival, they spoke to a Community Adviser (CA) who reported that a female student came to his room to advise him that her friend was intoxicated in her room. According to police, the intoxicated male was sitting on the student’s bed and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. TCNJ EMS arrived on scene and evaluated the male before deeming it unnecessary to transfer him to the hospital for further medical evaluation, police said. The student who contacted her CA told police that she and her roommate wanted the boy to go home. According to reports, the student and her roommate contacted another friend to come to the rear of Wolfe Hall to pick up the intoxicated individual. When the student arrived behind Wolfe Hall, he showed officers his driver’s license. He did not display signs of intoxication, police said. The student
told police he would take the intoxicated male back to his room. No summons were issued, police said. • On Saturday, Oct. 1, at 2:30 a.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to Travers Hall after receiving a report that an intoxicated male had passed out. Upon the officer’s arrival, they met with a CA who observed the accused student struggling to keep his balance in the hallway. The CA then escorted the student to the men’s bathroom and observed him passed out in the bathroom stall, police said. The officer observed the student sitting on the ground with his head in the toilet, unconscious. The officer attempted to wake the student by shaking him and calling his name, according to reports. At this time, the student started throwing up as the officer attempted to ask how much the student had to drink. The student was unable to answer the officer’s questions because of his level of intoxication, police said. The officer noticed a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the student’s person and breath. TCNJ EMS and Ewing EMS arrived and treated the student. Ewing EMS transported the student to the hospital for further medical treatment. According to reports, the officer was advised by the student’s friend that he was at an off-campus party where he consumed numerous beers and large amounts of jungle juice. The student was issued a summons for underage drinking, police said. • On Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2:25 a.m., Campus Police were dispatched to Travers Hall in reference to an intoxicated person. Upon the officers’ arrival, they observed a female laying facedown on the floor, covered in vomit. According to reports, there were three other female students surrounding her. The female
on the floor was in and out of consciousness, and there was a strong odor of alcohol emanating from her breath, police said. She was highly incoherent and was unable to communicate how much alcohol she had consumed. At approximately 2:35 a.m., TCNJ EMS arrived and began evaluating the student. An officer spoke to a CA on duty who stated that she observed the four females enter a dorm room. The CA said that she peeked into the room and observed the student vomiting. One of the girls stated that the four of them were at an off-campus party. Three of the girls stated that they were not drinking alcohol and were unsure how much the intoxicated female had consumed, police said. • On Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 1:05 a.m., Campus Police were dispatched to the Wolfe Hall lobby in reference to an intoxicated person. Upon the officers’ arrival, they were directed to the Travers/Wolfe link men’s bathroom. Upon entering the room, officers observed a male in the stall sitting on the floor with a Desk Assistant (DA) standing beside him, police said. The student stated that he had consumed approximately four beers at a party at an unknown location. Officers observed a strong odor of alcohol emanating from his person and breath, and slurred speech as the student spoke. According to reports, the DA stated that an unknown individual reported that there was an intoxicated male feeling sick in the bathroom. The DA arrived to find the student on the floor, near the toilet. According to police, TCNJ EMS arrived and evaluated the student before deeming it unnecessary to transfer him for further medical treatment. The student was issued a summons for underage drinking, police said. Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at 609-771-2345.
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Nation & W rld
Pakistan law aims to ban honor killings raped—according to Al Jazeera. In the past, those who committed honor killings were often unpunished. New legislation, though, states that although the family may forgive the perpetrators for their honor killing, the government will take action and imprison the responsible individuals for 25 years at the very least, but imprisonment can last a lifetime. The bill did not become a law overnight. According to Pakistan Today, the bill was established in 2015 to be passed as legislation by Sughra Imam, a AP Photo senator at the time. Thereafter, Individuals in Pakistan protest honor killings. the bill went through a series By Zahra Memon family members because they have of oppositions, but it passed Correspondent “dishonored” their families by unanimously on Thursday, Oct. eloping, mingling with men or do- 6, according to The Telegraph. Each year, approximately 500 ing anything that goes against conAnother bill was passed that women in Pakistan are killed by servative traditions—even getting requires DNA testing in order to
convict rapists more easily, according to CNN. “There is no honor in honor killing,” Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said, according to CNN. “Women are the most essential part of our society and I believe in their empowerment, protection and emancipation so that they can equally contribute towards development and prosperity of our country.” The new legislation has received support from across the world. “This is a step in the right direction,” women’s activist and columnist Aisha Sarwari told AFP News Agency, according to Al Jazeera. “We should take our little wins where we get them and proceed forward and not retreat,” she added. Many leaders in Pakistan are standing up for basic rights of
women and are taking this law very seriously, which many see as a major progression for the country. Supporters believe that the implementation of this law will improve the living standards in Pakistan. However, some individuals are strongly against it. Conservative Senator Hafiz Hamdullah said parliament should instead address elopements by women, claiming 17,000 had done so since 2014, according to Al Jazeera. “Why don’t we see what are the reasons behind such killings? Why are girls eloping from their homes?” he said, according to Al Jazeera. “They are trying to impose Western culture over here. We will not allow (it),” Hamdullah said, according to Al Jazeera.
Hurricane Matthew causes devastation in Haiti By Eric Preisler Staff Writer
On Monday, Oct. 3, and Tuesday, Oct. 4, Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 hurricane, swept through Haiti and left the island nation in devastation. So far, at least 546 people have been reported dead, while tens of thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed, according to ABC News. “In the worst-hit departments, many towns have been virtually wiped out,” said Stephen O’Brien, United Nations (UN) Emergency Relief Coordinator, according to CNN. “Families that were fortunate to survive the hurricane now find themselves in a struggle to survive, with thousands of homes and livelihoods washed away by the storm.” To add to the severity of Haiti’s current state, at least 200 cases of cholera have been reported by the World Health Organization, which is planning to send 1 million vaccines there by the end of the week, The Guardian reported. The same source said this is a
result of flooding wells, rivers and latrines, which contaminated the drinking water. To date, there have been over 470,00 cases of cholera reported in Haiti and 6,631 deaths, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “There will be many more cases of cholera, and unnecessary deaths, all across areas affected by the hurricane if large-scale cholera treatment and prevention response doesn’t reach them immediately,” said Conor Shapiro, president and CEO of the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, The Guardian reported. According to BBC, only 5 percent of the $120 million asked for in an appeal has been raised. The same news outlet reported there has also been turmoil over looters taking from the scarce supplies. Carlos Veloso of the UN’s World Food Programme revealed the desperation of many Haitians. “Many people I have met are surviving by eating fruit from fallen trees,” Veloso said, according to BBC.
A young girl tries to find clean drinking water after the hurricane. “Unfortunately, there are people trying to take advantage of humanitarian efforts and we have lost food to theft,” Veloso added. Fox News also reported that livestock and a majority of crops were destroyed in the storm. “It will take at least 10 years for nature to do what it needs to do to grow the trees
back,” said Elancie Moise, an agronomist in Haiti, according to Salon. In the face of devastation, several organizations, such as the Hope for Haiti, the Haitian Health Foundation and Save the Children, are now dedicated to providing food, money and medical assistance to people of the region.
Trump and Clinton take on second debate
Trump and Clinton address recent scandals. By Dorian Armstrong Staff Writer
When Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump refused to shake hands before the second presidential debate on Sunday, Oct. 9, the tone for the evening was set. Moderators Anderson Cooper of CNN and Martha Raddatz of ABC News immediately prompted each candidate to answer for their own personal scandal: Trump’s remarks about women from a 2005 video that surfaced on Friday, Oct. 7, and Clinton’s use of a private email server as Secretary of State. Both candidates deflected these questions, and even some questions from audience members, to focus on their
plans, as well as their opponent’s plans, for the country. “You described kissing women without consent, grabbing their genitals,” Cooper said to Trump at the start of the debate. “That is sexual assault. You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women. Do you understand that?” “No, I didn’t say that at all,” Trump said. He dismissed what he called “locker room talk” before attacking Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, for being hypocritical. “Bill Clinton was abusive to women,” Trump said. “Hillary Clinton attacked those same women and attacked them viciously.” However, Clinton denied the accusation. “So much of what he’s just said is not right, but he gets to run his campaign any way he chooses,” Clinton said. “Everyone can draw their own conclusions at this point about whether or not the man in the video or the man on the stage respects women. But he never apologizes for anything to anyone.” Trump emphasized his anger at Clinton by promising legal reprehension against her over her scandals. “If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation,” he said in reference to Clinton’s email scandal. “If you did that in the private sector, you’d be put in jail, let alone after getting a subpoena from the United States Congress.” Clinton later talked about her ability to get things done, which she said would continue to happen if she were elected president.
“I’ve proven that I can, and for 30 years, I’ve produced results for people,” Clinton said. She cited her targeting of Al Qaeda officials as proof of her ability to fight ISIS and said she “would specifically target Baghdadi” in the same way. She also brought up her experience fighting for healthcare for children and 9/11 first responders, her advocacy of women’s rights around the world and her diplomacy with Russia. Meanwhile, Trump focused on disparaging the ideas of Clinton, President Barack Obama and some of his fellow Republicans. Lamenting the slow pace of the war against ISIS, he criticized the Obama administration for publicizing its battle strategy, despite Raddatz’s possible explanations of psychological warfare and civilian evacuations. When Raddatz prompted Trump on his running mate Mike Pence’s beliefs about using force against Russia and the Syrian government if provoked, Trump responded, “He and I haven’t spoken, and I disagree.” The last audience question earned the biggest applause of the night: “Regardless of the current rhetoric, would either of you name one positive thing that you respect in one another?” Clinton commended Trump as a father of “incredibly able and devoted” children, while Trump backtracked from previous attacks on Clinton’s stamina and said, “She does fight hard, and she doesn’t quit, and she doesn’t give up.” Afterwards, the candidates finally shook hands before they left the stage.
