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Slutwalk sheds light on growing rape culture

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Members of WILL march for the safety of women on college campuses. By Heidi Cho Correspondent

“Fuck Brock Turner!” “Yes means ‘fuck me!’ No means ‘fuck you!’” “Two, four, six, eight! Stop the violence! Stop the rape!”

These were the chants that rang out on Tuesday, Sept. 13, during the College’s fourth annual Slutwalk. Women In Learning and Leadership (WILL) has hosted Slutwalk since 2013. It draws in about 200 people annually and this year was no different. The protestors gathered at 7

p.m. to create an atmosphere of excitement and solidarity for survivors of sexual assault and rape. Part of the goal of Slutwalk is to demonstrate how the way someone dresses doesn’t affect their chances of being raped, according to Maggie Kurnyta,

WILL’s programming chair and an English and women’s and gender studies double major. “You can wear long sleeves and jeans — still be raped — can wear bra and underwear — still be raped,” Kurnyta said. The aim of this event is to show

it is only the rapist’s decision that determines who will be raped. Slutwalks began in 2011 in Toronto, Canada, in response to a Toronto police officer who said, “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized,” according to CNN. By placing responsibility on the victim’s outfit rather than the rapist’s actions, this police officer participated in victim blaming. Victim shaming is still relevant in 2016, as Turner, known as the Stanford University rapist, received a six-month jail sentence. Critics of the punishment call it lenient, according to a CNN article from June 7, 2016. His actions and indulgent sentencing inspired the “Fuck Brock Turner!” chant this year. “Rape on campus is so prevalent and the way the people talk in media and court paint the victim as someone to blame,” said Julie Scesney, a junior international studies major at her first Slutwalk. According to Kaitlyn Gallagher, a freshman at the College, it is even more prevalent for people in the LGTAQ+ community. In to a 2010 report from the see WALK page 3

IMM mini courses Pulitzer-winning alumnus returns offer new passions By Sydney Shaw Editor-in-Chief

By George Tatoris Sports Editor John Kuiphoff, chair of the Interactive Multimedia (IMM) department, overheard a woman having a conversation about social media over the phone. What drew Kuiphoff’s ear was not the subject matter of the conversation, but the impassioned tone with which the woman spoke. Before disembarking the train, Kuiphoff turned around, introduced himself and asked her if she would like to teach an IMM mini course at the College, handing her a slip of torn paper with his email on it. He didn’t have any business cards on him. IMM mini courses are an invention of Kuiphoff’s that are going on their third semester. The courses cover specialized topics barely sufficient in content for a semester-long course, but still difficult to learn on one’s own. Each course meets only four times each semester, counts for .25 units and are pass/fail. Any student enrolled at the College can take a mini course. Classes have included digital fabrication, welding, advanced CSS and woodworking (which was taught by Kuiphoff himself). see IMM page 5

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For Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Queally, chaos is part of the job description. He’s been punched out at a crime scene in Newark, N.J., he’s been offered drugs in the field and he’s had at least five somewhat-polite conversations with white supremacists. This adrenaline junkie has no shortage of wild stories. But seven years ago, a career in police reporting wasn’t even a glint in Queally’s eye. The self-proclaimed “comic book nerd” was the sports editor at The Signal and pursuing a degree in journalism at the College. Since he graduated in 2009, he has worked at major media outlets as close to home as The Star-Ledger and as far as the Los Angeles Times, where Queally was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its reporting on the shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., last year. He flew back to his alma mater on Friday, Sept. 16, for a Brown Bag discussion about his life covering “cops, crazies and conventioneers,” as per his

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Students learn from Queally what it’s like to work as a journalist. lecture title. Mayo Concert Hall was all but filled with eager students scribbling on notepads as Queally talked about his experiences covering Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. He described his instinct to run Features / page 14

toward the sound of gunshots — that’s probably where the story is, after all — and the importance of treating sources with compassion. “Seem like a human being, not a see JAMES page 3

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SFB holds first meeting of the fall semester By Olivia Rizzo Staff Writer The Student Finance Board (SFB) held its weekly meeting Wednesday, Sept. 14, and granted full or partial funding to all upcoming events presented as the fall semester gets underway. College Union Board (CUB) proposed to host its annual Night of Comedy, which will provide the College community with oncampus entertainment featuring a recognizable comedian. Although this year’s comedian has not yet been selected, CUB has been responsible for bringing comedians like John Mulaney and Bo Burnham to campus. The events always draw large crowds of students. The board voted to fully fund the event in the amount of $11,164 to cover talent costs, Mayo Concert Hall fees, security and publicity for the event. The event will take place in Mayo Concert Hall on an unannounced date in November. CUB also presented its plan to host an overnight bus trip to Boston. The bus trip will take 54 students for a trip on Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16, to the historic city. Activities include lunch at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the chance to explore the Boston Harbor, a tour of the historic Fenway Park and a trip to Harvard Square. The board voted to fully fund the event in the amount of $570.90 for the cost of the bus. Union Latina presented its proposal to the board for the Gala de la Raza, which translates to “celebration of the races.” According to the proposal, “the purpose of the event is to celebrate multiculturalism through cultural performances, traditional Latin food and music.” This year’s Gala theme is “Enchanted Forest” and is inspired by

SFB deliberates on events, such as Union Latina’s Gala de la Raza. folktales from around the world. The event will feature performances from students and professionals, including a Latin-infused ballet routine. The board voted to allocate the full $2,241.07 for the event to cover the cost of food, decorations and fees for a disc jockey and performer. The event will take place on Friday, Oct. 21, in the Decker Social Space. The Muslim Student Association (MSA) was funded $10,615.21 for its annual Eid dinner. The Eid-AlAdha commemoration is a holiday that celebrates the sacrifice Abraham made for the sake of God, an important event in all three major Abrahamic religions. “This dinner allows TCNJ students of

all backgrounds to come and celebrate a joyous occasion in unity with their Muslim peers,” according to the proposal. “It is an opportunity to learn about the holiday as well as Islam from esteemed Muslim leaders, and allows an opportunity to deflate any common misconceptions about the religion. The point of this event is to celebrate Abraham’s sacrifice with good intention, company and food.” MSA hopes this event will help educate and make the campus community stand together against prejudices with a friendly, welcoming environment and diverse food. The organization hopes to bring comedian Dean Obeidallah to the event to add to the fun atmosphere. The Eid dinner will take place Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Decker Social Space. Lastly, the sophomore class council

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presented a proposal for the Sophomore Class Moonlight Cruise. The event’s goal is to create unity among the sophomore class. Students will board the Spirit of Philadelphia boat for a night of food, music and dancing. “The Moonlight Cruise is very different from a typical formal,” the proposal read. “This will provide a safe and unique opportunity for sophomores to interact with old friends, as well as make new ones.” The board agreed to allocate $9,786.70 for the cost of the cruise, busing and parking. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15. The board ended its meeting by interviewing candidates for their freshman representative position. Charles Mazzucco and Dessa Reed were voted to be the freshman representatives for 2016-2017.

Voter awareness important for college students

Clinton is a presidential nominee students can consider.

By Tom Ballard Staff Writer

Outside the border of Metzger Drive, the country is engulfed in a controversial and widely followed presidential election between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, with other more local elections also garnering media attention. However, inside the College, there is little talk or signs of the encroaching election. “Right now, political awareness and activism is low among the general student body,” said Dillon McNamara, vice president of College Democrats and a junior political science major.

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Ryan Jones, president of College Republicans and a senior political science and Spanish double major, echoed the low political morale at the College. “The political climate on campus is not as widespread as it should be for young adults our age, seeing as we are affected by nearly all of the campaign issues in presidential elections,” Jones said. “Attendance at College Republicans events is typically good, but could be better.” According to Michael Norquist, interim executive director of the Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) and an adjunct political science professor, many students might not feel

inclined to be involved politically because of their backgrounds. “All things considered, in comparison with other college campuses, I think (the College is a fairly politically) inactive campus,” Norquist said. “I don’t think there’s lots of political engagement or activism on campus, which comes as a surprise sometimes to me.” Norquist also said that the geographical demographics of the College most likely have much to do with the student body’s disconnect from politics. “I also think it matches the demographics of the College in that many of the students that come here come from New Jersey — 95 percent of them… I (also) think the student body is… not politically engaged, (since) most (students come from communities where they) don’t have to think about this stuff, and then you also don’t necessarily have the academic or student organization culture (on campus that serves) as edgy groups, in a sense,” Norquist said. Norquist said that the traditional programs at the College are not typically seen as the unconventional or edgy — radical — programs that typically spawn political activism on college campuses. He said that while the College has strength in programs, such as nursing, education, engineering and business, the College lacks a prioritization of social conscientiousness and political engagement in the academic sphere. “We have a very strong (women’s and gender studies) program — sociology

and political science are strong, as well. (However), they are geared, in many ways, toward creative preparation rather than creating radical activists, for the lack of a better phrase,” Norquist said. Jones said that students might not be participating in the College’s political organizations because they feel uneasy declaring allegiance to a political party. “Often, students are apprehensive about declaring themselves as one party or another by attending events by either partisan organizations on campus, but we truly welcome politically interested students to our events or meetings,” Jones said. While candidates try to reach out to younger voters, McNamara said that some voters, particularly the young ones, are not pleased with the current political system. “I think that the political climate is low due to a feeling of apathy by many college students toward our current political system,” McNamara said. “I think we need to do a better job of connecting current political issues to the personal lives of students, especially on relevant issues like college affordability and student debt.” Jennifer Loughran, a junior political science major and Bonner Scholar who is working on ways to improve political engagement at the College, said that students typically do not have the time to be engaged in politics. “Many college students want to be see VOTE page 6


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Students use their own experiences to raise awareness of how women are mistreated. continued from page 1 National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women in college will be sexually assaulted, while a 2010 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that “lesbian, gay and bisexual people experience sexual violence

at similar or higher rates than heterosexuals.” These statistics are part of the reason why the protestors call our culture a “rape culture.” Sophomore psychology major Gigi Garrity, WILL cochair of internal affairs, defines rape culture as “a very negative, very violent culture that, unfortunately, has been very

prevalent in our lives — a lot of times in microaggressions.” As she said this, Bridget Appleby wrote a quote on Garrity’s thighs from someone who had previously told her she flirted too much — “You will open your legs for anyone.” This is part of the definition of “slut” — a word that implies women who take control of their own sex lives are dirty, and a word that perpetuates rape culture. It is why Kurnyta and others want to reclaim the word “slut” with events like the Slutwalk. Garrity also touched on microaggressions, which she defined as “subtle but offensive comments or actions directed at a minority or other nondominant groups that is often unintentional.” Sarah Almeda, a freshman computer science major at her first slutwalk, shared a memory where someone asked, “Why are you wearing makeup? You already have a boyfriend.” This is an example of a microaggression, since someone implied Almeda was wearing makeup to impress boys. Almeda felt it was important to wear makeup to the protest because she likes makeup. This event also lets rape survivors know that there are people on their side. Rape survivor and alumna Jennie Sekanics (’16) gave a poignant speech in which she shared details of what she remembers from that night. She admitted that for years, she was hesitant to call it a rape, but she had an epiphany she shared in her speech: she shamed herself into thinking that it was her fault because she should have known better. Self-shaming is how women feel in a victim-blaming rape culture, and these protestors rallied to change that. “If there’s lack of agency over your body, you’re not free,” Kurnyta said. “Rape culture must come to an end.”

