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Mock, a transgender rights activist, discusses hardships she faced growing up. By Jonathan Edmondson Arts & Entertainment Editor

For the majority of students, Thursday, March 12, was a pretty normal day. It included studying for midterms and packing for home, all the while anxiously awaiting the moment they could finally begin their respite from the College for

a few days. Others, however, had coffee with the New York Times‘s bestselling author and transgender rights activist, Janet Mock. Mock, who visited the campus to give a lecture in Kendall Hall, met with students and faculty in the Biology Building Lounge prior to the event for a series

of intimate conversations. Donning stiletto heels and a trendy outfit, Mock walked into the room and was greeted with enthusiasm and smiles by inspired students clutching her book to their chests. In February of 2014, Mock published her memoir, “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood,

Identity, Love & So Much More.” Many professors in the Women’s and Gender Studies department assigned Mock’s book to their syllabi this semester — a decision that was met with positive acclaim. Students were eager for the chance to talk to Mock one-on-one, including members of PRISM, who co-sponsored the event. Later in the evening, Mock took the stage in Kendall Hall and was met with thunderous applause. “Thanks for putting me ahead of ‘Shondaland,’” Mock laughed, referring to the Thursday night block of television that students were missing to see her lecture. Mock’s lecture, “Our Bodies, Our Lives: Trans Women’s Legacy at the Intersections,” focused on Mock’s life and included a brief history of transgender rights activism. Growing up in Hawaii, Mock faced conflicts with her community and family when she embraced her see MOCK page 15

New app created by students for students By Chelsea LoCascio Production Manager SaySo, an amalgam of Facebook, LinkedIn and Craigslist, is the potential new go-to app for college students. The website, which will eventually become an app and expand to other colleges across the country, facilitates the trade of goods and services between students in local areas and contains a comprehensive calendar of events happening on-campus as well as in their local communities. “I had the idea that everyone has the skills to solve someone else’s problems,” sophomore economics and philosophy double major Michael Julve said. “You just need to find that person. (At first), I didn’t think it was possible to make that work.” With the help of Raphael Rezkalla, a sophomore electrical engineering major, that idea transformed into SaySo. Together, they enlisted the help of senior mechanical engineering major Luke Capritti and junior mechanical engineering major Jason Palermo to make it a reality. Available to students at the College starting in mid-April, SaySo has two

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By Elena Tafone Correspondent

Leaders and residents of the Ewing Township community, along with students from the College, met in the Education Building on Monday, March 9, to review developments in the town, on campus and in areas where the two worlds intersect. Following a closed council meeting, the openpublic session included discussion of upcoming on-campus events as well as off-campus safety and community outreach. These meetings started back in October 2012 after the school administration received a flood of complaints about the off-campus conduct of students. Administrators hoped a public forum would help foster communication and improve the sometimes turbulent relationship between Ewing residents and students. It’s an approach that appears to be paying off — in terms of incident reports, this past year’s Homecoming was “the best year in 15 years,” according to Ewing Police Department Det. Michael Pellegrino. Student Government President Matt Wells says this year’s successful Homecoming showed how the relationship between the College and the surrounding community has improved over the years. “I think students are starting to recognize their impact on the community and the community’s impact on them,” Wells said. “We’re entitled to have see TOWN page 2

Moral accountability missing in businesses By Gabrielle Beacken News Assistant

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Students team up to create SaySo, a platform for trade and events. main features: the marketplace and the board. The marketplace will be one convenient location where students can post about goods they want to buy or sell to their campus community. “It’s that familiarity. I wouldn’t have a problem going up to any TCNJ student and trading a book with them on campus — I would have a problem going to the middle of Ewing or Trenton, meeting up with somebody and trading a fridge,” Julve said. According to the SaySo team, the Editorial / Page 7

site will ensure convenience and safety not guaranteed on sites like Facebook or Craigslist. “One of the unique features is that you need an .edu account, so it makes it safer to get on,” Capritti said. “You can only meet at certain times (from 8:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and you won’t be able to meet anywhere but on campus (in safe locations like the Brower Student Center or library).”

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Christine Bader, author of “The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil,” was convinced “business is where it’s at.” British Petroleum (BP) went “above and beyond progressively and holistically about the environment,” Bader said as a satisfied employee of the company. After eight years of positive experiences with the oil business, Bader advocated BP’s strong environmental sustainability and social responsibility efforts. And yet on Saturday, April 20, 2010, when BP’s oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, creating what is considered to be the worst oil spill

in American history, Bader’s perspective shifted. She began questioning the moral accountabilities big businesses are willing to bear — including those of her once-revered BP. Bader — a speaker, author and advisor on corporations’ social responsibility — shared with students her positive and negative experiences with big business, as well as the lessons she learned about human-impact responsibility and sustainability on Wednesday, March 11, in the Business Building lounge. After earning her Master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Yale University, Bader

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events on campus and such, but at the same time, (we have to) be mindful of the community around us.” It’s not only Homecoming weekend that has seen improvement, but the rest of the academic year, as well. While weekends are still when most disturbances occur, there has been a noticeable decrease in Tuesday night incidents. This can be attributed to new class scheduling, according to Vice President of Student Affairs Amy Hecht. However, a more pressing concern has been the increase of break-ins in the area, mostly in studentrented houses. With many people coming and going and students visiting home during long breaks, off-campus housing can make for an easy target. “If you can, keep a couple of cars in the driveway,” Pellegrino said. “I know that students have to take their cars home, but if there’s any way they can carpool, especially if it’s over a long weekend or something like that, it’s always best.” He also recommended keeping lights on timers, making sure that doors and windows close and lock correctly and taking home valuables. It’s this kind of vigilance that will only help to improve the Ewing community, making it a place in which both residents and students want to live.

SaySo / New app promotes trading continued from page 1 The marketplace is also for students looking to make some extra money or expand their resume. With different skills or knowledge, students can help each other, such as fix a cracked phone screen, in an easier and cheaper way. “People who have different skills can post that skill, offer (their) services and build a small business,” Capritti said. The students’ profiles serve as a résumé that builds itself, showing that the student is reliable and in demand through past transactions indicated on their profile. “Our site has smart features that pick up on what you’re doing and who you’re trading with, and it builds a profile page for you,” Julve said. Aside from trading goods and offering professional services in the marketplace, the SaySo board will encompass all oncampus events and any relevant off-campus events in one calendar. “When freshmen are coming in and trying to find something to do, they’ll go to (the board) instead of having to come to the Student Center and find random things (that are) not exactly things you want to know,” Capritti said. “(With the board),

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SaySo member Adrienne Stewart utilizes the website version of the app.

it’ll be one centralized location.” SaySo, which means “the power to choose,” gives students the power to choose the connections they make that will shape their college experience, according to Julve. The journey to becoming a fully-functioning business has been challenging, but the SaySo team has learned more than they thought possible and had fun doing it. Now they want others to join in on the SaySo experience through beta testing or accounting, computer programming and marketing

internship opportunities. For more details regarding testing or internships, contact Luke Capritti at “It’s a matter of actually making college a better and easier place for everybody,” Julve said. “If you have any sort of skills, you can make money or build your skills, (and) there’s the seller portion of it. I’m not a big fan of working for people all the time, (but with SaySo,) you can make your own hours. There’s no other freedom like that.”

Changes coming to Liberal Learning program Anthropology major to be offered next semester

Only 47 percent of students value liberal learning classes.

By Alyssa Sanford Staff Writer

Upcoming changes to the College’s Liberal Learning program prompted Student Government to invite Christopher “Kit” Murphy, associate provost for Liberal Learning and Curriculum under Academic Affairs to the general body meeting on Wednesday, March 11. Murphy, who is a “biologist by trade” specializing in animal research, is part of an effort to reevaluate the Liberal Learning program and its requirements, which have baffled students for years. Taking effect in the fall semester of 2015, First Seminar Programs (FSP) will no longer have “domain designation.” While an FSP course traditionally fell under a specific domain — such as World Views and Ways of Knowing, Natural Science, etc. — now FSP courses will simply count as an FSP course, and students will be required to take eight liberal learning courses to satisfy the six domains.

For example, instead of taking three courses within each of the domains, incoming freshmen classes will now take three courses from five of the domains, and two courses from the remaining domain, Murphy explained to the general body. Murphy is interested in “engaging the campus in conversations” about ways to improve the Liberal Learning program, as it lacks widespread campus community support. According to Murphy, about 90 percent of faculty members “are deeply committed” to liberal learning courses and think they are valuable, while only about 47 percent of students agree. However, Murphy acknowledges that while opinions of the program’s efficacy lacks consensus, it is true that a “general understanding” of liberal learning requirements is needed across the board, for faculty and students alike. Following this presentation, SG voted on the recognition of two clubs: Humanitarian Yoga and TCNJ Anthropological Society.

The clubs, both founded in the fall semester 2014, presented to the Governmental Affairs committee on Sunday, March 1, and were unanimously approved. Humanitarian Yoga and TCNJ Anthropological Society both sought SG recognition so that their respective organizations would be permitted to advertise for oncampus events and to reserve space for events and meetings. Humanitarian Yoga has about 80 members and its president is a certified yoga instructor. Weekly meetings are more than yoga sessions, however — they are also devoted to planning events that will spread awareness about physical and mental health within both the campus and local community. TCNJ Anthropological Society, comprised of 10 core members, formed prior to the announcement that an anthropology major would be introduced in the fall semester of 2015 in response to general interest from the student body. The society boasts a strong relationship with faculty. President Matthew Wells moved for a vote to recognize these clubs and both votes passed after debate. Next, Vice President Michael Chiumento announced that the College is looking for art committees to augment the future STEM Building and remodeled Student Center. Both committees will convene next semester. Kevin Kim, the alternate student trustee, said that SG elections will be held on Tuesday, April 28. All elected officials will need to run for re-election. Anyone interested in running can attend an information session between Monday, April 6, and Thursday, April 9, in Science Complex P-101 at 8 p.m. Finally, senior class council president Brian Garsh had details about

Senior Week, scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, through Thursday, May 21, following commencement. On Tuesday, May 19, which is the last day of finals, seniors will go to Craft House in Cherry Hill for an evening out. The next day, Wednesday, May 20, has a jam-packed schedule, including a senior breakfast with food donated from several local restaurants, such as Pennington Bagel; a keynote speaker who will be announced at a later date; an Alumni Association barbecue/picnic with a variety of outdoor activities; a champagne toast in the Science Complex; and a gala at a banquet hall. After commencement on Thursday, May 20, seniors will convene at Rho on the Trenton Waterfront. A series of changes accompany this abbreviated Senior Week experience. For the first time ever,

seniors will stay in their current residence halls rather than returning to the Towers. For commuter students, there will be an optional transportation service to shuttle seniors between events. Garsh also announced that Senior Week is now offered in three separate packages. Package A, which includes all three days’ events, costs $195; Package B, which is only Tuesday night’s and Wednesday’s events, costs $165; and Package C, which only covers Wednesday’s events, is $135. “I can’t tell you how hard the senior class council has worked on this,” Garsh said. “We’ve been working on this around the clock since last April. I’m not even kidding.” Registration for Senior Week goes live this week and will stay open until Friday, April 3. Capacity is limited to 600 seniors.

Anthropology will be introduced as a major in fall 2015.

