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April 18, 2018
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Students resist radical religious protest
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College has ‘Critical Conversation’ about protest
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Trahan sees the protest as a lesson for students. By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor
In the aftermath of the student counter-protest against the presence of conservative religious group Bible Believers in Alumni Grove on Thursday, April 12, the College held the “Critical Conversations: Spring Edition” forum in the Education Building Room 115 to allow students to discuss their concerns about the day’s events. Angela Lauer Chong, the interim vice president for student affairs and Don Trahan Jr., director of the College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, facilitated a student-led discussion of how the College’s initial response to the protest, the Use of Campus Property Policy and future plans. Chong emphasized the College’s obligation to adhere to the First Amendment and use of public space, no matter the content of the speech. “We are a state institution,” Chong said. “We are fulfilling and following certain federal and state law, which includes the First Amendment. We can’t make those decisions based on what they say. However, we can talk openly when things don’t align with our values.”
Chong acknowledged that the protests were difficult to face. “We do have obligations we have to hold to,” Chong said. “Those are the same obligations that allow us to allow speech that is in sync with our values. That’s the tricky situation (that) our state institution is in. It’s hard for everyone.” According to Section VII.1.7 of the College’s Use of Campus Property Policy, “Non-College Users who comply with the requirements of this Policy (including, without limitation, the restrictions on time and manner) may utilize Public Use Areas or Facilities for purposes of constitutionally protected speech, peaceable assembly or expression. Non-College Users utilizing a Public Use Area must provide identification when requested to do so by a College official.” Chong also spoke about how Bible Believers were no different than other provocative groups. Students applauded as Chong commended the student body for not causing violence during the protest. “Much like the Westboro Baptist Church, these guys are skilled at using institutions and organizations,” Chong said. “Another reason why they’re here is that they tried to provoke us. You did not take the bait.” Timothy Grant, the College’s interim chief of police, spoke about maintaining safety in the midst of hostile outside groups. “We were not out there to protect them,” Grant said. “We wanted to protect peace and protect everyone’s health and safety.” Trahan agreed with Chong and Grant, expressing his pride in students for not turning violent during the tense demonstration. “When someone’s trying to provoke and give into that and you demonstrate what they’re expecting, all we’re doing is fueling exactly what they’re looking for,” Trahan said. “But you demonstrated a level of dignity and respect in spite of the circumstances.” Trahan said he saw the counter-protest as a valuable lesson for students at the College. “One of the things I like most about higher education is that it is a training ground,” Trahan said. “Once you leave
this space and go to the real world, people will try to test you — people will put you into circumstances that you do not want to be in. This was a learning experience that we all can grow from together.” After discussion about the protests, Baldween Casseus, Student Government’s vice president of diversity and inclusion and a senior marketing major, stood beside Trahan and helped facilitate ideas for future action. “There’s forms of explicit bias,” Trahan said. “There’s forms of unconscious bias. We make the effort, no matter who we are, what backgrounds we are, to decide how we will adhere to that or lack of thereof. I believe we can be a model of inclusive excellence. We demonstrated that today, but that’s today. How can we truly build that into the fabric of this institution?” While students called for there to be on-campus mediation and relaxation events, Casseus emphasized finding closure and thinking about long-term solutions. “We’re not trying to solve this situation with flowers or dog events in Alumni Grove,” Casseus said. “I think that it’s just abandoning the issue. A lot of people were traumatized and triggered today. How do we address the problem? How do we address these issues across campus and fix them as a campus instead of distracting students with an event? That’s a long-term plan.”
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Chong explains campus policy on free speech.
Job / Candidates describe experience with social justice
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Shanklin shares her ideas to improve the Bonner Program.
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functioned at Widener. The school originally used a charity model for community service. While this model offered direct forms of community service and volunteering, Bonner Community Scholars found that they were not making much of an impact on the areas they worked in, often leaving the community the same way they found it, Mooney explained. Mooney said she decided to adapt a social justice model, similar to the Bonner Program at the College, which finds and changes the root causes of problems, such as bringing a supermarket to a food desert. Bonner Community Scholars work with residents to figure out the specific needs of each community. “The goal is sustainability,” Mooney said. “I bring a lot of passion for change, development and bringing people together.” Mooney aims to be a transformative and transparent leader, a quality some of
the students attending the forum admired. Most students felt that Mooney had a maternal quality about her, and could see her passion for the program. “If she’s hired I think she’ll bring transparent leadership –– that’s something that the program struggles with,” said Jason Miles, a junior mathematics major. “I think we need somebody who’s really about it.” In terms of her vision for her students, Mooney hopes to see her potential scholars become role models, leaders and agents of social change as they excel through the Bonner Program during their time at the College. Underclassmen in the Bonner Program will gain experience exploring service sites and developing community service skills. Upperclassmen will be qualified enough to serve as an example for other volunteers and, by senior year, Bonner scholars will have gained expertise in their area of service, which will be evidenced by their senior capstone projects. The second candidate, Stephanie
Shanklin, was a former assistant director of the Educational Opportunity Fund Program at her alma mater Rutgers-Camden. She received her Ph.D. in higher education leadership in 2016 from Wilmington University. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and community planning from Rutgers and a master’s degree in administrative science from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Shanklin went on to work for the EOF and eventually became its assistant director. Shanklin emphasized the goals she wanted to achieve if elected as Bonner director. She said she wants to help her students succeed, help them recognize their obligation to give a voice to students who aren’t always heard and provide opportunities to students who haven’t always been given a chance. “Don’t shy away from challenges,” Shanklin said. “Challenges are going to happen, but it doesn’t mean that you get to not meet your goals or expectations. It doesn’t mean you quit. It doesn’t mean you give up.” Shanklin said she would enhance engaged learning in her students, which in turn increases their productivity when they become part of the workforce. “The Bonner program is important because it provides individual help to students academically,” said Serina Grasso, a senior psychology major. “We are consistent figures in their life –– we become not only their teachers, but their mentors.” In his forum, Robert Simmons emphasized the relationship between the community and social justice, and how both should equally influence each other. Simmons also vocalized the need to increase the relevance between students’ curriculum and community organizations in the area. He suggested connecting students from various disciplines — such as law, STEM and business — with non-profits
and local organizations during their capstone experience. Simmons has been greatly impacted by his native Trentonian roots and his personal experiences with shelters and churches in the Trenton area. “I learned very early the impact that community engagement has on people,” Simmons said. “Then I started thinking about leadership and what peer leadership would look like.” Simmons currently works at Smith College with identity-based campus clubs. His previous work experience includes an internship at the Foundation Academy Charter School, where he created a program called Far Out that partnered with Rutgers University-New Brunswick to bring in children and connect them with faculty. Simmons’ time at Rutgers also included leadership with the university’s original Bonner Program and his work with issues such as hunger and homelessness. After he left Rutgers, Simmons began his work with AmeriCorps VISTA fellows, with a focus on social justice and education. His vision for the Bonner Program includes the desire to equip scholars with service and self-learning opportunities that he deems necessary to engage the community. “Not just for a project, not just for eight hours or four years, or 300 hundred hours,” Simmons said. “We are building them to want to do this for a lifetime.” Simmons’ objectives for the Bonner Program and its connection to the Trenton community include youth empowerment and the use of technology in civically-engaged work. Simmons placed great emphasis around individual identity, the students’ relationship with the local community and social justice issues. He said he wants the Bonner Community Scholars to realize their interests in the community and ask themselves, “Who am I and how can who I am influence the work I do?”
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SFB funds six events at weekly meeting Delta Sigma Theta receives funds for Healthy Cookout
The Lion’s Eye gets fully funded for its spring edition.
By Eric Preisler Staff Writer
Six events were funded at this week’s Student Finance Board meeting on April 11. The Outdoors Club was fully funded for its Harriman State Park overnight trip, which will take place from 8 a.m. on April 28 to 2 p.m. on April 29. SFB provided $460.16 to cover the costs of food and reimbursement for gas. This trip will allow students to participate in a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, running and camping, the
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proposal stated. SFB fully funded the spring edition of the Lion’s Eye literary magazine, which will be printed and distributed throughout campus at the beginning of May, according to Kelly Vena, a junior English major and treasurer of the Lion’s Eye. The Lion’s Eye received $2,000 to cover the cost to print about 350 copies of the literary magazine. The biannual production of the Lion’s Eye allows students of any major at the College to submit poetry, short stories and photography, the proposal explained.
“It promotes and showcases the student talent,” Vena said. “Students from all different types of majors and different academic schools can submit (work) or even join the club.” Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was fully funded for its Healthy Cookout, which will be held on April 28 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Quimby’s Prairie. SFB funded Delta Sigma Theta $307.84 to cover the costs of food, supplies and decorations. This event is intended to educate students about preventing certain health conditions by eating healthy foods. There will also be a dietician at the event who will speak about maintaining a balanced diet, the proposal stated. “The Healthy Cookout is pretty much about promoting a healthy lifestyle, a healthy diet to the TCNJ community,” said Kashana Ricketts, a senior urban elementary education and history double major and president of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. The Society of Creative Endeavors was fully funded for its bus trip to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 29. Non-students can attend, but they will be charged a fee of $10. SFB funded The Society of Creative Endeavors $3,280.20 for the cost of two buses. This bus trip will take students to Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, according to Emily Zbyszynski, president of The Society of Creative Endeavors and a junior English major.
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senior music education major, and Paul Brodhead, a sophomore computer engineering major, brought their trombones to the protest. “We like playing music outside, and fuck this guy,” Price said. “We’re just trying to lighten the mood here and get people thinking about other things. You can’t be angry when you listen to music.” Chris Blakeley, president of Student Government and a junior civil engineering major, acknowledged that the Bible Believers had a right to share their views under the protection of the First Amendment, but was concerned about the impact the demonstrators’ words would have on students. “My main goal is to make sure that everything is peaceful
and there’s no throwing anything or causing any problems and we’re following the practices that we have in place as a College,” Blakeley said. “It’s exciting to see the community really rallying behind and being supportive of other members of our community, and I think that’s what we should focus on rather than all of the hate and negativity coming from the presenting group on campus.” Several professors joined the crowd of passionate students. Most remained on the outskirts of the protest, observing as students surrounded the Bible Believers to contradict their arguments in loud disagreements. “We can make the argument that free speech is free speech, but at the same time we also have to be mindful of the effect of
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Female students defy Ross’ anti-feminist comments.
certain speech on us,” said Winnifred Brown-Glaude, a professor of African-American studies and sociology. “Does this kind of speech align with our values as a college community? If you want to make those kinds of remarks, do it in a park someplace. These views are antithetical to a college community — that’s not who we are, so why would we allow this kind of speech in this place?” Brown-Glaude felt that the Bible Believers’ decision to bring children with them to the demonstration was concerning. “It’s one thing for an adult to place himself in this situation, but to subject children to it is highly problematic,” she said. “There should be a child welfare representative here for no other reason but for the children.” Students agreed with BrownGlaude, as the presence of children inspired a “free those kids” chant within the crowd. More than two hours after the demonstration began, at approximately 2:15 p.m., the Bible Believers were escorted away from the premises by police. Pastor Aden switched out his “Repent Whore” cap for one that said “I (love) haters” as the Bible Believers packed up their posters, which prompted a “Where’s the love?” chant from students. “Go crash your fucking car,” one student yelled as the Bible Believers were ushered into police cars that promptly drove away down the sidewalk leading to Roscoe West Hall.
