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December 5, 2018
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Man charged in crash, students remain hospitalized
‘Queer Eye’ star dazzles campus
By Michelle Lampariello & Nicole Viviano Editor-In-Chief & Staff Writer
Journalists expose cases of police brutality, misconduct By Camille Furst News Assistant
Five students were seriously injured in a collision outside of 1817 Pennington Road in the early morning hours of Sunday, Dec. 2. The following students listed were injured in the crash: Danielle DeFlores, 21, a senior biology major from Brick, New Jersey Matthew DeGenova, 21, a senior accounting major from Belmar, New Jersey Anthony Galante, 19, a sophomore finance major from North Bellmore, New York Ryan Moore, 21, a senior marketing major from Midland Park, New Jersey Michael Sot, 20, a sophomore math major from Clark, New Jersey Ewing Township police announced Monday afternoon that David Lamar V, a 22-yearold man from West Windsor, New Jersey, is charged with seven counts of second-degree assault by auto following the collision early Sunday morning that seriously injured eight people, including five students. According to police, Lamar was impaired as he drove his black 2018 Kia Optima southbound on Pennington Road. He crossed over the double yellow line, striking a gray 2007 Dodge Charger that was traveling see CRASH page 6
and host of the bi-weekly podcast series, “Getting Curious.” “Queer Eye” stars a new cast of men, the Fab Five, that transforms local heroes into better versions of themselves through food, fashion, culture, interior design and grooming. The show has received praise from celebrities, such as Chrissy Teigen and Gigi Hadid. Season three is expected to
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, along with the Criminology Department, hosted journalist Andrew Ford from the Asbury Park Press on Nov. 28 to present “Protecting the Shield,” a project that was the product of a twoyear investigation into the hidden misconduct of law enforcement across the state of New Jersey. Andrew Ford began the presentation by discussing why this investigation should matter to the public. Over the course of the investigation involving the examination of over 30,000 legal and public records, it was found that police malpractice in New Jersey resulted in the deaths of 24 individuals and the physical or sexual harm of 137 others. “It could be you,” Ford said. The journalists on the story examined many situations in which police were involved in domestic abuse, sexual misconduct and the beating and killing of innocent victims. In many of these cases, the town settled the lawsuits for hundreds of thousands of dollars and the officers continued their careers –– some were later promoted. Ford then spoke of one of the most prominent and well-known examples of police misconduct in New Jersey. The article from the Asbury Park Press explained that the victim, Miguel Feliz, was
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Van Ness stresses the importance of political involvement. By Julia Dzurillay Staff Writer
CUB’s 2018 Fall Lecture was filled with many “gorgeous moments,” courtesy of Jonathan Van Ness, the featured speaker. The bubbly and energetic grooming expert, who came to visit Kendall Hall Thursday, on Nov. 29, stars in Netflix’s Emmy-award winning series, “Queer Eye.” He is also the creator
‘I Am TCNJ’ forum addresses incidents of racial bias
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Foster and Haughton respond to audience feedback during the meeting.
By Connor Smith, Elizabeth Zakaim, Miguel Gonzalez, Emmy Leiderman & Gianna Melillo Signal Staff
Within the past month, one student on campus was called various racial slurs from the third floor of Wolfe Hall and a building services employee encountered a racial slur while cleaning the Interactive Multimedia Building. Now, Campus Police has received a complaint
about another racial slur –– a student, whose name has not yet been released, was the target of an alleged racist slur that, according to Campus Police, occurred on Friday Nov. 30 at 1:30 a.m at Landmark Americana in Campus Town. Incident at Landmark Americana Campus Police is currently conducting an ongoing investigation of the “incident of racial bias,” that occurred at Landmark. According to Kyle Veale,
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Landmark’s director of operations, a student was called “the N-word” in the bathroom of the bar. Employees questioned everyone in the bathroom at the time, but no one came forward or took responsibility. The names of the people in the bathroom were given to Campus Police that same day, and Veale said that Landmark has been in touch with the student after the event occurred. “This disappointing event has brought to light our need for
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additional sensitivity training that we will be putting in place,” Veale said. “We’ve worked really hard to create a fun and welcoming space for the TCNJ and Ewing communities to enjoy.” According to College spokesperson David Muha, Landmark has cooperated in handing in security camera footage from that evening, which will now serve as evidence for the investigation. However, according to Muha, Campus Police is limited in what it can do in terms of this incident, because it technically occurred off campus. “By terms of our lease with the property manager, TCNJ Campus Police are responsible for responding to calls for service on the property,” Muha said. “They are only able to enforce actions that rise to the level of a crime under New Jersey or federal law.” Muha still encourages people to report any incidents that arise. “The college is committed to an inclusive campus environment where all members are valued and respected,” he said. “Anyone encountering hate
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speech should report it to Campus Police so that the College can take appropriate action.” ‘I Am TCNJ’ As a response to the recent incidents of racism at the College, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs and Student Government hosted a panel titled ‘I Am TCNJ’ at noon on Nov. 28 in Kendall Hall to address concerns about inclusivity on campus. While the campus community crowded into Kendall Hall to take part in the event, coverage was also transmitted live to audiences in the Brower Student Center and in the Education Building Room 115. The panel included College President Kathryn Foster, Ivonne Cruz, director of the Equal Opportunity Fund and Center for Student Success, Winnifred Brown-Glaude, chair of the African-American Studies Department, and Eashwayne Haughton, senior philosophy major and Student Government’s vice president of diversity see POLICY page 3
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‘TMT Broadway Night’ Student perform favorite Broadway songs
Swimming & Diving Team wins first at own invitational
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premiere in 2019, according to Variety. Most of the attendees were great fans of his show and felt starstruck at the chance to meet the young celebrity. Hailey Ruderman, a sophomore journalism and professional writing major and CUB volunteer, said that she was excited that this was her first opportunity to help work a CUB event. “I’ve watched every single season of ‘Queer Eye,’ well there’s only two, but as soon as they’d come out, I’d binge watch the entire season,” Ruderman said. “I was so nervous getting ready today, too, I was like ‘can I wear gray on gray, is my hair okay?’ I was so nervous.” Students like Shannon Cestero, a senior finance major, admired Van Ness for his candidness and sincerity. “I just finished watching ‘Queer Eye’ and I’m just obsessed with Jonathan,” Cestero said at the lecture. “He’s fabulous and I can’t believe he’s here.” As one of the most outgoing members of the Fab Five, Van Ness is known for his long hair and infectious energy. During his presentation, he discussed beauty tips, the secrets to living one’s best life and the importance of voting and staying politically active. “‘Queer Eye’ is me but there’s also an angry me on Twitter,” Van Ness said, referencing his frequent online critiques of President Donald Trump. While Van Ness addresses political and social issues on the show, his carefree disposition helps make deep topics
more approachable and less intimidating. “I think Jonathan’s role in pop culture is so important,” said Olivia Grasing, a senior journalism and professional writing major. “He’s super engaged politically, which some might not expect out of him, but I think his political moments ... show just how much he cares about the wellbeing of everyone in this country.” Aside from being a hair stylist and grooming expert, Van Ness also shares videos of professors and politicians on his social media platforms to keep his audience involved and informed about current events. At the College, Van Ness did not stray from discussions about the political climate and the importance of voting. “We think we’re a lot farther along than we are,” Van Ness said. “I feel a little bit better after the midterm (elections), as much as I can … but we are in a make-or-break time when it comes to the health and the safety, really, of our country.” Van Ness also spoke on the issues of inequality in America, both in the LGBTQ+ community and beyond. Growing up in the “downstate” part of Illinois, an area far from the state’s larger cities, Van Ness noticed the distribution of largely conservative views that affected his small community, referring to the difference in political affiliations in urban versus rural areas. Van Ness explained that growing up gay in a small community was challenging, but he never let negativity stop him from “living his truth,” especially when it came to his love of figure skating and gymnastics.
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“This is a shame-free zone,” Van Ness said referring to the lecture, before diving into his love for figure skating. He shared that yoga helps him keep his balance while on the ice more than his cheerleading experience or his love of gymnastics. “I did a figure skating routine for the sixth grade talent show completely in socks and a shirt with a bejeweled question mark on the front,” Van Ness said with the flip of his hair. This lecture took place less than a week after the College’s ‘I Am TCNJ’ forum, which focused on creating systemic change and an open dialogue about inclusivity on campus. Some students recognized Van Ness’ role in fostering this inclusivity on “Queer Eye,” his podcast and even during his lecture. Emily Beggiato, a senior psychology major, also expressed her excitement over seeing Van Ness’ lecture due to the inclusivity his presence brought to the campus. “I have two moms, so I’m pretty involved in the LGBTQ+ community,” Beggiato said. “I just really like the premise of the show and how they’re promoting healthy masculinity and helping people improve their mental and physical wellbeing.” When asked about the topic of self-love from members in the audience, Van Ness said that the most important relationship a person can have is with themselves. “I think it’s about self-soothing and finding ways that you can fall madly in love with spending time with yourself,” Van Ness said. “Not to quote ‘Finding Nemo,’ but … just keep going.”
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driving home from work when he got into an accident that set his car on fire. The police who responded to the scene began kicking Feliz, who was left with four broken ribs and multiple burns.
This incident was captured on camera by a bystander at the scene. The police department responded to the video, stating that the officers were simply trying to extinguish the flames. Meanwhile, the officers involved were kept on duty after the incident.
Ford emphasizes the need to uphold higher standards for state officers.
“New Jersey failed Miguel Feliz,” Ford said. “The Press found that more than $50 million in tax funds were used to hush allegations of police abuse since 2010.” This included Feliz’s lawsuit. Another example investigated by the team at the Asbury Park Press involved Timothy Harden, a resident of Belmar, New Jersey, who cried out to officers, “I’m gonna die,” as police held him face down on the ground at a music festival on Labor Day weekend in 2015. Approximately 20 seconds later, the officers witnessed Harden’s death. While the county autopsy declared that his death was caused by an accident due to “drug induced excited delirium,” a private autopsy conducted by another doctor concluded the death’s cause to be from respiratory failure due to forcible restraint. During an interview with the Asbury Park Press, Harden’s sister said that while there are many good officers, there are also “criminals that wear a badge.” Ford expressed his sentiment on the subject, stating that the investigation team has tremendous respect for those in law enforcement, acknowledging the danger and bravery of the profession. “The focus here was on trying to examine the system in place to make sure that officers and citizens are kept safe,” Ford said. “If I were assigned to cover NASA or education, I would be scrutinizing those systems just as closely.” He then opened up about his personal experience in investigating these situations. He spent many late nights digging through tens of thousands of legal and
public records. He said he conducted all interviews and wrote all stories involved in a straightforward manner, letting the chips fall where they may. The team found that one of the main reasons these incidents of misconduct occur is because of the lacking or fragmented oversight by the higher positions in the departments. “I wish there was more we could do,” Ford said. “I wish we could get greater access to these records that exist out there and get a sense of how individual incidents were handled and also what is being kept track of, what is not.” Almost every seat in the room was occupied, most in attendance being criminology majors looking to pursue careers in law enforcement. Kevin Dray, a senior mechanical engineering major, was interested learning more about police corruption. “I was seeing (police brutality) a lot in the news so I actually came to this for that reason,” he said. “It seems that it happens on more of an individual level, which is good because it’s more of a rarity.” After the presentation, Kyle Bailey, a junior criminology major, applauded Ford for his bravery in presenting a discussion on police misconduct in front of this audience. “I just wanted to applaud you personally for giving a talk that’s … not highly in the positive light to a room of criminology students going into law enforcement,” Bailey said. “It’s important to be a part of the hopeful change coming.”
