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Feminism still needed in the US Nineteen cars vandalized in parking lot

By Elise Schoening Staff Writer Can women today truly have it all? In a lecture to students at the College on Wednesday, April 1, the president of Barnard College, Debora Spar, addressed this question and the relevancy of feminism in the United States today. Spar is an active advocate for women’s education, leadership and success. Her lecture in Mayo Concert Hall was a part of the College’s celebration of Women’s History Month. The talk was based on Spar’s most recent novel, “Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection,” which analyzes where American women stand today and, more specifically, why our society has not come further in terms of gender equality. The original title, Spar explained, was “Confessions of a Reluctant Feminist.” “I come to feminism reluctantly,” Spar said. “Not because I think feminism is a bad thing, but because I thought it was over. I thought the feminist movement had come and gone.” It was during her years at Harvard Business School that Spar realized gender inequality is still a problem today. Spar taught thousands of students while at the university but noticed that it was mostly the men who continued on to the highest levels of success. In fact, many of the male students went on to run

By Colleen Murphy News Editor

On Friday, March 27, sometime between 3 a.m. and 8:45 a.m., 19 vehicles were vandalized on levels two and three of Lot 13. According to Campus Police, the perpetrator(s) will be charged with criminal mischief and bias intimidation. The following is what was found on each of the cars: 1. “Go Hit” on rear passenger window, “LEK,” followed by a swastika, on the front passenger window and a picture of a penis drawn on the driver’s side window.

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Spar believes there is still workplace inequality based on gender. businesses at Silicon Valley, Spar said. Only a handful of the women, however, achieved the same accomplishments. “Once you get to the top tier of any sector in this country, the women essentially disappear,” Spar said. She noted that this issue is pervasive across all careers and disciplines. According to Spar, tokenism is a root cause of this issue, as only a few seats on a committee or board of directors

will be reserved for women. Even the most qualified and intelligent women are therefore defined by their gender, which means only a select few are able to reach the highest levels of success. Spar believes gendered expectations and responsibilities are another barrier that create workplace inequality. Women often grow up believing they can

2. A heart was drawn on the rear window with “KKK” after it. 3. “Your mother” written on the rear window, followed by “is a mother fucker” written across all the windows on the passenger side. 4. A picture of a penis was drawn on the driver’s side window. 5. The words “I’m pregnant” were written on the front windshield.

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Business leaders call for a more diverse workplace By Alex Kooistra Correspondent Four businesswomen sat in the front of room 115 in the Education Building on Wednesday, April 1, as they led a panel on the importance of diversity in the workplace and gave tips to aspiring leaders about how they can be apart of a successful, diverse work environment. Suzanne Svizeny, the executive vice president and commercial division manager of the Pennsylvania and Delaware divisions of Wells Fargo & Company, was the first woman to speak that night. Svizeny, an alumna from the College who now meets with entrepreneurs who are starting or continuing businesses, has been working in this area for approximately 36 years and is well informed and passionate about the topic of diversity in the workplace. Svizeny understands the importance of diversity because she

knows what it feels like to be different from her coworkers. “I stuck out a lot,” Svizeny said. “I was always kind of the only woman in the room.” She never let her differences hold her back, though — instead, she used them to thrive at her job. “When I’m in the room and I’m the only female, I use that to my advantage,” Svizeny said. “It makes me stand out, and I want to stand out and be remembered.” Rosy Bitar, the manager of fixed income funds and holdings at Bloomberg’s global data department, was the next to speak and she agreed with Svizeny’s sentiments. “High-performing teams come from different walks of life,” Bitar said. “If we hired from the same place, everyone would have the same thoughts and ideas, and nothing unique would be created.” Bitar, who was originally from Jordan and is fluent in Arabic, has been working at Bloomberg for 13 years and has always been

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working in the data department of the company. “You have to be yourself. You have to have your own style and message,” Bitar said. “Figure out how to integrate your uniqueness into what you do and you can succeed.” To thrive within an organization, networking is pivotal as well, which is a variable that goes hand-in-hand with diversity. When someone networks, they will be connected to people of different walks of life. Thus, their thoughts and ideas will evolve, according to Bitar. “Networking is one of the most crucial things no matter the organization,” Bitar said. “You will meet people of different background and make connections. We capitalize on differences in new employees and embrace them.” Jessica Gilbert, the senior manager of global diversity and inclusion of Johnson & Johnson’s medical devices sector and global function, agreed with Bitar on the Opinions / Page 9

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Networking is an important aspect to a diverse workforce.

importance of networking. “Be a joiner and go to other events to learn about diversity as a student,” Hilbert said. “The skills of connections and openness is one of the most necessary functions to

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succeed in an organization. Talking to different cultures is good for networking and to discover your interests and passions.” see GLOBAL page 2

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Mardi Gras masquerade The Big Easy comes to campus

Ryan Cabrera performs ‘On the Way Down’ is played acoustically

No-hitter thrown Hourihan shines on the mound

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Magic of Mardi Gras recreated at masquerade

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Left: Students help themselves to authentic food catered by Cajun Café. Right: The Bon Temps pay homage to the birthplace of jazz.

By Sierra Stivala Correspondent

Those familiar with New Orleans can testify that they may as well have stepped onto the cobblestones of Bourbon Street as they entered the Brower Student Center on Tuesday, March 31. The Alternative Break Club, known as ABC, transformed the area into the heart of everyone’s favorite city for its fifth annual Mardi Gras Masquerade. A tapestry painted with New Orleansinspired brick scenery illuminated in the night lined the far right wall. From the rhythm of smooth jazz to the savory taste of authentic Cajun food, ABC brought the French Quarter to life at the College. “We have a quote at ABC: ‘New Orleans takes you by the heart and never lets go,’” said Jenn Pagliaro, a sophomore special education and history double major and ABC’s vice president of publicity. “It’s a city you can’t just visit once and think you’ve had enough.”

This seems to be a resounding sentiment among those who have volunteered their time and energy as part of ABC. As a result, the club organizes three yearly trips to the city, taking place in the winter, spring and summer. This past winter’s trip alone attracted 90 students. The eager volunteers paid their own way through the trip with the help of proceeds from various fundraisers. This money was used to rebuild homes devastated by the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina. Still, their efforts to immerse themselves in the culture didn’t end on the flight home. Funded by the Student Finance Board, ABC coordinated the event to emulate the city’s one-of-a-kind, eclectic soul. “This is our way of bringing the New Orleans culture and spirit to New Jersey,” junior physics and secondary education major Erin O’Connell said. Those in attendance enjoyed an array of authentic foods catered by Beck’s Cajun Café of Philadelphia. A striking

combination of spices invaded the taste buds of those sampling everything from jambalaya to rice saturated in a creole tomato sauce. For many, this was their first time trying such sensations. The extensive buffet ended on a sweet note with bread pudding complemented by whiskey sauce. ABC hand-picked the Cajun selection to best represent the foods they found comfort in while away. Nevertheless, New Orleans wouldn’t be properly replicated without a display of daiquiris which are so commonly found in bars and restaurants along Bourbon Street. Virgin margarita, piña colada and strawberry daiquiri machines were among the round tables draped in green, yellow and purple. Students strolled around the event, mingling with one another and sporting the iconic Mardi Gras beads and masks placed at each seat. Chatter of new and old memories alike coincided with the beat of an authentic swing band. ABC sought out musicians that would properly pay homage to the

birthplace of jazz. The Bon Temps soulfully played as the College’s swing club danced their feet off, getting other students and even the band members to join along. “Between the beat of the music and the energy behind it, I couldn’t help but sing along,” sophomore special education and psychology major Christine Beverin said. The club decided to capture the inescapably contagious spirit through a photo booth filled with props regularly seen throughout the streets of New Orleans. Students posed with friends wearing oversized glasses and outrageous boas. Others held up inflatable saxophones and guitars at the sight of the flash. From feathery masks to traditional beads, the props perfectly conveyed the essence of Mardi Gras. Strips of the photos were dispersed to those who posed as memorabilia of a funfilled night. And for those who participated in ABC’s trips, it was a long-lasting reminder of the city that clearly touched all of their hearts.

Annual Bollywood Night is a dazzling display By Leigh Cesanek Correspondent

Students dressed in beautiful saris and salwars — traditional Indian attire — gathered for a night of food, music and entertainment for the Indian Student Association’s sixth annual Bollywood Night on Friday, April 3, in the Brower Student Center. ISA wanted to promote Indian culture through the expression of Indian music, garb and dance entertainment, according to ISA’s president, Neil Borad, a senior biology and economics

double major. The event also featured food catered by Moghul Caterers in Edison, N.J., which included the zesty Indian dish, chaatwala. TCNJ Jiva and Sher Bhangra performed traditional dances for the audience, producing a lot of excitement. Dancer Nikhil Nayak, a senior biology major, explained that his group, Sher Bhangra, performed two types of Indian dance. The first type, Bollywood, is traditionally seen in Indian movies. “Bhangra is more of a specialization,” Nayak said. He explained

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Female students dress in saris and salwars for the night.

it comes from Northern India and typically features more drums in the songs. Anshul Jain, a senior psychology major, emceed the event and introduced the first performance of the night, “Jiva Divas.” TCNJ Jiva performed semi-classical and contemporary Indian dances. The all-girl group had a lively performance that was well-received from the audience gathered around the dance floor to watch. Sher Bhangra performed next with three males opening the routine with an upbeat mix of songs while incorporating props into the dances. During the show, four female performers joined in for the remainder of the routine. Zehra Husain, a senior biology major and a member of the audience, said that they had just added the girls to the Sher Bhangra group, and she was very excited to see them perform. “I love watching them,” senior management major Andrea Baez said. “(They) were the reason I came.” D.J. Neel Desai, senior management major and a member of ISA, provided music entertainment throughout the night. ISA wanted to “bring Bollywood to

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The audience enjoys several traditional performances. the rest of the College” through the event, Desai said. The types of music he provided for the night included Bollywood film and Bhangra, which he said are South Asian types. Most girls in attendance wore saris and salwars, two types of traditional Indian dresses, according to guests of the event Ashna Chinnappa, a sophomore biology major, and Aarabi Rabeendiran, a sophomore psychology major. Chinnappa and

Rabeendiran also explained that some people can even make their own saris and salwars. Sophomore management major Alyssa Freitas said that she looks forward to this night all year. “I’m obsessed with Bollywood,” Freitas said. The evening was a success, evident by the large turnout. Bollywood Night was able to bring together a diverse group of students to enjoy in the food, dress and dances of Indian culture.

