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November 14, 2012
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‘Dancing in the dark’ at Dev’s performance Cold War Kids bring expressive, eclectic act
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Cold War Kids join Dev at Kendall. By Thalia Ortiz Production Manager
Electro-pop sensation Dev, one of this year’s headlining performers, was nothing short of a crowd-pleaser at the College Union Board’s annual Fall Concert. The singer had an animated stage presence during the concert and immediately
got the crowd moving by performing familiar hits including “Like A G6” and “Naked.” Dressed in all black with gold stud embellishments covering her shoulders and her voluminous bouncy bob hairdo, Dev looked like a superstar. Although she was not accompanied by the Cataracs during her show, Dev performed alongside DJ SourMilk, who brought club inspired beats that boomed throughout Kendall Hall. She even had backup dancers who gave the show a futuristic feeling by dancing in a robotic style that fit perfectly with her songs. The audience remained standing throughout her entire set while actively dancing along with the singer. When Dev ended the concert with her hit single, “Dancing in the Dark,” she sent an energetic vibe through the cheering crowd and made a memorable impression. Dev also remained true to her “singtalk” performing style throughout the songs giving her performance a modern feel that distinguished her from other pop artists. Although some would compare her musical style to that of other artists like Ke$ha, Dev finds that her influences are what separates her from everyone else.
“I think that naturally everybody is different,” she said in an interview with The Signal. “I think that a lot of my music has a lot of influences, whether it’s bay area (hiphop) music, bands or the words that I use. I mean, every human is different so I think every pop artist is different.” On another end on the music spectrum was the concert’s co-headlining band, Cold War Kids. With hits like “Hang Me Up to Dry” and “Hospital Beds” (covered by Florence and the Machine), Cold War Kids played a range of songs that gravitated towards the indie-rock genre. When asked how their music became molded into this expansive genre, Cold War Kids admitted that originally they were not aiming toward the indie scene. “I don’t necessarily know if we were an indie-rock band when we started, but then everyone called us that and we thought, ‘Oh, that’s what we are,’” the band said. “It was not something that we said until started really moving and shaking. I think we liked a lot of bands like Spoon and Tom Waits and tried to put those things together in our own way.” see DEV page 19
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Dev lights up the stage with energy and style.
John Donohue Holt tackles health care Meet New career at College
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Holt explores the future of Congress. By Julie Kayzerman Staff Writer
“My Congressman is a rocket scientist” bumper stickers can be found on automobiles all throughout New Jersey’s 12th Congressional district. This, of course, refers to one of only two current research physicists in the House of Representatives. Congressman Rush Holt spoke to the College about the future of health care in
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his presentation, “After the Election, where do we go from here?”, in the Education Building on Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. This event was sponsored by the Public Health Communications Club. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there,” said Holt while speaking about the Affordable Health Care Act. “I think that relatively soon, people will come to realize that this is one of the great changes.” Congressman Holt has been in office since he was first elected in 1998 and was just reelected on Tuesday, Nov. 6 as a member of the Democratic Party. Holt acknowledged the commonly heard rumors that people believed Congress was passing the bill without even reading it. “The problem with making public policy is trying to understand what this year’s message is (from the people),” said Holt in response to critics of the bill. According to Holt, President Obama has not received much credit for his leadership in getting the country to make this bold move towards better health care. However, Holt did acknowledge that the President’s leadership faltered with the specifics of the bill, which is where the disfavor from the public derives from.
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By Amy Reynolds Features Editor
When John Donohue first heard about the College, he didn’t know very much about it. But as he read more and talked to various people, he was soon impressed and began to wonder, “Why don’t I know more about this institution?” Donohue most recently served as executive vice president for development at the United Negro College Fund, but for the 13 years before that worked on college campuses heading college advancement programs. “I wanted to go back to the college campus,” Donohue said. “I missed students.” However, working at colleges wasn’t always in his career plans. At the State University of New York at Oswego, Donohue studied biology and was certain he was going to be a biologist. Yet he soon realized that this wasn’t his passion and, after college, he began pursuing a career in human resources, working for United Way as a professional fundraiser
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immediately after graduation. After a national search, the College chose Donohue as its vice president for college advancement. Donohue officially began his career at the College on Monday, Oct. 22 and oversees fundraising, communication and marketing, government relations, alumni relations and the College’s private and gift receiving foundation. see DONOHUE page 11
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Donohue gets to know students.
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Delta Phi Epsilon Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Veterans Day Program Students, faculty and veterans come together
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Politics in Afghanistan College vets honored Out of violence, democracy
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Tarzi exposes ‘The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly’ of Middle Eastern politics. By Brian Kempf Staff Writer In a country where less than half of men and less than 15 percent of women are literate, ballots for a single seat of parliament are 600 candidates long, and war criminals hold the highest positions in government, it can be easy to be cynical about the future. Even with a growing intelligentsia and free press, Amin Tarzi, director of Middle East Studies at the Marine Corps University, gave a drab prognosis for Afghanistan in his lecture last Thursday, Nov. 8. Despite being the location of America’s longest war, Afghanistan is often on the periphery of the public’s consciousness. But with the International Security Assistance Force withdrawing in two years (right before the Afghan parliamentary elections), violence and unrest may still reign. Tarzi framed his lecture in the context of “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” – with a wink and nudge to the 1966 Clint Eastwood western. Ronald Gomez, freshman international studies major, thought this “a good allusion to how bad Afghanistan really is.” Indeed, Afghanistan does have a vibrant (often unrestricted) press, blossoming intelligentsia (particularly in its urban educational centers, full of fed-up young people), and existing democratic constructs, such as the inclusion of a parliamentary system and relatively free elections. With respect to the Hamid Karzai government, Tarzi commented, “You can say that they have been corrupted, violated, marred with violence … (but) they are still respected.” The state has also made strides since the 1990s, when political disputes were taken to
the street with small arms and Afghanistan made the unfortunate distinction of being the only country to have Scud missiles lobbed at either side in a civil war. By comparison, “the bad” and “the ugly” are almost unsurprising, but much more horrid. Tarzi compared the U.S. mission in Afghanistan to “façade-building” rather than nation-or state-building. He adds that “We still don’t have a strategy in Afghanistan,” – a dire prospect for a country with which the United States has been involved since 2001. And according to Tarzi, “Afghanistan is not worth a single American blood.” Though Afghanistan has more women in its parliament than the U.S. has in its congress, the Afghan constitution is among the world’s most repressive if it were applied. Making matters worse, an amnesty bill passed in 2007 grants immunity to the “unspeakable” crimes that have occurred since 1978 that have resulted in over a million deaths. Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that international security forces will withdraw from Afghanistan before elections are held, making for a volatile political climate in a country where war is always fresh on citizens’ minds. In Afghanistan, politics are personal rather than a “broad-based discussion of ideas” and ethnic groups inflate their numbers for the hope of more political clout. But there are glimmers of hope: Tarzi believes that the “Afghan elite, if given time, will steer the country towards one that does not hurt others,” but it cannot simply be wished this way. Yet as the older, more violent generation passes, a new one arises where the peaceful, democratic ideal is alive and well.
By Natalie Kouba News Editor
Every year on Nov. 11, veterans are remembered and honored for their service and the sacrifices they have made to defend the freedoms Americans are lucky to have. Veterans at the College are no different. At the Veterans Appreciation Day Program, “Honoring Our Own,” the veterans at the College were honored and remembered on the morning of Friday, Nov. 9. Associate director of financial aid, Robert Alston, began the ceremony by asking the veterans in the room to stand for the audience to recognize them. The Business Building lounge was nowhere near as packed with people as Alston mentioned it was each year. However, he said Hurricane Sandy may have prevented several people from coming. About half the attendees stood, indicating they served in a war, while the audience applauded. Alston recited “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley, saying, “They are the masters of their fate. They are the captains of their soul.” After the posting of the colors by four ROTC students at the College, Alston introduced Benedictus Paraan, an Air Force veteran and 24-year employee at the College. Paraan was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. when he was 15 years old. “Joining the military was our way of giving back to this country and the American people,” Paraan said. But in
1987, and after serving a short time in the Air Force, he was told he was not allowed to reenlist or wear his stripes because he “was not a naturalized citizen.” He quickly got that taken care of so he could serve again. Paraan saw the Berlin Wall fall, fought in Desert Storm, and served in Tallil Airfield where the infamous Jessica Lynch capture story took place. He teared when he spoke of 9/11 and how it “changed America and the world,” and laughed when he described some of his bases in the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean, which “sounds like a vacation.” One of the moments that affected him while in service was not when he was fighting at all. A fellow veteran and his wife had recently separated, and Paraan’s friend had stopped keeping in touch with everyone. His ex-wife began to worry and hacked into his email account, where she found a suicide note the veteran had not yet sent out. Paraan notified his sergeants who then contacted his friend before he could harm himself, and got him the help he needed. “My guardian angel kept me safe,” Paraan said, as he had experienced others were not so lucky. Veterans and families of the ones they lost were honored at the ceremony. Kimberly Geonnotti, the Library’s bookkeeper at the College, is a gold star mother. She lost her son D.J. in Iraq, but was not able to attend the program. “We paid a hefty price for the freedoms we have today,” Paraan said.
SFB: internal meeting By Julie Kayzerman Staff Writer The Student Finance Board met on Wednesday, Nov. 7 to discuss internal issues as there were no presentations of external issues due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter that followed. The next SFB meeting to discuss the appropriation of Student Activity Funds (SAF) will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
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Holt commented that the process of passing the bill in Congress “is like sausage being made … You don’t want to watch it.” Holt portrayed the Affordable Health Care Act as a piece of legislature that will give families the ability to cover expensive medical conditions for their children without being denied. It will also require insurance companies to spend 85 cents out of every $1 to actually go towards health care, where in the past only about 65-75 cents went toward health care. “There will surely be some changes, but overall I think it will work,” said Holt explaining that provisions of the bill that also place more of an emphasis on preventative medicine and prohibits the discrimination of women. “As far as I can tell, health care reform is working, contrary to what you heard during the campaign,”
Holt said. He explained that just as Medicare in 1965 helped seniors, “the Affordable Health Care Act will change America.” The Congressman stressed the idea that the people of America are not well informed about the provisions of the bill and don’t understand that these provisions will actually help them. “People in America are not very good at thinking statistically,” Holt said. “I’ve laid this out as a pretty attractive piece of legislation,” said Holt, “but you wouldn’t know it,” as a result of the public opposition due to misinformation. The Congressman also blatantly opposed the theory that Obamacare is socialized medicine. The Congressman said that the President seized on the need for better health care early on which was a very important step in leading this country. But Holt added that problems arose from the President not seeing the bill through
completely and letting it go back and forth in Congress. Holt referred to the process of passing the bill as a “communications disaster” between the government and the people who are not fully educated about the benefits of the bill. But Holt assured that “if you are in America, you can count on having good health care,” and promised that as the provisions take effect, the American public will be in favor of the bill. Holt then went into a question and response session in which a question was asked to the congressman regarding Karl Rove’s visit to the College and his claims that employers will drop insurance plans because health care will be covered by the Federal Government. Holt responded by saying that Rove has underestimated Congress. Holt explained that he doesn’t believe that employers will drop insurance plans
because there is sufficient motivation not to such as human morals, taxes and fines. “We’ll see how it goes,” said Holt. “I don’t think we will see another attempt to repeal Obamacare.” Another question was asked about what Obama can do to unite the U.S. people as one, despite the clear divide shown by the popular vote in last Tuesday’s election that was almost 50/50. Regarding the electoral votes, “It was an unmistakable win by the President,” Holt said. He acknowledged the polarization of the country by sects, income, race, ethnicity and region, etc. “There are many real division and fault lines in this country,” said the Congressman. Holt joked that the best way to deal with this divide is to find a common enemy such as alien invaders from outer space. However Holt said the more likely solution is to “gain a sense of national purpose” by creating
things, adding value in production and “making commitments in a bold way that recognizes that we have an economical crisis that needs to be dealt with.” In solving this problem Holt proposed that “now is the time for really bold federal and national expenditures.” He used the example of the G.I. Bill and how the country was in debt but still spent money on the G.I. Bill which was extremely successful and uplifting. “We could find that unifying purpose if we go about it the right way,” Holt said. “This country needs inspirational talking and this President is capable of doing that.” Kevin Bazer, freshman liberal arts math major, was pleased with the event. “It was great to see someone as notable as Rush Holt come to the College,” Bazer said. “It gave me a chance to learn more about issues concerning my state and Holt’s stance on them.”
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Co-founder gives small loans for big promise By Peter Fiorilla Sports Assistant Teach a man to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime, but loan him $1,000 to start a small fishing business and you have given him the power of microfinance — a Nobel Prize-winning concept Ryan Mathew of the Intersect Fund passionately advocated for in the Business Building lounge Monday.
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Mathew enlightens the audience on microfinance.