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By Miguel Gonzalez News Editor
Student reports missing wallet A female student arrived at TCNJ Police Headquarters to report a theft of a wallet on Saturday, Dec. 1, at approximately 1:40 p.m. The theft occurred on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at approximately 11 p.m. when she was in a women’s bathroom at Wolfe Hall. According to Campus Police, the female student left the wallet on top of the paper towel dispenser but did not take it when she left. The student stated she did not realize the wallet was missing until the following day on Thursday, Nov. 29. The student said she saw a Facebook message stating that her wallet was in a Wolfe Hall’s women’s restroom. After seeing the message, she went back to the restroom but could not find it, Campus Police said. The student later went to the Wolfe Hall area office and the Brower Student Center but neither had the wallet. She then checked and froze her accounts and said there were no suspicious transactions. According to the student, the black, plastic leather Lethnick pocket wallet valued at approximately $15. According to Campus Police, the wallet contains one Visa credit card, one credit card, two debit cards, a state driver’s license, a Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Insurance Card, a CVS card, a Starbucks rewards card and a Dunkin Donuts card. The student was advised to contact Campus Police if the she located the wallet. Clothing vanishes in laundry room A female student reported a laundry theft to Campus Police on Nov. 15 at approximately at 3:20 p.m. According to Campus Police, on Nov. 11, the student placed approximately three loads of laundry into a washing machine in the Townhouses East laundry room. The next day at approximately 4 p.m., she returned to the laundry room to get her laundry. According to the student, she realized she was missing clothing on Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. According to Campus Police, the following items were stolen: a sweatshirt valued at $30, a green sports bra valued at $45, a dark blue rain jacket valued at $50 and a turquoise and white sweatshirt valued at $60. The student was given a copy of the victim notification form and was advised to contact Campus Police if she found her items. Student reports stolen jackets Campus Police was dispatched to a report of theft at the Landmark Americana Bar and Grill in Campus Town on Nov. 16 at approximately 1:10 a.m. According to Campus Police, one female student and two visiting friends entered Landmark at approximately 11 p.m. on Nov. 15.
According to the student, she placed her coat on a rack, but when she went back at approximately 1 a.m., she noticed that her jacket was missing. Inside her jacket pocket was her key ring, which was also missing. The key ring is valued at approximately $185. Additional items missing were a light brown winter jacket valued at $70, car key and fob valued at $100, a cat-shaped metal key chain valued at $10 and a house key valued at $5.
Student vomits outside Education Building While on North Metzger Drive, Campus Police was advised by a passing motorist that there was a male unconscious on the ground in Lot 18 on Nov. 17 at approximately 1:15 p.m. Campus Police proceeded to the location and found an individual laying on the ground against the wall of the Education Building. According to Campus Police, the male student was waiting on line in Lot 18 to go to a fall festival party. According to Campus Police, the male got sick and started vomiting, at which time a witness placed him against the wall of the building. According to the witness, the male had consumed approximately three shots of Hennessy Cognac. At the scene, the male could not tell Campus Police where he was drinking or how much alcohol he had consumed. T h emale exhibited slurred speech and was laying next to a pool of vomit. TCNJ EMS arrived at the scene to evaluate the male. It was determined he needed to be transported for further medical treatment. Lawrence Township Basic Life Support arrived on the scene and transported the male to a medical center. He was issued a B summons under 2C:33-15.A, Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages. CA locates intoxicated student Campus Police was dispatched to the back of Wolfe Hall in reference to an intoxicated person on Nov. 17 at approximately 2:01 p.m. Upon arrival, the officer was met by a community adviser and a male student. They told the officer that the male student laying on the ground was intoxicated. According to Campus Police, the male student was covered in mud, water and what appeared to be bodily fluids. It appeared he had also vomited in the area next to him. TCNJ EMS arrived at the scene and began treating the student, who was not able to provide information as to what and where he had been drinking. Due to a student finding the patient and calling for medical assistance, the intoxicated student will be treated under amnesty provisions. Trenton EMS arrived and transported the student to a medical center. Panera Bread employee reports stolen wallet
An employee from Panera Bread at Campus Town came to Campus Police headquarters to report on a stolen wallet on Nov. 17 at approximately 3:34 p.m. On that day, the employee had been working between the hours of 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. According to the employee, he had left his wallet in his apron in the Panera Bread storage room. He left the area and remembered that he had left his wallet, but when he returned his wallet was gone.
TCNJ EMS transports student to hospital Campus Police responded to a report of an intoxicated underage male at Travers Hall on Nov. 18 at approximately 2:25 a.m. Upon arrival, Campus Police met the complainant, a Travers Hall CA. The CA stated that while responding to a noise complaint at Travers Hall, he discovered a male vomiting. The male admitted to consuming unknown amounts of vodka and rum. While he is not a student at the College, he said he was visiting his friend, who is a freshman and resident of Travers Hall. TCNJ EMS arrived at approximately 2:30 a.m. and assumed patient care. After assessing the male, TCNJ EMS deemed it necessary for him to be transported to a medical facility for further care. Lawrence Township EMS arrived at approximately 2:50 a.m. and transported the male to a medical center for further medical care. A summons was written for the male for consumption of alcoholic beverages under the legal age to do so. Campus Police went to the medical center at approximately 6 a.m. and delivered the summons to the male, who was alert and conscious. Student loses iPhone 7 A female student reported a missing smartphone to Campus Police on Nov. 21 at approximately 11:15 a.m. The student stated that while she was packing her vehicle for Thanksgiving break at approximately 2:30 a.m., she dropped her iPhone 7 and was unable to find it. She stated that when she returned to her room at around 2:45 a.m., she noticed that her phone was missing. She told Campus Police that she retraced her steps back to the lot where her vehicle was parked, but was unable to find her phone. She then searched her entire room until approximately 5 a.m. According to campus police, attached to her iPhone was a card holder that contained several cards. These cards include a PNC debit card, a state driver’s license, a student ID and a New Jersey Education Association ID card. According to Campus Police, all the missing items are valued at $524. Campus Police advised the student to check online for any fraudulent charges to her PNC debit card. She said she would also go to the Department of Motor Vehicles to receive a new state driver’s license. A victim’s notification form was filled out and the student was informed of her rights as a victim. Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at 609771-2345.
Policy / Campus panel promises racial inclusiveness continued from page 1 and inclusion. Foster relayed the College’s failure to deal with instances of prejudice both recently and in past years properly. She offered specific directives to help ensure more immediate changes both at an academic and administrative level. “Many on campus labor consistently to make this campus a healthy, safe, welcoming and
inclusive place ... but our racist incidents reflect that we are not yet healthy, safe, welcoming and inclusive to the level that we aspire to and must demand,” Foster said. Foster spoke of her plan to appoint a vice president for inclusion on campus and elaborated on the need for an individual in administration to take charge of responding and preventing incidents of racial bias on campus. “What’s important is that we
have a person sitting on the cabinet that is reporting to the president, crafting and implementing a strategic agenda and waking up every day to work on these issues,” she said. She went on to ask each member of the panel what they would expect from such an individual. Cruz responded to Foster’s inquiry by emphasizing the need for protocol in situations of racial bias. “We need to make sure the staff
Students listen to their peers speak out against racism at the College.
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and faculty know where to go,” Cruz said of future incident reporting. “We have blurred the lines between feeling uncomfortable and unsafe on campus.” Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Sean Stallings, the moderator at the forum, opened the floor for questions and feedback while Foster took diligent notes. Many students and faculty members were adamant about having comprehensive training sessions for students, faculty, administration and Campus Police that would address the importance of racial sensitivity. “You can’t have one office holding the responsibility of changing the climate,” Brown-Glaude said. “We all have to be responsible. We’re going to need anti-racist training on this campus. It has to start from the top, all the way to the bottom.” Community adviser Vanessa Jimenez, a senior history and secondary education dual major, felt that Residential Education’s studentstaff also needed more deliberate training to help CAs better respond to incidents involving hate crimes or racial bias. “I can attest to the fact that our training isn’t as valuable as it could be with inclusion and diversity,”
she said. “It was a little better this year but it was more of a conversation about what inclusion and diversity is, less about how to handle conflict situations.” Furthermore, as McKenna Samson, a sophomore English and African-American studies double major and secretary of the College’s NAACP chapter pointed out, the College’s student conduct code does not include explicit information or guidelines about hate crimes or instances of prejudice. The legal definition of a hate crime in the U.S. is one that “involves threats, harassment, or physical harm and is motivated by prejudice against someone’s race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation or physical or mental disability,” according to USLegal.com. When asked how she thought the forum went, Samson said she was filled with mixed emotions. “I think it’s very productive that we’re having this conversation,” she said. “I wish it was longer –– they should dedicate an entire afternoon to this discussion.” The members of the panel promised that this forum was only the beginning of a longer discussion of inclusiveness on campus. see INCLUSIVE page 5
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“We will have action,” Haughton said. “This will not end here. I feel it with you. I can promise you we will continue to fight. This does not stop here. As students, as your peer, I feel you and I understand you. Keep holding us accountable. We will not allow this to be brushed under the rug.” Another audience member happened to be the father of one of the students, Marcus Allen, who was recently verbally harassed on campus. On the night of Nov. 16, Allen and other African-American students, brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Inc., were the targets of racial slurs coming from the third floor of Wolfe Hall. Aaron Allen, who said he worked at the College as a building services employee for about 15 years, gave an impassioned speech, demanding that the College take action so that his son would not have to feel unwelcome on his own campus. “I pay this college and Campus Police way too much money for my son not to be protected and safe,” his father said, addressing the panel directly amid cheers and standing ovations from the audience. “You keep talking about words and all this, it looks pretty, it looks nice, but where are the actions at? I don’t want to hear about tomorrow, or next week, or ‘we’re going to have a meeting, we’re going to get a group.’ The group is right here. Look at all these people. These people are your group.” He then stepped forward closer to the stage to address Foster directly, saying that administration in charge during his time as a business employee at the College did little to change the attitude of racism on campus. “I’m telling you face to face,” he said. “You know what you did? You did what you’re doing now –– you sat down and never stood for nothing.” Incident in Art and Interactive Multimedia Building While most of the campus
was sleeping during the early hours of a chilly Thursday night, a building services employee was busy cleaning the third floor of the Art and Interactive Multimedia building, as she has been every Sunday through Thursday, for the past 11 years. She went about her routine thoroughly but quickly, in an effort to leave the dark building, where she often cleans alone. However, at around 2 a.m. on Nov. 1, she was shocked to find a mess that she could not bear to clean –– a racial slur scribbled in what looked like magic marker next to a clogged toilet in the bathroom on the third floor. “It’s not the first time ever, I’ve seen something like this,” said the employee, who agreed to the interview on the condition of anonymity. “It had to be erased.” A police report filed last month details the racial incident that took place. A racial slur was written on the stall in the third floor women’s bathroom, with an arrow underneath pointing to a toilet overflowing with feces. According to police records, officers currently have no leads on the suspected perpetrators of the vandalism. After Campus Police arrived and documented the incident, the building services employee had to call maintenance to help clean up the mess and unclog the toilet. As shocking as the encounter was, she said that it was not the first time she witnessed racial slurs in the form of graffiti in the IMM building. She said that about two years ago, she had seen other forms of vandalism and had also seen swastikas hanging on the walls of one of the bathrooms on the second floor. “I feel upset about it,” she said. “I feel like I shouldn’t have to come to my job and see these types of things. Anybody, their work environment, their study environment, shouldn’t have to put up with that.” The employee, who believes that majority of building services workers are African-American,
Foster engages with the audience at the forum. feels that the slurs potentially target her and the other workers. Instead of witnessing instances of intolerance, she would rather people just walk away from the temptation to be antagonistic. “Some people you’re going to get along with and some people you won’t get along with, but the main thing is you respect people,” she said. “I don’t care who or what you are, you respect people. That’s the bottom line. You don’t care for a person, leave that person alone, stay away from them.” She wants to see a change in the College’s attitude toward minorities –– from both students and administration. She believes that Foster has the power to make a difference during her tenure and that her hands on attitude will serve her well in dealing with these incidents. “We have to do something about this,” she said. “We have to come together and figure out something. Try to do something about this. Everybody, college wise, community wise, we all human beings. Derogatories and racial slurs, not matter what your culture, that should not be tolerated. It should not be tolerated. We have to take a stance. This is our college community.” If people are willing to be
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Marcus and his father listen to suggestions on how to improve inclusivity on campus.
