The Signal: Fall ‘17 No. 7

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October 18, 2017

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College celebrates new STEM Building President Gitenstein

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Gov. Christie believes the new facility will prepare students for careers in science.

By Michelle Lampariello News Editor

Campus stakeholders and New Jersey lawmakers, including Gov. Chris Christie, celebrated the opening of the College’s new STEM Building with a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Thursday, Oct. 12.

The biomedical engineering, computer science and mechanical engineering departments will call the new STEM Building home. Students and faculty will be able to take advantage of the state-of-the-art equipment that the spacious facility has to offer, including multiple research suites and

Here For Home, Always campaign supports hurricane relief efforts

By Breeda Bennett-Jones Staff Writer

This past summer, catastrophic winds and heavy rainfall shook communities around the country. In 2005, the College community was there for displaced Tulane University students affected by Hurricane Katrina. In 2010, the College was there for the survivors of the Haiti earthquake with Here For Haiti. In 2012, the College was there for students, families and those impacted by Hurricane Sandy with Here For Home. In 2017, the College is ready to aid communities damaged by natural disasters, once more, with its campaign Here For Home, Always. Each year, the United States, in particular the Gulf Coast, braces itself for three harrowing months of strong hurricane potential. This past summer, three Category 5 storms battered areas including Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, leaving thousands without a home, food and water. As communities across the country began to mobilize support for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the College regenerated its own initiative with Here For Home, Always. The Division of Student Affairs, Student Government and the Center for Community Engaged see CHARITY page 17

laboratories in addition to study spaces and a student commons. “As an engineering student, I know I speak on behalf of all of my colleagues when I say that I am super excited, and we all are super excited, to have this new facility for the addition of new technology and space to become innovative

engineers and scientists,” said Chris Blakeley, a junior civil engineering major and executive president of Student Government. “These new facilities not only allow for the departments within the schools of engineering and science to grow, but the growth within the TCNJ community and the state of New Jersey.” College President R. Barbara Gitenstein emphasized the importance of preparing students for careers in the sciences. “The facilities where we stand today will help the College prepare a new generation of TCNJ graduates for the demands of the STEM economy, and our students are well worth this investment,” Gitenstein said. “Investment in the success of such outstanding students and the programs in which they study will boost TCNJ’s capacity to prepare individuals for the state’s critically important health science platform, as well as the broader STEM needs of the knowledge economy.” Christie agreed with

discusses final initiatives

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By Connor Smith Editor-in-Chief In nearly two decades as the College’s president, R. Barbara Gitenstein’s many accomplishments have shaped the College’s growth in a profound way. From transforming the College into an academic leader amongst public schools by increasing the four-year graduation rate from 58 percent to 75 percent, to leading major campus fundraising and building projects, Gitenstein has built a legacy that would be easy to coast on in her final year. But the College’s first female president is not done yet. The Signal sat down with Gitenstein on Wednesday, October 11, where she discussed her final initiatives that will close the latest chapter in the College’s 162-year history. She also addressed several student, faculty and alumni concerns. The major initiatives Gitenstein outlined three major initiatives for her final months as president: to ensure the College makes significant progress on the action plan that came out of The Advisory Commission on Social Justice: Race and Educational Attainment, to make sure the College meets its 18.19.20 fundraising initiative

WIRED performers partake in 24-hour whirlwind By Elizabeth Zakaim Arts& Entertainment Editor

After 24 hours of writing scripts, memorizing lines and losing sleep, the actors, directors and stage members were finally ready for their performance. On Saturday, Oct. 14, members of the College’s theater programs, TCNJ Musical Theatre and All College Theatre, performed five shows, which they had only one day to put together. As part of this fall’s WIRED competition, students began writing their scripts at 8 p.m., Friday and finished at 4 a.m.,Saturday. Rehearsal started at 7 a.m. the next morning, all with the help of the arbiters, the head honchos, of the program. The head arbiter of the event, junior English and secondary education major Katherine MacQueen, was responsible for making sure everything went smoothly behind the scenes during both rehearsal and opening night.

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Students put together five original shows in one day. She and the arbiters were also responsible for adding different themes and twists to each story. “We give them five twists throughout the night while they’re writing,” MacQueen said. “It makes all their shows a little quirky in some sort of way.” While the event was billed

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as a competition, there was much more motivating participants than just winning. “It doesn’t matter because it’s WIRED,” said junior psychology major Kira Cohen of the relaxed and motivated atmosphere between her fellow cast and crew. Cohen played Valerie in the first show, “Of Mice and

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Milkshakes,” a lighthearted production about high school students who time travel from the ’50s to 2017. She participated to form new friendships and memories, not to worry about getting everything perfect. “The point is to get up there and enjoy the experience,” see ACTING page 20

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TCNJ Chorale Students sing songs in foreign languages

Field Hockey Lions on six-game winning streak

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Panel of Peace Corps alumni shares stories from abroad By Emmy Liederman Staff Writer

A panel of former Peace Corps volunteers stopped by the Education Building on Oct. 11 to offer a real-life perspective on traveling the world to help those in need. Panelists described lifelong benefits of stepping outside their comfort zone and leaving a familiar lifestyle behind. A typical Peace Corps mission is 27 months and consists of a three-month training period and 24 months of volunteer work. The Peace Corps refers to its volunteer work as the “toughest job you will ever love,” and panelists echoed this slogan when sharing their stories with the audience. During his three years of volunteer work as an economic developer in Peru, Peace Corps alumnus Joseph Coronado helped a group of students raise money for their graduation trip. The students had little financial experience, but with Coronado’s help, they were able to raise 3,000 soles and travel around Peru to celebrate their graduation. “The best part is knowing there is a ripple effect,” Coronado said. “You help some people and the results continue. They now understand the value of saving.” The central mission of the Peace Corps consists of three parts: providing service, sharing American

culture and immersing oneself in a new culture. Many of the panelists noted that the minimalist lifestyle of their service countries made them recognize the flaws of America’s fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle. Alumna Amy Rivera (’01) shared her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya. “There was no electricity or running water, but you get used to it pretty quickly,” she said. “When I wanted water and it hadn’t rained, I just paid the girl next door to get it for me because it was a bit of a walk away. Coming from a westernized nation and a comfortable lifestyle, there is a shock that you have to get accustomed to.” For many of the panelists, the absence of a fast-paced lifestyle was one of the biggest culture shocks. “For me, it was about slowing my mind down,” said Cape Verde volunteer Andrew Vernaza, who worked as a vocational educator. “If I was trying to get a proposal in, I knew that not everything would move slowly and efficiently. Nothing ever happened instantly.” Although this was occasionally frustrating for volunteers, it also allowed for more relaxation, free time and deeper connections within the community. “My community and my host family treated me so well,” said Barbara Amaya, who worked as a

Panelists share details of their volunteer experiences.

health volunteer in Peru. “They always made sure I had hot water for baths and gave me a dog so I had a companion when I walked far distances. Sometimes it feels like I left my family.” A Peace Corps volunteer receives many benefits, including 12 months of non-competitive job eligibility, meaning they can apply for government jobs without a competitive hiring process. Additionally, the Peace Corps can defer and

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potentially forgive student loans. For Coronado, one of the biggest rewards was his change in attitude towards traditional American values. “It helped me put my life in perspective,” he said. “You don’t have to get into that cycle of going to school, graduating, getting a job and having babies. Peace Corps made me realize that I can do whatever I want, and that is amazing.” Through volunteering with the

Peace Corps, panelists not only to immersed themselves in a new culture, but also to formed powerful relationships. “Before I left, I went into my favorite restaurant, told the owner I was leaving tomorrow and he started to cry,” Vernaza said. “I was a part of his family. When I was saying goodbye to the bread guy, restaurant guy and fish guy, I realized I had really integrated into the culture.”

SFB votes to not fund LionsGate, says site not widely used

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Left: SFB discusses transportation funds for the proposed Moonlight Cruise formal. Right: The board provides funding for cultural events.

By Eric Preisler Production Manager

The Student Finance Board decided to stop funding LionsGate and discussed funding for several events at its Oct. 4 and Oct. 11 meetings. The board had the option to fully fund or partially fund a one-year or three-year renewal for LionsGate, but unanimously voted to not offer any funds. SFB felt that though LionsGate has potential to be useful for students, but it is not being widely used by the student body. The full cost of LionsGate for 2017 was $17,654, the cost for 2018 would be $17,654 and the price would increase to $19,095 in 2019, according to documentation provided at the meeting. The College’s Office of Involvement can still decide to fully fund LionsGate, but there will be no financial support from SFB as of now in 2018. SFB voted to table the Class of 2020’s proposal for its Moonlight Cruise formal on Oct. 4. The proposal was tabled until the Oct. 11 meeting due to concerns about transportation.

On Oct. 11, the Class of 2020 was fully funded $11,913.29 for its formal, which includes extra money to spend on transportation. Instead of using the originally requested coach buses, the Class of 2020 is actively searching for school buses. The maximum number of students for the event also increased from 150 in the Oct. 4 application to 175 in the application approved a week later. Justin Lewbel, the sophomore class president and a history major, explained the significance that this event could have as a class activity. “The purpose is for students to socialize with their friends and other members of their class in a unique event that they might not usually have attended,” he said. The Asian American Association was fully funded $2,646 for its multicultural buffet, which will be held in the Brower Student Center on Nov. 10 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Asian American Association, which has successfully held this event in previous years, is expecting a turnout of about 275 students. The costs would cover catering for Korean,

Filipino, Chinese and Japanese cuisine. The proposal packet stated that this event will also include performances from the Chinese Students Association’s Dragonflies, a Chinese cultural dance team, and Taiko, the College’s Japanese drumming group. Funding for the Deaf Hearing Connection’s Deaf Hearing Celebration Day was also tabled. The club requested $12,800, which would cover the costs to accommodate Sean Berdy, a deaf actor on Freeform’s show “Switched At Birth.” The purpose of Deaf Celebration Day is to provide the College with a chance to experience deaf culture. A recent change from the event’s name from “Deaf Awareness Day” to “Deaf Celebration Day” was explained to be more representative of deaf culture. The proposal was tabled due to concerns about the cost of the event. Funding for the Haitian Student Association’s Caribbean Game Night was tabled. The proposal stated that the event could give students a chance to experience an event filled with laughter, music and games. “It’s basically giving us and the Caribbean kids a taste of what it’s like back home,” said Rosebernoude Cherilus, the president

of HSA and a sociology and anthropology double major. The event was tabled due to food costs. TCNJ Barkada, the College’s Filipino club, was fully funded $3,199.94 for its event, Barangay, which will be held on Nov. 4, in the Decker Social Space from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. “Barangay… translates roughly to fiesta, block party, and it’s basically a variety show where we will attempt to highlight various aspects of Filipino culture that are important to us, and that the student body, we believe, will enjoy as well,” said Alexa Sia, the president of Barkada and a junior nursing major. PRISM was fully funded $525 for its Big Gay Bingo event for Queer Awareness Month, which will be held in Room 115 in the Education Building on Oct. 26 from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. “We will provide TCNJ students with a night of entertainment and fun while exposing them to a well known but little appreciated area of LGBTQ+ culture,” the proposal stated. “The event will allow students to come together for a break from mid-semester stress and give them the opportunity to win fun prizes.”

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Science / College welcomes state-of-the-art STEM Building continued from page 1 Gitenstein’s statement and stressed the importance of preparing students for the STEM-based job market. “More than 11 percent of job growth will happen in the STEM occupations alone by 2025,” Christie said. “If we put our children and our young people in the position to have the skills they need, they are going to be able to get a great paying job, which will help them to support their family moving forward.” Christie feels that it is imperative for high school graduates in New Jersey to continue higher education in their home state. He believes that facilities such as the College’s new STEM Building are critical in keeping New Jersey’s top students within the state. “This is so important to be able to invest and grow our colleges and universities so that students have the opportunity to stay here at home and not have to leave the state,” Christie said. “That brain drain is something that New Jersey really can’t afford, especially in this technological economy.” When concluding his speech at the ribbon cutting, Christie commented on Gitenstein wrapping up her tenure as president of the College after nearly 20 years. “While I’m happy that we’re leaving together, I’m sorry that she’s leaving at all,” Christie said. “Pick wisely as you move forward, because the selections that you make I think will in large measure determine the direction of this institution. This president has placed it on an extraordinary course, and I hope that you will be able to continue it.” The building’s construction would not have been possible without support from the state.

“This 115,000-square-foot addition to our campus was made possible by an unprecedented investment from the state, including $40 million from the Building Our Future Bond Act, and $6 million from the Higher Education Facilities Trust Fund,” Gitenstein said. The new facility houses the Computer Science Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Suite, as well as the High-Performance Scientific Computing Cluster. The research suite will “accommodate a wide array of research areas including computer imaging, networking and security, machine learning, grid computing and computational journalism, and humancomputer interaction,” according to the College’s website. The computing cluster will be used for faculty and student research and will string together approximately 300 servers. Computer science students look forward to taking advantage to the new building’s state-of-the-art technology, as well as enjoy its modern and open aesthetic. “I’m looking forward to the new environment,” said Babette Chao, a sophomore computer engineering major. “The fresh look of the classrooms makes learning feel more welcoming. There are also new equipments that are more updated and more relevant to the modern industry, so it makes projects and labs easier and hopefully faster.” The building’s Mechanical Engineering Design Studio allows students to turn their design concepts into validated final products. In addition to serving as a research lab for faculty and students, the design studio includes equipment for making prototypes, testing materials and conducting systems validations.

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Students and faculty have access to the building’s innovative technology.

“I think it can benefit the entire campus. All of the manufacturing capabilities are enhanced,” said Lisa Grega, a mechanical engineering professor. Grega mentioned that the School of Engineering is happy to no longer be confined to Armstrong Hall. She is grateful that faculty and students can now take advantage of the STEM Building’s innovative technology and numerous study spaces throughout the facility. Freshman biomedical engineering major Sarah Fontana echoed Grega’s sentiment. “All of the equipment is brand new and state of the art, and it’s what the professors want because they all got to choose,” Fontana said. “I also like the extra study space to come to, sometimes when the library gets crowded it’s nice to come here. Armstrong isn’t about

to pop anymore — I can actually walk down the hallway now.” The new facility also features a Biomedical Engineering Research Suite and Robotics Laboratory. The Robotics Laboratory will allow students to research and learn about hardware design, while the research suite “features biosafety level two facilities that allow for sophisticated experiments in support of research thrusts in areas such as neural engineering and prosthetics, tissue engineering, physiological control systems and hemocompatibility,” according to the College’s website. Construction of the new STEM Building marks the completion of phase one of the College’s $75 million STEM Complex project. Phase two will be comprised of renovations to the College’s previously existing Science Complex,

including the biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics buildings. Phase three will include renovations to Armstrong Hall. EYP Architecture & Engineering is responsible for phases one and two of the project, according to the College’s website. College leadership is grateful for opportunity to have state-ofthe-art technology and research opportunities available to students. “These facilities provide crossdisciplinary spaces that offer to faculty and students new and enriched opportunities for exploration, knowledge, skill development and research,” said Jorge Caballero, chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees. “We are truly grateful for the bipartisan support that made this possible, and also thankful to the citizens of New Jersey for supporting this investment.”