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: Sept. 1965 The Hollyword: 817 freshmen arrive Tidal makes waves By Johnanthony Alaimo Columnist

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The new school year welcomes a large class of fresh students. By Kimberly Ilkowski Features Editor

With campus recently full of touring prospective and accepted students, it is a reminder that a new class of students will soon take over the College. Every year the College welcomes a well-rounded and diverse incoming class. The September 17, 1965 edition of the State Signal aimed to welcome the new freshman and highlighted the amount of students enrolled in each education major. Although the College offers much more diverse course offerings, education has always had a special place in heart of the school. That emphasis has been clear since 1965. It is an interesting insight into how important the education route was in the early days of the College,

as well as how selective it continues to be, by only accepting 817 freshman out of 4,900 applicants. 817 freshmen have arrived on the Trenton State campus. These students were selected from the 4900 applications received from all over the state. The elementary curriculum is the largest freshman section with 217 students. Following are kindergarten-primary with 109 students, women health and physical education with 69, industrial education and technology with 66, mathematics with 55, music with 46, business education with 45 and English with 42. The breakdown in the other majors is: male health and physical education, 36; special education, 32; science, 32; social studies, 28; speech arts, 16; speech correction, 13 and special education for the deaf, 11.

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Spar / President of women’s college calls for gender equality continued from page 1 either dedicate their time and energy to their career or to raising a family. As such, many leave the workforce to do the latter. While the traditional notion that women should perform household and wifely duties is outdated, these gendered expectations continue to pervade American society and remain widely accepted, according to Spar. She attributes this to the fact that gender inequality today is less explicit than it has been in the past. Women now have many of the same basic rights as men and have therefore come to believe that they do not need feminism. Spar admitted that she too held this belief for most of her life. “The year in which a woman was born really shapes how she approaches feminism,” Spar said. “Women of my generation didn’t define ourselves as feminists because we didn’t need to.” Spar, who was born in 1963, did not have to fight for women’s rights like her mother and the women belonging to older generations had. In fact, Spar and her peers had access to birth control and reproductive rights by their teenage years. When it was time for Spar to apply to colleges and think about her future, most colleges had

already opened their doors to women. In this way, Spar’s generation grew up believing that gender equality had — for the most part — been achieved. They thought they could be and do anything as long as they worked hard enough. The problem, however, is that the traditional expectations for women continued into the post-feminist age. Women had previously only been expected to fulfill household and wifely duties. Later, they were also expected to get an education and pursue a career. Yet, the traditional household expectations for women remained then and continue today, according to Spar. “We added to the things we expect women to do without getting rid of anything,” Spar said. “We tell girls to do both, but we haven’t changed the expectations for boys.” According to Spar, our society has set the standards for women higher and higher, so much so that they have become unattainable. Nevertheless, women continue to strive toward this “wonder woman” ideal, which includes being beautiful and juggling marriage, children and a career, among other things. The result, Spar explained, is exhaustion and a sense of failure amongst women when they realize that they cannot do it all. Spar urged the women in the audience to give up on this quest for perfection and to

Spar admits that she came to feminism reluctantly. recognize how damaging gendered expectations can be. She believes this is a cultural issue and that cultures can change and evolve with time. In order to enact change and allow for more women to succeed, Spar called for unity between men and women. In her lecture at the College, Spar argued that feminism is still relevant in the lives of men and women today, as gender inequality affects us all. She noted that men

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often want to help but do not think they can or that they have a place in the conversation. As such, Spar encouraged the female audience members to invite men — who represent the dominant gender — in this conversation on gender inequality so they can work toward a solution together. “We have to start having this conversation and we have to make sure men are a part of it,” Spar said.

Greek Week ‘Air Band’ fully funded for over $7,000

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BlackOut Step Team’s first show is funded. By Jackie Delaney Staff Writer

Approaching the board for the first time since its special hearing on the violation of several Student Finance Board policies, the Inter-Greek Council proposed for the popular Greek Week event “Air Band” at the meeting on Wednesday, April 1. The council — which was deactivated and fined $3,000 by SFB

earlier in the semester for several violations at TCNJam — was allowed to propose its request to the board for the Greek Week event. IGC apologized to the board after funding was decided and said they would strive to follow all regulations correctly in the future. The council requested $7,289.80 to fund “Air Band,” the closing event of Greek Week that features performances, such as dances and skits, from participating organizations. The

performances “show off sorority and fraternity talent on campus,” according to the council’s proposal. The show, which is open to all students, will be held on Friday, April 17, at 6 p.m. in the North Gym. It was fully funded by the board. Next, the BlackOut Step Team proposed for its very first step show, titled “Step Out University: Break the Stage.” The team is hopeful that the show will become their annual trademark event. It will feature several other step teams, including the Rider Step Team, and will be an opportunity for the group to showcase what they have been working on all year. The show was funded $3,939.40 and will take place on Thursday, April 18 at 6 p.m. in Brower Student Center room 202. Chi Upsilon Sigma, in their first appropriations request, asked for $565 for “Dance Around the World,” an event to educate and showcase different cultures. The event will include presentations from different organizations on food, clothing, dance, music and language of each culture, as well as lessons for guests to learn cultural dances. The group said this event is an “intimate program,” allowing attendees to “have more

meaningful conversations about culture and ethnicity” through an interactive set up. It was fully funded and will take place on Tuesday, April 21, in Brower Student Center room 202. The Black Student Union then requested $1,300 for “Black Castle,” their annual fashion show that “showcases local talent.” The event, which promotes local designers and features students from the College, celebrates culture and different definitions of beauty. The event was partially funded at $1,150, which excludes photographer fees. It will take place Friday, April 24, in the Travers/Wolfe Lounge. The French Club later proposed for a bus trip to Philadelphia to visit the Barnes Foundation, a museum that features impressionist art. The itinerary of the trip, which includes co-sponsorship from the Spanish Club, suggests dinner at Beau Monde for a French dinner or at Lolita Philly for a Spanish dinner. According to their request packet, the club wants to hold this trip “to give students the opportunity to experience French culture in a way that is not possible on campus.” The trip, which will be held on Saturday, April 18, was fully funded $1,008.50 to cover the

cost of the buses. The College Union Board then presented its proposal for “A Night with Streetlight Manifesto’s Toh Kay.” The show will bring Tomas Kalnoky to campus for a free acoustic show in the Library Auditorium. Known by his stage name Toh Kay, Kalnoky has played lead vocals and guitar for ska bands Catch 22 and Streetlight Manifesto. The show, which will be held on Friday, April 17, was fully funded at $5,790. CUB then proposed for funding for staffing T-shirts for its high-volume event, Funival, the annual spring carnival on campus. The funding for the T-shirts was tabled when CUB presented for funds for the event previously in the semester. The proposal was tabled again by the board. According to Hurler, CUB asked for $1,000 based off of last year’s purchases, but the Board wanted the group to look for a current quote — one that is cheaper. *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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Astronomy Club approved, more star viewings to come

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Wells calls for a vote to recognize the Astronomy Club.

By Alyssa Sanford News Assistant

Student Government formally recognized the TCNJ Astronomy Club during the general body session on Wednesday, April 1, and tabled an important bill after intense debate and discussion. Jessica Glynn, vice president of Governmental Affairs, brought the TCNJ Astronomy Club before the general body for recognition following its successful presentation before the Governmental Affairs committee on Sunday, March 8. The Astronomy Club, which has 28 current members on its charter list and “strong support from the Dean of Science,” according to

Glynn, sought SG recognition in order to receive Student Finance Board funding so that it can book trips and speakers. Astronomy Club President Tim Osborn, a sophomore physics major, said that the club “existed a couple of years ago,” but the executive board “kind of just let it die off.” The revamped Astronomy Club, which boasts a large number of freshmen members, will try to generate a wider interest in astronomy across all classes and majors. Since the Astronomy Club began convening in Fall 2014, it has been holding regular weekly meetings and popular events like “star parties,” which the executive board plans to hold about once every semester.

According to Osborn, star parties are held at night on Green Hall Lawn, and anyone can come to look at the night sky with professional-grade telescopes from the observatory. The inaugural star party, held in the fall semester, had a significant turnout. “We had over 70 people show up in 15 degree weather,” Osborn said. “We’re hoping since we can get that many people to come when it’s below freezing that, when conditions are much nicer and when it’s a lot more comfortable to be outside, we can have an even better number.” President Matthew Wells called for a vote, and the general body voted in favor of recognizing the TCNJ Astronomy Club without debate. Afterwards, Glynn presented Bill B-S2015-04, which would derecognize clubs that have failed to reapply for SG recognition and have consistently ignored outreaches from the SG cabinet. However, the general body was confused by the complex issues surrounding the bill, making it difficult to call for a vote. The derecognition bill has been tabled for discussion at a later date, but until then, the Governmental Affairs committee “will take care of it,” Wells said. Next, Kyle Holland, vice president of Administration and Finance, announced to wild applause that after meeting with the Student Finance Board over the weekend, “we took a $9,000 Student Government

budget and turned it into a $27,000 Student Government budget.” “That’s not including class council (budgets),” Holland clarified. Vice President of Advancement Sarah Drozd said that interest sessions for upcoming Student Government elections will start on Monday, April 6, and will continue through Thursday, April 9. All sessions will be held in Science Complex P101 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. “We want to get a really big turnout of people that are interested in running for elections,” Drozd said. Later, Navid Radfar, vice president of Student Services, talked about advocacy for a few key complaints that students have expressed: namely, the hours at the gym and at Eickhoff Dining Hall. Student Services is trying to extend weekend hours at the gym while pushing back weekday hours at Eickhoff from 8 a.m. to 7 a.m. so that students with early classes have a chance to eat breakfast, Radfar said. Javier Nicasio, vice president of Equity and Diversity, was pleased to announce that TCNJ Epcot was “a phenomenal event.” The event was a celebration of students’ cultures. Nicasio also announced Equity and Diversity is launching a campaign called “#AskMeAboutMyCulture.” Students will appear in a video and talk about their cultural backgrounds to increase multicultural appreciation.

