The Signal: Fall '16: No. 10

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College raises more than $132K

‘Daylight’ ends with Matt and Kim

By Jacqueline Yapaola Correspondent The College hosted its second annual Day of Giving on Thursday, Nov. 3, and received more than $132,225 from 1,044 donors. While the event took place all over the world, Alumni Grove was the donation hub complete with alumni, faculty and student volunteers who encouraged students to participate in the fun. There was music as well as several activities set up for students and alumni to enjoy, including a photo booth with Roscoe the Lion, the opportunity to take a selfie with a Campus Police officer as part of the #SelfiesforSafety campaign and donate $5 to spin a prize wheel and win some College gear. These activities, along with the volunteers’ enthusiasm, encouraged passing students to donate and show their support for the College. A big part of the fundraising also took place on the internet. The staff behind the event implemented a new fundraising tactic this year — a social media campaign called TCNJ Pride. The platform’s website allows

The duo entertains the audience with their energetic performance.

By Thomas Infante Reviews Editor He had hardly heard of Matt and Kim until the indie pop duo came to the College on Friday, Nov. 4. Midway through the concert, however, the student found see PRIDE page 3 himself in the center of the crowd, being

tossed around a mosh pit while waving an inflatable naked doll that was thrown into the pit by the high-energy, hyper-sexual artists onstage. The student, Corey Alicea, a junior communication studies major, told The Signal simply: “It was pretty badass!” The College Union Board’s (CUB)

Author defines college student habits

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Rubin uses her life experiences to connect with students.

By Connor Smith News Editor

To paraphrase the late Yogi Berra, college is 90 percent mental, and the other half physical. With that in mind, New York Times best-selling author Gretchen Rubin visited the College on Wednesday, Nov. 2, and facilitated a discussion about burnouts, mentalities and the development of


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fulfilling habits. Rubin opened her presentation in the Education Building with a personal story of how she transitioned from law — with a job as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor — to a more enjoyable life as an award-winning author and podcaster in the field of habits and happiness. “When I finally realized I wanted to be a writer, I had an idea for a book that I Editorial / page 9

wanted to write,” Rubin said to the audience. “I looked up at the Capitol dome one afternoon and I thought, ‘What am I interested in that everybody else in the world is interested in?’ I thought, ‘Power. Money. Fame. Sex.’ And that got me started on my first book, which is ‘Power Money Fame Sex.’” Rubin continued to work for O’Connor during her initial research. Rubin used the Library of Congress throughout the process, which she said would have been awkward for anyone checking her office’s search history. “Little known fact: If you are a Supreme Court justice, you can actually check out books from the Library of Congress,” she said. “I was checking books on things like ‘Deep in the Heart of Texas: Reflections of Former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders’ as part of my research. And what they thought Justice O’Connor was doing with that book — they never asked, so I never told.” Rubin then opened up about her research into various mental quirks, like “night people” and “day people,” which Rubin asserted is not just a matter of

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2016 Fall Concert was exhilarating and featured pounding bass with lively electronic beats from headliners Matt and Kim. Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino have been making music as Matt and Kim since 2004 and have five albums, see CUB page 14

New app Friendsy for more than hook-ups By Sydney Shaw Editor-in-Chief Look out, Tinder. Friendsy, a new networking app, has permeated the College’s social sphere by targeting one of the biggest communities on campus: Greek Life. When Princeton University alumnus Vaidhy Murti (’15) created the app, which launched nationwide in March, he made it exclusive to individuals with .edu email addresses. “I started Friendsy my sophomore year of college,” Murti told The Signal. “I felt, and still feel, that you’re surrounded by so many people while you’re in college, and a lot of those people you meet by complete random chance... Almost everyone I knew wanted to meet more people, but you kind of get stuck in your social circles and it’s hard to branch out.” That’s where Friendsy comes into play. Rather than swiping left or right to discard or match with someone, like Tinder, Friendsy users can select whether they want to friend, date or hook up with a fellow college student. If that student selects the same option(s) when your profile pops up, you match.

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Lyric Theatre A modern take on the play “1776”

Multicultural Buffet Food from many Asian cultures featured

Field Hockey Lions become NJAC Champions

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Habits / Rubin sheds light on how people handle work

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converting one’s habits. “It’s not a question of if you just go to bed earlier,” she said. “It’s largely genetically determined, and it’s also a function very much of age. It is very hard for people that are night people to be efficient, creative and energetic very early in the day.” Rubin believes embracing one’s preferences is the key to long-term success. “Instead of beating yourself up and trying to make yourself into a morning person, maybe you can set things up to do it when you’re most productive and creative,” she said. Rubin also discussed workloads and

answered questions about her theories on how different people respond to deadlines. She divides people into two categories: sprinters — those who need to push the limits of a deadline to succeed — and marathoners — those who work best planning work out and never pushing deadlines. “Some people are marathoners and some people are sprinters,” she said. “Sprinters can sometimes be confused with procrastinators. Procrastinators and sprinters are both working against a deadline. Sprinters, they love it. They look back on their work with pleasure and think that it was great. Procrastinators are full of regret.” Rubin encourages people to embrace

their genetic wiring instead of working in spite of it. “It can be tricky when you’re in a situation where people are insisting that you have to work one way, when your natural work style is another way,” Rubin said. Rubin then discussed her ideas in and inspiration for her best-selling book “The Happiness Project.” “When I wrote ‘The Happiness Project,’ I had 12 personal commandments, which were the big, big, big ideas that I want to govern my life,” she said. “The first one is to be ‘Gretchen.’” Rubin said she wished she figured that out earlier, especially at the age of many of the students in attendance. “I have to say that in college, and really in law school, I never really thought about what was true for me,” she said. “What actually was interesting? I never really thought about it. I was very focused on what I should do, and doing a really good job at that. If I looked back, there were all kinds of clues that I wanted to be a writer.” Rubin also discussed drift, which she described as a person making a decision without actually deciding. “Drift seems easy because it’s just going along with the current event,” she said. “In fact, drift can be a tremendous amount of work.” According to Rubin, many medical students come to her and realize the only reason they devoted their lives to medicine was due to social pressure and drift.

“They look at me with terrified eyes and think, ‘Oh my God, I realized I’m in medical school because both my parents are doctors and I’m really good at science... I never really thought if I actually wanted to be a doctor,’” she said. Rubin later answered a few questions from the audience, including one on burnout. “Our physical condition is always (going to) color our emotional condition,” she said. “Especially if you’re doing work that’s related to your mental performance, you just really need to think about your body. Getting enough sleep, getting some exercise, not letting yourself get too hungry and managing mild discomfort.” Rubin spent the rest of the discussion talking about a concept in her next book: All people can be divided based on how they respond to inner and outer expectations. Rubin separated everyone in the room into four categories: upholders, questioners, obligers and rebels. Upholders are those that always meet inner and outer goals, whereas questioners will only meet goals they perceive as worthwhile. Obligers will meet goals given by others, but struggle with inner goals, while rebels resist any expectations — the opposite of upholders. According to Rubin, if you think her list is arbitrary or unviable, you are likely a questioner. By the end of the summit, both students and faculty alike were left with much to ponder, as Rubin’s goal was to trigger selfreflection in a path toward fulfillment. In many ways, she succeeded.

SFB grants funding for TMT’s spring musical ‘Legally Blonde’ By Olivia Rizzo Staff Writer The Student Finance Board granted full funding for nearly all events presented at its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 2, many of which aim to raise awareness for different social issues. TCNJ Musical Theatre (TMT) was fully funded in the amount of $29,030 for its spring musical, “Legally Blonde.” “‘Legally Blonde’ will be the annual main stage musical produced by TCNJ Musical Theatre, the purpose being to entertain our peers, provide our organization’s members with valuable experiences and use the theater facilities on campus in constructive and creative ways,” the proposal packet read. TMT requested funding for the rights and royalties to the musical, technology setup, along with props, costumes and lighting. The production of “Legally Blonde” will run from Wednesday, March 29, to Sunday, April 2, on the Kendall Hall Main Stage. The board tabled funding for Chi Upsilon Sigma’s proposed event, Making Achievement Continuous Conference: Broadening the Scope: In the light of Global Issues. The board tabled voting on this event, citing concerns over the expense of the speaker in relation to the number of students expected to attend. “During our workshop, we will be having four different workshops — each with the purpose to inform attendees about an issue occurring around the world,” the presentation packet explained. The organization plans to bring Marc Lamont Hill, political commentator and the current BET News host, as the workshop’s keynote speaker. The organization requested $23,830.26 for the event in order to cover the costs of Hill’s speaking fee, conference items, decorations and catering by Sodexo. Next, the board granted full funding to PRISM in the amount of $2,518.50 for its event Absolutely Positively: A Panel Discussion. “As a part of our World AIDS Week series of programing, this event seeks to advance PRISM’s goal of bringing a renewed sense of awareness to TCNJ students about the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States,” the proposal packet read. The panel will feature four HIV-positive speakers and two HIV-negative speakers whose lives have been directly affected by the epidemic. River Huston, author, painter and Welcome Week speaker, will act as a facilitator.

Colleges Against Cancer receives funding for its Great American Smokeout. The organization requested funding for Huston’s speaking fee and travel cost, along with venue fees. The event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in the Library Auditorium. Later, Colleges Against Cancer received full funding in the amount of $1,164 for its event Great American Smokeout (GASO). “The event will help raise awareness of lung cancer. This event also allows individuals to pledge to stop smoking or smoke less. It also allows individuals to encourage everyone they know to make a plan in advance and then quit smoking that day,” the presentation packet read. The organization requested funding for various food items, such as hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers, as well as supplies. GASO will take place on Thursday, Nov. 17, on

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Green Lawn. Circle of Compassion was also fully funded, this time in the amount of $600, for its event Mindfulness for Educators and Counselors. “The purpose of this program is to provide pre-service teachers and aspiring counselors with a foundational understanding of the practice of mindfulness and how it can be implemented in classroom settings,” the proposal packet read. The organization presented for funding the event’s speaker Trish Miele, mason jars, socks, felt and miscellaneous craft supplies. The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Business Building Lounge. The board also fully funded Chinese Student Association (CSA) for its annual tea house event. The organization received $1,724.84 for various traditional Chinese food items.

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students, faculty and alumni to sign up to be a TCNJ Pride Advocate, where they can share links on their own social media. Those who signed up were encouraged to use three hashtags, #OneDayTCNJ, #TCNJPride and #RoarMore, to help get the word out. Advocates could spread the word to their friends and earn points to rank up against other students on a leaderboard. “People were sort of competitive in a good way,” said Melissa Lide, associate director of Annual Giving. “It created a really positive energy and buzz about promoting the Day of Giving.” Lide said the use of social media helped extend the outreach of the event to alumni and increased the peer-to-peer outreach within the College. The main goal of this year’s Day of Giving was to reach 1,000 donors — twice as much as last year — but it actually exceeded its goal with 1,044 donors who contributed more than $132,225 to the College. “It’s not the amount that matters, it’s the support of the donors,” said Vickie Wang, Annual Giving graduate assistant and a school counseling graduate student. Donors had the opportunity to give their money to any cause of their choice within the College. They could give to any of the academic schools, specific projects, clubs or TCNJ Funds, which contributes to the general needs of the College. “We’ve always encouraged people to donate where they want to see their impact made,” Lide said. Some of the academic schools plan on putting the money they received toward their own projects. For example, donations to the School of Nursing, Health and Exercise Science went to the Teaching with Technology project. Contributions to the School of Arts and Communication went toward the school’s Social Justice Project, while the School of Business funded an NYC Finance Forum Project. Alumni, faculty and students were also motivated by

The Class of 1976 tops the leaderboard with 26 individual donors. sub-challenges set by the organizers of the event. If a certain goal was achieved, a gift would be unlocked. Some of the sub-challenges included an additional $5,000 if 70 graduates from the ’70s donated to any projects, $5,000 if 25 students posted selfies with Campus Police using #SelfiesForSafety and $10,000 if 100 donors contribute to the School of Business’s NYC Finance Forum Project. The event raised thousands of dollars to help support the College, but more importantly, it showcased students’ and

alumni’s pride in the College. The Day of Giving is held to “raise money, but also to raise awareness to give back to your alma mater,” said Karen Paterson, Community Relations and Communications coordinator. Lide believes the day was also a good way to bring the College community together. “It was about an entire community coming together,” Lide said. “TCNJ is a special place because of the community, and this was an instance of that.”