SG passes four bills at weekly meeting, proposes additional two

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SG passes a strategic planning bill for the executive president. By Erin Kamel Staff Writer

Student Government passed four bills and proposed two more at its weekly meeting on Oct. 4. Chris Blakeley, SG’s executive president and a junior civil engineering major, proposed two new bills to be voted on Oct. 18. The first adds responsibility to the position of the executive president, which already includes assisting SG in strategic planning. This bill will ensure that the president is following a strategic plan and action items that complement that process.

According to Blakeley, this plan correlates with the College’s strategic plan. The second bill reinforces a number of expectations for cabinet members, including to attend all cabinet meetings. Clarification that attendance at SG cabinet meetings and general body meetings by cabinet members is required will be added to the constitution to ensure that cabinet members adhere to the same expectations as general assembly members. Brooke Chlebowski, SG’s vice president of governmental affairs and a special education and iSTEM double major, opened Bill F-2017-03 for debate. This bill adds the

stipulation that the vice president of Governmental Affairs is allowed to correct errors in the SG constitution and bylaws. Changes would have to be approved by the SG bylaw review chair and adviser. All changes to the constitution will be announced at general body meetings. Bill F-2017-03 won the majority vote and was passed. Justin Brach, speaker of the general assembly and a junior finance and political science double major, opened Bill F-201705, entitled, “Creation of a Deputy Speaker Position of the general assembly,” for debate. There was one change to the original bill proposed on Sept. 20. Brach will initially nominate someone for the position to work under the guidance of the general body and general assembly. Members will be allowed to provide their feedback on the nominated person and either approve or deny them for the position. The change addressed the original concerns SG members expressed on Sept. 20 about the possibility of bias with the person selected for that position. To address the concern, a stipulation was added to the bill that requires the deputy speaker to resign from any elected position that they hold in SG and the deputy speaker will be unable to vote in SG meetings. Bill F-2017-05 won the majority vote and was passed at the Oct. 4 meeting. Brach and Dovid Wasserman-Plaza, SG’s vice president of academic affairs and a junior biology major, opened Bill

F-2017-06 for debate. This bill officially transfers the responsibility of reviewing head senator applications to the vice president of academic affairs. Under the speaker of general assembly’s responsibilities, “review head senator applications” was changed to “review constituent’s applications.” This bill won the majority vote and was passed. Cassandra Kriegel, SG’s vice president of student services and a junior English and secondary education dual major, opened Bill F-2017-07 for debate. This bill was created to mandate the student advocate to sit on the SG committee. According to the SG constitution, the student advocate is responsible for providing peer-to-peer support and advice to students or student organizations who need assistance in navigating through the College’s various, policies, procedures and offices. This bill also won the majority vote and was passed. According to dining services governance report, dining services has plans to get rid of some hot foods, since they are not selling, and add more vegetables to their menu. Complaints about Traditions’ breakfast menu are also being addressed. Elizabeth Bapasola, vice president for student affairs and SG’s adviser, announced that the College’s hurricane relief effort fundraising campaign, “Here for Home, Always” has reached 30 percent of its goal as of Oct. 4.

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SPRING 2018 REGISTRATION APPOINTMENT PERIOD Initial Registration Period for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Tuesday, November 7 Through Friday, November 17

Your enrollment appointment reflecting the first time you will be eligible to register for the Spring 2018 semester can be accessed via your PAWS account. To view your scheduled enrollment appointment, visit the Enrollment Appointment section in the PAWS Student Center. Once eligible, students remain eligible throughout the registration period. Undergraduate students who do not register by 11:59pm on Sunday, November 19, will be subject to a late registration fine. Graduate Students have until Friday, December 15: Late Registration Fine Undergraduate: $150 Graduate: $125

The Spring 2018 Schedule of Classes is available on PAWS and can be viewed by using the Search for Classes button. Both Winter 2018 and Summer 2018 registration are also open along with Spring 2018 registration. Check PAWS frequently for any updated winter/summer course offerings and consult with your advisor for appropriate course selections.

Visit the PAWS HELP website for complete information on how to log-in to PAWS, search for classes, browse the Course Catalog, view your Holds, add courses to your Shopping Cart, and register for classes:

Use the Validate feature directly from your PAWS Shopping Cart to check for potential pre-requisite issues before registration! For more information on the Validate feature, visit:

Check PAWS early and frequently for Holds that will prevent you from registering. All Hold Flag information can be viewed under the Holds section in the PAWS Student Center.

Access your Academic Requirements Report on PAWS to view your degree requirements via the Advising Tools link.

Make an appointment to see your advisor to discuss your Academic Requirements Report. Your advisor’s name and email address can be located in your PAWS Student Center.

Double-check course numbers and course sections prior to your registration appointment for schedule changes and periodic updates.

Graduate Students: If you are a non-matriculant who is applying for Spring matriculation, you should not register during this timeframe. If accepted for matriculation, you will be invited to register during the Graduate Orientation session in January.


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Bike thief plunders Panera Bread By Brielle Bryan Opinions Editor

Student (Ever)clearly has too much to drink On Sept. 27, at approximately 1:50 a.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to a men’s bathroom in Wolfe Hall on a report of an intoxicated male. Upon arrival, the officer observed the suspect, later identified as a male student, sitting on a shower seat and leaning over a bucket that contained red vomit, police said. The officer asked the intoxicated student his name, and the student complied. The officer asked the intoxicated student how much he had to drink, and he said that he had too much to drink, according to police reports. When the officer asked the intoxicated student exactly what he had to drink, the student stated that he had Everclear. TCNJ EMS arrived on scene and took over medical care. Pro-staff also arrived on scene. While TCNJ EMS was tending to the intoxicated student, the officer talked with the student’s friend. According to police reports, the student’s friend is the one who called for medical assistance while he was throwing up. The student’s friend informed Campus Police that he was aware of the intoxicated student drinking six solo cups of jungle juice that contained Everclear. At some point, the student’s friend was not with him at the house where he was drinking. When they ran into each other again later on, the intoxicated student told his friend that he drank five more drinks, police said. The officer asked the student’s friend the location of the house where they were drinking, and he advised that he did not know the exact address, but believed it was a fraternity house. Ewing Township EMS arrived on scene and took over medical care, police said. The intoxicated student refused medical attention. After taking his vitals, asking him questions and watching him walk, Ewing Township EMS determined that the intoxicated student could refuse going to the hospital, police said. Campus Police walked the intoxicated student to his room where his friend was advised to watch him for the night. The Refuse Medical Attention form was signed and the intoxicated student was not issued a summons under the New Jersey Lifeline Legislation. Cycler experiences road rage On Sept. 27, at approximately 4:45 p.m., Campus Police received a complaint through their email regarding an incident that occurred with a motorist at

the College. A Campus Police officer went to the complainant’s office on campus and asked him to explain what had occurred, police said. The complainant stated that on Sept. 26, at approximately 5 p.m., he was riding his bike down D Street toward Metzger Drive when a black vehicle took a right off of E Street and got close behind him. According to police reports, at about 20 to 30 feet before reaching the stop sign at Metzger Drive, the vehicle sounded its horn aggressively. The complainant stated that when he got to the stop sign, he asked the driver if they were honking their horn at him. The complainant said that the driver said something but he couldn’t understand what they were saying, police said. The complainant stated he made a left turn onto Metzger Drive when the driver in the black vehicle sped past, leaving him little space on the road. The complainant stated the driver started yelling “Fuck you!” out the window toward him, police said. The complainant described the driver to be a woman, and said that she was the only person in the vehicle.

Underage drinking leads to summons On Sept. 29, at midnight, a Campus Police officer was dispatched to Norsworthy Hall on a report of an intoxicated male. Upon arrival, the officer met with the community adviser, police said. The CA observed an intoxicated male throwing up. The officer on scene attempted to speak with the intoxicated male to see how much he had to drink, police said. The intoxicated male advised the officer that he had six shots of vodka in his room. The officer observed a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emanating from the intoxicated male’s breath. TCNJ EMS arrived and treated the intoxicated male. Pro-staff was made aware of the incident as well. According to police reports, TCNJ EMS and Pro-staff allowed the intoxicated male to stay in his room and to be looked after by his roommate. The intoxicated male was issued a complaint summons for possessions or consumption of alcoholic beverage in a public place or motor vehicle by person under legal age. Bike thief targets Panera Bread On Oct. 1, at 3:30 p.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to the parking lot of Panera Bread to meet with a female who reported her bicycle stolen. Upon

arrival, the female stated she placed her white Nishiki Pueblo bicycle on the rack between the Panera Bread parking lot and Campus Town, police said. The female did not secure the bicycle to the bicycle rack when she arrived, and upon returning approximately 30 minutes later, the bicycle was not on the rack. Campus Police searched on campus and the surrounding streets with negative results, according to police reports. The female’s father arrived at the parking lot of Panera Bread at approximately 2:45 p.m. The female’s father provided the serial number to the bicycle, and the bicycle was valued at $200, police said. An inventory of stolen property form, as well as a victim notification form, were completed and signed. Tires mysteriously punctured On Sept. 29, at approximately 2:30 p.m., a male student observed damage to his vehicle. The male student stated that his girlfriend parked his vehicle on the third level of Lot 13 on Sept. 28 at approximately noon, police said. When he returned to his vehicle with his girlfriend on Sept. 29, they both observed a flat tire with two puncture marks. Upon reporting the incident, the male student showed the officer the damaged tire, police said. The tire had two puncture marks on the side wall, and the male student did not know why anyone would intentionally damage the tire. The male student was advised to contact Campus Police with any additional information obtained.

Lost wallet looking to be found On Sept. 27, at 12:20 p.m., a Campus Police officer was dispatched to Campus Police Headquarters to meet with a student regarding a lost wallet. Upon arrival, the officer met with a male student who stated that on Sept. 25, between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., he lost his black wallet while he was in the Decker Hall lounge, police said. The male student stated that he went back to look for his wallet, but he was unable to determine its location. The male student also reported going to the Brower Student Center to see if someone turned in the wallet at the lost and found, and received no results. According to police reports, the wallet was valued at five dollars and contained $30 in cash. The male student was advised to contact Campus Police if he were to find his wallet. Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at (609)- 771 2345.

Emmy winning journalist shares experiences at Brown Bag By Raquel Sosa Corresponent Emmy winning journalist Jane Hanson came to the College on Friday, Oct. 13, for the lastest Brown Bag lecture in Mayo Concert Hall. She discussed her career and journey through the world of broadcast media. Hanson has over 30 years of

experience as a journalist and public speaking coach. Her most notable work is as a co-host on NBC’s “New York Live,” and as the host of her own show, “Jane Hanson’s New York” on WNBC. She discussed the nature of public speaking and body language to the audience. Public speaking is not a natural talent, nor is it an audibly learned

Hanson explains the importance of first impressions.

subject, according to Hanson. Hanson believes that the perfect public speaker does not exist, but that communication is key no matter the audience. Body language, according to Hanson, is a key communication element that can make or break a presentation. Movement and posture define a message more than actual words.

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“We’ve been walking on Earth as human beings for about 2 million years,” Hanson said. “We’ve had a spoken language for about 160,000 or so. For a long time we communicated without ever having a spoken language.” Body language and the content of our language are not the only characteristics that are present in our subconscious. The prominence of our presence and the level of our pitch can also greatly affect the atmosphere in which we are speaking. Hanson believes verbal communication is another key component to first impressions. The effectiveness of a presentation relies on content and verbal communication on top of nonverbal gestures and body language. Men and women perceive their own public speaking abilities in different ways, according to Hanson. “Women tend to feel more insecure about the pitch and presence of their voice,” she said. “They’re worried they aren’t loud enough, or that the pitch of their voice is too high, but lower pitches are actually found to be more effective in the field of public speaking.” This is not to say that women and men cannot be equally successful in the public speaking field — many aspects of public

speaking depend on the individual and their audience. According to Hanson, the attention of the audience is perhaps one of the most important aspects of being an effective speaker. Paying attention to a single subject is reduced to 8 seconds. As social media and texting become the norm, phone calls and public speaking have become more and more daunting to a growing number of people. The only way to placate these fears of public speaking is to continuously immerse oneself in the realm of public speaking, according to Hanson. Freshman communication studies major Eunice Olugbile spent the course of the lecture taking notes and listening intently to Hanson. “I never really thought I’d actually get anything other than a nap at these lectures,” Olugbile said, “but it was really interesting to have a speaker actually ask us questions and not just speak at us.” Hanson made her lecture interactive, and often asked many questions of her audience members. Hanson left the audience with a few words of advice. “When you’re live,” Hanson said, “never let anyone catch you off guard.”

