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November 11, 2015

Trans activist Laverne Cox: ‘Ain’t I a woman’

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Cox gives her perspective on the struggle many transgender people have in the workforce.

By Sydney Shaw News Editor

When Laverne Cox introduced herself to students at the College, she refused to confine herself to a single label. “I stand before you as a proud, African American, transgender woman,” Cox said. “I believe it is important to name the various intersecting components of my multiple identities because I’m not just one thing, and neither are you.” During her “Ain’t I a Woman” lecture in Kendall Hall

on Friday, Nov. 6, the “Orange is the New Black” actress and activist launched into statistics about the struggles transgender people face every day in the United States. Citing the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, Cox said over 50 percent of all LGBTQ homicide victims are trans women. “This year is the deadliest year on record for trans women,” she said. “Twenty-two murders of trans women have been reported so far this year. Only 12 last year.” Cox said the unemployment rate in the transgender community is twice the national average, and four times

that for trans people of color. She also said 78 percent of transgender or gender nonconforming people have experienced harassment or bullying because of their gender identity. “It is a state of emergency,” she said. Cox recounted her own experiences being bullied in school for breaking out of the gender binary. “They made fun of me because I acted like a girl — whatever that means, because we know girls act all sorts of ways,” Cox said. When Cox’s elementary school teacher asked what the difference between a boy and a girl was, her response was, “There is no difference.” Since people called Cox a boy, but she felt like a girl, she figured they must be the same. “I knew in my heart and my soul and my spirit that I was a girl,” she said. Cox shared a quote that has resonated with her from philosopher Simone de Beauvoir, reimagined by gender theorist Judith Butler. “One is not born a woman, but rather becomes one,” Cox said. “But it is not guaranteed that the one who becomes a woman is necessarily female. And ain’t I a woman.” Cox analyzed the ways in which society polices the gender of individuals through institutionalized means, Cox analyzed the ways in which society polices the gender of individuals through institutionalized means, such as the persistence of gender-segregated bathrooms. “Another example of that is we do not count see COX page 3

Time slots: Holocaust ‘witness’ details personal story How they’re really assigned By Sydney Shaw News Editor Whether it’s to snag a single room in Phelps Hall for the housing lottery, or a spot in an elective that’s only available every few years come scheduling time, everyone hopes for that coveted 9 a.m. time slot. But what can students do to increase their odds of getting first pick over their classmates? According to Assistant Director of Housing Bryan Dunphy-Culp, nothing — at least not when it comes to housing. “Time slots are 100 percent randomized,” Dunphy-Culp said. “It takes nothing into account other than x number of students based on gender for a given class year.” After the College receives all of the applications from students wanting to live on campus, Residential Education and Housing splits the total number of students by gender. “We split it by gender to make sure we have the right number of spaces for each gender for their class year,” Dunphy-Culp said. “We need to calculate what would be a reasonable number of people to select every 15 see TIME page 3

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Middleberg explains being uprooted from his home at an early age. By Chris Roser Correspondent

Charles Middleberg doesn’t define himself as a Holocaust survivor — he is a Holocaust witness. Middleberg discussed this differentiation alongside his experiences in France during the atrocities of World War II, on Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the Education Building, as part of Jewish Education Week, co-sponsored by Hillel and Chabad. Poised, Middleberg said the thought Editorial / Page 11

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of calling himself a Holocaust survivor was not enough. He said “survivor” could mean someone who survived a car accident, for example. He is a witness because he has such an important story to tell. “My life was disrupted from the time I was a little child,” Middleberg said. Middleberg grew up in a working class family in Paris, France, with his stay-athome mother, watchmaker father and younger brother. Middleberg was nine years old on Sept. 3, 1939, when France declared war Features / Page 15

on Germany two days after Germany invaded Poland. Within months, France surrendered, and things changed for Middleberg’s family. Middleberg’s father was first bused from Paris to a “holding camp,” along with 9,000 other Jewish men. His father sent letters saying that he was “bored out of his gourd” and pitied the guards that were forced to remain with them, according to Middleberg. A couple of years after his father was sent away, Middleberg’s life as a hidden child began. A janitor in Middleberg’s apartment building, a one-legged World War I veteran, provided a secret rooftop spot for Middleberg, his mother and brother. The janitor warned Middleberg and his family when German soldiers were about to search the building’s apartments by knocking his peg leg on the wooden floor as the soldiers got closer to the Middleberg apartment. However, upon their mother’s insistence, a woman took Middleberg, 12, and his brother, 8, out of the city to a goat farm where they could be safe. His, mother however, wasn’t as fortunate, and later died in a gas chamber. Eventually, Middleberg and his brother returned to the city to live with a woman and her family who had offered him see STORY page 3

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Torture survivors share stories of struggles

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Speakers share stories about surviving politically-motivated torture.

By Kyra Mackesy Correspondent

Three survivors of torture from Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Cameroon shared their stories of the government imprisonment and torture they each endured after they fought for the rights of their organizations. Torture, Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC), the organization that brought the three individuals to asylum in the U.S., spoke to students at the College on Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the Spiritual Center to explain the group’s

missions and share how students can help. The event highlighted three survivors: Mergot, Charles and Louis. The three men are educated professionals who have devoted their lives to fighting for what they believe in, but were ultimately mentally and physically tortured for their actions by their countries’ corrupt governments. Mergot, a 25-year-old from Ethiopia studying to be a biomedical engineer, continued fighting for an organization entitled “Bright Future Organization,” after his father passed away. “In Ethiopia, if you aren’t serving the

interest of the government, you are out of business,” he said. With Bright Future, Mergot was fighting for the people of Ethiopia to receive better rights and benefits from the government. “I was labeled a terrorist,” Mergot said. “In reality I was an activist, yet everyone who fell into the government’s trap believed me to be a terrorist.” Because of this, he was brutally tortured under the Anti-Terrorism Law. Charles, a professor with a Master’s degree in the English language from Cameroon, experienced a similar run-in with his government. Charles knew for a long time that he didn’t believe in the infrastructure of his country. But when Cameroon began changing its constitution in 2012, Charles voiced his concerns. “In my country, if you raise your head too high, you’ll get executed,” Charles said. When he and a group of like-minded people voiced their concerns and opinions through protests to the government of Cameroon, he was arrested, tortured and forced to escape to Nigeria. “When it comes to your life, you only have one option,” Charles said. “You must keep living.” Charles was forced to leave his life in Cameroon behind and abandon his family. Louis, a survivor from Zimbabwe, dedicated his life to fighting for rights for the LGBT community in Zimbabwe by

working with a private organization. In his country, he was disgusted by the lack of rights given to the LGBT community and the ways in which the government violated their basic human needs. “They are polarized there,” he said. “If you talk issues of LGBT, the government takes it as a political issue, not a human rights issue.” The LGBT organization that Louis was involved in began working toward changing the bill of rights in Zimbabwe. As their work escalated, the government began raiding the organization’s offices and blackmailing them. Soon enough, they were tortured by government officials — mentally and physically — for their work. “I very much love (TASSC),” junior international studies major and former TASSC intern Alessandra Testa said. “My experience showed me what human rights are really like overseas.” TASSC, which is the only organization in the U.S. that offers services to survivors of politically-motivated torture seeking asylum, is working to get the U.S. government to open up to the public on what’s happening overseas. “We want the U.S. to speak more out-right and specific about the human rights issues in Africa, and all across foreign countries,” TASSC Advocacy and Outreach Consultant Andre Barron said.

SG working to extend dining hall and library hours By Alyssa Sanford Web Editor

A bill that strives to hold general members of Student Government “more accountable” passed during the general body meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 4. According to Vice President Javier Nicasio, the bill is essential as “some students can’t be general members because they don’t have time” for general body meetings, and others can’t attend committee meetings due to internships and other outside obligations. “It’s hard to assign workload,” Nicasio said, given that some committees have “three members, while some have 10.” The bill, known as B-F2015-06, would require general members to earn “six positive points per semester,” Vice President of Governmental Affairs Ceili Boles said. Members who don’t earn the six points through going to events, working events or tablesitting will face the possibility of losing their status as a general member. General body members moved to vote on the bill after quickly suspending debate. Ultimately,

the bill passed. Next, Nicasio discussed some “exciting news” for updating the Loop Bus service on campus. According to Nicasio, SG conducted a student survey last year to evaluate the effectiveness of the service. “As many of you might think, it might not be as effective” as it should be, Nicasio said. Nicasio is part of a committee that is “playing around with a lot of cool ideas” for improving the service in the future. Following Nicasio’s report, Vice President of Finance Tyler Holzer spoke about the Metzger Loop closure. The Metzger Loop committee, which will work with members of the College’s administration to create a new path around campus for joggers and bikers to safely use, will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10, according to Holzer. Holzer also mentioned a Student Finance Board (SFB) forum scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 3:30 p.m. It is open to all students. “If anyone has problems or

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SG passes a bill to hold members more accountable.

complaints with the Student Finance Board, you can go to that and you can talk to them and tell them what you think,” Holzer said. “They’ll consider your changes.” Nicasio said any emails regarding issues that students might send for consideration at the forum to SFB’s advisor, Ceceilia O’Callaghan, will be anonymous. Next, Dana Disarno, vice president of Academic Affairs, thanked SG members for their involvement in the Tuesday, Nov. 3 “Registration 101” event. “The Records and Registration office was really pleased with the turnout because it (has) been low in previous years,” Disarno said. Boles advertised Governmental Affairs’ (GA) next live screening of the presidential debates, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14 in the Social Sciences building, room 103. Parliamentarian Ken Rubin also spoke on behalf of GA, reminding members of the committee’s voter registration events on campus this month. On Friday, Nov. 6, GA gave out cupcakes in Eickhoff Hall to students who registered to vote. Next, Brittany Angiolini, vice president of Community Relations, said that SFB funded “TCNJ Holiday,” an event annually sponsored by the College Union Board, SG and SFB, for “over $23,000.” Student Trustee Kevin Kim then talked about lobbying efforts on campus. Students have been surveying their peers about the extension of weekend hours at Eickhoff Dining Hall, the fitness center and the library this past week, and around 400 surveys have been collected.

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The junior class is hosting a bus trip to Philadelphia.

“We’re going to be pushing hard for Health Services,” Kim added, explaining that the absence of weekend hours at Health Services is a problem that needs to be addressed. Elizabeth Bapasola, SG’s advisor, announced that some consultants will be visiting the College over the next few weeks. Notably, three consultants will come for a “review of fraternity and sorority life,” and both affiliated and unaffiliated students are encouraged to meet with the consultants. Class councils gave their reports next. Senior class President Emily Montagna announced the first “Real Life” series event, keeping with a senior class tradition. Seniors are invited to enroll in a cooking class that will teach them how to prepare a holiday meal, which is a great skill to have in the real world, according to Montagna. Montagna also announced the next Senior Night will be held at Havana Restaurant and Bar in New

Hope, Pa., on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Junior class President Robert Kinloch announced that the class’s bus trip to Philadelphia was fully funded by SFB. “If you’re a junior, now you know what you’re doing on (Saturday,) Nov. 21,” Kinloch said. Kelsey Capestro, sophomore class president, said that the class is “still selling tickets for the moonlight cruise,” which will be along the Delaware River on Saturday, Nov. 21. Tickets are $12 apiece. “We sold about 115 of the spots,” said Capestro, who announced that about 30 spots are still open to sophomores. The class will also hold its educational event on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., which will feature panelists from different companies and offer students of all classes advice on how to land interviews and internships. The freshman class council is still selling tickets at $15 apiece to its semi-formal, which is on Friday, Nov. 20 at Cedar Gardens Banquet.

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Cox / Activist fights for ‘authentic selves’

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Cox discusses how beauty is feeling comfortable in one’s own skin.

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transgender people in this country, literally,” Cox said. “When we take census data, we do not ask gender identity questions. So we, to this day, in 2015, don’t have an accurate count of how many people identify as transgender in the U.S. “If we want trans lives to matter, we

have to start counting trans lives.” Cox, like the 41 percent of transgender individuals who have attempted suicide, did not feel like her life mattered. “Guilt is ‘I did wrong,’ while shame is ‘I am wrong,’” she said. “I’ve carried tremendous amounts of shame about various aspects of who I am.” During her lecture, Cox stressed that

using a transgender person’s preferred pronouns is incredibly important. “Misgendering a transgender person is an act of violence,” she said. “There is a subtext of a threat.” Cox detailed an incident from 2008 during which she was kicked by a young man on the street who called her a man. “I do not deserve to be treated this way,” she said. “There’s a trauma. There is PTSD associated with having my personal space violated.” Cox survived that incident, but told the audience that many transgender people are not so fortunate. “Islan Nettles, on August 17, 2013, was walking down the street in Harlem, New York, when she was catcalled by a group of young men,” Cox said. “Once they realized she was a trans woman, one of the men assaulted her and pounded her head into the sidewalk so furiously that she ended up in a coma.” Nettles was taken off life support and died from her injuries five days later. It

took over a year and a half for there to be an arrest, Cox said. “When I think about the trans women who have lost their lives simply for being who they are, it touches me to my core because… it could have very easily been me,” she said. Cox explained the street term “spooked,” which is when someone realizes a person’s gender does not match his or her biological sex. Cox said the first time she was spooked on the street in New York City was devastating. Since then, Cox started the hashtag #TransIsBeautiful for those of all gender identities to encourage people to live as their authentic selves and to celebrate the things that make trans people “uniquely trans.” “It’s taken me many years to internalize that if someone can look at me and tell (that I am transgender), that’s not just OK. That’s beautiful,” Cox said. “Trans is beautiful… My deep voice, my wide shoulders, my big hands and feet — all of those things are beautiful.”

Time / Scheduling, housing selection times analyzed continued from page 1 minutes, so we input the data, saying that we want x many females selecting every 15 minutes, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. Then we do the same for males and we see how many we have.” Time slots for each day during the registration period usually begin at 9 a.m., but the final selection time each day varies by class size. “Sophomore time slots usually end at five or six o’clock because there are more sophomores picking housing,” Dunphy-Culp said. “Junior and senior selection ends maybe around (3 p.m.) because there are fewer students selecting spaces.” Typically, 30 to 35 students select a bed every 15 minutes, Dunphy-Culp said. “It’s a good amount of time for people to get on and off the portal without overloading it,” he said. “And in 15 minutes, if someone makes an error, it gives them time to go back and fix it before the next group of students sign on.” Dunphy-Culp added that room selection is entirely unrelated to the wait list. “If we ever had a wait list, it would be after selection for those who forgot to apply, those who decided much later they wanted housing, transfer students or someone who was cut from selection,” he said. “But that will vary year-to-year based on spaces that are available.” For the 2015-16 academic year, Dunphy-Culp said there is no wait list — an unusual occurrence. “There was no student who applied on-time for housing

that didn’t get a room this year,” he said. “There was no formal waitlist, either — just 12 to 15 students who applied late and were housed quickly.” New housing provided by the apartments in Campus Town is a huge contributing factor to the lack of a wait list, Dunphy-Culp said. Many elected to live in the new apartments, leaving spaces open for other students who still wanted to live on campus.

