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March 11, 2015
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Wrestler Zotollo set ‘Carrie’ cast delivers a haunting message to appear in NCAA D-III championship By Matt Bowker Sports Editor
Senior Zach Zotollo is a man of routine. On each match day, Zotollo arrives focused and confident, ready to give his all to help the College’s wrestling team win. Aside Zotollo is coach Joe Galante, not only preaching patience and strategy, but also ensuring Zotollo remains focused. About midway through a typical meet, Zotollo then picks up his water bottle, places it next to assistant coach Len Goduto and gives him a tap on the shoulder. Zotollo is ready. He takes the mat, weighing in at 174 pounds, and goes to work. Zotollo’s routine has helped him punch a thirdconsecutive ticket to the Division-III NCAA Championships on Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, to be held in Hershey, Pa. Zotollo came in fourth-place in 2013 and sixth in 2014 at the national championships. This year, however, Zotollo believes he has what it takes to go a step further and become a national champion. “I love (my chances),” Zotollo said. “I know I’m prepared, I know I’ve worked as hard as I can and everything else will take care of itself.” Zotollo, currently ranked sixth in the nation in his weight class, is looking to become the 22nd individual national champion in Lions’ history. “This is what I work for all year,” Zotollo said. “It’s really just another tournament. I’m just continuing to do the training I’ve been doing and (staying) focused.” Zotollo, a criminology major, lead the team with a 19-1 record during his senior season at the College. He will be joined in Hershey by fellow senior Nathaniel Leer and junior Antonio Mancella, both making their first appearance in the NCAA tournament. see ZOTOLLO page 17
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Streckenbein, a freshman, makes her debut in TMT as Carrie, a shy, high school girl who is pushed too far. By Mackenzie Cutruzzula Review Editor
TCNJ Musical Theatre’s production of “Carrie: The Musical” was certainly “A Night We’ll Never Forget.” The play is a 2012 rewrite of the original 1988 production, based on the 1976 film which was adapted from the original Stephen King novel of
the same name. Although not a traditional musical, the young cast brought a fresh energy to the Kendall Hall Main Stage Theatre from Wednesday, March 4, to Saturday, March 7. Directed by Jack Tamburri with music direction from Stephanie Overton-Hall and choreography from sophomore finance and communica-
tions studies double major Ian Cooley, the performance featured a small but gifted ensemble of 14. The cast kept the show intriguing and humorous with outstanding comedic timing and well-matched pairs. The cast was led by breakout freshman communications major Emma Streckenbein and elementary education and English double major Izzy
Sandoval as Carrie White and Sue Snell, respectively. Sue, a typical, conflicted high school senior, is torn between keeping her popular friends and helping the most unpopular girl in school get noticed in a positive light. The show is told through Sue’s memory, as she narrates the show through see CARRIE page 10
Economist encourages empathy for the poor By Meghan Coppinger Correspondent The College’s Exploring Economic Justice series invited Jagdish Bhagwati, a prominent economist and professor of economics, law and international affairs at Columbia University, to discuss the benefits of open trade in reducing poverty around the world on Wednesday, March 4. According to his biography presented at the event, Bhagwati has also “authored, co-authored, edited or co-edited over 35 books” and has written and reviewed for many prominent news publications. The need to combat poverty is grave, Bhagwati said, especially in India, China, Brazil and South Africa. He noted some efforts have been made in developing areas over the last 40 years and many “economic policies have been successful.” With increasingly open trade systems, Bhagwati believes these areas will continue to grow. Bhagwati spoke of Pope Francis’s mission to refocus global attention on the poor and create a higher quality of life for those in need rather than worry about richer states.
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Bhagwati finds increasing open trade will reduce poverty. Empathy for the poor, Bhagwati noted, is “man’s most noble instinct.” Bhagwati spent much of his lecture comparing the Pope’s focus on the poor to the Occupy Wall Street movement. The Pope wants to improve life for impoverished individuals, while the Occupy movement targeted the power of the richest 1 percent of Americans. Many who participated in the rally against the rich, he said, were people protesting the ethics of the wealthy, but had decent salaries and lives themselves. Features / Page 13
“With what credibility, can you take these guys?” Bhagwati said. Bhagwati called upon the Pope to expand his theories and rethink how living conditions can be improved for the poor. Instead of solely focusing on how the rich can benefit the poor with a trickledown effect — what he called a “radical strategy” — economists should call for openness in trade which would increase economic growth in poor countries. see POVERTY page 3
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Students play a special version of intercultural bingo By Sydney Shaw News Editor In a collaborative oral proficiency hour between international and communication studies students, a game of “human bingo” sparked a class-wide conversation about students’ families, hobbies and hometowns — proving that individuals from countries around the world are more alike than not. Students from the English as a Second Language (ESL) program and from Professor Yifeng Hu’s Intercultural Communication class (COM 411) came together to practice language skills and learn about other cultures on Wednesday, March 4. Led by junior Spanish major Eileen Goepfert, the oral proficiency hour brings together international students from Brazil to West Africa. Goepfert passed out a human bingo grid containing statements such as “someone who can speak three languages,” “someone who wants to be a teacher” and “someone who likes to watch American football.” Students then had the opportunity to walk around the room, chatting with individuals from other countries to find peers who fit the categories on the bingo board. Freshman biology and secondary education double major Kadidia Sylla shared that she can speak four languages — English, French, Arabic and Bambara, a language spoken in her home country, Mali. “Bingo is the same here as it is in Mali,” Sylla said. Iago Duarte, a junior nursing major, said the game is played in Brazil, as well. During the bingo game, Vinicius de Azevedo Siqueira, a senior studying at the College this year from Brazil, told classmates
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Students compare their hobbies and see that they are quite similar. that he wants to be a civil engineer. “All of the Brazilian students are here on a scholarship from their government,” Goepfert explained. “Most of them are studying science or engineering.” The next activity was speed dating, where pairs of individuals stood in a circle and were asked to spend one-minute answering a question. When Goepfert asked students to talk about a “book that changed you,” Duarte shared that he loves reading the “Harry Potter” series — a hobby that many American students from Hu’s class shared. “We’re all different, but we’re all similar, too,” Goepfert said. Communication students from Hu’s class utilized the meeting between classes as a way to learn about other countries and to teach visiting students about American culture.
“It was great that we were able to talk to students from different countries so we could see the similarities and differences amongst us,” senior communication studies major Sydnee Weinbaum said. “I was able to interact with people of different cultures and share with them American customs, as well.” Hu’s course stresses the importance of developing one’s ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse cultures and appreciate various ways people differ from each other. “By interacting with international students, my students were able to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in the class,” Hu said. “I think it enhances students’ intercultural communication competence.” International students used the meeting as an opportunity to practice their English.
“These students are so motivated to learn English,” Goepfert said. “I thank my lucky stars every day that I was born in this country and grew up speaking the language. I think English is the hardest language to learn.” But according to Hu’s students, it was nearly impossible to tell that English is not these students’ first language. “They speak so well,” said Jenna Fleck, a junior communication studies major in Hu’s class. “It’s really interesting to get one-on-one time with people from other cultures that you wouldn’t normally get to talk to.” ESL coordinator Amy Moyer plans on arranging similar meetings between ESL and communication studies classes in the future. “It was a really productive collaboration between the two classes,” Moyer said. “I think we should definitely plan for more. It really is a win-win situation for both groups.” During the oral proficiency meeting, Hu — who was born in China — reflected on her time at Penn State University, where she received her Ph.D. degree. “In the ESL classes for international students there, we didn’t really get to talk to the natives, so this would have been a great opportunity,” she said. Many of the international students at the College also spoke about how the collaboration between the classes was an uncommon, yet beneficial, experience. “It’s so important when you live abroad to talk to the people in the culture you are living in,” said Jeymyson Alves de Sousa, a student from Brazil. “But it’s hard because it’s easier to talk to each other in our native language. So this was a nice opportunity to talk to Americans.”
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Student Government discusses beanie and T-shirt sales. By Alyssa Sanford Staff Writer
Student Government voted to recognize the Council of Student Teachers of Mathematics (CSTM), discussed changes to grading policies and announced upcoming TCNJ TEDx Talks during the general body meeting on Wednesday, March 4. Governmental Affairs held a meeting on Sunday, Feb. 22, during which members voted to recognize CSTM, but the organization still sought SG recognition. There are currently 20 members who attend general meetings and approximately 40 members
who come to special events, typically held once a month. CSTM — largely funded by the mathematics and science departments at the College — is different from other education clubs on campus because it not only provides professional development for future STEM educators, but also organizes events and activities that are appropriate for K-12 students. To define how CSTM will impact the campus community beyond, members of the organization explained that there are existing ties between graduates of the math education program and CSTM that allow the
organization to meet with high school math clubs and perform outreaches in schools outside of Ewing Township. SG President Matthew Wells called for a vote to recognize the club, and the motion passed in favor of recognition with no debate. As the meeting moved into discussion of new business, Vice President of Administration and Finance Kyle Holland announced that next week marks the beginning of the College’s beanie sale. Purchasing an $8 beanie, available in white or navy blue, is crucial because of the frigid weather of late, according to Holland. “When I walk to my 8 a.m. in the morning, I check my ears to see if they’re still there,” Holland said, adding that buying a beanie is a worthwhile investment. The price of the beanies will increase to $10 after next week. Adam Bonnano, vice president of Community Relations, announced that events gearing up for Relay for Life will be held during the week of Monday, March 9, to Friday, March 13. The official theme of the week is “Paint the Campus Purple.” Relay for Life is scheduled for Friday, April 10. Bonnano also mentioned that Community Relations will be collecting student feedback about the Loop Bus now that “control (is) shifting from (the Student Finance Board) to the Office of Student Activities.” Javier Nicasio, vice president of
Equity and Diversity, announced that TCNJ Epcot, “a celebration of diversity,” will be held in the Brower Student Center on Thursday, March 26, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. “It’s basically a multicultural festival that will be held throughout the entire Stud,” Nicasio said. Activities and attractions will include a mechanical bull ride, sumo wrestling suits, multicultural performances and a buffet. Currently, over 25 organizations are co-sponsoring TCNJ Epcot. As for other campus events, the junior class council confirmed that there are 10 acts lined up for TCNJ’s Got Talent, which will be held on Wednesday, March 11, at 8 p.m. The sophomore class T-shirt sale is ongoing. President Robert Kinloch urged general body members, particularly freshmen, to buy an Eve Cruz T-shirt. “They’re cool, they’re funny. It’s going to be relevant for the rest of your time here,” Kinloch said. “Freshmen … you can be the ones explaining what the legendary status of Eve is (to future classes).” The cabinet announced that the College will host TEDx talks in Mayo Hall, which is essentially a TED talk that is open to the campus community, during the first week of May. According to Vice President Michael Chiumento, SG will be “spearheading” the program, which boasts the theme “Light the Fire.”
