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October 3, 2012
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Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney
By Christopher Rightmire Nation & World Editor
By Christopher Rightmire Nation & World Editor
For an American President used to dealing with international crises and speaking with world leaders, having to sit down to prepare for a debate is apparently “a drag,” as President Obama said to a political volunteer, according to the Huffington Post. “The ability to find solid blocks of time to do nothing but prepare for debate is almost impossible for the president,” Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, added in a statement to the New York Times. “The world doesn’t wait for debate prep.” Despite his busy presidential schedule, Obama has gone to Las Vegas for three days to cram for Wednesday’s debate with his debate team that consists of veteran Democratic operatives and inner-circle White House advisers, like David Axelrod and David Plouffe. Read more at tcnjsignal.net
Background Before becoming president, Obama served as a U.S. senator, representing the state of Illinois.
Background Romney served as the governor of Massachusetts before trying his hand in the 2008 presidential campaign.
2012 Presidential Debate Wednesday, Oct.3, at 9:30 p.m.
While Barack Obama has found some time to hunker down and prepare for Wednesday in his Las Vegas debate headquarters, Mitt Romney has been devoutly preparing for this moment since June, according to the New York Times. His dedication to debate preparation was visible when he had a problem with a charter plane that kept him out until after midnight and his adviser, Beth Myers, asked if he still wanted to practice the next day. “Painfully” he emailed, “but yes.” During his extensive preparation, Romney, like Obama, has been working on fine-tuning his mechanics. According to a report by Yahoo, the goal of Romney’s aides has been to agitate him and teach him to keep his composure while not coming off as a scolder. Read more at tcnjsignal.net
Sorority ‘drives out Alzheimer’s’ in first annual car show
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The College attracts car lovers in Lot 3 on Saturday. By Hillary Siegel Correspondent
Bill Kraft loves cars. He always has and always will. So four years ago when he was presented with the opportunity to buy a 1953 Hudson Hornet, he found it incredibly difficult to turn down. And this semester, he found it equally as hard to turn down an opportunity to show off his pride and joy at the Sigma Kappa Driving Out Alzheimer’s car show on campus. More than 15 cars and their owners set up in Lot 3 behind Loser Hall to show off their rides and talk to eager car enthusiasts on Saturday, Sept. 29. Kraft, of
Cranbury, was one of many car owners who could not wait to show off for such a good cause. Tom Tortoriello, of Shrewsbury, said he bought his 1982 Corvette as a “mid-life crisis” resolution, and that he jumped at the opportunity to join the car show when his daughter, Alexa, a junior early child education and psychology major, told him about the upcoming Sigma Kappa event. The car show was Sigma Kappa’s first big philanthropy event of the year. They began visiting other car shows and calling for sponsorship last semester, knowing it would take a lot of time and effort to pull off such a big event.
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There was a $15 registration fee for each car, and all of the money raised through raffle tickets and registration will go straight to the Alzheimer’s Association, through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Cynthia Perez, the vice president of Philanthropic Services for Sigma Kappa, said that this event went exactly as planned. “This is a success for our first event, and we can only go up from here,” she explained. She said that it was “nerve-wracking to find the cars and to get people to pre-register,” but they were very pleased with the outcome. The sisters spent all of last semester and the summer planning the event, handing out flyers at car shows and drawing in support from the community. “This year we wanted to do something out of the ordinary, and something that would involve the community,” Perez said. She described it as wanting to give the College a good face in the community, seeing that the sorority was doing something so beneficial to it’s philanthropy. The sisters typed up a donation letter, and handed it out at car shows and throughout the community, so that people would better understand what their cause was. Many students and members of the community came out to look at the cars and enjoy the
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vendors, such as Naked Pizza, that were there on Saturday. A few brothers from the fraternity Alpha Chi Rho came to the sorority’s event. Brian Carey, senior history major, said he wasn’t that interested in cars. “We came to support Sigma Kappa,” he said. Christian Palevski, sophomore business major, was one of the judges of the car show, along with Talha Cheema, senior biology major. Both love cars, and have been interested in them since they were children. Cheema said that he “fell in love with BMWs when James Bond used to drive them,” while Palevski called himself a “car and motorcycle enthusiast” who has worked as a car salesman in the past. They were judging the
cars in three categories: “Best in Show Pre-1960,” “Best in Show Post-1960” and “Best Paint.” This is Sigma Kappa’s first year doing the car show, and they now plan on making it an annual event. In addition, they also do the Walk to End Alzheimer’s every year in another effort to take one step closer to the cure. “A lot of our girls have family members with Alzheimer’s, so it touches the hearts of a lot of us,” Perez said. Their next effort for their philanthropy will be the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 14. Anybody can join their team “Sigma Kappa TCNJ,” and Perez encourages people to do so, because each walk is seen as “one step closer to finding a cure.”
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Sigma Kappa goes back to the future in its charity car show.
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Librarian says Wikipedia ‘no longer the enemy’
By Colleen Murphy Correspondent
According to the College’s Wikipedia page, Mike Rithjin presided over the College for a week. This “fact” was soon changed back to the actual president, R. Barbara Gitenstein. On the College’s current Wikipedia page a caption explains that the Roscoe West lion is “stomping the Serpent of Knowledge.” However, there is no footnote to attribute that information. Wikipedia has been branded as an unreliable source. After all, if just anybody can go in and change the name of a college’s president, how can the pages be reliable? These qualms were put to rest during “Too Hot Not to Touch: Using Wikipedia Editing Assignments to Foster Information Literacy and Deep Disciplinary Engagement,” a politics forum held on Thursday, Sept. 27. Social Science Librarian Terry Epperson and Information Literacy Librarian and College alum John Oliver discussed the potential use of Wikipedia as an academic tool. According to Epperson and Oliver, with proper, active use, there is a way to use Wikipedia in a scholarly way. Wikipedia is “no longer the enemy” and there is work being done to better the
pages. In fact, pages that do not stand up to Wikipedia’s standards are in jeopardy of being deleted. To meet these standards, an article must have references and citations. “Most of the articles that are posted get deleted immediately because they don’t meet notability criterion,” Oliver said. “If I were to start a garage band today it wouldn’t meet the notability standards. That’s the classic example.” Going into the forum, junior history major Sarah Cassin said she had the same misconceptions about Wikipedia as everyone by thinking that “it’s not serious, anyone random can come in and control the page.” The forum, however, helped her realize just how impressive Wikipedia can be, and that it has the potential to be more highly regarded. “I mean, I get, don’t cite it. You would never cite Encyclopedia Britannica so you can’t cite Wikipedia, but I wish Wikipedia as a source wasn’t so taboo. I wish professors were comfortable with saying, ‘Go to Wikipedia and look something up,’ as you’re thinking about your research topics,” Cassin said. “To do it right, there’s a steep learning curve,” Epperson said. Beginning to use Wikipedia on a scholarly level requires learning HTML coding.
“I am very interested in smartsouring and opensourcing and I think that computer literacy, something as basic as HTML literacy, is something that is very necessary in the very near future just as your alphabet kind of literacy is important today,” Cassin said. “We live in a very, very digital world, at least in first world countries, and I think that it’s a very important resource. To say that print media is obsolete isn’t true, but
then to say that digital media is not important is also not true and I think that we should start to enforce it.” If interested in becoming a more active, scholarly user of Wikipedia, Epperson suggests checking out one of the many books about Wikipedia offered in the College library, going to the library’s website, or attending a meeting with an web ambassador who can teach you hands-on how to properly navigate Wikipedia.
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Wikipedia, once shunned by academia, is gaining relevance as a resource.
Organizations line up to make SFB requests By Betsy S. Blumenthal Correspondent
At the SFB meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 26 members sat down to discuss the requests of a handful of organizations, including the Homecoming committee, INK, PRISM, the Asian American Association, the French Club and the Art Student Association. With a laundry list of appeals, the board did their best to hear out the cases of each group starting with the Homecoming committee. Junior Tyler Liberty stood in front of the board and presented his idea for personalized rally towels, an expense of decent size that he suggested would add some pop to the Homecoming
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The Board listens to one of several appeals.
festivities this year. Of their purpose Liberty said it would be “to have another campus-wide event during spirit week, to get people motivated and amped up in terms of school spirit and excitement about homecoming,” and would be distributed in the Brower Student Center on Friday, Oct. 19. This is one of the many attempts of the Homecoming committee to unite the College’s student body — the ability to personalize the towels, according to Liberty, would make it more than just a giveaway. He made the point that it would allow students to feel like they have some personal hand in the Homecoming experience, because it is not associated with a particular organization. This application, however, was tabled until the manufacturer could provide a set price and number of towels. The next proposal, brought forth by seniors Samantha Zimbler and Spencer Galati of INK, was a request for the sponsorship of the poet Ada Limon, whom they have asked to come to their event The Goods on Dec. 1. Among SFB board members, those who were unfamiliar with this event were a bit unwilling to stretch the dollar — yet, those who have attended in the past strongly supported the request. Junior and operations director Milana Lazareva said that she “absolutely love(s) this event,” and that the “speakers are such a big hit” among students, prompting other members to nod their heads in mutual agreement. The request for funds Limon’s flight and accommodations was approved. Next was a request by PRISM to bring the lesbian director and filmmaker, Nisha Ganatra, to the College
for Queer Awareness Month on Oct. 25. Cosponsored by the women’s and gender studies department, Women in Learning and Leadership, the Women’s Center and other organizations, PRISM sought out Ganatra to discuss her trials with adversity in a “male-dominated, heterosexual-dominated environment” in order to spread awareness about the state of treatment of the gay community in cities like N.Y. and Los Angeles. This was also approved. Other organizations requesting funds were the Asian American Association, who sought to bring the comedian Eliot Chang to campus for a comedy show on Oct. 25 that plays on themes of “Culture and Diversity,” opening up a dialogue about minority relations and raising awareness about these issues. The French Club also appeared, asking the board to grant them funds to sponsor a club trip to the newly opened Barnes Museum in Philadelphia on Oct. 13, with the Spanish Club in attendance as well. This trip, which was approved, will also include a stop at a crêperie for a kick of kitsch and culture. The last club to come forth with financial inquiries was the Art Students Association, who requested and were approved for $150 in tie-dying funds for an event on Oct. 3. This activity is meant to bring the College community together in a crafty, easygoing way, requiring very little knowledge of any specific artistic skill. It’s a way to advertise themselves, without getting too fancy about it. Even though SFB agrees to finance certain events, there is no guarantee that these events will take place. The approval only makes the funds available.
