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College policies might violate students’ rights
Monologues raise awareness Sodexo fires
By Connor Smith News Editor
By Connor Smith News Editor
The issue of free speech on college campuses was a notable battleground in the conservative movement to elect Donald Trump as president of the U.S. Considering the significance of this debate in the recent political landscape, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) — a bipartisan organization whose mission is to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities — informed The Signal that the College maintains a dreaded “red light” rating due to several policies that allegedly restrict student and faculty speech rights on campus. The rating — which was last updated in February — cites several infractions in the College’s zero tolerance harassment policies, such as one that restricts language that may be considered “derogatory or demeaning” in reference to “a person’s race, gender, age, religion, disability, affectional or sexual orientation, ethnic background, or any other protected category.” The College’s sexual harassment policy, meanwhile, drew similar concerns from FIRE. According to an excerpt on FIRE’s website, displaying sexually suggestive objects, cartoons, posters, see LAWSUIT page 6
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Space to hear nine speakers share their journeys with mental health. Speakers detailed their struggles and paths to recovery. Still, they acknowledged that the amounting societal pressures and stigmas can inhibit many of the mentally ill from receiving the care and acceptance they deserve.
Students who swiped into the Atrium at Eickhoff this week might have noticed something was off. The usual spirited greetings of “Y’all got this in the bag!” and “You’re almost over the hump!” were absent from the main dining hall on campus. The source, beloved cashier Eve Cruz, was fired by Sodexo on Monday, Nov. 7, in a decision that left students and coworkers alike seeking answers. “I’ve been crying and everything, boss,” Cruz told The Signal. “It hurt me so bad. It’s almost killing me. I’ve been trying to keep my pressure.” Cruz, who became an icon at the College for her constant showers of positivity and school spirit, said Sodexo accused her of letting students into the Atrium without swiping in and for talking badly about the College and Sodexo. Cruz denied these allegations in an interview with The Signal. “We recognize that Eve’s separation is hard for students to accept, and fully appreciate what she meant to them,” Patrice Mendes, general manager of Sodexo at the College, wrote in a statement. “As a longterm employee, she was a member of our team and we also have found this to be a difficult separation.” According to Mendes, who said she could not disclose details of employment separation, Cruz’s union representative was
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CAPS hosts annual monologues for mental health awareness. By Michelle Lampariello Features Assistant
The College’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) hosted its annual Stigmonologues on Monday, Nov. 7, to raise awareness for mental health and to reduce the stigma surrounding it. Students gathered in the Decker Social
LGBTQ+ students react to Trump’s presidential victory By Elise Schoening Features Editor Chloe Sklans, a sophomore psychology and women’s, gender and sexuality studies double major, followed the election coverage on CNN until the early hours of Wednesday, Nov. 9. The TV in Sklans’s Campus Town apartment hummed with voter turnout updates and swing state predictions. Seated beside her on the couch was Sklans’s girlfriend. “We were laughing and talking and hanging out,” Sklans said. “Until, all of a sudden, we saw the electoral numbers start to shift with huge numbers on the Donald Trump side… We sat there in shock.” The couple watched together as the electoral college count climbed in Trump’s favor. Disbelief turned to dread as the reality of a Trump presidency set in. “Once we saw that it was over
and there was no way (Hillary Clinton) would win, we turned to each other and cried,” Sklans said. “It just felt like the celebration we had two years ago of finally feeling like we mattered and our rights were the same as the rest of the population was shattered.” While watching the results roll in, Sklans wondered how her life would change over the next four years. Would she lose the right to marry her girlfriend? Would it be unsafe for them to hold hands in public? Sklans and members of the LGBTQ+ community on the College campus and across the country worried in the wake of the election that LGBTQ+ progress would be rolled back under a Trump and Mike Pence administration. “I went to bed having lost any fragment of hope I had left for a Clinton win,” said Jordan Stefanski, a senior nursing
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Trump’s victory breeds uncertainty within the LGBTQ+ community. major who identifies as gay. “When I drove back to school the next day, the atmosphere had completely changed. EvOpinions / page 9
erything just felt heavy and sad, even to the point of walking into my nursing lab of walking into my nursing lab class
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and people were so quiet… it almost felt like a funeral.” see TRUMP page 2
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Heidleberg program Students abroad band together for refugees
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Cross Country Lions earn bid to Championships
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Fear over the election results within the LGBTQ+ community goes beyond the struggle for same-sex marriage. Transgender rights are also up for debate, and people across the LGBTQ+ spectrum expressed concern that discrimination and violence against the entire queer community might result from the Trump campaign. “Knowing that I could easily be attacked or killed for expressing my sexuality in public... that is more than a bitter pill to swallow,” Stefanski said. “In the coming years, will I have to worry about getting evicted from an apartment if my future partner and I decide to move in together? When I apply for jobs, will I have to worry about staying in the closet as a matter of job security? These are the important questions that even moderate Republicans don’t seem to want to
ask, but are a reality for all LGBTQ+ people nationwide.” At this time, the future of the queer community remains uncertain. Trump’s views on LGBTQ+ rights shift frequently. Meanwhile, Pence remains an outspoken opponent of the queer community. On Sunday, Nov. 13, Trump said he supported same-sex marriage and that the issue had been settled by the Supreme Court. During the “60 Minutes” interview, Trump said he was fine with it. The recent remarks contrast previous statements by Trump in which he called himself a supporter of “traditional marriage” and said that if elected, he would “strongly consider” appointing Supreme Court justices who would overturn the legalization of same-sex marriage. Pence, on the other hand, has often acted against the interests of LGBTQ+ individuals. In 2000, Pence proposed diverting funds for HIV prevention to
conversion therapy programs. He later opposed the Employment NonDiscrimination Act and discouraged repealing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ban for military personnel. Last year, Pence signed the Religious Freedoms Restorations Act into law, allowing Indiana businesses to legally discriminate against members of the LGBTQ+ community. “Trump at times has claimed to be a candidate for the LGBTQ+ community, (but) I do not think he has once backed up that claim,” said Rosie Driscoll, a junior history and women’s, gender and sexuality studies double major. “Trump’s choice of Pence makes it clear that LGBTQ+ rights are not and have never been a priority of his campaign.” Driscoll and many members of the LGBTQ+ community see Pence as a threat to their rights. Trump supporters, however, trust that the president-elect will stand by LGBTQ+ rights, as he promised to
do in an address following the Pulse nightclub shooting. “As president, I will do everything in my power to protect (LGBTQ+) citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology,” Trump said. Many Trump supporters expressed the belief that LGBTQ+ rights are fundamental rights and as such will not be repealed during Trump’s presidency. “It has been said many times that gay rights are human rights, and I fully believe that,” senior nursing major Katie D’Auria said. “The LGBTQ+ community is just as worthy of the dignity, respect and rights of any other American citizen.” D’Auria does not think LGBTQ+ Americans will be negatively affected by the president-elect. “(Trump’s) entire platform is based upon uniting the citizens of this country, and it would be negligent for one to assume he would exclude the LGBTQ+ community,” D’Auria said. Supporters of Trump and Pence can even be found within the LGBTQ+ community.
“I support Donald Trump and am quite happy to see him elected,” a junior computer science major who wished to remain anonymous said. “I think that he truly has the best interest of the American people at heart. I identify as bisexual and don’t believe my or any LGBTQ+ rights will be affected.” The 2016 presidential election has proved divisive for the American people, and the LGBTQ+ community is no exception. “Many (LGBTQ+) people have voted for both candidates,” said Scott Borton, a freshman international studies major who identifies as gay. “The community itself, while united in a common desire for equality, is very diverse with many opinions differing within it.” Both Trump and Clinton supporters in the queer community stressed the importance of remaining hopeful and resilient for years to come as the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights continues. “The queer community will persist,” said Max Nazario, president of PRISM and a junior chemistry major. “We’re not going anywhere.”
Pence is open about his discriminatory beliefs.
SG announces Ewing Habitat for Humanity location
SG announces Senior Night will be held on Friday, Dec. 9, at XFINITY Live! By Megan Kelly Staff Writer
Student Government (SG) approved two new College clubs: Autism Awareness and the TCNJ Culinary Club on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Executive President Kevin Kim also addressed the 2016 U.S. presidential election results and advised SG to be courteous and open-minded when discussing politics.
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SG first discussed and voted to approve the Autism Awareness club, which is aimed toward those who want to interact with other students with special needs and help them with basic skills. Autism Awareness hopes to give back to kids and adults with special needs and also gives students at the College an opportunity to volunteer. The next club approved during the meeting, the TCNJ
Culinary Club, has more than 70 members ready to participate. The club plans to host events, such as weekly potlucks, and hopes to volunteer at a local soup kitchen. The club will hold a cooking demonstration once a month, but weekly meetings will consist of looking over potential recipes and planning potential events. TCNJ Book Club was approved by Governmental Affairs (GA) last week, so SG will decide whether or not to approve the club in next week’s meeting. Kim then addressed SG as a whole and reminded them to keep an open mind and be respectful in the wake of the presidential election. He said he thinks the results were shocking to everyone, regardless of the person for which they voted. “Right now, collectively, we all have to accept it and move forward,” Kim said. He also reminded the group to stay civil if they encounter disagreements with anyone. Vice President of GA Tori Mazzola also congratulated those who voted in SG, regardless of which candidate they supported. Vice President of Community Relations Michael O’Connor announced that on Monday, Nov. 14, Habitat for Humanity will be holding an opening ceremony for their new site in Ewing, N.J., and encouraged people to attend, as SG is planning on being very active on that site. It was also announced that TCNJ Holiday will be taking place Tuesday, Dec. 6, and will feature a waffle truck and a cupcake truck, as well as ice skating and a horse and buggy. The Class of 2017 announced its next Senior Night will be on Friday, Dec. 9, at XFINITY Live!, and the Class of 2018 completely sold out of tickets for their moonlight cruise and also got their own geotag for Snapchat. The Class of 2020 was fully funded for a trip to Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia and will soon be selling T-shirts.
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College makes efforts to attract out-of-state students
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The College looks to increase appeal for out-of-state students. By Alyssa Gautieri Production Manager
Since its inception, the College has been composed mostly of in-state students. However, in recent years, the Office of Admissions has taken strides to diversify the campus and increase name recognition across the nation. Currently, out-of-state students comprise a mere 7 percent of the student body, which is an improvement compared to statistics over the past 15 years. Since Admissions has placed a higher emphasis on diversity, it has begun recruiting more outof-state students. In Fall 2015, the campus welcomed 101 out-of-state students, its largest out-of-state class in the College’s history, according to Admissions Director Matt Middleton.
“Out-of-state students diversify the campus,” Middleton said. “Students from all over the country bring different perspectives and have different attitudes. Out-ofstaters benefit everybody at the College.” It was not until 2000, when Middleton was hired to oversee out-of-state operations in the College’s Office of Admissions, that the College began to actively seek to increase the out-of-state population. There has been progress since then, according to Middleton. In the last five years especially, since the office hired six employees who solely focus on recruiting out-of-state students, the College has seen a real increase in out-of-staters. Middleton said now is the best time for out-of-state students to apply to the College because they are guaranteed housing for all four years and are
awarded robust scholarships. When reviewing applications, the Office of Admissions considers a variety of factors, such as an applicant’s culture, pursued major or geographic area. “In the admissions office, we are always thinking about ways to make the College more diverse,” Middleton said. “And it is a bonus point to be an out-ofstate applicant because we are looking to grow that population.” Aside from spreading diversity on campus, Middleton said recruiting across the nation spreads name recognition for the College. “Our attitude is that by growing the population of out-of-state students, ultimately, we are building a better national reputation and benefiting every student at the College,” he said. Increasing name recognition across the country increases the chance that an outof-state future employer or graduate school interviewer is going to be familiar with the College and its emphasis on academics, leadership and service. While there are substantial benefits in recruiting out-of-state students, the College is expected to maintain its majority in-state population. “The College is always going to be a primarily in-state school,” Middleton said. “Because we are such a great bargain for in-state families, I can not imagine the College would ever not be the most popular in New Jersey.” Many students appreciate that the majority of the College’s student body is from in-state. “I think it would be nice to have more
out-of-state students at the College,” said Kristi Demilt, an in-state junior nursing major. “But I don’t think it is essential. TCNJ is already a great school for a multitude of other reasons.” Gabriella Cardoso, an in-state junior sociology and elementary education double major, said she does not come across outof-state students very often. “While I think it would add to the campus if we had more out-of-state students, most out-of-state students are from the metropolitan area, such as New York and Pennsylvania,” Cardoso said. “So their perspectives and ideologies don’t vary drastically from New Jersey students.” Christian Czmar, an out-of-state student from Pennsylvania and a senior interactive multimedia major, said he enjoys being an out-of-state student. “I’ve had a really good experience at the College,” Czmar said. “The distance from home hasn’t affected me. I’ve made more friends here than at home.” According to Czmar, the College provides a diverse campus for all students, regardless of where they are from. “I’ve come to know so many different perspectives from so many interesting people, and there is plenty to do (on campus) if you are willing to look for it,” Czmar said. Despite the small out-of-state population at the College, Middleton said students must not forget that the minority exists. “There is the assumption that everyone at the College is from New Jersey and everyone is local, and that is not always the case,” he said. “Ultimately, outof-state students that come to TCNJ are enjoying their experience.”
