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November 6, 2013
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A sculpture in the sunlight. By Courtney Wirths Photo Editor
When autumn arrived, the College’s students found time to get off campus and enjoy the crisp, beautiful season. Students visited a variety of places in the surrounding area, some well-known destinations and others hidden gems.
Grounds for Sculpture: One town over from the College, in Hamilton, N.J., Grounds for Sculpture is a public modern sculpture garden and museum. The grounds opened to the public in 1992, thanks to the vision of philosopher and sculptor, J. Seward Johnson. Visitors can roam and explore the 42 acres filled with sculptures ranging from Robert Strang’s abstract forms to intricate, realistic scenes sculpted along the river. “I would say the best part was seeing famous paintings such as ‘The Scream’ brought to life in a 3D sculpture that allows you to actually see the subject from all sides,” said freshman physics major Tim Osborn after his trip to the gardens with the College’s honors program. Admission is $12 for adults, and within the garden there is restaurant and small café. see FALL page 3
Financial benefits for College
Demolition ensues as the advantages of the site become clearer.
By Natalie Kouba Managing Editor
The College has minimal financial obligations to Campus Town and is expected to financially benefit from the $70 million project since it will be funded largely by the
PRC Group through a public-private partnership. Additionally, the College is leasing the site to the developer, which will be paying the College about $50 million over the next 50 years in exchange. According to David Muha,
associate vice president for Communications, Marketing & Brand Management, not only is the College expecting to accrue financial benefits, but Campus Town will also create hundreds of jobs. see COSTS page 3
Campus Town focuses on enhancing appeal
A simulation photo projecting part of the plans for Campus Town site. By Amy Reynolds Editor-in-Chief
A large construction site and a visually unappealing green fence stand at the entrance of the College — perhaps a turn-off for prospective students and faculty. But what is eventually to come has the possibility to enhance the appeal of the College in new ways. “The College has long considered the idea of developing mixeduse amenities for students, faculty and staff near the College,” said David Muha, associate vice president for Communications, Marketing & Brand Management.
According to Muha, there are many goals for the Campus Town project. “The main goal was not to improve relationships with the Ewing community, although that is one of the expected objectives,” Muha said. Rather, the goals of the $70 million project are to enhance the appeal of the College to prospective students, faculty and staff, create an environment that is both exciting and vibrant and sensitive to the surrounding local community, and enhance the appearance of the College’s entrance. The College also hopes to create
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partnerships with local and regional entities, including Ewing Township. Although the College did look at other university development projects similar to Campus Town, the project was not based off of another school. “The idea for Campus Town was not based on any one project at any one school. Instead, we were focused on creating a project that addressed the unique requirements and objectives of TCNJ and the local community,” Muha said. The anchor store in Campus Town will be Barnes & Noble, Muha said, and the College will
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operate a health and fitness facility within the development. At this point in the project, the developer has signed letters of intent with a sushi store, yogurt store, sandwich shop and convenience store. However, the College is unable to release the names of the stores at this point in the process, Muha said. Negotiations are underway with several other restaurants, a phone/technology store and other retailers. Given the College’s main goals for the site, many wonder how the new development, as well as the additional housing, will affect admissions. “We are very excited in Admissions for the completion of Campus Town,” said Erin Barnard, admissions counselor for freshmen & transfer student recruitment. “It’s a great way to connect our campus community with our larger community and we think that’s something that potential students could really be attracted to.” In fact, she has already spoken with prospective students who are very interested in learning about what Campus Town has to offer. “In my conversations with potential students, many of them seem to respond very positively when we tell them about the plans for Campus Town,” Barnard said. “For a student who has visited and really loved the campus, they hear
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about this project and it helps them picture themselves here. I think it certainly has the potential to draw in applications.” Campus Town will bring an additional 446 beds to the College. According to Muha, it is a bit too early to know exactly how housing will work. If Campus Town draws students who currently live off campus, it might not affect on-campus housing. But if Campus Town draws students from traditional oncampus residence halls, residence hall assignments may change to better suit students at the College. “The bottom line is that Campus Town provides a new and unique addition to the housing options available to upper-class students,” Muha said. “This gives the College flexibility to adjust its own residence hall programs to meet long-term needs.” However, the added number of beds will not affect the number of students accepted to the College. “No large-scale growth in enrollment is anticipated due to Campus Town,” Barnard said. Construction is expected to begin on footings and foundations once permits are received, which could be as early as December, Muha said. Above-ground construction is expected to start in February or March of 2014 and construction is expected to be completed by fall of 2015.
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Sandy politics, according to policymakers By Sam Roberts Correspondent On Wednesday, Oct. 29, a year after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, a panel comprised of a journalist and policymakers discussed the progress that has been made since the disaster struck. Chris Sturm from NJ Future and Linda Weber from the Sustainability Institute spoke with Scott Gurian from WNYC public radio. “Stronger Than the Storm?” was moderated by Michael Nordquist, the environment division coordinator at the Bonner Center and kicked off with Gurian, a Sandy recovery reporter, chronicling the “most destructive storm of modern times.” Gurian said that the road to recovery is a fairly slow process. So far, around $5 billion has been received. Gurian acknowledged, however, that “there are a lot of
steps in the process of getting this money out the door and to the people that need it.” FEMA has provided small aid to those who experienced damage and loss during superstorm Sandy, but there are still thousands of people who are living in displaced homes. Additionally, in some areas, infrastructure and businesses that were damaged by Sandy are yet to be repaired. However, there are still promising signs of restoration in hard-hit areas. During the event, Gurian said that there has been work on damaged roads, boardwalks have been rebuilt, and houses along the coast are in the process of being elevated. Gurian and senior director of state policy panelist, Sturm, noted that there are still concerns of New Jersey residents that the state is aiming for a speedy recovery, but not necessarily an efficient one.
To plan effectively and prepare the state for future disasters, Sturm said that the state needs to change its decision-making process, while keeping climate change in mind. Climate change and rising sea levels are only adding increasing complications and ammunition to storms such as Sandy, Sturm said. “We can do a lot of things to mitigate and increase resiliency (against future storms like Hurricane Sandy),” said Diane Bates, associate professor of sociology, noting that storms are inevitable. Bates additionally said that part of the reason for such widespread damage along the Jersey Shore after Sandy was because populations in the tri-state area are so large. Overpopulation pushes people toward the shore, beyond dune lines and closer to danger when storms hit, according to Bates. Regarding the future of the Jersey Shore, Bates said that the “state can’t afford not to rebuild”
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The Sandy disaster creates unique problems for NJ. areas damaged from superstorm Sandy, since tourism is critical for New Jersey’s economy. Weber, a resiliency network manager at the Sustainability Institute, said that foundations, non-governmental organizations and the government will continue to offer financial aid in order to help rebuild the shore and
keep its tourism alive. Bates said that for New Jersey citizens, the rebuilding process is “very much an emotional response as a rational one” because the shore is such a monumental piece of the state’s pop culture, and virtually all New Jersey citizens have a connection to the Jersey Shore.
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A 2009 program allows public institutions to partner with private sector. continued from page 1 Last month at the Campus Town groundbreaking ceremony, Gov. Chris Christie said that 325 jobs at retail stores and student housing sites are expected to be created once the project is completed. Through on-site construction, 150 additional jobs are expected to be created. “Between 6,000 and 10,000 jobs will be created, enhanced and/or supported in
the construction chain,” Muha said. “Some examples include suppliers, equipment manufacturers and service providers.” According to the Campus Town website, the PRC Group will be responsible for the overall maintenance of the area, though. The PRC Group bears most of the responsibilities, although some of the College’s financial obligations include the cost of relocating occupants from the Campus Town site to on-campus locations and the new fitness
center, which will be rented. “The annual rent for the fitness space is $195,500 and common area maintenance charges are $92,000 per year,” Muha said, whereas the operated cost of the new fitness center is expected to be approximately $590,000 annually. “(These costs) include rent, CAM, staff, utilities, insurance, equipment and facility replacement costs,” Muha added. The College does not have data on the cost of the current Physical Enhancement Center, according to Muha. New housing maintenance on the Campus Town site will be provided through Capstone On-Campus Management, but financed by the developer, leaving the College free of housing costs. There will also be no effect on tuition, according to the Campus Town website, since the project is financed largely independent of the College. Some other long-term financial benefits the College expects to see are “the construction of new housing for upper-class students that the College could not afford to build itself, the freeing up of institutional capital
funds for other purposes, environmental remediation work, providing tax revenue to our Ewing community which strengthens the township in which we live and work and there is the potential of revenue sharing from sales if the sales from Campus Town exceed expectations,” Muha said. The Higher-Education Public-Private Partnership Program was put forth in 2009 and included in the New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act. Through the program, public institutions and private companies are permitted to team up, provided that the private company assumes full financial responsibility for on-campus construction and improvement, according to the Act’s program guidelines. The College decided to partner with the PRC Group, a construction and management company based out of Monmouth County. “Selection criteria included experience, program and design of Campus Town, financial return to the College, schedule and other factors,” said Muha on the decision to partner with the PRC Group. “Of the three finalists, PRC Group was determined to have met the criteria the best.”
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Trenton Farmer’s Market: When looking for pumpkins and gourds to decorate a dorm room, or fruits and vegetables to do some weekend cooking, the College’s students turn to the Trenton Farmer’s Market. The market is located on Spruce Street right next to the common ice cream destination, Halo Farms. The fruitful market has rows upon rows of freshly grown and relatively inexpensive produce from a collection of local farms. In addition to the products that grow there, the market also sells homemade desserts and breads. Princeton Art Museum: Hidden a bit deeper within the Princeton University Campus, the Princeton Art
Museum has 80,000 pieces of art from a broad range of world regions and time periods. The museum frequently hosts exhibits in addition to the usual collection. The museum is an indoor fall activity, but if the weather is beautiful, the University’s campus and Nassau Street can stand alone as destinations to explore when students are looking to make a day of their trip to Princeton.
Terhune Orchard: When it is time for time for the most classic of fall events — apple picking — students at the College pay a visit to Terhune Orchard in Princeton. The homey, family farm lets apple-lovers pick their own apples in the orchard in addition to picking their own pumpkins and relishing in farm animals and freshly-baked pies.
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Left: Sculptures stand at attention. Right: Locals shop around at Tyler State Park.
Tyler State Park: Across the river, in the neighboring Buck’s County, Tyler State Park offers students a chance to go hiking, fishing and picnic or
even enjoy a game of disc golf. The park is 1,711 acres and has four miles of hiking trails. Along the trails, hikers can stop off at picnic groves or explore
the shore of the Neshaminy Creek. The park frequently hosts craft fairs and the Center of the Arts there offers classes and workshops.
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Nobel Prize winner gives insight on recession By Courtney Wirths Photo Editor
Kendall Hall filled with students and many were turned away when Nobel Prize winner and Princeton professor Paul Krugman visited the College on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The economist and New York Times writer gave a presentation regarding the U.S. Government’s involvement in the Great Recession and the current recovery, “Are we Greece?” “This event was a telling sign of TCNJ’s ever-growing academic reputation and it was inspiring to see Kendall Hall filled to capacity,” senior economics major Chris Attardo said.
His lecture began with a joke. “I have to apologize. It did not seem right to wear a tie to an event that is only 20 minutes from my house,” he said. Krugman maintained this casual and sometimes comedic disposition throughout the entire lecture. During the lecture, Krugman outlined of the problem the Federal Bank faced when it began to lower interest rates in an effort to stimulate economic growth during the recession following the 2008 stock market crash. “They ran into a big problem that can be summarized in one word: zero,” Krugman said. He was referring to the lower zero bound problem, or that interest
rates could not be lowered any further because they were already too close to zero in 2008. Krugman proceeded to compare and contrast the Great Recession to various periods in U.S. economic history as well as economic crises in Europe and Japan. He stated that Japan had handled its crisis in the late 1990s better than the United States had handled and is currently handling the Great Recession. “The Japanese government purposely created the crisis we fear the most,” Krugman said. Japan is experiencing growth because its government set a goal for higher inflation in an effort to increase trade, he explained.
His only positive comment about the U.S. government’s handling of the Great Recession was that “it’s not as bad as the Great Depression.” Krugman jokingly suggested the observation as a potential campaign slogan for the Obama administration. Despite the complexity of the presentation, Krugman was able to break down each economic factor and topic in a simple manner so he could reach the diverse student audience. He used the same accessibility he often employs in his articles for the New York Times. “I think it’s important for students of different disciplines to be exposed to experts in fields
aside from their own area of study,” sophomore biology major Asmi Panigrahi said. Following the lecture, the floor was opened up to any questions the audience had about Krugman’s writings or the lecture. Questions ranged from the impact of technology on our economy to more abstract concepts such as whether economics is a science. Krugman answered students’ questions in detail. When the presentation had to end, there were still students in line to ask the economist questions. “Having Mr. Krugman speak at the College was truly a unique experience and a great privilege,” Attardo said.
The effects of race and crime in America By Talha Ahmed Correspondent
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library, spoke at the College on Wednesday, Oct. 30 on “Race, Crime and Modern Urban America.” “We live in a society where empirical, quantitative evidence is more ‘scientific’ than anecdotal, narrative evidence,” Muhammad said. “Statistics is the bread and butter of social science.” Muhammad began his lecture with the spurring debate over the infamous stop-and-frisk policies deployed in New York City. “About 87 percent of stop-and-frisks were of blacks and Latinos. 90 percent lead to nothing. Of the rest that do get processed, only .1 percent get charged with any type of criminal activity,” Muhammad said. On Oct. 14, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin of Manhattan’s Federal District Court ruled the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy unconstitutional in the case of Floyd v. City of New York.
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Muhammad talks crime in race and class.
Muhammad touted parameters ranging from 1890 to 2013 as an example of how slow progress has been in the shift of the perception of blacks in America. “All the negative connotations of being black remained,” Muhammad said. “There has not been a time in America where, according to public eye, black people’s tendency to
commit crime has not affected black people’s civil rights. Things like where black people should live, how much they should be educated, what jobs they can do and whose daughters they can date.” That was 1890. Yet in 2013, discrimination is still very common. In fact, the UF-250, the form that NYPD fills out to justify a stop-and-frisk, includes a checkbox that reads, “Wearing Clothes/Disguises Commonly Used in the Commission of Crime.” The ambiguity of the parameters of suspicion disqualifies the likelihood of objectivity. “The perception of blacks is much like the wiring of today’s building, technically speaking, in that it uses the same wiring techniques as were used when Thomas Edison illuminated the world,” Muhammad said, utilizing a strikingly accurate analogy to describe the antiquated mindset toward African Americans. Ultimately, Muhammad urged for Americans to point their efforts toward more problematic issues. He called for a systematic reform that will illuminate the crimes that plague this country without the context of race.
