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September 14, 2016
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Lions Den to reopen Campus hosts 9/11 vigil Student translates with new options for Rio Olympics By Tom Ballard Staff Writer
By Elise Schoening Features Editor
The Lions will soon have a new place to prowl for their next meal in their not-so-wild habitat. The new and improved Lions Den is set to open sometime mid-October in the Brower Student Center (BSC), according to Patrice Mendes, general manager for Dining Services. In addition to the traditional grill, deli, pizza, sushi and grab-and-go stations that students are used to, the new Lions Den will offer several new food options and improvements. “The Lions Den will now serve fresh formed burger(s) in the Original Burger Company,” Mendes said. “The SubConnection will replace the deli and include soups and fresh bread baked daily in addition to your favorite deli sandwiches. The very popular sushi will be complemented by an Asian hot food concept.” Along with the sushi station, the pizza station will also be revamped for students. “We will have a new pizza and pasta concept that will serve pizza by the slice and authentic pasta dishes,” Mendes said. “If you’re pressed for time and need to grab something on the go, we have you covered there, as well. The Simply-ToGo line of products, which includes sandwiches, salads, fruit and snacks, has been expanded (to be more) easily accessible.” The food is not the only thing getting a facelift at
Every four years, the summer Olympics rolls around like clockwork. We set our DVRs to record the Final Five gymnasts and watch from home as Michael Phelps breaks world records yet again. This year, junior graphic design and environmental studies double major Melissa Natividade, who is also a staff writer for The Signal, had a sideline seat for the action. Having spent her summer vacation as an Olympic translator in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Natividade was able to score tickets to the men’s soccer finale and greet Olympic athletes herself. “This entire experience was hands down the best experience of my life,” Natividade said. “It was adventurous, it was exhilarating… it made history.” Natividade, whose family originates from the South American country, has spent many a summer on the beaches of Brazil. This summer, she just happened to be in the right place at the right time. With only days left in her annual visit to Brazil, a friend forwarded her an email calling for individuals to work as translators for the Olympics. The requirements? Applicants only needed to be 18 years of age and demonstrate language proficiency in one of over 30 languages. Natividade speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Japanese, making her an ideal candidate for the job. At the push of a friend, she submitted her application and was accepted just two
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Students light candles in honor of those who lost their see FOOD page 2 lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Read the story on page 3.
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Farmers Market provides students with fresh produce
Patrons take their pick of the market’s produce.
By Connor Smith Sports Editor
Fresh produce is one commodity not often associated with college campuses. That’s a stigma Leslie Summiel Jr. of 31
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& Main Farmers Market in Campus Town hopes to end. “31 & Main Farmers Market is moving with the trend of local, farm-fresh produce and making that type of produce accessible to regular people, especially the college Editorial / page 7
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students and the Ewing Township community,” Summiel said. Tucked between Pennington Road and the Campus Town parking lot, the 31 & Main Farmers Market is a refreshing departure from the College’s everyday monotony. The bluegrass sounds of banjos plucking and neighbors conversing on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will lead you right to the College’s new market. Farmers from Pineland Farms, Z Farms, Cherry Grove Farms and Fulper Farms gather weekly in colorful tents with fresh produce and dairy products. Additional vendors are sure to show, as this week featured Cathee’s Creations Jewelry, Spencer’s Savings Bank and CindiHale Ceramic Art. According to Rowena Gross of Pineland Farms, business has increased steadily since the market’s launch in June. “There’s a really great community,” Gross said. “I was surprised when the students first started coming. I was expecting to sell them watermelon and apples, but they’re buying vegetables. A lot of them are cooking and buying veggies.” The market wouldn’t be complete without its grassroots musicians. Each week features a different local artist. Heather Arts & Entertainment / page 10
Robbins and Mike Aucott of the group “Kingston Ridge” were the entertainment on Sunday, Sept. 11. To add to the sense of community, Aucott is an adjunct professor at the College, while Robbins directs choirs and teaches singing off campus. “There are a lot of young folks that are interested in this. We like to play some of the old toons and do justice to them,” Aucott said. Robbins joked that the duo is currently touring local farmers markets. “We kind of like the farmers market circuit,” Robbins said. The market caters to both students and Ewing residents. Summiel believes the grassroots charm will help the business — not just the produce — grow organically. “We wanted to get some staple farms that can withstand the risk of a start-up market,” Summiel said. “The vendors we selected also mutually selected us in wanting to commit to this venture. They have the resources and the experience. I think the farms that we decided to work with (were) a great choice.” According to patrons, Summiel has a blueprint for success. see FARM page 13
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Student Comedy Night CUB hosts a night of laughs
Campus Style How to dress in-between the seasons
Women’s Tennis Lions improve their record to 4-1
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SAF raises about $900,000 for fall activities By Roderick Macioch Staff Writer
During its weekly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9, the Student Finance Board (SFB) began another year’s work by granting funding for several upcoming events. Alexandra Wallach, SFB’s financial director, began by informing board members that the exact amount of this year’s Student Activity Fee (SAF) is still uncertain, but is expected to be around $900,000 for this semester. As explained on the SFB website, the SAF is “a fund that undergraduate students pay into as part of tuition.” As the College is still waiting on the payment of some students’ bills, according to Wallach, the SAF cannot currently be precisely calculated. With this in mind, the board heard its first request. College Union Board (CUB) presented its proposal for A Night of Comedy, which would give the College community “a small-scale comedy show… featuring a recognizable comedian,” according to CUB’s request form. In all, CUB requested funds totalling $11,164, the bulk of which would pay for the total event. The board voted to table the event due to CUB’s failure to provide a list of comedians who would be available to appear at the event. CUB will be permitted to present another proposal when it can provide the names of possible talent. CUB also proposed its Silent Disco.
SFB grants funding for CUB’s A Night of Comedy. Following the success of last year’s Silent Disco, students will once again have “the unique opportunity to come together as a campus in an interactive silent dance. There is no other event held on campus similar to, or held on the same scale, as this event. This will give the campus an outlet to relieve stress in a safe, engaging and memorable experience,” according to CUB’s request form. The Silent Disco was funded in the amount of $15,918.07 to cover sound equipment and security for the event. Funding requested for a photo booth was tabled. The board will examine photo booth expenses from last year and CUB will have another
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opportunity to request photo booth funding in a future meeting. The event, with or without a photo booth, will take place on Green Lawn on Thursday, Oct. 13. The TCNJ Political Union then proposed an event entitled Alternatives to the War on Drugs: A Conversation with Nathan Nadelmann. According to the group’s request form, Nadelmann is “a former Princeton professor and lifelong advocate for drug policy reform. Nadelmann’s work and message is focused on ending the war on drugs and creating a safety and tolerance-oriented
approach to drug policy.” During the event, students will “have the opportunity to engage with an internationally-renowned drug policy expert and advocate,” according to the form. The board voted to grant $1,883.95 toward Nadelmann’s speaking fee. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 28, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Spiritual Center. The event is also being cosponsored by Student Government The final organization to present a proposal was TCNJ Musical Theatre (TMT), which requested funding for its annual Fall Show. This year’s show will be “The Addams Family.” According to TMT’s request form, the show will benefit “the (College) community by bringing musical theater into the campus,” and will also provide TMT’s members “with valuable experiences and use (of) the theater facilities on campus in constructive and creative ways.” The board voted to fully fund the event in the amount of $12,259 to cover the sound, set, props, costumes, lighting and ticket printing. The show will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 15, through Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Don Evans Black Box Theater. *Even though SFB agrees to finance certain events, there is no guarantee these events will take place. The approval only makes the funds available.
Students explore options abroad Food / New den to open in October continued from page 1
Students learn about studying abroad at the College’s annual fair. By Justine Wilson Correspondent
On the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 7, the bees weren’t the only thing buzzing around Eickhoff Hall. Powered with caffeine, their 30-second spiels and booklets, the representatives of the study abroad programs took their places at the Study Abroad Fair and waited with baited breath as students got out of class at 10:50 a.m. Some students even came to tell their stories of their study abroad semesters and summers at the fair. Tables were set up all around Alumni Grove and were packed with interested students all afternoon. Some study abroad representatives even gave out schwag, such as ID holders and lanyards. A group of business majors were raving about their trips to Heidelberg, Germany. These students took the chance of a lifetime by immersing themselves in a completely different culture with a new family, life and experiences. “It was the best choice of my college career,” said Nicolas Castellano, a senior finance major. “I learned to live on my own and really discovered myself.” For most students, the campus isn’t too far away from home, as about 92 percent of the College students are from New Jersey, according to the College’s admission website.
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“I studied as a junior,” said Jenna Nicholl, a senior management major. “I learned how to adapt to the culture, mix in with different types of people and how to act in a foreign… culture. You learn things that aren’t normal in your life that are normal in theirs. The global perspective and point of view I gained from my study abroad trip was something I never (thought) I could gain.” For the students who do not have the money to study abroad, the College and the study abroad programs outside of the College offer scholarships and financial aid. About 35 percent of students study abroad during their time at the College, according to its website, and that number is expected to rise this year. “I really want to go to Spain, to experience the culture and to go to a Spanish-speaking country,” said Jose Rodas, a sophomore psychology major. “I didn’t even know we had this many programs. It’ll be hard deciding.” Some programs even allow students to do research abroad, such as The School for Field Studies program, or to work and volunteer while studying abroad. Many of the study abroad programs also allow students to go to prestigious universities throughout the world. Whether you find your heart calling you to China, Australia or England, the College has programs to take you there.
the new food court. According to Mendes, the location has been given an open and spacious design in order to accommodate busy lunch rushes and provide additional space for students. “Although (the new Lions Den) was designed to serve food in a quick pace, do not let that fool you into thinking the menu was watered down or a lesser priority in the design,” Mendes said. The decision to renovate the Lions Den came as a “nobrainer,” Mendes said. According to her, the Lions Den was the oldest food facility on campus after T-Dubs and the Rathskeller, which was replaced by Traditions Restaurant, were renovated in past couple of years. With the rest of the renovations and construction currently going on in the student center, Mendes said that it was logical to work on the Lions Den at the same time. “The BSC will be the social center of the campus, with activities, student (organization) space and social gathering (being) a major focus,” Mendes said. “The Lions Den needed to be able (to) meet the demands of the expanded uses of the BSC. We believe this renovation will enhance all of the BSC activities and events.” According to Mendes, Meal Equivalency will continue to be accepted at the Lions Den and prices will be in line with the previous food prices.
The new Lions Den will feature more options.
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College alumnus tells story of survival and hope
Giaccardo talks about his escape from the South Tower on 9/11.
By Michael Battista Staff Writer
While the sun set behind Loser Hall on Sunday, Sept. 11, the twilight sky shone red, white and blue as people made their way to the College’s 9/11 candlelight vigil. The Loser Hall patio became a place of remembrance, as hundreds of students came to pay their respects to those who lost their lives 15 years ago in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville,
Penn. It was only one of many similar ceremonies taking place across the country on Sunday. College President R. Barbara Gitenstein opened the ceremony by reminding those in attendance not only of the loss of life that day, but of the subsequent losses of both members of the military and civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as those killed in attacks since 9/11 — such as the shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., last year and the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, France.