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Gilbert started as an independent consultant and has now been in this field for 25 years, helping to “create a culture where diversity, inclusion and innovation thrives.” According to Gilbert, Johnson & Johnson is one of the most diversified companies in the world, and she emphasizes that is it vital to know how diversified an organization is before joining it. “You should always be wondering who has a perspective that I don’t understand and I need to,” Gilbert said. One student was concerned about not knowing if a company is diversified until they become an employee and it is too late to find a new job, but Gilbert assuaged those concerns. Gilbert explained various ways to research the diversity in a company, including looking at Diversity Inc. on the web to see if there is an office of diversity inclusion

present at the desired company. She also advised checking social media such as Twitter and LinkedIn to see if diversity and inclusion are present on their social media accounts. Diversity is specifically important in her job because Johnson & Johnson works with drugs, which need to be tested on all different types of people. Drugs could react differently to individuals of varying genders and ethnicities. Erika Worthy, the human resources director at the College and the final speaker at the panel, helps deal with recruitment at the College. She must focus on having a diverse pool of applicants when recruiting. “Different employees with different backgrounds and experiences can bring different ideas and projects to the table,” Worthy said. Worthy’s father was in the military, so she traveled frequently as a child across Europe and Asia.

“I’m blessed to have met so many different kinds of people with different kinds of backgrounds,” Worthy said. When Worthy originally started working at the College five years ago, there was no diversity office. Since then, the Office of Institutional Diversity has been implemented. Diversity among college campuses is of vital importance so everyone can feel included on campus no matter what their background is, according to Worthy. “My background made me more inclusive to work with different types of people in my workplace, and I’m grateful for that,” she said. Worthy concluded by reminding students that the differences among everyone should be celebrated as opposed to criticized. “It’s OK to have a different perspective,” she said. “Embracing other people’s differences is one of the most important parts of this culture.”

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6. Multiple circles were drawn on the rear window of the car with the words “Suck a” on the rear trunk. 7. “Hello beautiful” was written across the trunk with circles drawn on the rear glass. 8. A picture of a penis on the driver’s side window and the word “dick” on the passenger right fender. 9. A picture of a penis with the words “skinny shaft long head” were written on the rear window. 10. “Vaginas rule” was across the rear window with the picture of a vagina. 11. “E=MC(Vagina)” was written on the rear window.

12. “I am a worm” was written across the rear window. 13. “Kanye” was written across the rear window with a swastika drawn across the front hood. 14. “M & M’s” was written across the passenger side window. 15. “I love eating fetuses” was written across the rear window. 16. An image which resembled male testicles was drawn on the rear bumper. 17. “Live below” was written on the driver’s window. 18. “Surprise I’m pregnant” was written on the rear window. 19. The N-word was written across the top of the rear trunk.

The Division of Student Affairs & Office of Institutional Diversity sent an email to the College community that expressed the administration’s disappointment in the vandalism. “We know that this behavior does not reflect who we are as a community, and those who perpetrated this crime do not reflect our institutional commitment to inclusivity,” the email said. “Because we are a community who cares, this incident will serve to re-affirm our efforts to address matters of discrimination and harassment. The College will continue conversations around insuring that our campus is one where people of all backgrounds are valued and respected.” • On Saturday, March 28, a community advisor was roving the sixth floor of Travers Hall when she heard vomiting coming from

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Multiple students’ cars are vandalized with profane words. the men’s bathroom at 1:35 a.m. Lions’ EMS and Campus Police were called and the boy said he had consumed four to five shots of an unknown liquor, but most likely Svedka. According to Campus Police,

the student was charged with underage possession and consumption of alcohol. Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at 609771-2345.

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Boston jury brought to tears during trial

Story of 8-year-old Boston Bombing victim told By Candace Kellner Staff Writer

Nearly two years after the Boston Marathon bombing, prosecutors are preparing to conclude the first phase of the trial of defendent Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but they didnt’t finish without bringing jurors to tears. On Monday, March 30, jurors heard testimonies from the family and friends of some of the victims of the bombing, according to CNN. The most tragic testimonies were those surrounding the death of 8-year-old Martin Richard. Martin was standing near the marathon’s finish line with his family when one of the bombs went off. No part of Martin’s body was left unharmed, according to Boston’s chief medical examiner, Henry Neilds. According to CNN, Neilds concluded that Martin had bled to death after sustaining injuries to his torso and extremities.

In reaction to this graphic testimony, several jurors cried openly in court while the boy’s parents sat solemnly in the audience, CNN reported. Bill and Denise Richard held each other closely during the display of gruesome photographs of their deceased son. In his testimony, Bill described the moment he saw his son after the explosion. “I saw a little boy who had his body severely damaged by an explosion,” he said. Immediately after Bill rushed to his son’s side, he knew that there was no hope. “I just knew from what I saw that there was no chance,” Bill said. “The color of his skin, and so on.” Neilds further described the boy’s injuries, concluding that the bomb had severed Martin’s spinal cord, abdominal aorta and lower intestines. The boy also suffered from a ruptured stomach, torn liver and a snapped bone in his right leg, according to CNN.

Rescue units storm the scene on the day of the bombing.

In addition to these and other internal injuries, Martin received third-degree burns on his back, buttock and left calf. Blast debris left his body with scrapes, bruises and perforations. While many of Martin’s injuries were likely to result in his death, the most severe injury Martin received was to his

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aorta, Neilds said. It is a major blood vessel, according to Neilds, and Martin likely bled to death in minutes, if not seconds. According to USA Today, closing arguments were made on Monday, April 6, before the jury. Tsarnaev faces 30 counts, 17 of which could bring him the death penalty.

Red Cross calls for ceasefire in war-torn Yemen

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People search for survivors in Sana’a after an airstrike.

By Jessica Ganga Nation & World Editor

The Red Cross called for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen on Saturday, April 4, saying that many more people have been wounded in recent airstrikes in

the war-torn country. The call came just after the United Nations Security Council met last Saturday, March 28, to discuss the situation in the country, according to CNN. Arab forces and fighters loyal to the displaced Sunni President,

Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, have been fighting against Shiite rebels, the Houthis, who forced the president out of power back in January, CNN reported. According to BBC, at least 185 people have been killed and 1,282 injured since Thursday, March 26, in Aden, the country’s second city. The U.N.has reported that 500 people have been killed in the past two weeks. The devastation in the city caused the Red Cross to make the call, saying that food, water, medical equipment and personnel needed to get into the devastated areas. “Otherwise, put starkly, many more people will die,” said Robert Mardini, the ICRC’s head of operations in the Near and Middle East. “For the wounded, their chances of survival depend on

action within hours, not days.” Another official of the Red Cross told CNN that people were running out of food, water and fuel in the capital, Sana’a. “Medical supplies need to be here yesterday. The situation is difficult,” said Marie-Claire Feghali, a spokeswoman for the ICRC. “We need to save lives that can be saved.” The residents of Sana’a have witnessed the fiercest and strongest strikes since the air assault began, according to CNN. Russia has also gotten involved, demanding a so-called “humanitarian pause,” according to ABC News. On Saturday, April 4, the country urged the U.N. Security Council to stop airstrikes by the Saudi-led military coalition. The country proposed that foreigners in the

country should be evacuated immediately and aid should be delivered to the citizens. According to CNN, the meeting adjourned with no decision announced and that one diplomat said that the draft “was missing what the envoy called key elements.” Saudi Arabia got involved with the conflict after Hadi fled to the country from Aden in late March, according to CNN. The predominantly Sunni nation and other Arab nations began targeting the rebels in Yemen. A Saudi source told CNN that special forces supplied the Yemeni fighters with weapons and communication equipment. According to BBC, Yemeni and Saudi forces forced Houthi rebels out of Aden this week, but the fighting still continues.

Largest African election takes place in Nigeria By Roman Orsini Staff Writer

Nigeria held its presidential election on Saturday, March 28. As the most populous democracy in Africa, this was among the largest election to have taken place on the continent to date, according to CNN. The opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, was elected by 2.5 million votes, replacing incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan. Nigeria is divided politically and culturally between its Muslim north and Christian south. According to BBC, the country has a political tradition of alternating presidential power between northern and southern presidents — a means to balance the ethnic rivalries that have troubled Nigeria since its nationhood. Jonathan, a Christian president since 2010, was the first leader to peacefully concede his power to Buhari, a Muslim. According to the Independent, the election was originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 14, but was delayed due to the ongoing threat by Boko Haram, a Nigerian terrorist group, with links to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Al Qaeda. Boko Haram, whose name loosely translates to “western education is sinful,” was a key issue in the election and

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Displaced Nigerians line up for acreditation so they can vote in the election.

a major source of instability in the region. According to the Economist, Boko Haram took up an insurgency against the Nigerian government in 2009. Last year, the Islamic militants took control of large swathes of territory in the northeast. The group is also active in Niger, Chad and Cameroon. The group provoked international outrage last year for its abduction of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls who have yet to

be recovered. More recently, Boko Haram publicly declared its solidarity with ISIS, even adopting the ISIS flag as its own, according to Al-Arabiya. At a meeting of the U.N. this January, President Jonathan said Boko Haram has killed roughly 13,000 people since the insurgency began. Nigerians fault their government’s inability to defend the country against these terrorists. President Buhari, who previously ran Nigeria as a military dictator in the 1980s, was largely elected to defeat Boko Haram. According to the Root, “Nigerian voters placed their bets on the former army junta commander with battlefield experience rather than the disappointing lifelong politician, (Jonathan), who still didn’t bring those kidnapped schoolgirls back.” Following his election, Buhari said, “Boko Haram will soon know the strength of our collective will and commitment to rid this nation of terror.” Widespread corruption also continues to plague Nigeria, as a product of the country’s vast oil wealth and kleptocratic governance. Oil revenues that are intended to fund public services are often siphoned into the hands of governing officials. It remains to be seen how Buhari’s government will deal with corruption, though he has recognized the issue, according to CBS.