Fired / Cruz laid-off, told she’s not allowed back
Outraged students reflect on employee’s positive impact continued from page 1 involved in the process from the beginning, and she was given a hearing with the Union and Sodexo present. Mendes also said Sodexo follows a progressive discipline policy, which requires a series of warnings and reviews before final termination. According to employees in the Atrium who requested anonymity, most of the staff cannot believe the news. “Shock. Not outrage, but anger,” one employee told The Signal. “She goes all out for y’all. We all think Eve deserves another chance.” Another worker implied that while some workers might be happy to pick up her shifts, the general consensus is that Cruz was mistreated. Many students discovered Cruz’s firing on Facebook, when junior economics major Leo Boerstoel posted on her timeline to ask if she had really been fired. More than 345 students reacted and commented to show their support for Cruz. “We all know what an amazingly sweet, kind, fiercely loving person Eve is and we love her to death–so let’s show it to everyone,” one student commented. “I love TCNJ very dearly but it’s more important that they know we’re not going to let them get away with this.” According to senior biomedical engineering major Augie Pfluger, students are frustrated and disheartened. “Eve was such a positive spirit on this campus, and she never failed to brighten up my day,” Pfluger told The Signal via Facebook Messenger. “I would like to believe that TCNJ does care about the well being of their students, but I think they need to investigate the intentions of the companies they choose to partner with.” The loss of Cruz could be a blow to students and faculty alike. According to Larissa Cantwell, an ambassador and an elementary education and psychology double major, Cruz maintained a critical role in getting students excited to come to the College. “She is mentioned all the time (when we give tours) and we love when she talks to our parents,” Cantwell said. “We always say Eve and Larry are the best.” Cruz, who refers to students as “bosses,” claims she was told not to return to the campus. That means football games
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Cruz poses for a photo as part of the #Proud2BeMe campaign in April 2015. and other College activities might be missing their biggest fan. Cruz impacted the student body with her positivity and gifts. According to Cruz, management often told her she shouldn’t spend her own money for candy or for students to enter the Atrium. “Where I come from, the kids don’t have opportunities like that,” Cruz said. “These bosses are going into the world to make a better world now… Some of them can’t go home for Halloween, so they celebrate here on the campus. Yeah, I get candy for them. They say ‘Oh, Eve. You shouldn’t be spending your money on them.’ I’ve been here almost 10 years.” While Cruz said she never talked negatively about Sodexo or the College, she would often hear complaints from students and parents. “I just told the kids to do what I would do,” she said. “If I’m not satisfied with something, let the person know. If my bosses are spending their money with (Sodexo), they should be getting the satisfactory of what they’re looking for, or
something very close to it.” According to Mendes, Sodexo is willing to discuss any and all other grievances students may have. A Dining Services Committee, in partnership with students, meets every other week. “Any student who has a suggestion, comment or grievance is welcome to attend,” Mendes wrote in an email. “The Meetings are held every other Wednesdays at 2:00 in Social Sciences building room 230. Our next meeting is 11/30 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.” Meanwhile, Cruz is hopeful that she’ll be able to return and help the students who need more positivity and support in their lives. “I want y’all to be happy,” Cruz said. “That’s why I’ll be in the poke wars (on Facebook) with the kids. Just like I told them, we in a poke war ’cause every time I poke you, I’m thinking about you. I got some of the kids that hit over 2,000 pokes. I’m genuine with my bosses.”
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SFB fully funds freshman festive Skate Night By Olivia Rizzo Staff Writer The Student Finance Board (SFB) approved funding for events that encourage students to step outside of their usual social circles and begin to get into the holiday spirit. Chi Upsilon Sigma returned to present its previously tabled event titled “Making Achievement Continuous Conference: Broadening the Scope: In light of Global Issues.” The group’s second presentation was more successful, as the board agreed to fully fund the requested $9,980.41, contingent upon the organization being able to negotiate the price of catering with Sodexo. Chi Upsilon Sigma presented a new keynote speaker: Jamal Joseph, a writer, educator and former member of the Black Panther Party. This event will host four different workshops, each centered around different political issues, on Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Business Building. Next, the Class of 2019 presented for a class unity trip to Amazing Escape Room in Princeton, N.J., but voting on the event was tabled due to concerns about attendance and the event’s ability to promote class unity. “We are offering a unique way to bond with fellow sophomores that will hopefully build unity among our fellow class members,” the proposal packet read. The organization requested funding to cover the cost of group pricing for Escape the Room, an immersive brain teaser where participants must solves riddles and find clues to find their way out of a locked room, and transportation. Later, the Freshman Class Council was fully funded in the amount of $4,735 for its Stars & Lights Skate Night. The event aims to create a festive opportunity for the Class of 2020 to get into the holiday spirit by skating beneath more than 100,000 lights next to the Delaware River. The organization requested funding to cover the cost of ice skating, lodge rental and busing.
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SFB grants funding for holiday-themed events at the College. The board also fully funded Chabad’s Hanukkah party in the amount of $3,484.38 to cover the costs of traditional food, decorations and Hanukkah crafts and activities. “The purpose of this event is to bring the campus community together to celebrate and learn about the Jewish holiday of Hanukah,” the proposal packet read. The event will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in room 212 of the Education Building. TCNJ Entrepreneurship Club presented for its iCreate Networking Event. The purpose of this event is to bring together business and nonbusiness students to network with
each other and listen to a panel of local entrepreneurs, according to the proposal packet. The organization requested funding for food, decorations and name tags for attendees, but the board only agreed to fund the cost of decorations and name in the amount of $116.95. The cost of the food was tabled due to concerns about the amount of food requested for the limited timeframe of the event. Regardless, the event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 20, in room 212 of the Education Building. Even though SFB agrees to finance certain events, there is no guarantee these events will take place. The approval only makes the funds available.
Panel discusses life as a woman in technology industry Professors talk about gender bias in the workplace
Left: Professors lead a panel to discuss discrimination that women face. Right: Students can end bias starting in classrooms.
By John McCarthy Correspondent
A lesson on what it’s like to be a woman in the technology industry and the importance of a diverse workplace were among several important topics discussed at the Brown Bag lecture on Friday, Nov. 11. The panel comprised Sharon Blanton, CIO and vice president of Information Technology at the College, Associate Professor and Chair of the computer science department Monisha Pulimood and Vice President of Intel Bev Crair. The speakers spoke often of gender discrimination in the workplace. Throughout the average student’s first 21 years of life, they know the measure of
success as a number or letter on an assignment. As far as work goes, however, the measures of success are vastly different and ambiguous. “Nobody’s going to tell you what to do,” Crair said. She explained how the workplace is unstructured compared to school. The panelists agreed that it is important to get experience through mentoring and an internship that fits your interests and ideas. “Take the time to talk to people about what they do,” Blanton said. “Figure out the right combination of enjoyment and skill.” Speakers also highlighted the importance of workplace diversity, as it gives varying ideas a chance to be heard. “It’s about people who think differently coming together to make a better solution,”
Blanton said. “Our vision is that smart computing is going to reach everyone on Earth.” Each panelist made a point that different ideas are nearly impossible to come across when a group contains only people with similar backgrounds and lifestyles. During the panel, Crair and Blanton shared similar stories on a gender bias they found in the workplace. Both panelists applied for positions where they were competing against a male candidate. The work and education experience was equal — gender was the only quality that separated the two candidates. In both cases, the male candidate was awarded the position. In Blanton’s case, she was actually recommended to mentor her male competitor and advise him on what he should do to
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perform well. In Crair’s case, she was offered a different position at the same company. This led to the discussion on an important topic: going into a workplace that fits one’s standards and interests. In both cases, Crair and Blanton left the companies in which they originally applied. Crair described these kinds of biases as “systematic discrimination” where the bias is based off of a structure of beliefs or practices. Pulimood explained that this kind of bias can be recognized and dealt with in the classroom. “You have to be overtly inclusive,” Pulimood said. She said the way to beat bias is to “behave with kindness, compassion and to keep an open heart.”
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By Ellie Schuckman Staff Writer
• On Friday, Nov. 4, at 8:38 p.m., two Campus Police officers were dispatched to the third floor stairwell of Lot 11 following a report of five males smoking marijuana. Upon the officers’ arrival, they didn’t observe any individuals present, according to reports. The officers proceeded to the fourth floor and observed 10 males standing in a circle outside of the entrance to the stairwell. The officers ordered the individuals to take their hands out of their pockets, place the cigarettes on the ground, spread out and stand against the wall. One of the officers stated that they were there investigating a report of students smoking marijuana. According to police, upon conducting Automated Traffic System/Automated Complaint System warrant checks on the males, it was determined that one of them had three total outstanding warrants. One of the officers immediately placed this male under arrest. While searching the male, the officer pulled out a pack of cigarettes and handed it to the other officer. According to reports, this officer observed green leafy vegetation believed to be marijuana wrapped in a plastic baggie inside the cigarette pack. The officer placed him in a patrol vehicle. When asked if he had marijuana in his possession, the male said, “Yes.” At approximately 9 p.m., two other Campus Police officers arrived on the scene. At 9:15 p.m., the initial two officers on the scene transported the male under arrest to Campus Police Headquarters for processing, police said. The other nine males were given an “all clear.” One of the officers asked the male under arrest why he had marijuana in his possession, which he responded, “I forgot I had it in my pocket. I guess I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.” At 1:59 a.m., officers transported the
male to Ewing police to post bail on his current warrant. He was then transported back to Campus Police Headquarters to post bail on his other warrants, totaling $250, police said.
• On Saturday, Nov. 5, at 11:37 p.m., while on patrol in Lot 5, a Campus Police officer observed five males riding in a golf cart toward Metzger Drive. According to police, the officer initiated a traffic stop due to the unsafe manner the occupants were riding. At 11:29 p.m., another officer arrived on the scene. The initial officer there asked the driver why he was in possession of the golf cart. He stated that he utilized a “universal Yamaha key” to start the golf cart so he could transport equipment around campus. The equipment was used for a TCNJ Competitive Gaming Club event which took place in the T/W Lounge earlier that evening. According to police, the officer asked where he had obtained the golf cart, to which he said, “the industrial parking lot,” later identified as Lot 15. The officer asked if the student had consent to use the golf cart, to which he responded, “No.” According to the student, he has used the golf cart in the past for such events without consent. At 11:44 p.m., the officer placed the student under arrest and transported him to Campus Police Headquarters for processing. The student was released on 12:45 a.m. and issued a summons. • On Sunday, Nov. 6, at 11:50 a.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to Townhouses South following a report of a domestic violence Final Restraining Order (FRO) violation. Upon the officer’s arrival, he met with a female student who said she was receiving phone calls from a blocked number on Saturday, Nov. 5. The student stated she answered the phone and realized the caller was a male who is barred from reaching out
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to her electronically, police said. Additionally, she said the male drove to Lot 9 near where she lives, and drove to family court in an attempt to have the charges against him dropped. According to reports, the student stated that the male called her 19 times between Thursday, Oct. 13, and Friday, Nov. 4. He was issued a complaint summons to appear on Wednesday, Nov. 9, on a charge of contempt of court by violations of FRO, police said.
• On Friday, Nov. 1, at 1:56 a.m., two Campus Police officers were dispatched to a Campus Town building following a report of a physical altercation between a couple and an exboyfriend. Upon the officers’ arrival, they met with a PRC Group general manager and a resident assistant (RA) who stated that at approximately 1:45 a.m., the RA heard a verbal altercation on the floor above her and proceeded upstairs to see what was wrong, police said. According to reports, a couple who lives on the second floor got into a verbal and physical altercation with the girl’s ex-boyfriend. The RA then called Campus Police and advised them of the situation. The officers proceeded to the apartment of the girl’s current boyfriend, who was involved with the altercation. The couple answered the door together and allowed the officers inside. The officers then asked what had happened, police said. The male stated that his girlfriend’s ex illegally entered the Campus Town building through an unsecured door. The ex then proceeded to the second floor, where they both live, and began to pace up and down the hallway. According to police, the girl stated that she exited her apartment and saw her ex, yelled at him to exit the building and to never come back. The girl then grabbed him by the
arm and started to drag him out of the building. When they arrived at the stairwell, he shoved her to the side. The ex proceeded to aggressively knock on her boyfriend’s door. According to the boyfriend, he and the ex got into a verbal altercation, police said. The ex grabbed the current boyfriend by the waist and pushed him into the corner of a wooden table, causing a welt to form in the bottom left corner of his back. According to reports, the three continued yelling at each other for a few seconds and then the ex exited the building. At approximately 2:20 a.m., Campus Police alerted Ewing Police of the ex’s off-campus location. At 2:39 a.m., Ewing Police transported the male to Campus Police Headquarters, where he was placed in a holding room. At 2:25 a.m., the couple was transported to Campus Police Headquarters, too. The ex told officers that he entered the building through an outside door that was unlocked. According to reports, he then proceeded upstairs and knocked on the girl’s apartment door. She answered and the two had a verbal dispute. She then grabbed him by the arm to escort him out. The current boyfriend then opened his door to see what was happening. At this time, the ex shoved the girl to aside to confront the current boyfriend. According to police, he started a verbal argument with the current boyfriend at which point the ex walked into the male’s apartment and put him into a headlock which forced him into the wooden table. The ex stated that he then left the building. According to reports, the couple was escorted back to their residences at 4:08 a.m. At 5:46 a.m., the ex was issued a summons and released from custody, police said. Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at 609-771-2345.
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The College receives a ‘red light’ rating. continued from page 1 posters, magazines or pictures of scantilyclad individuals are considered violations of the College’s sexual harassment policy. FIRE cites a Supreme Court precedent in Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education — referred to as the Davis Standard — where the court defined student-on-student harassment as speech “that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive, and that so undermines and detracts from the victims’ educational experience, that the victim-students are effectively denied equal access to an institution’s resources and opportunities.” Given this standard for determining harassment, FIRE argues the College cannot punish students for telling another sensitive student a joke or creating a suggestive cartoon. According to Head Media Relations Officer Tom Beaver, the College takes students’ rights very seriously. “The College is committed to maintaining a culture that fosters the free exchange of ideas and respectful disagreement, but also ensures an inclusive environment free from discrimination and harassment,” Beaver said.
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Beaver cited President R. Barbara Gitenstein’s prior commitment to constructive dialogue, when the College announced its partnership with the Sustained Dialogue Institute. “The Institute, which facilitates constructive dialogue around difficult and divisive issues, is working with the College to help position us as a leader in confronting challenging topics with civility and respect,” Beaver said. Although the College is open to discourse, several red light policies could create a situation where students are unconstitutionally punished for expression. According to FIRE, administrators should change said policies or risk a First Amendment lawsuit Call 609-301-4000 to see for yourself or visit OFFcampusNJ.com and personal liability. The College isn’t the only school that potentially violates First Amendment rights. 1573 Parkside Avenue at Spruce Street, Ewing Township FIRE warned 110 other schools, including Princeton University and William Paterson Miles beyond expectations and minutes from campus... THAT’S University, of similar red light ratings. RutAlso gers University, which drew criticism for its Pet handling of Breitbart Tech Editor Milo YianReserving Friendly nopoulos during his Feb. 9, 2016, visit, main2017/2018 tains a less severe “yellow light” rating for BY CAMPUS STUDENT LIVING ambiguity in its policies.
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Serial killer keeps woman hostage in cage
Kohlhepp confesses to murders from 2003.