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October an ideal time to start looking for internships
October is a busy month jam-packed with midterms and events like Homecoming and fall break. As busy as this month might be, it is arguably one of the best times to start planning for the upcoming year. Am I saying that you should start your New Year’s resolutions in October? Of course not, but you should start looking into internships. An internship is not a necessity unless your major requires you to complete one (like journalism). However, it is certainly a wonderful opportunity to get real-life experience before entering the workforce. It puts you in a position where other members of the staff rely on you and you are a part of something greater than yourself. It’s not like college, where a lot of assignments are individual and you are the only one affected by your performance. In the workforce, people depend on you to deliver. Where can you find an internship that interests you so you can get that kind of experience? According to a Forbes article from 2015, two places to start looking for internships are LinkedIn and Glassdoor. A different Forbes article from 2016 also lists internships.com and Indeed as solid sources. LinkedIn is a way to search for internships and connect with employers, while the other sources provide search engines to narrow down what criteria you’re looking for in an internship based on your skills. For internship search engines that specialize in media internships, look at Mediabistro or Ed2010. Another option is to look directly for the business you’re interested in online. Some company websites offer direct links to employment or internship opportunities. The College provides resources to help students find internships, including the Career Center and LionsLink. Professors, advisers and alumni are valuable resources and connections, as well. One of the easiest ways to secure an internship is through a connection. I landed my first internship after a family friend recommend me for the job. If you know anyone that works for a company that interests you, reach out. The best part of an internship? It can help you narrow down what career you ultimately want. There is no reason to return to a place if you were not happy there. It’s perfectly normal to realize that maybe a company, or career, is not right for you. On the other hand, if you find that your internship led you to the path you hope to pursue, then you might have your foot in the door for a real postcollege job. It’s important to keep in mind that internships are jobs and are not personal. If you are not picked for the internship you want, it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find something else. It takes time and dedication to look into internships and you need to be prepared for rejection. The reality is that internships — especially paid ones — can be extremely competitive. Maybe an internship isn’t something you’re interested in, and that’s OK. It’s good to keep an open mind and explore different kinds of options. Whatever you hope to accomplish in 2017, especially next spring, October is a great time to start planning for it. - Jennifer Goetz Web Editor
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CAPS should offer long-term counseling By Kelly Corbett It’s 10 minutes into class and nothing makes sense. You’re tired and unable to concentrate, yet proud of yourself for even getting out of bed. It’s been a rough week. Maybe you’ve eaten an uncomfortable amount or barely eaten at all. Maybe your anxiety is spiraling out of control over an upcoming exam or your head is clouded with dark thoughts. Something isn’t right and you’re in need of help. Where can you turn? Last semester, I wrote a piece for The Signal titled “CAPS turns down some students in need” that detailed my struggle with binge eating disorder and depression, and how professionals at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) could not offer me help in their office. The staff at CAPS told me I required an extensive treatment program, but CAPS is a short-term treatment facility. I was denied counseling and told to look off campus for help, where I’d have to pay for sessions. When I said I didn’t have a car on campus, they suggested I rent one. When I told them I have class everyday and am heavily involved on campus, which leaves me little time to travel to therapy, they made me feel like I wasn’t making an effort to get better. CAPS could not let me join its “Food, Mood and You” support group because I was not yet in a long-term treatment program, and they were afraid some of the language might be triggering to me. While my depression was eased by antidepressants prescribed by my doctor at home, it didn’t mean I was completely off the spectrum. Still, I was given no help from the College. It killed me to know that a group of
The CAPS office is located inside Eickhoff Hall. lisenced counseling psychologists sat cozily in room 107 of Eickhoff Hall while I sat in my Townhouse South bed, red-eyed and hopeless. After publishing my article, though, comments on my Facebook and The Signal website hinted that I wasn’t the only student who felt neglected by CAPS. To every student, administrator or CAPS employee reading this: please don’t think I’m overreacting. Please don’t frame me as a monster trying to dump on the campus’s mental health facility. I’m sure CAPS has brought light back into many students’ lives. I just don’t think it’s doing enough. Since I started at the College in Fall 2013, three students have died by suicide. Two of them would have graduated with me this May, and the third would have graduated in 2018. A school this small shouldn’t boast statistics like this. How many more
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tragedies have to occur at the College for CAPS to get the memo that mental health is extremely important? It was incredibly difficult for me to tell a counseling psychologist that I have an eating disorder — that I felt as if I had lost control of something as simple as eating and that I have to take antidepressants every morning just so I could get through the day. There is a place on campus that could have helped me, but didn’t. I tried to make use of one of the facilities on campus that is included in the Student Service Fee students pay each year, but couldn’t. After my article was published, a CAPS counseling psychologist emailed me and asked if I wanted to come in to discuss it. While she was sorry about my situation, she also said CAPS didn’t find the tone in which I had written my article very
“friendly,” and felt that I had written about them in a negative light. She believed I was discouraging students from seeking help at CAPS, which was never my intention. I wrote the article because I wanted to point out the fact that the mental health facility, the establishment that has been praised as the one place students can turn to in desperate times — I’ve been hearing this since I stepped foot on campus — did not do its job adequately. We discussed everything I had written in my article and she asked me if I understood why I didn’t receive treatment. I did — I needed longer term treatment than what they could provide me at the College. As optimistic as I was, I knew I couldn’t make a full recovery in just a couple of months. I finally asked the counseling psychologist what classifies as “short-term treatment.” She said it is something that can be settled in five or six weeks. I thought of what could bother a student for five or six weeks: a bad breakup or difficulties in a class. You can be upset for five or six weeks and get better, but tackling a mental health issue in five or six weeks seems nearly impossible. If CAPS is going to continue to be a mental health care facility on campus, perhaps long-term treatment programs are something to incorporate. Maybe students never had an opportunity in the first place to fully recover, as once those couple of sessions are over, CAPS will no longer see you — unless you’re in place where you could harm someone else or yourself — and will suggest that you seek outside treatment — but if you don’t, they are not responsible for you. see CAPS page 13
US political system works for Republicans By Tom Ballard
In the midst of the political bickering, name-calling and all-around nasty shaming of the 2016 presidential election, there is one important and beautiful truth to point out: the system worked… at least for the Republicans. It seemed like an eternity ago when the primary election cycle was in full swing for both major political parties. Names such as Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and John Kasich were relevant then. Now, they are as relevant as Martin O’Malley or George Pataki. Since then, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has made claims that the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 8, could very well be rigged against him. According to a New York Times article from Thursday, Oct. 13, Trump has lashed out against fellow Republicans for being “disloyal” following the surfacing of a video from 2005 in which Trump makes sexually explicit remarks about women. He went on to say that the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates has been trying to sabotage his debate performances by selecting unfriendly moderators and giving him a “defective” microphone at the first debate on Monday, Sept 26. Trump complaining about the outcome of November’s election is nothing new. In August, Trump griped that if he loses the swing state of Pennsylvania in the election, it will be because of cheating, according to The Hill. It
has escalated to the point that even fellow Republicans, such as Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, have advised Trump to stop telling voters that the election will be rigged, a Politico article from Tuesday, Oct 11, said. This is not the first election in which Trump has called foul. During the primary election, he accused GOP leaders of trying to prevent him from getting the nomination. Despite that, the party was unable to stop him from winning its nomination. According to a Washington Post article from Wednesday, June 8, Trump received the most votes that a candidate has ever received in a Republican primary — about 14.5 million — in a field that once totalled 17 candidates. He also received the most number of votes that were made against the GOP front-runner — a little over 15 million — according to the same article. In other words, Trump won the Republican nomination fair and square. Republican voters denied their party’s leadership the ability to extend their nomination to another candidate — any other candidate — and, instead, voted for the person they wanted: Trump. This is different from the Democratic primary. According to a New York Times article from Friday, July 22, leaked emails from party higher-ups — including then-chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz — showed that the leadership was favoring the Clinton campaign while trying to drag down the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. In a campaign full of mudslinging, email leaks and
meaningless endorsements, there is one good piece of news: the system worked in the Republican primary. Like Trump or not (and believe me, as a Republican, I do not), the Republican primary was decided by the will of the voters and not by big money or the party establishment. If there is anything that can be celebrated in this election cycle, it’s that the American people still have the power to make important decisions within major political parties. But alas, one can not have their cake and eat it, too. This year’s election cycle has been plagued with placing showmanship over policy-making. Perhaps in 2020, we can have a serious presidential election and keep the clowns where they belong.
Some Republicans aren’t happy with Trump.
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CAPS / Funding needed Administrators provide context for ASR Report By Jordan Draper and Michelle Lambing Title IX Coordinator and Assistant Director of Anti-Violence Initiatives
CAPS offers on-campus counseling services to students. continued from page 12 Many students are dealing with issues that can’t be handled within a few weeks. Not every student has the finances or transportation options available to them to seek outside help. Forget the term “brief individual counseling,” which is written on caps. tcnj.edu, and remember the goal of CAPS: “Assisting students with personal challenges that interfere with their academic progress.” Luckily, over the summer, I started seeing a therapist specializing in eating disorders. Even with my family’s health insurance plan, though, I still had to pay a hefty amount out of pocket, but I was grateful my family could afford to finally get me the help that CAPS should have provided. But I worry for those who can’t afford it.
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I worry for others who are silently struggling. I worry about the handful of students who took their own lives since I’ve gotten here. I worry for students who might be pushed just too far back on the CAPS waitlist. I worry. CAPS’s performance might be attributed to a lack of funding. I think many students would be happier to see more of our money put toward our mental health instead of endless construction and renovations. While more modernized buildings are a nice addition, it should not appear to be a priority over students’ well-being. I’ve walked around this campus late at night, alone and sad, and never once did I think the Brower Student Center needed to be remodeled or that the Library needed some new rocks in front of it. I know I’m not alone in this.
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Students share opinions around campus “Does America’s political system work for the people?”
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Marcus Lotierzo, a senior engineering managment major.
Matt Carlson, a senior mechanical engineering major.
“No, there’s a level of dishonesty within both of the political parties.”
“No, because no one wants the two potential candidates to be elected, so we don’t have a say.”
“Do the College’s on-campus resources do enough?”
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Eric Brokaw, a senior electrical engineering major. “Of course, there are just a plethora of on-campus resources to begin with.”