Intoxicated student blacks out, accused of intrusion By Ellie Schuckman Staff Writer • On Saturday, Oct. 29, at 3:42 a.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to the main lobby of Wolfe Hall following the report of a suspicious male entering the quad on the second floor of Travers Hall. Upon the officer’s arrival, he met with two witnesses and two other females. At this time, two other males were in the lobby and attempted to leave the building after the officer began to speak with the witnesses, police said. The officer quickly determined that the females were the residents of the quad. At the time of the incident, the two male witnesses were in the lobby on the second floor of Travers. One male witness said he saw a male exit the foyer door of the quad and leave via the stairwell. According to reports, the male witness then entered the quad and woke the sleeping residents to ask if they had a male in the room, but they replied “no.” After the male witness tried unsuccessfully to wake their Community Adviser (CA) to inform him of the situation, he called Campus Police, according to reports. Upon the officer’s arrival, he asked the male witness to describe the male he observed exiting the room. He replied that the taller of the two other males in the lobby resembled the man he saw exiting the room, due to the stain on the back of his shirt. At this time, another officer arrived and escorted the females who live in the quad back to the second floor of Travers. The other officer then separated the two suspects to speak with them. One male stated that the two had been at a house in the surrounding neighborhood with friends and returned to campus around 2:30 a.m.

He said that they both went to a room in the Towers, as one is a CA there. The male stated that he took a shower, leaving the other male in his room, police said. The male stated that when he returned to his room about 10 minutes later, the other male was in the same location. When the officer spoke to the other male, he told the same story. Since one of the males is a CA, he stated that when he saw people in distress, he attempted to help. That is when Campus Police arrived. According to reports, the officer went upstairs to meet with the other two residents of the quad. Both said they were asleep at the time of the incident. One of the officers spoke to the female witness and asked about the male she observed. She stated that she only saw his side profile. The officer asked the two suspects to accompany them to Campus Police Headquarters to further speak about the incident, and they both agreed. At 5:27 a.m., the officer spoke to one of the male suspects, who reiterated his story. The male said that he had been drinking earlier in the evening. Later in the interview, the officer asked the male where he had lived his freshman year at the College. He replied that he lived in the exact same room the supposed intruder had entered. The officer asked if he had visited that room since freshman year, but he said he hadn’t. The male continued to deny having entered the room. He then stated that he had blacked out from drinking, but that he does not believe he entered the room. According to reports, the male stated that if there was even a small possibility that he had entered the room, it would only a 5 percent chance. At 6:40 a.m., the officer spoke to the other male suspect regarding the incident. He, too, told the same story, police said. He stated that he had been

drinking, but not an excessive amount. The male also expressed disbelief about the possibility of his friend having entered the room. “I would be absolutely shocked if he did what he is accused of,” he told police. The two suspects met with the College’s Title IX coordinator regarding the incident. There are no charges at this time. • On Saturday, Oct. 29, at 12:35 a.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to Eickhoff Hall following the report of an intoxicated female being carried into a dorm room. Upon the officer’s arrival, he spoke to a CA who stated that she observed the incident. The officer spoke to another female student there, who stated that she was at an off-campus party with her roommate when she observed her roommate getting sick, police said. According to reports, the female said they were given a ride home from the party by an unknown person. The student stated that she saw her friend drinking, but did not know what she had consumed. According to police, the officer observed the intoxicated student sitting on the bathroom floor and vomiting into the toilet. The intoxicated student told the officer that she was at an off-campus party drinking Captain Morgan and did not know how much she had. Ewing Township EMS arrived and evaluated the student, who refused additional medical treatment. She was issued a summons for underage drinking. • On Thursday, Oct. 27, at 2:47 a.m., three Campus Police officers were dispatched to the sixth floor of Cromwell Hall following the report of an intoxicated female. Upon the officers’ arrival, they met with a student who stated that he observed an intoxicated student, pantless, sitting on the floor in front of a dorm room. The male stated that he contacted Campus Police because the student appeared

to be “passed out.” The officers approached the student and observed her sitting upright against her dorm room, conscious, but not alert. According to reports, the officers observed vomit on the floor around her. One of the officers asked if she was OK, but she was unresponsive to immediate questions. The officer then lifted her head and again asked if she OK. The student mumbled her speech and the officer was unable to understand what she was trying to communicate, police said. At 2:53 a.m., TCNJ EMS arrived and provided patient care. They asked her what and how much she had to drink, to which she responded “vodka.” One of the officers detected a strong odor of alcohol emanating from her breath at this time, police said. According to reports, the student also exhibited slurred speech. TCNJ EMS again asked how much alcohol she had consumed, but the student was unresponsive. At 3 a.m., Ewing Township EMS arrived and took over patient care. When the EMTs lifted the student off the floor, she immediately exhibited a loss of balance and disorientation, police said. At 3:08 a.m., the student was transported to the hospital. She was issued a summons for underage drinking, police said. • On Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 8:45 p.m., a student called Campus Police regarding the theft of his canvas jacket, which he described as red with a blue corduroy collar. According to reports, he was also missing his blue mug, which has “life is good” printed on it in white lettering. The mug was left on one of the tables next to the jacket on the fourth floor of the Decker Hall laundry room at approximately 1 a.m. The student returned at 11 a.m. and found the items missing, police said. Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at 609-771-2345.

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App / Students at College frenzy for Friendsy Company partners with Greek Life to promote app

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Users can filter profiles by gender, school, year, major or group. The app also offers a “hint” feature. For example, a user might be notified, “A girl from your school in the class of 2017 wants to go on a date with you.” Murti has some creative initiatives up his sleeve to promote the app and increase its user base among college students, many of which include appealing to fraternities and sororities.

Shayna, a Friendsy user from the College and a member of Greek Life, said her sorority encouraged her to download the new app. “Sadly I had to sign up for my sorority,” she wrote in a Friendsy message to Austin Merritt, a junior interactive multimedia major. “Apparently we get money towards our philanthropy, which makes no sense at all.” It makes sense to Murti, though. The idea is that by adding incentive for members of Greek Life to download the app, the rest of the campus will follow suit.

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“At TCNJ, we’ve done a few tabling events, giveaways, we sponsored a (fraternity’s) Halloween party so people on the list didn’t need pay a cover,” Murti said. “We’ve partnered with several organizations on campus to help them raise money for their philanthropy in exchange for helping us to promote the app.” The Friendsy team also works to promote the app through the news media. On Halloween night, a BuzzFeed community post — posts that have not been vetted or endorsed by BuzzFeed’s editorial staff — emerged titled “11 Signs Your Night Was Trash At TCNJ.” No. 6 on the list reads, “All your Friendsy mutuals are going to the same party as you, so you have to play all of them.” At the bottom of the post, there is a photo of the Friendsy logo beneath the text, “Friendsy is a social network helping college students expand their circles!” The post was penned by Betsy Studholme, Friendsy’s Social Media manager. “We’re a team of 10 people — three of us have graduated college, seven are still in college — and our skill sets cover a wide range, from being able to build products to being able to market and promote them,” Murti said. “We’re a super close-knit team working day and night to bring our vision for Friendsy to life and connect as many college students as we can.” According to Murti, Friendsy team members are compensated for their work. The company raised a seed round of venture capital last year. “Outside investors have invested in our company — they’ve bought a certain percentage of our company in exchange for funding,” he said. “Venture capital firms usually invest in early-stage startups that they believe have a really high trajectory for growth.” For the Friendsy team, though, Murti said it’s not about the money. “Everyone on the team is compensated, but that’s not the driving force behind why they work so hard,” he said. “We all really believe in and love what we do.”

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THANK YOU! On November 3, 2016 the TCNJ community came together in support of Day of Giving! With contributions from more than 1,000 Lions, we surpassed our goal! MANY THANKS TO

TCNJ Pride Advocates, Our Challenge Donors, Staff Senate, Student Government, Campus Police, Ambassadors, LionsTV, The Signal, WTSR, Roscoe, and all the Lions who participated!


WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MADE! One day. The generosity of many. Tremendous impact.

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FBI continues to investigate Clinton emails

Investigation finds emails on Abedin’s server. By Caitlin Flynn Staff Writer

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the latest development in the story surrounding Clinton’s use of a private server that has dogged her for The FBI has uncovered emails po- much of her campaign. tentially linked to Hillary Clinton’s According to The New York Times, time as Secretary of State. The news during an unrelated investigation broke on Friday, Oct. 28 — just 11 into former Congressman Anthony days before Election Day — and is Weiner, the estranged husband of

long-time Clinton aide Huma Abedin, FBI Director James Comey wrote a letter to Congress that the FBI was taking steps to review emails that “appear to be pertinent” to the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server. According to CBS News, in a rare press conference on Friday, Clinton commented on Comey’s letter, saying it is “imperative (the FBI) explain this issue whatever it is, without delay.” In the letter, Comey stated he “cannot predict how long it will take” to conclude the probe into the newly discovered emails, according to Vox. Clinton said that in the letter, Comey does not specify if the newly discovered emails are significant or not, and that she is confident that the conclusion will be the same as it was in July when the FBI investigation concluded without a recommendation to

prosecute Clinton. With the election Tuesday, Nov. 8, the story has meant that Clinton, who benefitted from a 5-point lead in a CNN/ORC poll the week before Comey’s letter to Congress, now only has about a 1.6 percent lead, according to aggregate polling data on, with Republican nominee Donald Trump ahead in other polls. The investigation that led to the newly discovered emails surrounds Weiner, who has been the subject of multiple sex scandals during his time in the public eye. According to CNN, Weiner, who is under investigation for sending illicit pictures to a 15-year-old girl from North Carolina, allegedly had emails from Clinton’s State account on the laptop he shared with Abedin. Abedin denies knowledge of their existence on the server, according to CBS News.

Trump has used the development to attack his Democratic opponent, equating the probe to Watergate, which brought down former president Richard Nixon. “It is everybody’s hope that justice, at last, can be delivered,” Trump said, according to CNN. “Earlier today, the FBI, after discovering new emails, is reopening their investigation into Hillary Clinton,” Trump said at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, according to CNN. Those in attendance chanted, “Lock her up!” The initial investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server for matters related to the State Department concluded last July with Comey stating that “no reasonable (prosecutor) would bring about charges,” though he continued that Clinton was “extremely careless” in her handling of potentially classified materials, according to the Washington Post.