Any student can audition to give a 10 to 15 minute speech on a topic connected to the theme, which Chiumento said was “purposefully left ambiguous.” Finally, Bonanno, also a representative of the Committee of Academic Programming, discussed changes to grading policies in detail and asked for feedback from the general body. The first measure was the introduction of an “ungraded” course option. Students can now take courses at the College either for credit or no credit, an option that was offered last spring for Maymester and traditional summer courses. The language of this proposal is somewhat unclear, as general body members pointed out that potential loopholes could arise from it — such as trying to take a course abroad and making it pass/fail. That way, students can spend time exploring their new surroundings instead of actually putting effort into their class. Bonnano briefly introduced the second measure, which will change the incomplete grade policy. Whereas an incomplete grade used to default to an “F” in PAWS, professors can now default to a grade that is not failing. The responsibility is now on students to reach out to professors if they have legitimate reasons for falling behind on assignments and want to avoid receiving an “F” for their coursework to date.
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“Openness leads to growth, and growth impacts poverty,” Bhagwati said. He explained further on how this theory would reduce poverty and improve overall quality of life in impoverished areas. The more the economy of a country grows, the more money there is for social spending, Bhagwati said. Social spending, although “not easy” to manage, can be used for funding education and social programs, which are key to overcoming poverty. After his presentation, Bhagwati opened the floor for more thoughtful discussion
and interaction with the audience. He answered questions on mass companies who employ extremely poor workers and economic policies in Latin America. “People of all majors can benefit not only from being enlightened about economics, but also from the perspective on poverty that Dr. Bhagwati discussed (and) being focused on bringing those in poverty to an acceptable standard of living,” junior communication studies major Hope Peraria said. Bhagwati encouraged everyone to examine social issues in our modern world and create his or her own conclusions and solutions. “Look at issues more sharply,” Bhagwati said.
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The potential for far-reaching effects of artificial intelligence are discussed. By Gabrielle Beacken News Assistant
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Bhagwati shares ways through which people can help others in poverty.
Artificial Intelligence (AI), superb at social engineering and manipulation, will eventually become more charming than Bill Clinton, said James Barrat, author of the book “Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of Human Era.” Having similar perception, vision, hearing and language as human beings, machines of rapidly progressing AI will exceed human intelligence, Barrat said. According to the author, these facts beg the questions, “What is intelligence?” and “How can we control something more intelligent than we are?” Students, faculty and the Ewing community filled Mayo Concert Hall on Monday,
March 2, to engage in a conversation with Barrat about the future of AI and the ethical dilemmas it presents. The College’s School of Business Center for Innovation and Ethics, as well as the School of Engineering, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Nursing and Exercise Science, sponsored this event. The Net Impact Student Chapter, the Economics Club and Phi Beta Kappa honor society were also co-sponsors. “It’s the most inwardly looking exploration of ourselves,” Barrat said, discussing the ethical considerations of AI. Barrat has also written and produced documentaries such as “The Gospel of Judas” and “Egypt: Secrets of Pharaohs” for see AI page 4
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National Geographic, PBS and Discovery. “This conversation is the most important conversation of our time.” According to Merriam-Webster, AI is “the power of a machine to copy intelligent human behavior.” “We will create AI machines that are better at AI research than we are,” Barrat said. According to Barrat, the short term question of AI is “Who controls it?” while the long term question is “Can it be controlled?” “It is clear that artificial intelligence will play an increasing role in our lives over the coming decades,” said Kevin Michels, professor and director of the School of Business Center for Innovation and Ethics. “AI is now recognizing our speech, faces and motions, trading on Wall Street, and before too long, it may be driving our cars and diagnosing our medical conditions.” Though AI offers beneficial solutions and inventions that have encouraged business start-ups and scientists, the morals of this new type of intelligence should be deliberated, according to Michels. “The ethics challenges are daunting — from concerns about the behavior of robots to the longer-term existential concerns identified by James Barrat,” Michels said. Programming morals into a machine is “extremely hard,” according to Barrat. To program ethics, one has to develop a universal definition of what humans consider
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Barrat and Michels discuss the effects of artificial intelligence on society. to be good, bad, right and wrong. Barrat offered the example of trying to program the statement, “Have a good life.” “If we can’t even agree when life begins, how can we program that?” Barrat said. “Humans differ from place to place.” There is no foolproof solution, according to Barrat, but there are “precedents.” AI-makers are not even “considering how to control it.” “The first step toward a solution is to develop an awareness of the ethical challenges posed by AI,” Michels said. “Awareness may lead programmers and those who finance their projects to reflect more deeply on their responsibilities.” “Some people with deeper pockets are
only thinking of autonomous robots and drones,” Barrat said. “DARPA will keep creating because there is nothing illegal about it.” Agencies such as Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and National Security Agency (NSA), large corporations such as Google, International Business Machines (IBM) and Apple, and advanced countries such as the U.S., Israel and China, are the top “people-pursuing” AI innovations, according to Barrat. “AI will dominate the 21st century,” Barrat said. “There is rapid product development without ethical research.” In the near future, Michels thinks
humans will encounter the “autonomy paradox.” As AI machines and robots are given more freedom to “work on their own,” these machines will cultivate a more independent and autonomous nature, according to Michels. “Machines that learn and improve, program themselves, gain self-awareness and massive computational power will, in Barrat’s view, one-day achieve ‘super-intelligence,’” Michels said. “For the first time, we will share the planet with entities that are vastly smarter than ourselves.” As machines of intelligence, AI will have “basic drives,” according to Barrat. These drives include efficiency, creativity, self-protection and resource acquisition. “They don’t want to be turned off,” Barrat said. “It’s rational for them to prove their intelligence.” While this does not mean AI will be dangerous, according to Barrat, AI machines will want to be able to use all of its possible resources to be as sufficient as possible, which could cause a threat to humans. “AI is a dual use of technology. It’s something that can be used for great good and great harm,” Barrat said. Though “life is pretty good for AI designers right now,” it doesn’t make them “evil,” according to Barrat — they are “just like us.” At this point, the termination of AI is not an option, according to Barrat. “There’s too much money to be made and there is too much public interest,” Barrat said. “It’s pretty much unstoppable.”
SFB allocates $34,098 for the Spring Lecture Ice-T, Taya Kyle and Ted Allen possible speakers
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SFB grants funding for a screening of ‘Dolphin Tale.’ By Jackie Delaney Staff Writer
Possible speakers for this year’s Spring Lecture and a trip to Washington, D.C., to see cherry blossoms bloom were discussed at the Student Finance Board met on Wednesday, March 4. The TCNJ Swing Dance Club requested funds for the “Swing Around the World Dance,” which the club hopes will “provide a fun and inviting atmosphere” not only to its current members but also to those who have never experienced swing dancing before. The event, which will host a live band, was allocated $2,500.96 and will take place Friday, March 27, in the Travers/Wolfe Lounge. Next, the Society for Creative Endeavors proposed an event titled “Mythology & Meaning: A Night with Crispin Freeman.” The well-known actor and voice actor came to campus last year
for a panel sponsored by the nowdisbanded Japanese Club. He apparently “loved the TCNJ students and really wanted to come back.” The proposal, which asked for funding of $6,750, was tabled, as the board was unsure about the location, date and cost of the event. The TCNJ Hellenic Society presented its request next, which asked for $2,906.65 to fund its annual Greek Fest. Last year, the event had a tremendous turnout. The group hopes to “promote Greek culture on campus,” bring in a Greek dance group for entertainment and provide more food this year. The event was fully funded and will take place on Wednesday, March 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Brower Student Center. The Society for Creative Endeavors approached the board again, this time asking for $1,692 to fund a trip to the Sakura Matsui Festival in Washington, D.C.
This festival is held annually on the streets of D.C. to celebrate “spring, new life and beauty” as the cherry blossoms bloom around the Washington Monument. The event celebrates Japanese culture and displays arts and crafts and martial arts. SFB decided to fund TSCE with $3,400, providing the group with sufficient funds for two Coach buses. The trip will take place Saturday, April 11, and there is a $5 deposit for students from the College and a $10 deposit for outside students wishing to attend. The Animal Benefits Club approached the board asking for $251 to hold a screening of the film “Dolphin Tale.” The event was fully funded and will be held on Tuesday, May 5, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Science Complex P117. TCNJ Saathiya, the College’s nationally ranked fusion dance team, presented its proposal next. The dance team approached the board looking for funding for costumes to utilize in several upcoming performances. They hope to “spread (their) passion for dance” across campus through the celebration of dance, music and culture. SFB allocated $1,000 to the group. The freshman class council was allocated $5,615 for a trip to Sky Zone in Levittown, Pa. on Tuesday, March 24. The group believes the trampoline park would “give freshmen fun, safe activities to take part in.” Next, the College Union Board requested $20,170 for “CUB’s Acoustic Concert” to be held on
Monday, March 30, at 8 p.m. in Mayo Concert Hall. CUB is interested in bringing Ryan Cabrera, Good Old War and The Downtown Fiction to campus for a “laid-back, intimate, acoustic performance.” The concert was fully funded. CUB also proposed to bring several well-known figures to campus for the Spring 2015 Lecture. They asked for $34,098 to fund the event. Among those the organization is interested in bringing are Taya Kyle, Graham Moore, Ice-T, Michael Wilbon, Adrien Grenier and Ted Allen. Notably, Tara Kyle is the widow of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, known as the most lethal sniper in American history and recently the focus of the film, “American Sniper.” Several of the speakers are writers, authors, actors, musicians, directors and television personalities. CUB believes the speakers “could impact the student audience with
their charisma and passion.” The event was funded with the exception of Adrien Grenier. The Association of Students for Africa then requested $2,504 for their “Akwaaba Banquet.” The event, which was fully funded, includes a variety of African inspired performances, food and music. It will be held Friday, April 3, from 7:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. in Education Building 212. Finally, the Indian Student Association was allocated $4138.77 for its event, Bollywood Night. The celebration will “showcase the multi-faceted culture of India” with dance, food, clothing and music. *Even though SFB agrees to finance certain events, there is no guarantee these events will take place. The approval only makes the funds available.
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TCNJ Hellenic Society receives funds for Greek Week.
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Hillary Clinton uses private account for e-mails
Clinton wants the public to have access to her e-mails.
