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Gitenstein’s success Lil Yachty makes waves product of resilience
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Gitenstein reflects on her career. By Connor Smith Editor-in-Chief
R. Barbara Gitenstein was a seemingly unremarkable music major at Duke University in the late 1960’s. She loved to sing, and had a nice voice, but not a great voice, in her own words. Like many students at the College, Gitenstein couldn’t decide on a major. She began studying biology but didn’t feel a deep connection to the subject. “I must admit that the vast majority of intellectual, curious students change their majors, and an institution should make it such that you could graduate in four years,”
Gitenstein told The Signal. “I think we do that as well as we can.” Since she had a strong passion for classical music and opera, Gitenstein became a music major and dedicated her time to singing. Although the drive was there, the talent simply wasn’t. “I just wasn’t that good a singer, and that was a very hard thing to accept,” Gitenstein said. Her singing career died before it began, but this failure led to her lifelong passion and eventually a near 20year tenure as one of the College’s most accomplished presidents. Under Gitenstein, the College has seen many successes, such as the its four-year graduation rate, which increased from 58 percent in 1999 to 76 percent in 2016, favorable rankings, which includes the No. 24 spot in MONEY Magazine’s national “Best Colleges for Your Money” list, and increased enrollment in spite of downward regional trends. Gitenstein led the College through a complete academic transformation and pioneered sexual assault prevention and awareness initiatives years before these practices became a national trend. She’s helped shatter fundraising goals and oversaw several construction projects on campus. see JOURNEY page 19
College history, future developments shine through campus structures By Michael Battista and Ellie Schuckman Staff Writers
While the College itself is well over a century old, its current home on 289 acres of Ewing land still holds reminders of its 1930s move from Trenton — present in many of the buildings around campus. Kendall Hall, Bliss Hall, Green Hall, the original Roscoe West Library, Allen, Brewster, Ely, Norsworthy and the original section of Packer Hall all represent the oldest buildings on campus. These buildings, despite additions and renovations over time, still hold much of the same architecture that they did in the 1930s. Director of Campus
Planning and Campus Architect Lynda Rothermel explained some of the differences to The Signal and Lions Television. “The older buildings tend to be a lot smaller,” Rothermel said. “We’ve tried to… keep the smaller scale to our newer buildings. But the older buildings didn’t have anywhere near the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection that runs through the newer buildings.” The College has seen many of these older buildings renovated or added onto over the years. The Bliss Hall Annex, the extension of Kendall Hall and the renovation of Norsworthy Hall two years ago are all due to the older buildings needing to fit
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more modern needs. One of the first things that comes to mind when people think of the College is its overall design and appearance. “I really like all the brick,” junior special education and iSTEM major Arianna Sirimis said. “(When touring the College) they definitely took us through the Education Building and since that was my major that was a big selling point.” At the College, most of the buildings on campus follow a Collegiate Georgian architectural style — common among many schools built in the 20th century. “That was a popular style at the time,” Rothermel said. see BUILD page 16
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Arter’s Market Students sell their original artwork outside AIMM building See Features page 16
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Lil Yachty drenches the audience with dozens of water bottles.
By Thomas Infante Managing Editor
A sea of students stood in the Student Recreation Center — forming mosh pits and engaging in water fights in between periods of adrenaline-fueled singing and dancing — but all eyes were on Atlanta rappers Lil Yachty and Lil Jon, who performed for the College Union Board’s Lil Fall Concert. Lil Yachty took the stage and immediately launched into a rendition of his 2016 single “Bentley Coupe.” With a giant anchor projected behind him, he strutted around the stage, shouting his delightfully repetitious lyrics at the eager crowd. The rapper jumped and banged his head to the bass-heavy rhythm of the beat, each time sending his red dreadlocks cascading around his head. As the song wound down, the rapper faced the audience and half-asked, halfcommanded, “Can I get a ‘Lil Boat’?” The crowd roared back, “Lil Boat!” Lil Yachty giggled into the microphone. “Everybody have a good Thanksgiving and shit?” The crowd cheered in response as the rapper began performing his 2016
single “Ice Water.” Despite the song’s lyrical references to ice, even Lil Yachty couldn’t ignore the sweltering temperature inside the Rec Center. “It’s hot as a motherfucker in this bitch,” Lil Yachty said, casting off his colorful sailing jacket adorned with many patches and flags. Sympathetic to the sweaty concertgoers, Lil Yachty and his onstage entourage proceeded to take the caps off some water bottles and douse members of the audience. “Now for this next song I need y’all to jump out of your feet,” the rapper said before performing the song “Wanna Be Us” from his debut 2016 mixtape “Lil Boat.” Despite the physical impossibility of the request, the crowd managed to get impressive airtime, jumping in unison with Lil Yachty as the beat dropped. The song’s trap drums, heavy bass and silvery synthesizers kept the energy high, and many couldn’t resist singing along to lines like “I keep them hoes like a ferry, my hair be red like a cherry.” The audience only became more ecstatic once the opening notes to Kyle’s hit single see BOAT page 13
Wall Street Journal editor combats sexism By Breeda Bennett-Jones News Assistant
Joann Lublin, management news editor for The Wall Street Journal, purchased a pin-up calendar of nude male models and hung it above her typewriter in defiance of her six male coworkers who all had pin-up calendars of women above their desks. Lublin, an esteemed author and editor, was featured in the School of Business’ final installment
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of its Business Leaders Talk series on Thursday, Nov. 30. The event, co-sponsored by Women in Business and The Bull, Bear & Lion, attracted students with a wide variety of majors, including business, English and journalism and professional writing. Lublin took the podium in the Library Auditorium to describe her career at The Wall Street Journal, as well as her inspiration for her book, “Earning It.”
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When she first started at The Wall Street Journal, Lublin had trouble being taken seriously. Lublin had male informants who would offer her information to help her with the stories that she was writing. She would often try to buy them lunch, and each time they expressed discomfort with having a woman pay for their meal. When working on a story, Lublin would make see CAREER page 5
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Choir Concert Students sing carols for the holidays
Women’s Soccer Season ends in NCAA Tournament semifinals
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SG passes bill to make voting history public By Kristen Frohlich Staff Writer
Student Government passed a bill to increase transparency between itself and the campus community during its weekly meeting on Nov. 29. Bill F2017-11 was proposed by Juan Carlos Belmonte, SG’s senator of business and a sophomore business management and political science double major. The bill will ensure that all decisions voted on by members of SG will be made public for students to view. Baldween Casseus, SG’s vice president of diversity and inclusion and a senior marketing major, said that SG is serving the campus community and should utilize this privilege to keep the community informed. Casseus also stated the importance of transparency regarding SG members’ responses to bills and initiatives, since they are elected to their positions by the student body. Director of the Department of Recreation and Wellness Rob Simels approached the members of SG with a different way to keep students involved with decisions that will affect the campus community. Simels discussed the idea of a recreation advisory council, which would be made up of about 10 to 12 students who would represent a broad range of groups across campus. The recreation advisory council would help the Department of Recreation and Wellness make decisions that would benefit students, as well as hold monthly open meetings that allow students to provide feedback. Simels also informed SG members of their accomplishments since they began
Blakeley announces plans to elect a new speaker of SG’s general assembly next semester. working together three years ago. One major accomplishment was changing the department’s name from “Office of Recreation” to “Department of Recreation and Wellness.” “I believe that wellness is an important part of what we do in recreation,” Simels said. Simels mentioned other accomplishments, which included the addition of intramural sports, reaching 22 active sports clubs, an open calendar that offers students the opportunity to play any sport during a specific time and other
ways for students to stay healthy and fit while on campus. Members of SG discussed changes that will be made next semester within its organization. Justin Brach, speaker of the general assembly and a junior finance and political science double major, resigned because he will be studying abroad during the spring 2018 semester. SG then nominated current members for the position. Chris Blakeley, SG’s executive president and a junior civil engineering major, declared that candidates for the position will be voted on next semester, and requires
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a majority approval from voting members in order to win. SG also proposed Bill F-2017-16. Every semester, each elected member of SG must receive at least 10 participation points. Members can receive points by either attending or volunteering at events organized by SG. The bill would allow members to transfer up to four extra points out of their required 10 from the fall to spring semester. SG members said they plan on discussing the bill further on Wednesday, Dec. 6 to possibly implement it next semester.
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SFB tables HSA’s Ambiance event Brown Bag speaker inspires creativity
Miguel Gonzalez / Sports Editor
SFB funds Lion’s Eye to print its fall 2017 issue.
By Eric Preisler Production Manager
The Student Finance Board tabled the Haitian Student Association’s annual Ambiance event and fully funded the Lion’s Eye literary magazine at its weekly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 29. HSA’s annual Ambiance event is scheduled to occur in March in the Brower Student Center. There are plans to display information about Haitian culture throughout the room at the event. HSA is preparing for its
Ambiance event far in advance because the event attracts numerous students and alumni. Between 220 to 230 undergraduate students and 30 alumni are expected to attend, according to the event’s proposal packet. “This is a big event for alumni and people that have graduated,” said Rosebernoude Chérilus, the president of HSA and a senior sociology major. Additional funding for the event would cover a musical performance, Haitian food, a Haitian comedian, decorations, a DJ and other expenses.
SFB tabled HSA’s event because the expenses for their initial request were too high. The organization advised HSA to implement a method of crowd control to prevent students from entering solely for food, and to choose between a DJ or musical performance. The club was also asked to lower the costs of food, entertainment and decorations. While SFB held off on funding HSA, it funded the College’s literary magazine, Lion’s Eye, to print its fall 2017 issue. Lion’s Eye was fully funded $2,000 to print 375 copies of the magazine, although the number of copies is subject to change. The club is aiming to complete and print the magazine by Wednesday, Dec. 6. Lion’s Eye exclusively accepts student work, which can include poetry, prose, short stories or photography, according to Kelly Vena, the Lion’s Eye treasurer and a junior English major. “Students from all disciplines and academic schools are welcomed and encouraged to submit work,” Vena said. The purpose of Lion’s Eye is to showcase student talent and creativity as well as to promote love for literature on campus, according to the event’s proposal packet.
By Sara Petrozziello Correspondent
Bumper DeJesus, a five-time New York Emmy Award-winning video and multimedia editor, spoke at the final installment of the School of Arts and Communication’s Brown Bag lecture series on Friday, Dec. 1. A founding member of The Star-Ledger video department, DeJesus is now leading a team of photo and video specialists as managing producer for multimedia for New Jersey’s largest media company, NJ Advance Media. In the fast-paced world of multimedia, collaboration is essential for success. Graphic artists, photographers and videographers have to work together to construct a final product in a timely manner, according to DeJesus. “We aren’t just shooting something,” DeJesus said.“We are constructing it.” DeJesus began his college career studying genetics, but he soon realized he had a knack for visual arts and entertainment. He emphasized that it is important for students to start learning how to be part of a team. “That’s what you should do here at college — pull your collective talents and make something bigger,” DeJesus said. DeJesus mentioned some of his longer projects, and talked about his work on the award-winning documentary, “Being George,” which tells the story of George Washington crossing the Delaware River. The documentary was not an easy task and took about six or seven months to make, according to DeJesus. “We used our Jersey attitudes to get it done,” DeJesus said with a laugh. Rachel von Hollen, a freshman journalism major, thought that DeJesus brought up insightful advice in his lecture.
“I learned a lot about multimedia,” von Hollen said. “I learned that following your instincts is important, no matter what your major is.” DeJesus used a number of video clips and examples of his company’s multimedia as visuals for his speech. He opened his presentation with a video compilation of projects that he created with his colleagues at his current job. DeJesus even shared his very first published photograph, and how it made him feel proud. Amanda Toolan, a freshman communication studies major, thought that DeJesus’ visual aids helped enhance his presentation. “I really enjoyed watching some examples of his work,” Toolan said. “They were all very interesting.” At the end of his lecture, DeJesus made sure to encourage students to use their imagination to pursue their passions. “Everybody has the power to create,” DeJesus said. “Visual communication is part of our DNA.”