Parents ‘gift’ children to sexual predator

By Eric Preisler Staff Writer

Lee Kaplan, a 51-year-old Pennsylvania resident, has been accused of fathering two children with an 18-year-old girl, who was “gifted” to him by her parents, and sexually assaulting five of her sisters. The sisters were among 11 girls found living in Kaplan’s home when he was arrested. Kaplan referred to the girls, who ranged from 6 to 18 years old during the time of abuse, as his wives, CBS News reported. According to NBC, officials in Bucks County, Pa., were tipped off by neighbors of Kaplan on June 20, 2016. After he was arrested in June, Kaplan admitted to fathering two of the youngest children, beginning when the oldest girl was just 14 years old, according to CBS Philly. Daniel and Salvia Stoltzfus, who have been arrested and charged for child endangerment in June, decided to “gift”

their nine daughters to Kaplan as a favor for financial help, Philadelphia Magazine reported. A FedEx delivery man, who frequently stopped by Kaplan’s home in Feasterville, Pa., reported to that the house stunk and Kaplan would answer the door shirtless. According to CBS News, on Monday, Oct. 31, Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub announced new child sex abuse charges against Kaplan. Weintraub said Kaplan represented himself as a religious figure to the sisters, who were from a formerly Amish family in Lancaster County, Pa. “He groomed them to make them believe he was a religious cult-like figure to whom they should submit their will,” Weintraub said, according to NBC10. com. According to NBC, Weintraub hopes to sell the home and contribute the money for the victim’s services. According to CBS, Kaplan is in the

Police find 11 girls living in Kaplan’s home in Feasterville. Bucks County jail on a $1 million bail, which has been increased to $2 million as more details and charges of his sexual assault have come to light. The trials of Kaplan and the girls’ parents, which was supposed to happen next week, has been

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canceled, CBS News reported. According to KYW, Kaplan, who was originally facing statutory sexual assault and related charges in the alleged abuse of the oldest girl, is now facing 15 new charges — mostly felonies.

Study finds Uber and Lyft passenger discrimination

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Uber and Lyft are popular transportation apps.

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The National Bureau of Economic Research’s recent academic study found a pattern of Uber and Lyft drivers discriminating against passengers. The study was released at a time when other transportation platforms are exhibiting discriminatory behavior, according to Huffington Post. Historically, the traditional taxi industry has picked up white passengers more often than African American passengers, Lyft’s Director of Policy Communications Adrian Durbin told Huffington Post.

“We are extremely proud of the positive impact Lyft has on communities of color,” Durbin said. “And we provide this service while maintaining an inclusive and welcoming community, and do not tolerate any form of discrimination.” However, new evidence shows that Uber and Lyft still have a long way to go. The National Bureau of Economic Research reported that researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and University of Washington conducted a two-year study in which they hailed about 1,500 rides in Seattle and Boston. They found there was a correlation between the way drivers treated passengers — sometimes cancelling trips — and the passenger’s race and gender. “The additional travel that female riders are exposed to appears to be a combination of profiteering and flirting to a captive audience,” the study said, according to CNN. Undergraduate research assistants were given identical smartphones, mobile carriers and data plans to guarantee no technical variations among the riders, CNN reported. Complex reported that the students were asked to request numerous rides and note the time the ride was requested, if the driver accepted the request, the time the rider was picked up and the time it took to reach the final destination. The study also tested various names that are traditionally female and stereotypically “African American-sounding.” After comparing the rider’s experiences, the researchers found evidence pointing to racial and gender discrimination by drivers in each city, Huffington Post reported. Research

revealed that many African American passengers endured longer wait times and numerous cancellations, while many female passengers were flirted with, taken on longer routes and overcharged for the longer rides. According to Complex, the study revealed that it took up to 28 percent longer for drivers to accept trips for “African American-sounding” names. In Boston, Uber cancelled rides three times as often for men with a “distinctively black name,” while Lyft did not appear to cancel on male riders based on their names. Researchers hypothesize that the reason behind this is that the Uber app shows the rider’s photo and name only after accepting the ride, and the only information given to the driver before accepting a ride is the time it takes to reach the final destination. Since Lyft allows drivers to see the passenger’s name and photo before accepting the ride, the study might not have captured the full extent of discrimination by Lyft drivers, according to Huffington Post. Spokespeople from both Uber and Lyft have made it clear that the apps are intended to provide inexpensive and easy rides for everyone, so discriminatory drivers will not be tolerated. “Discrimination has no place in society, and no place on Uber,” Uber head of North American Operations Rachel Holt said in a statement, according to Huffington Post. “We believe Uber is helping reduce transportation inequities across the board, but studies like this one are helpful in thinking about how we can do even more.”

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Students should be grateful for what the College has to offer

With Thanksgiving around the corner, we all tend to think about what we appreciate most. However, with school work and stress piling up, it can be hard to be thankful for what the College has to offer. The workloads are intense, the competition is high and the pressure to succeed is a constant weight on already burdened college students’ shoulders. According to the 2015 National College Health Assessment, more than 85 percent of college students felt overwhelmed by everything they had to do at some point within the past year. Feeling overwhelmed is definitely a familiar emotion for students at the College, but you should never let it get the best of you. It is important to value everything the College has to offer, whether it is athletics, student government, Greek Life or clubs. You have the ability to fully shape your college experience. Remember, you are lucky enough to simply study at a school as remarkable as the College. Not everyone is fortunate enough to be blessed with an opportunity to receive such a solid education, if at all. The College has become a second home to many of us and has gifted us with relationships that will last a lifetime. I am the most thankful for the friends that this college has given me the opportunity to meet, connect with and grow with. We all entered college ready to take on the next chapters of our lives. It was definitely exciting, but it was also just as frightening. We no longer had our family or hometown friends by our sides. Instead, we had to find a new support group out of a crowd of strangers. I can proudly say that I have found these lifelong friends that I searched for my freshman year, and I hope many of you can say the same. While we might not agree with the changes to Homecoming, hate the never-ending construction on campus or curse the frequent struggles with Wi-Fi, it is imperative to look at the bigger picture. The College constantly offers each and every one of us so many amazing opportunities that will not only help us grow, but will push us to be the best version of ourselves. So next time you’re drowning in work at the Library or just feeling overwhelmed, take a moment to think about what you’re thankful for at the College. - Nicole DeStefano Nation & World Editor

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With the end of the semester approaching, it can be hard for students to remember how grateful they should be for the opportunity to attend the College.

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T-Dubs should re-open doors for meal equiv

T-Dubs is located underneath the freshman dorms, Travers and Wolfe halls. By Shree Nadkarni Imagine you’re a freshman and you want a quick bite to eat before your next class. It’s time for Meal Equivalency, which means you’re in luck, as you can get $7.76 of food without spending points. Until very recently, everyone, especially freshman, could get sandwiches, candy, chips, burritos, salads, chicken fingers and more from T-Dubs, the cafeteria located below Travers and Wolfe halls. Unfortunately,

because of the reopening of the Lions Den, T-Dubs is no longer open for meal equiv, since it does not open until 6 p.m. Meal equiv is a big hit with many students, as I have seen the Library Café, Traditions, the Lions Den and the Education Café teeming with students between the hours of 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If T-Dubs were open during this time, it would offer a way to move freshmen away from these locations and better control crowds.

As a freshman, my friends and I would stop by T-Dubs after biology class before picking up things from our dorms and going to our biology lab. I found out how convenient T-Dubs and its choices can be to freshmen. The College might argue that it does not have enough staff for day shifts at T-Dubs. But if students could eat at T-Dubs during the day, the crowds would be smaller in all locations, and, therefore, there could be fewer employees at each location, as well.

In addition, the possible tearing down of the Towers discussed in a forum on Wednesday, Oct. 26, might be why the administration would think keeping T-Dubs open for meal equiv is a waste of employee labor. However, as a freshman living in Travers Hall, I — along with other freshmen and upperclassmen who frequented T-Dubs during the daylight hours — still want to have an experience that allows us to keep the convenience and

accessibility we had before the Lions Den reopened. T-Dubs, which offers many late-night dining options that I love, could be even better through the inclusion of meal equiv due to its convenience and utility as a means of crowd control. Some of the food choices offered at T-Dubs are not found anywhere else at the College, and freshmen can use it as a way to get back to their dorms during a busy schedule or just a place to hang out and socialize with friends.

President Obama is destined for Rushmore By Jake Mullick

Barack Obama will be remembered as one of the greatest president’s this country has ever had. He is not only the first president of color, but also a president who has drastically changed the world in which we live since he started running the country in 2008. Even against a divided country that had just faced the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression, mounting geopolitical tensions and a legislature controlled by the opposing party of the executive, Obama improved not only the United States, but the world. Obama championed rights for LGBTQIA+ individuals as president. On Dec. 22, 2010, Obama signed into law the repeal of Don’t ask Don’t tell, the law that banned homosexual people from serving in the military. Under Obama, all people, regardless of sexual preference, were able to serve their country in the armed forces. On June 26, 2015, marriage equality was legalized in the United States under his administration. Obama also helped drastically improve the economy. When he took office, the United States had an unemployment rate of almost 10 percent. At the end of his first term, that rate had dropped by about 2 percent. If the unemployment rate stays at what it is today, he will leave office while the country sees an unemployment rate of just 5 percent. He was also responsible from increasing the national GDP from 14 trillion to 16.7 trillion. In context, the U.S. economy had

not seen stagnation of this magnitude since the Great Depression, and in order to get out of the Great Depression, the U.S. capitalized on WWII and a wartime economy to send men off to war and increase the amount of manufacturing jobs to aid the war effort. Under the president’s leadership, the U.S. was able to effectively stop one war while rebuilding the economy, as opposed to countries like France, Greece and Spain, who are still recovering. Obama led American initiatives that resulted in peaceful accomplishments, as well. He pulled a majority of troops out of Iraq in 2009, but left 50,000 behind in order to train the Iraqi army and help transition the country to military independence. Most of those remaining troops were brought home in 2011. The president is also responsible for the successful assassination of top Al-Qaeda official Osama bin Laden, who was the FBI’s most wanted individual, the perpetrator of 9/11 and the leader in many other terror plots. Bringing him to justice signaled the decline in the terror organization of Al Qaeda. While Al Qaeda has been incredibly weakened, the president has had to deal with ISIL, another massive terrorist organization. The instability in the Middle East that allows for the formation of these terror groups has been something that U.S. presidents have had to deal with for many decades. Obama has accomplished many other things, as well, including affordable healthcare, green energy initiatives and the toppling of Egyptian dictator Moammar Goddafi. When

Obama has been a true leader throughout his term. put into a historical perspective, he will rank favorably amongst his peers. Being a president means being part of one of the world’s most elite fraternities. It commands a certain level of deftness of leadership, as well as command in times of peril.

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Their ability to represent the people they lead can be measured in many facets, but only time will tell us how well they did. It is safe to say that Obama’s ability to act and enforce meaningful change is the reason he will be remembered as one of the best.

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Students share opinions around campus “Should T-Dubs re-open its doors for meal equiv?”

Craig Dietel / Opinions Editor

Craig Dietel / Opinions Editor

Lorraine Rocha, a freshman nursing major.

Amanda Julve, a sophomore nursing major.

“Yes, it should be open again. Living in the Towers made it convenient for lunch.”

“Yes, because I like the food options they serve and the convenience.”

“Will Obama be remembered as one of the greats?”

Craig Dietel / Opinions Editor

Craig Dietel / Opinions Editor

Oscar Nazar, a senior marketing major.

Abin Alexander, a sophomore economics major.

“His presidency means very much to a lot of people, and to me, he is already one of the greatest.”

“I don’t know about greatest of all time, but he did help the country out of a recession.”

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Arts & Entertainment

CUB / Matt and Kim rock Rec Center

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Left: Kim smiled as she pounds away on her kit. Right: Matt plays indie, electronic tunes on his keyboard. continued from page 1 including April 2015’s “New Glow.” The duo — known for exciting, lively performances — performed in the Student Recreation Center under multicolored spotlights after indie rock bands Smallpools and Bad Suns opened the show and set the stage for a night of catchy, danceable tunes. Matt and Kim stood side-by-side onstage and jammed on a keyboard and drums, respectively. The duo’s performance began with a series of heavy brass notes before a recorded voice yelled, “Get the fuck up!” The music transitioned into “It’s Alright,” during which Matt threw water onto an ecstatic audience. With a giant Venn diagram combined with imagery of explosions projected behind him, Matt and Kim had the audience’s undivided attention. After a quick-fix technical difficulty, the show was underway.