“It’s a Japanese culture festival,” Zbyszynski said. “There’s food, historic presentations, vendors and most importantly the cherry blossom trees themselves.” The Chinese Student Association was fully funded for its event, Lanterns on the Lake, which will take place on April 30 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Biology Building Lounge and Ceva Lake. SFB provided CSA $380.06 for the costs of food, lights, acrylic paint, calligraphy brushes and other supplies. Students will be given the opportunity to create a lantern, which they will decorate with calligraphy. Students’ lanterns will then be illuminated with candles and set afloat on the lake after sunset, the proposal stated. This practice has various meanings within Chinese culture, said Hubert Hsu, a senior nursing major and vice president of CSA. “It is a welcomer of spring,” Hsu said. “It has roots in Buddhist religion (and Buddha’s) ability to bring light to darkness.” SFB fully funded the Italian Club for its event, “Viaggio d’Italia: A Trip Around Italy,” which will be held in the Brower Student Center Room 100 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 5. The Italian Club was fully funded $1,858.57 for the costs of food, utensils, artificial rose decorations, blowup swords and gift cards. There will be activity stations dedicated to various Italian regions and cities, such as Milan, Naples, Rome and Sicily, according to the proposal.
Vital Signs: Balance work and fun
Time management and the ability to say ‘no’ are key skills. By Brielle Bryan News Editor
After a long and stressful day at work, your boss says he needs you to do a few more things before you leave. You realize that you are going to have to stay past the end of your shift to get the extra work done. As you finish up a few hours past the time you were supposed to leave, you start thinking about all of the schoolwork you need to complete. Your friends call you, asking what the plans are for tonight. You tell them that you have too much work to do and sadly watch their Snapchat stories for the rest of the night and see how much fun they are having. Spending too much time working can lead to health related issues, such as depression, anxiety and heart disease, according to the Harvard Business Review. If your boss asks you to get a certain amount of work done before you leave the office, but you know that you will have to stay a lot later to get it done, then you have to vocalize this concern to them. Your
boss will respect you more for managing your time appropriately than overworking yourself to the point of losing the satisfaction that you once felt in your work. If you have the opposite issue and spend too much time focusing on hobbies and friends, prioritize your responsibilities and cut back the time you give to others. You will feel far less stressed if you put together a calendar and schedule your activities for the week. There are ways to manage your time at home and at work, according to Mental Health America. Don’t overcommit to plans with your friends and ignore work emails. Allocate the proper amount of time for homework, but recognize the need for personal time and stress outlets like exercise in your schedule. At work, set manageable goals each day and communicate effectively. Time management and the ability to say “no” and are two important life skills to build. Evaluate what changes you need to make to reduce stress and increase your quality of life.
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Free bottled water stops flowing for Flint By Kiana Stockwell Correspondent
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced that the free bottled water program for residents of Flint, Michigan will end when supplies run out, according to CNN. Four years ago, the city of 100,000 began suffering from high levels of lead in the city’s water, after switching its source from Lake Huron to the nearby Flint River to save money, according to CNN. The city has since gone back to drawing water from Lake Huron, but reducing levels of contamination has been a lengthy process. “The scientific data now proves the water system is stable and the need for bottled water has ended,” Snyder said on April 6, according to Reuters. “Since Flint’s water is now well within the standards set
by the federal government, we will now focus even more of our efforts on continuing with the health, education and economic development assistance needed to help move Flint forward.” Residents experienced side effects including rashes and hair loss from the tainted tap water. Since a 2016 Environmental Protection Agency Safe Drinking Water Emergency Order, Flint has been operating on a $450 million state and federal aid package that includes free bottled water and pipe replacement. Providing water bottles to residents costs the state of Michigan $650,000 per month, according to The Hill. Sites that hand out bottled water will shut down within days. Though the amount of lead and copper in Flint’s water was found to be 4 parts per billion, several levels below the
federal limit of 15 ppb, the decision remains controversial among, according to U.S. News. A federal judge ordered Flint officials to replace the lead-based pipes of 18,000 homes by 2020, but many residents who have been affected still do trust the tap water’s safety, according to U.S. News. “My water stinks. It still burns to take a shower. There’s no way they can say it’s safe,” said Flint resident Melissa Mays, according to U.S. News. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver believes that eliminating the program is unethical, as she and other residents of the city still do not believe that the water is completely safe. “Over the past few weeks, residents of Flint have been expressing their great anxiety over the potential end to the supply of bottled water,” said Karen Weaver, mayor of Flint,
Residents remain anxious to drink the town’s tap water.
according to U.S. News. “Free bottled water should be provided to the people of Flint until the last known lead-tainted pipe has been replaced.” Many residents believe the move is premature, and fear being able to afford the amount of
bottled water it takes to do things like bathe and wash dishes. “I don’t trust the water. Period,” said Flint resident Debra Coleman, according to CNN. “It could be five years from now and I’ll still never drink this water.”
Former Brazilian president serves time for corruption
Lula da Silva belongs to the Worker’s Party, Brazil’s sole socialist faction. By Breeda Bennett-Jones Nation & World Editor
2011, according to The New York Times. Lula attempted to appeal the court conviction in order to keep his name on the balFormer Brazilian President Luiz Iná- lot for the upcoming presidential elections cio Lula da Silva surrendered to police on in October, according to NBC. The justices April 7 following a court order and 12-year of the Supreme Federal Tribunal denied his prison sentence for crimes including cor- request on April 5 in a 6-5 vote. ruption and money laundering, according Though the conviction does not prevent to The New York Times. Lula’s name from appearing on the ballot President da Silva, known by the name in October, Brazil’s top electoral court is “Lula,” served as president from 2003 until expected to deny his candidacy under the
nation’s “clean slate law,” which disqualifies candidates with criminal convictions, according to NBC. “I believe in justice and know I am not above the law,” he said, according to CNN. “If the crime I’m guilty of is bringing food and education to the poor, then I hope I’ll continue to be the biggest criminal in this country.” Lula’s term preceded a period of economic growth and prosperity in Brazil, which allowed him to gain many loyal supporters, according to The New York Times. He has led in popularity polls to succeed current President Michel Temer, who replaced Dilma Roussef after she was impeached and removed from office in 2016. In 2014, however, prosecutors cracked down on a government-kickback scheme known as Lava Jato, or Car Wash, which lead to more than 100 arrests and cost over $1 billion. Last July, Lula was found guilty of accepting a $1.1 million seaside apartment in exchange for giving contracts to OAS, a construction company, according to CNN. “Decent Brazilians are celebrating this historic moment,” said João Doria, a former mayor of São Paulo, according to The New
York Times. “Justice has been served.” Lula is a founding member of Brazil’s sole socialist faction, the Worker’s Party, according to CNN. In addition to being friends with deceased Cuban leader Fidel Castro, he left office with a 90 percent approval rating. “Lula has become a political prisoner, victim of relentless persecution by adversaries who resorted to the judiciary to silence him, destroy him, in an effort to discredit his role before history and the Brazilian people,” Rousseff said, according to The New York Times. Rousseff was impeached as a result of the Lava Jato scandal, according to NBC. Lula is serving his sentence in a modest, yet spacious room compared to other accommodations at the Federal Police building, according to The New York Times. The plaque outside the building has his name on it, evidence of a 2007 commemorative opening while he was president. Lula continues to deny any involvement with political corruption. “Their dream is for me not to run,” Lula said, according to CNN. “The more days I spend in jail, the more ‘Lulas’ will emerge in this country.”
US troops prepare for deployment to Mexican border By Danielle Silvia Copy Editor
Defense Secretary James Mattis approved Pentagon funding on April 6 for the deployment of 4,000 National Guardsmen to the U.S.-Mexico border, according to CNBC. President Donald Trump issued a statement on April 4 declaring his intent to deploy the troops to fight against illegal immigration, according to CNBC. The statement also detailed that Secretary Mattis will work with the Department of Homeland Security to train and direct troops to secure the border, according to CNN. “We stand ready to support the needs of the state and the nation at the request of the governor or the president,” said Lt. Col Travis Walters, a spokesman for the Texas Military Department, according to The New York Times. Though federal law prohibits the National Guard from acting as law enforcement, its role will include supporting Border Patrol with training and intelligence gathering, according to CNN. Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush deployed the National Guard to the border in 2012 and 2006, according to CNBC.
The border’s mobilization cost the state of Texas $63 million in 2015, when former Gov. Greg Abbott continued deployment, according to The New York Times. Though three presidents have put forth action to deploy troops to the border, it is under the state governor’s jurisdiction to control and command them, according to CNBC. According to the federal law known as Title 32, the state controls and commands the National Guard, but they are federally funded, according to The New York Times. “The mobilization supports the priorities of the governor and the President in securing our borders,” said Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Tracy Norris, according to CNN. Democratic Gov. of Montana Steve Bullock refused to send National Guardsmen to the border, while Republican Gov. of New Mexico Susana Martinez promised to promptly send troops, according to The New York Times. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey plans to deploy about 150 guardsmen to the border, according to CNBC. Texas has already sent 250 troops, but plans to deploy more, according to CNN. “It sounds to me more like political rhetoric than something that is actually needed on our border,” said Democratic Representative Vicente Gonzalez, whose
The National Guard supports Border Patrol.
district includes the border town of McAllen, Texas, according to The New York Times. “It’s the wildest thing in the world for us to hear that they want to bring National Guard troops to the border region.”
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Gifs are a valuable communication tool
On those days when we just can’t find the right words, we have help, and they’re right at the click of a button or tap of the screen. The gif is one of the most impactful additions to technology and how we communicate. While gif users are divided down the middle on the pronunciation of these animated clips, they are extremely helpful in communicating to people when words just aren’t enough. Drake said it himself, “Three dots you thinking of a reaction still,” and a gif would be the perfect way to go for that reaction. The variety and availability of gifs make it much easier to choose something that specifically fits your needs. Apps like Twitter break it down even further for you, so you don’t have to type in the name of the gif since they are separated by reaction. Gifs make it easier to communicate with parents or other family members. I find myself trying to teach my mom how to properly use emojis more times than I would like. Getting a misplaced smirking emoji accompanied by “I made the mac n cheese” from your mother could never be worse. What makes gifs even funnier is how they’re used on social media. The experience is much more fruitful if you know how to properly use gifs and memes when interacting online — it’s a language in itself. In Apple’s iOS 10 update, the addition of gif search for iMessage was introduced. Although not as extensive and plentiful as the Twitter variety, it’s still a start and should be appreciated. Thanks to Giphy, an online database and search engine that allows users to search for and share animated gif files, gifs are more accessible now than ever. A gif, or its extended name, graphic interchange format, is an extension for an animated raster graphics file. Surprisingly, the GIF is the second most common image format used on the internet after JPEG. Gifs provide visual aids that help those who are visual learners. They help in anything from describing a cycle or chain of some sort, a machine’s main function and more. Gifs have use in almost every way, we just haven’t appreciated them enough to realize. The great Donald Glover even changed music and made the cover of his “Because the Internet” album a gif in which he distorts his face into a inkblot Rorschach test. What makes gifs so cool is that you can make anything you want into a gif, even yourself. A funny video? Gif it. You trying out a new recipe? Gif it. You getting your weekend started early? Gif it. The possibilities are endless with gifs, and they should definitely be recognized and appreciated more — a world without gifs is a world with more boring texts and ill-advised emojis. — Nadir Roberts Reviews Editor
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Gifs are an often humorous form of visual communication.
