The Signal: Fall '17: No. 11

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November 15, 2017

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Hardwick’s humor comes from the heart By Elizabeth Zakaim Arts & Entertainment Editor

Although students came to the College Union Board’s Fall Comedy Show to hear comedian and talk-show host Chris Hardwick perform stand-up, it was Hardwick’s musical finale that really won over the Kendall Hall crowd. Hardwick closed his show with Mike Phirman, his opening act and longtime co-performer, to sing their original song, “Corazon,” in a tribute to the romantic nature of Latino music, with a more literal twist on the heart. The lyrics, sung in Spanish, were translated on a slideshow behind the two performers that also included anatomical images of the heart and other videos of heart dissections. “The human heart is a hollow, four-chambered organ. The heart is a muscular pump that maintains the circulation of our life’s blood,” the translation read as the duo sang in Spanish. Hardwick treated the audience with lively anecdotes and raunchy jokes at his show on Nov. 7. The comedian endeared himself to the crowd with personal

Hardwick incorporates his nerdy persona into his jokes.

stories. One time, while vacationing with his wife, a romantic moment took an unexpected turn. “Give me your finger,” his wife, Lydia Hearst said. Hardwick thought he’d hit the

jackpot, until he learned exactly just where his finger was going to go. “I have sunscreen on my hands. Could you put my contact lens in for me?”

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That was the first time Hardwick had touched his wife’s, or anyone’s, eyeball, and he hoped it would be the last. While he never ran short of any jokes or laughs, Hardwick’s

ACT gives ‘killer’ performance

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Characters investigate King Arthur’s assassination. By Richard Chachowski Correspondent

Who killed King Arthur? Dozens showed up to the Decker Social Space on Friday, Nov. 10, to find out. All College Theatre’s performance


of “A Killing in King Arthur’s Court” is part of a dinner and interactive theater presentation performed annually at the College. When King Arthur, played by freshman civil engineering major Zach Michonski, is poisoned to death, the remaining members of

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Arthur’s court must find the killer and restore peace to the kingdom. The show began with the introduction of all the key characters in the play, including Arthur, his wife Gwen, their son Mordred, the wizard Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table. Guests sat at numbered tables and feasted on dinner choices such as chicken francaise, chicken parmesan and various kinds of pasta. The Knights of the Round Table and the other notable heroes of Camelot, like the eccentric Merlin and the eyeliner-wearing Mordred, wandered from table to table to greet guests. “The show is me and the other writer, Chris, it’s kind of like our child,” said Sam Franz, a junior communication studies and English double major. “We started it last year as a joke, and then we kept writing it over the summer. We didn’t actually think it was going to come to anything.” Franz and her partner, junior history major Chris Loos, knew they wanted to write a murder mystery, but both struggled to come up with a topic. “Then as a joke one night, one of us said, ‘Oh, we should do it about King

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career ranges further than his stand-up. He is the founder and CEO of Nerdist, a media empire that includes a website, podcast and various YouTube channels. He is also known for hosting the Emmy-winning internet-based game show “@midnight.” Hardwick continues to host “Talking Dead,” the aftershow of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and its spinoff “Fear the Walking Dead.” Hardwick showed off his improv skills by interacting directly with the audience. He approached one audience member who Hardwick claimed was wearing “sports shorts,” attire that ran contra to his proud nerdy persona. “So what sports thing do you do,” he asked Jesse Peterson, a senior health and exercise science major, glad to have an athlete in his comedic clutches. “Your mom,” Peterson answered without missing a beat. “That does explain why she’s been so thoroughly unsatisfied lately,” Hardwick replied. The raunchy jokes, a trademark of Hardwick’s self-described “juvenile humor” only got more vulgar as the night went on. see CUB page 14

Former Miss America speaks at vigil By Breeda Bennett-Jones News Assistant As the fire passed from candle to candle, the silent, dimly lit steps of Green Hall transformed into a panorama of flickering lights and hugging sorority sisters. Though biting winds threatened to extinguish the flames, members of Delta Phi Epsilon were warmed by uplifting speeches and the light of the candles they grasped. Delta Phi Epsilon’s annual ANAD Week, sponsored by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, culminated on Nov. 8, with an outdoor candlelit vigil honoring the sufferers and victims of eating disorders. The vigil was accompanied with a speech by Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008 and the founder of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation. As a former Miss America, she chose to focus her work on helping Americans who suffer from eating disorders. The evening began when Jess Meline, a senior psychology major, read the ANAD pledge. “I will accept myself as I am,” Meline recited. “My future is worth fighting for.” Haglund echoed the same sentiment. “It frustrates me that sometimes there’s a barrier put up by the toxic entertainment industry,” Haglund said. Haglund shared her powerful story, including her experience with anorexia nervosa. It began with intense see CANDLE page 16

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College creates master’s program for public health By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor

The College’s School of Nursing, Health and Exercise Science announced the launch of a master’s of public health program on Oct. 16. The program will help graduate students pursue careers in health departments, global health and health education, as well as prepare them for medical school, according to Carol Kenner, the dean of the School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science. The College’s Board of Trustees approved the program last July. “Our program’s mission statement is to prepare graduates to advance the public’s health through education, health promotion and the improvement of health outcomes of populations and individuals domestically and globally by fostering the critical thinking, leadership and decision-making of our students,” Kenner said. Full-time students can complete the program in two years while part-time students can complete it in four to five years, according to the College’s website. The College is currently accepting applications for the program, which is scheduled to begin next fall. Kenner says the College is planning to promote the MPH program in career fairs. The MPH program will provide graduate students with research, policy development and interdisciplinary education to address issues in health promotion, public health systems and personalized health, according to Kenner. In order for students to complete the MPH program, they will need to take five core classes, three electives and complete a graduate capstone internship. There will be three tracks within the MPH program — the precision health track, the health communication track and the global health track. The College’s MPH program will be led by faculty including Graduate Coordinator Carolina Borges, Department Chair for Public Health Brenda Seals, public health assistant professor Marina De Souza, communication studies professor Keli Steuber Fazio, communication studies associate professor Yifeng Hu, communication studies professor John Leustek and communication studies professor John C. Pollock, according to the College’s website. Evidenced by the significant portion of communication studies professors among the MPH faculty members, Pollock sees an

important connection between communication and public health. “Health communication is one of the three major tracks in the MPH program, and health communication is a specialty and strength we in comm studies have developed over many years, and it is my own special strength,” Pollock said. Kenner says that the three tracks make the program stand out from other programs in the region. “Our program provides cutting-edge content in precision health that is individualized health based on genetic and genomic influences, besides the use of technology,” Kenner said. “TCNJ MPH offers three tracks of specialization that build on our strengths. No other program in the region offers all three of these tracks.” Pollock plans to teach three courses in the MPH program. In his course Health and Risk Communication Campaigns: A Social Marketing Approach, Pollock will provide a gateway to the Health Communication track. Pollock said that students will learn to prepare white papers — or papers analyzing policies addressing critical health issues such diabetes — and draft strategies and tactics to address those issues. It’s based on a program Johns Hopkins University has developed, called a “P-Process.” The P-Process is a tool for researching, developing and monitoring health communication campaigns. In another course called International Communication, Pollock plans to explore the impact of media on society with a theory he has developed called the Community Structure Theory. “We will explore connections between national demographic characteristics and variations in cross-national coverage of such compelling issues such as human trafficking, drug trafficking, water contamination, child labor and access to HIV (or) AIDS treatment,” Pollock said. Pollock will also teach a course called Global Health Communication and Social Change. The course will address global public health issues such as child brides, the Zika virus, access to HIV treatment and child labor, according to Pollock. “The purpose is to help students learn to write the kinds of policy papers and recommendations they would be asked to draft while working with United States Agency for International Development, the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and leading organizations in the effort

Kenner plans to address the shortage of public health professionals. to promote health and reduce risk,” Pollock said. Kenner believes that the program will educate graduate students about health promotion and disease prevention. “The goal of public health is protecting life and improving people’s lives by creating, proposing, and implementing scalable solutions to solve population level problems,” Kenner said. “Overall, people are living longer, more affected than ever by chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes type II, which are strongly associated with unhealthy lifestyles (such as) high fat intake, lack of physical activity and smoking.” While Kenner noted an increase in life expectancy in the U.S., more Americans are dying from chronic diseases. In 2014, 2,626,418 resident deaths were recorded in the U.S., 29,425 more than in 2013, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kenner also plans to address the shortage of public health professionals. Kenner cited a 2012 CDC Morbidity and Mortality weekly report called Public Health Surveillance Workforce of the Future, Supplements by Patricia A. Drehobl, Sandra W. Roush, Beth H. Stover and Denise Koo. The Association of Schools of Public Health projected a shortfall of 250,000

public health workers by 2020, according to the report. Kenner says the shortage of professionals will have a tremendous impact on public health. “These projected shortages will directly affect the ability of federal, state and local public health agencies to protect the public health,” Kenner said. Pollock is optimistic of the growth of the public health sector in New Jersey. He hopes that graduates of the College’s MPH program will be able to promote healthy lifestyles and address issues such as America’s aging population. “We hope to excite students about ways that health communication training and scholarship can help our students promote healthy and less risky lifestyles and actually save lives,” Pollock said. “Because national demographics reveal a growing senior (and) aging population, because the federal government is devoting more resources to health, and because New Jersey is the pharmaceutical capital of the world, jobs in public health are plentiful and will continue to grow.” Based on the success of the undergraduate public health major, the College’s MPH program has the potential to prepare an excellent class of public health professionals.

SFB tables Class of 2021’s Night on the Winter Town

The board partially funds ISA’s Diwali Dinner. By Eric Preisler Production Manager

One event was partially funded and one event was tabled at the recent Student Finance Board meeting on Nov. 8.

The board partially funded Indian Student Association $1,425 to host its Diwali Dinner, set to take place on Nov. 17 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Business Building. SFB tabled the Diwali Dinner at its Nov. 1 meeting, but decided

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on Nov. 8 to give ISA funding for food from Mahek, an Indian restaurant, as well as decorations, utensils and drinks. The Diwali Dinner will allow students to bond with their peers and educate others about Indian

culture, according to the event’s proposal packet. The Class of 2021’s event, Night on the Winter Town, was tabled. It was planned for Dec. 2 from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The event would be held at Freddie’s Tavern, a local restaurant and catering hall. Expenses for the event include security costs, Freddie’s Tavern’s venue fee and service charge, busses and a DJ, according to the event’s proposal packet. The event’s purpose is to create a fun environment for the Class of 2021 where students can socialize and dance, according to its proposal packet. “It’s basically more of a cozy casual kind of event,” said Suchir Govindarajan, the president of the freshman class and an economics major. “It’s to get to know other people in your class that you

don’t necessarily interact with on a daily basis and to get to know your class council.” The event was presented as a laid-back class unity event, where students would dress casually. “We decided that we wanted something more friendly,” said Sam Koch, the vice president of operations for the freshman class and a philosophy major. “We didn’t want something so extreme since this is the first time everybody is connecting after Welcome Week.” This event could allow students to socialize with one another away from the stress of schoolwork and activities, according to the event’s proposal packet. “The whole friendly environment is also to get people at ease because it is right before finals so people are going to be a little more stressed,” Govindarajan said.

