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Intruder forces Ben & Jerry’s founder shares his story hightened security By Sydney Shaw and Chelsea LoCascio Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor The College has seen an increase in reports of intrusions into campus residence halls and dorm rooms, according to an email sent to the campus community on Friday, Oct. 21, by John Collins, Campus Police chief and director of Campus Security. “We are taking this matter very seriously and are making every effort to apprehend the individual or individuals responsible,” Collins wrote in the email. “We are conducting interviews and examining a great deal of investigatory information and have dedicated additional resources to resolving this matter.” A female student told The Signal that she woke up in her Decker Hall dorm room on Friday, Oct. 21, around 2:30 a.m., and noticed someone sitting on the floor. When she asked who he was, he told her that her roommate had let him in to use their bathroom. “The next morning, I asked my roommate if she had let someone use our bathroom last night,” she said, but her roommate had no idea what she was talking about. After learning that an intruder entered an unlocked room in another residence hall that same night, she called Campus Police. “The scary thing is that I have no idea how I woke up from my deep sleep, and how long he was in my room,” she said. The student said the College doesn’t feel safe anymore, especially since Desk Assistants are students see UNSAFE page 7
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Greenfield describes Ben & Jerry’s humble beginnings. By Jessica Ganga News Editor For Jerry Greenfield of the famed Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, getting into the ice cream business was not part of his plan. During the College Union Board’s Fall Lecture in Mayo Concert Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 18, Greenfield told the story of how the company that began in a used gas station eventually grew
into a multi-million dollar ice cream business. Greenfield and his business partner, Ben Cohen, grew up in Merrick as childhood friends in Long Island, N.Y. The pair went their separate ways after high school. While Cohen worked odd jobs and took a less conventional approach to life and education, Greenfield aspired for academic greatness, but was rejected from every medical school to which
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he applied. This led them to join together and begin their own business. “There we were, failing at everything we were trying to do,” Greenfield said. “Ben and I said to each other, ‘Why don’t we try being something that’s fun — be our own bosses? Since we always liked to eat, we should do something with food.’” With knowledge from a cheap ice cream making course at Pennsylvania State University and $4,000 saved between them, Cohen and Greenfield moved to Burlington, Vt., — a town without an ice cream parlor. From there, they created a business plan in order to receive an $8,000 bank loan. To their surprise, the bank lent them the money, and the two worked on opening their shop. Ben & Jerry’s started small by distributing ice cream in pint-sized containers to mom-and-pop grocery stores. Eventually, the company attracted the attention of large distributors from Boston and Connecticut. “It was the first time we were going to be selling ice cream into major markets,” Greenfield said. Soon after the trucks started carrying their ice cream, Cohen and Greenfield were told that the Pillsbury company, which owns Häagen-Dazs see PINT page 3
College campaigns for Title IX awareness By Tom Ballard Staff Writer
green liquid — signs that this spot has hosted the occasional “good time,” according to a Signal article from Sept. 24, 2008. That same article reported that the only exposure Thomas Hasty, former head grounds worker for the Office of Grounds and Landscape Maintenance Services, had to the bamboo was limited to the few times the grounds crew needed to clean up
Why does the College need Title IX? “Every future and current student deserves a comfortable college experience.” “Safety and inclusivity are necessary components for a thriving community.” “Being able to learn in a safe environment is a human right.” Those are just a few of the responses that the College’s Office of Title IX received for its “TCNJ Needs Title IX” campaign that intends to raise awareness about sexual assault and gender discrimination on campus. The campaign, which coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, mainly takes place on the Office’s Instagram account, @tcnj_titleix, and a Tumblr page under the campaign’s name. It features photos of students and other members of the campus community, including administrators and Campus Police, holding signs explaining why Title IX protections are important to the College community. According to Tyler Switsky, a Programing, Research and Development intern for the Office of Title IX and a senior history major, the campaign was
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The bamboo culms on campus have a colorful history. By Chelsea LoCascio Managing Editor When swatting bugs, wiping away sweat and moving fallen bamboo culms to clear a path, it can be easy to forget you are still at the College. The on-campus bamboo forest behind Green Farmhouse is littered with food wrappers, beer cans and water bottles full of
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brought to the College in response to a national campaign called “Know Your IX” and coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. “(Know Your IX) have their own ongoing campaign called ‘My (Blank) Needs Title IX Because,’ and I thought it sent a very powerful message,” Switsky said. “They encouraged schools to bring this to their own campuses, and after tweaking it a little bit with (the College’s Title IX Coordinator) Jordan Draper, we were able to come up with the full scope of the campaign that was tailored to TCNJ.” According to the national campaign’s website, the initiative aims to educate college and high school students across the U.S. about their legal rights to safe education free from sexual and gender-based violence.
“Unfortunately, the statistics of sexual violence on college campuses are exceptionally high,” Draper said. “Tyler and I thought this (campaign) would be a great way to market the Title IX office, as well as inform students what Title IX is and how it can help them or a friend in need.” The response for the campaign has been strong so far, according to Switsky and Draper. More than 70 individuals have participated in the photo campaign so far, which has garnered support from offices like the Division of Student Affairs, AntiViolence Initiatives (AVI) and the Office of the President. According to the Center for Disease Control’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey from 2010, one in every five women and one in every 59 men in the U.S. has been raped at some point in their life. The report also found that one in every four wom-
en and one in every seven men has been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner. Statistics fare worst for college students. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’s Campus Climate Survey, 17.6 percent of female college students and 5.3 percent of male college students reported being sexually assaulted during the 2014-15 school year. The statistics of sexual assault on college campuses are too high, according to graduate student Zach Gall, project manager for the Office on Violence Against Women, AVI Prevention Education specialist and graduate student at the College. He noted that men are also victimized by sexual assault. “It really is an across-theboard concern. While by no means are men the only perpetrators — there are females who commit acts of power-based violence — we know that a large number of the perpetrators are male, and while it’s a small portion of the population as a whole, it’s a small number of people committing a lot of violence.” Gall said that it is important for men to become part of the conversation about on-campus sexual assault. “It can be hard (for men to get into anti-violence), but that’s half of the population that could be helping in this fight against violence that weren’t being engaged, and I would rather have more allies than less,” Gall said. Going forward, Switsky said that it is important that the entire College community become engaged in
fighting sexual assault and genderbased violence. “The reason why we are at TCNJ is because we are here to further our education and create a foundation on which we can launch our career and personal endeavors,” Switsky said. “Nobody has the right to take your access to education away from you, and in many ways, sexual assault and other forms of power-based personal violence do just that… We are fortunate to be at the College because everyone at this school truly cares about eradicating this type of behavior, including staff and faculty.” Gall said that while there are some measures that the College can take to crackdown on sexual and gender-based violence, it’s up to the student body to create an environment that is comfortable and willing to talk about the issues. Draper wants all students to
feel comfortable to report any instance of sexual or gender based violence to the College. “Underreporting is a huge issue nationally and on our campus,” Draper said. “I do want every person who has experienced violence to know they have rights, and there are free and confidential resources they can utilize.” Gall said any immediate problems should always be reported to Campus Police, but added that AVI can offer long-term emotional support for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence by helping them get back on track with school, connecting them with any off-campus services not provided at the College or even accompany them to hospitals or police stations. “(This is) not something that students have to go through alone,” Gall said.
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Bamboo / Forest origins rooted in family history continued from page 1 the litter, along with some cult-like paraphernalia reminiscent of “The Blair Witch Project.” This campus oddity has been shrouded in mystery, as Hasty reportedly never learned why the bamboo was there, and any further knowledge left with him when he retired. According to Head Media Relations Officer Tom Beaver, the mystery continues. “We do not have a record of when the bamboo was planted and why, at that time, the decision was made to plant bamboo,” Head Media Relations Officer Tom Beaver said. Eight years later, the College still has no idea. Until now. The Eldridge family The marker indicates a few critical points: the Eldridge family planted the bamboo at this specific location in the early part of the last century, and it was the first bamboo planted in Ewing, N.J. It also notes that Eldridge Park in Lawrenceville, N.J., was named after the family and that one family member named John was an associate of William Penn: “English Quaker leader and advocate of religious freedom, who oversaw the founding of the American Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” according to britannica.com. The Rockino family were the ones who acquired the Eldridge’s property on Pennington Road — they believe it was built around 1919 — in an estate sale in November 1973. Linda Rockino Schultz, 64, does not live in this house, but her brother does.
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The Eldridge family’s bamboo separates their home from the College.
According to Rockino Schultz, Sarah Eldridge built a colonial home for her son, C. Wellington Eldridge, and in the yard, she planted several species of flora still there today, including Silver Spruce, Japanese Maple and bamboo. Their fence is the one that separates the College from the bamboo patch.
A not-so-invasive species What is the connection between the Eldridge’s bamboo and the College’s? The answer can be found in basic ecology, according to Professor of Biology Janet Morrison, who is currently conducting her own research on the interactions between overabundant deer, invasive species and native plants Morrison said the bamboo on campus is likely Golden Bamboo, since that is the most common type of planted bamboo. “(Golden Bamboo) might flower (about) every five to 10 years,” Morrison said. “So,
it’s possible that a few seeds made it and got spread to the other side of the road, and so it’s making a second patch.” That second patch has been growing just over the fence and down the road on the College’s campus. Since John Eldridge was the one to introduce the plant, which, according to Morrison, is commonly found in Asia, the bamboo is actually an invasive species. “Generally, when we say ‘invasive species,’ we’re usually talking about species — whether they’re animals, plants, whatever — that come from a different continent and have been introduced to a new continent either intentionally or accidentally,” Morrison said. “(The species) have done very well in the area over a quite short period of time — in ecology Morrison said the bamboo has survived here because it thrives in temperate climates, as opposed to harsher ones in the arctic and
tropics, for example. While often beautiful and exotic, invasive species are not necessarily positive for the local native plants. Some invasive species can spread out and inhibit native species from growing, which can lower biodiversity. These species can affect the soil’s nutrients and the local water cycle, according to Morrison. “If someone plants a little bamboo in their yard and it takes there — does well — it will then send out stolons, or these little… horizontal stems, basically, and these sort of spread out and make a giant clump,” Morrison said. “On a very, very local scale where it’s spreading out every year and making little bit of bigger and bigger clumps, it’s forcing out other plants that are there.” Fortunately, bamboo is not a huge threat, as it grows tall quickly, but spreads out slowly. “People consider it invasive, but from my perspective — compared to so many other species — it’s not of particular concern,” Morrison said. “It does not act like a classic invasive species… You don’t see bamboo invading across all of our forest patches on campus.” To Morrison, the bamboo on campus is symbolic of a much larger issue — the decrease in species diversity. “Bamboo is very dramatic, and people notice it because it’s so big and incredible looking,” Morrison said. “As the world is becoming more globalized… we’re losing diversity of different species… because of the success of a relatively small number of cosmopolitan species that are well-adapted to the sort of disturbed environments that people make. As people cover the globe, those are the species that are going to do well.”
Yummy Sushi opens Campus Town location
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Yummy Sushi is located near RedBerry and the Mexican Mariachi Grill. By Harry Becker Correspondent
Yummy Sushi recently opened its doors to the local community. The Asian cuisine destination in Campus Town offers an array of options for students at the College, as well as local Ewing, N.J., residents. The restaurant chose build a location in Campus Town which finally opened two weeks ago. Upon entering the establishment, customers are greeted with a striking orange and white color scheme, with walls decorated with traditional Asian art that provides a modern yet traditional aesthetic. With table settings to accommodate groups of two to four people, Yummy Sushi can hold around 40 patrons. When looking for a seat, patrons will most likely be
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greeted by Evan Yap, the manager of the new location. According to Yap, the change to Campus Town was influenced by the new opportunity to serve students. “We see the opportunity with the college kids,” Yap said. “We like them a lot.” One of the main benefits was the desire for more food options for college-goers, according to Yap. “(Some) students don’t have a car,” Yap said, outlining the benefits of having an Asian cuisine joint within walking distance of residents from the College and Ewing. Yap noted that the business has been doing well so far and has attracted mostly a younger group of patrons. The menu consists of a vast selection of Asian cuisine from Japan, China, Vietnam, Malaysia and more. Among these options are traditional Chinese food classics, different varieties of Vietnamese noodles and ramen, Asian
specialty dishes, stir fried dishes, tempura (battered and deep fried seafood or vegetables), katsu (Japanese-style fried chicken) and bento boxes. However, as the name implies, the eatery’s main business is sushi, with a wide variety of rolls, including the Sleeping Beauty, the Green Dragon, the Dynamite and even the TCNJ. Even with an extensive menu, Yap elaborated that the restaurant is flexible and welcome to meet customers’ requests. With the dietary requirements of students evolving constantly, from gluten-free to vegetarian and vegan, Yummy Sushi has adapted to offer an extensive range of choices for patrons. “It’s really good they have vegetarian options,” said Alice Li, a junior statistics major whose favorite dish is the fried sweet potato roll. Jia Mi, the librarian tasked with electronic resources and serials at the College, noted that the location is “very convenient for (Alice and I),” both in terms of location and menu choices. Jia Mi used to frequent the previous Yummy Sushi Parkway Avenue location, but this was her first time at the Campus Town location. She noted that the food was still “very fresh” and she enjoyed that it was not exclusive to Japanese dishes. Yelp reviews of the Parkway Avenue location are mostly positive, as well, garnering four out of five stars among patrons. Situated in the middle of Campus Town, Yummy Sushi is complimented by RedBerry across the street, Mexican Mariachi Grill next door and a Panera Bread further down the road, making Yummy Sushi the only Asian cuisine restaurant in the development. It’s currently serving lunch and dinner to the constantly consuming college crowd throughout the week.