Bio professor details ‘spermcasting spermballs’ By Dan Jurcisin Correspondent James Stockel visited the College on Friday to lead a presentation regarding the mating habits and fertilization of mussels and crayfish. The presentation described two experiments that were conducted by Stockel and his colleagues. The presentation, titled “Spermcasting Spermballs and Carapace Cleaning Worms: Adventures In Mussel and Crayfish Ecology,” began by introducing a concept called the Allee effect. As some biology students may know, the Allee effect is a phenomenon in which a small population grows at a faster rate when the population size is at a state of
greater density. Stockel then described his first experiment. It consisted of placing mussels in a pond at different distances and determining whether or not the distance, or current, created by using an airlift, impacted their fertility. His hypothesis was that fertilization would decrease when distance from males was increased, and more strongly in the absence of current. The results of the experiment found that current did not make a difference in fertilization, fertilization was not a product of sperm storage or hermaphroditism, and there were adaptations for long distance fertilization. The conclusion of the experiment
was that mussels to not need a dense population to fertilize. As Stockel remarked, density, “Does not seem to hinder long distance fertilization.” Additionally, the study found that sex ratio may be an important factor to fertilization, and that spermcasting reduces the Allee effect. The next experiment that was described was a two-part study regarding crayfish and branchiobdellida worms. These worms use crayfish in order obtain food, and to reproduce. The question of part one of the experiment was whether or not worms improve crayfish survivorship and growth in surface and/ or underground environments. For the experiment, Stockel and others
constructed surface and underground environments in which to place the worms and crayfish. For the surface environments, the study found that there was no difference in terms of crayfish survivorship, and there was a high reproduction of worms. The second part of the study placed the crayfish and worms in the underground environment. The results were that the worms did not significantly affect crayfish growth, mortality or the burrow area. Therefore, the results of the twopart study were that worms increased crayfish growth in surface waters, but did not affect the growth in the underground environment.
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Renewed bill changes up club approval method Newly elected freshman president joins the mix
By Natalie Kouba News Assistant
A renewed legislation of the structure for approving and regulating clubs at the College was passed Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Student Government meeting. Devin Dimmig, vice president for governmental affairs and junior history and secondary education major, sponsored and presented the bill with the hopes it will help SG with the approval of clubs, and to be sure too many clubs are not being approved. “It is stressing our facilities,” said Dimmig, referring to the over 200 current clubs at the College. “We have a lot of clubs that may not exactly contribute to campus on a regular basis.” The 11-step bill makes alterations to the current approach SG takes when approving a new club. A proposal for an athletic club will be “flagged” as there have been liability concerns in the past, according to the bill. Another change being made is that individual clubs will not speak on their
own behalf when presenting to SG for recognition. Instead, the constitutional review chair will speak on the club’s behalf, “including the club’s potential strengths and weaknesses identified by the Governmental Affairs Committee,” stated the bill. Club representatives will however be present in case clarification is needed. Upon voting for or against the bill, club representatives will not be present. This precaution was put into the bill so the student body would not feel swayed by having a representative from the club in the room. New clubs approved by SG will then register with Student Activities. They will also have to prepare for “re-accreditation” two years after they have been recognized by SG. This is meant to check up on the clubs and make sure they are following through with their initial purposes, according to SG. After being unanimously approved by the student government body during the voting process, the bill was passed. New members were sworn in at the beginning of the meeting after
the results of the election last week. A general body retreat was held this weekend to help prepare the new SG members for their positions. Following up on the promotional election events, Annie Montero
announced the presidential-themed Eickhoff dinner Oct. 23 would feature meals from the presidents’ balls. The newly appointed freshman class president Shap Bahary was also introduced at the meeting.
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Student Government establishes a new 11-step bill for club approvals.
Welcome TimesheetX Math mixes with crime Hours entered via Internet By Lauren Santos Correspondent
As of Sept. 24, the College began using an online payroll system, TimesheetX, for its student employees to provide a more accurate and efficient method of scheduling and processing. According to a PowerPoint presentation provided by the Payroll Office, TimesheetX is an online student timesheet owned and operated by Next Gen Web Solutions since February 2008. It manages the collection, approval and processing of student timesheets. The payroll department will be working in collaboration with IT and Career Services to bring this to its student employees. Other universities that use TimesheetX with their student employees include Yale University, Columbia University and Fashion Institute of Technology. The PowerPoint also lists ways in which TimesheetX will benefit the student employees. Students will not need to learn how to use college-provided hardware. This will make it easy to access their accounts anytime and anywhere. The student employees will also be able to conveniently use their College username and password for their accounts. Manual processing will be eliminated and instead data will be imported/exported through the Student Information System and Payroll eliminating any errors
that could have been made due to handwriting issues, incorrect math and duplicate recordings of time, according to the PowerPoint. It will also send student employees emails to help prevent missed deadlines and to update them on the balance of their Federal Work Study award. Supervisors will also benefit from this change. The presentation describes an organizational to-do list with automatic email warning that will help supervisors keep track of timesheet submissions and approvals. It will also ensure that all labor and campus regulations are being followed. The presentation also describes the security of the program. It will never involve any support phone calls, upgrade requests, or purchasing of additional servers. It will also never involve any manual work among itself, PAWS and the Payroll System. TimesheetX undergoes an annual SAS70-Type II audit by a third party to evaluate applications, the Network, and security controls for possible breaches. The Payroll Office has all of this information and more on its website. Information pertaining specifically to TimesheetX can be found at payroll. pages.tcnj.edu/timesheetx/. Here one can find training materials for both students and employees. Each employee can also go to Y.E.S.S. (Your Employee Self-Service) for additional help.
By Kajal Shah Correspondent
On Thursday, Sept. 27, Gene Fiorini from Rutgers University presented “CrIME: Criminal Investigation through Math Examination,” a lecture introducing the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science before venturing into some examples of how statistics have helped to solve mysteries recently in the Carlisle forensics center, ironically located in an old prison site. Fiorini stated that forensics could be associated with a myriad of majors, ranging from medicine to botany to sociology. His path led him to forensics through statistics. Statistics can be applied to blood splatter patterns: by measuring their length and width and performing basic trigonometric functions, the forensics analysts can depict the angle of the blood projection to find if it was passive or projected. Such details are placed together to form a complete image of the crime scene. A simple calculation can connect the stride found in the crime scenes with the gender of that individual. Statistics has the power to find someone guilty or to free him or her of an accusation. One crime investigation from the Carlisle forensics lab, “The Case of the Maggots on Cocaine,” shows the elegance of statistical analysis. A woman was found dead at the base
of her apartment and authorities could not figure out if she had just slipped down a precarious staircase or been murdered. The size of the maggots found growing in the crevice of her nose gave an estimated time of death. When her ex-boyfriend came in for questioning, his story of when he had last seen her did not match with the time of death suspected. However, statistical analysis required that they take maggots from not only the nose, but also other parts of the body. It turned out that the woman had been sniffing cocaine so the maggots by her nose were the largest. In other parts of the body, the maggots were much smaller and the new estimated time intervals matched what her ex-boyfriend said. He was no longer a suspect. Finally, Fiorini discussed the inaccuracies of crime investigations found on television shows. Fingerprint matches are rarely instantaneous matches, usually requiring comparisons with different sampling groups and analyzing variance in data sets. The algorithm used today requires weeks to identify prints, categorized into three patterns: the arch, loop and whorl. He closed by mentioning research opportunities for mathematics students through REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates). This program will run tentatively from early June to late July and provides a stipend. For more information, visit the National Science Foundation website.
In a mere minute, College showcases current affairs By Joe Passantino Correspondent
Only one minute. With the new TCNJ Minute feature, that is all it takes to stay up to date on College happenings. “TCNJ Minute provides a fun and quick way to get a glimpse of the tremendous variety and depth of events and activities that happen on campus,” said Emily Dodd, communications officer for Media Relations and Marketing. TCNJ Minute is a new YouTube series produced by the College that consists of approximately 60 seconds of news per month, and can include both content from
the previous month, as well as previewed events for the subsequent month. It is designed to keep students in the know without having to invest a significant amount of time. The premier of TCNJ Minute, posted to YouTube on Sept. 10, featured video footage of Welcome Week, including move-in day and convocation. It also detailed new architectural developments, such as the brand new Education Building, as well as President R. Barbara Gitenstein’s welcome speech to the campus community. Dodd worked together with Deric Raymond, videographer of the Department of College Relations, to identify important events around campus, which are
later filmed by Deric and his team. She also serves as the “voice” of the video series, though she noted that “that may change as we expand the project and find better talent.” At press time, the first TCNJ Minute had received 797 views, “more than a text-based e-newsletter would get,” according to Matthew Golden, associate vice president for Communications and College Relations. “We produce quite a bit (of web content) now,” said Golden, “but (we) are always looking for ways to enhance our communication efforts … We believe this will be an easy way for people to learn about what is happening on campus.”
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U.S. accused of terrorism DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian foreign minister accused the U.S. and its allies of stoking “terrorism” in his country, delivering an uncompromising message before the U.N. on Monday as fighting spread in a centerpiece of Syria’s cultural heritage, the historic Old City of Aleppo. Elsewhere in the country, a government air raid on a northern town killed at least 21 people, activists said. Addressing the U.N. General Assembly’s annual ministerial meeting, Walid al-Moallem denounced countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey for supporting the opposition, and also lashed out at calls in Washington and in Arab and European capitals for President Bashar Assad to step down. “This terrorism which is externally supported is accompanied by unprecedented media provocation based on igniting religious extremism sponsored by well-known states in the region,” he said, an apparent allusion to an anti-Islam film produced in the U.S. that has sparked protests throughout the Muslim world. He invited the opposition to “work together to stop the shedding of Syrian blood” and said that a Syrian-led dialogue could produce a “more pluralistic and democratic” country. Al-Moallem’s call, similar to other overtures made by Assad’s regime, is unlikely to be heeded by the opposition. Most opposition factions have repeatedly dismissed the government’s purported peace initiatives as propaganda, meant
Walid al-Moallem, Foreign Minister of Syria, is guided to the podium at U.N. Headquarters on Monday.
to buy time. They say will accept nothing less that Assad stepping down as a precondition for talks. But on many other points, the Syrian opposition’s political factions as well as rebel groups fighting on the ground are deeply divided. The Damascus representative of the new international peace envoy to Syria said Monday that the large number of rival rebel groups is one of the main obstacles to a U.N. mission’s efforts to broker an end to Syria’s 18-month crisis. With every diplomatic effort so far failing to halt the violence, Syria’s civil war has descended into a deadly daily grind as the regime and the rebels trying to overthrow Assad both try to gain the upper hand. The Aleppo bazaar, a major tourist
attraction with its narrow stone alleys and stores selling perfume, fabrics and spices, had been the site of occasional gun battles and shelling for weeks. But amateur video posted Saturday showed wall-to-wall flames engulfing wooden doors as burning debris fell away from the storefronts. Activists said hundreds of shops were affected, in the worst blow yet to the city’s historic center. Martini said the government as well as Arab and international funders spent $300 million to renovate the Aleppo market between 1993 and 2010. “The historical losses in the market are invaluable and the hope is that the market be renovated in the future,” he told The Associated Press by telephone from Aleppo.