Mathew’s claim to fame is co-founding the Intersect Fund, a non-profit that has grown into New Jersey’s largest microlender, after exploring the community near Rutgers’ New Brunswick campus as a student and being “depressed” with what he saw. “You go four blocks in any direction off campus or downtown, and you realize you’re in another world,” Mathew said. “You look a little deeper at the numbers, and you see that in the city of New Brunswick there’s one in three families in poverty. That means one in three families — so imagine a family of four — are living on less than $20,000 a year. I don’t know what that is … That’s bad.” Mathew found a common theme among local residents with low-paying service jobs, though. “We started hearing the same thing over and over: A lot of people had informal side businesses they were running as a way to put food on the table.” That is when an unconventional but increasingly popular response to poverty caught his eye: microlending, the act of giving small loans — the Intersect Fund’s average is $2,000 — to low-income individuals. “It was one of those things that you read about in a New York Times story and you get really excited about, because it’s a sustainable solution,” Mathew said. Microlending is fueled by the idea that many lowincome individuals, if given an opportunity to prove themselves, can better their economic situations in life through sheer ability and determination. When reliable clients take out loans and the system works, the ceiling for any one individual depends solely on his or her own potential. “If you grow this business and your primary source of revenue is this business, who are you limited by?”
Mathew said, comparing a business owner to a service worker whose hours are controlled by a third party. Microlending originally met the needs of thirdworld countries like Bangladesh when economist Muhammad Yunus started it through the Grameen Bankin in the 1970s, but had exploded into a worldwide way of doing business by the time Yunus accepted a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in 2006. To determine whether candidates for taking out loans can be clients, the Intersect Fund has a threepart test: first, potential borrowers have to show that they need a loan for a viable business opportunity; two, show they can afford it; and three, prove they are likely to repay it. Under the test the Intersect Fund’s return rate is above 98 percent, and by fostering client relationships and hiring local officers that know the lay of the land, an improbable idea born out of boredom has grown into a massive source of local entrepreneurship in the time Mathew graduated from Rutgers. “In the three years since then we’ve raised over $2.5 million, we’ve trained over 1,000 entrepreneurs, and we’ve made over 250 business loans,” Mathew said. “We do more business than the four other non-profit microlenders in New Jersey combined.” The takeaway from sophomore economics major Matt Scapardine of Net Impact, the student organization interested in socially innovative economics, was that microlending and the Intersect Fund are an example of how College students can get out there and positively affect the world around them. “Even though we’re college students, we also have the opportunity and the ability to reach out to our communities — in very simple ways, it doesn’t take a lot of work — to make a difference,” Scapardine said.
Emitting the truth, student spills her guts
By Thalia Ortiz Production Manager
An intoxicated female student was found by Campus Police vomiting on the bathroom floor of the first floor of Wolfe Hall on Sunday, Nov. 11 around 12:30 a.m. The student was sitting in a shower stall attempting to speak to a staff member of Residential Education. According to Campus Police, they observed alcohol emitting from her breath as she spoke. The student’s eyes were glassy and she could not balance herself as she tried to stand up. When asked where she drank the alcohol, the student told Campus Police that she has been drinking shots of vodka on a floor in Travers. She was issued a summons for underage drinking.
A victim of theft reported a stolen iPhone to Campus Police on Sunday, Nov. 11 at approximately 4 p.m. The student placed the phone on a table in the dining hall in Eickhoff to “save the table,” according the police. When he returned, the phone was nowhere to be found. There is no further information at this time. … A student reported a case of credit card theft to Campus Police on Wednesday, Nov. 7 around 1:10 p.m. The student called her credit card company on Saturday, Nov. 3 and found that charges were made on her credit card that she was unaware of. The victim was unable to find the credit card in her room. The student canceled her credit card on Nov. 5, according to police. There is no further information at this time.
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Identity statement for College in the works By Natalie Kouba News Editor
The possible identity and promise statements for the College were presented, discussed and critiqued at the Student Government meeting last Wednesday, Nov. 7. These statements will be used to describe the College, along with its goals and overall purpose. Kyle Magliaro, senior marketing major and executive vice president of SG, presented on behalf of the Identity Task Force for the Committee on Planning and Priorities. Magliaro said the presentation to SG was only the first step in moving forward with the strategic plan. He also stressed the importance of making these statements strong and effective, as “when (other institutions and communities) see TCNJ, this is going to be what they think of.” After presenting both statements, SG members weighed in, critiquing the wording, length and overall purpose of the statements. The proposed identity statement was long, tying together the founding of the College with the present role,
impact and environment of the school. Some SG members disagreed with the statement regarding the College as “the best undergraduate institution in the nation.” While they agree the College is a respectable institution, they do not believe it is the best. “It is a nice statement and I think it applies to TCNJ, but it could apply to other institutions as well,” said Devin Dimmig, vice president for governmental affairs and junior history and secondary education double major. Annie Montero, junior communication studies major and vice president for student services, said the statement was, “very inconsistent, very inaccurate and very generic.” While the statements received some praise, SG members expressed their concerns, which will be taken into consideration when they are revised. The Table Tennis and Ski and Snowboarding clubs were presented and passed after a brief debate. A few SG members anticipated potential problems arising from the Table Tennis club, since they do not have their own location where they would practice. Instead, they plan on meeting early in the mornings in
the Brower Student Center, relying on the early hours to provide those free tables. However, they cannot reserve tables, so there is no guarantee they would have tables to play on when they meet. With enough fundraising, they hope to eventually relocate to a more stable practice area. SG passed the clubs, finding strengths in the interest in them on campus, support from their advisers, and ideas for fundraising. Here for Home was praised at the meeting, and reiterated the importance and purpose of the campuswide effort. Christina Kopka, SG president and senior Spanish and marketing double major, cleared some confusion among SG members who thought Here for Home was a relief effort intended for the Bonner Program. Both Kopka and Magliaro stressed that Here for Home is not solely affiliated with Bonner, but with all student organizations. Kopka explained that Here for Home is the College’s response to the Hurricane Sandy disaster, which funnels the energy from all student organizations into one outlet accessible to all students.
Post-election debates Breastfeeding as art ‘Nursing the Nation’ By Emma Colton Staff Writer
Panel analyzes Obama and Romney’s campaigning strategies. By Brian Kempf Staff Writer The Citizens United court case, which led to the creation of “Super PACs” by allowing unlimited campaign contributions from corporations and unions, was frequently cited as playing a large role in the 2012 elections. Whether or not it did is open for interpretation. After all, didn’t most of the subjects of attack ads (from Barack Obama to Massachusetts senator-elect Elizabeth Warren) win? Thursday’s election results panel, which included professors Daryl Fair, Stuart Koch and Daniel Bowen, discussed the campaigns, the elections and the implications. “If money is speech, I therefore conclude that speech is money, though I’m not sure that would work if I tried it at Dunkin Donuts,” Fair concluded, a political science professor, when discussing the infamous case. The Obama campaign did not exactly start packing once the 2008 election had finished. In this sense, according to Koch, Obama and his team completely out-strategized Romney’s, focusing on making sure that generalized groups such as AsianAmericans or young voters were getting out to vote and doing so for President Obama. This is in contrast with Mitt Romney, who managed to get more than 60 percent of the white male vote. However, this coalition – due to the increasing amount of minorities in the States – is increasingly integral for winning elections. It did not help that Romney had gone out of his way to attack other Republican presidential hopefuls such as Rick Perry for being “soft” on immigration. This was a large factor in Romney acquiring less than 30 percent of the Hispanic vote. Perhaps, however, the reasons for
Obama’s decisive victory were more systemic. The Obama camp indeed ran a stellar campaign and overwhelmed the Romney camp’s efforts. In Ohio alone, the Obama campaign had set up over 131 field offices, whilst the Romney campaign had only 40. It did not help that the electoral college, in its current form, favors Democrats. Eighteen “blue states” were already sewn up before the election even started, and Ohio’s status as a “battleground” state is even now up in the air. A further detriment to Romney’s campaign was that Obama “hit often, early, and dirty,” attacking Romney even in the earliest days of the Republican primaries. Finally, Superstorm Sandy did Romney no favors, as it left President Obama in a very visible, decisive position in the most crucial days of the campaign. But where does this leave the state of the country? Six billion dollars have been spent on this year’s elections, and the country is more or less in the same place it was before. If anything it’s leaning slightly more Democratic. It seemed clear to the panelists that the mandate was to further tax earners making over $250,000 a year, as well as letting the Bush tax cuts expire. A more widereaching implication is concerning the Republican Party. Obviously, it can no longer rely on white male voters to win elections. There are now more women and Hispanics at the Capitol – an interesting dynamic for the party who seems to have embedded in its platform xenophobia and suppression of women’s rights. With President Obama’s second term set in stone, the new agenda seems to be deficit reduction, immigration reform and energy independence. Political observers could note that this sounds eerily similar to the Republican party platform, begging the question, “What did $6 billion really buy?”
Complemented by countless examples of European art depicting breastfeeding mothers, the “Colloquium for the Recognition of Faculty Research and Creative Activity” on Wednesday, Nov. 7 explored the European obsession with breastfeeding. Nominated by academic colleagues, history professor Cynthia Paces gave an engaging presentation, “Nursing the Nation: Gender and Visual Culture in Modern Europe.” “All women can do this, but you have to have a nice couch,” Paces said, wittily remarking on the accepted breastfeeding beliefs of the 19th Century. A self-proclaimed lover of Prague, Paces’ talk stemmed from her findings of Czech visual culture and gender, which she thoroughly explored in her most recent book, “Prague Panoramas: National Memory and Sacred Space in the Twentieth Century.” While taking frequent trips throughout Europe, Paces examined art, specifically sculptures, with a sensitive eye for gender and its relation to nationalism. This eye led her to her current project, studying late 19th and early 20th Century European images of breastfeeding mothers. “The hallmark of the Victorian era is the hystericization of women,” Paces said. She explained the inundation of how women were told to properly maintain their bodies, especially to ensure healthy reproduction. This bombardment pushed the women to hysteria. Paces explained that the deluge of physical and sexual ideals of the era was
followed by an influx of woman having more prominent roles in society, especially professionally. Infant formula was created in 1867 and allowed women more freedom to work outside the home, Paces explained. However, the formula was challenged by critics, because they found connections between the artificial food and the rising deaths of infants. “I just thought it was really interesting because I never thought to look into something like that before,” said Sarah Ponsini, freshman secondary education and history double major. Paces then presented various public ads denouncing the use of infant formula to the crowd of attentive professors and students. Some of the ads were tender, like a healthy mother and a suckling infant. Others depressing, like a darkly dressed mother sobbing over an empty crib. “The one thing I see over and over again is the German public campaigns are scary. You know, they always have graves. And the French ones, they’re always, like, the mother and she’s watching the baby, and there’s a poem at the bottom,” Paces said. These words couldn’t be more true to form. By far, the most horrifying and hysterical of the ads presented by Paces was a German ad from 1906. It was illustrated by menacing gravestones aligned in a cemetery. The gravestones marked the amount of deaths of bottle-fed infants to breast-fed infants. The bottlefed gravestones towered above the breastfed gravestones. Paces explained that whether the ads were warm or menacing, they all had one thing in common: The mother was responsible for the health of her child.
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Paces takes a closer look at breastfeeding in European art and ads.
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SPRING 2013 REGISTRATION Updated Updated APPOINTMENT PERIOD Updated Registration Period for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Thursday, November 8 through Tuesday November 20
Your enrollment appointment reflecting the first time you will be eligible to register for both the Spring and Summer 2013 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 Monday, November 26th will be subject to a late registration fine. Graduate Students have until 11:59pm on December 15th: Undergraduate: $150 Graduate: $125
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Nation & W rld
Israel hits Syrian targets EL HAZEKA, Golan Heights (AP) — Israeli tanks struck a Syrian artillery launcher Monday after a stray mortar shell flew into Israel-held territory, the first direct clash between the neighbors since the Syrian uprising began nearly two years ago. The confrontation fueled new fears that the Syrian civil war could drag Israel into the violence, a scenario with grave consequences for the region. The fighting has already spilled into Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. “We are closely monitoring what is happening and will respond appropriately. We will not allow our borders to be violated or our citizens to be fired upon,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday in a speech to foreign ambassadors. While officials believe President Bashar Assad has no interest in picking a fight with Israel, they fear the embattled Syrian leader may try to draw Israel into the fighting in a bout of desperation. Israeli officials believe it is only a matter of time before Syrian rebels topple the longtime leader. The conflict has already spilled over into several of Syria’s other neighbors — whether in direct violence or in the flood of refugees fleeing the bloodshed. More than 36,000 Syrians have been killed in the fighting, according to estimates by anti-Assad activists. On Monday, a Syrian fighter jet bombed a rebel-held area hugging the border with Turkey three times, killing 15 to 20 people, according to
In this Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 photo, activists collect garbage from the streets of Aleppo, Syria.
a Turkish official. Separately, eight wounded Syrians died in Turkey, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media. Potential Israeli involvement in Syria could be far more explosive. The bitter enemies both possess air forces, tanks and significant arsenals of missiles and other weapons. Although the Israeli military is more modern and powerful, Syria has a collection of chemical weapons that could wreak havoc if deployed. Fighting between the countries could also drag in Syria’s close ally, the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah, or Islamic militant groups in the Gaza Strip on Israel’s southern flank. Israel has warily watched the
fighting in Syria for months, carefully trying to avoid any involvement. It has found itself in a difficult position as the fighting rages near the frontier with the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau it captured from Syria in 1967 and later annexed. A number of mortar shells have landed in the Golan in the past week. Early this month, Syrian tanks accidentally crossed into a buffer zone along the frontier for the first time in nearly 40 years. Israel has little love for Assad, who has provided refuge and support to Israel’s bitterest enemies through the years. But he and his father before him have kept the frontier quiet for nearly four decades, providing a rare source of stability in the volatile region.