By Gabrielle Beacken News Assistant
Hillary Rodham Clinton wasn’t the first Secretary of State to use her own personal email address, but she is the first one to exclusively use her private account. The use of the her e-mail accounts raises questions of “transparency and government security, according to CNN. It was revealed on Monday, March 2, that while serving as Secretary of State from 2009 until 2013 under President Obama’s administration, Clinton used a
personal email account to conduct official government business. This news has sparked a discussion about government transparency and cyber security concerning White House officials. According to the original New York Times report on the revelation, Clinton’s aides “took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time,” which the Federal Record Act necessitates. “I can recall no instance in my time at the National Archives when a high-ranking official at an
executive branch agency solely used a personal email account for the transaction of government business,” said Jason R. Baron, a lawyer at Drinker Biddle & Reath and former director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration, in a Times article. According to the National Archives and Records Administration, emails and letters sent to federal officials’ personal or governmental accounts are supposed to be preserved and accessible to the media and public as government records. There are exceptions to the rule, such as classified or sensitive information. A specially-appointed White House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks in 2012 was the first body to notice the lack of official White House emails sent from Clinton. After State Departments meetings with Clinton’s lawyers in August 2014, the State Department sent letters to the secretaries of state, dating back to Madeleine Albright (1997-2001), asking for any of their
government related documents, according to the Times article. In December 2014, with 50,000 pages of emails sent from Clinton to the State Department, there were about 900 pages linked to the attacks in Libya, according to the Times. On Wednesday, March 4, Clinton responded to the email disclosure by Tweeting, “I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.” The State Department has confirmed they would review Clinton’s request, though the process could exceed several months, according to the CNN article. The White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, defended Clinton’s use of her personal email. According to a CNN article, the administration’s policy “allows individuals to use their personal e-mail address as long as those e-mails are maintained and sent to the State Department, which, if you ask Secretary Clinton’s team,
that’s what they completed in the last month or two.” As a favorite for the presidential Democratic nomination in 2016, several congressional Democrats have either vocally supported Clinton or have declined to comment, according to the CNN article. While Elijah Cummings, U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 7th district, believes that it’s “very unfortunate” that Republicans are making every effort “to go after Hillary Clinton,” the Republican National Committee (RNC) insists on a complete investigation. A letter addressed to the State Department Inspector General sent from chief counsel at the RNC said, “The American public deserves to know whether one of its top-ranking public official’s actions violated federal law,” according to the CNN article. According to a Washington Post article, Clinton’s successor, John F. Kerry, has “promised” that the emails will be reviewed, as well as publicly released.
Israeli Prime Minister speaks up about US and Iran By Roman Orsini Staff Writer
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before Congress about the ongoing U.S. nuclear negotiations with Iran on Tuesday, March 3. Netanyahu warned of Iranian aggression and that the deal being negotiated could still empower Iran to build nuclear weapons in the future, according to his speech. The speech follows a political spat between Netanyahu, bolstered by the Republican leadership in Congress, and the Obama administration over the issue. In this year’s State of the Union Address, President Obama said he would veto any new sanctions on Iran, as they could prevent a deal from being reached before the Tuesday, March 31 deadline. The administration insists that the deal
being negotiated would prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) rebuffed the negotiations and invited Netanyahu to speak last month without consulting Obama, according to the Huffington Post. Netanyahu’s divergence of opinion with the administration has seemingly injected the American-Israeli relationship with domestic, partisan politics. According to CNN, 50 Democratic House members and eight senators did not attend the speech, as they found it “an affront to the president.” Despite the politicization of his appearance, Netanyahu maintained that such a stir was never his motive. The day before at an AIPAC Policy Conference, Netanyahu said, “Israel has always been a bipartisan issue.” according to The Jewish Press. Netanyahu warned of the threat posed
to Israel, the region and the world by the marriage of nuclear weapons to the radical ideology of Iran’s regime. He described Iran’s revolutionary founders as zealots, whose aim is to export jihad and revolution. Iranian support for terrorist and revolutionary groups extends the country’s influence while destabilizing the region. “Iran’s goons in Gaza, its lackeys in Lebanon, its revolutionary guards on the Golan Heights are clutching Israel with three tentacles of terror,” Netanyahu said in the New York Times. If the regime were to possess nuclear weapons, Netanyahu likened the scenario to another World War II for the Jewish people and the world. Netanyahu said that the current deal would only delay the inevitable, paving the way for Iran to suddenly “break out” and sprint for enough enriched uranium to
produce bombs in a short time. Instead of reaching the “bad deal,” as he called it, Netanyahu would demand that all restrictions placed on Iran’s nuclear program and economy remain in place until Iran reverses its behavior. He insisted that Iran must stop its aggression against its neighbors, supporting terrorism and threatening Israel, according to the Times. To ramp up pressure on the regime, especially in a time of lower prices for Iranian gas, increased aggression should be responded with increased sanctions. Following Netanyahu’s speech, Obama was unmoved. “The Prime Minister didn’t offer any viable alternatives (to the current negotiations),” Obama said in a a Times video. With no deal, Obama said Iran would continue to develop a weapon without the ability of the U.S. to oversee its actions.
News Analysis: Cuba and its relations with the US By Jack Meyers Staff Writer
President Obama opened up the proverbial door of diplomacy to Cuba, a door which has been mostly closed since the early 1960s, on Wednesday, Dec. 17. He claimed pride in U.S. policies that have supported democracy and human rights in Cuba, but lamented that the use of sanctions has only justified the Castro regime’s iron fist. This invitation to Raúl Castro, the Cuban President, and to the Cuban people for a seat at the table with U.S. politicians is, however, not so simple. In his speech, Obama made it clear how he felt about the U.S.’s policy to isolate Cuba from the rest of the world. “I do not believe we can keep doing the same thing for over
five decades and expect a different result,” Obama said. For the sake of mutual benefits for both countries, Obama promised to begin creating an environment on the island that is friendly to U.S. businesses; to increase tourism and allow U.S. credits to be used for payment there; to lift limitations on money that can be sent from the U.S.; to allow the free flow of communications and information across borders; and, perhaps most predictably, to “promote our values.” But what was not addressed were the issues Cuba faces. There are more than 11 million people living in one of the last communist strongholds in the world. In the past few months alone, the country has gotten pegged for arresting an artist who was holding an open public forum for discussion about the Cuban government; scientists
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A communist propaganda billboard in Cuba.
discovered a highly adaptive HIV strain on the island; and a ship en route from China was found to have been illegally carrying weapons. Besides these stints with bad press, Cuba has bigger issues to face that make diplomatic talks between the Obama and Castro administrations more complicated.
The country spends $2 billion per year on importing close to 80 percent of their food because domestic farm production is not sufficient for Cuban consumers, according to the Associated Press. In the same article, AP proved that U.S. farmers intend to “dominate” Cuba’s food imports, potentially worth over $3 billion
in the next few years. The report was collected based on a series of discussions that farmers’ representatives had this month with Cuban farmers and authorities. On the other hand, it is problematic to open this door. The vast differences in access to resources between the U.S. and Cuba is an issue which Obama has not addressed. According to the New York Times, Cubans on average only make about USD $6,000 annually, Internet access is scarce and the overall population is the oldest in age of the region — partially because youth are emigrating due to their isolation from national politics. In the next few years, the U.S. government will be looked at to mitigate these concerns and more. The question remains: What is the U.S. government willing to do for “normalizing” relations?
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All actions have consequences — ‘Carrie’ teaches lesson to be kind
One of the most important jobs an actor has is to communicate a message to his audience. In “Carrie: The Musical,” there is one important line that serves as that message — “What does it cost to be kind?” Ever since I was cast in TCNJ Musical Theatre’s production of “Carrie,” I have been thinking a lot about this idea and how it relates to our campus community. The College has so much good within its boundaries — organizations that function solely to improve the lives of others, individuals who devote their time to community service and professors who spend years focusing their research on bettering humankind. It’s an inspiring thing to see, and it makes me proud to be a student at the College. However, it isn’t always such a pretty sight. Sometimes, people are cruel. Social media sites — particularly Yik Yak — have given an outlet to people who can now hide behind a screen and attack others. Anonymous threats have become abundant. Harmful words are used without caution, including derogatory terms such as “faggot.” These instances are broad and attack many people, but there are also more specific posts, such as people calling out individuals (whether by name or not) for being “stupid,” “slutty” or “worthless.” People post without thinking, and the repercussions are harsh. It’s been a little over five years since the tragic death of Tyler Clementi, a student at Rutgers University who committed suicide after he was a direct target of severe cyber bullying. His attack involved his floormates posting a video of him kissing another boy to multiple social media outlets, forcing Clementi out of the closet. Clementi’s story serves as a reminder about how harmful social media can be, and how brutal college students can get. Five years later and we are still faced with these problems. It isn’t just on social media, either. There have been instances of hate crimes seen in person, whether it’s racial slurs on bathroom walls or verbal. This isn’t to say that students at the College act this way. On the contrary, many of the students that I have encountered in my time here have been unrelentingly kind and supportive. My experiences on campus have been overwhelmingly positive for the most part. The people I surround myself with and the organizations in which I am involved are supportive and welcoming. Professors are open to differing ideals and most of the classes I have been involved in have fostered a safe place to share opinions and stories. That being said, the College has a long way to go, both on and offline in terms of fostering a safe community in which everyone is focused on kindness. “Carrie” is a story about high school bullying, but its themes transcend the locker room and hallways. It serves as a reminder that all actions have consequences — anonymous or not. — Jonathan Edmondson Arts & Entertainment Editor
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Learning life Orientalism hides truth between nations lesson about assumptions
By Samantha Selikoff Photo Editor
Like any other job seeker, one researches the company who he or she is applying for and any possible interview questions the employer may ask. There are standard questions that can typically be expected like, “Tell me about yourself” or “Why do you think you are a good candidate for the job?” I went on an interview the other day, and one of the questions that surprised me was, “Describe one person that was different from you that you met since coming to college. How did they change you?” I always replay interviews in my head to reflect on what I can improve on. I thought a lot about this question after the interview. It was not until almost a week and a half later that I found the answer from six amazing girls. This week at CAPS Peer Educator’s National Eating Disorders Association monologues, not only did I hear women speak about their eating disorders, but I heard them speak about their personal power, showing that they are strong individuals who can now overcome anything. By looking at these women, you would never guess the difficult battles they overcame with not only their mind, but their body, as well. I have to admit, some of the women that spoke surprised me because I knew them. I did not expect to see them there, let alone speaking. Even knowing them and being in organizations with a few of them, I would have never been able to tell what they were going through. Many people, including society as a whole, make seeking help for an addiction or disorder a negative thing. However, in reality, it takes a lot of bravery and courage to take those steps. Even being a best friend or family member, where you think each of you know his or her deepest darkest secrets, you may never know what a person is going through. It may not even be on purpose, but they may be living in denial with him or herself. If I were to answer the question, “Describe one person that was different from you that you met since coming to college” again, I would have answered it like this. I had the honor of hearing six incredible women speak about their eating disorders. These powerful women were some of which I see on a daily basis and thought I knew, but as it turns out, I did not really know them at all or what they were going through. Everyone is taught, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but not everyone is able to connect with it. After attending the NEDA Monologues and hearing their stories, I learned that nothing is ever as it appears. Never make assumptions, and most importantly, always be kind.
