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SlutWalk takes stance against sexual assault
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Students march together, fighting the stigma that provocative clothing is an excuse for assault.
By Sydney Shaw News Editor
Don’t drink too much alcohol. Use the “buddy system.” Dress modestly. In a culture that teaches women not to get raped instead of teaching men not to rape, Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) took a stance against sexual assault with the annual March to End Rape Culture: SlutWalk on Tuesday, Sept. 15. “Rapists aren’t the monsters we imagine in our
heads,” said political analyst and key speaker Zerlina Maxwell. “Rapists are just regular people who chose to violate consent.” Maxwell, who has written about the subject for outlets such as CNN and Marie Claire, denounced the idea that victims of rape are responsible for the attack. “Rape is not a side effect of drinking too much,” she said. “Wearing a certain outfit is not an invitation to be violated.” Students who attended the march wore a wide array of outfits, many of which might be considered “revealing,” in order to fight the stigma that an outfit is an excuse to take
advantage of someone else. Jennie Sekanics, co-executive chair of WILL and senior English and women’s and gender studies double major, dressed in a Catwoman costume for this year’s event. “I’m Catwoman against catcalls,” she said. Katie Yorke, co-programming chair of WILL and senior Spanish and international relations double major, opted for long sleeves and pants. “I was going to dress in a crazy outfit,” she said, “but just this morning, I was catcalled wearing this outfit.” Maxwell places catcalling in the category of “unhealthy masculinity.” “Why are you looking at me like I’m a piece of meat?” she asked. “I’m not here for you to look at. I’m a person.” According to statistics Maxwell shared before the march, one in five women will be the victim of an attempted or completed rape at some point in her lifetime. For women in college, one in four will be victims. Maxwell encouraged students to help reframe the conversation surrounding sexual assault by asking different questions. “We should be asking why the rapist didn’t ask for consent,” she said. “We should ask why he didn’t stop when she said ‘no.’ We should never ask her what she was wearing. We should never ask her why she drank so much.” Maxwell shared parts of an article she wrote for ebony. com entitled “5 Ways We Can Teach Men Not to Rape.” In her list, she encourages everybody to teach young people about legal consent, how to express healthy masculinity and to believe survivors who come forward. “When a friend tells you that they have been the victim of a rape, you shouldn’t ask, ‘Are you sure?’” she said. “You should ask, ‘Are you OK?’” Maxwell also delved into the rumor that a large see WALK page 2
Fight to fix historic farmhouse grows Junior student
passes away, College grieves
By Sydney Shaw News Editor
A wicker rocking chair rests out on the porch, shaded by the veranda above. A short wooden railing wraps halfway around the colonial farmhouse, the backdrop to a few high-reaching shrubs and wildflowers. Chalk-white chimneys rise up amid chocolate-brown shingles on the roof. The front yard is vast and open, peppered with a few solid, old trees and a flagpole stuck into the ground. It’s a quaint little home on a picturesque piece of land. But that was back in 1960 — the same year the College purchased the building. Today, the Green Farmhouse is utterly dilapidated. Its two doors and six windows have been sealed off and painted a forest green color. The porch is gone, along with its pretty wooden skirting. Both verandas were lost long ago. The shingles on the roof are sparse and the paint has mostly chipped away, leaving nothing but the remnants of the building’s famous Flemish bond brickwork. That’s why the house has been placed on the Preservation New Jersey 2015 list of the “10 Most Endangered Historic
By Julie Kayzerman & Sydney Shaw Editor-in-Chief & News Editor
Photo courtesy of Ewing Preservation Society
The College is confronted about neglecting to further preserve the structure. Sites,” and it’s why The Friends of the William Green Farmhouse is finally putting its foot down. “What would your neighbors say if you bought a house and let it go derelict for 55 years?” asked Billy Joe O’Neal, Jr., vice president of The Friends. The Friends is a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 with the sole mission of working cooperatively with the College to restore the farmhouse. In 2007, at the urging of The Friends and the intervention of State Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, the College spent around
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$100,000 to mothball the farmhouse to ensure no further deterioration would occur while funds were being raised for its rehabilitation. A few years later, The Friends requested permission to seek a lease for the house. “We were denied that request and told that the College has no interest in supporting our effort to restore the house to its former glory, an effort that legally lies in their lap, not ours,” O’Neal said in a press release.
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According to an email sent to College faculty, staff and students on Monday, Sept. 21, junior Daniel Thielke died on Saturday, Sept. 19. Thielke, a computer science major and resident of Hillsborough, N.J., was in his fourth year at the College. “Our TCNJ family has faced a number of losses recently,” President R. Barbara Gitenstein wrote in an email announcing his death. Thielke’s family has not shared any additional details and has requested that arrangements remain private, according to Gitenstein’s email. The College first sent out an email and made phone calls announcing Thielke’s death to faculty and students in the computer science department prior to sending out the campus-wide email announcement, see GRIEF page 3
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Walk / Students fight back against rape culture Maxwell shares statistics about rape in college
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Left: Maxwell speaks about steps everyone can take to end rape culture. Right: Students march in solidarity against sexual assault. continued from page 1 “The idea that people make it up (being raped) all the time is just not true,” Maxwell said. “It mirrors other crimes in the sense that the number of people who falsely claim their car was stolen is the same number of people who falsely claim to be raped.” According to Maxwell, research and reports show that only about 2 percent of alleged rapes are deemed false. She went on to explain that many rape cases are labeled false because there was not enough evidence for a conviction, which does not necessarily mean that no
rape occurred. “Having Zerlina speak here on our own campus was so surreal,” Sekanics said. “I re-
“The idea that people make it up (being raped) all the time is just not true.” — Zerlina Maxwell political analyst member freshman year when my friend and I would watch videos of her on the ‘Hannity Report’ and ‘O’Reilly Factor.’ I remember us being in my dorm together saying, ‘How
amazing would it be to meet her?’” After Maxwell’s presentation, students marched around campus in solidarity against sexual assault, rape and other acts of gender-based violence. “There’s just an incredible feeling that comes with demanding justice and doing it in a way that demands your attention, such as through our chanting and marching,” Sekanics said. “SlutWalk is so important to have each and every year because rape culture is alive and present.” About 200 students attended the march, along with Maxwell and her mother. “However we dress, wherever we go, ‘yes’ means yes and ‘no’ means no,” students
chanted. “‘Yes’ means fuck me, ‘no’ means fuck you.” At the end of the evening, the students gathered together and shouted out the last few chants, a powerful display against sexual assault. “This is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Mary Burns, a senior sociology and women’s and gender studies double major who is a SAVE peer educator for Anti-Violence Initiatives. “There’s nothing better than walking around campus cursing about challenging rape culture. I’m so proud to go to a school where so many people are so unabashedly enthusiastic about ending sexual violence.”
Green / Cost of restoration is about $2.6 million
Farmhouse is among endangered N.J. historic sites
Photo courtesy of Friends of the William Green Farmhouse
The Green Farmhouse is currently fenced off for protection. continued from page 1
In 2012, the estimated cost of full restoration was around $2.6 million. “Other colleges have historic buildings like this one on their properties,” said Robert Colonna, a senior history and secondary education double major. “Princeton has old buildings, Rutgers does… The difference is that those buildings have been taken care of and renovated into student centers or
alumni houses. Those buildings serve a purpose.” Colonna’s internship through the Ewing Preservation Society is to do research and track the genealogy of the people who lived in the farmhouse. He is also in the process of building a three-dimensional model of the farmhouse. “I think the College is forgetting that the Green Farmhouse predates our country,” Colonna said. “We think of our country and our government and even the College
as these old, important institutions, meanwhile, this house has been around through all of it.” A Facebook page now exists to bolster support for the farmhouse’s renovation. It is called “TCNJ’s Green Farmhouse: Help Save it.” “There are many pressing priorities at the College — more so than the College can fund,” spokesman Dave Muha said. “Right now, we are focused on raising $40 million dollars, half of which will be used for student scholarships. The link for students there is really direct.” Muha acknowledged the historic importance of the farmhouse. According to Preservation New Jersey, the brick portion of the house is one of the oldest and northernmost examples of patterned brick architecture in New Jersey. “The purpose of my internship isn’t to try to save the farmhouse,” Colonna said. “But I am hoping that people will see my work and realize that something needs to be done. The College thinks students don’t care about the house, but maybe seeing my work will create a snowball effect and more and more people will care.”
According to O’Neal, the Green family’s land stretched from where Green Hall stands (named after James M. Green, former principal of the New Jersey State Normal School, unrelated to William Green) to what is now Crescent Avenue in the neighborhood across from the College’s Green Lane entrance. The Friends has a more extensive history of the property and the Green family on its website, williamgreenhouse.org. It contains
an in-depth analysis of the Green family tree, tracing the home from William Green, who built the farmhouse around 1717, to Henry Green, who lost the farm on a peach crop endeavor in 1879. Paintings of the Green family members, as well as photos and locations of their tombstones, are also available on the website. “We don’t question the historic value of the farmhouse,” Muha said. “It’s just a reality that dollars are tight.”
Photo courtesy of Rob Colonna
A digital model of the home is made using blueprints.
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Grief / Computer science major passes away
Thielke remembered as ‘brilliant’ and ‘intelligent’ continued from page 1 Angela Chong, dean of students, told The Signal. This was done “so that members of our community who were closer to him wouldn’t be hearing it for the first time in a campus-wide email,” Chong said. Thielke is the College’s fourth student to die in the past four years. His death comes just over two months after former assistant provost Pat Donohue died in mid-July. Thielke is from the same hometown as
former student Paige Aiello, who died in April 2013. “He kept to himself a lot, but he was always there to talk to,” said senior Dylan Short, Thielke’s freshman year roommate. “He was incredibly smart and a great programmer. Everyone liked him, we called him Dan the Man. “While he was a man of few words, he was a good listener and always laughed at my jokes. He was a good roommate and he will be missed,” Short said. Alyson Garrone, whose son Bobby lived on Thielke’s freshman floor, said he
was a great friend. “He was brilliant,” Garrone said on behalf of her son. Bobby often worked in computer science study groups with Thielke. “He was so intelligent and always the first to help someone out. This is unbelievably sad.” In the wake of this loss, the College administration is emphasizing the importance of offering support to fellow classmates. “This has been a really tough time for our campus community,” Chong said. “We have lost a number of people, and I think it’s a time for us to really show each other
compassion and be alert for people who are struggling with this news and grieving as a community, and to know that there is help out there for everyone.” Gitenstein’s email detailed the resources the College has available for students and faculty struggling with this loss: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), TCNJ Clinic and TCNJ Campus Police. “Regardless of the little info we have right now, a loss is a loss and people will need support because they’re grieving the loss of a friend, a classmate, a student,” Chong said.
Slashing sleaze slices two tires totaling $400 in damages By Colleen Murphy Managing Editor
• An intoxicated student was transported to a local hospital and issued with an underage drinking summons after he was found unresponsive in his room at 3 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, according to Campus Police. The student returned to his Travers Hall room around midnight after he had been drinking at an unknown location, his floormates told police. The other students put him in his bed, placing him on his side, Campus Police said. The individuals took care of him and then called police when the boy’s condition worsened. When police arrived, the boy was sitting on a chair, drooling and spitting. TCNJ EMS evaluated the student before he was transported to Capital Health System for further medical treatment, according to Campus Police reports. • A laptop that was not realized to have been missing for 18 hours, was stolen from the Travers/Wolfe lounge sometime between 3 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, Campus Police reported. The student left the silver HP laptop plugged into an outlet and left the area without realizing the laptop had been left behind. The laptop, which had Beats speakers builtin, and its charger are valued at $1,000, Campus Police said.
• Two tires are believed to have been slashed sometime between 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, on a car that was parked on the third floor of lot seven, Campus Police said. The owner noticed that the right rear tire was flat and had it repaired. The repair person told the owner that it appeared the tires had been purposely slashed, Campus Police said. When the owner arrived home, she saw that the left rear tire was damaged, as well. Each tire cost $200 to repair, totaling $400 in damages, Campus Police reported. • Two students were issued with underage drinking summonses on the second floor of Brewster Hall at 12:20 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, Campus Police said. The two women were drinking when one of them became sick and began vomiting, leading the second student to call for help. TCNJ EMS provided care and evaluated the woman. The sick student told police she had four shots of rum while the student who called for help had one shot of vodka, according to Campus Police. • Three bikes in Townhouses South had their seats
removed sometime between 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, and 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, Campus Police reported. A fourth bike on the same rack, which is located in the lounge area outside of building 19, had its seat intact. The three seats taken had “quick disconnect seat levers,” Campus Police said, and each was valued at $50. Police searched the immediate area and found one seat behind a bush by the fence. An owner of one of the bikes aided police in the search and found the other two seats in the low cut bushes around the patio area, Campus Police said. All three seats were mounted back onto the bikes. • A DVD was stolen from the Arts and Interactive Multimedia Building sometime between 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, and noon on Tuesday, Sept. 15, according to Campus Police. The DVD contained a video art project and was taken from an unsecured monitor on the third floor of the building. The owner still has the original copy, Campus Police said. Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at 609-771-2345.