“The one thing I like to say is unless you hear it from us or from the materials we send out, don’t believe it.”

—Bryan Dunphy-Culp assistant director of Housing

For those students, the College utilized a software system to randomize and assign time slots to them, according to Dunphy-Culp. “We have an entire database that controls what you see on the MyHousing portal, when applications are available, etc.,” he said. “It is quite extensive.” According to Frank Cooper, executive director of Records and Registration, there is a similar software system in place to assign time slots for class selection.

“Students are prioritized first by ‘earned’ course units and then by GPA at the time the registration appointment process is run,” Cooper said. “When the College went live with the system in 2009, we were informed by consultants that beyond this criteria, the selection would be random.” So, for instance, if two students in the same class have the exact same GPA and have taken the same number of courses, there is no telling who might get the earlier time slot. However, getting a higher GPA than a classmate could earn a student a better time slot to design their schedule. Cooper added that the College places approximately 140 to 180 students in each class registration window, and there are about five windows during each day of registration. Last semester, the College made the decision to grant student athletes priority registration while in season, so those individuals receive earlier time slots to enroll in classes in order to plan their schedules around practice times. Rumors about the time slot assignment process have run rampant on campus over the past few years. Some believed it was based on last name, living distance from the College or solely based on a student’s GPA. “The one thing I like to say is unless you hear it from us or from the materials we send out, don’t believe it,” Dunphy-Culp said. So technically, a student can strive for Dean’s List each semester and pray for an early time slot, but it mostly comes down to crossing fingers and knocking on wood. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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shelter after learning that his mother was captured in a raid. There, Middleberg and his brother were being dangerously hidden in “plain sight,” he said as he washed dishes in the family’s restaurant while his brother attended school. They were even sent to a priest who baptized them, concealing their Jewish heritage to ensure their safety. Middleberg and his brother were even instructed to tell anyone who questioned them that a bomb killed their parents and that they were orphans — it worked. “There are, under the worst circumstances, good people,” Middleberg said. Freshman international studies major Zach Raslin appreciated Middleberg’s ability to tell his story with humor. Raslin’s grandmother was a Holocaust witness as well, but Raslin said she was never comfortable describing her recollections to others. “Hearing from the exact source…

there’s nothing that can replace that,” Raslin said. For over 20 years Middleberg has shared his story, but he has found it difficult to every time. However, he continues to do so. “There are people who say it never happened,” Middleberg said. “I would like those people standing in front of me saying it never happened.” The audience was silent. “I saw where my mother went to the gas chamber,” Middleberg said of the trip he took back to Europe several years ago. Seventy-six thousand Jews were taken out of Paris — including Middleberg’s mother — and never came back. “It did happen,” Middleberg said. Middleberg decided that he could not remain quiet and believes that if he does not talk about his Holocaust experiences, it will become just another page in history — forgotten and repeated. “We just cannot seem to find how to live peacefully with each other,” he

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Middleberg details how even in the worst situations, good people arise.

said. “Everybody still bleeds the same red blood.” Diana Tenenbaum, a junior elementary education and English double major, appreciated Middleberg’s story. “I 1,000 percent think it’s so important to remember,” Tenenbaum said.

Thanks to “small miracles,” Middleberg, his father, brother and an uncle all managed to survive. “I know my years are numbered, but as long as I can stand and talk coherently, I’m going to keep on doing it,” Middleberg said.

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Day of Giving raises over $72,000 for College By Thomas Infante Correspondent The College has been fundraising for years, but Thursday, Nov. 5, marked the first ever Day of Giving. In just one day, the College was able to raise over $72,000 with 788 donors. The wall on Green Lawn remains covered in loving praises from many of the College’s students, indicative of the school pride that resonates throughout the campus. Alumni, faculty and student volunteers cheerfully encouraged passing students to take pictures with Roscoe the Lion or enjoy free cider and coffee. Several activities were set up for students and alumni to participate in, including a photo booth, a “Wheel of Fortune” with prizes and a game to pin a varsity letter on Roscoe. These activities encouraged students to donate, but more importantly, showcased students’ pride in the College. “The Day of Giving is an effort to get both current students and alumni involved in the donating process together,” said senior psychology major Michelle Borrero, who volunteered during the

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Students sign the wall on Green Lawn with ways they show Lions’ Pride.

day. “We hope that alumni will see current students donating and feel more inclined to donate themselves.” The College’s Office of Development is now utilizing a “crowdfunding” model in order to gather donations. This model has proved incredibly successful for many entrepreneurs in recent years, with websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo raising millions of dollars to fund projects such as video games, new computer software and new technologies. The Day of Giving is the College’s way of combining student

participation in fundraising with alumni support. In some cases, individuals will promise to donate a sum of money only once a certain amount of people have contributed. For example, Derek Wan, a 2001 graduate, promised to donate $5,000 after 500 students had contributed to the Day of Giving — a challenge that was met. The idea is that Wan’s goal would encourage students to donate even a small quantity, and upon seeing the extensive student participation, more alumni will continue to donate.

“When the campus community supports giving, it is much more apt to leverage external support,” said Melissa Lide, the associate director of Annual Giving at the College. “The event also acts as a proxy for grant donations, which are encouraged by high alumni participation rates.” According to Lide, most of the donations made on the Day of Giving go toward the College’s annual fund, which supports general operating costs, scholarship rewards and opportunities to study abroad, among many other costs.

“All students eventually become alumni, so the Day of Giving fosters a charitable attitude throughout the entire TCNJ community,” Lide said. Lide was also “overjoyed” with the level of support exhibited by the campus community. “Many people wanted to be a part of the event,” Lide said. In fact, there were more than 100 student volunteers and around 60 alumni and faculty volunteers present throughout the day helping coordinate event activities. Emphasis was put on maintaining a presence on social media in order to raise awareness for the event by using the hashtag #OneDayTCNJ. In a crowdfunding model, it is very important to keep contributors updated on how close the campaign is to achieving its goal. Social media also promotes fundraising from users through peer-to-peer interaction. More than simply an opportunity to donate, the Day of Giving is a showcase of unity amongst students from the College, both past and present. A day such as this shows that one’s ‘Lion’s Pride’ never fades, even years after graduation.

‘Candyland’-themed TCNJ Holiday funded by SFB

By Jackie Delaney Production Manager

The Student Finance Board allocated funds for TCNJ Holiday, a popular event featuring crafts, giveaways and horse carriage rides to celebrate the upcoming holidays, hosted by the College Union Board (CUB) and Student Government. The event, which was funded $23,550.70, “beautifully encompasses cultural diversity with a sense of togetherness in a fun, stressfree and educational environment,” the groups said in the proposal. The event, featuring a “Candyland” theme this year, is planned to bring a variety of holiday-themed activities to campus, including an iceless ice rink, Stuff-a-Plush penguins, a giant inflatable snowglobe that students can take pictures in front of, holiday desserts, a hot chocolate bar, horse carriage rides, giveaways and crafts from other organizations. Organizations already on board to help with crafts for the event include Chabad, Delta Phi Epsilon, Catholic Campus Ministry, Circle K International, Lambda Tau Omega, TCNJ EMS, Theta Tau Alpha, Environmental Club, Teachers of Young Children, Residents Hall Association, Alpha Xi Delta, German Club, TCNJ Barkada and the Haitian Student Association. The board funded the event with several

stipulations. CUB and SG planned to giveaway free CUB-themed gloves, but the board stipulated that they have to be holiday-themed or TCNJ-themed. They also stipulated that shipping for the requested items, like decorations, cannot be expedited if there is extra funding remaining. Lastly, the board reduced a line of funding for Building Services employees. The presented number was incorrect as the cost for two employees for four hours at $30.30 an hour is $242.40, not $300. TCNJ Holiday is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Activities will be held in the Brower Student Center Atrium, the Social Sciences Building Atrium and on Green Lawn. The TCNJ Manhunt Club was fully funded $198.66 for its “Shelter In Place” game to be held on Friday, Nov. 20. The “strategic zombie apocalypse roleplaying game” will provide an on-campus live action roleplaying experience for students, the club said. Members explained that the game involves humans attempting to survive a zombie apocalypse by gathering parts to a radio to call for help. The event will be held on the fourth floor of the library from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be two rounds of play, each with spots for 10-25 participants. The funds allocated by the board will be used to pay the library staff for supervision. The board allocated $250 to TCNJ Swing Dance Club for its “Swing Outs and

Snowflakes Swing Dance.” The group plans to bring in a quintet from the TCNJ Jazz Ensemble to play at the dance. The club typically holds a dance event in the spring, but aims to host a smaller dance this semester for new members. “This year we want to hold a smaller dance in the fall semester because we have a large amount of new members and they don’t have social dance experience, which is really important to swing dancing and swing culture,” President Anna Gracey said. The dance will be held in the Allen Hall Main Lounge on Friday, Dec. 4, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. It is open to all students. The Junior Class Council was fully funded $2,064.70 for a bus trip to Philadelphia. The trip will include time to walk around the

South Street area of the city. “Overall, it will be a pretty fun day,” junior class council Vice President Levi Klinger-Christiansen said. The trip is for juniors only and is planned for Saturday, Nov. 21. The two buses will leave the College at 10 a.m. and leave Philadelphia around 6 p.m. Each bus holds 55 students, so 110 can register for the trip. Students can sign up in the Brower Student Center. There is a $10 deposit, but students will receive their money back on the day of the trip. *Even though SFB agrees to finance certain events, there is no guarantee these events will take place. The approval only makes the funds available.

Upcoming Events Brown Bag: Contamination Friday, Nov. 13 at 12:30 p.m. in Mayo Concert Hall CUB Alt Presents: Chris Gethard Friday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. in the Library Auditorium CUB Presents: An Evening with David Coulier Friday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. in Mayo Concert Hall Hunger Banquet Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Business Building lounge TCNJ Musical Theatre Presents: “Godspell” Tuesday, Nov. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre

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SFB allocates money to TCNJ Manhunt Club for ‘Shelter In Place.’

CUB Presents: An Evening with Humans of New York Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 p.m. in Kendall Hall

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Weak WiFi connection considered in recent report By Gabrielle Beacken Nation & World Editor In one lucky lab room of Armstrong Hall, students would effortlessly connect to TCNJ-DOT1X on their computers or mobile devices and spend their lab time freely Googling, streaming and sharing with convenience and ease. Yet, in the lab down the hall, a very stark and different scene ensued. Frustration and anxiety filled the room as students quickly learned that accessing a reliable internet connection would be a nearly impossible feat. “In Armstrong, you’d have the best signal in the world in one lab room. Go to a different room and you’d start to see the connection spike up and down,” said senior computer engineering major Alex Cook. “It was ridiculous.” However, by the end of the 2014 fall semester, this gloomy predicament became a turnaround success story, as the College’s Wireless Project installed full coverage in Armstrong Hall, the home of the engineering school. With Armstrong checked off, the College then directed their attention to Bliss Hall, where by January 2015, the students of Bliss relished in their own newfound wireless connection. Further happiness and relief is expected to come as the College plans to bring accessible WiFi to each building on campus. The College is currently in its third year of a campus-wide WiFi network project that is intended to offer a local area network (LAN), a network independent of Ethernet connections, to all academic, administrative and residential buildings, including heavily populated outdoor areas. Having a widespread WiFi presence on campus is the College’s first priority — in other words, the College is focusing on quantity. The signal strength, or the quality of that implemented WiFi will be the second phase of this extensive wireless services plan. During the venture’s inception three years ago, the College intended to conduct this large-scale project in the most costeffective manner: using in-house staff and employing reliable, economical resources, according to Mark Gola, the College’s director of media relations. However, this method proved not as productive as originally proposed. Due to negative campus feedback, this in-house system was swiftly altered. The main concern of the campus community was the prolonged time the WiFi implementation was taking. The College then “expedited” the process by hiring outside help for the final academic and administrative buildings and outdoor space, Gola said. The objective is to complete the academic and residential buildings before Fall 2016, while having the administrative location projects completed by the end of

that semester. In just three years, the College has completed its wireless objectives in 25 academic buildings as well as several outside areas, according to Gola. The employment of outside consultants will speed up the Wireless project — but it will come at a cost, Gola said. The College has already invested over $2 million in wireless infrastructure. These costs include labor contracts for workers to run cables and install access-points around campus. This spending also includes hardware purchasing, such as access-points, controllers, user licenses, network switches and cabling, according to Gola. “The College continues to work toward achieving full wireless coverage on campus,” Gola said. “Plans are to have the project completed within the next year.” There are also non-fiscal concerns that prevent the College from becoming fully wireless. The construction of the buildings themselves proves an unexpected, yet challenging hurdle. Two residential buildings in particular have presented several impediments: Travers and Wolfe halls. “The concrete structure and concrete masonry unit walls in Travers and Wolfe are not optimal for a wireless signal,” Gola said. In addition to the thick, highly inflexible edifice of these buildings, Travers and Wolfe are currently under consideration for a complete renovation. Wireless services in these halls are included in pending proposals devised by the College, according to Gola. Buildings without WiFi that are not expected to undergo renovations will receive priority over buildings that will receive renovations.

“I think that’s the biggest thing — the slow bandwith... Perhaps TCNJ can invest in a better system.”

—Nick Vitone

senior electrical engineering major

“We do not want to install a costly system and be forced to remove it shortly thereafter when the buildings are renovated,” Gola said. Two buildings on campus that lack full wireless coverage, yet still have limited Internet access through hot spots, are Packer and Kendall Halls. Implementing a full-fledged wireless service in these buildings is especially challenging because of its expense. “Due to the cost threshold to install

Kimberly Iannarone / Photo Editor

The trees on Green Lawn hold wires for WiFi connection.