Some feel Netanyahu has unfairly linked Iran and ISIS based on a shared religion. By Jack Werner “Every single empire in its official discourse has said that it is not like all the others, that its circumstances are special, that it has a mission to enlighten, civilize, bring order and democracy, and that it uses force only as a last resort.” So wrote the late and deeply missed Edward W. Said in the 2003 preface of his renowned book, “Orientalism,” first published 25 years earlier in 1978. What concerned Said in “Orientalism” was the recurring imagery of the so-called “Near East” (so-called because Said never viewed the terms “West” and “East” as ontologically and epistemologically stable — the regions were rather “imagined geographies” based on a certain historical perspective). For Said, there was nothing objective
about our knowledge of the Middle East; it was created, maintained, financed and pursued for exercising power and control over a demarcated region and people. “Orientalism,” then, was a corpus of knowledge, scholarly and now today part of the mass media, designed to craft a distinct image of Middle Eastern people — the strange, menacing and unreasonable Arabs, the Islamic suicide bomber, the sensual women of the East — all corresponding as threats posed to the “civilized” West, with its emphasis on democracy and freedom. These social constructions were necessary fictions in order to create public support first for British and French colonialism; and second, at the conclusion of WWII and dawn of American Empire, for an expansive and hegemonic American
foreign policy. Today, “Orientalism” still remains an integral part of U.S. international affairs rhetoric and delimits the conditions for possible statements, what French philosopher Michel Foucault called episteme, about the region as a whole. In a recent speech to Congress, for example, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conflated Da’ish (ISIS) and Iran, as though they were two sides of the same coin. “Don’t be fooled. The battle between Iran and ISIS doesn’t turn Iran into a friend of America. Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam. One calls itself the Islamic Republic. The other calls itself the Islamic State. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire first on the region and then on the entire world. They just disagree among themselves who will be the ruler of that empire,” Netanyahu said. Is there similarity between a small band of brutal militants who have seized control over incongruous sections in Iraq, routinely committing acts of heinous slaughter, and a nation-state who has signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act and whose Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a fatwa against nuclear weapons? What Netanyahu has effectively done is essentialize two fundamentally different groups of people on the single commonality that they generally belong to the religion of Islam. Ignore the fact that Iran decrees Shia Islam as its official religion in direct opposition to Da’ish and its radical version of Sunni Salafism, a vision no country in see ORIENTALISM page 9
Fight for global women’s rights grows By Melissa Carter President of Vox: Voices for Planned Parenthood Twenty years ago, in 1995 at the World Conference on Women in Beijing, governments made a promise to women and solidified the concept that socalled “women’s rights” are about much more than women. The conference marked a truly significant and vital turning point for gender equality, as 189 governments each signed a progressive blueprint for advancing women’s rights — and justice for all. Since then, we’ve seen a number of global milestones marking progress in achieving justice for all. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first female president of an African country. The United Nations now formally recognizes the human rights of LGBTI people. A safe abortion protocol was enacted for the first time ever in Peru. The Green Belt Movement in Kenya has now empowered thousands of women to conserve
the environment. The list goes on and on. Today, the fight for women’s rights looks nothing like it did when our mothers and grandmothers were fighting it. Feminists from Malala Yousafzai to Janet Mock, from Emma Watson to Planned Parenthood Youth Peer Providers across Africa and Latin America, are revolutionizing the fight for women’s rights. And all of them have one thing in common: They are all 30 years old or younger. At the organization Planned Parenthood, young activists just like us believe in a world where health has no borders. From New York City to Guatemala and beyond, our young health educators, activists and providers are committed to working with many different communities to ensure that everyone, regardless of race, class, nationality or gender, has access to the healthcare they need. They provide information, clinic referrals and even condoms to thousands of people. They meet
Yousafzai preaches the importance of equality. with government representatives and organize campaigns to make sure that leaders are accountable so that no one is left behind, when it comes to access to sexual and reproductive health. This International Women’s Day, we stand strong with our fierce allies in shaping the most diverse movement for women’s rights yet. We are now doubling down on our commitment to guarantee that our government does its part to completely
fulfill its 20-year-old promise to women. Want to join us? Spread the news about where things stand for global women’s rights. Tell your senator to support the Global Democracy Promotion Act, which would benefit women and families around the world by ending the global gag rule and is expected to be reintroduced in early March in honor of International Women’s Day.
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Orientalism / World leaders discuss Middle East
Some believe current views on Iran are illegitimate the region sees as legitimate. Disregard the fact that Iran is currently leading the fight to retake Tirkit with Iraqi troops and U.S. oversight. Blatantly ignore the reality that Iran is not brutally slaughtering innocent people, and instead, is the forefront opposition to Da’ish. Then, and only then, can the absurdity of comparing Iran and Da’ish emerge as a logical deduction. Further, the commitment of Iran to a nuclear free zone is not as suspect as Netanyahu alleges. Gareth Porter in Foreign Policy offers a vivid example. When Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons — primarily mustard gas and nerve gas tabun — to kill 20,000 thousand Iranians
during the Iraq-Iran War, Mohsen Rafighdoost, the minister of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) throughout the eight-year war, offered plans to create chemical and nuclear weapons in order to retaliate against Iraq. But the Islamic Republic’s first Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, firmly persisted in his opposition to nuclear weapons. “It doesn’t matter whether it is on the battlefield or in cities; we are against this. It is haram (forbidden) to produce such weapons,” he said. Rafighdoost described his encounter again: “Imam told me that, instead of producing chemical or biological weapons, we should produce defensive protection for our troops, like gas
Said’s theories can be applied to the West’s allegations.
Khomeini sticks to his views opposing the use of nuclear weapons in Iran. masks and atropine.” The great irony, of course, is that while Iran remained steadfast against using chemical and nuclear weapons, the U.S. intelligence community provided imagery and maps of troop locations for Iraq, fully aware of the intent to use sarin and mustard gas against Iran. “The Iraqis never told us they intended to use nerve gas,” retired Air Force Col. Rick Francona told Foreign Policy. “They didn’t have to. We already knew.” Orientalism has a distinct way of producing identities
that are knowable, timeless and predictable—Netanyahu seems to say, “Don’t trust the guile Arabs, they are just waiting to trick us. They’re like all the rest.” Netanyahu can make these outrageous comparisons because he knows the dominant framework — what Thomas Kuhn had called paradigm still remains Orientalism in America. It is easy to dismiss the virulent racism of the early Western colonial project, proclaiming with a certain smugness, those men were “of their time” and that “we don’t have those problems anymore. However,
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Arts & Entertainment
Carrie / TMT’s spring musical is bloody good
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Left: Streckenbein and Janis play mother and daughter with ferocious talent. Right: Sandoval and Munoz share a private moment before prom. continued from page 1 answering questions by police (distorted voices thanks to intricate special effects from sound designer Ryan Krause) on the night of prom. Sandoval created an empathetic character that college students in the audience could see themselves in, being in similar high school conflicts not long ago. While Sue is popular, Carrie is the victim of cruel jokes based on her strict, religious upbringing at home. Streckenbein gave an outstanding performance in her first TMT production. She belted out her solo, “Carrie,” with such sincerity and simplicity that she captivated the audience from the beginning. “Capturing Carrie’s hope, fear and aggression throughout the musical presented a real challenge for me because she is such a complicated, dynamic character,” Streckenbein said. “At times, it was difficult for me to translate all of her conflicting emotions from onstage, especially through song.” Carrie’s mother, Margaret White, is an extremely religious woman who desperately wants to keep her daughter from transitioning into womanhood. Freshman
psychology and women’s and gender studies double major Cat Janis portrayed the “crazy” mother. She had the right amount of creepiness and motherly love, making it hard to draw a line where the overprotective mother ended and the obsessive ascetic began. The conflict of the show came into play when Carrie gets her period in gym class for the first time and doesn’t understand its implications, prompting resident mean girl Chris Hargensen to mercilessly taunt her. This was a particularly somber moment for the show, highlighting the true nature of high school. Sophomore psychology major Melissa Albert, who plays Chris, kept the energy high with her sarcastic one-liners and powerful song, “The World According to Chris.” “You never truly know what struggles the people around you are dealing with,” Streckenbein said. “(The show) really allowed me to see the world through someone else’s eyes and taught me the valuable lesson that kindness is the greatest gift you can offer.” The heart of the show clearly demonstrated how our actions affect everyone around us, as the cast
taught an important lesson for the young and old in the audience. High school never really ends. You will continue to come across mean and misunderstood characters in your story. In “Carrie,” the cast serves as a reminder to live positively past those people rather than let anger bottle up and explode. Carrie and Chris are each at fault during their situations, and the actresses did a good job of showing the audience that underlying lesson. Chris’s counterpart, Billy Nolan (senior psychology major and co-technical director Daniel Czarnowski) — a brainless and mean third time senior — equalizes Chris with his humor and badboy appeal. Rounding out the cast is English teacher Mr. Stephens, portrayed by Arts and Entertainment Editor for The Signal and sophomore journalism major Jonathan Edmondson. Edmondson works closely with junior mathematics and elementary education double major Nicolette Naticchione, as gym teacher Miss Gardner. Gardner tries to be Carrie’s support system but pushes too hard, sending Carrie into the public spotlight that leads to her downfall.
As Chris continues to make fun of Carrie, the victim’s anger builds and releases her telekinetic powers into the world. Her powers begin to develop as her frustration grows — moving props around the simple but elegant white set designed by senior English and history double major Alexa Logush. In an effort to make up for Chris’s bullying, Sue comes up with a plan for her boyfriend Tommy Ross to take Carrie to prom. Junior English secondary education major Steve Munoz, a talented TMT veteran, portrayed Tommy. Munoz (who also coproduced the show with junior biology major Fred Stange) took on the role of the traditional jock with a twist. Rather than play the typical mean-spirited athlete that reforms in the end, Tommy is a kind individual stuck between what he wants and what others expect from him. He is standing in a place that students of the College can relate to, some looking out on to their futures of college graduations and others dealing with the decisions that burdens Tommy. It added a genuine tone to the show that otherwise would have made the
horror musical less relatable. Moreover, Munoz carried the character well throughout the show by balancing out the tough jock exterior with his soft and intricate ballad solos. In the climax of the show, the cast heads to the prom. Their shadows are cast upon the white set behind them as they dance, creating an innovative dynamic to the contrasting characters and stories. Carrie and Tommy are announced as Prom King and Queen, a well-constructed joke by Chris and her crowd. To get revenge, Chris and Billy dump a bucket of pig’s blood on Carrie. This results in a ferociously livid Carrie covered in blood on her previously pink dress and her powers reaching a new level, prompting her to kill everyone in the gym in an explosive, destruction sequence. This leaves only Sue left to lament the show’s continuous lesson of how adolescent cruelty can lead to much more destruction. The cast not only belted out numbers and dances, but shared the heart of the story with the audience, making the performance even more powerful.