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SG has no love for Love Your Melon

Left: The College’s American Waterworks Association chapter is approved. Right: SG passes a bill to update its constitution. By Erin Kamel Staff Writer Student Government denied the Love Your Melon club for student organization recognition but approved the American Waterworks Association and the National Association of Black Accountants at its weekly meeting on Nov. 8. The Love Your Melon Club, an organization that seeks to promote sales for the apparel company of the same name, was not approved for recognition. Love Your Melon donates 50 percent of its profits to nonprofit organizations that fight pediatric cancer, and donates hats to children with cancer. SG members agreed that the organization’s vision was not clear enough and it needed more time at the drawing board. There was also a concern with the exclusivity of a rotation that would allow only 30 members to participate in the organization’s activities at a time. AWWA was approved to become an officially recognized student organization. AWWA exposes students to fluid mechanics and hydraulic engineering. Members attend national conferences and network with professional engineers to get exposure to what is being accomplished nationally, and students will apply that knowledge to projects at the College. The College’s AWWA chapter maintains a member base of 22 students and plans to keep up a relationship with the national organization.

SG also approved NABA for recognition. NABA was inactive at the College due to lack of recruiting, but now consists of about 12 members. NABA will conduct mock interviews and excel workshops, as well as bring in diverse speakers that relate to the profession. NABA plans to diversify the College’s School of Business, as well as create a lesson plan to help teach younger students in Trenton, New Jersey about careers in accounting, business and related fields. SG passed two bills that were introduced at last week’s meeting. The first bill defined the quorum to make the bylaws consistent with the constitution. Justin Brach, speaker of the general assembly and a junior finance and political science double major, suggested a friendly amendment that read, “In order to maintain quorum and conduct official business, three-fourths of all voting Student Government members must be present and able to vote.” This bill was passed after the friendly amendment was added. The second bill was reintroduced to add associate members to the attendance policy that currently applies to cabinet members. Chris Blakeley, SG’s executive president and a junior civil engineering major, requested feedback for the Office of Student Involvement regarding the policy for flyers posted on bulletin boards for student clubs and organization

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activities. This policy currently requires all approved material to be hung on designated bulletin boards by the Office of Student Involvement. The general consensus of SG members was to suggest that the policy be changed to allow clubs and organizations more autonomy to post on the approved bulletin boards after the material is approved to ensure that the flyers go up in time for events. SG agreed that maintaining the policy that the Office of Student Involvement staff take down expired posters will ensure that they are not left up for too long. Representatives from the College’s Counseling and Psychological Services will seek testimony at the SG meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 15, according to Dovid Wasserman-Plaza, SG’s vice president of academic affairs and a junior biology major. SG introduced two bills to be voted on Nov. 15. The first bill, F-2017-14, was introduced to modify qualifications of voting members of the governmental affairs committee. This bill is intended to clarify the language so that only SG members can become voting members. The second bill, F-2017-15, was introduced to enable the speaker of the general assembly — along with the ultimate student trustee — to decrease the point threshold that SG members are required to meet, in case of emergency circumstances that result in absences. The bill will ensure that individuals who experience extreme personal circumstances can remain active members of SG.

Author shares path to success at leadership summit By Caroline King Staff Writer

The seventh annual Women’s Leadership Summit took place in the Education Building on Nov. 8, and featured a keynote address from author and activist Tiffany Dufu. Hosted by the School of Business, the event was open to all students and was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, Friedman LLP, the Women in Business club and the Women in Learning and Leadership program. Dufu is the author of “Drop The Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less,” a memoir focused on women becoming successful in the workplace. She is also a public speaker, and the chief leadership officer at Levo, an organization that advocates for women and young girls. Laced with “Tiffany’s Epiphanies” — her version of Oprah’s “Aha Moments” — Dufu discussed topics ranging from the need of mentors and sponsors in one’s life to the belief that “leadership is a team sport.” Through her life’s work, Dufu has raised more than $20 million for the purpose of “advancing women and girls.” Dufu discussed the particular leadership assets that successful women have, including a sense of

“self-viability” and taking on the mindset of a “presumed winner.” Dufu also noted that women applying for jobs will often focus on the qualifications they do not possess, while men focus on the qualities they do have. She gave students an example of a woman who decided to not apply for a job because she only possessed eight out of the 10 qualifications needed. Her lesson for women who focus on their lack of qualifications is to “round up,” and apply for the job anyway. Not only does Dufu raise money for women and girls, she also meets with women who are struggling to find jobs. Dufu says these women “are the ones who have a unique story,” and believes that to be successful, one must differentiate themselves from other applicants or colleagues. Dufu focused a portion of her speech on the theme of ambition, and the ways in which women who know what their next step is tend to be more successful. “Women are socialized to not want to seem like they want credit or recognition (for their work),” Dufu said. Dufu believes this social construction can hinder a woman’s chances at success, but she advised students to “just go for it.”

Dufu poses with members of the Women in Business club.

Following Dufu’s speech, an open dialogue was held as students sought advice from the guest speaker. Jaclyn Corbo, a sophomore history major, believes the College provides such great opportunities, like Women in Business, and that there should be more events like the summit in the future. Corbo suggested increasing advertising and flyers for similar events in the future so that more

students outside of business-oriented organizations can attend. “People need to see opportunities and experiences,” Corbo said. Elizabeth Kelly, a sophomore economics major and the vice president of the Women in Business club, appreciated Dufu’s overall message that women do not need to follow pressure to be perfect. “You can do anything as long as you prioritize … as long as you work toward your goals and aren’t

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afraid to say no,” Kelly said. The student session was followed by an interactive workshop on “Mastering Time” with life coach Laurel Handel Zander, but this was not free for students. Tickets went from $87.50 to $100. The summit ran from 8:30 a.m. and concluded at 2:30 p.m. Dufu concluded her time at the student session by taking a picture with the members of the Women in Business club.

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Brown Bag speaker shares fashion industry insights Designer discusses self-branding through social media By Gwenneth Peralta Correspondent

Caroline Vazzana works in the fashion industry, but she goes by many titles. The 25-year-old New Yorker discussed how small actions can lead to big outcomes in her Brown Bag presentation, “Brand and Social Media in the Digital World,” on Friday, Nov. 10. As a fashion writer and editor, stylist, social influencer and creative consultant, Vazzana is a busy young woman.

“My mindset is ‘do it while you’re young.’ Build your empire that you want to build and then turn around later and thank yourself.” —Caroline Vazzana

Fashion writer, editor, stylist and creative consultant

Vazzana always looked up to major fashion designers like Betsey Johnson. As an adult, Vazzana got the chance to not only to interview Johnson, but to work alongside her and become friends. After networking and forming connections in the fashion industry, Vazzana was asked to style two people for the annual MTV Video Music Awards when she was 20 years old. To someone with a big dream, but no real-world styling experience, this was a huge opportunity.

“It was one of those things that you kind of can’t believe someone’s asking you to do something like this,” Vazzana said. Vazzana was making a name for herself, despite the minimal experience she had at this point in her career. Vazzana credits part of this success to social media. As her senior year at Albright College was coming to an end, Vazzana had to look for a full-time job. Social media became a large part of how she branded herself in the application process. “I don’t like filling out a job application,” Vazzana said. “It feels like it’s just going into a black hole or portal, where you might never hear anything.” A social media platform like Instagram seemed to be a better option for her, since she could express herself professionally through pictures captioned with her thoughts. She used social media to reach out to various magazines, editors and directors. Vazzana explained how she started out as a fashion assistant in New York City for Teen Vogue magazine after reaching out to the publication several times. Even though she was offered a marketing position instead of an editorial position, she was still willing to take the job at Teen Vogue. “I’ll take anything,” Vazzana said. “I’ll literally mop the floors if they let me.” After discussing her job struggle, Vazzana gave some advice to the audience. “No is never a final answer,” Vazzana said. “No just means ‘not right now.’” Vazzana eventually wanted to be her own boss after working hard for other people during her time as a freelance fashion writer. “I was one of those people that never liked to do one thing for too long,” Vazzana said. Vazzana’s book, titled “Making it in Manhattan,” will be released in August. The book is based on a website she established during her flourishing career.

Vazzana enjoys being her own boss despite difficulties. “It’s really been fun this year to see the site grow and evolve and become its own thing,” Vazzana said. While Vazzana enjoys being her own boss, she acknowledges that it does have its difficulties. “I’m always constantly working,” Vazzana

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said. “It’s a little hard to turn the switch off.” Despite having a hectic schedule, Vazzana is optimistic about her future. “My mindset is ‘do it while you’re young,’” Vazzana said. “Build your empire that you want to build and then turn around later and thank yourself.”

Underage drinking results in sickness and summons By Brielle Bryan Opinions Editor Male student sleeps blanketed in vomit On Nov. 5, at approximately 2:30 a.m., two Campus Police officers were dispatched to Wolfe Hall in reference to an intoxicated male. TCNJ EMS was also dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, Campus Police met with the community adviser and a male resident, who both called for help. The male resident stated his roommate came back from an off-campus party at approximately 1 a.m., and he observed that his roommate was intoxicated, police said. The male resident then placed a trash can by his roommate’s bed in case he were to get sick. The male resident stated he left the room and came back at approximately 2 a.m. to find that his intoxicated roommate had vomited on the bed and on the floor, according to police reports. The male resident then notified the CA of the situation. The intoxicated male was observed to be sleeping in his bed with vomit covering the bed and floor, police said. The intoxicated roommate woke up when prompted. Campus Police observed him to have slurred speech while answering questions. The intoxicated male stated that he was drinking liquor and beer, but was unaware of how much, police said. TCNJ EMS and a local township BLS arrived on scene to evaluate the intoxicated roommate. It was determined that the roommate needed to be transported to the hospital for further treatment, police said. The intoxicated roommate was not charged under the 911 Amnesty Act. Four shots frazzle student On Nov. 5, at approximately 3 a.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to Phelps Hall regarding