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Anthony Russo, a junior mechanical engineering major. “Yes, there are a number of easy outlets and ways to get the resources you need.”
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Students come out to peers at monologues Event creates safe space for queer community
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Left: The Coming Out Monologues inspire laughter and tears. Right: Student speakers share their coming out stories for Queer Awareness Month. By Michelle Lampariello Staff Writer Heartwarming and heartbreaking stories were at the center of PRISM’s annual Coming Out Monologues. On Wednesday, Oct. 5, and Thursday, Oct. 6, the Library Auditorium was packed with students eager to hear them. Audience members found themselves laughing and crying during the monologues. Themes of struggle, betrayal and bullying were present in many stories, as the speakers described their journey to find acceptance and happiness. Still, the overall mood of the monologues was inspiring and empowering.
“Spoiler alert — gender is fake,” said Sarah Melamed, a speaker and senior psychology and criminology double major. The comment generated a round of laughter from the audience, but Melamed’s story quickly turned serious. Melamed went on to describe the pain of never having the chance to come out to their late mother, who also identified as queer. This year, veteran Coming Out Monologues speaker Rosie Driscoll, a junior history and women’s and gender studies double major, elaborated on her monologue from last year. “What I didn’t talk about during that process was how I was feeling, and sort
of the role of fear in my coming out process,” Driscoll said. “The first feeling I felt when I realized I liked girls was fear.” Driscoll had an interesting issue to overcome when she moved into her residence hall during her freshman year. “I was really afraid that I was going to be the only person on my floor — on my all-girls floor — who wasn’t straight,” Driscoll said. However, Driscoll and the other speakers made it clear that the College is a generally welcoming and friendly community. Through organizations like PRISM, students on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum have a place to go that feels like home, one speaker said.
Support for the LGBTQIA+ community is not limited to PRISM. Several of the College’s clubs and organizations cosponsored this year’s Coming Out Monologues and attended the event. The event ultimately served as a source of support and inspiration for all students, and not just those on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. Driscoll touched on the coexistence of students of all sexual orientations. “When I was applying to colleges, an older guy in my church who I had looked up to a lot pulled me aside,” Driscoll said. “He heard I was applying to… a women’s college, and wanted me to know that the lesbians might recruit me.”
Self-defense workshop strives to empower
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Students learn to disarm attackers and practice self-defense skills. By Dorian Armstrong Staff Writer
Lambda Tau Omega hosted a self-defense workshop taught by the College’s Kokikai Aikido Club on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The workshop focused on using
the martial art strategy to evade and disarm attackers and abusive partners. According to Dylilah Bryant, president of Lambda Tau Omega and a senior public health major, the workshop was part of the sorority’s Week of
Enchantment, which was a series of events centered on female empowerment. Of the 18 students who attended the workshop in the Student Recreational Center, most were female. However, Bryant said the self-defense course and
the techniques of Kokikai Aikido are open to anyone. The Kokikai Aikido Club began the evening by distributing pamphlets detailing coercive dating tactics and warning signs to avoid. According to the pamphlets, one in five women experience either sexual assault or attempted sexual assault while attending college. The risk increases when women are alone or consume alcohol. Originating in the ’20s, Aikido is a relatively new martial art and is concentrated on the East Coast, according to Bryan Gibbons, a volunteer teacher and the administrative leader of the Kokikai Aikido Club. “The basic premise is selfdefense without resorting to violence,” Gibbons said. “Primarily, it uses natural movement, and we’re also looking for efficiency... Kokikai is a softer version of Aikido, but just as effective.” The course then broke into small sparring exercises, where
students practiced basic movements, such as redirecting an attacker’s hands or elbows. They were reminded to stay defensive and prevent attackers from gaining any advantage. “These techniques are the ‘oh shit’ button,” said alumnus Anchuing “Chewie” Wang (’05), the club’s lead instructor. “Before this happens, many other things have already gone wrong, so make sure when you go about your daily business, you try to look strong.” The course was largely wellreceived by those who attended. Melissa Reed, a senior criminology and African American studies double major, said she found great value in the course because of her own experiences with harassment. Zéna Merhi, a junior early childhood education and music double major, expressed similar thoughts. “I do want to work in an urban district,” Merhi said. “So this will be useful.”
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Take me to the coffee shop, Edith
SS: What trend do you see bloggers wearing the most right now? LA: Suede knee-high boots. SS: What are people pairing them with? LA: Right now they are wearing them with dresses and skirts since it’s still warm out. As it gets colder, they’ll start to be worn with jeans. I like that they are so transitional.
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Edith works in the student center and plays mom to students.
Every week, Features Editor Elise Schoening hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. Everyone knows Eve and Big Larry. The two Eickhoff Hall employees are a staple of the College community, always there to offer a smile and some encouraging words during a rough week. But over 10 years ago, there was a different celebrity on campus. Edith, 87, ran a small coffee shop in the Student Center. She did more than simply serve students their morning brew. Edith was known as the campus mom, who would offer words of wisdom and comfort students when sick. Though Edith doesn’t stand much taller than her coffee bar, “Edith’s Place,” she’s a larger-than-life legend among early risers and caffeine cravers. Edith wakes up every morning at 4 a.m. to go to work in the Student Center, making espressos for her customers — students bustling through before class. Yet, many say that it isn’t just coffee that draws them to Edith’s counter every day. Since her last name translates to “rooster” in German, it may have been in the cards for her to have the job of waking people every morning. When Edith heard this correlation, she opened her eyes wide and smiled broadly, leaning her head back to let out a crisp laugh. It’s this Edith that students come to see every morning.
Before working for Sodexho, Edith was self-employed in the candy business. Edith, 87, has been working for the College for 13 years, and has been at “Edith’s Place” for six years. She said the coffee bar was established to relieve traffic from the student center. “I really like it here,” she said. “The students are wonderful. I haven’t had one that wasn’t nice to me.” Ask most of her customers, and they’ll say the same of her. In addition to providing a friendly face each morning, Edith occasionally plays mom in the Student Center, recommending teas to ease ailments. “If they’re sick, they come to me (and ask), ‘What’s good for a stomach, for a headache?” she said. Edith not only enjoys conversation with students, but likes to see her customers in their extracurricular activities. With her youthful smile, easygoing nature and avid ear, you’d think she was a new recruit at the College. She remembers your name and recognizes your face. She always returns a smile and your purchase with a the warm low of her simple “thank you,” all the time, every time. Thank you, Edith.
Taylor Swift’s girl squad returned to New York City this week after the singer’s extended stay in her Nashville, Tenn., residence. Captured in an Instagram post by model Suki Waterhouse, the group included Karlie Kloss, Zoë Kravitz, Serena Williams, Dakota Johnson, Cara Delevingne and more. They enjoyed a private Kings of Leon concert hosted by SiriusXM.
Ayyash sports a stylish bodysuit SS: What’s your go-to outfit? paired with high-waisted pants. LA: Anything with bodysuits. I love
By Sierra Stivala Columnist
Name: Lana Ayyash Year: Senior Major: Finance SS: Tell me about what you’re wearing. LA: I’m wearing black cotton culottes from Bershka, a bodysuit from Brandy Melville and Chanel espadrilles.
them — I literally bought five in the last week. I think they are easy to wear and really flattering. SS: How do you typically accessorize your bodysuits? LA: Anything high-waisted. It can be jeans if you’re going for a more casual look or skirts if you’re dressing them up or going out.
SS: Where do you get your fashion inspiration from? LA: I follow a lot of fashion bloggers on social media. I love seeing what they’re wearing and then putting my own spin on it. I also follow a lot of brands.
SS: If you could only wear one accessory, what would it be? LA: I’ve really been into stacking bracelets lately. I like to mix it up with beaded, metal and cloth ones. They really add to a look by putting a twist on something basic.
SS: What are your favorite accounts to follow on Instagram? LA: My favorite bloggers to follow are We Wore What, Chiara Ferragni and Something Navy. My favorite brands to follow are Revolve, Brandy Melville, Rebecca Minkoff and Chanel.
SS: What are you most looking forward to wearing this fall? LA: Light jackets. I’ve always been really into fashionable jackets. You can throw a jacket over any basic outfit and it instantly takes the style up a level. My favorite ones are leather.
: Miley and Liam reconcile
Cyrus and Hemsworth make a public appearance in LA. By Mackenzie Cutruzzula Columnist
Photo courtesy of Sierra Stivala
SS: In your opinion, what’s the worst trend you’ve seen lately? LA: Overalls — I’ve never really understood their appeal. I think some people can make them look cute, but they’re definitely not an easy style to pull off.
They were joined at the concert by squad-member Lily Aldridge, whose husband is the frontman of Kings of Leon. Meanwhile, on the West Coast, another girl squad was killing it on the red carpet of Beverly Hills, Calif. Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner attended a celebration for Tiffany & Co.’s newly renovated Rodeo Drive store. Ariana Grande made a surprise appearance at the event and performed three songs
including, “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.” On Friday, Oct. 14, Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus made their first appearance as a reconciled couple. The two attended Variety’s Power of Women luncheon in Los Angeles, where Cyrus was honored. She was chosen for her ongoing charity work with her Happy Hippie Foundation, which she founded in 2014 as a non-profit to provide support to homeless youth and the LGBTQ community. Kanye West took his two-day hiatus during his “Saint Pablo” Tour to be with his wife Kim Kardashian West in the wake of her life-threatening robbery. Although West has continued his performances, Kardashian West has kept a very low profile since the incident. Her sisters had also been avoiding the spotlight, until Khloe Kardashian made an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Tuesday, Oct. 11. “She’s not doing that well,” Kardashian said. “It’s incredibly traumatic what happened to her. But our family is super close and great and we’ll get through it together, and we do appreciate all of your guys’ love
and support, and it will take time.” Model Ashley Graham showed some sisterly love over the weekend when her sister got married. The new “America’s Next Top Model” judge attended the wedding in a fashion statement all her own. Donning black leather pants, black bodysuit, black fur coat and high ponytail, the model got behind the camera for a change to capture her sister tying the knot. Joe Jonas turned heads this week when he took to Reddit for an “AMA,” or “Ask Me Anything.”