By Sarah Pawlowski Correspondent
A South Carolina realtor has been charged with kidnapping and holding a South Carolina woman captive for two months after authorities discovered the woman chained inside of a storage container on his property last week. Authorities decided to visit the property on Thursday, Nov. 3, after receiving a tip from a sex crimes investigator regarding an ongoing missing persons case, according to BBC. While searching the property of realtor and businessman Todd Christopher Kohlhepp, authorities discovered two
other bodies. Investigators had come to Kohlhepp’s property in the midst of a joint missing persons case conducted by law offices in Anderson and Spartanburg counties. The missing persons in question were Kala Brown and her boyfriend Charles D. Carver, who on Wednesday, Aug. 31, had answered an advertisement for work posted by Kohlhepp and never returned home, according to BBC. Kohlhepp, a registered sex offender, had posted an ad asking for help cleaning up his property. Brown and Carver showed up to help, but the situation escalated upon their arrival, when Kohlhepp pulled a gun on them and shot Carver for being a “smart aleck,”according to both USA Today and CBS News. Brown was chained up after Carver’s death. Brown was chained to a shipping container by her neck like a dog. According to Brown, Kohlhepp never took the chain off of her, but occasionally walked her around for exercise. Brown has testified that she was fed once a day, around 6 p.m., according to CBS News. Kohlhepp’s actions against Brown and Carver are not his only infractions of the law. According to The New York Times, when Kohlhepp was a teenager, he was arrested for the kidnapping and rape of a 14-year-old girl. Kohlhepp was 15 years old at the time and served a prison sentence of 15 years in an Arizona prison, USA Today reported. After his conviction, Kohlhepp was required to register as a sex
offender, according to CNN. When questioned about the Brown case on Saturday, Nov. 5, Kohlhepp confessed to the 2003 massacre of four people in a motorsports shop in Chesnee, S.C. The massacre at Superbike Motorsports, which had remained a cold case until this past week, occurred after the shop’s owner, along with an employee, poked fun at Kohlhepp for falling off of a motorcycle. The pair’s remarks caused Kohlhepp to open fire upon them and kill two other employees, according to CNN. A stockpile of firearms and ammunition was also found on Kohlhepp’s Woodruff property, according to prosecutor Barry Barnette. Guns, assault rifles and rounds of ammunition were among the pieces of evidence recovered from the scene, Barnette said, according to CNN. Due to his status as a felon and sex offender, Kohlhepp should not have been able to own a gun. Don Wood, a South Carolina spokesperson for the FBI, said it appears Kohlhepp obtained his weapons illegally. Brown and Carver are not the only couple that Kohlhepp killed, as he is also accused of killing Johnny Coxie and his wife, Meagan Leigh McCraw Coxie. The suspect disclosed to authorities the location of their bodies shortly after this investigation began, according to CNN. He’s been charged in Brown’s kidnapping and the four Superbike killings, according to CBS News.
Russian nationalists behind assassination plot
By Danielle Silvia Staff Writer
Nearly 20 Serbians were arrested in Montenegro for terror offenses on Sunday, Oct. 16, but it has since been discovered that Russian nationalists were behind the plot to assassinate prime minister Milo Djukanovic. Montenegrin prosecutor Milivoje Katnic told BBC News that the plot included the plan to kill the pro-Western prime minister with a “long-distance sharpshooter.” The prime minister became a target because he had a bid to join NATO, according to The Wall Street Journal. “The plan was to stop Montenegro on its Euro-Atlantic path, especially to prevent it from entering NATO,” Katnic told The Wall Street Journal, which also reported that the perpetrators might have wanted to prevent further ties from forming between Europe and Montenegro. Radio Free Europe said Montenegro’s
invite to join NATO has been established since December 2015. The plot is believed to have been an attempt to bring a pro-Russian government official to power, but there is no evidence that the Russian state itself was involved, according to The Wall Street Journal. “We don’t have any evidence that the state of Russia is involved in any sense... but we have evidence that two nationalists from Russia were organizers,” Katnic said, according to The Wall Street Journal. The arrests occurred on Montenegro’s Election Day. As of Monday, Nov. 7, 14 of the arrested individuals are still in custody, according to The Wall Street Journal. Since the arrests, nearly €125,000 has been discovered as well as uniforms, which proves the scheme was more detailed than imagined, according to Djukanovic’s report to BBC News. Many were upset with the fact that Djukanovic, a democrat socialist, won the election back in October. The fact Djukanovic
Police arrest 20 Serbians for terror offenses. does not plan to create ties with Europe anytime in the near future is further upsetting citizens, BBC News reported. Radio Free Europe reported that although Djukanovic won the election, he will perhaps “need to form a coalition to stay in government.” The Wall Street Journal reported that NATO’s Deputy Secretary-General Rose Gottemoeller expects Montenegro to join NATO within the next
year after each of the 28 NATO members agree to the addition in their respective parliament branches. Many natives of Montenegro are not only unsatisfied with the prime minister’s decision to join NATO, but also the country feels safe having a prime minister alive and intact to make executive decisions for the country’s prosperity, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Anticipated fight against ISIS to reclaim Raqqa
The SDF hopes to isolate and liberate Raqqa. By Eric Preisler Staff Writer
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which includes Kurdish, Syrian and Turkish fighters, has Plans to seize the ISIS-con- been backed by the U.S. to adtrolled Syrian city of Raqqa vance its fighters — more than were announced last week, ac- 30,000 to help seize Raqqa, cording to CNN. The operation U.S. News and World reported. is called “Euphrates Rage.” “(The operation) will start by
taking Raqqa countryside and then the goal is the city,” SDF spokesperson Brig. Gen. Talal Ali Selo said, according to CNN. Selo said the goal is to isolate and then liberate Raqqa, dubbed the capital or caliphate of the Islamic State by ISIS. “Raqqa is recognized as the financial, leadership and external ops center of the Islamic State, so that’s what makes it important,” the commander of the U.S. Central Command Gen. Joseph Votel told CNN. If this offensive is successful, it could disrupt the group from carrying out terror attacks in the U.S. and elsewhere, according to CNN. The U.S. has been a significant benefactor behind this operation. Los Angeles Times reported that U.S. efforts have led to the formation of the SDF and has provided weapons and air and logistical support to the Kurdish militia, which is
known as the People’s Protection Units, (YPG). While America sees the YPG as an ally in Syria, Turkey is opposed to the group’s involvement because of its close association with the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party), a Turkish separatist group, the Economist reported. For this reason, Turkey has offered to work with the U.S. to take back Raqqa only if the SDF, which works with the Kurdish militia, are not involved, according to Los Angeles Times. “So we’re negotiating, we’re planning, we’re having talks with Turkey and we’re going to take this in steps,” Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Towsen said, according to Los Angeles Times. In the midst of fighting and strategizing, Islamic State fighters have made it difficult for civilians to leave battle ground and war-afflicted areas. “They wouldn’t let us leave,”
an anonymous civilian told BBC. “We had to escape by running out into the fields, with our children and old people. What else could we do? We left everything behind.” Sparse access to both the media and the internet have also facilitated ISIS’s ability to deceive civilians. “One thing ISIS has been telling the civilians in Raqqa is that when the Kurdish fighters come into their city they will be slaughtered in the street,” said Will Ripley, an international correspondent with CNN. However, the Kurdish fighters are working together with Arab fighters to liberate the region from ISIS’ current control, according to CNN. It may take weeks for fighters to enter Raqqa. SDF fighters expect to face intense resistance similar to that encountered by advancing Iraqi forces on the outskirts of Mosul.
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Editorial Students should stand together in the wake of the election On Tuesday, Nov. 8, millions of Americans stepped into voting booths, drew the curtains closed and chose who they wanted to be president. As Americans — regardless of why they chose to vote, their political ideology or even which candidate they were voting for — felt the same exact feeling: like their vote would save the country. As we neared the end of this ugly campaign, each candidate became a villain to the other side — whether they wanted to form a pseudo-fascist dictatorship and persecute minorities, or were secretly a corporate puppet, or ballots for one side or the other. We were casting ballots to prevent disaster. Polling data released by the Pew Research Center in 2014 showed that for the past two decades, the percentage of Americans favoring mixed popercent of Republicans view the opposing side as a “threat to the country.” While these extreme views are still in the minority, the number is rising. Another Pew study released in 2014 explored the media habits of individuals on the far sides of the political spectrum. The study separated the
The announcement of Donald Trump as the next president of the U.S. has divided the country into those who approve of him and those who do not.
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mostly conservative and consistently conservative. The study found that while we cannot completely block out opposing consistent liberals reported not seeing opposing political views on Facebook. That number was even higher for consistent conservatives at 47 percent, however, consistent liberals were more likely to unfollow or unfriend more likely to vote and discuss politics than those with mixed views. While this data was released just before the election, another study published by Contemporary Economic Policy in August 2016 found many Americans search for “self-reinforcing viewpoints rather than be exposed pathize with the opposing viewpoint. We need to address this.
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Polling system fails voters this election By Paul Mulholland Political pollsters have had a tough year. They failed to predict Brexit, a Donald Trump presidency and a Republican-controlled Senate (the loss of Russ Feingold, the lone dissenting Senate vote on the Patriot Act, being one of the most surprising). Before the election, it seemed as if the Republican Party was unhinged and falling to pieces. It almost certainly still is, but it also seems as if the Democratic Party is in for an implosion of its own. The great oracles and soothsayers were almost unanimously wrong — if a mainstream polling organization such as FiveThrityEight or betting market like PredictIt gave your cause good odds, it ought to have signaled trouble. But how were so many caught off guard and so out of touch with the general population, and what does that mean for all of us? The polling failed this year for at least a few reasons. Gone are the glory days of polling when most households had landlines and could be reached easily. What are the politics of those without landlines or those who hang up when they realize they are being polled? Pollsters still aim to poll people randomly, but people do not vote randomly. Polls likely overrepresented Hillary Clinton’s support because of the horribly low turnout among Democratic voters, who may have said they were a likely voter when polled, but did not bother to vote on Election Day. Polling also encourages complacency in journalists. If you believe you have a snapshot of the population, what need is there to perform actual reporting on the public mood and passions of the people? The Democrats not only lost the Presidency, they are also the minority in both houses of Congress, state houses, governors’ mansions and will soon be the minority on the Supreme Court. This near total defeat does not appear to have provoked much introspection on the part of Democrats. For them, third parties, non-voters or racists and misogynists are to blame. Clinton represented a system that many voters, Democrats included, hated. Clinton was not just completely
Millions line up to cast their vote on Election Day.
devoid of charisma, strangely enunciating words without any clear reason, but was perceived as being dishonest and crooked, as Trump would say.. Don’t blame third parties for your mediocre candidate, and don’t write off nearly 60 million voters by framing the election as a referendum on bigotry — bigotry wouldn’t explain all the counties near the great lakes that voted for Obama twice and then Trump. A common theme expressed by Trump voters, as well as Brexit voters, is the loss of control over the economic and cultural evolution of their country, and from that a loss of identity and sense of greatness. There is a feeling of having been systematically forgotten and minimized. Not only do myriad Trump voters feel alienated by political
corectness and immigration, but dismissing their concerns as bigoted and, therefore, not worth listening to is a mistake that likely turned many voters out to vote for Trump. However, none of this means that liberals cannot have principles and the enemies that come with them. In the coming four years, we will need people to advocate for an open society and civil liberties, both of which will be severely under attack by the law and order candidate. We will need a strong and coherent opposition to what will likely be a difficult four years. This means that liberals will have to drop their own forms of (often hysterical) political intolerance that labels all dissenters as bigots and remember that there is an America between the coasts that can vote, and just did.
Traditional American politics take a turn By Christopher Zullig
As I was walking to class on the morning after the 2016 presidential election, I was relaxed — as relaxed as I could be in the wake of such an exciting race that I had stayed up until 3 a.m. to watch, only to feel disheartened by its results. To those who are Donald Trump supporters: Don’t
write me off just yet. While Trump is our president-elect and we must accept that, I would like to explain why I believe this is a step in the wrong direction. While I was walking to class, I was thinking about why I disagreed with so many of my peers about who should be the next commander-in-chief. When I was in Lot 12 on my walk, I
Trump and Obama meet in the White House for the first time.
experienced something astrophysicists call the “cosmic perspective.” I stopped looking in front of me and rose upward. I saw myself from 10 stories above and I saw another student walking nearby me in the opposite direction. It was at that moment I realized, as I rose higher and higher and saw more and more students walking to and from class, I was no more of a significant piece of the world than any other person on campus. As I rose upward, however, I could see some large pieces of the complicated contraption that is humanity. These pieces were the great leaders of the world. They were entrepreneurs, esteemed professors and politicians. Finally I was high enough off the ground where I could see the planet floating on its own in space. “Where are its people going? It looks so isolated,” I thought. Earth has been explored. It is time to search for new frontiers. However, before we can explore, we must unite as citizens of the world — not just citizens of individual areas of land arbitrarily carved out for different groups of people. Electing
President Barack Obama was a step in the right direction. His rise to office symbolized putting aside differences for the betterment of humanity. Our final goal as human beings on Earth should be to unite. I believe Hillary Clinton has the future of humanity in mind rather than merely thinking about the future of America when she makes decisions. She said an ultimate goal of hers would be to have “open borders” between nations. Trump and his supporters heavily criticized this goal and said it was un-American. This is an archaic way of thinking. Even Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again,” is archaic. We shouldn’t be moving backwards and putting up walls between each other. We should be working to unite. I believe that if Clinton was elected, we would be seeing a far more advanced world much sooner. Since we’ve elected Trump, we will be going in reverse for a little while, but thankfully, it is inevitable that we will come together. Every day, more walls — literal and figurative — are broken down. It’s just a matter of time.
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Students share opinions around campus “Why do you think the majority of polls were incorrect?”
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Monica Murphy , a senior speech language pathology major.
“They probably focused too much on major cities and not enough on rural America.”
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Sean Taylor, a sophomore psychology major.
“The reason the polls were wrong was because Trump voters tend to get shamed, so it makes sense that people didn’t tell anyone.”
“In what direction is America headed after this election?”
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Kevin Novak, a sophomore finance major.
“It’s hard to say. No one knows Trump’s policy stances on much of anything, but we have to have faith.”
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Sam Driscoll, a sophomore marketing major. “I feel like it is definitely going to change. Whether it will be good or bad, I don’t know.”
