The Signal: Fall '14, No. 12

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Breaking news, blogs and more at Vol. CXXIX, No. 12

November 19, 2014

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College students Aikido booted from wrestling room volunteering to give medical info

By Courtney Wirths Features Editor

Inside the Trenton Rescue Mission’s Emergency Shelter, away from the windy and cold fall day, volunteers from the College provided free medical care and information to clients of the shelter. The event, “Delta Clinic,” was organized by Delta Epsilon Psi – the southeast Asian fraternity on campus – along with the help of other organizations such as the Student Nurses Association, Hygiene Project, Hilltops at 25, Union Latina, New Jersey Department of Health, Lions EMS and Voices for Planned Parenthood (VOX). At the end of the day, the students had provided medical information to a total of 120 individuals and taken 55 blood pressures. “We saw a need,” said senior political science major and president of the fraternity Hasan Siddiqui. “We wanted to all get together on one day and provide help and information to lowerincome families.” This is the fraternity’s third year hosting the event, but its first year at the Trenton Rescue Mission. A few rows of tables lined the sides of the small room before the Mission’s lounge, each covered in pamphlets and small items to be given to clients of the shelter that passed through.

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Senseis work with limited space on the Rec Center tennis courts.

By Kimberly Ilkowski Review Editor

At the beginning of each practice, members of the College’s storied Kokikai Aikido Club dress in proper attire, set up mats and go through a series of stretches and warm-ups. The Senseis discuss see CLINIC page 10 what will be addressed in practice before

students work on their training, technique and form, just like they have for the last 28 years — with one crucial difference. For the first time in the club’s history at the College, the Aikido Club is practicing in the Rec Center tennis courts rather than the Packer Hall wrestling room. This has been a source of conflict and tension between the wrestling program and

Aikido Club, which has been offering free defensive martial arts classes since 1986. Aikido — a form of self-defense that protects the attacker from injury — is overseen by psychology professor Arthur Hohmuth, and the club has been practicing on the same days and times for years, with hundreds of students and faculty members. “It’s not only about the community for me, now it’s the love for the art itself. The things I’ve learned in Aikido have become guiding principles for my own life,” class of ’11 alumnus Lloyd Woods said. “I walked in my freshman year and saw the amazing things people could do to others twice their size.” The Aikido Club may be permanently prevented from returning to the wrestling room, though, as the wrestling team’s concern with skin rashes has become more pronounced under head Coach and Assistant Director of Athletics Joseph Galante. After being relocated to the Rec Center, the club was allowed to keep its Monday and Wednesday practice schedule from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. But when intramural basketball season started and the groups’ practice times overlapped, Aikido was forced to change yet again to accommodate another organization. This resulted in unworkable scheduling conflicts for the Aikido club, preventing a fifth of its members from being able to attend meetings, according to Hohmouth. The club also lost the instruction of beloved Sensai Anchuing “Chewie” Wang, class of ’06 alumnus and see AIKIDO page 3

Blinder analyzes 2008’s Great Recession Prince Zuko

By Tom Kozlowski Managing Editor

When the 2008 financial crisis threatened the survival of the American economy, the ideology of many Americans conflicted with their pragmatism. Those who maintained a Reagan-era commitment to limited government and free-market reign began asking the government to intervene, a political about-face that traded principles for action. Americans got what they wanted: The Obama administration, fresh in office, delivered a series of policies to fight unemployment and bail out a capsizing banking industry. But according to famed economist and Princeton University professor Alan Blinder, what Americans initially asked for became what they ultimately railed against, a paradox that has loomed over the Obama administration ever since.

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Blinder analyzes and discusses the financial crisis. “There’s a lot to say about the backlash against what were generally well-executed policies by the government,” Blinder said.

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“They were bold, comprehensive and effective policies that were highly interventionist, but Americans, despite asking for Opinions / Page 9

them, largely didn’t like them.” Taking a retrospective look at the 2008 financial crisis and the interaction between government policy and public response, Blinder spoke to the College on Wednesday, Nov. 12, approving of the government’s actions but criticizing how effectively it persuaded the public those actions worked. Blinder, one of the most prolific economists of his generation, served on President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers and as vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 1994 to 1996. His most recent work has focused heavily on monetary policy and central banking, with contributions appearing regularly in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other major publications.

actor calls for Asians in arts Colleen Murphy News Editor

Some recognized his voice as the title character of “American Dragon: Jake Long” while most others remembered him as Prince Zuko from “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” If it wasn’t the voice that people knew, it was the face — either as the redmohawked Rufio, the leader of the Lost Boys from “Hook,” or Ramos, a boy from detention, from “Take the Lead.” But regardless of how they knew of him, students came to see a crowd-pleaser in the Education Building on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Dante Basco, an actor, dancer and poet, spent some time during his talk “geeking out”

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Spoken word poetry Poet Mike Rosen performs in the Rat

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Keep on scoring Women’s soccer wins NCAA opener

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