The Signal: Fall '19 No. 10

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November 6, 2019

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PRISM hosts Queer Ball

By Julia Ahart Staff Writer

CUB Alt show brings Professor takes relaxing sound to students audience down ‘Abbey Road’ By Claire Joanson Correspondent

Students dressed up for PRISM’s annual Queer Ball made their way to the Education Building Room 212 on Thursday, Oct. 31, to celebrate the end of Queer Awareness Month. Lambda Theta Phi, Zeta Phi Beta and the Asian American Association co-sponsored the event. This year, in honor of the ball falling on Halloween, PRISM ditched its usual formal attire and wore creative and fun Halloween costumes. Care Bears, Power Rangers, skeletons and bloody vampires alike poured into the space for a night of community, dancing and food. PRISM, the oldest LGBTQ+ organization at the College, planned numerous events on campus for Queer Awareness Month, such as the Coming Out Monologues and Big Gay Bingo. Queer Ball was PRISM’s biggest event of the semester, and it rounded out the month in a fun, formal celebration. Andi Aggarao, a sophomore nursing major and PRISM’s social media and publicity chair, attended the event as a freshman and it sparked her interest in joining the club. “This was the starting point of me getting involved in PRISM,” Aggarao said. “It’s sort of like an anniversary of celebrating me coming out of my shell as a freshman and getting see DANCE page 11

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Music fans of all ages walked out of Mayo Concert Hall with a better understanding of the magic behind the Beatles’ final album, “Abbey Road.” Kenneth Womack, an established historian, author and professor of English at Monmouth University, gave a presentation displaying his specialized knowledge in literature, creative writing and the fab four. Within his hour-long presentation on Oct. 29, the author delved into the band’s creation of the album. On Oct. 15, Womack saw the release of his latest book, “Solid State: The Story of ‘Abbey Road’ and the End of the Beatles,” which comes during the 50th anniversary of the album’s release. Throughout his presentation, Womack focused on the “Abbey Road” medley, the eight-song collection found on side B of the record. “The medley is essentially a selection of songs in a suite that concludes their career, so it has a very powerful place in their story,” Womack said. This medley, often referred to as “The Long One,” during recording, is the last time that all four members of the Beatles worked collectively

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Speaker recalls accident, addresses dangers of drunk driving By Micaela Soler Correspondent

On a late winter night 10 years ago, Matthew Maher sat at a Philadelphia bar after he had injured his knee the day before. The Philadelphia Kixx soccer player, whose career-threatening injury stranded him in a world of uncertainty, made a decision that night that he would regret forever. He left the bar with his friend to drive to Atlantic City. As he sped down the road, his car collided with the minivan of Hort Kap, a husband and father of six. The 55-year-old died at the scene, according to a 2010 article. After Maher was found guilty of driving under the influence and killing Kap, he was sentenced to five and a half years in prison and was released in August 2014. Since his release, Maher has become the man behind the creation of “Truth Over Trend,” a motivational presentation of how his life changed for the worst after one wrong decision. Maher uses his experience to travel and speak to students to allow them to understand how one night can change everything, which is what he did during his visit to the Brower Student Center on Oct. 28.

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The College’s sorority of Delta Zeta was the main Greek organization to coordinate the event, while other organizations supported it. Mimi Colon-Jordan, a freshman business management major, felt that it was important to inform people on how to prevent situations like Maher’s. “Colleges need to be educated on how to keep themselves away from such situations,” Colon-Jordan said. “I know people who have been involved and it’s just not a good thing to be a part of.” The lecture began with Maher recalling back to a nightmare, something most people have experienced during their sleep, and relating the sensation of being powerless during the dream to the feeling of losing control during the accident. “One bad decision ruins a million good ones,” Maher said about the night that ruined his life as a professional soccer player. The presentation was followed along with a slideshow, containing simple, yet powerful phrases Maher said and videos about his background, the night of the accident, his speech to the victim’s family and more. “Look at me,” Maher said multiple times throughout his lecture, in an attempt to let the students understand his emotions. When asked what was his key motivation Editorial / Page 7

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Maher spends his time giving motivational talks to students. to becoming a spokesperson behind drunk driving, Maher said, “The platform brings with it pain, and pain can either get you to shut down or pain can birth passion.” Near the end, one student asked Maher what his biggest hope was for students in attendance. Features / Page 11


“My prayer is that the message will ring true in their individual lives, that they make the right decision,” he said. “A lot of times youthfulness brings with it the mentality of being indestructible, so I hope to break that unrealistic perception and insert the message of accountability,” he said.

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Foster discusses differential housing with SG

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The president listens to feedback from the general body. By Caroline King Staff Writer

Student Government gathered in the Education Building Room 115 for its anticipated visit with College President Kathryn Foster on Oct. 30. Following an open meeting with the Board of Trustees the day prior, where members discussed the issue of differential housing, Foster centered her visit on two main issues concerning students: housing and parking. Foster began her discussion with the general body by acknowledging the deep pushback she and the Board of Trustees have received with regard to the newly proposed housing plan, otherwise known as differential housing, which would go into effect next year.





“Our motive was the same as your pushback motive,” Foster said regarding the housing plan. She said there is currently a “deep inequity” in housing costs for students. Currently, the flat rate across singles, doubles and triples across the various buildings means certain students are paying more than necessary, given the quality and size of their room. However, Foster noted the “element of chance” with the current housing lottery system, which made the flat housing prices “somewhat more palatable.” For many in SG who voiced their concerns to Foster, the issue of equity stemmed more from the lack of a housing lottery system in the proposed plan. By having the choice to pick rooms, students could be paying the higher cost of living in a single. With the proposed plan, there is the possibility of being forced into a single


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The individual says she last saw her bike outside Barnes & Noble. By Jennifer Somers Photo Editor Bicycle Theft in Campus Town On Oct. 30 at approximately 10:20 p.m., Campus Police was dispatched to headquarters to respond to a report of a stolen bicycle. Upon arrival, Campus Police met with a student who is also a resident of Campus Town apartments. The resident stated that she last saw her bicycle on Oct. 29 at approximately 12:30 p.m., when she locked the bike to the rack outside of Barnes & Noble, next to Landmark Americana. She informed the police that she double checks


her lock every time she locks up her bicycle, and that she noticed it was missing on Oct. 30 at approximately 9:45 p.m. She said both the bicycle and lock were gone. The bicycle is described as blue in color with a wicker basket, a black seat, rusted silver handlebars, black grips, a white, plastic front and rear fenders. She could not remember the make or model of the bicycle. She stated it is valued at $150. She described the lock as thin, black and valued at approximately $10. Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at 609-771-2345.

and therefore paying more if all doubles were chosen before all singles. “There’s a rigidity to the model we have here,” Foster said. The discussion continued with the issue of parking at the College. Foster told the general body that she was currently looking for a company to conduct a study on parking needs, not only as they pertained to students, but faculty, staff and visitors as well. As the student body and staff grow, ratios of parking would also play a part in a hypothetical addition to the current available parking. Foster, who has a master’s in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley, according to her biography on the College’s website, noted that a solution to the current lack of parking at the College would be “to build up and down.” As she and others are scoping out companies to conduct studies, Foster also urged applicable student groups to reach out, as proposed by an engineering student in attendance. Foster concluded by urging students to give their honest feedback about differential housing and parking, as well as offer suggestions for both issues. Following Foster’s open discussion, SG introduced its sole resolution, different from a bill, as it must go into debate before being voted on. R-F2019-01, “Differential Housing Resolution,” states that differential housing is not an equitable approach. “The differential housing model would not promote inclusivity and equity, as this model does not comply with the current housing lottery system contingent on a random computer generated time slot for housing selection,” the resolution stated. The resolution will be debated and most likely voted on at SG’s next meeting. If passed, it will be sent directly to Foster. SG voted on the bill B-F2019-12, which states that initiatives are to be reviewed by the Vice President for Government Affairs before being sent to the Executive President, in order to provide a formatting and feedback process for sponsors. The bill passed, and concluded the Old Business that was to be discussed at the meeting.

