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‘SNL’ co-stars get real, and real funny, at comedy show
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Pharoah performs spot-on impressions of celebrities such as Eminem and even his ‘SNL’ co-star, Jost.
By Jessica Ganga and Mackenzie Cutruzzula Features Editor and Sports Editor
Colin Jost took a break from sharing the week’s top stories on “Saturday Night Live’s” “Weekend Update” to open the College Union Board’s (CUB) fall comedy show on Friday, Sept. 25, in Kendall Hall. Jost joked with the College’s own resident young people before his “SNL” co-star Jay
Pharoah took the stage. During the show, Jost made it a point to connect with the college crowd, covering topics from dating apps to relationships. When he asked the crowd what types of dating sites students use, members of the audience cited examples such as Tinder and Christian Mingle. “You know something is going in the butt on that date,” Jost said about those who use Christian Mingle.
Fighting slave trade in modern day world By Morgan Lubner Staff Writer
Project Stay Gold hosted an event discussing the horrors of human trafficking and measures that can be taken to put an end to the crisis. Held in the Travers/Wolfe Lounge on Sunday, Sept. 27, the club began the presentation with a YouTube video highlighting the startling facts surrounding human trafficking and slavery. Some highlights included that there are between 20 and 30 million slaves in the world right now, fifty percent of the slaves in the world today are children and human trafficking is the third largest international crime. The facts came as a shock to many students in attendance, as it is a common thought that slavery was eliminated years ago. However, that could not be further from the truth, as detailed in the presentation. An eye-opening fact revealed was that there are more slaves in the world today than ever before. Different club members stood up and gave explanations describing the different facets of trafficking and slavery. One mentioned how children as young as seven years old are being see SLAVE page 3
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He reflected on his time at Harvard University, when many girls in his class had their own views on sexuality. Jost went on to paraphrase what they “assumed” was in the Bible about sex saying, “Thou shalt only do butt stuff.” Jost touched upon drug use — specifically marijuana — and asked students if any of them use the drug. “Anyone here smoke weed?” Jost asked, prompting weak cheering from the crowd.
“Guys, relax, I’m not your RA. Does anyone here smoke weed?” When asked again, the audience broke out in applause. One student in particular was louder than the rest, and Jost took advantage of the moment by joking that he is a part of Residence Life. “Right here, get him, swarm,” Jost said. “The man clapping — tackle him! I am an RA. I wish I had hired some police to tackle him.” Jost went on to tell the story of a date that went horribly wrong when a girl gave him a weed cookie. Now in his 30s, Jost says using the drug gives him paranoia, but at the time, he couldn’t pass up a delicious cookie. When the marijuana really set in, he became so paranoid that he thought his date had poisoned him. “I did what any 30-year-old man would do,” Jost said. “I snuck into the other room and called my parents. I swear to God. It was like three in the morning.” His parents, who reside in Staten Island, traveled to Manhattan to help him. Luckily, his date found this all rather funny in her state of mind, but it didn’t lead the comedian to a second date. In that moment, Jost wasn’t sure if he should feel thankful or remorseful for having parents that lived so close. “Staten Island was a great place to grow see COMEDY page 17
DUI simulator illuminates dangers By Kyle Elphick Correspondent The Arrive Alive Tour, an event famous for its drunk driving simulator, made a stop at the College on Wednesday, Sept. 23, in Alumni Grove. Sponsored by UNITE, the goal of the tour is to make people aware of the grave dangers that face those who drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. UNITE visits schools from elementary to collegiate levels all over the United States. By raising awareness, UNITE hopes to prevent deaths caused by those who drive while high or drunk. Though representatives from UNITE were on hand to impart students with important information in regards to these major issues, what truly hammered the point home
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to students was the group’s DUI/DWI Simulator. The simulator came in the form of a full-sized, black SUV that was parked outside the entrance to Eickhoff Hall. Students who entered the car got to experience what driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is like without actually consuming either. The simulator replicated the side effects of driving under the influence, which include blurred vision and slowed reaction time. Through this simulation, students were shown, firsthand, the potentially lethal dangers of getting behind the wheel in an impaired state of mind. A line of students yearning to try their hand at the simulator was present for the entirety of the day, with even more students watching the flat-screen T.V. next
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to the car that broadcasted the perspective of the driver within the simulation. But while the simulator was the headlining attraction of the tour, many organizations at
the College set up displays in Alumni Grove to showcase their own activities and information. see ALIVE page 2
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Simulators present real dangers in a safe setting.
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Kappa Delta Confidence month encourages self-love
Brown Bag Professor shares the evolution of guitar
Women’s Soccer Lions are undefeated at 6-0
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Students wearing simulation goggles experience the difficulty of a sobriety test.
These included the Public Health and Communications Club, Project HERO, CAPS Peer Education, the Collegiate Recovery Community, TCNJ EMS and the Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction. All of these groups share themes of promoting physical and mental health, while creating a positive campus environment. They also help people who have abused alcohol or illegal substances, while trying to prevent future usage. The Mercer Council put emphasis on the negative effects marijuana can have on the cognitive skills of those who use the drug. The Council provided students with a set of goggles that simulated the effects marijuana has on one’s vision. Students were then instructed to complete a maze — first unimpaired, and then while wearing the goggles. Sophomore open-options arts and communication major Michael Ruggiero found that it took him more than 20 seconds longer to complete the maze while wearing the goggles. “It’s harder to see exactly where to go,” he said.
The Public Health and Communications Club provided students with “drunk goggles” and instructed them to walk down a marked straight line, a task many students had difficulty with. “It provides good immediate feedback for bad decisions,” said junior biology major Dale Oommen, a member of the club. CAPS Peer Education presented an activity where students were asked to tweet #ArriveAliveTour while kicking a soccer ball around a formation of cones. Though the activity proved to be a humorous sight, it illustrated a serious message — texting is not something that should ever be done while partaking in other activities.
“(The simulation) provides good, immediate feedback for bad decisions.”
— Dale Oommen junior biology major
The Arrive Alive Tour proved to be a fun-filled experience for all while simultaneously teaching very important lessons.
Late night knocks have resident asking, ‘Who’s there?’ By Colleen Murphy Managing Editor
• A possible bike theft in Campus Town was called in to Campus Police at 11:40 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, according to police reports. Campus Police arrived at the bike rack in front of building 500 and saw a male who fit the provided description attempting to unlock a bike. When police exited the patrol vehicle to approach the suspect, police asked the man if he was a student at the College. The man replied that he was not a student, but that the bike was his. According to Campus Police, the male then started to run in the direction of Route 31. The police officer tried to catch the suspect on foot, but realized the male’s lead was too big. According to the report, the officer returned to his vehicle and searched the area with negative results. The suspect is described as a 200-pound male who stands at about 5’9”, according to Campus Police. He has very short to no hair and was last seen wearing a green shirt and dark cargo pants, carrying a small plastic shopping bag, Campus Police said. The male has the potential to be charged with criminal attempt, resisting arrest and eluding, according to Campus Police. • Three students were found sitting in a car on the third
floor of lot seven, leading to one arrest of a male student for possessing drug paraphernalia and under 50 grams of marijuana, according to Campus Police. On Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 10:04 p.m., a campus security guard called Campus Police to report potential drug use after he smelled burnt marijuana coming from a car. Upon arrival, police asked the passengers — two males and one female — to exit the car. Police saw one of the rear passengers pull out a plastic bag containing a black/blue glass pipe filled with a “green, leafy vegetation believed to be marijuana” from his left pocket and was later arrested, Campus Police said.
• A female student was found vomiting in a Travers Hall bathroom stall by a community advisor who was performing routine rounds at 2:15 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, according to Campus Police. The student was being propped over the toilet by another student when police arrived. TCNJ EMS helped her out of the stall and onto the floor to evaluate her. The student was vomiting, spitting up and unable to communicate effectively, Campus Police reported. The student did say that she had vodka and perhaps a beer in a room. The student was transported to a local hospital for further treatment and was issued
a summons for underage drinking, Campus Police said.
• Campus Police said they were dispatched to Brewster Hall lounge to assist TCNJ EMS with a patient experiencing an anxiety attack after eating a marijuana-laced brownie on the far side of Lake Sylva. Upon their arrival to the scene at 11:35 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, police said they saw the student sitting on the floor, “shaking, semi-conscious and breathing.” The female was not responding to any questions and was transported to a hospital for further evaluation. The amount of marijuana that was in the brownie is unknown, Campus Police said. No summons was issued. • At 3 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, Campus Police was dispatched to Norsworthy Hall to speak with a resident who said he had been experiencing ongoing harassment. According to Campus Police, for approximately three weeks, at random times during the weeknight, a person(s) would bang hard on the door. Once the resident would open the door, there would be no one there, and the student believes that the suspect had already run up the staircase by the time he looked out the door. Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at 609-771-2345.
SFB approves funding for Homecoming 2015 By Jackie Delaney Production Manager The Student Finance Board decided on funding for Homecoming events, as well as a request for an educational conference run by Chi Upsilon Sigma, during its weekly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Student Government was allocated $8,385 by SFB for Homecoming 2015, “a college tradition and one of the largest events held on campus with a very high attendance from students,” according to the information packet. This year, Student Government looked at student feedback and responded to comments about last year’s Homecoming event. They plan to bring back disc jockeys Joe Dicarlo and Paul Desisto, as well as a third cultural DJ. SG also plans to hire K-Sound LLC, a professional sound, video, stage and lighting company. This addition is in response to complaints that sound was “muffled” last year across the lots.
“This year we really want to up the production value,” Executive Vice President Javier Nicasio said. The funding also includes expenses for a bagel breakfast and water giveaway. The breakfast will be held in Lot 4, a change from last year’s event, which took place in the Travers/Wolfe Lounge. SG hopes to attract more students with this switch. “What we’re really trying to do with Homecoming is foster a sense of school spirit and tradition, and unity as well,” Nicasio said. Homecoming is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24. Events will be held in lots 3, 4 and 6. Next, Chi Upsilon Sigma’s request for $8,800 to fund their “Making an Achievement Continuous Conference” was tabled by the board. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Education Building. It “aims to mobilize and educate the public on the effects of
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The board tables a request from Chi Upsilon Sigma over budget concerns. politics on our everyday lives,” according to the information packet. The conference plans to feature four workshops and a “panel with professionals” from different career fields, according to the sorority. The workshops will cover topics like immigration, health policies, voting registration and interacting with law enforcement. The group presented for funding for food, decorations and to bring
keynote speaker Kevin Powell to campus. Powell is an “acclaimed writer and political activist,” Chi Upsilon Sigma said. The board tabled the event because of concerns for the food budget. *Even though SFB agrees to finance certain events, there is no guarantee these events will take place. The approval only makes the funds available.
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CUB Alt Show: Student Band Night Friday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Lion’s Den Food Court Fall Opportunities Fair Friday, Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rec Center
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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 CUB’s Fall Concert featuring Bleachers and Modern Baseball Saturday, Oct. 17 Tickets are $5 each and there is a limit of two per TCNJ ID. Tickets will be on sale weeknights at the box office in Kendall Hall from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 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
On average, two children are sold into slavery every minute. continued from page 1 used as suicide bombers for the Taliban. Reading a fact about modern day slavery, junior elementary education major Lauren Monaco humbled the crowd. “Two children are sold off into slavery every minute,” Monaco said. “So as long as we’ve been talking here, more than 40 children have been sold as slaves.” Students went on to talk about how companies frequently used throughout America are guilty of utilizing forced labor or having their employees work in bad conditions — all of which are forms of slavery. Some of the companies named were Barbie, Fruit of the Loom and Walmart. Domestic slavery was brought up next, and the members explained how it is one of the hardest forms of slavery to recognize. The
slaves can be concealed by titles such as “nanny” or “housekeeper,” often deceiving the outside world and making the situation seem perfectly normal. However, the slaves are usually not paid fairly or at all, making their “work” illegal. They’re also often threatened by their “employer” with deportation, since most are from out of the country. The presentation highlighted that susceptible areas for human trafficking to occur include urban areas, train stations, airports and malls. Started by junior interactive multimedia and communication studies double major Matthew Newman during his freshman year at the College, Project Stay Gold is focused on the different types of modern-day slavery and human trafficking and what measures can be taken to recognize and put an end to the issue.
TCNJEC and Women in Business recognized
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TCNJEC is officially recognized by Student Government. By Alyssa Sanford Web Editor
Two clubs sought Student Government recognition on Wednesday, Sept. 23, during a general body meeting fraught with debate over two new bills. Women in Business, already deemed by the Governmental Affairs (GA) committee to be “active on campus” and effective in promoting “gender equality in the workplace,” appeared before the general body first. The group has 26 charter members that represent all four classes, and unlike other organizations on campus that promote equality for women, the club’s membership is not solely restricted to women. According to GA, the Women in Business already has several events planned that are designed “to give students confidence in the workplace,” such as a plan for advocates of the He for She campaign to speak at the College. Women in Business needs SG recognition in order to apply for SFB funding for these events.
