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CUB brings petting zoo to campus

CUB’s ‘Zooner’ helps students relieve stress. By Ariel Steinsaltz Correspondent If you walked past Green Lawn on your way to class on Friday, Sept. 15 you might have come across some adorable farm animals padding around their cages. The cute and fluffy animals were all part

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of the College Union Board’s “Zooner,” the petting zoo part of its Nooner series of events that take place during the middle of the day. There were a variety of animals present — chickens, crescent ducks, goats, deer, a Scottish Highland calf and a camel. Those who stopped by the parked truck

could even pet a dog that was sitting by the window. Charis Matey is the owner and operator at Peaceable Kingdom Petting Zoo, the company that provided the animals. According to Matey, the calf, Cooper, is only five months old. The deer’s names were Taffy and Truffles. The tortoise, named Dozer, is a 12-year-old African Sulcata tortoise. The camel, Percy, is four years old. “It’s a very popular event,” said Willem Kline, a sophomore communications major who helped organize the program. “People love animals. This event has happened every year for the past three years, and that the purpose is to have something fun for students to do. The timing, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., is so that people can stop by between classes.” Rachel Reedy, a freshman psychology major, said she and her friends had to stop themselves from giving into the temptation of stealing the animals, adding, “(My friends and I) already picked out the goat we want, named it Barry.” When asked if the event was a good

College appoints director of Diversity and Inclusion By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor The College has appointed Dr. Don Trahan Jr. to be the director of the newly established Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion within the Division of Student Affairs. The Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion prioritizes building diversity, equity, access and inclusion within the College, according to Elizabeth Bapasola, the assistant vice president of Student Affairs. The director is tasked with executing initiatives to increase student inclusion on campus and collaborating with Academic Affairs to strengthen learning opportunities for students. Trahan comes from Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he served as the director for the Office of Enterprise Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement. For over a year, Trahan gained experience in fostering inclusivity. “I developed and implemented an Enterprise Diversity Education Platform and I launched an enterprise-wide call to action (for example, the Inclusion Advocates) in order to foster inclusive excellence across the organization,” Trahan said.

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College holds discussion on TCNJ Clinic’s fate By Kristen Frohlich Staff Writer

The College held two public forums for students and members of the community to express their opinions on the potential closing of the TCNJ Clinic on Monday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, Sept. 12. The forums were facilitated by Tim Fowles, the clinic director for psychology at the University of Delaware, and Yvonne Castillo, the director of the Counseling and Training Clinic at Texas A&M University. These two external reviewers “have no correlation with the College” and were there “to gain perspective from as many diverse perspectives as possible,” according to Fowles. Fowles and Castillo asked the audience to answer two general questions about the clinic: “What do you see from your perspective and what is your perspective?” Cassandra Jackson, an English professor at the College, expressed her concern of the potential closing of the clinic. Jackson said that she is currently in a position where she “finds students in situations that are in need of long term care,” but that she is unsure of where to send students due to the possible closure of the clinic. Jackson said that she is worried that with the impending closure of the clinic, students will not have a simple solution to their health care needs. Jackson is “struggling” to figure out solutions that will not be too costly on copays or transportation for her students. “The clinic is an on-campus resource for students who need long term care and


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expertise,” Jackson said. “Many students are worried about stigma and are worried about their parents knowing their mental health, therefore, they rely on the clinic. It is also an affordable and accessible way for students to receive the help they need.” The closure of the clinic will impact students involved with the marriage, couple and family counseling and therapy graduate program at the College. Jean Banti — who runs the non-profit organization, Contextual Family Services — has been in the Ewing, N.J. area for 17 years. Banti said that students would do work at the clinic and then come to Contextual Family Services after completing their work with the clinic. In order to work in the field of marriage counseling and to obtain a marriage license, one must have a certain amount of experience, according to Banti. With the closure of the clinic, “students will not have the opportunity to work in the field due to the lack of clinical training.” The potential disappearance of the TCNJ Clinic is impacting the freshman class, according to Madhav Patel, a junior biology major and community advisor who deals with many anxious freshmen during this time of year. As a CA, Patel helps freshmen receive the help they need. Without having an on-campus resource to send his residents, Patel feels that their needs are undervalued. “The closure of the clinic sends a message to the community that TCNJ doesn’t care about the mental health of their students,” Patel said. Evan Bianco, a freshman interactive Editorial / page 9

Castillo facilitates the forum as an external reviewer. multimedia major, stated that he has positively benefited from mental health resources before coming to the College. Bianco worries that with the closure of the clinic, many students won’t be as lucky as he was to find care somewhere else. Bianco also highlights that many students “may not have room to spend money on offcampus resources.” Josh Trifari, a freshman music major, is concerned about the potential closure of the clinic. Although Trifari is new to campus, he worries that “the closure of the clinic is going to disproportionately affect the TCNJ and Trenton community.” Trifari emphasized that the clinic is a worthwhile resource for the community

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despite the expense of keeping it open. “The clinic may seem not profitable or even a waste of money but in the end, it helps people in the community,” Trifari said. Chris Loos, a junior history major, supported the TCNJ Clinic in its ability to offer low cost counseling services to students at the College and the surrounding community. “(The clinic is) an enormous resource on campus, price cannot be put on it,” Loos added. A final decision on the potential closure of the clinic will be made no later than Oct. 31, pending a self-assessment from the Department of Counselor Education and a written report from the School of Education’s Dean’s office.

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Asian Culture Night Students get a taste of Asian traditions

Brown Bag Series College hosts first Brown Bag of semester

Women’s Soccer Lions beat No. 9 Blue Jays in overtime

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The Signal: Fall ‘17 No. 4  

The 09/20/17 issue of The Signal, The College of New Jersey’s student newspaper

The Signal: Fall ‘17 No. 4  

The 09/20/17 issue of The Signal, The College of New Jersey’s student newspaper