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January 29, 2014

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‘Nors’ worthy of renovations

The Hecht agenda: new VP, new plan By Peter Fiorilla Sports Editor

said sophomore mathematics major and ’12-’13 Norsworthy resident Ben Castor. Some students found its location to be endearing as well. “We had a corner room so we had two huge windows overlooking the lake, which was really nice,” said Kristin Dell’Armo, a senior special education and psychology double major who lived in Norsworthy during the ’11-’12 academic year. While Norsworthy, which was built in the early 1930s, is “structurally sound,” “it is time to address some major needs in the building,” Muha said. The College will additionally be

New vice president of student affairs Amy Hecht doesn’t have a hint of an accent, even after spending a lifetime in Florida, Pennsylvania and Alabama. Instead, she’s bringing to the College a fresh voice and a platform focused on leadership development. The VP of student affairs holds responsibility over a budget of $53 million in a number of areas, from Greek life and risk management to health and wellness, and is looking forward to the various possibilities that come with it. “For me, there’s such opportunity at TCNJ,” Hecht said. “The students that I’ve met during my interview, I was just so impressed by (them), and there’s a real sense of this community, folks wanting to create that seamless learning experience. I wanted to work with really talented students and really talented staff and faculty, and I think TCNJ has all of those things.” Hecht isn’t wasting any time in putting her stamp on the College’s agenda. The Physical Enhancement Center, for example — a common source of criticism from students and a regular feature on Twitter (@TCNJProblems) — is getting new equipment as a short-term fix for students’ health needs before a new gym is built in Campus Town. Maybe the most important long-term impact Hecht wants to bring to the College, though, is improved leadership development, or a way of equipping students with leadership skills by bridging the gap

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A relic nearly 80 years old, Norsworthy Hall houses honors students and a few infrastructural hazards. By Natalie Kouba Staff Writer In the past few years, the College administration has been sweeping through campus, making renovations to dining locations, study areas and residence halls. During the 2014-2015 academic year, Norsworthy Hall will be renovated, costing approximately $10.25 million, according to David Muha, associate vice president for Communications, Marketing and Brand Management. The funds for the project will be drawn from the College’s Asset Renewal Plan reserve. “The major concerns are that the systems outlined are beyond their useful life

or nonexistent,” Muha said. Among these concerns, Muha explained, are hazardous materials remediation, repairs to the walls, roof and foundation, waterproofing the foundation and replacing the underground stormwater system. At the College, it is generally acknowledged that Norsworthy Hall is one of the least desirable buildings in which to live. Former residents of Norsworthy experienced the faults of the building, while others say it does not deserve the poor reputation it has widely received. “Other than having a really small room — I was one of the smallest because I was next to the trash room — I didn’t have many problems with the building itself,”

Professor delivers a miracle By Julie Kayzerman News Editor

Waking up to the sound of screams at 5:30 a.m., George Leader, an Archeology professor at the College, ran outside to tend to what looked like a fallen woman on her way to work. However, as he approached the scene, it was clear that what was actually occurring was much different. “I looked outside and saw a lady in the middle of the street (lying) on her back,” Leader said. “I quickly put on slippers and ran out there thinking, if this lady hurt her back, don’t move her. So I got out there, and it was quickly apparent what was happening ... That’s when I realized that the baby was coming.” With the help of Leader, Shirley Bonanni successfully gave birth to Bella Bonanni on a green sled atop an icy hill in Philadelphia.

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Leader explained that as a result of the big snow storms this year, four-wheel drive couldn’t climb the steep hill that leads to Bonanni’s house, among other local residents. “(Fabian Bonanni, the father), had parked his car there during the night of the storm, and that morning the mom ended up going into labor,” Leader said. “So he put her on a sled to try and get her down the hill in a controlled way to get to the car ... Our street was just snow and ice. He got her about halfway down the hill on the sled, which is right in front of my house, and that’s when I heard the screaming and went outside.” Leader, who has no experience in the medical field, never having kids or witnessing a live birth, called 911 and verbalized directions to the mother. “(I) only (knew) what you see in the movies,” see BABY page 3

Editorial / Page 7

Wrestling Junior Brian Broderick back in action. See Sports page 24

Opinions / Page 9

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Twenty One Pilots puts on an electrifying show. Whether at festivals or the comfort of Kendall Hall, the pop duo continually surpasses their limits. See more on page 12.

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Human trafficking How the Super Bowl spikes violations. See News page 2

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‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Inside the Coen Brothers’ satiric tragededy. See A&E page 12 AP Photo

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Human trafficking, knowing the ‘red flags’

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Presenters talk about issues regarding human trafficking to the College. By Gabrielle Beacken News Assistant “Say Something Assembly,” depicting human trafficking as modern-day slavery to students, was presented by The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the Division of Criminal Justice, New Jersey Human Trafficking Task Force and Free International at Roscoe West Hall on Thursday, Jan. 23. The event aimed to spread awareness regarding the ubiquity of human trafficking in the United States. Because New Jersey is hosting Super Bowl XLVIII, the Division of Criminal Justice and the New Jersey Human Trafficking Task Force believe that this will result in an increase in human trafficking in New Jersey. “The facts are there,” said Lowell

Hochhalter, one of the directors of Free International, a faith-based nonprofit organization. “There is an uptaking in trafficking during the Super Bowl.” “This is not a flash in a pan,” said Deborah R. Edwards, Counsel to the New Jersey Attorney General. “This is not just about the Super Bowl. We have to figure out ways to help save somebody’s life.” With an intricate strategy, including training, education and outreach programs, New Jersey government considers the fight against human trafficking a sustainable effort, Edwards explained. According to Edwards, New Jersey’s antihuman trafficking laws received the letter grade “D” in 2013. However, this year, New Jersey received the letter grade “A” for their new strong anti-human trafficking legislation.

The program not only included remarks from the Counsel to the New Jersey Attorney General, but also included lectures from Free International representatives and several videos detailing the initialization of human trafficking. “Human trafficking is not a political issue, it is a human being issue,” Hochhalter said. “What part will I play in human trafficking?” Free International directors Terrence Talley and Jeff Devoll detailed the “red flags” of human trafficking. Since a majority of human trafficking victims are women, according to Free International, one should be attentive to young women with specific “warning signs.” Warning signs include signs of physical abuse, a much older boyfriend, multiple cell phones or hotel cards, not being able to come and go as they please and more, Talley said. “One should speak up and say, ‘What’s going on? Why can’t you go?’” Talley said. Young and vulnerable girls are taken advantage of by pimps who come in and pose as boyfriends, Devoll detailed. High schools, middle schools and shopping malls are the most popular spots for human trafficking recruitment, according to Free International. “There is a misconception that it’s not our own sons and daughters,” Hochhalter said. “100 percent of all of them are somebody’s sons and daughters.” According to Free International, human trafficking is a $32 billion industry. This is greater than the sum of Nike, Starbucks and

Google industries combined. Tekla Roberts, survivor of human trafficking and founder and executive director of Vashti’s Voice, an organization empowering young women of sexual exploitation and abuse, shared her personal story with the student audience. “‘Say Something’ is huge,” Roberts said. “When you know better, you do better. Change the community.” Students agreed that “Say Something Assembly” was helpful and useful, but word of the event was not spread enough across campus. “This was really informative,” freshman criminology major Lucia Menyou said. “It should have been more advertised.” Freshman international studies major Lauren Plawker added that, though the event helped inform students about the details of human trafficking, more students should have been conscious of the event. “We know that it happens, but we don’t know (to) what extent it happens,” Plawker said. Speaking out and bringing awareness to the public can stop human trafficking. “Facts are facts, it is what it is,” Hochhalter said. “Modern-day slavery can come to an end in our own lifetime.” Edwards assured the students that the New Jersey Attorney General Office is creating stronger anti-trafficking legislation and taking sturdier actions to prevent human trafficking. “New Jersey is on it,” he said.

Hecht / Embracing the role Stealing stereos New VP of Student Affairs By Tom Kozlowski News Editor

Hecht has enjoyed the College thus far and wants to expand on leadership development within the community. continued from page 1

between classes and other activities. “Every student is a leader,” Hecht said. “We are in college. We are actually training leaders of the future who are going to address the problems of society, of their companies, in our school systems, all of those elements. So what skills are we providing you to address those concerns, to advocate, to lead, to share your vision? That’s a lot of what I do.” The idea of leadership development is to integrate the educational process and extracurricular activities so that there is one dominant

College experience, rather than a fractured set of experiences. It is like how journalism majors, Hecht says, can use The Signal as a way to improve their knowledge of the major, while also taking classes. “We have very intelligent students, they obviously have the academic credentials, but how are we bridging the gap between what happens in the classroom and what happens outside the classroom — in some of our activities, intramural sports, athletics — so that it makes sense, and not just have these two separate experiences?” Hecht said. “That’s a challenge for half the country, one that TCNJ is ready to start talking about so we could be a model for other schools.” Hecht has been talking with students and others about making potential connections since starting the job earlier this month, but leadership development and other priorities — whether it be improving the fan experience at sporting events or bettering the collaborations between academic affairs and student affairs — might not be on the agenda if things had worked out a little differently for the new VP. Hecht went to Florida State University for a career in TV journalism, which yielded work at NBC and PBS. Her career path changed course, though, when she decided to pursue one of the things she loves most: working on college campuses. “I love being on campus,” Hecht said. “(I) realized TV was not for me, but at the same time, I was really involved with student leadership on campus. I had a really incredible adviser and realized I could spend my career on college campuses,

doing leadership development.” After getting her master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania, Hecht built up her résumé at different colleges. She was in the dean of students’ office at Temple University, assistant director of student activities at Cabrini College and became the assistant VP of student affairs at Auburn University in 2009, when she helped re-create the school’s division of student affairs. In that time, Hecht has developed a philosophy on how to lead: be yourself. “I think it’s important to be authentic and be who you are in your job, and not try to become something else or be what you think (you) should be,” Hecht said. “So that’s the core of my leadership style.” That style is being used to confront the issues that are keeping Hecht busy throughout the first month on the job, including the environments at sporting events — another opportunity for the College, according to the FSU grad and sports fan. “What is it like to be a fan at TCNJ?” Hecht said. “I’ve seen it, a little bit, and I think there’s a big opportunity to improve the fan experience. It should be exciting to be at our games, social and full of school spirit, music and energy.” It has been a busy January for Hecht, but she has enjoyed her transition to the position and to a College with students she enjoys working with. “There’s a lot of opportunity here and there’s a lot of great people,” Hecht said. “The students are incredible, every student I’ve met. I’ve had a really great three weeks.”

On Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m., four vehicles were broken into on the first floor of the Decker Parking Garage, according to Campus Police. The first victim to file a report discovered the passenger window to his or her blue Nissan Sentra broken and the detachable face stereo removed but not lifted from the vehicle. The second victim’s 2007 silver Saab 9-3 also had a broken passenger window, but the victim’s Garmin stereo CD/navigation system was stolen — a value of approximately $1,200, according to Campus Police. The third victim’s driver’s side window was smashed, while the stereo to his 2006 Nissan Altima was unsuccessfully removed. Finally, the fourth victim’s passenger side window was shattered, and according to Campus Police, the non-functioning factory-installed stereo within the vehicle was stolen, valuing up to $50. Students were notified to make sure their vehicles were secure and that all valuables were hidden from view, Campus Police said. …

A Toshiba 10-inch tablet was reported stolen on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m.,

according to Campus Police. A female student had left the tablet alone atop a table on Kendall Hall’s second floor, the student absent for a duration between 12:45 p.m. to 1 p.m. Upon her return, it was missing. According to Campus Police, the tablet was worth about $425. …

Campus Police were dispatched to Travers Hall on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 12:30 a.m. on reports of an intoxicated female student. The report was filed by the s t u d e n t ’s roommate, who was concerned for her well-being. According to Campus Police, the two students had been consuming alcoholic beverages such as Razz (raspberry vodka) earlier in the evening, concealed in Poland Spring bottles. When the suspect’s roommate returned from a trip to the bathroom, she noticed that the suspect had consumed more and become ill, yet neglected to immediately get help for fear of getting in trouble. Campus Police say that the suspect had difficulty sitting up without support, and her speech was both slurred and unintelligible. Ultimately, Lions EMS transported the suspect to Hopewell Medical Center, according to Campus Police.

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Nors / Improvements coming to College

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Carpeting in Norsworthy Hall emits a musky smell with deteriorating furniture while piping is exposed in the ceilings of the students’ hallways. continued from page 1 replacing mechanical, electrical and plumbing fixtures, equipment and infrastructure, as well as adding emergency phones, security cameras and making necessary Americans with Disability Act (ADA) code upgrades. The College has made improvements to the building since its original construction, such as ADA improvements, roof and window replacements and adding a fire suppressions system, according to Muha. Some former residents agree that it is time for updates, from temperature regulation to wheelchair accessibility inside. One of the hopeful changes to Norsworthy was removing the smell in the hallways from the carpets. “Think crayon wax and a dirty musk mixed together,” sophomore biology major and ’12-’13 Norsworthy resident Patrick Gallagher said. Castor added, “I think the carpets should be completely changed in the hallways because a lot, and I mean a lot, has happened to them just this past year. I can only imagine what they went through in all the years they were there.”

Norsworthy was once used for sophomore housing, but the construction and closing of Cromwell Hall in the 2012-2013 school year forced freshman honors students into Norsworthy. There are 155 students currently living in Norsworthy, and according to Muha, this number will not change after the renovations are completed. The project is expected to take 15 months to complete and the dorm will be reopened for the fall 2015 semester, according to Muha. Although upperclassmen are not guaranteed an initial times lot like freshmen and sophomores, the College is confident that all applicants will receive on-campus housing. It is not yet clear how the temporary closing of Norsworthy will affect housing placements. “It is yet too soon to determine the lottery cutoff,” Sean Stallings, executive director of Residential Education and Housing said. “However, I remain confident that we will be able to offer all wait-list applicants on-campus housing through our wait list management process, should there be a lottery cutoff.” As one of the older buildings, the College’s longterm asset renewal plan deemed Norsworthy in need of

renovations next. The plan outlines the necessity of replacement and renovation of different campus buildings as funding allows, according to Muha. Although it is not the most coveted spot to live on-campus, former residents were able to find the silver lining in some of Norsworthy’s least charming assets. “Although the carpets were not that clean, (they) provided a place for students to sit in the wide hall and bond with each other,” sophomore political science and history double major and ’12-’13 resident Michael Tobass said. Even the aging architecture can be a boon. “It was smaller, so I didn’t have to go up many flights of stairs to go anywhere,” Gallagher said. “You didn’t have to deal with Towers’ kids throwing up in the elevator. You didn’t even need to deal with elevators.” Overall, the building’s beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Though renovations are universally acknowledged as necessary, students remember Norsworthy as an endearing part of their college experiences. “We complained a lot about living in Nors, but it really wasn’t as bad as everyone made it out to be,” Dell’Armo said.

Netflix may increase fees Baby / Birth on sled By Courtney Wirths Opinions Editor • After years of rising used-car prices, the prices of used cars are expected to drop this year due to more families choosing to buy or lease new cars. The switch is largely driven by better economic times, according to the Wall Street Journal.

• Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, is designing a plan to almost eliminate automobile traffic in the center of the city by increasing the amount of public transportation as well as biking and walking lanes. Similar plans are becoming popular in industrial cities working to go green, according to CNBC.

• The price of natural gas has rallied since the start of the new year, making it the top performing commodity. The unusually cold weather has increased consumption of natural gas and lowering the level in reserves, according to the Wall Street Journal.

• Only 3 percent of the companies to have an initial public offering (IPO) between 1996 and 2013 had women CEOs. The statistics reflect the continued disproportion of female CEOs to male CEOs in the U.S., according to the Wall Street Journal.

• While Americans are both looking for renewable energy and weary of large nuclear reactors, the nuclear power industry is now introducing small and medium sized reactors. The new reactors are smaller in size and designed with disasters like the Japan earthquake in mind, according to CNBC.

• Ratings for the popular A&E show, “Duck Dynasty,” have been sharply lower than the same time last year. The show about a family of duck call producers was surrounded with controversy when the patriarch, Phil Robertson, made public antigay comments, according to the New York Times.

• Netflix is once again toying with the possibility of increasing the monthly fee for new members and varying prices for streaming on multiple screens simultaneously. The video streaming company had received intense backlash from costumers and shareholders the last time it attempted a price increase, according to Bloomberg News.

• The chief operating officer of Facebook Inc., Sheryl Sandberg, became one of the youngest female billionaires in the world last week when the price of Facebook hit all-time highs. The 44-year-old owns about 12.3 million shares of the popular social networking site, according to Bloomberg News.

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Leader said. “I was yelling to her, ‘breathe slowly, big breaths through your mouth, the baby’s head is coming … he’s face down’ and they’re saying okay that’s fine and within about two minutes, the baby came right out.” According to Leader, the father grabbed the baby, broke the umbilical cord with his hands, wrapped

the baby in a blanket and they both immediately sprinted up the hill with the baby into the warmth of their house. “It was -15 degrees with wind-

“(I) only (knew) what you see in the movies.” -Professor Leader

Leader aids baby born on sled.

chill and I was just frozen, we needed to get the baby inside,” Leader said. “Once the baby was crying and it looked OK, I ran back to the mother. She was just freezing and shaking and I ran to get my roommates … they ran out and we all grabbed a corner of the sled and moved the mother into our living room because our house was the closest.” Minutes later, the fire department arrived but couldn’t get up the hill either. About five firefighters ran up the hill, some attending to the baby, the rest to the mother as they awaited the arrival of the paramedics. “(It was) pretty wild,” Leader said. “Not in a million years” did he ever think something like that would happen to him. “That stuff only happens in movies.”

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Nation & W rld

Israel averts Al Qaeda’s plan for suicide bombings

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A Palestinian man is arrested for trying to bomb the US Embassy. By Jonathan Machlin Staff Writer On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Israeli officials formally stated that security forces had

foiled an Al Qaeda plot to blow up the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv along with the convention center in Jerusalem. Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency, stated that on Wednesday, Dec. 25, it had arrested three Palestinians who were allegedly recruited by an Al Qaeda operative over the Internet. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the attackers had planned simultaneous suicide attacks on the International Convention Center in Jerusalem and the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv. One suspect planned to load a truck with bombs and also provide five terrorists with forged identification papers that would allow them to enter Israel. Three of the bombers would detonate themselves at the International Convention Center, where

President Barack Obama spoke back in March 2013. The truck driver would then detonate the truck in order to kill bystanders and rescuers. Meanwhile, the two remaining terrorists would detonate at the entrance to the United States Embassy. “The recruiter ... told them that he worked for Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took over the leadership of Al Qaeda after the Americans killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011,” Haaretz stated. Despite the nature by which the foiled threat was announced, the United States government has not confirmed the threat. According to NBC News, several officials stated that they “could not verify the Israeli report ... particularly the purported link to Al Qaeda—even though U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies communicate

closely and frequently.” NBC News added that a senior State Department official speaking on the condition of anonymity said, “The validity is something we’re still looking at.” Whether the foiled terrorist plot was the work of Al Qaeda or a different organization, it remains common knowledge that embassy attacks have been an Al Qaeda calling card for over 15 years. On Aug. 7, 1998, multiple car bomb attacks killed or wounded over 4,000 people at United States embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, Dar Es Salaam and Tanzania. And on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, the embassy in Benghazi, Libya was attacked, resulting in the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. In all of the attacks, the assailants had affiliations with Al Qaeda.

Medical marijuana finds its way onto Florida’s ballot TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment to allow the medical use of marijuana will go before Florida voters in November after the state Supreme Court narrowly approved the ballot language Monday. The 4-3 decision is a victory for personal injury lawyer John Morgan, who spent $4 million on a medical marijuana petition drive, and a defeat for Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi, who fought to keep the question off the ballot. The decision comes three days after Morgan secured enough voter signatures to make the ballot. He made a massive push in December and January to beat the Feb. 1 deadline instead of waiting for the Supreme Court decision — a gamble that has now paid off. “In our businesses, our cases are against the tobacco industries, pharmaceutical industries, big car companies, so we’re used to gambles, but we take calculated gambles,” Morgan said. “We like to win and we don’t just go down a rat hole unless we think we can win.” Bondi said the matter is now up to voters. “I encourage every Floridian to read the full amend-

ment in order to understand the impact it could have on Floridians,” she said in a statement issued by her office. Gov. Rick Scott, who is the former CEO of the Columbia/HCA hospital chain, House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz — all Republicans — backed Bondi’s effort to keep the question of the ballot. “I have a great deal of empathy for people battling difficult diseases and I understand arguments in favor of this initiative,” Scott said in a statement released by his office. “But having seen the terrible effects of alcohol and drug abuse first-hand, I cannot endorse sending Florida down this path and I would personally vote against it. No matter my personal beliefs, however, a ballot initiative would be up to the voters to decide.” Weatherford said he hopes voters reject the idea. “I have faith they will do their homework and understand the impact of this truly radical proposal. Make no mistake: this is not about compassionate medical marijuana. This is about the Coloradofication of Florida, where the end game is a pot shop on every street corner,” Weatherford said in a statement issued through a spokesman.