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“I’m not telling you to change what you’re doing, or change your ways or lose your faith … but I really want you to just sit and think how you’re helping people, how you’re hurting people and if this is beneficial.” —Catriona Leary
Freshman political science major
“When someone’s trying to provoke and give into that and you demonstrate what they’re expecting, all we’re doing is fueling exactly what they’re looking for. But you demonstrated a level of dignity and respect in spite of the circumstances.” —Don Trahan Jr. Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
“We really want to emphasize your sexuality as a really multifaceted thing instead of making it as simple as ‘I like boys’ or ‘I like girls.’” —Molly Knapp Junior public health and women’s, gender and sexuality studies double major
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Course registration cause for concern
Required classes should be easily accessible
By Deanna Amarosa
A week before my course enrollment time slot, I logged into PAWS to check on class selections for the fall semester and my heart immediately dropped — a core class for my public health major had no seats left in both sections. I began to make a plan B, contemplating other classes I could take, such as a liberal learning or a biology lab for my minor. After talking to others about this, I realized that course registration isn’t as easy as it should be for students at the College. At this time of year, it is evident on social media that students are struggling with course registration. The College’s student-run snapchat, @tcnj-snap, shares frequent posts from students begging for someone to drop a specific class, some even offering to pay money for a coveted spot. If it costs roughly $30,000 each year to attend this institution, students should be able to get what they pay for — that is, they should at least be able to get into the classes required for their major each semester. Biology and education are among the
College’s most popular majors, according to U.S. News. While biology majors at the College are required to take ecology in their second year of study, many students were unable to register. These students are also required to take two consecutive semesters of organic chemistry. Getting into each class is challenging, as seats fill up quickly and seats are reserved for chemistry majors, despite the fact that the classes are required for students on other tracks. One freshman biology major, Maxx Cadmus, was unable to get into his required core biology class for the upcoming semester. “Instead, I have to take a higher level options course that is not in the right sequence of classes,” he said. This situation is discouraging to students, and makes them feel unvalued at the College. For a student like myself, who is interested in pursuing a minor that involves taking science labs, the fact that biology majors are unable to get into these required classes for their own major is very troubling. If biology majors can’t get into their required
Biology majors struggle to find open seats for required courses. labs, how could I ever get into the same course that is technically an optional part of my studies? Cadmus also mentioned that big classes like chemistry and biology frequently
hold empty seats to maintain the small class sizes that the College advertises. This is unacceptable, and the College needs to make changes to better accommodate the student body.
Breaks from social media strengthen relationships
Frequently using social media can become addictive. By Clare McGreevy On a beautiful Tuesday afternoon, I sat outside of Traditions at a table with friends. The sun was out and the birds were chirping, but I suddenly realized I couldn’t hear any other sounds when I looked up in the middle of stalking my cousin’s boyfriend’s friend’s sister on Instagram. I became glaringly aware that each person around the table was also on their phone. I didn’t want to be rude and
call them out, especially because I only rose above ignoring the world and burying my face in my phone within the last couple of seconds. I sat and waited for someone else to gain the same awareness. The closest that we came to was an “Oh my god, look what soand-so just texted me” and a brief follow-up conversation before everyone sank back into their respective internet holes. This may not be a constant theme in everyone’s day-to-day
social lives, but if we don’t all act this way once in a while, we at least know many people who do. Our generation has grown up alongside the rise of the smartphone, and has inevitably become more attached to technology and social media than most would agree is healthy. Many would call it an addiction, but I wouldn’t go so far. We have the power and the ability to unplug, but casually immersing ourselves in our phones at any and all social events has become the norm. Consequently, we are not paying enough attention to how far it has gone. It’s sad that the majority of our generation can’t sit down to eat a meal without checking our phones every few minutes or even, in the case of my lunch at Traditions, immersing ourselves so deeply in social media that we’re unaware of the atmosphere around us. This can be scary, especially considering it may only get worse with time. Modern technology has resulted in amazing and useful tools that make our lives easier and we should all appreciate the advantages they provide, but we still need to ask ourselves, “at what cost?”
There’s a certain freedom that comes with being disconnected. I am much clumsier than the average person and break my phone about once a year, resulting in the loss of technology for a couple of days while I wait for a new one to be shipped to me. This can be frustrating, like when I need to text a classmate about homework or want to make plans with friends, but it is also liberating. During my senior year of high school, I went without a phone for three days and got more homework done. I went to bed earlier, feel asleep more easily and actually got ready
for school with extra time to eat breakfast. This is likely because I didn’t waste half an hour scrolling through Buzzfeed articles about my astrological sign or watching videos of puppies on Facebook. Those three days made me realize that although technology provides us with so many benefits in the realm of information and connectedness, it simultaneously prohibits real life productivity and progress. Remembering to put our phones down once in a while is a crucial decision that we all need to make in order to stay grounded in reality.
Technology distracts us from life’s simple pleasures.
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Students share opinions around campus “How do you feel about course registration at the College?”
Emmy Liederman / Opinions Editor
Kelly Miller, a sophomore secondary education and mathematics dual major. “I don’t agree that athletes should get first preference because we all have commitments.”
Emmy Liederman / Opinions Editor
Kelly Boccippio, a freshman secondary education and mathematics dual major.
“There should be more options that fulfill the liberal learning requirement.”
“Should we limit our social media use?”
Emmy Liederman / Opinions Editor
Ben Alicandri, a freshman chemistry major.
“Social media is a useful tool. If we didn’t use it as much as we do, it would be a waste.”
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Krishalei Loquiao, a freshman special education and English double major. “Social media is a huge distraction and can cause unnecessary drama.”
The Signal’s cartoons of the week ...
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Campus rallies at Relay to fight cancer By Danielle Silvia Copy Editor
For the 13th year in a row, students from various on-campus organizations stayed up all night to raise money to fight cancer during Relay for Life in the Student Recreation Center from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Friday, April 13. This year, the College Union Board and Circle K co-sponsored of the event, and created an inviting and interactive environment for students to enjoy. The co-sponsors estimate that between Friday night and the wee hours of Saturday morning, over 1,000 participants were involved with this year’s Relay for Life. This year’s theme was the Olympics, which was evident in the event’s games, activities and environment. Students had the opportunity to purchase tickets that they could redeem for giveaways at tables throughout the Rec Center. Several student organizations worked together to sell snacks, like cupcakes and Philly Pretzels, and American Cancer Society merchandise. The Opening Ceremonies began at 7:30 p.m. after the playing of the national anthem and featured two young adults affected by
cancer. Andrew Avallone, a senior mechanical engineering major, reminisced about a day much like April 13 — a beautiful, sunny day spent with loved ones. He and his family were ready to embark on a vacation when they learned about Avallone’s younger brother’s cancer diagnosis. “My world was immediately turned upside down. My family and I dealt with pain, sadness, confusion and frustration all at once,” Avallone said. Avallone explained how he soon became very supportive of his brother’s cancer battle and chemotherapy treatment. His family united in support of his brother, who Avallone would take time off school to visit. Alumna Christine Beverin (’17) talked about her personal story with cancer. Her mother passed away in May of 2017, shortly before Beverin’s graduation from the College. Beverin shared her most cherished memories from her mother’s final days and stressed the need to find a cure for cancer. “I try not to look back on my mother’s passing with sadness, but I miss her presence in my proudest moments, such as becoming a graduate student at Columbia
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Cancer survivors take a victory lap around the Rec Center.
Kim Iannarone / Staff Photographer
Avallone shares how his family has been affected by cancer. University,” Beverin said. After these two heartfelt stories were shared, students began making laps around the Rec Center’s track and participating in various activities. Hair Worx, the new hair salon in Campus Town, cut several students’ hair to donate to cancer patients. Celine Mileham, a junior secondary education and chemistry dual major, was the first Relay for Life participant to donate eight inches of her hair for a wig. Mileham’s friends gathered around in excitement to witness her haircut, and several passersby soon joined, forming a crowd almost instantaneously. One of many students who participated donated 16 inches of her hair, according to a Hair Worx employee. The success was remarkable and students felt proud to give something so personal to someone in need. At 9:30 p.m., the luminaria featured a beautiful lighting display of white bags with the names of both deceased and living cancer patients and caregivers names written on them. The gym lights were dimmed, and several members of CUB and Circle K spoke
about the importance of Relay for Life. Some of the donations from the College’s Relay for Life went toward bringing cancer patients and their caregivers to Hope Lodges — a place to stay if they are not close to their cancer treatment site. Event highlights included in a tug of war, games inspired by the TV show “Minute to Win It,” karaoke and a Mr. and Miss Relay for Life Pageant. Students spent the night laughing while playing fun games, but also sharing somber and emotional stories of how cancer has affected their lives. It was a night of spreading hope for a cancer-free future. Jessica James, a sophomore public health and sociology double major, explained how moving the event was to her. This was James’ second year participating in Relay for Life at the College, and the satisfaction that comes with giving back makes her want to participate each year. “It is amazing to see the campus community come together for such an amazing cause and pursue with love, empowerment and strength,” James said.
Couples compete in Newlywed Game fundraiser By Angeles Melecio Correspondent
Hundreds of students gathered in the Brower Student Center with one question on their minds: who will be named the best newlywed couple? The anticipation ate away at every attendee as nine couples competed in three challenging rounds to prove they had what it took to be named champions of The Newlywed Game. The event, hosted by Theta Phi Alpha, was held on April 10 and featured couples who represented nine different Greek organizations from the College’s campus. The first round of the competition consisted of a heated “Question and Answer” period, in which each couple put their knowledge of their partner to the test. In the next round, the couples were faced with an intricate challenge that involved working together to get an orange into their mouths without using their hands. In the
end, only three finalists remained to battle it out in the final karaoke round, which proved to be a crowd favorite. “My favorite moment has to be the karaoke competition. The songs were good picks and the best part was that everyone got into it and was singing along,” said Daniela Rodriguez-Luna, a sophomore economics major. After deliberating, the judges’ results came to a tie between the couples from Delta Tau Delta and Sigma Kappa. The two finalists went head to head in a final “Question and Answer” section to prove how well the couples knew each other. The winners of the competition were Sigma Kappa sisters Mackenzie Hargrove, a sophomore secondary education and history dual major and her partner Paige Barmakian, a sophomore secondary education and English dual major. “(Winning) felt so good! I was worried when we had to do the
tiebreaker with Delta Tau Delta but once they asked the final question, I knew we had it,” Hargrove said. The highly successful Newlywed Game was Theta Phi Alpha’s main philanthropic event of the semester. The proceeds for this event will go to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and Glenmary Home Missioners. “TASK is an incredible organization that helps support people that are struggling within the city of Trenton, providing them with food and other programs,” said Kelly Ryan, a sophomore special education and English double major and sister of Theta Phi Alpha. “Glenmary Home Missioners is an organization that helps to build homes in impoverished areas of the country. We chose these organizations because they directly align with our overall philanthropies: hunger and homelessness.” The night proved to be a win
all around, as the event surpassed Theta Phi Alpha’s initial $500 fundraising goal — the sorority raised a total of $700 to fight against hunger and homelessness.