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Bader / ‘Reframing the conversation’ after BP spill Higher-ups must recognize impacts of their decisions continued from page 1 got a job at BP, working on large-scale projects in Indonesia, China and the United Kingdom. “I was pleasantly surprised by what I found there (at BP),” Bader said about her first experiences with the company. “Everyone seemed to be in constant conversation about responsibility. I didn’t know people talked about this stuff in companies.” In the early 2000s, according to Bader, there was no official “corporate responsibility” or “human rights” position — a multinational corporation championing responsibility, then, was striking. Bader began her human-impact studies career during an important BP project in Indonesia, where she volunteered to head the social responsibility aspect of the project. In the course of her human rights impact assessment, BP allowed Bader to hire environmental and international standards experts and also offered her a budget for her endeavors. The company was going “above and beyond” to make sure Bader was “truly consulting and engaging with the community,” according to Bader. In these community consultations, Bader would explain to citizens what their new environment with BP would smell like, sound like and look like. Since BP was so supportive of Bader’s projects on social responsibility, Bader thought to herself, “I love big oil! This is so cool!” “It was an amazing experience,” Bader said. “What I didn’t realize at the time was that it was so unusual.” Leaving BP in 2008, Bader joined the United Nations’ Secretary General as a special representative for business and human rights. There, Bader drafted guidance

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The BP oil spill leads Bader to question the morals of big business.

for human rights for corporations. Bader’s U.N. mandate lasted through 2011, the year after BP’s oil spill. “Oh, that’s not my BP. That’s the wrong company,” Bader said when learning the news of the oil disaster and the public outcry that ensued. “Or was that my BP? Did I miss something?” Bader became “frustrated” with the public conversation about “another example of a greedy evil company doing greedy evil things.” The author began discussing with peers who had similar roles in business at other large corporations. She would also ask them, “Are we really making a difference at all?” “I wanted to reframe the conversation,” Bader said. “I wanted to tell these people’s stories.” The long-term goal is to move “big-tanker” companies in the right direction, Bader said. While she recognizes that she is not able to “transform all of BP,” a company that she

“didn’t know as well” as she thought she did, Bader does recognize the tens of thousands of households and workers that she did positively affect while at BP. “It’s not bad — not good enough,” Bader said. “But that’s not bad.” Bader’s optimism — that corporations can make progressive social change — impressed students. “It was refreshing hearing from someone with experience in corporations (who) still has faith that big corporations can have a positive social impact,” sophomore finance major Liam Kennedy said. Kennedy’s fellow finance major, junior Cynthia Timko, agreed. As a member of the College’s Net Impact club, a club promoting “corporation responsibility and sustainability,” Timko also appreciated Bader’s principles and was inspired that “she genuinely cared about what she was doing.” Bader’s book is filled with dozens of

interviews that beg the question, “Why do we fail?” and “What do we need in order to succeed? From everybody.” There are four major themes in “The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil,” according to Bader. “No one gets rewarded for what doesn’t happen,” Bader said. The ones who manage disasters get recognized, but the ones who prevent disasters from occurring rarely receive the same recognition, according to Bader. The second theme is the importance of bearing witness, Bader said. Higher-ups in companies start “losing sight” of the impact their decisions have. Therefore, it is beneficial to have the CEO or CFO in a company experience firsthand what conditions their factories are in or how the employees and environment are being treated, according to Bader. “We’re training business leaders the wrong skills,” Bader said, explaining the third theme of “The Masters in Social Work is the new MBA.” Skills in communication and social work are important for businesses attempting to have a positive impact on humans and society, Bader said. Incrementalism, the process of making many small changes instead of a couple of large adjustments, is the fourth theme Bader discussed. This approach is a more reasonable solution, according to Bader, and people like her doing their part in big corporations are making a difference. Part of why it is so difficult for big corporations to have widespread positive impact is that “the problems are deeply contextual” and “big companies are incredibly complicated,” according to Bader. “I am no longer that girl who fell in love with big oil 15 years ago,” Bader said. “But I am a corporate idealist.”

Lecture weighs law versus ethics in economics Rothkoff presents price-gouging in a new light By Mark Marsella Correspondent

As part of its Exploring Economic Justice series, the College invited Kurt Rotthoff, an economist and professor of economics and finance at Seton Hall University, to discuss the hidden meanings of fluctuating market prices and what they say about human behavior on Friday, March 13. “The Information in Prices,” sponsored by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the Koch Foundation, focused on how the rising and falling prices of anything — especially gas, food and clothing — not only affect how individuals behave but also how they reveal other information about the individuals themselves. Rotthoff started off by dispelling a few myths about economists, saying that most people think economists are greedy and only care about wealth and the stock market. Instead, he said, economists study human behavior. “Economists may talk about money and prices, but life isn’t about having more money — it’s about having more happiness,” Rotthoff said. “When we study the human individual, what we find is people are seeking happiness. One

of the ways they seek happiness is through having money.” Rotthoff first illustrated that when consumers buy what makes them happy, they affect major economic decisions, such as the type and quantity of products that companies produce. Rotthoff used farmers as an example — when the price of corn goes up, farmers know they should plant more corn. What caused the price of corn to rise in the first place is usually because the demand has increased. In other words, people want more corn. Examining the reasons why people want more corn, or any product, is the way economists can gather information from fluctuating prices, according to Rotthoff. Prices can reflect cultural shifts and trends, the health of the economy and even natural disasters. One real-world application of this principle is the production of hybrid, turbo, electric and diesel car engines, Rotthoff said. Automakers have noticed that more people are buying these expensive eco-friendly cars. “In response, Ford has just created a whole line of turbo-charge cars that they call ‘eco-boost,’ and Dodge is starting to produce eco-diesel engines,” Rotthoff said.

“The price signal has told these automakers that they should respond by increasing their production of eco-friendly cars.” Rotthoff also discussed what happens when the demand for certain products suddenly skyrockets during natural disasters, such as the demand for generators during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Usually during these emergencies, price gouging — when sellers raise prices to unreasonable levels during emergencies to make more money — becomes illegal. Most people think this is fair. However, Rotthoff argued that during Hurricane Sandy, it discouraged people outside New Jersey from traveling here to sell their generators because they couldn’t raise the price to make up for travel costs. “If you’re not allowed to sell generators for more than their usual price, are you going to take the extra effort to drive to New Jersey? No,” Rotthoff said. “When we invoke price-gouging laws, what we’re fundamentally saying is that because the price cannot go up, we don’t want people to go out of their way to supply us with more generators. And that is scary.” For freshman Dan Apicella, an open options pre-law major, Rotthoff’s stance on price gauging

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Price-gouging generators during hurricanes is illegal.

helped him look at the issue in a different way. “It’s really interesting to rethink something you usually think is unethical,” Apicella said. Another example Rotthoff used was a hurricane in North Carolina, when the demand for ice dramatically increased. When an ice truck from another state drove to North Carolina to sell ice — priced higher than usual to make up for the cost of gas — police locked up the truck for price gouging. “The police sat and literally let all the ice melt when there were people who had to keep insulin and other medication cold. They

needed ice to live,” Rotthoff said. “The price sends a signal, and the signal is, ‘We need as much as possible of this product in our area right now, regardless of cost.’ So when you say price gouging is unethical, I actually say that invoking the law to me seems unethical.” Sophomore philosophy major John Felder was able to look at the law in a new light after Rotthoff’s presentation. “I never really thought about economics and price gouging from this point of view,” Felder said. “It’s cool how much information economics can reveal about people.”

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SFB funds College’s final Ratfest concert

By Jackie Delaney Staff Writer

Musical and dance performances, such as Ratfest ’15 and Synergy’s Spring Spectacular, were funded by the Student Finance Board at the meeting on Wednesday, March 11. The College Union Board requested an additional $1,835 to hold Ratfest ’15, an event to commemorate the Rathskeller bar in the Brower Student Center as it closes this semester. The last Ratfest brought Saves the Day and Man Overboard to campus in the spring 2013 semester. Besides hosting bands, CUB would like to provide a “farewell” to the popular dining location this year by bringing a food truck and DJ to honor the Rat. The event was funded $1,570. Synergy Dance Company

presented for the “Spring Spectacular,” the group’s annual dance recital. Through this event, “Synergy brings a great dance presence to the TCNJ campus.” The event was partially funded for $3,712. Continuing the theme of springtime, the sophomore class council requested $5,665 for “Springback,” an event held every year to promote class unity between the freshman and sophomore classes. The event, which will feature a dunk tank, gladiator joust and mechanical bull, “engages students in a stress-free atmosphere” to celebrate spring and spend time with peers. The event was fully funded and will run from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, on the Travers/ Wolfe Lawn. Next, the Union Latina Student Organization requested $3,915.60 for “Copa Night,”

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and well-known boxer. The event was allocated $3,124 and will be held Wednesday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Student Government was denied funding for the TCNJ Wellness Expo, which focuses on “enhancing the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of students, faculty and staff.” This event, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., will feature yoga, a stress management course, massages, therapy dogs and Jazzercise classes. CUB then proposed for a bus trip to the St. Bart’s Concert Series in New York City, which was fully funded. The TCNJ Chorale will be performing with the critically-acclaimed vocal ensemble, Magnificat, and CUB hopes to provide a bus to provide students, faculty and staff an opportunity to attend the event. Student Government’s final request was for funds for a trip to “The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project” at Columbia University. This event, held on Saturday, March 28, is open to educators across the nation and offers free workshops and keynotes. The trip was fully funded for $1,500. Next, Financial Management Association asked for $2,450 to fund the “Spring Excel Modeling

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Seminar,” which is a program designed to “teach students the applied skills of using excel to build financial models.” FMA said the largest benefit of this event is that it “will differentiate TCNJ students and increase their ability to get competitive jobs.” The program will be held on Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It was funded $1750.00. The Society of Creative Endeavors approached the board for its previously tabled proposal to bring Crispin Freeman to campus. The event, “Mythology & Meaning: A Night with Crispin Freeman,” will feature a panel by Freeman, who is a wellknown actor and voice actor. It will be held on Friday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. The event was fully funded for $6,500. Finally, TCNJ Musical Theatre requested $200 to fund posters advertising for its annual “Cabaret Night.” The non-ticketed event provides performance opportunities for club members outside of major productions. The proposal was fully funded, and the event will be held Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28, in the Library Auditorium. *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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which is a Latino Awareness Celebration event held annually by the organization. Through this event, the organization wants to be able to “bring live entertainment to the community,” showcasing Latino music and celebrating Latino Awareness Month in April. By bringing a live band to campus, attendees will be able to “experience and appreciate the vivacity and infectious rhythm of Latino music.” The board was torn on funding for food, drinks and the photo booth that the organization requested. It agreed to allocate $3,741.50 for the event, which will take place on Thursday, April 16, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Travers/Wolfe Lounge. Student Government then requested $5,504 for a T-shirt Swap to “promote school spirit and encourage students to attend sporting events.” The Homecoming Spirit Week T-shirt swap in October collected at least 350 T-shirts to donate to Goodwill, according to Vice President of Student Services Navid Radfar. The event, however, was denied funding. The Deaf-Hearing Connection proposed next for funding for Deaf Awareness Day. As part of the day-long event, the Deaf-Hearing Connection proposed to bring Matt Hamill to campus, a deaf individual

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Trial against Boston Marathon bomber begins

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Boston Marathon survivors leave court after testifying. By Gabrielle Beacken News Assistant

With over 1,300 prospective jurors in January, a jury of eight men and 10 women were selected on Tuesday, March 3, to serve as the jury for the trial against accused Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The next day, Wednesday, March 4, the trial of Tsarnaev, who

is accused of killing three people and injuring more than 260 people at the 2013 Boston Marathon, began in Boston federal courts. The trial was delayed by approximately two months because of prolonged evidence examination, change of venue requests (ultimately denied by the defense team), snow blizzards hitting Boston and 256 individual jury

interviews, according to the New York Times and CNN. Pleading not guilty, Tsarnaev faces 30 federal charges, including 17 charges that carry the death penalty. Well-known San Diego capital punishment attorney, Judy Clarke, leads the defense team. Clarke, known for “keeping clients off death row,” has successfully defended “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, gunman Jared Loughner, who wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 1996 Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph, according to CNN. One of the counts against Tsarnaev includes the murder of Officer Sean Collier of the M.I.T. Police Department, according to a Times article. The authorities concluded that the gun used by Tsarnaev’s brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was the same gun that Dzhokar used to the officer. However, the defense team claims that it was Dzhokhar’s older brother who killed the police officer. Clarke

and the rest of the defense team are arguing that although Dzhokhar “was involved in the crimes,” he was “cajoled” by his older brother and should not bear the burden of an execution, according to the Times. Dun Meng, the Tsarnaev brothers’ hostage after the bombing, detailed his account to the jury on Thursday, March 12. After Meng was carjacked and kidnapped, Tamerlan told him that he “just killed a policeman in Cambridge,” according to the Times. Terrified, Meng took advantage of an opportunity to escape the brothers and inform the police of the GPS tracking device in his Mercedes, according to the Times. On Monday, March 16, the jurors then heard the account of on-the-scene police officers. In these accounts, it was revealed that during the eight to 10-minute shootout between Tamerlan and the police in Watertown, Mass., Dzhokhar drove his car, aiming

for the police, and drove over his brother, according to the Times. “An attempt to kill them would undercut the narrative that the defense is trying to establish,” a Times article said. Before crashing into a police cruiser, Dzhokhar’s car dragged his brother 20 to 30 feet, according to the Times. On Monday, March 16, jurors were taken to a classified location in Boston, where jurors were able to see the boat Dzhokhar was hiding in when the police captured him, the Times reported. The inside of the boat includes a message, written by the younger Tsarnaev brother, explaining the justification for the bombing. Due to the boat being “riddled” with more than a hundred bullet holes, certain words of the message are illegible, according to the Times. The owner of the boat is to testify Tuesday, March 24.