Moore leads a strong ensemble cast in ‘Alice’ By Brooke Schmidt Staff Writer
From the beginning, Julianne Moore was predicted by pundits to win the “Best Actress in a Leading Role” Oscar for her performance in “Still Alice.” And indeed, on the night of the big event, Moore was victorious for her portrayal of Alice Howland, a woman diagnosed with extremely early-onset Alzheimer’s. Moore may be the nucleus of the action, but the film, overall, is a powerful meditation on the effects of Alzheimer’s on family relationships. The cinematography focuses on Alice throughout the entire film. In many scenes, the audience does not see the events first, but how Alice responds to them (clarify this). Only a suitable actress could enable the cinematographer to effectively utilize this motif, and Moore rises to that challenge. As the film progresses, Alice’s facial expressions are key. That is where the audience recognizes her confusion and watches her slow descent into the disease. While the film could have painted Alice’s
husband John (Alec Baldwin) as a villain, the writers do not use him as a caricature. He exudes anger, love, happiness and helplessness. There are moments when he is difficult to empathize with, but these moments are juxtaposed with heartfelt moments of utter love. He does an excellent job of showcasing the difficulty associated with loving someone with a mental illness. Overall, the supporting characters do a superb job of experiencing Alice’s decline in mental health. While I don’t normally like Kristen Stewart, she did a great job as Alice’s aspiring actress daughter, Lydia. The range of emotion was surprising for Stewart, but she pulled off some actual character development. Lydia starts off as someone who desires to stay in Los Angeles in order to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress. However, she eventually puts her dreams to the side in order to focus on her family. Everything involved with Moore’s performance contributes to the extremely effective character study. For once, a film highlights a well-developed, intellectual female lead. Alice’s intellect is her most prized quality, and
the audience gets to see that very intellect she values most get ripped from her. While the character study mainly fixates on Alice, it also portrays a family dealing with the effects of mental illness. People are flawed and often unable to deal with what they can’t understand. Alice’s three children (Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish and Kristen Stewart) do an excellent job of showcasing different reactions to this situation. They each represent different ways people deal with illness, and that further enhances Alice’s intricate character development. While it is incredibly difficult to tackle mental illness, “Alice” manages to convey a glance into Alzheimer’s with empathy, emotion and an uplifting tone. It is the first glance into Alzheimer’s through film that has been done in a long while. However, the only issue with the film was the extremely abrupt and confusing ending. It caused viewers to wonder if the end was truly the finale of the film. The last scene abruptly cuts to the white credits and there is no closure surrounding the film. While there could be metaphorical reasons contributing to the end, audiences typically
prefer closure and dislike confusion. The Academy was right not to nominate “Still Alice” for Best Picture, but Moore dominates the screen with her talent, justifying her win in the Best Actress category.
Moore displays her diverse talents.
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Despite snow, Tiny Moving Parts rock the Rat
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American Lions arrive as a last-minute replacement for Runaway Brother. By Kimberly Ilkowski Features Editor
A snowstorm paired with car troubles couldn’t stop CUBRat and WTSR’s overflowing, co-sponsored show featuring local alternative acts American Lions and In Writing, as well as lovable Minnesota natives Tiny Moving Partsb on Friday, March 6, at the Rathskeller. A last-minute flat tire from Tiny Moving Parts’ tourmates Runaway Brother left an open spot on the bill that American Lions luckily filled the morning of the event. Comprised of Justin Calaycay on guitar, Joshua Claps on vocals and bass, James Bauman on guitar and Pat Moran on drums, the band started the night with a literal bang, lurching right into a highpowered set of Claps’ shouts and Moran’s clashing cymbals. The band played songs off their summer 2014 EP “Peru” such as “Drifter,” “Bed Bugs” and “Camden Aquarium” — allegedly inspired by an ex-girlfriend — along with a handful of yet-to-be titled tracks. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, their EP “Soft” was released which showcases a shift in the
band’s sound and a heightened maturity. “This is way more laid back,” Moran said. “The vocals aren’t as intense as they have been in the past.” This week, the band completed another EP, currently untitled, at The Panda Studios in Fremont, Calif. “We recorded our first EP there, too,” Moran said. “The vibes (in California) are awesome. Everyone is so welcoming and very friendly.” The New Brunswick-based band is a regular in the local basement scene, often playing The Candy Barrel, Paradise Lost and The Banana Stand. Following American Lions, In Writing took the stage to present their personal brand of genre-bending music. Led by vocalist and guitarist Jonathan Arocho, bassist Angel Gonzalez, guitarist Toni Pennello and drummer Conor Mckeown, the emo quartet out of Pocono Summit, Pa. delivered an impressive set to the many close friends and family members that were in attendance. The band performed many tracks off their summer 2013 EP “Tabula Rasa” like “Lighthouse Portrait,” “Sunny Side” and
“Rusting,” which made people leave their seats and flock to the front of the stage. In Writing has been quite active this year, playing a string of shows throughout the first months of 2015 and hoping to start recording an EP in late spring with a possible summer tour to follow. The night’s main performers, Tiny Moving Parts, were broadcasted live on WTSR for listeners across the state to discover and enjoy. Frontman Dylan Mattheisen shredded on his guitar so fast it looked like his hands weren’t even touching the strings. Brothers Matthew and Billy Chevalier maintained the same energy on bass and drums, respectively. The guys jammed through a set of songs from many different periods in the band’s history, starting with “Always Focused” off their most recent release, 2014’s “Pleasant Living” full-length. Hailing from Benson, Minn., the indie trio went on to play “Vacation Bible School” and “Grayscale” off the 2013 full-length release “The Couch Is Long & Full of Friendship” and “Fair Trade” from
their “Split” EP with Old Gray. The band finished their set with the song “Dakota,” which immediately packed a punch with the opening line, “I have never been so scared and sad at the same time.” Tiny Moving Parts was on tour last month with You Blew It! and Rozwell Kid, playing a show nearly every night. “We love what we do,” Mattheisen said. “We feel more at home on the road than we do at our actual homes.” Later this month, Tiny Moving Parts will hit the road again, this time with beloved Philly emos Modern Baseball and melodic indie rockers Into It Over It for a tour across Europe. “We’re sharing a van with Modern Baseball, and they’re really taking us under their wing,” Mattheisen said. Aside from the excitement of traveling to new places and being able to share their music with a whole new audience, Mattheisen said the band is also ready to celebrate its culture. “We’ll be in Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day,” Mattheisen said. “Our families are Irish, and we’re so stoked.”
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Tiny Moving Parts frontman Mattheisen displays expert guitar skills.
Visiting artist Hunt inspires during lecture Etsy creative director discusses ‘side projects’ By Mylin Batipps Social Media Editor
It’s not enough for designers to work on main projects at their job, leave and relax at home for the day, according to Randy Hunt, creative designer at Etsy. They should also constantly engage in “side projects” outside of their work environment. Hunt spoke to students about the balance of creative projects at work and side projects on Wednesday,
March 4 in the Mayo Concert Hall. According to the author and awardwinning designer, there are quite a few reasons people should engage in creative tasks outside their daily, eight-hour work atmosphere. “One is to learn,” Hunt said. “For me, it was to learn some technical processes and to experience something that I imagined I would be interested in, that I otherwise wouldn’t have the circumstances to be able to learn those things.” Something remarkable about
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Hunt emphasizes the importance of creative endeavors.
side projects, according to Hunt, is that they are done freely, and yet they can lead to many rewarding experiences. “With the side project, I can do whatever I want,” he said. “I can potentially make money from this thing. Side projects are so closely tied into marketing ideas that they actually become quite profitable.” Hunt’s main project is being a creative director for Etsy, an online experience that brings together designers, marketers and sellers to sell handmade and vintage products, as well as the supplies to make those products. The e-commerce website, which sold over $1 billion dollars of merchandise in 2013, has over 25 million items available for purchase, which are accessible to people in almost every country, he said. Leading a team of over 70 people from all different spectrums of the organization (i.e. brand marketing, product design and usability research), Hunt constantly encourages the team to inspire each other and think of fresh ways to engage consumers. “Etsy is based on this community of passionate collectors and makers that connect with one another,” Hunt said. “This whole thing would not be possible if it
weren’t for that.” Connection is one of the main inspirations for Hunt’s side projects, which tie into his main project at Etsy. One of those projects is the writing of his book, “Product Design for the Web,” which was published in November 2013. For sale, the book has three main principles for product design — one being that “people matter most.” “Software is just a medium that serves to help a person or help people do something,” Hunt said. “And the relationship between you and those people often happens in software. Also, the process of designing is often a highly complex and therefore, collaborative one.” Hunt also explains in the book that a finished product is actually “never done.” “It is constantly changing and will constantly change,” he said. “You can always improve it and reduce complexity.” Hunt proved that in another of his side projects, a collection of his drawings of social media home pages. Using a screen capture site and a computer graphics program called “Painter,” Hunt redesigned the welcome pages for Facebook, Friendster, MySpace and Geocities — all of which are different now and are constantly being altered.
“These (software) products were really a tool, and you couldn’t really save the state of that tool on the archives,” Hunt said. “And it made me really think about what it’s like to save that work. All of these things we’re making are changing and going away very rapidly.” Sophomore management major Alyssa Freitas was inspired by Hunt’s notion of unfinished creative products. “When Hunt spoke about products never being done, it inspired me to maintain a mentality of constant improvement,” Freitas said. “Since the product is never done, you can continue to experiment and make every project even better.” For sophomore sociology major Bridget Appleby, Hunt’s lecture can be applied to her life as a student and rather than an agent in a work environment. “I find that having my school work alone isn’t fulfilling me and that taking control of my own projects tends to alleviate that feeling,” Appleby said. “But I suppose it doesn’t stop when I pass college into adulthood. These side projects can become more than just work-relief, but as possible earnings and interactions with individuals outside of my constructed social circle.”
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NEDA monologues help promote self-love
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Plawker speaks about the importance of compassion.
By Kelly Corbett Staff Writer
“Warning: Reflections in this mirror may be distorted by socially constructed ideas of beauty,” illuminated the screen of the Library Auditorium on Tuesday, March 3, as students gathered for the National Eating Disorder Awareness monologues hosted by CAPS Peer Educators.