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parasite, when they’re in the middle of… a life-altering situation,” he said. “Treat people like people. It’s that simple.” With that mantra in mind, Queally set out to tell a new narrative about Ferguson, one that didn’t center around riots and fires in the streets. Around Thanksgiving, he found “Momma Cat,” a 53-year-old woman named Cat Daniels who had been serving Sunday meals to demonstrators outside the Ferguson Police Department’s headquarters nearly every week. Daniels saw herself as a mentor to the younger generation of protesters. “This, to me, summed up the center of what I saw in the protests,” Queally said. “It’s not what you’re getting on CNN. It’s not what you’re getting on Twitter. There, you’re getting fire… riots… looting. This is happening, but everyone can tell you that story. I don’t need to be there to tell you that story.” Besides finding innovative story angles, Queally practices a novel method of note-taking. He described the typical cliché journalist to the audience — the ones with their notepads out, furiously scribbling down detailed notes, much like

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many of the students in the audience. But, Queally said, that’s not always the case when covering long-term stories, like the tensions in Ferguson. There and beyond, Queally said he uses his Twitter feed as a notepad. “I post 60, 70, 80, 90, 100 (tweets) in a couple hour span — probably more than that,” he said as he gestured to his own Twitter feed on the projection screen. “This is your notepad. I try to set a scene later by looking at this.” From social media to photography to videography, Queally noted that journalists are expected to be jacks of all trades. “(It’s about) trying to… serve both needs, web and traditional print side, without compromising one or the other,” he said. That’s not an easy task, but it’s a necessary one for journalists in the digital age. Queally impressed upon students the importance of embracing the digital side of reporting without “neutering” traditional journalism. But above all, he encouraged them to find a career that makes them happy. “I have not felt in seven years like getting up and going to work felt like work,” he said. “If you can find that job, you need to stay in that job.”

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SG scholarship exceeds original goal

SG discusses SOAR, a student involvement retreat that is mandatory for all student organizations.

By Megan Kelly Staff Writer

On Wednesday, Sept. 14, Student Government (SG) held its first meeting of the fall semester. The meeting was primarily used for introducing cabinet members and acquainting new and potential SG members to the layout of meetings, but salient points included the announcement and explanation of the Student Organization Advancement Retreat (SOAR) and that the SG scholarship has reached endowment. The meeting began with the introduction of each cabinet member and a few words about their respective positions and responsibilities. Afterwards, Executive President Kevin Kim introduced the first topic: SOAR.

SOAR is a meeting between student organizations to discuss goals and ideas that student leaders have for their respective groups. Previously, the event had taken place on a weekend and was an allday affair, but this year, the retreat will be on Wednesday, Sept. 21, in room 115 of the Education Building from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. More information about the retreat will be given during the first half of the event, which is planned to last about an hour and a half, and the second half will be a time for the student groups to collaborate on their ideas rather than listen to lectures, which had been done in previous retreats.

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“Different focus areas are going to meet together and collaborate and discuss different issues in their areas,” Kim said. Later on in the meeting, Vice President of Advancement Samantha Williams announced that the Student Government scholarship has exceeded its endowment goal and has currently raised $26,183.29. “We have worked really hard through the past few years to get this scholarship going, and now our hard work is coming to fruition,” Williams said. Vice President for Governmental Affairs Tori Mazzola later announced a Constitution Day Bingo planned for Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in

room 115 of the Education Building. “Basically, it’s like normal bingo at TCNJ... so yes, gift cards, prizes, we’re about it, but it’s going to be focused around the Constitution and the U.S.,” Mazzola said. Mazzola also spoke about TurboVote, a website that streamlines the process of registering to vote and makes it easier for students to fill out absentee ballots. Mazzola will speak about TurboVote more at the next meeting. Lastly, sophomore class council President Carly Mauro announced there is full funding for a Moonlight Cruise for the sophomore class. The cruise will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., and the cruise is limited to 200 students.

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“We don’t assign a mini course, we just find motivated people,” Kuiphoff said. “It’s about the people, not really about the topics.” Kuiphoff and the IMM department are always on the hunt for that unbridled passion that indicates a potential mini course professor. When someone piques their interest, they ask if they’d like to teach a mini course, and those interested send in a topic and description of the course they want to teach. If at least six students are interested, the course runs. The city-bound stranger Kuiphoff overheard turned out to be a social media coordinator at a major news network. She is currently in talks to head a mini course next semester, but her story is an anomaly among mini course professors. Usually, the hunt for professors is limited to alumnis, local business leaders and, occasionally, College professors looking to teach their secret passion. IMM adjunct professor Josh Fishburn, for example, taught a course on GitHub, a web-based repository hosting service. Sometimes, mini course professors surprise the IMM department by choosing an unexpected topic. Kuiphoff, whose specialty is web design, taught a woodworking

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course, and alumna Liz Wolfe, an artist, opted to teach a class on game theory. Given the experimental nature of mini courses, there are bound to be some failures, Kuiphoff said. Certain courses might need extra sessions to be fleshed out properly. Since no degree is required to teach a mini course, professors might not be able to effectively teach their chosen topic. Passion does not always lead to good teaching. Most of the time, however, the mini courses go well. Digital fabrication was so popular among IMM students that it was turned into a full course. Professor Donna Shaw, chair of the Journalism and Professional Writing (JPW) department, appreciates the ability to test out new courses. “I like the idea that we can experiment with the mini courses to see what works, to see what grabs the students,” Shaw said. Shaw invited JPW students to try two mini courses for the Fall 2016 semester that she felt fit the JPW curriculum — Storytelling for Business and Introduction to Advertising Copywriting. These courses, she said, help fill holes in the oft-neglected professional writing half of the JPW major. “The skills that are required, when you think about it, are quite similar,” Shaw said. “It requires being able to write something that’s short, succinct, punchy.” JPW isn’t the only department looking into mini courses. Kuiphoff has been talking to the business and art departments about implementing them, and the communications department is fiddling with the idea, as well. “If I had an ultimate goal, I’d like to see every major and every school here inside the College offer (mini courses) because they add so much life,” Kuiphoff said. Mini courses were envisioned as a way for students to further their education in topics they otherwise may not have tried — topics such as Storytelling for Business and Introduction to Advertising Copywriting. Often times, students take away more from four sessions than a full semester course. Kuiphoff recounted how one senior — who had a highpaying job lined up for him in his major’s field — took the welding mini course and fell in love with it to the point where he wanted to turn it into his career. This, to Kuiphoff, was a success story: a student had found his passion through a mini course.

The School of the Arts & Communication was supportive of the idea — even still, it took a long time and careful planning to implement. The concept questions the norm of having to “slog through” a 14-week semester to receive credit, according to Kuiphoff. “What if I’m, like, halfway through (a full course) and I don’t like (it) anymore?” Kuiphoff said, echoing the worries of many students. “So, at least (mini courses) allow students to kick the tires and try something new.” To implement the mini courses, the Office of Records and Registrations had to break many established norms of higher education that didn’t agree with Kuiphoff’s education philosophy. A typical college course has a 10-student minimum, but Kuiphoff believes the optimal number of students in a classroom is between six and eight, so mini courses only need six students. He also insisted on four week courses instead of the usual 14, and he was set on a pass/fail system. “Pass/fail was imperative,” Kuiphoff said. “I don’t like grades. It doesn’t work in my world.” Kuiphoff is also toying with the idea of having mini courses taught off-campus. Why not have an art history course at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City? The idea even went as far as allowing alumni to return and take mini courses, should they choose. Kuiphoff introduced the idea as a way for alumni to continue networking and learning even after graduation. He called it “routine maintenance.” It’s like taking your car back to the shop every few years. Mini courses aren’t open to alumni just yet, but Kuiphoff hopes to welcome back former students soon. After all, alumni are the foundation upon which mini courses are built and are a largely untapped resource for current students. Both Shaw and Kuiphoff believe alumni can identify more with students than other professors can. “(Alumni) can look at the students and say, ‘I was sitting right there in that chair just like you are now and here’s what I learned since then,’” Shaw said. A college can’t teach its students everything. Alumni can learn a lot from just a few years of living in the real world, which was exemplified when Kuiphoff opened up his laptop. On the screen was a long list of skills from the LinkedIn accounts of IMM alumni — some learned in a classroom and others learned elsewhere. “Any of these can be a mini course,” Kuiphoff said.


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Political awareness faces uphill battle at College informed about politics and who the leaders in office are, but sometimes, they just do not prioritize it (or) find the time to do so,” Loughran said. In order to increase the political awareness and involvement on campus, several actions have been taken by various groups on campus. Last semester, Student Government (SG) granted recognition to the TCNJ Political Union, a non-partisan group on campus seeking to get more students involved with politics, according to SG’s Director Sam Fogelgaren, a senior history and urban studies double major and former president of College Democrats. “I was talking to a few other student leaders that were active in political engagement efforts (and we discovered) that the problem at TCNJ is not (that the students lack) the will or the interest (in politics), but that there really wasn’t a mechanism for students and student groups and the administration to collaborate (and) know what was going on,” Fogelgaren said. “So a bunch of us agreed to start a new organization that was committed, not necessarily to actively doing anything... but we were going to be facilitating better dialogue amongst student groups.” According to Fogelgaren, students at the College typically show up to vote in elections on average with college students across the country. He said the problem was that the College lacked effective political programming on campus. “We felt that the people who were getting involved (in politics at the College) were pretty much history and political science

students and political junkies,” Fogelgaren said.”(But) TCNJ students — really from all different backgrounds, all majors, all areas of interests — all have an interest in politics… Our voting rate in presidential elections is on par with the national average, but (the problems with politics at the College) seems to come from the programming, the opportunities on campus, not so much the fact that there’s not interest.” Fogelgaren, along with several other students and staff members at the College, including Norquist, are also part of the TCNJ Votes! initiative, a newly formed coalition that seeks to increase voter registration and voter turnout in each upcoming election. According to its website, the coalition also plans to increase participation and interest in political engagement activities on and off campus. Norquist said that the idea for the initial steps toward the creation of the project started within the past two years by Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Elizabeth Bapasola and the late Executive Director of CCEL Pat Donohue. According to Norquist, the idea was to think about possible ways to increase political engagement around campus, which led to the creation of the Political Engagement Collaborative (PEC), a group of College faculty, staff and students that aims “to help promote college students’ engagement in the democratic process,” according to the group’s page on Lion’s Gate. The initial goal of the organization was to increase political engagement within student life and academic departments. But since then, Norquist said the group has honed its goals to focus specifically on voter registration, voter turnout and political education on

campus. The TCNJ Votes! initiative serves as just one of the projects of the PEC. According to the TCNJ Votes! website, less than half of the College’s students voted in the 2012 elections, the last year there was a presidential election in the U.S. The site goes on to read that only 10 percent of students voted in the 2014 general elections, which had every seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and a seat in the U.S. Senate on the ballot. Fogelgaren said the Political Union, which works with groups like the College Democrats, College Republicans, Black Student Union, Voices for Planned Parenthood and SG, will work together in order to maximize the effectiveness of political programing on campus. Fogelgaren said that in the past, organizations might have planned multiple debate watches on the same night, which resulted in smaller viewings and less political discussion within the community. Now, Fogelgaren said that the campus organizations will work together in order to ensure that there is only one debate screening per debate on campus in hopes that it can increase attendance and foster more political discussion amongst students. Fogelgaren said that it is important for students to be engaged and vote in elections in order to have a stay in their government. “If you don’t vote, other people’s votes count more,” Fogelgaren said. “If you’re not voting because you think that you’re protesting, that’s a bad protest… apathy is a bad form of protest. Voting is something that you do five minutes a day, one day of the year, and I believe that if we’re going to be a successful society, people need to take every day of the year to pay attention and be aware and decide what they believe and