an intoxicated male. Upon arrival, the officer met with the CA. The CA reported that while he was roving through the hall, he observed a female resident who was locked out of her room. The CA assisted the female resident and entered her room. The CA then observed an intoxicated male student inside of the female resident’s room and notified TCNJ EMS, police said. TCNJ EMS arrived on scene and provided patient care and evaluation. The female student reported that the male student drank four shots of vodka. The intoxicated male student vomited four times while TCNJ EMS was treating him, police said. The male student refused to go to the hospital, and was released. The male student was given a ticket for underage drinking. Student harassed after suspicious Snapchat activity On Nov. 8, at approximately 7:30 p.m., a Campus Police officer responded to Phelps Hall in reference to an individual being harassed. Upon arrival, the officer met with the complainant, a female student, who stated that on Nov. 8 she began receiving text messages and phone calls from unknown phone numbers. The female student stated that at approximately 5 a.m., 12 p.m. and 5 p.m., she received a total of 15 text messages from unknown numbers. She stated that the numbers appeared to be affiliated with Snapchat, but also appeared to be fake, police said. The female student stated that at approximately 5:15 p.m., she received three FaceTime calls from an unknown email address, which she declined. The calls were followed by five text messages requesting to chat. Campus Police asked the student if she downloaded any applications on her device, or if she accessed

any websites that appeared suspicious recently, but she denied any questionable activity, according to police reports. The officer advised the student that her Snapchat account may have been hacked. The student was advised to delete her Snapchat account, and change her other social media account settings to better protect her privacy, police said. The student was also advised to contact Apple or her cellular service provider to see if they had any solutions. Mysterious broken door spooks Eick employee On Nov. 3, at approximately 10:20 a.m., two Campus Police officers responded to Eickhoff Hall to meet with an employee in reference to a damaged door. Upon arrival, Campus Police met the employee at the entrance of Eickhoff Hall. Campus Police observed the door on the right of the entrance to have a panel that was pushed inward, toward the dining hall. Some of the trim holding the panel in place was missing and could not be located, police said. The side of the panel facing the hallway did not appear to have any marks that might indicate what was used to tamper with the panel. The employee stated that the panel was fine on Nov. 2, when he left at 9 p.m., and when he returned to work on Nov. 3 at approximately 8 a.m., he found the panel pushed in, police said. The employee was unsure of who or what caused the damage. A work order was placed to have the panel fixed on Nov. 3. The damage was valued at $100, police said. There is no camera in that area that could have recorded the incident, and there are no known suspects at this time. Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at (609) 771-2345.

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Lecturers discuss obesity stigma and treatments Chloe Freed Staff Writer “Bridging the Gap Between Public Health and Obesity Care,” the second seminar of the four-part series “Understanding Obesity: A Multidisciplinary Challenge,” featured Tracy Zvenyach, Novo Nordisk’s obesity public policy maker, and Susan Harris, the company’s obesity management specialist, in the Brower Student Center on, Nov. 7. Established more than 90 years ago, Novo Nordisk focuses on curing and treating diabetes and ending the stigma surrounding obesity. The company’s future goals are to have insurance companies and medical professionals extend their care and resources to combat obesity. Zvenyach started the lecture by addressing the medical side of the issue. “We need to change how the world sees and treats obesity,” Zvenyach said. “Obesity is characterized as a personal volition, like it’s a choice, but it’s actually a disease of physiology rather than psychology.” Obesity has gradually impacted the lives of nearly 95 million adults in the U.S., according to Zvenyach and Harris. Healthcare providers pay little attention to the severity of the issue, and continue to have a lack of knowledge about the disease, according to Zvenyach. “There is very little training given to healthcare providers about that

Ewing Off Campus specializes in quality off campus housing. With 25 houses, ranging from 3 to 10 Novo Nordisk works to improve the healthcare system. bedrooms, there is sure to be“We have to do something for science of obesity,” Zvenyach said. “Not much is built into curricula.” people that are living with the dissomething to fitMinna your needs. Rizvi, rental a freshman biolease,” Zvenyach said. “We need to ogy major, gained insight on the help people with their disease.” nature ofis obesity. The American healthcare sysEwing Off Campus currently taking “It is something you have to tem has the money to pay for these like an actual 2018-2019 disease,” Riz- advances, however, Zvenyach said reservationstreat for the vi said. “It’s not a choice, it’s a that the money is not going where problem and we need a solution. it should be. school year. … I am a victim of understand“The direct medical costs of ing obesity as health issue you can deal with yourself rather than something actually biological. Novo Nordisk is doing a good job bringing this issue to light.” Zvenyach decided to become a nurse because she knew there were a lot of people that needed help, but that the system to help them is broken.

obesity is $5 million, but we’re not using this money very efficiently,” Zvenyach said. “We’re already paying for the treatment, we just need to redirect how we’re paying for it.” The changes that need to be made to the system fall under the business side of Novo Nordisk. Harris has an undergraduate degree in business and she

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understands what needs to be changed and paid for to ensure that the money going toward obesity is used correctly. “We have to change people’s mindset,” Harris said. “Telling physicians why they need to think about this differently. Telling insurance companies why they need to spend money in this area, why they need to cover these drugs for their patients.” This change in mentality will open doors for companies like Novo Nordisk, who work hand-inhand with creating drugs to battle diabetes and work to improve the healthcare system. Harris explained the issues that come with treatment access for obesity.

“There’s issues with access to care,” Harris said. “Are the drugs covered? Is counseling covered? How many visits to a dietician are covered? Are all those things available to the patient at a reasonable cost?” Many of the individuals who have insurance and wish to treat obesity have their fates in the hands of their employers. ‘‘Employers make the decision whether they want to cover their employees for obesity medication,” Harris said. This poses an issue to employees who want treatment, but, due to the stigma of obesity, are afraid to broach the subject with their employers. The mission of Novo Nordisk is simple — help those who need it. “We have a mission to cure diabetes. If you don’t address obesity, that will never happen,” Harris said. By raising awareness for obesity as a public health issue, Novo Nordisk hopes to see more positive outcomes in the future for obesity patients. “There’s a long road ahead,” Zvenyach said. “Hopefully the day will come and you can walk into any healthcare provider in the United States and have them bring it up.” Through the continuation of advocating for destigmatization and educating people on this issue, Novo Nordisk hopes to change the way the public views obesity.

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Paradise Papers reveal tax evasion by wealthy By Heidi Cho Nation & World Editor

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists leaked more than 13.4 million files on Nov. 5, according to The New York Times. The documents, nicknamed the “Paradise Papers,” revealed hidden tax practices and financial investments of many influential figures like Queen Elizabeth II and the main financial sponsor of Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, according to The Washington Post. International companies like Apple and Nike were also dodging taxes by storing money in offshore funds, according to The Washington Post. The leak also named U.S. universities, like Rutgers University and Princeton University, for having offshore accounts, according to “This leak is important because it’s the high end of town,” said

Gerard Ryle, the director of the ICIJ, according to BBC. “People may have dismissed the Mossack Fonseca leaks as they were rogue players who would take any client. Most of the offshore world is not like that at all. Here you have the gold-plated company.” Most of the financial dealings detailed in the Paradise Papers are legal, albeit through loopholes, The New York Times reported. The information in the Paradise Papers mentions several countries including the U.S. and Russia, according to BBC. The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung first received the Paradise Papers, according to BBC. Süddeutsche Zeitung called in the ICIJ, so that other media organizations part of the international nonprofit association could help go through and report all the stories the documents had to offer, according to Süddeutsche Zeitung. Almost 100 media groups are investigating the papers as of Friday, Nov. 10, BBC reported.

The ICIJ is watching over the investigation of the information spread over dozens of different formats including emails, text documents and PDFs, Süddeutsche Zeitung reported. Most of the documents came from the corporate services provider Estera and Appleby, an international law firm based in Bermuda that was hacked in October, The New York Times reported. Appleby helps many companies and wealthy people make offshore bank accounts, according to BBC. These companies and people could then avoid paying taxes in their home countries by keeping their money in tax paradises — countries with less regulation on tax for foreign companies — according to The New York Times. Most of the locations mentioned in the data are tax paradises, hence the nickname, Paradise Papers, BBC reported. Appleby concluded that “there is no evidence of any wrongdoing, either on the part of ourselves or

Ross is invested in a Russian shipping company.

our clients” after thorough and rigorous self investigation, according to The Guardian. The Paradise Papers showed that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has a financial stake in the shipping company, Navigator Holdings, according to NBC. The second largest client of Navigator is SIBUR, a Russian petrochemical company owned partially by Gennady Timchenko. The U.S. Treasury Department

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considers Timchenko a member of the Russian leadership’s inner circle who is directly linked to Putin, according to NBC. Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal felt utterly deceived by what the Paradise Papers revealed about Ross and other companies, NBC reported. “Our committee was misled, the American people were misled by the concealment of those companies,” Blumenthal told NBC.

First Baptist Church shooter kills more than 26 The shooter was identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, a white male with a criminal record. Kelley had been charged and convicted twice for assaulting his ex-wife and stepson, for which he was court-martialed and discharged with bad conduct from the U.S. Air Force. Kelley served 12 months of confinement before his release in 2014, according to The Washington Post. Federal law should have prevented Kelley as a convicted domestic abuser from purchasing or possessing firearms, according to The Washington Post. Yet federal authorities were not aware of his criminal history since the Air Force did not report his prior charges, according to CBS. The Air Force launched an internal review to find out why Kelley’s criminal record was not correctly stated, The AP Photo Washington Post reported. Abbott participates in a candlelight vigil for victims. The motivation behind the shooting is unclear. AuthoriBy Joanne Kim ties have ruled out racial or religious beliefs as motivators, Staff Writer according to Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin. More than 26 churchgoers were killed, and 20 were inAuthorities noted at the time of the shooting that the gunjured in a shooting on Nov. 6, at the First Baptist Church in man was having issues with his relatives that worship at the Sutherland Springs, Texas. The youngest victim was only 18 church, CBS reported. months old, according to CBS. Kelley also sent “threatening texts” to his mother-in-law,

who was not at church when the shootings started, according to The Washington Post. The Ruger AR-556 rifle used in the shooting was purchased from an Academy Sports & Outdoors outlet in San Antonio, according to National Review. The incident ended when armed civilians tried to distract Kelley as he left the church, CBS reported. It is uncertain whether Kelley was wounded by the resulting car crash or a civilian. An Air Force couple, Robert and Karen Marshall, was in the process of trying out different churches when they went to the First Baptist Church the day of the shooting, according to CBS. Their son, Scott, and daughter-in-law, Karen, were also visiting the church for the first time. The grandmother of Kelley’s wife, Lula White, was killed in the shooting. Kelley suffered three gunshot wounds after the shooting. Kelley was shot twice by a citizen and once by himself, according to Texas law enforcement authorities. “While the details of this horrific act are still under investigation, Cecilia and I want to send our sincerest thoughts and prayers to all those who have been affected by this evil act,” said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, according to KSAT.