With no debate prior to the vote, SG ruled to formally recognize the club. Next, TCNJ Entrepreneurship Club (TCNJEC), a club that aims to “encourage innovation” among hopeful entrepreneurs, according to GA, also presented to the general body. TCNJEC has 25 charter members and half of the new members are freshmen who are interested in growing the organization, according to GA. It’s a unique organization, according to TCNJEC executive board members, because students don’t have to be business majors to join. Ultimately, SG members voted to recognize the club after discussing the passage at great length. Next, Vice President of Governmental Affairs Ceili Boles presented B-F2015-03, a bill that proposes to restrict elected members studying away for a semester from holding onto their positions. Prior to engaging in a domestic or international study abroad experience, elected members must resign from their posts.
General body members launched into a spirited debate about the merits of denying elected members the opportunity to work for SG while studying abroad before junior class President Robert Kinloch moved to table the debate until the next meeting — a motion which passed easily. B-F2015-04, a bill that restricts students set to graduate early from running for class council or cabinet member positions, was met with equally fervent debate and resulted in a split vote. In order to pass the bill, “two-thirds of the elected members” needed to vote yes, said Alternate Student Trustee Ryan Molicki, which would have been 42 votes in favor of the bill. After tallying the votes, only 40 elected members voted in favor, 15 members dissented and 13 members abstained from the vote, making it impossible to pass. Two more bills, B-F2015-05 and B-F2015-06, had to be tabled for debate at the next meeting due to pressing time concerns. Later, Vice President of Equity and Diversity Priscilla Nunez, speaking on behalf of Executive Vice President Javier Nicasio, announced that Homecoming 2015 was fully funded by SFB for nearly $9,000, amid loud applause. Amanda Williams, vice president of Advancement, announced that the scholarship for an SG member “who exemplifies our best features,” is about $3,000 short of its fundraising goal, but SG is on track to fulfilling the goal by the end of the semester. “I really think that we can do
this, and it would be great to say that we were the Student Government that did,” Williams said. Nunez reminded everyone to attend “A Touch of Home” in Alumni Grove on Monday, Sept. 28, during meal equivalency hours. Advisor Elizabeth Bapasola, who was part of the College administration’s efforts to create Lions’ Gate last year, announced that “about two-thirds of the campus” are using the new program. “We have about 4,500 students, faculty and staff using it, (although many of the users likely don’t know how to use it) to full capacity,” Bapasola said. General body members noted that the Passport to Programming seminar on Saturday, Sept. 19, provided attendees with a foundation for using Lions’ Gate, but many students may still need training. According to Bapasola, Lions’ Gate is SAF-funded, adding that “you
are all helping fund it.” Next, senior class President Emily Montagna informed the general body that Senior Night, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Bar Anticipation, was canceled due to transportation conflicts. Though the senior class had 320 seniors signed up for the event and “two extra buses” ready to transport participants, a College restriction on events that include alcohol consumption mandated that the bus drivers would need to drop off each attendee individually at their residence, Montagna said. The bus company backed out at the last minute, but as they hadn’t been paid for their services yet, the senior class is able to refund those who put down deposits. Sophomore class President Kelsey Capestro agreed that it was “a bad week for class councils,” as their Moonlight Cruise fundraiser was “zero funded” by SFB, meaning that they can’t petition for funding for a cruise event again.
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SG listens to recognition proposals from two clubs.
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El Salvadoran crime rates, corruption on the rise By Tom Ballard Staff Writer Human rights in El Salvador and the way the world views them were the main topics of discussion at this week’s Fall Politics Forum at the College. Held on Friday, Sept. 25 in the Social Sciences Building, the presentation, entitled “Human Rights and Social Violence in Central America,” was hosted by Noah Bullock, executive director of Foundation Cristosal, a “faith-based human rights and community development organization,” according to their website. At the beginning of his presentation, Bullock dabbled into the contemporary history of human rights in El Salvador and the rest of Central America. “El Salvador, in this year, has sort of passed Honduras and become the most violent country in the world,” Bullock said. “But El Salvador is different from Guatemala and Honduras because there is no social protest movement.” Bullock said that there is also no lack of corruption cases within the Salvadoran government while also expressing his dissatisfaction with the current attorney general, even admitting that he was part of a movement calling for resignation. According to Bullock, there have been 5,000 murders in the country of six million people this year, with 911 of those murders occurring in the month of August alone. Bullock also claims that the murders are both government ordered and related to gang violence. “In El Salvador… 2009-2011 were some of the most violent years… with homicide rates around 60-70 per every 100,000 (people)… In the U.S. it’s around two or three,”
Bullock said. “The World Health Organization says that when you have homicide rates of 10 per every 100,000 (people) we have an epidemic — so homicide in El Salvador exceeds the 10 limit by six or seven times.” Bullock claims that the Salvadoran government had put in place strict antigang measures in an attempt to curb crime. Criminalizing gang membership, however, allows police to arrest anybody who looks to be part of a gang. “There’s a big debate about failed state — is El Salvador a failed state, what does a failed state mean — there’s a whole debate about that,” Bullock said. “I think it’s safe to say that the Salvadoran state is failing to protect its people and guarantee them security, and that’s one of the primary purposes of a state — to protect its people.” Episcopal Chaplain Lisa Caton, director of the Center of Mindfulness and Compassion at the College, invited Bullock to visit the campus. “I want people to understand how the U.S. government is involved in what happens in Third World countries — Central America,” Caton said. In regards to the amount of time and effort that Bullock says the U.S. spends trying to help El Salvador compared to the rest of the world, it is like “an accounting error… it’s really minimal,” he said. Bullock also cites the tension some Americans have toward immigrants along with the political complexity of accepting refugees as reasons for the U.S. being weary of getting involved. “When you leave your country and request or apply for asylum the message being said is that ‘my country failed to protect me,’” Bullock said. “So if the United
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Bullock discusses human rights in El Salvador and the growing concern over increasing violence and the lack of police protection. States takes or accepts people from El Salvador, it’s a recognition of the failure of a state that is also an ally.” Bullock also commented on the mindset of Americans in terms of viewing the current state of El Salvador. “I think people are pretty pessimistic right now,” he said. “I think what is needed is a military response under a long term threat to strengthen democratic institutions in the country that has a mean to solve problems peacefully and I think that a focus on military solutions weakens the democratic institutions… so in that sense, I think it looks bleak.” Many in attendance seemed to enjoy the presentation, happy to be a part of
Bullock’s discussion. “There’s nothing like getting direct contact from someone who has been on the ground,” Canton said. “To give you the sense of reality outside of the grounds of campus.” The presentation was part of four forums that the Political Science Department is bringing to campus this fall. The next will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Education Building, room 113. “It’s great to see the Political Science Department offering students the opportunity to further their knowledge through open forums,” sophomore business and political science double major Robert Mitchals said.
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Pope brings faith to millions in America By Gabrielle Beacken Nation & World Editor
Having travelled from Washington, D.C., to New York, to Philadelphia, Pope Francis, 78, ended his 10-day trip to the United States, on Sunday, Sept. 28. Pope Francis began his tour with a visit to the White House. He then delivered a speech to Congresswhere he spoke in English, rather than his native Spanish, he urged Congress to prevent another government shutdown. “Our efforts must aim at restoring hope, righting wrongs... thus promoting the well-being of individuals and of peoples,” Pope Francis said to Congress, reported the Times. “We must move forward together, as one, in a renewed spirit of fraternity... for the common good.” Pope Francis promoted immigration reform, environmental legislation and strongly opposed the death penalty. Yet, the Pope did not entangle himself too deep in American politics. Throughout the trip he did oppose the death penalty, but did
Pope Francis greets thousands during a parade in Philadelphia on Saturday, Sept. 27.
not mention the controversy around abortion. According to the Times, Pope Francis focused on notions of “interfaith” and “harmony” when he addressed religious freedom, which many American bishops have encountered with problems. “I was frankly taken aback at how savvy he was,” said Stephen Schneck, the director of the Institute for Policy Research and
Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America to the Times. “He was clearly aware of all the very divisive issues for Catholics in American public life but talked about them in a way that didn’t give ammunition to either conservatives or progressives.” In his first day in New York, almost 2,500 nuns, priests and clergy people filled St. Patrick’s
Cathedral in Manhattan. A particularly receptive portion of the pope’s speech at St. Patrick’s was when he thanked religious women and nuns of America. “What would the church be without you,” Pope Francis said of the religious women in America, reported the Times. “Women of strength with that spirit of courage which puts you in the front lines in
the proclamation of the Gospel.” In New York, the pope spoke to the United Nations, young school children in Harlem and families of 9/11 victims at ground zero, according to the Times. The pope also celebrated Mass at Madison Square Garden and took his Popemobile for a ride through Central Park. Pope Francis spoke at the World Meeting of Families and Independence Hall. At the families event, Pope Francis substituted his prepared speech for an animated nonscripted dialogue. On Sunday, Francis held meetings with victims of clergy abuse, conducted Mass in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and visited prisoners at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. After babies were kissed and a Mass with nearly one million people in attendance, the pope headed back to Rome. “As I prepare to leave, I do so with a heart filled with gratitude and hope,” Pope Francis said at Philadelphia International Airport upon his departure, reported the Times.
US and China plan anti-cybertheft group together
Leaders promise a cybersecurity agreement. By Olivia Rizzo Social Media Editor
China’s President Xi Jiniping visited the U.S. this week to discuss cyber security with President Barack Obama, a top priority for both parties. On Friday, President Obama announced
that a “common understanding” had been reached, according to Yahoo News. There have been growing complaints from the U.S. about Chinese hacking government and corporate databases, with lingering suspicions in the capital that Beijing is occasionally the location of such hacks. A joint press conference was held in the White House Rose Garden after the leaders’ White House talks. “It has to stop,” Obama said when he spoke to reporters with Xi standing beside him at the conference, according to Yahoo News. Obama stated that progress had been made, but words and actions need to be in line with one another. A White House statement reported that the leaders agreed that neither government would knowingly allow or support cyber theft of corporate information. However, the agreement stopped short of promising to stop government-to-government cyber spying for intelligence. This comes after a massive hack of the federal government’s personnel office this year in which data of more than 20 million people was compromised in the U.S., reported the Times. Officials have since traced the hack back to China, but have not said if the government was responsible. Xi stated that the Chinese government has not had any role in the hack of U.S. corporate business secrets
and said that the best way to resolve the issue is through “bilateral cooperation and not to politicize this issue,” according to Yahoo. Reports from the White House said that the leaders plan to create two groups, one which will continue discussions of cyber issues, and another to talk about how to fight cybercrime. Both groups will meet by the end of 2015 and then twice a year every year after. Obama stressed that the idea of sanctions are still on the table, stating, “We will apply those and whatever other tools we have in our tool kit to go after cyber criminals,” Yahoo said. Although tensions still linger between the two countries, the agreement was a significant first step for both sides. According to James Lewis, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the White House’s handling of the situation had been conducted more effectively than originally anticipated. According to Lewis, factors such as better U.S. tracking of cyber-attacks and a leaked plan for sanctions pushed the Chinese toward the agreement. China was also able get the U.S. to consider their concepts for acceptable norms and behavior and was able to win U.S. support for its pursuit of corruption suspects, Lewis said.
Volkswagen deceives millions with illegal software By Candace Kellner Staff Writer
Volkswagen has admitted to deliberately programming half a million diesel-powered cars in the U.S. to emit lower levels of harmful gases in official tests to pass U.S. emission tests. However, these cars may have actually been pumping out nitrogen oxides at 40 times the permitted level. According to CNN, the company says that anyone involved will face the “full consequences,” and it has pledged to cooperate with German prosecutors on a criminal investigation. Employees involved in the scandal could be prosecuted for fraud and if convicted, they face large fines and a maximum sentencing of 10 years in prison, reported CNN. Prosecutors must be able to prove that Volkswagen employees distorted facts to trick people into buying their cars. Volkswagen has claimed to be a sustainable automaker for years and has promoted their “clean diesel” cars, which have
been commercially successful, CNN said. “They are positioning themselves as the champions of sustainability,” said Theo Vermaelen, a finance professor at INSEAD, a graduate business school program in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, he told CNN. Legal experts say that lying about emissions to persuade people to buy Volkswagen cars would be considered fraud. Under German law, the sentencing for fraud is a maximum of five years in prison or 10 years in serious cases. If prosecutors prove Volkswagen employees installed the software for financial benefit of the company they could prosecute under the harsher “serious case” terms, according to CNN. A spokesman for Volkswagen said the company is ready to take to court people from inside the company who broke the rules reported CNN. In Germany, criminal law only applies to individuals so the company itself cannot be prosecuted for fraud. According to CNN, anyone found guilty can be fined
Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigns days after scandal. as much as 360 times their daily net salary. Volkswagen has already set aside money to cover vehicle recalls and other costs but the funds may be nowhere near enough. The company has already faced dozens of civil lawsuits in the U.S. from Volkswagen owners. The owners claim that their cars
are less valuable due to its emission testing scandal, according to CNN. According to CNN, federal prosecutors are taking the allegations “very seriously.” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said his office has launched its own criminal investigation.