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advocate for those beliefs.” Norquist said that students at the College should vote not only because most young people from 18 to 29 years old decide not to, but also because young voters have the potential to sway elections, especially in local races, as they make up about 21 percent of the population. “If you could mobilize the five thousand students that live in Ewing, (N.J.) have them registered here and have them vote in local elections, they could easily (decide) a local election,” Nordquist said. “If all TCNJ students lived here and were registered to vote here, that’s already oneseventh of the vote and they can easily swing an election, one way or the other.” Members of the College’s partisan political organizations also stressed the importance for more awareness at the College. “We need focus on political issues that are relevant to college students,” McNamara said. “We also need to disseminate information on candidates and their platforms in order to increase the political knowledge of our student body… Informed voters tend to be more invested in elections, and they are more likely to go out and vote.” Jones said that there are many things that College students can do to get involved. “(By) simply registering to vote is an easy step toward participating in politics, or even discussing the issues with friends in a setting, such as (a) televised debate watch on campus,” Jones said. “There are so many ways to get politically aware and many organizations on campus are coming together to help facilitate that through collaborative efforts.” The general election this year will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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Pouch of lock picks pulled from pocket By Ellie Schuckman Staff Writer • Campus Police was dispatched to the roof of Travers Hall on Saturday, Sept. 10, after receiving a report of someone shining a flashlight. Upon arrival, officers found the roof access door to be locked and they used a key to open it, according to Police reports. They entered the roof and found a male suspect, whom they then escorted back through the access door. Officers asked for the suspect’s ID, which he provided. They asked how he got onto the roof and he said that the door was unlocked, police said. The officer asked why he was on the roof, to which he responded that he was just looking around. According to reports, the officer advised the suspect that he would pat him down and asked if he had any weapons or anything sharp on his person. The suspect said that he did and that it was what he used to open the roof access door, according to reports. The officer retrieved a set of lockpicks in a clear plastic pouch, and placed the suspect under arrest. He was transported to Campus Police Headquarters for processing, where he was issued two summons — one for criminal trespassing and the other for possession of burglary tools. He was released at approximately 1:35 a.m., according to police. • A student from Wolfe Hall contacted Campus Police on Saturday, Sept. 10, to report that his friend was intoxicated and needed medical attention. Upon officers’ arrival on the ninth floor of Wolfe Hall, they met with a Community Adviser (CA) who had just been informed of the situation. According to reports, the intoxicated student was vomiting and dry heaving in the men’s bathroom. The student who called the police said he put

his friend into the shower to cool him off, as conditions in Wolfe Hall were extremely warm. TCNJ EMS arrived and evaluated the intoxicated student, who was unable to stand or walk, and he could not follow EMS directives. TCNJ EMS then made a request for transport to the hospital for additional medical attention, according to reports. The student who called the police requested amnesty when speaking to dispatch, and he was thanked by officers for providing care to his intoxicated friend and notifying the police that medical attention was needed, according to reports. The intoxicated student has not been issued a summons at this time. • On Saturday, Sept. 10, a CA notified Campus Police Dispatch that a student needed medical attention and was possibly intoxicated, yet alert and conscious. Upon officers’ arrival, the CA said that while roaming the hall, he looked into a room and observed a male, who was resting at his desk and appeared to be ill. According to reports, the CA asked if he needed help, to which the student responded that he did not feel well. Later, the student disclosed that he had a few drinks earlier in the evening and possibly finished them in too short of a time span, according to reports. The CA said the warm conditions in the building possibly exacerbated the student’s condition. TCNJ EMS responded and evaluated him, according to reports. He disclosed to EMS that he had a few drinks and was very hot. According to police, the student was coherent and complied with EMS directives. They deemed it unnecessary to transport him to the hospital for additional medical attention, police said. • Campus Police was dispatched to Wolfe Hall on Sunday, Sept. 11, at approximately 1 a.m. due to an intoxicated student. Upon

arriving, officers met with a CA who said that she got in an elevator in Wolfe Hall and observed a student who was “barely able to stand and maintain his own balance,” police said. According to reports, at this time, the officer observed the student sitting on the floor with vomit on his face and clothing. The officer also detected a strong odor of alcohol emanating from his breath and person. He was unable to keep his eyes open and could not maintain focus during the evaluation process by TCNJ EMS. According to police, the student repeatedly slurred in a loud voice that he “loved his mom,” “felt really sick” and “wanted to go to sleep.” He was unable to remain in an upright, seated position and continued to vomit, according to reports. Another student stated that the intoxicated individual attended an off-campus party where he consumed four to six cups of “jungle juice.” The intoxicated individual said he thought that he had consumed a 20 ounce bottle of mixed soda and rum prior to the party. Ewing EMS arrived and assumed patient care, transporting the intoxicated student to the hospital for further medical treatment, according to reports. The student was issued a summons for underage drinking, police said. • At noon on Sunday, Sept. 11, Campus Police was dispatched to the second floor of Decker Hall to meet with a student who reported a theft. The student said that someone stole two of his soccer jerseys and his laundry basket earlier that day between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. According to reports, the student said that at approximately 8 a.m., he went to the laundry room on the third floor to wash his clothes. After the wash cycle, he put his clothes into the dryer and left the room.

When he returned to the laundry room at 10 a.m., he found that his clothes were out of the dryer and both jerseys were missing, along with his white laundry basket. According to reports, the student was advised to call Campus Police if he recovers his property. • A found wallet was brought to Campus Police Headquarters on Monday, Sept. 12, at approximately 8:30 p.m. The brown leather wallet contained various items, $33 and a Rhode Island driver’s license, police said. The driver’s license identified the wallet’s presumed owner as residing at an address which does not exist. According to police, the driver’s license contained the proper layout, though the microprint on the top of the reverse side was incorrect. The license was photographed and retained in the evidence safe at Campus Police Headquarters. The student owner of the wallet was contacted at approximately 11:40 p.m. and said he would come to Campus Police Headquarters the next day, Tuesday, Sept. 13, to retrieve his wallet and belongings, police said. According to reports, when the student arrived at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, he identified his wallet and property and said the driver’s license was his. He also admitted it was a fake. At this time, the officer explained to the student that he was being placed under arrest for possession of a fraudulent ID. According to police, he was placed under arrest, handcuffed and searched. The student was issued a summons and released from custody at approximately 9:50 p.m., police said. Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at 609-771-2345.

Students speak to prospective organizations

Students explore options at the College’s Student Involvement Fair. By Justine Wilson Staff Writer Every year, the College kicks off its fall semester with a warm welcome and a bustling activities fair. Now known as the Student Involvement Fair, this event on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the Recreation Center was the place to be for students looking to get more involved. The hundreds of organizations that the College has to offer are showcased with information, candy and smiling faces. “I wanted to find out more about clubs on campus, and

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I really wanted to sign up for the acapella groups and to mingle with people,” said Brigitte Vuong, a sophomore accounting major. From Greek life to TCNJ Musical Theatre, every organization had sign-up sheets for students to get more involved at the College. Each club had plenty of representatives, including executive board members and general members, all eager to share information about their organization and collect signatures of eager students. The fair offered something for everyone. Some groups

are specific to certain interests, yet they are shared by so many at the College. “What’s cool about our club is that we are the only organization on campus that has a niche not filled by our education on campus,” said Dom Portera, a senior interactive multimedia major, about a game design club at the College. “It’s to get your feet wet in game design and get portfolios ready for the industry.” Many clubs offer more than just meetings by providing students with new experiences, something the Outdoors Club does. “The whole point is to get off campus, and it’s cool to get out,” said Alex Cretella, a sophomore computer science major in the club. “We go on hikes, rock climbing and just enjoy nature.” Other clubs are meant for students to get active or participate in an athletic activity that you can’t necessarily perform at the campus gym. Many of these clubs also offer a sense of community, where students can bond with teammates. “(Mixed Martial Arts) MMA is like Fight Club, and the No. 1 rule is we don’t talk about Fight Club — except if there’s one thing you need to know, the club is super respectful and friendly,” said Jacob Johnson, a sophomore public health major. Along with clubs to get students more active, there are others that allow students to focus on a greater world perspective, like She’s The First, which focuses on educating impoverished young women, and TCNJ Humanitarian Engineering. Every year, new clubs come to campus through approval of Student Government. Some of those clubs, such as Physician’s Assistant Club and Tap Ensemble, were present at the fair and eager to recruit new members. “We’re new on campus, but very excited to get involved and we’re welcoming new members,” said Katherine Brinski, Tap Ensemble’s president and a sophomore biology major. “You don’t need to know how to tap to come.” Worlds truly collided at the Involvement Fair, as so many interests, from religion to music to brotherhood, came together.


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Nation & W rld

Clinton sick, Trump releases health records

Clinton faints at the 9/11 memorial in New York. By Olivia Rizzo Staff Writer

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after the Democratic presidential nominee appeared to have a coughing fit during a campaign For weeks, Hillary Clinton’s appearance on Labor Day. Spechealth has been under speculation ulations about Clinton’s health by critics and supporters alike came out in full force after she left

a memorial service in New York for the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks early. Footage quickly circulated on Twitter of Clinton leaving the memorial surrounded by Secret Service agents as she leaned against a security barrier. The video shows that when she stepped forward to enter a black van, she was visibly unsteady and fell as agents lifted her into the van. “During the ceremony, she felt overheated, so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment and is feeling much better,” campaign spokesman Nick Merrill told the Washington Post. A few hours later, she was seen leaving her daughter Chelsea’s apartment where she waved to the crowd and hugged a child before departing in a motorcade. “I’m feeling great, it’s a beautiful

day in New York,” Clinton told reporters as she left the apartment, according to Fox News. That evening, her campaign revealed that the presidential nominee had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday, Sept. 9, which, according to her doctor, was the cause of her fainting spell earlier in the day, the Washington Post reported. Clinton then suspended her campaign appearances for four days in order to recuperate from her illness. Clinton’s health controversy put new pressures on Republican nominee Donald Trump to release his health records. In a letter released by his doctor on Thursday, Sept. 15, Trump was said to be in good health. Trump’s campaign released the records to coincide with his appearance on the “Dr. Oz Show,” according to CNN. “We are pleased to disclose all of

the test results which show that Mr. Trump is in excellent health, and has the stamina to endure — uninterrupted — the rigors of a punishing and unprecedented presidential campaign and, more importantly, the singularly demanding job of President of the United States,” the statement read, according to CNN. According to CNN, the use of the word “stamina” is interesting due to the fact that it is a word that Trump has used regularly to attack Clinton. Although Trump took a few days off from discussing Clinton’s health after the announcement of her diagnosis, he was back to raising questions about her health on Wednesday, Sept. 14, during a rally in Ohio. Clinton also released a record of her health on that same Wednesday, which detailed her pneumonia diagnosis, and the results of a regular physical exam, according to CNN.

Police fatally shoot 13-year-old carrying BB gun By Nicole DeStefano Nation & World Editor

A police officer shot and killed 13-yearold robbery suspect Tyre King in Columbus, Ohio, after he pulled a BB gun out of his waistband. The boy died in a hospital after being shot several times the night of Wednesday, Sept. 14, police told CNN. King had “pulled a gun from his waistband” when officers attempted to take him and another male into custody, the Columbus Division of Police said in a statement, according to NBC News. The weapon that was recovered from the scene was determined to be a BB gun with an attached laser sight, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said at a news conference on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 15, according to NBC News. “Our officers carry a gun that looks practically identical to this weapon,” Jacobs said, according to NBC News. “It turns out not to be a firearm, but as you can see, it looks like a firearm that could kill you.”

Police were called at 7:42 p.m. about a group of people, including one individual armed with a gun, who demanded money. The caller told the 911 dispatcher, “This man just had a gun on this white dude on the street,” according to audio released by the police. The victim of the robbery said that the alleged hold up was over $10, NBC News reported. Upon arriving at the scene, the officers identified three people matching the suspects’ descriptions about a block away from the location given by the caller. When the officers confronted the suspects, two of them ran away. The officers followed them to an alley, where King drew his BB gun and was shot by an officer multiple times. The orange tip that distinguishes air pistols from real ones was removed from the BB gun, according to CNN. The officer who shot King was later identified as Bryan Mason, a nine-year veteran of the force. He will be placed on paid leave for at least a week during the investigation, according to CNN.

Chief Jacobs discusses the BB gun that King pulled on officers. Mason was involved in a fatal shooting of an armed man in 2012, but police determined that he had acted within policy, according to NBC News. According to CNN, attorneys who represent the King family released a statement. They called the behavior police attributed to King “out of his normal character.” The King family also said in a statement that they want an independent investigation of the shooting, NBC News reported.

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The city of Columbus has experienced 13 police-involved shootings this year. Five civilians and one police officer were fatally shot, according to NBC News. “We as a community need to come to grips with the fact that with such easy access to guns—whether they’re firearms or replicas—there’s something wrong with this country,” said Andrew Ginther, Columbus’s mayor. “And it’s bringing this epidemic to our city streets.”

Peace in Syria: temporary ceasefire to begin

Kerry anounces a temporary ceasefire.