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“We must learn to live together, to learn from one another, to listen to one another,” Gitenstein said. The vigil also included words from alumnus Lou Giaccardo (’89), who escaped from his office on the 87th floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. Giaccardo told his account of the day, from his escape, keeping himself and others calm during his descent from the South Tower and his motivation to get home to
see his son’s second birthday with his own eyes. He continued to talk about the new One World Trade Center, also known as Freedom Tower, which stands in Lower Manhattan next to the 9/11 Memorial. “May we never forget 9/11, but in terms of rebuilding we have truly moved on,” Giaccardo said during his speech. “We no longer refer to the site as Ground Zero. The new World Trade Center was built with love and passion… Because of this dedication at this site, where there was once hate, there is now love. Where there was once destruction, there is now construction, and where there was once evil, there is now hope.” Giaccardo, who was a founder of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity at the College, said it was his first time giving a talk to his alma mater. His brotherhood came in force, with over a hundred Phi Kappa Tau active members attending the event “It was a very moving and emotional experience,” Giaccardo said. “Seeing friends that I graduated with… made it more special. And my fraternity brothers were here, so it was a great honor to be here today.” The vigil also included the lighting of candles held by nearly everyone in attendance and a few moments of silent remembrance. Both Gitenstein and Giaccardo were pleased to see many
students come out for the event, even after 15 years had passed. “It’s very special,” Giaccardo said. “I was glad to see that many people out here today to remember it… and my message, I hope… the younger generation carries it along.” Ryan Armstrong, a junior marketing major and member of Phi Kappa Tau, believes Giaccardo’s message came out well. “I believe, based on Joe’s story, (the message is) to just go out of your way to help people when you can,” Armstrong said. “Because you (have to) do anything you can to counteract any bad in the world.” As the ceremony came to a close, Vice President of Student Affairs Amy Hecht introduced a video about the children who were born on 9/11. For many of the students at the vigil, they were young on the day of the attacks. Although these children were only starting their lives, they have grown up and made a promise to do good and help others. As everyone left, the student’s candles extinguished and while they held their small American flags, Gitenstein shared what she thought the ceremony means to this campus. “We have to counteract hate,” Gitenstein said. “That was a day of hate and it has been counteracted with hope, love, caring and listening.”
Will Allen encourages an ‘agricultural revolution’ By Thomas Infante Review Editor Kendall Hall was buzzing with excitement on Wednesday, Sept. 7, for keynote speaker Will Allen. Many of the students who attended the event were familiar with his book “The Good Food Revolution,” which is being used as a textbook in certain history classes at the College and was the summer reading for the freshman class. In his keynote presentation, Allen outlined his vision of an agricultural revolution, with the goal that “every person on Earth should have access to healthy food.” The United States is one of the largest and most affluent countries in the world and it can be hard to believe that there are over 22 million people who live without access to fresh food. These areas, called “food deserts,” are often situated in impoverished urban areas. Residents of food deserts often find themselves and their families eating from convenience stores and fast food restaurants on a daily basis, and their health suffers as a result. Enter Allen, chief executive officer and founder of Growing Power. He was born in rural Rockville, Md., to parents from farming families. After finishing high school, he accepted a basketball scholarship at the University of Miami, hoping to go on to play professionally. In 1993, he retired from basketball at age 28 and moved to Milwaukee, where he eventually purchased the only remaining Milwaukee farm. From those measly three acres of largely infertile land, Allen started a movement that would go on to feed thousands of people, and build virtuous community values. “We are at a very critical stage in our food production system,” Allen said during his talk. “We all need to think about
the future.” Projected behind him were pictures of his various greenhouses, filled to the brim with bright greenery and lush produce. “Our food system is not on the agenda for the ‘talking heads,’” Allen said. “Low income communities often become food deserts, but everyone’s got to eat.” Allen uses agricultural techniques that are simple and compact in order to operate within an urban environment with limited space. One of the largest issues is the severe lack of nutrients in our soil. Allen developed his system of what he calls “growing soil,” or intensive, large-scale composting. By creating his own healthy soil, he is able to grow much more nutritious crops than he could with local soil. Allen told the audience that in the last year, Growing Power utilized 40 million pounds of waste in its composting program — waste that otherwise would have ended up in a landfill. Allen also showed the audience pictures of the many worms that are crucial to Growing Power’s composting system. The worms consume the food waste and release nutrient-rich worm castings, which fertilize the soil. “It’s also always fun to hand an unsuspecting kid some worms and watch his reaction.” Allen said to a laughing audience. Since the inception of Growing Power, Allen has allowed local children and adolescents to learn practical farming and life skills. In Milwaukee, a city plagued by poverty, there are few healthy outlets for children. “When I first started working with kids, I was surprised how many of them couldn’t read or write,” Allen said. He also uses Growing Power to reach out to the homeless and the drug-addicted, who otherwise would not be able to hold a job
and build work experience. “We had to make special accommodations to allow them to work,” Allen said. “The only way to end poverty is to give people jobs.” Allen aims to improve his community by implementing what he calls “flower explosions” in which he and his assistants plant a garden of vivid flowers on an otherwise dingy street corner. “We like to do these on corners where drug dealers or gangs hang out because more people look at them and it makes them uncomfortable, so they leave,” Allen said. He is an agricultural visionary with an important message, but it is a message that is too often ignored. Malnutrition within the U.S. is underreported,
and many people who live with access to fresh food are unaware of the severity of the situation. “I had no idea how many people were affected,” said Sophie Cohen, a sophomore elementary education and math double major. Cohen agreed with Allen’s message and admired his character. “He seems like he’s genuinely trying to make a difference,” she said. “It’s empowering. It kind of makes me want to be a farmer.” Allen began Growing Power because he wanted to grow healthy food where none existed. In the process, he found that his local community needed more growth than any plant could.how to fix the problems facing the world.
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Students can volunteer at the College’s community garden.
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Changes on the way for SFB operations
Nightly deposits and new liaisons to come
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A revamp of the liaison assignment process and a nightly deposit box are among new changes coming to SFB’s operations this semester. By Sydney Shaw Editor-in-Chief In the wake of last semester’s fora on possible cuts to student organization funding, the Student Finance Board (SFB) is working to increase transparency and improve customer service by extending its office hours and revamping some key components of the board’s operations. “This year, the Student Finance Board is adapting to meet the changing needs of TCNJ students,” said Robert Mitchals, SFB’s executive director. Mitchals outlined several new initiatives
SFB has in store for this semester, including the announcement that within a couple of weeks, the board’s voucher log will be available online. “In the past, students would have to randomly come by to see if their reimbursement check was ready,” he said. “Sometimes, people would stop by three or four times a week. Now, they can see if their check is ready online.” Students will also be able to make nightly deposits by using SFB’s new dropbox, located outside its new office in room 214 of the Brower Student Center. “We’re in a time when TCNJ is cutting
funding to student activities, while raising the cost of tuition,” Mitchals said, “so it’s important to us that we be transparent about everything that goes on and be accessible to students.” The board is also increasing its hours to be the longest in its 20-year history, according to Mitchals. Now, the office will remain open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., three days per week — Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays — from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Fridays. “We’re SFB and we’re run by students, but we want this office to look like any
other office on campus,” Mitchals said. Mitchals also outlined the process of reassigning liaisons to student organizations. In the past, SFB liaisons, or students responsible for improving organizations’ knowledge of SFB policies and procedures, were randomly assigned to student organizations. Now, SFB will delve into liaisons’ backgrounds to see if they might be better suited to assist some organizations over others. Mitchals said the board is aiming to pair organizations with a liaison who is familiar with their operations, but will be sure to avoid any conflicts of interest.
Some students just could not chair less By Ellie Schuckman Staff Writer
• On Tuesday, June 28, at 11:58 p.m., an officer out on patrol observed a silver Volvo driving without headlights and conducted a motor vehicle stop. According to Campus Police, the officer knocked on the passenger side window and one of the three suspects in the car then rolled it down. At this time, the officer detected an odor of a controlled substance believed to be marijuana coming from the car, police said. Additionally, the officer observed the driver with bloodshot, watery eyes and ptosis, or drooping of the upper eyelid. The suspect provided his license and registration upon request, according to the report. The officer asked if he was a College student, to which he replied, “No,” and said he was “just driving through.” According to Campus Police, the officer asked if there was marijuana in the vehicle and the driver responded by saying, “No… but there may be a roach in the ashtray.” The officer then observed the remains of two marijuana cigarettes in the vehicle, police said. At this time, the officer placed the suspect under arrest and transported him to police headquarters. The other two passengers were removed from the vehicle and transported to police headquarters until they could be driven home, police said. • Officers met with a victim at Campus Police Headquarters on Wednesday, June 29, at 11:30 a.m., who reported a theft. According to police, the male victim stated that on Wednesday, June 15, at 10 a.m., he locked his bicycle to a stairwell rail in Lot 7. He stated that he left the College for a film festival in Atlanta. Upon returning to the College on Sunday, June 26, at 8 a.m., he said that his bicycle was missing, according to police. The victim reported that his bike lock appeared to have been cut and was found near the stairwell where he had left his bike, according to police. The bike is valued at $500 and the lock at $30, police said. • On Sunday, Aug. 28, at 8:40 p.m., officers met at Campus Police Headquarters with a student who reported her property stolen from her residence hall room. Officers met with the student and her mother, who stated that on Saturday, Aug. 27, at approximately 9 p.m., she left her
phone on the desk in her room. When she left the room, she did not lock the door, police said. Upon returning to her room the following morning, she discovered the phone missing. According to police, she stated that at 1:39 p.m., she dialed her phone number and a male with a Latino accent answered. She stated that she told the male she misdialed and then asked him to repeat the phone number she had called. According to reports, he repeated the phone number and then the call was disconnected. The student attempted to locate her phone using the Find my iPhone application, but had negative results. There are no suspects at this time, police said.
• On Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 1:35 a.m., an officer met with a student at Campus Police Headquarters who reported losing her Michael Kors wallet, which also contained the keys to her room and her car, police said. According to police, she stated that she last recalled having her key earlier that morning at 10:50 a.m. At 12:30 p.m., the student said she then noticed her wallet was missing. She also stated that she retraced her steps with a friend, but had negative results. The student was advised to contact the dealership she purchased her car at to receive a new key, according to police. She was also advised to go to Green Hall for a new College ID card. The wallet is valued at $30, according to police.
• Two suspects were seen throwing folding chairs set up for convocation, which is held on Quimby’s Prairie on Monday, Aug. 29, at 3 a.m., by an officer out on patrol, police said. Upon the officer’s arrival, the suspects admitted to drinking at an off-campus sorority party. The male suspect stated he had consumed seven beers and the female suspect admitted to consuming three beers. Both had an odor of alcohol emanating from their breaths, police said. According to police, both displayed bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and were swaying while standing and speaking to police. Both suspects were evaluated by TCNJ EMS and refused further medical assistance, according to police. They were both issued a summons for underage drinking and given court dates, police said.