“Lately, all of our shows have had some kind of issue,” Kim said to the audience. “Some piece of technology always fucks up, but it just makes the show even crazier.” The duo launched into “Block After Block,” during which Kim stood atop her bass drum while she pounded on it. After the song, Matt shared a personal story about the College. “Not only did my mom graduate from TCNJ, but my grandparents also met at this school,” Matt said. “So by my reasoning, if it weren’t for this college, I wouldn’t exist.” He told the audience that in order to properly dance to the next song, they would need to use “the bounce that comes from deep within your crotch.” The raunchiness would only escalate as the concert progressed. During “Cameras,” Matt threw balloons into the audience and instructed the students to inflate them and throw them into the air. The result was oddly captivating — the duo

transitioned to the song “Now” while hundreds of balloons filled the air and colorful lights pulsated to the beat of the music. As well as original music, Matt and Kim frequently broke into melodies of popular songs, but rearranged it to better fit the duo’s indie pop, electronic style. Examples included “Umbrella” by Rihanna, “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC and “Jump” by Van Halen. The samples added some musical diversity to the performance, which kept the audience on their toes — literally and figuratively. After a bass-heavy performance of “Get It,” Matt handed a large parachute out to cover the audience before the duo continued into “Make a Mess.” “There are no rules under the parachute,” Kim yelled to the crowd. The parachute covered a large majority of the audience, and those crammed underneath had to use their phones to find their way in the mass of

dancing bodies. Later, the band played “Please No More” — the fastest song of the night, according to Matt. “Now is the time to get rid of all your frustration,” he said to the eager audience. Once the song began, some students formed a circular mosh pit, into which Matt threw several inflatable naked dolls. “The crowd shifted from lighthearted fun to really hardcore and intense,” Alicea said; as he recalled how he shoved his way into the center of the crowd to throw himself in the pit. “It was like controlled chaos. Everyone was cool, no one was getting violent. It was just a bunch of people tossing each other around right in front of the stage.” After the moshing ceased, Matt and Kim instructed the audience to form a bridge with the palms of their hands. Kim proceeded to see CUB page 15

Gaga grows up on ambitious new album ‘Joanne’ By Kyle Elphick Staff Writer

Lady Gaga has grown up, and she doesn’t care about your expectations. After previously conquering the pop world with upbeat and inspiring mega hits such as “Born This Way,” Gaga seems to be hammering it into your head that it’s OK to be you. There’s a lot of universal and inspiring work on the artist’s fifth album, “Joanne,” but this is truly an album about Gaga. This evolution prompted her best work in half a decade. Musically, “Joanne” doesn’t immediately make sense. Gaga covers an eclectic host of genres that one might not expect to see together. It boasts pop, country and folk, as well as disco, dance and piano power ballads. However, there is a unifying factor that turns these conflicting pieces into a cohesive patchwork quilt — an unmistakable style that can be found in any Gaga track.

The conflicting songs of “Joanne” are all drenched in the pink and shimmering gleam of the “artpop princess.” The Gaga sound everyone knows and loves is still here and thriving. The glittering synthesizers and booming electronic drums, as well as the handclaps, yells and offbeat interjections, are all present. Even with the occasional electric guitar or saxophone solo as Gaga experiments in uncharted genres, her tried-and-true techniques ground “Joanne” in welcomed familiarity. Lyrically, “Joanne” showcases consistency. Throughout the album, Gaga paints herself as a lonely and fragile popstar. She’s still searching for good times and true love as people continue to break her heart, and she breaks many in return. She’s haunted by trashy nights and tragedy, particularly the untimely death of her beloved Aunt Joanne, for whom the album is named after. Vocally, Gaga utilizes her album as a means of firmly estab-

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Gaga showcases musical maturity on her latest album.

lishing herself as the pop singer against whom all others should be judged, and frankly, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry don’t hold a candle to her classically trained power. Gaga belts with skill that is unmatched in Billboard’s Hot

100, and utilizes vibrato and restraint in fashions usually reserved for the opera house or Broadway theater. The album’s lead single, “Perfect Illusion,” is the most energized and gutsy Gaga we’ve seen

in years. Anchored by dizzying electric guitar and siren-like drops, her pain is palpable as she sings, “It wasn’t love / It was a perfect illusion.” “A-YO” proves to be another “Joanne” highlight. Drawing influence from Shania Twain and country-pop, the track is a threeand-a-half minute party that can get a room going like a dirty hip-hop song. Coincidentally placed near the work’s center, “Million Reasons” is the heart and soul of “Joanne.” As Gaga’s most mature song to date, the cut is a gripping lament of broken love that builds into a supernova. Will “Joanne” sell as many copies as “The Fame” or “Born This Way?” No. Does it feature a song that plays to the mainstream like “Bad Romance” or “Poker Face?” No. However, the matured Gaga seems more interested in growth and experimentation than continuing to feed the pop culture beast. Given the quality of her work, that is something to respect.

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CUB / Smallpools and Bad Suns open continued from page 14

walk out onto the crowd and twerk on top of them, but not before warning the audience that any phones she saw would be dropped down her pants. She kept her promise. As she danced above them, Kim stole a student’s phone and put it down the front of her pants while the crowd screamed in delight. The student got their phone back, though. During the finale, “Daylight,” the audience united to sing the entire song, as students danced, jumped and flailed around while a beach ball bigger than a car bounced overhead. After “Daylight,” Matt and Kim thanked the College “for being awesome” and dropped “Prison Riot” by Flosstradamus. Another mosh pit ensued. Before Matt and Kim took the stage, indie pop rock band Smallpools opened. The

group has been extensively touring since the release of its debut album “LOVETAP” in March 2015. The band comprises vocalist and keyboardist Sean Scanlon, guitarist Mike Kamerman, bassist Joseph Intile and drummer Beau Kuther. Together, they brought a charismatic and engaging performance to the College. “This guy’s from your state!” Scanlon shouted while pointing at Kamerman, who briefly stopped playing his crimson Les Paul to wave to the audience. Kamerman hails from Marlboro, N.J., but the rest of the band grew up in other states. In a pre-show interview with The Signal, Smallpools discussed its origins. “We met while we were playing in two separate bands that kind of crashed and burned at the same time,” Scanlon said of himself and Kamerman. “We moved to L.A. to take advantage of the music scene there.” From there, they met West Coast natives

Bad Suns treats the College to its Cali brand of rock.

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Smallpools plays its most famous track, ‘Dreaming.’ Intile and Kuther, and by 2013, the band had a hit with the release of “Dreaming,” which grew immensely in popularity after New York EDM duo The Chainsmokers remixed the song. The Smallpools setlist featured highlights from the band’s relatively small catalog of songs, but the musicianship was powerful and enthusiastic, with upbeat songs such as “Over and Over,” “Mason Jar” and “American Love” dominating the set. In the middle of the concert, the band left Kuther onstage alone, who smiled from ear to ear as he pounded a furious drum solo over the Jack Ü (Skrillex and Diplo) and Justin Bieber collaboration, “Where Are Ü Now.” As the band’s set neared its close, Scanlon recalled a story regarding the origin of their song “Killer Whale.” “We used to search our band’s name on the internet to see what people were saying about us,” Scanlon said. “We would find

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these posts on internet forums about how horrible it is to keep killer whales captive in small pools.” During the performance of the song, Smallpools threw a giant inflatable whale into the crowd, which attempted to keep it afloat. The band ended the set, of course, with “Dreaming.” The first band to take the stage was Bad Suns, a California-based band comprising vocalist and rhythm guitarist Christo Bowen, bassist Gavin Bennett, lead guitarist Ray Libby and drummer Miles Morris. Bad Suns sounded tight and focused, and most songs proved to be as good live as they are in recordings. The quartet, with matching jet-black hair, played a collection of songs from its album “Disappear Here,” as well as the band’s 2014 debut release, “Language & Perspective.” Their set was full of bright guitar riffs and groovy percussion. The band ended the setlist with the breakout hit “Cardiac Arrest.”

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Author talks short story structure

Students captivated by emotional tales By Zach Sobol Correspondent Charles Baxter, an accomplished author, writer and creative writing professor at the University of Minnesota, spoke to students and faculty on Tuesday, Nov. 1, for the College’s Visiting Writer Series. Coordinated by the Writing Communities class, sponsored by INK and funded by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Baxter spoke in the Education Building, where he read excerpts from two of his published short story compilations, “Believers” and “There’s Something I Want You to Do.” In his excerpt from “Believers,” Baxter read about an encounter between Joseph Goebbels, the Minister of Propaganda for the Nazi regime, and Baxter’s stepfather’s wife, Mary Ellen Jordan, during Nazi rule in Berlin in 1938. The author provided an immersive experience for the audience by beautifully detailing every aspect of the captivating meeting through his meticulously detailed writing.

Baxter also read an excerpt called “Avarice” from his publication “There’s Something I Want You to Do.” This excerpt features a character, Dolores, and how she dealt with the loss of her husband, who was killed by a female drunk driver. The excerpt was especially emotionally gripping. “The title of the book shows up in every story,” Baxter told

a student. After the readings, Baxter answered other questions from faculty and students. When asked about gaining anything from relationships Baxter has had with his students, he said, “Absolutely yes. In every possible way. I care very much about my students.” Baxter had some encouraging advice for prospective writers in the room.

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Baxter reads excerpts from his stories.

“If you’re a writer, it’s great to keep a notebook around and not an iPhone,” Baxter said. When writing short stories, Baxter reminded writers: “You can’t include too much history or background for the characters. All of the beautiful descriptions have to go. The short story has characters without knowing what they are doing. Impulsive characters are a joy to short stories.” Concerning characters, Baxter also noted to an eager crowd, “If you have a major character, it is OK to have them as minor characters in other stories.” Toward the end of the session, Baxter jokingly appreciated that no one had asked him about how one of his books “Feast of Love,” which had been turned into a movie. Baxter also noted, “It was terrible,” which led to much laughter from the audience. This year, Baxter was a finalist in the $20,000 book prize called The Story Prize for “There’s Something I Want You to Do.” Baxter was also a finalist for the National Book Award in 2000 for “The Feast of Love.”