Vital Signs: Strawberries make

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The fruit can help whiten teeth. By Victoria Giardina Columnist Whether they are chocolate-dipped or topped on fluffy pancakes, strawberries are the tartiest and freshest of all the berries. Not only are they super healthy for you, but they maintain adequate nutrition in the body as well. If you feel like your muscles are tight or sore, cutting up a few strawberries may be the all-natural remedy you are looking for. Instead of reaching for anti-inflammatory medications, try these bright red berries that will nourish your body’s blood and cholesterol levels in the process. Ditch the whitening strips and expensive


treatments from your dentist for now. You can whiten your teeth organically with strawberries! According to, mixing a strawberry with a little bit of baking soda and leaving it on your teeth for five minutes can make your teeth whiter. Try this remedy once a week for improved results. So, where can you find these miracle-working berries on campus? Blend up strawberries into a smoothie at the Brower Student Center or head to Frutta Bowls for an incredible acai bowl. Whichever you decide, strawberries will add both health benefits and juicy flavor the next time you reach for fruit.

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Professor discusses Puerto Rican Heritage Faculty Series continues to enlighten students

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Left: Alejandro explains the discovery of his culture. Right: The speaker presents a newspaper that celebrates the island’s independence. By Kailee Hoffmann Staff Writer Graphic design professor Jason Alejandro spoke to an eager crowd at Mayo Concert Hall on Friday, Nov. 1, where he discussed his field and how it relates to his Puerto Rican culture. Alejandro has previously worked at other institutions like Rutgers University, Kean University and Lehigh University, among others. He also

maintains an independent design practice, in which he designs covers for books. He presented covers for different books, such as “Gods and Robots and “The Science of Brea king Bad,” a book about the science behind the popular television show. Alejandro also presented his cover for the new book “Sunbelt Diaspora” for the University of Texas, for which the audience was the first to see the

cover. The cover featured the state of Florida, which was blue with a white star in it. In the background, there were red and white stripes, which represent the Puerto Rican flag, according to Alejandro. The poster represented the many Puerto Ricans who fled to Florida to escape the floods of Hurricane Maria. He put the poster up as a transition to his talk about Puerto Rico. The main part of Alejandro’s

presentation was his Puerto Rican background, and how he knew nothing of the culture. “I wanted to figure out what it meant to me,” he said. He started off by describing his research on Puerto Rico’s history. Puerto Rico is the world’s oldest colony and was claimed by Spain back in 1493. He talked about Puerto Rico’s history and current events, including its fight for independence. Alejandro exposed the audience to different posters that were created

to show support for the movement. He showed various posters, including one with sign language, and the various Puerto Rican flags. “As students, you guys are going out and doing things, it’s really important that you think about the things that are really going to make you happy,” he said. “I hope that you go out and make things that are meaningful, and improved, that matter and that will make the world ultimately better.”

SFB funds museum trip, game night

By Ian Krietzberg Staff Writer

The Student Finance Board funded two organizations at its meeting in the Brower Student Center Room 104 on Oct. 30, totaling an expense of more than $2,000. Members of the College’s Anthropology Society presented their proposal for a field trip to the Mütter and Penn Museums in Philadelphia. Both museums encompass two sides of the anthropological field — the Mütter Museum is more focused on physical anthropology with a myriad of collections that focus on the human body, including dried, skeletal and wet specimens. Meanwhile, the Penn Museum focuses on archaeology. An anthropology professor of the College works at this museum, so the likelihood of a private tour is high. The trip is set to occur on Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. The Anthropology Society requested a total of $1,707.20, which would cover the cost of busing to and from the museums. The amount requested is for a quote of 56 attendants, which may be far more than the number of people who actually attend the trip — only 10 people attended the same trip last year. However, the presenters said that there is far more interest this year, as they have had more time to advertise the trip.

SFB fully funded the event with the stipulation that the organization speaks with its liaison before booking the transportation to ensure that the size of the bus matches the amount of people that will be attending. Because of this, there is a possibility that the actual amount granted to the Anthropology Society will be less than the requested amount. Members of the Haitian Student Association requested $722.21 for their Caribbean Game Night. Expenses will cover the costs of food and utensils. Jeff Moise, senior sociology major who presented, described the event as a “chance to relax with friends and enjoy a good time.” This event will include traditional cultural games. The event will showcase three Haitain, Jamaican and Hispanic cultures. According to the organization’s proposal, the event is designed to be inclusive to all students and offer an opportunity to increase exposure and knowledge of the Caribbean student population. The event will include both Haitian and Jamaican food, and will be co-sponsored by Union Latina, the Black Student Union and the Association of Students for Africa. It will take place on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Decker Social Space. The board fully funded the game night. Expenses will cover the costs of food and utensils.

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The board’s members gather to hear the organizations’ requests.

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ISIS leader dead after U.S. raid in Syria By Ian Krietzberg Staff Writer

In a news conference Oct. 27, President Donald Trump announced the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, according to NBC News. Al-Baghdadi, the world’s most wanted terrorist leader, had been in hiding in northwestern Syria when the U.S. raid began just after 5 p.m. on Oct. 26. At 7:15 p.m. that same night, U.S. special operations forces declared “‘jackpot’” as the raid killed six enemy fighters, while 11 children were “turned over to a ‘responsible’ party that had been identified,” according to CNN. “The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, in total panic and dread, terrified of the American forces bearing down on him,” Trump said in his first public statement about the matter on Oct. 27. The success came three weeks after Trump ordered U.S. troops to withdraw

from Syria, a move that intelligence officials say disrupted the operation, according to The New York Times. The decision also forced U.S. troops to carry out the raid before the withdrawal was complete. CIA officials began planning for the raid during the summer, when they acquired information from the interrogation of one of al-Baghdadi’s wives that he was residing in a northwestern Syrian village, according to The New York Times. “‘The irony of the successful operation against al-Baghdadi is that it could not have happened without U.S. forces on the ground that have been pulled out, help from Syrian Kurds who have been betrayed, and support of a U.S. intelligence community that has so often been disparaged,’” Richard Haas, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, told The New York Times. Trump has spoken out against the intelligence community various times, starting with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into allegations of Russian interference

The president announces al-Baghdadi’s death. in the 2016 election, according to The Wall Street Journal. “The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran,” Trump tweeted in January, according to The Wall Street Journal. “Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!” In addition, with the impeachment investigation continuing to escalate,


Trump admitted that he did not inform Congress of the raid in advance, according to CNN. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded in a statement, saying that “Russians but not top Congressional Leadership” were told in advance. In her statement, Pelosi also said that, although the leader of ISIS is dead, the organization is not.

Shooting at Texas college party leads to two deaths By Elizabeth Casalnova Columnist

On Oct. 26, a gunman opened fire at an off-campus Texas A&M University homecoming party in Greenville, Texas, killing two people and injuring 12 more, according to The Texas Tribune. Brandon Gonzales, a 23-year-old mechanic, was arrested for his alleged involvement in the shootings, according to CBS News. The Associated Press reported that officials believe the suspect had a target, even though he continued to fire at random, according to Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks. Gonzales claimed he was attending the party, but was outside in a car when the gunshots erupted, according to CBS News. Facebook Approximately 750 people were attending the party Another gunman opens fire at a vigil for the victims. 15 miles away from the university when gunshots were

fired, sending the mass of people into “‘complete chaos,’” Meeks told The Associated Press. The two victims include Kevin Berry Jr. of Dallas and Byron Craven Jr. of Arlington, both of whom are 23 years old. A vigil for the victims was held at Dallas Park on Oct. 27, where another gunman opened fire after an alleged disturbance. Dallas police said no one was immediately injured, according to The Associated Press. Of the 12 injured victims of the shooting at the party, six were wounded by gunshots. The Associated Press reported that four of the victims are in critical condition, one is in good condition and the condition of the sixth is unknown, according to Sgt. Jeff Haines, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department. According to CBS News, authorities also believe that the gunman entered through the back of the house and began firing. Police have not yet found a motive.