ISIS claims responsibility for museum attack in Tunis By Candace Kellner Staff Writer ISIS claimed responsibility after the mass shooting that reportedly claimed 23 lives on Wednesday, March 18, at the Bardo Museum in the heart of Tunisia’s capital, Tunis. The terrorist group posted an audio statement online that identified the attackers as Abu Zakariya al-Tunisi and Abu Anas al-Tunisi. According to CNN, ISIS said the two men used “automatic weapons and hand grenades” to kill and injure what they called “crusaders and apostates” in the museum. The ISIS message also warned that this shooting was “just the start.” CNN cannot independently confirm the authenticity of the audio statement. A U.S. official told CNN that there is no reason to doubt the legitimacy claim. American officials are currently checking the platform that the statement went out on to see if it is linked to ISIS. In a statement, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebei said that authorities have already arrested nine people they believe were involved in the attack, including four people who were directly linked to the massacre. According to CNN, the Tunisian Prime Minister Habib

Essid identified two suspects in a radio interview as Yassine Labidi and Saber Khachnaou. Labidi, in particular, was “known to the security services ... flagged and monitored,” Essid said. While the attack occurred in Tunisia, a majority of the victims were foreigners that came from various backgrounds. Many were tourists who were visiting the Bardo came from cruise ships that had been docked in Tunis. The cruise ship companies told CNN that the casualties included people from all parts of the world three Italian and three Japanese citizens. Only three of the victims were Tunisian, according to Aidi. Another 36 people remain hospitalized and an additional eight people have been released. Tunisian lawmaker Sabrine Ghoubantini told CNN that she is concerned that the terrorism will start impacting the state’s income. “It’s really sad, and I hope it won’t really affect our economy,” Ghoubantini said. Another parliamentarian, Mehrezia Labidi, believes that the message must get across to the jihadists that “life in democracy is better than” what terrorist recruiters are telling them.

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Gunmen attack the museum with assault rifles. “We really have to work on the culture, the level of ideas” Labidi said. However, despite the discord, the Tunisians are unified. “They are trying to terrify us. But the whole Tunisian people is unified — all the parties, all the civil society organizations, all the countries are unified,” Ghoubantini said.

Greek prime minister meets with Eurozone leaders By Roman Orsini Staff Writer Alexis Tsipras, the newly elected Greek prime minister, met with Eurozone leaders in Brussels on Thursday, March 19, in the hopes of securing funds for the cashstrapped Greek economy. Tsipras’s visit comes at a time of soured relations with his European creditors over his government’s handling of Greece’s tremendous public debt. Since the 2008 recession, Greece has been in dire financial straits and in conflict with the Eurozone on measures to address the crisis. Greece relies on continual aid from the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in order to finance its debts. This relief comes under the condition of massive expenditure cuts on the part of the Greek government, also known as austerity measures, and economic reforms. Tsipras was elected this January on a populist, anti-austerity platform. Prior

Tsipras meets with the Italian and Irish prime ministers.

to the election, he served as a prominent opposition leader in the left wing Syriza party, according to the Economist. Many Greeks have long been opposed to the austerity cuts since they reduce public services and view such programs as an imposition from the leaders of the E.U. As a result of their meeting, “German chancellor Angela Merkel made it plain

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that there would be no quick disbursement of emergency aid to Greece unless Tsipras delivered on unfulfilled pledges to supply a full menu of proposed structural reforms to the Greek economy,” according to the Guardian. Any new reform package would require the approval of the Eurozone governments before Greece could be given

renewed financial support. Tsipras must quickly introduce a reform plan — and prove its viability — before collecting any funds to stabilize Greece. Greek public debt stands at $319 billion, or 175 percent of its gross domestic product. The Greek government has not had a fiscal surplus to help break down this debt in 35 years, according to the University of Navarra in Spain. Widespread tax evasion is another significant factor that has restrained Greece’s budget. According to the Telegraph, Greece misses out on $15 billion each year in uncollected taxes. Many observers fear that Greece may leave the Eurozone under the continued pressure of its austerity demands or simply default on its debts. Greece’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, however, tried to allay such fears. “We are not going to be the first country not to meet our obligations to the IMF,” Varoufakis said. “We shall squeeze blood out of stone if we need to do this on our own, and we shall do it.”

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When is spring break going to be an actual break?

We all faced the stress of midterms just two weeks ago, and we all felt the same relief on the drive home knowing that eight days of relaxation were ahead. But just how relaxing were those precious days of “break?” All semester long, students push themselves to succeed, whether it’d be in classes, sports, extracurricular activities and sometimes even all of the above. Projects get piled on top of each other, and homework ends up getting done at 2 a.m. on a regular basis. Many students even hold jobs and are actively involved within the community. While trying to balance schoolwork, a social life, paying for tuition and still finding time to sleep and maintain a healthy schedule, something is bound to slip. It is necessary for students to have a set time off from school — without working — to actually take those much needed breaths. Since middle school, the importance of a solid college education has been drilled into our heads. Every decision made in high school — every club joined and class taken — was meant to strengthen our résumés to apply to college. Now we are here at a top-rated school, and suddenly the real world is just ahead. Of course, stress is a part of the game. However, it is simply not healthy to go months on end at full force without ever taking a step back and actually enjoying the fact that we are here, in college. This is the time to go a little crazy when hanging out with friends. Binge watch every show on Netflix, join 10 different clubs until you find one you like, pick up a new sport or hobby, discover who you are as a person. Throughout my first year here at the College, I have changed in so many ways — all for the better. I have kept interests that I had in high school, yet I’ve expanded on others as well. I have already applied to switch majors and have joined clubs I never thought I’d be a part of. It has been a crazy seven months of non-stop running, and I have loved every minute of it. However, there does come a point where a break is deeply needed, and I mean an actual break. No papers, no projects and no aimless homework assignments. A week off from school to decompress and actually breathe. College is a wonderful experience, and I wouldn’t trade being here for anything. But there comes a point where it is simply necessary to lay in bed for a few hours watching television, where eating your mom’s chicken parmesan is the highlight of your day and where getting to shower without shoes on is a taste of heaven. Spring break should be a time where those who want to go on a trip with friends can pick up and go without the burden of schoolwork. It should be a full week of no mandatory work, when students can truly relax and get ready for the second half of the semester. Naturally, there will be assignments due when we get back. However, professors should be understanding that a constant heavy-load of work is doing no one any good. Assignments cannot be done properly when students are too stressed and tired to devote the appropriate time to complete them. A break mid-semester should be just that — a time off to relax and prepare for the rest of the semester ahead. —Ellie Schuckman Opinions Editor

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Students work hard all semester long, and in order to take a rest that prepares them for the second semester, a spring break without homework should be considered.

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New study breaks down gender stereotypes Kids’ futures often determined by gendered hobbies

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Pla is breaking barriers by playing football, a male-dominated sport. By Jackie Basile Many often question whether boys or girls perform better academically, and some may even wonder who typically excels when it comes to extracurricular activities. But is the categorization of the two genders to blame for a recent study claiming that females outperform males in the three core subject matters? According to a US News and World Report article from Thursday, March 5, a study from the Organisation for Economic

Co-Operation and Development shows that male students are more likely than female students to underperform academically and thus hurt the future economy. This raises concern over the often cruel gender stereotypes. For years, it was argued that girls were just meant to be at home, taking care of the kids and household chores, while men were allowed to further their education by attending college because of their gender and “mental superiority.” Now that females are also widely attending colleges and such

absurd accusations have been disproven, are women in fact better at certain subjects than men? Of course not. The article details how the study showed a 19-point score difference between girls and boys in mathematics. Girls were more likely than boys to have “lower self-confidence in their math skills and (were) more likely to feel anxious about math.” It was also noted how those tendencies extend into college, as well, with 14 percent of females who began college in 2012 choosing a science-related field compared to 39 percent of men. It is as if girls are taught from a young age that doing well in science and math is a bad thing, thus affecting their career goals. Boys who choose to major in science or math, however, are viewed as “intellectual,” and oftentimes, more worthy than girls. This has got to stop. The study highlighted that boys spend less time and effort on their homework due to videogames and other entertaining hobbies, negatively affecting how they perform in school. However, no mention was made about females being preoccupied with extracurriculars, as well. Once again, boys are viewed differently than girls and are being categorized by

their supposed hobbies. These norms are learned from a young age, whether it is realized or not. Ultimately, such views have an effect on how children grow up, and what they decide for their future. Young girls play sports just as young boys do, and they often participate in the same games, especially at a young age. More and more, girls are seen breaking the barrier of sports often deemed for boys. In Pennsylvania, for example, sixth grader Caroline Pla has been playing football with the boys since she was five, and as the only girl in her division, 11-year-old Sam Gordon has outperformed the boys on her youth football team, according to U-T San Diego and ESPN, respectively. A video of Gordon went viral last year, showing her dominating other players. Since then, she has been a representation of girls breaking into male-centric sports. What gender somebody is no longer defines the achievements they can reach — neither academically nor in extracurriculars. It is important that, as a society, the value of an equal education, without any gender stereotypes categorizing someone, is taught from a young age. Both women and men are equally smart and capable, and there is no accurate study that could possibly show how one gender outweighs another.

2016 election should focus on issues, not mistakes

By Alyssa Sanford

Even though the anticipated 2016 presidential election is still well over a year away, it already has a buzzword vividly circling — transparency. “Transparency matters,” former Florida Governor Jeb Bush tweeted on Monday, March 2, in response to a crop of scandals connected to Hillary Clinton. Bush was adamant that Clinton, a frontrunner for the Democratic Presidential campaign, release her private emails that she sent and received during her tenure as Secretary of State to the public for the sake of all-important political transparency. While Clinton did ultimately cooperate and announce that she had asked the State Department to go ahead and release her emails, it didn’t exactly quell the public outcry for total honesty. Beyond her truly controversial decision to use a private email account for government affairs, Clinton faced scrutiny for her family foundation’s acceptance of donations from Middle Eastern countries that suppress women’s rights. Both of these recent scandals require Clinton to be

perfectly transparent about the ethics of her actions. But is that ever enough? It’s not just the blatant issues themselves that will naturally plague Clinton’s campaign — that is if she does ultimately announce her candidacy. Her response to the issues will define her campaign, and could make or break it. Take a look at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose dreams of a lofty presidential nomination are fading fast. Some might say that Christie is too transparent, too brash and direct in his response to questions from opponents. An article from the New York Times on Thursday, Feb. 26, quoted

“Transparency makes ... candidates ultimately seem incompetent.” Christie as saying, “Sometimes people need to be told to sit down and shut up.” Does Christie own up to his mistakes, such as his involvement in the Bridgegate scandal of 2014? Perhaps, but his blunt honesty isn’t appealing to

many voters. Political consultants, such as Patrick Davis from Colorado, believe that “Christie’s brashness may work for New Jersey voters, but he did not think it would play well in Iowa, site of the first presidential nominating contest,” according to the Times. Similarly, claims of any type of transparency may turn out to be hypocritical. Jeb Bush’s call for Clinton to release her emails preceded the revelation that he took seven years to release his own private emails to the press, according to the Times. It seems suspicious that Bush waited until long after leaving office to release his emails but has taken the last few weeks to publicly pride himself on his own political transparency. How he deals with this new revelation could seal his fate in terms of a nomination. While Clinton held a press conference to discuss the email controversy, among other pressing issues as well, journalists did not note her willingness to address the problem up front. They did not laud her for her honesty, or for her decision to make her private emails public information.

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Clinton and other candidates face scrutiny over transparency. Instead, the Times noted that she held a “defensive” stance when taking questions from reporters, and that “It had taken eight days for Mrs. Clinton to make herself available for questions. And long before the questions ran out, she began packing up her binder.” Transparency is, with no doubt, a bipartisan issue. No politician is immune to the occasional slip-up, as the 24-hour news cycle makes abundantly clear. But the universal cry for transparency makes worthy presidential candidates ultimately seem incompetent or evasive.

Isn’t it time that we accept that our politicians aren’t always forthcoming about their mistakes, like any human being? And isn’t it time that we focus on issues that are more important than email records and bridge lane closings? The upcoming 2016 presidential campaign will likely hinge on the candidates’ transparency, but what it should focus on is their stances on the hot-button issues. After all, their own competency in addressing those issues isn’t contingent on how they handled minor mistakes in the past.