The DNCE frontman got very honest with his answers, and even told the story of losing his virginity. He admitted it was to a girl named Ashley, which fans inferred as his then-girlfriend, Twilight actress Ashley Greene. Jonas refused to apologize and said life is too short not to live honestly. Greene chose to respond to the comments by posting a picture on Instagram of a text that read, “class is timeless.” The two prove that in the spirit of Halloween, past relationship can really be haunting.
West takes a break from tour after his wife is robbed.
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Disability Monologues give voice to students
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Left: Students share their stories with peers at the annual Disability Monologues. Right: More than 12 percent of Americans are disabled. By Heidi Cho Staff Writer Students for Disability Awareness (SDA) hosted its third annual (Dis) ability Monologues on Thursday, Oct. 6, in room 212 of the Education Building. Speakers openly shared their stories with peers and demonstrated what it means to live with a disability and be different, but certainly not less. “When you take the ‘dis’ out of ‘disability,’ you are left with abilities that are slightly different or better than yours, or on a different level, but everyone just has different abilities,” said Marcia Schleppy, SDA co-president and a junior special education and psychology double major. Disability is a part of the speakers’ lives, but they do not let their disabilities stop them from going after what they want. That night, SDA created a space for students to speak about their stories free from interruption or stigma. “Our main goal is to have people
from the disability community have their voices heard,” said Emily DiRusso, SDA co-president and a junior special education and sociology double major. “In the general community, sometimes, there is not really an opportunity for them to be heard, so this gives them an open forum where it is them.” Career and community studies alumnus Daniel Lapidow (’15) shared his story and compared his struggle with dyslexia to the biblical story of Daniel in the lions’ den. The snarling lions in his story were fellow students, teachers and aides from Lapidow’s middle school. The den, according to Lapidow, was the public school system that told him that he was not disabled, only so stupid that he could not spell his own name correctly. Lapidow’s saving grace was the teachers and others he met in ninth grade who acted as his guardian angels. In his speech, Lapidow urged everyone in the audience to be someone else’s guardian angel.
Aditi Mahapatra, a senior psychology and public health double major, echoed a similar sentiment for people to sympathize with pain that cannot be seen. “I encourage you to care,” Mahapatra said. She told the audience about an unintentional social experiment she recently conducted, which showed the contrasting reactions of others toward visible and invisible pain. An injury forced Mahapatra to wear a cast. She quickly noticed that people would gladly let her take the elevator, even if it was only for one floor. When the cast was taken off, the pain remained and was now invisible to those around her. When this invisible disability was causing pain, Mahapatra would ask a friend to take the elevator with her. This time, her friends would roll their eyes and reluctantly agree to the request. Mahapatra used the example to describe the double standard she has witnessed far too often: only disabled people who look sick are treated with
empathy and kindness. To prove her point, Mahapatra proposed a hypothetical situation where a person with a full head of hair tells you they have cancer. “You don’t tell them (that) they don’t look sick,” Mahapatra said. According to Cornell University’s 2014 disability statistics, 12.6 percent of Americans are disabled. About 10 percent of Americans have an invisible disability, the University of Massachusetts reported in 2015. To keep people from invalidating the pain of so many, it helps to inform others of what ignorant words can do. It is a matter of asking what a disabled person can do, instead of what they cannot. “It is also important for people who do not have disabilities, who have not yet been touched by somebody with a disability or in that community, to hear the experiences of people (who have) and realize that the differences are not bad, and the differences are not big,” Schleppy said.
Queer identities celebrated at annual ball By Alyssa Gautieri Production Manager
Members of the College’s LGBTQIA+ community gathered in the Education Building to celebrate in an environment they called “welcoming” and “safe,” with ’90s-themed music and food to boot. Students were even invited to document the dance with Polaroid cameras. PRISM, the College’s gender and sexuality alliance, hosted its annual Queerball to kick off Queer Awareness Month on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Karissa Schoemer, treasurer of PRISM and a sophomore political science major, dressed to fit the ’90s theme. “But the theme doesn’t matter that much,” Schoemer said. “Everyone is encouraged to dress as they want to.” The ball is just one of many events held in October that strive for acceptance and equality for all people. According to Max Nazario, president of PRISM and a junior chemistry major, most people know of PRISM as “just the gay club.” However, he said PRISM is so much more. According to Nazario, PRISM seeks to educate and advocate for equality, regardless of gender expression or identity, sex or sexuality. “The Queerball gives members of the LGBTQIA+ community the chance to enjoy themselves,” he said. “And who doesn’t love free food (from Mexican
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The Queerball is one of many events hosted by PRISM for QAM. Mariachi Grill) and dancing?” The purpose of hosting Queerball is to “break everyone out of their shell and encourage them to come out and literally have a ball,” senior nursing major Jordan Stefanski said. This year marked Stefanski’s fifth Queerball. When they were in high school, many students at the College might not have had the opportunity to bring the person they wanted as their date or dress in a way that made them comfortable with their identity. Queerball seeks to provide these students the opportunity to be
who they are, free from any restrictions or judgement. “It warms your heart to think that this organization goes out of (its) way to give people the experience they may not have had otherwise,” Stefanski said. According to Nazario, Queerball was created when it was still within a school’s power to deny students the right to bring a same-sex partner to prom or school dances. Although society has become more accepting of queer couples over the past decade, Nazario was unable to bring his
boyfriend to his high school prom in 2014, since the school required students to bring prom dates of the opposite sex. On the other hand, sophomore biology major Alina Osborn was allowed to bring a same-sex date to her high school prom. Still, Osborn recognized that not everyone was so accepting. “Regardless of whether queer kids were allowed to bring a same-sex person, it’s likely they felt uncomfortable or they felt ostracized to do so,” Osborn said. Stefanski views Queerball as the place to be himself. He broke out his glitter lipstick and stilettos and embraced his personality. “This is the place that I can just glitter up and be gay, and it’s fantastic,” Stefanski said. PRISM encourages students to be themselves year round, but Nazario believes October is an especially important time of the year to remind students to take a break from stressful classes and midterms to relax and have a good time. “The idea of prom is so heteronormative, and Queerball is the place to say, ‘Screw all that’ and do what you want,” said Elysia Jones, a junior English major. Later in the month, PRISM will host the Coming Out Monologues, various guest speakers and Big Gay Bingo. “Queerball definitely highlights some of the best qualities (of PRISM), which are enjoying ourselves and expressing ourselves as a community,” Nazario said.
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Arts & Entertainment
PWR BTTM shatters socials norms
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Hopkins wears colorful makeup and glitter to all of their shows. By Sydney Shaw Editor-in-Chief When Benjamin Hopkins burst through the doors of the Decker Social Space with messy, colorful makeup plastered on their face, they left a trail of glitter in their wake — part and parcel for all of PWR BTTM’s performances. As Hopkins adjusted the sleeves on a tight red dress and kicked off the pair of pants they were wearing underneath, Liv Bruce laughed, with dark red lipstick highlighting a huge smile. The duo apologized for being late (they had driven nine hours to get to the College on Friday, Oct. 7) and announced
that this CUB Alt show, like all of their shows, was a safe space. That’s what PWR BTTM is all about: respecting each other, having fun and shattering societal norms in a most radical fashion. The New York-based band made headlines this summer in major media outlets, like MTV and NPR, for requiring genderneutral bathrooms at their shows. Both Hopkins and Bruce use gender-neutral pronouns to describe themselves. PWR BTTM’s unapologetic queerness shines through in their lyrics, which alternate between silly and sincere. “My girl gets scared, can’t take him anywhere,” Hopkins sings in “Ugly
Cherries,” the namesake of the duo’s first album. “My girl’s so sad. Everything I do makes him mad.” How can a “girl” be referred to as “him?” Is Hopkins singing about a girl or a boy? How do gender-neutral pronouns work? Invoking these questions is just PWR BTTM’s first step. Actually teaching their audiences about gender identities is a far loftier undertaking. After explaining gender-neutral pronouns to their friend’s very Republican father this summer — something Hopkins said should be a feat in the Olympics — Bruce wrote a song about how fun it can be to teach people to address others in a way that makes sense. “I’m not exactly a boy in a dress, but thank you, I know what you mean,” they sing on the track. “Do you wanna ask me something? Do you wanna look at me?” It isn’t just PWR BTTM’s lyrics that impress. The band’s glamorous lo-fi sound and intense power chords have poised the duo to break out into the mainstream. At one point during the night, Hopkins fell onto their back and shredded on their guitar with well-manicured fingers, while Bruce bared their teeth and pounded away on their kit. Halfway through their set, the duo switched instruments and launched into “I Wanna Boi,” the featured song in PWR BTTM’s most recent music video. The performance turned into a wild, head thrashing singalong that was only rivaled by the band’s encore. There, Hopkins invited the crowd to
scream along with them to a poem they wrote: “One man won’t ever love me like I need him to.” Other tracks were not so buoyant. Before “C U Around,” Bruce told the crowd it was OK if they started to cry, a much appreciated invitation for the handful of fans in tears after hearing the song performed live. “I’m looking forward to the day when we can be in the same place and my heart won’t start to beat at such a frantic pace,” Bruce sang. “But today was not that day.” The pair was their own comic relief. When Hopkins asked the sound technicians to turn up their voice in the microphone, Bruce interjected. “More importantly, was there enough of my voice?” they asked. “More of me, please!” The duo playfully bantered with each other all night long. “There’s a band called the Dixie Chicks,” Hopkins said later. “They’re very good and you should listen to them instead of us. Have you ever heard ‘Goodbye Earl?’ It’s everything you wish we were.” PWR BTTM fans ate up the joke, but from the looks of it, they didn’t wish for anything more than what was right in front of them: two individuals who aren’t afraid to be themselves, and encourage others to do the same. Like the glitter embedded in the carpet of the Decker Social Space, PWR BTTM doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
Trenton Makes Music honors history of jazz and blues By Heidi Cho Staff Writer
Introduced with a snazzy new theme song and jazz music on Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Mayo Concert Hall, Trenton Makes Music focused on the history of blues and jazz for the project’s second event this semester. Interviews with guest panelists provided insightful information about famous figures within the genres and the history behind them. The program also featured live performances by the panelists themselves and the College’s Jazz Ensemble, as well as video clips of performances from famous musicians interspersed throughout the night. Kim Pearson, project director and an associate professor of journalism and professional writing, said that Trenton Makes Music is meant to capture the wonderful music that has come from Trenton, N.J., and is about “the great, untold story about Trenton music.” Sarah Dash, a singer from Trenton, one of the founding members of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles and the creator of the Trenton Makes Music theme song, elaborated on the specifics planned for the night. “Tonight is really a family reunion because we have some old school creators here and some new school innovators,” Dash said. “We’re going to be talking about jazz, blues and how it
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Dash unveils the never-before-heard Trenton Makes Music theme song.