Other messages such as “don’t weigh your self-esteem,” and “25 percent of people who suffer with an eating disorder are male,” also flashed on the screen. Six brave speakers took to the stage to tell the stories of their battles with eating disorders, as they were in a safe zone and surrounded by others who could relate. While some speakers expressed
their struggles with obsessive calorie counting, others suffered with consistently growling tummies or trying to purge themselves of this evil monster that had taken over their mind. All participants spoke of how eating disorders are in fact mental illnesses. Most of the speakers confessed to first encountering their disorders in high school or even middle school, but the stress of juggling so many tasks in college proved to be a trigger for their eating disorders to resurface. One speaker touched on how she didn’t accept her disorder right away. “I ignored it like if you had a wound on your arm and covered it with a Band-Aid,” she said. However, “It never went away. You can’t hide it away.” While some of the speakers chronologically told t heir story, other speakers wrote letters to their eating disorders. In a letter titled “Dear Eating Disorder,” one speaker expressed her anger. “I’m angry that instead of
memorizing SAT words, I memorized calories,” she said. “I’m angry I missed junior prom because I was stuck in a hospital bed,” and “I’m angry you destroyed my body.” Besides shedding a light on their struggles, the speakers also reflected on what they learned throughout their journeys. “I’m a hell of a lot more empathetic and a hell of a lot stronger because of it,” revealed one speaker. Lauren Plawker, a sophomore clinical psychology major, spoke of her struggle with her eating disorder and emphasized the importance of kindness, for you never know what others may be battling. In light of Plato, she quoted, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Finally, another speaker found safety and comfort by surrounding herself with positive people, such as her sorority sisters. Plawker, along with Derek Giannone, a senior clinical psychology major, founded The College’s Student Alliance to Facilitate Empathy (TCNJ SAFE).
SAFE, which started meeting in Fall 2014, meets weekly and provides a safe environment for students to share and receive support from their peers. All those attending the meetings are required to sign a confidentiality agreement. No matter what a student may be dealing with, the College is here to help. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the sponsor of the night, also works with students who may be struggling. They offer a variety of counseling services, in groups or individual sessions, staffed by a team composed of licensed mental health professionals and interns. These services are free, and no record of counseling appears on student’s permanent academic record. The night came to an end by presenting each of the speakers with a bouquet of flowers. Not only had the speakers shared their stories, but they had promoted a strong feeling of selflove in the room, a key component of NEDA week.
Terry Byrne takes the long road to the College By Brandon Magown Correspondent
It is not every day that a serious car accident can change someone’s life in a positive way. For Terry Byrne, a professor of communications at the College, that’s exactly what happened — his life was shaped by a drunkdriving accident. Byrne, known by his students as just Terry, has worked at the College since 1987. His many years of working in the entertainment industry have not only given him a surplus of knowledge to pass on to his students, but has also given him priceless anecdotes. “You can tell he not only knows what he is talking about, but that he truly enjoys teaching it,” said Jacqueline Ilkowitz, a senior communications major who has taken five classes with Byrne. Had it not been for the traumatic car crash, Byrne may have never found his place at the College as a noteworthy professor. It would be a long road to get there, but certainly one Byrne is glad he traveled on. Born in eastern Kansas in 1950, Byrne spent most of his childhood throughout parts of the west and eventually in Denver, Co. When it came time to go off to college, Byrne headed back East. After attending several different undergrad schools, he finished at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee with a degree in technical theater. He went on to attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. to obtain his master’s of Fine Arts in production design and lighting. Byrne scored his first job out of college at Marymount Manhattan College. “I was the resident designer for the college,” Byrne said. “I designed and lit plays as well as taught one class a semester.” After a few years, Byrne left to freelance around Manhattan and ended up in corporate theater. Byrne and a production team created set designs and lighting for product launches ranging anywhere from new cars to computers.
“That was one of the more fun jobs that I had,” Byrne said. “We got to travel a lot, (and) we always flew first class and stayed in nice hotels and never paid a penny for it.” As much fun as the job was, Byrne soon left it for an even more exciting adventure — a job in Europe. This new step in his career, however, was one that started years before with the horrible car accident. One night during his days in graduate school, Byrne and a few friends were out to dinner celebrating their graduation from Carnegie Mellon. On their way home, they were broadsided by a drunk driver, which left Byrne in a coma for three days. “The accident happened on a Friday night, and the next thing I knew, I woke up and it was Tuesday,” Byrne said. Luckily, he and his friends all made it out alive, and years later Byrne received a $9,000 check as part of the settlement from the accident. “My wife and I decided to go to Europe on that money because we felt like it would be wrong to spend it wisely,” Byrne said jokingly. One of their stops across Europe included Ireland, a place that had deep significance to Byrne. In the same year Byrne graduated from
Carnegie Mellon, his father passed away. One thing his father left him was a letter from his great aunt which included what she knew about the Irish side of their family, including their genealogy and history. There was no question that Byrne would visit Ireland and track down his ancestors during his trip. While in Dublin in 1976, Byrne met people at The Abbey, the national theater of Ireland, and asked them, “If I wanted to live in Ireland, how would I go about it?” He was told he should get a job at the television studio RTÉ, the national television and radio broadcast company of Ireland. So just like that, he went and had an informal interview with them before coming back to America. Four years later in 1980 while doing a product launch, Byrne received a phone call from RTÉ offering him a job. Byrne didn’t hesitate to quit his job, and a month later, he and his wife were living in Dublin. Like many of his previous jobs, Byrne did not stay at RTÉ long. By 1986, he was already back in the States, though he had a variety of interesting experiences along the way. “I started off by designing sets for news programs, like the evening news or interview shows, but after that I got shifted to what they called the light entertainment department,”
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Byrne teaches several communications classes at the College.
Byrne said. “I did a talent show, a weird sort of road show and finally a serial drama, which is really just a soap opera. The show was called ‘Glenroe,’ which was the biggest show in the whole country. Everybody watched it.” The job Byrne enjoyed the most was working for “The Late Late Show,” which was the Irish equivalent of “The Tonight Show.” “That job was very cool because they had some really top name talent on there like Van Morrison, Robert Plant and Tom Waits,” Byrne said. Like all good things, there came an end to his time in Europe. “Things kind of fell apart at RTÉ, and a whole bunch of people left around 1985 and 1986,” Byrne said. After coming back to America in 1986, Byrne held a temporary teaching job while he searched for something more permanent. That’s when he found the College. “An opening here came up, and so I came out and interviewed for it,” Byrne said. He was offered the job and started in 1987 and has worked for the College ever since. Over the years, Byrne has taught a number of different classes, ranging from hands on production, to classes on film critique. It is the latter in which Byrne has come to really enjoy. “As I have spent more time here, I have gravitated more towards classes about history and theory,” Byrne said. “Those are a lot of fun, because I did not know a lot of film history. I mean I did not grow up in a film culture. The only performing art I was exposed to was theater.” Having a deep interest and passion for what he teaches makes his classes that much more valuable. His students describe his classes as a very laid-back environment that is easy to learn in. “He is a very relaxed and cool professor and takes the time to get to know all of his students on a personal level,” Ilkowitz said. “He takes the time to learn what all of his students want to accomplish and then helps them reach those goals.”
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Christine Bader, Corporate Idealist & Change Agent March 11th, 3:30-5:30pm, Business Building Lounge Christine Bader will discuss her book “The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil” and her work as a change agent within BP corporation. A speaker, adviser, and writer on corporate responsibility, Christine Bader is an advisor to BSR and was recently a visiting scholar at Columbia University, where she co-taught human rights and business. Previously, she worked for BP in Indonesia, China, and the U.K., managing the social impacts of some of the company’s largest projects in the developing world, and later as a part-time pro bono advisor to the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative for business and human rights. This program is co-sponsored by: the Alan Dawley Center for Social Justice; the Cultural and Intellectual Community Program Committee; and the School of Business Center for Innovation and Ethics.
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: Feb. 1985
Kimberly Ilkowski / Features Editor
The Ambassadors program is a vital tool for recruiting new students.
By Kimberly Ilkowski Features Editor
This year marks the 30th Ambassador class to grace the College. The latest class has just been accepted into the program and assigned their pals, which act as mentors for the new Ambassadors. In the February 5, 1985, issue of The Signal, Managing Editor Jean Nesterak wrote about Trenton State College’s “new concept in public relations,” which has evolved into a group that is more like a family than an organization. A new concept in public relations is being introduced on the Trenton State College campus in the form of Student Ambassadors. Introduced by the office of Student Development Services, the college ambassadors will phase out the old Trenton Orientation Program Services. The T.O.P.S. was used for orientation. The college ambassadors will be students serving as public relations representatives for the college at official events. Their official responsibilities will include working with orientation, giving tours, hosting campus visitors and providing student staffing at college programs. According to a release sent out by the office of Student Development Services, “the program has been designed to create a highly selective and prestigious organization whose membership reflects the
highest caliber students which Trenton State College produces.” “It’s not just a job we envision,” said Sheila Fleishman, assistant to the dean of students. “It’s an honorary kind of group. People are selected after a competitive interview process. We’re looking for people who have a strong commitment to the college and who have leadership and intersect well. We’ll be putting people out on the line for Trenton State.” Second semester freshman, sophomores and juniors may apply for the positions. Students who apply must be in good academic standing and have an average of 2.50 or better. The ambassadors will receive the minimum wage for all events they work. Other benefits will include on-campus housing and a campus telephone. Members will also be issued a Trenton State blazer, slacks/skirts, and a Trenton State sweater to wear while working. According to Fleishman the blazer outfit is being used “not to create an image but to give students appropriate things to wear.” Jesse Rosenblum, director of college relations said that the blazer outfit is important for the image of the college ambassadors. “We feel it’s necessary as far as putting forth that image. Just like the beautiful entrance gate. We have to represent the student ambassadors in a quality manner that is representative of the institution.” The cost of the program according
Campus Style By Heather Hawkes Columnist There’s just a little over a week until spring is officially here, yet the overwhelming amount of snow that remains has kept us bundled up rather than enjoying the warm spring air, unable to wear flowing frocks and bright ensembles. So what’s the plan between now and Friday, March 20, to prepare our wardrobes for the new season? Just to make sure you’re fully equipped, I’ve compiled a few guidelines that will help your closet blossom with the latest Spring 2015 trends: Eras to Mimic: The ‘70s are traveling through time to pay spring 2015 a visit. This season, expect tons of retro-inspired outfits including flared pants, paisley patterns and tons of fringe accents. Colors to Catch Your Eye: When shopping for spring, try to favor a neutral color palette with a few bright accent pieces that can add tasteful pops of color (bright orange and baby blues are big this season). Patterns to Play With: Floral patterns are always favored during the spring season. However, don’t go overboard. Make sure to add a variety of patterns so you can expand your wardrobe portfolio. Gingham (a gridlock, checkered pattern that somewhat resembles a French tablecloth) is an ultra-chic pattern I highly recommend. to Rosenblum, will be approximately $10,000 a year. The program evolved because there was a need for a more specialized form of group besides T.O.P.S. “We knew all along how important students are in terms of how the college is perceived,” said Rosenblum. “We can’t have it left to chance. We will use the students who know a great deal about the college, they will be trained about the college.” “Students will appear as official representatives of the institution,” said Rosenblum. Each applicant for a position as college ambassador will have two interviews. Applicants must also submit at least one letter of reference. “The interview process will take place and then the training will probably be ongoing through the year. We would like 25-40 people. If we have 40 we would be in a pretty good position to cover all the
Add a pop with gingham prints.