Editor’s note: Glenmary Home Missioners provides material and spiritual aid to impoverished areas in Appalachia and the South, but does not build homes as stated.
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Contestants try to guess their partner’s answers.
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Students debate ethics of abortion
Photo courtesy of the TCNJ Digital Archive
The legal status of abortion remains highly controversial. Every week, Features Editor Lily Firth hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. Abortion has been a highly debated issue in the U.S. for many years. Some vow against it for ethical or religious reasons, while others believe it is a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her own body. Others only support abortion in specific instances, such as rape or incest. In 1989, a women’s studies class held a debate about the ethics of abortion. An abortion debate, sponsored by Dr. Nadine Shanler’s Intro to Women’s Studies class and Women’s Center, will take place on Monday, March 13, at 5:15 in room 134 of Forcina Hall. Its purpose is to make people aware of the question, “Should women have the right to a safe and legal abortion?” Fran Avalone, Director of a proabortion organization, “NJ Right to Choose,” and Rita Martin, Legislative Director of an anti-abortion organization, “NJ’s citizens concern for life,” will head the debate. According to Dr. Shanler, the year 1989 may mark a significant turning point in reproductive freedom, privacy rights, and women’s equality, if people don’t become more involved in the abortion decision.
For more than 15 years, a small segment of the population has sought to overturn the 1973 case of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision recognizing a fundamental right to choose to terminate a pregnancy. In the 7 to 2 decision, the Supreme Court recognized that pregnant women are entitled to the same rights of privacy as any other individual, including the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. According to an article, “Threat to Women’s Rights, Public Must Act,” in American Civil Liberties Union magazine, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has said she would allow certain legislation restricting abortions that would deny most women the right. The author of the Roe v. Wade decision, Justice Harry A. Blackmun warned readers that the decision may be toppled. In November 88’, Richard Thornburgh, the Attorney General of the United States, asked the Supreme Court to use the Missouri case to overturn Roe v. Wade. The fight, pro-abortion v. anti-abortion is underway. If you would like to further educate yourself, attend the debate. Hear both sides.
Nothing quite beats the atmosphere of an Italian deli. A tray of
artichoke salad glistening in the food case, Andrea Bocelli crooning through the speakers or a cashier yelling at someone in the back to bring out the fresh mozzarella are
By Lexy Yulich Columnist With the rising temperatures and warm sun, it is safe to say that spring is finally here. Recently, I’ve been noticing a ton of new accessory trends that can help any spring outfit look put together and stylish. Whether you are going out to dinner, heading to class or hitting the library, here are three new spring accessory essentials that are affordable and easy to wear. 1. Sunglasses. Cute sunglasses add the finishing touch to every outfit. I’ve noticed that mirrored lens, round lens and colored-lens glasses are making their way in every fashion blog and Instagram account. I recently found that stores such as Forever 21 and H&M have a wide variety of trendy sunglasses that don’t break the bank! The other benefit of purchasing inexpensive sunglasses is that it’s not a disaster if you break or misplace them.
2. Casual sneakers. I am a big fan of this trend, especially when it’s not exactly warm enough to wear sandals. Slip on sneakers go with virtually any outfit, regardless if it is dressy or casual. Brands such as Adidas, Vince and Vans have plenty styles and colors for you to choose from. I love my pair of light pink suede sneakers from Adidas, because not only are they comfortable, but they are also versatile and affordable. 3. Light pink purses. As someone who typically uses black or brown bags, I wasn’t exactly sold on this trend until I found a gorgeous light pink bag from Gucci. Of course there was no way I was going to pay that much money for a bag, so I found some dupes on Amazon, Forever 21, Anthropoligie and TJ Maxx that are affordable. I always advise purchasing a dupe of a real bag to make sure you like the style and color before you commit to the high-end version. The light pink pairs well with an edgy all black outfit, or with a girly white dress.
roasted red pepper sauce
Roasted red peppers are the secret to a smooth, smoky pasta sauce.
By Julia Dzurillay Columnist
Left: Sunglasses are a practical accessory as the weather warms up. Right: Pastel bags are a trendy choice for spring.
all familiar smells and sounds for those who frequent Italian delis. Some of the staples of an Italian deli include homemade vodka sauce and roasted red peppers, but
one of the greatest food mashups can be made right at home by blending these two Italian delicacies together to make a roasted red pepper sauce. While roasted red peppers can get a bit pricey (a jar of roasted red peppers can cost around $5), nothing quite compares to their smoky, fiery flavor. I’ve seen people make this sauce with finely crushed almonds instead of heavy cream, but I prefer the rich texture that comes with heavy cream. I’ve served this over bowtie pasta with basil, pepper and parmesan cheese sprinkled on top, but this sauce is also a great pizza sauce or side dish with some fresh bread. Buon appetito! Ingredients: 16 oz jar roasted red peppers 2 tbsp butter 1/2 onion 1 tbsp of minced garlic
1/2 tsp dried basil 1/2 cup heavy cream Black pepper and parmesan cheese, to taste Makes: Six servings Directions: 1. In a blender, combine (drained) roasted red peppers and 2 tablespoons of water. Blend until the consistency is smooth. 2. Chop onion into small chunks. 3. In a large frying pan, add butter, garlic and onion. Sauté over medium heat until onion becomes translucent, about 5 minutes. 4. Add blended peppers and basil to the frying pan. Stir until well mixed. When sauce starts to boil, lower heat and let simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. 5. Add heavy cream to the sauce and stir. Cook an additional 2 minutes before enjoying.
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AVI hosts annual Day to End Rape Culture
Students dispel harmful sexual misconceptions
Kim Iannarone / Staff Photographer
Left: Students educate peers on the harmfulness of victim blaming. Right: Displays inform viewers about the value of consent. By Gabriela Rey Staff Writer As students proudly sported T-shirts with bold letters reading “Support Survivors,” the College community joined forces to educate others about sexual assault and rape at A Day to End Rape Culture on April 10 in the Education Building. The expo-style event sought to engage students and faculty in addressing and recognizing rape culture. Hosted by Anti-Violence Initiatives, which promotes a campus environment that is intolerant of abuse and responsive to victims and survivors, the event featured student-run interactive exhibits that discussed different aspects of rape culture, ranging from alcohol and consent, to sexual violence in the digital age. The third annual event at the
College seamlessly corresponded with Sexual Assault Awareness Month. “We really want to emphasize your sexuality as a really multifaceted thing instead of making it as simple as ‘I like boys’ or ‘I like girls,’” said Molly Knapp, a junior public health and women’s, gender and sexuality studies double major. As an AVI Peer Educator, Knapp said that the organization works with other groups on campus and presents programs on being a bystander, sexuality, relationships and masculinity. AVI wants to have uncomfortable conversations about sex, but formulate and present these conversations in a way that creates a level of comfort and leads to discussion. The organization’s booth featured the ‘slices of sexuality,’ which was an activity drawing
parallels between ordering a pizza, which is a comfortable area for many, and sex, which isn’t. Another table at the event discussed intersectionality and the correlation between personal identities and susceptibility to sexual assault. “Everyone has a number of different identities including race, age, gender and sexuality. Taking these identities into account creates different experiences for everyone, especially around sexual assault,” said Elysia Jones, a senior English major. “When you’re thinking about solutions for the problem of sexual assault, being able to pinpoint the communities that are most at risk can help you solve the problem at large.” All of the exhibits aimed to provide solutions to the most prevalent issues regarding rape culture. Many brought awareness
to resources and programs held at the College, including Residential Education, Campus Police and Womanspace. “Womanspace has been working with the College for many years and works with trained volunteers to provide counseling, housing and shelter to those involved in cases of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking,” said Susan Adams, coordinator for volunteers and community research at Womanspace. “They respond to calls of sexual assault on college campuses and work with Campus Police to ensure the safety, security and confidentiality of victims.” AVI encourages its Peer Educators to provide the education and information to the campus community to help students make smart and safe decisions. “I know a lot of people get
scared thinking about what’s happening on campus or what’s happening in the world,” Knapp said. “It’s really important to keep it in the back of your mind and just constantly ask ‘What can I do to make someone feel safe?’” The expo is one of many events that work to change perception of rape culture, especially on college campuses, and brought to light the importance of conversation regarding sexual assault, healthy relationships and overall safety. “DERC is an amazing event that is able to educate the community through fun activities and interesting discussions,” said Odalys Quito, a junior sociology major. “What I like are the people who table their program because you can see how passionate they are. I love going every year because I learn something new with each table and person.”
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president of Black Student Union and a junior English and elementary education double major, held a raffle for clothes worn at the fashion show. The fashion show then transitioned to the latest outerwear of Brooklyn, New
“I never have walked in a fashion show before. Honestly, this was the only reason why I stayed home this weekend.” — Melissa
Fashion show participant
York. To the tune of Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead,” students revealed messages such as “Follow your fucking dreams” on the back of a shirt. Next came jackets, black sweatpants, white Nike Free Runs, fedora hats and a white rain jacket stating “Fuck Fear” on the back. The show then headed west to Philadelphia to demonstrate the style of RIVERISWILD LLC, a clothing company with offices in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Students sported colorful streetwear like a red, navy, brown and black long sleeve shirt and yellow pants. The long sleeves had the company’s logo sitting vertical at the right. Last but not least, the show highlighted the styles on the street of Trenton, New Jersey. With the DJ bumping Kanye West’s “Dark Fantasy,” students walked across the stage displaying iconic sports and band names on their clothing. Some of the sportswear included a Michael Jordan Chicago White Sox jersey, an Allan Houston New York Knicks jersey and a Chicago Bulls shirt showcasing the Bulls’ 1996 trio of Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman. Students also paid homage to musicians like Notorious B.I.G., Pink Floyd and AC/ DC. Among others, a few students wore
Tommy Hilfiger athletic wear, camo jeans, black shirts and Air Jordan I sneakers. “It was cool to have something to do for the weekend,” said Melissa Synsmir-Zizzamia, a junior chemistry major and fashion show participant. “I never
have walked in a fashion show before. Honestly, this was the only reason why I stayed home this weekend. We even did a photoshoot which made all of us super pumped and meeting all the different designers was very cool as well.”
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Students express themselves by showing off global fashion trends.