Around the World:


Yanukovych drops protest laws

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President Viktor Yanukovych is pressured to stop anti-protest laws that caused friction between protesters and public officials. KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s beleaguered president on Monday agreed to scrap harsh anti-protest laws that set off a wave of clashes between protesters and police over the past week, a potentially substantial concession to the opposition that stopped short of meeting all of its demands. In a possibly major sticking point, a proposed amnesty for arrested protesters would not be offered unless demonstrators stopped occupying buildings and ended their round-the-clock protests and tent camp on Kiev’s central Independence Square, according to a

statement by Justice Minister Elena Lukash on the presidential website. President Viktor Yanukovych has been under increasing pressure since he pushed the tough laws through parliament, setting of clashes and protests in other parts of the country in a sharp escalation of tensions after weeks of mostly peaceful protests over his rejection of a deal to deepen ties with the 28-nation European Union. At a meeting between top opposition figures and Yanukovych late Monday “a political decision was made on scrapping the laws of Jan. 16, which aroused much discus-

sion,” Lukash said. She made no mention of a key opposition demand — that Yanukovych resign. One of the opposition figures, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, turned down the prime minister’s job, which Yanukovych had offered him on Saturday, the statement said. Eliminating the laws, which is likely to be done in a special parliament session Tuesday, appears to be a serious step back for the government. The session is also expected to include a discussion of government responsibility in the crisis, suggesting a cabinet reshuffle could be imminent. It was not immediately clear how the announcement would be received. On Independence Square, there was no immediate reaction from the relatively small crowd gathered in bitter cold near midnight. A key issue will be the amnesty offer, which could allow for the release of dozens of protesters currently being held in jail in exchange for an end to the demonstrations. The statement did not say the opposition would agree to those terms. Doing so could infuriate radical factions within the broad-based protest movement, such as the group called Right Sector that has driven much of the recent violence.

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The Supreme Court approves Florida’s new ballot initiative for use of medical marijuana.

Gaetz’ office said he had no comment. “The people of Florida don’t like when their vote is tried to be suppressed,” Morgan said. “Unfortunately there’s some politicians in the state who did not want the people to have the say and they forgot that the power is in the people and democracy is based in the people.”

Obscure & Offbeat

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An elephant being rescued from the Ivory Coast in Africa.

Puerto Rico thief gets too “egg-cited”

Police look for a man who took more than $22,000 worth of chicken eggs.

Student pays tuition in a unique way

A student from the University of Utah pays his $2,000 tuition bill in only $1 bills to protest the increasing cost of school.

Rescuers relocate troubled elephants

Elephants in on the Ivory Coast have been pushed out of their national habitats and are being relocated 10 hours south. All information from AP

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Super Bowl comes to Jersey

With all of the snow on the ground, it’s understandable why Peyton Manning or Russell Wilson may not be extremely excited to be playing the biggest game of their respective careers in New Jersey. And yes, we may get a little precipitation and some frigid temperatures come Sunday. But New Jersey has never hosted a Super Bowl, and depending on how this one goes, it may never get the chance to host one again, so everyone on the East coast should appreciate this moment. The beautiful weather in California has often been host for the Super Bowl. Domes in Arizona, Indiana and Texas are also popular venues. This Super Bowl is going to provide a different element, however, because of the weather, and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Consider this: the Super Bowl champion is supposed to be the best team in the NFL (although it doesn’t always turn out that way) and this year, we’ve got arguably the two best teams in the NFL squaring off. Therefore, the best team with the best players should be able to fight through any obstacles in their path, even if it’s bad weather. There is plenty of argument as to what exactly is the legacy of Manning, as well as doubts that he can compete in bad weather or against a stellar Seahawks’ defense. What some people don’t realize is that Manning won his first — and only — Super Bowl in Florida on a rainy day with a stingy Chicago Bears’ defense opposing him. This game is the perfect chance for Manning to quiet his critics once and for all. While he has a loaded offense, he’ll have a tall task at Metlife Stadium. Regardless of whether you’re a Denver or Seattle fan, if you’re a resident of New Jersey, this Super Bowl is a great one to go to. Going to the Super Bowl is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and if it leaves the cold part of the East coast for good, we may never get a better chance to go than right now. I wish I was able to go, especially with how good the game is shaping up to be. While some people may be looking at a Super Bowl in Jersey as a curse, I think of it more as a reward. We deal with this weather every year. It’s time the Super Bowl has to as well.

— Chris Molicki, Managing Editor

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In just his second season, Wilson has the chance to win it all — before the likes of Luck, Kaepernick and Griffin III.

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Quotes of the Week “We spent all of our winter break practicing. We only had five days off. Most people would think we’re crazy but it’s so worth it. I’ve never really known what a college winter break was like, but I just love keeping busy and having practice” — Senior cheerleading co-captain Amanda Nicol.

“I think it’s important to be authentic and be who you are in your job, and not try to become something else or be what (you) think you should be. So that’s the core of my leadership style.” — New vice president of student affairs Amy Hecht.

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CODEBREAKER tells the remarkable and tragic story of one of the 20th century's most important people. Alan Turing set in mo9on the computer age and his World War II codebreaking helped turn the 9de of the Second World War. Instead of receiving accolades, Turing faced terrible persecu9on. In 1UV2, the Bri9sh Wovernment forced him to undergo chemical castra9on as punishment for his homose8uality. In despair, Turing commiXed suicide. He was only 41 years old. Documentary elements seamlessly interconnect with drama scenes in CODEBREAKER to offer a three dimensional picture of Turing, his accomplishments, his tragic end, and his las9ng legacy. Sponsored by the Department of Computer Science, the School of Science, the Cultural and Intellectual Community Program Council, and Upsilon Pi Epsilon


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Human trafficking is modern-day slavery

College’s students invited to join the fight

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President Lincoln’s words can still inspire students to take action and help to end human trafficking or modern-day slavery. By Matthew Newman The date was Jan. 1, 1863, and Abraham Lincoln had just signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This executive order declared all slaves in the rebellious confederate states to be free and laid the groundwork for the 13th Amendment, which eventually made slavery a federal

crime. Slavery, in the legal sense of the word, was abolished, and abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison were rejoicing in their success over injustice. Fast forward a century, and a man by the name of Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous “I Have A Dream Speech” on a march on Washington, attempting

to gain equality for all people, regardless of color, race, sex or any other differences one man might have from another. This same man also once said the words, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Today, there is a threat to justice everywhere that people refuse to acknowledge or simply know nothing about, and it is what I call “Modern Day Slavery.” 150 years after slavery became illegal by law, slavery still thrives, and it is in fact growing. The United Nations estimates there are approximately 27 million people enslaved in our world today. That is a startling number on its own, but it is even more startling to hear that this amount is the largest it has ever been in history — even when slavery was completely legal around the world. The government labels this crime as human trafficking, and although they are fully aware of the issue, they can only do so much to stop it. This is because most of the public, including a large majority of the people viewing this article, know nothing about this injustice occurring every day. As college students, we have a history of shining light on important social issues of our day, such as the collegiate

abolitionists of the 1860s, the civil rights advocates of the 1960s and also the fight against the Vietnam War in the 1970s. All of these events were influenced heavily by passionate college students, just like you, who understood that it was up to them to change the way their generation and future generations would view the issue in front of them. It is now our turn to be the ones to change our world around us. I have started a club here at the College called Project Stay Gold, which is dedicated to fighting the injustice that is human trafficking. As modern-day abolitionists, we raise awareness for the issue and empower others to take action alongside us to stop this crime from stealing the innocence of children all around the world. If you are interested in being a modernday abolitionist, join us at our first meeting of the semester on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the couches on the second level of the student center, or email us any questions that you may have at In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” This issue truly matters — so don’t allow yourself to be silent about it.

Atheism’s bad rap in the United States By Frank Stabile

There is no doubt religion has a powerful grip on American politics and society. Nearly every high-level politician is ostensibly a member of some religious organization. The President ends every speech with the words “God bless America,” and the official motto of the United States has been “In God We Trust” since 1956. The prevalence of religion in American life makes it easy to forget that many people do not subscribe to any faith. In fact, atheism is the most rapidly growing group in America. Despite this increase, atheists have a surprisingly poor reputation. In this article, I describe some recent data on religion and public opinion and consider the implications for atheism in America. Before I begin, let me be clear about my views. I am an atheist and an anti-theist, which are two distinct categories. As an atheist, I do not believe in any god. As an anti-theist, I am opposed to the influence of religion in society, particularly the monotheistic faiths that predominate in America. It is important that I spell out my position here because it colors this discussion. First, the good news: atheism appears to be on the rise in the United States. In 2012, the Gallup International Association (GIA) repeated a series of polls it conducted in 2005 and published the results in a report called the Global Index of Religion and Atheism. In interviews, the GIA asked participants if they were a religious person, not a religious person or a convinced atheist. Between 2005 and 2012, the number of Americans who identified as religious dropped from 73 percent to 60 percent and the number that identified as convinced atheists rose from 1 percent to 5 percent. Although the United States still ranked as one of the

most religious countries in the world, it experienced one of the largest drops in religiosity. As the number of nonbelievers increases, my hope is that atheists can garner political strength and a better reputation. And (if you will allow the phrase) God knows atheists need a better reputation. Gallup, Inc., conducted a telephone poll in 2012, asking participants if they would vote for a qualified presidential candidate who happened to fall into one of several different categories. For most groups, the numbers were strongly positive, over 90 percent yes. The bottom three groups were homosexuals at 68 percent, Muslims at 58 percent and atheists at 54 percent. A little more than half of the participants would consider voting for an atheist candidate. Thankfully, this number has been continually increasing (from 18 percent in 1958), but it is still dishearteningly

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Despite the growing number of atheists, Americans still have a distrust in atheists.

low and makes one wonder why an atheist candidate is so unappealing. In 2011, researchers from the Universities of British Columbia and Oregon examined this issue in a paper titled “Do You Believe in Atheists? Distrust is Central to Anti-Atheist Prejudice.” As the title says, the main reason behind atheism’s sour reputation is distrust. This conclusion is best illustrated in the second part of the study, involving a scenario in which a man gives false insurance information after a car accident and then steals the money from a wallet he finds on the street. Participants were split into four groups and asked if it was more likely that this man was a teacher or a teacher and something else. Each group was given a different second category: Christian, Muslim, rapist or atheist. In each of the first two groups, less than 20 percent of participants chose Christian or Muslim. In each of the last two groups, around 40 to 50 percent of participants chose rapist or atheist. No significant difference occurred between the number that chose rapist and those that chose atheist. This seems to indicate that, in the eyes of the participants, the moral compasses of a rapist and an atheist are comparable. If atheists do as well as rapists when it comes to trust, then it is fair to say that atheists have an image problem. Obviously, data like these are discouraging for a grumpy atheist such as myself. Nonetheless, I am optimistic about the future of atheism in America. As the number of atheists grows, their influence will also increase. Simultaneously, people will begin to realize that their distrust is unfounded. If more people are open about their atheism, others will see that atheists have been lurking around them all along without causing harm. For these reasons, I encourage atheists interested in a secular society to be vocal about their ideas. After all, being a heathen is not so bad — we have one less meeting during the weekend.

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Who to look out for on Team USA together since 1997 — longer than any other American ice dancing team.

Gracie Gold, Figure Skating: What’s in a name? How about a gold medal for Gold. The 18-year-old national champion is expected to win big at the Games. Her biggest competition might even be her own teammates, 15-year-old Polina Edmunds and 22-year-old Ashley Wagner.

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Sarah Hendrickson, Lindsey Van and Jessica Jerome, Ski Jumping: These three women are part of history, as women’s ski jumping makes its Olympic debut, and Van is a big part of making that happen after fighting for its inclusion. At only 19, Hendrickson is the reigning world champion, so it looks like the U.S. might take the first gold the event has to offer.

speedskating. He already has two bronze medals to his name from the Vancouver Olympics. But before worrying about the Olympics, the Seattle native has to worry about how well his Seahawks will do in the Super Bowl.