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PRISM’s Annual Charity Drag Show shines

By Shannon Kelly Staff Writer

Sasha and Sage, commonly known as “The Stardust Sisters,” topped their competition at PRISM’s Annual Charity Drag Show: Drag Through the Decades, which helped raise nearly $800 for the Beacon Light Fund charity on Monday, March 9, in the Brower Student Center. Despite being postponed due to inclement weather on Thursday, March 5, and in the midst of midterms, there was a large turnout of excited and supportive students ready for a lively show. Months of preparation went into the performances to ensure that the event would be successful, both as a fundraiser and entertainment experience “I’m excited to perform amidst the high caliber of those performing tonight, and the professional queens enhance the show and make it more than it’s ever been,” said Ms. Virginia Hamm, a.k.a. junior nursing major Jordan Stefanski in preparation for her performance. This year, the Drag Show was hosted by Davida Sanchez, marking Sanchez’s third year participating and first time hosting after winning during her freshman year. She opened the show with a duet to “It’s Raining Men,” complete with rainbow umbrellas. Reminding the audience that this is a charity event, Sanchez encouraged, “Don’t be stingy, but rule two is have fun, everybody.” All donations went toward the Beacon Light Fund, which provides emergency relief and medical expenses for those diagnosed with HIV and AIDS in the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania area. Money was collected by volunteers from the Alpha Epsilon Pi and Phi Alpha

Delta fraternities who sported nothing but colorful briefs and clown socks as they strutted through the audience. The audience voted for its favorite performance through donations and the winner of the competition was determined on whoever earned the most money. The performances ranged from lip syncing to dancing around the stage and in the audience to passionate renditions of songs that resonated with the performers. The duet of Duplyssa Tea and Vannah Tea to Beyoncé’s and Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” was a great start to the competition with its high energy and excitement. The duet was followed by Divine Melody who sang an uplifting version of “Brave.” The audience was even asked to participate, with three members being selected to perform as Cher, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, complete with accessories. Ms. Virginia Hamm, in her third year performing, did something a bit more personal this time around. Inspired by “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” she sang “Midnight Radio,” her outfit complete with flashing lights. “Feel the music” she shouted to the crowd, who promptly stood and cheered as she finished her rendition. Ms. Gay New Jersey, Lea Sky, was one of the professional queens performing at the event, owning the runway with every step. The Circus Club, dressed to the occasion with sparkles and light up props, also enchanted the crowd. King Henri and King Annie were the night’s third place winners with an animated and rhythmic dance. “It was a great experience to contribute to the drag show atmosphere — such fun, too,” the pair said. The night’s winners, Sasha and Sage Stardust, were thrilled to see their hard

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PRISM raises nearly $800 for the Beacon Light Fund charity.

work pay off. “It took a lot of time and effort — I extended tons of energy,” Ms. Sasha Stardust said. “It was a challenge, like you’ve been climbing this whole time, but now you’re on the top of the mountain and it feels great.” Upon being questioned on what drag is, one person from the audience exclaimed, “It’s performance to the extreme!” and the Drag Show certainly delivered on that point. However, drag is also much more than that. It is not limited to any specific gender identity, but open to anyone who desires to participate. Drag is not simply female impersonation, but involves drag queens exaggerating femininity and drag kings exaggerating masculinity. Faux queens are drag queens with a female gender identity and faux kings are drag kings with a male gender identity. Drag is about freedom of expression and encompasses caricatured

performances for entertainment purposes. In Sanchez’s words, especially regarding herself, drag queens are “supposed to be beautiful and glamorous and what not.” The queens and kings dazzled and equally captivated the audience with their own energetic and spirited acts. Overall, the night was successful, raising $781.51, and everyone was thrilled with the results. “I’m very surprised and thankful we were able to raise almost $800. I’m so thankful and amazed at this generosity,” Sanchez applauded afterward. The Drag Show was not only a fun night for the performers and the audience, but it also allowed the College an opportunity to help the surrounding community. It encouraged openness and awareness of the LGBT community and helped those afflicted with HIV and AIDS who may not have the means to help themselves.

that they are making — not just focus on Kim Jong-un’s new haircut or nuclear weapons and what generally is seen in the media. We want to be able to talk to people here about what’s really happening in North Korea so they can go out and further change the narrative.” Forlini, along with fellow Nomads, Will Wisz and Amanda Chandler, led the day’s discussion — breaking down what LiNK does for the people of North Korea. Their efforts include sharing Western media with North Koreans and rescuing refugees from China. According to the group, close to 30,000 North Koreans are currently hiding in China and are at high risk of being sold into slavery or being deported back to North Korea. LiNK has successfully helped in the rescue, relocation and rehabilitation of more than 320 North Koreans and hopes to rescue an additional 200 in this year alone. In order to rescue just one refugee, $3,000 needs to be fundraised. Mi-Yeon Park, a sophomore international studies major and member of the College’s own LiNK Rescue Team, holds the struggles of the North Korean people near to her heart and hopes the Nomads visit will help influence students. “Many people in the world are not familiar with the reality inside North Korea, and I’m not talking about nuclear weapons and the Kim leaders,” Park said. “North Koreans who do anything to harm their government, whether through

watching foreign media or escaping the country, face imprisonment, starvation, execution and even torture. The Nomads have a responsibility to bring that information to people, such as students at TCNJ, and to motivate us to not only be informed but also be inspired to help rescue those refugees.” The group also helps educate the people of North Korean as to what the outside world is truly like. They do so by helping groups smuggle flash drives and DVDs filled with foreign media into the country. TV shows and movies from South Korea, America and other countries, are translated and distributed in the country through illegal citizen-run free markets. North Koreans in possession of these items are taking a great risk just watching these films. Liberty in North Korea relies on volunteers and interns to spread the word and educate others about these issues. They also encourage those interested in helping to record a personalized message to the people of North Korea. After recording messages of hope, radio broadcasters send them to the North Korean people in a way that the regime cannot block, using both shortwave and medium wave transmissions. “When you focus on the government (of North Korea) you feel like it’s something that’s out of your control.” Forlini said. “We want people to realize that if you can help just one person, you’re still making a difference.”

LiNK raises awareness of human rights abuses By Sean Harshman Staff Writer

The College welcomed Liberty in North Korea’s Northeast Nomads to campus on Thursday, March 12, in the Education Building, for an opportunity to learn more about the organization and help bring about positive change in the lives of North Korean people. Liberty in North Korea, or LiNK, is a non-profit organization based out of Los Angeles that strives to raise awareness of the human rights abuses taking place in North Korea. North Korea was the subject of many recent headlines, most notably the release of Seth Rogen’s “The Interview,” which caused a media frenzy and security

breach at Sony. Some might recognize the country as a member of President George Bush’s “Axis of Evil,” while others may think of North Korea as the rouge communist state with an eccentric family of leaders that threaten their neighbors with their nuclear arsenal. However, this was not nearly the focus of the Nomads’ visit to the College. The Nomads stressed that it is not just the Kim family that lives in North Korea but that there are 24 million Koreans suffering every day who are in need of aid. “We want to change the narrative on North Korea, and that’s what we’re doing on our tour,” Alex Forlini, one of LiNK’s three new spring 2015 Nomads, said. “We want people to talk about the people in North Korea, the challenges and changes

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The media typically only focuses on the Kim family or nuclear weapons.

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: Dec. 1985

Celebrating 100 years

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A spread of Signals throughout the years, including the first edition.

By Kimberly Ilkowski Features Editor

In the December 17, 1985 issue of The Signal, Features Editor Barbara Preston explored the archives to reflect on the newspaper’s very first issue, which was distributed 100 years ago that month. In December, 1885, the very first issue of The Signal was published by the Thencanic Society of the Model School in more of a literary magazine format than that of a newspaper. The contents were written in an editorial style that was opinionated and biased. In a formal and stiff language, the editorials reported on issues such as: Mental culture and athletics, the literary societies of our school and the lecture course. Trenton State College, then known as the Normal School, was established by the Legislature for the sole purpose of educating teachers for the public schools of New Jersey. Tuition was free to all students who pledged that they would teach at least for two years in this state. Thirty years after the establishment of the Normal School, the first collegiate


weekly newspaper in the state of New Jersey and the fourth oldest in the nation, was established in the form of The Signal. The Signal was published as the official newspaper for the state colleges with intentions to report on all issues of interest that would appertain to those colleges. Instead of reporting the news it acted as a bulletin board listing current events and activities. Students of the Normal School were to be The Signal’s editors and contributors, united in the common cause of education. In the more dramatic words from the first issue of The Signal, it reads, “Our duty will be to encourage commendable efforts in scholastic pursuits, to help the weak and lead the blind, and to wield the rod of censure with effect, but not with a judicious discrimination. This was a rather simple task in which, perhaps, the hardy editors and reporters of the New York Times have not faltered. But. reach for the stars and you may touch the moon. And it got The Signal on to its feet. The Signal received a few encouraging words from the established newspaper in the state. “It is an admirable school paper in every respect. We wish it a large measure of success.” - Trenton Times.

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Madonna has a new album out! Don’t break your hip rushing to go get it, though — don’t be such a Madonna. The 13th studio record from the

By Heather Hawkes Columnist One of the best ways to improve your eye for fashion is to familiarize yourself with how pieces should be paired together and how the end result should be in total balance. Instagram is a great fashion reference for current trends and the latest styles if you’re following all the right people. The following are some fashion-forward accounts that I highly recommend: Chiara Ferragni: Creator of “The Blonde Salad” fashion blog, Chiara Ferragni is a must when it comes to fashion icons to follow on Instagram. She collaborates with all the major Fashion Houses and can be seen at almost all high-fashion events. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, she has also been named one of the most influential personalities of the international fashion world by Business of Fashion. For someone with such high status in the fashion world, her Instagram is fun, down-to-earth and let’s not forget, inspiring (to say the least). Something Navy: Arielle Noa Nachmani is a New York City-based fashion blogger that continually supplies killer street style. Often, dressing casually is one of the hardest things to pull off since there is such a fine line between being fashion-forward and looking like you’re trying too hard. Next time you find yourself contemplating how to keep your style calm, cool and collected, scroll through a few of Arielle’s outfit Instas and you’ll be sure to find the perfect fit. Alealimay: If you need something a bit more edgy that also kisses the surface of high fashion, look no further. This girl has street fashion down to a science. She constantly plays around with different shapes and materials, always guaranteeing something completely new and unpredictable. Just take a look at a few of her photos and you’ll be sure to


Sincerely Jules’s simple style is captured on her Instagram.

gain some valuable inspiration. Sincerely Jules: Fashion blogger Julie Sarinana is one of my personal favorites. Her fashion sense is on-point and impeccably wellbalanced. She never fails to give me outfit inspiration, forcing me to look at my closet in a completely new light. As if her wardrobe isn’t appealing enough, she constantly posts beautiful photos of her latest travel destinations along with natural landscapes that will take your breath away. Truly a work of art!

Hollyword: Madge makes music

Madonna releases her 13th studio album ‘Rebel Heart.’

By Johnanthony Alaimo Columnist

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diva/geriatric ward escapee is titled “Rebel Heart,” which just sounds like a cool new way to say heart attack. I took the liberty of reviewing the album when I had the time (using the bathroom during happy hour at On the Border).

This new release has EVERYTHING you want in an album, just name it. 19 songs you don’t want to listen to? Check. A song called “Bitch I’m Madonna?” Check. A SONG WITH MIKE TYSON ON IT? Check, mate and ear snatched. Honestly, the album is pretty atrocious and tries too hard to play into the EDM craze. Madonna may be getting cozy with Molly, but who wants to hang out with them together? I admit, I’m a huge Madonna fan, having being raised on her earlier hits. “Holiday” is the first thing I blast when school lets out for the summer. But sadly, Madonna seems to be running out of steam. Just give her a hot compress already and call it a day. But don’t listen to me, Madonna. I’m not a doctor, no matter how many drugs you accuse me of having. She is continuing

to promote her album to anybody who wants to listen or anybody who is unlucky enough to leave their door unlocked — in this case, Ellen DeGeneres. Madonna appeared on “Ellen” alongside Justin Bieber where they played a hilarious and revealing game of Never Have I Ever. Guess who had phone sex? Madonna and Ellen! Madonna had it when she called AARP and started moaning after they told her their unbeatable rates. Who has fooled around in a bathroom during a party? All three! Madonna did that when she fell in the tub, used Life Alert and then locked the first responders inside. Madonna also admitted she has forgotten the name of a person she was fooling around with. Hey! That’s no way to talk about the Queen of Pop, Britney Jean Spears! But enough about Madonna,

those visiting hours are over. Let’s talk about something that is DOA: Donald Trump’s presidential bid. I honestly don’t understand this man. Is running for president the new reality TV? He’s making a joke of our democracy, which is already a joke as it is. Sit your ass down and keep your toupee in place. Trump released a statement, saying, “I have a great love for our country, but it is a country that is in serious trouble. We have lost the respect of the entire world. Americans deserve better than what they get from their politicians — who are all talk and no action!” Says the man who turned television into a screaming match between Omarosa and Pierce Morgan. Trump then declared, “I am the only one who can make America truly great again!” So are the “Duck Dynasty” guys running for Senate yet or what?

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Katz educates on gender-based violence Lecture discusses the ways of prevention

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Katz explains that violence against women affects everyone, regardless of gender.