Capital city report
Gov. Chris Christie announced the end of gas rationing, effective the morning of Tuesday Nov. 13. He also announced that 600 displaced families can move into the former Fort Monmouth military facility. N.J. Transit’s executive director says partial service on the agency’s damaged coastal line could resume operation as soon as next week. The N.J. State Assembly and Senate Democrats are prepared to vote on a new minimum wage bill that will raise it from $7.25 to $8.50. Gov. Christie said that he might reconsider his calls for an income tax cut if revenue collections take a big hit from Hurricane Sandy. Seaside residents and property owners can finally drive into their town after Sandy. All info from AP Exchange
Full agenda on the Hill
• CIA Director David Petraeus was shocked to learn last summer that his mistress was suspected of sending threatening emails warning another woman to stay away from him, former staff members and friends told the Associated Press Monday. • Two weeks after Superstorm Sandy, while most utilities have restored electricity to nearly all of their customers, there was one glaring exception Monday: a Long Island power company with more outages — almost 60,000 Monday — than all the others combined. • Greece’s international creditors are proposing giving the country two more years to reform its economy, but European finance ministers were split Monday over how to put together a comprehensive deal to help Athens dig out of its mountain of debt. • The puppeteer who performs as Elmo on ‘Sesame Street’ is taking a leave of absence from the iconic kids’ show in the wake of allegations that he had a relationship with a 16-yearold boy. • Natural gas is suspected to be the cause of a massive, deadly explosion in an Indianapolis neighborhood on Monday. Officials checked gas lines and a homeowner said a problem furnace could be to blame. All info from AP Exchange
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns Tuesday to a crowded agenda of unfinished business overshadowed by the urgent need for President Barack Obama and lawmakers to avert the economic double hit of tax increases and automatic spending cuts. Before serious budget negotiations can begin, lawmakers will tackle leftover legislation on trade with Russia, military budgets and aiding farmers still reeling from the summer’s drought. The first days back will be a mix of old and new — choosing down-ballot leaders in the Senate while the 12 new members, three Republicans, eight Democrats and one independent, are introduced to their colleagues. The House will welcome some 70 new members who will get a crash course on how Congress operates with a class on ethics Wednesday. While the nation’s voters endorsed the status quo of divided government — a Democratic president and Senate, a Republican
House — Obama cruised to re-election and his emboldened party gained seats in both the House and Senate. In the new political order, Democrats will hold a 55-45 edge in the Senate if independent Angus King of Maine caucuses with them as expected. Republicans’ advantage in the House narrows and likely will stand at 233-201. The question over the next seven weeks is whether Obama and Congress can agree now or later on how to slash $1.2 trillion from the deficit, raise revenues with possible changes in the tax code and address the entitlement programs of Social Security and Medicare. And they also have to figure out how to stop across-the-board cuts to defense and domestic programs totaling $110 billion next year. Crucial in the House this week is passage of legislation that would end Cold War trade restrictions so that U.S. exporters can take advantage of the lowered tariffs and greater market access that accompany Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization. Russia officially joined the WTO in August and the United States is alone among more than 150 WTO members in not being able to enjoy the more open Russian market. A Senate bill would cut about $400 million a year out of the food stamp program’s almost $80 billion annual cost while the House bill would cut about $1.6 billion from food stamps annually. Conservatives have said neither version makes deep enough cuts. The biggest question in the House leadership ranks is whether Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., remains in her leadership job.
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One response to Karl Rove
Karl Rove, ‘The Architect’ of the Bush administration, visited the College on Oct. 10. By Vincent Aldazabal I saw Mr. Rove speak in a packed Kendall Hall on October 10. Mr. Rove, representing the far right, is bringing a more radical type of conservatism to the forefront of American politics. With Fox News, Rove has the power to relentlessly distort truth. Meanwhile his Super PAC-GPS Crossroads allows for the unlimited and anonymous donations of millionaires leaving our democracy open to the vices of a wealthy minority. Mr. Rove made it clear that some are more welcome to entitlements in this country than others. The most interesting aspect of Rove’s visit was when he was asked to defend the economic policies of George W. Bush. He defended the Bush tax cuts and stated that the Obama administration continued them, all the while not mentioning the true context of the extension. In 2010, Democrats hoped to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which after over eight years would deliver healthcare to the heroic responders at Ground Zero in a new tax package. In order to fund this healthcare provision, Democrats hoped to discontinue the tax breaks for the wealthy seen under Bush to balance the funds needed for the aid. However, Republicans in the senate, while needing 60 votes, in a ratio of 57 in favor to 42 opposed
defeated the tax package inclusive of the healthcare bill (New York Times, Hernandez). It was under the cautioning of Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat from New York, that the only way to pass the tragically overdue relief was to allow a short continuation of these tax cuts (Hernandez). Before he was known as “The Architect,” Rove was an unscrupulous, cunning and stealthy young man who over time developed into an even greater unscrupulous, cunning, stealthy politician. According to a Washington Post article, when Rove was 19 years old and at the time a student of the University of Utah, he engaged in a deliberate and filthy political smear against Alan Dixon who was a Democrat running for Secretary of Treasurer in Illinois. The young man first infiltrated Dixon’s campaign office under a false identity, stole 1000 sheets of paper with campaign letterhead, printed fake campaign rally fliers promising “free beer, free food, girls and a good time for nothing” and distributed them at rock concerts and homeless shelters. This type of behavior was echoed most notably under the Bush administration. In making sure any doubts among the intelligence community in regards to the status of WMD’s in Iraq were smothered and kept from public view, Rove led the way as a political hit man. When Joseph C. Wilson a former US Ambassador came out publicly in a New York Times Op-Ed titled “What I Didn’t Find in Africa,” contradicting the Bush administration’s claim that Saddam Hussein was seeking to gain WMD’s from Africa, “The Architect” and his cohorts began an irreversible and shameless smear against Wilson’s wife and leaked her identity as a CIA agent. After speaking, Mr. Rove agreed to take one of my questions as he waited for his car. I proceeded with my inquiry, “History has revealed to me that wars fought on foreign soil have been far removed from a national level of consciousness, there have been over 2,000 suicides” — and Mr. Rove unfortunately began to get in his car refusing to respond. Karl Rove was incredibly instrumental in designing and marketing the Iraq War, which today is stark naked in the face of justification evidenced by consensus amongst historians. Viciously dominating his political field, Rove is a man who relishes in exploiting people’s ignorance and craves power like few other American politicians this country has ever known. This man is the high master of deceit.
What are you looking forward to eating most on Thanksgiving?
– Kayla White, freshman elementary education & English major
– Mary Kennedy, freshman open options major
– Kelly Goense, freshman health & exercise major
“Birthday cake since it’s also my birthday.” – Jordan Koziol, freshman finance major
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Making an effort to do some good
Over the course of the past few weeks, we’ve witnessed the power of student organizations coming together to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Despite their differences, students from all sorts of campus groups have joined forces for AP Photo a greater good. Each club can bring its distinct Organizations, such as Here For Home, come together to provide a powerful force strengths to the table and help create change in in achieving mutual objectives. a positive way. As explained in our last issue, Here For Home The Weekly Poll: is a collaborative effort among the entire student body, faculty and staff to help in the wake of Quotes of What are you looking most forward to Hurricane Sandy. the Week about Thanksgiving ? No one needs to be reminded that our state is just beginning to catch its breath after the • Spending time with family. most devastating storm in its history (not to • Getting a break from classes. • Eating pumpkin pie. mention a Nor’easter thrown in a week later), “This country • Going shopping on Black Friday. but the response to this crisis has been unbeneeds lievably impressive. cast your vote @ tcnjsignal.net ! inspirational It seems like there’s a new way each day that talking and this students can get out there to assist with the relief efforts, whether through bringing donations or President is Previous poll’s results traveling to affected areas. Unlike other campus capable of doing Did you vote on Election Day? events that frequently receive low attendance, that.” • Absolutely, I wanted to make my voice students seem invested in participating. heard. 67% — Congressman Rush Sports teams have held fundraising games • I voted beforehand with an absentee ballot. 33% Holt, speaking at the to support storm victims (like the field hockey • I would have, but I wasn’t registered. 0% College last week match among club teams written about in this • No. I don’t think my vote matters. 0% week’s Sports section). Other clubs have been holding drives to collect everything from baby food to children’s books. Some student groups “You don’t have to are selling shirts and donating all the proceeds. be perfect, to be Campus groups have even organized multiple tcnjsignal.net significant.” blood drives since the College has come back Telephone: Mailing Address: to session and the community as a whole seems Production Rm - (609) 771-2424 The Signal — Kristen Haglund, Business Office - (609) 771-2499 c/o Brower Student Center to be working to help those most affected by 2008’s Miss America, The College of New Jersey Fax: (609) 771-3433 P.O. Box 7718 Email: email@example.com who spoke for Eating this storm to recover. Ewing, NJ 08628-0718 Ad Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Disorder Awareness It is through coming together that student Week Editorial Staff Thalia Ortiz groups accomplish the most, instead of overly Production Manager focusing on why they may seem different. Jamie Primeau Chris Rightmire – Signal Editorial Staff
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HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Thanksgiving Closing A Notice for TCNJ Residential Students Dining Hours for the Week of November 19: MONDAY, 11/19: The Atrium –7:30 am-9 pm TDubs – 6 pm– 1 am BSC Food Court– 7 am-8 pm Library Café– 7:30 am-1am The C-Store– 10 am-1:30 am The 1855 Room–11:30 am-2 pm The Rat– 11:00 am– 10 pm Fair Grounds– 7:30 am-2:30 pm Kineticart– 8:30 am-5:30 pm Education Café-- 9 am-7 pm TUESDAY, 11/20: The Atrium- 7:30 am-9 pm TDubs – 6 pm– 1am BSC Food Court– 7 am-8 pm Library Café– 7:30 am-1 am The C-Store– 10 am-1:30 am The 1855 Room–11:30 am-2 pm The Rat– 11 am– 10 pm Fair Grounds– 7:30 am-2:30 pm Kineticart– 8:30 am-5:30 pm Education Café– 9 am-7 pm WEDNESDAY, 11/21: BSC Food Court– 7:30 am-3 pm All other dining facilities are closed. THURSDAY, 11/22SATURDAY, 11/24 All dining facilities closed SUNDAY, 11/25: The Atrium– 4 pm-9 pm TDubs – 6 pm– 1 am The C-Store– 5 pm– 12 am The Library Café– 5 pm-11 pm All other dining facilities are closed.
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Donohue / First month continued from page 1
“The institution deserves to be better known across the nation and even around the world,” Donohue said. “It’s an outstanding institution with a great reputation.” But with every new job comes new obstacles. After Donohue’s first week at the College, Hurricane Sandy hit. However, this gave him a chance to reflect on his first week as the vice president of college advancement and to begin thinking and planning about how he wants to proceed with the oversight and management of his department. It also gave him the time to get to know the campus better. In fact, during the week that students had off because of the storm, Donohue ate his meals in Eickoff and sat with various students in order to get to know them. “I wanted to hear their story, where they come from,” he said. “By nature, I’m a story-teller. I like to create narratives that really kind of paint a picture for folks because that’s what helps people reach a decision that they want to support an institution. They have to hear a story that compels them.” In the near future, Donohue plans to reach out to alumni through events and wants to create chapters around the country where College alumni can come together more frequently. He also plans to utilize
social media to reach out to younger alumni in particular. Currently, Donohue is taking the time to meet with each and every member of his staff to get to know them and understand what their skills and inspirations are in order to utilize them to reach the goals of the College. “I’ve always been a believer that, as a head of a department, my responsibility is to help my staff,” Donohue said. Donohue believes that alumni can play a crucial role in recruiting prospective students and wants to set up mentoring programs between alumni and current students. For December, Donohue’s goal is to get in touch with as many alumni as possible and renew their gifts and contributions. His plan is to focus heavily on alumni engagement through major gifts and to work with alumni who have significant means to do impactful things at the College,
such as supporting scholarship foundations and supporting faculty in research. As for now, Donohue is looking forward to the day when he can say that the College has one of the finest advancement programs. He’s also looking forward to the days when the College can announce major gifts and scholarship programs on a daily basis. “One of my tasks, one of my aspirations is to help build the national image for The College of New Jersey,” Donohue said. He explained that he’s had a wonderful career thus far, and is excited to start a new chapter of his life here at the College. “I’m just really pleased to be here,” Donohue said. “And this institution, from what I can see so far, just has fabulous students, a really talented, accomplished faculty and a great future. I can’t think of any place I’d rather be.”
Campus Style By Victoria Moorhouse Columnist Antoine Lopez, junior international business major and international student from France Antoine is wearing a navy blue and white-striped v-neck sweater with grey skinny jeans, a camel peacoat with toggle buttons and converses. All of his clothes, except his shoes, are made by French brands. How do you figure out what you are going to wear? It’s the first day I’m wearing my winter coat because of the snow. I thought that it was going to be cold today, so I should wear my coat today. How would you describe your style? Between casual and classy. Somewhere in the middle. Not sportswear because that’s not me — definitely. Not too casual. Is there anyone in the media that you really admire for the way that they dress? That’s an interesting question. No, I like fashion in general. I don’t have a person or a celebrity that I follow.