• Campus Police was dispatched to the ninth floor of Wolfe Hall on Thursday, Sept. 1, at approximately 12:30 a.m., due to an intoxicated male student. Upon arriving, officers met with a Community Adviser (CA) who stated that he observed the suspect leaning on the hallway wall. After speaking with the student, the CA concluded that he was intoxicated, police said. According to police, the student was cooperative and identified himself, revealing that he had consumed several shots of vodka. TCNJ EMS arrived and evaluated the student, police said. They deemed it not necessary to transport him to the hospital for further medical treatment. When asked where he had been drinking, the student said that he did not remember, according to police. He was issued a summons for underage drinking, police said.
• On Monday, Aug. 29, at approximately 8:45 p.m., an officer reported a white female in the rear of Cromwell Hall who was possibly intoxicated, Campus Police said. Upon approaching the suspect, the female was speaking loudly to another officer and had red, bloodshot and watery eyes. Her skin was also flushed, police said. According to reports, an odor of alcohol was emanating from her breath as she spoke. The initial officer stated that he witnessed the student exiting the rear of Cromwell Hall by pushing the emergency bar on the sliding door, and then saw her walk toward Lot 14. Surveillance footage showed her exiting the building and the officer making initial contact, police said. The student stated that she had consumed two beers while at an off-campus party. TCNJ EMS arrived on scene and assessed her. She refused any further medical aid, police said. She was issued a summons for underage drinking, according to police.
• On Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 8:30 p.m., officers met with a student at Campus Police Headquarters in regard to a stolen leather wallet. The student reported that his wallet was stolen from the Campus Town Fitness Center, police said. According to reports, the student stated that at approximately 3:45 p.m., he was working out and placed his wallet in a cup holder on a treadmill. He valued the wallet at $5, which contained his driver’s license and debit and credit cards. According to police, at approximately 5:30 p.m., the student remembered walking to the cup holder to retrieve his wallet, but was unable to recall taking it. He stated that there has not been any fraudulent activity and that his credit cards will be canceled, police said. Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at 609-771-2345.
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House votes for bill to support 9/11 victims
The bill would allow victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia. By Nicole DeStefano Nation & World Editor
on Friday, Sept. 9, permitting victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia over the terrorist attacks, With the 15th anniversary of according to CNN. 9/11 approaching, the House of The Senate passed the bill by Representatives voted for a bill voice vote on Tuesday, May 17,
but concerns arose that it will “complicate diplomatic relations with a key ally in the region,” according to CNN. Despite the White House indicating that President Barack Obama will veto the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), the Senate’s approval was, for many, a small triumph for the families and loved ones of the nearly 3,000 individuals who were killed that day. “It’s gratifying to see that when something is overwhelmingly in the interests of the American people, bipartisan action can happen,” said Jerry S. Goldman, attorney for several families of 9/11 victims, according NY Daily News. “The unity Americans felt in the days after 9/11 lives on in a determination to hold whoever
was complicit in attacks on U.S. soil accountable, as existing law provides and as JASTA clarifies,” Goldman added. The legislation would allow family members to file lawsuits against the Saudi Arabian government for any role its officials played in the devastating terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. While Saudi Arabia has denied any role in 9/11, 15 of the 19 terrorists involved in the attacks were Saudi nationals, according to CNN. The same news source reported that the Saudi foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, warned lawmakers that if the bill became a law, the country would sell $750 billion in U.S. assets. According to CNN, the White House had no comment on the House’s decision Friday, but after
the Senate bill passed in May, White House spokesman Josh Earnest had something to say. “It’s difficult to imagine the President signing this legislation,” Earnest said, according to CNN. “This legislation would change longstanding international law regarding sovereign immunity. And the President of the United States continues to harbor serious concerns that this legislation would make the United States vulnerable in other court systems around the world.” The concern is that opening the door for lawsuits against Saudi Arabia would leave the U.S. vulnerable to legal action by foreign nations. However, supporters of the legislation disagreed. While Obama is likely to veto the bill, a vote of two-thirds in both the House and the Senate can override his veto.
Pope Francis declares Mother Teresa a saint By Danielle Silvia Staff Writer
Mother Teresa MC was officially declared a saint on Sunday, Sept. 4, at the Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican by Pope Francis, according to CNN. Thousands of people watched as the symbolic ceremony progressed, a canonization mass in which a person is transformed into a saint. The ceremony took place just one day before the 19th anniversary of Teresa’s death on Sept. 5, 1997. Teresa, also known as “Saint of the Gutters,” devoted her life and free will toward helping others. Originally from Albania, she believed in random acts of kindness and primarily focused on India’s poorest citizens. Over the course of her life, she performed two miracles of curing illness, according to Fox 31 Denver. In order to be a saint, USA Today reported that one must perform at least two miracles, which Teresa did — she cured a woman with stomach tumors and
a Brazilian man with brain tumors after he prayed to her. She is now known as “Blessed Saint Teresa of Calcultta,” according to CNN. After the ceremony itself, Pope Francis spoke about Teresa’s life and how everyone, regardless of their religious views, should strive to be like her. “Mother Teresa, in all aspects of her life, was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defense of human life, those unborn and those abandoned and discarded,” Pope Francis said, according to Fox 31 Denver. The Pope then focused on how Teresa truly helped those going through difficult physical and emotional struggles, such as the poor and the sick. At the end of his homily, Pope Francis lightheartedly acknowledged the fact that Teresa acted like a mother during her entire life, and thus people might still refer to her as “Mother Teresa,” according to Fox 31 Denver.
Thousands celebrated the canonization of Mother Teresa in the Vatican.
According to USA Today, cops reported that 100,000 tickets were sold, but actually around 200,000 people witnessed the event. Many watched from afar and in small crevices in the Vatican,
USA Today reported. Reports circulated of colorful flags being flown by patrons, as well as chants of “Saint Teresa” being shouted at the conclusion of the ceremony, according to USA Today.
Fox settles with Gretchen Carlson for $20 million
Carlson files a lawsuit for sexual harassment.
By Gabrielle Beacken Staff Writer
The summer of 2016 was a tumultuous season for Fox News. In July, Gretchen Carlson, former Fox News anchor, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes, “one of the most influential executives in American television history,” according to the Washington Post. This suit led to the ousting of Ailes two weeks later and also sparked nationwide scrutiny toward the Fox
News workplace, resulting in the payout of $20 million to Carlson on Tuesday, Sept. 6, according to The New York Times. Carlson filed the lawsuit against Ailes on Wednesday, July 6, which stated that after she endured Ailes’s sexual harassment and refused his advances, she was demoted and eventually fired from Fox News. This is a claim that Ailes has consistently denied, according to the Washington Post. While 20 other women have come forward with claims against Ailes, two other sexual harassment settlements with unknown compensation amounts have also been settled, according to The New York Times. The Washington Post reported that these financial compensations were paid in a haste to finally end Fox News’s summer of bad publicity. Owned by Rupert Murdoch and his two sons, Fox News’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, agreed to the payment. No portion of Ailes’s exit agreement from Fox of $40 million was contributed to Carlson’s allocated $20 million, according to The New York Times. In addition to the payment, the company issued a rare apology in the form of a statement: “Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve,” part of it read. Debra Katz, a Washington lawyer experienced in sexual
harassment lawsuits, said that due to the sensational payout, Carlson was right and, in fact, treated inappropriately, according to the Washington Post. Another reason for Carlson’s overwhelming victory was her alleged recordings of her meetings with Ailes for a year and half that included damning evidence, according to The New York Times. The “unprecedented in size” payment deriving from an individual sexual harassment case was followed by another event that sent shocks rippling through Fox: the hasty resignation of well-known Fox host Greta Van Susteren, according to the Washington Post. According to the network’s officials, the two events are unrelated and coincidental. Susteren’s exit from Fox follows a tense meeting between her and Murdoch about renegotiating contract terms, just days after Ailes’s departure, The New York Times reported. The circumstances behind Susteren’s sudden departure remain ambiguous, as she had originally defended Ailes by saying that Carlson was disgruntled and that the lawsuit “is very suspicious,” according to The New York Times. Despite her victory, Carlson doesn’t plan to disappear from the spotlight following the settlement of her suit. According to The New York Times, Carlson released a statement on Tuesday, Sept. 6, in which she stated she is “ready to move onto the next chapter of (her) life, in which (she) will redouble (her) efforts to empower women in the workplace.”
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New alcohol policy for Homecoming tailgate is unfair
Once again, the College is making major changes to its annual Homecoming tailgate. The new policy has sparked debate. On Thursday, Sept. 1, a brief email sent to the College community from Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht and Vice President for College Advancement John P. Donohue, both co-chairs on the Homecoming Steering Committee, detailed what was to be expected for this year’s Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 29, and highlighted the fact that the Homecoming Steering Community is looking to “ensure that all (their) guests enjoy the day safely.” So, how is this being done? By having a third-party vendor supply alcoholic drinks and by prohibiting outside alcohol being brought into the tailgate. Last year, the school restricted how much alcohol one person could bring into the tailgate, and in 2014, the College attempted to have two locations for a tailgate, with one for underage students and the other for students and alumni 21 years old and over. Students and alumni were so enraged by the separate tailgates that a petition circulated via change.org, and the College did not go through with its initial plan. This time around, students pointed out how the change will take away from their Homecoming experience. By having to wait in long vendor lines for what are most likely going to be overpriced drinks, the time students are able to spend with alumni and friends is shortened. However, the biggest problem is what might happen before the Homecoming gates even open. Each year, when a new change is put into place, students threaten to drink more alcohol before they get to the tailgate, since there are many obstacles to drinking alcohol there. With these changes, many students might drink as much as they can before they head to the tailgate, which endangers themselves and the people around them. I do understand that the College wants to keep students’ safety a priority and that drinking doesn’t equate to the amount of fun students can have. We can have fun without being drunk. But as college students, Homecoming is a social event we look forward to — it’s the day when we can all relax and not have to worry about any bad grades or that paper that’s due the following week. I was looking forward to finally being 21 years old at Homecoming and celebrating my senior year with friends and alumni at the College. Sadly, the College is known for not displaying as much school spirit as larger universities, evidenced by often low attendance at sporting events and, of course, a small and hyper-supervised Homecoming tailgate. With these changes, it seems as if administrators at the College intended to lessen the possibilities of problems arising related to alcohol, but the changes take away from the real reason we all look forward to Homecoming — students and alumni coming together. If the College really wants this to “enhance the memorable Homecoming experience,” it should come to a compromise and work with students to reach a happy medium. Despite the changes, I still encourage students to attend Homecoming, stay safe and show the College that we can be responsible for ourselves. — Jessica Ganga News Editor
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Many students and alumni have expressed concerns over the new policy that forbids outside alcohol from being brought into the College’s Homecoming tailgate.