grew… the African migration from the south to the north, farms to the city… and you’re going to have people from out of Trenton High and Carver Center.” Thomas Grice, a local jazz legend, was greeted by Dash as though he was family when he received an award onstage. As one of the oldest music teachers in Trenton, he has influenced many lives while performing and teaching. Grice was Dash’s teacher when she was 13 years old, she said. Dash then turned to Gary Fienberg, conductor of the College’s Jazz Ensemble and an assistant
professor of music, to answer questions regarding the beginning of jazz history. Jazz originated during the late 19th century as a distinct music form in the African American community, according to Fienberg. However, it wasn’t until the 1900s and 2000s that the genre became mainstream. According to Fienberg, jazz music emerged all over the country, and it is a myth that New Orleans was the genre’s only birthplace. “When people first heard jazz music, it was — for many people — a startling experience,” Fienberg said. “That strong rhythm
and the passion in the music, really, for some people, this was too exciting, too strange, too exotic.” Blues and jazz music were sometimes referred to as the “devil’s music” and had controversial beginnings. According to Fienberg, this negative view was due in part to the implausibility of something enduring coming from African American communities. While there are those who had a poor response to jazz as a new musical form, there were others who were inspired by it, such as Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson and George Antheil,
whose performances Fienberg analyzed for the audience. “The unmistakable reference to jazz with his left hand, he’s striding on the keyboard… In the other hand, you hear kind of frantic rhythms — the jazz rhythms,” Fienberg said of one of Antheil’s performances. Musician and panelist Joe Zook said that Hendrix “opened the universe up with a guitar.” Zook had equally positive remarks about Johnson. “They thought this man must have sold his soul to get that kind of talent in such a short time and be so much better than all the rest of us,” Zook said. Dash, too, talked about Johnson’s talent. “When Keith Richards first heard him play, he said, ‘Who’s playing with him?’ That’s how great this man was.” Following live performances by Zook and his fellow panelist, blues musician Paul Plumeri, the discussion about these two legends — Hendrix and Johnson — were brought back into the night’s conversation one last time. “I think (Johnson) only lived to be 27 years old,” Zook said. Zook later called Hendrix a modern Johnson due to their similar talent and an early death at 27 years old — an unfortunate trend in the music industry. “I was told the stars shine so bright that it explodes and turns inside out, and therefore, it ends the life of the musician,” Dash said.
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Student bands of all genres rock By Michael Battista Staff Writer
From the gentle sounds of an acoustic guitar to the synthesized beats of a DJ, students had the chance to perform their own style of music during CUB Alt’s Student Band Night on Friday, Oct. 14, in the Decker Social Space. The featured acts were Diner Food, Flattop Phil and two freshmen who simply referred to themselves as “Danny and Jack.” After some lighthearted banter during rehearsal, freshmen Jack Sofka and Danny Beer, an English major and computer science major, respectively, took to the stage. The duo played a set composed entirely of music by Radiohead, the band they bonded over during their first few weeks at the College. Beer said they both came up with the
selection, including songs like “Lucky,” Karma Police” and “No Surprises” at the last minute. “Neither of us really knew how to play the songs, in general. We just both love Radiohead,” Beer said. “So we just sat down and we were like, ‘All right, what songs can go where and which do we wanna do?’” Beer and Sofka said they enjoyed their time onstage, and the crowd, filled with friends and other students, seemed to have just as much fun. Next was Diner Food, a four-man band comprising drummer Patrick Keller, a junior international studies major, and his friends from outside of the College. The group’s style was heavier than the previous duo, with Diner Food more into the grunge and punk genres. The band’s set included early 2000s alternative, such as
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Diner Food performs a song about Phil Collins (pictured on bass drum).
“First Date” by Blink-182 and Bowling for Soup’s “1985,” as well as original singles, like “Flirt.” Keller said the group of three years is just about having fun and not being too serious. He likened it to a bunch of friends hanging out at a diner until closing. “I just have a lot of fun playing with my friends,” Keller said. “No matter what the situation is, or even if one of us happens to mess up a time or two, everybody just has fun either way.” The final act of the night was DJ Flattop Phil, a change of pace for Student Band Night. According to Max Falvey, CUB Alt co-chair and a sophomore communication studies major, he wanted to try something new. “I just wanted to switch it up a little,” Falvey said. “A student soloist night is just acoustic performances, whereas a band night, you can have a couple people doing acoustic stuff, a full band or a DJ… I just think it was a better setting.” When Philip Antwi-Buosiako, a junior interactive multimedia major, took the stage as Flattop Phil, Decker Social Space was suddenly a club, complete with multicolored spotlights and hardhitting beats. Besides playing popular remixes of known works, Flattop Phil also played some original work, including a single he has recently been working on called “Countin Up.” “Generally, I know TCNJ audiences because I’ve been going here,” Flattop Phil said. “But in an event like this where I’m the center of it and directing the show, I just play what I feel and rock with it. I try to (have fun during performances).” Falvey was happy with the night’s acts and hopes more students will approach him for future events. CUB Alt’s next event will take place on Friday, Oct. 28, for another night of free music with headliner Alex G in the Decker Social Space.
This week, WTSR Assistant Music Director Nelson Kelly highlights one of the best new albums that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.
Band: LVL UP Album: “Return to Love” Release Number: 4th Hailing From: Purchase, N.Y. Genre: Alternative Lo-fi Indie Rock Label: SUBPOP The bad boys of New York are back with the band’s fourth release, “Return to Love.” This time, LVL UP trades jangly riffs for epic walls of sound. There are still plenty of poppy indie lo-fi jams on this album, though there are several longer musical interludes that will knock you on your butt. Overall, LVL UP’s sound has matured greatly, as this is the most cohesive release the boys have put out yet. “Return to Love” was good stuff from a great local band and I can’t wait to hear what these dudes put out in the future. Must Hear: “She Sustains Us,” “Spirit Was,” “Pain” and “The Closing Door”
Professor discusses potential of art in learning By Mallory McBride Correspondent
Students and faculty filled the seats of Mayo Concert Hall on Friday, Oct. 14, as the School of Arts and Communication prepared to kick off the department’s fourth Brown Bag event this semester. James Day, assistant dean of Arts and Communication, took the stage to introduce the speaker, Carolina Blatt-Gross, an assistant professor of Art Education at the College. “Carolina Blatt-Gross’s research is significant because it explores the fundamental issues for why people make art,” Day said. Blatt-Gross’s work also seeks to understand the interconnectedness between different disciplines of art. Blatt-Gross, who earned her Ph.D. at the University of Georgia, began the program by posing a perplexing question: “When did you start making art?” Whether it be with paint, crayons or non-traditional materials, like sticks and sand, Blatt-Gross realized that most people start making art at the same, young age. She also realized that, at some point, we stop making art. “Our brains have evolved very little since the prehistoric days,” Blatt-Gross said, as she discussed a time when art served
to bond people in rituals and gatherings. According to BlattGross, the arts are a central part of human behavior, which date back many years. With many questions in mind and a need for answers, BlattGross set off to figure out if art is a part of human behavior and if formal education can suppress this behavior. Blatt-Gross started a pilot study in a pre-kindergarten child development lab, where she performed studies in the classroom, as well as further studies in third grade classes at an urban public school.
Her research can be found in the “International Journal of Education and the Arts” and a CNN article she wrote. “Students frequently displayed and may prefer communicating themselves via artful behavior,” Blatt-Gross said. She also noticed that the third grade students, compared to those in pre-kindergarten, were not allowed as much access to materials or as much time to experiment with art. “Art can help make education meaningful and memorable,” Blatt-Gross said. “I suggest that
we embrace and encourage artful behaviors.” As an educator herself, BlattGross questioned whether asking her students to sit and listen to lectures was beneficial to them. For this reason, she includes creative activities into every course she teaches and allows space for artistic behavior in her classroom. During the question and answer session that followed her lecture, Blatt-Gross was asked about the belittlement of art degrees, compared to those in the sciences. Her response was
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Blatt-Gross discusses her research regarding art as a learning tool for children.
encouraging to art majors. “I have always had a job in the arts,” she said. “The number of fields that depend on art degrees are abundant.” Another student in the audience said his biggest fear is not being able to find a job after majoring in the arts. Blatt-Gross’s said with a little hard work and dedication, anyone can “make it happen.” Freshman art education major Shayla Nolan asked Blatt-Gross if she had found any ways to incorporate art into lower income schools that may not have the money to provide materials to the students. “One of the biggest takeaways from art is that you don’t need the most expensive paint or the nicest canvases,” Blatt-Gross said. Art can be made out of anything, and Blatt-Gross suggested that these schools can obtain materials through donations. As the Brown Bag came to a close, Blatt-Gross had time for a few more questions. “Have you stopped making art?” a student asked. With a chuckle, Blatt-Gross responded, “During this study, I found that I didn’t have time to sit down and paint, so I started Flamenco dancing.” While she shared her research, it was clear that Blatt-Gross won’t stop making art, or stop using it in her classroom, anytime soon.