open about their differences and accepting of each other’s diversity, she feels that true change is possible. “Bring it to the light, bring it to the forefront so we can all discuss and listen (to) different ideas,” she said. “Even a lot of students might not even be aware of the history of different cultures. We should learn from it. If you don’t know –– ask.” Students React Students in attendance had much to say about the forum and the various incidents of racial bias. Samson was one of the students involved in making a flyer disseminated this week that is calling for the boycotting of Landmark. The flyer claims that one of Landmark’s managers tried to cover up the alleged incident. The flyer also claims, and Landmark denies, that bouncers at the bar “used unnecessary physical force on two black students.” Samson wants the campus community to be more aware of the increasing racial tension on campus. “I want the campus community to see the way Landmark treats their patrons of color, especially those that should be treated as victims of hate crimes,” she said. “They need to be exposed for their poor business practices. For yet another person to be the victim of a very similar hate crime saddens me. As a black student, I have nothing but empathy for them. For people within the TCNJ community to go out of their way to call them such a disgusting slur angers me in the worst way.” She had hoped that the forum would have done more to foster an inclusive and accepting atmosphere on campus. “I feel like we just took two steps forward with the forum and now we’re taking five steps backwards,” she said. Some were glad to have the open forum, but felt that more time could be dedicated to such discussion. Other students felt that more needed to be done to hold the students who spoke the racial slurs accountable for
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their actions. “I expect to see a punishment,” said sophomore biology major Damion Anglin. “I expect to see something implemented to prevent this from happening again.” Others felt that there was a need for more action. “It is evident that action has to happen or nothing will change,” said Tara Cartier, a junior nursing major. “I feel that the College … is committed to taking action.” Many students saw this forum as the first step to combating racism on campus and stressed the importance of follow-up and holding people accountable. “I think the large volume of people who came out is indicative of the climate on campus in which many people not only feel uncomfortable, but unsafe,” said Danielle Parks, a senior philosophy major. “I think it is important that the forum took place, but I think we’re all still waiting to see what happens next, specifically to see what will happen to those students who committed this hate crime.” Others felt that the forum could have gone more in depth to address the sensitive issues. “The panel did a good job addressing issues ... though I felt the forum was a bit short,” said Cohere Elliston, a sophomore history major. He thought that a similar event should take place in the future to continue the dialogue. “I feel it was somewhat effective because people are talking about (race issues) but I think only people of color are the main ones talking, while a lot of white people aren’t as comfortable talking about it.” Patricia Calderone, a senior philosophy and political science double major, appreciated the authenticity of those who spoke up during the discussion. “I thought it was really informative and raw,” she said. “People got really vulnerable and opened themselves up … this time (the College) was forced to listen."
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a gray 2007 Dodge Charger that was traveling northbound. Of the eight people who were injured in the crash, two have been released from the hospital. Three people remain in critical condition, and three are in stable condition, according to Ewing Township Police. Injuries sustained in the crash include a brain injury, broken bones, a ruptured bladder and multiple lacerations and contusions, though information regarding which victims have sustained which injuries has not been released. After the Ewing Township Police Department received multiple 911 calls regarding a two-vehicle collision with injuries, officers arrived on scene to assist multiple victims who were trapped inside both vehicles. Among several first responders were officers from Ewing Fire Stations 30, 31 and 33, who worked to free the victims, according to a press release issued by the Ewing Township Police Department. The Charger was driven by Sot, according to a GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for the victims’ medical bills. Sot was serving as a designated driver the night of the crash, according to William Walker, a senior marketing major who established the GoFundMe page. As of Monday afternoon, $58,674 has been raised. Walker is the president of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. Galante, DeGenova, Sot and Moore are all
brothers of Phi Kappa Psi, and DeFlores is a sister of Delta Zeta sorority. The College’s counseling and psychological services will be providing outreach to members of the organizations that the victims belong to, and is available for individual and group postvention processing, as needed, according to a campus-wide email from Dave Muha, the College’s spokesperson. “We are sending healing thoughts to our students injured in the car crash and our heartfelt and deep support and compassion to their families, friends and loved ones,” said College President Kathryn Foster. “The outpouring of concern and prayers from the campus community, including tonight’s vigil and the GoFundMe effort, says a lot about TCNJ as a caring community. The accident reminds us how life can change in an instant and how essential it is to be there for others.” Chief of Campus Police Tim Grant explained that while Ewing Township Police is responsible for the investigation, Campus Police is assisting in the aftermath. “We worked in conjunction with the Dean of Students Office to help facilitate with the families and help the Ewing Police Department get in touch with the families,” Grant said. Mark Forest, director of CAPS, outlined the resources available to students experiencing difficulty in the wake of the collision. “The team at CAPS, the team at the dean of students
office, and in student affairs, and in ResEd, Campus Police and many many other departments, when something like this happens, come together as a team and we kind of all work collaboratively to try to provide the kind of support and help that the campus might need,” Forest said. Grant reiterated that Campus Police is always a resource for students, but it can be particularly helpful at hours when other campus resources are unavailable. “There are a lot of resources on campus, (but) we’re the only one that is open 24 hours, so even if they are looking for something else, they can call us in the off hours and get them in touch with what they need,” Grant said. Catholic Campus Ministries, with help from Student Government for booking purposes and several Greek organizations for publicity, organized a vigil in the Brower Student Center Room 100 on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. Hundreds of campus community members gathered to support one another as the five students remain in critical condition. Vanessa Rutigliano, a junior psychology major and CCM’s publicist, began the vigil by explaining CCM’s efforts to host a non-denominational service for members of the campus community that share different religious and spiritual beliefs. Rutigliano also informed the crowd that personnel from CAPS as well as the Dean of Students’ office were
First responders bring injured students to the hospital.
in attendance and happy to speak with students in need of assistance. “I’m heartbroken and I’m concerned about the students and their reaction to this,” Forest said. “We need to come together as a community and to support one another. Make sure that everyone knows that there are resources, and certainly the first one is for people to practice good self-care, talk with friends to talk with family, to gather support.” Following a general opening prayer, CCM’s band sang several songs for the crowd, including the hymns “Draw Me Close,” “You Are Mine,” “Mighty to Save,” “I Can Only Imagine” and “Hungry.” Students were then encouraged to leave anonymous messages inside a prayer box at the front of the room for their classmates who remain in the hospital. Father Erin Brown of CCM addressed the crowd, and reminded the audience that in tragic times, supporting one another is key to finding light in darkness. Brown explained that in times of
tragedy, it is important to have a “healthy perspective.” “The healthy perspective — it doesn’t remove the pain, but it limits unnecessary suffering,” he said. “It doesn’t see what we want to see, but allows us to better encounter everything that we must face to move forward. It doesn’t run away from the truth — it enables us to put things in their proper place.” Brown acknowledged that no speech or words of encouragement could remedy the situation, but hope and strength in community are vital in trying times. “The days leading up to Christmas are all about hope, and that’s what we have tonight,” Brown said. The crash remains under investigation by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Serious Collision Response Team and the Ewing Police Department Traffic Bureau. Anyone with information concerning the crash should contact Officers David Massi or Paul Digristina of the Ewing Township Police Department at (609) 882-1313.
SG approves Men’s Basketball SFB elects new representative
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The organization hears Trahan’s presentation on universal inclusion.
By Alex Shapiro Staff Writer
Student Government began its meeting on Nov. 28 by hosting men’s basketball, who persuaded the general body on why its should be considered an official club at the College. The group claimed that there is currently a lot of interest for the team, with two sophomores ready to lead once the seniors graduate in the spring. Recreational Basketball has been on campus for multiple years at the College and gained recognition by the Sport Club Advisory Council, but Men’s Basketball intends on hosting tryouts for competitive membership, introducing tournaments and fostering a community that offers recreational basketball to students across campus. Men’s Basketball was voted as a club at the College by the SG general body. SG then welcomed Don Trahan from the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion to present. He spoke in front of the general body on the topic of universal inclusion, claiming that students should have more foundation to
decide if the College fosters an inclusive atmosphere on campus. Trahan emphasized that universal inclusion is a mindset that the College is still in the process of trying to fully achieve. He also claimed that it will be very intentional, especially considering President Kathryn Foster’s prioritization of diversity on campus. Taylor Mislan, a senior communication studies major and vice president of student services, announced that Finals Fest is coming, but that details have not been decided. She was able to confirm that SG plans on providing smoothies, bagels and pizza at the event. On Monday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., there will be an Active Shooter Preparedness Training taking place in room 100W of the Brower Student Center. This event is free and open to everyone. Campus Police will prepare participants on what to do in the case of an active shooter. SG announced its Freshman Class Council election results. The organization congratulated Laura Yuan as presidentelect, Ami Patel as vice president-elect of operations and Alea Ferrigno as vice president-elect of public relations.