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DeJesus discusses visual art.
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phone calls to different people who might have information on her topic. Most of the time, if the person was male they would mistake her for a saleswoman because they didn’t expect a woman to be a reporter. Lublin was also assigned to cover various awards events that prohibited women, and she often found herself entering through the kitchen doors in the back in order to attend. After sharing how she struggled with sexism, Lublin outlined three pillars of career advice for women, concerning pay, credibility and power. With each pillar, she shared a woman’s story of success and a lesson about leadership. Lublin spoke about Cathie Black, former president of Hearst Magazines. When Black began her career, she wanted to get into the publishing business. Despite graduating with a degree in English literature from Trinity College, each employer she interviewed for wanted to hire her as a secretary. After landing one of her first promotions as a replacement for her male former boss, Black received a $3,000 pay raise. Despite the raise, Black knew that her previous boss was given a higher salary than she was told she would earn. Black walked into her new boss’s office, confronted him and received a raise. “You have to bargain hard,” Lublin said. “Many women don’t think it’s the right thing to do. It all depends on how good you are.” Lublin then detailed the story of Kathleen Ligocki, who held corporate leadership positions at General Motors and Ford. Ligocki graduated college in 1979
“If you can figure out a way to use humor rather than anger, you’re going to earn the respect of your peers.”
Management news editor for The Wall Street Journal
Lublin encourages the audience to take calculated risks. with degrees in Chinese history and renaissance art. However, she found herself working as the only female foreman in a General Motors plant in Indiana. After the nine other male foremen complained that Ligocki didn’t have to wear the mandatory uniform tie in 155 degree weather, she retaliated with humor. “Okay, do I still have to wear a bra?” she asked her boss, who she said looked embarrassed and shocked. Lublin emphasized the importance of earning credibility by establishing a rapport with coworkers. “That’s how the guys do it,” Lublin said. “If you can figure out a way to use humor rather than anger, you’re going to earn the respect of your peers.” Lublin taught the audience to take risks through the story of Gracia Martore, the chief executive of Tegna, a digital media firm. Martore was promoted to an investor relations position on a whim in 1995. Though her work week increased from 50 to 70 hours, Lublin said that Martore was successful and became the CEO
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of Gannett, Tegna’s parent company, in 2011. “You’re gonna have to get out of your comfort zone,” Lublin said. “If you can do that and succeed, you can develop an image.” When her daughter graduated college, Lublin wanted her to understand the struggles she and other women faced when entering the workforce. In 2008, Lublin wrote a personal essay in which she reflected on her experience as the first female reporter at the San Francisco bureau of The Wall Street Journal. When Lublin’s daughter read her article and found it interesting, Lublin decided to pursue the idea of compiling stories of successful women in business into a book. Lublin made clear that there is no direct path to success. Success takes calculated risks, mentors, sponsors and good timing. “I believe everyone in this room, women and men, can do it,” Lublin said. “The sky’s the limit!”
Multiple students kicked out of Fall Concert
Underage drinkers found unconscious by College employees By Brielle Bryan Opinions Editor
Student starts mosh pit and loses a shoe On Nov. 28, at approximately 9:45 p.m., there were reports of a male student in the middle of the crowd at the Fall Concert about to pass out. The student was described as wearing a blue Royals jersey with the number 16 on the back, police said. There were also reports that he was drunk and attempting to start a mosh pit. Two Campus Police officers found the male student and brought him into the TCNJ EMS response room. While being assessed by TCNJ EMS, the male student admitted to consuming “three or four” beers earlier in the evening, police said. Campus Police noticed the male student had bloodshot eyes, was slurring his words, repeating himself and was also missing
a shoe. A medical assessment of the male student revealed he was fit to stay on campus and didn’t need to be transported to a hospital, police said. The male student was issued a summons for underage drinking and escorted out of the Student Recreation Center by Campus Police. Wine coaxes student to sleep On Nov. 28, at approximately 9:30 p.m. a female student was brought into TCNJ EMS response room after being found unconscious in a Rec Center hallway while attending the Fall Concert. An employee of the College found the student unconscious against a wall of the Rec Center, police said. Multiple attempts to wake the female student were unsuccessful. The employee stated she told the female student that she was going to get TCNJ EMS
if she did not wake up, and eventually the student became conscious, police said. Another employee of the College spoke to the student and told her she needed to leave the concert as soon as TCNJ EMS was done assessing her. While TCNJ EMS was assessing the student, Campus Police asked if she had anything alcoholic to drink, and she denied drinking any alcoholic beverages. When Campus Police asked the student to stand up, she could not maintain her balance, police said. At this time, Campus Police went into the hallway to speak to the female student’s friends. Campus Police spoke to her roommate, who stated that the female student drank wine earlier in the evening. A medical assessment of the female student completed by TCNJ EMS revealed she was fit
to stay on campus, and didn’t need any further medical assistance, police said. Campus Police explained the circumstances to the female student and told her she would be getting a summons for underage drinking. The female student was then escorted out of the building.
Whiskey sends student on vomit frenzy On Nov. 28, at approximately 8:30 p.m. Campus Police witnessed a female student attending the Fall Concert who was severely intoxicated, and unable to stand on her own. While being assessed by TCNJ EMS, she vomited multiple times, police said. The female student admitted to consuming six shots of whiskey. A medical assessment revealed that she could stay on campus, and did not need to be transported for further medical treatment, police said. The female student
was issued a summons for underage drinking. Strike Force employee finds student unconscious On Nov. 28, at approximately 9:20 p.m. a heavily intoxicated female student was brought into the TCNJ EMS response room during the Fall Concert. She was found unconscious in the women’s bathroom by a Strike Force employee, police said. Strike Force is a part of an outside security company that Campus Police brings in for large events at the College. While being assessed by TCNJ EMS, the female student vomited multiple times, and did not respond to any questions, police said. The female student was transported to the hospital by Ewing EMS and issued a summons for underage drinking. Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at (609) 771-2345.
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Attack on Egyptian mosque kills more than 300 By Jahnvi Upreti Staff Writer More than 300 Egyptian civilians were killed following a coordinated attack on a mosque in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Nov. 24, The Washington Post reported. The massacre is the deadliest in Egypt’s recent history, according to USNews. Images of the aftermath showed many bodies of men, women and children lined up in rows and covered in bloody sheets, according to USA Today. The attackers arrived in four off-road vehicles, planting and detonating bombs around the mosque and shooting at the worshippers inside, according to USNews. “It included everyone inside, those outside and those coming in from the street. Even those trying to escape from the mosque were not spared,” schoolteacher and survivor Magdy Rezk told USNews. The Egyptian military organized airstrikes on the machinery and vehicles used in the attacks, according to The Washington Post.
Wilayat Sinai, the Islamic state organization in Egypt, claimed responsibility for the attack. Egypt has been combatting the organization situated in the Sinai Peninsula for an extended period of time, according to The Washington Post. This attack is the deadliest terror attack in modern Egyptian history, surpassing the October 2015 bombing of a Russian airliner over the peninsula, which killed all 224 passengers onboard. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the destruction according to The Washington Post. Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah alSisi, ordered the chief of the military, General Mohamed Farid Hegazy, to use all power needed, especially within the next three months, to protect Egypt from insurgents in the Sinai Peninsula, according to USNews. The attack occurred a few months prior to the next Egyptian presidential election, in which al-Sisi is running for re-election. Sisi was regarded as a figure for stability and peace in the northern Sinai Peninsula following the violent upheavals that began
Shoes of victims remain outside the mosque. after Egypt’s 2011 revolt against Hosni Mubarak, according to USNews. Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of the Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, has also spoken out regarding the attack, and urged the Egyptian armed forces to obliterate the Islamist occupancy in the Sinai Peninsula in a speech that aired on national
Egyptian television, USNews reported. President Donald Trump tweeted in response to the attack to give his condolences to Egypt and al-Sisi. Trump called for the U.S. to get “TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before” by advocating for the Mexican border wall as well as the Muslim ban, according to USA Today.
Villagers evacuate after volcanic eruption in Bali forcing nearby residents to evacuate the area, according to CNN. More than 100,000 people live in villages at the base of the volcano, and authorities have ordered many of them to evacuate, The Washington Post reported. “Not all villagers in the dangerous radius are willing to evacuate. Until now there are still many people who remain in their houses,” Indonesia’s National Board for Disaster Management stated, according to CNN. Since Nov. 25, the volcano has erupted multiple times, creating clouds of ash more than five miles high, according to CNN. A 30-minute tremor occurred on Nov. 28, indicating a massive looming eruption, according to The Washington Post. “(I can) see a huge steam and ash cloud over the volcano from here, amazing and scary at the same time,” Ann Goryanova, a freelance writer traveling in Lombok, AP Photo told CNN. The eruptions strand tourists on the island. During Mount Agung’s last eruption in 1963, 1,600 By Mallory McBride people died, according to The Washington Post. Staff Writer Officials are concerned about the uncertain nature of the volcano’s recent eruptions. Bali’s Mount Agung began erupting on Nov. 25, trig“We do not have any basis for knowing whether this gering Indonesia’s most extreme disaster alert level and eruption will intensify, continue at its current level, or
stop,” said Diana Roman, a geologist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, according to The Washington Post. Angela Fritz, an atmospheric scientist and the deputy weather editor for The Washington Post, warns that a bigger eruption would not only affect Bali, but the global atmosphere as well. Fritz notes that global temperature could significantly decrease if a massive eruption were to occur. Another major issue resulting from the eruptions is the closure of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali’s capital, The New York Times reported. The international airport of the neighboring island Lombok was also closed for a short while before reopening on Nov. 28. More than 50,000 domestic and international passengers have been stranded as a result, according to CNN. Bali is a popular tourist destination, receiving more than one million visitors from Australia annually. Additional visitors come from other areas in the region, including China, CNN reported. As of Nov. 28, the eruptions and urgency in Bali had yet to cease, but Mark Tingay, a geologist at the University of Adelaide’s Australian School of Petroleum said “the local authorities are extremely experienced in managing volcanic eruptions and have the situation extremely well in-hand,” according to CNN.
Pakistani government cedes to protester demands By Anandita Mehta Staff Writer
Six people were killed and more than 200 were injured after riot police were unable to maintain control of an angry mob, in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. The protests resulted in the deployment of a paramilitary group known as the Pakistan Rangers to Islamabad, according to BBC. The group behind the Nov. 25 and 26 protests, the Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah party, were protesting for the resignation of Zahid Hamid, Pakistan’s Law Minister, the The Washington Post reported. The Tehreek-i-Labaik is one of the ultra-religious groups that have recently become prominent in Pakistan, the Hindustan Times reported. The group has blocked
access to Islamabad since Nov. 6. The protests were caused by a change to the electoral oath that omitted a reference to the prophet Mohammed, according to The Washington Post. The move was seen as a blasphemous attempt to give power to the Ahmedis, a religious minority group. Pakistan’s former Law Minister blamed the omission on a “clerical error,” BBC reported. The Tehreek-i-Labaik focuses on reverence to Mohammed and support for strict anti-blasphemy laws, The Washington Post reported. Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the group’s leader, has been known to raise a spirit of outrage against blasphemy in his sermons. Blasphemy is considered a capital crime in Pakistan, and accusations of such have led to mob lynchings
and other violent acts, according to The New York Times. In the deal struck between the Pakistani government and Rizvi’s group on Nov. 27, the government agreed to the terms of the group’s demands, including the release of detained protesters, an inquiry into the assault by riot police and public accounting of who was behind the law change being protested, according to The Washington Post. In exchange, the group agreed to not issue an edict against Hamid, thus sparing him from a mob lynching. Rizvi also called off multiple protests, The New York Times reported. BBC detailed the government’s efforts to conceal the protests, which included censoring reports on news and social media platforms.