Immigration origins SG talks campus Wi-Fi Internet is improved By Jon Machlin Staff Writer
Robert McGreevy, assistant professor of history at the College, gave the talk, “Understanding Immigration in the States,” to educate students on the differences between the concepts of migration and immigration as it relates to the history of American society on Wednesday, Oct. 30. “The key difference between migration and immigration is that migrants move from (different) locations within the country,” McGreevy said. “With immigrants, we tend to think of them as moving from one place to another, but this line has become blurred.” McGreevy explained some of the latest research on the subject of “return migration,” which reveals that a very large portion of people who came to America during the mid-1800s to 1920s returned to their country of origin. “This challenges the concept of a ‘oneway trip,’” McGreevy said. “In truth, America is not always a land of opportunity.” McGreevy spoke about the history of Mexican immigration, and the decades of laws that have affected migration from Mexico to the United States. He revealed that prior to World War I there was relatively unrestricted access from Mexico to the southwest United States. He added that there were often no literacy requirements for Mexican workers. Just before World War II, the United States government authorized temporary visas for five million Mexican workers, but did not grant them citizenship. A very large portion of those workers stayed beyond those visas, leading in part to the increased
number of Mexican immigrants. Another fact McGreevy noted was the very lax policy on amnesty that the United States government held. He noted that for many immigrants who were in the United States, there became widespread expectations that even if they were caught illegally, they would still obtain citizenship in the end. The relationship between Mexican immigrants and the United States has been complicated at times, McGreevy stated. The American Federation of Labor (AFL) excluded many of them from membership. In addition, he stated that the recent cheap corn sales from the United States to Mexico has resulted in severe struggles for Mexican farmers, leading to many looking for work in the United States to make ends meet. Finally, McGreevy spoke about why there seems to be a change in perception from America being a nation founded by immigrants to a nation where immigrants are destroying the country. He attributed many of the negative perceptions to nativism, adding that many groups have been creating false suspicions to exclude groups of newcomers from positions of power. He cited the harsh quotas imposed on immigrants — even Holocaust survivors — from 1920 to 1965 as only a small example of nativism and even blatant anti-Semitism playing a large role in national policy. And as for the future of immigration in the United States, McGreevy said he sees a positive outlook. “We are an immigrant nation. Fifty years from now Latinos will be a much more accepted group – and then we’ll move on to the next group,” he said.
By Annabel Lau News Assistant
For a group that’s usually dressed headto-toe in business casual, Student Government was a sight to behold on Wednesday, Oct. 30, with members dressed in seemingly every costume imaginable. FBI agents, pageant queens and even a whole group of minions from the animated film “Despicable Me” could be found among the crowd. But the Halloween excitement didn’t stop SG from getting business done. President Tyler Liberty said that feedback from this year’s Homecoming will be considered in planning future ones. “Probably in the next week or the week after, we’re going to be going over proposed changes (to future Homecomings),” Liberty said. “So if you guys have things that you identified that you thought would be valuable changes for next year, please let (us) know and we’ll take that into account.” Vice president of Student Services Michell Lin addressed complaints about Wi-Fi on campus in weeks past. “Over fall break, they made some adjustments, so hopefully it’s up and running a little better,” Lin said. “I understand there were some troubles prior to last week, but last week it was an entire wireless shutdown.” Associate vice president for Student Affairs and SG Adviser Magda Manetas, dressed as the celebrity chef Julia Child, announced an upcoming community service event on
Saturday, Nov. 2 to strengthen College relations with the Ewing community. The project involves volunteer students collaborating with town residents to clean up Ewing Park. “We’ve been working for some time to try to develop better relationships between TCNJ students and Ewing residents,” Manetas said. “It’s meant to put folks together.” Manetas also recognized members of SG who spent their fall breaks volunteering at local schools. “Instead of sleeping late and enjoying their fall break, they were representing you,” Manetas said. “We learned a lot on those trips.” After the open session, Liberty slipped away for a few moments and returned in a full-body Gumby costume, still accompanied by a fellow Secret Service agent Matthew Wells. The room erupted into laughter. “To live life is to laugh at life,” Liberty said. “Sometimes we just need to take a step back and appreciate the ability to have fun.”
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Liberty dressed as Gumby.
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Student Finance Board gets ready for holiday
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CUB receives funding for TCNJ Holiday. By Julie Kayzerman Nation & World Editor
TCNJ Holiday is coming back to the College as CUB was funded by the Student Finance Board to host the “Illuminate the Night” themed event for $19,347. The event was tabled the week before, as SFB felt that continuously funding CUB staff shirts for every
event is unnecessary. “I really like this event but I think the staffing credentials are unnecessary,” freshman representative Sarah Speight said. They were funded for the event the following week, subtracting their requested $239.75 for staff T-shirts. The event is set to take place on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Brower Student Center.
Also coming to campus will be the Campus Moviefest, hosted by the Student Film Union after being funded by SFB for $13,100. “I think the enthusiasm for the club is there and it seems like a really fun and interesting event,” sophomore representative Tom Athan said, motioning to fully fund the event that got passed by a unanimous vote. SFB also funded the Asian American Association’s comedy show, featuring Hari Kondabolu in the Mayo Concert Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Members of SFB were impressed with the price request of $5,310.50 for the show’s talent and unanimously passed a motion to fully fund the event with little discussion. This past week, the freshman class council presented to SFB for funding for a freshman semi-formal
to promote class unity. They were fully funded for $7,678.83 to host the event on Friday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m., charging $15 per student. The New Jersey Christian Fellowship also presented to SFB for their event, “Something Beautiful,” for $3,470. The event will be an outdoor concert in effort to provide an environment in which students can relax, enjoy warm drinks, meet new people and listen to professional music geared toward promoting deep thought. It will be held on the T/W lawn on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. Back on the multicultural side, the Chinese Students Association was fully funded for $1,158.25 to host a Tea House on Friday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. in the Brower Student Center. The event will highlight a variety of on-stage talent performances of Chinese culture
alongside cultural cuisine. The Black Student Union was also funded by SFB for $720 to host a bus trip for students to see the play “Fences” on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the McCarter Theatre, as they believe it will inform the College community about the African American experience of the 20th century. SFB also funded the French Club for $250 to bring writer Gary Lee Kraut to present on Normandy and World War II at the College. Finally, Vox: Voices for Planned Parenthood at TCNJ was tabled for their event “Virgins and Sluts” in which they hoped to bring Jill McDevitt to speak at the College. However, SFB tabled the event to give them the opportunity to come back and present with a new speaker because McDevitt has already spoken at campus several different times.
Professor explains protester strategies By Jen Winkler Correspondent
James Jasper, a writer and sociologist, came to the College on Friday, Nov. 1, to discuss one of his newest theories regarding the reasons and motivations for people protesting. Jasper teaches at the City University of New York graduate center and has also taught at a wide range of colleges, including Columbia, Berkley, Princeton and New York University. He is currently working on writing a textbook and further developing his “Strategy Project,” which is his attempt to help protesters become better strategists and accomplish goals they have set for in their movement. The sociologist enlightened the audience of his thoughts on the reasons individuals protest and people become involved in social movements. Although in the past people’s views of protesters
were harshly negative — regarding them as “lost” individuals searching for their identities, or blaming their urge to protest on their over-emotional personalities — Jasper argued that the emotions they feel are necessary in forming successful movements. Predominantly in the 1950s, protesters were viewed in a negative light, seen as “damaged people.” According to Jasper, the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s drastically altered that view, allowing protestors to be seen as rational human beings simply fighting for their own rights. “People didn’t protest because they were crazy,” Jasper said. “They protest because they were oppressed.” Previously, emotion has been deemed irrational and seen as “automatic instincts of which we have no control over.” Jasper, however, holds a different view of emotions. Contrary to former sociological beliefs, he believes desires for change
stem from feelings. “Emotions are vital to how we think, how we act, and how we function in the world,” Jasper said. The very emotions outsiders used to form their opinions of protesters is what drives society and all rational decisions, according to Jasper’s beliefs. “(Emotion) provides the ends and means without which there would be no rational actions,” Jasper said. Jasper’s theory contained complex ideas that he attempted to simplify by explaining through paradigms. He emphasized that social movements must be examined through a “micro-foundational” paradigm constructed of strategy and emotion: the strategy of “getting others to do what you want them to” and emotions that “link us to our own bodies and moral intuitions.” Jasper felt that emotion has been overlooked by sociologists, but it is actually the focus of human activity.
Jasper asserted that instead of viewing the brain as a computer, society should include feelings in its analysis as well. “It is time to replace the mind as a computer, in favor of a more multi-faceted system,” Jasper said. “A feeling brain rather than a calculating brain.” Students found the presentation intriguing, especially those who already held an interest in sociology. “As I am a sociology major, I found the speech to be enlightening. His views on emotion really interested me. They truly are the basis of all human activity,” sophomore sociology major Cara Bronander said. Even those not involved in the sociology program found the discussion informative. “I had never really thought of the topics he was discussing before,” sophomore marketing major Kathryn Lubin, said. “However, I still found the presentation to be both beneficial and thought provoking.”
Fraternity celebrates Hispanic College Day By Gabrielle Beacken News Assistant
The College’s Gamma Chapter of the Latin fraternity Lambda Theta Phi hosted Hispanic College Day on Wednesday, Oct. 23, providing information sessions and campus tours to local high school seniors and discussing achieving goals with them. Hispanic College Day was created and initiated at the College in 1980 by co-founder of the Gamma chapter of Lambda Theta Phi, Jose Maldonado. Since the founding, Lambda Theta Phi’s 94 chapters nationwide have adapted their own version of Hispanic College Day. Barry Vasquez, ’90 Lambda Theta Pi alumnus, commented on the goals of Hispanic College Day, and said, “(It’s important) to let them see something greater than themselves (and) to give opportunities to urban communities.” Alumni enjoy coming back to the College for Hispanic College Day, Vasquez said, because it has become such an important event. The agenda of Hispanic College Day involved four workshops: “Goal Setting,” “The Keys to College Knowledge,” “The
College Application Process” and “Student Leaders Panel.” The workshop “Goal Settings” was hosted by Leadership Development Program leaders Laura Alshamie, junior sociology and women’s and gender studies double major, and Matthew Rusay, senior statistics major. Rusay and Alshamie began the course by involving the students in a simple exercise. Students were asked to point somewhere and reach as far as they could. The students repeated this exercise, reaching farther back each time. The LDP leaders explained that with a goal, you can accomplish more than you thought you could. LDP leaders inquired about the goals of the student group. One student spoke of short-term goals, such as gradating high school, and long-term goals of graduating medical school and creating a better life for himself. “College is a return on investment,” Rusay said, commenting on the expense of college. “It helps you a lot going forward.” Rusay also said that according to researched statistics, college graduates tend to earn 50 percent more in their career than a noncollege graduate.
The two LDP leaders continued with two activities. The first, having the students write a small feature article about when they have achieved all of their goals, was to prove how motivating goals can be when physically written down on paper. The second was asking the students what they would do if they won $21 million in the lottery. Instead of buying Ferraris and mansions, students spoke of install payments and creating charitable foundations. The LDP leaders noted that the students were “bright.” Rusay ended the session quoting NHL player Wayne Gretzky. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take,” he said. The Student Leaders Panel consisted of three Lambda Theta Phi members: Arturo Morillo, sophomore chemistry major and president of the College’s Gamma chapter of Lambda Theta Phi; Angel Lugo, junior biology and psychology double major; Seiichi Villalona, senior biology and cultural anthropology double major, and two fraternity alumni, Reinario Reyes, ’12, and Barry Vasquez, ’90. “Our goal is to show underrepresented and underprivileged
Photo courtesy of Seiichi Villalona
Students gain information on Hispanic College Day. communities,” Lugo said. Students were able to ask various college-related questions from pre-med requisites, to the details of the EOF (Educational Opportunity Fund) program, to jobs on campus. A topic that often surfaced was on-campus jobs. Though the fraternity brothers depicted various jobs on campus, Villalona reminded the students that “college is a full-time job.” “(You) want to do something that you’re really interested in,” Morillo said. “Something you really want.” Liking your classes will make the classes easier, Morillo said. Lambda Theta Phi brothers
also offered advice to the high school students about getting involved on campus and enhancing résumés. “There are so many different clubs and organizations that helped me grow into a person,” Reyes said. “I became a leader in things. Now I can speak in front of people.” Reyes and the other fraternity brothers elaborated on the many career-oriented programs the College has to offer. “Our message is to try to help the students want to achieve higher education,” Morillo said. “We explain to them why they should go to college — to better themselves.”
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Painting taken and returned Guns get clothing lines By Jack Meyers News Editor An iPhone 5 and its silver case were stolen from a student at approximately 6 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 22, according to Campus Police. Campus Police was approached in the Arts and Interactive Multimedia by a student at 6:30 p.m. after she had discovered that her property, valued at $600, was removed from her bag. The student had left her bag in a room in the AIMM building and returned to find her phone missing, according to Campus Police. There were no suspicious persons in the area. The victim was advised to inform Campus Police if she should receive any further information regarding her property’s whereabouts. ... On Tuesday, Oct. 29, it was discovered that paint had been poured and splashed all over Holman Hall’s second floor. Campus Police determined that the instance of criminal mischief had occurred between 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28 and 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Following the investigation of the crime, three students were arrested and issued complaint summons. The paint had covered blackboards, furniture and the floor in the above-mentioned location. ... A student reported to Campus Police on Wednesday, Oct. 30 that she had found the painting of Harold Eickhoff lying in the backyard of her Ewing home with a white bedsheet covering it. The informant reported that neither she nor her roommates were aware of
how the painting got there, according to Campus Police. At 2:30 p.m. that day the informant returned the painting to Campus Police, who then brought it back to its original location in Eickhoff Hall. It was reported to Campus Police that the painting had been hung with security brackets in 2012. It is unknown who removed the painting, according to Campus Police. ... While on foot patrol, Campus Police discovered a male student described as “passed out or sleeping” in the low side stairwell of Wolfe Hall. The student was determined to be intoxicated on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1:15 a.m. by Campus Police due to the scent of alcohol emanating from his breath and his unresponsiveness to verbal interaction. Lions EMS were requested to evaluate the student. He eventually was woken up by Campus Police. He then admitted to consuming two to three shots of vodka in his room in Wolfe followed by two to three solo cups of beer and six or seven more shots of Vodka at an off-campus party. The suspect had forgotten how long he had been asleep in the stairwell, according to Campus Police. The male student was transported to Capital Health Systems-Hopewell Campus and was issued a summons for underage drinking. ... Campus Police discovered the sign for Lot 13 damaged on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 4:10 a.m. The sign’s supporting metal pole had been cracked. There were no suspects or witnesses.