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Sigma Lambda Gamma is fully funded for its annual retreat.
By Garret Cecere Staff Writer
The Student Finance Board fully funded two clubs and elected a new member on Nov. 28. The TCNJ Asian American Association received $11,273 to host Steven Lim from Buzzfeed’s “Worth It” section. According to the club’s proposal, Lim will be engaging the campus in an important conversation on Asian-American identity and representation. “Steven has given some of these talks at other colleges and universities,” said Ranen Liu, a junior computer engineering major and president of the AAA. The club has held similar events in the past, including a presentation in 2014 by Dante Basco, a voice actor from “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” Co-sponsors of the event include the Japanese Student Association and Korean Student Association, who will help with publicity.
The date, time and location of the event are to be determined. Expenses will go toward the speaker’s fee, travel and lodging, technology staff, security and hospitality for the speaker. Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc., was funded $553 to hold its annual winter retreat in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, near Camelback Mountain. The three-day retreat will consist of bonding and planning for activities in the upcoming semester. This will be the first time the sorority has held a winter retreat off-campus. The trip will be from Jan. 14 to 16. SFB will cover lodging expenses. At the end of the meeting, SFB elected Rishi Konkesa, a sophomore economics major also in the seven-year medical program, to be its new representative at-large after the previous representative resigned. The representative atlarge serves as an liaison for student organizations and votes during SFB’s general body meetings.
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Alabama officer fatally shoots Army veteran By Alexandra Parado Sports Editor
On Thanksgiving night on Nov. 22, 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. was shot in the face by an off-duty police officer working security at Riverchase Galleria Mall in Hoover, Alabama, according to NBC News. According to the initial report, Bradford was engaged in a fight with an 18-year-old when he pulled out a gun and shot the young person. A 12-year-old bystander was also wounded during the incident, NPR reported. The officer’s name has not yet been released, but according to NPR, his actions were initially seen as “heroic” by his peers. They later retracted the statement, saying that it was unlikely that Bradford was responsible for firing the shots that injured those people. Bradford, an Army veteran, held a permit to carry a weapon, his family reported to CNN. After hearing gunshots in the mall go off, Bradford pulled out his gun in attempt to help people get to safety. Without issuing a warning before opening fire, the police officer fatally shot Bradford.
Bradford received no medical attention from police after the shooting, according to NPR. CNN reported that the real shooter is still at large. Hoover police and Mayor Frank Brocato expressed his sympathy for Bradford’s family. Though they offered sympathy, Hoover police has not issued an apology to his family for the incident. According to NPR, the officer who shot Bradford has been placed on paid administrative leave. Bradford’s family members were not immediately contacted by Hoover police about the death of their son. Instead, the family found out about his death through social media, according to NPR. E.J. Bradford Sr., Bradford’s father and a retired correctional officer, called Hoover police at 12:30 a.m. the night of the shooting and was told they would call him back. Hoover police gave a media briefing before reaching out to the Bradford family. In an article published by CNN, Bradford Sr. demanded that investigators immediately release all video of the incident. All evidence of body camera videos have
Bradford’s family receives his body almost a week after the shooting. been handed over to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to lead the investigation according to NBC News. ALEA will decide when to release the evidence. Bradford’s family has hired an attorney, Ben Crump, to represent them. Crump has also represented other black men who have been killed by police or others, including
Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, according to NPR. On Nov. 27, five days after the shooting, his family eventually received a phone call from Hoover police, Crump explained to the Guardian. They also received their son’s body in preparation for his funeral, according to the Guardian.
Russian military seizes Ukranian naval ships
Ukraine sends reinforcements to protect its provinces. By Jesse Stiller Staff Writer
Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have reached a fever pitch after Russia made intimidating advances against the country, such as seizing ships and capturing two dozen sailors, according
to NBC News. On Nov. 25, the New York Times and BBC reported that a faction of the Russian navy had moved into the Kerch Strait near the annexed territory of Crimea, and quickly approached the Ukrainian naval ships. The Russian military ships reportedly
opened fire on the Ukrainian forces, resulting in six injuries and the seizure of two gunboats and a tug ship. The sailors on board were detained by Russian troops. Russia claimed that the Ukranian ships illegally entered its waters. The next day, according to NPR, Ukraine’s parliament congregated for an emergency session to vote on imposing martial law in 10 of its provinces to combat Russia’s growing aggression and strengthen its defense. The vote was passed with near unanimous consent from lawmakers, rendering the affected areas under martial law for the next 30 days. In addition to martial law, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has also urged members of NATO to send ships to Ukraine to help provide more security, BBC reported. However, NATO is reportedly hesitant to send ships
to the troubled region, as experts suggest that an increase in presence would heighten tensions. In a press conference on Nov. 26, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called for Russia to back off Ukrainian ports and also threatened the possibility of more sanctions, while reaffirming pleas for cooler heads to prevail. The U.N. has also held an emergency meeting to address the situation, according to NPR, in which outgoing U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said that the seizure of the ships was an “outrageous violation” of U.N. rules and guidelines In response to the events in Ukraine, President Donald Trump announced on Thursday, Nov. 29 to the New York Times and other media outlets through Twitter that a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the
G20 summit had been canceled because of the rising tensions. “‘Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin. I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!’” Trump tweeted on Thursday morning in a twopart tweet, according to the New York Times. Russia has remained silent on most of the matter, but the Kremlin expressed “regret,” according to The Telegraph, that Trump canceled the meeting but that the country hopes to be back in contact with in the near future once the situation is resolved.
Amazon deforestation rates pose environmental threats By David McMillan Staff Writer
According to the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, the deforestation rate in the Amazon is 13.7 percent higher in the previous year. The question is, why? In 2005, the United Nations created an initiative called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, which set goals for reducing deforestation rates and mitigating climate change through the use of carbon emissions and other practices, according to the redddesk.org. However, Brazil is finding itself in a dire situation in regards to their forestry sector. While deforestation has diversified its economy, the lack of trees puts humanity in danger, according to NPR. According to BBC, current Environment Minister Edson Duarte pointed to organized crime, specifically illegal logging, as the primary cause of the spike in the deforestation rate. Illegal logging groups know that if they remain on the move, then there is a strong likelihood that they can engage in highly lucrative behavior with a low likelihood of prosecution. The environment minister of Brazil is lacking the resources necessary to maintain high levels of surveillance
and is deficient in police who can be dispatched to monitor instances of illegal logging, according to Reuters. According to the NPR, a group of Brazilian environmentalists called the guardians of the forest have made it its mission to burn down illegal logging camps. The local police in Brazil turn a blind eye to this band of rubber tappers. In the past 10 years, 16 members of the group were included in some of the 46 Brazilian environmentalists murdered, according to The Guardian, making it one of the most dangerous places to be an environmentalist. The guardians believe is that the Amazon is their only home and should be preserved at all costs. The administration of Brazilian President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro said during its 2018 campaign that it will limit fines for damaging forestry and weaken the influence of the environmental agency, according to BBC. According to NBC News, the result of not halting deforestation in the Amazon will not only dramatically increase carbon emissions, but it will impair the rainfall cycle across the Western Hemisphere. Environmental scientists at George Mason University published a paper this past February in the journal Science Advances that explained that if the rainfall cycle collapses, winter droughts in parts of Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina could devastate agriculture.
Bolsonaro’s policies limit forest protection.
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Achievements don’t equate to happiness
In most ways, my desire to succeed is identical to that of the majority of my classmates — I fill my breaks from classes with internships, I’m active in a student organization and I work hard in my classes. Many students will tell you that a lengthy resume is synonymous with a promising future, and I do believe there is some truth to that. I’m proud to attend a school where my classmates share my views on working hard today so that we can have a bright tomorrow, but I think many of us are caught up in the vicious cycle of letting our happiness depend on our professional and academic success. The jury is still out on whether money can buy happiness — personally, I wouldn’t complain if my day job was sipping piña coladas on my private yacht; however, what I do know is that achievements do not equate to happiness. Yes, doing well in classes is important. So is having relevant experience in your desired field, and being a good speaker, writer, listener or whatever skills you need to stand out in your profession. As college students, it’s important that we all devote time to our professional development to set ourselves up for success in our careers. The unhealthiness of our obsession with success is not found in our desire to get an A in a class, become president of an organization or land an internship — it’s our misguided thought that if we earn a 4.0, rise through the ranks of a club or become an intern at our dream company, only then will we be happy. There is so much more to life than the things you list on your resume. Whether it’s a talent or hobby unrelated to your major, the people you surround yourself with or your favorite show on Netflix, there are so many things to find joy in besides professional achievement. Of course we feel happy when we achieve academically, and landing a job or internship is worthy of celebration. There is nothing wrong with being proud of ourselves when we succeed, but it’s important to not let these achievements define our happiness. Whenever you celebrate an achievement, think about your friend who wished you luck before your exam, your significant other who brought you dinner so you could study all night and your favorite song that was playing through your headphones as you read your notes. Remember that you’re not just a student who is meant to produce high grades and land flashy internships — you’re a person with a wealth of talents, interests and attributes. Academic achievement should not be the bulk of what makes you happy — it’s just the frosting on the cake.
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“We think we’re a lot farther along than we are. I feel a little bit better after the midterm (elections), as much as I can … but we are in a make-or-break time when it comes to the health and the safety, really, of our country.” —Jonathan Van Ness TV Personality
“We have blurred the lines between feeling uncomfortable and unsafe on campus.” — Ivonne Cruz Director of Equal Opportunity Fund and Center for Student Success
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Minimum wage increase harms economy
Citizens campaign for higher salaries.