Future renovation plans to Travers & Wolfe discussed By Alyssa Sanford Web Editor
The College’s Director of Campus Planning and Campus Architect Lynda Rothermel presented the current Facilities Master Plan to the Student Government general body on Wednesday, Sept. 16, in order to give members a sense of how the campus will develop over the next decade. Rothermel said the Master Plan has been updated several times over the last few years, partly because the previous plan, which covered the years 2012 through 2020, was “ambitious in pretty much every way,” particularly in a financial sense. Though Campus Planning “assumed we’d have good economic times” and plenty of donations to sustain extensive renovations and construction on campus, those things didn’t happen, according to Rothermel. A key component of the Facilities Master Plan is that it “must have the flexibility to adapt to changing conditions,” Rothermel said in her presentation. Some of the short-term changes to campus, which are projected to happen between 2015 and 2018, are currently funded, according to Rothermel. They include the expansion and renovation of the Brower Student Center, Phase One of the STEM building construction and renovations to the Biology Building in the Science Complex. The next steps are currently unfunded, but Rothermel revealed them to the general body regardless: renovations to Travers
and Wolfe Halls; updates to Armstrong, Forcina and Roscoe West; and a potential new Nursing/Health and Exercise Science/Public Health building that would free up some space in Packer Hall. Since Travers and Wolfe are part of an older building, it will need “a lot of work,” Rothermel said. She cited problems with its single-pane windows — which are energy inefficient — and the need for extensive repairs to the plumbing and electric systems, which are “all very old.” Rothermel said that after analyzing costs, Campus Planning found that it would cost between $15-20 million to install air conditioning units in Travers and Wolfe, and even then it would not have enough “capacity to chill,” so there will be no units installed when the towers are renovated in the future. Rothermel also talked about how Campus Town will affect traffic patterns on campus. She highlighted areas on a projection of the campus map, calling the main walkway that runs from Loser Hall to ABE the “campus core.” It’s an area that needs more direct access to Campus Town, since both are “high-activity areas,” according to Rothermel. Rothermel assured the general body that the lack of funding for future projects will not cause a significant spike in tuition costs. “There’s some talk about the state issuing another bond,” Rothermel said, before acknowledging that it’s too early to make definitive statements. She also pointed out that it would not make sense to raise tuition
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Rothermel presents a master plan, detailing future changes to the College. because if tuition became unaffordable, no students would be able to take advantage of the resources on campus. “At what point does an increase in students... (lead to) losing money?” Rothermel asked rhetorically. After the presentation, cabinet members updated the general body on various upcoming events. Amanda Williams, vice president of Advancement, announced “Project FAQ,” which will pair photos and short biographies of SG members on bulletin boards around campus. It’s “a way for people not in Student Government to know who (members of SG) are,” Williams said.
Vice President of Administration and Finance Tyler Holzer is still working on “closing the loop” and meeting with the Division of Administration. He was referring to adding a sidewalk to the loop around campus so that people will feel safer walking and jogging around it. “It doesn’t seem like that is probable,” Holzer said, but his committee is hoping to “open the door” to further discussion. Priscilla Nunez, vice president of Equity and Diversity, reminded SG members about “A Touch of Home,” the multicultural event set to take place in Alumni Grove during meal equivalency hours on Monday, Sept. 28.
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Gloria Steinem to speak
By Jackie Delaney Production Manager
The Student Finance Board allocated $25,735 for well-known activist Gloria Steinem to speak on campus and received requests including fall holiday celebrations and a cruise for the sophomore class, at their weekly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The Women’s Center requested the funds to bring famous feminist organizer, writer and political activist Steinem to campus. Steinem, best known for her work as a leader and spokeswoman for the feminist movement in the late ’60s and early ’70s, has a wide range of accolades. In 1968, Steinem helped to found New York magazine, and in 1972, she co-founded Ms. magazine. She has travelled internationally as a speaker and activist, and she is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, by President Obama. Currently, she is working on a book about her experience as a feminist organizer, in which she has more than 30 years of experience, according to the event proposal. “She is such a well-known figure, not only in the feminist movement, but in just, social equality movements,” said Jennie Sekanics, president of the Women’s Center and co-executive chair of Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL). At the College, Steinem will “speak about prevailing barriers to equality — including what she called a ‘backlash’ against reproductive freedom — and will argue that changing the paradigms around work and gender would benefit both men and women,”
according to the information packet. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Kendall Hall. Co-sponsors include the provost, the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, the dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and WILL. Hillel also presented to the board with a request for $175 to fund its event for Sukkot, a biblical Jewish holiday celebrated in September. According to the information packet, Sukkot “is a harvest festival that commemorates the 40 years that the children of Israel were wandering the desert.” The organization requested funding for pumpkins as well as supplies for the event, which is held in the sukkah — a structure built in front of the Social Sciences Building every year. SFB fully funded the event, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3. The last request of the meeting was for $9,914.40 for a sophomore class moonlight cruise, hosted by the sophomore class council. After the council’s freshman formal last year “wasn’t as successful” as they hoped, they looked into an event that would “set it apart from anything else,” according to the information packet. A cruise on the Delaware River, they thought, would do this. The board, however, was concerned with attendance, especially for a ticketed event. Attendance would be capped at 150 people, with each ticket priced at $39.90 per person. If the attendance goal was not met, SFB would still be required to pay the amount for 150 guests. The cruise was scheduled for 12 a.m. to 2 a.m. With these concerns in mind, the cruise was zero funded by the board, which means the sophomore class council cannot return and present for another cruise event.
Upcoming Events CUB Alt Show: Kingston and Lenny Martelli Friday, Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Decker Hall Social Space CUB’s Fall Comedy Show featuring Colin Jost and Jay Pharoah Friday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. in Kendall Hall CUB’s New Hope Bus Trip Saturday, Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet in the Brower Student Center Project Stay Gold: Human Trafficking retreat Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the TW Lounge CUB Alt Show: Student Band Night Friday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Lion’s Den Food Court TCNJ EMS Basic Life Support (CPR/AED) class Saturday, Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Administrative Services Building 103 Fee: $80. To register email TCNJ EMS at email@example.com TCNJ EMS HeartSaver First-Aid Class Sunday, Oct. 18 at 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Administrative Services Building 103 Fee: $60. To register email TCNJ EMS at firstname.lastname@example.org
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California wildfires continue to blaze swiftly By Candace Kellner Staff Writer
More than 1,000 homes and hundreds of buildings have been destroyed due to large wildfires burning for days in Northern California, as of Monday, Sept. 21, reported CNN. Three deaths have occured, as well — a 72-year-old woman with multiple sclerosis who couldn’t get out of her house, an elderly person found by cadaver dogs and a 66-yearold man who did not follow orders to evacuate, reported CNN. More than 70,000 acres of land have charred, according to CNN. Veteran firefighter Bob Cummensky recently lost his home in Middletown, Calif., to the blaze. “It’s such a beautiful area and it’s changed forever,” he told CNN, pointing to the scorched landscape. Tammy Moore was at work when the Valley Fire leveled her home in Cobb, Calif. “(It is) so much worse than I thought it would be,” Moore told CNN. According
to California’s Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci, the Valley Fire has displaced about 13,000 people. Another 11,000 residents in Amador and Calaveras counties have been ordered to evacuate because of the Butte Fire, which has scorched more than 71,000 acres and destroyed 166 homes. While the “fire season” used to be a confined period, it’s now a year-round occurrence thanks in part to a historic drought that has left dry fodder — the perfect fuel for a fire. “We don’t see an end in fire season for... months to come,” Chief Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire’s director, told CNN. “We’re in this for the long haul.” Middletown resident Craig Eve searched the remains of his old home and found just a blackened chimney. Eve told CNN that he sees this as a fresh start. “It’s a new beginning even though I’ve lost everything, and that’s the way you have to do it. You have to have a positive attitude,” he said. “With that attitude I can’t wait to
Fire crews attempt to detain wildfires in Sheep Ranch for several hours. clear my house and start building again.” Light rain predicted in the weather forecast may relieve the Valley Fire area. The rainfall could help firefighters better contain the wildfire, according to the National Weather Service. However, the relief will be temporary.
The number of land and people affected this year is already greater than the past decade, according to CNN. Unusually large amounts of dry tinder, deriving from years of drought in California, helped the wildfires burn more land at a faster pace.
Top designers show their work at Fashion Week
Fashion designer Furstenberg greets her guests. By Kelly Corbett Social Media Editor
Fashion week rolled into New York City last week, from Thursday, Sept. 10, to Thursday, Sept. 17, as some of the most elite designers showcased their upcoming masterpieces on the
runway, attracting A-list celebrities to the front row. This year, instead of taking place in the historic Lincoln Center as in prior years, the shows took place in various locations in midtown and downtown New York, most notably the Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Square. According to Fashion Week Online, $900 million was shelled out for the week. The week began at the New York City Ballet, where one dancer fell, only to leap back onto her feet seconds later. Audience members found out later in the show, as other models took a stumble, that these falls were indeed staged. The opening ceremony also treated the audience to a “lush garden with vibrant geometric stained-glass light installations and wall frames,” according to CNN Style. The ceremony was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, an American architect, known for designing structures in sync with nature. Public School, known for their minimalist approach, showcased their pajama-inspired street chic runway looks and carefree drape-styled dresses and pants, CNN Style reported. Quite the opposite of Public School was Jeremy Scott. He premiered his collection of bold colors and prints and even had articles of clothing made of plastic. According to CNN Style, Scott showcased funky prints such as big, bold polka dots, cartoon caricatures and black and white
high school yearbook pages. Themed around female empowerment, Diane Von Furstenberg showcased her collection on some of the industry’s most popular icons. CNN Style reported that Furstenberg surprised the audience with not the usual bow at the end of her showcase, but by shaking hands with the audience and happily throwing her hands in the air, pleased at the success her show was. In honor of the earthquake that hit Nepal in April, killing more than 8,000 people, Prabal Gurung, a Nepal native, used his show to introduce his collection of saffron, mustard yellow and deep red attire, but also to pay respect to his homeland and the catastrophe that rattled it, reported CNN Style. The 9/11 attacks were also commemorated during Fashion Week by French brand Givenchy, using a backdrop overlooking twin light beams in the distance. The set, designed by a close friend of Givenchy, envisioned the, “spirit of a Brazilian favela” according to Vogue.com. The show exhibited men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, new denim and couture pieces. Kanye West also made an appearance during Fashion Week to debut his collection, “Yeezy Season 2” collection. Another week of runways and debuts travelled to Britain’s capital. London Fashion Week kicked off on Thursday, Sept. 17, and ended the on Tuesday, Sept. 22, according to CNN Style.
Tourists fatally mistaken for terrorists in Egypt By Gabrielle Beacken Nation & World Editor
In an alleged “restricted-area” in Egypt’s immense western desert, Egyptian military forces mistakenly fired at a tourist group comprised of Egyptians and Mexicans, killing 12 people and injuring more than 10, on Saturday, Sept. 13, reported CNN. The death toll of Mexicans has risen from two to eight people, while four Egyptians in the group were also killed, said a CNN report on Tuesday, Sept. 15. The Egyptian Interior Ministry claim Egypt’s military was “chasing terrorist elements” when they engaged the tourists. Allegedly, the tourists used unauthorized cars for tours and did not have the proper tourist permits, cited Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism. This statement has been objected, as the head of Egypt’s
tour guide union claimed that the tour company is licensed and the police actually checked all of the vehicles for permits before the bus left Cairo, according to CNN. The reason the tourists gave for roaming over one mile off the guided path in the desert was that one of the tourists, a diabetic, could not wait until the group’s final destination to eat. “There were no warning signs and no instructions from the checkpoints on the road or the tourism policeman accompanying them,” General Union of Tourist Guides Chairman Hassan El-Nahla stated on Facebook, according to CNN. “I strongly condemn the lack of coordination between the ministry of tourism, in not following up with the events, and the police.” Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu demands a meticulous investigation into
what happened, reported CNN. “The chain of events is still confusing and unclear. There have been reports, many of them conflicting,” Ruiz Massieu said, reported CNN. “The emerging facts indicate that an operation was taking place against terrorists in that area at the time the convoy passed. We still do not know if the convoy was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, or if some error was involved.” According to Egypt’s ambassador to Mexico, Yasser Shaban, the Egyptian government is “working around the clock” to help Mexican and Egyptian victims and their families, reported CNN. “Allow me… to express on behalf of the Egyptian government and people our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Mexican government and the Mexican people and especially
Ruiz Massieu speaks to the press after visiting the victims.
to the grieving families who lost their loved ones in this tragic event,” Shaban told CNN. “Our hearts ache with sorrow.” Egypt’s popular desert destination spots, including the Great Sand Sea, have been known to
draw large crowds from all over the world. However, according to CNN, this area, adjacent to Libya, has also become “attractive to insurgents” since former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s downfall in 2011.