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By Rohan Ahluwalia Staff Writer

After more than five years of conflict between the forces of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and opposition rebels, fighting in one of the most war-torn nations over the past half decade has come to a halt. In what many experts are hailing as a breakthrough, the United States and Russia came to an agreement on Saturday, Sept. 10, to put the peace process in Syria back on track,

which includes a ceasefire. Al-Jazeera reported that the deal agreed upon by Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov aims to start turning the West Asian nation toward a proper political transformation. The nationwide ceasefire began across Syria on Monday, Sept. 12, at sundown. The main belligerents in the conflict, the forces of al-Assad and the U.S.-supported opposition, are the ones targeted by this ceasefire. According to CNN, the ceasefire will be difficult to implement due to the numerous other groups involved in the Syrian conflict. The ceasefire created a seven-day period that will allow for aid to enter the Syrian city of Aleppo, which has recently faced numerous attacks. According to CNN, this will also include forces to pull back from Castello Road, a key access route into Aleppo. Once the ceasefire was implemented, the United States and Russia began preparations on the creation of a Joint Implementation Center, which involved information sharing, such as which areas are controlled by which groups, according to Al-Jazeera. Additionally, Russia is expected to keep their Russianmade Syrian air force planes from attacking opposition controlled areas as part of the arrangement, according to Al-Jazeera. Meanwhile, the United States has committed to help weaken the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Jabhat

Fateh al-Sham. The Syrian opposition has welcomed the ceasefire, but only “if it is going to be enforced,” said Bassma Kodmani, a member of the High Negotiations Committee, on Saturday, Sept. 10, according to CNN. “When the cessation of hostilities was installed in February, the opposition—100 groups—respected it. It was violated by the regime,” Kodmani said. “So a return to a cessation of hostilities has been our demand.” The agreement for a ceasefire has also been highly welcomed by the United Nations and foreign ministers from the United Kingdom, Turkey and Germany. According to Kerry during the ceasefire announcement on Friday, Sept. 9, this latest attempt at a ceasefire relies heavily on the goodwill and trust of those involved. “If the plan is implemented in good faith, if the stakeholders do the things that are available to them, this can be a moment where the multilateral efforts at the diplomatic table, the negotiations could take hold, and you could really provide the people of Syria with a transition,” Kerry said, according to CNN. However, despite the ceasefire being active after a week, Russian officials on Friday, Sept. 16, said that rebel groups have increased attacks in Syria during the week, according to BBC. Russian generals have called on the United States to act on these attacks or to be responsible for the collapse of the ceasefire.


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Editorial How to make the most of the College’s resources Since my freshman year at the College, I’ve consistently heard from family, friends and acquaintances that “college is the time of not feel like the time of my life. I know I was not alone. For many students, it takes a few months to adjust to college classes, create real friendships and stop the urge of wanting to call home every day, and that’s OK. The College has so many campus resources for students who need help with the adjustment and, in my opinion, these resources are not used as often as they should. As a student, if you feel you do not have a friend that you can talk to intimately, then you should not feel embarrassed to use the College’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). I know tcnj.edu

remind yourself there is always someone who can listen. CAPS is not only for students with diagnosable mental health issues, but it is for any student who is struggling with any personal challenge, no matter how small it might seem to you. Licensed mental health professionals aid students who struggle with issues from academic, relationship or family problems to anxiety, depression, self-injury, grief or abuse. Still, if a student feels embarrassed to seek help, rest assured that all counseling services are In addition to CAPS, the College also provides students with discounted health care at Student Health Services. Here, they want to help students thrive by providing care for injuries, illnesses, vaccinations and sexual health. Health Services also includes its own Planned Parenthood, where students can talk about sexually transmitted diseases, birth control or unplanned pregnancies. In addition, if you chose not to use health insurance, Planned Parenthood visits can remain comdrive an hour and a half to go home to visit my doctor. Looking back, I wish I had visited the College’s unbelievably kind and supportive health care staff. In addition to CAPS and Health Services, I was also confused about the Tutoring Center as a freshman. I was hesitant because I was not sure how tutoring worked, as I wasn’t aware that it is free, easy to sign up for and available for every course. Later on, I learned how helpful tutoring can truly be and now that I am a tutor, I know how eager tutors are to help their peers. I’ve learned that tutors don’t judge what happens in sessions, and that students who come into tutoring are just as smart as other students. During my first semester at the College, I felt too proud to need a tutor, but even Diane Gruenberg, the Tutoring Services’s director of humanities and social science tutoring, told me that even the smartest students should take advantage of the College’s tutoring services. some extra time working on learning challenges with a peer,” Gruenberg said. Students often hesitate to ask for help when they need it. While time, I encourage every student to take full advantage of all the that college is the time of your life, then don’t be afraid to take action in order to improve your own college experience.. - Alyssa Gautieri Production Manager

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“I have not felt in seven years like getting up and going to work felt like work. job, you need to stay in that job.”

— James Queally, ’09 alumnus and journalist at the Los Angeles Times

“If there’s lack of agency over your body, you’re not free. Rape culture must come to an end.” — Maggie Kurnyta, WILL’s programming chair and an English and women’s and gender studies double major

“We have no doubt that Homecoming will continue to be a hallmark of the TCNJ experience. From the football game to the tailgating events that will be better than ever this year, there will be something for everyone.” — Amy Hecht and John P. Donohue, Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice President for College Advancement


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Opinions Administrators defend new Homecoming policy By Amy Hecht and John P. Donohue Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice President for College Advancement As co-chairs of the Homecoming Steering Committee, we appreciated last week’s thoughtful editorial in The Signal about the modification to the alcohol policy for Homecoming 2016. We think it is important to address some of the questions raised by further contextualizing the rationale for this change. The welfare of our students is paramount in everything we do at the College. This is reflected in our comprehensive anti-violence programming, underscored by the introduction of sweeping revisions to our Title IX policy just this summer, as well as our work in the areas of mental health and suicide prevention, alcohol and other drug education, recovery support for students combating addiction and student health services, among other things. It was with this in mind that the students, alumni, administrators and other representatives to the Homecoming Steering Committee made the decision to prohibit outside alcohol this year, opting instead to contract with a vendor to sell beer and wine and monitor consumption. By instituting this change uniformly, the Steering Committee is confident that the camaraderie students, alumni and their

extended TCNJ families have come to expect during the Homecoming celebration will remain intact. That there have been incremental changes to the alcohol policy for Homecoming in recent years is reflective of the fact that curbing overconsumption and underage drinking has long been a priority of the Steering Committee. According to recent data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than 40 percent of college students binge drink, and alcohol contributes to an estimated 600,000 injuries and nearly 100,000 sexual assaults annually. The updates to the alcohol policy in prior years have gone a long way in minimizing unfavorable outcomes related to excessive consumption during Homecoming, but isolated occurrences of overindulgence persist. While we recognize that this change, coupled with the longstanding policy of campus police to turn away guests that arrive in an unsafe condition, may not eliminate such incidents altogether, we believe that we can reaffirm the purpose of Homecoming as a safe and inclusive event not only during the tailgate, but also preand post-game activities. Finally, we agree that above all else, Homecoming is about students and alumni coming together. That’s why we’re working

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Homecoming increases school spirit among students and alumni. with the vendor to manage traffic at pointsof-purchase and keep food and beverage prices reasonable. We will provide updates on the siting of vendor booths, beer and wine lists and pricing in the coming days on the Homecoming website. We have no doubt that Homecoming will continue to be a hallmark of the TCNJ

experience. From the football game to the tailgating events that will be better than ever this year, there will be something for everyone. We encourage you to visit the website, which is now live, to learn about the exciting things we have planned for Homecoming 2016. We hope to see all of you on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Expressing an opinion goes a long way

Varying perspectives can make a difference

Many people have strong political opinions.

By Mia Ingui

Today’s world completely revolves around the opinions of the people who live in it. Social media giants encourage users to post about themselves daily, college courses often require an insightful input of opinion and there’s even the Opinions section of The Signal, open for any and all discussions. It seems as though opinions are welcomed with open arms everywhere one goes. This, as I have learned, is not always the case. To voice your true opinion

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is remarkably challenging. If you are brave enough to do it, though, it’s likely you will receive this response: “You’re wrong.” That kind of backlash is what discourages many from being honest and proud of their own opinions. I would consider myself a pretty passive person. Day after day, I let all kinds of things slip right by me solely because I’m too afraid to be open about how I truly feel. I have subconsciously convinced myself that my opinion doesn’t really matter anyway and that because my opinion might be

unpopular or unusual, it has no value. That’s really a shame. I am positive that I am not alone in my insecurities. So many people do not give themselves a voice. There are so many beautiful opinions that are never heard, that never get to fly freely and be appreciated for all that they are worth. All opinions are worthy of being heard because they are something that was created and felt passionately about. They should be supported and even glorified instead of being cast away simply because they are new or different. To be fair, there are some opinions that are better left unsaid. If you hate cookies, for example, you’re just wrong. Keep that to yourself. All of this talk about being open with our opinions is a conversation in which I have not yet participated. So, I’m going to give you some of my opinions without care. College is wonderful, but equally terrifying. I don’t drink or party, so I often feel excluded, but I love life and I’m a good girl, and, most of all, I just wish someone

would notice. There are times where I really just want to be alone. And, at dinner the other night, I wanted that last slice of pizza before that football player in front of me took it. Real feelings and opinions are OK. It’s fine to feel scared, sad or under the weather. It’s acceptable to be away at college and miss your friends and family, and even leave school and go see them. It’s OK to

spend some time alone because even roommates need space. No one should care if you go out on a Friday or stay in for the night and watch Netflix. It’s your choice to vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in the upcoming election. It’s all just fine. No one should ever say that it isn’t because you’re just being honest. It’s your own, beautiful opinion, and it matters.

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Underage drinking is a widely discussed topic on campus.

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Students share opinions around campus “What do you think about the new Homecoming changes?”

Craig Dietel / Opinions Editor

Troy Brier, a senior chemistry major.

“I think it is ridiculous that they are trying to tell alumni what they can and can’t do.”

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Keyur Patel, a junior chemistry major.

“I don’t agree because the drinking age is 21 and this new policy might discourage alumni from returning.”

“Do you think your opinion carries any weight?”

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Katie Vetrone, a senior math and secondary education dual major. “I do think it carries weight. There are so many ways to get your opinion out. How could it not?”

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Fabriana Andriella, a sophomore deaf education and psychology double major. “No because in the grand scheme of things, my opinion really doesn’t carry much weight.”

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Features

Critics torn over release of latest iPhone

By Alyssa Gautieri Production Manager

Year after year, Apple releases a new version of the iPhone that is slightly faster, faintly more attractive and a bit more functional. And these little changes usually get consumers going crazy. Since its release in 2007, the iPhone has become the most popular cell phone on the market and has dominated all of its competitors. According to CNN, more than 42 percent of U.S. smartphones are iPhones and 55.3 percent of smartphone users in New Jersey own iPhones. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have finally been unveiled by Apple and for millions of hype-driven fans, the wait is finally over. The new phone was released on Friday, Sept. 16, and according to Apple, the iPhone 7 is the best iPhone ever made. The new Apple iPhone features a brighter screen, pressure-sensitive home button, water-resistant body, longer battery life, additional camera lens for clearer photos, better speakers and a faster processor. The iPhone has also removed its headphone jack and instead introduced wireless headphones. Since Apple maintains such high brand loyalty, many consumers will not even consider the competition when shopping for a new smartphone.

The iPhone 7 incorporates new features into an old design.

“I have always thought Apple has a cleaner layout than other phones and, in my opinion, iPhones are more user-friendly,” said Molly Mullee, a junior health and exercise science major who has been on “team iPhone” for years. On the other hand, many critics have stated that since the death of Apple innovator, Steve Jobs, in 2011, the company has failed to come up with new and creative ideas. “Apple has squandered its once-commanding lead in hardware and software design,” The New York Times wrote. “Though the new iPhones include several

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new features, including water resistance and upgraded cameras, they look pretty much the same as the old ones.” According to Gabriella Cardoso, a junior elementary education major and iPhone user, Apple products have not changed much in terms of design over the last few years. “The iPhone 7 is basically the same as the iPhone 6,” Cardoso said. The iPhone 6 was released in 2014, meaning Apple had two years to come up with something creative. But it seems as if the same product with just a few additional features is being marketed again.

In a 107-second advertisement video entitled “Don’t Blink,” Apple summarizes the major updates of the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Apple Watch Series 2 and AirPods. The company implies in the video that its choice to remove a 100-year-old headphone jack shouldn’t be a “shocker” to customers because Apple is supposed to be all about innovation, right? But it seems many customers are not happy about the iPhone 7’s lack of a headphone jack. “Getting rid of the headphone jack is just another way to make consumers spend more money on Apple products,” Cardoso said. According to her, Apple has shifted its focus from giving consumers what they want to developing products that make the most money. Michaela Curtis, a junior elementary education major and iPhone user, agreed. “The new wireless headphones that come with the iPhone clearly look like they’re going to fall out all the time and Apple is going to expect everyone to shell out money for a new pair when they lose them,” Curtis said. Many consumers are asking if Apple’s lack of innovation will catch up with them in upcoming sales. As of now, Apple still dominates the market and has been the best for nearly 10 years. But maybe it is time for a new company to emerge.