By Courtney Wirths Photo Editor • Thanksgiving falls much later than last year, leaving only 25 days between Black Friday and Christmas. Due to the delay (six shopping days less than last year), consumers can expect to see holiday deals beginning earlier, before Thanksgiving feasts and the famous holiday-shopping kick-off, according to the Wall Street Journal. • Since the banking crisis, bankers have reduced the number of loans being given to small businesses. As a result, the popularity of “shadow lenders,” or alternate lending institutions such as high-end pawnshops, has grown substantially, according to the Wall Street Journal. • “Ender’s Game,” earning $28 million in ticket sales over the past weekend, took the top slot at the box office. The futuristic film tells the story of two children selected to battle an enemy race, according to Reuters. • Amazon.com Inc. is using data mined from users viewing 20 pilot episodes for potential original TV shows to decide which to create and what viewers are most interested in seeing in a television show. The first series to be created is a comedy about four politicians called, “Alpha House,” according to the Wall Street Journal. • American automotive companies General Motors and Ford topped their
foreign competitors in October sales as the popularity of large SUVs and trucks increased. The change in Americans’ taste is largely due to the decline in gas prices, according to the Wall Street Journal. • Now that it is legal in all 50 states to carry a concealed weapon (if one obeys the varying restrictions), firearms companies, such as Remington Arms Co., are producing a clothing line catered to those who choose to carry firearms. Examples include the “Smoothbore Field Coat” ($1,295) and the “Double Derringer Leather Vest” ($300), according to Reuters. • While Manhattan apartments remain out of most Americans’ pricerange, luxury apartments in New York are considerably cheaper than comparable apartments in other international cities such as London. The result is an increased number of international buyers in the New York real estate market, according to the New York Times. • Growing demand for locally grown and organic foods has sparked a new group of businesses specializing in renting out hens. Families can now, for a price, receive a coop, feed, necessary tools and several egg-laying hens to keep for a summer. The rental program represents an option for families not looking to make the large commitment of raising hens all year and from the time they are chicks, according to the New York Times.
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Nation & W rld
Saudi Arabia turns down UN security council seat By Melissa Katz Correspondent
Saudi Arabia turned down a highly coveted seat on the United Nations Security Council on Friday, Oct. 18, in what the United Nations and many others around the world saw as a shocking and unprecedented move, only a day after they had won a Security Council seat for the first time, according to The New York Times. The nations’ own diplomats — both those in the United Nations and in Riyadh, the capital of the largest city in Saudi Arabia — were busy celebrating the new seat, only to find out a few hours later that the Saudi Foreign Ministry released a statement rejecting the seat, as reported by The New York Times. The General Assembly of the United
Nations offered Saudi Arabia a two-year term to the Middle East “oil giant,” electing them to one of the 10 rotating seats on the U.N. Security Council, according to CNN. Abdallah Y. al-Mouallimi, the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, signaled that his country is standing by its choice to turn down the seat, further lashing out at the Security Council, The Associated Press reported. He attacked the Security Council for “failures to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the war in Syria, and to convene a conference on creating a zone in the Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction at a day-long council meeting Tuesday on Middle East hotspots.” Initially Al-Mouallimi, undoubtedly thrilled with the news, said after the General Assembly vote, “We take this election
very seriously as a responsibility to be able to contribute to this very important forum to peace and security of the world. Our election today is a reflection of a longstanding policy in support of moderation and in support of resolving disputes by peaceful means.” But the statement released by the Saudi Foreign Ministry the next day had a vastly different tone, focusing on what Saudi Arabia deems necessary, the United Nation’s must improve their peace contributions, The New York Times reported. “Allowing the ruling regime in Syria to kill and burn its people by the chemical weapons, while the world stands idly, without applying deterrent sanctions against the Damascus regime, is also irrefutable evidence and proof of the inability of the Security Council to carry out its duties and
Saudi Arabia shocks UN by turning down security council seat. responsibilities,” the statement said. According to The Associated Press, Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, has not currently received any official documentation or notification from Saudi Arabia rejecting the seat despite all other claims.
Family of LAX shooter expresses sympathy for fallen
Wife of LAX victim and TSA officer, Gerardo L. Hernandez, speaks out at a press conference.
Obscure & Offbeat
Potential space neighbors Space may be vast, but it isn’t that lonely. A new study finds that the Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets like ours, circling stars just like our sun. Astronomers using NASA data calculate that in our galaxy alone there are at least 8.8 billion stars like our sun with Earthsized planets that are not too hot or not too cold. All information from AP
PENNSVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Relatives of the suspect charged in last week’s Los Angeles airport shooting offered sympathy Monday to the family of the TSA officer who was killed, saying they were “shocked and numbed” by the deadly rampage. An attorney for the family of Paul Ciancia said his relatives also expressed hope for the recovery of the other victims and regret for the travel disruption caused by the attack on the nation’s third-busiest airport. Family lawyer John Jordan read a brief statement outside the town hall in Pennsville, a working-class town near Wilmington, Del., where Ciancia grew up. “Paul is our son and brother. We will continue to love him and care for him and support him during the difficult times ahead,” Jordan said on the family’s behalf. The relatives, who had not spoken publicly before, said they were cooperating with the FBI and other law
enforcement agencies. Jordan, who is also the town’s municipal judge, did not take questions. Ciancia, a 23-year-old unemployed motorcycle mechanic, is accused of shooting his way past an airport checkpoint with a .223-caliber rifle he pulled from a duffel bag. He was wounded in a shootout with airport police. Prosecutors have charged him with murder of a federal officer in the death of TSA screener Gerardo I. Hernandez and committing violence at an international airport. In the Ciancia family’s neighborhood in New Jersey, stop signs at either end of the street were adorned with stickers advertising Infowars.com, a website that discusses many of the same anti-government ideas officials said Ciancia mentioned in a hand-written note found in his bag. There was no way to tell who put the stickers on the signs.
Around the World:
Polio vaccines given to Syrian kids DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria said Monday that it will work with international organizations to ensure that all children in the country, even those in rebel-held areas, will be vaccinated against polio following an outbreak of the crippling and highly communicable disease. The World Health Organization last week confirmed 10 cases of polio among babies and toddlers in northeastern Syria. The U.N. health agency warned that the outbreak — the first in 14 years in the country — risks spreading among an estimated half-million Syrian children who haven’t been immunized because of the civil war. “We intend to vaccinate each Syrian child regardless of the area they are present in, whether it is a hotspot or a place where the Syrian Arab Army is present,” deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad said. “We promise that we will give opportunity to humanitarian organizations to reach every Syrian child.” Mekdad did not specify when the immunization campaign would begin, or how those administering the vaccinations would reach rebel-held areas. Syria announced last month that it had launched a vaccination campaign, while UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said his organization and the WHO planned to immunize 2.4 million children throughout Syria.
UNICEF vaccination campaign members administer polio vaccines to Syrian childen.
Access to all areas of the country, however, remains a problem. Aid groups have called for ceasefires to allow immunization campaigns to reach zones affected by fighting. There is some precedent: Syria’s warring parties have struck temporary truces before to allow civilians to flee and aid to enter some areas. International chemical weapons inspectors also have managed to cross front lines. The need to address the polio threat is urgent, health officials say. The virus usually infects children in unsanitary conditions through consuming food or drink contaminated with feces. It attacks the nerves and can kill or paralyze, spreading widely and unnoticed before it starts crippling children.
With huge numbers of Syrians still fleeing the violence to seek safety abroad, the risk of an outbreak in countries that have absorbed the bulk of refugees — Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey — is high. Speaking to reporters in Damascus, Mekdad, the deputy foreign minister, also defended the government against allegations that its forces were blockading rebel-held areas. He said there had been attempts to extend food and supplies to civilians in certain districts and towns under rebel control. Mekdad also noted that rebels were blockading towns considered loyal to the government, including the two predominantly Shiite Muslim villages of Nubul and Zahra in the northern province of Aleppo.
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Benefits of Campus Town
If driving past a fenced-off area with large piles of dirt and tractors all around is the only price to pay for all of the benefits brought to the College by Campus Town, I’ll take it. With little financial obligations to the project and a projected profit of $50 million from the developer in the next 50 years, Campus Town is not only adding physical buildings to our campus, but a large sum of money that can really benefit our school as a whole. In addition, the amount of jobs created by the construction of Campus Town alongside the retail and on-site jobs it will create is a huge benefit, not only to our campus, but to the community as a whole in the wake of years overwhelmed by high unemployment rates. Aside from the long-term financial positives that will result from the construction of the project, however, the College will gain a heightened sense of school pride and a more comfortable campus-like atmosphere. As there are several colleges located near cities where students can walk right off of campus into a diverse, buzzing community filled with a plethora of stores, activities and new people to interact with, the location of the College doesn’t provide that opportunity. Perhaps Campus Town will make up for that. As Campus Town will include more things for students to do on campus without having to drive onto Route 1, school unity will increase because more students will be encouraged to stay on campus and take part in the new offerings of Campus Town together. With several more students in the same place, the College will offer far more opportunities for students to interact with each other. As the College’s campus is divided academically and residentially, it is tough sometimes to meet anyone new outside of your freshmen floor group or place of residence. But with Campus Town, it won’t matter whether you are a sophomore living in Decker or an engineer spending every waking moment in Armstrong. Campus Town will be a unified place that will bring students together on campus which will inevitably result in a larger feeling of closeness within the student body on campus and therefore an increased sense of school pride. The College is commonly criticized for its lack of morale, school spirit and unity, but perhaps with Campus Town, a physical change at the College may actually result in an even more rewarding change of atmosphere.
— Julie Kayzerman, Nation & World Editor
Planning for the Campus Town construction is well underway, and passersby can see the project at work.
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Many students are looking forward to stores and new activities of Campus Town, while the College will also benefit from the project.
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Experiencing Art, LVPA (no prerequisites) Book Arts, LVPA, Global (no prerequisites) Cameras & Lighting 1, LVPA (consult with faculty about prerequisites)
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Hurricane Sandy aftermath Halting stereotypes Be wary of words used By Neha Vachhani
It’s been a year since the most catastrophic natural disaster hit New Jersey, destroying homes, taking lives and dismantling the Jersey shore we all know and love. Although there is still a long way to go, there has been immense progress in restoring the shore. New Jersey residents banned together to help bring life back to the beaches, determined to show the world that we are stronger than the storm. Although homes are being rebuilt and the beaches are being restored, there are still issues concerning the ocean at hand. Due to climate change, sea levels are rising and causing floods and possibly worse storms in the future. Those affected in Delaware and New York have factored in a rise of sea level and are rebuilding accordingly, while Chris Christie only ordered an allotment of 1-foot margin of safety. To spend such a substantial amount of time and money
on rebuilding the shore to only have it last a couple of decades is counterintuitive. New Jersey is at a greater risk of flooding because of the retreat of glaciers from Canada since the last Ice Age. It is predicted that over the next 30 years, sea levels will rise approximately two feet. This may not seem like a substantial amount, but once another bad storm hits, it will be detrimental to the environment and the community. Many towns have opted to elevate the rebuilding an extra two or three feet, which doesn’t cost that much more but will keep the shore safe for a longer period of time. In addition to implementing higher elevation, dunes and seawalls are needed to safeguard some areas. Christie prefers to rebuild everything as it was with little to no modifications. The beaches and boardwalks were not stronger than the storm, as Sandy proved when it destroyed the shore. It is up to the locals to advocate for more protection and keep the Jersey shores safe.
This article was written in response to Jonathan Edmundson’s “Mirrors can be menace for men, as well as girls,” published in this section on Oct. 23, 2013.
By Marcia O’Connell
I would like to applaud Jonathan Edmondson for his article in The Signal titled “Mirror can be menace for men, as well as girls.” However, while I agree with the content of the article, I was disappointed to see that an article discussing the damage done by stereotypes had a title that uses the term “men” for males but “girls” for females. In doing so, another damaging stereotype is perpetuated — namely that male college students are young men, but female college students are still girls. Any female over the age of 18 is a woman — even those women who still make the mistake of calling themselves girls. It was a male friend of mine in college who corrected me when I made that mistake, and I am forever grateful to him for having done so.
Grant programs lead to lower unemployment By Courtney Wirths Photo Editor
Employee training programs funded by government grants, such as the Opportunity4Jersey Training Grant Program, decrease the opportunity cost of obtaining additional education or training for workers and provide trained workers to employers. As a result of the increased training and lowered cost, frictional unemployment decreases. The Opportunity4Jersey Training Grant Program is an effort by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) to “increase employment opportunities for qualified unemployed workers and to connect
training with employer-driven occupational demand skills in targeted industry sectors,” according to the Department. The current sectors being targeted for training are transportation, logistics and distribution; biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and life sciences; advanced manufacturing; financial services; health care; technology; and leisure, hospitality and retail, according to LWD. These industries have been identified as both key industries for the state as well as areas where companies need skilled workers. Traditionally, the cost of higher education or vocational training would mean not only time spent out of the workforce, but also the absence of full-time income.
When looking at potential earnings streams, an individual who attends college or training is incurring debt for the length of the program. The worker who goes directly into the workforce begins earning an income immediately. The advantage of having the additional education or training is the constant increase in wages with each year of education, so a worker raises his lifetime earnings potential as he moves along the wage-schooling locus. Grant Training Programs, like Opportunity4Jersey, are free for unemployed workers to participate in. This offers a solution and a change for workers who entered the labor force without obtaining any higher education or job training because
they were unable to give up the time or pay the cost. Training can be offered in either a classroom-type setting or electronically, according to LWD. The lower opportunity cost and ease of access to the training increases the number of workers who will participate and gives the ability to earn a higher income at a future job. The second benefit of Opportunity4Jersey is the relationship the program has established with employers. Companies that apply to have workers trained for current job openings are required to hire the newly-trained workers upon graduation from the program, according to LWD. The requirement is in exchange for the government finding qualified employees for the firm and
providing the free training program that may have otherwise been offered through the company itself. Matching the newly-trained workers with employers who are looking for a particular skillset reduces frictional unemployment. Frictional unemployment is defined as the unemployment that results from workers having to take time to find employers who are hiring employees with specific skills and at a desirable wage, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Grant Training Programs are an example of a productive, government-funded way to reduce unemployment while simultaneously increasing a worker’s potential lifetime earnings and the productivity of a firm.