Protesters in Islamabad join together in prayer.
Some Pakistani citizens are dissatisfied with the state’s apparent surrender to extremist military groups, according to The New York Times.
“A sad day when the state surrendered to the extremists. Now there is no stopping of those bigots,” wrote Twitter user @hidhussain on Nov. 27.
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Editorial Students have limitless potential After every scraped knee, dance recital mishap or tough day at school, my father would tell me and my sister the same three words — adapt, overcome and improvise. As I got older and trivial childhood issues grew into teenage meltdowns over high school drama, I was met with the same advice. When I entered college and would call home, seeking familiarity and comfort when faced with a problem, my father did not change his motto. After 19 years of unwavering guidance, I have to hand it to the improvise — without having to lean on anyone to know to do so. I was raised to believe that you cannot be an adult if you do not adapt to situations that you are faced with. Being stubborn or curity. However, not every situation can be adapted to. Sometimes, there are circumstances that can only be endured instead of worked around. Through instances like these, I have learned it is necessary to face what lies ahead head-on, even if it is a greater challenge than I thought I could handle. While I assume my dad meant for me to take each part of his
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“I think it’s up to us as educators and as support services and as friends to help one another understand that failure is part of life. Disappointment is part of life. It’s not about how it happens to you, it’s about how you use it going forward.” — R. Barbara Gitenstein, College president
“Who here knows where the fuckin’ window is?! And who knows where the muthafuckin’ wall is?!.” — Lil John, Rapper
“You’re gonna have to get out of your comfort zone. If you can do that and succeed, you can develop an image.”
— Joann Lublin, Management news editor for The Wall Street Journal
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Student weighs in on holiday greetings By Clare McGreevy
The holiday season has finally arrived, bringing back those cheesy commercials about the “It’s OK to Say Merry Christmas to Me!” buttons. While they do provide some holiday cheer, albeit mostly as comic relief for me and my siblings, these commercials are based on a woefully misguided premise. Why isn’t it okay to say “merry Christmas” to everyone? Why is it that greeting strangers with holiday-specific well-wishings has turned into a contentious issue of political correctness? As a Christian, I may be a bit biased on this issue. After all, I don’t know what it feels like to have another group’s holiday shoved in my face for an entire month. It must feel truly inescapable and maybe a little bit suffocating for some. But it is important to remember that holiday well-wishings are just what they’re called: well-wishings. December is a time in which community ties are stronger than ever, regardless of religious affiliation. It’s hard to escape the joy and good cheer of the holidays — and that’s a good thing.
Neutral holiday greetings promote inclusion. When someone wishes you a “merry Christmas,” or a “Happy Hanukkah,” they’re wishing you happiness during the holiday season. My family does not celebrate Hanukkah, but I wouldn’t be offended if someone were to wish me a “Happy Hanukkah.” I think it’s nice that people want to wish me happiness during the holiday season. Some argue that refusal to
say “merry Christmas” is part of a so-called “War on Christmas.” This, too, is ridiculous. There’s nothing wrong with a nice, religion-neutral “Happy Holidays.” In fact, I find the phrase “Happy Holidays” to be the friendliest of all holiday greetings. This is the most inclusive of all sayings, covering everything, including New Year’s. Greeting people with “Happy Holidays”
instead of “merry Christmas” is perfectly fine. Although I believe that it is entirely ill-founded to get angry when someone greets you with the “wrong” holiday salutation, many people get legitimately offended by this. I respect the attempts to appease everyone by those who have switched to a full-time “Happy Holidays.” Going around saying “merry
Christmas” just to offend people who we don’t agree with is childish and petty. There are a lot of people who simply do not care to worry that much about the politics of holiday greetings, including myself. The entire debate is pointless. There should be no political or social ostracism of anyone on the basis of choice of holiday greetings. People should be able to say whatever they want to whoever they want, especially when it comes to spreading happiness and good cheer! In our current social climate, it’s sometimes hard for everyone to remember that the rest of the world isn’t always worrying about how we personally feel. Don’t worry too much about holiday greetings. Instead, focus on the important things this holiday season, like family, friends and happiness. December is the season of giving—not debating political correctness. So, have a merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah and enjoy any other religious or cultural holidays that you and your loved ones might be celebrating this season!
Dining plans should integrate off-campus options
Rutgers students use points for off-campus dining. By Alyssa Gautieri From 7-Eleven and Starbucks to Domino’s and Chili’s, there is a long list of places where Rutgers University-New Brunswick students can use their RU Express points. Students at Rowan University can use their Rowan Bucks at Pep Boys to get their car serviced, at CVS to pick up a prescription or at Dunkin’ Donuts to grab their daily coffee.
At other New Jersey state schools, offcampus restaurants and businesses often accept campus credit. Come to the College, and not only will you be overpaying for a meal at Piccolo Pronto or Panera Bread, but you’re going to be paying with cash. Even the Ewing Diner, a popular spot among students at the College, is quite expensive for a college student’s budget. After visiting my friends at other state
colleges, I began to grow angry with the lack of affordable, local dining options in Ewing. I also began to question why the College is failing to offer an equivalent to RU Express points or Rowan Bucks. It seems that Get It Points — which is basically credit loaded onto our school IDs — have the potential to function in the same way as RU Express points or Rowan Bucks, but no one at the College has put in the time or effort to implement this type of relationship with off-campus merchants. As a senior, I am among a dwindling group of students that experienced life at the College before Campus Town. Campus Town has been a great addition to the College and it has definitely elevated the appeal of our campus. With that being said, I’m still disappointed with the progression of Campus Town, because I had hoped its addition would bring along more change. When I had initially heard the concept for Campus Town, I thought it would function similarly to the ways in which off-campus dining options at many other public schools in New Jersey function. Visit Rutgers or Rowan and you’ll be greeted with a range of affordable, off-campus dining options that accept campus credit. Barnes & Noble accepts Get It points,
but the other dining options in Campus Town fail to accept meal plan points or Get It points, which I find to be a very unattractive feature of the College. Get It points could, and should, be so much more. The College should figure out a way to utilize a system like this to keep up with other colleges in New Jersey. Of course, the College has a range of other benefits — small class sizes, great academics and high graduation rates — that many of these schools may not offer, but it can always do more. The school should implement a system in which parents or students could have the option to load cash or credit onto a school ID. This would allow students to use their IDs to grocery shop, go out to lunch or pick up their medications. As a broke college student, I have come to the realization that I simply can not appreciate Campus Town and other off campus retailers in Ewing as much as I wish I could. Allowing students to use Get It points at off-campus locations would encourage students to visit these places and spend more money. I truly do not understand why the College’s administration or off-campus merchants have not tried to pursue what seems like a mutually beneficial relationship.
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Students share opinions around campus “How important is it to use the proper holiday greeting?”
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Kristine Spike, a sophomore communication studies major. “If people want an inclusive campus, we need to use universal greetings.”
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Michelle Silvestri, a junior elementary urban education and iSTEM double major. “If people don’t use the right greeting, you should tell them but not get too upset.”
“How do you feel about dining options at the College?”
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Desiree Agrinsoni, a sophomore chemistry major. “I like eating at Eick, but Campus Town should accept points at certain times.”
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Jeremy Conover, a sophomore special education and iSTEM double major. “Eick has worse options than the places we pay for. Sodexo has a monopoly on students.”
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Arts & Entertainment
Close readings revisit European poetry
Steele shares her knowledge of 17th century gender relations.
By Nadir Roberts Staff Writer
Students experienced some 17th century culture during this week’s installment of the English Department’s Close Readings Series, a recitation of Aemilia Lanyer’s poem “To the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty” by English professor Felicia Steele. Those who attended the event on Tuesday, Nov. 28 in the Education Building enjoyed pizza and beverages
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provided by the English Department as they were enchanted by Lanyer’s words. The event started off with a brief history of Lanyer’s impact on poetry both in her lifetime and to this day. Lanyer was born in London into a family of Italian musicians and became the first woman of the early modern age to publish a volume of poetry under her own name for public consumption, according to Steele. “Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum” (Hail God, King of the Jews) is a religious poem that narrates the passion
and the inequalities of the time period. The line “To judge if it agree not with the text: And if it do, why are poor women blamed, or by more fault men so much defamed?” from “To the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty” highlighted how women have always been held at a different standard than men. The pieces were selected from Lanyer’s volume of poems, titled “Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum.” Each poem in the collection was dedicated to Queen Anne and her court, which depicts a complicated picture of women as both readers and artistic patrons. For those without a deep understanding of the subject matter during the reading, Steele as well as other English department faculty members provided an indepth analysis of the content. One of the underlying themes of the poem was Lanyer’s desire to be recognized as a poet, not just as an artist. In line 34 of “To the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty,” Lanyer wrote, “I humbly wish that yours may light on me: That so these rude unpolished lines of mine, Graced by you, may seem the more divine.” Lanyer constantly changed her rhyme schemes and form throughout her poems to captivate her readers. “Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum” showed how Lanyer verbally begged for the approval and recognition from Queen Anne and her court. Despite Lanyer’s versatility and skill, the queen would not read her work, reaffirming the effects of the social hierarchy on women during this time. Through Lanyer’s poetry, Steele highlighted deeply rooted gender inequalities and provided students with insight into 17th century culture.
CUB Alt comedy night offers pre-finals respite By Heidi Cho Nation & World Editor
From “fucking pandas” to “a pedophile’s favorite chord,” student comedians made the audience chuckle with a wide variety of original routines on Friday, Dec. 1, during CUB Alt’s Student Comedy Night in the Traditions lounge. Sophomore English major Jack Sofka, the self-proclaimed “MC” of the event and CUB co-chair, began the event with a bit about the aftermath of his latest trip to the doctor. “I realized I’m talking to my female friends and going like, ‘You have no idea what it’s like to see blood come out of your genitals,’” Sofka said. “And I realized, I’m an asshole.” Emily McMahon, a freshman psychology major, cracked one liners inspired by current events and nihilistic millennial humor. “What is a pedophile’s favorite chord?” McMahon asked the audience. “A minor.” Isabel Frade, a freshman computer science major, stuck to lighthearted humor.
Frade shared her plans to create artificial intelligence that would sarcastically answer stupid questions. Once Sofka pointed out that two separate student comedians mentioned actor Tom Hanks in their stand-up, involving Hanks in the routines became a running gag throughout the show. Jason Thorpe, a freshman history and secondary education dual major, described his act as born out of his own “weird-ass thoughts.” Thorpe commented on how pandas are reluctant to mate. “Aw there’s no love there,” Thorpe said, comparing a male and female panda showing no interest in each other to his parents’ relationship. Sofka introduced the next comedian, which was a junior economics major, Sean Delanoy, as an old friend of his. “As a small child, I would get concerned that all the instructions (to make mac and cheese) in languages I didn’t speak were secretly talking shit about English speakers,” Delanoy said. “Like in Spanish, it
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Sofka includes his own humor while he emcees the event.