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Making sure young people are informed voters
Even with the next presidential election over a year away, it is still important that students pay attention to what is happening in the race. Some people already feel inundated with political coverage and are uninterested in watching debates this early in the campaign season, but actively following the primaries will lead students to a better understanding of each candidate’s platform and will allow them to make educated decisions on who should move forward and become each party’s nominee. The slew of unfamiliar faces should intrigue students to learn more about candidates’ respective beliefs rather than deter them from building a richer comprehension of the issues. By keeping up-to-date through T.V. and social media, students may find themselves realizing their own personal views by learning about the candidate’s own. The College has already begun efforts to introduce these ideas into students consciousness, with Bonner student volunteers helping 159 students register to vote for National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Sept. 22. The stresses of school work and extracurriculars may impede on students’ abilities to go home and vote come the 2016 elections, but alternatives are available to ensure students can vote while away at college, such as absentee ballots. To get involved even sooner, students can also register to affiliate with a specific political party, which will allow them to vote in the primaries as long as it is completed 55 days before. The primaries for New Jersey will be held on June 7, 2016. The first Democratic debate will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 9 p.m. on CNN, and the third Republican debate will be aired on Wednesday, Oct. 28, on CNBC at an undetermined time. Young adults make up a majority of the voting population and now is the time to hone in on the issues and formulate informed opinions. — Kimberly Ilkowski Arts & Entertainment Editor
Keeping yourself updated on the upcoming election is an important step to being an informed voter. There are two debates coming up in October.
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“Kappa Delta wants to help people take that time to remember they are beautiful, intelligent and they have people around them to support them.”
— Jenna Vartan, president of the College’s chapter of Kappa Delta
“Here at TCNJ we are citizens of the world, meaning that we have global responsibility to make the world a better place.” — Ellen Friedman, English, women’s and gender studies and holocaust and genocide studies professor
“We played almost 100 minutes of field hockey and in the end it came to who wanted it more.” — Mikayla Cimilluca, senior field hockey captain, on her team’s win over Salisbury University
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Social media may harm mental health Millennials compare themselves to others online
Social media might hurt users’ self-esteem.
By Greg Lepore Social media has hijacked my generation. However, no one can dispute that it does come with some unique benefits for personal and social growth. Personally, we can access up to-the-second-news of every kind, be enlightened by thought provoking memes and entertain ourselves with the most relevant jokes and videos. Socially, we can connect to the entire world. We’re kept upto-date with what is going on in the lives of our friends, family, and colleagues, and we keep them all up-to-date with what is going on in ours. These are the reasons for which social media was created, reasons crafted in good faith and with good intentions. Unfortunately, as with most of today’s technological innovations, social media has proven to come with a devastating unintended consequence. While hardly anyone notices, social media has begun to wreak havoc on a generation already
overcome with mental illness. We human beings have an unhealthy tendency to compare ourselves to one another. We compare our bodies, our outfits, our cars, our jobs and everything else unique about us to the unique aspects of other people. Before social media, these comparisons were conducted on the spot. A woman sees another woman and compares the woman’s outfit to her own. A man sees another man and compares the man’s physique to his own. Visiting a friend, I compare the state of my apartment to the state of his. Sitting in class, I compare the grade I received to the grade of my neighbor. These comparisons were, for the most part, harmless because they were immediate and disregarded not long after the event occurred. The fatal flaw with social media is that it forces you into a constant state of comparison. Rather than making immediate comparisons about specific aspects of a person in real time, we now live in a society where we compare our entire lives to the entire lives of others at every second of the day, every day. As a result, the people in this generation have become pitted in an eternal battle over who can put on the better front. What gets lost in the midst of these comparisons is the fact that social media is nothing more than a highlight reel. Users do not publish anything about themselves they are not proud of. They post only their most attractive pictures and their most commendable accomplishments. And though we all do the same thing on our profiles, we seem to believe that everyone else’s highlight reel is in fact that person’s reality. We compare their filtered reality to our true reality, almost always leading to depression about where we are in our lives and anxiety over when our lives will become better.
Social media has bred a generation in which being comfortable with who you are is, for most, nearly impossible. Someone online will always seem to be better dressed, have a better relationship, go to a better school, have a better job and live a more exciting life. They’ll seem to just be better. “Look at her traveling the world… as I sit here on my porch.” “Look at them at that wild party… as I lay here watching Netflix.” “Look at that perfect couple, so happy together in all of their photos… I’m still single.” Constantly comparing yourself to others will drive you insane. As a result, people lose sight of who they are as they try to imitate those who put on a better front. But realize, that girl traveling the world? One day she’ll be on her porch while you’re traveling the world. Those kids that look like they’re having a great time? Probably went back to doing nothing right after they took that photo. That couple that always looks so happy in all their photos? Argues all the time. That guy with the great job? Probably hates his boss. That girl that looks like a supermodel? Took 100 pictures to get that perfect one. Social media was created with the noble intention of connecting the world like never before. It has succeeded in its mission. However, the societal consequences for my generation have been enormous. The depression and anxiety caused by social media drives many to do things they would not normally do and be people they do not want to be, all in an effort to put on a good front. In a world without social media, the only place you need to be is where you are right now. The only thing you need to be doing is what you’re doing right now. The only person you need to be is who you are.
Yik Yak app is fastest news source on campus By Kelly Corbett Social Media Editor On Wednesday, Sept. 23, students received devastating news either firsthand or via social media that meal equivalency, the sacred hours between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. meant for nourishing students’ tummies with $7.50 of free non-Eickhoff hall food, was indeed down. One social media app flooded with posts about this lunchtime atrocity, but it wasn’t Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. It was Yik Yak. Two things occurred to me after scrolling through the 200 characters or less posts crafted by the minds of hungry students. First, I couldn’t get a cinnamon raisin bagel or caramel iced coffee for free — absolutely awful. More importantly, this whole occurrence was headlining on an anonymous social media app. Probably within a minute of employees giving the lunchtime crowd word that meal equivalency was not working, students had already reported to the College’s Yik Yak community that they would not be getting their free chicken caesar salad or pumpkin spice latte that day. Students all across campus could scroll through these posts reading, “DEVELOPING STORY: MEAL EQUIV
IS DOWN ALL OVER CAMPUS,” “I live off of meal equiv so I might just shrivel up and die at this point” and “MEAL EQUIV IS DOWN EVERYWHERE ZOMBIEAPOCALYSECJUDYLGBF” and they would know to rearrange their lunchtime plans. Nothing was posted on the TCNJ Dining Services Facebook page or Twitter, or the TCNJ Meal Equiv Twitter account — I mean, I guess it wasn’t an emergency. We’re just overly dramatic students. Even if the College had posted about it, how many students would have even read it before they journeyed to the Brower Student Center or library with empty stomachs and their student IDs clutched in their hands, ready to swipe? Not many. All three of these social media accounts run by the College each have less than 1,000 followers. And even if these accounts had posted a note, it would be buried among other posts from other accounts and friends that students follow. This means that Yik Yak was the number one news source in spreading word about this situation. The social media app, often brimming with posts about campus cutie sightings, disapproval of Eickhoff Dining Hall food and unicycle guy spottings, is now the CNN of the College’s community.
The Yik Yak app is first to break news across campus.
In this bubble community of 18 to 23 year olds, students are receiving their campus news mostly through the anonymous posts of other students. We have a student newspaper (in fact, you’re reading it right now) and multiple social media accounts affiliated with the College, but nothing seems more appealing to students than short blurbs of information that could very well be false. Students prefer reading one or two sentenced yaks over reading verified news articles. Maybe it’s the appeal of how brief a yak is or how easily accessible it is on a student’s smartphone, but how can students be delivered accurate, credible news with the
quickness of Yik Yak? Students want to know what is going on right at the moment, what Eickhoff hall is serving for dinner or what event is going on in the Decker Social Space at the moment. They’re trusting an app whose icon is a hairy cartoon yak. This app, often filled with humorous posts, relatable college student posts and, unfortunately, hate-filled posts (yikes) is now a news source for the millennial student. But the real question is, as this app garners popularity, will it start to take priority over the original news sources on campus? Slim chance, yes. But, gosh, let’s hope not or else my journalism pals and I are out of a gig.
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Students share opinions around campus Quickest news source?
Is social media harmful?
“I feel to some degree it’s true. I don’t have that feeling… (it might make people) feel a little insecure… if they see people having fun then they may feel insecure, but it depends on the person.”
“Word of mouth (is best). No one really goes on (Yik Yak anymore). I know a lot of people in sororities, fraternities and sports teams, that’s how I find out a lot of things.”
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Darrien Pinkman, sophomore computer engineering major.
Sophie Chan, freshman nursing major.
“I feel people find out through other people on campus. Word of mouth is quickest.”
“I think that exists… I know that it happens to others, like social media bullying.”
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Allison Kollmer, sophomore elementary education and art double major.
Maria Dzenawager, sophomore elementary education and Spanish double major.
The Signal asks... Should the drinking age be lowered?
Sophie: “Yes, it should be lower. I feel like it’s not harmful, if you drink responsibly.” Darrien: “Yeah, it should be (lowered). Once you’re an adult at 18 (years old) you should be able to do what you want. Even in other countries the drinking age is lower and they are more responsible (with drinking) than us.” Maria: “Yes... you can go to war, drive, vote… and you’re on your own at school anyway. You’re basically independent at 18 (years old).” Allison: “Yes, I second that.”
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Lowering the drinking age will allow teens to learn responsibility earlier in life.
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Kappa Delta spreads confidence on campus
Jessica Ganga / Features Editor
Students dunk their friends to help raise money.
By Kayla Lafi Features Assistant
There are times where students get wrapped up in the craziness that is college. They can sometimes lose themselves in the midst of all the assignments, exams and group projects. It tests students’ will and how they feel about themselves. College can take a toll on someone’s confidence and Kappa Delta (KD) wants to change that by celebrating confidence, women and friendship throughout the month of September. “Personally, this is very important to me because in our busy days as college students, I recognize how easy it is to not take a moment to be a good friend or give yourself a pat on the back,” said senior elementary education and math double major Jenna Vartan, president of KD. “But Kappa Delta wants to help people take that time to remember
they are beautiful, intelligent and they have people around them to support them.” KD’s Vice President of Public Relations Jennifer White, senior self designed speech pathology major, had been planning the events for months, according to Vartan The events involve simple ways to promote confidence and friendship on the College’s campus. “The Confidence Coalition is a movement created by Kappa Delta that motivates women and girls to be confident in themselves in all aspects of life,” White said. International Women’s Friendship month is celebrated throughout September and apart of KD’s Confidence Coalition. “As a chapter, we decided to combine KD’s Confidence Month and International Women’s Friendship month at TCNJ in September,” White said. “Together we should promote both
confidence and friendship, among girls and women both on and off TCNJ’s campus.” . The kick-off event, the You Make Me Smile Campaign, was held on Friday, Sept. 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Alumni Grove. Nationally, all KD chapters celebrate this event. The KD sisters gave out positive messages on paper balloons, an eco-friendly decision on behalf of the College, to passersby. This year, KD sisters gave out over 200 balloons and lollipops as well as around 200 positive messages on sticky notes. Brittany Pontebbi, a junior nursing major and KD’s vice president of Community Service, plans and hosts all of KD’s Shamrock events. Shamrock events are a part of KD’s fundraising efforts for their philanthropy, Prevent Child Abuse America. “I wanted to have our philanthropy event during Confidence Month because the money we raise goes directly to helping children in need,” Pontebbi said. “Abuse and neglect can have a huge negative impact on a child’s school performance, self-concept and self-confidence, and this disturbed perception of self may stay with them for the rest of their lives. “I thought that having this event during Confidence Month was a great way to really drive home the point of our philanthropy and raise a lot of awareness.” Kappa Delta’s Shamrock event, Shamrock Dunk Tank, was held on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Alumni Grove and anyone
passing by could have donated $2 per throw and $5 for three throws to dunk a KD sister. Kappa Delta was also selling Pure Vida bracelets for $5, which was part of Random Acts of Kindness and Prevent Child Abuse America. All proceeds went to their philanthropy. For a cooldown from the heat, ice pops were also being sold for three for $5. As the host of the event, Pontebbi, had the honor of being dunked last into the tank. All were welcomed to take pictures at KD’s Friendship Photo Booth event — a fan favorite — which took place on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Alumni Grove. KD provided snacks and fun props to use in the photos, allowing students to create funny pictures with their friends. According to White, pictures from the event can be found on the College’s KD Facebook page. Wake Up with Confidence Yoga Class with the College’s
Humanitarian Yoga Club ended KD’s month long confidence celebration on Sunday, Sept. 27. Located in Decker basement, the sisters of KD, members of Humanitarian Yoga and others took part in the event. According to White, yoga was chosen as the closing event because it’s a great way to relax and recharge from our busy schedules. KD hopes that the events bring about friendship, confidence and a sense of true-self. Their efforts here at the College are greatly appreciated. KD encourages the students here at the College to be their true selves. “We hope that those we’ve reached will take the message of confidence and friendship beyond the month of September and remember it in their everyday lives,” Vartan said. “We hope that our events will help people remember how important mental (health) is and how big a role confidence plays in that.”
Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor
KD sisters strike a pose for the camera during an event.
Students learn art of yoga with Humanitarian Yoga Club
By Jennifer Goetz Staff Writer
The Humanitarian Yoga Club is here to spread physical and mental wellness to the campus. Now a fully recognized club, the Humanitarian Yoga Club aims to combine the art of yoga with community service, helping not only the campus community, but the local and global community as well. This club has already hosted successful events this year and has more events planned for the next upcoming months. The Humanitarian Yoga Club teamed up with Theta Phi Alpha sorority to host the College’s second annual Yogathon on Sunday, Sept. 20. This all-day event on the ABE lawn was donation-based, with a $3 suggested donation. “We always do donation-based,” said Gina Costanzo, a junior special education and iSTEM major double and president and founder of the club. “We want to make (yoga) accessible to everybody.” Yogathon lasted from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with events throughout the day that varied in difficulty. This gave everyone who attended the chance to either learn some yoga basics, try more advanced techniques or to relax and meditate. Members of this club were quick to praise the event. Juniors Lindsey Drubel and Katie Boaggio,
Kim Iannarone / Staff Photographer
Students take part in one of the yoga classes on ABE lawn.
members who attended the Yogathon, both agreed that the event was a success. “I did the All Levels class in the morning and it was very nice,” said Boaggio, a physics major. Both Drubel and Boaggio felt that the event was well put together and liked getting henna tattoos that the members provided. “I think it went really well,” Costanzo said. “We had a good variety of people, so there were different people at the different events instead of the same people coming and staying all day.” Overall, about 60 people attended Yogathon that day.
Even without a mandatory cost, the club raised $105. “All the money we earn through fundraising goes right back into the club,” said Monica Murphy, a junior with a selfdesigned speech language pathology major. With the money raised from this single event, the club can put it toward more activities for the spring. Another event offered to the on-campus community took place on Sunday, Sept. 27. The Humanitarian Yoga Club and Phi Sigma Sigma hosted a Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Yoga event, which was held on the ABE lawn as well. Students that attended were able to
practice yoga late at night and although the supermoon wasn’t visible, the sky was lit up orange, creating a beautiful backdrop. Aside from the on-campus events, The Humanitarian Yoga Club meets weekly at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Rec Center. At meetings members discuss past events, community service opportunities and upand-coming events. Afterward, Costanzo, a certified yoga instructor, goes through yoga poses step-by-step so members can learn how to perform the yoga correctly. She demonstrates what to do (and what not to do). This way members will be able to help volunteer to teach yoga to children, people with physical disabilities, or even their friends. At this past weeks meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 23, members learned how to complete a full sun salutation. One of the goals the club has set this semester is to expand its membership. “So many people didn’t know about the club last semester and we want to get the word out,” Costanzo said. Costanzo decided that combining humanitarian work and yoga would make a successful club. She wants to “spread what yoga truly is around campus.” The club encourages students to try yoga because a student may not be the strongest or the most flexible, but that doesn’t mean they can’t do it.
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: Feb. ‘95
WTSR future unsure
Campus Style By Jordan Koziol Columnist Name: Andrew Goodman Year: Junior Major: Economics This week, Campus Style caught up with stylish economics major Andrew Goodman. We talked Tom Ford, man buns and Brad Pitt...
At the College, problems with WTSR arose in ’95. By Jessica Ganga Features Editor This semester, the Arts & Entertainment section of The Signal introduced a new column, WTSR: New Noise where WTSR staff members provide new music to listen to. But according to an excerpt from 1995 article by Amy Colasurdo, the radio station members were unsure of its future. Back then, the students wanted the station to have a strong presence on campus and to have more student involvement. Ten years later, it seems like the station his here to stay. Discrepancies in memos have led executive board members of the campus radio station, WTSR, to question the administration’s intentions for the station and seek permission to broadcast during the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. Unsure of the station’s future, the members are also demanding that WTSR remain a student organization and that there be more student input about any changes. A problem arose when station manager Katy White received a memo from Dr. Claire Hardgrove, vice president of Academic Affairs, in November. The memo stated that the station manager would have full voting privileges on Hardgrove’s board of broadcasting. A conflicting memo, however, was sent to
Jessica Ganga / Features Editor
the Steering Committee three days later, stating that the station member would be a non-voting member. Hardgrove’s proposed board of broadcasting for WTSR is a panel designed for “the development of policy ... and to determine what may be in the best interest of the WTSR community.” The memo lists its members as the student government president, the chair of Communications Studies, two residents of Ewing Township, a faculty member, a professional staff member, a faculty advisor and the station manager. According to WTSR program director Kenyatta Cheese, the discrepancies in the information are examples of being “abused as an organization. It’s reasonable for us to be this upset at this point,” he said. “We’re tired of playing little political kiddie games.” When asked about the discrepancies, Hardgrove said, “I can’t believe that. Isn’t that funny? I have to tell you quite honestly here that what happened here, I don’t know.” Hardgrove called the mishap “a mistake,” but did say that the station manager should be a voting member. “I feel so innocent in this debacle,” she said. “I wanted the students to just kind of be calm, keep things pretty much the way things are, and see how it works out. “I just want it to go on until the fear that the students have is calmed and we can march ahead.”
Mick Jagger joined the songstress, Tay Swift, on stage.
For anyone who had woken up on Sunday morning feeling like they could use a little more religion in their life, relief was sent when Pope Francis took his first ever trip to America this past week. The pope visited Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia to address hundreds of thousands
JK: How would your friends describe your style? AG: “Frat star.” JK: When did your mom stop picking out your clothes? AG: Not until my spring semester freshman year. JK: Do you do any online shopping? AG: I’ll see a shirt I like in a store at the mall and then search for it on eBay. Most of the time the brand new version will be online for half the price.
Photo courtesy of Jordan Koziol
Pastels make Goodman smile. JK: What would you never wear? AG: Cargo shorts or short-sleeve button downs. JK: What are you least excited about wearing for the professional workplace? AG: Nothing. I love wearing ties. JK: Do you use any style inspiration when getting a haircut? AG: Brad Pitt in the movie “Fury.”
JK: What are you favorite stores? AG: J. Crew, Brooks Brothers and Ralph Lauren.
JK: What is your opinion on man buns? AG: It’s a bold move that I couldn’t pull off, but I respect.
JK: Do you have a favorite item of clothing or accessory? AG: Yes, a Polo quarter zip.
JK: Do you think girls are attracted to man buns? AG: 100 percent.
JK: Tell me about the suit you would wear if you were modeling for GQ. AG: A tailored Tom Ford light blue seersucker suit with a light gray tie.
JK: Tell us about a major fashion disaster you’ve had. AG: I used to wear white basketball shorts, white tube socks and New Balance sneakers.
JK: What is your go-to on-campus ensemble? AG: For fall, it’s a Ralph Lauren Polo layered under an Ralph Lauren quarter zip, J. Crew slim-fit jeans with a Ty-Honey roll (rolled at the ankle) and Clark’s suede shoes.
JK: How do you plan on executing dadfashion some day? AG: Crew neck sweaters, Gap jeans (because at that point it doesn’t matter, they’re just jeans) and Timberlands.
By Mackenzie Cutruzzula Sports Editor
JK: What are you wearing? AG: A J. Crew T-shirt, mint-striped Brooks Brothers shorts and Sperrys. JK: How would you describe your style? AG: Pastel and preppy.
of worshipping fans, like any other day for Beyoncé. Beyoncé, who had recently performed in the City of Brotherly Love, followed the pope to the Big Apple to perform at the Global Citizen’s Festival. Ed Sheeran took the stage with Queen Bey to surprise the audience with a duet of “Drunk In Love” making all of my dreams come true. Sheeran’s good friend, Taylor Swift gave audiences bouts of
nostalgia with her most recent performances. Taking her “1989 World Tour” home to Nashville, Swift brought two classic guest stars up to make your mom fangirl scream. On Friday, Sept. 25, Swift and Steven Tyler sang “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” and the next night, Mick Jagger joined the songstress for a satisfying rendition of “Satisfaction.” Leona Lewis also joined Swift on Saturday, Sept. 26, to sing her throwback, “Bleeding Love,” as my insides were literally cut open and my middle school self was unleashed, screeching the lyrics. Celebrities young and old felt nostalgia settle in as “CSI” aired its final episode after 15 years on Sunday, Sept. 28. Original series stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger returned to join current stars Ted Danson and Elisabeth Shue. “CSI” was the career launch for numerous, now A-listers, from the likes of Dakota Fanning to Jeremy Renner. Famous fans, such as Justin Beiber
and Swift, also made guest appearances in their young careers. In the news of sequels, Zac Efron was spotted shirtless on the set of “Neighbors 2.” Costar Seth Rogen mirrored Efron’s tiny costume, with both leading men sporting tiny orange shorts and not much else. It seems the party scene being filmed at the time will bring lots of laughs. Daniel Radcliffe drastically changed his look for an upcoming movie part, where he portrays an undercover FBI agent in the upcoming film, “Imperium.” Radcliffe shaved his head and facial hair. After a bout of whiplash and an almost a mistaken identity as Voldemort, Hollywood is adjusting to the new look. Other shocking news comes in the divorce department, although I’m starting to become desensitized to the feeling of loss in these situations. After just 21 months of marriage, Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting have decided to split. There seemed
to be tension before the divorce a source told People magazine, but the stars had faced rumors of relationship trouble since April. Hopefully, Cuoco and Sweeting look up to Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert as their divorce goals (why is this a thing?) since the former couple has now been labeled “buddies,” according to Shelton. The ex-country power couple noted that they wanted to be cool about the whole thing. If you felt other strange occurrences happening lately you can probably blame it on the total lunar eclipse on Sunday, Sept. 28. The moon was glowing a red hue and appeared larger than usual due to the rare event that the moon’s orbit was closer to the Earth as the eclipse was occurring. So if you saw #SuperBloodMoon trending all over social media, it wasn’t referring to a new episode of “Teen Wolf.” In case you missed the astronomical sight, don’t worry, you just have to wait until 2033.
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Mirrors reflect messages of self-love and positivity
Sarina Gupta / Staff Photographer
Instead of seeing their reflection, students read inspiring messages.
By Jenna Kirby Correspondent
Self-acceptance and care were both in the air on campus this past Monday, Sept. 21. “Mirrorless Monday,” an event created by senior chemistry major Kendall Lee Ciriaco, seeks to help people focus less on what they see in the mirror and embrace themselves for who they are on the inside. Throughout campus on Monday, many of the buildings’ bathrooms had their mirrors blocked out, and in its place, paper with inspirational messages on it. The ultimate goal was to promote self-love throughout the campus community. Students were encouraged to write their own messages and post pictures on social media using the hashtag #tcnjMirrorlessMonday. Ciriaco said the event was “Pinterest inspired” because she drew from the website for inspiration. She said that she saw Post-it Notes with positive messages on mirrors on different Pinterest boards. She decided to put a twist on it and block
out mirrors completely so they could be covered in positive messages. Ciriaco, a community advisor on campus for Wolfe seven, was originally initiating the program to help the freshmen on her floor. She spoke about it to her residence director, Marvin Carter, who suggested she expand on her idea because of the positive effects that it could have on others in the community. He encouraged her to think outside the box. Ciriaco wanted to block mirrors out and instead have positive messages on them to take attention away from people only focusing on their physical appearance. Following advice from Carter, she reached out and made it a part of the Residential Education Freshman Year Experience. She also reached out to numerous organizations on campus that pride themselves in promoting messages of positivity like hers. The event became co-sponsored by Chi Upsilon Sigma, the Health & Wellness Center, TCNJ Muslim Students Association and
Circle of Compassion. Ciriaco said the goal was “to promote self acceptance no matter size or race (and to) promote self care on campus.” To do this throughout campus, she got permission from people in charge of different buildings to put paper over the mirrors in the bathroom. From there, she wrote positive messages on these mirrors and left markers so everyone could do the same. All the freshmen residence halls, the library, Eickhoff Hall and the Business Building had every mirror covered in each bathroom. Many students on campus enjoyed the event and what it promoted. It reached out to many students, especially freshmen. “I think the event is really cute. I like that the mirrors are covered with paper because everyone has been writing such sweet messages to each other on the paper,” freshman chemistry major Sabrina James said. “I know that some people really don’t like what they see in the mirror, so it was really nice to see things like ‘you are beautiful’ written all over the paper.”