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ice cream, didn’t want the distributors to carry Ben & Jerry’s. They had found their first competitors. “I made my way to Minneapolis — to the Pillsbury Headquarters — where I was a one-person picket line,” Greenfield said. “I was walking up and down the sidewalk in front of Pillsbury Headquarters. I had a picket sign that said, ‘What’s the Dough Boy afraid of?’” They had multiple tactics and recruited their faithful consumers to help them with the campaign to get their ice cream back on the distribution trucks. The story was picked up by major newspapers like The Boston Globe, so Häagen-Dazs backed down. As their business grew, Cohen and Greenfield realized they were turning into businessmen — a new and uneasy feeling. This changing role almost led them to leave their business behind. However, convinced by a friend to continue, the two chose to grow their business, with a few added quirks. They needed more funding, but went about it in a non-traditional way. “We said, ‘What we would like to do is use this need for cash that the business has and use it to have the community become owners of the business, so that as the business prospered, the community as owners would automatically prosper,’” Greenfield said. By holding a public offer, Cohen and Greenfield raised $750,000 and one out of 100 families in Vermont became owners of Ben & Jerry’s. After local success, Cohen and Greenfield expanded the offer to the national level, and they established the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, another way for them to give back to the community. “The foundation would receive 7.5 percent of the company’s pre-tax profits,” Greenfield said. “That was the highest percentage of any publicly held company. The reason we chose such a high percentage was that our feeling at the time was… if we wanted to be as much
Greenfield (right) says his favorite ice cream is Americone Dream (of) a benefit to the community as possible, we should give away as much money as possible.” In no time, the foundation began receiving grant requests from nonprofit organizations that supported those struggling with issues like hunger and housing. Greenfield found that the best way to run their business was to figure out the important components of the Ben & Jerry’s plan and integrate it with social and environmental issues. This idea proved to be easier said than done. “It’s sort of like any process of innovation and figuring out something that you don’t know how to do,” Greenfield said. “It’s a matter of coming up with some ideas — you try them, usually they won’t work, you try and learn from that and you make changes, and you try again. Eventually, through trial and error, you get things
figured out. That’s the way you learn how to do things.” The company discovered Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, N.Y., a nonprofit pastry shop that provided jobs and job training for impoverished people. “Ben & Jerry’s came up with a flavor, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, using brownies from the Greyston Bakery,” Greenfield said. “Ben & Jerry’s bought over $5 million worth of brownies from Greyston.” Greenfield and Cohen continued to look into ways to help their customers. Now, the company owns about 250 franchises, 14 of which are PartnerShops, or stores that are owned and operated by nonprofit social service agencies that work with at-risk youth. “For those agencies that own Ben & Jerry’s shops, any money they make goes into funding their programs,” Greenfield
said. “At the same time, they provide job training and jobs for (all) the people they work with.” Along with their charitable ventures, the two are vocal about pressing issues in the country, such as democracy, environmentalism and social justice, and the company recently offered a statement on the Black Lives Matter movement. In an interview with The Signal, Greenfield said that with their platform, large companies have the opportunity to show support on important issues. “The feedback that Ben & Jerry’s got for that statement was overwhelmingly positive and it may be because of the people that follow Ben & Jerry’s or eat Ben & Jerry’s ice cream are more supportive of that,” he said. “I think most businesses (don’t) do it because they don’t want to take a risk… Their primary purpose is to make money and they don’t want to do anything that interferes with that.” Despite the company’s successful charity work and stance on important issues, the pair still received criticism — a bizarre response, according to Greenfield. “Several years ago, Ben & Jerry’s started to get criticized in the media that we were trying to convince people to buy more ice cream in a cynical (way) by doing good deeds,” he said. The two responded to the media backlash in the best way they knew how — with positivity that highlighted their core beliefs. “Probably most important of all, it helps with building a deep and genuine bond with our customers over shared values,” Greenfield said. “What we’ve been learning at Ben & Jerry’s is there is a spiritual aspect in business just as there is a compliance of individuals. As you give, you receive. As you help others, you are helped in return.” No matter what, the company will stick to its business plan to incorporate its most valued beliefs and serve its community. “We’re all interconnected and as we help others, we can’t help be helped in return,” Greenfield said. “For business and people, it’s all exactly the same.”
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Phil Murphy hosts rally in Black Box Theater By Olivia Rizzo Staff Writer
New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy gave a speech at the College on Monday, Oct. 17. Although the gubernatorial election isn’t until next November, Murphy is currently the only declared Democratic candidate running for the governorship. After being introduced by Congresswoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D-N.J.) and County Exec. Brian Hughes, Murphy took the stage in the Kendall Hall Black Box Theater, ready to introduce himself and his platform to local residents and students. The town hall-styled rally allowed Murphy to answer the audience’s questions and make a personal impact on the crowd. Murphy began by briefly speaking on this year’s current election, calling it one of the most consequential presidential races in American history. He encouraged the audience to be knowledgeable of the entire ballot, not just the presidential candidates. “If this is the most consequential presidential election in our lifetime, then I would say the gubernatorial election next year is one of the most consequential,” Murphy said. New Jersey has an open seat in this election year, as current Gov. Chris Christie has reached his term limit. “We’ve got to win this thing one vote at a time,” Murphy said. For nearly an hour, Murphy spoke about his childhood, entry into politics and current platform. Born in Boston and the youngest of four children, Murphy categorized his family life as “middle
Murphy gets personal by talking about his childhood and family.
class on a good day.” He said he worked illegally at 13 years old as a dishwasher to help his family earn money. Now married and a father of four, Murphy spent much of his career working in business and finance after earning a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2009, Murphy was appointed the U.S. Ambassador to Germany. After returning to the states three years ago, Murphy said he and his wife thought the New Jersey economy was stuck. He then spent the next two years learning about policy before ultimately making the decision to run. Murphy officially
announced his candidacy last May. “(New Jersey is) not in a great place and it won’t be easy,” Murphy said. “We can (do) greater quicker.” Critical of Christie, Murphy said the current governor has hijacked the state’s heartbeat and soul to fit his political identity. “I want to be the guy that gets us back to that heartbeat,” Murphy said. Murphy placed a strong emphasis on the state of the economy, outlining that in order for there to be considerable improvement, there needs to be innovation, such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) development and an investment in
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the state’s infrastructure. “I will be the governor who makes decisions that are what’s best for the next generation for the state, not just the next election,” Murphy said before opening up the floor to answer the audience’s questions. “Please put me into the category of the right people going into government for the right reasons.” During the question and answer portion of the rally, Murphy promised to provide money and support for women’s reproductive health. Later, he outlined his plan for prioritizing research and development of STEM and using the state budget to prioritize higher education.
Murphy answered a few questions from students at the College, including Levi Klinger-Christiansen, a senior English and political science double major who asked if Murphy would sign a legislation that legalized marijuana if it came across his desk. Murphy said he would sign a legalization bill, so long as the program was sensible. “I was obviously pleased that he directly answered my question, among others,” KlingerChristiansen said. “He definitely comes across as an honest hardworking guy. I will say, at times, I felt like he was performing. For instance, when he took off his jacket and loosened his tie, I’m sure he wanted that to seem very natural, but it came across as scripted and quite deliberate, as a means for him to relate to the crowd.” Senior political science major Katherine Wallentine was also in attendance and enjoyed Murphy’s presentation. “I liked the rally because Murphy had a warm demeanor that felt very personal and intimate with his audience,” Wallentine said. “It was a less aggressive approach than I expected, but he definitely had adequate answers to the questions posed by the public.” Murphy closed the rally on an encouraging note. He showed a photo of President Barack Obama, who was a teammate of Murphy’s on their high school basketball team. At the time the photo was taken, no one would have thought Obama would one day be the president of the United States. “Anyone can be in that basketball picture,” Murphy said.
SG explains how students can utilize TurboVote
Blakely discusses the Travers and Wolfe halls remodeling forum. By Megan Kelly Staff Writer
Student Government (SG) members learned how to fill out an absentee ballot for the upcoming presidential election, as well as how Enterprise CarShare program works, at its weekly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Junior John Sheridan began his presentation on Enterprise CarShare, the on-campus car rental service, by sharing some basic facts about
the service. Essentially, there are two Enterprise cars on campus — in Lot 5 and Campus Town — available to members of the program at all hours of the day. Members, who join the program for just one dollar, can reserve a car for themselves and receive a card with a magnetic strip that locks and unlocks the car. While a car is reserved, only the person who made the reservation has access to the car. “What’s really cool about (the program) is that there’s not a lot of parking on campus,
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so this is great for people like freshmen who can’t have cars or people who just can’t own a car physically,” Sheridan said. Sheridan also said that the cars have $5,000 worth of collision damage insurance, but if a driver is under 21 years old and gets in an accident, the cars do not have liability insurance. Following Sheridan’s presentation, Vice President of Administration and Finance Chris
Blakely announced that there will be a forum on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the T/W Lounge regarding the potential new residential buildings on campus. The forum, which will be an opportunity for students to vocalize their opinions about the College demolishing Travers and Wolfe halls and designing new residence halls, will be attended by the design company and Curt Heuring, vice president of Administration. “The whole point of this is so that more students have an idea of what’s potentially going to come and are able to provide feedback to the design firm so they can start designing these buildings for new residence halls,” Blakely said. Vice President of Governmental Affairs Tori Mazzola went on to explain the process of filling out an absentee ballot via TurboVote. Mazzola then followed with a brief tutorial on filling out an absentee ballot. Registering on TurboVote allows people to either print out the request form for an absentee ballot or choose to have it mailed to them. The request form is then filled out and mailed to a P.O. Box in Mercer County, N.J., and then the absentee ballot itself is administered. Later, the Class of 2017 announced that it was fully funded for a cooking class that will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 2. There are only 30 spots available for the fall-themed event, but the menu is still undecided. The Class of 2018 was also funded for a Moonlight Cruise on Saturday, Nov. 19.
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Phony permit prompts police to arrest student By Ellie Schuckman Staff Writer
• On Monday, Oct. 17, at approximately 3 a.m., while on vehicle patrol, a Campus Police officer observed a vehicle illegally parked in the Campus Town parking lot near Panera Bread. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had a 2016-17 TCNJ resident apartment parking decal that was not issued to the vehicle or owner of that vehicle, police said. The decal was taped to the inside glass of the vehicle. The vehicle also had a permanently attached expired 2015-16 resident student parking decal that was also not issued to that vehicle. According to reports, TCNJ police dispatch located a possible driver of the vehicle. Both decals were issued to two different students, police said. Neither decal had been reported stolen or lost to Campus Police or Parking Services. At 10:05 a.m., an officer observed the vehicle in question parked illegally in a service vehicle space on E Street, near New Residence and Eickhoff halls. According to police, the officer then radioed for another officer to meet and ticket the vehicle. While waiting for the patrol to arrive, the driver of the vehicle arrived to the scene. The officer approached the student and identified himself. The officer explained that the student was parked illegally, to which the student responded that he was just parked for a few minutes to drop something off in his room in Eickhoff Hall. The officer asked if the student could tell him about his parking decal, police said. The student stated that the old decal was given to him by a friend, and the current one he made using another friend’s valid decal.
According to reports, the officer told the student that it is illegal to reproduce parking permits and that he could face criminal charges. The officer asked the student to remove the false decals from his vehicle. According to police, the student removed the decals and handed them to the officer. The officer told the student that he would be contacting him in the near future. On Tuesday, Oct. 18, at approximately 10:55 a.m., an officer met with the student on the first floor of Bliss Hall. The officer informed the student that he was going to be charged with theft of services for duplicating a parking decal and using it to park on the College’s campus. He was placed under arrest, handcuffed, searched and transported to Campus Police Headquarters. He was issued a summons with a court date, police said. • On Thursday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to the Education Building regarding an incident that occurred on Friday, Oct. 7. Upon the officer’s arrival, he met with a Career and Community Studies academic instructor who shared a story told to him by a student: On Friday, Oct. 7, while in the area of the Brower Student Center, the student said he was approached by a black female who stated she was collecting donations for an orphanage. According to reports, the female told the student that it is his responsibility to support the kids in her orphanage. The student then opened his wallet and the female observed two $20 bills. The student took out two dollars, but the female demanded $20, police said. The student gave her $20 and left the area. The instructor also reported that the same day, in the same area, another
student was approached by a black female in a similar manner. The female recited the same orphanage story and demanded $20. According to police, the student gave her $20 and left the area. The officer circulated that area by the student center, but he was unable to locate anyone matching the description of the suspect. Video footage of a possible suspect was recorded in the Library on Friday, Oct. 7, police said.
• Four Campus Police officers were dispatched to Travers Hall on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 1 a.m. in reference to an intoxicated person. Upon the officers’ arrival on the ninth floor of Travers, they spoke to a Community Adviser (CA) who stated that someone reported a male lying on the ground in the ninth floor’s lobby. According to reports, the CA went to the area to check on the male, but he was gone. The CA then observed several people leaving a dorm room. He went to the door and knocked, and when it was opened, he detected a strong smell of alcohol, police said. The CA immediately contacted Campus Police dispatch. The student who was laying on the floor was quickly identified. When an officer attempted to speak to him, he was incoherent, vomiting and had a strong smell of alcohol emanating from his breath. According to police, there were several students in the room, and they stated that they were drinking. The CA said that when he went into the room, he observed a student laying on a bed, vomiting. When he went to check on the student, he observed approximately 40 empty Bud Light beer cans, one liter of Jack Daniels and a 1.75-liter bottle of raspberry vodka. One of the occupants of the room was cleaning up when officers arrived, police said. TCNJ EMS arrived and evaluated the
intoxicated student before deeming it necessary to transfer him to the hospital for additional medical treatment. Ewing Basic Life Support arrived and transported the student to the hospital. Summonses were issued for underage drinking, however, one male was not issued a summons because he was of legal drinking age, police said. • On Saturday, Oct. 15, at 12:40 a.m., a Campus Police officer conducting vehicle patrol observed an unattended golf cart parked in the middle of the road on 13th Street, near Armstrong Hall and the Science Complex. Campus Police dispatch alerted the officer that a Building Services Supervisor reported his golf cart missing from the rear entrance of Wolfe Hall, police said. The officer advised dispatch that he had recovered the vehicle and would remain on scene until the supervisor arrived. According to reports, at approximately 12:45 a.m., another officer transported the supervisor to 13th street. The supervisor stated that on Friday, Oct. 14, at approximately 11 p.m., he parked the golf cart at the rear of Wolfe. He took the keys and entered the building, where he remained in the Building Services office until approximately 12:30 a.m. He then went outside and noticed the golf cart was missing, police said. He asked one of his employees if they knew the golf cart’s whereabouts, but received a negative reply. According to reports, while the supervisor and officer were on the scene, the supervisor inspected and test-drove the golf cart. The supervisor stated that it was fully operational and did not appear to be tampered with, police said. Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at 609-771-2345.