Shaun White, Snowboarding: White, formerly known as the Flying Tomato, has been a fan favorite for years. He is back to defend his two-time gold medal win in the halfpipe and is also competing in slopestyle, a new Olympic event.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Ice Dancing: Two-time world champions and five-time national champions got silver at the last Olympics and are now favorites to win gold. The team has been

Nick Goepper, Freestyle Skiing: This 19-year-old was the first American to qualify for the 2014 Games and is a frontrunner for gold at the Olympics. When beginning the sport, Goepper

Celski is expected to lead the speedskating team in Sochi.

By Colleen Murphy Features Editor

Team USA has some pretty awesome athletes representing us at the Sochi Olympics, and here are just some of the Olympians you should follow leading up to the Games next week: J.R. Celski, Short Track Speedskating: At 23, Celski took over for Apolo Ohno, and is now the new face of U.S.

purchased all the equipment himself through selling candy and completing odd jobs. All these years later, it seems like it paid off. Lolo Jones, Bobsledding: No, this isn’t a mistake. The track’s star hurdler is now the brakeman for the bobsledding team. After a disappointing show at the Summer Olympics, Jones hopes to medal in a different sport. However, the decision to put her on the team is controversial, with many people saying her fame was what earned her the spot. Let’s see if she can prove them wrong. Jamaican Bobsled Team: “Cool Runnings” Part 2? Now, they might not be American, but it is definitely a true underdog story that you want to keep your eye on. The two-man team had financial troubles getting to the Games, but with the help of thousands of dollars in donations, the island nation has its first bobsledding team since 2002. Jamaica, we have a bobsled team! Seems like this is going to be an exciting Olympics for America (and Jamaica). This is the second part of “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” a weekly column on the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Debunking the myths about nutrition By Andreia Bulhao Columnist

It seems we are always being bombarded with advice about fitness and nutrition. People are constantly being told what to eat, when to eat it and why it’s important. But with such an endless flow of information, one can easily get misinformed about what truly is right for his or her body. Distinguishing what advice is really helpful and what is more of a “myth” can be difficult, but when you take the time to look into these false ideas, it makes keeping up with a healthy lifestyle much simpler. Here are four common myths about nutrition debunked. Eating six small meals a day is

better for you and can help you lose weight. This is a common piece of advice tossed around for those of us trying to shed a few extra pounds, but most of us aren’t aware of what this particular idea entails. Yes, it is true that consuming frequent small meals will cause your metabolism to increase, while helping you burn a few extra calories. However, it does not burn a significant amount that would directly help with weight loss or maintenance. More importantly, eating more throughout the day could increase your caloric intake when your meals are not planned out correctly, which could actually cause you to gain weight. With this in mind, remember that, although there is a grain of truth to this idea, you

must carry it out correctly for it to be beneficial. Eating smaller portions frequently can be a strategy for staying in control and preventing overeating, but each meal must be planned out in a way that is favorable for you. Remember, eating more throughout the day is not better for you, it is just a different approach to controlling your food intake and won’t be the key to shedding those extra pounds. Find a method for controlling your appetite that works for you even if it isn’t eating six times a day.

Fat free foods are better for you. This can be true, but it depends on the product. Sometimes, taking fat out of foods can cause it to lose its signature flavor. This results in companies adding ingredients like sugar, high

fructose corn syrup or aspartame to make sure these products still contain the same taste. In this case, be sure to read labels. Just because a product says “fat free” doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Cleansing diets, such as “juicing” or fasting, are necessary to occasionally flush out toxins. It seems that the fad of cleanse dieting continues to be on the rise, with more and more people trying to find ways that will both rid their systems of toxins and help them lose weight. The truth is, these diets hurt you more than help you. In many cases, you’re depriving your body of the nutrients it needs in an effort to do something that it is already programmed to do. Your body is designed to remove toxins

on its own using your kidneys, liver and spleen. Cleansing diets aren’t necessary, and they certainly do not make these organs function any better. Weight loss is solely based on the calories you burn and consume. This is mostly true, but other things must be considered. We usually think that weight loss is a simple matter of what you burn vs. what you consume, but the truth is that different foods have different effects on our bodies. That plate of veggies can have the same calories as that serving size of chips, but they will affect your diet differently. So while thinking about how much you eat and burn is important, it is most important to consider what kind of calories you are eating, as well.

And we were like, baby, baby, baby, noooo! By Johnanthony Alaimo Columnist

‘U Smile,’ we frown.

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Oh, Justin, what are we going to do with you? I guess put you in jail. The singer/irresponsible Canadian was arrested in the early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 23, in Miami after being accused of driving under the influence and drag racing. Apparently, Bieber told police that he had a beer, pot and a prescription drug. Sounds like a great dinner. Of course, Bieber had his mugshot taken. I can’t wait for that image to pop up on souvenir mugs, shirts and maybe even a cute tote. The singer’s management team reportedly has been begging Biebs to go to rehab as his ego is getting out of control. Well, maybe he was on his way to rehab that day and just wanted

to arrive in style. Hashtags on Twitter calling for Bieber’s release quickly sprung up, one of which is “#FreeJustinBieber.” Confiscate all nail filers from pre-teen girls now as a precaution. Bieber’s bail was set at $2,500, which is about how much his crushed-up tissue would sell for on eBay. Fans of The Wanted (anyone? anyone?) will be disappointed to hear that the band is taking a break from one another after they wrap up their upcoming tour. I’m sorry, boys, but you’re not fooling anyone. This is not a “break,” this is goodbye. The Wanted haven’t exactly

been “successful.” Singing a song in a movie where Ray Romano voices a woolly mammoth is not exactly making it to the top. If any of you are lucky, maybe you can sneak into One Direction. Hide inside Harry’s hair. Lindsay Lohan has announced she is making a new film! What’s even funnier is that she wants Jessica Lange of “American Horror Story” fame to co-star with her in it. Excuse me? Jessica Lange is a talented actress that surrounds herself with only the best talent, minotaurs and axe-wielding psychopaths and you, Ms. Lohan, do not fit any of those bills. Good luck on attempting to get people to pay to see you act, though!

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To splurge or save? 3. Gym Membership: Save. Physical fitness is a huge part of being healthy and both looking and feeling great. But you don’t need to dish out the big bucks to get in a good workout. Using the PEC is obviously the cheapest solution (it’s free!), but for those of you who don’t want to bear the burden of some broken machines and reserving a treadmill, try taking an on-campus yoga or Zumba class, joining the crossfit club or a club sport or even seeking an off-campus gym membership. There are many in the area that are less than $30 a month.

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Healthy hair doesn’t come cheap. By Brielle Urciuoli Columnist

With the start of the semester, many college students find themselves with empty wallets after spending what seems to be their life savings on books, meal plans and all the other start-of-thesemester expenses. When it comes to skincare, health and beauty products, you don’t always need to break the bank to be fabulous, although sometimes, it is worth it. Here’s a guide to when you should save and when to splurge. 1. Mascara: Save. Every three months, you should get new mascara because bacteria builds up on the brushes, which can cause eye infections. Why splurge on something that will be thrown out in a few months? Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara is under $10 and has been one of the highest-selling mascaras for over a decade. And if you want a “high end” mascara, go with the smaller, cheaper trial sizes. It will be less expensive and will most likely run out around the time it should be tossed anyway. 2. Lotions: Save. From Aveeno to St. Ives, the drugstore shelves are lined with nourishing moisturizers under $15. Burt’s Bees body butter has natural shea butter for the driest of skins, while Aveeno has gentle, yet effective moisturizing agents for sensitive skin.

4. Hair tools: Splurge. Unfortunately, the healthiest of hair does not come cheap. Constantly straightening or curling your hair with a low-grade, highheat product can leave it unhealthy and lifeless. However, the CHI straightener uses infrared technology and ceramic plates to retain moisture in your hair, causing much less damage. The downside? They can cost over $100. 5. Vitamins: Save. Vitamins are worth spending money on to promote general health and well-being, but oftentimes the generic or children’s brands offer the same benefits, but with a lower price and yummier chewable flavors. Look for something with the daily value of folic acid, because this vitamin helps create healthy and strong skin and hair. 6. Razors: Splurge. Many people may argue that reusable razors give a closer and smoother shave, but are afraid to dish out the big bucks and refer back to disposable razors instead. However, after calculating the yearly cost for both, it actually costs less to make the initial investment of a good razor and then replace the cartridges when needed. College life requires a great deal of making decisions. Just like budgeting your study time well will result in better grades, budgeting money for your beauty routine the right way can be just as rewarding.

Campus Style By Jordan Koziol and Heather Hawkes Columnists Sophomore psychology major Ji Hwang and sophomore nursing major Isabelle Tan tell us about their fashion inspiration, their celebrity style icon and their worst fashion faux pas. Do you two use each other for outfit inspiration at all? IT: Absolutely, we go into each other’s closets and share all of our clothes. What do you do when you have one of those “I have nothing to wear” moments? JH: I have a bunch of basic clothing, so it’s easy to create something new by pairing different things together. IT: I love layering. It lets you combine a bunch of simple clothing to create something dimensional.

Where do you like to shop? IT: I like to pick pieces from a variety of stores. Lord and Taylor always has a good selection of Urban and Free People, but at half the price. Quick! You woke up late and have five minutes to get ready for class. What do you wear? IT: Leggings paired with a big sweater, high socks, boots and a cute scarf. Works every time. What was your worst middle school fashion mistake? JH: I feel like there are so many. I would wear long sleeves with a shortsleeved T-shirt over it every day. Oh, and gaucho pants were the worst.

What’s your favorite article of clothing? JH: Definitely leggings. You can virtually pair them with anything and be comfortable at the same time. IT: I am obsessed with knee-high socks. They pull any look together. If you could pick any celebrity as your fashion icon, who it would it be? IT: Recently I’ve been really intrigued by Emma Roberts’s fashion sense in “American Horror Story.” What’s your best piece of personal fashion advice? JH and IT: Stick with basic clothing and use layers to create a look that is completely your own. Favorite color combination? JH: Black on black on black. IT: I love maroon and mustard together.

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Hwang and Tan say that having your own, personal style is key.

Presenting the most delicious pizza, ever

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The shareable size is the perfect amount of pizza for two people. By Colleen Murphy Features Editor

You know when you’re in New York City and you really need a quick bite to eat that’s not too expensive? Well, I’ve got the perfect place for you: Così. Thankfully, however, you don’t have to travel to the city to try the perfection because there are restaurants throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. I’m not sure if I can put the deliciousness of this pizza into words. Così’s flatbread pizza is the best flatbread pizza I’ve ever had — by far.