By Elise Schoening Staff Writer

In a world of media often saturated with extreme violence and sexual crimes, TED Talk lecturer Jackson Katz reminded students in a packed Kendall Hall why gender-based violence remains a critical issue. Katz’s lecture, “More than a Few Good Men: Be a Leader in Creating a Less Violent Future,” was a call to action for students — particularly men — to combat daily instances of aggression against women, delivered on Thursday, March 12. Katz is internationally recognized for his work in the field of gender violence and violence prevention. Over the years, he has worked closely with sports teams, law enforcement and various divisions of the military on the education and prevention

of violence. While Katz has given numerous lectures, he is best known for his TED talk, “Violence against women — it’s a men’s issue,” that went viral in 2013. His lecture at the College offered a similar message. Katz spoke to the College community about the underlying factors of gender violence and how everyone in the room can actively engage in solving this issue, which has become so prevalent in our society. Katz began by explaining that violence is best understood as a gendered issue since men are the primary perpetrators of most categories of violence. Nevertheless, gender-based violence is often labeled as a women’s issue, which Katz explained is both problematic and polarizing. His lecture called for a paradigm shift in how

we think about and discuss the topic of gender violence. “I don’t accept the premise that these are women’s issues that some good men help out with,” Katz said, who believes there is an undeniable link between violence and masculinity. “Calling gender violence a women’s issue is, I think, part of the problem. It gives men an excuse to not pay attention.” At the heart of Katz’s lecture was the premise that we need to change the language used to frame this conversation on gender violence. Too often, the focus falls on the victims, most of whom are women. As such, men are routinely left out of the conversation and are therefore rarely challenged to think about their own privilege and position in the dominant gender group. In order to fully combat genderbased violence, Katz argued that

Lions’ EMS: Sinusitis By Steven King Columnist

Despite the highly anticipated transition from winter to spring, there is one thing that still remains — the threat of the common cold. The common cold is persistent, and while it may be easily treated with water and hot tea, it can potentially become a much bigger problem. When a person gets a cold, there is a risk that the symptoms of the virus will cause the nasal tissue to swell, leading to sinusitis or a sinus infection. A sinus infection is like a cold on overdrive and can be incredibly difficult to deal with effectively. They are hard to detect and equally as challenging to get rid of, but gaining more knowledge of them will help to speed up the recovery process. Sinus infections cause a stuffy nose, cough and sore throat like the common cold, but with the infection, one can also expect a fever, toothache, pain on one side of the face and nasty headaches. Usually, these symptoms develop following a cold, which is why it is sometimes hard to determine whether or not a person has a sinus infection. However, the tell-tale sign of a sinus infection is the duration of the symptoms. Sinus infections can last for up to seven to 10 days longer than a cold. Also, a person usually starts to feel better from their cold, only to suddenly get much sicker. Sinus infections can be quite draining and tricky to detect, but it is important to know how to keep the illness at bay and not keep you bed-ridden. First, drink

plenty of fluids. The average recommendation is at least 10 glasses a day. Along with fluids, try to rest as much as possible. If rest is simply not an option due to a busy schedule, use decongestants to deal with a stuffy nose, but make sure you are using a drowsy-free brand. The pain that is caused by the infection can be dealt with by using a pain reliever such as Tylenol or Advil. Be cautious, though, because taking cold medicine can actually make symptoms worse for you by drying out your mucous membranes. So do your best to drink fluids, rest and take medicine responsibly so you can continue with your busy college life. While a sinus infection can certainly be quite nasty, there are ways to deal with it efficiently. Knowing the symptoms and some common patterns will help you diagnose the infection and allow you to treat your symptoms immediately. Remember that medications can help relieve some symptoms so that you can keep up with your classes and workload. Good luck, and stay healthy!

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A stuffy nose is one symptom.

we must acknowledge the role men play in this issue, as well as their potential to be a part of the solution. He believes it is no longer enough for men to simply say that they do not rape or abuse women. Instead, Katz urged the men in the audience to take an active role in the prevention of violence and abuse. This includes not only intervening in violent situations, but also challenging sexist comments and ideas that contribute to an environment where gender-based violence is widely accepted. “We need more men and we need more women who have the courage and strength to break the silence,” Katz said. This bystander approach was originally used to combat bullying in schools. Katz and his colleagues then adapted it for use in situations of sexual assault and domestic violence. It recognizes the complexity of gender-based violence and moves beyond the victim-perpetrator binary. It also holds people who witness violence or abuse and remain silent accountable for the wrongdoing. As such, the bystander approach has the potential for great change by involving everyone in the issue. According to Katz, the bystander approach to violence is essentially a leadership approach because it encourages everyone to take responsibility for creating a more ethical and just world.

“The bystander who acts, a person who sees injustice and acts, is a leader,” Katz said. “That’s what a leader does. A leader speaks up.” This approach is fundamentally rooted in the belief that everyone has the ability to speak out and confront unacceptable behavior. Katz therefore believes the bar for leadership must be raised. In particular, men must begin to view gender violence as a personal issue and challenge other men who speak and act in sexist or abusive ways. Katz invited the male audience members into a conversation from which they have traditionally been excluded. Missing from the lecture, however, was a discussion on how transgender individuals and people identifying outside of the gender binary are often targeted for violent crimes. Katz argued that gender is the single most important aspect of violence. While he briefly mentioned that gender identities extend beyond just men and women, he failed to explain how other gender identities fit into the discussion on gender violence. Still, Katz managed to cover the broad and perhaps daunting topic of gender violence in just under an hour and a half. He was able to demonstrate the universality of the issue, as well as the potential for everyone to be a leader of change. It was a bold and compelling lecture that resonated with those who attended.

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Arts & Entertainment

Mock / Best-selling author speaks on campus Trans-activist discusses her inspiring career continued from page 1

gender identity. “It became a constant battle. It was something that went on from 11 years old until I was 16 or 17,” Mock explained in a private interview with The Signal before the lecture. Yet the struggles she faced did not stop her from having success in her personal and professional life. Mock attended The University of Hawaii for journalism and later continued her studies at New York University. “I think journalism became the track that I chose because it was a practical way to work as a writer,” Mock said. “I got internships at magazines that I read growing up and I guess People Magazine was my first major job, and I was there for a bit over five years working as a staff editor.” While Mock enjoyed her time working for the magazine, she longed for something more substantial — a desire that led her to tell her own story. In 2011, Mock came out publicly in an issue of Marie Claire magazine, which served as one

of the her first major steps to becoming a transgender activist. “Everyone that I loved in my own personal life knew my story, so I felt safe there … The next level was more of a political level,” Mock said. “Having worked in media so long, I never saw a story that represented me, that felt like me, and this was probably what also led me to writing my book. But it was Toni Morrison who said that ‘If there’s a story or book that you have never been able to read, then you should go out and write it.’” Mock further explained that she wanted to publish her story specifically in Marie Claire because it is one of the smartest womens magazines on the market. “I felt it was important that a transwoman takes up space as part of womanhood in a magazine that is for women, so that was vital to me. It was kind of the first step in me then being able to write my own story on my own terms in the memoir,” Mock said. “Journalism gave me really unique tools to make complicated concepts or life experiences accessible to people

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Mock lectures on her personal life and transgender history.

who may not have lived those same life experiences. My training as a journalist really helped me tell my story in a way that almost anyone who could read English could get.” Publication of her wildly popular memoir was a catalyst for Mock’s success as both a writer

and a trans-activist. After publication, Mock accepted a position as contributing editor for Marie Claire magazine. She also hosts a weekly culture show on MSNBC called “So POPular,” and is a correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight.” She has been featured in many publications,

including being named one of the “12 new faces of black leadership” in Time magazine. Yet even Mock admits that her success has been “exceptional” and outside the norm for most transgender individuals. This is why she continues to tour the country, speaking at universities in hopes to educate, spread awareness and give advice to anyone grappling with gender or sexual identity. “My biggest piece of advice would be that nothing is wrong with you, that your experience of self, identity and community is valid and that you should surround yourself with people who validate you and affirm you,” Mock said. After hearing Mock’s journey, it’s clear that she is living a happy and fulfilling life, and hopes for the same for those around the world. “We need more spaces of affirmation — building that communal support and care that you need, whether it’s through friends, a GSA group or great teachers and counselors who kind of ‘get it,’” Mock said. “I think that’s what we need more of — people who kind of ‘get it.’”

Contemporary ‘Cinderella’ film fuels feminism By Mackenzie Cutruzzula Review Editor

The stars of the new “Cinderella” movie are no strangers to breathtaking sights and settings. Lily James (Cinderella) stars in “Downton Abbey” where the vintage set and costumes are praised, while Richard Madden (Prince Charming) is known for his role in “Game of Thrones,” a show that lacks anything but eccentric settings. It is no surprise then that Disney and director Kenneth Branagh continued the recent trend of bold color schemes and elaborate designs in their latest fairy tale come to life. Set in England, Cinderella’s family home is filled with wild energy and covered wall to wall with different belongings and trinkets from around the world that starkly contrasted the uptight and well-kept palace of the Prince. The film itself was more focused on contrasts than any other element. And of course, no fairy tale is complete without the contrast of

the hero and the villain — in this case the innocent Cinderella against her evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett). Both leading ladies were featured in stunning costumes designed by Academy Award winner Sandy Powell. Playing up Lady Tremaine as more fierce than evil, Powell dressed her in late 19th centuryinspired fashion that included bright green and cheetah fabrics that exaggerated her matching red hair and lipstick featured in every scene. Whereas the simple Cinderella, known for kindness rather than her beauty, wore rags in her hair to highlight that beauty really does radiate from inside rather than out. Keeping with costumes, the most important element to Cinderella, of course, is her ball gown and glass slippers. Bringing them to screen was none other than Helena Bonham Carter as The Fairy Godmother, sporting her own frilly white dress. Although missing the song “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” the simply dreamlike, blue dress was reimagined from its animated original, with

Brilliant costume and set designs add magic to ‘Cinderella.’

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added butterfly details to both the dress and the slippers. The dress encapsulated the magic that made the original idea of Cinderella so timeless. In fact, most of the movie felt ambiguous in relation to time period and development. This, in turn, gave it a timeless feel that Disney loves to capture, sending a bigger message than just the fluff of costumes and true love. Cinderella’s stepsisters wore big, bright mismatched outfits that reflected their equally big personalities. Despite what was supposed to be considered outer beauty, their mother knew that marrying them off for either love or advantage would be a challenge. Cinderella, on the other hand, had no costume to hide behind. She only had her courage and her kindness to guide her in her challenging life that included an abusive stepmother and a bleak future. With an entire movie that seemed to be focused on costumes, the focus on Cinderella’s honesty makes her an endearing and relatable character for the audience. She contrasted every other character on the screen, making her identifiable, as Disney reminded the audience that, though everyone feels alone at some point, courage and kindness can help us find our way. James added an element to the film that I was not expecting from traditional Disney. Although the company has been trying to rebrand the princess image with hits such as “Frozen,” I was pleasantly surprised about how they went about the often thought as weak and damsel in distress character of Cinderella. I, myself, always saw Cinderella as a hard worker and someone I could look up to, though it

was more common to see her as a maiden waiting for a man to save her. James didn’t portray a Cinderella looking for a prince to save her. Rather, she played Cinderella as a young girl searching for her own happiness on her own terms. After meeting “Kit,” Prince Charming, in the woods she is not concerned over his status or wealth, but rather how she felt happy around him. This updated Cinderella showed that standing up for yourself is the key to unlocking happiness, and romance is something that can compliment that happiness without being the be all and end all for a girl’s life. In fact, Cinderella never asked for a savior, she asked for equality. Essentially, Disney wrote what might be considered their first feminist character. This is especially shown through the lack of depth in the character of Prince Charming. Madden was given little to work with in terms of dialogue because the focus wasn’t on his journey — it was on his transition from boyhood to manhood that was ignited by Cinderella. Although it is still a treat to see Madden sporting a sword and royal garb, it was his humility that brought his character to life. Madden and James made magic come to life by demonstrating that being yourself is the best self you can be. Kenneth Branagh took a 1697 fairytale best known for its outdated, 1950 animated adaptation and completely updated the tale. Staying true to the heart of the film while ditching the original message — “a dream is a wish your heart makes” — Branagh and the cast gave a performance that praised hard work, dedication and staying true to oneself.

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Woodley leads ‘Insurgent’ with fierce prowess

Woodley and James have dyanmic, on-screen chemistry.

By Jonathan Edmondson Arts & Entertainment Editor

There’s something strangely intriguing about the world of the “Divergent” series. It’s set way in the future, and the only place left in America is Chicago. The crumbling city is surrounded by a giant wall, and inside lives the only remaining citizens on Earth. They survive by living by a new set of government — one that divides its denizens into five factions. There’s Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Erudite and Dauntless. Citizens are born into the faction that their parents live in, and when they come of age, they take a test that will place them in their “true” faction. It’s up to them whether they stick with their old faction or pick the new one. The point of this system? Each faction is responsible for a part the success of the city (Amity deals with crops, Candor runs the judicial system, etc.). In theory,

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this actually seems like something that could work. And it would — if it weren’t for Tris and the rest of the Divergents. It should come as little surprise that, of course, our heroine is “different.” She is a Divergent — she does not fit into any of the factions. Rather, all of the factions apply to her in some way. But by the time “Insurgent” starts, we already know all of this. Tris (played by the always impressive Shailene Woodley — more on her later) and her lover, Four (a strong Theo James), are on the run from Erudite, who is trying to take over the city. The Erudite leader, Jeanine (a wickedly icy Kate Winslet), wants to rid the place of Divergents and keep the peace the best way she knows how. Of course, our heroes can’t let her get away with this. So they develop a plan, join with the Factionless (those who were rejected or chose to leave their original faction) and set out to kill Jeanine, or at least stop her plan.