Kimberly Iannarone / Photo Editor

Wireless internet connection runs through cables across campus. full wireless in those two buildings, the College is required to go through a public bidding process,” Gola said. “The bidding process ensures the college is receiving submissions from qualified contractors that are competitive in terms of cost and schedule.” Hot spots can also be found in lounges and common areas in every building on campus, with the exception of the Facilities/Powerhouse Building and the Spiritual Center. These hot spots act as a temporary solution for areas without full access to a wireless network. “We found that near the academic buildings is where you would get the best WiFi coverage,” said senior electrical engineering major Nick Vitone. Vitone and Cook created a project this past Spring 2015 semester for their engineering classes that would “provide students with a visual diagram to see where there was WiFi on campus and where there wasn’t,” Vitone said. For their project, Vitone and Cook created a device that would measure signal strength location based on different parts of campus. These GPS coordinates would then transfer to a heat map, where different variations of colors represented a weak or strong signal. “Something surprising was there was more signal outside than expected,” Vitone said. “It’s pretty good outside the library.” The College utilizes the enterprise class wireless system from Aruba Networks that “ensures a seamless roaming experience across campus,” according to Aruba Network’s webpage. Aruba Networks promises that devices changing locations will be able to find the appropriate wireless providers depending on its location in an easy and automatic way. “These types of systems support thousands of access-points and make them work as a single coordinated system, allowing devices to roam from location to location seamlessly,” Gola said. According to Gola, there are 1,200 access-points already on campus and several hundred more will be installed by the conclusion of the wireless project. The College inserts access-points in areas that allow for easy access and maintenance, such as hallways in residential buildings. However, the effectiveness of access-points has been threatened due to the interference from students bringing their own access-points. “These are prohibited access-points that can cause interference with the College’s wireless radios, resulting in weakened coverage for others,” Gola said. Another hindrance confronting the efficacy of access points is the renovation of older buildings and the interfering construction on campus. With renovation plans set to take

place for the next several years, including the construction of the new STEM building and the Brower Student Center renovation, construction will continue to be a harmful interference for accesspoints, thus resulting in slower or limited wireless coverage all around campus. Wireless design of heavily populated areas, such as classrooms or popular outdoor spaces, are specifically designed to sustain a greater number of wireless devices, Gola said. Cook and Vitone suggest that the College should focus on stabilizing the WiFi signal on campus, rather than the constant expansion of it. “The signal can go up and down — not always 100 percent reliable,” Cook said. “When there’s heavy traffic, you’re going to see a bit of a slowdown.” In the especially crowded areas, such as the library, the current bandwidth capacity can be worrisome, according to Cook. The bandwidth scope expresses how much data can be transferred in a specified amount of time. So when every student in the library is accessing the internet on their laptops or smart phones, the capacity of the bandwidth becomes a critical component. “I think that’s the biggest thing — the slow bandwidth,” Vitone agreed. “Perhaps TCNJ can invest in a better system.” According to Gola, the College can begin strengthening the coverage quality of these access points when the renovations to designated buildings are completed. Once the old buildings receive their access points and the new buildings are completed with their new shiny features, the College will then consider altering the quality of the network. “The College will revisit the signal coverage and density in existing buildings after completing the campus implementation,” Gola said. A date for this revisit was not disclosed, but renovations to residential and academic buildings are expected to span over the next five years, according to the College’s developmental and construction reports. For now, Gola says having a standard WiFi omnipresent on campus is more important than creating a stronger signal in selected areas. Cook and Vitone encourage students to expand and conduct further research on their WiFi project because there are still many unanswered questions. “The biggest thing we didn’t get to do, but if someone were to continue this… one should focus on the actual network. Instead of seeing where (WiFi) is, ask why does it disconnect sometimes,” Vitone said. “When everyone freaks out because the internet is down, ask what is the main cause? We weren’t exactly sure — we think someone should analyze that.”

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France revises ban on gay men donating blood

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Health Minister Touraine says this ban reform will help end a prejudice.

By Catherine Herbert Staff Writer

Beginning next year, France will be lifting its ban on gay men donating blood, according to French officials, the New York Times reported. This antiquated law, which France enacted in 1983, is a remnant of the AIDS crisis and the social stigmas that surrounded it in the late 1980s. “Giving one’s blood is an act of generosity and of civic responsibility that cannot be conditioned by sexual orientation,” said

Marisol Touraine, the health minister of France, the New York Times reported. France is joining other European countries in a trend to dismantle, or at least weaken, these laws. Next spring, France will begin to let men who have not been sexually active with other men for at least a year to donate their blood, the New York Times reported. Men who have been sexually active with only one man within the preceding four months of the donation date will be allowed to donate blood plasma. According to the New York Times, if after a year there are no

signs of an increased health risk from integrating gay men into the blood donation pool, the rules will progressively slacken even more until the rules are aligned with heterosexual donors. If a heterosexual donor in France has had more than four sexual partners in the preceding four months, they are not allowed to be a donor. The “plasma study” for gay donors who have not had sex with another man for the four months before their donation will be conducted by a quarantine style procedure. In this procedure, health officials will be able to assess each donor’s sexual history from the past year and make a final decision about whether to continue to lessen the restrictions on men who have sex with men, according to CNN. “The plasma supply chain will allow the freezing of blood donations, so that donors can be tested again, once the window has passed for HIV antibodies to appear,” Touraine said, according to CNN. Gay advocacy groups in France are celebrating the deterioration of this ban, but are not entirely pleased with this announcement, as it is still creating an active separation in how heterosexual donors and gay donors are

being treated, CNN reported. Officials are justifying this long deferral period for donors. “Deferral periods exist, officials say, because some sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, cannot be detected by tests during a certain period after infection,” the New York Times reported. Others are criticizing these claims, arguing that “a 12-month deferral period is not medically justified, mainly because the socalled window period for HIV is much shorter than 12 months,” according to the New York Times. This essentially requires gay donors to not engage in any sexual intercourse for an entire year prior to their donation. Openly gay French politician Jean-Luc Romero-Michel, and president of Elus Locaux Contre Le Sida, an organization consisting of elected officials fighting against AIDS, claims there are holes in the logic of the ban. “But what I don’t understand is why we don’t condition blood donation by highrisk behavior,” said Romero-Michel, the New York Times reported. “It isn’t being heterosexual that is a risk. It isn’t being gay that is a risk. It is behaviors that are risky.”

China burns more coal than previously believed By Gabrielle Beacken Nation & World Editor

Contradictory to information previously disclosed by the Chinese government, China has been burning up to 17 percent more coal each year than what they have reported, according to newly released data, the New York Times reported. These new figures illustrate that almost a billion more tons of carbon dioxide were released from China than previously conveyed and 600 million tons of coal consumption were not accounted for the year 2012. “This will have a big impact because China has been burning so much more coal than we believed,” said Yang Fuqiang, a former energy official in China who now advises the international organization, Natural Resources Defense Council, the New York Times reported. “It

turns out that (China) was an even bigger emitter than we imagined. This helps to explain why China’s air quality is so poor, and that will make it easier to get national leaders to take this seriously.” The released figures were from an energy statistical yearbook published by China’s statistical agency, according to the New York Times. The yearbook revealed several holes in censuses conducted by the Chinese government. Since China is the world’s chief emitter of greenhouse gases from coal, the country has promised to cut fuel emissions in half by 2030, the New York Times reported. According to Fuqiang, this task seems ever more implausible and unnerving since the release of this new, damaging information. “It’s been a confusing situation for a long time,” said Ayaka

Jones, a China analyst at the United States Energy Information Administration in Washington, D.C. the New York Times reported. According to the New York Times, this incident is another example of China underestimating its emission figures. Several small coal mines in China were directed to close in the 1990s. However, instead of shutting down, the mines simply did not report their emission output to the government. Since the mines did not report their output to national data collectors, China was viewed positively for decreasing emission output while sustaining economic growth, according to the New York Times. This revelation is sure to be an enthusiastic topic of discussion at the Paris Climate Change Conference 2015, which takes place from Monday, Nov. 30, to

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Coal is leveled and transported through Chinese provinces.

Friday, Dec. 11. This conference aims to plan an international, long-term system for decreasing greenhouse-gas pollution. Scientists are reanalyzing their Chinese emission data and are attempting to discern the actual repercussions of China’s increase in pollutant emissions.

“It has created a lot of bewilderment,” said Lin Boqiang, director of the China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University in eastern China, the New York Times reported. “This is troublesome because many forecasts and commitments were based on the previous data.”

Houston votes down equal rights amendment

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Protests of the measure dates back to October.

By Candace Kellner Staff Writer

An anti-discrimination ordinance was repealed by voters, on Tuesday, Nov. 3, after a yearlong battle between Houston’s lesbian mayor and social conservatives, reported the New York Times. In May, Houston’s City Council passed the ordinance, but it was in limbo after opponents succeeded in pushing the matter to a referendum. According to the New York

Times, the measure ultimately failed by a vote of 61 percent to 39 percent. The ordinance prohibited bias in housing, employment, city contracting and business services for 15 protected classes, including race, age, sexual orientation and gender identity, according to the New York Times. Opponents of the ordinance argued that the measure would allow, what they consider, men claiming to be women to enter women’s bathrooms and inflict harm on the females present. The “No Men in Women’s Bathrooms” message was advertised on television and radio, and turned the debate into one about protecting women and girls from sexual predators. “It was about protecting our grandmoms, and our mothers and our wives and our sisters and our daughters and our granddaughters,” said Republican Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, who held a rally at an election night party, the New York Times reported. “I’m glad Houston led tonight to end this constant political correctness attack on what we know in our heart, and our gut, as Americans is not right.” Supporters of the ordinance said the measure was similar to those approved in 200 other cities. These supporters included Houston Mayor Annise Parker, various local and national gay rights and civil rights groups and the prominent actress Sally Field. They accused opponents of using fear mongering against gay people and talking of far-fetched bathroom

attacks in order to generate support for a repeal, reported the New York Times. According to the New York Times, Parker and Field claims the ordinance says nothing specifically about whether men can use women’s restrooms. The proponents’ defeat at the polls was a blow to Parker, a Democrat. Houston became the largest city in the United States to elect an openly gay mayor when she won office in December 2009, according to the New York Times. Parker helped the measure gain endorsements from President Barack Obama and large corporations like Apple. Opponents of the measure said the ordinance had nothing to do with discrimination, but rather the mayor’s forced gay agenda on the city. According to the New York Times, these opponents denied that they had any bias against gay people and claimed that the ordinance was so vague that it would subject anyone who tried keeping men from using a women’s bathroom to a city investigation and fine. “The mayor has never been able to produce a shred of evidence that’s credible of any need for this ordinance, other than everybody else is doing it,” said Dave Welch, the executive director of the Houston Area Pastor Council, the New York Times reported. Parker and her supporters said Houston would lose tourism and convention business. Opponents of the measure downplayed any economic impact, describing the supporters’ claims as a fear tactic.

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Campus Town’s Barnes & Noble café a great new space to study

Some welcome the noise: Playing music while listening to their peers’ conversations float in the background is the preferred work method. Some embrace the silence: Bunkering down, closing the door and hunching over that wooden desk with a narrow bright desk lamp beaming over the words of their textbook is the only way to study correctly. And then there are those in between: the complete absence of sound can be intimidating, while the constant surround sound can be too distracting — I align myself with this gray-space category. For five semesters, I have traveled throughout the four levels of the library, managed to occasionally, and craftily, secure a small table in the Education Café and have remained in my room for hours typing and highlighting away. However, this semester I have become surprisingly accustomed to a new study space that I particularly and consistently enjoy: the Barnes & Noble café in Campus Town. Perhaps it is the particular time or day that I venture to Campus Town, but the Barnes & Noble café, for me at least, seems to be my goldilocks of study spaces: not too crowded, while not too empty and not too cramped, while not too spacious. Luckily, I consistently find an open square table that I spread my notebooks, highlighters and handouts across. I fortunately found this hidden gem when I was in a bit of a conundrum. I had an hour and a half between my two classes and was unsure what to do. Getting meal equivalency in the Library Café with friends would be a fun excursion, but it would be too timely. Plus, more often than not, there is no seat open in the Library Café during that time. This forced me to very discreetly and uncomfortably eat my poppyseed bagel, one small bite at a time, in an area filled with students determined to study and focus. I could always head back to my dorm room to study or have a snack, but because of where I live on campus this year, the walk to and from my academic buildings would also be too time consuming. Still undecided, I began the walk toward my classroom in the Art and Interactive Multimedia Building when I saw the outskirts of Campus Town in the distance. I took a chance on this unknown environment and was certainly rewarded. After the iced black tea lemonade and the blueberry yogurt has been purchased, I find my seat and work away, not being too distracted or bored from my surroundings. The Barnes & Noble café has become a sort of hybrid between students and the overall community. I’m comforted to see fellow students with their laptops open and headphones in, but also I’m interested and a bit refreshed to see unfamiliar faces of all ages. Even though I am still on campus and am offered the benefits of seeing my friends and having an easy walking distance to my academic buildings, I am also able to see how the most popular Campus Town outlet is benefiting and engaging the community. I have acclimated to flipping through my self-made art history flashcards while occasionally glancing up to meet the eyes of those I recognize and those I do not. Although I do not solely prefer the silence or the chaos, I do know one thing I prefer: routine. The Barnes & Noble café has given me just that. — Gabrielle Beacken Nation & World Editor

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College kids cannot eat a balanced diet Students lack money and resources to eat right

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The College’s C-store sells mostly junk food. By Chelsea LoCascio Opinions Editor

A college student’s fridge is a carb and sugar wasteland of frozen pizzas, leftover Chinese food and ice cream. If you’re lucky, you might find a half-rotten apple behind the case of beer. No matter what anybody says, eating healthy during college is a near impossible feat. Between classes, studying, sleeping, working and trying to have a social life, there is not enough time in the day to consciously think about what you’re stuffing your face with between classes or right before you pass out from sleep deprivation. Time is not the only problem, as the typical college student runs into the issue of not having enough money

for nutritious foods. Every time a family member tries to tell me to just buy oatmeal for a filling breakfast or almonds for a satisfying snack, I appease them with a “great idea, I’ll get on that” and then go back to my dorm room and eat my feelings (a whole row of Oreos). It’s a struggle that anyone outside of college doesn’t seem to understand. Most of us want to be healthy, but the idea of parting with real money at the grocery store, rather than the College’s points on campus, breaks my heart and my bank account. I’m trying to get the most out of college academically and have not been able to get a job this semester because of that. Many other students are in a similar situation and they too cannot afford a healthy diet. Or, there are those who live off campus and work just enough to pay their bills and buy some ramen. Since I live on campus, I’m often asked why I don’t just eat the healthy food served by the College. Well, I would if it were easier. The healthiest options at Eickhoff Hall are at the salad bar, which is boring and not filling, or the fruit and the occasional vegetable. Honestly, that’s not a lot of healthy options if you really think about it. Yes, there are those foods, but there’s also an ample array of pasta, burritos, burgers, fries and cookies. I’d take all of that over soggy fruit or balsamic-soaked vegetables any day. The Convenience Store isn’t much better. Why buy the wilted lettuce when you can buy a box of mac and cheese or candy? To make our guilt about unhealthy eating worse, the World Health Organization gave us the worst news of all: they found a link between bacon and cancer. Was it shocking? Not really, as we already knew it could give

you a long list of other illnesses, but I think it made us college kids realize a few things. The first being that we should try to avoid bacon — even though everything can give you cancer nowadays — and second, that our health can be at more of a risk then we think. We’re in the prime of our lives and a couple of frozen dinners a week won’t kill us. Not now, they won’t, but we’re on an unhealthy path that can lead to obesity, alcoholism, addiction, diabetes and countless other diseases that might just put your consumption habits in perspective. For now, eat what you can to survive these four years at the College, but be mindful that your unhealthy diet should have an expiration date, unlike the Twinkie in the back of your cabinet.