Each time I go, I get the traditional cheese pizza. The clumps of mozzarella and Romano are perfectly dispersed, and the tomatoes are nice and fresh. For those who are more adventurous, they also offer chicken and spinach, sausage, smoky BBQ chicken, margherita, chicken margherita and pepperoni. The pizza comes in two sizes: individual and shareable. An individual comes with eight pieces of the pizza while the shareable has 16 pieces. Depending on what

toppings you get, the price will vary, but for the traditional cheese pizza, an individual will cost $6.99 and a shareable will cost $9.99. The individual might look small, but the pizza is filling. Not an I’m-about-to-explode filling, but a satisfying filling. The pizza is rectangular and you can finish each rectangular slice in about three bites. Before even ordering, you know it’s going to be good. A huge coal fire stove welcomes you into the restaurant. And if that doesn’t do the trick, there are samples on the counter of the tasty bread that has just the right amount of salt on it to make your mouth water for the actual meal. Whichever type of pizza you get, I promise you’ll want to go back again. It’s amazing. And Così is primarily a sandwich and salad shop, so if the pizza is this good, I can only imagine how good the other entreés are. The chain’s slogan is “Life should be delicious,” and if you get a pizza at Così, your life will be delicious. Note: If you are in the Times Square area of NYC, the nearest Così is 1633 Broadway. It is open Mon. - Fri.: 6:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Sat. - Sun.: 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Così Where: 104 Pheasant Run Newtown, PA 18940 Contact: (215) 968-2165

Hours: Mon. - Fri.: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sat. - Sun.: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Overall Rating (5 out of 5):

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Arts & Entertainment

Despite delays, Twenty One Pilots prevails By Tom Kozlowski News Editor In spite of bitter weather and pre-show complications, indiepop darlings Twenty One Pilots headlined CUB’s S.A.F. funded Welcome Back Concert on Friday, Jan. 24. The duo played alongside opener Panama Wedding, relatively unknown to the indie scene, but the on-stage theatrics and energy of Twenty One Pilots eclipsed all other performances of the evening in strides. The concert progressed as a series of setbacks and fillers leading up to the headliner. For one, Twenty One Pilots explained the obstacles in commuting to the College on time — multiple episodes of a broken tour bus and jockeying with a van set the band and the concert back an hour. Only a generous McDonald’s manager kept a smile on the duo’s faces, according to singer Tyler Joseph.

Students were herded into the Brower Student Center, waiting for doors to open while avoiding below-freezing temperatures outside. The show must go on, but never without a less-than-memorable opening act. Panama Wedding, newcomers based out of New York City, performed a half-hour set of summertime synth-pop jams that could have easily been mistaken for a romcom soundtrack, background music obscured once the credits roll. That’s not to say Panama Wedding were poor performers. They certainly had fun and made some friends, not to mention being flashy enough to catch their first college venue. But amidst the stylistic tedium and lyrics that didn’t quite mean anything coherent, their performance settled as another stepping stone to the actual show. Still, Twenty One Pilots exceeded the day’s buildup with

showmanship and a barrage of technical and physical acrobatics. Joseph leapt from the piano to the floor and back again, then employed his vocal range to the fullest extent. Percussionist Josh Dun unleashed a fury of beats and topped it off with a backflip. These antics are signature to the band’s performances, but seeing the duo careen off the Kendall Hall main stage brought new life to the building. Playing through their 2013 LP, “Vessels,” with covers scattered throughout, the duo opened strong with the propulsive “Ode to Sleep” — a “structural boot camp” to their music, according to Joseph — and took up the ukulele for their radio hit, “House of Gold.” Joseph and Dun eased seamlessly from song to song. Between frequent tempo changes and mood swings, they retained control over beats stretched to

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Panama Wedding perform at their first college venue. their limits without losing the uplift of its musical core. They even closed with a stage-sprinting drum-off. But for a band having performed in the Rathskeller just a year ago, the talents of Twenty One Pilots were almost too big for the Kendall Main Stage. Before performing their encore, Joseph recounted how both members of the band have had

dreams about this moment — specifically, a hilarious paranoia that the audience would leave before they announced their last song. That fear is misplaced. For a band that shook an audience while holding their attention always rapt, a more realistic fear would be that students at the College would never let the boys of Twenty One Pilots leave.

‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ doesn’t disappoint

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Isaac brings life to Llewyn Davis. By Karl Delossantos Staff Writer

“Inside Llewyn Davis” is one of the finest films of the year. That is a plain and simple fact. I can write about how honest the characters are, how well constructed the mood is or how mind-blowing the performances are, but

that would be extraneous. Joel and Ethan Coen have delivered some of the best films in the history of cinema. From “Fargo” to “No Country for Old Men,” they have created timeless pieces with honest characters, and this film is no exception. In my honest opinion, this may be their best film yet. It’s more affecting than “A Serious Man,” as funny as “Fargo” and as enthralling as “Barton Fink.” It is this mix of these qualities that makes it their most successful, cohesive and entertaining film to date. The film opens in a dark, smoky café called The Gaslight Café in 1961. Llewyn Davis leans into the mic and begins to sing “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me.” Audience members sit in silence until Llewyn finishes. The scene sets the melancholy tone of the film and displays Oscar Isaac’s talent as a vocalist. It’s what the Coens do best. They know how they want their films to look and how they want people to react when watching it. Bruno Delbonnel, the Director of Photography for the film, matched the Coens’ mood with his neutral color palette and

rigid camera work. It’s a film about disappointment of an artist and of a man. Llewyn struggles through the New York folk scene, but perpetually continues on. Why? Because disappointment is inevitable and necessary for an artist to grow. Llewyn is the perfect vessel to experience the film through, mostly thanks to Isaac’s performance. There are not many actors who would have been able to pull off Llewyn. He’s such a darkly motivated character who is searching for a meaning in life through music. He’s so defeated, but proud. He finds a way to continue on and to continue his work. He tells his sister that he doesn’t want to simply exist. The Coens handle the subject with such grace. The film is surprisingly funny, with humor that is just as dark as the film itself. However, at the core is an honest character study. The film is so affecting. The Coens know how to make a subject relatable, while Isaac makes him charismatic. You can’t take your eyes off of him. As Llewyn navigates the entertainment

and folk scene of the time period, he scrounges for couches to sleep on and any money he can come across. One of the gigs that he does to earn money is a recording session for the song “Please, Mr. Kennedy,” which is one of the highlights of the strong soundtrack. Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, Stark Sands and Adam Driver are marvelous as various artists that Llewyn encounters. What makes them more impressive is that all the actors sang live for the film. For the filmmakers to have that much confidence must have been daunting for the actors, but they tackled the 1960s folk music like they were born in that time period. “Inside Llewyn Davis” is an enjoyable film. Many people, audiences and critics alike have and will continue to be entertained by its humor, characters and story. However, the Coens have more to say. Anyone who has worked tirelessly toward a dream will know the feeling the Coens are trying to portray. If you’re up for being emotionally affected by a film, then “Inside Llewyn Davis” is for you.

‘Girl Code’ comedy show is a campus hit Courtney Kalafsky Staff Writer

At 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, a line began to form outside of Kendall Hall. Despite the door opening set for 7 p.m. and the frigid temperatures, students chatted excitedly about seeing some of their favorite celebrities in just a few short hours. The stars of MTV’s hit comedy show “Girl Code” are currently touring college campuses nationwide, with the Collge being one of their most recent stops. Chris Distefano, Carly Aquilino and Jessimae Peluso were warmly welcomed to campus, and were certainly excited to be there. “We decided to do a college tour because we felt that campuses would give us the biggest

audience, since college students are the average age of our viewers,” DiStefano said. Life has completely changed for the three, who were individual comedians before joining the cast of “Girl Code,” which is now in its second season. “We have to wear makeup all day every day — you end up being recognized everywhere you go,” Aquilino said. The show covers a variety of everyday and sometimes awkward topics that a majority of young adults have either experienced or have questions about. Its combination of advice and humor creates a positive and comfortable environment and makes the show and its stars relatable for college students. “I love that it’s different than

most shows because it’s not scripted,” Aquilino said. “You get to hear our real opinions on so many topics.” The touring comedy show consists of individual stand-up comedy from each of the three comedians, followed by a question-and-answer session with Aquilino and Peluso. All of the jokes throughout the night were spot-on, keeping the audience laughing nonstop. The stars made a point to talk directly to the audience and make the jokes and themes of the show personal to the College, which was well received by students. “Getting to tour has been my favorite part,” Peluso said. “MTV really embraces us as individuals and encourages us to be individuals. The environment

is so comfortable.” Although the night was enjoyed by the crowd, it was also very important to the three stars, who are grateful for their chance to be on “Girl Code.” “It’s changed everything for all of us,” Peluso said. “It’s been really amazing, changed my life completely. I’m so thankful.” Although the show is known for its laughs, its stars hope their audience gets more than amusement out of their candid stories and opinions. “We want people, especially girls, to realize that all the awkward things they go through in life are completely normal,” Peluso said. “I hope viewers get a sense of who they are,” DiStefano said. “We try to talk about mistakes we’ve actually made and experiences

we’ve gone through. It’s what the show’s about. We want viewers to know that being imperfect is actually perfect.”

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‘Girl Code’ brings laughter.

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‘Frozen’ keeps viewers coming back By Zach Dzierzgowski Correspondent

If your family is anything like mine, it is nearly impossible to find a movie that satisfies what everyone wants to watch. Going to the movie theater often becomes less of a family bonding activity and more of a pain. Fortunately, my family heard the hype about Disney’s “Frozen,” and with minimal arguing, all six of us decided we would go check it out. The film was released at the end of November, so we were shocked when our preferred showings were sold out at not one, but two of our local movie theaters. After driving to a third, we barely made it into the packed cinema. I had never seen a room so full, with so much excitement and “fangirling” since I saw the final installment of “Harry Potter” at midnight over two years ago. My mind was blown even more

when I overheard all sorts of people — from soccer moms to military dads — discussing how this was their third or fourth time seeing the film. Between the hysteria and going through so much just to sit down, my expectations were set extremely high for “Frozen.” I am thrilled to say I was not disappointed. “Frozen” boasts impressive animation; the beautiful characters, icy magic and sweeping landscapes create a unique, fairytale kingdom that lures you in. I was unsure how Disney intended to inject life into a movie whose key visual hook was ice and snow. Rather than looking like 90 minutes of Antarctica, the animators brilliantly used spiraling crystals and beautiful pops of color to accent Queen Elsa’s mystical powers. With so many snowstorms this winter, I am consistently disappointed when real snow is not nearly as engaging as in Arendelle.

Moreover, “Frozen’s” soundtrack is on par with Disney classics like “The Lion King” or “Beauty and the Beast.” Nothing peeves me more in a movie than an unnecessary song (I’m looking at you, “Rock of Ages”). Luckily, every number in “Frozen” is seamlessly woven into the plot. Songs like “Love is an Open Door” or “In Summer” add a playful, innocent feel — typical of the Disney catalog. Nevertheless, the movie’s soundtrack also features several mature numbers. “Let it Go” has all the charm and sophistication of a timeless Broadway Ballad. “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” is a beautiful, yet heartbreaking piece that brought me to tears during the actual movie. This musical duality speaks to the film’s appeal for adults and children alike. Aside from the songs and visuals, there is something more important that will distinguish “Frozen” to

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Animation and storyline do not fail to impress viewers. future audiences. Unlike past Disney films, “Frozen” has a unique message for audiences about the power and importance of family. Anna and Elsa’s relationship and their struggle to reconnect as sisters drive the story — the two show that when all else fails, family love will overcome all obstacles. Too often, Disney princess films tie the idea of true love with a “knight in shining armor.” “Frozen”

changes the game and presents two well-developed female characters that are liberated without a man’s help at the movie’s conclusion. I can only hope that “Frozen’s” reception will encourage Disney to continue with this trend. As we left the theater, my family agreed that “Frozen” was an excellent choice. If you haven’t seen it yet, buy a ticket and go. You won’t regret the decision.