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of over $7 million this upcoming year and to preserve the College’s special status. Last fall, students discovered the thennamesake of the College’s admissions building, Paul Loser, was a prominent figure in enforcing segregation in Trenton public schools while serving as superintendent. This sparked several critical conversations about the College’s relationship with Trenton, New Jersey. Gitenstein responded by appointing The Advisory Commission on Social Justice: Race and Educational Attainment, which released a detailed report that was approved by Gitenstein on Sept. 5. This report included many goals to improve the College’s relationship with Trenton, starting with changing the admissions building’s name from Loser Hall to Trenton Hall. But the issue is much larger than that, according to Gitenstein. “If you look at the commission’s goal, it was to deal with something much larger than just a name, but to deal with the relationship with Trenton,” Gitenstein said. “I hope to see some progress on that.” Some alumni voiced concerns on The Signal’s website and social media pages that the name change was a part of a larger trend of altering historical monuments. Gitenstein challenged that notion. “If you look, as I’ve presented in my letter to the board, the issue with regard to changing the name had to do with the history of an individual who was a public employee who broke the law,” Gitenstein said. As for fundraising, the College has consistently outpaced estimates, which Gitenstein is excited to continue through the 18.19.20 initiative. “I really love fundraising,” Gitenstein said. “I get to talk about what the students and faculty do. I’m not talking about what I’m doing, I’m talking about what you guys are doing. The faculty are doing. And there’s just a lot of good news. People don’t gift to me, they gift to you.” The final major initiative, to preserve the College’s special status, deals with the College’s niche as institution meant to provide the highest quality education possible for a public college, a concept which came from former Gov. Thomas Kean. “What we need to do is to provide for

the students with that kind of capacity,” Gitenstein said. “The kinds of experiences that they might have at a private institution. Close relationships with faculty, the undergraduate research, all those signature experiences you hear us talking about which at first wasn’t a part of Thomas Kean’s concept, but to me, that means that we should get treated differently.” Gitenstein pointed to the College’s graduation rate, which is the fifth highest amongst public colleges, and its exceptional faculty and student body. “I think you should be rewarded for that,” Gitenstein said. “I don’t mean ‘us’ as in the College, I mean the community, so that we can do more.” Aside from these issues, Gitenstein believes advocacy for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which she supported in a letter to New Jersey Chamber of Commerce as an executive committee member, the expansion of Title IX around the nation and the acknowledgement that the violence that is “observed in the black community by officials is just disproportionate to what we experience, those of us who are white,” are long-term issues she will “certainly give a lot of attention to.”

Mental health After outrage sparked by the scheduled closure of TCNJ Clinic, the College reevaluated its plan and requested an external report to determine the clinic’s fate. “I absolutely understood the feelings I heard in conversations I had with multiple students having to do with the clinic closure,” Gitenstein said. “What I think was lost in that conversation was the recognition that the College had in fact been investing more and more resources over the last four or five years in this very thing that people were so concerned about.” While the final TCNJ Clinic decision, based on the external report, has yet to be made by Jacqueline Taylor, the College’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Gitenstein discussed several other plans to address mental health concerns on campus. “(There are) new counselors who have been hired,” Gitenstein said. “They’re going to be in Forcina (Hall).” These counselors will provide long-term

care, in contrast to Counseling and Psychological Services, which focuses on short-term care. CAPS will receive additional resources, including a counselor with special expertise dealing with individuals from underrepresented populations, according to Gitenstein. “(This is) completely separate from the Urgent Care, which we are still working on,” Gitenstein said. “That has not moved as quickly as we had hoped.” When asked if she was disappointed by the lengthy process, Gitenstein responded, “Yes.” “We’ve added lots of partnerships because of the question people were asking about long-term counseling, because we know we simply cannot staff an office for long-term care on campus,” Gitenstein said. “We can’t do it. We have too many students. These individuals who need longterm care do need long-term care — there’s no question about that. But it would basically eat up not just the Student Affairs budget, but the entire College’s budget.” Gitenstein discussed studies conducted for the College that marked a downward trend in “emotional resilience.” “What I worry about is in the culture today, in the kind of students that we’re attracting, you’re sort of not allowed to fail,” she said. “Yeah you are! You’re supposed to!” Gitenstein said she wished she could give a presentation on her many failures that helped make her into the leader we know today. “Oh my goodness, have I had a lot of failures,” she said. “And I’m proud of every one of them.”

Moving forward Gitenstein’s replacement, the College’s 16th president, will be picked by an 18-member committee established by the board of trustees. Gitenstein looks forward to the future, but feels the process has been a bit strange. “My husband has been retired for about 10 years and so he’s really chomping at the bit,” Gitenstein said. “I knew that, but it’s just been a little strange because this whole semester I’ve been going through like, ‘this is the last time I’ll welcome the freshmen. This is the last time … (etc.)’ it’s sort of weird. Of course, I’m not really

involved in the search. I know who’s on the committee — it’s a great committee. The chair (alumna Susanne Svizeny) is fantastic. She was on the committee that hired me and the search consultant they hired (Julie Tea, a partner at Storbeck/ Pimentel & Associates) is someone who knows us very well, and knows us recently. But it’s a little strange. This has been my life for 19 years.” Gitenstein believes the College will gain more national recognition in the next 10 years. “During my tenure here, 66 percent of the individuals who are faculty members here were hired,” she said. “So we’ve got this incredible group of new faculty members who are very excited about where the institution is going and that’s why students come to a college. They come because of the academic programs. They come because of the faculty, so we’ve got this young group of faculty and of course, those who will succeed them. I have no doubts that your diploma will be worth more when you graduate, and worth even more in 10 years.” Gitenstein pointed to downward trends in high school populations, which contrasts the College’s growth in incoming freshmen. “It’s particularly going down in the northeast, so we should have had a smaller class,” she said. “But we had not only a larger class, but we had a larger than what we expected class. So what it suggests to me is that the market out there — allow me to use that term — it’s saying that there’s something special happening at The College of New Jersey.” Gitenstein, who sang when she was younger, looks forward to retirement in New York City, where she can finally make her way to an opera in the middle of the week. “That would be very nice,” she said. “I’ll probably do some writing.” That said, Gitenstein said she’ll miss the College “very much.” “I’ll miss the people,” she said. “I won’t miss the anxiety of the job and worrying about my students all the time. I will miss being around students and being around faculty and being around my colleagues. But it’s important, I think, for a former president to sort of give it up and get out of the way for the next person.”

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Hurricane Maria leaves Puerto Rico in desperate condition

By Caroline King Correspondent

Three weeks after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico continues to feel the devastating effects. As of Oct. 14, more than 1.2 million people are without potable water, and 85 percent of the population don’t have electricity, according to CNN. The threat of thirst and starvation has left Puerto Ricans begging for help. “We are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency and the bureaucracy,” the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, said in a press conference on Sept. 30. USA Today reported that Cruz called on the Trump administration to “speed up the delivery of food, water, medicine and fuel.” President Donald Trump responded on Sept. 30, according to Vox. He tweeted that Cruz demonstrated “poor leadership” and the people of Puerto Rico “want everything to be done for them.” The Chicago Tribune reported on those who criticized the response like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and former Lieutenant General Russel Honoré. “The mayor’s living on a cot, and I hope

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the president has a good day at golf,” Honoré told CNN. Some were frustrated that President Trump waited until Oct. 3, to visit Puerto Rico. “(The president) should have come sooner. What we’re living here is a crisis,” Michael Garcia, a 26-year-old Puerto Rican resident, told NBC. The goal of the visit was for the government to assess damage, according to USA Today. The concern was that Trump’s visit would end up further politicizing the situation,

instead of focusing on relief for the desperate conditions. “I hope he’s coming here to help,” Sariel Ojeda, a 48-year-old Puerto Rican teacher, told USA Today. Vox reported that when Trump visited Puerto Rico, he praised the federal response for only a death count of 16 as of his visit. “I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack,” Trump later joked.

While Trump threw paper towel rolls out to the crowd, disaster victims in Puerto Rico were left with uncertainty, wondering where their next meal will come from and how long their loved ones will go without health care, as reported by The Huffington Post. The Hill reported that those with kidney disease “need to get dialysis roughly three times a week or they will die.” Approximately 5,000 Puerto Ricans suffer from kidney disease. This is just one of many life-ordeath situations on the island. Fortunately, CNN reported about 19,000 civilian and military personnel are supporting relief efforts, and FEMA on Oct. 11 approved a $70 million assistance package to the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority. The Huffington Post reported that all of Puerto Rico’s airports as of Oct. 2 were open. This may help compensate for the island’s damaged infrastructure and unreliable supply distribution that exacerbated the death toll to 48 as of Saturday, Oct. 14, according to CNN. One thing is clear — Puerto Rico needs aid like never before, and people will suffer without it.

59 dead, over 500 injured in Las Vegas mass shooting By Julia Marnin Staff Writer

The deadliest mass shooting in American history occurred on Oct. 1, leaving 59 dead and over 500 injured in Las Vegas, according to CNN. Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old gunman, opened fire at concert goers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, according to CBS. ABC reported that over 22,000 concert goers attended

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the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. Country singer Jason Aldean was rushed offstage mid-performance, once the gunfire started and bedlam broke loose. “The gunshots lasted for 10 to 15 minutes. It didn’t stop,” witness Rachel de Kerf told CNN. Not knowing where the gunshots came from, people scattered. Some tried to hide while others hopped fences. Many victims lost their lives shielding their loved ones, a witness told ABC. The New York Times reported that police body cameras captured part of the chaos. Police were heard issuing warnings that some refused to believe. One bystander shouted at officers that the shots were fireworks. CBS reported that a SWAT team found Paddock dead in his room due to what appeared to be suicide. In the hotel room, 23 firearms were found. A compound used in explosives, ammonium nitrate, was discovered in his car. Authorities found an additional 19 firearms, ammunition and various explosives in his home, according to CNN. Paddock lived in a retirement community 75 miles away from Las Vegas. ABC reported that Paddock used a hammer-like tool to break his hotel windows prior to the shooting. Paddock had no criminal record prior to the incident. The New York Times reported that authorities are still working to piece together Paddock’s motives. The shooter’s brother, Eric Paddock, told reporters that

Paddock was not affiliated with any religious or political parties, according to CBS. Though ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, the FBI said that it had “no connection with an international terrorist group.” Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, is considered a “person of interest” to the case, according to The New York Times. Danley was overseas when the attack occurred. ABC reported that when she returned to the United States on Oct. 3, she was immediately met by the FBI. “I have a clean conscience,” Danley told her brother, Reynaldo Bustos, over the phone, according to ABC. “I didn’t have anything to do with this.” Fox reported that Paddock did send thousands of dollars overseas to an unknown source. It is debated if that money was sent to Danley, and if it has any relevance to the shooting. NPR reported that on Oct. 4, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump met with victims while visiting the University Medical Center. CNN reported that Trump condemned the shooting as “an act of pure evil.” Aldean responded to the tragedy with a post on Instagram. “I am so sorry for the hurt and pain everyone is feeling right now and there are no words I can say to take that pain away,” Aldean posted. “Just know u are all in my heart and my prayers as we go through this together.”

Hong Kong marches against totalitarian government By Joanne Kim Staff Writer

Tens of thousands of people on Oct. 1 marched in Hong Kong in support of the city’s autonomy from China. This “anti-authoritarian rule” march called out against totalitarianism on the 68th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, according to CNN. The civilians of Hong Kong called out for the release of three ‘Umbrella Movement’ leaders, Alex Chow, Nathan Law and Joshua Wong, to be released from prison. CNN reported that the protesters, respectively 26, 24 and 20 years old, helped hundred of thousands of people protest for a democracy that better directly included the people. Initially, the three protest organizers were supposed to serve noncustodial

sentences and do community work for their crimes. The Department of Justice, specifically Justice Secretary Rimsky Yuen, pushed for the incarceration of the three young democracy activists to prison, according to CNN. Reuters reported that Yuen overruled several other prosecutors to put the democracy activists in prison. “We believe (Yuen) has been the key orchestrator in destroying Hong Kong’s justice,” said Avery Ng, a rally organizer, according to Reuters. The protesters wanted Yuen to resign for the harsh punishment along for their voices to be heard by the government. “Without democracy, how can we have the rule of law!” yelled the 40,000 people gathered in the streets, according to Reuters.

CNN reported that Wong echoed a similar sentiment on Twitter demonstrating a resilience expected of the “face of the protest.” “They can silence protests, remove us from the legislature and lock us up,” Wong posted on Twitter. “But they will not win the hearts and minds of Hong Kongers.” Never before has the law come under such scrutiny by the public. It is odd considering that Reuters reported that the Hong Kong judiciary system is considered to be one of the best law systems in Asia. “It’s like mainland (Chinese) laws have intruded into Hong Kong,” Alex Ha, a classical guitar teacher who happened to be walking alone in the crowd, told Reuters. Reuters reported that the city’s judicial independence ranking has

Protesters rally for democracy in Hong Kong.

been downgraded to number 13 in the whole world. Chief Executive Carrie Lam of Hong Kong remains optimistic for unity in the territory’s future, according to Reuters.

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“As long as we capitalize on our strengths, stay focused, seize the opportunities before us and stand united, I am sure that Hong Kong can reach even greater heights,” Lam said.

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Campus becomes home for students

In the middle of my hectic sophomore year, I was desperately looking forward to going home for fall break. After greeting my dog, catching up with family and settling down into my childhood home, I realized something — I missed college. From the random screaming and giant bugs, to the friends who will kill them for you — I realized the College has slowly become a place of comfort for me. At some point, I started calling my dorm home. I realized home is a place where I feel safe enough to break down, and then build myself back up again. It’s where my Wi-Fi instantly connects, and where my heart is — to draw on a few of the infinite clichés. I found home at strange places from dinky classrooms in the Georgian Colonial buildings, to the street lamp lit paths of campus at 2 a.m. From looking at them, I would have never thought that I would have made a home in them. That is partially why I found picking a college so difficult — you will never know where you’ll make your next home. Not only do students have to study, they have to be able to picture themselves living on campus too. College is a perfect opportunity to learn more about yourself, and take a few risks. It’s a time where people are encouraged to explore, take chances and grow their interests. That includes getting into some strange situations, and finding others in organizations and clubs that can go through the bizarre experiences with you. In little ways, little places on campus have wormed their way into my heart, like a disease. Without putting myself out there, I would never have found out more about myself and find places to miss even within an arm’s length of my family. Don’t be afraid to try new things to make a home on campus. However, that doesn’t mean you have to let go of the old. I realized that home can be more than one place, and some of those places can be more like home than others. If home is really where the heart is, then my heart’s in more pieces than I thought. Even if I enjoy living on campus within a few minutes of my close friends, I don’t have to let go of what I love at home. It goes further than appreciating the softer bed and larger personal space. I can miss my family and my favorite food without feeling guilty for wanting the freedom of living alone. Home can be more than just one location. It can be several, and it can be so much more. Whether your home is a person, a book, a website, a song, or your favorite food, appreciate it while you’re there. Even if we can’t always have the best of both worlds, we can still show each other how much we care for them even if we can’t always be there for them. You don’t have to forget about your roots to fly, only sever them. It’s OK to be caught between different homes, between being an independent adult and your parent’s child, between flying and staying still. It’s a rough balance, but as long as you don’t let your past keep you from exploring, and don’t let the fear of getting lost keep you paralyzed, I think we’ll be fine. — Heidi Cho Nation & World Editor