By Maxwell Parrone Correspondent As a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, one of Bernie Sanders’ campaign promises was a new and improved $15 minimum wage. He believed that no one working full time should be living in poverty. Bernie’s message resonated throughout the disgruntled working class — the group was seeing stagnating wages and little job opportunities, while the majority of new GDP was going straight to the top one percent
of earners. This resulted in a lot of anger towards the “greedy upper class,” who can afford personal yachts and private jets but cannot afford to raise their employee’s wages to a livable wage. If we follow Sanders’ lead and lift the federal minimum wage to $15, anyone working a full-time, 40-hour per week job would have an annual salary of $31,285. While these demands to raise the federal minimum wage may make a lot of sense to the average citizen, those who study economics see that increasing the minimum wage will lead to unemployment and inefficiency. Because the resources of a firm are scarce, so is the amount of money that a firm can pay out for unskilled labor. When presented with an increase in the minimum wage, the firm must lay people off and stop hiring new people. This can result in massive unemployment in the short-term, the movement of jobs overseas and increased long term automation. To elaborate on this concept, let’s consider a hypothetical market between unskilled laborers and a firm that produces rainbow sprinkles: Let’s say that Rainbow Sprinkle Co. makes $10,000 per hour for producing rainbow sprinkles. After the costs of the ingredients, factory maintenance and other fixed costs of production are controlled, the money that the company has to hire unskilled labor is $5,000 per hour. The company yields $5 an hour in sprinkles from each unskilled laborer, so Rainbow Sprinkle Co. is willing and able to pay 1,000 employees up to $5 an hour to do the work. Each year, Rainbow Sprinkle Co. pays out $10,400,000 to its employees. Each of those 1,000 fulltime employees will earn $10,400 annually, which is not enough to live on. After a while, the sprinkle workers demand a higher minimum wage of $15 an hour, so that their job pay is enough to support a family. Faced with this new minimum wage, the Rainbow Sprinkle Co. must pay each employee three times as much as before. It seems like an easy solution, but Rainbow Sprinkle Co.
still only has $5,000 per hour to pay for unskilled work. For every employee the Rainbow Sprinkle Co. keeps, it must fire two in order to pay the hourly wage of one. The firm also must pay $15 per hour to people who yield only $5 an hour in profit, making the Rainbow Sprinkle Co. take a $10 per hour loss per employee. This new minimum wage has many unintended consequences. First, it reduces the overall number of people employed by two-thirds, and also reduces the firm’s efficiency due to that $10 loss per hour per employee. To compensate for this loss, the company will have to drive up the prices of sprinkles. Rainbow Sprinkle Co. will eventually move their factories overseas to a place where there is a lower minimum wage in order to stay competitive. With the new increased cost of human labor, they will spend more money on producing “sprinkle-bots” to take the place of workers. This new incentive to automate and leave the country will further increase the level of unemployment in the sprinkle sector and displace people from their jobs. While this sprinkle example is not a perfect representation of the economy, it shows us the real-world consequences of the minimum wage. Lifting the federal minimum wage will increase unemployment and prices, push companies overseas and make the automation and replacement of the unskilled laborer a priority for firms. The true economic value of someone’s time is the amount of value that can be created in that hour. As a society, we shouldn’t be focusing so much on the minimum wage as a tool to increase the wages of the those with less skills. Instead, we should focus on making an hour of their time worth more money through education. Bernie Sanders is right — if we raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, those working 40 hours a week will certainly make much more money. Although this might be the case, I doubt any of that will matter to the masses of people who lose their jobs for good.
Uber’s policies put consumers at risk By Annie Diaz Correspondent
If you knew that before getting into an Uber, your driver could sexually assault you and have no legal repercussions, would you still get in? Every year, millions of Uber users agree to the company’s terms and conditions without realizing this. People rarely realize that the implications of the agreement may be far more serious than they realize. An investigation led by CNN uncovered numerous hidden sexual assault cases against Uber that the public was unaware of, due to the forced arbitration clause in the Uber user agreement. Including these clauses in the terms and conditions is common practice for many companies, and many unknowingly agree to them on a daily basis. These terms and conditions essentially state that if anything happens to you while using its service, you can’t sue the company. Instead, it will be settled secretly through arbitration. Additionally, the nondisclosure agreement in these terms prevents users from speaking publicly regarding any assaults. Although it is tedious, reading the terms and conditions
which you agree to in user contracts is crucial to fully understand the implications of what it is you are agreeing to. As of May 2018, CNN has uncovered 103 drivers who have raped or attacked women, many of whom were repeat offenders. This is a widespread issue that has been kept quiet by Uber to protect its image and reputation. Uber is a service used by millions, and Uber’s entire platform is based around providing a “safe ride home” to users. How can users feel safe when they are not protected from being sexually assaulted? Because Uber advertises its company as safe and reliable, the public trusts them. It is true that many of us, including myself, have taken Ubers alone before, trusting that we will be safely driven to our destinations. Because all of the assaults were settled privately and because of the nondisclosure agreements, there was no press coverage of this issue prior to the CNN investigation. Uber misleading its customers is not only unethical but also unsafe — users of this service need to be made aware of the potential dangers. The next time you download
Users fail to acknowledge the non-disclosure agreement’s implications. an app or visit a website with terms and agreements, think twice before clicking “agree.” Our generation has become so familiar with technology that it has become second nature to quickly agree to
user agreements. We often forget that these agreement are legally binding contracts. Accepting the terms of a service before fully comprehending what they are can ultimately get a user in trouble.
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Students share opinions around campus “Do you feel safe riding alone in an Uber?”
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Jenna Trischitta, a junior international studies major.
“Personally I do, because it gets tracked on your phone. I’m also just a confident person.”
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Sara Barreiros, a junior international studies major. “If I was taking an Uber during the day, then yes. At night it’s a different story.
“Do you think we need to increase the minimum wage?”
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Sofia Fuentes, a junior international studies major. “Yes. A lot of jobs don’t pay enough and rent is very high. A higher minimum wage is needed to live.”
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Madeline Stahl, a sophomore international studies major. “Yes. I think minimum wage should be the minimum amount that you’re able to survive.”
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Peppermint delivers fresh performance By Julia Dzurillay Staff Writer
Something sweet came to the College this week, and I’m not talking about the ice cream in Eickhoff Hall. Peppermint, a Celebrity drag performer, Broadway star and LGBTQ+ activist gave students both a vivacious and intimate performance on Nov. 26 in the Brower Student Center Room 100. The drag queen stars in Broadway’s “Head Over Heels,” a new musical comedy about modern romance featuring music by the pop group The Go-Go’s. She is the first openly transgender woman with a lead role on Broadway. “(The show) is one of the most gender expressive and feminist things on Broadway,” she said. Peppermint is also hailed as one of the first openly transgender women to compete on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” a reality competition show where drag queens compete to win the coveted title of America’s next drag superstar. In season nine, Peppermint earned second place out of 14 queens. She instantly became a fan favorite with her memorable lip sync performances and candidness about her gender identity. Peppermint’s performance at the College began with an interactive routine to “Starships” by
Nicki Minaj. As the night progressed, she performed covers from famous Broadway musicals like “Chicago,” lip synced to iconic songs from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” such as “Category Is” and even took selfies with a few students in the audience. Although this was the first time a “Ru-Girl” performed at the College, PRISM and members of CUB have been coordinating a celebrity drag performance for over a year. “Last year, we tried to do a celebrity drag show and the performer actually pulled out a week before they were supposed to perform, so I’ve actually been working on this for over a year now,” said Dylan Broadwell, a senior psychology and women’s, gender and sexuality studies major and the president of PRISM. Other members of the club were happy to welcome the celebrity to campus. “I love (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) and I love Peppermint. Since I’ve been friends with Dylan, they’ve been trying for a while to get a drag queen from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” here and it finally happened,” said Emily Miller, a senior English major and member of PRISM. Students recognized the importance of bringing a transgender performer to the College as a way to promote diversity and inclusion. “We’ve never really had a full
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Peppermint is the first openly transgender woman to star in a Broadway show. scale drag show at (the College),” said Katarina Menze, a junior communication studies major and CUB member. “We basically wanted to do this because Peppermint is a transgender drag queen, she was the first transgender drag queen to come out on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”… and we wanted to bring awareness to transgender issues, to gay issues and to (LGBTQ+) rights.” During the Q&A portion of the show, an audience member asked Peppermint about 11-year-old drag queen Desmond, who has been criticized for being too young to be a drag queen and an active member of
the drag community. “Anything that’s gender variant, anything that’s expressing something different than what the rules say has to do with sex, sexuality, gender or expression is somehow perverse and erotic and it’s not necessarily,” Peppermint said. “Of course, these things exist in humans. Even eating food can be sexy but we don’t say ‘don’t you eat food in front of my kids.’ So, I think folks that are trying to police drag and drag queens and are trying to limit (children) from their exposure to it are really just trying to advertise to the
world that they are insecure.” Peppermint also emphasized the need to exercise sexual liberation and dismantle harmful stereotypes in society. “If any of us change the rules of gender or sex or sexuality or gender expression that their world, as they know it, will be become unstable,” Peppermint said. “And I think that’s really what it’s about. When someone is trying to police you and tell you what the rules are, it’s not because they care about what your rules are it’s because they’re worried about how it will affect them.”
Trip Around the World showcases campus diversity
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Left: Students surround the Spanish Club’s cultural display. Right: TCNJ Saathiya performs an Indian-themed dance for audience members. By Mathias Altman-Kurosaki Staff Writer
Students visited the Education Building Room 212 to learn that the College has a lot more diversity than meets the eye— the room was full of students studying at the College from across the globe who were all eager to share fun facts and food about their home countries. Trip Around the World, which due to snow was rescheduled due to Nov. 27 at 8:30 p.m., was originally meant to happen on Nov. 15, during International Education Week, which lasted from Nov. 12 to Nov. 16. IEW is the joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education created
to help promote more awareness of global influence, and to attract future students wishing to study abroad in the U.S. The event also featured an international fashion show, which showcased clothing indigenous to different countries such as Thailand, Japan and Mexico. There were also performances from TCNJ Dragonflies, a Chinese based dance group, and TCNJ Saathiya, an Indian fusion dance team. The event was organized hosted by Residential Education and the Center for Global Engagement. Cosponsors included the Japanese Student Association, the International and Domestic Students Organization, the Spanish Club and more. While most students involved were natives of the country they were displaying, others
were domestic students involved in many of the campus’s cultural clubs. “I had a general interest in Japan before joining the JSA, but I became more interested in the country and actually started taking Japanese,” said Pablo Cardenas, a junior history major who has been a part of the JSA since his freshman year. Much of the international cuisine was both different yet comparable to American food — Australian Tim Tams, which consists of two chocolate covered biscuits with a thin layer of chocolate cream, were similar to other chocolate-covered wafer treats. Even Haribo, a popular German candy company also found in American supermarkets, was on display.
The students representing their native countries were also intrigued by the surrounding cultures. “I became interested in Japan and India by looking at their posters, and I also learned that it takes 27 years to visit every beach in Australia,” said Viktor Holst, a junior English secondary education dual major from Germany. Students were also grateful that the event allowed them to connect with new people from unfamiliar organizations. “I was originally at the event to just chill, but the performances and fashion show were pretty cool, especially the Chinese costume,” said Rory Webber, a freshman political science major.
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Students appreciate professor’s support
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Students forget to eat during the stress of finals’ week.