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who only stay until 2 a.m. and there aren’t any security cameras in residence halls. An emergency text alert from the College was sent to the campus community just before 5 a.m. on Friday. It warned students of an intruder who reportedly entered an unlocked room in New Residence Hall. The intruder, who was wearing light shorts and a dark shirt, is a white male about 5-foot-9 with a thin face. According to the email from Collins, police presence in and around residence halls was increased over the weekend the email was sent. The email advised students and other members of the community to lock their doors when they go to bed or leave the room, make sure no exterior residence hall doors are propped open and avoid letting strangers follow them inside after they swipe their ID cards to unlock residence halls. Anyone with more information should contact Campus Police at 609-771-2167 at any hour, and call 911 if anything suspicious or of concern occurs.
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SFB approves funding for several events By Olivia Rizzo Staff Writer A senior cooking class, multicultural buffet and visit from a Broadway actress are just a few of the events fully funded by the Student Finance Board (SFB) at its most recent meeting. The International Studies and Model United Nations Club was allocated funds for the New York University Model United Nations Conference. According to the proposal packet, “At this conference, students from different universities around the United States and even from abroad will be competing for best delegate and representing their universities.” The board agreed to fund the trip in the amount of $1,600 to cover registration fees and transportation costs. The conference will take place from April 6 to April 9, 2017. After its proposal, TCNJ Musical Theatre (TMT) was fully funded $1,432.15 for its previously tabled request for additional funding for hair, makeup and costume supplies for their fall production of “The Addams Family.” The board originally requested a more detailed financial breakdown of the necessary supplies, and was satisfied with the group’s second proposal. TMT’s production of “The Addams Family” will take place from Tuesday, Nov. 15, to Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Don Evans Black Box Theater.
Members of SFB discuss whether or not to fund an event. The organization also received funding for An Evening with Krysta Rodriguez. “Krysta Rodriguez is a seasoned broadway television actress who played a lead role in the original Broadway cast of ‘The Addams Family,’” the presentation packet read. This event will include a three-hour masterclass, where Rodriguez will work with cast members of TMT’s production of “The Adams Family.” Students from across campus are invited to view the masterclass. Rodriguez will also perform a mini-concert and participate in a Q&A for the public after The Mixed Signals open. The allocated $6,859 covers Rodriguez’s
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performance fee and Kendall Hall’s staff and usher fee. The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12. The masterclass will be held in the Don Evans Black Box Theater and the mini-concert will take place on the Kendall Hall Mainstage. Later, the board fully funded the Asian American Association (AAA) in the amount of $4,221.20 for food and supplies for its annual Multicultural Buffet. “This event showcases food from various Asian Cultures, such as China, Japan, the Philippines, India and Korea. It also features a performance from TCNJ Taiko, the campus’s Japanese drumming group, and CSA Dragonflies, the campus’s Chinese cultural dance team,” the proposal packet read.
The Multicultural Buffet will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Travers/Wolfe lounge. The event is open to all students and tickets will be sold for $3 per student. Before the meeting adjourned, the Class of 2017 was fully funded $1,050 for its Senior Cooking Class, a class unity event that provides students the opportunity to learn how to cook with the guidance of Sodexo Executive Chef Lauren Franchetti. The organization requested funding to cover the cost of the cooking class for 30 seniors. Even though SFB agrees to finance certain events, there is no guarantee these events will take place. The approval only makes the funds available.
‘Worst. President. Ever.’author speaks
Lecture covers James Buchanan’s presidency
By Sydney Shaw Editor-in-Chief
If you think the 2016 presidential race is bizarre, journalist Robert Strauss has a message for you: “You haven’t seen anything.” Strauss has written for publications such as Sports Illustrated and The New York Times, where he has had more than 1,000 bylines. His newest book analyzes the presidency of James Buchanan, whom Strauss dubs in the title the “Worst. President. Ever.” His Brown Bag lecture on Friday, Oct. 21, emphasized that even though this election cycle might seem bitter, history reminds us it could be a lot worse. “People always ask me, ‘Why don’t you write about Washington or Lincoln?’” Strauss said. “Everybody writes about the best. I wanted to find somebody who wasn’t so good, someone we could learn from.” It’s hard to hold a candle to those two presidents. After
all, no other president in history can be America’s first, and Strauss said it’s unlikely we’ll be faced with another civil war anytime soon. According to Strauss, whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump can live up to the standards set by Washington and Lincoln is beside the point — neither candidate will be the worst president to lead the nation since its independence. But why does Buchanan take the cake? As a Buchanan Pez dispenser rested on the lectern in front of him — one of his greatest artifacts on his office shelf, he said — Strauss explained that his path to that realization began in a small coin shop. He was searching for a coin to gift to his wife on their 25th wedding anniversary when he noticed that some of the coins from the late 1850s were much smaller than the older ones. “Oh, the Panic of 1857,” the shop owner told Strauss. He explained that President Buchanan couldn’t figure out a solution to the country’s economic decline, so he opted for making smaller coins to utilize less gold and silver.
Strauss asserts in his book that this election is not America’s worst.
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Strauss criticized Buchanan’s handling of the crisis, but noted that his ineffectiveness had far greater consequences, like the fumbling of the Dred Scott case, which is widely referred to as the worst Supreme Court decision in U.S. history. “After his master died, Scott brought the case that he should be free because he had lived in nonslave territory,” Strauss wrote in a Politico article in September. Buchanan ultimately ignored the separation of powers and convinced jurist Robert Cooper Grier to go along with the majority opinion that African Americans were not — and were never meant to be — citizens of the U.S., and that the property rights of slaveholders were protected by the Constitution. Buchanan’s passivity during this crucial case — and throughout his presidency — is considered by many historians to be a contributing factor to the Civil War. “Throughout his term, when a fork appeared in the road, Buchanan managed to take the wrong turn,” Strauss wrote in the same article. Buchanan took another wrong turn when he caused entire villages in Utah to be burned to the ground because he thought a jurisdictional dispute was actually a Mormon revolt. He sent troops to settle the “Pig War,” in which a settler along the Canadian border shot a pig owned by the Hudson Bay Co. that wandered onto his property, instead of keeping them in Kansas, where hostilities flared over whether it would enter the union as a slave or free state. Besides recounting Buchanan’s past, Strauss analyzed the history of hotly-contested elections in U.S. history. He recognized that this year’s election cycle has been particularly vitriolic, but hinted that if it were the early 1800s, there might be more severe consequences than criticism in the media. “I don’t think Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are going to… duel,” he said, like Thomas Jefferson’s vice president Aaron Burr did with former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. Ultimately, Strauss said, the state of the union could be — and has been — a lot worse. Before his lecture ended, Strauss left students with some food for thought: Whether you love or hate the two frontrunners, there’s one thing we can all agree on — neither of them started the Civil War.
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Mosul much more than a military battle
Kurdish forces overlook villages surrounding Mosul. By Caitlin Flynn Staff Writer
Iraqi Security forces in coalition with Kurdish Peshmerga and other militaries began a campaign on Monday, Oct. 17, to take back Mosul from Islamic State control. It could take two weeks for forces to enter the city and two months to liberate it from ISIS forces, a Kurdish General
said, according to CNN. As reported in The Wall Street Journal, the campaign to oust ISIS from Mosul is supported by American airstrikes and U.S. special operations, along with Iraqi police, Sunni tribal fighters and Shiite militias backed by Iran. Kurdish Peshmerga forces initiated the attack early Monday morning from the East, during which they captured
ISIS-held villages and secured supply lines into the city. The areas surrounding Mosul are flat and open, so Peshmerga offenses were met with clouds of black smoke from oil rigs set on fire by ISIS to hide suicide vehicles from U.S. air support. Iraq and its allies had been coordinating the attack for months with the help of 100 U.S. military advisers embedded with Iraqi and Kurdish forces, according to CBS News. The campaign is not only for the recapture of the strategic city, but also for the liberation of the over 1.5 million civilians currently living under ISIS control in Mosul. Earlier this month, ISIS executed 58 people suspected of taking part in a plot to deliver the city to Iraqi forces from the inside, according to Al Jazeera. This included one of ISIS’s own commanders, who they believed tried to switch sides.
According to The Washington Post, Mosul is Iraq’s second largest city and a strategic stronghold in the North of the country bordering the Tigris river. Control of Mosul grants access to trade routes and oil fields. It has been under ISIS control since June 2014 and has become the militia’s headquarters East of Aleppo, Syria. According to The New York Times, there are as many as 4,500 ISIS militants in the city. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider alAbadi told a group of allied diplomats this week that the offensive is progressing sooner than expected, but resistance has been fierce on behalf of ISIS. ISIS attacked the city of Kirkurk, south of Mosul, this week as a means of disrupting supply lines from the Kurdish-held city, according to Reuters. Kurdish and Iraqi
forces have sustained numerous casualties, and a U.S. military member also died on Thursday, Oct. 20, from injuries sustained by a roadside bomb. The soldier’s military branch has not yet been released. Along with suicide vehicles, ISIS has been using guerilla tactics, such as lining roads with IEDs, booby trapping bridges and structures, digging trenches and tunnels underneath the city and, according to a spokesperson for the United Nations (UN) Human Rights office, ISIS has taken 550 families from surrounding villages with the intent of using them as human shields. While over 5,600 people have fled the city since the beginning of the campaign, the UN stated that there are still millions trapped within its border, making it vulnerable to one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world.
Man who shot at George Zimmerman gets 20 years By Brielle Bryan Staff Writer The man convicted of shooting at George Zimmerman was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday, Oct. 17. The 37-year-old Seminole County man, Matthew Apperson, was convicted last month of attempted second-degree murder, according to The Orlando Sentinel. According to CNN, Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson not only handed Apperson a 20-year sentence, but also gave him a 15year concurrent sentence for aggravated assault regarding the same incident. New York Daily News reported that 20 years is Florida’s mandatory minimum sentence for shooting at another person with a gun. On May 11, 2015, Zimmerman and Apperson were both driving down Lake Mary Boulevard in separate vehicles when Apperson shot at Zimmerman, The Orlando Sentinel reported. The bullet plunged through the passenger window
of Zimmerman’s truck and missed Zimmerman, who suffered a few minor injuries from the shattered glass. Apperson testified that Zimmerman threatened to kill him. Apperson told the court that after he looked over and saw Zimmerman point a gun at him, he pulled out his gun and fired his .357 Magnum, The New York Times reported. The New York Times also reported that Prosecuting Assistant State Attorney Stewart Stone said Zimmerman’s rolled-up tinted windows would have been impossible to see through. Apperson’s self-defense claim proved to be false. “Mr. Apperson pulled that trigger and didn’t care,” Zimmerman said, according to CNN . “In fact, he joyfully bragged about killing me and said, ‘I got him. I shot George Zimmerman.’ He thought he had killed me, and he was happy about it.” In Apperson’s arrest report, according to Click Orlando, a Lake Mary police officer said Apperson had recently been admitted into a mental institution. He said,
Apperson is convicted of attempted second-degree murder. “It appears that Apperson has a fixation on Zimmerman and has displayed some signs of paranoia, anxiety and bipolar disorder.” This shooting is actually the second confrontation between Zimmerman and Apperson. The Orlando Sentinel reported that on Sept. 9, 2014, the two men shouted at each other from separate vehicles
and Apperson accused Zimmerman of threatening him. Apperson called the police, but didn’t press charges. This trial threw Zimmerman back in the spotlight after he was acquitted on July 13, 2013 of second-degree murder for shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, according to CNN.
Trump and Clinton debate for one last time
Trump and Clinton discuss abortion.
By Dorian Armstrong Staff Writer
On Wednesday, Oct. 20, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump met in Las Vegas for their third and final debate. Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News kept strict time limits on each of the topic segments, starting with an open discussion of the future of the Supreme Court. “The justices that I am going to appoint will be prolife,” Trump began. “They will have a conservative bent. They will be protecting the Second Amendment.” Trump mentioned that he might want to overturn Roe v. Wade and
create a federal ban on abortion, saying “that will happen automatically” if he is elected. Clinton, meanwhile, took an anti-intervention stance on abortion, outlining the freedom of choice she believes the pro-choice movement represents.“Government has no business in the decisions that women make with their families in accordance with their faith, with medical advice,” Clinton said. “And I will stand up for that right.” When Wallace brought up the subject of immigration, he pushed Clinton to explain her support of “a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders,” as shown in speech transcripts leaked by Wikileaks. Clinton instead opted to attack the fact that Russia helped leak those emails, and that Trump was apparently OK with that. “We’ve never had a foreign government trying to interfere in our election,” Clinton said. “We have 17, 17 intelligence agencies — civilian and military — who have all concluded that these espionage attacks — these cyber attacks — come from the highest levels of the Kremlin. And they are designed to influence our election. I find that deeply disturbing.” Trump later dismissed the claims of nine women who all claimed he had sexually assaulted them over the years.“Those stories have been largely debunked,” Trump said, looking to lay out evidence of Democratic corruption and election rigging that would outweigh the assault charges. “I was wondering what happened with my rally in
Chicago and other rallies where we had such violence,” Trump said in reference to violent protesters who forced him to postpone some of his rallies. “She’s the one, and Obama, that caused the violence. They hired people. They paid them $1,500, and they’re on tape saying, ‘Be violent, cause fights, do bad things.’” Wallace then asked if this meant Trump would refuse to accept the results of the election.“What I’m saying is that I will tell you at the time,” Trump said. “I’ll keep you in suspense, OK?” Clinton didn’t appreciate his response.“Let me respond to that because that’s horrifying,” Clinton added. “This is a mindset. This is how Donald thinks, and it’s funny, but it’s also really troubling. That is not the way our democracy works.” Determined to end the night on a high note, Wallace prompted the candidates to give impromptu closing statements, despite them agreeing not to give any beforehand. “I’m reaching out to all Americans, Democrats, Republicans and independents,” Clinton said. “We need everybody to help make our country what it should be, to grow the economy, to make it fairer, to make it work for everyone.” Trump’s closing remarks were all too familiar: “We are going to make America great again.” After thanking the candidates for their statements, Wallace closed the debate by asking the audience and the American public to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
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Students expected to learn new technology as part of education
I’m amazed at how my dad interacts with computers. He still has a standard LG flip phone and uses its small screen to justify his unwillingness to answer texts. He types on a keyboard using only his index fingers. Worst of all, he types his Facebook statuses in all capital letters. When I try to teach him about the interface, he is always too impatient and, instead, resists making any technological progress. If I behaved this way, I would fail out of school. My generation differs from my father’s simply because of the timing of our respective upbringings. As millennials grew up, computer technology was advancing so quickly that we had no choice but to adapt. If someone else my age had that much trouble using a computer, it would be difficult to get through an average day at the College. Whether we like it or not, technology is deeply ingrained in our education. The most overt example are online components of textbooks that are common in many college courses. These online components are usually poorly designed and have problems running on certain internet browsers for seemingly no reason. Although these are very common, they are usually frustrating and by far the least helpful when it comes to actual instruction. The way technology has truly enhanced education is through the collective resources that are accessible through the internet. Some take the form of online educators, such as Khan Academy, which produces math instructional videos that taught me algebra better than my high school teachers. Other resources, like Google Translate and Wolfram Alpha, act as super-advanced calculators and have all but trivialized certain academic subjects. Although these resources can be used through a smartphone or computer practically anytime and anywhere, it is not at all necessary to use any of them. You don’t have to use Google to translate your entire Spanish assignment, but it makes it much easier for those who are too lazy to actually learn the material. What this means is that students who are computer savvy have an inherent advantage over those who are not. The widespread use of such resources actively discourages most students from taking the time to do the assigned work. After all, why would you spend 20 minutes doing a complicated math problem when a computer could do it for you in a few seconds? As computers become further involved in education, fewer students will actually fully absorb the information they are supposed to learn. This is not to suggest that students nowadays are dumber or lazier because of the internet. Rather, it has made many people very cynical regarding the methods in which they learn, especially in Liberal Learning classes that aren’t essential to their future careers. Students have always found ways to take shortcuts in their academic careers, but the shortcuts available now are so advanced that students can circumvent much of their work and still pass the class. After college, many students, including myself, will be thousands of dollars in debt, which they must pay off for the foreseeable future. However, many of us treat a college education like a minimum wage job to be toiled through as opposed to a privilege. Neither of my parents attended college, so I never had a realistic idea of what it was like before I started at the College. It’s unfortunate that the prevailing attitude toward learning seems to be indifference and annoyance. What we gain through online convenience comes at the cost of a memorable learning experience. With computers, it is easier than ever to communicate with our professors. However, for some students, actually listening to what they have to say has become a thing of the past. - Thomas Infante Reviews Editor
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“What we’ve been learning at Ben & Jerry’s is there is a spiritual aspect in business just as there is a compliance of individuals. As you give, you receive. As you help others, you are helped in return.” — Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream
“The strong don’t need vengeance or revenge, and the strong don’t need to abuse power or control… They’re individuals, and they have an authenticity about them and a light that can’t be sucked out by this world.” — Joanne Kim, a senior communication studies major
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By Mark J. Forest Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
mental health training for members of the campus community interact with students on a regular basis.