Quick Bits • The N.Y. attorney general’s office hit J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. with a civil lawsuit, alleging that Bear Stearns perpetrated massive fraud related to billions in residential mortgage-backed securities that it sold prior to its 2008 collapse and subsequent sale to the N.Y. bank. The lawsuit is the first to be filed under the auspices of the RMBS Working Group, which was set up by President Barack Obama to investigate and prosecute alleged misconduct that contributed to the financial crisis. • New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. has expanded its recall of peanut butter and almond butter to include cashew butters, tahini and blanched and roasted peanut products. The company recalled products under multiple brand names last month after salmonella illnesses were linked to Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, one of the brands it manufactures. • Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized Friday for the company���s error-ridden new mobile mapping service and pledged to improve the application installed on tens of millions of smartphones. • U.S. banks have been buffeted by more than a week of powerful cyberattacks. Islamist groups claim responsibility, but their are no hard facts that point to any one specific group of people. • The first presidential debate will be Wednesday, Oct. 3 and will be covered by ABC. All info from AP Exchange
Capital city report
Gov. Christie ordered state agencies to assist New Jerseyans who lost mail in a two-truck collision last month. The collision between a postal box truck and a larger truck caused the box truck to burst into flames which incinerated the mail and killed the driver. The Senate Commerce Committee approved a bill on Monday, Oct. 1 that will create an online marketplace for New Jerseyans to shop for health insurance. However, Christie said he was in no rush to enact it. A tweet from a 16-year-old girl from Clark, N.J. on Sunday Sept. 30 that asked for police assistance because of a home intruder is believed to be a hoax. It was discovered that she called for a taxi cab and was dropped off at a train station. While she is still missing, the situation is now being treated as a runaway case. All info from AP Exchange
Election corner 2012
Barack Obama supports legal recognition of gay marriage, while Mitt Romney does not.
As part of a weekly series, The Signal will publish the viewpoints and policy records of President Obama and Mitt Romney. Each week will feature a different topic until election day, which is Nov. 6. This week’s topic is: gay rights. WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama: Supports legal recognition of same-sex marriage, a matter decided by states. Opposed that recognition in 2008 presidential campaign — and in 2004 Senate campaign — while supporting the extension of legal rights and benefits to same-sex couples in civil unions. Achieved repeal of the military ban on openly gay service members. Has not achieved repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages and affirms the right of states to refuse to recognize such marriages. Administration has ceased defending the law in court, but it remains on the books. Directed government to require all hospitals that get Medicare and Medicaid
financing to grant visitation privileges to gay and lesbian partners of patients. But has declined to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay employees, holding out instead for congressional action to extend such protection to workers in all sectors. In 1996 Illinois state Senate campaign, stated: “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages,” a position he later abandoned at the federal level and now embraces again. “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” he said.
Romney: Opposes legal recognition of samesex marriage and says it should be banned with a constitutional amendment, not left to states. “Marriage is not an activity that goes on within the walls of a state,” he said. Also opposes civil unions “if they are identical to marriage other than by name,” but says states should be left to decide what rights and benefits should be allowed under those unions. Says certain domestic partnership benefits — largely unspecified — as well as hospital visitation rights are appropriate but “others are not.” Says he would not seek to restore the ban on openly gay military members. Asserted in 2002 campaign for Massachusetts governor that “all citizens deserve equal rights, regardless of sexual preference,” in tune with statements years earlier as a Senate candidate that equality for gays and lesbians should be a “mainstream concern.” But did not explicitly support marriage recognition and, as governor, opposed same-sex marriage when courts legalized it in Massachusetts. “My view is that marriage itself is between a man and a woman.”
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Opinions The Signal says ... Stop: walking in huge groups so that no one else can pass you Caution: breaking out your fall clothes while it’s still 75 degrees outside, getting in the way of the TCNJ trucks driving on the sidewalks Go: start planning your Halloween costume, watch the presidential nominee debate this Wednesday
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Young voters are the future By Stephanie Cervino
Do you want control over your body? Well, so do politicians. Since 2010, politicians have introduced more than 2,000 reproductive health provisions in state legislatures nationwide, most of which would cut basic health services and restrict access to breast exams, cancer screenings, birth control and abortion. Luckily, this November you will have a chance to voice your opinion. Young voters like you are more racially and ethnically diverse than older voters and are able to provide a fresh perspective on the election. Your new ideas, however, are not making themselves as known as they could be. This is due, in part, to lack of knowledge about voting. A recent poll by CIRCLE, a non-partisan organization that promotes research on the political engagement of young Americans, found that 68 percent of young people were either unable to answer, or were incorrect about, whether their state required a photo ID to vote, and 80 percent did not know their state’s early registration rules. Young voters are the face and future of this country. You can tell politicians to stop marginalizing women and, instead, address more pressing issues like the lack of jobs, student debt and rising
“Yes, the candidates should discuss it because it affects millions of people across America. We shouldn’t ignore these people.” -Justin Figuerca, sophomore biology major
Young voters are the lifeblood of the country ... although maybe not quite this young. health care costs. It’s time to get the country moving in the right direction on the issues that matter. This Nov. 6, reclaim your body, share your opinion and use your voice!
Should reproductive rights be an issue in the upcoming election?
“Yes, because male politicians should not be making decisions for females.” -Dane West, freshman history and secondary education major
“No, because the amount of debt we’re in is more important.”
“No, we have bigger problems. I think they should stay as they are.”
-Marta Bosiewski, freshman international studies major
-Sarah Stefanelli, senior management major
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Blindness Awareness Month
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Help celebrate the abilities and contributions of individuals who are blind or visually impaired! Did you know?
Somewhere in the world, someone goes blind every five seconds. About 285 million people are blind or visually impaired worldwide. Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve. This nerve carries visual information from the eye to the brain. (Information from World Health Organization)
October 3, 2012 10:00am Education Building 309 October 11, 2012 6:30pm The RAT
Assistive Technology for Visually Impaired/Blind by Freedom Scientific Rocco Fiorentino from the Little Rock Foundation performing in the Rat.
October 18, 2012 6:00pm Education Building 212
Viewing of the movie Blindness with follow-up discussion/reception
October 25, 2012 6:00pm Education Building 212
Speaker: Vito DeSantis, Exec. NJCBVI & other special guest speakers
Sponsors: Little Rock Foundation, TCNJâ€™s Center for Sensory and Complex Disabilities, CEC, The Bonner Center for Civic & Community Engagement, Student Government , Deaf and Hearing Connection, Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc. & Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, CATIES @ TCNJ
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The importance of voting
With the presidential debate happening this week and voter registration deadlines approaching, The Signal editorial board members share their views on voting. “I don’t believe in voting in terms of national votes such as the presidency, because even AP Photos though it does affect me, my single vote really The first presidential election that most College students will be able to take part is insignificant. I also do not vote because I in is just about a month away. don’t like the two-party system, since people will vote for Democrats just to vote for Democrats and Republicans just to vote for RepubliThe Weekly Poll: cans. They’re not always looking at the content What is your attitude Quotes of of a candidate’s character. The greatest presiabout the election? dent in the history of the United States was an the Week • I already know who I’m voting for this year. independent. Remember that.” • I’m not even registered and don’t plan on – Brandon Gould, News Editor “I don’t know enough about politics to really talk about it. I feel like I should vote and I think Mitt Romney is an idiot.” – Chris Molicki, Sports Editor “I think it’s really important because it’s not something that all other countries have the liberty of doing. If everyone were to share the same attitude that ‘my vote doesn’t make a difference,’ the system would fall apart.”
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TCNJ Musical Theater
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TMT is a self-sufﬁcient group of roughly 60 active members. By Sara Stammer Columnist I guarantee if I said “Bare” or “Drowsy Chaperone” a decent amount of people on campus would know what I am talking about. People ﬂock by the hundreds to go and see TCNJ Musical Theater’s annual fall and spring productions, but have you ever been to Broadway Night? If not, now is your chance: TMT will be performing free of charge in the Library Auditorium on Friday, Oct.12 at 8 p.m. or the matinee on Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. TMT will also be putting on Cabaret Night next spring. In the past, TMT has performed shows including “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Seussical The Musical.” This year TMT has the ability to boast greater group numbers than ever before with less solo acts. By doing this they hope to keep things fresh and not as repetitive as in years past. To put on this show, members
of TMT sing songs of their choice from a variety of Broadway and off-Broadway shows. The selections this year include “Hairspray,” “Next to Normal,” “The Last Five Years” and many more. Broadway Night is a teaser of sorts for the up-and-coming show later this fall highlighting the talent the organization possesses. Through Broadway Night, TMT hopes to provide the Campus with another theatrical piece without having to go to the city for a full blown experience. TMT will be joining forces with the Trentones this year. This will be the Trentones ﬁrst year performing at Broadway Night but hopefully not their last. TMT could not have picked a more enthusiastic publicist than senior communication studies and Spanish double major Conor Greene
who gave TMT a rave review. TMT has been and continues to be a fully student run organization, consisting of roughly 60 active members and 20 new members. “(TMT is) a place at which everyone can be involved to some capacity. You name it we do it by ourselves no matter how much theater experience you have,” Greene said. From making their own script, to creating their own costumes and everything in between TMT is self-sufﬁcient. “It is such a fantastic group of people and we produce a lot of great shows, each time we outperform ourselves from the last time,” Greene said. Within the last four years, Greene’s favorite show was “Bare,” a performance with a profound message, but he looks forward to his performance by the side of the other graduating seniors during their number at Broadway Night next week. Presenting 18 different numbers and a group performance with the help of over 40 different people, Broadway Night is not going to disappoint. If, however, you cannot make Broadway Night, fear not for TMT is presenting “Pippin” this Nov. 14-17. For more information on TMT feel free to check them out on the web at tcnj. edu/~tmt/About_TMT.html.
Alpha Chi Rho camps for a cause By Jamie Primeau Editor-in-Chief Brothers of the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity had a charitable campout last week. Starting on Sept. 25, AXP held their ﬁfth Habitat for Humanity fundraiser, beneﬁting Habitat for Humanity’s Trenton branch. They broke their own record and earned $1,005 in proceeds. “The brothers of AXP camp out on Green Lawn regardless of weather for three days and two nights and we ask for donations and inform people of volunteer opportunities for Habitat,” said Steve Sipaque, philanthropy co-chair for the fraternity. The purpose is to raise funds and awareness for “the rising problem of homelessness and poverty,” according to Sipaque. “Being so close to Trenton, TCNJ students are always made aware of the harsh realities of Trenton, and I know many of us in AXP were affected and moved to take a stand and help,” Sipaque said. This fundraiser was started in fall of 2010 by Dave Patel and his fellow brothers when they were looking for ways to further increase positive relations between the fraternity and the community. “What also makes this event so successful is that it requires $0 in startup and all proceeds go directly to Habitat,” Sipaque said. Trenton Habitat volunteers are involved in soup kitchens, home construction, and other efforts. To further help the cause, the brothers of AXP plan on rafﬂing off a piece of furniture donated by Habitat’s REstore, where donations of furniture and appliances are refurnished and sold cheap, located at 106 Ewing St. inTrenton. Sipaque extended thanks to his co-chair Kevin Schenk, his fraternity brothers, the Habitat liasion Chelsea Naylor and the TCNJ community. AXP began its fundraiser with a goal of $500, but reached this by the end of the ﬁrst day. The second day they upped it to $800 and after reaching that, shot for $1,000. They wound up beating that by $5. “Everyone was pleasantly surprised,” Sipaque said, “and I can only attribute our success in doubling last semester’s donations to the hard work of the brotherhood and the benevolent attitudes of everyone at TCNJ.”
