The Signal: Fall '14, No. 8

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October 22, 2014

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College’s Concert enthusiasm soars Sense of loss as freshman club sports passes away oversight

By Tom Kozlowski Managing Editor

By Peter Fiorilla & Colleen Murphy News Editors

When former Director of Intramural and Club Sports Deb Simpson retired on Monday, Sept. 1, she knew her position had yet to be filled and that a professional void would persist in the program. What she didn’t realize was just how quickly the program would collapse into chaos. “When I read the article (a report by The Signal on the problems within Intramural and Club Sports without an acting director), I was really upset,” Simpson said. “I obviously love the College, love the students, and love the program that I built for 27 years … but when I was getting calls from club presidents and team members about the problems they were having, I could only say, ‘I don’t know what to tell you.’” Simpson’s retirement was far from the unexpected absence that many seemed to believe. Despite planning two years in advance of her actual departure in September and notifying the College in June of 2014, Simpson’s position went long unoccupied, going nearly a month without a director of Intramurals and Club Sports and wreaking havoc on the day-to-day games, schedules, organization and advertising of student sports groups. In spite of disorganization on the ground, however, the College was “not aware of any concerns or turmoil surrounding the retirement and subsequent hire” of Simpson’s position,” according to Gregory Pogue, vice president of Human Resources.

During “I Feel Alive,” the band filmed the crowd “sorority squatting” and flailing their arms like wacky inflatable tube men during the chorus, footage which was posted on the members’ YouTube video blogs and will be used in their upcoming music video for the track. In an interview with The Signal, Clark discussed how the band has evolved since 2007, when it released its selftitled album filled with vibrant

Freshman mathematics major Sarah Sutherland was known as an “incredibly selfless” student at the College, “full of love for God and friends.” In what has become a campus tragedy, however, Sutherland passed away near her Scotch Plains home on Monday, Oct. 6. Sutherland, who sometimes went by Sara, quickly became an active member of the campus community: She was in the math club, Black Student Union, New Jersey Christian Fellowship and the Leadership Development Program, along with being an involved member of her freshman floor. “She was always a positive, friendly person, (and) she was always fun to be around,” said freshman nursing major Hannah Rose, one of Sutherland’s floormates. “We would go out together — she always made me laugh. She was a big addition to our floor, (and) she was very positive and (outgoing).”

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Students storm the stage during a lively performance from The Front Bottoms. By Kimberly Ilkowski & Sydney Shaw Review Editor & Opinions Editor Wacky inflatable arm-flailing tube men, vicious mosh pits and broken equipment — and that was just the opening acts. The College Union Board’s 2014 fall concert featuring We The Kings, The Front Bottoms and New Politics cranked the volume up to 11 in Kendall Hall on Thursday, Oct. 9, for a show filled with beloved songs — old

and new­­­­­ — screaming and a hint of debauchery. Opening the night was We The Kings, whose breezy attitude and contagious energy persisted throughout the band’s nearly hour-long set. Frontman Travis Clark, bassist Charles Trippy, guitarists Hunter Thomsen and Coley O’Toole and drummer Danny Duncan exuded effervescence as the high school friends played hits like “Skyway Avenue,” “Say You Like Me” and “We’ll Be A Dream.”

Roscoe West to undergo changes By Andrew Grossman Nation & World Editor

Roscoe West Hall – otherwise known as the Old Library – has been a staple of see CLUB SPORTS page 5 the College since it was added initially to Ewing back in the early 1930s. With the traditional Georgian colonial style exterior, Roscoe West was the first building to begin construction on campus, and the third one completed after Kendall Hall and Green Hall in 1932. While the Old Library has a rich history, its age has finally caught up to it. “The building needs fairly extensive renovations, but that is not taking place right now,” said David Muha, vice president for Communications, Marketing and Brand Management. “We are trying to preserve the building the best that we can so that it doesn’t deteriorate until we get to the point where we can go ahead and renovate the building.” Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk At a hefty $2.4 million price tag, the Simpson retires after 27 years College is referring to the construction as at the College as the director the “Mothballing Project.” Some of the of Intramural and Club Sports. bigger renovations taking place consist

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The College keeps Roscoe West Hall renovation on the back burner. of replacing the old roof with new, synthetic slate, eliminating asbestos, fixing the bricks and windows and repairing the

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‘Second Hand Rose’ Chinese punk rock band dazzles in Kendall Hall

Mental health Is the College doing enough for students?

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