College mental health has been under the national microscope for several years now, and for good reason. Studies show that the level of anxiety, depression and inability to cope with stress, loss and failure is alarmingly high. The concerns that bring students into counseling centers across the country are more urgent than ever before and increasing in frequency. According to a 2015 article titled “Crisis U” in Psychology Today, on a national level, approximately 22 percent of college students seek counseling each year — a trend that has been growing for decades with no sign of slowing down. It has been estimated that one in three students now starts college with a prior diagnosis of a mental disorder. In addition, recent national data indicates that, on average
Promotion and Suicide Prevention Task Force that comprises faculty, staff and students that meets regularly to review, develop and implement mental health policies, procedures and initiatives to support the health and wellness of students.
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CAPS offers informational pamphlets. address the mental health needs of our students in some important ways:
5.6 percent, the number of students seeking services increased by 29.6 percent, and the number of attended appointments increased by 38.4 percent. In other words, the number of
included two new full-time licensed counselors and a part-time psychiatrist, including a new clinical case manager who helps students get connected to a higher level of care, when needed.
times the rate of institutional enrollment, while the number of attended appointments grew at more than seven times the pace of institutional enrollment. Needless to say, the resulting demand for services at counseling centers around the country has steadily increased over recent years, and the College’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is seeing the same pattern as the rest of the country. Therefore, we felt it appropriate to share under these circumstances how CAPS and the College have responded. With the support of the College administration, CAPS has taken several steps to
by the International Association of Counseling Services. regular business hours to meet the need of students who require immediate attention. to the College community with a focus on stigma reduction,
substance abuse treatment providers to offer services to students who require more extensive or specialized care. This includes a new referral database that is housed at CAPS, but shared with several other departments across campus. The CAPS scope of service includes brief individual counseling, a robust group program (currently offering 20 groups), emergency or urgent assessments, case management services, outreach and consultation services to the College community and professional training. Brief counseling student’s presenting concerns. There is no rigid session limit. While we would love to offer long-term counseling to our students — and understand that it is often more convenient for students to be seen on campus — this is simply not possible given the demand for services, nor is it the standard across the country, as the vast majority of centers provide short-term counseling with referrals for ongoing and specialized care. CAPS is dedicated to offering the best mental health services to the largest number of students that we can. We are constantly evaluating the services we offer, and continue to explore new ways to address the needs of our students, especially those with
coping skills for self-management and awareness of a variety of resources for campus support. This includes systematic
it’s a vicious cycle that has repeated itself every day on nearly every issue by both parties. Between 2007 and 2012, 200 of the most politically active companies spent a combined $5.8 billion in lobbying Congress, according to the Sunlight Foundation, organization that advocates for open government. Those same companies received an astonishing $4.4 trillion in tax relief. What this amounts to is a handful of billionaires controlling every aspect of our political life,
Congress passes or overturns United States laws within the Capitol’s walls. By Nick Cardoso
haven’t our politicians been able
for the superrich to buy our
During every election, one cannot help but notice the political advertisements that tout the various candidates’ policy proposals. Inevitably, these ads contain plans such as “standing up to Wall Street,” and “simplifying the tax code,” which have been recycled by other politicians for nearly half a century now. The logical question is: “Why
they would?” And the answer, quite simply, is that we have a
our democracy. Special interest groups hire lobbyists who collect campaign contributions, offer retiring politicians jobs and write the laws that Congress then passes to help those same special interest groups. Essentially, large corporations purchase politicians to do their bidding and provide these politicians with even more money to fund their re-election campaigns —
No one will stand up to Wall Street or simplify the tax code when Wall Street executives and billionaires code are giving these candidates thousands, if not millions, of dollars in campaign contributions. Right now, it’s perfectly legal
As if that weren’t bad enough, a Princeton University political study found there has been absolutely no correlation between public opinion and public policy since 1970. Researchers discovered that when there is no support for a law, there is a 30 percent chance that it will pass, and when there is 100 percent public support for a law, there is still only a 30 percent chance it will pass. This means that the number of Americans for or against an idea have no impact on whether it gets through Congress.
the government is going to do whatever it wants, regardless of Unfortunately for the rest of us, Congress passes the most meaningful laws in the United States. This means that expecting Congress to overturn the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision or pass the Anti-Corruption to the henhouse. In other words, there is no chance that politicians in
to get re-elected. The only recourse regular citizens have is to petition individual states to put these substantive measures to a ballot initiative vote. However, due to
coordinate among the 50 states. So, it appears that unless Americans government that represents their interests — not the interests of wealthy campaign contributors —
well for those on top while everyone else remains silenced. Democracy is dead in America
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Students share opinions around campus “Are on-campus mental health facilities up to par?”
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Cara DiMaggio, a senior communication studies major. “I don’t think so. I know people who went for personal counseling, but CAPS is more into group counseling.”
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Patricia Cardoso, a junior biomedical engineering major.
“I think CAPS is really a service to vent, but doesn’t offer much more.”
“Is democracy dead in America?”
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Taylor Stark, a senior political science major. “Sure, look at our political candidates.”
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Melissa Morgan, a junior communication studies major.
“I would say it’s flawed, and we need to do a lot to reconstruct democracy after this election.”
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Students speak out against domestic violence
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Left: Speakers share their stories at the Break the Silence Monologues. Right: The brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon read a letter of support. By Michelle Lampariello Features Assistant
Brave survivors of domestic violence gathered with supporters to share their stories during the Break the Silence Monologues, hosted by the College’s Anti-Violence Initiative (AVI). Held in the Library Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 20, the monologues are part of AVI’s ongoing campaign to raise awareness for domestic violence throughout the month of October. Four domestic violence survivors bravely shared their struggles about coming to terms with their situation. Many felt isolated, ashamed and powerless. AVI named the event “Break
the Silence” with the hope that having survivors share their stories will allow others to realize they are not alone. “Even on my bad days now, I’m still doing better than I ever honestly dreamed was possible,” sophomore psychology major Melissa Garfinkel said. In a monologue titled “A Letter to Myself,” senior communication studies major Joanne Kim discussed her difficulty managing the whirlwind of emotions that come with being a survivor. Still, Kim acknowledged the great strides she has made with time. “Look how far you’ve come despite what they’ve had to say about you,” Kim said. “And look how far you’ve come despite what
you felt. I’m proud of you.” In this letter to herself, Kim praised her abilities to heal from the abuse. “I’m glad that you’re able to use your pain for something good, and that you can be open and vulnerable about your past,” Kim said. “The strong don’t need vengeance or revenge, and the strong don’t need to abuse power or control… They’re individuals, and they have an authenticity about them and a light that can’t be sucked out by this world.” Between each story of survival, other speakers extended their support through poetry. One poem, “These are My Pieces,” addressed flashbacks and how it can be difficult to find love after suffering
from abuse. Another, “The Kindness of Strangers,” discussed the difference between emotional and physical wounds. Domestic violence victims often sustain physical injuries, but have to live each day as if nothing is wrong. “The Kindness of Strangers” called attention to the emotional wounds that are paired with physical abuse. The brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon shared their support for power-based personal violence survivors and gave a joint statement at the monologues. “We collectively are well aware of the severity of this issue, and our organization is dedicated to reducing the instances of violence and assault,” one member said.
“Our organization has continually been proactively implementing a variety of… policies at all of our events in order to further prevent and intervene in these types of situations.” AVI will continue to raise awareness, funds and supplies for domestic violence survivors throughout October. By “Breaking the Silence,” survivors are able to aid one another in the healing process. “Know that it gets better. You deserve better. You are not alone,” one speaker said. “You are amazing, you deserve someone who is your equal, lets you make decisions for yourself and helps you love yourself. You are worth more than what you are being given.”
PRISM brings transgender YouTuber to campus By Ashton Leber Correspondent
Students gathered in Bliss Hall lounge to warmly welcomed transgender activist and YouTuber Skylar Kergil, who spoke on Tuesday, Oct. 18, for PRISM’s annual Queer Awareness Month. The evening was filled with insight into the LGBTQIA+ community. The Bliss Hall lounge provided a safe space for students to discuss the often taboo topic of transitioning from one gender identity to another. “(Kergil is) an important role model, specifically for trans youth,” said Lauren Broadwell, PRISM vice president and a sophomore psychology and women’s and gender studies double major. “It’s nice to get different perspectives on different people for the campus.” Kergil, who hails from Boston, kicked off the evening by explaining his transitioning process from female to male. “The last time that I was on this campus, I was binding my chest looking like a punk little rascal,” Kergil said. “Other people on the College tour were looking at me and my mom like, ‘Where is that one from?’” Kergil opened up about his journey and the difficulties that came with struggling to accept one’s gender identity. He reminded students that he was fully comfortable talking about his transition and encouraged those in the audience to ask about anything.
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Kergil is a singer, songwriter and transgender activist. Kergil told students that he knew from a young age that his gender identity did not align with his given name, Katherine. His first coming out experience happened between 3 and 5 years old while visiting his grandfather in California. Kergil firmly told his family, “You can call me Mike.” That summer, Katherine disappeared and Mike was the only name to which Kergil responded. Things became even clearer as Kergil grew older. “As I went through middle school, puberty hit me — and not in the direction I wanted it to,” Kergil said. This marked a tough time for Kergil. In
addition to his identity issues, Kergil faced a number of family issues — his mother was diagnosed with blood cancer and his brother abused drugs and alcohol. But it wasn’t long until Kergil started dating his first girlfriend. The pair became the first queer couple at the school, drawing even more unwanted attention to Kergil. “I didn’t understand why this was so weird,” Kergil said. “People saw us very clearly as a lesbian relationship. I’m not gay. I’m not bi. I’m straight.” Kergil knew he was a man, not a woman. This prompted him to cut off his hair and embrace his identity as a transgender man.
While Kergil felt empowered by the decision, he remained reluctant to tell his mother, who was struggling with cancer. But his mom was accepting — her only worry being that someone might try to hurt Kergil. After telling his mother, Kergil began to tell teachers to identify him with ‘he/him’ pronouns and asked to be called by the name Skylar. In October of his junior year of high school, Kergil began testosterone treatments. To document the coming changes, Kergil began recording his voice and making YouTube videos. By freshman year of college, Kergil officially changed his name to Skylar. But the biggest step in Kergil’s transition was top surgery, after which Kergil said he felt fully free to be himself. Today, Kergil exudes self-confidence. He works as a bank teller in Massachusetts. In his free time, Kergil is a singer, songwriter and transgender activist who travels the country to share his experiences with others. YouTube has allowed Kergil to reach the transgender community around the world and serve as a role model to others struggling with identity issues. “I thoroughly enjoyed hearing him speak,” said Sabrina Gomez, a freshman communication studies major. “It’s nice to hear someone make jokes and try a create a light atmosphere about their coming out transition.”
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Students unite against violence
Dressing up on an exam day can improve your mood and grade.
with stress, but you wouldn’t have known my anxiety level if you checked out my outfit. Although I love a good pair of leggings, I always try to wear jeans to exams just because I feel best in them. Last week, I wore Hudson jeans that I got from Marshalls on clearance for $4 to my exam. Yes, $4 for one of my most treasured bargains, paired with Design Lab booties, which I bought on sale for $20, and a Free People sweater. As I looked around the room at students quickly skimming their notes for a last-minute review, I noticed a variety of outfits: sweatpants paired with T-shirts, College apparel, football jerseys, etc. You may not put much thought into your outfit on an exam day, but I know the test-welland-dress-well mentality works for me. Next time you have midterm, take a few extra minutes in the morning to pull on your favorite pair of jeans and a stylish cardigan. You won’t regret it.