Cozy setting and great food at Candela By Amy Reynolds Features Editor It’s safe to say that, six weeks into the fall semester, I’m officially sick of Eickhoff. So, in an attempt to escape yet another meal of mediocre quality, I decided to venture off campus to try something new. Rather than going to a chain restaurant that I’ve gone to a thousand times, I went to a place that’s much smaller and much less-known, but was definitely one of the best meals I’ve had in a while. Just a 10-minute drive from campus, Candela Restaurant and Pizzeria is an adorable, family-owned Italian restaurant that serves a great variety of authentic Italian cuisine. For my main course, I decided to order the classic spaghetti and meatballs with meat sauce. I know it’s not the most exciting meal in the world, but it was a pretty darn good meal. Every meal at Candela comes with complimentary bread and garlic knots. Now, these garlic knots aren’t just any old pieces of garlic bread. They’re the most delicious pieces of garlic bread I’ve ever had. It’s worth going to Candela’s for the sole reason of trying these delectable garlic knots. Seriously, I had six of them. By the time my meal came, I was sort of full from all the garlic bread (completely my own fault) and I was not
nearly hungry enough to finish the extremely large portion that was placed in front of me, but the portion I did have was very good. The meatballs were cooked nearly perfectly, not too dry but not too moist, and were the perfect size. The pasta also came with the perfect amount of sauce, which, to me, isn’t very common at many Italian restaurants. Since I only ate about half of the meal, I took the pasta that I didn’t eat home for the next day. In fact, it was enough for an entire other meal and it also tasted almost as good reheated as it did the night before. Even though I was full, no meal is complete without dessert, so I decided to split a warm fudge brownie with my friend. Although it was a little dry, it was still a really good brownie and a great end to a great meal. In addition to fantastic food, Candela has such a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The dining area is about the size of an average living room and the walls are covered with flowered wallpaper, great for a cozy dinner. Overall, Candela was a great experience. The food was impressive, the atmosphere was inviting and the portions were very large — the perfect combination for a fantastic meal. If you don’t have a car on campus to make it to Candela, don’t worry. You can order online and enjoy the food in the comfort of your own home.
Amy Reynolds / Features Editor
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Tyranny and Freedom in History, Literature and Film A lecture and ﬁlm series at The College of New Jersey 2012-2013
ENVISIONING THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR Film screening and discussion led by Dr. Marimar Huguet-Jerez and Dr. Agustín Otero
Los girasoles ciegos (The Blind Sunﬂowers) Spain 2008, directed by José Luis Cuerda
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GAC inspires young girls to ‘rebel’ By Jennifer Winkler Correspondent
Members of the Girls’ Advisory Council from the Alice Paul Institute visited the College’s Women in Learning and Leadership freshman seminar program called “Rebel Girls” on Sept. 26, and it proved to be a beneficial experience on both ends. Chris Meyers, the program director for the Alice Paul Institute, along with members of the Girls’ Advisory Council, 16-year-old Myranda Zanol-Pacheco and 15-year-old Sarah Hojsak, presented the purpose of their program and the activism they have been involved in regarding gender equality. The presentation explained that the Alice Paul Institute, located in Mount Laurel (the birth place of the iconic women’s suffragist, Alice Paul), is a 30-year-old organization dedicated to women’s rights. The institute provides opportunities for girls and women to get involved in women’s rights activism, as well as establish leadership skills and influential female role-models for the members of their programs. The GAC was formed eight years ago. It is comprised of girls ages 13-17 who volunteer for the institute and partake in various forms of activism. The members
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The Alice Paul Institute provides opportunities for young girls and women to become involved in women’s rights activism. attend the annual Equality Awards in which current equal rights activists are recognized, as well as women’s studies conferences in various places around the country. Two years ago the GAC also shared their council with young women in Uganda through an exchange program they created, and this year they hope to partake in a similar exchange with young women in Madagascar. In the past, members of the council have
Campus Style By Carly Koziol Columnist As our wardrobes are shifting from summer ease to fall structure, appropriately dressing for the climate is a challenge. Not many items can cross over between both seasons — legs get chilly in shorts, shoulders feel bare in tanks, and temperatures rise in sweaters. The maxi dress, however, serves as the perfect transition piece, where thin material and full coverage act as the ideal blend for in-between weather. Try out these styles to add a burst of freshness to your old summer staple. 1. Undercover
How to rock a maxi dress
off with an oversized pullover sweater. This creates the illusion of a skirt, and the sweater hides messy bra straps. Wear combat boots to add an edge to the freeflowing style.
wedges or find yourself on the shorter side, gather the material at the bottom and tie it in a knot. This raises the hemline so that you don’t trip on extra material and allows you to wear ballet flats.
4. Keep it shapely
Create a whole new look by reversing the previous style. Wear a tight shirt or body con dress and then slip into your maxi. Tuck in the shirt or body con dress and slide down the maxi straps so they fall around your waist. Gather the material together near belly button height and tie together with an elastic band.
Sometimes your figure can get lost beneath the material of the maxi dress, so add a jacket to incorporate structure. Wear short jackets over long dresses to ensure the appearance of a waistline. Prefer a longer jacket? Define your waistline with a belt beneath the jacket.
3. Knot the hem
Throw on your maxi dress and top it
also gotten the opportunity to interview and speak with modern-day equal rights activists, along with government officials such as Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, and Senator Robert Menendez of N.J. Additionally, they have recently been recognized by Nickelodeon for their efforts, and will be featured on one of the network’s shows in the future. The members of the GAC are currently working on establishing a blog, which they will update weekly sharing
their experiences and thoughts on topics related to their cause. Due to the groups’ similar efforts and convictions, the GAC girls and members of “Rebel Girls” found that they had a lot in common. Professor Emily Bent, a College and WILL alumna, started “Rebel Girls” to highlight how girls conduct social change and engage in activist work. “Seeing girls under the age of 17 going out, and getting nationally recognized from Nickelodeon is cool,” said Peri Roshandel, freshman math major. “At API (the Alice Paul Institute) they offer opportunities that usually public schools and high schools don’t offer.” The students enjoyed learning about the activism the GAC girls have been involved in and were enlightened by their experiences. “I think it was great that we got to hear what young activists are doing, it’s definitely inspiring because we’re learning about it in the class room, while they’re actually doing it,” said Krista Liotti, freshman international studies major. Overall, the members of the GAC and the WILL FSP correlated perfectly and allowed an opportunity for the women to discuss their similar plights. The GAC girls and the Alice Paul Institute left a lasting impression on the “rebels.”
If you generally wear maxi dresses with
Be sure to maximize your maxis while the weather lasts! It’s only a matter of time before November chills send drafts up these dresses.
Carly Koziol/ Columnist
The maxi is a great outfit for the transition from summer to fall.
Yoga — great for the body and the mind
Samantha Sorin / Columnist
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, yoga provides many health benefits, both physically and mentally. By Samantha Sorin Columnist
When I talk to people who don’t do yoga, they try to paint a picture of what they think a yoga class looks like: thin, flexible women bending themselves
into pretzels. I do not know what kind of pretzels you eat, but yoga looks nothing like that. Yoga is not just about the flexibility that is gained through the practice. It is about the health benefits — be it physically
or mentally — that come from yoga as well. If you do not breathe properly in a pose, you won’t be able to hold it very long. Yoga teaches you to elongate the breath, as opposed to taking in shallow breaths. Coupled with the physical poses, yoga incorporates controlled breathing exercises that allow you to decrease the respiratory rate. This demonstrates that the lungs are working more efficiently. For people who have asthma, bronchitis or nasal and sinus problems, yoga can help you to reduce these respiratory-related health issues. Another awesome benefit of yoga that is coupled with respiration is improved circulation. Oxygen is then better transported throughout your body, leaving organs, skin and brain happy and healthy.
Diminishing of stress and depression have also been shown to be positive outcomes of yoga. By practicing yoga, you can decrease the stress hormones cortisone and adrenaline, as well as increase the neurotransmitter serotonin, which dictates sleep, appetite and mood. Also, yoga helps with back pain and posture. It strengthens as well as stretches the muscles in the back. It is estimated that 80 percent of the U.S. population will experience a back problem sometime in their lives. This is also because many of us do not get up and
do something. We are chronic couch potatoes. As soon as you sit down, electrical activity in the leg muscles shuts off, calorie burning drops to 1 per minute, and enzymes that help break down fat drop 90 percent. Then after sitting for two hours, good cholesterol drops 20 percent. All of this sitting around adds to problems with posture, back pain and obesity. So get out there and move! These are just a few of the many benefits that can come from practicing yoga. You may not look like any pretzel I’ve ever seen, but you will look and feel amazing.
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Arts & Entertainment
Mixed Signals and alumni put on a show
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Mixed Signals entertain the College’s students with their special brand of improv comedy and audience participation games. By Mike Herold Correspondent Typical college students’ idea of a fun Friday night does not usually involve sitting around their campus student center for nearly two hours watching other people do things. At the College this past Friday, Sept. 28, however, that activity would definitely have made the cut. In front of an audience that was not nearly as big as it should have been, both alumni
and current students gave great comedic performances at the Lions Latenight event. The fun began with a performance by the College’s improv group, Mixed Signals. Despite having barely a day to prepare for the show and being short three of their eight members, the crew managed to entertain the crowd with a series of “Whose Line”style games, including Ding, Storybook, Half-Life, Drunk Game and Challenge. The biggest hit was most likely the Drunk Game, which featured the Pope and his gettingdrunker-by-the-minute 10-year-old daughter.
It goes without saying that junior history education major Jonathan Bowler, junior nursing major Nina Shulgach, sophomore women’s and gender studies major Morgan Teller, sophomore music education major Shannon McGovern and sophomore biology major Garrett Verdone knew how to please their audience their improv chops. After Mixed Signals left the stage, the main event of the evening featured two graduates of the College turned comedians who made their old campus laugh. Leading off was Vinnie Nardiello, ’99, and closing out the show was headliner Jay Black, also from the class of ’99, who originally studied to be an English teacher — and was one until his stand-up career took shape. (Black has also recently had a screenplay, “How Sweet It Is,” produced) The two began their friendship at the College, both worked as teachers and now often work comedy shows together. They also host a podcast called “Hungry Trolls” together. Interestingly enough, they also attended the College with the founder of Mixed Signals, Jeff Ryan, and were all too happy to give the current members advice after the show. Perhaps the most interesting info the two shared concerned who exactly become comedians. “It isn’t typically the ‘Whoo’ people,” Black said. “Comedians are more observers of life. To us, class clowns are hacks.” Nardiello agreed, saying, “When people laugh at what you say, it’s like a kind of validation — I knew I was funnier than that guy.”