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“This entire experience was hands down the best experience of my life. It was adventurous, it was exhilarating… it made history.” — Melissa Natividade, a junior graphic design and environmental studies double major, and a Signal staff writer
“We no longer refer to the site as Ground Zero. The new World Trade Center was built with love and passion… Because of this dedication at this site, where there was once hate, there is now love. Where there was once destruction, there is now construction, and where there was once evil, there is now hope.” — Lou Giaccardo, College alumnus (’89)
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Comedy Central roast reaches new Lowe
Coulter takes the heat at Comedy Central’s ‘Roast of Rob Lowe.’ By Jake Mulick Last week, I watched Comedy Central’s “Roast of Rob Lowe,” and it was awesome. Few words can really encapsulate how much I enjoyed watching a very diverse panel, ranging from Peyton Manning to Ann Coulter to Rob Riggles, take myriad shots at Lowe and his infamous past. The jokes
were quick and biting, even verging on insensitive, as the accomplished panel roasted Lowe on his past sexual deviancy, as well as his recent fall from superfame. What I enjoyed most about this comedy special was not the attack on Lowe, but the verbal reprimanding of Fox analyst Coulter. Coulter was a member of the panel of celebrities invited
to roast Lowe, but was subject to the panel’s biting remarks concerning her ultra conservative views. They showed no mercy, calling her a hate monger and a racist, and comparing her physical appearance to that of a horse. It was a sight to behold as comedians, actors and even a Super Bowl MVP ripped into the very essence of this woman’s being.
Now, I won’t lie to you — I can’t stand Coulter. I think she is a bigot who uses her spotlight to preach hate and encourage a racist, divisive mindset. I think she deserves to be reprimanded for how she treats people who are different than her. What struck me as I watched her face during this verbal assault is that I almost felt bad for her. When one of the members of the panel called her a “transvestite hooker,” I thought that maybe she should throw in the metaphorical towel and save herself from the rest of the night’s attacks. It was almost too cruel to watch a person, even someone I detested to a point, be mocked so mercilessly. This comedy special forced me to ask myself a very serious question: “Am I a bad person for enjoying the aggressive mockery of Ann Coulter, and does laughing at this joke make me reproachful?” After some intense thought, I arrived at the very simple epiphany: of course not. Laughing at comedian Pete Davidson compare a shrill, blonde
TV personality to a scarecrow does not make me a villain. Comedy is an expression of oneself, similar to any other form of art. In my mind, there is no real difference between saying, “I dislike this person’s stance on crucial social issues,” and cruelly mocking someone in order to garner some laughs from an audience. Laughing at someone’s persona is the same as disagreeing with their stance on an issue. How crudely it is worded shouldn’t matter because we live in a world where a brusque remark or a biting sentiment really might be the best way to get a message across. A critique is a critique and should be respected as such. So, next time you hear a joke about someone that makes you put your hand over your mouth and wonder whether or not it is socially acceptable, remember the world is not divided into what is and isn’t appropriate to say. All critiques should be thought of as valid information that helps us better shape our appreciation for the world around us.
Mylan price increase incites backlash
Heather Bresch is Mylan’s CEO.
By Shree Nadkarni
This year has been a bad one for the pharmaceutical companies all over. From pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, who raised the price of the drug used to treat toxoplasmosis and prevent malaria, Daraprim, from $13.50 to $750 to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, a corporation which raised the prices of heart drugs Isuprel and Nitropress, there has been very visible outrage against the industry — and for good reason. However, the drugs that we pay for are drastically less than what companies charge for brand-name drugs, partly because discounts and rebates lower the
effective price of a drug. In many cases, pharmaceutical companies continue to gouge prices and keep patients who need the medication the most vulnerable to rising prices because of less competition in the market. In 2007, Mylan bought the EpiPen, a very easy and popular form of distributing epinephrine when undergoing anaphylaxis, at $57 a piece. Epinephrine is very cheap, even in developing countries, as it costs “less than a dollar per milliliter,” according to The New York Times. Those who need the correct dosage rely on EpiPens to survive an allergic reaction, and luckily for Mylan, epinephrine degrades every year, meaning it must be replaced annually. When Mylan realized it had a market it could capitalize on, company executives raised the price of EpiPens in 2010, 2013 and 2015. As of last May, EpiPens cost over $600 for a pack of two, The New York Times reported. We need to realize that the system isn’t broken — rather, it was built this way. Everyone who is involved in the $3 trillion health care industry, buyers and sellers alike, are all self-motivated actors who are looking out for their interests. The good news for buyers is that about 80 percent of our drugs in the marketplace are generics, which means that they sell for less than $10 at our local pharmacies, according to The New York Times. However, in the case of the EpiPen, we
have no alternative. The closest alternative, Auvi-Q manufactured by Sanofi, was pulled off the market a year ago, and the next closest alternative, Adrenaclick, is usually not prescribed by doctors because of its seemingly shoddy performance. Although Adrenaclick is vastly cheaper than an EpiPen, when you’re a parent of a child with allergies or you have allergies yourself, you don’t want to play Russian Roulette when injecting epinephrine. The best choice, then, is to write to congressmen and senators and lobby for change, but even sometimes, that is fruitless. Sen. Ron Wyden of (D-Ore.) and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey, for example, wrote a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services to classify the EpiPen as a generic or brand-name drug, as reported on senate.gov. However, the rebate offered by Mylan would bring the price of the drug to $300 for a pack of two EpiPens — effectively 50 percent of the original price — but about four times the price at which the company had purchased it. Curiously enough, Mylan also already had donated more than $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation in 2009 to try to find a low-cost alternative to HIV drugs, according to the New York Post. Even though our best efforts may convince politicians to try and take actions, we must deal with the prices of drugs by continuing to bring it to the front of the stage to take action against it.
Given all this information, what can we glean from this episode? We can learn to dig deeper, question entrenched attitudes and biases against the poor. We can bring awareness against the gouging of the industry by being self-interested, and not be complacent whenever we hear about the next price raise. When companies continue to raise the price of drugs, they are doing it in their best interests and we, in turn, need to take our best interests into account and resist the changes as strongly as we can. For some, it can mean the decision between life and death.
EpiPen prices have skyrocketed.
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Students share opinions around campus “How far is too far in comedy?”
Craig Dietel / Opinions Editor
Diann Aguasviva, senior health and exercise science major. “With comedy, there is a line you have to draw, especially if you don’t know them because people are still people.”
Craig Dietel / Opinions Editor
Patrick Keller, junior international studies major.
“It’s a two-way street. People can’t take the joke too seriously, but people need to be aware of what they say.”
“Are medication price increases out of control?”
Craig Dietel / Opinions Editor
Emily Whipple, special education graduate student.
“I think they are way out of control because EpiPens are cheap to make, but $600 is a ridiculous rate for a lifesaving product.”
Craig Dietel / Opinions Editor
Gabe Slimm, senior career and community studies program student.
“Yes, I think they should lower the price so people who need it can actually afford it.”
The Signal’s student cartoons of the week...
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Arts & Entertainment
‘STAY’ explores societal problems behind art
Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor
Left: A wall of art displays repurposed photographs of people. Right: Two students view pop-art next to a collage of eclectic imagery.
By Melissa Natividade Staff Writer
“STAY: A Survey of Horses Think Press,” the College’s latest art exhibition that opened on Wednesday, Sept. 7, not only offers students a glimpse of the publishing project’s work philosophy, but also a new panoramic view of the entire social project for the first time since it last concluded. In 2009, Ofer Wolberger launched the Brooklyn-based publishing project Horses Think Press (HTP) with one simple idea: to produce one book per month for a year in an effort to study the lifespan of images and publications, which ended up turning into nothing short of a reference library of pop-art and appropriation archives. Exploring issues such as feminism,
materiality, imagemaking and authorship, “STAY” teeters on the fine line separating art as pure entertainment and a social cycle. The complete catalog has been made up entirely of testing the limits of image relevancy and deciphering the point at which these images must be retired and archived, as well as the possibility of repurposing these images from archives. “I’m very impressed that the TCNJ Art Gallery incorporated these independent artists as opposed to a large museum exhibition,” said Max Nazario, a junior chemistry major. “It just feels like these are the kind of artists that have the most willingness to confront social issues and incorporate everyday life into their art, something that I’m super interested in.” Wolberger explained that Horses Think Press was inspired to bring the project’s
first culminated exhibition to the College by Chris Gianunzio, the exhibition curator of “STAY,” whom Wolberger has known for several years. “So, Ofer started this publishing project that officially ended this year,” Gianunzio said. “And since (the gallery) wanted to incorporate a show in the fall revolving around printmaking, it seemed like a really great opportunity to not only exhibit this type of work, but to actually be able to examine everything that HTP created throughout their seven years.” With a feeling of nostalgia all around, Wolberger recounted how great the exhibition turned out with the inclusion of installation pieces, especially since it will remain on display for the rest of the fall semester. “I’m very happy with how it pulled together, with not just reference materials,
but as reimagined installations with the help of Justin James Reed and Carmen Winant,” Wolberger said. “This is the end of a very interesting project, and it’s great to be able to share it in its entirety for the first time.” The gallery curates six exhibitions per year, including both national and international work, as well as student and faculty exhibitions — all of which are always free and open to the public. According to Gianunzio, there will be four more visiting artists that will visit campus this semester, beginning with Dutch artist Anouk Kruithof on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The TCNJ Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Art and Interactive Multimedia Building and open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m., as well as Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
‘Sausage Party’ too saucy for some people
Characters from ‘Sausage Party’ witness the horror of a friend about to be cooked.
By Justine Wilson Correspondent
With a name like “Sausage Party,” you would think this movie would be rated XXX, and I wish my theater had swapped out the film so that it was. Any corny porno would have been better than what I saw. What a lead balloon of a movie. With a cast including Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill and Kristen Wiig, you’d assume this movie would be amazing. However, you’d be sorely mistaken. The plot couldn’t support the star-studded cast, and if that wasn’t enough, the crude jokes were overplayed to a point of insanity. I wish I saw “just the tip” of this movie — as the three-hour ordeal ensued, I could not fall asleep quicker.
This movie pulled out all the stops. With sexist, racist and misogynistic jokes used every few seconds, the only thing that kept me from falling asleep were the screams of dying food throughout the film. Sure, this was the type of movie that you should know going into it you’ll be somewhat insulted, but leaving, I wanted to insult the writers for stealing away three hours of my life that I’ll never get back. If you came to watch this movie in the hopes of enjoying its plot, I suggest you beg for your money back because you won’t find one in this film. Like many of us, the main character, Frank (played by Rogen), searches for the meaning of life. It’ll be interesting, right? So wrong. Frank, his buddies and his girl, Brenda (played by Wiig), go on a trip around the supermarket following a near-death
experience with a douche. “Sausage Party” could have made multiple political statements with two of the supporting characters representing Israel and Palestine, yet the same two jokes were bantered from their doughy mouths. The film could have broken ground with a patent statement about sexuality (since sex is brought up so many times throughout the movie), especially since many viewers probably have minimal experience with anything that isn’t heteronormative, white or American. As one of the writers, Rogen missed these opportunities time and time again, and put nothing but bright colors and fillers in place of his squandered potential. Disabilities were brought up several times, but again, no good jokes were made and no beautifully accepting or uplifting themes were showcased. It was as if the writers decided to bring up every human form, but not delve into them enough to really get anyone thinking — they were only laughing. The worst part was that the jokes weren’t even crude enough to keep my attention during this nightmare. I even wondered if the film was intended to be seen while under the influence of some kind of drug, since the writing is so bland. The end of the movie was the best because, well, it was the end. However, the writers threw in a weird, uncalledfor plot twist — the type that aren’t supported or implied by anything in the film. With a budget of $19 million, I’m surprised “Sausage Party” didn’t have at least three genuinely funny jokes. Nonetheless, for those who, for whatever reason, still want to see such a film, my only advice: watch this movie at your own risk.