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Currently, John Donohue is taking the time to get to know his staff and the campus.
What’s one trend that you despise? I am not a big fan of rain boots. I
Victoria Moorhouse / Columnist
Leather boots and a pair of jeans is a great classic look.
know that it’s very popular here. I understand why they are popular — with the weather. I am not a big fan at all. What is a trend that you really like? For winter? Boots. It’s between leather boots or the classic Timberlands. If you could give advice to the guys around campus, what would you tell them? Go for the leather boots and a pair of jeans. It works.
Comida deliciosa at Mexican Mariachi Grill By Amy Reynolds Features Editor
It’s easy to find a great nearby pizza place in order to satisfy those late-night cravings. Finding good Mexican food, on the other hand, is a tad more difficult. Mexican Mariachi Grill, located just minutes from the College in Ewing, offers a great variety of fantastic, authentic Mexican food. And although Mexican isn’t my favorite type of cuisine, I’d say it was pretty darn good. In order to sample as much food as possible, I ordered the Mariachi Plate, which includes a medium-sized pork burrito, a chicken tostada, two flauto tacos, a small quesadilla, rice and refried beans. Basically, A LOT of great food. My friends ordered a large amount of food as well. Between the four of us, we had the Mariachi Plate, a pork burrito, a surf and turf burrito, a chicken torta and a chicken tostada. And all of it was really good. When I first got my plate, I didn’t even know where to begin — there was so much food. I eventually decided that the cheese quesadilla was a good starting point. I wouldn’t say that it was anything special, but it’s hard to go wrong
with a quesadilla. Next, I decided to devour the pork burrito. Although it was good, there were a lot of beans in it, which I wasn’t expecting. It did, however, beat any burrito that you could find on campus. The chicken tostada was a little difficult to eat, but it was definitely worth the mess that it created. The chicken to lettuce to bean to cheese to sour cream ratio was perfect. In addition to the great entrees, Mexican Mariachi Grill offers free chips and salsa with every meal. The chips are unlimited, but you’re only allotted two small cups of salsa per meal. However, since the portions here are so large, all those extra chips aren’t necessary. Mexican Mariachi Grill also has a very authentic atmosphere, and the workers are very friendly. As soon as we walked in we felt very welcomed. It was also fairly inexpensive, especially for the amount of food that we got. My meal, which could have easily fed two people, was only $10. Even though I’m only up for Mexican food every once in a while, I’m pretty sure my friends are planning to make a trip to Mexican Mariachi Grill a weekly tradition.
Amy Reynolds / Features Editor
With large portions, a welcoming atmosphere and delicious food, Mexican Mariachi Grill is great when you’re craving Mexican food. Mexican Mariachi Grill Where: 1505 Parkway Ave. Ewing, N.J. 08628 Number: (609) 882-0119 Find them on mexicanmariachigrill.com (Pick-up or eat-in) Hours: Mon - Fri: 10 a.m - 9 p.m. Sat: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Overall Rating (4 out of 5):
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DPhiE helps combat eating disorders By Nicole Ferrito Staff Writer With the constant barrage of images in our media today that defines what the “perfect” body type is, it comes as no surprise to learn that there are over 10 million reported cases of eating disorders among women. The Delta Phi Epsilon sorority at the College devoted the past week to their philanthropy, eating disorder awareness. Throughout the week, the sorority has held various events on campus, calling attention to their cause and fundraising for the organization, National Eating Disorder Awareness, NEDA. “Pie-A-Deepher” was the sorority’s first event of the week. The event was a fun way to get people to recognize their cause, along with raising money for their philanthropy, explained sorority member Alex Goncher, senior psychology major. In exchange for $3, students got to pie a sister of the sorority. Danielle Levine, sorority member and senior criminology major, said they chose the “Pie-A-Deepher” event because it was something different and other chapters of DPhiE have done it as well. “It was really successful … We raised over
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The sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon sponsor several events for their Eating Disorder Awareness Week. $350,” Goncher said. Tuesday night, Delta Phi Epsilon presented a speaker, former Miss America of 2008, Kristen Haglund, who spoke on behalf of Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Haglund spoke about her battle with anorexia and how she overcame the disease. She called it “an issue that is not very sexy.” Haglund made sure to note that eating disorders do not only affect women, but men too. She talked about how the media, such as magazines, are constantly persuading their readers
to go on some type of diet. Haglund, told the audience, the only type of diet she recommends is a “media diet.” A diet, which she explained, is a restriction of our media consumption. She expressed the severity of an eating disorder and how it becomes a false sense of “peace” or “comfort” when things in their life become out of control. Haglund asked the audience to imagine “the kind of life that it is to be starving all the time … It’s not fun.” “Real women eat pasta,” she said and the audience laughed.
“We’re not going to let society define what beauty should be,” Haglund said. After discussing her road to recovery with the help of nutritionists, pyschologists and the support of her parents she talked of the importance of being aware and to look out for friends and for yourself. “You don’t have to be perfect, to be significant,” said Haglund as she assured the audience that all are original and beautiful in their own way. Students at the College had a chance to reflect, relax and relieve their own stresses at Delta Phi Epsilon’s next event, a free yoga class held at Decker Lounge on Wednesday. Stephanie Phang, sorority member and sophomore finance major, said, “We chose yoga as our event because not only does it exercise the body, but it exercises the mind as well.” She went on to say, “It’s also a stress reliever, which is perfect for college students.” “I feel relaxed, and my mind feels relaxed,” said Navid Radfar, sophomore biology major who attended the yoga class. That evening the sorority held a fundraiser at Palermo’s and received 10 percent of the proceeds. A dodge ball tournament was held on Thursday. Danielle
Levine, sorority member and senior criminology major, said they co-sponsored the tournament with the Inter-Greek Council. Levine said that two freshman teams competed to win a cash prize. Delta Phi Epsilon wrapped up their Eating Disorder Awareness week by selling cupcakes in the student center for $1. Along with a cupcake, they gave away a small purple ribbon representing eating disorder awareness.
Warren Fields / Staff Photographer
Students get involved with many of the events.
McDonald’s sales drop Muslim dinner educates Pet owners spend more By Courtney Wirths Columnist
• Time Warner’s networks division, which has stations like TNT, TBS and HBO, reported its strongest quarter in the company’s history on Nov. 7, thanks to popular shows like “The Voice,” and “Revolution.” The CEO is also optimistic for the company’s release of “The Hobbit” in December, according to The New York Times. • This holiday season, shoppers are looking to buy more practical gifts for one another. Sales of gifts in the “home” category (furniture, appliances and decorative items) are expected to jump over 7 percent, according to CNBC News. • An entrepreneur financed by the musician Sting invented a durable soccer ball that children in poverty stricken nations can play with. The soccer balls that are normally donated rip and pop quickly on the rocky dirt roads used as soccer fields, but the One World Ball is made from a material similar to Crocs and can last 30 years, according to The New York Times. • Hurricane Sandy is expected to take 0.2 percentage points off the GDP of the October-to-December quarter this year. The storm is not, however, expected to affect holiday sales, according to
the Wall Street Journal.
• McDonald’s, the world’s largest fastfood chain, reported its first drop in monthly sales in nine years. The company attributes the decline to a slow economy and consumers, especially young ones, not eating out as much, according to the Wall Street Journal. • Pet owners are spending more money in their homes to make houses more pet friendly. Homeowners are including features such as dog baths, built-in food dishes and miniature pet rooms, according to the Wall Street Journal. • Governor Christie’s administration announced that college students and families will have an extra month to provide information to complete State financial aid applications and additional time to make loan payments that were by New Jersey’s Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, according to the Office of the Governor. • The Business School’s third Wednesday event “Go Global: London Calling!” will be held on Monday, Nov. 19 due to the holiday break. Alumni will be speaking to students via video chat from India and Brazil, as well as in person. Refreshments will be served.
By Nicole Reynolds Correspondent
The food court in the Brower Student Center was buzzing with discussion, culture and food for the Muslim Student Association’s 7th annual Eid al-Adha dinner on Thursday, Nov. 8. This event, which had both Middle Eastern and IndoPak food, was coupled with a thought-provoking lecture given by a guest speaker. Faraz Khan provided background information on Abraham, the Muslim prophet, and insight into Eid al-Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s faith in God. “Why are we here tonight?” Khan asked the audience. This question allowed Khan to talk about Abraham and why his sacrifices and selflessness should be commemorated. “The greatest service you can provide is sacrifice,” Khan said. He said that one can only give something if one has something to be given in the first place. Putting a more modern twist on the story of Abraham, Khan related the sacrifice Abraham made to the students currently at the College pursuing an education. “Education — if you have it, you can give it to other children,” Khan said. He spoke many times about the greatest service that we, as citizens, can supply to one another: sacrifice. Khan’s closing remarks led to the main
course: haan, vegetable pulao, beef seekh kabab, hummus and an abundance of appetizers from the Sahara Restaurant in New Brunswick and Shahi Palace in Lawrenceville. The line for the food snaked through the food court, carrying with it a salivating aroma. People from various ethnic groups and religions flocked together to enjoy the evening. “I thought it was great to see all different people from different cultures and backgrounds come together to enjoy a cultural event of this sort,” said Casey Donohue, freshman communication studies major. Amreen Ahmed, senior biomedical engineering major and president of the Muslim Student Association, had high hopes for this event. “The biggest thing was to get our name out there to students and to give back to the TCNJ community,” Ahmed said. Sumaiya Rahim, a sophomore business major, who holds the position as the social and community service chair on the executive board for the Muslim Student Association, thought that the event went really well. The event proved to be just what the president had hoped for. Students who had never experienced the Muslim culture before were pleasantly greeted with Khan’s story, as well as the opportunity to sample new, enticing food.
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Students are informed and entertained at the annual dinner.
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Amnesty International fights for rights By Sara Stammer Columnist Think going Greek is the only way to be part of a giant community connected by campuses across the globe? Amnesty International here at the College is part of a collective group of students located all over the world that totals nearly 1.8 million members in about 150 countries. Making a lasting impression on the human race is imperative in reaching their goal for all people to enjoy equal rights. According to this human rights giant, “In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for all people and all nations.” It is the job of the members of Amnesty International to go about defending and promoting the
ideals stated in this declaration. To do this, members of the organization often have the opportunity to attend national conferences at which they gain valuable information regarding ways to implement these ideas. Jessica Sparano, junior international studies major, said, “I joined the organization because human rights concerns occur throughout the world and in the United States, yet very little is done to combat these issues due to indifference or lack of awareness.” She later went on to add that “even as students we can make a difference.” The College’s Fair Grounds was an idea brought back from a national conference and has been serving coffee to students ever since. By serving Fair Trade Green Mountain Coffee, Fair Grounds is partaking
in an international movement to get farmers out of poverty by linking farmers directly with importers removing any form of middleman that would potentially take advantage of them. In 2011, the College’s Amnesty International collected warm winter clothing for labor migrants and trafficked immigrants in Russia for Tajikstan, a non-profit organization. Also in 2011, Amnesty held a candlelight vigil for Troy Davis, a man executed in Georgia despite a lot of doubt surrounding his case. Another event sponsored here at the College by Amnesty in the past is the Slut Walk, which is typically held each spring. This began in April 2011, when a Toronto police officer spoke at a law school and said that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” Organizations around the country have been imposing a different message in response. Donning any attire of their choice, ranging from provocative to sweatpants, women
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Amnesty International is dedicated to reaching their goal for all people to enjoy equal rights. and men alike walk to bring the ever so powerful message that no one deserves to be raped. Recently I was able to attend the open mic night, or as it was more formally known, the Riot for Rights, held by Amnesty which opposed the unfair imprisonment of the feminist rock group Pussy Riot. Members of the campus community had the opportunity
to perform both cover songs and individual material during this educational night. For more information on the College’s chapter of Amnesty International or the national organization, go online and check out tcnj-amnesty.weebly.com/ index.html. Meetings are held every other week in the New Res lounge.
Disney star Cole Sprouse eats a duck fetus
Cole Sprouse attends NYU, but might be better off in a mental hospital. By Johnanthony Alaimo Columnist
So this week, I’ve decided to cover a story that is so monumentally shocking that I think you should go to IKEA and specifically buy a chair to sit down in
while reading this. (You’ll be assembling that chair for a few days, but this story is timeless so it’s OK.) Folks, I have some heartbreaking news. Cole Sprouse of “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” fame is completely, absolutely, without a doubt, clinically INSANE. Like not even whacky Britney Spears insane or fun Gary Busey insane. Like, “Put This Guy in a Cabin in the Woods” insane. I’m sure most of you are aware of what tumblr is, especially if you’re lonely like me. Tumblr is usually filled with food porn, porn or porn food, which I will not explain. However, one fateful night, I stumbled on Cole Sprouse’s tumblr. Now, I’m sure I was one of many who forgot about Cole Sprouse, like most Disney TV stars. Like I assume Miranda from “Lizzie McGuire” is babysitting Hilary Duff’s baby and Raven’s brother from “That’s So Raven” is wishing he was Hilary Duff’s baby. But alas, Cole Sprouse has never crossed my mind. Lo and behold, I was suddenly thrust into the nightmare world that is Cole Sprouse’s mind.