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Striking a balance between planning for the future and living in the moment
“What do you want to do after college?” It’s a question every college student has been asked before. Some come prepared immediately with well thought out plans and step-by-step guides of what they want to accomplish after school. Others toss out a few ideas: they are interested in going to grad school or they plan to find a job first and then go back to school later. Some may even plan to switch careers later in life. And then there are others who, at the moment, have no idea what they want to do. Practically planning out your life at such a young age can cause many a lot of stress during a time when we are encouraged to explore, make mistakes, have fun and find ourselves. But a question many college students find themselves asking is, “How I am supposed to just have fun when everyone wants to know what I’m going to do with the rest of my life?” I am a big believer in planning ahead as much as possible, but sometimes it can feel like the adults in my life expect me to have it all figured out. And if I admit that I don’t have it all together, well, then I better figure it out before the opportunity I need to get ahead passes me by. This kind of pressure can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety in students who feel that figuring out their “big picture” should be their number one priority while in college. I too have felt lost and unsure of the direction I am going in, as if I should be spending my free time doing research on what my possible career choices will be after undergrad. There have been many weekends where I have chosen to stay in with my laptop and Google for hours in the hopes that I will simply find something that clicks — that the path I am supposed to go on in life will appear before me and that I will finally understand what it is that I am supposed to be doing. However, there is only so much research you can do, and the truth is you are not going to know what you want out of life until you attempt to go and live it to the fullest. This semester I have taken on my first internship despite the hesitations I had about balancing my school workload and this new real world experience. I have learned more about what I like to do and what I am good at from my internship than I could have ever learned spending hours on Google. It is definitely a challenge to not succumb to the pressure of having an all-encompassing plan to guide you through the rest of your life, especially when it seems like everyone around has it all figured. If I can give you one piece of advice, it would be to try and follow this anonymous quote, “When you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing. Sometimes you just need to relax, breathe, let go and live in the moment.” — Olivia Rizzo Social Media Editor
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Internet trolls deem media as biased Society should show respect to honest writers By Chelsea LoCascio Opinions Editor
Like most people, I found myself reading about the terrorism accusations surrounding innocent Ahmed Mohamed, the boy who brought a homemade digital clock — which was mistaken for a bomb — to school, last week. As I avidly scrolled the comments section of an article about it on Dallas News, I stumbled upon an anti-journalism comment that got under my skin. In the scathing comments section, people argued relentlessly over whether or not this boy is part of a radical Islamic group, with one woman saying that Muslims were using the media to promote Islamic sympathy (these comments were very creative). She then followed with “is there no real journalism anymore???”
“These vile trolls finally got to me. I respect freedom of speech... because I am a journalist, but this infuriated me.” These vile trolls finally got to me. I respect freedom of speech, even more so because I am a journalist, but this infuriated me. So often when people are dissatisfied with a news story — they blame the journalist. Honestly, I get it. People wonder: is this journalist biased? Were they bribed? Do they have a hidden agenda to push upon the readers? Can I trust them? Better yet: is this even a qualified journalist or one of those misinformed citizen journalists that have little or no knowledge of the journalism field?
Just like there are corrupt cops, CEOs and lawyers, there are corrupt journalists. However, there are also cops risking their lives to save others, CEOs donating millions to charities, lawyers taking pro bono cases to bring justice to the innocent and even journalists exposing the truth to an ignorant society. Unfortunately, this is not an issue just in America. When I studied abroad in Scotland this past summer, I made the regrettable mistake of telling people I was a journalist. When the forbidden j-word slipped out, I was actually told I was “the scum of the earth.” In another instance, a cashier would not give me my change back and when I asked for it, he said, “Just like a journalist. Asking for more money.” Where did these notions come from? Apparently, journalists are internationally known as lying, cheating, money-grubbing scum. I just wish someone told me that before I chose to love this major. I am not looking for sympathy or pity, but rather respect. Despite people’s perceptions, this profession isn’t easy. Sure, anyone can write, but that doesn’t mean you have an inherent knack for dragging a reader in and making them stick around for the whole story. Not everyone has the patience for the thorough research required or feels comfortable risking their reputation by writing their words as facts. As a journalist, I am clearly biased on the matter. I know what it’s like to be told I am a horrible person when all I have done is try to inform people while keeping them entertained. Journalism is not an easy feat considering everyone is always out to blame the media as a whole for stories they just don’t like, or even factual errors that are solely the responsibility of one specific news outlet. If it was the intention — though I highly doubt it — of the Dallas News, or any other news outlet who reported on Mohamed, to promote sympathy for
Mohamed’s clock starts media conspiracy theories.
radical Islamic terrorism, then this is not something all of media should be blamed for. I can assure you, the media as a whole is not out to get you or brainwash wash you into believing anything over the other. We’re here to inform you because ignorance is not bliss — it’s stupidity that would lead to pandemonium. Whether you like how a writer tells a story or not, that is up to you. Admittedly, some journalists are lazy and smudge the facts, and others may not be journalists at all, but unintelligible bloggers. But those are the exception. The real journalists, the ones that respect their readers enough to tirelessly work on writing the perfect story, deserve our admiration, not disdain.
Student utilizes summer for political internship
Bhatti learns more about elections. By Bunyad Bhatti After completing my first year as a
political science student at the College, I started learning the foundation of politics and how competitive the major can be. Between all of the cookouts, pool parties and rollercoasters this past summer, I was able to squeeze in an internship experience that has become my first step toward a career. Through a friend here at the College, I learned about an opportunity to work with Peter Mendonez Jr., a candidate running for assembly in the 15th legislative district, which includes Ewing Township. Though I became the press secretary for the campaign in the summer, I will continue networking and learning the insights of political careers and campaigns through this internship until the Tuesday, Nov. 3 election. My previous political science classes taught me about the structure of government, as well as the voting and election processes. However, it was not until this internship opportunity that I actually understood how to increase voter turnout, reach out to the residents of the town you’re serving in and,
most importantly, run a campaign. It was easy for me to quickly learn the dynamics of campaigning through the “Mendonez4NJ” platform, which focuses on bringing the millennial generation into politics. Mendonez’s team consists of millennials from the area: two of us from the College, another from Rutgers University and two from local high schools. I find it a blessing to be on a team where we all have the same goal, mindset and experiences. Together we learn something new from each other and our responsibilities — especially during our team meetings that consist of a quick round table of recommendations of how each of us can improve upon our work. After all, there’s always room for improvement. Being so close to the issues Mendonez works with, living in Lawrence and attending college in Ewing — there couldn’t be a better area for me to have an internship in. Working toward bringing changes into my hometown has taught me many lessons with the most
valuable being the importance of letting your voice be heard. There are always other people out there who may stand for the same cause or have the same goals as you, and the only way to know for sure is expressing your opinions. Just like every vote counts, so does every voice. Although my position ends after the election, I have gained experiences, professional networks and memories that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Learning outside of the classroom teaches you in ways books never can, so every opportunity is worth a try. I came into the College not knowing much about political science career paths and opportunities. As a sophomore, I have been able to experience the difference between working in politics and working in public affairs through this experience, as well as a previous internship opportunity already. It’s a great feeling knowing you enjoy the work you will be doing for the rest of your life.
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GOP presidential candidates clash
Republican debate: Frontrunners and underdogs
By Tom Ballard The Republican presidential candidates clashed, smack-talked, and answered questions with composure on Wednesday, Sept. 16, during the debate hosted by CNN at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. To sum up my take of the event, here is a list of those who stood out and those who did not, from both the lower debate and the three-hour long prime time debate. Winners Carly Fiorina: The businesswoman and former HP CEO stood out during her first prime time debate as she was able to go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump himself. She came across as very presidential, dismissing Trump’s infamous insult about her face and providing passionate answers on Planned Parenthood and drug addiction. In her first appearance in the main debate, she came across as strong and personable. Fiorina showed the audience that she was more than just a presidential candidate, she was also a human. Marco Rubio: Normally, the Florida senator was heard and then quickly forgotten, but Rubio came across strong on foreign policy. He handled himself relatively well by being careful not to ignite any conflict between him and his fellow Republican hopefuls. It is still left to see if he has the ability to get his poll numbers up, but, nonetheless, he had a strong debate showing. Ben Carson: The mild-mannered neurosurgeon stayed true to his promise of continuing to be himself during the debate. He came across as charismatic and calm, except for his ideas on minimum wage reformation. This was also evident with his quick reaction calling Trump “an OK doctor” after Trump gave his opinion on administering vaccinations. Carson’s statements were strong, but not memorable. Ronald Reagan: So he might not have been a candidate on the stage, but the location of the debate, with Air Force One in the background, made it difficult for the GOP contenders not to invoke his most holy and sacred name during the debate. George Pataki: Full disclaimer: Pataki is currently
the candidate that I am backing in the race. The former New York governor received a bump of publicity after he said that he would have fired the controversial Kentucky clerk, Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Maybe his polling will go up from 1 to 2 percent and he will move up to the prime time debates... perhaps I can keep dreaming. Losers Donald Trump: In spite of the fact that I’ve yearned to put Trump in this category for a while, the billionaire genuinely deserves it after this debate. Trump just wasn’t Trump, even though he took jabs at other candidates, such as Rand Paul, and continued to flaunt about his wealth and strong poll numbers. However, he wasn’t the flamboyant force of outspokenness that he has made himself out to be. Could it have been a strategy to mild his temper or was the three-hour long contest just too long? Being called out on his failed
“Trump just wasn’t Trump, even though he took jabs at other candidates... and continued to flaunt about his wealth.”
business ventures surely didn’t help this businessman, who has declared bankruptcy four times in the past. Chris Christie: The New Jersey governor had a breakthrough moment by yelling at Trump and Fiorina for talking about their business records instead of discussing the real issues. After his 30 seconds of fame, the debate went promptly back to discussing both political and business records. Mike Huckabee: Mike Hucka — who? The former Arkansas governor lacked flare and excitement during the debate. If it wasn’t for his passionate defense of Kim Davis and so called “religious liberties,” it would have been incredibly easy to forget who the once Fox News host was in California, let alone the debate stage. Jeb Bush: Poor Bush. The one thing that Trump
Carly Fiorina ‘wins’ last week’s debate.
did succeed in doing throughout the night was getting under Bush’s skin. The former Florida governor kept getting successfully cut off by the businessman and eventually confessed to smoking marijuana in his youth (which he quickly apologized to his mother for on Twitter). I know this wasn’t how it was supposed to be, Bush — winning the nomination was supposed to be easy — but at least try to defend yourself. Rick Santorum: The former Pennsylvania senator who won 12 states in the last set of Republican primaries found himself trying to claw his way out of the B-rate debate. Despite his argumentative spirit last Wednesday, I doubt he did much to get himself out of his current rut. Jim Gilmore: If the name doesn’t sound familiar, it’s OK. The former Virginia governor failed to meet the requirement of averaging at least 1 percent in one of three polls that CNN looks at to determine which candidates got to take the stage. But at least his performance was not damaged on debate night — but the same cannot be said for some of the candidates who actually participated.
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Students share opinions around campus Is journalism biased?
GOP winners and losers?
“I have a dislike for Republicans in general. I disagree with tax (breaks) for the rich. I am not a fan of the two-party dynamic. It’s not enough to describe the beliefs everyone has.”
“As a whole, I think journalists try their best to maintain objectivity. I don’t think I read a lot of articles that are biased.”
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Chelsea LoCascio / Opinions Editor
Miranda Sirimis, senior elementary education major.
Ricardo Rigodon, junior computer science major.
“I think (they cover) what’s relevant to the people. I would say sometimes bias is involved. I think you can trust (journalists)... World relations (isn’t bias). Politics and hollywood gossip are the biased parts.”
“I have a love-hate relationship with Donald Trump... I’m indifferent about Jeb… he’d be a one-term president. He’d be like his brother, but (he’d) be more liberal than his brother… (but) a lot of things would stay the same. We need some changes.”
Chelsea LoCascio / Opinions Editor
Priya Mansukhani, freshman biology major.
Chelsea LoCascio / Opinions Editor
Sean Reis, sophomore journalism major.