Wildfires in California prompt state of emergency By Sarah Adamo Staff Writer

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a statewide emergency on Oct. 27, due to the wildfires that have displaced almost 200,000 residents, according to The Associated Press. The state’s largest utility left millions of other residents in the dark by shutting down its transmissions of electricity to prevent fires from spreading to other areas. The Associated Press reported that the largest of the infernos, the Kincade Fire, has been raging for days in northern California. According to The Associated Press, only 70 percent of the fire — referred to as the “Tick Fire” — could be extinguished by Oct. 27, and while it was fully contained by Thursday, Oct. 31, its longevity reinforces the gravity of the dangers that wildfires pose to California. Wildfires are nothing new in California, but lately, they have interfered with daily life. The Associated Press reported that traffic was stopped on an Interstate bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area by two grass fires that also threatened

houses in nearby Vallejo. Farther south, another fire emerged in the Santa Clarita area near Los Angeles and ravaged 18 structures. Later in the week, new revelations confirmed that the battle against Californian wildfires is far from over. As of Thursday, Oct. 31, residents in the San Bernardino area were instructed to leave their houses in the early morning because of a brush fire that soon spanned 200 acres in size, according to The New York Times. The dangerously high winds are to blame for the quick dissemination of the fire, as with the other flames in the state, according to The New York Times. The blaze has been particularly hard to suppress due to dry conditions and low humidity. Spokesman Chris Prater of the county’s fire department named it the “Hillside fire.” Another fire on Thursday, Oct. 31, was sparked southwest of San Bernardino, which required the displacement of another 2,000 residents. The New York Times reported that based on statements from Jeff LaRusso, a spokesman from the Riverside County Fire Department,

The flames force almost 200,000 residents to relocate.

300 firefighters were needed to respond to that incident alone. “‘We’re hitting it (the fire) with both rotary and fixed-wing wing (sic) aircraft,’” LaRusso said of the situation, according to The New York Times. Preceding these infernos, CBS News reported that the Getty Fire, named as such because of its proximity to the Getty Center of Los Angeles, started on Oct. 28. The blaze known as the “Easy Fire” demanded over a thousand on-scene firefighters, CBS News reported. The fire started before

dawn on Oct. 30. Winds of 70 mph only perpetuated the problem. A barn was consumed, but volunteers were able to save many animals from the burning structure. The Los Angeles Times reported that 12 homes were set ablaze and the fire has yet to be extinguished entirely, as it covered 745 acres at its pinnacle. For fires such as these, utility equipment is suspected to be at fault, according to The New York Times. However, even after the fires are extinguished, the devastation in their wake serves as a


reminder of the climate change that plagues the world. According to CBS News, a new study from the journal “Earth’s Future” showed that due to climate change, California’s yearly wildfire extent has risen to five times since that of the early 1970s. The researchers wrote that “‘this trend was mainly due to an eightfold increase in summertime forest-fire area and was very likely driven by drying of fuels promoted by human-induced warming,’” according to CBS News.

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Editorial People shouldn’t be afraid to be single In college, people are obsessed with finding someone to be with. Whether it’s a romantic or platonic relationship, students often find the idea of spending time alone inconceivable. You might have a friend or two that you can always count on to be in a relationship at any given moment. And you might think that some people are just made for relationships — sometimes they just function better that way, right? You may have even heard the term “cuffing season” as a friend’s excuse to be in a relationship. This is basically any time in the fall or winter when someone becomes lonely or depressed due to the cold weather and feels like they need to be with someone or “in a relationship” to lessen the burden of loneliness. Personally, I’ve seen how being in college and subsequently being stressed about classes, exams and the end of the semester can make this feeling worse for some people. Here’s a tip: college is the time to find yourself. If you don’t spend any time alone, you won’t be able to get to know who you are as a person. I have a friend who wakes up in the morning, goes to work and class, spends time with her friends in between, goes to meetings and events, and then goes out and hangs out with whoever her boyfriend is that week. I often ask her when she takes time for herself and if there is any point in the day when she is actually alone for more than 10 minutes. During freshman and sophomore year, when you share a confined living space with another person, you should take an hour or two out of every day to spend time alone and reflect on your thoughts and feelings. The secret about people who are always in relationships is that they are probably afraid to be single. If they are used to being in relationships, they just don’t know how to be alone, which has the effect of making them jump into relationships with people they wouldn’t normally see themselves with long-term. They’re settling for the fear of being by themselves, either because they are scared to be alone or because they think they’ll be judged for being single. The truth is, being single is not scary, wrong or weird. In fact, it can be a really great opportunity to get to know yourself as a person. It’s really important to know everything you can about yourself before getting to know other people on a more serious level. And if you’re getting into a relationship just because you don’t want to be alone, then the odds are that you’re going to end up being more unhappy than you were before. It’s important to learn how to be comfortable with being by yourself because it’s not bad to be alone. Personally, I find that I’d rather be alone than be with someone not worth my time or someone that doesn’t make me happy. In fact, when I’m with someone and find that I’m happier being with them than spending time alone because I genuinely like them, that’s how I know the relationship is legitimate. Don’t be afraid to be single. Take some time to experiment with being independent and you might find yourself happier and more settled than you were before. — Madison Oxx Production Manager

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“My prayer is that the message will ring true in their individual lives, that they make the right decision. A lot of times youthfulness brings with it the mentality of being indestructible, so I hope to break that unrealistic perception and insert the message of accountability.” — Matthew Maher Motivational speaker

“Our biggest goal is not just to live in this community, but the community surrounding us. Being members of the LGBTQ+ community, it’s really important that we’re not just in our own little bubble at TCNJ because that community extends much further than that.” — Quinton Casillas

Sophomore communication studies major

“My favorite was the person dressed as a taco.” — Dom Lamastra Freshman computer science major

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Armed forces face hardship in romantic relationships

Military couples are more than financial benefits


Families and spouses are often separated due to the demands of their careers. By Jolie Shave Though I wish I could, I’d be naive to argue that all military marriages are for love. I want to be a hopeless romantic and say that every marriage in the world is the result of a cliché fairy tale love story, but we don’t live in a fairy tale world. Our world is so full of judgement and false presumptions that are often unjustified. Being in a military relationship myself, I’ve fallen subject to the

preconception that all or most military marriages are founded on promises of financial benefits. While I acknowledge that there are some money-based marriages, I will also say I’m not one of those cases, and I know I’m not the only one. I understand why there are so many negative connotations behind military relationships or why there’s an assumption that they marry young. Having a spouse at home automatically qualifies a service

member for on-base housing and extra money allotted for making payments on that home, otherwise referred to as Basic Allowance for Housing. The BAH bill is set to cover 95 percent of housing costs in 2019, according to BAH is one of the many benefits that act as an incentive to become part of the Uncle Sam family — who wouldn’t want almost-free housing? From the outside looking in, it may seem like money supersedes love, but it’s difficult to see all of the other components that come with a military relationship. While basics such as housing and healthcare are covered, I’ve learned that nothing can compensate for deployments. In February, my boyfriend was sent on a Temporary Duty Assignment in Guam. Even though he was only away for a month, it felt like an eternity. Between the 15-hour time difference and his work schedule, I was lucky to get a “good night.” Next July, he’ll be in Kuwait, and hypothetically living for (almost) free on a military base with Tricare coverage wouldn’t make me miss him any less. This hypothetical will become a reality for one of his friends, James, and his wife, Riley, who are expecting their first child in March. Riley says that they are uncertain of when James will be deployed next, but it could be as soon as early 2020 for as long as nine months, in which case he could miss the birth of his son, along with the

first few months of his life. James and Riley were criticized for marrying young at the age of 19. They face criticism now for expecting their first child at the age of 20. Some could perceive that they’ve done it all for the benefits. But those people will still be on the outside looking in, where they would not be able to see Riley taking her newborn son home from the hospital without his father by their side. If people could see all of these inner workings, they might see that the pros don’t always outweigh the cons. Benefits are shiny and enticing, but not all military relationships or marriages revolve around them. If I hadn’t been in one, I may have judged my relationship like so many others do already. But I’ve learned that perception is hardly ever a reality. I hate admitting that I care about how other people perceive my relationship, but I know that I’m in it because I love the person I’m with, and I don’t think anyone could marry into the military on any foundation other than love. It takes true devotion to commit to a lifestyle in which a wife may have to raise children alone for unknown periods of time or not always know if the person you’re committed to will come home at all. At times, it’s terrifying. Before you make judgments based upon what military girlfriends, boyfriends, spouses or even children gain, consider what they sacrifice.