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Arts & Entertainment
Student soloists rock out in Traditions Lounge
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Condon opens the night with indie music. By Michelle Lampariello Managing Editor
Despite a late start and a few technical difficulties, three student musicians showcased their vocal and instrumental talents at Student Soloist Night, hosted by the College Union Board in the Traditions Lounge on April 10. Freshman psychology major Jake Condon kicked off the night with an acoustic rendition of “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes, followed by Elliot Smith’s “Say Yes.” Condon worked hard to make his voice heard above his strumming, as his microphone failed to pick up his vocals. The microphone did carry the sound of his acoustic guitar, which became the focal point of his performance. As Condon strummed the final chords of “Say Yes,” several members of the intimate crowd that gathered in the lounge cheered in appreciation of Condon’s choice of songs. But just as the crowd celebrated his indie selections, Condon shook up his set. “This song is actually by a lesser-known band — Coldplay,” Condon said sarcastically. “So if you know it,
please sing along.” Several audience members obliged, including one Traditions waitress, as Condon enthusiastically sang Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida,” accompanied again by his acoustic guitar. After switching back to lesser-known music with Eddie Vedder’s “Society,” Condon followed up with another popular rock song — “No Surprises” by Radiohead. “I don’t care what anybody says, Radiohead is the best band ever,” Condon said, before concluding his set with Oasis’ “Wonderwall.” Ethan Crasto, a senior statistics major, performed several original songs, as well as some covers, accompanied by his keyboard. In his first untitled original, Crasto made the audience question technology’s role in society with lyrics like “will people become obsolete?” Continuing the theme of critiquing the “talking heads” on TV and those who choose to “document everything” on social media, Crasto covered Ed Sheeran’s “What Do I Know?” which had several audience members nodding and singing along to the familiar beat. The same Traditions waitress who appreciated Condon’s selection returned, exclaiming “I know this song! I don’t know the lyrics, but I know it.” Crasto then performed another untitled original, though this piece was a love song with lyrics like “When I’m with you, you always take my breath away” and “There isn’t a thing I won’t do to get you back.” Though Crasto occasionally stumbled and apologized to the audience with an “oh geez, Louise,” the supportive crowd was quick to cheer back, saying “It’s OK!” As Crasto covered Kesha’s “Praying,” he stopped abruptly. “I don’t know the rest of the lyrics,” he said. “Classic rock songs that I actually know? Let’s try that.” Crasto then confidently sang “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey before providing the audience with his last original of the night — an emotional ballad about getting ghosted. He then concluded his set with John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Seizing the opportunity of an open microphone and a captive audience as CUB members prepared the stage
for the final soloist, the Traditions waitress returned to the lounge. She dashed up to the microphone and sang the hook of “My Neck, My Back” by Khia Shamone to the audience’s amusement before she ran off, consumed by laughter with a coworker who caught the incident on Snapchat. Chris Moncado, a senior communication studies major, finished off the night with a series of original pieces, including upbeat rock songs like “Reciprocate” and “Stay a While.” With plenty of ups and downs in volume and pace, Moncado kept the audience on their toes during his high-energy set. His electric guitar created an edgier vibe than that of the previous two soloists. Moncado’s fast strumming built tension in his songs that made the audience eager for the chorus. As he chanted “Lies! Lies! Lies!” during his final song, several audience members chanted back “Salt! Salt! Salt,” in humourous support. As Moncado strummed his final notes, the small crowd applauded loudly, not only for his electrifying performance, but for the hard work and talent of all three soloists.
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Crasto plays emotional original songs.
Flute Choir creates heartfelt harmonies at concert By Benjamin Zander Staff Writer
As the conductor’s wand began to dance gracefully through the air, the 11 students on stage started playing their instruments, with audience members perking up as if the music notes bounced off the walls of Mayo Concert Hall and into their hearts. It immediately became apparent that the College’s Flute Choir Concert on April 10 was going to be a musical experience that would not be forgotten. The choir opened the concert with “Introduction and Scherzo for Multiple Flutes,” composed by Marcel Frank, followed by two pieces from the set, “Stained Glass
Images,” composed by Sonny Burnette. They then played Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Little Fugue in G Minor” and Crawford Gates’ “Sails, Winds and Echoes for Flute Choir.” As a grand finale, the choir played “Overture to the Opera Nabucco,” composed by Giuseppe Verdi. At the end of each piece, the musicians received tremendous applause which only increased after the completion of each subsequent song. “I thought this was one of the best concerts we’ve ever done,” said David DiGiacobbe, who conducted the concert and has served as Director of Flute Studies since 2000. “I think the flute choir has just reached new levels which I am really proud of.”
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Choir members play multiple instruments during the concert.
Sophomore music major Meaghanne McBride was happy to support her peers at the concert. “I was super excited for (the concert) and had high expectations that were definitely met,” McBride said. While McBride enjoyed all six pieces, she enjoyed Gates’ composition the most. “I tend to like contemporary pieces a lot, and I thought this one illustrated the titular sails, winds and echoes in a very cool way,” McBride said. The choir also impressed the audience with their ability to play multiple instruments, often switching the type of instrument they played between pieces. “During the concert, I played flute, bass flute and piccolo,” said Marisa Blackman, a junior music major. “I love being able to play multiple instruments because each one contributes in different ways to the ensemble.” In the Verdi overture, Blackman played a piccolo part that DiGiacobbe considers to be extremely difficult. “(Blackman) is one of our top piccolo players, so I gave it to her,” he said, thoroughly impressed by her performance. For Blackman, performing that piccolo part was her favorite moment of the entire concert. “It’s like the cherry on top of the ice cream sundae,” Blackman said. “Everyone else is playing the melody, harmony and bass parts while my piccolo sound floats on top and emphasizes the main theme.” DiGiacobbe described the choir as being “family-oriented.” This dynamic was clear to the audience as the choir created harmonies that beautifully echoed through
the concert hall. “Everybody is working together to be a great musician, and there is none of that competitive quality that you find at Julliard,” DiGiacobbe said. “Everybody gets along, everybody has a good time, and we get results like (tonight).” Blackman agreed that the College’s music program’s friendly atmosphere allows them to put on a more cohesive performance. “The people in flute choir with me are my best friends,” Blackman said. “I love making music with them because we have so much fun and we know each other so well that we are able to play and blend together easily.” The other students who performed in the concert were freshmen Katie Cole, Melissa Schaeffer and Emma Schell; sophomores Amandalis Barrood, Yvonne Grashorn, Sophia Isnardi and Mya Lynch; and juniors Caroline Hoynowski, Ashley Krebs and Jessica Richter. When choosing the repertoire, DiGiacobbe made sure to look for pieces that highlighted the talent of everyone performing, including the three freshmen. “I gave them solos because they have to play equally to the upperclassmen,” DiGiacobbe said. “Just because you’re a freshman doesn’t mean you get an easy part.” At the end of the evening, DiGiacobbe talked about the hopes he had for next year’s concert. “I hope to do a piece for 10 piccolos, and I want to experiment with even more modern music, and maybe some pieces that require the players to go up into the balcony,” DiGiacobbe said with a grin.
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Mystique mystifies audience with cultural performances By Heidi Cho Arts & Entertainment Editor Several student organizations came together under bright lights for the annual Mystique of the East performance. The stunning Harry Potter-themed cultural productions by more than 10 groups demonstrated that Hogwarts could have benefitted from a cultural experience or two. The five emcees introduced the audience to the campus’s largest student run cultural show. Mystique Chair and junior mathematics major Christine Papas, TCNJ Asian American Association, Chinese Student Association, Korean Student Association, Japanese Student Association, TCNJ Barkada and TCNJ Taiko came together to put on a dazzling show. Harry Potter, played by junior computer science major Emily Kazenmeyer, Ron Weasley, played by junior undesignated transitional student Miguel Gatpolintan and Hermione Granger played by junior interactive multimedia major Julie Huang were on a mission to stop Lord Voldemort’s curse on Hogwarts’ tuition rate. Senior nursing major Nikki Huang played Professor Quirrell and voiced other characters like Cho Chang. Kamy Reyes, a senior communications studies major, acted as Draco Malfoy, a script writer and the publicist. Draco’s first few entrances were accompanied by the intro of “Toxic” by Britney Spears. Reyes played the most meta character of the spoof and a comic relief character along with Ron. Between performances, the seven horcruxes to defeat Lord Voldemort were found and helped transition between performances. The emcees were also script writers who helped tie the months of hard work together. The show started with a Chinese yo-yo
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Holgado gracefully performs a traditional Binusuan dance. light show that entranced audience members. As the curtains lifted, the silhouetttes of seven yo-yoers were in the dark. The stunning visual took the audience’s breath away when the team started to throw, spin and catch yo-yos midair to the theme of Harry Potter. All four original Hogwarts houses were represented in the following Chinese martial arts performance. Four performers each wore one of the four respective Hogwarts house colors, and each exemplified a different martial art style that mirrored the animal mascots of the houses. The show took a different route when guitarist Anil Salem played “Dawn,” an original piece that brings Celtic and Indian music together. It featured dulcitarring — an original technique that involves playing the harp guitar and hammered dulcimer at the same time. The transitions between shows and groups were smooth. Students part of the larger tinikling and K-pop groups left, entered and switched places efficiently. The timing of several dances matched the music. Performers pulled off splits, cartwheels and gravity-defying stunts.
The color scheme of the lighting was minimalistic and striking. It mostly kept to the bright traditional colors of Hogwarts. There were traditional folk performances like the Binasuan dance performed by soloist Lana Holgado, a sophomore psychology major. At once, Holgado kept three cups with water balanced while rotating her arms as the music mimicked the tense nature of the dance. Several performances incorporated a contemporary portion with pop music. Some tinikling performers were in white tops and red skirts, a contrast to the jean shorts worn by others later. The CSA Dragonflies used traditional ribbons for one part of their performance, as well as fans and parasols to dance along to Chinese music. Singer Maria-Aliya Nasir, a freshman psychology major, brought “Ikaw (You),” an original Filipino music ballad, to life. The original lyrics in Tagalog were translated into English on the projector behind Nasir, but her singing transcended meaning and evoked emotion from audience members that cheered out from the rafters. Starting off the second act, the four-musician ensemble Miyazaki Medley did a tribute to
renowned filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi. The string instruments and piano came together to create a calming yet riveting piece, as clips from Studio Ghibli movies played. The Barkada Dancers were greeted by a roar of applause, and continued to wow the audience with fancy footwork to hip-hop songs that made full use of the speakers’ bass. The eight script writers could not find a way to smoothly transition into the Maglalatik dance performed by shirtless male dancers with coconut halves attached to their bodies. The horcrux that segwayed between the two groups was a coconut — a sign of the coordinated handwork to come. Audience members in the back waved their hands for the next act, Louis Kang, a senior interactive multimedia major who rapped along to Korean hip-hop. Nearing the end of the night, TCNJ Taiko played an intense and loud arrangement of “Tatsumaki,” originally by Hiroshi Tanaka. The drummers with serious expressions used the sides of the drums as well as the tops to finish off the show with a bang. Emma Cheng, a sophomore interactive multimedia major and secretary for JSA, doubles as TCNJ Taiko’s secretary and publicist. Cheng was part of the Dragonflies and TCNJ Taiko. “It was really fun feeling excited, hyped and nervous together with everyone,” Cheng said. Freshman mathematics major Addy Wong is a member of AAA, KSA and JSA and performed as a Chinese yo-yoer and martial artist in the show. Wong was excited to be a part of the production. “It was just fun to try something new and struggle with some friends along the way,” Wong said.