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TCNJ Barkada celebrates 10th anniversary Barangay honors Filipino culture and cuisine
Left: Students pack into the Decker Social Space to celebrate Barangay. Right: The event features seven student performances. By Desiree Santana Correspondent Parents, alumni and students packed into the Decker Social Space to celebrate TCNJ Barkada’s annual cultural show, Barangay, on Saturday, Nov. 12. The event honored FilipinoAmerican culture through food, student and professional performances, raffles and more. The three-hour event consisted of seven elaborate performances that captivated the large audience while incorporating art, music and traditions
from Filipino culture. This year, Barkada celebrated its 10th anniversary. Barangay serves as an event where Filipino-American students at the College can express and enjoy all the culture has to offer. The event also raises awareness for TCNJ Barkada to non-Filipino students by exposing them to upbeat music, enthralling entertainment and delicious food. Arianna Ramos, president of TCNJ Barkada and a senior psychology major, shared how the organization hopes Barangay
allows anyone at the College with an interest in the Filipino culture to explore it and get involved in TCNJ Barkada. “This event was open to the entire TCNJ community and we are open to anyone who is interested,” Ramos said. Barangay began with a routine by the Princeton Martial Arts Academy. They demonstrated different techniques of the Eskrima fighting style, a Filipino martial art. Double stick patterns, sword and dagger fights and sparring were among the fighting patterns performed.
Members of TCNJ Barkada then performed Tinikling, the national dance of the Philippines. The 26-member team performed the traditional Tinikling dance, but also incorporated modern songs and moves into their routine. “Feelings” by Maroon 5 and a remix of “Cruel” by Snakeships were among the songs selected to accompany the Tinkling performance. Alyssa Jackson, a member of Barkada and a sophomore psychology major, shared how much time and energy went into perfecting their seamless routine
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for Barangay. “We usually practice like three times a week,” Jackson said. “But the week leading up to the event, we practiced basically every day.” Jackson is not Filipino and got involved with TCNJ Barkada as a freshman. Her roommate exposed her to Filipino food, music and dance, leading her to delve into Filipino culture and join TCNJ Barkada. Jackson said she has not regretted the decision. “It’s just a very fun culture,” Jackson said. “They are all so accepting and it feels like a family.”
Stigma / Monologues highlight mental health continued from page 1
“I hope we get to live in a society where people look at mental health the same way people look at asthma,” said EJ Paras, a junior marketing major. A few speakers compared mental illness to physical injury to describe the pressure placed on the mentally ill to behave as if nothing is wrong. “When you break your leg, you put a cast on it,” said Kevin Hurler, a junior physics major. “But when you have depression, you smile and you get over it.” The pressure to pretend as if everything is fine is not only inflicted by society, speakers said. Family members and close friends of the mentally ill often react to the stigma surrounding mental illness, as well. “The boy (my parents) thought had his life on track, all of a sudden his thoughts spiral out of control,” Paras said. “My mom initially wished I had diabetes rather than bipolar disorder.” Student speakers said a significant
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Students share their stories at the second annual Stigmonologues. step toward acceptance and tolerance is understanding that those who suffer from mental illness are far from alone in their struggles. “You are not alone in how you feel,”
said Alvin Tran, a freshman psychology major. “If you look to your left and to your right, I guarantee you one of these people is willing to be the ear to listen.” While society continues to question
the validity of mental illness, the speakers said that it does not matter what others thinks. Mental illness is a pressing issue facing many Americans — it cannot be ignored. “I have depression, and I don’t care who believes me,” Hurler said. Although it may be daunting to start a conversation about mental illness, junior biology major Anna Torchiano highlighted the importance of speaking up and raising awareness for mental health issues. “Allow us to continue the conversation about mental illness in order to end the stigma,” Torchiano said. “To all those who have any kind of mental illness, please don’t be afraid to speak up. The secrets I just shared with you are the secrets you and a surprisingly large number of people have.” Although many people struggle with mental illness, speakers said it doesn’t make them lesser than anyone else. “I may be ripped at every edge, but I’m still a masterpiece,” Hurler said.
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: Sept. ‘01
Anti-Muslim chalkings on campus
be torturous at times. We’re also seeing more of a suede material rather than leather in this style of boot. The suede style has become increasingly popular amongst millennials. I guarantee you could walk into any store today, whether it be a department store such as Macy’s, a boutique in Princeton, N.J., or an outlet store like Nordstrom Rack, and find this style of boots with a range of prices.
Following 9/11, Campus Police investigate anti-Muslim vandalism.
Every week, Features Editor Elise Schoening hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The president-elect has pledged to ban all Muslims for entering the country in an effort to combat ISIS. This rhetoric is reminiscent of the antiMuslim sentiment that pervaded American society in the wake of 9/11 and could be found on the College’s campus. In September 2001, anti-Muslim chalkings were discovered outside of Townhouses East. A student found a chalking that read, “Fuck the Arabs!” Fuck Afghanistan!” outside the Townhouses East on Sept. 16, according to Jesse Rosenblum, vice president of college relations. The student notified Campus Police at 3:25 p.m. of this incident. Rosenblum said they quickly responded and removed the chalking. Campus Police is investigating the chalking. State police and the attorney general’s office were also informed, according to Julius Quinn of Campus Police. “We don’t take (these situations) lightly,” said Quinn. However, Quinn said this appears to be an isolated incident.
“The message was not directed toward an individual. It was one incident of bias,” he said. Rosenblum called the chalking “just ridiculous.” He also said that people cannot generalize a whole ethnic group of people or a country. In response to the chalking, Ann DeGennaro, director of campus wellness, said that the campus community condemns this act and continues to pull together. DeGennaro has been working in conjunction with psychological counseling services and student life to meet the needs of all students following the recent terrorist attacks in an effort to let students know that they have somewhere to go. DeGennaro said debriefing support groups and additional counseling services have been implemented. Around the nation, people of Middle Eastern descent are facing threats and discrimination in the wake of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, DC. “We denounce the terrorists attacks. They don’t reflect the behavior and thought of the majority of Muslims. And... we are Americans too,” said Joshua Salaam, civil rights coordinator for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Over-the-knee boots with a flat heel can be comfy and cute. By Jillian Greene Columnist
The leaves are falling, which means it’s time to break out the boots. Throughout campus, men and women alike can be spotted sporting a variety of boots. Here are my thoughts on each style of boot I’ve seen on campus.
Rain boots: Rain boots are my newfound love. There are so many different designs and colors to choose from when it comes to rain boots today. If you’re looking to spice up your outfit on dreary, overcast days, you can start by putting on a fun pair of rain boots. When shopping for a pair of rain boots, you can choose between a classic color or opt for one with polka dots, bright colors, stripes, flowers, etc. I’ve also seen rain boots of all heights, but I can’t take my eyes off of the little booties that come up a little past your ankle. They’re definitely going on my Christmas List this year.
Booties: You can’t go wrong with booties, whether they have a high, medium or flat heel. This style of boot is definitely one of those staple items you should have on your shoe rack. Sometimes you just want to show off more of your outfit of the day, and booties are the perfect shoe for that. Over-the-knee boots: Usually I associate over-the-knee boots with a little bit of a heel on the bottom. But this year, I’ve been seeing more and more over-the-knee boots with a flat heel, which I love because heels can
Booties can be paired with nearly any outfit.
: Celebs react to election
Lady Gaga participates in a protest outside Trump Tower.
By Mackenzie Cutruzzula Columnist
In the wake of the presidential elections results, the internet was set ablaze by memes. Even celebrities joined in and voiced their opinions on the outcome. Lady Gaga took part in an anti-Donald Trump protest outside of Trump Tower in New York City in the early hours of Wednesday, Nov. 9. She held up a sign that read, “Love Trumps Hate.” On Saturday, Nov. 12, Michael Moore and his film crew attempted to ride the Trump
Tower elevator to meet up with the new president-elect Trump. Moore planned to deliver a note that read, “You lost. Step aside.” However, they were stopped on the fourth floor by secret service. Ellen Degeneres used the opening of her talk show to give Americans a message of hope. Degeneres used humor and a viral video of an iguana that escaped a band of snakes to lighten the mood. She reminded viewers who may be upset over the results that the iguana made it and the country will, too. “Obviously, a lot of people were
disappointed by the results,” Degeneres said. “My job is to be hopeful and to make everybody feel good, and I’m gonna keep doing that for as long as I can. I will do it because I love you.” NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” also used its opening minutes to deliver a message of hope. While honoring the late Leonard Cohen, Kate McKinnon dressed as Hillary Clinton and played “Hallelujah” on the piano. At the end of the song, McKinnon fought back tears and said directly to the camera, “I’m not giving up and neither should you.” The episode also hosted Dave Chappelle in his return to television. His opening monologue renewed his unapologetic humor about issues like race. “You know, I didn’t know that Donald Trump was going to win the election. I did suspect it,” Chappelle began his monologue. “It seemed like Hillary was doing well in the polls and yet... I know the whites. You guys aren’t as full of surprises as you used to be.” Chappelle took a serious moment during his opening remarks to wish Trump the best of luck. He
admitted that he was willing to give President-elect Trump a chance, if Trump was willing to give the historically disenfranchised a chance in return. In a skit entitled “Election Night,” a black man watches the election results with his liberalminded, white friends. Having personally faced racism, Chappelle’s character knows there is a strong possibility that Trump could become president. His friends, however, are convinced the Clinton campaign will win. As the night goes on, Chappelle’s character watches his friends come to the realization that “America is racist” and their country is not what they thought it was. Nearly a week after the election, celebrities are starting to get back to their daily drama. Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian delivered some exciting news on Thursday, Nov. 10, when their daughter Dream Renee Kardashian was born. Leading up to the C-section, the couple participated in the viral mannequin challenge, where people attempt to remain completely still. The video featured Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner. The family spared no time sharing
videos and pictures of the newborn. Later in the day, Kardashian took over his older sister Kim’s website to share photos from Halloween. The West family were photographed wearing matching costumes from the movie “Aladdin.” North and Saint West were dressed as Princess Jasmine and Aladdin, respectively, while Kim matched her daughter. Conor McGregor delivered a knockout in Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) New York Debut on Saturday, Nov. 12. McGregor became the first competitor to hold up two UFC belts at the same time when he beat lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez. Demi Lovato was there to watch with UFC Fighter Luke Rockhold, who she has been linked to for a few months. This was the couple’s first public outing together. There is no doubt that there will be plenty to report on in the coming months about the presidential election and the place of celebrities in politics, but for now, we will continue to keep up with the Kardashians and fawn over budding celebrity relationships.
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Students abroad volunteer at refugee camp Kids at Play program aids those less fortunate
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Left: The Patrick Henry Village in Heidelberg, Germany, provides shelter for refugees. Right: Children play at the refugee camp. By Ashton Leber Correspondent A group of 16 students in the College’s study abroad program in Heidelberg, Germany, banded together to address the growing refugee crisis in Europe. In their spare time, these students have taken to volunteering at a nearby village abound with refugee children from the Middle East and Africa. Countless child refugees between the ages of 4 and 13 have taken shelter at the Patrick Henry Village in Heidelberg. Students of the College are helping these children learn
math and German, as well as how to read and write, in a structured and organized classroom setting. The volunteer opportunity known as TCNJ Kids at Play (KAP) was started this semester by junior finance major Julian DiNoia and junior marketing major Jack Purcell. “(The program) includes TCNJ students that have a passion for teaching povertystricken kids, and providing them with an education that they have never had the chance to pursue,” DiNola said. The students volunteer at the refugee center three days a
week from 8 a.m. to noon. They travel an hour each way, and their commute begins by tram, followed by bus and ends with a 20-minute walk to the Patrick Henry Village. The program is overseen by psychology Professor and Heidelberg program adviser Karen Becker. According to DiNoia, nearly 30 children at the refugee center show up for the lessons each day. “The reason why we wanted to get involved was due to the influx of refugees that have entered Germany due to the crisis in Syria,” DiNoia said. In a short time, the College
volunteers have already connected on a personal level with the children. They said volunteering at the Patrick Henry Village has left a lasting impression on them. “Prior to our experience, the word ‘refugee’ had a very negative connotation to us,” Purcell said. “But after our experiences volunteering, we have gained a lot of sympathy and respect for these people and their courageous journey.” In addition to teaching, the student volunteers have started a GoFundMe account for the KAP program. The money raised through GoFundMe has
allowed the students to supply materials and other resources to the village. Through KAP, students have learned more about the day-today hardships that the refugees struggle with. Many of the volunteers call the experience life changing. They plan to continue volunteering when they return home and hope that the KAP program continues for years to come. “We hope our work here is inspirational enough that it continues into future semesters and becomes a permanent part of the Heidelberg experience,” Purcell said.
Unified Team wins Shriver Cup tournament
By Marcus Allen Correspondent
The College’s Unified Team won the Shriver Cup soccer tournament on Sunday, Oct. 30, at Mercer County Park in Hamilton, N.J. The athletic team comprises students with intellectual disabilities who play soccer in the fall semester and basketball in the spring. Samuel Serrato, a sophomore Spanish and special education double major, has been involved in the Unified Team since his freshman year. Serrato attributes his dedication to helping those with disabilities to his cousin Michael, who has autism. His brother participated in a similar program when he was younger, but played tennis. The College’s Unified Team is associated with the Special Olympics of New Jersey and has close relations with the Best Buddies and Career and Community Studies programs on campus. Kathleen McIlraith, president of the Unified Team and a senior sociology major, coached her players throughout the season. “(One thing I took from all of this)
The Unified Team celebrates its soccer victory. is just the community of Special Olympics, the culture and the philosophies they value,” McIlrath said. “(I learned) just how much of a community it is and how much they support each other.”
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Although McIlrath told her players that the goal of participating in the Shriver Cup tournament was not to win but to have fun, the College’s Unified team came out on top.
The College’s Unified Team played in the Division II bracket with Rider University and Kean University. During the tournament, the Unified Team tied Rider at 3 and Kean at 1, and were forced into overtime. To determine a winner, five players from each team were asked to kick penalty goals. The College’s Unified team won against both Rider University and Kean and was declared the winner of the tournament. “It was so adrenaline rushing,” McIlraith said. “I think we won because we have a strong team, (especially our defensive presence) and we’re dedicated to the game because it’s fun.” Junior career and community studies major Ryan McElroy said he was excited about their win because he had never won first place before. McIlrath said seeing McElroy and the other Unifed Team members smiling after giving it their all on the field was her greatest pleasure. “(That) is my main focus,” McIlrath said. “I love each and everyone on the Unified Team. Some of the greatest people I know are the people I call family — my team.”