Don’t fear a minimum wage hike in New Jersey By Christopher Rightmire Opinions Editor
If the governor of a state calls a proposed constitutional amendment “stupid” and “truly ridiculous,” it could be expected that his constituency would reflect that sentiment. Governor Chris Christie’s disparaging remarks against the effort to insert a minimum wage into the state constitution, however, have been met with sturdy disagreement from the citizens of New Jersey. According to polls, between 65 percent and 76 percent of New Jerseyans support the proposed constitutional amendment. The amendment — which will be voted on this Tuesday — would raise the state’s minimum wage to $8.25 an hour — a dollar higher than the federal minimum wage — to help low-income workers keep up with the cost of living. One of the first things learned in basic economics is how adding a minimum wage can negatively affect the labor market. The effects from a government-mandated increase in wages raises the demand for jobs
while the supply of them drops. However, to paraphrase a Princeton economist, anything can be proven by a graph, and this basic logic misconstrues the big picture. On a macro-level, raising the minimum wage has the potential to benefit the economy, and it isn’t likely to eliminate jobs. According to Paul Krugman, who recently spoke at the College, “The great preponderance of the evidence … points to little if any negative effect of minimum wage increases on employment.” Krugman explains that the complexity of the employer/employee relationship is one of the reasons why an increase in minimum wages won’t necessarily cause jobs to be instantly cut. According to a 2011 Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago study, a $1 hike in the minimum wage will raise spending $2,800 in low-income households, which will help bolster our still recovering economy. On a local level, raising New Jersey’s minimum wage above the federal government’s makes sense. The cost of living in
New Jersey is exponentially higher than in many other areas of the United States. According to a report from Legal Services of New Jersey, the standard cost of living for a single adult is $28,593 per year. At the current minimum wage of $7.25, a worker would have to work over 70 hours a week in order to cover costs for the bare essentials. The situation gets worse when dependents are accounted for. According to the above report, a family of four requires an absolute minimum of $64,000 to subsist. Two minimum wage workers would have to work over 80 hours a week to reach this wage. Using Krugman’s logic again, the only way for minimum wage esarners to subsist — especially if they have a family to support — would be through government aid. Marginally raising the wages of lowincome workers would maintain their motivation to work and ease their burden on government-funded social assistance. According to a Business Week article, fast-food restaurants like McDonald’s and Burger King — who are frequent employers of low-wage workers — generally report
profit margins above 10 percent. Accordingly, there is room for these establishments to pay their workers slightly more without having to raise menu prices and eliminate jobs. This small increase, enough to help minimum-wage workers gain an additional sliver of financial independence, is all the New Jersey people are asking for with the current push to raise the minimum wage by one dollar an hour.
Constituents and Christie disagree over increase of minimum wage.
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LIT 374/ENGL 650: Early American Literature Dr. Michele Lise Tarter (email@example.com)
Step Back in Timeâ€Ś Take a Trip to Early America! What was it like to live in the 1700s? Journey with us and find out!
Winter Session Course January 2-17, 2014 Class will be held on TCNJâ€™s campus and at the Friends Historical Library archives. Read 18th-century manuscripts: the primary texts of early American literature. For more information, visit: wintersession.pages.tcnj.edu Course fulfills: English Major Literary History requirement & Liberal Learning Arts and Humanities requirement.
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Muslim activist educates on gay rights By Regina Yorkgitis Web Editor State governments are gradually changing laws to allow same-sex couples to wed, and on Oct. 21, New Jersey became the 14th state to allow same-sex marriage. Many religions and cultures, however, do not condone homosexuality. Faisal Alam, an LGBTQ Muslim activist, presented “Hidden Voices: The Lives of LGBT Muslims” on Wednesday, Oct. 6, as a part of PRISM’s Queer Awareness Month. “We definitely took the feedback from last year to have a more ethnically diverse queer awareness event,” said sophomore nursing major Jordan Stefanski, the Queer Awareness Month chair. Alam shared his struggle growing up in a small town as a Muslim homosexual man and his ongoing
efforts to promote gender equality and gay rights. “Oftentimes I was stuck in between two worlds,” said Alam, who moved to Ellington, Conn. from Pakistan when he was 10 years old. Growing up, he was taught that Islam condemned homsexuality. As a young adult, when he noticed the boy’s soccer team more than the cheerleaders, he was caught between the contradiction of his sexual orientation and the teachings of his faith. “Why would God make me gay and put these feelings in my heart if he was going to send me to hell?” he said. “I literally thought I was the only person in the world who was gay and who was Muslim.” When he left his small town for Northeastern University, he was surprised to discover a prominent gay community. For six months, he lived a double life, living as a poster child for the Muslim association
Courtney Wirths / Photo Editor
Faisal Alam shares his personal expieriences.
at his university, while secretly exploring gay communities. But the duplicity soon became unbearable. “Somehow I had to bring these identities of being gay and being Muslim together,” he said. He began a quest to find other gay Muslim people. Alam joined several international Muslim email lists with the hopes of finding like-minded people. Soon enough, about 50 people joined the virtual Muslim LQBTQ
group. In 1998, this email list prompted “Al Fatiha,” the first international Muslim retreat for LGBTQ people. Alam reached several people like himself, grappling with their religion’s disapproval of their sexual identity. Alam has continued to work on behalf of Muslim LGBTQ people who fear being ostracized by their families and neighbors. The disposition toward homsexuality in Islam is not surprising.
Traditions of patriarchy throughout history have led to misogyny and sexism in religious communities, Alam explained. This history has contributed to Islamic religious leaders’ reluctance to allow gender equality and accept LGBTQ people. “Within Judaism, Christianity and Islam, there is such a hesitation to allow women in religious leadership positions,” Alam said. Yet, many Muslim activists, like Alam, are working from mosque to mosque to change the gender inequalities. “There is a growing religious revival,” he said. Students enjoyed learning about a different side of LGBTQ activism and experiences. “It’s not something I heard a lot about in the past,” said senior art major Sam Prowse. “It’s an important part of the LGBT rights movement.”
Halloween frights raise money for students By Emma Colton Features Editor The College’s Halloween festivities took a spooky turn on Wednesday, Oct. 23 when students, staff members and organizations created a haunted basement to raise money for the children of Rowan Towers. The lakeside staff, consisting of community advisors from Allen, Brewster, Ely, Centennial and Norsworthy residence halls, worked with various on-campus student groups to turn ABE’s basement into winding halls of terror. “Some of these rooms are either gross, terrifying or spooky,” residence director Gwen Auckloo said. “But that’s the fun of Halloween.” Starting at 4 p.m., children living in Trenton’s Rowan Towers were led on guided tours through the decorated basement. The middle school-aged children were spooked
by students dressed as bloody doctors, vampires and wrinkled goblins. The costume-donned students hid behind doors and in dark rooms to give scares and giggles to the Rowan Towers children. According to senior biology and women’s and gender studies double major Evelyn Pereira, the event raised over $150 for the children from Rowan Towers. The proceeds will go to school supplies and winter necessities. One of the highlight attractions of the basement was Beta Beta Beta and the counseling and psychological services’ tarot card reading room. The two groups brought a person to read tarot cards, adding a touch of whimsy to the frightening evening. “To see these kids have such a great time was extremely fulfilling,” Pereira said. According to Auckloo, the event has been occuring since the mid-’90s.
The fundraiser is aimed to build awareness of the Trenton community and how the College can assist the youth of Rowan Towers. At 7:30 p.m., the basement was vamped up to a scarier speed to frighten students from the College. Students were encouraged to donate money before they traveled through the basement. A total of eight campus organizations, including the TCNJ Musical Theatre and United Greek Council, ran the various “haunted” rooms. These orginzations were responsible for decorations. Many rooms had themes like “Chop Shop,” which had splatterings of fake blood and plastic detached limbs. “It’s a really great event,” Auckloo said. “The students put a lot of work into this. It’s really important that the kids from Rowan Towers have a good time, plus we’re able to raise money.”
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Students dress in masks and scary apparel to fundraise for Rowan Towers.
Chris Brown strikes, Jonas Brothers go solo By Johnanthony Alaimo Columnist Do you want shocking news? Then you better stop reading. Chris Brown, singer/Karma abuser, has struck out again. Literally.
Chris Brown attacks photobomber.
He punched some dude in the face. His excuse? The guy photobombed a picture Brown was taking with a fan. Listen loser, just because a guy is a jerk doesn’t mean you need to go Muhammed Ali on him. That movie came out years ago and Will Smith did just fine — ain’t nobody looking for a sequel. No word yet on a reaction from Rihanna as of this writing, but that’s probably because she’s too busy not giving a fuck. Just in case you were feeling better about humanity, Julianne Hough was caught donning blackface for her Halloween outfit. The actress, best known as “Who?” was seen as “Crazy Eyes,” a popular character from Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.” The character in the show is portrayed by an African-American woman. So naturally, Hough, a white woman, decided to really get into character by darkening her skin with make up. A+ in racism, F in racing
away from the problem. Unfortunately, Julianne did not realize the severity of the situation until everyone in the world started screaming at her. She has since apologized, but this will certainly go down as the worst outfit decision made by an individual since Lil‘ Kim’s anything. And finally, the Jonas Brothers are no more. Say it ain’t so, Joe! Apparently, the group has been arguing over everything from music videos to individual opportunities. Like damn, Kevin, can’t you have the decency to share your wife? The trio gave a candid interview to “Good Morning America,” where they basically laid the Jonas Brothers to rest. So in the year 3000, when we’re all living underwater, we can look back at the history books and recall one of the darkest days of our nation. Now that the brothers are essentially “unemployed,” hopefully they can sign up for some Obamacare!
The Jonas Brothers call it quits after eight years together.
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Healthy fall favorites By Ruchi Shah Columnist
body’s supply of electrolytes after a particularly exhausting workout.
The beginning of November marks the middle of the fall season. On your way to meal equiv at the Library Café, there’s only one beverage on your mind: that pumpkin spice latte. Forget the warm sweaters, brisk weather and colorful leaves. The best part of autumn is most definitely pumpkinflavored everything. What many people do not know is this winter squash is replete with a variety of health benefits to keep you healthy in the cold months.
• Pumpkin seeds contain the amino acid tryptophan that is converted into serotonin, which is in turn converted into melatonin. Melatonin + is a hormone that helps regulate sleeping and waking patterns. Insomniacs often lack sufficient amounts of melatonin.
• A single cup of mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which is necessary for healthy eyesight. • Pumpkin seeds are good for your heart. They contain phytosterols that have been shown to reduce LDL, a bad cholesterol. In addition, pumpkin seed oil contains phytoestrogens that increase HDL, or good cholesterol, and also decreases symptoms in postmenstrual women, including hot flashes, joint pain and headaches. • Pumpkin seeds are rich in several essential minerals. Approximately half of an individual’s recommended daily intake of magnesium is contained in only a quarter cup. Magnesium is required for the synthesis of RNA and DNA, proper tooth and bone formation and healthy bowel function. Pumpkin seeds also contain zinc, which is necessary for proper cell growth and division, sleep, mood, immunity and male sexual function. Pumpkin contains potassium as well, which restores the
• Pumpkins can help prevent cancer. They contain the compound betacarotene, an antioxidant. Antioxidants that are procured through diet have been shown to protect the immune system by preventing the oxidation of other molecules. These antioxidants also potentially prevent skin wrinkles. The health benefits of pumpkins are clearly numerous, but simply taking a bite out of a pumpkin is not feasible. There are many easy pumpkin recipes that can provide you with this squash’s plentiful vitamins and nutrients, while also giving you a delightful meal. Combining butter, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg with pumpkin seeds and roasting them in the oven makes a terrific snack. Adding pumpkin puree to your pancake batter will start your morning off in the right direction. Just add pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice to your standard cream cheese for a tasty spread. A close second to the famous pumpkin spice latte is a pumpkin smoothie, which can be prepared by adding pumpkin puree to vanilla yogurt, along with cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. Treat yourself right this fall and get into the spirit of the season by helping yourself to some delicious and nutritious pumpkin-flavored everything.
Campus Style By Heather Hawkes Columnist As we come face-to-face with the icy essence of late fall fashion, some adjustments to our wardrobe are more than necessary. One of the hardest parts of dressing for the cold weather is finding a balance between fashionforward and staying warm. Often an underestimated accesory, a scarf can be one of the best statement pieces during the colder months. Luckily for the broke college student, a scarf is also an extremely easy DIY candidate: For this project, grab a large sweater, scissors and a needle and thread or sewing machine (only needed if the fabric ravels). Step 1: Cut a straight line through both sides of the sweater from armpit to armpit. Step 2: Fold over the cut-edge and stitch a seam to keep the fabric from unraveling. Stitch both ends of the scarf to make an infinity scarf. Step 3: Fold the scarf under to form a double-layering look. Step 4: Flaunt it! Double it up around your neck and stay warm while looking fierce at the same time. A few words of advice: Don’t be afraid to get creative! Patch different fabrics together, braid pieces of the scarf to craft a different texture, or even drape it over your shoulders as a warm shawl to create a cold-weather look that will carry you all the way into the winter season.
A recycled sweater-scarf adds a nice touch to winter apparel.
Hungarian restaurant has an at-home feel Barbara’s Hungarian Restaurant
Where: 1400 Parkway Ave., Ewing Township, NJ Contact: 609-882-5500 Hours: Mon. - Sat.: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Overall Rating (3 out of 5):
Piping-hot Hungarian pasta warms the belly and gives a taste of Central Europe. By Peter Fiorilla Sports Editor The selling point of Barbara’s Hungarian Restaurant is that it fulfills a unique niche — the food is authentically ethnic through and through, from the goulash to the paprikas, but it’s easy to feel right at home in this slice of Hungary on Parkway Avenue, thanks to its comforting cuisine and cozy dining area. Barbara’s dishes largely employ spatzel, a filling Hungarian noodle, as the core ingredient, while a variety of other foods are built around it: paprika, meats (including beef and chicken), vegetables (like carrots and celery), potato and large amounts of sour
cream and pepper supplement the noodles and flesh out the menu. There are other options, ranging from chicken noodle soup to red cabbage salad, but the heart and soul of Barbara’s is the spätzel (egg noodle), which is premade to minimize time between order and delivery. I ordered the chicken paprikas ($6.99 at lunch and $11.99 at dinner) while my friend got the Hungarian goulash ($6.99/$9.99). Both dishes arrived at our table in under four minutes. It was more than worth the brief wait. The chicken paprikas’s juxtaposition of soft spatzel and sour cream with chunky, generous portions of chicken covered in broth is a memorably pleasant taste. The Hungarian goulash was similar in quality and taste, in stew form with the addition
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of vegetables and potato. The dishes were large and, despite the lack of vegetables or appetizers, the chicken paprikas felt like a complete meal. It took me a while to get to the bottom of it, and the heavy spatzel left me feeling full for the rest of the afternoon. The homey, aromatic dining area bolstered an already solid experience. From the Hungarian textiles and pictures populating the walls to the flower cups and coat hangers at each table, Barbara’s feels casually authentic and welcoming, as nice a place to eat as any. That’s secondary to the food, though, which is good enough on its own. Barbara’s is home to some pretty tasty food and, at lunch time, the portions are well worth the asking price. It might not be your new go-to restaurant near the College, but it’s worth a try for anyone in the mood for something different.