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Senior art exhibition explores domains By Tiffany Rutkowski Staff Writer
Senior visual arts majors excitedly debuted their thesis projects in an exhibit that explored the concept of domains at the College’s Art Gallery on April 11. The word “domain” is defined abstractly as a sphere of knowledge, or materially as an area of territory. Each artist interpreted the concept of domains from their own experiences and associations, and tailored their work to their own perceptions. These sub-concepts included digital, physical or psychological domains, according to the artists. Brigid Barber, one of the seven emerging artists, created a 12 minute video called “Mind Your Monitors” that explores her thoughts on the internet. The video took most of her spring semester to conceptualize and construct, but she, like the other artists, has spent her entire college career planning for her senior exhibition. The video simulates a stream of consciousness that represents the way information constantly flows online, according to Barber. “For most of my work, I’ve been talking a lot about digital culture and how we think. (The video) is kind of an exploration of that,” Barber said. Deanna Arzola interpreted domains intimately with her seven-layer, 3-D weaving of herself. Her project, called “Body,” is an ode to promoting body positivity, according to Arzola. “I never include myself in my art. This time, I wanted to explore creating myself,” Arzola said.
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The senior exhibition is an entirely student-run event. Arzola used a stencil of herself to create her life-sized weaving. After the stencil was traced, the weaving itself took four weeks to create, according to Arzola. Jonathan Dix’s project to showcase how our evolving infrastructure embraces artificiality. His untitled work represented the sky, and was built from sheetrock covered in ink. “We’re losing a sense of organic in our world,” Dix said. Although the sheet rock was made from natural materials, it was dyed with ink to criticize the world’s fixation with artificiality. Dix’s work also includes wooden planks covered in spray paint. His installation as a whole relates directly to themes of architecture, geometry and nature, according to Dix. Dix’s inspiration for his senior project was his daily commute to the College. As a commuter, he spent a lot of time noticing the space around him and recognizing humanity’s need to synthesize the world, according to Dix. “I have this relationship to artificiality, “
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Dix said. Other artists featured in the exhibit included Kelly King, Owen Lynskey, Molly Revie and Danielle Deering. Their projects involved oil paint on glass and a pegboard, acrylic and oil stick on board, glass frit lace and photo prints, respectively. Together, the seven artists showcased an array of projects that wrapped up their time and skills learned as art students at the College. “I’m just really happy with the way it turned out,” Arzola said. On top of completing their projects, setting up the exhibit itself was a very labor intensive and daunting endeavor for the artists, according to Dix. Angela Rossi, a senior art education major and a gallery assistant, worked with the seven artists to help set up the installations, patch up the walls and clean up the showroom. “What’s special about the senior show is that they do it all themselves. With this show, it’s all student run — the deciding and the installing. It’s a more intense process,” Rossi said.
CUB Alt crowd obsesses over The Obsessives
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Bairatchnyi writes profound lyrics for the band.
By Heidi Cho Arts & Entertainment Editor
CUB Alt’s show on Friday, April 13 saw some appropriately unlucky technical difficulties, but headlining band, The Obsessives, and openers Hunters Run and Tula Vera kept the crowd engaged with an eclectic mix of rock songs in the Brower Student Center Room 225. The Obsessives, hailing from Philadelphia, had a retro vibe that the electronic keyboard and synthesizer amplified. In two words, keyboardist Jackson Mansfield described their music as “Dance. World.” Guitarist Ben Kaunitz added, “Indie dance world.” The guitar added a high and bright element to the very laid-back and heavy pop accompaniment present throughout the entire set. The members tried out new
roles this set. Kaunitz has been a part of The Obsessives for six months, but has known the band members for years. Kaunitz and Mansfield respectively used to play the keyboard and guitar before this set. Vocalist and songwriter Nick Bairatchnyi founded the band with Mansfield, who co-writes much of the band’s material with Bairatchnyi. Drummer Coby Haynes is new to the band. The instrumentation varied, with the band including lesserused percussive instruments like a rainstick. Audience member Rachel Mihatov became a dedicated fan of The Obsessives in October. “The lyrics are so beautiful,” Mihatov said, starstruck and struggling to find the right words. “They’re just regular people.” Openers Hunters Run and Tula Vera got off to a late start, but rocked through the technical difficulties and hyped
up the crowd. Hunters Run, from Long Branch, New Jersey, showed off their versatility as the first band of the night. According to bassist Sean Cuddy, a sophomore finance major, Hunters Run plays mostly rock music with ’90s alternative rock influences. The band has a six-song EP out on Spotify and is working on their debut album. The set started off with “Getaway,” a fast-paced song, followed by “Shutter,” where drummer Tommy Allan shined. Guitarists and co-vocalists Matt Smemkowski and Jon Messick sang and played together onstage as a dynamic duo. Jared Boehlman, an audience member and a junior psychology major, enjoyed the “killer” set. “They had a good sound. It was cool that they had two singers going on at the same time,” Boehlman said. “(Allan) was going way hard.” The second opener, Tula Vera, from Montclair, New Jersey went just as hard. As soon as they started playing, people stood up and crowded the stage. Their energy was enough to fill the room twice over, and when they played together on beat, the speakers and stage shook. Bassist Joe Jansen broke a string four songs into the set that pulled songs from their 2015 selftitled album. The previous bassist already left by the time the band paused to ask for another bass, so as Jansen put it, “yeah, I’ll figure it out.” “Let’s give Joe a round of
applause for figuring it out,” guitarist Dillan Drummond added as the audience cheered. Drummond shredded it every time. The guitar was still a highlight even in songs without a prominent guitar part or solo. Vocalist Claire Parcells played guitar for some songs, but her real instrument was her emotive voice, which tied the band’s punk metal energy together. Parcells could sing as soft or loud as each song called for, her voice ranging from soft, lovely crooning to vicious rock ‘n roll screaming. Her stage presence was gold, each emotion expressed in the song running clearly through her face. She made full use of the stage given to her, getting as close to the speakers, instruments and the audience as possible. She headbanged with such an unexpected energy that caught the attention of audience member Elizabeth Nemec, a freshman biology major. “The lead singer has an incredible voice,” Nemec said. “She had a great stage presence, and it was fun to watch her perform. Her energy made the whole act.” Nemec enjoyed the harderhitting set that included a song in drop D tuning, meaning “it’s really fucking heavy,” according to Drummond. After “Human Progress,” the band played its final song, “Blue Skies,” which was McCaffrey’s favorite to play. “It had good rhythm and a nice blues sound,” McCaffrey said.
Band: Titus Andronicus Album: “A Productive Cough” Release Number: Fifth Hailing From: Glen Rock, New Jersey Genre: Springsteen-Core Indie Rock Label: Merge Does the world need more New Jersey bands making their own take on what a modern-day Bruce Springsteen would sound like? Not really, but at least Titus Andronicus does it well. The fifth album from the New Jersey rock group leans less on the punk side. It uses more spacious songs featuring some interesting choices in instrumentation. The band’s intensity remains, and the album “A Productive Cough” is still an enjoyable rock record and an easy listen. Must Hear: “Above the Bodega (Local Business),” “Crass Tattoo” and “Mass Transit Madness (Goin’ Loco)”
Band: Young Fathers Album Name: “Cocoa Sugar” Release Number: Third Hailing From: Scotland Genre: Eclectic Electro Pop Label: Ninja Tune The third album from the Scotland trio is their most confident album by far. It sees the band finding their own sound. On “Cocoa Sugar,” Young Fathers present rhythm and blues-styled vocals over experimental beats in a surprisingly accessible way. The album is diverse in sound and has some straightforward indie-pop songs and some more eclectic tracks. It is an album that stands on its own and is one of the most notable this year so far. It would be worth it to give this album a listen. Must Hear: “In My View,” “Border Girl” and “Holy Ghost”
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Sports Cheap Seats
Philadelphia 76ers advance their process
Embiid is the centerpiece of the Sixers’ meteoric rise.
By Miguel Gonzalez and Alexander Reich Sports Editor and Staff Writer
The process has entered the next stage in Philadelphia. After years of tanking, frustration and heartbreak, the Philadelphia 76ers are returning to the NBA playoffs. Unlike the 2012 team that fought hard to secure the eighth seed, the Sixers are rolling through the Eastern Conference with a 16-game
winning-streak. There is no doubt that the Sixers are capable of defeating the sixthseeded Miami Heat. The question is whether or not Philadelphia can use their elite talent and make a run for the Eastern Conference finals. There has been a ton of hype in the “City of Brotherly Love” all season long, and this is the time when fans should be excited. This team has gathered tremendous momentum to make a huge splash in the playoffs.
Sixers star Ben Simmons has shown head coach Brett Brown his determination for success during the regular season. He’s now transformed into a young, talented player who can help his teammates strive for greatness. He’s got great footwork and a ton of speed in transition. Even with Joel Embiid being out at the center position and recovering from a broken bone near his left eye, Simmons can successfully lead the Sixers
to crucial playoff victories. Meanwhile, Sixers guard Markelle Fultz has showed why he was the No. 1 draft pick in 2017. Despite analysts questioning his shooting ability, he grinded out and found a way to get playing time. Since then, he’s been a terrific help for the youthful Sixers. In the Sixers’ 130-95 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 11, Fultz became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. He had a total of 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in 25 minutes while the Sixers picked up their sixteenth consecutive win. The Sixers are embracing their motto “Trust The Process” to a whole new level this season. The amount of struggle the Sixers went through is quite a journey to prosperity. Looking back in the past two years, the Sixers never had a consistent roster. Just two years ago, the Sixers recorded an abysmal 10-72 record and were 47 games back from the Eastern Conference leading Cleveland Cavaliers. Sixers fans endured years of blowouts and missed opportunities. At the other side of the court, the Sixers will need to repel a resurging Miami Heat. The Heat had trouble being consistent during the regular season. The team finished third in the Eastern Conference with a 4438 record, 15 games behind the
Eastern Conference leading Toronto Raptors. The Heat will need to cope under the thriving atmosphere of Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia. While the team isn’t as fierce as it used to be, this squad has playmakers who will push the Sixers to their limit. The two effective playmakers are shooting guard Dwyane Wade and center Hassan Whiteside. Going back to the 2011 playoffs when the Heat faced the Sixers in game one of the opening round, Wade dropped 17 points and five assists. It’s definitely not going to be easy for the Sixers to contain Wade, even with home court advantage. It’s going to be interesting to watch how the Sixers control Wade on the perimeter and in the paint along with Whiteside. Another player to keep an eye on is point guard Goran Dragić, because he is one of the most impactful players on the Miami Heat right now. He’s going to have to play efficiently and find a ton of open shot opportunities. It’s definitely going to be one heck of a battle to see him play against Simmons, Fultz and shooting guard Marco Belinelli. The Sixers and the Miami Heat will fight for a spot in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Despite all their momentum and talent, the Sixers will go to work against this Miami Heat squad from tip-off to the final buzzer.