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“I’m sorry that (Gitenstein)’s leaving at all. Pick wisely as you move forward, because the selections that you make I think will in large measure determine the direction of this institution. This president has placed it on an extraordinary course, and I hope that you will be able to continue it.” — Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey

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Student doubts Nobel Prize selection process By Heidi Cho

My definition of good writing has become increasingly ambiguous, between the academic papers, poems, novels and news articles I read. It was a welcome change to see the Nobel Prize in Literature winner — Kazuo Ishiguro — in my newsfeed between the natural disasters and nuclear war threats. I naturally assumed that if one wins the Nobel Prize in Literature, there must be a reason. I thought to myself that Ishiguro’s work could surely remind me of what good writing is because only good writing could win a Nobel Prize. The naive trust I had in the Nobel Prize Foundation was only ripped away by this decision, much like Morty’s faith in superheroes in the “Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender” episode of “Rick and Morty.” The lack of justification behind Ishiguro’s prize made me reconsider the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s authority to award the Nobel Prize. Several media outlets scrambled to release Ishiguro’s life and works. “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go” are two of his most prominent works, according to The New York Times. While writing, “The Remains of the Day,” Ishiguro’s wrote from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. — Monday through Saturday — for an entire month, according to The Atlantic. These long endless hours spent writing his

Ishiguro’s literature is critically acclaimed. award-winning historical romance novel really show the author’s work ethic and passion for literature. Ishiguro was strategic in his writing, and he challenged what it took for a story to be fantasy with his novel, “The Buried Giant,” according to The Guardian. The official Nobel Prize description of Ishiguro’s writing flagged in comparison to the detailed pieces by The Atlantic and The Guardian. Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, offered more insight into why Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize for Literature in an interview on the official Nobel Prize YouTube channel. “He doesn’t look to the side. He has developed an aesthetic universe all his

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own,” Danius said, offering a snippet into the reasoning of Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision. On a grander scale, that offers no reasoning for why Ishiguro’s work was chosen over others. While there does not have to be a rubric for choosing a Nobel Prize winner — and there isn’t one — I feel like there could be more done to show the thought process of how the members of the Nobel Prize Organization chose winners. The confidential nature of the prize selection process demands an element of trust on the behalf of the public. It could be contested that the trust of the public was broken when the committee in 1949 awarded Egas Moniz, a laureate for his studies on lobotomies, according to

The committee awarded Moniz for a medical procedure that cured some patients of their mental illness, but actually robbed them of their personality and emotional capacity. While the controversial procedure was considered a medical advance when Moniz received the award, the procedure is rarely performed today due to its harsh side effects. The Nobel Foundation refused to acknowledge the mistake, or rescind the award, according to NBC. In fact, the Nobel Foundation — as of Sept. 8 — has never revoked an award, even when faced with criticism, according to The Telegraph. Amidst all the praise and prestige, it is easy to overlook the process of choosing a winner, especially when the names of the other competitors will be anonymous for 50 years, according to NPR. Could the justification of Ishiguro’s award have been made clearer? How will the public know objectively why he won over his competition? The Norwegian Nobel Committee has not broken the trust of the public to a point of public outrage. Providing more justification for each laureate could be a good way to prevent further accusations of bias. However, in time, the lack of transparency between the committee and the general public could lead to an event that would shatter the trust in the process permanently.

Transfer student feels welcome at College

Students share their passion for their areas of study. By Harrison Kelly

Before I made the decision to transfer colleges, I was told by teachers, family and peers that it wasn’t going to be easy. I listened to what everyone had to say, but didn’t really feel their words or understand how hard the transition would be until I decided to switch from Lebanon Valley College, a small liberal arts college with 1,600 students in rural Pennsylvania, to the College, which has over 7,000 students. This past year has been a major adjustment, to say the least. After no longer being content with the quality of education at Lebanon Valley, I figured I would head home to community college to save some money and reevaluate my situation. From there — after looking into Rowan University, Stockton University and the College — it took some serious consideration until I came to my ultimate decision, which was that the College

had the most opportunity for me. Since officially moving in this past August, I have definitely not regretted my decision. What drew me to the College was the reputation the school had for accepting students with the drive to succeed. Students at the College are known for having high SAT scores, as well as a strong work ethic. When I was accepted into the College, I was flattered that I could go to an institution that houses some of the brightest students. In both of my previous institutions, I found a lack of students willing to make the time commitment to focus on their studies, as well as think about what they want to do with their future. While I’m not against enjoying my college years, there’s a time to hang out with friends and a time to focus on the books. Not many students at Lebanon Valley — especially in my business courses — could grasp this concept. Most of the business students at Lebanon Valley had the same mentality, which was something along the lines of, “I’m here to play sports and hangout, so I guess I’ll just be a business major.” I could not stand that thought process. I don’t believe in settling for an area of study because it seems like the easiest option. I believe in choosing an area of study that I’m passionate about that will lead me on the right path to success. I am paying a lot of money to get a degree in business administration, and at the end of my four years I hope to walk away with a strong understanding of all areas of business — marketing, finance, accounting, economics and management. Through my studies, I hope to gain a set of time management skills, as well as a strong network of individuals exiting alongside me

in my graduating class. I feel that the College has been absolutely exceptional in regards to these expectations. After being a student at the College for only two months, I already feel like I’m at home. I’m with a group of students who are just as passionate as me about business and the education process. Many of my peers in my business courses are really on the ball, and through groups like Pi Sigma Epsilon, the business fraternity, and the Entrepreneurship Club, I have gained a lot of insight from guest speakers, as well as respective club members who are driven individuals ready to make it out in the real world. I’m so grateful to have been given this amazing opportunity to advance my education at the College, and the amount of insight and skills I will walk away with will make the endless nights studying worth it come graduation. Thank you to everyone who has made my transition and adjustment to the College so worthwhile.

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Students share opinions around campus “When entering a competition, do you assume it’s judged fairly?”

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Ben Herkert, a sophomore electrical engineering major.

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“If it’s a human judging it, I guess it’s always going to be up in the air.”

Stephanie Rosenthal, a freshman visual arts major. “I think usually there’s some kind of bias. It’s different individual’s perceptions of things.”

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“Do students here have a better work ethic than elsewhere?”

Matt Kudelko, a junior graphic design major. “Yeah, because it’s more of a tight-knit school.”

Joe Walsh, a sophomore finance major. “I feel people at different universities have a stronger work ethic than TCNJ. We’re very lazy.”

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ZTA fundraises to fight breast cancer By Maddi Ference Social Media Editor

Zeta Tau Alpha colored the College pink this week, in addition to the traditional blue and gold that lines the campus. ZTA’s annual “Big Man on Campus,” its male beauty pageant, was hosted on Oct. 4, as part of its Pink Out Week, which ran from Oct. 1 to Oct. 6. Each year, Pink Out Week spreads breast cancer education and raises awareness. Students eagerly filled the Brower Student Center and prepared to watch eight student participants compete to be crowned contestants, styled in pink attire, matched the various pink banners and decorations pinned up throughout the auditorium. One student even dressed in a hot-pink unicorn sweatshirt. To prove they were worthy of the tiara, each contestant showcased their talents, answered trivia questions about breast cancer and participated in a pushup contest. Other events hosted throughout the week, including a Kicks for a Cause kickball tournament, pumpkin painting and a dunk tank, also contributed to breast cancer education and awareness — which is the chapter’s philanthropy. The sorority did not limit itself to just one week of fundraising. With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, ZTA is also

Pink Out Week includes a dunk tank for charity. partnering with Deli on a Bagel in Pennington, New Jersey, in which a portion of sales go to the sorority’s philanthropy. Emily McClain, a junior public health major and sister of ZTA, believes that Pink Out Week is a great opportunity for students throughout campus to show their support for a cause that many are personally affected by. “I haven’t personally been affected by it, but I know a lot of people that have. It’s such a real, crazy thing,” McClain said. Many of the event’s attendees have been personally affected by the disease. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast

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cancer at some point in their life, according to the National Cancer Institute. “I think it’s a great way for everyone to come together for a greater cause and it’s really awesome to see other organizations supporting us,” McClain said. Sara Mikula, a junior elementary education and English double major, attended “Big Man on Campus” and felt that Pink Out Week did a good job of raising awareness. “It was an entertaining night but also one that addressed an essential topic of spreading awareness and education about breast cancer,” Mikula said. “The turnout was great, and listening to different

people’s stories about how breast cancer has affected them was really powerful.” ZTA’s main goals of its philanthropy week was to raise money for the cause and educate those about the disease. Chris Kalb, a junior mathematics major, understands how impactful cancer can be. “Cancer affects everybody,” Kalb said. “Personally, I haven’t had a relative or someone I know have breast cancer, but my aunt had cancer so I can understand the same type of effect it has on people.” There is no cure for breast cancer, only various treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Even with the many treatments available, none are 100 percent effective. Mikula shared the story of her grandmother’s sister, who died of breast cancer at 25. “(Breast cancer) has greatly impacted my family,” Mikula said. Although many students have lost family members or friends to the disease, the education and awareness that ZTA provides can offer both men and women the knowledge they need for early detection and tips for prevention. “Spreading awareness and educating others about breast cancer is something my Grandma and family take seriously,” Mikula said. “I think she would really enjoy the work that ZTA is doing.”

Muslim journalist breaks barriers at Eid Dinner

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Tagouri faces challenges as a Muslim journalist.

By Caroline King Correspondent

The aroma of traditional Middle Eastern food filled the room as students mingled and found their seats, all while showing off their eccentric head scarves, beaded sarees and traditional kurtas. Students flocked to the Decker Social Space on Oct. 5 for the Muslim Student’s Association’s 12th annual Eid Dinner. Eid serves as one of the most important holidays for Islam. There are two Eid holidays in Islamic culture. The first, Eid alFitr, marks the end of the Ramadan season. The second, Eid alAdha, is celebrated after the Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, and was the most recent to occur. The guest speaker for the evening was Muslim journalist Noor

Tagouri, who chatted with students prior to her presentation as trays filled with Arab, Indian, Pakistani and Afghan food were set up. Amaly ElMenshawy, a sophomore elementary education and history double major and one of the event’s coordinators, was excited to hear Tagouri speak. She expressed her respect for “hijabi women breaking barriers.” ElMenshawy was pleased with the simple process of bringing Tagouri to campus. “(The) negotiation process that took place over the summer wasn’t as difficult as it has been in the past for fellow clubs and other events on campus,” ElMenshawy said. The event was not solely tailored to Muslims, but for anyone interested in learning about the culture. ElMenshawy believes, given the current events in the

United States, now is a great time for students to learn more about the Islamic culture. “It’s such a heated time in our country, and we rely on the phobia of each other and our differences,” ELMenshawy said. “Noor is breaking barriers through storytelling, and it’s important for all students to hear about her journey.” The chatter of students subsided as Tagouri took to the stage. She discussed her career as a journalist and the difficulties she has faced along the way. Being a woman in a male dominated industry is a challenge, but being a woman who dons a head scarf in an industry that “often misrepresents marginalized people” can be much more challenging. Tagouri’s presentation featured “10 Ways to Influence Impact.” Once an outsider in LaPlata, Maryland, a small, predominantly white town, Tagouri became a journalist who worked for Newsy. At Newsy, she hosts different segments — including “A Woman’s Job” and “A Woman’s Debrief” — that portray underlying themes of hope and inclusiveness. Her message to the audience of the Decker Social Space contained similar themes, as she hoped to offer encouragement to doubtful students. “What society says hinders you can be used as motivation to be the best in your field and crushing it,” Tagouri said. Despite her success, Tagouri has worked through many difficulties — many of which stemmed from

misunderstandings about her Islamic culture. While preparing to appear on a French talk show, Tagouri tweeted to her followers to encourage them to tune into the show. Unaware that a woman wearing a head scarf would be on the program, network executives decided to pull Tagouri’s segment from airing on television. Tagouri believes that discriminatory difficulties have made her a better journalist. The incident also inspired countless girls and women who wear head scarves to write to Tagouri, either to thank her or seek advice. With the media often misrepresenting the Islamic faith, Tagouri feels that Muslims need to open up about their own experiences. “(The media should) let the right people tell their stories, (because) too many marginalized

groups are underrepresented in the media,” Tagouri said. Non-Muslim students also attended the Eid Dinner to learn more about the culture and get a taste of the various foods the event had to offer. Leah Lafevre, a junior art education major, was interested in the dinner because many of her friends are Muslim. “What’s important to them is important to me,” Lafevre said. “It’s important to be open-minded, especially within this past year. I think it’s nice to experience other cultures and see what other people from other religions celebrate.” The Eid Dinner helped bring a story of one Muslim woman’s trials and tribulations to the forefront, while simultaneously bringing students from all religions and cultures together to celebrate the holiday.

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Students wear beaded sarees and traditional kurtas.

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Celeb Spotlight By Ashton Leber Features Editor Hollywood was ringing off the hook this week as stars from all industries banded together to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. On Saturday, Oct. 14, Jennifer Lopez, her ex-husband Marc Anthony and current beau Alex Rodriguez, hosted “One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert For Disaster Relief.” It seems awkward to work alongside your ex and current boyfriend, but I’ll continue to sip my tea and mind my business. According to PEOPLE, the event was a “special benefit concert and telethon” that raised money as stars like Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian and Ellen DeGeneres answered phone calls for donations. “Hey guys, we are going to start answering some of the phones,” Kardashian told fans on Snapchat before the concert. “We’re here at the telethon, so tune in and watch.” In other news, Jonas Brothers fans were shocked to discover that Joe Jonas recently proposed to 21-year-old English actress Sophie Turner, TMZ reported. Jonas later posted a picture on Instagram of Turner’s ring on her hand with the caption, “She said yes.”