People should not be afraid of emotions ‘Living your best life’ promotes false happiness By Richard Miller Opinions Editor

From a young age, our parents tell us “don’t cry” and “there’s nothing to be sad about.” We’re taught as children that our automatic setting should be happy, and any other feeling is some sort of malfunction that we need to stop immediately. We live in a society so obsessed with “living our best life” that in some ways, modern culture has vilified feeling any other emotion than happiness. We see this in the over-exaggeration of any other state or emotion — when someone is sad, they are called “depressed” or if someone is hungry, they are labeled as “starving.” Conversely, people who don’t show emotions are seen as a distraction. They won’t express how they truly feel and they suppress any genuine emotion. We can’t forget the value and power of emotions, as well as the

importance they have every day of our lives. We have to stop stigmatizing emotions as good or bad and instead accept them as they are, incomplete without feeling the full range of them. This compressing of emotion can be harmful in so many ways. For most people, there is some sort of coping mechanism for dealing with an unpleasant emotion. They instantly try to numb those feelings by escaping to hobbies like listening to music or watching television shows and movies. Others, unfortunately, turn to unhealthier coping mechanisms such as alcohol, drugs, restricting or binging food, compulsive shopping and other selfharming behaviors. It’s for this reason that I believe it is far healthier to “lean into” your experiences of pain, rather than trying to numb your emotions. You should feel your emotions, not flee from them. It’s OK to feel things. Going through the rise and fall of

Balancing feelings is important for college students. emotions on a daily basis is part of what makes us who we are. Emotions are a motivating factor for us. They are key to building relationships, and they make life worth living. Additionally, I don’t believe that you can selectively numb

emotions. Through your refusal to feel any negative emotions, you ultimately end up closing yourself off from all emotions. The range of emotions we have is what makes us human. Being sad and hurt is part of what makes it so incredible to feel joy and happiness.


This process is part of living a full life and blocking it stops us from reaching our full potential. Life is just too short to not experience it fully, it’s too short not to be your authentic self and too short not to embrace every emotion you feel to the fullest.


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Students share opinions around campus “Do military couples have it harder?”

Richard Miller / Opinions Editor

Jaime Gehringer, a senior communication studies major


“Yes, because they often lack physical touch and interaction because of distance.”

Richard Miller / Opinions Editor

Evan Whitenack, a senior communication studies major “Yes, because they basically have their lives at risk every time they are apart.”

“Are people too focused on ‘living their best life?’”

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Josh Ladig, a senior finance major

“It is all about taking what life gives you.”


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Kat Menze, a senior communication studies major

“I think people are too focused on living their best life because of what they see on social media.”

The Signal’s cartoon of the week ...

The Chip: Which One Of You TP’d My House? By Tony Peroni Correspondent The end of October is one of my favorite times of the year. The smells of neighborhood bonfires, crisp red leaves and apple cider fill the air with a familiar aroma of homeyness and warmth. Children scatter about in the streets, filled with holiday amusement and pride in their costumes of choice. In my current state of aging youth, there are few things that truly make me feel like a kid. I can say loud and proud that Halloween

is one of my favorite holidays, but what I love even more is the night before … aptly named “Mischief Night” — a night characterized by eggs on houses, shaving cream in mailboxes and, the worst of it all, toilet paper on trees. I’d usually be an advocate for the New Jersey tradition, but not until I became a victim of this senseless vandalism. One of you rapscallion kids threw toilet paper all over my beautiful weeping willow. Which one of you scumbags defiled my beautiful willow tree?! Joseph, was it you? Joseph, I have known you since kindergarten, and you go to school in North Carolina! Why would you drive all the way up to New Jersey, in Ewing specifically, just to defile my beautiful weeping willow? Was it because I said your mom was hot when we were in seventh

grade? Joseph, I am sorry, but my weeping willow has been defiled. What about you, Caleb? Caleb, I know we have had our differences. You voted for Gary Johnson in 2016. I told you that you were a waste of carbon. I know I was being drastic, but I was in a fit of political rage! Caleb, do not hold this against me like this! I really hope you did not defile my weeping willow tree! If you did, I’m gonna have to have a long talk with you at your Veteran’s Day barbeque. Alpha Chi Rho, say it ain’t so! Why’d you defile my weeping willow! I have no strong proof or evidence whatsoever, but I have an incredibly strong suspicion that your entire brotherhood was behind the toilet papering of my beautiful tree! What the heck! Guess who is not going to your mixer! Or your date party! Or rush your brotherhood! This guy. All of these people keep denying that

they were the masterminds behind the destruction of my muse! My weeping willow is the light of my life, my existence! I paint my willow in the morn, and read it in the evening! But now? My willow has been defiled, all because one of you funny guys has tried to be funny and say, “hey, who wants to destroy this man’s weeping willow?” Very funny. What are you, Jerry Seinfeld? Alec Baldwin? Disgusting. You make me disgusted. If any of you (Joseph, Caleb, AXP) come within 100 feet of my property, I will not hesitate to call the appropriate authorities. I worked really hard to maintain this tree. To make it worse, it rained the evening of the incident. Call me Tony “Wet Toilet Paper Hands” Peroni. Bah humbug. Get off my lawn. Disclaimer: This is obviously a satirical piece and does not describe a real event.

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RHA hosts ‘Trunk or Treat’ event for students Organizations participate, distribute candy to residents

Left: Teachers of Young Children gets involved in the celebration. Right: Individuals dress up in costumes for the occasion. By Kevin Hornibrook Correspondent

A unicorn, a devil and a sandwich walk into a lounge. Cromwell Lounge was filled candy and costumes for a festive Halloween “Trunk or Treat” on Oct. 30, as students at the College slipped into the holiday spirit. The Residence Hall Association organized the event and invited the students to bring a bag and trick-or-treat for all the sugary snacks they could handle. Anyone who attended dressed in a costume was given a free mini-pumpkin. A traditional “trunk or treat” entails many cars filling up a parking lot and handing out candy from their trunks to eager children. Fitting multiple cars into the Cromwell Lounge would have been no easy task, so adaptation was needed.

Other student organizations took the role of trunks, with each occupying a table and distributing treats. Groups like the Deaf Hearing Connection, Delta Sigma Pi, the Black Student Union and many others littered their tables with a variety of sweets. WTSR, which was stationed on the side of the lounge, provided the venue with lively music. “A lot goes into planning something like this,” said Martina Malak, a sophomore international studies and business management double major and RHA Vice President and Programming Chair. “What do we want to provide the students with?” Malak and the RHA spent weeks communicating with several student groups and crafting themed decorations. All of the streamers, paper skeletons and banners scattered across the room were handmade.

“My favorite part is seeing it all play out,” Malak said. “Seeing the teamwork from our organization and how they can work together, I’m like a little mom basically. I love seeing it happen. I love seeing the outcome of it.” The RHA’s goal with “Trunk or Treat” was to provide a free, fun activity for College residents to enjoy the holiday without having to leave the campus. Dozens of students arrived donning an unpredictable variety of costumes, such as Zeus, a cow and several pop culture icons. “My favorite was the person dressed as a taco,” said Dom Lamastra, a freshman computer science major, who was disguised as Mike Wheeler from Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” Avina Sharma, a freshman English and secondary education dual major who was dressed as Eleven, also had a


favorite costume. “Someone was in a Scoop’s Ahoy uniform,” she said. “That was my favorite.” But students didn’t attend simply to show off their costumes. In fact, many did not come in a costume at all. The appeal of games, candy and potential networking was more than enough to draw people from their dorms. “I came to learn more about the clubs and organizations,” Lamastra said. “And also free food.” For the duration of the two-hour event, students stuffed their bags and spoke with representatives from the co-sponsoring organizations, thrilled to be spending the Halloween season collecting candy as if they were children. “Who really gets to trick-or-treat nowadays?” Malak said. “This is a fun way to let kids our age trick or treat again.”

Dance / Club celebrates end of Queer Awareness Month continued from page 1

more involved on campus.” Aggarao explained the significance of the ball to queer culture. “Ball culture itself in the gay community has been a really big thing, especially for the start of drag culture in general,” Aggarao said. As for the planning of the event, Aggarao explained that every aspect of the room, including the music, food, photobooth and the table decorations, was transformed into an inclusive, celebratory space with a spooky twist in light of Halloween. Quinton Casillas, a sophomore communication studies major and PRISM’s community engagement chair, described the event as an “annual time to come together and celebrate each other, and no matter what time of year it falls.” PRISM not only has a large presence on the College’s campus, but also in the surrounding community. “We deal with not just social events like this, but also with educational events on campus and off campus,” Casillas said. “We work with organizations in Trenton and other organizations that work with the LGBTQ+ community.” Casillas elaborated on the goal of the organization in the local area. “Our biggest goal is not just to live in this community, but the community surrounding us,” Casillas said. “Being members of the LGBTQ+ community, it’s really important that we’re not just in our own little bubble at TCNJ because that community extends much further than that.” Queer Ball is also a time to invite new members to the organization in a fun and welcoming way.