Lyric Theatre takes us back to ‘1776’ By Erin Cooper Staff Writer The Founding Fathers came back to life on the Kendall Hall Main Stage from Thursday, Nov. 3, to Saturday, Nov. 5, when the College’s Lyric Theatre’s staged “1776.” The play revisited the history of the U.S.’s beginnings with song, dance, drama and laughter. Based on the original musical by American theater writer Peter Stone, “1776” featured music and lyrics by American songwriter Sherman Edwards and told the story of John Adams and his near-impossible task of convincing 13 colonies to vote “yea” on independence during the Second Continental Congress. The Founding Fathers of this play, though, are not necessarily the same as the ones in the history textbooks. The College’s version of these wisecracking, mistakemaking Founding Fathers were a little different, as every role was played by a woman. “Join, or Die” was painted across the stage, which was bathed in red, white and blue light. The ensemble cast shone —

even as they complained about the weather and the flies — and the atmosphere onstage was convincingly close to a contentious congress. There’s a reason for the accuracy: The dialogue in the play comes from the historical figures’ own writing. Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson united with Adams to fight for one cause — independence. Nicole Poccia, a sophomore music education major, was a strong presence onstage as the “obnoxious and disliked” Adams, from the rousing opening number “Sit Down, John,” to the final, desperate yet hopeful notes of “Is Anybody There?” Maureen Heffernan, an adjunct music professor at the College, delivered an understated and witty take on Franklin, too, and Hayley Gronenthal, a junior early childhood education major at Bucknell University, made the quiet yet principled Jefferson believable. Jennifer Little, director of Lyric Theatre and an adjunct music professor, both directed the play and took on the role of John Dickinson, the conservative rival to Adams, who delivered scathing lines

as the arguments grew heated and kept the tension high. Kaitlin Dunn, a senior music education major, was impressive in her dual roles as brash Virginian Richard Henry Lee and the clever and conciliatory Abigail Adams — two very different characters united by Dunn’s clear, bright voice. One pleasant surprise was Stefanie Watson’s wry turn as John Hancock. A staff pianist and music director for Lyric Theatre, Watson’s role made use of her talents as both an actor and a musician. Hancock conducted the delegates as President of the Congress, then turned to conduct the orchestra between her scenes. The songs ranged in tone from the lighthearted to the serious. “But, Mr. Adams” portrayed delegates in a game of musical chairs, each trying to avoid the heavy burden of writing the Declaration of Independence. A hush fell over the stage during “Molasses to Rum” as Edward Rutledge of South Carolina made it clear that both the North and the South profited from the slavery trade. Rutledge was played by Jillian Wagner, an

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Females portray the Founding Fathers in a modern twist on the play ‘1776.’

actor from the community. The diverse cast was drawn from a mixture of students, faculty and community members, as performing with Lyric Theatre had not been limited to the College’s students. The unconventional allfemale casting wasn’t Little’s original intent, but it fell into place. More women than men auditioned for the play, which traditionally only has two female roles: Abigail Adams and Martha Jefferson. According to Little, Heffernan asked her, “Why don’t we do it with all women?” and Little had no reason to object to include more women as political figures, considering Hillary Clinton’s current historic run for President. “It’s a really good time to go that way,” Little said in a phone interview with The Signal. “Given the talent we have, it just made sense.” Little made no attempt to disguise the gender of the actors. “We decided not to go with a trouser role, where it’s clear that a woman is playing a man,” Little said. “We’re just letting women interpret John Adams and Benjamin Franklin.” The fact that “1776” was chosen during an election year was not a coincidence. “These questions that we’re grappling with now are the same questions they grappled with years ago,” Little said. The pace of the show did not lag, though, as the politicians onstage struggled to reach a compromise. It wasn’t easy, but they did what had to be done, and that’s what Little hopes people will do on Election Day. “The big thing we want people to remember?” Little said. “Go out and vote.”

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: Jimmy Eat World Album: “Integrity Blues” Release Number: 9th Hailing From: Mesa, Ariz. Genre: Alternative rock, pop punk Label: Western Tread Recordings Jimmy Eat World has been a staple of pop punk since the release of “Bleed American” and the hit single to come off the album, “The Middle.” They have released multiple albums since, but none have quite lived up to the hype created by “Bleed American.” “Integrity Blues” looks to challenge that. There is a fresh, modern sound to the album, but the band still manages to stick by its pop punk and emo roots. They are experimenting more with production as opposed to a more natural sound, however, this does not take anything away from experience of listening to the album because it does not feel forced or too artificial. The change to a more produced sound also fits well with the more adult themes in the album. Jimmy Eat World is growing up, but thankfully, the band is not going anywhere. Must Hear: “You with Me,” “It Matters,” “Pretty Girls” and “Integrity Blues”

Band: Pixies Album: “Head Carrier” Release Number: 8th Hailing From: Boston Genre: Alternative rock, punk rock Label: PIAS In the group’s 8th release ­— (the 2nd since getting back together in 2004) — the Pixies captivate listeners yet again. Their quirky rock pop has evolved over time, but “Head Carrier” has many references to classic Pixies. Black Francis leads on vocals and rhythm guitar, backed by Joey Santiago on lead guitar and David Lovering on drums. This album also introduces Paz Lenchantin on bass and vocals. Lenchantin is a revelation, with a dreamy voice that perfectly juxtaposes Black Francis’s and helps propel the Pixies into a new era. “Head Carrier” serves as a transition from past to present, proving that the Pixies still have a story to tell. Must Hear: “Classic Masher,” “Tenement Song” and “All I Think About Now”

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Multicultural Buffet offers a taste of Asia

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Left: Attendees are served Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Indian and Korean food. Right: TCNJ Taiko performs in the crowded T/W Lounge. By Jess Bell Correspondent Filled with the smell of delicious cuisine, the T/W Lounge erupted with excitement as students gathered for the Pan-Asian Alliance’s annual Multicultural Buffet on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The line of students patiently waiting to be served authentic Asian dishes, which cannot be found elsewhere on campus, stretched outside the lounge entrance and wrapped around the hallway. Students were clearly happy to join in this cultural celebration at the College. Performances by TCNJ Jiva, TCNJ Barkada’s Tinikling, TCNJ Chinese Student Association’s Dragonflies and TCNJ Taiko were

another highlight of the night. Drums pounded while a flute melodically intertwined with the beats during Taiko’s two-song set. Occasionally, students playing the drums would let out a brief yell, known in Japanese as “kiai.” “We do this as an expression of excitement,” said Gin Allcock, president of Taiko and a senior English and interactive multimedia double major. “(Kiai is) all about expressing yourself and exciting the audience.” The dedication and effort that went into planning the Multicultural Buffet was evident in all aspects of the event. “We have been preparing for this event for months, and it’s great to finally see it happening,”

said Donna Jung, a member of the Korean Student Association and a freshman accounting major. Jung explained the importance of exposing other students to Asian clubs through the buffet, which acts as a means of interactive promotion for these groups. During the event, TCNJ Barkada skillfully presented Tinkling, the national dance of the Philippines that involves dancers jumping between bamboo sticks to the beat of music. Alexa Sia, a member of TCNJ Barkada and a junior nursing major, attested to the hard work of the dance team. She said the group is self-choreographed and picks its own music. Sia also said that TCNJ Barkada gives a modern twist to the dances they perform.

A mix of traditional performance styles with a more contemporary feel was a common theme at the event. The Indian dance team, Jiva, presented some beautifully executed classical moves while “Work” by Rihanna played as a spirited backing track. “We provide a fun mix and apply our dancing to music people already know in order to make it more relatable,” said Sreya Doddakashi, a member of Jiva and a junior economics major. While the performances took place, students crammed into every corner of the lounge and ate contently, holding overflowing plates of food. The buffet offered an incredible combination of Chinese, Japanese,

Filipino, Indian and Korean food for just $3 a plate. Taiwanese drinks and bubble tea cost an additional dollar. Students walked down the seemingly never-ending line of food trays, choosing delicacies neatly categorized by their country of origin. Members of each cultural organization were eager to explain the food they were serving and beamed with pride as each helping was delivered. Junior nursing major Michelle Lee said she especially enjoyed the lo mein, curry and sushi offered at the buffet. “My favorite part was watching all the different performances while stuffing my face with food,” Lee said. “The experience was definitely worth taking part in.”

Students speak out against demolition of Towers By Mia Ingui Managing Assistant

Though it is 2:30 a.m. — the deepest of “quiet hours” on the seventh floor of Wolfe Hall — the space is anything but silent. Some “low side” residents are gathered in a dorm room, searching for places to sit — the desk, floor and beds. The room is brutally muggy, since there’s no air conditioning in the building. The slight breeze coming from the windows is the only source of air circulation, but it almost makes the heavy heat bearable. The residents do not care, though. Right now, all they care about is their sing-a-long. Song requests are given to the girl who brought her guitar. After Googling the correct chords, she beings to play and the entire group starts to sing. The set list includes Taylor Swift’s “Love Story,” Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team” and the Chainsmokers’ new hit “Closer.” Some sing in tune while others don’t, but in this moment, everyone is worry-free. But the end of this communal, humid and harmonious era might be approaching sooner than you think. The possible demolition and reconstruction of Travers and Wolfe halls, currently home to more than 1,100 freshmen at the College, was debated during an open forum on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The T/W Lounge filled with students

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A plan suggests replacing the Towers with a new residence building. who all have prominent opinions on their changing campus. Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht started the forum by informing everyone that the conversation regarding the Towers’ poor condition first started two years ago, and there is no better time than the present to get the ball rolling on this much-needed upgrade. Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Sean Stallings gave his condolences

to those who are, like most of the College community, attached to the Towers and their experiences there. “We’re not picking on T/W,” Stallings said. “It has been a great space for students to develop community, despite the setup. But the building is starting to see major failure.” All attendees were able to add their input on the fate of the Towers. In the end, it was decided that a renovation would prove too costly and would be a poor investment

for the College. The plan then moved to possible new construction of a residence hall right in front of where Travers and Wolfe lie now, replacing the tennis courts with brand new buildings. The proposed plan would begin in five years with construction lasting for two years. Built in 1971, Travers and Wolfe halls have seen 45 years worth of ambitious College freshmen. Current freshmen living in Travers and Wolfe have quickly grown fond of the Towers and expressed their discontent over its proposed demolition. “Living in Wolfe was a memory that truly made my freshman year unique,” said Megan Hyjack, a sophomore graphic design major. “The Towers have become a symbol of TCNJ and have so much history behind them. It would be hard to see all of the murals and memories associated with T/W go away for good.” Chris Kinzler, a current Wolfe 7 resident and a freshman finance major, is happy living through the Towers’ heat and wouldn’t want to change his freshman experience. “My first impression when I walked into the Towers… was, ‘It’s really hot in there,’” Kinzler said. “But I feel like it’s an iconic part of the school and because we don’t have Wi-Fi, we have to suffer through it and make friends.” see TOWERS page 20

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: March ‘04

Campus Style

Murder rocks College’s campus

Police investigate the murder of a Ewing cat.

Elise Schoening / Features Editor

Every week, Features Editor Elise Schoening hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. Over the past few weeks, the College community has been dealing with an influx of residence hall intruders. The incident has left students uneasy and led to an uptick in police presence on campus, although this is not the first time that crime has plagued the campus community. In 2004, a murder shook the College. No students lost their lives, however. Instead, a local cat was shot and killed by a few students of the College. Four students are being investigated by both Ewing police and the College in the murder of a cat on Pennsylvania Avenue. According to a Times of Trenton article from January 30, the cat belonged to Al Jones, an employee of B&B Mowing Services on Pennington Road. He found the cat wounded and a few boys standing nearby holding a pellet gun. After the cat died that same evening, an X-ray found a pellet in its brain. The boys accused of the crime rent a house on Pennsylvania Avenue near the B&B Mowing Service. The murder took place in the backyard of the house, which is adjacent to the business. Detective Lieutenant Ken Pieslak, who was quoted in the article, said that the boys accused of killing the cat could face animal cruelty and weapons possessions charges.

“Maybe (the accused students) should get involved more involved in the campus activities, so that they don’t do things like that anymore because shooting a cat is wrong on quite a few levels,” Deep Gill, freshman biology major, said. “There are a lot of activities during the week that students with extra time can get involved in.” According to The Times of Trenton, Patrice Coleman-Boatwright, secretary for the Board of Trustees at the College, said that they will look into the case in terms of not only different judicial proceedings, but also relationships with the community. Mary-Elaine Perry, dean of Student Life, said the case will first be handled by the Ewing Township Police and then will be referred to the All College Discipline Board for a possible hearing. Perry said that, as of now, the College has not begun a formal investigation into the case. The township has requested that the College not use any disciplinary action until the case is handled by the township police. “The school and the community were both affected and should therefore take action together to show that the are just as disgusted by this act as we all are.” Michelle Dunlap, freshman communications and history major, said.