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Too many green fences, students sick of campus construction

I was not a student at the College when ground first broke in 2013 for Campus Town construction. However, as a resident of the housing facility next semester, I am very much interested in its progress. After months of driving by ugly green fences and mounds of dirt, it is exciting to see glass windows being put into place and receive updates about the construction of the rooms unseen inside. However, what I am not excited about is more green fences around campus. I should have known it was too good be true when it seemed like the two main construction sites I pass everyday, Norsworthy and Campus Town, were making immense strides in construction and would be completed on schedule, meaning those big green fences would be good and gone soon enough. However, on a day not too long ago walking to class, I passed the Brower Student Center on my way, and by the time I was on my way back, something terrible appeared. More green fences. I had heard the chatter for months. Being new to the College I’m typically the last to know anything, but I had noticed the signs up regarding renovations coming to the Student Center. Of course, because I want the College to always look its best, I was excited by the changes, although I saw little wrong with the campy building I had come to love. Naturally, the fences took me by surprise, I had heard about the construction, but never about the time the construction would start. One day there was no construction the next day all of the banners and couches I was used to were gone. Speaking of time, I question if this construction is coming at the right time. The Brower Student Center is the central hub of campus, home to club meetings, “meal equiv” and previously a colorful wall of banners. The springtime is the last chance to see what a wellrounded community the College has to offer to potential seniors and transfer students. Although parents like to see their tuition money going toward renovations, showing them that their potential money will mean shutting down the central hangout spot on campus for their child’s almost entire duration of college might not be the best move. The construction is distracting from the College’s homey feel that has always been a draw to students. Now the campus is ridden with those awful green fences taking away the aesthetic appeal. Don’t get me wrong; I know the renovations are extremely important for updating the College in their continuing efforts to better the campus. It is just disheartening for students in the middle of their duration and those potentially about to begin their time at the College to have to look at an eyesore everyday along with having to relocate meeting rooms and lose out on two dining options. I, for one, will miss what some call the outdated look of the Student Center, because to me, the old-timey feel of the Rat and faded couches felt unique and comfortable in this often too fastforwarded world. — Mackenzie Cutruzzula Review Editor

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Some campus construction unnecessary

Learning lessons about feminism

By Lauren Vogel The fences are up, the banners are down. That can only mean one thing — that’s right, more campus construction. The College seems to be addicted to the never-ending string of new projects, all meant to help improve our surroundings. However, there comes a point where enough is enough. So much money is being put into renovating locations that, quite frankly, don’t appear to need them, especially when there are other things toward which the money should be used. Many housing locations on campus are in desperate need of an update, including the freshmen Towers and Ely, Allen and Brewster. Not only do those locations lack air-conditioning for the unbearable first few months of school, but housing in general is barely enough for half of the school. For those students who live further away from campus and encounter unnecessary stress trying to find a place to live, more money could be put toward adding more dorms. Safety concerns are also raised for anyone who has stepped foot in Forcina Hall, especially for those who have tried to use the elevators there. While some renovations are supposedly in the works, the building is simply too old. As far as actual schoolwork goes, it is almost impossible to go one day without running into difficulty with the internet connection or lack thereof. With many professors constantly making assignments due on Canvas and requiring papers which need research from online sources, it is beyond necessary to have reliable Wi-Fi — something the College desperately lacks. The inevitable loss of the Brower Student Center — a central location for all student activities — is beyond inconvenient, as well. Many clubs and organizations use the space to hold meetings and practices on a daily basis, something which they will struggle to do during its piecemeal renovation. Without proper space, many are left to wonder where they will hold these events while the construction is ongoing. Students are also losing two of the most popular meal equivalency locations — the Lions Den and the Rathskeller, the latter of which will soon be gone permanently. Instead of renovating the Student Center — construction not set to complete until the fall of 2017 — the millions of dollars being spent should be used on projects that are in more immediate need of attention.

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Dr. Spar discusses the struggles of identifying as a feminist in her book. By Chelsea LoCascio Production Manager For the longest time, I was hesitant to admit that I was a feminist. That was until I attended a Women’s History Month lecture led by the President of Barnard College, Dr. Debora Spar. As discussed in her book, “Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection,” Spar gave her own, captivating take on feminism. Less than a year ago, I didn’t identify as a feminist because I accepted society’s negative perceptions of it. At first, Spar said she did too. Her generation, similar to ours, saw feminists as ugly, bra-burning manhaters who were fighting for a cause she believed had already been solved. These opinions haven’t changed much, as 37 percent of adult Americans associate feminism with a negative connotation, according to a 2013 Huffington Post poll. Despite a few radical outliers, a rational

feminist would define the movement as advocating for all rights of women to be equal to men. In “An Open Letter to Radical Modern Feminists” on, certain conservatives challenge modern views like Spars, saying there’s no need to fight for equality. Because American women can vote, drive and pursue education unlike women in other countries who are denied these basic freedoms, the issue, they claim, is moot. While we do possess these freedoms, look at the analogous issue of racial inequality. These are not identical issues, but people of color in America still face institutional racism, racial profiling and subsequent trouble obtaining jobs or being promoted even though they live in an “equal” system. Conservatives also call the existence of a patriarchal society “fictional.” According to Spar, several studies indicate that women make up around 16 percent of every industry. If women do manage to move up, Spar said that promotions of women in companies run

by men were merely tokenism. Spar said that if women want a family, then they typically stop working around their forties due to their responsibilities at home. The transformation from ’50s housewives to modern working women has added expectations on them without taking any away, making it harder for women to have both children and a career. The societal pressure to be intelligent and gorgeous professionals, homemakers, wives and mothers all at once set women up for failure. Although men are taking on more of the housework and childcare, they’re still looked at primarily as breadwinners, and society’s expectations of them haven’t changed much, Spar said. According to, women complain about equality but will gladly accept free drinks from men in bars. One can assume that a woman is using a man for a free drink or politely accepting something she didn’t ask for, and now the man thinks she owes him. Regardless of each person’s motives, those personal choices don’t reflect the beliefs of the general movement. I became a feminist when I realized that anyone who wants equality for women was a feminist by definition, even if they didn’t call themselves one. I was just hesitant to be known as something that was seen as negative, but Spar’s lecture reassured me that I wasn’t the only one who felt that way. For those fed up with feminism, just remember that ignoring an issue doesn’t mean it will go away. Wage inequality, portrayal of women in media, gender roles and countless other issues continue to plague American women. And while most Americans are not overtly sexist, they still subconsciously rank women second to men.

Artists seek greater control over music By Ellie Schuckman Opinions Editor Just last week, big name artists in the music industry launched Tidal, a new, online music streaming service designed for them to have personal control over their creations. While many view this as simply another way for the rich to get richer, some have questioned its viability with a rise in free music streaming. In recent years, there has been much debate over streaming music online and how much profits actually go to the artists. Tidal, which was just bought out by a company controlled by rapper Jay-Z, aims to give artists the say in how their music is played, with more of the profits from subscriptions going to them — not to their labels. It is important that artists are paid for the work that they do. However, fans are the ones supporting them in the first

place. Without a loyal support system, all of those top-name artists would have nothing. Even while making millions of dollars through proper album sales and viable music streaming sites, such as Spotify — which forces customers to pay for certain subscriptions — they still want more. Not every fan can afford to spend hundreds of dollars to listen to the music they like. Artists must be understanding that sometimes a free venue is needed for their music. For some musicians, Tidal is viewed as the new way of ensuring they are properly compensated. Just a few of those teaming up with Jay-Z are Beyoncé, Calvin Harris, Coldplay, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj. The buyout comes after a few months of artists complaining about just how their work is seen to the public.

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Jay-Z recently acquired Tidal, a music streaming site. “People are not respecting the music, and (are) devaluing it and devaluing what it really means,” Jay-Z said in an interview with Billboard. “People really feel like music is free but will pay $6 for water.” Famously, Taylor Swift pulled her music from Spotify and all non-licensed Youtube channels after the company refused to remove her tracks

from its “free tier,” according to Though she faced severe backlash from many, pulling her songs forced fans to buy her album through the proper channels. While artists naturally should have the right to get properly compensated for their music, certain venues must be available for the public to still play, and enjoy their songs.

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Arts & Entertainment

Cabrera and Berrett perform acoustic show By Kelsey Leiter Correspondent

Whether they were ready or not, students in attendance at Ryan Cabrera’s acoustic show were transported back to 2004, the year in which the singer/songwriter’s famous hit-single, “On the Way Down,” was all over the radio. But Cabrera had more to offer than just one-hit wonders. Cabrera and his band performed both new songs from his EP — released last month — and older hits like “Shine On” to a small but enthusiastic crowd in Mayo Concert Hall on Tuesday, March 31. The musician’s fame actually began in the early days of reality

television. After his then-girlfriend Ashlee Simpson appeared in the music video for “On the Way Down,” Cabrera made his own cameo on her reality series, “The Ashlee Simpson Show.” When Cabrera later dated Audrina Patridge, he once again found himself on television, though this time in scenes from Patridge’s show, “The Hills.” After a seven-year hiatus, however, Cabrera — now 32 — has finally released some new music. His EP, “Wake Up Beautiful,” feature five new songs that have a much different sound than his first album, “Take It All Away,” which dropped in 2004. “It’s more intense and better

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Cabrera sings from his new EP, ‘Wake Up Beautiful.’

than anything I’ve done in the past,” Cabrera said. “People … will be surprised it’s not pop.” He admits his new album, which will be released in full later this year, took longer than he expected. In the first three to four years of his creative process, he scrapped nearly 60 songs before finally writing “I See Love,” which then sparked the motivation for the rest of the album. Cabrera revealed that in the past he was much more focused on emulation of other artists than finding his own sound. “When you’re 19 years old, you imitate what’s around you … I just wanted to be Dave Matthews,” Cabrera said. “Then you sort of develop your sounds and figure out who you are. You’d like to think you just get better and better as a songwriter.” During the writing process for his new tracks, entitled “House on Fire,” “Sing Along,” “Forgot How to Fly,” “All We Have” and “I See Love,” Cabrera said he focused on the musicality and lyrics. “I’m still a lyrics guy, even when it kinda feels like lyrics have been lost with the shit they play on the radio,” he said. Cabrera took the stage after opener Taylor Berrett amazed the audience with his heartfelt lyrics

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Berrett makes the crowd swoon with sweet vocals.

and quirky humor. Berrett had the women in the crowd swooning when he revealed “Next Best Thing,” a song about an experience he had being friend-zoned, which is in fact about his fiancé. Berrett, who also stands at over six feet, jokingly admitted he knew he was meant to be a performer because “the stage was the only place I wasn’t in anyone’s way at a show.” A musical mix between Jason Mraz and Phillip Phillips, Berrett’s new album, “Great Falls,” was recorded in London and produced by Jake Gosling, who has worked with Ed Sheeran,

Christina Perri and One Direction. Within a day of its Tuesday, March 10 debut, the album broke top 10 on iTunes’ singer/songwriter chart with Berrett coming in behind Sheeran. His very personal songs were made even more lovable by his casual and light-hearted presence on stage where he engaged with the audience to answer any and all of his fans’ questions. One audience member asked the young performer to attend her sorority formal, though he politely declined. Both Cabrera and Berrett’s new music can be found on iTunes now.