As for the acts themselves, both comedians focused on self-deprecating humor alongside funny stories on the ridiculous people they’ve encountered in their lives. Nardiello got the crowd going describing how he once watched a guido punch a seagull, along with a tale of what happens when a not-so-great teacher has a bit too much to drink at a staff party … and loses some control over bodily function, to put it lightly. Black’s routine covered a broader range of topics, as he managed to cover religion, politics, his hairy body and several “rules” which he doesn’t make but are true nonetheless. Also in the act was a somehow flawless transition between poop jokes and porn jokes, and his belief that everyone would be a lot better off if they still did a “baby dance” every time their favorite song started playing. Despite the meager audience, both performers were thrilled to be back. “To me, doing a show at the College in front of 25 people is more meaningful than performing at a different college in front of 2,000,” said Black, who has performed at over 400 colleges. “And I want to do better here. Nobody wants to go to the place you called home for four years and mess it up.” It’s safe to say that they were validated one more time. To see these performers in the future, Mixed Signals’ next show will be Oct. 7 in the Library Auditorium. Jay Black also has a free CD available on his website at jayblack.tv.
‘Babel’ satisfies, doesn’t surprise The Killers make a comeback
Mumford returns to their roots for their sophomore album, ‘Babel.’
By Dan Jurcisin Correspondent
Mumford & Sons stays true to their sound on their sophomore album, “Babel.” Characterized by pulsating bass drum, strong vocal harmonies, and lightning-fast banjo, this album picks up right where its predecessor, “Sigh No More,” left off. On this album, the British band continues to create a sound that is full, rich, and powerful. The tracks on this album are loaded with aggressive guitar strumming, triumphant horn sections, and beautiful vocal melodies. The band presents these elements with great energy that makes for a very passionate and intense-sounding album. Many of the tracks on “Babel” are like novels in their musical progression. They begin quietly and with minimal instrumentation, usually with just a guitar to accompany the vocals, but then they begin to build. Additional instruments are introduced, and
backing vocals and percussion become prominent as the track progresses towards its crescendo. The song leaves no empty space — it is all filled by the crashing of symbols, the droning of horns, and the strumming of guitar, as evident in “Lover Of The Light.” Additionally, the band contrasts the intense, climactic nature of many of the songs with quiet and softsounding sections. This technique causes the volume of the songs to rise and fall, which keeps the tracks from getting dull. The tone of the album is overall bright, cheery and hopeful. In “Holland Road,” lead singer and guitarist Marcus Mumford sings passionately, “And when I hit the ground / neither lost nor found / when I’m on my knees I’ll still believe.” In spite of everything this album has to offer, it may still leave some listeners unsatisfied. Some may consider the intense and epic nature of many of the songs to be overblown or too dramatic. Furthermore, the steady, driving beat of the tambourine and bass drum can come off as repetitive. And if you were expecting a fresh, new sound from this band then you will probably be disappointed with their decision to stick to their roots. Regardless, “Babel” is a fine album that defines Mumford & Sons’ sound very well. Fans of “Sigh No More” will most likely find something they enjoy about this album, and “Babel” is also a good place to start for people who are new to the band. The powerful, yet melodic and creative nature of this album provides a listening experience that is, to say the very least, entertaining.
New material takes a turn from usual themes
Flowers eclipses the rest of The Killers on their newest album, ‘Battleborn.’ By Christopher Minitelli Correspondent I have been a big fan of The Killers for quite a while now, so when I heard they were releasing a new album, I definitely had high expectations. After a four-year hiatus, The Killers released their fifth studio album, “Battle Born,” on Sept. 18. Although the band took a long break after their last tour, they definitely picked up right where they left off. With Brandon Flowers’ distinctive and recognizable voice leading The Killers once again, “Battle Born” seems to describe the story of a relationship, from beginning to end. Among the first couple of tracks of the album, the song “Runaways” is a nod to young love and the ignorance that often accompanies it. After this track, songs like “Here With Me” and “Miss Atomic Bomb” go through the heartbreak and melancholy that people experience after a relationship ends. Throughout the album, The Killers
show the difficulty of moving on and recovering with the songs “Be Still” and “Battle Born.” The Killers end the album on a high note with the track “Prize Fighter,” proving the idea that people are able to move on and eventually find things worth fighting for. Overall, I thought that The Killers were able to stick to their roots, with Flowers’ voice only getting better, and with similar subjects as their previous three albums. However, I think they definitely included a number of tracks that wandered away from their usual topics. One track in particular that did this was “Heart of a Girl.” This song delves into the relationship between a father and daughter, which seems unusual for this album. However, the track includes great lyrics and instrumentals, which probably make it one of my favorite off of this album. In the end, I definitely like “Battle Born” — but I feel like some of the tracks are pretty forgettable since many of them sound very similar to one another. Although I am well aware that Brandon Flowers is essentially the backbone of The Killers, I think they focused a lot more on his voice and did not include many tracks that had either memorable or noteworthy instrumentals. In their earlier albums, The Killers were able to strike a balance between Flowers’ voice and the instrumentals (for instance, my personal favorite, “Mr. Brightside”). Many of their tracks on this album failed to do so. Even with all of this in mind, I think that The Killers came out with a long-awaited album that is definitely worth listening to.
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‘Coexist’ slows down the sound
College bands rock out the Rat
By Heather Koenig WTSR Assistant Music Director The xx “Coexist”
There is always a great deal riding on a sophomore release. And when the predecessor was self-titled “xx” there’s a lot to live up to. “Coexist” handles this pressure with grace. Although there are many critics who feel the album doesn’t beat out “xx,” there’s no denying it’s still a solid release for the British group. It’s obvious that this album is much mellower and more laid back than the previous album, which contained a lot of pent up energy and emotion — however, “Coexist” is filled with same minimalist sound that slows life down and brings the focus to the vocals. It’s reasonable for a group to produce a marginally different sound on their sophomore effort, as they have the chance to reflect, refine, mature and vary from their debut. If “Coexist” had been identical to “xx,” there would be nothing new to enjoy and nothing to characterize the release. The album incorporates a strong mix of instrumental and stylistic aspects, while still adhering to their individual dark pop sound. There isn’t quite anything similar to the catchy and exhilarated “Cristalised,” but there are some new innovations that should be noticed. “Reunion” includes some steel drum percussion, which is worked in cohesively with the musical themes of the album. The xx also doesn’t mind further slowing the pace with the heartfelt album-closer, “Our Song,” which may not be a crowd favorite. Altogether, “Coexist” is a creative part two in The xx’s current collection.
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‘Last Minute Decision’ perform an interesting cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah.’ By Ana Lanfranchi Correspondent At 5 p.m. on Sept. 28, some of the College’s most talented bands came to the Rathskeller to spend a relaxing evening playing music and munching on greasy food.
The event was kicked off with newly-formed band, X Sabertooth Tiger Claw X (Explosion) which consists of freshmen Shane Dermanjian, Chris Flannery and Tyler Povanda. The trio performed a few covers, all of which were widely known songs amongst
College students. They concluded their set with a crowd pleaser as they got the entire room clapping along to Taylor Swift’s “Love Story.” Interestingly enough, business management and interactive multimedia major, Chris Flannery, said that his favorite bands are Periphery and Memphis May Fire, both classified as metal. I personally am very interested to see the direction that this band takes. While none of the members of the band are pursuing a musical career, they have all been playing music for at least seven years, and hope that X Sabertooth Tiger Claw X (Explosion) has a solid foundation and will continue to perform together. Open options humanities major Shane Dermanjian said, in reference to Student Band Night, “We were all in bands at home and we’re used to performing so we wanted to do this.” Following the talented boy band was Last Minute Decision, who played an extensive set of beautifully original renditions of popular songs. The band had an interesting dynamic as there were four members,
but they were never all on the stage at one time. The comfortable mood of the evening was complimented by their quirky nature and their interaction with the crowd. The female vocals complimented one another in their performances of “Wide Awake” and “The Way You Are,” and the heartfelt rendition of “Hallelujah” made the performance completely authentic. 10 Paces, who switched gears from soft rock/ indie music to a much heavier alternative rock sound, performed the final act of the night. Hailing from Asbury Park, 10 Paces consists of Dan Demyanovich, Louie Morreale, Chris Michael and The Signal’s Arts & Entertainment editor Tom Ciccone. The music switch allowed for diversity in the performances and freshman economics major Thomas Barr said, “I thought that they brought a really great energy to the Rat.” Student Band Night is a great opportunity for the College’s students to express themselves through music without the pressure of auditions or criticism. This event allowed for a laid back evening filled with undeniable talent.
Student musicians showcase impressive performances Focus Tracks: “Angels,” “Chained” and “Sunset”
By Liz Dinsmore Correspondent
Julie Novak / Staff Photographer
Students perform technically challenging classical pieces as part of the College’s Wednesday Recital series.
Last Wednesday in Mayo Concert Hall, four student musicians performed in front of a full house of fellow students, family and faculty members who were eager to hear what the musicians had practiced so diligently to perfect. The first musician played Johannes Brahms’s “Sonata No. 2 in E flat Major, Op. 120” on the clarinet and was accompanied by a staff musician on the piano. This composition is light and uplifting, lending itself beautifully to the clarinet. Next out on stage was Doug Strahle, a senior music performance major, to perform Bach’s “Suite for Unaccompanied Cello No. 6.” This complex piece of music starts out strong and riveting and establishes a recognizable pattern of notes within just a few moments. These notes are then carried throughout the composition, sometimes in a very prominent motif, and other times as a respite from the fast-paced melody.
“It’s a rather difficult piece of the repertoire for cello, but I find a lot of enjoyment in practicing it and working out the challenges it brings,” Strahle said. His performance of such a quick-moving piece was precise and clear, allowing each note to stand on its own, while simultaneously building upon the composition as a whole. Even with such a large audience, Strahle was able to play the cello gracefully. “Performing for a large audience is definitely nerve-racking, but once you begin to play your instrument those nerves tend to drive you more than they inhibit your performance,” Strahle said. The next performer played “Gliere’s Concerto in Bb, Op. 91” on the horn after a dramatic, yet inspiring opening on the piano. The occasional blast of the horn gave a feeling of strength to the song, but then a slower, more calm series of notes from the horn slowed the composition down and created a sense of depth that could not have been achieved otherwise. To read more go to tcnjsignal.net.