Trump begins 12-day, five-country trip in Japan By Alexis Bell Staff Writer

President Donald Trump landed in Japan on Nov. 5, which marks the first stop of his trip to Asia. The 12-day trip will be the longest a U.S. president has spent in Asia in the last 25 years, according to Fox News. After Japan, Trump will visit South Korea, China and Vietnam. The trip will conclude in the Philippines, according to The Washington Post. Shortly after Trump arrived in Japan, Trump addressed U.S. and Japanese service members at the Yokota Air Base on the outskirts of Tokyo, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. “We dominate the sky,” Trump said, according to ABC. “We dominate the sea. We dominate the land and space. Not merely because we have the best equipment, which we do, and by the way, a lot of it’s coming in. You saw that budget. That’s a lot different than in the past. A

Trump greets other world leaders on his trip. lot of beautiful brand new equipment is coming in. And nobody makes it like they make it in the United States. Nobody.” The president promised the troops that they will have the necessary resources to maintain peace and fight for freedom, according to BBC. Trump also told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe their two nations have never been closer. The trip is a major test of international

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diplomacy. Trump is looking to reassure concerned Asian allies that his “America First” agenda will not cede power in the region to China, according to Fox News. The trip coincides with extreme tension between the U.S. and North Korea, involving nuclear weapons and missile tests, according to BBC. Jonathan Pollack, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington,

criticized the trip’s timing. “The trip comes, I would argue, at a very inopportune time for the president. He is under growing domestic vulnerabilities that we all know about, hour to hour,” Pollack said, according to Fox News. The grand reception awaiting Trump in Beijing was superfluous and extravagant in an effort to impress the president, according to The Guardian. Trump appeared to have started off the trip in good spirits at Yokota, according to NBC. Trump signed photos and dollar bills as he walked in. Once he was on stage, Trump switched into a Pacific Air Forces bomber jacket a commander handed him. “(The trip’s) going to be very positive and very historic,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One during the flight from Hawaii, according to Fox News. “It’s grueling, they tell me, but fortunately that’s historically not been a problem for me. One thing you people will say, that’s not been a problem.”

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Students should not be afraid to make a change

Everyone has a defining moment in life. A moment when you sit back and take account of everything that has happened, and figure out where to go moving forward. Sometimes one can feel overwhelmed by this moment of uncertainty in their lives. It is disorientating to say the least. Some life-defining moments are dramatic and awe-inspiring. Others are more subtle and have more internal consequences. My defining moment came early in my sophomore year. I was at an all-time low in almost all aspects of my life. I was broke, and I felt isolated, alone and lost here at the College. I spent some nights in sheer terror wondering how I was going to pay some of my bills or keep up with my classes. I felt the walls of every room was closing in on me and felt like my world was actually ending. For a moment in time, I thought that college wasn’t for me and that I should just get a job and live check-tocheck like many of my family members. I felt like I was not meant to do anything special with my life, and being poor was just something I would have to get used to. I felt a constant squeeze in my day-to-day functions. I felt like everyday that I spent on campus was another day wasted on inadequacy and mediocrity. In my mind, it came down to two choices — leave college and forever wonder what I could have amounted to, or pick myself up and give it one last push. Obviously, since you are reading this, I made the second choice. I chose to tackle college with every last scrap of defiant will I had left. My first steps were to seek out people that could help me. I went to CAPS and got into an amazing group that gave me an outlet to talk about the problems that I was encountering at home and at school. I also reached out to the Center of Student Success where I was received with open arms, essentially saving my academic career. Eventually I switched majors. I couldn’t stand being an engineer any longer. My passion is writing. Suffering through hours of what felt like pointless science classes had become agonizing. I did not connect with any professors in the engineering program and upon leaving, I could not have felt more relieved. I made the shift to interactive multimedia and I haven’t looked back since. One thing led to another and I started writing for The Signal in February 2017. To say it was a good choice is an underrated statement. Covering sports for the paper gave me a chance to further my love for sports. I don’t play football anymore but covering it allows me to experience highs and lows alongside the College’s team, something that I miss feeling firsthand on the field. I’m not going to get all cheesy and say that The Signal saved my life because it didn’t, but it did help me find a new way to do something I really like doing. Being an editor and staying up for hours on Sunday and Monday night is not fun, but telling the stories of each game through my articles has been a magical experience for me. I’ve always loved to write, and being able to share my stories with the students here at the College is special. Seeing your name in black ink is just a feeling that I cannot really describe with words. It just feels good. It feels right. In this last year, I went from feeling like I didn’t belong here at the College to feeling like there is hope for me and my future. For the first time, I belong here at the College and The Signal played a part in that. After everything’s all said and done, some of my fondest memories will be watching our teams and putting out those stories for everyone to read. Some of those memories will even include being in The Signal office to the crack of dawn working on the newspaper. I don’t know if I can say I’ve grown close to the people in the office, but being a staff member has been an interesting experience — even if most of my time in the office has been spent in a sleepdeprived delirium. — Maximillian C. Burgos Sports Editor

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Speed tests inconsistent for Comcast customers By Ben Schulman I like watching Netflix as much as the next overworked college student, and the company added something to the internet recently that I think is a wonderful tool for any internet user. Netflix recently launched a new website called Its function is to check the speed of your internet. You might be wondering why this is so wonderful. I use Comcast, and am assured by Comcast that I am getting the fastest service, according to its product description. There are multiple sites to test your internet speed, such as In fact, internet service providers like Comcast encourage their users to test their speeds on Well, I wanted to give Netflix’s speed tester a chance. Netflix’s measured my speed at a rate of 118 megabits per second. Then, I tested my speed on, which told me I had a speed of 142 Mbps. I was confused, and wondered why gave me such a lower rate than Speedtest. net. I decided to do a little experiment — I called my friend back home who also uses Comcast, and asked him to test his internet speed using both websites. He reported that with, he had 240.5 Mbps, and had 190 Mbps on I challenge all who read this article and have Comcast, or any other internet

Comcast is often accused of throttling its internet speeds. service provider for that matter, to test your speeds using, or any other prominent speed checking website, and then compare directly to Netflix’s Your speeds will most likely be lower, just like mine. Comcast and other ISP’s already dominate the industry, and the speed they are used by per customer. I would not put it past Comcast to prioritize web traffic to websites like to give artificially inflated Mbps rates to users, while

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simultaneously throttling their unsuspecting customer’s internet speed. Comcast’s ability to direct traffic to these speed testing websites gives them the power to essentially police themselves, which is calamitous since they have the full capacity to abuse their power. It is plausible for Comcast to wield such devious methods, given its horrendous customer service and overall ratings as a company. Comcast was ranked number six out of the eight worst companies

to work for, according to Business Insider. Now, there is the possibility that Netflix’s is fraudulent, and gives users artificially deflated rates. After all, Netflix has accused Comcast of throttling its speeds to stifle streams. I personally think that is designed by Netflix to show that Comcast throttles the connection of not only their competitors, but their customers too. You might also be wondering why Comcast doesn’t prioritize web traffic to to inflate its numbers and hide the discrepancy. After forming a “mutually beneficial” agreement with Netflix in 2014, it’s possible Comcast cannot prioritize web traffic to without prioritizing web traffic to Netflix, thus boosting Netflix’s service, according to Consumerist. I think that Comcast should be investigated to see if it is throttling its customer’s service and charging them full price in the process. This is blatant false advertising if true, but there are a lot of variables that need to be solved first. Comcast is already notorious among customers and lambasted for bad service, according to Consumer Affairs. I feel that it is within Comcast’s or any other ISP’s capacity to throttle their customer’s internet connection. Nobody is guilty of anything yet, but there are certainly more questions that should be answered about this topic.

Donald Glover, an underappreciated Renaissance man

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Glover wins an Emmy for his series, ‘Atlanta.’ By Darian Scalamoni

When people think of some of the biggest talents in Hollywood, they often don’t think of Donald Glover. In the entertainment industry today, he’s one of the best creative forces across film, television and music, and should be recognized for his career’s ascension. Glover began working his way into show business when he was a child. He attended DeKalb School of the Arts and was even voted “Most Likely to Write for The Simpsons” in his high school yearbook, according to Rolling Stone. Glover wrote an unsolicited screenplay for, “The Simpsons,” which led to an invitation from Tina Fey to become a writer for the NBC sitcom, “30 Rock.” Glover won a Writers Guild of America Award for his work on the series in 2009. He left the show to star in the NBC comedy series “Community.” While he’s gone on to appear in more films and television shows over the years, such as “Magic Mike XXL,”

“The Martian” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Glover has focused on a few projects that makes him stand out above the rest. One of them is his FX series “Atlanta,” which he not only starred in, but also created, produced and wrote. The dramedy follows a Princeton University dropout who is trying to get through life, while attempting to redeem himself with his ex-girlfriend — who is also the mother of his daughter — and manage his cousin’s blossoming rap career. “Atlanta” interweaves political, racial and classist statements about our society. Glover, being a young, black male, can shine a light on the issues he dealt with growing up. The show does this in an authentic way that keeps the audience hooked because it seems real and not overly dramatized like most shows. It makes you feel like you’re getting a private look into the lives of the characters, and helps you understand them on a deeper level. It was because of his work on this culturally important show that Glover was able to book even bigger projects. Glover will star in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” in 2018 in where he’ll play a young Lando Calrissian. He was recently cast to voice of Simba in the live-action film adaptation of “The Lion King,” which is slated for release in 2019, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He’s also developing an animated Deadpool series for FX with his brother, Stephen Glover, as well as a second season of “Atlanta.” Glover is able to provide a program on television that, at first glance, seems like it’s just about the music, however, it also provides a glimpse into a realistic portrayal of “making it” in today’s America from the perspective of a broke Black male in Atlanta. One of my favorite instances in this is in episode three where Earn takes his

ex-girlfriend, Van, on a date to show that he’s trying to be more mature — even though he has little money — and continues to act apprehensive while at dinner. The waitress tries to sell them on specials that cost way more than he’s capable of paying, to which he lashes out on her as Van is in the restroom. It’s a laugh-out-loud moment, and a true reflection of how guys can try to seem more mature than they actually are before embarrassing themselves in public to the strongest degree. Glover has evolved musically under his stage name Childish Gambino, going from mixtapes to studio albums. His first album “Camp,” sold 242,000 copies, while, in just two years, his next album “Because the Internet” was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. He was also nominated for two Grammy Awards for his second album. Glover then experimented with his third studio album, “Awaken, My Love!”, which can be described as anything but rap music. “Awaken” is an amalgamation of R&B, soul and funk, and featured the single “Redbone,” that was certified triple platinum and got to No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2016. Glover is consistently changing the expectations of how to work within the entertainment industry by modifying himself and drawing comparisons to some of the greatest modern entertainers. With publications like Rolling Stone and The Hollywood Reporter profiling him for his accomplishments and his plans to conquer Hollywood, it’s obvious that this guy has the charisma, motivation and prowess to do just that. Within just 10 years, Glover has risen to the top of the music, television and film ranks, so one can only wonder and ask, what’s next for Donald Glover?


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Students share opinions around campus “Do you find your internet speed to be faster while using Netflix?”

