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Shooting / Suspect remains at large
Campus Police works to ensure safety of students “He has a happy spirit. He’s a happy person. From hearing things from all different angles, I never heard of him being involved in any crimes or in the streets, or anything negative.” —Raymia Geddes
continued from page 1 a few houses down from the victim and across the street from her daughter and grandchildren, didn’t know about the shooting until Thursday afternoon, when she saw emergency personnel outside Green’s house. “When I saw all the engines down there, I thought either one, it’s a fire, or two, one of (Green’s pet) snakes got out,” Vairo said. Though the College sent out an emergency text message
to students, Vairo did not receive any alerts from the township or public schools. “The area should be notified,” Vairo said. “Something, say, ‘stay indoors’ or ‘be careful where you go,’ or ‘keep your children.’ That’s what my concern is, the kids. That’s what scared me when I found out this afternoon: all these kids.” Green, a graduate of Ewing High School, was an employee at FD Subs and would occasionally stop at the Dollar General next door. Raymia Geddes, a part-time employee at Dollar General, said she knew Green from when he came into the store, and spoke with multiple customers about his character. “He’s a friendly individual,” Geddes said. “He’s pleasant. He smiles. His temperament is a mild temperament. He has a happy spirit. He’s a happy person. From hearing things from all different angles, I never heard of him being involved in any crimes or in the streets, or anything negative.” Lanning — which is known as a safe and quiet street, according to multiple local residents — is just off Pennington Road, across from the College. This is the first murder in Ewing in 2017, according to Mayor Bert Steinmann in a report from The Trentonian. “This is not a place where you have to worry about crime,” Geddes said. “People walk around anytime of
Green performed under the name ‘Savy G.’
night, walking dogs, walking with their babies. You never worry about anything.” In response to the incident, Campus Police will patrol Lanning Street, where some students live off campus, according to Campus Police Chief Tim Grant.
Diversity / Students kneel in solidarity for marginalized groups Protest serves as reminder of College’s future plans for inclusion
Miguel Gonzalez / Sports Editor
Students kneel to protest stereotypes and misperceptions.
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“We take a knee for our melanated
community that has been deemed a threat due to misperceptions, stereotypes and fear,” Serrato said in his “take
a knee” speech. The peaceful protesters not only called for strides to be made for racial equality, but also for inclusion and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. “We take a knee for the LGBTQ community who has been subject to many accounts of homophobia, transphobia and hate crimes,” Serrato said. “We take a knee for the necessity of diversity, inclusion and exposure that is needed to acknowledge and alleviate the hardships that minorities face.” There has been recent controversy on what “taking a knee” represents. While some believe that kneeling is an act of defiance against President Donald Trump, participants of the Homecoming protest knelt to demonstrate their lack of acceptance for marginalizing minority groups. “This is a reminder of where we need to go as an institution and where we’re going,” said Trahan Jr., the College’s
director of diversity and inclusion. Trahan plans to hold campus-wide diversity events such as Critical Conversations, a speaker series on diversity, to promote inclusion and acceptance of minority groups at the College. Danielle Parks, a junior philosophy major and the vice president of Black Student Union, believes the event was fitting to occur during Homecoming to mirror the movement’s prevalence at NFL games. “It represented the unspoken marginalized pain,” Parks said. “It spread awareness. These issues are alive and well. I didn’t want to miss it.” Once the event concluded, participants gathered around Serrato and thanked him for organizing the event in a heartfelt moment. The peaceful protesters were happy to have raised attention to diversity and inclusion issues on campus and leave spectators with a clear message about what it means to take a knee.
SFB funds Caribbean Game Night, Interactive Dinner Theatre By Eric Preisler Production Manager
Two events planned for November were fully funded at this week’s Student Finance Board meeting. The Haitian Student Association was funded $510.01 for HSA Caribbean Night, which the board tabled at last week’s meeting. The event will be held on Nov. 30 in the Student Center from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. This event allows students to come together and relax before a stressful week of finals. Students can play games such as dominoes, which is common in Caribbean culture, according to the event’s proposal packet. “Caribbean Game Night is a chance for the caribbean students to
experience a fun game night filled with laughter, jokes and music,” according to the proposal packet. HSA wants to represent other Caribbean cultures at this event, in contrast to previous years. Instead of exclusively serving Haitian dishes, HSA plans to include Jamaican dishes, such as jerk chicken. “It’s our way of including other Caribbean cultures on campus, because we are HSA but we are trying to expand to other Caribbean clubs on campus,” said Rosebernoude Cherilus, the president of HSA and a sociology and anthropology double major. All College Theatre was fully funded $1,975 for its annual Interactive Dinner Theatre, which
will be held on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. in the Decker Social Space. Tickets will cost $8 for students and $10 for general admission. ACT expects a turnout of 150 people per night. Expenses include funding for catering, props, costumes, and hair and makeup. “It allows a lot of students to get involved in different aspects,” said Natalia Byrdak, a senior interdisciplinary business major and president of ACT. The show will also provide some improvisation between the performers and the audience. “It gives all of the actors a really good opportunity to improvise and a really good opportunity to interact more one on one with the audience,” said Molly Knapp, a junior public
Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor
The board fully funds HSA’s Caribbean Game Night.
health and women’s, gender and sexuality studies double major and the treasurer of ACT. The show is written by students, and includes roles for
actors, directors, stage managers, designers and more. Multiple extras are also used in the show, so no one who auditions will be cut from the production.
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