Although it seems like forever ago, my SAT tutor once told me that if you dress well for an exam, you will test well. Why? Because it’s all about confidence. Of course, it’s also about how prepared you are for the exam, but confidence certainly does play a big role. Think about it — if you show up to an exam in your pajamas, you are portraying a lazy attitude. Even if you show up in your pajamas, take the exam and walk out of the classroom knowing you did well, I bet you would feel even better about it if you were walking out in a fab outfit of the day. I always like to dress up a little extra on test days. It boosts my confidence, and if I don’t do as well on the exam as I had hoped, at least I looked good. Prior to fall break I had three exams — two in one day, of course. I was overwhelmed
Try pairing jeans with a fashionable top and jacket.
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Members of the College pledge to prevent violence against women.
Every week, Features Editor Elise Schoening hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. This week, the College hosted its first annual Break the Silence Monologue. The event worked to combat the stigma domestic violence victims face far too often. Earlier this month, the College’s Title IX office held a campus-wide campaign to raise awareness for students’ rights to safety. But the College’s efforts to curtail violence date back to 2001, when two professors brought the White Ribbon Campaign to campus. With so many organizations on campus, it is hard to tell one apart from the other. The White Ribbon Campaign is a movement for men to actively participate in ending violence against women. Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit violence against women. It is also a pledge to not condone acts of violence or make excuses for those who do commit acts of violence. The campaign began in Canada in 1991, when a group of men decided they needed to urge men to speak out against violence against women. This group came together over the outrage a Toronto shooting where a man targeted only women.
The campaign is being organized at the College by John Landreau and Michael Robertson, professors who teach courses in the women and gender studies department. Robertson said that “20 to 40 percent of all college women are a victim of sexual assault.” He asserts that the statistic proves that every man on campus has a personal friend who has been a victim of violence by men. As a result, he believes that ever man on campus should support the campaign to make a positive step toward ending violence. According to Landreau, many countries have taken part in the campaign’s international movement. Landreau feels this campaign will work for “men who are concerned and want to do something rather than male-bash.” Robertson feels that, “most men aren’t violent. This campaign is a way for the silent majority to make a difference.” That difference can help sisters, friends and girlfriends against the violence of a small majority of men. The campaign is not exclusively for men. Women can also take a part. Many chapters become successful because women encourage their boyfriends or brothers to show support.
Welcome to Austin, Texas — it’s been waiting for you. At least that’s what Taylor Swift might have thought during her first performance of 2016. Swift took the stage in Texas despite being sick after the Formula One United States Grand Prix on Saturday, Oct. 23. She performed classic hits like
By Jillian Greene Columnist
: Swift returns to stage
Swift holds her first performance of the year in Texas. By Mackenzie Cutruzzula Columnist
“Fifteen,” as well as songs from her most recent album, “1989,” like “Blank Space.” Swift sang “This Is What You Came For” for the first time since its released. She was a co-writer and contributed backup vocals on the Rihanna hit that was co-written and produced by Swift’s ex-boyfriend, Calvin Harris. Many fans expected Swift to release a secret album after the performance based on recent
conspiracy speculations. The songstress has consistently released albums every other October since the start of her career, which would have made 2016 a year of release. Fans also speculated that the night of her performance held significance, as the numerical date Oct. 23, 2016 adds up to the number 13 — Swift’s lucky number. To listeners’ dismay, Swift has yet to release an album this month. Vogue magazine noted earlier this year that Swift planned to take her time on the next album and avoid pressuring herself. George Clooney proved he is too pure for the world this week when he was seen out and about with his rescue dog, Millie. His 5-year-old bassett hound had trouble walking up a flight of stairs. Clooney proved that stars are just like us and carried the dog up the flight of stairs himself. Clooney and wife Amal adopted Millie almost one year ago from the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society. DJ Khaled welcomed a bundle of joy over the weekend with long-time fiancée Nicole Tuck.
Naturally, he took to Snapchat to give his followers some major keys during the birth. The couple named their son Asahd Tuck, which means “lion” in Arabic. “I want to spoil our kids and give them everything,” he said in May to People magazine. “There’s no limit to the spoiling that I’m going to do. I’m going to spoil them to the minute they in
my hands. I’m going all out.” The DJ is looking forward to his son becoming his very own mini-me and a “young icon.” Maybe you’ll be inspired to dress up as a young icon for Halloween, or perhaps 1989 era Swift — I’ve been trying to gather a group to go as Swift’s “Bad Blood” squad since this time last year.
Khaled and his wife welcome their first child.
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Union Latina hosts Gala de la Raza
Event celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
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Left: More than 80 students attended Union Latina’s annual gala. Right: The event features student and professional performances. By Brielle Bryan Staff Writer Gala de la Raza, which translates into “Celebration of the Races,” is one of two annual dances hosted by Union Latina. The event aims to honor Hispanic Heritage Month. When more than 80 students walked into the Decker Social Space on Saturday, Oct. 21, they were met with a pathway of palm leaves lined with lanterns. Yellow and green tables topped with synthetic leaves, candles, flowers and table cards filled the room. Each table card
named a different country paired with a short excerpt of a legend or folktale. The décor reflected the theme of the night: enchanted forest. Anasofia Trelles, Union Latina multicultural awareness chair and a junior English and secondary education dual major, said each table’s adornments represented a miniature forest that was specific to the country the table encompassed. “Gala de la Raza is important because it is a way to not only celebrate our cultural differences, but also share them with students who otherwise may have never been exposed to such
things,” said Shavelly Valencia, Union Latina president and a senior accounting major. The event also featured dances from Blackout Step Team, ASFA Dance Team and Ritmo Latino. Ritmo Latino performed a typical Dominican dance called bachata, according to Priscilla Blanco, a group member and a junior deaf education and Spanish double major. In addition to student performances, a professional ballerina showcased her skills at the event. Her dance incorporated traditional Latin styles with modern ballet elements.
After the performances were over, students lined up for a buffet of Latin cuisine, including sweet and salty plantains, lentil and black bean rice, chicken and pulled pork. After filling their stomachs with food, everyone found their way to the dance floor where professional DJ Jorge Arana blended a mix of contemporary American pop music, such as “Work” by Rihanna, with Latin music, like “Duele el Corazon” by Enrique Iglesias. Arana hails from Peru and began experimenting with music at a young age. “When I was 5 years old, my
mom bought me a small radio back in my country,” Arana said. “It had two cassette tapes. I used to play with them a lot… and try to mix them.” The entertainment provided at Gala de la Raza showed how music and dance play a central role in Latin culture and can be used to bring different communities together. “Seeing all the people there enjoying themselves and immersed in the dancing and culture was a memorable experience — one that I’ll never forget,” said Chris Johnson, a junior economics major.
Dear Helper Monologues honor the anonymous
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In her letter, Lafi thanks those who helped her overcome depression. By Kelly Corbett Staff Writer
Dear Signal readers, how do you thank someone who has helped you through a rough patch in your life? Students gathered in the Library Auditorium for the Dear Helper Monologues on Monday, Oct. 17, for a night dedicated to saying thanks to all those special helpers in our lives. The event, hosted by the TCNJ Student Alliance to Facilitate Empathy (SAFE), gave students the opportunity to read anonymous letters aloud that they
have written to people who helped them in the past. The first to give thanks was senior English major Zoe Schiff, whose helper wasn’t a close friend or family member, but someone she randomly met on the train to work over the summer. “This person changed my life,” Schliff said. “It was one of those life-changing summers that people always post about on Instagram.” At the time, Schiff had just taken a new job caring for children with special needs, but working with them proved to be a challenge. Schliff thought the special
needs kids were in a tough environment, where they couldn’t just be kids. She wanted to help, but felt stressed and uneasy at work. Every day on the train to and from work, Schiff confided in her helper, a man who she estimates to be in his 40s. He listened to her, gave advice and helped Schiff make the most of her job. Schliff said their relationship was a real friendship. She even cried on her last day of work when got off the train. “He made such an impact on my life and because of him, I now bring that energy to my relationships,” Schliff said. Sophomore technology education major Anna Chervinsky took to the stage next to thank her helper. Chervinsky’s helper, who she said is a couple years older, always had her back, even when it came to those behind-thescenes moments in life. “You’ve inspired me to be so much better than my average self,” Chervinsky said. Next, senior communication studies major Kayla Lafi described how her helper made her feel at home after a rough patch she went through last winter break. Lafi had recently transferred to the College, had just broken up with her boyfriend after discovering he cheated on her and was diagnosed with Stage I cancer. Depression quickly took over and Lafi felt alone. “Blinking, breathing and speaking took a lot of effort. I thought I was ready to give up,” Lafi said. “But then, spring
recruitment came along.” Lafi found herself at home with the sisters of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. “I never met a group of girls with such open hearts,” Lafi said. “Now, I realize I am valued and I belong.” Last to share her story was freshman interactive multimedia major Robin Friedman. In her letter, Friedman thanked someone who helped her realize that she didn’t have to suppress her emotions any longer and could finally value herself. Friedman explained that she never liked to cry — the thought of tears, snot and ugly face contortions kept Friedman from letting go in times of need. “You taught me it is OK to cry and listen to my feelings,” Friedman said. “I could finally imagine more than literally a few weeks ahead.” Besides emotionally freeing her, the helper inspired a newfound self-confidence in Friedman. The monologues ended with an openmic, during which some of the TCNJ SAFE executive board members gave thanks to their own special helpers. TCNJ SAFE, a non-directive support network, creates and provides an environment of empathy for students by conducting supportive group meetings. While the organization is studentrun and members are not trained to give advice or diagnose one another, TCNJ SAFE invites students to share their experiences with their fellow peers in their meetings and at campus events like the Dear Helper Monologues.
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Arts & Entertainment
Students showcase talent as solo artists
Tungel plays acoustic versions of pop songs.
By Sumayah Medlin Correspondent
Students at the College have the chance to eat delicious food while listening to live music on a regular basis thanks to the CUB Alt shows held in Traditions. On Friday, Oct. 21, CUB Alt hosted its second Student Soloist Night. There are three of these shows as well as seven student concerts per semester, according to Dana Gorab, CUB Alt co-chair and a junior communication studies major. The College Union Board (CUB) consistently hosts noteworthy bands, but the organization especially loves to showcase student performers.
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“(It’s) a nice way for students to get exposure,” Gorab said. It also gives the students a chance to “see people that you know.” Jade Tungel, a sophomore communication studies major, was the first performer to take the stage. She sang six songs with her acoustic guitar, with one original, “Empty Space.” Tungel said her songs are mostly written at 2 or 3 a.m. because that’s when she feels most inspired. Tungel taught herself to play the guitar, which she finds funny considering she had six years of piano and violin lessons. “Acoustic renditions are something I’ve always done,” Tungel said. She sang stripped down versions of traditionally
pop songs, such as “Burnin’ Up” by the Jonas Brothers, “Closer” by the Chainsmokers and a mashup of “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry with “Cheerleader” by Omi. Next to grace the stage was Hannah Beal, a senior communication studies major. She, too, sang while strumming the guitar she taught herself how to play. Beal wasn’t a Student Soloist Night novice, since she has attended at least one every semester since she her freshman year. Beal was comfortable onstage, but said she was a bit nervous she might forget the words to some of her songs. She sang several somber songs by some of her favorite artists, such as “I Heard Love Is Blind” by Amy Winehouse, “Good Morning Heartache” by Billy Joel and “I’ll Try Anything Once” by The Strokes. “Most of my songs are downers,” she said between performances. She also sang two originals born out of sadness: “Cold” and “Late Night Memo,” one of which was written while Beal was recovering from a breakup. “I’m usually not writing songs when I’m happy,” she said. “They’re all dark.” Friday’s last performer was Garrett Verdone, a senior marketing major. Verdone was also no stranger to the stage, as he regularly performs stand up comedy. However, Friday was his first time singing, so he was nervous. Like the previous performers, Verdone played guitar to accompany his vocals. He inherited the guitar that he played
from his grandfather, and his rendition of “The Auld Triangle” was a tribute to him. All of the songs he played were Irish folk songs. “The first CD I ever heard my dad listen to was the Dubliners,” he said. He dedicated “Molly Malone,” the official song of Dublin, to a neighbor he once had. He described his neighbor as the epitome of Ireland. The man gave him advice that he still remembered years later: “The tree that is easiest to climb is the tree that has already fallen.” CUB Alt’s next event will feature headliner Alex G in the Decker Social Space on Friday, Oct. 28.
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Verdone performs a wide array of Irish folk music.
Porter Robinson brings ‘Shelter’ single to life By Sean Reis Arts & Entertainment Editor Imagine a world in which only you live. You control your world and each day of your life, you choose to create (or destroy) the world that you desire with a tablet. In a short film produced with Japanese studio A-1 Pictures and Crunchyroll that was released on Tuesday, Oct. 18, musician and producer Porter Robinson tells a story based on “Shelter” — his latest collaborative single with his close friend and fellow musician Madeon. Told through the perspective of a 17-year-old girl named Rin who lives her life alone, “inside of a futuristic simulation,” the six-minute video follows Robinson’s trend of bringing his emotional electronic music to life through spectacular visuals. According to the video description, Rin lives “completely by herself in infinite, beautiful loneliness. Each day, Rin awakens in virtual reality and uses a tablet which controls the simulation to create a new, different, beautiful world for herself. Until one day, everything changes, and Rin comes to learn the true origins behind her life inside a simulation.” For the short film that doubles as the song’s official music video, Robinson poured his heart out to create the production, on which he had been secretly working with
one of his favorite anime studios, A-1 Pictures, for the past year. Until “Shelter,” Robinson had not released original music since 2014 when his debut album, “Worlds,” told his tale about an escape from reality, which for Robinson, was an escape achieved through video games. According to Robinson, the last track on the album, “Goodbye To A World,” was written about an atypical notion of an apocalypse: “a beautiful world kind of disappearing in a clean way.” Though no one knows for sure, fans have theorized that “Goodbye To A World” could be where “Shelter” and Rin’s story begins.