McMahon turns car crashes into comedy gold.
would go ‘look at these dumb Americans, don’t know how to make mac and cheese.’” The Mixed Signals, the College’s student improvisation comedy group, performed after the stand-up routines. “The Mixed Signals are always excellent,” Sofka said. “I’m always impressed by them.” Using words from the audience as prompts, the Mixed Signals developed skits without any prior preparation. In a hypothetical 7-Eleven, the character Charlie — a fictional 7-Eleven boss with a thick “Piratian” accent, an obsession with salami and little control over his arms — was created on the spot by two of the four Mixed Signals performers. “The Mixed Signals skit about their friend Charlie in the 7-Eleven (was the funniest joke),” said Madeline Febinger, a sophomore computer science major. The group took on various challenges — from working yet another Tom Hanks reference into a skit, to answering a peculiar
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question from the audience: “If oranges were red, would they still be oranges?” “What. Do. You. Is. Maybe. But. A. Answer. Could. Be. Found,” the three comedians answered one word after each other, as they acted as a six-armed and three-headed omniscient demon, which the group dubbed “The Oracle.” “It is clear!” announced Evan Noone, a Mixed Signals troupe member and junior technology education major pretending to be the demon’s summoner to the laughing audience. The demon summoner zealously ran like a gremlin to and from each audience member that asked a question for his “demon.” The members of Mixed Signals and the student comedians went to hilarious lengths to engage the audience and crack relatable jokes for the average college student. Students appreciated the break from finals that the last CUB Alt event provided.
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Boat / Lil Yachty drops anchor at campus Atlanta rappers make ‘One Night’ to remember
Left: Lil Jon asks where the windows are. Right: Lil Yachty captains the concert, passionately performing his most well-known songs. continued from page 1
“iSpy” came through the speakers. Lil Yachty primarily let the audience sing the chorus, waiting to deliver his verse with ferocious intensity. While the recorded version has a mellow vibe, Lil Yachty approached this one with more energy, passionately shouting lyrical gems such as “all my bitches come in pairs like balls in my nutsack.” Lil Yachty kept the lively atmosphere going with the songs “Harley,” “Dirty Mouth” and his rendition of “Peek A Boo.” The audience continued its exhilarating romp, with Lil Yachty himself chanting for a mosh pit that began toward the front of the crowd. “I wanna see how many people can crowdsurf at one time,” the rapper challenged the audience during a performance of his song “Shoot Out the Roof” from his mixtape “Summer Songs 2.” The crowd elevated about a dozen students, most of who traveled only a few feet overhead before
plummeting to the floor. After the song, the rapper paused the music and spent about 10 minutes tossing bottles of water out to members of the audience. “It’s time for something we do called the boat test,” Lil Yachty said. “For the boat test we travel all over the place — all around the world — trying to figure out who’s the most motherfucking lit.” Everyone was told to hold onto the bottles, then open the caps and throw the water over people next to them once the next song started. As a bombastic performance of the single “Mase in ’97” began, audience members sprayed people around them with water, turning the crowd into Lil Yachty’s “Lil Ocean.” He followed the water fight with a performance of D.R.A.M.’s 2016 single “Broccoli,” which had most of the audience singing along. This was one of the several songs in his set that only feature him on part of the track, but his presence on each was memorable enough to engage the audience and
keep his set sonically diverse. Naturally, Lil Yachty always saved his strongest performances for his own tracks. “Are you guys tired?” he asked the audience after the end of the song. “If y’all not tired say ‘Hell no!’” After a hearty “hell no” from the audience, Lil Yachty said, “For this next song I’m not gonna tell anyone what to do, I just wanna see y’all at level 10.” The audience followed through upon hearing the opening piano melody of “Minnesota,” which Lil Yachty followed with his hit single “One Night.” The blue stage lights shone like laser beams across the crowd as the sparkly synthesizer beat enveloped the space, giving the Rec Center an ethereal quality disrupted only by the tennis court lines painted on the floor. For his finale, Lil Yachty cut the stage lights and instructed the audience members to hold up their phone flashlights. “I got one more song for all the real Lil Yachty fans here,” he said before singing
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his song “Forever Young.” After the song, he stayed onstage and caught cell phones thrown to him by the audience, taking a few selfies with them before tossing them back. Rapper Lil Jon opened the show, keeping the audience hyped with a mix of dubstep and rap remixes. For the majority of his set, he acted as DJ and human soundbite, screaming Lil Jon-isms like “yee-aah,” “awww shit” and “turn the fuck up!” to everyone’s delight. Toward the end of his set, Lil Jon abandoned the turntables to address the audience. “Who here knows where the fuckin’ window is?!” he asked as the audience pointed to their collective right. “And who knows where the muthafuckin’ wall is?!” The audience motioned in the opposite direction, and Lil Jon began a performance of “Get Low.” The Lil Fall Concert was, despite its title, one of the loudest and most spirited in years. The show exhibited how truly awesome it is when, as Lil Jon says, “ATL is in the building.”
College Choirs ring in ‘Yuletide Celebrations’ By Raquel Sosa-Sanchez Staff Writer
Family and friends were eager to enjoy the Yuletide Celebrations, a concert hosted by the TCNJ Choirs on the night of Saturday, Dec. 2, in Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall. Little room was left for any emotion short of excitement. Few seats remained empty as the College Choir, the first group to perform, filed into the hall and arranged themselves on the second level to face the audience. As the concert began with a mellow rendition of “I Wonder as I Wander,” the audience quickly became captivated by how effortlessly their voices had entwined. “I thought there were really great performances,” said sophomore interactive multimedia major Rachel Zook. “I wasn’t sure what to expect before the concert started, but it wasn’t difficult to see how much time and effort these groups contributed to make sure this was an entertaining night for everyone.” The College Choir and TCNJ’s Chorale performed 15 songs in total, ranging from heartfelt ballads to lively carols that echoed throughout the room. The groups were so committed to hosting a jovial evening for all that they performed holiday songs in different languages as well. Transitions between each performance were virtually flawless. As the choir descended down the steps and took their places onstage, they surrounded the pianist and faced the audience with accompaniment from bongo players who posed center-stage. Each song was followed by only a fraction of a pause
before the room erupted in applause. To watch parents and friends look up at their loved ones with such pride was truly a sight to see. Nicholas McBride, professor of Choral Music Education at the College, conducted part of the concert and felt immense pride after the concert had ended. “I was very pleased with both choirs’ performances, but as a conductor of college choirs, I was really thrilled with what they did,” McBride said. After the choir concluded their set, they exited from the stage meticulously poised just as they had entered, but the audience remained seated. When the lights dimmed and the pianist returned to commence a new song, vocals emerged from the side stage, leaving audience members perplexed. The College’s Chorale, the second group to perform, made their way onto the stage as they resumed the melodic vocals, and arranged themselves to surround the pianist. The women were dressed in long matching black gowns while the men donned tuxedos, completing the well-rehearsed entrance with their well-dressed presentation. They were smaller in size compared to the first group, but that did not translate into their voice. They were confident, singing each ballad with such emotion and pride that audience members rarely looked away until it was time for well-deserved applause. The choir returned for a combined performance of “Adestes Fideles” with the members of the chorale, ending the concert with a powerful rendition as the harmonies and vocals slowly built up to a passionate crescendo. What drove the performances in the humble auditorium of Mayo, however, was not just the versatile song selection
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Students sing a collection of carols.
and rehearsals. It was confidence that truly empowered the members on stage and allowed them to create such a memorable night. Terese Brower, a sophomore criminology student and a member of the College’s Choir, felt that the concert accurately showcased the full potential of each group. “I think we really moved the crowd and portrayed all of the emotion we wanted to,” Brower said. The performances given by both choirs, enmeshed with endless applause and cheers from the audience after the concert had ended, left McBride feeling hopeful for future events. “I think they raised the bar, so I will continue to hopefully raise the bar with them,” McBride said.
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TMT brings Broadway to campus By Lily Firth Reviews Editor
Students eagerly packed the Library Auditorium to experience TCNJ Musical Theatre’s annual Broadway night on Friday, Dec. 1. Each performer brought their own musical style, singing their hearts out to their favorite Broadway pieces to showcase their voices and talents. TMT included a variety of songs: some theatrical, some lighthearted and upbeat, some slow and romantic. Every song was memorable in its own way — whether it tugged at the audience’s heart strings or carried a powerful message. With harmonic duets, dancing and jazz hands, and some pure comedic entertainment. The performers had an ear for fully engaging the audience. The tunes especially conveyed relatable messages about crushing heartbreak, flourishing romance and forming friendships. Whether the piece was about falling for the wrong guy or when a crush loves someone else, each of the acts had the audience nodding along to messages that pertain to their everyday lives. Each singer added their own voice to pieces from various Broadway musicals, including Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Rent, Hamilton and Les Misérables, adding talent and creativity that made their renditions stand out from the original counterparts. Alyssa Fanelli, a junior secondary education and math dual major, explained why she picked her song. “I wanted to do something different from
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Fanelli branches out from her usual song choices as a singer. my usual repertoire,” Fanelli said. “I usually always go for the humorous approach, but the song I chose (Your Daddy’s Son because it) is emotional. It’s about a woman murdering her own husband! But honestly, I weirdly think it’s empowering, in a way. I was excited to sing it — it was definitely the hardest piece I’ve ever done.” Audience members particularly appreciated songs that had them laughing out loud in their seats. “I have to say, the BFF one in the Spongebob musical was my favorite,” said Jamie
Pillion, a junior elementary education and English double major. “I was laughing the entire time — both of the performers were so lively and comical as they danced around stage with confidence.” Emma Pranschke, a junior psychology major, disagreed with Pillion, and argued that the emotional pieces were more impactful. “No!” Pranschke said. “The best one had to be ‘I Dreamed a Dream.’ They way the performers decided not to sing but just play their violin and piano - I was breathless! They were amazing. I think I teared up.”
Recital series offers range of rhythms
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Mellies creates a deep atmosphere with his alto saxophone.
By Corinne Castaldo Staff Writer
A myriad of melodies could be heard from Mayo Concert Hall
on Tuesday, Nov. 28, as music students showcased their talent at the Afternoon Recital Series. The first performance was a bouncy marimba piece played
by sophomore music major James Fox. Fox played a rendition of Clair Omar Musser’s “Etude in B Major, No. 9.” The fast-paced airy rhythm was an excellent start to the recital as a whole. For the next performance, sophomore music education major Maxeene Lidlow sung a beautiful mezzo soprano rendition of Reynaldo Hahn’s “Trois jours de vendange,” which translates from French to “Three days during the harvest.” The long, drawn out notes of this song flowed pleasantly through the hall. Lidlow beamed with pride while talking about her performance. “I was pretty calm,” Lidlow said. “This isn’t my first performance, so I am used to being on the stage by now.” French music was featured often throughout the afternoon, as junior music education major Maxwell Mellies performed an alto saxophone rendition of Paule Maurice’s “Tableaux de Provence” (Pictures of Provence). This piece offered smooth, melancholic notes. Keeping with the French theme, junior early childhood education and music double major Courtney Woods performed a dazzling soprano rendition of Claude Debussy’s “Beau soir” (Beautiful evening). Junior music education major Jessica Richter played the first flute performance of the afternoon, keeping the audience in high spirits with the fast-paced “Flute Concerto in D Major” by Carl Reinecke. This was freshman music education major Kathryn Cole’s
most anticipated performance. “It’s important for me to support my fellow music majors,” Cole said. “We always come out to see each other. I’m most excited for the two flute performances.” The second flute performance featured junior music education major Caroline Hoynowski’s rendition of Reinecke’s flute and piano sonata “Undine.” Much like the first flute piece, this song’s bouncy rhythm brought a cheerful atmosphere to the hall. Hoynowski attributed the success of the concert to her previous experience. “It’s always pretty nervewracking, but I was well prepared,” Hoynowski said. “This is my third performance, so I am used to being on stage.” Noah Possible, a freshman music education major, performed a fantastic rendition of George Frideric Handel’s “Si, tra i ceppi” (Yes, even in chains) from the opera “Berenice.” The song was performed in Italian, with a light, bouncy rhythm that universally resonated with the audience. The final performance of the afternoon was a remarkable duo of Friedrich Burgmüller’s “Three Nocturnes” with senior biology major Holly Torsilieri on the cello and junior music education major Mark Juliano on the classical guitar. The cello took the forefront of this performance, while the guitar complemented with background rhythm. The recital concluded with thunderous applause for the performers from their friends and family in the audience.