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Women’s soccer socks it to ‘em By Michael Battista Staff Writer
The ninth-ranked women’s soccer team hit the road again over last two weeks, where the Lions took on three teams before they returned to the College for the first of a four-game homestand to finish out the season. On Wednesday, Oct. 5, the team dominated Gettysburg College, 5-1, and didn’t give up its first goal until more than 600 minutes of play. Afterward, the College swept three New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) teams. It beat Ramapo College, 4-0, on Saturday, Oct. 8, Stockton University, 3-2, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, and Montclair University, 3-0, on Saturday, Oct. 15. The team’s trip to Gettysburg was a onesided battle from the start. In the eighth minute, junior midfielder Jessica Goldman was able to knock back a goal from the deep left side to put the team up early. The first half was dominated by the Lions, with senior forward Christine Levering scoring off a free kick just one minute after Goldman. The freshmen were also able to show their worth against Gettysburg. Midfielder Haley Bodden scored her third goal of the season during the 21st minute off an assist from junior midfielder Elizabeth Thoreson in the top of the box. Two young cubs also had their first College goals: defenders Taylor Nolan and Callen Vandermay scored in the waning minutes of the first
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Thoreson outpaces her opponents. half, with senior midfielder Sarah Marion assisting on Nolan’s goal, which kept the Lions up, 5-0. The Lions held control most of the game, though Gettysburg’s only shot on goal turned out to be enough to end the College’s streak of not conceding. Reflecting on her opponent’s goal in the 82nd minute, senior goalkeeper Jessica Weeder said the Gettysburg Bullets never gave up. “(Gettysburg) never once stopped fighting to get into our half and get a shot off,” Weeder said. “We had a momentary lapse in organization. They saw the opportunity to shoot, and they took it.” Weeder said that just because the Lions won, doesn’t mean the conceded goal hurts any less. “Even if we had 10 goals, it would still
matter,” Weeder said. “We hold ourselves to a very high standard, and we strive to get a shutout every game. Once we start playing better teams, the games will become even more challenging, and giving up just one goal could mean losing a game.” The next two road contests against NJAC teams Ramapo and Stockton were opposite experiences for the Lions. The team was able to outmaneuver the struggling Ramapo Roadrunners on Saturday and outshot them 23 to 7. Levering put the team on top early when she scored in the 18th minute of the game before she netted another one early in the second half, giving her 10 goals this season. Her second goal came off an assist from Thoreson — the pair has been extremely dominant this season. Levering said this
teamwork has been a driving force for her. “In the last two games, I think our team has just been working really well together getting up the field and creating a lot of chances,” Levering said. Early in the second half, this teamwork paid off again as Goldman netted her sixth goal this season. In the 85th minute, freshman forward Julianna Franco’s first College goal gave the team the win, 4-0. The next game turned out to be a much different story when the Lions traveled to Stockton. Instead of scoring early and dominating the first half, the College wasn’t able to convert any of its seven shots into points during the first 45 minutes. However, the team was able to compensate as its defense left the Ospreys little chance to take any shots against Weeder. Levering and Thoreson came out swinging in the second half and scored in the 51st and 58th minutes, respectively, giving their team the lead, 2-0. Levering’s goal came off an assist from freshman defender Jen McGrogan, while Levering herself earned an assist off Thoreson’s goal. However, a string of poor decisions and slip ups led to team to the brink, as Ospreys senior midfielder Adrianna Boucher netted a penalty kick in the 73rd before coming back down the field to slam in a pass in the 76th minute, which tied the game at 2. The team’s last overtime game was a tie see GOAL page 27
Cross country chases top-class runners By Danielle Silvia Staff Writer
On Saturday, Oct. 15, the College men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the Rowan University Inter-Regional Border Battle in Glassboro, N.J. Of the 25 ranked teams in the country, eight of them were present at the Border Battle, in addition to several teams from across the Atlantic Region. Overall, the women placed 13th overall in the championship race on the 7800-meter course, and the men’s team came in 15th place. The women’s team got a glimpse of the stiff competition they will face at the Atlantic Regional meet later this season. “The Atlantic region is the strongest region in the nation on the women’s side, but that won’t intimidate this women’s team,” head coach Justin Lindsey said. “This team is focused.” Sophomore Natalie Cooper had an outstanding race, finishing fifth in the 6000-meter race with a time of 21:02 and third overall for the athletes in the entire Atlantic Region. Cooper’s time placed her amongst the nation’s fastest runners, beating three All-Americans and closing on two more. “Natalie is becoming one of the toughest cross country competitors in the country,” said Lindsey. “(Assistant) Coach (Michael) Walker and I are excited to see just how fast she can go.”
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The women’s team is propelled by several strong performances. Besides Cooper, sophomores Erin Holzbaur, Emma Bean and Madeleine Tattory all contributed to the Lions success. The team’s youth and vitality helps them stand out, according to Lindsey. “The women’s team is so young and competitive, they have the potential to be very successful for the next few years,” Lindsey said. “They feed off of each other
which makes them very tough to compete against.” Holzbaur was the second Lion to finish in 41st place with a time of 21:57. Tattory was the next student from the College across the finish line with a time of 22:41, in 99th place overall, rounding out the top 100 runners of the meet. Bean finished 111th on the
course with a time of 22:29, followed by Allison Fournier, who finished 115th with a time of 22:55. Senior Amy Regan of Stevens Institute of Technology finished with a time of 20:17, taking first place in the meet. John Hopkins University won the meet as a team. Seniors Andrew Tedeschi and Brandon Mazzarella both earned top times for the College, with
Tedeschi in 16th place with a time of 23:57 and Mazzarella in 36th place with a time of 24:25. Both continue their streaks in their last few meets for the Lions cross country team. “Andrew and Brandon have been exceptional leaders in meets and outside of practice,” Lindsey said. “Through their consistent high level of competition and positive encouragement to the underclassmen, this men’s team is now considered a potential national qualifying unit.” Other standouts from the men’s team include sophomore Quinn Wasko, who was in third place for the Lions with a time of 24:49 and nabbed 68th place in the entire race. Close behind Wasko was Junior Dale Johnson, who finished 138th with a time of 25:28. Finally, sophomore Luke Prothero finished 155th with a time of 25:39, still in the top five runners for the Lions. The winner of the race for the men was Isaac Garcia-Cassani from the State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo with a time of 23:19. The SUNY Geneseo Knights were also the winners of the meet and are currently ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for track collegiate teams. The Lions have a week to rest and gear up for the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday, Oct. 29, hosted by Stockton University in Galloway Township, N.J.
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Goal / Lions continue to dominate rivals
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Left: Weeder makes a save. Right: Levering scores on an opponent. continued from page 27 against Johns Hopkins University earlier this year, and the late goal by Stockton made the situation eerily familiar. This time, only one minute was needed to decide the game, as Levering charged downfield and kicked in the winning goal off an assist from junior midfielder Kayla Bertolino to give her team the win, 3-2. After the four-game road trip, the Lions returned home on Saturday to take on Montclair in a battle for the top of the NJAC standings. Both
teams registered at least seven shutouts during the season and the defensive talent was evident from the start. The Lions were only able to get five shots off during the first half, but kept the Red Hawks back, leaving them without any chances to score. However, in the 15th minute, the offensive pairing of Thoreson and Levering was able to get past Montclair’s defense. Levering ripped a shot from far back, but hit the crossbar, leaving Thoreson to knock in the rebound to put her team up, 1-0. Senior defender Brianna Petro
said that while playing such a close game against Montclair, the team couldn’t take any chances. “(We) just played everything safe and stay(ed) composed in the back,” Petro said. “It was critical for us to get the second goal because that kinda had our momentum going.” The Lions did take a few chances too many, however, as the game was filled with fouls on both sides and two yellow cards for the home team. These stoppages of play gave Montclair time to get into the Lions zone, before the defense was able to pressure them out.
In the second half, the Lions played more recognizable soccer. The team took nine shots against the Red Hawks and scored twice off impressive plays. In the 51st minute, Levering scored her 13th goal of the season with what only can be described as a roundhouse kick around the defender that slipped between the goalie and the post. Thoreson lifted the team past the dreaded two-goal lead in the 60th minute, after another shot by Levering was blocked by the goalie, which allowed her to sink it in for the final goal, giving the Lions the
win, 3-0. The Lions now look toward Wednesday, Oct. 19, when they will face fifth-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology at home in their last non-NJAC game. Petro said the team needs to play as they have been, and not alter the formula unnecessarily. “I think we need to focus on playing our game,” Petro said. “Can’t really predict how their going to play, or we can look at their formation and try to match up defensively in that sense. But just focusing on us and what we need to get done is the only thing we can really do.”
Lions ill-prepared for Frostburg’s cold front By Connor Smith News Editor On Oct. 17, 2015, the College’s football team lost its matchup with Frostburg State University, which brought the team’s record to 0-4 in New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) play. In the weeks that followed, the College bounced back and won its final four matchups to cement a 4-4 conference record. A year later, the Lions (0-5 in NJAC) are in need of another miraculous comeback after its Saturday, Oct. 15, loss to Frostburg, 34-7. “I’ve always believed that (we can turn things around),” interim head coach Rocky Hager said. “I’d like to see us continue to build on the offense. We played some younger players that are some guys that need some growing to help us, and that will add to the depth.” The Lions entered Saturday’s action on the heels of a 41-0 shutout loss to Wesley College, whereas Frostburg recently thrashed William Paterson College 23-0 to extend its overall record to 4-1. “I felt like we matched up better than we did by the scoreboard,” Hager said. “The turnovers were a big part of that.” The Lions received the opening kickoff and began a promising drive. Junior running back Chad Scott helped lead his team to an early first down and junior quarterback Trevor Osler found junior tight end Chase Vena to set up a 2nd-and-5 at the Frostburg 47-yard line. The drive was cut short when a wayward pass found its way into the arms of a Frostburg defender. The Lions pushed back the visitors, in large part due to a sack by senior defensive lineman Abdelrahman Ragab for a loss of 10.