If the plotline sounds cliché, it’s because it is. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before. Girl falls for guy. Guy and girl team up to save the world. Girl gets captured. Girl gets away. Girl is extraordinary … you know the rest. Yet, despite this, “Insurgent” is a drastic improvement over the original “Divergent” film. Stuffed with actionpacked sequences and quips of witty dialogue scenes, “Insurgent” rumbles on like a freight train. The film, based on the book of the same name by Veronica Roth, does not waste time recapping what was previously explained in exhaustive length in the first installment. Instead, audiences follow Tris and Four on their epic adventure. The storyline may scream cliché, but expert acting from a young cast and careful direction gives a fresh spin on an old plot. Plus, there’s no denying that the world

Roth has created is utterly unique. Sure, it may sometimes march to the same beat as “The Hunger Games” or “The Maze Runner” series, but “Insurgent” has enough originality to make it feel fresh. Tris is not as whiny as Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss, and there’s no unnecessary love triangle to deal with. Tris and Four are in love, and there’s no doubt about that. Luckily for viewers, the film focuses more on the action than the romance anyway. Tris isn’t dependent on her man for self-satisfaction or verification. She’s one of the strongest female characters in the young adult world, and that’s thanks in part to Woodley’s focused and dynamic performance. By the end of the film, the world of the “Divergent” series has taken a dramatic turn. For those who haven’t already read the books, it’s unclear where the story could go next. But as long as Woodley’s on board, I’ll follow the series anywhere.

‘Insurgent’ features a diverse cast of interesting characters.



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A ‘Joyride’ for punks — Transit revisits the Rat Save Face contributes to a rowdy performance

Boynton of Transit crowd surfs during an engaging show.

Prior to Transit’s set, local punk outfit Save Face played a similarly eclectic collection of songs for fans both new and old. Pieces from the band’s preceding EP, “I Won’t Let This Take My Life,” encompassed much of Save Face’s set, with the exception of “Dog Years,” off their split EP with Brightener and a cover of “Gut Rot” by Such Gold. Save Face is made up entirely of students at the College and has opened for bands like Transit, Major League and Such Gold at the Rat in previous years. The group is in the process of recording new music and is looking to go back on tour this summer. “We are so grateful for all of these opportunities,” said Tyler Cranden, guitarist of Save Face and senior marketing major at the College. “I honestly never thought I’d

On Friday, March 13, the Rathskeller buzzed with swarms of fans eagerly awaiting the return of Transit, a four-piece alternative/pop-punk ensemble from Boston. New Jersey’s own Cross Town Train, along with Rat veterans Save Face, accompanied the headliner and helped amplify the rowdy atmosphere of the overall performances. Transit fans tend to bring a significant amount of liveliness to the table when it comes to being an active audience. As anticipated, the pace of the night’s show remained consistent throughout, from the crowd pushing front stage for the microphone to Transit frontman Joe Boynton stage diving into the open arms of the audience mid-song. “Seeing a band like Transit in an upclose and personal venue like the Rat is always exciting,” junior marketing major

Save Face plays to a packed audience with a high-energy set.

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By Kris Alvarez Staff Writer

Mike Smeaton said. “When people can get that close and energized, it really brings out the best in the show.” Most of Transit’s set featured fresh tracks such as “The Only One” and “Too Little, Too Late,” but the band did not shy away from showcasing some of their senior material like “Skipping Stone” and “Long Lost Friends” from their album “Listen & Forgive.” The band also played “Nothing Lasts Forever” from their previous full-length “Young New England.” Since the band’s previous show at the Rathskeller last winter, where they performed an all-acoustic set, Transit has put out their fifth studio LP “Joyride” off Rise Records. The October 2014 release features the single “Rest To Get Better,” which the band put out a music video for on in September of the same year. “I think (the Rat) has a lot going on,” Boynton said. “It’s just as fun as it’s ever been. The magic’s still there.”

ever be on the same stage as these bands. These shows are so helpful for smaller name bands like ourselves because they help bring out new, first-time listeners that otherwise would have never heard of us.” Being their first show in four months, members of Cross Town Train brought plenty of energy on stage to make up for lost time. Their set included several new tracks to be featured off the band’s next studio release, which they have recently started recording. After this semester, the Rat’s reign as a haven for musical pandemonium will come to an end due to the Brower Student Center rennovations. However, it’s safe to say that Transit and the band’s two openers have created yet another lasting memory for students to remember the venue by.

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Freshman Anil Salem voted the College’s top talent

By Jessa Gianotti Staff Writer

The College is known for having its quirky traditions: jumping in the fountain, having a beer at The Rat, being greeted by Eve Cruz at Eickhoff. But the new tradition has formed around the annual “TCNJ’s Got Talent” show, held for the sixth time this year on Wednesday, March 11, and presented by representatives from each grade’s student class council. “It’s a TCNJ legacy event,” said Brian Garsh, president of the

class of 2015. “It’s meant to build unity and pride on our campus.” This year, a theater full of students came together in Kendall Hall to see nine different acts perform in the show. Cruz, speaking of, was one of the judges at this year’s show, along with Liz Bapasola, advisor to Student Government, and Ryan Quindlen, the winner of the show two years ago. “The show was so fun,” junior biology major Radhika Ragam said. “It was cool to see how many talented and brave people we have at TCNJ.”

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Salem plays an eight-minute original song, ‘Sky.’

Anil Salem, a freshman at the college, won the competition this year for his performance of an original song on guitar called “Sky.” The performance that lasted nearly eight minutes had the entire audience in awe. “He was incredible,” Ragam said. “I got the chills throughout his performance. Everyone was floored at the precision and speed at which he was playing, and the fact that it was an original song just made it that much better.” The second place title went to Grace Nielsen, who sang an aria and in Latin, no less. In third place was the pair of Priscilla Nunez and Fernanda Morales, who did a sign-language rendition of “Where Is The Love” by The Black Eyed Peas. Rishi Kapoor and Levi KlingerChristiansen performed a medley of contemporary songs including “Jealous” by Nick Jonas and “Best I Ever Had” by Drake, in which they both sang as KlingerChristiansen played guitar. The act was narrated by Kapoor, who told a love story about a fictitious friend of his and a girl he met at a coffee shop to piece together a theme between the songs. Simran Arjani and Arun Madari sang a duet to “My Love” by Adele, and Gabe Rojas also performed an original hip-hop song that had the entire audience clapping and rapping along with

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Nielsen belts out a Latin aria for the Kendall crowd.

him at the chorus. For the second act of the show, all of the lights shut off as the Circus Club performed a hula-hooping, juggling and dancing act in the dark with light-up props that awed the whole room. Afterward, Brett Celenz continued to keep the audience smiling with his stand-up comedy routine. Christine Levering also performed a juggling act, literally and figuratively, in which she removed an item of clothing every time she dropped a ball while simultaneously telling jokes that

left everyone in stitches — including Eve Cruz, whose laugh you could hear across Kendall when Levering did an impression of her. And the juggling acts weren’t the only comic relief during the show. Hosts Ryan Boyne and Chris Drabik, both seniors at the College, kept the audience laughing between every act. “It really was a fun time and a great show for everyone involved,” Drabik said. The show not only emphasized talent, but brought the entire campus community together to support their fellow peers.

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Sports Baseball

Baseball opens season with annual Florida trip

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The Lions finish their trip with five wins and five losses.

By Jessica Ganga Nation & World Editor

It was nothing but sun, clear blue skies and great baseball for the Lions during spring break. The College’s baseball team traveled down to Winter Haven, Fla., for their annual spring trip where they played 10 games and ended their busy week by splitting their games evenly with a record of five wins and five losses. After a number of postponed and cancelled games, the College

finally got a chance to play some ball. The team opened their season against the eighth-ranked University of Southern Maine, ending with a tough 12-5 loss. Southern Maine got on the scoreboard early in the first with a hit on the first pitch of the game. The Lions looked like they would have the chance to rally in the fifth. Sophomore Ben Varone led off the bottom of the inning with a double to left-center field. Junior John Rizzi followed with a base hit, but Varone was thrown out at the plate. Junior Patrick Roberts later

ripped a shot to second that hopped into right field, allowing two runners to score. In the end, however, senior Connor Smith took his first loss of the season for the College. The team split a loss and a huge win with two great pitching performances on the second day of their trip against St. Norbert College. Despite the loss, junior Steven Volpe pitched six-anda-third innings, striking out six with only one earned run. In the second game, before junior Evan Edelman took the mound, his teammates put up five runs in the top of the first inning, putting Edelman at ease as he threw his first pitch of the game. Edelman went six innings with just one unearned run in the sixth. The Lions offense scored seven more runs after the first to take a commanding 12-1 win. The offense continued its highscoring into the third day with a crushing 17-0 win against Centenary College. Senior infielder Anthony Cocuzza had a big game that day, knocking in a career-high six runs in six at-bats on three hits. In his second at-bat in the seventh, he drove in two runs with two outs,

which called for a different approach and mindset before stepping into the batter’s box. “Here, a fly ball or ground out won’t score a run. Instead, I use my same approach as when I’m up at the plate with no runners on,” Cocuzza said. “I trust my hands and swing enough to allow me to hit hard line drives in the gaps for doubles with this simple approach.” Freshman Joe Cirillo notched his first career win that day. Cirillo faced 29 batters and threw for eight scoreless innings, an impressive start for his first collegiate game. The next game would result in a 14-6 loss for the Lions against the College at Brockport, but the team would end up taking a close 5-4 win against Benedictine University the following day. Against Keene State College, the Lions were down six runs until the fifth inning, when the team broke out by scoring four runs to cut the deficit to just two runs. The team then tied with Keene in the top of the sixth, eventually coming back to win a close 9-8 game. The Lions split two games

The history of El Clásico Lacrosse Cheap Seats

By George Tatoris Staff Writer

On Sunday, March 22, Alcalá de Henares, a medium-sized city situated in the community of Madrid, was unusually desolate at 8:50 p.m. The few people on the sidewalks seemed to be in a rush­ — the kind of rush during which someone looks for shelter after a sudden tornado warning in, checking the windows of every bar they passed, each one fuller than the last. The only people that could be heard were sitting on patios speaking in a hushed, nervous chatter, their eyes glued to a flat screen television that faced outside. It was the night of El Clásico. And this was the calm before the storm. While the game went on, the streets were empty except for crowds of two or three people huddled outside bars, peeping at the game through the window. Only the distant echo of cheers on television sets could be heard on the streets. To understand why a sports rivalry can render a bustling city like Alcalá, a ghost town, one must first look at the history of Spain. Don’t worry, I’ll make this brief. In fact, I won’t even start from the beginning. Barcelona, a part of the culturally distinct Catalonia, and Madrid, where the royal crown resides, have always had a spotty history with each other, and things escalated with the War of Spanish Succession. What happened was, the king of Spain died without an heir, and a fight broke out over which family would get control of the kingdom: the Hapsburgs or the Bourbons. Madrid supported the Bourbons

and Catalonia supported the Hapsburgs. The Hapsburgs lost and the royal family in Madrid decided to punish Barcelona for betraying them by stripping them of almost all of their independence. Thus began the hate-hate relationship between Madrid and Barcelona, and what a relationship it’s become. Even now Catalonians want sovereignty from Spain. Just last year the territory held an illegal referendum (which FC Barcelona supported) on the issue. Gives the common Barça chant “Independencia!” a whole new meaning, no? Now, I’m not saying that Real Madrid fans want to rob Barça fans of their independence or Barça fans want to assassinate Spanish royalty in the name of their respective teams. What I am saying is that El Clásico is just one piece of the complicated puzzle that is Spain — a country so small that things like soccer, politics and history end up fumbling over one another like one massive game of Twister. El Clásico is not just a sports rivalry. It isn’t a Yankees vs. Red Sox type of deal. It’s something that could only have come from Spain.

Ronaldo celebrates a win.

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between Washington and Jefferson College with a win in their first game and a loss in their later. In the first game, Volpe was able to get his first win of the season and sophomore Eric Teesdale recorded his first career save. In the last game of the week, the Lions were unable to get a win against the University of Wisconsin-Las Crosse, falling 5-2 to their opponent. Even with the loss, however, senior Josh Limon had an exciting game, leading off the seventh inning with the 100th hit of his career in his 95th career game. Now that the team has begun their season, they are taking each game day-by-day to their goal of the season: winning the NJAC. “We focus on one game, one inning and one out at a time, but our first long, term goal is winning the NJAC,” Cocuzza said. “From there we can set our sights on regionals and the World Series, but the first objective is winning the NJAC tournament.” The Lions have their first home game against Ursinus College on Thursday, March 26.

drops in rankings Lacrosse

Alternates wins and losses over break

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Borup leads the Lions in goals this season.