PRISM members host the ball in support of the LGBTQ+ community. Victoria Pizzali, a freshman political science major, recently joined the organization. This year’s Queer Ball was the first one she attended. “It’s definitely different than a lot of other parties I’ve been too,” Pizzali said. “But it’s more inclusive and it feels


very inviting.” For Pizzali, the event served as a way to connect with members of the LGBTQ+ community. “Having an event with people that are like you is a lot better and a lot more exciting,” Pizzali said.

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November SUNDAY





November Specials at Traditions! Available for a limited time only! Tiramisu Cup November 1st - 30th $4.59

Old West Sandwich November 4th - 22nd $6.99

Lions Caprese November 25th - December 13th $7.79

National Sandwich Day TDubs and Traditions

The Atrium at Eickhoff

at TDubs










National Calzone Day TDubs




National Cappuccino Day The Library Cafe




DSC Meeting SSB 223 2pm - 3pm




The Atrium at Eickhoff

National Sundae Day TDubs


at TDubs National Pizza Day TDubs and The Atrium at Eikchoff


ACTION STATION Pretzel Bites Bar The 1855 Room 11:30am - 2pm Sustainability Tabling The Atrium at Eickhoff 11am - 1pm


National Nacho Day TDubs and Eickhoff

CityScapes Trenton, NJ The 1855 Room 11:30am - 2pm

at TDubs



The Atrium at Eickhoff

at TDubs

Mindful Moments Brower Student Center 11am - 1pm


The 1855 Room

Under the Sea Upsacle Theme Event The Atrium at Eickhoff

DSC Meeting SSB 223 2pm - 3pm

Sustainability Tabling Brower Student Center 11am - 1pm



Mindful Moments Brower Student Center 11am - 1pm




Eat Right at Eick The Atrium at Eickhoff 11am - 1pm






National Cake Day The Atrium at Eickhoff


Fall Harvest Theme Event The Atrium at Eickhoff



The Atrium at Eickhoff







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: Nov. ‘03

Campus Style

Students struggle to register for classes

Photo courtesy of TCNJ Digital Archives

Spring registration can give an individual stress.

Every week, Features Editor Viktoria Ristanovic hits the archives and finds old Signals that relate to current College topics and top stories. Spring registration is creeping up. Panic about getting required classes is underway. Everyone at the College has to deal with racing to log into Paws and registering for classes on the day their registration opens up. Some people go to their professors to make sure their spot in a required course is reserved. It’s every man for himself. In an editorial from a November 2003 issue of The Signal, a reporter expressed disdain for the system’s quality during registration at the College years ago. Some students had to walk to Green Hall to be placed into their classes. It may be 2019 now, but times haven’t changed. Hey, T.E.S.S. worked this year. Thanks to Records and Registration for finally fixing those bugs that wouldn’t allow anyone to get through to The Electronic Student Service during registration. For the sake of freshmen out there who never experienced this, I’ll explain — registration used to be a long and complicated process that annoyed everyone on campus. It was especially annoying when your roommate was able to get through online or

on the phone, and went back to bed while you were trying T.E.S.S. and A.S.T.R.O. simultaneously, unable to get through on either system. Finally, you would give up and march over to Green Hall. Things are better now. You can register from the comfort of your own room. You can be a full-time student and keep your housing. Life is good. Oh, except for those pesky prerequisites. Apparently someone forgot to tell T.E.S.S. about the transformative change. It’s hard enough to schedule, but if you need one of those three spots that are left in Advanced Cellular Engineering Management Statistics, it may be gone by the time you walk over to Records and Registration. Hope you can still graduate on time? That is the fear for many students who need key classes for their majors. Some are lucky enough to be signed in by professors who are willing to overfill the classroom for the sake of your higher education. Some are not so lucky. T.E.S.S. and Records and Registration are trying, which is important. There is a lot of time and energy going into overhauling the system.

Lions’ Plate


Left: Pair a flannel cardigan over your dress for an autumn look. Right: Tuck a t-shirt into corduroy jeans for added detail. By Diana Solano Distribution Manager It’s finally that time of the season when a coat is required with every outfit in order to stay warm. Daylight savings means an extra hour in bed, but it comes with the cost of having the sun set sooner. These shortened days might have put a black cloud over your wardrobe. You might wish for the return of summer in order to wear more colorful clothes. Although there’s a lack of sunshine, it doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to look forward to. With the holiday season right around the corner, it’s time to fill your closet with festive fall outfits. 1. Plaid Dresses Many people wear gray plaid for a sophisticated and chic look. It’s a simple pattern that you can accessorize. Or, you can throw on a white or black sweater to stay warm or make a classic color pop out. Multicolor plaid is something taken from the ’90s fashion trends. These dresses are a new trend and can give you that pop of color that you’ve been wanting. Dresses are always a go-to look for a

simple, yet festive holiday look. 2. Corduroy Whether it’s a corduroy skirt, dress or pair of pants, this fabric always screams fall. It’s comfortable to wear and, with all the different variations, there are multiple items that you can add to your closet. This fabric also comes in different fall colors. Pair an emerald green corduroy skirt with a nice wool sweater and you’ll have your first outfit. Tan corduroy pants paired with a nice t-shirt also can be a more casual look for the holidays. V-neck corduroy dresses with a turtleneck underneath are in every fall lookbook. The possibilities of corduroy styles and combinations are endless. 3. Knits/Wool Sweater dresses are one piece of clothing is always popular during the fall and winter season. Paired with thigh-high boots, it’s a “ready to go out on the town” type of look. Sweater dresses are also easy to accessorize with belts, earrings and purses. Turtleneck sweater dresses are becoming more and more popular. It’s a dress made from cozy fabric that you can feel good wearing to any occasion.

Chicken quesadilla

Left: The dish is perfect for a cold night. Right: Add vegetables and protein for extra nutrition. By Elizabeth Casalnova Columnist This quesadilla will not only satisfy your cheese cravings, but it will also give you your protein and vegetable fix, making it an easy, deliciously wellrounded meal.

My roommates and I usually make this dish together, and it has become a little tradition to eat these with each other despite our hectic schedules. This recipe takes a few minutes longer than buying a fast-food quesadilla, but the results are worth the effort.

Ingredients: -1 tortilla -1/4 bell pepper, chopped -1/4 red onion, chopped -1/4 cup shredded cheese -1/2 cup cooked shredded chicken -1 tsp chili powder -1 tsp red pepper flakes -1 tsp garlic

-1 tsp cumin Directions: 1. Sautée the pepper and onion over medium-low heat until soft. 2. In the same pan, toast one side of the tortilla until golden, flip, and begin putting cheese, chicken, vegetables and seasonings


on one half. Then, fold the other half to close the quesadilla. 3. Cover the pan with a lid and keep it on low heat until the cheese starts to melt. Flip and toast the other side for about three to four minutes. 4. Cut, serve immediately with salsa and sour cream and enjoy!

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Fifth Annual

November 7, 2019

Share your Lions Pride by: 10–11 a.m.

Starting your day off right with coffee and donuts in the Brower Student Center.

10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Making your gift in support of any area of the college at or on campus in the Brower Student Center or Eickhoff. Class of 2020 make your Senior Class Gift! Proudly sporting your “I Gave” sticker. Spreading the word using #OneDayTCNJ.

10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Enjoying refreshments and various activities in the Brower Student Center including a photo opportunity with Roscoe, scavenger hunt, and prize wheel.

4–6 p.m.

Spinning the prize wheel in Eickhoff.