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Students don’t have money to spend on produce.

Scientists should skip space and search seas

We need to explore Earth’s oceans before searching other planets.

By Kevin Shaw

Space: the final frontier. Or is it? The continuing mission for “Star Trek’s” Starship Enterprise was to explore strange new worlds and seek out new life, but it didn’t have to travel thousands of lightyears to do so. There are strange new worlds and undiscovered life much closer to home. Rather than focusing on space, we should

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be exploring under the seas of our own little blue planet. High resolution images from orbital and earthbound telescopes like Hubble, Kepler and the Palomar Observatory have recently sparked a major interest in space exploration. Big budget Hollywood films like “Interstellar,” “Gravity” and “The Martian,” as well as the recent revival of “The Cosmos” TV series, have only fanned

the flames. This huge interest in all things space is accompanied by actual major discoveries by space organizations. The European Space Agency landed a spacecraft on a comet for the first time nearly a year ago and NASA’s New Horizons probe took the highest resolution pictures ever taken of the ex-planet Pluto this summer. We are learning more and more about our solar system, but we don’t even know all that our own planet has to offer. Oceans cover over 70 percent of the surface of the Earth, but according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “more than 95 percent of the underwater world remains unexplored.” That means that two-thirds of the Earth remains entirely unmapped. We have no idea what we’ll find there, and worst of all, we’re hardly even looking. We have completely mapped the surface of Mars and the Moon. We have satellites orbiting Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter. Heck, we’ve even sent probes to Pluto, which is four billion miles away. A mission to Jupiter’s ice moon Europa to explore its extra-terrestrial oceans has gotten support in Congress, yet we haven’t even dipped our big toe into the murky depths of the Atlantic or the frigid Arctic Ocean.

“Why should I care about the dumb old ocean?” you might ask, which isn’t such an outlandish question. Why spend money and resources on a useless expedition? Well, according to, “over one million known species of plants and animals live (in the ocean), and scientists say there may be as many as nine million species we haven’t yet discovered.” Marine biologists and ocean explorers haven’t found up to 90 percent of all ocean life yet. Hidden away under the waves there could be an abundant food source to help feed the 800 million starving people in the world, recorded by Or, their could be vital plants like aloe vera that hold the key to curing common ailments ravaging the population. Space exploration is very important. By peering deep into the cosmos we can watch planets and galaxies form. We can watch the birth and death of supermassive stars, tiny white dwarves and stars very much like our own. We can use this information to learn about how the Earth was formed billions of years ago, and how it will likely be destroyed. But we’re jumping the gun. Before we venture into the vastness of space, we have to explore more of our own planet, which means getting a little wet and financing expeditions into the oceans.

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Students share opinions around campus Can students eat healthily? Should we explore oceans more? “We need to explore space, but also the ocean. We need to do both... (but) we need to understand more of the solar system and where we come from.”

“I think it’s definitely hard (to eat healthily) in college. I think it’s living on campus and not having a kitchen… The options you’re given aren’t as healthy.”

Chelsea LoCascio / Opinions Editor

Chelsea LoCascio / Opinions Editor

Cara Brenn, sophomore public health major.

Jeremy Leon, junior computer engineering major.

“It’s hard to eat (healthily) on campus… the only healthy options are sushi or salad. They need to offer more options to take back to your room.”

“We spend so much time looking in space for aliens, but we’ve already got aliens deep in the ocean. There are so many undiscovered species.”

Chelsea LoCascio / Opinions Editor

Chelsea LoCascio / Opinions Editor

Richard Marchese, junior elementary education and iSTEM double major.

Emma Hopkins, junior communication studies major.

The Signal asks... How do you feel about the Wi-Fi on campus?

Cara: “I think it’s way too spotty. The (not having) Wi-Fi in the towers thing is a problem.” Richard: “I’m really mad about the Wi-Fi. I live in Townhouse East... The signal itself is pretty strong. Once I’m connected to it, I have no problems.” Jeremy: “I live in the townhouses. They continuously promise there will be Wi-Fi and there’s still no Wi-Fi. It’s the 21st century.” Emma: “I’m a (communication studies) major. Most of my classes are in Kendall (Hall) and we (don’t get) Wi-Fi in Kendall (Hall). When I was a freshman, I had to live in the towers. Now that I’m a junior, I’d expect (Wi-Fi since) I’m living in a better place, but the townhouses don’t have it either.”

Students get fed up with the College’s unreliable Wi-Fi around campus.

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DPhiE promotes self-love and acceptance

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Sisters light up Green Lawn during a candlelight vigil. By Tom Ballard News Assistant

Love my body, love your body, love every body: that was the message that the sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon (DPhiE) had for their fourth annual Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disease (ANAD) Week. Last week from Sunday, Nov. 1, to Friday, Nov. 6, DPhiE hosted a slew of events with the underlying purpose of promoting the acceptance of beauty. According to Vickie Zourzoukis, president of DPhiE and a senior elementary education and psychology double major, at the time this article was written, the sorority raised an estimated $700 for ANAD awareness throughout the week in events that ranged from a bake sale to a volleyball tournament. “I think that having diverse events is important because it parallels the diversity of issues that are involved in ANAD,” said Kimberly Siehl, one of the sorority’s co-ANAD chairs and a junior clinical psychology and Spanish double major. “We had events that fostered self-confidence and also created healthy outlooks on such a prominent issue.”

On Sunday, Nov. 1, DPhiE kicked off the week by handing out free cupcakes at Eickhoff Hall in order to raise awareness and promote the week’s events. The following day the sorority hosted “Trash Your Insecurities” in which students were able to write their insecurities on a piece of paper, crumble it up and throw it away in a trash can, symbolizing getting rid of insecurities in order to live a better life. Later that day, DPhiE also hosted “Healthy Eating on Campus” in which students were given the opportunity to learn how to eat healthy from a dietician. “(This presentation featured) tips on eating specifically at TCNJ,” Zourzoukis said. “That was chosen as a way to help educate students on how they can eat well here without having to resort to a diet.” DPhiE hosted a bake sale titled the “Treat Yourself Bake Sale” at Alumni Grove on Tuesday, Nov. 3, to fundraise for the event. “We decided to do Treat Yourself Tuesday to show that there is no good or bad food,” said Nikki Felice, a sister in DPhiE and a junior math-secondary education major. Felice noted that certain foods should be enjoyed in moderation

and that there should be no shame if a person wants to treat themselves every once and awhile. On Wednesday, Nov. 4, during the evening on the steps of Green Hall, the sorority hosted a candlelight vigil. Playing songs such as Kellie Pickler’s “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” sisters of the sorority made personal speeches and told anecdotes. Candles with different phrases on them to define what the word “beauty” means to people were also lit. “(We want) to remind students on campus that it is OK to ask for help,” Zourzoukis said. “I think that this is a beneficial reminder for students, especially in a society now filled with strong ideas of superficial beauty.” Earlier that day, DPhiE hosted a volleyball tournament in the Recreation Center in order to raise funds while supporting friendly competition. The sisters of DPhiE were pied in the face on Thursday, Nov. 5, during their “Pie a Deepher” event in which sisters of the sorority had a pie of Cool Whip thrown at their face in order to raise money for their philanthropy. “It was a fun and silly way to get people talking about ANAD and it helped us raise the most money of any event this week,” Siehl said, “Also, having a face full of Cool Whip was pretty cool, no pun intended.” Friends of the sisters got a chance to pie them, which at the same time, got a lot of people involved to help raise money. “The campus was very involved in the event,” said Samantha Hagel, one of the co-ANAD chairs and a junior elementary education and STEM math specialization double major, “Who wouldn’t want to throw a pie in someone’s face to help support their philanthropy?”

On Friday, Nov. 6, the sisters closed out ANAD week with a fitness class in the Decker Hall Lounge in order to remind students that exercise is a healthy and fun way to lose weight. “Even though ANAD week is over, the mentality surrounding the way we look at eating disorders and body image should prevail,” Siehl said, “I want (the College) to know even a change in attitude or a small donation can go a very long way. Even by sporting a purple ribbon or telling someone they’re beautiful can save a life. I want everyone to know that this philanthropy lives on through positivity.” The sorority believes that the week was a success in bringing both DPhiE and the campus together. “While we all have very busy schedules, ANAD week is something that is able to bring sisters together,” Zourzoukis said. “It is a way to raise awareness and money, but also a way for sisters to catch up and enjoy spending time together.” According to a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the average number of hospitalizations due to eating disorders has gone up by approximately 24 percent from 1999 to 2008. Even though a large majority of these cases are women, the report also

noted that the increase of hospitalizations for men from 1999 to 2008 has increased by roughly 53 percent, compared to a 21 percent increase in women. People under the age of 30 made up half of the people hospitalized for eating disorders in 2008 according to the report. “(ANAD week) helped others get involved and feel included in such a worthy cause,” Siehl said. “By exposing the issues that surround negative body image and eating disorders, it made everybody’s vulnerability much more tangible.” The first events for DPhiE’s ANAD week at the College began in 2012 when the sorority decided to turn their candlelight vigil and “Pie a Deepher” events into a week-long awareness campaign. DPhiE supports two other philanthropies besides ANAD, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation, which assists in providing scholarships for higher education, according to Zourzoukis. The Beta Xi chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon at the College was founded in March of 1993 and currently boasts 89 members. “(People) should know that everyone is beautiful and if anyone else needs help, they should not be afraid to ask,” Hagel said.

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Students pie their friends to help raise money.

Hispanic College Day inspires high school students By Craig Giangiulio Correspondent

This past Wednesday, Nov. 4, the College’s Lambda Theta Pi, a multicultural fraternity on campus offered Hispanic high school students throughout New Jersey a chance to see what college life is like. Prospective college students from all around the state were introduced to various components of the College that correlated with their academic, social and personal interests. Members of Lambda Theta Pi and other student ambassadors showed the students around campus and talked with them openly and honestly about what life is like at the College during rotating roundtable discussions. “It got me pretty excited, honestly,” said Julian, a junior at Trenton Central High School (TCHS) West in Trenton, N.J. “The College seems like a cool place. The whole tour, I kept picturing what it would be like if I went here. I’m interested in the engineering program, which I can already tell will be a challenge, having all those classes and labs.” The program offered talks on a wide

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Students from the College help visiting seniors learn about college life. variety of subjects that prospective college students may be concerned with. An overview of the admissions process was given, as well as a session on financial aid and the accompanying applications. Each department offered its own seminar which students went to based on their desired field of study. “There was a lot of stuff to write down,” said Manuel, a senior from TCHS West. “The

teachers were easy enough to get along with, but still seemed engaging.” Hispanic College Day at the College started in 1980 when Jose Maldonado, one of the co-founders of the Gamma Chapter of Lambda Theta Phi, channeled his concern for recruitment of Latino students to the College, which at the time was Trenton State College, into the creation of a program designed to educate young Latino students about the

responsibilities associated with going to college. The program began as an exclusive opportunity for Hispanic high schools, but has since been opened to all schools, with Latino students still encouraged to participate. Hispanic College Day has evolved into an annual tradition. Approximately 150 students, predominantly seniors and juniors with college aspirations, representing between five and 10 urban high schools and some youth programs, are invited to Hispanic College Day each year. Students were given a chance to interact with members of several student leadership groups around campus. The Hispanic College Day program also emphasizes multiculturalism on the College’s campus. For seniors, there are “senior workshops” offered that are designed to provide the steps for applying for financial aid and to assist in the application process itself. “I didn’t always think of college as a serious possibility for my future,” Julian said. “But hearing all those other kids and teachers talk about it made it seem like such a tangible thing.”

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How events get funded

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SAF helps events, like the Laverne Cox lecture, come to campus.

Every week, Features Editor Jessica Ganga hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. Last Friday, Nov. 6, students got to enjoy a lecture by transgender actress and activist, Laverne Cox. The event was hosted by College Union Board (CUB), the organization on campus that brings events such as lectures like Cox and concerts to the college. Have you ever wondered how organizations like CUB get funded for large events such as this one? In 2010, News Editors, Brianna Gunter and Katie Brenzel reported how Student Finance Board (SFB) allocates the Student Activity Fee (SAF). In an excerpt from the article, the writers gave students a better understanding on how organizations on campus receive the funds they need to bring new and exciting events to campus. Each year the College is host to a multitude of events held by students and aimed toward students. But where does the money for these events come from? According to Michael Stolar, executive director of the Student Finance Board (SFB), the answer is the Student Activity Fee (SAF). SAF is a fee paid each year by every student at the College. It is included in a student’s bill for tuition and other fees and is currently $203 per year for each student. SFB is in charge of allocating the SAF money to student organizations and events. “We don’t have a cap on how much we give out, but every student group submits

a budget each year,” Stolar said when asked if SFB was limited to a certain amount of SAF money it is allowed to distribute annually. However, Stolar said the budgets submitted by each group generally determines the amount they receive each year. When a group wants to request a new budget, they must fill out a detailed form (found on SFB’s Web site) explaining what their organization is and its purpose, how many events they have held that year, how many members they have, as well as why they deserve SAF funding. Like many student clubs and organizations, the College Union Board (CUB) receives a base budget of SAF money from SFB every year. This year’s base budget for programming is $137,000, according to CUB finance director, Allie Binaco. The base budget is dedicated to annual events, such as the Film Series, while other events, such as fall and spring concerts, are presented to SFB. Though the Brower Student Center Latenighter, TCNJ Holiday and Global Palooza are scheduled each year, Binaco said the difference in themes require CUB to present to SFB each year. For example, SFB recently granted CUB $30,201.80 for this year’s L.A. Latenighter, while last year’s “I Heart N.J.” cost $24,520.