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Opera’s fight for survival in the 21st century By Jonathan Edmondson Opinions Assistant The New York City Opera, a 70-yearold company that served as a paradigm for both the classical music world and the entertainment-driven city, closed its doors for good on Oct. 1 of this year. The landmark may have closed for financial reasons, but the termination of the opera company posed a larger question: How can this classical form of theater stay relevant in younger generations? “Not many people have an opinion — at least an educated one — about opera,” said Dan Malloy, a junior music education major with a vocal concentration. “Most people didn’t grow up going to the opera.” One of the main problems is that many people, particularly young adults, find it hard to connect with pieces that are sometimes 100 years old. Despite this, Malloy is one of many students at the College who study and perform opera on a daily basis. These students are passionate individuals who work meticulously at perfecting this complicated art form. “There is a certain way of breathing and support, a certain amount of space in the mouth and throat, a certain way to shape vowels and spit out consonants to make the texts that you sing (both) clear and expressive,” junior music major Kyle Sheehan said. Students with a vocal concentration at the College can also take multiple classes
and private lessons to help improve these techniques of opera and voice. While some see opera as a dying art form, these students find performing this type of music exciting and refreshing, offering them a different type of outlet to express themselves. “There is something special about singing opera that captures me in a way that nothing else can,” Sheehan said. “There is a certain structure, a certain beauty that is captured by the smooth lines of a classical aria or a huge opera chorus blasting away while the orchestra billows from the pit.” Aside from vocal ability, students who study and perform opera learn a variety of other skills. They get experience by performing in front of others, learning about history and studying various languages. Many operas are written in other languages, such as Italian, and require students to ardently study and focus on the lyrics. “By studying opera and singing in general, I have learned to think on my feet,” junior music education major Diana Befi said. “I have also learned that, when performing, you need to let yourself be completely in the moment.” Befi and other students are learning skills that can help them outside the world of opera, too. “These skills of time management, persistence and collaboration are always useful and vital to surviving in the real
The New York City Opera filed for bankruptcy after failing to cover its costs last month. Opera is struggling, but for many, it’s alive and well. world,” Sheehan said, discussing opera’s impact on his future after college. Regardless of how they got their start, Malloy, Befi and Sheehan all believe that opera is a crucial part of our musical culture and heritage. “It’s an important part of our history … our generation needs to understand this and experience this just like past generations have,” Malloy said. The only way to preserve opera in our culture is to get our generation more involved. The College, for example, has an
extensive music program in which students diligently work, and they should be rewarded with support. Aside from recitals, the music department also has an organization called Lyric Theater run by staff member Lars Woodul. Lyric Theater’s fall production, Mozart’s “Impresario,” will be performed with the TCNJ Orchestra on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. in Mayo Concert Hall. Although these steps may seem small, they all sing opera’s praises to a new generation, preserving its importance.
Student band night covers hits and goes punk By Courtney Kalafsky Staff Writer
The tables in the Rathskeller quickly filled for the Student Band Night on Friday, Nov. 1. Hosted by the College Union Board, the event gives students at the College a chance to put their creative efforts under the spotlight and encourages them to follow their passions for music. Three all-male bands took the stage throughout the course
of the night. Each was allotted 45 minutes to play their music, and the time was well-spent. Through an array of cover songs from bands such as The Killers, Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday and more, the audience felt welcomed by the familiarity of the music. The three bands also introduced many original songs, which were continuously wellreceived by listeners. Of the night’s performances,
two were by acoustic bands. The first consisted of a guitarist and keyboardist, while the other band only consisted of a guitarist. Both played acoustic covers of popular music, which kept the audience tapping their feet and enjoying the spot-on vocals. The third band sported two guitarists, a bassist and a drummer, jamming to punk rock in the style of other groups like Blink-182. They also incorporated original songs into their
set. During their last song, their enthusiasm got a group of students to their feet, dancing in front of the stage. Freshman open options major Olivia Higbee joined the stage with the first acoustic band to perform a cover of Paramore’s “Still Into You.” “I really like Student Band Night,” Higbee said. “It gives students the opportunity and freedom to perform whatever they want, which they don’t
usually have. It also gives the audience a chance to relate to performers. These are their peers, not professionals. It’s a great atmosphere.” CUB’s organizational skills were also a huge factor in the show’s success. The performances were well-prepared and prompt. With the efficient transitions between bands and equipment changes, the audience was never disengaged, and the show was a success.
No ‘boos’ at Mixed Signals’ Halloween show
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The Mixed Signals dress as Disney characters for their Halloween garb. By Mike Herold Staff Writer
Seeing Disney characters speak in strange cockney accents as they pretend to be other characters isn’t the type of treat
you’d expect to receive around Halloween. But it was nevertheless one that the audience at the Mixed Signals’ Halloween Show was given on Sunday, Nov. 3. Putting on their usual improvisational style of comedic performance, the Signals
delighted their viewers by incorporating many of the best parts about Halloween into the show (goofy costumes and candy) while doing a good job of sticking to what they do best — being funny. The night included a costume contest for audience members. Characters such as Slenderman and Buddy the Elf, who appropriately asked everyone’s favorite color, were the biggest hits, along with the usual skits performed exclusively by members of the troupe. Some of these skits were not in the Signals’ usual repertoire, though. “‘Ding-and-Sing’ (one of the games played) is a skit which has been considered very difficult in the past,” said senior history and secondary education double major Jonathan Dowler. “Not only do you have to sing, but you have to sing with a partner, and it’s hard to get on the same page without having some basic ideas down. It’s a difficult game, but we’ve been pushing ourselves to try more difficult and new games.” The singing bits, which could have been
considered more of a trick than a treat to the musically-inclined members of the audience, served their purpose: They made the people watching laugh. The new games and added styles served a purpose for the Signals as well, as they continue to always seek ways of improving their shows. “Every year in the beginning, we try to go back to the basics and really (create) more characters, which I think really came out in the show,” junior women’s and gender studies major Morgan Teller said. The characters included a pair of strange-speaking Lego builders, many of the aforementioned British with cockney accents and even Satan and his assistant made an appearance as they judged the sins of the nose-picker. All of this, believe it or not, was fairly standard for one of these shows. And while it may not make any sense out of context, to the people who are performing, all that matters is getting the audience to do one thing: Laugh.
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‘Gravity’: one giant leap for filmmaking By Karl Delossantos Staff Writer
“Gravity” is an achievement in modern filmmaking and is easily one of the best films of the year. That is a simple fact. It is impossible to find words that can portray how magnificent this film is. Director Alfonso Cuarón ingeniously took so many elements and found a way to piece them together to create a visually stunning, emotionally heavy character study that is truly thrilling, haunting and breathtaking. Topped off with a career-defining performance from Sandra Bullock, “Gravity” is a game changer that will affect the landscape of film as we know it. The story takes place in space during a shuttle mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Throughout the entire movie we see the darkness of space, but
Earth is consistently on-screen. It acts as a symbol, a constant reminder of how small we are in the universe and how utterly beautiful it is. It reminds us of the wonder that space was when we were young, but this film also teaches us how terrifying it can be. Cuarón and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki carefully crafted the film to highlight the vastness and loneliness of space while juxtaposing its landscape with the emotional journey of Bullock’s character, Ryan Stone. The film opens with a nearly 20-minute uninterrupted shot that sets up the film — a catastrophe that leaves Stone and partner Matt Kowalski, played by George Clooney, stranded and fighting for survival. Cuarón, who co-wrote the screenplay with his son, was careful to let the visuals tell the bulk of the story, but not just the physical. While we are exposed to moments
of suspense and action, Cuarón equally focuses on the emotional journey of Bullock’s character. She is unflinching in her portrayal of a first-time space traveler who is forced to fight for her life. It is her story we are watching and her emotions we are experiencing. Ultimately, Cuarón allows Bullock to do the work, and she rises to the occasion. The film is tense to say the least. Every moment begs the question: “Will she survive?” Bullock’s physicality suggests her emotional state perfectly. One of the most effective shots of the film is a view of Bullock curled up in a fetal position floating through zero gravity. It is some of the best physical acting to grace the silver screen. Coupled with silent close-ups of Bullock’s face, it’s easy to forget about the incredible CGI effects just to watch Bullock’s performance — one of the best of the year.
Bullock brings zero-gravity physics to life on-screen. “Gravity” is the kind of film that makes the audience ask: “What’s next?” Where can the art of film go after this? “Gravity” is not groundbreaking — it is earth-shattering. It opens up a new frontier in filmmaking. It is going to allow us to make films in places we thought to be impossible. Don’t be surprised
if it picks up a few Oscars, including a well-deserved second trophy for Bullock. “Gravity” won’t only change the way we make movies. It will transform the way we watch movies too. This is a film that we should celebrate as a triumph and as the next step in the evolution of cinema.
Hard work pays off for music majors at recital By Laura Lee Correspondent
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Trast enchants on the guitar.
For the eight musicians who performed at the “Embracing Student Achievement” music recital on Wednesday, Oct. 23, it was an afternoon filled with delight, applause and accomplishments, as the student musicians displayed their semester’s worth of hard work. Nicholas Parent opened the recital with his performance of “Etude in B Major, Op. 6 No. 9” by Clair Omar Musser on the marimba. His strokes of the marimba were both gentle and intense, making for an engaging rendition. After Parent’s performance, Shannon McGovern continued to delight audiences with her vocals, singing “Voi, che sapete” from “La Nozze di Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, accompanied by James Lubrano on the piano.
The hour-long recital continued its strong repertoire with Eric Trast playing “Fantasia (P. 1a)” by John Dowland on the guitar. “I think I did well,” Trast said after his performance. “It felt good and I was comfortable. I hoped to create a relaxing mood for the audience.” Following Trast, hornist James Tucker played “Horn Concert No. 2” by Richard Strauss and was accompanied by Sally Livingston on piano. Louis Delia, who played “Guardame las vacas” by Luis de Narváez on the guitar, followed. For the final performance, Katie Kershaw, a mezzo soprano, began her song with a startled expression. She then began to sing her rendition of “Der Tod und das Mädchen” by Franz Schubert. During her second song, “Lullaby” from The Consul, she carried a serene expression and graced the audiences with her vocals
with Lubrano on the piano. “The first song was about the maiden seeing death. She doesn’t want to die and that’s why I had the scared expression on my face,” Kershaw said. “But in the second song, the death assures (the maiden) that it will not be painful and she shouldn’t be afraid.” Every performance earned strong bouts of applause, and the songs that drew the strongest reactions were definitely not practiced overnight. Kershaw said that she had been practicing her songs since the summer. “(Kershaw) works really hard,” said junior history and secondary education double major Danny Kaplan. “She always gives it her all and I’m very proud of her.” But it wasn’t just Kershaw who worked hard. All of the performers excelled at their instruments after a semester of preparation and study.
‘Pretty Little Liars’ spin-off series earns an ‘A’ By Kelly Corbett Staff Writer
Teenage girls everywhere tuned in on Tuesday, Oct. 22 as ABC Family aired “Grave New World,” the third Halloween special for “Pretty Little Liars.” This episode marked the halfway point of season four and introduced a new show, “Ravenswood,” which features Hanna Marin’s very own man candy, Caleb Rivers. This particular “Pretty Little Liars” episode took place in Ravenswood, a rather spooky and chilling town not too far from the girl’s hometown of Rosewood. Throughout the episode, the “Liars” were on a mission to get to their friend Alison before “A” got to her. Although there were many clues that hinted to Alison still being alive, it was surreal for the girls to see her. After all, they had attended her funeral years ago. The episode also shed a light on Miranda Collins. Caleb meets her on a bus to Ravenswood and they start to get friendly — maybe a little too friendly for a guy with
a girlfriend. They both share a foster home background. In fact, Miranda is going to Ravenswood in hopes of meeting her uncle, her only living relative. Caleb and Miranda do go their separate ways once they arrive in Ravenswood but are reunited again later with Hanna. Hanna is very eager to return to Rosewood with her friends. She tells Caleb he must stay in Ravenswood with a new character, Miranda, and help her. The couple shares their last kiss for a while and Hanna leaves Ravenswood. Fingers crossed, this won’t mean a split for Hanna and Caleb! All in all, the “Pretty Little Liars” Halloween special did a tiptop job of setting the scene for the new hit show, “Ravenswood,” but it most definitely failed to beat last year’s episode featuring the Halloween Train. After all, Aria almost died. This episode featured mostly only the girls, Caleb, Miranda, a little bit of Ezra and, of course, Alison. The episodes are better
when all the characters are there. Seriously, how’s Toby, Hanna’s mom or Mona? The girls need to stay in Rosewood. No more field trips to other towns. Don’t fret, though — “Ravenswood” is here. Spin-off shows usually can’t compare to the original, but “Ravenswood” is a close contender. With more of a mystery component than “Pretty Little Liars,” this show will give you goosebumps and keep you on the edge of your seat. This new series focuses on five teenagers. Caleb and Miranda are two of them. Also, siblings Luke and Olivia, whose mother is thought to have murdered their father, are two others. In addition, the show introduces Remy, Luke’s girlfriend, who works at the newspaper, The Ravenswood Gazette. Together these teens find themselves at the center of a curse. In Ravenswood there have been several strange occurrences in which five teenagers die as a soldier returns home to Ravenswood. This wouldn’t be a problem if Remy’s mother hadn’t just returned from Afghanistan.
A new series and more Caleb will keep fans hooked. To make things worse, by the end of the premiere episode, Remy, Caleb, Miranda, Luke and Olivia are all in a car that swerves off a bridge and into a body of water. Now, it wouldn’t be much of a show if all the main characters died in the very first episode. I’ll let you know they’re all in the second episode, but let’s just say not all of them are physically alive. Creepy, right? All in all, “Ravenswood” is most definitely a good watch.