Mixed Signals introduce long-form improv skits By Jonathan Edmondson Arts & Entertainment Editor

Every few weeks, the College’s only improv comedy troupe storms the Library Auditorium and performs to a packed audience. On Sunday, March 29, The Mixed Signals took the stage for one of their many shows of the semester — but this time, with a twist. The first half of their set included the Signals performing their regular routine. Games included “Time Warp” and “La Round,” classic audience favorites. Senior Garrett Verdone starred in a skit, “Border Cop,” in which he had to guess which crime he had committed based off of audience suggestions while he was outside. After their regular games, the Signals invited senior psychology major Mariah Black to the stage to perform a monologue based

off an audience suggestion (in this case, the word chief). She then went on to discuss catholic guilt, her middle school’s D.A.R.E program and her overbearing mother. After she finished, the Signals took the stage again to perform long-form improv skits based on Black’s monologue. “We’ve always wanted to try long form,” said Rachel Friedman, a junior history and secondary education major and vice president of the troupe. “A lot of the comedians and troupes we look up to do long form. Upright Citizens Brigade, the professional troupe that performs at our comedy festival R.O.C.K. every year, take a monologue from the audience as well. We always enjoy their performance and admire what they do, and we’ve wanted to try it ourselves for awhile.” While it was a certainly a risk, the longform game paid off. Various members of

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The Mixed Signals perform a diverse set, including long-form improv.

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DeVoe and Verdone shine during a hilarious ‘Border Cop’ skit. the troupe took the stage to perform skits surrounding every detail in Black’s monologue. Some highlights included players portraying “drug dealers” who sold everything but drugs and police officers warning children about the dangers of rock and roll. Friedman and other members of the troupe, including President Steven Munoz and new member Nolan DeVoe, thought quickly on their feet as they switch from skit to skit. The audience was enthralled by the performance and appreciated the new type of comedy that the troupe had to offer. After a while, Black took another suggestion from the audience (this time the word pineapple) and proceeded to talk about how she’s allergic to pineapple but drinks pineapple juice anyway. Black’s hilarious monologues and the troupe’s engaging performance made for a

dynamic and fun evening. “Short-form games like the ones we usually play follow a very specific set of rules, a very specific format. Long form isn’t like that,” Friedman said of their decision to try a different medium. “Because it starts with a normal monologue, it allows us to do more natural scenes born from real life situations. And because there are no rules, those real life situations can go anywhere, become anything.” After receiving positive acclaim for their performance, the Signals hope to tackle more areas of improv in the future. “Eventually, we’d love to work our way up to an entirely long-form show,” Friedman said. “I’d hate to entirely lose the short form games we play, because those are so fun, too. But in doing more long form, I think we can grow and improve so much as a troupe.”

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The keyholders of Phi Beta Kappa, Delta of New Jersey, congratulate the following students on their election to the chapter: Stephanie Agresti Communication Studies Anne Carenina Balicusto Psychology Syndi Barish Biology, Mathematics Kimberly Bernstein Criminology, Psychology William Buchbinder Chemistry Marianna Caruso-Gilbert Physics Secondary Education Albert Cavallaro English, History Erika Cepurneac English Michael Cort History Rachel Dalafave Physics Jillian DeMarco Psychology Nicolas Dolce International Studies, Self-Designed Major Jennifer Dyer Art History, English Daniel Eliades International Studies, Political Science Deborah Fade English Mitchell Farrell Psychology Nicole Fasano Psychology Michael Fischer History Rebecca Flores History, Political Science Jaryd Frankel Psychology Jennifer Fraunberger History Secondary Education Derek Giannone Psychology Andrew Glass Chemistry Andrew Goldfarb Biology Brandon Gottlob Computer Science Jason Hammer Sociology Gloria Han Mathematics Robert Handerhan English, History Aaron Harmaty History Willian Hua Computer Science Alana Huszar Mathematics

Elizabeth Johnson Chemistry Dominick Josso-Martin History Secondary Education Daniel Kaplan History Secondary Education Nikitha Karkala Biology Conor Kelton Computer Science, Mathematics Dongyoung Kim Biology – Seven-Year BS-MD Susan Knox Chemistry Thomas Kozlowski Political Science Jenna Krizan Psychology Mia Kunitomo Chemistry Ana Lanfranchi English Secondary Education Nicholas Lauda Philosophy Farrah Liu Biology – Seven-Year BS-MD Vincent Longo Mathematics Nicholas Macri International Studies, Political Science Natella Maglakelidze Biology Tarika Mahal History, Biology Stephanie Mallinas Psychology, Sociology Amit Manjunath Biology Sara Manzon Sociology Kristi Marciano International Studies Amanda Mastronardi History, Self Designed Major Dylan McClung Biology Neil Nadpara Economics – Seven-Year BS-MD Daniel Nemes Physics Dylan Nguyen Chemistry Melanie Orr Psychology Lea Palacios Chemistry Luke Pasick Biology Swet Patel Psychology

Jacob Perlman Biology Christine Petit Psychology Kathryn Picardo History Secondary Education Laura Plishka Psychology Haley Poquette Biology Secondary Education Amanda Quijada Psychology Rebecca Roberts Mathematics Katarina Rose Mathematics Andrew Ruff Chemistry Joseph Ruffo Mathematics Brittany Saxton History Eric Schmitt Self-Designed Major Steven Schwering English, Psychology Rebecca Shaber Mathematics Justin Shaffer Biology Ami Shah Biology – Seven-Year BS-MD Neepam Shah English Erin Shannon English, Women’s and Gender Studies Noelle Skrobola Psychology Nicholas Spanola Psychology Sara Stammer English, Women’s and Gender Studies John Stansfield Biology Steven Thompson English, Self-Designed Major Payal Ved Philosophy Michael Vermeuel Chemistry Andrew Wallach International Studies Jack Werner Political Science William Westerman English, Self-Designed Major Elizabeth Wimberg English Matthew Zajac Chemistry

New members-in-course will be inducted on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 6 p.m. in Mayo Concert Hall. Membership in Phi Beta Kappa reflects an outstanding record of achievement in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as a true commitment to, and love of, learning. Only about 10 percent of the nation’s institutions of higher learning have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. Annually, only about 10 percent of the arts and sciences graduates of these distinguished institutions are offered membership.

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‘WrestleMania 31’ is unfiltered, record-breaking fun

Seth Rollins is the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

By Joe Passatino Staff Writer

“We’ve been goin’ hard for too long,” says Kid Ink in “Money in the Power,” one of the official WrestleMania 31 theme songs. Indeed, this is a fitting description of the pop culture phenomenon known as WrestleMania, the only WWE event named by number rather than by year. Chairman Vince McMahon has been putting on what many call wrestling’s “Super Bowl” for the last three decades, with each event looking to top the last in both grandeur and excitement. Certainly, this year’s show at Levi’s Stadium in California was no exception. The night’s main event featured former

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UFC Heavyweight Champion and reigning WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar, defending the title against polarizing upstart Roman Reigns. In a hard-hitting, smash-mouth affair, Lesnar took Reigns to “Suplex City,” to the delight of many in the 76,976 in attendance. This match far exceeded expectations, following criticisms of Reigns not being ring-ready for such a role and the disappointment of popular wrestler Daniel Bryan being denied the opportunity. The match ended in unique fashion, as Seth Rollins, who had possessed a “Money in the Bank” contract allowing him a title match at any given moment, cashed in his shot amidst the barbarity to turn the match into a three-way. This was

a genius move by the writers. It allowed Rollins, who has been WWE’s premier villain since betraying former cohort Reigns in June to win the championship by pinning his ex-buddy. This meant not damaging one of WWE’s signature attractions in Lesnar. It was the sort of crazy shenanigan that is only possible within a WWE ring and, given the predictability of Reigns’ rise, was a refreshing way to shake up the title scene. Lesnar was not the only UFC champion at the event. Cameras spotted UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey in the audience early in the show, but she turned out to be more than just a fan. When Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, WWE’s megalomaniacal on-screen owners, came out to brag about their role in WrestleMania’s success, former star and current action hero Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson confronted them to reaffirm the audience’s true ownership of the event. He invited Rousey into the ring, and in a genre-spanning moment, Rock and Rousey took out the McMahon couple. It remains to be seen if Rousey will have further involvement with WWE, but this was a worthy WrestleMania moment on its own. Wrestling’s Monday Night Wars also came to life as Sting, stalwart of nowdefunct promotion World Championship Wrestling (WCW), took on Triple H. Following bold entrances, including a Terminator-themed Triple H entrance (in crosspromotion for Terminator Genisys), the

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match exploded with interference from popular factions D-Generation X and nWo. This was a dream scenario for anyone who had followed wrestling during its ’90s boom, and the bells and whistles were probably necessary given Sting’s age and limited ring capabilities. In the end, Triple H used his signature weapon, the sledgehammer, to defeat Sting. The “stand up and cheer” moments and closing handshake made this a welcome moment of nostalgia for longtime, devoted wrestling fans. Another legend returned to the WrestleMania stage as The Undertaker made his first appearance in a year to face Bray Wyatt. After Brock Lesnar ended The Undertaker’s 21-year undefeated streak at WrestleMania XXX, the story was whether or not “the gunslinger” could still go. Indeed, WWE’s dark superhero prevailed over Wyatt, and The Undertaker improved his WrestleMania record to an astounding 221. Given the classics The Undertaker has delivered in the past, this felt a bit underwhelming at points, but the previous year’s heartbreak made his prevail and pyro-enhanced celebration all the sweeter. These moments are how Vince McMahon built his empire. Wrestling is a rare beast in that its scripted nature allows for an excitement that is near impossible in legitimate sports. WrestleMania 31 featured the type of unfiltered fun that makes it easy to see why WWE continues to break records and “put smiles on people’s faces” all over the world.