“Mirrorless Monday” intends to have people start out the week the right way by promoting self-love and self-care no matter gender, race or sexuality. It aims to show that people are a lot more than their looks. Around campus, people seemed to love the message it promoted. People who spent time in the library or in the Business Building that day were especially affected by it. “It’s a good idea because by blocking the mirrors you are literally forcing people to look beyond their physical qualities,” junior accounting major JoAnna DiCicco said. “By attempting to look in the mirror and instead seeing inspiring quotes, it’s just a really uplifting feeling and the worries about self image fade for that moment.” While Ciriaco is graduating this year, she hopes that someone will continue her event for the coming years. She hopes that the event will grow and expand as the years go on and that self-acceptance and positivity will be spread throughout the campus.
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Students write messages to remind others to love themselves.
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Arts & Entertainment
Comedy / Students get their ‘Weekend Update’
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Jost tells the dramatic tale about the night he ate a weed cookie.
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up,” Jost said, reflecting on his beginnings. “I feel like it’s pretty comedic. There are a lot of characters, so it’s helpful for writing shows and characters. I feel like I grew up with a lot of strong accents and some bold choices in looks.” Jost also shared some “fun facts” about the College using a list provided by CUB. “Here’s a nice one. Very appropriate for tonight,” Jost said. “‘Kendall Hall is supposedly haunted because in the 1970s, a girl was murdered on stage.’” When the audience broke out into applause, Jost pointed out that the students were cheering for a girl’s murder. It was apparent that not only was Jost good at coming up with jokes on the spot, but he could also prepare and write funny material. As a head writer for “SNL,” Jost said he has always loved the writing side of comedy. He began writing during his time at Harvard as the president of the comedic magazine, Harvard Lampoon.
“It’s the only reason I got to ‘SNL,’” Jost said. “I ended up writing there like 90 hours a week and writing comedy with people who wanted to write comedy. And then eventually, I heard you could do it for a living.” After Jost finished up his performance, he introduced Pharoah to the stage. In bright red kicks, Pharoah walked in rapping along to the song “100” by The Game, featuring Drake, playing in the background. Later in the show, Pharoah told the audience he has been rapping for 14 years. “Can I spit some bars for y’all?” Pharoah asked. He freestyled for audience members, who in turn, listened intently to the comedians lyrics. “I don’t know if it’s the time for self-promotion, but (my) mixtape is on SoundCloud,” Pharoah said. “You can check that shit out right now.” Pharoah’s talent is not only evident in his ability to rap, but also in his ability to perform spot-on impressions. Throughout
the show, Pharoah entertained the audience with his impressions of Lil’ Wayne, Drake, Eminem, Kevin Hart, Eddie Murphy and even Jost. In an interview with The Signal, Pharoah described how he is able to perfect his impressions. “I envision a person’s face and I envision them saying the same shit I’m saying at the same time,” Pharoah said. “So in my mind, when I’m doing an impression, I’m taking this person and using them to talk like me. I’m imagining how they would say the shit I’m saying.” Like Jost, Pharoah also talked about relationships and topics that might resonate with college students, but toward the end of the show, Pharoah took off the mask of a comedian and turned on a more serious tone. He recently opened up about his struggle with depression and reminded everyone at the College that they are not alone. “For the people with depression out there, I just want you to know, y’all ain’t alone,” he said. “It ain’t just y’all. You
don’t have to feel alone.” He didn’t end on a sad note, though. Pharoah began singing “Hail Mary” by Tupac and a handful of people sang along. Pharoah had pointed out a kid who knew the lyrics. “You, white guy, stand the fuck up. Come here,” Pharoah said, inviting the student to come to the front of the stage. “On behalf of the black community, I adopt you, son.” Throughout the night, Pharoah and Jost were unafraid to tackle absurd topics like these. During his set, Jost said that an ex-girlfriend defined quality time as when you’re not eating, watching a movie or having sex. “I think when women use the term quality time they imagine in their heads, it’s the two of you alone in an empty warehouse sitting on two stools just staring into each other’s eyes,” Jost said. “Petting the puppy that you just bought together and every 15 minutes you apologize for something you don’t remember doing — that is quality time.” No apologies were needed despite the lack of puppies because the College enjoyed the quality time with the comedians.
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Pharoah commands the stage during his dynamic set.
Brown Bag explores the history of guitars
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Keller highlights the evolution of guitar designs. By Kelly Vena Correspondent
Ed Keller, professor at Parsons The New School for Design, seems to have done it all — design, architecture and even rock climbing. However, his favorite
pastime by far is music. “Guitar has been a tectoniclike event in global culture,” Keller said at the Friday, Sept. 25, Brown Bag Series in Mayo Concert Hall. “It cuts across millions of people’s consciousness.” Throughout the presentation,
Keller displayed pictures of various contemporary guitars to emphasize the clash between modern technology and traditional guitar design. “The electric guitar took pattern designs from lutes thousands of years old,” Keller stated. A lute is a stringed instrument with a long neck and hollow back. The instrument dates as far back as ancient Mesopotamia, where art has been discovered depicting people playing lutes that look strikingly similar to modern-day guitars. According to Keller, guitar designers “look back four to five centuries (for structural ideas), yet rely on modern technology to make new things.” Based on the various guitars shown in his presentation, this statement seems to hold true — most contemporary guitars retain the same shape as older models, but have original qualities to enhance different elements of the instrument by utilizing today’s innovative equipment.
To demonstrate this concept, Keller presented the audience with a picture of a Strandberg guitar, a Boden OS 6. Strandberg is a popular modern guitar designing company. The guitar has an odd curvature at the bottom to make it more comfortable to play while sitting down. The guitar also has no headstock, the topmost part of the neck that holds the tuning pegs. Rather, the tuning pegs rest on the body of the guitar, below the strings. This aspect of the Strandberg, albeit “widely disliked by guitarists,” according to Keller, is meant to improve sound quality. However, the model maintains the structure of guitars from the 20th century in order to make it simple for manufacturing, and thus cheaper to reproduce and distribute widely. Keller was also fascinated with video games such as “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band.” “Rock games challenge the ways we imagine music should
be played,” he said. Video game designers have made playing instruments an overly-simplistic process that seemingly anybody could learn. This reliance on technology has made Keller worried that our expertise in playing musical instruments will turn into nothing but “data points.” “What happens when machines listen to music better than us?” Keller said. Keller believes that technology, although it is “fascinating,” limits the musical experience that real guitars and other instruments provide. Keller suggested that the “bliss, pleasure and test of reality” that accompanies playing real instruments is not present when playing video games. To demonstrate the effects of live music, Keller brought in three guitarists to play original pieces to conclude the show. The captivated audience demonstrated that the effects of music are truly limitless.
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Decemberists make triumphant return to NYC
By Sydney Shaw News Editor
Nobody commands an audience quite as effortlessly as Colin Meloy. Picture this: The Decemberists’ frontman solo on stage at Radio City Music Hall on Friday, Sept. 25, an acoustic guitar in hand. He is spotlighted against the venue’s famous golden curtain. He picks away at the strings, singing a couple of throwback tracks in his full-bodied baritone (“The Apology Song” and “My Mother Was a Chinese Trapeze Artist,” both from 2001). Then, Meloy cruises into “Crane Wife 3,” the heartbreaking culmination of the story from 2006’s “The Crane Wife.” Based on Japanese folklore, the song details a husband’s terrifying discovery that his wife, magically transformed from a crane into a woman, earned the family’s fortune by pulling feathers from her own skin to weave into cloth. “She had no heart so hardened, all under the boughs unbowed,” Meloy sings. Enter Chris Funk, jamming on electric guitar as the song builds and the curtain rises to reveal the rest of the band, bathed in a cool blue light. Meanwhile, Jenny Conlee’s delicate key-playing against Nate Query’s rumbling bass provides a beautiful foundation leading into the second verse. And here, the band dives into their 2005 album, “Picaresque,” playing “Leslie Ann Levine” and “On the Bus Mall” while reducing more than a few audience members to tears. Together, the Portlanders set the scene for what would prove to be an evening
filled with laughter, harrowing heartbreak and no shortage of surprises. “We know you have many entertainment options in New York City,” Meloy told the comfortably-seated crowd. “Maybe a regal figure of a certain theology. Or the pope.” Meloy dedicated “Billy Liar” — a song rife with teen-angst and references to masturbation — to Pope Francis, who was a mile away at Madison Square Garden. “Of all the popes in history,” Meloy said, “he would be the most likely to chuckle… before I was condemned.” For the chorus, Meloy split the crowd into three parts and coached each group through a different harmony. He called out those in the front row who refused to sing along and silenced the entire balcony with the wave of a hand. And just as quickly as the fun diddy began, it ended and melted into a more somber, nostalgic tone. “Despite what kind of opulent setting we might be in, this should be more of a campfire singalong,” Meloy said before strumming the opening chords to “Make You Better.” For the first time all night, the audience rose to its feet like a wave, from the front row, all the way back to the upper balcony. “All I wanted was a sliver to call mine,” Meloy sang. “All I wanted was a shimmer of your shine to make me bright, but we’re not so starry-eyed anymore.” Funk’s fervid guitar solo electrified the venue so much that Meloy had to commend him after the song ended. “We’re so proud of Chris. He grew up in Indiana, corn-fed,” Meloy said. “We raised him up from a little turnip.” The band also teased “Why Would I
Query’s rumbling bass provides a beautiful foundation to the songs.
Meloy serenades the seated audience while strumming his guitar.
Now?” from its newest album, “florasongs,” set to be released on Friday, Oct. 9. It is composed of cuts from January’s “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.” Meloy returned to “The Crane Wife” album to sing about “gangs and warfare,” he said. When the microphone died during “O’ Valencia,” 5,000 audience members took over the vocals for him in a powerful display of loyalty. The show’s finale was an explosive performance of “The Chimbley Sweep” from the 2003 album “Her Majesty the Decemberists.” “For I am a poor and a wretched boy,” Meloy belted out. “A chimbley, chimbley sweep.” The lights fell and the audience erupted into applause. They patiently waited for the encore — “A Mariner’s Revenge Song,” or so they thought. Instead, the crowd learned The Decemberists had retired that song, as well as their giant cutout whale, at the Shelburne, Vt., show on Friday, July 31. Shrouded by a thick mist, Conlee began the ominous “Prelude,” launching the band into a 25-minute long block from 2009’s rock opera “The Hazards of Love.” “My true love went riding out in white and green and grey,” Meloy crooned from “The Hazards of Love 1.” He went on to sing, in order from the LP, “A Bower Scene,” fraught with thrashing guitar riffs and a head-bobbing rhythm, and “Won’t Want For Love,” led by the lovely voice of Nora O’Connor. Stage lights went all-red for “The Rake’s Song,” a passionate crowd favorite. Meloy plays a widower who feels no remorse after killing his children in order to be rid of the
responsibility of raising them. The six-song suite ended with “The Hazards of Love 4,” the finale of the album in which Meloy’s lovestruck characters, William and Margaret, escape the clutches of the evil Forest Queen, only to face drowning on a sinking ship. “With this long last rush of air, we’ll speak our vows in starry whisper,” Meloy sang. “And when the waves came crashing down, he closed his eyes and softly kissed her. These hazards of love never more will trouble us.” The lights fell again, but even 20 songs in, the show went on. The Decemberists returned for a second encore after minutes of coaxing from the crowd. “I love all 5,000 of you,” Meloy cried. “I want to put you all to sleep in 5,000 little beds, and I would sing you to sleep with this song.” His lullaby of choice was “Of Angels and Angles,” a return to “Picaresque” and a hauntingly beautiful melody. “There are angels in your angles,” he sang. “There’s a low moon caught in your tangles.” The final song of the evening was a sucker-punch to the heart — a chilling performance of “Dear Avery.” The track expresses how parents are affected when their children are shipped off to battle. “But you were my Avery,” Meloy sang. “Dear Avery, come home.” With that, he blew a kiss to the audience and left the stage for good — but hopefully not for the last time. After a two-year hiatus, The Decemberists came smashing back to the folk scene with a worldwide tour and two new record releases in just nine months. Until it’s time to flaunt “florasongs” tracks, New York City will eagerly be waiting their return.