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Arts & Entertainment
‘Versus’ art exhibit explores competition
Left: A student enjoys his cupcake while appreciating sticky notes. Right: Two students discuss the art in the exhibit. By Connor Meany Correspondent “Versus,” the art exhibition that offers one piece each from eight students in the School of Arts and Communications, opened on Wednesday, Nov. 9. It blends the pieces together into one room with the intention of creating an artistic thought-piece, while also providing a complete sensory experience. The newly opened exhibit features work from Deanna Arzola, Marisal Finamore, Morgan Gualtieri, Alyssa Herrera, Meg Itoh, Emily LaPersonne, Angela Rossi and
Ashley Swiderski. According to Finamore, a junior art education major, the exhibition is “a grouping of artists that explore the different ways and different forms that ‘versus’ can take.” “Whether it’s you versus yourself, or nature versus man, it’s all different concepts and the way that they play off of each other and what they bring out with each other,” she said. The contrasting themes are reflected throughout the entire exhibition, as it is impossible to label every piece under one category. Pieces of LaPersonne’s torn out hair
placed in labeled plastic bags adorn a full wall, while across the room sits two chairs provided by Herrera, one covered in foam and the other in stones. Somewhere between those two, one can find a reconstructed tree by Arzola, a gorgeous representation of nature versus man-made objects through the use of carved wood, metal screws and plastic leaves. “When we approached the exhibit, we didn’t plan around each other’s pieces or what each other was doing,” said Rossi, a junior art education major. Her contribution was to cover half of the
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floor space with bubble wrap that attendees can walk on as they please. “Everyone thought of what they were going to do individually, and we put them together at the end,” Rossi said. “The ideas that people chose to focus on are so different and the relationships that everyone chose to highlight fall on such a large spectrum of what ‘Versus’ can be, but now that they’re all in the same room, so much of it makes sense as one piece.” “Versus” will be on display in room 111 of the Art and Interactive Multimedia Building until Sunday, Nov. 13, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Underrated rapper stands ground with hip-hop giants
Rashad’s debut full-length could launch him to stardom. By Thomas Infante Reviews Editor
This has been a polarizing year in rap music. On one hand, we have mainstream artists such as Chance The Rapper, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar releasing some of the most experimental hip-hop projects in years. On the other hand, commercial juggernauts like Drake, Travis Scott and Future have all enjoyed enormous success with recent releases, as well. As a genre, hip-hop is more sonically diverse than ever before. The artists listed above have released some of the best-selling albums this year, yet none of those albums were as interesting as Isaiah Rashad’s debut full-length, “The Sun’s Tirade.” Rashad is not a name that is
immediately recognizable to most. Hailing from Chattanooga, Tenn., 25-year-old Isaiah Rashad McClain has been on the verge of rap stardom since the release of his debut EP “Cilvia” in March 2014. The buzz from the EP even earned him a spot in the 2014 XXL magazine’s “freshman class” of the best up and coming rappers. Since then, Rashad has been crafting “The Sun’s Tirade,” which was released on Friday, Sept. 2, and may have been the most overlooked release of this year. With a little help from fellow Top Dawg Entertainment artists Lamar and Jay Rock, Rashad covers a range of topics and moods, all while rapping over relatively mellow, jazzy beats and providing lyrical depth for those who listen closely. Rashad has listed ’90s giants
such as Nas, OutKast and Snoop Dogg as his main influences, along with soul artists like James Brown and Smokey Robinson. This is reflected through his music, which is reminiscent of his influences without sounding forced or ripped-off. Nearly every beat on the album features melodic elements from a real, or at least real-sounding, instrument, like guitar, bass or piano, which accompany the typical 808 drums and heavy bass that is standard to rap music. While they are not particularly complex, they all exude emotional energy and complement Rashad’s overall performance. The album’s lead single “Free Lunch” showcases Rashad rapping over a mellow guitar and bass-driven beat. Eerie synthesizers chime in the background, syncopated over a drum groove that keeps the song from getting sleepy. The title and chorus of the song reference the free meal that Rashad would get at school as a child growing up in poor economic conditions. The album boasts many songs that are laid-back and low tempo, but they all sound distinct enough that they don’t get boring. One such track is the opener, “4r Da Squaw,” which features a beat driven by dreamy keyboards and a minimal drum pattern. Rashad’s vocal delivery is fragmented and lethargic. Another down-tempo song is “Park,” which has one of the most minimal beats on the album. Rashad rightly chooses this song to
turn up the energy in his vocal delivery as he raps, “I’m not a savage, I don’t do shit just to do it / This going precise as we planned it / I’m just a bandit / Plus I’m as sharp as a tack or a guillotine right at your family.” While most of the slower songs on the album are still topically positive, the track “Stuck in the Mud” offers a much more somber performance from Rashad, featuring vocals from SZA on the chorus. The lyrics deal with depression and substance abuse, while the chorus shows how death and depression cannot be avoided, no matter who you are or how much money you have. “Hoes, dreamers, stuck in the mud / Look at what the reaper got stuck in the mud / Range, Beamers, stuck in the mud / Two 10’s on the inside, stuck in the mud,” the two
artists sing over a dark, heavy beat. Rashad further showcases his range on up-tempo songs, like “Wat’s Wrong” featuring Lamar. The beat is composed of a funky guitar riff, a soulful female background voice and crisp, precise drums. Rashad’s verses showcase his rapping ability and provide more insight into the way he thinks and feels. Lamar’s verse comes between Rashad’s, which makes the song flow like a philosophical conversation that the still rising Rashad is having with an older, more established artist. For a debut album, “The Sun’s Tirade” perfectly introduces us to Rashad, who will hopefully be making music for many years to come. This album serves as an excellent introduction to his preferred style of production, as well as his versatility as a rapper and lyricist.
Bass-driven beats amplify Rashad’s groovy sound.
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Students meet Shakespeare characters By Lindsey Harris Correspondent
On Thursday, Nov. 10, and Friday, Nov. 11, All College Theatre (ACT) presented “A Murder Most Foul,” an interactive dinner theater where the audience was able to mingle with Shakespeare characters while trying to help the cast solve the mystery: Who killed Hamlet? Thirty minutes before the show, the characters were walking around and interacting with the audience. They explained that their director, Billy Pearson (played by Rob Birnbohm, one of The Signal’s cartoonists) has had them method acting for the past four weeks, in honor of Shakespeare’s 400th “deathiversary.” The cast explained that they, along with the audience, are all at a Shakespeare festival, and they’re in character awaiting their respective shows, such as “Romeo and Juliet,” “Hamlet” and “Macbeth.” Slightly out of character, however, Joely Torres as Juliet said she goes to New York University, while Kelly Colleran as Macbeth carries around a copy of Stephen King’s
“It.” They’re regular young people who are developing traits of their assigned roles. The characters all seemed to be tense, even before the murder of Hamlet backstage. “To be honest, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth are the best,” Macbeth said onstage. “It’s only Romeo and Juliet,” Juliet whispered back, and the two continued to bicker and curse at each other. Juliet was cynical, likely due to her tragic love story. “Do you know how many people have asked me for love advice in the past 15 minutes?” she asked. “Has anyone ever even seen the play?” And this was all before the real show began. After dinner was served, everyone was eager to watch the rest of the show. “I came last year. It’s really fun, the food is really good, too,” said Katherine Smith, a sophomore communication studies and women’s and gender studies double major. Once the show started, the opening lines of “Hamlet” were recited before a scream from backstage was heard. Ophelia (played by Kate Augustin) ran onto the main stage
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The cast reacts with shock at their friend Macbeth’s mysterious demise.
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Students portray contemporary versions of Shakespeare’s characters. and yelled, “Hamlet is dead!” Confused, as Hamlet isn’t supposed to be dead until the end of the play, they just looked at her until she said more clearly, “Guys, Dale is dead!” Throughout the entire room, the cast started panicking about their colleague’s death. In an attempt to stop the chaos, character Nick Bottom (played by Haley Witko) walked across a dinner table in the audience and said, “The show must go on.” While reciting Hamlet, “To be or not to be, that is the question,” the cast members who weren’t backstage during the murder interrupted Bottom to lead an investigation. Calling everyone to the stage for interrogation, the main characters of the featured Shakespeare plays were at the forefront. Meanwhile, the other extras remained in the audience, scattered from table to table to create a surround sound for the audience as the chaotic first act ensued. At the end of the first act’s madness, Lady MacBeth iterated, “I need some pie. I think we all need pie. Can we get some pie up
here?” While the audience looks around at each other, she introduced intermission by reiterating, “The people need pie!” During intermission, the audience was offered pie and cookies and the cast enjoyed it with them, while still in character. “The backstories are really cool,” junior biology major Amanda Pegher said. “One girl told me she was 17 and got accepted to Brown, and I was like ‘What? And you’re going to TCNJ?’” The characters defended themselves to the audience during intermission, but were soon called back to the stage, where the audience could ask interrogate the cast. After the Q and A, the cast returned to determine who the murderer was among them. After Bottom claimed a dagger that the cast had discovered, she explained that she was planning on murdering Hamlet for his role, but didn’t need to stab him when she was able to push him under a sandbag falling from the rafters above. The others tied her up, and a police officer arrived to take Bottom away.
A cappella groups showcased at Acapalooza By Mia Ingui Managing Assistant The audience couldn’t “stop the feeling” after Acapalooza brought down the house in Mayo Concert Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The fun-filled evening of performances by the College’s a cappella groups highlighted their talent and dedication, along with their ability to lift the spirits of the stressed out, election-hungover college crowd. The College’s only competing a cappella group, The Trentones, opened the show with two selections: rising pop song “Starving” by Zedd and Hailee Steinfeld, with soloist Yesenia Rosado, and “If I Ever Fall in Love,” a power ballad by Pentatonix, with sophomore soloists Karaline Rosen and Pulkit Gupta. The College’s Christian a cappella group, Voice of Hope, took the stage text. Performers opened with “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins, which introduced some serious beat-boxing and cohesion within the group. They performed Hillsong Young and Free’s classic ballad, “Passion.” The all-female a cappella group, The Treblemakers, then took the stage. The group launched into Twenty One Pilots’s hit “Heathens,” putting a new spin on the “Suicide Squad” anthem. Next was “Runaway” by Aurora, which was driven by
powerful vocals from soloist Alyssa Fanelli. The Treblemakers concluded with the pop goddess herself, Adele’s “Send My Love,” with soloist Shayna Gallagher. Next to perform was the largest a cappella group on campus, i-Tunes, which incorporates international songs into its repertoire. The first song was “Settle Down” by Kimbra, which featured soloist Lauren Agho and was the perfect opening for the set — a buoyant tune that had the entire group clapping and dancing. Then came the familiar Ed
Sheeran ballad, “Lego House,” in which soloist Joey Stambouly delivered smooth vocals on the well-known track. Sia’s “Alive” followed, with featured senior soloist Derek Carper to put a new spin on the singer’s belty anthem of life and freedom. Closing the i-Tunes set was DNCE’s pop hit “Cake by the Ocean,” featuring soloists Amanda Hyland and Mallory Ives. After the i-Tunes finished, the Trentones returned, ready to perform two songs before every group returned to the stage for
one final performance. First up was John Mayer’s “Dreaming with a Broken Heart,” featuring freshman soloist Giuliano Falcone. The song began gentle and floaty, but its powerful end left many audience members breathless. The final Trentones song was “Ain’t Got Far to Go,” an upbeat and poppy jam to close out the solo groups for the night, with soloist Irene Yoon. Every group then returned to the stage to perform the night’s last hit, “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” the summer anthem by
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A capella group “i-Tunes” performs a collection of modern pop hits in Mayo Hall.
Justin Timberlake, which featured at least one soloist from each group. “I feel like tonight went really great ,” said Nicole Myers, a member of i-Tunes and a senior vocal music education major. “It was our first performance on the Mayo Stage. I know how difficult it is to perform in the space. I’m happy that we had the ability to adjust to it.” Amanda Hyland, a member of iTunes and a freshman mathematics and secondary education dual major, agreed with Myers that their favorite song to perform that night was “Settle Down.” “We love the story behind ‘Settle Down,’” Myers said. “I was a little scared for the percussion, but our soloist is so good, and it was great live tonight.” This was not the last performance of the season for the iTunes. The students will be visiting Villanova University the weekend of Friday, Nov. 18, to sing with the university’s a cappella group, A Minor Problem. On Wednesday, Nov. 30, the i-Tunes will sing alongside the popular a cappella group Philharmonic, which competed on NBC’s pupular competition show “The Sing-Off.” On Saturday, Dec. 3, the iTunes will host “i-Cabaret,” in which members of the group will perform solos, some even with their own instruments.
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New Bon Jovi record strays from past works By Kyle Elphick Correspondent
Like diners or going down the shore, Bon Jovi has been a New Jersey staple. The band’s big power chords and even bigger hair have left a lasting impact on our collective culture. The glam quintet returned on Friday, Nov. 4, for the band’s 13th and latest record, “This House Is Not For Sale” — a release that’s anything but standard. The album was born out of the most tumultuous period in the band’s 30-year history, and for better or for worse, it shows. The shakeup began three years ago when Bon Jovi put out “What About Now,” an album that sold well, however, was widely criticized for predictability. The reviews were not without justification, though, since it’s difficult for a non-diehard fan to name a single track from it. The band mounted a stadium tour in support of the record,
but mysteriously, the band’s iconic lead guitarist, Richie Sambora, soon stopped playing at live shows. Rumors — that soon turned out to be true — swirled that Sambora had quit the band. He was replaced with guitarist Phil X and a new Bon Jovi was born. With “This House Is Not For Sale,” Bon Jovi makes a case for its integrity and staying power. The work’s title invokes a band that isn’t afraid to stay true to itself in the face of haters. The album artwork, a sturdy old house with roots thrust deep into the dirt, almost seems like a brag — as if the band is saying, “Drag us all you want, we’ll keep selling out stadiums and recording chart-topping records.” Some of the work’s songs stay true to this thesis. Take the album’s title track and lead single. It’s a classic Bon Jovi cut, reminiscent of “My Life” or “Living on a Prayer” with heavy yet flamboyant guitar riffs to rapturously rip your face off, while the
drum kit booms like it’s coming out of rock concert speakers. Lyrics such as, “Where memories live and the dream don’t fail,” echo the band’s consistent themes of hope and fighting for the good. There’s no doubt that fans will pump their fists defiantly to the sky while belting the song’s sexy earworm of a chorus at stadium shows this summer. Without the grounding of Sambora’s guitar, however, “This House” features instances of a never-before-heard Bon Jovi. The band fuses different genres and takes unconventional inspiration in many of the album’s dozen tracks, which works with varying degrees of success. “Knockout” isn’t an average Bon Jovi track. Its founded on the pulsing pings of an electric synth. Its brimming with background vocals reminiscent of an arena sing-along, and technique employed widely in radio pop. Its chorus is dancy, and if recorded by a different artist, it might be the background noise
in a nightclub. Far from a disaster, but something about the song just doesn’t feel right. Bon Jovi has a triedand-true style that the world has come to expect. It would take a killer track to successfully break the band’s mold, and this just isn’t it. The band runs a more successful experiment with “Labor of Love.” The song morphs spacy U2-esque chords with the bluecollar lyrical passion of Bruce Springsteen. It’s the longest track on the album, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. As Jon sings, “I know where this is going when I look into your eyes,” it’s impossible not to think of the Jersey girl that’s been the subject of your dreams and nightmares. Admirably, “This House is Not For Sale” showcases a Bon Jovi refusing to phone it in, and aiming for the stars and the Billboard Hot 100. Though far from perfect, these five make a fiery gang that often prove to be a hell of a lot of fun.