Timberlake and Stapleton entertain the crowd.

By Mackenzie Cutruzzula Sports Editor

Despite bringing “Saturday Night Live” its largest viewership since 2012, presidential candidate Donald Trump gave a lackluster performance during his hosting gig on Saturday, Nov. 7. Larry David appeared as Bernie Sanders for the second week in a row and even stole the spotlight from Trump’s monologue by shouting “Trump’s a racist” from the sideline. With

Campus Style By Jillian Greene Columnist Wherever you are, stop and look around. From Campus Town to Decker Hall, students are dressed in some contradictory get-ups. I can personally guarantee that within 100 feet you will see at least one person wearing shorts and a T-shirt, one person wearing a light sweater with jeans and one person in a full-blown winter jacket — the puffy ones. Am I right? Let me remind you, although you may not realize it due to how fast this semester is flying by, it is November. November — the month where all of the green leaves have been replaced with red leaves and (usually) boots have taken over for flip flops. Ha! Just kidding. Mother Nature seems to be playing a joke on all of us with her fickle behavior. I, along with many other students on this campus, am now regretting bringing my summer clothes home over fall break back in October. Don’t get me wrong — I love the warm weather. However, not during the months where I’m used to bundling up. Obviously, Mother Nature has it backward — it’s The College of New Jersey, not The College of California. But I think I’ve figured her out, so here’s my advice to you: If you have classes in the dreadful early hours of the morning (8 a.m.’s), dress like it’s winter. I suggest long pants and a jacket. By the time you get out of your 8 a.m. class, it will most CUB also receives a budget for events in Rathskeller, which is approximately $40,000 this year, Binaco said. The fall and spring concerts tend to demand the most funds, Binaco said, depending on the magnitude of the artist’s popularity. Ludacris and Lupe Fiasco’s performance at the College last spring, for example, was funded by the $160,88 granted by SFB. Deciding high profile events requires research of the performer and a “system of

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Jenner models fall-winter apparel.

likely start to warm up, and by noon it’ll feel like springtime, so you should ditch the jacket. Be careful, though, because before you know it, winter will roll in again around 6 p.m. Maybe I shouldn’t have told you to ditch the jacket after all. checks and balances’ by the CUB elected and general board, Binaco said. Polling student interest is also a component of his process. The practice of polling the student body is fairly recent Binaco said, but it isn’t required from the club in planning events. Controversy over Tucker Max’s recent appearance, which was enabled by the $16,138.40 of SAF granted to CUB, prompted CUB to administer a second poll to measure campus response.

:Trump finds a new gig

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the overwhelming amount of expected Republican jokes falling flat, the joke of the night went to Colin Jost who made fun of himself as a Mets fan. In news more shocking than Trump’s edgy jokes, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have announced they are dating. After the pairs divorced from their significant others this summer, causing me stress and despair, “The Voice” judges have found love again with each other. Their first appearance as a couple was at a

Country Music Awards after party on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Justin Timberlake surprised fans at the Country Music Awards when he took the stage for an eight minute set with Chris Stapleton. The duo did a mash-up of Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey” and Timberlake’s “Drink You Away.” With a guitar in hand, Timberlake embraced his Memphis roots, giving fans a treat since he’s performed less after recently becoming a father. Chloë Grace Moretz followed suit in the surprise news trend, posting the news that she will star in “The Little Mermaid” reboot. Richard Curtis is in talks to pen the script, with his credits including “Love Actually” and “Four Weddings and A Funeral.” Working Title and Universal Studios are making progress on the film that hit a dead end when director Sofia Coppola left the project after reported arguments with the film studios. “The Little Mermaid” reboot follows Disney’s emerging trend to re-create its animated magic in live-action.

Emma Watson, who will also be starring in a Disney live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” made magic of her own this week when she interviewed Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai. At the premiere of Yousafzai’s documentary of her life, “He Named Me Malala,” the two sat down to discuss the impact she has had on the world since she was attacked by the Taliban and later won a Nobel Peace Prize. Yousafzai admitted that Watson’s HeForShe speech at the United Nations inspired her to embrace the term “feminist.” Hermione

Granger would be proud. As Watson changes the world, Daniel Craig took a break from protecting it in the latest installment of the “James Bond” franchise to reveal who he thought would make a good replacement for him. The “Spectre” star admitted that One Direction singer Niall Horan would fit the suit well, but advised the singer, who is newly on hiatus, to just enjoy the ride as it comes. With finals steadily approaching and my own hiatus for winter break in the forefront, I think we can all use Craig’s advice.

Trump appears on ‘SNL’ with two other Trumps.

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Arts & Entertainment

TCNJ Orchestra stuns with classic songs By Brielle Bryan Correspondent

As the sky darkened on Wednesday, Nov. 4, the number of students walking across campus grew scarce. All was quiet outside as students, family members and friends entered a packed Mayo Concert Hall for the TCNJ Orchestra performance. With the lights dimmed, conductor Harold Levin walked on stage and the student performers rose from their seats. Levin took the hand of his head violinist, junior music performance major Thérèse DeGenova, and kissed it as he welcomed the crowd to introduce the first piece of the night, “The March and Procession of Bacchus” by French composer Leo Delibes, from the ballet, “Sylvia.” “I saw that we had nine weeks of rehearsals, I knew the level of the orchestra, and what was appropriate to prepare,” Levin said on picking pieces for the orchestra to perform. “The March and Procession of Bacchus”

proved to be appropriate as the orchestra, following the lead of the conductor, moved together and seamlessly played all of the dynamics, becoming soft at certain parts and growing in sound at others. As the first piece came to an end, the string instrumentalists stayed in their seats and the rest of the band left. This part of the concert was performed solely by the strings section, which played the “Concerto Grosso in D minor, Opus 3 #11,” by Antonio Vivialdi. This section was done in three parts and gave the students an opportunity to showcase their talents. The string section featured DeGenova and junior music performance major Caitlin Beym on violin, sophomore biology major Holly Torsilieri on cello and senior music education major Kenneth Hamilton on bass. Cellist Tanya Townsend, a junior chemistry major at the College, said that she is a fan of the pieces composed by Vivaldi. “I joined the orchestra as a freshman

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The string instruments grace the stage for ‘Concerto Grosso.’

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Student musicians play a dynamic set under the instruction of Levin.

and it’s just been a really great experience,” Townsend said. “It’s nice to have on the side, a reprieve for all my stress during the week.” As the strings finished their wonderful rendition of Vivaldi’s “Concerto Grosso in D minor,” the rest of the band filed back into the concert hall to play, “Academic Festival Overture, Opus 80” by Johannes Brahms. Throughout the whole performance, each band member played a key role in keeping all of the pieces together. With only nine rehearsals and two and a half hours a week of meeting with the conductor, the band was able to put on a phenomenal show. “Last year it was considerably smaller, but this is honestly the biggest the orchestra has been in a while,” said viola player Steve Mejias, a junior music education major at the College. Levin added that while the orchestra has around 65 players in it right now, a traditional orchestra normally has 100 musicians, with the strings making up the majority of the group.

“We had a huge number of freshman string players that came, and they just kind of showed up and they all contacted me about an audition,” Levin said. “The numbers are nice right now and they’re moving in the right direction.” Levin also said that there are not a lot of music majors in the orchestra. This gives more students the opportunity to be a part of the band at the College, and keep up with their instrumental skills even though it is of outside their majors. Aside from just students playing in the College’s orchestra, there are also adult community musicians. This gives even more people the opportunity to do what they love. The students put on a great performance, and their passion for playing rubbed off on the audience as they received a loud applause at the end of the show. Levin was certainly proud of what the orchestra had accomplished. “They put a lot work into it and had a lot of rehearsals and time, and they were ready to perform,” he said.

Short story writer brings wit and humor to reading By Hannah Rodriguez Correspondent

Lydia Davis, recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship Award in 1997 and an exceptional short story writer, visited the College on Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the Library Auditorium to speak about her journey as a writer. During her visit, Davis shared excerpts from her most recent collection of short stories, “Can’t and Won’t: Stories.” “Can’t and Won’t” contains 122 short stories, one of the largest collections that Davis has published thus far. Each story ranges in length and subject and Davis was able to share her passion with the crowd of invested listeners. Davis began her reading with a story titled, “A Story of Stolen Salamis.” Focused on stolen salamis from a landlord in Brooklyn, the story displays the brevity and miscellaneous subjects of Davis’ work. Many of her short stories hone in on one specific moment or action that one may not typically think to write about. Another story, titled “Letter to a Peppermint Candy Company,” is one of five letters of

complaint Davis included in “Can’t and Won’t.” The story is a complaint written to a peppermint company focused on the discrepancies found in the quantity of mints in a package. Both witty and clever, the complaint called for laughs throughout the audience. During her visit, Davis shared more than 12 short stories and each one presented the audience with a clear sample of Davis’

niche for wit and dry humor. The stories shed light on aspects of life that are not normally brought to attention. With such few words, Davis produced humor, darkness and curiosity for readers on various subjects. One story, titled “Awake in the Night,” is a sweet tale inspired by a dream. It reads, “I am lying in the dark. What is the problem? Oh, maybe I am missing him, the person I sleep

next to… Now I have the answer. I will go to his room and get in bed next to him, and then I will be able to sleep.” In no more than one paragraph, Davis’ writing elicits more emotion from readers than other authors could in entire novels. Davis explained the importance of words, and how, by using a correct few, an entire story can be told. When asked how she developed her writing,

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Davis reads short stories from her latest collection, ‘Can’t and Won’t: Stories.’

Davis said her love of piano and music are her main influences to write. “(I) was quite serious about music,” Davis said. “(I) was convinced that the structure and all of the analysis of music, how it’s put together, had a direct influence on (my) sense of structure.” She attributes her vigorous studying to her sharp listening abilities, a key skill in curating stories. She recalled her “endless hours of playing in tune” and blamed them for her perfectionist qualities that helped her develop “ear training that is very important for writing.” Davis has written an ample amount of works and provided the audience with her refreshing and original writing talent. Freshman English major Tyler Hubbert enjoyed Davis’ ability to “simplify things” and obtained a “new perspective” on the topics she discussed. Davis’ visit was a part of the College’s Visiting Writers Series. This series presents the College with a variety of authors who are keen in different styles of writing.

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New novel explores Norse myth

Chase sets out on a whirlwind adventure.

By Kayla Whittle Staff Writer

In a world where mythological creatures and Norse gods like Loki and Thor truly exist, 16-year-old Magnus Chase is just dying to have an adventure — literally. Rick Riordan’s latest novel, “The Sword of Summer,” kicks off when our protagonist is thrown off of a bridge after a giant made of fire arrives in his town. From that moment on, everything changes for Chase, who was a seemingly average boy living on the streets of Boston. His normal life is now far gone, as he is tasked with preventing the end of the world. As the book continues, Chase is sent on a whirlwind adventure through several different realms and races to keep an evolving cast of villains out of power. Along the way, Chase meets a variety of magical creatures, including dwarves, elves

and Valkyries that all join him on his journey and add more bumbling fun to the story. The book’s setting and plotline may be a little confusing to readers with little knowledge on Norse mythology. Riordan is truly a master of modernizing ancient myths in funny, heroic and even educational ways. His previous books have dealt with Roman, Greek and Egyptian mythologies. Fans will likely remember him as the author of the popular “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series that became an international success and was later turned into a film franchise. With this new series, “Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard,” Riordan fixates specifically on Norse mythology. The first book in this new series, “The Sword of Summer,” introduces readers to a wide range of interesting creatures that originate from Norse mythology, such as armies of the dead, irritable trickster gods and women warriors called Valkyries. The fantastic thing about all of Riordan’s books, and his latest release in particular, is how accessible they are to a variety of age groups. Although the book is marketed toward middle grade readers, young adults are also likely to fall in love with the writing style and superb storytelling. Riordan’s sarcastic and witty characters crack jokes that readers of all ages will enjoy. Additionally, the book features a diverse set of character with various ethnicities, abilities and even sexual identities. It is refreshing to see such a wide range of populations represented in a popular young adult novel, as the genre is usually lacking in diversity and originality. Because of his growing popularity, each new publication from Riordan is eagerly embraced by the masses. Nevertheless, this latest release does not fall short of expectations. “The Sword of Summer” and the other upcoming books in Riordan’s new mythological series are sure to be a resounding hit. Picking up this book isn’t only a great way to learn something about Norse myth, it’s also an opportunity for readers to laugh, cry and experience a truly wild and whimsical adventure, unlike what most books provide today.

This week, WTSR music staff member Nelson Kelly, highlights some of the best new albums that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.

Band: All Them Witches Album: “Dying Surfer Meets His Maker” Hailing From: Nashville, Tenn. Genre: Heavy Psych Label: New West Records

The boys in All Them Witches are back and are truly living up to all their witchy potential. “Dying Surfer Meets His Maker” is a cohesive, focused and dynamic collection of songs that show off their doom and stoner metal influences (they’re currently touring with The Sword and Kadaver), though they also pay tribute to the greats, most obviously Led Zeppelin. The drums are humongous and booming a la John Bonham, while the acoustic guitar pieces on this album harken back to tunes like “The Rain Song” or “The Battle of Evermore.” A mixture of acoustic and thunderous electric grooves, soft vocals and ominous spoken word passages, the shifts from soft to heavy in many of these songs are what make Dying Surfer a great listen. Most songs are longer than five minutes but there are a few around the three minute mark. Overall, confronted by his longtime friend and All Them Witches have shown what they’re Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, who capable of, and I cannot wait to hear more demands he give credit where it is due. from them in the future. Jobs’ remarkably cruel and genius answer to Wozniak is, “The musicians play Must Hear: “Call Me Star,” “Dirt Preachthe instruments. I play the orchestra.” ers,” “Open Passageways,” “Talisman,” The statement is both telling and in- “This Is Where It All Falls Apart” and “Blood disputably true. Jobs was the mastermind and Sand / Milk and Endless Water” and showrunner of Apple. Although he may not have been the one to build the first iMac or bring these ideas to life, he is the one who recieves all of the credit and will be forever remembered. During the film, I could not help but both despise and admire Jobs. I felt for his daughter, Lisa, and hoped the two would find reconciliation. I was shocked Band: The Jungle Giants by his attitude and behavior toward cer- Album: “Speakerzoid” tain co-workers. Nevertheless, Jobs was Hailing From: Brisbane, Australia an undeniable genius who helped create Genre: Indie Pop-Rock the world we live in today — a world Label: Amplifire of iPhones, iPads, iPods and Apple TV. The self-titled film helps shed light on The Jungle Giants’ follow up to 2013’s the mystery of a man who revolution- “Learn to Exist” delivers in a big way. This ized the tech industry. time around, they’ve brought back their trademark indie-pop sound but with an artsy twist that adds a new and exciting feel to their music. A funky rhythm section ties in nicely with jangly and occasionally noisy guitars, although the highlight of these songs is definitely Sam Hales’ excellent vocal delivery, switching seamlessly between Alex Turner-like crooning and a falsetto that makes you want to go dig up your Gorillaz albums from your mom’s basement (you know you have ‘em). Throw on tracks like “Kooky Eyes” or “What Do You Think” for some solid indie pop-rock, but if you’re craving something more on the Gorillazend of the spectrum, “Not Bad” and “Every Kind of Way” are definitely the way to go. Overall this album is a killer mix of artsy and indie-pop rock goodness.