Band Name: Cut Copy Album: “Haiku from Zero” Release Number: 5th Hailing From: Melbourne, Australia Genre: Synth-Pop Label: Astralwerks “Haiku From Zero” is Cut Copy’s breath of fresh air. It follows the release of their EP, “January Tape,” which consists of only simple instrumentals. Consider “January Tape” the sunrise, and “Haiku From Zero” the fresh pot of coffee on a Friday you wake up to in the morning. With this album, Cut Copy set out to highlight the weird and random beauty of life by experimenting with new sounds and arrangements. At certain moments, the electronic beats and funky rhythms make you want to just dance your troubles away. Must Hear: “Counting Down” and “Black Rainbows”
Band Name: Alyeska Album Name: Crush Release Number: 1st Hailing From: Los Angeles, CA Genre: Dream pop, lo-fi Label: Shine On This album fits neatly into the works of artists like Frankie Cosmos, Waxahatchee and Big Thief. The pieces are characterized by feathery-voiced female leads and distorted acoustic guitar. A few tracks notably diverge from the genre, while others fit right in, and others are simply forgettable. The album is overall well-produced and has a pleasant, full sound, consistent with similar artists. The few tracks with pizzazz are worth a play. Must Hear: “Ribs and Greens,” “Sister Bucksin” and “Motel State of Mind”
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Students display holiday crafts at Arter’s Market
Left: Students sell homemade decorative prints. Right: Ornamental tables accentuate students’ art.
By Grace Gottschling Staff Writer
It was a one-stop shop of fun and festive art as students lined up behind the AIMM building to walk through this semester’s Arter’s Market, hosted by the Rebel Art Movement, on Friday, Dec. 1. The event gave students a chance to buy gifts for loved ones, find that perfect accent piece to complete their room design, or just find a piece that speaks to them in a way that only art can. Student artists lined the outdoor market, sitting behind tables adorned with string lights and tapestries. Succulents and glass bottles accented the wood and metal displays the artists used to attract customers to their creations. The artists had a wide range of work available, from traditional
mediums like paintings, drawings and prints to more specialized crafts like jewelry, button, pins and soaps. Cara Giddens, a junior fine arts major, sold prints of digital art. This was her first Arter’s Market, but she has been committed to art since middle school. Some of her pieces at the market were full of color and had an abstract quality while still maintaining realism. Others were black or gray-scale, showcasing the depth and layers of her work. After she graduates, Giddens is excited to find a job in the digital media field. “I really want to get into comic art and conceptual art for movies and TV. Possibly even video game design,” Giddens said. Dani DeQuintal, a junior elementary education and iSTEM double major and owner of D’s Trendy Tees, a
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student-run clothing business, started selling her creations a few years ago after being encouraged by her friends. “I started out (making things) for my friends and everyone told me that other students would want them too,” DeQuintal said. “So I said OK and I made an Instagram!” DeQuintal has been selling homemade items since she was young. “I’ve always sold things. I used to sell friendship bracelets at the town pool as a kid,” DeQuintal said. This was DeQuintal’s fifth time selling her products at the Arter’s Market. This year, she added vegan soaps to her inventory. Sandra Phan, a junior biology major, attended the market with a group of friends. “I love it,” Phan said. “It’s cute as heck. I love seeing classmates and all they can do!”
Build / History evident in College’s architecture continued from page 1 “If you look at a lot of the Ivy League colleges you’re going to see a lot of those types of buildings, at least in their older buildings.” The style, characterized by features such as arched roofs and brick bases, is not only commonplace at many colleges around the country — the original Georgian style has been prevalent in the U.S. since its inception, in cities such as Boston and New York. The Georgian popularity may also come from its familiarity, according to Rothermel. From the outside, the arched roofs, placement of windows and brick exterior give the buildings less of an educational feeling and more of homey one. “It’s a very comfortable scale,” Rothermel said. “It’s not residential, but it’s not that different from residential. (The buildings) could almost be really large houses.” The original women’s dorms in the EAB Complex and Norsworthy Hall along with Bliss Hall, an originally allmale dorm, all have similar interior designs that fit into this Georgian style. The interiors of these buildings, excluding the Bliss Annex, have lower ceilings and narrower hallways compared to other buildings on campus. Bliss Hall even has windows in stairwells that don’t match up with the landings — aligned at feet level and not at a normal height for people to look out of — and Brewster’s main common area is below the entrance, which are all relics of this older style. “It’s very intimate for the most part,” senior self-design anthropology major Davon Wanza said. “No other building has the same kind of atmosphere.”
Wanza, who spends a lot of his time in Bliss Hall, said the building has a different feeling. “I feel like Bliss is very unique in itself,” Wanza said. “Even though it’s near the Business Building, the Business Building has a different atmosphere to it. Any other building has a different atmosphere.” As time went on and the campus expanded past these original buildings, the Collegiate Georgian style was not a critical factor for a period. Before the College gained autonomy from the state, Rothermel explained that any new building plan needed to go through the state. They controlled the planning, building and designs of these new buildings, giving reason as to why certain structures differ in design. Centennial Hall, Forcina Hall, Travers and Wolfe Halls and the former Holman Hall — now the site of the new STEM complex — are not typical of the College’s overall style. “Those buildings are very evident on campus,” Rothermel said. “If we wanted to build a new education building we would go to the state and say, ‘We need a new education building, we need 20 classrooms and 30 offices and these other things.’ And they would come back and say ‘No you don’t.’” The buildings built by the state have been re-evaluated and examined on campus. Holman was destroyed, Travers and Wolfe are being renovated in the next few years, and Centennial was nearly demolished in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Problems with Centennial Hall were detailed in a 2004 Signal article, which stated “Due to its maintenance problems in the past and aged appearance, Centennial has the most notorious reputation of
all the College’s residence halls.” For current students, one of the College’s more mysterious buildings is the original Roscoe West Library, which is now sealed off and unused. “When we built the new library, we didn’t have immediate plans or funding for the original library building,” Rothermel said. The building is being “mothballed,” which means it is being protected and historically preserved. The building is properly ventilated and sealed off, preventing animals, water and students from getting in, according to Rothermel. “I’ve always wanted to go in there,” Wanza said. “It has this sort of eerie-ness to it. I don’t know why but whenever I look in there I feel like I see a bunch of cobwebs and different things... It would be really interesting to see the inside of it.” According to Rothermel, plans are in
store to eventually reopen Roscoe West. “The hope is to one day reopen it... Renovation is in that long term plan,” Rothermel said. “We have an eight-year funded plan, which is prioritized from our master plan... We’re in the third year of that eight year plan. So after that we’re hoping to get funding for it.” Rothermel believes the historic building could be used for admissions and alumni purposes, especially since the College does not have a proper admissions space for large groups to be introduced. “When your first trip to the college is there, to one of the original buildings, and when you come back as an alum you come back to the same place,” Rothermel said. From nearly century-old structures to state-built standouts to original halls being protected from destruction, history lies on the 289 acres of the College.
The EAB Complex features Georgian style architecture.
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Marketplace gets students in holiday spirit
The Student Center becomes a Christmas shopping market.
This week, Reviews Editor Lily Firth hit the archives to find old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. Over the years, students and organizations at the College have put together events and collected donations for those less fortunate, especially during the holiday season when everyone needs an extra dose of hope and happiness. This year, Delta Zeta is spreading holiday cheer by collecting new, unopened toys for underprivileged children in Newark. It is important for students to know that even in the final, hectic hours of the semester when they have little time to contribute, they can still make loved ones or even strangers feel important during this festive time of year. In December, 1980, CUB hosted its annual Holiday Marketplace that was filled to the brim with a variety of gifts, which helped students feel a little less stressed when shopping for the holidays. As the semester comes to a close with its last-minute hassles of exams and papers, working and winter driving, we commuters are forced to do our Christmas shopping like everyone else — on the run — or risk having to wait until school’s out, taking our chances trying to find “the right gift.” Well, here comes the College Union Board (CUB) to the rescue with its annual Holiday Marketplace — two days filled with Christmas cheer amid the gloom ‘n doom of finals. The Student Center is about to become a veritable shopping mall, with a large and varied selection of gift items displayed by area merchants
and craftspeople. What a great way to spend the breaks between classes — shopping for your favorite people! To help you celebrate in style, CUB is also offering special holiday mini courses where you can learn to make ornaments from muslin, clothespins or walnut shells: wreaths from green burlap or straw; Christmas stockings and Christmas cookies. Make them for yourself or give them as gifts. Registration is at the Student Center Information Desk. The cost is $1 per course, which includes materials. Classes are limited to the first 15 who sign up, so hurry on over to reserve your place. Christmas would not be complete without music. The air in the Student Center will be filled with the strains of carols and other music performed by the Trenton State College Brass Choir, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. Come sing along or just listen and enjoy. The dates for the Holiday Marketplace are Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 — Events are going on all day in the Student Center. Come celebrate! For those of you who have participated in the adopt-a-commuter program, now might be a terrific lime to join your floor for the many special holiday programs going on in residence. It’s also a great time for all of us to share the Christmas spirit by inviting some campus-bound friends to go Christmas shopping at Quakerbridge, Oxford Valley or other area malls and stores.
The Culinary Club Presents...
By Lexy Yulich Columnist
can incorporate into my wardrobe. I like Sophia Richie as well.
Today we are chatting with junior nursing major Leana Mercurio. When she isn’t sporting scrubs, she has a style that I envy. Leana is my housemate, and whenever I have style questions, she is my go-to girl!
LY: Who is your style icon? LM: Free People features everyday women that wear their clothes. I can’t say that I have one style icon, but I definitely look to Free People girls. Their styles are always similar to mine.
LY: What are you wearing today? LM: I did a little bit of Black Friday shopping, so I wanted to show off my new clothes. I’m wearing embroidered jeans from Macy’s, a grey peplum tee from Urban Outfitters and an oversized, black chenille jacket from Anthropologie. I topped it off with my favorite statement necklace. LY: How would you describe your style? LM: Definitely casual Bohemian. I like to mix my trends together, but I find myself always going back to Bohemian style pieces. Sometimes I go through phases where I like to wear all black, and other days I want color and flowy pieces. It all depends on my mood. One thing that I don’t change is comfort. I don’t think fashion and beauty have to be painful. Especially in college, I want to be comfortable but still look put together. LY: Where do you find fashion inspiration? LM: Mostly Instagram accounts. I follow LF Soho, which features street style pieces that I
Makes: Eight fajitas
By Julia Dzurillay Columnist
Hosting one last dinner before winter break? There are plenty of quick and easy ways to please a crowd, but one of our favorites is oven-baked fajitas. Throw all of your ingredients onto a baking sheet and pop it in the
LY: What is your favorite fashion trend right now? LM: I’m really into layering a fashion statement jacket with a neutral colored tee shirt. And of course, I like to wear fun jeans, like ones that have fringe at the bottom or have tasteful rips. LY: Where do you like to shop at? LM: I’ve been starting to purchase more expensive basic pieces and then supplement them with less expensive statement pieces. For my basics, I love Anthropologie, Free People and Madewell, but if it’s a piece that I don’t see myself wearing in a year, I look to Misguided, Marshalls, Forever 21 and American Eagle. LY: What is your least favorite trend? LM: I’m so over crushed velvet, and cocktail dresses that look like night gowns. I think they can work on the right person, but I feel out of character when I wear velvet.
: oven-baked fajita fiesta
oven, so you can walk away and entertain your guests. Pair it with rice and black beans to enjoy a healthy and spicy dish faster than you can say “Chipotle.” If you are hosting vegetarians, substitute the chicken with chunks of cauliflower coated in melted butter. If you’re short on spices, just use one packet of El Paso fajita mix for a pre-blended mix of spices.
Fajitas can be made with meat or vegetables.