Turns out, the dude goes to NYU now. Good for him, pursuing an education and not going the way of other child celebrities. I mean, the world has enough Gary Coleman. Even Gary Coleman was too much Gary Coleman. But Cole is being responsible. Though, a simple look at his page told me something was off. Especially w h e n I came across his little cute post about eating a duck fetus, I mean WHAT OMFG HE ATE A DUCK FETUS LIKE A. DUCK. FETUS. BABY WAT. Yeah. Remember that “Suite Life” episode when Cody has to run a daycare center, well IT DOESN’T MATTER BECAUSE HE ATE A DUCK FETUS. He wants us all to be adventurous eaters. Like, ok, I’ll try eggs with ketchup, NOT A DUCK FETUS. I think I exhausted my caps lock use and the phrase “duck fetus” for a year. But can someone, anyone, please check
up on him? Like Mayor Bloomberg, man, I understand the weather needs your attention, but can you just send a small team for a simple monitoring? The guy talks as if he is an existential ghost from the future. Or he’s constantly blazed out of his fucking mind. Oh, other question, WHERE IS DYLAN? (Damn, caps lock again.) Dylan Sprouse, are you just going to let this happen to your twin? Is anyone listening? This is a cry for help. So there you go folks. A lot is happening and now that we know Cole Sprouse is out of his damn mind, I hope your life has changed. Go out there and do something. Tell your parents. Tell your neighbor. Tell that cat you always see on the way home. Awareness spreads action. This makes me all wonder something too. What do you think Ricky Ullman of “Phil of the Future” is doing right now?
How to stay healthy during the holiday season By Samantha Sorin Columnist
I have a massive sweet tooth. OK, maybe a few. And as the holidays are rounding the corner, I am looking forward to leftover Halloween treats, candied yams and gingerbread cookies. (After all these years, Santa should know by now that he is coming home to a plate full of crumbs.) But as our family and friends make many of these things, we rarely see any nutrition labels during the holidays. Grandma’s famous pumpkin pie won’t have a sticker on it letting you know the serving size or how much love (sugar) went into it. So here are a couple of things that you should be aware of: Gelatin. Conveniently rhyming with skeleton, this substance is made by boiling cows’ and pigs’ skin, tendons, ligaments and bones. It is mostly found in gummy candies, as well as other products such as marshmallows, some ice creams and other desserts. Though it is a protein, it is nutritionally empty to humans because of the way it is processed and then used; so health-wise, it isn’t too awful for you (it just sounds gross). Then why does gelatin have such a bad reputation? Candies and desserts that use gelatin often contain dangerous preservatives and food dyes. Have no fear! There are plenty of substitutes. Carrageen,
seaweeds (agar and kelp, which are used in jellies), pectin from fruits, locust bean gum, cotton gum and silica gel are all alternatives. But if that huge turkey dinner is making you too lazy and you just want to pop back a few marshmallows and relax, having the occasional treat won’t kill you. This may be Santa’s season to loosen up the belt, but you don’t want to pack on the pounds right before the mistletoe sprouts from everyone’s door frames! That is why it is important to monitor how much alcohol you are consuming. These calories add up quite quickly, especially when you are trying to tolerate your family by drowning them out with bubbly. For example, the insulin response to the sugar in beer, maltose, leads to fat storage in the abdomen wall (also known as the beer belly). More of traditional holiday drinker? Eggnog has a whopping five teaspoons of sugar! This does not mean you have to brave the holiday season sans spirits. Simply do not drink as much or pick a drink with fewer calories and sugars. In addition to eating and drinking right, it is always important to exercise. Not only can it help you maintain your pre-holiday figure, but it can also help with that massive hangover that lasts until New Year’s Day. By being cognizant of what types of food you are putting into your body and the amount of “merriment” you are taking in, I am sure that St. Nick won’t have to battle you for that last gingerbread cookie or sip of eggnog.
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The holidays are a great time to indulge in your favorite sweets, but always consider nutrition.
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Arts & Entertainment
Dev / Pop singer steals show at fall concert Although the fall concert lacked the large turnout that was seen in previous years, this year’s performances had distinct Unlike Dev, the music performed by Cold War Kids did musical genres that appealed to an array of audience members. not keep the crowd on their feet for While both Dev and Cold War Kids long. However, lead singers Nathan had original performances, Dev Willett and Dann Gallucci were able to was ultimately the show-stopper. capture the attention of the audience Since her splash onto the I’m honored to have through their effective use of the stage. music scene in 2010, Dev’s music your hopefully good The singers constantly bounced from memories attached to my continues to serve as the soundtrack keyboard to guitar and vocals, showing to college students and their nightlife record instead. their multifaceted musical talents. experiences everywhere. Throughout their set, the emotions “It’s kind of surreal when —Dev of the songs could be read through the I hear a record on the radio expressive body language and faces of and I think ‘I can’t even listen the band members. From the upbeat to this, it makes me miss parties in soulful sounds of “Mexican Dogs” to the more relaxed vibe high school,’” Dev told The Signal in an interview. “And of “Louder Than Ever” no two songs were exactly the same. it’s really cool to think that my music does that for kids. I’m Acknowledging the “several students (who) are still honored, I’m honored to have your hopefully good memories dealing with loss of power, damage, displacement and placed to my records instead.” financial distress as a result of hurricane Sandy,” the College Union Board and the Student Finance Board announced To read the full interviews with Dev and via email their decision to make the show free, in order to Cold War Kids, visit tcnjsignal.net! provide students with “a fun, energetic, relaxing night.” continued from page 1
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The guitarist of Cold War Kids performs at the fall concert.
Composer shows experiments in information tech
Janika Berridge / Photo Assistant
DuBois speaks at the College.
By Kajal Shah Correspondent
On Nov. 9, R. Luke DuBois visited the College to present “Sex, Lies and Data Mining” at the Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall. The speaker obtained a masters and a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University and currently teaches at New York University. A refreshing, unconventional speaker, DuBois did not rely on a specific presentation format or template, but took the audience through a maze of files containing images, videos and sound clips on his laptop. His career began as an engineering student in Columbia University where he fell in love with a music synthesizer and started his own band. However, his band did not captivate audiences and he tackled the problem using a computer to create visuals to project in the background. He wrote his own software that used
a spectrum analyzer that projected the image of the musician in a line of thumbnails that moved based on the properties of the music playing. He continued to create digital media programs, experimenting with sonograms to show images of sound through different dimensions, colors, shading and movements. Using the software, he could change the images by changing the sound or even change the sound by changing the image. Without the graphics it is difficult to visualize, but this tool was so powerful because by changing the image you can speed up the song or slow it down so that the melody and rhythm are lost but harmony is maintained. That leftover sound resembles the sound of ringing stuck in your ears after listening to music. He applied his computational methods to analyze American culture by focusing in on three classic American canons: Billboard Hot 100, The Academy Awards and Playboy’s Playmate of the Month. For the first of the trio, he took every song in the list’s history and sped up the song into a total of one second, compiling all of the songs into one piece. Interesting trends turned up, such as the entire 1970s region being in the key of F. He then sped up every Academy Award winning film into a one-minute segment, combining each segment to create a 75-minute piece. The changes in filmmaking were apparent when the one-minute segment of Casablanca was more recognizable than the clip of Chicago because over the years the average shot time of a scene has decreased by more than half. This shift is also a cultural phenomenon, since we now display OCD behaviors when listening to music — either repeating a song over and over again or listening to the beginning of a song before skipping to the next one. DuBois jokingly referred to his last piece as “time lapse pornography” and “the history of airbrushing,” a 50-second compilation of every Playmate’s image.
In a nation obsessed with lists, DuBois’s work gained recognition quickly and in 2008, the Democratic Party invited him to make a piece about democracy. He ultimately made a sculpture, “Hindsight is 20/20,” that serves as a time chart, containing a square for every president. Each square contained the top used words in each president’s State of the Union Address, with the most common words to the less common ones going in decreasing font size. Thus, George Washington’s largest scaled word was “gentlemen,” whereas George Bush’s most used word was “terror.” It was an insight into America’s history through rhetoric, with Lincoln’s word being “emancipation” and Truman’s being “unemployment.” His latest project was a sequel to the presidential sculptures. The year was 2010 and a combination of the census and online dating inspired DuBois to create “A More Perfect Union.” He downloaded 19 million dating profiles from numerous dating sites and created a map to show where the shy individuals are located in our nation and where the wild ones and the funny ones are. He created numerous maps where the dark shade depicted a decreased concentration of that trait and a brighter shade depicted high concentrations, based on the descriptions used in the dating site profiles. He took this project a step further and replaced the names of cities with words used most often in dating profiles from that location. Thus, his map labeled New York City as “Now,” Seattle as “Heartbreak,” Trenton as “Train” and Camden as “Vodka,” with Hoboken falling right between the labels “Cynical” and “Annoying.” DuBois continues to work in numerous fields, working with dancers to create spotlight graphics, as well as continuing to create portraits of Americans through creative means. He works in the music industry to create music videos as well as composing and performing as a laptop musician. His eclectic projects continue to reflect his fascination with time manipulation and information theory.
Orfeo’s quest is well worth the ticket
A poster for ‘Orfeo Ed Euridice.’
By Tom Ciccone Arts & Entertainment Editor
Love, death and eternal struggle are just a few ideas present in C. W. Von Gluck’s
“Orfeo Ed Euridice.” After Orfeo is happily married to his love, Euridice, she is murdered suddenly sending Orfeo into a staggering depression. He is then visited by the god of love, Amore, who gives him the chance to get his love back. On Sunday, Nov. 11, Lyric Theatre, Interactive Multimedia and the Department of Music’s presentation of this classic opera in the College’s Kendall Hall was a special performance to see. Orfeo’s part, played by sophomore music education major Diana Befi and senior vocal music education major Allison Gibbons, was a noticeably challenging part to play. Befi, who performed the Sunday matinee show, was truly a sight to see. At one passage as Befi sung through the Italian lyrics, “I will go from the sad shores and cross the River Styx to overcome the Furries of the horrid
Tartarus,” Befi’s voice soared and danced through a complex and challenging melody. Orfeo enters the gates of hell to try to find his love. A special aspect of the performance was the great set work displayed throughout the opera. A digital background changes with each new scene of the play, adding a special layer of imagination to an already esoteric experience. After reaching the Elysian fields, Orfeo finds his love but is not allowed to look at her or she will die. Orfeo fails to keep himself from gazing upon his long lost love and Euridice dies. In his sorrow he is visited once again by Amore, who informs him that he has passed the tests of faith and love and returns Orfeo and Euridice to the world of the living. The ensemble of performers gave a
fantastic performance of this noticeably challenging opera and the production, both props and digital background, made the show that much better. Euridice, played by senior vocal music education major Natalie Pica and Jacquelyn Briggs, was not an easy part to play either. The production also featured dancer Samantha Kulh, whose interpretive dance in the middle of the opera was brilliantly graceful. The orchestra also performed well — the powerful dynamics of the timeless score to this classic opera was played beautifully. The singing and choreography were noticeably well-rehearsed, which made this production a special treat to see. If you have yet to see a great show at the College, don’t miss Lyric Theatre’s next project, as this one was a complete success.
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Andro-electro pop worth multiple listens
By Matthew Jannetti WTSR Music Director Diamond Rings Free Dimensional
The former D’Ubervilles member, John O’Regan started his boundary-pushing project a couple of years ago with his 2010 solo debut Special Affections. That album introduced listeners to O’Regan’s gender-bending performance and lyrics. His androgenous live persona combines elements of Grace Jones and David Bowie. The idea for the project started when O’Regan was hospitalized with Crohn’s disease and since then, it has developed into a project full of fun, bombastic electropop. O’Regan combines upbeat loops of synth and drum machine with his underrated guitar work. In addition, his deep voice contrasts nicely with the synth and his persona. This results in songs like “All the Time” and “Runaway Love” which have an inherent smooth quality that sets Diamond Rings apart from a genre that is generally more jumpy and broken up. This album is a bit more produced than the original and O’Regan’s voice is no longer quite the focal point that it was. That is a bit of a weak point, but it’s one that can be easily overlooked. Free Dimensional is a really great combination of fun and substance. It’s immediately accessible, but it has a depth to it that many artists lack and only becomes more enjoyable on repeat listens. Focus Tracks: “All The Time,” “Runaway Love” and “Stand My Ground”
Friday night bill brings big hype By Tom Ciccone Arts & Entertainment Editor
On Friday, Nov. 9, Twenty One Pilots with opening band Young Statues played blistering sets of original material before an eager Rathskeller audience. Twenty One Pilots recently signed to Fueled By Ramen Records, a company revered for its past pop successes with bands like Fall Out Boy, Gym Class Heroes, Paramore and fun. On Friday night, you could feel the excitement in the band as they played through their set with exuberance. Twenty One Pilots have an original sound, blended poprock with rapping and electronic influences makes them worth checking out. Students of the College were certainly lucky to see them perform on a smaller stage in the more personal setting that you get with performances at the Rat. Their new album, Vessel, scheduled to be released Jan. 8, 2013, develops more of this strangely catchy sound. The opening band, Young Statues had a lighter style with more emphasis put on an indie-rock sound. Compared to some of the acts that have already performed at the Rat, I found Young Statues and Twenty One Pilots did not make for as entertaining of a bill. While I can fully understand t h e youthful hopefulness set in the lyrics of Pilots’ material, I find their rapping
Janika Berridge / Photo Assistant
Twenty One Pilots duo Tyler Joseph (right) and Josh Dun rock out at the Rathskeller. Their new album, ‘Vessel,’ drops Jan. 8, 2013. a slightly juvenile attempt at trying not to conform to the typical musical styles we see today. It’s reminiscent of the same childish-sounding rapping from Blood on the Dance Floor. For their fans, Twenty One Pilots are an original entity and have certainly found a way to stand out, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are worth the attention.