Craigslist-inspired tunes dominate concert By George Tatoris Sports Editor “I have one pair of assless chaps,” Mellissa Hughes sang to a crowd at Kendall Hall on Friday, Nov. 11. “Size 42. Perfect condition, barely noticeable stickiness.” That night, the stage belonged to the College’s Wind Ensemble for their concert, titled “Word/Play.” Hughes first came to campus in 2015 for the College’s “Katrina Ballads,” a song cycle about Hurricane Katrina on the 10th anniversary of the disaster. This time, Hughes came to sing about about assless chaps. The band provided color with chromatic scales on the xylophone and oompahs from the brasses, giving the song a fitting comical context. The song was one of eight in “Craigslistlieder,” a piano and vocal composition by musician Gabriel Kahane, arranged for the Wind Ensemble by its director, David Vickerman, and with a libretto written by a series of anonymous ad posters on Craigslist. The song cycle was the centerpiece of the concert that night. “What I love about it is that it takes something so basic — we’ve all read Craigslist ads — we’ve all read something basic like this, and then putting this really well-crafted music behind it,” Vickerman said. “And then really making the music honest to what it’s about… (the music is) what it would sound like if you were really writing that.” The individual who penned “For Trade: Assless Chaps,” wanted Spider-Man comics “or equivalent,” in return. The arrangement by Vickerman added an operatic flair to these common man’s plights, and Hughes was able to morph her voice to fit each ad’s tone. Vickerman described the feat as “athletic.” In “Half a Box of Condoms,” Hughes laments as she discovers “five blue, foil squares,” at the bottom of her sock drawer that are soon to expire, even though she is soon to be deployed. She anguishes over what could have been. In “Neurotic and Lonely…” she plays the part of an “occasionally employed anthropologist, chainsmoking Jew,” who yearns for love, but has a long list of prerequisites for his potential lady. When the narrator is describing himself, the band utilizes chaotic rhythms and avant-garde stylings to stress the neuroticism of the man’s ad, but shifts
to a quiet hymn when describing a potential Mrs. Right. “Seeks gorgeous artsy genius woman interested in philosophical discourse,” Hughes sang. The band swells as Hughes sings the final and most important requirements of the writer: “No Ugg boots. No Long Island.” Hughes poured saccharine on her vocal chords for “If Anyone Knows,” a Disneylike ballad about one Craigslist user’s search for a mysterious condiment found at a stand in the Catskills. “Somewhere up there at one of those stands, we pulled over and bought some stuff,” Hughes sang. “Bought some stuff,” the Wind Ensemble sang in refrain. The crowd laughed, and was able to chime in for the next line. “One of the things we bought was some kind of sandwich relish,” Hughes sang. “Sandwich relish,” the crowd sang. For Vickerman, this was desirous. “To me, concerts are about bringing people together,” Vickerman said. “And when we separate (the audience) from what we’re doing, it doesn’t help that.” It’s not common for a sing-along to break out while a wind ensemble plays — it’s against concert etiquette — but Vickerman encouraged the rebellious attitude. During an intermission between the first and second songs of the night, he told the crowd to react to the music however they saw fit. “Clap whenever you want,” he said. After playing through an entire composition the crowd finally broke character for “If Anyone Knows.” The band opened with Osvaldo Golijov’s “Three Songs for Soprano,” a series of dream-like compositions set to poems about death and mourning, and moved onto Louis Andriessen’s hectic arrangement, “M is for Man, Music, Mozart.” The only thing binding the three was the need for a soprano, and what Vickerman described as “the interplay of language and music.” “There wasn’t anything really deep,” Vickerman said. “There were some deep moments maybe, but most of it’s just pretty fun and joyful.” “Night of the Flying Horses,” the first of Golijov’s “Songs,” opened with a solo from Hughes. Soon the band joined in, providing sparse instrumentation driven by a rhythmically plucked harp. Meanwhile, a purple
light provided color to the stage while the band played slow, sweeping notes. In the last two minutes, the band broke into a gallop, propelled by a snare roll that sounded like a freight train. The light turned blue for the next song, “Lúa Descolorida,” or “colorless moon” in Galician, making the stage look like a cloudless night on a full moon. Hughes opened the song with a wordless howl. While Hughes sang lyrics that encapsulated absolute misery, even wishing for Death to “take my body and soul / Together / To a place I won’t be remembered,” according to the translation in the concert program, the piano and other instruments plodded behind, ascending up a scale while Hughes wailed. For the last of the three songs, “How Slow the Wind,” written around an Emily Dickinson poem of the same name, the light turned a vibrant pink and the tone of the music made just as drastic a change. Driven by sinister low notes from the bassoon section, many of the phrases in this song went down a scale. The band cut down in size for their next song series, “M is for Man, Music, Mozart.” Only part of brass section, a standup bass, a piano and Hughes remained onstage for the seven-part composition. Between each song, the band transitioned with instrumentals. If “Craigslistlieder” was whimsical and “Three Songs for Soprano” was melancholy, this middle composition encompassed fury. While the band hammered through dissonant chords, Hughes bellowed obscene, sometimes gory lyrics. “‘B’ is for bile, blood and bones,” she sang during “The Alphabet Song.” During the instrumentals, the saxes droned 16th notes to give the piece its frantic drive. The final song, “The Eisenstein Song,” mellowed things out before intermission. The band glided along on long notes while a flute echoed behind Hughes and the rest of the band. The Wind Ensemble closed the night with “Opera Scene,” the story of one user’s search for a roommate that will tolerate the user’s one fatal flaw: their compulsion to put ice cubes down people’s shirts. The finale of “Craigslistlieder” proved just as enjoyable as the rest. “Let’s enjoy this together, be part of it, that’s what makes it great,” Vickerman said. “That’s what people love about live music.”
This week, WTSR staff members Sarah Rogers and Rachel Miller highlights some of the best new albums that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.
Band: Savoir Adore Album: The Love That Remains Release Number: 3rd Hailing From: Brooklyn, N.Y. Genre: Hipster Synthpop Label: Nettwerk After the dissolution of the partnership between Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro, the two founding members of Savoir Adore, one might have questioned if the band’s third album could stand amongst the two previous releases. However, with the assistance of new partners such as Leah Hayes, Lauren Zettler and Winslow Bright, Hammer is able to craft a truly beautiful third album after a two-year break from releasing new music. The album is a dreamy, imaginative journey through the trials of life that leaves a powerful impact and proves that Savoir Adore is only improving in their experiment with indie-rock synthpop. Must Hear: “Giants,” “Lover’s Wake,” “Paradise Gold” and “Savages”
Band: EZTV Album: “High in Place” Release Number: 2nd Hailing From: New York City Genre: Jangly Power Pop Label: Captured Tracks This band has the idea of “guitar pop” down to a science. This album was recorded on a tape machine bought from a Lower East Side studio going out of business in New York City — how resourceful, and so indie. The lead singer has a bittersweet tone to his voice. This creates an airy atmosphere that you can get lost in. “High in Place” is such a laid back album filled with guitar licks and light drum fills. Must Hear: “High Flying Faith,” “Reason to Run” and “Hammock”
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Lions trek to third-place finish at Regionals By Danielle Silvia Staff Writer
The men’s cross country team, along with sophomore Natalie Cooper on the women’s team, have a long trip ahead for them on Saturday, Nov. 19, as they will travel to Louisville, Ky., for the NCAA Division III Championship. The men’s team received an at-large bid while Cooper qualified individually after a successful outing in the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships. On Saturday, Nov. 12, the men’s and women’s cross country teams competed against the top teams in the region at a meet hosted by Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. The men came in third place overall with their top finish in the region since 2007. “The focus this year has been to get the men to believe in their own abilities,” head coach Justin Lindsey said. “In the past few years, our men’s team focused more on defending the conference title. This year was about redemption, and they committed themselves to proving they would be a NCAA caliber team.” The top two teams in each region receive automatic bids to the Championship each year, while the rest of the teams might receive at-large bids. Although the men’s team did not place in the top two, they received an at-large bid on Sunday, Nov. 13, because of their strong performance at Regionals. The male Lions began the race ranked sixth in the region and beat three teams in the race over the 8000-meter course. In the end,
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Cooper is an individual qualifier after finishing sixth overall. three runners placed in the top 40. Andrew Tedeschi, a senior who has been leading the team, was in the top 15 of the race with a fast finish of 24:51. Additionally, junior Dale Johnson, who has also been a leader for this season’s team, finished in 27th place with a time of 25:08. Many other Lions formed a pack as they also finished close together. Senior Brandon Mazzarella came in 36th place with a time of 25:23, while sophomore Quinn Wasko finished in 43rd place with a time of 25:29 and
sophomore Matt Saponara finished in 48th place with a time of 25:38. While State University of New York Geneseo won the race followed by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the College’s men are on a great platform to continue their success until the end of the season. The women came in 11th place overall in the 6000-meter race. Cooper lead the women’s team with a standout performance, placing sixth in the entire region. Cooper finished with a time of 21:03, making her an individual
qualifier in the 2016 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. Lindsey believes Cooper’s next hurdle will be at the All-American level. “Natalie is running on a level that projects she can be an All-American,” Lindsey said. “Coach Walker and I believe she has the mental focus to handle this type of championship environment.” Other standouts include sophomore Madeline Tattory, the second to place for the College’s women’s team in 52nd overall with a time of 22:31. Just behind Tattory was junior Allison Fournier, coming in 63rd with a time of 22:38. Next, in fourth place for the lady Lions was Erin Holzbaur with a time of 22:39 in 70th. Tattory, Fournier and Holzbaur boasted an impressive spread of just eight seconds. Finally, sophomore Emma Bean placed in fifth with a time of 22:55, and was in 85th for the entire race. Senior Caroline Moore crossed the finish line 131st with a time of 23:40, in her final race as a member of the cross country team. The men and women teams continue to push on for the NCAA Division III Championship in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m. Lindsey believes the young team has a bright future. “No matter what happens this weekend, the men’s team and Natalie will gain valuable experience from the NCAA championships,” Lindsey said. “Natalie is a sophomore and we have six men returning next year from this team.”
Swimming and Diving
Lions show strength at Big Al despite D-1 competition
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Left: Vitabile helps lead the Lions to a third-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. Right: Junior Debbie Meskin competes in six events.
By Cory Weeks Correspondent
The College’s swimming and diving teams took part in the Big Al Open hosted by Princeton University over the weekend of Friday, Nov. 11. Both the College’s men’s and women’s team were one of five schools that competed, including Princeton University, Fordham University, the University of Connecticut and Lehigh University. While the College was the only Division III school invited to the event, the other four competed in the
NCAA Division I category. The tournament kicked off with the women’s and men’s 200-yard freestyle relays on Friday and wrapped up with 1- and 3-meter diving. The 3-0 men’s team, which is ranked ninth in the nation for NCAA Division III, had a strong showing lead by seniors Andrew Nesbitt and Scott Vitabile. The men finished third in both the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-freestyle relay. The medley relay team consisted of sophomore Alex Skoog, Nesbitt, Vitabile and junior Adam Coppola. They finished in an
impressive third place and posted a time of 1:35.87. The freestyle relay was led by Coppola, Vitabile, junior Philip Binaco and anchored by workhorse Nesbitt, who placed third in their event and finished with a time of 1:24.56 against a talented field. Freshman Harrison Yi continued to turn heads this weekend when he finished eighth in the men’s 200-yard freestyle and posted a time of 1:43.16. It was not the greatest weekend for the College’s men’s diving team. Senior David AdlaiGail and freshman Matthew
Bendik posted scores of 161.30 and 115.60, respectively. Junior Hannah Raymond accumulated 221.20 points in the women’s 1-meter dive, finishing 10th in a close event. The women’s swim team looked to use its momentum from a two-meet win streak — the College defeated Ramapo College this past week. Junior Marta Lawler finished with a 1:11.12 in the 100-yard breaststroke and junior Cassidy Bergeron posted a solid 57.58 in the 100-yard freestyle. The 200 medley relay team of sophomore Hailey Thayer,
and juniors Marta Lawler, Allison Huber and Emily Rothstein posted a 1:57.09 early the morning of Saturday, Nov. 12. The Princeton men’s and women’s teams were feeling the home field advantage this weekend, as they dominated many events in the invitational. The men’s and women’s teams look to build on their performances as focus shifts to New York University, which will face the Lions at the Aquatic Center on Saturday, Nov. 19. Every meet is important as more conference matchups are in store after Thanksgiving Break.
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Ducks squeak past Lions in opener Wrestling
Left: Mirabella beats his opponent quickest at the meet against the Ducks. Right: Herring captures the Fall Brawl title. By Connor Smith News Editor The College’s wrestling team opened its season on Wednesday, Nov. 9, on the road against the rival Stevens University Ducks. The Lions also competed in the Ursinus College Fall Brawl on Saturday, Nov. 12. Stevens, who upset the Lions in last year’s NCAA Eastern Regional Tournament, overcame a 20-15 deficit in the final bout to eke out a 21-20 victory. “Team wrestling is tough,” head coach Joe Galante said. “We are looking to get better each and every day.” The Lions saw four seniors graduate last spring, including former All-American Antonio Mancella. The new-look Lions lineup featured five freshmen, as junior James Goldschmidt was the only returning starter against the Ducks. “We have great freshman additions, as well as senior
leadership,” Galante said. “I’m proud of the progress so far this season.” Freshman Dan Ortega drew first blood with an 8-5 decision at 125, but Stevens fired back at 133 to tie things up at 3, which set the tone for the tightly contested dual match. Sophomore Eric Friedman battled for a 3-1 decision to put the Lions ahead 6-3. At 149, 157 and 165, Stevens dominated and amassed a 15-6 lead, which included a major decision by sophomore Thomas Poklikuha and a technical fall by senior Colin Navickas. The College showed some resilience when junior Kellen Whitney stepped up at 174. Facing a nine-point deficit, Whitney brought the Lions back with a 13-4 major decision. At 184, freshman Dan Kilroy made back-to-back major decisions and brought the College within one
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point. The rally continued at 197, as sophomore Alex Mirabella made quick work of his opponent. His 2:22 win by fall was the quickest bout of the night, and the Lions took the lead at 20-15. In the final bout, heavyweight senior Pat Schnider fought to defend the lead, but fell victim to a pin at 3:36. The Ducks won the dual, 21-20. At the Ursinus College Fall Brawl, senior Nick Herring clocked in a dominating 4-0 performance and won first at 165. Kilroy, meanwhile, placed second at 174. Freshman Anthony Gagliano also placed third at 141. “It’s an exciting for TCNJ wrestling,” Galante said. Galante hopes students will come out and support the team in its home opener on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Packer Hall. The Lions, who are four wins away from earning win No. 700, will face off against Kings College.