Photo courtesy of Lexy Yulich
Left: Mercurio sports a gray peplum tee. Right: Layering Bohemian pieces combines trendiness with comfort.
Ingredients for seasoning: 1 tablespoon chili powder (add more, if desired) 1/2 tablespoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon cumin 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt Ingredients for fajitas: 2 small onions 1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper 1 yellow bell pepper 1 pound chicken breast 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 lime, juiced 8 tortillas
Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 2. Add a small drop of vegetable oil to a large baking sheet and spread it around to prevent the food from sticking. In a small bowl, add all of the spices for the fajita seasoning. 3. Cut the onions, bell peppers and chicken breast into long slices — using a different knife and cutting board for the chicken — and spread them on the baking sheet. 4. Pour a small amount of the vegetable oil over the chicken and vegetables, then sprinkle the fajita seasoning on top. 5. Using your hands, toss the ingredients until everything is coated in oil and seasoning. 6. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring once halfway through. 7. Take the baking sheet out of the oven and squeeze the lime juice on top. 8. Add fajita mixture into tortillas. Enjoy!
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Despite all of this, Gitenstein is more than happy to talk about her many failures and disappointments. “I think we suffer from our success, just like the students suffer from their success,” Gitenstein said. “The students we attract at TCNJ are highly accomplished, so they got here by a lot of accomplishments. They are not accustomed to facing disappointments or failures. Sometimes, I think that causes them more angst. I think it’s up to us as educators and as support services and as friends to help one another understand that failure is part of life. Disappointment is part of life. It’s not about how it happens to you, it’s about how you use it going forward. I don’t think TCNJ is highly distinctive in that regard, except for the fact that we have very talented students.” When Gitenstein swapped her major from music to English, she put this philosophy into practice. “In regard to music, that was a real disappointment to me,” she said. “I’m serious, that was a real loss for me. But then I came to understand over time that there was so much that I had learned from that experience that helped make me be a really good president and a really good communicator.” While she didn’t know it at the time, her musical training played an instrumental role in her success as president. “I maintain that being a president has a lot to do with performance, so that’s really how I integrate that passion for performance,” she said. “In fact, people who know my voice will tell you that I sound different when I’m giving a speech than when I’m talking, because I’m using all those things that I learn as a singer. I don’t do it consciously.” Gitenstein grew up in Florala, Alabama, the daughter of a New York City transplant, Seymour Gitenstein. Seymour Gitenstein was a classical pianist who left the city when his father’s business went bankrupt. At 17 years old, he left for Alabama alone to scout out land for a shirt factory. “That’s courage,” President Gitenstein said. “Then, he’s scouting out places for a factory. He had this little room that he rented with a piano! … But at any rate, he was all by himself. And then he really committed to that community and he was there from when he was 17 to when he died at age 95.” Gitenstein learned a lot about leadership from both her father and from her experiences attending an all-female boarding school near Washington D.C. “Everything that I know about business I learned from Dad, but I had no idea that I’d learned anything about business from him until I became a president,” she said. “I knew I learned a lot from him about other things, personal development and values and whatnot. At one point, he had an employee base of about 800, I think was the top number. He was the largest employer in that county and he knew how to have a personal relationship with individuals. It wasn’t like, ‘I’m gonna go out and speak to three people today and put it on my checklist.’ “He actually liked people, and they knew that he liked them, and
he could communicate to them that he really cared about what was happening in their families. That makes a difference. I think people felt that.” At boarding school, Gitenstein was prepared for leadership roles at a time when the country lacked female administrators. “There were a lot of expectations about how women were supposed to engage, and so when I decided to go to graduate school, and also even before, as I look back, I realize I developed a lot of really wonderful mentors and all of them were men, except for the women back in the high school, and my grandmother,” she said. “I had to learn that that was okay, because there weren’t mentors out there” One of Gitenstein’s vivid memories from graduate school was meeting with her adviser, a southern gentleman, while she was dressed like “a typical graduate student” on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. “He tipped his hat, because he saw a lady,” Gitenstein said. “I was in flip flops and jeans and it was just sort of one of those wonderful moments of, ‘Oh my god, we’re very different.’” This difference in perspective can be positive for growth, according to Gitenstein, though she is “thrilled to see the kind of change and leadership now so that there are more women and there are more individuals from underrepresented groups in leadership roles.” The College was far from Gitenstein’s first application for an administrative position. Her name was out in a lot of searches, and she got turned down a number of times throughout the years. Gitenstein tried to understand why she’d been continually passed over. Eventually, a search consultant told her the truth: She wasn’t listening to questions. “I had in my head things I wanted to say, and I just talked,” Gitenstein said. “It was a really good lesson to learn, whether you’re talking about doing an interview or whether you’re talking about just being in life.” Constantly learning and growing, Gitenstein went from assistant provost at the State University of New York-Oswego to provost at Drake University. The then provost at SUNY-Oswego, Don Mathew, was sure Gitenstein had something special. “Don Mathew is the first person who ever said to me, ‘You’re gonna be a president,’ and I said, ‘Are you out of your mind?’ I mean, I thought he was nuts.” While at Drake, the former president of SUNY-Oswego referred Gitenstein to the College’s presidential search committee, and she fell in love with her future home. “When I first came to the College, it was clear to me that the College was an extraordinary place,” Gitenstein said. “I mean, I really wanted this job badly, and I was thrilled when it was offered to me. But there was work to do.” At the time, Gitenstein felt the academic standards were not up to par with her perception of the students and faculty, but it took time to devise a plan.
Gitenstein plans to retire in June 2018.
“When you first come in, it’s like drinking water out of a fire hydrant, I have to tell you,” she said. “First of all, you have no idea where the next thing is coming from. I listened to a lot of people and I had some ideas before. I’m not sure that a person coming in should have a plan in place. I did not.” The College’s academic transformation plan was devised by former provost Stephen Briggs, but Gitenstein helped get students and faculty on board with longer, more academically intensive classes and an emphasis on liberal learning coursework by incorporating them in the shared governance process. “The way you can tell it’s successful is what has happened to the students and the remarkable transformations in the kind of outcomes we’re seeing,” Gitenstein said. “We’re seeing more and more students go to graduate school. We’re seeing more and more students do extremely well in their first jobs and move up in the leadership. … They’ve accomplished so much in such a short amount of time. Now, I know they’re smart, but I have to believe that something that has happened here has helped them as leaders and as thinkers.” Gitenstein has faced many challenges during her tenure at the College. Her first year, the College was under investigation for potentially underreporting sexual assaults. While the issue was resolved as a bookkeeping error, Gitenstein was not satisfied with the reported numbers of one sexual assault in a year. “We’ve just got too many people here, that’s just not possible,” she said. “I’m not wanting it to be higher, but I know it’s higher. So what is it that is happening on the campus that is preventing students — usually students, they’re not all students but the vast majority are students — from coming forward and saying, ‘This is what happened to me and I want to hold the perpetrator accountable and/or I need some help’?” Gitenstein helped establish a sexual assault task force and the Office of Anti-Violence Initiatives in 2004. “And then you look at when it really started hitting the news, about four years ago or five years ago, we thought, ‘OK, we’ve already done most of these things that other colleges are doing now.’ But I still am disappointed at the numbers of students who feel comfortable coming
forward,” she said. Gitenstein’s biggest challenge came in 2006 when then Gov. Jon Corzine proposed a $12.1 million cut to the College’s funding. “I don’t think there’s been (a cut) that has compared to that since then, percentage-wise,” Gitenstein said. “I was just devastated. How was I possibly going to run the enterprise?” Although the cuts were monumental, within the next week, the disappearance and death of College freshman John Fiocco Jr. put things in perspective for Gitenstein. “I just realized that (the budget) was something that could be handled, that you just basically decide on priorities,” Gitenstein said. “This is how much money you have, this is all the money you’re going to have, so if that’s all the money you’re going to have, what can you do and what can’t you do? And just quit worrying about it.” Meanwhile, the Fiocco disappearance devastated the campus. “Students were terrified, parents were terrified, faculty were terrified,” Gitenstein said. “We didn’t know what was happening. I learned how important it was to communicate and communicate honestly, to make sure that if you had information, you shared it, and that people trusted that if you were not telling them something, you either didn’t know it or there was a legal reason why you weren’t saying it. It wasn’t that you were just trying to protect the image.” Gitenstein, who never brought on an outside public relations firm, worked closely with the then head media relations officer, Matt Golden, to craft messages and communicate with the campus community. “People heard from me,” she said. “I think that was a really good lesson. It stood me in good stead, as you look at other kinds of difficult times that we dealt with, like last year when we were talking about the Loser/Trenton Hall issue, or whether we were talking about the clinic. Just be forthright and tell people the information that you have, let people know as much as you can about the next steps you’re gonna take.” Through hard times and harder lessons, Gitenstein continues to lead by example in her final year. When she retires this June, she’ll finally join her husband, Donald B. Hart, in
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their life after the College. “He’s been retired for a while, so he’s been sort of anxious for this over the past couple of years,” Gitenstein said. “He’s ready. His main line is — we like to travel a lot, and we’ve been traveling in the summertime because that’s basically the only time I can travel, and he hates the summer. Just hates the heat, so he says, ‘Thank goodness, now we can go in the fall! We don’t have to worry about leaving the College!’” As for her legacy, Gitenstein, as always, focused less on herself and more on the community of students, faculty and alumni that surround her. “I hope that the legacy is about this sense of community and this sense of shared purpose, which is a commitment to excellence but a commitment to making a difference in the world,” she said. “That an individual can make a difference in the world. We could only do that if we do it together, and if we’re dismissive or condescending to one another, it’s just not going to work. “I think I’ve said this to you before, but I worry very much about the rhetoric about conversation in the public right now, whether you’re talking politically or just generally. How people talk to one another. I think people minimize that, but if someone is dismissive of you, either by name-calling or by acting as if they’re better than you for whatever reason, how are you possibly going to partner with them? Why would you partner with them? Why would you even talk to them? I worry about that.” Gitenstein is thankful for Hart, as well as her children, Pauline and Samuel, who all supported her through years of the administrative grind. “If you want to do something like this, choose your partner first and then worry about everything else,” Gitenstein said. “There is no way I could have done this without Dr. Hart, Don, no way. He’s been there 125 percent of the time, you know. And then I have great children. But they just put up with the stress of the situation. He’s in academics, so he’s a great adviser too.” In seven months, Gitenstein’s nearly 20-year presidency will give way to life in the city, where she can finally go to daytime operas and work on some writing.
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Sports Women’s Basketball
Women’s basketball extends winning-streak to five
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Devitt scores nine points and eight rebounds against Stockton University. By Alexandra Parado Sports Assistant
The Lions wrapped up their second week of play with successive wins over conference opponents Stockton University, 65-47,
and Kean University, 58-42. On Wednesday Nov. 29, the College triumphed over Stockton in Packer Hall. The team then went on to defeat Kean University on the road on Saturday, Dec. 2. From start to finish, the Lions
were prepared to win against Stockton. Grabbing immediate control of the game after tip-off, the Lions finished the first half with an impressive 19-9 lead. Energy seemed to build as the Lions increased their advantage.