Professors expound on Afghan and ‘zine’ cultures By Julie Kayzerman Correspondent
Artwork may seem like just a combination of lines, shapes and colors to some people, but for two new professors here at the College, it is so much more. Professors Gregory Thielker and Amze Emmons presented “Art in the Real World” in the Ernest and Mildred E. Mayo Concert Hall at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, as part of the Brown Bag series. To begin, Thielker presented “Taint of memory-Landscape of conflict in Afghanistan,” which embraced the culture of Afghanistan in an underreported perspective — one showing them as often misunderstood. During a two-week trip to a U.S. military base in Bagram, Afghanistan, Thielker was able to compose several sketches and paintings depicting everything from the army base to the average Afghani citizens.
Thielker explained that he had to “work hard to capture accuracy” in his paintings while also being selective with what he thought he was seeing. “The longer you’re there, the less you can say definitively because there’s always something there to contradict you,” said Thielker, describing his journey through the roads of Bagram on which he would frequently stop to draw sketches of a site in order to paint them back in the studio. “The most interesting part was when Thielker described how he had to use six different layers of oil paint to create his desired effect because it really showed how some things in life take more time reach one’s personal level of satisfaction,” said Edward Easse, freshman instrumental music education major. Thielker closed his presentation with the idea that groups of people are constantly misrepresented by photographs or texts, and
showed a photograph of a decorated shrine in order to give the audience a new perspective of Afghani culture. “Despite war and foreign intervention, Afghanistan is building on its past,” Thielker said. Professor Emmons followed with a presentation about the importance of communication throughout a community. He began with an exhibit he helped organize called the, The Rum Riot Press, a month- long community workshop this past summer that featured “zine culture.” This showcased self-published cheaply made, mini magazines referred to as zines. These works covered any topics from over 60 different artists in order to engage the community and expand communication. Emmons then went on to discuss a polling station workshop he created in which he had eight artists including himself design their
own voting ballots containing any issues of their choice. The workshop had over 5,000 participants where people were able to vote on the issues presented on the ballots. Emmons showed two voters’ responses on a ballot that introduced the issue of gay marriage. The first ballot read, “Let’s all be friends,” which resulted in an audible sigh of affection from the audience. The other read, “I’m a racist small minded pig, thanks for letting me vote,” which led to an uproar of laughter throughout the audience. He closed by showing watercolor paintings of different types of polling situations around the world. Emmons said that he tries to take something familiar and recognizable and combine it with other ideas from different parts of the world. “I try to put issues into different perspectives in order to get people to think about issues that they would otherwise ignore,” Emmons said.
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Lions get wet at Paul Short Invitational Cross Country
By Mike Herold Correspondent The Paul Short Invitational tends to be a highly competitive meet, as the Lions found out this week. Neither the men’s nor the women’s squads finished quite as well as they would have liked, but still managed to place fairly high. The men’s squad finished ninth out of the 33 teams, while the women grabbed 18th out of 39. They did better when compared to other Division III opponents, placing second and seventh respectively, in those fields, but the Lions were far from disappointed with the meet. “Paul Short is my favorite cross country meet because of its exciting and competitive atmosphere,” senior Cathy Goncalves said, after finishing 32nd overall (first among the Lions) in the 6K race with a time of 22:52. She was joined in the Lions’ top-five finishers by sophomore Jillian Manzo (103rd in 23:53), junior Anginelle Alabanza (117th in 23:58), sophomore Julie Jablonski (120th in 24:01) and sophomore Tara Nealon (126th in 24:05). Alabanza also noted the competitive spirit. “Seeing our biggest rivals put us in a competitive mood and reminded us that
every single person across the line mattered,” Alabanza said. The men’s squad finished slightly better, led by seniors Mark Sidebottom (who finished 35th overall in a time of 26:10 in the 8K race) and Andy Gallagher (49th in 26:22). Rounding out their top-five finishers were freshmen Roberto Guiducci (76th in 26:38) and Jon Stouber (81st in 26:42), alongside senior Michael Berti (103rd in 26:57). “The men’s team ran well, especially the freshmen who stepped up at their first time at Paul Short,” Sidebottom said. Overall, both teams felt that the meet went better than immediately suggested by the finishes. “In terms of the women’s team,” Goncalves said, “we fared pretty well but still have a lot of work to do.” Sidebottom mentioned the team’s success in their own conference. “We competed well with the teams in our region, which was what we came to do,” Sidebottom said. The meet was slightly marred by less-thanfavorable conditions. Inclement weather had an impact on the way the course ran, and the runners were all too aware of that fact by the end of the day. The Lions, however, refused to
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The rainy conditions slow down cross country this weekend.
let the rain put a damper on their spirits. “The conditions were tough because it had been raining all day and the course had been torn up by all the races before us,” Alabanza said, “but we worked together and gave it our best effort.” Afterward, both teams were eagerly looking forward to what lies ahead. After a little time away from the madness of competition, of course. “We look forward to this next weekend
off in order to focus more on our training and championship season,” Goncalves said. The men’s team appears equally focused on the future — not to mention confident in that future. “We are looking forward to the next meet,” said Sidebottom, “and then the conference and regional championships that follow.” The Lions are not in action this week, and are next scheduled to run next Saturday, Oct. 13th, at the Lafayette Leopard Invitational.
Men’s soccer continues scoring drought in losses By Peter Fiorilla Sports Assistant
A once-promising season is turning sour for the men’s soccer team, which extended its scoreless streak to 352 minutes in a pair of losses to Rutgers-Camden and Rutgers-Newark Universities last week en route to dropping into last place of the 10-team NJAC. The Lions (4-8) have been shutout in five of their last seven games, a stretch in which they are 1-6, and head coach George Nazario is stumped on how to get goals. “If I knew that, I wouldn’t be here right now,” a frustrated Nazario said after Saturday’s home loss to Rutgers-Newark. “If you don’t create chances there’s a problem, (but) if you create chances you’d think (a goal) is
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The College can’t finish chances.
going to come.” Nazario’s team has outshot opponents 173131 over the course of the season, but just 6.4 percent of the its shots have been converted into goals compared to 12.2 percent for adversaries. Basically, the finishing has not been there. “It is (frustrating),” senior midfielder Kevin Shaw said. “We’ve got to turn it around sometime soon. There’s not much room left for us to keep doing this.” Each loss makes a NJAC postseason appearance for the Lions seem less and less likely. Right now there are only six games remaining in the season, and the last playoff spot is property of a team at .500. If the Lions are to close out the season on a positive note, though, the team will probably continue to lean on a sturdy defense and good
goalkeeping from senior Matt Frederick and freshman Mike Libucha. The Lions’ defensive unit has only allowed 1.25 goals per game as a unit in 2012, or .68 goals fewer than it did last year, and Libucha’s .83 goals against average is the best of any College keeper since 2009. “(Libucha) has been great,” Shaw said. “He transferred here this year and he has been — both of our keepers have been — playing great to keep us in the games.” But the Lions will need more than just goalkeeping to stop the bleeding and return to the win column. “People are thinking about playoffs, it’s in the back of our minds,” Shaw said. “But we have to take it a game at a time to get back on track first.”
Making cases for the ultimate hardware
The college football Heisman race is in full swing
Smith is annihilating everyone.
By Brandon Gould News Editor
College football has been up and running for about a month now and there’s been plenty of excitement thus far, but none greater than watching the West Virginia offense, which put up 70 points this past weekend in a win over Baylor.
Senior quarterback Geno Smith has been lighting up scoreboards all season long, completing 83 percent of his passes on his way to 1,728 yards and 20 touchdowns. Smith has a long way to go, but for now he leads the pack in terms of Heisman favorites through the first five weeks. 1. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: Smith is head and shoulders over every other candidate right now. He’s playing in an offense that is designed to put up video-game numbers and it’s working. Smith can thread the needle and fit the ball into any window he wants. With a cast that includes wide receivers who fit in every shape and size, Smith’s success should not come to a stop any time soon. As long as West Virginia’s defense can make a stop or two, Smith’s on the fast track to the Heisman. 2. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State: Miller has really taken to Urban Meyer in the coach’s first year in Columbus, taking huge steps forward in his second year as a Buckeye. He struggled with
ball control in a 17-16 win over Michigan State, but his overall season statistics have been eye popping. Miller has thrown for a little under 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns through five games, but his real mark has been on the ground where he has churned up 577 yards and seven scores. 3. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina: Lattimore has been Steve Spurrier’s workhorse ever since he set foot on South Carolina’s campus. He hasn’t recovered yet from an ACL tear that occurred last season, but he recently shed his knee brace and has looked as good as new. This past week, Lattimore rushed for 120 yards and two scores on 23 carries. For the season, the junior tailback has collected 440 yards and eight touchdowns — all that for a guy who hasn’t even touched 100 percent. 4. De’Anthony Thomas, ATH, Oregon: Thomas has the potential to score at any point, from anywhere on the field and against any defense that the Ducks line up
against. He can line up at running back, wide receiver, punt returner or kick returner. This season, Thomas has touched the ball 64 total times, amassing 698 yards and scoring eight times (five on the ground and three through the air). Do the math and you’ll see that Thomas takes it to the house one out of every eight times he touches the ball. 5. A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama: Alabama relies on defense and its ground game, but McCarron is still making a decent case for the Heisman to this point in the season. With several running backs chomping at the bit, the redshirt junior has been able to take a step forward as the leader of the Tide. Through the Crimson Tide’s first five games, McCarron has connected on 73 of his 111 pass attempts, spreading the ball to a plethora of wide receivers. On a team that has been known for ground and pound, McCarron has tallied 12 touchdowns — two more than the running attack has gotten — while not throwing an interception to this point. The Heisman mostly comes down to the most notable player on the best team in the country and, right now, that’s A.J. McCarron.
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Joe Caputo “The Ref”
Chris Molicki Sports Editor
Greg Oriolo Correspondent
Peter Fiorilla Sports Assistant
In this week’s edition of Around the Dorm, the “Ref,” Joe Caputo, challenges Sports Editor Chris Molicki, correspondent Greg Oriolo and Sports Assistant Peter Fiorilla to answer questions about who’s underrated and overrated through four weeks of the NFL, whether or not the new wild card format is a good thing, and which teams are the favorites to make it to the World Series.