Unlike “Pretty Little Liars,” which is geared toward a more female audience, “Ravenswood” might even get some attention from the male population. It also shows how much Caleb has grown in the past couple of years. He went from sleeping in Hanna’s basement to a main character in “Ravenswood.” Furthermore, Hanna is set to appear on the fifth episode of “Ravenswood,” and there is talk of crossover episodes between the two shows.
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Revising music: a complex and hidden art recognize when we’re looking back at these master works of classical music … is that they were all very fluid,” Gorbos said. “They lived in flux as a composer revised or tweaked certain things.” The College’s Wind Ensemble will play another rendition of “Bounce” next Friday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. in Kendall Hall.
and his fellow composer, the College’s director of bands David Vickerman, geared the presentation toward “people who maybe have a limited experience with music.” As a result, the lecture included a slew of metaphors, anecdotes and practical platforms to illustrate the process of revising a piece of music. The focus of revision centered on the piece “Bounce,” which Gorbos began to work on a year and a half ago. “I called the piece ‘Bounce’ because
I wanted it to have the possibilities for openness or interpretation,” he said. “You can take ‘Bounce’ and see what it means for yourself.” While Gorbos spoke at the lectern, Vickerman stood alert and ready to conduct, as the lecture included both past recordings from the Albany Symphony and live excerpts performed by the College’s Wind Ensemble on stage. Gorbos articulated the trials of revising “Bounce” from an orchestral piece to something suitable for a wind ensemble. He explained that an orchestra filled with string instruments produces a very “homogenous” or unified sound. In contrast, a wind ensemble is considered “heterogeneous” because “there are so many different tambours to work with.” A number of problems emerged while translating the piece to a different set of instruments. In what Gorbos referred to as his “special violin section,” the flute could have certainly matched the ethereal pitch, but it was unlikely to have the same weight of expression. He reached a solution by alluding to a jazz-like style with a soprano saxophone instead. The lecture concluded with a full performance of the nine-minute piece. “Bounce” had a light sound with a syncopated beat that evoked both playfulness and anticipation. As Gorbos put it, he created “an athletic piece” that was open to interpretation. “One of the things we don’t usually
presto, largo and allegro. The piece encompassed a bouncing rhythm, rapid scales and a melody that repeated throughout. As Zuccarino stated in her program, the concerto exemplified the Baroque nature of the instrument and allowed performers to add their own variations to the piece. Indeed, Zuccarino and Shanklin expressed an exciting version of the piece, filled with trills and ornamentations. Zuccarino’s precision and grace in her playing earned a generous applause from the audience. Two performances, Mozart’s “Overture to the Magical Flute” and Debussy’s “La fille cheveux de lin,” featured instruments other than the bassoon. The first was a quartet of horns that displayed pleasant harmonies. The second piece involved a
blending of saxophones. The soprano saxophone was especially vibrant as it glided among varying dynamics. The penultimate performance, Goyte’s “Somebody that I Used to Know,” made a relevant connection to today’s popular music. Zuccarino performed her arrangement of this song with three other bassoonists. The musicians performed the rhythm of the song while Zuccarino took up the familiar melody. The final piece of the recital, titled “El Gato Montés” by Manuel Penella, featured the same bassoon quartet, with the addition of bongos and castanets. This combination of instruments elicited an atmosphere of its native Spain. In addition, the song formed a “visual bullfight,” as Zuccarino stated in her description.
Junior music major Tyler Cudia was impressed by his peers’ recital. “Sara plays with such a beautiful, lyrical tone,” Cudia said. “I am so proud of everything she has accomplished.” In addition to the Nov. 3 performances, the music department held another recital on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The show featured students Edward Easse on saxophone, Brian Lang performing vocally, Joseph Lesky on piano, Justin Nietzer on trumpet, Olivia Porada performing vocally, and Sungyuk Yang on cello. Along with their peers, this second group of students displayed a semester’s worth of practice and dedication to their crafts, playing through a range of music without sacrificing any talent.
The TCNJ Wind Ensemble helps to perform Gorbos’s musical piece ‘Bounce,’ revised to synchronize with the group’s wind instruments. By Chelsea Cannon Correspondent Revising a piece of music is like “an architectural construction,” “translating a Russian novel,” and “looking at your seventh grade picture,” according to Stephen Gorbos, who presented as a part of the Brown Bag Series on Friday, Nov. 1. Gorbos opened the lecture, “Inside a Composer’s Studio: The Process of Revising a Piece,” with a word of relief. He
Gorbos finds that revising music is as complex as translating literature.
Two recitals, but one dedication to music By Nicole Tarantino Correspondent
Sara Zuccarino presented her senior recital this Sunday, Nov. 3, in Mayo Concert Hall to display her development on the bassoon and to fulfill requirements to receive a degree in music. The performance consisted of a predominantly classical genre, with the exception of a modern song added for balance. Still, Zuccarino’s elegant tone was received graciously by the audience of her classmates, family and other supporters. The opening piece, Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto in G minor RV 496,” was accompanied by Ms. Kathy Shanklin on the piano. This piece contained three movements:
‘Mom’ an embarassment to the CBS family By Chris Minitelli Staff Writer
One of the new shows to air this season is CBS’s sitcom, “Mom.” The show revolves around the relationship between Christy, a recently-sober single mother, and Bonnie, Christy’s not-so-perfect mother. The show begins when the two run into each other at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting after years of not speaking. After reuniting, Bonnie decides to become a part of her daughter’s life again and help fix her problems. “Mom” was one of the few shows that I was looking forward to seeing, but it has been pretty disappointing so far. The two leads of the show, Anna Faris as Christy and Allison Janney as Bonnie, are pretty strong. But the writing has not been up to par. I frequently found myself not understanding why or how
particular lines were supposed to be so funny, as the laugh track just kept going. Most of the dialogue, especially the punch lines, comes across as very awkward and lacking substance. While “Mom” has tried to go down the cruel or dark comedy route like many other sitcoms, it seems to only come across as a meanspirited mess without the muchneeded comedy. Although “Mom” has definitely had a rough start, it is still only a few episodes into its season. The creator, Chuck Lorre, also helped create hits such as “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory.” Due to Lorre’s great track record, I think that this sitcom definitely has potential and can improve once it takes off. “Mom” may just need a few more episodes to finally find its place. Once it does that, I think it will definitely become one of the season’s newest hits.
‘Mom’ tries to be a dark comedy, but it comes across as mean-spirited instead.
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Lions Fantasy World
Through the Uprights
I know that the NFL season is barely halfway done, but I’m calling it right now — this is the strangest season of football I’ve ever seen. And since the logic in sports is that the stranger the season the more entertaining it is, I’m also saying right here right now that this season, 2013, is the most entertaining season of football in my lifetime. Here, allow me to throw some evidence your way in defense of my claims. What you see before you is a brief list of the wacky and crazy things that have happened so far in NFL games through nine weeks: •Two quarterbacks have thrown for seven touchdown passes in a single game (two different single games, really). This had happened five times in NFL history before this year. The first this year was by a 37-year-old traded a year ago for fear he was too old to continue playing at the highest level. The second was by a man whose coach still won’t name as the full-time starter of a 4-5 team. •A game was won in overtime with a safety. This happened twice before this year. •A game was played in which no team scored an offensive touchdown and the final score was 15-7. This has likely happened before, but perhaps not with the game’s only touchdown coming on a missed punt that the center threw 20 feet over the punter’s head before the opposing team fell on it in the endzone. •An 0-7 team came into the home stadium of a team that was not only 7-1 this season but also hadn’t lost at home since 2011 and nearly stole the game, forcing the dominant home team to make a huge comeback to win in OT. •The worst team from last season is now 9-0. •None of the previous points even mention all the bad things happening this season, but we’ve seen plenty of those as well. Time to make my point. The point is that 2013-14 is not a predictable NFL season. Sure, several of the teams that most experts picked to be great have been so far, but we’ve also seen them scared or outright beaten by the stinkers. Dominant players have fallen to the wayside while also-rans have dominated. This season, to put it lightly, is freakin’ crazy. I love it. I have no idea how the rest of the season is going to pan out. Will something completely ridiculous happen every week? At this point we’re almost expecting it. Will the Panthers and the Jets play each other in the Super Bowl this February? I honestly wouldn’t be all that surprised, although I will find it pretty hilarious. I don’t really know what will happen in fantasy either. Almost every week the predicted fantasy lines for players are wildly off, with predicted blowout wins turning into losses in an instant and seemingly terrible starters coming out with the games of their lives. It’s a crazy, crazy world in the NFL right now. I can’t wait to see how it ends.
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I May Be Wrong, But...
Here’s what I would do in Fantasy Football this week: Add: Hello Andre Johnson! After a lackluster first half of the season for the wider receiver, Johnson came out swinging this past week with 229 yards and three TDs, his first of the year. Some fantasy owners may have given up on anyone from the Texans, but that line of thinking looks to have been a bit premature.
Be Cautious Of: The Eagles Offense. Everything in the “Look Out For” section having been said, this is the same team with zero offensive touchdowns the previous two weeks. In fact, they were outscored by their lackluster defense during that period. So while Foles put on a heck of a show, don’t be fooled into thinking this is going to be a permanent change.
Drop: Goodbye, good defense! Only three teams managed to hold their opponents to fewer than 20 points this week: The Panthers, Browns and Chiefs. NFL teams had already scored more points through seven weeks than ever before, and teams are scoring in the minus with their D/ST’s recently. It actually might be worth not starting a defense if they could end up with negative points. Look Out For: The Eagles offense? Did that really just happen? Did Nick Foles just become the seventh NFL quarterback to throw for seven touchdowns in a single game? Everyone thought before the season and after the first game of the season that Chip Kelly’s offense would be big, and boy, was it this week.
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Visitor shares value of baseball history
Mike Herold / Staff Writer
Shaw teaches baseball history while decked out in his old uniform.
By Mike Herold Staff Writer
We all know the words to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” and we are all familiar with hearing the song in stadiums or on TV. But just how many of us know that “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” was a song inspired in part by Trixie Friganza, a public supporter of the women’s suffrage movement and mistress of songwriter Jack Norworth? Probably not many, since usually only the chorus is played, omitting the stanzas in which the singer talks about what she wants to do on a date.
This look into a classic baseball tune was just one of many interesting facts about the history of baseball presented to students by Brad “Brooklyn” Shaw on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the College, an event sponsored by the History Honors Society, Phi Alpha Theta. Shaw spoke to interested students about baseball history while decked out in a traditional baseball uniform. “Baseball is a constant,” Shaw said. “There is no game that you can actually go back into and compare players from one era to another, quite like you can in baseball.” It was also the first big sport, Shaw said, and it helped take the public’s mind off the
worries of its day. “People going through anything bad could just use baseball as an outlet, during World War I (or) World War II,” Shaw said. “Anytime anything bad was happening, you could turn to baseball and just get away from it all.” Shaw, along with being a baseball history buff, also takes part in something quite special: Vintage Baseball, where players from over 100 teams participate in actual games and tournaments of baseball as it was once played in the late days of the 19th century, complete with historical accuracies such as playing without wearing gloves. It was a pastime that Shaw stumbled into almost by accident. “I was reading a magazine, and I see this guy with a uniform just like mine, and it was just an epiphany,” Shaw said. “The next year I started my own team … At first I didn’t have all that many players, I just basically pulled from my friends and coworkers, but now after a few years I’ve got 20 players … It took a while, but now we’ve got more than enough to play.” Shaw mainly discussed the history of early baseball, but he still had to answer one question that drew upon his vast knowledge of baseball history. “The greatest player of all time was probably Babe Ruth,” Shaw said. “He
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Shaw’s old baseball equipment.
was just so far ahead of everybody else in his time. He was hitting 50 home runs while everyone else was hitting 10 or 15. There’s just no one else who was so far ahead of his peers.” Shaw brought with him the tools of a baseball game: a traditional bat and ball, which looked very similar to the ones we know and play with today. Baseball is, after all, a constant.
Playoffs / Lions dominate in playoff opener continued from page 32
The Lions opened the game with the first goal, coming from junior forward Korrie Harkins, assisted by freshman defender Brianna Petro. But their opponents quickly netted their own goal, and the score was tied. In the second half, the Lions again scored first, but this was quickly followed by a goal from Rowan. As the two teams entered their first overtime, the ball went back and forth from both sides of the field, as both teams exhibited some of the finest play seen all season. It was not until the second half that someone was able to get all the way down the field for that elusive winning goal, but unfortunately, it was Rowan who was able to capitalize on that.
The Lions still entered postseason play in the third seed, though, a great spot within the New Jersey Athletic Conference. The Lions played their first game of the postseason this past Saturday against Ramapo College and came back with a strong 4-0 victory. Marion assisted Harkins with the first goal of the game, with 8:15 elapsed into the first half. For the rest of that half, both teams’ defenses held off the offense until the Lions struck again in the second half. Lusardi and Applestein scored the rest of the Lions’ goals of the game, bringing the Lions to a 4-0 victory. This week, the Lions advance in the Conference to take on Rowan University again this Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. to keep their season alive.
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The Lions dominate Ramapo College.