Movie highlights the incredible ‘Job’ By Kayla Lafi Features Assistant

Director Danny Boyle and awardwinning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin have teamed up to bring audiences a behindthe-scenes look into the success story of the former Apple CEO in their new film, “Steve Jobs.” “Steve Jobs” details three of Jobs’ iconic product launches and his subsequent rise to fame. The film begins with the 1984 Apple Inc. product launch of the first Macintosh computer. After being fired from Apple Inc., Jobs then launches his NeXT educational computer in 1988. It is 10 years later, when this company has failed, that Jobs returns to Apple Inc., and launches the first iMac — kickstarting the Apple revolution. The main driving force of this film is director Boyle, who keeps the movie interesting throughout. While the film focuses on Jobs’ three main product launches, it also reveals Jobs’ innerself through backstage conversation with, coworkers, friends and even family. The script, adapted by Sorkin, allows for sparkling dialogue that is fast-paced and passionate, allowing audience members an exclusive glimpse into the man behind Apple. “Steve Jobs” not only deals with issues between Jobs and his co-workers, but also the personal issues related to his exgirlfriend, Chrisann Brennan, and their daughter, Lisa. The biopic drama focuses on the people around Jobs, with personal accounts and information from those involved in his life. A sequence of flashbacks reveals the backstories and personal details of Jobs, including how he was fired from his own company, Apple Inc., and his childhood adoption. Michael Fassbender gives a magnificent performance as Jobs. He is arrogant, rude and easily enraged. Fassbender’s

portrayal of Jobs is that of a confident man who believes he is going to change the world, despite what it may cost him along the way. The film opens with the 1984 product launch of Macintosh, where Jobs is seen insulting and arguing with his lead developer, Andy Herzfeld (Michael Stuhlbarg) and marketing chief, Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet). It is soon revealed that Jobs considers Hoffman to be his so-called “work-wife.” She devotes her time to working closely with Jobs and playing his keeper. She says this is because she is the “only one who can handle (Jobs).” Throughout the film, Hoffman is Jobs’ sense of focus — she brings Jobs out of the sky and closer to the ground. It is clear that Jobs was not known as the engineer, coder or even the software developer of the company. He was a visionary and innovator — a man with ideas that would one day change the world. In a memorable scene, Jobs is

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Fassbender portrays Jobs as a confident, yet arrogant and rude man.

Must Hear: “Every Kind Of Way,” “Kooky Eyes,” “What Do You Think,” “Creepy Cool” and “Not Bad”

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SPRING 2016 REGISTRATION APPOINTMENT PERIOD Initial Registration Period for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Tuesday, November 3 Through Friday, November 13

Your enrollment appointment reflecting the first time you will be eligible to register for the Spring 2016 semester can be accessed via your PAWS account. To view your scheduled enrollment appointment, visit the Enrollment Appointment section in the PAWS Student Center. Once eligible, students remain eligible throughout the registration period. Undergraduate students who do not register by 11:59pm on Sunday, November 15, will be subject to a late registration fine. Graduate Students have until Tuesday, December 15: Late Registration Fine Undergraduate: $150 Graduate: $125

The Spring 2016 Schedule of Classes is available on PAWS and can be viewed by using the Search for Classes button. Both Winter 2016 and Summer 2016 registration are also open along with Spring 2016 registration. Check PAWS frequently for any updated winter/summer course offerings and consult with your advisor for appropriate course selections.

Visit the PAWS HELP website for complete information on how to log-in to PAWS, search for classes, browse the Course Catalog, view your Holds, add courses to your Shopping Cart, and register for classes:

Use the Validate feature directly from your PAWS Shopping Cart to check for potential pre-requisite issues before registration! For more information on the Validate feature, visit:

Check PAWS early and frequently for Holds that will prevent you from registering. All Hold Flag information can be viewed under the Holds section in the PAWS Student Center.

Access your Academic Requirements Report on PAWS to view your degree requirements via the Advising Tools link.

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The Millenium play alternative pop-rock songs like ‘Ghost Town.’

By Carlie Goode Correspondent

The Friday, Nov. 6, CUB Alt concert featuring The Millenium and opening performers Kiernan McMullan and Carter Hulsey was a fine evening of homey alternative rock that garnered a low attendance — not at all matching the quality of the performances. With no time wasted on introductions, opener McMullan plunged into his act, performing many of his original songs, including “Speak Your Mind.” His music was worldly and sweet, reflecting McMullan’s international background, including his birth in Hong Kong and connections to Boston, Ireland and Australia. The solo artist was tapping his knuckles on the soundboard of his guitar between strokes for percussion and at one point sang directly into the hole of his guitar. The audience in the Decker Social Space consisted of only about 20 people. The audience was made up mostly of

crew members and bandmates, as well as a smattering of College Union Board affiliates and filled a sparse fifth of the assembled rows of blue plastic chairs that may have accommodated 100 guests. “Thanks for being here, I know I’m not in ‘Orange is the New Black,’ so I really appreciate it,” McMullan said with a laugh, referencing the transgender “Orange is the New Black” star and LBGTQ activist Laverne Cox, who was also visiting the College that evening and likely affected the concert turnout. McMullan and his singing partner, Adam Hourihan, who joined him onstage after a few minutes, maintained a witty banter between their songs. “What do you call an alligator in a vest?” Hourihan asked the crowd at one point during the set. “An investigator!” Hulsey, the second opener, had the mien of a typical rocker — dark denim, a scruffy beard and a cigarette falling out of his pocket. He had more of a country vibe than the other performers,

singing of self-reflection and swimming in the summer. Hulsey played several of his edgy songs including “NPR,” an angsty country-rock song. The headlining band, The Millenium, began its performance an hour and a half into the concert. The band played many of its original songs, opening with the newly released track “Stay.” The performance also included a hilarious, yet brilliant, cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” which was played on acoustic guitars by tall, masculine, Midwestern men in flannels — quite the ironic sight to behold. The Millenium is an alternative poprock band hailing from Eau Claire, Wis., and is currently on an east coast tour. The band consists of lead vocalist Matt Hasenmueller, vocalist and guitarist Kyle Featherstone and guitarist Kyle Culver. The Millenium formed after the bands The Last Semester and The Picture Perfect broke up. Some members of these previous bands decided to come together and create new music. The three friends

coalesced to form The Millenium in 2014 and have since played at venues with over 2,000 people, Culver said. “Turnout wasn’t huge, but it had an intimate feel,” Hasenmueller said after the show. Given that The Millenium had no prior known fanbase at the College, they were pleased anybody had come. “This song changed my life,” Hasenmueller said onstage of his original song “Ghost Town.” “It allowed me to do a lot of things I’d never thought I’d do… I know there’s not a lot of people here, but the fact that anyone shows up 18 hours from my house is incredible.” “Ghost Town” had its two-year anniversary on Tuesday, Nov. 10, and all of The Millenium’s songs are available on iTunes and Spotify. “These songs are an extension of ourselves, much in the same way as our arms and legs,” the band states on its website. “These songs created us more than we created them, and it is with this we hope to connect to our audience through shared experiences.”

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Hulsey performs with a country vibe displayed in his lyrics.

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Men and women defeat Ramapo at home Swimming

By Jessica Ganga Features Editor

With any sports team, the success of the team is dependent on the chemistry between its individual members. For the College’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving team, the chemistry between the swimmers is evident as both teams took home wins this past weekend on Saturday, Nov. 7, against Ramapo College. The men’s swimming and diving team defeated their New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) rivals, 170-87. Once again, there were strong performances in each event from every swimmer. Coach Brian Bishop cited their success to what the team takes pride in — the closeness of the swimmers. “That’s what we’re known for,” Bishop said. “We’re known for overachieving, and you can only do that with chemistry, and that’s been the strength of our program for the last 25 years. It’s the basis for who we are.” In the first event of the meet, the men’s 200-yard relay, the College took first and second. Throughout the event, the swimmers kept a steady lead and were able to clock in a time of 1:36.63. Seniors James Shangle, Dante Colucci and Joseph Dunn and junior Scott Vitabile were

the winning quartet of the event. Shangle came out on top in the fast-paced men’s 50-yard freestyle. He finished with an impressive time of 21.96. The College went one, two and three in the event with juniors Ryan Gajdizisz and Anthony Gurrieri clocking in times of 22.07 and 22.49, respectively. The College took the top three spots again in the men’s 100-yard freestyle. This time, it was Dunn who swam for a time of 47.30 to take first. Gajdizsz and Shangle were right behind Dunn, taking second and third with times of 48.49 and 49.48, respectively. After the meet, Bishop commented on the focus the men’s swimming team has for the rest of the season. “Our focus is always on the national championships,” Bishop said. “The dual meets are just tools for us. It’s all about getting to the NCAAs and finishing top 10, top five at NCAAs, so that’s our complete focus. Everything we do from this point until then is all in preparation for that. That’s our main focus.” The women’s swimming and diving team had an equally successful meet, beating Ramapo, 168-93. Throughout the various events, coach Jennifer Harnett could be seen jumping, whistling and cheering for her swimmers. Afterward,

Harnett explained how there were women who shined in different events, which added to the excitement of the already intense meet. “We had some girls really jump out today, which was great,” Harnett said. “That added to the feeling ondeck and the excitement. You can just feel it through the whole team, so it just made me more excited. As far as my style (of coaching), I’m always excited for the girls, especially when it’s this close. I want them to see it, I want them to feel the energy while their swimming it, too.” During the women’s 1,000-yard freestyle — the longest distance event of the meet — the College trailed in the beginning, but the event became close after the 29th lap of the 40-lap race. Freshman Lion Gabi Denicola paced herself throughout and was able to take first with a time of 11:28.03. While she was pushing through the event, Harnett and the rest of the team could be seen cheering excitedly on the side of the pool, adding to the energy of the meet. Sophomore Marta Lawler was another stand out during the meet. In the women’s 100-yard breaststroke, Lawler and a Ramapo swimmer were neck and neck, until Lawler was able to edge out her competitor to take first with a time of 1:10.86.

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Senior Joseph Dunn takes first in his event against Ramapo. In the women’s 200-yard breaststroke, Lawler began the event swimming alongside the opposition, but was able to gain a commanding lead and took first again, clocking in a time of 2:32.71. Lawler was in the pool again when the College went first, second and third in the women’s 200-yard IM. Junior Brenna Strollo coasted into first with a time of 2:16.96. Lawler followed, touching the wall at 2:20.96. Freshman Lindsay Rippey finished with a time of 2:27.68 to take third for the event. At the end of the meet, Strollo commented on the feeling of seeing her teammates cheering her on, something that shows how close and supportive they are of one another. “It’s a great feeling and I love having the team cheer for me, but

I think, more importantly, is having the team chemistry during practice, as well,” Strollo said. “We do a lot of cheering here, but we do even more cheering at practice.” Harnett attributes the success of the team to the chemistry that they have and how important it is for everyone to support each other during the meets. “It just adds to the excitement of the meet,” Harnett said. “When someone is swimming a 500 or 1,000, it’s a long race and if you just see people sitting on the bleachers not engaged in the meet, it makes a huge difference on how they’re going to perform. But when you see your whole team lined up behind you, it’s going to bring you to that next level in what you can accomplish.”

Fantasy Football

Lions set for season Packers pack the picks Ready for Salve Regina By Sean Reis Columnist

By Otto Gomez Staff Writer

The College’s men’s basketball team will start its 2015-16 season this Friday, Nov. 13 as it competes in the Wheaton College Tournament in Norton, Mass. Their first game is a matchup against Salve Regina University, and the following day they will square off against the winner of the Wheelock College vs. Wheaton College game. After the Lions return home, preparation for the 23-game regular season begins. The two captains for the team this year will be junior guard Erik Klacik and senior forward Bobby Brackett. Unfortunately for the team, Brackett, who lead the team in scoring and rebounding last season, will not be able to play all season as he suffered a torn ACL this past June and is still recovering. Looking to fill his shoes is his brother, Nick, and 6’7” sophomore center Steven Kelly. The squad returns with many of its starters, including guards Klacik and sophomore Eric Murdock, Jr. as well as sophomore forward Elias Bermudez. The returning starters will look toward their freshmen to contribute to the team and help them stay competitive. Junior guard Alex Cirlincione looks to continue playing a big role on the team for his third consecutive year. “For the upcoming season, I’m looking to contribute in any way the team needs me to,” Cirlincione said. “As an upperclassman, I can bring leadership and knowledge to the team, which requires me to be more

For Week 10, as per usual, I have suggested the minimum players at each position below, but also suggest drafting Andy Dalton, Darren McFadden or Delanie Walker, depending on your weekly budgeting. Good luck!

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Lions aspire for NJAC success.

vocal and assertive.” The team looks to be very competitive once again in the NJAC, this year lead by Matt Goldsmith, replacing Kelly Williams, ’93, as the team’s head coach last spring. Williams now serves as the senior associate director of athletics for external affairs at the College. Goldsmith, who graduated from and coached for Amherst College, returns to his home state looking for success with the team this season. Cirlincione thinks the team can use a lot of last year’s experience. “As a team, I expect us to continue to improve from where we left off last year and be the best team in the conference,” he said. “We believe we can beat any team we play, and we’re looking to prove that this year. In order for us to be successful, we have to play with confidence and maintain the same team chemistry we had last year.” Many of the players share this mentality and are very hopeful about the new season.