Kingston brings country music to the College By Alexa Rocco Correspondent
On Friday, Sept. 25th, Cub Alt organized an acoustic concert in the Decker Hall Social Space. The concert had two performers — the opening act, Lenny Martelli, and main act, Kingston, a band made up of two brothers. Lenny Martelli, a 21-year-old country performer who studies at St. Joseph’s University, opened the show by singing an acoustic cover of Nick Jonas’ hit song “Jealous,” followed by “Blank Space” and “Style” from Taylor Swift’s “1989” album. Martelli, who grew up minutes outside of Philadelphia in Norristown, Pa., was formerly a member of a punk rock band before transitioning into the country scene. “Performing solo is fun, but I do miss the other people (in my band),” Martelli said. Martelli strummed his acoustic guitar while he sang, and told the
crowd he knows how to play 14 other instruments, including the drums, bass, ukulele and piano. “I grab everything I can try to play, I like to try everything,” Martelli said. After his Taylor Swift covers, Martelli moved on to his original work, beginning with “Say Hello” and then flowing into “Because of Me,” a song he was inspired to write after his friend went through a breakup. The song focuses on feelings of guilt and self-blame after a breakup with someone you love. He then sang “All Time,” followed by a mashup of cover songs “Take You Down” by Chris Brown, “Ride” by Somo and “Let Me Love You” by Mario. He finished his performance with two originals, “When I’m With You” and “Little Do You Know,” which are both available on iTunes. Following Martelli’s performance, brothers Zach and Josh Kingston of the Nashville, Tenn.,
country band Kingston, began their performance. The duo opened with a cover of “You Got it Bad” by Usher. They were able to put their own spin on the song, turning it into a nearly unrecognizable, slow, country acoustic. The brothers have been performing together since they were 13 years old. nmnmnmnmnnmn “We didn’t go to college, we got a record deal instead,” Josh said. Before launching into a cover of “Can’t Feel My Face” by the Weeknd, Josh said that he and his brother enjoy taking popular songs from the radio and changing them up to make them all their own. The brothers even challenged the audience to listen closely to the beat and sing along once they figured out which pop song they were performing. When it comes to the band’s original works, Josh said they write about everyday life and the “situations (that) we go through on a daily basis.”
The brothers performed their original songs, “Strangers,” and “Shania” — a song inspired by a friend, but entitled “Shania” as a way to pay tribute to legendary country star Shania Twain. They then sang a beautiful and interesting cover of the very emotional “Stay With Me” by Sam
Smith. They also sang an upbeat and countrified cover of “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars, before performing covers of “Rumor” and “Maneater” by Hall & Oates. Although it was a small crowd, the audience was able to interact with the three performers during the intimate gathering.
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The Kingston brothers sing a medley of covers.
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Jazz concert benefits Congo citizens
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Allyson is a four-time Grammy jazz vocalist nominee.
By Gabrielle Beacken Nation & World Editor
After marrying at an early age and suffering through the death of her husband, a young Congo woman was left penniless and childless, as her brother-in-laws took her money, property and children away. Now, as a member of Woman, Cradle of Abundance — an organization empowering and educating girls in their fight against destitution and violence — the young woman is ready to change her life. This young woman’s story was detailed by Elsie McKee, the international liaison and president of Woman, Cradle of Abundance. She illustrated the struggle and strife that young women in the Congo are forced to continuously endure. “These are bright, attractive, remarkable young women,” McKee said. “Their stories are heartbreaking, inspiring and amazing.” Woman, Cradle of Abundance, as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo-based charity, United Front Against Riverblindness (UFAR), were the organization beneficiaries of the jazz benefit concert, “Chanson pour le Congo III,” featuring four-time Grammy jazz vocalist nominee, Karrin Allyson, on Sunday, Sept. 20 in Mayo Concert Hall. The event was hosted by the College and sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Department, Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) and the office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences. “Karrin Allyson is a national treasure and to have her at TCNJ put us on the map in a new way,” said Ellen Friedman, one of the coordinators of the event and professor of English, WGS and holocaust and genocide
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studies. “Here at TCNJ we are citizens of the world, meaning that we have global responsibility to make the world a better place.” “Many A New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein,” the title of Allyson’s new album, is dedicated to classic songs of renowned musical duo, composer Richards Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein. The album was released Friday, Sept. 18, two days before the benefit concert. Accompanied by longtime friend and bassist Ed Howard, the two performed songs from the new album, some of them for the first time for an audience. Watching an “American Masterpieces” special on PBS about Hammerstein, Allyson was inspired to compile a list of her favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein pieces to cover in a jazz format. Several pieces from musicals such as “Oklahoma!,” “The King and I” and “South Pacific” are featured on the album. For six songs, Allyson played her own piano accompaniment and played the shaker for a few songs, as well. Allyson began the night with “Many A New Day,” from “Oklahoma!” where she sang, “Many a new day will dawn before I do!” The theme of empowerment, specifically female empowerment, was a prevalent theme throughout the night. “Love one another and support one another,” Allyson said to the audience during a pause in between one of the 12 songs she performed. “I admire Elsie so much and what the organization (Woman Cradle of Abundance) does.” This is Allyson’s third concert benefitting the two Congo-affiliated aid organizations. Woman, Cradle of Abundance and United
Front Against Riverblindness partner with Congo aid organizations to help eradicate calamities in the area. “I’d been in the country for 40 years and I asked, ‘What can I do?’” said Dr. Daniel Shungu, founder of the United Front Against Riverblindness. As a long-time employee of Merk, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, Shungu was exposed to the breakthrough research Merk was conducting with the disease Onchocerciasis, which eventually led to a helpful drug that was spread throughout the Congo area. Onchocerciasis is triggered through the penetration of the parasite worm, Onchocerca, into the human body, Shungu said. Symptoms, oftentimes more apparent in women than men, comprise of severe skin irritations, like itching and bumps forming underneath layers of skin. Onchocerciasis affects 50 African countries, according to Shungu. The goal of UFAR is to eradicate the Onchocerciasis disease, which is especially prevalent in the Kasongo region of the Congo, and eventually expand their influence to eradicate other harmful diseases in the Congo. “If everyone takes this drug once a year, for 10 years, the disease will be eliminated, and we’re close to 10 years,” Shungu said. “We’re going after other disease… four other tropical diseases.” All of the proceeds from ticket and merchandise sales, which were items sewn by the women from Woman Cradle of Abundance, went towards the organization and UFAR. “The concert raised consciousness and addresses several elements of the college mission, including widening global perspectives, social justice and good citizenship,” Friedman said. “The crowd was very enthusiastic and the speakers communicated the value of their efforts on behalf of the Congo very well.” The audience’s enthusiasm was maintained throughout the night — bobbing heads synched with the rhythm of the guitar, each vocal riff so prevalent in the genre of jazz resulted in widened eyes and loud applause succeeded the finish of each song. Though the audience may have been enveloped in a world of bass and piano for two hours, the main mission of the night was not forgotten. “It’s important to empower all of us,” Allyson said. “If you educate a woman, you do the world a favor. My mom taught me that.”
This week, Nick Landoffi, WTSR assistant music director, and Nelson Kelly, music staff writer, highlight some of the best new albums that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.
Band: Circa Waves Album: “Young Chasers” Hailing From: Liverpool, England Genre: English Indie Surf Rock Label: Virgin Composed of lads from Liverpool, Circa Waves delivers on its beachy-sounding name. They have a lot of obvious influences like The Wombats, Arctic Monkey, The Strokes and The Kooks, and you can hear all of this. But they also have a lot of ’50s style sounds. It’s a good balance between gritty rock vibes and catchy surf rock beats. Overall, this album puts you in a very chill place, which is pretty refreshing in this day and age. The lyrics read like Springsteen — a lot of summer, girls, beaches and youth. All in all, this album is really catchy, you will find yourself bobbing your head and wanting a drink. It’s surf rock with some energy. Don’t be afraid to pay attention to some of their more poetic verses either. Must Hear: “Get Away,” “Lost It” “Fossils,” “Young Chasers” and “TShirt Weather”
‘Crybaby’ delivers haunting new sound By Lillian Firth Correspondent
Melanie Martinez’s debut album, “Crybaby,” is a truly expansive collection of songs that steps out of the realm of conventional pop music. Martinez mixes her peppy beats with a new haunting quality, leaving listeners with chills for days to come. Martinez uses a variety of instruments to produce one-of-a-kind songs, such as piano, guitar, bells, synthesizers and even xylophones and accordions. The album is not heavy on fast drums or electric guitars, as Martinez avoids the rock type of horror-like music that is common among artists like Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson. Instead, Martinez creates a new kind of horror sound with her songs through slower instrumentation. Martinez pours her heart out in each song, which she penned herself, touching on topics that most pop artists shy away from. She skillfully weaves in social issues disguised as pop melodies. In her song, “Mrs. Potato Head,” Martinez delves into the issue of young girls wanting plastic surgery because “no one will love you if you’re unattractive.” She asks interesting questions like “Will a pretty face make it better?” and explains how sad it is that “baby soft skin turns into leather.” Martinez puts these social issues into perspective and sings about them in such an interesting way that it is impossible to ignore. Perhaps the best part of the album is how unpredictable it is. From simple love songs that pull in listeners with a personal connection like on “Training Wheels,” and hair-raising songs like “Tag You’re It,” which details the kidnapping of a young girl, the album keeps listeners on their toes. The lyrics and dramatic melodies of Martinez’s songs are passionate, haunting and unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. Melanie
sings each one beautifully with her raspy voice. Every song on the album seems to tell its own story and will bring listeners into the depths of Martinez’s mind. The album has proven to be immensely successful already. After its release on Friday, Aug. 14, “Crybaby” has already hit number one on the Alternative Albums Chart and number four on the iTunes Albums Chart. The song “Carousel” was released as a single earlier this summer and was also featured as the theme song on “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” Martinez started as a young girl from New York on the popular singing television show, “The Voice.” Now, she is topping the charts with her debut album. “Crybaby” is marketed as a pop album, yet incorporates such distinct stories with a rare and catchy sound. It is a true pop masterpiece that will impress fans of the genre as well as new listeners. Martinez poured her heart into this album, and it certainly paid off.
Martinez shows off her distinct musical style.
Band Name: Say Hi Album Name: Bleeders Digest Hailing From: Seattle, Wa. Genre: Vampire Synth Pop Label: Barsuk Records First off, this has to be the best album title ever. Luckily, this album delivers beyond just a witty title. Eric Elbogen, better known as established synth-popper Say Hi, tells the story of vampires peacefully existing on the fringes of human society — until a girl eats a lot of steak and throws a giant rock at them, thus invoking their wrath as they take over society as we know it. Between the infectiously catchy hooks, surfy-guitars and zany synth lines, you can pick out a story in which vampires overrun human society (with a random love interest thrown in there) until a volcano erupts or something. What I’m saying is this is a really cool album that you should definitely listen to. Must Hear: “The Grass is Always Greener,” “It’s a Hunger,” “Creatures of the Night,” “Lover’s Lane (Smitten with Doom)” and “Pirates of the Cities, Pirates of the Suburbs”
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Sports Cheap Seats
A man of many words, Yogi Berra dies at 90
Yogi Berra was a staple of many Yankee championship teams.