Mattonelli catches a touchdown pass from Osler. Osler began the drive at the 8-yard line can’t turn over the football three times.” and found Vena on 3rd-and-12 to push the This time, Frostburg translated the Lions to the 22-yard line. After another turnover into a score and a 7-0 lead. third-down conversion, the lost field posi- “The things that we did in the first half tion on the ground to force another 3rd- with the turnovers left us in a less than and-long. enviable position on the defensive side,” A Frostburg defender made a good read, Hager said. “On the defensive side, they which led to another costly interception discovered a couple things that we’re doand the end of a promising drive for the Li- ing and made a few adjustments, and we ons. From thereon, the Lions struggled to didn’t adjust to their adjustment enough.” drive with the same confidence as before. Frostburg extended its lead to 14-0 in “We started out like gangbusters,” the second quarter, following a handful of Hager said. “They started plugging their three-and-outs by the Lions. linebacker to seal off the one gap and The Frostburg offense in the second force us into another. That’s how they quarter. A 40-yard conversion extended were able to hold us off. We were able to the lead to 21-0, and they later tacked on a run it again later in the ballgame, but we field goal to end the half with a 24-0 lead.
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In the third quarter, another turnover — this time on a fumbled punt return — gifted Frostburg good enough field position for a 30-yard field goal and a 27-0 lead. The Lions eventually scored on a pass to senior wide reciever Jeff Mattonelli. Senior kicker Brian Nagy scored the extra point. According to Hager, the many mishaps were unfortunate, given the team’s apparent preparation. “The irony is it’s all stuff we work on very diligently, each and every day,” he said. “I’m sure Trevor Osler feels a little better about how things are fitting together.” Frostburg tacked on another touchdown, and the clock winded down to deliver them a 34-7 victory.
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Paradox of American ‘World Champions’ By Michael Battista Staff Writer As the ball dribbles through the infield into Robinson Cano’s glove, the volume from the stadium’s crowd builds. He flips to Mark Teixeira before then-Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino can reach the bag. The game is over, and the 2009 New York Yankees are “World Champions for the 27th time,” according to Joe Buck. But are they? It’s strange to think about, but whenever we watch a finals series in the NBA, MLB or NFL it’s always for a so-called “world championship.” But how could that be when those organizations play mainly against other American teams? America, here’s a shock for you: you can’t be the world champion if you don’t play against the rest of the world. Some could argue that the leagues here are the best in the world, and that is probably true, but you can’t just assume greatness. You need to earn it. Let’s get back to baseball. The Yankees are “world champs”, but did they beat the Dominican Professional Baseball League’s champions from that year, Tigres del Licey? What about the Yomiuri Giants, former team of then-World Series MVP Hideki Matsui and winners of the 2009 Japan Series, or Nippon Professional Baseball’s World Series?
The Denver Broncos are the current Super Bowl Champions.
Some could make the argument that an American team at full strength would destroy these teams. To that, I say at least those countries have actually won the World Baseball Classic — something the United States has yet to do. For all the shady deals and corruption charges, FIFA knows how to make and prove a world champion. When Leicester City won the Premier League, England’s largest soccer federation, they were the champions of just that — England. From there, they must make it to the Union of European
Football Associations Champions League and play against the other league champions from around Europe. It’s only after they win that are they the champions of Europe, and that’s still not even the world. Finally, they need to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup, where they play each governing bodies best team — including the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, Oceania Football Confederation, Asian Football Confederation and the rest. It’s only if the Leicester City Filbert Foxes beat all these
teams and wins the tournament are they “World Champions.” A lot of work, right? Well, it should be. If you want to claim you are the best in the world at something, all challengers from all corners of the globe should be able to prove themselves and try to dethrone you. Sure, there will be blowouts, but there could also be surprises. During the 2007 International Federation of American Football championship, the finals came down between the United States and Japan. These aren’t players you’d see in the
Pro Bowl or Super Bowl. They were young and upstart players looking to show off their best. They were ambitious college players showcasing their best talents and abilities. In a game that’s named after our country, it took two overtimes to decide a winner, and one field goal gave the U.S. the 23-20 win. These were world champions. Just playing one 16-game regular season, along with a max of four playoff games against your own country, doesn’t make you the best in the world. The Broncos, even with their recent issues at quarterback, would probably destroy other club teams, but it’s better to prove than to assume. Either that, or stop using the title “world champions.” The way I see it, sport fans should try to put their money where their mouths are and have the teams they love earn that title of best in the world. Maybe this wouldn’t work in a sport like football quite yet, but basketball and baseball could try it. Sports we see on the Olympic stage (including baseball, since it’s slated to return in 2020), where different nations battle it out for medals, deserve to have a world tournament with each country’s best club. If the U.S. wins, then yes, Americans were right and they are the world’s best. But if they lose… I’d say the victor would earn the respect of a lot of fans that day.
NJAC / On winning track Soccer / Staying on path continued from page 32 NJAC shutout. The Lions opened the scoring late in the first half as Ramapo goalkeeper Emily Wisneski kept the Lions out of the net for the first 27 minutes. After Wisneski racked up seven saves, sophomore midfielder Kayla Mosser fed the ball to Andrews, who sent it into the net. In the final minutes of the first half, Smith and senior midfielder/defender Danielle Andreula brought the score to 3-0. The Lions only needed 10 minutes in the second half to double their lead. At two minutes into the second half, Smith found the back of the net off a feed from sophomore defender Jordan Paton. At seven, Morrison scored off a feed
from sophomore midfielder/defender Sidney Padilla. At 10, Magnotta scored her first goal of the season. Morrison scored lucky number seven. The Lions outshot Ramapo, 40-0. The College’s aggressive style of play means opponents have few chances to score, and the few times the offense loses control of the ball, the defense almost always keeps the ball away from the goal. In the last two weeks, only two goals were scored on the Lions in all four of their games. “Our defense has been incredibly solid and they really haven’t allowed many shots on me,” Fabiano said. “They’ve been working hard everyday and it’s really been showing.”
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Morrison scores two goals against Ramapo.
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Lions embrace Hogue after his game-winning goal.
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behind for our forwards,” head coach George Nazario said. “Their goalie constantly blocked our shots. Even adjusting the formation and adding more offensive players out in front wasn’t enough to produce goals.” The Ospreys scored first in the 22nd minute when junior forward Alex Kourahanis dribbled past the Lions defense and beat Walsh for the goal. In the 60th minute, Ospreys forward Anthony Colofranson received a penalty kick. Despite Lions goalkeeper Walsh saving the shot, Colofranson rebounded it for a goal. The Lions settled for a 2-0 shutout. Walsh had a crucial performance of completing eight saves, including six in the second half. “Walsh did more than he could,” Nazario said. “He had a great save on the penalty kick. If it wasn’t for him, we
probably could have lost by 4 or 5.” On the night of Saturday, Oct. 15, the Lions fought the Montclair State University Red Hawks and tied at 1 in two grueling overtime periods. The Lions struck first in the 43rd minute when Panizza took advantage off an errant pass from the Red Hawks defense and scored the goal off the right post. With four minutes remaining, the Red Hawks tied the game when Red Hawks senior midfielder Damian Bziukiewicz crossed the ball and senior forward Mike Olla tapped it in for a goal. Both teams could not score in overtime. With three games remaining, the Lions are on the road this week. On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the Lions will head to Gettysburg, Pa., for a match against the Gettysburg College Bullets. Then, the Lions will travel to Union, N.J., on Saturday, Oct. 22, for a crucial conference match against the Kean University Cougars.
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D RM AROUND THE
Sean Reis “The Ref”
Connor Smith News Editor
Marc Trotochaud ATD Correspondent
Matt Ajaj Staff Writer
In this week’s edition of Around the Dorm, “Ref” Sean Reis asks our panel of three experts — Connor Smith, Marc Trotochaud and Matt Ajaj — three questions: Will “Big Papi” have his place in baseball history? With four teams remaining in the League of Legends (LoL) World Championship, who is going to win it all this season? Why do you think the NFL has taken such a ratings dive?
1. As a Yankees fan, one of my favorite moments was watching David “Big Papi” Ortiz’s career come to an end with the Red Sox being swept, but will Big Papi have his place in baseball history? Connor: David Ortiz skated past the steroid era, and his accomplishments leave me to believe he has a clear path toward Cooperstown. Whether you like him or hate him, Ortiz is a three-time World Champion. He had 541 career home runs, a career .552 slugging percentage and is among the top five in Red Sox club history for wins above replacement. He has the numbers, but also the historic significance toward his hometown club. His heroics in the 2004 American League Championship Series helped break the Curse of the Bambino, while his 2013 post-Boston Marathon Bombing speech united his city in a manner similar to Mike Piazza, a 2016 inductee. For those reasons and more, baseball will remember Big Papi — it always does.
Marc: Sean, way to start off ATD by making me emotional. As an avid Red Sox fan, nothing crushed my dreams more than the start of this postseason, and nothing hurt my heart more than knowing that number 34 would never play on an MLB field again. I respect Big Papi as much as — if not more than — any professional athlete in my lifetime. His passion, attitude, ability and charisma made
him an iconic franchise player and a name that we will not soon forget. Aside from his impact on the Red Sox organization, his position in baseball history is set as the greatest designated hitter to play in the league, and one of the most clutch postseason performers of all time. Matt: David Ortiz will go down in baseball history as a legendary power hitter who
dominated the game for well over a decade. He was a major cog in the Red Sox lineup for three championships — highlights of these runs include 2004’s breaking of the “Curse of the Bambino” and Ortiz’s epic 2013 World Series MVP Performance when he batted .688 in the series. The dark cloud that will always hover over Ortiz’s career is his alleged positive test for performanceenhancing drugs back in 2003. The details surrounding the test were questionable, and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred stated two weeks ago that it was “entirely possible” that Ortiz did not test positive on the test. Seeing it took would-be first ballot Hall of Famer Mike Piazza four years to finally make it into the Hall despite zero positive PED tests, Ortiz’s entrance into the Hall will likely be belated. Regardless, Ortiz dominated the game cleanly for the 13 years that followed that alleged positive test, and those 13 years can stand alone as more than worthy enough for a place in the Hall of Fame.