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers ($7,500) — The Green Bay Packers are currently on a two-game losing streak. This is not characteristic of the team, nor is it characteristic of Rodgers, and I expect him to lead the team, bouncing back in Week 10 against a division rival, the Detroit Lions. Running Backs: DeAngelo Williams ($6,500) — DeAngelo was the fantasy football king this past week and although I do not expect the same performance in Week 10, he filled in well for Le’Veon Bell as I predicted and I will continue to trust DeAngelo going forward. Important to note as well, DeAngelo received a $1,000 price increase, but I still suggest drafting him. Karlos Williams ($3,800) — Another Williams RB, Karlos returned to the spotlight this past week when he had to play for the injured LeSean McCoy. Currently, there is no update on McCoy’s injury, but at $3,800, I trust Karlos because McCoy will have less time to recover since Buffalo is playing on Thursday Night Football.

Wide Receivers: Randall Cobb ($6,700) — If Rodgers leads the team to their first victory in three weeks, he will be looking for Cobb to make plays. Playing Detroit, I expect Rodgers, Cobb and the rest of the Green Bay offense to flourish in Week 10 and I highly recommend drafting Cobb, as well as Rodgers. Brandin Cooks ($6,000) — Drew Brees has been a machine the past two weeks and Cooks has been one of his top weapons. At $6,000, Cooks certainly runs a risk, but he has chemistry with his QB and I trust him to continue his string of strong performances in Week 10. Allen Hurns ($4,500) — Despite a strained foot, I have included Hurns for Week 10. Hurns has had a touchdown in the past six weeks, an insane streak, which I predict he will continue, as long as he fights the injury in Week 10. Tight End: Tyler Eifert ($5,800) — Eifert is slightly overpriced this week, which is why I also suggested Walker, but Eifert has been one of Dalton’s favorite targets all season. A.J. Green can’t catch all of the balls in Cincinnati and I trust him in Week 10. Defense: Green Bay Packers ($3,200) — While I predict the Green Bay offense will bounce back in Week 10, I also like their defense, especially against Matthew Stafford leading a struggling Detroit Lions offense.

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Lions fall to Rowan Profs in NJAC final By Michael Battista Sports Editor

The Lions advanced to the New Jersey Athletic Conference title game for the third straight year after a 5-0 win against Rutgers-Newark at home on Tuesday, Nov. 3, but were defeated by the top-seeded Rowan Profs, 2-1, in Glassboro, N.J., on Friday, Nov. 6. The second-seeded Lions came into the matchup with previous wins against Rutgers-Newark under their belt from earlier this season, while the Scarlet Raiders were competing in their first NJAC semi-final in school history. The College controlled the ball on offense for a majority of the game, taking a total of 14 shots on goal while keeping Rutgers-Newark at zero for 90 minutes. Sophomore midfielder Jessica Goldman put the team on the board early, when just under 15 minutes into the match she was able to break away and launch a shot from the 30 yard line that sailed over the goalie, putting the Lions up, 1-0. The second half saw even more aggression from the team, as they racked up four more goals in the 45-minute stretch. Junior midfielder Lauren Malajian was able to knock one in from the far post and just under two minutes later, freshman midfielder Arielle Curtis scored her first goal in her college career off an assist from junior defenseman Marissa Scognamiglio. Sophomore defenseman Abigail Emmert and freshman forward Kate Galgano rounded out the goals for the match, giving the Lions a 5-0 win, and senior goalkeeper Jessica Weeder her 10th

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Junior defenseman Marissa Scognamiglio scores against Rowan. clean sheet of the year. Assistant coach Katie Lindacher said the team was looking for a game like this. “For Rutgers-Newark, we just had a couple games where we just weren’t scoring so we were fighting to score a lot of goals and we were fired up to do so,” Lindacher said. The win earned the College a chance to return to Rowan University in a rematch of the regular season final for the NJAC Championship. The Rowan University Profs came into the matchup as the No. 1 seed in the NJAC, an honor they earned in the last regular season game against the College in a 1-0 win. Lindacher says the Lions came into the game with a lot of energy. “The team definitely had more drive to

push through in the conference tournament,” she said. “To come out and lose the top seed, they just want to come out on top in the final.” The match showcased the best parts of the NJAC, with both teams playing tight defense all game while not making many mistakes on the offensive side of the field. Weeder saved two shots for the Lions while Profs’ freshman goalie Shelby Money made six saves all game. Scognamiglio put the Lions on the board first after a foul by Rowan in the box allowed her to take a penalty kick, putting the team up, 1-0. However, the Profs weren’t the NJAC’s top team for no reason, and in the second half they attacked the College’s zone early on. Capitalizing on a chance in the 65th minute, Profs’ freshman midfielder Sarah Rosenberg was able to knock in a cross

from the right side of the field passed Weeder, tieing the game at 1-1. The Lions took four more shots on goal, but the score remained the same after the clock struck 90, pushing it into overtime, with the golden goal rule in affect. In the overtime period, the Profs were able to control the ball and keep the Lions from taking a single shot. Just over three and a half minutes into the period, freshman forward Cathryn McCarry became the hero of her team’s season when she scored the winning goal to give the Profs the 2-1 win, the NJAC championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. “It was two teams that wanted it really badly and only one can win,” Lindacher said. “Rowan came out on top.” The Lions lost their second NJAC final to the first round seed in two years, but Lindacher thinks looking forward is the best option. “Just from the tradition of the team and the legacy of the team you just know we are TCNJ and we have a standard to uphold,” she said. “Even though we didn’t get the championship these last two years, we know next year is another chance because we are TCNJ and a powerhouse in the conference.” Despite the loss, the team learned on Monday, Nov. 9, that they received an at large bid to the 2015 NCAA Division III Tournament, and will face St. Lawrence University at Williams College on Saturday, Nov. 14. The 13-4-2 Saints will be playing in their first NCAA tournament since 1986, while the Lions will be competing in their 25th straight trip to the event.

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Tackling domestic violence in the NFL

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Greg Hardy leaves a North Carolina jail in May 2014. By Matthew Ajaj Staff Writer

In May of 2014, then-Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy mercilessly assaulted his girlfriend, Nicole Holder, through a horrifying sequence of events. These included dragging her by the hair, throwing her on a futon covered in assault rifles and strangling her to the brink of death. Eighteen months later, Hardy is currently making $11.3 million playing for the Dallas Cowboys. The Greg Hardy saga was not of much public interest until earlier this week when Deadspin leaked photos of Holder’s bruises resulting from the assault. Shocked and appalled, the public is now demanding Hardy’s release from the Cowboys and banishment from the NFL.

Just last year, Ray Rice had assaulted his fiancé and received a two-game suspension from NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell. At the time, the NFL community did not really care for this case at all. But then the security footage of the incident was released and the public lost their minds. Facing extreme scrutiny from the fandom, the Baltimore Ravens released Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. Although Rice appealed this suspension and won, no team has taken a chance on him since. The NFL was foolish to hand a domestic violence perpetrator a two-game suspension — video or no video. The public was foolish to accept this initial punishment — video or no video. Prior to any suspensions, Rice was indicted on aggravated assault charges. The

whole story was there from the start. No information was withheld. We had every bit of evidence necessary, so why was public physical evidence essential to cause outcry and demand change? It shouldn’t have been essential. Collectively, America was the fool. And yet, we, as sports fans, have managed to make ourselves look more imprudent with the handling of Greg Hardy, whose case is extremely similar in nature to Rice’s. Hardy would play one game in 2014 before being put on the NFL commissioner’s exempt list and deactivated for the rest of the season by his team. Finishing his contract with the Panthers, the talented Hardy was signed by the Dallas Cowboys in March of 2015. Then, in April, the NFL handed Hardy a 10-game suspension, which the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) contested and succeed in reducing it down to just four games. We, as a society, have learned nothing as we once again have exhibited ignorance. The public needed photographic evidence to ignite significant opposition and outcry, despite Hardy’s conviction by the law. The NFLPA defended a convicted domestic violence offender and “succeeded” by reducing his punishment by six games. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell may have upped the suspension by previous standards, but the punishment still does not fit the crime.

The question remains as to what is a suitable punishment for these domestic violence perpetrators. Since the Ray Rice debacle and the bad publicity that followed, the NFL has adopted the “NO MORE” campaign, which seeks to end domestic violence and sexual assault. For an organization so adamant on having “no more” lenience for domestic violence, they sure seem pretty tolerant about the issue, as they allow a horrible human being such as Hardy to be a member of their league. If the NFL genuinely wants to help alleviate and prevent the domestic violence issue and restore some of its reputation, it must institute more condemning punishments as a means of prevention. Thus, a new policy is in order: a lifetime ban from the NFL for those convicted of domestic violence. This may seem like a steep punishment, but don’t forget that football is a job for these players. If a worker were to be convicted of domestic violence in a different setting, they would expect to quickly find themselves without a career. It’s also important to note that the NFL is stacked with talent, as there are more than 1,000 players currently employed by teams — a handful of criminals will not be missed. The powerful NFLPA, which blindly protects the players at any cost and deserves another layer of blame altogether, would likely get these lifetime suspensions reduced regardless. In

Hardy’s case, the association managed to reduce his suspension by 60 percent of its initial standing. A steeper initial punishment thus becomes essential. We must learn from this issue. Someone who is convicted of domestic violence is a criminal. We cannot wait for visual evidence — we must seek the truth and trust the justice system. Perhaps most importantly, we must educate ourselves on what domestic violence is. People seem to have the idea that domestic violence is just a push and a shove, which would explain why they were appalled to see the Rice footage and Holder’s bruises. To understand the issue is to combat it. When Jerry Jones calls Hardy a great leader and worthy of an extension, the entire nation should recognize his senselessness. When Stephen A. Smith proudly boasts of his unencumbered support for abusers like Hardy and Floyd Mayweather, we should all acknowledge his idiocy. We must look beyond sports and examine the actual, real-life impacts of actions. Does Hardy’s talent warrant employing a despicable human being? The answer is obvious, but the NFL, the NFLPA and the public seem uncommitted and continue to waver in their responses. It is time to educate ourselves, gather our senses, and make the right decisions in properly punishing and working to prevent domestic violence.

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Miguel Gonzalez “The Ref”

Sean Reis

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George Tatoris Staff Writer

In this week’s edition of Around the Dorm, the “Ref,” Miguel Gonzalez, asks our panel of experts three questions: Should the NBA raise the age limit? Where will Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke head off to and should the College Football (CFB) committee expand the playoff bracket to eight teams?

1. Should the NBA raise the age limit to decrease the amount of one-and-done players in college basketball? Kevin: Although I think there is a good chance that the NBA and the NCAA collude to increase the age requirement for the NBA, I think it would be a horrible idea and do a huge disservice to the players. For every mediocre one-and-done player sitting at the end of an NBA bench or in another league, there is a superstar one-and-done who didn’t need extra college seasoning to become successful in the league. Are there plenty of players that come out for the draft each year that are not NBA ready? Absolutely. However, these players need to have the “right to fail.” Who am I to tell a player that they can’t give it a shot going into the league? Some of these players went to play in college with one goal in mind — to make it to the NBA, and if they think they’re ready to go, they should be allowed to try. There have been many

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cases where players have had their draft stocks seriously hurt by coming back to school — James Michael McAdoo — or have gotten injured while they’re not getting a check — Kevin Ware. If the NBA and NCAA require players to stay in college even longer, I think more and

more players will go overseas to play so they can get paid, and this will remove more talent from the college game. Sean: To be eligible for the NFL draft, “players must have been out of high school for three years and must have used up their college eligibility before the start of the next college

football season.” This allows for the draftee to gain a degree in case their athletic dreams do not pan out, a safety net the NBA does not supply. In a study done by Amherst College, results showed that those who were drafted without degrees rarely went on to other careers, even when struggling in the league. Not every young athlete is Kobe Bryant and, in my opinion, NBA draftees need an education like those in other sports. The NBA needs to raise the age limit to decrease the number of oneand-done players in college basketball. George: When a college athlete — of any sport — uses higher education as a springboard for their highly improbable professional career (only 1.2 percent of NCAA basketball players get into the NBA), it is an insult to education in general. If an athlete attends a college of university only to be drafted after a year of study, there is no point for them to attend school in the first place. The NBA should up the age limit, if only to prevent these young men from risking their future for a pipedream.

Kevin get 3 points for mentioning the downfalls of McAdoo and Ware. Sean and George get 2 points for analyzing NBA quotes and statistics.

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2. Where will the Dodgers’ all-star free agent, pitcher Zack Greinke, head during the MLB off-season. Kevin: I don’t think Zack Greinke is going anywhere. The decision to opt-out of

his contract was purely financial. He’s 32 right now which means this is essentially the last chance for him to get a big money, long-term deal with any team. He wasn’t getting one at 35 when his deal

was supposed to expire. He had one of the best season of his career during 2015 pitching for the Dodgers and I think staying in the National League will allow him to maintain that level of success. The Dodgers will also do everything they can to keep him in order to retain one of the best one-two punches in baseball with him and Clayton Kershaw. Sean: To predict where all-star pitcher Zack Greinke will head during the MLB off-season is not an easy task, but as I have read the rumors, one team has caught my eye. I wish Greinke would come to New York, but sadly, I think he will go to our most hated rival, Boston. It has been reported that Greinke has been talking to his former teammate, best friend and the Red Sox director of pitching analytics, Brian Bannister, about joining the Red Sox in Boston and, as much as it pains me to say this,

I think it is a good fit. I picture Greinke in a big city baseball market and I would not be surprised if that big city happened to be Boston. George: Greinke will go to many places during the off-season, but the most important place he will go to is within himself. The distraught pitcher will soon realize that, despite seemingly having it all, he still does not feel complete. In search of fulfillment, he will embark on an epic journey around the globe. Through cities, countries, cultures, he will drink from the deep well of civilization, but always his mouth will be dry. Disheartened, he will go to the river, and while looking at his reflection, realize he was never unwhole, he was always Zack Greinke, MLB free agent. At the riverbank, the free agent will learn true freedom — and sign with the Dodgers again.