Annual car show drives out Alzheimer’s disease

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Left: People travel from near and far to participate in the event. Right: Over $5,000 was raised for the Alzheimer’s Association. By Jennifer Goetz Web Editor

Alzheimer’s: a disease without a cure that 5 million Americans live with, and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Thanks to the efforts of the College’s Sigma Kappa sorority this past year, the Alzheimer’s Association will receive over $5,000 for Alzheimer’s research and treatment. This Sunday, Sept. 18, Sigma Kappa hosted its fifth annual Driving Out Alzheimer’s Car Show, where the campus and Ewing, N.J., community came together to support the cause. The precarious weather turned into a beautiful day after a light drizzle in the morning. Parking lots 3 and 4 were filled with vintage cars of different models, shapes and colors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “People know more about the event this year,” Sigma Kappa

President and senior secondary education and English dual major Courtney Kalafsky said. “It’s been a lot easier to get community involvement.” Ewing resident Bill Tucker said he was looking for car shows online when he discovered the Driving Out Alzheimer’s event. He brought his magenta 1934 Ford, one of the day’s standouts. The involvement this year even went beyond the community. Alumna Georgianne Barlow (’76) brought her le mans blue 2007 Corvette Geo 6 from Warwick, N.Y., to attend. Billy and Helana Farley traveled from North Brunswick with their 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302. “I was looking for car shows and when I found out this was for Alzheimer’s, that was it,” Billy Farley said. Many of the car owners and general attendees had been affected by Alzheimer’s in some capacity. This year, the car show raised over $3,000 for Alzheimer’s research. The fundraising efforts went

beyond the sorority to include other organizations and vendors who attended the event and donated a portion of their proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Association. There were many categories of car awards. Bill Corti took home the award for Best Pre-1960 car, with his 1963 Corvette. Best Post1960 car was a 2005 Ford Mustang. Bill Farley clinched the award for Best in Show with his 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302, while the Most Memorable award went to Bill Tucker for his 1934 Ford. The award for Sigma Kappa’s Choice, though, went to Bill Kraft’s 1955 Studebaker. The annual car show was the largest event for Sigma Kappa’s Ultraviolet Week, during which the sorority held a number of programs to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s. “I think the response has been really great,” Kalafsky said. “People really come behind the event because everybody knows somebody

affected by it, and a lot of campus members appreciate that it’s free to get in. We try to make it as welcoming as possible.” Sophomore special education major and Ultraviolet Week Chair Julianna Bottiglieri organized and ran all of the week’s events with the help of Claire Achilly, a junior secondary education and math dual major and the vice president of Philanthropic Services. The pair started planning for Sigma Kappa’s Ultraviolet Week as early as August. The events included a media memory game show, bake sale, beach volley tournament, awareness tabling and a memory chalkboard on which students of the College were invited to write their favorite memories. “The TCNJ Community is the reason we were able to raise as much money as we were,” Bottiglieri said. “People were so supportive, whether it was coming out to our Media Memory Game

Show and participating alongside the contestants or buying one of our adorable elephant ribbon pins. Every little bit of support counted.” Alzheimer’s disease is the national philanthropy for Sigma Kappa. Many of the sorority’s members here at the College have been impacted by Alzheimer’s in one way or another. “About a third of our chapter have family members or a close family friend who is affected by Alzheimer’s,” Kalafsky said. Even those who had not been personally affected were touched by the Ultraviolet Week events. “When we had our Memories Making their Mark event, a board got filled with memories that people never wanted to forget,” Bottiglieri said. “Thinking about how many people lose the memories of the best days of their life is shocking. It just made me want to work that much harder so no one else has to worry about losing what makes them who they are.”


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Campus Style

Holocaust survivor visits campus

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Loeb speaks at the College and shares her stories with students.

Every week, Features Editor Elise Schoening hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. This week, Sigma Kappa sorority spent five days raising awareness and funds for those with Alzheimer’s. They worked to remind the campus how much we treasure our memories and how painful they can be to lose. Years before the sorority came to campus, a Holocaust survivor visited the College to share her stories with the hope that they would not be forgotten. Carefully enunciating each word in a thick Austrian accent, Holocaust survivor Isle Loeb recalled a night in the winter of 1944 when she was almost captured by the Nazis. A Jewish “hidden child” in German-occupied Holland, Leob had secretly ventured out with others to gather firewood. While they were chopping on evergreen, a Gestapo jeep approached. Miraculously, the tree did not fall until the vehicle had passed by. Regardless of how many times Ilse Loeb has told “The Falling Tree Incident,” the emotion with which she spoke revealed both painful memories and joyous optimism. Perhaps it was her will to survive that saved her from the Holocaust and brought her to the College’s Music Building auditorium 60 years later. It was easy to tell that Loeb’s primary concern today is a different kind of survival: the

survival of Holocaust memories, or more precisely, memories of what it took to overcome such a terrible event. She admitted there were many miracles that allowed her to successfully avoid capture from the time of Vienna’s invasion in 1938 to the end of the war in 1945. Loeb gave her recollections of the infamous Kristallnacht, or “Night of Broken Glass,” in which mobs attacked Jewish families and individuals in their synagogues and places of work; almost 100 Jews throughout Germany, Austria and Sudetenland were killed and many more were injured. When this happened it was still only late November 1938 and Loeb’s family hadn’t yet been forced out of their home. When the eviction notice finally came, Loeb was the only one able to escape to Holland. With very little money, a passport bearing the label “J,” and a few belongings, Loeb bid farewell to her mother and father. “I never saw my parents again,” she said. “Looking back I’m surprised myself how I was able to handle this at age 13.” Few Holocaust survivors have felt comfortable speaking about their experiences; Loeb is one of the exceptions. Loeb feels it is important to teach today’s generation and become as big of a role model as possible.

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Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2016 Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18. He may not have won an award himself, but the host was sure to continue his famous banter with actor Matt Damon onstage. The biggest star of the night was HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” which became the most awarded show in TV history after winning three more awards at this year’s Emmys. Following his breakup from Taylor Swift, Tom Hiddleston appeared solo at the award

By Jillian Greene Columnist

Although the laid-back summer attitudes may have come to an end with the start of the new semester, the summer outfits haven’t disappeared just yet. I always think that once school starts, it will immediately start to get cooler, but this year has proven me wrong once again. As we all sweat through another heat wave, I can’t help but wish for cooler weather and fall fashion. I’m itching to wear leggings, oversized sweaters and boots. Until then, it seems I’m stuck in sandals, jean shorts and tank tops in this 90-degree, humid weather. Hopefully, it won’t be long before I’m writing about my favorites: boots, sweaters and oh, did I mention boots? As we all know, fashion has a tendency to come full circle. Don’t be disappointed when something falls out of style because it will probably be back soon enough. This applies to body suits, jean skirts, jorts and more. I’ve heard the saying, “I used to wear those when I was younger,” way too many times from my mom. She even gave me one of her vintage bodysuits that I now treasure.

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Jean skirts, jorts and more are back in style this season.

Stars shine at annual Emmys

Paulson wins an award for ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson.’ By Mackenzie Cutruzzula Columnist

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Don’t pack up the summer wardrobe just yet.

The same can be said about chokers, which used to be all the rage and are everywhere once again. Pair them with a cute jean skirt and off-the-shoulder top, and you’ve got yourself a fabulous outfit of the day (OOTD). You can also never go wrong with denim — no matter what the season or weather. Recently, jean skirts are ruling over any style of jean shorts. I guarantee you will see girls wearing them around campus, as well as in their Instagram and Facebook posts. To be honest, I’m a little disappointed that I don’t own one yet, but it’s because I’ve been searching for the perfect one. What’s so hard about picking out a jean skirt, you may ask? For me, it has to be just the right shade of blue, and I just haven’t found one yet that suits my pickiness and, of course, my wallet. As for the boys, I never thought I would say it, but I dig the jorts. Of course there are some of you that think it doesn’t suit your style, but for those who can rock it, I applaud. I’m not talking about the oversized jean shorts, but more like the style Harry Styles has been sporting. Keep pushing through the heatwave while wearing your stylish, summer OOTDs.

show. He presented with actress Priyanka Chopra — even taking her for a twirl on their way out to the podium. Leslie Jones later crashed the stage when the Emmy accountants made their usual speech about protecting the awards. Jones interrupted to tell them they should be protecting her Twitter account from hackers instead. Jones’s Twitter account was hacked in August after her tweets became heavily looked at during her Olympic coverage. The hacker exposed the comedian’s private photos, so she joked that she doesn’t want her nudes appearing on CNN again.

Her co-star, Kate McKinnon, took home the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on “Saturday Night Live.” Holding back tears, McKinnon thanked Ellen DeGeneres, Hillary Clinton and her comedic mother and sister. She also thanked her late father for making her watch the show at 12 years old. Sterling K. Brown took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” “A lot of you may not have known who I was, but you checked the box anyway and that makes me very, very happy,” Brown said. After dedicating the award to his late father, Brown also thanked his co-star Sarah Paulson, who took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role in the same series. Paulson brought Marcia Clark, the O.J. Simpson prosecutor whom she portrays on TV, as her Emmy date. In her acceptance

speech, Paulson thanked Clark and also apologized for rushing to judge her during the O.J. trial. “The responsibility of playing a real person is an enormous one,” Paulson said. “You want to get it right — not for you, but for them.” Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for their show “Master of None.” The comedic pair co-wrote the episode “Parents,” which won the award. Yang took the microphone first to thank the show’s cast and crew, but by the time he finished, the cue music began playing, and

Ansari didn’t have any time to speak. When the producers cut the music so Ansari could give his own speech, Ansari ran off stage instead. Later in the night, Ansari was presenting an award and took a moment to thank his parents, who inspired the awardwinning episode. “Game of Thrones” was awarded three Emmys, leaving it with a record-breaking total of 38 awards. The show’s creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, made sure to mention that the cast was leaving right after the award ceremony to begin filming season seven.

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Arts & Entertainment

Teen Suicide: It’s not ‘Just a Pop’ show

Sean Reis / Arts & Entertainment Editor

Left: Ray leads Teen Suicide through a set featuring highs and lows. Right: Florist puts on a calm performance and invokes a mix of emotions. By Sean Reis Arts & Entertainment Editor

CUB Alt’s new home, the Decker Social Space, transformed into an intimate music venue on Tuesday, Sept. 12, when the reincarnation of CUB Rat held its first major concert of the fall semester. Organized by CUB Alt co-Chair Max Falvey, a sophomore communication studies major, the event featured three alternative rock bands: Lunch Ladies, Florist and the evening’s headliner, Teen Suicide. Opener Lunch Ladies delved into its heavy-hitting catalog, but Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Florist, which took the stage as the meat and vegetables on a Teen Suicide and Lunch Ladies sandwich, brought the verve down a couple of notches with a soothing set. The crowd was in absolute awe of Emily Sprague’s

cute vocals and personal lyrics. Florist primarily played music from the band’s debut album, “The Birds Outside Sang.” It has a somber sound that is complemented by the poetic lyrics featured on the album. Specifically, one bittersweet beauty called “Dust Inside The Light” was performed toward the end of Florist’s set. “I heard / Water / Running behind the trees / But there was no river, nobody, not even a stream,” Sprague sang. “Maybe if I keep running, maybe I can find the rain.” For those familiar with Teen Suicide’s music, Florist was a perfect pick to pair with the headliner. Teen Suicide has been known to release a style of music similar to Florist’s, complete with chill productions and angsty lyrics. However, the band’s live performance on Tuesday

departed from its typical emo aesthetic. Teen Suicide treated the College to heavier versions of its original tracks. Led by lead vocalist and guitarist Sam Ray — also known for his solo project, Ricky Eat Acid — Teen Suicide showcased unmatched energy onstage. As Ray led Teen Suicide’s charge, a bassist, a drummer and another guitarist raged alongside him. Together, they proved they were unafraid to hit the crowd with emotional feel trips whenever the moment was right. Teen Suicide played a mixture of songs old and new, but one that stood out was “It’s Just a Pop Song” from the band’s sophomore LP, “It’s the Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir the Honeypot,” released last April. The track begins as Ray asks, “Where do your loyalties lie? And who gets my

royalty checks when I die?” Although “It’s Just a Pop Song” utilizes ambiguous, alternative lyrics at times, a deeper meaning about an artist’s struggle to produce art while still making money shines through, especially when Ray reaches the chorus. “I guess that I should sing it / But I’m scared my heart’s not in it,” Ray sang. “It’s just a pop song / It’s just a pop song.” In the same way “It’s Just a Pop Song” walks the fine line between art and entertainment, Teen Suicide’s performance featured both blasts of fun energy and somber spells of artistic integrity. With help from Florist and Lunch Ladies, as well as CUB Alt, Teen Suicide’s show was filled with emotions of all natures, energy off the charts and, of course, music, which set the bar at what will be an altitudinous standard for the fall semester.