The Signal asks... How do you define feminism? Miranda: “I define it as a movement in which people are fighting for equal rights among men and women.” Ricardo: “It’s a mixed thing for me. There are positives and there’s also a lot of negatives… They focus on manspreading, (which is when) guys are not giving women enough room (to move when they’re sitting).” Sean: “It’s a touchy subject. There’s a lot of types (of feminists)... there’s a lot that believe in equality, and I agree with them. There’s some who go over the top and want to be superior, which is ironic.” Priya: “I think it’s women embracing what they represent and (they’re) standing up for their rights. I’d say (some) overdo it as in… they go too far (when saying) what women stand for. They exaggerate how the world sees them.”
Feminism encourages fair, equal treatment of both men and women.
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Friends feast at Trenton Food Truck Festival Ilkowski eventually chowed down a heaping portion of “Mac N’ Chi.” The noodle dish came drenched in a three cheese sauce and topped with chunks of pork belly. Ilkowski may have shed a tear at its pure deliciousness, although it could have also been the extreme temperatures of the Sriracha sauce she poured on top of her dish. With Instagrams snapped and a sluggish nature to their step, the friends pushed onward. Live mu-
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Colorful food trucks feed hungry customers. By Jessica Ganga, Kimberly Ilkowski, Sydney Shaw Features Editor, Arts & Entertainment Editor, News Editor Big eyes, empty stomachs, can’t lose. On Saturday, Sept. 19, three friends set out to conquer the Trenton Food Truck Festival, boasting a wide variety of diverse cuisine. With determination Signal Editors, Jessica Ganga, Kimberly Ilkowski and Sydney Shaw discovered what special creations the food trucks had to offer. Hosted by Trenton Social, the festival brought in an array of guests including local residents and college students alike. was Flying Crust, a gourmet pizza and wing truck. The large vessel beckoned the girls and showcased a monster menu of crazy pizza topping combinations and endless wing sauce options. Unfortunately, Flying Crust’s pizza was so popular that by the time the girls arrived, only wings remained. Shaw opted for a classic food truck staple — barbecue wings. The sweet, yet, tart sauce complemented the wings, but didn’t drown them. The chicken itself was
lightly breaded and fall-off-the-bone tender. She would later be heard bragging that they were the best she ever had. While Shaw savored her last few bites, Ganga and Ilkowski ventured
Tums-necessary day. They were quickly drawn to the bright yellow Korean fusion truck, My Four Sons. Ganga read all of the appetizing options on the menu, unable to decide what the best meal would be. Tacos, rice bowls, dumplings, oh my! She decided on the veggie dumplings smothered in a sweet and tangy sauce. ly called to get her food from the “Thank you for waiting,” said the woman who handed her the food. No, thank you. The dumplings were served over fresh greens, a Kim slaw and covered with a spicy mayo. She fell in love with the greasy goodno surprise that she would end up cleaning the entire bowl. After much deliberation and one false trip up to the register only to change her mind moments later,
bands and solo artists. The girls soon realized back-to-back covers of “Beautiful Girls” by Sean Kingston and “Last Nite” by The Strokes was something they had no idea they needed so badly. The trip down memory lane aside, they couldn’t help but notice a large congregation forming outside of Luigi’s Homemade Ice Cream. Adorable and vibrant cartoons lined the truck’s walls which depicted the vendor’s hidden gem — the creamy bun. A dangerously delightful mix tival goers were able to concoct yummy creations by choosing milk, Nutella, s’mores or dulce
treat. To quote Lizzie McGuire, “This is what dreams are made of.” Ilkowski wondered what she had done in a past life to deserve eating such a perfect pastry. In that moment everything was beautiful and nothing hurt. knew she would live to regret the decision to eat the whole creamy bun. She did it anyway, and it was worth it. With food comas on the horizon, the friends thought their best option would be to close out the day’s festivities by cleansing their bodies with vegan smoothies. The shiny, red Try Vegan truck trying pure ingredients obliterated in a blender. Something about the mixture of spinach, pineapple and banana called out to Ilkowski, so she opted for the Greegan smoothie. She became a bit antsy when a random woman cut her in line and mumbled confusing questions at the doe-eyed boy at the window. When she was
drink, yet wasn’t overpowering. If she said this didn’t make her con-
Pebbles, Oreo crunch, walnuts or Cinnamon Toast Crunch.) The warm, glazed donut gods smiled down upon them, as they were the last three to buy the cereal
Shaw’s classic strawberry vegan smoothie was much less sweet than she expected — a refreshing experience after polishing off the creamy bun ice cream. The smoothie was blended to perfection — not too thick, not too watery — with tiny bits of strawberry throughout. It was so good, she ended up dropShaw gives this particular drink a 9 out of 10, only wishing there weren’t so many strawberry seeds in it. Like Ilkowski, Ganga’s heart was set on the Greegan smoothie. Something about spinach in a smoothie intrigued her. She eagerly gave her order to the young Justin Bieber look-alike. When she was presented with the green concoction she did taste mostly pineapple as well. Here and there, the slight but Ganga sipped on. With her stomach full, Ganga knew this was the perfect way to end her Trenton Food Truck experience. There were many more food truck options, like authentic Peruvian food at RUNA Peruvian Cuisine and pork roll delicacies at Johnny’s Pork Roll, but if the girls had attempted to put a single extra bit of food in their mouths, explosion would be imminent.
sold out. Ganga’s heart was happy after she she took a bite of the gooey donut and ice cream duo. The donut was served warm and was perfectly glazed. On the inside, the cold cesweet and tasted as if Ganga was slurping up her last bit of milk from her cereal bowl. The Fruity Pebbles added some crunch to the sugary
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Ganga and Ilkowski indulge in delicious dishes.
Brown Bag discusses additional sources for patients By Jennifer Goetz Staff Writer People often put their lives in the hands of doctors — but health activist Ileana Balcu cautions that individuals should also look into additional sources for healthcare information. She presented her own personal story and the stories of other doctors or patients that agree with the use of online communication in Mayo Concert Hall on Friday, Sept.18. “Have you ever gone on the internet and brought an article to your doctor?” Balcu said, a health program manager for IT systems. No hands shot up to that question. Balcu encouraged the audience to consider that approach the next time they have a question for their doctors about something they’ve found online. The generation today has the power and technology to change the healthcare industry for the better, according to Balcu. Healthcare She provides examples of patients who have used the Internet to explore their options. One of them is a patient named Dave, who learned from doctors that he had 24 weeks to live. Taking matters into his own
David Colby / Staff Photographer
Balcu tells students to ask questions when consulting doctors. hands, he went online and discovered a treatment that ended up keeping him alive. Epatients are engaged, equipped, empowered and enabled, according to Balcu. Online doctors could also be a popular feature of future healthcare. Balcu draws attention to doctors who have already embraced the internet and other forms of social media. Massachusetts Dr. Danny Sands feels that patients and doctors need to be on the same page, and “we all need to know the same thing.” Sports medicine orthopedist Dr. Howard Luks utilizes social media to connect with his patients.
Balcu told her own personal tragedy when she lost her baby from preeclampsia. She was diligent throughout her pregnancy, but the lack of communication between the doctor and the lab with test results was the problem. However, Balcu is not blaming anyone for the loss of her baby. “What I felt cheated on was… I kept asking if there was anything I can do. And they said there’s nothing you could do.” She went on to become the director of IT at the Preeclampsia Foundation, where she was introduced to a patient support system with women who had gone through the
same condition. Balcu wants patients to know there is something they can do and that is to have a network, which doctors should have, too. Patients need to go to family and friends for emotional support and advice, to go doctors for a diagnosis and they need to turn to the internet to see what they can learn for themselves. “Doctors need a safety net, and so do patients,” Balcu said. Individuals should keep track of their own medical records, know their information and “distinguish good from garbage.” Balcu had another child who is now a healthy 10-year-old boy. She even shared a video displaying her son’s musical talents. “That kid was worth every blood pressure I ever took,” Balcu said, “With him, I did everything I could.” During this pregnancy, she took it upon herself to look into her options and explore other opinions. “Doctors are doctors and need to tell us things,” says Balcu — even if they are unpleasant. But still, Balcu believes patients should speak up. “You need to ask questions,” Balcu said. Make your doctor think.”
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College gets Facebook
Campus Style By Jordan Koziol Columnist Name: Lauren Hill Year: Senior Major: Management and Psychology JK: Tell us a little about what you’re wearing today. LH: Black sandals from Asos, a jean skirt from Topshop and a plaid T-shirt from Forever 21.
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The College joins other schools in the country who use Facebook. By Jessica Ganga Features Editor The College’s new LionsGate system is making it easier for students to be in the know of whats going on around campus. Below is a section of Alyssa Mease’s 2008 report about how the College had finally jumped on the bandwagon and created a Facebook page. The page was meant to help students, like LionsGate, connect with the campus and find out what is going on. Although the College is more than 250 years old, administrators are trying to keep as up-to-date as possible with the latest networking trends. As part of this push, the College developed a Facebook page last spring. Matthew Winkel, professional Web developer adjunct professor, Matthew Golden, executive director of Communications and Media Relations, and David Adrian, sophomore computer science major, built the site together after Winkel heard about the idea at a conference. Adrian programmed the site. “Matt Winkel asked me to make a Facebook application for students. I had learn all of the programming language,” Adrian said. The project took him almost three months to complete and he currently spends a few hours each week maintaining it. “Many schools seem to have Facebook
pages,” Winkel said. “Before Facebook we had an alumni group two years ago.” Golden said the fan page first became popular through word of mouth. The creators relied on students to spread the word about the site and let it build popularity. Now there is a link to the Facebook page on the College’s homepage. “My career is about engaging my audience,” Golden said, adding that he had been thinking of how new ways to reach students. “Print and mail is expensive to do, and students spend time on Facebook. We’re giving them the content they want in ways they want to receive it,” he said. The fan page is holding a contest called “Snap your spirit.” Students are encouraged to send in their photos demonstrating their school spirit. Prizes will be awarded at Homecoming for the bes Lions fans. The site, which is only accessible to students at the College, allows students to connect with friends by searching for people with the same major and class. There are currently 1,600 fans, but Winkel and Golden expect the number to rise. “I haven’t accessed (the Facebook application) but I know about it,” Josh Hanke, sophomore math major, said. “I just haven’t spent the timeon Facbook to consider it.” “I would hope that (prospective students) regard the Facebook application as an attractive aspect of the school,” Adrian said.
If you were part of the audience that managed to watch the Primetime Emmys all the way to the end on Sunday, Sept. 20, you were graced with three hours of host Andy Samberg’s humor. Samberg’s opening monologue was a five-minute song tribute to the struggle it is of choosing a T.V. show to watch in 2015. Yet, as the show entered its third hour, I started to think about the
JK: Who or what has shaped your personal style? LH: Definitely my mom. Ever since I was young, my mom dressed me up. I was an infant wearing huge bows with sequins on them, so I feel like I need to carry the “dressing up” part on. I feel guilty wearing sweatpants to class because I feel like my mom would be so upset! JK: Post college, how do you think your style will change? LH: I actually think my style will be a little more wild. Here in the realm of the College, I feel restricted. You can’t go to class wearing a floppy hat or try out some of the more out-there trends, so post college I hope to wear whatever I want whenever I want. JK: What are your favorite stores or brands? LH: Urban Outfitters, Zara, Free People and random boutiques online. JK: What piece of clothing can you “make” an outfit with? LH: I would say lipstick. I always go for a statement lip. It can really change up an outfit to make it more summery, more night-time or more classic.
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Hill shows off her personal style.
JK: If you could transport yourself back in time, which “style decade” would you choose to live in? LH: Definitely the 1700s, the fashion from that time is why I love history. I love the huge skirts and the decadence. JK: Who is your ultimate style crush? LH: Kylie Jenner has had really cool style lately. She’s mixing street style with high fashion which is really unique. JK: What is one trend that you cannot stand? LH: Toe-less booties. I feel like you have to decide between sandals or boots. It doesn’t make sense — you have to pick a season! JK: What is your favorite trend right now? LH: I really like denim on denim. I love wearing jeans with a concert t-shirt layered under a jean shirt, it’s such an easy, cool look. JK: What will you be wearing this fall? LH: Probably my dad’s flannels. I really love oversized flannels and I don’t see the point in going to Urban Outfitters and spending a crazy amount when you can get the same one from Walmart for half the price.
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Samberg jokes about Donald Trump and Bill Cosby.