Every week, Features Editor Emmy Liederman hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. With the end of the semester approaching, it is commonplace for students to skip meals and go to class hungry in the midst of pre-finals stress. In 1989, The Signal profiled geology professor Frederic Goldstein, who did more for students than just teach classes— Goldstein would often sell students snacks in between classes for just a few cents in case they didn’t have time to grab something to eat.
How does one professor at Trenton State College make life easier for his students? Dr. Fredric R. Goldstein, professor of geology, has coffee, tea, hot chocolate, brownies and scooter pies available for his students during class breaks. Students place a small fee (for example, tea is 5 cents) in a cup and help themselves. “During breaks, students don’t have to rush to the Student Center in the rain and cold,” Goldstein said. “These coffee breaks also help to make the students feel comfortable and relaxed.” Goldstein, a native of Brooklyn, New
York, became interested in geology through a fascination with dinosaurs. This fascination, which he acquired in third grade, led him to study earth sciences and geology in college. “I just never outgrew my liking for dinosaurs,” Goldstein said. This fascination also led him to a doctorate degree from Rutgers in 1974. Goldstein’s main intentions were to become a teacher. Three major oil companies, Texaco, Exxon and Mobil, were all interested in his services as a geologist. He turned down all of their offers to become a professor at Trenton State in 1973. When he was up for tenure, he had a job waiting for him at Texaco, which included a salary double what he is presently making as a professor. Goldstein received his tenure and stayed at Trenton State. Money was no factor in his decisions, he said. “My greatest reward in teaching is meeting the people. I am pleased to see that when my students leave Trenton State they are able to compete with students from around the country.”
Left: Pair a turtleneck with booties for a stylish look. Right: Leggings and a sweatshirt provide both comfort and fashion. By Lexy Yulich Columnist
The most dreaded time for students is quickly approaching –– finals’ week. Although final exams often cause students a lot of stress, there is no need to fret. I’ve put together several simple outfit ideas for final’s week that are each comfy and cozy. Although, I have gone to my finals dressed in my pajamas, but I firmly believe that if you look well put-together, you will perform better. Read these tips on how to create the comfiest look that will be sure to earn you that A. 1. If you are studying in the library all day or have an 8 a.m. final, wear your an oversized sweatshirt and athleisure leggings with comfortable sneakers. Make sure to wear a shirt underneath your sweatshirt in case the room you are in has the heat on at full blast. 2. If you have a midmorning final, consider wearing leggings or jeggings
and a cozy sweater and boots. Even though the outfit requires minimal effort, you will still look put-together and feel cozy. For an even more comfortable look, try to minimize any outfit distractions. For example, I have one sweater that always falls off my shoulder throughout the day. If I want to focus, I make sure that nothing on my body is going to distract me. 3. If you have an afternoon or evening final, wear jeans, a turtleneck and booties. Again, make sure whatever you’re wearing is comfortable. If you have the time before your final, wearing something that you feel confident in is key. Add a pair of earrings or a bracelet and you’re ready to ace that final. 4. When preparing for the week, make sure to lay your outfit along with your backpack the evening before. It will eliminate some stress in the morning.
Traditional Potato Latkes
Left: Sour cream compliments the latke’s savory flavor. Right: People eat this fried dish during Hanukkah. By Lexy Yulich Columnist One of my favorite parts of the holiday season has always been learning more about how other cultures celebrate. My friends from home come from a variety of different backgrounds. I enjoyed learning more about Hanukkah from my best friend and her family, who graciously welcomed
us to their holiday festivities. We helped prepare potato pancakes, or latkes, for the family, which was something I looked forward to every year. After taking some home for my own family to try, my brother and I begged my mother to make them ourselves. We have used the recipe ever since. An interesting fact that I had learned while researching latkes is that they are not traditionally
made with potatoes, and in many places, they still are not. Depending on the variety of food available regionally, latkes can be made from vegetables, cheeses, legumes or other starches instead of the potato base. For another variation of a latke, read the following recipe, which shreds the potatoes and onions, rather than blending them, and mixes the shreds with the remaining ingredients
before frying. Makes: 6 servings Ingredients: 2 eggs 3 cups of cubed potatoes 1 small onion 2 tbsp. of flour 1 tsp of salt ¼ tsp of baking powder Oil for frying Optional: applesauce or sour cream for dipping.
Directions: 1. Put eggs, onion, salt, flour, baking powder and ½ cup of potatoes into blender, and process until smooth. 2. Add remaining potatoes and process mixture until smooth. 3. Heat oil in frying pan and pour potato batter in like pancakes. 4. Fry about 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. 5. Let cool and serve with applesauce or sour cream. Enjoy!
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Arts & Entertainment
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College ensembles ring in holiday season both Application music and non-music available by Giuseppe Verdi and the final Winter Session Financial ofmajors, Aid took the stage for its song, “I Sing Because I’m Happy,” performance of the evening.navigation: by Charles H. Gabriel. The audiOctober 16th in PAWS using the following
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the struggles of the show’s character who longs for fame and promises her best to the crowd. The night featured both students soloists TCNJ Musical Theatre brought a piece of and duets. Soloists were able to highlight their Broadway to campus on Friday, Nov. 30. Stu- range and skills alone, while pairs balanced dents, family and friends filled the Library Au- each other’s vocal varieties. ditorium as they prepared for a night of music The audience was completely engaged as and entertainment. well,apply actively listening and enjoying the night. Learn more and at The audience heard songs from a collec- Several performances incorporated the audition of shows such as “Waitress,” “Matilda,” ence into the piece. With the amount of talent “Mean Girls,” “A Very Potter Musical” and and passion in the Library Auditorium, audimore. The performers brought their own sense ences almost forgot they were not at a Broadof style and mood to each piece, which gave way theater. the original songs a fresh twist. Whether the Sophomore communication studies and songs were upbeat and funny or heart-wrench- journalism and professional writing maingly sad, each singer went beyond just singing jor Lara Becker, who performed “Summer the song by acting out the emotions of the piece in Ohio” from the musical, “The Last Five and giving the song more context in terms of Years,” said she enjoyed the experience and the musical it was selected from. loved performing. Sara Davidson, aIf junior communication love having an opportunity to perform you have any questions,“Iplease contact studies major, gave a powerful and upbeat perthat’s a little less of a time commitment,” she Tim Asprec at email@example.com formance of “Let Me Be Your Star” from the said. “It’s also a great way to get people to musical “Smash.” Her performance channeled keep performing.”
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‘Nutcracker’ puts modern twist on classic tale This week, WTSR Music Director Brian Marino highlights some of the best new music that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.
Left: Knightly plays Sugar Plum in the film. Right: Clara’s gift unlocks an alternate universe. By Danielle Silvia Production Manager “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is a riveting retelling of the classic fantasy tale that whisks viewers away on a journey of emotions, drama, exploration and self-discovery. The film is the perfect holiday story for both children and adults, and debuted in theaters on Nov. 2. Set in Victorian London, young Clara Stahlbaum (Mackenzie Foy) is heading downstairs to join her siblings as they gather around the tree on Christmas Eve. It is soon discovered that sadly, Clara’s mother has passed away, and the father of the family, Mr. Stahlbaum (Matthew Macfadyen), is giving away each of his late wife’s last gifts to her children. Clara’s siblings get typical gifts, such as a toy Nutcracker and a dress, but Clara is gifted a locked egg with a card that reads, “Everything you need is inside.” This spurs the free-spirited young girl to set out on a mission to open the egg and connect with her mother’s dying wish. Conflict ensues when the Stahlbaum family attends a Christmas Eve ball. The family is struggling to cope with Mrs. Stahlbaum’s untimely death, but Clara in particular is having trouble dealing with her feelings. As a teenager, she is trying to develop her own life, which proves to be much more difficult without a mother to look up to. She and her father argue when it becomes evident that Clara does not want to keep with the family traditions, such as dancing with her father to the Nutcracker suite. During the Victorian era, arguments
between parents and adult were seldom, but the family tragedy makes it difficult for them to avoid conflict. A distressed Clara finds herself rummaging through the castle’s corridors in search of the key to unlock her mother’s gift. Instead, finds herself following a golden thread that leads straight into a snow-covered land full of surprises. Clara meets Captain Philip Hoffman (Jayden Fowora-Knight) who becomes her ally and escorts her to the royal palace, where she meets three regents of each land— Land of the Sweets, Land of Flowers, Land of Snowflakes and Land of Amusements. The cinematography of each land was intricate and very detailed, which only added to my awe of the beauty behind the plot, and made the fantasy worlds more believable. The regents are honored to meet Clara, and Clara soon learns that she is the princess of this strange world. The Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley) accompanies Clara to a ballet recital that explains the story of the Four Realms, drawing a connection between the conflict in the Fourth Realm and the key to open the egg. The ballet recital was one of the most elegant parts of the movie — not only did it give the story more depth, but the dancing reminded me of the classic “Nutcracker” performance, which put me in the holiday mood. During the ballet, Clara learns that Mother Ginger, regent of the Fourth Realm, resides deep in the forest and is protected by an army of seemingly evil mice. Sugar Plum instructs Clara to defeat Mother Ginger, obtain the key
and bring it back to the palace. With twists and turns along the way, Clara works to restore order in the Four Realms and conquer evil to leave the land with dignity and peace. Her quick wit, passion for engineering and faithfulness to her mother allows her to find her way. The contents of the egg, in addition to the character’s true colors, are all revealed on a journey of dialogue, music and dance, leaving viewers entertained throughout the entire show. The evolving plot made the movie complex to follow at times, and I was always asking myself, ‘what could possibly happen next,” which only helped me further escape into the fantasy world onscreen. Throughout the movie, light music accompanied the dialogue. The plot is ultimately the most important part of any story, but the music in the background added emotion to the script and made the movie come alive. During the movie’s action scenes, the riveting music and clamor grew to a dramatic crescendo, which only drew the audience in further. By the time the credits are rolling, viewers marvel in Clara’s stark character transformation from a lost girl to a strong, fulfilled young woman. As soon as she enters the Fourth Realm, she learns that she can trust few and must pick her enemies wisely. The movie is certainly a confidence booster for young women. It shows them that they have the power to control their destinies and make positive change, should they wish to rise to the challenge.