1. With the NFL season nearly a quarter of the way through, who are the two most overvalued and the two most undervalued teams in the league based on record? CM: I’d have to say the Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings are the two most overrated teams in the NFL. The Cardinals have started off 4-0 thanks to their stingy defense, but a Kevin Kolb led offense is a recipe for disaster. Aside from Larry Fitzgerald, they really have no offensive weapons, and the NFL is clearly an offensive league. The Vikings have gotten great play out of Christian Ponder so far, but he hasn’t been the kind of guy who can carry a team in stretches and he doesn’t have a ton of weapons. Plus, the secondary is god-awful and that is something that can ruin a team all by itself. As for the underrated teams, I would pick the Detroit Lions and the Kansas City Chiefs. Both teams are 1-3, but still have serious potential. For the Lions, injuries have killed their defense and their offense has stalled very often. It’s only a matter of time before Stafford and Megatron go off like they did last year. The Chiefs don’t have the best quarterback in Matt Cassel, but they have one of the best running backs in Jamaal Charles. Combine that with a defense full of playmakers (Brandon Flowers, Tamba Halli, Javier Arenas), and I think they still have a good shot to contend in the AFC West. GO: Through four weeks, the two most overvalued teams in my opinion are the Eagles and the Bengals. First, the Eagles have barely won against the Rams, Ravens and Giants. Each one of their wins has been by one point! The team could easily be 0-4 if it weren’t for a few good bounces and a missed kick. Also, their turnover ratio is five. If they keep this up against tougher opponents their record will fall. The Bengals on the other hand have had a very favorable schedule, beating the Browns, Redskins and Jags in consecutive weeks. After their bye, they play the Broncos, Chargers, Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Steelers and Ravens, which in my mind they may only get one or two wins, showing they aren’t complete yet. The two most undervalued teams are the Vikings and the Chargers. These are two teams that no one is talking about. Right now, the Vikings D has been stellar. They shut down the Lions and 49ers offenses, and their offense has not made mistakes. If they beat the Bears or Packers, then people will pay attention. The Chargers are finally under the radar, which is helping them perform this season.
PF: It’s easy to look past the winless New Orleans Saints (0-4) and struggling Detroit Lions (1-3), who have both fallen prey to moderately difficult schedules — New Orleans is already out of the running to host a playoff game and the Lions have little room for error — but make no mistake, these are dangerous teams. Anytime Drew Brees is on
the field his team has a chance to win, and the Saints and Lions have only lost their games by an average of 5 and 4.6 points, respectively. Meanwhile, the San Diego Chargers (3-1) and Minnesota Vikings (3-1) are above .500, but it’s hard to see them as even minor contenders at this point. The Chargers have taken advantage of a weak, AFC West-dominated schedule that includes wins against the Chiefs and Raiders, and since Norv Turner is still at the helm in San Diego, they stand no chance at winning a Super Bowl. The Minnesota Vikings have had to do more for their record, but considering how stacked that division — and especially the Packers — will be this year, I can’t see them keeping this pace up for long.
Greg gets 3 points for pointing out the Eagles’ turnover differential and the Bengals’ weak schedule. Peter gets 2 points for pointing out that the Saints and Lions both have lost many close games. Chris gets 1 point for pointing out that the Cardinals offense is not good enough to last. 2. Now that the new MLB wild card rules are finally coming into play, are you a fan of the new format? Additionally, do you think the winner of the wild card round will be put at a major disadvantage as they advance through the playoffs? CM: I think the new wild card format is great for baseball. First off, out of all of the major sports, baseball has the least amount of teams that make the playoffs. More than half of the NBA makes the postseason. Football has two wild cards as well. Adding another team gives an extra spot for a deserving squad and makes the sport even more exciting. The wild card races have been fun to watch so far, and I feel like they have the potential to be even more insane. I do think the teams that win the one-game playoff are at a disadvantage based on two main reasons: pitching and travel. If you’re in a one-game playoff, you have to send out your ace, making him unable to pitch in the opening game of the next series if you advance. That puts teams at a huge disadvantage going into a series, which is even more crucial in a fivegame series. The travel also hurts. Teams are expected to travel to their opponents right away if they win, while the opposition gets home cooking and relaxation for an extra day. GO: I am a fan of the new format of the MLB wild card. I am a firm believer that the more teams that have a chance to make the playoffs, the more exciting the end of the year becomes. Last season, the final day of the regular season was arguably the most memorable ever. Now imagine that happening every season. I was never more excited while watching regular season baseball and this new format enhances
the probability of that situation occurring every season. I feel that saying that the winner of the wild card is put at a major disadvantage is tough to say. Honestly, it all depends on how the team is built. If the winner has a weak offense and is reliant on pitching (preferably three solid starters), then going forward they still have quality starters. On the other hand, if a team has only one solid starter, then going forward they will be in trouble (like if the Mets made the playoffs, maybe next year). PF: I think the new format is awful. No, it’s beyond awful. The new wild card rules are what awful would be if awful spent years studying old Detroit Lions’ film. This is an unnecessary change more about getting stadiums a little extra revenue and artificially increasing excitement for the MLB than actually improving the product. A one-game playoff between the Yankees and A’s might be exciting, sure, but so would a 15-minute playoff between the Eagles and Saints or a one-period playoff between the Devils and Penguins. It is just not the way the game is meant to be played. Teams are built for a full series, not individual games, like what will be played this week. And since the winners of the wild card round will be without their aces in the second round, they will not go very far in the postseason anyway, making this a pointless change to a postseason that was fine as it was. Peter gets 3 points for comparing the new first round format to a 15-minute football play-in game. Chris gets 2 points for pointing out that the MLB does not have as many playoff teams as any of the other sports. Greg gets 1 point for pointing out the last day of 2011, but he also brought the Mets into a playoff conversation.
who have been hot all year long, and that’s how the St. Louis Cardinals did it last year. GO: My favorite teams to make it to the World Series are the Cincinnati Reds and the Texas Rangers. Both of these teams have the combo of star power, quality players, solid pitching and experienced managers that are needed for a team to be successful in the playoffs. The Reds have the fourth lowest team ERA in all of baseball, which is a very important thing in the playoffs. The saying is that team is only as good as its starting pitcher that day, and the Reds have plenty of them to survive the grueling October playoffs. The Rangers on the other hand have the best hitting team in baseball. They have the highest team batting average in the majors, the fourth most team homeruns, and the highest slugging percentage. This shows that the offense is not only the most consistent, but also one of the most powerful. The key to all of the stats that I mentioned above is consistency. The pitchers of the Reds and the hitters of the Rangers consistently do what they have to do, and I expect them to do the same in the playoffs.
3. Who is your favorite from each league to make the World Series? CM: My favorite out of the National League to make the World Series is the Cincinnati Reds. They’ve got all the ingredients. Joey Votto is a monster and former NL MVP. When he was injured for an extended period of time, the Reds never lost a step, showing that their team is more than just him. They have an ace in Johnny Cueto and a very respectable staff behind him. Finally, they have arguably the best closer in the league in Aroldis Chapman. There are too many questions marks for the other NL teams, especially the Strasburg-less Nationals, to expect a pennant from them. As for the AL, I’m going to shock everyone by picking the Oakland Athletics. No one expected this out of them, and even after starting the season slow, they’ve been very consistent and winning a ton. They can thank their pitching staff for that, with four starters with an ERA of under 4.00, and the emergence of Josh Reddick. However, the reason why I like them the most is that they epitomize the way championships have been won in recent years. They’re a group of overachievers
PF: The Texas Rangers will win the World Series, while the Washington Nationals will come out of the NL. Texas has been the most consistent team in baseball over the past few years as a result of smart personnel moves and leadership from the likes of Ron Washington, and despite recent success, this is a team that has avoided complacency. Moves to acquire starter Yu Darvish, starter Ryan Dempster and catcher Geovany Soto this year show the Rangers are still improving for another shot at the World Series, and there is no reason to think they won’t finally get one after last year’s fluky heart break. In the NL, the Nationals are the clear pick, and while their pitching (third in the MLB) isn’t noticeably better than Cincinnati’s (fourth), Washington has a noticeable advantage in hitting (10th to 17th in the league). Chris gets 3 points for taking a risk and pointing out that the playoffs are all about who’s hot. Peter gets 2 points for pointing out the clear hitting advantage and similar pitching of Washington vs. Cincinnati. Greg gets 1 point for pointing out the consistency of Cincinnati and Texas.
Peter wins Around the Dorm, 7 - 6 - 5.
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Freshman keeps opponents out of the cage Field Hockey
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Jenkins had two goals in a 6-0 win over William Paterson University. By Brandon Gould News Editor Swiveling her head to the left, freshman goalkeeper Roisin Dougherty found herself one-onone with a forward. Despite her opponent’s best effort, Dougherty laid her body out and made the save, sustaining a shutout in the No. 3-ranked Lions 2-0 win over
Ursinus College. Dougherty has been an anchor in the cage ever since she stepped in for the injured Amanda Krause in the second week of the season, allowing only two goals and recording six shutouts. “She doesn’t play like a firstyear goalie,” head coach Sharon Pfluger said. “She’s experienced
in a sense that she absorbs information quickly and she can apply it and execute.” Dougherty and the Lions defense were a staple again in the past week as the Lions bested Ursinus, William Paterson University and Kean University, allowing opponents to only get off 11 shots on goal. “I think the defense is playing
very well,” Pfluger said. “They have to play well as a unit and there are going to be opportunities where our opponents are going to be close to scoring, but we have to come through and we are.” The defense held tight on Thursday, Sept. 27, as the offense was able to take advantage of their opportunities. Senior forward Jillian Nealon brought momentum in the Lions’ favor in the first half with her 12th goal of the season. Sophomore forward Erin Healy added insurance, putting the Lions ahead 2-0 seven minutes into the second half off an assist from junior forward Sarah Cummings. On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Lions defense held tight again, but it was the offense that stole the show in a 6-0 victory over William Paterson. Nealon tied fellow senior Caitlyn Jenkins with a gamehigh two goals, while sophomore midfielders Erin Waller and Cassandra Martin each added a score. Waller also was one of five Lions who added assists in the contest — senior Christy Wham had the team lead with two against the Pioneers. Nealon said that the offensive prowess on Saturday was thanks to a combination of steady crosses as well as strong
execution off penalty corners, an area that the Lions struggled with against Ursinus. “In the game Saturday our forwards who were on the off-ball side of the field did a good job of covering the posts and we scored a lot of our goals that way,” Nealon said. “Both of Caitlyn’s came from beautiful cross plays, where she was able to get into good position on the post to score. Our (penalty) corners were flowing well too, so we were able to execute off them.” Nealon added her fifth goal of the week in a 1-0 victory over Kean on Monday, Oct. 1. Although the Lions have remained undefeated this season, they have slipped in the rankings from the top slot to third overall in Division III, but Nealon says it is something the Lions don’t take much notice of. “Honestly, we don’t care what the rankings say, because the only one that matters is the final rankings at the end of the season,” Nealon said. “That’s a factor we have no control over, so we only focus on the things we can control. Overall our play has been good and we have a lot of potential and we are all happy about that, but potential means nothing if we don’t keep working to get better.”