Brielle Bryan / Opinions Editor

King Sams-Valentiago, a sophomore psychology and criminology double major. “Yes. When I’m on Netflix, the internet is faster than on Youtube.”

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Magdalen Link, a senior health and exercise science major. “I haven’t noticed. Probably slower.”

“Do you prefer Donald Glover’s acting or his music?”

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Shirley Ayala, a sophomore sociology major. “I don’t know anything about him.”

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Kevyn Teape, a junior marketing major. “I prefer his TV and his stand-up.”

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Arts & Entertainment

ACT / Theater troupe weaves medieval mystery

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Left: Student actors create a comical mystery. Right: Audience members learn who killed King Arthur. continued from page 1

Arthur,’ and then we just started making jokes back and forth about it,” Franz said. “Like, ‘Oh, and the pasta has holes in it,’ and their armor is made of felt, and then we just kind of looked at each other and we went, ‘We need to write this, don’t we?’” Each actor gave their best performance in the hopes of making an impact on the audience members and, of course, making them laugh. From Galahad, played by the hilarious freshman humanities and social sciences open options major Caroline Fehder, recounting several conflicting stories of how she lost her eye, to the easily-frightened Lancelot, played by senior art major Haley Witko, being chased down by her numerous admirers, or “Fancelots,” the audience had a wonderful time enjoying the food and performances of the young, entertaining cast. “I thought it was phenomenal,” said Anthony Sofia, a sophomore business management major. “This was my first murder mystery that I’ve ever participated in watching, and

it was absolutely phenomenal.” The show was filled with stellar performances, such as the confetti-throwing Merlin, played by freshman communication studies major Sydney Blanchard, and the overly ambitious, aspiring knight, Sir Phil, played by senior communication studies major Lauren Vogel. With sharp dialogue, witty performances and a tense mystery, the audience was completely enraptured during the show. “I loved it,” said Emma Streckenbein, a senior communication studies major. She commended her fellow students for showcasing their talent to their peers. “I thought it was so funny. I feel like the fact that it’s student-written really adds to it, because it gives people a chance to write who might not otherwise have that opportunity.” The mystery began to unravel in time for dessert — Arthur’s killer was revealed to be Lady Gawain, played by Kelly Colleran, a junior history and secondary education dual major. The plot continued to thicken as Gawain, feeling she did what was best for the kingdom, challenged the mysterious Black Knight, played

by junior communication studies major Kristen Gassler, for control of Camelot in a dramatic, slow-motion duel which ended with the Black Knight as the victor. With Arthur dead, his wife, Gwen, played by freshman open options art and communication studies double major Calista Blanchard, is named queen until her and Arthur’s son, Mordred, played by the hilarious Lenin Cruz, comes of ruling age. The play concludes with Sir Phil finally taking his spot as a Knight of the Round Table to huge applause from the audience. Franz seemed pleased with the show and audience reception. She was proud of the effort that went into the club’s successful event. “I could not be more happy with everything and how it turned out,” Franz said. “This is probably the most proud I’ve been of anything in my entire life.” Loos shared her sentiment. “It was like a dream come true,” Loos said of the event. “It’s nice to have stuff you put together and presented, and then see people think it’s good.”

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Hardwick banters with the crowd.

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Hardwick then asked audience member Dylan Broadwell, a junior psychology major, why –– from a psychological perspective –– Peterson would brag about showing off his supposed sexual relations with Hardwick’s mother. “What would you say about that, sports kid,” he asked Broadwell. “He has a tiny penis,” Broadwell replied without missing a beat. Neither Peterson nor Broadwell planned for their interactions with the comedian, but it had the audience hooting and laughing. Hardwick also had a great time playing around with the props backstage and infusing them into his comedic bits. He accompanied a pot he threw from backstage with a cheesy pun –– “I didn’t know pot was legal here.” He also shared his advice on everything from self-driving cars to dancing in public. “It’s an exceptionally bad idea,”

he said on cars that could be programmed to drive themselves, except for one unexpected feature, “you can jerk off in traffic.” Hardwick found the shyness he’s always felt while dancing in public withered away when he found the key to the ultimate dance move. “Just pretend that you’re surrounded by thousands of penises,” he said, swinging his fists up and down continuously to an imaginary musical beat. Hardwick and Phirman’s finale, “Corazon,” was indeed the perfect closing to quite an eccentric and interactive performance. The audience loved the show as well. For Broadwell, a long-time fan of Hardwick, the chance to exchange banter with the comedian was the highlight of the show –– that, and the chance for Broadwell to mention that Hardwick’s mom follows Broadwell on Twitter. “That was my main goal for tonight,” Broadwell said of the performance. “It was incredible.”

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College comedians fundraise for charity

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The proceeds from the show go to the College’s hurricane relief fund, Here for Home, Always. By Haley Nakonechny Correspondent

A crowd at Mayo Concert Hall gathered to enjoy a comedy show with a twist — with every laugh, each audience member knew that their attendance was for a good cause. In an effort to support the victims of the recent string of hurricanes that have hit the southern United States and Puerto Rico, the TCNJ Standup Comedy Society held a comedy show to benefit those that have been

negatively affected. The event was held on Friday, Nov. 10, with students and families alike gathering to support the cause. Net proceeds from the show went toward the College’s own hurricane relief campaign, Here for Home, Always. Here for Home, Always is the latest iteration of the College’s Here for Home campaign that began five years ago to benefit New Jersey and other states after Hurricane Sandy caused mass devastation. Since then, the campaign has continued

to help others affected by natural disasters, and focusing now on those who have faced devastation from Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria. Despite the serious undertone of the event, the crowd was still able to enjoy themselves. Between the laughs, six talented student comedians joked about everything from their own personal insecurities to Chick-Fil-A. Alvin Tran, a sophomore psychology major and the president of TCNJ SUCS, hosted the night and served as the

opening act. He appeared lively and comfortable on stage, and completely at ease while reciting his act and introducing his fellow comedians. “I love making people laugh and giving people a good time,” Tran said of his love of comedy and performing. “Especially in a highly competitive, stressful environment such as college, there is nothing more rewarding than giving people this place to step away from their hectic lives to sit down, relax and enjoy some laughs.”

Many audience members were impressed with the performances. “I really enjoyed the show,” said Julia Hayes, a freshman communications major. “It was my first time at a comedy show, and in all honesty I was not expecting to laugh that much and that hard.” TCNJ SUCS is relatively new — it became a Student Government recognized organization last semester, and this was the biggest event the club has hosted since. Tran saw a need for a stand-up group on the College’s campus, and was eager to build that community here. “I decided to just go ahead and make that organization myself,” Tran said. “It turned out that a lot of other individuals on campus also shared an interest in stand-up comedy. TCNJ SUCS organized this event to help victims who have faced destruction as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and the joy they brought their audience was irreplaceable. “I do not think anyone has made me laugh that hard in a while,” Hayes said. She was impressed with the show. “I would definitely go to another stand-up comedy event in the future for sure.”

I-Cabaret showcases solo and group songs By Lily Firth Reviews Editor

Students and parents all filed into the Library Auditorium to watch i-Tunes, one of the a cappella groups on campus, on Friday, Nov. 10. I-Tunes performed its second annual i-Cabaret. The cabaret featured 11 soloists, two duet singers and two group performances. The group’s slower songs showed off each artist’s impressive vocals, while upbeat songs got the crowd laughing and clapping along. Madhav Patel, a junior biology major and a member of i-Tunes, was the host. He introduced each of the night’s performers as the audience chuckled at his lighthearted humor. When members of i-Tunes sang together, their voices blended seamlessly. Meanwhile, the group’s beatboxer created instrumental-sounding background music with his vocals. Following the group performances, each brave soloist took the stage — some were accompanied with a guitar, a piano or background instrumental tracks. The audience hummed along as many of the soloists covered songs by artists like Paramore, Lady Gaga, Chance the Rapper and Amy Winehouse. The variety

of voices, genres and styles kept the show fresh. Emme McGilligan, a junior psychology major, was nervous to perform. “It’s always nerve-wracking singing along without everyone else behind you. If you mess up, it’s just you, and everyone knows it,” McGilligan said. Mason Moran, a senior communication major, has learned how to control the pre-performance jitters.

“The only way to get over nerves is to practice, just practice as much as you can. And having an instrument to back you up is always a plus,” Moran said. Both performers and audience members were buzzing about the night’s performances. Caroline Taffet, a junior English and secondary education dual major, was impressed with iTunes’ performances. “I liked ‘Sunday Candy’ the best, by far. Asa could rap almost

like Chance the Rapper — it was honestly amazing and got everyone singing along,” Taffet said. Lucia Donia, a junior self-design speech pathology major, was elated by the way the performances played out and the talent they brought to the stage. She was impressed with both the group and solo performances. “I loved the whole thing to pieces,” Donia said. “I loved the soulful, pure voices of everyone — I actually had chills.”

This week, WTSR Assistant Music Director EJ Paras highlights some of the best new music that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.

Band Name: The National Album: “Sleep Well Beast” Release Number: 7th Hailing From: Brooklyn Genre: Indie Rock Label: 4AD The National is one of the most acclaimed indie rock bands of our time, and “Sleep Well Beast” is musically tight and is not your usual indie rock record, the songs range from straight up guitar rock to Nine Inch Nailsesque dark synth tracks to a blend of both. This album is a great collection of gloomy indie rock songs that sound unlike anything I’ve heard. As dark as the album is, it’s hard not to keep it on repeat. The tracks have an incredible way of drawing the listener in. Give this a play –– you will not be disappointed. Must Hear: “Born to Beg,” “Turtleneck” and “Guilty Party”

Band Name: Rostam Album: “Half-Light” Release Number: 1st Hailing From: New York City Genre: Dream-Pop Label: Nonesuch Records Rostam takes inspiration from his Iranian background and crafts an album that blends elements from both Middle Eastern and Western music. A variety of instruments add interest to each track; orchestral strings soar over low rhythms of percussion, while other obscure and unrecognizable instruments add to the mix. In pleasant contrast, the vocals blur, with each line flowing into the next. All elements combine to form an enjoyable complexity. Horacio Hernandez / Staff Photographer

I-Tunes performs on stage, blending a cappella vocals and beatboxing.

Must Hear: “Wood” and “Never Going to Catch Me”

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Candle / Delta Phi Epsilon hosts ANAD Week

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Left: Haglund visits the College for Delta Phi Epsilon’s annual ANAD Week. Right: A candlelight vigil sheds light on eating disorders. continued from page 1

ballet training, self-induced pressure and family complications. When Haglund was 12 years old, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and her younger brother developed symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. “It was a perfect storm of factors,” Haglund said. Haglund also feared that she wouldn’t be able to achieve her lifelong goal of becoming a professional ballet dancer. As she compared herself to other dancers who used starvation tactics to stay lean, she began to emulate their behavior. By the time she was 17 years old, she was six months into an outpatient treatment program. “It’s a disease,” Haglund said. “You can’t just dip one toe in. It’s like quicksand.