The Momenta Quartet revives classical music Shayna Innocenti Arts & Entertainment Editor The Momenta Quartet of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra performed “Momenta in Motion” on Thursday, Jan. 23, in Mayo Concert Hall, featuring both classical and contemporary compositions that held Spanish influences. The Quartet consisted of violist Stephanie Griffin, cellist Michael Haas and violinists Emilie-Anne Gendron and Adda Kridler.

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Kridler skillfully plays the violin.

Momenta opened with Joseph Haydn’s “String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 20, No. 1.” The piece consisted of four movements. The first movement, “Allegro Moderato,” held playful, high-registered notes with a mischievous undertone from the violins. The second and third movement, “Minuetto: Allegretto and Affettuoso e sostenuto,” held deeper and richer tones from the cello that added to the rise and fall of the piece. The final movement, “Finale: Presto,” mirrored the first, holding similar whimsical tones. After a round of applause, the quartet dove into Agustín Fernández’s “String Quartet No. 2, ‘Sin tiempo.”’ The composition was commissioned for Momenta by the Koussevity Foundation. “This piece is something you have never heard before,” violist Stephanie Griffin said. “We first premiered this piece at Williams College last November. This will be the New Jersey premiere.” Fernández was a Bolivian composer who spent time living in both Japan and England. As a modernist who embraced a variety of cultures, Fernández’s music is lively with

latin rhythms and folk influences. The performed piece was essentially based on a Spanish prayer, but unlike most prayer compositions, this one was not mystical and held remnants of historical influences from libertarian theology and guerrilla warfare. The idea behind this prayer was repetition — to say the word until the meaning is revealed. Soft but fierce and rapid notes filled the room, coupled with breaks and adding suspense during the first movement of the composition, “Profecía” or the “Prophecy.” While the piece allowed all four of them to take the helm of the composition, it really highlighted the cello during the second movement, “Plegaria” or “Prayer.” The cello bellowed long, deep and repetitive notes, emulating the prayer, while the smaller stringed instruments buzzed in the background, almost symbolizing the confusion and struggle of the voice behind the prayer. The closing movement, “Accion,” incorporated really diverse and experimental sounds that ranged from high to low chords and overlapped with plucked strings from all

of the instruments. After intermission, Momenta performed Tomás Luis de Victoria’s “Quam pulchri sunt in Conceptione Beatæ Mariæ.” This Spanish influenced piece is revered as being very sensual. The quartet then closed with Claude Debussy’s “String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10.” “Debussy is the forerunner of modernism,” violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron said. All four movements of the composition continued with the concert’s Spanish-melodic theme. The piece featured different rhythmic and textured effects, which highlighted each performer, switching the audience’s focus with fluidity. “The group undeniably has raw talent,” said Zachary Elliott, sophomore history and classical studies double major. “They have such a diverse sound and range. It really is beautiful.” As a new partner with the College, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra will return to campus on Thursday, March 6, with a vocal octet and then again on Saturday, March 29, for a “Classical Series: Night and Dreams.”

‘Monuments Men’ not just for history buffs By Katherine Burke Correspondent If you’re like me, you’ve seen quite a few historical movies set in World War II throughout the last few years. Hollywood producers have discovered that magical and secret formula for a blockbuster: inject a few over-the-top explosions, a leading man or two and just enough history to make the viewer feel like they know just a little bit more about the subject. Then, there are the movies that are loosely based upon a book of the same name. If you’ve been watching TV at all in the last few weeks, you’ve probably seen the ads for the newest WWII film, “The Monuments Men,” based on the book “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasur Hunt in History” by Robert M. Edsel.

As seen within the advertisement featuring the forever handsome George Clooney, “The Monuments Men” is about a special force of American and British artists, curators and historians between D-Day and V-E Day, attempting to save the world’s art from the clutches of Hitler and the Nazis. During the war, Hitler dispatched forces to find and hoard the finest art in Europe, with the intention of creating the greatest collection the world has ever known. However, those same commercials do no justice to the exemplary writing that is “The Monuments Men.” Rather than a duck-and-cover adventure story, Edsel follows the lives of several men and women dedicated to the preservation of art, culture and society during WWII. With each chapter following the experiences of a different Monuments Men, the book is much less action-adventure than

the film seems to be. Rather than working as a rag-tag group, most of the men work alone. Though that may be a letdown for some, Edsel captures each person’s struggle to preserve thousands of years of history. Scattered throughout the entirety of Europe, these men were responsible for a task that was often deemed insignificant in terms of the larger picture of war. Edsel also does justice to largely significant moments in history. His descriptions of the horrors and destruction that these men faced as part of their everyday lives within a warzone forces the reader to become emotionally invested with not only just these men, but the works of art they attempt to save. By including snippets of their lives outside of the war, the readers find themselves invested in the success of the mission. Even more interesting is Edsel’s

treatment of the men and women that assisted “The Monuments Men” along their journey. Most notable is the calm and secretive Rose Valland. Proving to be one of the greatest tools for the American men dedicated to saving the precious art and culture of Paris, she remains a constant within the text. It also reminds the reader that the support of the people “on the ground” was invaluable and vital

to the support of the mission as a whole. In short, “The Monuments Men” looks to be a great film — if not exactly what the book details — and is an even better story. Even if history isn’t your thing, give it a whirl. It will definitely open your eyes to the harrowing struggles that a small group of people went through to save the most precious parts of humanity during a tragic time.

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Clooney is set to star in the adaptation of Edsel’s novel.

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Lions Fantasy World

Nothin’ But Net

This past week, I had a request for what to write about in this column. Now, ordinarily when I get a request, it’s for something directly related to whatever sport I’m writing about, but this one was a little different. The request was for a column about the Puppy Bowl. For those who don’t know, the Puppy Bowl is something that Animal Planet has been doing for several years on the day of the Super Bowl. It’s a pretty simple concept: Instead of having muscled giants tackle each other up and down a football field, the game has a whole bunch of puppies romping about on a tiny football field. I was not going to write a column about it. It’s not really sports, this paper printed a column about it last year (so it’s not even new), and I really, REALLY wanted to write about basketball. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), something made me reconsider. You can make a fantasy Puppy Bowl team. This is, quite frankly, the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard relating to fantasy sports. And, as anyone who knows me well could tell you, this meant that I no longer had a choice — I had to write about it. If for no other reason than to complain that I hadn’t come up with this idea in the first place. Seriously, this idea is just so out there, yet at the same time just so obvious, that it annoys me that I didn’t think of it. I’m the guy who, longtime readers may recall, wanted to incorporate fantasy scoring systems for fights during games and bat infestation reactions. I tried to convince people that adding points to a player for attempting to recreate a mascot’s routine and getting hurt in the process was a good idea. I didn’t just say this to someone in a joking manner, I printed it in a paper that anyone could read. I’m the king of ridiculous notions, especially when it comes to fantasy sports, and I take that title very seriously. Only now, this Fantasy Puppy Bowl thing has blown all of my crazy ideas out of the water. And here’s the best/worst part: This is actually happening. Anyone who would like to create a fantasy team filled with adorable puppies and watch as they gather made-up stats can do so, and can do so competitively with a computer tracking stats for them. So now I have to think of something even more outrageous than the Fantasy Puppy Bowl. I’m not sure when it will happen, but I have little doubt that something in the next few months of the NBA season will spark an idea. I’m telling you this now so that you may be mentally prepared to read what I’ve written, shake your head and hopefully chuckle to yourself a little. In the meantime, I’ll be hoping that nothing else crazy happens, so that next week I can talk about basketball. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a Puppy Bowl team to draft.

By Mike Herold Fantasy Sports Editor

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Fantasy Player of the Week

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I May Be Wrong, But...

Here’s what I would do in Fantasy Basketball this week: Add: Terrence Ross. I know that his 51-point outburst was definitely an outlier, but it could also serve as a breakout game for the SG/SF, a weaker position this year. He’s not owned in many leagues, and on a deeper team lacking at that wing position he’s worth picking up. I’d also grab Reggie Jackson, if he’s still available.

Be Cautious Of: Adding players to your team who are on the trading block. It’s definitely trade season, with different names flying all over the place, so things are bound to shake up soon in the league. Traded players are risky, as they can either thrive in their new environments, as Rudy Gay is currently demonstrating, or fall out entirely, as Andrew Bynum has done.

Drop: Time for a little blasphemy: Dwyane Wade is now worth more in a trade than he is on your team. He’s barely played as of late and doesn’t really do all that much when he does. The years and injuries have weighed him down, and even though he’s starting in the All Star Game, Wade is no longer a fantasy stud. Trade him now, and trade him for as much as you can get. Look Out For: Even though Joakim Noah has been having a great year all around, the crowded frontcourt rules of the All Star Game voting mean he’s not starting. He might still make the team, but he’s the kind of player who might get upset and throw up a 20-30 game if he doesn’t make the cut. Should be interesting to watch.

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Lions not fans of the spring semester Basketball falls below .500 in NJAC standings Men’s Basketball

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Men’s basketball drops three games, including one to William Paterson, in a recent slide. By Mike Herold Fantasy Sports Editor Perhaps it was just a shift in the schedules with classes beginning, or maybe the snowfall was the primary culprit, but this past week was not a great one for the College’s men’s basketball team. The Lions lost all three of their games, falling to 7-11 overall. Those losses included two in the NJAC, as the College dropped below .500 in the conference to 5-6. “Every team at one point or another is going to struggle, no

matter what level of basketball it is,” freshman guard Eric Klacik said of the rough week. The first game, a 77-72 defeat to the City College of New York, came down to the final minute, where a questionable charging call went against the Lions and turned a potential three-point advantage into a two-point deficit. It was the second time this season the Lions fell against City College in the game’s final ticks, as the team lost their opening game to the same team 76-73 on a buzzer-beater. The back-and-forth game was noticeably heated at

times, with a double technical being called on the Lions’ junior guard Jayson Johnson and City College’s Anthony Lewis for getting into a confrontation with under seven minutes to play in the game. Sophomore forward Bobby Brackett continued his torrid pace, leading the team by posting 25 points and 16 rebounds in the loss for his 13th doubledouble this year. Junior forward Skyelar Ettin chipped in 11 points, the only other Lion to reach double digits. The College faced a similar situation in their second game

of the week, again a rematch with a team that had beaten them before. As they did last time, William Paterson proved too much for the Lions, winning 83-56 in what was to that point the most lopsided game of the season for the College. In that game, the Lions were led in scoring by junior forward Alex Fox, who scored 20 on six for seven shooting from the floor. The rest of the team struggled with their shots, as the College connected on only 39 percent of their attempts. Despite the less-than-stellar shooting, Brackett racked up another double-double, giving him 14 on the season, with a 13-point, 12-board effort. Despite the lopsided result, though, the team’s spirits have not fallen. “I think (that) even though the score did not reflect it we had some positives to take away from all of the games,” Ettin said. “In the William Paterson game we actually led at half-time, and played pretty good basketball for 20 minutes. However, basketball is a 40-minute game where every possession, every second is crucial, especially in the competitive NJAC.” The team’s woes continued in their third and final game of the week, as the Lions took their soundest loss of the season against Kean University, 91-62. The College’s shooting woes

continued, finding the net on only 37 percent of their shots, while Kean managed to hit on 50 percent. Johnson led the team in scoring with 17, while Brackett was held under 10 rebounds and managed 13 points. Ettin and freshman guard Eric Klacik each had 10, the only other Lions in double figures. The Lions continue their season this Wednesday, Jan. 29 at home at 8 p.m. in a rematch with Richard Stockton College and this Saturday, Feb. 1 in a second encounter with Ramapo College. In fact, all of the team’s remaining games come against opponents they’ve already met this season, and the team is ready for them. “When playing a team twice it doesn’t come down to X’s and O’s,” Ettin said. “It comes down to the team that executes down the stretch and wants it more.” Ettin isn’t the only one looking forward to playing these teams for a second time — especially after this week. “I think the most important thing we learned the first time around the conference is how to make the other team play our game,” Klacik said. “In all of our conference wins, we played at our tempo, our style, and that is why the end result was in our favor. We are eager to respond from our 0-3 week and show that we can make a run for the top.”