By Anthony Caruso Staff Writer

The College’s women’s lacrosse team is .500 in their last four games, having rotated wins and losses during this time. On Tuesday, March 10, they were able to defeat Cabrini College, 16-6, at Lions Stadium. They scored seven goals in the first half and nine in the second. Cabrini was able to score three goals in each half. Senior Kendal Borup led the Lions with six goals while her teammate, junior Courtney Natalicchio, had three. Seniors Ava Fitzgerald and Erin Healy and sophomore Mia Blackman each chipped in two goals each. Cabrini was led by Lacie Doubet and Bree Thompson, who scored two goals each.

Sophomore goaltender Kelly Schlupp made three wins while picking up her second win of the season. Cabrini’s Megan Barlow made five saves in the loss. The Lions lost their first game of the season on Saturday, March 14, against Messiah College. They mounted a huge second half comeback but fell one goal short, losing 12-11 in Grantham, Pa. The College scored four first-half goals and seven in the second half. Messiah had eight in the first and just four in the second. Borup once again led the Lions in goals, this game with four. Natalicchio and Fitzgerald added three each, and sophomore Nina Costantino scored, as well. Messiah goalie Alexa Dipeso had 13 saves and picked up the

win. Schlep had seven saves in the loss. Then, the College rolled past Rutgers-Camden, 17-1, on Tuesday, March 17, at the RUC Community Park in Camden, N.J. The Lions had 11 goals in the first half and six in the second. The Scarlet Raptors were held to just one goal in the first half. Borup had four goals in this game for the Lions. Fitzgerald, Blackman and freshman Amanda Muller scored three goals each. Costantino scored twice, while Healy and sophomore Ana Baranowski added solo goals. Schlupp picked up the win and made one save before being replaced by freshman Christina Fabiano at 44:09. In their most recent game, the Lions lost to Gettysburg College, 13-12, in Gettysburg, Pa., on Thursday, March 19. Gettysburg jumped out to a 9-4 lead at halftime. Then, the Lions outscored them 7-2 in the second half to tie the game at 11-11 to go into the extra session. The game went into overtime as Gettysburg scored two goals in OT while the Lions scored once. Borup recorded five goals for the visitors while Natalicchio added four more. Fitzgerald added two goals, and Muller added one more. Shannon Keeler had six saves and picked up the win. Schlupp dropped her second game while making four saves.

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ITL-371: ITALIAN TOPICS (In English) 20th century Italian literature was shaped by war, dictatorship, violence, hope, & resistance. Italian authors contributed in significant & meaningful ways to represent Italy’s reality & its people. This course will engage students with the many dimension of Italian society & introduce them to the fascinating creativity, richness, & poetry of Italian novels.

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ITL-211: INTERMMEDIATE ITALIAN COMPOSITION & CONVERSATION This is class is designed for students who want to continue to practice their Italian speaking skills through intensive oral and written practice that goes hand in hand with the exploration of contemporary Italian culture and society.

ITL-171: CONTEMPORARY ITALY (In English) This course surveys the history, culture, and society of Modern Italy from 1861 to the present. Using historical documents, literature, the arts, and films, the course seeks to provide understanding of modern Italy and its current issues. We will cover many aspect of modern Italian society and explore how Italian artistic products engage with key questions and issues such as language, immigration, emigration, family, gender roles, the North-South divide, and the rise of new social and cultural paradigms. In addition, we will draw comparisons between the society in the United States and that of contemporary Italy.

RUS-236/HIS-140/COM-149: HISTORY OF RUSSIAN FILM Join us as we study key works of Russian cinema made by such world-renowned directors as Sergei Eisenstein, Larisa Shepitko, Andrei Tarkovsky, and others. We will trace the evolution of Russian cinema from its beginnings through the Soviet period into the present day. All films will be shown with English subtitles, no knowledge of Russian is necessary.

WLC-371: TOPICS IN FOREIGN LIT This course explores the mainstream Chinese martial arts/Kung-fu films, its sub-genres, & contemporary variations in the context of transnational cinema. Genres range from Hong Kong swordplay films, the samurai warrior & his modern variations, Jackie Chan & Stephen Chow’s comedy kung-fu, heavy metal kung-fu, spooky kung-fu, hip-hop kung fu, to Tarantino’s kung-fu thrillers & the Matrix digital kung-fu. All films screened in class will be in English subtitles. FRE 240 – INTRO TO FRENCH LIT (In French) This course offers a reading of representative texts of French literature from the Middle Ages to present day. Each text will be considered in its historical & literary context. Through this course students will make the acquaintance of essential authors & the great currents that characterize different genres such as the novel, theatre, poetry, tale, essay, literary criticism & also will better understand the evolution of literature, society & French institutions.!/wlctcnj

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Softball picks up six wins in Florida trip Continues strong start to the young season By Michael Battista Sports Assistant The softball team spent spring break in Florida, but instead of playing on the beach or in a theme park, the Lions were playing some great games against tough opponents. The team, after playing eight games down in Clermont, returned home with six wins. The women played against Concordia University (Wisconsin) and SUNY Oneonta on Saturday, March 14, and like the season opener, they split the two. The Falcons of Concordia were held to only two hits thanks to the performance of freshman pitcher Sam Platt, leaving the rest up to the offense. The team was able to come up big in the third inning, scoring three runs courtesy of freshman Bria Bartsch, who tripled to score a run. Along with another run in the seventh, the Lions were able to come out with a 4-0 win. When asked about her success, Phelan said it was all thanks to the work her team had done. “I give all the credit to my teammates,” she said. “I wouldn’t be able to score those runs if they were not getting on base ahead of me. As a team, we just need to stay in the mindset of one pitch at a time. That’s how we win games, by stringing hits together.” The team hoped to could keep the momentum going against a tough SUNY Oneonta team later that day. Oneonta would strike first, however, scoring two runs in the first inning and keeping the Lions down for most of the game. The team tried to get something going in the last inning after junior Deanna Utter singled to bring in a run making in

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Hourihan throws a complete game in a Lions win. 2-1, but the Red Dragons would hold on to capture the victory. The next day would bring two more games, as Sunday, March 15, saw the Lion’s facing the University of Massachusetts Boston and Western Connecticut State University. The Beacons of UMass may have left the Lions scoreless in the first, but the same could not be said for the second inning. The College amassed seven runs as they batted around. The Lions’ pitching was also able to keep the Beacons down until the fourth inning when they scored four runs. However,

the combined effort of Platt and junior Ashtin Helmer helped the team keep the lead and secure the 7-4 victory. The team then went up against the Colonials from Western Connecticut, who came out swinging and kept it close the whole way through. After giving up a run in the second, the Lions would bide their time and efforts until the third, when juniors Jamie Purcell and Phelan singled in runs to make it 2-1. The Colonials would battle back, however, scoring three in the sixth off a few stray hits and an error. Down by two in the seventh, the Lions

needed to get something going, and Phelan did just that. With freshman Morgan Gualtieri on base, she tripled into the outfield bringing the deficit to one run. Then, freshman Jess Stevenson singled in Phelan to tie it up. When asked about her team’s success and missteps during the game, Phelan said it all comes together when it needs to. “We are a very young team, and no matter how experienced a team is, there are going to be hiccups early in the season,” Phelan said. “We came together and had some clutch play from every single person in the lineup.” One of those clutch plays came from freshman Madison Levine, who in extra innings was able to single in the winning run, making the final score 5-4. With a two-game winning streak under their belts, the Lions went into the next game on Tuesday, March 17, with ambitions to keep the momentum going against Hope College, but were silenced, 9-2. It may have been a desire to bounce back after the last outing, but the Lions came out very strong right off the bat against Plymouth State University. The team plated three in the first and received solid outings from pitchers Platt and Hourihan once again in a 6-0 victory. The final two games in the Florida outing came on Thursday, March 19, against Utica College and McDaniel College, both wins for the College. The team now has to prepare not only for classes to restart, but for their next games on Wednesday, March 25, at DeSales University, and Levine thinks the team’s only going to get better. “As we continue to clean up little things,” Levine said. “Individually, the team will be stronger as a whole.”

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Georgia State busts brackets across nation

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Coach Hunter and his son celebrate an NCAA Tournament upset win.

By Kevin Luo Staff Writer

Each year, March Madness is one of the most exciting events in the world of sports. Obviously, there’s a lot of exciting basketball, and everyone likes monitoring the success (or lack of success) of their bracket. However, one of the things that sets March Madness apart from other sporting events is the opportunity to expose some incredible stories as many lesser known teams and players are brought into the spotlight of not only the sports world, but of the entire country. This year, the tournament darling may

not have made it as far as in previous years, but their run was still plenty memorable and generated many new fans for the team: none other than the Georgia State Panthers. Remember Kevin Ware, the backup point guard for Louisville who suffered one of the most gruesome injuries in sports history? Yes, that Kevin Ware. After a year off from the game to recover from his compound fracture, he made his return to the world of March Madness this year as the starting point guard for the Panthers. Even if you had tried to forget that moment, seeing him back on the court in a big game was a great sight for anyone who saw Ware suffer that

gruesome injury. The biggest storyline for this team was the bond between head coach Ron Hunter and his son, star player R.J. Hunter. There have been some other significant father-son relationships in college basketball. This season, Bryce Alford is being coached by his father at UCLA (and they’ve been quite exciting). Last season, Doug McDermott was coached by his dad at Creighton. This fatherson college basketball relationship just had a different feel to it as an outside observer. There’s just so much passion in both of these men, and you can feel it when you watch Georgia State play and when you see their press conferences. The first sight of this was after Georgia State clinched their berth into the NCAA Tournament. After they won the Sun Belt Tournament, Coach Hunter was so excited, he tore his ACL while celebrating. He rolled around the sideline on a chair scooter during their games this past week. That’s when the end of the Baylor game happened. Baylor was up two with the clock winding down when R.J. got a pass at the top of the key and launched a three. Nothing but net. The shot sent shockwaves around the sports world and caused coach Hunter to fall out of his chair on the sideline. After the game, R.J. told his sister he was going to be on “One Shining Moment,” the yearly March Madness montage. I think “One Shining Moment” this year could just be that play on a three-minute loop.

Even as Georgia State got eliminated from the tournament, we saw more from the father and son that made the country smile. First, there was the huge hug between them as R.J. exited the game for what is believed to be the last time (he has one more year of eligibility but is expected to be a first round pick if he enters the draft). Then, there was the final press conference where Coach Hunter broke down when talking about his love for his son. So although the clock struck midnight early for this Cinderella, that didn’t stop Georgia State from having one of the most memorable runs of any team in recent March Madness history. They had their “One Shining Moment,” but this won’t be the last we’ve heard of them.

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RJ Hunter leads Georgia State.

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DORM 5 3

Otto Gomez “The Ref”

Matt Bowker

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In this week’s Around the Dorm, the “Ref,” Otto Gomez, asks our panel of experts three questions: What team had the biggest changes in the NFL offseason, who in the MLB is due for a breakout season and can Rory McIlroy complete the grand slam with a major win this year?

1. What has been the biggest move of the offseason in the NFL, and what impact will it have? Kevin: There have been a lot of big moves this offseason, but I’ll say the biggest deal was the rich getting richer in Seattle. The biggest question mark with the Seahawks these past two seasons has been the weapons around Russell Wilson. That question was answered in a big way this offseason when they traded for Jimmy Graham. Graham is arguably the second-best tight end in the league (behind Gronk). He’ll be great as a red zone target and security blanket this year, and he’s the best receiver Wilson has played with in the NFL. How is anyone going to stop Seattle in the red zone this season (unless they choose to run a quick slant on the one-yard line)? Matt: The biggest move of the offseason is one that comes in the front office, not on the field. The Philadelphia Eagles have given head coach Chip Kelly

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complete control of personnel decisions, effectively making him the team’s general manager, head coach, life guru and czar of Philly. Kelly has wasted no time taking advantage of his new power by shipping away his top three playmakers

in favor of injury-prone or underachieving players. This experiment will end one of two ways: with a division title in Philly, or the more likely option of Bradford, Murray, Mathews and Alsonso all tearing their ACLs on the same play

two games into the season as Kelly runs back to college. This would effectively leave the Eagles franchise in shambles for years to come. Chris: The biggest offseason move would have to be the running back swap performed by the Philadelphia Eagles. Not only did they take LeSean McCoy and turn him into a young, stud linebacker by the name of Kiko Alonso, but they then went out and signed DeMarco Murray to be the running back of the future. Murray is coming off the best season of his career and has proven to be a durable workhorse that can carry an NFL offense. While I do not think Chip Kelly will use Murray as often as he was used in Dallas, Murray will be able to provide the fastpaced Eagles offense with tough yards and a nice change of pace when needed. The combination of bringing in a Pro Bowl caliber middle linebacker while keeping an All-Pro running back could spell a Super Bowl run for the Eagles.