The fickle November weather can make it hard to pick an outfit.

were a mess. At the Homecoming tailgate, I saw a bunch of fabulous outfits, ranging from dresses paired with scarfs to vests and cute booties. Just as the leaves are changing colors, so have the outfits. I noticed an overwhelming amount of brown suedes, burgundy reds and my favorite color of all — olive green. Lately, I’ve taken to pairing a Free People skirt with a light top or sweater. Then I’ll throw on some stylish high-knee boots and call it a day. So, when will it get cold and stay cold? Soon, I hope. I want the type of weather where I can wear my winter coat, infinity scarves and cozy earmuffs without having to break a sweat. Hopefully, it won’t be long now until Dave Muha sends his first email cancelling classes, so that we can all pile on the warm, winter layers and cozy up in our dorm rooms with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book.

By Jillian Greene Columnist It’s finally November, ladies and gentlemen, and Mother Nature is still confused. When I check my weather app each morning, it either indicates it’s going to be in the high 70s or super cold. Since I already brought all my summer clothes home, I prefer the latter. Don’t get me wrong — the warm weather is beautiful, but it’s a struggle to find the perfect outfit in which I won’t be too cold or too warm when the weather is so unpredictable. At Homecoming last weekend, the sun was shining and the temperature set in the low 60s. It was a gorgeous day, but my housemates and I were at a loss for what to wear. We ran around to each other’s closets trying on different outfits for what felt like forever. By the time we were ready to go, our rooms

Try layering a light dress with a warm sweater and tall boots.

: Birthdays among the stars

Kris and Kylie Jenner celebrate their birthdays.

By Mackenzie Cutruzzula Columnist

With the highly contested election finally over, stars who hit the campaign trail for a candidate can now go back to their daily routines. Since she was robbed in France, Kim Kardashian West has found it difficult to go back

to her usual lifestyle. In the most recent episode of “Keeping up With the Kardashians,” Kardashian West revealed that she has been struggling with anxiety even before the break-in. “I think about it all the time. It drives me crazy,” Kardashian West said. “I just want to get (past) my anxiety and live life… I never had anxiety and I

want to take back my life.” The episode also focused on Kendall Jenner’s struggle with anxiety, which was mentioned throughout the season. During a filmed conversation with a therapist, Jenner spoke about her struggle with panic attacks, which she said arise whenever she flies. Kardashian West, on the other hand, said her anxiety occurs mostly when she drives somewhere. To cope with their anxieties, the pair began meditation classes. They planned to put these calming techniques to work before any future travels. Still, nothing could stop the two from coming out for Jenner’s 21st birthday bash. The model celebrated her milestone birthday in a low-cut catsuit and fur to celebrate the big day with lots of champagne. Her sisters surprised her with a cake that featured a throwback photo of Jenner in a ballet get-up. But best of all — Jenner was gifted a Rolls Royce from an unnamed source and forgot she had received the car the next morning. “She was like, ‘Oh my God.

I forgot I got a car last night!’” Kardashian West said. “That’s how drunk she was. She was so drunk on her 21st birthday.” Kris Jenner celebrated her own 61st birthday over the weekend. Jenner held a combined birthday dinner with public relations executive Simon Huck. The party guest list included Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick, Chris Brown, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Jonathan Cheban and Jenner’s boyfriend, Corey Gamble. In other celebrity news, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner have been getting cozy since Halloween. The pair spent the holiday together along with Jonas’s band. Most recently, the pair was spotted at the Oude Luxor Theater in Rotterdam for a preMTV Europe Music Awards concert that featured Kings of Leon at Netherlands on Saturday, Nov. 5. A source told People that it appeared the two were on a date, as they were seen kissing on multiple occasions. Another power couple in the making is Taylor Swift

and Drake, but not in a romantic way. After Swift attended Drake’s birthday bash in October, rumors of a collaboration began circulating. On Thursday, Nov. 3, the rapper added fuel to the fire by posting a photo of himself with the “Shake It Off” singer at his birthday bash. “Is that velvet?” Drake captioned the photo, which was quickly liked by Swift, according to People. Swift’s gal-pal Lorde also made music news by posting a note to Facebook on the eve of her 20th birthday. The star revealed personal details about the last three years and her take on growing up. “I want nothing more than to spill my guts RIGHT NOW about the whole thing,” Lorde said. “I want you to see the album cover, pore over the lyrics (the best I’ve written in my life), touch the merch, experience the live show. I can hardly stop myself from typing out the name. I just need to keep working a while longer to make it as good as it can be.”

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Students and alumni are upset over the potential demolition. continued from page 17 Kinzler sees the need for renovations, but does not believe a complete demolition and reconstruction of the Towers is necessary. “It is a good investment to build new because I understand how the renovation would be costly,” Kinzler said. “(But) I would only be for a demolition if they would put back up towers. That freshman community is built by putting freshmen in that same place.” Alumni are some of the

most passionate advocates for Travers and Wolfe. Alumna Laura Fecak (’03), who is a business teacher at Jackson Memorial High School, said she is not ready to see the iconic towers go. “Living in the Towers was great,” Fecak said. “It was the first step on my journey as a student at TCNJ. My first and lasting memories took place in those towers — and I loved every minute of it.” Fecak wants to see the College to find a way to preserve the Towers.

“They should be renovated, not torn down. At a time where they should be expanding and accepting more students because of the reputation the school has, they shouldn’t be downsizing housing options,” Fecak said — the proposed new building would have 200 fewer beds than the Towers currently do, according to Stallings. “There are decades of alumni that have countless memories and emotional connections to those towers. It would be an absolute shame to visit campus and not see them.”

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Lions kick Southern Virginia to the curb By Otto Gomez Staff Writer

The College’s football team continued its strong play as the Lions defeated Southern Virginia University (SVU) on Saturday, Nov. 5, by a score of 28-25. The team showed incredible resilience as it was able to grind through regulation time, as well as four overtime periods. Senior kicker Brian Nagy was able to end the contest when he struck a 25-yard field goal through the uprights. While the game was exciting in the second half, it started off slowly. It wasn’t until after a scoreless first quarter that the Lions finally got on the board, finishing off a sixplay, 63-yard drive. Starting on their own 37, junior running back Chad Scott, fresh off a historic week, eluded the defense for a 15-yard gain, entering SVU territory. “Becoming a part of history on such an important day like Homecoming was pretty exciting,” Scott said last week about his record-setting game. “However, us getting the win was even bigger, in my opinion.” Quarterback Trevor Osler completed a 25-yard pass to senior wide-out Jeff Mattonelli for a big gain. After another Scott rush, Osler connected with junior Khani Glover for a 14-yard touchdown pass to give the Lions a 7-0 lead, a score that would hold into halftime. The Knights tied the game in their first drive after halftime, going 77 yards down the field on nine plays, the last one being a

Nagy wins the game with a field goal. 34-yard run by quarterback Ty Jones. The Lions were unable to respond, going three-and-out in the next possession and punting. They got a break, however, when sophomore defensive back Anthony Leithauser picked off a pass and took it 23 yards to the house, putting his team up, 147. The Knights remained in the game and finally tied the game at 14 with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, a score that would remain until the end of regulation. In the first overtime, both teams traded

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field goals, with Nagy converting on a 22-yarder and Knights kicker Sam Horman on a 20-yarder. In the second overtime period, the scoring got more intense. The Lions scored a touchdown on a 25-yard throw from Osler to junior wide receiver Thomas Koenig, followed by a gutsy two-point conversion, extending the lead to 25-18. Southern Virginia showed they had no intention of quitting as they quickly tied the game with another Jones touchdown from five yards out, and a Simi Moala run

for the two-point conversion. In the fourth period, the College defense held SVU to the 21-yard line, forcing Horman to try another attempt from 38 yards. His kick sailed wide, giving the Lions an opportunity to put the game away. Scott took two carries for 13 yards, which put the Lions in field goal range. On fourth down, Nagy lined up a 25-yard attempt, kicking it through the uprights and officially ending the game. The Lions were not surprised by their strong performance for the second week in a row, especially as they gained a lot of momentum from their last game. “I believe our performance has really proven to us what we are truly capable of doing when everyone does their part to the best of their ability,” Scott said of their Homecoming win. “The biggest thing we learned was that we came out from the start of the game fast and ready to go and continued this momentum until the end of the game.” They look to end their season with another victory when they square off against Rowan University at home on Friday, Nov. 11, on Senior Night. Scott is hopeful as the end of the season nears. “I think we will now continue to push each other and focus in so that we can perform even better these next two games,” Scott said. “There is always room for improvement, so (in) these next two weeks of practice, we will fix the mistakes that need to be adjusted.”

Men’s Soccer

Lions stumble in NJAC finals to Rowan Profs

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Left: Senior defender Clayton Flon fights off the Profs. Right: Costelloe is a member of the Academic All-District 2 First team. By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor

Clashing against each other at Glassboro, N.J., on Monday, Oct. 31, the Lions entered the second round of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Tournament after narrowly defeating the Stockton University Ospreys, 2-1, in the first round. Meanwhile, the Profs were waiting for their eventual opponent after posting a formidable 15-11 and gaining the second seed. Despite the caliber difference, it took 84 minutes for the Profs to knock out the Lions, 1-0. “We have a lot of respect

for Rowan considering they are nationally ranked and haven’t dropped many points in the conference,” senior midfielder Nick Costelloe said before the game. “To beat Rowan, we will need to defend well, but the key will be to finish our chances early and avoid chasing the game.” In the first half, both teams appeared equal. Costelloe landed the first shot that was saved by Profs sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Dennis. Eighteen minutes later, senior forward Thomas Hogue nearly scored before Dennis caught the shot. The Lions closest opportunity came in the 27th minute when

freshman midfielder Michael Maltese headed in a shot off a corner kick. For the third time, Dennis secured a save. After halftime, the Profs came out on an offensive splurge as they recorded 10 shots. Sophomore goalkeeper Dan Walsh and the Lions defense held off the attacks to the end of regulation time. In the 52nd minute, Walsh saved a shot from Prof’s sophomore forward Shane Doherty, who kept pressuring the Lions defense until he scored with six minutes remaining. Doherty landed a header shot and rebounded the game-winning

goal against the Lions. The Lions last chance came in the final minute. Senior forward Sean Etheridge’s shot swung to the left of the goal. Ultimately, the Lions fell to the Profs, 1-0. The Profs went on to be upset by the fifth-seeded Montclair State University Red Hawks, 3-0. Finishing with a 9-9-2 record, the Lions have improved and competed in the NJAC Tournament for the first time since 2013. Hogue was the College’s top scorer this season with nine goals, and sophomore midfielder Nick Sample contributed five assists. Meanwhile, freshman

forward Mateo Panizza had a great debut season with six goals and two assists. On the defensive end, Walsh recorded 66 saves. On Wednesday, Nov. 2, the College Sports Information Directors of America named senior midfielder Matt Taylor and Costelloe as members of the NCAA III Academic All-District 2 First team. Additionally, senior midfielder Domenic Polidoro and Costelloe were selected on the NJAC First team. Hogue was also placed on the NJAC second team while Walsh received an honorable mention.

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November 9, 2016 The Signal page 23 Swimming

Lions rout Ramapo College Roadrunners By George Tatoris Sports Editor

The men’s and women’s swimming teams beat New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) rivals, the Ramapo College Roadrunners, on Saturday, Nov. 5. The men’s team won a decisive victory of 159-98, while the women’s team won 142-118. The diving team did not compete at the meet. Sophomore Alex Skoog showed that he was a Renaissance man in the water by winning both the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:07.24 and the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:57.23. Skoog was also the first leg in the 200-yard medley relay race. Joining him in the water were seniors Scott Vitabile and Andrew Nesbitt and junior Adam Coppola. Together, they conquered Ramapo with a combined time of 1:38.66. Nesbitt and Coppola swept the 100-yard freestyle, finishing first with a time of 48.37 and second with a time of 49.97, respectively. Coppola finished first with a time of 54.36 in the 100-yard backstroke, as well. Nesbitt, his medley teammate, won the Lions first in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:57.69. Just behind him with a time of 1:57.75, was sophomore Samuel Maquet. Freshman Harrison Yi hit the

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Left: Denicola finishes first in three races. Right: Skoog coasts to a first-place finish in the 200-back.

wall first in both the 200-freestyle with a time of 1:46.26 and the 500-free with a time of 4:54.55. Nesbitt took second in the 200free with a time of 1:49.70. Yi also showed his versatility by winning the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:54.55. Vitabile, Skoog, junior Phil Binaco and freshman David Madigan showed no fatigue when they combined to win the last event of the evening — the 400yard freestyle relay. The quartet finished with a time of 3:17.36.