Shapes to Shimmy Into: Look out for long, neutral-colored sweaters that go far past knee length, as well as a light trench coat to keep you warm until the temperature finally decides to go above freezing. Also, try to find yourself a pair of leg-lengthening flared pants. As far as skirts and dresses go, play with Aline shapes, oversized T-shirt dresses and high-waist midi skirts. Fabrics to Fall For: I highly recommend adding some silks, suede fringe and tons of denim to your collection. events,” said Fleishman. “People we hire won’t begin until Fall ’85. T.O.P.S. will be phased out after summer orientation.” “This is an opportunity to take our really good students and train them. The college has been very active in marketing the college and I think we have a special program here. Our most effective salespeople are the students,” said Fleishman. “T.O.P.S. was not always able to get enough students and we often had to recruit untrained students. They did the best job they could. The frustrations with working with student groups is that you can’t coerce volunteers. “We hope to create a really incredible opportunity for students,” said Fleishman. Though the program is looking for above average students Fleishman said, “We’re not putting down the average student we’re just saying we need the above average one’s.”
Hollyword: HARPO does Hollywood
Winfrey is packing up and moving out of Chicago.
By Johnanthony Alaimo Columnist
SAY GOODBYE TO OPRAH! Our Queen, savior and some will say our only hope, where is she going? To a better place. Which means out of Chicago. Now that her show has been off the air for
years and HARPO Studios is transitioning to its new location in Hollywood, it’s time to say adieu. The Hollywood Reporter quotes Winfrey saying, “(Chicago has) been everything for me. I’ve spent more hours in this building than I have any other building on Earth. We were here when there was
nothing but hoes and rats on the street, and now it’s one of the hottest neighborhoods (in Chicago).” Do you hear that, hoes and rats? You can return! The jig is up! A small number of the studio’s 200 employees will come with Oprah in her carry-on bag to L.A., while the rest will join the hoes and rats in their new digs. Everyone wins. Britney Spears lost it a little at a show in Vegas last week when a clump of her hair extension fell off her head during her performance. “Do you want a piece of me?” Britney lip-syncs. Yes, apparently we do. Brit kept on “dancing,” (slightly twitching) and kept on “singing,” (opening and closing her mouth) throughout the small snafu, leaving the hair to fall to the floor. Honestly, that piece of hair
extension got down to the floor much quicker than Brit ever could, so it deserves a round of applause and maybe a round of gauze. “House of Cards” made its debut on Netflix last week and is getting critical acclaim. I had the pleasure of not showering and watching all 13, one-hour episodes in a row, and let me tell you, I never reacted so badly to sunlight
coming out of that binge. But the season is honestly spectacular. The show attempts to paint the cruel and malicious Frank Underwood as someone who perhaps deserves some sympathy this time around. Whether or not you are able to rile that feeling in yourself is up to you. All I know is I have an appointment at the hairstylist to get “The Claire.”
Spears’s hair falls out during a performance in Vegas.
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Zotollo / Sights set on NCAA championshp Two-time All-American to end historic career
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Zotollo earns a win during his freshman season. continued from page 1
Zotollo stuck with wrestling and eventually chose the College for the program’s storied history and its supportive coaching staff. After finishing his freshman season with a 5-4 record, Zotollo challenged himself to become the All-American he knew he would one day become. Zotollo put on weight, moving from the 149-pound division to the 165-pound class for his sophomore season. With stiff
Wrestling came natural to Zotollo. Following in the footsteps of both his father and older brother, Zotollo first started wrestling at the age of five and immediately fell in love with the sport. “My dad was head of our town program (in Paramus, N.J.). I would just go to practices with my dad and brother, and it just caught,” Zotollo said.
competition to get in meets at 165 pounds, Zotollo again decided to move up a weight class midway through the season. In Zotollo’s first full season at 174 pounds, he earned a careerhigh 24 victories, his first AllAmerican honor and a fourth-place win in the NCAA tournament. “I had never intended to go 174, but it’s the best decision I’ve ever made,” Zotollo said. Galante applauds Zotollo’s work ethic for his ability to put on 25 pounds and excel in a higher weight class. “(Zotollo) is always in shape, always down to weight and always ready to compete,” said Galante, a former two-time All-American. “You don’t have to get ready if you stay ready.” It was not all smooth sailing for Zotollo, however. Zotollo’s career hit a road bump entering his senior year. “At the beginning of the year, I had a pulled hamstring, and it kept me off the mat for the first three
weeks,” Zotollo said, a pack of ice tied around his arm from a different injury he sustained earlier in the season. “I’ve been in and out of the room with injuries.” “Staying healthy is hard but staying tough is harder,” Galante said. “(Zotollo) is a tough dude.” Zotollo overcame his series of injuries to defend his title at the NCAA East Regional Tournament on Sunday, March 1, and qualify for the NCAA Championships.
During his time at the College, Zotollo has racked up 85 career wins, back-to-back regional championships and two All-American honors, with a third likely on the way. Zotollo will go down as one of the most prolific wrestlers in Lions’ history, and with a DivisionIII National Championship coming up, he’ll be given a chance to cement his place in history as he takes the mat one final time.
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Zotollo focuses in before a match.
Lions blank Ramapo Top prospect rejects luxury Tennis
Move to 2-1 on the season
By Josh Kestenbaum Staff Writer Coming off a close loss last week, the Lions came roaring back against the Ramapo College Roadrunners with a 9-0 home win on Wednesday, March 4. The Lions started off hot in the doubles round, picking up victories in all three matches. On their way to these victories, the Lions only conceded seven total games. At No. 1 doubles, juniors Pierce Cooper and Billy Buchbinder had to grind out the first few games but ultimately pulled out an 8-2 victory and put the College up 1-0 early. “In the beginning of the match, Ramapo was serving well,” Cooper said. “After (Buchbinder) and I broke them in a close game early on, we got a lot of momentum that carried through the rest of the match.” The No. 2 doubles team of sophomores Jack August and Mike Stanley extended the Lions’ lead with their own, 8-2 victory. Closing out the Lions’ sweep of the doubles round, freshmen Sean Fernandez and Chris D’Agostino were victorious at No. 3 doubles by a score of 8-3. The Lions’ success spilled over into the singles round where, once again, the Lions won all six matches. Playing No. 1 singles, Cooper double-bageled his opponent, winning by a score of 6-0, 6-0. August, playing in the No. 2 spot, defeated his opponent handily at 6-2, 6-1. At No. 3 singles, Buchbinder earned a close first-set
victory and came back to take the second set decisively, ending with a final score of 6-4, 6-1. Playing No. 4 singles, D’Agostino pulled off a convincing 6-1, 6-2 win. Both finishing with 6-1, 6-0 scores, Fernandez and Stanley earned victories at the fifth and sixth spots, respectively. “I did feel some sort of pressure in the beginning, but at this point, it’s all really in the back of my head,” Fernandez said regarding the stress of being a freshman in the starting lineup. “I come onto the courts not worrying that I am a freshman but just thinking about what I have to do to win the match.” With this victory, the Lions improve to 2-1 on the season. The team is now beginning a three-week break that will extend until they return to the courts on Wednesday, March 25, to host the Division-II Kutztown University Golden Bears at 3 p.m.
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D’Agostino wins his match.
Blue Jays’ pitcher Norris lives a simple life. By Kevin Luo Staff Writer
If you signed a multi-million dollar professional sports contract, how would you spend your money? Would you buy a new car or new house? Would you have an extravagant nightlife? What if I told you one young player wants nothing to do with that? The Blue Jays top pitching prospect, Daniel Norris, signed a contract with a $2 million signing bonus along with a deal with Nike. Norris had the most strikeouts per nine innings pitched in the minors last season, and he has a solid shot to be a part of the Blue Jays’ big-league rotation this year. And you guessed it, he lives in his van.
This past offseason, Norris was living out of his 1978 Volkswagen in the parking lot of a Florida Walmart. The shoppers at the Walmart know him as “Van Man,” and some even give him money, thinking he was poor and homeless. He lives simply and cooks most of his meals on a small, portable grill in his van. He has his millions of dollars with a financial advisor who puts it in safe investments and deposits $800 in his bank account every month, which is just enough for him to live on. So why would someone who makes millions of dollars as a professional athlete live this way? Norris is committed to being a nonconformist and living the lifestyle he wants to live. He doesn’t drink or smoke. He doesn’t really use technology or
watch TV. In the offseason, he still works 40 hours a week at a local clothing store. He takes vacations to areas like the jungles of Nicaragua. He enjoys being away from the world and just being free to go on his own adventures. Norris was a three-sport athlete in high school, but ultimately, he gravitated toward pitching because it allowed him to be the most secluded. Even further back, Norris gets his nonconformist mentality from his family. His parents and grandparents have owned a small bike shop for decades, and they try to instill an appreciation for the outdoors, living simply and avoiding extravagance. But here’s the thing. Norris is a nonconformist, but he still loves baseball and does what he can to master his craft. He still works out and makes sure that his athletic performance is in top shape. During the season, he plans on living with some of his teammates. The thought is that if he reaches his potential, he can be a star pitcher in the majors. What happens if that $2 million signing bonus turns into a $100 million deal? Will he still live this simplistic lifestyle? No matter where Norris goes in his career, right now, he is one of the most interesting players in professional baseball. For as long as it lasts, the public will enjoy seeing him live out of his van, being a man of nature and shaving his beard with a small axe.
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Michael Battista “The Ref”
Josh Kestenbaum Staff Writer
In this week’s Around the Dorm, the “Ref,” Michael Battista, asks our panel of experts three questions: Can anybody on the Yankees replace Derek Jeter, will Jaromir Jagr ever win another Stanley Cup at the age of 43 and can boxing become mainstream again with its new TV deal?