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Students serve Traditions with laughs By Mia Ingui Correspondent
The Traditions stage was set for the first time on Friday, Sept. 9, to host the College Union Board’s (CUB) Student Comedy Night. Presented by CUB Alt and organized by CUB Alt co-Chair Max Falvey, a sophomore communication studies major, and CUB Alt co-Chair Dana Gorab, a junior communication studies major, the night proved to be a fantastic evening, filled with lots of laughs, talent and, most of all, fun for the audience and the performers. “Student Comedy Night started about a year or two ago, and every time, there’s a better turn out,” said comedian Jonathan van Halem, a College alumnus (’16). “The crowd tonight was awesome.” The intimate venue quickly filled up with students, all of whom were eager to beat the heat and let off some steam after a stressful second week of classes. Sean Delanoy, a sophomore economics major, was the first to take the stage, poking fun at life at the College. Following Delanoy was Connor Meany, a senior communication studies major, who joked about reaching his last year at the College and likened the feeling of waiting for graduation to “your grandparents retiring and moving to Florida, while you just wait for them to die.” After Meany was seasoned performer Garrett Verdone, a marketing major in his final year at the College, who was surprised about the selection of the Brower Student Center as the venue for the evening. “It’s definitely not legal for anyone without a hardhat to be in here, but here we are,” Verdone said. Following Verdone was van Halem, and he reflected on his birthdays over the past
few years. “My birthday’s really unique. I only celebrate it every four years. Not because my birthday’s on a leap year, only because my parents hate me,” van Halem said, closing out the solo acts for the evening. The audience was then pleasantly surprised to find van Halem and Verdone back up onstage. They are also in the comedy troupe Kiss on the Lips and perform monthly in New York City. Their sketches were nothing short of hysterical, from their “unfortunate last names” skit to playing construction workers and delivering terribly funny pick up lines. Verdone thought the night turned out well. “Tonight was fun,” Verdone said. “It was the first time in this space, so it was a little weird, but it worked out great.” Van Halem agreed and said that they had a great crowd. Both performers are interested in pursuing comedy and entertainment in their respective futures. The College’s improv comedy troupe,
The Mixed Signals, concluded CUB Alt’s Student Comedy Night. The Mixed Signals are a group of five students who feed off of one another’s wit and come up with skits right on the spot in front of their audience. Interacting with the audience can be vital to the performance, as folks in the crowd must provide inspiration for the skit. They played a series of games with the audience, including “Switch Off,” where at any time during the skit another actor had to come and fill in their place and resume the scene without a hitch. Another game required two audience volunteers to move the performer’s arms and bodies for them as they acted out the scene. After their show ended, The Mixed Signals said they were very pleased with their performance, as were the students who attended the CUB Alt event. The College’s students and performers will be looking forward to the next Student Comedy Night.
This week, WTSR Assistant Music Director Nelson Kelly highlights some of the best new albums that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.
Band: The Veils Album: “Total Depravity” Release Number: 5th Hailing From: London, England Genre: Alt Indie Rock Label: Netwerk Music Group
This album was produced by Adam Greenspan, who also produced artists like Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Band of Skulls. So, you could say he knows what he’s doing. Co-producer El-P from Run the Jewels adds to the awesomeness that is this alt David Colby / Photo Assistant rock album. Drawing on the sound of evVerdone pokes fun at the College’s ongoing construction. ery alt rock band before them (Black Keys, Artic Monkeys, Fratellis, Strokes, etc.), The Veils deliver an album with thumpin’ beats, ambient synths and solid hooks. The only way to sonically describe this album is that it will make you want to put on your By Sean Reis the album would not nearly be the same without featured artists leather jacket with Ray Bans and smoke a Arts & Entertainment Editor like GRiZ, Logic, ROZES, Waka Flocka Flame and Naaz, to name cigarette at your local pool hall. my personal favorites. Based out of Boulder, Colo., music duo Big Gigantic has been “C’mon,” a track featuring disc jockey, electronic music pro- Must Hear: “Axolotl,” “Low Lays the blending genres ever since the release of its debut album, “Fire ducer and Big G’s friend GRiZ — who also plays his fair share of Devil” and “Here Comes the Dead” It Up,” on May 19, 2009. Comprising producer and saxophonist the saxophone — was the second single leading up to the album’s Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken, Big Gigantic mixes release, but was the first piece of evidence for fans that Big Giganelectronic music, hip-hop and jazz, both during the music produc- tic would “Bring The Funk Back” with the new album. With sexy tion process and when playing Big G original live shows. Lalli saxophone samples, I love “C’mon,” especially as the track builds and Salken have released four full-length albums, several EPs and up behind simple vocals that ride up to a funk-filled electronic some singles over the course of their careers as Big Gigantic. bass drop. The most recent of the four albums, “Brighter Future,” dropped As much as I loved “C’mon” upon release, the last single stole on Friday, Aug. 26, and may have been the duo’s best release to my heart before “Brighter Future” was fully released. “All Of date — arguably the best electronic album to come out this year. Me,” featuring a stellar verse from rapper Logic and vocals for Unlike Big Gigantic’s first three albums, “Brighter Future” fea- the chorus supplied by singer-songwriter ROZES, shows off all tures collaborations with too many artists to list, while the previ- the elements that made Big Gigantic famous. Big G utilized an ous three only had one credited collaboration combined. Though electronic-based track, and with a dash of hip-hop and a pinch of many would critique that this takes away from the LP, these col- jazz, the two mixed up a blended production of the three unlike laborations only add to the talent behind the production because any other. “All Of Me” tells the tale of an addiction to nicotine as if it were a love story, but the only genuine love was between the track and myself — a must-listen on “Brighter Future” for fans of all genres. Another must-listen track off “Brighter Future” was one of the album’s most anticipated collaborations, “Highly Possible,” fea- Band: JPNSGRLS turing Waka Flocka Flame. The song begins with a catchy hook Album: “Divorce” that features Daft Punk-esque robotic vocals. It gives the track a Release Number: 2nd vibe reminiscent of “Stronger” by Kanye West, who sampled the Hailing From: Vancouver, British Columbia great French duo for the hit. Then, Waka Flocka Flame lays down Genre: Alt Indie Rock two fluid verses over an interesting instrumental that can be tough Label: Light Organ to categorize. The drum pattern clearly goes back to old school hip-hop roots, but the style from the happy hook that starts off the JPNSGRLS loves alt rock and hates vowsong continues throughout the verses and creates an even bouncier els. “Divorce,” the band’s sophomore efbeat than hip-hop tends to bring. Overall, “Highly Possible” ends fort, is a collection of songs in the vein of up being one of the best productions on “Brighter Future.” bands like Arctic Monkeys and Modest However, no track sums up “Brighter Future” better than the Mouse. With poppin’ riffs and Alex Turntitle track. As the penultimate track on the album, “Brighter Fu- er casually screaming smooth lyrics over ture” featuring Naaz brings the full-length art piece home one unrelenting drums, the overall heaviness more time before Big G closes out the album with smooth jazz on harkens back to Modest Mouse. “Divorce” the final song. The title track, once again, showcases Big Gigan- makes a tired genre exciting again as a very tic’s skills to blend genres with ease. The duo combines the best cool, heavy, alt indie rock album. of their respective skills, as Lalli’s elegant electronic instrumental infuses future bass music with jazz and Salken’s drums help keep Must Hear: “Bully for You,” “A CompreFlickr.com the good vibes going. Together, they round out their latest release hensive List of Things I Love,” “Circus,” Big G’s Lalli plays sax and Salken plays the drums. for a “Brighter Future.” “2009” and “19 Pound Baby”
Big Gigantic’s future looks bright
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Center for Student Success
The Center was established to provide students with access to personalized coaching and advisement with the goal of strengthening their academic performance and promoting student retention. The staff is dedicated to the academic success and development of the whole student. CSS also houses targeted retention programs; the PRIDE Mentoring Program an the Male Empowerment Program.
Services Provided: Personalized Academic Coaching - Students can be coached on various academic success skills and techniques to
suit their individual needs. Academic coaching topic examples include; time management, effective reading and note-taking, test taking, academic motivation, and much more!
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Extensive Academic Success Workshops - These workshops teach innovative academic strategies and techniques to assist students with their own unique challenges and experiences.
CSS Fall Workshop Series Wednesdays, 2:00pm-2:50pm, Roscoe West Hall Room 201 Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Time Management
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Learning Styles
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Preparing for Presentations
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016 Review/Recharge to Finish Semester Strong
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Rio / Student translates at Summer Olympics
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Left: Natividade works as a linguistic specialist for the 2016 Olympics. Right: She is able to get tickets to various games, including men’s volleyball. continued from page 1 days before her scheduled flight home to New Jersey. Unsure of what to expect yet unwilling to pass up such a remarkable opportunity, Natividade rescheduled her flight home and prepared to experience her first Olympic Games. For the following few weeks, Natividade utilized her skills as a translator. She was compensated 3,000 Brazilian reais, or $916, for her work. According to the Rio Olympics
website, over 70,000 people were recruited to work at this year’s games. Of them, nearly 8,000 were linguistic specialists like Natividade, who were tasked with a variety of roles from accompanying athletes to aiding press conferences and competitions. Natividade’s first night of work was the opening ceremony — a night she is unlikely to forget. “It was a night that left its mark on a girl who doesn’t easily get emotional, but couldn’t and didn’t even try to contain the marathon of feelings racing through her that
night,” Natividade said. The Olympic workers had no set schedule. Instead, their workweek shifted on a daily basis. Natividade was placed wherever additional help was needed. When she first started, Natividade was stationed at the Olympic Village, working at security checkpoints to keep the lines moving smoothly. Later on, she was stationed on the sidelines of Olympic competitions and trusted with translating for the athletes, along with other responsibilities. “I would literally be in firsthand
Farm / Market brings fresh produce to campus
Connor Smith / Sports Editor
In addition to fruits and vegetables, the market features local artists. continued from page 1 “I love the site and I love the entertainment,” said Bruce Waltuck, a first-time customer. “A couple of the vendors are folks we’re already familiar with, so I hope that this will be a successful market.” Waltuck’s wife, Susie Waltuck, only wished that there was a baked good vendor. “I personally would like to add another vendor, if they could,” she said. “Someone that does breads or bakery stuff — the sweet stuff. I miss when you go to the farmer’s market and you can get something like that.” Meanwhile, many students embraced the healthy nature of the marketplace. Senior psychology major Rachel Turan was happy to finally have a fresh alternative to the usual Sodexo offerings. “They have a good selection of awesome produce,” Turan said. “Buying your own vegetables and produce and making
your own food is 100 percent better (than processed foods). It’s better for you, you know what’s in it and there’s something really nice about knowing what goes into the food you’re eating.” Summiel hopes more students will echo Turan’s enthusiasm. Although the market was built to withstand the unstable nature of start-ups, he believes the project can have a wonderful impact on the students and Ewing, N.J., residents alike. “We’re trying to get people to think health-conscious and connect the farms to the community,” Summiel said. “Everybody’s coming out. It’s just a great opportunity for the local college and the Ewing Township community to have access to great, high-quality farm products.” Whether you’re looking to shop for fresh produce or take in the rural atmosphere, the 31 & Main Farmers Market is a welcome addition to a developing Campus Town center.
contact with the most incredible people, like the USA Swim team, Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix,” Natividade said. “It was the most surreal thing to see these people that I grew up watching on the TV right in front of me. Even if all I got to say to them was ‘right this way (enter Olympian’s name).’” On her days off, Natividade often opted to stay on site and watch countries vie for victory. Because of her status as a translator, Natividade was able to land tickets to a handful of sold-out events. She watched tennis, gymnastics, beach
volleyball, soccer and even mountain biking, but the most she ever paid for a ticket was $20. “I’ve always been a big fan of the games and have watched it ever since I was teeny,” Natividade said. “But it was definitely beyond anything I could have imagined as an outsider going in. It’s so much more than just individual athletes competing to be the best in the world. It’s more of a camaraderie… an opportunity to come in contact with the people that share the same passion and dedication as you.”