It devours you.” Haglund began the uphill battle of recovery, a process she described as one step forward, two steps backward. She identified the roots of her body image problems, which included peoplepleasing and being self-critical, and slowly began to gain weight again. Her previous goal of wanting to be a perfect dancer was overcome by a new goal of wanting to feel confident again. Haglund found her voice by deciding to compete in the Miss America pageant. Though she originally competed as a way to earn scholarship money for college, she moved quickly through the county and state levels. About three years after entering treatment in 2008, Haglund was crowned Miss America in Las Vegas in front of an

audience of millions. “It gave me an incredible way to solidify my recovery,” Haglund said. Nearly 10 years later, Haglund runs the Kirsten Haglund Foundation and has helped fund treatment for almost 200 girls who suffer from similar eating disorders. She also works as an ambassador for Timberline Knolls, a female residential treatment center based in Illinois. “She’s a great advocate for body acceptance and body positivity,” said Sally Sebastian, a professional outreach representative for the east region. “She just has this joyful personality that’s contagious to everyone around her.” In addition to her work with residential facilities, Haglund continues to speak on college campuses nationwide in an effort to spread awareness about eating disorders and

inspire students to be observant, speak up and get help. “The more conversation there is about it, the easier people will find it to seek help,” Haglund told The Signal. “All change starts with you.” Summer Herlihy, a junior psychology major and ANAD chair for Delta Phi Epsilon, spoke about the sorority’s dedication to body positivity. “It’s our main priority,” Herlihy said. “We’re just trying to make people feel how a person with an eating disorder would feel.” After Haglund’s speech, sisters, friends and students gathered in a circle, clutching candles. When the last candle was lit, Meline called for a moment of silence. Thoughts of homework and the bitter cold faded. For a moment, in the circle of remembrance, all was still.

CSA showcases cultural performances

Students celebrate Chinese heritage at Teahouse

Emily Lo / Staff Photographer

Students perform at CSA’s annual Teahouse.

By Julia Ahart Correspondent

As tables filled quickly, students found themselves scrambling to find a seat in the Travers and Wolfe Lounge, which was decorated in a sea of red and gold. Eager to enjoy cultural performances, singing and dancing, students attended the Chinese Student

Association’s annual Teahouse event on Saturday, Nov. 11. One by one, each performer took the stage to showcase their talent. There was also a brief intermission, which gave students a taste of Chinese cuisine, and a chance to take photos in an area equipped with hand-made props that students could pose with. Two performers organized a

cooking contest, humorously commentated by members of CSA, and left the audience roaring in laughter. Aretha Zhu, a freshman biology major and the CSA historian, was one of the night’s performers. Zhu and her dance partner, Joseph Ballesteros, a junior nursing major, filled the space with exuberant energy as they performed a hiphop dance. Teahouse allowed students to connect with their peers while also experiencing Chinese culture. Zhu and Ballesteros felt the event helped them to embrace their culture. “We love to perform and we wanted to represent our culture,” Zhu said. From planning each performance and ordering the food to decorating the space and advertising the event, MacDougall and the other CSA members worked hard to organize every aspect of the event. “It’s our biggest event (for the) fall semester,” said Stephanie MacDougall, a sophomore international studies major and the president of CSA. “We put a lot of effort into it

so hopefully people enjoy it.” As performers congratulated each other after each performance, the connection and friendship between the members of CSA was evident. MacDougall feels that being a part of CSA is like having a second family on campus. “CSA not only brings me closer to the Chinese community, but also the Asian community,” MacDougall said.

CSA strives to bring students with Chinese backgrounds together, but anyone can join the organization who is interested, regardless of nationality. “We do a fairly good job with bringing a cultured experience to TCNJ,” MacDougall said. “Even if you aren’t Chinese-American or Asian-American, it’s still a good way to get involved and get involved with culture on campus.”

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Chinese heritage unites the campus community.

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: Nov. 1949

Campus Style

Student shares Thanksgiving history

Thanksgiving brings families and friends together. Every week, Features Editor Ashton Leber hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. For most college students, Thanksgiving break is a time to unwind, relax with family and prepare for the final stretch of the fall semester. Although many students are excited for endless amounts of food and a break from homework, we often forget what the holiday is truly about. Thanksgiving is about appreciating the blessings in your life, such as an education from the College or having food on the dinner table every night. In 1949, one student wrote about the history of Thanksgiving and reminded students that they should be thankful. It’s hard to believe that there once was a time before iPhones, and enjoying something we take for granted today like going to the movies was a fun activity amongst friends. This holiday season, what are you thankful for? Thanksgiving is the most distinctly American holiday that is celebrated in the United States. It was President Lincoln who issued the first national Thanksgiving Proclamation setting aside the last Thursday in November. Up to this view of our 20th Century Atomic Age. They are afraid of a terrible war that may destroy all mankind. They point to man’s cruelty and intolerance toward his fellow man, and to the dictators who have enslaved millions into misery.

Wars, cruelty and intolerance are not peculiar to this age, but to all ages. We are making real progress toward eliminating these evils. The brotherhood of man may not be just around the corner, but we are moving faster in that direction than we ever have before. Here in the United States, we are still jealously guarding our freedom. We can think and read what we want, and say what we please. Freedom of worship is a full-fledged fact today. Though the Pilgrims came to the New World to escape religious persecution, they were soon persecuting each other for taking up new beliefs. In 1949, Americans worship God as they please in their churches and synagogues. Life in the United States today is not all chores and toll, as it was in the Pilgrims’ time. After work or study, we can find time to relax, listening to fine music, reading, pursuing our favorite hobby, or going to a movie. On Saturday afternoons at this time of year, millions of people flock to football games to enjoy this sport. If Mary Chilton and the Pilgrims could return among us today, they would feel bewildered and lost. Their life was simple and crude — a desperately hard struggle to keep body and soul together. Ours, on the other hand, is an age of almost miraculous progress in every direction.

The Culinary Club Presents...

By Julia Dzurillay Columnist

Nothing rings in the holiday season like freshly baked cookies and hot chocolate on a brisk winter night. After last week’s traditional hot cocoa recipe, you may be wondering what would compliment your delicious chocolate drink. Luckily, the Culinary Club has the answer — gingerbread cookies.

Left: Pairing heels with sweatpants is a new trend. Right: Leggings are perfect for on-the-go students. By Jillian Greene Columnist From celebrities to students on campus, the “athleisure” trend is the new movement. No matter where I go, I always see people fashionably strutting around in their sweatpants. Whether it’s joggers, boot cut or the elastic ankle style, sweatpants are a staple in any wardrobe. You may think sweatpants are for hanging around the house during the day, but now people are wearing them everywhere. Models are walking down the runway in sweatpants and heels, inspiring others to do the same. At least once a day, I’ll see a new celebrity showing off this style on social media. Personally, I don’t think you’d catch me in joggers and stilettos, but never say never when it comes to fashion. The next comfortable trend would have

to be leggings. Every season there are many new styles coming out—short, cropped or full length. In each category, there are countless different types to choose from. From different patterns to cutouts, the possibilities are endless. The great thing about leggings is that every clothing store carries them. You can find trendy leggings at Target, Lululemon and even in the Barnes & Noble at Campus Town. Curious about what to pair with your leggings? My favorite is an oversized crew neck sweatshirt. Pair this outfit with sneakers and you have a comfortable outfit for the day. Now that the weather has finally gotten colder, I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of these outfits around campus as people try to keep warm and comfortable. Enjoy wearing sweatpants to class while you can, because not many jobs will allow you dress this casually!

: Gingerbread cookies

Lions Plate

Gingerbread cookies are a Christmas tradition.


Ingredients: 3 cups of all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons of baking powder 1/4 teaspoon of salt 1 tablespoon of ground ginger 1 3/4 teaspoons of cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon of cloves 2 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter 3/4 cup of dark brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup of molasses


Gingerbread cookies have long been a Christmas tradition in my house and now I’m passing that onto you. These cookies may take a little time to make, but the deliciousness makes it worthwhile. Top your cookies with your favorite icing or crushed candy canes to add an extra crunch to your munch with this recipe. Serving size: 2 dozen cookies

Directions: 1. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. 2. Combine the butter, brown sugar and one egg in a large bowl, until they are well blended. Add molasses and vanilla. Stir again. 3. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until they are a smooth consistency. 4. Make a ball out of the dough and wrap it in plastic wrap. Let it stand at room temperature for at least two hours. 5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

6. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 7. Grab a handful of dough and place it on a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle flour over the dough and rolling pin. 8. Roll the dough with the rolling pin until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. 9. Cut out the cookies with the desired cookie cutter and place

the cookie on the parchmentlined baking sheets. 10. Bake one sheet at a time for 7-10 minutes. 11. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and allow the cookies to cool completely before serving or decorating. This should take about 30 minutes. 12. Enjoy!

Students enjoy cookies of all shapes and sizes.


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Fun Stuff

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Fun Stuff

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Sports Football

Football ends season with three-game winning-streak

Koenig has seven touchdowns on the year.

By Maximillian C. Burgos Sports Editor

The football team ended its season with a dominant 27-0 victory over Southern Virginia University on Friday, Nov. 10, at home. The Lions were good on both sides of the ball against Southern Virginia. For the seniors on the team, the game could not have gone any better. The Lions scored a season high 27 points. The offense established a balanced game plan, which kept Southern Virginia honest on defense. Head coach Casey Goff

thought that the win at the end of the season was huge. “It’s huge,” Goff said. “It’s huge for our seniors. It’s huge for our program. If you told me after our first five games that we would be sitting at 4-6, I’d say, ‘I don’t know.’ But these guys battled week in and week out. They never gave up. They continued to get better and they showed it here today.” Goff also thought that the wins at the end of the season were great for the program. “I think at the end of the season, we had some marquee wins this season that the program can