Swim teams show up for NJAC decider Lions clinch conference titles vs. Rowan Swimming & Diving

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The men’s team clinches the NJAC by beating Rowan 171-121. By Chrissy Onorato Staff Writer It was a strong week for the swimming and diving teams, as they both conquered NJAC opponent Rowan University on Saturday, Jan. 25. One of the College’s biggest sports rivals, Rowan always puts up a fight and makes the Lions put forth their best effort no matter what sport they are

competing in. But this weekend, it was the College who dominated, as both the men’s and women’s teams clinched conference titles with large margins of victory. In a controlling day, the men’s team won 171-121 while winning all 14 events to show its superiority. Many Lions stood out from the day, but sophomore James Shangle took the lead by winning the 200-yard medley

relay, the 100-yard backstroke, the 200-yard breaststroke as well as the 200-yard IM. The 200-medley relay also consisted of junior Aleksander Burzynski, sophomore Joseph Dunn and senior Phillip Hawley putting forth their best effort to garner a time of 1:34.55. The men’s relay teams have been unstoppable all season long. In the 100-yard butterfly, Dunn touched the wall first in a time of 51.88. In senior William Kasper’s last meet at the College, he came in first in the 50-free with a time of 21.27. Senior Stephen Tarnowski and freshman Andrew Nesbitt came in first and second in the 200-freestyle. The women’s swimming and diving team also had a fantastic day, overcoming Rowan with a score of 184-115. Junior Summer Thomas, sophomore Lauren Rothstein and senior Nina Sabatini dominated the 200-freestyle event, while Thomas then went on to win the 500-freestyle. Junior Brennah Ross had a great day as well, placing first in the 50- and 100free events. In the 100-freestyle, Ross, Rothstein and sophomore Erin Perna finished in the top three positions. In her final race at the College’s Aquatic Center, senior Amy Schurer

finished first in the 200-butterfly event. Senior Hailey Growney then followed up by taking both the 100- and 200-backstroke events, racking up the total score to one of the highest the College has had all season. Growney, Rothstein, Perna and Sabatini led the team to a first-place finish in the 200-medley while Rothstein, Perna, Thomas and Ross brought home the blue ribbon in the 400-free relay. Senior Sabrina Lucchesi, also in her final home meet, conquered both the 1and 3-meter dives. The team seems to be clicking perfectly this season, as it winds down to some of the final meets. “We’ve had a lot of people out during parts of the season, due to illness or injury,” Ross said. “It’s been a somewhat challenging year trying to have everyone ready and healthy for our meets … But we just got back from a training trip to Arizona, which was new and exciting.” Despite the setbacks of injuries, the team has made a strong comeback and is on the path again, ready to take on its next opponent. The College will next compete in the Metropolitan Conference Championships at Rutgers University from Friday, Feb. 14, to Sunday, Feb. 16.

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Cheer / Divisional triumph for cheerleading continued from page 24

Although the main competition is over, the squad’s season certainly isn’t. In the upcoming months, the squad will continue to cheer for men’s and women’s basketball games and will practice every week to prepare for next season. They will also host a clinic for potential new members. “I’ve met some of my best friends through being on the squad,” Anas said. “We spent so much time with each other over the semester and especially winter break — we’re definitely a family. It’s

really great knowing that your teammates always have your back whether we’re at practice or not.” After the multiple practices and sacrifices the squad had to make, the girls are proud to say the hard work paid off on the biggest possible stage. “Hearing our name announced as national champions is a moment that will live with me forever. If I could, I would go back and relive this season all over again,” Nicol said. “It was amazing and I am so happy to have spent it with this talented group of girls that have become my family.”


TCNJ Cheer completes a routine at nationals.

Lions hit rough patch in NJAC play Basketball on wrong end of comeback Women’s basketball

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The Lions remain in second place in the conference, despite a recent slide. By Gabe Allen Staff Writer

During the course of a season, it is expected that every team will see their fair share of highs

and lows. What separates the good teams from the great ones, though, is the ability of the unit to stick together through thick and thin. Just as head coach Dawn Henderson didn’t want her team

focusing on or thinking about their nine-game winning steak over the winter break, she also doesn’t want them to harp on their recent three-game skid this past week, which started with a 74-50 loss to

William Paterson University. Instead of dwelling too much on the negatives, including a dramatic, demoralizing come-frombehind 76-65 OT loss against Kean on Saturday, Henderson wants the Lions to be encouraged by the plethora of positives that she did see from her squad. “At least we got see some of ourselves,” Henderson said. “We came out like our old selves in the first half and played really well on defense. We were moving and sharing the ball, hitting our shots, and we even got off to a good start in the second half with a couple backdoor cuts that resulted in easy layups.” However, second half foul trouble (which led to Kean entering the bonus early and shooting a lot of free throws) and a season-high 25 turnovers ultimately helped spell doom for the Lions, who forced Kean to commit 25 turnovers in their first meeting this season, a 95-83 overtime home victory. After holding a 41-22 lead at

halftime, the Lions scored the first two buckets of the second half to push their lead to 23 points before Kean went on a quick 15-0 run that turned what was at the time a blowout into a 45-37 barnburner in a matter of minutes. “I think in the second half when things weren’t going well for us the doubts started to creep in,” Henderson said. “We’re just trying to scratch, claw and work to get better every day.” Despite their recent slide, the Lions remain in second place in the NJAC, and given that the team only recently has gotten back to being fully healthy, it’d be wise to expect them to rebound in a big way this coming week. “I’m just telling them to be confident in themselves and each other,” Henderson said. “We’re having a great season, and in order for us to continue to get better and be successful, the most important thing is we have to have confidence.” The Lions are back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 29, as they take on Richard Stockton College.

Ice Hockey

Hockey redeems itself against Rutgers By Julie Kayzerman News Editor

Walking off their home ice this weekend with two consecutive wins, the College’s ice hockey team is looking ready for the upcoming playoffs in a few weeks. Sporting a 5-3 win over Rutgers, a team they lost to earlier in the season after a plague of injuries took out five of their top players, the Lions redeemed themselves at the Louck’s Ice Center on Saturday, Jan. 25. “The Rutgers game wasn’t our best performance,” senior defensmen Scott Rothlisberger. “But we finished every period strong and pulled out a big win. We were having some trouble scoring against their goalie, but with some great set-ups, I was able to get three goals.” Rothlisberger has been a consistent leader for his team, blocking shots, contributing a powerful

slap shot from the point and providing emotional leadership as a team captain. “It was a great feeling to be able to get a hat trick against Rutgers,” Rothlisberger said. “Losing to them earlier this season was tough and I know all the guys wanted to win that game pretty badly. As a senior and a leader, it was amazing to be able to lift the team by getting key goals against what we consider one of our big rivals in our division.” However, the excitement of the weekend started on Friday with a 6-0 domination against Seton Hall, giving goalie David Laub the much deserved shutout. With the addition of two new transfers in this season, the team is still working on finding chemistry with the new changes. “With the new additions, we have worked hard to find out the best possible combination for our top lines,” Rothlisberger said.

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Junior Dan Guglielmo brings the puck into the neutral zone against Rutgers.

“Anthony Santisi being back has helped since he has great chemistry with John Czarnik and Alex D’Alessio. I think it will take some time to build chemistry with the new guys, but our returning players have worked really well together so far this semester.” However, one pair that has picked up right where they left off

over break is freshmen Luke May and Will Sulpizio. The duo scored perhaps the most beautiful goal of the night, highlighting their ability to always find each other as May shot the puck on the breakaway and Sulpizio was right there to score the rebound before the opposing goaltender could even shift sides.

“This weekend was about not losing the momentum we have built over the season,” Rothlisberger said. “We now have a 14game winning streak and despite some poor play at certain points over the weekend, I was proud of the team to keep the win streak alive and keep playing hard even against less talented teams.”

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Peter Fiorilla “The Ref”

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In this week’s Around the Dorm, the “Ref,” Peter Fiorilla, asks our expert panel three questions: is Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman a victim or a villain after being shredded for his interview with Erin Andrews, who will win the Super Bowl and why, and who is the least likeable figure in the NFL?

1. Is Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman a victim or a villain after being shredded by the media for his interview following the NFC Championship game? Amy: Richard Sherman is actually one of the most likeable people in the NFL, and certainly not a villain. In his interview with Erin Andrews, he was excited about going to the Super Bowl — I’d probably scream a little, too. The media are definitely overreacting, and they’re ignoring a lot of the great things Sherman has done. First off, he’s extremely charitable. Sherman’s only been in the NFL for three years, and is therefore still on his rookie contract, but he’s already one of the most charitable players in the NFL. This past summer, he organized a benefit to help build a home for an injured soldier, and in October, he visited a high school in Washington, where he talked about bullying and bought school supplies for 120 students and new cleats for the football team. And every Christmas he gives back to families in need. Plus, he’s got great Throwback Thursdays on Instagram. What’s not to love? Mike: For the interview in particular, Sherman is a victim. His actions on the field might be a

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different story, but any post-game interview is going to contain some emotion. Just look at the scenario Sherman was in — his team had just won the NFC Championship over their bitter division rival, he was directly involved in a potentially game-saving play, and he was coming to the realization that, yes, he will be playing in the Super Bowl. The dude was pumped up, and he’s an outspoken guy in usual circumstances,

so of course he’s going to go off like that. Anyone would in that situation, which is why having those interviews immediately after games end — especially with more volatile players — is never a very good idea. I remember distinctly an interview with Nyjer Morgan (better known by his nickname “Tony Plush”) right after the Milwaukee Brewers won the divisional round in 2011, in which he twice dropped the F-bomb

on live TV, which anyone who realized that he’d just hit a series-clincher would not be surprised by, I don’t blame the athletes for these tirades: I blame the morons who put them on live TV seconds after the game. Andrew: Sherman has been on the wrong end of the media as of late. While his interview with Erin Andrews may have been intense, No. 25 was just excited, and for good reason. Just minutes prior to the interview, Sherman had made an outstanding play to send his team to the Super Bowl. For any individual, chances like that don’t come often, so Sherman did what any athlete would do: he embraced the moment. While Sherman’s comments against Crabtree may have been harsh, the media and fans do not have the proper perspective. We do not know what words were being reciprocated between Sherman and Crabtree, other than that Sherman wished to shake the wide receiver’s hand after the game. As millions saw on tape, Crabtree did not oblige and pushed Sherman out of the way. In light of recent events, I believe that the media jumped the gun on attacking Sherman, ultimately making him a victim.