By Michael Battista Sports Editor
On Tuesday, Sept. 22, the world lost a true American icon. Not just a baseball legend, not just a World War II hero and not just the coiner of many iconic phrases, but a hero to people of all ages in all walks of life. Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra passed away at the age of 90, leaving the world in silence after years of making us all laugh and smile. He was a 13-time World Series Champion (10 as a player and three more times as a coach), 18-time All-Star, three-time American League MVP, a member of the Baseball Hall of
Fame and the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. In 1942, the New York Yankees signed Berra and sent him to the minors. However, with the U.S. going to war, he had to drop his bat in favor of a rifle. Berra served as a Navy gunner’s mate during the DDay invasion of Normandy. He was one of a six-man crew on a rocket boat, firing on German defenses at Omaha Beach. After that, Berra’s career in Major League Baseball actually began in 1946. He excelled at hitting “bad” pitches, the ones most batters would either foul off or leave alone hoping they would be called balls. This, in
turn, made him a master at bat control, allowing him to take low pitches deep with a “golf club swing” and driving high pitches down the line. His work at the plate made him an essential piece of a feared Yankee championship dynasty. In 1947, the Yankees beat their crosstown rival Brooklyn Dodgers in seven games to capture the championship, and between 1949 and 1953, they captured five more in a row. Today, these teams are considered some of the best in the game’s history. The next time the Yankees reached the World Series was in 1956, and it would be one of Berra’s iconic moments. During Game Five, Yankees’ pitcher Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game (to date) in World Series history. As the 27th batter struck out, in one of the most recognizable images of his career, Berra ran out and jumped into Larsen’s arms. The image is unforgettable — both men in a moment, frozen in time. Before all their teammates rushed them, there was Yogi and Larsen together, a pitcher and his catcher. After a few more seasons of play,
and a few more rings, Berra moved his talents from the field to the bench. He worked as both a manager and coach for both New York baseball teams — the Yankees and the newly created New York Metropolitans (Mets). His tenure as a coach finished in Houston with the Astros in 1989. Berra’s work off the field was just as important as his work on it. In 1998, the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center opened on the campus of Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J., The site, which houses memorabilia from Berra’s career, was created in hopes of teaching children valuable lessons such as to “preserve and promote the values of respect, sportsmanship, social justice,” according to the museum’s website. Beyond that, Berra had a way with his words that made people laugh and scratch their head all within five minutes. For example, he said “It ain’t over, till it’s over,” when talking about his Mets being in last place during the 1973 season, where they battled back to make the World Series. When asked how to get to his
house, his directions were simple: “When you get to a fork in the road, take it.” When describing how the shade affects Yankee Stadium as he played, he said “It gets late early out there.” I could fill this story with dozens of these “Yogisms” and still not be halfway done. My family actually had a direct encounter with this type of wit. A few years ago, my late great uncle and my brother went to an event to see Yogi Berra and get an autograph. My uncle had been at Berra’s first game, where he hit a home run during his second at bat. When he told Yogi this, he only looked at him and said “I was at that game, too.” Berra’s work both on and off the field has made him an icon in the hearts of many. There’s a lot more I can talk about, but there isn’t enough space on this entire page to fit it all. Yogi Berra was an unforgettable personality that left a mark on us all, no matter the age or team bias. The 1993 baseball film “The Sandlot” says it perfectly: “There’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die.”
Lions split games at home ‘Matty Ice’ on fire this week Kean proves to be fierce opponent
By Otto Gomez Staff Writer
The Lions got back on track after a tough 3-2 loss against Rutgers-Newark, with a stellar win against Drew University — it was their second win against a ranked opponent this season. Junior captain, midfielder Nick Costelloe was able to strike first off a pass from senior defenseman Dan McMillan 18 minutes into the game. Costelloe has been the team leader all year, and a huge part of their team chemistry. “Personally, I believe that the strong start can be attributed to our team chemistry,” Costelloe said. “We’re not just a team. We’re a family and that’s the motto we’ve been following this year. We work hard for each other and that’s where the success has come from.” A couple of minutes later, freshman midfielder Nick Sample doubled the lead with his third goal of the season. While the Lions took their two-goal lead into the second half, Drew scored two minutes after play resumed, to cut the deficit in half. It was not until sophomore midfielder Peter Dresch put the game away with a goal of his own in the 75th minute that the game was out of hand. While showing a strong offense, the Lions once again proved to be tough on defense, with junior goalkeeper Jake Nesteruk racking up two saves. While attempting to continue their fine play, the Lions squared off against Kean University on Saturday, Sept. 26. Although they opened up the game with an unassisted goal from freshman defender Nick Provenzano, the opposing Cougars held themselves together. The Cougars tied the score at the end of the half and took the lead a couple minutes after play
By Sean Reis Columnist For Week Four, I have suggested the minimum players at each position below, but I also suggest drafting Andy Dalton, Latavius Murray or Julio Jones, depending on your weekly budgeting. Good luck!
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Junior Nick Costelloe scores.
resumed. After a very long half of tough defense from both sides, Kean was able to string together a pair of goals in the last 10 minutes to put the game away, 4-1. While it was a big loss on the scoreboard, it is only the second defeat of the season for the Lions, and Costelloe is not very worried. In fact, he and the entire team are still expecting to play well in the playoffs regardless of this last loss. “I’m excited with this group and I just hope to continue to bring energy to the team and help grind out wins,” the junior midfielder said. “Going into the playoffs, I think that our team chemistry will allow us to overcome odds on the field. Meaning, I believe that when faced with a tough match in a knockout round, we will pull together to get the win.” The Lions continue their season against Stockton University on the road on Wednesday, Sept. 30.
Quarterback: Matt Ryan ($6,900) — The Atlanta Falcons and Ryan are off to an amazing 3-0 start with nearly 300 passing yards in each game and at least one touchdown. At $6,900, these consistent stats lead me to believe ‘Matty Ice’ is the best start at QB in Week Four for that price. Atlanta will be at home, playing against a struggling Houston defense and I highly suggest Ryan in Week Four. Running Backs: Matt Forte ($7,100) — Forte has seen minor price decreases this season due to an inconsistent Chicago Bears offense, but I still believe he is the best receiving RB in fantasy football. With that being said, I like Forte at a slightly lower cost this week, playing at home against Oakland. Noteworthy as well, I like Forte even more if Jay Cutler is not in the lineup because Chicago will need him to step up or else their record may fall to 0-4. Joseph Randle ($5,500) — Randle’s price went up, but after scoring three touchdowns that is to be expected. Although Dallas lost, Randle led the offense with Tony Romo and Dez Bryant both injured. Randle will attempt to lead an injured Dallas Cowboys again in Week Four, playing against New Orleans and hoping to help his team win big on prime time, Sunday Night Football.
Wide Receivers: Kenan Allen ($7,000) — Although Allen had a rough Week Two, he bounced back this past week in a huge game against Minnesota. Many will argue that Allen will not be consistent this season, but despite his price, I like Allen in Week Four against Cleveland at home. Larry Fitzgerald ($6,500) — With Carson Palmer playing like Kurt Warner, this season Fitzgerald has looked like the receiver he once was when he played in Super Bowl XLIII. Fitzgerald is a consistent threat anywhere on the field and is once again one of the toughest receivers to cover. I like Fitzgerald at an average price with reliable upside in Week Four. Donte Moncrief ($5,000) — When T.Y. Hilton and Andre Johnson have seemed to be locked down all season, Moncrief has been a rising star in the Indianapolis offense. Moncrief has seen a decreasing number of targets, but Andrew Luck has shown a liking for him, Moncrief scoring a touchdown in each game this season. At $5,000, Moncrief runs little risk for the price and I trust him in Week Four. Tight End: Charles Clay ($3,300) — In a new uniform, Clay was off to a slow start in Week One, but he has picked it up the past two weeks, scoring a touchdown in each game. Coming off a big win in Miami, I like Clay at home against an inconsistent New York Giants defense this week for a very cheap price. Defense: Arizona Cardinals ($3,400) — The Arizona Cardinals defense has been an unstoppable force all season. In Week Four, Arizona will face, arguably, the weakest member of their division, St. Louis, at home and I highly suggest drafting them, despite their high price for a defense.
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Michael Battista “The Ref”
George Tatoris Staff Writer
In this week’s edition of Around the Dorm, the “Ref,” Michael Battista, asks our panel of experts three questions: Which 0-2 NFL team is a strong playoff contender, is Jason Day an elite golfer and which major college team has the most to improve on early in the season?
1. As of this writing, the NFL has nine 0-2 teams. Who among them has the best chance to make a playoff run? Sean: Although the Seattle Seahawks are the highest ranked 0-2 team, according to current ESPN power rankings, I believe the Indianapolis Colts have the best chance to make a playoff run due to differences in division. Seattle is in, arguably, the most difficult division where Arizona and San Francisco will be major threats, while Indianapolis is in a division with fewer threats (Jacksonville, Tennessee and Houston are all below Indianapolis in current ESPN power rankings) and if their offense finally plays to expectations, the Colts will be a team to watch in the playoffs. Matthew: The Seattle Seahawks are still the best team in the league — this 0-2 start means nothing. Seattle was dealt a double dosage of difficult games to start the season, and it didn’t help that they had some chemistry issues to work out.
This team has proven to be dangerous and has retained nearly all of its essential pieces from their past two championship runs. For Week Three, they have a cake
matchup against the bumbling Chicago Bears and now have their defensive ace, Kam Chancellor, back in the fray. And don’t forget about Marshawn Lynch, an
All-Pro and a brute of a running back who is hungry for some end zone action (and maybe some Skittles, too). Look for Seattle to bury the Bears and bounce back to the top of the division by Thanksgiving, with its defense leading the charge as they gobble up opposing offenses. Playoffs are not even a question for this team — it is just a matter of whether they win the Super Bowl. George: The only team that has any sort of chance in the playoffs is the Chicago Bears. I don’t know if you noticed, but this year marks the 30th anniversary of the “Windy City” Bears’ last Super Bowl win and I think the time is right for a sequel. This is the year we’ll see the Bears shuffle on down to the end zone. The year they’ll blow our minds like they knew they would. They’re gonna be strutting their stuff for everyone on the turf. They aren’t gonna start trouble. They’re just here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle.
Matthew gets 3 points for looking at the upcoming schedule. Sean gets 2 points for only looking at power rankings and George gets 1 point for Super Bowl Shuffle 2.
2. Jason Day has been gaining momentum as one of the best golfers in the world as of late. Do you think he can keep this up or is he another flash in the pan? Sean: Since the Official World Golf Ranking system was established in 1986, numerous
golfers have sat in the prestigious No. 1 position, of which many will be remembered in history, while others will be forgotten. Which type of golfer Jason Day is, it’s tough to say at this time, however, I do believe he will not be “another flash in the pan.” In the summer, Day
proved himself to be one of golf’s best golfers and he now deserves to hold the honor of being the best golfer in the world, where I believe he will remain as a contender. Throughout the past two decades, there have been multiple occasions where two or three golfers go back and forth at the No. 1 position — most notably Tiger Woods and, one of the most underrated golfers of our time, David Duval in the late 90s — and I think next season will be one of those occasions where Day, Rory Mcllroy and Jordan Spieth will all compete for the No. 1 position, none of which will be “another flash in the pan.” Matthew: One thing is for certain: the PGA is hoping he’s not a flash in the pan. Since Tiger Woods’ career has tumbled down the bunker, golf has been missing the star power that it needs so desperately. It seems like the PGA wants Rory McIlroy to be in the forefront, but he came and went without a
major in 2015. Jason Day, on the other hand, is rolling right now and sitting pretty at a sprightly 27 years old. Golf is dull enough as it is — the PGA needs a young star in order to keep the public’s already fading attention. For golf’s sake, let’s hope Day sustains his success for years to come. George: Day’s days at the top are limited. His subpar performance at the FedEx Cup is perhaps the biggest indicator of this. Depending on the result of the Tour Championship, Day may fall in the rankings behind his predecessor, Jordan Spieth or Ireland’s Rory McIlroy. The No. 1 spot has changed hands four times already the last four weeks. Another change this week would make it the first time since 1997 that the No. 1 spot changed over five consecutive weeks. If he doesn’t pick up his game this week and in following weeks, Day’s day of reckoning will arrive.
Sean gets 3 points for other back and forth rivalries. George gets 2 points for mentioning his recent performances and Matthew gets 1 point for PGA desperation. 3. With the College Football season underway, what major team has the most to improve on going forward? Sean: USC had a strong start to the season, dominating their first two games and keeping the opponent in single digits. However, in the third week they finally faced another team of equal stature, Stanford, who scored 41 points to their 31 points. USC’s defense was poor, to say the least, in what was their first major matchup of the season. If this play continues, USC will not have a successful season with Notre Dame and Oregon on their schedule. Although USC was off to a strong start, they have the most to improve on if they want to be the contender they were expected to be. Matthew: The Alabama Crimson Tide wiped out big time last Saturday, Sept. 19, falling to the Ole Miss Rebels, 43-37, and toppling out of the Top 10 in the NCAA’s rankings. Turning the football over five times is not going to win ball games, believe it or not. A defensive team at heart, Alabama needs to focus on limiting turnovers on offense so they can win the game on the other side of the ball. It is never a positive sign when a team
has to switch quarterbacks in the middle of a game, and neither Jake Coker nor Cooper Bateman made much of a case for themself. The Crimson Tide needs a steady hand taking the snaps under center, so coach Nick Saban will need to pick the man who will take better care of the football. Always in the hunt for the championship, Alabama has room to improve but now has a lot of ground to be make up. Luckily for them, all it takes now is a top four finish to have a chance at playing in the big game. George: The only college team that has a “major” place in my heart is our very own Lions, and they have a lot to fix continuing forward. Right now they’re 0-3, with two home losses. I’ve done my best to help. Every night before a game I sacrifice three goats while reading a prayer book written in the blood of blessed pigs. I’ve tried getting in contact with the College’s football coach, Wayne Dickens, about my performance enhancing potion (three cloves of garlic, the blood of a pig sow and three pints of Gatorade) but he has not gotten back to me. If you’re reading this coach, I can totally help.