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really build on,” he said. The Lions were anxious at the start of the game, but once they established themselves, the game took on a different look. The Lions received the ball first. Their first play on offense was a wildcat running play. The Lions center snapped the ball over senior running back Khani Glover, who could not get it before Southern Virginia could pounce on the ball. Southern Virginia was set up with great field position to score, but the Lions defense stood up to the task. The defense forced Southern Virginia to go backward

on their first series with the ball. They attempted a 47-yard field goal, but it hit the crossbar and was no good. That was the closest that Southern Virginia got to scoring the entire game. Glover picked up from where he left off last week on the ensuing offense drive for the Lions. He helped drive the Lions down the field with his authoritative running style by making defenders miss with his stop-and-go ability. The Lions scored a field goal on the drive, putting them in the lead, where they would stay the entire game. Goff thought that Glover played his hardest. “Khani has been running his ass off, plain and simple,” Goff said. “A lot of people called us out in terms of our run game and the offensive line. Khani answered the call. He ran the ball hard tonight and he ran the ball hard in the second half of the season. We are proud with how he has performed and the way our offensive line has performed. Like I said, they answered the call tonight.” In the first quarter alone, Glover had 55 yards on the ground for the Lions. At the end of the game he had 103 yards on the ground and caught three passes for 21 yards. He made the Southern Virginia defense pay for every crease they allowed to

form at the line of scrimmage. Not to be outdone on Senior Night, senior quarterback Trevor Osler also played well. Osler threw for 20 completions, 248 yards and three touchdowns. He found senior wide receiver Thomas Koenig eight times for 141 yards and two touchdowns. One of the touchdowns that Osler threw to Koenig was like something out of a movie. Osler dropped back, with defenders in his face, and delivered a bomb to Koenig. The ball seemed to be in the air forever as Koenig ran under it. The ball squeezed itself past the hand and shoulder of the defender that was blanketing Koenig, who caught it in stride. The pass and catch were spectacular, sending the crowd into a frenzy of cheering. Goff, as always, praised his signal caller for his performance. “He has been a hell of a player all year,” Goff said. “He’s a kid whose confidence continued to grow throughout the season. The jumps he made from last year to this year shows that he is a kid that works his butt off. I know he’s someone that’s going to go out there and crush it when he’s done with his college days in whatever job he chooses.” see DEFENSE page 22

Cross Country

Women’s cross country team qualifies for nationals

Lions earn numerous conference honors, two rookie accolades

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Left: Abrams earns his title as the 2017 NJAC rookie of the year. Right: Tattory claims 24th place with a time of 22:45.9 seconds. By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor

The women’s cross country team finished fifth at the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships and qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships for the first time since 2013. The men’s and women’s cross country teams both ran well at the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships at Houghton College on Saturday, Nov. 11. The women’s team claimed fifth place out of 41 opponents with a score of 183. On the men’s side, juniors Matt

Saponara and Quinn Wasko individually qualified for nationals. In the 6,000-meter race, junior Natalie Cooper claimed sixth place out of 285 competitors and clocked in at 21:57.2. After, Junior Madeleine Tattory secured 24th place with a time of 22:45.9, and freshman Gabby DeVito took 32nd place with a time of 22.53.7. Junior Erin Holzbaur clocked in at 23:30.6, good for 56th place. Fellow junior Abigail Faith finished in 57th place with a time of 23:40.3. “Going into the race, we focused on our team qualifying for nationals,” Cooper said.

At the men’s 8,000-meter race, junior Matt Saponara claimed 10th out of 290 runners with a time of 25:01. Fellow junior Quinn Wasko was close behind, taking 22nd place with a time of 25:18.9. On Nov. 7, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams garnered honors from the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Head coach Justin Lindsey was announced as the NJAC coach of the year after leading the women’s team to the conference championship. Cooper was named the NJAC runner of the year for winning her second consecutive NJAC individual title.

The women’s team also had five runners on the All-NJAC first team with Cooper, DeVito, Holzbaur, Tattory and Faith representing the Lions. DeVito was also named NJAC rookie of the year. The men also received several conference honors. Freshman Robert Abrams was announced as the NJAC’s rookie of the year. Wasko, Saponara and Abrams were also named on the All-NJAC first team. The women’s team, along with Wasko and Saponara, will now head to Principia College in Elsah, Illinois for the upcoming NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday, Nov. 18.


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Wrestling falters in home opener against Stevens

Photos courtesy of Ernest Monaco

Left: Kilroy records a pin for the Lions. Right: Anderson pins his opponent at the Ursinus College Fall Brawl.

By Maximillian C. Burgos Sports Editor The College’s wrestling team lost its home opener against Stevens Institute of Technology, 26-16, on Friday, Nov. 10. The Lions also wrestled in the Ursinus College Fall Brawl on Saturday, Nov. 11, where the team saw varying success. Despite the loss to Stevens, head coach Joe Galante saw some positives in every bout. “We need to get a little better,” Galante said. “We can take away some positives from those last three bouts and I saw some greatness in some spots. At 125, we looked a little better than we did last week. At 149, we looked a little better than last week, the guy wrestled tough. At 165, we were right in that battle.” While Galante acknowledged Stevens’ talent, he believes the Lions could win the matchup if they

make several adjustments. “The other guy (at 165) was ranked in the country, but I think we can win that battle with a couple little changes. At 184, 197 and heavyweight, we are happy, but we are not done working yet,” Galante said. The Lions lost their first seven bouts of the night, which gave Stevens a 25-0 lead. The closest matchup at 165. Senior Luke Balina battled Stevens junior Thomas Poklikuha, who was ranked No. 8 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s latest Division III ranking. The two wrestlers fought in a back and forth tug-of-war. They hand-fought aggressively, working toward a takedown. Balina gave up two points early in the match after a slick takedown by Poklikuha. Balina battled back in the final period, but he couldn’t hang on for the win and lost, 9-7. The fans were given something

to cheer for during the 184-pound bout. Sophomore Dan Kilroy wrestled hard right from the first whistle, getting out from an early scramble to claim his first takedown. Kilroy grinded his opponent in the first period, earning 2:26 of riding time. He finessed his opponent, but did not get any back points in the first period. In the second period, he built on his lead, tiring out his opponent even further. Kilroy won the match by fall in the third period. His opponent tried to run out of a double leg maneuver, but Kilroy managed to catch him by the waist and take down his opponent. Kilroy managed to land on his opponent’s chest, scoring back points immediately. After a short, strong-willed counter from his opponent, Kilroy earned the pin, getting the College its first six points. “Kilroy’s a pinner,” Galante said. “He is a winner. Every time he goes out there he expects great things. We expect great things. I

talked about the win in the locker room with him after the match.” Even though Kilroy defeated his opponent, he was unsatisfied with his performance. “He’s not super happy with his performance, he wants to do better,” Galante said. “In the second period, he didn’t score a lot of points. He didn’t stay as on it as he probably could have. It was like a second-period slump, a little bit. But it definitely is a good place to build from. Starting your first home dual off with a fall, I like that.” Junior Alex Mirabella, came out strong at 197 and pinned his opponent very quickly. He walked from the top position into a near-side cradle that flattened his opponent’s back. The Lions cut into their deficit with another six points. Senior heavyweight Kyle Cocozza also had a solid match, winning a major decision. He picked his shots well throughout the match.

Cocozza ultimately won 10-2. Mirabella and Cocozza are training together to keep their success going, according to Galante. “They are doing one-on-one sessions with me early in the morning and I love that,” Galante said. “They are showing sacrifice. They are sacrificing their time. They are sacrificing going to bed early the night before and I think that showed through on the mat tonight.” At the Ursinus College Fall Brawl, freshman Thomas Anderson claimed the highest place for the Lions, getting fourth place at 184. He picked up a pin just 51 seconds into his first match, won 12-3 in his second, dominated 14-1 in his third and won the fourth with a pin. Junior Ryan Erwin and freshman Daniel Surich also wrestled at 184, both going 4-2. Freshman Connor Murphy won six matches at 133, including four by pin. Sophomore Nic Mele also won three matches.

Women’s Soccer


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Osler throws three touchdowns.

continued from page 21 Goff also expressed pride in the ability to watch his signal caller grow with the new systems in place. “It’s been so much fun to watch him grow as a player,” Goff said. “To have it end the way it did for him is just awesome.” The defense also had a stellar day. The Lions defense held Southern Virginia to only 154 total yards of offense. Senior cornerback Rob Agoni shined on defense with two interceptions and eight tackles. On one particular play right before halftime, Agoni batted away a ball and then in a display of acrobatic athleticism managed to intercept the ball inches before it hit the ground. Other senior defensive standouts were

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linebacker Kevin Hennelly and defensive lineman Shane Kelley. Hennelly had nine tackles and one tackles for loss. Kelley had seven tackles, including 0.5 tackles for a loss and 0.5 sacks. Goff is proud his seniors were able to end their season the way they did. They faced a lot of adversity, but played hard to the very end. “The adversity they had to deal with this week, on top of what they’ve gone through in their four-year career say a lot about them,” Goff said. “Coming out and being to play for this football team means a lot. They have played for three head coaches and have experienced a lot of downs. I am just excited that we were able to gift them these wins at the end of the season.”

Despite the scoreline and discrepancy in shots taken, with the Marlins only getting two off compared to the Lions 32 during regulation, the game saw most of the action fluctuate between the away team’s zone and midfield. Virginia Wesleyan’s defense kept the Lions away from the net and forced the team to take shots from far out. “I thought we came out with a lot of energy and when we do that and have high pressure, the other teams tend to just not know what to do,” said senior midfielder Jessica Goldman. The pressure hit a breakpoint for the Marlins in the 13th minute. Goldman sent a ball through an opening in the defense for a waiting Thoresen. The Virginia Wesleyan goalkeeper came out of the net but couldn’t stop a low shot that gave the Lions the lead, 1-0. Thoresen said it was important to score early not only for her team, but to throw off their opponent. “Once you get the ahead of a team, they just start to break down immediately,” Thoresen said. “It’s really hard, at this point in the tournament, to come back from being down.” Following this and the consistent drives by the Lions, the Marlins attempted to spark their offense with multiple substitutions. Despite this, the College kept finding

ways into the team’s box. In the 24th minute, Thoresen thanked Goldman for her assist by giving her one of her own. Taking the ball up the side, a high cross found Goldman in the box where she sunk the shot. Halftime didn’t do much to energize the Marlins, who let up a third goal in the 48th minute to Levering off another assist from Goldman. The seniors intercepted a ball in the box from a Virginia Wesleyan defender. The remaining 42 minutes saw the Lions pull back and slow down, with the team making subs to rest starters and taking more shots from far out. An burst of energy from the Marlins saw the momentum shift into the Lions zone later on, but none of their players could get a shot on target. The Lions earned hosting rights once again for the third round of the tournament, which will see the team take on Lynchburg College, the champions of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. Russo says he isn’t paying attention to the rest of the bracket, which includes notable names such as MIT, Carnegie Mellon and Chicago University. Instead he’s only focusing on next Saturday. “There’s only good teams left,” Russo said. “I couldn’t even tell you who’s still alive. It is what it is and we’ll be ready to play on Saturday.”



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Miguel Gonzalez “The Ref”

Maximillian C. Burgos Sports Editor

Michael Battista Staff Writer

Alexandra Parado Staff Writer

In this week’s edition of Around the Dorm, “Ref” Miguel Gonzalez asked our panel of three experts — Maximillian C. Burgos, Michael Battista and Alexandra Parado — three questions: 1. With the college basketball season starting, who do you see having a breakout season? 2. What will Roy Halladay’s legacy be? 3. Which four teams deserve to be in the College Football Playoffs?