3 points to all responses because all had strong answers, they were just expressed in slightly different ways. Everybody wins... for now. 2. Who do you like in the LoL Championship and who’s going to win it all? Connor: Due to group-stage results, three of the four best teams in the tournament ended up in the same side of the bracket. Between, SK Telecom T1 (SKT) and the ROX Tigers, the tournament winner will be a tossup. Both Samsung Galaxy and H2K have shown noticeable weaknesses that make them easy prey for both SKT and the Tigers. The Tigers enter the semifinals as the victors of League Champions Korea (LCK) but the win came without facing its arch-rivals: Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok and SKT. They lucked out when KT Rolster eliminated SKT in the summer playoffs, but this time, Lee “Kuro” Seo-haeng and company most prove themselves against the defending world champs. Given SKT has never lost to the Tigers in an elimination match, they’re my pick to win it all. Marc: I have watched more professional LoL in my life than I care to admit, and this past
weekend left me on the edge of my seat. Would the last American hope of Cloud9 win against heavy favorites? Would wildcard Albus NoX with wonder-kid support Likkrit be able to make noise against H2K? The answer, sadly, was no. The sport had all three of its qualifying teams advance to the semifinals. This set up the matches of SKT, last year’s champion with the Michael Jordan-esque player “Faker” looking to get his third (out of five) championships, versus top seed ROX Tiger, and past winner Samsung going up against Europe’s H2K. I would love to see a matchup of past champions going head to head so I will pick SKT and Samsung to make it to the final. What happens there is more questionable, but I side with SKT because they are rolling with house money. Every time that a team with Faker has made worlds, they’ve won Matt: I’m not going to pretend like I know anything about LoL, so I’m just going to judge the merits of these teams based on their
team names. The first semifinal matchup is the ROX Tigers versus SK Telecom T1. I don’t even know what that latter team name is supposed to mean, so the ROX Tigers win this one by default. The second semifinal matchup is Samsung Galaxy versus H2K. “Samsung Galaxy” loses this one just for being total sellouts. Naming your team after a phone — really? What’s next, the Golden
State iPhone 7s? Such a name goes against the spirit of sports and tells me that these guys are just in it for the sponsorship deals and not actually interested in winning. So that brings it down to ROX Tigers and H2K in the championship match, and the winner will be… I don’t know. The fact that these guys get paid to play a video game makes them all winners in my envious eyes.
Marc gets 3 points for comparing Faker to Jordan. Connor gets 2 points because he also picked SKT to win it all. And Matt, sorry I laughed, but only 1 point. 3. The NFL has seen significantly lower ratings this season. Why do you think the NFL has taken an unprecedented ratings dive? Connor: The NFL’s recent changes make the game frustrating to watch for so many reasons. The kickoff changes gutted the game’s most exciting plays. Penalties and fines removed touchdown celebrations. Routine tackles net flags far too often. That said, I still get up and watch football every Sunday. The Giants losing still ruins my day, while a win in fantasy makes it so all is good in the world. I consume football all the time, but as a broke college student in the digital age, I likely don’t count toward those viewership numbers. Digital streaming — both legally and otherwise —
makes cable unattractive to young people. I’d go as far to say that, in a world where HBO Go and Netflix have all the entertainment one could ever want, the NFL is one of the reasons people stay with their cable providers. Marc: I have two reasons why the NFL has seen such a significant drop in ratings over the beginning of the season. The NFL had nowhere else to go but down. When you are the most popular sport in America, it is hard to maintain the insane viewership, and a ratings drop was inevitable. To be frank, in the past few decades the general public has watched too much football, suggesting that these drop in ratings may not only be normal, but also a good thing. The secondary reason
is that the country is in the midst of a polarizing election. Some of these big games have come in conflict with major political events, and detracted from the viewership substantially. I honestly believe that the NFL will bounce back and be just fine, that is until the new collective barring agreement comes along and the threat of a lockout ensues. Matt: People are turning away from the NFL because it is becoming less about football. Regardless of how you feel about the politics of Colin Kaepernick and friends, their actions have frustrated many Americans. Along with
the NFL’s denial of the Cowboys’ request to wear decals in honor of the fallen Dallas officers, many fans feel marginalized. Some popular Twitter pundits have even called for their followers to protest the NFL by refusing to watch the games. Additionally, the excitement of this year’s presidential election has people turning to the news rather than football, and sports media hasn’t done the NFL any favors by focusing more on the politics of the sport than the actual sport itself. Want the fans to come back? Throw out the politics and get back to the pigskin.
Connor gets 3 points because the game has been so frustrating to watch. Matt and Marc get 2 political points.
Lions prevail against Ursinus College By George Tatoris Sports Editor
Last October, the field hockey team faced off against Ursinus College in what would turn out to be one of its toughest matchups of the 2015 season. Things looked bright for the Lions as they opened the scoring, but Ursinus answered with two goals of their own within the first 14 minutes. The rest of the game went scoreless as the Lions fought to close the gap and the Bears fought to stay on top. The matchup resulted in the College’s only regular season loss. Almost one year later, on Thursday Oct. 13, the Lions faced the Bears once again. They continued where they left off. Neither team scored for the first half, nor the second — and that was not out of passivity. The Bears and Lions participated in a tug-of-war in the middle of the field in the first half, and neither team had much chance to score. The second half saw both teams miss several opportunities, as the Lions accumulated nine shots and five penalty corners against the Bears four shots and three penalty corners, but both defenses stonewalled their opponent. In overtime, senior midfielder/ forward Jaclyn Douglas collected the ball from junior forward Elizabeth Morrison, and launched a shot at the goal for the Bears seventh
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Lions celebrate after Douglas scores the game-winning goal in overtime. save of the night. However, Douglas quickly swept her own rebound into the net for the golden goal. The crowd erupted and Douglas was tackled by her own teammates in celebration. The Lions won, 1-0. Junior goalkeeper Christina Fabiano saw the action happen from across the field. “Jackie’s goal was amazing and (Morrison’s) assist to her was also just a great effort put together,” Fabiano said. “The girls really left it all out on the field that night.” Fabiano was in the net for the entirety of the game and accrued
three saves throughout. “It’s been awesome being out on the field with my team,” Fabiano said. “The Ursinus game was such a hard-fought game, but I knew how badly we wanted it and I never doubted we wouldn’t come out on top.” For the past two weeks, the Lions have dominated their competition. In addition to Ursinus, they also battled Rowan University on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 3-2; shutout Montclair University on Saturday, Oct. 8, 4-0; and trampled Ramapo College on Saturday, Oct. 15, 7-0 — all three of which were New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) victories.
These latest victories give the Lions a six-win streak — their longest before this was only two. After seesawing for the first half of the season, the Lions appear to have found their footing. Douglas decided the Rowan game on Tuesday, Oct. 4, in a similarly dramatic fashion to the Ursinus game. The game was tied at 1 for a majority of the second half, but Rowan crawled ahead with a goal from Rachel Galante. Now behind with less than six minutes to tie it up, senior defender Lexi Smith gave the Lions what they needed when she scored the equalizer on a penalty stroke.
The game might have gone into overtime if not for Douglas, who picked up a feed from Morrison and knocked it in for the 3-2 victory. Combined with a 7-0 shutout against William Paterson University the week before, this left the Lions undefeated in the NJAC. On Saturday, Oct. 8, the Lions faced their third NJAC opponent, Montclair State University, who put up a strong defense in the first half. The Lions seemed unable to score after seven penalty corners and seven shots. Riding the momentum from the victory over Rowan, the Lions broke through the stalwart defense late in the half when senior defender Alexa Magnotta crossed the ball to Douglas for the first goal of the game with four minutes remaining in the first half. The Lions kept up their constant attack on Montclair’s goal in the second half. Smith widened the gap by knocking in a feed from sophomore forward Taylor Barrett on a penalty corner, and minutes later, Douglas rattled in a goal on another penalty corner with some help from Smith. Freshman defender Cayla Andrews provided the cherry on top by scoring off her own rebound to lead to a 4-0 shutout. A 7-0 victory against Ramapo University on Saturday, Oct. 15, provided the Lions with their second see NJAC page 29
Lions fight for NJAC tournament berth By Miguel Gonzalez Assistant Sports Editor
The men’s soccer team has been pushing to qualify for a spot in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) tournament. Two weeks ago, the Lions seemed well on their way after two wins, but last week, a loss and a tie might have hampered their chances. On Monday, Oct. 3, the Lions defeated the College of Staten Island, 3-1, and overcame Ramapo College on Saturday, Oct. 8, in a gutsy 2-1 overtime victory. The following week, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, the Lions suffered a 2-0 shutout loss against Stockton University. On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Lions closed out the week with a tie at 1 against Montclair State University. After conceding back-to-back shutout losses on the last week of September, the Lions offense regained momentum by scoring three goals in their 3-1 victory against the College Of Staten Island Dolphins. In the 25th minute, senior forward Thomas Hogue broke through the penalty box and scored the first goal.
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Panizza scores against Montclair State.
The Dolphins countered in the 61st minute, when Dolphins forward Adrian Cosovic scored off a free kick. The Lions instantly responded when senior midfielder Nick Costelloe approached the penalty box and blasted in a shot for the second Lions goal.
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Eleven minutes later, the Lions added a third goal to their lead. Sophomore midfielder/forward Sample bolted across the Dolphins defense and shot the goal toward the right side to secure the College’s 3-1 victory. While students and staff at the College
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were on fall break, the Lions surmounted past the Ramapo College Roadrunners in a 2-1 overtime victory. Freshman forward Mateo Panizza sparked the Lions offense early in the 13th minute. Hogue shot the ball from the left corner, and Panizza rebounded the shot for the Lions first goal. The Roadrunners equalized the match in the 56th minute when forward Justin Olaya scored off a pass from forward Trevor Albrecht. The Lions spent the remainder of the half scrambling for a goal. In overtime, the Lions halted the Roadrunners when Hogue received a through pass from sophomore defender Nick Provenzano and shot the game winning goal past the right corner. By Wednesday, Oct. 12, the Lions, with a 3-2 conference record, were hopeful of competing in the NJAC tournament. Nonetheless, the 2-7-4 Stockton University Ospreys set the Lions back on a breezy night in Lions Stadium. A tough Ospreys defense shunned the Lions offense and exploited turnovers. “Stockton’s defense left no room
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The 10/19/16 issue of The Signal, The College of New Jersey’s student newspaper