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Arts & Entertainment

Album / Speaker discusses legacy of Beatles

Fans recognize 50 years since band’s final songs


Left: The fab four walk across the road on the iconic cover. Right: Womack presents a different side of the group’s record. continued from page 1

on an album. The set of songs marked the end of the cultural movement that defined a generation. Womack discussed both the social and technical influences that allowed “Abbey Road” to become the record that it did. He emphasized the importance of George Martin, often called the “fifth Beatle,” who worked with the band members throughout their career to produce, mentor and mix their albums. He helped the Beatles resolve the issues they had when working together on previous albums in order to create a cohesive body

of work that would eventually become “Abbey Road.” The author dissected technical layers of the famous tracks that make up the medley, such as the wind-up piano instrumental that appears on “You Never Give Me Your Money” or the similarities between the Beatles’ “Sun King” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Albatross.” “Abbey Road” differed from albums before it, as it offered a more studiobound sound enhanced by the new recording technology of the time, such as the EMI TG12345, a solid-state mixer that revolutionized the Beatles distinct sound. To supplement his points, Womack

played multiple clips from the album, as well as scraps of songs unavailable on common streaming services. “Because this is TCNJ, I’m going to give you guys a special treat, which you’ve heard, but never like this,” Womack said just before playing an acoustic demo in blues of John Lennon’s “Watching the Wheels.” The example was just a glimpse of Womack immersion in the study of the band through publishing many works on the subject. Jack Ramina, a freshman mathematics major, is enrolled in the “Beatles and Their World” Freshmen Semester Program at the College. Taught by professor

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David Venturo, the course explores both the history and global impact of the Beatles. Students in this FSP were many of the members of Womack’s audience. “I enjoy learning how the music was created as a musician myself,” Ramina said. After his demonstration, Womack took questions that engaged many of the older and younger music lovers in the audience. The Beatles fans rejoiced over the simple pleasure of listening to the sounds of the past, which continue to reverberate in culture today. “Personally, I thought it was very insightful,” Ramina said. “It was nice to get an outside perspective other than from what we have just been learning in class.”

Sarnoff Collection honors career of famed composer

Exhibit displays NBC Symphony Orchestra artifacts By Esther Morales Staff Writer

As one of the world’s most renowned and respected conductors of the 20th century, Arturo Toscanini became a household name while acting as the musical director of the NBC Symphony Orchestra beginning in the 1930s. On Oct. 23, the Sarnoff Collection showcased a new, twoweek, pop-up exhibit, giving visitors a chance to view artifacts from Toscanini’s time at NBC and his friendship with its president, David Sarnoff. Florencia Pierri, the Sarnoff Collection curator and historian of technology, shared the exhibit’s origin. “The Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra exhibit was done in conjunction with the College Art Gallery and its residence artist, (Yixuan) Pan,” Pierri said. Pan is an artist based out of Philadelphia whose work specializes in conducting with an antidisciplinary approach.

As part of Pan’s project, she looked at materials in the Sarnoff Collection about broadcasting, radio and communication. “Her work is conducting, so we decided we would do a conducting exhibit,” Pierri said. “This is more traditional conducting than what Pan works with, but it’s about Arturo Toscanini, who was a famous Italian conductor.” Starting his career at the age of 19, Toscanini became known for conducting without musical scores, entirely from memory due to his poor eyesight. In 1908, Toscanini became the musical director of the New York Metropolitan Opera. He also conducted the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra from 1928 to 1936. “He retired and went back to Italy but he was still probably the best conductor around,” Pierri said. “When NBC wanted to create a radio Orchestra to bring classical music to the radio-owning public, NBC really wanted to get Arturo Toscanini to come out of retirement.”

The works transports visitors back to Toscanini’s life. NBC highly sought Toscanini, and on Dec. 25, 1937, he gave his first broadcast performance with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. “Toscanini struck up a friendship with David Sarnoff, who was the chairman of (Radio Corporation of America), but also the president of NBC,” Pierri said. The small exhibit displays not only personal artifacts that Toscanini gave Sarnoff over the course

of his life, but also several artifacts from Tosacanini’s career. Visitors are able to view the conducting baton and a set of keys in the form of a jackknife that Toscanini gave to Sarnoff. The exhibit also includes an early NBC orchestra record and seven-inch tape from Toscanini. “While he did just conduct for the orchestra, a lot of his scores were recorded and sold as records

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and we have some of those early records. (The early NBC orchestra record) is from 1939,” Pierri said. While the exhibit has come to an end, Pierri was glad to have Sarnoff Collection display the legendary composer’s work. “(Toscanini’s) works and the work that he conducted are still considered to be quite good examples of classical music of the era,” Pierri said.

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TCNJ Orchestra showcases campus talent By Julia Duggan Staff Writer

Mayo Concert Hall was packed as the TCNJ Orchestra performed its fall concert on Friday, Nov. 1. The orchestra’s director and violin professor Uli Speth conducted the concert, where the orchestra performed Symphony No 5 in D minor Op. 107 “Reformation” by Felix Mendelssohn and “Concerto for Violincello and String Orchestra” by Georg Mathias Monn, featuring cello professor Alberto Parrini. The concert opened with the latter song, where Parrini played with a beautiful tone and elegant sound that resonated throughout the hall. The orchestra, which blended well with Parrini, also featured a harpsichord in the first piece. As an ancestor to the piano, the instrument added an unusual, but

pleasant sound to the song. The audience responded with a loud applause, which lasted so long that Parrini had to return to the stage to take another bow. “Parrini had some very impressive cello parts,” said Nick Marsola, a sophomore music major. “It was an honor to have played with him.” After the first piece, Speth went on stage and explained origin behind Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op. 107 “Reformation.” Roughly 500 years, ago the German States came together to accept Protestantism after the ongoing dispute with Catholicism. Peace was made and Martin Luther wrote a chorale to celebrate. Johann Sebastian Bach later took the chorale and turned it into an instrumental piece. Felix Mendelssohn took Bach’s piece and turned it into a four-movement symphony. In the first movement,

the brass section has the melody from the original chorale. The orchestra came back out to perform the symphony with an additional 16 members, as Mendelssohn had added a few unusual instruments to his piece. In the fourth movement, he added a contrabassoon. While the instrument looks very similar to the bassoon, it is a bit larger and has a very low range that can match a tuba. There was also an alto and bass trombone. While both instruments are similar, the bass trombone has a lower range similar to the contrabassoon. The alto trombone looks like a smaller version of a normal one, as it is about half the size and it can match the range of a trumpet. In the first movement, the orchestra was exceptionally quiet and grand. As the second movement began, the audience got to

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The violin section rings through Mayo Concert Hall with high-pitched tones.

Speth creates a controlled sound. hear a bit more of the orchestra’s power. “It just turned out so amazing,” said Geovanni Delgado, a sophomore elementary education major. “Combining the string instruments with the woodwinds and brass it is such a hard thing to do and make it sound good. It was very well put together.” The bows of the violins and violas moved at an impressively quick pace. In the third movement, the orchestra managed to get even quieter than before. But it was the fourth movement that showcased the orchestra’s greatest volume and height. “The entire orchestra has put in incalculably hard work on (the fourth movement) in particular, and the music itself is

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jubilant and outright joyful,” said Mark O’Malley, a sophomore chemistry major who performed. “Plus, I get to break out the contrabassoon, which in it of itself makes my day. To my ears, having that additional bass sound really helps round out the instrumentation, and generally makes the group sound bigger and more impactful, which can help us in performance.” As the orchestra finished its final grand piece, audience members returned the favor with thunderous applause, as they found the mixture of instruments to be enjoyable. “I am a brass player, so I do not get to hear strings too often, but I’ve got to say, this concert was amazing,” said David Cohn, a sophomore psychology major.

Mellow show highlights student music Indie bands radiate soothing folk sounds

Left: Gardiner discusses the origin of her project. Right: Stoessel and Webster bring booming harmonies throughout their set. By Sam Shaw Correspondent

It was closing time at the library. The daily announcement telling students to move downstairs when and the library would open again had been made. Meanwhile, in the basement, the CUB Alt show was just getting started in the Library Auditorium. These shows, which often feature indie or alternative rock musicians, are typically held in the Brower Student Center, but the show in the basement on the night of Friday, Nov. 1, was more relaxed with a cozy and intimate atmosphere. The headliner, Faye Webster, appeared relaxed throughout her set, as she sat down

to perform with her guitar. Backing musician Matt Stoessel played the pedal steel guitar, giving Webster’s songs a distinct folk vibe over her silky smooth vocals. The first band to start the evening was a College student’s musical project, Ornamental, with junior art education major Lucia Gardiner performing solo. The only instrument in her set was an electric guitar, as she sang softly to her original song, “Blur.” “I had only started playing the guitar a few years ago when I was a senior in high school,” Gardiner said after her set. “Deciding to do something by myself like a solo project was really fun and felt like a ‘prove myself’ moment.” Molly Ringworm, who has performed

at the College before during WTSR Underground, took to the stage next. The Jersey band started as a solo project with lead singer Sarah Holt and grew into a four-person group. Holt cited Joni Mitchell as one of musical inspirations, and performed a cover of her song “Chelsea Morning.” The band’s original songs were upbeat and brought energy to the crowd throughout the set. At one point during her set, Webster asked the crowd if they had in mind any songs they wanted her to play, to which someone suggested her song “Jonny” off of her newest record “Atlanta Millionaires Club.” The crowd was silent, but absorbed the song’s mournful lyrics.