Drama for ice hockey in pair of victories By Julie Kayzerman Nation & World Editor
With 1:26 left on the clock in a five-minute overtime period, men’s ice hockey senior captain Scott Rothlisberger sniped the puck into the net, giving the College a dramatic win against Kutztown University on their home ice this past weekend on Friday, Nov. 1. “It felt amazing to get that goal,” Rothlisberger said. “Kutztown won the league last year. It was great to get a big win.” After being outskated by Kutztown and skating sluggish for the first two periods, the College trailed 3-1 at the end of the second period before finally picking up their game in the third. “We started playing better in the second half,” head coach Joseph Cucci said. “We were just looking for that one goal. Our philosophy is if we get that next one, we’ll be fine. We’ll get the momentum back on our side and we’ll build. We were able to get it late in the period and then we were just playing hockey, finally. It took us two and a half periods.” Nevertheless, “incredible” was the word Cucci used to describe his feeling as he stepped off the bench. “We were resilient,” he said. With 5:20 left in the game and the College trailing by two goals, senior captain Kush Patel finally capitalized on a powerplay goal, giving his team the momentum to get out there and go for another. Shortly after, sophomore Sal DiBrita
scored his second goal of the season and the game-tying goal off of a one-touch pass from senior Nick Lisciandro, forcing the game into an exciting overtime and eventually to a 4-3 victory with nothing but smiles from the players as they skated off the ice. “The game we lost last Sunday was one of the worst losses I’ve had here just in terms of feelings,” Cucci said in reference to the College’s 6-5 loss against Central Connecticut State University. “I thought we played well enough to win last time and it just was a hard battle. We were on the other side of it last week, so to come back and fight back tonight is just the other side of the coin where you’re just so happy that you can’t put it into words.” But Friday night’s game wasn’t the only dramatic play of the weekend for the Lions as they took to their home ice again on Saturday, seeking revenge against Muhlenberg College, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year. “This weekend was one we circled once the schedule came out,” Rothlisberger said. “We wanted revenge against Muhlenberg and I don’t think there’s any other team in our league we want to beat more than Kutztown. We wanted these games badly.” It was another tough struggle for the College until late in the third period, despite freshman Will Sulpizio scoring early in the first 30 seconds of the game. The Lions seemed to continuously fall
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Ice hockey plays the role of cardiac kids in last week’s games.
victim to several turnovers near blue line as they let up two shorthanded goals during the game, not playing with their usual intensity. However, the turning point of the game came with 10 minutes left in the third period as Muhlenberg took a five-minute major penalty from an elbow to the head with the score at 3-3, with defenders Rothlisberger and junior Nick Wilechansky contributing the second and third goals for the Lions. Muhlenberg’s second shorthanded goal of the night came during the five-minute power play after junior goalie David Laub made an incredible first save. Finally, the Lions got fired up as two rookies, Sulpizio and freshman Luke May, each scored two power-play goals within 20 seconds of each other, giving the College a 5-4 lead to
hold off for a nerve-wracking seven minutes, until the buzzer finally sounded, giving the Lions their highly-sought after revenge. “We found a way to win another one,” Cucci said. “Somehow we’re finding ways. I’m happy with the win, of course. It’s a win. But I’m not happy with the play these past two games. We need to get better. Every weekend we have to work to improve individually and as a team. I wish we would’ve played better, but a win is a win.” With Laub playing a solid two games this weekend, saving a total of 83 shots on goal, this weekend’s third periods proved to be the period of strength for the Lions in both games as they visibly wanted the win more than their opponents, leaving their hearts on the ice to find their ways to exciting success.
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Greg Oriolo Corrrespondent
Amy Reynolds Editor-in-Chief
Chris Molicki News Editor
Mike Herold Staff Writer
In this week’s Around the Dorm, the “Ref,” Greg Oriolo, asks our panel three questions: Who can challenge the Miami Heat in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, what NFL team has been the most surprising through the first half of the season, and what NHL player should be the frontrunner for MVP after the early part of the season.
1. With the NBA season officially underway, what team in the East do you feel is the biggest threat to the two-time defending champion, Miami Heat? Chris: The NBA playoffs are so much different than the regular season, so when trying to decide who the biggest threat is to Miami, I think it’s best looking at past playoffs. The last time the Bulls played the Heat in the playoffs with a healthy Derek Rose, they could only beat them once in a seven game series. The Indiana Pacers, however, took the Heat to Game 7. The Pacers have a star in Paul George who can defend LeBron, a rim enforcer/brick wall in Roy Hibbert who gave Miami fits last year, and the strategy to beat the Heat, making them my pick. Their strategy was to clog the lane and force Dwyane Wade and LeBron to shoot outside jumpers, which is not what they want to do. Nothing against Rose and Joakim Noah, but they’re simply not the same defensively as Hibbert and George. Add in a revamped bench and a young, blossoming coach in Frank Vogel, and Indiana’s got a shot to reject the Heat
from a threepeat. Amy: Despite a head coach with a lack of experience, Brook Lopez’s foot ailments, and the old ages of Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Kevin Garnett, I think the Brooklyn Nets are a big threat to the two-time defending champion, Miami Heat. In fact, there are many reasons why they are a serious threat to the East. Even though Garnett and Pierce are 37 and 36, respectively, they’re still some
pretty tough players. There have also been 35 All-Star appearances by the starting five. But the coaching is what’s going to really pull it all together. Although Jason Kidd’s head coaching has been somewhat questionable, he displayed great leadership characteristics throughout his playing years, and he’s surrounded by a strong staff. Mike: The Indiana Pacers. Almost by default — the Knicks and Nets are too long in the
tooth to keep up with the pace Miami brings to the table in the playoffs, and the Bulls can’t be considered serious threats until Derrick Rose proves that he can stay healthy and return to his old form. Even if the other contenders were big threats, however, the Pacers would still likely be the biggest. They have everything needed to take on Miami: a stingy defense that ranked second in the league last season in points allowed at just 90.7 per game and first in defensive rating at a pretty stellar 99.8, solid big men capable of exploiting Miami’s less-thanspectacular front line in Roy Hibbert and David West, and the ever-improving Paul George, who matched LeBron James as well as anyone can during last year’s Eastern Finals. The Pacers’ biggest flaw of last season, a lack of real depth, was addressed fairly well during the off season, as the additions of Luis Scola and C.J. Watson helped shore up their bench. Add to the bench either the return of Danny Granger or whoever they get for his expiring contract, and you have the team with the best shot at taking down the champs.
Mike wins for bringing up the Pacers defense as well as improved bench, Chris gets 2 points for the Pacers prior success, and Amy gets 1 point for talking about the All-Star lineup. 2. Which NFL team is your biggest surprise of the season and which team do you feel is the biggest disappointment? Chris: The trendy surprise pick is the Chiefs, but in reality, they haven’t really beaten anyone. The combined record of the teams they’ve beaten is 27-48, and they’ve yet to beat a team with a record above .500. Instead, The biggest surprise for me is the Detroit Lions. They’re second in the league in passing yards with the Matthew Stafford-Calvin Johnson combination, but in reality, Stafford doesn’t have a legit second option to throw to. The defense has also be stout, led by Ndamukong Suh, and a team that looked undisciplined last year and repeatedly shot themselves in the foot is keeping pace with the Packers in the NFC North. The biggest disappointment has to be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This team has been nothing but toxic. Josh Freeman was awful, Greg Schiano clearly can’t coach in the NFL, and Doug Martin wasn’t doing anything before he got hurt. The most puzzling thing is how bad the defense has been. Despite acquiring Darelle Revis and
Dashon Goldson to bolster a secondary that was supposed to help Gerald McCoy and Adrian Clayborn up front has been pretty terrible and gashed constantly by opposing offenses. Amy: The Kansas City Chiefs have been the biggest surprise of the NFL season so far. Yes, they had some talent last year, but they also only won two games. One big reason for their turnaround this year is they now actually have a competent head coach in Andy Reid. In addition, their defense, after eight games, only let up 98 points, which is an average of less than 13 points per game. The most disappointing team this season has been the Atlanta Falcons. Yes, they have had injuries to key offensive players, such as Julio Jones, Roddy White and Steven Jackson, but this is a team that almost made the Super Bowl last year, so a lot more was expected of them. The outlook for the remainder of the season is not promising, as they still have games against tough opponents, including Seattle, New Orleans, Green Bay and San Francisco, all of whom are potential playoff teams. Mike: Most people might put the Chiefs as the
biggest surprise of the season so far, but with the upgrades at quarterback and to the coaching staff, combined with their already impressive defense, running game and easy schedule so far, they haven’t been all that surprising. So instead I’ll say the Carolina Panthers. Without significant changes to the roster or a change in head coach, Carolina has crawled from being one of the weaker defensive teams in the NFL to the second best in points allowed at just 13.7 a game. They also have the fourth best point differential at 10.6, which showcases their offensive improvement as well. Cam Newton has come on much stronger this season, and while his QBR hasn’t climbed much, his other statistics are all up, with the most notable rises being in completion percentage and interception rates. As for a disappointment, how can you not pick the Atlanta Falcons? From the NFC title game last season and many predicting that they’d make the Super Bowl, the Falcons have fallen to a 2-5 record and little indication that they can turn things around. If that isn’t a disappointing season, I don’t know what is.
Mike wins for talking about how Carolina has won with the same team, Chris gets 2 points for his analysis of Detriot and Tampa, and Amy gets 1 point for highlighting the Chiefs. of his game that needed to grow, such as his passing, defense and leadership. He has finally emerged at age 23 as a legitimate two-way center, ranking second in the NHL in points (20) with 11 goals and 9 assists. Putting up points comes naturally to Stamkos, as he will most likely go on to rack up over 50 goals and 40 assists. Fans might be surprised to see his +/- rating at +9 which ranks him tied for third among forwards. Being responsible in the defensive end has translated to a hot start for the Lightning, as they are first in the Atlantic Division with a record of 10-4. After finishing with the third worst record last season, the new-found success all stems from MC Stammer. With one shorthanded goal, three power play goals and AP Photo two clutch game-winning goals already, this 3. Several star NHL players have been off to first liner and special teams threat will make the hot starts early in the season. Which player Lightning a serious Stanley Cup contender in a do you feel has been most impressive and is rather weak Eastern Conference. the early frontrunner for MVP this season? Amy: Even though I can’t stand the Penguins, Chris: With one month already under the belt Sidney Crosby is the obvious choice. He is for the NHL season, my early-season MVP is currently leading the league in points with 23 former number 1 overall pick Steven Stamkos points, including 15 assists. The latter number of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Well known for shows that he is helping his teammates to behis goal scoring ability, there were other facets come better, as he is setting them up to score Chris wins for highlighting Stamkos’s improvement, Mike gets 2 points for discussing dark horse Steen, and Amy gets 1 point for saying Crosby could be MVP if healthy.
goals. However, Crosby will have to keep up his current pace as Pittsburgh is clearly defensively challenged and very reliant on a highpowered offense for its success. In order to be a contender for MVP this season, though, Crosby has to stay healthy because he’s been plagued by injuries, including serious concussions, during the past few seasons. Mike: Alexander Steen. His 1.6 points per game stand as best in the league right now, and with only 10 games played so far he’s already netted 11 goals, which also leads the league. He comes in at fifth overall in points scored, despite having played in fewer games than just about everyone else, and his shooting percentage of
35.5 percent is absolutely absurd given how often he shoots. In fact, none of the players who have a better shooting percentage than Steen so far (Steen is eighth) have shot more than seven times, and you have to go pretty far down the list to find anyone else who has taken more than 10 shots, while Steen sits at 31. Add onto all the stats that the St. Louis Blues are actually winning, with a 7-1-2 record through ten games, putting them in the top ten in hockey in total points and tied for first in losses, and you get an even better argument to be made for Steen. While there are several worthy candidates so far, Steen has been the most impressive, and should be the early frontrunner for MVP.
Mike wins Around the Dorm, 8-7-3
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Lions enter playoffs confident, realistic Field Hockey
Field hockey to face Ramapo in first round By Andrew Grossman Sports Assistant
The regular season is finally over. After two months of competition and endless hours practicing, the field hockey team must shift its focus to the playoffs. A 15-3 overall record may seem impressive, but in the postseason, anything is possible. In order to be the best, the women cannot rely on their past successes, but rather come together as a unit and show up to play. In the playoffs, each game has the potential to be their last. “I am happy with the group of girls, and they are really clicking as a team,” head coach Sharon Pflugar said. “They’re great to work with because they are hard-working girls and have improved (so much since the beginning of the season).” Pflugar stressed the importance that the week leading up to the playoffs was crucial. “It was extremely important because, in my eyes, we had to finish strong,” Pfluger said. In their first game against nationally ranked Ursinus College, the Lions managed to stay
in contention the entire time, but a late goal proved to be costly as the women lost 4-3. “I can see where we made our mistakes, but I also saw that we did a lot of good things in that game too,” Pflugar said. “It is just a matter of identifying where there was an issue and working on it. We’ve already done that.” Adjustments were quickly made, and five days later the women were back in action against Messiah College. In the past, the Falcons gave the Lions trouble, beating the College four of the last five times. This day proved to be different, though, as the women quickly shrugged off an early deficit to take a 4-1 victory. Freshman forward Lexi Smith led the team with two goals. “We played well and scored some big goals,” Pflugar said. “We came out right after half time and scored right away, so I really just think the team played very well that day because Messiah is a good team.” Much like in the week’s prior game, the women had little time to relax as Johns Hopkins University posed to be a legitimate threat.
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Junior Victoria Martin helps the Lions rally against Messiah.
The Lions didn’t flinch, though, and won 4-2 in convincing fashion. Despite winning the game, the women knew they could have played better. “I think the girls were happy that they won — and we all were — but yet we also walked away saying that we needed to fix certain things,” Pflugar said.
“You want to go into postseason play confident enough to know that you can play well and realistic enough to know that certain things need to improve.” This Wednesday, Nov. 3, Ramapo College travels to the Lions’ home turf to start the postseason. Although the women defeated the Owls two weeks
prior, 4-3, they are not taking anything for granted. “I expect us to play well and win,” Pflugar said. “We will use that game, and we will use every game (to prepare us.)” There are no guarantees in playoff field hockey, and the Lions know that in order to be the best, they must play like the best.
Football surrenders place at top of NJAC By Chris Molicki News Editor
Riding high after a four-game win streak, the College came crashing back down to Earth, losing a pair of games to SUNY Cortland and SUNY Brockport by the scores of 20-7 and 14-3, respectively. The Lions (4-4, 3-2) struggled offensively against the two SUNY schools, scoring a combined 10 points. In their game against SUNY Cortland, the Lions continued their trend of getting off to a fast start. Sophomore quarterback Chris Spellman led the team on an eightplay 80-yard drive in the middle of the first quarter that was highlighted by big plays. Spellman tossed passes of 46 and 25 yards to freshman wide receiver Jeffrey Mattonelli and senior wide receiver Frederick Sprengel, respectively. The touchdown came by a 1-yard plunge by sophomore running back Victor Scalici. “It’s always a good feeling to score early in a game,” senior linebacker Nick Bricker said. “To have that lead early in the game is a real momentum shift in our favor.” After that drive, however, it was all Cortland. The Red Dragons managed to score on their three ensuing drives, sandwiching a 16-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Hughes to John Babin in between two field goals. The latter of the field goals was nearly a Lions touchdown. The original attempt was blocked by the College and taken to the house, which would have given the Lions a 14-10 lead. The play was ruled dead, however, allowing Cortland to rekick and connect on the second try. “The rekick was definitely a big play in the game, but that’s the rules and great teams are able to deal with adversity,”
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The Lions drop two games over the break, falling to 3-2 in NJAC play.