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: March ‘05
Missing trailer causes campus stir
AK: The best thing to do is mix styles from one season with colors from another. This kind of weather allows you to be comfortable in the hot temperature, while looking ready for the upcoming fall season. SS: Where are your favorite places to shop for these items? AK: All the main department stores released their fall collections, but Nordstrom Rack is my go-to. It’s great because they have clothes from the summer season that can easily be made transitional. Plus, they have really great deals.
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Campus Police files a theft report for a missing construction trailer.
Every week, Features Editor Elise Schoening hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. A construction trailer was reported missing from the College in 2005. While it wasn’t clear whether the trailer had been stolen by students or simply misplaced, Campus Police filed a theft report to the National Crime Information Center. A previous incident filed through the database dealt with a missing student on spring break. Campus Police is unsure whether the trailer that was reported stolen from Lot 5 sometime between Jan. 19-21 was actually stolen or misplaced. The 20-foot long construction trailer was reported stolen by a representative from Penn Lyon Homes, Inc., the company that built the ill-fated Metzger Apartments. Lieutenant Don Rizzo of Campus Police said that Detective Sergeant Jim Lopez is handling the case and no leads are apparent at this time. Rizzo also said that he does not know what the trailer contained. When asked how a trailer being stolen could go unnoticed by the construction workers or anyone else on campus, Rizzo said that it could have taken place after the workers went home for the day at 6 p.m. and anyone who may have witnessed it may not have realized that a crime was occurring. Brian Murray, director of Campus Planning and Construction, confirmed that the
trailer is still considered stolen, as no one from Penn Lyon has come forward to say that it has been found. However, both Murray and Rizzo expressed the opinion that a misunderstanding could have taken place within Penn Lyon and the trailer could have been misplaced rather than stolen. Rizzo said that occasionally it happens that someone from a construction company’s office may instruct someone to move a piece of equipment from one site to another without informing the first site’s foreman. Rizzo said that the report of the trailer theft was entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). This is not the first time that Campus Police has entered reports from campus into the NCIC. Rizzo said that a few years ago, a female student of the college went on Spring Break to Mexico with her boyfriend without telling her parents. The student’s mother reported her missing to Campus Police, who then broadcast an alert with her information on the NCIC. When the student arrived back in the country from Mexico, she was stopped by customs officials when they entered her name in their computer and the alert came up. No chargers were filed against the student.
What began as a whirlwind romance between Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston ended quite quietly. Anonymous sources told People that the couple began drifting apart when Hiddleston went back to filming in Australia. The same source also reported that Swift put the brakes on the relationship when Hiddleston wanted to be more public than Swift preferred. Post-breakup, Hiddleston was spotted getting coffee with friends in Australia. Meanwhile, Swift
By Sierra Stivala Columnist
Name: Alexis Keiper Year: Senior Major: Finance SS: Tell me about what you’re wearing right now. AK: A cotton, scalloped Aqua shirt from Bloomingdale’s paired with a patterned crochet skort from BCBG. I’m also wearing leather lace-up espadrilles from the Michael Kors collection. SS: What inspired this outfit? AK: The style itself is meant for summer weather, but the rust color incorporates fall, as well. I chose brown shoes as opposed to white ones since we’ve entered September. SS: What would you say is the key to dressing in-between seasons?
SS: What types of vests do you think are in right now? AK: So far, I’ve seen a lot of really cute quilted ones. Quilted vests with hoods are the best because they can be worn into winter. SS: What accessories will you be wearing this season? AK: I will probably keep wearing a watch, which is my staple. I’ve been starting to wear a lot of layered necklaces, too. They look great with sweaters and layered shirts. SS: What’s the one thing you can’t wait to buy? AK: I’m so excited to get new boots. My next purchase will probably be short, suede ones. Suede is really in right now, and short boots look good with both jeans and skirts.
Celebs show charitable sides
Perry meets with a survivor of the Orlando shooting. By Mackenzie Cutruzzula Columnist
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Keiper blends summer styles with fall colors.
SS: What are you most looking forward to wearing this fall? AK: Vests — I love the versatility of vests. If they’re lighter, they can be worn as part of the outfit. If they’re heavier, they can be worn in early fall as a replacement for a jacket. They’re perfect for walking to class.
was photographed back in New York, while dressed lavishly and hitting the gym. Swift was also seen front and center during New York Fashion Week. She showed her support of her longtime friend, Gigi Hadid, during the Tommy Hilfiger fashion show. Swift spent time with squad members Martha Hunt and Lily Aldridge throughout the week and took to Instagram to show off how happy and fulfilled she is, despite her renewed single status. Hadid was thankful that Swift could take the time out of her busy schedule to support her fashion
endeavors. The model confirmed that Swift is back in the studio, despite announcing a three-year hiatus last year. Swift also took time to give back during her breakup. The singer donated $5,000 to the family of an 18-year-old fan from Alabama who died in a car crash over Labor Day weekend. In her donation, Swift expressed her sorrow for the family’s loss and acknowledged that the family will keep the fan’s memory alive. Katy Perry, although not usually associated positively with Swift, also made headlines for charitable reasons last week. Perry appeared on “Ellen” to meet Tony Marrero, a survivor of the Orlando, Fla., nightclub shooting who cited the lyrics to “Rise” as a vital part of his healing from four gunshot wounds. Perry pledged to pay for Marrero’s first year of film school. Perry has been a bearer of good news recently, as she has been open to talking about her sevenmonth-long relationship with actor Orlando Bloom. In a recent interview with Women’s Wear Daily,
the singer noted that her only qualm with the relationship is the hour and half separating her from the actor, since he lives in Malibu, Calif., and her home is in Los Angeles. During their recent escape to Cannes, France, it was rumored that Bloom proposed. However, the news has yet to be confirmed by either star, and other reports claim that Bloom would prefer to propose in Malibu. Angelina Jolie Pitt headed to Syria to urge United Nations leaders to address world conflict and the poor treatment of refugees. The actress and United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees Special Envoy held a press conference at the Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan on Friday, Sept. 9, to emphasize the need for international aid for Syrian refugees, and met with families displaced by the crisis. Jolie Pitt emphasized that it is impossible to fathom the brevity of what these families have gone through in the last five years. She also met and spent time with families and victims individually to further address the situation. With the holiday season still months away, celebrities are reminding us all that being charitable can be a year-round affair.
Jolie Pitt speaks in Syria about refugees’ rights.
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Sports Field Hockey
Field hockey suffers first loss of year By George Tatoris Sports Editor
The field hockey team experienced mixed emotions last week. After a close 4-3 defeat to the Cabrini College Cavaliers on Wednesday, Sept. 8, the Lions went on to trounce the Juniata College Eagles on Saturday, Sept. 10, which brought their record to 2-1. The loss to unranked Cabrini was the first for the No. 3 Lions this season. Cabrini got on the board early with two goals in the first 10 minutes, but the Lions retaliated by bombarding the Cavaliers net with three unanswered goals of their own to end the half ahead, 3-2. Senior forward and midfielder Jaclyn Douglas had an impressive outing, as she scored all three of the team’s four goals that evening. Douglas first scored off a feed from junior forward Elizabeth Morrison. Later, she scored another goal off a rebounded shot from senior defender Lexi Smith, tying the game, 2-2. With just over two minutes left, the Lions took advantage of a penalty circle to end the half ahead. Smith, along with sophomore forward/midfielder Caroline Quinn, fed the ball to Douglas, who scored her third goal of the night. Despite the lead coming into the second half, the energy from Douglas’s rallying performance fizzled. After a few wide shots from Quinn and junior forward/midfielder Amanda Pallitto at the beginning of
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Douglas scores two goals against Juniata College. the second half, the Cavaliers took control and snaked through the Lions defense for a goal, tying up the game. Douglas had a chance to put the Lions ahead, but the ball was stopped by Cabrini’s goalkeeper. Soon after, a Cavalier collected a loose ball and sent it sailing into the Lions net, putting Cabrini ahead, 4-3, and leaving the Lions less than 13 minutes to tie it up. Despite being awarded four penalty corners in those 13 minutes, the Lions couldn’t score. The struggle lasted until the final second, when Douglas took a
shot at the goal, only to have a Cavalier get in between her and the net. Douglas continued to dominate in the contest against Juniata, scoring the first two goals for the Lions. The Lions went at the Eagles with a blitzkrieg, but the Eagles defense put up a wall as Juniata goalkeeper Kylie Edwards accrued six saves in the first 20 minutes of play — three of them within 30 seconds of each other. Finally, at 22 minutes, the Eagles relented as Douglas sent the ball into the net off an assist from Smith. The Eagles
defense stopped anymore goals in the half, but their offense failed to close the deficit, ending the half, 1-0. The Lions regrouped after the break, ready to play. This time, they only had to wait six minutes before Quinn sent the ball into the on during a penalty corner and Smith fed it to Douglas for her second goal of the game. The College’s defense had little to do as the offense dominated on the other side of the field. If an Eagle managed to get close, they were swatted away by senior defenders Shannon Cowles or Alexa Magnotta. Senior goalkeeper Kelly Schlupp only registered one save in the entire contest. Less than two minutes after being substituted in, freshman defender Cayla Andrews sent the ball sailing off a pass from Smith, earning her first collegiate goal. Senior forward and midfielder Danielle Andreula scored the fourth and final Lions goal. The Lions redeemed themselves from their loss earlier in the week with a 4-0 victory. At the end of the match, the Lions outshot the Eagles, 22-1. The Lions have a history of turning regular season losses into winning streaks. Last season, they lost to Ursinus College in October, only to come back and win eight straight matchups, ending at the national semi-finals. The year before that, they won 15 straight games to win the national title after a 3-1 loss to Salisbury University.