:Hollywood rings for Puerto Rico The inseparable couple has been dating for about a year, but fans consider the couple to be “relationship goals,” TMZ said. And whoa, did anyone see Ariana Grande’s new hairdo? The pop-star was recently spotted rocking a new hair color, according to Glamour Magazine. Her classic brown high-style ponytail was replaced with silvery strands in one of her Instagram photos. This major change has landed her with tons of likes from loyal Insta followers, one that will most likely spark a new fashion trend. Grande’s hair isn’t the only thing that shook Hollywood this week. Allegations that Oscar winner and producer Harvey Weinstein has sexually harassed women for decades was also been buzzing around Hollywood, the New York Times reported. Several actresses, models and employees of Weinstein have come forward to publicly announce their accusations against the producer. “Torrents of heart-wrenching stories have poured forth from at least 30 women who say they were victimized by Mr. Weinstein,” The New York Times reported. It’s like tragedy after tragedy with celebs this week, but at least we can sleep peacefully knowing that Ed Sheeran is recovering from his recent bicycle accident. The musician shared on his Instagram a picture of a cast

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Lopez raises money for hurricane victims.

on his right arm and sling on his left arm. “Ive had a bit of a bicycle accident and I’m currently waiting on some medical advice, which may affect some of my upcoming shows,” his Insta caption wrote. “Please stay tuned for further news. Ed x.” Lets just hope Sheeran makes a speedy recovery, and can get back to playing his guitar and serenading us with his dreamy voice.

Charity / College lends helping hand to hurricane victims continued from page 1 Learning and Research, banded together to devise a plan. As Houston flooded, the Steering Committee gathered in the office of Angela Chong, the vice president of Student Affairs. While Floridians evacuated, they laid out possibilities. As Puerto Rico went dark, they scribbled plans on a whiteboard hanging on the wall, according to Chong. “We knew that we wanted to do something timely and sustainable,” Chong said. “At this very early stage, the best way that we could help was by raising money.” The sustained initiative involves a four-step system, beginning with fundraising that started on Sept. 27. Volunteers set up tables outside of the Brower Student Center hoping to attract students, while tables outside of the 1855 Room were intended to wheel in faculty and staff. According to Chong, future steps include food and supply

drives, potential outreach trips and exploring housing for displaced students. The College’s dining services also contributed to the efforts with a similar event for fundraising initiatives in Eickhoff Hall and the 1855 Room. Dining services hoped to encourage students to donate to those affected by the hurricanes. Chris Blakeley, executive president of SG and a junior civil engineering major, said SG has been involved in all the conversation surrounding Here For Home, Always. In addition to designing flyers, a logo and providing student feedback, Blakeley sits on the Steering Committee. “We wanted to make sure whatever direction we went we would be able to help as many people as possible,” Blakeley said. The College has continued its efforts with finding charities to donate to. Michael Nordquist, executive director for the Center of Community Engaged Learning

and Research, focused on charities that coincided with the College’s beliefs. “We wanted something that exemplifies TCNJ’s character and values,” Nordquist said. The steering committee chose to donate its proceeds to the St. Bernard Project and United For Puerto Rico. According to Chong, the St. Bernard Project is a non-profit natural disaster relief organization focused on long-term relief. The St. Bernard Project has a long history with the College, as Bonner Scholars have worked directly with the non-profit organization in providing relief for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Bonner Scholars have continued to work directly with representatives in New Orleans for the past several years. The St. Bernard project works extensively in different areas of the continental United States, but does not extend support to Puerto Rico. United For Puerto Rico, Chong

said, was a good charity to donate funds raised by students, faculty, alumni and parents. The website says the organization, established by the Puerto Rico’s first lady Beatriz Rosello, gathers donations from civilians and private sectors, including Microsoft, Coca-Cola and JetBlue. In 2012, the College lent a hand to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. According to Chong, faculty and staff headed to the Jersey Shore to help restore its beaches. “There’s such a connection between our students and the New Jersey shore,” Chong said. “You’re either from there, or you vacation there at some point.” The College remains active in its hurricane relief efforts. Every January, first-year Bonner Scholars drive to New Orleans to work on rebuilding efforts with the St. Bernard Project. Alumna Brittany Aydelotte (`09), a research and initiatives program manager at the Center for Engaged Learning, has stayed

in contact with many of the homeowners that she has helped. A small orange folder in her office contains Christmas cards and pictures of families with emails, phone numbers and addresses jotted on the back. Group photos of smiling Bonner Scholars clad in sneakers, college sweatshirts and safety vests are clipped to her bookshelf. Fifteen trips, 380 students, 11,400 hours and 31 homes later, Aydelotte said the experience is still just as transformative. Aydelotte described her experience rebuilding homes in New Orleans as grounding, inspiring and gratifying. “If you’re eating in a restaurant and you’re covered in drywall, everyone will thank you. These are people, not just houses,” she said. Despite being hundreds of miles from the affected areas, Chong emphasized that students can, and should, help. “We’re still here for home. Home just looks a little bit different,” Chong said.

Students unite under stars at Gala de la Raza

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Ritmo Latino showcases its Hispanic heritage with a couples’s dance. By Michael Rodriguez Correspondent

Sprinkled glittery stars and dimly lit candles coated the bright silver table cloths and lights were strung around each pillar. This set the ambiance in the Decker Social Space for Gala de la Raza on Friday, Oct. 13. Union Latina, one of the College’s multicultural organizations, hosted the

event to celebrate multicultural diversity with the theme of “Bajo Las Misma’s Estrellas” or “Under The Same Stars,” according to the LionsGate page. Students eagerly dressed to impress, a night filled with cultural performances, dancing and delicious food. Ana Sofia, an English and women’s, gender and sexuality studies double major and president of Union Latina, believes the

event created a “unity of people.” “People of different backgrounds can come together,” Sofia said. “It’s a place where they can feel safe to express themselves.” The event allowed students to interact with different cultures that they may not have been exposed to otherwise. All while enjoying a range of lively music. The gala opened with performances from three of the College’s multicultural organizations — Barcada, Synergy and Ritmo Latino. Barcada gave a high octane performance of Filipino music, while Synergy blended pop-culture dance music. Ritmo Latino took advantage of its Hispanic background to put on a couples’s dance, switching from slow dance songs to more fast-paced sequences. The various music had students dancing and enjoying themselves amongst friends until the night concluded. Evan Saso, a senior finance major, took a break from dancing to praise the “cool environment” the gala created. Saso attended the gala with a group of his friends, but mostly wanted to meet

other students from different backgrounds. “The gala gives off a sense of unity. Here, I feel like I am able to meet more people like me,” Saso said. Students later rushed in line for the gala’s buffet style dinner, offering a taste of empanadas, white and brown rice, and much more delicious food. Kathleen Zarro, a senior communications major, attended the gala in previous years with her friends and was always satisfied with her experience. “This gala really opens my eyes. It raises awareness of diversity on our campus and the larger portion of the world,” Zarro said. The event created an atmosphere of safety for all students to relax and get to know people that they may have not met before. The cultural differences within the College’s community are often not acknowledged by the everyday student, but events like Gala de la Raza expose students to the different cultures that exist in our society today. “Events like this are important,” Sofia said. “Cultural awareness is now higher than ever, but we need to keep talking and celebrating our differences.”

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Named to Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women, Tiffany Dufu was a launch team member to Lean In and is Chief Leadership Officer to Levo, the fastest growing millennial professional network. Having raised nearly $20 million toward causes to benefit women and girls, she’s been featured in The New York Times, ESSENCE, O, The Oprah Magazine, and on NPR. She is a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, a sought-after speaker on women’s leadership, and has presented at Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit, TEDWomen, and MAKERS.

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Students seek last-minute tutoring for exams

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The College offers resources to benefit stressed students.

Every week, Features Editor Ashton Leber hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. As the College reaches its halfway point in the semester, students may start to feel the stress of preparing for midterm exams. If a student is struggling in class but doesn’t know where to turn, the Career Center in Roscoe West Hall has many resources available for those who need a little extra push. Students must know they aren’t alone in this process and that there are employees and volunteer students available to help with stress. If a student is behind in a class and doesn’t feel prepared for an exam, the Tutoring Center offers dropin study groups or one-on-one sessions. In 1974, The Signal reported on similar resources available to students that were struggling to get caught up in class, or for those just looking for a refresher before midterms. Located slightly on the outside of the campus across from the first parking lot in the building known as Martin House is the TSC Learning Center. Who’s it for and why is it here, are questions that you are probably asking. Well, the Center is for you, the student. It’s purpose is to help those who are having trouble grasping certain subjects and to teach you how

to make the best of your studying time. Don Davis is the intern and also coordinates the tutoring program. There are 10 peer tutors who have a specialty in one or more fields. They attend weekly training sessions and tutor no more than 15 hours a week. The Center is very much programmed to helping you, the student. “We can never say no to a student,” says Mr. Davis, “Even if it’s the last hour before the test at the end of the semester. If there’s a tutor available with no prior commitments to another student and this person feels that the one can help him, it’s his.” Many times the tutor discovers that there is a reading and comprehension of the material. They then refer you to one of the reading specialists. Sometimes an emotional problem is present, which shows itself academically. The general feeling that several people at the Center have is that students are coming out of high school less prepared than they use to be and that College Professors are still expecting the same, possibly more. If you are having difficulty with a subject why not stop by and at least talk to someone over there.

The Culinary Club Presents...

Lions Plate


Left: Pencil skirts are a wardrobe must-have for working women. Right: A black suit and tie is a classic fashion statement. By Jillian Greene Columnist As young professionals preparing to enter the real world, the laid-back outfits we wear to class most likely won’t cut it in the workplace. So get ready to replace sweatshirts and sweatpants with suits, ties, pencil skirts and heels. Although the College may provide basic learning foundations and critical thinking tools used in the workplace, the fashion resources on campus are limited. Luckily, you have me for some guidance! For students who worked at an internship before, you already know the deal. You probably went shopping and bought a few pairs of neutral-colored pants, shirts and cardigans to create multiple outfits. However, if you’re anything like me, you may have soon realized that those few pieces you bought just weren’t enough. About half of my closet is filled

: Insta-worthy milkshakes

Left: Lucious milkshakes are a popular trend. Right: Students enjoy delicious milkshakes in their dorm. By Julia Dzurillay Columnist You may have seen the crazy, extravagant milkshakes on Instagram, spilling out from dessert places like Black Tap in New York City. What if I told you that you could make those milkshakes in your very own dorm room, house or apartment? All you need is milk, a blender and some creativity for your own Insta-worthy drinks. The TCNJ Culinary Club has a delicious recipe for your favorite milkshakes. If Oreos aren’t your cup of tea, we invite you to throw your favorite sweets together to create a

with work clothes, but I continue to struggle piecing together outfits that aren’t too similar to what I wore the day before. Be careful not to get too comfortable with your work clothes though. Girls should avoid wearing black dress pants with a different colored collared shirt every day. Switching it up with pencil skirts and patterned shirts provides more options to choose from. You can also alternate the look between flats and heels. Contrary to popular belief, men also have a lot more choices than one may think. Black and blue suits are a musthave. Men can alternate between solid, striped and patterned dress shirts. This same logic can be applied to ties. To increase fashion variety, add different patterned socks, watches and accessories to your wardrobe. But don’t forget that you can’t go wrong with a classic black suit, white shirt and black tie paired with black dress shoes.

milkshake or smoothie that is tasty for you. Ingredients: 3 heaping scoops of vanilla ice cream ¾ cup of milk (preferably whole milk) 12 Oreo cookies 2 chocolate chip cookies 3 tablespoons of vanilla icing Whipped cream Directions: 1. In a blender, combine three scoops of vanilla ice cream, ¾


cup of milk and six Oreos. Blend until consistency is even. 2. Using a knife, cover the outer rim of two glasses with vanilla icing. Let it somewhat harden, about three minutes. 3. Put the remaining Oreos in a plastic bag. Using a spoon, smash them until the crumbs are about the size of a dime. 4. Roll the icing-covered rims of each glass in the smashed Oreos. 5. Pour the milkshake into a glass and top it with whipped cream. 6. Sprinkle remaining Oreo crumbs over the top of the whipped cream. 7. Add the chocolate chip cookie on top, and enjoy!

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Arts & Entertainment

Acting / Crowd goes wild at WIRED

Left: The characters freeze in time during ‘Repeat Sign.’ Right: Zander plays a ‘typical frat boy’ in ‘Of Mice and Milkshakes.’

continued from page 1

Cohen said, “not necessarily to learn your lines perfectly.” The plot for each show was left under the discretion of each group’s scriptwriters, but with just a few exceptions — each group had to integrate different plot twists and running themes throughout their performances. For instance, each script had to include and complete the phrase, “you’ve heard of Elf on the Shelf, but have you heard of…?” This was done in a number of creative ways, some lewd and others silly. During “Of Mice and Milkshakes,” which was directed by junior secondary education and math dual major Alyssa Fanelli, the young characters traveled through time from the shy days of the

mid 1950s to the in-your-face attitudes of the College’s students of 2017. A stereotypical fraternity brother, Mick Jagger (played by senior junior communications studies and journalism and professional writing double major Benjamin Zander), hit on poor Barbara, an avid student from the 1950’s James Dean High School. “You’ve heard of Elf on the Shelf,” Mick Jagger said, leaning toward her and wiggling his eyebrows, “but have you heard of hoe on a bro?” Both the ’50s kids and the audience felt nothing less than scandalized. The feeling only grew more prominent when the audience, and Mick Jagger, learned that innocent Barbara was actually R. Barbara Gitenstein, future president of the College. Each show engaged the crowd, either

through humor, or by actually breaking down the metaphorical fourth wall in the midst of the performance. During “Repeat Sign,” the fourth play of the night, directed by junior communication studies major Gretchen Newell, the characters let the audience members decide how the play would end — either happily or horribly. Even the actors hadn’t yet read the scripts to either ending. The audience voted against the happy ending, but the scriptwriters saw that coming. No WIRED production has ever ended badly, said senior chemistry major Eric Schreiber reading off of his script. And this one was no exception. Each play brought its own quirks, whether it was the alien hiding from the FBI on a farm in Alabama in “Farms: The Final Frontier,” or the identity of the mysterious murderer in “The Golf

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Cart Killer.” By the end of the night, cast and audience members alike were eager to learn the outcome of the competition. Winners included senior communication studies major Lauren Vogel, as best stage manager, junior marketing major Paul Chukrallah, as best director and “Farms: The Final Frontier,” as best show. “It was definitely hard earned this semester,” Chukrallah said. “Each show was so well realized and stood out in such unique ways.” The experience was what he hoped it would be and more. Chukrallah has participated in WIRED since his freshman year and he’s enjoyed every minute. “It’s easily one of my favorite parts of being at TCNJ,” he said. “I’m always happy to be surrounded by good friends and good theater.”