Before the single starts, Rin welcomes viewers to her world with soft-spoken Japanese in her cutesy voice. Her final words before the music begins are, “Nothing changes anymore. This world that belongs only to me, each and every day, continues on. But I’m not lonely. It doesn’t bother me at all.” However, it is clear to viewers that Rin feels alone, bothered by reading on her tablet that she has not received a message since she first entered the simulation 2,539 days earlier. With a sigh, Rin’s expression shows that she subconsciously dreams to one day be released from her world of loneliness. Though Rin stays
strong and does not allow herself to cry, those who can relate to her character cannot help, but shed a tear — the first of many — for the young girl. As viewers watch Rin create her latest world on her tablet, she appears to be happy, but her facial expressions hint that she longs to return to the life she once lived. Viewers follow Rin as she runs and skips through her creation, but they know the truth — a secret that Rin must know, too, deep down. It’s a sad day when “everything changes” for Rin and she learns why she has been forced to live out the remainder of her life trapped within a simulation. However, as
Rin looks out at her latest creation, longing to leave her simulated world of loneliness.
the memories of her father return to her mind and recreate themselves within her world, Rin knows that he did what was best for her — when Rin was born, there was so little time for her to live before life on Earth began to come to an end. In a moment of bittersweet beauty, an orchestral version of “Shelter” plays and Rin speaks a childish Japanese tongue one last time: “Even if those memories make me sad, I’ve got to go forward, believing in the future. Even when I realize my loneliness, and am about to lose all hope, those memories make me stronger. I’m not alone… because of you. Thank you.”
page 20 The Signal October 26, 2016 ARA-171: THE CONTEMPORARY ARAB WORLD (In English) Learn about Middle Eastern cultures, establish connections with other disciplines such as history, sociology, film studies, and literature, and gain a nuanced understanding of the social practices and expectations of native speakers. Tuesday/Friday 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM CHI 171: CONTEMPORARY CHINA THOUGH FILMS (In English) Surveys the history, culture, and society of the People's Republic of China from 1949 to the present. It seeks to provide understanding of people's lived experiences through recent historical turmoil and contemporary transformations. We will study how new Chinese films engage with key questions and issues in contemporary China. Tuesday 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
SPA 372: HISTORY OF THE SPANISH LANGUAGE (In Spanish) Traces the evolution of Latin through to Modern Spanish. It is a very hands-on course that applies the concepts students learn in class. The prerequisite is SPA 215, but SPA 350 or 301 are very strongly recommended. If you liked phonetics and like working out problems, this is a good course for you. Tuesday/Friday 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM
RUS-171 THE RUSSIAN MIND (In English) This course offers a broad survey of Russian culture from its earliest times to postcommunism. Topics include: Russian Orthodoxy, Russia and the Mongols, Russian autocracy and the origins of Russian radicalism, the "Great" Russian literature, Russian Revolutions, Communist utopias and Socialist Realism, the literature of the Gulag, the dissident movement and Putin’s Russia. Monday/Thursday 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM
ITL-217: INTRO TO ITALIAN HIST/CULTURE (In Italian) This course introduces students to the history and culture of the Italian peninsula from the prehistoric period to the present day. Through readings from designated texts, movie viewings, and presentations of cultural products, students will become familiar with and understand major periods of Italian history and culture. Monday/Thursday 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM ITL 357/LIT 326: THE POSTMODERN CITY IN ITALIAN LITERATURE AND CINEMA (In English) Will focus on masterpieces like Fellini’s La dolce vita, Cabiria's Nights and Rome, or some of Calvino’s works, such as Le citta’ invisibili and Palomar. The course will also examine films by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Vittorio De Sica, Francesco Rosi, Michelangelo Antonioni and Paolo Sorrentino. Readings from critics like Jameson, Ceserani, Eco, Augé and Bauman. Thusdays 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
WLC-321: INTRODUCTION TO HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS (In English) This course will introduce basic concepts with a focus on the development of the Indo-European language family. Students will become familiar with the major language families of the world as they work on problems in language change and examine the relationship of archaeology and history to historical linguistics. Monday/Thursday 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM
WLC 390: 2ND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION REL METHOD (In English) How does the human brain acquire a first, second or third language? What does current research in linguistics, psychology and biology say about the language acquisition process? Which teaching approaches have been proven to be effective in language acquisition? This course fulfills the NJ state SLA requirement for a teaching certification in world languages. Wednesdays 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
Friday, October 28
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‘Atlanta’ finds humor in a sad reality By Jack Lopez Correspondent Whether you’re a fan of Childish Gambino or not, it’s impossible to deny the talent that Donald Glover possesses. Over the course of the past decade, he has evolved from a YouTube sketch comic personality to a Grammy-nominated rapper and an actor who has been able to find success landing roles in Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” as well as the upcoming “Spider-Man” film. He has been known to most people under either his rap alter-ego Childish Gambino or as Troy Barnes, the lovable nerd from the NBC-turned-Yahoo original television show, “Community.” Glover’s newest foray into television comes in the form his new FX original series “Atlanta,” which, at its core, is a snapshot into the lives of three Atlanta natives. Glover writes, produces, directs and stars in the show that he created, which makes “Atlanta” something that is truly all his own. The story follows Glover’s character, Earnest “Earn” Marks, as he struggles to support his daughter and her mother. Earn discovers that his estranged cousin, Alfred, has become one of the most popular rappers in Atlanta under the pseudonym Paper Boi. Earn finds his cousin with the hopes of managing Paper Boi’s career so that he can support his family. The show is, at its heart, a dramatic comedy. “Atlanta” takes a very real and dark approach to humor. With a dramatic storyline, “Atlanta” might have been
better served by a 44-minute run time for each episode instead of the 22 minutes FX allotted. The show tackles issues like police brutality, mental health, gang violence, racism, homophobia and drug use all within the first two episodes. Each of these issues is presented in a somber way that still manages to find a proper balance between comedy and the reality of the situation. When watching “Atlanta,” certain scenes and moments come across as hysterical until you realize the situation. What seems funny to us when satirically displayed on camera is actually a sad reality in which some people in this country live. The show really hits its marks well. The jokes in each episode are clever
and never feel forced, while the drama feels realistic and gritty. Glover has an unmistakable gift for writing dialogue that sounds real — dialogue that doesn’t leave the viewer believing that what they’re watching is scripted. For 22 minutes each week, Glover and the show transport the audience into some of the roughest parts of Atlanta. “Atlanta” is a show that after just eight episodes has proven to be one of the best original programs I’ve seen in recent years. FX has put so much faith into the show and fans have loved it so much that it was renewed for a second season after just three episodes. The show is as ambitious as it is creative, and I, for one, am excited to see what Glover will be able to do with a show that he has so much control over.
This week, WTSR Assistant Music Director Nelson Kelly highlights some of the best new albums that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.
Band: Chain Wallet Album: “Chain Wallet” Release Number: 1st Hailing From: Bergen, Norway Genre: Chill Indie Synth Pop Label: Jansen Plateproduksjun
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Chain Wallet’s self-titled debut album is a sorrowful and lo-fi indie pop piece of art. On the standout track, “Muted Colours,” melancholy synths and copious reverb sounds as if it must never stop raining on the west coast of Norway, where the band is from. Chain Wallet has been quoted as saying the album “is about fragmented memories, unfulfilled ambitions, and the quiet whisper of a stranger.” Calming, dreamy harmonies move in and out of each song on the album, which glue the entire record together to make for an immersive listening experience.
By Julia Dzurillay Correspondent
Must Hear: “Muted Colors,” “Fading Light,” “Stuck in the Fall” and “Running in Dreams”
Designing, acting and, above all, throwing shade — mix them all together and you’ve successfully created “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars 2.” Logo TV’s reality competition series shows audiences just what it takes to be the queen of drag. The latest season was different from past ones because instead of a new set of queens, past contestants competed to be the best of the best with the hopes of being crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar. RuPaul added a twist to this season of “All Stars,” where instead of choosing a queen to eliminate at the end of each episode, the winner of that week’s challenge and lip sync chose a queen to eliminate from the bottom two. The challenges featured some old favorites, such as Snatch Game, a parody of the game show “Match Game” where the queens show off their celebrity impersonation skills, as well as the Reading is Fundamental mini-challenge, where the queens take turns putting on glasses and throwing shade at one another. Some of the queens paid tribute to their past seasons, like Alaska, who brought to life a puppet named Lil’ Poundcake during season five, and Roxxxy Andrews, who MCed a challenge as one of her previous characters, “Tasha Salad.” Other queens were not as
Glover (right) shows hardened maturity in ‘Atlanta.’
thrilled at the mention of their previous season, like Phi Phi O’Hara, who said she “regrets doing this bogus show.” In season four of RuPaul’s Drag Race, O’Hara was depicted as a bully and credited her cruel antics to bad editing. Since then, she has been attacked both verbally and physically by fans of the show, and she has even been scared to travel to certain cities because of the hate she has received there. Upon returning to “All Stars 2,” O’Hara vowed to change her image and prove to RuPaul that she deserved to be America’s Next Drag Superstar. Unfortunately, it did not go as she planned. “A lot of the queens wanted to rewrite their names, like Tatianna, who was unknown to the modern Drag Race fan,” said Emily Laskey, a sophomore English and secondary education dual major who has been watching “RuPaul’s Drag Race” since her freshman year of high school. “But Phi Phi did not redeem herself, which showed especially when she was eliminated.” Once RuPaul decided O’Hara would be in the bottom two, she decided to tell the top two queens — Tatianna and Alyssa Edwards — that she was not going to beg to be saved. Rather, O’Hara decided to “play games” with the remaining contestants. “After the comedy challenge, he told me, ‘You were really funny, but Detox wasn’t.’ And then he told Detox, ‘You were really funny, but Tatianna
wasn’t so funny,’” Tatianna said in an interview with Vulture from Friday, Sept. 30. “Within an hour of that, me and Detox traded notes… That played into (her elimination), too.” Once Tatianna and Edwards both won the lip sync battle, the unanimous decision was to send O’Hara home. When each of the queens attempted to hug O’Hara, she completely ignored Edwards and sashayed away, angry and bitter. She will not be attending the upcoming reunion.
“To deny Alyssa a hug goodbye just shows how manipulative and genuinely despicable Phi Phi is,” Laskey said. “And it will most likely reflect on her career from now on.” After O’Hara’s elimination, girls were sent home one by one until there were only five left: Katya Zamolodchikova, Edwards and the three girls collectively known as “Rolaskatox” — Roxxxy Andrews, Detox and see SHADE page 22
Band: Drugdealer Album: “The End of Comedy” Release Number: 1st Hailing From: Los Angeles Genre: Psychedelic Rock Pop Label: Weird World Record Co. Seasoned recording artist Michael Collins returns with his first album as Drugdealer, a whimsical and goofy tribute to classic psychedelic music. Collins hits all the bases: Sometimes he’s the Beatles, sometimes he’s Pink Floyd, but he’s always just weird enough to distinguish himself from his inspirations. The album is loaded with features, including fellow psychedelic musicians Ariel Pink and Weyes Blood. These features add a refreshing touch to the rest of the album. They not only bring a sense of diversity, but they also mask the fact that Collins may not be the world’s most talented singer. The album flips between the poppy feature-aided tracks and strange instrumental tracks, which serve to compliment the other, longer tracks. The album as a whole carries a sense of sincerity that is its strongest trait, for it is fun and playful, but just serious enough so the listener doesn’t get lost in the haze.
RuPaul accepts his Emmy at this year’s ceremony.
Must Hear: “The Real World,” “Suddenly,” “Easy to Forget” and “The End of Comedy”
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‘Gears of War 4’ filled with fun and gore By Michael Battista Staff Writer
“Gears of War” has been one of Microsoft’s staple series, and it was only a matter of time until a new Xbox One game was released. Available for Xbox One and PC on Tuesday, Oct. 11 — or Friday, Oct. 7, for those who pre-ordered the special edition of the game — “Gears of War 4” tries to start a new story in the “Gears” universe since the initial trilogy came to a close at the end of the third title. “Gears of War 4” revs up some originality, but a lot of cheap tactics are at play here, as well. In the previous games, the main enemies of the series, the Locusts — a species of ungrounded, human-insect hybrids — were completely wiped out, which led to peace for the humans of Sera. However, since then, a central government called the Coalition of Ordered Governments (COG) has tried to restore order to the population. Meanwhile, other clusters of people, referred to as Outsiders, choose to live on their own, free from COG’s rule. In the lead up to the fourth title’s release, video game developer The Coalition advertised a new enemy type called “the Swarm,” who had been attacking human settlements and taking people in the middle of the night. The strange thing, though, was that for the first two acts of the game — or between 90 minutes and two hours of playtime — you don’t fight against the Swarm at all. You fight against COG security, which seemed odd given how much attention the game’s new enemy had received in comparison. When you
finally encounter the Swarm, they turn out to be quite similar to the Locusts, in both appearance and tactics. That’s not to say the game’s storytelling is lazy. “Gears of War” has, for the most part, always dealt with a world in which people know what they are fighting against. The humans in the game know what the Locust are because they have been fighting them long before the player stepped into their world. This time, when the player jumps in as James “JD” Fenix, the son of the previous games’ main character Marcus Fenix, they get the experience of uncovering a
new terror along with JD. The gameplay still uses the same iconic “Gears” formula, but seems streamlined and enhanced for the new console. If you like third-person cover shooters, then you’re going to enjoy this game, though, the story is sometimes off-putting. The latest story mode has multiple sections that are taken from the game’s “Horde Mode,” in which the player(s) must survive waves of enemies while fortifying the area with defenses. The Horde crossover within the story didn’t make sense at first, but after a while, it settles with help from the new cast, who
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JD fills his father’s shoes as the ‘Gears of War 4’ main character.
really keep the game alive. While exploring new areas, JD and his team’s banter ranges from hilarious to informative to intense, depending on the situation’s context. While the gameplay may be vital, the characters are what make video games memorable. The “Gears” series has yet to fail in that department. The game looks stunning, even more so than last year’s “Gears of War Ultimate Edition,” with the weather taking main stage. Rain, wind and flying debris look crisp without the frame rate ever dropping below 30 frames per second (fps). The entire experience, from appearance to performance, is immersive and stunning. If you look back at my Signal review for the “Gears of War 4” beta, the multiplayer remains mostly the same, but with much more available content. It’s fast-paced and runs consistently at 60 fps. The main talking point for the multiplayer has shifted to a more competitive style, as The Coalition tries to push “Gears 4” to have an eSports scene. While there is an option for social games, the reminders about competitions push the fact that the game wants players to be involved. Just like other recent eSports hits, like “Overwatch” and “Rocket League,” the game has microtransactions for crates to give both cosmetic and experience bonuses ingame, which dismays some players. In order to earn rewards, the game forces players to play well or pay well. Overall, “Gears of War 4” might not go down as the best of the series, but it’s hard to overcome the hurdle of the past successes. That being said, “Gears 4” still shows why the series remains the best at what it helped start.