Lions leave Johns Hopkins with 2-2 tie
Women’s soccer now has a 1-0-1 record. By Michael Battista Staff Writer
Any sport can have an incredible finish, whether it be that walk-off home run in baseball, that hail mary touchdown in football or that buzzer beater shot in basketball to seal the win. But for every one of those, there is a team that comes up on the short end, just as the Lions did when they tied Johns Hopkins, 2-2, on Saturday, Sept. 10. Junior defender Abigail Emmert said the team needed to be able to adapt if they wanted to play well against Johns Hopkins, who went 14-5-1 last season. “I think the biggest challenge we will face… is implementing strategies and plays that we have been working on in practice, as well as adapting to (Johns Hopkins’s) formation,” Emmert said. “Our entire team, from starters
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to subs, knows what we need to accomplish today and what it will take to do so. We can’t let small errors get in the way of what we need to accomplish.” Two minutes into the contest, the Lions seemed not only to adapt to the Blue Jays, but found an opening when Emmert headed in a goal off a corner from junior midfielder Jessica Goldman, putting the team up, 1-0. Emmert credits her teammates powerful playing for the first goal. “I think our team just came out with an intensity that helped us set the pace and when we got the corner, we knew exactly what to do,” Emmert said. “Because we came out so strong and intense, we were able to make that first goal happen.” After that, Johns Hopkins began a series of counter attacks with multiple attempts against senior goalkeeper Jessica Weeder. As with the Lions goal, a corner kick in
the 15th minute set up a header goal for the Blue Jays, which tied the game 1-1. Both teams matched one another during the first half, with both the Lions and Blue Jays taking five shots each. The Lions were overzealous at times, as they went offsides four times in the first 45 minutes — and eight times in the entire game, compared to Johns Hopkins’s one. The first half came to a close with both teams still locked up, but during the second half the Lions came out just as strong as they did during the first. Since they outshot the Blue Jays 5-0 during the first 15 minutes, the Lions were able to nail in a goal off the cleats of senior forward Christine Levering at 55:54, off an assist from junior midfielder Elizabeth Thoreson, putting the Lions up, 2-1. The team continued to dominate until a lightning strike delayed the game for an hour and a half. The long break between play gave the Blue Jays time to regroup. After play resumed, they took the helm as the dominant force. Johns Hopkins outshot the College 4-1 after the break, and one of those slipped by Weeder with four seconds left in regulation to tie the game up at 2-2. Neither team could come out on top in overtime, with the Lions unable to take a single shot during either extra period, leaving both at a draw. With its record at 1-0-1, the College will now prepare for Wednesday, Sept. 14, when the team takes on Ursinus College at home for the first time this season. Emmert says the team is ready for any challenge the season throws at them. “We have a fairly young team,” Emmert said. “It important for our team to remember that every game is going to be different and every team plays differently, so what we did in one game won’t necessarily work in the next.”
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Pirates pilfer, Ducks dominate, but Lions stand tall By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Assistant The Lions endured tough matchups this week as they lost to Stevens Institute of Technology, 3-1, on Wednesday, Sept. 7, won against Keystone College, 1-0, on Saturday, Sept. 10, and lost to Whitworth University, 4-3, on Sunday, Sept. 11. At Hoboken, N.J., the Lions were defeated by the Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks, 3-1. Both teams were scoreless at halftime as the Lions could not capitalize off corner kicks. The Lions tallied the scoreboard in the beginning of the second half. Senior midfielder Domenic Polidoro hit a lob pass toward the goal while freshman midfielder Sam Monaco headed the ball for the Lions goal. The Ducks equalized the score when a Duck midfielder sent a pass toward a fullback, who swiftly kicked the ball toward the top right corner of the goal. The Ducks offensive never stopped — the team scored two more goals before the game’s end. Meanwhile, the Lions attempted to counter with a load of shots and penalty kicks. The Ducks goalkeeper meddled the Lions offense as he saved five shots, including a penalty kick by senior midfielder Nick Costelloe. Saturday, Sept. 10, the Lions
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Jauk celebrates after scoring the penalty kick against Keystone.
returned to the Science Complex to host the annual Adidas Classic tournament. The Lions bounced back against the Keystone Giants as they recorded 30 shots on their way to a 1-0 shutout victory. Freshman forward Mateo Panizza started the match with a header towards the Giants goalkeeper. In the 19th minute, sophomore midfielder Nick Sample blasted two shots on target with no goal in the end. The match remained scoreless after the first half. However, the
Lions offense continued its slew of shots to the end. With one minute left in regulation time, sophomore midfielder Joerg Jauk scored on a penalty kick to seal the team’s victory. The following day, the Lions faced an unfamiliar opponent from Spokane, Wash. — the Whitworth University Pirates. The Pirates, who compiled a 16-2-1 record and won their conference last season, initially overwhelmed the Lions with 3-0 deficit. The Lions refused to bow
down, though, and they battled for a 4-3 result. In the first half, the Lions struggled to counter a dominant Pirates possession. In the 12th minute, a Pirate crossed the ball from left field toward the goalie’s box, where a midfielder was left unmarked and tapped in the ball for the Pirates first goal. Two minutes later, the Pirates executed the same routine, catching the Lions off guard for another goal. The Pirates goalkeeper shunned the Lions offense and recorded
four saves. After halftime, the Lions sieged through the Pirates defense and launched six shots by the 51st minute. However, the Pirates retaliated with another goal. With 25 minutes remaining, the Lions resurged when Polidoro used a free kick to send a pass to senior defender Clayton Flon, who followed with a goal through the goalkeeper’s legs. The crowd roared when Costelloe took advantage of a slow pass and flickered the ball above the Pirates goalkeeper. Two minutes later, Panizza possessed a rebound and slid in a goal from the right side. Initially, the goal was not counted, but after review, the referees ruled that the ball crossed the goal line. With the game tied, 3-3, the Lions fought until the last whistle. However, the Lions steep comeback fell short when Ducks junior midfielder Jonah Snyder scored the winning goal after bypassing the Lions defense. “Making shots is one thing, scoring goals is a whole ’nother challenge,” said head coach George Nazario. “The team performed better in the second half by converting turnovers and opportunities.” The Lions lace up for another home match against the Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityFlorham Devils on Wednesday, Sept. 14.
Fantasy picks so bad you know they’re good
21. John Brown (ARI vs. TB) 22. Michael Floyd (ARI vs. TB) 23. T. Y. Hilton (IND at DEN) 24. Sammy Watkins (BUF vs. NYJ) 25. Jeremy Maclin (KC at HOU)
Running backs Remember that these rankings were based on Points Per Reception scoring, which was why I have decided to rank the top three Arizona wide receivers this week. Although not all three will catch a touchdown, all three will likely score similar points by yards and receptions. Furthermore, below I have my rankings for the top 15 (top 30 online) running backs:
Jeffery is a top-10 wide receiver pick this week.
By Sean Reis Arts & Entertainment Editor
Well, the first week was filled with shockers, but it’s officially over. Specifically, to the surprise of many, the Denver Broncos offense produced points last week against one of the league’s top defenses, but that’s the NFL for you. Quarterbacks Most quarterbacks gave fantasy owners pretty standard results, but at running back, several top draft picks were not quite ready to return: specifically, Jamaal Charles, Thomas Rawls and Devonta Freeman. Meanwhile, at wide receiver, some looked as though they were not worth the pick, but you will need to wait two or three weeks before you make any drastic free agency moves. Nonetheless, let’s look at who to start during fantasy’s second week. Below are
my rankings for the top 15 quarterbacks:
1. Cam Newton (CAR vs. SF) 2. Carson Palmer (ARI vs. TB) 3. Aaron Rodgers (GB at MIN) 4. Andrew Luck (IND at DEN) 5. Ben Roethlisberger (PIT vs. CIN) 6. Drew Brees (NO at NYG) 7. Russell Wilson (SEA at LA) 8. Eli Manning (NYG vs. NO) 9. Philip Rivers (SD vs. JAX) 10. Matthew Stafford (DET vs. TEN) 11. Derek Carr (OAK vs. ATL) 12. Andy Dalton (CIN at PIT) 13. Blake Bortles (JAX at SD) 14. Kirk Cousins (WAS vs. DAL) 15. Ryan Fitzpatrick (NYG at BUF)
Wide receivers If, for whatever reason, you desperately need a new quarterback already, you can also look to pick up Jimmy Garoppolo or Dak Prescott, but let’s continue to wide receiver.
Below, I have ranked my top 25 receivers (you can find my top 50 online):
1. Antonio Brown (PIT vs. CIN) 2. Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG vs. NO) 3. Julio Jones (ATL at OAK) 4. DeAndre Hopkins (HOU vs. KC) 5. A. J. Green (CIN at PIT) 6. Jarvis Landry (MIA at NE) 7. Brandon Marshall (NYJ at BUF) 8. Alshon Jeffery (CHI vs. PHI) 9. Brandin Cooks (NO at NYG) 10. Dez Bryant (DAL at WAS) 11. Mike Evans (TB at ARI) 12. Jordy Nelson (GB at MIN) 13. Allen Robinson (JAX at SD) 14. Golden Tate (DET vs. TEN) 15. Amari Cooper (OAK vs. ATL) 16. Julian Edelman (NE vs. MIA) 17. Demaryius Thomas (DEN vs. IND) 18. Eric Decker (NYJ at BUF) 19. Randall Cobb (GB at MIN) 20. Larry Fitzgerald (ARI vs. TB)
1. David Johnson (ARI vs. TB) 2. Ezekiel Elliott (DAL at WAS) 3. Devonta Freeman (ATL at OAK) 4. Lamar Miller (HOU vs. KC) 5. C. J. Anderson (DEN vs. IND) 6. Adrian Peterson (MIN vs. GB) 7. Todd Gurley (LA vs. SEA) 8. DeAngelo Williams (PIT vs. CIN) 9. Jamaal Charles (KC at HOU) 10. LeGarrette Blount (NE vs. MIA) 11. Eddie Lacy (GB at MIN) 12. Jonathan Stewart (CAR vs. SF) 13. Latavius Murray (OAK vs. ATL) 14. Doug Martin (TB at ARI) 15. Ryan Matthews (PHI at CHI)
Free agents Lastly, I have five free agent suggestions for those looking to make moves on the first waiver-wire Wednesday:
1. Quincy Enunwa (NYJ - WR) 2. Cole Beasley (DAL - WR) 3. Jacob Tamme (ATL - TE) 4. Alex Smith (KC - QB) 5. Jack Doyle (IND - TE)
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Otto Gomez “The Ref”
Marc Trotochaud The Newb
Sean Reis A&E Editor
George Tatoris Sports Editor
In this week’s edition of Around the Dorm, we welcome newcomer Marc Trotochaud and veterans Sean Reis and George Tatoris as they try to answer “Ref” Otto Gomez’s three questions: Who is the best two-sport athlete in the last 25 years? Which college football team has been the most surprisingly good (or bad)? Does Tiger Woods deserve to be on my Mount Rushmore of American athletes?
