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Students fail to hide paraphernalia Campus Police charges student for maintaining nuisance By Brielle Bryan News Editor
Student uses shower steam as scapegoat On Feb. 1 at 11:30 p.m., a security officer reported that a smoke alarm was activated in a room in Decker Hall. Upon reaching Decker, the security officer reported an odor of what he believed to be marijuana, according to police reports. Campus Police arrived at Decker and also detected the odor. As Campus Police approached the suspected room, the odor became more pungent. Campus Police observed the red smoke alarm indicator light on the ceiling outside the door to be on. Campus Police knocked on the door multiple times, but no one answered. A male student was walking down the hall toward Campus Police when he was asked by the officers if the room with the strong odor was his, and he replied “yes,” police said. Campus Police also observed the male student’s eyes to be watery, bloodshot and have ptosis (drooping eyelids). Campus Police explained to the student that they were at his room to investigate the
activated smoke alarm. The male student opened the door to his room and Campus Police immediately observed a plastic bag covering the smoke alarm, along with a strong odor of marijuana, according to police reports. The male student told Campus Police that he took a shower, and the steam set off the fire alarm. Campus Police observed that the student was fully clothed and that his hair was dry, showing no signs of having recently showered. There was also no steam in the room. The male student was issued a summons for maintaining a nuisance. Wine spotted in plain sight On Feb. 3, at approximately 8:45 p.m., while conducting a vehicle patrol, Campus Police observed a red Jeep parked on the sidewalk of Townhouses South. Campus Police approached the vehicle and determined it was unoccupied. Campus Police also observed an open bottle of Prosecco wine on the rear passenger floorboard in plain sight, police said. Campus Police requested for TCNJ Dispatch to contact the
student registered to the vehicle, whom the officer met with minutes later. The female student who the vehicle was registered to gave Campus Police her driver’s license, and Campus Police was able to determine that the student was 20 years old. Campus Police inquired about the bottle of wine in the vehicle, and the student said she was taking the bottle home after being out to dinner at a restaurant. The bottle of wine was confiscated, photographed and destroyed, according to police reports. The female student was issued a summons for possession of alcohol while under the legal age to do so, and was issued a verbal warning for being parked on the sidewalk.
Male student caught drinking alone On Feb. 4, at 11:25 p.m., Campus Police was dispatched to Wolfe Hall on a report of an intoxicated male. Upon arrival, Campus Police met with a male student who was sitting on the floor outside his room, alert and conscious, according to
police reports. The male student’s eyes were observed to be watery and bloodshot. Campus Police also detected an odor of alcohol emanating from his breath, police said. The male student stated that while he was alone on Campus Town Drive, he consumed six beers, according to police reports. A community adviser was on scene and stated she observed the male student, possibly intoxicated, “stumble” into the elevator from the lobby. TCNJ EMS arrived on scene at approximately 11:45 p.m., police said. The male student refused any further medical aid and was issued a summons for underage consumption of alcohol. Student loses laptop in Eickhoff Hall On Feb. 3 at approximately 5:40 p.m., Campus Police was dispatched to Campus Police Headquarters to meet with a male student who wanted to report a stolen laptop, police said. When Campus Police met with the male student, he stated he went
to Eickhoff Dining Hall with his friends to eat dinner around 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 2, according to police reports. The student said he put his backpack down when he went to get his food. He said he left the dining hall, but did not realize his backpack was missing until approximately 8:30 p.m. He stated he went back to Eickhoff to attempt to locate his backpack, but it was closed, police said. He said he went back first thing that morning, Feb. 3, but no one had recovered a backpack. The item is described as a black Jansport backpack with a tan leather bottom, according to police reports. Inside the backpack was the male student’s silver 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, as well as some of his notes. The backpack is valued at $55 and the laptop is valued at $500, police said. The male student was able to provide Campus Police with the serial number and model number for the laptop. A victim notification form was filled out and given to the male student, police said. Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at (609) 771-2345.
Entrepreneurship Club welcomes corporate leader
Parada now works as a political consultant.
By McKenna Samson Correspondent
Students and members of the College’s Entrepreneurship Club welcomed entrepreneur, political consultant and former business owner Glenn Parada to the Business Building on Feb. 6.
Club members — many of whom are aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners — hoped to absorb bits of Parada’s wisdom as he detailed his journey as a businessman from humble beginnings. Parada and his family’s immigrated to the U.S. when he was a young child in the 1980s, during the civil war in his home country of
El Salvador. For as long as Parada could remember, his father instilled the importance of financial independence in him. “My father was a minister. He always talked about the importance of a personal income,” Parada said. “The offering money went directly to the church, and the money he made, came directly to him.” As a young adult, Parada joined the military. Following his service, he became intrigued with the mortgage business and shadowed his brother, who worked in the mortgage industry. After six months of experience in the mortgage field, Parada became his own boss. Throughout his speech, Parada pushed the importance of corporate dominance, networking and not taking “no” for an answer. After losing his job as a stockbroker on Wall Street due to the stock market crash of 2008, Parada networked with the nearby street vendors and started selling alongside them, maintaining his do-it-yourself entrepreneurial mindset. Parada credited risk-taking for much of
his success throughout his 15-year career in finance and marketing. “You don’t go where everyone is creating something, (you) go where others aren’t,” Parada said. He now works as a political consultant, which involves networking and making significant connections for politicians. Parada’s lecture drew interest among nonbusiness majors as well. Matthew Koch, a senior criminology major and the chief adviser of the Entrepreneurship Club found value in Parada’s speech. “I was referred by a friend to join the club,” Koch said. “Although I’m not a business major, I benefited from many of the events and speakers.” Jesse Stiller, a sophomore journalism and professional writing major, felt inspired after hearing Parada speak. “He didn’t hold anything back. He told it like it is and I respect that,” Stiller said. “The fact that the gentleman that spoke tonight started from nothing and made his way to Wall Street –– it’s something I hope to accomplish.”
Presidential Search Committee establishes pool of finalists By Michelle Lampariello Managing Editor
The Presidential Search Committee has narrowed its selection of candidates to serve as the College’s next president to a small group of finalists, according to a campuswide email from Presidential Search Committee Chair Susanne Svizeny (’79) sent on Wednesday, Feb. 7. While information about the candidates’ identities remains confidential, Svizeny told The Signal that “they are thoughtful, successful leaders.” The College is proud to have a relatively open selection process for the presidential search. Svizeny encourages members of the campus community to make their voices heard as the committee continues to interview the final candidates. Other institutions for higher education opt for a closed process to maintain confidentiality of the candidates, but Svizeny assured campus stakeholders that they can still have a role in the selection process without the committee
revealing the identities of the candidates. “Please be assured that we are identifying these opportunities for members of our community, beyond the search committee membership, to be engaged in the next stage of candidate evaluation,” Svizeny said. “These individuals will help to shape the consideration of the finalists, while still meeting the privacy wishes of our distinguished group.” The committee is on track to recommend a final candidate to the Board of Trustees by the end of the spring 2018 semester before current President R. Barbara Gitenstein retires in June. Svizeny is confident in the committee’s ability to not only select a candidate on schedule, but to select the most fitting candidate from the small pool of finalists. “Please know that everyone in the community had the opportunity to provide feedback to the profile that was used through the search process by the committee and our consultants in developing the pool,” Svizeny told The Signal. “The committee has broad representation across the
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Gitenstein is set to retire in June.
campus and was careful to rely on this community input in its vetting of the candidate pool.” After a rigorous vetting process, the committee is pleased with the group of finalists that has emerged. “I can tell you that the committee is thrilled with the quality and caliber of the candidates,” Svizeny said.
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