Track and Field
Lions blaze competition at Chester Quarry Classic By Gregory Liddy Correspondent The men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in several events at the Chester Quarry Classic, hosted by Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania on Saturday, April 14. The warm weather, clear skies and light breezes of the weekend were delightful for spectators, and Lions head coach Justin Lindsey was glad to see his team thriving under a pleasant environment. “The warm weather made a big difference,” Lindsey said. “The team was excited to compete in the warm conditions.” At the Chester Quarry Classic, the men had a particularly good showing in all disciplines. Senior Nicholas Genoese overcame the slight headwind to place fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.17, just one-hundredth of a second behind freshman Eric Vassell of Buffalo State College, the State University of New York. Genoese also competed in the 200-meter dash, placing sixth with a time of 22.50. The middle distance events proved to be exciting races for the Lions as well. In the 800-meter event, junior Noah Osterhus battled to the line with West Chester University junior Josh Coakley, running a time of 1:55.21 for the victory. Senior Dale Johnson was close behind in third with a time of 1:56.02.
Lindsey complimented Osterhus’ effort to claim first place. “Noah maintained his composure down the home stretch and pushed all the way to the finish line,” Lindsey said. The Lions pulled some quick times at the 1500-meter event. Freshman Robert Abrams lead the charge and placed fifth overall with a time of 3:57.75. Junior Jack Wood, moving up in distance and tackling the event for the first time, ran a time of 3:58.53. The runners are currently the eighth and ninth-fastest in the region. Senior Andrew McNutt had a very good showing in both the high jump and the triple jump. In the high jump, McNutt cleared the 1.80-meter mark for sixth place. In the triple jump, McNutt jumped 13.88 meters for second in the competition and sixth in the regional rankings. The women also performed well at the Classic. Sophomore Samantha Gorman was a strong competitor in the long sprints, placing second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.53 and winning the 400-meter dash in 57.81, a time that placed her second in the regional rankings. In the 100-meter hurdles, sophomore Kaila Carter ran 15.07 for second place just fractions of a second behind senior Ashley Morris of Wesley College. Senior Jenna Ellenbacher placed second in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:03.22, ranking her second in the region. The Lions compete at Princeton University’s
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Gorman takes first at the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.81. Multi Meet held from April 18 to Thursday, April 19. The team then splits for two meets during the weekend. Some Lions will travel to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for the Greyhound Invitational at Moravian College from Friday, April 20 to Saturday, April 21. Meanwhile, some team members will also return to Princeton, New Jersey to
run at the Larry Ellis Invitational on Friday, April 20. Lindsey anticipates the team taking bigger strides of progress as they prepare for New Jersey Athletic Conference championship. “I’m looking forward to our team improving its performances to improve our seeds heading into conference (championship),” Lindsey said.
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April 18, 2018 The Signal page 21 Baseball
Baseball drops one, wins five straight games
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Left: Cirillo collects his fourth win of the season against Montclair State. Right: Follet contributes two RBIs in the College’s comeback victory.
By Malcolm Luck Sports Editor
The Lions began an action-packed slate of six games in six days by taking on Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania on April 9. The team’s bats cracked early in the first inning when sophomore outfielder Thomas Persichetti and senior outfielder Zachary Shindler launched a flurry of base hits to put players on first and third base with only one out. The team then built a 3-0 lead when senior utility player Austin Lindsay smacked an RBI single. Sophomore outfielder Jacob Simon followed up with an RBI double while junior infielder Tommy McCarthy contributed with an RBI groundout. The Lions maintained a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth when starting pitcher junior Andrew Rowan began to stumble. Rowan allowed the first five batters of the inning to reach base, followed by two RBI groundouts, a double and another groundout to end the inning. He was charged with five earned runs in the inning. Alvernia’s seven runs proved to be the magic number as the Lions failed to close the deficit, ultimately losing, 7-6. Just one day later in Farmingdale, New York, the Lions were on the opposite end of a momentum-shifting offensive inning. With the Lions pitted against
Farmingdale State University on April 10, freshman pitcher Tim Schumacher started the game for the Lions, but lasted just onethird of an inning, getting shelled for five hits and six unearned runs while allowing three walks. The early 6-2 deficit proved to be no challenge for the Lions. By the top of the sixth inning, the College was down 6-9 when Lindsay lined an RBI single to right to decrease the deficit. Following Simon walking to first base, McCarthy stepped into a crucial situation. With the team down by two runs, the bases loaded and no one out, McCarthy ripped a three-run triple to right field to give his team a 10-9 lead. Despite Farmingdale sending in a new pitcher, McCarthy remained calm and focused on driving critical runs. “My approach that at-bat was just to try and get something I could drive and get in the air to try and score the runner from third somehow,” McCarthy said. “With a new pitcher coming in for that at-bat, I knew he was going to try and get ahead in the count so I was sitting on a fastball and got the pitch I wanted and went for it.” The Lions didn’t look back. The team added three more runs in the sixth inning to take a commanding 13-9 lead and carried the lead to victory. McCarthy highlights the importance of comeback victories like this for the team’s confidence.
“Those comebacks are huge because we know we’re never out of a game no matter what the score is,” McCarthy said. “It shows the team how when one of us doesn’t have our best stuff, somebody will pick us up and come through.” The win over Farmingdale sparked a winning-streak for the Lions. The team took on New Jersey Athletic Conference opponent Stockton University on Thursday, April 12 and edged out a late 3-2 victory. In the sixth, Lindsay hit a two-run homer to left field to give the Lions a 2-0 lead. Sophomore pitcher Michael Walley gave up a game-tying double in the top of the seventh inning, but the resilient Lions regained the lead in the bottom of the eighth on the heels of a one-out RBI triple by senior infielder Patrick Anderson. Senior pitcher Matt Curry secured the win in the ninth with a save. The close call against Stockton proved to be temporary. In Galloway, New Jersey on Friday, April 13, the Lions’ offense unloaded for a dominant 20-2 victory over Stockton, collecting five runs in the first inning and seven runs in the eighth. In Saturday’s doubleheader against Montclair State University at George Ackerman Park on April 14, the Lions played another tense game. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Lindsay claimed the Lions’ first run off an RBI double. Anderson added one more with a sacrifice fly to left field to extend the lead to 2-0.
In the top of the sixth, Montclair State knotted the game back at 2-2 following a passed ball and an RBI single. The Lions came roaring back in the bottom of the seventh, adding three more runs when Persichetti got an RBI after being hit by a pitch. Shindler then got an RBI single and the Lions secured another run off an error by Montclair’s shortstop. Despite Montclair State scoring two runs in the top of the ninth, Curry once again held on for his fifth save of the season, giving the Lions a 5-4 victory. As the field heated up with bright sunshine, the Lions offense torched Montclair at back end of the doubleheader with an assertive 12-2 victory. The Lions scored five runs in the first inning and held a 12-0 lead in the seventh before allowing Montclair State two runs in the top of the eighth. Senior pitcher Brandon Zachary got credit for the win, only allowing two runs on three hits in seven innings. With the end of the regular season less than two weeks away, the Lions look to transition into playoff form with conference opponent Rowan University on Thursday, April 19 at George Ackerman Park on Thursday, April 19. The Lions then travel to Glassboro, New Jersey to play Rowan again on Friday, April 20. The team follows up with a doubleheader against New Jersey City University on Saturday, April 21 in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Women slam Salisbury with three straight set victories
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Reedman wins her match in singles competition. By Rohan Ahluwalia Staff Writer
With the end of the season
closing in, both the women’s and men’s tennis teams played one match on the road in Salisbury, Maryland, against Salisbury
University on Sunday, April 16. The women managed to continue their 11-game winning-streak, with their 8-1 victory against Salisbury. The men couldn’t replicate the same success, falling with a final tally of 5-4. Unlike previous matches, both the women’s and men’s games began with the singles matches due to weather conditions. Junior Sneha Rangu began the proceedings for the women, winning her match in straight sets. Senior Brittany Reedman also won her match in straight sets against Salisbury. Junior Alyssa Baldi and sophomore Audrey Chen continued the singles success by winning against Salisbury’s players in straight sets. Senior Maddy Stoner then won her match against Salisbury freshman Sydney Soto
in three sets. After splitting the first two sets, Stoner clinched the victory in the third set, 10-4, to give the College a 5-1 lead going into doubles. In doubles competition, the Lions swept all three of their matches. Rangu and Baldi continued their undefeated partnership, winning 8-3 over Salisbury. Stoner then partnered with junior Grace Minassian to win 8-6. Freshman Andrea Giacobbo and Chen then partnered up to wrap up the doubles competition, defeating the Salisbury pair of junior Taylor Cooper and senior Sage Cole, 8-3. In the men’s game, the Lions managed to win three of their six singles matches. Juniors Mitchel Sanders and Tim Gavornik managed to earn
straight set victories. Sophomore Thomas Wright then got the College’s last win in singles, defeating junior Kelson Weber in three sets. In doubles competition, the men won only one of their three matches. Gavornik partnered with junior Omar Bokhari to defeat the Salisbury duo of freshman Stefan Hein and Weber, 8-6. The defeat dropped the men to six victories and four defeats this season. Both the women and men will compete in two games this upcoming week. On Wednesday, April 18, the Lions host Stevens Institute of Technology at the outside tennis facilities at 3 p.m. They later host the University of Mary Washington on Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m.
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LIONS AROUND THE
Malcolm Luck “The Ref”
Ethan Lott ATD Correspondent
Jake Chiavelli ATD Correspondent
Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor
In this week’s edition of Around the Dorm, “Ref” Malcolm Luck asked our panel of three experts — Ethan Lott, Jake Chiavelli and Miguel Gonzalez — three questions: 1. Will the New York Mets win the NL East this year? 2. Who should be the NBA’s rookie of the year? 3. Are the Los Angeles Rams the team to beat in the NFC after all of their free agent signings?