Accomplished Chinese poet shares famous works

Di’s poetry features themes of nature and life. By Nadir Roberts Correspondent

Zang Di, an award-winning poet, visited Bliss Hall on Oct. 3, to share a rich collection of contemporary Chinese works. Di began his career at Beijing University where he earned his doctorate in Chinese literature. He then began teaching Chinese literature at the university shortly after. Di is also a critic, editor and translator. He’s received multiple honors, including the 2005 Southern

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Literary World’s award for criticism and the Chinese Poetry Biennial Top Ten Poets Award in 2008. The poetry reading began with a soothing vibe erected by a 5,000-year-old Chinese string instrument called a guqin. The interactive poetry session allowed for a few of the listeners to read some of Di’s poetry. Since his poems were in Chinese, Jia-Yan Mi, an English and world languages and culture professor at the College, translated the poet’s words. Di’s reading consisted of 10 poems, each a different series from his collections, which all revolve around four

main elements. Di described his elemental messages as lyrics of emotion and romance, attention to nature, surrealism and humor. All elements were seen heavily throughout the night’s reading. Prior to reading each of the poems, Di explained the meaning behind his poetry and how what inspired him to write each work. “Humanity is like living in a urban city for so long,” Di said before reading his seventh poem, “Study of Primitive Man Series.” “We’re losing our spontaneousness,” he added. Di said that Chinese culture and Western culture are very different in how they approach various aspects of life. In Chinese culture, the secrets of meaning are in nature, whereas in Western culture, people search for the secret of meaning in human life and society, according to Di. Before reading his fourth poem, “An Anti Universe Series,” Di explained that Chinese culture involves the longstanding tradition of including landscape and nature in poetry — subjects that are much appreciated in his culture. As time began to wind down, spectators had the opportunity to ask Di questions. One student asked what crucial advice he would give rising poets. “First, writing is lonely, there’s no money, so you have to devote everything,” Di said of the impracticality of his calling. “This is what I like to do.” For many of the listeners, the poetry reading provided a different perspective on both American and Chinese culture. Janyyah Williams, a freshman mechanical engineering major, was able to gain a new appreciation and perspective from the poetry. “I liked how this was able to approach poetry in a different way,” Williams said. “It inspired me to write too.”

Chorale crafts cultural concert

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The Chorale performs a diverse repertoire of foreign-language songs. By Rachel Boland Correspondent

The melodious voices of the College’s Chorale filled Mayo Concert Hall on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. as audience members sat captivated by the music. The Chorale, comprised of 24 members, sang 10 songs in Greek, Russian, Latin and Slavonic. Singing an entire concert in different languages was a first for the Chorale, said Courtney Woods, a senior early childhood education and music double major. Many of the singers had to put in extra work to learn the lyrics.

“We couldn’t really read the symbols,” Woods said. “The texts had to be written out.” During the concert, the translated lyrics were projected onto a screen behind the students. Pictures of religious figures like Jesus and Mary were also shown to go with the religious theme of the music. For most of the songs, the Chorale was arranged so that the different sections, sopranos, tenors, altos and basses were mixed together. The only exception was the piece “Magnificat” by Arvo Part, where the Chorale members were organized by section because of the difficulty of the song. One of the audience members, Corinne Petersen, a junior special education and English double major,

said that the integration of the different languages made the concert more lively. She was especially excited for the second song, “Spaseniye Sodelal (Salvation is Created)” by Pavel Chesnokov. “Every language has its own music so I think it’s a really interesting experience when you listen to music that is beautiful (with) the added layer of a different language,” Petersen said. Lorena Limato, a senior music education major, favored the last piece, “Totus Tuus (Totally Yours)” by Henryk Górecki. Limato appreciated the ending of the piece because it “came down and focused you in.” “The harmonic material of it sometimes could be very consonant and melodic,” Limato said. “There were other times when the notes would clash with each other on purpose, making the hair on your neck stand up. I liked it.” The Chorale was conducted by guest conductor Richard Tang-Yuk. Tang-Yuk has over 30 years of experience conducting and is temporarily replacing the usual conductor of the TCNJ Chorale, John P. Leonard, who is on sabbatical. Tang-Yuk found it difficult to plan the program without knowing much about the Chorale or the students involved. However, students were eager to learn and were very committed to the music. “They learned the notes very quickly,” Tang-Yuk said. “After four rehearsals they had practically learned all the notes.” Tang-Yuk was pleased with the outcome of the concert. “I thought it went pretty well,” he said. “It wasn’t perfect, but there are no perfect performances. It’s all about the learning process for the students.”

‘Gerald’s Game’ thrills Netflix viewers


Jessica is trapped alone in a cabin after her husband dies. By Nicole Zamlout Staff Writer

Horror has held humanity entrapped since the dawn of time — perhaps because there really are monsters that go bump in the night. Or perhaps it’s because the real monsters are all too human. This is the thought Stephen King may have had when he wrote the story, “Gerald’s Game.” The Netflix adaptation of the same title certainly did, which made it amazing to see how the worst monsters look all too similar to us. The premise seems familiar to King fans: a married couple that struggles with intimacy and communication goes on a romantic getaway for the weekend. It quickly spirals into dangerous territory when the husband, Gerald, dies unexpectedly.

This leaves his wife, Jessica, alone and handcuffed to the bed in a remote cabin. The story took a surprising turn as we see into her memories, which unfold the story of a dark secret that led her there. As she fights to survive both her present predicament and the possibly of real monsters haunting her, she also battles her inner demons. In short, it’s a premise that can spin a tale we haven’t seen before. Some important things to note about the film is the fantastic cinematography, the perfect uses of plausibility and impossibility in the narrative (in the form of the elusive “Moonlight Man”) and the incredible acting done by the leads. All are worth merit, and all helped piece the story together into a horrifying story of hope. What truly surprised me in this narrative is the exploration of what

Sigmund Freud theorized to be the battle between the life instinct and death drive. In one of his lesser known works “Beyond the Pleasure Principle,” Freud theorized that humans have two drives. The life instinct, Eros, wants us to procreate and interact with our fellow humans. The other is our self-loathing, jealousy, anger and aggression. This one is called the death drive, or Thanatos. In the film, Jessica becomes panicked and sees manifestations of herself and Gerald as she tries to figure out a solution to her impromptu imprisonment. The manifestation that appears as herself is her life instinct trying to keep her on track and focused on staying alive. Gerald is her death drive, trying to sidetrack her and crush her hope of survival.

This war perfectly personifies this concept without being heavy handed or taking away from the film. The fact that this film dives into concepts like this while also scaring us with the possibility of the supernatural hanging too close is masterful to say the least. The director, Mike Flanagan, certainly knew that he wanted to illustrate the true horror of those kind of uncomfortable situations while staying true to King’s style of seamlessly interweaving the known from the impossible. Above all though, he knew that this was a story of hope. “Gerald’s Game” is a story about the resilience of the human mind and soul, how we can break free from the chains we and others can put ourselves in and one that reminds us how we can look at the sky without fear after the eclipse has passed.

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

Band Name: The Preatures Album Title: “GIRLHOOD” Release Number: 2nd Hailing From: Sydney, Australia Genre: Power Pop Label: Harvest Singer Isabella “Izzi” Manfredi is front and center on this record as she digs deep into the complex contradictions of being a modern woman. She turns different stages of her life into 11 soul-searching sonic gems. The song “Mess It Up” shows the musicality of The Preatures and is definitely an album highlight. This album has the faster jams like “Girlhood” but can also bust out the lighters with “Cherry Ripe,” a modern, drum-heavy ballad. Must Hear: “Girlhood,” “Mess It Up” and “Cherry Ripe”

Band Name: RAC Album Title: “EGO” Release Number: 2nd Hailing From: Porto, Portugal Genre: Alternative Dance Label: Counter Records André Allen Anjos is back for his second album just months after being awarded his first Grammy. In typical RAC manor, he is bringing in a myriad of great collaborators to help him out. Rivers Cuomo, Rostam Batmanglij, Jean-Philip Grobler of St. Lucia and many more all feature to make another album fit to fuel any party. If you love smart yet modern pop songs, you’ll surely love RAC. Give it a spin!

Jessica’s visions of her past haunt her.


Must Hear: “I Still Wanna Know (feat. Rivers Cuomo),” “Be,” “Heartbreak Summer (feat. K.Flay)” and “Unusual (feat. MNDR)”

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Towards an Applied Science of Research: Thinking More Deeply about

The Nature of Research so as to Nurture It Better Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 • 12:30 pm • Education 212

Jeffrey Y. Tsao, PhD

Sandia National Laboratories If research is to thrive, it must be nurtured; but if research is to be nurtured, its nature must be understood. In this talk, we discuss progress on a “reflexive” research agenda whose longterm goal is an understanding of the nature of research that is actionable.

Presented by the School of Science as part of its Colloquium Series and co-sponsored by the Department of Physics.

For more information, visit or e-mail

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Philly concert features two rockin’ bands

Trimble’s performance as lead singer of Two Door Cinema Club energizes the crowd. By Maximillian C. Burgos Sports Editor

Two Door Cinema Club provided a night that will live glorious splendor in the memories of everyone that went to its concert at the Electric Factory the night of Sept. 30. Fans from around the tri-state area came to see the band perform, waiting hours in line to get front row seats. The line went around the block as the night progressed, but the fans were rewarded for their wait. Two Door Cinema Club took a long time to take the stage after the opener, Circa Waves, left. For any casual fan, it felt like an eternity. For hardcore fans, it felt like they would never take the stage. When the lights finally faded, the crowd lost their minds. Fog filled the room and the lights accompanied the thumping drums as they flashed around the stage, highlighting each member as sound blasted into the room.


The lighting was phenomenal. Allison Glantzberg, a sophomore physics major, recalls being blown away by the band’s performance. “It was great how the lights accompanied the music,” she said. “Everything was so great. I was speechless.” Two Door Cinema Club played all of their best music. The lead singer Alex Trimble looked out to the crowd with a very distant graze as he delivered flawless vocals. Each song started and ended with the crowd roaring and jumping up and down. During the song “Are We Ready?” the crowd grew so loud, it was almost deafening. Glantzberg recalls not being able to hear. “I had to cover my ears for a second,” she said. “I couldn’t hear the band or the crowd. It was just a roaring mess of sound.” When Two Door Cinema Club performed its popular song, “Sun,” the band pretended to end the concert early and quickly left the stage. The crowd chanted, “encore” repeatedly. For a second, it seemed as if they would not come back

out, but once they did the night went from great to amazing. Two Door Cinema Club played through all of their songs in rapid succession. It was a nonstop thrill ride for fans like Glantzberg, who were drenched in energy the whole night. Circa Waves, an indie rock band formed in Liverpool in 2013, opened for Two Door Cinema Club. While many in the crowd weren’t familiar with Circa Waves, they were happily enlightened by the concert’s end. The lead guitarist of Circa Waves, Kieran Shudall, bursted onto stage full of electric energy. “How are you doing Philadelphia?!” Shudall yelled in his thick English accent. The audience responded with cheers and excited chants. He nodded, gave the crowd a wide earto-ear smile and roared, “I fucking love this city,” into the microphone, sparking more cheers from the crowd. Shudall started off the concert with a guitar riff for the ages. The music of Circa Waves was very melodic and had a heavy influence from the Strokes, but was original enough to not be a blatant ripoff. The music was energetic and only paused for the band to briefly introduce themselves after the second song. The drummer, Colin Jones, was a sweaty mess the entire night as he pounded away, breaking drum sticks left and right and tossing them into the roaring crowd. Circa Waves blasted their way through all of their more popular songs including “Wake up” and “Fire That Burns.” For such a young band, Circa Waves had great showmanship. Shudall never missed a beat with his intense vocals. There were moments where he would scream into the microphone, neck veins bulging but all anyone could hear was the crowd roaring with excitement. The fog from the stage rolled out the doors into the cold fall night. Two Door Cinema Club at the Electric Factory was a night that will be remembered for decades to come. “I’ve never been to a concert like that,” Glantzberg said. “They played everything back-to-back-to-back. They only stopped for water. It was great.” When the concert ended and the crowds shuffled out, most of the audience left the concert tired, drenched in sweat and a little deaf from the blaring music. In the end it was all worth it because nothing can replace the memory that the concert formed for each member of audience.

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Women’s Soccer

No. 3 Lions outlast Red Hawks in overtime By Michael Battista Staff Writer

The No. 3 ranked women’s soccer team continued its undefeated streak this season, getting past four opponents, including three New Jersey Athletic Conference teams. The Lions started off with a close 1-0 win over Gettysburg College on Oct. 4. The team then dispatched two NJAC teams in Ramapo College, 3-0, and Stockton University, 1-0, on Oct. 7 and Oct. 11, respectively. The team then began its regular season ending road trip on Saturday, Oct. 14 by winning an overtime nailbiter against Montclair State University, 3-2. At a special ceremony prior to the match against Stockton University, the team honored the six seniors on the squad. Forwards Hannah Richman and Christine Levering, midfielders Jessica Goldman, Kayla Bertolino and Elizabeth Thoresen and defender Kelly Wieczerzak were all praised for their commitment and multiple honors they have earned during their four-plus-year tenures. These seniors have been making some of the biggest impacts for their team. Each senior’s accomplishments were told to the crowd of 374. Things like Goldman’s first ever goal coming in her second game, Bertolino and Thoresen’s perfect starting records for the team and how Richman’s first game winning goal came this season against York College. “It’s so weird,” Bertolino said. “I’ve been through this a couple of years always as a underclassman and I didn’t exactly know what it would feel like. But it was

awesome. All the underclassman put on a great (event), they decorated the locker room and put so much time into this and it was really nice to see them do that for us. But it’s just weird that this is all coming to an end. But it makes playing that much more worth it.” In the team’s match with the Gettysburg College Bullets at Lions Stadium, the game was close after 20 minutes of back-and-forth play. The Lions had only managed two shots and neither team had taken dominate control of the game. The Bullets had miscues on the defensive side as well, kicking the ball backwards past their defenders. The team’s big break came with chaos in the Bullets’ box, as the diving goalkeeper missed a cross from Bertolino and set up Goldman for a goal in the 21st minute. During the game, the Bullets’ defensive efforts proved effective at isolating and cutting off players from making moves in their zone. Goldman and her team weren’t happy with how they played in the first half and even after pressing harder in the second half, she still saw missed opportunities. “We need to have composure in the box and there were times where we could have shot and we passed or we passed and we gave it away or we hist the crossbar,” Goldman said. “I think some of it was unlucky and some of it was we need to have more composure in the box.” Head coach Joe Russo gave credit and praised Gettysburg’s coaching and defensive talent. “I thought (the Bullets) looked really good in the back,” Russo said. “(They) played really defensive minded with five

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Levering is two goals away from the Lions all-time record. backs so they were pretty well organized. They’re always very well coached and their goalkeeper did well. They always had good numbers behind the ball so it was difficult to break down.” In the next game against Ramapo College, the seniors continued to be the key to the NJAC’s strongest offense. Thoresen notched two goals for her team. Her first goal came in the 23rd minute when the Roadrunners goalie saved a shot but left the ball prime for a rebound attempt. Her second goal came in the second half, after an opponent fouled her in the box to set up a penalty kick in the 82nd minute. With only nine seconds left before halftime, sophomore midfielder Alexa Pestritto ripped a 25-yard free kick just inside the

far post. In total, the Lions outshot the Roadrunners 27-1 in route to their 11th win overall and their fifth NJAC win. On the team’s last regular season home game against Stockton University, it was an underclassman who stepped up as the hero. Despite keeping the Ospreys from taking a shot all game, the Lions struggled to take control of the game. With the sky’s sporadically spouting showers that ranged from drizzles to light rain, the Lions couldn’t shoot the ball past the Ospreys net. Sophomore midfielder Taylor Nolan says that it took both teams time to adjust to the rain, and her side had missed key opportunities in the first half. see HAWKS page 26

Cheap Seats

USMNT’s failure signals change for American soccer

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Pulisic scores against Trinidad and Tobago. By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor

Forget about Freddy Adu or the 2-1 loss against Iran in the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. men’s national soccer team’s loss against Trinidad and Tobago on Oct. 10, was not a surprise. It was an inevitable failure and an embarrassment to all previous American teams who competed on soccer’s grandest stage. The team didn’t fail to qualify because of Panama’s controversial goal against Costa Rica or Honduras’ 3-2 victory against Mexico on the same night. The loss didn’t happen because the team played in a slippery pitch either. It was simpler than that. Taylor Twellman, a former USMNT player and analyst for ESPN, was blunt about U.S. soccer’s loss.