Shade / RuPaul Chorale performs with precision crowns show’s new drag queen By Caleigh Carlson Staff Writer
continued from page 21 Alaska. After a family makeover challenge, Detox chose Edwards to be sent home instead of Roxxxy, who had already been up for elimination four times. Outraged fans raced to Twitter to choose a side and persuade RuPaul to pick their favorite queen. While fans loved many of the contestants, an overwhelming majority wanted Zamolodchikova to win and put an end to Rolaskatox once and for all. “Katya is me as a drag queen in real life and deserved (to win),” said Phaedra Miranda, a sophomore at Hunter College and avid fan of the show. “She really grew as a performer and as a person (throughout this season).” Although RuPaul confers with the other judges, the decision was RuPaul’s alone to make. And the winner of a one-year supply of Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics, a spot in the drag race hall of fame and a cash prize of $100,000 was… You’ll have to see for yourself.
RuPaul crowns the ‘Drag Race’ winner.
Known as the College’s “premier choral ensemble,” according to the Department of Music’s website, TCNJ Chorale took to Mayo Concert Hall’s stage on Saturday, Oct. 15, for “The Foreign and the Domestic,” a concert that featured a wide variety of musical pieces, from American medleys to traditional folk and spiritual songs.
“Ultimately, I want the Chorale to be a stress-free, enjoyable learning experience.” - John Leonard, director of choirs and an associate professor of music
The Chorale opened the night with Kirke Mechem’s “Blow Ye the Trumpet” with only a piano accompaniment. There was a perfect balance between the tenor and soprano voices, according to Nicole Myers, a senior vocal music education major. “‘Blow Ye the Trumpet’ is one of my favorite pieces because it’s the same words being repeated over and over, but each time, we sing it with a different meaning,” Myers said. “The dynamic contrast and how we blend together as a whole is really special.” This notable quality was clearly demonstrated by each member of the Chorale and well-received by the audience. The piece ended in a capella, and while the last note rang out, you could hear a pin drop in the concert hall. The Chorale’s precision is a reflection of its true comprehension of the music, which can be attributed, in part, to conductor John Leonard, director of choirs and an associate professor of music. “My hope is to build a lot of leadership within the group so that the upperclassmen can lead the lowerclassmen and be an example to them,” Leonard said. “Ultimately, I want the Chorale to be a stress-free, enjoyable learning experience.”
Leonard has succeeded in making the Chorale a wonderful learning experience, according to Myers and Lauren Critelli, a senior vocal music education major. They both said they constantly utilize the tools learned in rehearsal and apply them to their own teaching. “We’ve both been music education majors for four years and were involved in different choirs in high school,” Myers said. “But we still continue to learn new things every time we walk into a rehearsal.” Chorale is also a way to relax and have fun, Critelli said. “If I have a stressful day, I honestly look forward to going to Chorale rehearsal,” she said. “(I’m) always reminded that this is why I’m here — to sing with my friends and create beautiful music.” The girls said Leonard has given them opportunities beyond on-campus performances, like the time the Chorale participated in the “Glorious Sounds of Christmas” in Philadelphia and collaborated with The Philadelphia Orchestra. The College’s concert also included well-known traditional songs, such as “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain,” and the Chorale’s use of staccato and clear diction made the song that much more enjoyable and exciting for the audience. “It’s fun for the audience because no one’s ever heard that version before,” Critelli said.
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A student band opens for TCNJ Chorale.
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Cougars domesticated by pride of Lions By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor
The College’s men’s soccer team remains in contention for a postseason berth after defeating conference foe Kean University, 3-2, on Saturday, Oct. 22. Three days earlier, the Gettysburg College Bullets punctured the Lions, 2-1, in double overtime. After a four-game home stretch, the Lions voyaged west to Gettysburg, Pa., to battle the Bullets for more than 100 minutes into double overtime. The Gettysburg offense applied pressure to the Lions in the first half. In the 23rd minute, Bullets freshman midfielder Precious Ozoh knocked a shot off the crossbar. Seven minutes later, Bullets junior forward Patrick Santini sent a pass toward the penalty box and senior forward Henry Smith tapped in the pass for the first Bullets goal. In the 51st minute, junior midfielder Peter Dresch launched a corner kick. In the midst, Freshman midfielder Sam Monaco ran to the left post and scored the equalizer. The Lions spent the rest of the second half pressuring the Bullets with 12 shots. Dresch nearly scored in the 77th minute when his shot landed on the crossbar. Meanwhile, Lions freshman goalkeeper Alan Miller kept the net bulletproof with two saves. With both teams tied with one goal apiece, the Lions
Hogue maneuvers around a Kean player.
fought to the very end. Bullets junior forward Michael Farese and Ozoh threatened the Lions defense with four shots in the first overtime period. Miller kept the score tied at 1 with another save. However, the Bullets overcame the Lions in the second overtime period and defeated the Lions, 2-1. In the 101st minute, Smith used a free kick to score the game-winning goal toward the left corner. “It was something that I have never experienced before,” Miller said. “The competition is high due to the fact that the first goal wins the match (in overtime).” On Saturday, the Lions traveled to
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Union, N.J., and spoiled the Kean University Cougars senior day festivities with a 3-2 victory in a crucial conference matchup. The Lions struck first in the 14th minute when freshman midfielder Michael Maltese sent a pass to senior forward Thomas Hogue, who scored with no Cougar defenders nearby. Ten minutes later, the Cougars countered as senior forward Kenny Rocha shot toward Lions sophomore goalkeeper Dan Walsh and scored off a rebound. The Lions attempted to gain the lead late in the first half with two header shots. In the second half, the Lions offense kicked into high gear with two goals
while holding off the Cougars. At the 56th minute, Hogue took advantage of a clearing and launched a long, 25-yard shot for the second Lions goal. Hogue contributed to the Lions offense again when he tapped a pass to senior midfielder Nick Costelloe, who blasted a shot to the upper corner of the net to give the Lions a 3-1 lead. Cougars senior midfielder Robert Barrera scored on a rebound and cut the College’s lead to 3-2, but the Lions then defended their lead until the final whistle blew. As a result of the conference victory, the Lions are now in fourth place in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) standings with 13 points. Kean University and Montclair State University are behind at the fifth and sixth places, respectively. Only the top six of the conference qualify for the postseason tournament. On Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m., the Lions return home for a divisive matchup against their conference rival, the No. 10 nationally ranked Rowan University Profs. Possessing a dominant 14-1-1 record, the Lions will attempt to snatch an upset victory in Lions Stadium. “The team is extremely confident that we will get a result, and we are excited for the chance to secure a home game for the NJAC tournament,” Costelloe said. “To beat Rowan, we will need to defend well, but the key will be to finish our chances early and avoid chasing the game.”
Swimming and Diving
Lions school Southern Connecticut State By George Tatoris Sports Editor
The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams travelled to Connecticut, the “Land of Steady Habits,” on Saturday, Oct. 22, to partake in a steady habit of their own — an annual meet against the Division II Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) Owls. The men’s team posted a clean 166-118 victory over the Owls while the women’s team lost by a slim margin of 147-137. “It’s always a good rivalry with Southern Connecticut so it’s hard to lose to them but they had a good meet,” women’s head coach Jennifer Harnett said. Despite the loss, both teams saw strong individual performances in this regular season opener. Both the men’s and the women’s teams have been New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) champions since swimming was re-instated as a conference sport eight years ago after a 10-year gap. Before that, the men’s team held the title for an additional five years and the women’s team an additional four. Four All-Americans on the men’s team will be returning this season — sophomore Alexander Skoog, junior Phil Binaco and seniors Ryan Gajdzisz and Scott Vitabile. The women’s team placed first in the NJAC preseason coaches’ poll, but fell to fifth after this week’s close loss. The men’s team
Strollo is the first to the wall in the 200-yard backstroke. was voted second despite their long history of success, but head coach Brian Bishop said the poll did not affect the team’s outlook. “Our focus is solely on the NCAA championships,” Bishop said. “Where we finish in the preseason NJAC poll has no bearing on the NCAA Championships.” The men’s team did not show any signs of decay in Connecticut on Saturday. The men’s 50-yard freestyle demonstrated the men’s team’s ability in dramatic fashion as the top three finished within one second of each other. Senior Andrew Nesbitt took first place with a swift 21.81 seconds. Junior Adam Coppola was not far behind at 22.15 seconds. Both Lions outpaced Owl Tyler Vander Vos, who reached the wall at 22.38 seconds.
Nesbitt also placed first in the 100-yard freestyle at 47.56 seconds, while Vitabile finished just behind him at 47.82 seconds. Nesbitt wasn’t the only Lion to finish first in two events that Saturday. Junior Chris O’Sullivan also conquered his Connecticut rivals in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, clocking in times of 1:03.10 and 2:19.44, respectively. Vitabile overcame the Owls in the 100-yard butterfly and the 200yard freestyle. In both races, Vitabile was the only Lion in a pool full of Owls. The fourth Lion to win two events was freshman Harrison Yi, who hit the wall in the 500- and 1000-yard freestyle at 4:52.08 and 10:03.84, respectively. The latter race was the longest race of the day. The freshmen shined, according to Bishop, who said he was “very
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pleased” with their performance. Yi, Nesbitt, Vitabile and Skoog teamed up to win the 400-yard relay with a combined time of 3:32.38. Skoog also won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:00.23. Sophomore Samuel Maquet was first to the wall in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:59.94. “I was very pleased with the intensity everyone had throughout the meet,” Bishop said. “SCSU is a tough team and any time you can win on the road is a bonus.” The women’s team’s lost their bout, 147-137. Harnett said that, since it was the first meet of the season, “there (were) still some things we need to work on that (SCSU) were able to capitalize on.” Although the women’s team lost overall, Saturday saw many personal successes for the team. Junior Marta Lawler won both of
her individual events — she finished the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:11.39 and the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:32.80. Senior Brenna Strollo was first in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:12.98, more than three seconds ahead of the nearest Owl. Strollo partnered with juniors Emily Rothstein, Robin Lukens and Allison Huber to sink their competition in the 200-yard relay freestyle, combining for a time of 1:44.26. Rothstein was also runner up in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles, coming in at 56.22 and 2:02.95, respectively. Sophomore Gabi Denicola was also a runner up in two races, finishing the 500-yard freestyle at 5:33.20 and the 1000-yard freestyle at 11:14.24. The Lions snagged the first two spots in the 1-meter dive for a combined 13 points. Junior Hannah Raymond took first with a score of 252.16 and senior Sarah Grassi followed with 242.62 points, well ahead of the nearest SCSU diver’s 220.23 points. In spite of the loss, Harnett is excited for the season, and believes they can adapt. “We have a smaller team than in past years, so we are just going to have to be more strategic in our lineups,” Harnett said. “But we have a young team that is very motivated and willing to step up.” The Lions will return home to face NJAC rival Montclair State University at the Aquatic Center on Friday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m.
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October 26, 2016 The Signal page 25 Football
Montclair’s explosive offense defeats Lions By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor The College’s football team dropped a 21-7 loss against Montclair State University despite holding the Red Hawks scoreless for three quarters. Traveling north to Montclair, N.J., the Lions fought the Red Hawks in front of an excited crowd during their Homecoming match. The Lions defense met the challenge of limiting Red Hawks senior running back John DiStefano, who currently leads the New Jersey Athletic Conference with 891 yards and averages 127.3 yards per game. The Red Hawks offense blew off the Lions in the first quarter as DiStefano åran 26 yards to secure a first down. Afterward, sophomore quarterback John Apicella threw a 47-yard pass to junior wide receiver Julanee Prince for a touchdown. The College’s attempt to counter fell short in the fourth minute when junior quarterback Trevor Osler let a fumble loose. Red Hawks junior defensive lineman Nick Volpe quickly recovered the fumble and ran 22 yards for Montclair State’s second touchdown. With a 14-0 deficit in hand, the Lions second attempt to catch up to the Red Hawks failed. Junior running back Khani Glover
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Junior defensive lineman Shane Kelley records a tackle against Montclair.
gained five yards, but his effort was consumed when the Lions received a false start penalty in the next down. After Osler endured another sack, the Lions settled for a punt. DiStefano then rushed for 32 yards. Meanwhile, Apicella blazed through the Lions defense by competing two passes to freshman wide receiver Jaedon Stephens and Prince. With one minute remaining in the first quarter, DiStefano broke through the Lions defensive end and scored to give the Red Hawks a 21-0 lead.
Despite the Red Hawks strong start, the Lions held them scoreless for the rest of the match. At the 19th minute, the Lions regelated DiStefano to only one yard. Once the Lions regained possession, the offense marked the scoreboard. “Montclair’s offense overwhelmed our team at first,” interim head coach Rocky Hager said. “Then the defense stepped up and clamped down their best players.” The Lions advanced toward the Red Hawks endline with the duo of Osler and junior wide receiver Thomas Koeing. Osler ultimately
rushed in to score the Lions first touchdown in the 28th minute. Similar to previous Red Hawks possessions, the Lions limited DiStefano to 29 rushing yards. The end result was the Red Hawks missing a field goal at the 45-yard line. In the second half, the Lions and Red Hawks began a back-andforth affair in the third quarter. Junior running back Chad Scott blitzed across the field with 44 yards. The offensive momentum slowed down after Osler threw three incomplete passes. The Lions quickly regained
possession after forcing junior kicker Curtis Pendleton to punt at the 50-yard line. At the 36th minute, Scott rushed for 15 yards to secure the Lions first down. Osler followed up with two incomplete passes. The Lions used their fourth down to punt. The punt was suddenly blocked by Red Hawks sophomore defensive back Je’Von Mason. In the Red Hawks next possession, Apicella’s passes to Prince were thwarted by the Lions defense and the Red Hawks settled for a punt. The Lions later struggled to take advantage of their possessions. In the 41st minute, Red Hawks sophomore linebacker Mauro Altamura caught an interception from Osler and ran 20 yards. The Lions closest opportunity to scoring came in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Glover helped the Lions march down the field as he rushed for 42 yards. The offensive attack was halted when Osler endured two consecutive sacks. With the loss, the Lions fall to a 0-7 record. The team will look to uplift their season as they head back to Lions Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. The Lions are looking to win their first game of the season on Homecoming day against the William Paterson University Pioneers.