Chorale concert strikes chord with students By Hillary Siegel Staff Writer On Saturday, Oct. 27, the TCNJ Chorale traveled to Manhattan to perform in what one student called “one of the most powerful experiences” they’ve ever had. At St. Bart’s church in New York, the chorale performed fragments of Mozart’s Requiem
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and Seven Soundspaces by Georg Friedrich Haas. In an online review on the Classical Music Network, Harry Rolnick said that the College’s chorale “did the piece proud,” and that the singers had “superlative voices.” Sergio Hernandez, senior vocal performance major, said that “everything was so spoton,” and that the performance
was an amazing experience. Eddie Easse, freshman instrumental music major, had nothing but good things to say about his first concert here. “There was the most powerful, deafening silence after we were done,” Easse explained. “It was such a powerful emotional experience.”
Indie rock and rap are two genres that have survived for obvious reasons, but that doesn’t mean they make for a promising combination. I can appreciate the bravery that Pilots have, but I doubt Vessels will help them achieve much. What they display in their one-of-a-kind sound is certainly enough to catch the ears of a curious listener, but their melodies and song-writing don’t stand out very far from mediocrity.
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Student talent entertains, mixes old and new songs
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One student jams out for a lively audience at the Rathskeller. By Naina Iyengar Correspondent The College’s second student band night of the fall semester showcased a medley of talent while
easing election night jitters on Tuesday, Nov. 6 in the Rathskeller. Throughout the fun-filled night, audience members clapped along to covers of familiar hits, snacked on delicious goods and expressed their patriotism. First up was the four-boy band Pretty Finger Nails, who delivered covers of popular Foo Fighters songs such as “Times like These” and “Arlandria.” Each transition between songs involved instrument changes for every member, and all of performances highlighted the diversity of different alternative rock pieces. Band member and sophomore biology major Jake Perlman said, regarding the band’s song-making process, “I like to structure songs in an original way” and cited progressive rock and grunge as the inspirations for their covers. With over 11 years of guitar experience, Perlman has performed at the Music Academy in Toms River, N.J. and Battle of the Bands. When asked about the band’s future, junior mechanical engineering major Brandon Schiff, also a band member, said, “If we have more time, we’ll definitely continue with it.” Next up was Goodland, who showed their American spirit right away when they arrived decked in red, white and blue attire. Consisting of lead singer Matthew Mance, Brian Green, Erik Marcus, Tom Barr and Josh Lewkowicz, the band performed covers of familiar Weezer songs including their 2005 hit “Beverly Hills.”
Although the band was formed merely a week before the event, junior interactive multimedia major Matthew Mance said, “They’re all my best friends, so I’d keep playing.” Mance is a photo assistant for The Signal, has two jobs (including being sound tech at the Rathskeller) and has played guitar since seventh grade. Last to play was the Dundees, who came in with a bang, covering Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” The trio — made up of juniors Dan Gibson, Matt Layton and Drew Johansen — have already released one album titled Two Songs, One Cut, and is expecting another release this winter. Junior business major Dan Gibson said that his vision for the band was “just to keep playing shows and recording for as long as possible.” The Dundees alternated between powerful rock and soft acoustics throughout their performance, ending the night on a holiday-theme by playing their own version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” The event lived up to the reputation set by the first student band night. Junior interdisciplinary business major Anastasia Ellison, who experienced student band night for the first time, said, “It turned out really well, I’d come to another one.” The upcoming student band nights are sure to harbor the same level of musical talent displayed by the three bands that took the stage.
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Jazz ensemble performs classic Basie charts
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The ensemble plays through a number of classic jazz charts, including selected pieces by renowned jazz composer, Count Basie. By Brian Kempf Staff Writer On the night of Saturday, Nov. 10, toes were tapping and heads were bopping, but not just in Kendall Hall. A stone’s throw away from where the fall concert was held, the Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall featured the College’s Jazz Ensemble putting on a stellar performance, the first half of which focused on the music of Count Basie, while the second half showcased visiting bass trombonist James Borowski. Gary Fienberg conducted the ensemble, which featured 20 of the College’s most musically talented.
In between songs, Fienberg related Count Basie’s story. Born in Red Bank, N.J., by 1929 he had moved out to Kansas City — a nascent metropolis marked by competition and brinksmanship in both culture and industry. According to Fienberg, in 1929 jazz had become “part of the conversation,” though not universally embraced. It was here that Basie joined Bennie Moten’s band as a pianist. Appropriately, the first song performed by the ensemble was “Moten’s Swing” — Basie’s signature song — as a tribute to his roots. Tenor saxophonist James O’Connor, trumpeter Justin Ploskonka and alto saxophonist Eddie Spencer delivered pitch-perfect solos, setting the stage for the sonic wonderland to follow.
The early days of jazz were brutal, with “carving sessions,” essentially heavily competitive jam sessions, that lasted all night. It was here that musicians were vetted, proving their worth and resilience in grueling improvisational contests. Fienberg noted that the jazz ensemble, in learning their songs, would often listen to nearly century-old recordings and try to mimic instrumental solos without sheet music. Indeed, the soloists hit all of the right notes — from Alyssa Aiello’s trumpet part in “Jumpin’ at the Woodside” to David McNally’s bass playing on “One O’Clock Jump.” McNally was part of the rhythm section that also included guitarist Evan Wallach as well as the drum and piano players, providing tempo and foundation upon which the rest of the ensemble could play. The first half ended with “Wind Machine,” which was described as a “barn burner,” and rightfully so — the blustery piece was masterfully played. The second half of the performance saw the introduction of James Borowski, a renowned bass trombonist visiting the College. His first song on stage, “Bye Bye Blues,” set the stage for the rest of his performance, complementing the rest of the ensemble like a glove fits a hand. The tones of the trombone seemed to fill the air and swirl around: an aural delight. Fienberg — on trumpet — performed a surprise duet with Borowski, as Benny Goodman’s “Stompin’ at the Savoy” graced the theater. The performance concluded with Borowski’s arrangement of Dizzy Gillepsie’s “Manteca.” This was the first time that the arrangement had been performed, and the tangible swing was in the air. One could not help but conjure images of the dance halls of old, swaying in frenzied clamor to the beat of the big band. Though those days may be long past, on this Saturday night, those in the audience could relive it, if only for a couple of hours.
Wednesday recital showcases student talent By Elizabeth Dinsmore Staff Writer
“Si, Tra I Ceppi,” a piece in Italian libretto from Handel’s famous opera Berenice, proved to be the perfect start to last Wednesday’s Afternoon Recital Series in the College’s Mildred and Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall. One of the College’s very own music students masterfully perfected his voice, singing with total control of pitch. Much like an actual operatic performance, he sang without the assistance of a microphone, projecting his voice clearly throughout the entire hall. The next performance featured a set of four Timpani — large, brass drums — which commanded the attention of the audience with each resonating strike. The timpanist played each intricate passage deftly without sacrificing dynamic range and breadth of sound. Next on stage was Joseph Pagani to perform Marcel Grandjany’s “Deep River Interlude” on the harp. The graceful movement of his hands along
the harp’s strings produced a captivating sound signature of this instrument. Each note added to the enchanting aura of the piece, culminating in an elegant, yet definitive climax which resolved to a series of more delicate notes demarcating the piece’s end. Taylor Lorchak took stage after Pagani and performed composer Richard Strauss’s “Horn Concerto No. 1 in Eb Major.” While mellow at its start, the piece quickly gains momentum and can soon be defined by its strength of sound and complexity. Lorchak was accompanied on stage by a staff pianist whose performance on the piano complemented Lorchak’s showcase of the horn’s tonal movements by offering a light, upbeat foil for the horn’s dark, hauntingly beautiful sound. “Solo de Concert, Op. 35” was next in the line-up, performed by Jason Hui on the bassoon — a woodwind instrument in the double reed family. The wide range achievable on the bassoon, along with the general agility of the instrument lent themselves beautifully to the
occasional uptempo interludes found throughout the rest of the composition’s chamber styling. The bassoon’s reedy timbre was complimented by an accompanying piano, highlighting the darker sound of the bassoon. After the final note, Hui smiled out into the audience, acknowledged the chorus of applause and exited the stage so that the concluding pianist could begin. The final performance of the afternoon was of a stunning musical arrangement, composed by the famous Ludwig van Beethoven: “Piano Sonata in C Major Op. 2, No. 3.” The student pianist’s rendition of the fourth movement, “Allegro Assai,” meaning “very fast,” was precise and exciting. The nature of the piece, to explore a full range of notes within a very brief time span, was both interesting and powerful. Quickly ascending the scales, the composition is able to demonstrate, to the fullest extent, not only the piano’s possibilities, but the talent of the pianist. Marlee Ernst, sophomore music education major, commended the
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Taylor Lorchak performs a piece on the French horn.
afternoon recital series for exhibiting the talent of the College’s music students. “The Wednesday recitals are a great way for students to showcase their work and allow for students outside the music department to hear what goes on in the music building,” Ernst said.
FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ revamps for new season By Christopher Minitelli Staff Writer
Jessica Lange plays a nun with a mysterious past on FX’s hit show, ‘American Horror Story.’
I think a show that a lot of people on campus, myself included, are hooked on is FX’s “American Horror Story.” This show, or actually miniseries, is unlike most shows currently on television. This show is an anthology series that tells the story of various characters and places. “American Horror Story” was created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk — yes, the creators of “Glee.” Do not let this fool you into thinking this show may be anything like “Glee.” With new characters and a new story, this season of “American Horror Story” centers around an asylum for the criminally insane run by a strict nun with a troubled past, Sister Jude, played by Jessica Lange. This asylum is full of a variety of disturbed patients, employees and creatures. So far we do not know too much about what is going on in the asylum.
However, certain questions are beginning to be answered. In this new story, a lot of familiar faces have reappeared. A number of actors from the first season, including Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe and Sarah Paulson, have returned to the show to play new characters. Although it was strange to see the entire show completely change at first, I really like this aspect of “American Horror Story.” I think it is very different than other shows to completely revamp the show every season. In my opinion, this just makes the show even better. Many shows sometimes draw out storylines far too long or ruin characters. “American Horror Story” is able to avoid these issues because of the way it is formatted. Although I personally think the first season was better than the current season, it is still really entertaining and scary. If you do not already watch “American Horror Story,” I would definitely encourage you to start watching it.
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INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 3 fabulous films followed by thought-provoking discussions Library Auditorium 6:30PM NOVEMBER 15TH
THE LIVES OF OTHERS dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (2006), German with English subtitles.
Discussion led by: Professor Karen Fenner
The International Film Festival is sponsored by: Department of World Languages and Cultures The School of Humanities and Social Sciences The School of Arts and Communication The Center for Global Engagement TCNJ Center for the Arts
If you have questions/comments, please contact the Department of World Languages and Cultures @ 609.771.2235.
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Lions fall short, two qualify for Nationals Cross Country
By Andrew Grossman Staff Writer Coming into the Atlantic Regional Championships last Saturday, head coach Phil Jennings and the rest of his team knew that with the season on the line, they would have to run with authority. Although both the men and the women came up just short of qualifying for nationals, they gained some valuable experience, which will help them in the near future. “Our thought was that if we just did our best and ran well, then both teams could have been in the top five if everything came together,” Jennings said. “We would have needed it to be a perfect day for it to all happen, but you can only control so much.” For the men, their top two runners, senior Andy Gallagher and freshman Jack Leahy, had big days, finishing with times of 25:58.7 and 26:04.9, respectively. These times were good enough for a chance to qualify for individual nationals. Behind them was junior Dominic Tasco with a time of 26:04.9 and freshman Jon Stouber, finishing in
26:27.9. With this combined effort, the Lions managed to take 6th place out of 44 universities. Although the Lions did not qualify as a team, Jennings is still proud of the men’s effort. “It was a good season for our guys, we had lost five of our top seven guys from last year, so we had a pretty young team,” he said. “Coming in, there wasn’t a lot of experience because we only had two guys who competed (Saturday) that went there the year before so (although they were young), the guys had a tough and motivated team.” As for the women, they were not as fortunate when it came to their 6K race. “It was particularly disappointing for Cathy Goncalves to place 14th and not make it individually,” Jennings said. With a time of 22:27.6, this senior missed the cutoff for nationals by just a few runners. To be eligible for nationals, the runner must finish within the top seven. If however, the runner also qualified for their team event, then they lose their spot in individuals and it is given to the person with the next fastest time. In most situations, Goncalves would
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Runners battle hard in what was the last meet of the season for most of them.
have qualified. As for the team, behind the captain was sophomore Tara Nealon and junior Anginelle Alabanza with respective times of 23:22.3 and 23:41.3. Overall, the Lady Lions finished 11th out of 39 other Division III schools. With the season unfortunately over, the Lions are now forced to reflect back on it. “There were a lot of things which did
not go our way,” Jennings said. “There were a couple of early season injuries so it was more challenging on the women’s side pulling everything together to be where we wanted to be.” Although it may not have been the ideal ending for the Lions, not all is completely lost. According to Jennings, “The experience that those guys got from (the race) should certainly help going into next year.”