Band Name: Bird Street Album Title: Bird Streets Release Number: 1st Hailing From: New York, New York Genre: Fol Pop Rock Label: Omnivore Records If you hear a calling, it is probably the melodies of Bird Streets. The band members combine folk and country music and rock guitar elements in their songs. For anyone who is not entirely into country or not entirely into rock this band is the perfect combination of both. This album has pop rock songs such as “Carry Me” and “Thanks for Calling.” A member of the band, John Brodeur, based the album name off of his old neighborhood in Hollywood Hills. This album paves the way for those cool fall days where you need a pickme-up to get you going. Must Hear:”Carry Me”, “Thanks for Calling” and “Same Dream”
Harry Potter spin-off fails to maintain magic
Newt sets out to defeat the villain Grindelwald. By Amani Saludeen Staff Writer
Potterheads are rejoicing as the new film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” finally hits theaters after its release on Nov. 18. The film, written by J.K. Rowling, is set in 1927, long before Harry Potter attended Hogwarts. In the film, which is a sequel to “Fantastic Beast and Where to
Find Them” and is based off of Rowling’s book, “Fantastic Beasts,” Dumbeldore (Jude Law) and his former student, Newt (Eddie Redmayne), take it upon themselves to try to defeat the villain Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) and his efforts to create a world of purebred wizards to rule over all non-magical beings. Newt is prohibited from traveling outside of England after the events that took place in New York and the confusion that ensued in
the previous film. Tina (Katherine Waterston) is continuing her job as an Auror and is attempting to find Credence (Ezra Miller) who wants to know where he came from before Grindelwald finds him. Meanwhile, Jacob (Dan Fogler) reclaimed his memory and began seeing Queenie (Alison Sudol) who is saddened knowing that her relationship with Non-Magi is unlawful in America. As far as villains go, Grindelwald puts Voldemort to shame through the tireless and constant manipulation of his victims. Seeing a young Dumbledore and Newt interact reminded me of how Dumbledore interacted with Harry in the “Harry Potter” films. Fans find out just how close Dumbledore was to Grindelwald. Scenes with the Niffler, a magical beast resembling an anteater, and Newt’s home were some of the main highlights of this film. Newt’s home added a comfortable vibe ot the film, and the Niffler always appeared on each scene with perfect comedic timing.
As a longtime “Harry Potter” fan, I thought that the film had the potential to be one really good sequel, but there were times when the movie fell flat. There were some subtle changes made to the second “Harry Potter” prequel. Dumbledore is portrayed as a professor of defense against the dark arts, but if you’re a fan of the books you’ll know that he taught the transfiguration class at Hogwarts. As a fan, I have to admit that I was unaware of this at the time that I went to see the movie, but another matter of concern was the casting of Depp in the film after allegations of abuse by his former wife, Amber Heard. Rowling stands by her decision to keep Depp in the film, but many fans were angered by Rowling’s lack of outrage towards Depp’s allegations. Depp opened up to Variety magazine about the issue, saying that he was falsely accused of abuse and that Rowling saw the evidence and supported his story. It was entertaining, but not as magical as I had hoped.
Band Name: Autogramm Album Title: What R U Waiting 4? Release Number: 1st Hailing From: Vancouver, B.C. Genre: Punky 80s Mall Retro-Pop Label: Nevado While listening to this album, you will hear the sounds of late 80s punk or 90s pop rock. The nostalgia that Autogramm provides will make you want to go on an adventure. It will be impossible not listen to songs like “Small Town” and “I Wanna Be Whipped.” Whether you’re a lover of The Strokes or 80s new wave sensation, this album will not disappoint. Must Hear: “Jessica Don’t Like Rock’n’ Roll” and “Bummer Party”
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Students sell original works at Arter’s Market
Left: The market exhibits abstract artwork. Right: The AIMM building features a variety of creative displays. By Rachel Boland Correspondent Shirts, knit hats, stickers and ceramics — these were just a few of the items that were up for sale at the Rebel Art Movement’s Winter Arter’s Market. The event, which was held on Friday, Nov. 30 in the Art and Interactive Multimedia building, featured arts and crafts items created by art education and fine arts majors. Estefany Rodriguez , a junior art education major, created engravings and art prints for the event, which she created in AIMM’s makerspace. “Basically I engrave it and I fill it in with tempera paint,” she said. “The only hard part is figuring out the material, because plexiglass gets scratched up pretty easily.” Rodriguez emphasized the importance of art majors keeping up with developing technology. “With technology evolving, I feel like as an art educator I
should know how to use those tools,” she said. Rodriguez’s table, along with the tables of the other student vendors, were arranged in a U-shape along the courtyard, with lights on each table to better showcase the art and light the way for students walking through. This annual event allows students to express creativity through their art and make items they may not normally produce in their classes. Marissa Sozio, a senior art education major, used the opportunity to make decorative wine glasses and canvas art. One of her pieces titled, “Whoamen,” featured pictures from Time Magazine of prominent male figures, such as President Donald Trump and Kanye West, with makeup and glitter painted on them. “I like doing feminist art,” she said. “I like mix media.” Sozio also spoke about her wine glasses, which featured animated movie characters. “I think they’re interesting because they can be used or put
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for show,” she said. “They’re fun to celebrate for a birthday or special occasion.” Sozio has showcased her art at the event ever since her freshman year. “It’s been amazing,” she said. “I really like doing it because I like proving that art people in education can make art too.” The event had featured a music soundtrack and refreshments like hot chocolate and s’mores to help warm up the many students in attendance. If students attending the event did not want to purchase art, they were still free to walk around, enjoy the atmosphere and take a break from the stress of upcoming finals. “I liked that the Arter’s Market allowed for students to share their art and creations with our community,” said Cassie Halper, a junior psychology and communication studies double major. “It was cool to see the different mediums of work that students use, and it’s a nice way to support student-made work.”
Student soloist night ends fall semester on high note
Gerlach and Fields perform duet covers of a variety of songs. By Anthony Garcia Correspondent
As the fall semester comes to a close, Student Solist Night offered an opportunity for students to escape the stress of upcoming finals and listen to original music by their peers. Students escaped the cold weather and dined at Traditions on Nov. 27 while enjoying two sets of music organized by CUB Alt in the Traditions Lounge at 8 p.m. The first to perform was Christian Simpson, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, whose set included a mixture of piano, guitar, synthetic production and vocals.
Simpson opened the night with an original song titled “Chasing My Dreams,” which featured textured piano and passionate vocals. The layered instrumentation provided an ambient landscape for Simpson’s rich accompanying vocals. “Chasing my dreams and not my fears,” Simpson sang.” His second song, “Reach Out,” began with a futuristic synth line and a solid drum beat before adding vocals. Flawlessly, the set transitioned into two Lauv covers, “Never Not” and “I Like Me Better” in which Simpson threw a guitar over his shoulder and belted out emotional lyrics.
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Although Simpson has performed before, he admitted he was nervous doing a complete set on his own. “It takes guts to get up on that stage, but I jumped at the opportunity,” he said. The fourth song, titled “Eighteen,” was a self-composed tune, which induced a sense of nostalgia as the audience reflected on their youth. Simpson’s style echoed the sound of groups such as Coldplay and Owl City, as the song featured a memorable hook and atmospheric production. “I’ve been playing piano since about the age of 6,” he said. “I picked up the guitar around 12,” he said.
Next up was a song off the artist’s debut album, which was released last year. The title track, “Time Thief,” was the highlight of the night. The song had a bold pop beat that pounded rhythmically behind a punchy chord progression. Simpson’s rap vocals showcased the artist’s versatility in expression, and his high-paced rhymes had students bobbing their heads to the beat. heads nod — the song was a fan favorite. “It’s great to see someone who’s truly a musician through and through,” said Stephanie Sonbati, a sophomore English and communication studies double major. “He definitely killed it.” The musician finished his set with a heartfelt cover of the holiday song, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” “This song is dedicated to my mother, who is thousands of miles away and won’t be home on Christmas,” he said. This song appropriately capped off his set, especially as people begin to transition into the holiday season. Next up, Alex Gerlach, a junior English major, and Ryan Fields, a junior finance major, took the stage to perform a compilation of covers. The musical chemistry of the tandem was evident as they joyfully entertained the audience with compelling singing and instrumentation. The set began with Fields strumming guitar chords while
Gerlach’s piano playing and soulful voice instantly captivated all of those within the restaurant. The groups cover of “Flume” by Bon Iver came to a climax when Fields joined Gerlach with vocals during the chorus, which was how they stylized their duets throughout the four-song tracklist. Fields and Gerlach showed off their individual talent through the song, “Jolene” by Ray Lamontagne. They performed with strong vocals and music production. The two said they threw this set together after only playing with each other a handful of times. Through some mistakes and technical difficulties, the duo managed to approach their performance with both humor and professionalism. “Maybe we’ll play together again in the future,” Gerlach said. The third song, a cover of “Just When I Needed You Most” by Randy Van Warmer, was full of jazzy vocals and Gerlack’s melodic piano solo that accompanied Fields’ guitar chords and soft backing vocals. The last song showedcased the musicians at their best. The upbeat cover of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty engaged the crowd as students began to clap along or tap their feet. Their set was filled with confident guitar ballads, classical piano arrangements and fervent singing from both members.
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Duff added to the wins with a victory in the 100-meter breaststroke, clocking in at 58.46. In the 100-meter individual medley, Morgan placed third at 4:10 and Maquet followed close in fourth place at 4:13. The men also placed three relay teams during the second day. The 800meter freestyle relay team of Morgan, Yi, freshman DJ DeSomma and sophomore Kai Michaud swam to victory with a time of 6:58. Junior Derek Kneisel, Duff, Pilaar and Yi manned the team to place second in the 200-yard medley relay, clocking in at 1:35. Following close behind for third place in the same race was the team of Om, Thompson, Kuscan and senior Angelo Stefani with a time of 1:36. Rounding out the weekend and securing the first place victory, both the men’s and women’s teams posted over a thousand and over 900 points, respectively. For the women, Fosko took fourth in the 200-meter backstroke at 2:30 and Mennonna followed in sixth place with a time of 2:31. In the 200-meter breaststroke, Menninger swam a time of 2:28
to grab third place and Fosko took fourth with a time of 2:30. In the 100-meter butterfly, Chan took first place again with a time of 2:08, freshman Kori Jelinek placed third with at 2:14 and Askin took fourth, swimming a time of 2:16. In the 1650-meter freestyle, Menninger took third at 18:17 and Denicola took sixth at 18:41. The 400-meter freestyle relay team of Fosko, Moore, Menninger and Fraser placed third with a time of 3:39. For the men’s team, sophomore diver Jay Soukup put up a score of 423 in the one-meter dive to take fourth place. In the 200-meter butterfly, Maquet placed first at 1:53. Yi took first place in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 47.83. Kuscan came in third with a time of 48.18 in the 100-meter freestyle. Kneisel took second at 1:55 in the 200-meter backstroke and Thompson took fourth at 1:57. In the 200-meter butterfly, Morgan placed third at 1:56, while sophomore Joshua Oh placed fourth at 1:59. Morgan also took third in the 1650-meter freestyle clocking in at 16:34.60, while Yi followed closely in fourth place with a
Michaud dives into his relay race.
time of 16:34.83. The 400-meter relay team of Morgan, Thompson, Yi and Kuscan took second with a time of 3:10.