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1. With the college basketball season starting, who do you see having a breakout season? Max: Duke will go all the way. The Blue Devils are talented

with their starting lineup: Trevon Duval, Grayson Allen, Gary Trent, Jr., Wendell Carter, Jr. and Marvin Bagley III. Coach Mike Krzyzewski is a legend. Duke is

always in the mix of things when it comes to men’s basketball. It might not be a breakout season, but it will definitely be interesting to watch. I think Duke will start

off slow before exploding onto the scene and bursting through March Madness. Michael: My pick is coming from the Big East and it’s not Seton Hall. It’s Creighton. Last year the team shocked me by knocking off Xavier in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament and it looks like they can go even farther this season. The Blue Jays have done great in recruiting determined players, including Syracuse University transfer Kaleb Joseph who seems primed to finally start with the team after his redshirt year last season. Plus they have returning starters like Khyri Thomas, last year’s Big East defensive player of the year, and Marcus Foster. The team has one of the hardest schedules this year and kicked it off by defeating Yale, a notoriously tough defensive

team, 92-76. I can smell Sweet 16 come March for this group. Besides them, those UCLA players should be breaking out of a Chinese jail soon. Alex: Duke is definitely the team to watch this season. They have young, talented recruits who don’t play like college freshmen. For most teams, having so many young starters would be nerve-racking but for Duke, it’s nothing new. Mike Krzyzewski has once led Duke to a national title behind three freshmen and I’m sure he can do it again. Grayson Allen is also a senior this year. Last season, he almost wrecked the competition so I really think he’s going turn things around this season and be the leader on the team that Duke needs. People either love or hate Duke. They get hate because they’re so damn good.

Alex gets 3 points for mentioning Grayson Allen. Max gets 2 points for talking about Duke’s starting lineup. Michael gets 1 point because Creighton is overrated. 2. What will Roy Halladay’s legacy be in baseball? Max: Roy Halladay’s loss will be felt for a long time. He was deeply cared for and was known as a family man. Halladay didn’t have the traditional road to success in the MLB. Halladay knew what it meant to work hard and earn everything that comes to you. His loss was a tragedy for the sports world. Everyone that knew him had nothing but good things to say. I feel bad for his family and hope that no one forgets the kind and inspirational man that Halladay was. Michael: Roy Halladay was one of the best pitchers of the 2000s and his eight All-Star selections and two Cy Young awards prove that. There’s only been 23 perfect games in MLB history. He pitched one of them in 2010, while also achieving the second ever no-hitter in postseason history the same year. Besides his talent, he was a family man off the field. Halladay helped create “Doc’s Box,” a specially renovated luxury suite, in Toronto for children and their families from the Hospital for Sick Children. The father who, after he retired, spent time with his two kids and helped coach his son’s

high school team to a state championship. Almost eerily, I think Halladay’s legacy is similar to famed Yankees’ catcher Thurman Munson who also died in a plane crash. Both were players who gave the game everything, who earned the respect of both their teammates and organizations and who loved nothing more than their families. Munson’s No. 15 has never been worn by a Yankee since, and I see his No. 32 never being worn in Rogers Centre again. Alex: Roy Halladay was everybody’s hero. He was a huge figure in baseball and his passing is truly heartbreaking news. Roy Halladay is probably your favorite player’s favorite player. He should go into the Hall of Fame as one of the absolute best pitchers in baseball. Not only was he a great baseball player, he was a person a lot of people looked up to. He’s made his mark in Baseball history. He’s two time Cy Young Award winner who pitched a perfect game and had a playoff no-hitter. You can’t tell me that’s normal! But there’s more to being just an athlete, he’ll always be remembered as a great friend, mentor, husband and overall just a great person.

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Michael gets 3 points for mentioning Doc’s Box. Max and Alex get 2 points for talking about Halladay’s impact off the field.

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3. Which four teams deserve to be in the College Football Playoffs? Max: After Notre Dame got slaughtered by Miami, I say Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Oklahoma belong in the top four. Notre Dame had a rough schedule this year, but it is their own fault for being independent. Alabama seems like a dynasty that no one can stop with a straight up frontal assault offense. To beat Alabama you need a miracle. I would not be surprised if they win another national championship

this year. But you can’t count out Clemson who has beaten Alabama before. Georgia also looks really good this year, even with the loss to Auburn. Oklahoma may blow it, but they are also really good this year. I think it’ll come down to Clemson and Alabama as the final two. Michael: The top four in college football, in no particular order, is Alabama, Miami, Clemson and Oklahoma. Alabama may have nearly lost on Saturday, but the fact is the team is undefeated and have monster

Michael gets 3 points for his thorough analysis. Max gets 2 points for mentioning Notre Dame’s reckoning. Alex gets 1 point for considering Clemson over TCNJ.

wins under its belt. The winner of Miami and Notre Dame over the weekend was pretty much going to decide which of these teams deserve a spot. The Hurricanes’ destruction of the fighting Irish speaks for itself. The last two spots are difficult, and honestly these teams may not deserve the spots in the next few weeks. Clemson cannot lose another game because of their loss to an unranked Syracuse. Even if Clemson loses against Miami, Wisconsin will become way more deserving. The Sooners have a record with impressive wins and an easier schedule remaining minus TCU next week. If Auburn didn’t have both Alabama and Georgia in its final few weeks, I could see the team jumping up. I also see Oklahoma heading to the playoffs easily.

Alex: Clemson has been ranked in the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings for the past two seasons. Clemson definitely deserves to be there. The Tigers lost a lot of their playmakers last year. A lot of people thought that would be a setback for the team. So far, it’s not a problem for the team. Their offense is incredible and experienced this season. Players who are underutilized were given the opportunity to play with players like Wayne Gallman, Mike Williams and Deshaun Watson. There’s enough leadership and experience on the team to go with the youth’s ambition on the team. Also I might be a little biased because I thought about transferring to Clemson instead of the College, but that’s a story for another time.

Winner’s Circle Michael wins ATD 7-6-6

Tom wins ATD 9-5-4 “You miss of the “Long live100% the king of shots ATD!” you don’t take”Faccus repe



Field hockey clinches 23rd semifinals appearance

Left: Andrews scores the game-winning goal for the Lions against SUNY Cortland. Right: Tiefenthaler prepares for a shot.

By Alexandra Parado Staff Writer

The field hockey team has won its way to the final four of the NCAA Tournament for the 23rd time after two close games this weekend. The Lions, ranked No. 3 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III poll, hosted SUNY Cortland on Saturday, Nov. 11, and Centre College on Sunday, Nov. 12. On Saturday, the Lions and SUNY Cortland played a scoreless first half with both teams taking only four shots in a fierce defensive battle. Most of the first half was

fought at midfield. Sophomore Cayla Andrews felt that the great defensive effort put forward by SUNY Cortland pushed the Lions to be better. “The great defense that we played in the first half, really pushed our offense to be better,” Andrews said. Determined to get on the board, senior forward Elizabeth Morrison scored six minutes into the second half. In a display of veteran athleticism, she crossed from the left side of the arc to the right, deking defenders to score, putting the Lions forward 1-0. SUNY Cortland attempted to

tie up the game when an opponent made it past senior goalkeeper Christina Fabiano. Sophomore forward/midfielder Kayla Peterson had an outstanding defensive performance. She saved the ball from crossing the line, with only inches to spare. Just a few minutes later, SUNY Cortland scored their first goal off a corner, which tied the game 1-1. The game winner came with 45 seconds left, when junior midfielder/defender Sidney Padilla setup Andrews with a right to left cross pass for her victorious goal that concluded the game at 2-1. The Lions outshot SUNY Cortland 17-9

with nine of those being on goal. Fabiano led the defense with four saves in the game. “I know what it feels like first hand to win a national championship, and I just want everyone on this team to feel the same thing,” Fabiano said. On Sunday, Nov. 12, the Lions shut out Centre College in the regional final. The duo that sent the Lions to this game got themselves on the board early. Andrews scored a goal with the help from Padilla, once again. Andrews ripped the shot past the Centre College’s goalkeeper and gave her team a

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1-0 lead. The Lions expanded their lead when freshman forward Tori Tiefenthaler blasted a shot from the top left of the arc. The 2-0 score at the end of the first half held. The Lions controlled the second half and Fabiano had four saves in the victory. It was also her eighth shutout this season. The Lions advance to the final four for the 23rd time in program history. The College has won 11 NCAA Division III Championships. The Lions will face Messiah College, ranked No. 1 in the NFHCA ranking, on Friday, Nov. 17, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Women’s soccer advances to sectionals, seeks national title

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Levering tracks down a scoring opportunity.

By Michael Battista Staff Writer

The women’s soccer team’s quest for a fourth NCAA Division III title started last week when the team hosted the opening two rounds of competition at the Soccer Complex. With their newly earned No. 1 ranking in the United Soccer Coaches Division III poll, the Lions notched up two clean wins. The first win was against Roger Williams University on Saturday, Nov. 11, and the second against Virginia Wesleyan College Sunday, Nov. 12. Senior forward Christine Levering said that while the wins are great, the team needs to look toward the

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next game. “It’s a one-game season at this point,” Levering said. “Every single game, we can’t look forward to games later on. We have to focus on each game.” The team’s offensive dominance could been seen in both matchups — neither the Hawks nor the Marlins were able to take the ball deep into Lions terriorty through 90 minutes. Within the first five minutes play against Roger Williams, the Hawks defense fell apart. Sophomore midfielder Taylor Nolan intercepted a deflection and scored to give her team the early lead. The visitors’ tendency to clump up and not spread out continued to be

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their downfall throughout the match. With her team already ahead, the game became more than just a victory for Levering; she notched up a major accomplishment. In the 19th minute, off a long pass from sophomore defender Jen McGrogen, Levering slammed in a goal that tied her with the all-time goals record for the College at 58 with Traci Tapp (’98). It took less than two minutes for her to take the title for herself. Senior midfielder Elizabeth Thoresen took the ball up the right side of the field and a well timed pass into the box found an open Levering who slammed the ball in from point blank for her 59th goal as a Lion. “I’m just happy I could do it,” Levering said. “It’s just a testament to how hard this team has been working all year because obviously I can’t do it all myself. (My teammates) were there, they set me up, so I’m just happy I could get it done.” Head coach Joe Russo said that he isn’t just proud of the accomplishment for the player, he’s happy for the girl behind the number. “It’s well deserved,” Russo said. “I’ve said it before — as good of a player she is on the field, she’s a better person. She works hard. Everything that comes her way is well deserved.” The Lions never let up on Roger Williams for the rest of the match, whose best offensive opportunity came off a set piece kick late in the first half while their first shot came ten minutes into the second. Roger Williams’ only shot on goal came in the 82nd minute, while the Lions had 17 during the match. The next day, the team prepared for a Virginia Wesleyan squad that was coming off an impressive win against Tufts University on Saturday, 3-2. see NCAA page 22

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