1. Who, if anyone, will step up as a leader to replace Derek Jeter? Otto: It’s impossible to replace Derek Jeter. Period. Because of that, I think fans and the media will look for any sign to crown the next face of the franchise very quickly before seeing a good amount of games. That’s going to cause a lot of disappointments, because this is not a talented roster. A big chunk of the payroll is designated for free-agent acquisitions like Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury, guys who have established themselves as solid players in the league but as members of other teams. And, of course, there’s Alex Rodriguez, who we all know won’t step up to anything. I don’t see any young player making that jump to lead the Yankees and taking over as the locker room leader. While the veterans will lead by example, no one, at least for this year, will become “the guy” for the Yankees. George: In the 12th century, Hartmann von Aue wrote a poem about the child born
of an incestuous affair between a brother and sister who, ignorant of his own origin, married his own mother (aunt?) only to repent and become the pope, leader of the Catholic Church. The name baby? Gregorius. That is why I think Didi Gregorius,
who is already filling Jeter’s cleats as the Yankee’s new shortstop, is a prime candidate to become the team’s new leader. While Didi’s story may not be as extreme, it’s clear that all you need to become the leader of something as important as the
Catholic Church or the New York Yankees is the name Gregorius. It’s a good thing the Yankees snatched Didi when they did. It’s possible his talent could’ve been squandered if he were brought onto a much less important team like the Mets. Josh: Without Derek Jeter, there will be a large leadership void in the New York Yankees this season. I believe that Mark Teixeira will step up and partially fill that void, provided he can stay at least as healthy as he did last season. Teixeira has been on four different teams over his 12 seasons in the MLB and has gone to the playoffs five times, including the Yankees’ 2009 championship run. During his career, Teixeira is a two-time All-Star, a three-time Silver Slugger winner and a five-time Gold Glove Winner. He has been with the organization since 2009, making him one of the longest tenured players with the Yankees on the roster. Hopefully he can stay healthy and provide the Bombers with some much-needed leadership.
George gets 3 points for his analogy. Otto gets 2 points for sighting the lack of homegrown talent, and Josh gets 1 point for thinking an injury-prone Teixeira can lead a team.
2. Will Jaromir Jagr win another championship in the NHL? Otto: Most people at TCNJ weren’t even born before Jaromir Jagr won his last Stanley Cup. It’s been 23 years since he last held up that trophy, so I can’t really blame him for still being hungry and wanting to return to
the top. He’s had very modest success since returning to the NHL four years ago, but more importantly, he’s always on the ice. At the age of 43, he’s still durable and is someone that can be relied on. That being said, I don’t think that he’ll be able to come out of this with a championship. The Panthers
right now are not on pace to even make the playoffs, but they could make a strong push toward the end of the season. The inexperience of their younger players and the team’s struggles to score goals will eventually lead to their demise, in the playoffs or not. George: While Jagr is the most senior player in the NHL at the moment, I would say he is nowhere close to being “late” in his career. It’s clear from the length of his career thus far that Jagr loves hockey. So why should he stop playing? I look at Jagr as being a bit like Beowulf. Beowulf was a warrior who loved to fight. His entire purpose consisted of slaying horrendous monsters and horrid beasts, so why stop? He only stopped when a dragon got the best of him, meaning that Jagr will continue to play until he is killed by a dragon in the rink, which will probably not happen for many years to come. In any one of those years, it will be possible for Jagr to pick up another NHL championship — the more years one
plays, statistically it becomes more possible. Josh: Jaromir Jagr just turned 43, and I think his championship years are behind him. Jagr’s scoring ability has clearly not significantly declined (he had 67 points last season), but his speed has been a victim of time. In the NHL today, teams are trying to get faster, and the games overall reflect that trend. Jagr’s speed has declined ,but his value now lies in his experience. Now a member of the Florida Panthers, Jagr has been playing in the NHL longer than the Panthers franchise has existed, has made the playoffs more times and has scored more points than the top five scorers for the franchise combined. Jagr will now be more valuable to teams who are young and looking for a veteran presence and/or making a push to make the playoffs. The Panthers now and similar teams in the future give Jagr little chance to once again have his name engraved on Lord Stanley’s Cup.
Josh gets 3 points for pointing out Jagr’s age. Otto gets 2 points for looking at the Panthers playoff chances, and George gets 1 point for saying Jagr has “many years” left. 3. Since Boxing is returning to NBC, do you think the sport will hit a chord with the mainstream again? Otto: I think this is the best thing that can happen to boxing. While it makes a ridiculous amount of money on Pay-Per-View because of its die-hard fans, it’s good for the general public to be exposed to the sport. The sport no longer has to appeal to its biggest supporters since they’re a lock. Instead, they can focus on young sports fans who could have the opportunity to watch boxing because it’s on TV again. Maybe it can slowly work itself back to what it once was. You always hear older sports writers reminisce about their childhoods watching the sport and what it meant. At best, it will bring the sport back to the mainstream, and at worst it’ll still have an impact it hasn’t had in years. George: Definitely. Boxing is one of the most brutal sports, and America’s machismo is in desperate need of a boost. Football is violent, but not violent enough on account of the padding and baseball is pretty much the softest sport imaginable. The American public wants some good ole’ fist-punching,
not this padded crap.We’ve got years of pent up frustration fueling this. And there’s nothing like watching two guys beat each other up if you want to vent out your frustration. Or maybe even punch something yourself. Or maybe just sitting down with a therapist and talking about your problems. Josh: I don’t think boxing will be able to return to as high a level as it was in the age of Ali and Frazier. It has been 40 years since the “Thrilla in Manilla,” and the sport’s popularity has dropped dramatically. One reason why I don’t think boxing will rise to prominence is the generational gap. Many sports fans now do not have a strong connection with the golden age of boxing because many of those fans then have passed away and their passion was not continued in today’s sports fans. The other reason is the big four sports leagues and their cumulative 122 teams across the U.S. and Canada. Nowadays, almost everybody has a favorite team from at least one of these leagues. There is little room or demand for a boxing resurgence in an already crowded sports market.
Otto gets 3 points for looking at the young fans. George gets 2 points because I’m scared he’ll hurt me, and Josh gets 1 point for bringing up the age gap.
Otto wins Around the Dorm 7-6-5.
Lions place well at ECAC tournament Ary sets school record in 500-meter race By George Tatoris Staff Writer The distance medley relay is an unusual race. Each leg is a different length, making it the only track event in which long distance runners and sprinters compete together. The College’s women’s track team won the event at the ECAC Championships on Saturday, March 7 through Sunday, March 8. “Overall, we ran 11:59, which was our fastest time of the season,” senior Megan Stack said. Senior Michelle Cascio also said she enjoyed the distinct change of pace between her leg, the 400-meter, and the former leg of the race, the 1200-meter run by freshman Allison Fournier. When Fournier handed the baton to Cascio, the College was in fifth. But when Cascio handed the baton to senior Katelyn Ary for the 800-meter leg, the College was in third. Ary’s race put the College in first, allowing Stack to anchor the
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Ary enjoys a successful afternoon in the 500-meter race and distance medley relay.
race with the 1,600-meter. Stack held out and crossed the finish in first out of 20 teams. “Overall we ran 11:59, which was our fastest time of the season,” Stack said. “The mix of distance runners and sprinters in this race is really special because almost everything else we do is separate,” Cascio said. Overall, the women’s team ranked 14th in the meet and the men’s team placed 26th.
The distance medley was hosted on the first day of the meet. However, the second day saw a riveting performance by Ary in the 500-meters, where she was just a tenth of a second shy of claiming first in the event. “It was such a blessing that my last meet at the New York Armory was a strong race,” Ary said. Her 1:14.68 finish earned her second place and a school record. The time also topped the meet record for the event, but
that victory was negated by Sasa Vann of Buffalo State, who finished first in the event. In the mile, Stack finished 11th with a time of 5:10.64, and on the field, senior Joan Hales finished the weight throw in 15th with a toss of 14.70 meters. The men’s team started off strongly on the first day, with junior Jake Lindacher advancing to the championship race of his event, the 60-meter high hurdles, and fellow junior Jonathan Stouber taking
sixth in the longest race, the 5,000 meters, with a time of 15:09.96. On the field, senior Juan Giglio took 14th in the pole vault with a height of 4.37 meters. The highlight for the men on the second day, was the championship race of the 60-meter high hurdles, where Lindacher took fourth with a time of 8.294 seconds. “The time wasn’t exactly where I wanted it,” said Lindacher, who would’ve preferred a time under 8.20. “But it was good to see competition that I’ll see this week at nationals.” On the same day, freshman Dale Johnson took seventh in the mile with a time of 4:20.28. Senior Erik Moutenot took 20th with a time of 1:07.64 in the 500-meter dash, and sophomore Zach Hubner took 27th in the 60meter dash at 7.181 seconds. As the NCAA championship meet rapidly approaches, the track team is excited to compete at a national level. “We are all ready and have been preparing for this for months,” Ary said.
Softball splits season-opening doubleheader By Michael Battista Sports Assistant The softball team opened their season last Sunday, March 8, with a doubleheader in Salisbury, Md. taking both an impressive win over SUNY Cortland by a score of 5-1 and a disappointing loss to Salisbury University, 12-1. The Lions came into the games wanting a fresh start from last year’s rough season and were able to show significant improvement in their first game against the Cortland Red Dragons. Junior pitcher Ashtin Helmer took the mound for the team and put on an impressive display, holding the Dragons to only four hits over seven innings. Helmer was very happy with the work of her team in the field. “I couldn’t be more happy with our performance both defensively and offensively against Cortland,” she said. “Everyone did executed their jobs perfectly.” Speaking of the offense, the team was able to get eight hits during the game with players like junior Steph Vuono and freshman Bria Bartsch, both of which helped the team score three runs in the first. The remaining runs were scored by junior Jamie Purcell in the seventh, whose single
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Lions ace Ashtin Helmer leads the team to victory.
up the left side helped bring in a run, and Bartsch again, who brought in two more runs in the seventh. Helmer says this first game success was all about the team coming together. “We all synced together for the first game,” she said. “I knew that any ball hit would be properly fielded. This really gave me confidence and allowed me to throw all my pitches fearlessly.”
This newly “synced” Lion’s team was able to come away with a 5-1 win, and looked ahead to their next game against Salisbury University, which took place immediately after in a double-header. Junior pitcher Katie Hourihan started off the game for the team and knew the Sea Gulls were going to be a tough opponent. “I knew the Salisbury lineup would be a challenge to throw to,” she said. “They’re
a great team and are super aggressive.” That aggression was shown right away as the Gulls were able to score six runs in the first, and scored in every single inning after that. The defensive performance by Salisbury was also commendable, as they kept the Lion’s to one hit and only one run in the entire game, as they picked up 12 runs. The Lion’s tried to keep the game going by scoring in the top of the fifth, but since they were still down by over 10 runs, the game was called due to the mercy rule. The team has to look past this loss and toward their upcoming spring trip in Clermont, Fla. The team will have games starting on Saturday, March 14, against Concordia University Wisconsin and SUNY Oneonta and will have six more games over the next five days down there. Hourihan says that she isn’t worried about the team lingering on the past. “I have no doubt that the team will be able to bounce back from the tough game,” she said. “We just need to stay aggressive and focus on the little things, like catching and throwing. I know we can be successful, and going forward, we just need to stay confident and make the basic plays.”
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