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Both teams will be back to compete after the break. They will be on the road on Jan. 18 to compete at Southern Connecticut State University.
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Team claims two NJAC victories Men’s Basketball
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Left: Walko puts up 21 points against Rutgers-Newark. Right: Carpenter charges his opponent as he attempts a lay-up. By Jordan Washington Staff Writer The Lions got back on track following a loss to Stockton University, winning two games against Rowan University and Rutgers UniversityNewark at home this past week. With Rowan coming in as undefeated, this was a big NJAC game for the Lions. Unlike many games before, the College was off to a great start in the first half, holding a 16-point lead going into halftime. Junior guard Randall Walko had an astounding 15 points in the first half,
leading to 19 points for the game –– a team high. It was a balanced scoring effort, with five players reaching double figures. Senior center Jordan Glover had a good game, adding 17 points to the final score. It was a very even game from a rebounding standpoint, but the College played great defense. Rowan was held to 36 percent shooting from the field and a disappointing 26 percent from behind the arch. Rowan sparked a comeback after being down 16 points to make it a close game. Rowan’s 18-4 scoring
run made the game 68-66 with the College up by two and 2:43 left on the clock. The team’s free throws at the end of the regulation iced the game and ended the Rowan comeback attempt for a Lions’ win. The Lions had a tough game against Rutgers-Newark, another NJAC opponent. The team pulled out another close game that came down to the wire. More free throws iced the game for the College. The team’s three-point shooting made the difference in the win. The Lions shot 47 percent from downtown, which is nothing new for this team.
Despite many three-point successes, the College shot only 40 percent from the foul line, which allowed Rutgers-Newark to stay in the game. Walko led the College in scoring again with 21 points and 57 percent shooting. He also knocked in a couple threes, capping off an all-around great week for the junior guard. Junior forward Ryan Jensen cleaned up the glass with 11 rebounds, though the College was out rebounded overall. Rutgers-Newark had many
chances to tie with a great look at a three-pointer, but it shot a lackluster 26 percent from behind the arch. It was an even game throughout with many lead changes and several identical statistics between the two teams. These two games proved to be a very important wins for the Lions as they move to a 3-3 mark and bounce back from a slow start. The Lions will look to go for three straight wins as they go up against NJAC opponent Rutgers-Camden on Saturday, Dec. 8 in Camden, New Jersey.
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Runners open indoor season strong Lions place seventh at invitational
Lewis sprints her way to third place. By Christine Houghton Staff Writer On Saturday, Dec. 1, the men’s and women’s track teams traveled to the Armory Track in New York City for the TCNJ Indoor Open to start their winter season. For the men, sophomores Anthony Lorenc and Daulton Hopkins placed ninth and 14th in the 300-meter race at 36.45 and 37.03, respectively. Running the 400-meter race, freshmen Kai Zachman-Muira and Dylan Peck took eighth and ninth, running a time of 54.90 and 54.97, respectively. Freshman Brett Schuett finished 10th at 1:26, while freshman Andrew Gratti placed 12th at 1:27 in the 600-meter race. In the long jump, junior Tim Reilly jumped to a mark of six meters to take 11th place.
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For the women, junior Katie La Capria took fourth place in the 600-meter race with a time of 1:36 and was followed close behind by senior Kathleen Jaeger, who clocked in at 1:37 for fifth place. Sophomore Kim Lewis placed third in the 400-meter race with a time of 1:04 and freshman Marissa Kaplan took fourth in the same race at 1:06. In the 300-meter race, sophomore Shannon Lambert took seventh place with a time of 42.39 and freshman Megan Gasnick took 11th, clocking in at 43.00. In the weight throw, junior Angela Rambert placed ninth with a throw of 13.55 meters. Freshman Kassidy Mulryne took sixth in the long jump, putting up a mark of 5.29 meters. The Lions continue their season on Saturday, Dec. 8, as they travel to the Princeton New Year’s Invitational.
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Garda sizes up his opponent in the semi-final round. By Christine Houghton Staff Writer The wrestling team traveled to York College to compete in the New Standard Invitational on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1. The College placed seventh out of 16 total teams, placing three wrestlers in the finals. Junior Dan Kilroy, weighing in at 174, finished the day with a second-place win in his weight category. Kilroy won four matches to advance to the final round, but fell to his opponent by a score of 9-5. Sophomore Daniel Surich was able to pin two of his four opponents on his way to the match for third place in the 184-pound category. He was finally able to secure third place with another pin against his opponent. The team’s last wrestler in the finals
was freshman John Garda, who was able to advance to the semi-final round for the 165-pound title. After a roller coaster of wins and losses, Garda landed himself in the match for third place, but fell 7-1 and took fourth place. Sophomores Anthony Rua and Robert Dinger, both at 141 pounds, senior Mark Gerstacker at 157 pounds and freshman Matt Surich at 149 pounds, all won three matches over the course of the competition. The Lions return to action Sunday, Dec. 9 when the team travels to Kings Point, New York to compete in the Mariner Duals at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Over break, the team has a quadmatch at home on Jan. 4, a dual match on Jan. 11 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and another quad-match in Williamsport on Jan. 19.
Lions place first at home invitational
Menninger takes fifth in the 500-meter freestyle. By Christine Houghton Staff Writer
The Lions’ swimming and diving teams hosted an invitational meet from Friday, Nov. 30 to Sunday, Dec. 2 in Packer Hall. Competing against several other schools, the men and women finished the first day with over 250
points and both teams placed first as a unit after the day’s events. To start off the meet for the women, freshman Zoe Chan placed first in the 200-meter individual medley finals with a time of 2:10. Sophomore Melanie Fosko took fourth in the same race, clocking in at 2:14. Fosko also took third in the
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finals of the 500-meter freestyle with a time of 5:18. In the same event, junior Annie Menninger took fifth at 5:19 and senior Gabi Denicola placed sixth with a time of 5:20. Two Lion relay teams also placed in Friday’s finals. The 200-yard freestyle team of Fosko, senior Maddie Hynoski,
junior Kazia Moore and sophomore Elise Fraser placed third with a time of 1:40. Also, the 400-meter medley relay team of senior Hailey Thayer, Menninger, Chan and Moore took third, clocking in at 4:01. For the men’s team, junior Harrison Yi was able to win the 500-meter freestyle with a time of 4:40. In the same race, sophomore James Keane placed fifth with a time of 4:47.64 and was followed closely by senior Sam Maquet, who swam a time of 4:47.74 for sixth place. In the 200-meter individual medley, sophomore Griffin Morgan placed third with a time of 1:56 and sophomore Andrew Thompson finished sixth at 1:58. Finishing third in the 50-meter freestyle, sophomore Patrick Bakey put up a time of 21.81. The men’s team also placed two relay teams in the day’s finals. The 400-meter medley relay team of Morgan, Thompson, freshman Joe Om and sophomore Andrew Duff took second with a time of 3:32. The 200meter freestyle relay team of Morgan, Yi, junior Eli O’Connor and sophomore Nolan Kuscan also placed second with a time of 1:26.
On the second day of competition, both teams maintained their first place stances with well over 650 points each. Chan won again for the women, this time taking the top spot in the 100-meter butterfly at 57.56, while freshman Kori Jelinek took fourth with a time of 1:00. In the 100-meter breaststroke, Menninger took second place at 1:07 and sophomore Chiara Mennonna followed close behind, clocking in at 1:08. Taking first in the 200-meter freestyle, Fosko clocked in at 1:57. In the 400-meter intermediate medley, junior Samantha Askin placed third with a time of 4:54.40, Denicola took fourth at 4:54.80 and sophomore Nicole Meskin placed fifth at 4:57. For the 200-meter medley, the women had one relay team place first on the day with a time of 1:49. The team consisted of Thayer, Menninger, Chan and Fraser. The men’s team also had an eventful day, which began with Yi taking first in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:41. Senior Brendan Pilaar took third in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 53.30. see FIRST page 18
Women’s basketball outlasts Rowan in overtime By Malcolm Luck Staff Writer Coming off a slow 1-3 start to open the season, the Lions bounced back to win their next two games, beginning with their overtime road win against conference rival Rowan University. The College left Glassboro, New Jersey with a 79-70 win, earning the team its second New Jersey Athletic Conference win of the year. Senior guard Sam Famulare, the game’s leading scorer with 23 points, sank the first bucket with 9:51 to play in the first, claiming her first three points of the night. A backand-forth first quarter ended with the Lions ahead by one and an early tally of 16-15. Rowan outscored the Lions in the second quarter, finding themselves on the positive side of the game’s largest scoring lead after a fast break lay up with 1:34 remaining in the half. The Lions retaliated quickly, getting a bucket in the paint from junior guard Lauren Barlow and a pair of free throws from junior guard Samantha Bialoblocki, reducing their deficit to four points by halftime. The second half was heavily contested, providing the fans with an entertaining match up from two of the best teams in the conference. The College tied the game in the third quarter on Barlow’s first free throw and
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took command of a one-point lead with her second. Rowan answered on the next possession, draining a three-pointer to go ahead by two. The remaining 7:22 of the quarter saw four additional lead changes, until Famulare tied the game at 53 with a three-pointer and with five ticks left on the shot clock. Rowan went ahead by six with just 4:02 to play in the game’s final quarter, but the Lions refused to back down. Following a timeout with 4:00 remaining, sophomore guard Elle Cimilluca ignited the passionate comeback with a three-pointer and with a little over three and a half minutes left in regulation. Senior guard Kate O’Leary responded with a three-pointer of her own to tie the game at 63 with 2:31 remaining. Sophomore forward Shannon Devitt put the Lions on top with a close jumper, but Rowan eventually tied the game at 65, sending the Lions to their first overtime match of the year. Unfamiliar territory did not phase the Lions, as they exploded offensively for 14 points in the five-minute overtime period. The Lions ultimately sank six of their seven free throws in overtime to put the game to rest, outscoring Rowan 14-5 in the final period while improving to 2-3 on the season. In large part to a dominating second quarter by the Lions, the next game demanded a
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O’Leary looks to throw the ball up court.
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little less drama as the team took on RutgersNewark at home. Finding themselves down 13-8 after the first quarter, the Lions held RutgersNewark to five points in the second quarter while putting up 20 of their own. Bialoblocki sank a three-pointer only a little over a minute and a half into the second quarter. O’Leary added a three of her own, followed by a jump-shot from junior forward Jen Byrne after an offensive
rebound. Freshman guard/forward Rachel Gazzola drained a three of her own, putting the Lions up by six halfway through the quarter. When the dust settled, the College entered halftime with a commanding 10-point lead and never looked back, as they went on to win by a final score of 61-52. The team continued its winning streak on Monday, Dec. 3, defeating Morivian College 80-56.
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