1. Will the New York Mets have a lot of veteran guys and win the National League East a pitching staff that is prone to this year? getting hurt. They could have Ethan: Although the Mets are on one of the best pitching staffs a tear right now, I do not believe in baseball when healthy. As for that they will win the National their lineup, the veteran presence League East. I personally think along with some of the younger that the division is going to be- guys such as left fielder Yoenis come more competitive as the Céspedes is showing competiseason goes on with the young tiveness. Ultimately, their pitchtalent in both the Atlanta Braves ing staff will keep them in games, and Philadelphia Phillies. No but their lineup will win them. I one can sleep on the Washing- love third baseman Todd Frazier ton Nationals either. With that and I think he was a huge reason said, the Mets will eventually why the New York Yankees were cool down and I think that the able to go so far last year. I think Nationals will win the division he will bring the same energy to with a tight race between the the Mets and be a pivotal player other teams in contention for a for them as the season goes on. wild card spot. The Miami Mar- Assuming they stay healthy, I lins are a lost cause. think this team has what it takes Jake: Honestly, I think the Mets to beat out the Washington Nawill win it. I think a lot of differ- tionals for the division. ent things have to go right, but Miguel: The Amazin’ Mets it can happen. First, they need are exceeding expectations in AP Photo to stay healthy, considering they Queens, New York. Outside Jake receives 3 points for breaking down the key components of the Mets. Miguel receives 2 points for mentioning Dan Warthen. Ethan receives 1 point for alluding to the weak Marlins. 2. Who should be the NBA’s rookie of the year? Ethan: Point guard Ben Simmons should without a doubt be the NBA’s rookie of the year. Yes shooting guard Donovan Mitchell has had an incredible season, but you cannot forget about the things Ben Simmons has done. He had double-digit triple doubles in his rookie season and has been a huge part of the Philadelphia 76ers’ success this season. Not only have the Sixers made the playoffs as a very good team, but during their 16-game winning-streak at the end of the season, Simmons averaged a triple double. I am not discrediting Mitchell in any way, but I believe it is silly to have to debate about this topic. Jake: I would say Ben Simmons just from his big impact. The 76ers haven’t been in a place like this in a long time and I think the biggest reason is the addition
of the Big Apple, I feel like no one pays attention to the Mets because of some guys in the Bronx. Granted, the Mets didn’t have much media coverage after a lackluster season in 2017. Pitcher Matt Harvey has dealt with injuries. Former pitching coach Dan Warthen couldn’t utilize a good lineup. So what’s different about this year’s Mets? They have returned to their 2015 form. With third baseman Todd Frazier grinding out at-bats, left fielder Yoenis Céspedes securing the outfield and pitcher Noah Syndergaard electrifying the mound, these Mets are stacked. Just kidding, the Mets will always play second fiddle to the Yankees. With rising teams like the Philadelphia Phillies, the Mets will need to go through the process to win the weak National League East.
of Simmons. I think he has the potential to be a star and I think he deserves to be the league’s rookie of the year. Miguel: Lonzo Ball all day, every day! The point guard from Chino Hills, California has led the Los Angeles Lakers to greatness this season. As the Lakers wrapped up their proud 35-47 season, Ball balled hard to be the top rookie of the NBA. With impressive statistics like 10.2 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game, Ball shows the potential to be greater than Lakers’ legend Kobe Bryant. How could you not like him? He’s sponsored by the greatest sports company of all time, the Big Baller Brand. With amazing products like their mysterious Lithuanian mineral water and $500 sneakers, Ball has established himself as a basketball icon like Michael Jordan. It’s not like the NBA has many talented rookies this year anyway, right?
Ethan receives 3 points for mentioning Simmons’ triple-double ability. Miguel gets 2 points because the Big Baller Brand never takes L’s. Jake receives 1 point for alluding to the 76ers’ lack of recent success without Simmons. team to beat in the NFC. But don’t sleep on them Eagles. Go birds! Jake: I still think the Eagles are the team to beat in the NFC. I think the Rams have plenty of potential. However, they have to prove it can work first before I think they are the best. The Eagles still have a great defense and quarterback Carson Wentz coming back is huge for them. I think the Rams are a very scary team coming into the season because of their potential. I think it will be very interesting to see both teams down the stretch if they both stay healthy. Miguel: I never understood why the Los Angeles Rams left St. Louis, Missouri in the first place. Back then, the Rams were AP Photo
3. Are the Los Angeles Rams the team to beat in the NFC after all of their free agent signings? Ethan: Coming from a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan who is still on a high from the Super Bowl win, I am frightened by the moves that the Rams have
made. Through free agency, they have restructured their entire defense, turning it into a lethal weapon. They still have an incredible offense that they displayed in the 2017 season and added wide receiver Brandin Cooks on top of that. I do believe the Rams, as of right now, are the
Ethan receives 3 points for mentioning both sides of the ball. Jake receives 2 points for talking about Carson Wentz’s return. Miguel receives 1 point for roasting McVay.
known as the “greatest show on turf” with amazing players like quarterback Kurt Warner. Now, the Rams are led by 32-year old Sean McVay, who could be mistaken for a newlywed husband ready to embark on a long marriage. I was impressed how McVay carried a whole new team and lead it to the NFC wild card game. I’m not sure who the Rams exactly traded for, but I’m going to assume that they are already better than the Chargers. The Rams’ only obstacle next season will be the San Francisco 49ers, who be will led by Tom Brady’s worthy apprentice, Jimmy Garoppolo. He’s probably not worried about the Rams since he’s been swimming in gobs of cash this offseason.
Winner’s Circle Ethan winsATD ATD 7-6-5 Tom wins 9-5-4
“You miss 100% of the shots “Wanna give a shoutout to Ma. Without you don’t take”Faccus repe her none of this would be possible ... well really dad.”
Lions continue to roll against Rowan, Ramapo By Malcolm Luck Sports Editor After the rain washed away a doubleheader against William Paterson University, the Lions returned to the diamond in Glassboro, New Jersey against Rowan University on April 10. Rowan, ranked No. 21 in the nation according to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association head coaches poll, battled the Lions in low-scoring affairs, beginning with a pitcher’s duel in the first game. Rowan’s sophomore pitcher/outfielder Jesse DeDomenico went up against the College’s ace, freshman pitcher/infielder Alanna Namit. Offensive action didn’t ensue until the third inning when the Lions posted the game’s first run. Following back-to-back singles by junior outfielder Gaby Bennett and sophomore infielder/ outfielder Annalise Suitovsky, a sacrifice bunt advanced them to second and third. Senior outfielder Madison Levine got Bennett to home plate with an RBI groundout to take the early 1-0 lead. Rowan retaliated in the bottom of the third inning with a two-run homerun to take a 2-1 lead. The Lions then countered with RBI singles by sophomore infielder Megan Mayernik and junior catcher Jess McGuire in the fifth and seventh. On the mound, Namit secured her eighth victory with six strikeouts as the Lions won, 3-2. The second game of the doubleheader
Namit improves to 8-0 on the season.
proved to be a tougher offensive challenge for the Lions, as they only managed to put up one run. Bennett stroked an RBI single in the fourth to put her team on the scoreboard, but Rowan bounced back in the bottom half of the fourth with an RBI single. Just one inning later, Rowan tacked on two additional insurance runs to take
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the 3-1 lead. The Lions couldn’t muster a good scoring opportunity for the remainder of the game as Rowan’s sophomore pitcher Lauren Shannon held on for the complete game win. On a bright, sunny day at Dr. June Walker Field, the College flashed their offensive ability in the first game of its doubleheader against Ramapo College
on Saturday, April 14. In the fourth inning, the Lions put up three runs beginning with McGuire’s RBI double to right, scoring Bennett in the process. Suitovsky knocked in two more with her single to right center to give the team a 3-0 lead. In the top of the sixth, Ramapo assembled its best scoring opportunity. After senior pitcher Christina Brizek knocked in two runs with a single, Ramapo was poised to add more with runners on the corners with no outs. In a high-pressure situation, Namit came in for freshman pitcher Eliza Sweet to induce three outs and limit the damage. The College added five runs in the bottom of the sixth to enforce the mercy rule and end the game in six innings. All seven innings were needed in the second game against Ramapo. Freshman infielder Lauren Conroy knocked in the first run of the game in the first inning, scoring Mayernik. Sophomore outfielder Helena Coppola added one more in the sixth inning with an RBI hit-by-pitch. The Lions didn’t need an extra insurance run, as senior pitcher Sam Platt went the distance, only allowing one hit in a complete game shutout, giving the Lions a 2-0 win to sweep the doubleheader. With the team only one victory away from reaching the 20-win mark, the Lions head up to Union, New Jersey for a conference doubleheader against Kean University on Saturday, April 21.
Lacrosse dismantles conference opponents, improves to 10-2 Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor
The New Jersey Athletic Conference has no answer to the mighty women’s lacrosse team. The Lions, ranked third in the nation according Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III Coaches poll, unleashed their sheer offensive dominance and blanked Rutgers University-Camden, 17-0, on April 10 at Lions Stadium. The team followed up with another blowout performance in Mahwah, New Jersey when it defeated Ramapo College, 20-3, on Thursday, April 12. As the wind chilled Lions Stadium on Tuesday night, the lacrosse team blew past Rutgers-Camden without letting up a single goal. Less than 30 seconds into the match, junior midfielder Erin Harvey netted the Lions’ first goal. The team never looked back as it blasted goal after goal against a feeble defense from Rutgers-Camden. The Lions were fueled by constant possession wins from senior defender Elizabeth Morrison, who secured a whooping 11 draw controls. Sophomore midfielder Allie Gorman and senior midfielder Amanda Muller led the explosive
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Lions offense as they both netted a trio of goals. Harvey and sophomore midfielder Amanda Fitzpatrick also collected a pair of goals each. Head coach Sharon Pfluger has been consistently impressed by Muller’s ambition to succeed. “Amanda is always motivated to play at her best,” Pfluger said. “Amanda has been an integral part of our team for the past four years. She certainly leads with the most experience, yet she is extremely unselfish and encourages everyone to perform at high levels as her goal is for the team to attain its goals.” In the final 10 minutes of the game, sophomore midfielder Chloe Pottillo scored her first goal of the season with the help of efficient passing by Fitzpatrick and Morrison. Meanwhile, junior goalkeeper Miranda Chrone stayed on top of Rutgers-Camden and saved two shots. Chrone never had so much as a close call as the Lions’ defense held its opponent to only three shots throughout the entire match. The Lions’ next match was no different when they thrashed Ramapo College, 20-3. The College’s offense was a well-oiled machine led by junior midfielder Kathleen Jaeger, who netted a
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Chrone protects the net in the College’s shutout victory over Rutgers-Camden.
whopping seven goals. Fitzpatrick and Gorman played a significant part as well, scoring two and three goals, respectively. Pfluger insisted that the team manages to play as a collective squad offensively. “I feel that every member of the offensive unit has the capability to lead the attack each game,” Pfluger said. “It is an extremely balanced unit and each individual is growing each day.” Sophomore attacker Olivia Cleale recorded five assists and netted
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a pair of goals. Cleale currently leads the team in assists with a staggering 33. While Ramapo was able to get past the Lions three times, Morrison often thwarted the opponents by forcing six turnovers. Despite dominant performances against Rutgers-Camden and Ramapo, Pfluger emphasizes on the significance of conference matches. “The conference games are incredibly important to us,” Pfluger said. “We take one game at a time and do our best to succeed. The goal is to finish as high as possible
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in the conference rankings in order to compete in the conference championship tournament.” With the victories behind them, the Lions turn over to tough business when they take on Salisbury University on Friday, April 20, at Lions Stadium at 6 p.m. Salisbury is currently the No. 1 team in the nation, according to the NWLCA Division III Coaches Poll. The team competes in its last regular season home game against Colorado College on Sunday, April 22 at 1 p.m.
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