George gets 3 points for his vivid illustration. Sean gets 2 points for describing Greinke’s relationship with Bannister and Kevin gets 1 point for mentioning Greinke’s old age. 3. Do you think the CFB committee should expand the playoff bracket to eight teams? Kevin: I don’t think that college football should expand to eight teams. Chances are there will not be five major conference undefeated teams at the end of the season. No matter how many there are in the field, there will always be one or two teams that people think got left out. There are teams that people think get left out of the college basketball field and that’s a field of 68. With so many teams having solid résumés, it’s impossible to make everyone happy. I also think that you don’t want to devalue the college football regular season. It’s arguably the most popular regular season in all of sports because every week is so important. Any loss can potentially end your hopes of making the playoffs and winning a title. If a team like Baylor runs the table, they will be in the playoffs. Every year, there is a legitimate argument to be made for why each team doesn’t make the playoffs Sean: As much as I would love to be biased and say yes so my Notre Dame Fighting Irish would be in the playoff bracket without

sneaking into the top four, the answer is no. If the committee were to expand the bracket to an eight-team playoff, then upsets would suddenly be a possibility. While upsets might be fun in March Madness, the committee does not want to see No. 1 Clemson lose to No. 8 TCU, which if an eight-team playoff were to happen, this would be a possibility. I love the idea of expanding the new playoff system, but the CFB committee will never do it and that is fine by me. George: I think they should expand the bracket eventually, but they should wait out to see whether this trend continues, not base the decision on one season. Expanding the bracket will only work if college football remains competitive. Expanding will give teams in less-thanstellar conferences a shot at the championship, and make things more interesting for the audience. Take March Madness, for example. Part of the reason it’s so popular is because of the number of teams that compete. It allows the competition to include more dark horses to come out of the woodwork.

Kevin and George get 3 points for NCAA March Madness comparisons. Sean gets 2 points for pointing out the CFB committee’s reluctance to expand.

George wins Around the Dorm 8-7-6.

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Lions gain strength in second half of season

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Scalici leads the Lions to victory by running 222 yards and scoring twice. By Anthony Caruso Staff Writer

On Saturday, Nov. 7, senior running back Victor Scalici left everything on the field in his final home game at Lions’ Stadium. In fact, he produced a career-high yardage that will go down in the record books. Scalici helped the Lions defeat the visiting Southern Virginia University Knights, 2312. The win is the Lions’ third straight after going winless in the start of the season. The Lions’ record is 3-5 overall with one game left in the season. The Knights fell to 0-9 this season and remain in the lower end of the

New Jersey Athletic Conference. “It was big to get this season turned around,” Scalici said. “It’s big, and we want to end the season strong. We’ve wanted to win out (the season), and we have Rowan (next). They’re a very good team and we have to work hard to come out with a W.” Scalici was a huge factor for the Lions’ victory, as he ran for 222 yards on the ground on 35 carries. He also had two of the team’s three touchdowns. In the third quarter, he scored on a 11-yard touchdown, as the College went up, 14-6. Minutes later, he scored again on a two-yard play, moving the score up to 21-6.

“It’s just a great game,” Scalici said of his performance. “They were grinding up front. We keep talking about hunger and the offensive line was hungry. Have to give the offensive line big props. It was everyone, the wide receivers blocked and the defense was off the charts.” His previous career-high, 134, came during the Halloween game against the William Paterson Pioneers. Scalici’s 222 yards is a record within the top five of the College’s history, coming close to Joe Clifton in 1987 who had 300 yards against the Ramapo College Roadrunners. Scalici has also played in every

game this season, and has 153 carries for 681 yards and six touchdowns. Last season was a different story for the running back as he was bothered by injuries and played in just two games. “The injury bug was flying around,” Scalici mentioned of his season last year. “Sophomore year, toward the end of the year, I tore up my shoulder. Last year, in our first game, I hurt my foot. I wanted to come back strong and my teammates were pushing me hard. I have to thank them for everything.” The Lions had 381 offensive yards with Scalici making up a big chunk of that yardage. The two quarterback system combined for 139 passing yards. Junior quarterback Michael Marchesano threw for 85 yards, including a six-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Conor Mulholland. The other half of the quarterback duo, sophomore Trevor Osler, threw for 51 yards. In the onset of the game, Osler threw an interception into the hands of the Knights’ sophomore middle linebacker, Tristen Burnett. He then returned it 54 yards for a touchdown, which gave SVU an early 6-0 lead. The Knights other score came early in the fourth quarter when they also scored off of another

Lions turnover. Scalici was rushing the ball, before he fumbled it at the two-yard line, where freshman defensive back Morgan Smith scooped up the ball and then returned it 98 yards for a touchdown. “I’m disappointed,” coach Wayne Dickens said. “We gave them both touchdowns. If it wasn’t for those mistakes, we could have had our first shutout of the season. As we’ve done all season, we’ve made mistakes, but we’ve been able to overcome them as of late.” On the extra point attempt by Southern Virginia, they attempted a fake like they did earlier in the game. However, this time around, the ball was fumbled and it was recovered by Lions’ sophomore defensive lineman Shane Kelley. “We had a mindset that we were going to stop it, and we did,” Dickens said. “Kelley scooped it up, and in college football, you can take it the other way and score. It’s something that we practice, but we don’t ever really expect it to come into play.” He returned it for a 98-yard twopoint conversion, which put the Lions up, 23-12. The Lions return to the road for their last game of the regular season against the against the Rowan University Profs on Saturday, Nov. 13.

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By Anthony Caruso Staff Writer

The women’s basketball team will return to the court on Saturday, Nov. 14. They’ll kick off the season playing in the DeSales University Tip-Off Tournament in Center Valley, Pa., where the Lions will see competition from Widener University, the University of Scranton and DeSales. The team will take on its first opponent in the tournament, the University of Scranton, in hopes of securing a spot in the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 4 p.m. The Lions will play their first home game on Tuesday, Nov. 17, when they face Moravian College at 7 p.m. These games will mark the beginning of the final season for the team’s seniors: guards Angelica Esposito and Jess Lynch and forward Christina Merlin. Esposito led the team in scoring last season averaging 12.2 points and three rebounds per game. Merlin was fourth on last season’s squad with 7.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest and Lynch averaged four

points and 3.3 rebounds during 2014-15. The seniors will have a larger role this season, filling the gaps of key graduate players. Alumni Kelly Coughlin, Jessica Goldbach and Kylie O’Donnell played their final games last season against Montclair State University in the New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament. Coughlin is currently in the police academy training to be a police officer with the New Canaan Police Department in Connecticut. The team is welcoming three new freshmen this year. Guard Kate O’Leary hails from Trumbull High School in Connecticut — Coughlin’s alma mater. Forward Allie Dunn comes to the College from Joseph Hill Academy in Staten Island, N.Y. Guard Aly Baggitt joins the team from South Hunterdon Regional in Stockton, N.J. After the new year, the team will play seven home games including Senior Day, on Wednesday, Feb. 10, against the Ramapo University Roadrunners. The Lions look to make a competitive run in the NJAC playoffs in the postseason after missing a bid by just a few points last season.

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Alumni Goldbach is one of three graduates from last season.

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L’Heureux’s return to the ice is solid on defense against Wagner. continued from page 28 “It was an incredible experience and the guys in front of me played really well,” McQuade said. “We came out strong in the first period and scored a few goals which really helped me settle into the game.” Ducko noted that while McQuade doesn’t often find himself in net for the Lions, he constantly inspires a harder work ethic from the team. “Fred’s a special player. He comes to the rink ready to work every night and gives 100 percent in practice,” Ducko said. “Guys come to the rink to work hard because Freddy is working hard. They want to win for a guy like him who puts the team first, especially when he’s not getting in the net. For him to get the shutout and for him to play so well is huge, it just speaks to what a guy he is.” Sophomore defender Brian Niemirka earned his first collegiate career goal to put the College up, 4-0. Freshman forward Rob Brown recorded his first

primary assist with the Lions on a goal from senior forward Evan Herrington. Dominating the scoreboard was sophomore forward Nick Paranizine, with a hat trick and an assist in the blowout. Collins added two goals, both off of assists from Dimock, who had three primary assists in the night. Senior defender Alex Moskal and Lisciandro both added a goal apiece to the victory, as well. “We played really well in our defensive zone and were able to keep a lot of their shots to the outside,” McQuade said. “Every single player in the game did exactly what they needed to do to get us a win, and I think it proves just how deep this team is.” The Lions move on to compete against longtime rival Rider University on Friday, Nov. 13, on home ice at the Louck’s Ice Center at 9 p.m. “It was one of those games I will remember for the rest of my life,” McQuade said. “Moving forward in our season, it was a game that will give us confidence going into a critical two games against Rider and Princeton next weekend.”



Lions’ strong lineup gains momentum

Left: Niemirka records his first collegiate goal. Right: McQuade saves 24 shots for his first win and shutout.

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Back on the ice after weeks off recovering from a concussion, freshman forward Will Dimock made the most of his return to the ice hockey team’s first offensive line. With a tied game in the third period, Dimock sniped the puck into the top left shelf of the net with just under five minutes to go as the Lions edged out Wagner University, 5-4, on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Louck’s Ice Center. “Will had a really nice goal, a gamewinner,” coach Andrew Ducko said. “Will was out of the lineup for a while… to have him back is good, he’s a good player, he sees the ice well, he’s very unselfish with the puck and he complements Kevin and Sal really well playing

on their line,” Ducko said of the first line of Dimock and senior forwards Kevin Collins and Salvatore DiBrita. The College took the early lead with a Collins goal off a DiBrita assist. Junior forward Will Sulpizio followed shortly after with a slap shot down the middle of the ice off an assist from junior forward Mike Lisciandro, giving Wagner’s senior goalie Steven Sedlmaier no chance at a save. However, the Seahawks answered back with a power play goal and an equalizer with under 10 minutes to go in the first, leaving the ice at 2-2. “(They) capitalized on the power play… but every time they scored, we answered,” Ducko said. And the second period proved just that, as Lisciandro snuck in one of his own five minutes in, assisted by Sulpizio. “A big part of the game was our ‘orange

line’ of Suplizio, Lisciandro and sophomore forward Peter Hansinger,” Ducko said. “They played very well and were a plus on the evening… they were a huge part of our success.” Lisciandro added another assist in the night when sophomore defender Dylan McMurrer widened the gap with a goal at 16:44 in the second. However, Wagner found a way to lift the puck past the Lions’ senior goalie, David Laub early in the third, raising the Seahawks’ momentum. With just over 10 minutes left in the matchup and the Lions leading, 4-3, Wagner took a roughing penalty. But being down a man, seemed to only spark Wagner’s offense, as they scored a shorthanded equalizer to tie the game, 4-4. With even play concluding the period, DiBrita stepped up tall with huge blocks.

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Junior defender Gary L’Heureux made his debut back on the team after some time off, with solid play in the back end to keep the College at bay until Dimock sealed the deal, 5-4. Laub made 32 saves in the triumph. “Gary’s a great kid. To have him back is huge, it adds a lot of depth to our (defense),” Ducko said. “I see him playing a lot of minutes for us. He’s got a lot of things he can add to us, he’s fast, he’s good on the back end but he can also add some offense.” The Lions returned home on Sunday, Nov. 8, to face Ramapo College in a dominating 9-0 display, full of firsttime achievements. Senior goalie Fred McQuade got his first start of the season and made 24 saves to secure his first win and shutout. see HOCKEY page 27

Field Hockey seals second consecutive NJAC title By Miguel Gonzalez Staff Writer

The Lions successfully defended their New Jersey Athletic Conference title by defeating the William Paterson Pioneers and the Rowan University Profs at Lions’ Stadium on Wednesday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 7, respectively. Prior to the victories, the Lions received an abundance of season accolades from the NJAC. Junior midfielder Jaclyn Douglas was announced as the NJAC Offensive Player of the Year and junior defender Lexi Smith was announced as the NJAC Defensive Player of the Year. In addition, coach Sharon Pfluger was honored as the NJAC Coach of the Year for the second season in a row. Lastly, senior midfielder Mikayla Cimilluca, Douglas, junior midfielder Danielle Andreula and Smith were named to the NJAC First Team. Senior forward Alicia Wagner and junior defender Shannon Cowles were given NJAC honorable mentions. In the semifinals of the NJAC tournament, the Lions blanked out the Pioneers, 3-0. In the seventh minute, the Lions scored first when Wagner tapped the ball through the legs of Pioneer senior goalie Meg Davies. Afterward, the Lions’ offense thrashed the Pioneers’

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Sclupp’s last-minute save helps the Lions defend their title.

defense with numerous penalty corners. The Pioneers only drew two shots in the 18th minute. Junior goalie Kelly Schlupp kicked out a shot from Pioneer sophomore forward Carly Satter. The Lions kept working on their penalty corners until freshman forward Taylor Barrett tipped in a goal from the far right post with an assist from Cimilluca. “We practice (penalty corners) a lot,” Pfluger said. “Regardless of any position, each player is successful at their role.” The second half featured more success in the Lions’ routine penalty corner play. In the 48th minute Smith received

a pass from Barrett’s penalty corner and whammed a shot from the top of the circle. With a 3-0 lead, the Lions continuously pressured the pioneer defense. Wagner, Smith, freshman forward Elizabeth Morrison and junior defender Alexa Magnotta all recorded shots. However, Pioneer goalie Davies held them off with eight saves. The Lions finished with a total of 28 shots and 14 penalty corners while holding the Pioneers to three shots. In the NJAC championship match, the Lions withstood a furious second half comeback to defeat Rowan University, 3-2.

The Profs immediately began to pressure the Lions when Schlupp saved three shots. In the 18th minute, Cimilluca drove in four consecutive shots that were saved by Profs’ sophomore goalie Carly DeMarco. Despite DeMarco’s saves, Barrett was able to score in the 20th minute with an assist from Morrison. At the end of the first period, Morrison scored her own goal to extend the lead to 2-0. The second period featured a late resurgence from the Profs. After a few missed penalty corners, Douglas scored in the 58th minute off an assist from Smith. The Profs promptly responded when sophomore forward Abbie Tucker scored off a penalty corner pass from senior forward Marisa Marini. The Profs mimicked an identical play at the 67th minute when Tucker drove a goal off of Marini’s penalty corner. As the clock approached zero, Schlupp saved a last-minute shot from Prof freshman midfielder Rachel Galante to seal the win. With the victory, the Lions have claimed their second consecutive NJAC championship along with an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. As the team gears up to defend their national title, the College has earned a spot to host a regional round of the national tournament, beginning their playoff journey at home.

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