By Mackenzie Cutruzzula Sports Editor
JK: How would you describe your personal style? LH: My style is super eclectic. One day I’ll be wearing a bohemian dress and the next I’ll be wearing an oversized oxford shirt with tight black jeans.
irony of how I could be spending this time watching Netflix. Jeffrey Tambor and Julia Louis-Dreyfus took home the top comedy prizes for their roles in “Transparent” and “Veep,” respectively. Outstanding Actor Drama Series went to Jon Hamm for his performance in “Mad Men.” In a monumental moment to end the night, Viola Davis became the first African American woman to win the Emmy for Outstanding Actress Drama Series for her role in “How to Get Away With Murder.” On the music side of Hollywood,
Demi Lovato reminded everyone how seriously old they have gotten by posting a picture on Instagram from 2010, to wish her dear friend Nick Jonas a happy 23rd birthday on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The photo featured a baby-faced Jonas and Lovato sporting her classic bangs, but most importantly she reminded us how badly we — how badly I — need the #jofro back in my life. Lovato and another Jonas Brother both dropped new singles this week. In her latest single, “Confident,” Lovato asked the world simply, “What’s wrong with being confident?” The track is pop-rock inspired and infused with empowering lyrics that she rocked out to at the iHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 19. Joe Jonas was at the show, as well, to promote his latest track, “Cake By The Ocean,” with his newly formed band DNCE. His new bandmates may seem familiar, as one has performed with Charli XCX, another with SemiPrecious Weapons and drummer
Jack Lawless has played with Joe since the Jonas Brothers days. As Justin Bieber basks in the success of his latest single, “What Do You Mean?,” he found himself in another media-made feud. When asked in a radio interview for his opinion on fellow Canadian singer, Shawn Mendes, Bieber appeared to have never heard of him. The Twittersphere took this as a rally call for a rumble to come between the two stars. However, in Bieber’s apparent new reformed life, he wasn’t looking for a fight. Instead he made good on his word to check out Mendes and went to Instagram to show his support. The post featured a screenshot of Mendes’ latest single “Stitches” with the caption, “Shawn I checked out the music and I’m so proud! So glad to see another boy from Canada crushin it. #canadiansdoitbetter.” Ariana Grande gave an ode to Bieber this week at her Houston concert on Friday, Sept. 18. The singer performed a mash-up of Bieber’s “What Do Your Mean?”
and her own “One Last Time.” Bieber wasn’t available for the collaboration, but that didn’t stop fans from going crazy over Grande singing alongside Bieber’s original recording. As a former Nickelodeon star, one can only wonder if Grande fan-girled as hard as the rest of the world when TeenNick released a clip on Friday, Sept. 18, revealing what Zoey said to Chase in her time capsule video on “Zoey101.” Exactly 10 years after the original episode, “Time Capsule,” premiered, fans got to see Chase Matthews (Sean Flynn) and Michael Barret (Christopher Massey) reunite just before Chase was about to propose to his girlfriend, Alyssa. Michael reads Zoey’s dialogue to Chase revealing that 10 years ago, she thought they might be soulmates. The clip ended with “to be continued…?,” but hopefully Dan Schneider, producer of the show and clip, won’t make us wait another 10 years to find out if true love really does exist.
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Arts & Entertainment
Student skits come down to the ‘Wire’ 24-hour play competition brings laughter
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Left: Students write and perform in skits based on popular websites like GrubHub.com. Right: Actors run on no sleep during their scenes. By Annette Espinoza Correspondent With an army of 50 plus students split into five teams, an aggressive council of seven arbiters running on caffeine and a 24-hour deadline, students at the College put together and performed several plays that made for yet another wacky night at WIRED. The biannual event, which was held in the Decker Social Space on Saturday, Sept. 19, expressed unique collaborative work from a dynamic group of student writers, eccentric actors and directors willing to sacrifice a whole 24 hours to craft six plays from scratch and then perform them on stage in front of a live audience. This troupe of brave students compete to the theatrical death in hopes to win best actress, director, writer and stage manager. This year’s theme was based on websites and included a subgenre of the five senses. Outrageous twists were incorporated into the skits such as a “Gossip Girl” scandal, tweets from arbiters’
Twitter accounts and even treating a normal word like a curse word. Who knew “Dalai Lama” was such a great filler for an insult? “We spend weeks in advance thinking of really out-of-the-box things” said arbiter Cat Janis, a sophomore psychology major. Janis’ tweets were used that night in “A Saturday Binge,” a piece written by Ian Cooley and Brooke Schmidt and directed by Karen Katzin. Cooley and Schimdt took home the prize for best writers. “A Saturday Binge” was the result of the series of strange requirements the arbiters gave them for their main theme, Netflix. So what happens when the arbiters make the team incorporate the sense of sound, someone who has died and gained an unexpected inheritance and a stuffed Pikachu? An unbearably funny spoof of movies like “She’s All That,” “The Others” and “The Hunger Games.” “It’s crazy hectic but so much fun, too,” said Katie McLaughlin, junior history and secondary education double major.
McLaughlin arrived on stage with a bedazzled face during her impersonation of Effy in “Saturday Night Binge.” WIRED is organized by All College Theater and TCNJ Musical Theater, who succeeded in sending waves of laughter throughout Decker’s basement. “We have no cuts, so everyone who auditions is a part of it,” said head arbiter Jonathan Edmondson, a junior journalism and professional writing major. “It is definitely a unique thing for TCNJ.” As the head arbiter, Edmondson had been up since 8:30 p.m. the night before. Yet despite the lack of sleep, the cast exemplified great talent and humor. The piece “The Tasteful Adventures of Craig” required the team to incorporate the following themes: the virtue of temperance, a sense of taste, someone showing up uninvited, a hula hoop, arbiter Jenna Burke’s Twitter, Craigslist. com, and the word “Dalai Lama” to be used as a curse word. In this wacky piece, Kyle Elphicks won best actor for
his role as a haunted enthusiast, and was so funny that even the spirits he was conjuring must have been rolling in their graves. Among the audience members was one of the cofounders of the original WIRED show Christine Scarfuto, who graduated from the College in ’05 and is now the producing associate for Premiere Stages at Kean University. “I had no idea this was still going on,” Scarfuto said. “It’s amazing to see the amount of people that are a part of it now.” The event filled the house and ended the night with a laughter-exhausted crowed. “Everything was so well done considering they only had a day,” said audience member Julia Dzurillay, a freshman journalism and professional writing major. The outlandishly funny event held up to its name and left no audience member feeling disconnected. “It’s called WIRED for a reason,” yelled a cast member as he ran through the crowd holding his cardigan out as a cape.
‘Invincible’ excites avid readers with storyline
‘Invincible’ features stunning artwork and visual storytelling. By Andrew Street Staff Writer
“Invincible,” the comic by “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, has continually remained a staple in my monthly comic line-up. Month after month, Kirkman has delivered countless story arcs that triumph
over traditional superhero storytelling. Now, after establishing a jumping-on point for newcomers, “Invincible” is back to reward its avid readers with more gripping adventures in the 123rd issue, the latest release of the comic. Like every other issue of “Invincible,” we are once again treated with stunning art. Lead artist
Ryan Ottley has created a trademark style with “Invincible,” and has continued to improve upon it with each issue. Characters look stunning and penned to perfection, while the alien environments are packed with vibrant colors and lush detail. It is difficult while reading the comic not to hesitate on each page and appreciate the
work that has gone into crafting each panel. “Invincible” recently celebrated its 100th issue. As such, the last dozen issues of the comic have been focused on developing a perfect point for newcomers to pick up the comic and jump into the “Invincible” world. The latest issue, however, marks a return to major plot lines that is sure to please regular readers. Without entering spoiler territory, the latest release of the comic focuses on Mark (Invincible), his wife, Eve, and their daughter as they struggle to settle into their new lives on an alien planet. With Mark focused on assisting in planetary protection, Eve is left to care for their child alone. The development between these two has always been one the brightest points of the series. Mark and Eve have both proven to be multifaceted, complex characters. It is a pleasure to see their relationship grow with each issue. Despite their surreal setting in outer space, they have become
dynamic, relatable characters that add a layer of connection between the comic and its readers. Kirkman’s signature seems to be ending an issue right at the perfect moment. This month’s issue is no different. In fact, it’s one of the most intriguing endings I have seen as of late. “Invincible” is truly something special. It is perhaps one the best comics out right now because of its stunning artwork and compelling storytelling. Over the years, “Invincible” has managed to deliver some of the best superhero stories within the comic book industry. Issue 123 is no exception to this rule. While the story may have slowed down for a few issues, things are finally picking back up. Comic book creator Kirkman is back to delivering what we have come to expect from the series. Whether you’re a comic fan or not, “Invincible” is a complex, emotional and all around awesome experience that everyone should try out at least once.
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CUB Alt hosts first soloist night of the semester Students perform covers and original work
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Avallone performs on stage for the first time in front of his peers.
By Morgan Lubner Correspondent
Nervous student performers and antsy friends gathered in the Brower Student Center on Friday, Sept. 18, for the first student soloist night of the semester. Hosted by CUB Alt, the event gives aspiring musicians the chance to gain experience performing in a supportive, relaxing environment. Three soloists signed up to perform and showcase their various talents in front of peers and parents, some for the first time ever. The first artist was Jade Tungul, a freshman communications major who sang and played her guitar for the crowd. She performed six songs in total, five covers and one original piece she wrote just the week before. Tungul has only been performing for around one or two years, but has been
playing guitar since eighth grade and singing since she was seven years old. “I thought it could be a fun opportunity and it was,” Tungul said, who discovered the event on Facebook. “It was really rewarding.” Following Tungul, Meghan Clark, a senior elementary education and English double major, graced the stage. As the president of iTunes, an a cappella group on campus, she has experience with performing, but this was her first time doing it solo. Clark sang songs from a variety of artists, including Ingrid Michaelson, A Fine Frenzy and Elvis Presley, surprising the audience with her versatility. In between songs, Clark joked with the crowd, eliciting many laughs, despite proclaiming that she is not in fact a comedian. After finishing “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Presley, Clark remarked how
that was the best she had ever felt singing — ever. “It was the craziest feeling,” she said. Clark has been performing since third grade when she discovered the Cheetah Girls and decided she wanted to be just like Adrienne Bailon. “Go for it,” Clark said to aspiring musicians in the crowd. “Prepare ahead of time and absolutely get up and try it.” The closing performer was Andrew Avallone, a sophomore mechanical engineering major who is also a self-taught musician. He brought two guitars on stage with him, an acoustic and an electric. He explained to the crowd that he bought a guitar on an impulse only a year ago, three days before his freshman move-in day. Since then, he has taught himself how to play and create melodies to pre-recorded backtracks. That night was his first time ever
performing, contributing to the theme of the night. “I love it, I really enjoy it. And emotions come out of the guitar when I play, whether I like them or not,” Avallone said. “The first time I had that feeling, I fell in love with it.” CUB Alt puts on 12 shows a semester, the student soloist night being the first of those held in the Student Center instead of the Rat. Of the 12 events to be put on this semester, three are soloist nights and four are band nights. Student comedy nights and spoken word nights are also thrown into the mix to provide scenes that even more students would be interested in. The next CUB show to look out for will take place on Friday, Sept. 25. The country duo Kingston, from Nashville, is coming to the College and will be performing in the Decker Social Space.
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Clark impresses the crowd with a medley of diverse songs.
New video game offers the ‘ultimate’ experience By Michael Battista Sports Editor
The original “Gears of War” video game was launched into the gaming market in late 2006 and quickly became a fan-favorite. Nine years later, “Gears of War Ultimate Edition” is now being made available on the Xbox. The new release looks to rekindle the spirit and excitement of the original in a package that’s familiar, but also refreshingly modern. Developed under the direction of series creator Rod Fergusson and The Coalition Studio, the title is a re-release of the original game with enhanced features
and gameplay. The game’s assets have been completely remade from the ground up using modern game design methods. “Gears of War Ultimate Edition” includes new story chapters, boosted 1080P graphics and 60 frames per second multiplayer. The story takes place on a fictional Earth-like planet called Sera, where humans are locked in a deadly war against the Locust, a subterranean species of reptilian creatures. Players take on the role of former war criminal Marcus Fenix, who is now a soldier fighting for the human race in a 12-year long war that could lead to total extinction. Throughout the story, Marcus
New features enhance gameplay of the popular video game.
and his fellow soldiers fight the varied Locust creatures in an attempt to set off a device which could end the conflict and spell victory for humanity. Players are thrown into the war with little backstory. This unconventional aspect of the game serves to make it more realistic, as it would be unusual for characters to stop and explain the conflict in the midst of battle. Dedicated fans can learn more about the rich world and characters featured in “Gears of War” through the franchise novels and comics that have been released over time. The gameplay within “Gears of War Ultimate Edition” is quite similar to the original release, which includes a standard third person shooter with cover mechanics. The new game, however, has smoother and more accurate shooting than previous editions in the series. The single player story remains largely similar to the original, with unchanged voice acting and orchestral soundtrack. The cutscenes, however, have been remade and now allow for more detailed characters and enhanced emotion in what used to be very plain and generic scenes. A scene you may have seen 10 times before in previous editions of the game will now look new and feature a different
Players battle against the threat of human extinction. viewpoint of the action. For this reason, “Gears of War Ultimate Edition” can be equally exciting for new players and returning fans alike. The game’s multiplayer feature has also received an overhaul but still manages to remain true to the series staples. Faster paced matches along with dedicated servers to handle weaker internet connections make the game an experience that both newcomers in social, non-intense matches and veterans in competitive, high-skill matches can enjoy equally. “Gears of War Ultimate Edition” sticks out in a world where remakes and remasters have
been coming out left and right for the past two years. The new release of “Gears of War” holds more than just a few updated graphics. The latest edition of the game has been remade, but will still feel familiar to those who fell in love with the original. “Gears of War Ultimate Edition” adds enough of the new, while retaining much of the older editions to make it worth the $40 price tag. Throw in the fact that players now have access to all previous “Gears of War” editions for free on the Xbox One via backwards capability, and you have yourself a worthy investment.