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Library Auditorium ~ Spectators Welcome!

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Students share creative works during reading series

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Left: Bruno-Arlequin performs beautiful poetry in her own style. Right: Edelblum’s charismatic prescence is reflected in his creative work.

By Rachel Anton Correspondent

INK, the College’s creative writing organization, gives its members a chance to explore their passions by crafting, presenting and discussing their own short stories, poems and more. One of the clubs most popular events is its Student Reading Series, in which three students are hand-selected to read their work in front of an audience. Students packed the Library Auditorium to watch their peers in this event on Tuesday, March 31. For the first student reading series of the spring semester, Andrew Edelblum, Daniella BrunoArlequin and Michele Lesniak were the three readers selected from a pool of applicants to recite their poems. Everyone in the audience was captivated by each of their writing craft by offering rounds

of applause and hilarity. The atmosphere of the auditorium was enveloped with innovative vibes giving way for the most sublime imagination. Edelblum started off the night with his encapsulating poetry. Kira DeSomma described Edelblum’s personality as one that does not need to be explained but experienced. Edelblum’s humble and charismatic presence was reflected his poetry. He read five of his poems, including “MyFavorite Green Dinosaur,” “Breakups and Sitcoms,” “Walking the Dog,” “Weightless in Montauk” and “OK Cupid.” Edelblum verbalized that Jim Halpert of the television sitcom, “The Office,” inspired him to write “Breakups and Sitcoms.” This poem was compiled of lines that most everyone could relate to at one point or another. He flowingly expressed that “predictability is comforting but our lives don’t work that way.” His tone was slow-paced at times

then suddenly exuberant, successfully compelling the audience to want to know more about his life. Edelblum’s fourth poem, “Weightless in Montauk,” gave the audience a glimpse of his adventurous life. Lines like “the illusion of progress” and “marveling how (the sky) goes on forever, marveling how we go on forever” invited the audience to understand the inner workings of his mind. The succeeding female poets included the striking Bruno-Arlequin and the lovely Lesniak. Bruno-Arlequin was clad in a black dress with rose patterns and wore matching fishnet stockings and gloves when she took the stage. Her most recent poem contains entrancing lines like “I am rough granite that refuses to yield to the rough waters” and “I am rough edges, there is not a round on me.” This poem is untitled, however, and she proclaimed that she is open for recommendations.

Lesniak wore a bashful smile to match her thoughtful delivery. Her first poem, “Heatwave,” transported the audience to a familiar summer haze that many are longing to feel again. Lesniak’s inspiration comes from photographs, music and memories, all of which are evident in her poems. She draws a metaphor for the audience when she says, “I counted the sweat drops like shooting stars.” Her writing suggests that she has a keen observation of her surroundings and the events and people that affect her life. With substantial efforts by INK’s executive board, including President Carly DaSilva, the last night in March was a tremendous success. If you are interested in recommending Bruno-Arlequin a title for her poem or to write with the creative inklings, find your way to the Bliss Hall Lounge at 3 p.m. where INK meets every Wednesday.

King’s life story shines in ‘Beautiful’ on Broadway By Mackenzie Cutruzzula Review Editor To be honest, I felt underwhelmed when my mother announced we would be seeing “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” for our yearly Broadway show. However, like with most things in life, mothers really do know best. Although housed in the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, the show opens with a peak into the future when Carole King (Chilina Kennedy) would let her hair down and perform her classic album, “Tapestry” at Carnegie Hall. I was hooked from King’s first line: “There’s no better way to get applause in New York than to start with, ‘I was born in Brooklyn…’” This, of course, led to the intended response from the crowd. As the audience is transported back into the past, they are given a look into how King’s personal evolution sculpted the music revolution of the ’60s and ’70s. “Beautiful” is innovative in the

musical arena because it utilizes its score in an original way, mostly because its score isn’t comprised of original music specifically for the show. The score uses the songs written in King’s early career with her first husband, the legendary Gerry Goffin (Scott J. Campbell), and their rivals Barry Mann (Jarrod Spector) and Cynthia Weil (Jessica Keenan Wynn). As a cynical millennial, I scoffed and assumed I wouldn’t even know a tune to any of the songs. Again I was gladly mistaken. For anyone who has ever danced “The Locomotion” or felt like “A Natural Woman,” this musical will have you dancing in and out of your seat. I had never known that just four people wrote almost all of the most popular songs of the ’60s. Even more amazing to me, King wrote these hits as just a teenager. The original lyrics of decades past were able to transcend time, and when no longer isolated on the radio, they added a personal component to the musical. “Beautiful”

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‘Beautiful’ is an innovative, engaging Broadway show.

highlighted the behind-the-scenes stories of what inspired many of the lyrics of these popular songs. By showing their transition from early ideas to actual performances by well known bands such as The Drifters and The Shirelles, however, the musical numbers added a performance value that kept the show flowing smoothly. The same idea is applied to the character’s development throughout the show, specifically King’s transition from young go-getter to well rounded performer. We learn from the show’s opening scene that at 16-years-old, King was not only academically advanced for her age, but was extremely driven for success. So driven, in fact, that she begs her mother to let her travel from their Brooklyn home to Times Square to sell a song to Donnie Kirshner. “If there were only two places in the world, Hell and Times Square, the nice people would live in Hell,” says King’s mother about the run-down Times Square of the 1960s. As King overcomes obstacles in the record business, she runs into personal problems when she meets Goffin a junior at Queens College where she attends school. When they agree to collaborate, they find a connection on a deeper level than just music, and their romance results in King’s teenage pregnancy. The two marry and continue to write the jukebox hits that keep their young family on their feet. However, Goffin’s lyrics hint at his feelings of restlessness in his marriage, and eventually he confesses his lyrics rooted

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Strong performances help tell King’s inspiring story.

in passion are about other women. At this moment of darkness in King’s life, the audience sees that her light is about to shine bright. King tries to save her marriage by moving somewhere no New Yorker could ever imagine settling, New Jersey. The elderly woman seated to my left said aloud that King was such a good wife for taking her husband back after the affair. I thought to myself, ‘Oh yeah, lady, this is all so peachy,’ especially since the move to West Orange, N.J. inspired The Monkees hit, “Pleasant Valley Sunday.” Do not be deterred though, because like any metamorphosis, the beauty does not come until after the climax. When Goffin is caught cheating again, King becomes the progressive woman she after becomes known for and divorces him to move to Los Angeles with her daughters. She lets her wavy locks down and unleashes her inner voice for the world. The

transformation is complete when King performs “It’s Too Late,” bringing me to tears and her to an L.A. recording studio to record her best selling album, “Tapestry.” Ending where the show started, King comes onto stage at Carnegie Hall alone and sings the title song “Beautiful.” The musical eloquently shows how the transition from the ’60s to the ’70s brought revolution to many groups of people and, specifically, King’s transformation into a progressive woman, which was contrasted by her exhusband’s downfall. The musical was a truly “beautiful” story for the young and old to relate to because the music highlighted the highs and lows for both the men and women of the time. King will remain a legend, and through this musical, her story of evolution will continue to shine. For now, you can find me listening to my mother’s original 1971 “Tapestry” album on my record player.

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Sports Baseball

Lions fall short in consecutive games

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Gearhart racks up two hits in a loss to Widener.

By Jessica Ganga Nation & World Editor

The College’s baseball team stumbled this past week, losing both games on the schedule. The team began the week playing against Widener University and finished off the week playing against Stockton University. But even with the losses, the team still fought hard and never gave up. Widener came into the game hot, scoring one run in the first against Lions’ senior pitcher John Spinapont on Wednesday

April 1. The College responded by scoring two runs to take the lead in the top of the second. Senior Josh Limon started the inning off with a single up the middle, reaching. Senior Michael Murray and sophomore C.J. Gearhart both followed with singles. With two outs on the board, sophomore Ben Varone slapped a single to the left base side, bringing home Murray and Gearhart. Widener fired back by scoring two more runs in the bottom of the second, retaking the lead, 3-2.

The Lions were able to tie the game in the top of the fifth. Junior Garen Turner singled to left-center. Limon stepped up to the plate and hit the ball to right-center field, making that his second hit for the day and moving Turner from first to third. Junior Matt Facas drove the ball up the middle, and Turner coasted to home with the tying run. Spinapont went five innings, allowing only three runs and seven hits while striking out one. Freshman Brandon Zachary took over in the sixth, using a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the inning. Widener took the lead in the seventh, starting off the inning with a double and a base hit to left, scoring a run in the process. The final score of the game was 5-3, Widener. Yet with the loss, the Lions played pretty good baseball. Limon ended the game with three hits and freshman Mike Follet recorded his first hit of his collegiate season. “As I tell the players every year, there are going to be up and downs and we can’t get too down when things are going they way that we have planned,” Head Coach Dean Glus said. “Stay the course and

when you work hard, you will see the benefits. We stay focused on the positive things that the team is doing and work on the items that we haven’t done so well and improve in those areas.” It was a windy but sunny day as the Lions took the field for the second game of the week against Stockton on Thursday, April 2, at George Ackerman Park. The Lions came out of the gate swinging, scoring four consecutive hits and three runs in the first inning. Junior John Rizzi smacked a double off the base of the fence in left to start the inning. Gearhart followed with a base hit to left. Senior Anthony Cocuzza hit a double down the left-field line to bring Rizzi home, giving the College a 1-0 lead. Turner was up next and lined a base hit to right, making it a 2-0 game. Cocuzza rounded home on a double-play groundball, and the Lions had themselves an early 3-0 lead. It was the third inning that caused the Lions some trouble. Stockton had five hits off freshman pitcher Joe Cirillo and ultimately scored six runs, four of which were unearned. Stockton was up

6-4 after the third inning. Cirillo cited after the game that his main problems were that he “didn’t locate well” and that he just needed to “focus more.” “(The) change-up was doing good today,” Cirillo said. “I felt good in the bullpen.” Despite the difficult third, Cirillo would battle back, leaving the game after six and a third innings. In the seventh, Cirillo stepped out on the mound and quickly struck out the first batter looking. Cheers erupted from his teammates as the batter watched the ball shoot past him into Facas’ glove. Junior Joseph DiLorenzo was handed the ball after Cirillo gave up a base hit to first. DiLorenzo worked his way out of the inning after Limon grabbed a grounded ball and flipped it to DiLorenzo for the out at first. Cirillo allowed five earned runs, struck out four and only walked one in the 9-4 loss to Stockton. Cirillo noted after the game that he’s going to step out on the mound for his next start with more focus. “(I’ll) go out there and be the pitcher I know I can be, and my teammates will back me up,” Cirillo said.