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“Jonny, maybe you’ll never hear this, or maybe it’s stuck in your head. Well, I hope it makes you cry the way that I did,” she sang. Zach Rich, a sophomore computer science major who has come to many other CUB Alt shows before, had seen Webster previously at a music festival with a friend. Rich said he really enjoyed the atmosphere of the concert and appreciated that CUB was bringing in artists from genres like rap and folk. Webster mentioned that she finds performing her songs live to be therapeutic, especially in front of a small group of people as she did here at the College. “(This is where) people are listening and hopefully feeling inspired,” she said.

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New Yungblud EP celebrates teen angst

Artist resonates with fans of Green Day, Nirvana

The English singer and songwriter screams his relatable lyrics. By Debra Kate Schafer Staff Writer

Yungblud’s third EP, “The Underrated Youth,” dropped on Oct. 18 with a bang. After a wildly successful North American tour, a highly rated debut album and a chart-topping hit with Blink-182’s Travis Barker and his now-exgirlfriend, Halsey, the U.K.-born musician was ready to take his newfound, mainstream success to the next level. “The Underrated Youth” is anthemic, raw, angry, diverse and passionate — all of which is right in Yungblud’s wheelhouse. While

his songs can’t be tied down to a single word or genre, almost every one is a scream-able headbanger, with lyrics that could very well be spray-painted on the side of a New York City subway. “If you don’t say something, you ain’t an artist to me—you’re a fucking karaoke singer,” Yungblud told The New York Post in October. Hard work, self-reflection, determination and a lot of heart helped the pink-sock-wearing singer-songwriter kickstart his musical career and get him to the place where he is now with “The Underrated Youth.”


The artist wants his fans to know that they can do the same for their own life, society and the world as a whole. Rebellion is Yungblud’s forté in the best way possible — something that fans and critics alike have observed and come to love. The music world hasn’t really seen an artist like Yungblud in a long time. He has the genre-defying power of Twenty One Pilots, the political angst of Green Day, the instrumental intricacy of the Cure, the mesmerizing songwriting of the Beatles and the natural melodic stylings of Nirvana, all

while being a pseudo-mainstream alternative rock artist. When listening to “The Underrated Youth,” Eminemesque verses are intertwined with the early 2000s pop-punk. Yet, you don’t question it because Yungblud has a finesse and a flow that is remarkable to have so early in his career, but isn’t surprising due to his heavy hand on the creative control of his music. The title track, “Hope for the Underrated Youth,” is bold and brash, but starts off silky smooth. The young Brit’s accented vocals sing, “If I left today, would you wait for me or would you throw us all away? Like the magazines say, should I call right away? Cut all of my hair off, and change my second name from a juvenile state?” Lyrically, it’s somber, yet abrasive. Yungblud is singing truthfully about not being taken seriously unless he was or looked older, his consistent theme of wanting adults to take the younger generation seriously shining through. The earlier track, “Parents,” follows the same line in a similarly rough-and-tumble yet vulnerable fashion. Songs like “Braindead” and

“Original Me” — which features Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds — are full-force, indie-rock bangers that delve into an inner battle with depression and not feeling good enough in a fast-paced, bestface-forward type of world. Yungblud himself has talked about his own battle with mental health and ADHD by actively drawing attention to it, as well as advocating for both the awareness of it and the help needed for those struggling. The 22-year-old rocker also told The New York Post, “I’m proud to have a mental illness. I’m proud to be who I am.” He is nothing more than a punk rock kid with a voice, a guitar and a platform. You can’t call him or any of the music off of “The Underrated Youth” whiny or bratty, for all it is doing is throwing forth real messages with a whole lot of meaning that people can really grasp onto and hold tight. He wants the youth to have a voice, so he decided to be it — in the most rock ‘n’ roll fashion, of course. Yungblud is truly becoming the powerful, musical and equally cynical and hopeful voice of this generation.

‘Charlie’s Angels’ soundtrack disappoints

Star-studded album falls flat with lazy vocals

Left: The artists clash in ‘Don’t Call Me Angel.’ Right: Grande’s talent is clouded by boring lyrics. By James Mercadante Reviews Editor

The witty, female-empowered, Aaron Spelling franchise of the ’70s that transpired into the 2000 motion picture “Charlie’s Angels” has now given birth to a 2019 revision directed by Elizabeth Banks. Alongside her, Ariana Grande employs her role as executive producer and curator to a soundtrack that sonically echoes the powerhouse blockbuster. On Friday, Nov. 1, “Charlie’s Angels (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” was released two weeks prior to the film. Grande inserted herself in five out of the 11 songs, including the movie’s lead single, “Don’t Call Me Angel.” The soundtrack welcomes in a plethora of acclaimed female artists such as Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, Normani and Nicki Minaj, all of whom render a musical space that uplifts the women’s voices and their narratives.

Although it is evident that good intentions were behind the album’s production, it’s unfortunately chaotic and, quite frankly, disappointing. Commencing the film’s promotion with “Don’t Call Me Angel” hinted at the quality of the rest of its soundtrack — a mess. The lead single incorporates Cyrus, Del Rey and Grande, who all possess various styles of singing that don’t complement each other in the slightest. Grande hogs up two-thirds of the song, leaving Cyrus with a decent first verse and Del Rey with a melancholic bridge that pervades the song with her strange moans and whispered singing. Through the combination of the three voices on the track, you would assume they would at least come together and harmonize, but it was to no avail. In reality, you receive a lazy riff by Grande toward the end. But then again, nothing compares to Destiny’s Child’s “Independent Women”

as the lead single for the 2000 version. The new soundtrack contains basic vocals, recycled beats and lyrics that lack any depth. However, there are some redeeming factors that are present in some of Grande’s other songs like “Nobody,” featuring Chaka Khan, and “How I Look on You.” “Nobody” encompasses a buoyant, jazzy sound where Khan and Grande showcase their strong vocals. Grande’s solo track, “How I Look On You” fuses rock with trap-inspired beats. These two tracks definitely surpass the rest. However they still don’t attest to Grande’s ultimate excellence. Another redemptive quality is the absence of male artists on this album, which accentuates female power and communal uplift. Nevertheless, these songs still address men and it is extremely frustrating. Throughout Grande’s discography, she has routinely sung about her romantic experiences with men, which is


perfectly acceptable. However, she was presented an opportunity to sing about other ideas with this project, but failed to do so. “She Got Her Own” is a deceiving track, as it promotes the idea of financially independent women, yet they are still talking to a man rather than directing the conversation toward other girls. Grande lightly sings, “He might got money, but I bet she got her own.../ But you could still get it though,” which is a letdown. The soundtrack also includes remixes of songs, like Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls” and the original theme song for “Charlie’s Angels,” which were unnecessary — like another “Charlie’s Angels” reboot. But that’s a different conversation. The overall soundtrack needed more time for the artists to perfect it, but Grande has loosely wrapped a bow around a collection of songs that spills over and makes a mess.