Back-to-back three pointers from junior forward Samantha Famulare and senior guard Charlotte Schum contributed to 14 points that were added to the board during the second period. Led by sophomore forward Jen Byrne, three Lions scored in double-figures. Byrne finished with 15 points, senior forward Nikki Schott finished with 13 points on a perfect 6-6 from the field and Famulare finished with 12 points. The Lions did not allow Stockton to catch up. Defensively, the Lions forced 15 turnovers, which resulted in 24 points. Freshman forward Shannon Devitt demonstrated remarkable low post defense with three blocked shots and eight rebounds. Devitt also added nine points to the final score. On Saturday, Dec. 2, the Lions traveled to Union, New Jersey and continued their winning streak against Kean University. Junior guard Kate O’Leary opened the game with a three-pointer and got the team to a 7-0 lead. Kean retook the lead early in the game until the end of third
quarter with a 42-39 advantage. Entering the final period with keen ambition, the Lions went to work. O’Leary tied the game just 15 seconds into the period. Schott followed up with a lay-up, giving the Lions the lead they would not relinquish. The Lions closed the game on a 19-0 run in the final period to pick up the victory over Kean with a score of 58-42. Byrne scored a team-high 18 points, and O’Leary scored nine of her 14 points in the final quarter. Devitt had the third doubledouble of her career, scoring 13 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. She is now second in the New Jersey Athletic Conference in rebounds with 10.2 rebounds per game. The Lions have now won five of their last six games, maintaining a record of 5-1 and holding undefeated record of 3-0 in the NJAC. The Lions already show improvement from the previous season, in which they were defeated by both NJAC opponents.
Swimming and Diving
Lions conquer competition in home invitational By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor
The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams dominated the competition at Packer Hall from Friday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 3. Both were victorious as the men won by 1,489 points and the women won by 960 points. The Lions stood out from day one. For the men, sophomore Harrison Yi claimed first place in the 500-freestyle, clocking in at 4:36.74. Freshman Griffin Morgan trailed behind and got third place with a time of 4:42.25. In the 200-medley, senior Logan Barnes and freshman Andrew Thompson finished in second and third place respectively with times of 1:54.42 and 1:56.03. The squad of Morgan, freshman Patrick Bakey, junior Alex Skoog and senior Philip Binaco were the first to finish at the 200-freestyle relay with a time of 1:25.77. Skoog then went on to win the 50-freestyle with a time of 21.66. The Lions swept the competition and won the 400-medley relay. The squad of Skoog, Yi, Thompson and freshman Andrew Duff completed the race in 3:24.22. Head coach Brian Bishop believed the home invitational was a good opportunity for the team to improve and prepare for conference and national championships. “Our goal this weekend was to learn what we need to focus on for the rest of the season to give us the best chance for success at the conference and NCAA championship,” Bishop said. The men’s team was in full control on Saturday. The squad of Bakey, Thompson, Duff and sophomore Derek Kneisel raced the 200-medley relay and took first place with a time of 1:34.26. In the 400-individual medley, Barnes, Thompson and junior Sam Maquet claimed second, third and fourth places, respectively. Yi then claimed first in the 200-freestyle with a time of 1:40.44. Morgan was right behind as he placed in second with a time of 1:43.15. The Lions continued to dominate as the team claimed the top four spots in the 100-backstroke. Skoog recorded a personal record time of 49.65, missing the College record by .09 milliseconds. The men capped off the second day with a victory in the
Moore claims third place in the 50-freestyle event. 800-freestyle relay. Skoog, Barnes, Morgan and Yi won the relay in 6:48.72. By the end of the events, the men’s team was in first place with 977 points. On the final day, the Lions conquered in almost every event. Barnes led opponents in the 1650-freestyle with a time of 16:18.11. Yi then took first in the 100-freestyle, clocking in at 46.86. Bishop complimented his team’s effort to prepare for the invitational. “Our rookies really did a great job and have responded well to our training plan,” Bishop. “Upperclassmen Skoog, Yi and Maquet had great meets and have set the tone for the rest of the season.” The women climbed to the top of the scoreboard and accumulated 624 points. In the 500-freestyle, sophomore
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Annie and freshman Kelsey Ballard claimed second and third respectively with times of 5:12.90 and 5:20.47. Sophomore Kazia Moore swam to third place in the 50-freestyle, clocking in at 24.81. On Saturday, junior Hailey Thayer and freshman Jamie Bowne took third in the 200-medley relay. Freshman Melanie Fosko had a strong performance in the 400-individual medley, claiming second place and clocking in at 4:42.35. Menninger then surged to first place in the 100-breaststroke with a time of 1:07.00. The Lions capped off the invitational as Fosko and sophomore Marta Lawler claimed first and second place respectively in the 200-breaststroke with times of 2:27.78 and 2:27.95. At the diving board, senior Hannah Raymond got back-to-back wins in the 1- and 6-meter events.
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Track and Field bring heat to The Armory
Gorman sets a school record for 300-meter event in track and field opener. By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor The College’s track and field team kicked off its winter season by hosting the TCNJ Indoor Opener at The Armory Track in New York City on Saturday, Dec. 2. The Lions competed against 12 other teams that included conference opponents Rutgers UniversityCamden, Ramapo College and crosstown rival Princeton University. The women had notable sprinting performances. Sophomore Samantha Gorman set the College’s record at the 300-meter dash, claiming third place with a time of 41.48. Senior Danielle Celestin and freshman Shannon Lambert were close behind as they finished in fifth and sixth place with times of 41.95 and 42.09, respectively. Head coach Justin Lindsey commended Gorman’s record breaking performance. “Sam is coming off of a strong freshman year and
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she is determined to be an NCAA Indoor qualifier in multiple events,” Lindsey said. “The driving force behind her performance is her mindset that every race is important and she’s willing to give 150% mentally in every meet.” In the shorter 60-meter dash, Celestin led the Lions with a second place finish, clocking in at 8.03. Just three milliseconds later, sophomore Kaila Carter followed in third place with a time of 8.06. The Lions also dominated in relay events. Sophomore Nicole Tampone, freshman Dana Deluca, freshman Kim Lewis and senior Meagan McGourty received first place at the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:12.70. Afterward, senior Jenna Ellenbacher, junior Kathleen Jaeger, Gorman and Celestin took second place at the 1600-meter sprint medley and clocked in at 4:18.76. Jaeger then captured second place in the 600-meter run and recorded a time of 1:39.16. Freshman Emily
Hirsch was only a second behind Jaeger and finished in fourth place with a time of 1:40.53. The team competed closely in the 60-meter hurdles. McGourty hurdled her way to a third place finish and recorded a time of 9.37. Carter was not far behind, claiming fifth place with a time of 9.94. The freshmen excelled at the field events. Freshman Jada Covington leaped for 1.60 meters and took first at the high jump. Fellow freshman Ky’Ara McCray threw for 11.24 meters to take first at the shot put event. The upperclassmen were competitive as well. Junior Madison Heft jumped at 2.90 meters and claimed second place at the pole vault. Sophomore Allison Zelinski cleared 10.33 meters to take second in the triple jump. The men also had impressive performances. Junior Noah Osterhus captured second place in the 600-meter run and recorded a time of 1:21.33. His brother, junior Nathan Osterhus, competed among 36 opponents in the 300-meter dash and got 10th place with a time of 36.19. Following Nathan Osterhus, freshman Darin Clark finished in 13th place and clocked in at 36.79. Nearly a minute later, sophomore Tyler Andriopoulos took 19th place with a time of 37.78 in his debut for the Lions. The men’s team then went toe-to-toe against the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in the 1600-meter sprint medley. The squad of the Osterhus brothers, Clark and freshman Tariq Ali were narrowly behind first place Eastern Shore, placing in second with a time of 3:35.32. Lindsey is confident that the freshman on the men’s and women’s track and field teams will go above and beyond this year. “We have a very big freshmen class on the women’s and men’s teams,” Lindsey said. “For the women we think Ky’Ara McCray, Shannon Lambert, Jada Covington, Annette Wanjiku and Dana DeLuca will be big impact athletes for us this year. For the men we think Darin Clark, Harvy Porzuelo, Robert Abrams, Joe Erskine and Tana Gawe will be big impact athletes this season.” The Lions will drive up to Princeton, New Jersey to compete in the New Year’s Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 9.
Wrestling struggles on road NCAA / Chicago beats Lions By Maximillian C. Burgos Sports Editor
The College’s wrestling team had a rough afternoon on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the New Standard Invitational. Out of 17 teams, the Lions placed 11th in the tournament overall, with a score of 43.5 points. Only two Lions wrestlers placed within the top five of their bracket in the entire tournament. Freshman Jacob Falleni began the day wrestling at 125 for the Lions. He lost his first bout, 11-4, but managed to rebound and pin two opponents straight in the lower bracket. His day ended early when he lost his fourth bout, giving him a record of 2-2. Freshmen Jake Giordano and Anthony Rua wrestled in the 133-pound bracket for the Lions. Giordano had a challenging day, losing his first bout. Rua wrestled his heart out for the Lions, and won two straight bouts before losing a close match. He managed to win two more bouts, placing third overall in his bracket. Rua went 4-1 on the day, giving him not only the highest place for the Lions but the best record as well. Sophomore Anthony Gagliano
wrestled for fifth place at 157. Gagliano won his first three bouts of the day. He won the first by major decision, while the next two were won by decision. He then lost two bouts, but won his last with a 3-2 decision to earn fifth place. Senior Mark Gerstacker also wrestled in the 157-pound bracket, but did not have the same success as Gagliano. He pinned his second opponent and won his next two bouts by decision. He ultimately lost his last, ending his day early. Although he didn’t place, he did go 3-2. Sophomore Dan Kilroy got off to a hot start at 174, but couldn’t keep the momentum going throughout the tournament. He pinned his first two opponents, but then lost twice, eliminating him from the tournament. There was a bout between two Lions in the 184-pound bracket. Freshmen Daniel Surich and Thomas Anderson both lost their first match that day, leading to a match between the two in the lower bracket. Surich won the match 4-1. Of the 17 Lions wrestlers, only two placed. Despite wrestling with intensity, many Lions ended their day early in the face of stiff competition.
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Kilroy pins his first two opponents to begin the tournament.
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Levering earns first team All-American honors.
continued from page 21 “We came out the second half playing a lot stronger than the first half, but unfortunately it just wasn’t enough to get the job done.” The College outshot the Maroons 10-5 in the second half. Even after three rapid shots in the first three minutes, the Lions were able to keep the ball away from Chicago for a majority of regulation. In the 71st minute, Goldman displayed her impressive ball control skills when she outmaneuvered two Chicago defenders to get a shot on goal just outside the box. The shot, however, was too weak and flew right at the keeper for an easy save. Levering had a critical chance to even the score with around 17 minutes to play. She had a slight breakaway with the Chicago defense right behind her. After Malone came out to challenge her and missed the dive for the ball, it looked as though Levering had an open net.
However, Levering’s touch to avoid the keeper gave the defense enough time to intercept and pressure her away from shooting. The College earned more corner kicks than Chicago, giving them critical chances that were not capitalized on by the team. The Chicago defense held on to reach the NCAA Division III national championship game, while the College returned home for the fifth time in program history as third place finalists. Despite the ending not being what she wanted, DiPasquale said that she is proud of the team. “We are more than just a team, we are a family,” DiPasquale said “We all have each other’s backs and truly care about each other. This team is special and different from other teams, which is why we were so successful this season. Every day when we step out on that field, we play for each other… We are all very sad that it is over, but we are so proud of everything we accomplished this year.”
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Miguel Gonzalez “The Ref”
Malcolm Luck ATD Correspondent
Ashton Leber Features Editor
Michael Battista Staff Writer
In this week’s edition of Around the Dorm, “Ref” Miguel Gonzalez asked our panel of three experts — Malcolm Luck, Ashton Leber and Michael Battista — three questions: 1. What should be considered more in college football — beating ranked teams or winning conference championships? 2. Which group do you consider to be the “group of death” in the World Cup? 3. Is Eli Manning’s time with the Giants coming to an end?
1. What should be considered more in college football — beating ranked teams or winning conference championships? Malcolm: I think this answer depends entirely on the program.