Swimming & Diving
College opens season against Division I foes By Rich Cuccagna Correspondent
This past weekend, athletes from the College’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams had impressive outings as they shared the water with four Division I programs at the Big Al Open held at Princeton University. Despite facing fierce competition from Princeton, Georgetown, Fordham and Lehigh Universities, the College’s athletes did not disappoint during the meet, which was comprised of three sessions that spanned from Friday night through Saturday afternoon at DeNunzio Pool. On the women’s side of things, senior Danica Roskos placed first in the
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Morgan was a shark.
3-meter event, dominating the field of divers with a winning score of 273.45. Roskos added to her successful weekend by placing second in the 1-meter event with a score of 246.35. Senior Kayleigh Shangle; juniors Sabrina Lucchesi, Ashley Conroy and Hailey Growney; and sophomores Nicole Muha and Brennah Ross, all came away from last weekend’s meet successful as well, as each performed well in their respective events. For the men’s side, freshman James Shangle performed at a high level, placing third out of a field of 19 in the 200yard breaststroke event with a time of 2:07.76. He also placed sixth out of 40 in the 200-individual medley with a time
of 1:56.34. Seniors Adam Schneider, Matt Morgan, Brian Giacopelli and Mike Caputo and juniors William Kasper, Stephen Gibson, Philip Hawley and Michael Oliva all impressed too, and came away with solid efforts to build on for the future. This was Lions’ first November meet of the season, as the Nov. 3 meet that was to be held at Southern Connecticut University in New Haven was canceled due to complications caused to the area by Hurricane Sandy. The College returns home next Saturday, Nov. 17 to take on New York University. The dual meet is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
Soccer’s season ends in a one-goal defeat Two overtimes not enough, lead to Lions’ downfall
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The women couldn’t score on MIT.
By Chrissy Onorato Staff Writer
The women’s soccer team played their hearts out in this weekend’s NCAA tournament, and left with one win and one loss. Traveling to Haverford, Pa., the College was greeted with unseasonable warmth and perfect conditions for some
stellar play. The Lions opened up the tournament Saturday against the City College of New York, in which the College had high hopes in following two straight previous, frustrating ties. They entered the weekend ranked 23rd in the Division III standings, but proved to be back to their dominating play as they beat the Beavers in a 6-0 shutout. The first goal of the game came from senior forward Katie Landrigan with 15:16 gone into the first half. The next two goals came within 18 seconds of each other, the first from senior forward Allyson Anderson and the second from senior defender Brenna Rubino. Yet another came from senior forward Jessica Davila a short time later. Throughout all of this scoring, the Lions’ defense held the Beavers to only one shot on goal during the entirety of the game. The second half of the game was dominated by the Lions in much the same fashion. Landrigan scored again 2:35 into the second half on an assist
from sophomore forward Korrie Harkins. Sophomore defender Jordan Downs then assisted freshman midfielder Taylor Lusardi with another goal, making the score a strong 5-0. Freshman midfielder Emma Culleton finalized the score by netting one last shot, culminating in a 6-0 victory over the Beavers. Sophomore goalkeepers Kendra Griffith and Cristina Gacos worked together to keep the Beavers out of the net. The game was one for the conference record books, in which the College had an almost record-breaking 50 shots on goal, coming very close with 49. The City College of New York also posted an impressive statistic: Goalie Nicole Carroll made a total 24 saves, five shy of the tournament record. The Lions were ready to go again Sunday against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but fell short in a 1-0 loss. Although the College came into the game boasting a statistical advantage over the Engineers, two overtimes weren’t enough for the team to be able
to showcase that upper hand. This was only the second loss for the Lions all season, their other loss coming against Monclair State University. The Engineers were able to advance in the tournament. The Lions finished the year off with a stellar record of 15 wins, two losses and three ties. Twice the Lions came so close to posting a score in the game, but the net seemed to have gotten in the way. Junior forward Katie Lindacher and Lusardi both had strong shots on the MIT goal, but they bounded off of the goal rims. Though the offense was halted in their scoring, Griffith was still able to showcase her impressive saving skills, tying her record with seven saves. The Lions battled hard through two overtimes, amassing a total of 31 shots on goal throughout the game, but unfortunately couldn’t get anything on the board. Their spectacular season has come to a disappointing end. However, a season with only two losses is nothing to hang their heads about.
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DORM 5 3
Mike Herold “The Ref”
Mike Pietroforte Staff Writer
Brendan McGrath Managing Editor
Greg Oriolo Correspondent
In the first round of the playoffs for Around the Dorm, the “Ref,” Mike Herold challenges staff writer Mike Pietroforte, managing editor Brendan McGrath and correspondent Greg Oriolo to answer questions about the favorites in each conference to make it to the Super Bowl, if the Lakers can rebound from a horrid start, and what is the best sports superstition.
1. The NFL season just passed the halfway mark. At this point in time, which two teams do you see playing in the Super Bowl, and who’s going to win it? MP: I’m one of those firm believers that defense wins championships when it comes to football. In the NFC, there are two teams that sport absolutely stifling defenses: the Bears and the 49ers. While the 49ers have definitely stepped up their offense this year, Alex Smith just isn’t a quarterback I feel comfortable getting behind. Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall struggled at first, but really hit their stride this past week and proved that they can be a truly electric tandem when they’re clicking. The Bears are my pick from the NFC. There are three teams that stand out to me in the AFC: the Texans, Patriots and Broncos. All three teams share explosive, high-scoring offenses that manage to regularly find the end zone, but I think what separates them is their defenses. The Pats’ defense is porous, and while the Texans do have arguably the best defensive player in the league in J.J. Watt, they suffered a serious loss when the leader of their defense, Brian Cushing, went down for the year. I think the Broncos match their dominant offense with a dominant defense and they are my pick to win the Super Bowl. BM: I think the Texans will be able to squeeze through the AFC and into the Super Bowl. They have scored the second most points in the conference while allowing the least. Andre Johnson isn’t lighting up the league quite like he used to, but he’s still a great receiver. On top of that, Arian Foster has kept up his end of it, and Schaub is having a solid season as well. Couple that with their defense and this team’s going to be able to overcome anyone who stands in their way. In the NFC, I think it comes down to the Bears and the 49ers. I like the 49ers, but I think the Bears will pull this out. Their defense comes up a little short, but is still excellent, and they just have more firepower than San Francisco. In the end, this will be a close one, but the Bears will pull it out for their first title in 25 years. GO: At the halfway mark of the season, my Super Bowl picks barring injuries for each conference is the Texans and Bears. The reason for this is because I feel that both teams are the most complete in the league and use the same formula to win games. Offensively, both teams are capable of running and throwing the ball. The trios of Schaub-Foster-Johnson and Cutler-ForteMarshall are two of the best in the league
capable of big numbers. Dating back the last two seasons, when these teams are healthy, they have won more games than any team in the NFL. Last year, if Cutler and Schaub did not go down, these teams were legitimate contenders. Now look this year while healthy, they are at the top of their divisions. Also, having a defense that can force turnovers and provide the offense is almost essential for winning a title. Look at the past Super Bowl Winners. Each team had a defense that was able to force turnovers at a high rate. The Bears and Texans are two of the best teams at doing this, which will lead to a big matchup in the Super Bowl this year. Mike gets 3 points for picking a team based on defense first and offense second. Greg gets 2 points for pointing out that defenses that create turnovers are vital. Brendan gets 1 point for mentioning the Texans’ point differential playing a crucial role. 2. The NBA season has barely begun and already everyone’s saying the Lakers are doomed to fail. What’s your take on when/if L.A. will get it together? MP: Does anyone remember when LeBron James and Chris Bosh took their talents to South Beach? Did that team dominate from the get-go? No. They lost their opening game in a record-breaking broadcast on national television, and were hounded by the media when they struggled to a 9-8 record. Basketball requires much more chemistry and team flow than most other sports. It requires five players to work as a unit. These things take some time. I would expect the Lakers to come into the All-Star break somewhere around .500 in the win-loss column. They’ll have their spurts along the way, but I expect them to become increasingly better as the season continues. I think they’ll truly hit their stride three quarters of the way through the season. Once Nash, Kobe and Dwight, all among the league’s elite playmakers, figure out how to share the court, they’ll be a very scary team to run into.
by the end of the season. I predict that this team will get it together soon, and that by Christmas, we’ll be talking about a strong surge they’re on. By March, they’ll be one of the top three favorites to win the championship, and in the end, they’ll have as good a shot at it as anyone. Take the team that did so well last year and replace Bynum with Howard. This team is likely a .667 winning percentage team, not the .333 team they’ve been so far. GO: I think the Lakers will get it together, but I feel as if they really rushed things when firing Mike Brown. Early on, the team hasn’t played well because they don’t have chemistry yet. Nash has been hurt, Dwight is just getting into form after back surgery, and Kobe is frustrated. That does not equal early success. Two years ago, the Heat had a drought fairly early in the season and you didn’t see Pat Riley firing Spoelstra. It takes time for a team to gel and Mike Brown should still be there. In terms of this season, the team will contend for a title because of the talent they have. The NBA is a superstar heavy sport, and a team that has four of them on one team can cause havoc in the conference. Overall, I do not think they can get past the Thunder because they do not match-up well with the isolation offense and overall team defense of OKC. Nash can’t guard Westbrook, Kobe will have tough time with Thabo, and Perkins and Ibaka are the best defensive tandem in the post to guard Pau/Dwight. The season will end without a title for LA. Greg gets 3 points for bringing up that injuries have played a role so far. Brendan gets 2 points for saying that a new coach isn’t the worst thing for this team. Mike gets 1 point for discussing the Heat’s problems from two years ago. 3. This election marked only the second time in franchise history that the Washington Redskins lost the game immediately before a presidential election and the incumbent won re-election. What’s the best sports superstition out there that hasn’t been recently debunked? MP: One of the first thoughts that came to my mind was the 3-0 deficit in the playoffs. It can occur in baseball, hockey and basketball. I can vividly remember my Philadelphia Flyers coming back from a 3-0 differential to beat the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals back in 2010, and I think Yankees fans still wake up in a cold sweat from nightmares about the 2004 ALCS where the Boston Red Sox came back from being down 3-0 to overtake the Yankees in dramatic fashion. But to this day, no one in NBA
history has ever come back from a three game deficit in a playoff series. BM: I don’t really know too many superstitions, but I’d say the most successful one I can remember is the rally monkey. By my count, the rally monkey only had one major appearance, and that was in the Anaheim Angels 2002 World Series run. Now, I don’t actually think this thing had anything to do with it, but the Angels went on one hell of a run that year, and that monkey was everywhere. SportsCenter went nuts with it and the Angels probably sold a million of the stupid pieces of plush, but in the end they came up big and brought Anaheim from a 3-2 deficit back to win the series.
GO: Without a doubt I think the best sports superstition is the Madden Curse. Every year it is talked about like no other and it is remarkable to see the results during the season of the cover player. Whether or not it deals with injury or lack of production, the curse has affected almost every player who has had the honor of representing the NFL on the cover. This year, Calvin Johnson has been dealing with a knee injury and a nerve injury in his hand which he says is affecting his play. Last year, Peyton Hillis did, well, absolutely nothing. Remember what happened to Drew Brees two years ago in Seattle? He lost to a sub .500 team. Do I dare go further? 2002 Culpepper was the coverboy, next year goes down with inury. 2003 Marshall Faulk, next year career altering injury. 2004 Vick, next year broken leg. 2007 Shaun Alexander, next year broken foot! The list goes on and on that is evident a “curse” may well exist and as long as Madden has a cover athlete, the curse will always be talked about. Greg gets 3 points for discussing the best ongoing superstition. Brendan gets 2 points for mentioning how silly some superstitions can be. Mike gets 1 point for saying that 0-3 is still an unbroken streak in the NBA.
Greg wins Around the Dorm, 8-5-5 AP Photo
BM: I think L.A. just needs time to mesh. I mean, no one actually thinks they are as bad as their record, it’s just a matter of how good they will be when they start to come together. I don’t know if firing Brown was necessary, but now they’ll have a new coach to go along with their new superstar. If Howard and Kobe get along and play well together, I find it hard to believe that they won’t be at the top of the league
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Club teams have fun helping Sandy victims Club Field Hockey/Ice Hockey
By Matt Bowker Correspondent
The men’s club ice hockey team took on the women’s club field hockey team in a game of field hockey Sunday afternoon to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims. The sun shined down brightly on the field on a warm, cloudless day, reminiscent of a summer afternoon spent at the Jersey shore. Today though, parts of the Jersey shore and other townships
Photo by Amanda Simmons
Laughs were all around for both teams.
across New Jersey lie in ruins. Flooding, uprooted trees and loss of power are just a few problems facing the recovery efforts across New Jersey. One area particularly ravaged by the relentless hurricane is Brick Township, where freshman Tyler Viducic of the ice hockey team lives. After seeing the destruction his town suffered, Viducic insisted he “wanted to do something” to help not only his town, but other areas of New Jersey that were affected. When asked about the game, Viducic and fellow freshman teammate Christopher Huhn, who is also from Brick, joked in saying, “It’s for a great cause and it’s for fun, but we’re looking for a W.” According to Viducic, Brick experienced “lots of flooding” and people were displaced from their homes. Huhn said that familiar places in his town “just don’t exist anymore.” Huhn stated that his basement had five feet of water in it, and the whole room had to be gutted. With this is mind, Viducic came up with the idea for the charity game. Freshman field hockey player, Colleen Dean, sarcasti-
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Both teams show good sportsmanship in what was more than just a game. cally said that the game for fun “should be interesting.” The game was nothing less than interesting, with the ice hockey team showing up in skirts with painted mustaches. The players on both sides joked around with one another, as the actual game took a back seat to
raising money to help those in need of it. In the end, the men’s ice hockey team was able to edge out the field hockey team 2-1, but more importantly $1,925 was raised, which will go straight to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.