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Album reflects rapper’s maturity
New songs focus on recovery and showcase a new side of Miller. By Ryan Quindlen Correspondent
Forget everything you know about Mac Miller. If you don’t know anything about him, even better. Now’s the time to pay attention. The 23-year-old rapper from Pittsburgh, Pa., has come a long way since enthusiastically chanting “there’s a party on fifth ave,” over and over until it was stuck in your head for weeks. The once “frat rap” star has done a lot of growing up in recent years, resulting in his most recent release, “GO:OD AM.” “GO:OD AM,” his first major label release, departs from the melancholy nature of his past two releases (the addiction-fueled album “Watching Movies With the Sound Off” and the underrated tale of recovery, “Faces”), bringing us a new tale of optimism and ambition. I had the privilege of interviewing Mac Miller when he performed at the College in April 2013 — right before his album “Watching Movies” showed the world his darker
side. It took a little while to understand him through the drug-induced slurring, but I was taken aback by his intelligence, enthusiasm and kind-hearted spirit. Two years later, Miller has decided to share this side of himself with all of us. “GO:OD AM” showcases Miller’s transition from party-boy to recovering artist in a strikingly honest way. He uses the intro track, “Doors,” as an opportunity to assure listeners that he is “in a better place” now, and continues to support this message throughout the album. You’ll still find Miller’s signature boyish wordplay (lovable arrogance stuffed with humor, sexual themes and pop culture) on tracks like “Clubhouse” or “Rush Hour,” but be prepared for old school, soulful choruses on songs like “Brand Name” or “Two Matches” (featuring Ab-Soul). Miller also incorporates incredibly refined songwriting on the pop, should-have-been-a-summerhit, “Weekend.” “100 Grandkids” was the first single released off this album back in August, and
is easily one of the best hip hop singles of the year. It’s the kind of song that just begs to be blasted, windows down, flying down 295. And we certainly can’t talk about driving music without mentioning Miller’s second single, the dreamy “Break the Law” (which features some of the best wordplay on the album) or the fiery banger “In The Bag,” where Miller takes the time to remind any haters that he couldn’t care less what they think — because he thinks his music is awesome. You know what, Mac? So do we. The seemingly random placement of the more radio-friendly tracks on this album leaves me a bit confused at moments, but the rest of the record is filled with a flavorful mix of the melancholic Miller we’ve grown to love and the newly optimistic Miller we’re just being introduced. It seems Miller may finally have a leg up on the worst of his mental health and drug issues, even if he is far from sober. To quote Miller directly, “To everyone who sell me drugs, don’t mix it with that bullshit, I’m hopin’ not to join the 27 club.” The man acknowledges his vices and mistakes and is trying to be better in spite of them, which is something worth taking away from this record. Mac certainly hasn’t reinvented hip hop — with the occasional misogynistic lyrics being the only smudges on an otherwise tasteful album — but he seems to be a lot closer to finding his place in it, and finding happiness. We may not know what exactly brought about this shift in Mac, but the soulful chorus of one of “GO:OD AM’s” final tracks, “Ascension,” may just say it best: “What’s the difference between heaven and hell? A brand new me.” Maybe you need to travel through hell to release something this heavenly.
A‘Mix’ of improv and physical comedy By Khadijah Yasin Correspondent It wouldn’t be a Mixed Signals show unless someone pretended to be an inflatable watermelon. During their first show of the semester, the College’s improv comedy troupe enacted many wacky tales on Sunday, Sept. 13, in the Library Auditorium. The Mixed Signals always come up with completely original material for each of their performances. Made up of 10 members ranging from sophomores to seniors, the troupe found the perfect balance of sarcasm and humor. Their energy was contagious and livened up the room immediately. Very little is off limits at one of their shows — a memorable skit of the night occurred when a cast member pretended to be a drunken grandchild cleaning barnacles from a boat. More importantly, they always kept their skits interesting and allowed the crowd to get involved. They utilized crowd feedback and based entire skits off words shouted out by audience members. Freshman nursing major Samantha Green said she loved that “they use audience participation to make it more interactive.” Troupe president Steve Munoz, a senior English and secondary education double major, expressed just how much he loves doing
This week, Nick Landoffi, WTSR assistant music director, and Sydney Shaw, music staff member, highlights some of the best new albums that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.
Band: Giorgio Moroder Album: “Déjà vu” Hailing From: Urtijëi, Italy Genre: 80s Dance Disco Label: RCA To most of you, Giorgio Moroder was the name of a Daft Punk song from 2013’s “Random Access Memories.” In reality, he is one of the pioneers of disco, dance music, EDM and electro. Why do you think the guys who created EDM and dance music named a song after him? Nevertheless, this album is funky fresh. You’ll find a list featuring a crazy collection of people from Sia and Charli XCX to Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears. This is a pop-disco album that is heavy on the pop. Ultimately, you’ll hear a lot of the roots to what popular music has recently been stealing from this album. To some, it may sound disjointed and outdated, but in my humble opinion, I think it’s a good attempt for a 74 year old to expand his musical talents again.
improv and how the group has grown to be a goofy, little family. Munoz said his favorite part of being in The Mixed Signals is “getting to hang out with these people for four hours a week, and practicing twice a week with them.” This friendship was apparent throughout the show and made the cast and skits shine. But the fun doesn’t stop when the show ends, or even after a cast member graduates. According to Munoz, many of the alumni who were previously in The Mixed Signals, create their own alumni comedy groups and come back in the spring and perform with the current members. The Mixed Signals also provide a form of entertainment otherwise not readily available on campus. Munoz believes their shows are a good outlet for students at the College to be able to laugh and forget about the stresses of classes. Another cast member, Emma Young, a sophomore urban elementary and iSTEM double major, agrees that the troupe “brings a lot of light-hearted fun” to what can be a demanding and hectic week of taxing assignments. Whether it is to escape the workload or just for a laugh, going to a performance of The Mixed Signals is a scandalously humorous time. The troupe will be holding auditions to join the group on Thursday, Oct. 15, and will be holding another show on Sunday, Oct. 18.
Must Hear: “Déjà Vu (feat. Sia),” “Diamonds (feat. Charli XCX),” “Right Here Right Now (feat. Kylie Minogue)” and “Tempted (feat. Matthew Koma)”
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Must hear: “Summer Shandy,” “Cough It Out,” “Laugh Till I Cry” and “2YL”
Left: Members utilize student feedback during skits. Right: Munoz dances with fellow Mixed Signals.
Band: The Front Bottoms Album: “Back On Top” Hailing From: Woodcliff Lake, N.J. Genre: Indie Punk Rock Label: Fueled by Ramen It might be tough for day-one Front Bottoms fans to accept the band’s transition from “Taking my Uzi to the Gym” to signing with Fueled By Ramen. But from a technical standpoint, “Back on Top” is their best-produced and most developed LP yet. Frontman Brian Sella’s growing confidence shines through on nearly every track and the band’s signature humor and high-energy are more prominent than ever before. Replete with deep lyrics and delicately layered instrumentals, “Cough it Out” is a deliriously beautiful song. In “2YL,” Sella sings about relationships — from having sex to being there to support one another. A fun horns section makes this track stand out. In fact, Ciaran O’Donnell’s key and horn additions add a component to “Back on Top” that previous TFB albums were lacking.
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Lions keep streak alive with 20 wins Field Hockey
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Padilla was named NJAC’s Rookie Field Hockey Player of the week.
By Miguel Gonzalez Staff Writer
For the past week, the Lions captivated their home crowd and extended their winning streak to an astounding 20 games with a 6-1 victory against Cabrini College and an intense 1-0 overtime victory against Messiah College. Freshman midfielder Sidney Padilla was announced as NJAC’s Rookie Field Hockey player of the week for the week of Sept. 13 for her combined four assists during the Lions’ victories against FDU-Florham Campus and Juniata College. On Tuesday, the College defeated the Cabrini College Cavaliers, 6-1, with a hat-trick from junior midfielder Jaclyn Douglas. The match started off with penalty corners by Douglas and shots from senior captain Mikayla Cimilluca and Padilla. In the third minute, the Lions broke through with a goal by senior
forward Alicia Wagner. The next 23 minutes were highlighted by a slew of shots from Douglas, freshman forward Taylor Barrett and junior defender Lexi Smith. The majority of the shots were blocked or saved by Cavalier goalie Taylor Bookman. Despite the attempts, Cabrini College’s Kerry Farrell scored an equalizer with an assist from Taylor Mack in the 26th minute. This was Cabrini College’s only goal of the match, as the Lions counter-attacked when Smith scored with an assist from Douglas at the conclusion of the first period. The second period demonstrated Douglas’ instrumental role in the Lion’s offense as she completed a hat trick along with an assist. Cimilluca says the team’s chemistry is paying off right now. “Jaclyn (Douglas) has a great knowledge of the game and I think that shows in her play,” Cimilluca said. “She knew exactly where to be
and I think she is a catalyst for the attack.” The catalyst initiated the Lions’ offense when Cimilluca knocked in a short pass in front of the net to Douglas before she scored in the 39th minute. The Cavaliers counterattacked momentarily when Cavalier Tiffany Phillips shot three times. Junior goalie Kelly Schlupp saved all of them. In the 53rd minute, Douglas scored her second goal after receiving a short pass from Freshman Forward Elizabeth Morrison. Without delay, the Lions found the net again when Barrett scored with an assist from Douglas. Toward the end, Douglas finished her performance when she scored her third goal of the game at the 66th minute. Altogether, the Lions shot 29 times while withholding the Cavaliers to four shots. Under the lights of Lions’ Stadium on a Saturday night, the College fought immensely for a hard fought 1-0 overtime victory against the Messiah College Falcons. The first period was a back and forth affair where the Falcons and Lions approached into a stalemate. The Falcons started off with two penalty corners from Taylor Holt. Smith came in with a defensive save after blocking a shot from Falcon Carissa Gehman. By the seventh minute, the Lions attempted to counter with a few penalty corners from Douglas. However, both Smith and Wagner’s shots were blocked. The Lions’ defense gained a firm grip on the Falcon’s offense as they stopped shots from freshman midfielder Kaylor Rosenberry. At the 22nd minute, Douglas launched a shot towards the corner of the net, but Falcon freshman goalie Shelby Landes deflected it with her right foot. The second period featured more defense and urgency from both the Cavaliers and the
Lions as they tried to finish the match with the clock ticking down. Schlupp had a clutch performance as she recorded four saves to maintain the tie. In the meantime, the Lions’ offense struggled to find the net with missed shots from Smith and freshman midfielder Kayla Mosser. At the 64th minute, the Lions’ offense came close to a goal when Wagner’s shot ricocheted off the post. The game proceeded to overtime after the Lions foiled a last minute penalty corner from Falcon Holt. Heading into overtime for the first time this season, the Lions quickly marked the scoreboard. Morrison attempted to score but Falcon goalie Landes kicked off the shot with her right leg. With Barrett taking penalty corners in place of Douglas, Smith shot a long drive towards the net and Barrett created a signature moment by scoring the game winning goal. In all, the Lions and Falcons both recorded nine shots while the Lion’s stellar defense was aided by Schlupp’s six saves. Cimilluca says her team’s defense is what kept them in the game. “Our defense stepped up huge throughout the entire game,” she said. “Our defense is really emerging as a solid and strong unit. Juniors Lexi Smith and Shannon Cowles’ consistent play was really evident throughout the entire game and they helped our team a lot. Overall, it was nice for the game to finish in our favor and for us to capitalize so early in the overtime period.” With a 5-0 start to the season, the Lions continue to play at home with a matchup against the Salisbury University Seagulls on Saturday, Sept. 26.
Lions suffer first loss Brady best bet for QB Soccer falls to Newark
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Mike Schiumo outruns a defender.