Just as Skoog won the 1000free for the men, sophomore Gabi Denicola did so for the women with a time of 11:17.59. Denicola also finished first in the 500-free with a time of 5:31.00. The Lions took the top two spots in the women’s 20-yard backstroke. Senior Brenna Strollo took first with a time 2:12.20 while junior Jillian Galindo followed with a time of 2:16.29. Strollo was also just a fraction of a second behind a Roadrunner in the 100-back, finishing just shy

of the first place time of 1:02.67 with her own time of 1:03.35. The Lions saw another twofer in the 200-yard butterfly. Junior Debbie Meskin took first with a time of 2:22.22 and fellow junior Cassidy Bergeron followed with a time of 2:30.13. The last one-two finish came in the 200-yard breaststroke. Junior Marta Lawler finished first with a time of 2:34.44, and freshman Annie Menninger, with a time of 2:36.28, was close behind.

Strollo, Lawler, Meskin and junior Allison Huber were runner-ups in the 200-yard medley relay by only three seconds to Ramapo’s A team. The swimming and diving teams enter the water again Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12, when they will compete against top-class teams at the Princeton Invitational. Princeton’s facilities are familiar to the Lions, who competed in a non-scored scrimmage there on Friday, Oct. 14.

Cheap Seats

‘Such as God made green apples...’ By Michael Battista Staff Writer After the crazy ride that was Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, my father and I were finishing a conversation we had been having throughout that entire day. He wanted the Cleveland Indians to win because he felt if Chicago won, the Cubs would lose some of their appeal as the Lovable Losers. As he texted me at 12:53 that morning: “they r not the cubbies anymore.” While I see what he means, he should understand the feeling of wanting success after failure, especially since he’s been a New York Rangers fan for decades. For me, growing up a Rangers fan born in 1996, I can’t help but feel an understanding to the plight of Chicago Cubs fans going into the playoffs this year, as well. Rangers have historically held the longest Stanley Cup drought with a 54-year gap between 1940 and 1994. People like my father grew up as Ranger fans seeing the team make it to the playoffs, and sometimes make it to the Cup — for my father, this happened two times in 1972 and 1979 — only to see them fall. The Cubs made it to the playoffs a few times in their 108-year drought, but weren’t able to make it to another World Series for 71 years after 1945. Those fans endured year after year, heartbreak after heartbreak, only to hear the phrase, “Wait till next year.” Waiting until next year sucks, especially when your neighbors take the top spot in your wake. Chicago may have forgotten in all their Cub celebrations, but the Chicago White Sox were able to bring a World Series to

Dapper Cubs fan Joe Wiegand celebrates after Game 7. the Windy City not once, but twice — 1917 and 2005 — since the Cubs last won in 1908. Imagine a Cubs fan in 2005, only two years after the infamous 2003 National League Championship Series, seeing your crosstown rival hold up the trophy your team couldn’t have. The Rangers had to witness the pinnacle of New York Islander hockey in the early 1980s as the team brought four Stanley Cups to the island borough between 1980

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and 1983. Their fans, who only had to wait eight years before they won a cup, chanted “1940” whenever they played the Rangers because they felt like gloating. To this day, my father will never be happy if the Islanders are in the playoffs or doing well. I’m not trying to say the Rangers had to deal with more misery, but there are similarities, especially in how the misery came to an end. Both championship series came down

to two teams with little success to their name, with the Cubs and Indians totalling 176 years of playoff misery and the 1994 Stanley Cup pitting the 1940 cursed Rangers against a Vancouver Canuck team that, since its inception in 1970, had never, and still hasn’t, won its first Stanley Cup. Both finals had back and forth series, both went to a deciding Game 7 and both were decided by just a single point differential. In my opinion, both games are some of the greatest playoff games in the history of their respective sports. For me, these stories of the triumph of the 1994 Rangers are just that — stories. I’m still waiting for my chance to see my team raise the trophy instead of a crosstown rival — thanks Devils. But for people like my dad who had years of heartbreak end in one night as confetti rained down from Madison Square Garden, it felt like redemption. This is what Cubs fans feel. Late Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray said, “Sure as God made green apples, someday, the Chicago Cubs are gonna be in the World Series,” but he never got to see that. Generations of fans didn’t get to see that. But finally, like God made green apples, it happened. I hope, and I’m pretty sure in his heart, my dad understands that. When the clock struck zero on June 14, 1994, Sam Rosen famously called, “The waiting is over — the New York Rangers are the Stanley Cup Champions! And this one will last a lifetime!” And for Cubs fans, so will Wednesday, Nov. 2. For Cubs fans, a famous sign held up during the 1994 Stanley Cup celebration will ring true. “Now I can die in peace.”

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Lions fall to Profs for the second time continued from page 28

that was a main focus for the team. “We’re just trying to win the next game,” Russo said. “We have some experience and hopefully it pays off… We have a long way to go.” The final was a rematch of last year’s contest, which saw the Profs beat the Lions, 2-1, in overtime to secure their second NJAC title. This time the tables were turned, as the Profs struck quick and played hard defense the entire game. Sophomore Prof defender Maddie Williscroft was able to head in a corner kick attempt in the fourth minute of play in what was Rowan’s only shot on goal for the next 34 minutes. The Lions had 18 shots all game, with 10 coming in the first half, but Rowan’s “iron wall” defense, as the Rowan radio announcers called it, kept the Lions back, forcing them to take longer shots that Prof goalie, sophomore Shelby Money, stopped with ease. “It was difficult,” Money said. “But with the fans here, and with my teammates supporting me in goal whenever I made a nice save, they would cheer me on and that would build up my confidence. Being able to come out and get the crosses or the corner kicks and being able to keep going and keep being physical, it’s just huge.” The College was unable to rally around the pack of Lions

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Levering leads the Lions offense against Rowan University.

in the stands, as the defensive efforts of the Profs seemed to stop their rallies throughout the game despite holding the ball for the majority of it. The game became more aggressive as time went on, ensuring physical play from both sides. Goldman said this switch away from the team’s style of play is what hurt them the most. “We kind of played ‘kick and run’ and more in the air and aggressive like (Rowan) plays,” Goldman said. “So we weren’t playing to our strengths. I think that was the difference.” While also giving credit to the

Rowan team, especially Money’s goalkeeping performance, Russo agreed with Goldman. “I agree with (Goldman) 100 percent,” Russo said. “I don’t think we played the style that we’re capable of playing… We did not play our usual possession style of soccer.” Levering gave her team one of the best chances of the half with a bullet shot off a juke around a defender that Money saved for the Profs. The second half was a repeat of the first, minus any goals from both sides. It was around this half where the game started to

get more out of hand for the Lions as the physicality, inability to get around the Profs and constant pressure from a ready Rowan offense took its toll. Two times Money was hit in the box by Lions players without a whistle being blown, much to the ire of the Rowan fans. She said this style of play comes naturally to her. “I’ve always had to deal with stuff like that,” Money said. “I grew up with a lot of boys in the family, so I’ve always had to be aggressive… That goes into goalkeeping and I know there’s going to be teams like TCNJ

that are gonna body up the goalkeeper… So I have to make sure that my head’s on straight.” The 81st minute saw Goldman take a nasty fall during a play with a Prof, which lead to a moment of frustration with the official giving her a yellow card. “I was getting frustrated ’cause I was getting fouled a lot and I just lost it for a second,” Goldman said. “I guess it was a bad foul and he gave me a yellow card.” The Lions final chance came with just over seven minutes to go, when senior midfielder Marissa Scognamiglio headed a ball toward the net from 10 yards out. But a diving stop from Money kept the game from tying late. The game ended shortly after, with Rowan University winning their third NJAC title and their second in as many years. The season isn’t over for the pride just yet. The team has qualified for the NCAA tournament for a 25th consecutive time as the top-ranked team in the South Atlantic region and will be facing the Marywood University Pacers on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Lions Stadium. Russo knows this, and said the team needs to regroup if they want to succeed. “There’s still a lot of soccer for us to play,” Russo said. “We just picked a bad time to not be at our best. We have to get to playing the way we’re capable of playing moving forwards.”

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Hawks goalie, Kaitlin Maguire. Unfortunately for the Lions, Maguire made the save. Morrison was there to catch the rebound and fired it at the goal, but the shot went wide. In moments, the Lions tripled their shot count. Douglas initiated a corner play soon after, but the game remained scoreless. While both shots missed their mark, they showed

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Andrews scored the gamewinning goal against Montclair.

the Red Hawks why the Lions held the No. 1 seed in the NJAC Tournament. In one of the most decisive moves made by Pfluger in the entire game, the Lions substituted freshman defender Cayla Andrews for sophomore midfielder/defender Sidney Padilla with the timer at 49:25. Not 30 seconds later, Morrison made a short pass to Andrews, who issued a solid tap for the only goal of the entire game. The timer was at 49:52. The Lions were ahead, 1-0, but they couldn’t ease up. “There was no relaxing because anything can happen,” Pfluger said. “There is still a lot of time left. So we had to get possession of the ball and we still had to play strong defense.” After the goal, the Lions initiated five corner plays, but the Red Hawks defense held up for the remainder of the period. Unaware that Andrews’s goal would be the only one of the day, a crowd in the stands dressed in Montclair red shouted in fervor as they approached the Lions net with the ball, but the Lions defense kept them out of their circle. With that, the Lions enter the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Lions will face either the King’s College Monarchs or the Franklin and Marshall College Diplomats on Saturday, Nov. 12, depending on the outcome of their game on Wednesday, Nov. 9. In the meantime, the Lions will practice and prepare for their future opponent. “We could come against teams we played already or we could come against teams that we’ve never seen,” Pfluger said. “So we have to concentrate on ourselves first and get refreshed and be ready for a whole ‘nother segment of the season.”

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Otto Gomez “The Ref”

George Tatoris Sports Editor

Chelsea LoCascio Managing Editor

Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor

In this week’s edition of Around the Dorm, “Ref” Otto Gomez asks our panel of three experts — George Tatoris, Chelsea LoCascio and Miguel Gonzalez — three questions: As the college football season winds down, who is your Heisman favorite? Has any individual sports victory meant more to its city than the Cubs Game 7 win? As the college ultimate season starts, what teams will come out on top?