Flock / Lions clinch top seed Ducks / Lions beat Kean continued from page 28
Fabiano blocks a shot.
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Sorochynskyj cumulated six saves. The single corner play the Ospreys had during this time was made fruitless by a defensive save from Smith. Finally, at just under the 30th minute, senior forward/midfielder Danielle Andreula contributed the second Lions goal. Senior forward/midfielder Jaclyn Douglas opened scoring in the second half by launching a shot from the right side to make it a 3-0 game. Douglas started a corner play three minutes later that added yet another tally. Douglas passed to sophomore forward Taylor Barrett, who passed to Morrison for her second goal of the game. Morrison returned the favor not long after, sending a long pass to Douglas
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for her second goal of the game. Morrison pulled off the hat trick on a corner play initiated by Smith. Paton was the messenger this time, sending the ball to Morrison for the goal. Paton was contented to play a part in the goal. “Our team did a fantastic job on capitalizing on the scoring opportunities during the Stockton game,” Paton said. “Each goal and assist was well deserved and I am extremely happy to have contributed to our win.” In all this time, Stockton never gave up. With 10 seconds on the clock, Osprey Emily McNeill scored during a scramble in front of the net and spoiled the shutout. The Lions have a 12-3 record after this week’s wins. As the postseason draws nearer, Paton has faith in herself and in her team.
“When she came out, I knew that she was beaten,” Thoreson said. “When a goalie comes out like that, especially that far out and with the angle I had, I just needed to be composed when taking the shot.” The ball slowly trickled into the net, giving the team the 1-0 victory. Next game saw the team up against NJAC foe Kean University. While the game against Stevens showed the Lions at their best, the team slowed down for the first 45 minutes of the Kean game. While the Lions controlled the ball throughout the first half, the team was not able to score on any of its 12 shots and gave Kean the opportunity to get into a groove. With the game being sandwiched between two important games, with next week’s contest deciding who the top seed in the NJAC would be, Kean was set up to take down the Lions when they least expected it. A foul by the College in the 27th minute allowed the Cougars a foul kick, which they were able to get passed Weeder in the upper left corner to put Kean up, 1-0. Russo would argue the call at first, believing the goal was indirect, or that the ball needed to touch another player before it entered the goal. This was not the case, and the goal — which Russo later praised — stood. After halftime, the Lions came out kicking from every area of the Cougar zone. Between the 50th and 55th minute, the Lions rattled off five goals to give them the lead, 5-1. Junior defender Abigail Emmert was on fire as she blasted in two balls that came off previous attempts in the zone during the 50th and 54th minute, with the Kean goalie nearly stopping the second shot. Levering nailed in a cross from Thoreson in the 51st minute before firing off a bullet from 35 yards out in the 55th. Kean shot four more times, but the Lions
defense pushed them back. Junior midfielder Kayla Bertolino nailed one more goal in before the second half ended. In the 71st, off a corner kick from freshman Callen Vandermay, Bertolino was able to sneak a header past the goalie after it deflected off a Kean player, giving the Lions the final goal in the 5-1 win. On Wednesday, Oct. 26, the Lions will face NJAC second seed Rowan University in a rematch of last year’s NJAC Final. The game has playoff implications, as the winner will determine who is the top seed in the conference going into the playoffs. The team will also honor their senior players that night in a ceremony starting before the 6 p.m. kickoff. Thoreson said she can’t wait. “The games are starting to get really competitive and really hard, very important and high stake games, and this is where the fun starts for us,” Thoreson said.
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Thoresen nets in two goals.
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Sean Reis “The Ref”
Last week in Around the Dorm, two contestants tied... but there can be only one. In this week’s exciting tiebreaker, our experts will spew knowledge on N.Y./N.J. hockey, League of Legends in North America and N.Y./N.J. football in a head-to-head, sudden death, winner-takesall ATD brawl.
Marc: This question is a little out of my wheelhouse, but based on what I know I will have to go with the New York Rangers. The Rangers have had the most recent success, and they have the team that looks most built to have a long post-season run. They currently lead the Metropolitan division, but that lead could be up for grabs this early in the season. The Devils and Islanders are hot on their tails, but the way that their rosters are constructed don’t seem to match the Rangers in the long run. I would love to see the Devils piece it all together, and maybe their overtime win from this past weekend could give them some momentum going forward, but for now the Rangers are the safest (and most boring) pick.
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Connor Smith News Editor
1. Hockey’s back! So showing as little bias as possible, which NJ/NY team — Devils, Rangers and Islanders — has the best chance of a successful season?
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Connor: Both Hockey and my opponent return this week... At least people will be happy to see some dudes battle on ice. Local teams like the Rangers, Islanders and Devils are ready to battle their way into the NHL playoff picture. Out of the three, the Rangers were the only team that didn’t make massive changes to its roster. The Devils offense will need time to click, and the Islanders were forced to replace Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin. Meanwhile, the Rangers kept its entire roster intact, so there’s less room for error, given the team’s 46–27–9 record, last season. The Devil’s are the biggest wildcard, given the possible improvements to its offense, so the Rangers are my safe pick.
Though Mark and Connor both safely picked the Rangers, Connor wins Round 1 due to an attention to detail within his answer. Marc: The short answer to this is no. The reality is that North American eSports won’t become a major contender until the culture in other countries shifts. In Korea and China, where the most competitive international teams come from, there are pre-established norms that support eSports. This is why even though League of Legends was introduced in Europe and North America first, they have fallen behind. Team SoloMid (TSM) was the best shot we had at making a deep run this year, but TSM fell short showing just how large the gap is for North American teams to become relevant internationally. The best thing that North American League can do is to increase consistency in their rosters to build team chemistry, and to aim at increasing the brand of eSports in the country where they play. I don’t think that chemistry or branding builds fast, so I am weary of a World Championship coming to a North American any team soon.
2. Riot Games took League of Legends and the eSports spectacle to Madison Square Garden this past weekend. Unfortunately, no North American (NA) teams competed, but do you think 2017 may finally be the year a NA team wins it all?
Connor: Despite the lack of a North American team, Madison Square Garden was electric, in part due to a historic series between SK Telecom T1 and the ROX Tigers, who disbanded and are seeking offers in North America and China. The belief is that a weakened Korea may become vulnerable. Team SoloMid came close — like this fool who somehow tied me — to talented teams like Samsung Galaxy, so there’s a chance NA can compete with Korea. Still, Samsung Galaxy proved Korea is stacked with talent to fill-in after another exodus, and KT Rolster was good enough to beat SKT. The final nail in NA’s coffin is Faker, the Michael Jordanesque superstar that earned my amateur opponent the game-tying point. Those close to Faker know, as long as he wants to compete, he will stay in Korea. SKT pay him handsomely, and the chance at an increased prize pool will keep the eSports superstar as gatekeeper to the Summoner’s Cup.
Despite an overpowered answer from Connor, Mark takes Round 2 because the United States lacks the culture behind eSports to develop a team to win the world. Marc: Before this past week’s games; these two teams were the shame of New York. The Jets were the punching bag of the American Football Conference East division and were in line for the second pick in the NFL draft. Their surprise win against a shaky Ravens (so sad) improved their record, but the team lacks weapons on offense to gain much momentum from that win. The Giants had a different problem. Before they squared off in London on Sunday, they were last in the league in turnover differential. They couldn’t get any possession changes on defense, but of course they “changed” this script when they picked off Case Keenum four times. The G-Men will not face this low level of quarterback every week, suggesting that the turnover total this game may have been a very real anomaly. I don’t think either of these teams have a great chance to turn it around as they sit toward the bottom in two separate divisions with clear front runners.
3. The Giants and Jets have had relatively average starts to the season, to say the least. Do you think each team will turn their respective seasons around or continue poor play? Why or why not?
Connor: Despite poor play from both teams, the Giants have a much better chance than the Jets to turn things around. The Jets must pass the Bills and Dolphins to have a shot at the wild card, meanwhile the Patriots have an angry Tom Brady to guide them to another division title. The Cowboys and Eagles are historically inconsistent, and the Redskins lack the talent — similar to my opponent — needed to win the division, this year. The Jets also need a reliable offense, while Eli Manning and his wideouts can drive on the world’s best defenders. The best case that can be made for the Giants is its strength of schedule, which is tied for second to last in the league, compared to the seventh-ranked Jets schedule. Trust me, I know a few things about strength of schedule: I faced this clown in backto-back weeks.
Round 3 was a close-fought battle, but Connor wins it all at the last second, like Eli leading the Giants downfield late in the fourth quarter.
Lions outlast Cougars in overtime By George Tatoris Sports Editor
It was a dead heat. With ten minutes remaining, the No. 7-ranked Lions field hockey team and the No. 16-ranked Kean University Cougars were tied at 2. For the past 70 minutes, whenever the Lions scored, the Cougars followed up. To add to the tension, the winner clinches the top seed in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) tournament. Kean nearly pulled ahead in the final minutes, but the shot shuddered off the Lions goal post. It was a close call. The Lions now had less than three minutes to put another tally on the board. Junior forward Elizabeth Morrison got the ball with seconds remaining and sent it sailing toward the Cougars net, only for Kean goalkeeper Erin Smith to turn it into a save. The game went into overtime. The Lions and the Cougars dragged it out as both sides failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities. Senior defender Lexi Smith made a defensive save in the first 30 seconds of play and Kean’s next shot went wide right. The Lions had a few penalty corners themselves, but Erin Smith had put up a wall. With less than a minute remaining in the overtime period, junior defender Jackie Schwartz made a long pass to Morrison,
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Morrison celebrates with Schwartz after scoring the game-winning goal. who carried it all the way to the goal. Suddenly, it seemed the stadium was experiencing a case of déjà vu. Morrison had the ball, Erin Smith was in the goal, and the clock was winding down, but this time, Erin Smith was not able to make the save. The Lions won, 3-2. Combined with a 6-1 victory against NJAC rival Stockton University on Tuesday, Oct. 18, the win against Kean left the Lions undefeated in NJAC play. “These two wins have earned us the number one spot in the NJAC Playoff Tournament, which
we are very excited about and proud of,” sophomore forward Jordan Paton said. Paton contributed in two NJAC games with two assists against conference rivals Ramapo College and Stockton University. Kean would have been undefeated in the NJAC, but had just suffered its first loss of the season on Wednesday, Oct. 19. The Lions, meanwhile, were riding a seven-game win streak in spite of a rocky September. “The month of October has been an extremely different ride compared to the earlier part of our season,” Paton said. “The entire
team is in tune with each other on and off the field, and we continue to grow each day as a unit.” The Cougars were hungry for redemption, and the Lions were keen to add Kean to their list of beaten teams, which had become extensive in the past three weeks. Before assisting Morrison’s winning goal, Schwartz opened the scoring less than 10 minutes in on a penalty corner. She turned a pass from Lexi Smith into the College’s first goal. By the end of the first half, the Cougars answered with a goal of their own, taking advantage of a penalty corner for the first equalizer.
Lions fought back in the second half. On a corner play, Morrison fired a shot at the Cougars goal, only for Erin Smith to make a save. In almost fortuitous fashion, Morrison ultimately got the best of the Cougars goalkeeper — just as she would for the winning goal — and knocked her own rebound into the net, putting the Lions ahead, 2-1. The Lions defense kept the Cougars scoreless for the next 20 minutes. Throughout the game, junior goalkeeper Christina Fabiano accrued four saves, Smith made three defensive saves and senior defender Shannon Cowles made one. Kean forward Rachel Mills managed to slip past the defenders and tied it up again at the 62nd minute, firing a rebounded shot into the net for the Cougars second goal of the day. Morrison would be the one to finally end the back and forth. Morrison also played a key part in the Stockton game. She scored a hat trick that elevated the team to its 6-1 victory, and her first goal happened less than 10 minutes into the first half. She charged up the left side of the field and rocketed a shot into the Ospreys net that shook wood. The Lions were kept from scoring throughout the first half as Stockton goalkeeper Emily see KEAN page 25
Lions roast formerly undefeated Ducks By Michael Battista Staff Writer
The women’s soccer team competed in two late-season classics last week at home, knocking off 5th-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology, 1-0, before coming back against Kean University and securing a dominant win, 5-1. With two more New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) games remaining, coach Joe Russo said he never planned on letting some of his starters rest more during this game. “Our mindset has always been from the beginning that if the game is on the schedule we’re gonna play to win and we’re gonna compete,” Russo said. The 7th-ranked Lions came into the game against Stevens on Wednesday, Oct. 19, knowing the challenge that awaited them. The Ducks were 13-0, 6-0 in the Empire 8 Conference, and played soccer just the way a top-10 team should. The Ducks showed their formidability, starting with the ball and charging downfield to get a shot off wide in just eight seconds. However the Lions struck back one minute later when senior midfielder
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Thoresen scores the game-winning goal against Stevens. Marissa Scognamiglio’s header shot went wide off the post. Both teams are known for their offensive play and showed it, as the Ducks rattled off six shots during the first half while the Lions got off 10. The crowd of more than 400 was loud throughout, reacting
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at every chance and challenge. Junior defender Kelly Wieczerzak said that the team knew what it needed to do. “We knew they were gonna be a tough challenge for us, but we were very well prepared for it,” Wieczerzak said. “I think we just know we needed to play our game
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and play to our strengths and that would be how we could get the ball around them, get forward and stay together.” The College almost took a lead early on, as multiple shots rang out during the second minute. One strong kick from freshman midfielder Alexa Beatty seemed to get past the Ducks goalie, but the linesman called it offside. Both teams traded the ball back and forth throughout the game. Senior goalkeeper Jessica Weeder racked up three saves as her teammates pushed back against the ravaging Ducks offense. “The collected defending, the defending as a team, was very good,” Russo said. “I thought we were pretty well organized in the back... Jess Weeder was exceptionally good.” In the end, junior midfielder Elizabeth Thoreson was the hero of the game. Early in the second half, she charged down field, off an assist from senior forward Christine Levering, the Ducks goalie came out to challenge. It was then Thoreson knew she had her. see DUCKS page 25
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