College ends the fall season on a high note
Regional Championship showcases tennis talents By Kevin Lee Staff Writer
With the last event scheduled for the fall season, the men’s tennis team traveled north to take part in the ITA Northeast Regional Championship hosted by Ithaca College. The Regional Championship was a three-day event, beginning on Friday and concluding on Sunday, having both a 64player singles championship and a 32-team doubles championship. The Lions had success across the board in both singles and doubles competitions, showing their depth and showcasing their top players. The Lions had six players represent the College in the singles championship, having an impressive four players advance past the first round. Senior TJ Riley was the lone player to make it past the second round, advancing deep into the bracket. Riley’s journey to the quarterfinals involved wins against Union College, Skidmore College and Vassar College. Riley’s toughest win came against thirdround opponent Vassar where he went on to win by scores of 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals. In the Quarterfinals, Riley fell to another Skidmore opponent, Oliver Loutsenko, who eventually went on to win the entire singles championship. “I advanced into the final eight because I am a fighter, even when I am down I am certainly not out and I’ve always had that mindset,” Riley said. “I was definitely satisfied with how I played because that is the farthest I ever made it in this tournament and with the quality of tennis players here at regionals the final eight is big-time tennis so I’m proud of that.” The Lions doubles pairings were equally impressive having three duos represent the College. Senior Jordan Cruz and freshman
Billy Buchbinder played spectacularly, upsetting top-seeded Loutsenko and Danny Knight from Skidmore in an epic first round match, winning 9-8 (7-5). The magic didn’t stop there as Cruz and Buchbinder defeated Rensselaer, another top seed in the second round. “My partner and I were in disbelief, we couldn’t believe that we had done it,” Cruz said. “Right when that last point was over, we both dropped our racquets and did the best chest-bump of our lives. It was a spectacular moment. It was one of the best matches I have ever played.” On the other side of the bracket, Riley and senior Marc Nichols had one of the best runs in the College’s history in the tournament. The run began with decisive 8-1 victories against Elmira College and Hamilton College. Quarterfinal play had the duo in a thriller against Skidmore College, prevailing 8-6 to push them into the semifinals. In the semifinal match, Riley and Nichols lost in a heartbreaker to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 8-6. With fantastic performances by Riley, the Lions were also able to have great success as a team. Gutsy performances and talented play highlighted the College’s tennis team
throughout the weekend. “Billy and Jordan had a great tournament in doubles,” Riley said. “They started the tournament by upsetting the number-one seed and they kept it going for another two rounds. I also think Howard Telson had a good singles tournament because even though he lost in the second round, he played a great match against a good player and had many opportunities to win and he deserves credit.” Last weekend, the College’s top doubles pairing of seniors Paige Aiello and Karisse Bendijo blistered through competition at the ITA Northeast Regionals hosted by William Smith College before losing to sophomores Ava Sadhegi and Samantha Schipiro of Vassar College in the semifinals. “I’m really proud of the way our team represented ourselves at Regionals this weekend,” Aiello said. “It’s always a great tournament for us and we compete really hard against other top-ranked teams that are there.” As the third seed, the pairing of Aiello and Bendijo made for one of the most talented doubles partners in the tournament. The pairing from N. J. began tournament
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play against Bard College and Rochester Institute of Technology, winning decisively by scores of 8-1 and 8-2. In quarterfinal play, Aiello and Bendijo defeated a tough sixth seed in the University of Rochester team, to advance to semifinals. In the semifinals, the duo took on second-seed Vassar College where they fell in a heartbreaking 8-3 defeat. Vassar went on to defeat host William Smith to win the championship. “I enjoyed playing doubles with Karisse and was sad to see us not make it to the final, but the Vassar team deserved the title,” Aiello said. “In the three years I’ve played at this tournament, I’d say it was the most competitive it’s ever been because there were so many more strong players than in years past.” While it may seem that Aiello and Bendijo faced little adversity through the tournament, adapting was difficult for the pair. Having to adjust to various conditions, surfaces and opponents is something you cannot teach in practice. In fact, nothing can simulate actual game play, making game time adjustments a tough thing to do. “It is a little tough to adjust,” said Bendijo. “Everyone has a different style, some are just really difficult to play. Also, it’s tough to adjust to the windiness and cold up in Geneva.” Advancing to the semifinals against the top teams in the Northeast was one of the most impressive finishes in the College’s illustrious tennis history. Finishing their last ITA tournament as collegians, Aiello and Bendijo couldn’t have asked for a better end to their fall season. Hours of hard work and having success to show are a true testament of their ability and character, which reflects the College’s tennis program. “I left everything on the court and I have nothing to regret of my last year there,” Bendijo said.
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Scored 3 TDs, accumulated 170 yards in win Justin Doniloski, senior running back for the football team, torched Western Connecticut State University for 170 total yards last Saturday in a 55-27 win that moved the Lions back up to .500. Doniloski ran for 2 TDs and 127 yards on 24 carries, and added 1 TD and 43 yards receiving. Doniloski is having a career year for the Lions and is the team’s go-to guy on the ground, averaging 113 rushing yards per game.
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Men’s Soccer (4-8) Oct. 3 vs. Muhlenberg College, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 vs. Salisbury University, 1 p.m. Women’s Soccer (9-1) Oct. 3 @ Gettysburg College, 4 p.m. Sept. 29 vs. William Paterson University, 4 p.m. Men’s, Women’s Cross Country Off this week
Last Week: Chris (4-0), Peter & Brandon & Brendan & Jamie & Andrew (2-2) Wins: Chris (2), Peter (1), Brandon (1), Brendan (1)
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Doniloski leads Lions to offensive explosion
Rushing touchdowns result in blowout win By Chris Molicki Sports Editor
In another offensive explosion, the College came out firing from their bye week with a 55-27 win over Western Connecticut State University. The win brings their record back to .500 at 2-2. The Lions totaled 576 yards of offense on the day with senior running back Justin Doniloski posting a gaudy line of 170 total yards and three touchdowns. “Having Justin healthy gives us a real threat every time he touches the ball,” senior wide receiver Glenn Grainger said. “With an effective run game, it opens our passing attack up, which we will need as we begin to face the top teams in the upcoming weeks.” The scoring frenzy began at the very beginning of the game with the College taking the opening drive to the house on a 10-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Dan Dugan. While Western Connecticut responded with a touchdown of their own, Dugan led another long drive that culminated with an 8-yard pass to Doniloski for his first score. Over the bye week, head coach Eric Hamilton decided to get creative. In the second quarter, the Lions ran a wildcat play that saw a 39-yard heave from senior running back Nick Tyson fell into the waiting arms of junior wide receiver Fred Sprengel for six to make the score 21-7. Maybe Rex Ryan should take a page out of the College’s playbook, as Tyson has played some quarterback before. “The way the game goes, every single snap of the ball during the 60 minutes counts,” junior linebacker Sean
Clark said. “From start to finish, you cannot take a play off in the game of football.” Two more touchdown runs from Doniloski from five and two yards out respectively put the Lions at a huge advantage. While the defense surrendered a touchdown pass late in the first half, a 35-14 lead into the intermission was something to be happy about. Three more touchdowns were scored in the second half in a variety of ways. Dugan had a 4-yard run, freshman running back Victor Scalici had a 12-yard rushing score, and (a fumble recovery) senior defensive back James Siracusa took 34 yards down field to the end zone. Aside from the fumble recovery, the defense had an all-around good day with multiple athletes making plays. Most notably senior Greg Burns made seven tackles, giving him 285 for his career and the College’s all-time record for tackles that was held by Carl Jones for over 26 years. In addition to Burns’ monumental game, junior linebacker Nick Bricker led the team with nine tackles and senior defensive backs Zach Friedrich and James LaFerlita each had an interception. It was a breath of fresh air for a defense that had been struggling as of late. “Our team lives off of turnovers, momentum changing plays, and playing fast,” Clark said. “We are a very aggressive defense that isn’t afraid to bring pressure. Emphasizing intensity and having 11 defenders to the ball every play would produce more turnovers.” The win was just what the Lions needed, but they know that the biggest thing is to make sure they can play at this high of a level consistently. “We have a lot of seniors and fifth year guys on the
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team so we know what it is going to take to win,” said Grainger. “As long as we take care of the little things everything else will fall into place.” The College returns home this weekend for their first game in over a month on Saturday Oct. 6 against SUNY Cortland. The Lions look to hand the Red Dragons their first NJAC loss.
Women’s soccer team gets back on track
Return to winning ways and improve to 9-1 By Chrissy Onorato Staff Writer
After a tough first loss for the Lions last week, the team was ready to come back out strong this week and did not disappoint. The Lions kicked off the week with a Wednesday home game against Rutgers-Camden University at 7:30 p.m. Amidst a chilly evening, the team came out strong and tried to put last week’s loss out of their minds. With 9:48 into the game, sophomore forward Korrie Harkins scored the first goal for the team, assisted by senior defender Brenna Rubino. From there, the goals just kept on coming. The next two were scored by freshman forward Kendel Bernardini with assists from freshman middle Shannon White and junior forward Katie Lindacher. This was the first time Bernardini scored for the team. The Scarlet Raptors then scored with 13:42 remaining in the first half and made the score 3-1. The last two goals for the Lions came from freshman middle Carly Setaro and senior forward Allyson Anderson. This was also Setaro’s first game in which she scored as a Lion. Junior midfielder Sloan DePiero and senior forward Katie Landrigan both played a
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The College wins twice with a combination of scoring a great defense.
strong game, each with five shots. The Lions accumulated a total of 16 shots on goal throughout the game. The team won the game 5-1. With another win under their belts, the team felt that they were definitely back in the swing of things. The first loss is always a tough one to muster, but they came back as if nothing had happened to them. If anything, it made them play even better. “The first loss was tough for us because we deserved more out of the game even though we didn’t play to our full potential,” junior forward Katie Lindacher said. “Going into this week we really focused at
practice. We were really motivated to not let up any more goals because that’s not what we are about. We are taking one game at a time and playing each game like it is the championship game.” The next game of the week came on Saturday night at Rutgers-Newark University. With 23:36 into the first half of the game, the Lions scored their first goal. Freshman midfielder Taylor Lusardi scored for the first time as a member of the team and set the Lions up 1-0. Lindacher proceeded to score again four minutes later. In the second half, senior forward Allyson Anderson and Bernardini both
scored goals to boost the score to 4-0. The last goal came as the first for freshman forward Justine Larocca assisted by freshman middle Emma Culleton. The Lions had a total of 12 shots on goal with many shots from sophomore forward Jordan Downs and senior midfielder Amy Van Dyk. The 5-0 shutout came thanks to the determination of sophomore goalies Kendra Griffith and Cristina Gracos. This win propelled the Lions to a record of 4-1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference and an overall record of 9-1. The team feels hopeful that this is the kind of play they will be aiming for for the rest of the season. “We feel strong going into this week though,” DePiero said confidently. “We have some really tough teams coming up and we’re ready to be put to the test. The team has been clicking very well on the field and we are gaining our confidence each game.” This coming week, the Lions hit the road on Wednesday and head to Gettysburg College for a 4 p.m. game and continue their outstanding season home against William Paterson at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
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