Lions end season with a loss at home to Rowan By Otto Gomez Staff Writer
The Lions finished off their 2016 season with a tough 17-0 loss against Rowan University on Senior Night last Friday, Nov. 11. The College, coming off two great offensive games, was unable to get in the end zone all game, mainly due to the Profs strong defense. The first quarter ended with a scoreless tie, seeing only a combined 107 total yards from both the Lions and the Profs. Rowan broke through first with 13:06 remaining in the opening half, marching down the field for 62 yards on six plays in just three minutes. They were able to capitalize off an interception by defensive back Travelle Curry with a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dante Pinckney to Kevin Lenart, making it a 7-0 game. The Lions, unable to respond, lost a fumble later in the period when Profs defensive lineman Nick Fromhold forcibly knocked the ball loose and recovered it in Lions territory. The Profs, riding their momentum, moved the ball 37 yards on eight plays to set up a 22-yard field goal by Profs Tyler Knighton, taking a 10-0 lead. While the game held scoreless for the rest of the half, the Lions came out strong in the third quarter, putting together a strong drive. On third-and-two, junior running
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The Lions fell to the Rowan University Profs, 17-0. back Chad Scott found a hole and sprinted for a 39-yard run after breaking two tackles. The drive was cut short three plays later after an interception by Ryan Brenner gave the ball back to Rowan on their 37 after a 29-yard return. They would put the game away a couple of minutes when Pinckney threw another touchdown pass, this time to Jamel Smith for a 30-yard score. The score of 17-0 would hold
for the rest of the game, as the Lions were unable to find the endzone even though they had possession of the ball for more than half of the game. Scott, the focus of the Lions offense, finished with 88 yards on 19 carries. He accounted for almost half of the team’s offensive yards, as Rowan held their opponent to less than 200 total yards. While the night did not end as planned for the College, it did start
off in an emotional way. Prior to kickoff, 13 Lions players were honored as they would be taking the field for the last time in their college career. The 2016 football senior class include student assistants Sean Carroll and John Magi, kicker/ punter No. 1 Colin Cazzetta, defensive backs No. 3 Drew Dickison and No. 17 Jordan Rogers, running back No. 15 Matthew Popek, wide receiver No. 20 Jeff
Mattonelli, linebackers No. 35 Erik Wehner and No. 51 Robert Burns, offensive linemen No. 52 Ben Keating and No. 74 Hank Harvey, defensive linemen No. 56 Dan Naples, No. 62 Tom Cilla and No. 90 Abdelrahman Ragab, and kicker No. 97 Brian Nagy. While it was a tough season for the Lions, they show a lot of promise for next year, as running back Scott returns as well as strong defensive players.
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Henderson leads Lions for one last time
Left: Henderson celebrates the Lions NJAC title win in 2009. Right: Dana carries the Lions this season. By Dylan Calloway Correspondant The crowd at Packer Hall was modest in size on the night of Thursday, Nov. 10, but it was vocal in its support for the women’s basketball team. The home crowd was rewarded by seeing their Lions bring home a 76-65 win against Swarthmore in a exhibition game that constantly flipped back and forth. The game was characterized by tough defense, with the Lions forcing plenty of turnovers and blocking several shots. “Coach puts a huge emphasis on defense throughout practice and games,” junior forward Nikki Schott said. This emphasis showed in the scrimmage game. The players on the bench kept a chant going while the team was on defense. On the offensive side of the ball, the focus was on
making the extra pass to get open shots. “If we continue to make the extra pass and pass up good shots for great shots, we will be able to score more as a team,” said sophomore guard Kate O’Leary. This upcoming season brings on some changes, as the team only has two returning starters from last year: senior guard Kim Dana and junior guard Charlotte Schum. The starting lineup is rounded out by O’Leary, Schott and freshman forward Jen Byrne. “I do feel pressure to step up into a bigger role, especially because we lost three starters,” said O’Leary. “But I feel I can do it because I know I have the support of a great team.” The beginning of the season also marks the beginning of coach Dawn Henderson’s final season. Since becoming the head coach in 1993, Henderson has only coached one losing season, won five New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Coach of the Year Awards,
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and brought the College to an NCAA Final Four run in the 2008-09 season. “It gives us a lot of motivation to win a championship,” O’Leary said about Henderson’s retirement. “The traditions she has established will continue on,” said Schott. “We are working hard to make this her best season.” With the thought of making Henderson’s last season a memorable one in mind, the women’s team has its sights on becoming NJAC champions. The current prediction by an NJAC poll is that the team will rank fourth once the season is done with, behind Stockton, Montclair State and Kean universities. The Lions will start their season away at the Gwynedd Mercy Tip-off Tournament, starting off against opening round opponent Salisbury University. Their first home game will be on Tuesday, Nov. 22, against Rutgers-Camden University.
Lions ready to dominate NJAC opponents Team sets its eyes on first NJAC title since 1998
Murdock Jr. is a preseason All-American. By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor Second-year head coach Matt Goldsmith and the Lions were prepared to send a message to their New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) foes. They are not underdogs anymore. They are not the Cinderella team who defeated the No.1 seeded New Jersey City University during last season’s NJAC tournament. Ranked third in this season’s NJAC preseason poll, the Lions are loaded with talent, speed and power from both sides of the court. Sophomore forward Jordan Glover will build upon his rebound production
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and drain numerous three pointers as he did during the Lions tournament victories against Ramapo College and New Jersey City University. Glover’s forward-in-crime will be junior forward Elias Bermudez. Bermudez will continue his role of the Lions workhorse. He started at his forward position in every game last season and accumulated 50 total offensive boards. Senior forward Bobby Brackett will return after being absent from injury last year. Brackett is currently sixth in all-time career rebounding with 627 rebounds. He looks to follow up his phenomenal freshman season where he collected 327 rebounds, the most rebounds in Lions history. In the back end of the court, senior
guard Eric Klacik will uphold the Lions defense and maintain double figure offensive averages. Klacik is also a great long distance shooter with 55 threepoint field goals under his belt. Junior guard Eric Murdock Jr. comes into this season with high expectations. Murdock Jr. was recently announced as a preseason All-American by D3News. He adds much offensive production for the Lions by averaging 19.1 points per game and snatching 53 steals last season. Both Klacik and Murdock Jr. are a mighty defensive unit. Senior forward Corey Stanford is another great addition to the team. Stanford previously played for the Catholic University of America. He adds much need playoff experience for the Lions as
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he competed in the NCAA national tournament twice with the Cardinals. Additionaly, freshman guard Ryan Jensen is striving for an productive playmaker. Altogether, Goldsmith and the Lions have the opportunity to win the College’s first men’s basketball NJAC title since 1998. Nonetheless, the team has a long journey. The journey lasts regular season games 25 games. Eighteen out of those 25 games will be against conference opponents. The Lions begin their season at Packer Hall against the John Jay College Bloodhounds on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. Afterwards, the Lions head off to Middletown, Pa., for a tournament at Penn State Harrisburg. The majority the of Lion’s conference matches will occur by late December to early February.
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NCAA / Lions give their all in tournament
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The Lions netted in seven goals against Marywood.
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keep the Lions from reaching the zone giving them multiple chances to connect. In the 14th minute, and after a tripping was called inside the Pacer’s box, junior midfielder Elizabeth Thoresen converted a penalty kick opportunity into a goal. While the experienced talent of the roster started the scoring for the team, it was the young Lion cubs who would seal the deal and impress during the remaining time. Freshman forward Gianna Zarra not only scored her first collegiate
goal in the 36th minute off an assist from junior midfielder Kayla Bertolino, netting an impressive goal that sailed just over the fingertips of the Pacer’s goalie, but also slammed in her second goal in the 47th minute. “It felt pretty good,” Zarra said. “I’ve had some pretty close chances this year and they just haven’t gone away. So getting that one goal got me really motivated and just helped get another one. I think it just helped pick the team up, too.” Rounding out for the Lions was freshman midfielder Joriam Rivera
off an assist from freshman midfielder Despina Lianidis, who got passed the Pacer’s goalie as she came out to challenge in the 57th minute, before Lianidis netted a goal in the 82nd off an assist from freshman midfielder Alexa Pestritto. The latter’s goal was an example of great teamwork, as the pass in the box caused the goalie and defense to shift giving Lianidis a clear shot for the back of the net. Head coach Joe Russo gave many of the freshmen a chance to play in this game, including goalkeeper Nicole DiPasquale. Even without the normal starters, the team kept the Pacers back and didn’t give them a shot throughout the game. “I think it helps boost our confidence and ultimately it helps for the games to come and the team just develops better as a whole,” Zarra said. “I think it’s great that we had such a big win today,” Scognamiglio said. “Now we take it in for a couple of minutes, but our focus immediately goes to tomorrow’s game and what we have to do to prepare for that because this game really means nothing in the grand scheme of things.” After winning its game against Virginia Wesleyan College immediately after the Lions game, 3-0, Brandeis University stood before the College in the Round of 32 with
a record of 14-3-3. The match started of with the Judges making a statement, traveling downfield and taking two hard shots at goal in under one minute. The Lions defense was tested throughout, with the early game being spent mostly in their zone. In a rare feat this season, the College was even on shots in the first half with the Judges, both taking four a piece and was even outshot after the final whistle, 13-10. In an evenly paced match, Russo said both teams got chances and didn’t let up during the contest. “I thought there was two even teams that kind of battled back and forth,” Russo said. “I think for the most part both teams had some pretty good chances… So it was back and forth.” In the 26th minute, Thoresen was able to connect off a pass from senior forward Christine Levering. The pair snuck the ball passed the Judge’s defense and beat the goalie to give their team the lead, 1-0. From there, the game was a back-and-forth struggle throughout, as both sides tried to get the upper edge with aggressive challenges and slick ball maneuvers. In the second half, the Brandeis defense was able to neutralize the College’s offense for long periods of time, giving them time to coordinate chances. The Lions began to hone in
on defense to hold back the Judges. It wasn’t enough, as the superb play calling allowed Brandeis to run the ball down the sideline and cross to the top of the box. While the defense did block the pass, the loose ball set up junior forward Samantha Schwartz to slam a goal from 15 yards out into the bottom left corner passed senior goalkeeper Jessica Weeder. The score remained the same after two 10-minute overtime periods, leaving the game to be recorded as a tie and the winner and advancing team to be decided by penalty kicks. The Lions started out strong, with Weeder stopping the Judges first attempt and Goldman making hers. But the Judges battled back making their next four shots and stopping two of the next three from the Lions giving them the win and eliminating the Lions in the second round of NCAA play for the second year in a row. The Lions season is now over, with a final record of 17-1-2. Russo said the team’s goal for next season is already clear. “We do what we always do, we continue to get better,” Russo said. “Attack the off-season, we have our away training and our fitness and all that stuff that we need to do. Kind of get right back into the cycle of things.”
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Post article from Thursday, Nov. 3. Kelly Wieczerzak Jr., a junior defenseman for the College’s women’s soccer team, has a personal connection to the incident, as she knows a member of the women’s team. She learned about the “scouting report” before it became well-known, but she didn’t fully realize how far the men’s team had gone. “I didn’t know how in-depth (the list) was,” Wieczerzak said. “But then, when I read about how they rated girls and some of the things (the men) said… it does show what goes on with gender and equality and, not to an extreme extent, but degrading women a bit.” The challenges women face in college are immense and recurring, according to junior midfielder Kayla Bertolino. “It’s hard to say that some of these things happen so often, but it’s almost like a reality,” Bertolino said. “It’s something (women) have to overcome at this point.” For Bertolino, the culprit behind these issues was pretty easy to nail down. “You can’t not say that women are being rated all the time, and that’s not (to say) it’s a double standard,” Bertolino said. “I believe it happens to men at the same time... It’s in how in-depth and how intense these scouting reports were… that part has become a reality.” Wieczerzak echoed that sentiment, saying how a woman’s looks are constantly brought up. “It’s almost like an everyday thing. People are constantly talking about people’s appearances and what their opinions are, whether it’s a guy or a girl,” Wieczerzak said. The question of whether rating both men and women is acceptable has been discussed openly online and in the media since the story was published. Some say
any person will internally judge others by their looks in private, while others believe it reduces people, especially women, to their looks alone. Both athletes said they haven’t experienced any harassment or degradation at the College or their previous schools, as Wieczerzak transferred from Monmouth University and Bertolino from Wagner College this year, but both admit it is still a prevalent issue. Here at the College, as with many schools around the country today, the issues of derogatory mentalities and female safety are high priority, especially this year. According to a Signal article from Tuesday, Oct. 11, reports of sexual violence increased from 2014 to 2015, including an incident that occurred in late September. The College’s athletics department has been fortunate because no student athlete has been recorded with a major violation or police charge during this time, while major universities, such as Duke and Baylor, have been scrutinized for their student athletes’ actions. The success of the women’s soccer team, along with the success of women’s sports in general, may help curb the amount of issues facing student athletes at the College, according to Wieczerzak. “When I played at Monmouth, we had a very successful program and here, obviously, very, very successful,” Wieczerzak said. “It’s not surprising for people to want to support that. (It’s) not that if we weren’t successful, people would now all of a suddenly be caring about what we look like or what we did with sports and what not. But, I think that having some success… maybe people don’t wanna walk all over you or think they can say things to you. Whereas if we weren’t as successful, maybe we would be easier targets.” While both athletes agree these events
Harvard’s men’s soccer team is no longer competing this season.
will occur, the future can be changed by the actions of today. Wieczerzak said she believes the swift decision taken by Harvard is going to serve as a future deterrent. “For Harvard, (the school) took (its) season away, so for another team to see that, you might understand the circumstances of how serious it is,” Wieczerzak said. “But until something like that happens, no one really puts a consequence on it — it’s just people’s everyday actions. Hypothetically, if no one ever got a hold of their list they made, then they would still be playing. Once it’s out there and people see what’s going on, something needs to be done about it.” Bertolino said making social progress is hard, but worth it. “(Gaining respect is) going to be an uphill battle, but I think that every woman athlete has to still keep going,” Bertolino said. “It’s going to be hard… People are going to still disrespect it, but that’s their opinion, there’s nothing you can really do about that.