Lions win in blowouts Men and women dominate Outscores opponents 35-2 By Anthony Caruso Staff Writer The women’s lacrosse team successfully came home with two blowout wins this week, as both victories were by more than 15 goals each. On Tuesday, March 31, the team returned to Lions Stadium for the first time since Tuesday, March 10. In this game, the College went on to roll past Manhattanville Valiants, 18-0. The Lions scored 13 goals in the first half before adding five in the second half. The Valiants did not register a single shot on goal in the game. The attack was led by seniors Kendal Borup, Ava Fitzgerald and Erin Healy. Combined, they had 10 of the goals, and junior Cortney Natalicchio added four more. Junior Megan Devlin, sophomore Mia Blackman and freshmen Kelsey Aeberli and Amanda Muller added a goal each. “Having these past two wins at home allowed our team to really prepare ourselves for the rest of the season,” Fitzgerald said. “We were able to try some new things, see what worked and what didn’t necessarily suit us best. We have grown a lot as a team, and continue to grow as the season progresses, and being able to see that growth is exciting.” Lions sophomore goalie Kelly Schlupp played the first half, before being replaced by freshman Christina Fabiano. Fabiano played the second half while Schlupp picked up the win.

Valiants sophomore goalie Lauren Cassidy allowed all 18 goals in 60 minutes and recorded only two saves. On Saturday, April 4, the College also cruised past the Ramapo Roadrunners. In this game, they won 17-2 over their New Jersey Athletic Conference opponent. The Lions led 14-2 in the first half before adding three more in the second half. The home team had 25 shots, while the visiting team from North Jersey had only six. Fitzgerald scored six goals in this game, while Borup added three. Natalicchio, Blackman and Muller each scored two. They were also joined by seniors Healy and Lauren Karpovich, who scored a goal each. Schlupp was in net for the Lions for 35:50 and picked up the win while making a save. She was replaced by Fabiano, who finished the remaining 24:10 and had a save during her time in net. Next up for the 7-2 Lions are the Rowan Profs in Glassboro, N.J., on Tuesday, April 7. So far this season, they are 3-2 on the road and perfect at home. “These past couple of games have allowed us to get some newer faces on the field, which is always important,” Fitzgerald said. “The new faces are the future of the team, and getting them playing time is only going to benefit us in the long run. I think we are well prepared going into Rowan and know what we need to do to get the job done.

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Prezant helps the team to victory with two wins

By Josh Kestenbaum Staff Writer

The College’s tennis teams continued their successes this week with victories by the men over New York University and Drew University and by the women over Swarthmore College. The men’s team finished with scores of 6-3 and 9-0 against NYU and Drew, respectively. At No. 1 doubles in both matches, juniors Pierce Cooper and Billy Buchbinder were undefeated, beating NYU 8-3 and Drew 8-0. Against NYU at No. 2 doubles, sophomores Jack August and Mike Stanley won by a score of 8-3. Then, against Drew at No. 3, senior Ezra Klemow and sophomore Jason Prezant were victorious with a score of 8-0. In the singles portions of both matches, the Lions came out on top. Cooper was once again undefeated through both

matches despite losing the first set against NYU. “I just played a few more balls,” said Cooper, discussing how he got back into the match against NYU. “(My opponent) started missing a little bit more, and I got the hang of it.” No. 3 singles player, freshman Chris D’Agostino was also undefeated, posting a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) win against NYU and 6-2, 6-1 against Drew. Fellow freshman Sean Fernandez didn’t lose a single game on his way to victory, finishing 6-0, 6-0. Junior Marc Friedland and Prezant each shutout their opponents to complete the shutout of Drew, while Stanley clinched the win against NYU with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles. The men are now 7-1 this season with their fifth and sixth straight wins. They will be back on the court on Monday, April 6, against

Wilkes University. On Friday, April 3, the women’s team faced off against Swarthmore College and came away with an impressive shutout, finishing 9-0. The Lions swept the doubles round, coming away with three wins while only giving up six total games. Juniors Jasmine Muniz-Cadorette and Emma Allen were victorious at No. 1 singles by a score of 8-4. At No. 2, freshmen Brittany Reedman and Maddy Stoner completed a shutout of their opponents, finishing 8-0. Finally, at No. 3, sophomores Anna Prestera and Katie Buchbinder fought to an 8-2 victory to complete the doubles sweep. In the singles round, the Lions did not surrender a set in any of the six matches. MunizCadorette won with a score of 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1; Reedman won by a score of 6-1, 6-3 at number-two; and Allen was victorious with a score of 6-1, 6-0. At Nos. 5 and 6, Buchbinder won 6-2, 6-0, and Stoner came away with a 6-0, 6-1 win. Playing in the No. 6 spot, Prestera held off a late second set push by her opponent to finish the match sweep with a 6-3, 7-5 victory. With this win, the women extend their undefeated season, improving to 8-0. They will be back in action on Thursday, April 9, when they host Muhlenberg College.

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Wednesday, April 8, 4:00 p.m. | Mayo Concert Hall, Music Building

Free and open to the public For more information: 609-771-2654 or The Sarnoff Collection at The College of New Jersey is pleased to present a theremin performance by Mano Divina and the Divine Hand Ensemble. The theremin, developed by Russian inventor LĂŠon Theremin and manufactured in the United States by RCA, is one of the earliest and most extraordinary electronic musical instruments. The Divine Hand Ensemble, a theremin-led string group, will perform a wide range of musical selections, including opera arias, sacred music, popular favorites, and original compositions.

Detail of cover illustration, W. E. Reinicke, Science and Invention magazine, Dec. 1927

The Sarnoff Collection is located in Roscoe West Hall and open Wednesdays 1:00-5:00 p.m., Sundays 1:00-3:00 p.m., and by appointment.


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Josh Kestenbaum

Otto Gomez

George Tatoris

Christopher Drabik

“The Ref�

Staff Writer

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In this week’s Around the Dorm, the “Ref,� Josh Kestenbaum, asks our panel of experts three questions: Will the Los Angeles Kings make the playoffs, how will Matt Harvey pitch after getting Tommy John surgery and who would you want coaching your team in March Madness?

1. With the NHL playoffs approaching, will the Los Angeles Kings, the defending champions, clinch a spot? Otto: When asked, Olivia said yes. So I have to say yes. The defending champs recently beat the Colorado Avalanche, permanently eliminating them from playoff contention. This leaves the Kings, the Flames and the -HWVWR¿JKWIRUWZRVSRWV8QIRUWXQDWHO\IRU WKH.LQJVWKH\KDYHEHHQXQDEOHWRWDNHDGvantage of close games late this season, givLQJDZD\DFRXSOHWKURXJKRXWWKH\HDU7KHLU VWUHQJWKRYHUWKHODVWFRXSOHRI\HDUVKDVEHHQ WKHLU GHIHQVH DQG VXSHUVWDU JRDOLH -RQDWKDQ 4XLFN%XWKHFDQKDYHRQO\DVPDOOLPSDFW RQWKHJDPHLIWKHRIIHQVHVWUXJJOHVWRVFRUH as it has the entire season. If they don’t make WKH SOD\RIIV WKH\ VKRXOGQœW ZRUU\ WKRXJK 7KH\ RQO\ ZLQ 6WDQOH\ &XSV RQ HYHQQXPbered years. George: .QRZLQJDVOLWWOHDV,GRDERXWWKH 1+/,œYHGHFLGHGWRLQYHQWP\RZQUDWLQJV\VWHPIRUKRFNH\&DQDGLDQV/HWPH EUHDNWKLVGRZQLWœVNLQGRIFRPSOLFDWHG

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George gets three points for creating a new statistic. Otto gets two points because Olivia said no, and Chris gets one point because he ripped on Gretzky.

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George gets three points for using spring stats to predict success. Chris gets two points for mentioning the Metsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; success, and Otto gets one point for pointing out how common the surgery is. 3. If you could choose any active college basketball coach, who would you want coaching your collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team in March? Otto: ,I , ZDQW WR EH VXFFHVVIXO LQ 0DUFK 0DGQHVV,ZDQW&RDFK.OHDGLQJP\WHDP 0LNH .U]\]HZVNL KDV QRZ PDGH  )LQDO )RXUV DQG QLQH FKDPSLRQVKLS JDPHV ZLQQLQJIRXURIWKHP7KH)LQDO)RXUDSSHDUDQFHVWLHV-RKQ:RRGHQÂśVUHFRUGZKRPDQ\ consider to be the best college coach of all WLPH $OO WKH FRDFKHV LQ WKH FXUUHQW )LQDO )RXUKDYHDORWWRRIIHU&DOLSDULLVEULOOLDQWDW JHWWLQJVWDUVWRZRUNWRJHWKHU5\DQLVDJUHDW at getting the most of lesser talent compared to other schools, and Izzo is a fantastic leader DQGPRWLYDWRU+RZHYHU&RDFK.KDVVKRZQ WREHDEOHWRGRDOORIWKRVHWKURXJKRXWWKH \HDUVKHÂśVEHHQDQ1&$$KHDGFRDFK+H KDVGRQHLWZLWKFRPSOHWHO\GLIIHUHQWSHUVRQQHOWKURXJKRXWKLVWLPH)RUH[DPSOHWZRRI his greatest big men, Christian Laettner and -DKOLO2NDIRUDUHYHU\GLIIHUHQWEXW&RDFK. has led them both to the promise land. George: What colleges need to do to shake WKLQJVXSDELWLVWRKLUHDUHODWLYHXQNQRZQ IURPWKHEHVWFRXQWU\LQWKHZRUOG/LWKXDQLD


Chris gets three points for picking a young, experienced coach. Otto gets two points for comparing Coach K to big names, and George gets one point for not picking Andrija Gavrolovic.

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George wins Around the Dorm 7-6-5.