Matthew gets 3 points for pointing out Alabama’s falling rank. George gets 2 points because he isn’t wrong and Sean gets 1 point for USC’s strong start.
Matthew wins Around the Dorm 7-6-5
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Giants hold out hope despite tough losses
Left: Eli Manning faces trouble in the opening weeks of the season. Right: Fan-favorite Cruz gets set for his Week Four return. By Matthew Ajaj Staff Writer Two double-digit fourth quarter leads resulting in two losses is not a good way to start a season. In fact, never before had an NFL team accomplished such a miserable feat until just a few weeks ago when the New York Giants imploded for a double dosage of defeats. In Week One, the Giants held a 23-20 lead with the ball on the Dallas Cowboys’ four-yard line with under two minutes to play — they lost. In Week Two, the Giants held a 20-10 lead late in the third quarter with the ball in the Atlanta Falcons’ red zone — they lost. Mismanaged clocks, leaky late-game defense, questionable quarterbacking and crucial dropped passes were the story of both collapses. Facing a media firestorm, the Giants came into Week Three facing a must-win
situation in a Thursday night tilt against the Washington Redskins on Sept. 24. Fortunately for the Giants, the Redskins couldn’t play their way out of a wet paper bag that night as they gave away the ball three times. The Giants coasted through the game until — that’s right — the fourth quarter, where they let up two touchdowns, one via a 101-yard kickoff return. And yet again, the Giants mishandled the clock as they attempted to pass the ball with under two minutes left while holding an 11-point lead. Nevertheless, the Giants walked away with a 32-21 win and now stand at, 1-2. Believe it or not, these lowly Giants still have high hopes. The boys in blue can confidently say that they have outplayed their opponents in all three contests, even though they only have one win to show for it. The Giants will also welcome the return of slot receiver and fan favorite Victor Cruz for Week Four
after he suffered a torn patellar tendon last season. Along with sophomore stud Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants have a dynamic duo at the receiver position that may prove to be the best tandem in the league. Big Blue fans can also take solace in the fact that notorious pass-dropper Preston Parker is off the team and is unlikely to resurface to public life unless it’s for a mascot gig with Butterfinger. What really sweetens the deal for the Giants, however, is how sour the rest of the division is looking. The Dallas Cowboys are without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant — the two players most integral to the Cowboys’ success — for a significant stretch of the season, due to their respective injuries. The Philadelphia Eagles have taken a nosedive as coach Chip Kelly’s new additions have yet to earn their wings. And the Washington Redskins, well, they’re the Washington Redskins. The poignantly-named NFC
“Least” is looking as pathetic as ever, but someone has to win this division. For the past 11 years, coach Tom Coughlin and franchise quarterback Eli Manning have kept the Giants’ ship steady. Both of them made critical mistakes in the season’s opening weeks that cost the team two crucial wins. Nevertheless, these blunders are but an anomaly on their respective résumés. Coughlin, unfazed by Father Time, is still the red-faced, motivating force capable of invigorating any batch of players into a winning squad. Manning can still throw with the best of them, and historically, his best features are his short memory and his ability to come up big in the clutch. Their 0-2 start is water under the bridge as the Coughlin-Manning combo will keep the New York Giants afloat amidst the muddy mess of the NFC East. Don’t jump ship just yet, Giants fans: Big Blue is poised for a division title.
‘Amazin’ Mets make it to postseason
Harvey is an All-Star pitcher heading into October. By Connor Smith Correspondent Mets fans have been through enough turmoil and heartache to last a lifetime. Ever since Carlos Beltran took strike three to put a sudden halt to the Mets’ 2006 playoff run, the team had struggled being anything short of a laughing stock. After compiling two major September collapses and six losing seasons — the Mets are finally relevant. Having all but locked down a National League Division Series (NLDS) matchup with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team must now prove to the world that they aren’t just a product of a weak division. Young pitching and late inning
heroics have been the calling card of this lively young Mets squad who lead the National League in RBIs, homeruns and slugging percentage since the All-Star break. The Mets owe their recent success to a handful of tradedeadline acquisitions that bolstered the Mets’ lineup with the likes of Yoenis Cespedes, Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe. These Major League hitters helped take the pressure off Curtis Granderson who kept the team afloat until July. The Mets have since seen the return of injured captain, David Wright, and young hitting catcher, Travis d’Arnaud. The new Mets lineup has also allowed homegrown talent such as Michael Conforto,
Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores to contribute massively throughout August and September. The Mets now field one of the most potent offenses in baseball which should do well to support their young aces in a playoff format. Although the Mets have looked fantastic since all their pieces came together in late July, many experts write their success off as having an easy schedule. The Mets haven’t won a series against a playoff team with their new lineup, but they’ve only faced two in that span — the Yankees and the Pirates. The Mets were gifted with an easy schedule, but many sports fans agree that the regular season means nothing when a team gains momentum heading into October. The Mets do have a winning record versus the only playoff team that matters, the Dodgers. If the Mets can maintain a better record than (or tie) the Dodgers, they will receive homefield advantage in the NLDS. This is massive when you consider the Dodgers home-road split massively favors home games. The Dodgers own a .667 winning percentage at home, but have an abysmal .461 winning percentage. on the road. The Mets have a similar home-favored trend, but still maintain a positive road record.
Winning home field advantage will give the team the confidence they need to make the NLDS an exciting series. The Mets do have All-Star pitchers Matt Harvey and Jacob DeGrom along with rookie studs Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz. If Harvey can pitch through his innings cap that has dominated the discussion around the team, the team will have a four man rotation that could silence even the best lineups in baseball. If the Mets and their young arms can go toe-to-toe with the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, this team would certainly be making a statement that they are ready to
win the World Series. The Mets may very well be benefactors of an easy schedule, but that’s what makes baseball so magical — once October starts, all bets are off. Mets fans certainly have a reason to be excited this October. This team has shown shades of the 1969 and 1986 teams that against all odds won it all. With young pitching, great hitting and a flair for the heroics, the Mets have all the pieces to make a deeper run this postseason, than they have in a long time. As the late Tug McGraw once said, “Ya Gotta Believe!”
Granderson continues to keep the Mets alive.
Thoresen keeps Lions on winning pace
Left: Thoresen scores four goals throughout the week. Right: Goldman looks to get open to receive a pass.
By Michael Battista Sports Editor
When one player is the significant reason your team has won its past two games, not only does that person receive praise — she receives a target on her back. One such player is Lions’ sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Thoresen, whose four goals over the stretch of the week helped push the College past Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham, 3-0, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, and past Kean University, 2-1, on Saturday, Sept. 26. The Lions traveled up to Madison, N.J., to face off against the 4-3 Devils, who were coming off a strong 6-0 win against The City College of New York. Right from the start, the Lions controlled the pace of the game. Within the first three minutes, Thoresen got off a wide shot and
within 25 minutes the College had gotten a total of five shots off, compared to the Devils’ zero. “Our defense, game by game is getting better,” Thoresen said. “We had some big times players, like graduates Jordan Downs and Kendra Griffith, to replace. Abby (Emmert), Courtney (Durstewitz) and Jessica Weeder are meeting the challenge to build the chemistry.” The half ended with neither team pushing through, and the second continued on with the same results, until the 69th minute. Thoresen, with an assist from junior midfielder Lauren Malajian, kicked in a shot passed FDU’s goalie, to put the Lions up, 1-0. She was not done, though, and less than three minutes later scored again off an assist from senior defender Brianna Cummings. She attributed this to her constant training both in practice and
on her own. “I would say that this streak of good play is a result of efforts in the offseason and in season practices,” she said. “Creating scoring opportunities for myself and for others was one of the aspects of my game I really wanted to focus on.” After a goal from Malajian in the 82nd minute, the Lions held onto the lead and won, 3-0. The Lions’ next opponent was Kean in Union, N.J., on Saturday, Sept. 22, a conference game. Thoresen made her intentions for the team clear. “The plan for Saturday is to bring our A-game,” she said before the game. “This is an NJAC game. We want to send a message to everyone saying that we are a team to be afraid of.” And if the team isn’t feared at this point, Thoresen definitely is, after the past performances she’s
recently put on. The Lions’ offense had complete control during the entire first half, shooting 11 times and keeping the ball away from the Cougars, enough to hold them to zero. Thoresen broke away from the pack in the 23rd minute, after a collision with a defender, to pick up another goal for her season total and put the College up, 1-0. The game continued on, and five minutes into the second half, Kean was able to get its first shot off. However, the Lions still showed their offensive dominance when, off an assist from sophomore midfielder Jessica Goldman, Thoresen once again placed one past the Kean defense and put the team up, 2-0. Thoresen, who was awarded NJAC conference honors last week and looks to be on track for another set, continued to credit her ability not only to her practice with the
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team, but her personal practice during the offseason. “This high level of competition improved my game tremendously by forcing my game speed to be faster and my techniques to be sharper,” she said. “This summer I really wanted to improve myself to make an impact on the team and help us win. After the results from last season, I would not be satisfied with myself unless I came to this season prepared and ready to win.” The Cougars showed offensive bursts in the second half, even scoring with 15 minutes to go in the game off a handball in the box. The Lions would keep them suppressed, however, giving them the 2-1 win and another conference victory. The team now looks forward to facing Stockton University at home on Wednesday, Sept. 30, in another NJAC conference game.
Smith and Barrett standouts for field hockey By Miguel Gonzalez Staff Writer The Lions defeated Salisbury, 3-2, Saturday Sept. 26, at Lions’ Stadium in a double overtime clash between two undefeated teams. The Lions put themselves up on the scoreboard in the sixth minute of their matchup with Salisbury when junior defender Lexi Smith scored off an assist from freshman forward Taylor Barrett. For the week of Sunday, Sept. 20, the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) named Smith as the defensive player of the week for her outstanding performances during the Lions’ previous victories against Cabrini College, 6-1, and Messiah College, 1-0. Meanwhile, Barrett was honored as the College’s student-athlete of the week, for netting in the game-winning goal during the overtime victory against Messiah College. While the two standouts put the College up early, the Seagulls struck back at the 20th minute as junior forward Becca Rinaca utilized a penalty corner to even the match, 1-1, with an assist from junior
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Wagner keeps winning streak alive with the game-winning goal. defender Annah Brittingham. A minute later, Barrett drove a shot, but it was saved by Salisbury goalie Tressie Windsor. Toward the end of the first period, the Seagulls attempted to break even with shots from Natalie Wilkinson and Courtney Jantzen. The second period featured a back-andforth possession from the College and Salisbury as both teams pushed themselves to overtime. The Lions began shooting immediately with shots from junior forward Jaclyn Douglas and freshman forward Elizabeth Morrison.
Afterward, junior goalie Kelly Schlupp saved a shot from Seagull Brittingham. Just minutes later it was Douglas who scored a tiebreaking goal with an assist from Smith. However, the Seagulls counterattacked in the 56th minute, as Brittingham scored with an assist from Hannah Miller. Subsequently, the Seagulls continued to fire shots, but the College’s defense preserved the tie, with another save from Schlupp. In overtime, both the Seagulls and Lions were held scoreless, while both teams
continued to substitute players. In the 77th minute, Douglas set a penalty corner and senior captain Mikayla Cimilluca took a shot with no result, when Seagull goalie Tressie Windsor saved it. “We played almost 100 minutes of field hockey and in the end it came to who wanted it more,” Cimilluca said. During the 86th-88th minutes, the Lions stormed through the Seagulls’ defensive end with shots from Cimilluca, Smith and Barrett. Nonetheless, no shot crossed the goal line as Seagull goalie Windsor made three saves. “Schlupp had a great game,” Cimilluca said. “She made some incredible saves and really kept us in the game.” With time quickly expiring, the Lions needed to prevent a possible shoot-out. At the 98th minute, it was senior forward Alicia Wagner who scored the game-winning goal, deflecting in a shot from Smith off a penalty corner. The Lions have stayed undefeated this season with a 6-0 start and extended their winning streak to an incredible 21 games. The Lions head down the road to play against out-ofconference opponent Manhattanville College on Tuesday, Sept. 29 in Purchase, N.Y.
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