By Otto Gomez Staff Writer
The men’s soccer team continued their season in Madison, N.J., against Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham on Wednesday, Sept. 16, with a 2-2 draw. The Lions were just ranked 18th in the nation for Division III after starting out the season 5-0-2, while the opposing Devils were 2-3-1. Although the Devils scored the lone goal of the first half, the Lions quickly surged in the second half to take a 2-1 lead. Freshman midfielder Nick Sample was able to net an unassisted goal only four minutes into the half. Less than 10 minutes later, sophomore midfielder Peter Dresch scored his third of the season to take the
lead for the College. However, not even 10 minutes later, the Devils evened up the score at two goals a side. Junior forward Thomas Hogue almost won the game with a goal of his own, but came up short in overtime and after two 10minute overtime periods, the game ended in a draw. The Lions advanced to play RutgersNewark in their first inter-conference game of the season on Saturday, Sept. 19. The team fell to the Scarlet Raiders 3-2, ending their undefeated streak. Similar to their previous game, the Lions trailed 1-0 at half and managed to tie the game early in the second half. Freshman defender Nick Provenzano scored his first goal of the season off an assist from Sample. However, a minute and a half earlier, the Lions broke down and let in another quick goal from Rutgers-Newark. Even though Hogue was finally successful this game in scoring a little later off another assist from Sample, the Scarlet Raiders scored a clutch goal right before the end of regulation, giving the Lions their first loss of the season. “It has been a positive start to the season,” junior forward Sean Etheridge said about their season so far. “We’re going to just keep playing our game and keep doing what has made us successful in the past.” The Lions look to rebound against Drew University on Wednesday, Sept. 23, when they host them at Lions’ Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
By Sean Reis Columnist Week Three is looking like a tougher week, but I am confident with the suggestions chosen, good luck! Quarterbacks: Tom Brady ($7,700) — Brady is now the third highest priced Draft Kings QB, but after starting the season with two solid performances, I would be willing to spend that money in a favorable matchup at home against Jacksonville this week. Russell Wilson ($7,000) — I feel like I have been picking on the Chicago defense the past two weeks, but every QB they continue to face is looking like a good pick. Although Seattle lost last night, Wilson came to play in the second half as an elusive passer who was not afraid to run, even if it meant taking a hit. Running Backs: Carlos Hyde ($5,400) — I picked Hyde for his breakout performance in Week One and could not have been more pleased. I do like Hyde again in Week Three and although
he may not have another breakout performance, I like the chances. Joseph Randle ($5,100) — With Tony Romo and Dez Bryant out, Dallas will be utilizing all three of their RBs more than ever, likely having Randle take a majority of the carries. At $5,100, Randle is a relatively cheap play with high upside, merely risky because he will be sharing most time in the backfield. Wide Receivers: Antonio Brown ($8,900) — Brown is currently one of the highest scoring receivers in all fantasy leagues, which justifies his price, but is he worth it? Yes, but in Draft Kings budgeting is key, so as long as you can manage the budget to pick him without sacrificing other players, pick him. Julian Edelman ($7,000) — If Brown is out of your price range, Edelman will be another good play at an average price in Week Three. When Wes Welker was in New England he was the go-to receiver — Edelman is Welker’s replacement.
Travis Benjamin ($4,200) — Although I am not a fan of Benjamin’s QB, both have played well in the first two weeks. So with an open matchup in Week Three against Oakland, virtually anything can happen for Johnny Football and his young receiver. Tight Ends: Heath Miller ($3,500) — In a perfect world, I would pick Gronk every week, but for $7,400? No… Which is why I only have one suggestion at TE (for half Gronk’s price) in Week Three. Miller has always been a consistent player in Pittsburgh and with Big Ben now playing at a superstar level, he will always have an eye on his main check down receiver. Defense: New York Jets ($3,000) — For the second time in three weeks, I like the New York Jets defense. They performed well in two very different matchups so far this season, and facing what has been an average Philadelphia offense at home, I like their defense again in Week Three.
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Matt Bowker “The Ref”
Michael Battista Sports Editor
In this week’s edition of Around the Dorm, the “Ref,” Matt Bowker, asks our panel of experts three questions: Can the Cowboys survive without Dez Bryant, what is the biggest storyline for the NHL going into the preseason and what team owns the American League West?
1. Can the Cowboys survive without a number one Running Back and no Dez Bryant? Kevin: The Cowboys can definitely survive without Dez and a true number one running back. The Cowboys still have, arguably, the best offensive line in football and I think Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden can both have some decent success behind it. Dez is a huge loss especially in the red zone but the Cowboys still have a very good quarterback in Tony Romo. He was able to put together an impressive game-winning drive last week without Dez in the lineup. Another factor that plays into this is that Dallas’ defense has improved since last season. They, for the most part, shut down the Giants offense last week. Lastly, the Cowboys can survive because they don’t play in a great division. The Redskins are terrible, they just beat the Giants, and the Eagles with Sam Bradford and Sam Bradford’s knees didn’t exactly set the world on fire in Week 1. Otto: I think they can survive. There are a lot of questions surrounding the entire NFC
East. Tony Romo is the best quarterback in the division and he’s proven time after time that he can get it done. More importantly, the Cowboys have an outstanding offensive line.
Bryant will not be out the entire year, in fact I predict for him to be active after Week 12. The Cowboys, regardless of their two big offensive skill player losses, will still be right in
the hunt as we near the playoffs. Michael: Even though I have ill feeling toward them, the Cowboys can most definitely survive without Dez Bryant. The game against the New York Giants, as much as I want to forget it, is proof enough of that. They play in a division that isn’t at its best, as the Eagles try to figure out what works best with new assets, the Redskins are... the Redskins and the Giants aren’t playing to their full potential. But besides being a favorite in the NFC East, their upcoming schedule places them against teams where their offense can take care of business without issue (teams like the Buccanears and Carolina). Brandon Carr really impressed me in Week 1, and I’m going to watch him during Week 2 to see if his solid play improves, along with the rest of Dallas’ defense. So maybe if the Cowboys were in another division they might have a bigger issue losing such a stud player, but the talent they have now along with where they play means Jerry Jones can sleep easy at night watching his oversized T.V. screen.
Kevin gets 3 points for crediting the defense. Michael gets 2 points for looking at the schedule and Otto gets 1 point for looking at Bryant’s return.
2. As the preseason begins, what do you think is the biggest storyline to watch in the NHL this season? Kevin: The obvious dark cloud hanging over hockey right now is what’s going to happen with Patrick Kane, but until the long legal
process takes its course, it doesn’t necessarily have strong ramifications on the ice, so I’ll say the biggest storyline heading into camp is the wonder child in Edmonton — Connor McDavid. He’s supposed to be the best prospect since Crosby, maybe even since Gretzky.
Those are huge expectations to live up to and he’ll be expected to produce right away. The Oilers have had many top picks come through the organization: Hall, Eberle, RNH, Yakupov, and they’ve still been terrible. McDavid is expected to not only produce individual greatness, but also make the team a contender Otto: Patrick Kane remains to be the biggest storyline of the season and I think he will continue being it unless something big happens. He has been a huge distraction for their team and has generated a lot of news coverage. Many non-hockey fans have become aware of his accusations because of the nature of them. While he has not been indicted officially, the fact that there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding his case has only proven to be more of a distraction. Kane has proven himself to be a star in the league. He was even chosen to be on the cover of “NHL 16,” an honor that was rescinded because of the recent news. The best player of the reigning champs and winners of
three of the last six Cups has shown himself to be a huge distraction this offseason. Michael: This is a two part question. Unfortunately, the biggest news storyline going into the NHL season is whether or not Patrick Kane is going to that big penalty box up north. He’s making headlines in a sport where most news comes either during the playoffs or the Winter Classic/Stadium Series games. People are going to want to watch to see if he plays, the reactions around him and, finally, if mid season he gets called into trial. However, the biggest hockey-centered storyline is in Toronto. I’m excited to see the Maple Leafs under new GM Lou Lamoriello, and want to see if he could bring some of the Devil’s success up North. I’m curious what he can do, as the Devils went to the Stanley Cup Playoffs all but three times between 1998 and 2012 and won the Cup three times under him. The biggest storyline in the NHL depends on whether you watch “TMZ” or TSN.
Michael gets 3 points for taking a different route. Kevin gets 2 points for looking at McDavid and Otto gets 1 point for taking the obvious choice. 3. Will the Astros or Rangers win the AL West? Kevin: You have to say right now that the Rangers are going to win the AL West. They’ve been playing great baseball lately and the Astros have been on the decline over the last couple of months, allowing the Rangers to usurp them in the standings. They looked especially strong in this past series against the Astros which allowed them to take the lead in the division. The Astros have a talented baseball team but much of their roster lacks experience. The Rangers are a veteranled team with a solid middle of the lineup and a pitching staff that just got two huge additions with the acquiring of Cole Hamels from Philadelphia and the return of Derek Holland. The Rangers looked dead a couple of months ago but they are clicking at the right time and should be able to hold win the division. Otto: I think the Rangers will come away with the division championship. Top to bottom they’re a more talented team and have a lot more experience. Prince Fielder has shown that you can actually come back from a devastating neck injury, so he can basically
do anything at this point. The top candidate for the Comeback Player of the Year Award has stepped up as the team’s leader and he is just on fire right now. The Astros, while an awesome story all year, I think will fall at the end. They rely too much on the home run ball and strike out too often. Their luck can’t last forever and the young guys’ lack of playoff hunt experience will catch up with them. Michael: I think the Rangers will come away the division champs, and the reason lies in the words of country singer Jerry Reed: “When you’re hot, you’re hot.” Both teams are playoff caliber, however, the Rangers are putting it into high gear when they need to most. The first two of the recent games against the Astros were decided by one or two runs, but in the final two games they jacked up the scores in what amounted to 22 runs against Houston’s five. Veteran Prince Fielder are having career resurgences at the plate, hitting .313 with 21 home runs. The Rangers pitching rotation is also one of the best in the league. The Astros are not dead, they even play the Rangers again. But after a season of injuries, the Rangers are ready to keep their new lead into October.
Michael gets 3 points for using stats. Otto gets 2 points for mentioning the Astros’ shortcomings and Kevin gets 1 point for highlighting the Rangers’ resurgence.
Michael wins Around the Dorm 8-6-4
page 26 The Signal September 23, 2015 Cross Country
College takes part at Rider Cross Country Meet
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Grimm places in the top 20 in his race on Saturday. By George Tatoris Staff Writer A cross country runner, more than anyone else, knows the importance of pacing. To get fast times, runners need to start off slowly and speed up at crucial moments throughout the course. However, at the Rider Invitational this Saturday, Sept. 19, junior Andrew Tedeschi wanted to see how far he could push himself by pushing himself earlier in the race. At the 5K point, he began to feel the burn. “I never ran that fast to start out an 8K,” he said. “I was afraid I would burn out for the last two miles.” Among the schools present, the College was the only non-Division I team on the course that day. When Tedeschi realized his Division III
position among the leaders in a majority Division I race, he thought of his teammates pushing forward behind him, and found the inspiration to push ahead. He finished third out of 137 runners with a time of 24:53. “I would say breaking 25 (minutes) is a pretty cool achievement to pass in cross country,” Tedeschi said. Behind Tedeschi, junior Roberto Guiducci finished 12th overall with a time of 25:04.3. Senior Tyler Grimm was behind Guiducci with a time of 25:11.8. Despite being the only non-Division I team on the course Saturday, the men didn’t let themselves get intimidated. “It is important that we stay focused and race like it is any other day,” said Guiducci before the race. “If we go out there and perform how we usually do, there is nothing to worry about.”
The College finished third with 76 points, behind Marist College in second with 65 points and Monmouth University in first with 42 points. Freshman Madeline Tattory was top Lion in the women’s race, finishing 22nd out of 141 runners with a time of 23:13.5. Shortly behind Tattory, a pack of five Lions crossed the finish line in a 25-second spread. Seniors Marissa Lerit and Carly Martz finished within a fraction of a second of each other. Lerit took 29th with a time of 23:37.5 and Martz finished 30th with a time of 23:37.9. Just behind them, junior Laura Straub took 31st with a time of 23:31.4. Freshmen Abigail Faith and Emma Bean rounded out the pack, taking 33rd and 34th, respectively, with times of 23:33 and 23:39.4. The women’s team took sixth place with a total of 145 points while Quinnipiac took first with 49 points.
“We have worked so hard as a team these past few weeks and are eager to show everybody what we can bring to the table,” Lerit said before the meet. The Lions ran on familiar ground — the meet took place at Rosedale Park, where the College recently hosted the Blue/Gold Invitational. Lerit said that the Rider Invitational helps runners “get familiar” with Rosedale’s course while showcasing their talent by going up against other strong collegial programs. The Lions trained hard for the past few weeks in order to prepare for that competition. For Tedeschi, it was “an awesome feeling seeing the training paying off” at the Rider Invitational. The men’s team will not compete until the DeSales University Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 10, while the women’s team’s next meet will be the Paul Short Invitational on Friday, Oct. 2.
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Lerit keeps pace and ends in under 30 minutes.