“And the discussion after Brazil, Max, was can we beat the Columbias, the Belgiums and the Argentinas of the world,” Twellman said. “You kidding me? We can’t beat Trinidad on a field that’s too wet and too heavy. What are we doing? What are we doing!” The failure was on the Americans who couldn’t notch a vital win against a team currently in last place of the CONCACAF World Cup qualification group. Trinidad and Tobago had no incentive to compete unlike the Americans. Christian Pulisic, a 19-year-old midfielder from Hershey, Pennsylvania, was anticipated to make noise at next year’s World Cup. Pulisic scored the U.S. team’s only goal against Trinidad and Tobago. Americans across the nation would be preparing themselves for another exciting month of World Cup soccer next year. Another World Cup appearance would maintain soccer’s gradual rise in popularity in the U.S. Instead, U.S. soccer misses out on the World Cup for the first time since 1986. USMNT’s current roster speaks volumes of the abysmal state of American soccer talent development. Forward Jozy Altidore, defender Omar Gonzalez and midfielder Michael Bradley have proven to be uninspiring competitors. Meanwhile, USMNT head coach Bruce Arena has insisted on using an aging core of forward Clint Dempsey, goalkeeper Tim Howard and forward Chris Wondolowski. While Arena has previously led the veterans to success, he has failed to develop the next generation of USMNT players. With the exception to Pulisic and defender DeAndre Yedlin, Arena hasn’t utilized their young talent like goalkeeper Ethan Horvath. Moreover, the younger players haven’t been able to compete on the international level. The USMNT U-23 team failed to qualify the past two Olympics. Twellman emphasizes U.S. soccer’s lack of talented youth. “As a whole, U.S. soccer’s not prepared,” Twellman

said. “They have not done a good enough job of getting this ground ready to play. And keep in mind, the last two Olympics, no United States team qualified.” While missing out on next year’s World Cup is devastating, it’s a necessary wake up call to the United States Soccer Federation. It’s time for change across all levels of U.S. soccer and it starts with youth clubs. There is a reason why soccer is the most popular sport in the world. Anyone in the world can play it. From the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to the sprawling fields of Reykjavík, Iceland and to the sweltering heat of Azteca Stadium in Mexico, any kid can play soccer — except in the U.S. Many poor and minority children cannot showcase their raw talent thanks to the exclusivity of clubs and academies. These organizations charge thousands of dollars for uniforms, registration and tournament fees, travel expenditures and club dues just for a child to have a chance to play. It’s an unfair pay-to-play system that shuns many children from low-income backgrounds. At the end of his speech, Twellman called for a drastic change in U.S. soccer. “If this failure does not wake up everyone from U.S. soccer to Major League Soccer, from pay-to-play to broadcasters, to everything, then we’re all insane,” Twellman said. Next year’s World Cup isn’t going to be the same without USMNT. Even though my parents raised me to be a fan of Mexico, I always loved watching USMNT make a splash at the World Cup. From players like Landon Donovan to the dedicated American Outlaws fan base, U.S. soccer has the talent and resources to be a premier national soccer team. Unfortunately, Bruce Arena and U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati just don’t embrace the motto — one nation, one team.

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Lions fight to stay in playoff contention

Afridi scores a goal against the Ospreys.

By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor

It has been a turbulent October for the men’s soccer team. During the week, the Lions lost to Manhattanville College, tied Stockton University before bouncing back with a win against Montclair State University. On Oct. 4, the Lions lost 2-1 to Manhattanville College at the TCNJ Soccer Complex. The team then traveled north to Mahwah, New Jersey, and lost their third consecutive match to Ramapo College, 1-0. Later on Oct. 11, the team settled in for a 1-1 tie in double overtime against Stockton University in Pomona. Returning to the TCNJ Soccer Complex on Saturday, Oct. 14, the Lions captured a resounding 3-0 victory against Montclair State University.

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The Lions caught themselves in a 2-0 deficit by the 65th minute against the Valiants. The team’s offense fought hard to stop the shutout. In the 80th minute, junior midfielder Nick Sample dribbled past a defender at the right side of the penalty box. Sample then passed to sophomore midfielder Sam Monaco who blasted the ball off the crossbar. Monaco quickly gathered the ball and netted in the team’s only goal of the match. With little time remaining, the Lions were not able to push the game to overtime. The Lions endured a 1-0 shutout against the Ramapo College, despite outshooting the Roadrunners, the Lions failed to score. The team’s offense was often foiled by Roadrunners senior goalkeeper Ryan Sprague, who an impressive caught 11 saves. In the 50th minute, Roadrunners junior forward Guilherme DeNovaes scored with an

assist by junior forward Trevor Albrecht. For the second time this season, a new goalkeeper debuted for the Lions. Freshman goalkeeper Daniel Mecadon made three saves in his first collegiate start. The Lions road trip continued into Oct. 11 when the Lions went the distance against Stockton University. The Ospreys proved to be a challenging opponent as they carried a 10-3 record coming into the game. Both teams held each other scoreless defensive battle in the first half. Freshman goalkeeper Michael Kayal and junior defender Nick Provenzano kept the Lions defense intact as the Ospreys drew in seven corner kicks. At the 67th minute, the Ospreys tallied the scoreboard when freshman defensive back Ervin Gjeli blasted a shot from 30 yards out with an assist from junior midfielder Dan Marino. The Lions wasted no time on a counterattack. After the goal, junior midfielder Matt Skinner set up two back-to-back corner kicks. Sample was able to land a shot on the second corner kick, but it was blocked by a defiant Ospreys defender. With five minutes remaining, freshman forward Abdullah Afridi scored his first collegiate goal and netted in the game tying goal off the middle of the penalty box. Both the Lions and Ospreys locked themselves in stalemate during the two overtime periods. In the second overtime period, senior midfielder Peter Dresch nearly ended the match when his shot ricocheted off the crossbar. After 110 minutes, the both teams settled for bitter 1-1 tie.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Lions pulled an upset against Montclair State University. Heading into the TCNJ Soccer Complex, the Red Hawks carried a 10-4-1 record and stood in third place at conference standings. The Lions caught the Red Hawks by surprise and shunned their offense to a 3-0 win. In the 20th minute, Skinner headed in the Lions first goal off a cross from freshman midfielder Ryan Vazquez. The team defended the 1-0 lead for the rest of the half as the Red Hawks shot on target five times. The team’s offense exploded in the second half when the Lions scored twice in 36 seconds. The offensive burst began when Vazquez snuck in a goal from five yards off a pass from Dresch. On the next Lions possession, the team succeeded in a free kick opportunity. Freshman midfielder Kevin Esteves booted a free kick to the penalty box where fellow freshman James Pike headed in the goal. The Lions secured the 3-0 lead and won their first conference match of the season. “This was a great win for our team to get into the playoffs,” said head coach George Nazario. “The team got the set-up goal on the free-kick and now we can carry the momentum into next Saturday’s homecoming against Kean.” With three matches remaining this season, the Lions will need to win all of the matches to qualify for the New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament. The Lions are currently in ninth with a 5-7-3 record. The team will need to climb to sixth place in order to qualify for the NJAC tournament.

Field Hockey

Field Hockey crushes conference with winning streak

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Left: Andrews scores off a penalty stroke. Right: Tiefenthaler puts the Lions on the board within the first three minutes. By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor No team in the New Jersey Athletic Conference was a match for the Lions, thus far. During the past two weeks, the field hockey team climbed to the top of the NJAC with four more wins, three in the conference and one out-of-conference. On Oct. 3, the Lions best the Rowan University Profs, putting up a 5-0 shutout at Lions Stadium. Later on Oct. 7, the team defeated No. 3 ranked Montclair State University, 3-0, on the road. The team returned to Lions Stadium on Oct. 10 and dispatched the Ramapo College Roadrunners in a shining 6-0 victory. On the Oct. 11, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced junior midfielder/ defender Sydney Padilla as the NFHCA defensive player of the

week for her notable defensive performances against Rowan and Montclair State Universities. On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Lions narrowly escaped Collegeville, Pennsylvania, with a tightly contested 2-1 win against Ursinus College. At home against the Profs, the Lions silenced their opponent’s offense despite both teams recording the same amount of shots. Sophomore forward Cayla Andrews and senior forward Elizabeth Morrison led the Lions offense as they both scored two goals. Andrews netted in the team’s first goal off a penalty stroke in the ninth minute. After, the Lions overwhelmed the Profs defense and forced five consecutive penalty corners. In the 30th minute, Andrews struck again with her second goal when she dribbled through and backhanded a shot solid from 10 yards out. The Lions offense did not stop

their offensive charge as Padilla netted another goal off a penalty corner pass off of an assist from junior forward Taylor Barrett. With the Lions up by three in the second half, Morrison carried the Lions offense to two more goals as the team got a 5-0 win. After the victory, the Lions faced a heavyweight conference matchup against the undefeated 12-0 Montclair State Red Hawks. The team posted another shutout victory as the Lions held the Red Hawks to only four shots. Freshman forward Tori Tiefenthaler got the Lions on the board in the third minute when she received a pass from sophomore forward/ midfielder Kayla Peterson and tapped in the goal. Both teams began to play more physically after the early score, recording 12 fouls. Morrison broke past the Red Hawks net in the 16th minute when she notched in her

eighth goal of the season. In the second half, Morrison scored again with seven minutes remaining. Andrews blasted a shot off a penalty corner kick and Morrison deflected the shot for her second goal of the game. Along with the three goals, the Lions also shunned the Red Hawks defense in the 3-0 win. On Oct. 10, the Lions posted another shutout victory as they trampled the Ramapo College Roadrunners, 6-0. Freshman midfielder Samantha Reed, sophomore forward Iris Schuck, Andrews, Peterson, Tiefenthaler and Morrison all netted in goals. Meanwhile, senior goalkeeper Christina Fabiano, Padilla and the Lions defense held the Roadrunners to only two shots. Unlike the previous victories, the Lions found themselves escaping with a 2-1 away victory against Ursinus College

on Saturday, Oct. 14. With both teams tied 1-1 in the last four minutes of regulation time, Tiefenthaler knocked in the game winning goal off the left corner with an assist from Andrews. The Lions are currently 10-2 this season and are undefeated in conference play with 4 wins. As of Oct. 10, the Lions are ranked fourth in the nation in the weekly Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III poll. The team will face one last conference match against Kean University on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at Lions Stadium. The match will be a battle of conference powerhouses. The undefeated No. 14 Kean University Cougars may complete their sweep of conference opponents and increase their 15-0 season record. Meanwhile, the Lions could make a statement as they compete against their fourth nationally ranked opponent this season.

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Football / Lions offense thrives in first victory

Osler records more than 300 yards against Red Hawks and Profs

Left: Lions gear up for Homecoming. Right: Busca holds down the defensive line.

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The Lions passing attack came to life in the game against the Red Hawks, but turnovers and a stagnant rushing attack ultimately hindered them. The Lions rushed for -28 yards and Osler threw three interceptions that hurt the Lions’ offensive progress. Coming into last Saturday’s game against Rowan University, the Lions hoped to pull off a win for the first time this season. Junior offensive lineman Ryan Signora commented on the game plan and how it differed from the previous week. “Between last week and this week we put an emphasis on finishing,” Signora said. “Our defense played phenomenally and Trevor (Osler) really took command and led our offense. We just wanted to make sure we were playing the game the way that we wanted to.” The Lions did play their brand of football against the Profs. They struggled with their ground attack for a second straight week as a team only tallied six total yards, due to several tackles for losses. But Osler took command of the Lions offense as he totaled 340 yards

through the air, a career high for Osler. Senior running back Khani Glover managed to have a productive day with 58 yards on 14 carries, despite the rest of team’s struggles in the backfield. Koenig played a large part in the Lions offensive attack for the second straight week. He also totaled 131 yards with four receptions and a touchdown. For the second straight week, Koenig broke off a huge 79yard touchdown play to help the Lions go off to an early lead. The game marked Koenig’s third-straight 100-yard game. But the play wouldn’t have happened if not for a stout defense stop by senior linebacker Troy Domenick. Profs running back Anthony Diorio tried to power the ball forward on the fourth down, but he was stopped by Domenick. The Lions offense then capitalized on the defense stop. Sophomore receiver Jack Clevenger made his mark with three catches for 68 yards. Senior tight end Chase Vena caught five catches for 46 yards. The Profs did have a chance to come back in the fourth quarter, but Busca tackled their quarterback for

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a huge sack that would force them to punt the ball one last time. The Lions received the punt and ran out the clock, winning the game 20-14. This week the Lions will face off against the Kean University Cougars on Saturday, Oct. 21 at noon at the annual Homecoming game. The Lions will be ready to keep the momentum going after their win last week. Signora expressed the Lions confidence going into Homecoming. “The team feels much more confident in ourselves after this win,” Signora said. “We have a big matchup this week and we are going to do everything possible to make sure we continue to ride the momentum and win this week.” Busca agreed. “We feel great,” he said. “We feel real confident. We have been feeling really confident coming into a lot of the games recently. It’s been a different process with a new coach but as soon as we bought in and starting trusting the system, we started seeing the things that we can do and accomplish. There is a lot more to come from us.”