“The game was a huge success and so much fun,” Viducic said. “I’m proud of the money we raised. It’s a significant amount and should really help out.” The money raised on Sunday will help those affected by the hurricane start to rebuild their homes and lives.
Superstitions can sometimes be the difference Sports fans believe that they too have the power By Brandon Gould News Editor
Fandom brings the weirdness out of us all. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. People have their quirky ways of cheering on and bringing good fortune to their favorite team, whether it be a lucky seat, a favorite hat or the oldfashioned rabbit’s foot. Supersitions bring solace to fans who want to feel like they have an impact on how their team plays, even though they know deep down that they don’t. So, this is why we see fans, rational and intelligent individuals outside of the sports realm, do the dumbest of routines for slight mental comfort. And as they say in the Bud Light commercials, “It’s only weird if it doesn’t work.” I’m one of these fans, and I have no problem admitting that. I know in my inner most thoughts that no matter what I do when I watch University of Alabama football, it won’t change the outcome of the game — I mean I must know this right? However, that doesn’t stop me on Saturdays as I break out all the little stops to ensure they get a W. Sometimes though, the real world gets in the way and demolishes a full-proof strategy. This past Saturday, I got scheduled to cover the Princeton High football game for the Trenton Times. Sweet work if you deem a solid paycheck and exposure to be important. Whatever. The issue though is that your typical high school football game runs two-and-a-half hours, and with a 1 p.m. start in Pemberton, a 45-minute drive from the
College meant that I’d return home almost an hour after the 3:30 p.m. kickoff between Alabama and Texas A&M. Fiction: My personal decisions affect Alabama’s performance. Fact: When I don’t watch the entirety of an Alabama game over the last four years, the Crimson Tide are 0-3. So, naturally when I get home and turn on the game, the score was 20-0 in favor of the Aggies. God dammit. Mind you that this came a week after I concocted an ingenius gameplan — Bill Walsh would have been proud — to wear a different Alabama hat than usual while I watched the game because last year when the Crimson Tide played LSU in the regular season and I wore the old hat, they lost 9-6 in overtime. I think it’s pretty obvious that my hat
choice gave T.J. Yeldon the strength and determination to score a 28-yard touchdown off a screen pass with 50 seconds left in what ended up as a narrow 21-17 Alabama victory. Praise Gould. However, a loyal fan’s hat selection can only do so much for a college football team, and it was unfortunately deemed meaningless by the fact that I didn’t watch the whole first quarter of this past weekend’s game — Johnny Football may have had something to do with it too, maybe. When all is said and done though, this is what I know: I missed a whole quarter of the game and they lost. Conclusion: Alabama’s loss and, most likely, their crushed hopes of repeating
as National Championships, are due to 15 minutes that went unwatched. You’re probably reading this and thinking, “This guy’s out of his fucking mind.” But remember, “it’s only weird if it doesn’t work.” Fandom brings out a lot of things you’d never see out of people — this guy included — otherwise. It’s crazy, it’s batty, it’s bonkers, it’s wacky, it’s kooky. Hell, it’s even daft. Yet as berserk as it is, I’ll continue to break out whatever strategy I need to feel at ease mentally for the rest of Alabama’s games this season. Fandom does bring out the weirdness in us all, but I say so what? I say, through the words of Adam Demamp, “Let’s get weird.”
The Aggies crush the hearts of ’Bama fans whose superstitions didn’t come through.
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STUDENT ATHLETE OF
Charts `N Things
There’s a first for everything: Football shutout Points scored by game (average: 24.8)
@ Western Connecticut
Danica Roskos Swimming
Won 3-meter dive, runner-up in 1-meter dive
30 20 Points
Wrestling leaders, win percentage
Through one tournament
100 80 60
Danica Roskos, senior for the women’s swimming and diving team, picked up where she left off last year with a winning performance against four Division I schools. Roskos comfortably took first in the the 3-meter dive with 273.54 points before earning a score of 246.35 in the 1-meter dive, two points shy of another victory. Roskos is the reigning Division III champion in 1-meter diving and won both events at 2011 nationals.
Wrestling wins two weight classes at Fall Brawl
20 0 John Darling (165)
Kenny PJ Amponsa Schmidt (197) (141)
Zach Zotollo (165)
Justin Kevin DeAndrea Churchill Points(125) (184)
Stats for field hockey soccer season Points
John Darling (165)
Goals against average
Victoria Martin Amanda Krause
Caitlyn Jenkins Points
Roisin Dougherty (19 games)
55 saves on 82 shots, 7 shutouts
Amanda Krouse (1 game):
3 saves on 6 shots 0
Mikayla Cimilluca Camille Passucci
68 goals scored 3.4 average 30 goals allowed 1.5 average 6 on goal 7 2145 shots 10.7 average 98 SOG allowed 4.9 average 575 tickets sold 96 average
Predictions from the staff (now with more above .500 Knicks!) UCLA vs.USC
San Antonio Spurs Boston Celtics vs. N.Y. Knicks vs. Utah Jazz
This week in sports Cross Country Nov. 17 @ NCAA Division III Championships (Rose-Holman Institute of Tech.), 11 a.m. Swimming and Diving Nov. 17 vs. New York University, 2 p.m. Wrestling Nov. 14 @ Stevens Institute of Technology, 7 p.m. Nov. 17 @ East Stroudsburg Open, 8 a.m.
Peter Fiorilla Brandon Gould Brendan McGrath Jamie Primeau Andrew Grossman Last Week: Brendan (4-1), Chris & Andrew (2-3), Peter (1-4), Brandon & & Jamie (0-5) Wins: Chris (4.5), Brendan (2.5), Brandon (1.5), Peter (1), Jamie & Andrew (.5)
Women’s Basketball Nov. 16 vs. Haverford College, 8 p.m. Nov. 17 @ DeSales University, 1 p.m. @ Neumann University, 3 p.m. Last Week’s Signal Trivia Answer:
This is the candidate Peyton Manning, Alex Rodriguez and John Elway voted for in the Presidential election.
one pin, three decisions
All-NJAC first team
All-NJAC first team
S.F. 49ers vs. (AFC North) Chicago Bears Steelers vs. Ravens
Kenny Amponsa (197)
All-NJAC first team
NJAC Rookie of the Year
NJAC Midfielder of the Year
one technical, two major decisions, two decisions
15-5 record, 4-2 in NJAC play
The last time everybody said the Knicks were going to be good and they weren’t was last year, when owner James Dolan’s meddling and Carmelo Anthony’s Carmelo-ness forced coach Mike D’Antoni into resigning midseason. New York has been a trainwreck for more than a decade now, having won one playoff game in that time, but is living up to hype so far in 2012-13.
College gets shut out to finish season
Profs leave Lions with a sour taste in mouths By Mike Herold Staff Writer
Sometimes things don’t end as well as you’d hoped. That’s certainly what happened with the Lions’ season this year, as they lost their final game 26-0 to Rowan University in a disheartening finish to what was an up-and-down season. The Lions (4-6, 3-5) entered the game hoping to play spoiler for the Profs, who were fighting for a playoff spot. Those hopes quickly faded, as Rowan’s punishing run game kept them in the driver’s seat for most of the game, while the College struggled to put anything together on the offensive end. For the seniors playing in their final game, however, the end result wasn’t as important as the journey they took to get there. “Great season,” senior quarterback Dan Dugan said. “It was amazing, playing with a team like this. Good coaches, great friendships, that’s really all I can take from this.” The final game for the seniors was the highlight of the night, as before the game every member of the team’s senior class headed to the center of the field for the opening coin toss, the friendship among the group apparent as they grasped hands to form a solid line facing down the opposition. The seniors were also announced and honored during halftime, and when the game had already fallen beyond the Lions’ reach, the seniors who typically backed up the starters got their chances to play one last time. During the game itself, there wasn’t much chance for positive emotion, as Rowan controlled play from the opening kick. The Profs dominated the stat sheet, holding possession of the ball for 39:51, nearly double the Lions’ 20:09. The scoring began with 11:45 left in the second quarter with a
7-yard touchdown thrown by senior quarterback Louie Bianchini to senior wide receiver Dan Reed, and continued in the first half with an 86-yard touchdown thrown by Bianchini to junior wide receiver Warren Oliver with 2:32 remaining. The Lions’ best efforts of the first half came from the play of their special teams, who blocked both extra points in that half (one each by senior Thomas Hoppe and junior Jeffrey Adubato), as well as a punt. The College also saw strong play from senior punter/kicker Derick Hughes (despite a missed field goal from 38 yards, the Lions’ only scoring opportunity). The Lions couldn’t get into an offensive rhythm, however, finishing with just 167 yards of total offense to Rowan’s 451. Rowan put the game away in the second half, scoring on running plays of six and 47 yards by freshman running back Withler Marcelin and Bianchini, respectively. Once the fourth quarter began, it became clear that the College would not be able to come back, so the players began playing more for pride than outright victory. Senior wide receiver Glenn Grainger had the biggest play of game during the fourth, a 23-yard catch from Dugan. “By that point, I think we were down by three possessions, so it was just about going out there and playing, try to finish it on a high note” Grainger said. The seniors looked back on the season after the game, and had nothing but praise for their teammates. “I had a good time,” Grainger said. “It was a good group of guys here. It’s a good team.” The Lions also finished the year entering the record books, with senior running back Justin Doniloski tying the record for most receptions during a season with 64 in all. Dugan ended his career at the college with records in most completions in a game
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The College still had a solid season.
(34), most attempts in a game (50), completions in a season (260), attempts in a season (419) and yards in a season (2,392). Overall though, the players were not as concerned with the record books as they were with the team. “Yeah, I broke some records, but I’d rather win.” Dugan said. In the end, it all came back to the team. “I’d just like to thank all my teammates for making me stick through it all these years,” Dugan said. Those words are an ending the Lions can certainly be proud of.
Wrestling grabs silver in Fall Brawl
Top performances have Lions looking good By Peter Fiorilla Sports Assistant With nearly all of its pieces retained from an enthralling 2011 campaign and successful postseason, the 26th-ranked wrestling team hinted that more good things are to come with a second place finish at the annual Fall Brawl. Seniors John Darling (167-pound weight class) and Kenny Amponsa (197) went undefeated to lead the Lions, while four others placed to lift the team over a long list of opponents that included Division I school Franklin & Marshall College. “What the team can take away from the Fall Brawl is the potential strength and power of our best line up,” Darling said. “As a team, we finished second behind Ursinus (College), and some of our best guys didn’t get a chance to wrestle this weekend.” Amponsa’s return to the fold after taking his junior year off could not have gone smoother, as he picked up a pin and three decisions for his first career tournament title. “Kenny is a natural athlete,” Darling said. “On the wrestling mat, he can be extremely
Lions’ Lineup November 14, 2012
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Amponsa is one of many returning veterans for the 26th-ranked Lions.
explosive and hard to stop in the neutral position. We are fortunate to have Kenny back in the lineup this year.” The lone subtraction from the roster this season will be 2012 champion and guaranteed point-earner Mike Denver, who in 2011 was named the NCAA Division III Wrestler of the Year, but this is still a veteran-laden squad with doubledigit winners across the board. Amponsa and Darling are two examples of returning wrestlers, with former NCAA qualifiers Steve Godine (125), Dan Herr (133) and Brian Broderick (184) — who have a combined 165 career wins — are
also ready to help the team achieve its perennially lofty ambitions. “It is going to be different without Mike Denver in the room because he is a great competitor to look up to,” Darling said. “This year, we will have wrestlers throughout the lineup that have wrestled in the national tournament and wrestlers who are coming off strong seasons last year.” Sophomore P.J. Schmidt (141), another returning game-changer who earned 25 bouts at 125 pounds last year, added five more wins and a third-place finish at Fall Brawl to his résumé in a
new role for the Lions. Joining him was junior Zach Zotollo (165), who showed off the team’s depth at the 165-pound weight class with his second consecutive third-place finish at the tournament, while juniors Justin DeAndrea (184) and Kevin Churchill (125) nabbed fourth in their positions. Adding up the six top-four finishes gave the Lions a grand total of 134 points, just a mere 10 behind host Ursinus, three more than Franklin & Marshall, and more than double the average score of 61 points among the 15 teams participating in the event. High expectations will travel with the Lions to No. 30 Stevens Institute of Technology this Wednesday, who ended a long losing streak against the College in last year’s season opener, and to the East Stroudsburg University Open on Saturday for another taste of tournament action. The Lions look to use these early meets as a springboard to their ultimate goal. “Just like any other season, we train for the national tournament,” Darling said. “We’re looking forward for the ESU Open.”
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Published on Nov 13, 2012