Kevin gets 3 points for his jab at Carroll. Matt gets 2 points for pointing out the problems with Kelly’s dictatorship and Chris gets 1 point for comparing Murray’s worth.

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2. Which baseball player is due for a breakout season in 2015? Kevin: My breakout player for 2015 is Christian Yelich, outfielder for the Miami Marlins. The 23-year-old Yelich had a very good 2014 season where he won a Gold Glove while hitting .284 with 21 stolen bases and 94 runs

scored (fifth in the NL) in the leadoff spot for Miami. This offseason, Miami traded for Dee Gordon, who is expected to be their new leadoff man. This will allow Yelich to move back to second or third in the everyday lineup where he will have more opportunities to drive in runs while getting fantastic lineup

protection with Stanton behind him. One of the problems many young players have is that they are impatient at the plate and swing at too many bad pitches. This is absolutely not the case for Yelich. He was 10th in the NL in walks last year with 70. Overall, I expect Yelich to become a household name this season and get out of Stanton’s shadow in the Marlins outfield. Matt: Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs will have a breakout season and cruise to the NL Rookie-of-the-Year award. Bryant, the Cubs’ top prospect, has been lighting the field on fire this spring. He’s been hitting an astounding .435 with eight of his 10 hits being for extra bases, and six of those have been home runs. This is unheard of for a prospect. He has played nine spring training games and is already being compared to Mike Schmidt, the best third basemen in MLB history. I fully expect Bryant to spark the Cubs’ rebuilt franchise — along with their other top prospects

expected to make the leap to the big leagues this season. This could catapult that franchise from the laughing stock of the league to a legitimate World Series contender. Chris: A guy I would love to see break out this year is Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura. After a scorching start to his 2013 season, Segura earned an All-Star Game invitation thanks to a .322 batting average and 26 stolen bases. Ever since his visit to the midsummer classic, it has been a rough patch for the young shortstop. In 2014 alone, Segura had to deal with getting hit in the eye by a Ryan Braun practice swing, and he also suffered through the unexpected passing of his 9-month-old son. That could cause anyone to go through an incredible slump. But now, heading into 2015, Segura is back and ready to break out. A decreased workload in the offseason along with some tweaks to his batting stance and swing has Milwaukee excited for a big season from their former All-Star.

Matt gets 3 points for noting Bryant as key to the Cubs’ rise. Chris gets two points for pointing out Segura’s motivations and Kevin gets 1 point for talking about Yelich’s patiance 3. With the Masters coming up in April, can Rory McIlroy win his third-straight major and complete the career grand slam? Kevin: I think Rory can definitely win the Masters. He’s had some struggles recently, but he plays his best in the big tournaments, as he won the last two majors in 2014. Some people might think he’s cursed and haunted at the Masters after his horrid performance four years ago when leading after three rounds. However, if that performance was really going to affect him, he would’ve fallen off the golf map. The complete opposite has happened, and he’s grown a lot as a golfer and become one of the best in the world. He won these last two majors after breaking off his engagement with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. Clearly, he was going through some conflicts in his personal life and that might’ve been affecting his golf game, which is such a mental sport as is. Matt: While McIlroy is the number-one golfer in the world right now, he may also be the most inconsistent. It seems like every time Rory gets on a roll and wins a few tournaments, he collapses, shoots a +6 and misses

the final cut. I expect McIlroy to compete this year but not in the Masters. Augusta is a course that demands patience and restraint, something that Rory has not been known for in his young career. Rory never plays his best golf early in the year. He excels in the summer when he has had time to shake off the rust. In his three tournaments this year, McIlroy has only made the cut once, proving he is off to a yet another slow start. Chris: Rory McIlory is the best player in the world of golf right now. He has drawn comparisons to Tiger Woods as the next face of the sport. However, in a McIlory vs. the field situation, I have to take the field on this one. Augusta National has never been an easy course for Rory to play, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him struggle yet again. Although he has taken the last two majors, he has not been the dominant force as of recently. A guy whom I would really like to see give McIlroy a run for his money is Jordan Spieth. Spieth is a young force to be reckoned with, coming off a nice win at the Valspar Championship just a few weeks ago. While McIlory is the world’s number one, he will come up short.

Kevin gets 3 points for talking about the importance of life outside golf. Chris gets 2 points for picking the field and Matt gets 1 point for noting Rory’s inconsistencies.

Kevin wins Around the Dorm 7-6-5.

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Track and Field compete at Championships

Women’s relay team earns All-American honors By George Tatoris Staff Writer The track team sent six athletes down south to North Carolina to compete in the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, March 13, to Saturday, March 14, the second largest group that Head Coach Justin Lindsey has seen in his time working for the College. The women’s relay team finished seventh with a time of 3:53.29, a second faster than their seed time. The effort earned the team All-American honors. For the relay team, comprised of seniors Joy Spriggs, Michelle Cascio and Katelyn Ary, junior Kristen Randolph and freshman Emily Mead as an alternate, this achievement is the apogee of an already exceptional indoor season. Randolph, who ran the third leg of the race, attributed the success to the focus and determination of the team. “The four of us truly had our eyes on achieving this since the start of our training in the fall, which certainly kept us focused on the goal through the ups and downs of the season,” Randolph said. She also mentioned the “strong connection” between the team’s members. “Most of all we believed in ourselves and weren’t intimidated


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Randolph helps the team finish seventh at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

by the level of competition,” Randolph said. And what a competition it was. Spriggs was cut off as she was handing the baton to Cascio during her leg of the race — the first — by a runner from Washington University, resulting in the disqualification of that school. “I was very upset, but in the end, we became All-Americans,” Spriggs said. Spriggs also finished 16th with a time of 60.84 seconds in the 400-meter event. Spriggs

concedes that this was not her best time, but also knew it would be a tough race because she was coming off of an injury. “I was honestly just happy that I made it into the 400,” Spriggs said. Ary also ran in her own event, the 800-meters. She finished 13th with a time of 2:14.94. Ary may have been disappointed by her performance, stating that she did not do “as well as (she) hoped,” but she remained ecstatic over her team’s performance in the relay.

“Standing on that podium with the three of them was such a dream,” Ary said. Junior Jake Lindacher, the only participant from the men’s team, finished 13th in his event, the 60-meter hurdles, with a time of 8.35 seconds. Lindacher was also disappointed with his performance. The junior had earned All-American honors in his first outing at the NCAAs last year, having placed eighth in the 60-meter high hurdles with a time of 9.15 seconds, but failed to qualify this year.

Lindacher attributes his disappointing finish to a slow start and having been off-balance during the first two hurdles. He maintains that, with the amount his technique has improved over the past year, he should have done better. “If I ran what I was capable of, I would’ve placed much higher,” Lindacher said. Despite the lackluster finish to the indoor season, Lindacher was excited to start the outdoor season, which started on Friday, March 20, at the University of Miami’s Hurricane Invitational. Senior Erik Moutenot and juniors Laron Day and Michael Larkin finished second, third and fifth, respectively, with times of 55:07 for Moutenot, 55.18 for Day and 55.75 for Larkin. The long-distance runners fared well in the 1500-meter event, as well. Sophomore Brandon Mazzarella finished third with a time of 4:00.16, and junior Dale Johnson was right behind him at 4:01.39. In the 400-meter race, Ary finished sixth at 57.06, and Spriggs finished in eighth at 58.57, surpassing even Division I runners. On the field, sophomore Tracy Prentice landed fifth in the pole vault with a height of 3.00 meters, and junior Courtney Paciuli finished eighth in the long jump with a distance of 4.79 meters.

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Relay teams take home national titles

Six swimmers crowned national champions By Matt Bowker Sports Editor This spring break was one to remember for six members of the men’s swimming and diving team. The College’s 400 freestylerelay team and 800 free-relay team captured national titles at the 2015 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Shenandoah, Tex., that lasted from Wednesday, March 18, to Saturday, March 22. In an exhilarating race, the foursome of seniors Brett Pedersen and Brian Perez, junior Joseph Dunn and sophomore Scott Vitable defended their national title in the 400-free relay, while setting a program record with a time of 2:57.85, bringing home the gold for a second straight year. The race began with Gettysburg College and Denison University vying for the lead in the first two legs of the event, while Vitable and Dunn kept the race within reach for the Lions. Up third for the College was Perez, who swam a team-best time of 44.13 to pull

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Pedersen anchors the 400 freestyle relay and brings home the gold for the Lions.

the team closer with just one leg left to go. “I knew it was going to be extremely close,” Pedersen said. “I remembered what my coach and teammates told me to do, and that was give it everything I had. I wanted to send Brian and myself out with a bang.” And he did just that. Pedersen, the team’s anchor, dove into the pool, prepared for a frantic finish, then closed the gap and came into the home stretch. Pedersen

pulled even with Matthew Veldman of Chicago University as both reached for the wall. When the two looked up, both clocks read “2:57.85.” Both swimmers tapped the wall at the exact same time, making the squads co-national champions. “When I saw that we won, it was one of the best feelings of my life,” Pedersen said. “There was no better way to end my swimming career. I could not have done it without the guys behind

me, screaming at me before I dove in.” The 400-free team was not the only team to win a national title, however. Pedersen and Vitable had already sealed their place in history with a first-place finish in the 4x800 event. The duo, along with sophomores Ryan Gajdzisz and Jason Ivins, won the event, beating out Kenyon College by two tenths of a second. After the two titles in 2015, Pedersen now has four national

titles to his credit along with two All-American honors. The Lions brought home two national titles with four relay teams winning All-American honors. Dunn, Perez, Pedersen and junior James Shangle finished fourth in the 4x200 freestyle relay, earning each an All-American status. In the 2x400 medley relay, senior Aleksander Burzynski, Shangle, Pedersen and Dunn finished seventh, giving Burzynski his own All-American honors. Their time of 1:30.26 set a program record. In all, the College finished seventh in the nation for the entire championships, marking the program’s sixth-ever top 10 finish. The team’s best finish came in 2014, when the Lions finished sixth. “In the seasons to come, I am very confident not only in myself, but (that) all my teammates will continue to succeed on such a high level,” Gajdzisz said. “I’m confident that our number of national titles and national champions will continue to increase as the seasons go on.”

Zotollo comes up short in finals, finishes second By Matt Bowker Sports Editor Senior Zach Zotollo took the mat for the final time in his impressive career in the final round of the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships on Saturday, March 14, in Hershey, Pa. Zotollo entered the match looking to become a national champion, but he fell short in one of the most dramatic finishes in recent tournament history. Zotollo was taken down early in the first period to give Wabash College’s Conner Lefever, the No. 1 seeded wrestler at 174 pounds, a 2-0 lead. Zotollo fought back and was able to pull off an escape later in the period to cut the lead in half. “The only thing you can think about is getting that next score. Whether you are winning by a point or down by 10, the only the thing that matters is the next point,” Zotollo said. “Push the pace, that’s always my approach.” Zotollo, the No. 3 seed, pushed the pace in the second period, scoring an early escape to tie the match. He followed that up with a takedown of his own to allow himself a 4-2 lead heading into the third and final period. Lefever scored an escape to cut Zotollo’s lead to 4-3, before regaining the lead at

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Zotollo finishes his career as the national runner-up at 174 pounds.

5-4 with a takedown with only 30 seconds to go. Zotollo would not let his championship slip through his fingers without a fight, though. As the clock expired, Lefever held on for dear life, trying to run out the clock on Zotollo’s dreams. Zotollo attempted an escape, which would have tied the match, sending it to overtime. The officials conferred, and after a video review, upheld the ruling on the mat: Zotollo had lost.

“Honestly, it’s heartbreaking to lose a close match like that, but it was a great match,” Zotollo said. “I know how hard I worked to get to where I am and that’s what’s most important.” Earlier in the day, Zotollo earned his thirdconsecutive All-American honors, becoming only the 17th wrestler in program history to do so. The second-place finish was the best of his career, beating his fourth in 2013 and sixth in 2014.

Junior Antonio Mancella also earned All-American honors in Hershey, the first of his career. After a terrific opening day on Friday, March 13, Mancella dropped his opening match on Saturday morning to place him in the seventh-place match later that day. Mancella lost that match by injury default to fourth-seeded Jon Garrison of Mount Union. Mancella finished eighth in the nation at 157 pounds. Senior Nathaniel Leer also participated in the championships, finishing with a 1-2 record at 197 pounds. As a team, the Lions wrapped up a 17thplace finish, putting them in the top 20 for the fourth consecutive year. Before the championships began, the life of former Lions’ Coach Dave Icenhower was celebrated with a short video montage of his accomplishments on and off the mat. Following the match, the National Wrestling Coaches Association renamed their coach-of-the-year award after Icenhower, who passed away in October. Looking back, Zotollo admits that Coach Icenhower had a big impact on his decision to come to the College. “I met Coach Ice, and he made me fall in love with the program,” Zotollo said. “Coach Ice was awesome.”

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