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All College Theatre Presents
























Written By: Sarah Ruhl

Dead Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cell Phone Directed By: Noah Herman

April 15th-17th at 8:00PM April 18th at 2:00PM and 8:00PM Performed in the Don Evans Black Box Theatre

Students: $5.00

Public: $10.00 SAF Funded

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Men’s college basketball needs updates

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Butler wins in the lowest-scoring game of the tournament.

By Kevin Luo Staff Writer

This past week, UConn women’s basketball coach, Geno Auriemma, generated a lot of buzz when he called the game of college men’s basketball “a joke.” Although I feel that was a little harsh and inaccurate, I must admit that there is a lot of substance behind what Auriemma said. Obviously the media focused mainly on the headline-worthy quote, so the sports world looked at Auriemma as a hater of the men’s game in an attempt to promote the women’s game. However, if you look past that one line and look at the rest of what he said, it’s hard to argue with some of the things he says.

The reason he was speaking so lowly of the men’s game centered around the fact that he just feels it’s not that entertaining. He says that there’s simply not enough scoring. This is where Auriemma is talking as a fan of basketball and not as one of the faces of women’s basketball (he said the women’s game is lagging behind as well). And it’s really hard to argue with some of the points he made. I’ll preface my argument by saying that I absolutely love men’s college basketball, but I’m a fan of basketball as a whole and will watch any relatively highquality basketball game. I follow the game all season and watch a lot of games throughout the year. Obviously, I feel March

Madness is arguably the best sporting event in all of sports. That being said, Geno is right. The game is not as entertaining as it can be. There’s not enough scoring. I’ve seen too many men’s college games with scores in the ’40s and ’50s. As much as I appreciate high quality defense, that’s just not good for the advancement of the game as well as the entertainment factor for fans. Part of this is due to the fact that the players are just not as skilled anymore. The most talented players in college basketball are often freshmen since many elite talents leave for the NBA draft each season after only their freshman year. Many of these elite talents can run, jump, drive, dunk and make a lot of fancy plays. But college basketball is not as fundamentally sound as it used to be. The quality of team basketball is not there. The quality of passing, ball movement, player movement, screens, and footwork is all down. As much as I’d love to see players like Jahlil Okafor, DeAngelo Russell and many other exciting freshman stay in college for multiple season to develop their game and improve the quality of the sport as a whole, I believe if players want to go pro — and they’re good

enough to do so — they should be able to. So let’s talk about ways that the NCAA can boost scoring and make this game more exciting. First, they have to shorten the shot clock. The fact that the men’s game has a 35 second shot clock while the women’s game has only a 30 second shot clock is ridiculous. It has to go down to at least 30 seconds. There’s too much time just being wasted with the longer shot clock, which leads to fewer possessions and less scoring. Another change that should be made is extending the restricted area, which will lead to fewer charges being called. There are simply too many charges called (and inconsistently called). The last change I would like to see made is six fouls leading to a disqualification instead of five like in the NBA game. This is actually more of a problem because of how inconsistently the game is called. Some refs call a foul if you breathe on an opponent the wrong way. Not only does it slow down the game and make it far less enjoyable to watch but I hate seeing a star player go to the bench for a large chunk of the first half because they pick up two quick ticky-tac fouls. All of the pro sports have

made changes to increase scoring and try and make their game more enjoyable. College basketball should join this trend with some of these changes. However, some people have argued that the NCAA is unwilling to make changes to improve the entertainment quality of their game. Doing so would compromise their stance on these athletes being students first rather than revenue drivers, even though major men’s college basketball and football bring in billions of dollars every year. The NCAA, in my opinion, always drops the ball off the court, but they should at least try and improve the game on the court.

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Auriemma wins the title.


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The Lions fall to nationally-ranked Rowan University. continued from page 24 Such capitalizing led to a five inning shutout 11-0 win for the Lions, but as usual, there was one more game to be played. The team got started early at the plate, scoring two runs in the first off of junior Steph Vuono and Utter, and continued hitting throughout. Indeed, the Lions would only come up run-less in just one of seven innings. Bartsch had a great outing, scoring runs in three separate innings and well as performing terrifically at second base. The major story of the game, however, was the pitching for the Lions by junior Katie Hourihan, who kept the Gothic Knights hitless the entire seven innings earning herself a no-hitter. In her opinion, though, that wasn’t that main focus of the game at all. “I was never worried about the nohitter late in the game,” she said. “In the later innings I just continued to focus on

making every pitch count. When I’m out on the mound, I try to take things one pitch at a time. I knew what pitches had been working well and continued to trust those pitches.” Her performance, along with the the Lions’ offensive attack, led to another win, this one by the score of 8-0. “As well as we played today, there is always room to improve,” she said. “Communication is always something we can improve on going forward into the rest of our season.” The team, now with an 11-5 record, will look toward Tuesday, April 7, when they’ll face Rutgers-Camden at home. Bartsch, looking forward, knows how the team will prepare for these upcoming games. “We take it one day at a time and keep focusing on getting better as a team, as well as individually,” she said. “No matter who you’re playing, you can never take off any inning, any at bat, any pitch. Today’s wins were great, but it’s time to focus on getting the next ones.”

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Hourihan tosses no-hitter at NJCU

Lions fall to nationally-ranked Rowan Profs By Michael Battista Sports Assistant The women’s softball team split their last four games with two hard losses to nationallyranked Rowan University and two impressive wins against New Jersey City University. The Rowan Profs came into the game on Thursday, April 2, sporting an undefeated record and being a top-10 team in the nation, so the Lions knew they would be in for a challenge on their home turf. The first game between the two was a close battle which came down to great pitching performances on both sides. Rowan struck first with a run in the second inning, but the College bounced right back in the bottom half thanks to a one-run single off junior Kristen Fitzsimmons. Freshman Bria Bartsch came in clutch multiple times throughout, helping the Lions take the lead in the third with an RBI triple and continuing in the fourth inning with another run coming off a single,

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Hourihan records seven strikeouts in her no-hitter at New Jersey City University.

giving the team a 3-1 lead. Junior pitcher Ashtin Helmer said the team wanted to come out and prove they deserved to be there. “We came in knowing they were sixth in the nation,” Helmer said. “We just showed we weren’t a team to be walked on. Still, Rowan’s ranking isn’t for nothing, and the Profs were soon fighting back harder than

ever. Between the fifth and seventh innings, they not only kept the Lions from scoring but earned five runs themselves. The College tried to start something in the bottom of the seventh, but ultimately, the final score would be a 6-4 loss for the Lions. The second game was all Profs, all game — with three runs scored in the first, second and fourth innings and 11 hits

altogether, Rowan held the College to only three hits. No momentum could be scrunched up, as the Profs’ superior pitching dominated to a 9-0 win in only five innings. Helmer, looking back on both games, said that the Lions are a tough team that needs to reevaluate how they did. “We need to analyze and reflect on our performance,” she said.

“We’re a team that’s going to fight and keep fighting.” The team had a few days to regroup before they made the trek upstate to Jersey City on Saturday, April 4, to face New Jersey City University. The Lions were there to fight, and they did just that in the first game. It was an all-around great performance, with Helmer only allowing two hits the entire game and the offense showing up the Gothic Knights. The first inning started with the Lions scoring four runs off of hits from junior Deanna Utter, sophomore Colleen Phelan and Helmer. But it didn’t end there, as the team continued to gain ground the entire game, including another four-run inning during the fourth. “The team played together as a whole, our pitchers did a great job and we came out strong offensively,” Bartsch said. “We capitalized on opportunities and took advantage wherever we could.” see SOFTBALL page 23

Runners beat out tough Division l competitors By George Tatoris Staff Writer The outdoor track team took on some of their stiffest competition yet this season in the Colonial Relays this weekend, hosted at William & Mary College in Virginia. The Lions held their own against a number of Division I schools in the event. The men’s team fared well in the middle and long distance events, with sophomore Andrew Tedeschi finishing fourth with a time of 15:20.28 in the 5000-meter event, besting a number of runners from Division I schools. Rounding out the distance runners was junior Scott Savage placing 18th in the 3000-steeplechase with a time of 9:41.28 and junior Tyler Grimm who finished 21st in the 10,000-meter event with a time of 32:55.29. The team also found success in the hurdles. In the 400-meter hurdles, junior Laron Day took 26th with a time of 56.80. Just behind him was fellow junior Mike Larkin, who finished 30th with a time of 57.07. Junior sprinter Jake Lindacher finished 28th in two events — the 100meter dash, which he finished with a

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Savage finishes 18th in the 3,000-steeplechase.

time of 11.23 and the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.36. Sophomore Zach Hubner was just behind Lindacher in the 100-meter dash, finishing 35th with a time of 11.33. In the field events, freshman Andrew McNutt finished 13th in the triple jump with his longest distance being 13.20 meters.

The women’s team also saw plenty of successes on the track. Senior Katelyn Ary, who has been named NJAC Athlete of the Week in women’s outdoor track and field, finished sixth in the 400-meter dash posting a time of 57.42. The effort earned the College four points. Fellow senior Michelle Cascio also ran

to an impressive finish in the 400-meter, clocking in 11th with a time of 57.81. In the 5,000-meter event senior Jillian Manzo placed eighth with a finishing time of 18:46.10. In the 400-meter hurdles, Ary placed 16th out of 65 runners finishing with a time of 1:04.17. She ran that race with freshman Cristina Nardini, who clocked in 1:08.50, to place 50th. Cascio also ran in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.09, placing her in 17th overall. Senior Joy Spriggs also ran the 200-meter dash and placed 60th with a time of 26.37. Ary, Cascio and Spriggs were joined by freshman Amanda Cucarese in the 4x400 meter relay, which saw the quartet finish 10th with a time of 3:55.43. Ary, Cascio and Spriggs were a part of the 4x400 indoor relay team that earned AllAmerican honors two weeks ago at the NCAA Championships. Seniors Liz Johnson and Megan Stack, sophomore Laura Straub and freshman Allison Fournier competed in the 4x1,500 relay where the Lions also took 10th. The ensemble posted a total time of 20:27.87. On Saturday April 11, the Lions will return to their Jersey turf to compete in The College of New Jersey Tri Meet.

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The Signal: Spring '15 No. 10  

The 4/8/15 issue of The Signal. The College of New Jersey's student newspaper.

The Signal: Spring '15 No. 10  

The 4/8/15 issue of The Signal. The College of New Jersey's student newspaper.