Travis Scott album makes for a ‘wonderful’ time By Thomas Infante Review Editor

Travis Scott is one of the most in-demand artists in rap music today. Since the release of his 2015 album “Rodeo,” he has enjoyed enormous success both with his original music and through his collaborations with other artists. Scott is known for his distinctive singing and rapping style, as well as shouting catchphrases at the end of his sentences like, “It’s lit!” His production often combines rousing trap percussion with redundantly melodic instrumentation. It’s catchy and fun, and fans have been awaiting a follow-up album that could match the energy of “Rodeo.” Scott’s second studio album, “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight,” is primarily driven by some great performances from featured artists. The album starts off with the song “the ends,” which showcases Scott singing and rapping over a heavy percussion and a dark, muddy bass line. His singing is decent, while his rapping is alert and peppy, even if what he’s talking about isn’t very meaningful. Rapper André 3000 delivers a strong verse afterwards, keeping the song varied and lively until the end.

Some songs boast a much heavier emphasis on the featured artist, such as “through the late night” with rapper Kid Cudi. Scott previously cited Cudi as one of his favorite artists, stating in an interview with Complex on Friday, Sept. 7, “Cudi should be considered a top-tier artist… I think he fathered a lot of this style of music.” The two artists are stylistically similar, both in their singing and overall tones of their production. On their track together, Cudi sings the chorus and a verse, in addition to a long, moaning vocal melody that is reminiscent of his early music. It’s the most memorable Cudi performance in years, so much so that Scott’s presence on this song seems underwhelming. Scott finds a good balance with his featured singer The Weeknd on their collaboration “wonderful.” The two trade verses as they rap about going to the club and their lavish lifestyles. The beat is simplistic, but the variety in styles between their different vocals keeps the song from becoming too monotonous. Another strong collaboration comes between Scott and Young Thug on “pick up the phone.” You can almost sing along to this

Scott’s music is exciting, yet still manages to create a dark atmosphere.

song, since Young Thug sounds much more alert than he usually does when he’s rapping. His words are as close to coherent as they’ve ever been. “Never will I cheat on you, never will I commit treason,” Young Thug raps on the chorus, as he pleads to his girlfriend who will not answer his late night phone calls. The beat revolves around a bouncy synth melody. The title of the album also comes from this song, when featured rapper Quavo (from Migos) says, “Birds in the trap sing Brian McKnight.” In an interview with Billboard on Sunday, Sept. 2, Scott said the

album, in fact, has nothing to do with R&B singer McKnight. Continuing with the trend of strange track titles is the song “beibs in the trap,” which prominently features rapper Nav, who uses Justin Bieber as a euphemism for cocaine. “I just poured eight in a liter, I got a white bitch sniffing on Bieber,” raps Nav, who dedicates most of his time on the microphone to rapping about drugs and promiscuous women. Aside from the bizarre title, this song is largely forgettable, with no distinctive production or impressive lyricism to warrant a close listen. There are several mediocre tracks

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on “McKnight,” like “sweet sweet” and “first take.” However, the good songs considerably outnumber the bad. “McKnight” is not an album that shows tremendous artistic growth or maturation in Scott’s music. It is an album that delivers music that is familiar enough as not to be risky, but different enough as not to be totally boring. As his mentor Cudi has shown us, experimentation may not always turn out well, but it is better than being pigeonholed into one genre forever. Scott should eventually move beyond trap music, but in the meantime he’ll continue to be “lit.”


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Concert showcases student talent By Justine Wilson Staff Writer

The lights were dim, the vibe was chill and the Decker Social Space stage was set on Friday, Sept. 16, for CUB Alt’s Student Band Night. With a pair of guitars, a recycling bin as a make-shift box drum and a banjo, Cartoon Physics was the first to take the stage. The astonishing cohesive duo comprises EJ Paras, a junior marketing major, and Lauren Muccilli, a junior English major, who opened the night with a wide-range of covers, such as “Art is Dead” by comedian Bo Burnham. The next act to perform was Monster Run, who turned the room’s energy up a notch. Sean Cuddy, a freshmen finance major, had adoring fans yelling his name throughout the set. The other members of the band were friends of Cuddy, who go to other colleges, but together, Monster Run had a Weezer-like style, only heavier with amazing bass. Later, on-campus alt-rock luminary Good Luck Spaceman closed the show. The band has five members: Jake Rubin, Mikey Rosen and Kyle Newins, all of whom are senior communication studies majors, Mike Laudenbach, a senior English and philosophy double major, and Danny Galli, a senior women’s gender studies and communication studies double major. Unfortunately, Galli was not present, as was lamented by the band many times. “We’re just four-fifths of Good Luck Spaceman,” members of the band said.

“Danny left us for a wedding in Virginia... We’re more indie without him.” Galli did not take the band’s amazing sound with him to Virginia, though. With intense drumming and strong vocals, the crowd was as into the music as it was the artists themselves. Good Luck Spaceman’s sound was a cross between Guster (circa 2010) and Fun, and gave off an incredible vibe when performing live. The audience could tell that each member truly loved their craft. Good Luck Spaceman performed an original set, featuring songs, such as “Basement Blues” and “Technicolor.” CUB Alt co-Chair Dana Gorab, a junior communication studies major, who

organized the event, discussed how College Union Board (CUB) helps make the music come to life. “We had a typical turnout, a lot of support from friends of the performers and a few music enthusiasts, and us CUB members,” Gorab said. “All of the acts were great tonight. I was really getting into it.” Months of planning goes into the CUB Alt events, especially nights featuring student acts. “We have an open call over summer for students who would like to perform in the student band nights,” Gorab said. “Anyone can answer the call, and the groups that do are amazing.”

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: Eagulls Album: “Ullages” Release Number: 2nd Hailing From: Brooklyn, N.Y. Genre: Dreamy Post Punk Label: Partisan Records

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Cartoon Physics opens the night with a relaxing acoustic set.

New Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’ Fans eagerly await second season By Kevin Shaw Staff Writer

Netflix is definitely no stranger to hit original shows. Programs like “Orange is the New Black,” “Daredevil” and “House of Cards” have consumed the lives of online streamers, with some viewers watching entire seasons in single-day binges. Netflix’s newest show, “Stranger Things,” keeps up with the tradition of being “so good I watched the whole thing in a weekend.” After just one short season, it solidified itself as one of my favorite shows. The show retains the same sense of childhood wonder and the thrill of adventure as “The Goonies.” The kids in “Stranger Things” clearly draw influence from the young characters in the 1985 classic, but the show also has dark and supernatural elements reminiscent of “The Twilight Zone.” It is best described as a sci-fi, action, adventure, psychological thriller. I’ve really never seen anything quite like it. “Stranger Things” follows the story of a group of 12 year olds from the small town of Hawkins, Ind. The lives of these

Dungeons and Dragons-playing social pariahs are turned upside down when their friend Will (played by Noah Schnapp) disappears and they are introduced to a psychokinetic little girl named Eleven (played by Millie Bobby Brown). There’s a crazy mother, a talking house, corrupt government officials and something called a Demogorgon. Anything else would be too much to say and spoil the show, so you’ll have to check it out for yourself. The acting in the show is very well done. Winona Ryder is convincing in her role as Will’s distraught mother, Joyce, meanwhile Matthew Modine is terrifying as the imposing government agent. But ultimately, the child actors steal the show. This was the first major role for the main characters Eleven and Mike (Finn Wolfhard). They both absolutely nailed it. Brown is 12 and Wolfhard is 13, but both portray their respective characters with the grace and passion of much older actors. “Stranger Things” has done more in eight episodes than most shows can do in 50. It’s funny, intelligent, heartwarming and gut-wrenching. And with season two in the works, there is no better time to start watching. You won’t regret it.

The child actors in ‘Stranger Things’ steal the show with surprisingly mature performances.

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Born of the same scene as Brooklyn, N.Y., post-punkers Parquet Courts, Eagulls returns with its follow-up to the self-titled 2014 debut. After a tour in support of the debut, “Ullages” sees the band pausing for breath, reflecting, pondering “what’s next?” and then doing it all again, set on creating an altogether different record. Overall, Eagulls succeeds and “Ullages” drips with influences from classic post-punkers like Sonic Youth to more modern bands like Parquet Courts and Diiv, which results in a chill yet driven, anxious yet heartfelt album. Must Hear: “Euphoria,” “Blume,” “Skipping” and “Lemontrees”

Band: Modern Baseball Album: “Holy Ghost” Release Number: 3rd Hailing From: Philadelphia Genre: Sad Alt Rock Label: Run for Cover After two albums and a couple of EPs full of in-jokes and social media references, MoBo’s songwriting duo of Jake Ewald and Brendan Lukens has gone through some serious stuff. With the passing of Ewald’s grandfather and struggles with mental illness for Lukens, it is no surprise that “Holy Ghost” takes a turn for the serious. This album works better as two complimentary EPs rather than a cohesive album, as the first six songs were written by Ewald, with Lukens at the helm of the album’s backend. Still, “Holy Ghost” has already become a fan-favorite and is getting the band loads of critical acclaim. A complete divergence from the goofy girl drama that saturated “Sports” and “You’re Gonna Miss It All,” “Holy Ghost” is proof that the MoBo gang has matured and has lasting power in today’s emo-indie scene. Must Hear: “Holy Ghost,” “Every Day,” “Breathing in Stereo,” “Apple Cider, I Don’t Mind” and “Just Another Face”


Sports

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Devils and Pioneers: no sweat for men’s soccer By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Assistant

The men’s soccer team earned a winning record this week after they defeated the Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Devils, 4-1, and blanked the William Paterson University Pioneers, 2-0. For the week of Monday, Sept. 12, the College named sophomore midfielder Joerg Jauk Athlete of the Week for his penalty kick goal during the Lions 1-0 victory against the Keystone College Giants. Competing at home, the Lions clobbered the Devils with four goals in the second half in their 4-1 victory. The Lions faced a familiar scenario to last week’s games against Keystone College and Whitworth University, in which the College also made many fruitless shots at the goal. In the third minute, junior midfielder Peter Dresch launched a corner kick. Senior forward Thomas Hogue followed with a shot toward Devils junior goalkeeper JT Bretschneider — no goal. Thirty minutes later, freshman forward Mateo Panizza dribbled toward the left corner and skedaddled through three Devils defenders before shooting wide off the

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Panizza scores a goal and an assist against Fairleigh Dickinson.

post — no goal. With three minutes remaining in the first half, senior midfielder Nick Costelloe blasted a hard shot toward the right corner. Bretschneider quickly dove in to block the shot — no goal. “The challenge that we are facing this season is less about our opponent and more about playing as a unit,” Costelloe said. “When our offense heats up, we expect plenty of goals. We have struggled to keep the ball out of our net. Going down a goal or two early in a game is difficult to recover from.” Meanwhile, Lions sophomore goalkeeper Dan Walsh kept the Devils off the scoreboard in his

first career start. At the 37th minute, a Devil dribbled across the penalty box before Walsh slid into him for a save. The Lions offense ignited in the second half with four goals on their way to a 4-1 victory. In the 56th minute, Hogue flickered the ball from the right side and senior forward Sean Etheridge headed in the team’s first goal. Ten minutes later, the Devils countered when junior defender/ midfielder Shawn Jennings tapped the ball toward the left post with an assist from senior midfielder Dylan Meyler. The Lions responded with another goal when Panizza sent a

pass through the middle of the penalty box. Costelloe secured the pass and scored on a short shot. The Lions never looked back and the offense scored two more goals on their way to a 4-1 victory over the Devils. On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Lions traveled north to Wayne, N.J., for their first conference matchup against the William Paterson University Pioneers. Unlike the previous season, the Lions gained their first conference victory without conceding many losses. Five minutes into the match, sophomore midfielder Nick Sample crossed the ball from the left field while Etheridge headed the

ball for a goal. Two minutes later, Hogue had a chance to distance the Lions from the Pioneers, but Pioneers goalkeeper Kyle Quigley made the save. Both teams reached a stalemate until a Pioneers midfielder blasted a shot. Lions goalkeeper Walsh hastily saved the shot to maintain the Lions 1-0 lead. The Lions offense started the second half with another goal when Hogue launched a shot into the upper left corner of the net with an assist from Dresch. Sample and Dresch followed the goal by hitting three shots at the Pioneers goalkeeper. Toward the end of the match, Walsh and the defense endured a comeback from the Pioneers offense to secure the 2-0 shutout. During the 80th minute, Walsh was able to save two shots from a Pioneers defensive back and a midfielder. With two minutes remaining, Walsh recorded another save and intercepted a corner kick. The Lions hit the road on Wednesday, Sept. 21, to compete against the Drew University Rangers. Afterwards, the Lions return home for another conference match against the New Jersey City University Gothic Knights on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 1 a.m.