College teams have to be separated into three “tiers” so to speak. Top tier powerhouse programs such as Alabama or Ohio State should be measuring their success based on conference championships. Every
year, these teams are ranked consistently and their fanbases expect to see them competing for a national championship, forget about a conference championship. Nonpowerhouse but formidable teams in smaller conferences should undoubtedly prioritize winning conference championships over beating ranked teams. In terms of satisfying their fanbases, beating a ranked team might satisfy them for a week, but can’t be considered sustainable success. Weak teams in smaller conferences should measure their success based on beating ranked teams because conference championships aren’t usually feasible. Ashton: Personally, I feel like beating a ranked team is more important than winning a conference championship. As a transfer from West Virginia University, one of the biggest football schools, I can
remember when we beat Baylor University. The town literally went up in flames — couches burning, dumpsters on fire, the whole nine yards (pun intended). When No. 6 Auburn beat No. 1 Alabama last week in the Iron Bowl, the joy and gratification the players and team felt must have been overwhelming, in a positive way of course. For a team that has been set on defeating Alabama for years, this was an achievement finally unlocked. The Crimson Tide has been a top seeded team for years, with almost every college team trying to defeat them along the way. For example, when Clemson beat Alabama last year in the final seconds of the College Football Playoff national championship, I feel that their mission was to defeat the No. 1 team, and not so much on winning the title. Michael: I honestly don’t know anymore. I said it with Penn State
last year and I’ll say it again now, conference championships should be a big factor in the selection committee’s head. Ohio State got robbed this year by Alabama, and USC got robbed of a sixth place spot by Wisconsin. Alabama and Wisconsin had weak schedules and lost crucial games against Auburn and Ohio State respectively. If you have a weak schedule and lose to big teams, then you shouldn’t make it to the College Football Playoffs. If you have a harder schedule, lose a game or two and win your conference, you should matter more. Yes, Ohio State lost to Iowa by more than 30 points, but that was coming off a grueling comeback against Penn State. Alabama’s best win this year was against LSU and they nearly lost to Mississippi State. Winning a conference, no matter what, should make you a favorite to go to the College Football Playoffs.
Ashton gets 3 points for discussing West Virginia’s win over Baylor. Malcolm and Michael get 2 points for valuing conference championships. 2. Which group do you consider to be the “group of death” in the World Cup? Malcolm: This World Cup is odd because there isn’t any group of death. In 2014, the U.S. happened to be in THE group of death with the world powers of Germany, Portugal and Ghana. In terms of the best group, I would have to go with Group E (Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia). Brazil is a proven team every year and have the second best odds behind Germany. Switzerland is an underrated, solid team with quality players. The veteran presence of Xherdan Shaqiri and Stephan Lichtsteiner will lead younger, talented players such as Granit Xhaka. They have serious potential. Costa Rica isn’t highly favored but have past success, advancing from their group in 2014 with no losses. Serbia is also a solid team that shouldn’t be slept on. Ashton: For this World Cup, I don’t necessarily see a “group of death,” but to pick one I’m going to have to say Group B – Portugal, Spain, Morocco and Iran. Usually when you discuss
a group of death, there are three dominating teams and one underdog. But I have to say, Group B stands the closest chance to meeting that. Portugal and Spain’s national teams are in the top 10 rankings for the 2017 FIFA World Cup. Portugal is ranked No. 3 and Spain is ranked No. 6. Morocco and Iran will have a tough time as they face two dominating teams, but surprises always come with sports, so who knows what the end result will actually be. Michael: There are a lot of interesting groups in next year’s World Cup, but Group F is looking like a monster. Let’s go through this from bottom to top. You have South Korea, who are a pretty good team and came in second in their qualification group. Then you have Sweden, whose qualification group included France and the Netherlands. They beat France once and knocked the Netherlands out of qualification. Not only that, but they knocked off four-time world-champions Italy in the playoffs, which I’m still mad about. Now come the real killers that topped their qualification groups. Germany, the reigning
champions, was undefeated in qualification matches and Mexico only fell once to Honduras. Germany will advance, but that second spot is going to be a bloodbath between the remaining three teams. It’ll be fun to watch.
Malcolm gets 3 points for mentioning players. Ashton gets 3 points for discussing rankings. Michael gets 2 points for supporting Italy.
3. Is Eli Manning’s time with the Giants coming to an end? Malcolm: I don’t think Eli is done with the Giants just yet. He will be the starter next year. He’s definitely had a disappointing season but he shouldn’t be blamed for all of his team’s troubles. It’s almost impossible to put up sustainable numbers without your top three receivers and a below average offensive line. He has still managed to put up 14 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. The Giants will have a top five draft pick this year and will most likely take a quarterback like Sam Darnold out of USC
or Josh Rosen out of UCLA. They will benefit from having him sit behind Eli for a year or two so he can develop. Eli’s career may be coming to an end because of his age, but not because of underperformance. Ashton: Tough question. Since 2004, Eli Manning has been a key player for the Giants. I’m sure the news that he was benched must have been devastating for him, but at the same time, an entire organization can’t let emotions get in the way. They have to do what’s best for them, and perhaps that was benching Manning. It’s no secret that the four-time Super Bowl champs have been
Michael gets 3 points for mentioning Manning’s perspective. Malcolm and Ashton get 2 points for considering the future of the Giants.
absolutely horrible this season. But you also have to look from a technical standpoint when evaluating this. What does the future hold for the New York Giants? Since they are so awful this season, why not give other quarterbacks a chance? At some point, Manning is going to retire. I think this is a good opportunity for the team to let other players make names for themselves on the field, and benching Manning is a good first step. I don’t know if this means it’s the end of his career with football, but maybe with the Giants. I don’t think he wants to end his prized football career being benched. So that’s why I don’t necessarily believe it’s the end of his career, but it could be for his current team. Michael: I almost hope so, not as a sign of hate toward Manning. I think the disrespect was too much for a two-time Super
Bowl MVP. Manning did not deserve to be benched the way he was. After their loss to Oakland, in which he didn’t start Manning, made two things clear. He plans to play in 2018 and he doesn’t want head coach Ben McAdoo fired. He even went as far to say that “When a coach gets fired, it’s usually because the team, the players and myself haven’t performed up to our duties.” He’s that much of a professional. He’ll still support McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese. If McAdoo and Reese are fired, I can see Manning staying in New York, but it isn’t a guarantee. Emotions are powerful things, and he may follow his brother’s steps and go to the Broncos or he may reunite with Tom Coughlin in Jacksonville. Either way, you’ll see me wearing a Manning jersey next season because that’s my quarterback.
Winner’s Circle Ashton wins ATD 8-7-7
Tom wins ATD 9-5-4 “You miss 100% the shots “This one’s forofCalabria!” you don’t take”Faccus repe
Lions win two conference games, continue streak By Stephen Huber Correspondent
The Lions won their home opener on Wednesday, Nov. 29, defeating Stockton University 95-84. They then defeated Kean University, 76-64, in Union, New Jersey on Saturday Dec. 2. With these wins, the Lions improved to 5-1 this season and 3-0 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Returning to Packer Hall, head coach Matt Goldsmith and the Lions were glad to have support from the home crowd. “It was absolutely fantastic to play at home again,” Goldsmith said. “We played our best game of the season that night and the energy from the crowd definitely played a major factor in our performance.” The College faced Stockton University before a crowd of 329 people on Nov. 29. Stockton led by as many as eight points in the first half, but an 11-4 run by the Lions kept the game close and a last second back shot by sophomore guard Niall Carpenter tied it at 48 points going into the second half. The Lions then dominated the final period, outscoring Stockton by 11 and finishing with a season high 95 points. The team went on an offensive tear, scoring more than half of their shots beyond the arc. Carpenter and senior guard Eric Murdock Jr. shot for 23 points apiece and combined for nine assists. The Lions also took advantage of 13 turnovers from Stockton, scoring 18
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Murdock Jr. delivers 23 points against conference opponent Stockton. more points. During the game, sophomore guard Randall Walko added 21 points on 6-8 shooting and junior forward Jordan Glover scored 10 points. On Dec. 2, the team traveled north
to take on Kean. The Lions found themselves down by six at the half, as Kean junior guard Keenan Williams Jr. drilled four three-pointers. In a game where the Lions made just 10 three-pointers from
deep, they found a way to fight back and outscored Kean by 18 in the second half. Junior guard Joe Montano delivered a spark off the bench with 12 points on efficient 4-6 shooting. Murdock Jr. had a game high 23 points and sophomore forward Ryan Jensen pulled down nine rebounds to go along with 13 points, but the story of the game was not the offense. Throughout the season, Goldsmith and the team have looked for varying strategies to win games. “I tell the guys all the time that great teams win games in different ways,” Goldsmith said. “We are not always going to shoot well from the field and other teams are going to shoot well on contested shots sometimes. In those circumstances, we have to stay steady and control what we can control — effort, execution and defense.” The Lions have now won five straight games, winning conference games with different offensive tactics and consistent defense. They held both Stockton and Kean to just 40 percent from the field and forced a combined 28 turnovers. Despite close first periods in both games, the Lions came up with clutch plays to seal both victories. Goldsmith tries to keep his team calm and ready in those final moments. “In big moments, the simplest plays are the winning plays,” Goldsmith said. “Our guys have done a great job of maintaining their composure and taking care of the ball late in games.”
Women’s soccer season ends in national semifinals By Michael Battista Staff Writer
The women’s soccer team came up short in the national semifinals in Greensboro, North Carolina on Friday, Dec. 1. The team earned their first loss of the season to the University of Chicago, 1-0. The Lions end the season with a record of 21-1-1 and a third place finish in the NCAA tournament. Chicago went on to face Williams College in the final after the latter beat Hardin-Simmons University, 1-0, in the match following the Lions’ loss. Williams College then defeated Chicago in the final, 1-0, on Saturday, Dec. 2, for their second national championship in three years. The night prior to the semi-final match, three team members earned All-American honors from the United Soccer Coaches. Senior forward Christine Levering, who earned second team honors in 2016, was named to the first team this season. Senior midfielder Jessica Goldman and sophomore goalkeeper Nicole DiPasquale were both named to the second team. DiPasquale said in an email interview that the honor means a lot
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to her. “I am honored and very excited to be named second team All American,” DiPasquale said. “I did not earn this honor all by myself. I had everyone’s back on the field and did my job when needed, but the key to getting this honor is how well everyone else took care of business all season.” After the banquet and ceremony, the team had to focus on their match with the fourth best team in the nation. However, the Lions did not wake up for the first half of play. The team was behind for a majority of the match. Only 16 seconds into the contest, Chicago senior forward Madori Spiker got a shot on the Lions’ net that went high. Only five minutes later, Chicago netted the first and only goal of the game. Spiker took advantage of sloppy defending and a failed clearance attempt. She got the ball back with few defenders around her in the Lions’ zone. Spiker’s cross to Chicago sophomore midfielder Hanna Watkins set up a scoring opportunity a goal in the lower right corner of the net. “We started the game playing a little scared and nervous, which
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Goldman takes four shots in the College’s loss to the University of Chicago. allowed Chicago to take the early lead,” DiPasquale said. “They came out with confidence and experience… We were inexperienced and didn’t know what to expect. After we got scored on, it took us a while to pick up the intensity because we were still playing scared.” Chicago kept pressing throughout the first half. They lead the Lions in shots 4-2 even though their only shot on target was their one goal. The attacks caused the Lions backline to become more
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physical, which lead to freshman defender Ally Weaver receiving a yellow card in the 25th minute for a late challenge. The Lions offense couldn’t produce in the first 45 minutes, which was bookended by shots in the fourth and 42nd minutes. Neither attempt made a serious threat against Chicago sophomore goalkeeper Katie Donovan, who left midway through the first half after a hard collision, or Chicago freshman goalkeeper Miranda Malone.
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During the 15-minute halftime intermission, the words spoken by coaches and players helped motivated DiPasquale and the rest of the team to push harder in the final half. “Great things were said during halftime to help boost up our confidence and make us realize that we are the better team and that we need to start playing like that,” DiPasquale said. see NCAA page 22
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