1. Tim Tebow is the next player to play multiple professional sports. Who is the best two-sport athlete in the last 25 years? Marc: Michael Jordan. During the mid’90s, after winning three straight championships with the Chicago Bulls. Jordan shocked the sports world with his brief transition into professional baseball. Although his stint in MLB was uninspiring at best (barely cracking .200 with just over 50 RBIs), he more than made up for it with his performance as an NBA player. When I look at his two-sport career, I average out the best NBA career of all time with a forgettable career in the minor leagues, putting him right in the middle of a hypothetical two-sport overall ranking. In my opinion that score puts him ahead of any other multi-sport athlete the sports world has had in the last 25 years. Sean: He’s probably the wrong answer, but I have to say Jordan. Although Jordan did not play baseball on superstar levels,
he’s one of the greatest to ever play the game of basketball, meanwhile, he left his game during his prime to go and give his
other passion, baseball, a try. To leave your sport, while you are the best player on the planet, and go attempt a career at another
sport you love — that takes heart! LeBron James could never do that. George: Speed can get you a lot of places. For James Jett, speed got him to the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992 and the NFL in 1993. Jett was a member of America’s gold-earning 4x100 relay team in Barcelona, Spain. That’s right. An NFL player with Olympic Gold. One year later he was drafted to the Los Angeles Raiders as a wide receiver. His rookie season he led the NFL with over 23 yards per reception. He kept with the team through the move to Oakland, Calif. and during the late ’90s Raiders renaissance. He ended his career with Super Bowl XXXVII and with 256 receptions for 4,417 yards and 30 touchdowns, putting him in the top-10 list of best receivers in Raiders history. A lot of two-sport athletes only find success in one of their sports, but Jett managed to do so in both. In addition, his name is almost as good of a sprinter name as Usain Bolt.
Marc gets 2 points because a .200 in AA is still hard to get. Sean gets 0 points for the unnecessary shot at LeBron. George gets 0 points because Jett didn’t run in the 4x100 final. 2. After the first few weeks of college football, which team has been the most surprisingly good (or bad)? Marc: It’s Sunday night and I waited to watch week two before I answered this question. Surprisingly, my answered stayed the same. Louisiana State University (LSU) has been the most surprisingly bad team this season. Their first loss to Univerity of Wisconsin, when they had a top-five national ranking, shocked not just me, but the entire sports world. I wasn’t looking for a big bounce back this week because the strength of their opponent gave them way more room for error. Yet as I watched the highlights of their expected blowout victory, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed that LSU star running back (RB) Leonard Fournette was not on the field. Fournette could sit out the rest of the season and still be the first RB taken off the board, making me nervous and disappointed that an exciting LSU team will probably fall flat.
Sean: I don’t know about the most surprising team, but I’ll tell you the least — the Lions lost 51 to 3 last week — “c’mon, man!” OK, I kid, I kid. Seriously, the most surprisingly bad team thus far has to be my Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Irish put up 47 points the first week, but did they even play defense because University of Texas dropped 50 on them? Those are unacceptable defensive numbers. I don’t care if you beat University of Nevada this past week. Notre Dame, get your shit together. George: The most surprisingly good performance so far is Texas A&M. After starting the season unranked, it seemed they were destined to fall to No. 16 UCLA in the opening week. The Aggies faltered defensive-wise a few times causing the game to drag into overtime, but ultimately reigned over the Bruins, 31-24. At the end of it all, Texas A&M had 203 rushing yards and forced three turnovers from Heisman
candidate Josh Rosen. The win catapulted the Aggies to No. 20 in the AP Poll and 24 in the Coaches’ Poll. Meanwhile, UCLA
fell off the board. After week two, the Aggies sit at No. 17 in the AP Poll and No. 20 in the Coaches’ Poll.
Marc gets 1 point for Fournette, who sat out. Sean gets 2 points for mentioning the Irish and Texas game. George gets 3 points for mentioning the Aggies early success. 3. Personally, Woods is on my Mount Rushmore of American athletes of my lifetime. Does he deserve to be there? Marc: It would not be outlandish to argue that Woods is the best American athlete we have seen in our lifetime. I credit this argument for two different reasons: One, his dominance in the sport, and two, the amount of media coverage he attracted. All Woods did was win, and he won for over a decade. His dominance in golf hadn’t been seen for years, and the media attention that he garnered put him in the public spotlight. He was riding in
the high media spotlight for years, and when he crashed the entire nation were witnesses. These reasons move Woods into my Mount Rushmore of American athletes from our lifetime. Sean: The Mount Rushmore of Golf? Yes. However, the Mount Rushmore of American athletes during our generation? I don’t know about that top four. The first three were easy for me — Derek Jeter, James and Peyton Manning — but that fourth athlete, that’s tough. Personally, I think Woods is too easy of an argument. He has 14 major titles and the
speed at which he won those was unreal, but he’s slowed down... a lot, and he’ll never pass Jack Nicklaus, so I don’t think I can place him on my generation’s Mount Rushmore. George: The only four guys to go on any Mount Rushmore are Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, who were all competent athletes anyway. Lincoln was an accomplished wrestler who once threw a man and then asked if anyone else wanted to “whet” their “horns.” Teddy played
football and literally helped create the NCAA. Washington had an arm like an MLB pitcher and rode horses like Tobey Maguire in “Seabiscuit,” according to his soldiers. Even Jefferson, the turbo-nerd of the founding fathers, shot foxes in the head. Sure, they didn’t play professionally, but these guys pretty much did more than anyone else ever did for American sportdom by inventing America — a very necessary component to American sports. Putting Woods next to those guys is unpatriotic and downright communist.
Marc gets 3 points for explaining Woods’s dominance. Sean gets 2 points because you still kept Woods out. George 2 points because Roosevelt helped create the NCAA.
Women’s tennis sweeps through NJAC
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Left: Baldi improves her overall record to 4-1. Right: Prestera celebrates a milestone win. By Rohan Ahluwalia Staff Writer After opening the season with two victories and a defeat, the women’s tennis team entered its second week with hopes to channel newfound motivation. Following a close 4-5 defeat against Wellesley College, the Lions returned to the court on Wednesday, Sept. 7, against Stockton University in what would be the first of four straight days of tennis for the Lions. The Lions entered their match against Stockton University with a 166 match winning streak against New Jersey Athletics Conference (NJAC) opposition. They extended that streak in impressive fashion with a 9-0 shutout. The next day, the Lions traveled
to take on another conference rival, Ramapo College, where they again dominated their opponents on the way to another 9-0 victory. The Lions then concluded their week of victory by hosting New York University (NYU) in the Lions Kickoff Tournament. The College managed to come out on top over its visitors during the twoday invitational tournament, 13-2, which improved the overall record to 4-1. During Wednesday’s NJAC match against Stockton University, the Lions won in both singles and doubles, with all six singles competitions being decided in straight sets. Sophomores Sneha Rangu and Alyssa Baldi joined junior Brittany Reedman and seniors Anna Prestera and Katie Buchbinder to
win their matches straight sets for a 6-0 shutout of the singles competition. Junior Maddy Stoner also won her match in straight sets 6-0 and 6-1. In doubles, Rangu and Baldi teamed up to win their match 8-0, while sophomore Grace Minassian and Stoner won their set 8-1. Prestera and junior Danna Tsay then concluded the day for the Lions with a 8-2 victory. Against Ramapo, the Lions continued where they left off the previous day. Rangu, Reedman, Baldi and Prestera all won their singles matchups in straight sets 6-0, while Stoner and sophomore Emily Szkudlarski won their first sets 6-1 before winning the second sets 6-0 each. For doubles, Stoner partnered with Minassian to win their set
8-2, while Rangu and Baldi won theirs, 8-0. Prestera and freshman Audrey Chen won their set 8-1 to finish off the 9-0 win for the College. After two dominant victories, the women returned home to take on NYU in the Lions Kickoff Tournament. Baldi led the way, as she won all four matchups she was involved in, two in singles and two in doubles. Rangu was Baldi’s partner in the doubles competition. Reedman also secured two singles victories, while Prestera also recorded two victories in the singles competition. Unlike in the previous two matches this week, the Lions did not win any straight sets 6-0, but that did not deter the side from winning the singles competition, 9-1.
The same story occurred in doubles competition where the girls had to fight for their victory. Minassian and Stoner’s matchup went down to the wire, as the two won their match, 9-8. Baldi and Rangu won both their doubles matchups, while sophomore Katelyn Hojeibane partnered with Chen to win their set 8-3 and secure the victory for the College in the twoday invitational tournament. “We’ve worked very hard on the court this week and it paid off today,” coach Scott Dicheck said about the matches against NYU. “Hopefully, we can take the confidence we have gained this week and build on it.” The Lions (4-1) return on Tuesday, Sept. 13, as they travel to Camden, N.J. to face Rutgers-Camden at 3:30 p.m.
CM Punk lasts two minutes in ‘UFC 203’ By Michael Battista Staff Writer
Two years of training. Two years of pushed back debuts. Two years of injuries and rumors of poor sparing practices. All led up to “Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 203” on Saturday, Sept. 10, for Phil “CM Punk” Brooks. The result? He lasted two minutes before a rear naked choke made Punk tap out after being dominated in the first round by Mickey Gall. The idea that Punk showed a lot of heart is circulating on social media, both by fans of the former World Wrestling Entertainment star, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fans and athletes around the world. Punk took that long walk to the ring in Cleveland as “Cult of Personality” by Living Colour played. Many fighters tried to take that walk, but he was able to do it. It doesn’t excuse the fact Punk was dominated right as the bell rung. Gall took him down immediately, and from there, Punk valiantly tried to defend himself in the corner of the Octagon. I remember
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Fans support Brooks, despite the loss.
turning to my friend after a minute of Punk being down and yelling about Punk’s face turning blue and his head being constantly hit in the back. Gall is trained and holds belts in jiu-jitsu. He had already claimed two first-round UFC wins, and Punk came into the sport two years ago with no training at all at 35 years old. It took Punk tapping his own hand against the ground for the fight to end in 2:14. After the defeat, Gall came out and supported
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Punk. Since Gall’s MMA announcement, he has been criticized for taking too long to train and being too hyped up. “I see a lot of hate for this guy online… I think we all hate too much,” Gall said in an interview after the match. “Fuck the hate. We all need to love each other.” When it came time for Punk to comment, he stayed humble and reserved. Since he entered the sport, Punk avoided boasting like his old wrestling persona
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was so used to doing. He knows he’s only getting started. He can’t talk the talk until he walks the walk. “In life, you go big or you go home,” Punk said. “I just like to take challenges. This was a hell of a mountain to try and climb, and I didn’t get to the summit today, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to give up.” After thanking the fans for the support and talking about his wife at home, Punk left on a motivational message. “I know there’s a lot of doubters, but listen, life’s about falling down and getting up,” Punk said. “So, if there’s any kid out there that’s told by a parent, or a coach, or a teacher, or somebody they look up to, someone that’s suppose to push them and believe in them, and they’re told ‘no,’ don’t listen to them. Believe in yourself. Sometimes, the outcome isn’t what you desire it to be. But the true failure in life is not trying at all.” This isn’t the end for Punk. He will train more, return and, win or lose, get back up ready for the next challenge. Punk may have lost, but he still left the arena with support from the crowd.
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