Bricker said. “We cannot focus on one play. As a team we have to move on to the next play.” The offense was having a lot of trouble finding its rhythm, with the defense trying desperately to keep it in the game, but a special teams play proved to be the dagger. On the second half kickoff, Cortland’s Justin Autera returned the kick 97 yards for the touchdown and made the score 20-7 — a score that wouldn’t change. “Special teams is just as important as the other two phases of the game,” Bricker said. “In order to succeed, we need to be sharp in all three phases. That being said, we cannot let one or two plays decide the outcome of the game.” The Lions were effective on the ground, with Scalici (105 yards) and sophomore running back Brad Young (115 yards) each passing the 100-yard mark. Turnovers were a big problem with
the offense, as Spellman and sophomore quarterback Sam Palladino combined for three interceptions. Mattonelli’s four catches for 86 yards was the lone bright spot in the passing game. Bricker was once again a dominant force for the Lions’ defense, recording 17 tackles and leading a unit that only gave up 13 points and 275 total yards. Junior linebacker Ryan Lowe record nine tackles, while junior defensive lineman Thomas Masi notched seven of his own. The home contest against SUNY Brockport was not much better. The Lions couldn’t get off to a hot start like they did against Cortland, as they were held scoreless until the fourth quarter, thanks to a 25-yard field goal from sophomore kicker Evan Costello. Wayne Bonsell scored on an 11-yard touchdown run for Brockport’s first touchdown in the second quarter, while
Dan Andrews added a 5-yard touchdown in the third. The team had 128 rushing yards on the day. “We didn’t make timely plays,” Paladino said. “Their defense did a good job keeping everything in front of them and we just didn’t execute.” The offense wasn’t as bad as the three points indicated, but they simply could not score. Sophomore quarterback Sam Paladino was nine for 18 with 94 yards and an interception, while Paladino, freshman quarterback Craig Cicardo and sophomore running backs Victor Scalici and Brad Young combined for 100 yards rushing. “We had some opportunities but we need to work on smelling the end zone,” Paladino said. “When we have the ball on their side of the field, we have to come out with points. We have to dig deeper and want to score.” Paladino’s defense did all it could to keep the Lions in the game. Allowing only 14 points, the defense put on another great performance. Senior linebacker Nick Bricker had 13 tackles, putting him at 97 for the season, while sophomore defensive back Matthew Fleck had eight. At 3-2, the College is still in the thick of things in the NJAC, only a game behind Brockport and Rowan University in the standings. With the game against Brockport being their last home game of the season, the Lions will have to be road warriors as they travel to William Paterson University and Rowan in the final two weeks of the regular season. “Even though things didn’t go our way last weekend, we are staying positive and knowing that every game is going to be a battle in this conference,” Paladino said. “We’ve learned from the loss, moved on and are ready to get back to winning.”
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Swimming teams combine for 6-0 start Lions dominant in the season’s early going Swimming & Diving
By Chrissy Onorato and Ryan Molicki Staff Writers
Both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have begun their seasons as strong as ever. With three meets completed so far for each team, they have emerged victorious in all. The first meet of the season came against Montclair State University on Friday, Oct. 25. The men’s team came out with a 129-94 win, showing how ready it is for this season to get underway. Early in the meet, the Lions came up with first- and secondplace finishes in the 200-medley relay as junior Aleksander Burzynski, sophomore James Shangle, sophomore Joseph Dunn and senior Philip Hawley grabbed the victory. Freshman Scott Vitabile then came in first in the 1,000-freestyle, while freshman Jason Ivins placed third. Dunn had a remarkable first meet of the season, as he placed first in the 50-free, 100-butterfly and 400-medley relay. In the 50free, his teammates junior Brett Pedersen and senior Michael Oliva placed second and third, sweeping the podium. In the 100-free, Pedersen came in first with a time of 48.13 while Hawley and freshman Andrew Nesbitt came in second and third. Burzynski placed first in the 100backstroke with a time of 56.43,
while junior Matthew VanBiervliet finished second. In the diving event, sophomore Daniel Tsinis came in first in the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions. The women’s team was just as successful in its first opener of the season as well, claiming a narrow 119-111 victory over Montclair. The College won the 400-freestyle relay as freshman Colleen Magley, freshman Brenna Strollo, sophomore Lauren Rothstein and junior Summer Thomas worked well together and finished with a time of 3:47.05. Thomas also took the 100- and 200-free events while Strollo took the 100-backstroke and finished second in the 1,000-free. “The team is great,” freshman Strollo, who was named the NJAC rookie of the week, said. “Being able to compete at our own pool with our friends and family around was fantastic. I had a blast at the season opener.” Senior Amy Schurer came in second in the 200-individual medley and in the 100-butterfly, while junior Brennah Ross came in first in the 50-free and senior Nina Sabatini finished third. In the diving events, sophomore Edith Duggan came in first in the 1-meter and 3-meter events. The College then took on Ramapo College a few days later when both teams came out with the wins again. The men defeated their opponents 156-95 while the women defeated theirs 164.5-92.5.
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The swimming teams start the season where they left off last year. On the men’s side, the College took all 12 individual competitions and both relays. Vitabile came in first in the 200-butterfly and the 100-free. Freshman Ryan Gadjzisz claimed the 1000-free, 500-free and 200 individual medley. The 400-medley relay team was made up of Burzynski, Shangle, Dunn and Nesbitt and came out victorious with a time of 2:09.31. Burzynski claimed the top spot in the 200-backstroke, Nesbitt in the 50-free and Dunn in the 200free. Freshman Vince Masciandaro placed first in the 100-breast. The women’s day was equally dominant as the men’s.
The 400-medley team consisted of senior Ashley Conroy, senior Kelsey Sumple, Schurer and Ross. They took the first spot with a time of 4:15.96. Schurer came in first place in the 200-butterfly and 200-backstroke as well, and Ross claimed the 100-free. The final event of the week came against Southern Connecticut State University where the men took the win 169.5-116.5 and the women took their win 157-131. In the 200-medley, the men took the win with a time of 1:36.08. Gadjzisz had another impressive day as he came in first in the 200individual medley and the 500-
free. He also placed second in the 1,000-free. Burzynski claimed the 100backstroke while Dunn captured the 100-butterfly. Nesbitt then won the 200-free. On the women’s team, Schurer and Thomas placed first and second in the 200-IM, and the 400-free relay was conquered by Rothstein, Ross, Conroy and senior Michelle Sanders. Sophomore Eilish Devine captured the 1,000-yard in the distance free events. The Lions are off this coming week before they head to New York University on Saturday, Nov. 16.
Fairytale story for Boston with latest title Heroic showings, redemption in playoff run Cheap Seats
Lester redeems himself, winning two games in the World Series. By Chris Molicki News Editor
From obstruction calls to game-ending pickoffs, the 2013 World Series had its fair share of shocking moments. But the most surprising of all had to be the end result: The Boston Red Sox completed their worstto-first campaign by winning a championship, their third in the past decade. Sporting a solid rotation and arguably the best offense in baseball, the Sox had
their fair share of struggles throughout the postseason. Perhaps the biggest reason they made it all the way was their clutch performances. It’s hard to talk about clutch without first mentioning David Ortiz. Big Papi hit a mind-boggling 11-for-16 in the World Series, basically mashing every pitch he saw. This was on the heels of an ALCS where he saved Boston from going down 2-0 with his goosebump-worthy grand slam that will forever live in Red Sox lore.
Shane Victorino had a legendary grand slam of his own in Game 6 of the ALCS. With the team down a run and fighting hard to avoid a Game 7, the Flyin’ Hawaiin crushed a pitch over the monster, which ultimately sent the Red Sox to the World Series. And every little thing was all right in Boston. The redemption tours of pitchers Jon Lester and John Lackey were huge for the Red Sox, whose ace, Clay Bucholz, was simply not that in the playoffs. Lester gave up only six runs in 34.2 innings (1.56 ERA) while fanning 29 batters. Lackey complemented him with a stat line of eight runs allowed in 26 innnings (2.77 ERA), along with 25 strikeouts. The two pitchers went from chicken and beer to pitching and beards. And finally, in order to be dominant and clutch, a team needs someone reliable to close the game out. Koji Uehara was as reliable as he could be. After going through three closers, Boston finally settled on Uehara, who gave up a lone run in 13.2 postseason innings, while striking out 16 and not walking a single batter. Uehara consistently recorded saves (seven total), whether they were three, four or even five outs long. To put it all into perspective, from July to the end of the World Series, Uehara gave up only two runs in 53.2 innings pitched.
The playoffs can often be a crapshoot in any sport, and we’ve seen plenty of athletes step up with heroic performances to lead their team to a title. The Red Sox had all of this, along with a bunch of other players coming through when they needed it most. And while that isn’t something that can be measured in a stat, it often leads to championships.
Ortiz defines clutch in the playoffs.
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THE WEEK Men’s XC
Led Lions to NJAC Title
Women’s Soccer November 5 @ Rowan University, 7 p.m.
Freshman Andrew Tedeschi led the Lions at the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship with a time of 26:47.7, finishing in second place. This time helped the men capture their 20th consecutive NJAC Title. This was the third time in six collegiate races that Tedeschi placed in the top-10.
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Field Hockey November 6 vs. Ramapo College, 7:30 p.m. Football November 9 @ William Paterson University, 1 p.m. Wrestling November 9 Ursinus College Fall Brawl, 9 a.m.
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Last week’s Signal Trivia Answer: Back in the first round of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut played the longest match in tennis history. Isner won the 11-hour marathon 6–4, 3–6, 6–7 (7–9), 7–6 (7–3), 70–68.
Lions ride good fortune to playoff win
Men’s soccer takes advantage of home game By Peter Fiorilla Sports Editor
Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, which the men’s soccer team took advantage of in a 2-0 win over over Richard Stockton College in its first playoff game since 2010. In a tightly contested, fast-paced 90 minutes featuring two defenses on the top of their games, it took a stroke of luck for the Lions (7-2-1 in NJAC play) to break the deadlock in the 70th minute through freshman midfielder Nick Costelloe, who took a shot from the top of the box that deflected off a defender and into the net. “Stockton was a very strong opponent and it was definitely a back and forth game,” Costelloe said. “In the second half, we were putting a lot of pressure on Stockton and created some goal-scoring chances. The breakthrough was very fortunate. I was lucky to have my shot deflected and the bounce caught the keeper off guard.” The Lions did not let up after Costelloe’s opener, piling the pressure on the Ospreys despite the lead, and it paid off soon after: Senior forward Kevin Shaw scored his 20th goal of the year off a feed from sophomore defender Greg Kaye in the 78th minute, effectively icing the game off. “After the goal, it was just a matter of keeping the pressure on the Stockton defense,”
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Shaw scores his 20th of the season to put the game out of reach.
Costelloe said. “Normally, if we score the first goal late in a game, we become very defensive and change our style of play. I think the team did a great job of pressuring Stockton and searching for the second goal. We knew the game wasn’t over after our first goal and that was enough motivation to go for another and really put away the game.” For its part, the Lions defense held firm the rest of the way, with senior goalkeeper Aaron Utman making five saves for the team’s third shutout in six games — a stretch in which the College has not allowed more than a goal.
“The defense has been incredible and consistent and Aaron Utman has been at his best,” Costelloe said. “The back line has become very organized. (Junior defender) Ryan Sullivan and (sophomore defender) Dan McMillan have been the two anchors in the back that have really kept the team organized.” The clutch defensive efforts paved the way elsewhere on the field, too, whether it came from confidence in the team’s ability to keep a clean sheet or senior defensive midfielder Sean Casey springboarding the offense in transition and keeping the Lions’
counter attack razor sharp. “Knowing that we have a clutch keeper between the posts boosts the team’s confidence and allows us to play attacking soccer,” Costelloe said. “Casey’s work rate just in front of the back line provides support on the defensive end and almost all of our attacks come through him. I think off the field, as well, our defenders are all leaders that the whole team can look up to.” The Lions’ success heading into and during the playoffs has been a complete team effort, though, with all 11 players on the field playing with playoff intensity at the most crucial part of the season. “At this point in the season, everyone on the team understands that every game could be the last,” Costelloe said. “We are all playing with the seniors in mind because we want to help them continue their careers here at TCNJ. With that in mind, we play each game with high intensity.” The Lions’ schedule only gets harder from here on, though, as they travel to No. 3 Rutgers-Camden — who the College tied 1-1 in Lions Stadium earlier this year — in a do-or-die semi-final on Wednesday, Nov. 6. “Rutgers-Camden is a tough opponent that played a very physical game against us earlier in the season,” Costelloe said. “It will be a tough game but we are up for the challenge and can’t wait to get back on the field.”
Lions stay true to form in final stages
Women’s soccer smashes Ramapo in playoffs
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Applestein scores twice in the Lions’ 4-0 playoff victory.
By Chrissy Onorato Staff Writer
In the past two weeks, the women’s soccer team has shown
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why it deserves a spot in the NJAC playoffs. Finishing up the regular season with a 15-2-1 record and defeating Ramapo College 4-0 in its playoff opener, these players
have all proved their worth on the field, no matter what kind of situation the Lions find themselves in. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the Lions took on Stevens Institute of Technology with full force and came out victorious, winning 3-0. The Lions attacked first and netted the first goal of the game with only 2:37 elapsed as freshman midfielder Sarah Marion assisted junior forward Leigh Applestein for the goal. The second goal came about 14 minutes later as senior forward Katie Lindacher rushed down the field, bumping the score to 2-0. In the second half, the Lions earned their final goal, rounding out the scoring as sophomore midfielder Taylor Lusardi sent one flying into the net. The Lions defense played another game of impeccable defense, limiting their opponents’ chances and picking up its 10th shutout of the year. Senior Kendra Griffith was in goal for the Lions,
notching her fifth solo shutout of the season. The team made this win seem effortless, but the Lions knew not to relax in the last two games of the season. In their second to last game against New Jersey City University, the Lions propelled themselves to a 7-0 victory. Scoring five times in the first half, the Lions knew what was at stake in this game and the game to come. With 6:48 into the first half, Marion assisted sophomore midfielder Shannon White with the first goal of the game. From that point on, the ball seemed to find their opponents’ net on its own. Freshman midfielder Lauren Malajian, freshman forward Christine Levering, sophomore defense Christina Roach and freshman forward Chalen Noble all scored the remaining goals of the first half, giving the Lions a comfortable 5-0 lead going into the second half. In true Lion fashion, the final
45 minutes were also dominated by the College, with Levering and Roach each scoring once more. The Lions’ defense put on another remarkable display for the win, as junior Christina Gacos and sophomore Jessica Weeder shared the shutout. Prior to this game, the team’s seniors were honored in a small ceremony in which they were thanked for their dedication to the team. Among these players were Griffith, Lindacher, midfield Sloan DePiero and defense Lauren Giles. In their last regular season game, though, the Lions fought with all of their might but could not defeat Rowan University. It was the hardest fought game of the season and every player left everything they had on the field, but their opponents held them off remarkably. The Lions fell 3-2 after two overtimes. see PLAYOFFS page 23
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