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Lions open NJAC play with heartbreaking loss

Naples tackles 12 against Kean, which is a career high. By Alex Reich Correspondent

The football team ended a two-game road trip against Kean University Cougars on Friday, Sept. 17. Despite a strong defensive effort, the Lions fell to 0-2 with a 16-7 loss. The College held Kean to 10 points until the final three minutes, when Kean drove 68 yards to create a two-possession lead with 2:36 on the clock. While the defense — led by junior linebacker Troy Domenick and senior defensive lineman Daniel Naples — flourished,

the Lions could not overcome four turnovers and a 1-13 third down conversion rate. Junior tight end Chase Vena felt the team adapted well to the Cougars defense. “Even though Kean played some tough defense throughout the night, we were finding success in the running game,” Vena said. “Because running the ball started working for us, it also opened up the passing game. We were able to adjust to whatever their defense was giving us.” The Lions opened the game with a three-and-out possession.

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The defense responded and forced Kean to punt. Unfortunately, a costly fumble on special teams awarded the Cougars a red zone possession. They translated it into a seven-point lead early in the game. Junior quarterback Trevor Osler found a good rhythm with four minutes remaining in the first quarter. The offense drove 53 yards before the Lions were forced to punt with 2:17 in the first quarter. Neither offense could get anything going against the stellar defensive play on both

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Cross country races at Rider

sides. Freshman Zach Warcola impressed the crowd with a 50-yard punt. The second quarter closed with a donut on both sides. Neither team managed to score before the second half. In the third quarter, Kean broke the gridlock with a field goal. The drive killed 4:52 on the clock, as the team traveled 45 yards to extend the lead to 10-0. The Lions fired back in their first drive of the half. Facing third and 13 at the Kean 31, Osler suffered a harsh facemask tackle, but it gave the Lions a new set of downs at the Kean 16. Senior

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Holzbaur finishes 18th overall.

By Danielle Silvia Staff Writer

On Friday, Sept. 16, the men’s and women’s cross country teams participated in the Rider University Cross Country Invitational. The men’s team finished with three of its runners in the top 15 and placed third out of the eight teams. For the women, two athletes made it into the top 20, and the team finished seventh out of the nine teams. Senior Andrew Tedeschi finished fifth overall in the 8000-meter race and ran a personal record of 24:51. However, Tedeschi wasn’t the only Lion to beat his record, as senior Brandon Mazzarella also finished seventh in the race and had a personal record of 24:57. “We implemented our race plan perfectly and the results surely showed that, as we had an amazing team average that I am very proud of,” Mazzarella said. “It is important in running to trust in your teammates and coaches. I fully trust what our coaches are planning and I am confident when the championship season comes around, our team will be ready to do something great.”

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In the top 15 of the race also sat junior Dale Johnson with an amazing time of 25:12. In fifth place for the Lions, and 43rd overall, was sophomore Daniel Brennan. Sophomore Matt Saponara, who placed 36th with a time of 25:38, was happy with his team’s results. “Yesterday’s race was a solid starting point of our season,” Saponara said. “We are all looking to improve off of our performances and hope that we approach our championship races healthy, strong and ready.” The women’s team raced against Division II Rider University, as well as several Division I programs. Standouts include sophomore Natalie Cooper, who finished in 12th place overall with a time of 22:22. “The team is looking strong and will continue to push themselves throughout the season,” Cooper said. Fellow sophomore Erin Holzbaur placed 18th with a time of 22:42. On Saturday, Sept. 24, the men’s team will participate at the Stockton University Invitational at 11 a.m. The women will have a one-week break before joining the men’s team in Bethlehem, Pa., on Saturday, Oct. 1, for the Paul Short Invitational.

Mike Marchesano then stepped in for Osler. He finished the drive and dashed into the end zone on a one-yard rush to end the third quarter, 10-7. “When Osler went down, we stuck to our game plan,” Vena said. “We brought in Marchesano, but our plan of attack stayed the same.” Things looked hopeful in the fourth quarter as the Lions blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt from the Cougars. However, the Lions failed to find solid footing and their following drive ended in an interception. The Lions barely moved a yard in their next possession. With less than six minutes in the game, the Cougars ate 3:15 off the clock and scored on an 18-yard pass to extend their lead to 16-7. A late injury to Osler hit hard, and the Lions ended the game with an interception. The College hosts its home opener against Christopher Newport University on Saturday, Sept. 24, at noon. Christopher Newport University defeated Kean University already, 26-7, so it will likely be a tough test for the football team. Vena believes they can turn things around this season. “We just need to come out faster, relax out there and play for each other,” he said.

Quinn passed the ball on a penalty kick to senior defender Lexi Smith, who sent the ball into the cage off the right post, putting the Lions on the board. However, the Lions did not have the time to make a comeback. Their next goal was scored with less than two minutes left and in similar fashion to their first, with Quinn passing the ball to Smith for the tally. The loss came after a promising victory against the Drew University Rangers on Tuesday, Sept. 13. That night was bookended by personal milestones for Quinn and freshman forward/ midfielder Kayla Peterson, both of whom scored their first Lions goal that evening. Peterson opened the scoring and Quinn topped it off with the fifth Lions goal of the night. The Rangers goalkeeper made eight saves in the first 16 minutes before Peterson managed to slip past off a redirect from Andreula. The Lions launched a volley of 23 shots at the Rangers goal, but by the end of the first period, only three had gotten the better of

Callaghan’s reflexes. Sophomore midfielder/defender Sidney Padilla was the second Lion to score after firing the ball into the net off a rebound from her own shot. Less than two minutes later, Callaghan got another save off a shot from senior defender Lexi Smith, but luckily, junior forward Elizabeth Morrison was there to turn the rebound into the Lions third goal. The College persisted with their volley into the second half, but Callaghan was just as obstinate. She made four more saves before Peterson, off an assist from Padilla, made her second career goal. Quinn closed the scoring at 56 minutes after turning a rebound from one of Smith’s shots into the fifth and final Lions goal. The last 15 minutes of play were scoreless. In the entire matchup, the Lions outshot the Rangers 40-1, with 31 of those shots at goal. However, Callaghan racked up 26 saves throughout the entire matchup, almost half of the 60 total goals made against the Lions this season. Despite a difficult opponent, the Lions came out on top thanks to their offense.

Douglas leads fruitless rallies in the loss.

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short ball… the formation is meant to pass around other teams.” While pass play is important to the team, Thoreson was able to take matters into her own hands late in the game. Dribbling into the box unassisted and blasting a shot off her cleats in the 79th minute, she put the team up 3-1. The score stayed the same and the Lions came away as the winners. After that, the team began to focus on its first NJAC game of the season against William Paterson. Last season, when the two teams last met, neither was able to score. This, among other late season ties and loses, lost them home field in the NJAC playoffs and the top spot in the conference late in the season. Head coach Joe Russo said this wasn’t about bitter feelings lingering over last year, but that his team has just been trying to get better. “It’s not a revenge game or anything like that,” Russo said. “(The team) has been working extremely hard to get better. We’ve made improvements and strides since Wednesday into today and hopefully we can keep moving. The game was similar last year, but we just didn’t finish… and tonight we finished.” The women’s improvements were put on full display, as they outshot the Pioneers 27, with 17 on goal, to 1 shot on goal, which

Richman tallies two goals on the William Paterson Pioneers.

came early in the second half. The Lions defense kept the Pioneers out of their zone for most of the game, with the team’s offense putting pressure on William Paterson the entire day. “I thought it was a total team effort for 90 minutes, whereas the other night I thought we only played 45 minutes,” Russo said. “So I thought it was a collective effort on both ends of it.” After nine shots by the team, Thoreson was able to break past the defense and beat the Pioneer goalkeeper with a high shot to net a goal and put the team up, 1-0, in the 31st minute.

From there, the team didn’t look back, as junior forward Hannah Richman scored two goals during the game (36th and 74th minutes) and junior defenseman Abigail Emmert scored off a penalty kick in the 65th minute. Three freshmen also made an impact — midfielders Alexa Pestritto (40th minute), Haley Bodden (69th minute) and Alexa Beatty all scored their first goals as Lions. Pestritto, who scored off her own corner kick, said she wasn’t really expecting it. “I was really surprised at

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first,” Pestritto said. “I don’t score that much, so when I did I was extremely excited. I got really amped up.” The Lions also had a chance to give freshman goalkeeper Nicole DiPasquale her first taste of college play. She subbed in for senior goalkeeper Jessica Weeder late in the game. DiPasquale is someone to look out for, Weeder said. “Nicole… is very athletic and she picks up on new techniques (and) incorporates constructive criticism very quickly,” Weeder said. “Both traits that I think will help her bring her game to

the next level.” With the 7-0 win over William Paterson behind them, the Lions prepare to take on Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityFlorham (FDU) on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at home. Coach Russo said the team is going to use every day to prepare for that. “Our motto is ‘We just try to get better everyday,’” Russo said. “We’re going to try to continue to improve. There’s a ton of things we’re going to work on. It’s so early in the year, that we’re just preparing to play FDU-Florham and see if we can get another good result.”

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Holleran teams up with Hojeibane to sweep Kean in doubles. continued from page 24 well as Hojeibane and Holleran, won in the same manner, 8-0. With the team in such fantastic form, confidence was high going into the last NJAC matchup of the year against William Paterson University. However, unlike the previous two matches, the College’s victory was not a straight 9-0 victory, but 8-1. The small blemish for the Lions was when Rangu was defeated in her singles matchup after a tough encounter. Reedman, Stoner, Baldi, Prestera and Buchbinder managed to continue the domination from the College. In doubles play, Rangu managed to put the singles matchup behind her as she and her partner, Baldi, managed to win their match 8-0. Meanwhile, Stoner partnered with sophomore Grace Minassian and won their match 8-3, while junior Danna Tsay and Prestera

finished the day with a 8-0 victory. Following the matches, Dicheck was very satisfied and credited his entire team and their spirit throughout the season. “We have a very talented group of players. Total team effort lead by our captain Anna. I was quite happy with our wins and our margin,” the coach said. “We have a roster of 15 and from day one of pre-season they have been good. Day in and day out in practice, they get good practice against their teammates, and that makes them better.” The team has regionals coming up next week before they resume their season in March 2017. In a reflection of the fall season, Dicheck said all goals were fulfilled. “Our goal coming in was to win the NJAC and to earn a NCAA berth,” Dicheck said. “Our second goal was to do well in tournaments, so we can do well in regionals next weekend. Looking forward to going up there.”

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Special Edition

D RM AROUND THE

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Sydney Shaw Editor-in-Chief

Bobby Olivier The Star-Ledger

James Queally LA Times

In this week’s Special Edition of Around the Dorm it’s a battle of the editors as our editor-in-chief, Sydney Shaw, takes on two former Signal editors — Bobby Olivier and James Queally. Signal sports editors ask: Would you sign Ray Rice? Should Cincinnati teams embrace Harambe-themed promotions? Did Fancy Bear do the sport world a service or disservice?