Andrew gets 3 point since we don’t know what Crabtree said, Amy gets 2 points for pointing out Sherman’s charity, and Mike gets 1 point for blaming the TV “morons.” 2. Who will win the Super Bowl and why? Amy: Seattle will win the Super Bowl, and I have multiple reasons why. My first reason is the weather. The long-range forecast is saying cold rain or a wintry mix, which is not Peyton Manning’s forte. Plus, cold-weather games usually favor the more physical teams, and with Seattle’s top-five running game and hardhitting defense, the weather will most likely be an advantage for the Seahawks. Most importantly, though, defense wins championships, and in this case, Seattle is the better defensive team. In fact, in four recent Super Bowls where the top defensive team played the top offensive team, the defensive team won three times. Mike: The Seattle Seahawks, for two primary reasons: the location and one of the oldest adages in sports, that defense wins championships. The location is important mainly because of the two styles being employed during this game. The Broncos, with their Peyton-dominated high-octane attack through the air, will likely be slowed by the

potentially extreme cold and likely snowstorms we’ll be seeing in Jersey this weekend. And no, it isn’t because Peyton can’t play in the cold, it’s because any QB is slowed down by the elements. That’s just how football works. The Seahawks, meanwhile, are usually reliant on the powers of Beast Mode’s running and their stellar defense, which is usually the winning strategy in conditions like those we’ll be seeing. Factoring in that usually when a dominant offense (with questionable defense) meets a dominant defense (with a decent offense), the defense ends up with the W, I’d say the Seahawks have the advantage. Play this game in warmer weather (or a dome), and the Broncos might have the edge, but that isn’t the case this year. Andrew: They say that defense wins championships, and this game will be no different. The Seahawks have all the pieces to stop Peyton Manning and his record-breaking offense. While some critics may point out Russell Wilson’s inexperience as opposed to future

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Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning, I would like to mention a previous Super Bowl that seems eerily similar. In 2002, Tom Brady — second-year quarterback — upset former Super Bowl champion and NFL MVP Kurt Warner to spark the biggest upset at the time. While Manning is a having a historic year — just

like Warner was having in 2002 — the Seahawks defense will definitely give him trouble. No quarterback has ever won a Super Bowl on two different teams. Joe Montana didn’t, and neither did Warner. The only question is if history can repeat itself, and I think Russell Wilson and the Seahawks can do just that.

Andrew, Mike and Amy each get 1 point for using the cliché “defense wins championships,” since offenses win Super Bowls too. a fine line between playing tough and playing dirty, and it’s a line that shouldn’t be crossed. Ndamukong Suh is one of the dirtiest players in the NFL, and therefore also one of the most disliked. Since drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2010, Suh has been fined seven times for a total of $209,000. He also lost $165,294 in pay as a result of getting a two-game suspension during his second season for stomping on the arm of Green Bay’s Evan Dietrich-Smith. Even his teammates hate him. Yeah, he’s a great player ­— but no matter how talented he is, Suh’s not worth the trouble if his penalties will cost his team big plays. Mike: This is an interesting question because AP Photo there are so many viable choices depending on 3. There are a lot of unlikeable people the team you cheer for and how closely you in the NFL. Last week alone, historically follow the league. But I’ll give you a simple great cheater Bill Belichick whined about answer: Ndamukong Suh. While Belichick, Jaa legal hit on Wes Welker, Brandon Ja- cobs and Sherman are easily disliked, they are cobs called Jim Harbaugh a b**** and also fast losing their evil touches — Bill hasn’t Richard Sherman set off a frenzy after won diddly since Spygate, Sherman is now betaunting Michael Crabtree. Who is the ing defended by many great athletes and was least likeable person in the NFL? more a victim than a villain, and Jacobs hasn’t Amy: Fans love tough players, but there’s such been relevant since 2011. Suh, on the other Amy gets 3 points for pointing out Suh’s fine total, Mike gets 2 points for recalling Suh’s stomping incident, and Andrew gets 1 point because Hernandez is no longer in the league.

hand, is a man who is perhaps best known for trying to stomp a man to death and has been suspended and fined for excessive violence toward other players on multiple occasions, with no real indicators that he will change his ways. It’s hard to argue that people who mouth off or cheat are less likeable than a man who stomps on faces, so Suh’s my answer for now. I would also consider Jerry Jones, but he really only hurts Cowboys fans, as the rest of the league kind of enjoys how badly he runs that team. Andrew: Right now, the answer is simple. Aaron Hernandez — former NFL great — is the least liked person in the league. After being

charged with homicide along with other multiple other charges, this tight end’s life is over. Take a look at O.J. Simpson’s trial. Still, to this day, it is believed that he had gotten away with murder. Regardless of the outcome of the tight end’s trial, the public, along with the players, will always look at him in disdain. While there may be other current players who are disliked, none of them can compare to Hernandez. Taunting a player or making dirty plays do not compare to allegedly murdering another person. Hernandez was not only an embarrassment for the New England Patriots, but he also severely hurt the credibility of the NFL.

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In 1964, Trenton State College’s men’s soccer team won the Division III national title. This victory was the first time in state history a New Jersey team had won a national title in any sport. The men’s soccer team followed the 3-0 win over Lincoln University by defending their title the next year. Number of wins per season Women’s Basketball

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THE WEEK Men’s Swimming

Won four events to help the Lions win NJAC title

Sophomore James Shangle had a stellar day Saturday, Jan. 25, as he helped the Lions clinch the New Jersey Athletic Championship for their sixth consecutive title. Shangle won the 200-yard medley relay (1:24:55), 100-yard breaststroke (57.75), 200-yard breaststroke (2:10:27) and 200-yard IM (1:58:36).

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Men’s Basketball January 29 vs. Richard Stockton College, 8 p.m. February 1 @ Ramapo College, 3 p.m. Women’s Basketball January 29 vs. Richard Stockton College, 6 p.m. February 1 @ Ramapo College, 1 p.m. Wrestling February 1 METRO/New England Duals February 2 @ Springfield College, 12 p.m.

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Last week’s Signal Trivia Answer: Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. were the only father-son pair to hit back-to-back home runs in an MLB game. Their home runs helped lead the Mariners to a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. This father-son duo played 51 games together before Griffey Sr. retired.



Cheerleading captures 2014 division title

Cheer squad is clutch on the national stage

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The squad is rewarded for months of hard work with an Open All-Girl division title.

By Amy Reynolds Editor-in-Chief

Many people associate cheerleading with shaking pom-poms and cheering on other athletic teams, and while that is a huge part of what TCNJ Cheer does, they also do so much more. The week before the start of the spring semester, the College’s cheer squad competed in the UCA and UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship, coming in first place in their division.

In the UCA National Championship, which takes place every year over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, there are 11 different divisions for just cheerleading. Since the College is a DIII school and TCNJ Cheer is an all-girl team, the squad competed in the Open All-Girl division, which consisted of nine total teams. “We spend more than half our season devoted to cheering on other TCNJ athletes and trying to create a fun experience for all the fans at football and basketball games, but that isn’t all we do,” senior co-captain Angelica Anas said. “While the football

season and basketball season is about supporting other teams, competition is a time when we get to do things for ourselves.” At the competition, each team competes in semifinals. If a team scores high enough, they will make it to finals, but finals are like an entirely new competition. “You could have the most amazing performance of your life in semis, but if you can’t do it again in finals it could cost you a national title,” Anas said. Preparing for the annual competition certainly wasn’t easy, though. During the regular season, the squad would practice

approximately seven and a half hours per week. Immediately after finals, however, the squad began practicing about 20 to 22 hours per week, sometimes twice a day. “We spent all of winter break practicing,” senior co-captain Amanda Nicol said. “We only had five days off. Most people would think we’re crazy, but it’s so worth it. I’ve never really known what a college winter break was like, but I just love keeping busy and having practice.” The College’s cheer squad has competed in the UCA National Competition in previous years, but until this year, they had never placed above third. “(Last year) was a heartbreaker,” Anas said. “We were 0.5 points away from first place, so you can see how close the competition was.” The College’s dance team also competed at the UCA National Competition in the Open Hip-Hop and Open Pom divisions, placing high in both. This was the first year they competed in Pom and they took home sixth place. “While the school considers us (and the dance team) to be one organization, we are two very different teams that completely support each other,” Nicol said. “During Nationals, we sit right in the front while the other competes, cheering them on.” see CHEER page 19

Broderick is back, along with Lions’ mojo Wrestling rips past USMMA, Centenary By Andrew Grossman Production Manager

While starting the season 3-4 was not ideal for the nationally-ranked wrestling squad, the men were determined to dig themselves out of the early hole. After beating United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) and Centenary College in back-to-back days, the Lions did just that and are currently standing above .500 for just the second time all season. “Our coach told us that we had a max number that we had to reach for every match and that was 21 points,” senior 184-pounder Brian Broderick said. “We know that if we win 21 points as a team, then we have a great chance of winning the match. We were able to do that in both matches (this week.)” In the first match against USMMA, the Lions knew they had a difficult challenge ahead of them, as the Mariners were riding an eight-match win streak. To make matters even more interesting, assistant coach Dave Ilaria would have to battle against his younger brother Greg,

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Broderick helps erase a nine-point deficit in a win over Centenary. the head coach for USSMA. The Lions came into the match prepared, however, and were not distracted, as they won convincingly 25-12 by capturing seven of the 10 duals. “We knew that they would be in good shape so we knew that we would have to beat them technique-wise and we did that,” Broderick said. For the nation’s top-ranked wrestler

at 184-pounds, the USMMA match was anything but ordinary. Broderick — who had been out since mid-November from a knee injury — returned to the mats, which ultimately solidified the Lions’ depth. “It was my first match back, so I really didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t too aggressive and just wanted to get back to where I wanted to be and to take it one

period at a time.” Despite the impressive victory, there was little time to celebrate, as the Lions had to focus on their next opponent, Centenary College. Like the night before, the Lions knew they were in for a battle. The match came down to 285-pounder Pat Schinder, and the freshman had the biggest win of his young career. His 22-8 decision was what the Lions needed as they clinched the match 22-15. “He was the man of the night for our team,” Broderick said. “It was a great win for our team, and more importantly, a good win for him because he has been working hard.” While the men’s confidence on the mats continues to grow, they know that they must remain focused for the remainder of the season. “We just have to take one match at a time like we did with our last few matches,” Broderick said. “We are going to have to keep working and keep getting better toward the end of the year, but we can’t be content with where we are at now.”

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