September 23, 2015 The Signal page 27 Cheap Seats
Peyton Manning’s final act in NFL career By Matthew Ajaj Staff Writer Coming into a Thursday Night Football matchup in Week Two against the Kansas City Chiefs, 39-year-old Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was faced with an unfamiliar forecast — the football world expected him to fail. His exorbitant amount of records and five MVP awards held no weight anymore — Peyton was finished. The naysayers had a case — the Broncos’ signal caller had struggled down the stretch last season and looked like a shell of his former self against the Baltimore Ravens just four days prior. Nevertheless, by the time the game was over, the cynics were nowhere to be found. Denver won the contest, 31-24. Peyton Manning filled up the stat sheet with a game-tying final drive and the Denver defense sealed the win by forcing a fumble six in the final seconds. Broncos fans were riding high back in the Mile-High City as their superstar QB was back to his old self. Well, that is what the box score would tell the observer, at least. Manning’s 256 passing yards and three touchdowns against a formidable defense are certainly nothing to scoff about. But beyond the numbers, this was not a pretty game for Peyton. Midway through the second quarter, he felt the heat on a Chiefs blitz and heaved the ball blindly before his receiver could even make it
The Broncos’ quarterback must accept a new role as time ticks forward. out of his break, resulting in horrible pick-six returned by rookie cornerback Marcus Peters. Throughout the night, Peyton’s passes fluttered like dying ducks, seeming to float in the air for an eternity until gravity grew disinterested. Although the scorecard indicates just one Manning interception, the Chiefs secondary would have told you that they should have snagged two or three more. With his aging arm not on the same page as his genius football mind, Peyton could not zip balls into tight windows nor hit his men in stride on deep passes, as he used to do just a few short years ago. He demonstrated zero mobility in the pocket, unable to even execute a play-action rollout
pass without looking like he was wearing lead boots. To his credit, Manning was able to orchestrate a beautiful final drive, matriculating the ball down the field with sluggish yet sublime passes — with the final one ending up in the hands of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in the end zone for a gametying touchdown. Denver got the win, but their QB was anything but flawless. On that night, Manning was just good enough. And yet, good enough is all the Denver Broncos need him to be. Peyton Manning, a perennial superstar forever in the spotlight, has played many roles throughout his career — Franchise Face, All-Pro, Big Brother, Playoff Choke Artist, Super Bowl Champion, Record
Holder, Most Valuable Player — but now he must prepare for his final act: Manning must step behind the curtains and be the stagehand. When Manning exits stage right, the defense enters the gridiron and puts on a dazzling show. Most may not see it yet, but the 2015 Denver defense is one of the most menacing defenses in NFL history. Their secondary sports three 2014 Pro Bowlers, and their linebacking corps starring Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware and Brandon Marshall is by far the best in the league. With defensive mastermind Wade Phillips now handling the headset as a coordinator, this defense knows no bounds. On offense, Manning has a terrific receiving tandem in Demaryius Thomas and Sanders, but his running
backs are unproven and the offensive line is shaky at best. Contrary to the past three years, the Denver defense outshines the offense. In his post-game interview from Thursday night, Manning looked exhausted yet happier than we have ever seen him. He was so exhilarated to get this victory because of how hard he had to work for it: winning does not come easy with an old body, a dying arm and no offensive line. At his current state, Manning will not win games by trying to be the Manning of old. He simply does not have that in him anymore, nor does the construction of his offense support that notion. Manning will have to rely on his immaculate accuracy, because that is all he has left. Slinging scorching passes into narrow frames and launching deep pass dimes are in the past — that Peyton is dead. But as they say, the show must go on. Now, Peyton will have to be merely a game manager, letting his top tier receivers get open and make the plays while he focuses on limiting turnovers — Von Miller and company will take care of the rest and rake in the wins. The defense is now the star of the production — all Manning must do is set up the backdrops and hand out the brochures. In what looks to be Peyton Manning’s final year, The Sheriff and his cast are in Super Bowlor-bust mode and have a great shot at taking home the gold.
Soccer / Sweeps at home Football stumbles at home Lions start strong in conference
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Thoresen scores twice in the game. continued from page 28 Early on, the Lions’ defense showed why they are ranked 16th in the nation in Division III, holding Rutgers to zero shots in the first half and only two in the second half. Coach Joe Russo says the team’s backline has been coming along nicely this season, using both new and old talent together. “Collectively, (the backline) has been great,” he said. “The new crew has done well together.” The College’s offense was also on
full display during the game, with the Lions keeping possession of the ball for most of both halfs. Ten minutes into the first half, junior defender Marissa Scognamiglio, off an assist from Thoresen, headed in a cross past the Rutgers goalkeeper to put the Lions up, 1-0, and picking up her first goal of the season. Sullivan also picked up another goal for her season total in the 35th minute, as did junior midfielder Sarah Marion in the 46th and 70th minutes and Thoresen in the 61st minute of regulation play. Russo says that games like this and the last one are good for team morale, and helps further the team’s progress in certain areas. “Anytime you score a lot of goals it’s positive for everybody,” he said. “It takes time for the team to get into this sort of rhythm, it’s a process.” The game clock hit 90 minutes, and the match ended with the Lions coming out on top 5-0, earning their first conference win. Russo admitted the team still has things it can work on before the next match up. “We can definitely be better in the attacking third and finishing our chances,” he said. The Lions now prepare to travel up to Madison, N.J., hoping to keep their undefeated record in tact when they face Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus in a non-conference game on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m.
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Mulholland goes for 126 yards.
Anthony Caruso Staff Writer The College’s football team is struggling out of the gate this year. The team can’t buy a win, as they are 0-3 to start the season. The Lions’ latest loss came to the Kean University Cougars, 23-6, on Saturday, Sept 19 at Lions’ Stadium in front of a crowd. The Cougars have run over their opponents in the past two games. They had 1,133 total offense, including 601 in this game, for the 2-0 team. While they are on the same page, Lions coach Wayne Dickens has said that the team has made too many mistakes in each loss, especially the past two weekends at home. Now, the team will have a bye week, before returning home on
Saturday, Oct. 3. In the third quarter, the team had the ball for over five minutes. However, they were not able to do much besides just eight yards. “We find a way to not make plays when we need them,” Dickens said. “We have to get over that hump and it’s not an easy up. Once again, it was us and it wasn’t them. We had opportunities to be productive and we didn’t take advantage of those opportunities.” The Lions made two mistakes in the red zone that would end up costing them in the long run. Quarterback Michael Marchesano threw two interceptions. The first interception was in the end zone. Then, he threw his second interception at the one-yard line. Marchesano and fellow quarterback Trevor Osler had 250 combined passing yards. With 11:19 left in the game, Osler hit senior wide receiver Conor Mulholland for a 63-yard touchdown, before a failed extra point. The Lions had just 35 yards on the ground. They also had just 285 yards overall. Kean had 338 yards on the ground, including 148 by Damian Corridor. Tyler Rodriguez threw for 263, and had a touchdown, as he hit Tahj Hammary for a 29-yard reception in the fourth for the 23-0 lead. Kyree Tyson-Jones scored on a 10yard rushing touchdown, before Steve Ferlisi made a 24-yard field goal as time expired for halftime for the 10-0 lead. Corridor then added a one-yard run with 25 seconds left in the third. “It gets old and it gets hard fighting from behind all the time,” Dickens said.
Hockey seals a win in season opener
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Left: DiBrita helps put the Lions ahead with a goal and three assists. Right: McMurrer meshes well with the strong defense. By Julie Kayzerman Editor-in-Chief With a brand new coaching staff on the bench and an influx of new players filling the voids of recent graduates, the College’s ice hockey team dominated the University of Pennsylvania, 8-3, in the season opener at Louck’s Ice Center on Saturday, Sept. 19. It wasn’t their cleanest win, but after a month of preparation for the season under new head coach Andrew Ducko, the Lions proved to have greater team chemistry than last season, with added depth on defense and determined rookies on offense. But for the first line of forwards, seniors Salvatore DiBrita and Tyler Viducic and junior Kevin Collins, they picked up right where they left off.
“We just click. We know where we’re going to be,” said DiBrita, a second year captain. “You don’t think, you just do.” And that’s exactly what DiBrita did when he set the tone of the game, putting the College up on the scoreboard for the first time at 13:34 off an assist from Viducic. DiBrita followed up with an assist on sophomore Nick Paranzine’s goal to put the College up, 2-0 in the first. The first line racked up points with Collins scoring a hat trick, including a shorthanded snipe into the top right pocket of the net in the second period off a pass from DiBrita, who totaled three assists in the night. New to a Lions jersey were noticeable freshmen forwards Mike Lisciandro and Will Dimock and defenseman Matt Liebers.
“It’s really fun to watch them play,” DiBrita said of the rookies. “They’re young, they’re energetic and they still have that eagerness.” Dimock and Lisciandro each scored their first college goal in the matchup, with Dimock hitting the top right corner of the net at 6:52 in the second period off a pass from Lisciandro. Lisciandro finished one of his own early in the third with an unassisted shot, robbing UPenn’s goalie to the right side to put the College up, 5-2. The Lions showed greater depth on defense with senior captain Matt Martin playing a smart and patient game alongside freshman Liebers. “He’s a talented, smart-moving guy,” Martin said of his new defensive partner. “We complement each other really well.” Senior Steve Czachor paired well with sophomore Dylan
McMurrer, as they each held solid in front of returning goalie David Laub. Laub saved 31 shots in the win. But it was junior forward Nick Mancini who fought for his well-deserved spot on the ice with aggressive play and a workhorse attitude. “Mancini definitely carved out a role for himself,” DiBrita said. “He’s always the first one at the rink and the last one to leave. He’s definitely a leader who leads by example.” DiBrita also included McMurrer as a lead-by-example player for the College as a standout defenseman with an offensive mindset. McMurrer nailed in the Lions’ seventh goal with just over a minute left in the game, pushing past the UPenn defenders with composure. “He has the ability to take it coast to coast, he’s everything an
athlete should be,” DiBrita said. While the College started the season off with success amidst a series of changes from last year, DiBrita credits a large portion of the team’s triumph to returning student manager, Danny Almberg. Almberg stays behind the scenes, watching the games intently, tweeting out live updates and taking game notes, but according to DiBrita, it makes all the difference. “A lot of our readiness can be attributed to him,” DiBrita said, explaining that he’s the go-to guy for a rundown of the game and helpful advice in between periods. “We all appreciate him and what he does, I don’t think any of us can do that with as much detail and care.” The Lions are back on the ice on Friday, Sept. 25, at Princeton University at 7:30 p.m.
Lions rack up epic 17 goals in one weekend By Michael Battista Sports Editor In the sports realm, games can be close contests, hard fought with a finish that leave both teams knowing they gave it all they could. Then there are games similar to the ones the College’s women’s soccer team played on Wednesday, Sept. 16, against Penn State Harrisburg, where they picked up a 12-0 win, and beat Rutgers-Newark, 5-0 on Saturday, Sept. 19. The College came into the game on Wednesday sporting a 2-0-2 record, looking for a breakout performance after multiple close matches. Five minutes in, a penalty shot from senior midfielder Taylor Lusardi slid into the back of the net, starting what would be a blowout game. The Lions controlled this game from the opening kickoff, keeping possession of the ball for a majority of the 90 minutes and outshooting the Nittany Lions, 34-1. Lusardi scored a hat trick in the matchup, with two more goals coming
Lions’ Lineup September 23, 2015
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Scognamiglio keeps her eye on the ball, ready to recieve a pass.
in the eighth and 31st minutes. In this situation, she said the most important thing is not letting up at any point. “In a game like this you need to keep the energy up for the entire game,” she said, also finding some humor in the situation. “We scored some goals, it was nice.” The Harrisburg defense was unable to keep the College back for long. In
one instance, freshman midfielder Martha Papapetrou scored, followed no less than 13 seconds later by a goal from sophomore forward Hannah Richman. Players such as junior midfielder Lauren Malajian and sophomore midfielders Elizabeth Thoresen and Richman all scored twice during the contest, while Papapetrou, junior defenseman
Marykate Sullivan and freshman forward Kate Galgano all scored once. Lusardi said that a game like this is great for working on certain parts of the team that need improvement. “We had time to perfect things we needed to work on as a team,” Lusardi said on the team’s successful game. “Finishing definitely being one of them.” The game ended with a 12-0 win for the Lions, leaving Lusardi, who was given the team helmet as the game MVP, to praise her team for their effort. “The chemistry we have is amazing,” she said. “We have talent and depth in our roster. If we work on finishing (our opportunities) we’ll be set.” After that, the team quickly put the win behind as they prepared for their first conference matchup against Rutgers-Newark on Saturday, Sept. 19. The Scarlet Raiders came into the game 6-1, also looking for a win in their conference debut for 2015. The Lions shutout Rutgers-Newark in their conference opener. see SOCCER page 27
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