1. Ray Rice is eyeing an NFL return. If you were a team owner, would you sign Rice? Sydney: Signal Editor Sydney says no. When Rice assaulted his then-fiancée Janay Palmer in 2014, I was mad, but when the NFL gave him a slap on the wrist with a two-game suspension, I was enraged enough to write an opinion piece about it for The Signal. Rice’s actions were terrible, but the NFL’s were worse. Following that logic, if I were NFL Team Owner Sydney, I’d probably be terrible, too. So why not sign Rice? The move would be a headline-grabber at worst, and at best, a team-saver. Rice has admittedly seen better days as a running back and is approaching his 30th birthday, but he still knows his way around the football field and might be in better health than other players later in the season. A good owner puts her team on her back. That means caring about my millions of fans, not about one girl who got punched in the face. She

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married him, anyway, so how bad could it have been? Bobby: The easy answer, in week two when most running backs still enjoy two functional knees, is no, who needs the headache? But give it a few weeks, and a team that’s banged up and already slipping from relevancy will likely go after him for some sort of Tebow-esque, “Hey, this guy’s back!” headline grab. And for a real

owner, or for hypothetical me, his return should be based solely on whether or not he can actually play in the NFL. What he did to his girlfriend was horrible, and it ruined his career — a running back’s prime is about 35 minutes long and he spent most of it apologizing. If you need the roster spot filled, and he looks anything like the guy who ignited Rutgers University 10 years ago, let him pick up the pieces.

James: This question is about football as much as it is about NFL owners doing something to shake the league’s miserable reputation when it comes to players who commit acts of domestic violence. But either way, the answer is absolutely not. Rice’s career was effectively ended by that elevator video, and it’s really the only permanent consequence suffered by a superstar in a league that has continued to employ Ben Roethlisberger and Greg Hardy in the wake of their own issues involving sexual or domestic violence. From a football standpoint, Rice’s yardsper-carry had been slipping for years, bottoming out at 3.7 in 2013, and that pedestrian number was buoyed by two blockbuster games against bad defenses (What up Bears, Lions?). Awful behavior aside, he’s a 29-year-old back heading for the age cliff, his elusiveness is fading and he probably can’t function as a bell cow back anymore. He’s not worth it from a moral or football standpoint.

Bobby gets 1 point for assuming Rice can still play well. James gets 3 for deciding on morals, age and skill decline. Sydney gets 2 points for doing what’s best for business. 2. Should Cincinnati sports teams embrace Harambe-themed promotions? Sydney: They should at least give it a shot — after all, Harambe took one for all of us. What’s the worst that could happen? A heroic gorilla might lose his life because a mother couldn’t keep an eye on her kid? OH WAIT, that already happened, so Cincinnati owes it to him to honor his memory. In all seriousness, Harambe’s death sparked a nearly unprecedented internet reaction. If the Bengals decided to embrace Harambe-themed promotions — say, by having a person in a gorilla costume walk arm-in-arm with the team’s mascot — it would probably go over pretty well, at least with millennial fans. It even rhymes: Who Dey? Harambe! Bobby: The obvious answer is no. But that’s no fun — I’m back in college, baby! So, hell YES they should embrace promotions tethered to the faux-forged legacy of a dead gorilla! I’m thinking banana

smoothies at Reds games, Rainforest Night at the Cincinnati Cyclones minor league hockey games — the first 500 patrons get a real poison dart frog! — and of course, a WATCH YOUR FUCKING CHILD, WE CAN’T AFFORD TO KILL ANYMORE GORILLAS BUT CAN ABSOLUTELY STAND TO LOSE A SMALL HUMAN Day at the Cincinnati Zoo. Maybe the College can hop aboard this crazy train, too. Why not revive the shrimp and banana pizza (I think it was Cuban Night in Eickhoff Hall) that sent me to nutritional therapy for six months back in 2009? Long live Harambe, long live the College and God help you poor, debt-doomed liberal arts majors. James: I mean, how else are they going to sell Reds tickets? I don’t get how this is really controversial. Then again, I’m old and barely understand how the internet turned this poor gorilla into one of those, what do the young ones call it? (puts on reading

glasses, lights cob pipe) “Dank memes,” is it? While the whole Harambe obsession seems to have faded from outrage to conspiracy-theory humor, embracing the viral sensation in the city where the shooting happened could be a thorny issue. The Cincinnati Zoo’s staff has expressed dismay with Harambe becoming a bizarre cultural icon. I think the Bengals and Reds would

be best served by staying out of this. People are going to come out in Harambe-themed gear and there’s no reason to try and stop it, like NFLShop.com did briefly this week, but the hometown sports teams don’t need to lean into it, either. If Cincinnati sports fans want to honor a rare and majestic beast without offending anyone, all they have to do is wear an A.J. Green jersey.

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Sydney gets 1 point for trying to be serious. Bobby gets 3 points because he made me WANT to go to a Reds game. James gets 2 for trying his best to be hip. 3. Did Fancy Bear do the sport world a service or a disservice by leaking data from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)? Sydney: Considering I wasted my time googling “Fancy Bear” only to find out that “none of the documents published by the group showed wrongdoing,” according to ABC News, yeah, I’d say it was a disservice. I could have spent my time coming up with a better answer for that Rice question before. It’s a disservice to the athletes who have to deal with the stress of people thinking they’re doping up when they’re really just taking approved medication so they can function on a daily basis. And less importantly, it’s a disservice to the folks in Fancy

Bear who are partaking in the risky business of hacking into WADA databases for seemingly no reason. Get a real job, Fancy Bears. Bobby: Those damn Fancy Bears, with their white teeth and their iPhone 7s and their… their… where am I? I haven’t moved the needle one way or the other in terms of groundshaking reveals. The fact that Simone Biles takes attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication raises neither of my eyebrows, nor do the Williams sisters’ therapeutic use exemptions (TUE), for which it appears they had the approved paperwork. Though it does re-illuminate the idea that some world athletes could have exploited the TUE system. But no major names have been

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released to ensnare public attention, and until then (hopefully after press time), the jury’s out as far as service or disservice. And speaking of bears, James Queally loves Minus the Bear, a grossly overrated band. James: Disservice. Unless I missed something, WADA has never been known to give passes for actual performance-enhancing drugs and is a pretty reliable watchdog agency for Olympic sports. Did I really need to know that Biles takes medicine for ADHD, or that other American athletes have asthma inhalers? No. These are legitimate exemptions,

and they’re fairly irrelevant to Biles’s ability to stick the landing or Venus Williams’s bonkers serving power. There are so many natural and unregulated substances you can put in your body to gain some sort of advantage. Green tea opens up your airwaves, should that be banned for track and field athletes? Unless we’re talking about a positive test for an actual anabolic steroid or a substance used to mask their use, I don’t need to know about someone’s prescription history. This might sound contradictory as a journalist, but some things should stay private.

Sydney and Bobby get 2 points for forgetting about the hard-working, Nexus-using fancy bears of the forest. James gets 3 points for the neato green tea factoid.

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Field hockey falls while Falcons fly

Sports

Lions score seven on Pioneers

By George Tatoris Sports Editor The players on the College’s field hockey team aren’t strangers to the Messiah College Falcons. The Lions edged Messiah, 1-0, in an overtime game held mid-September last year. The teams crossed paths again in the NCAA National Championship two months later, where the Lions flushed the Falcons out of the Tournament with a 4-2 victory in the quarterfinals. Almost a year since the overtime game, Messiah gave the Lions retribution on Saturday, Sept. 17, with a 4-2 battering that mirrored their NCAA quarterfinal matchup. Falcon Carissa Gehman gave her team an early lead over the Lions as she wove between defenders for the first goal of the game. Four minutes later, another shot from Gehman whizzed past senior goalkeeper Kelly Schlupp, and Messiah took a 2-0 lead. Senior midfielder/defender Jaclyn Douglas answered with the Lions only shot in the first half, but the Falcons goalkeeper made it a save. The remainder of the half went scoreless as Schlupp accrued five saves. As the second half commenced, the Falcons put another goal on the board. The Lions responded with a fruitless rally from Douglas, senior forward/midfielder Danielle Andreula and junior forward/midfielder Amanda Pallitto. As the Lions struggled to get on the board, the Falcons scored again, this time with only 10 minutes of play left in the game. The Lions called a timeout and returned to the field, determined. Less than two minutes later, sophomore forward/midfielder Caroline

Lions beat the Bears 3-1 at home.

By Michael Battista Staff Writer

The women’s soccer team returned to the College for its first home games of the year last week. The Lions were able to dominate both in and out of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) and came out on top against Ursinus College, 3-1, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, and see GOAL page 20 William Patterson University, 7-0, on

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Saturday, Sept. 17. Junior midfielder Elizabeth Thoreson said she loves playing at home. “It’s good to be back, I miss it.” Thoreson said. “We had a full year to be back here, and now that I’m a junior, I have two more chances left. So it’s good to start out first home game with a win.” During the first half of the game, the Lions weren’t playing as dominantly as

in previous games. The team’s playing seemed off, despite clinching an early lead thanks to senior midfielder Marissa Scagnamiglio’s goal from off an impressive cross through traffic from senior forward Christine Levering. Through the heavy rain, the Lions missed many opportunities to expand their lead during the first 45 minutes, and the steady Bears defense allowed them to counter attack and tie the game up at 1 in the 43rd minute. “Just being out in the first half, there was no fire,” Thoreson said. “And when you don’t have a fire, there’s nothing that’s gonna happen. So, we came together (during the half)… pulled ourselves together, came back out and said, ‘We have to fight for the game.’” If the team wanted fire, they got it, as they pushed even harder against Ursinus. In total, the Lions outshot the Bears 33 — with 18 on goal — to 3, with 1 on goal. A majority of those shots came out in the second half. Levering was able to sink a shot from 30 yards out early in the 50th minute to put the Lions up, 2-1. The Bears goalie nearly made an impressive save, but the ball bounced off her fingertips into the net behind her. The Lions continued to attack by employing more passing play to try to get behind the Bears and get more shots against their goalie. “We now play 4-5-2. The purpose of that is that there are triangles all over the field,” Thoreson said. “And we play see CLEAT page 21

Women’s tennis clinches conference

Women’s tennis celebrates its 34th straight NJAC title. By Rohan Ahluwalia Staff Writer

After the women’s tennis team’s

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8-1 victory against William Paterson University, it managed to clinch its 34th consecutive New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) title

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and continue its 171-match winning streak against NJAC competition along the way. The NJAC title now means the

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Lions have automatically qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament next year. “We’re very excited to win the NJAC and earn a berth for the NCAA tournament next May, and in the process, continue our winning streak,” head coach Scott Dicheck said. Coming into this week, the Lions had three matches against NJAC opposition. The first two matches were comprehensive 9-0 victories for the Lions, while the final match against William Paterson was very close to being perfect. The first match took place on Tuesday, Sept. 13, against Rutgers University-Camden. The match proved to be nothing that the Lions could not handle, as they dominated their opponents in both singles and doubles competitions. Katelyn Hojeibane and Emily Szkudlarski, both sophomores, won their matches in straight sets, while juniors Brittany Reedman and Maddy Stoner and seniors

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Katie Buchbinder and Anna Prestera did the same. In doubles, all three pairs of Lions won their matches, 8-0. Stoner partnered with Reedman, while Prestera partnered with Buchbinder. Hojeibane partnered with sophomore Mackenzie Holleran to finish the rout for the College. The Lions second match saw the team return home to face off against Kean University on Friday, Sept. 16. The result and performances mirrored the matchup against Kean earlier in the week. Sophomores Sneha Rangu and Alyssa Baldi returned to the courts and won their matches in straight sets. Meanwhile, Reedman, Stoner, Szkudlarski and Prestera continued to perform well against Rutgers-Camden. The story remained the same in doubles play. Rangu and Baldi returned as a pair to win their match, 8-0, while Stoner and Prestera, as see STREAK page 21

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The Signal: Fall ‘16 No. 4  

The 09/21/2016 issue of The Signal, The College of New Jersey’s student newspaper

The Signal: Fall ‘16 No. 4  

The 09/21/2016 issue of The Signal, The College of New Jersey’s student newspaper

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