1. Has any individual sports win meant more to its city than the Cubs Game 7 win? George: Just a few days after the Cubs won, Ireland ended a 111-year drought against New Zealand’s national rugby team — the All Blacks — winning, 40-29. I don’t know much about rugby, like many Americans, so I’m going to try and contextualize this so even a patriot can understand. Back in the 18th century, England had conquered much of the world. Since New Zealand first played rugby in the 1800s, they toured the world, conquering other nations’ teams in their wake. They’re the only team to have a winning record against every opponent they’ve faced and overall have won 77 percent of their games. Since the Rugby World Cup was started in 1987, they’ve won it the most. Not much could stop England — maybe France, and not much can stop the All Blacks. England, South Africa and Australia come close, but no one even considered Ireland could beat them. Similarly, no one thought any colony would dare rise up against England — that is… until one day in

1776. Ireland participated in the only type of story every American can identify with — an underdog story. The Cubs, on the other hand, were favored to win the World Series even before the season started. Chelsea: I don’t think there’s any other victory in sports history quite like the Chicago Cubs Game 7 win. The Cubs had to wait 108 years to become World Series Champions, which was made even more memorable since it happened in the iconic Wrigley Field. People considered the Cubs and Cubs supporters losers

for that long, which can be tough, but things started looking up when the Cubs were picked to be the preseason favorites. After winning 103 games to clinch the National League (NL) Central, they beat the Giants in the NL Division Series and won against the Dodgers in the NL Championship Series to reach the World Series against the Cleveland Indians. This win was the first time a team came back from 3-1 deficit and win Games 6 and 7 since the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979. Miguel: The Cubs have endured enough

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championship drought for the past 108 years. Last June, Lebron James and the Cavaliers brought pride and dignity to Cleveland (and almost the Indians). However, the most significant individual sports victory this year occurred during the Rio Olympics when Monica Puig won a gold medal in Women’s tennis singles and claimed Puerto Rico’s first Olympic gold medal. The 23-year-old Puig, ranked 34th heading to Rio, managed to defeat former grand slam champions Garbiñe Muguruza, Petra Kvitova and Laura Siegemund en route to the gold medal match. In the finals, Monica took down reigning Australian Open champion and Wimbledon finalist Angelique Kerber. Monica’s road to the gold medal is similar to Leicester City winning the Premier League. There was no expectation for Monica to compete, much less win. Prior to the Olympics, Puig’s previous tournament victory was the Internationaux de Strasbourg in France in 2014. More importantly, her victory propelled the argument of Puerto Rico’s legitimacy as a nation rather than a U.S. territory.

George gets 3 points for the extensive history. Miguel gets 2 points for Puig’s underdog victory. Chelsea gets 1 point because they won in Cleveland, not Chicago. 2. As the college football season winds down, who is your Heisman favorite? George: While he may be an underdog compared to Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, I’m going with Husky quarterback Jake Browning. While experts are lauding Jackson, Browning showed his mettle by leading Washington to a 9-0 record (as I’m writing this) and is on track to beat Russell Wilson’s NCAA passing efficiency record. Compared to the other quarterbacks in the running, Browning has the highest completion percentage. He has 34 touchdown passes and only three interceptions this season. Besides the record, Browning is leading the Huskies through a historic season. This past Saturday, Nov. 5, they beat California 66-27 — the most they’ve scored on the Golden Bears since 1915, and with the most yardage the University of Washington has ever seen against a conference opponent — 704 yards. Browning finished that game 19 for 28 for 378 yards with six touchdowns.

Chelsea: My Heisman favorite is definitely Louisville Cardinals quarterback Jackson. Only a sophomore at the University of Louisville, he already has thrown for 2,753 yards, resulting in 26 touchdowns in the 2016 season. He has also rushed for 1,181 yards, resulting in 19 touchdowns. Just in Week 10 versus Boston College, he had seven total touchdowns. A close runner-up for the Heisman is Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Browning, who has thrown for 2,273 yards, which led to 34 touchdowns this season. However, Browning only got four touchdowns as a result of rushing 77 yards. It’s clear that while Browning is good, Jackson is better. We will see how he fares in his next game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday, Nov. 12, but regardless, I’m confident that he will take the Heisman Trophy. Miguel: From a high school stud at Paramus Catholic high school, Jabrill Peppers is the most complete Heisman candidate. Jackson

seems to be an obvious choice. Nonetheless, Jackson has mainly beat up subpar opponents compared to Michigan. Aside from Clemson and Florida State University, Jackson’s competition can’t be compared to opponents like Pennsylvania State and University of Wisconsin. There is a huge reason why Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines are currently 9-0 and ranked second behind the Alabama

Crimson Tide. Peppers is useful in 12 positions, ranging from linebacker to tight end. He does not get too carried away with himself like Jackson did during the Cardinals loss against Clemson. NFL players should be prepared to play different roles. I believe Peppers has a better chance of succeeding in the National Football playoffs where the real college football teams come to compete.

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Chelsea gets 3 points because Jackson has been unstoppable. George gets 2 points for naming a really underrated player. Miguel gets 2 points because of Pepper’s versatility. 3. As the college ultimate season starts, what teams will come out on top? George: Ah, ultimate Frisbee®. Discus combined with football combined with soccer combined with basketball. The sport of champions. Of Kings. Of men. But also of women. And I guess by proxy of Queens. I have always admired the simple Frisbee®, that magnificent flying pie platter and registered trademark of the Wham-O toy company, something so light even my feeble arms can toss it far. I loved the sport so much I would lament the loss of many a Frisbee® as they landed upon rooftops and within tree branches in my youth. I remember once, I had to buy a knock-off brand Frisbee® — a red Phrizzzdauber with a gold star on it

— which was made somewhere in Korea — possibly North. After one game of ultimate, it turned my palm red. It was then I thought never again. I would only use the Frisbee® from now on. To answer your question, Minnesota and Harvard will be in the final. Chelsea: For the men, I would have to go with the University of Massachusetts Zoodiscs. With its power rating of 2,067, the team is ranked No.1. Assistant coach Russell Wallack must be proud of his team, as they had 28 wins and only four losses. Deep Jeffrey Babbit is certainly carrying the team, with 18 points and seven assists. The women’s team I am rooting for is the University of Oregon Fugues, who are far more impressive than the

Zoodiscs. With a power rating of 2,254, this team has 42 wins and six losses. The player to look out for is Olivia Bartruff, who has 25 points and four assists. Miguel: The College of New Jersey Revolution will be competing in the National D-III Championships next spring. This year’s squad is stacked with talent with caliber players, such as senior Steven Powers, junior Phil Treu and sophomores Nick Pellegrino and Eli Smith. Who else can forget sports writer senior Otto Gomez? Not only can Gomez write amazing articles, but he adds extra speed and

power for the Lions. He has the intuitive mind and capacity to outwit opponents with a grip more secure than super glue. On the D-I side, I believe in the University of North Carolina and University of Massachusetts. UMass has versatile players such as Benjamin Sadok and Jacob Radack. Coming off of a semifinals appearance last spring, the UNC Darkside looks to win the championship now that there once young roster has grown experienced. Players like Aaron Warshauer, JD Hastings and Dan Neilsen look to lead the Darkside under the direction of head coach Mike DeNardis.

Miguel gets 3 points for Darkside’s chances. Chelsea gets 2 points because Babbit graduated, unfortunately. George gets 1 point for only playing one game.

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Lions win third consecutive NJAC By George Tatoris Sports Editor

The field hockey team earned a clean 3-1 win over Rowan University on Wednesday, Nov. 2, sending them to the finals of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Tournament. Senior midfielder/forward Jaclyn Douglas swiped a rebound into the net for the opening goal. With less than 10 minutes left in the first half, senior defender Lexi Smith received the ball on a corner play and fired a shot past the Profs goalkeeper to make the score 2-0. Five minutes into the second period, Rowan midfielder Rachel Galante scored on a penalty stroke, but the Profs had given up too many scoring opportunities to the Lions defense. In the first half, the Profs had four failed penalty corners. The first corner play gave senior defender Shannon Cowles a defensive save. The last corner, initiated with less than 30 seconds left, was their final effort to get on the board before the period ended, but it too failed. After the Profs goal, the Lions defense kept them out of the net until the end of the game, halting four more corner plays. Junior goalkeeper Christina Fabiano made four saves throughout the game. Meanwhile, junior forward

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The team celebrates its final NJAC victory and claims the NCAA tournament bid. Elizabeth Morrison sent a long pass to Douglas, who had a clear shot for her second goal of the night. The Lions won, 3-1, placing them in the NJAC finals. Across the state, the College’s opponent in the finals had just been decided. Montclair University beat back Kean in a vicious 1-0 victory. The two teams met up on Saturday, Nov. 5, and the Lions put the Red Hawks at the other end of that 1-0 score to take the NJAC title.

As the top two teams in the NJAC — with the Lions in first and Montclair in second — walked onto the field at Lions Stadium, both undefeated in the conference, they approached a pivotal moment in their 2016 journey. Whomever won the NJAC Championship would receive automatic placement in the NCAA Tournament. Both the Red Hawks and the Lions plodded through mire and muck to get to the finals. Beset by

injury and illness in the beginning of the season, the Lions gave up three games to high-class teams throughout the month of September. They turned things around in October, resulting in a now 12game win streak and a record of 15-3 at the start of the game. The Red Hawks started 2016 strong with a five-game win streak, but lost their momentum mid-season with three consecutive losses. Since then, the team rebounded and have since only

lost a single match — a 4-0 shutout to the Lions — to make their record 16-4. The Lions ignored their previous victory when they stepped onto the turf in Lions Stadium on Saturday. This was a new day and a new game. “That (game) was history. Now we have to prove ourselves again,” head coach Sharon Pfluger said. “That is the mindset.” In their last matchup, the Lions maintained control of the ball so thoroughly, the Red Hawks only had one chance to score in the entire first half. Things were immediately different this time. While the Lions still maintained control with five penalty corners, the Red Hawks had three penalty corners and two shots. Neither team managed to score in the first half thanks to strong defenses on both teams. The Lions only managed one shot attempt in the entire period, which happened with less than 10 minutes left. Pfluger expected a close game. “We never underestimate any of our opponents,” Pfluger said. “So we knew it was going to be tight.” The Lions returned to the field after halftime with added fire. Two minutes into the half, Douglas bolted downfield with the ball, past her teammates and past Montclair’s defenders, see NJACs page 25

Profs hand Lions first loss of the season By Michael Battista Staff Writer

If there were ever a day for the College’s women’s soccer team to win, it was the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Final on Saturday, Nov. 5. Unfortunately, the College fell to Rowan University, 1-0, after an impressive showing against Kean University, 4-0, in the semi-final match on Wednesday, Nov. 2, both at Lions Stadium. The Lions came into the tournament as the first seed in the conference, ranked fifth in the nation in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Coaches poll. Kean, coming off a win over Montclair University in the first round, looked to avenge its 5-1 loss to the College only a few weeks ago. However, it wasn’t meant to be. As the game started at 5 p.m., the setting sun was in the peripheral vision of senior goalkeeper Jessica Weeder for the first half. The sunlight might have proved to be a challenge if Kean had the chance at a goal, however, the offensive squad didn’t let that happen.

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The Lions and Profs duke it out in the NJAC finals. In a complete shift from their last meeting, the Lions were the better team when it came to ball control early on in the game. The Cougars struggled to get any offensive push and could not take a single shot during the first half. In the 27th minute, senior forward Christine Levering kicked the ball along the line as she took a cross from junior

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midfielder Kayla Bertolino and slipped it into the goal from the side of the net. She said coming into the game, the team needed to make an early statement. “We played them before and we knew we didn’t play well in the first half (then),” Levering said. “We knew today we had to come out strong and have high energy.” Throughout the half, they took 13 shots

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after multiple corner kick attempts and outmaneuvering the Cougar back line. In the second, the Cougar’s floodgates broke completely as the Lions slammed in three goals. Freshman midfielder Alexa Beatty, positioned in front of the net, was able to adjust her body to angle in a cross from Levering to give the team the lead, 2-0, in the 54th minute. In the 66th minute Levering got her head even more in the game as she headed in a corner kick from junior midfielder Jessica Goldman, her 18th of the year. The final blow came from freshman midfielder Haley Bodden, who headed in a chip pass from freshman midfielder Alexa Pestritto to give the Lions the win, 4-0. For both Beatty and Pestritto, this was their first career collegiate playoff goals. When asked about players like Goldman and junior midfielder Elizabeth Thoresen reaching the NJAC Final the previous two years only to lose, head coach Joe Russo said he didn’t believe until the only thing standing between her and the back of the net was the Red

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