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Sports Cross Country

Men’s, women’s cross Soccer ends season country place in meet with loss to Rowan By Ann Brunn Staff Writer The men’s and women’s cross country teams both finished in third place overall on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship, which Stockton University hosted. The women had five runners place in the top 13 in the 6-kilometer race. Sophomore Kelsey Kebus led the charge for the Lions with a fourth-place finish in the race,

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The women’s team runs the 6-K.

which was good for a time of 23:06:9. A trio of senior Gabby DeVito and sophomores Jazzlyn Diaz and Emily Prendergast placed ninth, 10th and 11th overall with times of 23:43.3, 23:45.1 and 23:50.6, respectively. Junior Marykate Bailey rounded out the placements for the Lions in 13th. Junior Robert Abrams was the individual champion for the men’s 8-kilometer race, as well as the first men’s individual champion for the Lions since Andy Gallagher in 2012. His first-place finish was good for a time of 24:37.09, the fastest winning time since 1983. The Lions had six more runners claim top-22 finishes. Sophomore William Mayhew placed second with a time of 24:57.5 while junior Matt Kole and senior Evan Bush finished in 13th and 16th place with times of 25:25.0 and 25:37.4, respectively. Senior Mike Zurzolo and sophomores Patrick Mulligan and Jack Ennis rounded out the scoring positions for the Lions. Both teams will be back in action on Nov. 16 at the NCAA Atlantic Region Championship in Canton, N.Y.

Men’s Soccer

By Ann Brunn Staff Writer After a hard-fought season, the men’s soccer team ended its 2019 campaign with a loss to Rowan University on Oct. 30. Rowan scored first in both the 24th and 36th minutes, while freshman forward Justin Dominique had the chance to be the equalizer, but Rowan’s goalkeeper saved the shot. Junior midfielder Ryan Vazquez sent a shot toward the goal minutes before the first half ended, but the Rowan goalkeeper came up with the save yet again. Rowan added to its lead with a 2-0 advantage over the Lions before going into halftime. The men would not concede to Rowan, as they came out firing to start the second half. In the 50th minute, Vazquez sent a pass from the right side, which junior midfielder Ethan Mueller headed in to get the Lions on the board, marking Mueller’s first goal of the season. The goal was the only one Rowan would allow, as its defensive unit kept the Lions’ attack at bay. Senior midfielder Michael Maltese and Vazquez each had opportunities to

tie the game for the Lions, but the Rowan goalkeeper deflected both attempts. With the 2-1 loss, the Lions finished their season 10-4-4 overall and 2-3-4 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

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Mueller winds up to kick upfield.


Lions’ football loses 31-13 against Wesley By Matthew Shaffer Staff Writer The College’s football team lost against Wesley College on Saturday, Nov. 2, by a final score of 31-13. A high-scoring second half was the difference in the game, as well as a turnover by the Lions’ offense. The opening drives for each team resulted in punts, but on Wesley’s second possession, it took it the distance on a five-play, 85-yard drive, resulting in an impressive 40-yard touchdown run by the Wesley tailback. On the ensuing drive by the Lions’ offense, sophomore quarterback Dave Jachera connected with receiver Vinny Guckin for a 57-yard catch to put them in the red zone. Two plays later, Jachera was sacked and landed awkwardly, causing him to fumble the ball at the opposing team’s 11yard line. Wesley would capitalize on the turnover and put up three more points via a field goal, making the score 10-0. Later in the second quarter, the Lions had a chance to score with great field position, but coughed up the ball again about six minutes before halftime. On the first drive of the second half, Wesley drove all the way down to the team’s one-yard line, only to be picked off by sophomore defensive back Luke Young. Junior quarterback Andrew Donoghue, in the game for the injured Jachera, led a commanding a 14-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. The drive took roughly six minutes off of the clock with senior tight end

Vince Ratamess catching the five-yard score. The extra point was good from freshman kicker Bobby Wortman, making it 10-7 early in the third quarter. Wesley College came down the field in six plays on the next drive, scoring a touchdown to extend the lead to 17-7. After the Lions received the kickoff, Donoghue was strip-sacked and Wesley picked up the ball for an easy defensive touchdown, making it 24-7. Near the end of the game, freshman receiver Ryan McDermott caught a 44-yard touchdown, but the Lions were far from close, as they ultimately fell 31-13. After the College’s second straight loss, the team will look to get back on track on Saturday, Nov. 9, against Salisbury University.

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The team takes the field.




Swimming, diving teams remain undefeated, 1-0 in conference By Christine Houghton Sports Editor

The men and women’s swimming and diving teams swept conference opponent Ramapo College, as the men ended on top 170-91 and the women won 216-46. Both teams improve to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference. The men’s team started the meet off strong, taking two podium spots in the 200-meter medley relay. Freshman Sean Rave and juniors Andrew Thompson, Andrew Duff and Nolan Kuscan swam to gold with a time of 1:36.65. Right behind them was the team of freshman Patrick Sullivan, senior Derek Kneisel and juniors Patrick Bakey and Griffin Morgan, who came in second with a time of 1:38.34. The team also posted a few sweeps, most notably in the 1,000-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly and 50-meter freestyle, in which it took the top four spots. Senior Harrison Yi took the top spot in the 1,000-meter freestyle with a time of 10:04.57, while Morgan placed first in the 200-meter freestyle, touching the wall at 1:45.27. Rave won the 200-meter butterfly, clocking in at 2:00.05, while Kuscan finished first in the 50-meter freestyle at 22.26. On the diving board, junior Jay Soukup posted a score of 442.50 on the three-meter board, a score that could qualify him for regionals. The women’s day started off strong in a relay match as well. In the 200-meter medley relay, sophomores Zoe Chan and Kori Jelinek, freshman Rachel Hannah and junior Chiara Mennonna finished first with a time of 1:51.50. Senior Annie Menninger and junior Kelsey Ballard placed first and second in the 1,000-meter freestyle, respectfully, with Menninger coming in at 11:16.11 and Ballard touching the

wall at 11:26.49. Hannah also won the 200-meter freestyle. Juniors Elsie Fraser and Darby VanDeVeen finished 1:04.53 and 1:05.84, respectively, in the 100-meter backstroke to claim first and second place. Mennonna followed with a win in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:09.77. Jelinek won the 200-meter butterfly at 2:16.27, followed by Chan’s victory in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 25.33. The rest of the meet was a full sweep for the Lions,

ending in the 200-meter freestyle relay win from the team of junior Melanie Fosko, freshman Shannon Hesse, Hannah and Chan with a time of 1:42.44. Freshman Gabi Valladares registered regionals-qualifying marks in the diving on her one- and three-meter dives. The teams return to the pool as they travel to Montclair State University for another meet on Nov. 16, in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

Thompson swims his laps in the 200-meter medley relay.

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Women’s soccer scores Field hockey wins spot in postseason By Christine Houghton Sports Editor

By Christine Houghton Sports Editor The women’s soccer team defeated conference rival Rowan University on a celebratory Senior Night on Oct. 30. The 3-0 win will be a confident segue for the team into the first round of the New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament. The first half of the match proved to be a standstill on both sides, as the game went into halftime scoreless. However, the second half would show a different side of the Lions, as they came out ready to show their dominance. Freshman midfielder/forward Gianna Coppola was the first to strike, as she pushed the ball past Rowan’s goalkeeper in the 53rd minute. Fifteen minutes later, junior forward Julia Obst delivered a beautiful kick from 20 yards out to put the team up 2-0. The third and final goal of the match came from senior midfielder Hailey Bodden, who used a free kick to give the College the edge. Senior goalkeeper Nicole DiPasquale posted the shutout, and the team outshot

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Rowan 33-2. The team faced Rowan yet again in the first round of NJAC play on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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DiPasquale shuts out Rowan.

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The field hockey team refused to back down in its final game of the season, as it took the finale over Stockton University 5-1 and heads to the postseason with a record of 16-0. Four minutes in, freshman midfielder/ defender Jess Hatch started the game off with the correct handling of a penalty shot, which put the team up 1-0. By the end of the first quarter, junior forward Tori Tiefenthaler moved past Stockton’s goalie to increase the Lions’ lead by one. Hatch came back for more during the second quarter after knocking in a pass from senior forward Tori Hannah to put the team up 3-0. Her score was quickly followed by Stockton’s only response of the game. Sophomore midfielder/defender Camryn Ley made a strong pass to junior midfielder Samantha Reed, who put the Lions up 4-1 going into halftime. To start off the second half, Reed assisted senior forward Cayla Andrews, who scored the final goal of the game. The score marked Andrews’ 27th of the season. On defense, the rest of the game was upheld by the efforts of senior goalkeeper

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Maddie Beaumont. The team returns to the turf to host the first round of the New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament today at 2 p.m., where it will face Stockton University yet again.

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Hatch looks upfield to pass.

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