Women’s Soccer

Hawks / Women’s soccer celebrates Senior Night with win continued from page 24 “I think at first it took awhile to get adjusted to (the rain), but we just know just to come out no matter what the weather is, no matter what the circumstances is and just play our hardest,” Nolan said. “We still had a tough game and we were able to pull it together.” Nolan found herself in position to pull her team into a lead after sophomore defender Jen McGrogan set up a pass from 40 yards out in the 51st minute. Nolan jumped up, headed the pass into the net and gave her team a 1-0 lead. Russo said in this part of the season, every game, especially NJAC games, is difficult. He liked how his team pushed through multiple obstacles and distractions for the win. “I like our perseverance,” Russo said. “Not giving up any goals is good. As you move forward and the games are getting more difficult, more difficult to score a goal and defend and win and not scoring multiple goals.” The Lions then started their four game road trip with a thriller in Montclair, New Jersey in the most exciting game of the season so far. The first half of the match seemed to follow the Lions set formula as they outshot their opponents, but couldn’t capitalize on crucial chances.

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Students were recognized for their accomplishments on Senior Night. In the 46th minute, Red Hawks sophomore forward Emily Beenders scored off a flick from Red Hawks freshman midfielder Imani Thompson. It was the first time all season that the Lions had trailed in a game. Beenders’ goal broke sophomore goalkeeper Nicole DiPasquale’s scoreless minutes streak at 1,099:54, now the seventh

-longest shutout streak in NCAA Division III women’s soccer history. The Lions countered and kept the ball in the Red Hawks zone for the next 14 minutes. After the team was awarded a third straight corner kick, the ongoing attack paid off as Nolan headed in Goldman’s kick to level up the score, 1-1, in the 56th minute.

Three minutes later, Pestritto stepped up for a free kick 25 yards out from the middle of the field. She smashed the ball into the top right corner to give her team the lead. Even with the Lions quick turnaround, Montclair kept pushing. The next shot the Montclair took in the 76th minute would not only be their last all match, but it tied the match and sent the game to overtime. The first overtime period proved to be the only one necessary as the Red Hawks failed to maintain the ball or take a shot. An early corner by Goldman led to a header from freshman defender Devon McDonough which hit the post. The play was followed by another header that Bertolino saved. The game sealing sequence saw the Red Hawks give up a foul in their own box in the 96th minute, allowing Levering to step up and crush the penalty kick goal, earning her second overtime winner of the year. Levering’s goal also moved her into a tie for second place in Lions history with 55 career goals. Levering is now just two points shy of the Lions all-time record. The Lions continue their road trip against No. 16 ranked Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Later on Saturday, Oct. 21, the team travels to Union for a conference match against Kean University.



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Grant Playter “The Ref”

Sean Reis

Staff Writer

Tom Infante

Managing Editor

Bryan Penney-Hadewycz

ATD Correspondent

In this week’s edition of Around the Dorm, “Ref” Grant Playter asked our panel of three experts — Sean Reis, Thomas Infante and Bryan Penney-Hadewycz — three questions: Will DeShaun Watson continue to be one of the highest scoring quarterbacks in the NFL? Can the Cleveland Indians bounce back next year after losing the New York Yankees in the ALDS? Who won the Adrian Peterson trade — the New Orleans Saints, the Arizona Cardinals, or both?

1. Will DeShaun Watson continue to be one of the highest scoring quarterbacks in the NFL? Sean: A few weeks ago, I called DeShaun Watson “an average quarterback, at best.” In the weeks that followed, he has proven me wrong. Watson was a great quarterback in college, but I didn’t think he had what it took to be a great quarterback in the NFL. I might be wrong. His yards per game has been “average... at best” and he turns the ball over as much as most rookies do, but his quarterback rating still sat at a strong 100.7. He also has the second most touchdowns as of week five. He’s managed the team well on a high-powered offense. With the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts coming up on Houston’s schedule, I see no reason why Watson won’t continue to be one of the highest scoring quarterbacks for the time being.

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Tom: The Houston Texans are great this year and a lot of that is due to DeShaun Watson’s talent as quarterback.

He’s got the arms and legs combo. He can make big time throws and run like his life depends on it. At 22 years old, he

has nowhere to go but up. He’s also got the support of the talented wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Bill O’Brien as head coach and fill-in offensive coordinator also contribute to Watson’s success. Unless he gets injured, I wouldn’t expect Watson’s performance to slow down anytime soon. Bryan: DeShaun Watson has started off his NFL career in record-breaking fashion, beating Marcus Mariota’s record for touchdown passes through his first six games. With Watson being on pace to break the rookie touchdown passing record, it is very likely that he will continue to dominate the league. The only thing that could possibly impede him from doing so would be injuries which have been plaguing many great players this season. However, his mobility on the field may be enough to keep him off of the injury report and put him into the record books.

Sean gets 3 points for admitting he was wrong. Bryan gets 2 points for bringing up previous record holders. Tom gets 2 points for mentioning the role of DeAndre Hopkins.

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2. Can the Cleveland Indians bounce back next year after losing the New York Yankees in the ALDS? Sean: The Cleveland Indians have been one of the best teams in baseball for the past two seasons and they will continue to be one of the best next season. 2016 wasn’t Cleveland’s year, it was

the Chicago Cubs’ year. 2017 wasn’t Cleveland’s year either. A young Yankees team had too much momentum and they came to play. However, next season has the potential to finally be Cleveland’s year because the Indians will bounce back. The Indians are only losing three key players to free agency: Jay Bruce, Bryan

Shaw and Carlos Santana. The rest the team’s key players will return with more experience and ready to bounce back. Tom: The Cleveland Indians are a great team that has a lot of potential to do better next season. The only reason they didn’t make it further in these playoffs is because they were matched up against the greatest baseball team of all time, the New York Yankees. Most people I knew had no expectations of the Yankees to recover after losing the first two games, but they did it. Cleveland has some phenomenal pitchers like Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, but even the deep bullpen couldn’t stop Didi Gregorius from pounding home runs. The Indians still have a lot of potential to do well next year, and manager Joe Girardi got to keep his job, so it’s really a win-win.

Bryan: Blown leads can be something that haunts a team for many years, or something that motivates them to go farther. For the Cleveland Indians, the former will be true. Having blown a 3-1 lead in the World Series against the Cubs in 2016, and losing the ALDS to the Yankees after being up two games to zero, it would take incredible

mental fortitude for these losses to not haunt them. Also, the upcoming offseason means that they will lose star power from players like Carlos Santana, Jay Bruce and Bryan Shaw. Losing players that add a lot to the team, and having back-toback heartbreaking years should spell failure for the future of the Cleveland Indians.

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Tom gets 3 points for highlighting the Yankees. Bryan gets 2 points for talking about the impact of morale. Sean gets 1 point for mentioning the lack of roster changes.

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3. Who won the Adrian Peterson trade — the New Orleans Saints, the Arizona Cardinals, or both? Sean: Both teams won the trade. The New Orleans Saints already had a somewhat veteran running back with Mark Ingram and

now they have a bright young star with Alvin Kamara. These two perfectly contrasting running backs run a split-back system. Peterson was washed up and wasted in the Saints backfield. In the Cardinals backfield, however, Peterson can fill the hole that the injured David Johnson left behind. Johnson won’t be back on the field until at least Thanksgiving and a veteran running back like Peterson is exactly what the Cards need right now in a struggling offense. The Saints didn’t necessarily gain much, but they also definitely didn’t lose. Meanwhile, Arizona won a valuable new piece until Johnson gets back. Tom: It’s weird to trade an actual player for a future draft pick, but the New Orleans Saints wouldn’t have let star running back Adrian Peterson go unless they are expecting to really take advantage of having a conditional pick in the 2018 draft. The Saints still have Mark Ingram (a New Jersey native) as a solid running back, so the team

Sean gets 3 points for bringing up Ingram and Kamara’s relationship. Tom gets 3 points for talking about short-term versus long-term. Bryan gets 1 point for being positive.

may be gearing up to find a replacement for the aging Drew Brees. Though, he’s still doing well as quarterback. Since the Arizona Cardinals currently have Peterson and the Saints have a fresh hole in their offense, I would say that the Cardinals definitely benefited more in the short run, but the trade has the potential to help New Orleans more in the long run. Bryan: The Adrian Peterson trade was a great bit of business for both the Saints and the Cardinals. After his minimal use in the first few weeks, Peterson was visibly and vocally unhappy with the

Saints’ decision-making. On the other side, the Arizona Cardinals’ star running back David Johnson dislocated his wrist meaning he will be out for some important mid-season weeks. Simply put, the Cardinals needed a running back and the Saints do not need anyone causing drama off of the field. By trading Adrian Peterson for an unconditional draft pick, both teams get what they want, and after this week’s games showing Peterson rush for 134 yards and the Saints beating the Lions handily, both teams should be content with the trade.

Winner’s Circle Tom wins ATD 8-7-5

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Lions school Profs at Rowan Homecoming

Left: Osler winds up to throw the ball to Koenig. Right: Jesse Streb tackles a Profs running back. By Maximillian C. Burgos Sports Editor

The College’s football team spoiled Rowan University’s Homecoming game and won its first game of the season, 20-14, on Saturday, Oct. 14. On Oct. 7, the Lions fell at home against Montclair State University, 21-17, in a game where they held their first lead of the season going into halftime. During the game, senior quarterback Trevor Osler set a career high passing yardage total with 308 yards against the Red Hawks only to shatter it the very next game.

Senior quarterback Trevor Osler earned the New Jersey Athletic Conference offensive player of the week honor for his performance against the Profs, where he threw a career high 340 yards and three touchdowns. He completed 25 out of 32 passes while the Lions marched to their first victory of the season. The Lions handled the Red Hawks well in the first half of their matchup, mounting a 17-7 run coming into halftime. Osler connected with senior wide receiver Thomas Koenig twice for scores to help the Lions achieve their first halftime lead of the year. One of the touchdowns was a pass caught

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in stride by Koenig on his own 40-yard line where he outraced the Red Hawks defense for an 80-yard touchdown. Koenig had a big day, catching 10 passes for 181 yards and a total of two touchdowns. He carved up the Red Hawk defense, who couldn’t cover him for more than a few seconds in the first half. Yet again this season, the Lions played a strong first half only to falter in the second half. Junior linebacker Max Busca commented on the second half struggles for the Lions. “It was a combination of things,” Busca said. “We had trouble moving the ball at some points, but really it was the first two

drives coming out of halftime where (Montclair) scored on the first two drives. They made adjustments and we weren’t able to come back with adjustments of our own until the third drive in.” The Lions were confident that they could win and hold the Red Hawks from scoring after halftime. Though the Lions lost, the team looked good. Busca commented on this confidence against the Red Hawks. “We settled a little too early in the game,” Busca said. “We got a little too confident. We needed to keep pushing and finish the game.” see FOOTBALL page 26

Cross country outpaces competition in invitationals

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Johnson takes third place at DeSales.

By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor

While students were on fall break, the men’s and women’s cross country teams were chasing top 20 positions at two invitationals. On Oct. 7, the Lions traveled to Center Valley, Pennsylvania, to compete in the DeSales University Invitational. The men ran their way to a seventh place finish out of 28 teams in the 5000-meter race. The women claimed ninth place out of 22 teams in the 5000-meter race as well. The following Saturday, Oct. 14, the Lions excelled in the

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Gettysburg College Invitational. The men finished in second place out of 25 teams. Meanwhile, the women took first place for the second time this season, outpacing 31 other teams. 268 runners competed at the DeSales University Invitational. Senior Dale Johnson pushed himself to a third place finish with a time of 26:10. More than a minute later, freshman Pelle Nogueira captured 32nd place and clocked in at 27:20. Fellow freshman Alex Carideo came in later as he finished in 41st place with a time of 27:38. “I look forward to seeing how much our runners improve

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as the season goes on,” Johnson said. “We’re a lot deeper than we’ve ever been and the younger guys are already setting the tone for future success.” Sophomores Evan Bush and Chris Coombs crossed the finish line in the top 100 positions. Lastly, sophomore Lucas Pick and freshmen Cedric Noel and Noah Preihs were able to reach in scoring positions. At the women’s 5000-meter race, the freshmen led the Lions as they competed against 225 runners. Freshman Jessica Hrnciar secured 47th place with a time of 25:31. Just nine seconds later, fellow freshman Casey Hopkins ran to 51st place and clocked in at 25:40. Afterwards, freshman Jill Neggia and sophomore Kiera Cullen placed within the top 100 spots. At Gettysburg, the men’s cross country team ran toe-totoe with 239 runners in the 8000meter race. Freshman Robert Abrams secured sixth place with a time of 26:06. Junior Quinn Wasko made it to tenth place and clocked in at 26:27. Fellow junior Brian Mitchell was only a second behind as he claimed

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12th place with a time of 26:28. Freshman Joey Erskine followed up and claimed 15th place with a finishing time of 26:32. Junior Luke Prothero and sophomores Richard Gruters and Andrew Dyer were able to get within the top 35 of the race. The women’s cross country team outdid their fellow Lions and won first place overall in the 6000-meter race. Junior Natalie Cooper led the team with a second place finish, clocking in at 22:35. Not long after, fellow junior Madeleine Tattory got fifth place with a time of 22:50. Sophomore Gabby DeVito took eighth

place and clocked in at 22:59. Just seven seconds later, junior Erin Holzbaur claimed ninth place, hitting the clock at 23:06. Juniors Abigail Faith and Emma Bean and freshman MaryKate Bailey reached within the top 55 of the race. The men’s and women’s cross country teams will now gear up for the New Jersey Athletic Conference championships at Stockton University on Saturday, Oct. 28. The men will be looking to claim their 24th consecutive conference title, while the women will be looking to claim the title after falling short at second place last year.

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Cooper takes second in the 6000-meter.

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