But the people who care, the people who see it, I think those are the people that are going to start looking up to women’s sports and women’s athletes.... You can’t just keep wallowing, and I truly believe that.” On Saturday, Oct. 29, The Harvard Crimson released another story directly from the women who were “scouted” in the list. They echo Bertolino’s thoughts, coming out with their names and saying they will move on from the incident — that they hope the story begins a conversation about this type of behavior within collegiate athletics across the country. However, Bertolino doesn’t think she, or any other woman athlete, needs to try and change anyone’s opinion. “To the people who don’t respect (women’s sports), to me, that’s fine. If they don’t want to and they don’t really have a sense and they don’t really have a care for it, then those aren’t the people you really want even supporting you if they aren’t going to be there from day one.”
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D RM AROUND THE
Miguel Gonzalez “The Ref”
David Weinberg ATD Correspondent
Sean Reis A&E Editor
Michael Battista Staff Writer
In this week’s edition of Around the Dorm, “Ref” Miguel Gonzalez asks our panel of three experts — David Weinberg, Sean Reis and Michael Battista — three questions: Who will win the college basketball National Championship in 2017? What is Colón’s legacy for the Mets? Can the Browns win at least one game this season or will they be like the 2008 Detroit Lions?
1. With the college basketball season in full swing, who will win the 2017 National Championship? David: I think Kentucky should be the ones that cut down the nets come April. College basketball, in my eyes, really comes down to coaching. Unlike the NBA, the players here are often just out of high school and it’s up to a premier coaching staff to help the freshman adjust to the frenetic pace of the next level — and there is no better guy to do that than “freshman guru” John Calipari. Once again, his team is loaded with freshman talent with top recruits Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo and Wenyen Gabriel. Toss in local product Isaiah Briscoe and big man Derek Willis and Kentucky is oozing with talent. The question is, how will these guys fit? I’m confident their strong backcourt can guide them through the rough patches this season. In terms of their top teams, the loss of Ryan Arcidiacono should end any hope of a Villanova repeat. I think Kansas’s tournament struggles continue — even with the
addition of Josh Jackson. I think Kentucky’s swarming defense would overmatch Duke’s backcourt in a hypothetical game. But the tournament takes place in March, and March is madness, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a huge underdog like Saint Mary’s take home the title this year. After all, the Cubs and Cavaliers came back from 3-1 deficits this year — as Kevin Garnett said, “Anything is possible!” Sean: Who will win the 2017 National
Championship? Damn, Miguel! Back at it again with the impossible to answer questions! OK, this will certainly be a bold prediction, but the Syracuse Orange will go all the way this season. Last year, the entire country was against the Orange, but after making it to the Final Four, the haters were silent. This year, though, will be Syracuse’s year. The Syracuse Orange had a young roster last season, but now these college “kids” have the experience under their belts to win
it all. Remember that you heard it here first; the Syracuse Orange will win the 2017 National Championship. Michael: I’ve failed at my bracket the past few years, and last year’s was even documented in The Signal during “LTV vs. The Signal,” so I am afraid whomever I pick will lose horribly. So I’m going to pick who I think will win and who I want to win because I want to have more than one horse in the race and less chance to be disappointed. My two picks to win March Madness are Duke and Saint Joseph’s universities. Duke, who won back in 2015, is holding 7-2 odds at this time of winning the title in an ESPN story from October and started the season with two crushing wins. As for St. Joseph’s, my brother and sister went there so in my heart I will always be rooting for the A10 to have its champion. Head coach Phil Martelli has been with that team since the mid ’80s and had so much talent play under him. I always hope this year is the year he does it and gets passed the Elite 8.
David gets 3 points for evaluating Kentucky’s roster. Sean gets 1 point because any question is possible! (To answer) Michael gets 2 points for mentioning his past failures. 2. Now that MLB pitcher Bartolo Colón is departing to the Atlanta Braves, what is his legacy for the Mets? David: As a Mets fan, I never truly joined in on the cult classic that is ultimately Bartolo Colón. “Big Sexy,” as fans call him, was a beloved Met by many and he will ultimately be missed on this team. Fans loved how he swung so hard that his helmet would fly off when he came up to bat. They were enthralled when Colón would hustle down the first baseline — all 285 pounds — and would beat out the throw for a base hit. He was a productive starter and really helped anchor the Mets rotation this year, gathering 15 wins and a 3.43 ERA en route to his fourth career All-Star game appearance. Ultimately, he was a pretty reliable and effective pitcher, and I think that is going to be my view of his legacy as a Met. He pitched well under pressure and was someone the Mets could rely on to pitch a decent outing — especially in
a season when the Mets lost Jacob DeGrom, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz for the year. For others, however, he will forever be known as “Big Sexy” and his stunning first home run of his career versus San Diego will be in Mets highlight reels for years to come. Sean: Colón’s legacy for the Mets will be similar to the past clubhouses he has thrown for: a beloved individual — who may not have always been the best pitcher — but the fans loved the guy! And how could they not? A man of his size and age on the mound, he’s like a big teddy bear throwing the ball! Not to mention, the solid hitting he supplied to his team during his time as a Met. Colón will not be remembered as one of the best players, but the fans will surely remember him as one of their favorites. Michael: Colón’s legacy is comparable to that of former Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher — he wasn’t the absolute best, but he was
good when he needed to be and was all around fun. He defied logic, as he seemed to stay at a high level of play despite his age. He was even an All-Star at 43 years old and hit his first home run ever last season... at 43! Mets fans wanted to watch him play because, despite being a good pitcher, he would somehow pull
amazing things out of his baseball cap — like the aforementioned home run or that time he made a behind-the-back flip along the first base line to get an out. In the end, the Colón legacy will be that of a fan favorite. He did his job well and made the baseball world — and Met fans — smile.
David gets 3 points for Colón’s stellar performance. Sean gets 1 point because Colón is “Big Sexy,” not a teddy bear. Michael gets 2 points for his Swisher comparison. 3. The Cleveland Browns are now 0-10. Can the Browns win at least one game this season or will they be like the 2008 Detroit Lions? David: After the magical comeback of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the surprising World Series run of the Cleveland Indians, things are looking up in Cleveland… until you realize they still have the Browns. All jokes aside, I do think Cleveland pulls off a victory this year. Although it would’ve helped if Roger Goodell reinstated embattled wide receiver Josh Gordon, I think the Browns still have enough talent to pluck off a victory by the end of the year. Obviously,
they need a lot of help — their offense ranks 28th in production and their defense ranks 31st — but all you need is a productive 60 minutes and you can have yourself a victory. If they can establish the run game with the dual threat of running backs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson, Jr. and their defense can keep it close I’m boldly calling they eke out the win in Buffalo on Sunday Dec. 18, when likely frigid temperatures should help mitigate Cleveland’s paltry passing game and force them to run the ball. Sean: In a city that has seen success with basketball and baseball franchises this past year, Cleveland is ashamed to be the home of the
Browns. At 0-10, the Browns may become another infamous 0-16 team. The Browns will face the division rival Steelers next week and Cleveland will end the season at Pittsburgh, as well, for likely two more losses. Cleveland’s best chances at that one win will be against the never consistent New York Giants (sadly) on Sunday, Nov. 27, and the San Diego Chargers on Christmas Eve, but I would not be surprised to see the Cleveland Browns fall to a similar fate as the 2008 Detroit Lions. Michael: No, I don’t think so. The Browns are just so... so damn bad this year. At the
beginning of the year the team was losing close games, with weeks two and three being lost by one touchdown and the latter being an overtime lose to Miami. Now ten weeks in and after seeing six, count’em, SIX quarterbacks (QB) try their luck with the team, and the flashes of young talent disappearing, what hope does any fan have? At least one season ticket holder is planning to hold a parade if the team goes 0-16, so everyone can feel like they accomplished something... I swear if the Giants are their only win though I will lose my damn mind.
David gets 3 points for his reasonableness. Sean gets 1 point because Odell Beckham Jr. will wreck the Browns. Michael gets 3 points for the Browns pathetic QB rotation.
Lions can’t negotiate win against Diplomats By George Tatoris Staff Writer
The Lions were faced with a familiar situation on Saturday, Nov. 12 — something they’ve seen two times already this season. After 70 minutes of evenly-matched field hockey, they go into overtime. The stakes are high — any scoring opportunity, any penalty corner can win the game. The Lions were able to come out on top in both contests. However, this time things were different. Throw in the possibility that the loser is ejected from the NCAA Tournament, and things can get a little testy. The Lions met the Franklin and Marshall College Diplomats in neutral territory — Babson Park, Mass. — to negotiate a spot in the next round of the NCAA Tournament the only way they know how. Unfortunately for the Lions, this would not be their third victory in overtime. After the hard-fought match, the Diplomats eked past the Lions, 1-0. However, Babson College put the Diplomats at the other end of that score the next day to make it through to the Final Four. The loss leaves the Lions with a 16-4 record for the 2016 season. The Lions were ranked fifth and the Diplomats ranked eighth nationally upon taking the field. The Lions strength this season came in the form of a vicious offense that scored 79 points over 20 games. All of their opponents were only able to score 22 points on them total. The Diplomats themselves only scored a total of 46 goals prior to the the matchup, however sometimes it’s not about the
Lady Lions react to revealing Harvard ‘scouting report’ By Michael Battista Staff Writer Over the course of a few days, Harvard University has gone from being one of the top universities in the world to just another college plagued with on-campus controversy surrounding its NCAA players. On Monday, Oct. 24, The Harvard Crimson, the university’s newspaper, released a story detailing the existence of a 2012 Google doc created by the varsity men’s soccer team. The “scouting report,” as it has been called, ranked members of the women’s soccer team based on looks and other factors. Each girl had a photo attached with their name. “The author, a member of the 2012 men’s team, also assigned each of them a nickname and a sexual position… One recruit, he wrote, ‘looks like the kind of girl who both likes to dominate, and likes to be dominated,’” according to a New York see HARVARD page 25
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Lions fight diligently against Franklin and Marshall College. number of goals a team scores, but the effectiveness of each goal. At the end of the day, the Diplomats had increased their season goals to 47 while the Lions were still at 79. Almost half of those goals came from senior forward Jaclyn Douglas, who scored 19 of them, and senior defender Lexi Smith, who scored 18. Although the Lions had an overall advantage, the Diplomats rigid defense and above average offense were able to keep the Lions at bay. The Diplomats outshot the Lions 2-1 in the first half, and initiated three penalty corners against the Lions none. Junior forward Elizabeth Morrison fired the first shot, but Diplomat goalkeeper Lliana Santangelo made it a save.
The Diplomats went on the attack after this, initiating two corner plays, each offering the team an opportunity to score. Diplomat sophomore midfielder Nicole Bodo took the first shot, but Lions senior defender Shannon Cowles was there to make her fifth defensive save of the season. Cowles was second this season in defensive saves behind Smith, who had nine. Although she is a senior, Cowles made her first Lions goal against the Kean University Cougars on Saturday, Oct. 29. With less than 30 seconds in the half, the Diplomats freshman midfielder Erin Coverdale made another shot, but it was blocked by a Lions defender. The Lions took control of the ball in the second half. After another shot from Coverdale was blocked, the Lions made three
shots against the Diplomats. Smith missed an opportunity to score at 40 minutes in, hitting the post on a corner play. After, two opportunities to score were stymied by the Diplomats defense. Sophomore forward Taylor Barrett’s shot ended in a defensive save for Diplomats junior defender Sarah Schannauer. Later, both of senior forward/midfielder Danielle Andreula’s shots gave Santangelo a save. Despite either team’s efforts, the half ended in another stalemate, and the game went into overtime. At first, it seemed Douglas, who has five game-winning goals this season — one of which resulted in a victory in overtime — would repeat history. However, Douglas’s shot ended in a save for Santangelo. Franklin and Marshalls junior forward Sydney Cole decided the game with a goal just over two minutes into the overtime period. The season may be over for this group of Lions, and the loss of their two most heavy-hitting starters — Smith and Douglas — will truly impact them in 2017. However, many returning players have also shown great potential this season. Despite only playing for just over 800 minutes the entire season, freshman forward Cayla Andrews has scored 12 goals, the fourth most of any Lion. One of those 12 won the Lions the 2016 New Jersey Athletic Conference title and earned the team a slot in the NCAA Tournament. Morrison, who also scored 12 goals and whose speed and strength are always a highlight on the field, also has one more year of play left. Junior goalkeeper Christina Fabiano also has one year left. After playing just under 1,000 minutes this season, she has accumulated 28 saves.
Lions knocked out on penalties By Michael Battista Staff Writer The women’s soccer team’s NCAA journey started and ended this past weekend as the Lions beat Marywood University, 7-0, during the tournament’s first round on Saturday, Nov. 12, before falling to Brandeis University, 1-1, in penalty shootouts during the Round of 32 on Sunday, Nov. 13. The team seemed poised to strike back after a crushing defeat to Rowan University in the New Jersey Athletic Conference Final two weeks ago, and started out strong against a Pacers unit who had gone 11-5-2 during their season and won the Colonial States Athletic Conference Tournament title. It didn’t take long for the 16-1-1 Lions to take control. Senior midfielder Marissa Scognamiglio took only seven minutes to give her team the
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Lions battle the Brandeis University Owls.
lead, 2-0. Just before the fifth minute, Scognamiglio headed in a corner off of junior midfielder Jessica Goldman before heading in another kick — this time a free kick — just under a minute later again from Goldman. “A big part of our game plan
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today was to come off strong in the first five to 10 minutes of the game,” Scognamiglio said. “We just kept getting a few chances, Jessy put two great balls into the box, and I was kind of in the right spot,” she said. That intensity didn’t stop after the initial first few minutes,
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as the Lions controlled the ball for the better part of the game. The Pacers defense showed spurts of amazing plays, such as great defensive walls and swarms during corner kicks, but the squad wasn’t able to see NCAA page 25
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